That image is the answer to this John Belushi quote from the film "Animal House":
"See if you can guess what I am now."
Now see if you can guess why I posted that quote.
Here's another one, by Abraham Lincoln addressing the Southern people in his Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860:
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events."
See if you can guess what I'm talking about now.
Well... not quite.
Hint #1: Doyle McManus wrote about it in his Los Angeles Times op-ed Sunday, describing the powerful engine of pressure on the GOP to move way to the right and away from any compromise with President Obama. Hint #2: Raffy "Ted" Cruz is their (big, loony, alienating) mouthpiece, but he's no leader:
"There's no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator," [president of Washington's Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim] DeMint told NPR recently.
It was Heritage Action that focused tea party conservatives in the House on the idea of using this fall's long-scheduled votes on federal spending to try to "defund" Obamacare, and the group then organized a summer-long campaign (starring Cruz) to publicize the idea. [...]
The drive to defund Obamacare hasn't accomplished much so far, but that doesn't appear to worry Heritage Action's 31-year-old CEO, Michael A. Needham, who said last week that the group's long-term goal was to transform the GOP, which he called "the allegedly conservative party." The government shutdown, he insisted, was a step on "a path to electoral success."
They're doing everything they can to make sure Republicans oppose new taxes, immigration reform, responsible gun safety measures, and, of course, the Affordable Care Act.
But here's what's different about DeMint and his allies: They are eager to target Republican incumbents, even to the point of challenging them in Republican primaries.
Now read that Lincoln quote again. These loons are not only pitting party members against each other, they're pitting themselves against many constitutionally protected laws and rights.
And whether they are victorious or they are defeated, we all end up losing.
H/t: Hugh Kaufman for Lincoln quote
Back in February, we posted that the Obama administration clarified the contraception mandate to accommodate religious groups.
Then in September, Politico reported this:
The chamber further adopted a “conscience clause” that postpones until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of their health-insurance packages.
Yes, House Republicans did that, even though over half of the electorate are women. It was one more attempt to hold our government-- and the world economy-- hostage making a ridiculous laundry list of demands, including a “conscience clause.”
It is now October, and Paul Ryan (R-WI) has come out from under his rock. He said this in a private meeting with House Republicans, via WaPo:
Ryan, who stood up and railed against the Collins proposal, saying the House could not accept either a debt-limit bill or a government-funding measure that would delay the next fight until the new year.
According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange, Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as “leverage” for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a “conscience clause” — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
Think Progress put it this way: "Republicans in the lower chamber are still hoping to use the talks as “leverage” to limit women’s access to contraception."
The War on Women continues.
Hey GOP, how's that "outreach" thing workin' for ya?
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ignorant Fool):
"People are probably going to realize they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed."
There it is, your "reinvented" Republican party, always reaching out to Americans with that big, white helping hand.
Maybe Marsha, Marsha, Marsha should have taken a peek at the number of posts on the devastating effects the GOP government shutdown is having on this country, the reporting by newspapers and other online publications on how more and more Americans are struggling. It's a little staggering, but to Blackburn and her buddies... meh.
Here are but a few of the headlines out there:
And that's just for starters. Pretty appalling, huh?
But to Marsha, all of that is good news.
Via San Francisco Chronicle writer Carla Marinucci:
"2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts... left wing." Way to appeal to California's female voters, GOP! Great messaging!
Then, oops! They were busted. Republicans always get busted, and just like that old insanity saying goes, they just keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. They humiliated themselves once again and got called out once again, but we all know it won't make a lick of difference:
So much for their Very Special Republican makeover, or outreach, or rebranding, or whatever the hell they insist on calling it. These tone deaf, misogynistic bottom feeders continue to express hatred for anyone who sounds, looks, or acts differently from their ancient white male base.
Well guess what, good ol' boys? Your War on Women is creating the worst kind of repercussions in the polls among the very gender you try to control.
H/t: Think Progress
Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
Marco Rubio spoke at the Defending the Dream forum, a tea party summit in his home state of Florida. Who could be a better audience for him than a bunch of Floridian conservative homies, right?
He got booed and heckled by influential activists.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) faced hecklers angry with his leadership on immigration reform at a Friday Tea Party summit in his home state.
According to reports, Rubio was met with cries of "No amnesty!" as he gave an address during the opening session of the Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando.
Some in the audience continued to shout throughout the address and booed him when he finished.
Rubio has been ducking the immigration issue and continued to avoid the topic in his speech. Instead, he fed red meat to ravenous Obama haters by slamming the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
But his position as one of the chief architects of the immigration reform measure that passed the Senate earlier this year has drawn fierce criticism from conservatives, some of whom say he has sold out since getting elected to the Senate with Tea Party support.
Nothing says "GOP outreach" like turning your backs on immigrants looking for a fair and reasonable pathway to becoming productive, tax-paying United States citizens.
Oh that's right. They tend to vote Democratic. Moving on...
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