Stopped clock blah blah blah. It's nice someone is firing back at it though.
When it comes to the government shutdown (again) over Obamacare, the Democrats are so lucky to have Reince Preibus speaking for the opposition. He's so ineffective in making a case, mealy-mouthed about the last shutdown, caught in a lie on national TV, and now THE poster child for the defective Tea Party fool.
Of course, it's a lot easier to look stupid when you face a tough-minded, resolute thinker like Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But she didn't pick the opposition, the Republicans did. Chairman P. beached their ship last general election, he's sure to hit the same sandbar next time around with the type of thinking like he displayed on CNN this past Sunday.
When people say a fish stinks from the head down, so do political parties. Here's the "head" of the Republican party. Take a sniff. Warning, you won't like the stench.
Nothing adds to the weight of an opinion better than experience. And to hear something from a battle-tested warrior certainly seems like it's got the stamp of validity on it.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ala.) blamed President Obama for a potential government shutdown, saying he doesn’t have the “personal skills” former President Bill Clinton had when those two had to negotiate out of a shutdown.
And the big difference in Washington today is that I don’t sense that Barack Obama has anything like the personal skills Bill Clinton has.”
So Newt, with all these personal skills you and Bubba shared, how did that work out for you, huh?
There was a government shutdown during your tenure as Speaker of the House. Wait. Two?
Clinton recalled the two government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 that spanned a total of 28 days.
Oh, I stand corrected. You and your "personal skills" led Congress into two government shutdowns while you were Speaker. And I believe the result of your actions was re-election of Bill Clinton and your party being tossed from leadership.
Maybe, just maybe you're not the best one to criticize. It might not be Obama who's personality skills are going to cost him. You've proven you can criticize -- and also proven you can't lead.
If constructive criticism is your intention, why don't you look at your old Republican Party and try to save it from it's right wing. In the not too distant future, when people remember you were once the GOP Speaker of the House, they won't have to ask, what's the GOP?
What is with the Republicans -- how's that for a loaded question?
Futility is their motto. They just had a summer conference in Boston where they basically addressed their upcoming issues, mainly the 2014 and 2016 elections. Chairman Reince Priebus got up and told everyone in his typical goofy way that they are going to expand their tent. They're going to be the Happy Party.
So they marched out everybody's favorite happy hypocrite, Governor Chris Christie. He immediately agreed with Reince that it was incumbent upon the party to improve their image. He offered himself up as a benchmark. Behold, the "new Republican!" He (evidently women still aren't invited to the party) needs to be more like him -- so much more like him that hey, maybe they should just pick him. How convenient?
Then there was Newt Gingrich who shared his sage advice, no longer be the party of "no" but rather offer up some suggestions. Well, that suggestion met with so much flack they moved onto their former standard bearer, Mitt Romney. Someone proven that they can rally behind.
He was nearly boo'd off the stage, openly ridiculed and blamed for all the losses in the House, the Senate and that big white building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Happy-happy they ain't-ain't.
Their penultimate happy step was to vote to not let NBC or CNN participate in the debates. Hmm. Not only will they, but the GOP will beg to be included in any coverage these networks wish to dole out. So, happy-happy. They agreed on something.
Braced by their new-found jovial image of positive reinforcement, the circus entered into their final official show of hands. They warned America, the people whose votes they seek, that they are the party that knows what to do. The solution is to shut down the government -- the entire government and hold it hostage over Obamacare.
Now most of the speakers forgot to mention that shutting down the government does not shut down Obamacare. It does though stop military funding, education, immigration and border security, impacts social security payments, shuts down most cabinet level departments. So when that was finally brought up, in a dismissive sense they brushed off that little tidbit with, well, we can delay Obamacare, then. That's a victory, just like the 40 House votes which went nowhere but cost valuable time and money.
Finally they adjourned and departed Boston, full of pep and vim. They're going to retake the senate, add seats in the house and reclaim the White House in the next presidential election.
