The false narrative continues as Steve Schmidt (aka, the Bullet) reveals Palin’s debate answers were memorized and scripted. What’s the difference between a Palin debate and a movie? Not much apparently. Sure, American politicians sell a cult of personality, but must it be so disingenuous as to include main characters like W and Palin? Can’t the GOP find someone who can read? Aren’t candidates supposed to have some ideas, something they stand for and shouldn’t they be able to discuss that topic without memorizing answers?
Vice President Joe Biden was on "The View" this morning. Elizabeth Hasslebeck asked Biden if he thought Palin posed a threat for 2012. Biden didn't seem too worried about Palin as a contender, but he did say, "I say this and people look at me like I'm kidding, I like her," which is politico speak for she can't win.
Republicans like Rep Pete Hoekstra are expressing their shock and outrage because they believes that President Obama should have been more Republican in his response to an attempted terror attack. He should have been more like George W. Bush who waited six days to answer questions about the foiled shoe bomber attack.
2009 began with the inauguration of our new and first African American President, Barack Obama, and became the year that GOP and the Extreme Right Wing of the party became energized and very proactive in its goal to be destructive to our new President and his administration and policies by any means necessary.
John McCain was on Fox News Sunday today where he criticized President Obama for giving himself a first year grade last week. McCain said, "I don't -- presidents I know usually don't grade themselves. Usually they let the people grade them." Do you think McCain is still a little bitter?
Former DNC chairman Howard Dean was on NBC's Meet The Press today talking about the compromise healthcare bill. Dean finally answered the Republicans who have been twisting his words on healthcare, specifically John McCain. He accused McCain of using his words for something that he has no intention of endorsing.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Jim Inhofe, made a scathingly embarrassing appearance in Copenhagen. While the senator didn’t have any meetings scheduled in Copenhagen, he managed to put together an impromptu press conference, during which he took it upon himself to announce that "global warming was a hoax perpetrated on the world by the UN" and sold to Americans "by the Hollywood elite."
2008 Obama presidential campaign manager David Plouffe was on Meet The Press today, and he provided some insight into the campaign's reaction to the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. He said, "Well, I think we should thank John McCain for picking her, in terms of how it helped us win in 2008..."
Last night on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart explained what net neutrality was, and also mocked the Republican opposition to it. He singled out John McCain for criticism, "McCain is proposing that AT&T and Verizon be given freedom to control what information passes through the Internet." Check out the video.
Republicans are insinuating that Obama's "delay", aka, seeking input from naysayers and congress before making a decision regarding strategy in Afghanistan, is indicative of weakness on Obama's part. Apparently, Republicans have been suppressing Congressional War Powers and the Constitution for so long now that they just assume it's a given that everyone does so, and failure to do so is smugly rebranded as "delay".
Republicans have sold the meme that they just need more “time” to draft a good health care reform bill. More time? They had control of the House, Senate and WH for 6 years and they never even brought this issue up! They’ve had all summer to review the various plans and come up with an idea. Heck, they took us into a pre-emptive war with a sovereign nation quicker than that!
On his radio show today, Glenn Beck claimed that George W. Bush and John McCain were progressives, and this is exactly what hurt the Republican Party. Beck said, "George W. Bush was a progressive. He was a Republican. John McCain is a bigger progressive. He was a Republican." In the new GOP, according to Glenn Beck, Bush and McCain are liberals. Wow.
Levi Johnston keeps dropping bombs on Sarah Palin as in the new Vanity Fair piece where he claim wanted to secretly adopt, her teenage daughter's baby, “Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him."
Could it be that Senate Republicans are starting to feel the heat in the healthcare debate? It seems so as GOP senators John McCain, Kit Bond, and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell are all participating in healthcare forums together, but they are closed to the public. Attendance is by invite only.
This week in politics brought us irony so thick you can cut it with a knife, as the Republicans waged war against the American people’s right to healthcare, using their standby shock and awe campaign. What’s shocking is that The Royal Republicans haven’t come up with another game yet. Terror, shock and awe? Is that all you got? Looks like they blew their wad in August.
Sometimes you really have to wonder what planet CNN's Wolf Blitzer lives on. On his show The Situation Room, Blitzer put forth the thought that John McCain could become the new Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate. Blitzer seemed to ignore the fact that McCain has gotten more bitter and partisan since he lost the election to Obama.
On ABC's This Week, Sen. John McCain defended Sarah Palin's claim that healthcare reform would result in death panels. McCain argued that reform could lead to death panels, "So what does, what does that lead to? Doesn't that lead to a possibility, at least opens the door to a possibility of rationing and decisions made such are made in other countries?"
In the case of Sarah Palin's accusation against Obama, I guess I'm gonna have to go with all three (stupid, lying, and lazy), with a strong emphasis on #2, because during her administration, the state so mismanaged Medicaid that over 250 people died waiting for the program. Hundreds more did not receive treatment. Over eight lawsuits were filed against the state division, bringing the attention of the state auditors, who notified Alaskan officials on June 26 that the entire program was being shut down due to mismanagement. In fact, the Supreme court ruled last year that the state had improperly cut off or reduced services to more than 1,000 needy people.
President Barack Obama and his 2008 election opponent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) both released statements on the death of Walter Cronkite. McCain expressed his personal sadness, while Obama said, "This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed."
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.