This could actually work!
Stewart points out: “Outraged, [Fox News' false-outrage-exploitation-engine] will storm the barricades to make sure these, maybe, 100 veterans get into the [WWII] Memorial while forgetting that it’s their allies asinine budget shenanigans that not only shut it in the first place, but also put Meals on Wheels at risk–a program that serves meals to over 500,000 veterans a year.”
After playing a montage of Republicans describing their love for “small government,” Stewart summarizes: “You hate the government. Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits YOU like are taken away.” Echoing a famous scene from Steve Martin’s The Jerk, he says, “I don’t need any government… except these memorials… and Social Security… and the paddle game.”
He continues, “And THEN, in the middle of your outrage and sadness over the government shutdown, well… you always wind up giving away the bullshit game.” Stewart cuts to a video of Michele Bachmann saying, “We’re really very energized today, we’re very strong. This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time.”
WashingtonPost – One of the last remaining veterans of World War II in Congress called Thursday afternoon for his colleagues to end the government shutdown, suggesting that members of the legislative body who have appeared at the World War II memorial this week are not doing enough to support those who served in the conflict. “If this Congress truly wishes to recognize the sacrifice and bravery of our World War II veterans and all who’ve come after, it will end this shutdown and reopen our government now,” John Dingell (D-Mich.) said in a joint statement issued with former Republican senator Bob Dole of Kansas, a combat-injured veteran of World War II.
What? Photo ops with WWII veterans in wheelchairs isn’t doing enough for veterans during the shutdown? That must be a mistake.
“[The government shutdown is] a temporary inconvenience for a lot of people. But if Obamacare is ever implemented, we will never recover from that as a nation. We can never be a free people again.” – Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
What the shutdown is really about - Ezra Klein: This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That’s it. That’s why the Republican Party …shut down the government and [might] default on the debt.
sandandglass: Jon Stewart on The Daily Show commenting on the fact that President Obama is able to negotiate with Iran but not the Republican Party.
Worth watching if you haven’t seen it (part of the reason The Daily Show won its 10th Emmy in a row last night). Excellent.
Yep, the one who said “lucky lady” was Brian Kilmeade, renowned rocket scientist and celebrated brain surgeon.
Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life… around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed. “That president was not the choice of our party,” he said. “We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”
The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.
— From NY Times Editorial: Mr. Romney Reinvents History
Transcript of the reinvention:
Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than what divides us.
When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.
That very optimism is uniquely American.
The sad reality: the night of President Obama’s inauguration, Republican leadership met over dinner and plotted how to take back the White House in 2012 — THE NIGHT HE WAS INAUGURATED! That’s an unusual way of “coming together” in a “good and generous” way to support the new president, isn’t it?
The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward: Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’) Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.) Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.) Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012.
And of course, this: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” –- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, quoted in National Journal, November 4, 2010
Either Mitt Romney is simple minded or he just hopes the rest of us are.