Last night, while in bed, I watched The Last Word (it was that or more Rocky & Bullwinkle that I’ve already seen). And as I was falling asleep, Ari Melber said something that shook me. In general, I don’t follow Melber, but I have to admit, he’s a pretty smart guy. You can take that to mean that he is literally “a pretty smart guy” or you can be more cynical and just assume, “He must agree with Frank about something.” I like to think it is both.
Lawrence O’Donnell was talking about the Sequester and how the two sides couldn’t agree on anything. Melber noted that the Republicans are in a bit of a spot, because they aren’t really for what they claim to be. This is well put:
That’s exactly it. Democrats want to spend money on programs because they actually believe in those programs. But what do the Republicans believe in? Mostly nothing. And that begs an important question: why are they in politics. I think a lot of it is just that Republicans get into politics for reasons that Kathleen O’Brien Wilhelm exemplifies: they are angry about a lot of things that just aren’t so. But once they get to the point of being in office, they understand that all their anger was misplaced. What to do? Well, they are members of the Republican Party, so do whatever it is for. And that’s how we get the power for power’s sake Republicans. We sure aren’t getting them as a result of their love for Edmund Burke.