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Jon Stewart spoofs Republican meeting in Hawaii (VIDEO)

When Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele scheduled the organization's winter meeting in Hawaii, he had to know this was coming.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 10, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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Oh, yeah: the post below mine reminds me: I forgot to include the Birthers and the {Charlie Grassley lying] Death-panalers.

Posted by: AboonaJoe | February 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

It's not enough that the Republican Party has become a "big tent" covering racists galore, tea baggies, para-military anti-government "survivalists", extreme [non-Christian] "creationists", anti-climate changers, and over-all "let's do Obama in" banner-wavers, along with a precious few "do what's best for America" average Americans. It has become, in addition, the Party of the Open Lie.

When Bush was President, the RP backed him to the hilt when he refused to grant Geneva Convention protections to Guantanamo prisoners, saying, "Geneva protections are for POW's and POW's are such because they are captured soldiers in an internationally-recognized military. Guantanamo detainees are not part of any internaitonally-recognized military."

Ah, but now, with an Obama Administration rightly calling of civilian trials for various terrorists including KSM and AbuMoutallab, the Repub-n argument is, "No way! They should be tried in military court because it was an 'act of war'!"

FDR declared that Japan, a recognized military power, had committed an "Act of War" on the US with its attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec '41 and the US responded with an "Act of War" against Japan.

These Repub-s, knowing that most Americans are not up on these subtleties of international and constitutional law, throw up so many thick smoke screens that, figuratively speaking, visibility is about 6".

So, Please: face it! The GOP is the most well-known and wide-spread UNamerican organization in America today!

Posted by: AboonaJoe | February 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the Repubs are oblivious to everything around them except their own agenda. Of course, it's "do as I say, not as I do." Just lump them in with the teabaggers, birthers, and deathers; they're all the same lot...

Posted by: mnstr4jc | February 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I saw Stewart's show. Newt did nothing but evade Jon's questions with oblique remarks about other random topics, like Palin does. Actually Newt was pathetic. He should retire from the public. His goal, like most of Palin's appearances, was money. He was selling his "book", or more precisely peddling random thoughts compressed between two covers. I'll never know what his book says because I cannot afford to waste the money, and more importantly, am not remotely interested in the ramblings of this out-of-touch old man.

Posted by: allowme1 | February 11, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

America: the worst fiscal stewards, except for all the other sovereignties.

Posted by: optimyst | February 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Well I was just joking, neither political party gets to decide what our bankers want to do with our debt.

Still our treasury auctions are an ongoing, astonishing phenomenon. The world buys our debt, it just does it. They keep betting on us. No interest really, they just buy our promise, own a piece of America's future.

Heh, heh, are we betting on ourselves?


Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse


"If Americans default on their own people, how safe do foreigners feel holding our sovereign debt?"

Maybe don't ask don't tell has a future after all.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 9:07 PM
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Absolutely, if "don't ask, don't tell" got us into this...why can't "don't ask, don't tell" get us out of this.

Many many wars have been fought over countries defaulting on their sovereign debt to foreigners. The Republicans have now decided that America should default on its own people, instead of foreigners.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 10, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"If Americans default on their own people, how safe do foreigners feel holding our sovereign debt?"

Maybe don't ask don't tell has a future after all.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

ceflynline wrote: When you borrow money that you don't intend to pay back, it is theft. When you borrow money as corporate officers in a company and use that money to pay yourself dividends, and the company goes bankrupt, it is called looting a corporation. The corporate board of the United States is Congress. Republicans in Congress have for years been borrowing Social Security funds to cover U. S. Fwederal deficits, and it is now obvious that they had no interest in ever paying back those funds, and instead disbursed them to the wealthy friends of the republican Party as tax breaks, no bid contracts, and other chicanery.

The Republicans are guilty of looting the treasury.

Ryan just makes it official.
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Excellent analysis. Furthermore, social security represents a compact with the American people and the people did their part and paid the taxes. Now, the Republicans are proposing that the government DEFAULT on their obligation.

