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Hey Republicans… Are You Really That &#@?!#% Stupid?

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According to Politico, Republicans are already planning on how they can try to derail Obama’s picks for the Supreme Court.

Senate Republicans admit they have virtually no shot at stopping President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter – but they see a definite political upside in waging a fight.

With apologies to Seth Meyers, I just have to ask… REALLY?!

Do they have any idea how petty they look doing this? Obama won, everyone already expected him to pick liberal judges. That’s not news. They told the entire country over and over that Obama was going to pick these scary, dangerous communist judges, and they were met with a collective shrug.

“Whoever they get is basically a zero-sum replacement for Souter – so I think it’s more of an opportunity for us than it is for them,” said a senior Republican leadership aide…. “I don’t think, given their majority, that we can stop them, but it’s a great opportunity for us to tie their incumbents to whatever crazy opinions or statements come to light.”

Yeah, because the Republican candidates for such positions are all sane, sober individuals without a hint of demagoguery. For Christ’s sake, your favored candidate for 2012 claims to have exorcised a demon! And beyond that, nobody wants you to do this. PERIOD. Everyone is getting more and more tired with the way that the GOP continues to prevent large numbers of government jobs to be filled for no other reason than spite.

Do they really not understand that being a dick is not an appealing quality? That making yourself a nuisance looks petty? That nobody likes a mosquito just buzzing around in your ears waiting to just leech off of you whenever it gets the chance?

Republicans acknowledge they’ll need to proceed with caution during the marquee Judiciary Committee hearings to avoid further marginalizing their party and driving away would-be voters with attacks on a nominee who’s widely expected to be either a woman or a member of a minority group or both.

As the aide put it: “We have to be careful not to f– up and overreach. So it’s a balancing act.”

Silly question of me to ask, I guess. Of course they don’t get it. They think it’s just about identity politics and trying to appeal to soccer moms. In their minds, 2010 is automatically a banner Republican year no matter what they do or what Obama does. So they think all they have to do is just continue to try and prevent Obama from running the government in an effective manner, and nobody will notice who’s actually pulling the strings.

I have news for the GOP. You’re not even close to getting out of the wilderness. Because to the Democrats and Independents, you’re just that damn mosquito that keeps flying around their head and won’t ever land.

Eric Ueland, former chief of staff to former Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), said scheduling is the first potential cause of friction between the White House and Congress, with the majority traditionally accommodating minority senators on matters of timing.

“The control of this process from the administration or majority standpoint is lost the moment a nominee is announced,” Ueland said. “At that point, control of the process, in terms of its timing shifts to the minority. … There will no doubt be a full-court press to go fast, fast, fast from the executive branch. Republicans will rightly say there is a lot of work to be done before we get to hearings.”

Ya hear it? Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…. splat.

I’m going to lay it out for you right now.

You can’t stage a comeback when you refuse to admit defeat in the first place.

Well, look at the bright side. There’s always 2014, I suppose.


  1. rfahey22

    They seem like little more than short-term fundraising events.  It would be smart of Obama to pick a female and/or minority candidate, not only to increase the number of perspectives on the Supreme Court and add some much-needed balance, but also because any thuggery by Republicans would almost surely backfire.


    For 8 years those of us who disagreed with the Republicans’ agenda were called Un-American, Un-Patriotic and Terrorist Sympathizers.  That’s 70% of the country dissed by the Party of No.

    Are they so stupid, they think we will embrace any new branding, framing or packaging they come up with?  I for one will not forget that I’ve been insulted by the Republicans and I doubt others will either (especially others who have come in contact with moi). 😉

  3. creamer

    It that base of white americans who view anything non-white, non-traditional, non- prodestant as non-american.

    I think that group is the core of the republican party. Their idealology promotes intolerance and hate. I don’t know if this is 10,20,30 or 40% of the Republican party. They are definately the most vocal. I find it hard to accept arguments on policy from people who let themselves be associated with, and spoke for by, theese people.

      If you are totally irrational on this group of issues, (people), why should I accept you as being rational on anything else?

  4. KLRinLA

    turns to crap.  Few are buying what they are selling, because they are selling a commodity that essentially transformed the US from prosperity to a tumbling free market wild west where only the most economically sophisticated and backed, and lacking of fairness, can win.

    And now they are the party of boys who cried wolf, a short period of time after having released the wolves for a destructive 8 years (and some would argue more depending on an issue, i.e., Reagan killed potentially viable plans and processes for alternative energy, leaving us decades in the past)

  5. creamer

    It would seem that until the Republicans or Conservatives have a leader who can talk without fearing what Limbaugh thinks, they will have trouble mobilizing a majority of Americans to follow them. Limbaugh’s voice has dominated the Republican message since Reagan. This isn’t so much because of Rush’s brilliance, it’s because Republicanism has devolved into a deconstruction of American governance that trys to assail inteligence and good government as somthing to be avoided. Their goal seems to be to acomplish the most for the least, labeling any social program as unnessacary, belittling any atempt to raise up their fellow man. This has led to Palin and Joe the Plummer.

    You would have to wonder how anyone would or could attemt to fix the mess that is the Grand Old Party.

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