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Cartoon o' the day: GOP Putin envy

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Putin envy Chris Hayes

If you suffer from Putin envy, you might be a Republican. In fact, you're most likely a member of the official GOP Chicken Hawk Coalition, one that should be quarantined stat and treated for any number of related Obama Derangement disorders. Caution: Putin envy can be contagious and is difficult to cure. Side effects include:

  • riding horses bare-chested in sub-zero weather
  • applauding aggression that threaten world peace
  • starting fraudulent wars with sovereign countries that never attacked us
  • resorting to voter suppression in order to win elections
  • Pavlovian frothing at the mouth when television cameras are turned on
  • chronic gerrymandering
  • calling reporters "idiots" and generally sidestepping their questions
  • annoyingly loud over-talking and hyperbole
  • demeaning women
  • demeaning the LGBT community
  • demeaning Latinos
  • demeaning African Americans
  • demeaning the first African American president
  • chronic obstruction
  • chronic hypocrisy
  • acquiring an inexplicable resemblance to dogs:

Putin dog

Via The Star Tribune, here is an excellent political cartoon by Steve Sack that addresses Putin envy and a few of its degenerate symptoms:

GOP Putin envy russia Steve Sack cartoon via Star Tribune dot com

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) should "at least avoid the stench of hypocrisy."

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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Kerry easily wins Senate vote for secretary of State," Jan. 30

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is "anti-military" and is therefore unfit to serve as secretary of State.

In so doing, Cruz, who never served in uniform, joins a not-very-exclusive group known as the "chicken hawks." These are folks whose enthusiasm for war and all things military does not extend to their own service. Some members who may be familiar to Cruz are Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

It might have been wiser for Cruz to have emulated Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma and admit that he wouldn't vote for Kerry because he's a liberal. While petty and obstructionist, this would at least avoid the stench of hypocrisy.

Kevin Smith

Newbury Park

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