“Rising Republican hostility toward President Obama’s impending immigration plan is as intense as has ever existed between the White House and the GOP,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“But the strong reaction by Republican leaders has less to do with opposition to the nuts and bolts of the president’s immigration policy and more to do with fear and anger that the issue will derail the agenda of the new Republican majority before the next Congress even convenes. Republican leaders who had hoped to focus on corporate tax reform, fast-track trade pacts, repealing the president’s healthcare law and loosening environmental restrictions on coal are instead being dragged into an immigration skirmish that they’ve tried studiously to avoid for most of the last year.”
I imagine that was the plan. And Republicans are too bigoted and dumb enough to fall for it. Indeed, this whole fucking immigration mess is due to their unabashed racism on the part of the GOP. All they had to do is pass the Senate plan, which was a compromise with Senate Republicans that provide much increased (and wasteful) border security. And this issue would be over with and the GOP would be back to wooing the Latino vote. Instead, they are going to freak the fuck out and let the racist flag fly proudly, and they are going to lose Latinos for multiple centuries. For the President’s part, it is always golden when the right thing to do syncs up with the politically right thing to do.
Yesterday Tom Carper heaped praise on his GOP buddy Tom Coburm of Oklahoma. After praising Coburn, he handed over the gavel of an Ebola hearing to the nutbag:
“I don’t want to chair this hearing today. I want Tom Coburn to chair it,” Mr. Carper said from the dais on Wednesday. “So I’m going to pass tho gavel over to him and put him in charge, and I’m going to try to be a good wingman. All right, Thomas, it’s all yours.”
What did the grand gesture of bipartisanship get Carper? Well, LATER THE SAME DAY Coburn predicted “anarchy” and “violence” will be the result of any executive order on immigration.
Steve Newton has started a new blog. Go read!
What’s interesting is this:
I’d rather have a system of ethics than an ideology.
So I’m starting over here, in a sense. As a historian I know that all phenomena involve both continuity and change. I’m still the same person, with the same background, the same interests, the same flaws, and the same leanings, that I was about seven years ago when I first started publishing The Delaware Libertarian. I’m just unwilling to confine my ideas, my observations, or my potential solutions to that framework any more.
The older brother of the Temptations’ David Ruffin (one of the greatest soul singers of all time), Jimmy Ruffin recorded one of Motown’s most unforgettable hits. When I saw “Standing In the Shadows of Motown” at Theatre N, this was the song that closed the movie, and this was the song that we ALL sang as we left the theatre…
In an attempt to justify his execrable vote in favor of the environmental catastrophe known as the Keystone XL pipeline, Tom Carper’s office released a statement which blames the Keystone pipeline for Congressional gridlock. That’s right. It is the Keystone Pipeline, and not the whack-ass GOP that is fucking up everything in DC, according to Carper.
“Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding showdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster. Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and their top aides and deputies are mulling several options that would give Capitol Hill Republicans the opportunity to vent their frustration with what they view as an unconstitutional power grab by the White House — without jeopardizing the government financing bill.”
These people sound like insane sociopaths. A need to vent? Really? Jonathan Chait: “That a shutdown gives Republicans any actual leverage, as opposed to imagined leverage, is another right-wing fantasy. It is now fairly well-established that the sole impact of a government shutdown is to make the public hate the party that controls Congress. The gun the conservatives are holding is pointed at their own head.”
I know it seems like I’m harping on Tom Carper’s unholy sucki-tude, but when Democratic economic polices LOSE OUT to Republican policies that have done nothing but fail for the past twenty years, you have to realize that Democratic turncoats and traitors to the middle class like Tom Carper are having a pretty big impact.
Houses on Green Street in Middletown. I don’t usually post pictures of random un-famous houses, but I loved the color of the tree. Does anyone else think that the fall colors this year have been especially … .well… colorful and longlasting. Prior years recently the peak color was short and sweet with more brown and […]
I should never be surprised. I should just assume that Carper agrees with the Republicans on any given issue. And yet, he continues to surprise me.
(Tom Carper), said Obama should wait until next year.
This from Reuters:
Senate staffers pressured Democrats including Chris Coons of Delaware to reverse their opposition to the pipeline. But Coons had used a similar line to King’s in saying Congress should not issue permits when he said last week he would vote no. “He’s still a no,” a Coons aide said Tuesday afternoon.
No, this is not one of those comic book ‘dream’ issues. Somebody ‘killed’ Sean Matthews. And apparently 200 or more of his supporters.
The ‘deceased’ did not know of their demise until someone from the Democratic Party caught wind of the massive tragedy. And subsequently raised them from the dead.
