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On the day the GOP releases another blatantly false web ad about the lack of leadership in the Democratic Party, Joe Scarborough utters the words on the lips of Republicans throughout the nation: "I'm embarrassed to be a Republican."  From the transcript:

HANRETTY:  There's no voice for the Republican Party.  It's not George Bush.  It's not the leadership in Washington, D.C.  There's no one out there talking in support of Republican principles.  The Republican principles that helped you in 1994, there's no one out there right now.  If there's an absolute vacuum of Republican--strong Republican leadership.

SCARBOROUGH:  There's no...

VANDEN HEUVEL... leadership.

SCARBOROUGH:  There is no--hold on one second, Katrina.  I'll let you talk in a second.  I've just got to say this, thought, because I think you've touched on an important point, Karen.

The lack of leadership in Washington, D.C., is sickening.  If you look at what Republicans did--promised to do in 1994, when they took control of Congress, and see, how they've been acting over the past three or four years, the biggest debt and deficit ever.  They are irresponsible and reckless on so many levels.  I'm embarrassed right now to be a Republican.  It's a disgrace because of the lack of leadership.


As kos said below, for all their fancy slogans, Republicans just can't govern. They can't deliver. They can't lead. The GOP leadership occupying the White House and the majority positions in Congress is pathetically incompetent, and Republicans are finally forced to publicly admit that fact.  Video at C&L.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:10 PM PST.

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  •  America needs new leadership... (none)
    America needs a Democratic Congress in 2006.
    •  Dem slogan: "Time for Change" (none)
      America wants change in Washington, and Dems need to offer it to them on a national level.

      The Republicans have destroyed our military, blown up our deficit, and ruined our standing in the world. It's hard to remember how great things were (comparitively) in 2000, when we had a surplus and fairly good relations with other countries.

      Democrats need to promote an agenda of "New Leadership, New Ideas" as we get ramped up for the midterms.  This is a golden opportunity for us.

    •  New Leadership (none)
      Today, two women spoke words of truth: Sandra Day O'Connor and Molly Ivins. Both of them spoke truth to power. O'Connor spoke out against the dangers we face as a nation, as we are inexorably swallowed in the maw of dictorship. Ivins, told us that we need to think out of the box when we think about electing our leaders. Neither of them spoke to party afilliation or loyalty. Both spoke to who, as the leader of the free world is best equipped to deal with the serious conflicts and road we need to follow. I am making a suggestion: that we take both these speeches and columns very seriously, and start to think in a united fashion.
      Who, is the person best suited to lead all of us, the entire word (as leader of the free world) into a more harmonious future. We have seen that partisan election of our President is an absolute diaster. He/She represents all of us. Not Republicans. Not Democrats. Not Independants.
      Therefere I am suggesting that we all think of a list of those we feel we can trust to lead us out of this slough of fdesponf, this valley of the shadow of death.

      This is my list, off the top of my head. ( and not in any order of priority)..

      Sandra Day O. Connor
      Howard Dean
      Brian Scheiwtzer
      John Danforth
      Rudy Giuliani
      Wesley Clark
      Russ Feingold
      Colin Powell
      Barack Obama
      Bill Richardson
      George Soros
      Bill Gates
      Oprah (Dr. Phil as VP!)

      •  Ummm... (4.00)
        Sandra Day O. Connor---???
        Brian Scheiwtzer  ---who's he?
        Colin Powell---crook
        Oprah (Dr. Phil as VP!)

        Are you kidding me... Colin Powell?  He is a criminal.  The man has no integrity and should be in jail with the other BushCo crooks who took us to war on a lie.  He knew what was going on, and he said not a word.  I'm tired of hearing that he's a faithful soldier!  BS.  If he cared about America he would have stood up and stopped it, even if it meant a loss of money or future opportunities!  He still has the opportunity to do it, but he won't.  He'll go to his death keeping silent and watching America in crisis, knowing he could do something about it.

        He is no leader my friend... I hope you reconsider that one.

        Dr Phil is no hero either.  

        •  Did I say we needed to elect a hero/heroine? (none)
          Brian Schweitzer is the Governor of Momntana. Colin Powell may have disappointed you, but to callhim a crook is an abomination.
          •  How about liar? (none)
            Because it was Colin Powell's embarrassing lies that closed the debate on whether to invade Iraq.

            Say what you want about Powell, but you have to concede that he's either (a) extremely gullible, (b) a spineless liar, or (c) a misleading liar (e.g. he fully supports the war in Iraq and lies about having disagreements.) I'm fully convinced that he's a spineless liar, because he claimed to have differences, but lied to the UN anyway. He's a career military officer, so he should be familiar enough with reconnaissance to know better.

            Democrats -- Progress for the Working Class

            by rogun on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 07:38:37 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  Take O'Connor off that list (none)
        Three words.  "Bush vs. Gore".  As an attorney, I followed closely what the supremes did in Bush v. Gore.  Any time a court says in their opinion that this case cannot be used as future precedent, you konw they did something horrible to the law.  Sandra Baby had her opportunity to show personal courage, character and commitment to the law.  She took a pass.  There is nothing she can do to rehabiitate her image now that she is off the bench.
      •  Guiliani? (none)
        That's asking for more of the same. Guiliani may not currently be aligned with the religious right, but he is aligned with the neo-conservatives. One of my biggest worries is that Democrats are underestimating Guiliani and that many are uninformed about his ideology. More and more I'm finding it not so difficult to believe that this socially-liberal Northern Republican could win the 2008 Presidency.

        I'd disagree with several of your names, but supporting Guiliani would be like asking Mike Tyson to raise your children.

