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Divided GOP unites in New Orleans against Obama

By Ben Pershing
Divided over Michael Steele and undecided on a 2012 frontrunner, Republicans are nonetheless united this week in New Orleans on the failings of President Obama and the importance of ousting him in two years.

Ron Fournier ledes: "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, called Barack Obama on Thursday 'the most radical president in American history' who oversees a 'secular, socialist machine.' ... Highly charged words, for sure. But that's standard fare at the three-day GOP gathering that is drawing several presidential hopefuls. ... Gingrich has not declared his intentions for 2012, but his appearances in New Orleans had all the trappings of a fledging presidential campaign, from an intimate meeting with tea party activists -- his staff photographer took grip-and-grin pictures of Gingrich posing with every activist -- to his wade-through-the-crowd entrance at the GOP conference, with the thumping beat of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" drawing the crowd to its feet. ... Gingrich offered Republicans an antidote to Democratic accusations that GOP leaders do little more than oppose policies -- the so-called party of no. He said Republicans should underscore the policies they favor -- yes on tax cuts, a lower deficit, fewer regulations and a sensible energy plan." Raise your hand if you actually think Gingrich will actually run for president. The Wall Street Journal says "Gingrich tonight did not deny he is mulling a 2012 presidential bid, but said decision time won't come until early next year. 'In 2011, probably in February, [wife] Calista and I will have to make a decision about whether or not I will run,' he told the 3,500 in attendance at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference here."

The Los Angeles Times writes on the star of Friday's show: "As Republican superstar Sarah Palin puts the finishing touches on her state of the common-sense drive speech for this afternoon's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a new poll emerged showing some improvement in her unfavorable image in the minds of many Americans. ... A new CBS News poll finds that after all the negative press, an impressive 24% (think that'll get Palin-haters going?) of its sample views her favorably. CBS found that a mere 38% view Palin unfavorably, a whopping three-point improvement from her 41% unfavorable rating in January. By comparison, Gallup recently found Reid's unfavorable rating to be 45% and Nancy Pelosi's unfavorable rating to be 54%. So how's that healthcare change working for ya?" The Associated Press previews Palin's appearance at the event Friday, while noting: "At least four possible candidates passed up the event, choosing instead to do their political leg work elsewhere. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who many party insiders consider the front-runner after his failed 2008 candidacy, was in the midst of a book tour. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was on John McCain's 2008 vice presidential short list, was addressing the activists by video so he could welcome home returning troops. Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, was focused on his cable news show. And Sen. John Thune, a rising Republican star, was attending to his South Dakota constituents."

The Wall Street Journal goes to New Hampshire and does its version of the "Romney's dilemma" story: "But as Mr. Romney tours to promote his new book, some people have been posing an uncomfortable question: If he opposes Mr. Obama's health-care policy, why did Mr. Romney shepherd a near-universal health-insurance system into law as governor of Massachusetts? ... The exchanges highlighted the unique political problem facing Mr. Romney as he tries to capitalize on conservative anger over the new health-care law. Like Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney's signature policy achievement was enacting a plan that covers nearly everyone and gives subsidies to some people to help them afford insurance. In three appearances this week in New Hampshire, Mr. Romney attacked the Obama law as a "government takeover" of the health-care system that raises taxes and cuts funding for the Medicare Advantage programs that insure many seniors. By contrast, he said, the Massachusetts plan was a state-level solution, not a federal 'intrusion' on the constitutional guarantees of states' rights." Ben Smith notes an omission: "Five years after President Bush's failed response to a natural disaster in New Orleans deeply damaged his party's credibility and helped sweep them from power, top Republicans speaking to supporters in New Orleans tonight made no mention of Hurricane Katrina."

In case you haven't heard, Michael Steele has been having a rough time of it. But the Washington Post writes: "A few hours after North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer called for RNC chairman Michael Steele to resign, other Republicans were saying just the opposite. ... J.C. Watts said the results of recent elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts and the dollars Steele has raised speak louder than the string of controversies that have surrounded Steele's tenure. ... Another state party chairman, Pat Mullins of Virginia, said much the same. Mullins condemned the RNC's latest controversy -- revelations that the committee spent nearly $2,000 at a sex-themed Hollywood nightclub -- but said he believes Steele's claim that he knew nothing about it." Hotline On Call reports, "In the wake of a member's call for his resignation, RNC chair Michael Steele's allies are calling other committee members rounding up support for a letter expressing support for the embattled chairman." Jill Lawrence has an idea: "Somebody needs to make Michael Steele an offer he can't refuse. I nominate Roger Ailes and Fox News Channel. Fox is already the Republican home away from home, a refuge for has-beens, wannabes, and all who strive to stay relevant. ... Right now the party seems ripe for a rescue and Steele, trying to put bondage-gate and other problems behind him, seems ripe for a TV contract."

Speaking of Republicans, it appears that Florida's governor will remain one. The Fix writes that "Charlie Crist put to rest -- again -- speculation that he is considering running as an independent for the Senate with something very close to a Shermanesque statement released by his campaign Thursday. 'Governor Crist is running for the United States Senate as a Republican,' the statement read. 'He will not run as an Independent or as a No Party Affiliation.'" The Orlando Sentinel says "the statement was the most direct and far-reaching denial that Crist would consider leaving the GOP. Previously, the governor and his campaign had insisted that he was "running as a Republican" but generally stopped short of an iron-clad pledge that he would not entertain other options. The statement came a day after Rubio announced he had raised $3.6 million so far this year - as much as he had raised all of last year. When Crist didn't immediately respond with his contribution numbers for the quarter, most pols figured the governor's totals would be substantially less and the Crist-as-independent speculation increased."

While Republicans plot for 2010 and 2012, President Obama was in Europe being presidential. "U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a treaty to cut their nuclear arsenals in a ceremony that both men said marks a new era of cooperation between the two nations," Bloomberg ledes, adding: "The promise of cooperation by the two leaders comes as Obama pushes the international community to escalate pressure on Iran over its nuclear program and take steps to stop the spread of atomic material that can be used for weapons." The New York Times looks at the challenges that remain: "The celebratory mood in the majestic, gilded hall of Prague Castle masked stubborn divisions on matters like missile defense and European security. Mr. Obama avoided any public criticism of Russia's human rights record. And while they resolved to seek even deeper cuts in nuclear weapons, such an agreement would be much harder to reach than the one they signed Thursday. The overthrow of the government in Kyrgyzstan likewise could quickly test the new bonds proclaimed in Prague given that the two countries have vied for influence there in recent years. As both sides struggled to figure out what the violent uprising would mean, the United States took a cautious approach while Russia embraced the new government and a senior official in Mr. Medvedev's delegation told reporters that Moscow still wanted an American base in Kyrgyzstan closed."

Roll Call reports: "Senate ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is far from assured, with Democrats and Republicans lining up on opposite sides within hours of President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signing the document on Thursday.Leading Democratic and Republican Senators Thursday evening squared off in a joint television interview, with Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) arguing for immediate ratification and Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) expressing several reservations. Ratification of the treaty requires 67 votes, meaning eight Republicans must support it if the Democratic Conference offers the document united backing." AP is more optimistic: "Despite near gridlock in the Senate, Republicans were expected to swing behind a new arms control treaty with Russia that President Barack Obama said they will like, even though some are reserving judgment until Obama can assure them the pact won't set back U.S. defenses against other potential foes such as North Korea and Iran. ... Republicans, however, did not rush to either praise or criticize the treaty. They want Obama to promise it won't undercut the nation's ability to set up missile defenses to protect against an attack from Iran or North Korea. They also want assurances that the agreement will preserve what's known as the 'nuclear triad' -- the nation's ability to deliver nuclear weapons from the air, land and sea."

The forthcoming nuclear summit in Washington hasn't just guaranteed a traffic nightmare in DC. It's also increased tension between the U.S. and Israel. Politico writes: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has abruptly canceled his plans to attend President Barack Obama's nuclear security summit next week, creating an embarrassing distraction on the eve of a high-profile meeting the White House has sought to carefully choreograph. ... Netanyahu's about-face came as the New York Times and Washington Post published accounts suggesting that Obama was considering presenting his own detailed peace proposal to Israel and the Palestinians if the so-called proximity talks the U.S. is trying to conduct fail." The offcial reason for the decision, the Wall Street Journal reports, was that "Netanyahu concluded that some Muslim states were planning on making Israel's nuclear weapons an issue at the conference, according to a person briefed on the Israeli decision. 'The Turks and the Egyptians were going to make it an anti-Israel opportunity,' said the person."

