“A Dark Week For Republicans”

Conservative writer Chris Ladd’s 2014 mid-term post-mortem has just now crossed my radar and let me say, he basically echoes what I wrote the day after the midterms: this is good news for Democrats and Republicans actually got quite a spanking.

It’s a great piece so read the whole thing but what’s really interesting is what he has to say about “BENGHAZIIII!!!!!ELEVEN!

This is an age built for Republican solutions. The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Cue the Friday news dump and the shocking news that House Republicans decided Benghazi is not, in fact, Obama’s Katrina:

“An investigation by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the CIA and U.S. military responded appropriately to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012,” The Post reported, “dismissing allegations that the Obama administration blocked rescue attempts during the assault or sought to mislead the public afterward.” It also found that while the talking points Susan Rice delivered in the wake of the attack were inaccurate, it was because of conflicting information coming in and not a scheme to hoodwink the public. All the conspiracy theories about a “stand-down order” and whatever else they’ve been talking about on Fox News were emphatically rejected.

I guess the Republicans have decided they have raised all the money, ginned up all the outrage, and generated all of the mailing lists they can from this Fauxtroversy. Midterms are over, mission accomplished. I’d think the sane wing of the Republican Party had decided to dial back the crazy in preparation for 2016, but of course the party of crazy just can’t help themselves. Lindsay Graham is having a hissy, Ted Cruz is full on foamy-mouthed over immigration and will probably revive his demands for a Senate Benghazi witch-hunt … it’s just all too delicious to be believed, and just in time for GOP primaries. Awesome!

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5 responses to ““A Dark Week For Republicans”

  1. Mike G

    Chris Ladd is upset because Republicans don’t even pretend anymore to live up to their fantasy PR image that was never real. Republicans are acting like what they really are — con artists, bigots and morons.

    • Well and what I find so adorable is that the handful of Chris Ladds out there seriously still think they can bring the GOP back from the brink of irrelevancy by simply pointing out, you know, math. It’s like, have you guys been paying attention for the past 10 years? Read the comments on the piece and it’s filled with former Republicans saying they’re permanently part of the Democratic Party now because they don’t want to be part of the mouth-breathers and racists who crawled out from conservatism’s rock and took their place at the forefront of the party during the Bush years.

      A lot of these same people bemoaning reality were all too happy to stoke the fears and paranoia of Amygdala America for the short-term political gains a few years ago, too.

      • CB

        If they ever knew it to begin with, the GOP leadership — I’m referring here to the ones who actually know how to lead, NOT Boehner and/or McConnell — appear to have forgotten that even Lee Atwater disavowed the southern strategy (“because you can’t say ‘nigger’ anymore”) he concocted for Nixon as he was approaching the end of his battle with cancer. It goes back much farther than Dubya. This may be because Atwater finally realized how ugly and mean-spirited it was, and how thoroughly it had poisoned the Republican party, or it could be that, at the end, he had a real, live come-to-Jesus moment, if he had any faith left. That, we will never know for sure

    • “Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January.”

      They need to make it permanent. At least until after 2016. LOL.