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The Last Play in the Playbook

You will have to have been under a rock for the past two weeks to have missed the feeding frenzy being engaged in by what passes as the other major political party and its enablers in the press. Between BENGHAZI!!! and IRS-gate, it seems that nothing at all of importance has been happening in the world.

The GOP and the press finally feel they have what they’ve been looking for: a political “mistake” by Barack Obama which they can use to cut him down to size. One has to admit, that the nation’s first black President has been quite scandal-free since his first Inauguration, in spite of the usual suspects’ best efforts. Obamacare was supposed to be his “Waterloo”; it now promises to cement a generation of Democratic dominance as citizens benefit from a new social program, one which will guarantee that they don’t have to choose between the rent and their health. Obama brought Osama Bin Laden to justice, something which the previous administration had no interest in doing. And of course, before he was even elected, he had the Reverend Wright “scandal”—a moment he used to give the nation a sorely needed lesson on race. The scandal-mongers have, quite frankly, lacked decent material with which to work.

So one could easily detect the almost orgiastic glee with which Republican politicians, their mouth-breather base, and the supine press greeted the advent of Benghazi and the IRS investigating Tea Party groups’ tax-exempt status. One could easily create a thought bubble over Darrel Issa’s and Jake Tapper’s heads: “Finally, we’re going to get that black bastard.”

Although the President’s race contributes almost exponentially to the mania surrounding the “scandals”—and yes, I will continue to put that word in quotes—race isn’t the source of the animus.

Quite simply, ever since the Gingrich Revolution of 1994, the modus operandi of the Republican Party has been to make sure that no Democrat can get anything done. That strategy lay behind Bill Clinton’s impeachment—an impeachment which came about in spite of Clinton’s non-stop schmoozing of Republicans, for all the good it did him. The economy was booming, people were souring on the Republican takeover of the Congress, and seeing Democrats, again, as being more aligned with the needs of the country.

This modern Republican Party cares nothing for the nation’s needs. And it certainly wants nothing done which will show government working for the greater good, as in its world that’s an impossibility, unless it’s working for the benefit of the billionaires who fund the party. The fact that a black man, who started his professional career as a community organizer, and who taught the Constitution which the GOP is busy destroying, is bringing transformational change to the country makes their frenzy all the greater.

But the core project remains: stymie Democrats, play as dirty as needed, stir up agitation, and get the public so sick of “scandal” that it decides to vote for a Republican in the next election.

The problem is this: it’s the only play the GOP has left in its playbook. It has mortgaged more and more of itself to the fringe elements of the base, to the extent where it has no room for maneuver. And the coalition which propelled Obama twice to the White House is only growing, and solidly Democratic.

It was almost guaranteed, when the country took leave of its senses in 2010, that the GOP House would find something—anything—with which to hound the Administration. That the best it can do is Benghazi and the IRS—two “scandals” of which the majority of the population isn’t even aware—shows that the playbook’s one play isn’t working as it once did. Add the GOP’s hamstringing of effective governance to its open racism, and a country which grows more tolerant by the day will see off the dying beast.

We all knew that it was going to get ugly. A Democrat re-elected to office seems to madden the GOP. That the Democrat is black adds fuel to the fire. But Barack Obama isn’t one to take the bait. He is, quite simply, just better than they are. And thank goodness for that.


169 Responses to “The Last Play in the Playbook”


    • May 13, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      They sure are working hard at nothing

      • 3 arkluvspbo
        May 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        They keep doubling down and losing. They doubled down on Gramps McCain and that Palin twit…look where that got them; they doubled down on MIttens and his little frat boy…they REALLY lost it with that one (Rove meltdown). They are now going full steam ahead on this Bengahzi thing and it’s kicking them in the butt. The President takes a lot of flinging poo from these guys, and yet because he’s such a good person, the universe takes care of him.

        • May 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

          you know, I agree. I believe that the people love him, pray for him and that strength keeps him going, that and his faith in America.
          Yesterday I turned off everything but thanks for you reply. It is inspiring and hopeful.

  1. 6 LDS
    May 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you, LL.
    We need this President more than we will ever know.

