Norm Ornstein chimed in this morning on the near future of the GOP. He views Cantor’s loss less as the beginning of a populist trend and more a preview of intracine battles yet to come in the party. It’s here.
He sets it up with pitch perfect – and delightful – disdain for our fickle media narrative:
The new dominant narrative, of course, is that the Tea Party rose up, struck back, showed its muscle and has the party establishment on its heels. That replaces the previous narrative, that the establishment rose up, struck back, and has the Tea Party on its heels.
And wraps with this:
American political parties always face a tension between their establishment and ideological wings. On the Republican side, going back more than a hundred years to the Teddy Roosevelt era, that was a struggle between moderate progressives and conservatives.
Now it is different. There are no moderates or progressives in today’s GOP; the fight is between hard-line conservatives who believe in smaller government and radical nihilists who want to blow up the whole thing, who have as much disdain for Republican traditional conservatives as they do for liberals.
Always worth a look is old Norm.
Posted in broken government, Civics, Government, History, irony, partisanship, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged Cantor, elections, GOP, Media, Norm Ornstein, Politics, populism, punditry
Eric Cantor lost his primary? Pigs are flying. The deed was done by a first time candidate, an economics professor who pretty much ran on immigration (he’s not for it). He had lottsa support from . . . wait for it . . . the Tea Party. (Actually, he may not be ‘of’ them, but was popular with them for what it’s worth.)
An amateur took down the (presumed) next Speaker of the House. Holy hobby
Bet you didn’t know this. Neither did I, but it’s right there on Glenn Beck’s own site, The Blaze, the place for dystopian paranoia and apocalyptic terror – plus there are many wonderful things available for purchase!
Glenn Beck on Monday began what he said is “just the beginning” of his work to reveal the background and motivations of Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform.
Beck began by playing recent clips of Norquist calling out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his efforts to derail Obamacare, noting that while he used to joke about the left’s portrayal of Norquist as a “big power player,” he’s since revised his dismissive opinion in light of the warnings that you “don’t ever take this guy on unless you’re prepared.”
Beck’s show Monday primarily concentrated on Norquist’s alleged connections to Islamists. He invited Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy, and Daniel Greenfield of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, to weigh in.
There’s a David Horowitz Freedom Center? Seriously?
Posted in Government, humor, irony, Media, partisanship, Politics, Right wing talk machine, talk radio, taxes, Tea Party
Tagged Glenn Beck, Grover Norquist, Media, Politics, Republican wars
The final vote in the Senate was 81-18, with 27 Republicans voting yes. Here are the Republicans who voted no (from NRO Online):
Senators David Vitter (La.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), John Cornyn (Texas), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Dean Heller (Ariz.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Pat Roberts (Kan.). Senator Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) did not vote.
So what’s the message going to be on talk radio tomorrow?
Never doubt that these people care deeply about the vast swath of Americans who believe their every word! Never doubt it!
They know America will be destroyed if everyone can afford health care for their kids. Destroyed I tell you!
And, according to them, they’ll save us from health care, a dismal fate, and they are brave. Brave I tell you!
- Rush Limbaugh – NET WORTH $400 million
- Sean Hannity – NET WORTH $39 million
- Rick Scott – NET WORTH $85 million (down from a reported $250 million in 2010 after he spent $75 million of his own money on his 2010 campaign for FL governor and since it’s rumored he’ll spend $100 million of his own money for the 2014 election . . . puzzling numbers but then I was never very good at math.)
- Koch brothers – NET WORTH more billions that I can count
- Sarah Palin – NET WORTH $16 million
- Rupert Murdoch – NET WORTH $13 billion
- Donald Trump – NET WORTH $150 million
- Anne Coulter – NET WORTH $9 million
- Glenn Beck – NET WORTH $150 million
- Dick Cheney – NET WORTH $12 million
- Bill O’Reilly – NET WORTH $75 million
- Newt Gingrich – NET WORTH $7 million (which is a disgrace since he’s earned $100 million since he left government)
Posted in broken government, corporate power, health care, oligarchy, Plutocrats, Politics, Right wing talk machine, Tea Party
Tagged ACA, broken government, health care, plutocrats, right wing noise machine
Just like they hired themselves . . .
During a teletown hall Thursday evening hosted by Rep. Ted Yoho, a caller named Frank from Gainesville asked about furloughed workers.
“The people that had to work should be paid,” Frank said. “But the people that are home watching Netflix and whatever, I’m not sure that we should be sending them checks.”
