The Audacity Of Nope

The House has passed the revised stimulus bill by a vote of 246-183-1. Full roll call of the vote can be found here.

Rep. George Miller summed up disgust at Minority Leader Boehner (R-PermaTan) and the GOP strategy of just saying "no":

Today when this country cries out to help this economy, to help America’s families who are unemployed, who are losing income, losing jobs, President Obama stepped forth with the American Recovery Act. The Republicans step forth with saying ‘no.’ It was reflective when Minority Leader John Boehner’s instructions to his colleagues to oppose the bill, even as President Obama was traveling the Hill to meet with them and discuss this bill with them, they decided in advance of that meeting they would say ‘no.’ Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia has said that ‘no’ is going to be the Republican strategy on this economic crises. ‘No’ is going to be their strategy, he said. The Republican national spokesman of late, radio host Rush Limbaugh, added that ‘no is the strategy by asserting on the air he wants President Obama to fail. Does he understand if President Obama fails, that the American families lose income, they lose their jobs, and the crises continues? And here we see the repeating of ‘no.

Good to know that the GOP is against any progress, any solutions…anything at all that might get us out of the mess we’re in.  Can you say disingenuous?

Nothing like putting yer own political hackery first…but this is not the first time we’ve heard this out loud, now is it:

Every once in a while, a Freudian slip of mammoth ugly truth proportions falls from someone’s lips. Behold:

Before Gingrich offered that somewhat surprising praise, Boehner reminded Republicans that they are no longer in the business of legislating and should focus almost solely on communicating their message with voters.

"We are in the communications business,” Boehner told the crowd during his opening remarks. “We can build a new Republican majority one issue at a time."

Ask not what you can do for your country.

Ask what you can manipulate the voters of your country to do for your own personal ambition and the growing needs of the rapacious Republican party.

Selfish is as selfish does, my granny used to say.

Let Rep. Boehner know what you think of his strategy:  PHONE: (202) 225-6205 or FAX: (202) 225-0704


 
120 Responses to "The Audacity Of Nope"
Elliott | Friday February 13, 2009 01:20 pm 1

Their rebel yell, “NO!”


cherish | Friday February 13, 2009 01:22 pm 2

And still they expect this do-nothing philosophy of non-action, in a time of crisis and emergency, to win back American hearts and votes in 2010 and 2012.

Pathetic.


Leen | Friday February 13, 2009 01:22 pm 3

Interesting watching C-Span while the discussion of stimulus package has been taking place and the vote for the package with a bunch of older Union gents here in Dayton Ohio at Maria Joseph;s nursing home. Bob 92 who was with GM for 45 years, Dick 86, with GM for 40 some, Jerry 87 with postal service and my pops with Teamsters for 40 some years. A few of the comments during the vote today ” have never seen it this bad, they need to create jobs, we need folks to join unions again, we ended up in this situation because of the last eight years”. One of my favorites so far came out of my pops about Obama and how quickly he is moving on issues “no moss growing under his feet” All of these union gents love Obama really love him although I do hear a fair amount of discussion about our congress (both Republicans and Dems) not holding the Bush administration accountable for the crimes committed the last eight years.

Lots of shaking their heads back and forth in disgust.

Would really like to see C-Span or some other network set up in a nursing home or assisted living while these hearings and votes are taking place. I really like hearing what these elderly folks have to say. Great insights


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:24 pm 4
In response to cherish @ 2

If I had to guess, I’d say the strategy is that if things continue to be grim — and they likely will be, since it will get worse before it gets better — then they can say, in that sorrowful, hangdog tone “if only the president had listened to us.”

Nothing like a festering turdpile of a strategy that has nothing to do with making things better and everything to do with hoping things get worse so you can capitalize on it, eh?


Teddy Partridge | Friday February 13, 2009 01:24 pm 5

I really like George Miller. I’d sure like to see him continue to move up the leadership ladder. He’s very effective in this speech — he brings the message home.


semiot | Friday February 13, 2009 01:24 pm 6

And I hear the kool-aid tasted . . . like victory!


EvilDrPuma | Friday February 13, 2009 01:24 pm 7

We should congratulate the GOP. At last, they have achieved the emotional and linguistic capacities of a two-year-old.


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 01:26 pm 8
In response to cherish @ 2

The Republics expect that by 2010 voters will have forgotten that the Decider had ever been in office and that there were ever Republic majorities.


Hmmm | Friday February 13, 2009 01:26 pm 9

A serious question: Why not now proceed to amending the stimulus law to take out all the unnecessary tax cuts and restrictions that the House R’s added? Since none of them voted for it, I mean. If it has to be done without their support, it should at least be as effective as possible, economically speaking.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:27 pm 10

someone on msnbc (rep.) explaining exactly what the gop voted against. good strategy.


bobschacht | Friday February 13, 2009 01:27 pm 11

Christy,
Thanks for the roll call, and for your report on this. I’m surprised you failed to mention that not a single Republican voted in favor of it, since that fact supports the rest of your message.

I think maybe Republicans are content saying “no” because they figure that most people who will be hurt by a crashing economy won’t vote for Republicans anyway? I wonder how true that really is. But this is a sure recipe to lose whatever “Reagan Democrats” are left in the Republican fold.

Bob in HI


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:27 pm 12

and sanders ripping GOP mocking them “what a bad idea to invest in schools, etc.” wow.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:28 pm 13
In response to Hmmm @ 9

Because then they’d have to go back through the process all over again with the Senate — they have to both agree on the same bill for conference and/or on the floor with a vote — if there are amendments, then the process starts all over again legislatively. At least that’s my understanding of the back and forth on this, anyway.


Leen | Friday February 13, 2009 01:28 pm 14
In response to Christy Hardin Smith @ 4

Yeah but if this package works your Granny will be right on “selfish is as selfish does”

I really like when someone here at FDL suggessted. The Republicans who voted against it do not have to take the money for their states or districts. I will suggesst that when I call Boehner’s office


AZ Matt | Friday February 13, 2009 01:28 pm 15

I was watching Gettysburg last night, the first half as it is long. I’ll watch the second part this evening, the famous Picket’s Charge. This vote was the GOP Picket’s Charge. Didn’t work the first time didn’t work this time.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:29 pm 16

was that the guy speaking after Hoyer? if so, yes, he was very good.


Leen | Friday February 13, 2009 01:30 pm 17
In response to dosido @ 16

Hoyer was especially good today too


Adie | Friday February 13, 2009 01:30 pm 18

Christy! You and Jane are on fire today. Love even the title. You go grrrlll!


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 01:31 pm 19
In response to bobschacht @ 11

The Republic strategy appears to be to hope for a crash and blame it all on the Democrats. They don’t care who gets hurt because they won’t be among them. They plan to return to power to finish putting Reagan’s image on coins currently honoring Democrats.


DWBartoo | Friday February 13, 2009 01:31 pm 20
In response to Leen @ 3

Talk about ’seasoned’ veterans.

T’would be wonderful for our society to hear (and respect) the perspective of older (and often very wise and deeply thoughtful) people.

There are quite a few national ‘treasures’ around whom we could all benefit from respecting.

Youth may have its energy but age does, oft times, impart the possibility of actual wisdom.

A commodity sadly undervalued in our times, it would seem.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:31 pm 21
In response to Adie @ 18

Wish I could take credit for the title — but I had help from a rapier wit. *G*


bobschacht | Friday February 13, 2009 01:31 pm 22
In response to Leen @ 3

Leen,
Did you see Clint Eastwood’s new movie Gran Torino? He plays an old retired auto union guy, with a son who sells “Jap cars.” Your comment made me wonder if there’s a generation gap at work.

Bob in HI


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:32 pm 23
In response to Leen @ 14

Judy Woodruff uncharacteristically put that to Tim Pawlenty last night on the newshour last night. He replied that it was not inconsistent to disagree with the bill, but because they paid “more than their share” that it would OK to accept what they are given. He had absolutely no problem with it.


