I am late to the party, as usual, but fortunately Scissorhead Bluegal is not, and so she tweeted this the other day:
No Labels lifeboat alert #BurnTheLifeboats @Mr_Electrico @Tengrain @ElieNYC @CharlesPPierce This is attempt to rebrand Republicans post Trump. NO MORE TEA PARTIES. (Watch Morning Joe promote this I’ll bet five bucks.) American Enterprise Institute is on their GODDAMN LETTERHEAD https://t.co/dQRIlzXWgp
— Frances Langum (@bluegal) July 3, 2019
And so once again we must burn the lifeboats and not let the Republicans off the hook when their on-going experiment with fascism blows up in their faces, as it always does.
A little history is required…
You might recall after Chimpy McStagger’s Reign of Error that overnight the Republicans rebranded themselves as the Tea Party (with a lot of money from the Koch Brothers and an infinite amount of coverage from
Pravda, er, Fox News), because as they created the Infinite War for Oil (with infinite war crimes) crashed the world’s economy and were soundly rebuked by We The People when we elected Barack Obama to be President and took both Houses of Congress (paper-thin margins, but it counted!), they had nothing to do and nowhere to go (H/T The Ramones).
So like good Germans they burned their uniforms, put on funny hats, and declared that “Imma Tea Partier, not a Republican, and you cannot blame ME for all that!” Constitutional Conservative replaced Chimpy’s Compassionate Conservative almost overnight. “Dubya? Never heard of him.”
In other words, they ran for cover, as decent people and children pointed at laughed at them.
At the end of the Kenyan Usurper’s Presidency, suddenly they all became Republicans again. Even our old pal One-L couldn’t run for office as the chairperson of the Tea Party Caucus. Go figure.
And as things now look like crash-and-burn time again, the challenge returns to figure out how to escape the blame when Comrade Prznint Stupid burns the GOP to the ground.
Hence our call to burn the lifeboats. Make them pay for what they bought.
So what are the lifeboats this time if Tea Party is done away with?
Famously, Traitor Joe Lieberman’s No Labels comes to mind, the Centrism Project, and the newest entry, Purple: The Project for Democracy:
Purple is a non-partisan coalition, campaign and movement.
We span the breadth of American society to rediscover and recommit
to our democratic values and institutions.
Purple, get it? The blended color of red and blue!
Still need a hint: Both Sides.
Look, Purple, if you want to recommit to democratic values and institutions, you start by getting rid of amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell, who happens to be a Republican. And then you get rid of Concentration Camps at the borders created by the Republicans. And then you address Climate Change legislation, long-blocked by Republicans. I could go on (and on), but I won’t.
The point here is that Both Sides are not destroying us, it is one side, the Republicans who have gone nuts ever since Saint Ronnie started the boulder rolling down the hill that has resulted in the avalanche that has taken out our democracy and all of our democratic institutions.
Call our problem by its name: The Republican Party.