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A delegate from Texas waits for the start of the session during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
"Even I'm embarrassed."
This week the Republican Party:
  • Ignored good news on Obamacare enrollment.
  • Ignored a good jobs report.
  • Voted down a minimum wage hike supported by three out of four Americans.

... and because Republicans really, really, really wanted to distract voters from all of the above, they capped off their week of doing mostly nothing—besides screwing over American workers—by:

  • Announcing plans to form a select committee to investigate Benghazi.

Any questions?

Originally posted to Barbara Morrill on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:11 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ben Who? (7+ / 0-)

    "Drudge: soundslike sludge, islike sewage."
    (-7.25, -6.72)

    by gougef on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:13:47 PM PDT

  •  Nobody Rolls Out a New Campaign Before (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    the Kentucky Derby.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:30:11 PM PDT

    •  They should sponsor a horse in the Derby (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Beastly Fool, Creosote

      and rename it Benghazi. That'd be more cost effective and get more people saying the name than anything they've tried so far. Of course with their luck the horse would break three legs leaving the starting gate and have to be put down. Poor horse.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:03:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  all true. Sadly, even though the polls show (6+ / 0-)

    that on specifics, people agree with the Democrats, the overall view of Obama and the Dems is not so positive.
    Ask people about providing health insurance to the uninsured, ask them about keeping each provision of the ACA, and we get very positive responses. Ask them about the ACA -- and we're lucky to get a half-and-half response.
    Similarly, ask people about sanctions on the Ukraine, about military intervention there, and the vast majority of people agree with what Obama is doing. But ask them how he's handling the Ukraine situation, and he's underwater.
    I've seen this among acquaintances: a facebook friend who posts defenses of Social Security, of Medicare, of civil liberties, against racism, of freedom FROM religion, of so many of the things I care about (one exception, gun control), and yet he also posts crazy "Obama the dictator" stuff.
    We can't seem to win on the gestalt -- the overall picture. The Republicans get away literally with murder (botched execution anyone?).

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:54:13 PM PDT

    •  American voters can be amazingly dense (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Tamar, KayCeSF

      If they actually bothered to learn anything, the GOP would get less than 12% of the vote.

      That's a lot of ignorant or bigoted Americans willing to vote to hurt themselves because they cannot be bothered to learn what Paul Ryan et al. want to do to make them suffer more.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:17:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  the problem is the democrats never deliver (0+ / 0-)

        on their platform and don't give a shit, legislatively speaking, about the young or the poor; i.e. a big chunk of their base.  that's why there's no enthusiasm for voting for democrats.  they're all talk, no action.

        you don't have to be dense to reach that conclusion.  two eyes, an empty bank account, no jobs or prospects of anything better and the cold comfort of knowing that the rich are still getting richer and the WH is still a revolving door for plutocrats.

        sane people check out and the pukes squeeze every last bit of mileage out of the crazies, the heartless and gullible.

        the ACA is probably the only piece of legislation that's come out of congress in my lifetime that actually helps the non-rich and granted it did come from a democrat, but it is woefully inadequate to the problems we face.

        If you didn't care what happened to me, and I didn't care for you, we would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain, wondering which of the buggers to blame, and watching for pigs on the wing. R. Waters

        by No Exit on Fri May 02, 2014 at 04:10:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Well, actually (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Tamar, Creosote
      Ask them about the ACA -- and we're lucky to get a half-and-half response.
      Ask them about the ACA and an awful lot will say, "Oh, yeah.  That would be great.  Better than Obamacare by far."  And they'd be serious.  
      A whole lot of folks have no idea that the Affordable Care Act is the actual bill.  

      The Republicans are masters of the easy-to-remember sound bite and they've been using it effectively for at least a generation now. I've even known Republicans who have blamed Obama saying that he's egotistical "because he named the act after himself."  Hello?  That was the Reps' first attempt to discredit it - - by giving it his name.  And it's working among those who can't be bothered to learn the facts.  And, since that's their target audience - - they're succeeding.

      The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men - - Plato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We must be the change we wish to see in the world - - Mohandas Gandhi

      by twocrows1023 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:56:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I've seen the info on the different responses to (0+ / 0-)

        Obamacare and the ACA. Ignorance is the basis for supporting Republicans.

        While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

        by Tamar on Fri May 02, 2014 at 04:04:36 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Well, Boehner has a new "select" committee to (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli, Creosote


    •  Clown-in-Chief Issa was a catastrophic failure (0+ / 0-)

      Boehner needs someone who isn't a total fool. The Tea Party faction wants Louis Gohmert because they think the problem is that Issa wasn't fool enough.

