Lupica: Rassling mania has taken over Washington with pols as WWE wrestlers (NY Daily News)
Posted on 10/14/113 by Bob Magee
Lupica: Rassling mania has taken over Washington with pols as WWE wrestlersNEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 11:09 PM
The big pay-per-view event Sunday shouldn’t have been WWE’s 'Battleground.' It should have been John Boehner against the President, Boehner still trying to convince the country that he and the Republicans are the heroes here.
This isn’t democracy at work in Washington any longer, not the way the government is being run these days (at least the parts of it not shut down). This is pro wrestling. It is the WWE.
The big pay-per-view event Sunday shouldn’t have been WWE’s “Battleground,” with Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton fighting for the title. It should have been John Boehner against the President, Boehner still trying to convince the country that he and the Republicans are the heroes here.
Maybe the undercard could have been Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada against Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the one who started the movement to defund an Affordable Care Act that he and his followers now call the worst law in American history, making it even more notorious than the Fugitive Slave Law and all the other racist acts of the 19th century.
One of the other pay-per-view matches in the WWE on Sunday was also this guy CM Punk against another guy named Ryback. Cruz could definitely play the part of Punk in the Washington version of “Battleground,” just because it appears it’s a part he was born to play.
This is what the nation’s capital has deteriorated into in front of our eyes — a new kind of WWE: Washington Wrestling Entertainment.
It is government, or at least what passes for it these days, as rasslin’. It is the raucous loud show of black hats against white hats, with the ones who have shut down the government still desperate to make the other side out to be the heels, even as they continue to think they can just change the laws they don’t like in America by bringing the whole game to a halt.
And House Speaker John Boehner still insists that somehow this is President Obama’s fault, that the President can stop this merely by giving in to one of the great shakedowns in recent American history.
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon may want to promote a new franchise — Washington politicians and their partisan parrying. “[President Obama] knows what my phone number is,” Boehner said Sunday on ABC.
Boehner then said it was “time for us to take a stand.”
It is like watching them make their stand in an alley after they have already lost the fight inside. The Republicans could not stop Obama from getting elected, twice, could not stop Obamacare from becoming the law of the land, had to stand and watch as Chief Justice John Roberts rolled on them — or so they thought — when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the basic foundation of the President’s health care act.
Even as we move up on the Oct. 17 deadline on the country reaching its authority to borrow money, the posturing and finger-pointing continue. Assessing blame is clearly more important than solutions to the people who did this.
So this must all be the President’s fault, or Harry Reid’s fault, or maybe Bill Clinton’s. Because if it’s not, that means it is Boehner’s fault for allowing enough self-righteous true believers in his party to hijack the rest of it, and bring about this kind of impasse.
If you can’t get Obama, get Obamacare.
Stories like these always require both heroes and villains.
President Barack Obama has been getting taunted like any WWE star in a scripted 'rivalry.' And in the WWE theater of American politics, where you almost wish they would start throwing chairs around the way they do in parliaments around the world, the Republicans are stubborn enough and delusional enough to think they can still be the heroes of this drama.
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This fight between the Tea Party right and the parts of Congress where reason and intelligence still matter isn’t about what is right anymore, or what is best for the country. It is about looking good. It is about trying to convince the rest of us that somehow they are putting points up on the board, thus treating us as if we’re the suckers and rubes who can’t see the mockery that these people are making out of our political system.
The one who made the most sense of anybody on the Sunday morning talk shows was Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who said, “There are no winners here.”
No, just a ring full of losers, ones like Rep. Marlin Stutzman out of the 3rd Congressional District in Indiana, who became as much the face of his party as anybody else when he famously said this during an interview with the Washington Examiner:
“We’re not going to be disrespected. We have got to get something out of this. And I don’t even know what that is.”
They really ought to make the thing pay-per-view. Washington Wrestling Entertainment.
No offense intended to the actual WWE, of course.
Original article/NY Daily News