Don’t Hold Your Breath

August 15, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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And now its cheese. Washington, D.C., March 2. The Legislative duties of Vice President Garner are being seriously interfered with these days, what with judging potatoes last month, oysters yesterday and today, it was cheese from Wisconsin. In this picture, the V.P.s smeller seems to be in good working order as he takes a whiff of Wisconsin Longhorn cheese with Senator F. Ryan Duffy of Wisconsin, who was responsible for the cheese being sent to the Capitol, beaming proudly, 3/2/38 (Library of Congress)

And now its cheese. Washington, D.C., March 2. The Legislative duties of Vice President Garner are being seriously interfered with these days, what with judging potatoes last month, oysters yesterday and today, it was cheese from Wisconsin. In this picture, the V.P.'s smeller seems to be in good working order as he takes a whiff of Wisconsin Longhorn cheese with Senator F. Ryan Duffy of Wisconsin, who was responsible for the cheese being sent to the Capitol, beaming proudly, 3/2/38 (Library of Congress)

The Republican Party of the Bush era failed in ways few have even tried, burdening the nation with challenges and crises that are difficult to address and painful to even think about. They believe, however, there should be no consequences for this. There’s no need, they say, to alter their political beliefs at all. Indeed, they see their main goal as the loyal opposition to undermine efforts to clean up the mess they left. They’re the arsonists hoping to convince the public not to have confidence in the fire department.

No penance, no consequences, no self-reflection — only the expectation that they be treated as a serious group with a credible agenda.

It’s probably one of the most frustrating aspects of the larger political discourse. Individual issues aside, there’s a temptation to turn to Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, et al, and say, “We’re still waiting for that apology.”

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