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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:52 PM

“It’s a shit show”

from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/are-these-guys-really-in-charge-of-the-republican


WASHINGTON — Forget the Republican Party’s need to rebrand itself. Forget party elders' promises that they will start reaching out to minorities. And forget the supposed soul-searching that is meant to sweep over the GOP as it undergoes a serious reexamination of its future.

Right now, Republicans are having trouble even getting out of their own way.

Conservative groups are splintering. The Romney campaign has dissolved into backbiting and billing disputes. A “plan B” to avert the fiscal cliff proved to be a colossal embarrassment. A teetotaling Idaho senator has been charged with drunk driving. But the most striking symptom of the GOP’s horrible moment is the party’s inability to get done what virtually everyone here knows is in its political best interest: A hasty surrender.

It’s difficult to find a Republican operative who is willing to say on the record that going over the fiscal cliff next Tuesday is a good idea. Provoking a crisis is bad politics: Republicans are resigned to taking the blame. And it’s bad for their policy agenda: They will likely be cornered into a broader tax hike than the best deal they could get from President Barack Obama today, and with none of the spending cuts that might now be on the table.

“It’s a shit show,” one prominent Republican told BuzzFeed of the GOP’s messaging position. “Tax rates are going to go up on everyone, and we’re going to get the blame.”


read: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/are-these-guys-really-in-charge-of-the-republican


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Reply “It’s a shit show” (Original post)
bigtree Dec 2012 OP
L0oniX Dec 2012 #1
malaise Dec 2012 #19
patrice Dec 2012 #2
lunasun Dec 2012 #3
Cha Dec 2012 #20
Barack_America Dec 2012 #4
Skittles Dec 2012 #5
barbtries Dec 2012 #6
Skraxx Dec 2012 #7
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #8
randome Dec 2012 #9
iemitsu Dec 2012 #10
Berlum Dec 2012 #11
whathehell Dec 2012 #23
DevonRex Dec 2012 #12
Rex Dec 2012 #16
DevonRex Dec 2012 #22
Rex Dec 2012 #27
JoeyT Dec 2012 #13
Rex Dec 2012 #14
sellitman Dec 2012 #15
Rex Dec 2012 #17
madokie Dec 2012 #18
mtasselin Dec 2012 #21
eggplant Dec 2012 #24
sellitman Dec 2012 #25
vlyons Dec 2012 #26
Warren Stupidity Dec 2012 #28
arely staircase Dec 2012 #29
stillwaiting Dec 2012 #30
Scurrilous Dec 2012 #31

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:55 PM

1. You fucking assholes voted to spend more money on the military everytime Bush asked for it.

Now you want the poor and elderly to pay for it! Fuck you GOP!

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:26 PM

19. THey're fucking themselves

every which way and I'm freaking lovin' it!!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:57 PM

2. K&R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:13 PM

3. Tax rates are going to go up on everyone, and we’re going to get the blame.”

A lot of the media seems to be blaming Obama
underinformed just go with what their ears hear

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Response to lunasun (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:26 PM

20. Exactly, if the US mediawhore contingent can blame Pres Obama and the Dems,

they will.

They're the same media they've been for the last 12 years that I've been watching their lazy gopropaganda plutocratic a$$.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:16 PM

4. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving bunch of folks.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:18 PM

5. they cause hardship for the American people

and all they are concerned about is their reputation

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:35 PM

6. they should get the blame.

IT'S THEIR FAULT.
fucking motherfuckers. sorry for screaming

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:36 PM

7. No Matter What Happens, Payroll Taxes Are DEFNINITELY Going Up!

And yup, Repubs will get the blame for that VERY noticeable change that pretty much everyone that gets a paycheck is going to notice.

Ha Ha!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:37 PM

8. A very wise man once told me

"Most wounds are self inflicted", I believe that bit of wisdom applies in this case.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:43 PM

9. I don't think Republicans care about tax rates any more than a plant 'cares' about sunlight.

It's an issue they latched onto but it has no philosophical underpinnings other than greed and 'fuck everyone else'.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:45 PM

10. Who ever thought a "shit show" would be so much fun?

The best part is how clearly the "shit show" demonstrates that republicans are trying to serve two masters and what happens when those masters' goals diverge.
Both parties, it seems, would have been better off if they had avoided creating the artificial crisis we are calling, "the fiscal cliff". While it is clear that both parties planned (in true Shock Doctrine fashion) to use "the cliff" to justify further cuts, to programs that help working Americans, and to chip away at Social Security, what is actually happening is their game is being exposed.
Both parties are pushing agendas that American citizens don't want and don't support. If the political parties were working together, some form of those agendas would have already been passed. But because some republicans are so insistent on draconian cuts, for most to subsidize the few, the game has been delayed giving Americans time to ponder the circumstances that led to the crisis.
Democrats have had time to call their congress-people and the President to complain about Social Security cuts (which have no business being part of the discussion), Republicans are asking themselves, "who do my elected representatives really work for, me or the 1%?", and all Americans are coming to realize that we are being played by politicians (and the media), who are not interested in doing what is right or what is good for our country.
No matter what they say, no governing body wants that sort of transparency.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:52 PM

11. "We fart in America's face." - Republican Torture Freaks (R)

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Response to Berlum (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:42 PM

23. Um, would you mind a warning before you go that "graphic"?

Thanks.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:53 PM

12. Obama has played the Republicans like a fiddle. For revenge.

Every offer has gotten smaller. He knows they won't take any offer he makes. So they look more foolish for not having taken previous, more generous offers. At first I wondered why he made so many. Now I realize it was to keep making them look stupid. To keep them in disarray. Now they're imploding.

Major newspapers are calling them incapable of governing. Now, even they accept the blame. At last.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:19 PM

16. I am still waiting to see what the excuse will be

when nothing gets cut and the GOP caves in finally and gives Obama whatever he wants. They cannot have far to go to being a destroyed party and all our POTUS has to do is just keep feeding them rope.

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Response to Rex (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:33 PM

22. After we go off the cliff and taxes go up

then they'll try to claim that they're then cutting taxes. See??? It's all so simple.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #22)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:12 PM

27. Haha you jest, but yeah

they will SO do that...while telling their flock on Foxnews how scary Obamacare is. A form of longterm brain rot imo.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:12 PM

13. I love that picture.

Cantor looks like he's thinking "If it weren't for all these cameras I'd shank that orange motherfucker.".

Bohner looks drunk (as usual) and McConnell looks high, so it's not like anyone could stop him.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:15 PM

14. WAIT...you mean after 30 years of horrible policy

and denying any wrong doing, the GOP is going to FINALLY for the FIRST time take some blame?

BULLSHIT.

They ARE the problem.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:18 PM

15. The mainstream media will blame Obama 24/7

If you think Congress will get the blame you are delusional.

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Response to sellitman (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:20 PM

17. That will be nothing new. The M$M

will do whatever their paymasters tell them to do. Not like they are an objective group of reporters.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:26 PM

18. Boneheads days are numbered

check out pretty boy and the chin, both of them have that, bonehead you are so gone, look in their eyes

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:32 PM

21. Wait

Until a deal gets done an even though I voted for the prez twice I can't say that I trust him. In the past he has given in to those bastards to often an remember what boner said last year that he got 98% of what he wanted. Happy New Year to all my DU friends.

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Response to mtasselin (Reply #21)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:54 PM

24. That 98%? That was the fiscal cliff. I'm happy that we gave it to him. n/t

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Response to mtasselin (Reply #21)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:06 PM

25. If I didnt trust him I wouldn"t of voted for him

Trust has nothing to do with the outcome of this.

He will do what he feels is best. Will I agree with all of it? Probably not.

Still I know he will do his best.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:29 PM

26. And well they should be blamed!

This is the party that enabled GW Bush to wage 2 foreign wars of adventure on the tax payers' credit card. Created a drug benefit without paying for it, but refuses to let medicare & medicaid bargain collectively with Pharma for better pricing. They have given huge tax breaks to corporfations, waged war on women, and tried to suppress Dem voters. This is not just the party of stupid, it's intellectually dishonest. I hate them all. Big time!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:34 AM

28. We were doing fine under the Clinton era tax rates. Let it go.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:36 AM

29. the gop should officially change its name to "shit show."

eom

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:01 PM

30. Only a few more days now!! But Washington loves to toy with liberals and then screw them over. So..

... not holding my breath that's for sure.

I'd love to be happy on Tuesday though!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:18 PM

31. K & R

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