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"Worst Week in Washington" winner: Robert Gibbs!

There wasn't much debate about who deserved the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington" award this week.

As we wrote -- in a column that will come out in the newspaper tomorrow -- Gibbs' acknowledgment that there were enough competitive House seats for Republicans to win the majority this fall set off a classic Washington circular firing squad.

Meetings were called, House Members fumed and Gibbs, ultimately, revisited his initial comment to make clear that he believed Democrats would hold the House in the fall.

Republicans celebrated Gibbs' remark as a validation of the argument they had been making for months, quickly seeking to capitalize with donors and activists.

Gibbs became the story this week -- never a good thing for a staffer even one as powerful as the press secretary. For that, Gibbs wins the Fix's "Worst Week in Washington". Congrats, or something.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
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Being awarded "Worst Week" for stating a fact ... "Many seats are in play" gotta love the Left for flying off the handle .

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | July 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give credit where credit is due...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/07/mcconnell-on-tea-party-racism.html

Tea party leader expelled over slavery letter

This column doesn't mention the expulsion of Mark Williams, but if you google his name, you'll see several news stories on it.

Again, the NAACP resolution did not call tea partiers racist. The resolution simply denounced racist elements.

And now the Tea Paty has joined in with the NAACP in denouncing one of their own racist elements.

Good for them. Let's hope this isn't the last.

Posted by: DDAWD
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Dbagging Free Luch Partiers follow my lead.
We can't defend Barry's policies so once again...chant with me...Tea Party Racist...
New Post-Racial Panther Party Racist..oops

Posted by: leapin | July 19, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give credit where credit is due...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/07/mcconnell-on-tea-party-racism.html

Tea party leader expelled over slavery letter

This column doesn't mention the expulsion of Mark Williams, but if you google his name, you'll see several news stories on it.

Again, the NAACP resolution did not call tea partiers racist. The resolution simply denounced racist elements.

And now the Tea Paty has joined in with the NAACP in denouncing one of their own racist elements.

Good for them. Let's hope this isn't the last.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 18, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues wrote,
"There's no secret here. Noacoler has posted his facebook page here before, and anyone is welcome to go there, including you."

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That post must have been before my time. We have cute cats but they're not on Facebook.

Posted by: Brigade | July 18, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Phil and Wendy Gramm architects of the repeal would be stunned to discover from brigade that they are now being called partisan Ds. try googling Gramm-leach-bliley since you delusionally believe that Ds crafted the repeal legislation.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 18, 2010 7:25 PM
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I never said Gramm was a D, old chap, nor that Ds were architects of the bill. I said the vote was 90-8 in the Senate and Clinton signed it; that's what you call bi-partisanship. I don't see how you blame Republicans and give Dems a pass on a bill that popular.

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

Brigade apparently is convinced that Phil Gramm, Congressmen Leach and Bliley were all Ds and has no idea how many Senate votes are required to override a POTUS veto.
Phil and Wendy Gramm architects of the repeal would be stunned to discover from brigade that they are now being called partisan Ds. try googling Gramm-leach-bliley since you delusionally believe that Ds crafted the repeal legislation.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 18, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

What? You people should be ashamed.

Posted by: Brigade | July 18, 2010 4:59 PM
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There's no secret here. Noacoler has posted his facebook page here before, and anyone is welcome to go there, including you. Chris has a mega cute puppy and pictures of his house going up in Vietnam.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

See my response to Drindl. The idea is to put a check on Obama

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But that is incongruent with what the GOP is doing.  Checking Obama would mean getting some reliably electable candidates into office, a goal immiscible with nominating far right fringe nutbars like Angle and Paul.  You push the envelope with extremists when your goal is to take the county in a radically new direction, not when your goal is restore check and balance.

Not buying it, Brigade.  Get Graham in and Palin out and we can talk.

Gửi từ iPad của tôi

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh zouk give it up, you're so many seasons into reruns. Assuming it's possible to block me, assuming the short IT staff at this floundering paper can come up with something that an expert in computer security and networking is powerless to circumvent, or lacks the will to, what of it? This blog is an idle passtime for me, something to do in the interstices of work for a guy who can meet his objectives with plenty of time to spare, my emotional investment here is all but nonexistent. Placidly amidst the noise and haste, so to speak.

