Fight theater with theater

Since 2009, the US has been run this way: “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Steyn:

the National Parks Service is not usually one of the more controversial government agencies. But, come “shutdown,” they’re reborn as the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy. Thus, they decided to close down an unfenced open-air site – which, oddly enough, requires more personnel to shut than it would to keep it open. So the Parks Service dispatched their own vast army to the World War II Memorial to ring it with barricades and yellow “Police Line – Do Not Cross” tape strung out…a visiting party of veterans pushed through the barricades and went to honor their fallen comrades, mordantly noting for reporters that, after all, when they’d shown up on the beach at Normandy, it, too, had not been officially open.

It’s theater. It’s all victims and feelings, all the time, carried out by a not-too-competent crew, as the example above shows. You fight theater with theater, not with flowcharts and spreadsheets. Understanding this is beyond the ken of almost all GOP senators. Politico quotes one about a closed door meeting of these fellows:

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was…I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”

Almost unanimously the GOP senators attacked Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. Hugh Hewitt asked Lee if any senators defended them: “Sort of…Not really.” The GOP is called the stupid party with good reason. Since 2009, the US has been run as a 24/7 revival of Queen for a Day and apparently the senior ranks of the opposition party haven’t figured that out yet. There are times for end-games of course, but America is currently being run as a fantasy TV show that is almost entirely divorced from reality, and the opposition needs to understand that.

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