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Cope's Cave: Last Week = Great; Coming Week = ?

Republicans will be left with nothing to do but sit around in little circles and bitch.

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I don't have a lot of time for this today. Got a brother-in-law and his wife coming in tonight. From New Orleans, that's where they live. Actually lost his house during Katrina. At least, the drywall and flooring parts of it. But he's never once thought of getting out of New Orleans. Ever since I was down there almost 40 years ago playing music in a Fat City night club, I've wondered why in the hell anyone would choose to live in a place so humid, so buggy and hot and over-ripe and ... and ... so humid! The only answer I've come up with is that, when he travels and someone asks him where he's from, he can say I'm from New Orleans, and they will raise their eyebrows and nod knowingly, even approvingly. But when someone asks me where I'm from, I have to say Uh, Meridian ... it's, uh, in Idaho, and no one has ever raised his eyebrows and nodded knowingly or approvingly.

He's my wife's twin brother and I don't want him to get the impression I'm a lazy bum. So I have to mow the lawn and get things looking good around here. I want him to think my wife was lucky for getting me, 40-some years ago. I want him not to think she made a horrible mistake, following me home to Meridian. After 40-some years, I probably shouldn't worry about things like that. But it's as much for her as it is for him. I guess I want her to know that what her twin brother thinks of me is still something I care about. Get it?

And that's why I don't have a lot of time for this today. However, I can't let the opportunity pass without a word about of the historic events of last week. Was that something, or what? All the news people were talking about what a great week it was for the Democrats and President Obama. That's true. It was an absolutely astonishing week for liberals and why we chose to be liberals. But even more satisfying to me is the flip side of the events—what an astonishingly shitty week it was for the Republicans. A few more weeks like that, and they'll be left with nothing to do but sit around in little circles and bitch.

Yes, I am not above rubbing it in. I am not above exposing my vindictive nature. I have nowheres near the grace and charity shown by family members of the murdered Charleston people. But my spiteful, vindictive, "nyah-nyah-nyah" nature isn't why I'm taking the time today, of all days, to mention what a shitty week last week was for Republicans. The reason I do it is simple and not done just to rub their noses in it. I do it because after a week like last week, it might be a good time to reflect on what is obvious to me, that a shitty week for Republicans is a great week for America.

Keep that in mind for the next 16 months, and we'll be fine.

Now, on to not looking like a lazy bum. I just hope I can pull it off.