First of all, I want to associate myself with Zack Beachamp’s remarks:
Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the Republican primary and everyone who tells you otherwise is lying.
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) December 22, 2015
But to look at another example of the nihilistic feedback loop that Martin wrote about today, I’m seeing some strong rumblings over the Republican’s work on passing the omnibus spending bill. Keep in mind that McConnell and Ryan worked that legislation in a way that would avoid a government shutdown. They know that voters would blame Republicans if that happened and it would have disastrous effects on the 2016 election.
So today I was interested to see something that Franklin Graham posted on Facebook.
Shame on the Republicans and the Democrats for passing such a wasteful spending bill last week. And to top it off, funding Planned Parenthood! A Huffington Post article called it “a big win for Planned Parenthood.” I call it a big loss for America.
He goes on to compare Planned Parenthood to Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps (sweet guy, huh?), suggesting that this is why he is no longer a member of either party, and tying all that to his plans to visit 50 state capitols in 2016 as part of a “Decision for America” tour. In case you are tempted buy that part about him leaving the Republican Party, this kind of a politicking would be problematic for his charity’s non-profit status otherwise. What this all means is that you can expect a visit from Franklin Graham to your neighborhood soon to stir up anger about how Republicans failed to defund Planned Parenthood, combined with more of the kind of lies that inspired Robert Lewis Dear to go on his shooting rampage in Colorado Springs.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is pretty pissed off about that omnibus spending bill as well. She took to Breitbart News to make the point that by passing it, Republican leadership demonstrated that they are the abusers to the grassroots battered wives.
They did it again. But like a battered wife, we keep going back because every four years they bring us flowers, beg our forgiveness, and swear they’ll never hit us again.
The GOP establishment in Congress is our abuser. We can’t hide the black eyes any more. The whole neighborhood knows. The Democrats are gloating. Obama thanked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) effusively – and why shouldn’t he? Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) couldn’t have given him more.
The only reason why I’m subjecting you to all that ugly nonsense is that both Graham and Palin are saying exactly the same thing in response to the omnibus spending bill that Sen. Ted Cruz articulated a few days ago.
Thanks to last year’s landslide elections, Republicans now control more seats in Congress, more governorships and more state legislative seats across the country than at any time since the 1920s. We retired Harry Reid and took control of the Senate. And yet today marks a milestone and an ignominious one. Before long, Republican leaders in the Senate and House intend to join hands with a majority of Congressional Democrats to pass a bill that funds President Barack Obama’s disastrous agenda well into 2016.
I’m not suggesting that any of this is coordinated. It just so happens that a major leader of fundamentalist Christians and the Tea Party darling are sounding an awful lot like Republican candidate Ted Cruz…”blow the place up unless we get what we want.”
If you had any questions about why Cruz is gaining ground in the polls, there’s your answer.