For years, back when I was, to quote a friend of mine, “a dirty, stinking, hippie conservative”, there was some sense (from me, at least) that the Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell was no more than a grifting, sycophantic hypocrite…now we know:
Brent Bozell, the head honcho at MRC, has been on Fox News for years and years deriding a lazy, liberal press that never does its job and always bashes conservatives. He’s one of the top rightwing resentment pundits and has made a good living off of it. But they’ve also done some very sketchy things at the MRC.
A while back, their website was down for a few days and they said they were hacked, but I know from an anonymous source that they changed webmasters and all their data got lost because of it and instead of being honest, they made up a fictitious story to cover up their homemade chaos.(Crooks & Liars)
Yeah…right. And George W. Bush never ever touched a drop of the grape either, huh?
Now we learn from Romenesko that Brent Bozell never wrote any of his own syndicated columns.
Here’s the link to the Romenesko article but put simply, Brent Bozell is just another conservative grifter out to con the average person out of their peonic wages just because he can..in other words, what a mf’n hypocrite.
Next time I hear someone talk about the GOP being a party of personal responsibility, I’m going to say to them, “Oh, yeah? Well, what about this?”
What the hell is the deal with these Republican slobs living in filth? First, we learned that the Rohrabacher family took umbrage with not getting their rental deposit back after leaving a formerly pristine million-dollar rental home with more than $25,000 damage and truly horrifyingly unsanitary living conditions. And now we have the story of Rep. Steve Stockman, the whackadoodle congressman from Texas who wants to arm fetuses and regularly flamebaits on Twitter, whose campaign office in Webster, TX was recently condemned (Crooks & Liars)
The Stockman example is especially egregious; again,
The story, to recap, was reported last month by The Houston Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, officials in Webster, Texas in November ordered the emergency closure of Stockman’s campaign headquarters, citing multiple safety violations. The newspaper reported that various campaign staffers and volunteers were working and sleeping in the office, located in a former a former motorcycle shop considered unsafe for habitation. (Crooks & Liars)
You know, there’s a word for this kind of behaviors, Republicans….hypocrisy. To borrow Bill Engvall’s famous quote, “Here’s your sign, GOP…wear it well.”
Tell us something we don’t already know…quoting Think Progress:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday raised fears that the shutdown of the federal government that he helped launch could potentially lead to an attack on the United States of America, calling on his fellow senators to to pass a separate resolution funding the Defense Department.
Normally I’d add some witty comment here but a comment in the TP article above pretty much says what I would’ve said…quoting:
You’re right, Ted. A government shutdown has a number of negative consequences. But this is what you and your Tea Partiers wanted — all so you could play politics with a law that’s already reality. You knew that defunding the ACA was a poison pill, and yet you expect the Democrats and the President to capitulate to blackmail.
You’re like the kid who throws lit matches around and then blames someone else for the fire that results. Nice try, but nobody’s buying it except your kool-aid drinkers.(Think Progress – Comment by Victoria Hatch)
The first part of the comment above that’s in red…that’s a perfect description of what the Tea Party has become in this country.
Daily Kos: Obama Says Republicans Privately Tell Him They’re Scared Of Rush Limbaugh
I had to do a double–; no, a triple, jaw-dropping take when I read the above article’s title; if true, this is definitely one helluva’ of a chance for Democrats to play a nice game of political Psy-Ops; not only would it give them a chance to paint Republicans as subservient to the monied interests of Movement Conservatives and Oligarchs, it could also, looking over at the GOP, help push many of them into abject paranoia…after all, which do you think is worse: having the world find out you’ve effectively sold your soul to King OxyContin OR remaining silent in order to avoid a Republican firing squad-inspired primary?
Anyway, here’s what President Obama had to say in a CNN interview on the subject…
So the question is ultimately, if you are putting the American people first, if you are prioritizing them, then this shouldn’t be that difficult. And I’ve made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, “I agree with you, but I’m worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the Tea Party back in my district,” or, “I’m worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on the radio. And so you got to understand, I’m — it’s really difficult.”(CNN)
For what it’s worth, I agree with Daily Kos’s Jed Lewison on this one: I’d love to see the President start naming names, if not for the sheer pleasure of watching Republican members of Congress squirm under media pressure. On the other hand, DKos commenter GTomkins had an interesting thought on the matter at hand; quoting:
“…the more I think about that statement from the president, the more I want him to name names.”
Leave it nameless, and you leave just about every R who’s ever exchanged a word with Obama under suspicion of treason from the Teahadist/Dittohead crowd. Surely that is a good thing.
This is effective even if Obama is completely fabricating the whole thing, and no R ever has actually told him they hate and fear Limbaugh and that crowd. It is entirely credible, and something the Limbaugh crowd is clearly paranoid about, that elected official Rs would say this to Obama, and that’s exactly what makes this statement so effective. Everyone knows that “moderate” Rs, including almost all of them not obviously so crazy that they actually managed to win an election, think this way. Of course they plan to betray the Teahadists as soon as that is feasible.
And insofar as Rs really have said such things to Obama, and these statements are known to others, if only deep insiders, that sets up all sorts of wonderful group dynamics of blackmailable failure to show unquestioned loyalty to Limbaugh/Teahadist ideology. Name specific names and you cut deeply into the variety and intensity of the possibilities. Let individual Rs start to accuse each other by name, eventually in public, and that’s when we really get to break out the popcorn.
Regardless of which perspective you agree with on the topic(Lewison’s or Tomkins’s), it definitely would be nice to see the Democrats’ start playing political hardball with Republicans..all I can say is bring the popcorn!
Boy, the fevered swamps of hypocrisy must run deep in Texas…quoting Think Progress:
Politico reported Tuesday evening that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) administration is in negotiations with the Obama White House to accept about $100 million in federal money to implement an Obamacare Medicaid program to help elderly and disabled Americans.
Perry has been a heated opponent of the health law. He refused to accept $100 billion in federal funding to expand Texas’ Medicaid program under Obamacare, which could have helped 1.5 million poor Texans afford basic health benefits. As recently as April, Perry essentially called the expansion a joke. “Seems to me April Fool’s Day is the perfect day to discuss something as foolish as Medicaid expansion, and to remind everyone that Texas will not be held hostage by the Obama administration’s attempt to force us into the fool’s errand of adding more than a million Texans to a broken system,” said Perry.
Now, Perry is seeking federal dollars for Texas’ Medicaid program anyway.
Now, I understand hypocrisy but this is laying it on thick with a pine-tar brush, don’tcha think? When asked about it, spokespeople for Gov.
Hypocrite Perry stated that, quoting:
Perry spokespeople emphasized to Politico that the governor’s support for the program — and the Medicaid funds that make it possible — shouldn’t come as a surprise and doesn’t change his position on the Affordable Care Act.(Think Progress)
This takes hypocrisy to a whole other level…I mean, its’ one thing to stand on “principle” and refuse the Medicaid expansion funding that went with the Affordable Care Act…its’ a whole completely other thing to publicly bash it, then turn around and quietly lobby for Medicaid expansion funding in private. If I were the White House, I’d accept his request if and only if Gov. Perry comes to the White House and accepts the offer in public.
Never mind the fact that this violates both the Missouri Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, it also goes to show what utter hypocrites conservatives have increasingly become in modern times, to wit: to show our appreciation for the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, let’s violate the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and prohibit legislators from proposing gun-safety laws by threatening them with jail time….
Yesterday, Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) proposed legislation making it a felony for lawmakers to so much as propose many bills regulating guns. Leara’s bill provides that “[a]ny member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, shall be guilty of a class D felony.”(Think Progress)
Someone should remind Rep. Leara that under a 1966 Supreme Court decision(United States vs. Johnson), legislators are protected under the Constitution’s Speech & Debate Clause from undue pressure applied against them by members of the executive branch; the same clause also protects legislators’ right to propose any and all legislative acts during a session of the legislature, irrespective of one’s political views since those actions are being conducted during a legislative session. In other words, if a member of the Missouri Legislature wants to introduce any gun-safety or gun-control measure, there ain’t a damn thing Mr. Leara(or any 2nd Amendment nut for that matter) can do about it, period…end of story.