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GOP Rep. Justin Amash
John Boehner, as we well know, has a serious problem on his hands. While most of his caucus is generally content to loot the country on behalf of the oligarchs they serve, there's a hardcore contigent of true dystopians for whom mere pillage is not enough. These wreckers, many of whom were elected to Congress just last year on the strength of their credentials as "tea partiers," will not rest until all of America resembles the set from Mad Max. The rank-and-file looters want to shovel as much of the public treasury as possible toward big business while lowering taxes on the very wealthiest. It's a simple plan. But the real problem children want to eliminate things even many Republicans like, and John Boehner isn't stupid enough to let them succeed.

But boy will they try. There have been a number of votes this year on budgetary matters where the dystopians have turned their petulance into action, often causing Boehner some serious headaches by aggressively departing from the party line. I've pulled together nine roll calls which I think showcase this split best. Let me walk you through them.

Repeatedly this year, Congress has passed temporary government funding measures (often known as "continuing resolutions," or just "CRs") because Democrats and Republicans predictably have a very hard time reaching agreement on long-term solutions. Because the GOP has been willing to let the government shut down, and because Congressional Democrats seem to want to avoid this at all costs, Republicans have succeeded in demanding a ransom every time a stopgap bill is necessary. That ransom has come in the form of budget cuts—which are often insufficiently satisfactory to the dystopian wing of the party.

The first such CR actually passed overwhelmingly back on Feb. 1, with a majority of Democrats voting in favor and only six GOP dissents. But that micro-caucus—those willing to vote against the overwhelming majority of their own party—gives you a sense who of the biggest troublemakers are going to be. Two weeks later, though, the dystopians got a lot grumpier, as 54 Republicans refused to get on board with the next CR. But the bill still passed by a wide margin, thanks to considerable Democratic support.

Boehner looked like he didn't have the stomach to head off a full-scale rebellion just then, so three weeks after that, on April 7, he brought forth a bill that he knew would please his caucus, even though the Senate told him it was dead on arrival and President Obama said he'd veto it. Did Boehner think this sop was going to please the wreckers? Well, it worked, at least in the very, very short term, since the bill passed with just six nays from his own party. (Four names were the same as from the first go-round: Justin Amash, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Ron Paul.)

But as I say, the legislation was a no-go, and two days later, Boehner was forced to bring a compromise bill to the House floor. This time, the insurgency was perhaps less bad than he feared, with only 28 members of his party spurning him. Boehner could afford not to worry, though, because the CR passed with overwhelming Republican and Democratic support.

It was a busy April, though, and things were going to get worse for Boehner, not better. Tired of bi-weekly fights over these stopgap spending measures, the Obama administration pushed for a budget agreement that would last until the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30). A deal was eventually reached—an unhappy one for Democrats, who mostly voted against it, but also a bitter disappointment to the teanuts who were furious that spending levels weren't cut even further. Boehner had the biggest revolt on his hands to date, as 59 Republicans balked. Still, the compromise passed.

The very next day saw the grandest cock-up of all. The House ran through a series of votes on budget resolutions, including the now-infamous Ryan plan which would have, among other things, eliminated Medicare. But while it's now been overshadowed by Ryan's Curse, April 15 also saw another roll call on an alternative budget resolution that made Paul Ryan's ideas look like he'd cribbed them straight from Marx. GOP leadership wanted this plan, known as the Republican Study Committee budget, to fail, pure and simple—it was far too harsh, even for them—and they were certain Democrats would vote against it en masse.

But Steny Hoyer had eaten a good breakfast that morning, and he instructed his fellow Democrats to simply vote "present" once it came to the floor. That meant the bill was very much in danger of passing, and frantic Republican leaders had to whip their own caucus to vote against the legislation while the vote was still open. It was utter chaos, and the GOP very nearly got punked. While a handful of Democrats did wind up voting "no" (perhaps not wanting to be seen as playing games), the Republicans had no way to know if any would. So they succeeded in getting the absolute minimum number of nays necessary—120—to ensure it would tank. That still meant 119 votes for Lord Humungus, and a truly scary day for John Boehner.

