Monthly Archives: May 2012

George Will Calls Trump A ‘Bloviating Ignoramus With A Low IQ,’ Trump Then Fires Back

When I saw George Will’s comments via MSNBC this morning, I laughed and said to myself, Good for George (GOPer)Will.  After all, someone in the Republican party needs to speak out against the incessant birther conspiracy nut, Donald Trump.

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The Republican Inane Clown Posse’s number one performer, Donald Trump, injected life into an otherwise totally bland and monotonous Mitt Romney last week when he publicly threw his weird hair into the VP ring, including throwing a lavish fundraiser in Las Vegas for the presumptive nominee. The Donald may no longer be running for President of the Unites States, but it looks like he’s vehemently running for President of the United News Cycles. Trump is still hurling around ridiculous birther claims despite Obama not only producing his long form birth certificate, but totally destroying Trump comically at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Romney, who is no stranger to openly embracing the wacko endorsement (see Ted Nugent), left himself opened to criticism from the usual critics on the Democratic side. But apparently Romney’s blithe embrace of the bombastic billionaire and his willingness to use his washed-up celebrity to raise campaign cash is so egregious that it even caught the attention of reliable conservative Republican George Will.

Will, who ordinarily can’t find a Republican he doesn’t love, completely thrashed Trump when he called him a “bloviating ignoramus.”

“I do not understand the cost-benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefits, what voter’s going to vote for him because he’s seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics,” said George Will on ABC This Week(Source: Mediaite)

Perhaps Will is overlooking the fact that two soul-less and morally bankrupt corporate shells who mimic the human form always stick together.

Trump, whose skin is about as thick as whatever the heck that thing on is head is, inevitably fired back at Will’s fairly astute observation of Trump and the Republican party’s continuous plunge into the contaminated waters of the lunatic fringe.

 “George Will may be the dumbest(and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose,” said Trump on his Twitteraccount. (Source: Politico)

Regardless of how you feel about George Will, his comments were one hundred percent accurate and if Romney wishes to remain palatable among independents and rank-and-file Republicans, he would immediately sever ties with the Donald. Then again, much like with the Nugent endorsement, Romney shows himself to be a totally inauthentic, power-hungry phony who’s willing to cater to the lowest common denominator if it means more campaign cash or currying more Tea Party support.

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Mitt Romney Will Not ‘Repudiate’ Donald Trump For Birther Views

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Romney claims he needs 50.1% or more of the vote to win the presidency…so he won’t repudiate Donald Trump’s birther blather.

The Huffington Post

Mitt Romney will not ‘repudiate’ Donald Trump, even as the billionaire has resumed his public flirtations with “birtherism,” according to the AP.

Romney told reporters Monday:

You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in.  But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.

After seizing the national spotlight last spring with his persistent suggestions that Barack Obama might not have been born in America — a media blitz that culminated with President Obama releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate – Trump reaffirmed his suspicions in an interview last week.

The Romney campaign subsequently tried to create distance from Trump’s remarks. However, then as now, it stopped short of reprimanding or breaking off ties with the billionaire, with whom Romney is campaigning.

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GOP ‘Appalled’ Over Obama Granting Castro’s Daughter Visa, Ignores Trips Under Bush

Another case of Obama Derangement Syndrome

Think Progress

When the State Department granted the head of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education, Mariela Castro Espín, a visa to chair a panel on LGBT issues at the Latin American Studies Association in San Francisco later this week, the Republican response was as obvious as the Cuban LGBT activist’s relations to the Caribbean island’s Communist dictators. Her father is Cuban President Raúl Castro, her uncle is revolutionary leader and longtime dictator Fidel Castro, and the Republicans were “appalled.”

“The State Department needs to wake up from its delusional love fest with the dictators in Havana,” said right-wing House Foreign Affairs chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Republican Members of Congress released web videos and organized conference callsdenouncing the visa as “outrageous.”

Even presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney got in on the action, releasing a statement accusing the Obama administration of “a slap in the face to all those brave individuals in Cuba who are enduring relentless persecution.”

Ros-Lehtinen and Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), David Rivera (R-FL) and Albio Sires (R-NJ)  wrote a strongly-worded letter to the State Department saying:

The administration’s appalling decision to allow regime agents into the U.S. directly contradicts Congressional intent and longstanding U.S. foreign policy.

If it’s “longstanding U.S. foreign policy” to deny Mariela Castro a visa to enter the U.S., someone forgot to tell President George W. Bush. The Bush administration granted Castro not one but three visas to enter the U.S. in 2001 and 2002. State Department spokesman William Ostick  told the Miami Herald:

Mariela Castro visited once in 2001 and twice in 2002. I can’t discuss her visas specifically, but you can assume she needed one to travel.

An Obama surrogate, Freddy Balsera, told the Herald:

In fact, the top State Department Official in charge of Latin America at the time was a Cuban American. Where was their criticism then? Nowhere, because ultimately this is all about politics for them.

A ThinkProgress search of the Lexis Nexis news database for Mariela Castro’s name during 2001 and 2002 returned no results relevant to her trips to the U.S.

Former attendees at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) said that Cuba has long been a presence at LASA conferences. This year, the State Department accepted 60 visas, denied 11, and is still processing 6.  A State spokesman said visas couldn’t be rejected simply because “we don’t like you.”

LASA’s president  told the Associated Press that Castro’s appearance at the conference was “an academic issue, not a political issue,” and that she’d answered a call for papers like any other conference speaker.

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Romney’s pants on fire (Again)

Eugene Robinson – Washington Post

There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there’s Mitt Romney.

Every political campaign exaggerates and dissembles. This practice may not be admirable — it’s surely one reason so many Americans are disenchanted with politics — but it’s something we’ve all come to expect. Candidates claim the right to make any boast or accusation as long as there’s a kernel of veracity in there somewhere.

Even by this lax standard, Romney too often fails. Not to put too fine a point on it, he lies. Quite a bit.

“Since President Obama assumed office three years ago, federal spending has accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history,” Romney claims on his campaign Web site. This is utterly false. The truth is that spending has slowed markedly under Obama.

An analysis published last week by MarketWatch, a financial news Web site owned by Dow Jones & Co., compared the yearly growth of federal spending under presidents going back to Ronald Reagan. Citing figures from the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office, MarketWatch concluded that “there has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear.”

Quite the contrary: Spending has increased at a yearly rate of only 1.4 percent during Obama’s tenure, even if you include some stimulus spending (in the 2009 fiscal year) that technically should be attributed to President George W. Bush. This is by far the smallest — I repeat, smallest — increase in spending of any recent president. (The Washington Post’s Fact Checker concluded the spending increase figure should have been 3.3 percent.)

In Bush’s first term, by contrast, federal spending increased at an annual rate of 7.3 percent; in his second term, the annual rise averaged 8.1 percent. Reagan comes next, in terms of profligacy, followed by George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and finally Obama, the thriftiest of them all.

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In Case We Thought It Was National BBQ Day…

The photo, taken by New York Times's Todd Heisler while he was a staff photographer at Rocky Mountain News in 2005. The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her.

The photo, taken by New York Times’s Todd Heisler while he was a staff photographer at Rocky Mountain News in 2005. The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her.

This pregnant army wife is listening to favorite songs that she and her husband shared.

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Bill Maher: I Am So Unhappy With Obama ( New Rules )

Bill Maher finally got around to Ted Nugent in his final New Rule of the night, but used the rocker’s recent tirade against President Obama to ask the larger question about conservative outrage over the president.

The best part starts at 1:06.

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Politico’s: Week in one-liners: Booker, Biden, Couric

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The top quotes in politics …

“There have been bad ones before, but this is by far the worst so far.” — Journalist Dan Rather  on the 2012 presidential campaign.

“It’s nauseating to the American public.” — Newark Mayor Cory Booker criticizing the Obama campaign for attacking Mitt Romney’s work at Bain Capital.

“That no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber.” —  Vice President Joe Biden discounting Romney’s career in private equity.

“I think tradesmen would do a much better job running and leading this country.” —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” striking back at Biden.

“He’s a nerd.” — “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski calling out  Romney on his sci-fi fervor.

“I’ll smoke a joint on the Capitol steps.” — California Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey  defending medicinal marijuana use.

“I’m not sure she’d be interested, but she’d certainly be welcome.” — Journalist Katie Couric  inviting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to appear on her show.

“All it does is it makes my heels taller.” — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley brushing off a video of an AFL-CIO leader smashing a piñata of her.

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West Wing Week: 5/25/2012 or “We Are Not Meant to Walk This Road Alone”

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This week, the President announced a major new initiative on food security, hosted the G8 and NATO summits, gave the commencement addresses in Joplin, Missouri and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and traveled to Iowa to urge Congress to act on the “To Do List,” invest in clean energy, and extend the Production Tax Credit that has bipartisan support.

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