“Ronald Reagan was the most conservative President in the last 100 years. Everyone knows this and it is stupid to suggest otherwise....many of these were not issues in the 1980s, like cap and trade, card check, stimulus bill, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obamacare. So these were not measures that Reagan took a stand on, but I have no doubt that he would be right on each one”James Bopp, Jr., GOP Vice Chairman and author of the Republican Purity Test taking offense of the suggestion that Ronald Reagan may have flunked his Dogmatic Purity Test for Republican office seekers.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Question: Why do Disasters get lots of media exposure?
Answer: Ratings. People will watch.
Sarah Palin is a walking taslking natural disaster. She is Jerry Springer on Steroids. She’s entertaining, that’s all.
Mrs Palin is politically cunning, as are many sports commentators at local television affiliates. She has never, to my knowledge, said anything interesting or intelligent regarding a policy issue. Indeed, she makes news most reliably by saying things that are ignorant, untruthful, or grammatically incomprehensible. Up to a point, one can allow that she might be playing dumb as a deliberate strategy, but ultimately Occam's Razor must slice. Last week on "Meet the Press", David Brooks called Mrs Palin "a joke". It is important for the press to remind ourselves periodically that it is possible for people to be powerful, famous, entertaining, and not very bright. We recently elected someone like that to two terms as president of the
, and it was not a pleasant experience. United States
~ Democracy in America, The Economist.
A double slam of George W Bush and his Dan Quayle-light protégé, Sarah Palin.
As long as Sarah grubs the limelight, she’ll be in the news. The reason of course is not to report on any wisdom she may offer, but the opposite – to show that there is nothing of substance there. We can’t have another re-run of the Disaster that was the Bush Administration, can we?
I still think McCain would have been better served by choosing Tina Fey to be his running mate instead of side-show Sarah.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Republican National Committee, headed by the Stellar Chairman Steele has recently created something of a stir with a 10 Point Party Loyalty test that GOP candidates for office would have to pass in order receive RNC financial support.
Undoubtedly this Loyalty Test is in part due to the disastrous failure of the RNC and crew to retain the Congressional Seat in NY-23 which went Democratic for the first time since the Great Rebellion and Secession Crisis.
To avoid a situation where a Teabagger insurrectionist would split the GOP vote and deliver an election to the Dem, the RNC got smart. It gots a fool proof plan to now. If candidates pass a loyalty test the teabaggers will be appeased and all will be well. Smooth.
So just what 10 points should all good republicans from the Teabagger Wing and the Establishment wing agree upon?
Here is what the first draft of the RNC’s resolution
must’ve looked like. I’ve bolded the text that would have been edited out in favor of mealy mouth spin.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:
(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits during the next four years and lower taxes on those who pay the most;
(2) We support the health care system as is without reforms;
(3) We support Drill Baby Drill as
’s Energy Policy for the 21st Century; America
(4) We support workers’ right to remain un-unionized;
(5) We support closing the southern border and mass deportation for illegal immigrants;
(6) We support victory in
Iraqand by ending civilian control of the Military; Afghanistan
(7) We support continuing the Bush Administration’s containment strategy of
Iranand , particularly action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat; North Korea
(8) We support a vigorous Defense against Gay-Marriage Act;
(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing government run Death Panels and government funding of infanticide; and
(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership so militias can be formed to repel enemies both foreign and domestic; and be it further
RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy position of the Republican National Committee in it’s sole discretion, either as identified by voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee.
Their polished version may sell better in so far as it does not mean anything. But this draft is much more clearly written and is of more value to the voters.
One observation, why no statement of support for doubling or tripling Gitmo, or for that matter, where is the statment against the terrorizers? Losing a step, I guess. How can you forget about the terrorists?
Quote of the Day:
"A lot of people are saying that it's too soon for Sarah Palin to write a memoir. They say she should wait until she had at least ten more years of inexperience.”
~ David Letterman
Monday, November 23, 2009
Quote of the Day:
I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the kind of a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite Ivy League education and a fact resume that’s based on anything but hard work and private sector, free enterprise principles. Americans could be seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership. I’m not saying that has to be me.
~ Sarah Palin talking about what she thinks so many U.S. Americans are looking for.
Sarah also states that she thinks she’s qualified to be President because what you feel is more important than what you know.
