Don’t look now, butt while you slept, the Republicans deployed the McCain Economic Disaster Plan.
Here’s how this previously discredited crisis management tool works: the lead R-words make a lot of noise about being adults, making hard choices, the magnitude of the crisis, the seriousness of consequences, etc., etc..Then they sit back and wait for Big Guy ride in on his palomino pony; hence clinching the myth that only BO can save the day.
There'll be a load of compromisin'
On the road to my horizon
But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on me
You probably remember how well this strategy worked for John McCain in '08,
and then again in '11 when the R-words deployed during the debt ceiling negotiations:
So there’s no reason why we can’t expect the same sparkling results from Big Guy’s bag of conflict resolution tricks this time around as well. Of course the fiscal crisis is far graver now, since we kicked the “hard decision” part down the road past the election. We’ve progressed waaay beyond the “eat your peas” point now; we’ve blown right past broccoli too and now we’re all the way up to kohlrabi1.
Specifically, what Big Guy told the nation yesterday after an hour’s worth of really hard work trying to hammer out a deal with the do-nothing Congress is this:
“Ordinary folks, they do their jobs. They meet deadlines. They sit down and discuss things and then things happen. It there are disagreements they sort through the disagreements. The notion that our elected leadership can’t do the same thing is mind-boggling to them. It needs to stop. So I’m modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. Nobody’s going to get 100% of what they want. But let’s make sure that middle class families and the American economy and in fact the world economy aren’t adversely impacted because people can’t do their jobs.“
Or, as the Gateway Pundit put it: “That’s a pretty bold statement considering he was in Hawaii golfing all week.” Of course, as we all know BO is not “ordinary folk” – hence ordinary rules do not apply.
So I think we have every reason to expect a spectacular New Year’s Eve resolution from our Dear Leader. Something befitting a guy with a big hat holding us all as chattel.
and voila! Off the cliff we’ll go. We can always work on the landing later.
1 Kohlrabi: a strange member of the cabbage family that appears to be some type of alien root vegetable
that comes in both white and dark varieties. It appears to be an alien root vegetable, butt what looks like a root is actually the stem. The actual root is hidden away underground secretly sapping all the nutrients out of the soil with speed and alacrity to produce a really odd vegetable that most people will refuse to eat.
Lady M will tell you how delicious kohlrabi is, butt she has never actually eaten it herself – too much like slave food, you know? And speaking of Lady M, I’m sure you will all appreciate the color “pop” of her latest pedicure. Gives a whole new meaning to “banana boats,” no?