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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The GOP Cannot Govern

John Boehner, right, meets with the First Lady.

Well, the Senate did that bipartisan thing all the cool kids are talking about on Twitter.  They passed an extension of the payroll tax holiday, extended unemployment benefits and patched Medicare.  They did so with about 80 votes, which in Senate terms is as rare as a virgin birth.

Then it came time for Boehner to corral his kittens into passing the bill.

Guess what?

I know Nancy Pelosi has a grating voice and a bad eye job.  I know she had the unmitigated gall to help fulfill a dream of her party's going back to FDR.  I know she's from San Francisco (GAY!).

But Pelosi ran the House.  Boehner is a joke.  I don't think there is another Speaker as inept in our history, with perhaps the exception of that guy who was Speaker for 30 minutes during the Clinton impeachment (Livingstone?).

One party hates government so much it has no idea how to govern.  The other can govern, but sucks at politics.

As Charlie Pierce so often writes: "This is your democracy America.  Cherish it."

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