ThreadTheorist | Friday February 13, 2009 01:35 pm 24

At least blue-dog Jim Cooper (TN-05, Nashville) had the good sense to vote for the stimulus bill on final passage, compared to opposing the House version last week.


Synoia | Friday February 13, 2009 01:36 pm 25

“We can build a new Republican majority one issue at a time”

Wouldn’t that require new ideas about the issues? Or your the response to every issue “Cut Taxes, Incease defence spending, Let fetuses live, kill adults”.

Good luck with that strategy Mr. Boehner .


EvilDrPuma | Friday February 13, 2009 01:36 pm 26
In response to dosido @ 23

That’s a Republican for you. Can’t make him give a damn, but Lord, will he take, take, take.


punaise | Friday February 13, 2009 01:37 pm 27

give ‘em enough nope and they’ll hang themselves

(out to dry)


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:37 pm 28
In response to Synoia @ 25

It does seem a bit odd to continue to try and serve the public the same old moldy cheese and stale crackers. But there you are. Not exactly appetizing fare…


Leen | Friday February 13, 2009 01:38 pm 29
In response to DWBartoo @ 20

Have spent a year in and out of nursing homes and assisted living facilities . Treasure troves of insights, stories and wisdom…and I do mean treasure troves. (lots of abandoned elder folk..very sady) All you have to do is ask a few questions and they go on for the long haul. Have talked with a holocaust survivor, engineer from Wright Patterson Airforce Base who developed infrared, a blues piano player still singing and playing…who played with Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Frannklin. Damn besides their personal stories love their insights about what is taking place politicially they do have strong opinions based on experience


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:38 pm 30

From Robert Reich a few days ago:

Republicans don’t want their fingerprints on the stimulus bill or the next bank bailout because they plan to make the midterm election of 2010 a national referendum on Barack Obama’s handling of the economy. They know that by then the economy will still appear sufficiently weak that they can dub the entire Obama effort a failure — even if the economy would have been far worse without it, even if the economy is beginning to turn around. They’ll say “he wanted more government spending, and we said no, but we didn’t have the votes. Elect us and we’ll turn the economy around by cutting taxes and getting government out of the private sector.”

He states elsewhere this is what happened to Clinton, thank you Newt Gingrich.


AZ Matt | Friday February 13, 2009 01:38 pm 31

What a way with words:

“This legislation falls woefully short,” said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “With a price tag of more than $1 trillion when you factor in interest, it costs every family almost $10,000 in added debt. This is an act of generational theft that our children and grandchildren will be paying for far into the future.”


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:38 pm 32
In response to dosido @ 30

Hmmm | Friday February 13, 2009 01:39 pm 33

Sorry, I was vague — I meant, first let this bill pass into law, then do a new bill amending this one by taking out all the stupid stuff. And don’t even worry about R support for the new one, except maybe in the Senate, because Franken should be there by then, and popular outrage should be higher by then. But get started figuring all that out ASAP because time’s a-wastin’.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:40 pm 34

Ohh, Obey calling out GOP. “they can’t call us a Do Nothing congress anymore. so now they’re hiding behind process. they were invited.”

Rangel, saying republican voters are suffering too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:41 pm 35
In response to Hmmm @ 33

I know there are several other stimulus and jobs related efforts in the pipeline, so that may be part of the plan as we go forward. Not so much amending the old legislation, but tinkering at other things that should have been in there this time around…


Leen | Friday February 13, 2009 01:42 pm 36
In response to bobschacht @ 22

Nope have not seen it. These union folks and many others have paid their dues and are now finding out that the dues they paid were not sufficient. Humiliating for many of them.

Still think one of the networks should start combing these places for their opinions, insights and wisdom. Lot of value.

Over and over they keep shaking their heads about the loss of jobs and money that some of the Wall street fat cats walked away with


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:42 pm 37

Oh, and I meant to say — my apologies up front to the perma-tan Americans among us for comparing you to Boehner.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:43 pm 38

brace yerselves. boner up on msnbc.


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 01:44 pm 39

If, as Cheney said, Republic St. Reagan proved deficits don’t matter, why do they matter to the Republics now?


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:44 pm 40

boehner “are we the party of No? no.”


