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Newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele cleans house. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

One week after Michael Steele won a hotly contested race to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee, he has cleaned house and laid off almost the entire RNC staff.

Steele met with the full staff on Tuesday and word of the mass layoffs came shortly after that. According to sources familiar with the move, all of the communications and political staffers are being let go.

Some senior staff members -- in expectation of being let go -- submitted their resignations shortly after Steele won the chairmanship last Friday. Others have already found new jobs, most notably RNC political director Rich Beeson who will return to his post at FLS Direct, and Amber Wilkerson who will serve as national spokeswoman at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Such an overhaul is not entirely unprecedented particularly given that Steele ousted incumbent RNC Chairman Mike Duncan from the job in the vote last week and his entire message during that campaign was built around the idea that change was needed after the disastrous GOP showing in the 2008 election.

But, it does force Steele and his team to build a new team from scratch in the midst of trying to hold President Obama accountable in the early days of his presidency.

One savvy Republican also noted that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health problems create the possibility that there could be a Supreme Court opening some time in the near future and that would likely require an RNC running at full strength to make the case against Obama's pick.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican party, will be the man charged with quickly staffing up at the RNC as he will oversee the Steele transition. A number of Steele's closest confidantes -- Blaise Hazelwood, Curt Anderson -- also have extensive experience at the staff level of the RNC, which allows them to fill some staff gaps in the short term.

The RNC's overhaul comes as the DNC -- now being led by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine -- goes through a department by department analysis being conducted by new executive director Jen O'Malley Dillon. Kaine met with his full staff on Wednesday, and, according to a source in the room, O'Malley Dillon is meeting with department heads to discuss best practices and speaking with those staffers interested in staying on.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 6, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
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Did anyone see Mara Laisson rip Charles Kruthammer a new arss hole on FOXNEWS Special with Bret Baier?

It was the funniest thing since Sarah "hop scotch mom" Palin during the Biden debate, Charley Gibson and Katie Couric interview.

Oh, lets not forget the palm pumping and moose shooting on Saturday Night Live.

Conservative Kruthammer responded to Bret Baiers question concerning Barack Obama's interview with the Arab network to reach out to the Arab world.

As Kruthhammer blasted Obama's interview with this network. Mara Laisson ripped into Kruthhammer's comments.

Mara Laisson approved of the interview President Barak Obama had with network.

She stated that it was a very smart move on the Presidents part in reaching out to the Arab world.

Charles Kruthhammer sat there like a whip puppy...holding back tears...lmao

Posted by: opp88 | February 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure knjincvc is using Mr. loosely...

but the author below forgot to add...SEAN "HATES AMERICA" HANNITY and the rest of the CREEPS at FOXNEWS?
_______________________________________


Did Mr. Steele get the OK from party leader Limbaugh?

Palin and Cornyn in 2012!!

Posted by: knjincvc

Posted by: opp88 | February 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

AlwaysTimeForThis-

“I believe Wisconsin has Democrats in as governor, both US senators, and mayors of Milwaukee and Madison. Brownie, you're doin' a heckuva job!”

This is true. It has one of the biggest state deficits while not among the most populous states. It has dysfunctional government at every level and failed schools. It is among the most anti-business and ranks high among the states as having some the highest taxes and fees. All led by “progressives” for years!

Posted by: leapin | February 9, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I just wish there was a "report stupid and/or incomprehensible comment" link. Some of the comments are so stupid and nasty as to verge on "abuse" in any event. I guess I hadn't realized before scrolling down that this was a moveon.org website.

Posted by: airish1 | February 8, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans should be hanging their heads in shame over the results that their Party produced during the Dick Cheney-W. Bush regime. Wealthy people did very well. Other people, not so much. We were physically attacked as a country by a rogue band of religiously addled angry men. Despite plenty of warning, Bush insisted he wasn't interested in the Middle East nor in nation building. He ended up being very interested and involved in spending money frivolously to build Iraq into a nation. Bush deregulated everything and assumed powers that are not his right to assume even though he was a "wartime" president. Put a decent lock on airliner cockpit doors and you don't have a 9/11. Before 9/11, those locks would have been viewed as unnecessary and burdensome to the airlines. Lack of imagination? You want to see it in the flesh? View Republicans. Now they want to block the Stimulus bill because they characterize it as a Spending bill. Uh huh. And their alternative is to extend tax relief to the wealthy? New ideas? No. Old idea, recycled. Republicans lost the last election because they left behind them disrespect for the U.S. Constitution and laws passed by Congress. They did whatever they wanted and messed everything up. How did ordinary citizens benefit from Bush's misbehavior? I'd just as soon not see or hear from a Republican for 150 years or more.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 8, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Why do Democrats and liberals care about what the RNC is doing? Just do all of the stuff that the Democratic President promised during the two year campaign and all should be well - another non-Democrat would never be elected or re-elected.