Replied Yoho: “Well, when we voted on that they were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal. … I agree 100 percent with you. If they’re not working, they shouldn’t get paid.”
Ah Florida, my Florida . . . had enough? You bet.
Just had an email from Brian, Canadian citizen – he admires the US in many ways, but has always been puzzled by our odd attitudes on medical care. Now he is also worried:
we’ll be in FL by Nov. 17th. for another VT season…people in this country and our contacts in the UK are flabbergasted by the way your govt. is doing such damage to itself and its economy…big investors here such as our multi-billion dollar pension plans are starting to shy away from the US markets due to the volatility screwing up all their actuarial tables…how can such a small group of racist tea partiers take over so dramatically?
And so it goes . . .
This is a disaster for we vapid, shallow news junkies and consumers of utter nonsense. Aiken lost. Palin is gone (mostly, give it a few more months). Is it going to have to be all Louis Gomert all the time? Come back Donald, come back. Please.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced early Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress in 2014 but would keep fighting for the conservative principles that made her a favorite of the tea party movement and, she said, are vital to protecting the United States from moral and economic decline.
Because it’s so much easier to throw stones than waste time on all that problem solving stuff.
Some scandals be a-comin’ her way, so time is of the essence – there are riches out there, waiting to be scooped up before fame fades.
Posted in broken government, Civics, Congress critters, elections, Government, Palin, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged Donald Trump, elections, Louie Gomert, Michele Bachmann, Politics, Sarah Palin, US Congress
More from Little Green Footballs:
Posted in 2012 Elections, humor, immigration, Obama, Politics, racism, Romney, Tea Party
Tagged Arizona, Birthers, conspiracy theories, elections, immigration, Politics, racism, RNC Convention, Sheriff Arpaio
Rep. Steve King . . . did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape [and] signaled he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.
King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest. “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
In any personal way? Open to discussion?
Prediction: Romney will rue the day . . .
Posted in abortion, Congress critters, feminism, Government, History, Politics, religion, Tea Party
Tagged abortion, christian right, Politics, religion, Steven King, tea party, The Scarlett Letter, Todd Akin, women
Okay. Choosing Palin was bold. Her Convention acceptance speech, to tens of thousands of Republicans who had never even heard of her, was a knockout. I watched it live and was stunned. She was hot. The faithful fell in love, the media as one dropped to their knees and thanked their respective deities. There was rejoicing in the land.
For a while. And then the cringe began inside the McCain campaign, and it spread. It spread.
Fast forward to 2012 convention time. Now, depending on where you sit in the Republican party (fringe? insurgent? terrified establishment-type?), Palin is poison or the savior.
Last week, reporting was that Palin would be granted B-list status at the convention and the campaign was dearly hoping she wouldn’t come at all. There was even talk – frivolous probably – that she’d have a shadow convention just to ‘stick it to them’ and feed the beast.
But that was before Ted Cruz, who is going to be the next Senator from Texas. Cruz is a new kind of Tea Party Republican: informed, capable, well-educated, attractive, terrific speaker – a credible candidate, a serious person.
So even though Romney’s people would despair at the idea of being forced to give Palin a prime speaking slot, it’s not as easy a decision as it was last week.
The conventional wisdom has been that Romney chooses Portman, Paultenty or possibly Ryan. (I’ve called it Portman.) Ryan could excite the base, but that would put the Ryan budget front and center and give Obama a really juicy bit to run against.
So what to do? The Palin decision must be made and a veep must be chosen. Might there be a way to have one over-shadow the other?
What if they brought in a shinier toy? What about out-McCain’ing McCain? Is there be a stealth candidate, a better-than-Palin, who could electrify the race?
Wouldn’t that be fun?
First, RIP Gore Vidal, perhaps the last of this country’s ‘public intellectuals’: where are the likes of Buckley, Hitchens, Vidal? A brilliant mind, a brilliant wit, painfully honest and deeply patriotic – and a wonderful writer.
Here’s Michelle Bachmann today telling her Gore Vidal story:
“It’s very interesting because I had been a Democrats — and I’d actually worked on Jimmy Carter’s campaign. And I was reading a novel by Gore Vidal, and when I was reading it he was mocking the Founding Fathers. And all of a sudden it just occurred to me: I set the book down on my lap, I looked out the window of a train I was riding in, and I thought to myself, ‘I don’t think I’m a Democrat. I think I really am a Republican.’ Because the Founding Fathers were not the characters that I saw Gore Vidal portraying in his novel.”
