See What Happens When You Play Ball With The Repugs?

April 11, 2010

So Repug U.S. House Rep Joseph Cao at first supported health care reform (earning the enmity of a certain OxyContin-ingesting blow hard, as featured in the clip…and I’m not going to dignify Limbore here with a response to his venomous words), then opposed it.

So how do the Repugs express their gratitude? Here is how.


Rousting Another Repug Ruse On The “Stim” (Updates)

October 12, 2009

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Uh oh, here comes another “Dems are doomed in 2010” story, highlighting our moribund economy (I would say that it’s too early to make blanket generalizations, though that will never stop our corporate media, of course)…

The longest and deepest downturn since the Great Depression has claimed 7.2 million jobs since it began in December 2007. Analysts figure 750,000 more jobs could disappear over the next six months.

If you add in people who have stopped looking for work, or who are working part time when they want a full-time job, the unemployment rate is a whopping 17 percent, according to the Labor Department.

“If you’ve got an effective unemployment rate of 17 percent and if this goes on for any length of time, a year or more, then everyone’s cushion will run out,” said Republican consultant Rich Galen. “There are going to be serious implications, culturally and politically.”

Galen said it’s understandable that Republicans would use the state of the economy to pound Obama and Democrats who control Congress. Still, “it’s not something we should either make fun of, be amused by or play politics with,” he said.

Oh, this is to laugh truly, my fellow prisoners (Update 10/13/09…and as far as the Repugs supposedly gaining ground, the only issue has to do with the Dems losing theirs, as noted here).

Galen thinks the Repugs shouldn’t “play politics” with the economy, huh?

Seriously, has this man been living under a rock for the past six months or so? I ask that because his party has done NOTHING BUT THAT since President Obama was inaugurated!

I’m sure Repug U.S. House Rep Trent Franks of Arizona (who, as noted here, has flipped back and forth so many times on the question of Obama’s birth certificate that it’s a wonder he isn’t in traction) wasn’t “playing politics” when he told the lie about the stim funds for the rail from Disneyland to the Moonlight Bunny Ranch (here).

And I’m sure Louisiana Governor Bobby (Don’t Call Me Piyush) Jindal wasn’t “playing politics” when he faced off with fellow Repug U.S. House Rep “Joseph” Cao from his state about light rail funding (here). And I’m also sure Jindal wasn’t “playing politics” when he made light of “stim” funding for volcano monitoring (here) shortly before Mount Redoubt erupted (here).

And I’m sure other Repug party members weren’t “playing politics” when they stripped pandemic preparedness funds from the “stim” here (just remember that as cases of H1N1 start piling up).

And I’m sure Repug Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison weren’t “playing politics” with the economy when they voted against stim funds before they realized that they needed NASA funding and, at the last minute, decided that it should come from the stim here.

And I’m sure Repug U.S. House Reps John Mica and Don Young weren’t “playing politics” when, as McClatchy tells us here, they “touted projects” from the stim bill that they also opposed.

I guess this is to be expected from a partisan like Galen, I realize, who claimed here that former Repug presidential candidate Fred (Find My Pulse ’08) Thompson wasn’t dropping out in early January ’08 (which was true), though Grampa “Law And Order “ ended up bailing three weeks later after his microscopic vote total in South Carolina, as noted here.

And oh yeah, one of the Repugs making the most noise about the stim according to the story is a certain House Minority Leader, who, based on this, has to answer for his own antics as well.

Update 10/13/09: I forgot about this guy also.

Update 10/19/09: And how could I forget about this waste of space also (once again, no word on whether or not he ever found his flag lapel pin).

Update 10/21/09: More to add to the list here…


The Losers Plot Their Vengeance

December 11, 2008

more_needles_and_pinsI guess maybe I should actually thank Richard Viguerie of conservativehq dot com for keeping me apprised in the latest in sheer wingnuttery, as he did with a recent correspondence.

There are three topics in particular that I want to note from Viguerie’s latest screed, and they are as follows.

First, that paragon of journalistic integrity Tony Blankley (in a column in the Moonie Times where he apparently pulled his “sources” from a bodily orifice), tells us here that…

…it is a political fact of the highest significance that the Democratic Party leaders – and perhaps the politically shrewd president-elect himself – want to legally kill conservative talk radio by reinstituting the deceptively misnamed “Fairness Doctrine” (or perhaps the equally lethal to conservative talk-radio doctrine of localism).

OK people, let’s get this straight for the record right now, OK?

As noted here, President-Elect Obama has no intention at all of trying to revive the Fairness Doctrine, because he considers the debate to be more or less a distraction from trying to address our myriad other problems, OK?

Just for emphasis on behalf of the wingnuts, I’ll repeat this using fewer and smaller words: Barack… Obama… is… not… going… to… bring… back… the… Fairness… Doctrine.

Next, Viguerie links to someone named Robert Stacy McCain, who purports to offer the following sage advice here…

Failure is a foregone conclusion for the Democrats’ economic agenda, and Republicans seeking a coherent conservative response can boil their message down to three words: It won’t work.

Infrastructure “investments”? It won’t work. Pump-priming “stimulus” payments? It won’t work. More taxpayer-funded bailouts? It won’t work. Go through the familiar liberal litany of economic prescriptions that Democrats are now suggesting, pick any proposal, and the message is the same: It won’t work.

Yep, Repugs, that whole “sitting there with your eyes closed and hands over your ears while shaking your head” approach worked so beautifully for you over those last two election cycles, didn’t it (and it looks like the Senate Repugs are all set to pick up where they left off with this on the automaker loan, as noted here – and by the way, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’re talking about money that had already been proposed for the “Big Three” that they were due to get for retooling, only now they’ll be forced to use it to stay afloat if they can).

Update: If I were The Rude Pundit (which I most definitely am not; I would never dare to claim his mantle), I would have suggested that Dubya and co. tie Elaine Chao to a chair and threaten to visit unspeakable things upon her person to make Mitchy-poo play nice on the automaker bailout; sadly, it appears to be too late for such a tactic anyway.

Indeed, the “strategy” of denial has worked so well, in fact, that the Republican Party is, for the most part, now a regional, fraternal organization of middle aged white guys preoccupied with not letting gays marry, enforcing carry permits for all of our cities, studying all of the varied nuances of the NASCAR/Winston Cup driver points standings, and wondering when Lee Greenwood is going to re-re-release “God Bless The U.S.A.”

Also, please note above that I said “for the most part” about the Repugs, since Viguerie also proclaims the fact that (as noted here), Repug Anh “Joseph” Cao won election to the U.S. House from Louisiana’s 2nd District. If that seat sounds a bit familiar, it is because the person who held it previously and was defeated by Cao was Dem William ($90K Worth Of Bribes Stashed In The Freezer) Jefferson (wow, what a “triumph” for The Party of Dubya to knock off such an “entrenched” political figure).

So what exactly are Cao’s qualifications? Well, as we learn from the Moonie Times…

“The only thing I am certain of is that I am anti-abortion,” Mr. Cao said.

Of course (and kos has more here).

And finally, I should note that Viguerie tells us here that “Mike” Duncan is “running to keep (his) job” as head of the Republican National Committee (who, in keeping with his party in general, has a bit of a problem with the facts, as noted here).


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