Most of us know the well-worn, not-quite-a-cliche saying about the definition of insanity. But Republicans either haven’t heard or don’t care because they’re ready to investigate President Clinton for the next 8 years:
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Jason Chaffetz, the Utah congressman wrapping up his first term atop the powerful House Oversight Committee, unendorsed Donald Trump weeks ago. That freed him up to prepare for something else: spending years, come January, probing the record of a President Hillary Clinton.
“It’s a target-rich environment,” the Republican said in an interview in Salt Lake City’s suburbs. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good.”
By turning the House into their own personal opposition research branch funded by the tax payer, Republicans continue to recklessly undermine the credibility and integrity of the United States government.
The extreme partisanship of the right has disgusted the public for the better part of a decade. This is not a problem for the GOP since the less engaged people are, the better they do at the polls and the “liberal” media has done its part to help entrench this public disgust by blaming both sides for the ongoing acrimony. By normalizing the co-opting of the House for opposition research, people have come to believe that this is just how things are now in Washington and a pox on both houses.
And that’s the dangerous part. Normalizing the GOP’s incredibly abnormal behavior is what allowed the party to be consumed by Trump and his white supremacist followers in the first place. As Republicans devolved into incoherent rage, we were told over and over that “both parties” were the cause of the gridlock in Washington. Paul Krugman famously mocked this “both sideism” in 2000 and it’s only gotten worse since then.
By plugging their ears and screaming “LALALALALALA!” at the unprecedented amount of Republican filibusters, the racism and threatened violence of the Tea Party and the abuse of the House subpoena, the “liberal” media set the stage for the chosen candidate of neo-Nazis and the KKK to come within spitting distance of the White House.
Without the media’s normalizing of Republican extremism, Trump would have been rejected as a lunatic within a few weeks. With it, there is nothing he can say or do that doesn’t become background noise in a day or two.
After all, he’s just the flip side of how crazed and out of control the Democrats are, right?
This brings us back to the Republicans and their plans to endlessly investigate Hillary Clinton.
That this will only further erode our democracy isn’t important to them. Republicans only deal in short term victories. This is why the party is on the verge of splintering apart and why the dangerous and violent “Alt-right” is eager and ready to take its place.
By continuing their politics of personal destruction and mindless obstructionism, Republicans are putting the final nail in their own coffin while trying to burn the country to the ground at the same time. They shattered themselves trying to destroy Obama and now they’re doubling down on the same failed tactic because they don’t know what else to do.
The GOP is like a mortally wounded animal, blindly lashing out at everything around it in a desperate bid to hold off its own inevitable death. Time to put it down for its own good.