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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:07 PM
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Taibbi on Boehner: "The new speaker is a lazy, double-talking shill for corporate interests"
Matt Taibbi: The Crying Shame of John Boehner
The new speaker is a lazy, double-talking shill for corporate interests. So how's he going to fare with the Tea Party?


The irony is, no one no one represents all of these bile-inspiring qualities better than John Boehner. His most striking achievement is that there's a check mark next to his name on virtually every entry on the list of common public complaints about Congress. And yet, when the Republicans rolled back into the control of the House this past November on the strength of a nationwide Throw-the-Bums-Out movement, it was Boehner, the prototypical bum, who somehow clambered onto the congressional throne. It's hard to imagine that in all of American political history there has been a more unlikely marriage than John Boehner and the pitchfork-wielding, incumbent-eating Tea Party, whose blood ostensibly boils at the thought of business as usual. Because John Boehner is business as usual, a man devoted almost exclusively to ensuring his own political survival by tending faithfully to the corrupt and clanking Beltway machinery. How? Let us count the ways.

Forget about free haircuts: Boehner was soon caught literally handing out checks from the tobacco lobby on the floor of the House. This was 1995; the House was voting to consider an end to federal subsidies of the tobacco industry, and Boehner, at the time the fourth-ranking Republican in the party hierarchy, went on the floor and handed out, by his own admission, "a half-dozen" donation checks from the tobacco lobby to various members.

Boehner only got busted when former-football-star-turned-GOP-congressman Steve Largent got wind of the check-passing and confronted Boehner about it. The fallout from the incident reveals the future House speaker at his absolute finest: While being interviewed by a television reporter about what he had done, Boehner with a straight face tries to turn the tables and present himself as an opponent of the practice.

"It's a practice that's gone on here for a long time that we're trying to stop, and I know that I'll never do it again," he deadpans. Asked how he feels about the episode, he says, "It's a bad practice. We've gotta stop it."

more:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/matt-taibbi-t...
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:13 PM
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1. Lazy is the best news I've heard about him.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:04 PM
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55. Yeah, those Are His GOOD Points
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:14 PM
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2. The dude is an asshole unwiped
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 12:30 AM
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14. indeed.
n/t
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:48 AM
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33. might I add....
a drunken asshole unwiped.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-11 02:02 AM
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56. awright....you win.......LOL :o)
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-11 11:05 AM
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57. Watched your YouTube....
Your art is WOW! Love it. Inspiring.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-11 11:43 PM
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58. Thank you :o)
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:15 PM
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3. k&r..
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:16 PM
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4. Taibbi is a courageous journalist.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 10:29 PM
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8. Yes he is.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 10:37 PM
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9. I just purchased his lates (e)book...
it's quite gripping!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 11:48 PM
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10. What's the title? Thanks. nt
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jtown1123 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:47 AM
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22. Griftopia. Amazing. I am reading it right now.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 10:02 AM
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24. Yes, that's it.
Sorry, couldn't reply last night. They keyboard was overtaken by a sleeping kitteh. ;)
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:08 PM
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47. I dind't know he had a new book out-thanks
The Great Derangement was a classic


"She had what looked like, and I think was, a bag of cheeseburgers"

"In the name of Jesus, I cast out the demon of handwriting analysis!"
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:19 PM
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5. So at last I understood, there was still a drop of good in
Steve Largent?
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 11:49 PM
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11. Largent? I would have thought he was squeaky clean -- over the top Christian,
but a good guy. At least that's what I thought of him when he was with the Seahawks. And oh yeah, boring.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:41 PM
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49. Just did a little looking up on him...
when in the house, he introduced a bill that would ban homosexuals from adopting children. That makes him filth.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:24 PM
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6. Yes, he's a double-talking shill, but those are features, not bugs
And Boehner is quite confident that nobody's going to call him on any of it. He's been unaccountable for years, despite a record of continuing personal corruption that the likes of Newt Gingrich can only envy. None of Boehner's pals from the drinky-drinky circuit are going to get on him for anything. They haven't done it to this point, and they'd be crazy to hold him to account now, just when he can start throwing some really swell parties.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 10:44 AM
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27. He can go down. Look at the others repukes who have.
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:27 AM
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30. The problem is, especially in the rural areas of Boehner's district,
they are heavily Catholic "pro-lifers" who think that Republicans are the only ones who will carry out their agenda in government. Boehner can literally rob and rape everyone in these communities and they'd still vote for him because he's "pro-life."