        Democrats -- Progress for the Working Class

        by rogun on Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 07:21:45 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •   Will Democrats Fight? (none)
      America The Free wrote:
      "America needs a Democratic Congress in 2006."

      Not exactly.  America needs a Congress who will stand up to this Administration's imperialist plans, who will fight against their effort to rob us of our constitutional rights through such outrages as the Patriot Act, the warrantless (i.e. illegal) wiretapping, and who is going to get serious about cleaning up the corruption which has engulfed not only the Republican but, to a lesser extent, the Democratic parties as well.  Now whether a Democratic Congress would be prepared to do that is still an open question.

    •  oh no (none)
      more of the same

      American dream is a myth!

      by brown american on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 06:54:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I HAVE to be dreaming... (none)
    Or stoned...

    Wow...

    "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

    by L0kI on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:02:31 PM PST

  •  stickers (none)
    I predict a whole lot of bumperstickers being scrapped off of cars.And a whole lot of people suddenly becominhg an "independant".
  •  shouldn't he be embarrassed (4.00)
    to be Joe Scarborough?

    "graft is what they call it when the guy doin' it don't know which spoon to use"-Robert Penn Warren

    by AnnArborBlue on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:04:08 PM PST

    •  He may be embarrassed to be a Republican (4.00)
      but I would be embarrassed were he a Democrat.

      Kossacks: a large population of Medieval exegetes who each day grapple with the fabulistic opportunities of the early third milennium.

      by DCDemocrat on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:10:30 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Seriously (4.00)
      From his MSNBC studio, he can play all righteous, but it's just a front.  If he were still on the Hill, he'd be just another one of the incompetent and corrupt Republicans holding the water for the worst Presidency ever.

      In the end though, this isn't about a failure iof the Bush administration or the Republican leadership.  It's about a fundamental flaw in the Republican Party and its conservative ideology.  They've had 8 years of free reign over this country and they've failed miserably in almost every respect.  That's their record and we can't let any of them hide from it.

      •  Here Here (none)
        They are ALL talk.

        Now, that South Dakota has passed this bill, they don't want to talk about the consequences.

        Now, that they've been in power for decades they can't claim to believe in small government.  Truth is, if they tried to cut discretionary spending they'd be savaged in the polls.

        They are stuck between their words and their own unpopularity.

        "... the Republicans have fucked reality so hard they need a physics professor to straighten them out." -- hamletta

        by manyoso on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:20:03 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  If he still were on the hill (none)
        or running again, he wouldn't be embarrassed. Or if he was, he sure as hell wouldn't admit it.
    •  Yes! (4.00)
      Ive just recently been checking out the MSNBC 'news'  line-up, and boy should he ever. I caught that show last night. His voice alone is an assault upon the senses. He made an O'Reillyesque statement that it's not okay to criticize Bush over Iraq, (because there's them and there's us, and we're at war, see?) but Katrina is a force of nature, so Bush's performance there is fair game for criticism. Something like that. Ugh.

      He is dumb as a post. And LOUD.

      Should a liberal Dem blog be driven into "safe zones" by a tame party, or should it drive a tame party to break out?

      by NYCee on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:25:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Joe Scarborough... (4.00)
      Joe Scarborough has still not adequately explained the dead, young, female, legislative aide found in his congressional office five years ago.

      FEITCTAJ
      :

      JR Ford
      UP (Unsubstantiated Press)
      St Petersburg, Fl
      forty-two

      "Les permettre de manger du gâteau jaune." -- Déficit de Madame du Hapsburg-Lorraine, Marie Antoinette.

      by JR Ford on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:27:14 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Better late than never.... (none)
    I guess...

    Take your country back one dollar at a time at BuyBlue.org
    -5.88 -6.87

    by Raven Brooks on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:07:31 PM PST

    •  No, not really (4.00)
      Joe is just trying to distance himself, when he is, in fact, one of the people to be embarrassed about.  He was elected in 1994.  Here he is complaining about 'leadership' when the polls are down, but he is one of the people directly responsible for what republicans have become.

      Cut him no slack.

      Throw the bastards an anvil.

      "... the Republicans have fucked reality so hard they need a physics professor to straighten them out." -- hamletta

      by manyoso on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:09:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Embarrassed? What Good Is That? (4.00)
      Start with admitting to being mortified and ashamed.  Then do something about your too-genteel state of embarrassment by:
      • Changing your party affiliation;
      • Becoming an activist to get all those embarrassing Republicans out of office;
      • Converting Kool-Aid saturated others of your ilk to membership in the reality community;
      • Contributing personal funds until it hurts to Progressive causes battling the "lack-of-leadership" leadership that is undermining our Nation.

      That's just for starters.

      They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

      by Limelite on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:27:04 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  If you haven't seen Krugman's op-ed (none)
      today check it out. Run don't walk.  He rips a bunch of new ones for the likes of Andrew Smith and others trying to jump the George W Bush train -  I guess I can't link it because of the 'times select' dealio - not sure - but try to see it.
  •  Honest Republican? (none)
    Nahhhhhh...

    I keep hoping the Honest Republicans will speak out, but Scarborough has too much to answer for.

    A President in his own league. The Bush League!

    by Tuba Les on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:08:51 PM PST

  •  Leadership? They DON'T FRICKING WANT LEADERSHIP (4.00)
    That's exactly the point. No leadership in government means corporate rule. It's the plan. Disssolution of government authority and power into fat cat junkets and obese pigs eating themselves silly until they explode.
  •  Does this mean (4.00)
    the Republicans 'have no message'?  

    Does this mean the Washington Post will get right on that?  

    After all, if there is no messenger, how can they have a message?  

    When will the liberal media start reporting on the Republican party in disarray?  
    .

