Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, March 19, 2010

Conservatives: “We’ve Gotten It Wrong Every Time, But This Time We’re Right”

President Obama compared the approaching health care showdown to earlier battles, before Social Security and Medicare were enacted. He said:

“These retarded knuckledraggers who are shrieking against health care reform are the twisted offspring of the same redneck mouthbreathers who were shrieking against Social Security and Medicare.” (I’m paraphrasing.)

Last summer when Rep. Anthony Weiner proposed abolishing Medicare — to give those “Socialized Medicine!” screamers a chance to put their money where their mouths are — there were no takers. Gee, what happened?

Iraqmire is another example of this “I’m always wrong, but trust me anyway” Syndrome.

Oh, and speaking of Iraqmire — brief digression here — our Cakewalk is seven years old today.

Anyway, you remember 2002 and early 2003, when Bush-Cheney were busy manufacturing fear and paranoia and hysteria over Iraq. Weapons of Mass Destruction! Saddam Hussein is Worse Than Hitler! Saddam is a close ally of Osama bin Laden! Etc.

During this period of Operation Whip Up The Inbreds, expressing any disagreement or skepticism was Verboten! It was the verbal equivalent of burning the American Flag or taking a shit on the Bible.

Now, fast-forward seven years.

During a panel discussion yesterday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R—Calif.) said he was in favor of the Iraqi invasion at the time, but in retrospect he thinks it was a mistake. Moderator Grover Norquist asked him how many Republicans in Congress agreed with him, that Iraqmire was a mistake.

Rohrabacher: "Well, now that we know that it cost a trillion dollars and all of these years and all of these lives and all of this blood, uh, I don’t know many…I, I can’t. All I can say is the people, everybody I know thinks it was a mistake to go in now.”

Norquist asked Tom McClintock (R—CA) the same question.

McClintock: “I think everyone would agree Iraq was a mistake.”

Norquist then asked Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R—TN) the same question. Duncan didn’t give any numbers but said Iraqmire is very unpopular in his conservative pro-military district.

Those traitors! What a bunch of flag-burning Jesus-hating terrorist sympathizers! I’ll bet they weren’t even born in this country. Where are their birth certificates?!?!?

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Blogger jadedj said...

In answer to you last question...no birth certificates, they were not born...they were shat...in a port-o-let. Which explains their penchant for bullshit.

March 19, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

It's funny, I was just thinking today about all the stuff the Republicans have been wrong about. You watch, five years from now we'll look back on their efforts to derail health care reform and shake our heads in disbelief.

March 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: LOL. That explains it.

March 19, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: I hope that's what we'll be looking back on 5 years from now. I have this fear that everything Obama tries will be thwarted by the reactionaries, and our new improved Texas textbooks will spin it -- uh oh, I'm getting some terrible visuals; I have to stop for a minute :)

March 19, 2010 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

Oh, Tom, I just love your paraphrasing! :)

March 19, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

“These retarded knuckledraggers who are shrieking against health care reform are the twisted offspring of the same redneck mouthbreathers who were shrieking against Social Security and Medicare.” (I’m paraphrasing.) Tom it must be spring fever, but that was one damn funny post, except for the serious bits.

March 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

5 years from now when everyone is on this new health care plan, and it works, the republicans will say this was their idea and not one person will call them on it. See stimulus as an example of how it will be spun as them doing the good work.
Don't have to wait for 7 more years. Rice and others are now saying things in our desert adventures should have been done differently. She needs to stick to shoe shopping, at least there she makes good decisions on which brand to buy.

March 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Descendants of the same Right Winger Hawks who pushed LBJ deeper into Vietnam then bolted on him when it got unpopular. Then supported Nixon for the same solution they said they would almost impeach Johnson on.

The Next Republican running for President will have a "Secret Plan" for getting us out of Iran and Afghanistan


March 20, 2010 at 12:49 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Gee, all these right-wing Republicans who couldn't get enough of George W. Bush's fearless leadership and Dick Cheney's uber warmongering super (chicken)hawk goodness now admit that invading Iraq was a mistake? Whew!

Pardon my cynicism where the anything-to-win / our-way-or-the-highway set is concerned, but I think this remarkable change of tune is the result of a couple of elections that didn't go their way.

I think if another GOP crackpot-crusader incompetent were to win the White House and decide to get into it with Iran, Rohrabacher and the rest of them would be right back in super (chicken)hawk mode so fast it would make your head swim.

March 20, 2010 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Of course Iraq didn't work. Did you expect anything less than failure from President Clinton?

March 20, 2010 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

This should be a lesson to Conservatives (neo-cons, really) about thinking out the ramifications of their decisions farther than "This'll get me re-elected". I hope they keep this in mind as the call to bomb Iran grows from the Israel Amen Corner in Congress.

March 20, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

You know, this could put the GOP out of business, if only the Democrats can aviod circular firing squads.

March 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: That's probably what Obama was thinking, even if he didn't say it.

Holte: Yup, Spring Fever will do it.

Jess: That's true, if health care reform passes, the Republicans will try to pretend it was their idea. And millions of people will be dumb enough to believe them; that's the scary part.

Erik: That might be exactly what happens. In 2012, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will have a secret plan for getting us out of Iraq/Afghanistan/Iran.

SW: No doubt, Rohrabacher and McClintock and their ilk will be on board for the next Republican president's invasion. For that matter, these same people are all champing at the bit right now to "do something about" Iran. Invading Iraq was a mistake, but oh my God, Iran has weapons of mass destruction!

Randal: Oh, so the Iraqi invasion happened when Clinton was president? I thought it was Obama. Either way, as long as Dumbya didn't have anything to do with it.

Lew: Unfortunately, hardly any politicians from either party think any further ahead than the next election. I do hope our Israeli puppetmasters don't order their goon squad (us) to invade Iran.

TomCat: LOL. Those circular firing squads will do us in every time.

March 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

th --

didnt you know that the Republicans developed social security, medicare, civil rights, made peace and cut the deficit

the republicans are excellent at rewriting history - and with their allies in the media/pundit cess pool - they often do

my favorite perpetually wrong person - billy the k kristol

March 21, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

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