I think that, with the passing of a few months, we can now step back and look at what has been wrought by the Repug “winds of change” that have blown across our political landscape.
Let’s begin in New Jersey, where the following was written about Gov. Chris Christie (here)…
Still, some conservatives acknowledge that they’re still a little wary of Christie, noting that the governor-elect has embraced moderate positions in the past.
Personally, I find nothing whatsoever that is “moderate” about Christie’s first budget, including the following (here)…
To close a deficit that he asserted was approaching $11 billion, Governor Christie called for the layoffs of 1,300 state workers, closings of state psychiatric institutions, an $820 million cut in aid to public schools, and nearly a half-billion dollars less in aid to towns and cities. He also suspended until May 2011 a popular property-tax rebate program, breaking one of his own campaign promises.
Democrats were quick to characterize Mr. Christie’s proposal as falling disproportionately on the backs of the middle class, the poor, the elderly, schoolchildren, college students and inner-city residents, while leaving largely unscathed the wealthy and most businesses.
In a nutshell, I would say that this cartoon symbolizes Christie’s budget priorities.
So what of Christie’s fellow Repug governor Bob McDonnell in Virginia?
Well, this tells us how Ken Plum, a Democratic member of the state legislature, has joined a protest mounted by Virginia’s academic institutions of McDonnell’s directive (though Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli) “to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
And of course, McDonnell is a charter member of the “Drill, Baby, Drill” chorus (along with President Obama, sadly), even though such exploration will likely not yield much oil, and any benefit of such an activity would not be realized for years (and of course, no one knows for certain what kind of environmental damage would ensue).
Update 4/6/10: And I suppose white hoods would be optional (here)?
Update 4/7/10: Keep digging that hole, Bob (here).
Update 4/13/10: Add this to the pile also (h/t Atrios).
Last but possibly least, I give you Scott Brown, the third member of this “wave,” whose signature accomplishment thus far, as noted here, is to fundraise off the imaginary campaign challenge of MSNBC TV host Rachel Maddow.
So, while it is still possible for the Repugs to mount a “second wave” for November, it appears that they don’t have much else to campaign on besides values voter-fueled indignation (of course, the Democrats can’t assume anything either, though delivering on health care reform will give them a “push,” IMHO).
I guess I should come up with something of an April Fools’ joke out of this, but to me, the only thing that qualifies is the notion that any Repug politician is anything other than a craven servant of the corpocracy who offers nothing but umbrage at Democrats and the “religion” of tax cuts for the “pay no price, bear no burden” crowd while the “ownership society” leaves everyone less well off ground down even further than they already are.