Who will drink from the GOP’s poisoned chalice? ‘Not I’, say the smart ones!

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Watching House Republicans trying to pick a new leadership team is like … I don’t know, because I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Those smart enough to do the job want nothing to do with it, refusing to drink from the poisoned chalice; conversely, those who do want the job shouldn’t be let anywhere near one of the most important posts in American government.

It begins with the current speaker, John Boehner, who should have felt humiliated by the fact that he is being forced by his own party to give up the gavel. Instead, he walks into his press conference to announce his departure with a huge grin on his face, singing “Zip a dee do dah,” as if the governor had just given him a last-second reprieve from a sit-down with Ol’ Sparky.

-1You’ve also got ambitious people such as Trey Gowdy of South Carolina giving a rude, Heisman Trophy stiff-arm to anybody who even suggests he run for speaker or majority leader.

“I don’t have a background in mental health, so I wouldn’t have the right qualifications to lead right now,” he told the Washington Post, going so far as to suggest that friends don’t let friends run for speaker, not with this bunch.

And Paul Ryan?

“The smartest kid in the class is Paul Ryan,” says Gowdy. “If I had one draft choice and I was starting a new country, I would draft Paul to run it. Not because I agree with him on everything, but because he’s super, super smart. And when someone is super, super smart and is not interested, that tells you something. It tells me a lot.”

OK … so nobody smart would want to run for speaker. That still leaves Republicans with an awful lot of candidates. Take Kevin McCarthy, the current frontrunner for speaker. Confessing to the whole country that the Benghazi investigation was designed to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers may have been honest on the part of the California Republican, but it also made it clear that he doesn’t suffer that “super, super smart” problem.

Jason-Chaffetz-IRSAnd then there’s Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who is also running for speaker. He called McCarthy’s Benghazi statement “absolutely terrible,” “absolutely wrong” and “absolutely inappropriate,” then went on to condemn his colleague’s communications skills. “We need a speaker who speaks,” Chaffetz says. “We lose the communication war time and time again, and I think the conference wants a proactive communicator.”

That’s the same Jason Chaffetz whose attempted interrogation of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecilia Richards last week was panned as “a GOP freak show,” “Ill-prepared & uncoordinated. Inexcusable,” and “embarrassing.” And that’s how conservatives described it. Absolutely.

David Harsanyi, writing in National Review, put it this way:

“If for some reason you needed additional evidence that the Republican party is deeply incompetent, unprepared, uncoordinated, and inexcusably lazy, then try watching Cecile Richards’s appearance in front of Congress earlier this week…. Most of the committee’s Republicans followed Jason Chaffetz’s lead in aimless grandstanding — which seems to be the purpose of these show trials: self-preservation.”

Finally, there’s this little hand grenade, tossed into the discussion late yesterday by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina in a letter to House GOP leadership (emphasis original):

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Interesting, no? In fact, Jones was so concerned that he felt compelled to add a personal, hand-written note to his letter, just to drive his point home:

jones2aApparently, Mister Jones thinks he knows something important about somebody important, something that the rest of us don’t know … yet.

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juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

there are smart members of GOP in Congress?  who knew ...

JKToole
JKToole

How did this idea that Paul Ryan is brilliant get fostered? Paul Ryan is 45 years old and has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 19 years. He's never had a real job other than for a family business (unless you count his years as a ski bum in Aspen). His greatest political influence and his calling to Washington comes from a meth-addicted novelist who died on the dole in a NYC rent-controlled apartment - Objectivism Shrugged, lol.

He is a poster boy for bureaucrats and what is wrong with Washington.

RantNRave
RantNRave

Mitt Romney........2016 tone could HURT GOP in the general election.


Duh !


RantNRave
RantNRave

Gowdy says........."McCarthy SCREWED UP."


Duh!


Battles ahead for the next Speaker of the House.



ByteMe
ByteMe

High powered gun sheetz!

LeninTime
LeninTime

Lol, what a fraud the Democratic Party is. Hillary now comes out posturing as anti-TPP. 


