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The farce of John Boehner

Boehner-Job

These were the words of the second in line to the Presidency as the deadline for the sequester neared: “We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.”

In a situation which bordered on the surreal, where draconian cuts—which were never intended to come into effect—were, in fact, set to come into effect, Speaker of the House John Boehner, weighted down with the stress of the moment, had what could only be described as a public political psychotic break.

Faced with the pressure of a self-inflicted doomsday deadline—because, don’t forget, the Republican-controlled House voted for the sequester as a mechanism to force a compromise on spending and taxes—and faced with a caucus which increasingly didn’t listen to him, he blamed the Senate for failing to act on two bills passed in the House to avoid the sequester.

Of course, he failed to mention certain salient facts. Firstly, the bills passed in the House were never going to pass the Democratically controlled Senate, and certainly never going to survive a presidential veto. Secondly, and more importantly, those “fixes” were passed in the previous Congress. They were dead letters, as pertinent to the realities of the new Congress as flat-earth theory to modern astrophysics. Mr. Boehner was putting forth a position which he should have known, as Speaker of the House, had no bearing on the current situation. The Senate had to pass the Violence Against Women Act again in the new session because the bill it passed in the previous Congress lapsed due to inaction by the GOP-led House. Not only wouldn’t the Senate pass the House bill on avoiding sequester; it couldn’t; the bills had expired, and new legislation was needed. And, thirdly, all spending bills have to pass the House first. The idea that it was incumbent upon the Senate to do the House’s work for it is something new in American politics. One branch of the legislature has, seemingly, abdicated all responsibility for legislating, merely waiting for the other body to take all the work upon itself.

It’s little secret that Mr. Boehner wished to possess the Speaker’s gavel as he rose in the ranks of Republican leadership, surviving the infighting and occasional purges. A man who came out relatively unscathed from the Tom Delay era had reason to think that bigger things were ahead of him. And in 2010, due to a hissy fit on the part of too many Democrats and “independents”, Mr. Boehner was handed the culmination of his dreams. He would, finally, ascend to the summit of his vision, the Speakership of the House of Representatives.

There was still the inconvenient fact that Barack Obama was President, and that, despite a climate which should have made a Republican takeover of the Senate a sure thing, the GOP base elected candidates which were unelectable in general elections. The Democrats were able to maintain a slim majority in the Senate. The result was a desultory stalemate, pointing to the great battle of 2012.

Surely, with an economy which wasn’t performing optimally, and a Senate battleground map which favored the GOP, a Republican sweep was in the offing. All they had to do was to avoid offending anyone.

But the problem with the modern GOP is that it’s constituted to offend nearly anyone not part of its base. From Todd Akin’s comments on rape to Mitt Romney’s comments on the “47%”, the GOP inflicted upon itself wound upon wound. And its Obama Derangement Syndrome blinded it to the fact that Barack Obama was head and shoulders above its own flawed candidate for President. As in 2010, base Republican voters nominated candidates for Senate who had no chance of winning in a statewide election. Democrats not only held on to their majority in the Senate, but expanded it. And the GOP margin in the House decreased by seven seats. The only reason Republicans held onto control of the House was through gerrymandering; Democrats won the popular vote for the House by more than a million votes. The last election was, all in all, a clear repudiation of Republican ideology.

Poor John Boehner. He kept his great attainment, but it was an empty chalice. He was, if anything, stripped of power. He knows that gerrymandering will work for only so long; the 2014 elections, with the active participation of President Obama’s OFA, are starting to shape up as a replay of 2006. His nemesis was re-elected in authoritative fashion, and his own caucus is fracturing between the plutocratic-but-somewhat-sane faction and the libertarian, Tea Party true believers. Three times in the past three months Mr. Boehner has had to jettison the revered “Hastert Rule”, where a bill could be moved in a GOP House only if it had the assent of the majority of the majority. Nothing of import can move in the House without Nancy Pelosi’s assent, a fact which sticks a dagger further into Mr. Boehner’s heart.

Why did Mr. Boehner pursue the Speakership so doggedly for so many years? Was it just something he felt was owed to him? He’s not very good at his job; his main purpose—to take care of the people who bankroll the Republican Party—is stymied by the Usurper in the White House, who has expertly detailed to the voters exactly for whom the Republicans work. Republican self-identification is at an all time low—an amazing fact, considering all the vitriol aimed at President Obama and the Democrats by the right wing media. The Republican message is dying, and John Boehner is woefully placed to resuscitate it.

