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Taking Cheap Shots at the Tea Party

[ 30 ] July 27, 2011 |

John McCain, letting his “maverick” out, in response to Tea Partiers who believe that the Democrats and Obama would get the full blame for a default:

By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.

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  1. efgoldman says:

    Why is that a cheap shot?
    I mean, not counting the fact that POW-in-chief has been part of the most obstructionist senate minority in history. Other than that.

  2. actor212 says:

    Yea, where the fuck was he when those two loons were running, huh?

  3. Malaclypse says:

    “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell Sarah Palin into [a] G.O.P. nominees.”

  4. Anderson says:

    The jeering, too, is quoted from the WSJ.

    The one time McCain says something both true and amusing, it’s a quotation.

    (Now I have to think how scary it is that the WSJ op-ed page said something both true and amusing.)

    The Tea Partiers, of course, bear more of a resemblance to Saruman’s orcs squabbling with Sauron’s orcs than they do to hobbits.

  5. Gern Blanston says:

    So says the dude who picked Sarah Palin as his running mate after a rigorous Google search.

  6. Ed says:

    Speaking of cheap shots, during Palin’s brief time in office she was not an extremist and in some matters she’s to the left of Mike Huckabee.

    McCain remembers well the government shutdown debacle for the Republicans in the Clinton years, I’m sure.

  7. Njorl says:

    I’m curious as to what happens if insanity prevails. By law, the President must spend the money as directed by Congress, and must also refrain from spending money as directed by Congress. It seems to me that this budgetary netherworld gives him complete discretion as to which budget items get money and which do not.

    I certainly hope that Obama has considered ruthlessly base political calculus as to how the money gets prioritized. The power of the president can be very dangerous in this kind of legal vacuum. He should be reminding the Republicans of that.

    • efgoldman says:

      I don’t know why this has never occurred to me before, but based on what you say….
      “Raising the debt ceiling” (amending a section of one law) is NOT the same as “Spending the money Congress has appropriated.”
      He doesn’t even have to go 14th Amendment on their asses, he just has to announce which law he’s following.
      This is so obvious, even Great Orange Satan (or at least his staffers) ought to have seen it by now, right?

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