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House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans hold press conference aimed at blaming President Obama for the sequester with a sign reading
For the past few weeks, House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues have been relentlessly attacking President Obama for the sequester, accusing him of being entirely responsible for what they said would be severely damaging cuts. They even rolled out a Twitter hash tag, #Obamaquester.

Tragically, the GOP's efforts have been a complete bust. For example, the latest Washington Post-Pew Research survey shows that more Americans will blame Republicans if (make that when) the sequester goes into effect, mirroring a survey released earlier this month by USA Today, also conducted by Pew.

As you can see, the new poll shows that 45 percent of adults say they would blame Republicans compared with 32 percent who say they would blame Obama:

Washington Post and Pew Survey data conducted Feb 21-24, 2013 among American adults
Republicans seem to be aware of their total messaging failure. They've been simultaneously insisting on the sequester and trying to say it's the world's worst thing and Obama is entirely to blame. So now they're starting to try a new message, voiced yesterday by House Speaker John Boehner. The sequester, they now say, will save "tens of millions of jobs" that will be created at some point in the future.

In other words, Republicans are now saying the sequester is a good thing. Which I guess means they will soon start demanding credit, just as soon as those tens of millions of jobs start getting created. Alas, on this too it turns out they've got a problem: according to the Post-Pew survey, 62 percent of adults think the sequester will have a negative effect on the economy and 55 percent say they think the sequester a major effect (presumably negative) on the U.S. military. So even though Republicans are doing a bang-up job at receiving credit for the sequester, they might want to rethink their political strategy all over again.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  The real question is how low will (23+ / 0-)

    the poll ratings for Republicans go before they bottom out.  Standing up to Republican extortion is giving Ameircans a chance to feel the effects of Republican policies.  It's unfortunate, but all other options offered by Republicans are worse than the sequester.  

    Even a gerrymandered House can be voted out in 2014.  It will take until then to ened government by crisis and extortion.  

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    by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:13:59 AM PST

    •  Won't matter how low the GOP poils go. (14+ / 0-)

      They don't care.  They see it as a badge of honor.  In particular, the TeaBag wing of the party thinks that having the majority of citizens against it is a good thing, since most of those citizens are freeloading parasites who need to be taught a thing or three.

      "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

      by rfall on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:32:14 AM PST

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      •  They can not care all the way (10+ / 0-)

        to their defeat and irrelevance.

        Since 2001, we have had a terrorist attack (9/11), the Iraw war (a trillion dollars and thosands of deaths and injuries to Americans), Afghanistan war (longest war in our history), the worst economic recession since the great depression, and now since January 2011, constant Republican extortion.  Average, non-ideological Americans are sick and tired of the bullshit, and they will make Rs pay in 2014.  

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        by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:40:50 AM PST

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      •  The Teabaggers are Bullies (eom) (0+ / 0-)

        -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

        by MarciaJ720 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:57:52 AM PST

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      •  That's true. Most House Repubs are in "safe (0+ / 0-)

        seats."

        So, this would logically not be a great concern of theirs.  Coupled with the fact that even the Dem politicians and talking heads admitted on the Feb 24th Sunday Talk Shows that nothing 'drastic' will happen this Friday if a deal's not reached, I wouldn't expect them to be that concerned, really.  

        (BTW, the Dems I'm referring to were conceding that it wouldn't be particularly harmful to the economy to go past March 1, IF a deal was worked out soon after that date.  Just wanted to clarify.)

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:07:52 AM PST

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    •  for me, the real question is when will Americans (7+ / 0-)

      get so pissed off at the Repugs, they take to the streets!!!!

      •  It is the 1/3 of this country who (1+ / 0-)
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        connect with the Tea Party.

        The Democrats are going to have to take to the streets.  Luckily, more and more people are leaving the Republican Party.  They cannot call themselves "Democrats" but they hide under "Independent" which is fine with me.  Most of us are anyway.

        Wait, the tea party folks are not, they like to bully and be bullied by the Koch Brothers, et al.

        -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

        by MarciaJ720 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:00:21 AM PST

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      •  Draconian cuts to Social Security and Medicare (0+ / 0-)

        MIGHT invoke that response, although I seriously doubt it, unless at least two of the three cuts that Bowles-Simpson recommend, are enacted.

        Even then, considering that this country has largely become one of mostly very ill-informed and apathetic folks (if we're honest), I wouldn't count on it.

        There seems to be almost no feeling of "civic responsibility" in the US, anymore.  

        And US citizen apathy has reached such a stratospheric level, that few of our politicians worry a whole lot about public opinion.  It's really quite sad, and tragic.  :-(

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:15:54 AM PST

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    •  People should point to the Tea (5+ / 0-)

      If the GOP (moderate few) could see how the extremist Tea are the cause of the popular disdain for their party, it might open a bridge. Maybe the few would walk into the light of sanity, we should embrace them. It might help rebuild an American economy.

      The past, present, and future are equally compelling; none of the three are easily understood.

      by Grey Panther on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:00:34 AM PST

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    •  I'm sure it will comfort those losing their jobs.. (5+ / 0-)
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      ...to know that the GOP is blamed for the sequester more than Democrat leaders.

