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GOP Rep. Gingrey on climate change: Gov't should “put surgical mask on rear ends of every cow”

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Rep. Phil Gingrey

Back in 2010, our dear Paddy (R.I.P.) posted a video of Rep. Phil Gingrey: Seniors Would Lose Care To Save Money For "Injured Professional Athletes." In that post, Paddy said, "You've got to admit that they get pretty creative when they're desperate."

A couple of days ago, Phil Gingrey joined six other Republicans in a debate hosted by the state GOP. Or to put it another way, seven conservatives tried their level best to out cray-cray each other to win a Senate seat. Roll Call:

In front of a couple hundred voters at the Columbia County Exhibition Center just outside Augusta, the candidates sought to fortify their conservative credentials on immigration, the Second Amendment, abortion and what can be done to improve confidence in the economy.

Wait. Didn't we recently hear that Republicans were backing away from issues like abortion and gay rights because they were losers with voters? So much for that. And so much for that Big Outreach Effort they insist is mandatory in order to win elections. But I digress. Back to the Whacko Zone...

Rep. Jack Kingston, trying to make a case for electing creaky old DC insiders, said “I’m not going to apologize for being a long-term soldier fighting for the conservative cause." Since when has he ever apologized for anything? Moving on.

And anti-immigration (there's that outreach thing again), anti-John Boehner (there's that Republicans Eating Their Own thing again) Rep. Paul Broun decided he would “die for your right” to carry a lethal weapon. Note to Broun: Innocent people die because of such irrational reverence for killing machines.

But the big winner of the Questionable Sanity Award goes to Rep. Phil Gingrey:

Gingrey highlighted his three decades as an OB-GYN to prove he was no professional politician, noting he has delivered 5,200 babies. On government regulations meant to curb climate change, Gingrey quipped that maybe the government should “put a surgical mask on the rear ends of every cow” to stop the release of methane.

Speaking of face coverings, how about a soundproof surgical mask that covers the speaking end of every right wing radical?

Note to Gingrey: Regulations keep us alive by protecting us from poisons in our food, air, and water. Or perhaps you'd prefer Chinese milk laced with melamine instead?

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Elizabeth Warren: Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence (VIDEO)

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Elizabeth Warren  2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner

Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota last weekend to support Senator Al Franken. She gave a speech at the 2014 Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, and what a speech it was! Below is a video of some excerpts.

It was her first time speaking at a major Democratic Party state dinner, and she proceeded to make mince meat out of Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the national GOP.

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Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner.

Elizabeth Warren:

They voted to repeal Obamacare forty-seven times! Forty-seven times?! I know the Republicans don't have a lot of other ideas to talk about, but wow! Forty-seven times?!?

We get it, guys, you like to repeal things. We got it forty-six votes ago.

This whole thing is mindless. Cruz said there's no point in even looking at a major new proposal or piece of legislation that has been put forward by Democrats. So if a proposal has President Obama's name on it, or Chris Dodd or Barney Frank's name on it, he votes "no." If the proposal actually gets passed into law, Cruz will be there to lead the tea party chant: "Repeal. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal."

I sometimes think that if Ted Cruz had been around for the Declaration of Independence, he would have tried to repeal it, because Jefferson was a Democrat. If he'd been around for the Federalist Papers, he would have tried to toss those out too, because Madison spent too much time talking to Jefferson. And don't even get Ted Cruz started on the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. As we speak, he's off somewhere strategizing on how to repeal the salad course!

Maybe if Paul Ryan wants to instill a culture of hard work, he should start with Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans and get them to actually look at our proposals. Who knows? Maybe if they weren't determined to say, "No, no, no," we could build a bridge... and I mean that literally. Maybe we could build some of the things we need to build in this country.

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The Party of No Strikes Again

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Senate Republicans today blocked a vote on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

If the Republicans couldn't slip much lower, they found a way. They have voted to block the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt. His background is impeccable. He's been dealing with the housing market for over 20 years. He introduced the prohibit preditory lender act before the housing crash. Had it been adopted it could have prevented the housing/financial crisis. He's worked against risky mortgage loaning.

The Senate voted 56 to 42 to proceed to a vote on Watt's nomination -- shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.

The delaying tactic was the latest episode in a contentious series of battles over President Obama's nominees and could pave the way for a renewed effort by Democrats to change the chamber's rules. They have the votes to do that. It's the so-called nuclear option.

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Watt's a guy who is independent and will continue to work hard for us.

So what's the reason the Republicans have stopped his nomination?

The reason is he's a victim of obstruction for obstruction sake.

Despite being knowledgeable and capable, he's failed the standard GOP litmus test. Is he Republican? No. Is he a good ol' boy? No. Is he white? No. Three strikes and you're out.

Senator Elizabeth Warren backed him vociferously as you'll see below.  Perhaps that, as much as his being Black and a Democrat killed his nomination. The most influential woman on Capitol Hill is Hillary Clinton. The most feared is Elizabeth Warren.

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Cartoons of the Day- Congress' Summer Plans

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THE SPIN CYCLE

Deb Milbrath

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Cartoons of the Day- Still the Party of No

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Signe Wilkenson

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Ed Gamble

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Cartoons of the Day- Party of No

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Obama "needs to take a Valium before he comes in & talks to Republicans. He's pretty thin-skinned."

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President Obama met with Senate Republicans today, for over an hour. A fat lot of good it did him.

Actually, the outcome is pretty much what one would expect, given the political climate these days. And by these days, I mean since President Obama was elected by a wide margin and the Party of No filled with panic and resentment:

"He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) told reporters. "He's pretty thin-skinned."

Good attitude, Pat. Way to talk about the commander in chief. Let's think back to 2001-2008 for a minute, shall we? What if the Dems had treated the worst president ever the same way? Would you have uttered similar disrespectful words about him? Even after he invaded a sovereign country illegally? Even after he tortured detainees? Even after he illegally spied on U.S. citizens? Even after he lied us into a fraudulent war? Even after he lost the trust of the whole wide world?

But back to the meeting.  What was the takeaway?

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.): Testy."

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.):  A "lively discussion."

And by lively, he meant testy.

The president: "We had a good, frank discussion on a whole range of issues."

And by frank, he meant testy.

Robert Gibbs:

"Obviously, there were continued differences on some of these issues. But the president believes that direct dialogue is better than posturing, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to share views with the conference."

And by continued differences he meant testy.

Brownback said Obama explained and explained that he was "under pressure from his left".

And President Obama asked for bipartisanship.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn. questioned "the audacity" of Obama's asking for Republican help Tuesday after bipartisan talks on financial reform broke down and his landmark health-care bill passed solely on Democratic votes.

"My question is again: How can you reconcile that duplicity? You say that, but then the big issues have been constructed in such a way to absolutely be partisan," Corker said. "How can you come in on a Tuesday after [the financial bill vote]? . . . It was odd to me."

What's odd to a lot of us is how one party, the GOP, can allow obstructionism to trump democracy, even after the president continues to reach out over and over again. That's what's odd to us.

It also makes some of us a little... testy.

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