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Cliff Notes: GOP has "pre-pubescent angst fueling vitriolic rage... Not a legislative or legal strategy. But it sure feels good."

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

Praise be to Judge Antonin Scalia, for he sees what the rest of us do not. The man for whom nasty, brutish and short is not simply a political formulation, but a mirror image, can look at hundreds of years of slavery, 100 more of legalised segregation and another 50 of daily discrimination and see "racial entitlement" in the basic right to vote in America. I guess it's kind of like the right-wing-clown entitlement enjoyed by our current Supreme Court. [...]

Policy-wise, the GOP is an entity that literally lacks any new ideas, has no interest in governing, and has rejected all of its own policy positions [...]

You believe in global warming? Then they don't, dang it! You accept that human beings didn't ride saddleback on a brachiosaurus into the Battle of Little Bighorn? They have an App for that, the Creation Museum, where you can ride Noah's Ark with your friendly Triassic-period imperial walker. You offer them way-too-friendly a deal on the budget? Then as Cartman from South Park says, "screw you guys... I'm going home". 

The most potent example is the rise and fall of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as conservative heartthrob. [...]

Meanwhile, Antonin Scalia seems to size up any crowd he's in and think to himself, what would a Morlock do? And then does it. [...]

The key to McCain, as I argued in my 2008 book The Real McCain (to the horror, the horror! of mainstream media back then... who these days have pretty much come to agree with this analysis) is that he legislates via anger. [...]

Whether calling his wife some really bad names, bum rushing fellow members of Congress or condescendingly and heartlessly lecturing a mother whose son was killed in the Aurora-Movie-Theatre massacre that he has "straight talk" for her, one thing you can count on is that McCain will bring the bitter with a healthy-helping of McNasty (his high school nickname). This is what allows him to survive his occasional maverick-ness on issues like immigration. Well, that and the fact he switches his positions every six years just in time for re-election. 

Pre-pubescent angst fueling vitriolic rage. Sure, it's not a legislative or legal strategy. But it sure feels good.

Cliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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VIDEO ADDED-John McCain: "I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”

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Video added.

One guess who missed the Big Important Top Secret Classified Benghazi Briefing after having bellowed his disrespectful b.s. all over the airwaves. I'll give you 3 seconds to answer.

Keeeee-rect! None other than the angriest, bad-temperiest, Republican white guy John McCain, the Official Susan Rice/Obama basher! 

And guess where he was right smack in the middle of this top-secret event? Holding a press conference right there in the Capitol to demand-- wait for it-- a Watergate-style special Congressional committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.

D'oh!

(CNN) - When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn't there.

"I have no comment about my schedule and I'm not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media," McCain said.

Asked why he wouldn't comment, McCain grew agitated: "Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?... I'm upset that you keep badgering me."

Awww, poor wittle John Sidney McCain is tantruming because the mean ol' pwess is doing its job.

If you're into irony, try this on for size. Of those attending the briefing, only three of the eight GOP members of the committee attended, while seven of the nine Democratic members were there.

Apparently, if you scream and whine and accuse loudly enough on Tee Vee, your presence is no longer required for the very thing about which you're screaming, whining, and accusing.

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VIDEO: An angry President Obama on the Gulf oil disaster

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Prez O was not happy. IMHO, it was good to hear his emotional side. So many of us have been angry for so long, so many of us relate to his frustration, so this was a welcome change.

Now he needs to channel that anger into actions, as in, shut down all offshore drilling.  Sadly, that is unlikely to happen, and the dirty, toxic cycle will start all over again.

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Whoa, too bad Cliff didn't know about this when he wrote his book... Via Taegan-

"I don't like him. He is not a very pleasant person. He is nasty, mean; the skin of an onion would look deep compared to his. He has a short fuse, he is almost peculiarly unstable."

-- Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R), in an interview with a Dutch newspaper, about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

As Ben Smith notes, Tancredo is also quite negative on Sarah Palin.

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Today's "What makes me steaming mad" moment

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By GottaLaff

Brought to you by Greg Sargent:


Dems are making Cheney relevant by letting him drive the debate.

Here's what he's referencing.

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VIDEO: "Butt sniffer" SteeleFail interview with Tea Bagger radio host

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By GottaLaff

Via Think Progress:

When Tea Baggers get angry, they get even more vile than usual, and that's sayin' something. Oh, but you already knew that.

As I posted yesterday, Michael Steele stood up ABC News. But there's more! He also blew off conservative Tea Baggy radio personality Dana Loesch, who tweeted her wrath. And in another tweet...

She also gave props to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO) for keeping her interview, writing, “So out of @clairecmc and @chairmanmsteele , McCaskill is the one who keeps her interview. #steelefail”

And how did she get even? Because, as we all know, acceptance isn't the Tea Baggers' strong suit. There were bound to be consequences. And consequences there were!

She interviewed herself... as Steele. And what an interview it was. Loud, strident, mocking... and ruthless. Why, she even shut herself up-- as Steele.

Let's just say Dana's not a big fan.

On the other hand, Michael Steele has become her new imaginary playmate, so maybe there's a reconciliation in their future. After all, she can't fight with her alter ego forever. That can wear a girl/guy out.

More here.

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Liberal activists not happy: Senators ‘bargained away heart of health reform’

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By GottaLaff

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Roll Call is subscription only, so all we get is a nibble... as if you couldn't fill in the rest:

Liberal groups that have bankrolled much of the media campaign defending the Democrats’ health reform efforts reacted angrily Wednesday to reports that Senate Democrats may ditch, or significantly shrink, a public insurance option to win over moderates.

One of two things will happen: Either their political donations will dry up, or the bill will yield better results than they anticipated, and everyone will kiss (or air hug) and make up.

Oh, did I forget number three? They'll harbor resentment no matter what happens and "unfriend" many a senator.

As I said earlier, I'm in wait-and-see mode, but cautiously optimistic. I did not like seeing the original robust public option go by the wayside, but if... if... the final bill achieves our goals in a different way, then I will let go of my initial disappointment and appreciate what we've accomplished.

We have already accomplished a great deal. Let's not forget that.

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