Washington Post headline says it all: “GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes”

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The Audacity of Nope: Republicans embrace Marxism

Groucho Marx, that is:

I was reminded of that song by the Washington Post story, “GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes“:

Republicans say polls suggest that they can oppose all of these initiatives by casting them into a broader critique of Democrats increasing the size of government and the budget deficit, even if their bills are individually popular with the public.

“We’re very comfortable where we’re at; we have very few members who feel endangered,” said Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), a veteran Republican and a deputy whip in the House. “We feel like we are reflecting a broader mood of dissatisfaction. Right now, the American people want us saying no.

Republicans say they oppose the substance of nearly every proposal by Democrats or view the GOP alternatives as better.

Well, if your opponents are so lousy at messaging they don’t even bother to press the politically popular case for cutting pollution and creating clean energy jobs — heck, they don’t even make you cast a ‘no’ vote in the first place! — then maybe mindless opposition isn’t mindless, even if it remains self-destructive.

And so we have right-wing Marxism:

I don’t know what they have to say,
It makes no difference anyway,
Whatever it is, I’m against it.
No matter what it is or who commenced it,
I’m against it.

Your proposition may be good,
But let’s have one thing understood,
Whatever it is, I’m against it.
And even when you’ve changed it or condensed it,
I’m against it.

I’m opposed to it,
On general principle, I’m opposed to it”¦.

Nope springs eternal!

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19 Responses to Washington Post headline says it all: “GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes”

  1. dbmetzger says:

    the audacity of Plasticki. Ship Made of Plastic Bottles Crosses Pacific
    The Plastiki, which is made from 12,500 recycled bottles, arrives in Sydney after crossing the Pacific. http://www.newslook.com/videos/232799-ship-made-of-plastic-bottles-crosses-pacific?autoplay=true

  2. Jeraldine Reinman says:

    No to trillion dollar deficits. We love our grandchildren.
    We don’t steel from kids and grand kids.

  3. Mark says:

    Jeraldine @ #2,

    You are aware of the irony of posting your comment on a blog that concerns itself with the effects of climate change on current and future generations?

    Of course, there is plenty more to question in those two short sentences…

  4. PSU Grad says:

    I’d really like to know where some of these people were from 2001-2006 when the federal budget went from surplus to extreme deficit. Oh, that’s right, they were busy accusing many of us of anti-Americanism. But I digress.

  5. Mark says:

    tragedy = Shakespeare
    comedy = Groucho.

    I came across this:

    Researchers have now presented the first experimental evidence of a new solar conversion process, combining electronic and chemical pathways, for carbon dioxide capture in what could become a revolutionary approach to remove and recycle CO2 from the atmosphere on a large scale. Rather than trying to sequester or hide away excess carbon dioxide, this new method allows it to be stored as solid carbon or converted in useful products ranging from plastics to synthetic jet fuel.
    “The STEP (Solar Thermal Electrochemical Photo) process proactively converts anthropogenic carbon dioxide generated in burning fossil fuels, as well as eliminates carbon dioxide emissions associated with the generation of metals and bleach,” Stuart Licht, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Solar Institute at George Washington University, explains to Nanowerk. “Our new STEP carbon capture process is the culmination of over 20 years of ongoing research, starting with developing solar energy to drive chemical, rather than only electronic, energy (“A description of energy conversion in photoelectrochemical solar cells”). In 2003, we set the theoretical basis that solar visible and solar thermal sunlight will provide a synergistic enhancement of solar energy conversion efficiency, and in 2009 the theoretical basis for STEP carbon capture (“STEP Generation of Energetic Molecules: A Solar Chemical Process to End Anthropogenic Global Warming”).”

    Molten carbonate electrolysis system. (Images: Dr. Licht, George Washington University)
    The experimental verification that Licht and his collaborators have now published in the July 14, 2010 issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (“A New Solar Carbon Capture Process: Solar Thermal Electrochemical Photo (STEP) Carbon Capture”) is a major development.
    Licht explains that the STEP process is a synergy of solid-state and solar thermal processes, and is fundamentally capable of converting more solar energy than photovoltaic or solar thermal processes alone.
    “Here, CO2 is captured using a high temperature electrolysis cell powered by the full spectrum of sunlight in a single step. Solar thermal energy decreases the energy required for carbon capture, while visible sunlight generates electronic charge to drive the electrolysis. Carbon dioxide can be captured from 34% to over 50% solar energy efficiency – depending on the level of solar heat inclusion – as solid carbon and stored, or used as carbon monoxide to be available for a feedstock to synthesize – with STEP generated hydrogen – solar diesel fuel, synthetic jet fuel, or chemical production.”

  6. catman306 says:

    Joe, maybe someone will start a Republican spoof website called NoProgress.org. Finally there will be one place to see and hear in concentrated form the non-sense that is emitted by our Republican friends. It’s kind of like out gassing from building products, it just happens spontaneously, but it could be hazardous to our health or even deadly.

