The 4th branch of government is #winning

“This country isn’t ran by just one individual it’s ran by four branches, but three branches that are in control of this.

-- GOP Rep. Mackwayne Mullins 

Here in Philadelphia, WPHT (it's on something called "AM"...ask your dad) announced that Rush Limbaugh is making his triumphant (i.e., forced) return later this month. Hopefully he'll still have a United States of America to talk about. Last night when I went to bed, the #GOPShutdown seemed to be limping to its inevitable conclusion of total Republican capitulation. Today, the so-called "suicide caucus" of the House GOP is proving that its tasteless moniker is actually an understatement. The Tortilla Coast caucus is headed like lemmings toward the white cliffs of default -- taking America along with it.

As (Canadian. and therefore safe) Gordon Lightfoot would say, "Fellas, it's been good to know ya."

How could this be happening?

Easy -- Mackwayne Mullin (who would throw everyone in that "rapper or GOP congressman" contest) was right -- there is a fourth branch of government, and it is #winning. Kind of like the judiciary, the 4trh branch of government is not accountable to the voters. Unlike the judiciary, law school might be a challenge for this outfit -- the United Talk Radio Hosts of America.

When the government crashes completely in a few days, the members of Congress actually have to go to voters (like-minded voters, but voters nonetheless) to explain what the hell just happened here. The Talk Radio Hosts of America get millions of people tuning in a desperate attempt to figure out why their retirement portfolio is vanishing. That's called "ratings," pal. And ratings is #winning.

The longer that Washington slides down this path of self-destruction, the better things are for Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Company. The Fourth Branch of Government gets its power from its ability to take out unfaithful or unwanted Republicans in the other branches -- Google "Bob Inglis" or "Debra Medina" if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

It's powers are not enumerated in the Constitution. Why should it be. That would only hold them back.