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Paul Ryan: Obama’s Tricking Republicans Into Playing the Villain

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Empty-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan is warning Republicans to watch out for that black man in the White House — he’s devious. He’s making Republicans say horrible disgusting things, and they’re falling into his tricksy trap: Rep. Ryan: Republicans Can’t Play the ‘Villain’ in Obama’s ‘Morality Play’.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Saturday warned that President Obama was working to delegitimize the Republican Party, and urged conservatives not to fall into the president’s trap by playing the villain.

“[Obama] needs to delegitimize the Republican Party—and House Republicans, in particular,” Ryan told conservatives at the National Review Institute Summit in Washington, D.C. “He’ll try to divide us with phony emergencies and bogus deals. He’ll try to get us to fight with each other—to question each other’s motives—so we don’t challenge him.

“If we play into his hands, we will betray the voters who supported us—and the country we mean to serve. We can’t let that happen. We have to be smart. We have to show prudence.”

[…]

“The president will bait us. He’ll portray us as cruel and unyielding,” Ryan said. “Just the other day, he said Republicans had ‘suspicions’ about Social Security. He said we had ‘suspicions’ about feeding hungry children. He said we had ‘suspicions’ about caring for the elderly. Look, it’s the same trick he plays every time: Fight a straw man. Avoid honest debate. Win the argument by default.”

“We can’t get rattled,” he continued. “We won’t play the villain in his morality plays. We have to stay united. We have to show that — if given the chance — we can govern. We have better ideas.”

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154 comments

1 Kronocide  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:45:23am

He’s also lazy, shiftless, and he’s coming for our women.

Fake but accurate.

2 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:45:44am

Frankly, this is hilarious, in a sad, pathetic way.

3 Bubblehead II  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:47:05am

“If we play into his hands, we will betray the voters tea party who supported us—and the country corporations we mean to serve. We can’t let that happen. We have to be smart. We have to show prudence keep our mouths shut.”

4 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:47:17am

A party that has been using words like “socialist,” “Marxist,” “makers/takers,” “47%” and other things to describe Obama and his supporters has the gall to say they want “honest debate”?

5 PhillyPretzel  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:47:46am

[Obama] needs to delegitimize the Republican Party—and House Republicans. He isn’t. The GOP is doing it all by themselves. I am waiting for the implosion.

6 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:48:04am

It’s not our fault our party is chock full of crazies it’s Obama’s fault!

7 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:48:59am
Republicans can’t play the ‘villain’ in Obama’s ‘morality play’

I don’t think they’re playing.
Let’s see, a real villain would be:
- Trying to put extra burdens on the poor and sick so the rich can get richer
- Making a legislative priority of controlling women’s healthcare choices
- Changing the rules so the minority party can win despite losing the popular vote
- Damaging our economy in order to regain power

8 Sol Berdinowitz  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:49:08am

I remember Karl Rove warning birthers that Obama might be “leading them into a trap”, which was his attempt at stating diplomatically that it was time for them all to STFU and move on.

But he was dealing with people who don’t retreat, they reload.

9 andres  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:49:10am

re: #4 Targetpractice

A party that has been using words like “socialist,” “Marxist,” “makers/takers,” “47%” and other things to describe Obama and his supporters has the gall to say they want “honest debate”?

Of course, you have to read the fine print (in font size 2): Definition of honest debate: Agree to whatever idiocy we come up with and not question us ever.

10 dragonfire1981  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:49:34am
11 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:50:12am

re: #9 andres

Of course, you have to read the fine print (in font size 2): Definition of honest debate: Agree to whatever idiocy we come up with and not question us ever.

Nah, “honest debate” in their dictionary is defined as “I get to demonize you for weeks on end and you bend to my demands because I’ve conned enough voters to think you’re the guy who needs to fold.”

12 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:50:54am
13 Iwouldprefernotto  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:51:08am

Please remind me, who came in 2nd place in the last election?

14 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:51:56am

re: #12 jaunte

Why is it worth looking at, Scotty? Oh right, because you’ve not turned down your nose yet at a scheme to rig your states electoral votes in your party’s favor.

15 dragonfire1981  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:52:28am

re: #13 Iwouldprefernotto

Please remind me, who came in 2nd place in the last election?

Rick Santorum!

16 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:52:47am

re: #13 Iwouldprefernotto

Please remind me, who came in 2nd place in the last election?

The guys who are now trying to rig the system so they never have to campaign again.

17 Kronocide  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:53:01am

We have better ideas

Paul Ryan

18 Iwouldprefernotto  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:53:35am

Paul Ryan is the new Sarah Palin.

19 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:53:43am

The party of personal responsibility. //

20 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:54:04am

re: #17 Kronocide

We have better ideas

Paul Ryan

“None of which we can articulate, because if we told you what we planned, you’d vote our asses out in a heartbeat.”

21 Stanley Sea  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:54:55am
Empty-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan

Apt.

22 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:55:38am

Days without a GOP rape mention: 3.
[Link: www.dayswithoutagoprapemention.com…]

23 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:56:42am

re: #12 jaunte

Rigging the state EC system to guarantee a Republican win every time. Now, remind me who is the wannabe dictatorship now?

24 Lidane  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:56:42am

re: #18 Iwouldprefernotto

Paul Ryan is the new Sarah Palin.

Rick Perry called. He said to remind you that he’s already got the Male Sarah Palin distinction already locked up.

Paul Ryan is clearly the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver.

