|GOP's Boss Hog|
The above quote says it all about the intent and agenda of the far right wing Tea Party leaning conservatives -- and they, in mood, demeanor and rhetoric, control the modern day Republican party. They continue to deliberately sabotage our economic recovery.
How did we get here?
After the epic Fall 2008 Economic meltdown -- worst since the Great Depression -- President Cheney/Bush lay the groundwork for the election of President Barack Obama. The country, sick and tired of failed Cheney/Bush policies, wanted a candidate full of hope and promise. McCain/Palin seemed more of the same elk that ran our economy off the cliff. By contrast, Obama/Biden (Yes We Can) campaigned to not only restore economic stability, they promised to lead America to even greater horizons.
With Cheney/Bush off center stage and with McCain/Palin soundly rejected, the GOP ship was adrift and rudderless. In this confused state -- they lacked direction, control, coherence and relevance -- Rush Limbaugh reclaimed his throne of GOP HNIC (the irony of this label does not escape me).
As the Big Homie, Rush held-down the GOP brand by bellowing on the eve of inauguration: "I hope he fails." The Democrats had President Obama and the Republicans had Mount Rush Limbaugh. Obama had the bully pulpit and Rush had the mic.
As boss man, Rush bullied and cajoled his congressional minions to follow his marching orders: Do not help, support or negotiate in true faith with the new president; or else!
In a recent interview President Obama reflected on the impact of the or else:
President Barack Obama said Republicans are too concerned with Rush Limbaugh and the challenges they'll face from tea partiers if they compromise with Democrats on Obamacare.
Obama told CNN's "New Day" he gets "frustrated," and hopes Republicans will start to "think less about politics and party and think more about what’s good for the country.”
“I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, ‘I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the tea party back in my district’ or, ‘I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on radio,'" Obama said. source
This is our State of the Union status: A complete branch of government inert (Congress) because elected leaders, intimidated by Rush Limbaugh and company, lack profiles of courage. A political party so anti-Obama they refuse to do the American business.
What a sorry state!