The RSC budget can't properly be described as a rebellion, since the majority of Republicans actually supported it (before the furious whipping began). But it did represent the starkest example of Boehner losing control of his caucus to date. The agony certainly hasn't ended, though. In the middle of the summer, Boehner once again had to whip votes in favor of his preferred bill to raise the debt ceiling. Like the April 7 CR, Boehner knew this bill was automatically kaput in the Senate, which in theory ought to have made it easy for him to pass.

But real anger began to boil over this time. This legislation, after all, was not just about spending levels but about how much debt the government can issue—something which tickles the tea partiers at an even deeper part of their lizard brains than mere dollars and cents. Boehner still promised a vote on on July 28, but as the day wore on, failure seemed more and more likely. And one thing Boehner absolutely could not do was pass a bill that relied on majority Democratic support, since that would have been his last act as Speaker of the House. So he had to rally his party to his side, because Democrats were united in opposition to his plans. But the expected defections were too many, and in a very embarrassing climb down, pulled the bill from a vote.

The next day, though, Boehner's efforts at suasion finally seemed to come together and he sent his debt ceiling bill to the floor. It passed, by the skin of its teeth. All Democrats voted against, as did 22 Republicans, for a 218-210 final tally—about as tight as they come. Luckily for Boehner, Democrats ultimately caved on his debt ceiling demands, and when the final compromise bill came up for a vote on Aug. 1, Democrats split right down the middle, with 95 in favor and 95 against. That assist allowed Boehner to shrug off another huge mass of defectors, 66 in all. Apart from the special case of the RSC budget, that constitued the biggest crowd of Republicans opposing Boehner to date.

Regrettably (for the nation), we're now back to stopgap spending bills—as I noted above, the fiscal year closes out at the end of September, so the budget passed in April is just about up. And things are still awkward for Boehner. As he did in early April, and as he did with his initial debt ceiling bill, he keeps putting forth legislation that the Senate is guaranteed to reject. Even then, he's still managed to arouse the ire of a chunk of his caucus. The most recent CR, passed on Sept. 23, saw 24 Republican dissenters, which sounds small, but as with Boehner's first debt ceiling bill, Democratic opposition has been high, giving him little margin for error; the final vote this time was a still-hairy 219-203.

It's not clear why he bothered, though. As predicted, Senate Democrats ignored the bill that Boehner had just struggle to past. Instead, Democrats and Republicans wound up reaching a separate agreement on a different CR, which the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of last Monday. The House had already recessed, so Boehner staged a "pro-forma" session in which the lower chamber agreed to the Senate bill by unanimous consent on Thursday. While a lone rogue dystopian could have derailed the whole deal (as my colleague David Waldman explained here), that didn't happen. So perhaps Boehner simply staged a kabuki vote on the 23rd to buy himself time until the planned recess, knowing that even the craziest members of his caucus would be reluctant to withold consent, since it would have meant dragging the entire House back from recess and leaving the government inches from shutdown.

But that's not a trick you can use often. And the trick also worked because there appears to be a deal in hand for a longer-term CR that would carry the government through Nov. 18. The House is expected to vote on (and pass) this legislation on Tuesday, but once again, Boehner will be relying on Democrats to carry him over the hump.

And that has to be keeping John Boehner up at night, because one day, his luck might just run out. He'll have a combination of too many defections plus firm Democratic resolve and he simply won't be able to pass a necessary bill. He may be tempted to forge a coalition made up mostly of Democrats and a few Republicans, but as I say, if he goes that route, he'll very quickly be spending his days on the golf course, since the majority of his caucus would vote him out of a job. Since a life on the links doesn't appear to be in Boehner's dreams, he'll keep banging his head against the wall—a wall built by the dystopian tea party wreckers, and a wall which may one day come crashing down on John Boehner's head.

As a coda, I'm sure you're wondering who these problem children are. I've already mentioned the two worst: Justin Amash of Michigan's 3rd Congressional District and Steve King of Iowa's 5th (seeking reelection in the new 4th). They've voted against Boehner nine out of nine times, the only two to do so. Here are the top dozen, ranked by how often on this series of legislation they opposed GOP leadership:

Justin Amash     9
Steve King       9
Michele Bachmann 8
Mick Mulvaney    8
Connie Mack      7
Jeffrey Duncan   7
Jim Jordan       7
Joe Walsh        7
Joe Wilson       7
Ron Paul         7
Tim Huelskamp    7
Tom Graves       7

The rest of the list is below the fold. Also, here is a Google Docs spreadsheet showing who voted no on what.

