The GOP Crackup

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Between the Manhattan mosque, “terror babies,” Obama’s birth certificate, repealing part of the 14th Amendment, and whatever fake controversy Andrew Breitbart has dreamed up lately, the GOP and its loyal partisans have really lost their collective shit. I keep thinking the tone of the public discourse can’t get any lower. And then they prove me wrong. The sad thing is, on the issues that actually matter America is in dire need of a competent opposition party right now. But actually coming up with new ideas, as opposed to demagoguing to the base (a word that works in two ways here), well, it’s hard. It requires serious thinking from serious people. When members of the party like Rep. Paul Ryan actually do put forth serious policy proposals that address real issues, party leaders run like hell. Because a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit in fifty years is too radical for them.

Instead, we get this….

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109 Responses to “The GOP Crackup”

  1. #1 |  Andrew Williams | 

    My WIFE argues better and more fairly than Sen. Goober. The gaping hole is obviously where his brain used to be. I’m glad Cooper kept him on that long so that it was glaringly obvious how intellectually deficient this middle-aged homunculus is. Or to quote Bugs Bunny, “What a mo-roon.”

  2. #2 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Fuck you, I’m eating!

  3. #3 |  JOR | 

    “Merely neg karmaing someone is pure meaningless laziness.”

    Well it involves (slightly) more effort than disagreeing with something with whatever degree of passion and passing over it without either neg-karming it or refuting it. Does that mean doing so is even lazier? People can have all sorts of reasons for not commenting. For my part, often I’ll read something I think is wrong or stupid, but say nothing because other people are already saying anything I would think to, or because I don’t think it’s important enough to write about, or because I don’t have time to write the length of comment my thoughts on the matter would demand of me, or because the reasons for disagreement are hard for me to pin down and by the time I have my reasons sorted out, the discussion is dead. Now I don’t normally click karma buttons at all but for people in the habit of doing so, I don’t hold it against them if they tick me down without telling me why (as for disagreeing with me in the first place, on the other hand…)

    “When there is no meaningful refutation, the unrebutted statement stands, neg karma nothwithstanding — thus the hard truth denied.”

    The truth or falsity of a statement has nothing to do with whether it is rebutted or not. (A true statement can be meaningfully and persuasively rebutted; a false statement can be unanimously agreed to). If you want a useful little rule of thumb though, any time your point or line of argument has you postulating anything about a total strangers’ psychological state or private motives, you’re probably wrong (at least about that, and anything that depends on it).

  4. #4 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Anderson sounds like a tech support CSR trying to reason with one of those “people” who think CD/DVD drives are cup holders.

  5. #5 |  Kvick Tänkare « Travels with Shiloh | 

    […] come up with kinda-sorta coherent delusions to get everyone scared?  Now we’re looking at terror babies?  The only question is how in the world can we be in a place where these knuckleheads might […]

  6. #6 |  AnonymousCoward | 

    ‘Help us fill the hole’ – sounds like this should have been the Republican party motto for quite a while.

  7. #7 |  Chuck C | 

    @Joe, #30 & 50

    And I support those in the GOP who truly support limited government. Unfortunately there aren’t that m any of them.


    Conservatives can be assholes. No doubt. But when it comes to fucking with liberty, the lefties are by far the biggest danger.

    You seem to have been absent for the last 10 years of our history.

  8. #8 |  Chuck C | 

    Arrgh! Strike through doesn’t work? Curses, my snark has been foiled!

  9. #9 |  Ewan | 

    Gohmert Pyle’s mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore!