It hasn't been the best of weeks for conservatives. In fact we haven't seen them in this state of shocked disbelief and anger since that autumn night in 2012 when Barack H. Obama won re-election.
It started off badly early on for at least four republican presidential candidates. It turned out that at least part of, Dylann Roof''s inspiration to commit mass murder inside of an African-American church last week came from the web site of what is called, the Council of Conservative Citizens. The CofCC as they like to call themselves has been identified as a white supremacist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
When confronted by the media, the head of the CofCC, Ed Holt issued a statement which said, "The Council of Conservative Citizens is hardly responsible for the actions of a deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our web site." Yes and as many an "expert" used to say, there is no proof tobacco use leads to cancer and heart disease.
At the same time this news hit, The Guardian found out Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum had all accepted campaign donations from Brother Holt. A fourth hopeful, Mike Huckabee, actually addressed the group's national convention in 1993, via video tape. A year later, when Huck was asked to speak at a luncheon held by the group, he accepted, then backed out after realizing he would have to share the stage with a notorious holocaust denier. At the time, Lt. Governor Huckabee told the media he didn't know anything about the outfit when he agreed to have lunch with them, even though he had spoken to their convention the year before.
In the wake of the revelations, both Paul and Santorum immediately said they would donate the money their campaigns received from Holt to a fund benefiting the families of the Emanuel Church shooting. Cruz simply said he'd return the contribution.
Things really began to roll down hill yesterday. The Supreme Court, in a decision which left many conservatives with that Karl Rove, "this can't be happening," look, refused to gut the Affordable Care Act by a 6-3 vote.
Among the faithful, eyes bulged, faces turned beet red, and froth flecked outrage was expressed.
Huckabee called the ruling, "An act of judicial tyranny." He added, "The republican house and senate must redouble their efforts to repeal and replace this destructive and costly law." It's unclear if the candidate realizes any such, "redoubled," effort by congress would still run smack into a presidential veto--one they don't have the numbers to over ride.
Rand Paul said, "This decision turns both the rule of law and common sense on its head." He then explained he would, as president, "propose real solutions for our health care system."
Others also blathered on, but it was only the hapless Bobby Jindal who seemed to grasp the predicament his party is in. He told the press, "Republicans must outline a clear and coherent vision for health care to win the trust of the American people to repeal Obamacare.
Indeed, before we instantly fuck 6.5 million potential voters out of their health care coverage plus another 10 million down the road, shouldn't we actually come up with a plan of our own? You know--one besides the old, if they can't pay, kick 'em into the streets and let 'em die policy we've been backing until now.
Jindal claims he has just such a plan, but like Don Trump and his strategy to defeat ISIS, it appears the Louisiana governor is going to keep it secret for the time being.
Then today the Supremes ruled 5-4 in favor of gay marriage everywhere in these United States.
Jindal started jabbering about states rights, the same issue the south used as a reason to secede from the union a little over 150 years ago. He also said the ruling would, "Pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision."
Mike Huckabee went a tad over the top by claiming he, "would not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our founding fathers acquiesced to an imperial British monarchy." He told the press, "We must resist and reject judicial tyranny (yeah, he seems stuck on the whole tyranny thing) and not retreat." He promised to launch a "religious liberty" town hall tour in Iowa soon. Potential tee shirt vendors presumably should send inquiries regarding both booth availability and placement to his campaign.
Fiorina and Santorum also raged against the gay marriage ruling, while Jeb Bush tried to sound like the voice of concerned reason--an attitude which will get him no where in the primary season.
Yes, as the week winds down it would be easy to gloat, but success, like glory, is always fleeting. No matter how many times you beat these wankers they always come back and far too often things fall their way.
That's why the Good Lord invented martinis.
sic vita est