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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, July 18, 2017

Can't Nobody Do Nothing?

So the American Shitburger Act has apparently finally, really, no takebacks, completely died.  This parrot is deceased!

So here is where the modern GOP finds itself.

- They transformed themselves into the Party of No during Obama's presidency.  From the very first, they engaged in obstruction and delay to prevent him from achieving his goals.  This - combined with the lingering effects of the Little Depression - led to Republican gains in 2010.  Being the Party of No worked for them for 7 years.

- Being the Party of No does not lend itself to having ideas or doing stuff.  They can rollback certain elements of Obama's presidency at the margins, but they can't produce a positive, proactive agenda of their own.

- Or rather they can, but it is massively unpopular.  The institutional GOP cares about reducing the tax and regulatory burden on the rich.  That's it.  And that is unpopular.  It is likely that the only achievement of this Congress will be cutting taxes for the rich, and even than seems iffy, given the Byrd Rule.

Mitch McConnell is the most important figure in the Senate over the past forty years, because he has fundamentally changed/broken the Senate as an institution.  But being a bombthrower typically does not make you a good carpenter.

Nice job, Republicans.

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