Sunday, January 22, 2012

Schadenfreude revisited

Yesterday I suggested that I'd limit myself to one day of schadenfreude. But honestly, with the Republicans these days, what's a girl supposed to do? Seriously, I just can't help myself ;-)

So once again, I'll leap in and enjoy Jennifer Rubin's angst. Today she wrote a plea to the Republican leaders who are either sitting this one out or haven't had the nerve to endorse anyone.

It seems, gentlemen, it’s time to get off your . . . er . . . time to get off the bench and into the game. It is time to make the case for winning conservatism — a conservatism attractive to centrist voters that can be translated into a reform agenda. If conservatism becomes a movement of anti-media bashing and hyperbolic rhetoric, it will cease to be a force in American politics. And if it is led by an egomaniac whose personal advancement takes precedence over any principle, the GOP will be (correctly) mocked.

So how about it? One of you can run yourself. Or you can instead collectively get behind a not-Gingrich candidate. But really, if you are to have a Republican Party to lead one day in the future, you can’t very well do nothing.

Too late Jennifer. You shoulda thought of that when your party started stoking the fires of "anti-media bashing and hyperbolic rhetoric" 3-4 years ago. In the meantime, you forgot about actually developing a "reform agenda" and this is all you've got now...hyperbolic Obama hatred. You all made this bed and its a little late to be crying because you have to sleep in it.

So pardon me while I enjoy the fact that you're all getting your just deserts.



    Have fun. You deserve it.


    1. Thanks Vic!

      I've been trying to find some music to go with this mood :-)

  2. Maybe I'm biased (note: I'm biased), but I'm not aware of any coherent Republican platform that can be taken seriously. They keep repeating the bs mythology we've been hearing for 30 years: rich people are job creators, with only taxes and regulations holding them back; corporations always do things better than government programs; etc. They're occasionally deficit hawks, but that's periodic and selective. I don't really know what they stand for now, besides serving a tiny minority of very rich people and companies.

    (Oh, and thanks for spelling "just deserts" correctly.)

  3. Too late Jennifer. Too freakin' late! Ha!

  4. David Frum pointed out a while ago that conservatives have failed to acknowledge very real problems and come up with any viable alternatives. For the past 3 years, their political stance has been "NO," and "Beat Obama." They locked themselves into that, so now they're having to live with the consequences. Sucks to be them, and I couldn't be happier about it.

  5. Poor Jenny - who can she turn to? Paul Ryan, you got her number...8675309.

    Enjoy the karma, bitch!

  6. This has been so enlightening to me, this whole process. I'm so grateful to you, Smartypants, for the last few months of connecting the dots along the path. Among the many things the Obama campaign has going for it is the ability to be nimble and keep its ear to the ground. They are always listening to people in the field and learning from what they hear. It has become abundantly clear that the Republicans have suffered a lapse in the very basic ability to listen to anything that doesn't support their belief system. They have become so insular, so top-heavy and ponderous as a political entity that they can not change course. This is also, in part, due to their lack of imagination. They simply refuse to reevaluate their strategies, tactics and rhetoric--indeed their entire outlook. Inbred ideology reaching its logical conclusion.
    This is what happens when you exclude people from your ranks. All the new concepts, ideas and energy has gone elsewhere (the Democrats) and they're left with the retreads of thought. It really is fascinating to watch.

  7. To paraphrase a comment I saw on a blog when the teabaggers erupted, "the Republican establishment let the Morlocks out of the basement and now they've taken over the house."

    The bloated, hate-filled hypocrite Gingrich is the perfect embodiment of what they've become.