Friday, February 11, 2011

Thanks to the GOP, I will never run out of material

Exhibit 1: John Kline (R-MN) wanted a House resolution to reaffirm In God We Trust: “Whereas the sentiment, ‘In God We Trust’, has been an integral part of United States society since its founding; Whereas if religion and morality are taken out of the marketplace of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured; Whereas in times of national challenge or tragedy, the people of the United States have turned to God as their source for sustenance, protection, wisdom, strength, and direction.”  Which makes me wonder:
1)      Is he trying to outcrazy fellow Minnesota Republican Michelle Bachmann?
2)      The state bird of Minnesota is the Loon….thanks Cathy
3)      For a group of politicians that love to preach about God and the Constitution, they ought to know that the number of times the word God appears in the Constitution is the same as the chances that Bachmann becomes President:  ZERO.
Exhibit 2: Representative Chris Lee who must have been channeling Brett Favre when he decided to post a shirtless photo to a Craigslist ad looking from a woman looking for a man.  The fact that Lee is a married father is one element of the story; the other is the how quickly he went through the three step scandal response: reject-reflect-resign.  Lee had been awarded a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, hey wasn’t there where Charlie Rangel and Dan Rostenkowski used to hung out?  I guess that committee develops Ways and Means to lie and steal.
Exhibit 3: Jon Kyl (R-AZ) says he won’t seek reelection in 2012 when his term is up, but did say he would consider being the Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican nominee.  Let me start by saying that I am not interested in that office.   Jeff Flake, current 6th congressional district representative, is the early GOP favorite and current Secretary of Homeland Security and ex-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is an early Democratic frontrunner.  Sadly, the State Democratic Party had already been pushing Gabrielle Giffords as a possible candidate if Kyl decided to retire.
Exhibit 4: Thoroughly enjoying the infighting going on between Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum as to who is more backwards in their social thinking and the William Kristol and Glenn Beck battle brewing when Kristol spoke up and called Beck on his wild theories and histrionics.  For those that don’t remember Rick Santorum, he is the former Senator from Pennsylvania who once linked bestiality to homosexuality.  Throw in Donald Trump and his potential run for the presidency and you have the makings of the golden goose of conservative-laden joke material.  Should a man with the tag line ‘You’re Fired’ be the one trying to increase jobs?
Exhibit 5: In what should have been a slam dunk vote for the Boehner Heads, the extension of three key elements of the Patriot Act, was defeated when the GOP House Leadership led by Kaptain Kleenex himself tried a fast track 2/3’s vote procedure and came up short.  The interesting part was while the House Democrats voted against the measure; they were joined by 26 Republicans including 8 Freshmen Tea Partiers and 3 original incumbent Tea Partiers.  However, the big names in the House Tea Party:  Allen West (Mad Hatter), Michelle Bachmann (March Hare), and Kristi Noem (Dormouse) voted for the measure.  Clearly the reports that the Tea Party is an incoherent lot are true.  Though honestly, I do admire the absence of blind commitment to the party.
Are we headed to a multiparty system?  If the Tea Party has staying power, a true Libertarian Party may emerge as well as a far right Conservative Party.  Welcome to the Insanity of Coalition Governing.  Footnote, some bags can be over-steaped.

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