But you?

You get up in the early hours to gather screeds from ma y hate sites, you post here all day, you maintain ma y monikers... Your investment is total. If you are banned or blocked it will be calamity for you. Without drindl to call drivl and chrisfox8 to call ped, what will you do with your life? It'll be like a professional athlete losing his
Legs.

And should the new thing be block poster, whom do you really think will be the more blocked? Candidly? How many here do you think are going to want more of Obungler and berry and DDunce? Like,nobody.

Only two pieces of data distinguish posters here: registration and IP. There is no magic. It will be one of the four I enumerated. And I'm getting busier now, getting my house ready to sell. The new one is almost done now, and 37th has driven away mist if those I enjoyed reading.

Make whatever hay you want of that.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

'" Billy Roper is a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas and an unapologetic white nationalist. "I don't want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status," he says.

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Write-in candidates usually do well.

Posted by: Brigade | July 18, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@noa,

go online at kinky.com.


Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 1:48 PM

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What? You people should be ashamed.

Posted by: Brigade | July 18, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Now, I expect Republican loyalties from stupid and punitive people and my world is coherent seeing those glassy-eyed third-grade dropouts at the TP rallies; it makes sense to me if dedicated haters (hi, zouk!) are Republicans."

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See my response to Drindl. The idea is to put a check on Obama. I can't think of any way Republicans can regain control of the government before 2012. Can you? Of course, it doesn't take much to check these loons in power now; huge majorities in the house and senate (filibuster-proof until recently) and they still whined about "Roadblock Republicans."

Posted by: Brigade | July 18, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

They will give more tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, who will find themselves getting their Social Security and Medicare slashed or abolished.

If you want to destroy the middle class of America, be sure to vote Republican.

Posted by: drindl | July 18, 2010 1:20 PM
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I wonder how this will be accomplished unless Obama signs on. Of course we still have those dozen Democratic Senators who voted FOR the Bush tax cuts. Haven't heard a peep about voting them out of office. Is it possible Republicans and Democrats could unite on more tax cuts for the rich with a sizable enough majority to override an Obama veto? Even repeal Social Security and Medicare? Or maybe Obama would just bend over and sign it.
According to Drindl, it's really something about which to be concerned.


Leichtman1 still blames those evil Republicans for repeal of Glass-Steagall even though the bill passed the Senate 90-8 and was signed by Bill Clinton. It's amazing how Republicans can always find bi-partisan support when they want to "destroy the middle class," but Obama can't seem to master the art. Go figure.

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

What surprises me is that no-one has drawn the obvious inference as to what will follow, namely a shutdown of the US government.

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See, this is the part I don't understand.  Anyone with a working mind just has to know that Republicans coming back I to power would be really, really bad for the country.  No, not fiscal responsibility and national defense or any of the so-called issues, but truly painful times; families breaking apart, relationships destroyed by calamity, despair, cruelty, suicide, malnourished children, and, that ultimate expression of hard times, beloved pets dropped off at shelters to be euthanized.

Now, I expect Republican loyalties from stupid and punitive people and my world is coherent seeing those glassy-eyed third-grade dropouts at the TP rallies; it makes sense to me if dedicated haters (hi, zouk!) are Republicans.  People too stupid or too demon-ridden, yup, gotcha, the GOP is for them.  It stands to reason.  Self-interest for such people takes a back seat to the joy of seeing others in pain, or to being intellectually incapable of foreseeing the consequences.

But then we get to people smart enough to know better .. people who have enough brains to get a university degree and hold a responsible job, and still root for the GOP.  I concluded long ago that the gracious host sees it like a ball team, and he's wearing the jersey and the cap with the Republican colors, and there's probably some vanity in there too, a mediocre writer and barely above average mind rubbing shoulders with senators and governors.  But it still stinks.