Jason Chaffetz        6
Paul Broun            6
Steve Southerland     6
Timothy V. Johnson    6
Trey Gowdy            6
Andy Harris           5
Jeff Flake            5
Joe L. Barton         5
Phil Gingrey          5
Raul Labrador         5
Steve Pearce          5
Ted Poe               5
Tom McClintock        5
Trent Franks          5
Bill Huizenga         4
Billy Long            4
David Schweikert      4
Dennis Ross           4
Doug Lamborn          4
John Fleming          4
Louie Gohmert         4
Marlin Stutzman       4
Scott Garrett         4
Scott Rigell          4
Steven J. Chabot      4
Tim Scott             4
Allen West            3
Ben Quayle            3
Chip Cravaack         3
Cliff Stearns         3
Dan Burton            3
Denny Rehberg         3
Jack Kingston         3
Jean Schmidt          3
Jeff Landry           3
Lynn Westmoreland     3
Mike Pence            3
Morgan Griffith       3
Ralph M. Hall         3
Randy Neugebauer      3
Roscoe G. Bartlett    3
Scott DesJarlais      3
Scott Tipton          3
Thaddeus McCotter     3
Todd Akin             3
Walter B. Jones       3
Ann Marie Buerkle     2
Austin Scott          2
Bill Posey            2
Chuck Fleischmann     2
Cynthia M. Lummis     2
Dean Heller           2
Duncan D. Hunter      2
J. Randy Forbes       2
John Campbell         2
John J. Duncan Jr.    2
John Sullivan         2
Kevin Yoder           2
Marsha Blackburn      2
Mo Brooks             2
Patrick T. McHenry    2
Randy Hultgren        2
Rob Bishop            2
Steve Austria         2
Steve Scalise         2
Steven Palazzo        2
Tim Walberg           2
Todd Rokita           2
Tom Latham            2
Vicky Hartzler        2
Adrian Smith          1
Alan Nunnelee         1
Bill Cassidy          1
Bill Flores           1
Candice S. Miller     1
Christopher H. Smith  1
Cory Gardner          1
Dan Benishek          1
Dana Rohrabacher      1
Darrell Issa          1
Devin Nunes           1
Donald Manzullo       1
Ed Royce              1
Elton Gallegly        1
Francisco Canseco     1
Frank Guinta          1
Gary G. Miller        1
Geoff Davis           1
Gregg Harper          1
Howard Coble          1
James Lankford        1
Jeb Hensarling        1
Jeff Miller           1
Jeffrey Denham        1
Joe Pitts             1
John Carter           1
John Culberson        1
John Kline            1
John L. Mica          1
John Shimkus          1
K. Michael Conaway    1
Kay Granger           1
Ken Calvert           1
Kenny Marchant        1
Kevin Brady           1
Lamar Smith           1
Lee Terry             1
Leonard Lance         1
Martha Roby           1
Michael C. Burgess    1
Michael McCaul        1
Michael R. Turner     1
Mike Coffman          1
Mike Kelly            1
Mike Pompeo           1
Paul Gosar            1
Pete Olson            1
Pete Sessions         1
Phil Roe              1
Reid Ribble           1
Rob Woodall           1
Robert E. Latta       1
Robert Hurt           1
Robert W. Goodlatte   1
Sam Johnson           1
Sandra Adams          1
Spencer Bachus        1
Sue Myrick            1
Tom Cole              1
Tom Price             1
Virginia Foxx         1
Wally Herger          1
William M. Thornberry 1
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  •  When you are intent on boiling the (17+ / 0-)

    middle class frog, you don't want to turn up the heat too high because the frog might just realize that it's goose is being cooked.

    The whole idea is to drain the poor and middle class slowly without them ever realizing what's happening.

    So the Tea Party is fucking things up. Not because they don't agree with Boner, but because they want to do it at a pace that will make the peasants revolt.

    Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Kin Hubbard

    by Mr Robert on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:09:47 PM PDT

  •  Pillage - then burn. (19+ / 0-)

    These people can't even get the basics right.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:10:25 PM PDT

  •  What an all-star cast that first bunch is! (9+ / 0-)

    Joe 'You Lie' Wilson and  Joe 'Deadbeat' Walsh along with King and OneL!!   WOW!!!

    Under Ike we had 91% marginal tax rates and nobody called him as Socialist. - Robert Reich

    by lastman on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:11:13 PM PDT

  •  Lord Humungus (7+ / 0-)

    of the lawfirm Humungus,Humungus,Humungus,Humungus and McCormick

    So it's The Why do you hate this country You're Obsessed with misquoting me out of context while I was in the process of misspeaking with the sun in my eyes while chowing down and bashing Sharia law God Bless America defense.......

    by JML9999 on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:11:46 PM PDT

    •  I had a coworker who would trade Marx Bros. (1+ / 0-)
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      names with me. One day I'd be Hungadunga, the next Ciccolini. I usually called him Trentino.

      " still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

      by Wildthumb on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 08:11:43 PM PDT

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    •  ... And the one from "The Road Warrior" (pictured) (4+ / 0-)
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      bear83, JML9999, jimreyn, ManhattanMan

      "There has been too much violence. Too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Give me your pump, the oil, the gasoline, and the whole compound, and I'll spare your lives. Just walk away and we'll give you a safe passageway in the wastelands. Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror."
      [Soldiers start up their vehicles]

      Sound familiar?

      "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

      by emobile on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 08:33:41 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the Mad Max nod (0+ / 0-)

      I was heretofore unaware that there was a Mad Max wiki. Clearly, I don't spend enough time on the Internet -- yet.

  •  Great overview, with details! (6+ / 0-)

    Just about anything that has to get through the House is subject to this kind of treatment from the dystopians, the hard core of the hard core.

    They're getting what they deserve and unfortunately, for now, so are those of us who are inescapably along for the ride.

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:13:08 PM PDT

  •  Congressman Chicken Crap... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...can bang his damned head throught the wall, for all I care. I hope every day he is Speaker is Hell on Earth!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:14:18 PM PDT

  •  I would really like to see a Google Map (4+ / 0-)
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    Herodotus Prime, JML9999, nonnie9999, jck

    with a pin in each of those representatives' districts. I'd be interested in seeing whether they formed any sort of pattern.

    And if the Blue Sky Mining Company won't come to my rescue, if the sugar refining company won't save me, who's gonna save me?

    by Geenius at Wrok on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:14:36 PM PDT

  •  Calling this pack of jackals (10+ / 0-)

    children is, I think, an insult to children -- many of whom have both an ounce of compassion and a sense of fairness.

  •  Dozen faces of Doctor Crazy (5+ / 0-)

    interestinly I see Virginia Foxx's name only coming up once and Mean Jean Schmidt not at all.

    Indicating that the GOP caucus entertains two Crazy Caucuses that only overlap at intervals or that Jean and Ginny are so indoctrinated in authoritarianism that they will dutifully back Big Daddy Boehner no matter what.

    An interesting split either way between the Glibs and the pure Socials.

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    by Bruce Webb on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:19:03 PM PDT

  •  It pains me (2+ / 0-)
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    that fucking Boner loses more sleep over his teabaggers than the Dems.

    Progressives are on the right side of history every time.

    by on the cusp on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:21:40 PM PDT

  •  Does the picture (4+ / 0-)
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    represent what happens to someone who spends too much time in the tanning machines?

    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:25:01 PM PDT

  •  Iraq was all about looting the Treasury (8+ / 0-)

    Come on ... shipping billions of dollars of CASH into a war zone, loaded up on pallets? Didn't anyone else find that suspicious? Check out the stock price of any of the major (or minor) defense contractors in the years 2002-2006. These people made a huge haul.

    Everybody probably thinks the Iraq War was about oil, and maybe it was, but only over the long term. Over the short term, it was about backing up convoys to the doors of the Treasury, and hauling it away by the truckload. It was fucking obvious, war profiteering was front and center, and nobody in the corporate media was asking the questions.

    Republicans since Reagan have always been about looting the Treasury. It's what they do.