      In my estimation, it is a mistake to measure this matter by supposed "wins" and "losses" electorally. At the end of the day, people will still lose their jobs/benefits...and this nation's economy will take a huge step backward. I wish for once we could focus on that instead of engaging in the blame game.

      Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

      by Love Me Slender on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:08:04 AM PST

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      •  Would you rather cut social security or medicare? (4+ / 0-)
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        You can pay extortion or fight.  The "blame game" as you call it (just like a blame all them pundit, is the only way to prevent a worse outcome.

        You can give into economic terrorists, but they will be back again and again.  

        Yes, it is unfortunate that those people will lose jobs.  But to prevent more, you damn well better blame the Republicans.    

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        by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:16:10 AM PST

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        •  Who the hell is saying give in to them? (2+ / 0-)
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          I don't recall writing or even insinuating that.

          It is time to stop the childish finger-pointing and govern like the only adults in the room.

          The president and senate could pressure the hell out of House Republicans and put a stop to these cuts. Instead, all I see is pointing and laughing...not forceful action to initiate a change of course.

          Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

          by Love Me Slender on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:21:53 AM PST

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          •  Magical thinking. (1+ / 0-)
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            The president and senate could pressure the hell out of House Republicans and put a stop to these cuts.
            The Republcians will only compromise if you fuck people more.  In other words, the only "compromise" available is to replace defense cuts with cuts to medicare benefits or social security benefits.  

            The "adults in the room" argument only works if both sides are adults.

            President Obama correctly sees the only options as either caving or refusing to cave.    

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            by TomP on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:31:02 AM PST

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            •  Bullshit...adults in the room make tough choices.. (0+ / 0-)

              ..not point fingers and laugh. "Gotchya" is only effective when trying to win elections, not positively impact public policy for the good of the people.

              Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

              by Love Me Slender on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:03:44 PM PST

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          •  Your comment makes little sense. (0+ / 0-)

            What exactly are you talking about when you claim Obama ans the Democrats should "pressure the hell out of Republicans"?  Be specific.  As it is, I call bullshit on your comments, and the false equivalency you are attempting to portray.  

      •  Hear, Hear, LMS! Are we losing sight of the fact (1+ / 0-)
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        that there are actual policies and principles to fight for?

        We seem to constantly get distracted by "shiny objects," or issues that get us nowhere.

        Trash-talking Repubs is fun, but does it really get us anywhere?  And, as disgusting as many of their so-called  "values and policies" are, I've got to give them credit "for knowing how to obtain real leverage or power within their party."

        IMHO, the question that progressives need to ask themselves, is:  What are "we" doing, in this vain?

        Mollie

        "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        hiddennplainsight

        by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:56:15 AM PST

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        •  What exactly would you have them do? (0+ / 0-)

          Force a vote on legislation in the Senate, despite the obvious filibuster?  Force Boehner to pass legislation in the House?   If you have nothing specific to suggest, talk of "shiny objects" and "adults in the room" is hollow and meaningless.  In many ways we are our own worst enemy, as some of the non-constructive comments show.

          •  fg, didn't mean to 'hit a nerve,' or offend (0+ / 0-)

            anyone.

            I've commented extensively on my view of the "sequester," if you need details, you're welcome to check my comment section.

            My 'ditto' of SueDe's comment was regarding her comments below:

            I'm sure it will comfort those losing their jobs.. (5+ / 0-)

            ...to know that the GOP is blamed for the sequester more than Democrat leaders.

            In my estimation, it is a mistake to measure this matter by supposed "wins" and "losses" electorally. At the end of the day, people will still lose their jobs/benefits...and this nation's economy will take a huge step backward. I wish for once we could focus on that instead of engaging in the blame game.

            I would guess that there have been literally 'scores of diaries' on the topic of "who is to blame for the sequester."

            Which puzzles me, since the Administration has acknowledged that it was the idea of Jack Lew and Rob Nabors.

            Why don't progressives just acknowledge this, and move on?

            As SueDe puts it:  At the end of the day, people will still lose their jobs/benefits...and this nation's economy will take a huge step backward. I wish for once we could focus on that instead of engaging in the blame game.
            If the progressive community is a caring community, why are we not more concerned about what will happen to folks, and fighting for policies to ameliorate the sequester (if it happens), instead of 'beating the dead horse' about "who is to blame?"

            Wouldn't it be wiser to 'let sleeping dogs lie?"

            All that we're doing is repeatedly bringing up the idea that the Administration negotiated a bad deal, when they negotiated "the sequester."

            Why not put our energy into something constructive?

            That's all I was trying to say.

            And, IMHO, I consider this topic merely a distraction, from what really matters.

            And for me, that's stopping draconian cuts to the social insurance programs. :-)

            Namaste.

            Mollie

            "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

            hiddennplainsight

            by musiccitymollie on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:41:39 AM PST

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    •  Know who doesn't care? Gerry Mander. (2+ / 0-)
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      Good old Gerry will help ensure GOP control of the House (and the electoral college someday soon?) as long as the illegally drawn congressional districts stand unchallenged.

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:08:47 AM PST

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    •  I doubt it... (2+ / 0-)
      Even a gerrymandered House can be voted out in 2014.
      The House Republicans nationwide were whipped by the Democrats in 2012 and still hold a relatively large 30 seat majority. Midterm elections are very rarely favorable to the party holding the White House and usually just marginally so (a few House seats or a Senator or two).