Friday, November 20, 2009
(1) Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms with an aim to subvert Western Civilization; (2) A conspiracy theory that holds that the mass media has infected Americans with the class consciousness of the proletariat. (3) To conspiracy theorists, Political Correctness is a form of Cultural Marxism.
Used in Everyday Conservation:
Gawddammit! It’s 2009 andExamples of Cultural Marxism:
has been hijacked by a small group of obscure European Philosophers. These Cultural Marxists have turned hard working red blooded unsuspecting Americans into Marxists by using the mass media to promote Karl Marx’s 1840’s observations of 1830s factory workers in America . I don’t know quite exactly how these no account scoundrels turned hard-working-red-blooded Americans into Marxists without most folks realizing it, but Cultural Marxism is here in the Homeland! England
(1) It is wrong to call a protestant fundamentalist a member of the “religious right.” Protestant fundamentalists should always be referred to as “Evangelicals” or “Value Voters.” (2) Newsweek Magazine has been politically incorrect by objectifying Sarah Palin by using a picture of her in her running oufit; and (3) it is ALWAYS politically incorrect and sexist to infer that Sarah Palin dresses like a slutty flight attendant.
(h/t): The American Conservative.
[In her book, Sarah Palin] "says that she felt ambushed when Katie Couric asked her what newspapers she read. ... This coming from a woman who hunts wolves from a helicopter."
~ David Letterman
More Mean Spiritedness. Simply Outrageous.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Looks like Jihad has come to our shores as Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is calling for a holy war. Bush called for a crusade into the middle east and now Orrin is calling for Jihad at home. Coincidence or something in the DNA? I don’t know.
What I do know is that Orrin is not one of the sharper tools in the shed these days. He has been known to parrot the scribblings of right wing bloggers on occasion. These days it seems that Ol’ Orrin is just a step or two away from warning us about black helicopters.
At this rate, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that Orrin is actually worried about finding himself in front of a (mythical) death panel before too long. Oh, well if the Death Panels don’t get him, maybe the Teabaggers will. They are after his Utah Senate colleague.
What do you get when you cross ACORN with Union folks on election day?
A Unicorn is a Mythical Election Stealing Beast. Dark tales involving Unicorns are spun by GOP Party Elders to perpetuate a sense of victim hood within the Base elements of their Party after lost elections. This channels anger outward toward the Mythical Beast rather than inward toward the Party Elders and their Ideology.
So Unions and ACORN (Unicorns) stole the House seat in NY-23 from the Teabagger Movement.
At least this is the current speculation from Former Teabagger Candidate for Congress, Doug Hoffman. While Hoffman does not use the term Unicorn he does attribute his election defeat to the notorious ACORN and Unions. Surprisingly, the fact that local establishment Republicans turned on his quest to bring high teabaggery to Congress is not mentioned. It was the Unicorns and their dark magic that did him in.
Left unsaid in the sordid tale (as always) is just how the Unicorns were able to tamper with the vote. Not to worry however, the specific facts will be laid out for all to see, if and when Hoffman challenges the election.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
“The unfortunate and unattractive propensity of the American cultural elite to treat those who are not deemed part of the elect with condescension and contumely.”
Yuval Levin, Member of the Conserva-gencia
Thank goodness he ain’t talkin about me. I don’t know what the Sam Hill “contumely” even means and I ain’t ever been called elite.
Guess I get to keep kicking Sarah around then.
Quote of the Day II:
[Sarah Palin’s] “book is number one on Amazon.com right now. ... Stephen King actually has the number two book. Very scary new book called 'Sarah Palin Becomes President.'"
~ Jimmy Kimmel
"Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don't want to be found dead in Utah."
Union Songwriter, IWW member and Martyr Joe Hill prior to his execution in Utah on this day in 1915. Hill had been convicted using shaky evidence in the murder of a Utah shop keeper.
My body? Ah, if I could choose,I would to ashes it reduce,And let the merry breezes blowMy dust to where some flowers grow.Perhaps some fading flower thenWould come to life and bloom again.This is my last and final will,Good luck to all of you - Joe Hill.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I just heard Sarah Palin referred to as "the Tanya Harding of authors" on MSNBC. But there will be no cutting that line of attack at the knees there.
~ K-Lo, The Corner.
I had not heard the Tonya Harding line before.
