Even if you're on the same side as the Demos, it's really hard not to be perpetually pissed off at them, because, with a few exceptions, they've allowed the thuggish bunch at the GOP to control the dialog on way too many issues. Seriously, Dems...how long are you going to keep getting pushed around before you fight back? Really fight?
The whole political climate has deteriorated into schoolyard crap. Can't anyone think back into the basic rules...OK, I admit I can't exactly draw on my own experiences as a kid...different generation,...different rules of civility...whatever it was,that was then...no matter how wonderful it would be to go back and make nice, it's not going to happen. Not with these guys. My eyes weren't opened to the bullying thing until my kids were in school, but the take-away lesson for us was that bullies don't pick on kids that refuse to be victimized, and that frequently, bullies are often being picked on by someone who is wielding power over them.
If the GOP are the bullies of the House and Senate, and the TP'ers are the pathetic toadies who hang out with them and do their bidding, it's the corporate puppet masters who control them all. Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious. Sad thing is that while the old school GOP guys know it; the toady TP'ers still think they're going to be in control, and that the ignorant voters who would rather watch faux news than think for themselves are going to be OK when their medicare and social security gets kicked to the curb because that's the way Grover Norquist wants it. Grover's the guy (head of Americans for Tax Reform) who got every single Repo to sign his pledge to never, ever raise taxes, or eliminate tax deductions or credits. Grover's particular group of thugs is funded mainly by big tobacco and other corporate interests. Unlike some members of the GOP, their aim is transparent, to choke the government out of existence by cutting off spending. A new development is that one of the gang of six, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), has finally taken issue with this blind following...and has the guts to actually stray from the company line. (popular repo talking point: "We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem." ...Heads up! You guys also have a credibility problem.)
The fact that he was wanted to explore an end to wasteful ethanol subsidies has the bully Norquist DEMANDING that Senator Coburn drop out of the 'gang of six'. Oh Grover, you don't like it when one of your own dares to call you out!
Even the concept of a dialog on the topic of raising revenues has these toadies and thugs acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. I say it's time for the 'gang of six' to start acting more like a gang, and go to the mat for the American citizens they're supposed to represent... not the corporations that Grover Norquist shills for. Stand up to these thugs and toadies...how long is it going to take you guys to understand that the bullies can't keep going after everyone's lunch money (social security, medicare) before some strange alliances form to beat the crap (metaphorically of course) out of the creeps who rule the schoolyard by instilling fear and telling lies.