If Americans default on their own people, how safe do foreigners feel holding our sovereign debt?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 10, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

"Once you get to the end of the video. You can watch Stewart interview Newt Gingrich. I haven't had a chance to watch it, so I don't know if it's any good. Posted by: DDAWD"

Newt ends up defending giving terrorists military prisoner status because they think they are at war for us. Stewart keeps trying to get him to admit that they are criminals, not heroes. Newt isn't buying.

And on the Ryan "Budget". If we do away with Social Security, we have no reason to collect Social Security taxes. For the last 75 years or so those taxes have lowered the taxes we would otherwise have had to cillect to bring revenues back up to whatever level they were in any given year. Reagan RAISED SS taxes to hide the true cost of his deficits. Apparently those were just disguised income taxes on the bottom couple runce in the income tax structure.

When you borrow money that you don't intend to pay back, it is theft. When you borrow money as corporate officers in a company and use that money to pay yourself dividends, and the company goes bankrupt, it is called looting a corporation. The corporate board of the United States is Congress. Republicans in Congress have for years been borrowing Social Security funds to cover U. S. Fwederal deficits, and it is now obvious that they had no interest in ever paying back those funds, and instead disbursed them to the wealthy friends of the republican Party as tax breaks, no bid contracts, and other chicanery.

The Republicans are guilty of looting the treasury.

Ryan just makes it official.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 10, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

@12BarBlues: I own five pieces of property there, two houses.  One in Cần Thơ to retire in, another way down south in Rạch Giá to be a hotel (khách sạn) to make money.  The laws about owning land are complicated there but we got past all that long ago.
 
The biggest difference I could point to .. in the USA since 9/11 people who are speaking critically of the government tend to look around nervously and speak behind their hands.  In Việt Nam people don’t do that.
 
The food is fantastic, it’s very warm all year, there is an air-conditioned gym across the street from my house.  People are nice in a way I haven’t seen here in 40 years.  And, this is my favorite part, there isn’t a single person in the whole country who thinks it’s fun to be annoying.

JakeD wouldn't last five minutes there.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

@12BarBlues: I just love telling the GOP filth about my impending move to Việt Nam, and especially love rubbing their noses in the fact that I’m retiring to a Communist country. Not just Socialist, which is a word they can handle with thick rubber gloves, but Communist, a word they can’t handle with remote manipulators. After sputtering for a while they all end up telling me to hurry up and leave, don’t let the door hitcha, etc. etc. etc. I just love knowing that it’s going to disturb their sleep.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 6:49 PM
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How does that play out in everyday life? Obviously, you can own property (because you do). What are the biggest differences (due to ideology) and what are the similarities?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 10, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

@12BarBlues: I just love telling the GOP filth about my impending move to Việt Nam, and especially love rubbing their noses in the fact that I’m retiring to a Communist country.  Not just Socialist, which is a word they can handle with thick rubber gloves, but Communist, a word they can’t handle with remote manipulators.  After sputtering for a while they all end up telling me to hurry up and leave, don’t let the door hitcha, etc. etc. etc.  I just love knowing that it’s going to disturb their sleep.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

@Noacoler,

True story. On another blog, a conservative asked for names of countries he could move to to get away from government control over his life. So I suggested Somalia, tongue firmly in cheek.

His response: but they don't have freedom of religion.

Bwahahahaha.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | February 10, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes JRM2 you could go on and I hope you do but it won't get through leapin's thick head. He'll come right back with the same BS: free lunch, culture of dependency, yadda*3. These guys are like a herd of cattle, all stepping in the same manure, one after another.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

According to Republicans a terrorist is an American citizen and our President is illegally in our country from Kenya.

Who's side are they on again?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 10, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"The welfare state kills the creative spirit."
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Yeah, no great musicians, writers, artists, philosophers coming from those socialist countries.

Is that why General Motors and Chrysler are on the ropes and BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen are doing just fine?

Is that why Germany, France and Japan all have great high-speed rail and we have...none?

I could go on.....

Posted by: JRM2 | February 10, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Armpeg, you dick,

for your information; Alfred E. Neuman (mad magazine) is hilarious.

Only a-wipes you like you can't get the humor.

F off!