      To take the House in 2014 with these House districts, the Democrats will need a "wave" election coupled with severe infighting on the Republican side (as in, third party candidates leeching support from the Republican primary winners). It's totally possible just highly unlikely.

      And it's not just because of the gerrymandering by Republicans, you realize. Geographically, the country is becoming polarized and, ironically, it will take even more extreme gerrymandering to make seats more competitive.

      Take California... before 2010, its redistricting process was a partisan hot mess. So the voters gave responsibility to a nonpartisan commission... which barely budged the makeup of the Assembly, State Senate and California's House delegations (2 or 3 seat difference in each). While a similar nonpartisan process for all districts in the country may have made the House Democratic this year, that's not necessarily a given.

      •  Turn out the base. (5+ / 0-)
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        To take the House in 2014 with these House districts, the Democrats will need a "wave" election coupled with severe infighting on the Republican side (as in, third party candidates leeching support from the Republican primary winners). It's totally possible just highly unlikely.
        No.  Roughly 30% of voters don't vote in midterms.

        Democrats need to drive Presidential level turnout.  There has to be a way, find it.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:54:38 AM PST

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  •  OTOH: Boehner and Cantor made the sun come up (4+ / 0-)
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    They get together early every morning because neither dares sleep in and trust the other to do the job ...

    Too late for the simple life, too early for android love slaves - Savio

    by Clem Yeobright on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:22:07 AM PST

  •  And now people are starting pay attention...by the (3+ / 0-)
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    end of the week the population will be sequestered-out.

  •  Sequestration was the essence of "bipartisanship" (5+ / 0-)

    House Dems split evenly (95-95) on it, and Senate Dems supported it by a landslide vote of 45-6.  It was a bad idea then and a worse idea now, but, betweeen the 2 houses, a total of 202 Goopers and 140 Dems voted for it.

    In signing the bill, the president stated:

    Is this the deal I would have preferred?  No,” Mr. Obama said Sunday in announcing the agreement. “But this compromise does make a serious down payment on the deficit reduction we need, and gives each party a strong incentive to get a balanced plan done before the end of the year.”
    If one hates sequestration, one must hate bipartisanship, too.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:28:09 AM PST

    •  A reasonable position, but I disagree completely. (5+ / 0-)

      The sequester was a great idea, and I'm hopeful that it will lead to some useful back-and-forth between parties who seem to have turned their backs on the forth.

      I have a certain sympathy for Boehner -- he's got some real whackadoodles to herd.  He's reached a couple of deals, then been unable to deliver his own caucus.

      I think we need the political theatre now to make  some people sweat in their cushy little congress chairs.

      The issue, you see, is not whether people will or will not suffer.  People suffer now.  A lot of them.  Have been for the last several years, and many of them are losing hope of ever working again.

      The sequester may have been designed to get the attention of legislators, but now it's managed to get the attention of the population.  Let's see how much give-and-take our leaders are willing to do with people watching and tapping their feet.

      If they insist on being dickheads, dredge out FDR's 1934 playbook.  That one worked pretty damned well for him.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:36:01 AM PST

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      •  Boehner doesn't want to control the TP idiots. (1+ / 0-)
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        He has far more power heading a party full of insane, fundamentalist, religious and economic terrorists.  The Democrats haven't been able to bend over fast enough to try to stop him and his colleagues from intentionally crashing our nation, and they can't get it through their stupid thick skulls that you can't negotiate with hostage takers:  And you CERTAINLY don't give them more hostages.  What the FUCK were they thinking?

        The sequester was such a fucking TERRIBLE idea, I can't imagine how you'd say otherwise:  At least, for Democrats, it was.  It's working out pretty well for Republicans, regardless of what all the sour-grapers around here are saying.  This kind of economic chaos and destruction is what they want:  it's the short-sell environment that makes them and their friends even richer than they are, decreases working and living standards, destroys labor, and pushes us even closer to feudalism than we already are.

        These cuts will be devastating, and there's no world in which they were a good idea for the country.

        •  I'd say it's a great idea because it IS a great (0+ / 0-)

          idea.

          Nothing was working.
          The GOP has felt no need to recognize that they lost the last election.

          So...

          Let the sequester happen -- it will be far less painful than all the Chicken Littles pretend, but it will make real cuts in defense spending.

          It also provides a basis for our dearly despised legilators to come up with things that people might actually like.

          Once the sequester has happened, the trigger has been pulled. The negotiations will be about putting things back on the table, and plenty of opportunity for smart politics.

          If you have no faith in the Democrats, that is a very scary place to be.

          Unless, of course, you're one of the forgotten millions of long-term unemployed people.  You're already in a scary place.  Shaking things up might actually help you.  Nothing else has.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:34:21 AM PST

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    •  Yes, but: (5+ / 0-)

      The thing to remember was that this was the Dem party having to hold their nose and change the gop's dirty diaper because the gop was going to "hold hostages" etc. blah, blah.

      No one said "letting the sequestration go into effect is a great idea".

      Boehner did say, "I got 98% of what I wanted."

      It's important not to get forgetful and start glazing over the event with false equivalency.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:44:42 AM PST

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      •  Had debt ceiling been raised in 12/10 sequestering (5+ / 0-)

        never would've been an issue.  The following exchange took place at the 12/7/10 press conference:

        Marc Ambinder.

