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[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster.]

Something strange and more than a little disquieting is becoming more obvious by the day regarding our Republican brethren as they warm up for the 2008 elections:  common variables of political success seemingly mean nothing to them to the point where it’s being characterized as political suicide, not merely negative behavior.

Everyone knows supporting the Iraq war, not caring about jobs or the environment and only caring that the rich are coddled is a recipe for political disaster (that’s a very short issue list the GOP is on the wrong side of) but it’s been so obvious for so long the Republicans are driving their bus over the cliff they must know it too, they have to.  As Digby says, they’re fine with it.  What the hell?

Lest any think I engage in exaggeration or hyperbole (me?) about this just look what’s happened to poor John McCain recently.  As Krugman noted this morning, the new GOP pod person now drones that "cutting taxes increases revenue" and casually lies in the most blatant manner about his record. What the hell?  What the fuck, John?  There are bothers and sisters of yours in the United States Army Officer Corps serving this second with honor and integrity, and they don’t appreciate in any sense a veteran of theirs becoming a lying maroon.

The two explanations for this tragic (yes, I do think it’s tragic when a man like John McCain becomes a casual liar) development have become pretty standard by now:  Republicans are endlessly enabled and never held accountable by American corporate propaganda some amusingly call "journalism," and the Republican political machine always takes care of candidates who lose with a decent job.  If they demand one becomes a sleazy liar and loses at least one is personally, in a material sense, insulated from it.

The natural conclusion to watching all this happy political self-immolation is that the Republicans are knowingly throwing the 2008 election, oh well, losing in the past has never meant long-term failure for Republicans.  Endless mountains of corporate cash, exploiting racism and a superb propaganda mechanism will bring them back, always has, always will.

There are two problems with this blithe acceptance to political suicide, however.  The first is that after 15 years of "movement conservatism" truth and reality have been stretched and smashed to the point of oblivion in supporting blind ideology, in the past a Republican would state a valid differing political agenda in their campaigns, not this thorazine the-sky-is-green lying and delusional behavior John McCain just displayed.  This casual acceptance to total unreality and rank lying is new, and creepy as hell, too.

It also must be considered in the current crisis of Executive political leadership, leaders of the Republican Party killed and buried the rule of law long ago, these felons truly do not think any law applies to them, and even if it somehow did they will never pay a consequence for it.

With over a year to go for scheduled Executive transition to very likely the opposition Democrat Republicans are strutting around spouting the most blatant fantasies, unreality and lies, confident that losing in 2008 is perfectly fine while the President and Vice President break any law they like.  They’ll lose in 2008 and come back somehow in 2010, that’s normal American politics.

Almost anything can become normal in the Age of Terror, that much is very true, and the fact remains 2008 is not at all a normal election year with the Republican pod people so happily ascending the gallows, blathering mental-patient racist fantasies every step of the way, their President abusing Congress with imperial lawlessness.  This is something very new in American politics, with blithe confidence that of course everything will work out completely unjustified.

It’s an extremely dangerous mix of arrogance, delusion and unaccountability.  Everything may indeed work out as it constitutionally should, but the Republic never should have been allowed to be put at risk like this, never, and all must be done in 2010 to make sure that amazing Republican confidence that they come back does not, in fact, always happen.

Originally posted to paradox on Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 05:30 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  What else could account for this field of... (7+ / 0-)

    oh.... what's the word.... nutjobs?

    "You'd be surprised at what kind of party you can throw for the same amount of money that it takes to get someone to fuck Paul Wolfowitz. " --TBOGG

    by vicki on Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 05:55:27 AM PST

    •  It's their treasured sense of victimhood (8+ / 0-)

      which is much easier to maintain when you're not in charge of all three branches of government.  Also, they would rather prevent any positive accomplishments by Democrats than be responsible for any improvements themselves.  They've wrecked the country, and now they want to be sure that Democrats get the blame for the painful measures it will take to fix it.

      "There are no happy endings in the Bush Administration". - Randall L. Tobias

      by MadRuth on Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 06:11:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  No question there. (2+ / 0-)
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        paradox, Ckntfld

        Conservatism is the biggest victim racket going.

        As for the stuff the Republicans are spewing out now, well, what else are they gonna say? They're appealing to the voters who brought you this catastrophe. And would do it again if they could. They'll tone down the moronicisms after the convention, and hope we all forget. And our media stars will probably help them all they can.

    •  *Maybe they think* (1+ / 0-)
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      they can do and say whatever they want and the MSM will never point it out or call them on it. Wonder where they would get an idea like that? Or maybe they know that the fix is already in, and they are going to win no matter how many votes they get or don't get?

      Not all Republicans are assholes, but most assholes are Republicans.

      by cackyp on Tue Jan 01, 2008 at 05:54:39 AM PST

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  •  They love their positions (5+ / 0-)

    regardless of how unproductive they seem to us. It's possible they believe the media and the courts will pull their iron from the fire. After all it's worked in the past.

    "Too often Democrats allow themselves to be intimidated by phony arguments." Senator Russ Feingold

    by Lahdee on Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 06:03:52 AM PST

  •  Two words. (5+ / 0-)
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    paradox, Ckntfld, jimreyn, marykk, RickMassimo

    Malignant narcissism.

    Potius mori quam foedari.

    by Lilith Saintcrow on Mon Dec 31, 2007 at 09:02:50 PM PST

  •  Flippity McCain (2+ / 0-)
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    Ckntfld, Pluto

    So, as Krugman points out, MacCain opposed Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, but NOT wants to make them permanent.

    I guess he finally figured out what his party stands for.

    Hold on to that flip-flop. It will come in handy if McCain does become the main candidate.

  •  I was going to say that (0+ / 0-)

    the conservatives ended up in a position where they held all the cards -- they had the executive and the legislative branches -- so they couldn't blame the mess they made on a democratic president or congress.  And that when we hold all the cards, we just have to govern wisely to hammer home the point.

    But then I realized they will spin everything positive we do either into something negative or they will take credit for all positive results.

    Their MO is if a Repug is in office, all bad outcomes are because of his predecessor.  If a Dem is in office, all good outcomes are because of his/her predecessor.

    I'll never forget when Clinton was elected, he hadn't been sworn in for more than a few days when we starting hearing 'so what has he done, anyway?'


  •  They do it because it works (0+ / 0-)

    Krugman alluded to a "separate reality" in his column.  On the eve of the 2004 election,  PIPA (I think) did a poll of likely Bush and Kerry voters,  and titled the result "The Separate Realities of Bush and Kerry Supporters" (or something close to that).  They discovered that Bush supporters tended to believe a lot of things about the world in general,  and Bush and his policies in particular,  that were simply not true.  We've all seen lots of polls showing how many people believe that we found the WMDs in Iraq,  that Saddam was involved in 9/11,  etc.  Anyone who's done a lot of reading/participating on online fora where there are significant numbers of neandercons (with or without large numbers of liberals) has seen the death-grip they have on their myths.

    There have always been groups like that,  and always will be.  But in modern American politics,  they've tended to be small and easily dismissed as "fringe" (e.g. Birchers,  Objectivists,  and Communists).

    But the Republicans have a significant percentage of such folks,  and they're important to winning the Presidential nomination.  Additionally,  we have a huge population,  spanning the entire political spectrum,  who simply aren't paying enough attention.  Those people often aren't aware of the falsity of the arguments being presented,  so they either aren't turned off by them,  or even give them some credence because humans tend to like simple answers,  even if they're non-obviously wrong.

    If you want honest political discourse,  you have to get the public to spend more time following American politics than they do American Idol.

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