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 10, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Image:

bearded tattooed long-haired Idaho survivalist type kneeling in attitude of prayer, one hand caressing the stock of a high-powered rifle. His face is creased in rage and frustration as he prostrates in reverence of Liberty.

Voice:

"why cain't we have no free market lak' Somailia!"

Live free or dah,
Noacoler

 

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"If government relieves us of the responsibility of living by bailing us out, character will atrophy. The welfare state, however good its intentions of creating material equality, can't help but make us dependent. That changes the psychology of society."

leapin, I never realized you had special insight into these basic truths about psychology and society. Thanks.

Character, eh?. Government destroys Character. The changed psychology of a society with a government trying to create social equality destroys character. Got it.

Trying to understand. Surely we don't want zeroed out government (Somalia, Haiti too many examples of primordial horror to count), surely we don't want to elect people to government who are so openly hostile to its works that they promise to destroy government. We don't want a government that engages in foreign military adventures and nation building exercises for no knowable reason.

This fear of bailing us out...like, fire and ambulance? Great schools? Sure we are not worried about bailing out corporate interests, we are worried about bailing out individuals, whose character will be lost.
I'll figure it out. Gimme more time.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares about your paranoid cartoon-simple crap, leapin.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Government is taking us a long way down the road to serfdom. That doesn't just mean that more of us must work for the government. It means that we are changing from independent, self-responsible people into a submissive flock. The welfare state kills the creative spirit. Central economic planning extinguishes freedom.
Governments can't plan economies without planning people's lives. After all, an economy is just individuals engaging in exchanges. The scientific-sounding language of President Obama's economic planning hides the fact that people must shelve their own plans in favor of government's single plan. If government relieves us of the responsibility of living by bailing us out, character will atrophy. The welfare state, however good its intentions of creating material equality, can't help but make us dependent. That changes the psychology of society.

Posted by: leapin | February 10, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The Obama administration runs on pure theory. That’s what happens when almost no one in the admin has held a job in the private sector. Actually they don’t get theory right either. Keynes believed you could spend your way out of a recession/depression, but that you needed money in the bank to cover the deficits.

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pretty funny coming from a guy who believes in the most discredited theory on the planet: Republican economics. Market forces, thinking money, (flood up) trickle down.

What's so great about the "private sector?".

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Mathematics major, pure theory option, microbiology minor. I would never go for soft stuff like communications.
Posted by: Noacoler
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The Obama administration runs on pure theory. That’s what happens when almost no one in the admin has held a job in the private sector. Actually they don’t get theory right either. Keynes believed you could spend your way out of a recession/depression, but that you needed money in the bank to cover the deficits.

Posted by: leapin | February 10, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Filthy little commie Jew basturd, right armpeg? Jew bosses, they control the media, right? Go for it armpeg, give hate a name.

Well once again we are treated to the rich texture, a full measure of the Republican intellectual tradition.

armpeg, you really need to kill yourself.
You would be more comfortable in hell,
where everybody knows your name.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Twenty-one percent of employers said rising health care costs create an obstacle to investment and expansion, almost doubling the numbers who blamed government regulations (12 percent), economic conditions (11 percent) or access to investment funding (9 percent)."

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terrific post.

A five-minute presentation with a graph or two could get this across.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow the "Democrap Socialist" / "free lunch" retard is lecturing others about maturity.

Now I've seen *everything*

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This is funny?
Jon Stewarts spoof is funny only to the 10-year old minds of the la-la-land liberal Democrap Socialist's, who'se idea's of 'funny' comes straight out of comic books and Saturday morning cartoons. That the far-left wing Obama worshipping Fixers here love it is no surprise, since these kindergarten level of immature '60's radicals, and their like-minded knuckle-dragging children, have never really grown up.
I've got news for you simpletons. Every political party meeting; every business or corporate meeting; every get-together of lobbyists; every Union love-in, and every special interest gathering, always meets in vacation and resorts spots. It's no big deal that the Republicans would do the same.
Jon Stewart though is funny. He's so funny that he could get a job in a circus or some side-show somewhere. Here's a guy who'se born-name was Jonathan Leibowitz, and because he was ashamed to be Jewish, legally changed his name to Jon Stewart. He was always a nobody, but--being Jewish still--he was given the talk show job. He's got an army of joke-writers, who write all his funny material, but when these joke--writers and their union went on strike in 2008, Jon Stewart crossed their union picket line to pay back his Jewish bosses for giving him his job. He's a dwarf, just barely over 5 feet, and wears lifts in his shoes. On his show he sits on a childs restaurant--like high chair, to appear normal.
Yep, he's funny all right, just like Alfred E. Newmann of MAD magazine.

