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whatsthatsound On August - 1 - 2011


Remember that Monty Python skit where the Texas movie producer gets a bunch of screenwriters in a room and badgers them all until they are reduced to hiding under the table? The Texas producer actually reminds me a lot of the Tea Baggers. But I digress.

Terry Jones is so terrified of getting axed on the spot he shouts out “Splunge”, and then explains that it means that the idea proposed by the producer might be a terrific idea, but possibly not, and he’s not being a yes-man. Quite a word, splunge! Anyway, saves his neck.

So this deal seems to do that. It saves everybody’s neck, it can and must be leveraged to show just what a toxic element the Tea Bagger (aka The Mice That Roared) caucus is, AND it has something for everybody to hate about it, which means it also has something for everybody to LIKE about it. Except the Bagger Caucus, of course, because they are insane.

What’s more, it’s so confusing you can pretty much spin it any old damn way you want.

Personally, I haven’t quite made up my mind about it, splungily, because I have a hard time seeing how this will all play out in the future. It absolutely MUST be played out in a way that exposes the Baggers for the unreasonable folks they are, and makes them radioactive to all but the most Kool Aid slurping RWers come reelection time.

But I’m guessing I probably never WILL make up my mind about it, because I am pretty sure in the meantime, and not too far off, somebody, somewhere will manufacture the NEXT crisis du jour to seize us all by our craniums.
So, Splunge!

Written by whatsthatsound

Writer, Illustrator, Curmudgeon. Ferret Owner. Tokyoite, formerly Ohioan. Much nicer in person.

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  1. ADONAI says:

    I took the splunge this time around as well and almost drowned.

    Bullshit does not create great buoyancy.

    • whatsthatsound says:

      I hear you on that, AD. Actually, in all particulars, I am less than enamored of the deal. It was a manufactured crisis. If you want to talk about a country that needs to do something about its debt, look to Japan. Japan’s debt to GDP ratio is 225%, FOUR TIMES the U.S.’s. There was no crisis. So, so long as any deal needed to be made, the president should have insisted upon tax increases on the uber-rich and filthy rich corporations, or at the least ending loopholes.

      On the other hand, the cuts are more smoke and mirrors than the rabid progressive side is willing to acknowledge either. It’s a “Splunge” deal that never needed to be made. But if it exposes the Tea Baggers in the House for the frauds and maniacs they are, it is a good thing.

  2. jkkFL says:

    “I am splungily humbled!”
    wts- could you please explain what that involves?
    I wouldn’t want to breach etiquette, should I be so fortunate.. 😉

    • whatsthatsound says:

      Ha! I’m afraid you’re reading too much into my innocent statement, but I like it! Let’s imagine! It just might resemble something like that pic up there…..(ouchhh….)

  3. wts, well done. Great cartoon. I really like the thought bubble over Obama’s head. I have no doubt that’s the reality of the situation.

  4. agrippa says:

    Well, this was Round One. The “tea party” -- actually the RW faction of the GOP or the Southern faction of the GOP -- is on a mission. So, they are not about to quit. It is the dominant faction in the GOP right now and people like Boehner and Mitchell have little leverage.

    The ones with leverage are the people who vote.

    • whatsthatsound says:

      I totally agree with your last point, but I also think the Tea Party may have overplayed their hand as regards the GOP establishment. They burned some bridges and pissed some folks in their own party off, and this will come back to haunt them.

  5. PatsyT says:

    That picture says a thousand words!

    Excellent WTS! Bravo!

  6. escribacat says:

    One thing that escaped the headlines due to this latest debacle is the Newscorp scandal.

  7. AdLib says:

    All I can say WTS is…

    …splungetastic!

  8. whatsthatsound says:

    here’s the clip (and thanks to Adlib for posting it earlier!)



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