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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 07/18/2010

McConnell: GOP supports extending unemployment benefits; Cornyn: Americans are nostalgic for Bush; NAACP head faces off with Tea Party

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake


Sunday Rundown: A quick roundup of the Sunday talk shows.


CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - McConnell: GOP supports extending unemployment benefits

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) appearance was a study in not answering questions, as the senator hewed closely to his talking points at all times. McConnell insisted that Republicans support extending unemployment benefits, but Congress should find the money to pay for it. "If we can't pay for a program like extension of unemployment insurance that virtually every member of the Senate supports ... then what are we going to pay for?" When asked if Americans could trust Republicans after they ran huge deficits when they controlled Congress, McConnell ducked. "Well, the issue is not whether the public thought Republicans spent more than they should have," McConnell said. "The issue is when do we stop doing this?" McConnell again dodged the question when host Candy Crowley followed up by asking if Republicans did, in fact, spend more than they should have. Crowley repeatedly asked McConnell if he would ever consider raising taxes to address the deficit after the recession ends. McConnell answered repeatedly that he opposes raising taxes in the middle of a recession.

Turning to the upcoming midterm elections, McConnell said the "environment is very good for a good year." He added that "if the election were today, we would have a good day." McConnell dismissed the notion that the GOP is simply the "party of no," and countered that Republicans support President Obama on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and would support him if he were to take action on expanding nuclear power and clean coal technology. But he chided the president for "seizing on the spill in the Gulf to try to pass a national energy tax." While he said BP was at fault for the spill, the ensuing disaster was "mainly a failure of the administration." McConnell declined to weigh in on the the NAACP's resolution condemning what it calls racism within the tea party movement.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) argued that Democrats are also concerned about deficits, and said this fall they would "focus on ... not returning to the failed Bush policies that brought us to this point." Hoyer said there are "some individuals who have tried to exacerbate racial tensions in this country" within the tea party movement. "I have seen some virulent flyers that have been directed at our members, clearly referencing race, the president's race and race generally," Hoyer said.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the White House moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling "adds insult to injury," but he said he knows the administration is "working hard on it."

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CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Cornyn: People are nostalgic for Bush

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the head of Republicans' efforts to win back the Senate this year, said that effort may actually take another cycle and suggested his party is looking ahead to 2012. "I think it's going to be a two-cycle process," he said, noting that there are more than twice as many Democratic seats up next cycle than Republican ones. "We have a structural opportunity to turn the corner there." This cycle, Cornyn estimated his party is winning or tied in races for eight seats currently held by Democrats, which would be just shy of the 10 they need to retake the Senate. He also suggested he may see that takeover through and stay on as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for another cycle. "I'm open to that possibility," he said.

Cornyn said he has encouraged donors to give to his committee, rather than the embattled Republican National Committee. "It's no secret that RNC's had some problems this time, and frankly we've reached out to major donors and said, this cycle, we'd encourage you to contribute to the Senate committee because of the structure of the Senate and the importance of 41 votes," Cornyn said.

Of controversies over comments by new GOP Senate candidates like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle, Cornyn said there is a learning curve for those candidates. "The role of being a candidate and running for office is different, I think, than some of them might have imagined - particularly the scrutiny that they're going to get," Cornyn said. Cornyn also defended Democrats' attempts to make former President Bush an issue in the 2010 election. "I think President Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," Cornyn said, citing Bush's response to Sept. 11. "I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."


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CBS: FACE THE NATION - NAACP head faces off with Tea Party

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), who is challenging Sen. John McCain for his seat, appeared to debate Arizona's controversial new immigration law. Hayworth dismissed the idea that the law mandates racial profiling. "There is no effort at ethnic profiling," Hayworth said. "The law itself says that the civil rights of all persons will be respected." Richardson countered that law enforcement officials will only apply the law to Hispanics. "They're not going to ask somebody that is not -- that looks like J.D. Hayworth," Richardson said. "They're going to ask somebody that looks like me. And that's the problem with this law. It's unworkable. It's discriminatory." Richardson predicted that if the Arizona law is allowed to take effect, other states will follow. "What you're going to see is potentially a constitutional crisis, with so many states taking what should be a federal responsibility," Richardson said.

NAACP President Ben Jealous faced off against David Webb of the National Tea Party Federation to discuss the NAACP's recent resolution condemning what it calls tea party racism. Webb said Mark Williams, the former chairman and spokesman of Tea Party Express who came under fire last week for writing a satirical letter in which he called slavery a "great gig," had been expelled from the National Tea Party Federation. Webb blasted the NAACP's "selective condemnation of racism," which he attributed to "fringe elements" within the tea party movement, and called on Jealous to denounce members of the New Black Panther Party for saying they want to "kill cracker babies."

"We absolutely denounce the New Black Panther Party," Jealous said, adding that the NBPP is a very small organization. "But they aren't in our group. These folks are in your groups." Webb and Jealous agreed to make joint appearances to discuss race relations and other issues.