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican party, will be the man charged with quickly staffing up at the RNC as he will oversee the Steele transition."

I believe Wisconsin has Democrats in as governor, both US senators, and mayors of Milwaukee and Madison. Brownie, you're doin' a heckuva job!

Posted by: AlwaysTimeForThis | February 8, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

There were actual people working at the RNC? I thought trained monkeys were running the show this last election cycle. Oh, sorry, that's an insult to trained monkeys - they would have done a better job.

Posted by: houston_progressive | February 8, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

We all tried to warn our President Obama that the Republicans don't care for him or being bipartisan. OBAMA will learn the hard way about how messed up the Republicans are.
1. He needs to fire all the Republicans in his cabinet.
2. Fire Robert Gates.
3. Withdraw Judd Greggs nomination
wake up and smell the coffee about how screwed up the Republicans are. One thing i like about the Clintons, is that they did not deal with any Republicans. When President Clinton took office he fired all of them. OBAMA will learn......

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | February 7, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

To top it off, now I read that President Obama wants to give this little chipmunk faced woman that can't seem to keep her own husband in her bed, some sort of post? WTF

Posted by: thebink | February 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Senator Debbie Stabenow-drop the little lady a line or give her a jingle if you think the Fairness Doctrine is garbage. Mid Michigan Office,221 W. Lake Lansing road suite 100, East Lansing, MI. phone, 517-203-1760....Southeast Michigan Office, 243 W. Congress suite 500, Detroit, Mi. 48226...phone, 313-961-4330. There are several more addresses if you google senator debbie stabenow.

Posted by: thebink | February 7, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Loser of the Week-

"Sen. Debbie Stabenow (for putting the Fairness Doctrine back in play so hate broadcasting can come to a close)"

Our forefathers warned us about people like the neo-marxist Stabenow that would try to take away our free speech. If a lib opposes a conservative viewpoint is that hate? The neo-marxist will lay down his life to protect freedom of expression for anti-Christain art or porn.

Posted by: leapin | February 6, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

hiberniantears -

I agree a stronger Iran. Did you see how I'madinnerjacket schooled Obummer?

Posted by: leapin | February 6, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, after you posted

"Sweet mother of christ. You're not going to keep this up for the next 1444 to 2905 days, are you?"

Dr. Livingston posted his weblog address as

- wait for it -

SOURCE MATERIAL
--------------------------
Just hit the abuse button.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 6, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry RNC. The Rush-bo crowd says tax cuts for fat cuts, total deregulation of our financial institutions, and "trickle down" theory will solve everything.

Never mind that thinking got us in this mess in the first place. Rush-bo says just go with the status quo. Give me a break. Hopefully the layoffs (which we all are sorry about) will be a wake up call to the obstructionists that the Nation desperately needs the BHO stimulus package.

Winners this week

BHO (for his ongoing fight for the stimulus package for the Nation)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (for putting the Fairness Doctrine back in play so hate broadcasting can come to a close)

Eugene Robinson (for "Idiots of the Universe" discussing the failure of Wall Street to "get it")

Madoff (for staying out of jail despite allegedly bilking the country of $50 billion)

Tyler Perry (for on-demand movie, "The Family That Preys")

Mike Wilbon (for rebutting the Post's Sally Jenkins' idiotic column giving bong-head Michael Phelps a total pass for smoking pot; evidently, USA Swimming and Kellogg agreed with Wilbon -- we all missed Jenkins's defense of NFL's Ricky Williams for smoking pot -- I guess b/c she never wrote one)

Chris Wallace's 3-year-old grandson (for his firm policy of not going to bed until he has been assured that 44 has gone to bed)

Losers

Iceland (for its economic collapse)

Rush-bot idiots (for encouraging lawmakers to mount an "insurgent" "Taliban"-type against BHO's stimulus plan and to bring back Newt's infamous and scary "Contract ON America" because, well, they "hope Obama fails")

Scrivener50 (for....just get some help, my fellow prisoner)


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 6, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

the press just broke on this...

for his initiation, Steele has to go hunting with Dick Cheney

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 6, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Really Nobody Cares.

