Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared in press conference today that he will not support GITMO detainees being held in the United States. Reid said that he supports Obama’s plan to close GITMO, but will not support, “terrorists to be released in the United States.” Reid is screwing Obama to save his reelection bid.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh continued his purge of impure Republicans by targeting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for supporting President Obama’s emissions proposal. Limbaugh accused Arnold of hurting the Republican Party by sucking up to Obama.
Rep. Joe Barton defended his anti-global warming position on C-SPAN today by arguing that CO2, carbon dioxide should not be regulated because it is not a pollutant. He said that since CO2 is in Coca-Cola it is safe for people and should not be regulated.
While trying to make the case for keeping Guantanamo Bay open as a detention center, Republican Sen. John Ensign said of the detainees, “They get better health care than the average American citizen does.” I think Ensign just gave the Democrats their best argument in favor of healthcare reform.
Today Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) raised the ire of Rush Limbaugh by suggesting that there was room for Colin Powell and Rush Limbaugh in the GOP. He said Colin Powell is a better Republican than Rush, which sent Rush on a tirade against Colin Powell. How long before Price apologizes?
In a letter to Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd today, Ralph Nader warned that GM is planning on using the government bailout and bankruptcy to eventually move production to China, so that they can import cars back into the US market. The result will be that the government will pay to keep GM alive, and help job growth in China.
Conservative talk show host Neal Boortz blamed a Florida 16 year old girl’s club yearbook photo that accidentally exposed her private parts on her weight. Boortz said, “If she wasn’t overweight the visible panty line wouldn’t be a problem.”
After being arrested for protesting President Barack Obama’s speech at Notre Dame, Alan Keyes called into Fox News and went on an unhinged rant where he called Obama the focus of evil, and said that the Notre Dame leadership had committed a sin by inviting the president. Check out the video.
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) became a national joke when he advocated that Texas secede from the United States during the tea party protests, but today Perry flip flopped and wrote that he never advocated secession, but instead was only trying to protect states Tenth Amendment rights.
President Barack Obama was warmly welcomed at Notre Dame’s commencement today. Obama used his speech to not only called for a reduction in abortions performed, and for two sides of a debate that will probably never agree on the issue, but they can have an open hearted and minded debate.
Former Deputy Sec. of State Liz Cheney was on ABC’s This Week today, and she defended her father Dick Cheney against a report this week that he wanted a detainee waterboarded to prove an Iraq/al-Qaeda connection. Cheney said that her dad would never substitute his own judgment for that of the CIA. Need she be reminded that her father once tried to declare his office a separate branch of the government?
The new issue of Newsweek features an interview with President Barack Obama where he, in part, discusses former vice president Dick Cheney’s recent criticism of him. Obama pointed out that Dick Cheney is still fighting the same battle on national security that he lost during the last few years of the Bush administration.
My how the mighty have fallen, as a poll of voters in North Carolina this week found that John Edwards registered a record low approval rating, on the other hand, Elizabeth Edwards is even more popular than Barack Obama in the state, which has fueled speculation that Mrs. Edwards might run for the Senate.
The latest Republican argument against same sex marriage was delivered by RNC Chair Michael Steele who claimed today that same sex marriage raises health and life insurance costs for business owners. Of course, the same argument applies to traditional marriage, but Republicans aren’t against that…yet.
Republicans are starting to make the motivation for their attacks on Nancy Pelosi on the torture issue known. On Fox News, Stephen Hayes admitted that the GOP is hoping to stir up enough controversy to kill any potential congressional investigations, or a truth commission on torture.
On the “Psycho Talk” segment of his MSNBC show tonight, Ed Schultz turned his attention to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) who has suggested that the United States government should cut all funding that isn’t in the Constitution. Schultz pointed out that eliminating Departments like Education and Agriculture, would mean getting rid of food standards and safety.
On his Fox News show today Glenn Beck gave his studio audience a lecture about history by comparing the Obama administration to the Nazis and the bankers, auto industry executives, and AIG to the Jews. He stated that the American people won’t pay attention until the Obama administration comes for them. I think his comparison is insulting to Jews and memories of the Holocaust.
Keith Olbermann and MSNBC are strongly denying reports that the lefty talker threw a huge temper tantrum, and took off for three days last month, after Ben Affleck decided to appear on Rachel Maddow’s show instead of his. Last night, Olbermann used a segment on his show to explain that he was grieving for his dead mother.
Joe the Plumber is back today. In an interview with Toledo, Ohio’s ABC 13, Joe the Plumber said that the sight of men kissing each other throws him off. Joe also bemoaned the fact that his book didn’t sell well, and said that he believes that he can stretch out his 15 minutes of fame for one more year.
Today President Obama put out a statement stressing that military tribunals are going to be the method of trial for some GITMO detainees. However, he announced that his administration is reforming the process to give detainees more legal rights, and to make sure that the prosecutions are legitimate.