No matter how incompetent, corrupt or immoral Boehner is, they'll re-elect him in a landslide.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 09:40 PM
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7. My, that was shockingly straightforward
I'm so used to mealymouthed -isms, I hardly know what to do with this. Is lazy like leisure enhanced? Is a "shill for corporate interests" like a pro business representative?
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 11:51 PM
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12. Great article -- thanks! nt
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 11:52 PM
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13. All Congress critters are bought and paid for


Sadly, Matt Taibbi is right.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 05:16 AM
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15. I give this idiot 3 weeks before he completely blows it...
he'll spend ore time on the golf course than he will in the House...and if he goes to the links w/Limbaugh, it's all over.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 05:50 AM
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16. The Moaner is the ultimate PETER....He is NO Nancy.....not even close
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 10:51 AM
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28. Pulic speakin' while drinkin'. MSM will cover for him like they did for bush.
It was so evident he was drinking and yet MSM never mentioned it. Progressives called him a dry drunk.

Lots of drunks in my family, it was evident that there was nothing dry about the bush 8 years in office.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:43 PM
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50. there was nothing dry about Bush...
he was quite frequently obviously drunk. I mean, who walks up to another head of state and starts to give a shoulder massage? Only a drunk.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:44 PM
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51. there was nothing dry about Bush...
he was quite frequently obviously drunk. I mean, who walks up to another head of state and starts to give a shoulder massage? Only a drun
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 03:26 PM
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43. What's all over?
You think if he does a bad job for the US citizenry that it will somehow harm his career?
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 05:01 PM
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44. Yep...
Pelosi got a lot done...Boehner will bumble through about 3 weeks, the Teabaggers are going to add poison to the mix,...he's going to go down like Gingrich did.
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 05:16 PM
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45. That would be fun to watch
although someone just as evil and more competent would probably take his place.
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 05:58 AM
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17. Boo-hoo-ner: the Maude Flanders of the House.
"think of the children..." :cry:
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:18 AM
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18. "God-humping Pennsylvanian Rick Santorum"
God-humping. Precious.
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:27 AM
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19. Taibbi pulls no punches...
...great article...the Teabaggers have absolutely NO clue who their new leader REALLY is..
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 10:37 AM
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25. Even if the teabaggers knew, they don't care.
Remember "country first"?.
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backtomn Donating Member (424 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:48 AM
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32. I don't care either.........
How does this matter?? I can only hope that he is lazy.....but, in the end, what he DOES is what counts. I for one, will be watching that and trying to stop it. This, like a lot of stories I see here, might make some people feel good....but they don't really matter much. This can be two years of not much of significance or two years of hell......how do you want it?? (remember welfare reform, balanced budget..under Clinton)

Preaching to the converted is not enough.....how do we stop this, if Boehner decides to exert himself??
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BonnieJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 01:05 PM
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39. Don't forget, he's got little Eric Cantor
whose nose is totally up boner's ass. Cantor is a complete tool who will do boner's bidding when he's too drunk to function or wants to be out hitting the sticks. Watch the next press coverage of boner. Eric will be right in his pocket.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:23 AM
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29. Teabaggers only care
if there's an R after the name. Everyone else is a commie nazi traitor.
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:32 AM
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20. sounds like we'll experience a 2006 redux.
I don't think we completely 'cleaned house' of dirty congressmen in 2006.

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FlyByNight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:45 AM
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21. Bo(eh)ner is the consummate corporate whore
A fine and vulgar example of what's wrong with Washington.

:puke:
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wilt the stilt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 09:47 AM
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23. He will actually hate being speaker
because of time restraints of the job it wlll cut into his golf and drinking time.
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Erose999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 10:42 AM
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26. I doubt it will cut into his drinking time. He's already demonstrated his penchant for drinkin' on

the job during his "victory speech". He was about 3 sheets into the wind then.