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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Vitter: Obama playing politics with spill

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said that even if no more oil leaks into the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana still has years to deal with the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A top critic of President Obama, Vitter noted that the president hasn't been to the state in more than a month, and he accused him of turning his back on the situation. "I'm afraid he's decided to deal with this issue, at least politically, by not coming back here and trying to move it off the front page rather than dealing with the situation forcefully," Vitter said. "That's personally disappointing to me." Vitter estimated that the Obama Administration's deepwater drilling moratorium could cost the area more than 140,000 jobs.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said the Obama administration is guilty of "an absence of leadership" and that Democrats would pay the price in November's elections.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Democrats have moved beyond their anger over White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's controversial comments last Sunday that their party could lose the House. He said the recent special House election in Pennsylvania's 12th district, where the Democrat won what was supposed to be a tight race by eight points, is evidence that Republicans are overly optimistic. Clyburn said to Pence: "I think you are misreading the tea leaves here - and I do mean that as an intended pun.


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ABC: THIS WEEK - Biden: Dems will hold both Houses

Vice President Joe Biden said he doesn't think Democratic losses in the midterms "will be bad at all." "We're going to win the House," Biden predicted. "We're going to win the Senate. We're not going to lose either one of those bodies." Biden said the administration's policy in Afghanistan will succeed, but he modified earlier reported comments that large numbers of U.S. troops could begin leaving Afghanistan after July 2011. "It could be as few as a couple thousand troops," Biden said. "It could be more. But there will be a transition." The vice president said he didn't take Gen. Stanley McChrystal's disparaging comments about him personally. "Compared to what happens in politics, that was a piece of cake," Biden said, adding that the president made the right decision in firing McChrystal. While Biden said that the tea party "is not a racist organization," he added that "the truth is that at least elements that were involved in some of the tea party folks expressed racist views."


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NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Pete Sessions: 'People had jobs' during Bush years

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the head of House Democrats' campaigns this year, said President Obama is an asset, rather than a liability, on the campaign trail, and that the commander in chief would campaign across the country this fall. "He's absolutely an asset," Van Hollen said. "He's an asset, and he's also very clearly drawing distinctions here." Van Hollen said members of his party have moved past White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's controversial remark on last week's Meet the Press that Republicans could take the House in November. Gibbs's remark was seen as unhelpful by party leaders and led to an intra-party backlash. "The Democrats are on the same page now," Van Hollen said. "The Democratic leadership in the House had a great meeting with the president; it was positive."

Responding the Van Hollen's criticism that Republican ideas would lose out in a choice election, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said that idea is "not truthful." "People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge, but when George Bush was there. We doubled the size of the economy over 12 years. We did things that empowered the free enterprise system."

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who leads the Democrats' Senate campaigns, said the 2010 election would not be a referendum on President Obama, as many midterms are under new presidents. "November is a choice election," Menendez said. Both Menendez and Van Hollen predicted Democrats would hold their majorities in the House and Senate. NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) wouldn't predict a Senate takeover, which would require taking 10 Democratic seats, but Sessions predicted his party would take the House, where they need 39 seats. "I think we're going to be slightly over 40," Sessions said.

By Matt DeLong and Aaron Blake  | July 18, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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I'm not sure what the Republicans' issue is with the unemployment INSURANCE extension. Oh yeah, all the unfunded stuff GWB and the GOP gave to Wall Street and the Oil Companies used up that money (borrowed from Peter to pay Paul). Now that every day folk need it...it's not there and now the GOP want use the practical approach. Attention K-mart shoppers...we already paid for it!!!!

Posted by: tim21 | July 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

wxyz6200 sez:

> Frankly i would take everyday life under
> Bush for 8 years than everyday life under
> Obama for 19 months.

That's because, wxyz, either you are tremendously stupid, or you are one of those rich buddies of W that actually profited from the fleecing of the rest of we Americans.

To take a "frank" like that, you cannot be both good and wise.

In 8 years, The Abomination dug a very deep hole that the nation had no choice but to fall into. It will take Obama longer than 19 months to get us out of that hole. In fact, some of the damage that Bush did is irreversible, you cannot expect Obama to fix that in 4 or 8 years.

Posted by: rb-j | July 19, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

FitzOther said:

> "Americans are nostalgic for Bush"...WHAT
> A CROCK OF SHEEP!
> Americans are really nostalgic for
> Ronald W. Reagan
>
> Neither Bush are fit to shine his shoes,
> ask any Republican

The first thing you said is absolutely true. Americans have had it up to their ears with Bush, Cheney, Rove, and their minions. They have ruined the country and have caused immense damage throughout the world.

But what Reagan most significantly has in common with The Abomination is being a huge deficit spender. Both Reagan and Bush have plunged the nation deep into debt by coupling huge military spending with tax gifts to their rich buddies, not to mention both handing the nation and world a collosal financial scandal and meltdown that the U.S. Treasury had to fix.