      Trey Gowdy is every bit as incompetent, but his soundbites don't cut it.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:24:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'd ask somebody to explain the Benghazi (6+ / 0-)

    thing to me in 100 words or less, but I find that I just can't care that much.

    Somebody who can do it in 12, go for it.  Can't promise I'll make through all 12, though.

    so much don't care omg

    © cai Visit to join the fight against global warming.

    by cai on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:03:18 PM PDT

    •  I can do it in 3 words... (13+ / 0-)

      Hillary Clinton 2016

      That's it. That's all they care about. They don't give a flying fuck about the 4 dead. Hell, one of them was gay. You know they don't care about him. But they hope like hell they can turn Benghazi in to a millstone and sink Hillary's chances at the Whitehouse in 2016.

      OK, that was more but the 3 key words are all you need to know.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:08:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's more about turnout on their side... (1+ / 0-)
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        mjd in florida

        As long as they can keep the issue panic filled, they're happy to play ugly ball. Hell, if it poisons the waters and stinks up the place - and keeps the fair weather voters from wanting to vote, that benefits the republicans. The muddier, the dirtier, the more toxic the politics, the more republicans benefit, because their voters thrive on hate and suspicion, on greed and superiority, even if they have to make it all up to get anywhere, they're still going to vote. It's their off year strategy and they'll play it right up until November 4.
        They bank on the equation that if they can keep enough democrats and left leaning independents from WANTING to vote, besides keeping them from actually voting, then their own rabid turnout will win the day.
        But issue wise, the public is on to them, collectively. Now if we can just light a proper fire under our own partisans and left leaners, and tie all the progressive issues to the candidates platforms (hoping they will follow through) maybe the republicans will get their comeuppance come the fall.

        Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

        by Beastly Fool on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:55:27 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  People died in a foreign country (0+ / 0-)

      and Hillary didn't send in the Marines to avenge their deaths.  Instead she uh um, Issa?

  •  Also, with respect to Benghazi, subpoenaed (9+ / 0-)

    the Secretary of State to testify as to what happened, despite the fact that he was a Senator at the time and did not become SecState until 6 months later.

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:03:57 PM PDT

  •  And yet their base is supposedly more motivated (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TofG, KayCeSF

    than ours.  Frustrating, to say the least.  

    Life is good. Injustice? Not so much.

    by westyny on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:07:14 PM PDT

  •  Republican (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TofG, Beastly Fool

    How the hell can these people still be a political party.

    "Ward, I think you were a little hard on The Beaver last night." -June Cleaver

    by rageagnstmach on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:08:59 PM PDT

  •  I am howling. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TofG, FindingMyVoice, Creosote

    Give the GOPers a gun, and they inevitably aim it toward themselves.

    Schadenfreude, I welcome your kiss.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:11:03 PM PDT

  •  Real cutting edge, that GOP.. (1+ / 0-)
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    TofG the GooPers on Twitter are always blathering, "what is Obama hiding? What??" #TCOT! #Bengazzeeeeeeeeeeeee :~}
    I'm just left to scratch my head after they ignore reality.

    Twitter: @michaelhag

    by MichaelPH on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:11:16 PM PDT

  •  And they're supposed to keep the House in (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Shawn87, Creosote

    November?  I don't think so.  Not if we GOTV!  Americans HATE these fuckers.  FIRE THEM COME NOVEMBER!

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:11:17 PM PDT

    •  You would sure think that Americans hate them but (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Beastly Fool, Little Lulu

      who is your source?  Media needs to keep up the drama of does he or doesn't she and so on... and on... and on.  We  will never know the truth from the television set but everybody has an opinion.  
      I miss the days when they gave you the news and you were allowed to analyze it yourself.  By the time they dip, spin and dip/flip again, it is hard to tell who is who let alone what is what.  Online is all we have and it's a mine field.

    •  I wish I could share your optimism (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think enough crazy racist old men have died off since 2010.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:28:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Any questions?" (0+ / 0-)

    Are there any Republicans who don't hate the United States of America and its citizens?

    Americans can make our country better.

    by freelunch on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:14:59 PM PDT

  •  Any questions? Just one ... (3+ / 0-)
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    twocrows1023, KayCeSF, FindingMyVoice

    Why are we paying them?

    Feed the hungry? Clothe the naked? House the homeless? American Jesus says "Nuh-uh."

    by edg on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:20:56 PM PDT

  •  They must be exhausted. Poor babies. (0+ / 0-)

    All that ignoring is hard work.