25 Lidane  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:57:42am

re: #23 Gus

Rigging the state EC system to guarantee a Republican win every time. Now, remind me who is the wannabe dictatorship now?

The black guy in the White House, clearly.

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26 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:58:28am

re: #25 Lidane

The black guy in the White House, clearly.

////

Always!

Good point.

//

27 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:59:18am

re: #24 Lidane

Charlie Pierce does have a way with descriptive phrases.

Paul Ryan’s eyes are scarily devoid of human feeling. He has alien eyes.

28 Bubblehead II  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:59:52am

re: #6 Gus

It’s not our fault our party is chock full of crazies it’s Obama’s fault!

//Of course it is.

1. He is Black
2. He is a Democrat.
3. He won the election (twice).

It drove them off the rails and over the cliff in 2008. And winning a second term has drove them even more bat shit crazy.

29 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:00:17am
Boehner: “We’re going to have to make some big decisions about how we as a party take on this challenge,” Boehner said. “Where’s the ground that we fight on? Where’s the ground that we retreat on? Where are the smart fights? Where are the dumb fights that we have to stay away from? We’ve got a lot of big decisions to make.”

Umm…

30 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:01:37am

re: #29 jaunte

Umm…

John, would you like that list alphabetically or categorically?

31 dragonfire1981  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:02:22am

I think it’s important to note that, under current GOP ideology, all of the following are considered intelligent ideas/smart concepts:

- The illegitimacy of Barack Obama’s Presidency
- Complete ban on all immigration along with construction of a border fence protected by copious levels of armaments.
- The elevation of Christianity to the de facto official religion in America at the expense of all other belief systems
- The severe downgrading if not out right elimination of entitlement programs
- Limited access to healthcare for women
- Outlawing of Abortion
- Terminating any and all environmental regulations as well as banking regulations
- Education standards which incorporate Biblical teachings at every level.

To some on the right these ideas are not stupid, extreme or impractical. They are “patriotic”, “inspired”, “necessary” and pure “American”. They believe these are the things that will save America from the evil Liberals, socialists and commies and return this nation back to the way the Founders intended.

That’s why someone like Jindal can say “we can’t be the stupid party.” Realize he’s not talking about the ideas mentioned above, he’s talking about comments like those of Todd Akin that, while they may reflect the beliefs of a majority of those on the right, don’t play well in the media (for obvious reasons).

32 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:04:36am

Legitimate rape, spastic tubes, and Ted Nugent.

33 Sionainn  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:04:38am

Obama doesn’t need to do anything. The GOP are doing a fine job of delegitimizing themselves.

34 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:04:44am

How about that fight that caused the nation’s credit rating to be downgraded last time you did it, pretending that we wouldn’t pay for costs already incurred by the Congress, stupidly spending even more money on debt service for no reason whatsoever?

35 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:05:10am

re: #31 dragonfire1981

When Jindal says the GOP can’t be the “stupid party,” it’s basically him dope-slapping the party membership and going “You can’t say that shit out loud.”

36 SidewaysQuark  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:06:42am

If by “tricking into” he means “patiently watching while sparing them just enough rope to hang themselves”, he’s quite correct.

37 dragonfire1981  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:07:00am

re: #35 Targetpractice

When Jindal says the GOP can’t be the “stupid party,” it’s basically him dope-slapping the party membership and going “You can’t say that shit out loud.”

Precisely.

38 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:07:10am

re: #33 Sionainn

Obama doesn’t need to do anything. The GOP are doing a fine job of delegitimizing themselves.

Ayep, this is why all the talk in recent months, starting with Krauthammer and now apparently working its way into the GOP leadership ranks, that Obama is getting the party to fight against itself is so hilarious. He’s not doing a thing, the party is succumbing the very schism is set up by selling itself to the Tea Party in ‘10 as the party of “small government.” Guess what, guys, they’re holding you to those pledges.

39 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:07:20am

Rep. Paul Broun Says Evolution…

40 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:07:30am

NRI summit:

41 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:08:19am

re: #29 jaunte

Umm…

Is it possible that they really don’t grasp how utterly unhinged their constant histrionics and demonization of the President sound to ppl outside their base?

42 Bubblehead II  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:10:02am

re: #41 CuriousLurker

Is it possible that they really don’t grasp how utterly unhinged their constant histrionics and demonization of the President sound to ppl outside their base?

Nope. Part of the problem of spending ones life in an echo chamber is that it drowns out everything else.

edited. Misread CL question.

43 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:10:17am

”If you’re oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that’s not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you’d have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions … pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations.”
— Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX)

44 SidewaysQuark  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:10:41am

re: #41 CuriousLurker

Is it possible that they really don’t grasp how utterly unhinged their constant histrionics and demonization of the President sound to ppl outside their base?

Enjoy the run-up to 2016 - “obviously” Mitt Romney lost because “he wasn’t conservative enough” - if you thought the GOP clown car was packed full last year, you ain’t seen nothing yet….

45 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:11:20am

Almost too many dumb fights to count, and more on the way.

46 Sol Berdinowitz  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:12:43am

re: #43 Gus

“If you’re oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that’s not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you’d have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions … pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations.”
— Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX)

As long as the party needs this guy’s vote in the House, they dare not distance themselves from his ramblings…

47 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:13:25am

re: #42 Bubblehead II

Nope. Part of the problem of spending ones life in an echo chamber. It drowns out everything else.

It’s what allows Paul Broun to be applauded by a group of people (probably heavily invested in fossil fuels) when he claims the earth is 9,000 years old.