Charles Krauthammer says the administration's nuclear policy "is quite insane. It's like saying that if a terrorist deliberately uses his car to mow down a hundred people waiting at a bus stop, the decision as to whether he gets (a) hanged or (b) 100 hours of community service hinges entirely on whether his car had passed emissions inspections. Apart from being morally bizarre, the Obama policy is strategically loopy. Does anyone believe that North Korea or Iran will be more persuaded to abjure nuclear weapons because they could then carry out a biological or chemical attack on the United States without fear of nuclear retaliation?" David Satter agrees: "After a long and exhausting negotiating process, it seemed that no one wanted to suggest that the treaty was, at best, meaningless and, at worst, an impediment to American strategic planning. But for anyone attuned to nuances, this implication was hard to miss. ... The Obama administration, in celebrating this latest triumph for the "reset" in U.S.-Russian relations, is mistaking illusion for reality. Real improvements in relations result from changes in Russia's internal situation. Despite the pomp in Prague, any progress unrelated to Russian progress on human rights exists largely in the eyes of the beholder."

By Ben Pershing  |  April 9, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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With every word the GOP continues to marginalize itself. Sure, the 19 percenters might believe that Obama is a radical socialist - white middle aged, probably from the south, social conservatives - but the rest of the country, the vast majority of the county, does not. Just because the billionaire Koch family (founders of the John Birch Society and the American Enterprise Institute) is footing the bill for the tea party express doesn't mean that it is a legitimate political movement that will sway the elections in November. In fact quite the opposite. The shrill, sometimes violent rhetoric serves to further divide the electorate and their part of the division is the smallest one.

Posted by: ChicagoSteve | April 11, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm....New Orleans. Ironic isn't it. Almost like returning to the scene of the crime.

The collective IQ of the city of NO dropped substantially this weekend, but it's a lot warmer with all the hot air.

Posted by: JilliB | April 10, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Trublue, Beautifully said, and so very true, and if only those who are stirring the pot of dissent, and hatred for this President would realize it's not just about them. we are all in this together, and to fight because it pleases many Politicians, and our enemies? Is to be a big part of what's causing America to fail. We must stop listening to the lies, and hatred spread by many rogue, and maverick groups, and start supporting America, and Americans as a whole afterall, we are one Nation under God.

Strange, but as I watched, and recorded the Healthcare Reform meetings, and the truth was exposed, and the lies, and distortions were proven by President Obama? It was true that the remarks many kept repeating were lies, misunderstandings, and distortions about this Bill. The remarks being made by the likes of Palin, and those at Faux news were proven to be untruthful, and yet they're those folks that still continue to believe the lies. Why? I suppose it's true if you continue spreading something long enough some folks refuse to believe the truth when the lies are exposed. So I've come to the conclusion that this cannot be anything except for racism among many of the protestors, inciters, and hate mongers, because their behavior proves that's been the case. Actions do speak louder than words sometimes, and this happens to be the case regarding their behavior at many of these rallys.

I was never more ashamed of my government than on the day of the healthcare vote. When many Republicans, and yes a few Democrats stood outside on the balcony, adding fuel to an already angry, and inciteful crowd. NO! John Boehner "Shame on you", and all the yahoos standing on that balcony. You all crossed the line that day in more ways than one. Why didn't you wait until everyone was inside, and then just yell fire, or bomb? How can you politicians not be embarassed by your behavior that day?

Posted by: sheilahowison | April 10, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Universal healthcare will lead to a huge economic boom. People without access to a group plan are paying insurance premiums of $10,000 a year. There are a lot of people who would like to start small businesses but stick with a salaried job just so they can maintain health insurance for themselves and their families. Another group has the small business on the side and the salaried job, but could expand the business by quitting the salaried job and focusing full-time on entrepreneurship. Again, without the worry of paying the exorbitant non-group health insurance rates, they can focus on growing their business. The national multiplier effect will result in countless new jobs.

