Welcome Truthseekers, to the last Church Night of 2012! Is there any salvation for the religious right in the GOP? Any divine redemption that can resurrect the Republican party from self-induced apocalypse? These compassionate conservatives' attempted sabotage of our entire constitutional democracy is nearing an end, praise the Lord, and only a miracle of Biblical portent could cease their collective dive hellwise.
Virtually every major news reporting entity has put forth an article on how the once mighty GOP has fallen to depths so low the poll numbers are measured in negative integers. "All I Want for Christmas is a New GOP" by Mark McKinnon is a good read. "GOP 'lost' in 'negative' Image Problem" reports the Wall Street Journal, citing recent negative poll results. AlterNet has a wonderful summary of how centrist journalists are openly discussing the self-destruction of the Republican party:
E. J. Dionne Jr. in the Washington Post, writing in It's our system on the cliff; Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast, in The GOP Brings Politics to a Crisis Point; Andrew Sullivan, also at The Daily Beast, says Enough!; and the incomparably great Dave Johnson, writing at Campaign for America's Future's blog last week in Radical Plan B Failed Because It Was Not Extreme Enough.
And the list goes on and on. Who says we non-believers can't have a Merry Christmas, eh?
Now John "the Crier" Boehner finds himself between a teabag and a hard place over the fiscal cliff failure, with House Republicans drowning his so-called "plan B" in a vat of merlot and even whispering about his resignation. As CNN reported Saturday:
"Roughly six weeks ago, Rep. John Boehner was reelected unanimously by his colleagues as speaker of the House of Representatives. They cheered and applauded him in an ornate hearing room on Capitol Hill. But on Thursday, many of those same Republicans abandoned Boehner in droves, rejecting his Plan B to avert the fiscal cliff and raising questions about his future. Thursday night's epic meltdown in the House GOP conference came at a defining moment for Boehner. As he has done several times in the past two years, the speaker attempted to persuade conservatives who campaigned against any compromise to support his strategy, putting pressure on Democrats to agree to what these members demanded: more spending cuts. But Boehner's own members refused to go along, and some conservative and tea party groups began to call Friday for him to step down."
Will Eric Cantor be the Chosen One? Will he be anointed with the holy oil and handed the sacred gavel as he ascends to the House Speaker-ship even as his political party spirals downward at an ever-increasing pace?