There Are No More Moderate Conservatives, Same As It Ever Was

One of those political analysis by a pundit that hits enough of the right notes to sound true, but misses by a few degrees, There’s a New Political Story Line—and it’s Good for Republicans. Better to be two warring tribes than a single reviled one.

Now, let us stipulate that the government shutdown, however long-lived its repercussions turn out to be, was a Republican political failure on a truly grand scale. Moreover, the agents provocateurs were indeed the Tea Party darlings of the House and Senate, all of whom were happy to let the government close shop in their tilt against the Obamacare windmill, and some of whom may well have been willing to risk sovereign default to get their way (but most of whom would certainly have known that the political process was likely to spare them any consequences for their posturing to that effect).

Nevertheless, the new line among Democrats and progressives is actually a net positive for the GOP and the best thing (in fact, the only good thing) that has happened to the party over the past couple weeks. Because the Republican Party truly is divided now—between a majority that is as staunchly conservative as ever and a minority that is not merely staunchly conservative but manifestly radical in its aims and tactics. It does not hurt, but rather has the potential to help Republicans, for their opponents to acknowledge the division within the party and the status of the Tea Party faction as a very vocal minority.

The Tea Party faction is telling its own version of the same story, namely, that it fought the good fight and lost. But that’s another way of saying that the Tea Party does not have the political power within the GOP to prevail.

We fought the good fight is indeed the fable that conservatives are telling themselves. Tod Lindberg is correct, up to a point that there is a divide and the non-tea baggers won. Though what happened was more about who is in charge of the GOP. The shut-down was bad for business. Since forever or since Saint Ronnie you could draw a pie chart with conservatives who could mostly be in the culture war slice and conservatives who mostly fit in the far Right libertarian business slice. The latter is what has and still does have the last say on the conservative agenda. The business slice saw that the shut-down was costing them money. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is nothing more than a corrupt puppy of the coal industry stepped in and said enough is enough. The business wing of conservatism has always been willing to pander to the culture conservatives because legislation that gives government more control over women does not have much effect on wealthy conservative women, who will get whatever health care they want regardless of what Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants. There is no division between conservatives and the tea baggers that has not always been there. If you think their rhetoric is especially hateful or radical then you need to look back at the Clinton years ( the Hillary and Vince Foster murder conspiracy theory, the Bill Clinton Arkansas mafia that knocked off political enemies conspiracy theory, Bill Clinton was behind the Oklahoma bombing conspiracy theory). Or the George W. Bush years where everyone who disagreed with the invasion of Iraq was a terrorist sympathizers. The tea bags are the same nutbars who have always been in the circle jerk of conservative crazy. The only thing that might have changed is that a few more of them got elected and much of their wackness has become part and parcel of mainstream conservatism. If you’re not out there comparing Obamcare to slavery or Hitler you’re just not a real Republican. Does it benefit the Mitch McConnells and John Boehners (R-OH) to be able to lay off blame to some supposed division in the GOP, to make it seem like there is a somewhat moderate wing of conservatism that will appeal to independent voters in 2014. That is where Lindberg might be on to something. After all conservatives convinced themselves they did not blow up the economy in 2007 and invading Iraq was a great idea.

I have a question for Sarah Palin and other Obamacare haters. It is a rhetorical question, because being in touch with reality and not blinded by the worse kind of venal partisanship, I know the answer. When you use a private insurance web site or talk to customer service over the phone has your experience always been perfect. I know that it has not because i have worked with every kind of insurance company and their data bases and customer service. They have a good sized turn over ate in customer service personnel because of the burn out dealing with frustrated customers. This site has a possible five star rating for health insurance companies – look how many get one star. Palin: Obamacare website glitches are a feature, not a bug, and will push U.S. into socialism. You mean that Congress will pass legislation making Marxist Medicare available to everyone? Oh my, that would be awful. That would be the Medicare that her and Todd will be filing for in a few years. The Palin family collected every public benefit they could get in Alaska, why isn’t it socialism when conservatives do it. That is one of the disturbing things about how tea bagger conservatives see values; giving millions of Americas more access to health care is some how immoral. The Palin families’ corruption is the new patriotism. Weird.

A good unbiased look at the ACA/Obamacare web site glitches, The Truth About the Obamacare Rollout The feds botched the website. But the states are doing much better.

Brass Anchor and Old Map wallpaper – Tales of Modern Misanthropes

Brass Anchor and Old Map wallpaper

 

There was no way a sexual harassment scandal involving Herman Cain would benefit liberals. What with their victim-hood complex and that complex goes especially deep in Cain himself. “The Daily Show” takes on Ann Coulter’s race-baiting logic – Video at link.

Most by now are probably familiar with Ann Coulter’s declaration, when discussing the Herman Cain sexual harassment debacle earlier this week, that “our blacks are so much better than their blacks.” Most probably weren’t all that shocked to hear this sort of race-baiting from Coulter, who’s made a lucrative career dispensing right-wing vitriol. Most probably just ignored her uncouth remarks and moved on.

Coulter is like a one woman clown show. She has a terrible allergy to facts. Specializing in middle-school politics of who can think up the the most venal epitaphs to hurl. The most venal wins. Facts are not and never have been part of the equation. Their blacks are better? That is not a fact, but the rabid rantings of someone desperate for attention. Please someone give Coulter her warm bottle of pabulum before she starts choking on her own vitriol. Cain’s popularity and campaign contributions have gone up with the growth of the scandal. Part of that is because some believe Cain is a victim, while others simply believe it is alright to sexually harass women in the work place. So who would stand to benefit from a Cain scandal? Sure the village wing-nuts think Cain would demolish President Obama is a debate. That might be because thus far Cain has been debating the Tapioca Pudding brigade. Let’s back up and ask who originally broke the story of Cain’s background. Politico. A lot of people think Politico is just a political news site. It even publishes a little bit of liberal opinion. This is pretty much SOP for a Right leaning site that wants the appearance of impartiality. Frederick J. Ryan Jr. is CEO and president of Politico. He was formerly Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. James VandeHei is the executive editor and co-founder of Politico. He is married to a former staffer for Tom Delay (R-TX). There was and probably still is some speculation among conservative bloggers that someone in Rick Perry’s camp leaked the sexual harassment info – even Cain is pointing at Perry as the origin of the revelations. Which weakens Coulter and others claim that this is some liberal plot against “their blacks”. In response to the charges against Cain, Michelle Bachmann said – “This is the year when we can’t have any surprises with our candidate.” For whatever weird sociological reasons, as long as the scandal does not involve children ( as in Mark Foley(R-Fl) conservatives seem to actually benefit from sex scandals. When conservative Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for governor of California 16 women came forward with stories or sexual harassment and it did nothing to derail his campaign. Whether they are more important or not might be debatable, but the harassment stories are distracting scrutiny of Cain on other issues – Conservative Group Investigates Top Cain Aide

The conservative Americans for Prosperity is investigating their financial dealings with Prosperity USA, the group run by Cain chief of staff Mark Block that’s been accused of illegally helping get the Cain campaign off the ground, the Center for Public Integrity reports:

Levi Russell, a spokesman for AFP, told iWatch News , that “there were financial dealings with Prosperity USA and/or the Wisconsin Prosperity Network.” The latter group is another charity that Block helped set up in Wisconsin in 2008 to boost conservative causes. It’s not clear why AFP is reviewing the latter group except that Block founded it too.

Russell said AFP was trying to “find out the timing and the nature of the transactions.”

“We want to hold off (saying more) in light of potential legal ramifications,” Russell said. AFP is expected to complete its review late next week.

 

Like Politico, Americans for Prosperity is part of the conservative noise machine infrastructure. It is not like conservatives to make such timely moves that reflect negatively on one of their own, unless they would prefer another candidate.

While one can understand why the conservative corporate welfare club and millionaires would love Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan. Why would working class conservatives want their taxes to go up – Right-wing Sugar Daddy Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Distorts Impact Of Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan On Low-Income Taxpayers

PolitiFact: “A National Sales Tax” Like Cain’s “Would Raise the Relative Tax Burden On Low- And Middle-Income [Earners].” Sharockman also noted in his article, “Most economists agree that a national sales tax would raise the relative tax burden on low- and middle-income earning taxpayers.” From his PolitiFact article:

Cain’s national sales tax, in effect, would attempt to make up for the reduction of federal revenue by creating the 9 percent income tax. The national sales tax, which would help fund the federal government, would be on top of state and local sales taxes, which fund state and local government. In Florida, that would create a hypothetical tax rate of 15 percent in most parts of the state. In the Wall Street Journal, Cain said the national sales tax would be levied “on all new goods.” (A good question to ask would be whether services are exempted.) Most economists agree that a national sales tax would raise the relative tax burden on low- and middle-income earning taxpayers. “The main reason is that low- and middle-income households consume more of their income than high-income households do,” said William Gale, senior fellow for economic studies at the Brookings Institution. “Another way of saying that is high-income households save more of their income than low-income households do.” [PolitiFact, 9/26/11…

Conservatives who make under $40k per year would see their taxes go up substantially under Cain’s plan ( and Rick Perry’s as well).

