In Brian De Palma's classic 1987 detective thriller, The Untouchables, Sean Connery's character, the tough and gritty beat cop, Jim Malone, asks Kevin Costner's character, Eliot Ness, what he's prepared to do to catch infamous Chicago mob boss, Al Capone -- insinuating it's going to take more than a badge and a gun to bring this particular crook to justice, because he will stop at nothing to make sure he's the most feared, and the most powerful, crime boss in Chicago.
Right about now, there are visions dancing in my head of a wounded and bloody Chris Matthews, reaching up and grabbing Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, and uttering those same words. Because, let's face it; at this point, there's no denying it.
The Republicans will stop at nothing to embarrass the president and the Democrats, and squash any legitimate attempt to move us forward -- even if it means embarrassing themselves in the process, i.e., leaving the country without a Secretary of Defense during a time of war just to prove a point.
As if their dirty, disrespectful, and downright infantile tactics over the past half-decade weren't enough, the GOP stooped even lower. Their immature -- and historically unprecedented -- blocking of the confirmation of Sen. Hagel for Secretary of Defense, should give even the most timid of Democrats all the proof they need to recognize what they're dealing with here: a group of men and women who, without a doubt, would collectively throw their own children in front of a pack of speeding cars if they saw an opportunity to accuse President Obama of driving all of them at once.
I realize calling a member of the GOP "rational" in this day and age is like calling Paris Hilton a humanitarian; nonetheless, having just done what they did, and having gone about it in such an organized and calculated manner, any rational human being would unquestionably be ashamed of his/herself. Especially, when doing it on the world stage. But, of course, not this batch. No way. This collection of rocket scientists wear their ignorance, inflexibility, and desire for disruption at any cost, as a badge of honor.
Thus, at this point, in all seriousness, the only question, Mr. Reid, is, "What are you prepared to do about it?!"
Are you going to sit back, in true democratic fashion, and crawl back into your hole? Letting the Republican machine work you over like Ali in his prime? Or, like the parent of a five-year-old who's clearly demonstrated he's far too immature and irresponsible to play with his new toy, are you going to take it away?
The Republicans don't deserve your 'deals' and attempts at compromise, Mr. Reid. Not anymore. They took advantage of your good faith gesture and promise not to change the filibuster rules, and sh%t all over it. Now, it's time for the gloves to come off.
It's time for the majority leader in the Senate to take immediate action and change the rules -- amending the 60 votes needed for a filibuster to 55. Thereby, taking the Republicans 'favorite toy' away from them. Time after time, they've gone out of their way to demonstrate, beyond the shadow of a doubt, they can not be trusted with it. So, ground them, Mr. Reid.
It's also time to listen to Congressman Alan Grayson (D) of Florida, who, for some time now, has been passing around a petition to do just that.
It's time to show these untouchable Republican hacks that they are, in fact, 'touchable.'
Having this many jokers in positions of power on the Hill, willing to do almost anything to display it, one thing's become perfectly clear; This Congress truly is a House of Cards.