GOP Flip Flops from ‘Freedom Fries’ to Francophiles

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It’s well-established by now that, with the possible exception of agreeing to being lynched on the White House lawn, there is virtually nothing Pres. Obama could do that Republicans would support. No matter what he does, or does not do, they and their lapdogs in the “liberal media” will reflexively carp and complain.

Their current carp is that Pres. Obama signaled a lack of solidarity with France when he opted not to appear at the unity rally in Paris after the terror attacks there last week. A (poorly punctuated) Fox News headline summed up GOP upsetness: “Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, Allies Is We Don’t Care.”

Of course, had the president flown to Paris, Fox et al would be complaining now that he’d wasted money on travel and security to participate in what they would otherwise view as a substance-less, feel-good Kumbaya moment with other socialist world leaders.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Shoots a Blank with Gun Making Incentive

pistolDon’t expect FOX News to cover this story since it doesn’t contain sexy words like, “Solyndra” and “Obama.”

But Gov. Rick Scott (R/Tea) shot himself in the foot and might have to bite the bullet over the wasted $1.6 million paid to gun manufacturer Colt to bring jobs to Central Florida. The skilled manufacturing jobs, touted to earn an average $45,000 each, were promised and paid for in 2011. As of 2015, there are no jobs.

First up on GOP’s Congressional Agenda: Banning Abortion

After winning control of both houses of Congress in the midterms last November by fomenting fear about Ebola and ISIS, on their first day in power Republicans revealed their true agenda — putting big government in charge of the uteruses of American women:

White Terrorist Suspect Sought in Bombing of NAACP Offices

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Agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in Colorado Springs yesterday collecting evidence at the scene of a mid-morning bomb attack on the local NAACP office there yesterday. According to local media accounts, witnesses saw a balding, middle-aged white man fleeing the scene in an old white pickup truck.

GOP Frontrunner Jeb Bush Fumbles Position on Marriage Equality

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Supporters of marriage equality celebrated a milestone yesterday when county clerks in Florida began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. With the expansion of marriage rights into the third largest state, marriage equality is now the law of the land in 70 percent of the United States, a remarkable turnaround on an issue that was considered political poison just a few years ago.

The victory was not welcomed unanimously, of course. Among the first to speak for the dyspeptic was Jeb Bush, Florida’s former governor and the GOP’s putative 2016 presidential frontrunner. It was Bush’s first campaign-related statement this year — and it did not go smoothly.

RIP Mario Cuomo, June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015

This is his speech to the 1984 Democratic Convention — very few of the disparities he described have changed in 30 years.

GOP House Leader Says He Doesn’t Recall Addressing Neo-Confederate Group
Left: Former Republican pol and KKK Grand Wizard David Duke; right:  GOP Rep. Steve Scalise,  House Majority Leader

Former Republican pol and KKK Grand Wizard David Duke (right) called House Majority Whip Scalise (left) “a fine family man and a good person”

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost his seat in the Republican primary last summer, Rep. Peter Roskam, R- Ill., was next in line to move into the House leadership, joining House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

Obama Has Now Added More Than Twice as Many Jobs Than Bush Did by His Sixth Year in Office
Krugman: Pres. Obama has 'added 6.7 million jobs since he took office, compared with just 3.1 million at this point under President George W. Bush'

Despite the Republicans’ determination to stall the economic recovery for purely partisan reasons, signs abound that the U.S. economy is on the mend. In his New York Times column, Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman credits Pres. Obama’s steadfast opposition to the GOP’s so-called “austerity” policies — the same policies that have slowed recovery from the 2008 crash in Europe — as a major factor in boosting the turnaround:

Uninsured Rate Approaches Historic Low
Bush and Cheney Have Confessed to Authorizing Torture – Now Even the New York Times Is Calling for Their Prosecution
Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Pres. Bush, Vice Pres. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenent

Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Tenent

In an editorial today, the New York Times called for prosecuting Dick Cheney, George Bush and their subordinates for war crimes:

Enumerati

  • 27.7%

    The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese in 2014, according to Gallup. That is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it.

  • $500,000

    Amount Republican Jeb Bush is telling donors they they must raise by March 31 to join his “national executive committee,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “A pledge form for Mr. Bush’s newly formed Right to Rise political committee offers other levels of membership: donors who collect $250,000 by March 31 can join the ‘national committee,’ $100,000 to join the ‘state executive committee’ and $50,000 for the ‘state committee.’”

  • 77

    Number of books about the topics of diet, exercise, bariatric surgery or self-help weight loss that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) has received since he’s been in office. “The records show that gift-givers have seen fit to shower the governor with virtually every diet book, CD, DVD and weight loss kit available,” the Newark Star Ledger reports.

  • 60

    Number of events in cities across the country Jeb Bush operatives have scheduled “to raise money for his federal leadership political action committee, which can accept money only in limited amounts, and his super PAC, which can accept checks in unlimited amounts,” the Washington Examiner reports.

  • 52%

    Of all Republicans “still maintain a positive view of the party’s 2012 nominee, compared to just 37% who said the same about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor,” a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. “Mr. Romney does more than 20 percentage points better among self-identified tea party supporters and core Republican voters than does Mr. Bush, who last ran for office in 2002.

Poetic Justice

While our partisan politics can be scary,
The most dangerous things are imaginary.
And though the campaign ain’t begun,
The candidates have started to run
In something they’re calling an invisible primary.

Verbatim

  • Please stop using our music in any way … we literally hate you!!!

    Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, admonishing Gov. Scott Walker (R) to stop using their music for his political purposes, in a scathing tweet, The Washington Times reports.

  • I think the GOP needs to earn the right to be a governing party. We can’t just be the party of no. We have to be a party of solutions.

    — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, quoted by the Washington Post.

  • This is the president’s night, and so I sit there and try to make no news. Although, inside, I’ve got a lotta things rollin’ through my mind.

    — Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by the AP, on what he’s thinking about during the State of the Union address.

  • Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested.

    — Sarah Palin, quoted by ABC News, on whether she’s interested in running for president in 2016.

  • There are no victories in Washington only varying degrees of defeat.

    — Former Sen. Wendell Ford (D-KY), quoted by the Louisville Courier Journal, in his obituary.

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