Hillary Clinton Pretends to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal

There is a long tradition of Democratic presidential candidates posturing against free trade on the stump only to reverse themselves in office. Hillary Clinton’s announcement today that she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership would seem to fit snugly within that tradition. After all, Barack Obama promised to renegotiate NAFTA once in office but never did. (Indeed, in a private memo that surfaced during the 2008 campaign, an Obama adviser reassured fretful Canada that Obama’s posturing against NAFTA was not to be taken seriously.)

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/hillary-pretends-to-oppose-pacific-trade-deal.html

LeninTime
LeninTime

@KUTGF @LeninTime 

So if she had come out for it, you would be upset.  

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That's right, because my position is not based on what she comes out for or against. As the Jonathan Chait quote above indicates, it's a fraud either way. What counts in the end is what she is actually for, not what she claims. And the proof of that will be in the pudding. Not that we have to wait, we can already say based on the totality of her past actions throughout her career as a stooge for corporate power, not to mention her party affiliation. 

She is FOR the TPP. Of that there can be no doubt.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@LeninTime So if she had come out for it, you would be upset.  She comes out against it and you accuse her of being a fraud because of what others have done and you upset with her?  What would she have to do to please you?

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Too much of anything will eventually kill you. All of these problems the GOP has, that the rest of the country has to deal with are directly related to their extreme gerrymandering. I hope both parties learn from this. Though I doubt Democrats could be that extreme as they are more of a national party.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@JeffreyEav So true, the Republicans wanted every vote from every corner of the map and now that they have it they can't agree on nothing because everyone has a different agenda.  That's is what they get for peeling off votes of constituents who they are not willing to represent.  

td1234
td1234

Keep writes: Have you seen Jindal's Hail Mary tax plan to get the crazies to like him.....

No corporate taxes and EVERYBODY pays taxes no matter how little you make. 


http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/10/07/3710071/jindal-tax-plan/

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I actually agree with his plan more than any other plan from the Republicans beside Huchabee. Everyone should have to pay something, even if it is just $1. I think Bobby is saying 2%. When businesses profits are not taxed then they can compete with the countries paying such low wages and more jobs will come back to the country. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Why is it not surprising that you would agree with this.  Please tell us the cost. 


By the way, everybody already pays taxes, just not everybody pays income tax. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Regarding the state of the Republican leadership in America today:


Spiritual KARMA.


A lie cannot live forever.
 

When a house's foundation is built on sand, the home will crumble, in time.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@OldEngineer That is an insult to Charmin....  I think it was generic.  ;)

LeninTime
LeninTime

and I suppose you think what's happening with Dem candidates is stellar?

Hillary going to jail

Sanders a socialist

Biden over the hill.

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Love how in the rube mind just being a socialist is an argument against someone. Even when he isn't even a socialist!

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 @LeninTime 

There are no pure socialist countries left

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But are there any pure capitalist countries left? THAT is the question.

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime Tell that to Bernie since he is the one claiming to be a Socialist. 

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime Like I said there are none of those countries left to be pure socialist nations. 

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime There are no pure socialist countries left since the philosophy has been proven to be an abject failure. I believe he is using the term as a they use in it in Europe. Obama and Hillary are exactly the same. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @LeninTime  He may not officially call himself a democrat but he takes policy positions that are consistent with Democrats in Congress.  His voting record shows this too.

stefpe
stefpe

@LeninTime @td1234 What's a "pure capitalist" country?

Is there a list of policies that qualify as capitalist?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@stefpe @LeninTime @td1234 

Is there a list of policies that qualify as capitalist?

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Indeed. They include a platform of wage labor, private ownership of the means of production, and other characteristics.



stefpe
stefpe

@LeninTime @stefpe @td1234 Well yeah of course. What about education? Was Thomas Jefferson being a f-ing socialist when he founded the university of Virginia?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@stefpe @LeninTime @td1234 

Thomas Jefferson was a bourgeois democratic revolutionary who was limited by the time in which he lived, which was before the emergence of socialism in the strict sense. 

stefpe
stefpe

@LeninTime @stefpe @td1234 True. Would you consider publically funded education compatible with "pure capitalism" though?

What I'm getting at is mainly that apparently according to some, any government spending on anything but the Holy Military is some kind of socialism.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@stefpe @LeninTime @td1234 

I consider publicly funded education a product of the era of bourgeois reform, which is to say it is no longer possible. 

