Republicans – Bought And Sold!

You know, I’ve been watching politics closely for over 35 years and what has happened to the GOP in the last several years is pretty remarkable, if you step back and look at it. There are so many examples of them either changing positions as the wind blows or simply changing public opinion to match their crazy ideas. A perfect example of the latter is Climate Change (formerly Global Warming). Steve Benen has a post up with a link to a previous post of his own that shows this so clearly. From one of his pieces…

It’s disheartening enough that rejection of climate science has become a benchmark of Republicans’ ideology. It adds insult to injury to see how quickly the party’s perspective is regressing.It was, after all, literally just a few years ago that plenty of Republicans were willing to take the threat and the science seriously. GOP presidential candidates like John McCain and Mike Huckabee not only acknowledged climate change, they both endorsed cap-and-trade plans. Rank-and-file Republican voters, by and large, believed what the mainstream believed when it came to climate science.

If you follow that last link he gives, you discover that Republicans have been victims of a massive propaganda campaign. Maybe the word “victim” isn’t appropriate, since they seem to be doing it so willingly. Some might call it denial, some might call it lying to oneself and others might just call it stupidity. I think all apply. From another Benen piece…

A new report this week from the Pew Research Center shows what we probably could have guessed: conservatives in America reject evidence of global warming. But Pew study also raises an important related point: it didn’t use to be this way.Pew found that a 53% majority of self-identified Republicans believe there is no solid evidence the earth is warming. Among “Tea Party” Republicans, the results were even worse, with 70% concluding that the climate science is wrong. This isn’t exactly surprising.

But reader H.S. flagged a key detail about the trend in attitudes:

Disbelief in global warming in the GOP is a recent occurrence. Just a few years ago, in 2007, a 62%-majority of Republicans said there is solid evidence of global warming, while less than a third (31%) said there is no solid evidence. Currently, just 38% of Republicans say there is solid evidence the earth is warming, and only 16% say that warming is caused by human activity. In 2007, three-in-ten Republicans said global warming was the result of human activity.

That is one massive change in attitudes and it didn’t just happen by chance. If you want to know how this occurred, you just have to look at one example to understand it. Fred Upton, a Republican from my state of Michigan, has done a complete 180 degree turnaround. Just over a year ago in April 2009, Upton characterized climate change as “a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions.” It’s quite amazing how $20,000 can change a person’s mind. Brad Johnson fills in the blanks for us, via Steve Benen…(emphasis mine)

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, incoming energy chair Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) joined Americans For Prosperity (AFP) president Tim Phillips, a global warming denier, to support the lawsuits by global warming polluters against climate rules. One of the companies leading the charge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas endangerment finding is Koch Industries, the private pollution giant whose billionaire owners have been directing the Tea Party movement through its AFP front group.

Upton once considered a “moderate on environmental issues,” but has worked hard to refashion himself as a hard-right defender of pollution in recent months. Some Tea Party groups tried to block Upton from taking the gavel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, attacking his past support for energy-efficient light bulbs. Upton previously claimed that “climate change is a serious problem” and that “the world will be better off” if we reduced carbon emissions. However, in the course of the past two years — as he received $20,000 from Koch Industries — Upton has shifted to oppose not only cap-and-trade legislation but any form of limits on climate pollution whatsoever, instead supporting investigations against climate scientists and lawsuits against the EPA and its supposed “unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs.”

Look how far the GOP has regressed in just over a year. I don’t think you will find a single Republican saying anything about Climate Change these days.  They have successfully brainwashed all their Fox-heads and Rush-heads to fall in line with the corporate overlords, Koch Industries. Lock-step everyone, lock-step. Tighten up those ranks, get those salutes tighter now…march, march, march. What’s next?


Happy Holidays To All!

I want to thank all you who take the time to read my rantings. I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary for this blog. It’s been a fun venture which I intend to keep up with as much as possible in the new year. I feel blessed for many reasons this holiday season, the photo below is just one of them.

Thank you President Obama and all the hard working people in the Whitehouse and throughout the Democratic party. You have given the entire country many things to be thankful for and will make millions of American’s holidays much brighter than they were just a few years ago.


Jim (Extreme Liberal)

President Obama – One Kick Ass President!

From Booman…

The Senate passed a test-vote on START ratification with 67 votes. What this means is that the president is going to succeed in his number one priority foreign policy item in his first two years in the White House.

He also just completed a total repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and in a manner far superior to doing it by executive order, as many impatient people insisted that he do. He’s going to get the 9/11 Responders bill passed. He is the only president in our history to successfully pass a bill to establish the right of access to health care for all our citizens (not to mention, the subsidies to make sure people can access it).

