Opening Act: Fiasco

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (R) listens to Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) make remarks during a brief news conference after a House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner said he expects the House to reject a short-term plan to extend the tax cuts for another two months that passe the Senate last week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

My piece from last night about the payroll tax holiday and Congress? Don’t sprain something trying to find it! It’s here.

Maybe this Wall Street Journal will terrify some Republicans into caving. After talking to them, I’m skeptical.

Rich Lowry unloads on Ron Paul.

He lets his suspicion of centralized power slip into paranoia worthy of a second-rate Hollywood thriller about government malevolence. In January 2010, he declared: “There’s been a coup, have you heard? It’s the CIA coup. The CIA runs everything, they run the military.” On his latest appearance on the radio show of the conspiracy-mongering host Alex Jones, he opined that the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil was “another propaganda stunt.” He exclaimed that the latest defense bill authorizing the indefinite detention of enemy combatants will “literally legalize martial law” (yes, “literally”).

And I talked to New Mexico Libertarian Party Chairman Mike Blessing about Gary Johnson.

I’ve been seeing this sort of behavior towards libertarians from the GOP’s insiders for years now – they solicit our time, effort and cash but they think that we’re willing to pitch in without getting anything in exchange, i.e. candidates who express libertarian policy stances.

Then when we withhold that support, they call us “losertarians” and such.

The most asinine part of this is how a lot of GOP candidates pitch themselves as having “business experience.” What sort of businessman offers an inferior product, then insults the potential customer for refusing to buy in?