i messed around with my software sources list, and when closing it asked to reload so i said yes.
it told me i had to manually do a:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
so I did that, im all fixed now. Why does this happen and why cant Synaptic recover on its own? I guess I got lucky and found my own answer but I was kinda bummed.
NOPE! not all fixed. When i click INSTALL it starts up, and then it says its is committing. Then instantly, the download flashed out and Synaptic has 0 ongoing actions. What gives?