Mitt Romney Moves To Embrace Paul Ryan Medicare Plan [UPDATE]. We’ve covered this territory before. The Ryan plan would give Medicare recipients vouchers. Vouchers that would lead to a large increase in out of pocket medical expenses for seniors and the disabled. The only thing Romney is changing – according to a spokesman – is that participating would be voluntary. Medicare would still end up being gutted. Only the wealthy would be able to afford the higher cost necessitated by the inability for Medicare to have the kind of cost control leverage it has now.

Let’s help Elizabeth Warren hold the banks accountable by signing the petition to reinstate Glass Steagall. Bringing back Steagall would be the end of the too big to fail banks. We’d have something closer to actual capitalism with more banks competing against each other for business. This is part of what progressives have been pushing for years. It is something that Sarah Palin does not understand Palin: Protesters want bailouts just like Wall Street fat cats

Failed Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says protesters in the Occupy movement are looking for a handout just like “Wall Street fat cats.”

“I would like to know that my federal government understands a vision that believes in empowerment versus entitlement,” Palin told an audience the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Victory Dinner Thursday. “To see this struggle in action, look no further than the Occupy Wall Street movement that is going on.”

A polticeleb who makes millions off selling crap to the rubes getting self-righteous about who deserves what. All during a speech in which she praised the criminal governor of Florida who ripped off the government-tax payers for millions. Palin remains one of the most clueless people in America. She has had years to get up to speed on the most rudimentary facts and still a failure. She better love America, what other country rewards incompetence with millions of dollars. In this post about Elizabeth Warren, Palin could learn some basics about economics and how a complex free market economy works,  Elizabeth Warren really hit a nerve among conservatives with her winning message about the social contract and America’s economy.

Paul Ryan accused Warren of “telling Americans that they’re stuck in their current station in life, that they’re a victim of circumstances beyond their control, and that the government’s role is to help them cope with it.” When in fact Warren clearly explained that the economic crisis didn’t “just happen,” and that Americans aren’t “victims of circumstances beyond their control,” but of a financial sector that “broke the economy,” and politicians who were content to let it happen as long as they got a cut.

Worse yet, Ryan accused Warren of falling victim to the “fatal conceit of liberalism,” only to stumble over what sounds a lot like “the fatal conceit of conservatism.”

“Few tricks of the unsophisticated intellect are more curious than the naïve psychology of the business man, who ascribes his achievements to his own unaided efforts, in bland unconsciousness of a social order without whose continuous support and vigilant protection he would be as a lamb bleating in the desert,” wrote the great economic historian R.H. Tawney in 1926. He added pointedly that the arrogant assumption that marginal people’s “distress is a proof of demerit… has always been popular with the prosperous.”

Apparently that assumption is still popular in Republican debate audiences and among online commenters terrified of losing what little they have and desperately seeking targets that are easier to blame than the powerful interests that are actually taking them down.

For that matter, you’d think they would concur with the “common sense” of Thomas Paine — the patriot the right loves to co-opt.

No Known Restrictions: Thomas Paine by George Romney, 179? (LOC)

Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.

You might assume that a party that once upon a time called itself “The Party of Lincoln” would as honest as old Abe was about wealth and labor.

 

Republicans, a terribly misleading name for the misanthropes that call themselves Republicans these days, could learn something from Adam Smith, Thomas Paine and Abe Lincoln, but instead they listen to the flies buzzing around in their empty heads and mercenary hearts.

City Night Skyline wallpaper – Conservatism Before Patriotism

city at night, city by the river

City Night Skyline wallpaper

 

Since it is an unusually slow news day even for a Sunday there is a general news round-up:

As Jobs Act languishes, McConnell says Obama wants gridlock

President Obama’s $447 billion jobs package appears to be headed nowhere fast in Congress, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting that’s exactly what the president wants.

In a statement Tuesday, McConnell said the White House’s “explicit strategy” is to “make people believe that Congress can’t get anything done.”

“The political operators over at the White House seem to believe that they benefit from the appearance of gridlock,” McConnell said. The GOP leader’s statement came after Mr. Obama sent Congress three long-anticipated free trade agreements. McConnell said the administration’s interest in gridlock explains both why it took so long to pass the trade agreements and also the status of the American Jobs Act.

McConnell is a walking PowerPoint presentation of Chapter One in the right-wing conservative play-book: Lie and Lie Big. Repeat lie as often as someone has a microphone in your face. McConnell(R-KY) is one of the conservatives who admitted he and his co-conspirators took the country hostage during the debt ceiling debate – risking another economic crash – and will take the country hostage again if their demands are not met without compromise. One of the reasons President Obama is struggling in the polls is that he has reached out to compromise with Republicans so often. Republicans are not responsible for the poll numbers – they never have approved of Obama even when he has implemented policies which Republicans had previously supported (for example the right-wing Heritage Foundation had supported Romney-care in Massachusetts, the plan that the health care reform bill was modeled on). Steve Bennen has some more examples where the conservative idea of compromising with Obama has been that they get everything they want.McConnell also goes on to claim that there is no use Republicans supporting the Jobs Bill because a couple of Democratic senators don’t support the bill. yea, that’s right McConnell and a dozen other Republicans would vote for the Jobs Bill, but only if it gets every Democratic vote. And the stork delivers babies.

There is always a reason for the Big Lie. McConnell and conservatives are scared that President Obama is gaining traction with the public. Oh and one other thing, the Jobs Bill will create jobs and lower the deficit – CBO: Obama jobs bill reduces budget deficit

The Congressional Budget Office on Friday confirmed that President Obama’s jobs bill would be fully paid for over ten years and also gave its seal of approval to Senate Democrats’ version that includes a surtax on millionaires.

The CBO said that the original Obama stimulus bill would involve $447 billion in tax cuts and new spending—the same estimate given by the administration. It said the bill would raise $450 billion over ten years. The result is a $3 billion decrease in deficits over ten years.

The Senate Democrats’ bill, which replaces Obama’s taxes on the upper middle class with a 5.6 percent surtax on those with annual incomes above $1 million, raises $453 billion over ten years and reduces deficits by $6 billion. The tax kicks in 2013.

 

Once again conservatives show they have no real interests in creating jobs or lowering the deficit. It’s all about making the conservative movement look good. Conservatism before patriotism.

Mitt Romney taps foreign policy, national security advisers

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday announced a team of dozens of foreign policy and national security advisers, tapping an array of Bush administration veterans and former lawmakers to help him shape his defense, intelligence and counterterrorism proposals.

[  ]…“America and our allies are facing a series of complex threats,” Romney said in a statement. “To shape them before they explode into conflict, our foreign policy will have to be guided by a strategy of American strength. I am deeply honored to have the counsel of this extraordinary group of diplomats, experts, and statesmen. Their remarkable experience, wisdom, and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st century is another American Century.”

This list of advisors is the rise of the zombie neocons. Romneys tea includes torture cheerleader and former CIA director Michael Hayden, Robert Kagan – who has never heard of a war that didn’t sound like a swell idea, former aid to Darth Cheney Eric Edelman, the Heritage Foundation’s Kim Holmes who advocates another preemptive war – this time against Iran and Eliot Cohen who was on the nefarious Defense Policy Advisory Board Member (2001-2009) – so he can be relied on to send your sons and daughters to die for some very serious reasons that only rabid ideologue can truly understand but will be draped in the kind of blood drenched fake patriotism for which the neocons have become famous. So much for Romney being the moderate.

Posters at The Volokh Conspiracy frequently get some things rights especially in regards the 1st and 4th Amendments even if they get there by some convoluted reasoning. This happens to be a rare time which the argument is mostly sound – Secret DOJ Memo re Awlaki Targeting, and NYT Public Editor on Policy-By-Leaks

I’m traveling and can’t stop to comment, but check out Charlie Savage’s New York Times story describing a secret DOJ memo, reportedly principally authored by David Barron and Marty Lederman, that provided the justification for putting Anwar Al-Awlaki on the targeting list in the first place.  Crucial reading on the targeted killing and drone debate.

One thought, however. As Jack Goldsmith and Ben Wittes have argued at Lawfare, and I have argued here and at Opinio Juris, although it is certainly helpful to have a summary in the press about the issues discussed in the secret memo and their resolution, the fact that it is merely leaked, quite apart from not making available the actual text, is a grave part of the problem here.  If it can be shown to press people and written about at length, then it should be made available publicly, as official policy and part of the process of defending the policy.  Leaks de-legitimize policy over the long run, and reforms to the accountability and oversight of “covert” actions that are not truly covert need to provide some mechanism for releasing information on their legal justifications.  It’s good that this information is out there; it is bad that it was put out there through leaks.

I’m not sure it is “bad” that we know because of leaks. It is mostly about appearances. I don’t have some poll numbers to cite, but my general take on reactions to policy regarding Al Aulaqi in particular is that the public wants to know the legal reasoning up front even if their mind is already made up about the legal reasons pro or con. It is not as though letting citizens in on the legal justification for killing an American enemy combatant will compromise national security. Still under debate is the use of drones for what appears to be what some have called targeted “assassinations”. Al Aulaqi death was justified under the circumstances, but that does not mean to me that the policies surrounding his death should be secret.

For Some, Wall Street Is Main Street

Panini and Company Cafe normally sells sandwiches to tourists in Lower Manhattan and the residents nearby, but in recent days its owner, Stacey Tzortzatos, has also become something of a restroom monitor. Protesters from Occupy Wall Street, who are encamped in a nearby park, have been tromping in by the scores, and not because they are hungry.

Ms. Tzortzatos’s tolerance for the newcomers finally vanished when the sink was broken and fell to the floor. She installed a $200 lock on the bathroom to thwart nonpaying customers, angering the protesters.

There is no excuse the  behavior documented in this article. The protesters or some of their sympathizers need to compensate these businesses for any damages and loss of business. It only takes a few bad apples and a few incidents to undermine the message of OWS. It may not be fair that talking about banks cheating people on foreclosures or other abhorrent behavior being over shadowed by abusing a public restroom, but it works like that. Some businesses report brisk sales in coffee, t-shirts and other items. Still we have the businesses that are being abused, nearby residents putting up with the noise and not being able to use the park, and apparently some sanitation issues in the park. OWS should be going out of its way to make sympathizers, not antagonize people.

Palin says it’s time to “reload for America”

“Now isn’t the time to retreat, now is the time to reload with truth so we can fight for this country and reload for America,”

Palin has a pathetic record of telling the truth and differentiating her fevered paranoia from actual reality.

“I’m talking about real hope, not that hopey changey stuff that some politicians try to get you go believe in.”

Palin has cashed in on her own brand of hopey changey stuff to the tune of millions. She made people believe she was going to run for president – took their money – then changed her mind. So if someone’s idea of hope and change involved President Palin they got the shaft in exchange for the donations Palin asked for . *Related to that link to Jon Stewart – Glenn Beck Has ‘Absolutely No Respect’ For ‘Non-Thinking Man’ Jon Stewart. Sort of like not being respected by the world’s biggest idiot. Something to be proud of.

Jon Stewart acts like Glenn Beck on the Daily Show

 

Why Herman Cain Is The Koch Brothers’ Favorite Presidential Candidate

 – Cain traveled to Wisconsin in support of the Koch-funded union-busting bill: During the apex of the fight in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) union-busting bill this spring, Cain traveled to the Badger State to support the conservative power-grab, speaking at a rally in February. The Koch brothers were major players in Wisconsin’s anti-union push.

What did great cause did Cain fight for in Wisconsin? Besides fighting to take away rights from average working Americans – the Right usually calls those people thugs – Cain was fighting for tax payers right to buy iPads for Republicans

Despite Insisting State Was ‘Broke,’ Gov. Scott Walker Spent $60,000 On iPads | Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) infamously used his state’s budget gap as pretext to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector workers, insisting that “Wisconsin is broke” and thus extraordinarily measures were required. But the state is apparently not that broke, as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. just dropped “about $60,000? on brand new iPads for every person on their staff, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Actually, they bought more than enough, purchasing 73 tablets for only 63 employees (they say the are in the middle of hiring more people). The agency is a public-private hybrid, but a spokesperson said the iPads were purchased with state dollars.

October Autumn wallpaper – Narratives and Politics, A News Round-up

yellow and green leaves

October Autumn wallpaper

October Autumn wallpaper II

Kelly: Protesters To Be ‘Met With Force’ If They Target Officers.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly had some strong words for “Occupy Wall Street” protesters Thursday, blaming participants for starting skirmishes which led to more than 20 arrests on Wednesday.

“What they did is they counted.  They actually had a countdown — 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 — they grouped together, they joined arms and they charged the police. They attacked the police. They wanted to get into Wall Street, they wanted to occupy Wall Street,” Kelly told reporters.

Street protests by their nature lend themselves to used as propaganda by people like Kelly. One of the most well armed, trained police departments in the U.S. with guns, mace, tasers, tear gas, batons, shields, armored cars and even the potential to shoot down planes are the poor beleaguered victims of protesters. Protestors who…gasp…locked arms, appeared hostile and said rude stuff. Should Kelly’s nickname be Chicken-little or Captain Wuss. As I mentioned the other day the police are actually aiding the erosion of their own rights as public workers who all belong to a union. The irony here is that despite all of the questionable over reaction by the police – who have clearly instigated many confrontations ( videos at YouTube), the people they are beating, arresting for questionable reasons and generally harassing, will be the same hippie troublemakers who have the cop’s backs when they’re in a labor dispute with the city. I would also humbly suggest to the protesters that they go out of their way to avoid conflict and be civil to the police.

Cop beating people up at occupy wall street – officer uses baton like a bat to beat protester for no reason

Fox 5 crew and protesters hit with mace and batons.

If you click the watch on YouTube button it will show related video on the side. What happens with demonstrations such is this is that you’ll have a large percentage of police acting badly. You’ll also have a very small percentage of protesters acting badly. The narrative gets hijacked by some in the media and the wing-nuts who hate the protesters. Instead of the police being held accountable for over reacting, the protesters become the evil Marxist America haters. It is already happening.

Nuclear Option?! What Really Happened On The Senate Floor, And Why It Matters

McConnell had the Senate rules on his side. His motion, however mischievous, was ruled in order. The stage was set for a vote. That’s when Reid whipped out an ace he’s had up his sleeve since he became majority leader — one that his liberal critics wish he’d used two years ago to end the filibuster and ram the Democratic agenda through the Senate without having to contend with frustrating supermajority requirements. Reid and 50 of his Democrats simply voted to overrule the parliamentarian’s decision that McConnell’s motion was in order. Presto, McConnell’s motion could not come to a vote, and Reid had avoided a political embarrassment — and eliminated a very small minority right in the Senate.

But this wasn’t just about checkmating McConnell. As he said in a statement late Thursday, “The Senate must have the ability to move forward on legislation that has broad bipartisan support. A small minority of senators cannot be allowed to bring bipartisan legislation, like a bill to end China’s job-killing, underhanded currency manipulation, to a grinding halt when 14 million Americans are out of work.”

To wit, after legislation has overcome a filibuster, only a very narrow set of germane amendments can come up for votes — unless the rules are suspended. Since Obama’s jobs bill is not germane to Chinese currency legislation, it was out of order, and suspending the rules was McConnell’s only way to force the issue. This thin reed of minority power has been ripped from its root, because of Reid’s play Thursday night.

This parliamentary stuff seems arcane, but it may or may not change the game. I have doubts Reid will use the procedure again, or rather expand it beyond this relative narrow situation where the minority tries to force a vote on legislation that is wedded to another piece of legislation. More here – Sensationalist headline about ‘nuclear option’ in the Senate! But not quite so.  And here ( though technically incorrect, Robert Byrd used a similar vote in the 1970s) – Harry Reid Busts Up Senate Precedent

Reid’s move Thursday, in that context, is less abusive of Senate precedent than it first appears. The current rules create a situation in which two 60-vote thresholds must be met before a bill can pass, the first to end debate and the second to move to final passage. McConnell’s move to suspend the rules could have created additional 60-vote hurdles, clearly in violation of the spirit of the post-cloture period, which is intended to be a short stretch until moving to final passage.

Reid is maneuvering for a vote on the Jobs Bill. While unlikely to pass the vote will do exactly what Mitch McConnell(R-KY) did not want. A Republican vote against creating a million or more jobs. That is more news worthy than anything else about this story. McConnel is on record as saying his number one job is making Obama look bad. Not job creation. Not lokking out for the economy and the American people. No Mitch’s job one is looking out for fake patriots of modern conservatism.

What is it about honest hard working Americans that pisses conservatives off to the point they will twist themselves into knots – Maine Gov. LePage dramatically changes his story on labor mural removal

As Political Correction notes,

LePage’s new line accusing the department of ‘robbing’ the jobless to pay for a painting is smarter politically than his clearly stated original reasoning, but state officials say that “nobody lost any benefits to which they were entitled,” according to the Portland Press Herald. Furthermore, the federal Department of Labor actually demanded that Maine return the money used to buy the mural if it is not going to be displayed any longer.

LePage getting some political sense will deprive the world of much-needed hilarity, but given that his recent forays into the news have included rejoicing over kids arriving at summer camp in private jets and signing a law easing child labor restrictions, it’s not like he’s about to become a political whiz en route to easy reelection.

One guy that sets at a desk and orders people around and the rabid Right gushes over him like pre-teens at a concert. The men and women who do the actual work that brings in the profits are just contemptible thugs. Way to go with that weird version of populism.

I am genuinely disappointed that Sarah Palin will not be joining the debates and running for president. According to her semi-regular missives from FaceBook she sees all and knows all. I guess she was holding back during the 2008 election. For Conservatives, President Palin is Gone But Still “Hot”. Warning there are some disturbing fits of conservative lust and idolatry documented at the link.

Herman Cain may have been and still might be yanking the Right’s chain about his presidential ambition. And he keeps weird company – Herman Cain’s weird opinion columns published by birther website

But WorldNetDaily considers Cain one of is own. Cain seems to write the columns himself (or at least he did initially, before his campaign took off), unless his ghost is particularly fond of exclamation points. None of them involve birtherism, which for years now has been WND’s sole driving concern. (Cain did flirt with bitherism earlier this year, thanks mostly to Donald Trump, but he now believes the president is an American.)

Farah, a friend of Cain’s for several years, told The Ticket that he has been surprised by Cain’s rise over the past few months. While Farah would not make an official endorsement, he said Cain is his “favorite” candidate.

Good work, Herman: You’ve got Farah’s support! That should be more than enough to overcome the fact that Cain is basically taking the month of October off from campaigning in order to sell his book, because this entire “presidential run” was basically done to create a little buzz around a burgeoning conservative media personality, and the fact that he’s now tied for second in the polls is due to the hilarious collapse of various other more “serious” campaigns.

A-la John McCain fake emergency stunt in 2008, Cain is actually taking time off some his campaign to sell his book. He seems to be out Palining Palin or out Newting Newt in using his presidential run as a way to advertise and profit off his brand. I went over and read a few of his very repetitive and fact lacking columns. One that stood out is Cain assertion that Fannie may and poor people caused the Great Recession. That has been proven to be the economic equivalent of birherism. Most sub-prime loans did not meet Fannie or Freddie’s standards. Both were largely out of the sub-prime game before the housing bubble. For all of Cain’s claims to be well informed and different from your run of the mill wing-nut, he believes in the same old crap and shovels it out just like all of them do.

Democratic City Skyline wallpaper – Republican Clowns With No Humility

Democratic City Skyline wallpaper

There is not much new happening in debt ceiling negotiations that everyone has not already heard of of mid-morning. John Boehner(R-OH) plan was doomed from the start. Democrats under Nancy Pelosi’s(D-CA) leadership were never let House Republicans loose with a sharp knife to whittle away at Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security at will. That’s just crazy to contemplate, but leave it to Boehner to think it was possible. Add to that there was a spoiler for the teahadist. The bill contained funding for Pell grants. Republicans think an educated populace is a danger to their agenda and hey, its one thing they are right about. So that meant Boehner could not lose more than about 20 Republican votes. The Boehner plan was weird in that it actually cut less spending than the Harry Reid(D-NV) plan. Anyone notice a trend here. Republicans voted for the Paul Ryan plan twice. That reduced spending less than Obama’s $4 trillion dollar plan One could say the Ryan plan was more progressive and liberal than the Obama plan in total cuts( though not in specific cuts. Ryan gutted Medicare). In the Boehner versus Reid spending cuts plan, Reid’s was further to the right in total cuts. Yet in the alternate universe that is the kool-aid addled mind-set of the Right, the Obama and Reid plans are Marxist attacks on the very foundation of this country. This is why I think liberals and moderates are ill equipped to fight this battle. The only thing we have to fight with are facts. Its like rock, paper, scissors – tea bagger kool-aid drowns facts.

here are the options for understanding the fanatical Right view of current events: They do not understand what is going on, they are in denial or it is another opportunity to practice their lying techniques. Possibly a combination of the three. Our first example is Red State’s Erick Erickson – Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke:

Of course, in the real world, voting to table something is exactly the same thing as voting to kill it. But alas, the above analysis by Suzy Khimm is just good reporting on looking-glass land, as seen in this pathetic Erick Erickson post (my emphasis):

One week ago the entire conservative movement was unified behind Cut, Cap, and Balance as was both House and Senate GOP caucus — no small feat to be sure.
Then, because Harry Reid denied CCB a vote through a procedural motion, John Boehner produces a crackpot plan that rips the conservative movement apart at the seams and after taking two stabs at it, still can’t get to the promised $1.2 trillion in cuts he initially claimed it would have.

I’m not sure whether Erickson is irresponsibly misinformed or telling a deliberate lie, but Harry Reid did no such thing. Allowing a vote to table is allowing a vote.

Shouldn’t Erickson be out hunting down people who are using environmentally friendly dish washing detergent? Rather than being focusing on what “tabling” a vote means, if Erickson had stopped playing pretentious town clown for minute and looked up the Senate rules he would have seen this bit about “Cloture”.

Cloture is the only procedure by which the Senate can vote to set an end to a debate without also rejecting the bill, amendment, conference report, motion, or other matter it has been debating. A Senator can make a nondebatable motion to table an amendment, and if a majority of the Senate votes for that motion, the effect is to reject the amendment. Thus, the motion to table cannot be used to conclude a debate when Senators still wish to speak and to enable the Senate to vote for the proposal it is considering. Only the cloture provisions of Rule XXII achieve this purpose.

Not disturbed by the dish washing detergent revolution or being too lazy fact check himself,  or understand basic Senate rules? Actual elected Republican officials call Erick for advice. Elements of Wingnut Style

Rule one for wingnut prose stylists: pretend it’s the 19th century. Rule two: you can never sound douchy enough. The Son of Erick:

In the past 48 hours I have had call after call after call from members of the United States Congress. They’ve read what I’ve written. They agree. But they feel the hour is short and the end is nigh.

So some are calling looking for alternatives. Some are calling looking for energy. Many are calling looking for absolution.

And so I address them and put it here so you can see my advice.

I can give no absolution for what you may be about to do.

He talks like this at Burger King, too. “I have come here, as the hour of lunch is nigh, to this drive-thru, to purchase, in God’s name, a Whopper, nay, its mighty scion, a Whopper Junior, and forsooth, prithee, I desire as well the fried potatoes of Freedom, and I declare that I wish my parched gullet to be watered with the chocolate of a shake, much akin to the manner in which the ground ‘neath the Liberty Tree is watered with the blood of… patriots.”

He’s actually talking to members of Congress here, and they probably think this is all Top-Flight Oratory. (emphasis mine)

Some have suggested that conservatism is a mental illness. If  Erickson was all one read about conservatism it not unreasonable to entertain at least the passing notion that conservatism is a virus. Once infected, you’re done. Well that’s not fair. There are well educated intellectual conservatives who make honest arguments with supporting evidence.   Conservative Douglas Holtz-Eakin is a college educated economist with a Ph.D from Princeton. He was the Director of the Congressional Budget Office under Bush. Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory, July 28, 2011 9:39 P.M. By Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Hard to believe what I’m reading, hearing, and watching. It’s a concerted, bipartisan effort to snatch defeat when victory is in sight.

Let’s start with the House Democrats, who are content to make a political statement and sit on their hands. That means that the Boehner plan must pass with only Republican votes and Democrats don’t care if financial markets melt down tomorrow morning (they will).

Add to this list the White House. Are they whipping Democrats to vote for the Boehner plan, move a legislative vehicle to the House, soothe financial markets, and work to a better (in their eyes) legislative outcome in the Senate? No; that’s called governing. Instead, they are pushing a Reid proposal that will never get 60 votes in the Senate.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin is 1)Lying  2) Has no idea of the offers that Republicans have rejected all of which reduce the deficit more than the plan he thinks is just swell 3) Has not read all the Republicans saying that raising the debt ceiling either does not matter or that another economic meltdown would be good for the country. Apparently it doesn’t matter whether one is listening to one of the conservative base teahdists or one of the conservative intellectual elites, its all assclown pie.

Palin vs Boehner

She waited till this afternoon to chime in, but she’s as hostile to the establishment as Bachmann. The passive aggression is also super-Sarah:

“I respectfully ask these GOP Freshman to re-read this letter and remember us “little people” who believed in them, donated to their campaigns, spent hours tirelessly volunteering for them, and trusted them with our votes. This new wave of public servants may recall that they were sent to D.C. for such a time as this.”

And, as of the moment, the Speaker has had to delay the vote because he cannot control his own party. We will soon see who runs the GOP. I suspect it’s less Boehner than Limbaugh.

Sarah Palin and economics.

So add Palin to the lengthy list of conservatives who would prefer to shoot the hostages than pick one of the Right of center compromises proposed by Democrats. There is an old saying in the south for people like Palin and her supporters – they think their sh*t don’t stink. No matter how much they screw up or how many Americans they screw over they cannot bring themselves to have enough insights or humility to admit wrong. Should anyone being taking economic advice that left the town of Wasilla (population 5,469 in 2000) $20 Million in debt. These are very likely the people who voted conservative from 2000 to 2008 and truly believe they bear no responsibility for the disastrous legacies of that era.

Bachmann Defends Using Federal Loans She Denounced: ‘It’s Almost Impossible To Buy A Home’ Without Them. This fact based piece of yet another glaring hypocrisy on the part of yet another conservative will have zero affect on how her base of supporters think about her. If science could synthesize those ginormous powers of denial into a serum we would have a cheap replacement for opiate based rugs.

And just because I heard another conservative parrot on the news this morning repeating the Big Lie that the U.S. is on the wildest spending spree in history and that’s the problem, not revenue – The GOP just can’t handle the truth: Tax cuts, war and the financial crisis created our huge deficits

Let’s see. We’re at war in Afghanistan, so “peacetime” is dubious. Obama has cut taxes — income taxes, payroll taxes, taxes for small businesses. Private sector economic forecasters say the stimulus increased GDP growth and kept the unemployment rate from rising higher. We could even range into the subjective, and argue that from the left side of the political aisle, Obama has been anything but hostile to business and hasn’t done nearly enough to regulate the financial sector. And we could note, just for fun, that Obama’s “grandiose” social program is modeled explicitly after the healthcare reform enacted by none other than Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. (And this guy, most political analysts think, poses the biggest threat to Obama’s reelection!)

But nothing is more ridiculous than the notion that Obama is a “binge” spender. Paul Krugman rightfully calls this scurrilous accusation a “zombie lie.”

Spending: Bush versus Obama

Republicans Set to Save America From Healthy Children, History, The Recovery Act And Teens That Tweet

The only thing I don’t like about this article – Cutting kids’ healthcare will grow the deficit – by David Sirota is he uses the old saying that Republicans are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. That is true, but Republican attacks on children’s health care is typical of the conservative movement’s lack of appreciation for and lack of understanding of value.

In the name of curtailing deficits, politicians across the country are hacking away at programs that aim to make children healthier. In Congress, for example, House Republicans are spearheading a budget that eviscerates funding for food assistance and effectively defunds the wildly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Similarly, from Texas to California, state lawmakers are chopping children’s health programs in the face of budget shortfalls. In all these initiatives, the rhetorical leitmotif is “fiscal responsibility.”

Like clockwork, this has set off the now-standard ideological debate over values, with liberals arguing that it’s immoral to deny healthcare to today’s kids and conservatives countering that it’s even more immoral to saddle the next generation with debt. But as highlighted by a new National Bureau of Economic Research report, both sides are ignoring the most important non-ideological fact: Any so-called deficit reduction plan that cuts child health programs is almost certain to increase deficits.

The NBER study compared British and American illness rates, controlling for both demographic differences and risk factors like smoking and drinking. It found that a) we have “much higher” childhood illness rates than our English counterparts, b) “the transmission rates of higher rates of childhood illnesses into poor health in [adults is] higher in America compared to England” and therefore, c) “the origins of poorer adult health among older Americans compared to the English traces back right into the childhood years.”

In other words, America’s broken private healthcare system allows kids’ medical afflictions to become far worse in adulthood than they become in England — a nation with a government-sponsored universal healthcare system.

When I say value that is not to be confused with values( Republicans have values they just happen to be abhorrent values). They frequently think of ways to cut imminent costs. We can all do that. We could all sell our cars tomorrow, end our phone plans and wear nothing but t-shirts from the thrift store. Those things will safe a lot in the short term. In the long term making such cuts might endanger our jobs, alienate our friends and family, and keep us from working in white collar jobs that require a dress code. This is the answer to Republicans if one assumes they are sincere about cost cutting. They are to the extent they want to cut anything Democrats are in favor of. A review of Republican history and the deficit – their political and economic resume says they are not sincere about the deficit and are consistently two faced about spending. Of our last five presidents three were Republican and they are responsible for 90% of the deficit. These are the same people who thought it gloriously patriotic to send over 4,000 Americans to their deaths over non-existent WMD. If lying Americans to their deaths doesn’t make them break a sweat then certainly lying about the economy and their plans for same is just another day in lalaland.

Who is dimmer Sarah Palin or her groupies? Palin’s fans rewrite wiki history of Paul Revere. In order to make Palin’s bungled history look like fact, her toadies are using her quote as the source. Not Paul Revere’s actual retelling of what happened. No “British” were warned. When Revere was caught by the British he got a little braggadocio and warned or taunted the British with talk about getting their comeuppance one day. Palin apologists are trying to claim that was what she was talking about. Nice try.

Tea Bag Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida Accepts Federal Stimulus Money He said Was Evil He Would Never Take

When asked why he didn’t veto the stimulus money, Scott reverted to his standard talking point — bashing the federal government. But when pressed by the Miami Herald reporter, Scott said he went through every line of the budget and considered each through the lens of job creation. “That’s the filter I used,” he said. “So if the stimulus money helps creates jobs, then it’s okay?” the reporter replied. Scott immediately reversed himself and denounced stimulus money again, saying, “I think it’s a mistake. It’s taxpayer money and we have to watch how we spend all that money.” “But you okayed it,” the reporter pointed out.

Scott’s staffer then stepped in to try to end the interview. Scott walked away hedging about how he would need more detail about which lines the reporter was talking about, again contradicting himself by suggesting he didn’t know which lines of the budget contained stimulus money.

Good concise article about Elizabeth Warren – The Warren Court

Given the intensely partisan nature of Washington these days, the demonization of Warren and the C.F.P.B. is all too predictable. But it’s profoundly misguided, because Warren is far from the anti-capitalist radical that her critics (and some of her supporters) suppose. Indeed, an empowered C.F.P.B. could actually be a boon to business.

The core principle of Warren’s work is also a cornerstone of economic theory: well-informed consumers make for vigorous competition and efficient markets. That idea is embodied in the design of the new agency, which focusses on improving the information that consumers get from banks and other financial institutions, so that they can do the kind of comparison shopping that makes the markets for other consumer products work so well. As things stand, many Americans are ill informed about financial products. The typical mortgage or credit-card agreement features page after page of legalese—what bankers call “mice type”—in which the numbers that really matter are obscured by a welter of irrelevant data. There’s plenty of misinformation, too: surveys find that a sizable percentage of mortgage borrowers believe that their lenders are legally obliged to offer them the best possible rate.

Liberals don’t like to go to far Right sites, but they are informative in their own limited way. Day after day the article writers, bloggers and commenters are half crazed with the absurd idea that Democrats and progressives are radical socialist leftists. I have actually never meant a real live socialist, much less a Democrat or progressive that subscribed to socialism. On the contrary most of them want a something like a real capitalist society. One that is not rigged. One that is fair to consumers, investors, home owners and consumers. That conservatives think the corrupt plutocracy we have now is capitalism is a lot like the delusions Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have about U.S. history.

This right-wing writer shares the Right’s common allergy to even the most basic fact checking and contradicts himself,WEINER’S TALE UNRAVELING

But according to data provided exclusively to The Daily from TweetCongress.org, a nonprofit website that captures each member of Congress’s Twitter feeds in real time, the shot seen round the world was transmitted using TweetDeck — a popular Adobe desktop application that links up with social networking sites. A review of Weiner’s Twitter stream from May 27, the day of the crotch pic, shows that Weiner had been posting only from TweetDeck — one of many ways to post messages to Twitter — that entire night.

Chet Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at security software company SophosLabs, said the TweetDeck stamp “does make it more plausible that it did come from him.”

Weiner used TweetDeck frequently, but he often also posted from the Web directly or from his BlackBerry. A widely circulated explanation for how Weiner’s Twitter account could have been hacked by email would also seem to be incompatible with the fact that the message in question originated on TweetDeck. If email had been used, the message probably would have originated via the photosharing site Yfrog, where the infamous picture was posted.

Notice something obvious. The lies just never stop, do they? – A journal called The Daily has reconstituted a false argument first offered by The Mighty Seixon in order to “debunk” what I said about the Yfrog exploit.

Let’s knock this one down quickly, shall we?

I revealed in this blog — long before the Daily published its “exclusively” provided “data” — that Weiner used TweetDeck that night. But so what?

The poor schlub writing for the Daily — his name is Daniel Libit — doesn’t understand that Seixon’s entire “TweetDeck” argument was based on the presupposition that the congressman used TweetDeck or some similar app EVERY SINGLE TIME. Thus, he never established a Yfrog account.

Yet even the Daily stipulates that this was not the case.

So there goes the argument. Poof.

Furthermore, TweetDeck and similar apps (such as the divinely-named Twitterberry) always append an identifying signature: “via TweetDeck” and “via Twitterberry.” Something like that. Weiner’s previous photos didn’t have that data. They were labelled “via Yfrog” and “via Twitter.”

Let’s take it a step further. Suppose Weiner had used TweetDeck and nothing but TweetDeck during his entire career as a twitterer. Again: So what?

TweetDeck automatically establishes a Yfrog account for you. When you try to send a pic, it even flashes a message: “Sending via Yfrog.” Don’t take my word for it. Download the app for yourself and try it out.

I downloaded TweetDeck and had one of my fictional creations send a pic to another. “Chalice153” had never set up a Yfrog account — and yet one was set up for her. Here it is. (That’s Angela, my model. Pretty, isn’t she?) That account was open to the very same exploit which I pointed out in my post. ( My note: you can see Joseph’s experiment at the link on his post.)

Than there is the other very obvious problem – the photo that ended up on Congressman Weiner’s Twitter stream has no metadata. This is a run down of all the Conservative bloggers who have latched on to this story like mindless blood sucking leeches – Rightbloggers E*aculate Over the Women of Weinergate. Imagine one of really bad college freshman sex comedies – the straight to $5 dollar DVD variety. That is about the level of discourse you’ll find.

TBogg has a write up of Patterico’s Pontifications ( who reportedly has a job on the public payroll as a DA in California) long post which consist mostly of some teenage girls tweeting back and forth about Congressman Weiner. PP actually thinks he has broken open some kind of wild hijinks. Like A Dog With A B*ner

Now, Patterico his own bad self is working the Weiner beat and he could have spent a lovely Southern California day with his wife and kids doing stuff in the sunshine. But, no. Because he can’t let this penis go, he spent the day creating timelines and using his mad Google skillz (with which we have personal experience) and reading between the lines and possibly even checking the kerning on notes passed amongst  some tweens who think Anthony Weiner is Bieberiffic.

So lets say you’re accused of murder. PP presents as evidence a string of Twitter feds of people talking about you. Ah ha, proof you’re guilty, take the accused to the electric chair forthwith. Andrew Breitbart is also mentioned in the PP post as having some new breaking story which alleged that Rep. Weiner traded inappropriate photos with another woman. He’s off to a bad start – they traded photos? Last i heard consenting adults can do stuff like that. I’ve gone over there and checked several times and so far all he has is a pic of Rep. Weiner holding up a sign that says “me” – fully dressed.

Update: I don’t agree with everything Jack Shafer says in this article. For one most bloggers never said that Brietbart hacked Weiner’s Twitter account, but that Breitbart relayed what was unsubstantiated material as a fact. Shafer does nail a lot of what Weiner defenders are feeling about now, Anthony Weiner’s Semantic Satiation

Weiner owes me no apology for his serial lies because I understand that that’s what politicians do when they’re cornered by their fibs or unseemly behavior. I’m not even sore with him for scapegoating the press over a problem of his own making. That, too, goes with the territory. Nor am I outraged that he went onto national television to attempt to cover up his lies, telling Rachel Maddow that he wasn’t “trying to be evasive” and he just didn’t “know” whether the Tweeted drawers photo was of him. For me, when the mass of lies equals the mass of apologies, the whole package congeals into some new sociopathic form for which there is yet no name. (Weinerite, perhaps?) That he was caught lying about his personal life, and not about public policy, doesn’t really matter to me. By demonstrating that he’s as good a liar as he is an apologizer, Weiner tells us everything we need to know about him.

I’m less judgmental about the “sin” that Weiner confessed to this afternoon, of sexting his junk or his chest shots to six women over three years. If you’re as old as Weiner (46) and have never done something naughty but still legal, you’re probably immune to the power of human desire, have no sense of fantasy, and have been living in a locked veal cage in a convent basement. You don’t have to be a libertine to not care about a politician’s kinks, as long as those kinks don’t get in the way of his job.

Within that torrential cascade of apologies he could or should have included his wife and family. At this point Rep. Weiner has shown more class and humility than John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-OK) who helped Ensign with the cover-up and David Vitter(R-LA).

Glass City wallpaper – Republican Medicare Lies Continue

Glass City wallpaper

Republicans demand TV station yank ad claiming GOP plan would `end Medicare’

Attention, people, this is important: The battle over whether it’s true that the Republican plan would “end Medicare” is about to play out in a critical way in New Hampshire.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees House races for the GOP, has written a sharply-worded letter demanding that a New Hampshire TV station yank an ad making that claim. Whether the ad gets taken down could help set a precedent for whether other stations will air Dem TV ads making this argument, which is expected to be a central message for Dems in the 2012 elections.

Here we are 7 months after the mid-term elections and Republicans, who made job creation a center of their platform, have yet to introduce a jobs bill. What they have done is voted twice to end Medicare.

Unfortunately as we mark the 150th day of Republican control of the House today, Republicans have yet to bring a jobs bill to the House floor. In fact, the only votes this Congress has taken to create jobs have been on Democratic bills, which were either voted down by Republicans or which Republicans voted against even considering:

An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas. [Vote 19]

Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act – leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing our economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, supported by American businesses, the construction industry, mayors and governors. [Vote 38, Vote 30, Vote 189]

American Jobs Matter Act – to give preference in federal contracts to U.S. manufacturers that create jobs here at home. [Vote 257]

National Manufacturing Strategy Act, which calls on the President to lay out a plan to help ensure American manufacturers can compete, grow, and thrive. [Vote 279]

Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built here in the U.S., by investing in a broad range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels. [Vote 310]

Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs by leveling the international playing field for American workers and businesses. [Vote 9, Vote 199]

Have Republicans stooped to new lows in parsing out the meaning of words. I wish that were true. They were just as bad when it came to lying about WMD and the economy during the Bush years. Imagine someone took the warhead and rockets boosters off an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Would we still call that a missile or just a very expensive metal shell that used to be a missile, What’s In A Name?

As Greg says, this is important — because if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads.

Because the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. The program we now call Medicare is one in which the government acts as your insurer, paying your major medical bills; coverage is guaranteed to all seniors. The program Republicans want gives you vouchers and tells you to go buy your own insurance, if you can. That’s not at all the same thing.

Oh, they’re also trying to stop anyone from calling it a voucher plan — but that’s what it is.

What about the claim that the Ryan plan actually does guarantee coverage, because it says that insurers can’t turn you down? That’s based on word games. What the plan says is that you can’t be turned down because of medical history — it imposes community rating. But it says nothing about requiring that insurers sell coverage at a price you can afford. And the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Ryan plan makes it clear that it would put insurance coverage beyond the financial reach of many seniors.

The shell that Republicans would leave is what they would like to call Medicare. Just like they call torture just “enhanced integration”. Just as Sean Hannity will never live up to his bet to be “interrogated”, we will never see seniors clambering to have a half empty shell of health care. yea but Ryancare/Wing-nutcare will not kick in for years so old folks have time to get their Canadian citizenship or some how gather the same guaranteed resources they will need down the road. Not true, Republican Medicare, Medicaid proposal would hurt current seniors, too

You know that whole schtick from the Republicans about how anybody over 55 won’t be affected at all by their draconian budget and Medicare elimination scheme? They’re lying about that two. That’s according to analysis by Tim Fernholz writing at the National Journal.

“The retirees are going to be taken care of; there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it,” House Speaker John Boehner vowed in an interview with CBS last month. The plan’s architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has said time and again that the changes wouldn’t affect anybody getting close to retirement. “We propose to not change the benefits for people above the age of 55,” Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, insisted last week.

There’s only one problem with the strategy: It’s not true.

The policies in the House GOP budget, if enacted, would begin affecting millions of seniors almost immediately by increasing their costs for prescription drugs and probably long-term care. Further, Medicare costs could rise over time if healthier seniors choose to abandon the traditional benefit program.

[  ]…Some 9 million seniors qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and about two-thirds of all nursing-home residents are covered by Medicaid. The GOP budget proposes cutting some $744 billion from Medicaid over 10 years by turning the system into block grants that limit federal contributions and give states more choice in structuring benefits. No one knows exactly which Medicaid services states would choose to cut back, but senior citizens account for a disproportionate share of Medicaid outlays and would almost certainly bear some of the burden.

“We know that two-thirds of the dollars in Medicaid go to people who are disabled or over 65, so this is the big funder of long-term care in this country,” said David Certner, AARP’s legislative-policy director. “We also know this could have an impact on home- and community-based care, which is the kind of care individuals prefer the most [and] often the ones that will be cut first.”

Final piece of Orwellian doublespeak to deal with: Ryancare is just like ObamaCare. No it is not. This one is silly beyond words. If they are the same, why repeal one and try to replace it with the other. Children trying to get away with something make up better lies on the fly than the average Republican.

Democrats(see the above on jobs agenda) do seem to be trying to create jobs. Because they are the minority party in the House they cannot even get bills up for a vote. Just as the public saw that FDR could not solve the problems of the Great Depression in one term, Democrats and President Obama cannot fix the loss of $17 trillion dollars of the nation’s wealth by Republicans in four years. Democrats need to get out the message they are the party that is trying and obviously the Republicans are the party of obstruction. For most readers that snip of bills that Republicans stopped is probably the first you have heard of those job creation bills. A suggested recipe for Democrats, A Path to Democratic Ascendancy on the Economy. I disagree with the recommendation to stop reminding people where the economic calamity started and why it is still with us. It is possible to look back and forward in the messaging. We have hard time learning or remembering lessons in this country. Supply-side economics and the insane contempt for regulation that protects workers, consumers and investors keeps failing and keeps coming back like a zombie.

 

Everyone has probably read these by now but just in case, CASE CLOSED! CONGRESSMAN WEINER WAS FRAMED!

The screencap of Congressman Weiner’s page — the one featuring the infamous “crotch shot” — lacks the URL. As far as I can tell, the only way to create that anomaly is when someone other than the account holder places an image on Yfrog, using the simple strategy outlined above.

[   ]…The only way to create a URL-free header is to have someone else send a pic to one’s Yfrog address. Milowent did just that. You can see the result: The header now has a blank space beneath Dowson’s name.

Why does Yfrog work that way? I don’t know. Ask their programmers.

The important point is this: The anomaly in the header indicates that the image was not sent by Weiner. It had to have been sent by someone else.

Not only that. Believe it or not, when an outsider sends a pic to someone else’s Yfrog account in this fashion, the action creates a message in the “twitterstream.” The message seems to originate with the Twitter account holder — but it doesn’t. It comes from somewhere else — from someone mailing a picture to the account holder.

This is a serious security flaw in the design of Yfrog and Twitter. It allows a malicious outsider to “spoof” a tweet that seems to come from someone else.

ABC reported on the exploit described by that blogger and have since closed that security hole. The full post gives you all the ins and outs of the technical aspects. it boils down to anyone with the knowledge of this exploit being able to post to someone’s Twitter account via e-mail. Someone did some forensics on the photo, New Forensic Details About Weinergate Photo

Farid confirmed that the photo known to have come from Weiner’s camera was “inconsistent” with the controversial photo. In fact, Farid says, the photo appears not to have come from a Blackberry at all. But here’s the even stranger part: The controversial photo does not match any camera in Farid’s database, which consists of about 15,000 kinds of cameras, phones, and tablets.

It is important to remember that Breitbart, all the right-wing conservative blogs and pundits have not produced a single shred of evidence that Congressman Weiner posted that photo. If you’re visiting a site that insists that Weiner still did something wrong, ask for proof. They will not produce any because there is none. The arguments seem to have boiled down to Rep. Weiner’s oddly worded denials or they just “know” it is true. That does not pass any legal or logical benchmarks. Andrew Breitbart is even backing off, throwing “Dan Wolfe’ under the bus and a Tommy Christopher is trying to claim that Breitbart had nothing to do with any of this. Which is just ridiculous as the screenshot taken after Weinergate broke shows, Big Government was all Weineragte all the time, Andrew Breitbart’s Employees Are All-Penis, All-The-Time. Besides the basic premise of this cooked up scandal be completely fabricated, Breitbart is afraid he has hooked up with a couple of right-wing perverts, The Dark Past Of The “Weinergate” Co-PilotTwitter avenger Mike Stack not your typical conservative agitator

The Twitter user who first floated the rumor that a lewd photo scandal was brewing for Representative Anthony Weiner is not your typical conservative avenger, an investigation by The Smoking Gun has determined.

Mike Stack, a 39-year-old New Jersey resident, is known as “goatsred” in the Twitterverse, where he has helped lead a months-long assault on the New York City politician. Stack was joined at the hip in this pursuit by “patriotusa76,” who gave his name as “Dan Wolfe” and was the online avenger who happened last Friday night to discover the notorious tweet emanating from Weiner’s account.

As TSG reported yesterday, “Dan Wolfe” has conveniently evaporated in the wake of “Weinergate.” In fact, today Wolfe’s entire Twitter page was deleted.

But Stack, the other Twitter Twin, remains online. An examination of his background has discovered:

* Stack, who aggressively pushed the story about Weiner’s underpants shot, has worked as a moderator on a pornography web site, and been a regular commenter on several other X-rated sites. Stack describes himself as a “Pervert” on one site, where his avatar, captioned “Antichrist,” is a drawing of President Barack Obama as Jesus Christ.

One of the family values centered activities of this bunch of conservative stalkers – Wolfe, Stack and apparently a few women – did was harass some of the teenage girls who were Rep. Weiner followers. We await the media to do a couple things it should have done in the first place: The MSM picked up the story as a he said she said kind of story without any inquiry into hard evidence that Congressman Weiner had done anything inappropriate. At this juncture the Congressman and the country should be getting an apology for the shoddy reportage they consider journalism. We also await the same media to use it’s considerable resources to work holding Wolfe, Stack, Breitbart and assorted accomplices to account.

William Jacobsen, or at least this one – So Now All These People Will Apologize to Sarah Palin About Paul Revere, Right? – believe it or not is a conservative law professor who works at Cornell. He post this as, one would assume, jury ready proof that Palin was correct,

I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back,and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from,& what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above. He then orderd me to mount my Horse, after searching me for arms ( Paul Revere)

Clearly that is Revere’s account of what happened after his famous ride. Here is what Palin said,

PALIN: He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.

There were no bells ringing or shots fired. At the time we were all British. He rode with two other men and they were all caught and either escaped or were released afterwards. The goal was to quietly deliver a warning to John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British Army was going to arrest them. Palin’s actual words are that Revere’s ride was to warn the British. Palin was incorrect.

In this undated letter, written at the request of Jeremy Belknap, corresponding secretary of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Paul Revere summarizes his activities on 18-19 April 1775: he recounts how Dr. Joseph Warren urged him to ride to Lexington (to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movements); how he had previously arranged with some fellow Patriots to signal the direction of those movements by placing signal lanterns in the steeple of Old North Church; and how he left Boston from the “North part of the Town,” was rowed across the Charles River by two friends, and there borrowed a horse and began his ride.

The manuscript letter includes some interlineations, apparently in the hand of Jeremy Belknap. In printing the account in Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1st series, vol. 5 (1798), Belknap assigned to it the date of 1 January 1798. At the end of the document, Revere signed his name but then, apparently choosing to remain anonymous, wrote above it “A Son of Liberty of the year 1775” and beside it “do not print my name.” Either he changed his mind or Belknap ignored his request, for the two phrases are crossed out in the original document, and the name is included in the printed version.

Revere fills most pages of his letter to Belknap (pages 2-6) with the description of his ride. He writes of avoiding British soldiers and reaching Lexington, where he conveyed information to Hancock and Adams and where he met up with William Dawes. After Revere and Dawes set off for Concord, they were joined by Samuel Prescott, who helped them “allarm all the Inhabitents.”

Borrowed a horse? Sounds like socialism. Why didn’t he make one by himself from weeds and tree bark the way Palin would have.

Palin and the Right Keep Tripping Over Their Narcissism

Palin’s reality problem

I’m done with ‘em

Supporters of Palin say she’s had it with the campaign staff.

“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the [campaign] plane,” a Palin insider told Politico. He says she would like to further ignore staff advice and do things her own way.

But CNN reports campaign aides say she’s a selfish renegade.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family, or anyone else.”

Palin blames Bush for GOP defeat

“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years,” Palin said in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News at Wasilla Sunday afternoon, referring to the Bush presidency from 2000 to 2008.

Alaska Governor Palin made the remarks after former Republican candidate John McCain lost the November 4 election last week to President-elect Barack Obama.

Palin also criticized President George W. Bush’s war policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“How did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration, how have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration,” she asked.

When asked about her political future, the Alaska Governor did not rule out a run for president or vice president in 2012.

One can see where Palin’s base – the name callers at her rallies and the Republicans that regard her as a “MILF”– might let her get away with being critical of Bush’s strategy or lack there of in Afghanistan, but Iraq. Iraq is the Right’s centerpiece of the neocon’s flytrap theory of preventing another 9-11; Just ask Fox’s Brit Hume who says us mere mortals just show some appreciation for Bush’s policy direction “an amazing one”. Maybe if Palin had made speeches to that effect rather then tossing out the vitriol about President-elect Obama, she might have been able to convince some moderate Republicans and Independents that she really was something other then Dick Cheney in heels. When Palin hasn’t been blaming McCain/McCain’s staff or Bush she’s been blaming the media, a tired old dog that the Right resorts to whipping when all else fails, Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me

For the record, Couric asked her, among other things, what type of news sources she turns to for information, which Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with, why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, her opinion of the bailout package for Wall Street, and where she thought Vice President Dick Cheney erred. Which one of those questions was designed to trip her up (as opposed to, say, give viewers a better sense of her character and views) is tough to ascertain.

The only one of those questions that an informed voter might be able to let her slide on was the Supreme Court decisions. Even then, as a college graduate and governor shouldn’t Brown V. Board of Education, or Miranda V. Arizona ring a bell or sense her son is in a modern sexually integrated military, maybe United States V. VMI. I watched a few minutes of the series The Today Show is doing on her this morning – very much a puff piece where she goes relatively unchallenged by Matt Lauer, thus far. She goes on at length defending herself against what she describes as attacks, but which in most cases were/are legitimate questioning of her qualifications, stands on issues and her ethics. She capable of being pleasant, of projecting a public persona, that more substantive qualities aside, one can see where in our acutely personality obsessed culture, she would be someone that low info voters would find appealing. It would be great if everyone on the political spectrum based their vote on something more concrete, but such is the nature of politics since Hamilton and Jefferson battled it out two hundred years ago. The most disappointing and goofy aspect of Palin’s 20/20 hindsight is that she thinks that she will be qualified to be president in 2012 and that she was not the one that dragged down the McCain campaign. October 23, 2008 Sarah Palin dragging down Republican ticket: polls

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Americans are less and less convinced she is worthy to serve as the country’s number-two leader.

“Her numbers have plummeted in our poll … what’s more 55 percent think she’s unqualified to serve as president if the need arises, which is a troublesome number given McCain’s age,”

In exit polling Palin didn’t do well, Exit polls: Age v. race

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t do well in exit polls. Sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president, if necessary; 38 percent said she is. That compares with the two-thirds of those polled who said Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is qualified to be president…

Palin like much of the Right’s political leaders suffers from that peculiar brand of narcissism that just doesn’t allow for inward reflection. Its everyone’s fault, but Palin’s. Her qualifications to lead are, in her mind, spectacular. Her judgment, according to her and her supporters, is never in err and she can see Russia on a clear day, which practically makes her the Alaskan Benjamin Franklin.

Palin does have her defenders, McCain Owes Sarah Some Straight Talk

Where’s John McCain’s honor when we need it?

We’ll find out tonight, when the Arizona Republican appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. In the week since the election, Mr. McCain’s campaign team has leaked some nasty stuff about Sarah Palin. These leaks are personal, and they speak more to the character of Mr. McCain and the leakers than they do to Mrs. Palin. So it will be telling if Mr. McCain stands up for his partner and says how offended he has been by what some of his staffers have done to her.

Now the Right questions McCain’s honor. Where were they when McBush thought he could smear campaign his way into the White House.

Democrats are not without problems. Note Democratic ‘centrist’ Mark Penn’s Most affluent voters key to Obama sweep. Those voter’s post secondary education would be the more apt description of that demographic shifting liberal and Liberal Value’s observation that the religious Right has begun to scare educated Republicans and Independents.

Obama to mark Veterans Day with wreath-laying

President-elect Obama planned to honor fallen troops Tuesday, taking a short break from his primary task of mapping out his administration to mark Veterans Day.

The Democrat was slated to lay a wreath in Chicago, accompanied by Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran and 2006 failed congressional candidate who now is the Illinois governor’s veterans affairs director.

The Right’s Last Gaffe – The Big Coal Conspiracy

Drudge, Fox, McCain and Newsbusters rush to warn America that Obama and McCain have made similar statements about clean coal and carbon caps

Newsbusters CNN Spins Obama Wanting to Bankrupt Coal Industry as Old News, By Warner Todd Huston, November 2, 2008 – 21:12 ET

After all, even if they are “months-old comments,” does that make the fact that Obama wants to bankrupt electric producing coal plants any less outrageous or important? Or, for that matter, any less relevant to this election? Whether Obama said it just yesterday or said it 9 months ago is immaterial to the debate here.

The rabid Right Newsbusters and the usual echo chamber have discovered the latest and greatest in conpiracy muck. A Democrat, mine you, has a secret plan to bankrupt the coal industry and leave every American seating in a cold dark room staring out the window waiting for sweet death to release them from the hardships brought about by “The One”. Last I checked it would be political suicide to have such an agenda and, darn, wouldn’t you know it, the Right has mangled the facts beyond the recognition of us average folks yet again. The spectacle of everyone from Drudge to McCain to the Weekly Standard making fools of themselves has its charms, but unfortunaetly some yokels believe them and that might not be in the best interests of the country. The fact that what Obama said is old is material is months old and the Right has in typically sleazy fashion taken one sound bite out of context to perpetuate another smear is material – wishful thinking and faux outrage will not make it other wise. This is a link that opens up the entire Obama interview in Quicktime. The Right thinks publishing something, then making it available on the net for 9 months is the same as hiding something. Call the Oxford English dictionary editorial board – publishing and making news available 24/7 for months means to Hide: verb (past hid; past part. hidden) 1 put or keep out of sight. 2 conceal oneself. 3 keep secret.

Even if the vast liberal conspiracy didn’t hide this information its still shocking, awful and scary!!! Not even close unless you’ve been the victim of an unfortunate industrial accident and have two ten penny nails lodged in your brain. It might be a little spooky how similar statements made by Senator Obama and McBush are McCain And Obama Criticize New Coal Plants — Right Wing Goes Insane,

1. “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel, and other alternative energy approaches. The only thing that I’ve said with respect to coal — I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as an ideological matter, as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it, that I think is the right approach. The same with respect to nuclear. Right now, we don’t know how to store nuclear waste wisely and we don’t know how to deal with some of the safety issues that remain. And so it’s wildly expensive to pursue nuclear energy. But I tell you what, if we could figure out how to store it safely, then I think most of us would say that might be a pretty good deal.

2. And the same approach that brought a decline in sulfur dioxide emissions can have an equally dramatic and permanent effect on carbon emissions. Instantly, automakers, coal companies, power plants, and every other enterprise in America would have an incentive to reduce carbon emissions, because when they go under those limits they can sell the balance of permitted emissions for cash. As never before, the market would reward any person or company that seeks to invent, improve, or acquire alternatives to carbon-based energy. . . A cap-and-trade policy will send a signal that will be heard and welcomed all across the American economy. Those who want clean coal technology, more wind and solar, nuclear power, biomass and bio-fuels will have their opportunity through a new market that rewards those and other innovations in clean energy.

Match Obama and McCain to the correct statements above. Senator Obama said the first and 2 is from a McCain speech. McCain went even further in a Senate floor debate on reducing greenhouse emissions,

Does it involve some sacrifice on the part of the American people? Yes. … This amendment, I am sure, will be attacked–thousands of jobs will be lost, we will find some obscure scientist, some will talk about the dangers of encouraging the use of nuclear power. The fact is, we are going to win on this issue. The reason we are going to win is because every single month there is another manifestation of the terrible effects of what climate change is doing to our Earth.

Unless there’s been a kool-aid shortage the Right generally does not believe that climate change is occurring. They might be encouraged that while McCain has supported cap and trade, much like his views on everything else his follow through has been lacking, Republican candidate’s climate proposals better than expected but still behind the curve,

McCain talks about alternative energy, but between the pandering and flip flops, following his energy narrative is exasperating; ultimately judging him by his Senate votes, he’s mostly talk and little action. McCain likes nuclear power, but as Obama stated we still can’t find a safe way to dispose of the waste – many people are suddenly pro nuke, but it remains a not in my backyard issue – people want it  as long as the plant or waste is not anywhere near their home. Has McCain addressed the waste or location issue; of course not. If the Right had the courage to ell the whole story on Obama, McCain and coal they’d admit that both candidates support cap and trade on coal. That’s the near bottom line to the story (they differ on some details) , not a sound bite that was taken completely out of context.

Then there’s Mccain’s energy policy expert, who recently thought she was on the phone with the president of France, Palin Goes After Obama on Coal Comments. She just repeats the same monumental distortion of the facts that are being made by Newsbusters and Malkin. Fox of all places corrects her,

“After John McCain said he’d like to ‘transition away from coal entirely,’ his campaign is hardly in a position to criticize a coal state Senator like Barack Obama who has outlined a $150 billion investment in clean coal and other technologies to create jobs and build a new energy economy. The truth is, John McCain and Sarah Palin can’t name a single thing they’d do differently on the economy than George Bush, so all they have to offer is last minute, desperate distortions. Hardworking families don’t need more Washington-style political attacks, they need a President who will create jobs and stand up for the middle class – and that’s Barack Obama.”

When I was making the goofy cartoon for the day I almost wrote “the last lie”. As reckless and loose as the Right has been with the truth for the last few decades, expect worse if Obama wins and Democrats have a solid majority in Congress. The propaganda and spin, like today’s’ coal lie is so easy to check and disprove; in this case one that makes them look ridiculous considering McCain’s own pandering on coal, one wonders what purpose it all serves. Some people enjoy spreading falsehoods and smears the way an alcoholic enjoys a drink. The Right is addicted to lying so there’s no reason to believe the Right would have some kind of great epiphany and reinvent itself into the fugal, pro personal freedom, respect the Constitution party of yore. The Republican Rump

Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.

Why will the G.O.P. become more, not less, extreme? For one thing, projections suggest that this election will drive many of the remaining Republican moderates out of Congress, while leaving the hard right in place.

From the late fifties to the early seventies we had the Right leaning Dixiecrats defect to thier proper place on the political spectrum. Considering that Mccain-Palin was the last best hope of rescuing moderate conservatism, the moderate Republicans may end up moving to the other side of the aisle. Despite what one reads on sites like the Free Republic or hear at Sarah Palin rallies, Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are worlds away from being fire breathing lefties. Looking at Obama’s economic and foreign policy team the Right will probably be disappointed to find that President Obama will be another slightly liberal centrist in actually governing. Conservatives seem to thrive on hate, but much of that hate and outrage is usually based on windmills of their own making, something they’ll continue to do.

Harry Reid: Not So Fast Senator Stevens

“While I respect the opinion of Senator Daniel Inoyue, the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an Ethics Committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process. This is not a partisan issue and it is unfortunate that Senator Stevens has used his longtime friendship with Senator Inouye for partisan political gain.”

Some social scientist have claimed that people have some hard wired tendencies toward their political POVs. In regards Stevens and Palin, and their ethical issues you have to wonder if they don’t have a grotesquely large denial gland.

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