For the good Congresswoman, that apparently passes for actual reasoning.
Posted in books, Civics, Congress critters, Media, Politics, RIP, Tea Party
Tagged congress, Gore Vidal, Michelle Bachmann, news, Politics
Meet Ted Cruz. The new Marco Rubio, but smarter. He’s a Harvard educated Tea Partier and once clerked for William Rehnquist. Slightly contradictory but hardly insubstantial credentials.
The story is at Politico; here’s some commentary from Think Progress, which is not enthusiastic:
. . . his considerable intellect is rivaled by his very poor judgment. Here are just five of the most revealing windows into Cruz’ Tea Party worldview:
1) Believes George Soros Leads A UN conspiracy To Eliminate Golf: . . . Cruz lays the blame for this global anti-golf conspiracy at the feet of a well-known Tea Party boogieman — “The originator of this grand scheme is George Soros.”
2) Wants To Gut Social Security: In an interview with the Texas Tribune Cruz labeled Social Security a “ponzi scheme” and outlined a three-step plan to gut this essential program. (And, surprise!, he wants to privatize it.)
3) Wants To Party Like It’s 1829: The Constitution provides that Acts of Congress “shall be the supreme law of the land,” and thus cannot be nullified by rogue state lawmakers. Cruz, however, co-authored an unconstitutional proposal claiming two or more states could simply ignore the Constitution’s command and nullify the Affordable Care Act so long as they work together. . . Cruz falsely claimed that states do not need to meet these Constitutional requirements to undermine laws they don’t like.
4) Is An Islamophobe: . . . claimed that “Sharia law is an enormous problem” in this country.
5) Campaigned On How He Helped Texas Kill A Mexican: “Cruz fought all the way to the Supreme Court” after “the UN and World Court overruled a Texas jury’s verdict to execute an illegal alien.”. . . the case Cruz won had nothing to do with whether Texas had the authority . . . it concerned whether Texas could defy a treaty requiring it to inform foreign nationals who are arrested of their right “to request assistance from the consul of his own state.” Even North Korea honored this treaty that Cruz fought to undermine.
So, more good fun ahead.
Stand back McCarthy! (and where are Walsh and Wilson?)
John McCain is still that old guy down the street who yells at you. He is still the guy who was willing to risk this country in Sarah Palin’s hands. And he is too enamored of war for my comfort.
Another thing John McCain is? He is one damn stand-up guy.
What’s remarkable about this is that it is remarkable. Where were his colleagues? Who else spoke as forcibly? And publicly? Good on him. (video posted thanks to Orhan who once again came to the rescue.)
Posted in Civics, Congress critters, Government, Meet the 112th!, Politics, racism, religion, Tea Party, terrorism
Tagged Bachman, Civics, congress, Goemert, Huma Abedin, John McCain, McCarthyism, Politics, slander
When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis
Chris Hedges wrote this article in 2007 – before there was a Tea Party, before the world economic meltdown, before the dysfunctional congress . . . and before Citizens’ United.
Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School, told his students that when we were his age — he was then close to 80 — we would all be fighting the “Christian fascists.”
. . . He was not a man to use the word fascist lightly. He had been in Germany in 1935 and 1936 and worked with the underground anti-Nazi church, known as the Confessing Church, led by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Adams was eventually detained and interrogated by the Gestapo . . .
Adams understood [then, in 1988] that totalitarian movements are built out of deep personal and economic despair. He warned that the flight of manufacturing jobs, the impoverishment of the American working class, the physical obliteration of communities in the vast, soulless exurbs and decaying Rust Belt, were swiftly deforming our society . . .
The mounting despair [now] rippling across the United States, one I witnessed repeatedly as I traveled the country, remains unaddressed by the Democratic Party, which has abandoned the working class, like its Republican counterpart, for massive corporate funding. . .
. . . the powerbrokers in the Christian right have moved from the fringes of society to the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Forty-five senators and 186 members of the House before the last elections earned approval ratings of 80 to 100 percent from the three most influential Christian right advocacy groups — the Christian Coalition, Eagle Forum, and Family Resource Council
Again, he wrote this in 2007. And I agree with him, it’s the thing I fear most, and now our stateless corporate oligarchs have been given the gift of the Tea Party as hapless ground troops. And the poor sods will celebrate in the streets when they take Congress.
I’m in a very bad mood.
