Day: March 4, 2012

West Wing Week: 3/2/2012 or “That’s Worth Fighting For”

The White House

This week, the President touted the resurgence of the American auto industry, challenged governors to invest in education, held a dinner honoring Iraq War Veterans, hosted the Prime Minister of Denmark, and urged Congress to end subsidies for oil and gas companies during a trip to New Hampshire.

Week in one-liners: Biden, Romney, Obama

The top quotes in politics …

“Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.” — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on whether he follows auto racing.

“Maybe I should just do all the talking and let him just stand here and watch me.” — Ann Romney joking about her husband.

“I think his daddy must be turning over in his grave.” — Former President Bill Clinton on Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout.

“Now I get to introduce that rising sex star.” — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper making an awkward slip-up during a press conference.

“Jack O’Malley? Where’s Jack?” — President Barack Obama flubbing the name of Maryland’s governor.

“I came because I was expecting a duet tonight.” — Vice President Joe Biden encouragingPresident Obama to sing again.

“That makes me throw up.” — GOP White House hopeful Rick Santorum commenting on a speech given by JFK.

“This is like watching a Greek tragedy.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain talking about Republican primary.

Thom Hartmann: Andrew Breitbart – The Bell Tolls for Thee…

I thought this was poignant enough to share with my friends here at TFC.  It’s a couple of days old but the sentiment is timeless…

Andrew Breitbart – the guy you were just watching – died last night at the age of 43. Andrew lived in a paranoid, libertarian, I-got-mine-and-screw-you world. Andrew was the perfect right-wing front man. I know – he was on my show many times over the years – and never failed to push that cruel, Libertarian line that anybody who couldn’t claw their way to the top didn’t deserve any help from the rest of us in any way. It’s really quite sad that Andrew never realized that we’re all in this together – that every individual clod of humanity is part of the continent of humanity.

As John Donne wrote in 1624 in his Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions…

Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill that he doesn’t know that it tolls for him 
No man is an island, Andrew, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main 
If a clod be washed away by the sea, Andrew, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a house of your friend’s, Andrew, or of your own were 
Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind 
Therefore, Andrew, don’t ask for whom the bell tolls 
It tolls for thee. 

God bless and good journeys…

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George Will Blasts GOP Candidates’ Meek Response To Rush: ‘They Want To Bomb Iran, But They’re Afraid Of Limbaugh’

I was never a George Will fan, but I’m learning to respect his opinions lately.  The current crop of GOP candidates and their supporters are so far right on every issue,they make Mr. Will actually seem extremely reasonable…

Think Progress

This morning on ABC, prominent conservative columnist George Will blasted the Republican leadership’s meek response to Rush Limbaugh’s sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke. Will mocked Speaker John Boehner for calling Rush’s language “inappropriate ” as comically weak, noting “using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate.”

Will also attacked the GOP presidential candidates timid response: “They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

Watch it:

Check out what all the Presidential candidates have said about Limbaugh’s sexist attacks here.