Anyone remember the right wing noise machine loudly declaring that they would repeal the Affordable Care Act almost before the ink from Obama’s multiple pens had solidified on his signature? Anyone see the video of Michele Bachmann-Batshit-Overdrive* leaning over the balcony of the Capitol shrieking that she was introducing this bill to repeal the Act which had just been passed by the House (and was later amended and re-named by the Senate through reconciliation)? Anyone watch Newt Gingrich on “Meet the Press” declare that every Republican would absolutely run on a definite pledge to totally repeal the legislation?
Surprisingly Michele’s bill doesn’t have many takers nor do a couple of companion bills:
About one month later, neither Bachmann’s bill nor companion bills in the House and Senate have won majority support from their peers. Only 52 House Republicans have co-sponsored Bachmann’s repeal bill, H.R. 4903, and only 62 House Republicans have co-sponsored Rep. Steve King’s (Iowa) repeal bill, H.R. 4972. Most of the same people have co-sponsored both. Only 20 Republican senators have co-sponsored Sen. Jim DeMint’s (S.C.) repeal bill, S. 3152. That worries some Republicans who want to run hard on repeal in November.
Well, first of all, the Repubs have had other massive, socialist gummint takeovers by Obama to fend off so they’ve been busy! But maybe another reason has to do with the fact that benefits of health care reform are kicking in already and people like it! In addition to the fact that insurors announced that they won’t fight covering dependents until they are 26 and won’t try to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, despite what they see as “loopholes” in that part of the law, the latest announcement by AHIP, related to recission is huge.
Grab your rubber boots and gloves and report to Louisiana, ladies—it’s almost time to anoint pelicans and otters with Dawn and scrub the oily muck off of them.
No new offshore drilling will be authorized until authorities learn what caused the explosion of the rig Deepwater Horizon, an aide to President Barack Obama said Friday as oil oozed ashore in Louisiana.
Roger L. Simon’s latest post (and the ensuing comments thread) is not only the most hysterically funny orgy of awkward “Who, me?” White racist denial since the townspeople in Blazing Saddles, but it may just be the ultimate exemplar—nay, the apotheosis—of the Self-Negating Wingnut Blog Post. Rarely, if ever, has so much anger, intolerance, misinformation and conspiratoid lunacy been conjured forth to defend the decency and rationality of its host-brains.
Roger’s lede is straightforward, unequivocal and unapologetic:
The real reason liberals accuse Tea Partiers of racism is that contemporary American-style liberalism is in rigor mortis. Liberals have nothing else to say or do. Accusations of racism are their last resort.
Unfortunately for Roger, so are the comments of his enthusiastically non-racist supporters in the Pajama Gallery:
Nice platitudes, but I don’t think that is going to fly, the black community follows obama because he is black and in their mind promises them bigger and better welfare payments, the free ride so to speak.
Their are blacks with sense enough to come in out of the rain, but their numbers are obviously small.
Here, you are of course racist if you oppose the “redistribution of income” from rich (read white) to poor (read black w/”tokens” added).
Which is also why the libs have to pull in large numbers of new “plantation” voters to join the blacks and the self-hating Jews.
And so begins Ted Nugent’s fawning poem to Sarah Palin, one of Time Magazine’s100 leaders who most affect our world. (BTW, she does, Ted. It’s called her voice.)
It’s not clear whether she was intended to be in the “best of” or “worst of” category but Nugent leaves no doubt that the starburst factor is at work for him.
In the way she lives, what she says and how she dedicates herself to make America better in these interesting times, she represents the good, while exposing the bad and ugly. She embraces the critical duty of we the people by participating in this glorious experiment in self-government.
Yes, routinely telling lies about people, backstabbing those who have helped her get ahead, using her job to enact revenge on people she doesn’t like, stuffing her closets with free designer clothes and her pockets with free goodies, pulling her kids out of school to use them as campaign props, quitting her job as governor halfway through her term so she could go out and make a boatload of money from her book and speaking fees, and publicly feuding with the father of her grandchild - all these are things that I think represent the Good in America.
Feel free to share the the Traits of Sarah that you see as representing the Good in America too.
Here first: Charlie Crist, soon to be independent Senate candidate from Florida, tried to reach White House chief of staff Emanuel through intermediates. WH refuses to take the call. Dems plan big talent/money blitz for Kendrick Meek.
If they really want to help Meek, they should get Plouffe on a plane to Florida immediately and make sure that Meek’s got Axelrod’s cellphone number. Laying low has worked well for Meek as Rubio and Crist duked it out, but after today everything changes.
The local reporters are mum so far. We’ll find out for sure at 5 PM tomorrow. This definitely has the potential to turn the Florida senate race into a replay of NY-23, i.e., a teabagger and wingnut crow-eating fun fest, only on an infinitely more consequential scale.
Looks like the allegations that Palin quit the Alaska governorship to cash in on her national profile stung; the former half-term governor dispatched her “personal attorney,” Thomas Van Flein, to write a guest post on her Facebook page rebutting the charge.
It was a modest piece in that it failed to compare Palin with Old Testament favorite Queen Esther and only likened her to US President George Washington. An excerpt:
Palin’s lawyer asserts that the half-term governor’s record on ethics complaints is 26-0-1, with one still pending. Of course, he fails to mention that the Troopergate investigation found that Palin had “unlawfully abused her authority.”