Thursday, December 20, 2012
Clowns To The Left Of Me, Jokers To The Right
Given the GOP's reliance on people for whom feminism and its proposition that women can be just as good at stuff as men is the reason for the collapse of Western Civilization, one of the reasons they hated Nancy Pelosi was that she really was an effective Speaker. Disagree with what she was doing, but she got it done.
Compare this with John Boehner. Recently called the "rodeo clown of conservative politics", Boehner is the weakest, most ineffectual Speaker I can recall. He comes up with a "Plan B" that was designed to pass a tax cut on all income under a $1,000,000 a year, and then watch the Democrats either block it in the Senate or have Obama veto it. This was supposed to transfer the onus of fiscal cliff to the Democrats.
But he couldn't even deliver his own caucus.
What the hell is going on here? Institutionally, the Speaker is probably the strongest official in Washington, outside the Chairmen of the Federal Reserve. The President is bound by Congress, the Courts and the focus of public attention. The Speaker traditionally rules his or her caucus with an iron fist. You cross a Speaker at your peril.
Boehner made some noise in the direction of being more commanding by booting some of his more noxious members from key committee posts. But since then, he has gone right back to being ineffectual.
Which means any conversations between Obama and Boehner are pointless.
Part of me would like to see Boehner bounced from the gavel by the Teatards. Let Cantor or Ryan try and corral these particular kittens. Quit trying to negotiate with someone who has zero ability to deliver the GOP with a compromise.
Of course, a Speaker Cantor or Ryan would unleash even more crazy. The risk is that absolutely NOTHING gets done for almost a decade until the GOP gerrymanders can be reversed.
The potential benefit would be that the House Krazy Kaucus gets fully unmasked. Their obstruction of a deficit deal, defaulting on the full faith and credit of the US and an assault weapon ban might be enough to overcome even the gerrymanders.
The other thing it might do is fracture the GOP between the nominally sane, pro-business GOP (Boehner) from the fringe Teatards (Ryan), with the political opportunists (Cantor) having to figure out which way to jump.
The GOP can't navigate between it's Wall Street powerbase and it's Angry White Man electorate for very much longer.