Wednesday, January 03, 2007

When Time Stood Still

Republicans are always angry -- a persecuted and powerless minority mindset even when they were in power. Now that they've lots some, the whining is is being ratcheted up. Here is some vintage Digby on Republican's latest round of "I know you are, but what am I".
I've noticed something interesting among the family rightwingers lately: they have simply disappeared Bush and the Republican congress from their minds. It's the weirdest thing. You talk politics with them and they are already going on about how the Democrats are ruining the country with their big spending and high taxes. You ask about Bush and they look at you blankly and start talking about the Clintons.

They are fully back in minority victimhood mode without missing a beat. And there is a sense of gleeful excitement about the whole thing --- "heh, heh, I just hope I live long enough to see what that horrible woman is going to do to this country."* If you mention Iraq, they shrug their shoulders and start babbling about John Kerry and the draft dodging Clinton. Some lament that the Democrats wouldn't let us win it (we should have "glassed 'em.") For the most part, they seem absolutely thrilled to be in the minority and they are already doing the only thing they have ever really been good at --- carping about Democrats from the sidelines.

Apparently, it isn't just my family and their bizarro word friends. Take a look at this for sheer, unadulterated chutzpah from TPM Muckraker:

Republicans aren't yet an official minority in the House, but they're already beginning a campaign to portray themselves as victims of a heartless Democratic majority.

In a "Dear Colleague" letter circulated to fellow Republicans, three House GOPers are trying to push a "Minority Bill of Rights" -- based on a two-year-old proposal by then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
[...]

Pelosi had vowed to uphold the minority bill of rights even if the Democrats became a majority so it is poarticularly churlish of these Republican fucks to be whining already about how terrible the Dems are.

The Republicans are where they love to be --- pissing and moaning, even after what they've done and before the Democrats have even taken office. Shame or humility is not in their vocabulary. Now that the mantle of governance has been removed from their shoulders (after they proved without doubt that they are completely inept) they can revert to backbench caviling and complaining.

Snivelling Republican whiners, happy at last.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ashley said...

It's the Oscar the Grouch paradox. Everything makes him unhappy but he's only happy when everything is making him unhappy. So, except for the moment or two needed for reflection upon this fact, he's always happy. A pretty nice state actually.

If the Republicans are whiners, what does that make the smaller parties like the Libertarians who complain about Bush and Clinton and whose national successes can be counted without taking off one's shoes and socks? :)

(I think I feel a round of complaining about Pelosi coming over myself.)

4:07 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

That's unfair to Oscar.

It's one thing to whine when all you've ever been is marginalized. I mean, it's not like the Libertarians ever formed the gov't.

What is so inexplicably offensive about the Republican whining is that they always do it, even when they are in power. They like to talk tough but they're never willing to take responsibility -- their whole meme is as victims.

Hypocrisy thy name is Republican.

8:10 PM  

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