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Republicans Unraveling Over Sequester


“We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.” – Speaker John Boehner [The Hill]

ROCK, HARD PLACE, meet John Boehner.

President Obama here in Virginia, a state that’s getting slammed by sequester.

“These cuts are wrong. They’re not smart. They’re not fair. They’re a self inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen,” Obama said at a campaign-style event at the site of a major defense shipbuilding contractor in Newport News, Virginia.

Obama is tying Republicans in knots.

No place did that show more obviously than on Sean Hannity’s radio show today. Starting the show with an over the top, babbling monologue, as Carl Orf’s “Carmina Burana” played underneath, Hannity railed against sequester, then at the bottom of the hour started squealing about “Saul Alinsky Obama.” In hyperbolic frenzy, on he went saying that the American people are listening to the most outrageous manipulation of language ever before heard in politics.

The vitriol Sean Hannity had for Republicans, however, was equally visceral. He parroted that if Boehner caves on sequester, his speakership is over, while bemoaning Republicans getting badly beat on sequester marketing by Democrats, because his people don’t have a message.

Then came the clincher… his first caller.

The guy was well spoken and came at the end of Hannity’s first hour. He simply stated that he usually agrees with Hannity “99% of the time,” but he should get on his boots and come down into the “trenches,” because he’s a defense contractor and they’re getting creamed by the cut threats, while many are already hurting from them.

Hannity sputtered… cut the call off… tried to find a snappy retort, when none could dig him out. Then quickly went to commercial.

The entire one-hour set up killed in the very first call. How sweet it was.

Obama has used the bully pulpit brilliantly on the sequester, with the result that the Republicans are hurling profanity while wingnut central comes unglued.

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12 Responses to Republicans Unraveling Over Sequester

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter February 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    ” started squealing about “Saul Alinsky Obama.””

    Gee, that would make him a rePIGlican wouldn’t it? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
    It has been such a treat listening to wingnut radio. They are truly getting their pointy lil heads handed to them as well as their lil bottoms paddled by the Socialist, Communist, Muslim, Kenyan and they just don’t understand…don’t understand at all.
    They try all the old tried and true buzz words to “stir up the crazies”
    As they refer with utterly cynical contempt to their OWN base as we learned thanks to Abrahamson getting nailed(might be wrong on the spelling) but the electorate quite rightly knows EXACTLY who is the obstructionists that have been waging economic warfare against the American economy and people…all for an utterly delusional perception of possible political gain. Except it is clearly an albatross around their necks stinking of the rot and corruption at the very core of the republican/teaparty mob as constituted today.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      who ARE the obstructionists

  2. Taylor Marsh February 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Between Hannity and Boehner it was quite a circus today.

    Obama has thoroughly whupped them in the media, used the bully pulpit brilliantly.

    • Solo February 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      In the court of public opinion the President is cleaning their clocks. The GOP leadership is just all over the map. Some are willing to put revenue on the table some aren’t! Some are screaming bloody murder over defense cuts, some are saying the deficit trumps defense. These guys don’t know which way is up.

    • angels81 February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      It’s been really fun watching the wheels come off the clown car.

  3. Marie205 February 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I don’t understand the Republicans game plan here with trying to put all the blame of the sequester on Obama. Has anyone over at Fox News explained to Republicans that Obama can’t run for a third term, yet?

    All these personal attacks on Obama during his final term as President does not help their chances in 2014 nor 2016. Republicans need to spend more time and money in finding better candidates and updating their policies to fit the 21st century. But no they instead are spinning their wheels on beating the same guy they lost to in 2008 and 2012…using the same dumb messages.

    • Taylor Marsh February 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Yep. That about sums it up.

    • Solo February 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      It’s like 2008 at Fox News!

  4. fangio February 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    What good is having the voters on your side come election time when the republicans have gerrymandered so many districts across the country. They’ve eliminated democracy and created a one party state and yet the democrats have said practically nothing. That does not even include what they’re planning for the electoral college. When does someone stand up and say this is criminal behavior.

  5. DaGoat February 27, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    I think the Republicans and a fair amount of Democrats want the sequester to occur, the GOP because they like the idea of cuts and the Democrats because they perceive a possible political advantage similar to what Clinton enjoyed during the government shutdown in 1995-1996. Despite all the public pronouncements neither side seems to be trying very hard.

    • spincitysd February 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      I think you are only partially right. As the Republicans are insisting on a complete surrender on Democratic (and democratic) principles it makes sense for the Congressional Democrats to just let the Sequester happen. Position the hurt as the Republicans behaving badly, which they are, and let them take the beating.

      Look, Obama has been more that willing to run with the ideas of the Cat Food Commission (Simpson-Bowles) and dump Seniors back into the penury and destitutions that they used to endure before Social Security lifted them up into a more secure retirement, but the Rand Paul / Paul Ryan set wanted even more concessions. The Republicans wanted to get one more good kick in the teeth of the poor and disadvantaged. They insisted on this being a good thing, a right thing, a Christian thing to do, to grind the people’s face in the mud and grime for the crime of being poor.

      The Republicans have not changed one iota in their desire to return us to the good old days as outlined by Dickens. They still detest Social Security and want it ruined, they detest Medicare, and want it ruined. They detest head start, food stamps, etc. they want only welfare for corporations not people. They detest the whole Progressive (ei the TR/Taft/Wilson reforms) and New Deal panoply and want it gone. They want their free market fetishism to rule the land.

      Why would the Democrats concede to that? Why would Democrats surrender so obviously? Better to let the Republicans steer the ship into the shoals and then let the Republicans try to bail out from the wreckage.

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