The tragedy of John Boehner is that he’s overmatched for the times. He’s playing a role for which he is unprepared. He was counting on a Republican president and a Republican Senate so that he wouldn’t have to do much work. He’s still not doing much work, but now that fact is out in the open, without the cover of the White House and Senate. He’s a farcical character, directing expletives at the Senate, when he has no control over the body he supposedly runs. The problem is that he may not realize that he’s a farce, and can still do some real damage as he attempts to save face; all he cares for is that he not look the fool; but in his attempts to appear relevant, he merely exposes his irrelevancy, meanwhile doing real damage to the country. The sooner he’s sent off to a comfortable retirement, the better for the Republic.


144 Responses to “The farce of John Boehner”


  1. March 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    No, I couldn’t be this lucky.

  2. 11 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    “He’s playing a role for which he is unprepared.” – THIS!

  3. March 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I won!!!!! Last post before new thread immediately starts………….Repost:

  4. 13 japa21
    March 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Great post LL. It became apparent within a week of his taking the gavel from Nancy that he was not up to the job.

  5. March 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    And a new one!

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      March 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      That’s pretty freaking sweet.

      • March 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        Most under reported accomplishment of this admin UT, I have read study after study that show this will lower somewhere close to 1.5 trillion barrels of oil over next 20 years…. More effective than any watered down B.S. that would come out of congress, that could always be re-wrote. This cant, autos have bought in, part to comply w/ Cali regs and more important to European competition and their pollution standards as well.

  6. 18 japa21
    March 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  7. 19 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    New HBO Documentary Reveals Americans Left Out in the Cold
    http://www.americanwinterfilm.com/

    AMERICAN WINTER is a timely documentary that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Filmed over the winter of 2011-12, the film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families. It reveals the human consequences of cuts to social services, the decline of the middle class, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

    AMERICAN WINTER is produced and directed by Emmy® Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, creators of HBO’s Taxicab Confessions.

  8. March 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    LL, I’m sure you spit some serious knowledge, but I am just at my 10 a.m. tweets in my timeline….. So I am going to say great post ahead of time and read it an a bit (your lyrical acuity precedes you). BTW did you see my response about Notifications from the last thread? That option works 24/7, let me know if you have any questions. Congrats again!

  9. 24 hopefruit2
    March 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Spot on article on Boehner. Like Willard, he thought this was going to be cakewalk. McConnell would be Senate Majority Leader; PBO would’ve been a one-termer, and President Romney would be just signing whatever crap was handed to him by McConnell and Boehner. Reality didn’t turn out that way . Bravo, LL for your excellent commentary 🙂

  10. March 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Does anyone use a Mac as their main computer and do you like it? Is it worth the extra money?

    • 26 hopefruit2
      March 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      I think UT does – not 100% sure though.

      • March 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Hope she sees my post. 😉 So many decisions!

        • 28 cookemom
          March 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

          check with Meta and amk. they are experts on the MAC.

          • March 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

            Well, amk is an “expert” in the sense that he hates Apple.

            • 30 cookemom
              March 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

              well, i say, is there anything amk approves of. If it ain’t wimmin, it’s the MAC. smh

              btw, wonderful post, a fabulous job by one of the great designated hitters on team TOD!

            • 31 amk for obama
              March 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

              Well, its not that I ‘hate’ hate the product – it’s one of the best in business – it’s their redenculous pricing (easy 150 to 300% mark-up) that bugs me.

              For an average user, most of its bells & whistles remain silent.

              One time they were pretentious with their minimalist looks (lack of ports) and their “the bestest OS” syndrome. Then the “markets” stepped in and now they are forced to offer what their buyers (read bidness peeps) want (more ports and bow to the M$ evil empire)

              Still redencluous pricing though.

        • 33 utaustinliberal
          March 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

          Hiya Carol, I use a MacBook Pro and it is the best investment I have ever made. There is no computer comparable to the Mac. None at all. It is the best in the computer industry. I’ve used a PC before, so I have the benefit of dual experience. Apple is the best in terms of computers and laptops.

