anthony asadullah samad

Anthony Asadullah Samad

*We’ve watched the Republicans dropkick President Obama for months now… the ones in Congress, the pundits on FOX, the wannabee candidates (Palin and Trump), and the gonna be candidates for the Republican nomination in the 2012 election. The race to get beat by Obama has been a funny one. Mean, but funny. It’s funny to watch eight people try to dropkick the President while trying to dropkick each other. Their party hasn’t done anything to help them as Republican obstructionism has become the failing mark of American politics lately. It’s about to be on though, as the American public get their turn to dropkick somebody. We’ll see what kinda impression they make in Iowa.

The Republicans finally played themselves last week when the House tried to dictate to the Senate after the upper house left for Christmas vacation. The House threatened not to pass the bi-partisan Payroll Tax extension passed by the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said “Go for it. We ain’t comin back in session.” With the eyes of the world on the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, who had been walked out on a plank several times by the Tea Party activists—Particularly Rep. Eric Kantor (whom he can’t control)—finally grabbed his nuts and came on in the house and told his party to “Shut da f*#k up,” while he announced the House was signing the bill. The Republican Party is on the verge of imploding in Congress, and they want to lead the country?  Not even the Republican candidates for President can figure out this Congress, so what signal could they be sending to the American public?

What makes the Republican primary candidates interesting to watch is waiting to see which one says the most outlandish comments, knowing someone else is going to try to top it. I must say that the campaign has been a lot less entertaining since Herman Cain left. Cain was good for at least two five star dumb gaffes a week, followed by Rick Perry’s one, Mitt Romney’s “me too,” Ron Paul’s “what for,” Newt’s “It wasn’t me,” and Michelle Bauchmann’s “Partridge in a pear tree” stare. Without Cain to “set it off” we now see the candidates turning on each other and ideas about solving problems falling by the wayside. Funny how they can ignore the foolishness going on in Congress (for the most part) but can focus on President Obama for not providing leadership in Washington. What would they do with a Tea Party led Congress? Well, we’d know what Newt would do, but the rest would have no solution for legislative obstructionism. So stop frontin.

If I was in Iowa, I would ask the Republicans what are they going to do with the Tea Party? I know Democrats and Independents will…just wait. But to pretend that the Tea Party speaks for the frustrated masses just doesn’t work anymore. All the Tea Party has done is frustrate the political process. That’s not governing. That’s filibustering Congress in a different way that we’re used to seeing. Between anti-tax pledges and protect the rich proclamations…excuse me, “job-creators” is the Republican’s new name for the rich. Sounds like more shenanigans to me—and much of the American public.

The good thing about the Iowa Caucuses is some of these clowns will drop out after they finish out of the running. This show is about to come to an end. At least for most of them. The one that’s left Obama will handle. But we’re all ready for the dumbsh#t to be over. Let’s get it on in Iowa. Let the goofy show begin…

Sorry. No offense to Goofy.

Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D., is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban Issues Forum (www.urbanissuesforum.com) and author of the upcoming book, REAL EYEZ: Race, Reality and Politics in 21st  Century Popular Culture. He can be reached at www.AnthonySamad.com or on Twitter at @dranthonysamad.