A night out at the (political) theater
Well someone get out the precineum arch, the stage make-up and the Smirnoff Ice for the gay experimentation at the after party, because it’s time for some political theater!
Because the Senate still votes on stuff (but only if it’s fairly meaningless), the Democratic controlled chamber forced a vote yesterday on the House Republicans wildly unpopular Budget which proposes to privatise Medicare. Oh my god, vote rape! No rape jokes aren’t funny. Anyway, the budget failed and the whole thing was an exercise in getting Republicans saddled with an unpopular bill for the 2012 election.
That’s not the funny part though (there’s a funny part?): some Republicans are very very upset with this. Senator Jeff Sessions fumed the vote was “Political theater” meant to score points with voters. How can he be pissed about that? Sen. Sessions is essentially saying “How dare the Democrats ask me to vote on things that my party supports?”. It’s like catching your wife in bed with another man and her saying “how dare you confirm that I am cheating on you?”.
In fact, between this, Newt Gingrich saying “if you quote me directly you’re a liar” and John Kyl’s “not meant to be a factual statement” denying very obvious flaws and fallacies is the hippest thing in Republican political theater right now. I can’t wait to see how they’ll work it into the House of Representative’s version of The Ice Man Cometh this summer (the Ice Man being a lobbyist for Big Ice).