  •  This is the straw? (4.00)
    I mean- I am glad he finally shows he can feel shame.

    But it's the lack of leadership that gets him?  Not the Terri Schiavo travesty or the Katrina travesty (or Rita for that matter)?  Or the "partial birth abortion" ban?

    I find embarrassed Republicans interesting since it's never the actually embarrassing stuff that gets them.

    Lobbyists need Republicans like pimps need whores.

    by electricgrendel on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:10:25 PM PST

  •  It's really true (4.00)
    I miss real republicans.  At least they stood for something.  The GOP these days can't even tell you what they believe in because they got in bed with the rascists and the facists and the homophobes and now the people in power have to spend all their time pandering instead of trying to lead just so they can stay in power.  Hell, at least you could disagree with a republican in the old days.  Now the ones in power are all perverts (in a bad way) and theives.

    A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

    by Webster on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:11:25 PM PST

    •  Krugman said there were two people he never (none)
      thought he'd miss (Thursday's Al Franken show) - Reagan..... and Nixon.  Made me all sentimental for the great ironic comments from the members of my old Dean meetup.
  •  Are You Embarrassed To Be A Republican? (4.00)
    Then take this song and pass it along to every one you know. It's part of your Rehab. Do it today and I promise you'll feel better.

    Goper's Lament

    Love Songs From Ground Zero

    by Subway Serenade on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:11:27 PM PST

  •  I saw that yesterday and was SURPRISED (none)
    Joe's really just a shock-jock that knows which side is bread is buttered on.
    When he looks at a poll that says Bush at 34% approval, it doesn't take much guts to throw out a statement like that. Watch for him to change his mind any day now!

    "They spent 5 years trying to scare us. Okay. We're scared." Cafferty

    by steelman on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:11:39 PM PST

  •  repuglicans know where scabburo hid the body (none)
    if scabburro is ashamed to be a repuglican, then the party is doing really bad

    I me, the repuglicans know where this fucking scab on humanity hid the body of his intern

    when you have the goods on a human turd like that, and the fucking turd still turns on you, you REALLY ARE having a bad season

    see ya in January george

  •  Who cares? (4.00)
    I mean, he's done a lot of damage.  But I don't care what he thinks.  The back of my hand to him and his ilk!  Too late, too late ...

    My Liberal Values: a clean earth, universal access to health care, human and civil rights, a broader distribution of wealth, and a global perspective

    by Pellice on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:13:09 PM PST

  •  I'd like to see him explain to... (4.00)
    ...the American public how he justified carrying Bush's water for so long... and all to the complete detriment of Americans and the world, really.

    He's been responsible for Red America's continued support for terrible policies and incompetent cronies, and the destruction of the constitution.

    I'd like to see a fucking apology of immense proportions to every person he's slurred.  I'd like to see him hold Bush and GOP accountable - publically on his show.  

    The prick.  He has a TON to make up for as far as I'm concerned.

    "Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status." --LJ Peter (-8.25/-7.18)

    by Hells Bells on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:13:33 PM PST

  •  My view (none)
    (for what it's worth)

    First, I am crazy batshit left-wing crazy.  Let's get that out of the way first.

    But I do have some sympathy for Republicans.  Bush is an anomoly.  He's some kind of black hole of intelligence.  No one could have predicted it.

    Bush is . . . I don't know what words to use.  Strange.  Republicans of good intention should not be blamed for him.  They absolutely should be blamed for supporting him.

    This is a strange period of American history.  It's so bad that . . . again, no words.  

    But . . . Bush is a freak.  Ack, I don't even know how to talk about this coherently.

    "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

    by LithiumCola on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:13:49 PM PST

    •  I don't think Bush is an anomoly.... (4.00)
      ...I think he is a puppet.  It's his stupidity and weakness that has allowed him to remain a puppet.

      "Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status." --LJ Peter (-8.25/-7.18)

      by Hells Bells on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:21:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  To clarify..... (4.00)
        ...in order for Bush to be an anomoly, he'd have to be an independent thinker - a leader - and I see him as a puppet rather than a leader capable of being an anomoly.

        "Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status." --LJ Peter (-8.25/-7.18)

        by Hells Bells on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:26:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  i think bush is the product of national insanity. (none)
      i think that democrats especially grass roots woke up first, then ever so slowly the dems in dc, and now some of the politcal rethug types. the lower those polls goes, the more rats will desert the ship. i say use them. use them, use them.
    •  we shouldn't blame John McCain ??? (none)
      after bush trashed McCain, the straight shooter became the ball washer

      shouldn't we hold the hypocrites responsible ???

      especially the ones who continue to kiss george's ass ???

      •  I would never trust McCain (none)
        I once had respect for him but too many times he's shown his true colors.  He had the chance, and the motivation, many times, to come out against the Bush admin. and he always ended up carrying their water, and he still does.  

        He's no moderate.  He's deceptive.

        On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

        by joanneleon on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:27:18 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I am starting to ask the stalwarts why .. (4.00)
    Rather than attack the GOP and Bush, I'm starting to ask these ditto heads why they are supporting these criminals.

    "So, what do think of the GOP and Bush?
    You still support them, and why?"

    I'm keeping my mouth shut, and not interrupting, unless they start to say 'well the Democrats ..' -- I hold up my hand and ask the question again .. "why do they support the Republican Party, and leave the Democrats out".

    It's amazing, the once confident, boasting bravado is now reduced to stuttering, or in the case of the most obnoxious, sneering derisive comments.

    The closest justification I got, that resembled anything of 'value', was the "stay the course" arguement, one tried to use "family values". I could not hold back on that one, and laughed in his face.

