The GOP is out of their minds and the media politely ignores it

John Boehner

As Charlie Pierce notes, our media is and has always been complicit with these nutjobs in propping up their lies by never questioning them:

The fallout from John Boehner’s resignation on the electric teevee machine primarily has been an exercise in trying to avoid the obvious political fact that the Republican party is out of its mind. On the newly banjaxed MSNBC afternoon lineup, we had the return of Brian Williams, who hosted a lengthy chorus of “For He’s A Jolly Good Failure” from Kelly O’Donnell, my man Chuck Todd, and Steve Kornacki, who really went long on denial. Kornacki pointed out that Boehner had come in as part of the Gingrich insurgency in 1994. Kornacki reminded us of the little pamphlets of pejorative adjectives once sent to ambitious local prosecutors by N. Leroy Gingrich, definer of civilization’s rules and Leader (perhaps) of the civilizing forces. He also mentioned the videotapes of “classes” that were the ur-grift of the Gingrich political machine. But that’s where the analysis curled up and died. Nobody wanted to go near the fact that the 1994 congressional class made inevitable the classes of 2010 and 2014, which are the two worst Congresses ever elected, and that the line from the charlatans elected two decades ago to the crazy people in office now is straight. Luckily for common sense, we had Nancy Pelosi to speak the obvious truth.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday called Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) decision to resign at the end of October a “stark indication of the disarray of House Republicans.” Pelosi said that Boehner’s hand was forced by members of his party who are intent on cutting off government funding for Planned Parenthood. His resignation “is a demonstration of their obsession with shutting down government at the expense of women’s health,” Pelosi said. “And a sign of the failure of House Republicans to be willing to engage in dialogue for the good of the American people.” Pelosi insisted that preventing a shutdown of the federal government is an “absolute necessity” and called out “anti-governance” Republicans in Congress who want to “shut it down and celebrate.”

My man Chuck Todd is quite taken with the notion that the flying monkey caucus can’t really govern. Why it is so hard for those people to realize that this point that the people who are cheering and waving Boehner’s scalp around aren’t interested in governing and do not see their jobs as anything more than extended exercises in vandalism? You’d almost think there were careers involved.