After refraining from political comments since the election I can’t resist at least a brief comment on the kabuki of the Repugs, their faux anguish, the occasional feigned outrage, and all the other theatrics they’re trying to use to avoid facing the simple issue that taxes on the rich, their key issue for 3 decades is finally going to get dented.
The headlines today indicate they are “surprised” at Obama’s proposal. The media is right in that the only “surprise” is that Timmie (Give-the-Banks-Anything) Geithner, even though on his way out, actually delivered the same proposal today as Obama did four weeks ago. In short, the Repugs thought Obama was just doing PR and behind the scenes, via his minions, he’d go along with Repug nonsense.
So the surprise is that, after four years, Obama is not immediately caving to the bluffing and threats and hostage-taking of the Repugs. They still can’t quite believe they lost the election (daily more and more articles keep claiming Mittens really won even though somehow the actual voting doesn’t show that but that’s just a statistical blip, undoubtedly cooked by Nate Silver and yet another lie). And they can’t believe “elections have consequences”. So of course they’re shocked when it actually appears Obama is serious about raising taxes on the rich this time. Where did he get any backbone?!
Of course the Repugs, living in their alternate reality of FauxNews and planet RichWhiteMen don’t realize that there are actually other Democrats, the ones that Karl Rove failed to beat and that voter suppression and 2010 gerrymandering didn’t stop. And that some of those Democrats were willing to put some steel in Obama’s spine, even if his first instinct was to cave (and perhaps with his last election done even Obama has finally realized Repug treachery and is willing to stand up for it, or perhaps the contrived outrage over Susan Rice is his last straw).
So, now what, Repugs? The cliff is looming and Thelma and Louise seem perfectly happy to go over it and see all those rates on the rich skyrocket back to 1990s level, when the economy was booming. What dangerous stuff, rates go up and Adelson still stays in the U.S. with the $1.9B from his speeded-up dividend.
The Repugs have gotten so used to the Dems waving the white flag at the first noise from Repugs that now they are “surprised”, which also means they’re clueless what to do. Now we’ll see if they actually know how to negotiate or whether they will fight their mindless rear-guard action and get crushed.