In a joint press conference called late yesterday by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), accompanied by Republican House Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Reince Pribus, Chairman of the RNC, it was announced that President Ronald Reagan will no longer be the beating heart of the Republican Party.
For decades the idol of conservatives and the touchstone for everything on the political right, Reagan has been summarily rejected as unfit to hold that lofty position any longer. Boehner explained to a stunned crowd of reporters and hangers-on that this has been coming for a while. “The last straw was the realization that President Reagan would not have gambled with America’s national and international integrity by threatening to refuse to raise the debt ceiling,” said Boehner. “Today everyone knows that we can just stiff whoever we want in order to get everything we want. I mean, debt ceiling? Get serious.”
“President Reagan had the stodgy attitude of days long gone,” McConnell added. “That dog won’t hunt in today’s world.”
Not to be outdone at the microphone, Congressman Cantor invoked the new Tea Party mantra first voiced by Congressman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), saying that a default on our debt wouldn’t be a big problem because, “We have plenty of money coming in.” Cantor continued, “President Reagan just didn’t understand today’s world and we will no longer invoke his name with every exhale.” He paused and added in a quiet, contemplative tone, “It will be an adjustment for all of us”
In the closing moments of the press conference Chairman Pribus took to the microphone and said, “I just want to make sure that you have a clear and accurate context for this. All of America’s problems can be traced to one source – the Democrats. Sadly, they forced on America a president who wasn’t even born in this country and he has single-handedly shut down the federal government.”
The conference ended with no questions allowed and with no indication of who the new beating heart of all Republicans will be. However, a possible hint came from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was standing nearby, wearing a tri-corner hat and being cheered by Sarah Palin who winked and screeched, “You betcha.”
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