“The greatest concern to the Cut, Cap and Balance Coalition is the integrity of the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge that was signed by 39 House Members and 12 Senators, and whether voting for the proposed deal constitutes a Pledge violation,” reads the memo.”
“We hold that is does violate the pledge, on several grounds.”
… it’s so nice for our entire government to be in lockdown because of a tiny minority (heh) of terrified ignorant bone-stupid old white people. I would like to say we deserve better than this… but that would be a lie.
The Texas GOP has voted on a platform that would ban oral and anal sex. It also would give jail sentences to anyone who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple (even though such licenses are already invalid in the state).
This video is a great example of how the TeaBaggers are the expression of the American nativist/right id. They’re incoherent, ignorant jackasses who know nothing, but are very angry about it, whatever “it” is. In this case I really think “it” stems from having a black president[1, 2] and, probably, a poorly expressed inner rage at increasing feelings of powerlessness and meaninglessness in a corporatized, multicultural 21st century. It doesn’t excuse their stupidity or expression of the lizard brain, but it is … understandable.
See also, this video where HCR opponents scream at a Parkinson’s sufferer. I don’t think I’ve seen a video more fuel my misanthropy in quite some time.
Things were much easier for the TeaBaggers when we could lash out at those furrin brown people with the funny ibn- and al- and mohammedan-esque names.
As the GOP is now playing partisan politics while the country tapdances on the edge of financial ruin for generations (quel surprise, non?), stating that the stimulus bill (weighing in at 1/4th of the Iraq debacle and 2/3rds of the 2001 Bush tax cuts) is “too expensive” I have a proposal for President Obama.
Instead of getting rolled and creating a “bipartisan” bill that the GOP is going to vote against anyway, why not, you know, be proactive and aggressive? The GOP will not support this bill because if it works, it’s Obama’s bill, and if it fails (which is what they are hoping for – who cares what happens to the country, their only path back to power is if we’re in the shitter in 2010 and 2012) they don’t want to have voted for it.
So here’s my proposal:
Obama to GOP: OK, the bill is too expensive? We’ll eliminate all the tax cuts. Now you’re down to a $500B stimulus package.
GOP to Obama: *head explodes*
The Democrats and Obama on this issue have been an embarrassment. Going from record high approvals, a clear mandate, and a tide of victory to getting their asses handed to them in parliamentary games and disappearing from the media during this entire debate is fucking ridiculous. The GOP is entirely controlling the narrative of this bill now – they own the media and are just slaughtering what we here still like to refer to as “reality” and “reason.” It’s like the past 8 years never happened.
The Dems are an absurd party fully of namby pambies with no spine. It’s infuriating. But at least they’re not Republicans.
In sum: tell the GOP to stuff it and do what’s right. It’s the best way forward.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) easily won a vote to remain chairman of a key committee today and will stay in the Democratic caucus despite his high-profile criticism of President-elect Barack Obama and his support of Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign.
To recap: Lieberman actively campaigns against the Democratic president, up to and including implications that he may be a terrorist, undermines the last Democratic president at every turn, is defeated in the Democratic primary and runs on an “independent” ticket, and is the #1 supporter of Bush on the “Democratic” side. Lieberman is also the head of one of the most important Senate committees around (Homeland Security), where he has yet to conduct a single investigation or question the administration.
Democrats win both houses of Congress and the Presidency in a landslide and do not need Lieberman’s vote.
Do the Democrats kick him from the Committee chair? Do they refuse to let him caucus with them?
Lieberman retains everything.
Jesus fuck, Dems, can you possibly be any more of a collection of wimps? He actively attempted to destroy your party.
Lesson to be learned: senators hate the Left and outsiders far more than they hate being stabbed in the back.
Oh, what I wouldn’t give for an actual party with some balls and the ability to enact progressive legislation.
John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established — and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
I can’t believe the McCain campaign was pushing this turd of a story that didn’t pass the sniff test from the get go. Wait, what am I saying? Of course they pushed the story!