Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Terror Mimes

Oh, that simpler, more bipartisan time of early Aught-8. Such a cooperative period of peace and prosperity....

Somebody Needs To Take A Trip In Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine | Talking Points Memo:
"Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), lamenting the passage of health care reform: 'I wish that we had continued that bipartisan effort that took place prior to the President coming into office.' Watch."
Why, look at how the Republicans tried and tried and tried with all of their squinted eye might to be bipartisan.

Mean ol' Democrats.

Flashback: Conservatives Guaranteed ‘ObamaCare Is Dead,’ ‘Pelosi Doesn’t Have The Votes’

– Dick Morris, Fox News commentator, November 4: “A deathblow to ObamaCare.”

– Fred Barnes, Fox News commentator, January 20: “The health care bill, ObamaCare, is dead with not the slightest prospect of resurrection.”

– Robert A. Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute, January 26: “That’s why Obamacare is dead.”

– Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Whip, February 24: “Speaker Pelosi doesn’t have the votes in the House. . . . It is futile for for them to continue to try and push something on the American people that frankly won’t result in better health care.”

– Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), March 3: “I think the votes are not there and I don’t see where we get them.”

– Cantor, March 5: “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the votes needed to pass a health-care bill in the House of Representatives.”

– Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Minority Leader, March 14: “If she had 216 votes, this bill would be long gone. They tried to pass it in September, October, November, December, January, February. Guess what? They don’t have the votes.”

– Boehner, March 17: Health care reform will pass “over my dead body.”

– Cantor, March 19: “[T]here’s no way they can pass this bill.”


Bone up so you can respond to the inevitable Republican asshole while they predictably convulse 'SOCIALSM/HITLER/COMMIE spittle all over you.

Health Reform Bill Summary: The Top 18 Immediate Effects


Funny how the tone changed Just. Like. That.

Daily Kos: The Narrative Changes:
"So now all of a sudden, he's an effective and able President that fights for his convictions? Who knew? Not from reading the papers prior to today.

LA Times:

What's clear now, however, is that Obama is a president with a combative stubbornness that's not often visible in his cool, above-the-fray public style. And he has demonstrated that a president who picks a goal, adopts a battle plan, and sticks with it is not easy to knock out."

I wouldn't say it has 'struck out' yet. It is still fouling off balls with a 2-2 count.

Op-Ed Columnist - Fear Strikes Out - NYTimes.com:
"Instead, I want you to consider the contrast: on one side, the closing argument was an appeal to our better angels, urging politicians to do what is right, even if it hurts their careers; on the other side, callous cynicism. Think about what it means to condemn health reform by comparing it to the Civil Rights Act. Who in modern America would say that L.B.J. did the wrong thing by pushing for racial equality? (Actually, we know who: the people at the Tea Party protest who hurled racial epithets at Democratic members of Congress on the eve of the vote.)

And that cynicism has been the hallmark of the whole campaign against reform."

She did OK. We still have this little matter of the Public Option to deal with. Her tale will be written latter. Now, the Senate.... those fuckers are in for a world of hurt.

On health care, Pelosi kept Democrats thinking big:
"'It's safe to say that she's going to change some of the ways that we look at effective speakers, and maybe create a new definition of how to get things done under incredibly difficult circumstances,' said Ray Smock, who was House historian for a dozen years under former speakers Tip O'Neill, Jim Wright and Tom Foley."

God, I hope Democratic balls grew and vaginas puffed up. We'll see moving forward.

Arianna Huffington: Health Care Post-Mortem: Dems Feel the Wind at Their Back, GOP Hoisted With Its Own Cynical Petard:
"On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are empowered and energized. In the best tradition of great presidents who have learned on the job, President Obama has shown a willingness to course correct and an ability to do so. In the wake of Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts (a victory that led Fred Barnes to declare health care reform 'dead with not the slightest prospect of resurrection'), Obama finally moved off the sidelines and took charge of moving health care forward. He finally gave up his obsession with bipartisanship, finally took on the health insurance industry, and finally adopted the populist rhetoric the times call for.

As a result, he created the kind of momentum that builds upon itself -- the kind that delivers the votes you never have until, well, you have them. The kind of momentum that says, this train is leaving the station, you better get on board or get left behind. The kind of momentum he and his fellow Democrats can use as they tackle the huge problems ahead."

All of this HAS to be good for John McCain, though, right?

If you played a drinking game where you had to drink every time McSame lied, you'd be drunk in 5 minutes flat.

"No cooperation for the rest of the year". Well, then, mister, you just take your ball home and shove it up your ass as far as I'm concerned.

Axelrod Says McCain’s “Disappointing Attitude” Belongs “On the Sandlot” - Political Punch:
"'There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,' McCain said. 'They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it.'"

Reid kinda remembers that he was a boxer back in the day. I'd rather have an MMA fighter, though.

Democrats.senate.gov - Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader:
"“For someone who campaigned on ‘Country First’ and claims to take great pride in bipartisanship, it’s absolutely bizarre for Senator McCain to tell the American people he is going to take his ball and go home until the next election. He must be living in some parallel universe because the fact is, with very few exceptions, we’ve gotten very little cooperation from Senate Republicans in recent years.

“At a time when our economy is suffering and we’re fighting two wars, the American people need Senator McCain and his fellow Republicans to start working with us to confront the challenges facing our country—not reiterating their constant opposition to helping working families when they need it most.”"

How pitiful are these chicken-hawk, Republican bullies who beat up Mimes holding balloons.

Fucking MIMES!.... with balloons.

Very quite terrorism.

Think Progress � Anti-Immigrant Leader’s Bodyguard Reportedly Assaulted Mimes Who Were Blowing ‘Hateful Whistles’ At DC Rally


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