What part of, "We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it any more," does Washington not understand?
Maybe voters-- like the equally disgusted citizens in the movie "Network" who made that declaration of frustration so famous-- should just start opening their windows and venting their frustration into the streets. At least that would give us a break from endless reruns on the 24/7 news channels with the conservatives whining and being propped up by Fox News while the liberals get sappy sympathy on MSNBC.
If Karl Rove is an egomaniacal blockhead who, on election night, made an ass of himself in refusing to accept the count in Ohio long after the Republican Secretary of State there had turned out the lights and gone home, then Chris Mathews is an annoying and shrill cheerleader for the left, constantly stating the obvious and drooling over his favorite Democratic pols while adding nothing to the possibility of solutions.
Republicans need to get over Romney's defeat, and Romney needs to take a trip around the world for about a year until he can open his mouth in public again without letting his rich-boy-spoiled-brat anger at not getting his way force him to say yet one more stupid thing on the record.
On election night Governor Romney was gracious in defeat and he might have been able to go down in history that way. Instead he couldn't help getting around to whining that Obama really won because blacks, Latinos, women and "takers" had been easily bought off by the president's team with pocketsfull of Pell grants, condoms and birth control pills. (This from a man whose wealthier-than-Croesus father actually spent a year on welfare!)
Most recently the far right has been promoting the pipe dream that the Benghazi tragedy involving US embassy staff was covered-up by the President. This latest boo-hoo from the GOP regulars got additional lift when David Petraeus, 4-star-general-turned-lothario, dizzied the already-confused Congress by changing his original testimony before them at the time of the incident in Libya. Don't the Republicans realize that a general who sends sexually-explicit emails via a G-mail account doesn't deserve to be head of the CIA protecting national security and ought to just be sent home-- wherever that is these days?
As I write this, South Carolina's senior senator Lindsey Graham is on national TV questioning UN Ambassador Susan Rice's qualifications to even talk about Libya. My guess is the ambassador knows as much about Libya as Graham and his GOP political colleagues know about contraception, pregnancy, childbirth and abortion and they talk about -- and legislate around-- those critical female reproductive issues all the time.
So, in the spirit of the conciliatory tone voters mandated last election day, I, as a liberal, will be willing not to mention Senator Graham's repeated denials (in newspapers as important as the New York Times) that he may be a closeted gay hypocrite if he will stop telling me, my daughter and granddaughter how we should feel about issues like rape and unintended pregnancies.
Better yet, let's pray the Republicans and the Democrats in Washington can remember and do what Abraham Lincoln so articulately recommended in his second inaugural address; and do it in the spirit of his parting words:
"...With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
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