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Comedy on the left
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Either John Cole has gone into the comedy business or he has joined the long line of the irony impaired on the left.

His latest screed in answer to criticism of Nancy Pelosi's decision to change House rules making it more difficult for the minority party to participate is just flat hilarious (especially in light of Pelosi's conveniently forgotten promises when accepting the Speaker's gavel). For instance, he manages - one assumes with a straight face - to project on Congressional Republicans precisely what Congressional Democrats have done for 8 years. Political amnesia is a wonderful thing, isn't it?:
On our plate we currently have a number of disasters, near disasters, and emerging disasters we have to deal with immediately. The hurdles for the incoming administration are mind-numbing, notwithstanding the infighting among the rival factions within the Democratic party, and that is without factoring in the Republican party, who can be counted on to sabotage anything and everything if there is the slightest hint of electoral gain to be had.
You see, now that the pure and principled Democrats are in charge, all is fair in love and politics - well at least from the Democratic side - and the minority should shut up, fall into line and unquestioningly support the new administration.

You know, like the Democrats did for those previous 8 years of a Republican administration: ever loyal, with no eye on "electoral gain", and no hint of undermining anything the Republican administration did.

Heh ... you just have to laugh at the chutzpah. Obviously Cole forgets the celebration by certain Democrats of possible electoral gains fostered by a natural disaster, or the belief by others that losing in Iraq would benefit them electorally.

Nope - a disease called ideological blindness prevents Cole and others from "seeing" those events for what they were. Couple that with the afore mentioned political amnesia and it comes as no surprise that much of the left is, in fact, irony impaired.

You also have to remember that Cole had a political epiphany during the Bush administration and changed sides. And, of course, you know the old saying about reformed whores.
We can debate whether or not Pelosi should make those rule changes, and whether or not the rules changes are a good idea or not. I can handle that. What I find absurd is the notion that the the House GOP has any desire to work with the Democrats and the incoming administration.
The obvious unasked question is why should they, given how well Democrats worked with the present administration over the past 8 years? What reason have Democrats, by example and by word, given Republicans for cooperation now that Democrats have won?

Don't expect answers to those. They would expose the hypocrisy of Cole's position.

But it is instructive, isn't it? One supposes that Cole's assumed "loyal opposition" of the past (I'm sure that's how he would characterize it) is something only the left does. If the right employs the same tactics, it is suddenly the work of 'petulant brats' who are 'obstructionists'.

I can't say I'm particularly surprised as Cole has never struck me as a particularly deep thinker. He is symptomatic, however, of the huge shift that is now occurring on the left as they demand from the right that which they refused to give when they were in the minority.

Funny stuff.
 
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Unless she plans on coming up with some way to cancel the 2010 election, this seems to be a dubious move. The Democrats own the economy now, and should the voters decide the borrow and spend crowd don’t have the answer, the Democrats could be the minority party again. I would welcome the opportunity to see the Republicans continue Ms Pelosi’s rule change.
 
Written By: MarkD
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What I find absurd is the notion that the the House GOP has any desire to work with the Democrats and the incoming administration.
Dear Mr. Cole,

It doesn’t matter if they intend to work with the Dems or not. Intent to follow along is not a requirement for serving in Congress.

Think long and hard: If you should lose majority control of Congress, will you be willing to live under the rules you wish to pass?
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Cole has the credibility of a bum weeing on the sidewalk, or Andi Sullivan, take your pick.
 
Written By: T
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I posted this in another thread at Balloon juice.com about the 180 in Pelosi’s position.
Pelosi Seeks House Minority ’Bill of Rights’
Pelosi’s document, which she vows to honor if Democrats regain the majority, says: "Too often, incivility and the heavy hand of the majority" have silenced Democrats and choked off "thoughtful debate.
I am guessing that is how J. Cole found the Human Events article.
 
Written By: Paul L
URL: http://kingdomofidiots.blogspot.com/
What I find absurd is the notion that the the House GOP has any desire to work with the Democrats and the incoming administration.
I’m sure the incoming administration is itching to work with the GOP!

