Rachel Maddow took House Republicans to the woodshed Monday for their unprecedented misbehavior around President Obama's jobs speech.
Why, there were important votes that couldn't be missed, Boehner said, the cigarette-sucking wrinkles accenting his baggy face giving the illusion of sincerity.
Turns out the important business the House attended to that night was a vote authorizing a "charity jogging event," and a salute to a North Carolina softball team.
"One vote and some non-binding speechifying," Rachel said incredulously.
Some Republicans refused to even turn up for the speech. She noted that at least four Southern Republicans announced before the speech that they would not be attending.
"There is apparently something about this president that erases the need for whatever deference Congressional Republicans might otherwise feel toward the office that President Obama holds," Maddow said. "I would love to hear them explain exactly what that is."
We can tell you, Rachel. The GOP is a Southern-based Party, still grumpy about the outcome of the insurrection that erupted into Civil War 150 years ago. It was based in fundamentalism, ignorance, racism and the economics of the downtrodden.
Calling themselves the Tea Party, they've reorganized themselves (as they do every time the economy gets bad) and secession is again in the air.
It helps their cause with others of their kind that the President is a black man.
They do not operate in good faith. They're not really loyal to the United States per se. They would re-fight the Civil War, having let themselves be talked into fearing an eminent tyranny by the federal government. The Fort Sumter shots this time are these metaphorical "Hell no's!" and petty boycotts in Congress.
Many have armed themselves in a vague, romantic, masculine/adolescent delusion under the cover of the upcoming Apocalypse of Judeo-Christian mythology.
Their politicians reflect them, as politicians must.
It's no more complicated than that.