08/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Audacity of Nope: The GOP Channels Groucho Marx: "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It"

The lead story in the WashPost today is "GOP Focuses Effort To Kill Health-Care Bills." But really, the story could be about climate and clean energy (see "Hill conservatives reject all 3 climate strategies and embrace Rush Limbaugh") -- or anything else.

The article notes, "William Kristol, editor of the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard, implored Republicans to 'go for the kill.' "

The GOP reminds me of Groucho Marx in Horsefeathers -- though more Groucho than Marx brother, I'm afraid:

I don't know what they have to say,
It makes no difference anyway,
Whatever it is, I'm against it.
No matter what it is or who commenced it,
I'm against it.

Your proposition may be good,
But let's have one thing understood,
Whatever it is, I'm against it.
And even when you've changed it or condensed it,
I'm against it.

I'm opposed to it,
On general principle, I'm opposed to it....

It is a certainly a consistent philosophy, if ultimately self-destructive.

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