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"Hoisting ourselves by our own petard"
So how dysfunctional is the GOP?

This dysfunctional:

Boehner’s calculation [in creating the #Benghazi committee] was, in part, political, according to one House Republican aide. The Speaker was looking to mollify the Tea Party faction of his caucus who were upset with him about a range of issues, including the federal budget and immigration reform.

“There is a whole combination of factors here,” this aide said. “You have the email. But remember Boehner has also gotten a lot of resistance from House Republicans on immigration. He wanted to turn the page on this.”

According to the report, authored by Eli Lake of The Daily Beast, several top Republicans are actually secretly worried that the #Benghazi panel will prove to be a political nightmare, exposing Republicans as "a bunch of tin-hatted obsessives." That's a pretty reasonable assessment, but here's the thing: None of those Republicans actually voted against creating the committee. So who's worse? The deranged partisan Republican who believes the #Benghazi conspiracy theories are true ... or the craven partisan hacks who know they are false but are too scared to raise their voice in protest?

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  •  Republican Party membership in 2014... (14+ / 0-) a political suicide pact.

    These blood brothers mean to die together on Mt. Stupid.

    Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

    by The Termite on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:18:45 AM PDT

    •  Tea Party genetic mutation.... (1+ / 0-)
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      positive and negative mutations occur all the time.  Here is my Thesis:  Nuclear testing in the post WWII era caused a mutation that was spread through reproduction.  This mutation limits critical thinking, and predisposes the person towards delusion and hateful, destructive actions.

      These people are now called Tea Party republicans.  As they continue to breed, their ilk will continue to prosper.  

      The opposing thesis is that they are the spawn of interbreeding between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens about 60,000 years ago.  The Neanderthal gene is expressed in a certain number of modern humans.  The one objection to this hypothesis is that it is insulting to Neanderthals.

      Any other explanations for the paleo-behavior of The Tea Party?

  •  Boehner deftly maneuvers the GOP into another (13+ / 0-)


    You're running out of corners and time John.

    •  Just as long as he gets to bee Speaker... (6+ / 0-)

      ...just a little longer. It's a race between sanity, his liver, and how much figurative red meat he can throw to the teabaggers.

      I predict he will never be a lobbyist after losing everything.

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

      by JeffW on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:34:42 AM PDT

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    •  Boehner is just waiting until after (5+ / 0-)

      all the primary results are in so he can survey his prospects for getting an immigration bill through his caucus.  He'll then try to maneuver the Democrats into giving up the idea of eventual citizenship for the undocumented immigrants in exchange for permanent residency status.  What Republicans will attempt to extract in the way of "heightened border security" is still a question - presumably lots of money for even more border patrol agents and the whole gamut of high-tech surveillance equipment.

      "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

      by SueDe on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:45:30 AM PDT

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  •  So Boehner focuses like a laser (8+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:20:46 AM PDT

  •  Their are no Republicans in Congress who believe (6+ / 0-)

    the Benghazi theory they are putting forth.

    "It's no measure of health being well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"

    by buckshot face on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:23:02 AM PDT

  •  Boehner kisses the Latino vote goodbye (8+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:24:28 AM PDT

  •  Interesting that they're not concerned (9+ / 0-)

    about appearing to be tin-hatted obsessives.  They're concerned about revealing their own acknowledged fact that they are tin-hatted obsessives.

    Hey GOP! You'll get my Obamacare when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. And thanks to Obamacare, that just may be awhile.

    by jazzmaniac on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:29:52 AM PDT

  •  Now we just need the Dems to go along and (2+ / 0-)
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    Paragryne, Forward is D not R

    join the committee to completely legitimize the crazy.  I hope I'm wrong, but wait for it.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:30:57 AM PDT

    •  I'm torn on this (1+ / 0-)
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      I think the committee gets attention, whether Dems are on it or not.

      Meaning GOP is going to be able to selectively interview witnesses and release info to the media, who will of course dutifully publish it. Look at what happened with Jon Karl and those emails.

      So I wouldnt mind having Dems on the committee to push back on that.

      Elijah Cummings has done a really good job of that on the oversight committee, when the Republicans were releasing selective info about the IRS targeting issue.

