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Fox Noise Blames the War On Women for Barbara Comstock's GOP Fail

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Under the category "You have to be kidding us or it's scary" with this foolishness about females, this way the hell wrong about women, file this nugget of nonsense over at Fvx Nation this morning.

They are less reporters of any calibre and just fixers of blame on the president and everyone who might not thoroughly loathe him, and that applies to every situation … every time … no matter what.

Particularly over at Fvx and Friends. Barbara Comstock, apparently having gotten quite a verbal assault by Dem Op Paul Begala, was whining away to Hasselbeck about how liberals are the ones who actually limit women. [You know the hypocritical, regressive Palin Schtick.]

Newsflash, Palin and Pundettes: your candidates suck. They are ill prepared, insincere, and are clearly working against their own best-interest in virtually every aspect a woman could be dwelling on and they do not seem to even be aware of the clearly reversed flow of time.

Laffy has nailed it here in the past, there's a zombie,'zombette' Stepford-esque quality to an alarming number of conservative spokes-pundettes, political candidates all over this country and certainly amongst Fox Watchers that cannot be missed.

Part denial, part lockstep? It's the worrying combination of fear and distaste you get whenever Elizabeth Hasselbeck opens her mouth. Or worse, the Ultimate Blonde Pin-Up Pundette for the old and new GOP, Ann CocoLoco Coulter. She crossed from traditional support right to the Tea Party without missing a beat to say something offensive about how dumb liberals are.

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Then, this.

Republican congressional nominee a victim of 'war on women'?
Jul. 25, 2014 - 4:14 - Barbara Comstock under attack from veteran Clinton operative

The following morning, Fox has it in the spin cycle. Go, Hasselbeck.

From Politico, a quote from Paul and another short excerpt, catch the entire story here, they really pump the old Clinton War Bellows over there.

If she wins, she will no doubt practice the same politics of personal destruction she and her ilk practiced in the Clinton days,” said Paul Begala, a former political adviser to Bill Clinton who has assumed the role of Comstock attack dog. The Republican, he said, has a “really almost sick, sort of stalker-like obsession with President Clinton.

That sounds about right. Comstock was twenty years younger then and overtly the Linda Tripp type, made no bones about being on archeological offensive digs for the best Clinton Dirt and must have been good at it - look at her opponents. She was also dying to be canary in the coal mine for Benghazi, we suspect she's still researching that. Politico continued:

Comstock — a 55-year-old, Georgetown-educated lawyer widely regarded as one of the premier opposition researchers of her generation, with a “wonderfully devious mind,” in the words of one reporter who witnessed her at the peak of her sleuthing — declined to speak for this story. But she is already hinting publicly that she’s itching to take on the Clintons again.
“We need to get to the bottom of the truth in Benghazi, and I will do that because I’ve done that before as a chief investigator in Congress,” she said at the Virginia state GOP convention recently, referring to the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead and marred Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

"Sleuthing" is hilarious, I don't know if she has a PR guy that good, or if it's a term Politico uses often and I just haven't seen. If this politics thing doesn't work she can pop right over the pond and give the fellows at Scotland Yard a paw.
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Sen. Grassley's Staff Gets Nabbed In His Own Investigation

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The SEC lawsuit alleges that the House staffer, Brian Sutter, spoke with a lobbyist -- identified by the Journal as Mark Hayes - - who happens to be a former aide to Grassley -- on the day of the leak.

Oopsy. Looks like Grassley not only found his leaker, the dude worked for him. Now Grassley may have to recuse himself from the hearings because he himself might be called as a witness, or even more concerning, as a part of the insider trading conspiracy scandal itself.

 

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Bill Clinton Death Wish: To Die For Hillary

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Well, when you're an author with inside connections, you will sometimes shine a light on some amazing stories. And today was no exception over at Fox News. Among the highlights was an interview with author Ed Klein, reported on by Raw Story:

"An author who Fox News hosts insisted had “impeccable” sources told the network on Tuesday that former President Bill Clinton had considered using his own death to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency.

That's some pretty big news. Sourcing is important if you're going to make claims like that.

Host Steve Doocy reiterated that Klein’s “sources are impeccable,” and that he had even talked to the household help after one of the Obamas’ vacations at Martha’s Vineyard.

Talking to the household staff after a vacation stay does sound pretty impeccable. I'm sure the Clintons felt comfortable revealing everything to strangers who were making their beds and doing their dishes.

Let's dig a little deeper and take a look at Ed Klein's bona fides. He's a previous author on the Clintons with his 2005 book, The Truth About Hillary, which was panned by critics for being “poorly researched, poorly written, poorly sourced.”

In that explosive expose of a book, Klein suggested that Hillary Clinton was a lesbian and that she was raped by then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton (D) when they conceived their daughter Chelsea. Now you can see where the 'poorly researched, poorly written, poorly sourced' label comes from.

Letting you decide the accuracy of those claims, let's look at Klein's  latest revelations. First Bill Clinton, upon being told he has a progressive heart disease was actually quite happy on two fronts. First, he thought "progressive" meant liberal (the author's way of making a joke). But secondly he felt good about his passing because of what it could mean for Hillary.

“And he’s discussed with Hillary, according to people who were in the room with them when he did it, what would happen if he died,” Klein said. “What should Hillary do? And what is said is, ‘Hillary, you should put on widow’s weeds, dress in black, and it would be worth a couple of million votes.”

This is all too delicious just to read.You gotta see it to believe it. The most amazing thing to remember is that just yesterday the hosts had been skeptical of Klein's assertions. What turned them around? See for yourself:

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Shooting Down Another GOP Talking Point On Benghazi

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Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. That's the war cry from the Republicans. It's the tragedy that became a scandal that became a fund raising cause célèbre. Now that the ringleader has been caught, the Republicans don't know what to do. They'd already held seven hearing trying to place the blame on Obama. All seven failed.  Then recently, to huge fanfare, Speaker John Boehner named a special House select committee to try to pin blame on the president. Then the inevitable happened. Obama rained on their parade. He authorized the capture of Benghazi mastermind, Ahmed abu Khatallah.

So first the Republican alarmist tried to diffuse and obfuscate the capture by questioning the timing. It had to do with Hillary Clinton's going on CNN and Fox News to talk about her book sales. Really? Like Obama would really time the capture to coincide with a book signing tour for Hillary Clinton? C'mon Republicans, you can do better than that.

And they tried. They then claimed that Al Qaeda ringleader Ahmed abu Khatallah wasn't really hiding. He could have been captured earlier. This guy was so visible he was even giving interviews to news journalist over the past two years. The administration was dragging its feet because they knew he'd blow the lid on how Al Qaeda was planning the Benghazi attack for weeks and it had nothing to do with an anti-Muslim video as the US had initially claimed immediately after the attack.

So why hadn't the administration captured or killed abu Khatallah?  What were they waiting for? Were they afraid he would prove Obama lied and was involved in a cover-up?

According to The Daily Beast:

Unlike the October 5, 2013 capture Abu Anas al-Libi, an accused planner of the 1998 al Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the authority to capture abu Khatallah did not derive from the congressional authorization to go to war against al Qaeda.

While House and Senate investigators have said their probes have turned up evidence that the Benghazi attacks were coordinated and planned by people working with al Qaeda affiliates, the U.S. intelligence community has not determined that abu Khatallah was himself connected to al Qaeda. Without such a connection, the U.S. president was not authorized to kill or capture him under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against al Qaeda.

So, we followed the law. And while we were gathering information, collecting evidence against the Benghazi ringleader, we had him on our radar and were shadowing him, getting Intel on him and his cohorts. Evidence that would be crucial during the trial and also lead to other arrests/captures as Obama promised the night of the attacks.

As for the reason abu Khatallah has given for the Benghazi attack he's accused of masterminding that killed the four Americans? According to the New York Times:

But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video.

This all leads back to square one. Obama told the truth as he knew it. Hillary Clinton told the truth as she knew it. And Susan Rice delivered the truth as it was known at the time on the Sunday Talkers.

Where's all this leave the House special committee? In the toilet, where they belonged in the first place.

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"Conservatives turn any good news from Obama into bad news"

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David Horsey is one of my favorite political cartoonists. One very good reason why he is, is how he nails conservatives for how inane and needlessly destructive they are:

david horsey Conservatives turn any good news from Obama into bad news

Here are snippets from an accompanying article from the Los Angeles Times written by David Horsey his very own self:

There seems to be no good news from the White House that cannot be reinterpreted as bad by conservatives. This anti-Obama negativity among Republican politicians and right-wing media is so predictable and reflexive that it has become comical.

Comical, says he. Or to put it another way:

not funny hahaha no

This Obama-can-do-no-right contrarianism has attained a new comedic level following the announcement that one of the suspected leaders of the attack on the American Consulate and CIA station in Benghazi, Libya, has been captured by U.S. Delta Force soldiers and FBI agents. Rather than cheering the news, reaction on the right has been anything but celebratory. [...]

It has long been obvious that conservatives are unwilling to give Obama a shred of credit for anything good that happens on his watch... [W]ith their frantic rush to find something bad to say about Khattala’s capture, Republicans have gone far beyond serious skepticism and have attained a state of perfect silliness.

Or to put it another way:

dear gop sick of your s--- smaller

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Susan Rice was right, John McCain "living in fantasyland"

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As former ambassador and U.S. diplomat in Iraq Joe Wilson (married to Valerie Plame) and Chris Hayes said on All In, "fall person" (now National Securtiy Advisor) Susan Rice was absolutely on target when she appeared on Sunday talkers and referred to the video that inspired the Benghazi attacks. To combine quotes from Wilson and Hayes, "All this time later, Susan Rice was actually right. They just make things up."

And all those self-righteous Republicans in DC were dead wrong. They were dead wrong as they smeared Rice, tried to destroy her career, and eventually managed to prevent her nomination as the next Secretary of State.

Susan Rice deserves an apology. The Congress members and right wing talking heads who did this should start berating their own incompetence and disgraceful tactics instead of sabotaging our national security efforts.

As Joe Wilson said, "It is really dishonorable what these people are doing up on the Hill, and the right wing echo chamber." Watch:

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Joe Wilson:

"For John McCain to say we somehow had won the [Iraq] war, he's living in fantasyland. It was a time bomb waiting to go off and it's now going off.

"My view is we should just stay out of it. We've killed enough Arabs for a lifetime."

Also included in the video is an interview with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

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Hillary Clinton Aces CNN and Fox "News" - Morning Joe: Not So Fast

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Whether you love or hate Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the term 'polarizing figure' may have had her iconic profile next to it in our collective political dictionary for over two decades … you have to cheer her as a non Neo-Con for trouncing the Asshat Nation at Fux Fantasy Central Fox News Channel.

Rather than inflict Fox video upon you, allow this disappointed Teabagger Tweet to inform you. To catch up on all the footage of the CNN and Fux interviews however, click this link to catch the handy summary video lineup over at Deadline.


The Benghazi culprit apprehension timing was so fortuitous it was of course a Conspiracy Thesis before actual tea-time yesterday. Everyone from Limpbaugh to eager Lipton Brigadiers tittered and finger-pointed and generally made even larger fools of their rabid Silly Season Selves.

As fellow Morning Schmoe addicts [shamleless one, here, still looking for that Twelve Step Program but in the meantime blogging about the idiots is sanity-saving, so thanks to m'cohorts out there] would have anticipated, Scarborough wasn't content to let HRC have a good ten minutes.

Scarborough even got on the 'suspicious timing' bandwagon, must have gotten a call from Bill Kristol with the talking points at 3:00 a.m. - and went on a rant about "how long it took to get the guy". [As opposed to BushCo's speedy successes.]

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And Mika -- have ya' noticed (??) -- has a slight distaste for the former First Lady, Senator from New York and Secretary of State … whether it has anything or not to do with Papa Zbig not being in the Clinton White House; do feel free to speculate away with me. It's way too early and waaaay too obvious.

A couple shots about how 'poorly the book tour is going' were fired across the M.J. Bow before 6:02. P-pow. P-pow. By 6:03 Mika had made a sly reference to how HRC would have to answer to questions about Putin. Because Mika has already launched and begun tearing down her campaign.

Time for the good Orvis Waders, and Method™'s Antibacterial Troll Repellent, we're going in. First block.

The real action came when Nicole Wallace jumped on gleefully to offer her BushCo take on it all. Such a joy. [I need several size 7 1/2's lined up to hurl.] Happily Sam Stein was on for a voice of sanity.

Don't you just resign Mika to Madeleine Albright's Special Level of Hell at least twice a morning?!? Which is sad, she could be using that seat and platform for good. Not pseudo-modeling and mugging for the camera.

Nicole Wallace is no slouch at skewering HRC, either. She is headed for Peggy Noonan territory, that one. Just a tad of Clinton Derangement Syndrome lingering there.

Politics truly is a Carnival.

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