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Republicans behaving like . . . Republicans

McCainIn the wake of House Democrats’ historic passing last night of the Senate’s health care reform bill, bringing the legislation to a point just one or two steps from final passage, the political right reacts with typical sore-loser hatefulness.

And who better to lead the way than Republicans’ rejected 2008 presidential candidate and late-night talk show no show, Sen. John McCain of Arizona?

There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate. “They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”

If there’s an award for overstating the obvious, McCain should win it  hands down.

Indeed, what “they,” the Democrats, have done is win a major legislative victory on an up-or-down vote. They did that despite all the months of Republican lying, fearmongering, foot dragging and “our way or the highway” responses to Democrats’ repeated efforts to achieve even token Republican cooperation and support.

How Democrats did it mirrors tactics and maneuvers Republicans have used regularly for years — except for the attempts to achieve bipartisanship.

However, we understand McCain is facing a tough re-election fight and is eager to be seen as being as dishonest and hypocritical as possible — thereby underscoring his credentials as a true radical right-wing Republican. He’s off to a good start.

Next, we come to that multimillionaire beacon of American optimism and good sportsmanship, the guru and de-facto head of today’s Republican Party. The kind of man every tea-bagger mother wants her sons to grow up to be just like . . .

Let’s turn to the right-wing blogosphere, to sample a reaction from that blighted quarter.

ObamaCare: A Good Night For Tyranny
Monday, March 22, 2010 9:07:45 PM   by Nachum   11 replies   329+ views

Big Hollywood ^ | 3/22/10 | Gary Graham

But it was a bad night for Liberty. Oh man. I didn’t want to write a blog today. Damn those Dems. (And a special F-U to you twits who voted them in.) A bad night for Liberty. But it was a good night for Chicago politics. It’s nice to know some things never change; that back-room arm-twisting, extortion, blackmail, bribes, and pay-offs can still work wonders when applied judiciously by Leftists Speakers of the House, Presidents (and their hatchet men), and Senate leaders. Even ‘principled’ Democrats like pro-life Rep Bart Stupak folded like a proud jellyfish.

Classy, huh?

But these all paled in comparison to what took place Saturday, as Democratic members of the House were walking and were set upon by right-wing protesters. Sam Stein at Huffington Post reports.

Preceding the president’s speech to a gathering of House Democrats, thousands of protesters descended around the Capitol to protest the passage of health care reform. The gathering quickly turned into abusive heckling, as members of Congress passing through Longworth House office building were subjected to epithets and even mild physical abuse.

A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni–er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.

But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.

“It was absolutely shocking to me,” Clyburn said, in response to a question from the Huffington Post. “Last Monday, this past Monday, I stayed home to meet on the campus of Claflin University where fifty years ago as of last Monday… I led the first demonstrations in South Carolina, the sit ins… And quite frankly I heard some things today I have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus.”

. . . Asked if he wanted an apology from the group of Republican lawmakers who had addressed the crowd and, in many ways, played on their worst fears of health care legislation, the Democratic Party, and the president, Clyburn replied:

“A lot of us have been saying for a long time that much of this, much of this is not about health care a all. And I think a lot of those people today demonstrated that this is not about health care… it is about trying to extend a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful.”

Americans, including a good many who are not enthused about the health care reform bill on its way to passage, should think very carefully about their voting decisions this November.

Specifically, Americans should think about who they want to reward and empower — those putting it on the line to make a bad situation better, and being subjected to hate and hatefulness for their trouble; or the hate-filled and hateful-acting sore losers, thugs and bullies of the political right.

14 Comments

  1. McCain is a snake who sheds his skins to adopt to different terrains.

    I think the GOP is in its final death throws and they can blame nobody but themselves. We can’t expect them to denounce the extremists when they are acting just as despicably.

  2. holte ender says:

    My couch is more of a maverick than McCain is. With all the problems facing the country, and there are many, all he and is pals can do and say is promise no cooperation. How anti-American can you get.

  3. Oh no, no cooperation? Why that’s *gasp!* exactly like yesterday! And the day before that! And the day before that! Noooooooooo!

    I’m sorry, SWA, but I believe that you are required by law, when displaying a picture of the non-esteemed Senatorial from retirement land, that you show one of him sticking his tongue out.

  4. McCain is so articulate on this point, he reminds me of the grotesque little John in “The Lion in Winter”: “You’re a dirty rotten stinker–and you stink!”

  5. teeluck says:

    I have said before, I do not state that they are unintelligent….just unwilling to apply said intelligence to the issues at hand.

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    The Rushpubliscums are off the rails. I only THOUGHT they were crazy before. What I’m seeing today makes me wonder if it’s even safe to be in a room with a bunch of them.

  7. LP, it took him longer to get there, but I think McCain now has more “new” personas than Richard Nixon. I hope he’ll soon adopt the one he and the country need: rocking chair-riding retiree.

    Holte, in that case, nap carefully. ;)

    Randal, if you run across a picture of McCain with his tongue out, point me to it.

    Jeff, I think this is why Al Franken titled one of his books, Dirty Rotten Lies and the Lying Lairs Who Tell Them,” or something close to that. And of course, he was referring to America’s conservative Republican scourge.

    Teeluck, if Republicans would spend half the time and brain power they invest in fearmongering and obstruction, in trying to do something genuinely helpful for all Americans, they might be pleasantly surprised to find they don’t have to spend millions on attack ads to win some votes. Unfortunately, that’s not their way.

    JR, maybe part of it is that they’re  trying to turn us all into gun-toting Second Amendment fanatics.  :)

  8. Senor Glenn was never a maverack. He’s one thin line from being dishonest. He’s a self-serving political opportunist who blows with the wind. Now, ask me if I like him.

  9. Tom Harper says:

    McCain has been so all over the map in the last few years, it’s hard to tell what he stands for; if anything. And it’s not because he’s a maverick; his soundbite of the day is based on the political winds. Like you were saying, in Arizona he has to be further to the Right than Mussolini in order to compete with the rightwads who are gunning for his senate seat.

  10. Bee says:

    I figure if they keep it up, we’ll have another federal building bombed and get to see new pics of a fireman carrying someone’s toddler out of the rubble. They created a Frankenstein’s monster last summer, now it’s coming home to rampage.

  11. LP, you meant McCain, right? John Glenn of Ohio left the Senate years ago. ;)

    Tom, McCain stands for McCain winning whatever election he’s running in. Beyond that, he stands for sucking up to the raving-lunatic fringe of his party, lest he be thought of  as not being a true-blue conservative Republican.

    Bee,  you could very well be right. If not a federal building, some  ugly, violent  atrocity.  Ugly is as ugly does, after all.  As for the Frankenstein monster, yes, and it could come back to hurt them in the fall.

  12. rightsaidfred says:

    People are clearly upset that an unpopular $100 billion/year spending bill gets rammed through on parliamentary tricks. I suppose spitting on Barney Frank is not a long term strategy, but I wouldn’t mind partaking of the visceral release.

    More chairs on the deck of the Titanic…

  13. Jwhitley says:

    With due respect, sir, we on the right had to put up with eight years of identical behavior by our esteemed countrymen on the left. Playing (and talking) dirty is hardly a Republican phenomenon. We’re just a tad less snarky about it.

    1. Jwhitley, would that include all those lefty paid “operatives” who raised hell in Florida in 2000, demanding an end to the vote recount and doing everything they could to make the process look like a farce? Oh wait, those were right-wing Republican operatives.