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VIDEO: Soledad O'Brien grills GOP Rep. Joe Heck on his bizarre quasi-defense of Susan Rice


Soledad O'Brien does it again. The hypocrisy of Republicans looking for any reason to scream "Impeach!!" is stunning. Of did Joe just get his Rices confused?

What the Heck?

GOP Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada:

You don't put somebody out who doesn't know about the issue and just have them go out to feed us the information that the administration wants put out. So we have to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi, and certainly the Senate will hold confirmation hearings, if she's nominated..."


"Isn't that exactly analogous to what happened to Condoleezza Rice, who John McCain supported, and who Lindsey Graham supported?"


"Condi Rice was in a position to be able to be the face, and the information was wrong. But here we had wrong information, and weeks later we had the administration coming back saying, well this person had nothing to do with the situation..."


"Let's walk through that more slowly — let me walk through that more slowly so you don't lose me. So you're saying the issue in both cases, weapons of mass destruction and information intelligence coming to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, both cases the information was wrong. What you take exception with is what the White House did later. Is that what you're saying?"




"You've lost me completely."

"Charles Blow, help me. Forgive me. I'm not being facetious at all.... He's saying nobody said that Condoleezza Rice didn't have anything to do with the situation."

Charles Blow:

"What I was trying to figure out is, are you saying that Condoleezza Rice actually should have known, because she had more intimacy with the information and then still said something that she knew was wrong-- In fact, Susan Rice is a sacrificial lamb because she was put out as the face of the administration but she didn't know anything? In fact, it's more of a defense of Susan Rice than it is a condemnation of Susan Rice."


"Forgive me sir, will you walk us through this one more time. You think it’s different because Condoleezza Rice actually had first-hand knowledge?"


"Blahblahblahblah... public face... Rice Rice Rice... failures... blahblahblah."


"I feel like you're saying, from your own comments, that Susan Rice had nothing to do with either of those things. She didn't have something to do with the intelligence failures, which I believe you just said. And it looks as if she also had no knowledge at the time, so she's cleared on that front... Why would you possibly blame her then?"


"I'm not blaming Ambassador Rice."


Team Romney-Ryan-Akin's rape medley


Via Think Progress


Will someone finally pin down what the official Romney-Ryan policy is on abortion? Because Team Ryan-Akin tried to completely eliminate women's reproductive freedom (what about all that "personal freedom" conservatives love to champion?) and redefine rape as only "forcible"... as if any rape is something a woman would want, agree to, or encourage. But wait! Team Romney-Ryan is backing off of that a smidge.

Or are they?

From day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute, the Doubletalk Duo Etch A Sketches and obfuscates and retroactively flip-flops on just about everything. The Todd Akin mess has them saying one thing and then another and another, but they finally seemed to have settled on a position, issuing a statement claiming that they're okay with abortion in cases of rape and incest. Or are they aborting that position, too?

Personhood Paul is now saying “rape is rape and there’s no splitting hairs over rape”:

But then he says he stands by his radical legislation as Romney supports the aforementioned exceptions for rape and incest.

And the GOP platform is as extreme as Paul Ryan's.

Think Progress further complicates matters for Team WTF: Will Romney Support Providing Abortion Coverage To Servicewomen Who Have Been Raped?

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) included an amendment to the Senate version of the 2013 defense authorization bill “to ensure that military insurance plans cover abortion services in cases of rape and incest, giving military women the same access to abortion care as civilians.” Currently, military insurance plans only offer abortion coverage if the woman’s life is in danger. The amendment is critical — thousands of servicewomen were likely raped in 2010, potentially resulting in hundres of pregnancies — yet House Republicans this year opposed the measure, fearing that it would “be getting a foot in the door of taxpayer money being used for abortions.”

And guess who's the darling of House Republicans? None other than Paul Davis Ryan-Akin.

Romney-Ryan, the legitimate ball's forcibly in your illegitimate court.


VIDEO: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich do Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?"


Love, love, love!

Here's the original. Willard and Newton are nearly as funny without the dubbing.

H/t: @terminalwords