The GOP has spent the last 8 years defining itself by being against Obama. That was what they stood for. They had nothing substantial to say – just NO to anything Obama said.
In the long years of them trying desperately to repeal Obamacare, they NEVER came up with an alternative. Their entire position was NO. Not “This is a better way. ” Just “No, not that.”
They now own the legislature and the Presidency and yet they are STILL defining themselves through Obama.
It’s pathetic in the extreme. Today’s reference was a bill that reversed the rule that protected hibernating animals from being killed by hunters. Apparently they are proud of that, although I can’t imagine they could eke out even 10% of the population that would find that a laudable act.
If you review his twitter, Ryan often references the bills that way. Reversing Obama. Because that is all they have been successful at. They have spent the last 3 months reversing rules put in place by various agencies under Obama.
The GOP still have no plan, no self definition, no formula – except No to Obama.
It is fairly common in a change of ruling party to reverse rules by agencies. But what is odd is that it’s all defined that way. They aren’t defining the reversals as a productive action in a defined plan and strategy for accomplishing goals. They are defined as Reversing Obama.
There is no sign of defined structural plan for positive change. They are too busy burning Obama in effigy through these often stupid and destructive reversals.
It really never occurs to them that they give more weight and power to the idea of Obama than Democrats ever could.
They are destined to fail as leaders until they stand up for something substantial instead of defining themselves through Obama. They should have refused to mention him, come up with definite clear constructive goals and related every reversal to those goals. No, they are just weak. Fighting a man who isn’t even there anymore.
This morning the new health care bill made it out of Ways and Means. WITHOUT the committee ever having read the report on it’s impact.
Because the report isn’t done yet. The Congressional Budget Office hasn’t had time to research and prepare it.
But that means nothing to them. Vengeance for 8 years of Obama, regardless of it’s impact on the nation is the only thing they really care about.
Sean Spicer has already begun to say that the CBO report isn’t going to be accurate. CBO is a non partisan, highly respected office.
The Republican Whip said that he didn’t want to “unelected bureaucrats in Washington” slow down the Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The report is due on Monday. So essentially they would need to wait one week to be responsible. But nope. Not gonna do that.
Likely because they know it’s going to a negative report.
So let me back up here. This is the WAYS AND MEANS committee. The entire point of this committee is to make sure a bill can be paid for with existing taxes and what kind of impact it will have on the deficit. But they don’t know. Because they don’t have the fucking report.
They obviously know this is going to a bad report. I’m not sure how it could be otherwise, even if they had written with good intention, they wrote a complex bill in a few weeks. They scrabbled together our future without even proper consideration or research. Because they want to win.
“In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets… We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Mind you – Trump the Yam has been denying his financial connections to Russia since last summer.
Of course the Yam also said:
2013 Interview question Does he have a relationship with Putin:
“I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I am saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.”
2014 Yam quote:
“You know, I was in Moscow a couple of months ago. I own the Miss Universe Pageant and they treated me so great. Putin even sent me a present, a beautiful present.”
2014 Yam Boast:
“I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer…”
But when someone explained to Trump that this close relationship he was so proud of was a liability, he changed his tune.
Here’s the thing. I SERIOUSLY doubt if Trump has a personal relationship with Putin. He WANTED one because, in the small craven mind of the Yam Pants, Putin is the coolest guy in school.
But Putin is smart and controlled and Trump – not so so much. So if Putin ever did more than a perfunctory phone call I would be surprised. He would know that a friendship would not fly.
It’s entirely possible, if speculative, that Trump’s Russian handler explained how he needed to change that tune. And to be clear – I don’t think Trump knows this person is a handler or that anyone else has identified this person as a handler. But I wouldn’t be surprised if this handler exists in the closest circles of Yam Camp. If I were Putin, I would want that handler in close to the Yam.
In any case, the reality is that much more deeply controlling influences have been deployed than a personal friendship with Putin. Indeed, that is where the evidence is. Trump, who has never been a particularly good business man, merely a good showman, is in constant need of funds. He can’t get a loan in the US because he’s such a fucked up business man.
But Russia saw something bigger to be gained than financial interest. And so money was provided, sex was provided, kink was discovered and leverage was gained.
But it doesn’t matter. The GOP is invested in this miserable rotting Yam of a Man. They own the congress and they need someone to sign the horrific legislation. And so I predict that by this time next week we won’t be talking about this…. again.
It’s not a new story. It’s just gotten a new kink twist. And as surprising as it is, we have relegated foreign involvement in our election process to a mere eyebrow raising experience for months now.
And when you consider that the involvement comes from a country that was our deepest enemy 30 years ago it’s rather eye opening. A KGB operative from the cold war is now sock puppetting our President – but Congress will shrug it off because that is in their personal best interest. The country be damned.
Humans are terrifyingly easy to manipulate. And more nightmarish, those being manipulated will fight you tooth and nail when you suggest that they are being manipulated. So, the staunchest GOP supporters will shrug off this manipulation as well. Because they have been given all the necessary rationalizations they need to do it.
And again I must ask myself. Where am I being manipulated? Will I recognize it when I see it?
Is the hysteria of the left causing me to think more is there than there is? Is Putin REALLY sock puppetting? Is there really a handler?
The last time I talked myself out of the hysteria on the left was when Bush was talking about WMDs. Despite disliking Bush rather intensely I thought “Well obviously he has a wider and deeper set of information than I have.” I was wrong. What I perceived as biased hysteria was correct.
So. I am left with the strong conviction that Putin is currently and actively manipulating the politics in our country.
Seriously. We are a bunch of idiots raging about a silly forgettable speech using utterly common phrases that she lifted from another speech that were probably lifted from other works. WHO THE FUCK CARES?
Now the meme going around is the obviously UNINTENTIONAL Nazi salute by Laura Ingraham. Stop focusing on the unimportant things and attack at the devastating policies, the clear hate mongering, the obvious character failure of Trump.
During the RNC they brought the officers who beat Freddie Gray to death in a police van onto the stage and cheered them. THINK ABOUT THAT!!! The GOP needs to be called on that. It needs to be the thing we are outraged about. That is so much more important than a couple of innocous lines in a speech.
They had three people whose children were killed by immigrants on stage to discuss the problem of immigration. As though immigration policy kills children. That obvious manipulation of reality needs to be called out and not allowed to lay there.
What matters is being ignored. Really scary bad things are going unnoticed so you can rage about really UNIMPORTANT stuff.
If this man gets elected, it’s going to be a disaster, and not because Melania googled “first lady speeches” when she wrote hers.
Your damn memes about unimportant stuff are only directed to people who agree with you.
If you want to help, point out the stuff that matters so that people on the fence will vote for Clinton.
We need to work on the important stuff, not the stuff that feels easy.
Liberals tend to paint a picture of The Republican as a white man with quietly or not so quietly held racist views, desperately and obliviously holding on to his white privilege like it’s a childhood blankie.
But the reality is surely otherwise. We all know at least one perfectly reasonable Republican who is not a racist. I know quite a few and I tend to believe there are a whole lot of them.
My biggest issue with them is that they are NOT screaming in outrage at what GOP candidates are saying and doing in the name of their party.
Why isn’t Donald Trump being kicked out the GOP for being a flagrantly misogynistic racist candidate?
Why isn’t anyone even demanding that?
If they don’t want their party to devolve into hellish caricatures of candidates, they need to defend it from the cretins who would make it that way.
Saying they will vote Trump out on the primary isn’t good enough. The tacit endorsement of the Republican Party is all over him. He represents their party.
I’m unaware that there is an effort on the part of everyday GOP voters to stop the disintegration of their party into a place where scared white racists go to bathe their fears.