For me the real pivot point was torture.  Racism probably has a neurological foundation, it lives in our blindest posts (credit to 12Bar for this one) and it's expression in politics and society is a malfunction of some imperative that is there for our own good.  But torture is elective.  Even were torture an effective form of interrogation, and most of its advocates are aware isn't, the decision to torture is a deliberate and cerebral one with no foundation in neuroscience or genetics.  And when the Republican Party embraced it, many left.  

Those who remained are, in my mind, morally culpable, inescapably bound to abhorrence, and, to a man, depraved.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ped says:

you can't fire me. I quit.


Hahahahahaha

Posted by: Moonbat | July 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@noa,

go online at facebook.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I forgot. That is the TP crown prince Marco Rubio.

He's now lagging Crist. The national implications of this race are not as clear as Angle & Paul who are running against Democrats.

However, Rubio's lagging polls do not attest to the strength of TP support. It looks like once the TP gets their candidate through the primary, that's the extent of their support. Looks like the R's bet on the wrong candidate: it should have been Crist (duh).

Polling of Americans' views of the Tea Party show declining favorables. Nothing in the polling tells me that the TP is picking up support, rather it is the opposite.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

'" Billy Roper is a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas and an unapologetic white nationalist. "I don't want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status," he says.

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Ugh. Ugh. Not a racist movement, huh?

So outa here, and here too.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What surprises me is that no-one has drawn the obvious inference as to what will follow, namely a shutdown of the US government.
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IMO, that is the objective of the R. voters. What seems to us an abhorent result is exactly what they want. They want to freeze government until R's can take over complete control and then roll back all changes.

What is really unfortunate is that I doubt that moderates and true independents actually want this. They are the ones who should be warned, because they may not vote R.

I know that history and current polling indicate real problems for Democrats in the midterms. That's at a macro level. But, when you break it down to individual races, the great Republican surge doesn't seem so great.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Again, just because it would follow traditional patterns it is possible that Rs cuold take the House. But then what? What surprises me is that no-one has drawn the obvious inference as to what will follow, namely a shutdown of the US government.

It seems obvious to me that a shutdown will happen – the Republicans of today are both more extreme and more disciplined than last time they were in a position to shut down the government, and they did it then. And they hate Obama at least as much now as they hated Clinton in 1995.

They’ll launch endless, pointless investigations of Obama. And at least some of these will have a nasty, racial tinge, but they will all be ugly, disruptive and expensive.

They will deregulate the oil and financial industries, meaning more blowouts and a Great Depression. They will not create jobs -- they don't give a damn about ordinary people. As Sharron Aangle said, 'creating jobs isn't my job."

They will give more tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, who will find themselves getting their Social Security and Medicare slashed or abolished.

If you want to destroy the middle class of America, be sure to vote Republican.

Posted by: drindl | July 18, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL. It's so hard keeping the jakes straight, as long as it isn't the original jake.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Interesting chart, 12Bar. I heard a good line on CSPAN today. Given that the pundits were predicting an Obama victory in NH the day of the primary, making firm predictions 5 months out is silly.

Incidentally, that's Jake3D posting, not JakeD3. Different folks.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Interesting chart, 12Bar. I heard a good line on CSPAN today. Given that the pundits were predicting an Obama victory in NH the day of the primary, making firm predictions 5 months out is silly.

Incidentally, that's Jake3D posting, not JakeD3. Different folks.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to stick my head in the sand about the mood of the country that improves the Republicans' election chances. The R's will pick up seats--maybe even take over the House.

What I am questioning is WHICH Republicans will be elected. If the TP Homecoming King and Queen can't win, does that mean it will be establishment Republicans who will win?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

As the tea party continues to draw more extremist characters, it is going to keep dragging the R party further into the muck:

'" Billy Roper is a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas and an unapologetic white nationalist. "I don't want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status," he says.

Roper also is a tea party member who says he has been gathering support for his cause by attending tea party rallies. "We go to these tea parties all over the country," Roper said. "We're looking for the younger, potentially more radical people."

The Council of Conservative Citizens, a St. Louis-based group that promotes the 'preservation of the white race,' has sponsored its own tea parties in some Southern states.