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:35:40 PM PDT

    •  No the cash was just the bonus. (2+ / 0-)
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      Dube, Positronicus

      The roots of Iraq are clearly seen in the Project for a New Century (PNAC) Statement of Principles and its 1998 Letter on Iraq to President Clinton which between them are signed by all the Cheneyites including His Lordship Darth C.


      When examined in totality the program of the Neo-Cons as expressed through the PNAC was twofold:
      One: establish American Hegemony in a way that would in fact make the 21st Century truly 'THE New American Century' using primarily military means
      Two: in the process unleash a series of wars that would first turn Iraq into a client state and a base of future operations against both Iran and Syria with an ultimate goal of first cutting off all support from Hezbollah's chief sponsors and so secure Israel from outside threat for all time. In this regards it is worth noting that Cheney was vehemently against any kind of majority Shi'ia Iraqi end-game, insisting first on Chalabi and then on Allawi knowing they could be coerced into recognizing Israel as Egypt and Jordan had done before. Whereas any Iraqi government with Shi'ia fundamentalist participation would do no such thing. Hence the essentially unprovoked war within a war launched on the Sadrists in 2004.

      The long-term prize of course included Iraqi oil, that was a vital component in the New American Century concept, you can't run a permanent war machine on dry gas tanks. But the intermediate looting of Iraq via pallet shipments of cash was just the sweetener, Cheney's ambitions went far beyond just fattening the bottom line of Halliburton via KBR.

      And after reading the Statement and the Letter you can see why Bush's claim that the war was not inevitable and that Saddam could just call it off by cooperation were ludicrous on their face, almost every major figure in his military and foreign policy apparatus not named Rice and Powell had signed off in advance on an Iraqi war in 1997 and 1998. The 2000 election just set the trigger that was set off on 9/11, War on Iraq was inevitable the instant the Supremes decided  Gore v Bush, it was all a matter of when and not if.

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      by Bruce Webb on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 09:34:49 PM PDT

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      •  A series of wars? (1+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean

        Instead, a decade into the "New Century", our economy lies in ruins. It does not look like we can afford a New anything. So much for that project.

        Maybe we can afford a New #occupation of wall street, and hopefully the overthrow of the status quo. How can we not afford it? It's about time.

        The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

        by Positronicus on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 04:08:24 AM PDT

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  •  And this ideological cage match (8+ / 0-)

    is simply over the question of whether the United States of America should pay its bills.

    It's like these guys're huffin' something.

    •  "this ideological cage match" (4+ / 0-)

      Two republicans go in only one comes out

      Can't we get beyond thunderdome

      So it's The Why do you hate this country You're Obsessed with misquoting me out of context while I was in the process of misspeaking with the sun in my eyes while chowing down and bashing Sharia law God Bless America defense.......

      by JML9999 on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:45:42 PM PDT

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      •  I'd pay to see that, actually. (1+ / 0-)
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        Throw all 200-and-something of them in a steel cage fight to the death.  It would be good for the country, probably.

        The ultimate irony is that most of the people who pony up the $49.99 to watch it on pay-per-view would be Republican voters.

        27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

        by TDDVandy on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 09:02:15 PM PDT

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  •  Walk Away (2+ / 0-)
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    nonnie9999, LordMike

    Greetings from The Humungus! The Lord Humungus! The Warrior of the Wasteland! The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla!

    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:40:15 PM PDT

  •  Amash's days are numbered as the... (3+ / 0-)
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    nonnie9999, jck, TDDVandy

    West Michigan Establishment Republicans have re-districted Amash into a primary.  There is no way the Powers-That-Be on that side of the state will allow him to get back in.  He's one-and-done.  the downside is that we'll get a truly certifiable corporatist republican to take his place (somebody who will consistently kiss the rings of the local DeVos and Prince families.)

  •   my heart bleeds for bronzo the clown... (3+ / 0-)
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    begone, JML9999, jck

    oh no, wait, it's my nose...

