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Buffoons, Souls and a New Year

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Jon Huntsman still remains one of the few remaining rational Republicans out there willing to call out the emperor for wearing no clothes.

“The party right now is a holding company that’s devoid of a soul and it will be filled up with ideas over time and leaders will take their proper place. We can’t be known as a party that’s fear-based and doesn’t believe in math.”

With the fiscal cliff deadline a few hours away, it appears that Republicans are ending the year in the same manner they started each of the last four – creating needless crisis after crisis as they cater to the ridiculous and irresponsible elements of their party. Unfortunately, Huntsman’s words will fall on deaf ears as the GOP is determined to carry their vaudeville act into the new year.

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I couldn’t end the year without posting for an entire week. I’d like to say I’ve been relaxing and enjoying the break away from politics and blogging but the truth is I’ve been ill for the last while. Not a great way to end the year but, hey, it is what it is. I’ll soon recover and regular programming will continue on this site.

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a wonderful, prosperous and healthy New Year. Thank you for supporting this site as you do and I look forward to another year of illustrations and sharing political thought with all of you.

Be safe.

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Which Way To The Political Center?

A common refrain over the last year has been Republican’s call that President Obama move to the middle and adopt a more centralist agenda. Mitch McConnell repeated the sentiment over the weekend.

“The president needs to pivot. He obviously saw what happened in the November election and is trying to go a different direction. He’s quit bashing business and is now celebrating business. … Let’s see if he’s really willing to do it.”

Steve Benen wonders on what basis do Republicans contend that any movement to the political center should be limited to Democrats.

After the 2006 cycle, did Republicans “pivot”? How about after the 2008 elections? Last year, voters elected a Democratic Senate for the third consecutive cycle, did McConnell and his GOP colleagues conclude that it’s time to “pivot”? How about this year, with polls showing the president’s support growing, and Americans preferring the White House’s vision to Republicans’?

I continue marvel at the expectations: President Obama, we’re told, is supposed to take steps to prove his moderation and commitment to working with Republicans, even while the GOP keeps moving to the right, even as Republicans show no similar commitment in the other direction.

The argument could be made that the President could only shift to the center by moving in a leftward direction.  The Affordable Care Act, for example, is anything but a shining example of liberal legislation.  It more closely resembles Republican proposals from the 90s than the type of real health care reform progressives were hoping for with the election of Barack Obama.

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Mitch McConnell: Party Before Country

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By September 2006, the situation in Iraq had deteriorated horribly and Democrats were calling for a reduction of troops in Iraq.  Sen. Mitch McConnell, outraged, lashed out at Dems.

“The Democrat leadership finally agrees on something — unfortunately it’s retreat,” McConnell said in a Sept. 5, 2006, statement in response to a Democratic letter asking Bush to change his Iraq policy. Using blistering language, McConnell continued:

“Whether they call it ‘redeployment’ or ‘phased withdrawal,’ the effect is the same: We would leave Americans more vulnerable and Iraqis at the mercy of al-Qaeda, a terrorist group whose aim — toward Iraqis and Americans — is clear.”

Understandable.  McConnell was concerned about endangering American lives.  Furthermore, the Senator, compassionate man that he is, had the well-being of Iraqis in mind.  Sweet.  I had always thought of McConnell as being little more than a scumbag.  Might I have been wrong?  It’s difficult to not respect a man who places country before all other considerations and shows compassion for the citizens of a nation of which he had a hand in blowing up to hell and back .  Quite a guy that Mitch McConnell.

In passing, here’s a passage from President Bush’s Decision Points...

In September 2006, with the midterm elections approaching, my friend Mitch McConnell came to the Oval Office. The senior senator from Kentucky and Republican whip had asked to see me alone. Mitch has a sharp political nose, and he smelled trouble.

“Mr. President,” he said, “your unpopularity is going to cost us control of the Congress.”

Mitch had a point. Many Americans were tired of my presidency…

“Well, Mitch,” I asked, “what do you want me to do about it?” 

“Mr. President,” he said, “bring some troops home from Iraq.”

What?!!?  What happened to Mitch’s concern about weakening national security and leaving Americans more vulnerable?  What about al-Qaeda evildoers terrorizing innocent Iraqis?  Surely the lives of Americans was more important than winning a stinking midterm election, was it not?

C’mon Mitch, say it ain’t so, you two-timing, hypocritical weasel!

That folks, is your Republican Party of America – a party that never ceases to find new ways to screw and deceive you.

Scumbags, the entire lot.

UPDATE.

McConnell’s hometown paper, the Louisville Courier-Journal, had this to say in an editorial.

At the time that Sen. McConnell was privately advising Mr. Bush to reduce troop levels in Iraq, he was elsewhere excoriating congressional Democrats who had urged the same thing. “The Democrat[ic] leadership finally agrees on something — unfortunately it’s retreat,” Sen. McConnell had said in a statement on Sept. 5, 2006, about a Democratic letter to Mr. Bush appealing for cuts in troop levels. Sen. McConnell, who publicly was a stout defender of the war and Mr. Bush’s conduct of the conflict, accused the Democrats of advocating a position that would endanger Americans and leave Iraqis at the mercy of al-Qaida.

Unless he is prepared to call a former president of his own party a liar, Mr. McConnell has a choice. He can admit that he did not actually believe the Iraq mission was vital to American security, regardless of what he said at the time. Or he can explain why the fortunes of the Republican Party are of greater importance than the safety of the United States.

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The Latest on The MOSQUE

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I hope she’s right on this.

Daisy Khan, one of the leading organizers behind the mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero in New York City, said Sunday that moving the project to another location is not currently on the table.

“Right now it’s not, until we consult with all our stakeholders,” Khan told ABC News’ “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Khan said she believed the project would be built.

“Of course, it has to go ahead,” she said. “There’s so much at stake.”

Asked if America was “Islamophobic,” Khan responded that it’s like a “metastasized anti-Semitism”

“It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia — it’s hate of Muslims,” she said. “And we are deeply concerned.”

And concerned they should be.  The right is going to milk this one for as long as they can regardless of the damage and divisiveness being created.  Just ask Mitch McConnell.

The president says he’s a Christian. I take him at his word,” the Kentucky senator told David Gregory on “Meet the Press.”

How sweet and accommodating.  The implication of course being that if one does not usually take the President at his word, then he might very well be a Muslim.

Insanity rules the day.

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Playing By The Numbers

President Obama is still polling at a respectable 54% favorable rate but Democrats in general are not doing as well.
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Pelosi and Reid with 34% and 31% approval ratings speaks much about their apparent ineffectiveness and the frustration liberals have with their Congressional leaders.  But you really need to put these numbers into perspective to fully understand them.  You need to compare them with how Republicans are polling.
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18, 12, 17 and 22! These are Dick Cheney type numbers. While the Dem’s numbers are less than pretty, the GOP’s are downright ugly.  Dems have shown themselves to be spineless, unwilling to push for the public option as the electorate wants them to do.  Reps, on the other hand, have been disgusting in their behavior and tactics in their attempt to block every bit of legislation proposed by Dems. Not only have they truly become the Party Of No but they have been unable to come up with fresh ideas of their own.

It is this, I think, which is being reflected in the poll numbers.

For many it appears to be a matter of the better of two evils and Republicans are on the losing end of that one.

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