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The Republicans are truly “The Party of No.” They have invoked the 60 vote majority rule in the Senate more times during this session than any Congress in history. Their hypocrisy is highlighted by the fact that many of the very people invoking it were, just a few years ago, campaigning in earnest to do away with it to thwart Democratic opposition.

They now claim that they are dutifully blocking bad legislation, when the truth is they are “blocking” President Obama. It is their obvious goal to completely block the Obama Administration from accomplishing anything. Additionally, they have blocked more than 60 Obama appointees which further ham-strings the administration forcing many agencies to operate without proper leadership including the Transportion Security Administration or TSA.

This is ALL political. The Republicans see this as being to their advantage come the mid-term elections, and perhaps beyond to 2012. How cynical is that? It has NOTHING to do with what is or is not good for the country. They are lying through their dazzling white teeth and fake tans when they claim anything different.

The most maddening thing is that Obama and many Democrats are still talking about creating a dialogue, about fostering bipartisanship, about working together with Republicans on health care reform and other legislation.

That ship sailed months ago. The Republicans claim that it has been Obama and the Democrats who were/are unwilling to negotiate, but it is plain that the GOP had no intention of working with Obama even before he took the oath.

It has been Republican lies that fostered the advent of the tea-baggers – lies about T.A.R.P., lies about the stimulus, lies about health care reform and so on. Republicans claimed that the stimulus, which they ALL voted against, would produce NO jobs, and yet they fall all over themselves to make it to ribbon cuttings wearing big shit-eating grins back at the home front, taking credit when projects funded by the stimulus start turning over dirt.

The tea-baggers are largely either poorly educated and/or poorly informed, mostly older “moral majority” types who have been led by the nose into believing all the lying crap the Republicans have spewed over the past several months. Many still believe in “death panels” and the impending, untimely end to grandma. Many still harp on Obama’s citizenship, and believe he is some kind of evil communist/fascist. Some believe he is the Antichrist. Some are just flat-out racists. All are bent on “taking back” their country when in fact, nothing has been taken from them.

On the whole, they are mindless dupes – just as were the Christian fundamentalists who were cajoled into backing Bush in 2000 and again in 2004. Most of them got nothing for their trouble except dismissal and derision from the Bush administration once the votes were counted.

The Republicans have no interests beyond their own political survival. That survival, as they see it, necessitates that they toe the line set down by the banks and mega corporations who fill their campaign coffers.

Most of the banks and big corporate interests look upon Obama as a wrench in their gears. The Republicans have been instructed to block Obama at every turn. If Obama praised “Mom and Apple Pie” the Reps would oppose it.

Unless and until the Dems grow a backbone, which doesn’t seem likely, the Obama Administration will doubtless continue to go down in flames. The only hope I can see is that this all-out stonewalling of Obama could have unintended consequences as more of the voting public recognizes just how craven the Republicans are, and how this is far more hurtful to the interests of the country than anything coming out of the Obama White House.

The best thing that can be said for most congressional Republicans is that compared to many Democrats, they have far better haircuts and wear better suits. Basically, most fabrics tend to drape better over a tight ass.

About Baritone

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Bar – You say:

    “Peeling off Collins and Snowe takes little effort. Guys like McCain and Graham think that compromise looks statesmanlike. If you get Voinovich, Lugar, or Hatch on the right issue, they’ll join the Democrats gladly. A well-written Democratic health care reform bill could have gotten 72 votes in the Senate.”

    Obviously, none of that was/is true. Does it all seem that simple to you? If it’s such a snap to do all that, hell, why don’t you go out there and show them what’s what?

    As I stated above, the dynamic has changed dramatically over the past several years. Everybody, and I mean everybody in congress appears to be running (or not running as the case may be) scared. Both Dems and Reps are dropping out like flies – now including our illustrious Sen. Bayh. It appears that more and more are finding they either haven’t the stomach for running in a difficult campaign, or perhaps as Bayh claims, he has no stomach for working in the stagnant atmosphere that pervades congress and Washington politics in general.

    In a side note, I think Bayh has done a huge disservice to both his party and, more importantly, to his state by this untimely departure. Anyone wishing to run in his stead has only until this Friday to file, and filing requires the acquisition of hundreds of signatures from throughout the state. Nice job Senator!

    Who knows what behind the scenes things have taken place that drove Bayh to this untimely decision, but it sure succeeds in landing another sucker punch to the Dems and the Obama Administration. – Ahh. I can hear the chortling sounds coming from the Right having that uniquely strangulated intonation which emanates from a tight sphincter.

    Jeannie – no I haven’t taken the day off from blogging, but it was pointed out to me by my wife that I should in fact spend at least a modicum of time actually earning a living. Such is life.

  • Dan

    “communal autonomy” hee hee,

    roger you’re the one who slogans. And you have quite a flair for melodramatic word construction as well.

    the ‘system is broken or “obsolete” so we must give up on founding principles’ ruse is fooling less people all the time.

    zingzing, forget the media, what’s in it for you? you rarely make a point except for some comic ridicule. Even if being vague were a “glaring hole” in political philosophy, I’ve mentioned specifics several times. From the global warming hustle, to the housing bubble.

    Even Baritones indictment of tea party stupidity with “death panel” hysteria. Is it your contention that a feature of universal health care wouldn’t be the rationing of care, which wouldn’t lead to decisions of priority, which wouldn’t lead to shortened life spans for some people?

    Of course it will. In framing that issue, in that way, Sarah Palin won a victory for people with abstract thinking skills, and exposed the soft reliance on ridicule practiced by leftists.

    In the housing collapse, bankers could have put together any weirdly constructed levereged derivative they wanted and they would have still held up, IF the home buyers who got the easy money they wouldn’t have gotten without government intervention would have honored the commitment they agreed to when they signed the loan. It’s inarguable.

    I’m not here to continually fill in holes for you. Truth is I don’t have much respect for your style of exchange after you pulled that intentional pointlessness gambit once before. I won’t dwell on that either. But I can’t remember you convincing me of anything or even debating in good faith.

    I consider the onus of critical philosophic self examination to be on you guys. Why should I bother with the exchange if all you’ve got is some undeserved moral elitism(roger), or some bluster about vagueness and conspiracy (zingzing).

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Vagueness appears to be your forte, Dan, because thus far you only keep on repeating yourself.

    And if your memory serves you correctly, it was you who brought up the matter of autonomy. So what’s so hard to understand about the subject of communal autonomy? It’s hardly a slogan, just a logical extension, and your characterization of it as such only displays your incapacity to think.

    And you are right, I do claim a higher moral ground and I do regard you as defective (because thus far you’re presenting yourself as defective). So until you straighten up and fly right, the exchange is useless.

  • zingzing

    dan: “zingzing, forget the media, what’s in it for you? you rarely make a point except for some comic ridicule. Even if being vague were a “glaring hole” in political philosophy, I’ve mentioned specifics several times. From the global warming hustle, to the housing bubble.”

    what’s in it for me? i don’t know. nothing. what’s in it for you? i’ll give you the comic ridicule thing. but being vague about your conspiracy theory doesn’t lead to much confidence in it. and global warming and the housing bubble have been around much longer than the length of your supposed conspiracy, as far as i can tell.

    “Is it your contention that a feature of universal health care wouldn’t be the rationing of care, which wouldn’t lead to decisions of priority, which wouldn’t lead to shortened life spans for some people?”

    and how does what we have now better it? and i don’t think that death panels and rationing are the idea behind universal health care, no.

    “In the housing collapse, bankers could have put together any weirdly constructed levereged derivative they wanted and they would have still held up, IF the home buyers who got the easy money they wouldn’t have gotten without government intervention would have honored the commitment they agreed to when they signed the loan. It’s inarguable.”

    i’m having trouble following your connection here. are you saying the government used the housing bubble to take over the banking industry? (if so, they’ve cocked that up horribly.)

    “I’m not here to continually fill in holes for you.”

    but you’re the one who made the holes. i can make up some vague theory as well and tell you to go fill in the holes if you want. just to show you what i’m dealing with.

    “Truth is I don’t have much respect for your style of exchange after you pulled that intentional pointlessness gambit once before. I won’t dwell on that either. But I can’t remember you convincing me of anything or even debating in good faith.”

    thing is, you write what you wrote, you’re going to get that back. it reads like you’re part of the conspiracy, because you don’t want to tell us what it actually is.

    “I consider the onus of critical philosophic self examination to be on you guys.”

    not this time. you’re the one who laid down the secret society, nwo shit. what do you know? we don’t know.

    “Why should I bother with the exchange if all you’ve got is some undeserved moral elitism(roger), or some bluster about vagueness and conspiracy (zingzing).”

    you made your bed. what were you expecting? a lack of questions?

  • Arch Conservative

    “Yes, you do represent the past, buddy, because you’re clinging to ideas that are at least two hundred years old. ”

    I assume you were referring to the constitutuion Roger?

    All Dan did was point out that when you get right down to it there are two types of people. Those who’d rather be left alone and do for themselves and those who can’t even be bothered to make the effort because they know sooner or later someone from the federal government will come along and take care of them.

    To be honest Roger I really don’t care to make the acquaitenance of any man that does not absolutely abhor the idea of having someone else do for him what he knows he can do for himself while he still draws air.

    “Smaller government…”

    Yes sometime sit is just that simple. Why is it that liberals have this belief that a solution to a problem must be mind numbingly complex to work? How can anyone actually believe that the state can actually deliver utopia via copious amounts of social engineering?

    We do live in a society and therefore have some degree of moral obligation to one another. However we have become a nation of soft, whiney little crybabies who scream help at the first sign of adversity.

    Our presidents and leaders are chose not by who will tell you the greatest truth but who will make you the most promises about what the government will do for you thereby relieving you of as much personal responsibility as possible.

  • zingzing

    archie: “Why is it that liberals have this belief that a solution to a problem must be mind numbingly complex to work? How can anyone actually believe that the state can actually deliver utopia via copious amounts of social engineering?”

    i don’t think anyone believes either of those things.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    “To be honest Roger I really don’t care to make the acquaitenance of any man that does not absolutely abhor the idea of having someone else do for him what he knows he can do for himself while he still draws air.”

    Who are you talking about here, Archie?

  • Dan

    No “communal autonomy” isn’t a slogan, just a couple of incongrouous words.

    “So until you straighten up and fly right, the exchange is useless.”

    I’ve already prescribed the same for you.

    “global warming and the housing bubble have been around much longer than the length of your supposed conspiracy, as far as i can tell.”—zing

    My supposed conspiracy is your fantasy, so I guess you would know.

    “and how does what we have now better it? and i don’t think that death panels and rationing are the idea behind universal health care, no.”

    No one said the idea behind universal health care is death panels and rationing. So you’re answering “no” to a question unasked, or a statement never asserted.

    Question is, why do you do that?

    “but you’re the one who made the holes. i can make up some vague theory as well and tell you to go fill in the holes if you want. just to show you what i’m dealing with.”—zing

    Or you can just continue to complain of my vagueness and hole creation as if there is reason to do so.

    “you made your bed. what were you expecting? a lack of questions?”

    Who’s complaining? The bed I made is comfortable. I’ve described what I’ve come to expect on this forum. No surprises.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    It looks like you’re chasing me, Dan, from one thread to the next. Haven’t you had enough?

    Since you’re a hard case, the amount of work involved to bring you around is above and beyond call of duty.

    If you want private consultation, I’m game. Be aware, though, that I don’t come cheap.
    For you, I’ll make an exception: $50.00 an hour, and that’s a discount since you’re a BCer.

    You can locate my email address by clicking on my URL.

    PS: In the event you think my rates are exorbitant, I can recommend a number of Indian psychiatrists. And they honor Medicare patients if cost is the problem.

    Anyhow, I wish you the best.

  • Dan

    The delusion that I’m following you to other threads would be a good starting point in therapy with your Indian psychiatrist.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    It’s hardly a delusion since you preface your #158 with quoting me – verbatim I should add – without referencing the source. So it’s either that you’re plagiarizing or just being chicken shit. Probably both.

    Come to think of it, I’ve come to the conclusion that drug therapy, if not electric shock treatment, is the only remedy for patients like you.

    Deep psychoanalysis is a remote possibility, but not until you’re ready.

  • Dan

    Of course I quoted you in #158. What is this talk of following you from one thread to the next? Paranoid delusion?

    What’s next? Do you think I addressed you as Obama girl too?

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Quoting me with referencing the source?

    Who were you addressing then? Anyone in particular? What kinds of communications are those? No addressee, a phony handle without a URL?

    It’d seem to me that under the circumstances, your only concern is to hear yourself talk. That’s equally disturbing.

    So OK, I may have misdiagnosed you, considering the complexity of your case. But you’re still a prime candidate.

    Just remember, the $50.00 rate is a bargain. Just for you.

  • zingzing

    oi.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    vay

  • Irene Wagner

    iz mir.

  • Ruvy

    Irene,

    You should have staid out of that little oy vey dealy jobbie.

    oy vey is just a cry of pain. oy vey is mir is a curse upon oneself – “owe woe is me” – on speed. Yiddish is not German, Irene.

  • Irene Wagner

    Thanks Ruvy. I recant, and un-curse myself and any other persons involved, praying instead for blessings to all. In English. Whether they deserve them or not.

    Oy vey! If only I had staid (!) out of that little oy vey dealy jobbie… Take care, Ruvy!

  • Irene Wagner

    LOL!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Oy Vay, is what my grandmother cried out while she was dying…

    sorry I spelled it wrong..:[

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    oy vey is just a cry of pain?

    Haven’t you been blessed by God.

  • Baronius

    Bar, it’s not my job to gain votes for the Democrats, nor is it my interest. I’d think that an ex-Senator president and ex-Senator VP would know their way around the cloak room. At a minimum, they could go buy a copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

    SCHIP and Medicare Parts C and D made it into law with considerable Republican support.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Baronius -

    If you’ll recall, the Bush administration opposed SCHIP – which is why one of Obama’s first acts was to sign it into law.

    And as for Medicare ‘reform’ that the Republicans passed, remember that part of that ‘reform’ took away Medicare’s ability to negotiate prices with Big Pharma. That, and Clavos was complaining about how Medicare only paid up to a certain amount of his wife’s medical bills…until I pointed out that the limit was set into place thanks to the Republicans’ Medicare ‘reform’. And then there’s the ‘doughnut hole’….

    Read this:

    For Republicans, the idea of requiring every American to have health insurance is one of the most abhorrent provisions of the Democrats’ health overhaul bills.

    “Congress has never crossed the line between regulating what people choose to do and ordering them to do it,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). “The difference between regulating and requiring is liberty.”

    But Hatch’s opposition is ironic, or some would say, politically motivated. The last time Congress debated a health overhaul, when Bill Clinton was president, Hatch and several other senators who now oppose the so-called individual mandate actually supported a bill that would have required it.

    In fact, says Len Nichols of the New America Foundation, the individual mandate was originally a Republican idea. “It was invented by Mark Pauly to give to George Bush Sr. back in the day, as a competition to the employer mandate focus of the Democrats at the time.”

    Like Baritone pointed out, the Republicans are the Party of No. Why? Because it does not matter if Obama proposes ideas that were supported by the Republicans, the GOP must oppose him in everything he does, because the more he succeeds, the more damage will be done to the Republican brand. In the current political climate, the Republicans ARE putting party before country.

    And for proof of that, look at this list of positions of the Republican party where they are opposed to positions held by the majority of public opinion.

  • http://www.geoff-hasler.com Geoff Hasler

    Mitch McConnell told Obama – govern from the center & we’ll meet you there. Mr President, do it. What have you got to lose? Only hardened leftists whom you should not have relied upon in the first place.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Mitch McConnell should retire before his brain is completely Botoxed out. Strom Thurmond was more lucid than the idiot from the Blue Grass State.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Baritone,

    I sent three articles out today, Joel’s yours, and mine. Never give up and never give in.

    :] nite

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna
  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Yep!

  • Dan

    In light of Evan Bayhs’ announced departure, the blame for partisanship gets a little more clear. He faults his own party. This should especially chagrin Baritone, I think Indiana is his home.

    He took a few shots at the administration on the way out too. One was to say no jobs have been created in the last 6 months.

    His fold right before the deadline sent a signal as well. It puts the Dems in a pinch.

    I’ve heard the name John Mellenkamp being proposed. That would be a hoot. He seems like a reliable lefty, but I think he could be a wild card.

    Maybe Bayh’s getting back for not being selected VP.

  • Dan

    re: #163, roger, there is a history of cyber-stalking here at BC. Mostly just minor things like search engine poisoning, but some nasty aggression went off site as well.

    Unfortunate too, is that site administration seemed to be selective in both their protection of identities slandered, and policing of perpetrators. The latter, a policy that eventually came back to bite them at least once I know of. Poetic justice I guess.

    These are reasons I don’t post here, and use a “phony handle” to comment.

    Your menacing curiosity about my URL, coupled with some peculiar comments, ie. absurd accusations of plagiarism, the thouroughly gay posturing as psychiatric diagnostician etc., create a profile of a type of instability in a person that my “communications” are designed to lock out.

    Hope you don’t mind.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    I didn’t really ask for so thorough an explanation, Dan, but thanks anyway.

  • zingzing

    dan: “the thouroughly gay posturing as psychiatric diagnostician.”

    way to ratchet up your cred.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    RE Bayh’s resignation: No, I’m not happy about it, but his accusations don’t surprise me. I think he was pointing his finger at both sides of the aisle. But, as I’ve noted, Bayh is a Blue Dog. He has actually been part of the problem.

    Unfortunately, Reps will likely win the seat as there isn’t really anyone amongst state Dems who has enough of a recognition factor to counter any # of better known state Reps. I saw Mellenkamp’s name being touted. I like his music, but man, I don’t think that would be a good decision for anyone. I know he is well left of center, but how would he do having every bit of his life brought to light and picked to pieces by the Reps and the media? Not good, not good.

    B

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Baritone,

    Mellenkamp? That’s not a bad idea. I hadn’t heard this. When I think about it, look at Schwarzenegger and Ventura, they successfully-crossed over.

    With Mellenkamp thrown into the mix we could all…”Hurt so good.”

    :] my little two cents.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Dan, #180,

    Funny that you should be discussing this subject with an individual that I believe is playing similar games right now.

    I also, notice comments seemingly-dropping down, out of the sky, and replacing ones that I know were previously posted.

    :o I don’t say too much, do I?

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Baritone,

    I forgot to mention, Al Franken. Many people have successfully crossed over-into politics from the entertainment business.

    :] I read that little poem again, this morning.

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Jeannie – Frankly, I have no particular aversion to entertainers entering politics. Some have done pretty well. I suspect Franken will be far better than many imagined.

    As to Mellenkamp, he has long been a Rocker. I know little of his personal history, but if it includes much of what often passes as normal for rock musicians, that could be fodder for his opposition to harvest in a campaign.

    Mellenkamp is an inveterate smoker and has had at least 1 heart attack. Hell, he might not be able to handle a Senatorial campaign simply from a physical standpoint.

    I don’t know if he has any kind of a lurid past – he hasn’t been much of a target of the tabloids over the years, but when it comes to politics, it seems like any and all closet skeletons start to thump and rattle like crazy.

    It could be interesting, though, if nothing else.

    B

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Baritone,

    Oh, I didn’t think you were against him entering, and that’s so true.

    Who-ever even dares to enter the political arena, all of a sudden has to be “The Patron Saint of Ethics” through-out their entire past, or they are chewed up by the opposition.

    Just another game played by the GOP.

    Democrats don’t do this, they don’t play as aggressively towards there opponents during their campaigns.

    Now, we are going to turn them into blood-suckers too. All of that money is going to start shouting! Get ready for a lot of desperate-negative ads.

    We need a third party, and it’s definitely not the Tea. I just saw Cheney at C-PAC and got nauseous.

    J I’m such a copy cat!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Their opponents! argh.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Baritone,

    I went into Twitter the other night and changed my privacy settings to the point that I can’t even get in anymore!

    But, I followed CellPoems before doing this. Can you try to follow me so I can get back up there? It’s Rodiogal. :]

    This way my e-mail will send me a link.

    Thanks if you do…

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    “Can you try to follow me so I can get back up there? It’s Rodiogal. :]

    Well, sure. I’d follow you anywhere. – Well, almost anywhere.:} Just how do I do that? I’m not particularly twitter savvy.

    B

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I think if you sign in and look for Rodiogal, you’ll find my locked page.
    I have placed three support orders and nothing has happened.

    I’ll go try again.

    :] It’s not good when I try to protect myself. Now, even I can’t see me!

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    You mean log into twitter?

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    yes. :]

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I’ll leave right now. :]

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    I’m on my twitter account. What now?

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    I found you but don’t know where you are!

    (Story of my life, I think.)

    B

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Hey, my twitter name is Bleuwine.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I found me too, but I can’t get back in!

    I saw you, looking for Rodiogal, Bleuwine, but I can’t answer you because I can’t log in!

    :] I must be to old to Tweet!

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Is there anything else I can do?

    If you’re too old to tweet, man, I’m in REAL trouble. :)
    B