Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen predicted yesterday on Current TV that because of a shortage of GOP votes, a House assault weapons bill is likely to fail next year, and at any rate, to paraphrase Cohen, "the Republican leadership ... wouldn’t schedule the bill to be voted on."
The timing of such Republican indifference and even hostility to the nation's social welfare should roughly coincide with Republicans' indifference and hostility to the nation's economic welfare--i.e., either an extended denial of a debt-ceiling hike or the prolonged, needlessly teasing torture of one.
These two immensely irresponsible acts alone should be enough for Democrats to effectively use--as the bluntest of propagandistic instruments--in 2014 against the GOP House majority. True, many districts are hopeless; yet others--especially those undergoing similar demographic trends to the country's at large--are, almost by the hour, becoming increasingly horrified by the political obscenity they hath wrought.
Hence 2014 could, quite realistically, represent the final throe of this particularly monstrous amalgamation of Puritans, Randians, corporatists, nihilists, anarchists, Borks, racists, gun freaks, conspiracy theorists, misogynists, xenophobes and homophobes. Then a conservative-party rebuilding could begin, which is just as essential to a healthy Democratic Party as it is to any authentic conservatism. But first, the monster must be destroyed.