    •  Democrats should have a place to push back (1+ / 0-)
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      Being a Democrat on this committee is not going to be a glamour post. But like the football fullback or the basketball power forward, there's tough work that's gotta be done. Nobody relishes the idea of continually trying to block someone 50 pounds heavier like the fullback, or banging bodies under the basket for the chance of a rebound like the forward, but it's doing that hard job that frees up your star teammates to make the big play.

      This would be a good committee for a couple of second or third termers to make their bones and get into a position to advance their careers.

      But what does it say of Republican leadership that they have to resort to the bad parent ploy of buying off their unruly brats with expensive toys so they'll behave just a little better?

      •  It validates the effort and creates even more (0+ / 0-)

        drama to attract media attention.  I doubt the media will pay it much attention if it's a Repub only show.  

        Where do you draw the line?  What if the Repubs wanted to hold hearings on Obama's birth certificate?  Should the Dems participate?  How about on Hillary's concussion?  The problem with the Dems - from Obama on down - is their refusal to take a stand, draw a line.  As a result, they are seen as wishy washy and weak.  This will put them - again - on the defensive.  The only sane response is to say this is crazy and ridiculous and we'll have no part in it.  THAT will make the news and will make the Repubs look ridiculous and put them on the defensive for a change.  But that's really too much to expect from the Dems I'm afraid.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Wed May 14, 2014 at 09:21:26 AM PDT

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        •  I disagree quite strongly (1+ / 0-)
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          The media will indeed give this committee all sorts of coverage, just like they slavered after the birth certificate nutcases and pretended the Tea Baggers represented something new on the political scene (instead of being a wholly-owned astroturf subsidiary of the Big Money Boyz). Democrats will probably not be interviewed about the asinine goings-on, but it's a certainty instead of a probability that no Democrat who isn't in the hearings will be given any air time.

          As for hypothetical hearings and committees, I don't have an opinion on that. I'm just looking at what's happened before, and the likelihood that it will happen again.

          Someone on another blog (Think Progress, maybe?) suggested Alan Grayson as a possibility for the committee. I think it's an excellent suggestion.

  •  we gave the lunatics the keys to the asylum (0+ / 0-)

    because it makes them feel like they are in charge!

    •  One flew east, (0+ / 0-)

      One flew west,
      And one flew over the cuckoo's nest.

      "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

      by Mr MadAsHell on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:39:48 AM PDT

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  •  'Moderate' Republicans are still a myth (8+ / 0-)

    For years now we've been hearing about how 'moderate' Republicans have been angry and complaining 'behind the scenes' or 'secretly' about the insanity in the Party, yet not once have any of them stood up in public, or voted against the lunacy brought up by the extremists. Can we finally just automatically file these reports under 'Bullshit' when someone says them from now on?

    "It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion." - Mentat Paul Ryan

    by Fordmandalay on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:34:29 AM PDT

  •  If this Benghazi thing doesn't work out (2+ / 0-)
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    Delevie, Sister Havana

    The GOP can always resurrect their investigation of the Clinton White House Christmas card list.

  •  Guess Boehner's IQ, win nothing. (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Shawn87

    I can't decide if John Boehner (R-Margaritaville) is really smart or really stupid.

    Is he letting this farce go forward because he is a serious man and knows/hopes the crazy will be weeded out by this, or is he on board with the lunacy because he's one of the crazy?

    Should Dr. Rove be assessing Boehner for brain damage?

    I ask, you decide.

    Taking the road less traveled since 1967 .

    by Paragryne on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:40:10 AM PDT

  •  To answer your question, Jed: (1+ / 0-)
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    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:40:18 AM PDT

  •  Republicans in Congress? 278. Zombies in Congress? (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Shawn87

    278: 278 bodies, one brain. And it is a damaged, fearful, dangerous brain.

  •  The Tea Party is unhappy with Boehner over (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Shawn87

    non-existent immigration reform, which Boehner will never all to be voted on.

    Makes sense to me.

  •  Brainghazi...... (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, MinervainNH, Paragryne, Shawn87

    As Jon Stewart said, it's a two fer.  They can skewer Hillary Clinton two ways......her damaged brain plus the botched
    Benghazi nonrescue mission.

    This woman has them peeing their panties.  They are absolutely terrified of her potential run in 2016.

    They forgot one thing......women will see this as just another example of their war on women.  If you can't beat a woman, say she's brain damaged.

  •  Let's see. The title of this diary is unclear. (0+ / 0-)

    You're not saying that Boehner's a bullshitter, are you?

