The most mundane man in Washington puts his finger on the prevailing mood. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, fed up with the Republicans blocking judicial nominees, says they are being “being held up out of spite.”

Spite, malice, resentment increasingly pervade the American landscape in an election year that promises to be uglier than any in living memory.

It recalls the farmer who, upon being told he will be granted a wish but that his hated neighbor will be given twice as much, replies “Pluck out one of my eyes.”

As Reid asks the President to unilaterally appoint scores of judges during Congressional recess, the White House agrees that “Republican obstructionism is an overtly political maneuver to thwart the president’s agenda” while waffling on whether to follow his lead.

Venom spreads across the country in GOP primaries.

In Georgia, Newt Gingrich tells former neighbors, “Let’s be clear what this election is all about. We believe in the right to bear arms, and we like to bear the arms in our trucks.”

Clean-cut Mitt Romney’s SuperPAC sugar daddy keeps suing media critics for pointing out that his wealth comes from a company selling dietary supplements and cleaning products in what Michigan regulators have called “the marketing and promotion of an illegal pyramid.”

On the stump, Rick Santorum says public schools are “anachronistic” and that Barack Obama is guided by “some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology.”

The American political landscape is unreeling backward at warp speed, and philosophical Harry Reid has identified a key element.


Leave a replyComments (14)
  1. ShannonLeee February 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Maybe Cheney was right to attempt to consolidate power to the executive branch. The legislative branch is incapable and unwilling to do what is right for the American people.

  2. zephyr February 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I am no fan of Harry Reid, but he’s right about the toxic nature of republican lawmakers. They seem to have given up any pretense of caring about the means to the power they seek. Abandonment of principles, throwing wrench after wrench into the works.. yet they succeed in justifying and rationalizing thier destructive behavior to supporters and to each other. Near as I can tell they’ve become advocates for an America racing to the bottom and are being cheered on by their media standard-bearers who don’t seem to think that race is happening fast enough.

    Of course this is all about huge sums of money concentrated in the hands of a relative few powerful people – people who are making a mockery of two centuries of tradition in this country as well as a mockery of their followers – who don’t seem to realize it. Oh sure, their passion and frustration is real, but they don’t seem to get the cause and effect, the big picture. But no matter, they are primed and ready to be told what to do.. ( Lee’s troops marching toward Gettysburg).

    OK enough of all that. I ramble on and speak the obvious – or what should be obvious, but I don’t want to leave this comment without a single ray of sunshine. There is good news in the midst of this insane dynamic is that if it all does go to hell republicans can what they always do. They can forget their own past and blame the democrats. That’s what matters eh?

  3. RP February 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Seems like Reid can dole it out, but not take it.

    Now why is this news worthy? Bet you can go back 30 years with web search and find more.

  4. ShannonLeee February 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    exactly RP… Dems were doing the exact same thing to Bush and complaining when he made out of session appointments.

    and this is why America hates Congress.

  5. RP February 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    ShannonLeee.. Bet when you ask people what they think of congress, the majority will say they stink.

    Ask them what they think of the congressional representatives in the house and senate, the majority would probably say they were doing a good job.

    And in many respects that may be true. Most legislative action is controlled by a handful in leadership and the junior senators and representatives only have voting rights with little actual say as to what gets to the floor for a vote.

  6. ShannonLeee February 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    and people don’t want to vote out the heavy hitters because they think they can do the most good for their state…and of course those are the guys that get the most campaign funding, because they are in the best position to control legislation.

    the system is completely broken.

  7. Jim Satterfield February 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I like one of my senators and despise the other one. My representative is good. I don’t like a single one of the schmucks “representing” me at the state level.

  8. zephyr February 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Used to be a couple good republicans around here I would always vote for (one state senate and one US rep) but one passed away and the other was drummed out for being a moderate republican. Both have been replaced by the more extreme politicians.

  9. dduck February 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The Trouble With Harry or I’m Just Wild About Harry, depends on your party.

  10. ShannonLeee February 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    ehh… but I don’t have a party

  11. dduck February 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    SL, then Harry Potter movies are for you.

  12. Rcoutme February 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    @dduck: ooh! I like Harry Potter movies! Snape for president, Snape for president!!


  13. dduck February 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    What’s not to like, a bunch of little kids sprouting funny incantations and thwarting the forces of evil. Sort of like the Dems wanding the evil Reps.

  14. dduck February 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Delete the r……………