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Former Reagan advisor: Tea partiers are "morons, stupid, ignoramuses, bigots, dying off."


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On "The Ed Show," Ed Schultz interviewed former Reagan advisor- slash- Bush 41 policy advisor Bruce Bartlett about the tea party as well as your favorite hypocrite and mine, Sen. John McCain. See: "Secret decoder ring decrypts behavior" of GOP v. Obama! Hint: Blatant hypocrisy #Bergdahlzi.

Let me put it this way: Bartlett didn't mince words. Or to put it another way, he showered us Dems with gifts. Bartlett blasted the hell out of "other Republicans," tea party "morons," and had a few words to say about Weather Vain (Added note: "Vain" is a pun, intended, hence the misspelling) McCain.

It was as if the heavens opened and dropped bundles of unadulterated vindication upon our aching Lefty Lib heads.

I may invite him to become a regular contributor to TPC. Oh, but I kid the rational Republican.

Ed and Former Reagan Advisor Bruce discussed how the GOP supported the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year, yet changed their tune to adhere to conservative talking points once he was released. McCain has been the poster boy for this political exercise, as you can see by the Rachel Maddow video at the link above.

Bartlett also stood by President Obama's decisions on the prisoner of war exchange, loud and clear.

And with that, here is another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own. The good part starts at about 2:27. A-a-and, we're off!

Bruce Bartlett:

[McCain] probably has his finger up in the air, looking around to see which way the tea party is blowing.

After the Vietnam experience, we all agreed that we must do more and do everything humanly possible to get all of our soldiers home who are captured, and we didn't ask questions about whether they were deserving or not. They're prisoners of war, they're American soldiers, they deserve to be brought home...

It's all been turned around now, because of the tea party. The Republicans in Washington constantly have their finger on the pulse of the grassroots, trying to figure out what they want, and how to pander to them.

But unfortunately, these people in the tea party are morons! I mean, they really are. They're stupid, they're ignoramuses, they have no idea what they're talking about, they're extremists, they're bigots.

Senator Thad Cochran... may very well lose his primary to some crackpot moron tea party person.

[Conservative Republicans] keep moving further and further to the right...

Fox-- which is essentially the Republican Party network, simply panders to the Republican Party line-- has an age 72 average viewing age. And so those people who make up the tea party are basically dying off.



Chris Christie to teachers: "I am tired of you people!" Teacher: "If you vote for this man, shame on you." Her letter.


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Teacher basher Chris "Photo Op" Christie is at it again. Jersey Jazzman has the exclusive interview: @GovChristie to Teacher: "I Am Tired Of You People!"

I asked him: "Why do you portray our schools as failure factories?" His reply: "Because they are!"  He said: "I am tired of you people. What do you want?"

"Failure factories"?

The Star-Ledger's Jenna Portnoy:

Christie cut more than $1 billion in state aid to schools in his first year in office.

Well, guess what, Gov, as a former educator and a past, current, and future American, I'm tired of you too:

Check out Jazzman's post, because it's the prelude to the following excerpts of the must-read Letter to Governor Christie from the New Jersey Teacher He Screamed At by the "public school teacher that works an average of 60 hours a week":

Apparently that question struck a nerve. When you swung around at me and raised your voice, asking me what I wanted, my first response “I want more money for my students.” Notice, I did not ask for more money for me. I did not ask for my health benefits, my pension, a raise, my tenure, or even my contract that I have not had for nearly three years. [...]

We cannot keep short-changing our children and taking away opportunities for them to explore and learn. [...]

What do I want? What do 'we people' want? We want to be allowed to teach. [...]

Are you aware that poverty is the biggest determination of a child's educational success?  [...]

Where is all of this money? To me it seems like it is being siphoned right off into the hands of private companies as they reap the benefits of the charter schools and voucher programs that you have put into place. [...]

You have portrayed us as greedy, lazy money-draining public servants that do nothing. I invite you to come do my job for one week Governor Christie. [...]

Has there been back-room meetings as you agree to divert public funds to private companies that are seeking to take over our public educational system? This is my theory. [...]

We want to be respected as we do this, not bullied.

