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The Grand Re-Opening of the “Independent” Granfalloon*



As we approach the ninth anniversary of this post ("The 'Independent' Granfalloon") in which I noted that the bumper-crop of "independents" who sprang spontaneously into existence after the collapse of the Bush regime were not "independent" at all --
...And based on simple observation, guess who appears to be the largest group of late-blooming independents?

Those fucknozzles who, after giving Dubya the longest tongue bath in modern political history while calling everyone else a traitor, started gagging on the sheer tonnage of bullshit their creepy idolatry of George W. Bush was requiring them to swallow and obediently regurgitate every fucking day, that's who.

Most newly minted “independents” seem to be little more than Republicans who are fleeing the scene of their crime, but at the same time still desperately want believe in the inerrant wisdom of Rush Limbaugh. They are completely incapable of facing the horrifying reality that they have gotten every single major political opinion and decision of their adult lives completely wrong, so instead they double-down on their hatred of women and/or gays and/or brown people and/or Liberals, and blame them for the miserable fuckpit their leaders and their policies have made of their lives and futures.

Like German soldiers after the fall of Berlin, they have stopped running away from the catastrophe they created only long enough to burn their uniforms.

But they fool no one.

Except, apparently, David Fucking Brooks.

-- I'd like to pause for a moment to reflect on the fact that not a week has gone by since then when when the Universe has failed to deliver a little morsel of bitter hilarity on my doorstep like the one at the top of this post.

And each one of them has been a reminder of the four most important facts of American political life.

First, as a dog returns to its vomit,  the Republican base will always revert to voting Republican.  30 years of letting Rush Limbaugh take a dump in their skulls every day has done its work.  This is who they are until the day they die.

Second, because Republican policies are disastrous and Republican elected officials are bigots, cowards and imbeciles, when Republicans gain power, everything they touch will turn to shit.

Third, once the Republican policies they support and the Republican officeholders they elect turn everything to shit, because the Republican base is also composed of bigots, cowards and imbeciles,  they will flee the scene of their crime as fast as their little feet will carry them.  Or, as one wag put it long before Trump came on the scene:
 Like German soldiers after the fall of Berlin, they have stopped running away from the catastrophe they created only long enough to burn their uniforms.
 Fourth, the Beltway media will always be Johnny-on-the-spot to breathlessly report on this new crop of "independents" who are sick of "Washington" and the Extremes on Both Sides.

Rinse and repeat.

Rinse and repeat.

Rinse and repeat

*In "Cat's Cradle", Kurt Vonnegut defined a "granfalloon"as :
"...a proud and meaningless association of human beings"


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