              Q    Mr. President, thank you.  How do these negotiations affect negotiations or talks with Republicans about raising the debt limit?  Because it would seem that they have a significant amount of leverage over the White House now, going in.  Was there ever any attempt by the White House to include raising the debt limit as a part of this package?

              THE PRESIDENT:  When you say it would seem they’ll have a significant amount of leverage over the White House, what do you mean?

              Q    Just in the sense that they’ll say essentially we’re not going to raise the -- we’re not going to agree to it unless the White House is able to or willing to agree to significant spending cuts across the board that probably go deeper and further than what you’re willing to do.  I mean, what leverage would you have --

              THE PRESIDENT:  Look, here’s my expectation -- and I’ll take John Boehner at his word -- that nobody, Democrat or Republican, is willing to see the full faith and credit of the United States government collapse, that that would not be a good thing to happen.  And so I think that there will be significant discussions about the debt limit vote.  That’s something that nobody ever likes to vote on.  But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern.  You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower.

              And so my expectation is, is that we will have tough negotiations around the budget, but that ultimately we can arrive at a position that is keeping the government open, keeping Social Security checks going out, keeping veterans services being provided, but at the same time is prudent when it comes to taxpayer dollars.

        The hostage-taking that took place 7 months later was both predictable and preventable.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:59:51 AM PST

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    •  95 Democratic congress-critters (1+ / 0-)
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      ..were aware that their Republican counterparts weren't rational actors and voted against the sequestration bill? Color me surprised.

      It seems as if the President is finally "getting it."

      You can't bargain in good faith with the certifiably insane.

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      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:29:52 AM PST

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  •  At the risk of being redundant (5+ / 0-)

    Anyone with a brain in the US has understood that the Republican party represents big business and garners votes by hoodwinking the uneducated.

    The Republican party is finished and could be totally alleviated if only the corrupt Democrats like Harry Reid were thrown out of office and replaced by honest pragmatic non lobbyist aligned representatives. Yes the only thing standing in the way of total Progressive domination is the Democratic shills, the good 'ol boys whos's time has come.

    There are no longer two diametrically opposed opinions on most of the subjects (problems) facing the US. The deficit needs to be reduced yes, but in a balanced and job nurturing manner. Immigration reform needs to be done there is no "CONSERVATIVE " alternative. Global warming (climate change) exists and needs to be addressed immediately. Sorry once again there is no counter arguement.

    It's finished Republicans, when a party is in need of a platform to continue to exist there is no longer a need for the party. After all the two parties were formed based on two opposing ideologies. This no longer exists. Pragmatic and intelligent versus ignorant and stupid. Sorry that's not two opposing ideologies.

    Let's hurry uop and rid Congress off the dead weight; the kind of "legislators" that make "gentlmen's agreements " with the likes of that scumbag McConnell.

    The future of American politics is that of choosing the most qualified and not of a bygone two party system. Republicans are no longer of any use except to create wealth for the likes of Limbaugh Beck and the 1%

  •  I was glad to see the percentage of those (4+ / 0-)
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    who would blame both is quite low. People who used to spout false equivalencies are starting to pay attention.

    Still, it is a shame the repbuliquester will kick in. We don't need the aftermath after the aftermath we've just had.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:29:54 AM PST

  •  If we pave the streets with gold, (1+ / 0-)
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    we'll have Heaven on Earth, at some point, right?

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:30:25 AM PST

  •  This is pretty pathetic on their part. (3+ / 0-)
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    It's just juvenile antics: "Obamaquester."  Hard to see Democrats doing the same thing to George W. in similar circumstances.  These are the people supposed to represent us in our government?   Really?  With little signs and a clock?

    It's hard to  imagine the public won't see through this chickenshit.

  •  45 % is not enough (1+ / 0-)
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    45 % to 32 % is a pretty good margin but it is not a majority.
    Remember, it is a Republiquester.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:31:24 AM PST

  •  Lutz language (2+ / 0-)
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    Apparently the Lutz language their guru teaching them has lost its luster (lost lutz luster - kinda like it).  The American people are no longer the American sheeple they fooled for so long.

    •  Well, from what I see on facebook, (4+ / 0-)

      too many still are sheeple and are still being fooled. For some, it's the difficulty of admitting they've been so wrong for so long. For some, it's the idea that adopting those rightwing beliefs makes them patriots or continuing to espouse those beliefs out of some weird sense of loyalty to the cause.
      And others are batshit crazy, but we knew that.

      Not enough have given up on the dark side yet.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:37:00 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The Facebook people (5+ / 0-)

        Think the president controls the purse strings.

        I've been thoroughly underimpressed by how completely ignorant the know-it-alls on Facebook are about the very structure and essential duties of our government.

        Maybe we need the executive and legislative branches to wear special colored robes too, so people understand governmental duties based on robe color

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:07:51 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Republican Representatives don't (0+ / 0-)

          know how government works, or they are so cynical as to perpetuate the ridiculous belief that the president authorizes spending.  Tom Price in GA is stumping on that!

          David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

          by PsychoSavannah on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:19:28 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, exactly and this is the real problem. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Stude Dude

        Everyone knows who the President is and most believe he is completely in charge of everything.