Are Americans so stupid, so forgetful, that they can't even remember who it was that brought all of this economic calamity upon us? It was CLINTON, a Democrat, that brought balanced budgets and (more) sustainable growth and The Abomination squandered all of that.

Thank you, Republicans (and Texas), for bringing W to the nation and the world. You have done us a great service.

Posted by: rb-j | July 19, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Bring back our jobs that have been outsourced to other countries and our unemployment problems will be solved. Boycott the companies who have outsourced.
We made those companies by our purchases and we need to let them know we are unhappy!

Posted by: Laura76 | July 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Pining for Bush? Please get him out on the campaign trail now. I thought this was the president that they all tried to run away from. He endorsed Kay Bailey Hutchison over Rick Perry and he thumped her in the fine state of Texas. Two unfunded wars are enough to remind anyone.Defense is eating away at Americans' dreams The Democrats are scared to raise taxes and the Republicans are asking their followers to select the spending cuts. The Tea Party has yet to identify their spending cuts. ACORN is buried;robbing the deficit hawks of a good poster child for runaway government-funded social programs. Please look to the UK. The unholy alliance of Conservatives and Social Democrats has raised taxes ; VAT and Capital Gains. They are slashing and burning social programs and they are leaving National Healthcare alone. I would not ask my children to suggest spending cuts for cable TV and cellphones because they are addicted. I would merely pull the plugs. Private corporations have cut benefits like 401K matches and they did not ask the employees. THE TIMIDITY and LACK of will among Democrats, Republicans and the Tea Party are astounding!!!!

Posted by: cessnockja | July 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

During Bush's terms there were more out sourcing of jobs then any administration before. Some of these companies were made big by the American Consumers and they have paid us back by taking jobs and sending them to other countries. If they would return these jobs to this country it would certainly help the unemployed now. Maybe we should boycott the companies that have taken our jobs and relocated them. I personally would not mind paying more for a product that was made in this country if it brought back those jobs. Sometimes we become penny wise and dollar foolish.

Posted by: Laura76 | July 19, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Frankly i would take everyday life under Bush for 8 years than everyday life under Obama for 19 months.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | July 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

NAACP vs Tea Party ... what a crock. The 'head' of the NAACP vs the man off the street tea partier. Illiteracy vs Producers. I would think after 50 years and trillions of dollars spent on welfare programs and 'affirmative action' the playing field would be more level than what I saw in their presentations over the weekend "talking head" 'political' programs.

Posted by: IQ168 | July 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Both Cornyn and Sessions are out of touch. Cornyn as a Texas Supreme Court Justice voted for anything and everything that increased the power of corporations and insurance companies, anything that would diminish the individual. Some Texan he is.He would do well in a third world country. And Sessions as a former VP of Southwestern Bell is just as bad. He again votes purely along corporate lines. And BOTH are heads of their respective political organizations to promote and expand those ideas. The very fact that Sessions can say what a stud Bush was and how he expanded the economy is ..... well...... a skewed view and one that could be conceivably construed as psychotic.

Posted by: texasbred1 | July 19, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I have never been a person to vote for a party in any election, in city elections, state elections, and federal elections I try to look at the canidates themselves and what they can offer for the people of the country, but now that I have been unemployed for almost one and one-half years and the Republicans have stopped the unemployment for many Americans that are not able to find jobs at this time in our poor economy, I am near to the point to begin thinking that I may never vote for another Republican again, it is terrible that in this economy now that many people are without work, and now without money, it is sad that our government can't even take care of the people of our own country but they spend so much other money doing useless things, such as pay for the wages of all the people that are in office that seem now to be very useless themselves. It is something that I just cannot understand how the Republicans cannot think that not extending the benefits will help them in the upcoming elections, I think that not extending the benefits can only hurt them, because with the large number of people in the country that are unemployed now if everyone of them would not vote Republican in the elections it would change the outcome of the elections radically I think. Something needs to be done for those of us in "THIS" country..............that is just my thoughts about the Republican party at this time in our country, they do nothing to help the people of the country that have become unemployed by the crisis in the economy.

So, in my state I think that there may be one vote that no Republican will receive.......................MINE!!!!!

Posted by: john22amos | July 19, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

I have never been a person to vote for a party in any election, in city elections, state elections, and federal elections I try to look at the canidates themselves and what they can offer for the people of the country, but now that I have been unemployed for almost one and one-half years and the Republicans have stopped the unemployment for many Americans that are not able to find jobs at this time in our poor economy, I am near to the point to begin thinking that I may never vote for another Republican again, it is terrible that in this economy now that many people are without work, and now without money, it is sad that our government can't even take care of the people of our own country but they spend so much other money doing useless things, such as pay for the wages of all the people that are in office that seem now to be very useless themselves. It is something that I just cannot understand how the Republicans cannot think that not extending the benefits will help them in the upcoming elections, I think that not extending the benefits can only hurt them, because with the large number of people in the country that are unemployed now if everyone of them would not vote Republican in the elections it would change the outcome of the elections radically I think. Something needs to be done for those of us in "THIS" country..............that is just my thoughts about the Republican party at this time in our country, they do nothing to help the people of the country that have become unemployed by the crisis in the economy.

