English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No longer the Grand Old Party or even the Grand Opposition Party, the current GOP have degenerated into the Party of No. No matter what President Obama proposes, the GOP are against it. Not by principle, but by politics, the GOP put politics ahead of country. For example, the Affordable Care Act is based on a proposal from the right-wing Heritage Foundation and echoes Romneycare, enacted in Massachusetts while Mitt was governor. If the Affordable Care Act were Heritage Foundationcare or Romneycare, the GOP would support it. Since it is called Obamacare, they oppose it.
It is the essence of an opposition party to oppose the party in power, propose alternate solutions, and then compromise for the good of the country. The GOP no longer do that. Instead, they oppose for the sake of opposing and refuse compromise. That is why they are now the Grand Obstruction Party. The solution is fragmentation of the GOP with the rational bits and pieces re-assembling themselves into a functioning opposition party. Where are the Republicans with the courage to say “no” to obstruction?
Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The governor’s race in Florida in 2014 will pit former GOP governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, against current GOP governor Rick Scott. Since the GOP supported Crist when he was governor, they will be forced to reverse themselves now to attack him. They plan to run a Mitt Romney style campaign, one not limited by facts. In other words, the Scott campaign will lie a lot.
English: Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Português: Foto oficial de George W. Bush, presidente dos Estados Unidos da América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Every four years, administration teams play a game of football to determine which team represents the worst president in US history. The winning team is awarded the Black Cup, for Buchanan’s Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black, which it retains until the next game to be played by a team representing a president who has completed a full four or eight year term. If a president has not served a full term, then there is no game played that year. The first game was played between teams representing Presidents Pierce and Buchanan in 1860. That game was won by the Buchanan administration and the Buchanan team went undefeated for 148 years until it was defeated by the George W. Bush team in 2008.
There were several close games in the years that followed 1860. The Grant team managed to send the game into overtime in 1876. The Harding team was expected to perform well in 1924, but Harding passed away in 1923. Hoover gave Buchanan a rough time in 1932. Because of WW2, no game was played in 1944, and FDR was too ill to participate anyway. George W. Bush gave the Buchanan team a scare in 2004, but Buchanan maintained his undefeated, untied string of victories until being blown away in 2008. Bush won easily in 2012. The GOP are trash talking President Obama now for the 2016 game. However, if they succeed in impeaching him, there will be no game in 2016. That will mean the next game to determine the worst president will be held in 2020. George, your possession of the Black Cup is secure for now.
Cover of Fast & Furious
Fast and ferocious is not another phony Obama administration scandal like Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Benghazi or the IRS targeting TEA Party groups. Fast and ferocious is how I describe GOP, FOX and their allies speed and venom in making up new allegations to divert the public and the media from real scandals such as the recent GOP-sponsored government shutdown and the continuing GOP obstruction. It is much easier and less time-consuming to make up false charges than it is to refute them. Obstructionists on the Right accept neither science nor logic in the refutation of their claims. Their false charges live on in the blogosphere, on talk radio and on FOX. For an example, please see the second related article below.
Official portrait of United States Health and Human Services Secretary . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The scalp hunters in the GOP failed to capture President Obama’s scalp in the effort to repeal, defund, or delay the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Now as a consolation prize, they seek the resignation/firing of the person in charge of implementing Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. If they fail again, whose scalp will they covet next?