The council's website has referred to blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity" and said non-white immigration would turn the country into a "slimy brown mass of glop." Gordon Baum, the group's founder, told The Star that the council encourages members to participate in tea parties. [...]

Roper, a former organizer for the neo-Nazi National Alliance and now chairman of White Revolution, said he has been attending tea party rallies to recruit members and garner support for his 2010 write-in campaign for Arkansas governor.

"Liberals think these are all poor, angry, working-class whites, but that's not true," said white nationalist movement scholar Leonard Zeskind. "It's a solid middle class. The belief that these are people hit by the economic downturn is a myth. It's people who have what they want and don't want it taken away. They're defending white privilege. Their slogan is 'We want our country back.'"

Posted by: drindl | July 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think they match exactly what the Tea Party people wish for our nation.

Posted by: jake3D | July 18, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I think they match exactly what the Tea Party people wish for our nation.

Posted by: jake3D | July 18, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The New York Times had a good article about how trivial and shallow political discourse had become in this country, and used this story as an example of it. That the whole Republican MSM machinery could go into high-geared hysteria over this demonstrates how meaningless political coverage has become.

Everyone knows it is POSSIBLE that the opposition party could take back congress EVERY election. Duh. That does not mean that it is LIKELY.

Posted by: drindl | July 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

About the BART police officer shooting the guy in the back:

There is a Pro Mehserle rally today in Walnut Creek. The organizers have refused to identify themselves. The put up a facebook page, but have taken it down now cause I can't find it. They are expecting maybe 150 people.

Some people think these protesters are police officers or family to try to get Mehserle's sentence reduced.

Walnut Creek police are gearing up for this. I'll be interested in seeing pictures of the rally.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party ravers have picked some really weird characters to etch their politics in the minds of Americans.
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We might find their views extreme, but I think that TP people would say that both of these candidates represent TP views very well.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues,

The Tea Party ravers have picked some really weird characters to etch their politics in the minds of Americans. (Angle or Paul? It is a tough choice but I like Angle for her endearing hypocrisy and maybe, just maybe, I can get a Scientology Massage - If can help the prisoners it has got to be great!)

The Dems have been slow to the draw in tarring the Republicans with their own glop.

Jake in 3D

Posted by: jake3D | July 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah zouk whatever.

You need a new act. Really.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@jaked3,

I watch the KY and NV Senate races as bellweather races for this Tea Party/Throw out the incumbent fever.

In NV, it looks like Angle's lead has evaporated.

In KY, Rand Paul's lead is also shrinking, although he's still ahead.

Look at the graph to see the trendlines. I

http://www.pollster.com/polls/ky/10-ky-sen-ge-pvc.php
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If THESE Tea Party candidates don't look like shoo-ins, then I don't get what the Republican insurgency is.

It's like the polls show Americans want to vote in Republicans, but no specific Republican.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 18, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If there was little debate about Robert Gibbs having the WWW, then there should have been a second round of coffee at the Fix household.

For almost a year now the Fix has been filled with Republican talking points about how the Democrats risk losing the house and possibly the Senate (if not the White House). It was this site wasn't it that provide all the following breathless coverage or am I mistaken?

There have been many reasons given for the demise of the Democratic majorities. At first it was the Tea Party movement. The Fix was the last blog to acknowledge it was just a group of Republican extremists but at first the narrative here was that it was a huge spontaneous nationwide uprising. That was presented here as the beginning of the cleansing.

Then it was Brown, McDonnell and Cristie getting elected. This was certain a very bad portent. (The loss of contested district for the House were virtually ignored....NY23)

Then it was Health Care Reform and Financial Reform but there was much in the legislative agenda that was dissected here from a certain POV.

Then there were the waves of partisan insider polls from you know which party.
Now there are truly independent polls that indicate that the fall elections will be competitive for the leadership of the house. No one except the friends of the Fix think it is a sure thing the Dems are out but one can hope....

After all that cheer leading by the Fix, when Gibbs alludes to the true possibility of a leadership change in House, he is chosen as having the WWW?