  2. 7 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Serwer is a child who doesn’t understand the law.

  3. 8 LDS
    May 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Congratulations Vetivera 24, you look good way up there!

  4. 10 Jovie
    May 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    (1) So, the Republucabs Have hit the State Dept, the IRS, The WH, HHS, Dept of Justice…
    This is an attack to demonized Government so they can get rid of it.
    That’s what they are doing, it’s obvious…
    (2) they will run on these issues, bc they are doing nothing for the Electorate, so this is how they compensate, by demonizing Government.

    • 11 nathkatun7
      May 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      It seems to me that the Republicans and the U.S. media–a.k.a. the Republican propaganda machine– have unleashed a coordinated attack on the President and his administration. Could it be because there are plenty of good news on the economy and the fact that the ACA is on it’s way to being fully implemented for the benefit of millions of Americans?

    • May 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  5. May 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      May 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you, meta. That says it all.

    • 15 pkayden
      May 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Exactly!! How is investigating the T’Baggers a scandal? How are they not a political organization? Why would they deserve tax exemption when they are a partisan political organization dedicated to getting Republicans elected?

      This is crazy!

  6. 16 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  7. 17 hopefruit2
    May 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I’m sorry but this is what it feels like at this point. And when I say media, I’m not just referring to FOX News or Redstate.

    • 18 nathkatun7
      May 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      You know Hopefruit, I am with you 100%! Clearly the MSM, and not just the right wing media, are foaming at the mouth ready for the lynching of President Obama. Never mind the false accusations used as the basis for the lynching. False accusations, usually amplified by the media, never stopped past lynching frenzies.

  8. May 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  9. 21 Jovie
    May 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      May 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Beautiful! It’s a beautiful country, if we could just sit back and enjoy it again. We will, but I hope it’s soon!

  10. 23 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    :lol:

  11. May 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    “We all knew that it was going to get ugly. A Democrat re-elected to office seems to madden the GOP. That the Democrat is black adds fuel to the fire. But Barack Obama isn’t one to take the bait. He is, quite simply, just better than they are. And thank goodness for that.”

    LL, I love ya. Thank you for this, so much.

    • May 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Well, I’ve been inside my head this weekend with worry over the missus, so I had to attend to matters of different importance. And we have to have PBO’s back.

      In good news, the missus’ testimony is uneventful so far, basically just going over her deposition.

      • May 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        Oh LL, I didn’t realize that was happening this week, you’ve both been through way too much of a late. Wishing her all the very best in this.

  12. 28 99ts
    May 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    “But the core project remains: stymie Democrats, play as dirty as needed, stir up agitation, and get the public so sick of “scandal” that it decides to vote for a Republican in the next election.”

    Why the dems let them do this – after the disaster of the Bush administration is truly disheartening. The world thought the US was a recovering disaster when PBO was elected – yet the GOP – who obviously own every media pundit known to anyone – keep showing the world that they hate democracy & care only for the 1%.

    One can only applaud that President Obama’s message is and was heard by a majority of the people. Whether this will continue with the massive onslaught he has to handle – with almost NO help from any democratic lawmaker – will be known in 18 months time.

  13. 31 Jovie
    May 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    • 32 theo67
      May 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      She looks so tiny, but she really has just jumped right in there, hasn’t she. Definitely looks like she’s actually planning to do something legitimate in that jumpsuit, unlike someone we know who was associated with another Administration…

  14. 33 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

  15. 34 hopefruit2
    May 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  16. 35 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  17. May 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Okay, maybe it’s me, but I think this IRS scandal, for lack of a better term, is about the most bloviated bunch of b.s. so far. The problem begins with the terminology, which I found myself inadvertently using…targeting. The agency wasn’t targeting tea party groups, it was scrutinizing them…as it is charged to do.

    This argument is simple, the tax exemption they were seeking limits political activity. The Tea Party claims it is not a political organization. Yet, we all witnessed the Tea Party participate in politics on full throttle. IRS agents look at television too. How do you make the distinction…that’s an IRS call.

