Stockman’s snub of Boehner was remarkable beyond the fact that he ditched the traditional approach of publicly bowing to leadership after winning a concession. As speaker and the most powerful elected Republican in the country, Boehner is supposed to not only set the agenda for the entire House, but he’s the party’s philosophical course.
I have written elsewhere on progtardia’s penchant for framing discussions in such a way as to foreclose rational disagreement in favor of gotcha questions and statements.
The way to defeat these tactics is to challenge – and destroy – not the gotchas, but the initial efforts at framing the arguments in the first place.
Look at the scenario Buzzfeed, a dancing puppet for progtard beliefs, frames here:
…the most powerful elected Republican in the country, Boehner is supposed to not only set the agenda for the entire House, but he’s the party’s philosophical course.
He’s the Speaker of the House. He speaks for the House, not just to the House, as this Buzzfeed hack pretends. Nor is it his job to set the agenda for the House. It is to carry out the agenda the House has agreed upon.
Progtardia is the land of tyranny, and as a stalwart of that malign country, Buzzfeed naturally thinks the best sorts of leaders are tyrants. It’s why the rag worships at the altar of the most tyrannical President in our history, Barack Obama. So naturally they would think that Boehner is supposed to act like a tyrant, and to the extent that he does not do so, he fails.
Then there is this: …he’s the party’s philosophical course.
Behold the idiocy. How can a man be a philosophical course? Well, unless, I suppose, he’s a God-King, and his mere divine existence is a philosophical course made flesh, more or less.
Leave aside the garbled and muddy thinking and writing, even though both are hallmarks of progtardia. Buzzfeed is trying to say that a Congressman from a district in Ohio dictates to all Republicans what their philosophy should be, or is. Maybe they think Boehner should be a Philosopher-King. Plato would have liked that notion, but it is as impractical – nay, impossible – today as it was in Plato’s imaginary Republic.
Especially when you dictate that your Philosopher-King is an orange-skinned weeper from a small town in Ohio.
So, okay. Buzzfeed‘s attempt to frame the argument not only fails, but it results in helpless hilarity when deconstructed. And once that failure is made plain, all the rest of their drivel is reduced to a pile of shimmeringly putrescent offal, a noisome mess rendered repellant by reality itself.
Because Boehner is neither a Congressional dictator nor a Philosopher-King, and attempting to portray him as such, and then as a failure for not being what Buzzfeed thinks he should be, but plainly is not, is utterly irrational. Of course, this is progtardia’s Buzzfeed we’re talking about, so irrationality (and flagrant dishonesty) is to be expected.
Yes, of course some politicians fall prey to a belief in what their own press clippings and bloated egos tell them – John McCain springs to mind – but such buffoons generally end up accounted as failures. And in truth, there is probably an element of this in Boehner’s own makeup. But if he runs athwart of his constituencies – at home, in the party, in the House – too hard and too often, he won’t be Speaker any more, and may not even be a Congressman any more.
To return to a point I touched on earlier, though: The most revealing part of Buzzfeed‘s screedy framework is how obviously progtards lust for the dick of the dictator, the touch of his whip, his boot grinding on their face. It’s enough to make you think there might be something wrong with them.