Posted by: whocares666 | February 6, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The RNC has just elected a chairman (Steele) who has only won elected office once (Lt. Gov) and tried to pass himself off as a Democrat when he ran for Senate in 06.

Steele sounds like a bad used car salesman.


Heckuva Job, Repugs!


Posted by: DrainYou | February 6, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Mass layoffs hit RNC? Bwa ha ha.

Well Steele did proffer to his fellow neo-cons and generic conservative party they needed to be much more obnoxious, contentious, divisive and vile since he didn't consider the last eight years obnoxious, contentious, divisive and vile enough for his ilk and their even more rabid . . their donors.

Interesting to note the GOP's self-confessed admiration for Taliban tactics and the GOP's impetus to emulate their previous enemy: the Taliban's tactics.

What was "fun" in their self-confessed "insurgency" is the fact for the first time in eight years, the GOP actually used the word "insurgency" correctly vs their semantic game's incorrect use of the word to describe Iraqi's defending themselves from our uniformed murderers.

Posted by: spritey | February 6, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Mass layoffs hit RNC? Bwa ha ha.

Well Steele did promise to make sure the neo-cons and generic conservative party was more obnoxious, contentious, divisive and vile since he didn't consider the last eight years obnoxious, contentious, divisive and vile enough for his ilk and their even more rabid . . their donors.

Posted by: spritey | February 6, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

IS THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE BEAM PATH OF EMF...

...GIVING POTUS HEADACHES AND MOOD CHANGES?


It is a known scientific fact that radiation emanating from electromagnetic fields (or electromagnetic radiation-emitting devices) can cause headaches, mood and behavioral changes, even adverse physical effects such as the induction of illness or injury.

Is it possible that some of the high-tech communications (or security protection) devices or weaponry in the vicinity of POTUS are causing physiological effects that could be affecting his sense of well-being -- or perhaps even endangering his health?

Given the advanced state of White House telecommunications and security technology, President Obama and his key staff should give this issue their serious and immediate attention.

Radiation-emitting devices and weaponry have been linked to adverse physical effects. Here is some source material:

http://www..nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 6, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

And what about Karl Rove's enduring conservative ruling majority?! LOL! What a dope!

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 6, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

GOLD STAR HIBERNATORS !!!

for sure.....damn, forgot THAT one!

now you got me going......i'll think of more

you give me promises promises
knew you'd never keep....(EVERYONE SING)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 6, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the timeless melodies of "Mission Accomplished"!

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

((((the babe falls off chair laughing ))

oh yea......
remember, YELLOWCAKE

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 6, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

far out sickeye...
how about this one...
"weapons of mass destruction".....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 6, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Remember Republicans, "the fundamentals of our economy are strong."

Posted by: sickeye3 | February 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD: "Seems like all she does is do interviews in which she blames everyone and everything for her failures."

And in that she differs from other Republicans . . . how?

Posted by: nodebris | February 6, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

hey king...i got one for you:

Presidential promises of the Bush Camp:
the great bull horn moment at 9-11 when the smoke was still billowing.....

"the people that tore down this building will be hearing from us soon"

I believe the Osama bin Laden and Dr. Zawahiri are still alive.

oh yeah...forgot about that one, uh?
Or how about Wanted, Dead or Alive (the wild wild west of those texans!!)

hmmmm.
guess he didn't bring him in alive
and I sure in the hell guess he did NOT bring him in dead.

On Day 17 of this Presidency, you best harken back 7.5 years of the Bush presidency and see what promises are and were NOT kept. The important ones.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 6, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

for sure, who cares about the changing of the guard at the RNC.
LOL....and yes, did they ask Rush "let's see what doctor and prescription i will use today" Limbaugh.

The RNC - Rush's Nembutal Clan

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 6, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Seriously folks, I give you the future of the Repugnantcan Party:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/06/palin-espn-inspired-daughters-name/

ROTFLMAO!!!!!! This is too good!"

Seriously, doesn't she have a job or anything? Seems like all she does is do interviews in which she blames everyone and everything for her failures.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 6, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Zouk, my unit has more digits in its measured length than your IQ. I accept your award, wield it with pride, and donate it to a recycling firm so as to provide more work for my beloved fellow Americans... you know, Americans? You must remember them. Those are the people you and your ilk spent eight years betraying, and for what? A stronger Saudi Arabia and Iran. Way to go Captain Awesome.

