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H.L. Mencken

Thursday, April 28, 2016

In Vino Veritas

John Boehner got liquored up and spilled the beans about what we already know to be true.

As the article notes, this gibes with Ornstein and Mann's critique of the GOP as an "insurgent outlier" that was so ideologically extreme, that it made governance impossible.  They wrote this almost four years ago to the day, and nothing that has happened in the intervening years has done anything to soften this criticism.  The GOP simply refuses to compromise out of ideological purity.

The prevailing fiction that exists within polite DC society is that "each side is to blame equally" for the country's dysfunction.  Ornstein and Mann ripped this pretense to shreds, but it still surfaces in places like when Politico's founder starts babbling about a third party of technocrats ohmygodmakeitstop.  Because "each side is to blame" the criticism - despite being coauthored by an American Enterprise Institute scholar - could be dismissed as a liberal hit piece.

As the Vox piece points out, Boehner basically confirms Ornstein and Mann's criticism from within the Conservative Movement.

The sad reality is that the GOP is fundamentally broken, and the ascension of Donaldus Magnus is a prime example of this. The party elites have been sending extreme messages to the Base - impeachment, Birtherism, ACA is the end of freedom - and now the Base have internalized that extremism and coughed up the living, breathing Id of their party.

I've expressed before my sympathy for Boehner, who I think wanted to govern, but was not allowed to by the caucus.  However, we have reached a point where the GOP's ideological intransigence is threatening the well being of the Republic.

What is even scarier is that Trumpism is likely to become the default ideology of the GOP faithful.  As Trump wins the nomination, the GOP will dutifully fall in line behind him, because that is how the GOP do.  This could lead to more ideological polarization, and if the Democrats can't win back the Congress, a fundamental collapse in the ethos of separation and sharing of powers.

Shit IS fucked and broken.  But only one side broke it.

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