Goldni has a great and insightful post on the President’s speech last night. So, of course, this being the internet, I’m going to quibble with one part.
This is what he should have been doing all along. They made a misstep by sitting back and letting Congress bog it down, and leaving it wide open for all the craziness that went on in August. Obama should have been this forceful and clear about his expectations from the get-go.
But I don’t know. I mean, for the past two months, we’ve watched the conservatives scoring some of the weirdest PR “victories” ever. I mean, I get that they have their little tea parties and they get on TV and they bring their guns to the town hall meetings and they get on TV and they shout and cry and talk about just wanting their America back and they get on TV and they piss and moan about the President not being born in America and they get on TV and they pull their kids out of school and they get on TV and then one of them, this time a congressman, shouts “You lie” at the President and he gets on TV.
I think it makes for great TV, but people can still tell a difference between TV and real life. On a TV show, you want action and adventure and gunfire and dramatic outbursts.
Not so much in real life.
People don’t like chaos. And the conservatives in this country now look very chaotic, to put it mildly.
I mean, Republican congressfolks just had to sit there respectfully, like most schoolchildren were able to do the day before, and they couldn’t even manage that. And while each of the things I mentioned may have seemed to an average American to be some local weirdness, it was building to a crescendo. (Which, if I may side-track a moment is what many of us fear–that it is building to a crescendo where some loon feels justified in shooting someone.)
And between people not only pulling their kids out of school (a stupid but personal choice for whoever wants to for whatever reason), but also insisting on their ability to prevent other people’s kids from seeing the speech, and Wilson’s outburst, it is now on the national radar that there’s something still deeply wrong with the Republican party.
You, as a voter, might not be thrilled about what the Democrats are up to, but do you want to be stuck with a party that is conducting itself like the lunatic fringe of the South?
I mean, has the Republican party looked around the country lately? The rest of the country thinks of the South as America’s asshole. Even racists formed the neo-Nazis because they didn’t want to be associated with the dumb Southern rednecks in the Klan. Making yourself into the party that represents the values of conservative white folks in the South makes you a permanent minority in this country because, just for starters, most white people don’t live in the South and most Americans, in general, have a lot of negative stereotypes of the South.
And yet, who do the Republicans have making their great rebuttal speeches?
I’m just saying, August may have seemed to work against Obama in the short term, but it seems to have codified what it means to be a Republican, and I think that helps him in the long term.
I could be wrong.