         I would assume a low  amount of voters could name Boehner or Reid and even less could even tell you their job title.  Most voters can not tell you how any process in Congress works, or even keep up with various happenings.  I know this because I see it in my classes.  It is a sad commentary that I have freshman and sophomore college students that are POLS majors who are generally without knowledge of the above until taught correctly.... much less the general population.  This should be taught extensively in high school.

        Voters blame whatever happens to their pay check on "the guy in charge".....regardless of how or why it happened.

  •  I just want the Democrats to stop giving (6+ / 0-)

    Boehner a pass on his intransigence.  Every time I see a Democrat on TV bemoaning the fact that poor John Boehner can't do anything because of his Tea Party caucus, I am infuriated.  Why is he allowed to hide behind the TP?  He can bring whatever bill he wants to the floor.  Sure, he may lose his speakership as a consequence but really?  Who would want the job besides him?

    It is all a smoke screen.  He gets to be the "reasonable" Republican when we all know there is no such creature in the House.  Boehner himself has declared he will no longer negotiate face-to-face with the President, yet he continues his bluster about a lack of leadership from the President!

    Democrats need to call him out and stop giving him cover.

    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Stude Dude

      the only reason he recessed at all -was for house GOP to retreat, regroup,, and receive strategy and marching orders from the "real" bosses in the donor class.

      Tea Party my arse, we know who really keeps him in line.

      In a capitalist democracy - every dollar is a "vote" ... spend wisely ...

      by RUNDOWN on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:01:01 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm encouraged (6+ / 0-)

    that the Administration has been utilizing a classic Republican strategy:  full bore scaring the bejeebus out of the citizenry.  Here's our interactive map for each State to let you know how badly you will be hit; here's our Cabinet members sounding the alarm that personal safety will be compromised, etc.

    Sort of fun to see, read, hear when our side effectively gets the scare tactics across and solidly blames the Republicans, especially Mr. "I got 98%" Speaker.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:34:54 AM PST

    •  I hope they have Boehner's "98% remark" on (3+ / 0-)

      videotape with sound.

      It will be useful come election time to show him saying that 98% of the coming clusterfrack was what he wanted.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:39:35 AM PST

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    •  Is it too late to un-retire the terror color code? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Odysseus

      Republicans Are Terrorizing America!!! Color code:

      Blue-green: never used

      Yellow: the GOP is screwing up the country as usual

      Orange: Republican arrogance and incompetence are reaching maximum ridiculous hashtag capacity

      Red:  shelter-in-place. Fox News and rightwing radio will be suspended, consume lots of pop tarts and play board games until Election Day when you can vote these people out of office, and get the country working again.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:18:54 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Who gets the blame is the name of the game. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant

    Now that I have intense satisfaction upon writing that line,
    let me say that this whole megillah is why people get fed up with government bullshit.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:35:20 AM PST

  •  Hmm, for even the biggest idiot there (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant

    who barely pays attention to politics, they must have picked up a vibe over the past 30 years that the GOP is deadset against big government, government spending, etc.

    So yeah, who do the Repubs think will get blames when spending goes down?

    Really, it's a bit telling that they're not embracing this with open arms, isn't it what they've always wanted?

  •  maybe the voters (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RUNDOWN

    will see by this just how bad a rethuglican government would be.  all i can hope for is that boner and his buddies will be recognized as the poor excuse they are for leaders.
    republican reputation=its what for dinner.

  •  So.... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    native, Beetwasher, PsychoSavannah

    The GOP is trying to blame making cuts to government spending on the Democrats...cuts that they've been talking about for decades...but are now flailing about trying to avoid responsibility for them.

    At the same time, they're having to acknowledge that spending cuts will hurt the economy because it will cause contraction...but it won't...but it really will....

    AND, we've got a bunch of Republicans now signing a letter in support of gay marriage...publicly...

    AND Glenn Beck just alienated thousands and thousands of potential fellow travelers by picking a fight with the WWE...

    AND Rush Limbaugh is bemoaning that the liberals have won. (Have a cheeseburger and a pain pill Rush, it will be ok.)

    I hate what the sequester will do to folks in need, hopefully it won't last long...

    But is this f'in great politically or what?!!!

  •  The Contradictions Run Deeper Than That (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    grover, native
    They've been simultaneously insisting on the sequester and trying to say it's the world's worst thing and Obama is entirely to blame.
    The Republicans are trying to simultaneously insist 1)that the sequester happen, and 2)that it's Obama's fault, and 3)that it won't really hurt.

    Apparently they learned their argument style from the story of the lawyer who defended his client from a lawsuit by presenting evidence that 1)his client had never driven the damaged car, and 2)the car had already been damaged when his client took possession, and 3)the car was in perfect condition when his client returned it.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:45:29 AM PST

  •  "Obamaquester" looks and sounds too much like... (6+ / 0-)

    ...Bqhatevwr. It was doomed from the beginning by Scott Brown.

    That's my groundless, baseless, irresponsible speculation and I'm sticking to it  ;-)

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:46:30 AM PST

  •  As pathetic as this statement is, it's important (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant, native, Odysseus

    to win the blame game on this, because we all know that if the gop gets the tiniest little toehold that they will try to leverage that for a total takedown of Obama, and if they do that, it's game over, the economy will take a nosedive and austerity will have a wide open highway forward and it will set back any progress another 20 years.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:47:40 AM PST

    •  Yes. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      David54, native, PsychoSavannah

      We need to keep in mind what's at stake and that it has very real, tangible consequences.