          There are so many things you can do with a Mac. It’s breathtaking. One would think that with its plethora of functions, it would be difficult to operate, but it’s pretty easy. The set up is easy, it protects you from viruses, they send out regular updates and all you have to do is click and you have all their updates in a jiffy. You don’t have to buy or install any virus protection program. Apple takes care of everything for you.

          If you don’t want to spend the money for a MacBook Pro, then a Macbook would be the way to go. It’s stronger, faster, easier to use than a PC. Has a great screen with great visibility and clarity.

          If you have any more questions, just shoot me a response. 😀

          • 34 hopefruit2
            March 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

            That’s very useful info you provided. Will have to consider the Macs as options from now on. Thanks UT 🙂

          • March 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

            What UTAL said. If someone was offering me a PC, with all the bells and whistlie programs etc etc etc, I would walk on by.

          • 36 99ts
            March 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

            Windows 7 onwards is exactly the same in terms of updates and virus safety. For anyone who is not serious computer savvy (me for one) – changing platforms is not usually so easy. Going from XP to windows 7 was quite a change for me. Friend of mine traded up to a mac & we both like the concept – but he still has “issues” with some things he used to be able to do. Many of his programs (mainly genealogy – as this is our joint love) don’t work on the mac. So anyone changing from windows to mac or vice versa needs to think about it & look at all the issues.

    • March 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Love the lap top but I really miss the microsoft programs. Big change after 20 years on a PC. Mac is faster safer and has a great screen.

      • March 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        I was looking at their site and they offer Microsoft Word, etc. it’s called Microsoft Office for Mac.

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        March 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        You can purchase Microsoft Office from the App store. I use a MacBook Pro and I have Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook and all that jazz.

        • 41 taiping1
          March 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

          Also iCloud keeps your information accessaible to all your devices. I have iPad, iPad mini. IPhone, MacAir and use them interchangeably. Like that I never have to read an instruction book, virus-free, and FAST. I use PC at work and hate it.

          • March 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

            Thanks for your input. I need to convince honey. He’ll be home tonight. He bought $100 helicopter, guess I can spend extra to get the best computer! 😉 He’s visiting his mother in Sioux Falls.

    • 43 nathkatun7
      March 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      CarolMay, I have the lower-end I-Mac which works great for me. I certainly prefer it over the PC in my office at work. But then again I am not technologically savvy to offer an opinion about whether it’s worthy the extra money. I just find it more easier to use. This is my second Mac and I have never once had any virus issues. Most of my buddies who are more tech savvy, and have more powerful Macs, are absolutely convinced that their Macs are worth the extra money they paid for them.

  11. 48 hopefruit2
    March 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    LOL!

    And the responses to the tweet are equally hilarious 🙂

  12. March 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    LL, rushing to a meeting and will can’t wait to be done and have time to read your latest essay. Thank you for the new thread ….

    LH & Dudette alerted us to just how scary stupid #RomneyShambles is in the previous thread, toward the bottom … my little contribution to that dialogue …

    bbl

    #FORWARD

  13. 51 japa21
    March 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  14. March 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I feel that amk (for obama) is using my name in vain too much.

    Perhaps we can stone him (fade in the appropriate “Life of Brain” scene ….

  15. 55 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Off-topic [Former] Presidential sports moment:

    Louisville players rage in locker room with Bill Clinton after beating Villanova [Photo]
    http://bit.ly/ZWgjOA

    “…The locker room fun actually capped an extremely emotional day for [Louisville’s Russ] Smith, who learned only hours before taking the court that his high school coach, the legendary Jack Curran, died at age 83 on Thursday. Playing in Curran’s honor, Smith led the Cardinals with 28 points. But after a day of tears, he finished the night sharing cheers with Arkansas’ most well-known fan.”

  16. 56 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Paul Ryan’s Budget Mocked As ‘Hocus Pocus’ By Democrats

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/paul-ryan-budget_n_2875474.html

    • 58 nathkatun7
      March 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Absolutely fascinating stuff. Thank you so much, Susanne, for sharing the Article. This is a must read article!

