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For a week now, dozens of House Republicans have been staging fake sessions on domestic drilling. The hearings haven't gotten far beyond twitter battles for the most part, except for Rep. David Davis losing his GOP primary because of ties to big oil. This apparently has not served as a lesson to anyone in this cabal though, and last night Minority Leader Boehner co-signed a fundraising email that proves the GOP can't get halfway through a basic email without embarrassing itself or through an entire email without flat out lying.

The first part is just fun in a dance-on-their-grave sort of way. Boehner and RNC Chair Mike Duncan declare "We need to fight back and help elect Republican candidates who are committed to real reform." Kinda like in Tennessee where big oil sellout Davis went down for opposing meaningful reform? Yeah, kinda like that.

It moves on to the sweeping promise that "we will hold the Democrat majority accountable for blocking real energy reform." Nevermind that they're too stupid to know what party they're running against (Democratic), but the word "reform" appears for the third time. Which is funny, because "drill more" isn't reform. It's actually the exact opposite of reform; a clear and direct continuation of current form. More of the same is exactly that: more of the same.

But the real kicker is the postscript. I am assured by Boehner that "Republicans in Congress are staying at their posts to demand a vote on dealing with the high cost of energy" and he implores me to "help us spread the word about the Nancy Pelosi Democrats' who'd rather go on vacation than do their jobs." Except Boehner has left his go on vacation. Boehner went to Ohio to play golf over the weekend. At least twice. That doesn't sound like staying at the post to me. Or like skipping vacation. Maybe I'm just not at the same level of sophistication as the top of the Republican party, but it seems to me that you'd want to avoid the blatant and easily proven lies in these emails. The rhetorical flourishes that are available in the english language are such that you could work around these sorts of obvious lies.

But nevertheless, here we find ourselves. They're promoting reform with a platform of opposing all reform. They're asking for more reform-minded members of Congress, and people are responding by voting out the members of this absurd cabal of obstructionists. And they claim they'll man the post until it's done unless it cuts into their golfing plans. One email encapsulates the entire essence of the current day GOP.

Originally posted to withthelidoff on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 12:19 PM PDT.

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