Archive for March 17th, 2009

Heckuva Job, Geithie

Watch this be the first time that a vote of confidence isn’t the kiss of death…

If there was any doubt the White House is feeling the heat over Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s role in the AIG bonuses, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave a big clue Tuesday.

“The president has complete confidence” in Geithner, Gibbs told reporters.

In Washington terms, “complete” and “confidence” are the two words no public official ever wants to hear, often a harbinger of trouble. And with public and congressional fury growing over the $165 million in bonuses, Geithner’s role in the situation is getting close scrutiny.

If a magical politics genie granted me the power to replace one member of Obama’s cabinet, I would choose Geithner in a heartbeat.  Not only does he appear to be the least competent and most pro-corporate of the bunch, but he’s incompetent and pro-corporate in the area where we can least afford it.  We must have someone exceptional in Treasury to navigate the economy out of this mess, but instead of Magellan we’ve got the Exxon Valdez guy.

March 17th, 2009 at 10:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Obama

Michael Steele Continues To Be Hilarious

This guy is a comedic genius! He’s like the Andy Kaufman of the Republican Party or something.

Two weeks ago, amidst concern that Michael Steele’s media exposure was creating serious political damage, the RNC chairman decided to guest-host William Bennett’s national conservative radio program.


“I love this battle because what I see right now is leading to the ultimate political Armageddon between conservatism and liberalism,” Steele declared at one point. “And the idea that free enterprise, free markets, free people are going to battle an oppressive, repressive, domineering government. I love that. That’s what we are lining up for you folks. So you better get ready, strap it on, because it’s coming. And you better pick your sides, you better choose now.”


“I’m going to tell you something,” Steele replied. “You make such an important point, because I had a conversation earlier this week about the very point you just made about the Nixon administration. What you are seeing here, folks, unfold is nothing short of the Nixon administration played out in a different era and a different style. But the results and the effects are the same. You have H.R. Haldeman and Rahm Emanuel, these guys, the master manipulators, the master controllers in the background, moving and shaking the pieces, creating an enemies list, putting together the targets on our side. The whole strategy of demonizing Rush Limbaugh, which has been exposed now…”


“Education is key,” said the RNC Chair. “It is where it begins, for all of us… If we understand the difference between Marxism, socialism and capitalism; if we understand the difference between a Roberto Mussolini, an Adolf Hitler, and a Franklin Roosevelt, and his honor the honorable Winston Churchill, if we know those differences than we can appreciate what these times mean. And how history is a precursor of things to come.”

But this is my favorite, this is absolutely brilliant:

And when a listener scoffed at the notion of global warming, Steele eagerly ran with the baton.

“Thank you, thank you,” he said. “We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? No very long.”


1 comment March 17th, 2009 at 06:31pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Politics,Quotes,Republicans

Wanker Of The Day

NC Republican Senator Richard Burr:

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wouldn’t mind watching basketball with Barack Obama. The Winston-Salem Republican was recently on the Charlotte sports talk show “Primetime with the Packman.” Repeating a question from the Democratic primary last year, host Mark Packer asked whether Burr would rather have dinner with Hillary Clinton or Obama.

“Hillary Clinton in a heartbeat,” Burr said. “I’ve had an opportunity in the last week to have dinner with Barack Obama. I passed on that one.”

Obama held a bipartisan “timeout dinner” at the White House with about 180 guests from Congress and his Cabinet, as well as staffers and spouses. Burr said the president is a “straight-up guy,” a “tremendous athlete” and “a very disciplined individual,” but he disagrees with him on the issues.

Oh yeah, that’s subtle.  Burr then went on to say that Obama was “very articulate” and “a credit to his race”…

2 comments March 17th, 2009 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Quotes,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Finally, I Agree With The Republicans.

Not even Republicans like Republicans any more:

One thing we’ve been chronicling here is the increasing disillusionment that Republicans are experiencing with their own party’s Congressional leadership, and a new poll today finds that approval for GOP leaders is dropping among Republicans with astonishing speed.

That’s the second poll with such a finding. The other day I flagged a Rasmussen poll finding that Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are viewed favorably by only a minority of GOP voters.

Today a new Pew poll confirms that this isn’t an outlier. Check out these numbers buried in here (click to enlarge):

The approval rating of GOP leaders among Republicans has plummeted 12 points in a month, down from 55% in February to a minority of 43% now. That’s striking.

Not only that, but approval of GOP leaders overall has dropped to 28% overall — the lowest rating for GOP leaders in 12 years of Pew polling.


Update: A third poll is confirming this trend. The weekly poll commissioned from Research 2000 by Daily Kos finds that minorities of Republicans view Boehner and McConnell favorably, with Boehner’s numbers falling particularly fast.

Funny how polls like this never seem to clarify whether the dissatisfaction is because the party leadership is too far to the left or too far to the right, which you’d think is a pretty obvious followup question to ask.  Also funny how both parties typically interpret bad poll numbers to mean that they’re too far to the left.

March 17th, 2009 at 11:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Polls,Republicans

Merry St. Patrick’s Day!

*sniff* Gets me every time.

March 17th, 2009 at 08:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Governors Unclear On The Concept


South Carolina’s Mark Sanford:

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag on Monday rejected South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s request to use up to $700 million of his state’s economic stimulus funds to pay down state government debt.

Orszag, responding to a letter Sanford sent to President Barack Obama last week, said the $787 billion stimulus bill Obama signed into law last month doesn’t allow governors to use money intended for other purposes to instead make debt payments.

Um, dude, it’s not a stimulus if you don’t spend it.

March 17th, 2009 at 07:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Economy,Republicans

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