John Boehner’s downward spiral has been epic. Starting on day one he admitted his intentions to block legislation not for idealogical purposes but only to unseat Obama in the white house. And it’s starting to get to him. After Harry Reid slammed the speaker for running a house dictatorship ignoring the need to provide a secure financial footing for the country. House Republicans are being blamed more every day for fighting against the economic recovery just days after unemployment numbers indicate a 4 year low from when Obama first took office.
Boehner’s response was to tell Reid to “go fuck yourself” like a high school student. His plan is clear. We will fight anyone but us fixing the economy. If it means it’s us who are responsible for sabotaging that economy. So be it.
But it’s not only democrats attacking him. After Hurricane Sandy pushed Gov Chris Christie away from the party line of attacking democrats in favor of serving the people he swore to represent he echoed Reid’s comments regarding a much needed bill for relief from the Hurricane. Again, the culprit is John Boehner blocking legislation the house actually wants to pass and Christie is understandably angry. Instead of dealing with these issues Boehner has stuck his head in the sand refusing to return the Governor’s phone calls for reasons resembling a high school girl who’s angry at her friend for not hating the head cheerleader he hates.
No doubt, the dreaded Fiscal Cliff gives a legitimate cause for concern. But when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suggested there is no doubt going off the cliff will result is a dramatic downturn Rick Santelli just about loses his mind with the absolutist politics being played. He points out that the future is not actually possible to predict and this interpretation is not universally accepted. Knowing he’s scored a point however he gets confident and launches into a diatribe showing his Tea Party roots. Channeling both Lewis Black and Rush Limbaugh, Santelli starts to rant about how no one in the world, but him supposedly, knows what’s really going on. He could have hammered this home had he allowed the discussion to continue. Instead of allowing the Secretary to respond however Santelli just kept yelling and ranting against who he sees as his ‘enemies’ in congress, looking panicked in the face of the Fiscal Cliff and being laughed at by cooler heads.
The end of 2012 is upon us, and while the world hasn’t ended, there’s little doubt this senator wished this interview would have ended a lot sooner than later.
Watch as Maria Bartiromo of MSNBC does what undoubtedly so many millions of Americans wish more in the mainstream would do: Mercilessly hold a Senator’s feet to the fire on an issue as important as the Fiscal Cliff. The senator, with his proverbial tail between his legs, tries to quell the Fire of Pwnage from Bartiromo, but he simply can’t take the heat. Enjoy the verbal tongue lashing as the fiery-mouthed Mrs. Bartiromo rhetorically asks, “Are you guys just incompetent or what?”.
Newt Gingrich recently went on Meet The Press and ran the gamut. Lawrence O’Donnell came in on the attack hammering Newt on the Fiscal Cliff issue. Then bringing Newts failed analysis of the 1990’s tax reality. By the time the discussion turns to gay marriage Newt is almost taking a back seat role. Newt, after his party took as ass kicking in the last election, is one of the few Republicans that has realized the party needs to move left to regain any relevance. His typical fiery tone and tea party loving has been replaced with concessions to helping average Americans and the 47% achieve upward mobility. It feels odd to say the least. Quiet Newt is the new Newt.