…there is nothing new under the sun.
We knew the midterms were going to be bad but that was worse. When a god-bothering terrorist like Sam Brownback can impose ‘revolutionary’ far-right policies on Kansas government, blow an Arctic-ozone sized hole in the budget, leave the state staggering in its ability to survive without shutting down its vital services, and win re-election by 3 points you know that the political system is a joke. He should be left to bleed in a stockade, but instead he’s got four more years to turn his fraction of America into Burma.
Then again there are some things you can laugh at. Republican hubris.
House Republicans have swelled their majority to at least 243 and are on track for more pickups that would give them the biggest House majority since the Truman administration more than sixty years ago.
Congratulations are in order. Hooray Taliban.
Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, proclaimed Wednesday that Republicans may have built a “hundred-year majority” in the House.
“We’re back to a majority as big as any of us have seen in our lifetimes. It may be a hundred-year majority,” he said.
Why not? It’s not like there’ll be, oh, fifty changes to the institution by then. It’s not like the country’s political winds are as capricious as its tastes for fashion, or high art.
Being someone whose written about this stuff for a few years, I can tell you these eyewitness accounts of the Death of Liberalism are hilariously predictable. Conservatives don’t see us as equals but as cancers, so every time the polls turn around they find it edifying to tell everybody the radiation is finally hitting its mark. It’s only a matter of some minor surgery now, folks. Here was Charles Krauthammer last year, while the government’s healthcare exchanges were still struggling:
“Obamacare is the big thing for them. The biggest in a hundred years.”
“We have not just Obamacare unraveling, not just the Obama administration unraveling, not just the Democratic majority of the Senate [unraveling], but we could be looking at the collapse of American liberalism,” Krauthammer told Bill O’Reilly Tuesday.
But instead of my becoming a great fan of Rick Santorum, Obamacare survived. Politically, and in reality. It worked, and millions of people got to see a doctor. Has anyone informed Krauthammer that it was HE in 2013 who expired from incompetence? No – Chuck is allowed to go on scything crop circles because the rubes still thrill at the very sight. And because, just as assuredly, there are millions of people who still believe Obama’s birth certificate was a photoshop job just this side of Jane Fonda braiding Castro’s beard.
It has never occurred to them – and it never will – that liberalism is made up of people, rather than impulses. As if 100 million Americans could just stop being decent human beings overnight. Sure the Southern Baptists are capable of doing that – at the drop of a letter – but we aren’t. It’s projection as self-betrayal, rather than indictment.
The last time we got ‘shellacked’ it was Newt Gingrich there with a razor scalpel.
In 1972 the left was decisively repudiated. In 1980 the left carried as many states for president as Herbert Hoover in 1932. In 1984 the left carried only one state for president. In 1994 the left was rejected as Republicans won control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
His point being that Americans are fickle. No?
The great victories of 2009 and 2010 are only the beginning. The elections of 2011 and 2012 must create a Republican majority large enough and durable enough to replace the increasingly leftist political system which has dominated America since 1932.
His point being that tumors sometimes grow back. But not this time.