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Virginia AG Cuccinelli cowardly denies birther pandering after being caught on tape

Even though he comes from a state whose elected officials should know better, Cuccinelli pandered, probably cynically but you never really know, to the base rightwing birther wing of the Republican party (via Steve Benen at TWM):

“I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don’t buy into the claims that he wasn’t. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response….”

Benen also writes about McCain challenger Hayworth, also a birther, and how he blatantly acknowledged that truthiness is the highest ideal for the birthers and rightwing Republicans:

And this is why conversations with conservatives never seem to go well. Reality is an inconvenient detail that can be twisted, manipulated, and frequently ignored.

In a normal, sensible debate, one side might make a provocative claim. The other side can challenge the claim, and provide evidence. If it’s proven false, the first side moves on to some other claim. Lather, rinse, repeat.

But that’s not how Republicans work. They make claims that aren’t true, and after being corrected, either repeat those claims again anyway, pretend the matter is subjective, or both.

It’s genuinely painful to listen to clowns for whom reality is meaningless.

Well, you might think that up is up, but we’ll just have to disagree because I believe just as strongly that up is down and you have to respect my opinion.

QED

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Bunning’s balk makes reform easier

So, Bunning has caved.

After voting against pay-go and having no problems with Bush’s unfunded, and unnecessary, Iraq invasion as well as the series of unprecedented Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, Bunning decided to take a stand on the backs of the unemployed, medicare doctors and transportation workers, among others.

Although, he’s apparently doing a Shelby now and blocking all Obama nominations more than a year after inauguration.

And the rightwing Republicans had his back.

They love him and his obstructionism. Or maybe they fear crossing him and criticizing his obstructionism.

Either way, they are wearing his dead political carcass like an albatross.

David Weigel at TWI writes that the rightwing Republicans think the Bunning balk was, and will continue to be, a winning issue for them. They could hardly be more wrong.

These are just the first faint repercussions of the catastrophic overreach and ensuing backlash they are sprinting into at full speed.

As others have noted, it comes at an opportune time for Democrats seeking not only to pass the hcr fix through a majority rule up or down vote — reconciliation — but also to make the case to the pubic in a clear and concise way that rightwing Republicans are purposely and indiscriminately stalling the business of congress.

Bunning has just made the Democrats’ task of illuminating rightwing Repbulican hypocrisy on the issue, already a pretty cut and dried issue, that much easier.

Steve M at No More Mister Nice Blog notes that the rightwing Republicans are reluctant to criticize him for hear of being seen as conservatively incorrect by their fringe base. Of course, they’re in a bit of a bind because the rest of the voting public sees such Randian sociopathy [links via Progressive Blog Digest] as humanly incorrect.

The aggrieved paranoia of certain segments of the nativist, ‘natural born,’ white population is nothing new. And neither is the fact that elite Republican business interests are once again piggy backing on that wave of resentment.

What is unusual is the amount of power the elites have ceded to their unwashed foot soldiers, who they usually ignore and treat with great contempt and derision as soon as their votes are counted, at the current moment.

The teabaggers want all Bunning all the time but the Republican elites know that this is a losing strategy. They will prove incapable, however, of convincing them that this is the case.

The coming months will be the season of ‘baggers gone wild and it will be prelude to a certain Tuesday in November when Republicans severely under perform.

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What might have been: Sarah Palin reminds Americans what they voted against

David Weigel at TWI is reporting on the Palin speech to the “Tea Party Convention” in Nashville. I’ve dvr’d it and have only listened to the first fifteen minutes and will either update this post or write more expansively tomorrow.

For now I’ll just say that she is putting the capstone on the merger between the so called tea party — or parties — and the Republican party. It was obvious anyway, but now they’re not even trying to put up a facade. Still, I think that’s a a move that will diminish their outsider credibility and spark various internal skirmishes.

Also, by defending the Bush administration and adopting, in the first fifteen minutes at least, a combative tone reminiscent of some of her really odious posturing during the campaign, it seems that she is giving quite a gift to the administration and congressional Democrats.

Update: Okay, it’s only been a few minutes, but

…and around the world, people who are seeking freedom from oppressive regimes wonder if Alaska is still that beacon of hope for their cause…

I’d have more sympathy for her stumbling over her notes if she hadn’t repeated the strange rightwing Republican attack on Obama as somehow being dependent on teleprompters.

Update II:

…and unethical shameless tactics like considering a candidates children fair game…

Like Rush Limbaugh, John McCain and many other rightwing Republicans did to Chelsea Clinton?

and

and children with special needs are welcomed in this world and embraced

Like the way Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck used exactly the same term Rahm Emanuel used, except they used it explicitly to mock and ridicule developmentally challenged people?

Update III: her hypocrisy is shameless. Sam Stein at Huffington Post notes the following about her Sunday morning appearance on Fox

Palin also used her platform to continue a call for the president to rid himself of his closest advisers. On Attorney General Eric Holder, she labeled his handling of captured terrorists — “allowing them our U.S. constitutional protections when they do not deserve them” — a firing offense. On Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel, she said his comments calling liberal groups “f-ing retards” was “indecent and insensitive” and cause for his dismissal.

But the former governor went to great and sometimes awkward lengths to insist that when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh used the same exact term to describe the same exact group, it was simply in the role of political humorist.

“They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh,” she said, when read a quote of Limbaugh calling liberal groups “retards.” “Rush Limbaugh was using satire … . I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards,’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that. There is a big difference there.”

Also, there are now pictures and videos of the notes she scrawled on her hand; no word on whether she wrote the notes before or after she made the telepromter dig.

Again, this would normally not be a big deal if she hadn’t repeated the weird teleprompter line. Also, as Stefan Sirucek notes at HuffPo in the above link, it was a “lovefest” with pre selected questions. Criticizing Obama’s performance at the “question time” with House Republicans and overlooking this requires some world class level mental gymnastics.

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