Posted by: armpeg | February 10, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Economic draught. More filling, less flavor.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It is something how some people are making fun of very serious situations that we are encountering in our nation. While Stewart and O'Reily go at it, our country continues to sink into the toilet!! When are Americans going to WAKE UP!!!
www.AmericaWakeUpNow.net

Posted by: AMERICAWAKEUP | February 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

What the dems should be campaigning on:

"California's biggest for-profit health insurance company has announced a big rate increase. ... Anthem Blue Cross has started telling individual policy holders -- that is, folks who buy directly from them, not through their employer -- that their premiums will jump by as much as 39 percent beginning March first." (NPR.org)

don't have an employer that buys your health insurance? No problem! Buy your own. 40% rate increases? Get a job & make your employer buy the insurance. Pretend that cost is not reflected in a lower salary. That is, if you can find a job...

"Survey: Health care costs block expansion

Managers at 178 companies in Minnesota and western Wisconsin said that affordable health care poses the biggest current obstacle to expanding their businesses, according to a survey conducted for Bloomington-based HealthPartners.

Twenty-one percent of employers said rising health care costs create an obstacle to investment and expansion, almost doubling the numbers who blamed government regulations (12 percent), economic conditions (11 percent) or access to investment funding (9 percent)."

http://www.finance-commerce.com/article.cfm/2010/02/10/Survey-Health-care-costs-block-expansion


Or, go with the Republican plan. Cut taxes & everything else will work itself out.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Mathematics major, pure theory option, microbiology minor

what no graduate degree? by your own metrics you are a disgraced failure. you know what we call math theory majors?

computer programmers. now go find that pesky red semi-colon that has been vexing you all week.

but hey look at the bright side, most people with your work ethic and low intelligence have long since been fired. Just ask dribl.

Posted by: drivl | February 10, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course I'm not a big success

that is the understatement of the week. It is hard to win when all you wish for is the downfall of others. Maybe dribbl could help you with getting through the rejections and tough times associated with losing liberal philosophy of hate and envy. there is going to be a big market in this next year.

Posted by: drivl | February 10, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Yet, our President advocates taking loans for the purpose of boosting payroll -- in the middle of an economic draught. It just makes no sense. Unnecessary risk is not what strengthens and repairs the backbone of our economy -- small business.

Going into debt for the purpose of maintaining payrolls you cannot afford is not how capitalism works. It's not how industries recover.

It was how the Soviet Union worked, however -- before it imploded.

too bad about that knowledge aspect, Ped. I am sure the speechgiving classes were valuable though. Must have flunked econ and never seen the word corpsman before. Sounds like that gold-plated edubacation was over rated.

but didn't bush have one top notch education too. Were you swooning over that at the time? Or is your 'logic" as fickle as your morals.

Posted by: drivl | February 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Drunk already, zouk? Pretty early in the day to be on a bender, or did a nurse leave the meds cabinet unlocked?

Mathematics major, pure theory option, microbiology minor. I would never go for soft stuff like communications.

Of course I'm not a big success like you with a castle on Mars and first name basis with the galactic emperor, but I get by.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he pins him to the wall, ddawd, he always does.

Posted by: drindl | February 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

In urban and suburban America we esteem education and knowledge, not flightsuit arrogance. Sorry.

Posted by: Noacoler


coming from the angry, envious ped who finally gradubucated from a no name school in communications becuase he couldn't handle the math of a real degree.

He laments now "if only I were as smart as John Kerry and Al gore".

Hence the slide in the polls of the arrogant, party of hate and envy. Bring everyone down, that'll fix 'em.

