Opinion | Today's GOP in a nutshell: Jaw-dropping incompetence and grotesque disrespect for others - The Washington Post

  

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Via:  jbb  •  3 weeks ago  •  18 comments

By:   Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post)

Opinion | Today's GOP in a nutshell: Jaw-dropping incompetence and grotesque disrespect for others - The Washington Post
If ever a party deserved to go out of business, it's this one.

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Two defining features of the Republican Party were on display Thursday. Together, they are proof that the flaws of today's GOP are not limited to President Trump and reason enough to send the party in its current manifestation into the political wilderness.

The first, and most important, feature is the party's jaw-dropping incompetence. We not only have Trump's failure to address the coronaviruspandemic (as well as dozens of other examples ranging from a wall you can saw through to a government shutdown), but also the incapacity of the Republican-controlled Senate to do its job.

The Post reports: "Senate Republicans killed President Trump's payroll tax cut proposal on Thursday but failed to reach agreement with the White House on a broader coronavirus relief bill." That, in turn, sent lawmakers into "a frantic scramble with competing paths forward . . . and the entire effort appeared to teeter chaotically on the brink of failure." They have had more than two months to consider a plan following the House's swift passage of the Heroes Act. They have heard from Trump-appointed Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell, who urged the Senate to put together a substantial relief package. It still doesn't have its act together. (Can you imagine if they invalidated the Affordable Care Act and were charged with finding a replacement?

At a joint news conference on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could only gape in amazement at Republicans' ineptitude. "Now that Senate Republicans have finally woken up to the calamity in our country, they have been so divided, so disorganized, so unprepared that they have struggled to even draft a partisan proposal within their own conference," Schumer said. "They can't come together. Even after all this time, it appears the Republican legislative response to [covid-19] is un-unified, unserious, unsatisfactory." He added, "The Republican disarray and dithering has potentially serious deadly consequences for tens of millions of Americans. 1.4 million Americans applied for unemployment last week, the first time the number rose since March."

Pelosi, arguably the most competent legislator of the last 20 years, barely controlled her disdain for Republicans' utter failure. She declared: "They don't believe in science. They don't believe in governance. . . . It is another example of their dereliction of duty." Asked whether she had gotten a phone call or a piece of paper from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), she tersely replied, "No."

Understand that this is not a matter of coming up with a proposal acceptable to Democrats. Republicans do not even know what they want. More than six months into the crisis, the slothful Senate seems ready to leave for the weekend. Perhaps the White House and Pelosi should strike a deal, daring the Senate to vote it down with no alternative in place. They are using up space and time, acting as an impediment to action. If they cannot perform their jobs, they should turn over the reins to Democrats.

The second defining feature of today's Republicans is their grotesque disrespect for their fellow Americans, with a deep strain of misogyny. We have become so accustomed to Trump's ugliness that we sometimes ignore outbursts from other Republicans. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was not about to let that happen on Thursday.

She took to the floor to rebut Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) for his non-apology over his verbal assault on her earlier in the week, during which he reportedly called Ocasio-Cortez a "f---ing b---h." (Yoho has denied using the slur.) Had Yoho made an equivalent statement concerning an African American male colleague, leadership would have been under pressure to condemn him, strip him of privileges (as was the case in handling remarks made by Rep. Steve King of Iowa) or even boot him from the House. With a woman as the victim, they were prepared to do exactly nothing.

Ocasio-Cortez elegantly skewered not only Yoho but the men who silently stand by after such displays. "This issue is not about one incident. It is cultural," she said. "It is a culture of . . . impunity, of accepting of violence and violent language against women, and an entire structure of power that supports that." She pointed to Trump as well, recalling his comment that four congresswomen of color (including herself) — each of them U.S. citizens — should "go back" to where they came from. She added: "Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man. And when a decent man messes up, as we all are bound to do, he tries his best and does apologize."

Instead, today's Republican Party rewards displays of insensitivity, disrespect, meanness and bigotry as a sign one will not be contained by "elites" or "political correctness." It tolerates support for the Confederate flag and white nationalism. It ignores protesters screaming in the faces of health-care workers to protest one's right to go mask-less, thereby endangering others. The culture of bullying and the disdain for others is not an incidental part of the GOP; it is central to its identity.