"What I'm getting at is mainly that apparently according to some, any government spending on anything but the Holy Military is some kind of socialism." 

I see that as a measure of the crisis of capitalism, which coincides with its emergence as a totalitarian force. Now all the products of the previous eras of reform - things that used to be taken for granted by the political class, such as public education - are now unacceptable and to be swept away. As the economic crisis of capitalism deepens further in the coming years, this reality will become ever more stark.

idigalot
idigalot

all roads will be toll roads. all fire departments are privatised and you choose the one you want and pay their fee. All police and military functions are privatized. All schools will be private schools setting their own standards. That sort of thing.

clintontoast2016
clintontoast2016

Honestly jay for someone who supports the dem party and nancy bella pelosi do you really need to insult someone's intelligence? 

straker
straker

Doggone - "they don't want a leader"


That sounds about right.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

At my kids school everybody gets a chance to be leader of the class. Sometimes for a day sometimes for a week. The GOP house should try it. I'd bet they'd almost be as good at it as my seven year olds.

stefpe
stefpe

@JeffreyEav Nah I would imagine your seven year olds are quite a bit more honest.

Jackie_36
Jackie_36

It appears the fake scandals perpetuated by the so-called conservatives and new secessionists is starting to take a different turn.  The House Dems are going to release the testimony of Cheryl Mills.  The House insists the testimony is "classified" even though the lawyer for Mrs. Mills make the point at the beginning of the hearing that there would be no classified material discussed.

My goodness, the Repubs need to contact the writer of the bumper-sticker dictionary to find talking points.

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/10/05/democrats-give-republicans-taste-medicine-setting-benghazi-record-straight.html

http://democrats.benghazi.house.gov/news/press-releases?page=3

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Jackie_36 The GOP had no problem leaking information from "classified" testimony.  Good to see the Dems fighting back on this. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

People said, ‘No we can’t [reduce head-on collisions] without eliminating cars,” the Arkansas Republican observed. “That was all done through science and through research. And we now have less deaths on our highways because of that little fence.”

“I think that is a good example of what we can do,” [Rep] said. “They didn’t try to get rid of the car. They did it in spite of the car. And that is what we can do with guns.”. 

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/cnn-host-scolds-ex-nra-point-man-for-using-nonsensical-slippery-slope-idea-to-paralyze-gun-safety-research/

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The guy who led the fight for the NRA to block CDC research on gun violence said we can restrict guns without claiming a slippery slope of banning guns. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@KUTGF All that means is that he's a hated RINO now.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Trump is engaged in a hostile take over of the Republican party campaigning on the force of his personality and not substantive policy positions.  Now who among us think that that is smart?

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@StraightNoChaser @~moonbat_betty~

For the record, I can't stand Trump.

Obama did not have viable policy positions.

Hope and Change.

Trump and Obama have some similarities on how all of this is going down.

The difference is Trump is not going to be President.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@~moonbat_betty~ @StraightNoChaser Look we can argue this all day long on whether the president had policy positions and at the end of the day my opinion will still differ from yours.  1) Healthcare 2) War in Iraq 3) Bringing the troops home etc.... Each were a position and all were liberal Democrat.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser You mean like being opposed to Gay Marriage? All I heard was Hope and Change. 


Trump has put out policy positions on immigration, taxes and trade. 

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Cost of his tax plan is $2 trillion, billions for his immigration plan, and his trade "policy" is protectionist taxes - all hat, no cattle.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 All I heard was Hope and Change.

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Well if you never engage your brain, that is certainly all you hear.  Not our problem is you were not smart enough to listen.  But rather funny cause at other times you clownishly tell us other things you "heard" that are completely wrong.  Whine on.

kitty72
kitty72

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 


Making America great again....Sounds like Obama's Hope and Change that has upset the GOP so except this one we have little idea except he hates everyone and wants to cut his own taxes.

idigalot
idigalot

You were not listening apparently. President Obama stated that his general agenda is to "revive the economy; provide affordable, accessible health care to all; strengthen our public education and social security systems; define a clear path to energy independence and tackle climate change; end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan; and work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon."He issued policy papers on all of these issues.