EvilDrPuma | Friday February 13, 2009 01:45 pm 41
In response to Badwater @ 39

Because they can try to blame them on Obama now.

Another episode of “Simple Answers.”


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:45 pm 42
In response to Badwater @ 39

Because only Reagan’s deficits didn’t matter, silly. Everyone else’s — except Bush, Sr., and Bush, Jr., of course — but everyone’s beyond theirs do matter. You know, the ones that happen when a Democrat is in charge and left to clean up their messes — those are the ones that matter.


Elliott | Friday February 13, 2009 01:45 pm 43
In response to dosido @ 40

lolol!


DWBartoo | Friday February 13, 2009 01:46 pm 44
In response to Leen @ 29

Treasure troves beyond belief.

I was about twelve years of age when that began to dawn on me, and I still greatly value the (seemingly quickly) diminishing numbers of those whose experience (and therefore, ‘attention span’) has been longer than my own.

There are several people in their late nineties who are sharp as the proverbial tack, whom I delight in speaking with whenever opportunity allows.

;~D


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:46 pm 45

cantor repeated tax cuts for small business is the way to go. period.

I don’t know of any small business that will create JOBS based on a tax cut.


punaise | Friday February 13, 2009 01:47 pm 46

tell a moanin’ melatonin crony?


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 01:47 pm 47

Obama has the opportunity to bury the Republican Party once and for all by going directly to the people, leapfrog the corporate media that will always have a frame to favor the Republicans, and lay out his vision for the nation. If he persists in the wishful thinking of bipartisanship with a group of ideologues his administration will be plagued with those who put their party before their nation.


Blub | Friday February 13, 2009 01:47 pm 48

” Does he understand if President Obama fails, that the American families lose income, they lose their jobs, and the crises continues”

The Rethug Jesus (which has nothing to do with God’s son, and is actually an idol of a golden calf Newt’s garage, and to which he sacrifices one or more babies on Wall Street bonus payment days) has ordered that Americans must suffer so that the great blasphemer fails ;-P


foothillsmike | Friday February 13, 2009 01:48 pm 49

The rethugs have proved that they cannot govern. Why should anyone expect them to try participating in governing?


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 01:48 pm 50
In response to dosido @ 45

Republics rigidly adhear to their dogma. It doesn’t matter if it actually works.


Margot | Friday February 13, 2009 01:48 pm 51
In response to Leen @ 36

Leen, that sounds like something I would pay to see in a documentary. That would be fascinating.


hallemae | Friday February 13, 2009 01:49 pm 52
In response to dosido @ 34

Republican voters – in gerrymandered districts – are suffering, too. I hope the districts get re-gerried in 2010 so that we are not subject to the egos and selfishness of the ultra conservative right wingers


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 01:49 pm 53
In response to ThreadTheorist @ 24

I hope there is a progressive somewhere in Tennessee that has a shot at knocking off this neo-confederate in the primaries.


AZ Matt | Friday February 13, 2009 01:49 pm 54
In response to foothillsmike @ 49

Cuz they are Returds.


montymarket | Friday February 13, 2009 01:49 pm 55
In response to cherish @ 2

Repug Senator Jeff Sessions leaked their strategy last week: join the Taliban insurgents. And like the Taliban insurgents the repugs clearly are out to destroy America, and under Bushco they nearly succeeded.


EvilDrPuma | Friday February 13, 2009 01:49 pm 56
In response to foothillsmike @ 49

Because they’re batshit mad with power-lust?


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 01:49 pm 57
In response to Blub @ 48

You mean this golden calf? *g*


Adie | Friday February 13, 2009 01:51 pm 58

Nothing else on this earth quite matches Boehner’s -um- standards. He’d stand alone on his little bitty porta-pedestal lecturing into a 4-watt nightlight, mistaking it for a camera. Dim sum. polls snap.


Blub | Friday February 13, 2009 01:51 pm 59

ROTL! That is hilarious.

But sorry… Newt (and his buddy Grover) sacrificed that bull a long time ago… the ritual involves drowning in the bathtub, if I remember correctly.


