Aug 212012
 

I know that you have heard Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) statement that women cannot get pregnant when they are raped because their bodies will not allow it. Today, he doubled down and stated that many women fake being raped just so they can get an abortion. Republicans have been falling all over themselves to denounce Mr. Akin’s ridiculous claims. Thing is, the things that Akin is saying are nothing new to Republicans. Rachel Maddow explains…

Amazing, isn’t it? Just further proof that Republicans have no scruples and they have no morals. They will say whatever they think you want them to say just to get you to vote for them. They think Americans are very stupid people. I hope we show them once and for all in this year’s elections that we are not.
 

Aug 162012
 

Just now I was listening to Ann Romney whining on Rock Center with Brian Williams about the so-called attacks her husband has been subjected to in this presidential campaign. I have to laugh every time I hear the “liberal” media talk about how ugly this campaign has gotten. I marvel at how short their memories are. Dana Milbank’s isn’t…

The ugly presidential campaign

Forgive me, but I’m not prepared to join this walk down Great Umbrage Street just yet. Yes, it’s ugly out there. But is this worse than four years ago, when Obama was accused by the GOP vice presidential nominee of “palling around with terrorists”? Or eight years ago, when Democratic nominee John Kerry was accused of falsifying his Vietnam War record?

What’s different this time is that the Democrats are employing the same harsh tactics that have been used against them for so long, with so much success. They have ceased their traditional response of assuming the fetal position when attacked, and Obama’s campaign is giving as good as it gets — and then some.

Balz is correct when he observes that the “most striking” element of the campaign is “the sense that all restraints are gone, the guardrails have disappeared and there is no incentive for anyone to hold back.” In large part, this is because the Democrats are no longer simply whining about the other side being reckless and unfair: They are being reckless and unfair themselves…

It’s true that Romney is in a weak position to be complaining that the other side has been mean and nasty. He won the nomination by eviscerating his rivals with negative ads and accusations, and an ad his team aired last week that falsely claimed Obama was gutting welfare-to-work requirements injected racial politics into the campaign.

(I do question, Mr. Milbank, whether the Democrats are being “reckless and unfair.” It seems to me that they are being hard and truthful. Sometimes the truth hurts.)

I’d encourage you to read the entire column, then you can laugh right along with me the next time the Republicans complain about how harshly they are being treated. You see, I remember 2008 and 2004 and lots of presidential campaigns before them. Too bad the media and the Republicans suffer from these all too obvious “memory problems.”

The Republicans are getting a little taste of their own medicine and they do not like it one little bit. Too bad.

 

Aug 012012
 

The top story on all the local television newscasts this evening has been the so-called “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” I really have to wonder if most of the people who lined up today to feast on caged and tortured chicken parts really knew what it was they were appreciating. I doubt that most of them did. I also sincerely doubt that Jesus would have been standing in line with them.

Michael Stone lets loose in “Christian bigots celebrate homophobia: Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” Recommended reading.

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Presidential vacation

 Posted by at 19:31  Politics
Aug 182011
 

President Obama and his family began a ten day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard today. The Republicans, of course, are attacking him for even thinking about taking a vacation with our economy in the shape it is currently in. Their hypocrisy astounds. CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller reports:

So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.

And, of course…

…a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency.

But far be it from our Republican friends to pass up any opportunity to pile some criticism on our President, no matter how trivial.
 

Judicial blockage

 Posted by at 18:15  Politics, Republicans
May 192011
 

Senate Republicans today blocked (via filibuster) President Obama’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Goodwin Liu. Let us travel back in time just a few short years and see what several of the Republican senators had to say about the filibuster of judicial nominees while George W. Bush was in the White House. Note that these are all senators who voted against cloture (for filibuster) today…

Senator Saxby Chambliss (GA): “I believe [filibustering judicial nominees] is in violation of the Constitution” (4/13/05).

Senator John Cornyn (TX): Judicial filibusters are “offensive to our nation’s constitutional design…. [S]eparation of powers principles strongly suggest that the Senate may not—and especially not by mere Senate rule—enhance its own power in such a manner without offending the Constitution” (2004).

Senator Mike Crapo (ID): “[T]he Constitution requires the Senate to hold up-or-down votes on all nominees” (5/25/05).

Senator Jim Demint (SC): “[D]enials of simple votes on judicial nominees” are “unconstitutional” (5/22/05).

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC): “I think filibustering judges will destroy the judiciary over time. I think it’s unconstitutional” (5/23/05).

Senator Orrin Hatch (UT): Filibustering judicial nominees is “unfair, dangerous, partisan, and unconstitutional” (1/12/05).

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX): “[T]he Constitution envisions a 51-vote majority for judgeships…. [Filibustering judges] amend[s] the Constitution without going through the proper processes…. We have a majority rule that is the tradition of the Senate with judges. It is the constitutional requirement” (4/28/05).

Senator Johnny Isakson (GA): “[T]he Constitution require[s] an up-or-down vote” on judicial nominees. “I will vote to support a vote, up or down, on every nominee. Understanding that, were I in the minority party and the issues reversed, I would take exactly the same position because this document, our Constitution, does not equivocate” (5/19/05).

Senator Jon Kyl (AZ): “The President was elected fair and square. He has the right to submit judicial nominees and it is the Senate’s obligation under the Constitution to act on those nominees” (4/10/08).

Senator Jeff Sessions (AL): “[The Constitution] says the Senate shall advise and consent on treaties by a two-thirds vote, and simply ‘shall advise and consent’ on nominations…. I think there is no doubt the Founders understood that to mean … confirmation of a judicial nomination requires only a simple majority vote” (7/27/03).

Senator Richard Shelby (AL): “Why not allow the President to do his job of selecting judicial nominees and let us do our job in confirming or denying them? Principles of fairness call for it and the Constitution requires it” (11/12/03).

Senator John Thune (SD): Filibustering judicial nominees “is contrary to our Constitution …. It was the Founders’ intention that the Senate dispose of them with a simple majority vote” (4/21/05).

Hypocrisy? If this isn’t it, it would be difficult to put a definition to the word.
 

Mar 112011
 

Our friend Rachel gets it. Do you?

I do not know how else to say this so I am just going to say it. If your household income is less than $500,000 per year and you are voting for Republicans, you are an idiot. There is no other way to put it. Consistently and stubbornly voting against your own best interest makes you an idiot. Sorry.
 

Mar 092011
 

Scott Walker and the Republicans in Wisconsin proved tonight what I and many others have been saying all along — their “budget” bill really had nothing to do with the state’s budget and everything to do with busting up the unions and weakening (they hope) the Democratic base in their state…

Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber’s missing Democrats.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair bill” – a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday separated from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the bill a short time later.

The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday’s stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.

“In 30 minutes, 18 state Senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten,” said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller. “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people.”

Republicans 1; Americans 0.

If you can, please contribute $5.00 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, which is leading the effort to recall the Republican liars and hypocrites in the Wisconsin state Senate.

UPDATE: Our friend Rachel…


 

Mehlman out

 Posted by at 21:50  Politics, Republicans
Aug 252010
 

It seems everyone knew except him…

Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I’m Gay

Ken Mehlman
Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.

Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter’s questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California’s ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8.

“It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.” …

Mehlman’s leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up its anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party’s platform (“Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…”). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus. He was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

I will never understand how these hypocrites live with themselves.

UPDATE (video may not be viewable outside of the United States):