quickhits:

GOP gripped by paralysis, madness, incompetent leadership.

Buzzfeed:

Forget the Republican Party’s need to rebrand itself. Forget party elders’ promises that they will start reaching out to minorities. And forget the supposed soul-searching that is meant to sweep over the GOP as it undergoes a serious reexamination of its future.

Right now, Republicans are having trouble even getting out of their own way.

Conservative groups are splintering. The Romney campaign has dissolved into backbiting and billing disputes. A “plan B” to avert the fiscal cliff proved to be a colossal embarrassment. A teetotaling Idaho senator has been charged with drunk driving. But the most striking symptom of the GOP’s horrible moment is the party’s inability to get done what virtually everyone here knows is in its political best interest: A hasty surrender.

So far, not anything too earthshattering, right? Post-election “GOP in civil war!” stories are a dime a dozen.

But then things get interesting:

It’s difficult to find a Republican operative who is willing to say on the record that going over the fiscal cliff next Tuesday is a good idea. Provoking a crisis is bad politics: Republicans are resigned to taking the blame. And it’s bad for their policy agenda: They will likely be cornered into a broader tax hike than the best deal they could get from President Barack Obama today, and with none of the spending cuts that might now be on the table.

And yet, the dominant emotion among most Republicans here is one of sheer resignation.

“It’s a shit show,” one prominent Republican told BuzzFeed of the GOP’s messaging position. “Tax rates are going to go up on everyone, and we’re going to get the blame.”

Everyone agrees that going over the fiscal cliff would be a political disaster for the marty, yet no one seems to be able to steer their boat around and away from the falls. That would take some sort of leadership and McConnell and Boehner — especially Boehner — don’t lead. They march out in front of their crazy-pants caucuses and pretend they’re leading. They’re actually following from the front.

As a result, the party’s a runaway train, headed for disaster. Remember this when the smoke clears — Republicans knew they’d get the blame, yet they went ahead and crashed anyway. This will all be their fault and they’ve admitted as much.

(Reblogged from theriverwanders)

Notes

  1. pod313 reblogged this from thepoliticalfreakshow
  2. lettersiarrange reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  3. istroke reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  4. marmaladeteardrops reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  5. signalsandsoundwaves reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  6. byvirtueofyourgrace reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  7. compliquees reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  8. pinkbaron reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  9. leonfellpool reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  10. hcshannon reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias and added:
    McConnell represents my state, the other day, I was doodling and attempted to draw him, I ended up drawing him wearing...
  11. mickeymousehasgrownupaclown reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  12. paradoxicalpolitico reblogged this from seriouslyamerica
  13. swtasn reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  14. seriouslyamerica reblogged this from anothernerdfighterinthetardis
  15. edgelady reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  16. batcountryword reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  17. gilmoure reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  18. eeyores--tail reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  19. anothernerdfighterinthetardis reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  20. theliberaltony reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias