I Like Ike!

Today the GOP is about as useful as sandpaper for TP…….there was a time when they stood for good government and a prosperous country….but those days are long gone.

I know most GOP types think that Reagan was some sort of magician…..but if they are looking for a role model….they could do NO better than Ike……

 

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AHHH-CHOO! Sorry…….. I’m Allergic To Bullsh*t!

That was the only thing I could think of when I heard a recent speech by presidential hopeful, Jeb Bush…..he decided that he would make a speech to show his foreign policy bona fides……and boy was it a chuckle.

Jeb’s foreign policy speech was a dud.  One he got his big historical perspective wrong and two, he got the official total of ISIS fighters wrong…..all in all the speech was a resounding dud.

You know I have been absent when reporting on future 2016 candidates……well for good reason….THEY ARE BORING!  But I have a feeling that is about to change.

My fave part of his little speech was that and I quote…..”I am my own man”…..Let’s look at that shall we?

He’s got two former presidents—and about two dozen top-level advisers to those presidents—by his side, but Jeb Bush says he’s got his own foreign-policy views. “I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man—and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences,” Bush says in prepared remarks ahead of a Chicago speech today, as per the Washington Post. But, as the Post points out, Jeb Bush already has at least 20 veterans of his brother’s and father’s administrations to lean on as he preps for a campaign: That list includes two ex-secretaries of state under his father and Ronald Reagan (James Baker and George Schultz), two former CIA directors, two former Homeland Security directors, and other foreign-policy aces and diplomats.

So he is his own man?  But he will depend on the same pricks that gave us Iraq in 2003…..without much international experience he will depend on his advisers to make his case for him

If that does not scare you from the path of Jeb….then maybe his thoughts on international affairs will help you out……

………he’ll forge his own path to strengthen the US as a world leader and reinvigorate weakened relationships in the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. Bush’s statements also take on the economy, the current administration (“Hashtag campaigns replace actual diplomacy and engagement”), and the military: “The President’s word needs to be backed by the greatest military power in the world. Because I believe, fundamentally, that weakness invites war … and strength encourages peace.

He seems to be echoing Reagan, GW and to a small part Bush 1……this should keep the neo-cons on board, at least for now…….

Typical political BS….kinda like “the will of the people”………Jeb will be a carbon copy of every neo-con that has ever run for office…….does anyone recall a piece I wrote recently about the military was getting to the point of being too expensive to use?  Keep that in mind anytime a neo-con thumps its chest like a sex crazed primate about the military……..it will be EXPENSIVE!

7 right-wing demagogues that will be shoved down our throats in 2016 – Salon.com

Although NO one has made it official that they will be running for the GOP nomination…..there are a few that will be force fed to the American public as soon as possible……some are already in the running for the most forced candidates……

Mitt has bowed out……but from there it is wide open…..

Pleae tell me the one you think will be the most forced onto the voting public.

 

7 right-wing demagogues that will be shoved down our throats in 2016 – Salon.com.

GOP: Is The Game Afoot?

Holy crap!  Did I somehow step through “the Looking Glass”?   Is the GOP trying to re-define itself ahead of the 2016 election?

First we have news that there is a push back on the opposition to immigration reform….then the ladies pull their support for an anti-abortion bill in essence killing the bill (for now)……and then I got word that there was another vote that shocked me…….

I got this piece of news from Ace news group for whom I write op-eds from time to time……..

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Jan.22: Sometimes snippets of news just have to be published and this snippet is just one of those and is just as The Hill reported.

The Senate on Wednesday voted that “climate change is real and is not a hoax” as Democrats used the Keystone XL pipeline debate to force votes on the politically charged issue ahead of the 2016 elections.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 in favor of a an amendment stating that “climate change is real and is not a hoax.”

The provision offered by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to put Republicans on record about climate change ahead of the 2016 election passed with near unanimous support, with only Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the chairman of the campaign committee for Senate Republicans, voting no.

