Like flip-flopping establishment politicians clinging to their funding sources, certain seaweeds attach themselves to underwater ledges from where they may wave this way or that according to changing currents. But what happens when a violent storm uproots them, tossing their fluttering fronds to the vicissitudes of wind and tide? See below for more. (Seattle Aquarium on the waterfront photo)
"Hey, Doug. Thanks for the link!" we just wrote in the comments of Doug Mataconis's latest Outside the Beltway post, "Alan Simpson Fights Back Against Deficit Commission Critics." As one of those critics, we were delighted to see our own post "Alan Simpson suffers a 'Barbara Bush Moment'" linked there as an example of an unthinking Dittohead "juiced up with emotion, fear, guilt and racism," paired with fire-breathing FireDogLake as our counterpart on the left. First Doug's argument, then our response. Approvingly quoting Simpson's dissing of Rush as a far-right version of MSNBC's fringy leftist Olbermann and Maddow, here's Doug:
Much like the Commission itself, Simpson has been attacked by both the left and the right [Look, ma, no hands!] for some of the outspoken comments he’s made lately, but he’s absolutely right here. As I noted in my first piece about the Bowles-Simpson proposal, the nature of our political culture makes it unlikely that anyone will tackle the Deficit Commission’s proposals seriously, and Simpson recognizes the problem as well …
Unfortunately we now live in a world where many people seem to believe quite the opposite, and where the same event can be interpreted quite differently depending on where on the ideological spectrum you happen to fall. When that’s the case, it’s hard to see where the common ground for agreement can even be found.
What is our post-Thanksgiving turkey broth, aboil atop the stove even as we blog, doing in this post? A perfect metaphor for the Tea Party effect. Plunk the old, depleted carcass (the entrenched GOP) into a large pot, cover with water and toss in a few flavor enhancers like carrot, onion, rosemary sprigs, bay leaf and freshly ground pepper (tea party energizers). Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook a few hours till liquid is reduced by about 2/3. Strain through a sieve. Pick through the solids for meaty goodness and add back in to the clarified broth.
Indeed. We're not looking for an unprincipled common ground. Been there, done that. Our decidedly inexpert understanding is that Simpson & Company would "preserve both the Entitlement Economy and Big Government." If that is incorrect, we're ready to listen to reasoned argument, but specifics of the report are not our concern here. We're looking to clear out the effete establishment undergrowth to make way for robust new seedlings to take root. Our reply:
Speaking as a blowhard and demagogue of the right, I must say I continue to agree with myself that Simpson, once a favorite of mine, is suffering a "Barbara Bush Moment."
An image came to mind of current-tossed fronds of seaweed dislodged from the ledge that had always moored them by the swells — earthquake, tsunami? — of a great storm at sea, floating to the surface and washing up on the shore to die a slow, agonizing death in the clarifying sunlight of transparency. It's a Tea Party thing.
Then came this snarky response to our own comments from An Interested Party:
So … looks like “suffering” a “Barbara Bush Moment” means simply telling the truth … a pity more people can’t “suffer” from such moments…that probably wouldn’t be a Tea Party thing, though …
My criticism has mainly to do with Simpson's gratuitous dissing of Rush as just the opposite side of the extremist coin. How does that uninformed opinion equal "simply telling the truth"?
The final word goes to twitterfriend Rob Alloy IV:
It is obvious Simpson doesn't listen to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh either from his remarks, which are Washington Double speak.
We heard the same thing used as a reason for all the entitlements that are breaking us today, but we are the cowardly generation.
Indeed. As we argued in our previous post, the establishment pols — of BOTH parties — aren't listening. They don't even know our language.
SISSY WILLIS: “We’re not looking for an unprincipled common ground."