Kelly Picks a Fight: OCD Dems
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Why are Democrats/progressives/liberals/lefty-pinko-commies so obsessed with the implosion of the Republican Party? I mean, yes, there have been some incredibly entertaining moments due to said implosion, but seriously: Why are we being such politically arrogant voyeurs? And, further still, why are we offering them helpful solutions to repair themselves?
Perhaps schadenfreude is a natural human inclination. (It certainly wreaks much unnecessary havoc on freeways when there's a car crash.) But, in all honesty, if Barack Obama hadn't come along and changed the way the liberal juggernaut shakes its booty, the Dems would likely still be doing the same old dance that has failed them for so long. A newfound – or even chanced-upon – success strategy does not solid footing for gloating make. Of course I believe that liberal policies are far superior, but the actual parties, the organizations at the helm of our political system, aren't always easy to distinguish from one another.
So, it's somewhat disconcerting to hear Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and Slate's Political Gabfest and all of the other talking heads compulsively running on ad nauseam about the state of the GOP. Some of them are even bringing in pundits to offer suggestions on how the Repugs can shore up their levees and, once again, return to power. Why? Why would our best and brightest do that? Shouldn't they/we be focused on wielding our own, current power wisely and compassionately? Shouldn't they/we be guarding the Democratic hen house? Leave the wolves alone. Let them lick their own wounds. They don't need – and certainly don't want – any commie homo-loving tongues to help.
And they will be just fine without it. They always are. Sure there's a power vacuum right now with myriad dissenting voices jostling to be heard – Senators John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Representative Eric Cantor, fear-mongering blowhards Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, political punchlines Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Michael Steele, among others. I mean, really... wouldn't it be pleasurable enough for us to just sit back and watch them rumble it out in their GOP octagon? We don't need to referee or intervene or encourage or crow about anything. That's not how we want to lead, is it?
Eventually calmer heads and cooler winds will prevail on that side of the tracks. There's a hint of it already in Meghan McCain's blog posts on The Daily Beast. She's the new generation – a progressive Republican – and she's not afraid to call folks like Coultergeist on the carpet. Part of me is glad to know there are conservatives out there, like Meghan, who support gay marriage. However, she's also a self-proclaimed war monger just like her dad so, lest we be wooed by a solitary crumb of progressive thought, don't go cutting the cake just yet.