      Being in the lower economic class, I've suffered enough.

      I'm glad I found a job after losing my job of 15 years 2 years ago. I'm making .40/hr. less than my last position. So I'm better off than many who've lost their jobs in this economy. But I haven't made enough money to maintain my rather meager existence (by American standards) and be able to afford the odd financial emergency i.e.- car repairs.

      I'm 5 to 8 years away from when I'm "supposed" to retire. That's never going to happen now. I'll have to work until I drop or am too broken to do anything anymore.

      And I'd like to say to all those who have worked to create a scenario in which only our money has upward mobility, to those who strive and have striven to weaken or destroy the social safety net and to every rightwing punk that espouses and supports these measures, most to their own detriment:

      "Fuck you very much."

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:57:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The GOP has already been branded (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      David54

      Twitter hashtags can't change the well established track record -of the Republicans willing to destroy the economy in the name of lower taxes for the rich - and this dates back to Newt and the Clinton era government shutdowns.

      With every economic crisis, that stigma grows.

      The GOP is the party of government destruction, the people be damned - it is in their rhetoric, in their platform, and in their blood.

      In a capitalist democracy - every dollar is a "vote" ... spend wisely ...

      by RUNDOWN on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:46:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bar Graph (5+ / 0-)

    I understand blaming the Republicans, it's based in fact. I understand blaming Obama, it's based in partisan ignorance.  I even get the no opinion, it's based on drugs, sex, rock and roll, imprisonment, disability, coping with alcoholic parents, working three jobs etc. It's the people blaming "Both" to whom I would like to deliver a swift and sincere kick in the ass.

    If you took each and every evangelical and laid them end to end; I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. ~ With apologies to Dorothy Parker 1893 – 1967

    by StrictlyPeter on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:48:22 AM PST

    •  Those claiming both are equally responsible are (4+ / 0-)

      the politically ignorant who think proclaiming equivalency between the two parties will mask their ignorance, their lethargy toward and unwillingness to learn about all things political.

      It's what people say when they don't know a goddamned thing.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:01:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Or, they may simply be CNN viewers. (4+ / 0-)

        They believe they're informed by a good unbiased source-- which hapoens to be the biggest dealer of false equivalency anywhere.

        It often is that simple.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:31:54 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Forestry (0+ / 0-)

          I grew up gay in the south. You will have to do a hell of a lot better than that to guilt me.  Wrong tree, wrong forest.

          If you took each and every evangelical and laid them end to end; I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. ~ With apologies to Dorothy Parker 1893 – 1967

          by StrictlyPeter on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 04:16:49 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Ahhhh. Sorry, now I get it. (0+ / 0-)

          I get it now. I'm sorry about the "Forestry" comment. Thank you for the clue! When I get back today I'll add a separator line to my own comments. Great day to you.

          Peter

          If you took each and every evangelical and laid them end to end; I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. ~ With apologies to Dorothy Parker 1893 – 1967

          by StrictlyPeter on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 03:48:45 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  test (0+ / 0-)

            ignore

            ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ ◘ If you took each and every evangelical and laid them end to end; I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. ~ With apologies to Dorothy Parker 1893 – 1967

            by StrictlyPeter on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:45:25 AM PST

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            •  test (0+ / 0-)

              ignore

              ◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘ If you took each and every evangelical and laid them end to end; I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. ~ With apologies to Dorothy Parker 1893 – 1967

              by StrictlyPeter on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:54:55 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

  •  Don't they mean (5+ / 0-)
    #bqhaquester

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:53:24 AM PST

  •  Payday! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PsychoSavannah

    It is difficult to imagine, but.... we are paying each of these people $174,000/year to play the role of a clown. Do they ever do any real work? You know... read the draft of silly legislation that they have their staff write? Read legal opinions? Do any research on anything? Other professions that pay that much usually require some work... except, of course, bankers.

  •  I'm cautious by nature... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant, native, Odysseus

    I've not been enthusiastic in the predictions of the GOP demise.  But I will say one thing: their messaging has been really crappy lately - and they are nothing but a messaging organization.  One cannot simultaneously blame somebody for something and take credit for it and fool 50% of the public.

    'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

    by RichM on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:54:29 AM PST

    •  RichM, per predicting the GOP demise, (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Stude Dude

      I'm with you.

      Remember: It was not long ago that the GOP proclaimed before the nation that Liberalism is dead.

      Let us not mimic their ignorance.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:06:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'd just like to see Boehner tell the truth about (0+ / 0-)

    the tea party and their role. He's only 63 years old, young in the world of political leadership, but he's let the tea party paint him into a corner, one with a drain, and his career is starting to swirl. He seems to have no self-preservation instinct.

  •  What's so depressing (8+ / 0-)

    is that western democracies have been having this debate for literally over 2 centuries, and it never seem to get resolved politically or in the public mind even though the economic data overwhelmingly proves, beyond any serious doubt, that active government engagement in the economy, via monetary, fiscal, tax and economic policy, regulation, oversight, social welfare programs, infrastructure, etc., not only works, but is absolutely essential to the economic well-being of a country, and that high deficit spending during a downturn is unavoidable. One can debate the specifics but to dispute this core truth is to broker in idiocy, ignorance, dishonesty or delusion.

