Republicans Have Normalized Madness
Republicans have a ridiculous ad out asking why it is that President Obama is willing to negotiate with Russia’s President Putin but not with Congress (aka: Tea Party Republicans). Ezra Klein points out the obvious.
Imagine that Putin stepped forward tomorrow morning and announced that Russia had developed a computer virus that would shut down the market for U.S. Treasuries and that he would release that virus unless Obama agreed to a list of Russian demands.
No one would say Russia was asking for negotiations with Obama. They would say Russia was holding the U.S. economy hostage and demanding that Obama pay a ransom. No Republican — and no Democrat — would advise Obama to take that meeting. The sole question would be prevention and, if necessary, reprisal.
This is the core disagreement between the White House and the Republican Party. The Republican Party thinks it’s offering the White House something it wants — the continued creditworthiness of the United States of America — in return for things the GOP wants, like a one-year delay on Obamacare.
But the White House doesn’t see an increase in the debt limit as something that the Republicans are giving them. As Obama put it in his news conference: “Paying America’s bills is not a concession to me. That’s not doing me a favor.”
The American political process has become a surreal mix of delusion and madness and if you’re looking for a villain, look no further than the current self-destruction of a failed political party. It’s getting difficult to muster surprise at anything Republicans do these days.
It has become so pervasive that I believe it’s lost on many of us just how far down the road of state breakdown and decay we’ve already gone. It is starting to seem normal what is not normal at all.
Republicans have normalized madness.