BadAss Teacher,

Melissa Tomlinson

Please go read the entire letter here.

Melissa Tomlinson, you are my hero.


VIDEO: "Christie is as bad as the rest of these radical governors. Chris Christie is a disciple of GW Bush."


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Ed Schultz, thank you. I've spent post after post trying to expose Chris Christie for what he is:

Now Big Eddie is using his voice and getting the word out on national TV. This is why I am very happy that The Ed Show is coming back to weekdays:

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Ed Schultz:

Liberals, Democrats, you need to watch out for this guy right here.

He's like that big old fullback that is going to come right on up the middle and give you head fake and cut on off to the right every time. I guarantee you, he's going to do it.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the king of hoodwinking right now. He's the rising star of the Republican party.

Believe it or not, he's got some Democrats up there in the stand ready to change their jerseys. What the hell for?

People have been talking about Christie and the presidential run since the day he went into the governor's office. Finally, Christie is starting to show his playbook a little bit.

So tonight we are going to expose the real Chris Christie, the media darling of New York City, the media darling of the mainstream media: "He has done nothing wrong. He's really a moderate."

No. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

For reasons unknown to The Ed Show, some Democrats think that Christie is a big bipartisan hero.

You know what this guy has done? He walked with the President of the United States. He appeared with the president after Hurricane Sandy. What governor wouldn't do that?

He accepted federal disaster relief, that's the right thing to do as governor, along with every other Republican governor whose state has ever been hit by a hurricane. This makes him bipartisan?

A photo-op does not make Chris Christie bipartisan. Accepting disaster relief, which was the right thing to do, does not make Chris Christie bipartisan.

Don't let him fool you. Christie is as bad as the rest of these radical governors. He's no different than the rest of these radicals governors across this country who are trashing jobs and trashing programs to help the downtrodden in this country, who's attacking education.

In order to understand who Christie really is, it's important to remember. Let's remember, where did this guy come from?

Well, Chris Christie is a disciple of George W. Bush.

Full disclosure tonight, I'm going to play the race card, okay? So don't waste any breath or time or effort and say Ed Schultz is playing the race card . Yes I am because race is important. It is a very important topic. It is huge to this country if we're going to move forward we have to have these conversations, so I'm going to play the race card:

If the President of the United States acted the way this man acts in a crowd and acts the way he treats people, I bet that they would be calling President Obama an angry black man.

They would be saying that, well, President Obama's not acting presidential.

Do you think Chris Christie is acting presidential? Do you really think that this guy has the demeanor? He has the political moxy, I'll give him that. But does he have the demeanor? Does he have a "fly off the handle temper," the guy that you want to answer that 3:00 a.m. call?

Is he good to workers? No. Is he good to seniors? No. Is he a phony politician? Yes.


Memo to trolls who mocked weekend show: The Ed (Schultz) Show is coming back to weekdays!


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When The Ed Show moved to weekends, my Twitter stream was filled with gleeful trolls who were delighted with the idea of Ed Schultz's apparent inability to hold an audience on weekdays, so they assumed he got forced into accepting his Saturday and Sunday slots.

(FYI: Every time I use the hashtag #EdShow, the trolls swarm like subterranean termites, and they are some of the worst on the Twitter Machine.)

My response to these cretins was that his wife was recovering from a scary bout with cancer, so handling a daily radio show in addition to a daily TV show was a little much. Ed said he was happy with the move because it gave him a little breather.

But that didn't stop those nasty little tweets filled with pointing and laughing and assuming this was the beginning of the end for Big Eddie.

Wrong again, wingnuts. He's ba-a-ack. MSNBC:

The Ed Show hosted by Ed Schultz is moving back to MSNBC’s weekday lineup starting Monday, August 26.point and laugh ha ha

The Ed Show will air Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue at 7 p.m. ET. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. [...]

MSNBC Longform will fill the 5 p.m. weekends slot starting Saturday, August 31. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue its weekday re-air at 2 a.m. ET on MSNBC.

The powers that be in MSNBC Land are concerned about one thing: Ratings. They clearly believe that Ed will boost theirs, and bringing his show back to weekdays will likely do just that. First-run Hardball shows will be seen in prime time only now.

