Archives for October 2015

GOP Senator Wants Dick Cheney to be House Speaker

On Monday, several news outlets including Politico reported that Arkansas Junior Senator Tom Cotton recommended that former Vice President and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney should be the Republican choice to replace current Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Since Boehner announced that he was stepping down from his position as Speaker, the Republican Party has been in a complete state of chaos. No one with half a brain wants to lead a party as crazy as the GOP.

Boehner’s heir apparent Kevin McCarthy turned out to be a complete an utter buffoon. First, he publicly admitted that the Benghazi investigation was and is nothing more than a taxpayer funded witch hunt of former Secretary of State and current 2016 Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton (D). By McCarthy’s own admission, the public viewed Clinton as highly competent and qualified to lead the nation. As a result, he and other Republican created the commission to turn a tragedy into an opportunity all solely to diminish Clinton’s popularity and credibility with voters. To any casual political observer, this was obvious from the start, since the GOP hates America. However, much of the public is still not entirely aware of how corrupt and deceitful the current Republican party is. As a result, Clinton’s favorability numbers declined and McCarthy took credit.

Second, McCarthy was exposed as nothing more than a light weight back bencher that had not produced a single piece of noteworthy legislation during his entire time in the House. McCarthy, a high ranking member in the House for some time, had plenty of opportunity to influence American policy and craft legislation. The fact that he had no interest in governing underscores the fact that the GOP is simply a party that has no interest in running a government, even at leadership levels.

Finally, McCarthy had no support from the GOP’s rabid right wing that is slowing but surely overtaking the rest of the party. As an establishment candidate, McCarthy would have likely supported responsible measures like raising the debt ceiling and avoiding repeated government shutdowns. Being responsible is unacceptable to the Tea Party and other radicals in the Republican party.

After McCarthy pulled out of the race for Speaker, the party frantically tried to find someone, anyone that would be willing to lead. Tom Cotton, offered up the following advice: “look, these are trying times for our nation. It’s important to have a steady hand on the helm during times like this. I think experience really counts in a matter like this. I think House leadership experience really matters. And as you know the speaker doesn’t have to be a member of the House: So therefore, Vice President Cheney for speaker.

It should not come as a surprise that Cotton, a known warmonger whose only action in his short tenure in the Senate has been to embarrass himself by sending a letter to the Iranian government advising them (erroneously) on the US Constitution, would call on another warmonger and war criminal Dick Cheney to lead his party. Dick Cheney is quite possibly the only politician in America less popular than former President George W. Bush. But to the GOP, popularity, electability, and sanity does not matter as they become more and more crazy each day.

Jeb Considers Listing Brother’s Help as Campaign Struggles

Jeb Bush has struggled to gain any traction in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. The former Florida governor’s campaign has raised an unprecedented amount of money, yet has failed to gain the attention of voters. Now, the candidate is so desperate that he is enlisting the help of his brother, former failed President George W. Bush.

 

By almost any objective measure, the George W. Bush presidency was a complete and abject failure. The Texas governor and 2 term Republican President left office at a time when the country was in the midst of a once in a generation recession. He was largely responsible for failing to oversee and rein in the excesses of Wall Street banks that engaged in mortgage schemes that in many ways caused the great recession. Furthermore, his tax cuts, which largely went to the richest Americans, did little to spur economic growth, while inflating an asset bubble.

 

On the security front, the “mission accomplished” President failed to stop and prevent 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on US soil in history. Afterwards, he sent the country into 2 endless wars that resulted in even more American deaths, one of which having nothing to do with 9/11 in the first place. Back at home, Bush let an entire city get destroyed by a hurricane, only to bungle the rescue and reconstruction efforts shortly after, in large part because his administration was padded with cronies rather than subject matter experts in disaster recovery. When all was said and done, George W. Bush’s approval rating plunged to an abysmal 23%, as Americans finally realized what a failure of a President and a person George W. Bush truly was.

 

Nevertheless, George’s brother Jeb is so desperate, that even a familial connection to a former President with a 23% approval rating now looks like a net positive. Jeb, most recently famous for his “Washington is not part of my DNA” remark, is counting on the possibility that maybe next to George, he will not look or sound as clueless and stupid. Jeb Bush’s campaign spokesperson Tim Miller recently said “Jeb is running on his record, but there is obviously tremendous respect for and good will toward President Bush in the party and beyond thanks to his leadership in a time of crisis for this country.” This is about as positive of a spin as one can put on the George W. Bush presidency. It also calls Jeb’s judgment into serious question.

 

George W. Bush has already appeared in private fundraisers, helping raise money for a candidate that seems to be incapable of translating that money into growth in the polls. However, up to now, advisors have warned Jeb that any connection to his brother’s failed presidency will doom his chances with voters in the Republican primary, and especially the general election. But faced with challenges from establishment candidates like Marco Rubio, along with attention-grabbing insurgents like Donald Trump, Jeb doesn’t seem to have much of a choice but to bet on the amnesia of the Republican primary voter.