    My response to 'stay the course'?
    "I see". And I let it drop.

    The come back?
    Silence. Defeaning silence.

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty, soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

    by shpilk on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:14:08 PM PST

    •  Pride goeth before the fall (4.00)
      Or something like that...

      "They spent 5 years trying to scare us. Okay. We're scared." Cafferty

      by steelman on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:32:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Good observation, I think they thrive on (4.00)
      an elixir of machismo, revenge, racism and sexism - all with a cauldron of well-documented psychoses beneath the surface that all kossacks well know.  Bush brings out the worst in the people who, as Dean used to say, are in some ways most vulnerable - at the bottom of the pay scale and voting against their own interests.
      •  in addition to the (none)
        "an elixir of machismo, revenge, racism and sexism"

        is the

        "I got mine, the hell with the rest of you" - and it's the most pernicious sentiment, of them all.

        "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty, soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

        by shpilk on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 06:18:11 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Sheeple (none)
        I'll be curious to see how many were just "sheeple" who go with the tide, and like to be on the perceived "winning side" or with the seemingly popular crowd.  As I think back over years in school in Corporate America, in neighborhoods, groups of friends and such, I'm afraid there are more people like that in this country than I'd care to acknowledge.

        On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

        by joanneleon on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:35:15 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  my guess is that (none)
      they support them still, mostly because we still have military personnel in harm's way.  If you look at Bush's poll numbers he has two major spikes.  The first directly after 9/11, the second directly after the invasion of Iraq.  And they are quite abrupt spikes.

      Up until recently, the Bush/Rove/Cheney plan of perpetual/nondefined war has done its job of keeping people in line.  As support for the war dwindles, so does support for their leader.  Yes, Iraq is, I'd say, 90% of the cause for his drop in approval.

      That, and the fact that they're figuring out (finally!!!) that George W. Bush is NOT the president of our country.  He is NOT even the president of the Republican party as Joe Scarborough has found out).  George W. Bush is the president of those who got him elected and re-elected.  Each and every thing he's done is payback for loyalty to him personally.

      Those he has failed, he has failed because they meant nothing to him.  They did nothing for him.  He owed them nothing.

      Loyalty is the only virtue I see in this "man" and he has subverted and twisted the idea of it until it is ugly and barren.


      Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes. - Kurt Vonnegut

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 06:03:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The problem is... (none)
      ...that so many Democrats also couldn't tell you why they support their leaders, either, if you left "the Republicans" out.
  •  Georgia stole my title!! (none)
    I kid. I kid.

    Still, check here for my diary on the topic.

    It's a different take, but the same theme.

  •  Joementum Country (none)
    Scarborough has been running for some kind of national office, probably Senator, since at latest Katrina. Every story he puts out is a campaign ad.

    He's posturing to fill the coming massive power vacuum in the Republican Party. His tagteam partner, Tweety, is busy calling his Republican-only infomercial "Picking the Next President". They're staging the mediocracy takeover of their Party, whose main fault these days is that their actors can't act. They want to be all Schwarzenegger, all the time - in honor of Reagan.

    Scarborough is out there shilling for all the "moderate" votes he can score with his daily appearances. I'm sure he'll get over his embarassment once he "reforms" the party, and gets Rove to help him in his career rotation.

  •  re (none)
    Now?!?

    "Save me Showtime! Save Me! " - Steve Holt

    by cookiesandmilk on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:17:43 PM PST

  •  May all Republicans feel this way (none)

    Hopefully, they will also feel self-respect, and in that way find their way to dignity in carrying out the fine art of seppuku.

    http://www.win.net/...

  •  Roll out the barrels! (4.00)
    This calls for a Dem kegger!  Hoo-yeah!  

    I'm embarrassed for the Repubs too.  Not sorry, mind you. Embarrassed (for them).

    "What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea." Mohandas Gandhi

    by x on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:19:01 PM PST

  •  jesus h. (none)
    what took him so !@#$%& long?  

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:19:15 PM PST

  •  Its hard to govern (4.00)
    When you don't believe in government.

    Used to be Republicans could legitimately say "states should handle this" or about education "local school boards should do this"--

    but they have completely compromised their principles of federalism on the alter of abortion, no child left behind and the war on terror/drugs.

    Bush will be impeached.

    by jgkojak on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:19:17 PM PST

  •  Turn about is fairplay (4.00)
    If the Dems will talk this quote up, it will turn about some of thise attacks on us about having no plan... imagine everytime someone asks about the Dem plan, they quote ole Joe :: snicker ::

    -8.63 -7.28 When Bush is in your face, may the wind be at your back.

    by OneCrankyDom on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:19:33 PM PST

  •  According to official lection results... (none)
    According to official election results, sixty million Americans voted for George W. Bush in 2004. Of late, I have not been able to find one person who did, or who will admit to it.
    :

    JR Ford
    UP (Unsubstantiated Press)
    St Petersburg, Fl
    sixtimeseven@aol.com
    forty-two

    "It is amazing how one individual can single handedly destroy one's pride in being an American."  --  JR Ford, Oct 2005.

    "Les permettre de manger du gâteau jaune." -- Déficit de Madame du Hapsburg-Lorraine, Marie Antoinette.

    by JR Ford on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:21:05 PM PST

  •  I'm a little embarassed to be a Democrat (4.00)
    I have been all my life and don't plan to change now, but I'm angry about it.

    I'm embarassed so many Democrats voted for the War, and so few were in any hurry to speak up against all this security trumps liberty bullshit.

    Twenty five thousand casualties later, 7000 wouned too badly to return to combat, 2500 dead kids where is the strong voice of anger that says just get out now and let them be seen as driving us out so they can build support for their own strong leaders and nationalize Halliburton, and fix their own infrastructure with their own engineers that speak the language.

    How many Democrats took a stand and filibustered against Alito, Senator Byrd?

    How many Senators stood against the Patriot Act? Is Feingold the only Democrat left with a voice?

    You have to watch CSPAN late at night to see a few eloguent Democratic congressmen talking about the importance of balancing the budget.

    Six months after Katrina and it is just now occuring to us to hold hearings to find out whats it gonna take to fix the levees?

    Why is John Conyers out there by himself holding the hearings on impeachment?

    Where is the voice of outrage over the crooked Republican cronyism, the voice of condemnation over the loss of our civil liberties?

    I'd be a lot less embarassed if Democrats would do something with this huge mandate the polls show is out there for change.

  •  89 (none)
    Yes, of these assholes, both parties voted to extend the patriot (treason) act.

    Lord, It's a wonderful day for an Apocalypse!

  •  At least he has the guts to say so (4.00)
      You would have to have a head full of marbles to think that these guys are doing a good job.

     The biggest weight now against the Republicans is going to be the Christian conservatives, who are so thrilled that what they call "the halocaust" is now almost over re: abortion, and gay marriage. They still think Bush is THE one.

      It just goes to show that when you vote based of "faith" issues,  the very definition of faith implies lack of reason and logic.

      Faith Based Community supports whom for President now? John McCain (will be forced to court them).

    the definition of Faith is
      complete trust or confidence
      strong belief in doctrine based on a spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

    The faith based community is going to weigh like a ton of rocks around any reasonable Republican candidate to get elected.
       They will have to hold court with Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and Pat Robertson who hold a huge number of the Republican faithful in their spell.

      They were promised a Christian Utopia in Iraq, and Disneyland in Israel, and all they get is a civil war a region in chaos, and the President wanting to do business with the terrorists. (UAE)

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:26:08 PM PST

    •  More self-interest than guts (none)
      He's sensed the shifting winds, and is chewing his leg off to distance himself from Bush. Bush is headed for the cliff, and doesn't seem to be making any effort to avoid going over it.
  •  Funny. (4.00)
    Scarborough just got around to being embarrased about being a Republican.  I've been embarrassed about being an American , for about 5 years now.  I betcha my hurt runs deeper than his.   He's part of the America I'm embarrassed about.  
  •  They can only lead... (none)
    ...with an iron fist. As long as they can dictate in military precision what the rules are, and get no opposition, they will lead. They will lead us down the road of submission and humiliation.

    I'm embarrassed to be part of the same human race as these empty shelled beings. I can't begin to think of the shame they must feel for having voted for these incompetents. Come one, come all. Come forward and confess your shameful sin. Redeem yourself in November, 2006 if you want forgiveness, and before it is too late. We will gladly impeach Bushco to relieve you of your shame.

  •  Howard Kurtz at the WaPo.. (none)
    got the memo from GOP central that todays talking point is dissing Dem leadership and the aperent lack thereof.

    "Moe, Larry and Curly?
    by Howard Kurtz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, March 10, 2006; 10:24 AM

    ....

    "No sooner do I finish writing yesterday's column about the press covering the Democrats groping for a message than one prominent progressive sends them a message that might be aptly summarized as a one-finger salute.

    ..." (eight or ten column inches of more bullshit...)

    Just reminds me of Will Rodgers:
    "I belong to no organized party.  I am a Democrat."

    It is bad foreign policy to make enemies faster than you can kill them.

    by Paulie200 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:29:54 PM PST

  •  Good for Joe (none)
    He is finally starting to understand that his party has been corrupted from within.  Whatever the GOP stood for 20 years ago, it has been totally infected by the most extreme of right-wingers and there is no longer such a thing as a moderate, or intelligent, Republican.  For all the talk about the problems facing the Democrats, the GOP has much bigger issues to deal with.  For starters, how about explaining to the country what they've accomplished since 1994 and why they should continue to hold political office.
  •  Typical Republican talking point (none)
    Karl Rove and others found a weakness they have exploited.

    Figure out what your opponents' strengths are, and then mock them.

    Kerry is a military hero? Use a third party to plant false claims about his military career.

    Kerry gives thought to his decisions, considers all the variables, weighs all the options, and sometimes even changes his mind. In the real world, this kind of behavior is a strength.

    They turned it into a liability by suggesting that it meant he was a flip-flopper.

    So this one about the lack of leadership in the Democratic Party?

    Democrats, and liberals, ALLOW for free thinking people to dissent from the majority opinion. There is NOT a party line that must be followed. We allow, no, we encourage diversity, and we strongly reject forcing anyone to walk in lockstep. This, of course, is contrary to the way that the Republican Party operates - just look at the K Street Project for clear examples of their "you must fit this profile or you will be entirely shut out of the process" stance.

    So, we do NOT have a clear leader at this point in time. That's because we do NOT hold the Presidency right now - the President becomes the de facto leader of any political party. But we also don't have "a" leader because we should NOT have "a" leader - we should allow a variety of people to help us run our party.

    And they have learned to attack our strengths.

    We need to find effective ways to debunk their assertions - to clarify what our strengths truly are, and make it clear to voters that distortions about the validity and value of our flexibility and our shared leadership are simply tools of a xenophobic Republican Party that's unwilling to share power and honor our two-party system.

    ...but not your own facts.

    by slouise217 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:40:04 PM PST

    •  all due respect (none)
      Kerry brought the ridicule on himself witht hat embarrassing display at the convention.  He tried to make it all about his service, and I think he was way over the top (cringe-worthy).

      It was to the point of bragging about his service, and it offended even me.


      Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes. - Kurt Vonnegut

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:08:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That ridicule would have fizzled (none)
        ... if he had fought back instead of hoping it would go away. I do agree that he overplayed his military service at the convention, but I doubt that if he hadn't that the attacks would have been any less.
      •  that may very well be, but don't you think they (none)
        had that planned anyway. i do.
      •  I totally disagree (none)
        One of his strong points WAS his military background.

        The fact that HE might have overplayed it at the convention (which I don't agree he did) has nothing to do with the fact that it WAS one of his strong points, and the Republicans have a long history of attacking and denigrating the opposition's strong points with dishonest and disreputable attacks.

        I see NO evidence that his behavior influenced the Republican talking points at all.

        When were the Swift Boat Vets formed? Before the Democratic Convention, remember?

        Your dislike of Kerry's display at the Convention does not disprove my hypothesis at all.

        ...but not your own facts.

        by slouise217 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:10:59 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  but then.............. (none)
    Tom Frigin Delay gets reelected!!!
    •  well, yes but... (none)
      That was just the R primary. (I think I know what you mean though--it's still bizarre that he did win it.) But you have to take into acct that Delay's been pulling in 80%+ in regular elections. For him to get 62% in this primary is actually seen as a significant negative marker. His congressional district was recategorized from a safe R zone to a real horse race--as a result of his primary numbers. Apparently, too, he spent +/- $2mil, whereas his highest spending opponent spent about $100K, and all three opponent's were nobody's.

      If any of that is any consolation...:(

      This signature line confers blanket acknowledgment and correction of any tpyo's that may or may not exist in the above text.

      by oregon blue on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:53:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wow n/t (none)

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:51:41 PM PST

  •  Rethugs CAN lead...they ARE leading... (4.00)
    The difference between seeing incompetence and competence in what you believe to be their intentions.

    It is well-known that Rethugs want the rich to get richer and the working class to get poorer - they've done it - in spades.

    The Rethugs wanted to bankrupt the government so all social spending would have to be cut - they've done it - in spades.

    Listen folks, it's time to start being honest about what is going on. There's no use in talking about incompetence when it is exactly the opposite. Talking about incompetence only shields Republicans from the full brunt of voter anger over the state of the nation. Don't do their jobs for them.

    Republicans are smart - and they can and do use every tactic available to them to push through their agenda - demagoguery, fear, racism, religious fanatacism - you name it. Why is anyone questioning their competence? They are able to do whatever they want - and they've proven that they are willing.

    They can and do screw up sometimes, but most of what they do is intentional. So let's all get off the 'incompetence' nonsense - it's just not reality.

    Think Different, Think Green

    by shmooth on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 04:53:58 PM PST

  •  <rant> Can't blame it on Washington (none)
    Dems or Repubs.

    It is the fault, mainly, of the American public blaming this on the "government" and this includes most of us, as well.

    We ARE the government.  

    We've now seen what happened to the Dubai ports deal.  Dems and Repubs in D.C. responded to the overwhelming cacophany heard from their constituents.  Perhaps this happened only because it's an election year, but it did happen.

    The main complaint I hear from people, as to why they don't get involved, is that they think politics is dirty.  Meanwhile, what do we do 50% of the time on this site?  We dig up dirt.  We're not making things better.

    Time to start convincing people of their constitutional POWER, and teaching them how to exercise it.

    Time to inspire rather than blame.

    Time to energize rather than indict.

    We need 100% publicly funded elections.
    We need term limits on D.C. representatives.

    No more "lifer" politicians spending 90% of their time in office making sure they stay in office.

    </end of rant>


    Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes. - Kurt Vonnegut

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:01:46 PM PST

    •  Bingo! (none)

      Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

      by coffeeinamrica on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:12:26 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I've never gotten the whole 'politics is dirty' (none)
      cliche - but I do agree that it exists and I agree people think that.  

      First of all "politics," as such, is a misnomer - it should be "policy" because politics are actually everywhere - from organic farming to strip mining - its the messy interaction of people.  Period.  The mystifying/stupifying thing to me is why do people only bash policy-makers?  It is laziness - pure and simple, they want a way not to have to deal.  That is so fucking lame, and comes at the cost of the greater good.  

      Why don't they bash paleontologists or book binders or whatever profession they are so proud to belong to - because all human endeavors are dirty the way "politics is dirty".  Name me a nonpolitical profession and I will sign up tomorrow.

      What these people excuse themselves from is picking up the phone and getting involved with the activities of their policy-makers - because sure as hell it affects them, and the things they think are lovely and precious.  Every. Single. Day.

  •  Repubs out of control (none)
    Now, even opposing the Patriot Act is considered treason.  This blog is so over-the-top that it is scary!

    What's next?  Concentration camps for progressives?

  •  Et tu Brutus (none)
    Um, Scarborough...  Guess what?

    If your job is a political news watcher and commentator/communicator and you just realized all this today...

    Them you are equally, if not more, incompetent!  Steeeriiike! You're out!

    p.s. Olberman just played the Vernon Robinson clip!

    Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

    by coffeeinamrica on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:11:15 PM PST

  •  Olbermann tells it like it is! (none)
    Sandra Day O'Conner..uses the "D" word,twice..DICTATOR about this admin.
       Repub. hopefulls in Memphis..(good luck) say "o'conner is not a scjotus anymore, no one will pay any attention to her."......I can hear them all now saying: "George Bush?..don't know the man...Who?...never met the man..."
  •  It is about Leadership shd be Dems slogan (none)
    Clinton's slogan was It's the Economy Stupid.

    For this election cycle,  slogans I can think of are:

    Its about LEADERSHIP, good and competent governance, stupid.

