And Democrats fall for it, just like always. This is something that I've been meaning to write about for a while. The recent dog and pony show in Arizona concerning Jan Brewer's veto of a piggish anti-gay law pushed me over the edge, so here goes:
Every time a Republican acts with the faintest shred of apparent decency, liberals fall all over themselves predicting that the fever has broken and Republicans are now going to return to sanity. Even reliably left wing sites like Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars are acting as though this is true with the Brewer veto as well as with some other things the Republicans have said or done lately.
Well, everyone knows that the average American voter has the memory of a small mammal, but we expect our liberal pundits to show a little more retention than that- enough, say, to remember the last election cycle. Apparently, that is not a reasonable expectation. So, from someone who does remember, here is a pattern that the Republicans have repeated every two years for at least the last couple of decades: They pass all the piggish legislation they can, squash the middle class, and pander just as hard as possible to their ignorant, vicious base, in the year after every national election. In the year before every national election, they engage in a grand pretense of (relative) reasonableness, designed to fool the gullible voters into thinking that Republicans have at last decided to act on behalf of the American people, instead of the couple of thousand rich bastards whose money keeps them in office.
It works every time, too. Right now, Republicans are running ahead of Democrats in generic election polling for 2014, and may well retake the Senate, despite the fact that everyone knows that the result will be a two year impeachment circus which will deal a death blow to any pretense of democracy in this country. But at least we should expect our best pundits to recognize this inevitable phenomenon and make an effort to point it out.
I am sorry to say that, to date, I have not seen one single person except myself point this out. Listen, I'm not any smarter or any more privy to inside Republican planning than any of these other guys, but somehow no one else has apparently noticed the latest chapter in this old, old story, guaranteeing that, once again, the Republicans' massive campaign of deception will defeat the truth, which seems to have no friends these days.