Last night Karl Rove was on FNC's The O'Reilly Factor where he appears to have confirmed that the Bush administration routinely hid information from Congress, because they believed that the legislative branch could not be trusted. Rove stated that it is dangerous to give Congress any information. This attitude sums up the secrecy of the Bush White House.
Well, what do you know? After a few months spent watching every Republican imaginable verbally thrashing the Speaker of the House for stating that the CIA had misled Congress, it seems that she was right., and I don't believe I've heard any apologies from Republicans.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh addressed Sarah Palin's resignation as Alaska governor, and expressed concern that Palin leave the GOP to start her own third party. Limbaugh said, "But one thing that does slightly worry me about this is this whole third-party business. Yeah, it's remote but it's still a possibility out there..."
In an interview of Al Jazeera former Speaker of the House, and potential Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich announced his plan to topple the regime in Iran by sabotaging the nation's oil refineries to create a gas crisis. Wouldn't it be easier to pass legislation banning the selling of gasoline to Iran?
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh declared that Sonia Sotomayor's wise Latina comment was worse than George Allen's macaca comment. Limbaugh said, Sotomayor's comments are much worse than macaca, and they are frequent, and they are long held." The only problem with Rush's comparison is that wise Latina isn't a racial slur.
Leave it to former Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchanan to come up with the most extreme solution for the Palin's Levi Johnston problem. On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Buchanan said, "Todd Palin ought to take Levi down to the creek and hold his head under the water until the thrashing stops." Pat was joking, sort of.
Today on Meet the Press Sen. John McCain officially abandoned his call for regime change in Iran. Instead McCain pointed out there is now an internal movement in Iran. He said, "I believe that in Iran, something is afoot that can't be stopped." This is a big shift from last month when McCain was on Fox News calling for US action towards Iran.
Republican Senators hit the Sunday news show airwaves today to defend former Vice President Dick Cheney and the secret CIA domestic spying program. Senators Judd Gregg, Lamar Alexander, John Kyl, and John Cornyn all defended Cheney in some way, and they accused the Democrats of trying to use the story to provide political cover for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was on Meet the Press today, and when the topic of his 2008 running mate Sarah Palin's resignation as Alaska governor came up. McCain defended Palin, and claimed that she didn't quit. He said, "Oh, I don't think she quit. I think she changed her priorities." He also said that Palin didn't break a promise to her supporters by resigning.
On FNC's Fox News Watch today, the network did an about face on the misleading photo of President Obama supposedly looking at a teenage girl's backside at the G-8. Fox News now blames Matt Drudge and The Drudge Report for the whole mess, while they ignored the role of Sean Hannity among others in promoting a smear about Obama.
With the revelation that the CIA's domestic spying program is bigger than we ever thought, it is clear that there are a lot of very busy people, poking around in our daily business. We can only hope that not only are there many many people watching us, but that some of them might actually be watching the bad guys, the dangerous terrorists.
President Obama is in Rome for an historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, and the President is doing what any sane, rational leader should do. He is open to hearing those he disagrees with. He is not running a theocracy. He knows what he stands for, but is willing to find a common thread of agreement. I dig.
Ann Coulter was on Glenn Beck's Fox News today defending Sarah Palin, who she said, "crystal clear and well spoken" in her press conference. Coulter also called Palin clever and well spoken. Was there some sort of hidden meaning in Palin's press conference that only Coulter understood? Palin was so clear that most people still can't figure out that press conference.
On her radio show today, Tammy Bruce claimed that the bogus photo of Barack Obama looking at a teenage girl's backside is an exposure of Barack Obama's nature. She said, "Let me tell you another president who will never be caught ogling someone's ass, President Palin." She also compared Obama to Bill Clinton.
Apparently Greta Van Susteren didn't get the memo about how everyone at Fox News is supposed to be criticizing Barack Obama for the photo that supposedly shows the President checking out a young lady's backside. Van Susteren went on her show and debunked the photo by showing the video of the event. This hasn't stopped FNC from continuing the attack.
Audra Shay, favored to become Leader of Young Republicans, has been accused (by scary political attackers!!!) of condoning racism on her Facebook page.... Shay found herself in the middle of a publicized fray last week, which was the beginning of the now infamous “Coons” Controversy. With the election looming this weekend, the world wonders....Can someone who condones racism (aka, a racist...but shhhh) be elected as the Leader of the Young Republicans?
Fox News has hopped on the latest right wing conspiracy theory that congressional districts that supported Barack Obama are getting more federal stimulus money that those that supported McCain. Fox News' Stuart Varney opened his piece with, "It's not who you know, but who you voted for..." Of course, FNC ignored the obvious explanation for the imbalance.
On MSNBC this afternoon, Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher, and Townhall's Jillian Bandes were engaged in the standard lefty/righty blogger cable news debate on healthcare, when the discussion turned to healthcare as a basic human right like food is Bandes asked, "Should food be a basic human right?" Well yes it should be, and is a basic human right.
Ever since her resignation announcement, soon to be former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been waxing philosophically on her Twitter account, where today's attempt at depth was a quote that she attributed to Plato, only it was never uttered by Plato, but instead comes from 1670 gentleman's etiquette guide. When Palin and Plato collide, the results aren't pretty.
Remember how Bailin' Palin was quittin' to save Alaskans money from all the "Political operatives (who) descended on Alaska" and charged all those mean, pesky ethics complaints against Her Royal Self? She claimed that the ethics investigations cost 2 million dollars. The problem is that her math doesn't add up. It is time to debunk another Palin myth.