Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was on NBC's Meet the Press today and things got a little uncomfortable for him when moderator David Gregory asked McCain if he thought President Obama's agenda was socialist. McCain would only say that, "this administration is governing from the left." McCain would not label Obama a socialist.
Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was on ABC’s This Week this morning, where she made an interesting offer to the tea party movement. Pelosi claimed that the tea partiers share the same view as progressives on the issue of the special interests, so they should work together on that issue. Of course, since the tea party is now controlled by special interests, her offer will be rejected.
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer ripped Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) for blocking legislation that would extend COBRA and Unemployment Insurance benefits. If the legislation is not passed, 400,000 people will lose their benefits. Pfeiffer wrote, "There's nothing wrong with someone taking a principled stand for something they believe in, but Senator Bunning voted to extend these same benefits in 2008."
It is no surprise that the angry white conservative movement a.k.a. the tea partiers has come to life since the election of Barack Obama, because they were fine with George W. Bush’s many violations, illegal wars, suspension of habeas corpus, etc. What lay at the heart of conservative opposition is their loss of control – and a black man in the White House.
Tonight during his regular segment with Glenn Beck on FNC's The O'Reilly Factor host Bill O'Reilly tried to drag Beck into his feud with Rush Limbaugh over whether or not Obama is a Socialist. Beck claimed that Progressivism is like Marxism without the revolution, while O'Reilly claimed that Progressives just want to "Take your stuff."Once again Fox News offers its views only the finest in narrow minded propaganda.
Republican Sen. John Thune was on Fox News' Studio B program trying to sell the talking point that healthcare reform would raise premiums but host Shep Smith would have none of it. Smith went off, "That's not true, senator. That is not true that is not what the CBO said. I know your talking points. I know the other side's talking points..."
Congressional Republicans and Democrats have converged on the White House for a day long summit on healthcare reform with President. If you thought that the Republicans would learn from the beating that Obama gave the House GOP when he spoke to them at their retreat a few weeks ago, you were wrong. Republicans are still sticking to their talking while letting the president make the case for healthcare reform.
One of the few top aides who were still with Sarah Palin announced her resignation today. Palin has a long history of tossing her biggest supporters under the Palin Bus, making sure to leave their reputation in tatters as the bus rolls over them in its relentlessly ambitious journey to her self-described God-mandated “destiny” as President.
On Tuesday's The Daily Show, John Oliver followed Republicans to the RNC winter meeting in Hawaii, where Republicans continued to talk about fiscal responsibility while enjoying an expensive Hawaiian getaway. The point was that when Obama goes to Hawaii, to the GOP he is an elitist, but the RNC sees no irony in their own behavior.
While at a religious right function last week Republican Virginia legislator Bob Marshall attacked pro-choice people by claiming that God punishes women who have abortions with disabled children later. Marshall said, "Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children."
Last night on The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lowered the boom on Toyota US President James Lentz's attempt in front of Congress to blame the consumer for Toyota's acceleration problems. Stewart said, "So, it's our fault? Well I don't understand why people insist on trying to drive the world's largest novelty paperweights." Check out the video:
Democrats are ultimately responsible for solving the problem of the gridlock. But Democrats can't force Republicans to work together to solve the country's problems, and frankly, this meme only reinforces the illogical idea the Democrats have power over Republicans. Blaming Democrat for GOP obstructionism is ridiculous. That's like blaming a domestic violence victim for the abuser's behavior. Democrats have control over their own behavior, and their only choice right now is to overcome the GOP obstructionism using any legal means necessary.
Keith Olbermann used his quick comment on his MSNBC program Countdown tonight to answer a video put out by the Dallas Tea Party in response to his questioning of the diversity of the Tea Party movement. Olbermann pointed out that in the entire Dallas Tea Party organization there appears to be nine minorities. I guess in today's conservative movement any group with nine non whites is considered diverse.
Fox News continued their network wide attempt to dumb down America tonight on The O'Reilly Factor, when host Bill O'Reilly was complaining about taxes, when he argued that Obama is to blame for increasing state and local taxes because, "all taxes are taxes. That's taxes. That's more money out of your wallet." No Bill. President Obama doesn't control state and local taxes.
Not many people have noticed, but something very interesting has happened within the right wing of American politics. It seems that not everyone likes the poster child for winger rage, Glenn Beck. World Net Daily and Beck have been trading shots and jabs for months now, because Beck has been mocking the birthers, who have in turn labeled Beck a left winger.
In case anybody forgot, Rush Limbaugh reminded his audience that the President of the United States is in fact black. Today on his radio show, Limbaugh accused Obama of using the black dialect while addressing the National Governors Association today at the White House. Limbaugh said, "Obama can turn on that black dialect and turn it off."
Glenn Beck took advantage of his keynote address at CPAC on February 20th to embrace a fantasy America that, while it might appeal to the Republican base, does not exist. More, it can be proven not to exist. The problem for Glenn is that numbers don't lie. So what do you do when you don't like the numbers? You make up new ones.
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) worries that repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy which has been in place since the Clinton presidency will result in gay rights groups wanting special rights, but Granting everybody the same rights - to serve in the military, to get married, to have the same rights before the law, are not special rights. They are the very basic rights guaranteed by law to every individual in the United States.
Fox News went into full spin mode after it was announced that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) had won the CPAC presidential straw poll with 31% of the vote. Paul beat FNC favorite Mitt Romney, and the network's newest on air talent Sarah Palin. Fox News not only didn't identify Paul as a Republican, but pointed out that poll was unscientific and, "bragging rights."