Brazen and Arrogant Republicans

Republicans have become so brazen about their determination to gut Medicare one has to wonder if they read polls or pay attention to election results anymore.

It doesn’t take much political savvy to note that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Medicare-destroying budget plan hasn’t panned out all that well for the GOP. But a new poll out from advocates for the Democratic health care law shows that the Ryan budget fail goes even deeper than embarrassed presidential candidates and special election upsets.

During both the Regan and Bush 43 administrations conservatives drink enough of the kool-aid to start believing their own propaganda that debates with them usually ended up trapped in circular logic. Inventing reasons for invading Iraq were so ill defined the very same reasons could have been used to invade Canada. Who knows what Canada might do some day? It was the Karl Rove school of being in love with the sound of one’s own mendacity. It’s a conservative opinion so it must be right. If polls and studies show it is a bad idea that does not mean conservatives should pause to consider the substance of their goals. It simply means they have not wrapped their crap in a pretty enough package. Case in point, Rove recently took to the open arms of the WSJ to say there is nothing wrong with the Republican plan to destroy Medicare, they just need a bigger red bow on top,

Next year, Republicans must describe their Medicare reforms plainly, set the record straight vigorously when Democrats demagogue, and go on the attack. Congressional Republicans — especially in the House — need a political war college that schools incumbents and challengers in the best way to explain, defend and attack on the issue of Medicare reform. They have to become as comfortable talking about Medicare in the coming year as they did in talking about health-care reform last year.

When Unka Karl is smoking his own ego does he use regular papers or banana flavored? The Right demagogued health care reform to the degree, part of  said demagoguery was the lie of the year. Health care reform, the ACA, will save people money and save lives. RyanCare will cost people money and lead to more bad health outcomes. Unka Karl was good enough to publish the playbook and now Republicans are moving according to plan,

House GOPer concedes Ryan plan could cost GOP the majority: A telling quote from GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey:

“To back away from this or to get skittish for fear of losing a few seats or even the majority would be pretty darn irresponsible,” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) told The Hill.

Anyone want to send Gingrey a thank you note for epitomizing the right-wing mindset. They’ve created their Medicare bubble in the mold of their Iraq bubble, their deregulation bubble and their tax cut bubble and like the history of such hubristic bubbles, facts and the suffering they impose on others ain’t gonna change their minds no way no how.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan(R-WI) may not be around too much longer, Building a Race Against Ryan

Indeed, as Ryan’s national profile balloons, his 2012 re-election campaign in Wisconsin’s 1st district could be growing more difficult.

The seven-term Congressman is now the face of the GOP plan to transform Medicare, an issue largely blamed for an embarrassing Republican defeat in western New York’s special election last week. And recent polling suggests that Ryan’s popularity among independents and Democrats, a group he will need to hold his moderate district, is falling.

“The more he’s front and center on Medicare, the better chance I think I have,” Zerban ( businessman Rob Zerban) said.

Democrats certainly believe they have an opportunity to nationalize the Wisconsin House race, driving resources and energy from across the country into a swing district Ryan has held relatively comfortably since 1998. And they believe that fallout from New York’s GOP debacle will help.

Zerban created a federal campaign committee roughly six weeks ago but sent his first email fundraising solicitation only the day after the Empire State’s special election.

Trends in Wisconsin are currently favoring Democrats. With recently approved recall petitions Democrats are very likely to pick up a majority in the State Senate.

Rand Paul, Supposed Defender Of Civil Liberties, Calls For Jailing People Who Attend ‘Radical Political Speeches’. Which is kind of crazy since by Paul’s definition of what constitutes “radical”, Paul would have to arrest himself and throw himself in jail. Such thinking is pretty typical of Republitarians.

History it seems is ready to repeat itself. After a long and costly civil war that is eminent, and sure to be forced upon us, we are taking note of those who are responsible for the treason, and they will be held accountable. I advise the press to start getting it right from this moment on, and stop aiding and abetting un-American activities. Like the Tories of old, the worst shall be hung, most will be exiled, and I’m a contractor so I have a little bit of tar and feathers for those who are only partially guilty.

In closing, let me implore you to keep the torch of freedom burning bright, god bless the republic, death to the New World Order. We shall prevail.

It is actually treason to call for armed insurrection against the government of the U.S.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Gov. Christie arrives at son’s high school baseball game in State Police helicopter

The governor had no public events on his schedule, offering no insight to where he might have been traveling from. He had a private meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion, in Princeton. He is meeting with a group of Iowa donors who have publically expressed a desire to persuade him to run for president in 2012.

Christie was ferried to the field in a brand-new AugustaWestland helicopter, purchased at a cost to taxpayers of $12.5 million.

The State Police has received two of the five helicopters purchased so far, according to testimony from Attorney General Paula Dow during a May budget hearing. They were purchased to replace aging Sikorsky helicopters that the State Police have flown for about two decades.

The helicopters, which can reach nearly 200 miles per hour with its twin turbo-shaft engines, are designed for homeland security duties and transporting critically injured patients.

I would cut Christie some slack if the ballgame was between him and a distant appointment, but that was not the case. He used the helicopter because he had the power to use it.

Right-wingers really, really, really hoping Anthony Weiner story holds upAccusing the New York Democrat of impropriety without compelling evidence seems fair, if you totally hate him

Democrats would be all over this if it had happened to a Republican, and his proof is that the MSM was all over this when a Republican was actually convincingly proven to have done something like this:

I don’t think this is a colossal scandal, but the selective standards of the MSM drive me crazy. Recall that the NY-26 race we’ve just finished analyzing was a result of the fact that a sitting congressman had to resign because he sent a picture of himself without shirt to a woman on Craigslist. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi used Mark Foley’s scandal to help win back the Congress.

This makes sense only if you believe that it’s “fair” for Republicans to invent their own “Democrat sex scandal” as “payback” for Democrats capitalizing on what Chris Lee did to himself. Yes, Democrats jump all over it — or “sensationalize” it — when a Republican does something weird and scandalous. But… Chris Lee’s picture had his face in it, and the recipient of the picture confirmed the story. If you can’t understand why the MSM would treat these stories differently (hint: not “liberal bias”!) you are maybe guilty of substituting wishful thinking for analysis. (Also, Jonah, a Mr. Eric Massa would maybe like a word with you about how the MSM treats congressional Democrats accused of odd sexual behavior!)

Alex Pareene makes a good point about the general trend of scandals – Democrats do not have to make them up out of thin air – Foley(R-FL) really was making advances toward teenage pages. Ted haggard everyone knows about – well documented. Larry Graig the toe tapping restroom Senator and the list goes on. The reason they may have singled out Rep. Weiner is awfully coincidental to his calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from ruling on any challeges to the ACA. It also smacks of what Righties would consider payback for the Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal ( one that I would agree got more attention than it deserved). Republicans scandals of all sorts far out pace those of Democrats maybe they were desperate enough to play catch-up that a another Breitbart hoax was the order of the day.