Posted in broken government, Civics, corporate power, fascism, Government, oligarchy, Plutocrats, Politics, religion, Right wing talk machine, Tea Party, the future
Tagged christian right, corporatism, fascism, government, James Luther Adams, oligarchy, Politics, religion and politics, religionists
The Sunlight Foundation has published a (seriously wonky) report that measures the grade levels at which our congress critters speak. Their study covers 1996 to this 112th Congress, in both the House and Senate. It’s getting a bit of notice around the buhlogospheric-system and deservedly so. Fascinating stuff.
They say that congressional speech has dropped a full grade level in that period, with Tea Party freshman accounting for much of the most recent decline. (Which Senator speaks at the lowest grade level? Can you guess? Rand Paul bitches!)
The whole thing is here and there are a few interesting sidebars on their blog as well. I don’t think it’s at all clear from the study (I did say it’s wonky) if the change has any significant effect on clarity or successful communication, which after all, is the point of language. But even if utility is unaffected . . .
This grabbed my attention.
Today’s Congress speaks at about a 10.6 grade level, down from 11.5 in 2005. By comparison, the U.S. Constitution is written at a 17.8 grade level, the Federalist Papers at a 17.1 grade level, and the Declaration of Independence at a 15.1 grade level. . . .
Posted in Blogsphere, Congress critters, education, Government, History, language, Meet the 112th!, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged congress, education, language, literacy, Politics, tea party
So the Tea Party and Dick Armey and Karl Rove and all the Koch money and the poor souls who think they’re well served by being ground troops for this crowd did it, they got rid of Lugar. He just wasn’t pure enough.
A Lugar loss marks a sea change in both Indiana and Washington, where Lugar has long played the role of Republican wise man, a sober internationalist who could reach across the aisle to solve difficult problems.
In today’s political climate, however, Lugar’s bipartisan leanings were part of his undoing — and the defeat of the man Richard Nixon once called “America’s mayor” when he led Indianapolis will send chills down the spines of fellow GOP incumbents seeking reelection in states where a conservative insurrection is possible.
Posted in 2012 Elections, campaign finance, Civics, Congress critters, corporate power, History, partisanship, Politics, Right wing talk machine, talk radio, Tea Party
Tagged elections, news, partisanship, Politics, Richard Lugar, tea party
Bill put these up today.
ROMNEY: “I’m concerned when I watch a president cow-tow to the union bosses by putting in place those union stooges at the NLRB. I’ve taken on union bosses before. I’m happy to take ‘em on again.”
THE PREZ: “The values at the core of the union movement – those don’t change. Those are the values that have made this country great. So when I hear some of these folks tryin’ to take collective bargaining rights away, trying to pass so called ‘right to work’ laws for private sector workers that really mean the right to work for less and less and less – when I hear some of this talk I know this is not about economics, this is about politics. I keep on hearin’ these same folks talk about values all the time. You want to talk about values? Hard work – that’s a value. Lookin’ out for one another, that’s a value. The idea that we’re all in it together and I’m my brother’s keeper and sister’s keeper, that’s a value!
I expect a Tea Party congress critter will soon demand that the Kenyan-Muslim-Commie “Labor Day” in September be cancelled or renamed. I suggest Oligarch Observance Day.
I’ve posted this before. Today is a good day to post it again. From 1981:
Joe McCarthy and some dumb Congress critter
Alan West, (R-from my embarrassed State of Florida) is on this weeks’ media menu (from which he will disappear until he says the next stupid thing). On CNN, he was asked about Ted Nugent’s comments (that would be the ones Nugent is ‘talking to’ the Secret Service about today):
“I don’t think the Motor City Madman has any ill will toward the President of United States of America.”
Posted in 2012 Elections, Congress critters, Florida, guns, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged Alan West, elections, etch-a-sketch, news, Politics, sedition, Ted Nugent
No need to set up your death-by-cop, Ted. You have plenty of guns: just go ahead and instead of pointing yer weapon at a president (that’s what it sounds like you’d like to do) just turn it around and do yourself and save the rest of us the trouble.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”
Yeah, sure, he’s talking about about the voting booth. Sure.
Posted in 2012 Elections, guns, partisanship, Politics, Right wing talk machine, Tea Party
Tagged assassinations, elections, news, NRA, Politics, Ted Nugent
American, in case you can't tell
The Tea Party Patriots are back in D.C., marching outside the Supreme Court. And once again, I see literally hundreds of people decked out in the American Flag. So I’m reminded of the US Flag Code and the traditionally observed rules of respect and etiquette:
The flag should not be used as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery of any kind
From Kay this morning:
If my Irish father were still alive, he’d be bursting with pride in Irish President Michael D. Higgins. As am I – for both his sentiments and because he speaks in clear full sentences and doesn’t pause for applause, something that is absent in our country today. Our public political languages are now Bumpersticker and Gasbaggery. We have no orators.
