I Could Do Without The Predictability

One of the aspects of paying attention to politics is attempting to figure out “what’s next?” when it comes to various reactions to something that is in the news.    Whenever there’s a deadline, a policy proposal, or an international incident of some sort, you try to figure out how our politicians or a political party is going to react.  When it comes to Republicans, it’s actually easy.  They’re predictable, in fact, you can usually see it coming a mile away.  That’s the bad part.

Back when I decided to come back out of hiatus, the sequester was looming.   Sure enough, the Republicans were busily trying to spin it as “the President’s fault,” which no one was buying, and at the same time that it was a “good thing” because it would rein in “runaway government spending.  I said at the time that the Republicans were “whistling in the dark,” because once the slow roll out of the sequester started taking effect, they’d be getting serious blowback from their constituents.   Why would I think that?  Easy, it was because it was the method of the cuts, not the amount.  What would happen was quite predictable.

Sure enough, the next sets of posts were about the screams from various conservative areas as national parks closed or delayed opening, and local airports were slated to lose their air traffic controllers.   There’s nothing like seeing your local airport have to shut down or reduce hours to make even Michele Bachmann suddenly complain.   Now the furloughs are hitting, along with other cuts, and yes, the news stories are starting in the local media about how bad it is for the local economy.  Which is getting various Republicans … upset.  Not that they’re going to do anything about it, really, but they’re upset.

Along with that the Republican Party released its “autopsy” of the 2012 election in a 100 page report called “The Growth and Opportunity Project.”  Which, it seems they spent more time thinking of a good title so the acronym would be “GOP” than actually developing anything new.  Mostly, it came down to “we should copy what Obama did with OFA,” and “people don’t like us, so we obviously aren’t communicating our message.”   There were, to be honest, a few kernels of “good ideas” in there, but I saw that their biggest problem was going to be Republicans.

Which the past few weeks have demonstrated quite nicely.  We have Kansas set to pass the most restrictive abortion law, joining Arkansas and North Dakota, we have North Carolina wanting to pass a “state religion,” lots of discussion about “welfare” which make virtually everyone a “welfare queen,” arguments against gays, immigration slurs and dragging their feet on immigration reform.   That’s in addition to paranoid theories about guns and even (thank you Arizona) wanting state legislators to get bulletproof vests.   That’s just the short list, and it’s since the Republican Party came out with a strategy document saying in effect “we probably shouldn’t do this.”

I’d like to take credit for being incredibly prescient, to have seen all this coming.  I’d like to, but there was nothing “prescient” or “incredible” about it.  It’s like predicting that a rock will fall to the ground when I drop it, that the sun will rise in the east, and that water is wet.  It’s a sure thing.  The Republicans are nothing if not predictable these days, and you know what?  I could do without it.  Just once I’d like to be surprised, but somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

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  1. Hey I’m all for giving you a pundit prognosticate(r) props. But the GOP is just a drive by of yelling “NO” so…..your post was a great summary since the sequester.

    OK soothsayer, how does the POTUS proposed budget play with Pelosi and the likes of Madison Wisc. and all points Think Progress.

    Regards,

    • Oh, the frustrati are as easy as the Republicans! I almost included them in this post. 😆 They heard the magic words “chained CPI” and promptly went off on a tear. Digby already has a big strawman up that she’s beating the hell out of, and C&L has featured it prominently. That’s in addition to the inflammatory headlines over at TPM, DK, etc. 🙄 It’s the typical response, rather than wait to read the actual budget proposal and debate specific merits.

      Speaking of analysis of merits, Deaniac has an analysis and Smartypants has not one, but two up on it.

      As to how it will play with Pelosi? Helpful hint: She reluctantly backed it the last time the President proposed something like this, and to be honest, this budget proposal is even better than that one.

  2. Suzanne

    Thank you Noebrook! I need your sanity!

    • You’re welcome. There’s old saying: “races aren’t won by the swift or battles by the strong, and that food doesn’t go to the wise or wealth to the intelligent or favor to the experts; but that’s the way to bet.”
      In the case of Republicans you can make the variation “they may not always do the stupidest thing, they may not always be intransigent, or ignore facts, but that’s the way to bet.”

  3. Snoring Dog Studio

    Thanks for the links, Norbrook. I was unaware of the extreme left views on these issues, and now I feel even more sorry for President Obama. He has to deal with so much nuttiness on both sides. I wonder how many people in their 60s just hope they die before they’re 80 or before they run out of money, whichever comes first. What golden years?

    • aquagranny911

      Sorry I laughed a bit at your post but I’m almost 70 & I plan to live as long as I can just for spite, even if it means living under a bridge eating sand, lol!

      The Repugs don’t scare me at all & I do love how they have let all the inmates out of their asylums. The more they show themselves the more hope I have for our country. I have faith in our people that most have at least a few brain cells & enough sanity to see the GOP for exactly what they have become.

    • You’re welcome. The extreme left is as predictable as the Republicans. Democrats aren’t, but the “leftier than thou” are. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m tired of hearing what they “want,” because it’s never accompanied by “what we’re going to do to get it.” It’s always “someone else” needs to do it, and never mind any considerations of just how they’re going to to it.

  4. You know, when you have your House seat assured due to gerrymandering, you can lie between your teeth and not worry about any retribution from the voters. Not at least until the demographics change that could lose them that seat.

    • That advantage only holds the until the 2022 election. Which is why 2018 and 2020 are very important years on the state and federal level, because 2020 is a census year.

      • True. By 2020 the demographics in some GOP strongholds here in Texas could significantly change with the growing hispanic population this state is seeing.

        • One of the reasons I was so livid about many on “the Left’s” 🙄 drumbeat of “both parties are the same,” and “stay home to send a message” was that I knew 2010 was a census year, which meant new congressional and state house districts. It’s something that they didn’t seem to grasp the importance of, until of course, it was far too late. Hasn’t stopped them from bitching though.