The Eternal Sunshine of the Wingnut Mind

The far right really went all-in to try to knock John Boehner from his position as speaker of the house and lost badly. Now that it’s over, though, they’re doing their best impersonation of the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Joseph Farah climbs up on his chair and screams “we have not yet begun to fight” at the top of his lungs:

I guess those of us who have fought the good fight against Boehner and the Republican establishment could throw up our hands and give up the fight.

Not me.

I hope not you.

We fight another day.

And that day is today.

Yes, that is a two word paragraph, followed by two consecutive four word paragraphs and a five word paragraph, with only two words in all of them having more than one syllable. This is the kind of thing you do when you want people to think you write an entire column every day when you really don’t.

I like to think I had something to do with starting this historic and nearly successful rebellion. When no one else was even talking about a “dump Boehner movement,” I started one, with the help of grass-roots support from across the nation.

I’m afraid it’s going to take millions of letters to awaken the House Republicans who put committee assignments and prime office space above the best interests of their country. But we can do it. We came very close Tuesday – closer than I could have imagined three weeks ago…

The good news is that speakers of the House can be dumped any time. It’s unusual for them to be challenged like Boehner was challenged Tuesday. It will be harder the next time. But we cannot allow House Republicans one minute of celebration over what they just did. They need daily reminders that they made a bad choice – one their constituents strongly reject.

That’s why I am back to ask you to pour it on.

Reminds me of all the attempted rallies and marches they’ve attempted in Washington over the last few years, each one a massive failure. Over and over again they’ve claimed that literally millions of people — 10-30 million was their estimate in the last one — were going to show up to remove Obama from office. Each time, they get a few hundred people at best. But every time, they’re just sure the next one is going to be the one that does the trick. Next time it will all be different, just you watch.

Being a wingnut means never, ever acknowledging that you were wrong. It means deluding yourself continually.

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  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    As always the reason for their failure is something external. The way the message was delivered. Traitors. The media. Self-reflection is a foreign concept to these guys. It could never be that their message and policies are manifestly unpopular on their own.

    I wonder if the some of these people aren’t Tea Party types because they can’t handle the idea that they might be wrong. The Tea Party, and conservatism in general, must be very appealing to someone who desperately needs absolute certainty in their life.

    Each time, they get a few hundred people at best. But every time, they’re just sure the next one is going to be the one that does the trick. Next time it will all be different, just you watch.

    Bullwinkle Moose: Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat!

    Rocket J Squirrel: Again? That trick never works!

    Bullwinkle Moose: This time fer sure! (Pulls lion out of the hat)

    Bullwinkle Moose: No doubt about it. Gotta get me another hat!

  • Kevin Kehres

    They have a very odd definition of “very close”.

  • raven

    Being a wingnut means never, ever acknowledging that you were wrong. It means deluding yourself continually.

    Just going to repeat what I said yesterday.

    As is said sometimes in science and business; “When you start believing your own bullcrap, you are dead!!!”

    Farah: and nearly successful rebellion.

    They got 6.4% of the available votes, 12% of the GOP votes. A small lunatic fringe. Even the Geocentrists are 26% of the population.

  • John Pieret

    It may not be just self-delusion:

    So please take a few minutes right now to join the “Dump Boehner Now!” campaign. It is the most cost-effective way to amplify your voice on Capitol Hill.

    Which takes you here:

    That’s where the DON’T BE YELLOW: DUMP BOEHNER NOW! CAMPAIGN comes in.

    It’s a campaign that allows Americans to send a hard-copy letter to every Republican in the House of Representatives with a call to elect new leadership that will provide opposition to the destructive policies that are destroying the foundations of this country.

    Now you can send individually addressed letters from you to every House Republican, beginning in January when the new Congress convenes, for one fixed price of $29.95. WND will print them on yellow paper, ship them by Fed Ex and guaranty delivery to individual House offices.

    They were claiming they delivered 500,000 such letter before the vote for Speaker, which shows just how effective printed form letters are in swaying Congress.

    But I bet Joe makes a tidy profit off of it. (Opps, that was too long for a paragraph, wasn’t it?)

  • moarscienceplz

    this historic and nearly successful rebellion

    246 GOP Representatives. 30 votes against The Orange One. Arithmetic, how does that work?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @ John Pieret

    They were claiming they delivered 500,000 such letter before the vote for Speaker, which shows just how effective printed form letters are in swaying Congress.

    The crucial word there is “claiming.” I can claim that I’m a multi-millionaire but that won’t make it true. Given Joe’s inability to estimate crowd sizes at rallies (“thousands” somehow looks a lot like “dozens” in reality), I would take this with a grain of salt — about the size of the Halstatt mine.

    Frankly, if Joe wrote an editorial claiming that the sun was shining, I’d probably go to the window just to check.