They Won't Govern Because They Can't
As was once noted by the late, great Molly Ivins, generally speaking, putting in charge of the government people who don't believe in government is not a particularly nifty idea - even on the best of days. Of course, she was understating the problem - in a way that only she could - when she wrote those words over two decades ago. Molly passed away in February 2007. It cracks me up just imagining what she might might have had to say about the complete and utter corruption and dysfunction 114the Congress. I miss that gal.
The chickens have come home to roost with a vengeance that even I could scarcely have imagined a mere decade ago. Thirty-five years ago the Grand Old Party began their courtship of a constituency that had previously been ignored by any mainstream political party in this country - the clinically insane. They cannot blame the liberals for what is at present happening to the party that at one time was the ideological home of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. They have no one to blame but themselves.
The pickle that the Republicans now find themselves in is the simple fact that no one wants the job - and who can blame them? So completely unhinged has the GOP become, that the Speakership is guaranteed political suicide - as John Boehner could surely attest. They wanted Paul Ryan to go for it, but he has, thus far refused the gig (Family obligations he says. Right). So desperate have they become, some within the party, and without, have seriously suggested that Dick Cheney be given the gavel. As it turns out (and I never knew this) one needs not be a sitting member of congress in order to be voted speaker of the house. For my purposes, a "Speaker Cheney" era would be the icing on the cake. Can you even fantasize how completely weird and twisted a rolling spectacle such as that would be? I hope he takes the job. I really do!
The Republicans are self-destructing before our very eyes. Did you ever think you'd live to see something as funny as this?
HANG ONTO YOUR HATS DEPARTMENT:
Lenny Bruce would have turned ninety today (Margaret Thatcher also would have turned ninety today, but that's a different story for a different day).
Here is a link to a piece I wrote back in 2006 on the fortieth anniversary of his passing:
Lenny at ninety. Can you imagine? He would have mtde such a hip old man. It's just so sad....