Making a list. Checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty. Not gonna worry about who’s nice.
This has been the goal of The Republican Party. It worked in 2000, when the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton gave George W. Bush the presidency.
In 2008, Republicans didn’t want the presidency, not after Dubya gave us two wars we couldn’t afford, an unfunded drug program we couldn’t afford, tax cuts we couldn’t afford and TARP: Troubled Aristocrat’s Relief Program.
Republicans knew the next president couldn’t pull the U S of A out of this mess. Not in 4-years. So they gave Democrats a token win. And got busy making sure the token president succeeded at nothing.
After all, isn’t that what Republicans do best, succeed at nothing. And treat all minorities, including women, like tokens.
What are the odds they’ll change?
January 21, 2008, got an email from my racing buddies questioning where Hussein was born. There was absolute proof Hussein wasn’t born in Hawaii.
There’s a mistaken assumption of wide spread racism in the Republican Party, which sparked this non-debate. But it was just the beginning of THE LIST.
The leaders of the coalition of special interests, who call themselves “The Republican Party,” could care less about race. They care about wealth. Period. They care about winning. Period.
Next came Operation Fast & Furious, where guns were sold to Straw Buyers so The ATF could track these guns to Mexican Drug Cartels. One of the guns was used in the killing of a Border Patrol Agent.
Clearly, the scandal had legs. Forget about Operation Fast & Furious being started in 2006, under Bush. Now it belonged to Hussein. It would be his downfall.
In 2010, The House went Republican. The new strategy, borrowed from an old slogan, became this: Just Say No. They had no choice, since new items could not be found for THE LIST.
Hussein was squeaky clean. Even The Socialist Hysteria wasn’t generating Socialist Hysteria. But they had an ace up their sleeve: the economy and a new mantra.
Not Gonna Happen: no president has ever been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 8%.
They went All-In on Plan B. The coalition of Sane Republicans fought-off all efforts from the coalition of Crazy Republicans. They nominated a moderate, a guy who could not lose. True, they had no scandals. But they had a straight flush, all cards in the same suit, white: creeping growth and the only guy who could pull us out of creeping growth, Mister Savvy Business Guy with Ronald Reagan Hair. On the flop, they pulled the white king.
(Also, there was the trillion dollar deficit which was handed to the incoming president in 2008, but now belonged to Hussein.)
Everything was falling into place. Fox News Polls had a victory locked-up for Republicans. And you know the rest of the story…
What are the odds they’ll re-write the story?
January 21, 2013, they pool their few remaining chips and bet again on Plan A. Add Benghazi to THE LIST. Clearly, the scandal has legs. It’ll cripple Hussein. It’ll discredit Hillary. After all, there are 4-dead. That’s right, 4-dead.
Double-Down on the IRS Scandal. Double-Down on the FBI Scandal. Double-Down on the Associated Press Scandal. Suddenly, Republicans can taste a $100 million dollar taxpayer funded jackpot: Impeachment.
Pundits will be shouting. Congress will be shouting. Shouters will be shouting. Not to mention, Republicans no longer need Viagra when they hear these two words, “Special Counsel.”
Get that Kenneth Starr fellow, if he’s available. Whatever it takes to uncover THE BIG LEWINSKY.
Republicans have no Plan C: find a genuine leader, with genuine ideas and a genuine understanding of what it means to be genuine.
Instead, they’re looking backwards to move forward, thinking what worked in 2000 will work in 2016. I’m not saying it won’t work. But I do think it’s sad, genuinely sad.
How’s it possible we can’t get two candidates from two parties? How’s it possible we can’t get the debate we’re looking for?
Next week, I’m off to race with my racing buddies. When I get to the track, I’ll bring-up THE LAME LIST. I’ll bring-up how well it’s working…NOT!
What are the odds they’ll listen?