I have my own theory about Lincoln’s death. I think John Wilkes Booth was innocent. I don’t even think it was an assassination. I believe Lincoln had a vision about what the Republican party would become in 150 years and killed himself.” Jimmy Kimmel
I had planned to immediately write about this meeting of the Republican brain trust when I first saw it in my Facebook news feed as it was more stunning proof of Republican malfeasance and omnipotence. I had previously written about Republicans and their unprecedented filibustering and their, “you say black–I say white” (pun most definitely intended), form of governance when it came to anything and everything the President wanted to do. All of that stuff is public record, and if you don’t understand what damage these Republicans have wrought, you either don’t pay close enough attention to the way things get done in D.C., or you are a Republican.
Most thinking people have seen the way the right has “governed” (if you call governing the policy of ‘just say no’) for the last 3 1/2 years, and come to understand that they are not one iota interested in “compromise.” In last night’s Whitehouse Correspondent’s Dinner, comedian Jimmy Kimmel explained through humor the problem with these republicans and their inability to work with the President:
“The President wanted the Whitehouse Correspondent’s Dinner to be held at the Kennedy Center this year, and the republicans wanted it to stay here at the Hilton…so they compromised…and so here we are at the Hilton…”
Only, the game plan the right set out to execute moments after the POTUS was sworn-in was anything but funny.
We on the left already understood that when you pledge your loyalty to a non-elected moron like Grover Nordquist, and NOT the American people, for your own selfish reasons ($upport from your corporate and political party masters) you are not much interested in what is good for the country. But when you actually come together to scheme against working with the leader of our country, that takes the cake.
The book I’m referring to is Robert Draper’s, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Draper, as President Obama and the country was celebrating the inauguration of our first African-American president, and simultaneously worried about the collapse of the financial system and perhaps their own jobs and futures, there were 15 Republican lawmakers and strategists who were secretly plotting to destroy Obama’s presidency before it even started.
It sounds like the ominous prologue to some dime-store novel of intrigue, but according to this author, it was a real, if not sickening example of how the Republican party has become an extremist, ideologically inflexible, and morally bankrupt entity. They are truly only interested in their own jobs, not ours.
According to Draper, these 15 right-wing power-players, had the mother of all “f*ck Obama” meetings. They were undeniably ebullient with their own sense of drunken power and possibilties:
The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward:
Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’)
Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.)
Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.)
Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012…
“You will remember this day,” Draper reports Newt Gingrich as saying on the way out. “You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”
Wow. You mean to tell me that on a day when every American, whether you voted for President Obama or not, was anxiously awaiting how our elected lawmakers were going to stabilize our hemorrhaging economy, these 15 right-wing men were only concerned with winning back the Whitehouse and screwing the Democrats?
You are telling me that these 15 men, chosen by their constituencies to do their best to ensure that the country didn’t spiral into a depression, were NOT meeting to formulate ideas about how to help the country, but meeting to outline how they were going to get more Republican assholes (you decide if that is a literal or figurative use of the word) into the halls of Congress and eventually the west-wing?
This, just weeks after the country had spoken and decided that Barack Obama was the man they had chosen to lead us back from the unmitigated disaster called 8 years of Bush and 7 years of total republican control in all three houses (2000-20007)?
Please explain to me how this little get -together isn’t a total indictment of the new Republican party.
Please enlighten me as to how the party that loves to recite the word “patriotic” every 5 damn seconds can accept this behavior as even remotely patriotic.
Please tell me how this isn’t treasonous.
If you accept this behavior as business as usual, you are part of the problem, and the scary thing is, you probably vote.
If you do find yourself pulling the lever for a name that has an ‘R’ next to it, I hope you will think about who that candidate really cares about.
Clearly, it isn’t U.S.
- Jimmy Kimmel Goes After Obama, Republicans And The Press At W.H. Corrrespondents Dinner (mediaite.com)
- Obama’s Honeymoon Lasted Zero Days (motherjones.com)