Posted by: CesarSozei | April 9, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse


From Chait at TNR: "On the subject of Gingrich, here's one thing I don't understand. John Edwards' philandering has made him a public pariah, understandably so. But Gingrich's marital behavior was probably even more disgusting. He cheated on his first wife and told her he wanted a divorce while she was recovering from surgery for cancer. He subsequently cheated on his second wife with a much younger aide. It's fairly amazing how Gingrich has managed to avoid any stigma from this. He's just a conservative "ideas guy.""

Posted by: osullivanc1 | April 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Failure huh?, Obama has set an unprecedented win-streak in congress passing two major legislation bills and just finished a Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia, not to mention keeping us from another depression and has taken out more Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders than the previous administration did in 8 years. He's beat them at their own best game.

The Republicans have.......ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Which one smells like failure to you?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Failure huh?, Obama has set an unprecedented win-streak in congress passing two major legislation bills and just finished a Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia, not to mention keeping us from another depression and has taken out more Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders than the previous administration did in 8 years. He's beat them at their own best game.

The Republicans have.......ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Which one smells like failure to you?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Returning home the evening the news of the Young Eaglets' Nest broke, the RepubliKKKan wannabee was confronted by his angry wife who quickly obtained a confession from her spouse.
"Do you believe this kind of lesbian entwinement cheapens the institution of marriage?" she asked.
"Yes, of course, God doesn't....."
"Well, I have news for you. Your marriage just got anything but cheaper. You are now married to a one-woman economic stimulus package. Fix you own supper, I going shopping."

Posted by: bgreen2224 | April 9, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION OBAMA WHITE HOUSE:

Take Down Extrajudicial "Torture Matrix" Before GOP Blames YOU for Bush-Cheney Atrocities

HOW COVERT U.S. 'OPS' DEAL WITH POLITICAL 'DISSIDENTS?'

VIC LIVINGSTON REPORTS: "Heinous directed energy weapon "no-touch" microwave torture on extrajudicially 'targeted' American citizens."

ATTENTION JOHN BRENNAN / DENNIS BLAIR: READ FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT OF WHAT YOUR PROGRAMS HAVE DONE...

See latest comments:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

IF YOU ARE AWARE AND DO NOTHING, YOU ARE COMPLICIT.

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 9, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Although I do wish the Repubs. continued success in their failure I also wish a lovely good morning to one and all. Come November, vote Democrat!

Posted by: hoser3 | April 9, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I pray for a Palin/Bachman ticket

Posted by: jfern03 | April 9, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The republicans, what do they stand for?

Racism

No regulation Financial Services
(so you can continue to be enslaved to economic bondage)

Military Jingoism

Eliminating all nuclear (NUCULAR) weapons...by using them up

Posted by: jfern03 | April 9, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers and neocons are only unified in their hatred of an effective Democratic administration. Otherwise the blue-collar workers who lost their jobs have nothing in common with the noblesse oblige like Gingrich and Cheney who sent their jobs to China and thier sons overseas to die in unfounded wars.

Posted by: wd1214 | April 9, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Folks, there is a reason Newt has been out of the news for more than a decade. Because he left Congress with his tail between his legs, amid more scandal than Tom Delay or Mark Foley had combined between them.

This "moral majority bible thumper" is a thrice married adulter, armchair general draft dodger, who was the first Speaker of the House to ever be sanctioned for ethics violations (and had to pay $300K in fines because of it)

He was finally forced out of Congress by his fellow Republicans, as an embarrassment to large to deal with.

This all happened in the late 90's and is readily accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

The man is the only person on the current political stage "less" likely than Palin to be elected, but please, by all means let him run. His second downfall in ~13 years will be fun to watch.

Posted by: Nosh1 | April 9, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

So, the Republicans are against President Obama.

What are they FOR?

Posted by: janye1 | April 9, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

GOP is only united in obstruction..15 months with nothing done for the people who pay their freight! I would like to call this racist but am afraid it is just plain stupidity!

You can smell their fear! to be pitied...

