To paraphrase Rachael Maddow: It’s time to toast some puffy white marshmallows and enjoy the latest act in our own Republican self-immolation show. We’ve got the perfect campfire for it.
This act opens at a luncheon in Michigan, where a Republican senator named Howard Walker is addressing a decidedly puffy audience. They’re not just puffy because of the salted cheese and gout, either — they’re a bit miffed because the subject of this talk is Walker’s decision to break Rethuglican ranks (along with seven others) in casting a “yes” vote for Medicaid expansion in Michigan.
Enter stage left: Brian Sommerfield, Teabagger radio host of moderate fame — not enough to have a Wikipedia page, but notable nevertheless. Brian’s entire claim to fame rests on the following 20 seconds; he speaks with conviction, damnation even, to the Senator:
One thing that the Republican base has been against is any form of ObamaCare, from the beginning, and to violate the Hastert Rule, again, to get this through. The Emmet County Republican party – the executive committee – voted their disapproval for this and sent you that […] This so goes against the base and the people who you stand for. To just totally not only violate it at the base level, but then to violate the Hastert Rule and to have every single Democrat and to pick up a few weak Republicans to get this through, we feel totally violated.
Walker continues: “I said, screw YOU, as far as calling me a weak Republican.”
With the defiance of a stepped upon puppy, Sommerfield asserts “I am.”
“The heck with you,” Walker firmly replied. “I stood by my campaign commitment, and I did what was right. It’s a lot easier saying ‘no’ than it was saying ‘yes.’ It was a very tough vote.”
And so, the show ends, and the moral is this: “A tea bag so near the end of its shelf life will soon find itself in hot water.”