Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pure Kabuki...

Wednesday’s NYTimes lead editorial, aimed at the opening of the new Congress, was appropriately titled “Pomp, and Little Circumstance.”  In fact, one did not need to spend much more time reading or viewing the events of the day because the Times predicted exactly what would happen:  [Here]
A theatrical production of unusual pomposity will open on Wednesday when Republicans assume control of the House for the 112th Congress.  A rule will be passed requiring that every bill cite its basis in the Constitution.  A bill will be introduced to repeal the health care law. On Thursday, the Constitution will be read aloud in the House chamber.  And in one particularly self-important flourish, the new speaker, John Boehner, arranged to have his office staff “sworn in” on Tuesday by the chief justice of the United States.
By the way, the bill that will be introduced is titled, “Repealing The Job-killing Health Care Law Act.”  The editorial says that Democrats are beginning to wake up and are reminding the public that throwing out the Health Care Law means throwing out popular provisions such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, parental insurance coverage for children up to 26 years of age, and no lifetime coverage limits.  
Perhaps the Republican Kabuki theatricals will put some starch in some Democratic backbones.  We can always hope...  
In the meantime, the GOP leadership had best look to their own backyard and to the future plans of the Tea Party leadership.  Remember Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation?  We wrote about him a few days ago in our blog, “Tea Drinkers? Really?”  [Here
Phillips is an ultra conservative (reactionary) and specializes in capturing headlines with outlandish positions, such as a frontal attack on the United Methodist Church for being too “socialist” and a demand that only property owners be allowed to vote.
He is now pushing for a new focus for the T.P. movement.  Digby at Hullabaloo [Here] pointed out that Phillips has a new agenda and the old guard in the GOP better beware.  She quoted Phillips as stating that “...Tea Party groups are going to need to do a couple of things.  First, we need to take over our local Republican Parties...The other thing taking over the local party will mean is the creation of a Tea Party farm team.”  [Here]
The sky is the limit for Phillips, isn’t it?  In effect, he wants to take over the entire GOP.  By a “Tea Party farm team” he means that he wants to put his Tea Party candidates in the pipeline that runs from local government to state capitals and Washington.
In the piece that Digby quoted, Phillips went on to warn that Tea Partyers must also now be on the lookout for voter fraud.  Phillips claims that this kind of fraud is a typical liberal ploy to steal elections and Tea Partyers must be ever alert.  
This particular rightwing obsession and paranoia we must always read as racial terror and hatred.  As Phillips said, “If we do not eliminate liberal voter fraud, our votes won’t matter because they will not be counted.”  [Here]  
Oh, dear.  Doesn’t it make you tired?  This is the same old nonsense.  On the other hand, it seems that the next Tea Party focus will shift from liberals to the  Old Guard GOP.  I almost feel sorry for them.
But not quite....   

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