Remember all those teabaggers who demonstrated against the Affordable Care Act carrying signs that said, “Hands off my Medicare”?
Rekha Basu notes the Republican Party’s willingness to tolerate intolerance among its own. A snippet:
So while insisting that Van Jones resign for his “extremist views and coarse rhetoric,” which he said had no place in an administration or public debate, Pence gave Trump a pass on multiple instances of those. Such double standards are probably no surprise to anyone on either side of the political aisle.
Distressingly, she goes on to indulge in a little pro forma bothsiderism, but the column is worth a read.
Still not bad.
The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, ticked up to 259,750 from 258,000 in the prior week.
The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose by 18,000 to 2.04 million in the week ended Oct. 29, while the four-week average dropped by 2,250. The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.5 percent.
Do not expect this trend to continue once voodoo economics again casts its spell.
Image via Job’s Anger.
Thom’s answer is simple.
It’s their party and they’ll sue if they want to.
You would sue too if it happened to you.
The Huffington Post report identified five different Republicans — whose campaigns have sought to distance themselves or even fully disavow Trump — who have filed complaints with stations requesting they pull ads linking them to Trump. Some of the letters, which claim the ads are misleading, have included the threat of legal action.
In general, it’s not uncommon for politicians to try to get unfair ads against them taken down. But, as Huffington Post notes, lawmakers usually aren’t crying defamation over being linked to the presidential nominee of their own party.
What can you call them? Closet Republicans maybe?
If this were one of my kids busted at a party that got out of hand, I’d be saying, “Then you shouldn’t have gone to that party, for Pete’s sake.”
Are these clowns self-identifying as RINOs?
In the Republican washing machine, the Reince cycle is no different from the spin cycle.
In related news, the Inky endorsed Hillary Clinton. That is no surprise. I call your attention to the endorsement for the skillful way it skewered the Republicans’ Hillary Clinton scamdals (emphasis in the original).
What about Benghazi? After two years of Republican-led investigations, there were no findings of malfeasance by Clinton. That’s not to say mistakes weren’t made in how the military responded to the terrorist attacks on U.S. government facilities in Libya and how the incident was initially characterized as spontaneous by Obama administration officials. But the various investigations all concluded that Clinton wasn’t principally responsible.
What about the emails? An exhaustive investigation by the FBI concluded that Clinton had carelessly risked national security by using a private server at her home to read emails that at times included classified information — but that her actions were not criminal. That conclusion upset Republicans who had lavished praise on FBI Director James Comey, himself a registered Republican, before he announced his decision. Some continue to call for Clinton’s arrest each time more emails are released. But their tirades smell more like political gamesmanship than a genuine search for truth.
No one knows how many previous secretaries of state mishandled classified material. Colin Powell reportedly used an AOL account to correspond with foreign officials on his laptop. Who knows what John Foster Dulles, Cyrus Vance, Dean Rusk, Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, or James Baker did when they wanted to take their work home? Email didn’t exist. The point isn’t to excuse Clinton’s behavior, which she has admitted was a mistake, but to put it into perspective.
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