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Desperately Seeking Attention

By The Reverend Published: February 4, 2010

It started during the 2008 presidential campaign. Republicans exclusively appealing to the radical-right base. Sarah Palin was front and center leading the effort, spewing nonsensical contradictions, ignorant and mistaken sound bites, and wild-eyed wingnut-pleasing mockery of Democrats, specifically Obama.

After the GOP's crushing defeat in that election cycle, I appealed to Republicans to quit talking, you know, crazy stuff. Quit lying and acting like a bunch of unhinged nuts.....admit conservative and GOP failures...and rebuild their disgraced political party. Simply appealing to a small minority of excitable and angry wingers was not the path back to respectability or trustworthiness.

It's over a year later and....sadly.....Republicans still aren't listening.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) last Saturday responding like a crazy person to the Obama administration's handling of the underwear bomber guy....vital part is the first minute....


ABC's Jake Tapper
.....

The Bush administration used the criminal justice system to convict more than 300 terrorists, the official noted, adding that accused shoe-bomber Richard Reid was Mirandized within 5 minutes.

It's kind of odd, isn't it, that the most vocal GOP critics of President Obama's method of dealing with "terrorists", don't recognize their own hypocrisy over the GOP Bush having dealt the same exact way with "terrorists?"

Well....it really isn't odd....not really....Instead, it's a strategy. Act like you have amnesia, speak to your audience as if they are morons....like you apparently are, then, blame this Democratic president for the same stuff the previous GOP president did on a routine basis....and try to score some wingnut brownie points by repeating, wrongly, that "terrorists" don't have any rights at all when arrested or detained on U.S. soil.

Cosmo-boy, the Village's new man-crush object, the male Sarah Palin, Scott Brown (R-MA) laid down the rhetorical wingnuttery the night he was elected......

"And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation - they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them."

See?.....Republicans are out of political ammunition. As I like to say....they ain't got nothin'. So, along comes Cosmo-boy.....spouting some stupid and phony sh*t about denying "terrorists" any rights to an attorney, even when they are arrested or detained inside the U.S.

Cosmo-boy wins election......Republicans, out of ammunition, grasp at whatever straws Cosmo-boy had spun into electoral gold up in Massachusetts. Desperate moronic copy-cats. I'm not sure if the brilliant Michael Steele issued a memo, or not....but Susan Collins, obviously without doing any thinking or fact checking....goes ahead and repeats Cosmo-boy's totally incorrect nonsense.

Collins, for all intents and purposes....comes across as a Jean Schmidt-like nut. Remember....Collins is a senator, not some local township trustee. No offense meant towards township trustees.....Collins is supposed to know this stuff.

AG Eric Holder sent Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a multi-page letter pointing out that what he, Susan Collins, and Cosmo-boy Wonder were saying was simply a bunch of made-up winger-baloney.....and then Susan Collins responded...digging herself a deeper hole....

"I remain concerned that there was no consultation with intelligence officials before the Department of Justice unilaterally decided to treat Abdulmutallab as if he were an ordinary criminal."

See the strategy? When stupid wingnut talking point sh*t is called out for what it is.....refuse to acknowledge it.....and then make up some new wingnut stupid-sh*t.....

From Holder's letter...

"... no agency objected to this course of action. In the days following December 25 – including during a meeting with the President and other senior members of his national security team on January 5 – high-level discussions ensued within the Administration in which the possibility of detaining Mr. Abdulmutallab under the law of war was explicitly discussed. No agency supported the use of law of war detention for Abdulmutallab, and no agency has since advised the Department of Justice that an alternative course of action should have been, or should now be, pursued."

Jumping from one base-baiting piece of stupidity to another....Collins said the administration "undoubtedly prevented the collection of valuable intelligence about future terrorist threats to our country."

Also not true....

"It is also my understanding that Mr. Abdulmutallab has provided valuable information. Is that correct?" Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked.

"Yes," Mueller replied.

"Thank you," Feinstein said, "and that the interrogation continues despite the fact that he has been Mirandized?"

"Yes," Mueller said again.

Same old stuff, different day.

Once again I would encourage Republicans to quit exclusively baiting their radical-right base. To continue to do so will result in the eventual disintegration of the GOP. Eventually there simply won't be ANY credibility left, except with these dead-enders....

Politico reports on the most recent Research 2000 poll.....

The poll of 2,000 Republicans — sponsored by the liberal website but conducted by independent pollster Research2000 — paints a picture of a Republican base that’s angry, disaffected and acutely hostile to President Barack Obama. Thirty-nine percent of Republicans polled think Obama should be impeached, 36 percent say he wasn’t born in the United States and one in four say they aren’t even sure he’s a U.S. citizen. Another 63 percent labeled the president a “socialist.”

UPDATE:
Just as I posted this, I saw this.....really, now.....it's simply mind-boggling.

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