Picture Sarah hiring Mathew Continetti to whack Michele Bachman or Mike Huckabee at the knees with a tire iron. I don’t see it happening quite that way. Maybe provide hagiographic propaganda or hit pieces on rivals, I can see that. Tire irons? Hmm….there was that whole troopergate scandal she was involved in, so who knows.On Sunday, David Brooks called Sarah a future Talk Show Host. This comparison seems more apropos. Side Show Sarah seems more in line for a Jerry Springer comparison.
Republican activists looking for the latest on MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on the internet could find themselves redirected to the home of one of Pawlenty's potential '12 rivals.
Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC has purchased links in sponsored boxes on Google, meaning anyone who types in Pawlenty's name could instead find a link to Romney's site.
has also purchased ads that will appear during other searches, including those for ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R), ex-AR Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and more generic words like "Republican."
This requires an immediate response from Sarah, Huck and the other guy. If there is no response and Willard gets away with this, these three will be seen as weak-willed. You know who else is weak-willed? Terrorist Appeasers, that’s who. If there is one thing you don’t want to be labeled as it is as an Appeaser.Maybe the good folks at RedState Blog will join in and retaliate against Willard Romney’s sneaky shot at Sarah.
Quote of the Day:
"Capitalism isn't always rosy…. Down cycles have to be allowed in order for the inefficiencies to be worked out."
~ Tim Bridgewater, GOP/Teabagger Candidate for Utah Senate talking about his opposition to the Sarah Palin backed Bailout of 2008.
Apparently another Great Depression and worldwide economic collapse was preferable to government spending to prevent catastrophe. Priceless.
Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) voted in for the Economic Bailout in response to the Great Bush Bust of 2008. Now the guillotine is being readied for his head by the true believers of the teabagger wing of the party. They aim to PURGE him from the Party in the Utah GOP primary.
I guess the moral of the story is that if you preach phony free-market fundamentalism to the masses, some of them are actually going to become true believers in the bullshit. And when severe consequences arise after years of tax cuts, deregulation and globalization, the converted masses will inevitably cry heresy when the party elders embrace a solution which contradicts the preached dogma.
The GOP has spent a whole generation preaching free market fundamentalism. They’ve been riding the wolf. Once you let go (see Bob Bennett, Bailout), the wolf can turn on you. The true believers want their turn at the wheel to shape the world by application of party dogma, even if it means their choices (Neo-Hooverism) would lead to economic collapse, disaster and ruin (see Tim Bridgewater, above).
One would think preventing economic collapse would be a good thing. This would seem especially true for conservatives who are trying to conserve as much of the existing order as is possible. Who knew that it would be held against Poor Bob Bennett.
Let see how Teabagging in
I’m not an Oprah watcher, but I think Ms. Winfrey did a pretty good job of undercutting Palin’s “serious” pretentions here. The Sarah cut-n-pasting a word salad of political talking points and half-remembered celebrity tropes, seasoned with pageant-queen nods and tics, was not a politician or a writer or even an entertaining racouneur—she was a silly, self-involved, aging Tina Fey impersonator. Pathetic, and scary.
I did not watch Oprah and Side Show Sarah, but what’s up with calling Sarah an “aging Tina Fey impersonator?”
Now that is just plain mean. Tina Fey would have made a far better VP choice for McCain. An apology is owed here.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Yeah I think they may well be that stupid, but if you don’t believe me read this post about Liberal Fascism
That Roosevelt and Hitler both made a fetish of catering to “the forgotten man” seems fairly mundane until one realizes that only half the proposition is “compassion.” The other half is stirring up “resentment against ‘fat cats,’ ‘international bankers’ and ‘economic royalists’” and eventually in Hitler’s case, the Jews. Even without the racial aspects (are heterosexual Christian white men the new Jews?) the crowd of heavies could easily be translated today as Wall-Street, bankers and “the rich,” who of course keep getting richer while the poor keep getting poorer. And let’s hope they do get richer, because if Obama has his way and they don’t, not only will the poor get poorer (which I don’t concede is happening anyway), but we will ALL get poorer.
If you want the definition of crazy, try reading RedState blog’s ongoing review of the Jonah Goldberg book Liberal Fascism.
The Stupid on Screen is so bad, it’ll make your eyes burn.
Take this blurb above reviewing chapter 4 and referencing “the forgotten man.” What
However, FDR turns the analogy on its head by arguing that by looking after C’$ interest during a depression:
"You have the wrong forgotten man! The forgotten man is the man waiting for the recovery that you are not delivering or that you are preventing."