A party that disdains government should not run for office. A party that celebrates rudeness, incivility, meanness and bigotry should be shunned. Rehabilitation for the GOP? It's impossible to imagine, given its cast of characters.


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    3 weeks ago

It is no wonder that the once Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln is now known merely as "the gop".

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago

learn some history.

it never was Lincoln's GOP

 
 
 
JBB
1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1    3 weeks ago

Whatever the gop was Trumpism has ruined their once good name forever. The Republican Party used to be a respectable political party butt today it is becoming a far rightwing fringe party of angry misfits, religious fanatics, throwback racists and straight up fascists.

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

your opinion is duly noted!

 
 
 
JBB
1.1.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.2    3 weeks ago

So, you never heard of "The Party of Lincoln"? 

Hint...It is the republicans!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Republican_Party

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

you really need to learn history

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

The GOP moniker didn't come about until LONG after Lincoln was dead.

It was NEVER known as that while Lincoln was alive.

The term "Grand Old Party" is a traditional nickname for the Republican Party and the abbreviation "GOP" is a commonly used designation. The term originated in 1875 in the Congressional Record, referring to the party associated with the successful military defense of the Union as "this gallant old party". Nov 17 2019

 
 
 
JBB
1.1.6  seeder  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.5    3 weeks ago

Then you do know that for the last hundred and fifty or so years the Republican Party, The Party of Lincoln, has been universally known as "The Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln". 

And thus, it is no wonder that the once Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln is now more commonly known merely as "the gop"...

That being said, what in the hell is your point?

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.7  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.6    3 weeks ago
Then you do know that for the last hundred and fifty or so years the Republican Party, The Party of Lincoln, has been universally known as "The Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln". 

That much should be obvious to you. I did, after all, correct your rewrite of history.

ONLY you seem to call it the gop.

Most adults call it the GOP.

Grand Old Party.

Nothing to do with Lincoln.

Never was the Grand Old Party of Lincoln, no matter how many times you write it.

It's cool to make an honest mistake, but  perpetrating a falsehood AFTER you have been better informed seems childish.

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
1.1.8  Adam_Selene  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.7    3 weeks ago

Correct - the grand old party was not the party of Lincoln.

It was the party of Buchanan .

 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.9  Krishna  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1    3 weeks ago
it never was Lincoln's GOP

Correct-- that is yet just another case of "Fake News"!!!

(In fact, Lincoln was a "Fake President"-- and a Democrat!!!)

Just remember:

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is bliss." 

And perhaps most important of all:

Everything that Trump doesn't like is ...Fake...Something Or Other!

/Double Sarcasm with a Cherry on Top!

 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.10  Krishna  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.7    3 weeks ago
perpetrating a falsehood AFTER you have been better informed seems childish.

Ah-- but was it a "Fake Falsehood"?

And in addition, was that actually FAKE childishness?

 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.11  Krishna  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.7    3 weeks ago
ONLY you seem to call it the gop. Most adults call it the GOP.

I have noticed that sometimes people make typos-- and at other times type what should be all caps in lower case. I think that's because they type too quickly.

Actually I'm surprised so many people aren't aware of that.....

(Is that FAKE typing?)

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.12  Texan1211  replied to  Krishna @1.1.9    3 weeks ago

I guess you don't know the history of the GOP either.

I have provided some educational posts for you.

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.13  Texan1211  replied to  Krishna @1.1.10    3 weeks ago
Ah-- but was it a "Fake Falsehood"?

It was a falsehood--as I clearly wrote.

And in addition, was that actually FAKE childishness?

Don't know. Ask the person attempting to rewrite history.

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.1.14  Texan1211  replied to  Krishna @1.1.11    3 weeks ago
I have noticed that sometimes people make typos-- and at other times type what should be all caps in lower case. I think that's because they type too quickly.

Not a typo. Not even what I stated.

0-2 now for you.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.1.15  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Krishna @1.1.9    3 weeks ago

One of our Nam vets at the VFW had this shirt on this afternoon.... 

All gave some

Some gave all

One had bone spurs

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.1.16  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.1.15    3 weeks ago

One guy played football with asthma, he’s the real hero

 
 
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