Posted by: john22amos | July 19, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

A lots of commentators who try to speak for GOP blocking unemployment benefit extension think that Obama and Democrats try to make extra extension beyond 99 weeks. That is not the case here. The initial congress agreement of total unemployment benefit is 99 weeks for recent unemployed whose state has higher than 8 or 9 percent unemployment rate. But it requires congress (house and senate) to approve the portion of money for every 2 or 3 months in order for the unemployed to receive the unemployment check. So the last time the congress approved the continuation is 2 months ago. The basic unemployment benefit is 26 weeks (paid by State). Between 27 weeks to 99 weeks, the congress calls it extension. Any time the congress stop the approval for releasing the next small chunk of extension money, the unemployed could not get their check after 26 weeks. Right now, GOP is trying not to release any more money for the unemployed who is between 27 weeks and 99 weeks. So it is wrong for those comments to make people think that GOP is blocking a new extension money beyond 99 weeks

Posted by: schong | July 19, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

So Cornyn believes people think better of Bush now that he's no longer in office? Wow, a real genius, that Cornyn. His intellect shines through like a rusted hubcap. People will think better of Cornyn too after he's disappeared from the scene.

Posted by: RichardHode | July 18, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Bush got us into two wars that have not accomplished and will not accomplish what he thought they would. Bush kept saying that there weren't any serious problems with the economy. Bush trashed the Bill of Rights. Bush set up an expensive bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence, etc., that cost millions but do not increase security. Bush expanded the intrusiveness of TSA. And we miss this?
Maybe the Republicans miss having a dear leader who tells them what to be afraid of.

Posted by: jlhare1 | July 18, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn: People are nostalgic for Bush!!!!
This statement has crack written all over it.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | July 18, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Uh, nostalgic for Bush? Nostalgic for a lying President, a President who clearly catered to the wealthy and citizens who only looked and acted like him? Is Senator Cronyn stupid, blind, and moron or something? Candy Crowley, CNN, just informed Mr. McConnell, another misinformed Senator, that only 26% of the American public believe republicans will do the right thing. Listening to Cronyn and the other Senator on Meet the Press this morning, they had no real answers or plans to make this nation better. Nothing! How can any one follow and support these people.

Posted by: ajackson3 | July 18, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I wish the GOP pass the puff! They got me cracking up and I ain't even hit it!

Posted by: danders5000 | July 18, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I forgot. Americans miss the prosperity of the Bush years. And they are tired of being given the old Communist line that we "consume too much." Or, that Americans "exploit" the masses around the world. Oh, and they are tired of hearing our government telling the world that we are the bad guys. That too. Yes, we all miss George Bush and lament Dick Cheney's health being poor.

Posted by: Indpnt1 | July 18, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase the wonderful former TX Gov. Ann Richards: "Poor 'Georges2', he cain't help it. He was born with a racist foot in his mouth!"

For the record, Georges2, white people living in South Africa after apartheid were not mistreated, maintained their standard of living, were not banished to segregated townships like Soweto, didn't lose their jobs. In fact, one of the critical things the new black leadership of South Africa did was establish the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, at which those who suffered at the hands of the white racist government of folks like D. W. de Kleerk or P. W. Botha -- whose families lost members because of the secret S.A. police, and those who lost family members where killed by violent black splinter groups could come and tell their stories. Those who committed the violence -- like policemen, prison guards, secret paramilitary agents, vigilantes and others -- could come and tell the horrors of what they did.

The Commission provided amnesty to those who told their stories hatred,racism and cruelty and healing to those who told theirs or just sat in the galleries and listened, tears streaming down the faces of all.

[It really sucks when you don't know what you're talking about and somebody nails you on it, doesn't Georges2?]

Posted by: jade_7243 | July 18, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase the wonderful former TX Gov. Ann Richards: "Poor 'Georges2', he cain't help it. He was born with a racist foot in his mouth!"

For the record, Georges2, white people living in South Africa after apartheid were not mistreated, maintained their standard of living, were not banished to segregated townships like Soweto, didn't lose their jobs. In fact, one of the critical things the new black leadership of South Africa did was establish the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, at which those who suffered at the hands of the white racist government of folks like D. W. de Kleerk or P. W. Botha -- whose families lost members because of the secret S.A. police, and those who lost family members where killed by violent black splinter groups could come and tell their stories. Those who committed the violence -- like policemen, prison guards, secret paramilitary agents, vigilantes and others -- could come and tell the horrors of what they did.

The Commission provided amnesty to those who told their stories hatred,racism and cruelty and healing to those who told theirs or just sat in the galleries and listened, tears streaming down the faces of all.

[It really sucks when you don't know what you're talking about and somebody nails you on it, doesn't Georges2?]

