Derek Hunter

Tough love, especially self-inflicted tough love, is sometimes necessary to avoid repeating mistakes. As long as Republicans continue on their current path of not saying anything stupid (a tall order) AND unify around a simple, easy to understand and effective free market based alternative, they should have a very successful 2014 election.

Next, I’m thankful for Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. The Democrat Majority Leader launched the “nuclear option” last week in the Senate, thereby empowering whoever is in his position to be the only check to presidential power when it comes to appointments. He’s also a Majority Leader with a slim majority and, provided Republicans can nominate people who can avoid saying incredibly stupid things to run against vulnerable Democrats (looking at you, Todd Akin), Reid will hold his current position for only one more year.

I shiver with glee at the anticipation of seeing any Republican Majority Leader in 2015 causing Harry Reid, who was the inspiration for the slimy character played by Dick Smothers in the movie “Casino,” to decry the very tactics in which he marinated these past six years. Just as Karma is ever but the “female dog” they say it is, schadenfreude is that much fun and then some.

I’m also thankful California keeps re-electing former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Not just because I thought she was really good as The Joker in the movie “The Dark Knight” (A well deserved Oscar for her there), but because there’s a perverse joy in writing “former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.” Let me bask in that for a second.

She was in charge of the “people’s house” for only four years before the American people threw her out. She’s still actively sought after by major media outlets as the face (stop laughing) of progressives in Congress. Good! Her inability to string together a coherent sentence makes Barack Obama off teleprompter look like Barack Obama on teleprompter. Her trying to answer even a remotely challenging question is like watching someone drive a manual car for the first time – stop, start, stop, start, lather, rinse, repeat. If Nancy Pelosi didn’t exist we’d have to invent her – although nobody would believe she’s real. She is real, and she’s who the Democrats in Congress freely chose as their leader. Thank you!

There is, of course, much more to be thankful for but, in the words of the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, what difference does it make at this point?

As you digest, watch football and prepare to trample people to get a couple hundred bucks off a big screen TV (I’m not judging, as you read this I’m most likely lacing up my Black Friday trampling shoes or picking pieces of victims out of them by the warm glow of my material triumph), take a moment to reflect on things for which you are thankful this year. Hopefully there will be much more to be thankful for on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of next November, provided Republicans don’t engage in what they excel at more than anything else – snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

By the way, if anyone at your Thanksgiving dinner takes the advice of and tries to pitch the family on the virtues of Obamacare over mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, take that opportunity to practice the “knockout game” on them. I’m kidding…mostly. Happy Thanksgiving.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.