Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Political Laughs

The Republicans can always come up with a good laugh now and again. There’ve been a couple in the past week.

The first is from the laugh riot Michael Steele head of the RNC. His latest is that the Afghan War is a war of Obama’s choosing. Now I know I’m getting older and perhaps my memory isn’t what it used to be but didn’t George Bush start this war after the US was attacked on 9/11. Also didn’t Republicans under Bush say that if you said something against the war or something that would undermine the morale of the troops you were some kind of traitor to the country. My how times have changed.

At least this time there was some reaction on the part of Republicans. No less than John McCain said that:

Steele “is going to have to assess as to whether he can still lead the Republican Party as chairman of the Republican National Committee and make an appropriate decision,” McCain said in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

McCain, who appeared on the program from Kabul, called Steele’s remarks “wildly inaccurate” and inexcusable. He also noted that Steele sent him an e-mail explaining that his comments were “misconstrued.”

It is always interesting to me that the so-called “party of personal responsibility” never seems to own up to the things that are said by its members. I guess the personal responsibility is for the other guy.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham:

On “Face the Nation,” Graham lamented Steele’s “uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely comment.”

“This is not President Obama’s war; this is America’s war,” Graham said. Both senators stopped short of calling for Steele’s resignation.

The second laugh comes from Minority Leader John A. Boehner. There was as story about him in Sunday’s Post:

If the GOP were to gain the upper hand, and Boehner were elected as speaker, the question is what he and his party would do with that power. Boehner listed three priorities. First, he said, was a renewed commitment to fiscal discipline -- a test his party badly flunked the last time it was in the majority. Second, he said, was to engage in “an adult conversation with the American people” about the need to rein in entitlement spending. And third, he wants to increase bipartisan cooperation in the House.

As I read this I literally laughed out loud. Fiscal discipline from the Republicans what a joke. An adult conversation on entitlements, nothing has shown that the Republicans have any interest in this. As for bipartisan cooperation, that’s the biggest joke of all especially from this guy.

As to where the Republican Party stands on specific issues:

He offered few concrete thoughts about the GOP agenda but promised that the party will make that clearer before November.

They better get going since they haven’t had any ideas since the 2008 election except to oppose everything the Democrats and Obama are for.

I think I’ll be laughing more about this as November approaches.

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