The Republicans’ Bad Day and What it Means for America

Obviously, the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the Affordable Care Act is good news for Americans but what about Republicans? In an understatement of magnificent proportions, the Washington Post announced on its front page this morning that the Court’s “stance stunned many.’  Ya think? If it stunned liberals out of their doom and gloom what effect do you think it had on Republicans, who were 100% confident of victory?

Exploding heads, anyone?

The importance of yesterday’s ruling is not to be ignored. The decision can be seen as a vindication of Obama’s presidency – not at all the message the GOP has been trying to send, which is one of not only making things better but actively destroying America. Arguments that he is a foreign usurper bent on destroying America aren’t as compelling when it turns out he obeyed the Constitution when he gave us healthcare for all.

We’re used to long litanies of their many attacks – oft times successful – on American liberties but what about their failures? We don’t spend enough time thinking about the many occasions on which the GOP falls flat on its collective face. So let’s indulge in a happy moment.

What will Republicans do now that the impossible has happened, that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the loathed Obamacare? Now that the Supreme Court has struck down much of the infamous Arizona Immigration Law? Now that a federal appeals court has ruled that yes, the EPA does have the right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act? Now that DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional not only by the Justice Department but by a federal appeals court?

And that’s not all. As David Cole wrote in The Nation yesterday,

Indeed, it is worth noting, as the term draws to a close, that this conservative Court issued a surprising number of liberal decisions this term. It struck down mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles; invalidated a penalty imposed on broadcasters for “indecent” speech; struck down a law making it a crime to lie about one’s wartime honors; extended the right to “effective assistance of counsel” to plea bargaining; invalidated most of Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070; ruled that installing a GPS to monitor an automobile’s public movements requires a warrant; retroactively applied a liberalized crack cocaine sentencing regime to persons who had committed their crimes before the reforms were introduced; and held that the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial right requires the state to prove facts that increase a criminal fine to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. All in all, not a bad year for liberals before a conservative Supreme Court. But stay tuned, because next year it is likely to take up affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage.

What do they do? Sink into abject denialism? Is there anything left besides exploding heads? The prognosis for Republicans is no more friendly than reality itself.

What’s a Republican to do but get a good old fashioned Old Testament Bronze Age hate on? It’s a perfect time for thuggish behavior. And after all, they can always hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt even though there is absolutely no compelling reason to do so. We have Darrell Issa to blame for that, just as we have him to blame for the Sandra Fluke fiasco. We get it now: he’s got a McCarthy complex a mile long and he’s a compulsive liar.

Mitt Romney, the guy we’re supposed to entrust with the nuclear football pulled a Dubya when he heard the other day by the Arizona ruling, unable to vocalize a coherent thought. He didn’t do much better with Obamacare. The rest of the Republican Party…well, they responded like Republicans. Look at some of the crazy things they said.

From the Breitbart crowd, conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro:

This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.

— benshapiro (@benshapiro) June 28, 2012

Republican from Indiana Mike Pence, a gubernatorial candidate, “likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present” reported Politico. In other words, it was an act of terrorism and ranked up there with killing several thousand people.

He apologized. But he still said it.

Rand Paul had possibly the most Republican reaction of them all, a complete lack of comprehension of how this country works:

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional.”

Um, yeah…it does. Guess he doesn’t get the Supreme Court’s function per the United States Constitution. Rand: How can the Constitution be unconstitutional?

And now you know how we feel about the Citizens United ruling, eh?

But my favorites are from BuzzFeed, which has a collection of tweets from “people who say they’re moving to Canada because of ObamaCare”. Avoid drinking while reading this list. Comments like “I’m moving to Canada, the United States is entirely too socialist” will make a mess wherever you happen to be sitting.

Our thoroughly self-absorbed conservatives might not know this, but Canada has universal healthcare; Canada has gay marriage; Canada even has hate laws. According to Daily Kos, Canadians are laughing – and they should be. Canada is the liberal’s refuge of choice; it is hardly friendly ground for conservative, hate-spewing thugs. How would they survive without FOX News?

But it’s not all fun and games.

