How many Republicans does it take to screw up the economy?
Well, I've been gone all day, mercifully, engaging in various librarian things. (You wouldn't understand. We practice an eldritch art.) I even managed to stay off of Twitter and this, my home blog.
So imagine my surprise when I finally fired up my awesome little laptop (have I mentioned how much I love my little laptop?) to see this:
That's right. The intellectual giants which comprise the GOP have fluffed their central legislative priority before Christmas. They've promised so many things to so many people that everyone feels like they've been shafted. I woke up this morning to the very real probability that my tax money would be siphoned off to the rich. Now I watch the Washington - Dallas game, while enjoying a well-earned adult beverage, to find that these goddamned morons can't do a damned thing right.
This is of a piece with the looming government shutdown. The GOP has the Presidency. It runs both houses of Congress. Yet we face the amazingly ludicrous possibility that a party which supposedly controls all the levers of power may actually not be able to keep the lights on.
We shouldn't be surprised that Donald Trump is the GOP leader. The GOP cadres are not geniuses. They're not intellectuals. Every single one of them in Congress is an unmitigated moron. Trump is merely their apotheosis. If I have to read one more article about policy wonk Paul Ryan I might have to smash one of the good bottles of bourbon I have. He's no more an "intellectual" than I'm a point guard for the Lakers. (Although, at this point, I might be just as good as the ones they have.)
They can't repeal ACA. They can't pass a tax scam. They can't keep the government running. John Boehner was speaking more truth than he knew when he responded to Barack Obama's "Yes we can" with "No we can't". The Democratic Party attracts people who want to serve and make things better for everyone. The Republican Party attracts people who want a comfortable sinecure without doing too much work.
I'm not predicting that this bill is dead. But the fact that the GOP can't seem to find its ass is not a good look. Oh, sure, the mouth breathers will vote for their own kind. But GOP seats in blue states are about to become like those in Massachusetts—i.e., non-existent. And that will be more than enough to consign Paul Ryan to a sulking minority.
To answer the question posed by the title: no one knows. They can't seem to agree on anything.
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