What is with the Republicans -- how's that for a loaded question?
Futility is their motto. They just had a summer conference in Boston where they basically addressed their upcoming issues, mainly the 2014 and 2016 elections. Chairman Reince Priebus got up and told everyone in his typical goofy way that they are going to expand their tent. They're going to be the Happy Party.
So they marched out everybody's favorite happy hypocrite, Governor Chris Christie. He immediately agreed with Reince that it was incumbent upon the party to improve their image. He offered himself up as a benchmark. Behold, the "new Republican!" He (evidently women still aren't invited to the party) needs to be more like him -- so much more like him that hey, maybe they should just pick him. How convenient?
Then there was Newt Gingrich who shared his sage advice, no longer be the party of "no" but rather offer up some suggestions. Well, that suggestion met with so much flack they moved onto their former standard bearer, Mitt Romney. Someone proven that they can rally behind.
He was nearly boo'd off the stage, openly ridiculed and blamed for all the losses in the House, the Senate and that big white building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Happy-happy they ain't-ain't.
Their penultimate happy step was to vote to not let NBC or CNN participate in the debates. Hmm. Not only will they, but the GOP will beg to be included in any coverage these networks wish to dole out. So, happy-happy. They agreed on something.
Braced by their new-found jovial image of positive reinforcement, the circus entered into their final official show of hands. They warned America, the people whose votes they seek, that they are the party that knows what to do. The solution is to shut down the government -- the entire government and hold it hostage over Obamacare.
Now most of the speakers forgot to mention that shutting down the government does not shut down Obamacare. It does though stop military funding, education, immigration and border security, impacts social security payments, shuts down most cabinet level departments. So when that was finally brought up, in a dismissive sense they brushed off that little tidbit with, well, we can delay Obamacare, then. That's a victory, just like the 40 House votes which went nowhere but cost valuable time and money.
Finally they adjourned and departed Boston, full of pep and vim. They're going to retake the senate, add seats in the house and reclaim the White House in the next presidential election.
Oh, in case you're curious how the potential Republican presidential nominees voiced themselves regarding a government shutdown which will destroy our economy, The Hill captured their vote:
KILL OBAMACARE FUNDING AT ANY COST (7)
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.)
Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
PURSUE ANOTHER APPROACH (DELAY, TRADITIONAL REPEAL) (5)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Gov. Susana Martinez (N.M.)
Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.)
Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.)
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
DID NOT RESPOND (4)
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.)
Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.)
Gov. Nikki Haley (S.C.)
Gov. John Kasich (Ohio)