Will rogers once joked that “I don’t belong to any organized party — I am a Democrat.” These days, though, Will Rogers’ disorganized party is defined by its unification…much to the disgust of Republicans. While Reptilicans might throw around accusation of Dems being united only under a single issue like Obamacare, the fact is that, for whatever the reason is, we’re a Hell of a lot more put together than they are these days.
In fact, the Republican schism that we talked about on September 20th, predicted on the 30th and saw come to fruition on October 4th is now so definite that Bill Maher’s panel has defined three (maybe four) distinct types of Republicans. Enter: The Players in Our “Republican Civil War.” It’s like Game of Thrones, but not as sexy. Or funny. Or honest. Or peaceful. Or more fundamentally based in reality. Or the 21st century. And it’s ratings are way, way lower.
The Corporate Shills (The Super Rich): Democrat Alan Grayson says “corporate shills are now in the minority. They can’t force their will on the others anymore. Because they’ve got the money, but not the votes.” Actually, the way things are going, NOBODY will have the money soon. Which leaves the…
The Religious Fanatics (The Jesus Freaks): It doesn’t matter if you act like a Christian…as long as you say you are! LOUD! And OFTEN!
The Freedom Fiends (The Gun Nuts): Do you know four words from the Second Amendment that don’t include “A well-regulated militia?” Then congratulations! You are now a constitutional scholar, and the Supreme Court is officially redundant.
Generic Obese Suburbanites: Technically could be used to describe any of the above, but primarily religious fanatics and Freedom Fiends. Applies to almost any member of the Tea Party.
Other observations given in the video include this one from Suzy Khimm, describing most Teabaggers. Or, at least, describing them how they’d describe themselves if they weren’t, in fact, delusional corporate shills:
“The reason why Republicans are acting in a way that might offend Wall Street and big business…is that there is this genuine grass roots (astroturf) movement and this energy (money) that (thinks its) anti-corporate, anti big-business. [Wall Street types] may not jive very well with some of the Tea Party folks inside and outside Washington who (think that they) think they’re polluting them.”
In response to Grayson’s comments on corporate shills, Carl Reiner dropped his two cents in on what it would take to satisfy billionaires.
“I’m still angry at the time when we said ‘let’s tax the rich a little bit,‘ and they said ‘no.‘”
To which Grayson responded “They think that the biggest problem in America today is that rich people don’t have enough money.” And, quoth the Reiner:
“Well, billionaires need more billions. They’ve got nothing to do but collect more billions.”
AATTP Note: You know what? They’re right. Don’t you WISH we were still just arguing about tax breaks for Monsanto? Oh, the good old days…