The GOP is doing most of the work, of course, but it’s expected of them. That’s their place in American life, the GOP exists to siphon money from the lower classes to the richest people in America and to do as much as they can to dismantle the safety net.
Obviously the vast majority of people are on the losing side of the Republican equation, so their entire political operation is based on tricking idiots into thinking lower taxes are better for them even though most of the taxes are being saved by millionaires and then programs that benefit everybody else end up getting cut because we can no longer afford them. These are the same dumbshits you see carrying signs at Tea Party events bitching about how much their taxes have gone up under Obama when in fact, the dude fucking lowered their taxes as one of the very first things he did in office.
Okay, we know the teabaggers are almost all part of the 27% of people who are too crazy to even be reasoned with (the Crazyfaction Factor), but there are a lot of other people out there who could actually understand who is screwing them over if it was reported honestly. There are probably even Fox News watchers who would be fucking outraged if they knew what their beloved Republicans were doing to prevent the financial wizards who created this depression from paying any price at all for what they did, or even to stop them from doing it again.
I have yet to see any real coverage from a mainstream news outlet of how unusual it is for virtually every bill in the senate to be filibustered. They just say it as if it’s an established fact, it takes 60 votes to pass anything. Then when an unemployment extension or regulatory bill fails to get 60, it gets reported as a stalled negotiation or maybe the dems failing to get their own members in line because some dickhead like Joe Lieberman voted with the Republicans (because he is actually a Republican, but…). Where are the “Republicans Filibuster Aid for the Unemployed Yet Again” headlines? Apparently one or two corporate whore Democrats are all it takes to obscure the actual villains in the story.
Greg Sargent writes about this dynamic fairly often, and it’s a persuasive, albeit frustrating, observation. Republicans deliberately create government dysfunction … which makes voters, who hate the dysfunction, angry … which leads them to vote for more Republicans since Democrats are the majority party and get blamed when the status quo breaks down.
Indeed, this goes further than just public perceptions about gridlock — the consequences fuel more public outrage. As Josh Marshall noted yesterday, “Republicans block any measures to buoy or resuscitate economy, call sputtering economy evidence of superiority of Republican policies, reap political benefit. Rinse. Restart.”
When it comes to exploiting public anxieties and frustrations, it’s about the most cynical scam imaginable, isn’t it? The goal is to get the public to throw up its arms in disgust and think, “To hell with the whole bunch.” Once that happens, Republicans are thrilled, creating an incentive for the GOP to do whatever it takes to make Washington even worse.