Tuesday, January 27, 2009

These Happy Days are yours and mine, Happy Days

(Bill Haley-Rock Around The Clock)

Sitting down to negotiate with Republicans would be like eating at that nice young Dahmer fellow's restaurant: You're going to be served something extremely icky, and you'll likely be stabbed on your way out the door.

Do not want.

Many on the are wigging out because Obama has made overtures to Republicans. And typically, right-wingers like John Boner (R-Wiener) reject said overtures:
Republicans plan to test President Barack Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship as his $825 billion stimulus package heads to the floor of the House of Representatives this week, with the House Republican leader saying Sunday morning that many in his party will vote no unless there are significant changes to the plan.

“Right now, given the concerns that we have over the size of this package and all of the spending in this package, we don’t think it’s going to work,” the House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And so if it’s the plan that I see today, put me down in the no column.”

While the plan can potentially pass the Democratic-dominated House without Republican support, it will continue to face opposition when it comes before the Senate, said Senator John McCain of Arizona, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” At least two Republicans will need to approve the bill for a filibuster-proof majority vote of 60.

Senator McCain, who lost the presidential election to Mr. Obama in November, said that he planned to vote no unless the bill were changed.

“We need to make tax cuts permanent, and we need to make a commitment that there’ll be no new taxes,” Mr. McCain said. “We need to cut payroll taxes. We need to cut business taxes.”

Tax cuts they demand are a joke, relevant only to wealthy donors, and not helpful to the economy at all. And yet they demand, stamping their tiny feet in anger.

Here are the operative words in that piece:
  • Minority Leader
  • lost the presidential election to Mr. Obama

Mr. Boner, Mr. McCain: You both lost. Epic Lose. J-McC: Remember when Tiny Tim married Miss Vicky on the Tonight Show? That's you. As a cultural and political icon, you sing in a quavery high voice, and you hooked up with a conniving woman who ditched you later.

And J-Bo? Remember Anson Williams? That's you, the third-rate actor who stuck with "Happy Days" long after Richie Cunningham left and Fonzie Jumped The Shark. What shows have you been on lately?

Seriously, Obama would really like to lead some Republicans to enlightenment, and bi-partisanship. I hope it works. But if it doesn't, he's clearly ready to label any who stick with their ideological idiocy as obstructionists.

You will be assimilated, resistance is futile. As Pres. Barack H. Obama said, "I won". Happy Days.