"We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat. There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? Or – more exactly – with somebody whom your voters have been persuaded to believe wants to murder their grandmother?"
Especially since it means there is now nothing owed to them, they have not established a seat at a table that would have been there eventually anyway. They have no favors they can use, nor any common ground established. There will be no reason to listen to them, even if they are listened to. They gambled everything and lost. Unless they really do intend to use violence or overthrow, and never rely on elections again, the Republicans have shot themselves here in both feet and the face, by my count over the past four years.
It's happened and was going to happen, if the thing was pressed, and nobody can deny with a straight face the Democrats haven't seen something through to the end, at last. I realize, given the track record of Democratic spine, it's possible to believe they wouldn't have, but they did. They earned this. It's baffling the Republicans, in a minority that will probably now really start to feel like one, would put themselves in such a corner. Do they really want to run to repeal this?
The rest of us should be able to take a breath now. I hope.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson