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October 1, 2014

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Confrontation goes both ways

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If it weren’t so sad and pathetic, the congressional Republican hypocrisy would be laughable.

On Monday, Sen. John McCain called a speech given that morning by President Barack Obama “a message of confrontation to Republicans.”

Perhaps McCain has forgotten the 2010 remarks by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in which he stated that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” That certainly sounded like a Republican message of confrontation toward the president.

Apparently, it’s OK if the Republicans’ most important goal was to defeat President Obama rather than solve the nation’s problems. Now, though, according to McCain, the shoe’s on the other foot, and he doesn’t much care for the fit.

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  1. 1. Alfred A. Knopf, for example, infamously published Nicholson Baker's Checkpoint, a pathetic riff on shooting Bush. Gabriel Range's unhinged 2006 "docudrama," The Death of a President, focused on an imagined assassination of President Bush (imagine the outcry should any filmmaker today update that topos).

    2. A sick Charlie Brooker op-ed in the Guardian called for another John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald to kill Bush.

    3. Jonathan Chait of The New Republic more or less permanently ruined his reputation by writing an adolescent rant on "the case for Bush hatred," one that began creepily with "I hate President George W. Bush."

    4. Obama "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2.".....calling Republicans enemies???

    5. Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona's anti-illegal immigration measure, Mr. Obama said, "Those aren't the kinds of folks who represent our core American values."

    6. As a presidential candidate in 2008 Obama criticized then-President George W. Bush for adding $4 trillion to the national debt, saying it was "unpatriotic" and also "irresponsible" to saddle future generations with such a large national debt. What has Obama done since? He's surpassed Bush's $4 trillion dollar debt in 4 years what Bush did in 8.

    Political rhetoric and feigned hatred happens from and to each party. Get over it Jimmy.

  2. Most of the 'facts' stated by Jim Graham, Jeff Garner and Future are accurate. My response is 'so what'?

    The 'facts' offered lead directly to the conclusion that both parties and almost every elected representative place self interest above the nations' interest.

    Arguing over which side is worse is fruitless.

    Michael

  3. The first rule of politics: Get elected. The second rule: Get reelected. The third rule: Don't forget the first two.

    CarmineD

  4. The GOP is mo stranger to hypocrisy and the importance of what John McCain says is way overrated, especially by John McCain.

  5. I've said it before, and I'll say it again ... a large faction of the GOP has gone collectively insane. They are lead by pundits who don't know jack crap. All of their predictions and paranoid rambling hasn't come to pass and they went as far as getting Obama's reelection completely wrong in their upside down world. Several of us posted Obama will win the election because those far right wingnuts sitting in Congress make normal people wonder, WTF? As long as you on the far right stick to those beliefs and agendas you'll never understand how far out of touch you are. As others commented, you are living and communicating within a bubble. These last Fox attacks on Hillary Clinton is a prime example of how whacked out some are. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and a host of other pundits are making millions lieing to their audiences and most times use the same talking points verbatim because there is zero originality. Hate drives this GOP, and until they clean house, will end up losing most future elections.

  6. Apparently, wearing blinders, Graham forgets the 2000 election whereby the "inventor of the Internet" fought tooth & nail to stop George W from becoming a one term president. The kooks on the left lost and for 8 years fought like Hell every initiative Gorge W offered even going so far as to filibuster federal judicial nominees. Graham fudges facts by omitting the virulent opposition put forth by Reid the Red during the Bush years. Graham doesn't seem to understand how the sleazy world of politics works in the pig sty known as Washington, DC & elsewhere. The "loyal" opposition opposses; otherwise, why would we need two parties if they always agreed on everything? As it is now we only have one & one-half parties. The RINOs in the Republicrats party have become Dumbocratic "Lites" and I ask, who needs them? They should be purged (a nice word you Commies will understand, no doubt) and replaced by politicians with spines and backbones - not today's wimpy, limp-wristed, jellyfish who pretend to "represent" the Conservative viewpoint. That was done with the likes of Arlen Spector and can be done with the others. We don't need one "Red" and one "Pink" party. We need a "Red, White & Blue" party to counteract the "Red" party.

  7. Vernos,

    The GOP has really screwed up badly and they are being punished, but again you fail to recognize how these two parties counterbalance each other and 'always' manage to shoot themselves in the foot once they gain advantage. This is always due to the fact that people we elect far too often put themselves and their interests above the interests of the nation.

    Logic suggests what should be done now.

    President Obama should come out and tell Americans that he's glad he got the tax increase on the wealthy but higher taxes still on them and other Americans are going to be necessary and he will push for them because he has to if we have any chance of getting our finances in order.

    He should also advocate for a reduction in defense spending and in our role as world policeman and benefactor.

    He should also tell Americans and the far left part of his own party that their stand of 'no changes to entitlements' is a non starter with him. Entitlements MUST be reformed as part of any viable solution.

    He should advocate for an income tax re-write, an all of the above energy policy and use government incentives to fund green energy 'research', not green energy 'retail' development.

    He should dust off all the old reports on all the waste, fraud and duplication in government programs and finally actually have Congress act of the recommendations.

    And he should push a combination of a guest worker program, a path to citizenship for those already here (with conditions) and finally implement workplace verification of citizenship so new illegals cannot find work here.

    You watch over the next four years and I can assure you that very little of the above will be called for and we will still be addeingto the debt with huge deficit spending.

    Progressives will shoot themselves in the foot, just like every other time either party gets an advantage. Like the clothing guy says on TV: 'I guarantee it!'.

    Michael