â€œI am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.â€
— Oscar Wilde
(Illustration found here).
The so-called Republican Party — the GOP — has descended into nothing more than bullshit, and the hard part is that a certain segment of US society takes these assholes for serious, a point that would make Barry Goldwater spin in his grave.
According to reports, when it was announced a couple of days ago Chicago didn’t make the 2016 Olympic cut, a meeting for Americans For Prosperity, a conservative group opposing health care reform, “erupted in cheers,” only because they viewed the news as a blow to President Obama.
Not that it was a blow to all US peoples.
And idiot-face Bill Kristol, the rightest of right-wing nitwits, was overjoyed:
“You couldn’t help but be amused by it,” Kristol said on Fox News Sunday.
Kristol said that Obama’s liberal world view should have prompted him to campaign against his adopted home town of Chicago, and support Rio de Janeiro’s winning bid.
“By Barack Obama’s view of the world, he should have been rooting for Brazil to get the Olympics. South America’s never gotten them. It’s a rising power. It would help Brazil. We don’t need the Olympics. We’ve had them a million times. Our economy doesn’t need the boost of the Olympics,” said Kristol, who evidently is very good at emulating “liberal” talking points when he wants to be.
Has Kristol read any, any-at-all US economic stats lately?
Talking Points Memo has a run-down on the GOP cheer squads.
And GOP bigwigs are cruising all over the world to take a slap at Obama, though, in reality they’re slapping at the whole US — Politics and not America is the over-all concern.
TPM also has a nice list of GOPers on the move: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is visiting Honduras in order to support the recent military coup against a leftist president, which has been opposed by the Obama administration and all the surrounding countries in the region … Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) will be going to the upcoming climate change conference in Copenhagen, bringing a “Truth Squad” to tell foreign officials there that the American government will not take any action … House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) traveled to Israel, where he spoke out against President Obama’s opposition to expanded settlements … Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) boasted in June that he told Chinese officials not to trust America’s budget numbers.
What the livin’ shit?
Are these clowns Americans?
The New York Times‘ Paul Krugman nailed it this morning:
So what did we learn from this moment?
For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.
But more important, the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nationâ€™s two great political parties is spite pure and simple.
If Republicans think something might be good for the president, theyâ€™re against it â€” whether or not itâ€™s good for America.
Be afraid, be really, really freakin’ afraid.