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What Do Polar Bears and Congressional Republicans Have in Common?

Posted by V the K at 10:31 pm - January 28, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

Read the article. Then, you tell me.

It’s already been shown that the sex organs of polar bears have been shrinking over time, and now it seems that the bones inside their penises are growing weaker as well.

So, somewhere on Earth, someone has ‘Polar Bear Pecker Checker’ on his resume.

GOP Senators Whine Because They Had to Work on Saturday

Posted by V the K at 8:03 am - December 16, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

It’s a safe bet Mike Rowe is never going to do a show about the hard work of showing up in Washington to cast a vote for Emperor Barack’s Royal Budget; but that didn’t stop Republican senators from whining about their “hardship.”

“I think this is ridiculous,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who had already returned to New Hampshire with plans to “to see The Nutcracker with her daughter this weekend,” told whined to Politico.

Other Republican cry-babies included Bob Corker, who had to cancel a trip to Turkey, and others who were taken away from the Army-Navy football game. And for some reason, instead of criticizing the Emperor, or his Viceroy Harry Reid, they are all attacking Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a liberal Republican who also voted for the Gang of Eight bill, personally accosted Cruz on the Senate floor, according to Politico. “In the meantime, you are going to make everybody miserable,” Collins “sternly” told Cruz, Politico wrote, before turning to Hatch as she walked away from him to say: “I tried.”

Could these people be any more out of touch?

Republicans Are Going to Betray Their Voters and Fund Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Posted by V the K at 1:24 pm - December 4, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

It’s already happening.

Press reports say House Speaker John Boehner will ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi to help him overcome “snowballing” GOP opposition to the GOP leadership’s draft 2015 government budget bill.

Boehner’s draft bill funds the entire government for 2015, but makes merely token efforts to stop President Barack Obama’s agencies from implementing his unpopular amnesty, according to rank-and-file GOP legislators.

Boehner’s allies say that plan will avoid the “government shutdown” political defeat expected once Obama blocks the spending plan with the anti-amnesty language. The budget plan has to be drafted and approved by Dec. 12.

Don’t believe for a second that the Republicans are really afraid of a Government shutdown. The last one didn’t hurt them in the elections at all. The reason that John Boehner and the Republicans aren’t going to fight Obama on Amnesty is because … they want Amnesty.


Update: House GOP Passes Meaningless Anti-Amnesty Bill in Attempt to Gruber Their Voters.

Too clever for anyone’s good

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:45 am - October 17, 2014.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Iraq,National Security,Republican Embarrassments

To follow up on V’s post about chemical weapons found in Iraq: Guess Who, in the Bush administration, didn’t want anyone talking about the weapons?

Theories vary, but according to Eli Lake’s article, it would have been Karl Rove:

Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to “let these sleeping dogs lie.”

The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically induced wounds…

Dave Wurmser—who served at the time as a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on national-security issues—remembers…“In 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these findings and said, ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”

Rove’s reasons make sense. Except they don’t.

It’s true that a lot of politics is about Controlling The Narrative, and you want people talking about the narratives that work for your side. So you talk up the narratives that do, and you shut up about the ones that don’t. It is sometimes called “message discipline” or “staying on message”.

Except in one important case: WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LIED ABOUT. When someone (the Left) has lied about your integrity or key issue maliciously, you don’t pass up chances to air the exculpatory evidence – also known as The Truth – which will expose your opponents as liars. Especially when those chances to air the truth aren’t going to cost you much.

If Lake’s story is accurate, Rove was so clever about Controlling The Narrative that he lost sight of the most important narrative of all: Spreading the truth. Getting the real story out.

Rove may also have lost sight of the next most important narrative, Obeying the law:

After the U.S. found thousands of the old chemical-weapons shells, Wurmser and others at one point argued that they had an obligation to declare the stocks of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention and destroy them. The United States was, after all, the occupier of Iraq and had assumed the country’s sovereign responsibilities as a signatory to the convention.

“It was all for nothing; Rove wanted the issue buried,” Wurmser said.

The law being the Chemical Weapons Convention, in this case.

I should acknowledge here that, if Lake’s story is accurate, then the rise of ISIS isn’t 100% the Obama administration’s fault. Oh yes, it’s largely their fault: the Obama administration was quite negligent in letting the Islamists in Iraq make a comeback. But apparently, the Bush administration may have been negligent in its failure to declare-and-destroy Saddam’s WMD stockpiles.

John Boehner, “I’m Obama’s Best Friend”

Posted by V the K at 10:05 am - September 24, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

So, this happened.

House Speaker John Boehner put comedienne Joy Behar in a headlock this weekend while in the Hamptons campaigning for Republican Lee Zeldin, telling the liberal former co-host of The View, “I am Obama’s best friend.”

This was in response to Behar lecturing Cryin’ Johnny to “Stop obstructing President Obama.”

What disappoints me about this is how this could have been a teaching moment. Granted, [note, the following is solely my opinion and does not reflect the views of other members of this site] Joy Behar is an idiot and would have learned nothing. But couldn’t Boehner have said, “We are not a rubber stamp legislature like in some Third World dictatorship. We have genuine policy differences with the president which, in many cases, reflect the will of the majority of Americans who elected us. Many of us believe the president’s policies are bad for many Americans and for the middle class in particular; and so we do our best to advance alternatives; most of which are obstructed by the leader of the senate, Harry Reid, who won’t even bring our legislation up for a vote.”

And the reason I suspect Boehner didn’t isn’t so much because it would have whistled in one of Behar’s ears and right t’other, but because essentially agrees with the criticism that Republicans are obstructing Obama for the sake of obstruction and if it weren’t for those Tea Party hicks, he could have passed Amnesty, passed a carbon tax, passed a whole bunch of other radical Democrat agenda items, and gone home happily convinced that he had “got something done.”


Speaking of Republican Idiots

Just in time for the 2014 mid-term elections, Establishment GOP failure Todd Akin is oozing his way back into the news with a new book, and he’s not backing down from his idiotic “legitimate rape” comment.

“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization,” Akin writes in Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom.

“This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”

The Establishment GOP JV Democrats like to lump Akin in as a “Tea Party” candidate so as to smear anyone who supports reforming Government and fiscal responsibility (i.e. a Tea Partier). IRL, Tea Party organizations endorsed both of his opponents in the 2012 primary, not Akin. And Akin (then a sitting GOP congressman) was the establishment candidate on the ballot and only won his 2012 primary because Democrats crossed over to vote for him (the same way JV Democrat Thad Cochran “won” in Mississippi.)

When it comes to lying in order to advance their cause, the JV Democrats are no different than Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.

What Democrats and Republican Elites Really Think

Item No. 1: The establishment GOP National Republican Senate Committee paid for a radio ad and printed flyers in Mississippi that called fiscal, small Government conservatives racists.

Item No. 2: The Democrats’ central argument in opposing voter ID boils down to this: “Our voters are too lazy and stupid to go out and get a Government ID.

It fascinates me that, when push comes to shove, both parties privately embrace and promote the worst stereotypes of the people said to vote for them.

It’s also revealing what political aristocrats really think of the people who cast votes for them.

The Establishment GOP Proves It’s No Better Than the Progressive Left

Smearing a conservative candidate through the old “guilt-by-association” trick, it’s standard in the progressive left repertoire of dirty campaign tactics. The establishment GOP is doing it, too.

Brad Dayspring is the Communications Director and Strategist for NRSC. While his Twitter feed has the obligatory disclaimer that his tweets are his own, he does seem to use his Twitter feed as part of his NRSC mission.

A tweet on April 3 by Dayspring about [anti-Establishment GOP candidate Chris] McDaniel accused McDaniel of “associat[ing] with white nationalists & segregationists” based on a linked story at Talking Points Memo. (H/t The Other McCain)

The TPM story reported that McDaniel backed out of an event after it was revealed — by a local pro-[Republican Incumbent Pork-Trougher Thad] Cochran blog — that one of the vendors displaying at the event was pro-segregation.

That’s it. No allegation that McDaniels himself was pro-segregation, or speaking at a pro-segregation event. Only that there was a vendor at the event.

That’s the sort of guilt by remote association we expect TPM and others to use against Republicans. Robert Stacy McCain, who has an extensive write up on it, correctly states:

The attempt to turn this into a scandal is like saying that if a candidate campaigns at a county fair, he thereby endorses every rip-off carnival game at the fair.

Why do I not care if the GOP wins anymore? This is why.

And Suddenly, I’m Giving Clay Aiken a Second Look

Posted by V the K at 7:48 am - March 24, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers appears to have succumbed to Beltway Incumbent Syndrome. At the behest of well-funded cronies and the GOP Establishment, Congresswoman Ellmers has decided to support the Gang of Eight Amnesty bill… which once again provides guaranteed Amnesty for illegal immigrants in exchange for a promise of enforcing immigration laws somewhere down the road; which Obama has already indicated he has no intention of ever enforcing.

Furthermore, she has become rude and insulting toward ordinary constituents who question her support for Amnesty, and assailed conservative media presence Laura Ingraham as “ignorant” for pointing out the idiocy of importing millions of units of cheap foreign labor at a time when millions more Americans are unemployed.

Ellmers has drawn a primary challenger, but incumbent politicians tend to be pretty dug in; and her Amnesty-loving buddies at the GOP Establishment and the Chamber of Commerce will make sure she is well-funded; so replacing her with a potentially more suitable Republican is a longshot. Any Democrat is going to be worse, and her Democrat challenger, Clay Aiken would mot likely, be nothing more than a loyal foot-soldier to Nancy Pelosi; but it is safe to say Ms. Ellmers has sold out those who elected her to office and no longer deserves their support. It would be worth it to sacrifice her seat, pour encourager les autres. This isn’t an issue of “purity,” as some will allege; it’s an issue of “what’s the point of voting for Republicans who are no different than Democrats on issues of critical importance?” There are places to compromise, but there are also dealbreakers; Amnesty for illegal immigrants at the expense of working Americans is a deal-breaker.

The ironic part of this is. Renee Ellmers got the congressional gig mainly because her Democrat predecesor was caught on video being a jerk to his constituents.  Live by the YouTube vid, die by the YouTube vid.


Posted by V the K at 12:00 pm - February 14, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

September 13, 2013: GOP Leaders Vow Debt Ceiling Fight.

“We go right to the debt-ceiling fight, and that’s where the real battle is, we feel,” said Representative John Fleming. “It’s kind of like the follow-up plan, assuming that [the CR] fails. . . . The real fight will be on the debt ceiling.”

House budget chairman Paul Ryan also urged colleagues to wage the more serious fight over the debt ceiling. “We have to stay on the right side of public opinion,” he told his colleagues. “Shutting down the government puts us on the wrong side. The fight is on the debt limit.”

In exchange for a debt-ceiling increase, Cantor told colleagues, the GOP will issue a litany of demands, including a one-year delay of Obamacare, construction of the Keystone pipeline, an anti-regulatory bill called the REINS Act, and other spending reforms. The exact combination will be negotiated with President Obama and Reid.

With adversaries like this, who needs competence?

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 9:27 pm - January 30, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections,Republican Embarrassments

You’ve got to to envy the dumb luck or otherwise cosmic providence of some sort that blessed the president with his political foes sometimes…

In a year when the disastrous roll-out (and soon-to-be-demonstrated even-worse fall-out) of his seminal achievement is taking center-stage, and lording over a presidency so listless that it leaves his State of the Union address so devoid of actual substance and ideas that even his sycophants in the leftist media call it “small ball“, leading a party whose members are either avoiding him at all costs or fleeing the ship altogether at an alarming pace, and to top it all off, the sixth-year itch problem, you’d think the GOP would be strategically and wisely keeping their powder dry and just trying not to screw stuff up.

Oh, but then you don’t know the GOP.

The same week that a poll is released from Quinnipiac that shows that (along with 54% disapproval for the president, and 43% “very dissatisfied” with “the way things are going in the nation today”) Americans think the “top priority” for Congress and the president should be healthcare (18%), with jobs (16%) and the economy (15%) close behind (“Other” is at 10% and everything else is in single-digits), what do they do right out of the gates? Well, they tackle the issue that received 2% support…tied on that poll of importance to their constituents at number nine on that list (far behind “Don’t Know/No Answer”, in fifth place with 9%).

Regardless of where you come down on the immigration debate, or whether you think Beohner is likely to get a deal through the House, is this the winning strategy to take advantage of the position the Republicans have at this point? Shouldn’t the leadership of the party be strictly disciplining its members to avoid at all costs anything like this that might divert attention away from their number-one winning issue? After all, now is the time when you immediately smack-down and censor anybody who flirts with his interns or fiddles with her fundraising to immediately quash anything that isn’t about issues that will help win the elections in November.

I have become very tired of the constant politics and gamesmanship and running for office that our politics has become. It’s maddening, really. But seriously, even in that exhaustion I can tell that this is a stupid move.

I wish in all my endeavors in life to have adversaries as short-sighted and inept as the ones the president has in the GOP of 2014.


-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from The Ranch)

Is the GOP Stupid, Crazy, or Do They Just Not Give a Damn?

Posted by V the K at 11:26 am - January 27, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

Apparently, the GOP is hearing from their highly paid consultants that their best political and electoral strategy for 2014 is to alienate the base and cave to Obama. Consider:

Wouldn’t it be cool if, while John Boehner was sitting behind the SCOAMF on the dais tonight, he held periodically held up placards with the names Brian Terry, and the four people who died in Benghzi behind him? Yeah, that would be cool. But like the rest of the GOP, Boehner’s about as limp and useless as Bob Dole’s genitals.

You can attribute the GOP’s odd behavior to following misguided advice from consultants, a consequence of being in the Beltway Bubble, or simple corruption resulting from pressure from their big donors. I would hazard that the GOP leadership has given up. They don’t see any point in fighting Obama’s policies, and they never really bought into that Tea Party limited Government and Fiscal responsibility stuff, so they just don’t care. They agree with me and Mitt Romney that the country is unsalvageable, and have joined the “Let it burn” club.

Karl Rove Is on a Mission to Destroy the Republican Party

Christy Waters at the Conservative Report Online makes a compelling case that Karl Rove is doing more to advance the progressive agenda than the entire evening line-up at MSDNC.

  • Under George W. Bush, undertook a massive expansion of the regulatory and welfare state in the name of “Compassionate Conservatism.”
  • Used Republican Party resources to support Arlen Specter, Lincoln Chaffee, and Charlie Crist against more conservative primary challengers; all three of those gents left the party, two becoming Democrats.
  • Advised Republicans to support another unpopular foreign war (Syria).
  • Supports an Amnesty plan that will drive down the wages of American workers and flood elections with 10-20 million new Democrat voters.
  • Is actively seeking to drive a third to a half of the Republican base (Tea Party conservatives) out of the party.

If Karl Rove and the Republican Establishment have their way, the party will be diminished to what it was in the pre-Reagan Era: a permanent minority of ineffectual moderates content with whatever crumbs the Democrats toss them.

They are perfectly fine with this, as long as the crumbs are big enough.

Chris Christie Is a Jerk? Who Knew?

Chris Christie’s administration decided to punish the Governor’s opponents by creating massive traffic jams in a town that didn’t vote for him.

Earlier today, broke a story that several top aides to Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) conspired to create massive traffic jams in order to punish a town whose mayor failed to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

According to e-mails obtained by the publication, several of Christie’s top aides — including his deputy chief of staff and a senior executive with the state’s Port Authority — ordered lane closures on the already overburdened George Washington Bridge to get revenge against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

This kind of thing is obviously not a scandal when a Democrat does it. The SCOAMF vindictively closed national parks and monuments to punish voters during the Government shutdown, and the MFM had his hack. It remains to be seen if the MFM will protect their designated Republican loser favorite Republican the same way.

Update: Taking a cue from the man he helped re-elect in 2012, Christie claims he was completely ignorant of what his administration was doing and only found out about it when he read it in the papers.

Republicans Pick a Really Stupid Time to Abandon Limited Government

So, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner (and Paul Ryan) have declared War on the Tea Party because they say that people concerned about Big Government represent a crazy, ‘whackobird’ fringe and supporting fiscal restraint and limited Government will lead to electoral oblivion because Big Government is, like, uber-popular (the New York Times says so and Rachel Maddow agrees) and what Americans really want is $63Billion in new spending, a replacement for Obamacare that still puts the Government in charge of health care, more NSA surveillance, and Amnesty.

According to Gallup, however, the ‘Whackobird’ fringe is now 72% of the population. i.e. 72% of Americans say Big Government is the biggest threat the USA faces.


That’s a big fringe.

And yet John Boehner, after his victory in blowing up the Sequester, has now turned his sights on Amnesty. Because that’s what Big Business wants. By the way, Big Business, who the Republicans are jumping into bed with, was ranked as the Biggest Threat by 21% of Americans. The GOP establishment is going against 93% of the public.

The Stupid Party, indeed.

If You Strike Ted Cruz Down, He Will Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

After months of deranged demonization from the left, a Rasmussen poll finds Ted Cruz to be, after the Pope and SCOAMF McChoomwagon, the third most powerful political figure on the planet.

No wonder John McCain and John Boehner-McCain hate him so much. (Me, I’m just trying to figure out why supporting the Constitution and fiscal responsibility makes you a Right Wing Nut Job.)


On a related note, angry New York DIABLO Peter King has launched a Political Action Committee explicit aimed at destroying Ted Cruz and other fiscally responsible, Constitutionalist Republicans.

And Mitch McConnell is telling lobbyists they better back moderate, establishment Republicans if they want to keep that sweet, sweet Federal pork coming.

Stupid Party is Stupid

The Republican Party was actually having a pretty good couple of weeks. Obamacare was imploding. The generic ballot flopped in favor of Republicans. 2014 was beginning to look like 2010, and maybe… just maybe… control of the senate was tantatlizingly within their grasp.

And then it’s like the Party Leadership got together and said, “O.K., How can we screw this up?”

The next day, John Boehner hired John “Landslide” McCain’s chief advisor on (illegal) immigration to help him push Amnesty through the House.


Is there anyone left who doesn’t hate the Republican Party? Is the Leadership of the GOP really stupid enough to believe that Amnesty will help them win elections? Do they really think Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin are pushing Amnesty because they think it will help make Republicans more competitive.

If Mitt Romney had gotten 60% of the Hispanic vote in 2012, he’d still be known as the out-of-touch rich guy who lost to Barack Obama because idiot voters thought he wanted to outlaw tampons. (Also because Obama and the Democrats were promising more free stuff from the Government, which is sugar to Hispanic voters.)

But four more percentage points among white voters … especially, the working class “Reagan Democrats” whose wages have been devastated by the influx of cheap illegal labor …. and he would be known as “President Romney.”

And he probably would be pushing for some kind of Amnesty right now.

Le sigh.

Update: Harry Harry Reid says Boehner will cave on Amnesty. He is probably correct. (Also, the Hill seems to have found a reporter even less butch than Chris Hayes.)

Lindsey Graham Wants To Read and Censor Your Mail!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:29 pm - June 17, 2013.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

In my new post at Ricochet, I take aim at the latest stupid thing to come out of Lindsey Graham’s mouth.

Here’s a preview.

Honestly, I feel sorry for the people that would have to read Graham’s mail.  There’d be a lot of rambling love letters with a return address from Sedona, Arizona.

Graham needs to remember that he is hired and fired by the people of South Carolina. The facts show that Graham has more in common with John McCain, Barack Obama and the Washington DC crowd than he does with anyone who will see his name on a ballot next year.

Please read the whole thing!

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Todd Akin’s crazy, stupid statement on rape

When I first heard — or rather watched (was at the gym doing cardio) — the news about U.S Rep. (and current Missouri GOP Senate nominee) Todd Akin’s comments on rape, I had thought it was the CNN team drawing them out of context.

Later, I read what he had said and thought, “Wow, there is no spinning this.  It’s bizarre and wrong.”  I was grateful to see that no prominent Republicans had defended the Congressman and that many had criticized him, with some calling on him to withdraw from the Senate race.

Michelle Malkin pretty much sums up my thoughts in her post on the matter:

Over the weekend, GOP Rep. Todd Akin — the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri — said some really, really stupid things. (Twitchy has comprehensive coverage. Click here and keep scrolling.)

There’s no sugar-coating or whitewashing this. It wasn’t a “gaffe.” It was ignorant, garbled nonsense. Asked about his views on abortion in the case of rape, he claimed that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

The striking thing to note is how quickly multiple Republicans have come out to criticize one of their own for his crazy, stupid statement.  Democrats, it seems, circle the wagons and defend their own when they saw similar stupid and offensive things (see, e.g., Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Ma’am Boxer).

(More on this anon, as time allows.)

Rick Santorum drops the (pink bowling) ball*

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:18 pm - March 30, 2012.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Republican Embarrassments

Back in 1998, Chris Bull published a very good book, Perfect Enemies: The Religious Right, the Gay Movement, and the Politics of the 1990s, about how social conservatives opposing gay rights and gay activists were made for each other.  Every time Rick Santorum opens his mouth and says something silly and gay activists, clutching their pearls and reaching for their smelling salts, respond (in the highest of dudgeon) behaving as if the former Senator has just demanded his legions go out and convert gay people — or threaten them with the hell-fire — it seems such folk were made for each other.

A silly statement is not (necessarily) a hateful one.  Nor does it amount to bullying, but it is often revealing.  “Even in the most private, apolitical moment of the day,” Jennifer Rubin reports,

Santorum couldn’t suppress the urge to judge.” This year it was publicly chastising a boy for using a pink bowling ball. Seriously. The world according to Rick must be preached to all of us.

I couldn’t find video of this, and maybe (as the person who alerted me to the story speculates) the former Senator “was being playful in a pseudo-macho way”, but Rick Santorum is not known for his jocular gestures.  More than anything, this comment betrays a certain insecurity — and a failure of discipline.  What does it accomplish for a man who knows he’s being followed by a gaggle of press to say such a thing?

Even though press reports provide no evidence that Santorum linked the pink ball to gay men, the folks at HRC found the former Senator contending the former Senator’s comments could harm gay people.  Really.

Almost out of breath, HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz said, “This is another example of Rick Santorum intentionally making ignorant statements that have a real impact on LGBT people“.  Give a break.  Most gay people who hear of this will laugh at the former Senator’s strangeness.  Only those who have this need to be perpetually aggrieved will feel threatened by his quip. (more…)