This week’s OpinionList is all about politics, even when we’re talking entertainment. I would say “enjoy it.” But nothing about current politics, in what is supposed to be the best democracy in the world, is enjoyable.
Family Matters: It seems that we have a lot to learn from the Cheney’s (as in what not to do in a loving family). One sister (Liz) who is running for a Senate seat in Wyoming, decided (or stated) on Fox News (where else?) that gay marriage is an area where she and her gay sister (Mary) “disagree.” Never mind that only last year she supported Mary’s marriage to her partner. An angry Mary responded by posting on Facebook, “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.” Opportunism, hypocrisy and betrayal from one sister, airing the siblings’ fight in public from the other. As for the father, at first he was too busy saying that on Obamacare President Obama lied “over and over and over again,” to take the time to smooth things over between his two daughters, but when he finally did, he sided with Liz. What else can we expect? He’s such a Dick.
Surprise And Awe?: George W. Bush made a surprise appearance at the Republican Governors Association meeting yesterday. The surprise was organized by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who is now Chairman of the association. It’s reported that he gave advice to the governors for the upcoming 2014 and 2016 races. According to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, “He encouraged all of us and said the best breeding ground for presidents are the governors.” Two thoughts occurred to me when I learned about this surprise visit. First one: I can’t imagine what value anything that he said had for the Governors. Second thought: Unless he was telling them how to steal and cheat elections. In that case, we Dems better show up to the polls in 2014 and 2016.
Time, Out: If you want proof that the mainstream liberal media is a myth created and propagated by right-wing conservatives who actually own the media, just take a look at Time magazine’s Obamacare cover. This is the second time that a Time cover has made me sick. The first one was when they chose and featured George W. Bush as Person Of The Year in 2004. I couldn’t understand how after 4 disastrous years, the magazine could justify that choice. Today, I don’t understand how the magazine can run such a cover. A broken Obamacare pill with the title “Broken Promise.” Where is the cover denouncing the GOP for everything that they have done to sabotage Obamacare? The real broken promise is that of those who went to Washington to govern, and have done nothing but paralyze the government through their obstruction and shameful unpatriotic behavior. I’m done with the GOP and, now, I’m also done with Time.
No Option But Nuclear: Politico reports, “The Senate approved a historic rules change on Thursday by eliminating the use of the filibuster on all presidential nominees except those to the U.S. Supreme Court.” This is what everyone refers to as the “nuclear option.” It is obvious that Senator Reid had no other option but to bring this rule change to a [successful] vote after Republican Senators continue to block President Obama’s nominees, three of them recently. But I was still stunned to read this from The Atlantic, “On the Senate floor Thursday morning, Reid pointed out that half of the 168 filibusters of executive and judicial nominees in American history have come during the Obama Administration.” Besides the obvious benefits of this change in the Senate’s procedure, there is an added perk. Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are furious. Well, so are we. Enough is enough.
I Was Right, Unfortunately: At the height of the shutdown/default crises, I was driven pretty cuckoo by the GOP’s antics. So much so that I wrote two posts which were pretty extreme. One of them was Maybe We Should Default After All. Can you imagine? The other post was entitled Impeachment: The GOP Endgame. Now that I’m calmer, I am glad that I was wrong about defaulting. On the other hand, I was right about the tea party (i.e. today’s GOP) wanting to impeach President Obama. Salon reports, “Ted Cruz calls Obama ‘lawless’ and hints at impeachment.” Funny thing is I’d love to be wrong.
Thank You, Amazon!: Alpha House, Amazon’s original programming offer is a political comedy written by Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury’s liberal cartoonist. Business Insider reports that “‘Alpha House’ has been blasted by Amazon Prime customers in the comments and reviews section. Specifically, many customers are complaining that the show has an anti-Republican slant and they are threatening to cancel their Amazon Prime memberships as a result.” As for me, I not only plan to watch it, I will buy a second Amazon Prime membership.
Note: Original Publication date: 11-22-13. Publication date has been changed for display purposes only.