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Inane Right-Wing Gibberish Of The Week

From former Bush/McCain adviser Nicole Wallace’s don’t-you-lecture-us-Obama post in The Daily Beast:

We did not abandon our belief that despite our imperfections, America is the solution—not the problem—to every challenge facing the people in this country and, in many cases, the world. Most of us did not come to the same conclusion Obama did that America behaved badly and now we are being punished. Most of us love this country for the opportunity she provides. We love her for the decency of her people. And we believe that our president’s job is to cheer her on not talk her down.

I’m pretty sure none of that actually means anything.  And it sure as hell doesn’t point towards any kind of practical policy prescription.

(h/t WT)

March 3rd, 2009 at 10:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Wankers

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

My blog is on the first page of search results for THE AGE OF BULLSHIT.

I suppose that’s probably fitting…

March 3rd, 2009 at 09:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

The Trouble With Harry

My only problem with this Sirota column is that he suggests that progressives should not try to get rid of Harry Reid if he delivers the Democratic votes for EFCA.  If he does that, under threat of electoral death, it will be one of the few times in his career as Minority or Majority Leader.  Which is precisely why I want to see him gone, regardless of the outcome of the EFCA vote.

We desperately need a Majority Leader who doesn’t let “moderate” Democrats do whatever they want, and who doesn’t let a tiny Republican minority outmaneuver and run roughshod over him at every turn.  As I’ve said before, sacrificing one Democratic seat in exchange for a tough, savvy, effective Majority Leader would be the best trade the Democrats could make.

March 3rd, 2009 at 06:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Labor,Politics

Further Proof That Democrats Are Weak On Defense!

OMG!  Obama offered to give up an unproven and probably ineffective missile defense system in exchange for help with Iran’s nuclear program! No wonder no-one takes Dems seriously on defense – they just don’t have a strong enough commitment to throwing billions of dollars at impractical and unnecessary weapons systems.

1 comment March 3rd, 2009 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Foreign Policy,Iran,Obama

It’s A Good Old Party.

First Gingrey, now Steele – Republicans diss Rush Limbaugh, King Of The Republican Party, at their peril, and must grovel and apologize before him in hopes that he doesn’t wish them into the cornfield.  David Frum, of all people, realizes that this might could just possibly pose a teensy little problem for his party’s crossover appeal:

And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence – exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we’re cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush’s every rancorous word – we’ll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.

Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.

But do the rest of us understand what we are doing to ourselves by accepting this leadership? Rush is to the Republicanism of the 2000s what Jesse Jackson was to the Democratic party in the 1980s. He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect. But he cannot be allowed to be the public face of the enterprise – and we have to find ways of assuring the public that he is just one Republican voice among many, and very far from the most important.

So either Republicans allow Rush’s ego and bile to drag them down to permanent irrelevance (at best), or they find the balls to shun and marginalize him once and for all.  It’s a win-win!

(h/t Phoenix Woman)

1 comment March 3rd, 2009 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Politics,Republicans

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