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Do you sometimes wonder if the speechwriters for the Republican leadership in Congress are a secret cabal of guerrilla performance artists – dedicated to manipulating human thought into ever-great levels of inanity?

On that note, I present to you Minority Leader Skinglow Boehner on the fresh thinking about how to create jobs that his party would bring to the House if they win it back:

“The first thing I would do is repeal Obamacare,” Boehner said at the Christian Science Monitor luncheon. “It is a giant impediment for employment. Not only will it ruin the best health care system in the world, it will bankrupt our country.

“Secondly, no cap and trade,” Boehner added. “You raise the cost of energy, you raise the cost of doing business.”

“Thirdly, not raise people’s taxes,” he concluded. “You want to get the economy going, give some people certainty about what the tax rates are going to be.” Democrats hope to let the Bush tax cuts on wealthy Americans expire before the end of the year — Boehner wants the tax cuts to continue across the board.

Ahem — cough.  I’ll let Brian Buetler take this one while I wipe away the laughter tears:
So lets take stock. Republicans will create jobs by:

1). Rolling back comprehensive health care legislation. (Notably, Boehner also supports repealing financial reform).

2). Simply promising not to do something. An anti-initiative, if you will.

3). Keeping current tax rates in place.

Doing all of these things, which technically represent the status quo pre-Obama, would apparently inspire companies to start hiring.

Ah, everyone welcome back the ever-reliable Underpants Gnome Republican policy framework:
1. Roll back health care reform, twiddle our thumbs on climate change and allow the debt to spiral out of control by gutting revenue again.

2.  ?

3. JOBS!

Sherrodgate appears to be tapping into the vestiges of sanity in a number of wingnuts today:

The new lie is that this film wasn’t about Sherrod, it was about the “racist NAACP audience reaction.” None other than Rich Lowry puts this to bed:
Jonah, the problem with the audience defense made by your e-mailers is that Sherrod told her listeners this before launching into the white-farmer story:
    When I made that commitment [to stay in the South], I was making that commitment to black people, and to black people only. But you know God will show you things, and he’ll put things in your path so that you realize that the struggle is really about poor people.
So, the audience knew what the up-shot of the story was going to be. In a disservice to everyone, Andrew’s source clipped the video to exclude this key introduction, which would have only added about 20 seconds more in length, but an entire world in additional context.
I’m beginning to agree with DougJ on the potential effect of all this fooferaw:
But I’m starting to think that the overall effect of this episode may be positive. Even nuts like Jonah Golberg think Breitbart owes Sherrod an apology. I don’t think that means much as far as Goldberg himself goes—Doughy Pantload will certainly be cheering the next heavily edited tape that Breitbart produces. But when even wingers (and Goldberg’s reaction seems fairly typical) are saying things like this, it’s hard to imagine that Kaplan, the Times, etc. will continue to ask why they aren’t covering Breitbart more.

Remember, the ACORN tapes were also heavily edited, but media that covered them—with the exception of the Daily Show—never offered any kind of retraction. And now, of course, ACORN is nearly defunct, partly as a result of coverage of these heavily edited tapes. I think the Sherrod kerfuffle will make it less likely that something like that happens again.

I believe that the the famed Dan Rather memos were forged by Republican operatives intent on squashing future coverage of how Bush got into the National Guard. It was an epic rat fuck and it worked brilliantly. Yesterday, the rats fucked themselves and, while the effect won’t be as great as with RATHERGATE, there will be an effect.

Breitbart obviously released the Sherrod tape as a response to the NAACP/Tea Party dust-up. It’s amazing how much heat the NAACP resolution caused.


Shirley Sherrod — My Take [Jonah Goldberg]

I think she should get her job back. I think she’s owed apologies from pretty much everyone, including my good friend Andrew Breitbart. I generally think Andrew is on the side of the angels and a great champion of the cause. He says he received the video in its edited form and I believe him. But the relevant question is, Would he have done the same thing over again if he had seen the full video from the outset? I’d like to think he wouldn’t have. Because to knowingly turn this woman into a racist in order to fight fire with fire with the NAACP is unacceptable.

The Obama administration really fucked this one up.

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For reasons that escape me, I was watching some early-90s garbage movie last night (i.e., Bird on a Wire) and got to thinking about how businesspeople and lawyers were portrayed back in those days.

In the movie, Goldie Hawn played some kind of amorphous brand of corporate deal lawyer.  The milieu that she was portrayed as inhabiting was ever so swish, high-flying and chic.

Now that I occupy a realm similar to what the movie portrayed, I came up with an aphorism I thought I’d share with you:

Reality has an irritating propensity toward being dramatically ordinary.
And…  scene.

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Ezra Klein reminds us how this happened.

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Isaac Chotiner preaches to my choir when he faults Paul Krugman for being too kind to those darling little overworked “average Americans” who are just too darned busy to participate in a thriving democracy:
There are certainly voters who work multiple jobs while feeding multiple children, and probably do not have time to educate themselves about politics. And a number of political issues–particularly economic issues–are very hard to understand, even if you do spend time reading up on them. But when you live in a democracy, there are very few good excuses for not having minimal knowledge about what is going on in the world. How much newspaper reading would it have taken to realize that between 1992 and 1996 the deficit decreased? Or to realize that Saddam did not have a hand in 9/11? Now ask yourself how much time the average American spends watching mediocre television. Voters can choose to be ignorant or disinterested, but that choice is fundamentally their own.
Based on this, I’ll update my super elegant point from earlier this week:
“I really don’t understand how you’re supposed to effectively govern this country when tens of millions of likely voters are [either lazy or] fucking retarded“. 

There seems to be at least a couple of these stories a month lately: 
Yesterday, 45-year-old parolee Byron Williams opened fire on Highway Patrol officers in Oakland, California. After a brief shootout, Williams, who was wearing body armor, was shot and is currently in an emergency room in stable condition at a local hospital.
In an interview with the local news, Williams explained that her son was unemployed, angry at “left-wing politicians,” and upset about Congress “railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.” Williams went on to say that she kept guns in her house which her son stole. She also warned of a coming “revolution”:
She said her son, who had been a carpenter and a cabinetmaker before his imprisonment, was angry about his unemployment and about “what’s happening to our country.” Williams watched the news on television and was upset by “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items,” his mother said. […]

Janice Williams said she kept the guns because “eventually, I think we’re going to be caught up in a revolution.” But she said she had told her son many times that “he didn’t have to be on the front lines.”

But a pox on your house if you would dare to place any of the blame on rightwing radio talkers or Fox News!!  A Pox!

I guess this nutjob must have been getting such crazy ideas beamed into his head by aliens. Because you’d never see such paranoid garbage in any mainstream media outlet.