As if it isn’t. Via.
As if it isn’t. Via.
I’ve tried to avoid CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) to protect what’s left of my sanity. I’ve really tried. I mean, I’ve really tried. Paddy has been posting videos here and there, like the ones of Allen West and Louis Gohmert, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch them.
Instead, I took a deep breath and watched this:
Thank you, Talking Points Memo. I owe you my mental health. If only those at CPAC still had theirs.
But just when I thought I was safe, Benjy Sarlin noticed that Rick Perry got a smattering of boos (it’s hard to hear, but they’re there) when he uttered the words “growing Hispanic demographic.” I couldn’t resist clipping that part out for all to see.
Those whacky, zany, outreachy, reinvented Republicans, they sure have changed!
“Now, the popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections. That’s what they think, that’s what they say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012. Might be true. But now we are told our party must shift appeal to the growing Hispanic demographic.”
CPAC: Where right wing extremists go to pleasure themselves.
You can watch the entire video of the Perry speech here.
Via Think Progress (follow the link for more):
[B]y a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the bipartisan Senate-approved version of the bill — one that includes added protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. All 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.
Again, all 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.
Here’s a comment under lwdgrfx’s earlier post Voting Against the Violence Against Women Act Must Mean That You’re For Violence Against Women:
Perhaps the bill contains other language that is unconstitutional and gives the government power it isnt entitled to, and once again, the liberals hide it in “feel good” legislation!
Like what? Protecting LGBT? Native Americans? *gasp!* Undocumented immigrants? So Farmgirl thinks it’s okay to abuse some women?
Yes, this law does does protect without discrimination. Ooo, scary! And you know what? We libs feel awfully good about legislation like that. What a shame Farmgirl doesn’t. Her “perhaps” delusion is only surpassed by her paranoia.
She added this:
If you allow Tribal police to start arresting whites, they lose their sovereignty, and will become irrelevant and the whites will begin to usurp our tribal authority, distressing speech will become a federal offense, and you will begin nationalizing state business. You make a very shortsighted argument for very long range consequences.
Pot. Kettle. Shortsighted.
As I’ve been working this morning, there’s a few things I picked up just by reading headlines. One is that A.M.P.A.S. reached out to FLOTUS to ask her to present last night and that Harvey Weinstein facilitated it. So what’s Jennifer Rubin’s beef?
Um, (elbow) Jen? The main questions is “Why not?” and if that isn’t good enough for you…
Now granted it was taped as opposed to Mrs. Obama’s live presentation, but I’m sure there are reasons for that. Of course, that wasn’t her only beef-
She declared of the Best Picture nominees, “They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.” Alas, none of the films nor her aides reminded her to mention the military, not those personnel behind her nor those serving overseas, an odd omission for the White House that nevertheless was pleased to have them arrayed behind her like, well, set decoration.
Alas, so sad that the woman does nothing for the military or troops. She is expected to flog the patriotism at every venue.
It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping.
Yep, GWB never attended any sports events when he was President.
Careful with the use of that word “entitled” Jen. And if we’re talking “small and grasping”, I don’t think it’s the President and First Lady that look that way. The Washington Post could find a much better columnist.
In this case, it was just downright weird.
Speaking of weird television appearances.
How presh! Scott Walker is pretending to be a moderate. He swearstogod he won’t support legislation that would cause scenes like the one in the video above. Honest!
Now he’s saying this:
“We’re not going to do things that are going to bring 80,000 or 100,000 people into the Capitol,” Walker told the State Journal in a recent interview. “It’s just not going to happen again.”
Now why would that be, hmm?
Let’s see… he was nearly recalled, Republicans have been imploding, his state helped propel President Obama into a second term, massive protests exposed him to be the radical that he is, he’s in legal hot water up to his eyeballs, and oh yes! He’s up for re-election in 2014… and may have his eye on a presidential run in 2016.
No flip-flopping hypocrite, he!
Face it Scotty, you’re scared s**tless and need to reinvent yourself.
By the way, he also promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first term as governor.
PolitiFact Wisconsin did its own analysis and found a much smaller number — just 37,011 jobs added statewide since the governor took office.
Walker now says building certainty and avoiding divisiveness is such a priority that he will push GOP lawmakers not to bring up certain bills important to conservatives, including some he may support, such as those to end same-day voter registration, restrict immigration, implement so-called “right-to-work,” and overhaul the state Government Accountability Board.
“It’s not a flip-flop because I’m not necessarily changing positions,” Walker said. “I’m just saying in light of where we’re at, in light of where we’re headed, if we want to focus on creating more jobs in this state, we need to have the focus be in that area.”
Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee governmental affairs professor and former Democratic lawmaker, said Walker’s change in tone and approach is rooted in the recall.
It’s also rooted in his ambition and opportunism.
“So basically John Boehner became Nancy Pelosi without the charm?”
“For the last two years. Let’s give him credit. There’s no facelift with John Boehner. He is who he is.”
The above clip is from GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert’s conversation with guest host Larry O’Connor on the Dennis Miller Show, courtesy of Think Progress.
This would be the same Louie Gohmert, a birther, who recently pushed a theory that President Obama helped oust Muammar Qaddafi “so that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood could take over Libya”; who wants to arm teachers with assault rifles; who said that the shootings that took place in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter; who cast President Obama as an “evil emperor”; who joked about hitting “Nancy Pelosi” with a golf club; who lied at tea party rally: “I brought an abortion to show you”; who suggested that NYC 9/11 trials would be an “insane” gambit to create more jobs?…
You get the idea.
This man is an elected representative. Elected!
And because he represents those who voted for him (they did what again?), then clearly, many of his fellow Texans feel it’s acceptable to desperately resort to jokes about a fellow Congress member’s appearance.
Then again, she’s just, you know, a woman.
Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
You can’t get anymore joyful than hearing that Tom DeLay, a firm believer in the health benefits of Dioxin and last seen publicly shimmying his booty in satin bolero pants on “Dancing with the Stars,” has just been sentenced to three years in prison. As The Huffington Post reports:
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once considered among the nation’s most powerful and feared lawmakers, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for a scheme to influence elections that already cost him his job, leadership post and millions of dollars in legal fees.
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002.
I recall an aide of DeLay being quoted as saying that (paraphrased) “You don’t just kick a Democrat when he’s down, you roll him in a carpet and toss him over the cliff.” That was how DeLay played: down, mean, merciless, dirty, and well-oiled with “K Street Project” money. The former Texas bug exterminator (we are not making this up) could bite a copperhead snake’s head off and swallow it down with a martini.
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