There's nothing more effective in advancing the Republicans toxic mental breakdown than a speech by President Obama. An occasion such as the annual State of the Union address, first administered by Obama in 2009, has been the party's proven emetic ever since, although the response seems to have gotten even worse this week. Struggling to find something imaginative to say, Fox News' iconic analysts even questioned the news value of a 102-year-old woman's efforts to vote in Florida.
You sense a pall of desperation over the GOP brood as they resort to their familiar assault weapons as a means of replacing serious policy with quackery. Even before the speech, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina referred to Hillary Clinton as a murderer and threatened more nastiness on the Benghazi issue. We should probably excuse this sorrowfully whining guy because it is being widely reported that he could face a stiff challenge in the Republican primary from a Ron Paul libertarian loyalist.
Some other expletives from the Right:
"Dictators such as Hitler, Stalin and Obama" (Limbaugh).
"A Castro-like-speech" (Conservative author Mark Levin on Fox)
Obama's gun-control efforts a "disaster": (Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe)
Obama nominee Chuck Hagel may be on the payroll of overseas radicals (Texas Sen. Ted Cruz)
Obama is against free enterprise (read: dictator) obsessed with raising taxes (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio)
But none of this rises to a higher intellectual level than Fox News Psychiatrist (honest!) Dr. Keith Ablow, who unpleasantly accused Obama of being "psychologically predictable".
"He does not surprise." Ablow opined. "Having been abandoned as a boy by his father and then his mother, only to then learn that his grandmother feared people of his race, he seems inherently to distrust initiative and intention and to place his trust only in the collective."
Sounds a lot like a reference to a socialist or communist to me. I wonder how much they pay Ablow to give Fox News such a much-needed soaring sense of panache. I also wonder whether they'll get around to having him do the 50-minute hour on the couch for Limbaugh.