Oh my!

Posted by: jake3D | July 18, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

YouCanPostThis,

I think that was your Mom calling:

"37, my little 37, your sippy cup is ready."

Posted by: jake3D | July 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The leftists on this blog must be ashamed of the NAACP


None of them have defended this "resolution" which does nothing.


This "resolution" is NOT post-racial.

The nation was promised a POST-RACIAL atmosphere GET IT ?


Ironically, the nation DID vote for a post-racial atmosphere.


It is Obama who is NOT post-racial. Let me be clear. Is Obama getting on the phone and stopping the NAACP from passing this "resolution?" NO.


This is the ironic part of the present situation - Obama is not being Post-racial - the leftists are not being post-racial.


Same situation with the health care debate - the country wanted a bipartisan bill. It was Obama and the democrats DEMANDING A PARTISAN BILL.


Let me be clear: Obama is a FRAUD.

Plain and simple.


Sterotyping is racism.

What the NAACP did this week is sterotyping and RACIST.

There is no other way around it - an honest and reasonable person must agree.

Furthermore - this "resolution" does nothing for racial progress - it sets race relations back.

The Tea Party people invited the NAACP leaders to come to a Tea Party to see - they are talking about limited government and economic issues.


WHO IS REACHING OUT FOR WHO? WHO IS TRYING TO MAKE THE RACIAL PROGRESS???

In 2008 - we got the 2008 platform - now we are getting what Obama really thinks - OBAMA IS A FRAUD.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 18, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Who will you annoy all day Pedant after you are forcibly evicted from here.

We would like to watch your spiral down into state sponsored care. Next you'll lose your job. Then the money runs out. Then the big overseas rip off you never saw coming. Maybe you and drivl could found a 12 step program for recovering stooges. You share so much. The bitterness. The empty lives. The lack of any meaning. The extreme views. The utter lack of an ingenuity. The love of coercion. The nastiness to others. The economic ignorance. Like two rotting peas.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The worst week in Washington should go to the NAACP - at the beginnng of the week they had some statue and credibility.


Now, they have destroyed all their credibility and no one will listen to them ever again.


Even worse, the NAACP has now engaged in the same sterotyping and racism which they are supposed to be against.

Martin Luther King advanced universal principles which apply to everyone -

The NAACP has abandoned universal principles - in favor of partisan politics - and in favor of deceptive talk which has no basis in fact.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 18, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Give it a rest, shutterbug, nobody cares.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Could short timer get any more bitter facing eradication?

Posted by: Moonbat | July 18, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

It seems more and more plain that Cillizza is simply rudderless.

Yes Republicans gained a talking point. So the fate of the nation is like a game show?

I can see why this is a popular blog; like most of what's popular, the blog is shallow and superficial.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Pass the popcorn.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Mark, part of the irritation (well, almost all the irritation) among the House Democrats is that they are the ones actually getting stuff done. As productive as the Senate has been, the House is far more so.

House Dems aren't mad at Gibbs for speaking the truth. They are mad because the Senate and the WH haven't been doing enough to prevent Gibbs' words from being the truth.

Posted by: DDAWD
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DDAWD, thanks for a different slant. I heard the Speaker's words as frustrated because Gibbs did not play the role of football cheerleader. The House has every reason to want BHO to sell the D programs
and sell them hard. They want a Prez who will join the fight, because they think he would be an effective pitch man, and because he has the bully pulpit. That does not require public ire.

More to the point of this article, what does it say when the political press is snarky enough to call a pol who told a simple truth "the biggest loser?" Does the WaPo prefer deception? Why would it not call Gibbs' detractors the "losers"? I know - CC would say he was suggesting that Gibbs' fortunes within the D Party were diminished during the week that followed his utterance, and the Rs gained a "talking point". To which I would reply: "So what?"

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The "best week" in Washington may not be the President, but Senator Akaka of Hawaii whose Native Hawaiian recognition bill might finally make it to the Senate, following support by Republican Gov. Lingle. Should make for interesting voting by various Senators.

http://westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2010/07/16/local//local03.txt

Posted by: mesondk | July 18, 2010 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Mark, part of the irritation (well, almost all the irritation) among the House Democrats is that they are the ones actually getting stuff done. As productive as the Senate has been, the House is far more so.