48 Bubblehead II  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:15:05am

re: #47 jaunte

I thought it was 6000 years old.

49 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:15:29am

Shorter Paul Ryan: “we refuse to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for our negative image and place blame squarely on the president.”

50 Sol Berdinowitz  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:16:24am

re: #48 Bubblehead II

I thought it was 6000 years old.

HERESY!!!

51 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:16:59am

Really, this whole business is the GOP leadership calling on the TPers to stop fighting and for the party to unite in it’s hatred of Obama. When they get the presidency back, when they have the Senate, then they can have those fights. But right now, they need to seem non-threatening and “united.”

52 Kronocide  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:17:06am

Let’s talk about rape baby
Let’s talk about you and me
let’s talk about all the goods and the bad thing GOP
Let talk about rape

My apologies to Salt N Pepa

53 wrenchwench  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:19:55am
“We can’t get rattled,” he continued. “We won’t play the villain in his morality plays. We have to stay united. We have to show that—if given the chance—we can govern. We have better ideas.”

Pssst, Paul! Obama tricked you into saying that…

54 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:20:19am

Republican victimology 101. Don’t look at us. It’s the liberals that are making us look like crazy people. Don’t blame us for the birthers… it’s the liberals who keep bringing them up…

55 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:22:08am

Really, the only other way one could translate what Ryan is saying is that what the GOP is spouting isn’t bad, it’s that Obama’s making it look bad by…I don’t know…actually calling attention to it and offering alternatives that are not equally batshit crazy.

56 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:23:55am

re: #44 SidewaysQuark

Enjoy the run-up to 2016 - “obviously” Mitt Romney lost because “he wasn’t conservative enough” - if you thought the GOP clown car was packed full last year, you ain’t seen nothing yet….

Every time I think about the GOP “crazy train” I’m reminded of the insane, suicidal Blaine the Mono from Stephen King’s Dark Tower books.

Like “Little Blaine”, I think that whatever relatively sane part of the GOP still exists probably doomed itself when it opened the door to the bad crazy.

Blaine also had a rogue part of his brain that was dubbed “Little Blaine”. Little Blaine appeared to be more sane than “Big Blaine” and tried to help Roland, but was not able to help very much. Little Blaine was afraid of Big Blaine, and wanted to help stop him, but all he could really do is tell the ka-tet not to enrage him.

57 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:24:17am

Paul Ryan Inherits Sarah Palin’s Mantle of Endless Whining About Obama

“…It’s telling that the new narrative of the Republican Party is that President Obama is so powerful, he can and will destroy them if they let him. This is coming from the party who was busted setting an agenda to destroy President Obama on the night of his first inauguration. So, it’s an admission of their own great fail, as well as a huge, bellowing whine about why they failed. Republicans believe Obama is so smart and so powerful that he divided them and got them to fall into his traps.”

58 Geoff with a G  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:24:44am

It’s a hard-knock life.

Sorry….child #2 is watching Annie. But seemed appropriate.

59 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:27:57am

re: #54 Gus

Republican victimology 101. Don’t look at us. It’s the liberals that are making us look like crazy people. Don’t blame us for the birthers… it’s the liberals who keep bringing them up…

It’s just a small crazy far-right fringe…

…like a Senator from Kentucky who questions the Secretary of State about a Libya-to-Turkey arms smuggling conspiracy he read on the internet.

60 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:28:48am

re: #59 jaunte

It’s just a small crazy far-right fringe…

…like a Senator from Kentucky who questions the Secretary of State about a Libya-to-Turkey arms smuggling conspiracy he read on the internet.

Please proceed governor senator…

61 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:29:59am

Terrorist babies and BMWs.

62 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:33:06am

Gravity seems a bit weaker this morning. I think a nearby mountain is pulling on me to visit today. ;-)

So beautiful at 6000 feet, with the clouds drifting through. Not over but through the high passes and wraps around you like a ghost.

Mt Wilson this morning

I wish I could get my camera on that solar tower!

63 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:36:13am

Who better to advise the Republican Party on winning elections than the guy who just lost?

64 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:37:38am

Digby: “Yet another crack in the GOP coalition.”

Have the Republicans lost the art of the dogwhistle?

Not likely.

65 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:37:47am

These people are never, ever going to indulge in the self-examination required to change for the better, are they?

Party of personal responsibility, my ass.

66 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:39:32am

The party of #TGDN.

Nuff said.

67 Bubblehead II  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:43:01am

re: #63 Charles Johnson

Who better to advise the Republican Party on winning elections than the guy who just lost?

Wile E Coyote?

68 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:43:06am

re: #65 Romantic Heretic

These people are never, ever going to indulge in the self-examination required to change for the better, are they?

Party of personal responsibility, my ass.

To the degree the Tea Party faction dominates the right wing dialog, the entire left spectrum from educated centrist to dizzy fringe wins. The GOP is using a high cap AR to shoot itself in both feet. Bangbangbang.

69 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:43:38am

re: #64 jaunte

Digby: “Yet another crack in the GOP coalition.”

Have the Republicans lost the art of the dogwhistle?

Not likely.

They’re trying SO hard not to say anything crazy. It’s almost cute.

70 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:43:44am

re: #65 Romantic Heretic

These people are never, ever going to indulge in the self-examination required to change for the better, are they?

Party of personal responsibility, my ass.

There were those who supported Romney, thinking even he lost, his loss would cause introspection on behalf of the party and a move to moderate itself.

Meanwhile, the rest of us knew that Romney losing wasn’t going to spark introspection, it just sparked further cries of “He wasn’t ‘conservative enough’!”

