Today’s opining on the public discourse.
Sometimes, there’s stupidity so deep you can’t wade in. You can’t dabble your toes while you get used to the temperature, because there’s no getting used to it. All you can do is take a deep breath, hold it, and dive headfirst into the deep end.
Jim DeMint’s stupidity is that type:
Last week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, arguably the chamber’s most right-wing member, told an audience at the National Press Club that the United States is currently “about where Germany was before World War II.” Everything about his remarks — the sense of history, the understanding of current events, the philosophy — was a special kind of stupid.
But DeMint seems quite pleased with himself, and keeps churning out new and creative insanity.
In an interview with the evangelical World Magazine titled “The Taxpayers’ Greatest Ally,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had some interesting things to say about his work with his colleagues in the Senate:
“I am not going to be able to persuade my colleagues to do the right things, so I am just going to have to create pain.”
Okay, that is a bit intense. However, it may not even be the most intense statement from Sen. DeMint this week. On a conference call this morning, DeMint discussed health care reform: “”This health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America… If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”
I’m not quite sure what all of this means, but it sounds rather twisted.
I think Dems should keep those remarks in mind when they contemplate bipartisanship. There’s no being bipartisan with an insane fool like that.
Alas, he is not the only insane fool in the Senate:
This sure does get tiresome.
Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) has placed a “hold” on Robert Perciasepe’s nomination to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, demanding that the EPA re-analyze a controversial climate bill.
He said he had no objections to Perciasepe, the chief operating officer of the Audubon Society. But he wants the EPA to alter its analysis of a bill, aiming to lower greenhouse-gas emissions, that passed the House in June.
The problem has to do with the Waxman-Markey “American Clean Energy and Security” (ACES) Act. The EPA estimates that the bill, if implemented, will cost the average U.S. household about $110 per year. (A CBO analysis came up with a slightly higher figure: $175 per household per year.) Voinovich, hoping to defeat the bill, found the estimate unsatisfying.
So, he’s told the EPA that he’ll let the Senate vote on Perciasepe’s nomination just as soon as the EPA reevaluates ACES’s cost and
tells him what he wants to hearcomes up with a per-household annual cost that he considers “reliable and realistic.”
In other words, he’s trying to blackmail the EPA. Extortion is unbecoming to a senator, don’t you think?
Earlier today on Fox News, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was asked whether Republicans would borrow from President Clinton’s famous catch-phrase during the 1992 campaign, “it’s the economy stupid,” in the run-up to the 2010 election. Steele proceeded to launch into a rambling answer that used fuzzy math to assert that, in only six months, President Obama has added “10 trillion dollars” to the national deficit, while President Bush is to blame for only “a trillion”:
STEELE: They love going back to George Bush and his deficit that was inherited. Great. I’ll take George Bush’s deficit right now of a trillion dollars over the 10 trillion dollars that this administration has created in just six months.
To help jog Steele’s memory, here’s a bit of a deficit recap: Bush inherited a budget surplus of $128 billion in 2001. Budget experts projected a $710 billion surplus for 2009 when he came into office. But the deficit soon exploded, thanks largely to the Bush tax cuts — which accounted for 42 percent of the deficit. When Bush left office, he handed President Obama a projected $1.2 trillion budget deficit for this year, the largest ever.
As for the debt, when President Bush took office, it was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion.
You know, I really wish they’d come up with talking points that took more than a minutes’ effort to debunk. There’s no challenge here.
Let us turn now to principled conservatism:
There’s been an ongoing and heated dispute between FedEx and UPS lately, stemming from a labor provision currently being debated on the Hill. In a nutshell, UPS already negotiates union contracts with individual locations, and FedEx may soon be forced to do the same, giving up its one national union contract for its express business.
A fierce fight between the two shipping giants has broken out over this, and American Conservati
ve Union, a major conservative lobbying organization, was, as recently as two weeks ago, on FedEx’s side. The ACU said in a recent letter, “We stand with FedEx in opposition to this legislation.”
But that wouldn’t last. The ACU asked FedEx to pony up a couple million dollars for conservative lobbying expenses. FedEx balked, so two weeks later, the American Conservative Union switched sides, and now backs UPS.
In return for the $2 million, ACU offered a range of services that included: “Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and / or other members of the ACU’s board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)”
The conservative group’s remarkable demand — black-and-white proof of the longtime Washington practice known as “pay for play” — was contained in a private letter to FedEx that was provided to POLITICO.
The letter exposes the practice by some political interest groups of taking stands not for reasons of pure principle, as their members and supporters might assume, but also in part because a sponsor is paying big money.
And if one fails to pay that price, wouldn’t you know it, the conservative organization finds that maybe it doesn’t really agree with your principled position after all.
My goodness, imagine that. ACU values their values so much they’ve put a $2 million price tag on them.
In other principled conservative news, we discover that yet another principled Christian conservative screaming for Bill Clinton’s head was busy violating the sanctity of marriage all the while:
Last night on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow reported the story that former Rep. Chip Pickering’s (R-MS) wife has filed a lawsuit against Pickering’s mistress Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd, exposing a long-running affair. Pickering, now a lobbyist for Capitol Resources LLC, campaigned on a platform of promising to bring family values to Washington. Pickering tried to force his own views on marriage upon the country by pushing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and using marriage as a cudgel to demand that President Bill Clinton resign:
– While engaged in the affair with Creekore Byrd, Pickering said of President Bill Clinton: “I think for the good of the country and the good of his own family it would be better for him to resign. When someone puts himself forward for public office, then his personal conduct does become relevant.” [Washington Times, 8/20/98]
– Pickering explained his support of a constitutional gay marriage ban, stating: “Marriage as an institution between one man and one woman promotes the best interest of the husband and wife, and the best interests of children.” [Mississippi Link, 7/20/06]
The suit filed by Pickering’s wife also alleges that Pickering pursued the affair while living in the “C Street Complex,” the boarding house for the secretive right-wing Christian group known as “the Fellowship.” Pickering’s former colleagues embroiled in similar scandals, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), were also members of the Fellowship.
Wow. C-Street should change its name to A-Street, there. As in a scarlet A. And you know the funniest part of the Pickering affair? He dropped out of public life not because of scandal, but because his mistress told him to.
The next time Cons start screaming about other peoples’ moral failings, I do believe we should laugh them loudly out of the room.
And, finally, our racist Con quote o’ the day, courtesy of Pat Buchanan after being raked over the coals on Rachel Maddow’s show:
Rachel asked, for example, for his thoughts on 108 out of 110 Supreme Court justices being white. Buchanan replied, “White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks.”
This, of course, from the man who decided that white people need to whine more about how the minorites are keeping them down. If you believe, as many do, that this fucktard has no place in the public discourse, you can inform MSNBC of your displeasure here.
If you’re worried about getting a racist fucktard fired during a major recession, don’t. You know he’ll find a happy home at Faux News.
Have I mentioned lately how much I’d like to see a sane opposition party? Y’know, one that doesn’t put forth stupid, racist, and frothing insane fucktards as their creme de la creme? I’d like that a lot. Alas, it looks as if that’s about as likely as Christian Bale showing up on my doorstep to profess his undying love, so I’d best go exercise my point-and-laugh muscles instead.