Ed Schultz is a great spokesperson for labor unions and middle class workers, plus he's devoted to covering stories on public education and income inequality, among other injustices (voting rights come to mind). His voice is needed, like him or not.

I happen to like him.


PhotOH! "New Rule" on #tampongate vs. guns. VIDEO ADDED of Sarah Slamen's Texas star made of wire hangers


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The above New Rule was not actually Bill Maher's; it is a meme and quote created by my pal @SarahBurris.

My dear pal @Anomaly100 explains the back story at FreakOutNation: In Texas guns don’t kill people, tampons do: State troopers confiscating tampons from females in the capitol. Here's a snippet:

State Troopers proceeded to confiscate tampons from females while at the same time guns are allowed.

In Texas, guns don’t kill people, tampons do. Volunteers were rounding up all the tampons throughout the capitol, asking women to surrender their weapons of mass destruction, because State Troopers were confiscating them. So the volunteers were trying to speed up the process because the search took hours.

As a result, many of us on Twitter ran with it:

Okay, who leaked #Tampongate? #WentThere #bygones

So #Tampongate language was inserted into the bill?

@ll_Legit_2_Quit: Doesn't Texas have a concealed carry law?

John W. Ennis ‏@johnennis 12 Jul: Hey #TXLege: If you're so afraid of women throwing tampons at you, perhaps avoid doing things for which you'd expect tampons thrown at you.

I think we've jumped the tampon #Tampongate

@UrquhartMP: TamponNado

I'm going to go out and get me a high capacity tampon. #Tampongate

You get the idea. It was irresistible, but clearly, the topic is serious. However, one way to reach a broader audience is to grab their attention with one-liners and hashtags. A lot of us try to approach it both ways and hope someone out there is listening.

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The wonderfully outspoken Sarah Slamen was just on The Ed Show with Joy-Ann Reid, and I'm doing my best to dig up the video. During the segment, she held up a "Texas star" constructed of coat hangers to make the obvious point.

ADDED: Finally, here it is!

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She has asked that people donate to NARAL and to the Lilith foundation in Texas to help provide transportation and costs for women who will be forced to travel across the state to receive health services:


VIDEO-- Dear GOP: What part of "Mommy, I'm hungry" don't you understand?


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Ed Schultz was rightfully enraged by GOP bills that put farms before families, as you can see in the video above. Typically hypocritical, Republicans sweartogod they're changing, but then they continue on their merry, self-serving, greedy way.

Today Michael Hiltzik covered the same topic in depth. Here are some excerpts from his Los Angeles Times column, but please read the whole thing. Michael hits on a lot of important points:

In the name of cutting $20 billion from the food stamp program over 10 years, the House bill would throw almost 2 million recipients off the food stamp rolls, as estimated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Most of them are seniors or members of low-income working families with children. More than 200,000 children would lose their eligibility for free school meals. By LaMalfa's estimate, these are "modest changes" aimed at reform, but of course he and his family don't have to worry about being on the edge of destitution. (The Senate version would cut only $4 billion, which is why it's not favored in the House.)

LaMalfa's words reflected a familiar theme in congressional debate, which is that the recipients of payouts like farm subsidies are honest, hardworking folks while those getting food stamps (or other low-income relief) should be grateful at the help they get and shut up otherwise. [...]

The question for Rep. LaMalfa and his fellow food stamp hackers on the agriculture committee is: Why is it important for government to skip out on aid for families, but pony up for farmers like him?

Michael Hiltzik's column appears Sundays and Wednesdays. Reach him at, read past columns at, check out and follow @hiltzikm on Twitter.

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VIDEO: Here's your GOP "family values"


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Ahh yes, Mark Sanford– cheater, hypocrite, trespasser, poster boy for an online extramarital affairs dating service, somehow won an election and believes that his fantasy god forgave him, so everything is now hunky dory!

Ed Schultz:

In his campaign, marred by violations of his divorce agreement, Mark Sanford has reemerged newly engaged to the Argentinian mistress, and he believes "absolved." But if Mark Sanford thinks that he's a "family man," he can keep pretending-- and the Republican Party can keep pretending-- they're all about "family values."

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