He’s already the best president of my lifetime and he has six years to go. It’s not even close. I’m basically at the point now where I don’t even want to hear the complaining and griping. He’s about the last person in Washington DC who deserves criticism. When you get done handling everyone who makes his job difficult, then you can get to him. Wake me up when someone has his back on Guantanamo. Wake me up when he can get some money to conduct a trial for an al-Qaeda suspect.

And he did all this with a 60-vote requirement, a Party of No opposition, two shitty wars he didn’t start, a seven million job lost deficit, and a bunch of people calling him a Kenyan socialist Nazi who wants to kill your grandma and turn the country over to Sharia Law.

But he didn’t do x so I guess McCain/Palin would have been just as good and really no different if you think about it.

Rachel Maddow Is A Class Act – If Only Others Were As Well!

From MSNBC on the repeal of DADT. Thank you President Obama, you did exactly what you said you would do. Fucking Aye, Civil Rights for more people. Emphasis from Daily Kos…

Rachel Maddow: You know, a lot of people said that once it was clear that it was going to pass that it would open the door to some unexpected “yes” votes. And I always am, I always tend to be a little cynical about these things so I’m not sure that I believed it. But it’s true. To see Richard Burr, in particular, move on this, to see John Ensign move on this — John Ensign indicated that he might move on this — it just shows you that the politics of this are unpredictable and that people who will try to denounce this as “a traditional right-left issue” the way that John McCain I think in particular has tried to demagogue it, it’s just, they’re just wrong. They’re talking about something that might have been true 20 years ago and isn’t true now.

I think that politically, though, the thing to not lose touch of, to not lose touch with here, this is the President’s victory. The President took a lot of criticism, a lot of abuse, a lot of skepticism from his otherwise most loyal supporters on this. But this is an issue on which the President did not waver. He continually insisted that this was possible. That it would get done.

It, in fact, was not possible for the President to do this through Executive action. This is something that had to happen legislatively if it was really going to happen in a definitive way.

The President did not waver. He DID work on the Senate to get this to happen. He insisted that this was possible against a lot of people, including me, saying it was not possible.

This is a difficult promise kept. It’s not just a promise that was kept. It was one that was hard to keep, that cost a lot of political capital and a lot of work and this is the President’s victory today and his base will reward him for it.


I just had to say that, sorry. Those 3 fucks have spent two years trashing President Barack Obama over his not moving fast enough, for not acting like a king and issuing an executive order to stop enforcement and basically any other angle they could come up with to trash him. I’m sure they will now laud him and heap praise upon him for the next two years (cough, choke, gag)…I knew you’d like that one. I have a saying I’d like to pound into those 3 fucks heads that I have learned in my advancing years and is completely true, according to Random House, the proverb has been traced back to ‘Piers Plowman’ by William Langland…


I added the “you whiners” part myself, kind of the 2010 version of the saying. I had to, since I was banned from Americablog for basically using that word. Aravosis and his moderator apparently did not like that word and banished me from their….I won’t say it. I also like the Latin version…

Maxima enim..patientia virtus (Patience is the greatest virtue)

Or how about the French…

Patience est une grant vertu – (Patience is a great value)

Chaucer even wrote it in his Canterbury Tales

Patience is a high virtue

Of course the damage has been done by the 3 fucks above and their many minions and fellow haters. And now we have a Republican controlled congress coming soon to a theater near you and how much do you want to bet that everything that doesn’t get done because of it, will be blamed on President Obama?

Why “The Professional Left” Are Idiots And Mitch McConnell Is Much Smarter!

I absolutely cannot say it better than Booman has in this post, read it people. (emphasis mine)

One thing I keep saying that seems to gain little currency is that the Party of No Strategy deserves a lot of credit for watering down our agenda, demoralizing our base, forcing us into painful tradeoffs that pit our supporters against each other, firing up the Republican base, and doing real damage to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. The strategy has worked marvelously well in all these aims and also in avoiding blame from the media or even from us. We prefer to blame our leaders and ourselves and the intelligence of the people and the media and campaign finance laws and so on. But we are very reluctant to give any credit to the opposition for manipulating us and frustrating us and making us divided and demoralized.

