Sometimes it's salutary to be reminded of just how mind-bendingly stupid elected officials can be. And here's PowerTools to help us out with that. And yes, this is Senator John Cornyn talking to the PowerTools kids, so, you know, warning, may cause blindness or death:
Because it's doomy and gloomy? No! This is good for the Republicans!
Senator Specter's decision indeed carries important ramifications, but there is another side to this story that has been largely ignored by the Beltway pundits.
First, his departure likely spares Republicans from spending valuable resources in what would have been an expensive and divisive Republican primary -- a primary battle that Specter appeared extremely unlikely to win. Indeed, Specter cited recent polls showing him trailing former U.S. Representative Pat Toomey (R-PA) by more than 20 points as his main decision to bolt the Party.
And indeed, the PA GOP primary is no longer going to be divisive: the party rump will get solidly behind the biggest horse's ass in the race. And where there's shit like that, well -- PONY!
But that's not even the stupid part! This is:
Second, in the unfortunate and unlikely event that Senator Norm Coleman loses his legal battle in Minnesota, Harry Reid will now have his long-coveted 60-seat, filibuster-proof supermajority in the United States Senate.
The idea that Coleman is "unlikely" to lose -- as far as spin goes, that's, uh, pretty ineffective, if Cornyn is trying to rebut the notion that the GOP has descended into a gang of fringe lunatics unable to cope with reality. If he's just nuts, then I suppose just carry on, Senator.
But that's not even the really stupid part. This is:
The Democrats will be able to pass their left-wing agenda completely unchecked, and if they intend to fulfill their campaign promises, the American people can look forward to higher taxes, socialized medicine, record deficits and the loss of secret ballots for our workers.
While this would unquestionably damage our country's interests in the short-term, the complete absence of any checks and balances in Washington could have a significant impact on next year's midterm elections.
John Cornyn is a United States Senator, and shows himself unaware of what the phrase "checks and balances" actually means, something my 9-Year-Old is currently reading about in school. That's amazing.
Also, I missed his complaints about missing "checks and balances" back when his party was in control. Perhaps I should Google more closely.
But are we done with the stupid? No!
This is a message our Senate candidates will carry across our great country as we work to rebuild the Republican Party in November 2010.
Good luck with that -- explicitly running on the "Party of No" as a brand.
While Senator Specter's decision was indeed disappointing, it did allow us to realize -- perhaps sooner than we would have liked -- the dangerous ramifications of unbridled, one-party rule in Washington. Come November 2010, this may ultimately be viewed as a positive development in the Republican Party's climb back to power.
Oh, Americans are perfectly aware of this: that's a lot of why the GOP took such a beating.But the rest of why the GOP took a beating is that, well, by any measure, the Republicans have descended into a gang of fringe lunatics unable to cope with reality. Cornyn isn't exactly changing anyone's mind about that.