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D.C. Confidential: Politics is Ineffectual and No Fun!

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Politico with an amusing set of cries from the heart from freshman congressfolk on how awful their jobs are and how helpless they feel:

House GOP freshmen, who roared into town with a radical plan to remake Washington, are finding themselves in the dumps as they confront an unpleasant realization: This job is a drag.

Far from the take-on-the-world euphoria that marked their arrival a year ago, many freshmen report a rising frustration over the capital's dysfunction and gridlock — and even despair that they can ever do much of anything about it…..

after a year of eleventh-hour deals to avert shutdown and a national debt default, the failure of their legislative prize, a balanced-budget amendment, and now the failure of the supercommittee, the rookie lawmakers seem to have less faith than ever in their ability to force big changes in Washington…..

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor and first-time legislator with a knack for candidly summing up the feelings of his freshman colleagues, said…."But the idealism of being able to go to Washington and band together with like-minded people to alter [the] trajectory of the country — you can't even alter the trajectory of the [Republican] Conference," Gowdy said. "You either recalibrate what you define as success, or you have a frank, candid conversation with yourself about how you want to spend the rest of your professional career."

Please do, Rep. Gowdy, and all the rest of you. None of this should have been a surprise to any of them, of course, considering both the actual power of congresspeople and the obvious frightening inertia of modern big, bigger, and biggest government. And perhaps–perhaps!–it's better that people do come into Congress with a hint of idealism rather than simply punching a ticket toward some sort of law firm or lobbying job they expect to pay well later. I await seeing the congress members quoted in this story explain the hopelessness of their situation to their constituents–that kind of frankness from a politician could be bracing and useful. Though, given general incumbent re-election power, they could also all just settle back and take it and cash the checks forever. And I'm guessing that's what they'll do.

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  1. OK, I never even thought about it like that.

    http://www.invisi-browse.tk

    1. is this a first for anonbot being first?

      1. annoyingbot?

  2. Failure is an option. Block, delay, gum up the works. Join Dr. No.

    1. Seriously. If the Tea Party republicans banded together and started actively working to unseat the RINO’s, there’s your accomplishment right there. But washington insiders have a knack of flatter, divide and conquer against idealism until representatives become just another cog in the tax consuming, self aggrandizing national government.

      1. Imho, Gingrich and Romney are Republicans in Name Only. Maybe the Tea Party should secede.

    2. Love that option too. But honestly I have trouble picturing how most politicians and people in general could be convinced of a “do-nothing” philosophy vs all the “do-something” idealism from both parties

      I don’t know how I’d persuade others myself in quick, easy to grasp soundbites. (seriously if people have an approach I’d like to hear it)

      1. It’s not really doing nothing, because while blocking the bullshit, they can also introduce deregulatory, tax-cutting, liberty-preserving bills. And can use the ability to delay or even derail legislation to get those types of initiatives actually passed.

        1. It’s only a matter of time before the country rejects this antigovernment nonsense forever. The harder the tea partiers push, the sooner it will be.

          1. Because all government action is good action, amirite?

            1. It occurs to me that the antigovernment nonsense crosses state lines. Can’t we use the Commerce Clause to force people to reject it already?

              1. It occurs to me that the antigovernment nonsense crosses state lines.

                Isn’t in the General Welfare of the people that they all be of one mind and one opinion on every issue? It would probably be Necessary and Proper to crush all opinion that differed from the official federal policy.

                ????

            2. No, I’m just going by every single time these idiots have tried to loot countries for the benefit of a wealthy elite. It’s eventually rejected by a democratic populace, usually with a violent swing toward socialism.

              The stronger the tea party pushes, the more socialism we’re eventually gonna get, mark my words.

              1. “The stronger the tea party pushes, the more socialism we’re eventually gonna get, mark my words.”

                Are you upset about that possible eventuality, or do you masturbate over it?

                1. This shit takes time, yo. I need at least another four years to pull it off.

                  1. Give us the sign, and we’ll go apeshit violent.

                    But first… we need more minutes for our phones, and these apps are way outdated.

          2. Tony, Tony, Tony…

            Tea Partiers love government almost as much as Team Blue does, as you well know.

            Quit being a disingenuous prick.

            1. It’s in my blood.

              1. I’m better at that than you are, Tony.

        2. If the electorate follows up on the last election and gets more tea party approved candidates into the Congress, then they might be able to breathe easier.

