I just realized this when I was looking at some poll cross tabs the other day. The GOP is in a whole lot worse trouble than I thought they were, which means that they’re in a shit load more trouble than even they think they are.
Since Trump’s pathetic ass kicking, one of my most frequent complaints about the GOP as what is alleged to be a functional political party is that they have lost control of their messaging. They have become sidetracked into a series of Trump related pissing contests. But here’s the thing about messaging, it is correctable. You can always straighten your ass out, get your shit together, and get back on message.
But here’s where the cross tabs showed me just how badly the GOP was screwed, because even if they remained linearly on point, their fundamental, defining message no longer resonates, not even to their own voters. Which means that they may just as well keep babbling, since even their saving grace has lost all of its grace.
Here’s what I mean. When you look at Biden’s upcoming big ticket items, the America’s Jobs Plan, and the American Families Plan, both poll as wildly popular, far above Biden’s personal approval rating, and with healthy independent and Republican voter support. But when you throw in the fact that Biden plans to pay for this by raising taxes on the richest Americans, closing corporate loopholes to force companies like Walmart and Amazon to actually pay corporate income taxes, and reforming the capitol gains tax, the popularity goes even higher!
This is pure, unadulterated sunlight on the GOP’s vampire. Since the days of Reagan, the GOP has monolithically preached the necessity of a smaller government, one more in line with the Founding Fathers original intention. Protect the Republic, provide for the common defense, and fix an occasional pothole. Any kind of social services was the responsibility of the states and local communities. The Tea Party came into power by promising to basically turn the federal government into basically an empty shell capable only of paying off defense contractors. Otherwise, give the money to the American Oligarchs, and they’ll fly overhead in helicopters, dumping out bushel baskets of crisp, clean $100 bills.
And so, for 40 years, the American people watched their roads crumble, their bridges fall into the river, their public schools become third rate educational learning centers, their transportation systems become disused and inefficient, and their air and drinking water poisoned. All while the richest 100 families in America amassed more money than everybody else combined.
And so yes, the people of this country are so. fucking ready to see the rich get soaked for a change, and some of that benefit falling in their pockets, Biden and the Democrats have been brilliant in the execution. With the passage of the first Covid relief bill, they showed the government actually doing something for the people, and they did it in the best way possible, by putting something that the people could see, feel, and spend in their pockets. Trump may have ceremoniously signed the checks, but people knew who had opened the checkbook, and her name starts with a P.
With the second Covid stimulus round, the GOP cut their own throats. The Democrats got that bill rammed through against unified GOP opposition, reaping all of the glory, while sniveling GOP cowards now scurry around looking for crumbs to show their constituents. And with the SBA recovery program in that bill, along with the expansion of unemployment benefits, everyday people are actually able to see the government working for them for a change. And Biden’s infrastructure jobs, and American Family plan are full o things that they’ll see almost immediately.
Since the Reagan era, the public has come to see the federal as this giant, stumbling Goliath that can’t even stay out of its own way. Oh sure, politicians may bullshit, bullshit, bullshit about the wonderful things that they’re doing for their constituents, but how often do any of those constituents actually see any of the milk and honey they keep bragging about?
Being an Irish Catholic, I have a little church ditty I like to drag out every now and then. In order to keep your faith intact, make sure it remains unsullied by fact. For 40 years, the GOP monolithically kept a single fact from intruding on their agenda. But now there’s a new Sheriff in town. And he’s showing the American people that not only can the federal government work, it can actually work for the people. And it can do so by finally holding the feet of the richest shitpokes to the fire for a change.
And the GOP response? Trump is still
Emperor President! stop the Steal! Biden is coming after your hamburgers! AOC sucks! It doesn’t even seem like a fair fight, but this is what happens when the entire fucking country finally sees that The Emperor Has No Clothes! Don’t touch that dial.
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