“Look into my eyes. You will listen to everything I say. You will be inflexible. You will be homophobic. You will not care about driving America to the economic brink. You will be politically dickish and immune to any thought of compromise. You will define yourself of fiscally conservative, though not fiscally rational. You will demand that poor people do not get access to universal healthcare, and you will further vow to strike down any law that makes such an accommodation. You will convince people that they can pray the gay away — and take government funding in doing so. You will spew hatred and intolerance as a matter of course, and attack your President as if everything your party ever did to systematically destroy any sense of decorum in Washington had no part in it at all. You. Will. Elect. Me. President. So we can restore sanity to this nation! Like what’s reflected in my eternal gaze. Thanks, Michele.”
Could they have picked a less flattering photo? I don’t think so. Newsweek is playing subliminal messages here. Look at that face, run away screaming. She will eat you, after she eats your children! ;)
Perry’s flirtations with neo-Confederate organizations and symbols — ably documented by Justin Elliott — are so extraordinarily reprehensible that it should immediately and permanently disqualify him from being taken seriously for national office. The Confederacy was not a bunch of generally well-meaning dudes who went a little too far, it was a gang of racist traitors who launched a bloody war to defend a monstrously unjust institution. Having neo-Confederate sympathies in America should be equivalent to supporting the reconstituted Fascist party in Italy, or worse. It should not be considered something that 50 percent of the nation should be willing to look past, or even embrace.
And if that embracing happens it’ll be in part because of a press that won’t explicitly describe a disgusting sentimental attachment to a racist, brutal regime of oppression as anything other than an acceptable ploy to pick up Southern white support.
This is what trickle-down economics looks like. Want an alternative? Try budgeting for growth and prosperity.
Anne Telnaes, Cartoonist Group
And now I know the Center for American Progress is on Tumblr.
Just as we were freaking out about Rick Perry last night, so was Rachel Maddow:
If you thought Dub-ya was bad, look out US of A. Texas has a humdinger of a dipshit waiting in the wings. He loves this country so fucking much he thinks his state would be better off seceding from it. Also, couldn’t be more anti-choice than he already is (maybe I shouldn’t count my chickens, though).
Mr. Romney was speaking at the (Iowa State) fair’s soapbox Thursday morning, but when it was time for the question-and-answer session, the mood turned heated, with a small group of angry hecklers calling on Mr. Romney to support raising taxes on the wealthy to help fund social entitlement programs.
“We have to make sure that the promises we make in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are promises we can keep, and there are various ways of doing that,” Mr. Romney said. “One is we can raise taxes on people.”
“Corporations!” the protesters shouted, suggesting that Mr. Romney, as president, should raise taxes on large businesses. “Corporations!”
“Corporations are people, my friend,” Mr. Romney responded, as the hecklers shouted back, “No they’re not!”
“Of course they are,” Mr. Romney said, chuckling slightly. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where to do you think it goes?”
When someone in the front row angrily suggested that “it goes in their pockets,” Mr. Romney, becoming increasingly animated, asked: “Whose pockets? People’s pockets!”
Republican candidate MITT ROMNEY.
Mitt’s right, you know? The people people get their minimum wage and — if they’re lucky — benefits, and the corporation people get their millions in profits PLUS their Bush tax cuts.
—STEPHEN COLBERT, on The Colbert Report
Megyn Kelly is badass — that guy was calling maternity leave “a racket.” He was saying women shouldn’t get paid for it, and Megyn Kelly was just like “RARRRRRRR.” Never get between a mama grizzly and her maternity leave!
She’s making quite a spirited argument: that workers are entitled to certain benefits, and that society has an interest in protecting these benefits! Which is great — and really weird, because that’s not the Fox Megyn Kelly that I thought I knew. …She used to hate entitlement programs, mandated benefits and things like that.
…You see, this is the problem with entitlements: they’re really only entitlements (to you) when it’s something other people want. When it’s something you want, they’re a hallmark of a civilized society; the foundation of a great people. “I just had a baby and found out maternity leave strengthens society! But since I still have a job, unemployment benefits (for everyone else) are really socialism.”
More simply, (plays George Carlin’s famous “Have you noticed that their stuff is ‘shit,’ and your shit is ‘stuff’?” bit). Once again, George Carlin says in a sentence what took us three-and-a-half minutes.
So either Megyn Kelly has inadvertently exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of conservative demonization of unions and the working class, or — Oh my God, it’s worse than we thought: Megyn Kelly is suffering from post-partum compassion. (Beat.) It’ll pass.
JON STEWART, on Megyn Kelly decrying a fellow conservative’s remarks calling paid maternity leave a “racket,” on The Daily Show.
Well, not part of the debate — just close enough to the debate so that her presence drowns it out.
I swear to God, she’s not running for President — she’s running to be mayor of Cockblockington.
So here’s what I learned watching Thursday night’s Republican debate:
States’ rights should rule the day, unless you’re gay.
Small government is the rule unless a rapist impregnates his victim.
Loyalty oaths should be the new normal.
Ten-to-one spending cuts to tax increases is an ideologically unacceptable compromise.
And refusing to raise the debt ceiling is a stand for fiscal responsibility even if it were to trigger an immediate default.
The action onstage in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday night provided a portrait of a grand old party that seems increasingly at war with reality itself. Responsible governance and philosophic consistency were endangered species in this political arena.
It would be funny, if they weren’t so dangerous.
Listen to Wil Wheaton.
- Tim Pawlenty likened Obama to “a manure spreader in a windstorm”
- Rick Santorum equated gay marriage with incest
- Michele Bachmann paid $30 each to bus supporters to the Ames straw poll
- “Rick Perry wasn’t around, but that didn’t preclude a constant discussion of him, my favorite bit of which was a CNN segment in which it was revealed that his father-in-law had performed his vasectomy.”
- Sarah Palin was “looking for fried butter on a stick and a fried Twinkie as soon as I can get there.”
- Bruni’s epilogue: “She deserves as much. And we deserve something much, much better.”
MICHELE BACHMANN, on whether the word “submissive” means “subservient,” on Face The Nation.
I submissive you.
GOP presidential hopeful MICHELE BACHMANN, on her Republican and Tea Party colleagues voting to raise the debt ceiling, on Face The Nation.
In context, out of context — it doesn’t really matter.
Is she referring to herself as “the horse”? ;)
Republican presidential candidate MICHELE BACHMANN, on CBS Face The Nation.
That sounds like a great fucking plan, Michele.
"Dear" Republican Party: Please nominate this moron to be your presidential candidate. Please, make everyone’s day and forfeit this election from the get-go.