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 6, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Zouk... Got Torture? What a shmuck.

Posted by: hiberniantears
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

Congratulations, you win the most urbane and intelligent Lib of the day award. unfortunately, this draws attention to the paucity of lib intelligence. but when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi represent the ultimate in progressivwe thinking, you are in deep doo doo, to state it in terms you nitwits will understand.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 6, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks, I give you the future of the Repugnantcan Party:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/06/palin-espn-inspired-daughters-name/

ROTFLMAO!!!!!! This is too good!

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Zouk... Got Torture? What a shmuck.

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 6, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Strictly speaking, the Repugnantcan primary voters were responsible for nominating McCain... Bozo. Your political party is a joke. Go home.

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 6, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

the campaign promises of the messiah:

Have the most ethical admin - except for those unpatrioitic tax cheats of course.

go through the budget line by line and eliminate waste - no really?

solicit ideas from the opposition and create bipartisanship - now Dems even vote against him

close gitmo - in a year or two, maybe

End the war - what war?

no lobbyists - left behiind that is.

Jimmah, you may not be the most incompetant president after all.

now hurry up and pass all this stuff before someone finds out what is going on.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 6, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

As a conservative Republican I applaud Michael Steele getting rid of the GOP National Committee staff, and cleaning house. These guys were responsible for nominating John McCain, who was, and still is, a RINO (Republican In Name Only). They thought that a "moderate", and someone who kissed a lot of Democrap Socialist butt by bucking conservative Republican issues--and on many occassions opposing President George W. Bush's policies--would appeal to Republicans and Independents and would win. They were wrong. McCain got his clock cleaned because he was NOT a conservative; was NOT a conservative Republican; stood for nothing, and was NOT a fighter in the political arena. While McCain wanted to run, what he called a clean campaign, the Democrap Socialists used every dirty trick, every dishonest means, and every cheap-shot in the book to win. He was in fact trying to run as a Democrap Socialist--light, and that's why he lost. Conservative Republicans either didn't bother supporting McCain in the voting booth, or (like myself) voted for him while holding their noses. Independents didn't support him because he came accross as wishy--washy with no principals. Republicans win when they run on conservative and Republican issues and principals, and lose when they try to be Democrap Socialists me-too butt-kissers. Right on Michael Steele, getting rid of all these lip--service Republicans trying to kow-tow to people who wouldn't vote Republican no matter what you do.

Posted by: armpeg | February 6, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I see the Lib kooks are out in full force today. beats laughing at the amatuer antics of the loon party on display on washington. spend, spend spend, same as it ever was.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 6, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Did Mr. Steele get the OK from party leader Limbaugh?

Palin and Cornyn in 2012!!

Posted by: knjincvc | February 6, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The RNC led by Mr. Steele will continue the modus operandi established by Rove, et al. It has not been that long since Steele ran for the U. S. Senate seat in Maryland in 2006 won in a landslide by Ben Cardin. Steele ran a very dirty campaign wherein he even stooped so low as to try to fool the electorate into thinking he was a Democrat. He also called voters to give the wrong date/time for the election. He targeted Black voters with actions and strategies that played to racial stereotypes in very ugly ways. Sound familiar? If you followed Rove campaign strategies from the outset, you will then see how Steele has swallowed that poison. He turned his back on his brothers and looked down his arrogant nose at them...now he is relegated to the ignominious position of RNC chair. I guess the money must be very good!

Posted by: politico5 | February 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

There is very little demand for the ridiculous Republican Party these days - if all the Republicans want to do is stir up trouble, then be truly patriotic and enlist in the military with Mitt Romney and his three sons and go to Afghanistan where you wack jobs will be better appreciated.

Posted by: danglingwrangler | February 6, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, until the GOP realizes it has to shed its policy of prostituting itself to narrow, one dimensional groups it will be relegated to be the "loyal opposition". The GOP is now seeing the fruits of the "Rovian" political seeds it has sown.

Its prostitution to right wing conservative Christian groups has spawned Sarah Palin and the inability to select a middle road moderate conservative. Most Americans with working neurons realized Gov Palin is in no way ready to be leader of the free world. She will be a boil on the backside of the GOP for a long long time.