  17. March 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Get ready for St. Party’s day AMK!

  18. 63 donna dem 4 obama
    March 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Jay Carney to a Fox News Host
    “If you did a little reporting” hahahahaha….Ya gotta love Jay

    [video src="http://buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com/video/2013/03/15/roll-380x214.mp4" /]

    • 64 LDS
      March 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Donna, he sure did SLAP her down real quick and fast!
      She looked liked and probably felt like a complete fool when he inferred that Military kids were also invited to the Easter Egg Roll at the WH.
      She thought she had “Fox” which turned out to be another “Faux” moment….(same shit, if you ask me)
      Why these people do not research facts is beyond me? How can you call this reporting?
      Do they know how this would look on their résumé once they leave that cesspool?

  19. March 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Your tax dollars at work……..

  20. 67 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  21. 68 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm

  22. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    March 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Lawd Have Mercy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CPAC Event On Racial Tolerance Turns To Chaos As ‘Disenfranchised’ Whites Arrive

    A CPAC session sponsored by Tea Party Patriots and billed as a primer on teaching activists how to court black voters devolved into a shouting match as some attendees demanded justice for white voters and others shouted down a black woman who reacted in horror.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/tea-party-event-on-racial-tolerance-turns-to-chaos-as-white-supremacists-arrive.php

    • 70 donna dem 4 obama
      March 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Please let there be video of this. I want that sucker to go viral!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 71 Dudette
        March 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Scroll down. Whoop, there it is!

        • 73 nathkatun7
          March 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

          I am sorry to say, but I reject the desecration of the legacy of Frederick Douglass, one of the greatest African American freedom fighters. There is absolutely no way that Frederick Douglass, who fought so hard and for so long for the abolition of slavery and for citizenship and the right to vote for African Americans, would have endorsed the current teabag dominated Republican party that’s inundated with White Supremacists. Something is terribly wrong with the mentality of these conservative Black Republicans who are grasping at straws in order to make their membership in a racist party palatable. Just because Frederick Douglass was a Republican, at the time when the Republican party supported Black rights, does not mean that Frederick Douglass would be supportive of the current Republican party populated by racists, many of whom were former Democrats. For Black Republicans to fail to recognize that the political parties have changed from what they were before the Jim Crow period is either a result of pure ignorance or total, denial or delusion!

    • 74 Dudette
      March 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Ha! I posted the tweet below before I saw your post! 🙂

    • 75 hopefruit2
      March 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      HA! Let it go viral indeed. They’re reaping what they’ve sown. Karma…..

  23. 76 Bill
    March 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    LL, great essay. You nailed Boner as well as anyone I have seen.

  24. March 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    For the obsessed wemmen as AMK would say….Dudette I’m looking at you!

    • 79 Dudette
      March 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Whatchu talkin’ ’bout LP? Last thing I’m obsessed with is FLOTUS’ hair. Oh I do love her, but I could care less how she chooses to wear her hair. She’s beautiful with bangs, without them… with sleeves, without ’em. Stylish, classy, warm, smart, purposeful. She’s got it going on. I admirer her immensely, but obsessed with her? Nah, not me.

      Now her husband on the other hand… you could say there’s a teensy bit of obsession there. 😀

      And, yes, I do like this article. Way to go J. Wright!

      • March 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        My next rise and shine will consist entirely of PBO in the rain, for this devastating mistake……BTW was not trying to imply anything, just poking fun…..but you know that..

  25. 81 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

  26. 90 hopefruit2
    March 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Here’s a fun BBC clip on Bo! The Brits love our First Dog 🙂

  27. 100 Dudette
    March 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    • 101 4morefor44
      March 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      perfect. spread that far and wide to everyone you know. they guy is just speaking the truth of the modern day republican party. that’s right, buddy, your voice needs to be heard more and more without the media covering it up for you, and we’ll keep spreading your message for you. then the people can decide for themselves which vision of america they want.

    • 102 Vicki
      March 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Can any person actually be that ignorant and cruel? Strap this guy into a chair and loop Django Unchained for 8 hours.

      • 103 yardarm756
        March 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        Sure there are. They’re all around us and they believe we would be happier picking cotton and waiting on them.

    • 104 cman
      March 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      So one should let that douche bag know black had food and shelter before they were dragged into ships and sent to the other side of the world as slaves. ijit.

  28. March 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    So, today’s events at CPAC are what John Boehner both has to contend with and is unable to control. They ginned up the crazy to turn out the vote for the traditionally low vote midterms. Now the crazy won’t go home. Whether they like it or not this is the face of conservatism. Own it, or do something to change it, but don’t give me crocodile tears.