Posted by: jade_7243 | July 18, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Yep. This is very true. Most Americans do miss George Bush. They are unhappy with the devisivness of the Democratic Party or the tyranny of the left. They miss the days when the policies of the United States matched the majority opinion of what the nation should do.

Posted by: Indpnt1 | July 18, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Fantasy is all the Republicans have now.

Mr. Bush was a loser.

10% unemployment
TARP
The War for Oil in Iraq.
the Foreclosure Crisis
The Great Recession.

I don't miss the fool at all.

He was the worst American President of my lifetime.

...and that includes the disgraced Republican Richard M. Nixon.

Posted by: vigor | July 18, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Cornyn: Trust me...I am an American, and I do not, NOT, miss Bush.

Posted by: bawest | July 18, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Bush and Cheney should be indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in the same cell as Bernard Madoff. Global warming has completely baked John Cornyn's brain into mush.

Posted by: jjedif | July 18, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The thing I miss about George Bush is that he daily reminded me that this country used to be populated by good white Christian men and women, not socialist/communist trailer park trash who seem to have come out of the woodwork and from under the rocks now that one of theirs is in the White House. We will return, though, so don't sell your trailer homes and don't give away all country and western CDs.

Posted by: georges2 | July 18, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans: "We want our white President back!"


Crowley has the same Republicans on week after week, saying the same things. But this is priceless:

"If we can't pay for a program like extension of unemployment insurance that virtually every member of the Senate supports ... then what are we going to pay for?" When asked if Americans could trust Republicans after they ran huge deficits when they controlled Congress, McConnell ducked. "Well, the issue is not whether the public thought Republicans spent more than they should have," McConnell said. "The issue is when do we stop doing this?" McConnell again dodged the question when host Candy Crowley followed up by asking if Republicans did, in fact, spend more than they should have."

Now if Candy Crowley was a real reporter -- instead of just playing one on TV -- she would have whacked McConnell with the budgets, deficits and national debt the Republicans actually passed. This shouldn't be a question of "did you???" because as we all know, "Yes, They Did!"

Posted by: jade_7243 | July 18, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Nostalgic for Bush?! Yeah, and Cheney too, no doubt. That's special. So Americans have come to admire failure? What's Cornyn smoking?

Posted by: AndrewLRoss | July 18, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I miss Bush! During the years he was president, I didn't feel as though I was living in South Africa after apartheid. I didn't feel that being white was a liability. Under the racist socialist Obama, the Department of Justice won't prosecute black people but will gladly prosecute white people. Under Obama, Hispanics/Mexicans who are in this country illegally think it's all right to murder white Americans citizens on their American land, because they know that no one in this administration will do anything about, because, after all, it was just a white person. Under Obama, the citizens of Arizona passed a law to protect themselves against kidnappings and drug war violence from Mexicans illegally in their state, but since they were mostly whites, the racist AG Eric Holder has decided to take them to court. Of course, we all know that if the governor of Arizona had been either black or Mexican, he or she would have been praised. Of course, there are THREE MONTHS until November, when all of Obama's corrupt, racist, reckless-spending agenda will be brought to a halt.

Posted by: georges2 | July 18, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I miss Bush! During the years he was president, I didn't feel as though I was living in South Africa after apartheid. I didn't feel that being white was a liability. Under the racist socialist Obama, the Department of Justice won't prosecute black people but will gladly prosecute white people. Under Obama, Hispanics/Mexicans who are in this country illegally think it's all right to murder white Americans citizens on their American land, because they know that no one in this administration will do anything about, because, after all, it was just a white person. Under Obama, the citizens of Arizona passed a law to protect themselves against kidnappings and drug war violence from Mexicans illegally in their state, but since they were mostly whites, the racist AG Eric Holder has decided to take them to court. Of course, we all know that if the governor of Arizona had been either black or Mexican, he or she would have been praised. Of course, there are THREE MONTHS until November, when all of Obama's corrupt, racist, reckless-spending agenda will be brought to a halt.

Posted by: georges2 | July 18, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh God, why did this have to be one of my Senators.

before somebody else says it ...

Like the Country Song says:

"I still miss my Ex, but my aim is getting better"

Posted by: gannon_dick | July 18, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Every time I see old footage of that MORON i just can't beleive that not only was he president, but that 59 million of you imbeciles actually voted for him for a second term. I wouldn't buy shoes from him at the mall let alone entrust him to run to greatest nation mankind has yet produced. THAT GOD ALMIGHTY we have a visionary president who is not affraid to do what is right, who knows what the hail is going on, speaks English, and works for the AMERICAN PEOPLE and not just the very rich and priviledged and a handful of wealthycorporations.

cornyn and his fellow goops need to go away so we can "miss" them too.

Posted by: John1263 | July 18, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm nostalgic for Bush.....as a punching bag. Nostalgic for Reagan? nah not him either...secret wars, funding terrorists, and laughing off A.I.D.S. are not things a well adjusted society participates in.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 18, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


That's funnny. Was he doing stand up? Or was he taping for comedy central?