House Dems aren't mad at Gibbs for speaking the truth. They are mad because the Senate and the WH haven't been doing enough to prevent Gibbs' words from being the truth.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The media manufactured "fued" this week between Pelosi and variously, Gibbs or the "White House".

Gibbs was making a pre-scripted statement, to prompt Progressives to mobilize for the fall. That's it...

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | July 17, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

DUMP OBAMA! CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012! SHE'S THE ONLY DEMOCRAT WHO CAN KEEP THE REPUBLICANS FROM WINNING! CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012!!! PASS IT ON! OBAMA IS TOXIC WASTE!!! WE NEED HILLARY CLINTON!!! NOW! NOW!

Posted by: georges2 | July 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The new format will consist of the liberal loon mutual admiration echo chamber. All non conforming voices will be silenced. Drivl will serve as topic coordinator, since she has nothing but time. Ddunce has been chosen as the foil to ask the questions such as " why is Obama so wonderful? And " Can the rest of us ever live up to the moral mountain He inhabits. ? BJ is racism coordinator and white outreach. Ped will be banned for obvious reasons.

All Ye non worshipers, seek salvation elsewhere.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 17, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@babe,

None of us know what's going to happen to the comments section. Just that something is going to change. Noacoler has some experience in this area and has his speculation which might turn out to be right.

All I heard about unemployment is that it WILL pass and will be retroactive. Hope that works out without glitches.

So, AZ is really feeling the effect of lost tourism? I never know what is REALLY going on there, because the people who claim to know the most don't live there. Now, you are there, so your opinion has more credibility.

Jobs are scarce everywhere (but North Dakota apparently). In northern CA, it's getting a tiny bit better, but not much.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know what type of format the Fix is going to????
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Oh yeah, Congress going on Fourth of July vacation got me mad, when they didn't vote on unemployment extensions. But if they vote, the benefits are retro-active....at least that is what I hear. But if everyone has to file a NEW CLAIM, they have no base period because they didn't work.

And not voting didn't help the people that fell off the rolls.

CNN Press has been reporting that people are not looking any longer and have simply taken themselves out of the job market. Truth is -their benefits ran out and they are off unemployment and can't be counted. When the unemployment stats from 9.7% start to go down, don't be fooled that there are more people working. Truth is more people got knocked off unemployment. Job reports -one hears about 100,00 new jobs created across the county. Heck, that is not enough.

So the press is naturally going to think that the people on unemployment, not being counted, means better reports and numbers.
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Jobs are not happening. And they are not being created fast enough. The shovel ready jobs all the states said they had didn't pan out. They got stimulus money for these shovel ready jobs, but nothing seemed to happen. Like the states took the money and ran somewhere else with it.

Arizona has taken such a fall because of that new law. Not even in affect yet and we've been hit badly. NO jobs are being produced and we didn't really have them in the first place! We have something like 13.5% unemployment. It's so sad. I like my state but not the elected officials.
They are stepping all over this state.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 17, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Since the discussion on Gibbs has reached exhaustion, ho hum, I want to go off topic.

The GOP strategy of obstruction is paying off for Republicans -- big time. The public is blaming Democrats, not Republicans, for the government dysfunction that has resulted from Republican obstructionist tactics, because Democrats are in charge.

Greg Sargent over at the Plum Line has been making this case for some time. Americans tend to view politics as a blood sport, he says. If the D's get blocked by the R's, Americans tend to blame the D's for not breaking through the block.

"The most visible example of GOP obstruction yet has been the blockade of an extension of unemployment benefits. The poll shows the public overwhelmingly supports this extension (62%) -- and it also shows the public is deeply frustrated with the workings of Federal government. Yet despite these two facts, Republicans are now leading in the generic Congressional matchup."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/the_gop_strategy_of_obstructio.html
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He may very well be right which would indicate the D's need to get a lot tougher about getting things done.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 17, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is an idiot.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | July 17, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

At least he speaks without a teleprompter!

