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.
On his radio show today Glenn Beck pulled out scripture to once again make the claim that God is a right wing Republican. Beck and company quoted 2 Thessalonians 3:10, and said, “That is the problem with government welfare and everything else, get a damn job.” Beck claimed that there are plenty of jobs, but people don’t want to do them.
On The Rachel Maddow Show tonight host Rachel Maddow took on Fox News and their selective editing of the California ACORN tapes. Maddow played both the Fox News edit of the tapes, and the full tapes. Maddow said, “If you watched the footage these guys released, if you followed the wall to wall coverage on Fox…If you are a member of Congress who voted to defund ACORN…You were had.”
Recent visitors to my blog PoliticusUSA had undoubtedly noticed that the site had been crashing frequently. At first both tech support and myself thought a new server was the cause, but the real cause was much more sinister. We were the victims of a sophisticated DDoS attack. Since the far right did not like what we were publishing, they decided you should not be able to read it. This is what passes for freedom in “Real America.”
Karl Rove was on Fox News last night discussing the recent incident where Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans tried to make a citizen’s arrest against him because of his crimes during the Bush administration at a California book signing event, but instead of addressing or apologizing for his crimes, Rove told Fox news that he just wishes people would forget about them.
Palin Demands RNC Take Her Name Off of Fundraisers It seems Sister Sarah is too pristine to associate with the likes of the RNC (bondage themes aside, as she remains their Mistress of Scold). And while many are saying this is a bad move on her part, it’s actually more of the same quite successful […]
On Friday’s The O’Reilly Factor, the love/hate feelings that Bill O’Reilly has for Glenn Beck flared up again, as O’Reilly told Beck, “So here’s Beck and he has been on the air for a year at Fox News Channel, it’s amazing that you haven’t been fired yet, a couple of close calls.” As usual Bill-O hid his dig at Beck with humor, but make no bones about it, Bill-O would not mind seeing Beck hit the bricks.
The numbers are in for Sarah Palin’s first Real American Stories special on Fox News, and they aren’t good. Palin’s special was expected to pull in big numbers for Fox News, but instead did worse that the regular occupant of the 10 PM slot, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren. The viewers that did tune in didn’t stay long as the show lost viewers in every quarter hour. Sarah Palin delivered yet another bomb.
The crew over at FNC’s Fox and Friends program got their collective panties in a knot over Bill Maher’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show when he claimed that it the teabaggers’ protests helped to pass health care reform. Eric Bolling said that Maher offended the Tea Party by calling them teabaggers, and, “There was only one teabagger in the studio at that time, and it was Mr. Maher.”
After LL Cool J called Fox News out for trying to sell Sarah Palin’s Real American Stories clip show as new programming, the network responded by claiming that LL does not want to inspire people and took at jab at his acting career. LL’s real motivation was not his concern about inspiration, but the idea that people were going to be fooling into watching an old clipped interview hosted by Palin.
Fox News keeps trying to spin itself away from Tea Party violence. The latest example came tonight on The O’Reilly Factor as host Bill O’Reilly made the claim that MSNBC engages in hate speech and promotes violence. O’Reilly said, “You’re talking about MSNBC and they traffic in hate speech from sign on to sign off.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham was on NBC’s Meet The Press today where he maintained his conservative stance on health care, but he took a moment to criticize the right wing rhetoric on Obama and racism of the Tea Party. Graham said, “When you use the N word and when you question somebody’s patriotism, you’re off base. President Obama is a fine man. He’s a good father. He’s a good role model.”
In a desperate attempt to explain away the violent actions of the Tea Party, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta claimed the left wing invented violent dissent. No, really, Trotta said, “You know the left wing virtually invented violent dissent during the 1960’s.” In the bizzaro world of Fox News people like Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy invented violent dissent.
During her speech at the Tea Party Express rally in Searchlight, NV today, Fox News employee Sarah Palin blamed the media for her target list and her violent rhetoric. Palin said, “It’s a bunch of bunk what the media is trying to feed you. Don’t let them distract you from the debate.” Media criticisms aren’t nearly effective when they come from someone who makes their living on cable news.
As Sarah Palin basks in both the cash of and the love from the Tea Party, a new Washington Post poll reveals that her political popularity among the nation as a whole has never been lower. Conservative Republicans give her a 71% approval rating and tea partiers put her at 60%, but the nation as a whole gives her only a 37% approval rating, and a 55% disapproval rating.
Leave it to the tea party to turn the original intent of Woodstock, peace, love, and music into an excuse to beat down dissent. According to MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer the tea partiers in Mesa, NV got rough with hecklers, as one heckler was drug out by the arm, and another by the hair, because nothing says freedom like beating down dissent.