    Could someone please send them each a bottle of multivitamins and a case of Ensure?

    And could we please arrange for them to have a long vacation real soon? They've worked so hard, they deserve it. Maybe something nice around the holidays?


    © 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 Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:26:12 PM PDT

  •  I have a question for all of us on Daily Kos! (4+ / 0-)

    Remember after their mind-numbing defeat in November 2012, the Republicans successful re-branded the party and began offering constructive ideas for the country's real problems?

    Me neither.

    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:26:16 PM PDT

  •  Please proceed, Reps. (1+ / 0-)
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    Beastly Fool

    They have nothing.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they came up with something juicy about ACORN.

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:29:49 PM PDT

  •  We need a couple of billionaire brothers to hold (0+ / 0-)

    these guys accountable. They could set up a whole network of secretive political groups to harangue these faux conservatives until they're so sick of hearing these guys' names they want to imprison them in cells made of their own money...

    Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

    by Beastly Fool on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:33:02 PM PDT

  •  Republicans will do anything possible to make (4+ / 0-)

    Obama look bad.

    That includes doing things that are bad for America and make America look bad...
    but that's ok with today's GOP, as long as they can try to blame the failure on Obama.

    They put politics before country EVERY time.

  •  Of course they will call-up Benghazi...again... (0+ / 0-)

    ...they got nothing else except now Speaker Boeher has a "boner" of an idea in the form of some suspect emails that those damn Dems hid from all the Republicants that were looking here there and everywhere for proof of the Obama Administrations involvement in hiding the truth from Americans. I almost fell sorry for them. They try sooo hard at what they do but can't figure out that their problem is the vast majority of Americans are anywhere from totally pissed at them and actually hate a lesser and smaller group that don't like them because they're as useless as bringing a pen knife to a war zone.  P.S., I've had discussions with repub friends that think it's on purpose.  Yikes!  

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:37:46 PM PDT

  •  Oh c'mon. There's so much more. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Beastly Fool

    Caused devastation.
    Created chaos.
    Undid good works.
    Cheated on their spouse.
    Blew dog whistles.
    Bought more ammunition.

  •  LOL! Last night Chris Hayes asked (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Delevie, Beastly Fool

    what the heck Republicans have to offer their voters. He said when he thought about it, he couldn't come up with one answer.  His panel didn't help either. Your  
    "Republican week in review" about sums up the last six+ years since Obama took office.

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Fri May 02, 2014 at 03:45:04 PM PDT

  •  I have a question (0+ / 0-)
    Any questions?
    I have one:  Why in holy hell are these clowns lining up to make gains in congress come November.  WTF is wrong with people?  If 3/4 of everyone wants minimum wage raised then why doesn't 3/4th of everyone climb up off their butts and vote for the party that will give it to them?    
    •  It's a trust issue (0+ / 0-)

      After watching politics for more than 60 years it's pretty clear that politicians promise and then do not do it. All of the stuff that the candidate Obama promised, the President has not delivered. Like expanded Internet, making sure that rural America was served. The very things we needed most, like well-paying jobs stimulated by Federal money didn't happen. Instead we watched more money go to banks, corporations and rich people. Instead of shoring up jobs here we're getting TPP. Instead of cleaner environment energy we're getting fracking, pipelines and more ways to destroy mountains for coal.  Instead of GMO labeling we're getting dirtier chickens, more antibiotics in food and "self inspecting". Instead of a regulated financial system we have the greedy expletives who caused the 2008 depression in charge so they can do it again. Why would anyone want to bother voting for either party? I think the only reason there hasn't been rioting in the streets is the disproportionate response that we watched our "protect and serve" police used on Occupy. They protect and serve .1% of America. We have all the freedom of a fly in a spider's web.
      I'd like to vote for someone not owned by money no matter what office they seek.
      I'd like to see the government at every level work for the good of the people instead of Monsanto, Comcast, BP, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo.
      We did get one good thing, ACA. It wasn't enough to make up for financial rape.

      •  Yeah, but... (0+ / 0-)

        I don't disagree and it's true that the Democrats didn't do enough and likely wouldn't even if given a majority.  But the difference between Republicans and Democrats is still night and day.  Look at any state where the Republicans have the governor and the legislature:  It's pretty much the Hunger Games only everyone has a gun.  

        Voting for Republicans means that ALL we'll get is the TPP and Keystone.  There sure as hell won't be any minimum wage hikes or jobs bill.

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