Monday, November 13, 2006

The GOP's suicidal stupidity

I said it before, and I'll say it again: Republicanism is a form of mental illness.

Exibits B & C:

From Feeling Blue? - Newsweek, November 11, 2006:

And there’s massive support for much of the Democratic Congress’s presumed agenda. For instance, 75 percent of Americans say allowing the government to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices for seniors should be a “top priority,” including 67 percent of Republicans.
From Administration Opposes Democrats’ Plan for Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices - New York Times, November 13, 2006:

The Bush administration said on Sunday that it would strenuously oppose one of the Democrats’ top priorities for the new Congress: legislation authorizing the government to negotiate with drug companies to secure lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.

In an interview, Michael O. Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, said he saw no prospect of compromise on the issue.

They really do believe they lost both houses of congress because their policies weren't right-wing-crazy enough. They really believe that the American people want corporations and lobbyists to have more influence over this country's lawmaking process, not less.

They have lost their minds. No sane person could look at the November 7th election results and see a mandate for something like that abonimable Medicare drug plan. Along with the failure to provide oversight on Iraq and the failure to keep Mark Foley away from the house pages, that specific provision of the drug plan is one of the iconic examples of the what was wrong with the GOP-controlled Congress. How they can possibly fail to understand this is just beyond my ability to comprehend.

So, all that talk about digging in and continuing to push their corrupt agenda isn't just a bunch of post-election bluster. They really do believe that the American people want more of the garbage they just voted to get rid of.

Great. It's the Republican Party's funeral, Mr. President. Bring 'em on.