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January 7, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Republicans get House trained

The changing of the guard ceremony in Congress was met with an odd mixture of enthusiasm, fear and indifference on the far right radio dials.

RUSH LIMBAUGH had this to say:

“They’re gonna do it. They’re really gonna do it, and I like it. I love, ladies and gentlemen, love the idea of reading the constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives today. It’s an exorcism. Look at it that way. The House Republicans are performing an exorcism today. The Democrat-controlled 111th Congress is being exorcised; evil, if you will, is being removed. When they start reading the constitution, you watch, I want to see how many Democrats get up and leave. [Laughing] You would not believe, they’re calling this a fetish; people have a fetish. We have a fetish with the constitution here.”

So, Limbaugh welcomed the fanfare of the opening session, but objected to claims that the GOP’s alleged desire to eliminate waste and usher in a new era of fiscal prudence was mostly theatrics.

Dana Milbank has a piece in the Washington Post, really snarky piece today about the Republicans, how they’re really no different than the Democrats, in terms of the rules violations in the House that they’re going to employ and all these other things; and he talks about how they’re big, big deficit cutters and yet by repealing Obamacare they’re gonna expand the deficit by $143bn.

Milbank’s column refers to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) estimate that the healthcare bill will reduce the budget deficit by $143bn, which leaves one wondering why fiscal conservatives, whose stated aim is to slash deficits and balance budgets, would want to repeal it. Limbaugh has no time for the CBO’s fact and figures, however.

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