This may come as a surprise to folks who don’t live in Jasper and Newton counties in Southwest Missouri, but next week’s local primary election winners will not have to worry about the general election, since there won’t be any Democrats running against them. None.
Oh, there will be one disputed race in November, but it will feature a battle between a Republican and a Libertarian, and nobody but next-of-kin knows who the Libertarian is.
The folks around here who make such one-sided politics possible are exactly the kind of people who national Republicans aim to please. Romney’s entire campaign is designed around winning their hearts and minds, even though they wouldn’t vote for a Democrat under any circumstances, at least a Democrat worthy of the name.
And consider what happened on the final meaningful day of legislative activity this summer in the House of Representatives. Republicans used it to convince their base—like those who live here in Hooterville—that the most important issue facing the country is whether English should be our official language.
Yes, friends, that is more important than the $100 billion farm bill—Drought? What drought?—and the defaulting Postal Service—who cares about the core of a $900 billion industry and 9 million jobs when there’s folks out there speaking Spanish!
It has been almost 600 days since Speaker John Boehner said this:
Helping Americans get back to work is our number one priority, and we’re going to do everything we can to help create jobs and to boost our economy.
Since then there have been repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and countless attempts to appease anti-choice and other reactionary forces in the country and, oh yeah, I almost forgot. Republicans have addressed one concern of the Postal Service:
60 House Bills to Name Post Offices, Zero To Fix Mail Service
In tfhe 18 months the 112th Congress has been sworn in, the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices. Thirty-eight have passed the House and 26 have become law. During those 18 months, the House has produced 151 laws, 17 percent of which have been to rename post offices, according to Congressional Democrats.
Oh, well, the most important thing for Republicans is not to govern the country but to keep their base happy and to wonder why the rest of us don’t like them—or Mittens: