A quick scan of the headlines to see what the mob of screaming ignorant mopes is up to in the way of strategy.
1) Republican Representative from Indiana Steve Buyer had a great scam: start a scholarship foundation for students, then keep all the money.
“A nonprofit foundation associated with Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Monticello, has been quietly collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for the primary purpose of helping students pay for college.
But the foundation, which enjoys tax-exempt status, has yet to award its first scholarship after six years in existence.”
It turns out that the money -$800,000- came from businesses with pending issues in front of Buyer’s House committees.
So of course, once he’s found out, Buyer denies everything.
Then he admits that the whole swindle was used to fund golf junkets for him and his corporate employers.
2) In the GOP tradition of dipsomaniac liar Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Republicans are now whipping up their teabag followers by frothing about Muslim spies in Congress.
Citing the ravings of a conservative author (and abetted by his spying-on-the-nonexistent-spies son), the GOP is attempting to convince people that the Great International Muslim Conspiracy is planting interns in sensitive committees where they are subverting the fine plans of the Republicans to take America back from the liberals.
If the GOP succeeds in this colossal bit of ignorance-mongering, all brown people with Islamic names will have to register with the police before they’re deported to Guantanamo. And everyone with a beard will be rather suspect, as well.
Hey, it worked for them before, right?
They’re moving the idea into Congress as you read this.
3) The only strategy the Republicans have is to oppose the Democrats.
“After nearly nine months in office, President Obama has filled some 250 appointments to top government positions. That’s about half the number of vacancies for Senate confirmed jobs.
The process has stalled for reasons including increased vetting by the administration, and Senate Republicans have put holds on more than a dozen top nominees.”
Not satisfied with wrecking the economy, making us the laughing stock of the world with 8 years of Bush’s ignorance and slime, their strategy appears to be “lie down and hope someone trips and falls over us.”
4) And in that spirit, John McCain – the man who vomited Sarah Palin into the public arena – now turns out to be the greatest supporter of the giant corporate telcos and ISP’s. Is it because of his deep philosophical commitment? His long study of the subject?
Nah. They’re paying him.
“Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is the top recipient of campaign contributions from large Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast over the past two years, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics. McCain has taken in a total of $894,379 (much of that money going to support his failed 2008 bid for the presidency), more than twice the amount taken by the next-largest beneficiary, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. ($341,089).
Meanwhile, McCain has emerged as the ISPs’ biggest champion against new “network neutrality” rules from the Federal Communications Commission, which voted Thursday to move forward in the process to adopt such rules. Shortly after the FCC vote, McCain introduced a bill (the “Internet Freedom Act”) that would block regulation of the nation’s largest broadband networks.”
5) North Carolina State Senator Phil Berger had a brilliant idea: circulate a moronic push poll that guaranteed anti-Democratic answers, then deliver thousands of them to the Democratic governor! Boy, that’ll show ‘em!.
Uh, perhaps he should have read a few of them first.
“When North Carolina state senator Phil Berger (R) trucked a wheelbarrow stacked with Republican surveys into the governor’s office, he thought he was delivering a neat blow to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
According to The News & Observer, the 3,000 or so surveys, filled out by prospective Republican voters, included questions such as “Do you think death panels made up of government bureaucrats should decide if your loved ones live or die?”
But it seems Berger didn’t actually read the surveys before wheeling them in during a press conference in which he attacked Perdue’s tax policies, among other things. When Perdue’s staff skimmed 1,000 or so of the surveys, they found comments that may have given Berger second thoughts.
“I am embarrassed to be associated with this organization. Your tactics are disgusting and you’re going to lose a generation of voters,” was one, Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson told the News.
“Stop wording questions so geared up to get the answers you want and start wording them to actually find out the people’s opinion, not just confirm your own,” read another.”
6) Are all Republicans from Mars? Well, that would be placing their origin a little close, I’m afraid. Try a lot further out, as this Democratic focus group report shows.
“They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism,” the analysis said.” While these voters are disdainful of a Republican Party they view to have failed in its mission, they overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.”
7) But they’re going to stop him, though. Between the comic-book screeching of Fox News and the various wings of tea bag schmuckery, it’s shaping up to be a Kevlar Presidency:
“The Boston Globe reports that a new internal Congressional Research Service report and government sources say there are an unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama — and that the Secret Service is insufficiently funded and staffed to deal with them.”
8) Ignorant Republican Quotes! Don’t think it isn’t hard to choose – global warming, creeping socialism, etc. – but this one by Senator John Kyl, a Republican from Arizona is a serious winner:
I’m Not Sure It’s A Fact That Lack Of Health Insurance Causes People To Die
He said it.