Former President Bill Clinton was on ABC’s This Week this morning, where he took on the right wing media for its role in spreading threats and violence. Clinton said, “We can disagree with them. We can harshly criticize them. But when we turn them into an object of demonization, you know, you — you increase the number of threats.”
A weekly round up of the Republican Wing Nut Circus; from Teabaggers protesting their tax cuts to Rush’s pagan paranoia causing him to blame a volcano on the passage of healthcare reform, it’s been a wild ride.
How desperate is John McCain to hold off primary challenger J.D. Hayworth and hang on to his Senate seat? On Fox News Sunday today McCain denied that he ever was a maverick. Now McCain claims that he is not a maverick, but, “what I was saying was that I have considered myself a person who’s a fighter.” It is so mavericky to deny ever being a maverick.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was on CNN’s Reliable Sources today, where he took aim squarely at Fox News and their coverage of Obama’s nuclear polices. Gibbs said that instead of being a news organization, Fox News is, “feeding an audience that they know wants to see and hear a certain side of that argument.” It looks like the Obama/Fox News war is on again.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh blamed the volcanic eruption in Iceland on the passage of health care reform in the United States. While talking about Obama’s claims that health care reform has not brought about Armageddon, Limbaugh said, “I think the Earth may have opened up. God may have replied.” God is punishing Europe for the health care bill in America.
Today we can celebrate Hopey ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals who participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs (the majority of hospitals) from denying visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners, among other groups who suffer discrimination under the current prevailing policy of “relative-only” visitation.
While discussing his plan for America on his Fox News program today, Glenn Beck was trying to improve his libertarian credibility, when he insulted the U.S. military by proclaiming that progressives had turned them into, “the world’s loiterers,” so according to Beck the men and women in the military are loitering around the globe. Way to support the troops there, Glenn.
Palin’s controversial speech at Cal State University leads to Shredder Gate scandal. State Senator Yee (D-Ca) gave a press conference today regarding Shredder Gate. Not only did the university deny they had the records, but later claimed that they could not release the Palin contract due to a rider specifying privacy in Palin’s contract.
While reporting on the Tea Party rally in Boston today for FNC’s America Live, Fox News reporter Molly Line tried to spin away the fact that Sen. Scott Brown decided to not to show up at the rally and associate with the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Line said, “Tea Partiers gave him some credit actually for not coming here today.” Only at a rally led by Palin and Fox would Brown get credit for not showing up.
It kinda looks like she quit to line her pockets. So, I guess it wasn’t all about “progressin’ Alaska”. But ya’ know, money isn’t everything. A girl’s gotta have values, also too. And helpin’ us understand HRH’s “common sense conservative values” is her contract with the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation, where Palin is scheduled to “speak” at a June 25 gala hosted by the foundation to mark the university’s 50th anniversary.
You probably guessed by now that there’s more to this story, as hypocrisy, cover-ups and scandal are just par for the course for the Conservative darling.
One of the most interesting little tidbits in the latest CNN/Opinion Dynamics poll is that Barack Obama is not the most popular politician in the United States currently. Make no mistake, Obama is still popular with a 57% favorable rating, and he is still much more popular than any Republican in the country, but it is Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, not Obama, who has the highest favorability rating in the poll at 61%.
How much longer is the myth that Sarah Palin is the GOP’s messiah going to persist? More evidence was delivered against her when then Southern Republican Leadership Conference chose to support both Mitt Romney and Ron Paul over Sarah the Savior. Palin even showed up for this gathering and spoke to the crowd, but still failed to look like anything more than the reality TV train wreck that she is.
I protested the Iraq war, way before it was cool to do so, and the Wikileaks Video of “Collateral Murder” demonstrates why I opposed the invasion, but I also spent a week embedded with training soldiers, as they took on the exhaustive task of preparing for battle. Those on the left who criticize miss the point as their self-righteous reaction is a simplistic denial of their own complicity in allowing this war to be fought.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper joined Rush Limbaugh’s enemies list last night when on his program he dared to compare Obama’s efforts on reducing nuclear weapons to Ronald Reagan’s. Limbaugh said that nobody watches Anderson Cooper because he doesn’t get that, “Reagan’s name is being taken in vain here.” Reagan has now been officially deified and Republicans are worshiping a false God.
President Obama is exercising his mojo and is on the move. For a little more than a year now, Obama has been criticized by America for doing nothing. The left says he’s not doing enough and has compromised too much. The right says he has taken over America on one hand with too much government control and power while on the other hand, claiming he is too weak to do anything, but Obama keeps moving forward.
It’s hard to keep up with the Republicans these days. They’re a regular three-ring circus being lead around by leaders like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — two out of three of whom we know didn’t finish college. We haven’t seen Palin’s degree from the 5th or 6th college she attended, but recklessly, we are taking her word that she graduated. Personally, I’m still waiting to see her high school diploma, but that’s just me. At any rate, with leaders like this, it’s no wonder that the Republicans are going up in flames.
While trying to claim that the reports of the Tea Party’s racism are a giant Democratic conspiracy, Andrew Breitbart offered up a racist explanation for why Tea Partiers attacked the Black Congressional Caucus. Breitbart said, “The very act of the Black Congressional Caucus walking through the Tea Party people while holding all those videos was an act of provocation.” Those black congressmen should have known their place, eh Andy?
When you put Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann at the same rally it is only matter of time before the garbled logic and general wackiness ensues, and Sarah Palin delivered by saying the Party of No was a mistaken concept but, “what’s wrong with being the Party of No.” According to Sarah, Republicans aren’t the Party of No, but they are the Party of No.
When asked at a forum last night by Media Matters if it was appropriate for Fox News to be so openly supporting the Tea Party, the CEO of Fox’s parent company Rupert Murdoch said that Fox should not be supporting any party, and that he wanted to investigate the matter, so as an attempt to help along Rupert’s “investigation” here are some videos of Fox’s Tea Party advocacy.