The Reapublicans are DEAD, Jim

Only temporarily of course. Light cannot exist without dark, good cannot exist without evil, peanut butter cannot exist without jelly, etc.

But for now, just when we need it the most, they have reaped what they have sown.

They are just one good scandal away from being reduced ONLY to their base. And their base can only elect Reapublicans regionally. WHEN the torture investigations get rolling and the last Jack Bauer myths are stripped away, it is over for them.

Until the Democrats, sigh, screw up. And they will. And the cycle will start again.

No Arlen won’t be a GOOD Democrat, hell he was a lousy Republican too. I submit that this is far more important symbolically than politically. We certainly can’t count on his vote. Especially on truly Progressive legislation.

What this marks is the nadir of the radicalized irrelevancy of the Reapublicans pursuing the Taliban-like policies of the Radical Religious Right. Even Republicans are rejecting the Reapublicans.

This will make it easier for Snowe and Collins to cross over, this will make it easier for self preserving political hack Reapublicans to cross over on key issues. This will tempt other Weather Vane based politicians to escape the Bush fog and militant miasma of the … dead…. Reapublican party and vote the way The People want them to vote instead of the way the party wants them to.

It will, we fervently hope, make the remaining Radical Reapublicans rationalize even further and circle the wagons around their …now dead… “conservative principles.”

In other words…it is time for Obama and Harry Reid to….Not fear the Reapublicans.

Now our only obstacle to TRULY moving forward into a new progressive Era is the media, who will still find a way to worship them as somehow Serious People and a political force. because the media needs conflict, and only the oppositional force of the Reapublicans can provide that. Unless they have another story to dig their teeth into….

Such as nice juicy torture (and other Bush era scandals) investigations and trials. If that comes about, they will have a nice time picking apart the corpse of the Reapublicans.

Knock Wood.

Once we get over the hump of getting investigations started, we can start putting pressure on the Blue Dogs to …Go Left, Young Dems!


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  2. brand will survive. There is a good chance some other right leaning party might emerge from all of this.  

  3. took the Repugs out to the wilderness and left them there. The death of the party is a fitting historical monument to the disaster that they were.

  4. and drinking schadenfreude like sweet summer whine as they panic and whimper!

    • Edger on April 28, 2009 at 20:22

    No rec button????? 😉

  5. LOL – your line about Obama and Reid made me think of this.  I suppose that was intentional?  

  6. I was so distraught all I could do was pray:

    Dear Heavenly Father,


    Hasn’t Thou sent us Republicans enough tribulations lately?

    We’re tryin’ to do Your work here on earth, Lord,

    But if the Dems get 60 votes in the Senate,

    Satan and his band of socialists will destroy this great country!

    That ain’t what Ya had in mind, is it Lord?

    I know every time You close a door, that You open a window,

    But I’m lookin’ around and all the Republican windows look shut too,

    Sure, it’s cold out, and an open window might give me a chill,

    Resultin’ in swine flu, which Thou only meant for punishin’ those Mexicans,

    But where is the gosh darn divine wisdom in this, Lord?

    You’re settin’ up Norm Coleman as our last hope in the Senate,

    And between You and me, that loser ain’t sendin’ any tingles up my leg,

    So what are Ya thinkin’ here, O Lord?

    Might Thou send us some kind of sign to reassure us?

    Like maybe a swarm of locusts to destroy Taxachusetts?

    That sure would brighten up my day if it ain’t too much trouble for Ya.

    Also some frogs overrunnin’ Hollywood would be pretty funny.


  7. but…

    “I’ve always been deeply concerned about the views of the Republican Party nationally in terms of their exclusionary policies and views towards moderate Republicans,” said Snowe, who has been approached, she said, by Democrats in the past about switching parties.

    Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party “underscores the blunt reality” that the GOP is not a welcome place for moderates, she said.

    • Edger on April 28, 2009 at 21:01

    Or just mutating?

  8. in 1980.  He was a filthy campaigner then, and still is.

    This move just ensured that we will not have a better dem in the Senate in 2010.

    OTOH, it also ensured that we will not have another Scumtorum (Toomey), either.

    That said, I think I will have to vote Green or Socialist b/c I just hate Specter that much.  I’m not too thrilled with his colleague Casey, either.

    PA, unfortunately, is not yet reliably blue.  That’s why I usually vote a straight party ticket.  erm…this is going to be a tricky election.

    Can I vote for Specter without throwing up in the voting booth?

    I doubt it.  But Toomey is even worse.

  9. … wind’ to lean on, …

    … Harry Reid will have as much shape as a spinnaker in the doldrums.

    • Robyn on April 28, 2009 at 22:52

    …are the Democrats who don’t know what that means or which direction that is.



    • geomoo on April 29, 2009 at 01:24

    but I haven’t gotten my head around it completely yet.  Somehow this shows that the voters have the power to force politicians to label themselves in certain ways, and to say certain things, but it’s the lobbyists who force the votes.  Americans are seeing the result of short-sighted, greed-empowering, bankrupt policies.  We are ready to see something different, the popular will toward change is strong, but the difference being offered is a new logo.  Hey, instead of a new car, let’s just paint the old one.  It’s easy to imagine a meeting between Specter and a major contributor in which the contributor encourages Specter to shift parties to ensure that the lobbyists keeps a reliable vote in the Senate.  The people forced the senator to change parties, the corporation doesn’t care what Specter calls himself, and Specter remains beholden to the same interests.  And Specter makes no pretense of seeing the light on all his previous empowerment of corporate GOP regimes.  There’s something more disgusting about this than is obvious.

    Meanwhile, this will make it much more difficult to get a new voice for labor in the Senate.  Per kos’ link, it seems a deal was in place:

    Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell guaranteed that he wouldn’t face anyone in a Democratic Primary….


    In a way, labor may be left kind of high and dry in this deal: If Specter had stayed a Republican and lost a GOP primary, the victor, right-wing Pat Toomey, would likely have been defeated by the eventual Dem candidate – who likely would have been a real Democrat, friend of labor, and EFCA backer. So labor could end up getting shafted here.

    The people of PA get a shiny new Democrat while anti-labor forces get to keep their same old policies.

  11. of a party that was already irrelevant, and has now become obsolete.

    Sarah was the nail in the coffin. Hurray for teh stoopid!

    • Edger on April 30, 2009 at 16:32

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