    Or Democratic Party- a Record of Competence, Budget Surplus,  National Security, Prosperity.  It is time to fix the Republican-created mess.

    Stop Corporate Influence; buy DEMOCRACY BONDS!!! http://www.democrats.org/democracybonds.html

    by timber on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:31:58 PM PST

  •  Right. (4.00)
    Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

    I'm raising the BS flag on this. It's becoming clear to everybody that the "leadership" is going to be an albatross during the '06 election cycle in relation to anyone outside a dwindling "base". This is so much CYA and that's all. Embarassed? No leadership? And it only took you five fucking years of government molasses-thick with colossal, nay, absolutely brobdingnagian greed, incompetance, and cronyism to figure this out? Nooo-OOOO-ooooo. I don't buy it. You are realizing that you have no credibility left. Sorry, just farting a mini-poot of something contrived to sound like reality, shocking as it is to see, isn't going to magically restore something you've never really had anyway.

    I think we're going to be seeing a lot of this in the coming year. Bush's unpopularity and the various indictments of top Republicans will have them all running around denying they were anywhere near the actual playing field. Just like with Abramoff.

    On the plus side, our job is to make sure they don't get to wear the Teflon. Sorry, folks, shit gets very sticky once it hits that fan, don't it? They need their noses rubbed in it deep and long. Every Dem candidate this year needs to thoroughly tar their opponent with their complicity in the rape of a nation. Yes, that's right, the tapes show you third in the train, DeLay, etc.

    They'll scream "We didn't know"™ just like always. Like some five year old unwilling to acknowledge the load in his pants. We're going to have to remind everybody where that stink is coming from and no, the dog did not fart. Either you take 'em off now and wash 'em out, or it's just going to get much uglier.

    10. Magic Imperial Authority. Kitty. Box fan. -driftglass

    by justme on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:33:27 PM PST

  •  It's about the Stupidity, stupid! (none)
    How bout something like that.

    "They spent 5 years trying to scare us. Okay. We're scared." Cafferty

    by steelman on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:34:20 PM PST

  •  Embarrassed? Should be Ashamed. (none)
    Embarrassed to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress.

    Ashamed  a : feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace b : feeling inferior or unworthy

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:38:25 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Georgia and Kos, (none)
    for bringing focus to 2006.  I've been thinking for several months that this issue that will defeat the Republicans is incompetence, not malfeasance.  The public is too anesthetized to respond to the gall of the Halliburton/Abramoff/bribery scandals.  But Americans just can't stand ridicule.  

    My bumper sticker would be:
    "This government is ridiculous"

    Thus my tag line

    Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. H. L. Mencken

    by captainlaser on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 05:39:23 PM PST

  •  Good commentary in Times of London tomorrow (4.00)
    on the Great Conservative Crackup

    Republicans are falling out among themselves like the starving Israelites in the desert. The political din in Washington is dominated by members of the ruling party shouting at each other. Just this week you could have heard it across town everywhere Republicans were gathered....

    These skirmishes are part of a broader war now raging within the Republican Party. In its ferocity this internecine strife is worse than anything seen in Washington since the first Bush Administration ended so disastrously in 1992. Traditional conservatives are bashing neoconservatives; free-market Republicans are attacking big business Republicans; fiscal conservative are furious with big-spending conservatives; national security, America-first Republicans are in open warfare with free-trading, open-immigration Republicans....

    To reinvigorate their own fortunes, a growing number of Republicans are secretly hoping the Democrats get a chance to screw things up for a change.

    •  Hold on to your flak jackets! (4.00)
      This is when the country is vulnerable because Washington, DC Junior High students aren't paying attention to their jobs!
      Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

      Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

      by coffeeinamrica on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 06:27:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Here's a word to use -- Betrayal (4.00)
    I agree with those that say the "lack of leadership" angle is B.S.  The truth is painful, and it is this -- America's current situation IS the result of leadership.  Poor, but deliberate, leadership.

    "They have not lead; we will!" was GWB's money phrase in the 2000 Republican Convention.  I am sure that Frist, Delay and Hastert has all praised Republican leadership.  

    So where we are is no accident.  To steal another Kossack's line, THEY ARE INCOMPETANT BECAUSE THEY ARE CORRUPT (please forgive the lack of attribution due to poor memory).  Arrogant and intolerant too, but mostly corrupt.

    In other words, a betrayal of the American public.  The Republican leadership, time and time again, chose cronyism and self-enrichment over the needs of the American people.  Follow the money, and you will always find their real motivation.  Name the issue -- Iraq?  Health Care?  Energy Policy?  Immigration?  Education?
    A successful policy will always come second to the gravy train.

    The American people -- even their Republican backers, and ESPECIALLY the military -- was sold a fraudulent bill of goods.  Behind the Republican leadership's empty rhetoric and fake promises, are little more than political whores who betrayed the Amercian people to protect their own greedy aims.

  •  Sojourners e-mail (none)
    Sojourners  <SojoMail@sojo.net> to me
      More options   Mar 9 (1 day ago)

    Dear

    »Click here to reject the scandalous Bush budget!

    Quick quiz: From the following choices, who do you think would be most likely to label the latest Bush budget proposal "scandalous" because of cuts to education, health care, and more:

    a) Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
    b) Howard Dean (D-DNC)
    c) Michael Moore (D-a theater near you)
    d) Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)

    If you guessed d) Sen. Arlen Specter, you are correct, as reported in a Feb. 12 Boston Globe article. Republicans, Democrats, and thousands of people of conscience are raising their voices to call for moral budget priorities. Join them today!

