I don’t know how Broadway is doing these days, but political theater abounds. Yesterday marked the 37th time the Republican House passed a bill to repeal Obamacare. And for the 37th time it will go nowhere in the Senate managed by Democrats, but as House Speaker Boehner has said, it will remind the American people where Republicans stand?
Does anyone need a reminder out there? Don’t they stand for everything un-Obama? Now, courtesy of the administration, they have a bunch more Obama stuff to be “un”, all conveniently tied to a general theme articulated by Senator Marco Rubio. He characterized the Obama administration as a “culture of intimidation.” Obviously it must run very deep as one-third of the committees in the Republican controlled House seem compelled to launch investigations.
I saw a bit of one hearing on TV this morning dealing with the I. R. S. kicked off by the Republican chairman saying that this scandal reflected a culture of intimidation and cover-up in the administration. Aren’t you supposed to ask questions first and then draw conclusions later?
Listening to the vague answers I. R. S. officials gave the committee suggested to me bureaucratic incompetence was more at play than administration over reach.
Columnist David Ignatius, never shy about criticizing the Obama administration, sees the situation quite differently. Rather than evidence of nascent totalitarianism, he sees “a frightenly impotent government”. And, as for the Republican reaction: “Another generation would have said: Let’s get on with it. We say, let’s have another investigation.”
But what can Democrats expect? What if these scandals had broken out during a Republican administration? I can imagine hearing the words “police state” bandied about. The one high card I can see in Obama’s hand is the Republican tendency to over-the-top outrage, bloviating themselves into phony oblivion. Already the “I” word is being tossed around (impeachment) and my own favorite “stone them to death” comment: “this scandal is Iran Contra and Watergate multiplied by 20.”
As we head into a dreary summer of poorly acted political theater, let’s try to get a laugh or two wherever we can find one. If you haven’t seen Jon Stewart’s take on this mess watch it below. Funny stuff. Unfortunately for Democrats , the laugh is mostly on us.
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