Obviously, they still have Citizens United even when the citizens themselves don’t want it. The Supreme Court is adamant that corporations are actually people and we’ve been blind to it all this time.

And democracy did suffer another setback when a federal judge sided with Florida over the DOJ’s attempt to block the state’s voter purge. As everyone knows, it was in Florida that Republican shenanigans led to Gore’s defeat and George W. Bush’s victory. An entire state is a nice insurance policy.

Most like Mitt Romney will double down on his efforts now, condemning his own Massachusetts healthcare reform law and his own legacy in an attempt to win the White House. We’ve long known this is all that matters to him and its become more than obvious even to the dim-witted. There he is, dog tied to the roof of his car, frantically shaking his Etch A Sketch between stops trying to find the right thing to say to the right group of people.

Of course, the Etch A Sketch isn’t always reliable, as he found out when he taunted some NASCAR fans because they didn’t have the money to buy a fancy coat like his, but he knows he can always deny that he ever said any such thing, that he has consistently been a big fan of plastic raincoats.

After all he has always been a super conservative, even while passing leftist healthcare reform bills as Governor of Massachusetts that served as the framework and inspiration for the Affordable Health Care Act he now insists he will repeal as president. It’s a good life for Mitt Romney, not being bound by the constraints of the real world and such trivial things as facts.

One thing is certain: Romney’s unhinged and erratic behavior and Christian fundamentalism’s hatred of Mormonism while being forced to hail Romney as a Christian savior will make the 2012 presidential campaign one to remember.

After all, we haven’t seen the last highway bill that deals with contraception or the last flood insurance bill that determines when life begins (from Rand Paul, the guy who doesn’t understand the Constitution) or the last agriculture bill that bans abortion.

This is all part of the Republican plan for America, but that plan became derailed yesterday when the Supreme Court had an attack of decency. That ruling didn’t win the election for liberals and progressives but it improved our chances and diminished those of Republicans, as their unhinged reactions show.

19 Replies to “The Republicans’ Bad Day and What it Means for America”

  1. A rebuttal to the Mr. Weldon Tweet I seen yesterday was “note to those who are coming to Canada because of your healthcare act, we are a socialist country. Idiots”

    The GOP has no problem with mandating your morality. Local GOP governments have no problem and telling religions what they can do and cannot do. To that statement I give you the Islamic mosque that the GOP is against being built both here in Tennessee and in New York City. If it’s not white and Christian it’s not right.

    The GOP is calling this a tax as if everyone will pay it. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you can afford insurance and refused to buy it you will pay a penalty. If you want to call that a tax that’s fine with me. The vast bulk of the people of this country will not be paying this tax. I just watched Eric cantorial on TV lying his tongue off making absolutely insane statements which he is prone to do.

    The GOP has no intention of doing anything for the people of this country.

  2. By the way, do we remember the Republicans response to those dirty filthy hippies leaving the United States for Canada because they were protesting the draft? Why does it seem that the GOP is always for something that will get people killed, but not for things that will help Americans?

  3. The response of the conservatives on the Supreme Court was pretty smart and quite deliberate. They’re counting on President Obama loosing the election, and they didn’t want to admit that the ACA is fully legal under the constitution. I picked up on the deliberate framing as I heard it… the same old “Democrats are tax and spend socialists” lie as always. Rather than dismantle the constitution any further (as they’ve done with CU and some other decisions), they are turning to partisan politics and trying to use the ACA to “Take back America for Jesus” and protect the filthy rich from pulling their weight.

    If the decision had gone against the ACA, now that would have been a case of jurists creating law from the bench… the thing that the Republicans have accused judges of for decades (invariably it turns out that the law was upheld and the “Good Christians” (the usual culprits) were trying to violate it).

  4. While I agree with the article, I’m wondering how long it will be before some Republican sees the picture and accuses us of terrorism. (Never mind that you’re obviously not advocating violence… that the reference is that their own cognitive dissonance is likely to do the real damage).

    I’m worried about this weekend and July 4. I wouldn’t put it past the more violent elements in the churches to try to “defend freedom” by trying to take ours… including maybe even our lives. I’ve heard enough nasty rhetoric regarding the ACA that I wouldn’t put violence past them.

  5. How can you be against people being able to get health insurance so they don’t go bankrupt if they get sick or, worse, die because they can’t afford care? How can you call the President of the United States disparaging names all because he wants to HELP people – ALL the people? When did we lose our humanity?

  6. Ha ha … after saying how silly conservatives are to want to move to Canada (very true), you ask “what will they do without Fox News?” … well, not only do we have universal health care and hate laws, but we do also have Fox News! So, we’re not perfect …

  7. Only since?… But I agree that losing the 2008 Presidential election was like having carefully-planned for prey snatched away from them at the last minute, just as they were preparing to tear it to pieces and swallow it. Watch it. Now they’re mad enough to walk into the village bazaar and kill by day.

  8. It was easy to see when we started losing it. I lived 20 miles away from Flint Michigan which had huge Buick plants, and several other GM supply plants such as Delco, AC when it was AC, and others. Those plants were running at capacity and all of a sudden in the 1980s they began losing shifts and then plants were closing altogether. They lost a huge Buick plant, it just shut down and tore apart the neighborhoods where people who work there lived. I seen it down here in Tennessee during Bush 2. I work in an industrial complex that lost 7 out of 11 plants. All that was before Obama. It was during the Reagan era that this country started to disappear. The instant he took the taxes off the rich.

  9. After Palin’s incoherent babbling last night on GVS on the “right scoop” they were all lamenting that “This is not the America we know” Whaaaaaaa! BooFuckingHoo!
    Hraf, loved the exploding head! Exactly what was happening in the CON blogesphere as the ruling went down.
    Palin wailing “OObama lies our country dies” WTF?
    These people are a bunch of OVERGROWN BABIES!!!

  10. Revelation Chapter 13:

    1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

    2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

    3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

    March 30 1981… oh, the stagecraft! Salvation of his “Recovery Plan,” as it were:

    :”His first public appearance [following the attempt was an April 28 speech before the joint houses of Congress to introduce his planned spending cuts, a campaign promise. He received “two thunderous standing ovations”, which the New York Times deemed “a salute to his good health” as well as his programs, which the president introduced using a medical recovery theme.”


  11. House Majority Leader Tip O’Neill was equipped to repulse that nonsense until the youthful elitist John Hinckley–son of a business associate of the then-Vice President–completely changed the game…

  12. Bad day? SCOTUS handed the GOP right a bad week.

    Every single conservative/TEA party idea that was brought up- the TEA party’s entire agenda was rejected by SCOTUS.

    All of those things that the gun toting, don’t tread on me apostles of constitutionality wanted was rejected this week by SCOTUS, and very reasonably.

    Arizona’s immigration law was thrown out. Arizona law enforcement can still ask people arrested for cause to prove their legal residence, and then send to the INS for deportation if the suspects can’t document their legal status. SCOTUS decision thus saves the state the cost of trial and detention.

    SCOTUS overturned mandatory life sentences for juveniles. Mandatory sentencing is one of the red meat issues of the right. It is constitutional no-no. SCOTUS ruled judges can still sentence juveniles to life sentences with no parole on their own discretion, they just can’t be mandated to do so. SCOTUS own little twist on mandate relief.

    Finally, SCOTUS upheld Obamacare. Right wing talk radio has been spewing about the unconstitutionality of Obamacare since it was passed. People who have never even had a constitutional law book in their hands have been holding endlessly about the invalidity of Obamacere. Guess what dittoheads, law is logical and can be understood! It is not a matter of “I don’t like it and so it must be unconstitutional.”

  13. But we also have the CBC. Nothing like that in the US.

    I love the CBC — both TV and radio. When I first arrived in Canada in 2004 I heard the most amazing early morning radio show. It was yoga. On the radio.

    I also liked that when people thought something was unjust, they said “That’s not very Canadian.”

    Oh yeah, the medical care thing is awesome.

  14. I would like to repeat a quote I heard yesterday,
    ‘one day perhaps we will live in a country where we do not allow rich CEO’s to get richer by depriving
    america of health care for all’

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