Monday, March 09, 2009

Republicans Go On The Warpath-- Against Each Other


What a day for the Grand Obstructionist Party! As President Obama moves ahead with one post-Bush initiative after another, all Republicans can do is whine about Obama trying to create the master race and beat on each other-- although North Carolina closet queen Patrick McHenry did reveal the Republican Party's strategy for further wrecking the country today. Joe the Plumber is on the attack against Michael Steele. Former Bush speech writer David Frum has eviscerated GOP head honcho Rush Limbaugh (and was backed up by mainstream GOP senators) and Limbaugh wrote Newt Gingrich out of the Republican Party.

I'm frankly getting tired of talking about Newt. I mean, it's a pointless exercise," Limbaugh said of Gingrich's dismissal of him on "Meet the Press." "I'm surprised by nothing when I'm dealing with people in the media who think they're in politics. ... They are fly-by-night operators, and most of them stand for nothing until they see a poll about what the American people want, and then they go out and try to say one way or another what the American people want while trying to falsely hold onto an ideology at the same time — and you can't count on them. You can't depend on them. They will sell you out; they will throw you overboard to save themselves, faster than anything. And they'll use you on their way up as often as they can at the same time."

"I mean, next week Newt could come out and profess his total admiration and love for me if it would serve his purposes," he continued. "They're running TV ads against me. Newt Gingrich wishes they were running TV ads against him."

And... on top of all that, now John McCain's daughter Meghan has come out swinging at Republican Party harridan #1, Ann Coulter.
It is no secret that being a Republican isn’t the most hip political stance a person can take right now. President Obama has successfully established himself as the hippest politician around... being a Republican is about as edgy as Donny Osmond.

...To make matters worse, certain individuals continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about Republicans. Especially Republican women. Who do I feel is the biggest culprit? Ann Coulter. I straight up don’t understand this woman or her popularity. I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time. But no matter how much you or I disagree with her, the cult that follows Coulter cannot be denied. She is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most notable female members of the Republican Party. She was one of the headliners at the recent CPAC conference (but when your competition is a teenager who has a dream about the Republican Party and Stephen Baldwin, it’s not really saying that much).

Coulter could be the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party. And in some ways I could be the poster woman for the opposite. I consider myself a progressive Republican, but here is what I don’t get about Coulter: Is she for real or not? Are some of her statements just gimmicks to gain publicity for her books or does she actually believe the things she says? Does she really believe all Jewish people should be “perfected” and become Christians? And what was she thinking when she said Hillary Clinton was more conservative than my father during the last election? If you truly have the GOP’s best interests at heart, how can you possibly justify telling an audience of millions that a Democrat would be a better leader than the Republican presidential candidate? (I asked Ann for comment on this column, including many of the above questions, but she did not answer my request.)

Is it any wonder that most Republicans see their party with no one trustworthy at the helm in regard to foreign policy and, in general, as a leaderless wreck?
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republican voters say their party has no clear leader, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Another 17% are undecided.

No leaders here

Just five percent (5%) view either John McCain, the GOP's unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidate, or new party chairman Michael Steele as the party's leader.

Two percent (2%) see conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh in that role, and one percent (1%) name McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner are each seen as GOP leader by less than one-half of one percent.

Even Bush's, Cheney's and Rove's favorite "Democrat" has wised up and abandoned the Republican allies people once predicted would lure him away from the Democratic caucus.

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At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest, I'm unimpressed by gloating at Republican infighting. If the economy hadn't gone sour like a bad movie script at the 11th hour, McCain could well have won. He was still ahead several points, remember? And they still control the media, which gets a free pass to sell their talking points on all those occasions they don't pay attention to White House talking points.

But the Republicans all unite, as they ever have, behind every piece of filth they can throw at anyone else--and they can make it stick, too. They instead of gloating, maybe we should be focusing on how we can kick some Blue Dog heads in, maybe start generating some ground troops to elect good progressives? And not congratulate ourselves that the sun came up just for us. Just a thought.

At 1:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin/Bachmann 2012

Because the Raped Must Birth

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Passing trillions of spending bills using money they don't have (or as you call Post-Bush initiatives) however, IS damaging the nation exceedingly."

Because passing trillions of spending bills during the FDR administration didn't lift us out of the Depression. And because spending trillions to support a meaningless war in Iraq did ever so much, on the other hand, for us.

Why is it that the wingnuts are all named Anonymous? Is this an ingrown family?

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think it is hilarious that the GOP is still a viable, functioning organization that represents a clear demographic populous = rich and rural people who are predisposed to be bigoted and stereotypical of people other than them.
These people are the laughing stock of American politics, and I do NOT know why the Green/Constitutional/Libertarian parties have not overtaken them yet.
The GOP is still reeling from its blatant idiocy and clear inability to lead a country while misusing and taking advantage of a military of people who love this country.

George Bush and Dick Cheney used this country like an ATM machine and should be tried for WAR CRIMES in the Hague! And those who have been affected will never forget what he did to this country and remember this burned in our memories FOREVER until justice is served. NEVER FORGET.

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on now. There has to be at least one good decent republican left in the entire country instead of the jokers that are there now. Gingrich and Rush, what a pair of boobs.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

There may well be "good decent Republicans" but they don't get into politics. The party has gone so extremely right that mainstream Americans can't hack it. Unless you're ready to declare yourself a dittohead-- or act just like one-- there's no reason to get into Republican Party politics. Look at the lifelong losers they pick to front for the party-- from George Bush to Michael Steele... dregs of society. And look at the crap they have as their congressional leaders: a crooked closet queen like Mitch McConnell, a neo-Nazi like Jon Kyl, John Boehner, one of the most corrupt men to ever walk onto the House floor (checks in hand) and light-weight, puffed-up little ideologues like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. What dreck!

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Dr. Tex Nology said...

No need to read the funny papers this morning ...
got my laughs out of reading this link of yours:

"Even Bush's, Cheney's and Rove's favorite "Democrat" has wised up and abandoned the Republican allies..."

... pretty funny.


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