How The GOP FInds Happiness in Irresponsibility
by vcalzone, Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 05:20:18 AM EST
Great and revealing article from the DC Examiner today.
You see it all over Capitol Hill, in the hallways, the hearing rooms, the gathering spots. Republicans, coming off a devastating, across-the-board electoral defeat, are ... happy. Being in opposition, after eight years of a Republican presidency and 12 years of GOP rule in Congress, suits many of them just fine.
Translation: The GOP is greatly happy now that they can stop all that nasty business of trying to lead the country and run the government they purport to despise. Now they can go back to just criticizing liberals, and they've realized that's all they really wanted all along.
I remember being in the minority. It was hell. We rejoiced when we regained power because we had a chance to actually accomplish something. And yet, the GOP rejoices when they lose power because they realize they no longer have to worry about responsibility, they can just keep their jobs by making ridiculous arguments and obstructing anything from ever happening.
Because if there's one thing that we now know Republicans hate, it's actually fighting for people. When push comes to shove, they have no interest in caring for the poor or sick, or even making sure more people don't become poor and sick. No, all they want to make sure happens is that Democrats don't get too happy. That's what makes them miserable, when they look down at Whoville and see Democrats actually smiling in pride at their government. Now that we're getting more divided, there's a spring in their step. "Glory be, we've created discord again! Mission accomplished!"
"We have a focus we did not have before, because we were just trying to hang on to power," Sen. Lindsey Graham told me. "Instead of hanging our heads, we're picking good fights. In that regard, there is an energy among Republicans that is counterintuitive to the beating we just took."
Yeah, that power is rough, right? Well, good news. You may never have to worry about it again.