    Unfortunately, all of these being core qualities of today's GOP.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:59:14 AM PST

  •  My daughter screams at the t.v. (6+ / 0-)

    She has a degree in Poly Sci and every time a repug says they are waiting for the President to negotiate, or bring forth policy, she screams that isn't the Pres's job.  It's Congress - the idiots that they are.  Repugs will do everything they can to turn the responsibility, and therefore the consequences for their own actions, onto the President.  It's been ugly since Obama came into the presidency.  

  •  This is a microcosm of GOP's entire strategic (0+ / 0-)

    approach to their miserable failures last November.  That being, don't change the policies, change the messaging.  They don't think their stance on the sequester is wrong, so they simply create #obamaquester.  And, of course, it fails.  Idiots.  Thank God.

  •  It's like they are channeling Pee Wee Herman..... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    emal

    trying to do bicycle tricks and claiming a complete failure is a success.

    Well, the sky won't fall in on Friday for most of America when these cuts go into effect. We'll have the primary damage of people losing their jobs or assistance in the next week or two followed by the secondary effect of others losing their jobs as result declining economic activity. That will about the time that government shutdown looms.

  •  Eh, not so sure about this assumption... (3+ / 0-)
    55 percent say they think the sequester a major effect (presumably negative) on the U.S. military
    If asked by a pollster if the sequester would have a "major effect", I would answer yes. However, I would not think that would be a negative thing. The Pentagon NEEDS to be shrunk, drastically. The one good thing coming out of the sequester is that it forces the Pentagon to actually cut things for the first time in 12 years.
  •  I though slashing gov't spending was a good thing? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PsychoSavannah

    Why isn't every (ahem) "journalist" in America saying this to every GOP waterboy whenever they show up in front of a camera to peddle their tripe?  The GOP mantra has been that government spending is bad.  So shouldn't that make Obama a hero if he owns the sequester? Please proceed, Mr. Speaker.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:07:09 AM PST

  •  Republicans. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant

    Whenever I look at them, it makes me want to cry.

    "Rock is overpowered, but Paper is perfect." -Scissors

    by kamrom on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:07:20 AM PST

  •  i have to disagree. the #Obamaquester (0+ / 0-)

    meme has spoken to me and countless other rootless progressives, and now i spend all my time reading redstate and also. finding the other worst possible ways to torture plays on words.  the other side is not as bad as we thought

    what lincoln said http://cleantechnica.com/2012/10/10/abraham-lincoln-was-on-to-wind-power-long-before-the-rest/

    by rasfrome on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:14:04 AM PST

  •  I called 1-202-224-3121 (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ClevelandAttorney, native, Odysseus

    The Capitol Switchboard.
    First I called my own Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and an aide answered. Then I called Sen. Harry Reid because he is the Majority Leader. This time Italked to an aide. Then I called Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and they had answering machines.
    I kept my message simple: no cuts to Social Security.
    If you have a different expenditure you want to defend, you can concentrate on it.
    I suppose I should have been more clear that included Medicare under Social Security but that is what I meant.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:14:25 AM PST

  •  32% of Americans (6+ / 0-)

    ..will blame Obama for their dying houseplants and freshly stained underwear.

    When it's not Satan's fault. But they're in cahoots anyway..

    "All your money are belong to us" - anonymous Billionaire Boy's Club member

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:22:54 AM PST

  •  Do you really see a win (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gentle Giant

    here for anyone?   People I talk to  who are not extreme partisans blame all of these idiots for this mess.    I also hear a lot of skepticism about disastrous results of the sequester  as in  let it happen and let's see if the world ends.  That may be a low information point of view but it sure looks like that's where we are headed.

  •  Still fucking insane Obama is anywhere near 30% (3+ / 0-)

    If Dem congressional leaders had gotten out in front of the #obamaquester stunt, blame for the raving loony party would be even higher.

    Most See Republican Party as Out of Touch and Extreme

    A new Pew Research survey finds that 62% of Americans says the Republican party is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.

    Opinions about the Democratic Party are mixed, but the party is viewed more positively than the GOP in every dimension tested except one. Somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles (63% vs. 57%).

    Dems can't take any comfort in those numbers. If they stopped caving (filibuster reform), they wouldn't be viewed as such a mixed bag. The fact they're seen as less principled is a massive fail for the party leaders.
    •  So: (0+ / 0-)

      The Republican Party has stronger principles than the Democrats.

      The Republican Party is out of touch with the American people, not open to change and is too extreme.

      So, apparently, those principles they are so strong on are not those that the American people hold.

      Loyalty to failed policies is not a virtue.

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:36:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It is the fact that Democrats care so much (0+ / 0-)

      about poll numbers that make them so incredibly weak.  Principles don't come from surveys of the rapidly shrinking subset of the American people who still own a goddamn land line.

  •  They don't care... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PsychoSavannah, a2nite

    The House Republicans are voted into office essentially by their base and are free to ignore everybody else. Their base doesn't believe that they receive any kind of services from the federal government and, as such, don't care about the sequestration. They're convinced they're "independent" "up by their bootstraps" businesspeople and that the feds only get in their way.