If you are into gilded age era political philosophy (Neo-con economic thinking is heavily influenced by Sumner’s advocacy of Social Darwinism and the concern for C), like our zany friends at RedState Blog, you may side with the free market fundamentalists and prefer Sumner’s “Forgotten Man” riff over
But things get even worse after our Zany Wingnut Reviewer starts rambling about Hitler and then muses:
are heterosexual Christian white men the new Jews?
He can't be serious. Just how stupid are these guys at RedState?
Answer: tune in tomorrow for the next installment of deeps thoughts on Liberal Fascism.
Someday, cultural anthropologists are going to capture some of these characters and I bet it’ll make for some interesting dissertations.
Careers could be made studying The Great Wingnutus Americanus.
It’s Wingnut Welfare Week at The Corner as some of our favorite zany characters are grubbing coins to Keep K-Lo and Crew in pixels.
After all who could have cooked up something as bizarre with “Liberal Fascism” without generous Wingnut welfare programs. Without Wingnut Welfare, these character would actually have to get real jobs.
It is for Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT)
Bennett is prehaps the pettiest, vainest, and most out of touch of all Republican Senators. He, an appropriator, has never met an earmark he did not like. He is quicker than either Lindsey Graham or Olympia Snowe to cut deals with the Democrats that cut the throats of his Republican colleagues.
Bennett and several Democrats are floating a healthcare alternative that explicitly pays for abortions and is considered by the Heritage Foundation to be to the left of what the Democrats are considering right now.
In short, I have said for a while now that where the right can win, the GOP should go right. The right can win in
. And the way to do that is to purge Bob Bennett. Utah
I guess he’s no wingnutty enough for the Wingnut Jacobins.
“On Monday, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Palin "will sit down and they're going to talk for an entire hour. And I was thinking, too bad John McCain didn't do that with her before he chose her as his running mate." ~ David Letterman
The persecution of Sarah Palin continues.
"In her new book, Sarah Palin claims that before John McCain chose her as his running mate, his campaign spent $50,000 on a background check. Yeah. When he heard this, John McCain said, 'we should have spent $75,000.'" ~ Conan O'Brien
Yeah, I guess McCain is still kicking himself over this decision . That was no time to pinch pennies.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This time it’s the people of
censured their own U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying he puts bipartisanship before the party on issues like climate change. Charleston County
"U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the name of bipartisanship continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism," according to a resolution passed Monday.
Graham has often reached across the aisle on various issues.
Graham crosses lines for change
When it comes to combating global warming, Sen. Lindsey Graham is right where he loves to be -- ahead of the curve, in the mix on a major issue, at the table for high-level, bipartisan talks behind closed doors.
Graham, an S.C. Republican, is working with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to craft a climate change bill.
They face the dual challenge of overcoming widespread GOP opposition and withstanding relentless attacks by Big Oil and allied energy interests.
The resolution notes Graham supported the bank bailout and "has shown a condescending attitude toward his constituents" opposing his stance on amnesty for illegal aliens.
"There have been a lot of things over the years that people have been dissatisfied with the senator for doing but I think the cap-and-trade issue is the straw that broke the camel's back," said Lin Bennett, the
chairwoman. county GOP
Lindsey, watch out for the Teabag crowd hanging out around The Battery singing odes to days of Yore. They may mean you no good.
But really, who could expect anything different after your support to open up
Rejecting Party Orthodoxy has its price. You may soon be on the lam dodging the pitchfork bearing masses, just like the notorious Newt Gingrich.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
If the teabag revolt in NY-23 is a sign of things to come in the burgeoning GOP civil war, we are in for quite a ride.
Quote of the Day:
"There is a great song called 'Coca Cola Cowboy' and I believe that's what we have here. She was a Republican as long as it enhanced her electability…. My guess is she made a deal with Chuck Schumer or the White House that will eventually show itself to us."
Fmr Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), Teabag Activist while hanging out with his Pet Goat at his
Just what is it with Texas Republicans and pet goats? Anyway, is this Sour Grapes on Dick’s part? Maybe Scozzafava had her reasons for endorsing the Democrat.
