David Brooks Slams Jindal

Man, did anyone like Bobby Jindal’s speech last night? Even David Brooks slammed him on PBS last night. I believe he uses the word…insane

Bobby Jindal EFails at life


“One of The Largest Tax Cuts In American History”

Marc Ambinder makes a good point about the Stimulus plan…It includes one of the largest tax cuts in American History.

Yes, a Democratically controlled Congress with a Democrat President signed one of the largest tax cuts in American history. Given the last eight years of out of control government spending by Republicans, conservatives must be going through quite the identity crisis right now.

Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats saw a 12 point jump in their approval ratings in only one month. Nice!

And This is Why They Lose

So I’m watching Fox News yesterday during the coverage of the Obama inauguration and they asked a Republican Operative what policies they’re going to push for in order to stimulate the economy. What was their idea?

Repeal the estate tax…

I shit you not.

So let me get this straight. Giving MORE money to those 4,000 people who pay the majority of the tax, with estates larger than $5 million, is going to stimulate the entire US economy.

Riiiight. Because when I’m think of people in need of money, they’re exactly who I think of.

Party of ideas indeed.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!: Barack Obama IS NOT a Citizen!!!

Just kidding, douchebags.

The news cycle has been slow lately so blogging has been slim pickings. Thankfully Republicans are eager to fix that problem by reviving the ole “Barack Obama is not a citizen conspiracy. “ Also know as Operation “They took uhr jerbs!”

Personally, I’m kind of suprised this is a route any Republican wants to go down. Sure they might think they’re saying “Barack Obama isn’t a citizen” but what they’re really saying is “The Republican brand is so shitty that Americans would rather let a foreigner run the country, than give us control for four more years.”

Still, the bigger issue Republicans should be focusing on is the 58 Democratic Senators and 252 Democrats in the House who are also immigrants.

Clearly, running the country is another case of immigrants doing jobs Americans won’t do.

Anyways, call me old fashion but I refuse to listen to any “They tuk uhr jerbs!” argument without seeing evidence of a pile. And I don’t see no fucking pile.

UPDATE: If running the country is a job that Americans don’t want to do, but Republicans want to run the country, does that mean Republicans aren’t Americans? Hmmm, then again President Bush always did seem like he was kind of Chinese. Fucking communist!

Nothing Says Racial Sensitivity Like A Noose Hanging From A Tree


Finally — real minority outreach from the GOP. The Virginia Republicans have a big rally coming up this Saturday that’s designed to reach out to minority voters in Fairfax County.

Guess who is one of the featured speakers?

George Allen. Yes, that George Allen.

Well damn. I’m ready to vote Republican already. Sign me up!

I wonder if he’s going to bring his confederate flags?

Or his noose?

But seriously, George Allen has done a lot for minorities during his time in Congress. I mean nothing says racial sensitivity like block a bill that apologized for Congress not acting soon enough to pass anti-lynching laws.

Pretty but Pretty Shallow: Sarah Palin’s convention speech

Ezra Klein pretty much sums up my thoughts on Sarah Palin’s speech :

Over the past week, Palin had begun looking like a character from Twin Peaks. Tonight, she looked like an up-and-coming Republican politician. It was an auspicious debut, the sort of address that would be judged a success if she were a newcomer keynoting the convention. She landed clean punches, temporarily silenced some of her critics, and retold John McCain’s story with a keen sense for the drama of his experience. But I expected more. As delivered, the speech was effective as theater but curiously hollow as an enduring campaign argument: It contained the seeds of a medal ceremony for McCain, and marked Palin as a politician to watch, but it said nothing about the presidency she hopes to be part of.

Nowhere did we hear of the great things John McCain would do, Instead, we heard, over and over, of the agonies John McCain endured. The presidency was presented tonight as if it were the Medal of Honor, or a purple heart. As if it is only a quirk of our political process that stops us from simply finding the longest serving prisoner of war and gifting him the keys to the office. On a rhetorical level, it was effective, if only because McCain’s story is so powerful. But it is not, fundamentally, a sustainable approach to this campaign. If McCain is more appealing for what he did than what he will do, he will lose the election. It is, after all, only during the convention that you get to tell your story. Throughout the rest of the campaign, you have to argue with your opponent. And tonight, Palin added very little to that argument.

I think Ezra underestimates the effect that Palin’s attempts to rally the troops will have. Although conservative activists, ie real voters, are enthused about the Palin pick there’s been a good amount of backlash and shock from conservative elites, ie the rich white guys that run the party. Tonight’s speech was targeted to them as much as it was anyone else. She needed to remind these conservative elites why she’s an up and coming Republican that they should be excited about and she accomplished that goal.

However, like I said, Ezra is very much right in his point that, while the speech was “pretty” it failed to offer any substance on what a McCain presidency would look like, or how America would benefit. So in that regard, a very important criticism being levied from democrats that Palin has very little knowledge of America’s problems or solutions to solve them still holds true after tonight’s speech