So I hadn’t gotten back to blogging in any meaningful way until after the shutdown began. And since I didn’t want to Johnny-come-lately the whole thing, I figured I’d wait until we got to the debt ceiling and the GOP finally caved as they always do.
So we’re there. Now all of us who were momentarily heartened by a flash of spine by the GOP are now doubled over by the latest nutshot from the Bo(eh)ner/McConnell machine (or had the sense to assume it was coming and covered our junk. So let’s get to the highlights:
1. The 0bamacare fight was never winnable in this – The GOP lost this years ago when they botched things so badly that the Dems were able to ram the piece of shit through, and the GOP never fielded enough power to stop it (Mitt fucking Romney?). So despite the signs of life from the likes of Ted Cruz, it was a dumb move. Mainly because….
2. The shutdown distracted us from the disastrous rollout failure of the exchanges – We’re a couple weeks out and it’s still a debacle. If this was like Apple (or more accurately, like some of the online game rollout messes (Diablo III and Sim City, for example)), those companies would be in shambles from this big of a PR clusterfuck. More accurately, they’d be on the way out of business. Because the exchanges appear to be less technical glitch and more of a systemic failure, on both ends and all in between.
3. The only thing good that came out of the shutdown was highlighting how much of a dick 0bama is – We all expected some less-than-vital shit to be shut down and people to be inconvenienced for political points (the advantages of controlling the White House), but
Fuckface the Asslicker 0bama showed us how a tyrant does it better. Spend more money Barrycading open-air monuments, specifically against those damned WWII vets, check. Lock down private companies and homes because they’re on government land, check. Send armed guards to terrorize tourists in Yellowstone, check. Pit cones up at wides spots on the roads around Mt Rushmore so tourists can’t take pictures of presidents who aren’t complete dicks (except Teddy Roosevelt, who pretty much was a progressive dick), check. In short, fuck that asshole. I expect some shit in politics, but this was an unprecedented dick move (even Clinton wasn’t this big of a dick [insert your own blowjob humor here]).
4. The net result was business as usual, with no substantial changes, except the GOP lost again – The media, in large part, has been sucking off the scumbag 0bama for years. Even when they criticize, you can often detect a note of desperation in their pleas to Dear Ruler to not force them to have to be objective. So although the House GOP somehow found some “principles”, despite keeping that idiot Boehner in the leadership, they quickly squandered it in their usual way: talking dispassionate numbers while the Dems called them everything but a child of God. At least if they had delegated Michele Bachmann to punch Nazi Pelosi right in the fucking mouth (and then streamed the subsequent bitch fight as a pay-per-view), it would have been a sign that they had actual spine. Instead, it’s talk a weak game then fold like a napkin.
So in the end, the “shutdown” was a two-week distraction that only made the GOP look stupider, and kicked the can down the road.