Posted by: drivl | February 10, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Once you get to the end of the video. You can watch Stewart interview Newt Gingrich. I haven't had a chance to watch it, so I don't know if it's any good.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The public despises preening intellectuality as a form of elitism, so we should encourage Obama to seize the mantle of intellectual whenever he's foolish enough to use it

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you're right ... as long as the "public" in question is the punditry in the break room at a Hormel plant in Alabama.

In urban and suburban America we esteem education and knowledge, not flightsuit arrogance. Sorry.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Although the SNL/Andy Samberg @#%&**# Rahmbo spoof will live forever, this is a close second!

Of course, given the current weather in DC & environs one can sympathise, but...the 'optics' are not great!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | February 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

""new" 9/11 pictures

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8508817.stm

Posted by: shrink2"

Wow, those are incredible, especially the ones of the clouds covering the city.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is on the right track to deride President Obama as a professor at the lectern when it comes to confronting terror. The public despises preening intellectuality as a form of elitism, so we should encourage Obama to seize the mantle of intellectual whenever he's foolish enough to use it. That pose will always strike ordinary Americans as more alienating than appealing. If he wants to lord it over the general public by emphasizing his mighty mind and wide-ranging education, then conservatives should by all means get out of his way. His view of himself as a 21st Century philosopher king, too brilliant for the daily grubbiness of politics, may impress his admirers in faculty clubs and media green rooms but in the long term can contribute only to the further unraveling of his already troubled administration.

Posted by: drivl | February 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that elitist Obama and his Harvard education! Real, everyday folks go to Yale like Bush did.

Posted by: thecorinthian | February 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Did you see this story about how a Saudi prince owns a big chunk of FOX and how he's dictating content? Who would have thought republicans would want to get their marching orders from an Islamic prince, from the country that brought us 9/11?

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/10/right-rebels-foxnews/

Posted by: drindl | February 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Steele has great unintentional comedy gifts.


And here's the republican budget plan -- slash social security and medicare, give big tax breaks to the highest brackets. anyone surprised?

"If some Republicans are squeamish about Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to privatize Social Security, there's plenty of tax cuts for the rich included in the plan they might find more to their liking.

TPMDC has been scouring the "Roadmap for America's Future" budget blueprint that Ryan, ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, proposed a few weeks ago. Among the nuggets that have GOPers running a bit scared are his plans to dramatically slash Social Security and Medicare benefits to cut the deficit.

Under the plan, Ryan (R-WI) also would give taxpayers a choice of a "simpler" system with just two tax brackets and he would repeal the corporate income tax. In its place he creates a "consumption tax" of 8.5 percent that experts tell us would unfairly burden the lower and middle classes. That's a tax on all goods and services that shifts the tax burden from corporations to individual consumers.

"These are very, very dramatic changes in the tax code ... likely to lose a tremendous amount of revenue," said Jim Horney, director of federal fiscal policy for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBBP).'

you want to see a real Depression? vote for republicans.

Posted by: drindl | February 10, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

In order to bring about his “social change” (AKA “destruction of We-the-People”), Obama must destroy every aspect of the American way of life. Since Obama took office he, his mentors and followers have been making tremendous headway. Via a series of multi-billion-dollar faux ‘stimulus’ packages and other anti-America bills, Obama and his Democrat-run Congress have virtually bankrupted the USA. They have also placed our country firmly on the road to ending free enterprise, destroyed millions and millions of middle-class jobs (the annihilation of the middle-class in its entirety is essential to every Communist takeover plan) and are even more determined to place Americans bodies (and the subsequent decisions of life or death—contingent upon voting records) into the hands of ObamaCommissars, ObamaCzars and additional ObamaBureaucrats. But, despite the fact that both Independents and Democrats are now voting for Republican candidates in even the bluest of blue states, Dictator Obama stubbornly and inflexibly refuses to turn from his path of the demolition of the United States of America. This is what Marxists do.

Posted by: drivl | February 10, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Steele with the lei telling us about hard work, this is hilarious.

Thanks for the smiles Chris.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 10, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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