GOP Holiday Table: Lame Duck or Fresh Fowl?

Dispossession must be good for the soul. In final Senate days, Joe Lieberman adioses the Three Amigos on the McCain-Graham call for a special committee to investigate Benghazi attacks, as do other GOP colleagues.

Meanwhile, McCain himself jumps for another spotlight by urging that the President send Bill Clinton to oversee cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.

What’s really going on here? Between closing the books on Obama I and starting the overture for II, the Republican orchestra is tuning up, with future soloists piping new sounds and past performers trying to horn in for one last chorus.

As McCain and his ilk recede, the 2016 hopefuls try out their arias. Paul Ryan hopes to survive Romney discord by vocalizing in the debt ceiling talks. “He helps us toward creating a product,” says Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who didn’t help the ticket carry his home state, “and he helps sell the product.”

Chris Christie, who embraced Obama for the Sandy cleanup, tries out his new act on Saturday Night Live, and Bobby Jindal leads the chorus for a new likable GOP. In an interview, Marco Rubio waffles about the age of the earth.

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

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  1. So Portman thinks that the GOP should be selling us a product instead of seeking a solution. Same old problem. The GOP believes that they are incapable of error and that trickle down economics works in spite of no evidence to support it. Same with their belief in the inerrant free market and other myths. None of those were rejected by the voters because they don’t work, they just need to sell it better.

  2. I doubt any unsuccessful candidate has been so swiftly repudiated by their party as Romney since George McGovern won only Mass. and the District of Columbia. On the bright side, we won’t have to contemplate him as a candidate ever again, unless he has a Harold Stassen complex.

    The GOP needs to flush the Tea Party down the drain where they belong. Until that infection is cured, they will be losing elections. The Tea Party envoy on Hardball after the election was still unable to accept the need to address the global warming crisis; given that tendency to ignore reality, how much credence can we give them about addressing our budget problems?

  3. One of my doctors had told Mitt Romney (through one of Romney’s closest advisers) how to win the election. Tell the country that you are going to cure autism and deal with chronic lyme disease. Both are doable. Romney never did that.

    The Republican Party can easily gain control of the legislator and get the presidency in 2016, all they have to do is start solving problems instead of 1) ignoring them and 2) creating them.

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