You’ll Never Guess The Republican Party’s New Political Strategy!

They want to link Barack Obama to George Bush. Yes, that’s right. Republicans want to link President Obama to the horrible president that they not only “elected” but re-elected. The president who’s policies they were climbing hand and foot over one another to enact into laws.

An internal GOP memo prepared to brief some House Republicans as part of an ongoing probe into the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch deal takes direct aim at an unlikely target: Former President George W. Bush.

The memo directly blames Bush’s handling of the economic meltdown, and it coins a striking new phrase linking Bush and Obama and blaming both administration’s bailout policies in tandem for exacerbating the meltdown: “The Great Bush-Obama Economic Intervention.”

Yeah, ballsy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Basically the gist of the memo is “we fucked up, blame Obama” This would be like if Darth Vader tried to discredit Luke Skywalker by linking him with The Emperor. (Yup, I just busted out a Star War’s reference. That’s how fucked up this strategy is. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but it never ceases to amazes me how low the IQ bar is to get involved in politics.

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RNC Chairman: Equal rights for gays bad because they harm small businesses? Whaaa…

Yes, Michael Steele did just go there:

Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.

Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles…

“Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”

To be fair, Michael Steele is hardly the first politician to argue that civil rights should take a back seat to the economy.

The Paranoia That is The Republican Party

I am absolutely committed to working with Congress and the auto companies to meet one goal: the United States of America will lead the world in building the next generation of clean cars.

President Obama
March 30th Press Conference

When I read this I interpret it to mean that President Obama wants American car manufacturers to create cleaner cars.

When Jonolan reads this he interprets it:

This simple statement shows that Obama and his Liberals are interested in far more than a financial restructuring of the Big-Three; they want control over the industry and are willing to our tax dollars and legislation in order to get it.

Yeah, exactly.

And therein lies the problem with being a republican. Its requires you to be really really stupid sometimes.

The funny thing about conservative politics is that a large amount of it is pretty much based on a completely irrational fear. Its probably as close as you can get to schizophrenia without requiring medication.

When I worked for republicans in 2006 I was amazed at how much your standard rank and file republicans were frozen with fear over what they perceived to be a “secret liberal agenda”

Liberals want to raise our taxes! Take our guns! and Increase the size of the government! OH NOEZ!!!!!!!!

Of course I found this funny because as a liberal I’ve never once woke up in the morning and asked myself “Hmmm how can I increase the size of the government today?” (I’m not really a liberal but to republicans every democrat is a Michael Moore-Ted Kennedy love child)

Now you would think that as a liberal, I could provide pretty good insight as to what happens during our “secret meetings”. Nope, not according to conservatism which posses the ability to know the heart of a liberal better than a liberal. You know, kind of like how The Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Except in this case it wouldn’t be the shadow who is dark and thus has no place in the Republican party.

Majority of House Republican’s Vote Support AIG Bonuses

Yep, you read that right.

Unsurprisingly the House just passed their bill to rescind AIG’s bonuses by taxing them at 90%. Here’s the vote breakdown:

Democrats:

Yea: 243
Nay: 6

Republicans:

Yea: 85
Nay: 87

Yes, you read that right. There were 87 Republicans, including minority leader John Boehner, who believe AIG executives should keep their bonuses. Or in more blunt terms, the majority of house republicans believe that taxpayers should give a handout to wealthy executives who essentially committed fraud.

I don’t think I need to spell out the implications of this vote for anyone. Let’s just remember this the next time republican’s rally against , wasteful government spending, burdening taxpayers, or opposing “handouts” to the poor.

David Brooks: Spending Freeze is Insane

Say what you will about David Brooks, but as far as conservatives go, he at least keeps it real sometimes. Wade through all of his crap and you occasionally get nuggets of truth like this:

The problem with them and the problem with Limbaugh in terms of intellectual philosophy is they are stuck with Reagan. They are stuck with the idea that government is always the problem. A lot of Republicans up in Capitol Hill right now are calling for a spending freeze in a middle of a recession/depression. That is insane. But they are thinking the way they thought in 1982, if we can only think that way again, that is just insane.

Bulls eye. You might hate the plans democrats are pushing for right now, but the conservative “alternatives” are quite frankly, pretty fucking retarded. A between a $6 trillion tax cut and a freeze on spending, its pretty clear republicans are more worried about their ideology than the problems facing Americans.

One last point. Brooks is dead on with his point about conservative policies always being driven by the idea that government is the problem.

Compare this to the democrats willingness to search for the best solution, whether public or private, and you get a clear perspective on the difference between the governing styles of the two parties. While Reagan derided the government at every turn, often pushing dangerous deregulation, IE the housing market, Clinton capped off his growth of the private sector with the proclamation that “the era of big government is over.” Hence, why the ultimate republican litmus test for good policies is whether or not it aligns with their conservative ideology.