71 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:43:58am

re: #35 Targetpractice

When Jindal says the GOP can’t be the “stupid party,” it’s basically him dope-slapping the party membership and going “You can’t say that shit out loud in front of a camera.”

FTFY.

72 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:44:44am

re: #62 Political Atheist

That must be one of the nice things about living in Cali, being no more than a few hours drive to pretty much any type of environment/geography you fancy on a given day: snow-capped mountains, scorching hot desert, lush valleys, the ocean, lakes, primaeval forests, urban grit & glamor, you name it.

73 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:45:28am

Scott Brown was apparently liquored up or something last night, and that was the last thing he typed before passing out.

74 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:46:14am

re: #71 Romantic Heretic

“Quiet rooms.”

75 Amory Blaine  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:47:59am

re: #73 Charles Johnson

Hmm he hated the bbq?

76 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:48:24am

Scott Brown’s first tweet today after #Bqhatevwr:

77 Mattand  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:48:31am

re: #73 Charles Johnson

Just saw this over at TPM. Apparently Brown got into it with a guy criticizing him for pledging allegiance to Grover Norquist, in addition to a 9/11 Truther.

I’ll give Brown this much: he knows how to piss off everyone.

78 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:48:49am

At the gym, sweating it out.

79 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:49:59am

Did a run with Bqhatevwr, now in my life forever.

80 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:51:15am

re: #72 CuriousLurker

That must be one of the nice things about living in Cali, being no more than a few hours drive to pretty much any type of environment/geography you fancy on a given day: snow-capped mountains, scorching hot desert, lush valleys, the ocean, lakes, primaeval forests, urban grit & glamor, you name it.

Indeed, I feel highly blessed and fortunate to live where there is so much to take in. I think that’s why street/urban photography is going to be something I do later rather than sooner. Because I work near city hall, I look up and out for a break.

Got some great news last week, sold a big print and the local restaurant wants to dramatically expand my display. From 3 to as many as many 9 big prints on display with a bio. Ardas restaurant on 6th near Hill.

81 SidewaysQuark  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:55:40am

re: #48 Bubblehead II

I thought it was 6000 years old.

I never got that - you’d think at some point it would turn 6001 years old….

82 Amory Blaine  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:57:21am

Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

Wednesday didn’t start out badly for Sen. Ronald H. Johnson.

Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who was elected in 2010, drew national headlines — and praise from conservatives — for pushing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the origins of the Sept. 11 attack on an American outpost in Benghazi, Libya. At a hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton choked up when discussing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died that day.
Then, in an interview after the hearing, Johnson suggested that Clinton’s emotional moments were just a tactic to avoid tough questioning.

83 Killgore Trout  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:57:36am

re: #80 Political Atheist

Congratulations!

84 Amory Blaine  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:58:57am

Here’s another GOP politician spewing forth more bullshit. (Repost from downstairs).

Grothman Suggests Planned Parenthood Targets Asian Americans for Abortion

Just so you guys don’t think Paul Ryan is getting lonely in Wisconsin.

85 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:59:11am

re: #83 Killgore Trout

Thanks KT.

86 Amory Blaine  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:01:22pm

Here’s how far the derp in WI is spreading.

Sheriff’s radio ad says 911 not best option, urges residents to take firearms classes

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. set off alarm bells Friday with a radio spot some view as a call for citizens to arm themselves.

In the radio ad, Clarke tells residents personal safety isn’t a spectator sport anymore, and that “I need you in the game.”

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” Clarke intones.

“You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back.”

87 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:02:29pm

BBL going up.

88 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:04:39pm

re: #86 Amory Blaine

Here’s how far the derp in WI is spreading.

Sheriff’s radio ad says 911 not best option, urges residents to take firearms classes

“We’ve been cutting from police forces because you dipshits won’t pay to maintain said forces, so your only option is to arm yourself.”

Yegods.

89 Killgore Trout  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:04:49pm

Revealed: how Saharan caravans of cocaine help to fund al-Qaeda in terrorists’ North African domain

The 37 foreign workers who died in the assault on an Algerian gas plant were victims of terrorists whose weapons may have been paid for by cocaine users of Britain and Europe, reports Colin Freeman.

90 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:07:20pm
91 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:07:21pm

re: #80 Political Atheist

Indeed, I feel highly blessed and fortunate to live where there is so much to take in. I think that’s why street/urban photography is going to be something I do later rather than sooner. Because I work near city hall, I look up and out for a break.

Got some great news last week, sold a big print and the local restaurant wants to dramatically expand my display. From 3 to as many as many 9 big prints on display with a bio. Ardas restaurant on 6th near Hill.

Wow, that IS great news, congrats!

It’s a gorgeously sunny, if frigid, day here in the Garden State and I’m feeling a creative urge, so I think I’m gonna go throw open the blinds, drag ut the art supplies, and do some journaling.

Hasta la vista, lagartos. ;)

92 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:08:40pm

re: #88 Targetpractice

“We’ve been cutting from police forces because you dipshits won’t pay to maintain said forces, so your only option is to arm yourself.”

Yegods.

But, but, taxes is theft! Furthermore, smaller government. In conclusion, freedom!

93 engineer cat  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:13:50pm

Republican Party Vows To Become Smart

promises to demonstrate “thinking” at some time in the near future

94 RadicalModerate  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:17:50pm

In response to the Twitter “gulag” Godwin-fest from last week, here’s a story done by the very right-of-center “The Commentator” regarding their interaction with a self-described Tea Partier:

Dinner with a Nazi

A young, attractive couple joined my group of dedicated liberty activists for cocktails and dinner one night in downtown New York City in the late summer of 2011.