I’ll keep giving them credit and asking people to take a step back and make sure they’re not acting like puppets on Mitch McConnell’s string. I remind you that this has been the most productive and progressive Congress since the mid-1960’s and this has been the most successful and productive administration since Eisenhower was in office. Yeah, maybe that doesn’t count for much when the competition involves a guy who was shot and killed, a guy who gave us the Vietnam War, a guy who was impeached and resigned, a guy who couldn’t fix the economy or get our hostages released, a guy who was embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal, a guy who was impeached and acquitted, and two guys named Bush. So, yeah, our leadership has sucked for as long as anyone can remember. Our Congress is broken. Our budget is broken. Our foreign policy is broken. Our moral compass is on the fritz. It says something that we’ve never had it so good and we’re still so unhappy.

But I have some perspective. I don’t like having it proved to me everyday that our system sucks. But I am not disappointed. We had a great two years. It should have been a lot better, but we did well. We’ll be longing to have it this good for a long, long time. It should become clear shortly what we’re really facing and who is prepared to fight the real enemy. I wish it had been clear all along.


Petulance Vs. Principle, How Some On The Left Have Lost It!

The Awesome Bob Cesca simply out-did himself with his latest column which unfortunately appears at the Huffington Post. Here is a rare link to that crappy, populist site because Bob is worth it. Here are some of the highlights, but you must go read the whole thing and then close the window….don’t be tempted by the sexy stories on the bar on the right, unless you really need to know about “Elin Nordegren’s New Boyfriend?” Notice the National Enquirer technique of adding a question mark….oh Arianna knows how to sensationalize, doesn’t she. From Bob’s Awesome piece…

Somehow, though, certain progressives don’t get it. They believe the president is betraying progressive principles and deliberately sticking it to “the base.”

First of all, the progressive movement is hardly the president’s base. Most progressive leaders supported John Edwards during the primaries, and many were ambivalent about the president once he was nominated. The president’s base is made up of mostly non-political Americans — many of whom desperately need their unemployment benefits to continue until the jobs return.

Second, stop whining and wise up, progressives. The president isn’t going to pass every last thing on your personal wish list. Just because he compromised on something that you’ve been frantically tweeting about doesn’t mean it’s time to pitch a tantrum and hurl the board game across the room — storming off in a snit.

Like the president said in his presser the other day, our country was founded on compromise and it has continued to this day. Sure compromise pisses off both sides, usually, but in a way that is the definition of compromise. This next piece of Bob’s column gets to the heart of why I have little or no respect for Hamsher and her firebaggers and usually turn off Keith O’s “Special Comments”, they are using Republican tactics while decrying those tactics out of the other side of their mouths, I fucking hate hypocrites.

Last week, Keith Olbermann delivered a Special Comment about the tax cut deal. In it, he predictably eviscerated the president for accepting the tax-cut compromise. Fine. I get it. And I like Keith.

But within the cablecast essay, Olbermann noted how the president engaged in a “preemptive abandonment” of both the public option and single-payer. Regarding the aforementioned and ridiculous notion of running a primary challenger to the president, it’s worth noting here that not one serious Democratic presidential candidate has ever proposed single-payer. Ever. Not the 2008 progressive favorite John Edwards. Certainly not Hillary Clinton. And not even 2004 progressive favorite Howard Dean. And neither did Barack Obama. So I’m not exactly sure how President Obama can “abandon” a policy he never proposed in the first place.

The public option wasn’t “preemptively” jettisoned either. Like every aspect and line item contained within the various health-care-reform bills that were ricocheting around Congress, it was up for negotiation. Every policy within those bills was negotiable. Not just the public option.

Bob Cesca sums it up like no one else can do.

Okay, okay. I’m not making any friends here, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to participate in a movement where so many colleagues have careened off the rails. We’re supposed to be the smart ones, the reality-based people.

And yet, out of some sort of manic-depression or desire for hipster cred, we’ve become overly preoccupied with tearing down the most liberal president in decades using non-reality-based criticisms instead of laser-focusing our efforts and resources on tearing down the real killers — conservatives, Tea Party people and the GOP.


But mainly, enough with the pouting. We have to stop mistaking petulance for “principle” and get something done.

Firedoglake, Where Crazy People Congregate For Hate!