  3. Come election time, Jesus will tell them again to run for office.

  4. Maybe they should just go for the whores and cheap liquor and call it a day.

  5. Interesting that the article quotes all GOP freshmen, yet they can’t seem to find any Dem Frosh who are equally frustrated.

    I’m not happy that they have discovered how dysfunctional Washington is, but I’m happy that they are frustrated by it since no one else seems to mind it.

    1. …they can’t seem to find any Dem Frosh who are equally frustrated.

      Democrat freshmen from the 2010 midterms. Good one.

      1. Glad SOMEONE noticed. I thought it was funny.

  6. after a year of eleventh-hour deals to avert shutdown and a national debt default, the failure of their legislative prize, a balanced-budget amendment, and now the failure of the supercommittee, the rookie lawmakers seem to have less faith than ever in their ability to force big changes in Washington…..

    This should be no surprise to them; have they not heard of America’s Primary Contact Sport: Procrastational Brinksmanship?

    It’s like Battleship, but with more speeches and self-indulgent pomp…

    1. More like tic tac toe. You can’t win but you can totally lock up the board.

      1. “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.”

  7. OT:

    Kentucky Police angry that the public has easy access to things that someone somewhere might do something bad with.

    The money quote:

    For all their arrests, the officers of the London task force insisted they cannot stamp out meth until the active ingredient, pseudoephedrine, becomes much more difficult to get.

    “There’s 15 boxes of medication behind the counters at these pharmacies,” Smoot said. “We need them to be a controlled substance — prescription.

    1. Kentucky Police are pro-allergy.

      1. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, not an antihistamine. Come on, man. You’re better than this.

        1. Stop harshing my buzz.

      2. They’re in the pocket of Big Mucus.

    2. Maybe if we just made pharmaceutical grade cocaine and speed legal again, people wouldn’t be killing themselves on meth made by some toothless retard in his basement.

      1. I think so. But considering we can’t get pot legalized, what you’re suggesting isn’t even in our universe.

  8. well, duh. Having only control of the House means that most (if not all) of their bills will end up going nowhere.

  9. “There’s 15 boxes of medication behind the counters at these pharmacies,” Smoot said. “We need them to be a controlled substance — prescription.

    No, we don’t, officer: I have enough fear of the DEA as it is.

    1. It won’t be over till even the Flintstones chewables are locked in a vault.

      1. My pal Fred calls me “the original Flintsones Chewable.”

  10. They still have the sodomy to look forward to.

  11. When a system is so fucked up that you can’t even fix it, you just let it self implode.

    Destruction/Mayhem 2012

  12. When a system is so fucked up that you can’t even fix it, you just let it self implode.

    Fatalistic, but I’m coming around to this POV very quickly. I don’t wish to be around for the implosion though.

  13. They’re in the pocket of Big Mucus.

    Isn’t Moleman Waxman a Congresscritter from America’s Greece?

  14. Yet another reason why voting is such a waste of time. As if we needed yet another reason.

    1. I think more people would voter if it involved meaningful choice. What really is the difference between your typical Democrat and Republican? Besides the health care thing, which isn’t much different than what Nixon wanted, how is what McCain would have done all that different from what Obama is doing now? Except look white doing it?

  15. What if we came up with a plan to make sure the Democrats in the Senate are always somehow busy during session? Two houses controlled = legislation passable! Got any ideas as to how we’d do that?

    1. We could pool our money and purchase for them Platinum VIP memberships at The Crazy Horse (or whatever its analog in Washington DC is).

    2. Make a constitutional amendment that all statutes take effect at the end of the current congress and expire at the close of the next congress. By the time they finish making murder, rape, and smashing kitties in fetish videos illegal, they’ll be nearly out of time again.

  16. More like tic tac toe. You can’t win but you can totally lock up the board.

    But one can lie in Battleship. Much harder to lie in Tic-Tac-Toe.

    Which reminds me, what ever happened to Wink Martindale?

    1. Speaking of Wink, whatever happened to Wink soft drink Canada Dry made?

  17. Yet another reason why voting is such a waste of time.

    Like all other masturbatory acts, just because it doesn’t accomplish anything doesn’t mean it is a waste of time.

    1. That’s why I only vote Democrat.

      1. That’s why I got a Nobel prize.

        1. That’s why I love the Chinese government.

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