Yesterday, I was absent-mindedly browsing through various opinion pieces and I stumbled across one by Michael Gerson where he was taking someone to task for being insufficiently serious. I wasn’t paying attention to who or what he was talking about and I had a sub-thinking reflex, or whatever the right description is, of “fuck you, I hope this person wins”. Then I read more carefully and I realized he was trashing Sarah Palin for backing Tom Tancredo, so I agreed with him completely. But the smugness still bothered me.
I find I have that reaction more and more. I’m not in a mood to read much of anything today, but I might go over to RedState and see how the gloating is going. That won’t bother me; yes, the RedStaters are frightening, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not that smug. On the other hand, if I have to listen to some pious, quasi-centrist bullshit about liberal overreach, I may kill myself.
I think it’s the same with actual policies: I’m not afraid of a bunch of bullshit resolutions about Sharia law and, while I think government shutdowns/impeachment trials etc. will be awful, I don’t think they’ll rip the fabric of our society. “Entitlement reform” might, though. I doubt the teatards will back “entitlement reform” too strongly, because it could be a real political killer. But expect to hear a lot of pious, quasi-centrist bullshit about “entitlement reform”. Things like the dismantlement of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are the real danger here, along with all kinds of new corporatist bullshit that will screw the middle-class. Plenty of “serious people” will back all of it, and that scares me. Michelle Bachmann and the rest are just useful idiots.