  7. Dave says:

    The opposition is disloyal – to their country and our future. How to make this GOBP disloyalty and intellectual bankruptcy evident – and a political liability?

    I think pounding the “Party of Nope” theme is good. If they have ideas and proposals, let’s hear them. Making the Senate R’s actually stand and deliver their filibusters – grinding Senate business to a halt very publicly over ridiculous stances – is worth a try as well.

    Passivity and desperate-looking attempts at bipartisanship are not getting us very far on issues that really matter.

  8. Prokaryotes says:

    Report: BP’s Tony Hayward to leave as CEO; offered job in Russia http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2010-07-26-bp-ceo-hayward_N.htm

  9. George says:

    So it would seem that this thing called bipartisanship was nothing more than a chimera. Unfortunately the stupid, the ignorant and the greedy will be calling the shots in Washington. How unfortunate for those who will have to try and live on this planet in 2050 and beyond.

    I have no idea what it will take to make a shift in public policy. If not this, then What? If not now, When? My own guess is that we are going to blow right through the 2 degrees of warming without even a blink from the GOP.

  10. Peter Mizla says:

    #9 George

    we may reach 3 degree before the current incarnation of the nihilists from the far right begin to realize much of anything.

  11. cervantes says:

    Since this seems to be something of an open thread I will just note that it seems Andy Revkin is the other shark-jumper Joe was talking about regarding the Montford thread at RealClimate. I too found Revkin’s intervention a bit jarring but I had already noticed that since he became an official NYT columnist rather than an officially independent blogger he’s been getting more and more Fair and Balanced. Really disappointing.

  12. John McCormick says:

    Maybe we are too damn polite and contrite.

    When citizens of Bell City, CA became aware of the mind bending salaries a few of its city officials were taking home, they mobilized and got the crooks thrown out of office. Now, they are challenging the pensions those bums will collect for the rest of their lives.

    Not stopping with process, citizens went to the home of these misfits and protested the greed and ruthlessness of their officials in a city weighed heavily by poverty and unemployment.

    Where do Senators Jim DeMint and Jim Imhofe live in the Washington area. Someone must know. Tell us. Then we can go to their neighborhoods and tell them and their neighbors they are a treat to America’s security.

    John McCormick

  13. Mark says:

    This does remind me of the other marxists, the Soviets.

    no dissent tolerated. unanimity at all times.

    no- think

    The republicans are marxist-Leninists!!! Another round of applause for their fearless leader!!!

  14. John McCormick says:

    People, this is who we are:

    google Lindsay Lohan = 46 million hits

    google global warming = 27.8 million hits.

    Now, tell me we are reaching the audience or are we only passengers on a ship of fools?

    John McCormick

  15. catman306 says:

    Firesign Theater anyone? Marx and Lennon were getting laughs before most of these Rethugs were born.

    http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/318/318091_1_f.jpg

  16. John McCormick says:

    Maybe we are too damn polite and contrite.

    When citizens of Bell City, CA became aware of the mind bending salaries a few of its city officials were taking home, they mobilized and got the crooks thrown out of office. Now, they are challenging the pensions those bums will collect for the rest of their lives.

    Not stopping with process, citizens went to the home of these misfits and protested the greed and ruthlessness of their officials in a city weighed heavily by poverty and unemployment.

    Where do Senators Jim DeMint and Jim Imhofe live in the Washington area. Someone must know. Tell us. Then we can go to their neighborhoods and tell them and their neighbors they are a threat to America’s security.

    John McCormick

  17. Chris Winter says:

    Jeraldine Reinman (#2) wrote: “No to trillion dollar deficits. We love our grandchildren. We don’t steel (sic) from kids and grand kids.”

    Except when it comes to Medicare Part D, or the GW Bush tax cuts.

    Senator Bernie Sanders reported on Friday that Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced an amendment to permanently end the estate tax. This would benefit only the top 0.3% of Americans while costing the government one trillion dollars over ten years. All but three Republicans voted for this amendment.

  18. It’s a bittersweet but true testimony to how completely anti-environment our entire political parties, (except for the minority Green party which indirectly got Bush elected over Gore by drawing off voters for Al Gore, we all know how THAT turned out), have become, to the point where an old Groucho Marx spoof singalong perfectly defines them!

  19. Teboone says:

    @Robert #18: This is off-topic, but I can’t just not say anything. Are you sure there was a state where the margin of victory for Bush was the number of Green Party votes cast? I’m not sure this is true. I voted Green in CA and Gore still won here, for example.

    Don’t forget that the Electoral College and the Supreme court elected Bush. Gore won the popular vote.

    I will not be made to feel responsible for 8 years of Bush just because I don’t like the Republicans OR Democrats.