Michael Abraham considers the divergent fates of the recent golden boys of Virginia’s Republican Party: Eric Cantor and the Regent:

And so it goes. McDonnell goes to jail, transported in a publicly funded prisoner vehicle, while Cantor goes laughing all the way to the bank, transported around in corporate jets. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not implying nor has anyone suggested that Cantor broke any laws. Clearly though, both men are morally bankrupt and hopelessly corrupt. “Both sides do it,” the pundits shout, with some justification, as greed and corruption know no party lines. However, McDonnell’s and Cantor’s behaviors seem wholly representative of today’s Republican Party.

Do read the rest.

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Mark Sanford facebooks his Republican Family Values (follow the link for even more Republican Family Values):

The ex–South Carolina governor and current congressman, Appalachian Trail hiker, and perpetual seeker has written a 2,375-word Facebook post about his latest legal battle with ex-wife Jenny Sanford. Its tone, if not its exact content, will be familiar to anyone who has ever heard a middle-aged man self-righteously complain about what a mean, nasty lady his former spouse is, so feel totally free to ignore it on this beautiful Friday afternoon. Really, the only interesting thing in Sanford’s status update is the news that he has broken off his engagement with María Belén Chapur, the Argentine “soul mate” for whom he (in)famously left Jenny and the governorship of South Carolina in 2009.

No self-awareness, no self-awareness whatsoever.

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Dr. Mark Thomas explains how the Republican Party is turning Sarah Palin’s fever dream of death panels into reality. It’s a long post; here’s a bit.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Republicans took that term and created a self-fulfilling prophecy. Preventing the expansion of Medicaid in a number of states is producing the same result as the death panels. The Republicans have decided that some people don’t deserve affordable health insurance. And some of them will die because of the Republicans’ attitude.

They would have also produced death panels if any of their attempts to repeal the ACA had worked. Millions who had finally been able to get insured would have lost their coverage. And for many, that quite literally means death.

The GOP has also instituted death panels when they legislate the closure of abortion clinics.

Or add needless requirements (ultrasounds, counseling) onto pregnant women seeking an abortion.

Well, the Republicans have done it again, possibly on a much grander scale this time, with Ebola.

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10 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Every once in a while, the mask slips off.

A Republican state senator in Georgia has vowed to end Sunday balloting in DeKalb County due to the fact that the area is “dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches.”

Details at the link.

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29 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Image of Presidents golfing.  Furor about Obama daring to golf while black.

Aside:

I doubt that FDR golfed while Presidenting.

Via Kos.

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29 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Chris Hayes tries to make sense of Republicans’ inability to recognize “treading” when they see it.

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26 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Listen to the conservatives try to explain away racism and its effects.

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23 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Now comes the Regent, another “Family Values Republican” whose self-vaunted “family values” are revealed as a sounding brass, a tinkling cymbal, signifying nothing.

Today the Regent says, “I don’t blame my wife,” even as he blames his wife.

Remember, in Republican World, “Family Values” are not values.

They are tactics.

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23 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

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19 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Juan Cole wonders whether the bigots, empowered by Nixon’s odious Southern Strategy (now relabed the “Tea Party”) and the Roberts Supreme Court, may have succeeded in rolling back the most important gain of the Civil Rights Movement.

Although segregated drinking fountains haven’t reappeared, in many ways the right wing in the United States has largely undone the advances of the 1965 voting rights act.

Read it.

And weep.

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13 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Cartoon pointing out that Republicans have blocked extra funds for fighting wildfire currently burning the western United States.

Via Kos.

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Eugene Robinson comments on Alabama (it would be Alabama, woudn’t it) Congressman Mo Brooks farcical claim that President Obama and the Democrats are waging a “war on whites.”

Brooks is 60, which means he lived through these events. Surely he knows that it was white-imposed Jim Crow segregation — not anything black or brown people did — that divided America by race. At some level, he must realize that his overheated blather about a “war on whites” is not just ahistorical but obscene in its willful ignorance.

But maybe not. Maybe Brooks has fully bought into the paranoid myth of white victimhood that gives the opposition to Obama and his policies such an edge of nastiness and desperation.

I do not believe it can be a coincidence that this notion of whites somehow being under attack is finding new expression — not just in Brooks’ explicit words but in the euphemistic language of many others as well — at a time when the first black president lives in the White House.

The myth of victimhood is not new. Long after it was understood that slavery was morally wrong, Southern whites justified its perpetuation by citing the fear that blacks, once liberated, would surely take bloody revenge against those who had held them in bondage. Jim Crow laws and lynchings had a similar purpose. In the minds of his assassins, 14-year-old Emmett Till was tortured and killed to protect the flower of Southern womanhood.

The myth surfaces whenever Obama comments on race.

Feeding that sense of victimhood has been one of the prime tactics of white supremacists, both thet blatant ones and the subtle ones, over the centuries. So long as they can maintain an “us and them” mentality, they can keep themselves in power. As Lyndon Johnson said

If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.

Read the rest.

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08 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Children being towed through the air by Peter Pan Pat McCrory.

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05 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Judge to Republicans regarding lawsuit against President Obama:

Via Job’s Anger.

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02 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Daniel Ruth considers the House Republicans’ decision to sue President Obama for daring to do his job. A nugget:

In a debate that was a mix of a Jimmy Swaggart revival and a John Birch Society rally, with a healthy dose of scripted tea party talking points, the House voted along party lines to sue President Barack Obama because … well, just because.

Amid all the fife-and-drum weeping and wailing, Obama was accused of being a lawless tyrannical dictator stripping Americans of their freedoms in his pursuit of raw, imperial power. Ooooh, this sounds serious.

So pressing was the clear and present danger to the very core of American values that just as soon as the vote to sue Obama was finished, the House looked forward to vacation for the next five weeks. Now there’s a Minuteman moment for you.

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02 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

“Pullin’ a Palin.”

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31 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Obama Derangement Syndrome starts to boil over.

Jim Wright has a brilliant post about the wingnuts’ Obama Derangement Syndrome at Stonekettle Kitchen. A snippet (emphasis in the original):

Six years they’ve been telling us Obama is going to destroy America. And every year it gets louder and more shrill and more strident and more panicked and more desperately insane.

And yet – and yet – far from an America destroyed, our nation has steadily improved day by day, month after month, year after year during the entirety of Obama’s Administration. We are better off here in the United States than we have ever been and better off than nearly anywhere else on the planet.

In much of the rest of the world the problems are starvation, hunger, malnutrition, pervasive poverty, epidemic disease, war, rape, terror, slavery, horrifying oppression, homelessness, murder, genocide, natural and manmade disasters in endless succession.

But here in the United States, we are so well off that our worst problem at present, the “crisis” that presently dominates our headlines, is that millions of the less fortunate desperately want to become Americans.

Think about that for a second, won’t you?

Read the rest. He doesn’t write often, but he writes brilliantly.

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31 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Republicans:  The border crisis is Obama's fault.  We demand that he help us amend the 2006 anti-trafficking law that makes it harder to deport Central American children that was passed in 2006 by unanimous consent and signed by George W. Bush.  (pause)  Obama made us do it.

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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25 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Shorter Marco Rubio:

    If you don’t tolerate my intolerance, you’re intolerant.

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24 July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Health Care, Republican Hypocrisy

Jon Stewart tackles the D. C. Federal Court’s fantastickal reasoning for sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

Below the fold in case it autoplays.

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