Monday, July 5, 2010

Nothing New

The reason I haven’t posted anything prior to now about RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s comment about the war in Afghanistan — “this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in” — is because this sort of thing is something I’ve come to expect from the GOP. It just another day in Paradise for the party that has spent the last eighteen months going completely batshit crazy over the election of Barack Obama. This is what happens when they don’t get their way: serial temper tantrums and paroxysms of racist dog-whistles and not-so-subtle calls for violence and armed insurrection.

Michael Steele will probably keep his job. The RNC can’t fire him because if they do, they will have to admit that he is incompetent, that he has been the entire time he’s held the job, and the only reason they hired him in the first place is because they wanted to join in the me-tooism of putting a black man in a position of power in their party. And besides, compared to some of the things some of the other members of the party have said, from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachman to John Boehner to Joe Barton, his claim that Afghanistan was a war of President Obama’s choosing isn’t that far off from Rudy Giuliani’s claim that there were no terror attacks in the United States under the administration of George W. Bush.

Now they expect us to take them seriously as a political party in the November mid-terms. They have a fresh new crop waiting in the wings: Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, J.D. Hayworth, Rick Barber; the list goes on and on of the reality-challenged moments yet to come. Chances are they will actually win some elections. Nothing new.