Missing bush would be like having a really bad case of resistant ghonnoreah, finally getting rid of it, then wishing you could have it hurt when you peed again.....

Like surviving cancer, ad pining for a return of the malignancy.


And sane Americans don't pine for Reagan. Some pine for what they imagine reagan was, but not many that actually lived through reagans years want that hot mess back. What a toad he was, and his rhetoric is directly responsible for the insanity of people like bush and cornyn and mconnel and pual and angle and all the rest of the nut case right wingers.

Posted by: John1263 | July 18, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Cornyn has done it, living up to his name; he has nearly 100% disagreement. Perhaps he should notice this as a sign of the times.

Posted by: mini2 | July 18, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


That's funnny. Was he doing stand up? Or was he taping for comedy central?

Missing bush would be like having a really bad case of resistant ghonnoreah, finally getting rid of it, then wishing you could have it hurt when you peed again.....

Like surviving cancer, ad pining for a return of the malignancy.


And sane Americans don't pine for Reagan. Some pine for what they imagine reagan was, but not many that actually lived through reagans years want that hot mess back. What a toad he was, and his rhetoric is directly responsible for the insanity of people like bush and cornyn and mconnel and pual and angle and all the rest of the nut case right wingers.

Posted by: John1263 | July 18, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Cornyn your wrong.

Posted by: SterlingLion | July 18, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

We do miss Bush 2 (43), oh, yeah!

Posted by: mini2 | July 18, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

We do iss Bush 2 (43), oh, yeah!

Posted by: mini2 | July 18, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

yo DRS1...
Fine regurgitation of failed Keynesian Econ 101, next semester please matriculate for Econ 601, Laffer Tax Revenue …it will open your eyes.
BTW you should consider the culpability of congress for deficits (specifically the House, check ur constitution) as the responsible party congress, not the pres, should get blame/credit for economic conditions. Both D and R congresses have failed miserably…yet the D’s must take the trophy for tax and spend champs overall.


Posted by: FitzOther | July 18, 2010 5:39 PM


YO Fitz:

Put down the pipe , dude. Jude Wanninski and Arthur Laffer's theory of supply side economics has proven to be an abject failure at both job creation and economic growth. There is a reason ALL thinking economists refer to the "Laffer Curve" with a knowing smile. The theory was drivel from the beginning--even someone as economically challenged as Bush 1 recognized it when he labeled it "voodoo economics". Were you actually in something than an online 'college" when you too that course? In real school, in advanced Econ classes it was dismissed by both liberal and conservative professors. And even adherents don't believe it's a way out of recession--Reagan's Administration proved that--or don't you consider TEFRA a slap at that theory?

Posted by: bklyndan22 | July 18, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I am an AMERICAN and I DON'T miss Bush one iota!

I abhor Bush, Senator, and I am starting to abhor you too and the rest of the Right-Wing cabal for making these false statements from ALL Americans.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 18, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn...just another simple minded Texas hole politician. Doesn't know what to do or how to do it if he knew. GOP; no longer the "Grand Old Party", it's "Gang Of Prostitutes"...anything for a dollar and/or a vote.

Republican tools: Lies, Deceit, Cheaters, Manipulation, Graft, Corruption, Theft.

These idiots live in the swill of port a-potty basements.

Trying to find an honest republican is like trying to find Bigfoot. There have been sightings and rumors of sightings but no one has yet been able to reach out and touch one or even point one out.

A Senate of 40 do nothing loser's sitting on their dead fleshed back sides creating road blocks on everything the Obama Administration tries to correct from the last eight (8) years of republican controlled mess, and they think their perfect, they have done no wrong.

Posted by: Nipit | July 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

gosh, wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to fact check senator cornyn's comments.... oh wait, there is.

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 5-12, 2010. N=1,580 adults nationwide. MoE � 3. RV = registered voters

.
"Is your opinion of George W. Bush favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about George W. Bush yet to have an opinion?"

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Favorable - 27%

Not
Favorable - 58%

Undecided - 14%

Haven't
Heard - 1%

Unsure - 0

Posted by: mycomment | July 18, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

LMAO... What is this guy smoking?

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | July 18, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn...just another simple minded Texas hole politician. Doesn't know what to do or how to do it if he knew. GOP; no longer the "Grand Old Party", it's "Gang Of Prostitutes"...anything for a dollar and/or a vote.

Republican tools: Lies, Deceit, Cheaters, Manipulation, Graft, Corruption, Theft.

These idiots live in the swill of port a-potty basements.

Trying to find an honest republican is like trying to find Bigfoot. There have been sightings and rumors of sightings but no one has yet been able to reach out and touch one or even point one out.

A Senate of 40 do nothing loser's sitting on their dead fleshed back sides creating road blocks on everything the Obama Administration tries to correct from the last eight (8) years of republican controlled mess, and they think their perfect, they have done no wrong.