The man, we’ll call him “Sven”, a handsome blonde of Germanic descent, and his similarly beautiful corn silk-haired girlfriend had been invited to join my friends and I in discussion and debate for the evening. We were all classical liberals, fighting for freedom from oppressive government, for civil rights, liberty and free markets for all.

But that’s not what one young man at the party believed.
[…]
During those Tea Party takeover years of 2007 to 2010, American libertarians rose up and either established or blatantly took over major institutions (including my own). There has always been a small element of this conspiracy fringe that has occupied a portion of the debate at events and online suggesting that the president was not born in America, or that he is secretly a Muslim.

Many of these people are simply what you might consider garden-variety conspiracy theorists and are relatively benign. However there are some who are much more and they are dangerous. This is how I met Sven.

I broke the ice with Sven and his girlfriend while another of our crowd ordered us drinks at the bar. It didn’t take long for the conversation to switch to politics. The history of foreign policy came to the forefront. We talked about our belief in free markets, limited government and a non-interventionist foreign policy. It was then that I learned something interesting about our new friend. Sven revealed that he believed the world would have been a better place if Hitler had won World War 2.

I blinked and laughed assuming he must have been joking, but he just stared at me with those steely blue eyes and didn’t laugh back.

I leaned forward and asked in hushed tones… “Are you a Nazi?”

He smiled… and nodded.

95 engineer cat  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:20:20pm

We have to be smart

my suggestion is to start by learning the difference between what you’ve been saying in speeches and reality

96 Varek Raith  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:24:33pm
97 Decatur Deb  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:26:20pm

re: #96 Varek Raith

Arizona Bills Require Public School Students To Recite Loyalty Oaths
Smartness, you are doing it wrong.

Going to bump into a few religious sects that don’t ‘do’ oaths.

98 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:26:41pm

re: #94 RadicalModerate

Yeah, but…

The American liberty movement desperately needs to clean its own house if it plans on moving forward with policies of ending the Federal Reserve and foreign aid.

Well, at least he isn’t a Nazi.

99 erik_t  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:28:39pm

re: #96 Varek Raith

Arizona Bills Require Public School Students To Recite Loyalty Oaths
Smartness, you are doing it wrong.

Arizona legislators: tackling the tough issues that matter.

100 Sol Berdinowitz  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:30:00pm

re: #97 Decatur Deb

Going to bump into a few religious sects that don’t ‘do’ oaths.

Government interference in “religious freedom” issues, anyone?

101 RadicalModerate  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:33:30pm

re: #43 Gus

“If you’re oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that’s not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you’d have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions … pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations.”
— Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX)

Hey Louie, have you met Neal Horsley (R-GA)?

[Link: crooksandliars.com…]

102 Varek Raith  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:35:30pm

re: #101 RadicalModerate

Hey Louie, have you met Neal Horsley (R-GA)?

[Link: crooksandliars.com…]

That boy ain’t right.
-Hank Hill

103 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:35:40pm

Just spent some time looking at The Commentator. Not impressed. One of the top stories right now is a climate change denial article that reads like Heartland Institute propaganda: The Only Green Energy Success: Renewable Gullibility.

President Obama, as his Inauguration address confirms, is in denial about the climate realities. Being plainly ignorant of the fact that the data shows global warming isn’t happening, the president has re-stated his desire for yet more backing to a green energy industry that is in collapsing, being wholly reliant on the lifeline of public subsidy.

And that can only mean dumping further on the oil, gas and coal industries that made the US the powerhouse it still is.

Oh, those poor, poor, victimized oil, gas, and coal industries! Can’t you just feel their pain?

104 erik_t  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:36:21pm

re: #103 Charles Johnson

That word, “data”. I do not believe it means what you think it means.

105 Gus  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:37:25pm

re: #101 RadicalModerate

Hey Louie, have you met Neal Horsley (R-GA)?

[Link: crooksandliars.com…]

LOL

“When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule.”
Neal Horsley

106 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:40:28pm

re: #105 Gus

“Post hoc ergo propter jenny”

107 dragonath  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:42:33pm

re: #94 RadicalModerate

In response to the Twitter “gulag” Godwin-fest from last week, here’s a story done by the very right-of-center “The Commentator” regarding their interaction with a self-described Tea Partier:

Dinner with a Nazi

Sven Hoek?

108 RadicalModerate  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:43:16pm

re: #103 Charles Johnson

Just spent some time looking at The Commentator. Not impressed. One of the top stories right now is a climate change denial article that reads like Heartland Institute propaganda: The Only Green Energy Success: Renewable Gullibility.

Oh, those poor, poor, victimized oil, gas, and coal industries! Can’t you just feel their pain?

Yeah, and there’s more than a little bit of anti-Muslim nuttery there too. I figure when a place like THAT is calling out people within its movement for far-right extremism, it’s an indication of a major, major problem.

109 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:43:33pm

re: #1 Kronocide

He’s also lazy, shiftless, and he’s coming for our women.

Fake but accurate.

You just won one internets!

110 makeitstop  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:46:07pm

re: #107 dragonath

Sven Hoek?

Upding for R&S ref.

‘He is Olie, yew are Sven…He is Olie, yew, are Svennnnnnnnn…’

111 jaunte  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:52:05pm
112 TedStriker  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:55:09pm
“The president will bait us. He’ll portray us as cruel and unyielding,” Ryan said.

Paul, it’s not “baiting” if it’s true…

113 erik_t  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:56:01pm

re: #112 TedStriker

Paul, it’s not “baiting” if it’s true…

Baiting: “Tell me, Sarah, what newspapers do you read?”

114 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:56:31pm

re: #94 RadicalModerate

In response to the Twitter “gulag” Godwin-fest from last week, here’s a story done by the very right-of-center “The Commentator” regarding their interaction with a self-described Tea Partier:

Dinner with a Nazi

GOOD ARTICLE, but I have news for Austin,

The Nazi’s have already taken over your Party.

115 dragonath  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:00:38pm

Huh I didn’t know Justin Beiber’s mom was an anti-abortion advocate.

116 erik_t  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:01:02pm

re: #94 RadicalModerate

Dinner with a Nazi

So I’m finally reading this. Something caught my eye.

I feel deeply as a libertarian that all people must be protected from tyranny and genocide.

I wonder if Mr. Peterson could explain to me how, precisely, this works.

117 Kronocide  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:06:12pm

re: #115 dragonath

Huh I didn’t know Justin Beiber’s mom was an anti-abortion advocate.

Oh boy, here we go.

118 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:07:08pm

re: #116 erik_t

So I’m finally reading this. Something caught my eye.

I wonder if Mr. Peterson could explain to me how, precisely, this works.

good catch.

I think it might take a coalition of citizens working within an proven framework with funding to implement their goals.

wait, wouldn’t that be GOVERNMENT.

119 sagehen  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:08:56pm

re: #115 dragonath

Huh I didn’t know Justin Beiber’s mom was an anti-abortion advocate.

She doesn’t bother to mention that the “struggles” she faced as a pregnant unwed teen were significantly reduced by such things as free health care, high-quality public housing and a generous food allowance (all courtesy the raging socialists who govern her frozen land). Eh.

120 erik_t  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:09:28pm

I don’t know if this has been covered elsewhere, but Mr. LaPierre has crawled back out from under his rock.

LaPierre proceeded to attack the gun control platform Obama announced last week, saying that universal background checks for gun purchases would impede heirlooms being handed down within families… “He wants to put every private, personal firearms transaction right under the thumb of the federal government,” LaPierre said. “He wants to keep all of those names in a massive federal registry. There’s only two reasons for a federal list on gun owners: to either tax ‘em or take ‘em. That’s the only reasons. And anyone who says that’s excessive, President Obama says that’s an absolutist.”

Insane assbag.

121 RadicalModerate  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:09:35pm

re: #116 erik_t

So I’m finally reading this. Something caught my eye.

I wonder if Mr. Peterson could explain to me how, precisely, this works.

“Our mob rule is better than their mob rule!!!”

122 dragonath  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:09:51pm

re: #116 erik_t

So I’m finally reading this. Something caught my eye.

I wonder if Mr. Peterson could explain to me how, precisely, this works.

Uh, neighborhood watch?

123 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:10:03pm

re: #117 Kronocide

Oh boy, here we go.

I’m not reading it.

It took me two days find patience after my last rant.

124 wrenchwench  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:13:06pm

I gave up coffee 25 years ago.

Until just now.

In the words (and intonation) of George Takei:

Oh, my.

125 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:13:11pm

re: #120 erik_t

I don’t know if this has been covered elsewhere, but Mr. LaPierre has crawled back out from under his rock.

Insane assbag.

It’s the National Registry they are pissing on-and-on about now.

I understand in theory, yet, I can’t agree.

I see no reason for semi-auto’s, sniper rifles or large capacity magazines.

I don’t understand the pistol grip thing, at all. But there it is.

If even the NRA can agree that citizens shouldn’t have fully-auto or flamethrowers, they obviously believe in gun-control. It is where the line is drawn we continue to argue over.

I’m tired of it.

126 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:14:22pm

re: #124 wrenchwench

I gave up coffee 25 years ago.

Until just now.

In the words (and intonation) of George Takei:

Oh, my.

‘ere, just 4 u!

127 wrenchwench  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:17:02pm

re: #126 FemNaziBitch

‘ere, just 4 u!

Pretty! But I better stick to one for now. And this is just drip, with cream, but it tastes like the lattes I used to make back when I was a barrista (only it was so long ago, they didn’t call ‘em that yet). We’ll see whether I sleep tonight.

128 erik_t  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:17:13pm

re: #125 FemNaziBitch

It’s the National Registry they are pissing on-and-on about now.

If I give LaPierre the honor of presuming he thinks rationally, this is what he thinks is okay:

- A federal organization in charge of evaluating your mental health from afar and deciding whether or not your constitutional rights may be enjoined

This is what he thinks is not okay:

- Checking to see if a gun buyer is a convicted felon

Seems legit.

129 Bubblehead II  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:23:56pm

Charles a quick question for you. Do I need anything special turned on in Safari (5.0.3) in order to upload pictures? Every time I try to do it, it opens up the dialog box and directory tree. But as soon as I try to select the file to upload, the window closes. I don’t have this problem with (shudder) Explorer 8.

130 RadicalModerate  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:24:41pm

re: #124 wrenchwench

I gave up coffee 25 years ago.

Until just now.

In the words (and intonation) of George Takei:

Oh, my.

Sorta know the feeling. I got myself consuming way too much caffeine - as in roughly the equivalent of a full pot of coffee daily. Ended up quitting cold turkey for about 2 months’ time to properly purge my system. I’m allowing myself a very small amount of caffeine per day now, and strictly morning-consumption only..

