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About the Republicans' refusal to help Obama no matter what

Greenwald gets this absolutely right:

One of the worst myths [Big Lies] Democratic partisans love to tell themselves - and everyone else - is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin - the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything - it's hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama's most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party.

The rabidly pro-war and anti-Muslim GOP former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, has repeatedly lavished Obama with all sorts of praise and support for his policies in those areas. The Obama White House frequently needs, and receives, large amounts of GOP Congressional support to have its measures enacted or bills its dislikes defeated. The Obama DOJ often prevails before the US Supreme Court solely because the Roberts/Scalia/Thomas faction adopts its view while the Ginsburg/Sotomayor/Breyer faction rejects it (as happened in February when the Court, by a 5-4 ruling, dismissed a lawsuit brought by Amnesty and the ACLU which argued that the NSA's domestic warrantless eavesdropping activities violate the Fourth Amendment; the Roberts/Scalia wing accepted the Obama DOJ's argument that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue because the NSA successfully conceals the identity of which Americans are subjected to the surveillance). ....

But the most notable aspect of yesterday's events [the Amash amendment to ban bulk NSA bulk surveillance] was the debate on the House floor. The most vocal defenders of the Obama White House's position were Rep. Mike Rogers, the very hawkish GOP Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Echoing the Democratic House leadership, Bachmann repeatedly warned that NSA bulk spying was necessary to stop "Islamic jihadists", and she attacked Republicans who supported de-funding for rendering the nation vulnerable to The Terrorists.

Meanwhile, Amash led the debate against the NSA program and repeatedly assigned time to many of the House's most iconic liberals to condemn in the harshest terms the NSA program defended by the Obama White House.

Strange bedfellows. Not just this time, but all the time.

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Alexa's picture
Submitted by Alexa on

Hear, Hear!

I would give anything if every American listened to "Press Pool" on XM Satellite Radio.

The top reporters (NYT, Reuters, Yahoo, WaPo, Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, Politico, etc.) openly discuss our politicians' cynicism, and the "Kabuki Theater" that we're all subjected to, daily. I know of no other program (of professional reporters, anyway) that does this.

No wonder that don't provide audio archives--they wouldn't dare!

CMike's picture
Submitted by CMike on

...more that, even with voice recognition software, there is an expense to getting it done. There's more than enough ego at those places among the mic-ed up talent for there to be an interest in having their words memorialized in every way imaginable, I'm sure. The solution would be for media companies to hire on more unpaid interns and put them to work producing transcripts.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

... "jobs" program for our era -- interns using the old fashioned methods (pen, paper, ears) because technology yields "dirty" results (like all the databases with dirty data).

Alexa's picture
Submitted by Alexa on

If you have a subscription for a "hardware" XM radio, the charge for online streaming is $10.50 every quarter

If you don't have existing accounts with the actual little radio, I believe that the monthly charge (for internet streaming) is approximately $14.99. (It was several years ago, but couldn't find an update on that. Sorry!).

BTW, the host on the show I referenced, and MOST of the hosts (especially on the POTUS channel) are corporate shills).

So, they aren't actually criticizing cynical politicians. If anything, they see nothing much wrong with them.

As a matter of fact, they appear to basically accept their posturing and Kabuki as "normal."

It's just striking that they acknowledge it (the Kabuki), at all. ;-)

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Submitted by Jeff W on

From the same post:

The sooner the myth of "intractable partisan warfare" is dispelled, the better. The establishment leadership of the two parties collaborate on far more than they fight. That is a basic truth that needs to be understood.

And, for the zillionth time, the Tom Ferguson quote:

What the [2010 midterm] election really shows is not that the parties can't agree…but that the American people will not accept the policies that leaders in both parties prefer.

It’s hardly surprising that in 2008, President Obama ran not only on “Hope” and “Change” but on “bipartisanship.”