That was how my mother-in-law pronounced "idiots" in her own colorful, idiosyncratic way. But however enunciated, the term applies to several on the right who miscalculated on the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling hijiinks. The first is Ted Cruz. Two-thirds of the time, what he said was false, mostly false or pants on fire. Or, looking at it another way, only one out of six of his claims are true or mostly true. So...how does he have credibility? Beats me. To me, he blew it. Big time. Cruz may believe that Pew Research is some left-wing propaganda organ, but his claim that he is listening to the American people is just another of his many untrue statements. Going forward, there are few Republicans in the Senate who will pay him the time of day after this episode. All he has are press conferences, fundraising events and segments with Hannity and others in the diminished Tea Party echo chamber.
Then there's Erick Erickson, who mistakenly claimed that Mitch McConnell was outsmarted by Harry Reid. Wrong. The one whom Reid outsmarted was Ted Cruz and his compadres, which took little effort. Erickson writes his s**t on a site that will bamstick anyone who disagrees with him, so it's a comfy, delusional little echo chamber. But Erickson is right about one thing: Obamacare will be delayed, but more by Obama's own incompetence than by loudmouthed Tea Partiers. But that's about all that he's right about. In a way, the impasse was counterproductive because attention was deflected from the "complete disaster" of Obamaware and other Obamacare problems.
Who else? I'm disinclined to call Boehner an idjit. Why? He was in a tough spot but he an ace in the hole that he could lay down when needed, and that was putting a resolution on the floor at any time at his own choosing, and he chose earlier today. He waited this long to ensure he could be Speaker for another day, and I'd rather have him as Speaker than anyone else more beholden to the Tea Party.
Who else? The Tea Party, of course, for wrongly thinking it could force its will over a Democrat president and Democrat-majority Senate. The problem is, the Tea Party is stuck with the GOP and vice versa. If a splitting-off happens, then kiss 2016 goodbye for both. It failed for the mistaken belief that it could defund a program--a program with major Democrat skin in the game--with just a House majority. Idjiotic.
The only thing to take away from this is that the fight will continue, which will keep spending in check, which is fine in a growing (granted, anemically growing) economy. That, and the Republican Party is truly split, which is also fine. The GOP isn't ready for more responsibility until it gets its s**t together.
I could go on all day.
UPDATE: Add Michael Needham, head of Heritage Action, to the idjit parade.
Speaking of admissions, one of the ringleaders of the shutdown caucus conceded Wednesday that he always knew ObamaCare couldn't be defunded this year. "Well, everybody understands that we're not going to be able to repeal this law until 2017 and that we have to win the Senate and win the White House," Michael Needham of the Heritage Action political operation told Fox News.
That's also true, but wait. If the defund cause was always futile as some of us argued, why spend weeks pursuing a strategy he knew would fail? And why run ads declaring the opposite, as Heritage Action did, in Congressional districts held by Republicans who actually oppose ObamaCare? Mr. Needham and his allies claim to be tribunes of the people, but they're the ones who treated the public like rubes by misleading it about what was politically possible.
More on the 31-year old strategist here.
Brett Logiurato points out debt-ceiling denier Ted Yoho (R-GH), one of several currently in Congress.