I clicked over to the blog that I rail against so much to see what kind of crap they are peddling in the Twilight Zone world they live in over there. The top post read…

Obama Haters Praise His Tax Policies Because They Believe Those Policies Will Make Him Fail

It is really a “bizarro” read (Seinfeld reference), I had a hard time following this ramble which is clearly aimed at Firedoglake’s main audience, the Trolls who like to pretend like they are progressive, but when you read more than one comment from them, you tend to notice a similarity to Fox New’s line of the day or week. I’m going to break my own rule and paste from that piece of shit blog for illustration purposes. This is the first paragraph…

Like the Sirens reputed to lure sailors onto rocks, a series of columnists who want President Obama to fail are praising Obama’s capitulation on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. The motif of these comments has three common characteristics – all designed to destroy the Obama presidency. First, and the chutzpah of this aspect is wondrous, those that hate Obama’s policies are telling Obama he is demonstrating his strength by surrendering on the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy. Second, they claim that Obama “moved to the center” by agreeing to support tax cuts for the wealthy. Third, they claim that Obama’s attacks on his strongest supporters are brilliant politics essential to saving his Presidency.

First off, just like every other Obama-hater (and Firedoglake is the main hater), he makes reference to just the tax cuts for the wealthy, no mention of the tax cuts for me or you, or the unemployment benefits in the package or the EITC for poor people or the myriad of other things bundled in the package. No, if you didn’t know better, the bill was purely tax cuts for the wealthy. Second, who are all these “series of columnists” who want President Obama to fail? He mentions Dana Millbank, someone who has gone off the rail in many liberals minds, thus his stupidity on this issue. The only other “columnist” he mentions is Mark Penn, and I don’t really think Mark is a columnist by trade. He’s a bad political consultant from what I have observed. The author lists 3 common characteristics of these “comments” by this “series of columnists.” I won’t waste time replying to all 3, they are quite a reach. I’ll just take the last one, which made me laugh out loud, seriously. “Third, they claim that Obama’s attacks on his strongest supporters are brilliant politics essential to saving his Presidency.” ROFL….. STRONGEST SUPPORTERS, that is some funny shit. In the President’s press conference the day after the agreement was announced, it wasn’t his “strongest supporters” that he was blasting. It was the assholes like almost every blogger at FDL that he was blasting, hardly his strongest supporters. This fits with their constant reference to themselves as “The Base”…and as I wrote in a previous post, the only thing they are the base of is a big pile of shit.

His attack on Penn has some merit, Mark Penn has said a lot of stupid shit over the years, why should we be surprised by this. I doubt that his motivation is to make the President fail, he really believes the shit he peddles in my opinion. Penn does touch on some truth in his statements though, and anyone who is realistic about winning elections…appealing to independents and moderates…will see some truth in what he says.

By becoming reverse tax protesters (chanting “raise taxes”), the liberals are sending out all the wrong messages to a country that overwhelmingly backs the key elements of the bipartisan deal the president struck.

I know the hard core partisans on the left don’t have a problem with saying “raise taxes”, in fact, I say it myself. But if you are trying to appeal to a majority of voters in the country, you really should keep those thoughts to yourself and your fellow “hard lefters.” This really gets to the heart of what the President said so eloquently in his press conference the other day, that we can all stand on our principles and do absolutely nothing for the American people. Accomplish nothing, not help a single person on unemployment, not a single poor person wondering how they are going to feed their family, not a single business that may be able to hire a few of those unemployed folks….nothing, nada. But goddamn it, we have our principles….oh, and our nice jobs, cars and homes. I don’t think Jane Hamsher is going to wonder about how she is going to pay the rent, or feed her family. But she sure is quick to say fuck people with pre-existing conditions, fuck the unemployed, fuck the poor, fuck those children who now have health care, fuck them all….my principles are more important than real people. Check out this link, courtesy of Nicole at Political Ruminations, if you want to know more about how Hamsher rolls.

Here are the final two paragraphs of this post at FDL, tell me this guy isn’t out of his fucking mind, I dare you. There are more twists and turns in logic, my head was spinning just trying to follow it. I’m sure it made perfect sense to the firebagger trolls who simply look for buzz words and grunt. (emphasis on stupidity contained is mine)

Cumulatively, these questions lead to a disturbing inference. The Milbanks and Penns of the world invest the time to spin these fables because they think that senior members of the administration hate liberals so badly, and are so desperate for compliments, that they will fall for praise from people that hate them and want them to fail. They hope that the administration will take their advice and destroy itself and the Democratic Party by adopting policies that harm the nation (by making already record income inequality even worse) and require Obama to betray his campaign promises. It’s hard to conceive of a nastier insult to the administration – they’re convinced that Obama and his senior staff are uniformly incompetent.

The ideal result for supporters of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy is to get them extended in a manner that allows Republicans to escape from the suicidal bargaining position they were in on holding taxes for 98% of American taxpayers hostage and blocking the extension of unemployment benefits, in a fashion in which the Republicans get to take primary credit for all of the tax cuts, and while causing the President to betray his campaign promises and launch an attack on his strongest supporters – an attack taken word-for-word out of the Republican playbook. That is precisely what they’ve achieved. They did not achieve the result through brilliance and they cannot achieve it without cowardice and ineptitude on the part of the Democrats.

The first paragraph and the highlighted portion in particular, is just pure horseshit. He must have shoveled that from the bottom of the pile that they are at the base of. It speaks for itself really, no need to rip that one apart. My favorite part of the second paragraph is the part where he returns to the idea that the President launched an attack on “his strongest supporters”…ROFL again, every time I read it I can’t help myself.

To me it is just bizarre how these publicity whores have succeeded in convincing the cable news networks that they are “the base.” They aren’t the fucking base, no way no how. The definition of “the base” is people who stick with you through thick and thin. I am part of the base, been donating to Democrats since I had my first job. I know that sometimes I have to plug my nose with some candidates, but that whole “lesser of two evils” really does apply. Anyone who just defaults to “they are all the same” aren’t paying close enough attention. Republicans consistently suck way worse than Democrats. I pick the less sucky, personally.

Compromise…The New Four Letter Word In Politics!

It seems that both the hard right and the hard left have determined that compromising is horrible, it’s giving in, it’s bowing to the other side, it’s just plain wrong damn it. No one has made it more clear than ole’ Boner himself. This exchange on 60 Minutes with Leslie Stahl shows it better than anything I’ve read. You have to give Boner credit for being totally honest that it’s the word, people, not the actions. Courtesy of Steve Benen…

Most notably, Lesley Stahl brought up the notion of a conservative Republican Speaker cooperating with a Democratic president. It led to this back and forth:

Boehner: We have to govern. That’s what we were elected to do.

Stahl: But governing means compromising.

Boehner: It means working together.

Stahl: It also means compromising.

Boehner: It means finding common ground.

Stahl: Okay, is that compromising?

Boehner: I made it clear I am not gonna compromise on my principles, nor am I gonna compromise…

Stahl: What are you saying?

Boehner: …the will of the American people.

Stahl: You’re saying, “I want common ground, but I’m not gonna compromise.” I don’t understand that. I really don’t.

Boehner: When you say the word “compromise,” a lot of Americans look up and go, “Uh-oh, they’re gonna sell me out.” And so finding common ground, I think, makes more sense.

When Stahl noted the tax deal, and the fact that Boehner had to make concessions when dealing with the White House, she said Boehner did, in fact, “compromise.” Boehner replied, “We found common ground.”

Stahl responded that Boehner seemed “afraid of the word.” The incoming Speaker replied, “I reject the word.”

Like I said, you have to give him credit for coming right out and saying it. Common ground good, compromise bad. Got it! It’s not just the crazy right wingers that feel this way, but those crazy left wingers too, except I don’t think these assholes are left wingers, they are populist, teabagger wanna be’s. A rare link to Firedoglake here, I hate giving them fuckers any traffic but this is a perfect example of what they’ve become over at that piece of shit blog. Character assassination and guilt by association on steroids. Who said Fox News was the only outlet for this crap. The firebagger brigade went over the cliff long ago.

The Huffington Post wasted no time in spinning the deal as a cave-in, portraying it as the GOP calling all the shots on the deal. Here is a piece from just one of the posts they have up slanting things as only they can do…(no link to that piece of shit blog)

Republicans control neither the House nor the Senate – and certainly not the White House. But they largely dictated the terms of President Barack Obama’s proposed tax-cut compromise, which disgruntled congressional Democrats want to discuss in closed meetings that are likely to be rowdy.

But of course, when many people who aren’t so angry and still have the capacity for rational thought looked at it, they came up with the reality of the deal which is that it was clearly a compromise that many argue favored the left more than the right. This graph shoes it pretty well…

Now I know many on the left have a rabid hatred for rich people so much that they are willing to say “fuck you” to the unemployed, to the working poor and to all those people who might actually get one of those jobs that will come out of this deal. They apparently would rather see a blood letting of rich people than help for people who really need it. That is why I can’t call these people progressives or liberals, they are opportunistic, populist fucks in my opinion.

Now I hate the idea of giving in at all to the Republicans, but I also live in reality, where the GOP now writes the bills, appropriates money and has forced a new reality where “compromise” is about the best we can do on the left, if and until we gain back the House of Representatives. And of course with the assholes like Hamsher and the gang, I’m sure that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. They seem intent on destroying the Democratic Party from within and that is why I think we need to purge them motherfuckers now. THEY ARE NOT THE BASE THEY KEEP CLAIMING TO BE!