131 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:29:50pm

Fox News Dumps Sarah Palin, Upgrades to a Furby with a Wig on It

same ole’ story, but I had to share the headline.

132 Kronocide  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:30:09pm

re: #123 FemNaziBitch

I’m not reading it.

It took me two days find patience after my last rant.

Probably better not read Charlie Daniels essay on CNS News:
Roe v. Wade Gives Mortal Man Legal Approval to Commit Murder

Though I think “celebrating” is a rank misnomer when it comes to this subject, the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Supreme Court decision that changed America forever, Roe v. Wade, has just gone by.

In those 40 years, some fifty-five million innocent unborn babies have been sacrificed on the alter of “a woman’s right to choose.”

Before we go any further, let me put a note to you people who always write me when I do an article on abortion and tell me how out of touch with the times I am and that a fetus is not a baby and that a woman should be able to decide if she wants to keep or destroy her unborn child.

Your problem is not with me; your problem is with Almighty God. And, if you don’t believe in Him, you may as well stop reading right here, because none of the rest of this is going to make any sense and my humble opinion will mean nothing to you.

133 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:30:27pm

re: #130 RadicalModerate

Sorta know the feeling. I got myself consuming way too much caffeine - as in roughly the equivalent of a full pot of coffee daily. Ended up quitting cold turkey for about 2 months’ time to properly purge my system. I’m allowing myself a very small amount of caffeine per day now, and strictly morning-consumption only..

OMG! How do you people stay awake?

134 wrenchwench  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:31:10pm

re: #130 RadicalModerate

Sorta know the feeling. I got myself consuming way too much caffeine - as in roughly the equivalent of a full pot of coffee daily. Ended up quitting cold turkey for about 2 months’ time to properly purge my system. I’m allowing myself a very small amount of caffeine per day now, and strictly morning-consumption only..

It took me 3 years to quit. It’s tough when you live with a coffee drinker and really don’t want to quit. (I gave it up because it made PMS worse.) I became a tea drinker, so I wasn’t totally off caffeine, but it’s different. I don’t know if I’ll go back to coffee, but it’s a very gray day and it sounded so good… Tea is so cheap compared to coffee, and I can drink many more cups of it with no repercussions.

135 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:33:49pm

re: #132 Kronocide

Probably better not read Charlie Daniels essay on CNS News:
Roe v. Wade Gives Mortal Man Legal Approval to Commit Murder

55M, really?

I thought it was 3 Million.

Does that include conceptions prevented by contraception?

Frankly, I see it as 55M potential children who weren’t brought into world in which they were not wanted. I can’t think of a worse fate for a child that not to be wanted.

136 Kronocide  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:35:11pm
137 Cap'n Magic  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:39:05pm

re: #40 jaunte

That cuts both ways-wonder how many recess appointment-based rulings that favored the right can be undone as well as the NLRB decision.

138 dragonath  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:42:42pm

re: #137 Cap’n Magic

That cuts both ways-wonder how many recess appointment-based rulings that favored the right can be undone as well as the NLRB decision.

I think that will be logic the Supreme Court uses. If Roberts votes against this, as I suspect he will, expect heads to pop.

139 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:43:43pm

re: #120 erik_t

I don’t know if this has been covered elsewhere, but Mr. LaPierre has crawled back out from under his rock.

Insane assbag.

He wants a national registry of the mentally ill, but he doesn’t want to track if they have any guns. Gotcha.

And by the way, the only way that universal background checks keep you from passing down heirloom firearms is if the person you intend to give them to cannot legally own them. If you intend to give that handgun to your son who’s mentally ill or a convicted violent felon, then I question your judgment.

140 kirkspencer  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:45:17pm

re: #133 FemNaziBitch

OMG! How do you people stay awake?

heh. I agree.

I have an idiosyncratic problem that, well, I can drink up to four cups of coffee and go to sleep a couple of hours later. I was literally drinking 40+ (servings - the old standing percolator) cups a day and having no problems - no shakes, no headaches, no problems sleeping - while in the army. And confirming the ‘no problems’ thing, there were times when I had to do without, cold turkey. Again no headaches, no shakes, no behavior changes, other than going to sleep was even easier.

I don’t drink as much as I did. In these later years if I drink more than about 12 cups in half a day I have, well, in addition to caffeine being a diuretic it’s a stool softener. So I restrict myself to no more than two carafe type pots a day. Well, and some tea.

141 Targetpractice  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:46:14pm

re: #137 Cap’n Magic

That cuts both ways-wonder how many recess appointment-based rulings that favored the right can be undone as well as the NLRB decision.

Of course it does. It also means that not only will every decision made by the hundreds of recess appointees be subject for legal challenge, but going forward, any Republican president can have even high-level appointments blocked by Senate Democrats just refusing to ever consider the Senate in recess.

142 ProBosniaLiberal  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:47:06pm

In regards to the comment on Puerto Rico when I retired for the night:

The PDP has a history of screwing up Referendums like this through Dirty Tricks. Their goal seems to be to keep Puerto Rico at a lower level than the US. Makes it easier for the corrupt to exploit the people there.

The result from there is likely the most definitive we will get. And it should be noted: In most elections Stateside, a blank ballot counts neither for or against a measure. Just because the PDP wants have their little fiefdom doesn’t mean we should allow it. Everytime they have tried to have a referendum, that party has fucked up the proceedings in some way, shape, or form.

