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The hypocritical GOP does not really care about anything but beating Obama

On one level the GOP is not hypoctitical at all. If you concede that they are viscerally opposed to the President and want him out, everything else becomes clear. What is hypocritical is pretending that this is not a motive that trumps everything else in their little book of claims. They do not care about whether we go down the tube globally. They do not care about national security save as a political point to regain power. They do not care about debt though they use this as their excuse for their Obama hatred. And so forth. What is delicious is that this is obvious. And it is over reach. And it will defeat them.

More and even more below:

Obama Wins Either Way, Electronic War, High Speed Grid, DSK Culpable – Associated Content from Yahoo! – “The hypocritical GOP does not really care about anything but beating Obama. This is unpatriotic and suicidal for the Republicans. By proposing a meda-deal and being willing to do it, Obama has made any small deal look merely like a necessity because of the intransigent GOP. The intransigent GOP is therefore the loser.”

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Amid the current confusion is there any hope of sanity?

I have spent the day gathering the shards of our broken and disfunctional society and seeing if I can put anything together that actually tells us everything will turn out OK. The people who run things in NYC – Wall Street types – seem to think there will be no suspension of government. Whether they are overestimating the intelligence of the GOP is another question. It seems to come down to how much the GOP is willing to sacrifice to beat Obama.  And, as I say that, I know that, if the GOP stonewalls to the point of a shut-down, they will be just as defeated as they appear to be now. The sad thing is that there seems to be no GOP percentage in being patriotic and decent. The only thing Obama can do from now on is play hardball and see what gives, if anything. You can read more of all this at the link below.

via Sad Recession Images, Shaky Social Security, Jon Stewart, More GOP Perfidy, McCain – Associated Content from Yahoo! –

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Three John Boehner Posts

For some reason John Boehner has elicited more response than any other person I have commented on. Here are three samples of such commentaries.


Boehner Enemy

Boehner’s Call – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. John Boehner could be subjected to enough Tea Party immaturity to split the GOP or else force him to make them grow up, an impossible task perhaps. Either way he’s left holding the bag.
Boehner Gets an A

Boehner Clarity – A Few Lines by Stephen C. Rose. Go to the front of the class John. You get an A.
Boehner Goes Down

John Boehner Is Going Down – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. John Boehner is the Majority Leader and because John Boehner is lying to the American people he and his party will go down like the Titanic in 2012.

COMMENT ON: Bill Halter Running For Arkansas Senate: Progressive Democrat To Challenge Blanche Lincoln

The comments I’ve read so far, if they are representative, are good news for the replacement of Blue Dogs by progressives. We badly need this movement. I wonder if the move in Arkansas will stimulate Sen. Lincoln to positive action now so she can say she was with the progressives when it counted.

Regardless, progressive challenges to Blue Dogs should be where it’s at in 2010. And hopefully will be.

If the GOP continues as the party of NO, there’s NO telling who will win, despite the media disposition to dream of a GOP landslide.

Read the Article I am commenting on at HuffingtonPost

Read HP comments on this comment here.


COMMENT ON: Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension, Tells Dem ‘Tough Shit’

This guy should be taken out to a shack where one of the people he is preventing payment to lives and walk in his or her shoes for a year. This is merely another reason why the party of NO will go down in 2010. No one other than Arnold and a few other non-Senators has had the nerve to challenge the NOness strategy. Though in actuality the President has. Yesterday was merely a repeat of what he said previoously. You want to fight? Wait for 2010 and see who wins.

Read the Article I am commenting on at Huffington Post


U.S. Senate Core of Party of No, Core of Party of Maybe

OK, at some point the monolithic and idiot discipline of the GOP was bound to break. On the forthcoming Jobs Bill it did. This is a seismic event because i leaves the GOP with a choice. Either have a big fight and try to remain the Party of NO. Or put up a white flag and work with the President. Te future of the GOP lies with the latter choice. It’s current NO course is suicidal not merely for the party but for the country as well.

U.S. Senate Core of Party of No


NAYs —30

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bunning (R-KY)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Here’s the Core of the Party of Maybe

It includes Republicans — BOLDED

YEAs —62

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)


Fine-tuning the Obama Attack on the GOP

Do not assume for a nanosecond that the GOP will come in on bills that offer GOP proposals along with Democrat proposals — as in larding the climate bill with nuclear power plant construction proposals. The Republicans do not want to be bipartisan. They want to suggest that they can govern better than the Democrats. The Obama initiative to the GOP will prove a success only if one of two things takes place:

1. Continued GOP obstruction is made sufficiently noxious to all concerned that they are perceived to be more and more the party of NO.  This was the takeaway the GOP wanted to squelch Friday.  But the President laid out the price. If they cannot compromise, they cannot govern.

2. There emerges a split among the Republicans, with some coming over and enabling the Obama agenda to pass without reconciliation. This appears to be a pipe dream because  ,if it happens,  it makes the compromisers vulnerable to attack by their own party and to defeat by Obama Democrats. If I were a GOP leader, I would go with Option 1 and try to counter the party of NO charge.

Now how in the name of the deity can upstanding progressive Democrats counter the above conundrum? Here are a few ideas:

1.  Create a Talking Points Site that contrasts reality with hyperbole. Show the positive effects of stimulus and the nasty political rhetoric of the GOP sorts.

2. Begin to move from talk about bipartisanship now to talk of bipartisanship after the 2010 elections. Begin a concerted effort to find both Republican challengers who embrace the Obama agenda and Democrats who will help clear out incumbent Democrats who have essentially obstructed the Obama agenda. The goal will be to bring about a civil politics.  Create a second site that is called Civility Watch. Tell Dems to make nice and stick to the facts and flag GOP lapses.

3.  Sponsor contests for the videos that best explain the Obama agenda. This can be done in a number of ways.

4. Sponsor public forums shown on CSPAN in which the effort will be to arrive at agreement on specific legislative initiatives. The President should moderate these and the participants on both sides should be chosen by their parties.  Such events would be close in feel to last Friday’s encounter.