No, no, no, these glitches are the biggest deal of all big deals like EVER in the history of presidential fails! This will be remembered for decades!!!!!! Forget Katrina, hello FAIL WHALE glitch: President tries to save lives of Americans, some minor tech delays keep them from enrolling long before coverage actually starts so there’s no loss here just some irritation but…
OH MY GOD FIRE EVERYONE because REPUBLICANS ARE SO MUCH BETTER WHEN THEY AREN’T DRIVING US OVER A CLIFF, DESTROYING THE ECONOMY, INVADING THE WRONG COUNTRY, OUTTING A CIA AGENT, USING THE DOJ FOR ILLEGALLY POLITICAL PURPOSES, GIVING UP ON FINDING OSAMA BIN LADEN AND SHUTTING DOWN GOVERNMENT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 20 YEARS OUT OF SHEER PETTINESS.
Reince tweeted yesterday, “Rose Garden infomercial (minus real info), brutal press briefing from @PressSec…does WH win worst Monday in DC? #trainwreck #FireSebelius” because you know if you add a hashtag your totally irrelevant and delusional thoughts, they immediately catch fire. The entire country can be heard dropping their demands for jobs and healthcare, and instead focusing on how Kathleen Sebelius should be fired over a glitch in a website.
All of those Republicans who swore we needed to invade Iraq though? They’re all good. Mistakes happen, you see. God forgives Republicans, but glitches we cannot tolerate. Commence witch hunt against Kathleen Sebelius. Yes, there is an “investigation” and please do not tell me this is not what you paid for when you didn’t vote for these people. It’s not as if Republicans can pass legislation. Doing so might actually help people and they’ve sworn off doing anything positive for five years now.
So Reince thought if he called Obama President Sham Wow, he’d really make a mark because oh yeah, that hurts:
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 22, 2013
Apparently you need to be Republican to get these borrowed “jokes”, and by Republican, I mean totally lacking in any sense of irony or humor, causing said person to mistake dense, juvenile, preschool level taunting for wit. Like some never ending national nightmare, Republicans haven’t stopped cheering the death of the uninsured – they’ve just moved on to mocking the person who saved the uninsured. If you feel sick it’s because we (as in, humans with a conscience) find this stunning lack of morality repugnant, as a warning sign against soulless predators.
Senator Dick Durbin left a disturbing note on his Facebook page:
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’ What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?” — Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
The rudeness toward this president is astonishing in its boldness. The good news is that Republicans must not really believe that Obama is Hitler, contrary to the posters in their campaign offices, or they would never say these things about or to him. But these are folks who are still making watermelon “jokes” about Obama. Snicker. Yes, it’s all so cute and funny when an entire party is less cultured than children.
Senator Durbin is probably referring to the meeting that only House leadership attended. That is 18 members who were at the meeting — and you will see certain names repeated on the list of attendees to the GOP-promise-to-destroy-Obama meeting of 2009.
Remember Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives”, revealing the GOP meeting to destroy Obama as he celebrated his first term inauguration? “As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.”
This kills the media narrative that Obama somehow did something to hurt the GOP’s feelings and that is why they have been such tyrant babies. No, they have behaved like nihilistic babies because that is what they have become, per their own choice.
Sam Stein at Huffington Post reveals the guest list that night:
According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) — who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.
For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama’s legislative platform.
The above rudeness, ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’, was delivered by someone who was at the 2009 meeting centered around destroying this President, after five years of outrageously destructive behavior. This tells you everything you need to know about Republicans.
And these are the people the press thinks Obama should “bring along” to meet in the “middle”, eh? Yes, haven’t you heard, President Obama is to blame for Republican extremism. Somehow by getting elected, he really upset them and forced them into devoting their entire careers to destroying him and American under him because petty revenge for two lost elections is “leading”, mainstream media style.
Meanwhile Republicans can’t stop mocking this President, who cared enough about the millions of uninsured to spend all of his political capital passing the Affordable Care Act, thereby saving untold number of lives, because the website has some glitches. Their President lied us into a war that killed hundreds of thousands (nearly half a million Iraqis died from war related causes), and they haven’t “fixed” that or even apologized for it. But they mock this President over “glitches”.
They call for the firing of Sebelius over “glitches” but killing hundreds of thousands and losing millions of dollars in Iraq, a country we never should have invaded in the first place, a country we only invaded because we were deliberately lied to and great effort was put into distorting intelligence and cheery picking it to make a case for weapons of mass destruction and mushroom clouds, was no biggie.
Not a word about Mitt Romney’s epic ORCA failure because that would just be mean, and as you can see, Republicans haven’t got much left but dreams of website glitches bringing down a massively popular president and magically redoing the 2012 election and all of the GOP’s behavior since. But of course, Mitt Romney is allowed “glitches” since he is white, rich and straight.
Yes, I went there. I’ve lived in the South and I know sugary, smug racial privilege when I see it. Republicans are out of control, and I’m done pretending this is a political discussion. It’s clear that they are suffering from a party-wide mental illness and are a danger to this country. Pundits and reporters who don’t call this out are guilty of enabling the impending destruction and they’d better hope it’s not as ugly as it appears it will be.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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