The following video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast September 21, 2010. I want you to watch it and then reflect on how awfully close we came to electing John McCain to the presidency of the United States of America.
I would like to direct your attention to a couple of articles this morning. The first just demonstrates once again something of which we are all aware — that John McCain is a very bitter old man. He is still extremely upset that a man named Barack Obama beat him in the election for the presidency of the United States, a post to which he felt he was entitled.
Note that the nominee that Johnny is blocking was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 15-0. Every Democrat and every Republican on that committee approved of this man’s appointment, yet that is not good enough for our Johnny. He still has to throw his tantrum.
Than there is the business of Republican obstructionism in general.
Our Republicans really are operating under the delusion that if they do everything they can to prevent President Obama from governing effectively, it will prompt the American people to place them in power once again. In reality, all it is doing to proving what obstructionist boobs they are. We are still trying to recover from the last time the Republicans ruled the land. Hopefully, we are not dumb enough to put them back in the saddle again. (Though at this point in time I am not betting one way or the other.)
Dana Milbank’s column in this weekend’s Washington Post needs to be on your must-read list…
Jan Brewer has lost her head.
The Arizona governor, seemingly determined to repel every last tourist dollar from her pariah state, has sounded a new alarm about border violence. “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded,” she announced on local television.
Ay, caramba! Those dark-skinned foreigners are now severing the heads of fair-haired Americans? Maybe they’re also scalping them or shrinking them or putting them on a spike.
But those in fear of losing parts north of the neckline can relax. There’s not a follicle of evidence to support Brewer’s claim.
The Arizona Guardian Web site checked with medical examiners in Arizona’s border counties, and the coroners said they had never seen an immigration-related beheading. I called and e-mailed Brewer’s press office requesting documentation of decapitation; no reply.
Brewer’s mindlessness about headlessness is just one of the immigration falsehoods being spread by Arizona politicians. Border violence on the rise? Phoenix becoming the world’s No. 2 kidnapping capital? Illegal immigrants responsible for most police killings? The majority of those crossing the border are drug mules? All wrong.
Click on the headline to continue reading. As you read, keep in mind that Jan Brewer and John McCain completely represent the party that wants you to put them back in power this November. There truly are no words to describe these people other than ‘incompetent liars.’
She was pulling $125,000 per year as governor of Alaska. Then Johnny McCain yanked her out of the wilderness to be his running mate. The lady has raked in over $12,000,000 in the past ten months.
Pundits can debate the political costs and benefits of Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska governor, but the monetary advantages of leaving her $125,000-a-year public service post are beyond dispute.
Since leaving office at the end of July 2009, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has brought in at least 100 times her old salary – a haul now estimated at more than $12 million — through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures.
That conservative estimate is based on publicly available records and news accounts. The actual number is probably much higher, but is hard to quantify because Palin does not publicize her earnings.
I wonder if Johnny is getting a cut.
It is growing more difficult by the day to make any sense of anything said or done by Republicans. They seem to be completely losing touch with anything even resembling reality. For example, here’s John McCain in an interview with Newsweek‘s David Margolick:
“I never considered myself a maverick.”
Here’s a McCain/Palin ad from the 2008 presidential campaign:
It doesn’t really seem that 2008 was that long ago. It seems to have been a lifetime ago for Johnny McCain and the Republicans.
President Obama hosted what was billed as a bipartisan health care summit in D.C. today. There was, in reality, nothing bipartisan about it. The Republicans (as expected) spent the entire day whining and insisting that unless things are done their way they won’t be done at all.
This exchange between President Obama and Johnny McCain is pretty much indicative of what went on all day…
For some reason (dementia, perhaps?), it seems that Johnny has yet to realize that he lost the election. In fact, the entire Republican party appears not to have yet realized that they are in the minority. Most Democrats have not yet realized it, either.
P.S. In case you did not catch the summit on the telemachine, OFA has put together some good highlights.
Stick a fork in them, they’re done. There is no more hope for either Johnny McCain or Sarah Palin. Joe the Plumber has bailed…
Joe the Plumber is no longer a fan of either Sarah Palin or John McCain, it seems.
Joe, also known as Sam Wurzelbacher, told an audience in Pennsylvania this week that McCain “is no public servant.”
“McCain was trying to use me,” Wurzelbacher said, according to public radio correspondent Scott Detrow. “I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy.”
“I don’t owe him s—,” Wurzelbacher continued. “He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”
In fact, Wurzelbacher’s dislike for McCain is so strong that he no longer supports Sarah Palin simply because Palin will campaign for McCain’s re-election.
As for Obama: “I think his ideology is un-American, but he’s one of the more honest politicians. At least he told us what he wanted to do.”
What is amazing to me is that this idiot did not realize from the beginning that he was being played.
As you may have heard, the Democrats defeated the Republican filibuster on health care reform in the Senate very early this morning. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win (or so they say). The Republicans, of course, immediately started throwing the temper tantrums for which they have become famous. Here’s the king of the tantrum throwers himself, ‘President’ Johnny McCain, on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning…
Pretty good at making up numbers and cute names, isn’t he?
It never ceases to amaze me how selective the memories of the Republicans can be. They remember only what they want to remember, it seems. I would call their attention to a couple of previous posts in this very blog from 2003, here and here. Of course, Johnny doesn’t recall any of that stuff happening, just like he conveniently forgot about the time he objected to another Senator having a few extra moments to finish what he was saying.
Get some sleep, Johnny. Your dementia is showing.
Our Republicans are a boatload of fun, aren’t they?
Al Franken is the Junior Senator from the state of Minnesota. He has been on the job for going on six months. Joe Lieberman and Johnny McCain have been in the Senate since dirt was invented. Watch as Franken makes complete asses of the two senior senators on the floor of the Senate yesterday…
As you watch Johnny McCain throw his little temper tantrum, keep in mind that he is the man that, had the Republicans had their way, would now be the President of the United States of America (with Sarah Palin at his side). It may also be worth remembering that Johnny and Joey are BFFs.
P.S. I would be remiss if I did not share with you Fox Snooze’s reaction to the above incident. It’s quite hilarious…
UPDATE: See “Flashback: McCain Refused To Grant 30 Seconds Of Time During Iraq War Debate.” Yesterday Senator McCain stated “I’ve been around here 20-some years. First time I’ve ever seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks… I just haven’t seen it before myself.” Is dementia setting in? Will these clowns at Fox Snooze now be fired, since they seem either incapable of or disinterested in doing a few minutes’ research?
UPDATE #2: Senator Franken was simply following orders from the Senate leadership to keep all speeches to their ten minute limit. Will an apology be forthcoming from Senator McCain for his offensive and partisan attack on a fellow Senator?
UPDATE #3: The following video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 21, 2009.
Can you believe it has already been nearly a year since the 2008 election? Here a couple of reminders of the bullet we dodged…
Just a little something to add to your list of things for which you should be grateful as the Thanksgiving season approaches.