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It’s Witch-Hunt Season

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:22 AM
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 It’s Witch-Hunt Season

The last time a Democrat sat in the White House, he faced a nonstop witch hunt by his political opponents. Prominent figures on the right accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of everything from drug smuggling to murder. And once Republicans took control of Congress, they subjected the Clinton administration to unrelenting harassment — at one point taking 140 hours of sworn testimony over accusations that the White House had misused its Christmas card list.

Now it’s happening again — except that this time it’s even worse. Let’s turn the floor over to Rush Limbaugh: “Imam Hussein Obama,” he recently declared, is “probably the best anti-American president we’ve ever had.”

To get a sense of how much it matters when people like Mr. Limbaugh talk like this, bear in mind that he’s an utterly mainstream figure within the Republican Party; bear in mind, too, that unless something changes the political dynamics, Republicans will soon control at least one house of Congress. This is going to be very, very ugly.

So where is this rage coming from? Why is it flourishing? What will it do to America?

Anyone who remembered the 1990s could have predicted something like the current political craziness. What we learned from the Clinton years is that a significant number of Americans just don’t consider government by liberals — even very moderate liberals — legitimate. Mr. Obama’s election would have enraged those people even if he were white. Of course, the fact that he isn’t, and has an alien-sounding name, adds to the rage.

By the way, I’m not talking about the rage of the excluded and the dispossessed: Tea Partiers are relatively affluent, and nobody is angrier these days than the very, very rich. Wall Street has turned on Mr. Obama with a vengeance: last month Steve Schwarzman, the billionaire chairman of the Blackstone Group, the private equity giant, compared proposals to end tax loopholes for hedge fund managers with the Nazi invasion of Poland.

And powerful forces are promoting and exploiting this rage. Jane Mayer’s new article in The New Yorker about the superrich Koch brothers and their war against Mr. Obama has generated much-justified attention, but as Ms. Mayer herself points out, only the scale of their effort is new: billionaires like Richard Mellon Scaife waged a similar war against Bill Clinton.

Meanwhile, the right-wing media are replaying their greatest hits. In the 1990s, Mr. Limbaugh used innuendo to feed anti-Clinton mythology, notably the insinuation that Hillary Clinton was complicit in the death of Vince Foster. Now, as we’ve just seen, he’s doing his best to insinuate that Mr. Obama is a Muslim. Again, though, there’s an extra level of craziness this time around: Mr. Limbaugh is the same as he always was, but now seems tame compared with Glenn Beck.

And where, in all of this, are the responsible Republicans, leaders who will stand up and say that some partisans are going too far? Nowhere to be found.

To take a prime example: the hysteria over the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan almost makes one long for the days when former President George W. Bush tried to soothe religious hatred, declaring Islam a religion of peace. There were good reasons for his position: there are a billion Muslims in the world, and America can’t afford to make all of them its enemies.

But here’s the thing: Mr. Bush is still around, as are many of his former officials. Where are the statements, from the former president or those in his inner circle, preaching tolerance and denouncing anti-Islam hysteria? On this issue, as on many others, the G.O.P. establishment is offering a nearly uniform profile in cowardice.

So what will happen if, as expected, Republicans win control of the House? We already know part of the answer: Politico reports that they’re gearing up for a repeat performance of the 1990s, with a “wave of committee investigations” — several of them over supposed scandals that we already know are completely phony. We can expect the G.O.P. to play chicken over the federal budget, too; I’d put even odds on a 1995-type government shutdown sometime over the next couple of years.

It will be an ugly scene, and it will be dangerous, too. The 1990s were a time of peace and prosperity; this is a time of neither. In particular, we’re still suffering the after-effects of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, and we can’t afford to have a federal government paralyzed by an opposition with no interest in helping the president govern. But that’s what we’re likely to get.

If I were President Obama, I’d be doing all I could to head off this prospect, offering some major new initiatives on the economic front in particular, if only to shake up the political dynamic. But my guess is that the president will continue to play it safe, all the way into catastrophe.


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glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:36 AM

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


Face Palm, Fuck You & a HOT Rock Star.
It's all good!

stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:25 AM

 Yes I think the world and USA would move forward if the repubs would quit fighting everything put up just because it is a dem idea. It is childish stubborn and getting us absolutely NO WHERE!!  So as it stands they sit there and argue and play push and shove and nothing is getting fixed.  They are as stubborn as the Zax.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


 


Face Palm, Fuck You & a HOT Rock Star.
It's all good!

tericared
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:34 AM

 

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Yes I think the world and USA would move forward if the repubs would quit fighting everything put up just because it is a dem idea. It is childish stubborn and getting us absolutely NO WHERE!!  So as it stands they sit there and argue and play push and shove and nothing is getting fixed.  They are as stubborn as the Zax.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


 

 I agree,,,,things could get fixed and start getting better....

resamerie
by Platinum Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:45 AM

 I have to ask, as I have before, since the Dems are in control of congress at the moment, why is everybody blaming the rep.s about things not getting passed? If Obama's own party were 100%  behind him, they could virtually pass anything they wanted to right now.

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Yes I think the world and USA would move forward if the repubs would quit fighting everything put up just because it is a dem idea. It is childish stubborn and getting us absolutely NO WHERE!!  So as it stands they sit there and argue and play push and shove and nothing is getting fixed.  They are as stubborn as the Zax.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


 

 

glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:09 AM

 Do you not see that the Dems who seats are up for election not getting threatened to lose their seats? I think it is rather obvious. Facts is most in cafemom alone are not qualified to know what would or wouldn't work to further a nation and neither is the majority o. f the nation. But, I know things go smoother with cooperation. I also know that when we do not like people or ideas we use threats to make sure we get what we want (it is the nature of the beast). So when you see the ratings of the president are low and you want to keep your job you tend to go with the ratings and ignore what you think is best.  If that pressure was took off and the Dems and Repubs could stop fighting and threatening the other side I figure they could make better decisions through compromise than what is currently happening.

I mean hello the president has been in office over a year and we are still battling about his religion and where he was born. All that serves is to take attention off the real problems and working towards solutions. Repubs are pumping that hate machine to get the vote, to hell if it makes the problems at hand worse so long as they put on enough pressure to make this current administration fail. But there is a flaw to that plan...we all lose Dems and Repubs.

I do not give a damn what party is in office just fucking let them do the job and stop the childish shit at least during the term. Save the back biting for election season.

Quoting resamerie:

 I have to ask, as I have before, since the Dems are in control of congress at the moment, why is everybody blaming the rep.s about things not getting passed? If Obama's own party were 100%  behind him, they could virtually pass anything they wanted to right now.

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Yes I think the world and USA would move forward if the repubs would quit fighting everything put up just because it is a dem idea. It is childish stubborn and getting us absolutely NO WHERE!!  So as it stands they sit there and argue and play push and shove and nothing is getting fixed.  They are as stubborn as the Zax.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


 

 

 


Face Palm, Fuck You & a HOT Rock Star.
It's all good!

stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:31 AM

See this is why nothing gets done though. It should have no bearing on this person what the majority thinks because that is why they are elected to go represent this majority no matter what that majority thinks. It is not up to them to decide what is best it is up to them to represent the people in their district.

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Do you not see that the Dems who seats are up for election not getting threatened to lose their seats? I think it is rather obvious. Facts is most in cafemom alone are not qualified to know what would or wouldn't work to further a nation and neither is the majority o. f the nation. But, I know things go smoother with cooperation. I also know that when we do not like people or ideas we use threats to make sure we get what we want (it is the nature of the beast). So when you see the ratings of the president are low and you want to keep your job you tend to go with the ratings and ignore what you think is best.  If that pressure was took off and the Dems and Repubs could stop fighting and threatening the other side I figure they could make better decisions through compromise than what is currently happening.