Posted by: Indi1 | July 17, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It always seems to cause an uproar in Washington when someone voices the truth.

Posted by: mocmao | July 17, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Next week, the "best week" award will go to the FIX posters with the introduction of the NEW COMMENTS system.

We are really hoping that discussion will be more thoughtful and more respectful.

Hooray for us.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 17, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse


The best week goes to President Obama.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 17, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse


typo----it might happen

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The Fix is one of the most popular columns on the Washington Post. I am sure Chris will survive.

On Gibbs, he's the Press Secretary, they are supposed to get in trouble so no one else does. Get it.

They commonly last 2 years. Or if re-election occurs, there is another one.

I saw the Meet the Press segment. Or was it This Week? I saw nothing wrong. He stated it, he might happen.

I don't know what the fuss is but yeah, I agree. He had the worst week.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

It goes to show what sorry shape the country's in when the "biggest loser" in Washington for the week---and the one who generated the most heat---is a good soldier to his cause who only told the truth. Note: he only said they COULD lose the House; he didn't say he thought it WOULD happen.

Poor devil, Robert. Don't EVER tell the truth in Washington! Just lie and spin; that's all they want to hear.
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HA! C'mon now you and I both know no one could do it better than.....

Ari Fretcher
Scott McCallum (?)
Tony Snowe
Dana Perino

Where do you people get this crap from...Chris Cillizza knows his job is on the line because after November, most aren't going to even want to read his writing!

Posted by: danders5000 | July 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

IF the congressional Ds had responded by Speaker Pelosi or Leader Hoyer agreeing with the obvious truth spoken by Gibbs, and then said that is why we have to raise more money and push hard on our successes and contrast our actual positions with the Rs and get more help from our colleagues in the WH, the press would have labeled the Ds as "realistic and determined".

The D circular firing squad was the loser - probably Speaker P.'s first reaction deserved the personal "glory".

I agree with the others who have noted that blaming the messenger who brings serious tidings is a D.C. game that we voters despise.

What will you in the press tell us when Simpson - Bowles tells us the acutely obvious fact that we require careful budgeting, cost cutting, and tax increases?
After every political leader shoots the messengers then, will the press talk of that committee as losers, or of Congress [Rs and Ds] and by extension, the USA, as lost?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 17, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't watch TV, so I didn't see all this fuming about Gibbs comment.

Personally, what he said seemed to be a "word to the wise" (always good) and probably was not a gaffe, but was a carefully designed statement.

If Gibbs comment wins him this "award", hm, well, ok. I can't get exercised about it. His statement doesn't seem egregious to me.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 17, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I just want to see the leftists apply the same standards to both sides.


You hear the leftists wanting to make exception for the "random crazies" who they say are on their side - the Black Panthers, Rev Wright - the guy Obama appointed to the Environmental Czar position, Bill Ayers.

But the "random crazies" who may have had misspelled signs at the Tea Party - OH THEY ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF 80 MILLION AMERICANS - THESE ARE GRAVE INJUSTICES WHICH MUST BE REPEATED AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS TIME AND TIME AGAIN - that is the attitude of the leftists.


There is a complete lack of reason on the leftists side.

And as Obama has plunged in the polls, the leftists have gotten nuttier - insisting on things that simply are not true.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Worst Week? For telling the truth?

Who's next? All of the people who have been telling the truth that Obamacare is a losing POS.

Posted by: joelinpdx | July 17, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Bob geobbles, the minister of propoganda, was not allowed to be transparent. How will obungler thrive if the truth gets out?

Posted by: Moonbat | July 17, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

It goes to show what sorry shape the country's in when the "biggest loser" in Washington for the week---and the one who generated the most heat---is a good soldier to his cause who only told the truth. Note: he only said they COULD lose the House; he didn't say he thought it WOULD happen.

Poor devil, Robert. Don't EVER tell the truth in Washington! Just lie and spin; that's all they want to hear.

Posted by: Brigade | July 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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