It appears that Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert was the Member of Congress who had the sign reading, “What Bill?” and S.C. GOP Rep. Joe Wilson was the member who yelled “You Lie” in during this evening’s Joint Session of Congress with President Obama.
In my view, President Obama gave a moving address appealing for reform of our health insurance system.
But GOP House Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia missed it. He was on his BlackBerry.
Then we wrapped up with GOP Rep. Charles Boustany, a birther and a fool who sought to buy a British title of “Lord” in a scam only the most stupid among us would fall for.
Why are Democrats negotiating with these demagogues?
I wonder if Betty Hill were alive today if she would be a "birther"?
My favorite commentator on Twitter, PourMeCoffee, nailed the whole “birther” nonsense. (You know, the “birthers” are these paleoconservatives who deny that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore is not eligible to be President under the Constitution.) PourMeCoffee compares these nut jobs with the late Betty Hill, who believed that an outer space alien arrived in a U.F.O. and abducted her and her husband.
As PourMeCoffee wrote, “This is what those wishing to engage the birthers are up against. Love your crazy! Hug it and hold it and love it right! Betty did. Never, ever let it go!”
Cue Virginia’s own, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke. Continue reading
Thanks to AFSCME for taking on Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Panderville) in this new ad.
Virginia’s GOP members of Congress kill me. Take their double standards on health care.
Rep. Randy Forbes of Chesapeake tells the Daily Press of Newport News that he doesn’t want a government-run health care system. “We’re going to end up destroying a very good health-care system,” Forbes said. Rep. Rob Wittman of Montross in Westmoreland County tells the same paper that he’s hearing an “overwhelming hesitancy” to a government-run system.
Rep. Eric Cantor of Richmond agrees. He recently wrote in a Richmond Times-Dispatch that, “the root of the problem is [the Democrats’] House bill’s imposition of the so-called “government option.” Continue reading
This Saturday in Richmond, Pat Mullins is seeking a full term as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. When he was named chairman at a recent meeting of the State Central Committee, Mullins was hailed as “the adult in the room,” following the disastrous chairmanship of Del. Jeff Frederick.
His honeymoon didn’t last long. Continue reading
Last year former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis compared the GOP brand to dog food.
Virginia GOP Congressman Eric Cantor has brought the GOP “rebranding campaign” to Virginia. Today Cantor is hosting the first event of what he’s calling the National Council for a New America. Cantor even has a nifty URL for his rebranding campaign: www.wethepeopleplan.org. On the website and on Twitter, Cantor has invited you to nominate your town for an event.
That’s almost as exciting as the last Britney Spears concert I went to! Continue reading
Check out this editorial in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star praising GOP Rep. Eric Cantor and his support for bringing high speed rail to Fredericksburg, Va. Do the writers of the editorial and Congressman Cantor believe the people of Fredericksburg are that stupid? Continue reading
Let me get this straight. In 2001 when he left office, President Bill Clinton left President George W. Bush and a Republican Congress budget surpluses as far as the eye could see. Then the GOP racks up huge budget deficits and runs our economy into a ditch with corporate tax loopholes, tax cuts for the richest among us and a war in Iraq waged because of lies about WMD or faulty intelligence — pick your poison. Continue reading
Let’s be clear. At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor this week, Eric Cantor did not say he believed we were overreacting to the current economic crisis as the Politico initially reported. He said his mancrush Rush “de Facto” Limbaugh believed that Washington was “overreacting” to the crisis.
The Politico, for it’s part, clarified and then reclarified what Rep. Cantor actually said.
But one thing is clear, the congressman didn’t back away from his mancrush on Rush Limbaugh. And on the day when the Labor Department reported 26 year high in unemployment claims, Rep. Cantor was strangely silent.
I will say that there’s one thing I agree with Congressman Cantor on: “[it’s] the middle-of-the-road folks who determine elections.” Unfortunately for the GOP, Mr. Cantor has no idea how to appeal to anyone but the far right wing.
That said, what do you think of this Web Ad created by the Rapid Response Team at the Democratic National Committee? Was Cantor quoted out of context as his office complains? Or is Cantor claiming a distinction without a difference?
I have a new favorite YouTube Channel and it’s run by Gil Smart, columnist with the Sunday News of Lancaster, Pa. Mr. Smart also blogs here. (He’s on Twitter, but hasn’t gotten the hang of it.)
I stumbled upon Mr. Smart’s commentary about what historian Richard Hofstadter called, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” It’s worth a look.
After calling out Rep. Eric Cantor for his performance last week on C-SPAN where he appears to agree with a caller’s statement that, “true fascism that is happening in this country today [under President Obama],” Mr. Smart has some choice words for TV commentator Glenn Beck whom he names as “the high priest of the paranoid style.”
Check it out. I know you’ll like it. After all a fellow named Bill O’Reilly said of Mr. Smart, “The fact that the Lancaster News allows a guy like that to write a column is disturbing as well as ridiculous.”
Instead of listening to President Obama’s news conference last night, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia chose to go to a Britney Spears concert to raise money for his political action committee. In describing Spears and her concert, the Minority Whip said:
It was quite a show. You know, I hand it to the performer. I mean, she was something.
I honestly don’t know what’s worse, Cantor’s political judgment or his taste in music.
It’s bad enough that conservatives are calling for the ouster of RNC Chairman Michael Steele. Now Virginia’s GOP Congressmen are calling for the ouster of Prince William County Delegate Jeff Frederick as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.
That’s just terrible! As a Virginia Democrat, I believe both Steele and Frederick provide the keys to victory — for Democrats in Virginia and in Steele’s case, Democrats across the country. Continue reading