Ruth Marcus (Washington Post); Rick Perry is no George W. Bush. This is not a compliment … his 2010 Tea Party-steeped manifesto, “Fed Up!,” makes George Bush look like George McGovern. Perry has said he wasn’t planning to run for president when he wrote the book, and it shows:
● He floats the notion of repealing the 16th Amendment, which authorized the federal income tax. Perry describes the amendment as “the great milestone on the road to serfdom” because it “was the birth of wealth redistribution in the United States.”….
●He lambastes the 17th Amendment, which instituted direct election of senators, as a misguided “blow to the ability of states to exert influence on the federal government”….
● He laments the New Deal as “the second big step” – the 16th and 17th amendments being the first – “in the march of socialism and….”
● He specifically targets Social Security for “violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles of federalism and limited government”….
● … he is even less happy about the Great Society, suggesting that programs such as Medicare are unconstitutional….
…. Perry’s views on the role of judges may be the most alarming given a president’s ability to shape the Supreme Court for decades to come. He writes about the current court with venomous disdain …. Disagreeing with liberal justices is one thing. Accusing them of not caring about the Constitution is like denouncing the opposing party as unpatriotic …
…. The subtitle of Perry’s book is “Our Fight to Save America from Washington.” Reading it summons the image of another, urgent fight: saving America from Rick Perry.
Politicususa: Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell’s book signing in Republican Naples, Florida drew a total of five people. Five. Five people. That’s it. Just like a Sarah Palin event, the media outnumbered the actual attendees.
Alex Pareene (Salon): Mother Jones writes about Rep. Michele Bachmann’s connections to Olive Tree Ministries, an evangelical Christian operation founded by a former Jew for Jesus and longtime friend of Bachmann’s named Jan Markell. Olive Tree Ministries … is obsessed with Israel because it believes we are living in the end times. Bachmann’s been on Markell’s radio show multiple times, attended an Olive Tree Ministries conference, and left a testimonial on its website. As MoJo says:
“…in 2005, the then-state senator denied any knowledge of Olive Tree Ministries. However, Markell tells Mother Jones that she’s known Bachmann off and on for 35 years, and says she spoke about Israel at Bachmann’s church in the late 1970s. “My hunch is that they misquoted her,” Markell says. “She’s been at my conference. Why she would have said otherwise, I don’t know.”
….So Bachmann stands with Israel because she needs the Jews to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem so that Christ can return, rapture the Christians up to Heaven, convince the Jews to worship him during the Tribulations, and then rule over the Earth from Israel for 1,000 years. (This is what these people believe, very, very literally.)
….in 2006 she was a member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Stillwater, which belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. WELS is one of the very conservative “confessional” Lutheran denominations that maintains that the “antichrist” is the pope. You know, the leader of the Catholic Church? That pope….
…In 2008, as I’m sure you remember, Michele Bachmann repeatedly called Barack Obama “anti-American” because of his “mentor”, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And here is Bachmann’s good friend and minister Bradlee Dean calling the pope “that devil disguised as a minister of righteousness.”
It seems more than fair to ask whether Michele Bachmann is anti-Catholic, and whether, should she be elected president, she’d purposefully sabotage a Middle East peace deal in order to bring about the Second Coming. Or whether she’d launch some sort of tactical strike against Vatican City. I think she would. Look who she pals around with!
Are the Teabaggers designing Halperin’s graphics now? Real classy. :roll:
Update: Interesting – the graphic now appears to have been removed from the site (well, I can’t see it anyway). The new headline story? Yep, you guessed it, it’s about the half-termer meeting the Chump.
CNN: Potential GOP candidate Herman Cain has indicated that he will formally announce he will run for president at an event to be held in two weeks. And despite many political observers dismissing him as a potential challenger, his campaign’s communications director told CNN on Saturday, “We are running an operation because we are first-tier. We’re serious.”
….In January, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza was the first Republican to officially form a presidential exploratory committee. Cain won the Tea Party live straw poll at a summit in Phoenix in February and has since courted potential supporters in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, among other stops around the country.
Thanks Gail ;-)
I love the line “We are running an operation because we are first-tier” …. you’d hate to see the GOP’s second tier :shock:
Remember the creature known as Joe Miller? The Teabagger was so certain he’d win Alaska’s Senate race last year he took to Twitter….
…and then he lost to Lisa Murkowski.
He had planned on running again …. err, good luck with that Tea Bag Joe:
GOPolitico: If Joe Miller is thinking about another political race in Alaska, he’s got considerable work to do repairing his image. That’s according to the state’s premier pollster, Dave Dittman, who is set to release numbers this week that show the former Senate candidate’s approval rating in the tank.
An AlaskaPoll taken in March found that 73 percent of Alaskans view Miller unfavorably, including 53 percent who put themselves in the “very unfavorable” category.
That leaves just 18 percent who view Miller in a favorable fashion. Nine percent are undecided.
On the other hand, residents appear to be content with their current delegation. All three members receive high “excellent or good” approval ratings – with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich at 57 percent, GOP Rep. Don Young at 63 percent and GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski at a sparkling 71 percent.
A comment left on the blog today, in response to that Texas interview with the President, by a Linda Van de Riet from Missouri.
There’s also, coincidentally, a Linda Van de Riet on the Missouri Jefferson County Republican Central Committee. A relation, maybe?
You know, these people will be consumed by their own hate one day. Hopefully.
PS Another coincidence! There’s a Linda Van de Riet from Missouri on Facebook:
I see she’s ‘interested’ in God. But not in His teachings, it seems.
Blackman reminded me of this rally in the comments – wow, that day must really have pained Ms Van de Riet:
Sen. Barack Obama waves as he arrives at a rally of 100,000 supporters in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008
Theo67: I’m grateful to see this nonsense from these types, because it reminds me how desperate this fight is for those who seek goodness and light. There are many who are wallowing in darkness, consumed by hate, and deceiving themselves that they are somehow fighting a “godly” fight – yet, as evidenced by this woman, the hate just spews forth from them – telling us the real story. We can never let these creatures win. This is not just a political fight. It’s much more than that, and I think it’s a battle that’s been raging for a long time.
I’m encouraged when I think of those who had to put their very lives in harm’s way, and those who still do in places far away, simply to gain the rights of being treated like human beings. Watching clips from the Civil Rights struggle, the clips from those fighting for their freedom now in the Middle East… if all we have to do is read nasty words from these lost individuals, then we have it so much easier. It does take a little away from your spirit each time you’re confronted with this stuff, but we can replenish our spirits quite easily because of … the many billions of people around the world who are not consumed by hate.
At a time when even some Republicans are conceding that Michele Bachmann is bat-shit crazy, King says this:
Yep, “You have taken what I would describe as a reasonable position……”
It gets worse…..
Let’s have a look at that exchange again:
Bachmann: We need to have the fight on Obamacare … I think it is a crime against democracy because Speaker Pelosi and President Obama failed to even tell the members of the House and Senate, much less the American people, that if a member casts a vote for the Obamacare bill they would also be voting to spend $105 billion…..it is my opinion that that money should be given back because it was passed fraudulently, no one knew that money was there…..
King: As you know, a lot of Democrats dispute your numbers on the healthcare bill, but I want to save that one for another day….
No, no John, it’s not that Democrats dispute her numbers, it’s that every single independent observer has concluded that she was talking complete and utter shit about this “bombshell, hidden $105 billion”. eg:
Washington Post (Fact Checker) …. Bachmann’s main points have been that “this money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill” – something akin to a “slush fund” – and that it was done “secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress.”
This is bordering on ridiculous.
…The Obama administration insisted that the health care bill be “paid for” through various revenue raisers and cost cuts in order to not increase the deficit. In the end, CBO declared that the health care bill would reduce the deficit over the next decade.
… it is disingenuous of Bachmann to talk only about the costs without noting that, in theory, all of this spending is fully funded.
There is a further problem with Bachman’s charge of “hidden” spending … the administration has not tried to hide this money at all; instead, it has trumpeted each dollar spent in a press release.
As for the claim that “this money was broken up, hidden in various parts of the bill,” we think she means that there were different sections in the legislation, depending on the issue. This is common practice for virtually all major bills, and it is not unusual or nefarious at all….
The Pinocchio Test: There is no “bombshell” except Bachmann’s bombast.
She is correct that Congress already has appropriated some spending in future years, but her claim that this money was “hidden” does not have credibility. The money for these programs was clearly described and analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office before the legislation was voted into law…..
With Beck’s imminent departure from Fox, you have to wonder if King is looking to fill the gap. He was already a joke, but after suggesting that the racist nutjob that is Bachmann had taken a “reasonable position” on anything … and failing to challenge her on her debunked lies about that ‘fraudulent’ $105 billion …. oh dear, oh dear.
CBS: The proposed 2012 budget that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan put forward today seemingly plays right into Democrats’ hands by proposing massive changes to Medicare…
The Republican party launched aggressive attacks against Democrats in the midterm elections for voting for President Obama’s health care reforms, which also included significant changes to the program….
Ryan’s plan would dramatically transform the health care plan for seniors. Instead of providing those over 65 with government-run health care, seniors starting in 2022 would receive “premium support” (subsidies given directly to insurance providers) to get the health care of their choice from private insurers….
Many Republicans have praised Ryan’s efforts today, but much of the praise has been reserved for Ryan’s leadership, rather than the substance of the proposal itself. Some of those Republicans may have 2010 in mind, when the GOP hammered the Democratic health care plan, which included $500 billion in Medicare cuts.
“Seniors do not want senators fooling with Medicare,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor on Dec. 4, 2009, ahead of the congressional votes on the legislation. “Let me say that again: Seniors do not want senators fooling with Medicare. They want us to fix it, to strengthen it… not raid it like a giant piggy bank to create some entirely new government program.”
…the Democratic health care plan provided potent fodder for the midterm elections. Republican Dan Coats, now the junior senator for Indiana, ran an ad against his 2010 opponent, Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth that blasted him for failing to “protect seniors”…….Coats office has not responded to an inquiry from Hotsheet as to whether he supports Ryan’s proposed budget.
Similarly, Republican Pat Toomey, now the junior senator for Pennsylvania, ran a 2010 ad railing against his opponent Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak for supporting the health care overhaul.
…”This budget is more proof that Tea Party extremists have toppled the Republican House leadership and completely taken over,” said Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.). “The House Republican Tea Partiers started with cuts to Head Start, education and medical research, and now they want to privatize Medicare. If you are a child seeking an education or an older American seeking health care, the Tea Party budget is toxic to your future.”
Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) said the Ryan plan is “one of the most callous and reckless proposals I’ve seen during 18 years in Congress” and it amounts to “destroying Medicare.”
Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.) said that expert analysis shows the Ryan plan would “make deep cuts to the Medicare benefits seniors count on. It would end Medicare as we know it and funnel Medicare dollars directly into private insurance companies’ pockets.”
So, did you hear what Donald Trump had to say on Good Morning America? He finds it strange that “nobody knew” President Obama as a young child in Hawaii.
“Let me tell you … if I got the nomination, if I decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten. They’ll remember me. [With Obama,] nobody comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in his life. It’s very strange.”
You know, that is so true. I mean, is there even any photographic evidence to show President Obama went to Kindergarten in Hawaii???
President Obama in kindergarten in Hawaii (Noelani Elementary School, Oahu)
“Note they disguised all the Kenyans to appear Hawai’ian.”
Okay, but here’s an article proving that no one – absolutely NO ONE – actually remembers the President from Kindergarten:
Maui News (January 2009): As student teachers, it never occurred to Aimee Yatsushiro or Katherine Nakamoto that a cute 5-year-old from their first teaching experience would become president one day, actually the first African-American president.
“You tell students all the time you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up,” Nakamoto said. “And now here’s Barack Obama. He’s president. Who would have thought?”
Yatsushiro, a retired teacher from Kahului, served as a student teacher from September to December 1966 at Noelani Elementary School on Oahu. Her supervising teacher was Kazuko Sakai, the primary educator for about 25 students in a kindergarten class that included a boy named Barack “Barry” Obama.
“He was a cute, likable, heavy build-child,” Yatsushiro recalled. “I could visualize Barry smiling, dressed in his long-sleeved, white shirt tucked into his brown Bermuda shorts, and wearing laced shoes.”
….Nakamoto said she never used a nickname for the student. “We called him Barack. . . . He was very well mannered, respectful, confident and independent.”
Both women were filled with pride Tuesday morning as they watched the inauguration and festivities unfold on television.
“I don’t cry very easily,” Yatsushiro said. “But today I had tears.”
….”He was always nicely dressed,” Nakamoto said as she looked at the old photograph recently. “He wasn’t outstanding in any way like being naughty or anything. I just remember him being confident, like the way a president should be.”
“He was a good listener from the time he was little,” Yatsushiro said. “I remember him always smiling and observing, just watching all the time, smiling and observing. He didn’t have to be the center of attention.”
“I think he’ll make a good president,” Nakamoto said. “I just feel like he’s not afraid. That’s how he was when he was small and that’s how he is now.”
Maui teachers Katherine Nakamoto (right) and Aimee Yatsushiro pose with a photo taken in 1967 of Barack Obama’s kindergarten class. Both served as student teachers for the class during the school year 1966-67.
So, once more I ask, where’s the proof President Obama went to kindergarten in Hawaii? See? You America-haters can’t provide any.
Time: In a heated exchange on The View, real estate magnate says there’s “something on that birth certificate” that Obama doesn’t like.
Behar: “Are you a birther, Donald?”
Trump: “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?…I can’t rely on some newspaper… I want him to show his birth certificate.”
Goldberg: “That’s the biggest pile of dog mess I’ve heard in ages.”
Hasselbeck: “Then why not show it?
Truly, these people are pure unadulterated racist scum.
I know, you won’t like seeing a video of the bird-brain-bozo here, but this one’s worth seeing, it completely cracked me up. Watch the faces of the audience in India as she talks about how she would have handled Libya (you know, that ‘little South American country ruled by Kernull Gadaffy Duck’). It’s like the reaction of an audience to a comedian whose jokes just aren’t very funny. And keep an eye on the guy putting on his glasses, at 0:58 (top right), he can’t take any more of the twaddle, so he takes out his phone. He probably dialed 911.
Honest, she doesn’t even make me mad any more. She’s just an idiot, and even most right-wingers are beginning to realize it.
(Ha, even Politico seemed to find it all a bit embarrassing: She struggled to provide pointed answers to several of interviewer Aroon Purie’s questions on foreign affairs.. Purie, who introduced her to the gathering, poked fun at Palin’s “creative vocabulary” and her polarizing place in American politics in his introduction of the former governor.
He frequently made clear that not everyone in the United States has a positive view of the former Alaska governor. “Either you love her or hate her,” he said.
Alluding to Palin’s penchant for sometimes venturing into unique terminology, Purie said “if I may be forgiven for saying so, she has a creative vocabulary. “Governor Palin, I hope you don’t refudiate me,” he said, smirking to an amused crowd.)
Update: Thank you Sim for posting this video in the comments – hopefully, in time, I’ll be able to wash the coffee spray off my computer screen:
I held my nose and visited a site jammed with birthers tonight, just to see if they all now worship Mike Huckabee.
“Do you think maybe that Huck is off his meds?”
“Maybe he’s trying to provide some balance here by currying favor with the “Birther” vote.”
“Huck said: “And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American.” If he MEANT to say: “…having grown up in Indonesia,” then the rest of his comment would have made no sense?”
“I think Huckabee blew it big time. You can’t say: He grew up in Kenya. Had a Kenyan father. Had a Kenyan grandfather. And there was Mau-Mau involvement. And that’s why he hates the British. Because of the Kenyan connection. Because he grew up in Kenya. And then try to recover with “Slip of the tongue. I meant Indonesia.” Huckabee clearly thinks that Obama grew up in Kenya. He’s a moron.”
“Not that Huckabee ever had a chance at being President, but his “misspeak” dooms him to a life as a FOX network employee.”
“Huckleberry needs to shut his pie-hole. I wish he’d go away.”
“Well, as Dante said in his poetry,
There ain’t nothing half so painful as having a
really ignorant cracker on your side in politics.
Hell, it’s tough enough in baseball.
That old Italian guy knew Huckabee, apparently.”
“This will be pretty damaging for Huckabee. It can’t be passed off as a simple misspeak because he elaborated with the comments about growing up in Kenya forming Obama’s attitudes toward the Brits. Definitely a significant negative for Huck.”
“There’s a sin worse than ignorance, and that’s not wanting to improve upon the situation.”
“Had he said “Indonesia” he’d be clear. If he said “Cambodia” he misspoke. But Kenya, he’s toast.”
“It will be interesting to watch the media reaction. What would happen if Gov. Palin had made such a mistake?”
“This looks almost like an attempt to tar the whole GOP as stupid.”
And one guy posted this pic:
That worked well Mike, hey? Even the nutjobs think you’re a nutjob.