Fuck Agent Orange.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:47 AM
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:48 AM
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34. Is Boenher really a Rev. Moon sockpuppet?
Like some think...
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 11:57 AM
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35. Moon's money is as good as any one eslse's.
I'm betting if Kim Jong-il sent a few mil his way he could also get whatever he wanted from our, for the corporation's and bottom line for profit government.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 12:04 PM
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36. He's the Honcho Whore. nt
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 12:24 PM
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37. Cheese Doodles melt if you throw water on them. Thanx Matt kr nt.
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 12:58 PM
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38. ...and don't forget...from his appearance he seems to be a chain smoker (ugly teeth) and
looks / acts like a "functional" alchoholic.
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 02:53 PM
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40. With a big helping of sleazy thrown in for good measure
Edited on Thu Jan-06-11 02:53 PM by Politicub
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 03:00 PM
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41. The reason the republicans are back in charge of the house is a lack of choice for voters. Upset
disillusioned with the democrats, Business Party #2, and with nowhere else to go angry voters returned Business Party #1 to power in the house and will likely do the same with the senate in 2012. Solution: form a SECOND political party that addresses the needs of the working class.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 03:18 PM
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42. The weeping boner will be his own undoing...
he has all the slack in the rope now to hang himself.

I believe he will go down in history with other great repukes as newty and tommy.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:03 PM
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46. Classic Taibbi
"..a remorseless spender of taxpayer money for whom the notion of small government is just something to say when the cameras are on, or when the public money in question might go to poor people or immigrants or other such unlikely golfers."


"... jack off the mob by incorporating the Tea Party's Constitution-and-liberty rhetoric, hand the Tea Party those reforms that the GOP's big campaign contributors want anyway (most notably, tax breaks for the rich and deregulation of big business), and then cough up a note from the doctor or some other lame excuse when the time comes to actually cut spending."

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:15 PM
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48. The last two paragraphs
It was good times in America for a while. A man could wait for his local congressman to get caught diddling a 16-year-old, make a run for his seat, and then spend the next 20 years getting hustled around the world on golf junkets and showered with campaign checks and apartments and corporate-jet flights, and nobody would utter so much as a peep of protest. Congress was an easy job for any man with a nice fairway stroke, a limited moral compass and a keen sense of bureaucratic loyalty; it was half an acting job and half clerical work, taking orders from industry captains and selling the resultant giveaway bills to your voters as principled blows for Adam Smith, the flag and the free-enterprise system. Back when America was still a feared international bully that was flush with borrowed Saudi and Chinese cash and could stand to blow a few hundred extra billion in public funds every year on budget-padding deals back in the Bush years John Boehner was the perfect candidate for congressional leadership, a lifetime company man who didn't give a shit about most Americans but could shed tears on national television on behalf of Jamie Dimon's bottom line.

Things are different now. America is so broke, there's no longer really any money in the Treasury to give away the job of overseeing corporate handouts that used to belong to the leaders of Congress has now moved to the Federal Reserve, which itself is so broke that it has to invent dollars out of thin air before it can give them away to influential billionaires. This leaves congressional leaders with nothing to do but their ostensible jobs i.e., fixing the country's actual problems and few of the current leaders have any experience with that, Boehner being a prime example. The new speaker represents an increasingly endangered class of Beltway jobholders who know how to raise money and get elected, but not much beyond that. He now finds himself the party's last line of defense against millions of angry voters who, for the first time in recent memory, are at least attempting to watch what Congress is up to. The tee times are over.

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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 06:59 PM
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52. I've said it here before, and I'll say it again
Boehner reminds me of a three-day-old glass of beer with several cigarette butts floating in it. When I was in college, I've done housecleaning after a weekend binge, so I know what I speak of.
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RowdyRacer Donating Member (69 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 08:37 PM
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53. Tammy Faye Boehner
Repeat this nickname, and hang it around his neck like an anchor!!
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-11 08:45 PM
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54. Taibbi is terrific!!!
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