“Half a truth is often a great lie.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“Mr. President, the buzz saw that your healthcare bill ran into wasn’t lobbyists and special interests it was tens of millions of American’s who were saying, ‘Stop!’ ”
— John Boehner
FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
Mobius strips are pretty neat things. Not only are they extremely one-sided, but they have only one edge. First, take any page out of the National Review, or any editorial written by Fred Hiatt. Cut the page into a long thin strip. Repeat. And once more. Grab a piece of tape, and before you connect the ends of a single strip, give the far end a half twist.
Presto! You just created a mathematical wonder – your own personal Mobius strip.
OK, you may not believe me when I say it is truly one sided. Grab a marker and in the center of the strip, start drawing a non-stop line down the strip. Keep going. When you reach the twist, carefully keep the marker’s tip on the paper, and maneuver it to keep the line going. Eventually, you will reach the very place that you started from, except that both “sides” will have been marked. Mathematically, this strip has only one side. Practically, you just proved it. (The same applies to the one edge. You can do the same thing with your pen, and again you will prove that you created a single edged loop.)
Today’s Republican party, the party of no, of doom, of fear, of war and torture, is in many ways like a Mobius Strip. It is artificial. It is man made. It has this weird twist, probably due to Mike Steele. It is little more than a shallow construct. It is totally one sided. No matter how you attempt to engage them in rational debate, no matter what direction you come from, the result will be always:
Shallow, immature, but surprisingly robust and completely in step with one another, today’s GOP bears the same resemblance to the Party (and ideals) of Abraham Lincoln that a broken down Yugo has to the Space Shuttle. The idea of doing anything to benefit society at large would never enter any GOP conversation, much less legislative activity. Helping those in need could and will never occur to them. Their idea of aid involves little more than more tax cuts for the rich and large corporations.
What has been interesting is how the GOP has reacted to the whole HCR debate. First, they derided and decried any reform effort by saying the whole idea was ridiculous. “Ours is a center right nation.” “WE have the best health care in the world!” They tried hard to define it as a Quixotic enterprise, doomed to failure. That effort failed.
Next, when we did engage them constructively, they made demand after demand, always knowing that even if we caved in on every single request, (which our reps and senators did), they would still do everything possible to scuttle the bill. Their sole goal was to delay. It almost worked, but ultimately failed.
Then, as a ghostly form of a bill began to appear, GOP leaders began threatening, grand-standing, and demanding that the whole project stop. “Defeat the plan, and you defeat Obama.” “This will be Obama’s Waterloo!” “Destroy this presidency!” “Kill the Bill!” and of course, the ever popular, “Kill the Bill, Vol. 2!” (my personal fave)
The GOPers instinctively knew that if Obama managed to pass any health care bill, it would energize the rest of his term, and embolden Democrats in office to finally locate those long-missing spines. A win for Obama could conceivably mean a democratic majority for many years to come. They also knew that if they threw enough mud, crap, and lies throughout the process, they could scare to death the 20% of Americans who follow no politics, they already had the 17%ers that still love George W., they could count on the demented religious cretins that (de)form 10% of the population, and they could make some inroads on moderates, at least for a time.
For a short time, because of their constant spin, and shameless posturing and lies, the “maths” were actually in their favor. Their playbook could have come from Goebbels himself, concentrating not only on one big lie often repeated, but many, many little lies.
To be sure, nonstop anti-HCR campaigning by Fox, Politico, one or two politically perverted pollsters, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, and all of the other usual suspects, warped logic by the neocon publisher of WaPo, and a confusing lack of energy early on, by the White House, made the HCR vote a far closer vote than it should have been. Amazingly, the truth seems to be winning out. And the GOP knows it.
The GOPers also know that their facade no thicker than a mathematically perfect Mobius Strip. It has length, width, and absolutely no depth. Once people started seeing through their message, and the fact free way they presented it, their hysterical facade would begin to collapse. The GOP put many millions into defeating Health Care. The total investment in its defeat may run close to a billion. In spin and propaganda costs. That’s a hell of an expensive campaign.
Along the way, they unnecessarily scared the elderly, the less educated, and the conservative religious into believing that Death Panels, Rationing, and worse lurked behind the door. They used every dirty trick, every dastardly move, every deceitful scam they could conceive of. Now, they realize that their political cupboard is bare. All of their threats, lies, bullshit and scams are collapsing from their own weight. Collectively, they are an arrogant emperor, and slowly America is becoming aware that they have no clothes.
The GOP’s latest scam? Predicting that HCR will result in a tsunami in November. A GOP TAKE OVER OF BOTH HOUSES! A REPEAL OF HCR! THE RESURGENCE OF THE GOP! At least, that was the message you would have gotten if you looked at Drudge or listened to Talk Radio.
Guess what? They failed.
Lose control of both houses? Really? I suggest that the opposite is true. The GOP has squandered whatever slight momentum they had because they put 100% of their effort into defeating HCR. Even the naissant Tea Bagger party has become a lifeless hulk, gathering handfuls of retired, functional illiterates, instead of being a real movement. (Of course, the GOP’s efforts to co-opt the Tea Baggers into the GOP led directly to the death of the movement. Even Tea Baggers realize how pathetic and lifeless the GOP has been and how short of a lifespan it now has.)
Because the GOP shot its wad and lost, and because Americans don’t like being treated like fools, I predict that (except for states like Misery, Virginia, Alabama or South Carolina) the Democrats will do quite well in November. Perhaps not the Blue Cur Democrats, but over all, the rest of us will be just fine. To those confused Blue Curs, I say this. Either you atone, reform your ways, and begin doing your jobs, or all those plush bennies and bribes you enjoyed on the hill will disappear. You, not the Democrats, are the endangered species. It could not happen to a more deserving class on spineless, corporate lackeys.
The lies the GOP spewed have proved to be just that – lies. The spin they coordinated with Big Insurance and Big Corporations? Up in smoke. Today’s GOP ends up looking like a group of lying, ruthless, fact-free jerks, not just to us, who already knew their true colors, but to the rest of the country. That can’t be good for them in November.
We will win this first baby step on Health Care Reform. We will win in November. And, the GOP will truly be relegated to a regional, Christian, conservative collection of corporate toadies. We only ask that you take the Blue Curs with you. Please.