The post-midterms litmus test


It’s now clear to anyone who doesn’t need it spelled out—and if you do, increasingly in recent weeks it’s being spelled out for you anyway—that the stealth issue of the upcoming congressional contest is the president’s impeachment. On the right, impeachment has become the wildfire crucible, and the purest purity test yet for those sanctified few who have managed to pass the others; that Obama hasn’t actually done anything to warrant impeachment, or at least anything as egregious as misleading a public into war, couldn’t be more beside the point. He’s Obama; his very existence calls for nullification; the historic fact of his presidency is a transgression against the national image of those Americans who more and more come to the conclusion that things started going very wrong in this country sometime around 1861.

I’m afraid that Erickson is right: voting to impeach The Kenyan Usurper will become the new voting to remove the Affordable Care Act, which is now 51 votes to repeal and continuing.

(The American Prospect)

The Evening Quote

“One of my all-time favorites. From my residency days there was a pretty active ‘knife and gun club’ at Truman Medical Center. What kind of gun blows somebody’s head completely off? I’ve got to get one of those.”

–Milton Wolf, teabagger candidate who is challenging Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

UPDATE: Our Poet Laureate, Mountjoy, gives us the definitive Haiku:

DonnieMountjoy: @Tengrain Hasn’t the man ever seen”Dirty Harry”?
Milton Wolf gets hard
For a .44 Magnum!
(He’s not seen the film?)
#HaikuMaster #CleanOff

There is no tea party

teabagging for jeebus

We’ve been saying it for years and years, the Teabaggers are just Dick Armey’s astroturfing, minty-fresh attempt at rebranding the racist, crazy, know-nothings from Bugfuck, and instead he weaponized them.

But guess who agrees with us now (speed ahead to 3:30):


This Bobo?

Somewhere, Driftglass is smiling.

The Afternoon Quote, MLK Day Edition

teabagging for jeebus

“Today is Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King did a lot to help us as we struggled with racial equality and justice, friendship and kindness between the races, and we celebrate that achievement. What I want to say to you today is, I too have a dream.”

“When we consider the 55 million unborn children that have been killed in this land since 1973, I too have a dream. When we consider that one-third of the generation since 1973 is not with us because of abortion, I have a dream. And what it is? I have a dream that one day each and every unborn baby created in the image of God will enjoy the same constitutional protections that you and I receive.”

–Richard Cash, who is one of the many Teabaggers challenging Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase in South Carolina

SC Decision: Rhett or Scarlet

Meet Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase’s teabagger challenger Lee Bright:

Let’s go down the Saint Ronnie checklist, shall we? Ungrateful takers, Nicest cars=Cadillac-driving welfare cheats, nicest food=young bucks eating T-bone steaks, let the church take care of the aged and infirmed but able-bodied and not working people should not eat. Yup, he hit all the Southern Strategy Talking Points.

St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again

St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again

Somewhere, Lee Atwater is smiling.

People’s Front of Judea vs. Judean People’s Front

It’s the Teabaggers vs. The GOP:

teabagging for jeebus

Leadership sources tell me the House will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are expected to announce the decision at Wednesday’s Republican conference meeting.

This means the conservatives who have been urging Boehner to back a defunding effort as part of the CR have won a victory, at least in terms of getting the leadership to go along with their strategy. But getting such a CR through the Democratic Senate and signed into law will be very difficult — and many House insiders predict a “Plan B” will emerge in the coming days.

Here’s how my sources expect the gambit to unfold: The House passes a “defund CR,” throws it to the Senate, and waits to see what Senator Ted Cruz and his allies can do. Maybe they can get it through, maybe they can’t. Boehner and Cantor will be supportive, and conservative activists will rally.

But if Cruz and company can’t round up the votes, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejects the legislation, the House leadership will likely ask Republicans to turn their focus to the debt limit, avert a shutdown, and pass a revised CR — a stopgap spending bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare.

Two laugh out loud moments and a series of chuckles: But getting such a CR through the Democratic Senate and signed into law will be very difficult and Maybe they can get it through, maybe they can’t. That is sheer comedy gold. But if Cruz and company can’t round up the votes… No “if” in the history of writing has ever had to work that hard. Solid chuckle material.

(The NRO, the most intellectually dishonest rest stop on the information super highway)