Another Thing the Election Could Be “About”

While we’re considering what Mitt Romney might privately think about his conservative friends’ distracting efforts to make the election “about” something other than the economic indicators his campaign has made the alpha and omega of national life, how’s about the contempt charge the House“>passed today aimed at the Attorney General? Is that, or the underlying conspiracy theories, a good campaign topic? If not, then why are House Republicans escalating this to the point of beyond and back, provoking a walkout by members of the Congressional Black Caucus? Next they’re probably going to court to get a civil order, and that will be appealed, and on and on it will go, with 90% of the public not having any idea what it’s all about other than a lot of angry white guys going after two African-American leaders.

I’ve that today I am watching Fox News for the first time in ages, and their coverage of the vote seems mainly to be about how historic it is, as though the sheer act of will by House Republicans to take this action proves its validity. This will embolden conservatives to make more “history” between now and November. It’s important to keep in mind that many, perhaps most, of these people don’t actually give a damn about the economy; it’s just an excuse to pursue the ideological agenda they support all the time. It’s hard to imagine they’ll keep their demons under wraps all the way til the election, at the request of a presidential candidate they don’t much like or trust and fully intend to boss around if he wins. If they do plan to fall in line, they certainly aren’t off to a good start.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.