If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that the GOP has seen Road House one too many times. It’s pretty much prima facie that the Post-Reagan GOP has modeled itself after Brad Wesley, the cold-hearted millionaire (1980s dollars) who uses his money to dominate the small town of Jasper, Missouri. And they did dominate until Ron Paul stepped in, playing the gravelly voiced Sam Elliot, Yoda to the would-be mysterious strangers who would defend the beleaguered townspeople.
And, enter the Tea Party. The Tea Party has always seen itself as Patrick Swayze’s Dalton, triggering anarchy on Jasper in the name of “justice and freedom,” and ever whispering his trademark mantra.
“It’s my way, or the highway.”
See, the Tea Party learned a lot from Dalton. Nothing along the lines of his commitment to philosophy, education, morality or the perfect abs, obviously. But they sure made a few observations in terms of posturing as badasses. And one of those was that Dalton didn’t actually do a lot of fighting in Road house; for most of the movie, he simply adopted a confident (near smug) smirk that told all comers
“I don’t even NEED to kick your ass. Because I know I can.”
In this interview with Anderson Cooper, you can see more than a bit of that smug confidence on Raul Labrador’s face. It’s the same kind of smug confidence you’ll see on Ted Cruz or Michelle Bachmann’s face in any given interview; it’s a look that says “My district has been White Power gerrymandered to the point of invincibility…for anyone who toes the Tea Party line.
Unfortunately for you, though, Raul, Anderson Cooper isn’t afraid to call you out.
After a brutal spate of questions from Cooper, Raul turned crybaby and accused Cooper of being biased against Republicans. That weak slap didn’t phase A.C., who’s no stranger to backhanding opponents.
“This is the way it works in journalism. When you’re not on Fox News, you get contentious interviews. When you’re not on MSNBC and a liberal, you get contentious interviews. My job is to ask you questions that are different than you think. Just as my next guess, who is a Democrat, I’m going to ask questions that push back on their position. That’s what a journalist does.“
Through the rest of the interview, Raul essentially plays the latest Republican talking points. Which are:
- We don’t need to take a vote, because we’ll win a vote.
- If you didn’t want the government run like a playground full of retarded bullies, you shouldn’t have elected Republicans.
- Being elected as a Republican excuses us from any requirement for reason. You knew who we were when you put us in office.
In this very interview, Raul essentially reiterates exactly the criticisms that we’ve long had against Right Wingers. And he’s right; the fact is that, say what you will about Teabaggers, they ARE only acting as representatives of their electorate. A Teabagger’s power comes not from loads of money, but from gerrymandered electoral invincibility. That means they HAVE to actually represent the desires of their White Power electorate. In that sense, you almost have to appreciate the fact that they are true “representatives” of those who put them in office.
Unfortunately, the people who put them in office have also seen Road House one too many times. And they see themselves as Dalton…the hero, the mysterious stranger, the lone gunslinger who kicks ass and saves the town. In reality though, they sort of skipped all the stuff that actually makes one PREPARED to be that lone hero. The reality is, they’ve only got three things in common with Patrick Swayze.
- They’ve got blue eyes.
- Their brothers are truck drivers.
- Their best-known line has been, is now and always will be: “It’s my way or the highway.“