    + Click here to reject the Bush budget

    Stop Corporate Influence; buy DEMOCRACY BONDS!!! http://www.democrats.org/democracybonds.html

    by timber on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 06:13:27 PM PST

  •  Most Important (none)
    They are the ones who gave Bush this free ride for so long and now its coming back to bite them. Let them whine all they want but even Scarborough has been quick to let Bush off on things so now they can be stuck with the association.

    Jamie
    http://www.intoxination.net

  •  It's because (none)
    Republican ideas are completely, morally bankrupt. And the solutions they choose to pursue for the ones that aren't have been proven time and time again to accomplish just the opposite.

    What? Kids have more pregnancies when they're taught abstinence instead of sex education?

    What? We pay more for health care under a free market system then under a single-payer system?

    Rinse and repeat for any major issue.

  •  Joe Scarborough's embarassment, plus 50 cents (4.00)
    still leaves the National Debt in MULTIPLE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS.  When Bill Clinton left, we were headed towards paying off the National Debt.

    How's that for a before/after?

    Joe Scarborough is one of the TV talking heads that convinced America that George Bush was the heir to Ronald Reagan's philosophy.  Therefore, Joe Scarborough bears the blame for the consequences.

    All I'm saying is, let's hold Joe Scarborough and his rightwing pundit pals responsible for what they helped bring about: the destruction of America.

    Other than that, I'm glad to hear he's seeing the light.

    Impeach the Duffelbaggers!

    by jimbo92107 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 06:36:43 PM PST

  •  Embarrassed to be a Republican (none)
    I'm embarrassed and I'm not even a Republican!  I'm embarrassed for them, that they can't see what harm they are doing to the country.  I would like to have multiple choices when voting depending on what I think the major problems facing the country are, but the Republicans have become so embarrassing that I can't even consider voting for  Republican.  It might be decades before I change my mind.  All the current faces would need to be flushed and repudiated vigorously before I would even take a look.

    They are embarrassing, and would be an embarrasement to our founding fathers.  They are embarrassing us before the world.  They are embarrassing me before my children and grandchildren to be.

    As an aside, I have 10 bucks riding on Bush not making it through this year, and 10 with someone else that he does not make it through this term.

    Think of all the scandals teed up already, any and all of which will become another humiliation to him.  And each week brings a new one.  Another surprise event will destroy the remnants of the Bush Administration.

  •  I am embarassed to have voted for Coleman. (none)
    What a crony he turned out to be. It only took a month before it was obviuos that it wasnt me he was reprsenting, it was Bush.

    You can bet that Kennedy is not getting my vote. I think it is said when (moderate)conservitives like me hope the Dems retake Kongress, and that the pres from my party gets impeached

    This needs to stop now. We can't wait till '08. (hey theres your slogan!!)

    Evil prevails only when good men do nothing

    by Mason6883 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:10:52 PM PST

  •  amusing ending (none)
    Of course, I only read into this because I already have this perspective. Still, I found it funny:
    SCARBOROUGH:  Thanks for being with me tonight.  Tucker Carlson is on vacation.  Stay tuned for "HARDBALL" with Chris Matthews.

    'Cause really, if Tucker's out in the Mariana Islands, Matthews can fill the role.

    Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do. - James Harvey Robinson

    by pi1304 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:13:00 PM PST

  •  What was the thing that made them turn? (none)
    That's what I'm wondering.

    What caused the change of heart?  No doubt it was an accumulation of things, but what made someone like Scarborough decide he was going to turn?  And the others?

    On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

    by joanneleon on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:39:40 PM PST

    •  November elections 2006. (none)
      Fear of losing.  Fear of losing.  Fear of losing.....
      •  Agreed (none)
        I've been waiting for this to happen actually as the election got closer.  But I'm curious about what event exactly is making them come out publicly.  Perhaps as you're suggesting it's strictly the election and it's simply now a timing thing - the fact that they figured they couldn't hold out any longer.

        On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

        by joanneleon on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:49:44 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I wish I knew how to quit you Joe (none)

    -6.00, -4.41 "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions" - poet James Russell Lowell

    by Deano963 on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:48:53 PM PST

  •  What's this? What's this? (none)
    The republicans have no voice? they have no program?

    Can it be true?

    These charges have been laid against the Dems many times.

    Shout it to the hills.  What a great talking point.

  •  Embarrassed GOPers. (none)
    I am puzzled by Nancy Pelosi's cowardice in removing Louise Slaughter's report on the cost of GOP corruption to the country from her minority leader's website. Rep. Pelosi caved into a bunch of empty Republican threats that would have played into her hands, providing a source of free publicity no amount of money could buy for this issue. For the GOP to have filed ethics charges against Democrats for revealing the cost of their own corruption would have been rich media fodder.  So I wrote and told her that, while my resources are meager, I do contribute to individual candidates who are political vertebrates and to the DNC, MoveOn and other progressive entities, but that I have stopped contributing to the DCCC and the DSCC because of their incipient spinelessness and their utter failure to capitalize on valid issues like corruption, port security and Katrina and instead, passively relying on an untrustworthy mass media. Where has Dr. Dean been in all this? His power base is independent, the netroots can provide him with plenty of money and he has a pulpit. The Democratic party has no voice, no face that consistently drives home a message on anything, let alone the alternatives that GOP politicians and the mass media keep harping on.  This is a job for Deanman. Get out of the Bat Cave, Howard, the Donkey's picture is in the sky. You are already drawing the ire of the beltway types anyway, so why not get out in front and shame them into doing something positive?  

    The Republicans have both a face and a spokesmen, a Burning Bush, as a matter of fact.  It takes time to change a press meme and timing to put someone permanently on the defensive.  Republicans may be on the ropes at the moment, but no one seems to have the balls to finish the bastards off.

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