Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Quote of the Day, Jr.
"What we're looking for is real control of Congressional spending, not some fallacy they invent to make the electorate feel good for a temporary time."
-- Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, firing a shot across the bow of Congressional Republicans
You knew it was going to come to this. The Huffington Post used a relationship metaphor, and I'll use one as well, only mine is a little more biting and, I think, more fitting: That horrific piece of Maury show white trash the Republican party fucked last year because it was convenient? She just called to tell them she's got a baby now, and guess who the father is. The GOP was always courting disaster when it decided to lie down with this unmanageable monster and now it's stuck having to do its bidding or risk it showing up with a shotgun at four in the morning.
What does that mean for the rest of us? Well, in this particular case it could mean financial disaster, because the Republicans are now trying to hold the debt ceiling hostage, at least partially at the whim of America's unsophisticated hick demographic -- the people who fear and demonize book learnin' and who've acquired their business savvy from that bumper sticker they saw once. I don't like Tim Geithner any more than the next guy who'd like to see half of Wall Street guillotined, but I trust him to understand global economics better than the head of the Tea Party Patriots, who admits he's a "pretty simple guy." Geithner aside, Paul Krugman says that failing to move the debt ceiling is something you don't want to risk, and him I do trust.
Bottom line: If you thought this unholy alliance between the Beltway aristocreatures and the tea baggers they always falsely believed they could easily manipulate had reached its ugliest point -- guess again.
Now that I think about it, here's a new bumper sticker idea for the next big Tea Party march on Capitol Hill:
The Tea Party: "We're not going to be ignored, John."