Obama vs. Rush

A few years ago I was taking a media relations class at my university. It was in the first few weeks of the Obama presidency, you know, the time before we as a nation became absolutely unhinged and it became acceptable to call people Nazis.

2009 seems so far away.

Anyway, one of the assignments was to be “interviewed” by our instructor on a topic of our choosing, something that was in the news that week. It was around this time that Rush Limbaugh was proudly proclaiming that he hoped President Obama would fail. It was a stupid comment then and it’s even more stupider-er three years later.

So my topic was that the Obama administration should ignore Rush Limbaugh. My teacher “interviewed” me in front of the class and he was amused by my answers, which was that Obama should ignore Rush’s rantings because he’s an irrelevant gasbag who doesn’t speak for the majority of Americans. His job is to be controversial and provocative; not to provide any sort of rational discourse to the American mainstream.

Three years later, I still think they should kind of, sort of ignore Limbaugh’s insanity. When Limbaugh says something outrageous that isn’t designed to be mean-spirited towards a private citizen, I think the proper action would be for President Obama to tweak him. Make fun of him.

But on this I absolutely agree with the president. Call attention to this bullshit and put an end to it now:

“All decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse,” Obama said. “We want to send a message to all our young people being part of the democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate. We want you to be engaged. And there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted. Particularly when you’re a private citizen.”

Of course, the genie is now out of the bottle and conservatives have been falling all over themselves to call Sandra Fluke a variation of “slut” as they act out their id all over the media. But reasonable people will look at the president’s measured response and appreciate him sticking up for this girl. Mean-spirited dickholes who idolize Limbaugh will no doubt find something to fume about, but that’s the nature of the beast.

Well done, Mr. President.

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Mitt Romney is going to do something about these pesky student loans:

“It would be popular for me to stand up and say I’m going to give you government money to pay for your college, but I’m not going to promise that,” he said, to sustained applause from the crowd at a high-tech metals assembly factory here. “Don’t just go to one that has the highest price. Go to one that has a little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that. And don’t expect the government to forgive the debt that you take on.”

Mitt Romney is right — hey, if you can’t get money on your own to go to college and  figure it on your own, dickwad. 

We continue to circle the drain. Policies so beloved that any politician who publicly ran them down was seen as a fringe candidate. Now we have the frontrunner telling people not to look to government loans — the most secure and stable student loans — to continue their education.

Because after all, you could just get a job shining Mitt Romney shoes.

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While We’re Distracted…

This is happening.

CHICAGO — Attorney General Eric Holder Monday presented the Obama administration’s most detailed justification for armed drone strikes against Al Qaeda leaders, arguing that the U.S. government doesn’t legally need judicial review to kill terrorist operatives overseas — even when those individuals are American citizens.

“It’s clear that United States citizenship alone does not make such individuals immune from being targeted. But it does mean that the government must take into account all relevant constitutional considerations with respect to United States citizens – even those who are leading efforts to kill innocent Americans,” Holder said in a speech delivered at Northwestern University School of Law.

Very, very discouraging, and downright frightening.

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Makes Sense

Rush is losing advertisers because he called a girl a “slut” and told her to post a sex tape, so he says it’s the Democrats fault and they are trying to scare people about the Republican party.

You’re doing a good enough job of that on your own, pal.

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Real Headlines at POLITICO

“Newt goes on the attack”

Oh, is he running for something?

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Red Rover, Red Rover, Throw Grover Right Over

I watched the Grover Norquist piece on “The Daily Show” a couple nights ago, and suffice to say, I am thoroughly terrified of him.

Maybe it’s the creepy beard or the pitch of his voice sounding similar to that toe-sucker

Dick Morris’, but he is a very dangerous person to the health of our country.

Norquist said that he came up with his tax pledge when he was in seventh grade. I’m not sure what the typical 12-year-old is doing these days, but pondering effective tax rates is probably not near the top of the list. Geez, when I was 12 I was excited about boobs. You know, like most normal 12-year-old boys.

Norquist, though, is seeped in a Randian world where the lucky duckies have been mooching off Mitt Romney’s tit for way too long. I suppose this is what happens when you grow up living a privileged life in Massachusetts, taught that you’re only as good as the money you have.

I think when discussing Norquist it’s important to remember that he’s not an actual “producer.” Norquist is a powerful Washington lobbyist, which means his money comes from producing propaganda. Where in Ayn Rand’s world does Norquist fit in? He has an MBA, but he’s never run a business that makes something. Maybe I’m the only one who sees the hilarity in this, but when he’s out there stumping to get grandma off Medicare, why do some of these intrepid reporters not bother asking “hey, what exactly are you doing for America?”

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Joe Manchin Is The Worst

I know Democrats are supposed to be thankful for Joe Manchin in the senate, but I can’t think of a worse guy to have on your team.

Adding to his already repugnant record, Manchin voted to allow employers to impose their religious beliefs on women today, aka Blunt-Rubio.

Manchin should join Heath Shuler on the bench.

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