‘burned on a teacup’

Mark Mellman (The Hill): Make no mistake: Republicans castigating President Obama for S&P’s ill-considered downgrade are akin to a mugger attacking the mayor, then blaming the sheriff for “letting” him do it.

Republican members of Congress attacked the full faith and credit of the United States by arguing publicly that defaulting on our debts would not be so bad. No rating agency can hear that and remain confident America feels bound and determined to pay its bills.

When every serious GOP economist and most every Republican who has carefully investigated the issue – from Sen. Tom Coburn to former Sen. Alan Simpson – conclude that both spending cuts and revenue increases are required to restore our fiscal heath, but Republican leaders announce they will refuse to appoint anyone to the supercommittee who might even consider eliminating billions in subsidies to oil companies, they not only subordinate the national interest to the interests of Big Oil, they also send an unmistakable message to rating agencies that they aren’t serious about restoring fiscal discipline, thereby mugging America’s credit rating. Then they attack President Obama for what – allowing them to speak freely, if foolishly?

… “Tea Party” is becoming a dirty word …. Republicans running for every office from president to dog catcher are forced to pledge fealty to a group that is increasingly scorned by the American people.

The same could be said of the GOP itself. Just this week CNN/ORC pollsters found 59 percent of Americans harboring unfavorable views of the Republican Party, while only 33 percent offered favorable opinions. At no point in the last two decades has opinion of the Republican Party been so negative …. (While hardly loved, Democrats are 26 points better off than the GOP.)

…. Americans want compromise and moderation, while Republicans emerge from this crisis looking uncompromising in their extremism. Public preference for compromise is clear – three recent polls found 66 percent to 85 percent saying they would rather the parties compromise than stick to their principles.

But the GOP failed this test … Being uncompromising, extreme and in thrall to a movement that is becoming a pariah will hurt the GOP. Unfortunately, it hurts the country even more.

Full article here



15 Responses to “‘burned on a teacup’”

  1. 1 StR
    August 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Fox was pushing the idea that a default wouldn’t be so bad non-stop. I wish somebody would point out that fact other than Media Matters. Now they’re out blaming the President for the downgrade as well, pretending their pushing to default never happened.

    Same with Boehner claiming he got 98% of what he wanted, but now it’s President Obama’s fault for not driving a harder bargain against him? Or is it the two percent Boehner didn’t get that caused the downgrade? Boehner’s newest spin attempt is that the Ryan Budget if passed would have kept the AAA rating. Yeah pillage seniors and the poor so you can give further tax breaks to the rich and keep your AAA rating.

    • 2 Ladyhawke
      August 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Speaker Boeyner is a liar pure and simple. I just don’t know how President Obama can deal with someone this dishonest. He is devious and lacks a moral compass. One thing about the Republican Party they will never take responsibility for their actions but they are always trying to take credit when they don’t deserve it.

      9/11 was President Clinton’s fault even though it happened during the President George W. Bush administration.

      President Obama spearheaded the plan to capture OBL but they say the credit should go to President George W. Bush and his administration.

      ——————–This is just breathtaking hypocrisy——————–

      Boehner Claims S&P Downgrade Happened Because Democrats Blocked The GOP’s Attempt To Eliminate Medicare


      • August 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        Ladyhawke, Thanks for speaking the truth. Up is down and down is up for these fools. Manipulative, depraved people, that is what they are.

      • 4 Brian
        August 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        What is especially ironic in Boner’s hypocrisy is the fact that all the countries now that still have a triple A rating have one thing in common: socialized medicine.

        • 5 criquet
          August 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

          We have to stop buying into this . Only one rating agency downgraded America’s debt. It is still at AAA for the others.

          The MSM and Republicans are spinning it is everyone. The markets and investors are still putting their money in Us Treasuries so S& P have been spurned.

          Everytime we talk about this let’s make sure we make the point to say the S&P Teaparty downgrade.

      • 6 Sue in Minnesota
        August 11, 2011 at 12:27 am

        After putting America through such torment, I think his lies are now more transparent then ever. I don’t think he is going to be able to unspill the milk, and these particular lies are only going to make clear that he is a liar. If I were him I’ld shut my mouth . But Republicans never met a lie they wouldn’t peddle.

  2. August 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Okay…has the public FINALLY figured out how radical the GOP is, even though the media continues to carry their water? .Has it FINALLY happened?
    They continue to do their damage though. How do we stop them until we can vote them out?

    • 8 Sue in Minnesota
      August 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Now we have to make a solid connection between the MSM and the Republican party. Encourage people to find other reliable news sources, and quit enabling the liars and propogandists.

      • 9 nathkatun7
        August 11, 2011 at 12:05 am

        Well said Sue in Minnesota! Relying on the MSM stenographers is what is enabling Republicans to push through their idiotic agenda. People really do need alternative sources of news that are reliable.

  3. August 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    earlier I tweeted that all of the attacks these two days on POTUS are due to the fact that polls released showed him beating all republicans, generic and otherwise-= which is why the media (talking to you Chris lying Matthews) is all over attacking him with lies.. now I’m thinking add these polls to that mix and it explains far clearer in my opinion.. the fact that: 59 percent of Americans harbor unfavorable views of the Republican Party, while only 33 percent offered favorable opinions… for the lowest in many years.

    to me it explains this over inflated smarmy attack from the likes of Matthews colluding with the likes of Politico and Romney.. the GOP is SCARED. And they rightly better be. Now as to the tea party- I fully expect a gasp or two from them on Sept 12th- isn’t that their big ‘party’ day?

    • August 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      sherijr, That lying sack of stupidity needs to be punished. I suggest that we hit his site several times a day and make sure that turd totally understands that we are angry. Let’s make sure that is not just a couple of complaints, but let’s bombard them with emails. Enough emails that they cannot simply ignore.

    • 13 Sue in Minnesota
      August 11, 2011 at 12:56 am

      I was discussing the amped up insolent rhetoric and lies to my brother, he thinks it’s largely due to Republican desperation, generated fbecause of the lack of credible Republican challengers to Barack Obama. I think this is partially true, but only part of the larger picture.

      It did help me to relax a bit. I think pushing back is a must, I don’t think lies should be tolerated from the media or our politicians. Period. And the same goes for deraugatory, demeaning and racist content. It will be up to us to let them know we refuse to tolerate such disrespect.

      I think basically these political opinion shows are bullshit, I can formulate my own opinions, but sound opinions depend on good information. Our MSM is not the source for that.

  4. 14 utaustinliberal
    August 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Mark Mellman called it riight. Thank you so much Chips for highlighting this article. The GOP will bring about their political downfall with this super committee debt talks that are going to happen later in the year with their intransigence, stubborness, lack of fairness, equity, justice, and fairplay to Americans who don’t have a bazillion zeros behind their names.

  5. 15 FTL
    August 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I agree that they are just bringing themselves down. I do believe we have to fight their lies but it is funny to see how stupid they are. We have to get rid of them because anyone who would do the things they do and say the things they say and believe the things they believe have to be totally insane!

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