Posted by: jetlone | April 9, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh the wonderful legacy of SIR NEWT of GINGRICH (ie Mr. Family Values and COntract for America)

Adulterer
Draft Dodger
Housing bank scandal
Mr. GOPAC SLEASEBALL (using tax-payer subsidized donations for his personal and political purposes)
Pressing wife for divorce while in hospital
Dead Beat DAD who refused to pay child support until taken to court

Shall we go on

Posted by: racerdoc | April 9, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me but is a united Republican Party bent on demeaning the Obama Presidency through any means and derailing all bills sponsored under a Democrat majority no matter the merit, be considered a seditious act? The "not backing our President is unpatriotic," quoted often by the Republicans apologist during the Bush Presidency seems to have been twisted into "backing our president is unpatriotic.
I am starting to agree with the view that Washington is the problem. and it's caused by not enough civic minded conservative politicians and way too many self serving Republicans bent on winning political races at the detriment of the American People.
The Tea Party may think they are being patriotic by voicing their American right of dissent but real Patriotism is working for the good of America and ALL it’s people even in the face of the fear mongers and the publics prejudices.

Posted by: TruBlu2 | April 9, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich appears to be convinced that there is a majority of folks out there who think what he's selling is the answer. Let's watch.......

Posted by: swatkins1 | April 9, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Reading the words "Republicans are united in New Orleans on the failings of President Obama" made me throw up in my mouth a little. Repubicans and New Orleans are the Oxford dictionary definition of the word "Failure". Their brazenness of coming to the city famously ignored by Bush after Katrina, and trying to capitalize on the perceived failures of someone else....just astounding. Breathtaking hubris.

Posted by: swatkins1 | April 9, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

And now we can hear Palin and the other GOP mental midgets rant about Obama nominating an activist marxist communist progressive liberal to the Supreme Court.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 9, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish that someone from amongst the plethora of luminaries in the leaderless GOP would remind me of that which has changed so radically since they last held power.

P.S. Please don't let facts or reality influence your response.

Posted by: rbrent516 | April 9, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

DavidH3 wrote:

The GOP has been playing the nuclear option since before Obama took office, totally united in being obstructionist in a mindless way.
===================================

David: Just so you can get a clue . . . if you want to have a discussion about the issues get off the "dumb conservatives" band wagon!

There are people on the other side who are not mindless bigots or racists. We just believe that compassion does not mean putting our nation in "foreclosure" in the name of caring for people.

Why don't you join the real discussion or put your race card in the garbage where it belongs!

Posted by: reddog62 | April 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The GOP has been playing the nuclear option since before Obama took office, totally united in being obstructionist in a mindless way.

Obama is solidly a moderate, shunning the liberals in his own party and adopting many proposals that were originally from Republicans, when there used to be moderates in that party. Meanwhile the GOP continues to fan the flames of mass hatred and ignorance and pretend they are all about "saving" the country. I have never seen such shameful behavior from politicians on such a mass scale. Never mind the rhetoric, all the bogus "original intent" and "states right" stuff. Just look at the proposals from Obama and compare them to the Republicans. Who is the moderate here? It's Obama! The Republicans are going back to the Civil War for their arguments and their ideas. Those ideas would have destroyed the country. That's why Abraham Lincoln led us into war to put down that rebellion. Now his heirs want to restart that war but join the other side! ... and what about slavery? Oops, forgot about that?

Posted by: DavidH3 | April 9, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Why is this article a sub-topic under the article about violence? That's inappropriate and discriminatory, WaPo.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 9, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

GOP unites against Obama--huh? So where's the news? The GOP has been united against Obams since the day the Democratic primaries ended.

In other news, rain is wet.

Posted by: nicekid | April 9, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I wish that someone from amongst the plethora of luminaries in the leaderless GOP would remind me of that which has changed so radically since they last held power.

P.S. Please don't let facts or reality influence your response.

Posted by: rbrent516 | April 9, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Is Obama is 'most radical president ever' ? Vote


