Poor John Boehner, begging for "a conversation"
October 9, 2013 | When Republican intransigence shut down the government, it was ostensibly because they wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We know how that worked out: delay the ACA, delay the individual mandate of the ACA, repeal a tax that pays for the ACA.
When all these ploys were rebuffed by the Senate and the White House, Boehner was reduced to demanding negotiations. Now he just wants "a conversation." At least that was his demand over 20 times when he appeared Sunday on This Week on ABC with George Stephanopolous.
After the president held an hour-long press conference on Tuesday, Boehner issued a statement. “What the president said today was, if there is unconditional surrender by Republicans, he’ll sit down and talk to us,” said Boehner.
Well, that's exactly right. The Tea Party Mutants in the House do need to surrender. They do need to accept that the ACA isn't going anywhere. They do need to accept that Obama won the election. They do need to accept the fact that defaulting on debt is a big deal. They do need to accept that they are responsible for shutting down the government with all its unintended (possibly) consequences. They do need to be crushed.
And what Boehner has to understand is that he is not leading the Republicans. It's long past the time when he could intervene. Ted Cruz is now the puppetmaster of the hard-right, and it is he who is pulling Boehner's strings.
But in their world view (the Tea Party Mutants) their world is, indeed, slipping away from them; hence they try to rally around the cry to "take [our] country back." The only problem is, the country they want to go back to no longer exists except in the hard-right echo chamber of Fox News.
There's a fine op-ed piece in yesterday's New York Times by Thomas Edsall explicating the right-wing mindset. I dispute the hypothesis that they have a mind at all, but be that as it may, it's good to understand how the crazies think. Check it out: Anger Can Be Power
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