The Rude Pundit clicked on the Fox "news" article and thought, "Ah. Of course. We're done with Obamacare, so, yes, once again, to the talking points." For there was the Benghazi Trio of Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain demanding answers, goddamnit, on the obvious scandal of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice going on Sunday morning talk shows and saying something that wasn't the entire story. Obviously, she must be called to account because you all remember how, based on Susan Rice's lies, we went to war with Lebanon, right? (It's a sign of how far down the shit-slickened rabbit hole the audience for Fox "news" has slipped that the article doesn't even explain what "Benghazi" is; it's just shorthand for "evil.")
And while the awfullest thing that ends in -azi in 70 years is most certainly going to bring down the Obama administration, destroy the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton, and put Ted Cruz in the Oval Office, it's not enough for your nutzoid conservatives. Because, dear Republican members of Congress, if you're not trying to repeal Obamacare, you may as well be offering up your ass to the President for rough fucking. There's a big damn contingent on the right that's losing its goddamn mind over the GOP shift away from repeal to "fixing it." And, if they have anything to say about it, there's gonna be hell-and-a-half to pay.
For instance, over at that center of fascist bloggery, Red State, Daniel Horowitz says it flat out in the title of a post: "They Lied to Us." How? "Republicans are now admitting they lied to us. They never had any intention to fight for full repeal of Obamacare. Now that the defund fight is behind us, they are admitting that they cannot repeal it. Over the past week, no less than John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers – prominent GOP leaders who opposed the defund effort – have come out of the closet to imply, in varying degrees, that full repeal is a thing of the past." And don't get him started on "amnesty" or, you know, "immigration reform" in the real world. More lies. More betrayal.
Red State's mighty leader, Erick "Erick" Erickson, the Fox "news" "analyst" and Limbaugh sub (as in "substitute host," not "submissive," although...), says it's time to fuck up the GOP establishment and put some real crazies in there: "The only way to change the direction of the country is to change the direction of the GOP. The only way to change the direction of the GOP is to unleash hell in Republican primaries." Unleash hell, motherfuckers. Like getting Ben Sasse elected in Nebraska. Sasse is running for Senate, and he's been accused of not hating Obamacare enough, something he has his little girls answer in a truly, epically creepy campaign ad.
"If you want to change America, you must change the Republican Party," Erickson writes Erickly. "To change the Republican Party, you must support men like [candidates you'll never hear about again]. They need your prayers, help, commitment, and vote." As a Democrat, the Rude Pundit can only say, "Yes, Republicans. Please go out and vote for the cranks and weirdos and shit-scrawlers. They'll do just fine in the general elections."
Over at the conservative latrine known as Townhall, some guy named Guy Benson is actually reasonable about the reality of repeal: "From an objective standpoint, it is simply a fact that Obamacare -- or whatever current permutation of the law may count as 'Obamacare' on any given day -- will remain the law of the land until at least 2017. Even then, repealing the law will require a Republican president and a Republican Congress, with members willing to use hardball legislative tactics such as reconciliation to peel it back." That ain't gonna happen, even after the 2016 election, says Benson. "Merely taking note of these factors and planning accordingly isn't 'selling out.' It's grappling with reality as it exists, not as one wishes it would be, so spare me the 'they lied!' histrionics."
Yes, the GOP civil war is gonna be fun, as the pragmatists and the dreamers fight, as the factions break into smaller factions. But never fear. Over in the corner, the embracing arms of Benghazi await. That's the place where everyone on the right feels loved.