First, Wicker is my Senator and I would expect nothing different from this big business crony……

Okay, what the Hell is going on with the GOP?

I thought is that they are playing a game to make them look like a real party and not some group of bumbling morons……all this is to look good to the groups that they have lost in the past….women, environmentalists, immigrants……it is all a game, in my mind, a well thought out game…..but a game none the less.

The GOP is moving at record speed in this redefining operation…..but will it last?

Even the d/bags in the Tea Party seem to be playing along with this dice roll……it is all about 2016……nothing to do with the reality of things….just to win an election and have TOTAL power…..this may not last long…..until the gamers get tired of playing.

So whatcha think?  Is A Game Afoot?

FLASH! We Have A GOP Revolt!

As I was fiddling about last night I heard something on the news that made me stop and take notice.

It seems that some GOP women have had a change of heart and pulled their names from an abortion bill and in essence killing the bill for now……

House Republicans have abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision was embarrassing for Republican leaders eager to display a united, GOP-led Congress, who had planned to push the legislation through the House today. But after meeting repeatedly with female lawmakers and others who were unhappy with the measure, they decided last night to postpone the debate indefinitely. The vote was timed to coincide with the annual March for Life, when anti-abortion protesters stream to Washington to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Instead, the House will debate legislation banning taxpayer funding for abortion—a prohibition that is already largely in effect.

What The Hell?

Good news for the pro-choice movement…..but…….my question is why now?

Is this sincere or is it more political games from the GOP?

I regret that I am a cynic….it is just too convenient with the anniversary of Rowe v Wade when activists descend on the halls of Congress with petitions and such…….is this an attempt to change the complexion of the GOP a bit?  After all a new election is not that far away.

Any thoughts?

Take That You Soul-less SOBs!

By now you have heard all about the mini revolt in the House GOP……some wanted to overthrow Boehner from his Speaker position….people like Gohmert (bat crap crazy) and Yoho (sounds like an awful drink)……

In case you were otherwise occupied and missed the tension……

In winning a third term as House speaker today, John Boehner had to fend off a defection from within his own party that was the biggest such revolt in more than 150 years, reports the Washington Post. In all, 25 conservative Republicans voted against Boehner, though that wasn’t enough to force the humiliation of a second vote. House rules allow members to vote for any US citizen, which is why Rand Paul and Jeff Sessions—who happen to be senators—each got a vote, reports the Hill. (On the Democratic side, Tennessee’s Jim Cooper voted for Colin Powell, notes CNN.)

A dozen GOP members voted for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, but today’s opposition was largely symbolic. It shows the “the clear limits” of Boehner’s clout in the GOP conference, observes Politico, while Chris Cillizza at the Post writes that it doesn’t bode well in terms of avoiding the logjams of the previous Congress. “If more than two dozen House Republicans are willing to stand up and voice their discontent with him in a vote that is almost certain to go his way, what will the prognosis be for Boehner when the legislative outcomes are less certain?” Here’s the full list of those who voted against him.

Okay the idiots on the Right did not succeed……but what will Boehner do?

Glad you asked!

John Boehner struck a magnanimous tone after fighting off the biggest anti-speaker rebellion in 150 years yesterday—”May the fruits of our labors be ladders our children can use to climb to the stars,” he told the House—but payback has been swift for some of the 25 conservatives who voted against him. Florida Reps. Dan Webster and Richard Nugent been kicked off the powerful House Rules Committee, which is appointed directly by the speaker, in apparent retaliation, the Hill reports. Webster ran against Boehner for House speaker yesterday and received 12 votes, including Nugent’s.

The move to kick the rebels off the Rules Committee could be just the beginning of Boehner’s revenge, according to Politico, which notes that some of the speaker’s allies say he has been too much of a pushover and will welcome this kind of action. In a process that GOP sources say could take months, the conservative insurgents may also lose perks including subcommittee chairmanships. With the increased GOP majority in the House, “we don’t need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore,” one Republican leadership aide says.

Revenge is sweet……and quick!