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Apparently Republicans are still, still, making idiotic references to President Obama’s use of teleprompters. I’ve called out their hypocrisy on that repeatedly, and I’ve also written a few times about why teleprompters are a good thing. Please link over to read why they’re not as terrible as the GOP keeps saying they are.
And back at CPAC 2010 “Genius” 14-year-old speaker made a lame teleprompter joke. By the way, he’s older, wiser, and no longer a conservative.
Did I mention that Marco Rubio mocked Obama’s teleprompter…while in front of a teleprompter?
Oh, and there’s this:
And now this:
“Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job!” said Former Half-Gov Hypo McCritical as she read those words from a teleprompter.
I taught comedy for years, and there are a few rules that anyone attempting humor in front of an audience and who has the least bit of comedic talent knows. Palin broke at least three of them: 1) Be, you know, funny 2) Be fresh, don’t rely on the same old stale material, and 3) Know when to stop.
Hey kids! Remember the AZ co-chair of the Mitt Romney campaign who stepped down after allegations of a relationship with a male Mexican immigrant? He’s ba-a-ack…
Sheriff Paul Babeu didn’t’ stand a chance. Rev. Al made mincemeat of this poor slob when he defiantly, and stupidly, tried to fall back on right wing talking points about President Obama supposedly trampling the Constitution by legally proposing gun safety strategies and legally issuing executive orders.
Watch, listen, and learn. The Rev saved his best lines for last.
“An officer of the law who refuses to carry out the law. Interesting.”
“What gives you the authority… to decide what’s constitutional?”
“You’re not a Supreme Court justice are you?”
“These are not lawful anything.”
“The president should not… with a wave of the hand, say this is what we’re going to do.”
“You said you would be the decider of what is constitutional. What gives you the authority?”
“I have to enforce the law…. whether I agree with them or not. These are not laws.”
“Tell me how these orders violate constitutional freedom.”
“They don’t specifically.” But more laws are bad blahblahblah.
“But you’re talking your opinion, sheriff. You’re not telling me how it violates constitutional law.“
“So you’re gonna decide…?”
“Not at all. That’s his authority…”
“It’s not alright if it’s something you disagree with? And you hide behind it’s unconstitutional?”
”The most important person in the land is that of private citizen [sic]…”
“Tell me where he has in your opinion made an executive action that is unconstitutional.”
“He doesn’t in those 23.”
“You accused the president of acting like a king and a dictator… but you say he didn’t do it.”
“He talks about what he plans for legislation…”
“Ooooh, so legislation! So you mean now you’re not talking about exec action. You mean if he proposes legislation that is voted by the Congress, you’re going to defy the very laws that Congress may vote on?“
“Not at all.”
“You just said… Legislation means it goes before the Congress. That’s what legislation is.”
Blahblahblah Fast and Furious, hypocrisy blahblah.
“Wait a minute. You’re trying to go Fast and Furious away from the issue! You just admitted that he is proposing legislation which is the antithesis to him being a king or dictator…“
“I can only assume you did this… to get some attention…”
“You started by saying you’re going to defy unconstitutionality that you can’t establish. And you’re the sheriff! People actually depend on you to protect them!”
Today on MSNBC, Alex Witt interviewed Republican freshman class president Rep. Luke Messer who hails from Indiana’s 6th district. She was questioning him about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion, and he pretended to care.
How do I know he was only pretending? He dropped a few hints. One was his feigned concern about said growing division among his fellowGOPers. Or maybe he meant that, but considering the same old right wing talking points coming out of his own mouth, and his record, how sincere could he have been?
Another was when he rejected common sense gun safety law proposals while insisting that he “would listen” to any suggestions as he clearly sided with the radical NRA CEO, Wayne LaPierre (the NRA has given him a 100% rating). But hey, he’s a great listener!
However, the obvious giveaway that exposed him to be the partisan hack that he is was when, as he claimed to support working across the aisle with the new “bipartisan” House members, he repeatedly used the word “Democrat” as an adjective. That’s a well-known GOP slur, or as the New Yorker referred to such language, “The ‘Ic’ Factor“:
The Democrat Party has a clear record when it comes to taxes.
Nothing threatens our hard-won reforms and economic prosperity more than a Democrat victory this November.
The difference is clear: if you want the government in your pocket, vote Democrat.
Memo to Messer (and all Republicans): It’s called the Democratic Party.
There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. “Democrat Party” is a slur, or intended to be—a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but “Democrat Party” is jarring verging on ugly. It fairly screams “rat.” [...]
In the conservative media, the phenomenon feeds more voraciously the closer you get to the mucky, sludgy bottom. “Democrat Party” is standard jargon on right-wing talk radio and common on winger Web sites…
So here’s an idea, Republicans: If you want to maintain even a shred of credibility, stop insulting the very party you claim to want to work with so badly. Unless you want us to start calling you “Rushpublics.”
Unbelievably, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had the unmitigated gall to say that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!”
Welcome back to GOP Opposite World.
The “Right-to-work for work for less” measure passed in the Michigan Legislature and Snyder signed it into law. So like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, he has intentionally pissed off organized labor and us “little people” who care about getting a fair shake.
Now unions cannot require members to pay dues as a condition of employment, more massive protests and rallies are expected in the months to come, and possible legal remedies and initiatives will be pursued. Big time. As we speak, there are plans underway for a large-scale counteroffensive against the conservative state leaders who have slashed away at union power since the 2010 midterm elections.
Speaking of rallies, tea party activists, or more precisely members of the Koch-funded American for Prosperity, staged some fake union “thuggery” where they actually knocked down their own tent and video recorded their little antics for their BFF at Fox News.
Barry Goldman, an arbitrator and mediator and the author of “The Science of Settlement: Ideas for Negotiators,” wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times about King Ricky Snyder’s labor hit. Please read the whole thing, but here are a few excerpts:
I’ve spent the last 20 years sitting as a neutral third party in disputes between employers and unions. … [T]he system works because the parties meet as equals. It wouldn’t work if either party were able to dominate. [...]
There is no justification for these bills except that they are an effort by the Republican-controlled Legislature to weaken the labor movement and cut off oxygen to the Democratic Party. [...]
If freedom of association is the principle driving this effort, why are police and fire unions exempt? Wouldn’t they too benefit from “workplace fairness and equity?” [...]
Police and fire unions are exempt because they are politically conservative. They don’t need “fairness and equity” because they support the GOP. [...]
If Michigan can remain competitive with Indiana by becoming a right-to-work state, maybe we could out-compete Indiana by eliminating worker safety laws. [...]
This was a sneaky, cynical, backdoor, lame-duck gimmick. If these bills are enacted, the labor movement in Michigan will be radically weakened, and capital will be able to further dominate the system.
The “Right-to-work” (aka right to work for less) measure passed in the Michigan Legislature today, and Snyder will sign it as early as tomorrow. This means that unions cannot require members to pay dues as a condition of employment. And it also means more massive protests and rallies in the months to come, not to mention the pursuit of possible legal remedies and initiatives.
The Center for Media and Democracy’s Executive Director and friend of the blog, Lisa Graves, reported that the so-called “Right to Work” Act is political revenge because unions had the nerve to support Democrats. That’s true they did, but not nearly as much as big corporations supported Republicans:
And the Center for Media and Democracy’s Brendan Fischer posted that the petty, vindictive RTW Act also happens to contain verbatim language from an ALEC model. Yep, twin bills. Read it and weep:
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