    It seems this could have been easily dispelled. The IRS should have simply come out in the beginning and told the truth… They received a flood of applications for tax exempt status that they questioned…which they had a right to do. I cannot speak to whether or not their methodology crossed the line, but this is what happens when folks try to cover their backsides.

    Throughout this entire lunacy, David Corn is the only one I’ve heard even remotely make sense.

    • 37 pkayden
      May 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      How are T’Baggers not promoting politics as their primary purpose? What else do they promote except the election of Republicans? I don’t understand how they could be tax exempt.

  18. 39 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    • May 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      THANK YOU, UTA!

      If I thought my twitter feed was clogged with Benghazi and IRS nonsense from the MSM, it was NOTHING compared to the palpable OUTRAGE flurry today re: AP!!!!!

      When I saw the flurry, I thought to myself — that is so odd, AP reporting on AP and other journalists take it for gospel? That’s like reporting Baghdad Bob’s reports as *accurate* because he worked for the Iraqi government.

      MSM just ASSUMED that the AP wasn’t reporting from a conflict of interest perspective, which is the first thing that crosses a lay person’s mind.

      Adding to the mess, @Markos sent this tweet out (I don’t follow emoprogs, but this was “RT’d”).

      Can everybody (MSM) chill and not proclaim the Obama administration the most “scandal” plagued adminstration ever?

      MSM’s senior editors really need to put a stop to their reporters laziness and bandwagon mentality. All reporters should ask themselves about the reliability of the reporting (e.g., conflict of interest?) before condemning anyone.

      • 41 pkayden
        May 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        I’m just finding out about the AP “scandal” from reading the comments in this post. I guess we’re going to hear about “scandals” for the next 4 years. Oh well. I’ve got President Obama’s back regardless.

      • 42 99ts
        May 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        markos is the joke of the past 4 years – after he paid for what turned out to be fraudulent polls – it just all went downhill from there. There has yet to be a “scandal” from this White House that had any legs whatsoever – yet the GOP call for people to be sacked, arrested, removed & the media (R,USA) carries their water.

      • 43 jackiegrumbacher
        May 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        Markos is an ass with no credibility whatsoever. He pontificates as if he knows what he’s saying, but he knows nothing.

  19. 44 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  20. 45 Jovie
    May 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    White House: ‘No knowledge’ of DOJ look into AP records
    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 5/13/13 7:45 PM EDT
    The White House has “no knowledge” of the Justice Department’s efforts to obtain phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

    “Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the AP,” he said in a statement.

    “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department,” he added. “Any questions about an ongoing criminal investigation should be directed to the Department of Justice.”

    A Justice Department spokeswoman referred a request for comment to Bill Miller, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, which is conducting a probe on the leaking of information about Syria to the AP.

    “We take seriously our obligations to follow all applicable laws, federal regulations, and Department of Justice policies when issuing subpoenas for phone records of media organizations,” Miller said in a statement.

    The Justice Department’s rules “require us to make every reasonable effort to obtain information through alternative means before even considering a subpoena for the phone records of a member of the media,” Miller said. “We must notify the media organization in advance unless doing so would pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation. Because we value the freedom of the press, we are always careful and deliberative in seeking to strike the right balance between the public interest in the free flow of information and the public interest in the fair and effective administration of our criminal laws.”

  21. May 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Will somebody help me understand why the Democrats keep getting suckered by these gutter rats. The Republicans do the same thing over and over. None of these controversies are new. They save them until they think it is strategically beneficial to make them public. Benghazi is making them look stupid, so they had to find something else. It’s old hat with them. Do the Democrats think they’ve been reborn or something?

    • 52 hopefruit2
      May 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Nobody is getting suckered. The media and GOP are targeting PBO, and they are failing miserably.

      • 53 nathkatun7
        May 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        That’s the way I see it, hopefruit2! These are blatantly coordinated GOP and MSM attacks on President Obama. Thankfully we have alert people in the social media who pushing back against these baseless attacks.

    • 54 99ts
      May 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      The GOP owns the news media – which seems to be why the gutter rats can lie with impunity. The President will just not go to that level. The senior folks at the IRS – should have said they target all and ANY groups who confuse politics with tax exemptions – but as with a couple of other instances – Acorn & Shirley Sherrod come to mind – some people in democratic administrations seem to believe the media when they SHOULD NOT.

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      May 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      I don’t think there’s any suckering going on, except among deadbeats like Max Baucus. All of us in the real world are still focused on getting good Dems into office at the local and state level. Republican governors are still turning off voters, Republican state legislatures are still churning out anti-female, anti-worker, anti-education and anti-health care legislation and we are all still determined to engage voters and get them out to vote. Let’s not get distracted by the msm because that’s exactly what they want us to do. The best revenge is to focus on the upcoming races and win.

  22. May 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Oh boy, Wyden is going to replace Baucus as chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

      • 58 nathkatun7
        May 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        It’s bad news! Wyden has emoprog tendencies. If I remember correctly, he also tried to team up with Paul Ryan. He is definitely not a very reliable supporter of President Obama.

    • 59 theo67
      May 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Is this a good thing? I don’t know too much about Wyden.

    • May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Hmm…

      I thought Meta’s “oh boy” was meant as skepticism; maybe Meta’s meant yay?

      Confused, please help. Thanks.

      • May 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        I think he’s generally a good guy but there have been times when he’s done some grandstanding. And I didn’t care for his work with Paul Ryan to reform Medicare by making it semi-privatized.

        • 62 theo67
          May 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

          Thanks Meta – will keep one eye on him.

        • May 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

          Thanks, Meta.

          Virtually all pols grandstand (the most obvious example of one who doesn’t is our very own current Commander-in-Chief), so that’s kind of hard to escape.

          But if there’s an industry that desperately needs oversight, it’s banking and finance.

          After 2014 (Dem landslide), hopefully he and Elizabeth Warren can reinstate Glass-Steagall and get the “investment” bank casinos out of our financial banking system.

  23. 64 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  24. 65 Jovie
    May 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    You see? Democrats!!

    • 66 criquet
      May 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      These Democrats need to follow PBO’s lead. Take the time to find out what is really going on before making incorrect and damaging statements that are not factual.
      Ugh. How long have many of these people been in Congress? Have they not seen all these ruses before?

    • 68 carolyn
      May 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      That is an AP report reporting on an AP story. Think they’re going to spin it? I think so. This one will take about a week to unravel and have the facts come out. Once again many people will have jumped on a bandwagon too soon…….of course they’ll never admit they were wrong. The usual story.

    • 71 nathkatun7
      May 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Since when is a subpoena a “seizure’? This AP story is sensationalist! Shame on Sen. Leahy, a former prosecutor for buying into sensationalism! I am on Sen. Leahy’s fundraising list. I will definitely send him a strong e-mail registering my concerns about his reported comments.

  25. 72 japa21
    May 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  26. 73 Betsy
    May 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Just a brilliant post LL. thank ou!

    • May 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Hiya, Betsy.

      Saw your comment over the weekend about wanting to go camping.

      Are you in California?

      There’s a US Forest Service campground across from the Kirkwood Lodge (about 25 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe).

      This area has THE MOST SPECTACULAR wildflowers in the Sierras, which usually bloom after July 4th.

      Hiking takes to you an elevation about 10,000 feet, but the campground itself is at Santa Fe-Taos NM elevation.

      It’s first-come-first-serve, but when we camped there several years ago, we took a Friday off work and arrived midday, and got a nice spot; otherwise, you could book a room at Kirkwood Lodge.

      Google Kirkwood Lake Campground, and the first result will be this campsite in the El Dorado National Forest.

      Keep in mind: the wildflower display is spectacular.

      • 75 Betsy
        May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        THANKS, we will keep that in mind! Can’t go until July 4th.

      • 76 Betsy
        May 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Put this info into my phone. I am in SoCal, about 20min South of LAX, but for a 5 day weekend it might be doable!

        • May 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

          The best part is that this display usually peaks mid-to-late July (depending on the weather conditions).

          I know this was not a good year for the Sierra snowpack, so hopefully the wildflowers will wait until you can make it them to bloom!

          It’s gorgeous. Not as breathtaking as Alaska, but almost.

  27. May 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Bravo LL! Excellent post!! :-)

  28. May 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Dear BLOG TYRANTS and commenters.

    Please look at UTA’s postings before commenting on AP scandal fabrication.

    AP is an insult to journalism for publishing a biased statement of outrage just for the page views (or however it is they make their money) and their actions could easily be considered treasonous.

    They are despicable and cannot be trusted (not the individual reporters who I believe to hard working, especially the field reporters, not the ones with the cushy DC offices).

    Chips, AMK, LibLib, LovelyPlains, please consider posting at least one of UTA’s heartfelt tweets on the front page of the next thread.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  29. 84 Dudette
    May 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Now might be a good time to bring in the funny :-)
    [Totally off-topic, irrelevant, irreverent geek comedy]

  30. 85 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  31. May 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Still not sure if this will be shown, but heads up any way:

    8:40 PBO in New York

    http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  32. 88 theo67
    May 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    If people continue to treat good government people as though they are bad, then we’ll end up with only bad people running for government. These trumped up “scandals” just make me ill.

    • 89 amk for obama
      May 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Tweet it.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      May 14, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Theo, if any one doubts that the MSM are aiding and abetting the Republicans to bring down President Obama, this sensational AP story should put that to rest. Somehow, a legitimate a subpoena for information about terrorism is now erroneously, and purposely, reported so as to arise a frenzy, as either a “seizure” or “wiretap” of the AP phones. Of course now all the AP’s media brethren are in a frenzy! They won’t be appeased until the President is impeached. After he is impeached then they can go back and regret about what they did wrong to erroneously inflict so much damage on America based on lies. They will then promise to do better next time around. I am absolutely convinced that the United States would be much better off without the so called mainstream media. Speaking for myself, I really could care less about the WHPC! I have zero respect for people like Jonathan Karl, Chuck Todd, Ed. Henry, Jake Tapper, Mark Knoller, and the rest of them. I think the best way to counter their nefarious schemes is to constantly let them know that we know the games they are playing and we will not fall for them. Exposing the unethical behavior of the so called MSM is one the most effective way of making sure we have the President’s back.

      • 91 theo67
        May 14, 2013 at 12:53 am

        These are the same people who allowed the impeachment of Bill Clinton to be legitimized, and now they want to pretend that these “scandals” are based on legitimate grievances. The whole thing is driving me crazy, because the people seem to be just ignoring what’s going on. The fact that the GOP have done nothing through the Great Recession, after causing it. The fact that the GOP are accusing and impugning this Administration full of hard-working, honest people of things that the prior Administration did in broad daylight with nary a peep from the feckless media. The fact that the media show such extreme disrespect to an honourable person like President Obama. and then to top it all off with the Clinton 2016 crap that is filling the airwaves – it’s all too much.

        • 92 nathkatun7
          May 14, 2013 at 2:07 am

          Well said, Theo! On the other hand, we must not despair! This is the time to fight back hard. The media no longer have a complete monopoly on news and information as they did in the past. We must use all means necessary to stop them from destroying one of the best President in my lifetime.

  33. 94 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Exactly.

  34. May 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    • May 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      No, it’s worse than that

      I may be overreacting to my twitter feed (which is pretty much all-AP-all-the-time, but a wire service fabricates a “scandal” and because our MSM is too lazy to do any real investigation, accepts AP reporting on AP as true.

      MSM is OUTRAGED because AP alleges that this Administration is violatng our country’s sacred First Amendment.

      MSM feeding frenzy feeds on itself in an unquestioning, sheeplike manner.

      They do this despite what it does to this country.

      Getting to the bottom of actual corruption or fraud is admirable. But what the MSM is doing en masse is fabricating scandal to avenge some perceived slight.

  35. 99 Jovie
    May 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    He is up soon. Any hecklers on Keystone? That’s what I heard!
    This poor man, he goes through more crap. :(

  36. 100 dotster3
    May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Media is going bonkers on the Justice Dept./AP story——this is their territory. NBC’s Michael Isikoff calling it “massive and unprecedented”, saying watchdogs call it “stunning”—–they’re really going to go to town on this one. It’s like they’re all leaping on this runaway train. It’s so putrid and dishonest, and reason has been totally abandoned. It’s infuriating and exhausting. You can bash the outragers over the head with truth and sensibility, and none of it seems to matter; they’re like rabid dogs.