Oh, in case you're curious how the potential Republican presidential nominees voiced themselves regarding a government shutdown which will destroy our economy, The Hill captured their vote:
KILL OBAMACARE FUNDING AT ANY COST (7)
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.)
Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
PURSUE ANOTHER APPROACH (DELAY, TRADITIONAL REPEAL) (5)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Gov. Susana Martinez (N.M.)
Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.)
Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.)
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
DID NOT RESPOND (4)
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.)
Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.)
Gov. Nikki Haley (S.C.)
Gov. John Kasich (Ohio)
The GOP have been meeting for their annual summer strategy meeting, this year in Boston. That fact that the last time a Republican won that state in a presidential election dates back to 1980, the cold war and bell-bottom pants. It gives one pause as wondering why hold it there. But if you were to pick at that loose thread, the entire suit would fall apart. The Republicans have much more to worry about. Their inner turmoil is destroying whatever dignity and unity they've had as a party. They're so fractious at this time, they're being held together by a rubber band. His name is strategist nonpareil, Reince Priebus.
Judgement is an important thing. And from the choice of bringing this dufus back for second go around the party was already doomed. C'mon, they lost 7 of the last 8 presidential elections in popular vote. This time is going to be different, right?
After years of turning off women voters, immigrants, believers in science, wage equality demanders, minorities, those wishing improving infrastructure and those hoping for a better job, or even just any job, are hoping to see some change, they've learned something. And here's what they got:
Not a rosy picture by any means. In addition to what's discussed above, you have Reince Priebus promoting that the GOP should become the "happy party." Yes, that's what he said. The "happy party". And Newt Gingrich said that the GOP's followers should put away their anti-Obama chants and do something positive -- then failed to come up with any examples. Then there was Chris Christie who, as Martin Bashir loves to say, bloviated by saying he would do anything -- yes, anything -- to win. Does that includes lying, cheating and comandeering the states official transportation, (air and land) just to see his son's baseball game?
In case you forgot this little nugget from the recent past:
New Jersey governor Chris Christie--who has made government reform a major talking point of his administration--is coming under fire for his decision to travel in a state-owned helicopter to his son's high school baseball game Monday.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Christie landed in the state's $12.5 million helicopter just before the game began, buzzing over the trees in left field and distracting spectators. The GOP governor then got into a black sedan with tinted windows, which drove him about 100 yards to the baseball diamond.
Good father but lazy man, can't walk 100 yards. That's the guy who says he'll do anything and he's proven it. Even breaking the law.
So let's not make any mistake. The Republicans are out to get us. And they're strategy meetings reinforce that. They've got nobody who's running who can be trusted, believed or has the sanity to lead this country after the 2016 election. But we can't sit idly by. They are on the warpath. North Carolina's new voter restrictions are just the beginning. The GOP's got non-public plans to keep any potential Democratic voter away from the polls. This is when we rally, and then make sure the country's voters rights are protected and our economy is put back on the right path. We've got work to do. But thanks to Reince Priebus and his party, it may be very accomplishable.
Gotta say I'm disappointed in Jones, but glad to see the retreating figure of air gasping Cupp (really, couldn't they have gotten her some speech coaching?). Refresh your memory of this awful show below, via Jon Stewart.
CNN today announced that Crossfire, previously the longest running political debate program on television, will return to the network this fall. Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, with Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones hosting from the left.
“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”
In addition, all four hosts will appear across the network’s programming and its special coverage surrounding elections and political events.
Seriously, could Lowry and Gingrich been any more dismissive and snide? Gregory is just his tooly self, and you can actually see HFJR's brain clicking to make sure he doesn't offend his "benefactors"... either that or he's stoned. Take a minute and watch this with no sound. Other than a brief, well deserved eye roll from Joy Ann, Newty and Richy seem to be competing in a Facial Olympics Condescension event.
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