In the wake of Tuesday’s all-around disastrous (but, as I’ve said before, predictable) elections, the right-wing has been gloating nonstop. About what, I don’t know, since these fools won’t govern. Governing isn’t what their end game is, and somehow, I think that the Republican lizard brain understood this when they marked “R” on their straight party ticket. The King of Lizard Brains, Jabba the Rush, sure does: he spelled it out Wednesday on his radio program where he said that the Republicans weren’t elected for their capacity to govern (which would be like electing Jefferson Davis for his track record on human rights) — rather, they were elected to stop the Democrats.
Limbaugh called it a “landslide running against Obamacare,” showing that the right’s propensity for querulous delusions hasn’t dimmed at all in the wake of their victory, and said that “The national Republican brand or image didn’t say a word, which makes the mandate that they have all the more incredible. It is rare that a political party running for office in a midterm election, not standing for anything, ends up with a mandate.”
Actually, it’s that’s not rare at all. That’s what happened in 2010.
He continued to add that the Republicans now have a “mandate,” which he defined as:
. . . [P]erhaps the most important mandate a political party has had in the recent era. And it is very simple what that mandate is. It is to stop Barack Obama. It is to stop the Democrat Party. There is no other reason why Republicans were elected yesterday.
He’s defining era differently than I do, because this happened in 2010. Tuesday wasn’t God shining his glorious, numinous presence on the Republic party. It was 2010, dropping in to pay a visit four years later.
The thing that worries me most about this election isn’t that the Republicans got elected. For the most part, I’m completely unfazed by that. Things are going to get ugly, and that worries me, but I’m really worried that this is the start of a permanent cycle. If that’s the case, this country could be in gridlock for the rest of its life.
Limbaugh added that the “Republicans were not elected to govern,” which is definitely true. They’ve never proven capable of governing anyway, so why should anyone expect them to suddenly manifest that skill now?
He added that:
How can you govern with a president that disobeys the constitution? How can you govern with a president that is demonstrably lawless when he thinks he has to be? The Republican Party was not elected to fix a broken system and to make it work. The Republican Party was not elected to compromise. The Republican Party was not elected to sit down and work together with the democrats. The Republican Party was not elected to slow down the speed the country is headed to the cliff, and go over it slowly. The Republican Party was elected to stop before we get to the cliff. And that’s the mandate.
And by “stop,” Limbaugh means “utterly destroy the motor of government so it never works again.”
And the scary thing? I think he’d agree with my characterization.
You can listen to his “mandate” below: