Balls As Big As Church Bells!

I always loved that line from the movie remake of Dragnet, Dabney Coleman was great in that movie. Republicans never cease to amaze me with their gall and in the last couple of years they exhibit it many times in a day, it seems. It is much easier for them since the Foxification of all cable news outlets has come to fruition. The latest example shows as good as any just how big those balls are. Once again, Steve Benen of The Washington Monthly breaks it down for us.

THE PREDICTABLE RECESS-APPOINTMENT COMPLAINTS…. With the White House announcing six new recess appointments late yesterday, it was only a matter of time before Republicans began complaining. What I was curious to see, however, is what they came up with.

The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin took a crack at it this morning. (via Memeorandum)

On Wednesday, Obama shed any pretense of bipartisanship in making six recess appointments. As were his previous recess appointments, this batch included two individuals whose records are so controversial that they could not obtain confirmation even with 59 Democratic senators.

According to Benen, and he knows a lot more than I do about this, the “too controversial” sentence is simply a lie. All six of them passed through committees and each was expected to get 60 or more votes for confirmation. So there’s that lie, but oh so much more. That lie is simply a mask that tries to hide the real face of what happened which was summed up by Benen in this excerpt…

Knowing this, conservative Republicans, who’ve engaged in obstructionist tactics unseen in American history, placed anonymous holds on the nominees. They could have simply voted against the nominees and urged their colleagues to follow suit, but that wasn’t good enough — Republicans had to shut down the advise-and-consent process altogether.


I am intrigued, though, by the notion of “partisanship” as a criticism from a partisan. Let me see if I have this straight — when Republicans engage in obstructionism, breaking down the confirmation process, that’s fine. When the president exercises the power available to him to circumvent this obstructionism, that’s “shedding any pretense of bipartisanship”?

It’s almost as if Obama is allowed to be affected by institutional abuses, but he’s not allowed to respond. There’s nothing wrong with political pugilism, just so long as Obama realizes he’s not supposed to punch back.

That’s quite a standard.

I remember a day when the media (not including opinion pages) was a check on such hypocrisy and in some ways, prevented this kind of tactic from either party because of it. These days, the media is complicit in the charade with no shame. For the most part, they just parrot the GOP talking points which at Fox News come in the way of daily memos. The other media outlets have just been infiltrated by people like David Gregory, who when confronted with blatant lies, just lets them float around out there with no challenge. And remember, Meet the Press is supposed to be legitimate journalism, fair and balanced…cough, spit, choke. I actually miss Tim Russert, who at least did his homework and did challenge people when they showed up with a silver plate of bullshit.

I’m not exactly hopeful that the corporate media is going to change anytime soon. They clearly benefit from Republican rule in many ways. And when I hear folks on the right talk about the liberal media I can’t help but think of Dabney Coleman saying…


12 thoughts on “Balls As Big As Church Bells!

  1. In 2013 when the president makes more recess appointments, the Democrats will raise hell so it will just go the other way.

    The disturbing news is the deficit has increased 60% since the Democrats gained the majority four years ago. I guess a 60% increase doesn’t upset you but it only took four for them to accumulate that debt. Guess 2011 will be the real hope and change for the country.

  2. One of every nine federal judge seats is now vacant….110 of 876 seats. Confirmations for President Barack Obama’s nominees have come more slowly than for any president in modern history. Just 46% of his choices have been confirmed by the Senate due to Republicans playing their partisan games. Even Chief Justice Roberts is upset:

    For the Teabaggers, who so “love” the Constitution, they might remember that document’s Sixth Amendment ensures that defendants are not to be subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair and speedy trial.

  3. George W. Bush was president and had a slight bit to do with the budgets during those years. Every time you type that…or copy and paste from your memo…you look foolish. And here you are blaming the democratic congress, ignoring Bushie Boys role, but then you end with the snarky “hope and change” bullshit that tries to blame the current president for the mess left by the previous. You are a work of art, Ralph.

    It is so fucking ironic that your comment is hypocritical on a post that is about hypocrisy. You provide us with such glaring examples of the GOP troll mentality. Thanks for the entertainment, Ralph.

  4. EL, if you will recall the Democrats have held the power for four years. I will admit that the Dems have done an excellent job of spinning the blame to those who have been in the minority for the past four years.

    Doesn’t bother you that your tax dollars are being thrown down a sink hole by all of the elected leaders. I am not one sided in that I think all of them should be held accountable.

  5. “Democrats have held power” for the last four years. Really, and a Democrat signed all those bills between 2006 and 2008, right?

    I know in your world all things bad are the democrats fault and all things good are not. You could be more persuasive if you didn’t pull that kind of shit, but since you do…you look terribly foolish to anyone with a brain, and that excludes your friends at Fox and Rush Limbaugh. You do an excellent job of parroting their line of the day.

  6. Oh, and I gladly pay my taxes without bitching at all. And now that I’ve moved into the top tax bracket, I still don’t bitch. I believe in creating a society that is prosperous for all, that cares about it’s people, is protected by law enforcement and fire fighters, provides quality schools and training for it’s people, provides basic health care for a reasonable price….on and on.

    And yes, some of it is wasted, but I’m not a person who thinks you should throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Now, I expect another selfish rant from you, probably copy and pasted from documents you have lying around just for that occasion. Have at it…

  7. I don’t just blame the leftists, all politicians share the blame for wasteful spending. I have to live within my means, the federalists should be held to the same standards.

    Personal responsibility is something that is lacking in our society and a lot of the we can blame on the federal government. Who elected them to be Robin Hood and take from the have’s to give to the have-not’s.

  8. Maybe our liberal founders worked some Robin Hood into their great document. Remember….

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    It doesn’t say to only spend money on “defence”!

    And don’t forget the document that set the stage for the Constitution, the Declaraion of Independence.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Being employed, not going hungry, having adequate health care, getting an education are all part of “happiness” which the government should do everything in its power to make sure is afforded to everyone, equally.

  9. Grant, You stated why people need to accept personal responsibility.

    Being employed – a personal choice
    Not going hungry – back to employed
    Adequate healthcare – Everyone has even if it is medicaid
    Get an Education – Available to all who will accept it.

    Instead we have a society who will sue a company because the hot coffee they spilled caused a burn instead of saying I order hot coffee and I need to be more careful.

  10. Your PROOF is a singular lawsuit against McDonald’s that the REICH loves to cite (most often without telling the truth). Since then, there are warnings all over their cups and lids for the terminally stupid.

    It’s nice that you are EMPLOYED, Atlanta Ralph and not going hungry, but millions who want to work don’t have the education and skills anymore for the jobs out there since we have exported so many of our assembly line jobs that once provided for them and their families have been exported to 3rd World nations. Education ONCE was affordable for all, but even public universities are becoming out of reach for far too many.

    But, TROLL Ralph, you can always be counted on to provide the right-wing platitude, “I got mine and to hell with everyone else!” Jesus loves you.

  11. Grant, everyone in this country has access to free public education. I will agree with you that our public education is in a shambles because we refuse to teach to the highest level and insist on dumbing down. Why not push for better education, get rid of tenure for teachers and insist they teach, go to an education voucher system, rid our society of the NEA. Ge back to making teachers teach.

    You statement about sending menial jobs overseas is spot on because people want less expensive goods and the American Union worker cannot produce them.

    Higher education is available to everyone who wants to put forth the effort. You are correct in the I got mine but I got it because I provided for myself and didn’t rely on someone to hand me anything.

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