Well, thanks to the New York Times, we still have to listen to this. Get ready to feel sick:
"Is the old John McCain back?
The fiery, independent version of the Republican senator from Arizona took to the floor of the Senate Wednesday morning. Demanding “straight talk,” Mr. McCain accused conservatives of abandoning reason by opposing the House Republican leader’s plan to resolve the debt crisis...on Wednesday morning, it looked like the maverick had returned."
God in heaven above, I thought that, with all that's going on in the country, we'd heard the last of this idiot.
And now, let's move on to the latest big news about the mighty Tea Party, which truly represents the majority of our country's citizens, and therefore fully justifies the endless free promotion it gets from the mainstream press:
"Tea party rally on Capitol Hill draws thin crowd
It had all the makings of a big time tea party rally: Presidential candidate Herman Cain, conservative Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah all showed up outside the Capitol Wednesday to urge members to “hold the line” against a deficit reduction compromise. Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Paul Broun of Georgia, and freshmen Joe Walsh of Illinois, also spoke.
The only thing missing? A big audience.
At the start of the rally, which was organized by the American Grassroots Coalition and Tea Party Express, there were roughly 15 attendees waiting to hear the conservative lawmakers speak. By the time the senators had spoken there were still fewer than 50 tea partiers in attendance."
As I've pointed out over and over again, the Tea Party is a synthetic, phony phenomenon in which just enough people are assembled to allow the press to deliberately misrepresent them as a mass movement, whose "populist" values just happen to coincide exactly with whatever large corporations want. It used to take thousands. Now 50 people being addressed by many of their biggest luminaries is enough to justify coverage like this, from Fox News:
"We've got tea party activists who are getting together again-we haven't seen these kind of rallies in a while, but they are back out there in force"
"In force" being 50 people. What a sham.
And where would our country be without Patrick Buchanan, who not too long ago was proclaiming Adolf Hitler as a "man of peace" who had World War II foisted on him, being assured that nothing he says, however contemptible, could endanger his God-given place as one of our senior pundits? Now, he has this to say about the latest right wing mass murderer:
"As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right."
No one better, in Pat's mind, to hold up today as a paragon of advanced political thought. Thanks for seeing to it MSNBC, that he has an opportunity to bless us with his views.
And now, SHEEEE'S BACK! Speaking of people that we (erroneously, of course) thought we'd seen the last of:
"D.C. Judge Rebukes Birther Lawyer for Filing Errors
U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth issued an order (PDF) yesterday scolding Orly Taitz, a lawyer and "birther" activist, for "wasting the Court's time" by failing to redact social security number information in court papers in violation of federal rules.
"Plaintiff is either toying with the Court or displaying her own stupidity. She made the correct redactions when she re-filed her Complaint and Amended Complaint," Lamberth wrote. "There is no logical explanation she can provide as to why she is now wasting the Court’s time, as well as the staff’s time, with these improper redactions."
The judge didn't dwell this time on how she is "wasting the court's time" by filing this federal lawsuit, alleging that Barack Obama has 37 Social Security numbers, in the first place.
And now, a little insight into the reasoning that is driving our country over a cliff at top speed- Republican reasoning, of course:
"A large number of conservative Republicans are opposing Boehner’s proposal, arguing it does not go far enough in reducing government spending.
But Boehner said he couldn’t understand why any Republicans would position themselves with Democrats opposing his plan.
“Barack Obama hates it, Harry Reid hates it, Nancy Pelosi hates it,” he said, naming off the Democratic leadership."
Great reasoning there, Orange One. I would like to suggest that you introduce a bill in Congress calling for the extermination of all children. Obama, Reid and Pelosi would hate that too.