‘Chokepoint’

October 7, 2013

CrazyMondayNotwithstanding all the screaming and crying and blubbering, it’s Monday again — nothing, and I truly mean nothing, at all can be done about it.
Except to accept the fate of the first day of the work week, and go about the business of trying to stay alive.

Clear again this morning along California’s north coast, but the political weather in the US as a whole is dark, dismal and full of brown eyes crying in the rain. And, yes, John Boehner is still alive.
And he wants to chit-chat: “It’s time for us to sit down and have a conversation. That’s what the American people expect. That’s what I’ve offered for the last ten days. Let’s sit down and have a conversation. You know, we’ve had conversations before. Why can’t we have one here?”

(Illustration found here).

Mainly, because you’re carrying a shitload of baggage — crazy, batshit-fruitcase baggage.
And those suitcases are  full of hard-case defiance, despite all the shit-talk about a conversation sit down: “That’s the path we’re on,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said on ABC’s “This Week.” Of Obama, he added: “He knows what my phone number is. All he has to do is call.”
No results without a White House backdown, or what these silly-assed nit-twits call negotiations.

Paul Krugman in his New York Times column this morning points to the obvious:

But there’s one more important piece of the story.
Conservative leaders are indeed ideologically extreme, but they’re also deeply incompetent.
So much so, in fact, that the Dunning-Kruger effect — the truly incompetent can’t even recognize their own incompetence — reigns supreme.

Many people seem perplexed by the transformation of the G.O.P. into the political equivalent of the Keystone Kops — the Boehner Bunglers?
Republican elders, many of whom have been in denial about their party’s radicalization, seem especially startled.
But all of this was predictable.
It has been obvious for years that the modern Republican Party is no longer capable of thinking seriously about policy.
Whether the issue is climate change or inflation, party members believe what they want to believe, and any contrary evidence is dismissed as a hoax, the product of vast liberal conspiracies.
For a while the party was able to compartmentalize, to remain savvy and realistic about politics even as it rejected objectivity everywhere else.
But this wasn’t sustainable.
Sooner or later, the party’s attitude toward policy — we listen only to people who tell us what we want to hear, and attack the bearers of uncomfortable news — was bound to infect political strategy, too.

If that’s the case, and it most-surely appears to be so, the US is swimming in dire straits.
I.e., “chokepoint” — 1. A narrow passage, such as a strait, through which shipping must pass; 2. A point of congestion or obstruction.

And on top of all that ugly shit is that it’s Monday, too!

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