As noted in a prior blog this evening, Barack Obama's inaugural speech called upon all Americans to strive to fulfill America's promise of equality to all citizens and to undertake measures to protect the poor the sick and the homeless in a manner that would implement the Gospel message if one takes a true Christian perspective. I also posited that it will be the Republicans and their Christofascist/Tea Party base that will work diligently to sabotage Obama's efforts. Now, Andy Borowitz has a piece in The New Yorker which, while in some ways tongue in cheek, actually hits the nail on the head. Here are column highlights:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Congressional Republicans heaped fulsome praise on President Obama’s second Inaugural Address today, saying that it had given them a detailed list of things to thwart over the next four years.
“My big fear was that the speech would be full of vague platitudes that wouldn’t be helpful to us in plotting against him,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Once he started offering details of what he actually hoped to accomplish, though, I realized we had hit the mother lode.”
Speaker Boehner praised the President for citing such specifics as hiring math and science teachers, building roads, and reducing health-care costs: “Now that we know that’s what he’s got in mind for his second term, we can hit the ground running to stop him.”
“My takeaway from the speech was, if we work hard enough, there’s nothing we can’t keep him from doing,” he said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) praised Mr. Obama for injecting humor into a usually somber address: “I loved that joke about ending political name-calling.”
Sadly, Borowitz is right. We will see the GOP descend further into the depths of insanity, racism, bigotry and extremism over the next four years. They can talk all they want about improving the GOP's "messaging" and "communications" but it's all a crock of bullshit. Nothing will change until the Christofascists and white supremacists are thrown bodily out of the GOP.