The GOP prostitution to limited, one issue groups (viz. "pro Life", anti gay marriage) has resulted in a narrow base that isn't big enough to overcome larger, more moderate backlash.

The "power" conservative Christians think they have is best exemplified by the pre election attitude of an Evangelical leader that "Unless the GOP selects someone we approve of, we will start our own party". Talk about tail wagging the dog !!! The GOP has no one to blame but itself for this.

I won't even get into the mess of an economy we were left with. I'm sure some good people have lost their jobs but its now a matter of payback for the snobbish, elitist, "we know what's best" attitude that the GOP exuded for the past 12 years

Posted by: adipalm1 | February 6, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

DonJasper asks
"Is that really their mind-set? No matter who Obama picks, or what Obama does they're apposed to it?"

That's pretty much it. The Dems, of course, have been doing a bit of that themselves over the last 8 years or so, excepting the 6 to 9 months from sept 2001 into mid 2002.

But at the moment, GOP leadership seems more interested in playing politics than solving problems. That's their option, but I think they're eventually going to regret that course of action.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 6, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Michael Phelps situation should be an indication of what are on the minds of some American. A Gold Medalist?

If you can't beat them? cause them to fall!

Phelps does have himself to blame. But, was it a set up?

Are Americans so spiteful and sick that they will turn on their on kind FOR SELFISH REASONS LIKE PROFIT?

WHAT ABOUT THAT... MR. FUNG?

If Michael Phelps learned anything, it's your friends are not your friends.

President Barack Obama is not that dumb America. Cheney can blast him. Rebots can blast his package. In the end, President Barack Obama will have the last say.

Everything I do from here on in will be written in law. President Barack H. Obama.

No friends in this game Americans!


Posted by: opp88 | February 6, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"IT IS DAY 17 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR "MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER" IS UP TO?"


Sweet mother of christ. You're not going to keep this up for the next 1444 to 2905 days, are you?

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 6, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

EYES ONLY, TO: President Obama; VP Biden; R. Emanuel; D. Blair; J. Brennan; J. Jones; E. Holder; J. Napolitano; R. Gates; L. Panetta; T. Geithner; R. Mueller; H. Reid; N. Pelosi; D. Feinstein; S. Reyes

RE: A Torturous Domestic (Black) Ops Question for Team Obama

IT IS DAY 17 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR "MULTI-AGENCY ACTION CENTER" IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

OR IF LINK IS CORRUPTED:

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 6, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that the RNC will leave no rock or barrel unturned in their quest to restaff. They may change the wrapper, but the fish inside still stinks.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

--" ... to make the case against Obama's pick."--

Is that really their mind-set? No matter who Obama picks, or what Obama does they're apposed to it?

Posted by: DonJasper | February 6, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Your bias always shows. Especially with this sentence, “…in the midst of trying to hold President Obama accountable.” Who are the Republicans to hold anyone accountable after the mess they left.

As President Obama said last night this mess was "wrapped in a bow...when I came into the Oval Office".

The Republicans sure cannot hold anyone “accountable”. We didn’t vote for them and we don’t want to hear from them.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 6, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope the laid-off RNC staffers enjoy their Republican tax cuts. Oh, that's right, they have to have an income to enjoy the tax cuts.

Maybe they can all take an Economics 101 class now and learn that a dollar spent generates $1.50 in stimulus and tax cuts only generate .75 cents in stimulus.

Posted by: SueRi | February 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Out goes the bad air. Hope some good air gets in. I am a former Young Republican (pre-Reagyn and The Year of the Bible) who was also an ACLU member. I would like to see the Grand Old Party recover some grandness. Until then, I will remain a registered independent.
I am a fiscal conservative, but I think a large stimulus is a necessary evil at this time. Where were all those fiscal conservatives who now oppose the stimulus package, when Bush was running up the deficits? I do think the stimulus package is too large. Why not pass the public works part of it right away, and fight about the other parts separately. That would be a real change in business as usual.

Posted by: atackley | February 6, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The communications staff got laid off. Good.

When Mike Duncan showed up on NPR and started talking in non-sequiturs like Sarah Palin, I knew something was desperately wrong with the Republibamas. Not only were they off-message, they didn't even know how to send whatever feeble message they had!

Posted by: bs2004 | February 6, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hope the newly laid-off Republican enjoy the Bush-Cheney-GOP job market.

Posted by: hairguy01 | February 6, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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