So this happened.
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, challenged Congress and by extension the mightiest nation in the world on Thursday to break out of its cycle of paralysis and use its power to heal the “open wounds” of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.
Taking a rostrum never before occupied by the bishop of Rome, Francis issued a vigorous call to action to lawmakers who have spent years stalemated over major issues and even now are days away from a potential government shutdown in a dispute over the moral boundaries of federal spending.
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Then this happened.
WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio barkeeper’s son who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said Friday he would relinquish his gavel and resign from Congress, undone by the very Republicans who swept him into power.Mr. Boehner, 65, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning as lawmakers struggled to avert a government shutdown next week, a possibility made less likely by his decision.
And now this.
Yes, that Trey Gowdy! It is hard to know whether this script could be more absurd if Samuel Beckett had written it. An element of drama is suspension of disbelief. But this is not dramatic fiction. This is taking place in our Capitol, and it is very real.
WASHINGTON — House conservatives, fearful that the post-John A. Boehner era of leadership may look more like a modestly renovated old house than a newly built one, have begun to cast about for one of their own to join the upper ranks: the head of the committee that has been ripping into Hillary Rodham Clinton for well over a year.
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There is no question as to whom Gowdy has been targeting. He has twisted and contorted himself every which way like Brody on that crane hook to aim at Hillary Clinton. Like a mouse in a maze he has tried every avenue. Now his Tea Party partisans want to place him in the leadership position.
You cannot make this stuff up. We can never put the absurd past the Republicans. I know this hits you like an "And now this" segment from John Oliver's Last Week Tonight. It should. Like everything in those segments, this is actually happening.
There is only one explanation for an option so extreme. They fear Hillary Clinton. It is as pathetic as it is possible.