Scozzafava and her husband, Ron McDougall, a local labor leader, retreated to their summer house at the end of a dirt road on
. The place has no TV reception -- a good thing, she said, given all the attack ads against her funded by the Club for Growth, the anti-tax group backing Hoffman. Still, she wasn't entirely isolated. She heard through friends that Palin insinuated she had been "anointed" by a "political machine" because county chairs handpicked her as the nominee. Beck denounced her as "ACORN-supported" and an "Obama-Lite Republican." Former House majority leader Dick Armey's group FreedomWorks mobilized against her. She said she heard conservative robo-calls in the district describing her as a "child killer," a "lesbian lover" and a "homo." Sylvia Lake
"It was organized," she said.
You stab her in the back and expect her loyalty at the same time. Ah……smooth one Dick.
Looks like Scozzafava wasn’t into this whole teabagging thing like Dick Armey apparently is.
"Now it gets tricky because the bill goes to the Senate, where Senator Lindsey Graham vowed it would be dead on arrival. That's what he said. In fact, right now, Graham is leading a Southern white coalition against the bill called the Graham Crackers." ~ Jay Leno
Monday, November 9, 2009
The [California] GOP Senate race was even more wide open, with 7 in 10 voters saying they knew too little to have an impression about [Carly] Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, or [Chuck] DeVore, a conservative assemblyman from Irvine.
In a head-to-head matchup, DeVore and Fiorina each won the support of 27% of Republican primary voters. But given the fresh nature of the race -- Fiorina announced her candidacy last week -- neither candidate is yet dominating in areas they have tried to stake out.
Fiorina has gone after women voters, but, like Whitman [a female candidate for Governor], was running better among men.
DeVore has hammered Fiorina as being a tool of party moderates, but she was doing about as well as he among his conservative targets.
So far Devore the Teabag Candidate, is tied in the polls with the establishment candidate, Fiorina. We’ll see how well crazy + conservative plays in
Call me crazy, but I don’t see anyway that High Teabaggery helps the GOP in
Friday, November 6, 2009
The people who want to kill you are not Tea Party protesters or accountants from
They're not Saranac Lake, N.Y. populists or Belgian radicals. Kentucky
Anyone who wants to distract you from real dangers by telling you to fear this week's pet bogeyman -- global warming! creationists! Ron Paul! -- is not your friend. They are fools and liars who cannot be trusted. They are objectively evil
~ R Stacy McCain, calling out domestic Islamic terrorism as the Number 1 threat you face and not the tea bag types that shot the cops in Pittsburgh, killed the church goers in Tennessee or killed a security guard at the Holocaust Museum.
Call me evil because I think McCain is full of shit.
There is no reason why law enforcement cannot continue to go after those who would engage in acts of terrorism. It is hard to believe that just because global warming is in the news, the cops are going to stop doing their jobs. Conspiracy to commit a terrorist act is a crime, you know.
How you catch a lone wolf is a problem. We all wish that the Army caught this Hasan caught before his terrorism at
What we do know is that Fear is the currency that wingnuts such as McCain, an apparent a white supremacist, trade in. When you are afraid, the wingers get jacked up.
Remember, McCain is not offering any solutions to terrorism other than, perhaps, shock and awe and perhaps his tired Neo-confederate shtick. However since Hasan was home grown from
So this means that all he’s got is fear and nothing but fear to work with.
If we run around in fear, who wins?
Comparing Obama’s Victory in 2008 with the victory by Republican Candidates in the Virginia and NJ governors’ races:
November ’08 was one-shot, one-time, never to be replicated. Nor was November ’09 a realignment. It was a return to the norm — and definitive confirmation that 2008 was one of the great flukes in American political history.
~ Charles Krauthammer, NRO editorial.
Now if the 2008 near landslide electoral victory for Obama (along with Dems picking up 50+ seats in the house in 06 and 08, presumably too) was a fluke, what caused it?
Would it not be reasonable to assume, that if 2008 was a one time shot, the cause of this beat down was that voters were fed up with the catastrophic governance advocated by the Krauthammer and implemented by George Bush and his republican enablers on Capital Hill?
So if 2008 was the greatest fluke in American political history, isn't it the fault of people like Krauthammer?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
People if you think the wingers out there can’t get any crazier, check out the headline of the Day:
Chrysler to unveil 5-year plan
Know who else was into 5 year plans. Stalin and other assortments of Commies!
Obama bailed out the Car Companies to prevent their collapse. A Car Company that was saved from ruin is naming its recovery plan the 5 year plan. Stalin also implemented 5 year plans in
What crazy meme will emerge?Could it be that Chrysler is doomed to the dustbin of history? Nah. Or perhaps it will be that this is a sign of