Weekly Round Up of Wing Nut Circus
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 down in flames.
Last week we started off with the embers of Bondage Gate still burning a hole in the party’s family values cred (what’s left of it). Bondage Gate was ushered in by the party’s token African American, Michael Steele, who is apparently more than happy to play the race card against his own party in order to keep his job, which he cheerfully did on the tee-vee this week as he announced that the standards were different for him. I guess spending donations at Bondage Clubs is ok if the old white dudes do it. So much for meritocracy.
Gibbs had a deliciously un-Democratic reply to Steele’s assertion that both the President and he shared a burden due to race, “I think that it is a very silly comment to make. I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”
This debacle was quickly eclipsed by Virginia Gov McDonnell declaring that he was reinstating the great celebration of the Confederacy, much to the national chagrin of those Americans who possess an actual heart. Lame protestations that the confederacy had nothing to do with slavery notwithstanding, McDonnell failed in his mission to pander to the angry white folks of his state, since he was forced to admit an apology and you know how bullies feel about “apologists”.
The biggest amusement came when George Stephanopoulos thought it prudent to quiz President Obama using the Politifact “Liar of the Year Award’s” criticism of his nuclear weapons usage policy. Yes, George thought the President should respond to Sarah Palin’s criticisms regarding our nuclear policy.
As if you didn’t know this, End-Times lover Sarah thinks we need ’em, any and all of ’em. Death and destruction will only bring the Rapture sooner, so bring ’em on! Naturally the Summa Cum Laude Harvard Law graduate who receives daily briefs from people who kinda know something about this stuff should respond to Sarah as if her jingoistic and incorrect criticism were worthy of response.
George failed to note that Sarah inaccurately based part of her criticism of Obama’s anti-nuclear START treaty on The Gipper, who of course, was pro reduction of nuclear arms. Reagan said, “Our dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the Earth.” He said this over 150 times, so it’s pretty hard to understand how both Sarah Palin and George Stephanopoulos became so misinformed about Reagan’s policies.
People who strongly approve of Obama’s nuclear treaty efforts: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (MA), Sen. Richard Lugar (IN), Former Republican Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Democratic Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, Former Secretary of State James Baker and yes, even Sen. John McCain (AZ) (before Obama implemented this though, so if you ask him now, he will probably say it is the worst thing ever and then hide behind Sarah’s skirts).
And to quote Tmf945, commenter on HuffPo, ” Once again we find Palin snorting around the media outlets like a truffle pig in search of the juicy fungus of persecution.” Ah yes. But was it her Wine and Spirits appearance or her Southern Republican Leadership Conference appearance which most offended? That’s a toss up.
Palin bored and offended at the Wine and Spirit conference, and then made a rousing speech at the SRLC to her own people wherein she took jabs at Obama as a “community organizer” who doesn’t know anything about nuk-u-lear weapons. She also, too proudly displayed her hand as the “poor man’s teleprompter”, because, you know, reading off of your hand during an interview is the same thing as reading a teleprompter during a 20 minute speech. Er…yeah. Sigh.
Let’s not forget the gathering of Bachmann and Palin, during which Palin bashed men for not being good at much, noting that the Tea Party was comprised of more women than men. She just goes where the money is. Apparently this brain trust of paranoiacs told Hannity they’d love a 2012 run, which prompted me to urge my friends and family to slap this on their car: “Palin/Bachmann 2012: Because Ideas Don’t Matter”. Please join us. It’s the least you can do for your country.
I have to admit that when I first heard SRLC, I thought the Republicans were finally admitting that they were a regional party. However, Newt’s opening to this festival of freaks quickly dashed all hopes that reality was successfully inserting itself into the modern day Republican party disaster, as he ridiculed Obama’s “socialist” and “secular” direction. Yes, some of you may be scratching your heads, but apparently now this is a Christian nation founded on God and the bible, not separation of Church and State. So, secular is bad.
The SRLC is taking place in New Orleans and as of yet I have heard no mention of Katrina (please correct me if I fell asleep and missed Jindal’s rousing cry to help the people). Katrina, the Republican Epic Incompetence Disaster, is best left ignored by the responsible party, never mind that Amnesty International just charged America of being guilty of human right’s violations during Katrina.
But of course, Jesus would approve. After all, if you can’t fight off a Hurricane and flood by yourself, what kind of person are you? God hates whiners.
Rush still wants America to fail and Beck is still getting paid millions to pretend he’s a crazy Christian (even though he’s a Mormon).
Palin is still making “jokes” about shooting and targets and decrying all responsibility for inciting violence against citizens and lawmakers. She thinks it’s cute, but what do you expect from the bitter woman who specializes in getting others to do her dirty work?
Oh, and Fox was busted for airing Acorn footage which had been edited to change the perception of what really occurred. They haven’t apologized; rather, they are still busy determining just what part of reality they can make a buck for acknowledging and how to spin/sell it to advance their agenda.
I’m sure today will bring more tomfoolery and that I left tons out. Feel free to remind me in the comments.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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