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Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.

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Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 10, 2009 10:06PM
If you tuned into the Rachel Maddow Show last night (Monday, Feb.12) you got a good look at Republican disingenuousness (a polite term for 'you're-all-too-stupid-to-know-what-the-real-truth-is bullshit ), their abysmal ignorance of basic economic facts and their blatant dishonesty - all while trying to justify their ongoing attempts to sabotage the President's Economic Recovery Plan.

There are few people in the media who can skewer the right-wing lie machine as thoroughly and as viciously on target as does Rachel Maddow.

She does it night after night, show after show.

In particular, last night's roasting, in which she provided 3 examples of Republican gross cluelessness, was nothing less than a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.

Recently I've been in the process of re-calibrating my Republican 'stupidometer' , and what I've found is that it's just impossible to keep abreast of all the newest examples of rank Republican stupidity.

The number of the Party's best and brightest competing for the title, 'Stupidest Republican' not surprisingly, is prodigious. But suddenly, out of nowhere comes Michael Steele, the GOP's new RNC chairman. After last Sunday's interview with George Stephanopolis, Mr. Steele has now vaulted into the undisputed lead.

If you heard this interview, you know exactly what I mean: He begins by repeating the mother of all Republican lies - the outrageous claim that George Bush, upon taking office in 2000, 'inherited a recession' . Apparently Mr. Steele is unaware that this absurdity has long ago been laid to rest by people who are actual historians.

But the remark that rendered Stephanopolis utterly speechless was Steele's stunningly clueless comments on President Obama's Economic Recovery Plan: []

'Creating work is not the same thing as creating jobs?' Really? And the best way to create wealth is to issue tax credits' ? Honest to God?

Watch the video and I defy you to disagree: Michael Steele is the rightful heir to the title of 'Stupidest Republican'

Then, even before the laughter had a chance to subside, Maddow showed us a video of Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell rewriting history and providing us a great look at some of that notorious Republican revisionism. Of course, this isn't anything particularly new - we see it every day - so we're kinda used to it. But this one - WOW! - This one is an absolute gem. Here's a guy who, as one of the Party's leaders, is supposed to know what he's talking about.

Rachel shows us a video as the pile of Kentucky Fried Bullshit rewrites history. We can only assume that other Republicans - those few who may actually know something about American history - watched McConnell's diatribe and writhed in pain.

I wasn't able to locate a video clip, but here's a verbatim quote of what McConnell said as he tries to discredit the President's Economic Recovery Plan:

But one of the good things about reading history is you learn a good deal. And, we know for sure that the big spending programs of the New Deal did not work. In 1940, unemployment was still 15%. And, it's widely agreed among economists, that what got us out of the doldrums that we were in during the Depression was the beginning of World War II." []

Got that? The New Deal took us from a 25 percent unemployment rate in 1933 to 15 percent in 1941, which represents a 40 percent improvement(Rachel had a graph) and which, incidentally, happened to be BEFORE the war began, so here's demagogue McConnell, claiming that the New Deal economy 'did not work' ?

Does he think we're all stupid? Does he think no one has read a history book? Or is it possible that he just hasn't been told?

And finally, to complete the Trinity of the Bewildered, Rachel shows us a video featuring back-water Republican obstructionist, Lindsey Graham
delivering on the Senate floor, a self-righteous and totally disconnected rant. Lindsey wonders out loud: 'where has President Obama been hiding while everybody else has been watching the American economy tank?' he screeched. 'He's been AWOL !'

'AWOL'?? I'm serious. That's the term he used. Hasn't he noticed how President Obama has been everywhere, virtually pouring his heart and soul into getting this economy fixed ever since he took office? We're talking about the same economy that he, Senator Lindsey Graham, in concert with his fellow Republicans, literally - LITERALLY - destroyed, maybe irreparably.

All this stuff is not your normal political 'spin'. 'Spin' is when you take facts and twist them and warp them so as to fit your own ideologies.These three instances are not just a manipulation of already established 'facts'. These three instances have absolutely NO basis in fact. They are nothing more than complete, total, blatant, outright lies.

