Archive for April, 2011

“Elections shouldn’t matter,” BUT THEY DO.

April 14, 2011

"A stopped clock is right twice a day." Pelosi managed to do it once.

To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors. Because there are so many things at risk right now — perhaps in another question I’ll go into them, if you want. But the fact is that elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do…But when it comes to a place where there doesn’t seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now.

—  Nancy Pelosi, deposed Speaker of the House, in a speech at Tufts University, week of April 10, 2011

Nancy’s successor to the Speaker’s chair probably agrees with her on that statement.

John Boehner is probably thinking, “Yes, if it hadn’t been for those pesky Tea Party rubes and hicks, we’d be playing musical chairs up here in the Capitol, every few years, looking busy, but not accomplishing much of anything. We’d go on collecting our paychecks and benefits. All the while, we’d be shuffling toward that luxuriant retirement we have legislated for ourselves. In the meantime — on both sides of the aisle, as they say around here – we’d be basking in the glory and perks that come with our offices.

“We’d make the occasional visit back to the district, like those visits the folks dragged us along for when we were kids, to Old Aunt Whatsername’s house out in the boondocks, when we were supposed to act nice and not break anything.

“We go to town meetings and pretend to care about the constituents as they blather on about the ‘Constitution,’ and ‘fiscal responsibility,’ and ‘Get us out of the UN,’ and all that other stuff. All the time, though, we’re daydreaming about a visit to the House gym, or the cafeteria, or the posh dinners with lobbyists, or the photo ops with celebrities and foreign dignitaries, or the ‘fact-finding missions’ to resort towns, and thinking, ‘I can’t believe they’re PAYING me for this crap. What a country! Nancy’s right. This was such a great gig, before the damn Tea Party came along and screwed things up.’”

The only startling things about the quote from Madame Pelosi at the top of this post are (1) that it is true; and (2) that it was made public — if only because somebody in her audience recorded it and published it. Yes, the 2010 election does seem to have mattered, although perhaps not as much as some of us wish.

The “shared values” of the careerists in Washington, both donkeys and elephants, are threatened, but not by the yawning chasm of national insolvency.

No, that’s no big deal.

The real threat, Nancy and the Tan Man agree, is the Tea Party. The DC-rooted hacks in Congress, of both parties, still want to run things according to the old status quo.

They may not stop trying until they are handed pink slips.

Until then, they need to get hammered unmercifully by those rubes and hicks in their districts, or they will continue to do as the Stupid Party is wont to do, over the last forty years — snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Catch some more RINOs in the primary election filter, and beat some donkeys in their own, fouled nests. Cause a glut of applicants for K-Street lobbyist jobs, university “lecturer-drone” chairs and appointments to third-tier ambassadorships.

Elections shouldn’t matter, BUT THEY DO. RINOs and Donkeys, update your resumes.

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