Posted by: Nipit | July 18, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn...just another simple minded Texas hole politician. Doesn't know what to do or how to do it if he knew. GOP; no longer the "Grand Old Party", it's "Gang Of Prostitutes"...anything for a dollar and/or a vote.

Republican tools: Lies, Deceit, Cheaters, Manipulation, Graft, Corruption, Theft.

These idiots live in the swill of port a-potty basements.

Trying to find an honest republican is like trying to find Bigfoot. There have been sightings and rumors of sightings but no one has yet been able to reach out and touch one or even point one out.

A Senate of 40 do nothing loser's sitting on their dead fleshed back sides creating road blocks on everything the Obama Administration tries to correct from the last eight (8) years of republican controlled mess, and they think their perfect, they have done no wrong.

Posted by: Nipit | July 18, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse


The only people nostalgic for Bush are late-night comedians. The rest of us are just relieved that he is gone.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | July 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"Nostalgic for Bush?" You must be insane.

Posted by: martymar123 | July 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse


The only people that miss Bush are late-night comedians.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | July 18, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So, Senator Cornyn, does the Tea Party miss Bush? The Democratic Party? How about the good old GOP?

Who else is there?

Posted by: baldinho | July 18, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

i don't miss bush.

but my dog does.

i always have a life size effigy of the current president in my yard for my dog to use as a fire hydrant.

my dog says pee'ing on o'bama's leg is all right.. but he really misses pee'ing on bush's leg.

things like that are important to dogs.

heck. what *else* do they have?

Posted by: JoeReporter | July 18, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

yo DRS1...
Fine regurgitation of failed Keynesian Econ 101, next semester please matriculate for Econ 601, Laffer Tax Revenue …it will open your eyes.
BTW you should consider the culpability of congress for deficits (specifically the House, check ur constitution) as the responsible party congress, not the pres, should get blame/credit for economic conditions. Both D and R congresses have failed miserably…yet the D’s must take the trophy for tax and spend champs overall.

Posted by: FitzOther | July 18, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn, you old closet case, Please, bring bush out just in time for fall elections! We'd love it! Remind everyone how we got into this mess.

Posted by: crrobin | July 18, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Sure, they miss Bush like I miss that bad case of food poisoning I had awhile back.

Let's see....enter into a permanent war with a country that was already contained...keep a tight lid on all information, ignore my rights, act like it's your private monarchy, pretend there's no global warming, let the regulatory agencies act like an extension of the industry they're supposed to have oversight over, spend every bit of the nations currency on overblown wasteful defense, act like science is bad voodoo, stand by while religious nuts try to make their myths law....who in their right mind would miss that??

Posted by: fluxgirl | July 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure, they miss Bush like I miss that bad case of food poisoning I had awhile back.

Let's see....keep a tight lid on all information, ignore my rights, act like it's your private monarchy, pretend there's no global warming, let the regulatory agencies act like an extension of the industry they're supposed to have oversight over....who in their right mind would miss that??

Posted by: fluxgirl | July 18, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

AMERICANS MISSED BUSH BECAUSE HE WAS FUNNY!


WHO WILL EVER FORGET THE "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" SIGN?

OR HIS REMARKS WHEN A GUY TRIED TO HIT HIM WITH A SHOE: "I GUESS IT IS A NUMBER 10!"

BUSH HAD TALENT TO BE A STAND UP COMEDIAN,

HE IS A KILLER... WELL, THAT'S ANOTHER TALENT HE GOT...

Posted by: marcelosba | July 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure people really miss Bush like they really do mean it. What a bunch of crock.

Posted by: isampson | July 18, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Americans miss Bush" - Dang it, say Americans, guess it's time to buy a better rifle scope.

Posted by: trichobezoar | July 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that we should trust the Republicans to manage the Federal budget? The last time we had a Republican president they took a solid surplus in good times that was making real progress in paying down the National Debt and purposely cause a deficit with a unnessary tax cut. They did it previously when Mr. Reagan took over. His deficits made Mr. Carter's (the worst of the Democratic presidents' deficits since WWII) look like chump change.

Basic macro economics 101 tells us that there will always be variance (ups and downs) in the economy. No economy has ever avoided it espcially the Soviets). However, governments can ameliorate (make better) the down years by pumping their economy using temporary, targeted projects and other stimulus provisions (e.g., temporary tax cuts). However, this strategy is not costless. For it to be effective the debt has to be paid down during the good years. Based on the emprical evidence since WWII, only Truman and Clinton were able to accomplish non-tivial surpluses for more than a year on the Democratic side. For the Republicans, the record shows that Nixon was the only president to balance the budget at all. That was for one year and it was only slightly above break even.

The bottom line is that niether party has been completely successful in paying down the national debit or bringing in surpluses during the good years. However, of the two, the Democratic presidents have come closer to that goal, and the Republicans have consistantly worsened the situation every time they get into office.

Posted by: DrS1 | July 18, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Horse hockey!