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 01:51 pm 60
In response to montymarket @ 55

I’d be in favor of keeping Gitmo open to house the American Taliban i.e. the Republican Party.


Adie | Friday February 13, 2009 01:53 pm 61
In response to dosido @ 40

More likely the party of naught return.


AZ Matt | Friday February 13, 2009 01:53 pm 62

From TPM, Josh Marshall:

So John McCain says that Obama needs to work on bipartisanship, which is about par for the course from McCain and for other Republicans these days. I just heard a reporter on MSNBC say that the Republicans have emerged from this battle with their reputation for fiscal discipline strengthened while Obama has had his reputation for bipartisanship tarnished.

John McCain, the old hypocrit.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:53 pm 63
In response to Badwater @ 39

This is absolutely brilliant and I plan to use it often.

Jeebus, everyone (GOP) is crying crying crying about mortgaging our children’s future (again). I guess it’s ok to mortgage it if you’re going to send them to war too. problem solved.


FreedomNow | Friday February 13, 2009 01:53 pm 64
In response to Leen @ 14

Ahhh…but more likely it WON’T work. Government intervention has NEVER worked in the past. Then YOU guys and the Bamster own it and the GOP is free of taint…I’ll bet on the GOP over the Government any time any place.


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 01:55 pm 65

Republics are still doing this?

four Tennessee lawmakers are still pushing a legal action to force the president to turn over his birth certificate and other documents to prove his citizenship.


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 01:55 pm 66
In response to Badwater @ 19

Maybe not a “crash” but by the Republican insistence on watering down the stimulus package it will not be as effective in jump starting the economy by 2010 in which case they can claim that they were opposed to the legislation. It was sabotage aganist the American people pure and simple.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:55 pm 67

Oh the ever so sincere Mike Pence on now. Big Government Spending. Not a Good Day for America.

uh oh evil ACORN.

we didn’t say no. we said yes to a better solution. fast acting tax relief.


EvilDrPuma | Friday February 13, 2009 01:56 pm 68
In response to Badwater @ 65

Wingnut sore losers: wasting everyone’s time and money since the dawn of civilization.


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 01:56 pm 69
In response to AZ Matt @ 62

With the exception of KO and RM MSNBC is carrying water for the neo-confederates. And Americans think they have an objective media.


JohnAnderson | Friday February 13, 2009 01:58 pm 70

The ever-loopy Dr. Tom Coburn is on the Senate floor right now, sallying forth, acting the perfect fool, holding up his copy of the Constitution and spouting the most absurd drivel in the most serious of tones. Astonishing to think that this little band of hardy reactionaries is still trying so desperately hard to send us all into the abyss. And very nearly succeeding. I suspect that future generations will wonder at it all.

“What we they thinking?” they’ll say. “How ever did the country come to such a pass?”


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 01:58 pm 71
In response to Badwater @ 65

I say it’s time to take off the gloves and savage the barbarians of the Republican Party.


Adie | Friday February 13, 2009 01:59 pm 72
In response to Bluetoe2 @ 69

they’re unfair and off balance. whut’s the pablum?


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 01:59 pm 73

new hocus pocus: “small business and american families” i.e. we don’t accept money from corporate lobbyists.


Hmmm | Friday February 13, 2009 01:59 pm 74

That’s good news, thanks! I will keep on hoping that some of the counterproductive tax cuts can still be removed later.


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 02:02 pm 75
In response to Hmmm @ 74

How much can happen if Hapless Harry continues to allow effortless filibusters?


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:03 pm 76
In response to JohnAnderson @ 70

Mr. ReddHedd and I were talking yesterday evening about where we are as a country — and wondering if The Peanut’s generation is the first that will have no real chance at bettering their potential futures when measured against the success of their parents. My parents wanted better for me — as we do for her — but I’m no longer certain that she has the real opportunity to DO better without some serious changes.

That we are at that point right now because of stupid, craven decisions on the part of the people who have governed us? Pisses me off to no end. That none of them ever take responsibility for their utter failures? Cannot begin to tell you how angry that makes me…


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:04 pm 77
In response to AZ Matt @ 62

Wow, is he going to trot out Charlie Black to tell us what a maverick McCain is for not consorting with lobbyists? Or has that schtick gotten old finally…


Blub | Friday February 13, 2009 02:04 pm 78
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 68

it would seem to me that the basic modes of rethug behavior, as they’ve been exhibiting in Congress, predate the damn of civilization. Chest-thumping and clubbing innocents over the head with cudgels do not require civilization per se.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:05 pm 79
In response to dosido @ 67

Mike Pence always reminds me of a prairie dog. So every time he’s on c-span, I crack up — can’t help myself.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 02:05 pm 80

I wish someone would bust their chops on the wasteful spending in Iraq with pallets of cash gone missing. Where is their fiscal outrage there?


Hmmm | Friday February 13, 2009 02:06 pm 81
In response to Badwater @ 65

Believe today is the deadline for reply briefs, otherwise that case is DISMISSED!


perris | Friday February 13, 2009 02:08 pm 82

That we are at that point right now because of stupid, craven decisions on the part of the people who have governed us?

no, that’s not it, though their tools are, the tools are marionettes

those controlling the party have a robber baron philosophy, it’s not how much they have it’s the delta

they want there to be as big a differance between them and everyone else as possible, robber baron, noble/surf

the pupeteers are not “stupid” they are craven sociopaths

now their marionettes, that’s another story


Hmmm | Friday February 13, 2009 02:08 pm 83
In response to Badwater @ 75

Hapless Harry is gonna have to get taken for a little stroll to the woodshed by Rahm & Axelrod & Co., methinks, in order to usher in the new era of post-post-partisanship.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 02:08 pm 84

I’ll try to remember that. I can’t forget last year the first time I laid eyes on him, he was appearing on a news show with Barney Frank. The smug condescension that a butthead boyfriend gives to his girlfriend when he pats her pretty lil head was what he brought to the conversation. I couldn’t believe the impertinence.


Adie | Friday February 13, 2009 02:09 pm 85

Please! In defense of prairie dogs…. I must protest.


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 02:11 pm 86
In response to perris @ 82

One reporter worked up the nerve to ask John D. Rockefeller “how much is enough?” when talking about how moolah he amassed.

“just a little bit more”

This, my friends, is addictive thinking.


Blub | Friday February 13, 2009 02:13 pm 87
In response to Badwater @ 75

Harry’s atrocious of course, but one should note that when an opposition party is this devoted to pure destruction — not just opposition, not just differences of opinion, but outright vandalism — there isn’t a whole lot anyone can do from the bipartisanship perspective. One had better be prepared to fight scorched-earth tactics with scorched-earth tactics, and it takes a president, not just the Senate majority leader, to do that.


Badwater | Friday February 13, 2009 02:17 pm 88
In response to Blub @ 87

It seems like the Senate Majority Leader is not prepared to fight.


JohnAnderson | Friday February 13, 2009 02:20 pm 89

More buffoonery: McConnell going on about how you could string this stimulus money from the birth of Christ to the present day and . . . .

McConnell went on to say that “this is an extraordinary amount of money, and it deserves an extraordinary amount of examination.”

This, from the guy who willingly helped push through a needless, trumped-up war of choice that has been estimated to cost way more than a trillion dollars. And, back when the GOP ran the Senate, you could forget about “examining” anything connected to that war, the way it was hawked to the public, the lies, the blackmail, the lives lost, the atrocities, and, yes, the financial costs.

And, oh, yeah, let’s not forget: Whose wife was the most violently anti-labor Secretary of Labor in memory.

What a pack of jokers.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:25 pm 90
In response to JohnAnderson @ 89

Does anyone else wonder how some of these folks can walk down the sidewalk and not be struck by lightening simply on principle’s sake for such steaming piles of hypocritical BS? Of course, that would mean half the people inside the Beltway would live in fear of exiting a building. But still…


Adie | Friday February 13, 2009 02:25 pm 91
In response to perris @ 82

there’s still one downstairs, seemingly disoriented. Does anyone mind a few extra dings in the door frames, as long is he’s kept occupied? It’s sort of like watching a video game. Ping….. ping………..BONK.wuwuwuwuwuwug………

Ping…… ping……..


TobyWollin | Friday February 13, 2009 02:28 pm 92

I figured it out. The Rethugs have decided that the last really successful GOP president was Reagan…and since he’s dead, they’ve turned to his lovely but elderly wife, Nancy, for their rallying cry: Just Say No.


foothillsmike | Friday February 13, 2009 02:29 pm 93

Snakes will frequently take up residence in the prairie dog tunnels which makes it a very appropriate analogy.


Hugh | Friday February 13, 2009 02:30 pm 94

This stimulus package won’t do what’s needed which doesn’t mean that the Republicans aren’t crazy as loons.

What we are looking at are Republicans who want to throw the country into depression and Democrats who won’t do enough to keep us out of one.

Either way we’re screwed. The only difference is that under the Democrats it won’t happen quite as fast.


SunnyNobility | Friday February 13, 2009 02:30 pm 95

Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from Sloan-Kettering today.

Tumor originally found was non-malignant. Another smaller one found during surgery. Smaller Stage 1 malignant tumor removed, lymph nodes tested clear. Part of her pancreas and her spleen were removed. She may be able to avoid chemo.

Go Justice Ginsburg!


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:32 pm 96
In response to SunnyNobility @ 95

Stage 1 — that is good news. Much better than they were initially thinking. Good for her!


foothillsmike | Friday February 13, 2009 02:34 pm 97

Stimulous voting in senate underway


JohnAnderson | Friday February 13, 2009 02:38 pm 98

I am beyond fury.

Some of these Republican senators are nothing but crooks. The wretched Chambliss and Cornyn, not to mention the arch and villainous Shelby, come immediately to mind. Others are pie-brained loons: The Oklahoma Twosome being the Senate’s crowning achievement in that regard. McConnell is cynicism made flesh. Then there are the Two Dwarfs of the Apocalypse, Sessions and Graham.

Then there are the Senate Fixtures like Grassley, Ranking Republican on one of the Upper Body’s two most important committees (Finance). Listening to him rattling away today on the floor, with his pointer and his Show & Tell, I realized: This man is not just old, he’s dim. As in dim-witted. Slow. Dull. A dunce. A powerful, dim-witted dunce. Surly and rather mean-spirited, at that.

Christ, what a pack of fools and liars and idiots they all are. I know there are–surely, there must be–exceptions, but . . . . I haven’t seen them lately. Have you? Has anyone?


Margot | Friday February 13, 2009 02:40 pm 99

New post—>>


Elliott | Friday February 13, 2009 02:40 pm 100
In response to TobyWollin @ 92

Just say no to that.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:40 pm 101
In response to JohnAnderson @ 98

Frankly, I begin to doubt that either party has many wise ones these days. Which is, sadly, rather depressing.


marymccurnin | Friday February 13, 2009 02:42 pm 102

The Party of Nope.


foothillsmike | Friday February 13, 2009 02:47 pm 103

OT Gregg voted no on stimulous


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday February 13, 2009 02:48 pm 104
In response to foothillsmike @ 103

Golly. Color me not shocked at all. *G*


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 02:49 pm 105

I’ve just read Bob Schacht’s and Dean Baker’s diaries and now I’m scared absolutely stiff.


RevBev | Friday February 13, 2009 03:13 pm 106

Does anyone else have trouble with the Show Text? I can do the “reply”, but not “show” and tried the turn off PC trick. Did not work. Thanks


Margot | Friday February 13, 2009 03:17 pm 107

New post–>


MarkH | Friday February 13, 2009 03:30 pm 108
In response to FreedomNow @ 64

Government intervention has NEVER worked in the past.

Like when they catch, convict and jail thieves?
Like when they created law to enable corporations and the stock market?
Like when the air was thick and the water would burn in the 1970s and they required it to be cleaned up?
Like when they required people to be schooled, so they’d be smart enough to build this Internet?

Give it a rest. Government can do very useful things.


bobschacht | Friday February 13, 2009 03:32 pm 109
In response to Bluetoe2 @ 47

Actually, I don’t think Obama wants to bury the Republican Party. I think he wants to transform it. Remember which party it was that Abe Lincoln founded. Pay attention to Obama’s Lincoln B’day speech in Springfield.

Bob in HI


dosido | Friday February 13, 2009 03:49 pm 110
In response to bobschacht @ 109

Actually I mentioned the disturbing part of that speech (for me). that lincoln didn’t retaliate against the South even though it would have been popular. However, there is a difference between bringing citizens back into the fold (our fellow repub citizens) and the war criminals who were “leading” them.

btw, your diary is freaking me out (re wall street holding congress hostage).


klynn | Friday February 13, 2009 04:00 pm 111
In response to Leen @ 3

Thanks for sharing your experience. I think the greatest perspective that can be given from our older generation is that they have invested so much into our country for prosperity and protection. Their words on preservation for future generations is the bottom line from a socio-political stance.


cinnamonape | Friday February 13, 2009 04:05 pm 112
In response to Badwater @ 65

Here’s some more Republican bufoonery…this time from Virginia.

Virginia GOP Chairman Disses Darwin

Not only can the fellow not even produce a logical statement, he’s taking his speech off some Creationists’ web-site!

I’m surprised that he claims Lincoln as a Republican though and mentions that he “freed the slaves” with the Emancipation Proclamation (at least it did in Confederate held Virginia…but not in the already liberated states of the Confederacy. That would come later with the 14th and 15th Amendments).

But he also apparently doesn’t know that Darwin was an abolitionist and believer in the social equality of different races long before Lincoln. Darwin accepted individual human equality, whereas the slave-owners in Virginia still held in separate Creations of different races. The Creationists were the racists. In fact Darwin’s theory didn’t pronounce that there were superior human races….all human races (since they were evolutionary termini on the tree of life) were equal.


jacqrat | Friday February 13, 2009 04:10 pm 113

I guess Bayh decided he would keep the D after his name…

is anyone besides me watching and waiting for the senate vote to finish? Are they keeping the voting open long enough for Sherrod Brown to get back from his mother’s funeral (10pm EST)?


Bluetoe2 | Friday February 13, 2009 04:33 pm 114

Americans are better today that all the insurgents of the conferacy are dead and in their graves. Future Americans will be better off when today’s Republicans are dead and in their graves.


Knut | Friday February 13, 2009 07:40 pm 115

Down here in EPU-land again. The rethugs are hopless. They are taking advice — if in fact they take any — from economists who don’t know top from bottom. Probably just as well.


Knut | Friday February 13, 2009 07:48 pm 116

Christy, I don’t know if you will get back to reading this, but what you say is what keeps my anger high enough to keep posting, writing, voting, and working. My folks come from modest working people backgrounds. I was talented enough, but basically lucky enough, to get an Antioch and Yale education, paid for by the Federal government. My brother the same. We always thought we would pay back. I chickened out and moved to Canada, but he stayed in the field and worked in the toughtest high schools in south Oakland. It pisses me to the core to see and feel what the thugs and the rich have done to our country.


SpaceLobster | Friday February 13, 2009 09:00 pm 117
In response to Elliott @ 1

And when it’s not “no” it’s a complete lie.


bmaz | Saturday February 14, 2009 03:03 am 118

Excellent post and even better new digs ya got here. Am, however, going to have to collect the use fee for “the audacity of nope” phrase. I have it copyrighted now for almost a year. Or so one of our commenters decreed anyway. Seriously, lover the new place and you are killing with your work here.


Leen | Sunday February 15, 2009 10:40 am 119
In response to MarkH @ 108

Public schools, libraries, interstate


Leen | Sunday February 15, 2009 10:46 am 120

I keep thinking that the definition of “bettering” will change. Not defined as having a bigger house, fancier car and more stuff. But having a solid education as your foundation, access to college for minimum$$$,health care and living wages for all. That is what I would call pro life.

“Better” in my hopeful world may come to mean choosing to live with less so others can simply live


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