Funny, for a political party which claims to want to be taken seriously, the GOP insists on doing its own rendition of “Send in the Clowns” every chance it gets. With weeks to go before a government shutdown and debt-ceiling default, you’d think Republicans would be doing everything imaginable to make sure the unthinkable didn’t happen.
You’d think that, but you’d be wrong.
Far from trying to prevent a train wreck, most House Republicans seem hell-bent on steaming full speed ahead towards it. They view it as a solemn duty that they swore to their constituents they’d see through and damned if they aren’t going to keep their promise.
Louie Gohmert is a case in point. He had it out with George Will on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos over the GOP’s suicidal obsession with defunding Obamacare. There are maybe a handful of conservative writers more to the right than Will, so when he calls you out, you know you’ve got problems.
But then that’s the real problem, isn’t it? Gohmert doesn’t know. He and his cohorts will never know or accept that their obsession with Obamacare has not only blinded them to reality, but paralyzed them in such a manner as to prevent them from being even remotely effective as a legislative body. It doesn’t matter how many conservatives comes out against them – Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, even the Gipper himself – it’s irrelevant. Seriously, when you hold 40 votes to repeal a healthcare law you know isn’t going anywhere, you’re past the point of rational thinking; you’re now in your own episode of The Twilight Zone.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then the GOP House – or at least most of it – might as well be the cast from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
And Obamacare isn’t the only boogeyman that keeps them up nights. Immigration reform, for all intents and purposes, has become their latest Waterloo. Unable to see the potential good that it would do for the Party down the road, a majority of House Republicans have drawn a line in the sand, much to chagrin of many of their Senate colleagues who know how damaging a failure to pass a comprehensive bill would be to them nationally.
This is the real crux of the matter. Rather than tackle real problems that not only beset the nation but threaten their future prospects as a party, the majority of the GOP prefers to fixate on phony scandals, Obamacare and, apparently now, preventing networks from airing movies they don’t like about Hillary Clinton.
Some days it feels like I’m stuck in a theater watching a bad movie and I can’t get up and leave.