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:52:30 AM PDT

  •  Who's the bigger fool? The fools or the fools who (1+ / 0-)
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    follow them?

    Even a single lamp dispels the darkness. --Gandhi

    by My Philosophy on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:55:26 AM PDT

  •  Couldn't he just play the Obama is black card? (3+ / 0-)
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    HarryParatestis, ericlewis0, Shawn87

    That gentle reminder is usually good enough to keep most of the teabaggers frothing away for a few weeks.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:58:15 AM PDT

  •  Ought to sell an immigration crackdown as way (0+ / 0-)


    The reality is that we can't control the borders til we can stop employers from employing illegal immigrants.  Part of that reality is that they don't all come across the Mexican border. The portion who do is, in fact, shrinking.

    Those facts provide a great opening.

    Crack down on employers to mute the attraction to enter the country illegally.

    Which acknowledges that most people come here to work and to take care of their families,

    which reminds us that an awful lot of illegal immigrants are integrated into the American economy and, frankly,

    taking it easy on employers had the effect of issuing an invitation.

    Jeb Bush had it right: Yes, illegal, but hardly a felony. And -- they are here.  Surely we can figure out some sort of "You are here and contributing" status to get us through the early bumpy days, one that tells employers that a current employee is OK, even while making newly arrived immigrants bad and expensive news.

    THEN --

    with a meaningful control program -- and removing incentives is a meaningful control -- in place, everything else can be addressed sensibly.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed May 14, 2014 at 09:08:09 AM PDT

  •  The function of the TeaBaggers is coming clear. (2+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, Shawn87

    The Hard Right Billionaires Club (it's not just the Kochs) got as much as they could out of the Contract on America and the Delay House. The Bushies' overreach and subsequent crash set them back a bit. And they could see, after 2006, that the next regime would be D.
    What do Ds do (in the GOP narrative)? They raise taxes. So, Taxed Enough Already (yes, that's the TEA of TeaBagger). This puppy was ready to go in 2008. The fact that the D in the WH was (horrors) black, made their organizing efforts incredibly easy. They facilitated a "grassroots" organization, formed a third party that had national reach inside of one political cycle. (As someone who worked hard to establish a third party for more than a decade, I can tell you, that was impossible that it was spontaneous. And being impossible, it turns out, it was fraud) rank&file members, the footsoldiers don't know that their groups are fronts, that a couple of PR firms in DC were instrumental in organizing and funding their "spontaneous" creation.
    They also will never get what they are promised. "Their Country" which they believe has been stolen from them, doesn't exist, never did. They've been sold a bunch of false nostalgia for the days of Mayberry and My 3 Sons, fictional worlds from the middle of the last century. There is no way that anyone could (or should) deliver that.
    But the TeaBaggers are routinely jabbed to rile them up and fed a steady diet of gish galloped lies and they fervently believe they are riding the lightning to "Bring back our Country".
    So now the HRBC has this segment of the GOP's voters that they can use to keep the Republicans in DC on message, because any slight deviation from the HRBC's talkingpoints gets you primaried. And the HRBC doesn't care if it costs them a few seats, a few powercenter congresscritters. It stands as a stark warning to the rest of Congress what happens to those who don't toe the line.
    The Tea Party is the  HRBC's whip to keep the GOP in line.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed May 14, 2014 at 09:12:05 AM PDT

  •  This just in: (0+ / 0-)
    So who's worse? The deranged partisan Republican who believes the #Benghazi conspiracy theories are true ... or the craven partisan hacks who know they are false but are too scared to raise their voice in protest?
    And here's the judges' decision... it's a tie!

    Why are the Republicans so obsessed with Ben Gazzara? Let the man rest in peace!

    by Miscweant on Wed May 14, 2014 at 09:20:29 AM PDT

  •  I think the lunatic GOPers are still a little (0+ / 0-)

    disappointed that there were no race wars after Obama got elected.

  •  Not just immigration... (1+ / 0-)
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    ANYTHING!!! I remember when they were talking about budget cuts a few months ago, they cheerfully said "it our last chance to do something before the elections," Last chance....and at the time elections were 8 mos. away!

    He's not only using Benghazi to cover immigration, he's using it to cover EVERYTHING. Which is sad because people are going to be told to vote for these people who are SOOOOO scared to remind the public of what their policies are like before you vote for them.

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