In yet another spot-on critique, the Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen analyzes the “chutzpah” of McConnell’s claim by citing examples when the Kentucky Republican himself has shamelessly confessed to employing a strategy of unified Republican opposition to essentially every policy Democrats and President Obama have proposed.
Beyond blatantly admitting that making Obama a one-term president is the No. 1 goal of the Republican Party, McConnell has given further explanation of the GOP’s strategy not only to unseat the president, but to rally Americans against the Democratic Party. It calls for unified opposition to any and every policy Obama proposes – including those the party has previously supported – because unified Republican opposition, even if it is only symbolic, has the effect of “shifting American public opinion” against the Democratic agenda and “necessarily mak(ing) Democratic ideas less popular,” as Benen puts it.
“McConnell’s willingness to blame the president for McConnell’s own deliberate strategy is plainly insane,” Benen states.
I would add that the long list of partisan bills Republicans have pushed in the last 10 months is a far greater factor in shaping public sentiments about how “Congress can’t get anything done” than any policy the president has proposed.
According to a Washington Monthly article in January 2010, Barton, the former head of the Texas Republican Party, and Peter Marshall, who the article described as “a Massachusetts-based preacher who has argued that California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina were God’s punishment for tolerating gays,” had even more ideas in mind when they testified before the Texas Education Assembly. Per the Washington Monthly:
If we’re rioting, I need at least two weeks advanced notice.
This black person had planned to move to New Zealand if Obama isn’t reelected, but I suppose I could be down for some light rioting:
“I firmly believe that race riots are on the way. They are being encouraged. Remember when Bill Clinton left office and remember they took all the Ws out of the keyboard and they defaced parts of the White House? What do you think these people are gonna do? What do you think this administration — this administration won’t worry about the White House. They will take this country down. If it looks like they are losing, the uber left, they will take it down. If I can’t have it, no one will. ”
As long as the rioting doesn’t occur before noon or last past five. I’m on a schedule, here.
I’m sitting here watching The Daily Show, and the moment of zen clip features some assclown on Fox News1 stating that Michelle Obama was seen ordering a burger, fries, and a shake, and then likened the number of calories she ingested to eating a live raccoon.
I’ve been sitting here alternatively laughing and scratching my head — trying to understand how the hell one would know the number of calorie in eating a live raccoon.
Unless you’ve been trapped under something heavy for the past few days (or are sensible and have given up trying to follow the goings-on of Our Lady of Meese Hunting), you are likely aware that the “Rootin’ Tootin’ I Can See Putin” Sarah Palin Commemorative Family Vacation Slash Bus Tour is underway — and to hilarious effect.
But before we keep on bussin’, y’all, let’s get one thing clear: Sarah Palin is not running for President. I repeat: Sarah Palin is not running for President.
She’s smart enough to know how stupid she is. She’s smart enough to know that Obama would figuratively wipe the debate floor with her ass.
She’s also smart enough to know that she does not have the intellectual wherewithal to spend the time required to be able to answer such hard-hitting questions as: “Which newspapers do you read?”
Even before Gail Collins was with the New York Times, she has written nasty and derogatory articles about me. Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level. More importantly, her facts are wrong!