I have a two and a half year old son and while he does happen to be the cutest, best behaved boy on the planet he's still two and a half so he has his moments of rebellion. The other night he was procrastinating before bed-time and insisted that he wanted to read books on the living room couch rather than in bed, which is our normal routine. We told him no so after a few minutes of trying to negotiate with us he started crying and yelling "on the couch" every 5 seconds or so.
He kept this up for over an hour without taking a break.
As we sat in the other room listening to his tantrum I couldn't quite put my finger on what it reminded me of. The next day while listening to the news it became crystal clear: The GOP's stance on the current health care bill. President Obama and the Democrats have bent over backwards to earn the Republicans' support, including adding more and more Conservative ideas (which liberals find boneheaded and counterproductive) to the bill yet all the GOP can do is stand on their side of the isle and scream "scrap the bill". The more I thought about it the more perfect the analogy became. Hell, "scrap the bill" even has the same number of syllables as "on the couch". The party of Lincoln has devolved (er, I mean been unintelligently created into) a bunch of whining two-year olds with nothing to add to the dialog but visceral anger, threats and fear.
No, I take that back - I went too far. My son did calm down after an hour. When we tucked him into bed a few minutes later he said he was sorry and told us he loved us. Seriously. (I told you he was the best kid on the planet).
Two-year olds: I did not mean to insult you so harshly. Please accept my humble apology.
Today's GOP, finding absurd and then digging deeper