    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:44:37 PM PDT

  •  too bad perry might not take the reigns of this (1+ / 0-)
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    rabble and just let them open fort knox and let the koch brothers and their ilk haul off the gold in military transports. seems guv good hair used to get some old boys together at "niggerhead" ranch, shoot a wild pig, cook it up and sit around the camp fire discussing how to rob the orphanage. golly what a shame he and the hammer can't ride the current crop of lunatics in the house rough shod over the nation....could be ooy has had his macaca moment....but hey it ain't about racism with these good old boys and tea baggers...nah just some beautiful cultural artifacts from the old confederacy...

  •  I'm still trying to envision what the baggers (5+ / 0-)

    ...imagine a victory would make America look like the next day, week, month.

    I just don't believe they want to see the system fall apart in towns and neighborhoods and Americans descend into chaos because their government is unfunded and disfunctional.

    I believe they see something wonderful and golden. But I have no idea what that can be. Did they ever write it down anywhere?

    •  The lyrics of K. Friedman's "Asshole From El Paso? (0+ / 0-)

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:58:26 PM PDT

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    •  I'm cynical (1+ / 0-)
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      "I believe they see something wonderful and golden."

      I believe they see a full Caucasian as President, and all the rest is talk.

      “But lest there be any doubt, the idea that the death penalty is fairly and rationally imposed in this country is a farce.” Boyce F. Martin, Jr. - Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

      by tomwfox on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 08:19:07 PM PDT

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    •  That is a good question... (0+ / 0-)

      ....and one we should take seriously.

      We can make cracks about these radical tea-bags, but the fact is, they have been winning elections. I do not believe that between 10 and 20% of America magically became fut-nuck crazy in the last two years.

      What is the "wonderful and golden" thing they think cutting corporate taxes will give them?

      I don't think that race is a big issue -- as tempting a scapegoat as racism may be. They hated Clinton also. And Obama did win many of these districts that went Republican in 2010.

      Huge numbers of people seem to sincerely believe that tax cuts will shower them with unicorn ponies. Maybe it is time for some old 1960s-style "teach-ins"...

  •  Can His Caucus (0+ / 0-)

    Vote him out of a job?  Did the organizing resolution at the start of the year allow for that?  I have seen some strange bits, and am not sure where they line up.

    We can have change for the better.

    by phillies on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 09:16:47 PM PDT

  •  My greatest hope is that the broke Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    National Committee (thank you, Michael Steele, for that) under Reince will have to spend tons of money it doesn't have to keep the Tea Baggers from winning against it's own old-school Republicans.

  •  Wait... (0+ / 0-)

    it looks like in the two votes where only 6 Republicans defected, 4 of the 6 were the same.  You forgot Ron Paul, who voted no on all of them, and according to my friends who are bigtime Ron Paul supporters, was obviously the right thing to do because that's the way to "shake up" the system.


    They would say you're wrong about the dystopian thing, because... well, just because.

  •  qwatz (0+ / 0-)
    These wreckers, many of whom were elected to Congress just last year on the strength of their credentials as "tea partiers," will not rest until all of America resembles the set from Mad Max.

    When thinking of what the goal of the republicans is for America's future, I think of the scene towards the end of the first Hellboy ....

    Bill Belichick also has 10 million gallons of crude oil stashed away, just in case.

    by 2liberal on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 02:50:14 AM PDT

  •  Quarterly IRA retirement statements show (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Cornelius

    losses in the thousands for me due to teabagger intransigence during the fake debt ceiling crisis. They are traitors to America, plain and simple.

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 03:16:15 AM PDT

  •  Might have. (0+ / 0-)
    While a lone rogue dystopian could have derailed the whole deal (as my colleague David Waldman explained here), that didn't happen.

    Andy Harris (R-netherworld) of Maryland was the puppet in the chair that day.

    I think they gave him the chair so he wouldn't tank it.

    Don't forget to point out that the House fails to adjourn so the administration can't make any recess appointments.

    As if they had the strenhht of character up there in the White House to say "to hell with you" and make 'em. They had their chance a few years back.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 04:27:12 AM PDT

  •  Madam President (0+ / 0-)

    I hope I live long enough to vote her in as our first female president.  It makes me smile ear to ear imagining how many heads will explode on that day.

    Meanwhile she's like a breath of fresh air...

    On 911 I turned to my son in tears and said that the America I knew had ended, and the America he would come to know is the one I've spent all of my years fighting against.

    by herbinredbluff on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 09:34:41 AM PDT

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