Here’s the unbelievable story: Both Sean Matthews and Dennis E. Williams had access to the Democratic Party Voter File…until the 10th R. D. officially endorsed Dennis Williams. At that point, only the endorsed candidate had access to the file. Until after the primary, that is. You will recall that Matthews defeated the incumbent D Williams. Which meant that, as of September 10, Matthews was able to access the file.
Only, something had happened in the interim. Someone had gone into the Voter File and marked over 200 voters as ‘deceased’, including Sean Matthews. Only the Williams people had access to the file, and someone or some someones had to actively go in and change the status of these voters to deceased. It wasn’t the Party. They were the ones who spotted the mischief-making and alerted Matthews right away. BTW, virtually none of the alleged deceased were in fact deceased, if any.
Because his prior pretext (that this show of bipartisanship will usher in a golden age of bipartisan peace and prosperity) was patently ludicrous and every bit of it was a cynical lie, Carper has updated his reason for voting in favor of the environment catastrophe known as the Keystone pipeline.
Now he says he is voting for this flaming peice of toxic shit because Mary Landreiu begged him to.
“Senator Landrieu has been cajoling, pleading with her colleagues—mostly Democrats—to provide an up or down vote on this,” Carper said in a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics. “I think the time has come.”
That’s some fucking bullshit.
As late as yesterday, we was still trying to slide by on the cynical lie that Republicans would “reciprocate” and a golden age of bipartisan work on climate change would commence.
I plan on attending the RCCD school board meeting tomorrow night (7pm at Brandywine Springs Elementary School). This is going to be interesting, mainly because the Concerned Neighbors of Cooke Elementary School’s stated concerns regarding the addition of Lancaster Court Apartments to Cooke’s feeder don’t hold water – they also keep changing. If you haven’t […]
David Roberts, a writer for Grist, has succinctly encapsulates what has been and is wrong with our politics over the last thirty years. And to be clear, it is something that is wrong with our current brand of post-modern conservatives, and not something that is wrong with anyone else.
You must read them all….
Contrary to gun-nut dogma, “right-to-carry” laws don’t reduce crime. They increase it.
“The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.
Makes sense. Guns make the weak feel strong.
Via TPM: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday, preempting a grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown that is expected to be delivered any day. The order establishes that the St. Louis County police will be in charge of law enforcement in Ferguson in response to any […]
If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for
Program Note: There is no serious “debate” about that facts of man made climate change. If you want to discuss that “question” you are either getting paid to do so, or are an idiot. Bottom line – Take it elsewhere.
Hey DNC and State Party Chairs: Look at our reality. We’ve got the Presidency for two more years; the Repugnant party has both houses and the Supreme Court. What’s more, they’ve got 68 out of 98 partisan state legislatures and 31 governorships. We, the party “of the people” came up just a bit short but your reaction seems just a bit muted given these dire circumstances.
Does anybody here remember the inception of Jobs For Delaware Graduates?
I do. Pete duPont created this repository for some of his less-qualified lackeys back in 1978. It was basically modeled after other Federal jobs programs, but with the bar set so low that it could claim success even when said success was dubious at best, and would never have been accepted under federal requirements:
It was designed in 1978 by five working groups in Delaware, drawn from business, educational, workforce, labor union, and community leadership. The purpose of the organization was to address simultaneously with Delaware’s unemployment rate and the dropout rate (?).
So, you’re saying to yourself, well, Steve, this is all well and good, but, so far your headline is false advertising.
Ladeez & Gentlemen, meet the new President of Jobs For Delaware Graduates…STATE SENATOR NICOLE POORE. major conflict: Didja know that this ostensibly ‘private non-profit’ gets about $1.4 million annually from the Grant-In-Aid bill? Taxpayer money appropriated by the same General Assembly to which Sen. Poore belongs? And now she’s drawing a salary from them. From the same $1.4 million?
Carper’s perplexing support for the Keystone Pipeline (because it will “clear the decks” and usher in an era of bipartisan peace and prosperity) is helping people understand what a D-bag Tom Carper is. Bill McKibben writing for Salon is the latest to call our Carper for his self-satisfied and vacuous praise of the climate agreement with China, and his outright assholery for saying that the climate deal with China is so awesome that it will “outweigh” the ecological catastrophe that is the Keystone pipeline.
I don’t have any great hope that the Democrats will be able to replace Carper, but his astonishingly tone-deaf and horrible representation of Delaware in the Senate is leading me to the belief that a non-Teabag Republican would be an upgrade. A non-Teabag Republican siding with the GOP on this would only be hurting the country. Tom Carper hurts the country by supporting the equivalent of 400 new coal burning power stations. But he is also doing long term and permanent damage to the Democratic Party.