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Miss Bush? Why? What's nostalgic about a trillion dollars wasted, the national debt doubled, $700 million given to banksters, millions out of work, an oil blowout approved by his bureaucrats, two ongoing wars and bodies floating in the streets in New Orleans? Which part of that exactly do you miss, Sen. Cornyn?

Posted by: hairguy01 | July 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Heck I miss Nixon and I was an Obama supporter.

Posted by: miriamac2001 | July 18, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

What is Cornyn smoking these days or has he really gone around the bend?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | July 18, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

And one also 'misses' a case of athlete's foot when it is finally gone. That is, while one absolutely does not want it back, you still...gratefully...notice when it is gone.

To say that others want Bush back is one more of Cornyn's multiple delusions and yet another indicator that his political acumen is at the fringe of reality.

Posted by: DrLou1 | July 18, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are pushing their unfunded tax cuts, perks for the rich which will add $3.5 TRILLION to our deficit.
Guess it is ok to deny any benefits, help for the unemployed, middle class America, veterans etc, as they want to continue their politics as usual which almost destroyed our country.
Anyone that has even a slight thought that the republicans care about our country and us needs to open their eyes as to what and who they really stand for.

Posted by: kathlenec | July 18, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn must be smoking dope if he really believes that Americans have a better opinion of GWBush today than they did when he left office. Our only regret is that Bush and Cheney haven't been indicted for the crimes they committed in office.

Posted by: dsrobins | July 18, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Just additional proof of how out of touch th republicans are with the American people. They do not seem to realize we will remember and be victims of what Bush and the republicans did to us and our country for years to come.
Their hypocrasy, irresponsible behavior, wanting to continue their destruction has made them a disgrace as politicians and for our country.
They are well on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

Posted by: kathlenec | July 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Cornyn reportedly also said that America fondly remembers 9/11, OJ Simpson, and the Three Mile Island accident.

Posted by: wilder5121 | July 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Bush was an idiot. He still is an idiot. I think that anyone who fondly misses Bush is also an idiot. I miss Bush but only because he was and is an idiot.

Posted by: racam | July 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Of course we miss him. The lovable old Village Idiot was always good for a laugh.

It's a shame he couldn't have stayed longer, you recall how bad it was getting towards the end? Reporters throwing shoes at him in news conferences? He was the laughingstock of the entire world.

Of course it would have ruined the country for him to have stayed a day longer, but we'd have died laughing.

Posted by: info53 | July 18, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It *really* annoys me the way these senators, especially the republicans (Bohner is a great one for this) go around talking about what Americans want, think, or believe - as though they had a clue what we think.

These men are mostly reflecting on what they personally belive, a few are reflecting on what their constituants in their home districts belive. All of them are reflecting on what they want to believe that Americans belive. VERY FEW have even the slightest clue what Americans as a whole believe.

That is the problem with our government today, both sides of the aisle are completly out of touch with America, but that doesn't stop them from talking...

Posted by: koygdb1 | July 18, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Missing GW? Maybe like a bad rash or pneumonia.

Posted by: lynettema | July 18, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

“It is time we tax profits and large corporations to balance our budget and reduce the national debt."
There you go again...
Corporations are a LEGAL FICTION! They are not real "people" that can pay taxes. Only real people like you and I pay taxes. Taxes levied on these legal fictions get paid by us real people, either directly as price increases, or indirectly through a diversion of income tax from dividends tax to your well intentioned but illusory "corporation" tax. don't you get it? Only real people can pay anything… corporations are nothing but partnerships of real people that enjoy a personal liability dodge by way of the fiction that corporations are people. If you understood this and are serious about taxing these folks…why not a personal income tax increase on dividends, and capital gains?

Posted by: FitzOther | July 18, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't know ANYBODY who misses Bush, Republicans and Democrats alike. As usual, Coryn is making it up as he goes along. He's a typical Washington congressional bureaucrat who has no clue. Good grief, things may not be great now but Bush created most of this mess.

Posted by: sharronkm | July 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

One may not have agreed with President Bush on every issue but at least you knew what he was doing, and why he was doing it. Also he was strong and humble in the face of outrageous hate and criticism from the left. Above the fray.

You just can't say either about Obama. One thing though, it is certainly a pleasure to return the favor, direct justly deseved
criticism and vitriol to the finger pointer in chief Obama.

Posted by: Straightline | July 18, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"Miss Bush?" Senator Cornyn is either disingenuous or really ignorant.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | July 18, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Corporations are not in a recession, and they are reporting billions of dollars in profits. It is time we tax profits and large corporations to balance our budget and reduce the national debt.

Posted by: Siretch | July 18, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the comment of Sen.Cornyn that
Americans miss Bush."
True, I miss Bush. I also miss TB, the Black Plague and having a Tsunami where I live.

Posted by: diamond2 | July 18, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"Americans are nostalgic for Bush"...WHAT A CROCK OF SHEEP!
Americans are really nostalgic for
Ronald W. Reagan

Neither Bush are fit to shine his shoes, ask any republican

Posted by: FitzOther | July 18, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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