http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

Posted by: usadblake | April 9, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The GOP is still the Party of "no." There are simply too many initiatives that Obama will present that they cannot not say "no." And, just because Newt (Never Be Elected Again) Gingrich says we have to be the Party of "yes," it is inherently a conservative action to say: "NO!" to about anything a Democrat President & Congress will propose.
I urge all who want to see Obama take the final power from GOPers & Tea Baggers, to propose that once unemployment falls to say, 7%, a retroactive "war tax" begin. It's purpose, spread over a decade, let's say, will be to retire every dollar spent off budget on Iraq & Afghanistan. Some economists estimate the deficit has @ least 1 TRILLION of it's funds related to these unfunded wars.
The surcharge on "unfunded wars" in Afghanistan & Iraq should be spread out so as to NOT tax any man or woman, or family, who has served in these theaters of war. Anyone who enlisted during the period, September 11, 2001, to the official day when all forces are out of both countries (for practical purposes, the tax begins when unemployment starts then, or whenever the unemployment rate hits
7%) is exempt. Spouses or other survivors of those killed during these wars pay nothing.
Starting with every single company that has made money off the war, the debt is retired as quickly as possible. If unemployment rises above 7%, then the tax is halted, or reduced to more minimal levels. President Obama & the Democrat Congress should be seen as taking the initiative on this portion of budget deficit reduction.
Those whose incomes are above a line that qualifies them as "the richest of the rich, the top 2% of that wealth, will pay more. They doubtless have not sent anyone in harms way for several decades. If we're to have a volunteer service, then the demographics will define which income bracket has most fought the wars.
And, Congress should pass an initiative that says: regardless of any other tax loopholes, every other tax payer, and every other corporation, has to pay some % of gross income to retire the debt. The deficit hawks need to have their bluff called, and Obama should initiate that "yes."
Bet me who will howl?

Posted by: zennheadd | April 9, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"GOP Unites Against Obama"

Slow news day?

Posted by: Gatsby10 | April 9, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

As a Brit-born U.S citizen now retired, I would like to ask -while using a little Gordon Ramsey vernacular- who among us with any real brains not yet Fox-stewed or Hannity'd into Inanity regarding the future economic health & health in general of this country -gives a flying f----what Newt-big-mouth-Gingrich verbally excretes to revive his less than torpid washed-out career as ultra-hypocrite-in-chief of the tired old GOP????He represents the party of greed, warmongerers, & tax breaks for the wealthy folks!!!THEY are the party that got us into this virtual depression in the first place!! What in Gods name is anyone in their right mind doing promoting them????" Its like watching that mob in Jonestown drink the Kool-aid!!

Posted by: neilo1 | April 9, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget what it's like living under a Republican controlled government. You can live with Republicans in charge, but it isn't very pleasant, and often, downright embarrassing. The GOP is betting that the American people have very short memories. PROVE THEM WRONG!

Posted by: JimZ1 | April 9, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

More evidence that bipartisanship is a loser's game in this climate -- perhaps why Team Obama is finally starting to play hardball?

***

A "Bushie Watch List?"

IS AN OMAMA 'TRUE JUSTICE SQUAD' QUIETLY WORKING TO RESTORE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS?

Is an Eric Holder DOJ "True Justice Squad" keeping book on rogue Bush holdovers across the bureaucracy...

as some Bushie leave-behinds continue to oversee secret multi-agency programs of covert microwave torture, police-protected vigilante community harassment, and financial sabotage of extrajudicially and unjustly "targeted" American citizens...

...many targeted for their politics, activism, or ethnic background?

Vic Livingston reports -- see latest comments to:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "U.S. Silently..."

ATTENTION 'PROJECT GENEVA' TEAM MEMBERS: See "comments" section of article linked above. Res ipsa...

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 9, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

do the Dems hold these kinds of meetings too or do you guys just talk about the Republicans?

Posted by: hohandy | April 9, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse


Congress is controlled by the Knesset It delivers to them not to the american people 'those americans who do what we israel want"
The Gop is loyal to its boss in jerusalem and in suicidal unity oppose
with ferocity our president in all his efforts to work FOR the american people and also for the globe, That power to sabotage in plein sight all what is aimed at doing better
needs a closer scrutiny before talking about gop +dems and whatever they do or not do
Where is the difference if both full of infiltrators working 'really' for israel? not matter how great the friendship the
'national interests are not the same" no need to end the bond
but to build clear fences between both seems and historical imperative to be done hopefully with grace.

Posted by: manittou | April 9, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

A Gingrich/Palin or Palin/Gingrich ticket in 2012 is a dream many progressives share with those on the other side of the fence.

Posted by: pythonS | April 9, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Newt Gingrich will be guaranteed at least one vote in 2012 by Ben Pershing himself.

Posted by: exPostie | April 9, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

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