I mean hello the president has been in office over a year and we are still battling about his religion and where he was born. All that serves is to take attention off the real problems and working towards solutions. Repubs are pumping that hate machine to get the vote, to hell if it makes the problems at hand worse so long as they put on enough pressure to make this current administration fail. But there is a flaw to that plan...we all lose Dems and Repubs.

I do not give a damn what party is in office just fucking let them do the job and stop the childish shit at least during the term. Save the back biting for election season.

Quoting resamerie:

 I have to ask, as I have before, since the Dems are in control of congress at the moment, why is everybody blaming the rep.s about things not getting passed? If Obama's own party were 100%  behind him, they could virtually pass anything they wanted to right now.

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Yes I think the world and USA would move forward if the repubs would quit fighting everything put up just because it is a dem idea. It is childish stubborn and getting us absolutely NO WHERE!!  So as it stands they sit there and argue and play push and shove and nothing is getting fixed.  They are as stubborn as the Zax.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


 

 

 


glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:45 AM

 True, but...when your job is up for grabs you (general)tend to do what it takes to keep that job. Basically self survival. I wish that they would just do what is right and get it done. But, I guess that would be too simple!

Quoting stormcris:

See this is why nothing gets done though. It should have no bearing on this person what the majority thinks because that is why they are elected to go represent this majority no matter what that majority thinks. It is not up to them to decide what is best it is up to them to represent the people in their district.

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Do you not see that the Dems who seats are up for election not getting threatened to lose their seats? I think it is rather obvious. Facts is most in cafemom alone are not qualified to know what would or wouldn't work to further a nation and neither is the majority o. f the nation. But, I know things go smoother with cooperation. I also know that when we do not like people or ideas we use threats to make sure we get what we want (it is the nature of the beast). So when you see the ratings of the president are low and you want to keep your job you tend to go with the ratings and ignore what you think is best.  If that pressure was took off and the Dems and Repubs could stop fighting and threatening the other side I figure they could make better decisions through compromise than what is currently happening.

I mean hello the president has been in office over a year and we are still battling about his religion and where he was born. All that serves is to take attention off the real problems and working towards solutions. Repubs are pumping that hate machine to get the vote, to hell if it makes the problems at hand worse so long as they put on enough pressure to make this current administration fail. But there is a flaw to that plan...we all lose Dems and Repubs.

I do not give a damn what party is in office just fucking let them do the job and stop the childish shit at least during the term. Save the back biting for election season.

Quoting resamerie:

 I have to ask, as I have before, since the Dems are in control of congress at the moment, why is everybody blaming the rep.s about things not getting passed? If Obama's own party were 100%  behind him, they could virtually pass anything they wanted to right now.

Quoting glitterteaz:

 Yes I think the world and USA would move forward if the repubs would quit fighting everything put up just because it is a dem idea. It is childish stubborn and getting us absolutely NO WHERE!!  So as it stands they sit there and argue and play push and shove and nothing is getting fixed.  They are as stubborn as the Zax.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you really believe that would end the recession?

Quoting glitterteaz:

 All the back biting in the congress just to make the president look bad is causing the recession to continue. All we have now is a repeat of the famous Dr. Suess book about Zax. 


 

 

 


 


Face Palm, Fuck You & a HOT Rock Star.
It's all good!

stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:56 AM

Apparently it is. 

Quoting glitterteaz:

 True, but...when your job is up for grabs you (general)tend to do what it takes to keep that job. Basically self survival. I wish that they would just do what is right and get it done. But, I guess that would be too simple!

Quoting stormcris:

See this is why nothing gets done though. It should have no bearing on this person what the majority thinks because that is why they are elected to go represent this majority no matter what that majority thinks. It is not up to them to decide what is best it is up to them to represent the people in their district.

Q

Princess223
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:59 AM

The call went out.

Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails

January 16, 2009

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_011609/content/01125113.guest.html

 

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