Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hey GOP the honeymoon is over

You know why so many Americans have the facts wrong on so many issues: Fox Freaking News.  Whether it’s the cable news channel or the website, they just seem to be forensically factually challenged.  The latest nugget was referenced by Michelle Bachmann in her attack on President Obama’s speech about Israel.  The twit’s (I could have used another noun) tweet had a link to a Foxnews.com article that stated: “The nation of Israel, created in 1948, expanded in 1967 after it was collectively attacked by its three Arab neighbors, Syria, Egypt and Jordan. Israel repelled the attack in six days and captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. It has since abandoned Gaza, which is now run by Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group.”  Fact: Israel preemptively attacked Egypt, Jordan, and Syria based on verified intelligence that Syria and Egypt were planning an invasion of Israel, and Jordan’s King Hussein was pondering joining in.  When Jordan’s Arab Legion joined the fray, the Israelis pressed the attack and captured the West Bank and Jerusalem.    Semantics?  No, not really.  Yes, Israel was right to preemptively attack so say so and by all means try to include a shred of accuracy.  Oh shit, I just realized how stupid I sound.
So Palin is taking a motor coach rally across the country to promote her latest movie and probably feel out her chances (they’re dwindling) in a 2012 campaign.  Sarah, here is some friendly advice from a fellow Arizonan, be sure to check out your HOA regulations about parking RV’s in your neighborhood.
Not even seven months since the GOP’s landmark victories in the 2010 midterms, the luster has turned to rust.  Florida governor Rick Scott is already down to a 29% approval and 57% disapproval, Ohio governor John Kasich is down to 33% approval and 56% disapproval, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker is down to 43% approval and 54% disapproval.  And there is the Big Kahuna himself, the Governor of New Jersey and GOP 2012 Presidential Hail Mary Chris “Bobby Bacala” Christie who has seen is popularity plummet to a 40% favorability.  Conversely, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York has passed significant spending and benefits cuts since taking office 7 months ago has an approval rating of 71%.  Why?  He has taken a balanced approach to spending and taxes which is resonating across the political spectrum, unlike his Republican brethren who have taken a slash and burn at the expense of the middle and poorer classes.
The birthers can’t let it go.  It seems they are still not convinced about Obama’s origins, and now they are going after our 21st President Chester Arthur, born in Vermont to a British father who ascended to the Presidency in 1880 after President John Garfield was assassinated.  I hear Abraham Lincoln was a Muslim.
Memo to Tim Pawlenty, your bid to become President may be in deep shit if you’re behind Godfather Pizza’s Herman Cain in the polls.  Yes the same Herman Cain who said Planned Parenthood’s early objective was to "help kill black babies before they came into the world."  Yep, not a good sign.
The Supreme Court made the right decision in backing the Arizona law penalizing businesses for hiring illegal immigrants.  The strange partnership between the ACLU and the Chamber of Commerce who fought against the Arizona law is reminiscent of the early 20th century KKK, Anti-Saloon League, and Women’s Suffragette Movement troika that fought to implement prohibition.  Politics makes strange bedfellows and strange bedfellows make bedbugs.
And to all Republican politicians, pundits, party officials, and water carriers, your cries and complaints that the Democrats are playing the demagogue card to get voters up in arms against the GOP because of Ryan’s slashing Medicare-privatization budget ring hollow after you played the death panel, Obamacare socialized medicine antics of 2010.  I’ll give you something to cry about Boehner.  By the way, what the hell is right wing social engineering? 

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