    • 106 hopefruit2
      March 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      And now Portman’s son is under attack by those same crazies that Portman himself supported and enabled in their hate & bigotry just a few short months ago….

    • 107 cookemom
      March 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Blame Reagan, he started it.

    • 108 prettyfoot58
      March 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      THISSSSSSSSSSSSSS……..

    • 109 99ts
      March 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      The crazy are winning 2014 for the democrats – hopefully the latter will then implode with their stockpiles of weapons..

    • 110 nathkatun7
      March 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      “Whether they like it or not this is the face of conservatism. Own it, or do something to change it, but don’t give me crocodile tears.”

      That’s the absolute TRUTH, LL! Even Black conservatives, who tried so hard, could not contain the crazies! More importantly, thank you so much for the excellent essay on John Boehner. It’s was absolutely spot-on.

  29. 111 prettyfoot58
    March 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Awsome post LL…

    your statement….

    The only reason Republicans held onto control of the House was through gerrymandering; Democrats won the popular vote for the House by more than a million votes.

    ***************************************

    How do we overcome this obstacle of gerrymandered districts???…we casted more than a million more votes….yet we still have a GOP controlled House….
    i think that we have to start by building “common sense” coalitions in those gerrymandered districts…we have to find common ground…be it on Health Care…JOBs…infrastructure…education….

    the same as PBO attempts to do…

    • March 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Well, the problem is that when we don’t vote, we lose state legislatures in blue states, which then get to draw the districts. As I said in my last post, every election matters. If we turn out, we win. Now it’ll be tougher because of the gerrymandering, but still doable.

  30. March 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    • 115 prettyfoot58
      March 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      why are the criticism of Portman…we all can be faced with a moment of truth when it comes to our children…for some parents…there will never be an acceptance…

      • March 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        I think the main criticism is that like most GOPers, they dont find these type of issues very concerning until it hits them on their door step. I personally have no problem w/ his change of heart. If we want to change laws statewide and federally, then having people like Portman bringing the opposition along is essential. This is also Ohio specific Prettyfoot, alot of D’s will never forget the anti-gay ballot initiative that Karl Rove and Ken Mellman(who is gay) Campaign chair in the 04 election put in, will be hard to forget.Ohio cost Kerry the election,Portman was OMB director in the Bush admin….

        • 117 prettyfoot58
          March 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          yessssss…i can understand that…but like most things…you perspective is colored based on where you sit…and now Portman stands with his son,,,who is gay…

          • March 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

            I think were both on the same wavelength, Its just hard for some to reconcile doing things for political advantage until it comes to your own family.

            • March 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

              I was trying to craft a response, and you nailed it on the head. I’m glad that Sen. Portman is standing by his son. But until he was confronted with the reality of a gay family member, he was fine with the GOP stance on gay rights. Part of being a leader is empathizing with people who are not like you, getting into their skin, understanding their concerns and fears. All too often with Republicans, when they finally do the right thing it’s only because suddenly it affects them personally. You shouldn’t have to have your son come out as gay for you to realize that gay men and women are human beings and deserving of dignity.

              • 120 nathkatun7
                March 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

                “You shouldn’t have to have your son come out as gay for you to realize that gay men and women are human beings and deserving of dignity.”

                Well said, LL! This is exactly why President Obama and Vice President Biden are so different from Dick Cheney and Rob Portman. They changed their position on gay marriage because they “empathized” with people who were not like them and not because members of their immediate family were gay. While it’s commendable that Rob Portman now supports treating gays as equal human beings with the same rights as non gays, It’s doubtful that he would have changed his position on gay rights if his son was not gay. PBO and VP Biden based their change of heart because they “empathized” with gay people. Let’s hope that Portman’s change of heart about gay rights is a result of genuine “empathy” and not just about the fact that his son is gay.

  31. 121 prettyfoot58
    March 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

  32. 122 prettyfoot58
    March 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  33. 123 prettyfoot58
    March 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

  34. 124 overseasgranny
    March 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Very nice writing, Lib Lib. Just turned [shudder] Faux News on in time to hear Ms. Lindsay announce they want to destroy Hillary over Benghazi. Most days now I am speechless over US politics. I keep thinking it really can’t get more bizarre, and then it does.
    Happy St. Pat’s everyone!

