While Sarah Palin was off in Calgary delivering a speech for, presumably American dollars, she told the story about how as a youngster her family used to grow across the border to Canada for some of that socialized medical care. She didn't bash the Canadian medical system. She played to the audience with her Canadian connection, proving once again that her political positions are malleable depending on who is signing the check.
On his radio show, today Glenn Beck went off on a rant against the leaked RNC fundraising power point. Beck told his listeners that they should be "hacked off" at the RNC because they are playing on people's fears. Without a hint of irony in his voice, Beck was upset that the RNC was using people's fears to make money.
In his remarks today about the successful completion of Iraq's second ever national election, President Barack Obama said that there are now less than 100,000 troops in Iraq and he assured the Iraqi people that the United States will fulfill their obligation and have U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by the end of August. Obama said, "By the end of August, our combat mission will end."
Sarah Palin continues to try to explain away why she had to write her answers to the questions at last month's Tea Party gathering in Nashville. Palin's latest attempt occurred at a right to life fundraiser in Ohio last night. She said, "If what was good enough for God, scribbling on the palm of his hand, it's good enough for me, for us." Palin has now been reduced to invoking God to explain away her ineptitude.
Mitt Romney continued his 2012 presidential campaign launch disguised as book tour today on Fox News Sunday, where he claimed that Obama's positions are lending support to international 9/11 truthers like Ahmadinejad. Romney said, "These sorts of voices should not receive any kind of support from the words of the President of United States." Romney conveniently forgot that the truthers have been around since the days of George W. Bush.
Tea Partiers present themselves as average, everyday Americans who have been pushed too far. From their perspective, they are us. They are America. But they are no America I know or am familiar with. Their America seems to be a phobic, paranoid little place rife with conspiracies intent on overthrowing “real” America. They claim to represent the ideas of the Founding Fathers, but the Founding Fathers did not wear tin foil hats.
After the right wing took a beating this week due to Jim Bunning one man filibuster of jobless benefits, they counter attacked by doing what they do best. They spread a heavily edited seven second video of Harry Reid that makes it seem like he is calling the loss of 36,000 more jobs good news, but they leave out the fact that the good news Reid was referring to is that job losses were less than expected.
On The Daily Show last night host Jon Stewart and correspondent John Oliver satirized Republicans like Rep. Todd Akin for invoking the rapture and asking God to stop healthcare reform. Oliver said that the rapture would, "link healthcare reform with lakes of fire, marauding demons, and the destruction of mankind on earth in the minds of surviving swing voters."
On his FNC program The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly engaged in full blown fear mongering tonight as he compared President Obama's attempts to pass healthcare reform with George W. Bush's belief that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the United States. Only in the fractured realm of Fox News could a healthcare bill be equated with an unjust war that has killed thousands of people.
Sarah Palin's publisher HarperCollins announced today that Fox News contributor, and unabashed media whore, Sarah Palin will be writing a second book. The follow up to her best seller Going Rogue will focus on, "a celebration of American virtues and strengths." The book doesn't have a title yet, so may I suggest Going Rogue 2: The Quest for Cash?
After Sen. Jim Bunning gave up his filibuster, the Senate quickly passed an extension of jobless benefits 78-19. All 19 of the no votes were from Republicans, and of those eight of them came from states that face higher than the national average unemployment rates and seven of these senators come from the South. This is the kind of ideologically driven vote that could come back to haunt Republicans in November.
Last night on her MSNBC program, Rachel Maddow went after the Senate Republicans' hypocrisy and lies against healthcare reform, but she specifically targeted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Maddow characterized Hatch's recent op-ed in The Washington Post as containing, "blatant, outright, laugh out loud falsehoods."Hatch responded by Twittering to complain about how Maddow ran him down and he called it a badge of honor.
The most interesting portion of President Obama's statement on healthcare reform today was not that he called for an up or down vote on the bill, but that he rejected both the positions of the left and the right on healthcare reform. Obama said, "I don't believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America."
For years Republicans have been trying to get former president Ronald Reagan's face on United States currency. The latest effort is being spearheaded by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who has proposed legislation that would replace Grant with Reagan on the $50 bill, but here are five reasons why Ronald Reagan should never be on the fifty or any other United States currency.
On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh jumped in to defend Sen. Jim Bunning's blocking of an extension of unemployment benefits to 1.1 million jobless Americans. Limbaugh referred to Bunning as, "a hero to people here." Limbaugh argued that Bunning's treatment of the unemployed will actually win the Republicans more support. Perhaps, Rush has never heard of Herbert Hoover?
On The Daily Show last night host Jon Stewart offered his take on Sen. Jim Bunning's (R-KY) filibuster of the proposed 30 day extension of unemployment benefits. Stewart said, "You hear that unemployed people in the middle of one of the worst recession in history, no 30 day extension of benefits until we balance the entire federal budget to Jim Bunning's liking."
ABC News reporter Jonathon Karl tried to get Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) to answer questions about his one man filibuster an extension of unemployment benefits. Bunning told Karl he was not talking to anyone and on his way to elevator, before the cameras arrived, gave ABC the finger. Bunning may have thought that he was only flipping off Karl, but he is really flipping off every unemployed person in America.
On his radio show today Glenn Beck responded to Van Jones' shout out to him while he was receiving an award Friday night from the NAACP. Jones said that he loved Beck, and there was nothing Beck could do about it. Beck responded that he loves Van Jones too. His attacks were nothing personal, and he never wanted to see him fired. When confronted with love, Beck could not defend his hate.
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.