    • 101 hopefruit2
      May 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      MSNBC/NBC/ etc still having a major sad from the first debate when they were sure (and hoping) that it was going to be the end of PBO for good. Now their Obama Derangement Syndrome is at a fever pitch. Meanwhile, PBO just keeps going, and going and going and going..

      • 102 nathkatun7
        May 14, 2013 at 1:00 am

        All of us who support the President must rise up and push back hard against this media nonsense. We must not allow the media frenzy to derail our president. Lets all fax, e-mail, tweet, and phone the media to challenge their patently obvious plan to assist the Republicans in undermining President Obama. As far as I am concerned, the AP has lost all credibility by peddling a false story.

  37. 103 Ladyhawke
    May 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    MEDIA MATTERS ERIC BOEHLERT: “LAUNDRY LIST OF LIES AND HOLLOW ALLEGATIONS” ABOUT BENGHAZI

    On Talking Liberally, Eric Boehlert Details Fox And GOP’s “Laundry List Of Lies And Hollow Allegations” About Benghazi

    http://mediamatters.org/video/2013/05/13/on-talking-liberally-eric-boehlert-details-fox/194030

  38. May 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    @Liberal Librarian,

    Great post. The sad thing is that the Republicans have found a way to put a damper on the implementation of Obamacare. They are so pathetic, but unfortunately, they still have power — which they use to destroy.

  39. May 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I really wish there was someway to muzzle Ron Fournier.

    He is the worst of the yellow journalists (former AP boss-editor).

    AP is going to end up with egg on their face, and the MSM had better damn well report it, and not “cover up” for the AP.

    News organizations increased their political staff because of Barack Obama’s brilliance in 2007-2008. Now it’s time to reassign these people to stories that matter, rather than letting them spew personal opinions as “news.”

    Despicable MSM.

  40. May 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    OMG, I think it must be wine o’clock.

  41. 130 andogriff
    May 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Great piece LL, as usual! Keeping fingers crossed that all goes well for your wife.

  42. 138 hopefruit2
    May 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    • 139 nathkatun7
      May 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Hopefruit, Markos Moulitsas’ wording: “People looking for an Obama scandal…” is itself quite telling. Markos is letting all of us know that the media have been desperately “looking for an Obama scandal.” In the past scandals happened and the media exposed them, but since the election of President Obama the media have been “looking for an Obama scandal.” I’ve said it before but I will say it again, the U.S. media are determined to use every means necessary to bring down President Obama. The only obstacle standing in their way are all of us informed people who support President Obama.

      • 140 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

        Nath you are so right. The media HAS been desperately searching for an “Obama scandal” and come up short every time. This time is going to be no different. But they still do a lot of damage with their disgustingly false reporting while the investigations are still being conducted. So as you said, it’s up to US to keep pushing back aggressively. We won’t tolerate the racist media’s attempts to lynch our First Black President in 2013.

      • 141 Lovepolitics2008
        May 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

        They don’t like the President very much but what I think is at stake is a sort of “Woodward syndrome”. Those journalists are driven by one thing: becoming a star journalist. They all want to attain the status of Bob Woodward. If only they could find the “BIG” scandal , if they could look like heroes who brought down a POTUS…

        One thing though: nowadays only a few companies own all the mainstream media and the big bosses are republicans. So when the president is republican, heroes wannabes are nervous about their job because their bosses don’t want to embarrass a republican administration. But when the president is democrat, all hell break loose. “Journalists” know their job is safe; they know the media owners are supporting they frantic search for the big scandal that could hurt the administration.

  43. May 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  44. 144 carolyn
    May 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    LL…….superb article. Will you put this on The People’s View too? Hope so. It needs wide dissemination. I have followed your writings for a couple of years, at least ever since you writing editorials on this blog. Not only do you write well and clearly, you are accurate in your observations and prescient for what’s going to happen. I appreciate your marshaling of facts so clearly.
    You are good at analyzing and synthesizing, two very difficult skills to teach. Even explaining those two skills is well nigh impossible for college freshmen. So, thank you from the bottom of this English teacher’s heart for good writing.

  45. May 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Never watched his show but…God love Nancy Pelosi! So sick of weak-kneed D’s always ducking for cover, Pelosi is always fighting for PBO.

    • 150 Ladyhawke
      May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      When Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House she was the best partner President Obama could have had. She got things done. There were bill signing every other week. Everything came to a screeching halt when Speaker In Name Only John Boehner took the gavel. We can’t even get an infrastructure bill passed now. This is the scandal that the media should be reporting.

  46. 151 JER
    May 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  47. May 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    • 153 nathkatun7
      May 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

      Tally, I’ve totally had it with the “holier than thou Progressives” who have joined in the bashing of President Obama over this AP story. The comment section are filled with so called progressives who accuse President Obama of being worse than Nixon. I suppose they would be hailing the President for doing nothing, so long as he supposedly honored civil liberties, to stop terrorists intent on suicide bombing to kill hundreds and thousands of innocent Americans.

      • May 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        They’re rightwingers claiming to be progressives. The Nixon thing is one of their talking points. It was all over Stephanie Miller’s show this morning.

  48. 155 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    America, this is our disgusting, bile filled media.

    • May 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      MSM are so damn lazy and self-congratulatory.

      This is not funny, and NONE of these “reported” scandals is an *actual* scandal.

      But all three are now accepted as scandals by the MSM, who pride themselves on their hard-hitting journalism.

      MSM are continuing to accept that AP’s “rights” have been violated, and politicians and civil liberties groups are being pulled into this morass.

      I doubt if any retractions will be forthcoming, and this AP allegation is enough to become “true” in the RWNJ email-o-sphere.

      Disgusting.

    • 157 sherijr
      May 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      oh what she really wanted to say was ” two missing WHITE girls”

  49. May 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  50. 159 utaustinliberal
    May 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    • 160 carolyn
      May 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      utaustin…….I’m trusting you to inform her. Since I haven’t watched tonight, my discussion would be hearsay.

    • 161 nathkatun7
      May 14, 2013 at 1:32 am

      UT, Rachel Maddow probably knows exactly the difference between subpoena and spying, but she has to aid and abet his libertarian friends, like Glen Greenwald, who hate President Obama.

  51. May 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Sure seems spot on to me. And beautifully written, too!

    Gato

  52. 163 Dudette
    May 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Gotta keep our eye on the ball, instead of the shiny objects

  53. May 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Did Chips post this earlier today?

    MSM stepford wives accept that Benghazi is a “scandal.” They fail to ask (thereby fail to inform audience) of how other Presidents responded to similar tragedies.

  54. 165 kathryn kivett
    May 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Happy Birthday, Meta…..sorry we let the GOP succeed in diverting our attention to their dumb caca off of important things, like your birthday, gun safety legislation, immigration reform, healthcare, jobs, poverty, the weeds in my yard, and world peace….Have a bottle of bubbly on me.

  55. 166 misspat
    May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Good evening folks. I was just thinking that it would be nice if the White House would invite some journalism students to some Press briefings Put them in the front and have them ask questions, show the assholes what real journalists do. Perhaps bring out the President and let them ask a few questions. I am sure they will be better journalists than these fools that are not researching facts, just carrying water for the MSM. I know the students would love the exposure and the experience. I get angry when I see how badly they are treating the President but with prayers he will prevail. He has us, he will be okay.

    • 167 0388jojothecat
      May 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      I feel the same way misspat…..journalism is dead they even tell students who major it they won’t get jobs in that profession.

  56. 168 Nena20409
    May 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Great Post LL.

    Communication/Warroom is still needed by this WH. They still have a megaphone. In Summers 2009, 2010, 2011……..TBGOPers dominated and ate and fed the Media/News cycle 24/7.

    TBGOpers know ONE thing and that is Distraction twisted or entwined with lies and repeated 24/7.

  57. 169 vitaminlover
    May 14, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Spot on, LL!


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