  35. 125 prettyfoot58
    March 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

  36. 126 cookemom
    March 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    So the biggest shindig of the year is the meeting of the Crabby Piss Ant Crazies (CPAC) and their keynote speakers are losers, Romney, Ryan, and Palin. What a gathering, smh.

  37. March 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Ok all, I have a new thread ready to go in about 90 minutes, which won’t be at all serious.

  38. 132 CEB
    March 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    The TOD team 2 (LL, AMK, UT and Lovelyplains) is outstanding.

    That is all.

  39. 133 Nena20409
    March 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Truly, what a group of people? So deliciously normal, kind, lovely, and supportive of one another.

    I Love YOU TODers. Wow.

  40. 134 Nena20409
    March 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Enjoy 😉

  41. March 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  42. 136 Nena20409
    March 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    My late dad loved Dean Martin and Que Cera cera, and she is still alive. Doris Day

    That put a smile to my face today:

  43. 138 99ts
    March 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve been so busy this past week – so not keeping up with the threads – or the news – but just caught this on TPM
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/tea-party-event-on-racial-tolerance-turns-to-chaos-as-white-supremacists-arrive.php

    Unbelievable – the poor privileged whites – hard to believe this is acceptable anywhere in the US – silly me – still it ensures the GOP is dying a fast death. They seem to be talking the democrats into a big win in 2014 – after which the implosion will not be pretty.

  44. March 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Great read, LL, thank you very much. Took it on over to my FB page, hoping some of my GOP family will take time to consider it. That is, those who haven’t blocked me! 🙂 Looking forward to being first with Nena on the next offering! 😉

  45. March 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

  46. 142 Ladyhawke
    March 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    FLIMFLAMMIER

    After the Flimflam

    By PAUL KRUGMAN

    ———————————

    Way back in 2010, when everybody in Washington seemed determined to anoint Representative Paul Ryan as the ultimate Serious, Honest Conservative, I pronounced him a flimflam man. Even then, his proposals were obviously fraudulent: huge cuts in aid to the poor, but even bigger tax cuts for the rich, with all the assertions of fiscal responsibility resting on claims that he would raise trillions of dollars by closing tax loopholes (which he refused to specify) and cutting discretionary spending (in ways he refused to specify).

    The good news is that Mr. Ryan’s thoroughly unconvincing policy-wonk act seems, finally, to have worn out its welcome. In 2011, his budget was initially treated with worshipful respect, which faded only slightly as critics pointed out the document’s many absurdities. This time around, quite a few pundits and reporters have greeted his release with the derision it deserves.

    ———————————————–

    Read more here……

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/opinion/krugman-after-the-flimflam.html?_r=0

  47. 143 amk for obama
    March 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    In the honor of upcoming SPD.

    Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was on television with British TV host Anne Diamond when he used the word ‘manyana’. Diamond asked him to explain what it meant.

    He said that the term means “maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day after that. Perhaps next week, next month, or next year. Who cares?”

    The host turned to Irishman Shay Brennan who was also on the show and asked him if there was an equivalent term in Irish.

    “No. In Ireland we don’t have a word to describe that degree of urgency.” replied Brennan.

    ………..

    Mick and Paddy were walking in Covent Garden in London. It was their first week in the capital and they were a bit naïve.
    ‘Lord above Paddy, this is a great city,’ says Mick.

    ‘Why’s that Mick?’ responds Paddy.

    ‘Well, to be sure,’ explains Mick, ‘where else in the world would a complete stranger come up to you, make idle chat, invite you to dinner and then offer you to spend the night at their house?’

    ‘Begorrah, ‘ splutters Paddy, ‘did that happen to you?’

    ‘No,’ says Mick, ‘but it happens to my beautiful sister all the time.

    ………

    Walking into the pub, Patrick said to the bartender,
    “Pour me a stiff one, Sean. I just had another tiff with the little woman.”
    “Oh yeah,” said Sean. “And how did this one end?”
    “Well I’ll tell ya now. When it was over,” Patrick replied, “herself came to me on her hands and knees, she did.”
    “You don’t say? Now that`s a switch! What did she say?”
    She said, “Come out from under that bed, you gutless weasel!


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