From the accompanying post notes that the lawyer house Republicans hired to argue their case has quit “out of embarrassment.”
Jon Stewart lampoons Congressional Republicans’ ignorance of science.
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Stephen Colbert collects himself some narcissisms.
Below the fold, because it may autoplay. Also, there’s a commercial.
History tells us that as a nation we have done exceptional things — big things, much of it for the common good — and yet our Republican Congress either obstructs or waits, turning legislative malpractice into an art form, spending days in vacuous ideological riffs and meaningless investigations.
Follow the link to read the indictment.
Hendrik Gideons, writing at the Bangor Daily News, exposes the emptiness of “centrism.” A nugget:
Terms like “centrist” and “independent” have been employed for maximum political advantage despite the fact that they are completely relative, cloaked in anonymity and devoid of substance. They conceal more than they clarify.
“Centrist” denotes equidistance from whatever is on either side. The term pays no attention whatsoever to 1) how far apart the two sides are from one another, 2) which among them might have moved recently and why, and 3) how much. “Independent” draws its indeterminate meaning only from whatever it is — again unspecified — with which the speaker chooses not to be identified. And when such “independents” refer to political parties as “special interests,” they misuse a term employed for decades by political scientists to denote a person, group or organization attempting to influence legislators in favor of one particular interest or issue.
Do read the rest.
The Sacramento Bee’s Jack Ohman delivers another masterful parody of a political ad.
Thom explores why persons buy into conspiracy theories.
The resident curmudgeon at my local rag, in the light of the Regent’s fall from grace, offers hints to help pols stay out of jail.
Every one is a gem. Here’s one:
This is especially important for governors. You’re not the King of Virginia, and your daughters are not princesses. If they’re planning to marry while you’re in office, give them the wedding you can afford without begging favors and freebies. Virginia’s taxpayers provide their chief executive and family with a stately mansion. Everything that happens there looks classy. If money is tight, toss some folding chairs on the well-manicured lawn and serve barbecue. Guests won’t care if they eat off paper plates. They’ll be able to tell everyone they were invited to the governor’s daughter’s wedding.
The Sacramento Bee’s Jack Ohman parodies pandering pols. You don’t have to be from Cali to get a chuckle from this.
A bit tedious, but it makes the point: Republicans will say anything, even made-up stuff, to advance their cause.