They are more anti-democratic than the Republicans.

143 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:50:00pm
This should remind us that violence is first of all authoritarian. It begins with this premise: I have the right to control you.

OMG, Read the whole thing.

I also Paged it.

What’s love got to do with it, asked Tina Turner, whose ex-husband Ike once said, “Yeah I hit her, but I didn’t hit her more than the average guy beats his wife.” A woman is beaten every nine seconds in this country. Just to be clear: not nine minutes, but nine seconds. It’s the number-one cause of injury to American women; of the two million injured annually, more than half a million of those injuries require medical attention while about 145,000 require overnight hospitalizations, according to the Center for Disease Control, and you don’t want to know about the dentistry needed afterwards. Spouses are also the leading cause of death for pregnant women in the U.S.

“Women worldwide ages 15 through 44 are more likely to die or be maimed because of male violence than because of cancer, malaria, war and traffic accidents combined,” writes Nicholas D. Kristof, one of the few prominent figures to address the issue regularly.

144 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:51:21pm

re: #140 kirkspencer

heh. I agree.

I have an idiosyncratic problem that, well, I can drink up to four cups of coffee and go to sleep a couple of hours later. I was literally drinking 40+ (servings - the old standing percolator) cups a day and having no problems - no shakes, no headaches, no problems sleeping - while in the army. And confirming the ‘no problems’ thing, there were times when I had to do without, cold turkey. Again no headaches, no shakes, no behavior changes, other than going to sleep was even easier.

I don’t drink as much as I did. In these later years if I drink more than about 12 cups in half a day I have, well, in addition to caffeine being a diuretic it’s a stool softener. So I restrict myself to no more than two carafe type pots a day. Well, and some tea.

I can drink a pot of espresso and go to sleep.

I tend to get dehydrated, so I also drink water.

I drink a lot.

145 kirkspencer  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:52:49pm

re: #137 Cap’n Magic

That cuts both ways-wonder how many recess appointment-based rulings that favored the right can be undone as well as the NLRB decision.

Yes. And I do expect Roberts to vote against.

As I said on one of the pages, the problem is that this well-written argument uses a keystone that invalidates almost all recess appointments of the last century. That’s a lot of officials and judges, all of whom wrote decisions and regulations that would be legally mooted by this decision. Arguably some would remain in place unless challenged, but… There are several thousand inmates in prison who had their cases heard by a judge appointed during recess. That’s on top of people hired or fired or promoted or evaluated by recess appointees. And that’s before we get to regs and policies and a whole host of additional actions that affect potentially millions of people and certainly millions of dollars.

I want to point out that the decision itself says that if you use the ‘any vacation is a recess’ interpretation Obama’s appointments stand. This makes a Solomon-like decision by the supreme court harder.

146 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:54:24pm
And though rapes are often investigated lackadaisically — there is a backlog of about 400,000 untested rape kits in this country— rapists who impregnate their victims have parental rights in 31 states. Oh, and former vice-presidential candidate and current congressman Paul Ryan (R-Manistan) is reintroducing a bill that would give states the right to ban abortions and might even conceivably allow a rapist to sue his victim for having one.
147 FemNaziBitch  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 1:58:28pm
Rebecca Solnit has written a version of this essay three times so far, once in the 1980s for the punk magazine Maximum Rock’n’Roll, once as the chapter on women and walking in her 2000 book Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and here. She would love the topic to become out of date and irrelevant and never to have write it again.
148 makeitstop  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 2:07:45pm

re: #124 wrenchwench

I gave up coffee 25 years ago.

Until just now.

In the words (and intonation) of George Takei:

Oh, my.

Welcome back!!

149 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 2:44:04pm

re: #97 Decatur Deb

Going to bump into a few religious sects that don’t ‘do’ oaths.

Going to bump into Supreme Court precedent (Link).

150 Kragar  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 4:00:47pm

Republicans taking all the wrong lessons away from 2012 drubbing

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how the Republican Party appears to have taken all the wrong lessons from the drubbing it took in 2012. Even as the GOP feverishly tries to scrub away all signs of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), she said, it is merely digging itself further and further into its extremist hole.

She began the segment with the tale of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who unofficially announced his retirement via a statement from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Friday. Chambliss was about to be primaried from the right by members of his own party for daring to work with Democrats on a budget deal earlier this year.

U.S. Rep. Paul “Lies Straight from the Pit of Hell” Broun (R-GA) has been mentioned as a possible contender for Chambliss’ seat, as well as Rep. Phil Gingrey, who recently announced that Reps. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Richard Mourdock (R-IN) were “party right” that women can’t become pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” A third candidate would be disgraced Komen Foundation executive Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State, who infamously tried to cut Komen’s connections to Planned Parenthood, only to be rebuffed.

The Georgia race is just one example of how the Republican Party is refusing to accept that its far-right fringe is out of step with the U.S. public. Races all over the country have gone to Democrats because Republicans insisted on running the most rigid, ideologically blinkered candidates they could muster.

151 Decatur Deb  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 4:02:56pm
152 EPR-radar  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 4:06:10pm

re: #150 Kragar

LOL at the notion that “there is no Romney faction” in the GOP. Hello kooks, that’s your party establishment.

153 krypto  Sat, Jan 26, 2013 5:10:48pm

The devil Obama made me do it!

Some party of “personal responsibility” !

154 labman57  Sun, Jan 27, 2013 7:47:07am

Yep, Obama is once again relying on his old Jedi mind tricks — they work best on the weak-minded.


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