There might not seem much point anymore in making fun of conservatives -- really, um, why bother?
But even if they were totally irrelevant, it would still be worth laughing at them if for no other reason than, well, just because.
And besides, they're not totally irrelevant. For instance, wingnuts in the Senate -- like Nevada's Hairdo McWedgeshot -- have nothing, nada, zip to say about how to help the American economy recover from the mess conservatives got it in with all their deregulatory zeal and putting politics first. But they do have the potential to make sure that nobody else's ideas get a chance to work. Should we challenge their patriotism? Later perhaps. Meantime, I make fun of the Hairdo and one or two other useless Republicans in my latest CityLife column.
Of course, some conservatives are totally, comprehensively and laughably irrelevant -- and perhaps none more so than hapless true believers in the U.S. House of Representatives like Dean Heller. Simply, there is no reason for anyone anywhere to pay any attention whatsoever to anything Heller says or does in his capacity as a member of Congress. If he sees any pathway to the Republican nomination for governor, you gotta believe he's scurrying in that direction.
Another Republican with nothing postiive to contribute to anything (save of course the occasional entertaining headline) is the vile sociopath currently occupying the governor's mansion, Gov. Jim Gibbons. The Obama administration, by virtue of not being batshit crazy, is expected to have a much more collaborative approach to states, as opposed to the ineptitude and outright hostility that characterized Bush's relationship with states (and every other entity and/or personage with which Bush, himself a vile sociopath, came into contact). For instance, new economic stimulus packages are almost assuredly going to include assistance for cash-strapped states and financing for backlogged state infrastructure projects. Gibbons, who is deeply emotionally imbalanced, has neither the competence nor the temperament to be Nevada's primary point of contact with the new administration as it tries to enlist states in economic recovery efforts. But then, the Democrats in the state's congressional delegation and the Legislature know that and will act accordingly and in concert to assure that Nevada's interests are articulated and protected, Gibbons's incoherence notwithstanding. Right?
In other news about the crumbling fortunes of conservative assclowns, bitchy little area megalomaniac Sheldon Adelson is flirting with bankruptcy or some damned thing. Good. His Las Vegas properties are already built, so if he goes belly up (all blowfish-like, in his case) it's not like there will be a gaping hole somewhere. Some other company could pick up the Venetian and Palazzo for a good price, preferably a company that is a) more interested in running hotels and casinos than bankrolling conservative politicians who might be sympathetic to launching a nuclear strike on Iran, and b) will turn the Venetian and Palazzo into union properties instead of waging jihad against the one force -- organized labor -- without which Las Vegas would be a resort corridor flanked by ghettos. Of course, if the bitchy little area megalomaniac is shuffled off to obscurity, that means that whatever is left of the Nevada Republican Party will have to find a new headquarters.
Oh yeah ... Lieberman. Fuck him. The rat fart can't be trusted and you know he's going to vote however his perverse rationalizations tell him to vote on this or that bill whether he's got a committee chairmanship or not. Not only should he be stripped of his committee chairmanship, he should be stripped of committee assignments, which I guess would force him to run to Hairdo's open arms and let Republicans assign him to committees. But then Democratic committee chairs should never recognize Lieberman when he wants to talk. And Democrats should do whatever they can to keep him from ever having an opportunity to speak on the Senate floor. Or they should leave the chamber when he is speaking. And of course they should never, ever talk with him in any setting, be it personal, professional or during an elevator ride. Reid shouldn't have talked with him Thursday. Reid shouldn't even send him a note telling him he's no longer recognized as caucusing with the Democrats. From here on out, Reid and his Democratic colleagues should just pretend that there is no slithering sub-human farce named Joe Lieberman. With luck, Lieberman will cry, whine and snivel to Sean Hannity some and then get the point and resign.
Finally, apropos of nothing -- Republican pollster/apologist Frank Luntz says he's been in Las Vegas schools "and they frighten me." I always knew Luntz was a pussy.