Will Republicans play nice when Obama leaves office?

Uh, no:

UPDATE: Ark. GOP official resigns after controversial comments about Hillary Clinton.

A state Republican Party official resigned Wednesday after comments he reportedly made about Hillary Clinton.

According to a U.S. News & World Report blog, 2nd Congressional District Chairman Johnny Rhoda was asked by reporters how Clinton would fare in Arkansas if she were to run for president in 2016.

His reported reply: “She’d probably get shot at the state line.”

And now that he’s resigned, is he apologizing?

Rhoda, a church pastor and insurance agent, said later that he didn’t mean the remark in a threatening way and that it had been quoted “out of context” and “blown out of proportion.”

Those church pastors in Red States and guns. A real fun group. And this is coming from a guy in a state where Hillary was first lady back when Bill was governor. And we all remember the nice things Republicans said about Bill when he was president.

Look, we know Hillary isn’t running … YET … but these guys are going to be dicks no matter what Democrat is in the White House.

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Another family values Republican caught in the act

From Talking Points Memo:

The video was published online Monday by The Ouachita Citizen, a conservative-leaning newspaper that endorsed McAllister’s opponent in last November’s special election to fill Louisiana’s 5th District seat in the House. The newspaper, which has a paid circulation of 5,200, credited an “anonymous source” with providing the surveillance video of what it described as an “extramarital encounter.” …

McAllister issued a statement Monday afternoon saying that he was asking for forgiveness “from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” The statement did not directly address the content of the video itself, or the identity of the woman in it.

Because?? Freedom!!

 

GOP approval rating at 24 percent

The percentage of people approving the GOP’s recent actions that led to the government shutdown is interesting:

Just 24 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the Republican party, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.

The survey reflects a record low in approval for the GOP for NBC/WSJ poll, which dates back to 1989.

The poll also found an increase in support for the Affordable Care Act with 38 percent of respondents approving of the law — up from 31 percent in the same poll last month.

The GOP took a big hit over the shutdown. Americans blame Republicans over Obama for the shutdown by a 53-31 margin. Seventy percent said that Republicans were placing politics ahead of the country’s best interest. Fifty-one percent said that Obama is putting his agenda above the country.

This reminds me of a discussion that occurred during the administration of George W. Bush (the Dumber) from Kung Fu Monkey:

John: Hey, Bush is now at 37% approval. I feel much less like Kevin McCarthy screaming in traffic. But I wonder what his base is —

Tyrone: 27%.

John: … you said that immmediately, and with some authority.

Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.

John: Objectively crazy or crazy vis-a-vis my own inertial reference frame for rational behaviour? I mean, are you creating the Theory of Special Crazification or General Crazification?

Tyrone: Hadn’t thought about it. Let’s split the difference. Half just have worldviews which lead them to disagree with what you consider rationality even though they arrive at their positions through rational means, and the other half are the core of the Crazification — either genuinely crazy; or so woefully misinformed about how the world works, the bases for their decision making is so flawed they may as well be crazy.

John: You realize this leads to there being over 30 million crazy people in the US?

Tyrone: Does that seem wrong?

John: … a bit low, actually.

So, at one time it was common knowledge that the unadulterated crazy base of the Republican Party was 27 percent. And now, the approval rating for the GOP is at 24 percent.

That means the Republicans are now starting to lose the crazy vote.

 

A Tea Party coup attempt

The Rude Pundit takes a look at the GOP shutdown of the government and says:

What the GOP has done, first through the ludicrous overuse of the filibuster and now through the shutdown and the threat of breaking the debt ceiling if they do not get a law overturned, is to use perfectly legal means to achieve their goals. It is, however, a contortion of the Constitution and the rules of Congress that’d make a circus performer say, “How the fuck did you get your head all the way up your own ass?” The ultimate goal of the effort is to undo the will of the people of the United States by forcing the President to accept the GOP agenda.

So let’s just call this what it is: it’s an attempted coup.

The Tea Party, having cowed the leadership of the Republican Party, are attempting to stage a creeping coup by using the Constitution against the nation. It’s so breathtakingly ballsy it’s almost admirable. … It’s even something the GOP laid out in a plan, the Williamsburg Accord. We just didn’t pay attention. The nation is currently being wrecked by a tyranny of the minority, and, unfortunately, it’s up to the cowards leading the Republican Party to stop it.

In the meantime, the lead coward in the Republican Party, tan-master and Speaker of the House John Boehner, says this:

“We’re not going to pass a clean debt limit increase,” he said. “I told the president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one. The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit. And the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us.”

The Tea Party doesn’t like a law that was passed by Congress, signed by the president of the United States and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. So it’s followers have decided to destroy America. That’s what a terrorist wants to do.

Presidents have said this before. We do not negotiate with terrorists.

 

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: The GOP cartoon

That’s Robert Gates, the secretary of defense in the Bush administration, calling the GOP interpretation of how Benghazi should have been dealt with “cartoonish.”

And here’s the lead animator of the cartoon, Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, who’s presiding over the investigation.

You can take off on a commercial flight from Washington, D.C. and almost be in Benghazi in seven hours? Uh, no.

was2benghaziSo either Issa is stupid because 27 hours is way longer than seven hours, or Issa is lying. But he’s on Fox News. So do you expect Fox News to challenge a stupid, lying Republican?

Let’s make this simple. This is what Benghazi is about (from Daily Kos):

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference opening session in Dublin December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: POLITICS)

So the GOP is running against Clinton, and if it manages to have the Obama administration distracted on this issue, that’s a two-fer.

Don’t imagine the Republicans actually care about what happened to the victims of Benghazi. If they had, they would have increased funding for embassy security before the assault happened. They voted against it.

The Republican Savior

Here we go again. Another instance where I am slapped back into reality.

I heard someone say recently that a magazine had Marco Rubio, the Tea Bagging Republican senator from Florida, on the cover calling him the Republican savior. And I thought it was a joke, because of his GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, where he did this:

Like, WHO DOES THAT??!! I’m not a public speaker, but I’ve been around television to know that when you’re giving a major speech, you don’t reach clumsily for a bottle of water that’s outside the camera’s field of vision because … well, take a look at the clip again … that’s why! That just shows the guy isn’t ready for prime time.

But I’m on mass transit this morning, and there’s a woman with a magazine in her hand, and the cover is this:

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Really? Why is he the “Republican Savior?”

Because he turned water into whine.

Going over the cliff, as intended

Ezra Klein makes this observation on the economic advantage of a Romney presidency:

Even if you disagree with every one of Mitt Romney’s policies, there’s a chance he’s still the best candidate to lift the economy in 2013.

That’s not because he has business experience. For all his bluster about the lessons taught by the private sector, his agenda is indistinguishable from that of career politician Paul Ryan. Nor is it because he’s demonstrated some special knowledge of what it takes to create jobs. Job growth in Massachusetts was notably slow under Romney’s tenure. It’s because if Romney is elected, Republicans won’t choose to crash the economy in 2013.

If the consensus is that the GOP intends to destroy the country if it doesn’t get the presidency, then that’s the perfect argument for why it’s imperative to stop the GOP.

Why? Because they’re willing to drive that bus off the cliff and into a river of hungry crocodiles next to a nuclear plant during an earthquake just as the tsunami wave reaches 50 meters carrying a school of piranhas being chased by great white sharks with al-Qaeda tatooed on their dorsal fins and plutonium bombs between their teeth.

An exaggeration? Consider this tidbit of compassionate conservatism from the Pew Research Center:

[W]hen it comes to the social safety net, the drop in support has been driven largely by a substantial shift in the values of Republicans and, to a lesser extent, independents. At the same time, views among Democrats have remained relatively constant. …

Since 2007, Republican support for the safety net has declined significantly even as Democrats continue to support government assistance to the poor and needy as they have over the last 25 years. As a result, although the safety net has long been one of the areas where the opinions of Republicans and Democrats most diverge, the current party gap is now larger than ever.

Majorities of Republicans now say they disagree that the government should guarantee every citizen enough to eat and a place to sleep (36 percent agree, 63 percent disagree) and take care of people who can’t take care of themselves (40 percent agree, 54 percent disagree). As recently as 2009, Republican opinions on these questions were more evenly divided.

They just don’t want to destroy themselves. They’re willing to take the rest of us down with them.

But this is the most annoying thing about the poll:

Eight-in-ten (80%) Americans now agree with the statement: “I like political leaders who are willing to make compromises in order to get the job done,” and support for compromise –framed in this way – is little changed over the last 15 years.

Today, an overwhelming majority of Democrats (90%) find compromise appealing in a political leader, as do 68% of Republicans. Over the past 15 years, more Democrats than Republicans have preferred political leaders who compromise.

And that is why Democrats lose. Until the voting population shows it is committed to crushing a party that defines compromise as “You agree with everything I say, or else,” compromise is not an option. It’s a lesson President Obama has probably learned too late.