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Early in the shutdown crisis, John Boehner famously said "This is not a game." That was the one and only thing he was right about during this fiasco, created by the Tea Party and entirely enabled by Boehner.

It got me thinking about how, to a great extent, the mental energy I have devoted to politics all my life -- I am a dyed-in-the-wool red-diaper-baby Democrat raised to despise Republicans -- was more a less a game.

Don't get me wrong. My passion for and faith in progressive politics was always very real. But having led a comfortable middle class existence in sunny California, where pretty much my every wish came true, I never personally experienced the harsh conservative pushback against the New Deal waged by Republicans, especially since the dawn of the Reagan era.

Until now.

The suicidal shutdown/debt ceiling crisis, wholly plotted with malice aforethought by Tea Party scum and the dope-dealing billionaires that fund them, went right up to the edge of hurting me, personally and directly. As other diaries here noted, I, too, was ready to pull money out of the bank, which no doubt would have been part of a wave of bank runs, further hurtling the country and the world down the abyss.

Fortunately, the President, Harry Reid and my Dems held tough, and utterly vanquished these pricks... for now. It was a sweet political victory indeed.

But I'm left with a sick feeling. These deeply sadistic traitors hurt the country. They were ready to hurt it more. They were ready to hurt me -- me of the dreamy bubble. I have a new and much darker loathing for these monsters of the right. More than 140 of them in the House voted yesterday to cause more and worse hurt on us all.

They really meant it. This was NO game.

We all know this to be true: The Cruzade is not over. They will be back. Let's fight and beat them again, take their gavel away in 2014 and crush them for good. I think it can be done.

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  •  We are in the middle of a Constitutional crisis (1+ / 0-)
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    The fact that we have resolution pro tem. Charles Pierce has a feature called Your Evening Jemmy (i.e., James Madison). Last night's entry was:

    By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

    -- James Madison, Federalist 10, November 22, 1788.

    Could there be a more succinct and accurate description of the modern Republican Party (the whole Republican Party not just the so-called Tea Party)? There is really no remedy in our Constitution against one chamber of the legislature deliberately sabotaging our goverment.

    We pulled back from the brink this time. But we all know that it won't be long before we're back there.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 09:32:07 AM PDT

    •  you're right (2+ / 0-)
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      Demi Moaned, sfbob

      The democracy functions reasonably well as long as all parties (in both senses of the term) agree to certain ground rules. What Cruz, et. al., did was subvert the rules and point up the shocking fragility of our democracy. It works only if we ALL want it to. Put in power people that don't, and we're fucked.

  •  I would hope that ads are already being made (1+ / 0-)
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    to run in the districts of all the republicans who voted to keep the government shut down and to send the nation into default.

    I don't think they had a clear-headed view of what they were doing.

    That's being generous to them. Because if they did know, then they're both stupid and evil.

    Women do 2/3 of the world's work, receive 10% of the world's income and own 1% of the means of production.

    by LibrErica on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 09:35:09 AM PDT

  •  walmart shoppers will find out (1+ / 0-)
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    when the dollar drops

  •  At least you can see... (0+ / 0-) and out of your bubble. These pricks can't see anything outside of their's.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 10:46:49 AM PDT

  •  Boehner has a 2014 Democratic opponent (0+ / 0-)

    In Ohio's 8th District, home to John Boehner, there is a declared Democratic candidate.  His name is Tom Poetter and he is a Dean of Education at Miami University-Oxford (the main university in the District).  He will be doing a formal announcement in about a week as we are getting his website/platform/social media ready in advance of our formal campaign launch.  His team includes several local individuals who have experience working on Obama's two Presidential campaigns.

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