I especially like his outrage at our moral failure regarding health care.
Posted in Civics, Glenn Beck, Government, health care, Media, Politics, Right wing talk machine, talk radio, Tea Party
Tagged Civics, history, Media, Politics, tea party
Until now, I’ve held fast to my belief that Romney will be the eventual nominee of the Republican Party to run against Obama. Bachmann didn’t change my mind. Perry didn’t change my mind. Cain didn’t change my mind. And certainly it’s not Newt that has made me question my assumption.
According to a tweet from NBC News’ Jamie Novogrod, [Michelle] Bachmann responded to the recent raiding of the British embassy in Iran, by saying that if she was President, she would close down the U.S. embassy there.
- Oh, what the hell . . .
Oh, and her short list for VP? Trump, DeMint and Rick Santorum. Unbeatable!
Posted in 2012 Elections, Congress critters, Current Events, Did I hear that right?, Meet the 112th!, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged Bachmann, elections, foreign policy, Iran, news, stupid
Mac this morning; from an article from Der Spiegel, the largest circulation newspaper in Germany, read all over the world. And this is what they think of our GOP clown train.
(To those who disdain all those ‘elite Europeans” – opinions matter. They matter in business, in investments, and in diplomatic relations. They really matter.)
The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates have shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country’s reputation. . . .
They lie. They cheat. They exaggerate. They bluster. They say one idiotic, ignorant, outrageous thing after another. They’ve shown such stark lack of knowledge — political, economic, geographic, historical — that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein and even cause their fellow Republicans to cringe.
“When did the GOP lose touch with reality?” wonders Bush’s former speechwriter David Frum in New York Magazine. In the New York Times, Kenneth Duberstein, Ronald Reagan’s former chief-of-staff, called this campaign season a “reality show,” while Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan confidante Peggy Noonan even spoke of a “freakshow.”
Here’s the Der Spiegel headline: A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses
They’ve got this part right:
So the US elections are a reality show after all, a pseudo-political counterpart to the Paris Hiltons, Kim Kardashians and all the “American Idol” and “X Factor” contestants littering today’s TV. The cruder, the dumber, the more bizarre and outlandish — the more lucrative. Especially for Fox News, whose viewers were recently determined by Fairleigh Dickinson University to be far less informed than people who don’t watch TV news at all.
I’m so proud.
Posted in 2012 Elections, Civics, Current Events, elections, Media, Politics, Tea Party, the nation
Tagged 2012 elections, America, debates, elections, Media, news, Politics, Republican candidates
POSTED BY ORHAN
By Jonathan Larsen and Ken Olshansky, MSNBC TV
A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”
The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association.
CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead. Continue reading
Posted in 2012 Elections, broken government, corporate power, From Orhan's Perch, Occupy Wall Street, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged Democrats, MSNBC, Occupy Wall Street, Republicans, tea party
Who gives a speech wearing a hat?
Wonder no more. It’s gay stuff!!! Teh sex stuff!!! The dreadful gay agenda stuff and poor Penn State!! He had to speak up:
Despite the almost religious promotion of homosexuality now in evidence at all too many of America’s institutions of so-called “higher learning,” it’s hard to believe that they would thus willingly sacrifice themselves to the gods of “political correctness,” especially given the fact that the zealous advocates of homosexual rights are still pretending to draw the line at the sexual abuse of children.
Maybe he sniffs an opening in the GOP field. C’mon down Alan, join the party!
The Family Research Council just honored Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) for his “support of the family” perhaps because Joe Walsh supports his own family by owing them six figures in back child support. But hey, Christians forgive each other, right?
After watching these videos (long – go make the coffee), I’m thinking if I were his wife and the custodial mother of his children, I’d take the financial hit and consider it a bargain just to have him out of the house and away from sharp objects.
(The original vid I posted above wouldn’t open for some. Thanks to mac at Talk & Politics for providing one that works)
Posted in broken government, Cable News, Congress critters, Government, Media, Meet the 112th!, Politics, Tea Party
Tagged congress, crazy, Family Research Council, Joe Walsh, Media, OWS, Politics
Run for president.
From a Bachmann email to her supporters yesterday: