Archive for November 18th, 2009

Palin ≠ Reagan

Yeah, what John Nichols said. Just because people thought Reagan was a stupid lightweight too, that doesn’t make them the same, any more than their shared lousy approval ratings make George W. Bush into Harry Truman.  Sometimes people think you’re an idiot because… you’re an idiot.

I would further add that all talk of qualifications aside, Reagan was a soothing, reassuring presence, whereas Palin is, for want of a better word, alarming.  I can absolutely understand an apolitical person who goes with their gut voting for Ronald Reagan solely because of his persona.  Sarah Palin, not so much.

To put it another way: Ronald Reagan scared liberals; Sarah Palin scares non-conservatives.  See the difference?

November 18th, 2009 at 08:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Oh yeah, Obama sure is sticking it to Fox News, all right.  If by “sticking it to”, you mean “granting an exclusive interview with”.  Weekly World News has the inside skinny on Obama’s preparations:

President Obama will finally give an interview to Fox News.  Both he and the station are preparing for the imminent showdown.

News broke this week that the Obama administration will be reversing its policy towards Fox News.  Previously the administration refused to give the channel interviews, ignored Fox reporters at press conferences, and federally detained Fox reporters whenever the President “had a case of the Mondays.”

The rivalry came to a head Tuesday when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and his staff started a food fight with Rupert Murdoch at a five-star restaurant in Washington D.c.  After the incident the White House decided that President Obama would finally give Fox News an interview.

In preparation for the event the President is preparing himself mentally and physically.  Knowing that Fox reporters will try any and every trick to make him look bad he has taken up meditation in the hopes of remaining calm and focused no matter what is said.

To improve his memory, the White House has begun a strict hypnotherapy program to give him exceptional recall for even the most minute of details.  The President has also taken advanced Tai Chi, blindfolded fencing, and challenging two chess grand-masters at once while balancing the education budget.

Fox News is also preparing for the interview.  Sources claim they have already started compiling their list of questions, which is to include “Were you really born in Hawaii?” “Really?” and “Really?”

Further they will ask, “Why do you hate America so much?” and “Will you admit that you’re a socialist?”

Other questions may include:

- “Are you a puppet of the New World Order?”
- “Do you know some people believe you are the Anti-Christ?”
- “Why do you ignore the will of the American people, as seen in Tea Party demonstrations and town hall meetings?”
- “Does the sight of American Values burn you like a cross to a vampire?”
- “Will you ever come clean about being a Muslim?”
- “Do you have a fatwa against the Constitution?”
- “How are we supposed to believe that you are not a Kenyan/socialist/fascist/muslim/anti-christ untill you prove otherwise?”

I can hardly wait.

November 18th, 2009 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Republicans,Weekly World News

Well Worth Trying

Well Worth Trying

So Mel Watt pretends that his amendment to the Fed audit bill would increase transparency rather than destroying it, while Bart Stupak continues to pretend that his anti-abortion amendment to the healthcare reform bill does nothing more than preserve the status quo of the Hyde amendment, which prevents government money from paying for abortions.

If those are the fig leaves they choose to hide behind, then why don’t progressive Democrats call their bluffs by introducing amendments that actually do what the Watt and Stupak amendments purport to do?  Even if they don’t pass, it would be revealing to watch Watt and Stupak and their allies insist that these alternative bills are bad without being able to clearly explain why.

Actually, since the Stupak amendment has already passed in the House, the alternative would have to be introduced (and passed) in the Senate, and then prevail in the conference committee that reconciles the House and Senate versions.  The final vote on the merged bill would therefore be the point at which Stupak would start to have trouble articulating.

It’s one thing to call these wankers out – it’s quite another to actually force them to either give in or admit that they’re liars.

(NOTE: I’m not a huge fan of the Hyde amendment either, but it’s still far better than Stupak and probably politically impossible to repudiate altogether.  I’d like to see a fight to repeal it, just not as part of the fight for healthcare reform, which is uphill enough as it is.)

November 18th, 2009 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers


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