But not because of the reason Lindsey Graham thinks. The South Carolina senator told George Stephenopolous on This Week, “If this is going to be bi-partisanship, the country is screwed.”
He’s just one of the Repubs criticizing Obama’s overtures to them in an effort to draw public support away from the president. They never had a problem with Bush completely – completely – dismissing Democrats for eight years after promising to be a “uniter not a divider.” But the Republican congressional leadership checked out long ago, so it seems nothing new that they should walk around proudly with egg on their face.
I would agree this country is screwed, but for different reasons.
This country is screwed because Rush Limbaugh is the defacto leader of the Republican Party.
Rush Limbaugh has become the Yoda of the Right Wing – his kiss-assers even include H.W. Bush, who called Rush on the 20th anniversary of Rush on radio:
I’m here with a room full of admirers. There are two others that would like to speak to you and congratulate you, people who consider you friends and really appreciate the contribution you’ve made.
Yes, pukey, I know. But, not as grotesque as Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey groveling to to the former(?) drug addicted college dropout:
I want to express to you and all your listeners my very sincere regret for those comments I made yesterday to Politico… I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments (laughs) and I just wanted to tell you, Rush, and — and all our conservative giants who help us so much to maintain our base and grow it and get back this majority that I regret those stupid comments.
And if you weren’t completely convinced Rush Limbaugh is simply a ratings-seeking, irrational freaknut gasbag, I’ll present a few of his greatest hits:
- I’m going to tell you, what’s good for al-Qaeda is good for the Democratic Party in this country today. That’s how you boil this down. And it doesn’t have to be al-Qaeda. What’s good for terrorists is good for John Kerry. All you got to do is check the way they react.
- It’s one thing to have a sizable minority like the Democrats stand in your way, but it is just unacceptable when a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of Republicans in Congress also rear up in opposition and join the liberal Democrats to derail an agenda. At some point that has to be faced. It has to be faced because these RINOs, these moderates, are undermining our agenda on taxes; they are undermining our agenda on spending; they are undermining our agenda on oil drilling, and they are undermining the war on terror — and I’ll give you some names. You want some names? Here they are: Olympia Snowe, John McCain, George Voinovich, Mike Castle, Christopher Shays, and about 30 to 35 others.
- They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it.
- (on Mark Foley scandal) In their hearts and minds and their crotches, they don’t have any problem with what Foley did. They’ve defended it over the — over the years.
- I want to say something for the record here, folks, on April the 12th: We conservatives are the ones standing for free speech. We conservatives are the ones standing for diversity of thought and honest communication because we are not afraid of the free flow of ideas.
This is leader of a group of people who think intellectual kindergartner Sarah Palin would make a good POTUS because she’s “a babe.” This man has absolutely no grip on logic in reason whether it’s what goes into his mouth or the inane vitriol that exits it. And he’s leading one of the two main political parties in this country. I wouldn’t be caught dead calling myself a Republican right now! I’d say I’m a Libertarian or Independent and end the shame and humiliation. A radical group has taken hold of the Repubs and is holding on with all the jesus-worshipping, white knuckling they can muster. The only sunny side I can see is that Rush looks like he could drop at any minute from a major coronary and then maybe the party won’t be a cesspool of big bidness iniquity.
With the ease of the information proliferation on the internet, however, the newer generation of voters has a greater appreciation of research and common sense. This radical Right Wing religioner group led by Rush will not be able to stand the test of time or elections. I don’t know anyone under 60 that listens to Rush without laughing their ass off, shaking their head and saying WTF?
So maybe it’s not the country that’s screwed. Maybe it’s just the Republican Party – as long as Rush is running it. 2010 you say? Look, a lot of old, white voters could die between now and then – especially if they live in the areas where Repubican governors are threatening not to take some of the stimulus cash – and that only means Repub demographics are drying up. The radical right wingers better not have any more Ted Haggards or Mark Foleys, because that shit was bad for business.
The more I think about it, the more it looks like Repubs better have a national come-to-jesus – minus Rush – because the widespread prostration by Republican leadership of Dittoman himself will only lead them to the political hellfires of inefficacy. But it will be fun for the rest of us to watch.