Even Michael Steele's preposterous remarks, are loaded down with generous servings of dishonesty. Mr. Steele implies that these remarks are established 'truths'. From his opening line, Bush inherited a recession' to ' Bush successfully guided us through it' to Bush's economy created 15 million new jobs. All total bullshit and all going unchallenged by Steph.

It looks like Republicans have decided that the best way for them to re-establish whatever credibility they had before the country was innundated in this economic mess, not by their usual 'spin' (because even 'spin' won't be able to put a happy face on this debacle) but by plain old, flagrant, in-your-face lying.

Thanks, Rachel. We need more of that.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2009 11:14PM by jazzman.
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 10, 2009 10:26PM
Yup. Rachel is the best. We've listened to her on the radio for a long time and were giddy when she started filling in for Olbermann occasionally. The move to give her her own show was brilliant and at the same time a no-brainer. She is going to have an incredible career ahead of her.

I think the Republicans are simply working from only two primary motivations and nothing else:

1. Do what's best for the Republican party... and
2. Do whatever will hurt the Democratic party.

Everything else is superfluous. What's best for the country? Feh! Their Prime Directive is Party First. If they end up having to look like liars... so be it. If they end up having to look stupid... so be it. If they have to look like blatant hypocrites... so be it. It doesn't matter as long as the Prime Directive is being furthered. They certainly give no reasons at all for anyone to think otherwise.

Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 12:01AM
I'd like to see Obama say what is the truth, and he won't: The modern GOP is a cult.

The present Republicans in Congress, in the face of all common reality, still believe in trickle-down economics as much as Heaven's Gate followers believed in a spaceship hiding behind a comet. It's utter fantasy, and if Obama thinks that he can deal with such people as though they can be reasoned with, he's in for a rude awakening.
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 12:34AM
The modern GOP is a cult. - Paleo

Oh, totally.

I posted the following a little over a year ago:

The disciples of Milton Friedman, the godfather of neo-liberal capitalism, are like cultists. Since 1973 in Chile under Pinochet, Friedman and his minions have been jumping from country to country with the supposed solution to each country's economic challenges, only to see each experiment fail miserably for average working class people. The only winners in neo-liberalism have been the already-rich, who have transformed themselves into the uber-wealthy, which is the main appeal, the reason why those who are in positions of power are eager to impose this economic model on their populaces - so that they and their cronies could become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. ( [] )

and the following last March:

Milton Friedman was also a Nobel winning economist.

In the late 60's and early 70's, Chile, under the presidency of Salvatore Allende, along with the entire cone of South America, was experiencing an economic upturn; the economic outlook was excellent for the entire region.

Then on September 11, 1973, Allende was assassinated in a military coup with backing from the Nixon administration. Immediately after the coup, Milton Friedman flew to Santiago to begin implementing his economic model that was endorsed by Nixon and the republican party... and the U.S.-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Immediately, all former state-owned companies were sold off at fire sale prices to carniverous investors (aka privatization,) all in accordance with Friedman's model. Regulations were stripped, including price controls, all of which drove Chile's once hopeful economy into the bowels of economic hell.

Then Friedman repeated the same program in Argentina and Bolivia with similar results. Argentina ended up spinning into civil war.

Amazingly, this failed experiment was later repeated in Poland, post-apartheid South Africa, and Russia after the fall of the USSR, leaving in its wake a post-tsunami landscape of poverty, political upheaval, and the deaths of tens of thousands.

The only parties that eventually won out were the multinational corporations.

Reagan was the first American president who implemented Friedman's policies on a wide scale, including union busting, corporate deregulation, non-enforcement of federal anti-trust statutes, decreased taxes on the wealthy, decrease in spending on social programs, and privatization of state-owned industries. George Sr. continued these policies, as did so-called liberal Bill Clinton, and finally George Jr.

And of course now we're in a recession.

World renowned economist Ravi Batra, who is known for his accuracy in predicting periods of economic upturns and downturns since the 80's recently stated in an interview, "I'm not going to predict a depression yet", adding with certainty that the U.S. will experience a "severe recession" over the next several years minimum. He also stated that the U.S. is now in a recession.
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Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 01:10AM
I can not stand the Republicans and any one that supports them. There views and the policies that they pushed on us have destroyed the Country the middle class and the working class. However Obama giving into them only strengthens the monster and causes it to grow. Te tax credit tax cut instead of spending in the stimulus bill will cause the stimulus to fail and that is when the country and Obama will loose big.

It is hard to understand how Obama could screw this up but he is managing by trying to be Lincoln instead of running with the mandate given to him by the people.
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 01:37AM
If the Dems didn't cave, the GOP would have filibustered, and then we'd have no stimulus bill.

What really needs to happen is, the filibuster needs to be abolished.
Anonymous User
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 04:10AM
PttP, the filibuster is there for a reason. Seriously, if the demographics of the Senate were reversed, most people here would be clamoring for filibusters all the time. What needs to end is the "Procedural Filibuster", where a member in opposition can just say, "I want a vote for cloture", where cloture requires 60 votes. If people want to filibuster, then just have someone read the phone book until the majority gives up.
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 04:28AM
Seriously, if the demographics of the Senate were reversed, most people here would be clamoring for filibusters all the time. - PoK

When they were reversed, the Dems rarely used the filibuster.

If people want to filibuster, then just have someone read the phone book until the majority gives up. - PoK

Doesn't that seem stupid to you? That's as pointless as having to say "What is...." on Jeopardy.
Anonymous User
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 04:59AM
PttP, that's actually what they did before the procedural filibuster was established in the 1970's. The rule of a filibuster was that a person (or group of people) would refuse to give up the floor until a bill was dead. In other words, they talked endlessly until a bill was dead... about anything they wanted to talk about. Sometimes, they really did resort to reading the phone book. Imagine today if someone filibustered in that fashion. Olbermann would immediately put that person on "Worst Person in the World" status. And really, if a Senator (or group of Senators) believes so strongly against a bill (whether for ethical reasons or because they believed that the bill was completely contrary to the good of the people) that he/she would do that, why not let them talk forever? Seriously, the reason why the GOP uses the procedural filibuster so much is (a) Harry Reid lets them, and (b) it doesn't require any political courage whatsoever. An old-fashioned filibuster actually required political courage.
Anonymous User
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 05:07AM
If Democrats stick together, and hold their ground, what's the worst that can happe? Let's just say for the sake of argument that the House Democrats have had enough of Republican obstructionism and their negativism toward anything that has a Democratic label on it - so Democrats decide to:

A) Remove all the business tax cuts.
cool smiley Reinsert all the infrastructure and aid to states provisions that were in the original bill.
C) Reinsert the $1000 tax refund for all taxpayers.
D) Reinsert the food stamp, unemployment, health care, family planning - all the other provisions that the Republicans took out of the bill.
E) Issue their report and send it to the Senate.
F) The House Democrats - by party line - sign off on the House Conference Committee Report.

Under this scenario, the Republicans will be forced to filibuster if they want to prevent the final bill from reaching the President's desk.

With the country's economy already in a death-spiral and with each passing day we're seeing thousands more jobs being lost, more home foreclosures, more people losing their health care benefits and with personal and small business bankruptcies hitting all-time highs, the Republicans - if they really decide to filibuster - will have to face their constituencies at home and explain why they did nothing to help them out of their dire circumstances or why they prevented the Democrats when they tried to do something.

I don't think any Republican running for reelection wants to see this happen.

In other words, I think the Republican threat of a filibuster is a bluff and I think that Democrats of both houses ought to call them.
Anonymous User
Re: Rachel Maddow exposes and then disembowels GOP mendacity.
February 11, 2009 06:13AM
Jazz you are correct but the Democrats have no balls or they lack the political will because they are sucking the tit of the same corporate cow. I think it is probably the later.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/11/2009 06:14AM by Greener Pastures Pub.
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