    It'll take a lesson like losing essential federal services due to sequestration -- like "your small business loan application will now take 18 months" or "the program helping your child at school has been defunded" or "that bridge that was supposed to be repaired this year has been put off until 2019" or "your Defense Department customers no longer have enough money to buy your stuff" or "the levees protecting your town will not be upgraded before the storm season", etc. -- for them to actually realize they rely upon the federal government in a multitude of ways.

    Reality can be shocking... and educating.

    •  But their base will still blame the Dems... (0+ / 0-)

      ...when that happens. They're not reality-based; they're Fox-based.

      The scene on November 6, midnight: Barack Obama holds up newspaper reading "Romney defeats Obama" as he heads to give his second term acceptance speech.

      by alkatt on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:44:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Talk about how Repubicans are losing the (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    emal, a2nite

    "blame game" all you want.  This is exactly what they wanted from the start.  This is the 98% that Boehner wanted.  

    Stop cooperating with these insane traitors.  Stop enabling them by pretending their negotiating in good faith, or that there's an "honest disagreement" anywhere about these issues.  Stop being surprised when they do EXACTLY what they've always done before.

    This message goes out to the bipartisian "realists" here just as much as it does to our president and every other idiot who thinks Republicans in Congress should be treated as if they have a single goddamn thing to contribute.  If they want to crash our country, admit that they have that power, that you cannot stop them, and FUCKING LET THEM.  If they do, it will be the end of the Republican party forever.  We will recover, rapidly, but their particular brand of crazy will be forever cured.

    The high road burned down many, many years ago.  Stop trying to rebuild the bridge while it's still on fire, and help carry some of the goddamned water.

  •  The best representation of Republicans... (0+ / 0-)

    ...is not an elephant, or an ass, it's...Wile E. Coyote!

    From Wkipedia:

    In each episode, instead of animal senses and cunning, Wile E. Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions and elaborate plans to pursue his quarry.

    Wile E. Coyote often obtains complex and ludicrous devices from a mail-order company, the fictitious Acme Corporation, which he hopes will help him catch the Road Runner. The devices invariably fail in improbable and spectacular ways. Whether this is result of operator error or faulty merchandise is debatable. The coyote usually ends up burnt to a crisp, squashed flat, or at the bottom of a canyon. Occasionally Acme products do work quite well. In this case their success often works against the coyote.

    How the coyote acquires these products without money is not explained until the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, in which he is shown to be...an employee of Acme!!!

    Replace Wile E. Coyote by Republicans, Road Runner by Obama, and Acme by Corporate America, and you have the exact current situation in American politics!

  •  Is this shit real life? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PsychoSavannah

    They actually put OBAMAQUESTER on a placard and TV screen?  Holy crap.

    I could say a lot about this, but at best it's an utter lack of creativity.  Jeebus flipping Chrystal.

  •  GOP illogic (0+ / 0-)

    Insist that by laying or and hurting hundreds of thousands of employed, kids, elderly , unemployed right now, we will somehow maybe avert the need (might not even need to but just in case) to lay off or hurt hundreds of thousands of employed, kids, elderly, and unemployed in the far off future.

    So lets cause pain and hurt to these people now so we won't need to maybe do the exact same to them in the far off future.

    Eff them all!

    Government of, for, and by the wealthy corporate political ruling class elites. We are the 99%-OWS.

    by emal on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:56:01 AM PST

  •  Remember (0+ / 0-)

    31% to about 33% of this country is of the Far-Right leanings (not as many Far-Left leaning people, btw).

    Those folks will ALWAYS blame Obama and almost every poll done on anything shows 1/3 against whatever the Democrats and Obama are fighting for.

    With one exception of late:  Gun control policies.  Seems people DO want some kind of control.  Hell, marijuana, which has killed nobody, is illegal but a gun.... shoot, that one is easy and legal.

    -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

    by MarciaJ720 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:56:49 AM PST

  •  If ya don't like it, vote to repeal it (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    emal

    Congress can undo what it has done, yet Boehner hasn't entertained a straight repeal of the sequestration budget cuts.

    Are they unclear about how legislation works? The President does not pass legislation.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:22:04 AM PST

  •  Them standing in front of that TV screen... (0+ / 0-)

    ...sure says "action" to me.  Glad to see the party leadership has its priorities straight.  Perhaps an Obamaquester golf outing would help further drive the point (whatever it is, exactly) home.

  •  Meh, Obama still gets a huge amount of blame (0+ / 0-)

    The public blames the GOP a bit more, but opinion doesn't even remotely reflect reality.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 09:24:07 AM PST

  •  Isn't it amusing (0+ / 0-)

    that Lynn, the CPA, Jenkins is always among Boner's background in these photos. She is supposedly my Representative and only lives three blocks or so from me. When first elected, her husband waited until the day after the election to file for divorce. She was sleeping with her campaign manager. Not that I'm judging here, but it makes me wonder who she's doing these days.

    "He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave." — William Drummond of Hawthornedenne (13 December 1585 – 4 December 1649), Scottish poet.

    by zamrzla on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 10:28:07 AM PST

  •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

    it IS, after all, the Orange Man's baby. Maybe he is having postpartum depression these days!

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:23:20 AM PST

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