What She Said!

Kay over at White Noise Insanity has it right, in my opinion. Go here to see her excellent site. Below is her take on Obama’s drilling announcement.

Okay, nobody panic about President Obama stating he will support offshore oil drilling. Instead, let’s think about this for a moment. The republicans will never go for this, because they don’t want America’s first black President to be the one to get offshore drilling, and President Obama knows this. I’m telling you right now….the campaign election season is going to be good! So far the republicans will be campaigning against the health care bill and then they will have to be against offshore oil drilling, because do they really want their constituents hearing them say, “We are with President Obama!”. Or maybe they’ll say, “Bad idea in offshore drilling! Stupid! President Obama is the worst president in the history of the nation if he says to drill baby drill!”. Too funny!

So don’t panic! I hope President Obama tries to put through all of the right wing agenda by election time just so they won’t have a damn thing to campaign on! Bah hahahahahahahaha!

I think the left needs to back up and look at the bigger picture. President Obama and David Plouffe are playing with the cards they were dealt, the party of no trying to block them at every stage. This is a new tactic to undermine the Republicans. Brilliant!

Morning Propoganda With Mika!

Wow, another Morning Joe that had a clear “propoganda agenda”… to equalize the hatred and rhetoric coming from the Republican leaders, trying to say that both sides are doing it. It just blows me away that there are so many defenders of violent extremists. Pat Buchanan did his part to justify it by reminding us all of the riots after the Rodney King verdict, hmmmm, why would he refer to that, which wasn’t a political issue, but rather a social justice issue. Why would he pit this primarily racial issue against what is going on today? What could be his reason, hmmmm?

Mika tried desperately to equate the death threat on Eric Cantor with all the violence and violent rhetoric coming from the right. She actually attempted to say it is worse, because she hasn’t heard the same type of threats from the right. WHAAAA? Did she miss the whole Stupak phone message story last week? Did she miss the fact that the nut who threatened Cantor also threatened Obama, Pelosi and Reid? Or did she conveniently forget those minor details in an effort to pretend like they all do it. I haven’t seen anything about that nut that says he is on the left, he appears to just be a nut.

Bob Cesca posted about this morning show too, here is a bit from it…

I can show you dozens of incidents on the right for every one incident on the left (I’m being generous). Find me an A-list politician on the left who is referring to Republicans using firearms lingo, as Sarah Palin has. Find me groups of protesters on the left who are waving racist banners, or carrying signs threatening gun violence. Find me someone on the left who has violently lashed out.

I heard a show on NPR, On Point, that took on this subject yesterday. The Republican defender of violence they had on was trying desperately to equate the rhetoric during the Bush years as similar to what’s going on today. He could only come up with a couple of instances, one being hanging Bush in effigy. Now how he equates a radical at a protest with an outrageous prop to the leaders of the Republican Party stoking violence, using weapons language, tyranny, armageddon, the end of freedom, reload, arm yourselves, rise up….this certainly is quite different than a protester carrying a crazy prop. The other example this guy had was the left calling Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld war criminals. If they shoe fits, wear it. The major difference here would be liberals were calling for investigations, you know, using the legal system to punish wrong doing. I don’t remember those crazy liberals calling for arming themselves or calling for insurrection. We mobilized voters and took over the congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008. Of course the Republican response to that is to delegitimize his presidency, block every bill, use every procedure to stop anything from happening.

I have to believe that this tactic that the Republicans and their defenders are using is going to turn off a lot of moderates. It may play with the base who have bought the right wing bullshit from the talkers, but I doubt that all those moderate folks agree with them on this issue. Let’s hope they aren’t buying, anyway.

Oh, Those Silly Conservatives!

From Steve Benen,

UNAWARE OF THE CONTRADICTION…. There’s an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, and received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare. He now receives Social Security.

He’s a conservative because he wants to get the government off his back…

This phenomenon is happening all across the country. People who scream the loudest about getting the government off our backs are oblivious to the contradiction within there own lives. The brainwashing does that to you. Rush and Glenny couch there bullshit in such slick packages and repeated talking points, that many people don’t seem to realize what hypocrites they are when they spew it back. More from Steve Benen…

…This is not uncommon. The NYT reports today on some of the well-intention folks who’ve been caught up in the Tea Party nonsense. Take Tom Grimes, for example.

In the last year, he has organized a local group and a statewide coalition, and even started a “bus czar” Web site to marshal protesters to Washington on short notice. This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care. […]

“If you quit giving people that stuff, they would figure out how to do it on their own,” Mr. Grimes said.

When Grimes lost his job 15 months ago, one of his first steps was contacting his congressman about available programs that might give him access to government health care. He receives Social Security, and is considering a job opening at the Census Bureau. But in the meantime, Grimes has filled the back seat of his Mercury Grand Marquis with literature decrying government aid to struggling Americans.

That’s why I’m not too worried about the Republicans in November, sure dems will lose seats but I don’t think it will be that bad.  President Obama said it better than I could…

Recess Appointments, Hell Yes!

Only 15? Come on guys go nuts and recess appoint all the pending ones. Fuck the Republicans, if democrats don’t give them shit to scream about, they will just make it up anyway. From CNN….

“The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees,” Obama said in a written statement that also named the 15 individuals. “But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.

“Most of the men and women whose appointments I am announcing today were approved by Senate committees months ago, yet still await a vote of the Senate. At a time of economic emergency, two top appointees to the Department of Treasury have been held up for nearly six months. I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.”

I hope this is a sign that the president is going to start getting rough with those idiot Republicans. I hope they don’t try the bipartisan thing on every bill and give the Republicans the chance to play their games. Unfortunately, there are a lot of weak democrats in the house and senate. More from the CNN piece…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also welcomed the appointments Saturday.

“Regrettably, Senate Republicans have dedicated themselves to a failed strategy to cripple President Obama’s economic initiatives by stalling key Administration nominees at every turn,” said Reid spokesman Jim Manley. “With the recess appointments of these highly qualified individuals, President Obama has shown that he is serious about getting the right team in place to create jobs and protect the American work force.”