5 11 2010

It’s no surprise that Mitch is acting like the little dog half of the little dog/bulldog combo from the old Warner Bros. cartoons.  The Orange Man is going to be Speaker and wield actual power, but McConnell is still going to only wield pretend power, and it’s obviously driving him nuts.  More interesting has been watching the power dynamic over the past couple of days.  At least to some degree, the Republicans have tried to keep a lid on their satanic glee, but it’s a sad act—a little like a fat, stupid kid who can barely contain his amazement that he’s found his way back into the larder—and before another week or two have passed I have a sense that the mask will have slipped off entirely.

Of course, it’s not as though they’re trying too hard.  No one’s tied Michele Bachmann to a chair.  And handing off Grand Inquisitor duties to Darrell Issa isn’t exactly a subtle move, either.  And, in a way, that’s okay.  Character is destiny, after all, and the GOP’s character is all about grievance and triumphalism.  I’d say that it’s going to be amusing watching the Tea Party people (to the extent that they actually exist) wake up to the monsters they’ve just returned to power, but somehow I don’t think we’re going to have to worry too much about that, either.





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