These rule changes don’t bother me. Neither does the idea of Senator Franken. Again, the main move the GOP needs to make for the next 2 years is to emphasize that THE DEMS ARE TOTALLY IN CHARGE

What happens next is all on them
 
Written By: shark
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THE DEMS ARE TOTALLY IN CHARGE
You are sooo right. That needs to be hammered into the heads of Americans every single day the dems rule the roost. And I mean EVERY day!
 
Written By: jjmurphy
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God forbid the Republicans might create even the tiniest impediment to the Troika’s goal of expanding Der Staat and taking us further down the Road to serfdom.
 
Written By: Bilwick
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I agree with the sentiment above.

The Dems are in charge lock stock and barrel. Whereas they will try to blame everything that goes wrong on Bush they own the entire enchalada. Heaven help us.
 
Written By: retired military
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I would recommend that the House Republicans leave one member behind to call for a "quorum call" while the remainder just leave town.

The sight of Speaker Pelosi moving for a "Call of the House" to direct the Sargent-at-Arms to return the missing members will rightly show that the next two years are the Democrats to mangle.
 
Written By: Neo
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What I find absurd is the notion that the the House GOP has any desire to work with the Democrats and the incoming administration.
What I find absurd is the idea that minorities, any minority, ought to just shut up and go along with the majority (which would make them what? A silent minority? or part of the majority after all? gee......)

Apply that outside Congress and let’s see how it flies shall we?
 
Written By: looker
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Not only did we win it all, but we have to media to blame everything on you! You’re in for a rough decade or two ;-( maybe start thinking about moving to Singapore.
 
Written By: TomD
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Not only did we win it all, but we have to media to blame everything on you! You’re in for a rough decade or two ;-( maybe start thinking about moving to Singapore.
Yeah just like in 1992..oh wait....
 
Written By: Joe
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The real irony I found on Cole site was the notion of having "highly experienced justice department lawyers" .. "pushed out of their positions at Justice because their aggressive enforcement of federal laws didn’t match the new administration’s" progressive ideology when these lawyers replaced other lawyers "beginning in the early years of the Bush administration, were transferred, demoted or otherwise pushed out of their positions at Justice because their aggressive enforcement of federal laws didn’t match the new administration’s conservative ideology".

The irony is so thick that you can walk on it.
 
Written By: Neo
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HAHAHA....more comedy gold on the left. Looks like the Senator-Designate from IL was turned away.

Next up...Senator Franken! And he’ll provide more laughs in Senate than he ever did on SNL
 
Written By: shark
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Yeah... but it’s the cost that worries me, shark.
 
Written By: Bithead
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I agree with Neo. The GOP members of Congress should take their cue from our liberal brethren, simply ask themselves "WWOD"? and vote "present" on every bill. Yes, it’s a bit childish, but SanFran Nan, Dingy Harry, and the rest of the democrat (spit) trash in the Congress have made it abundantly clear that they plan to walk all over the GOP (unless they need GOP votes to give an aura of "bipartisanship" to some especially odious bill). So, I say that they should be given all the authority... and ALL the responsibility. Let’s let the American people see what government by democrats (spit) REALLY means: higher taxes, more government control of our lives, economic misery, and international humiliation.

O’ course, a compliant media, ACORN, and election officials like Jennifer Brunner may well mean that it makes no difference at all what the American people think of the job that the democrats (spit) do as they will be in the majority from now until doomsday... which may not be that long in coming.

I can just see future elections. Mr. Orwell saw it years ago:
Afterwards Squealer was sent round the farm to explain the new arrangement to the others [i.e. when open debate was eliminated at Animal Farm to be replaced by autocratic rule by Napoleon].

"Comrades," he said, "I trust that every animal here appreciates the
sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon
himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the
contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more
firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only
too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you
might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"

George Orwell
Animal Farm
For our liberal commenters, could you please lead us in a few verses of "Beast of England"? Or assure us that, "Obama is always right"? Perhaps you can simply bleat, sheeplike, "Democrat goood, George Bush baaad! Democrat goood, George Bush baaad!"?
 
Written By: docjim505
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You’re in for a rough decade or two
Not gonna happen Tommy. The only reason it will last two years is because you can’t possibly have that much turn over in a 2 year period.

Oh, and I gather you’re not very old if you think Democratic control of the Senate and House is something really new.

The old ones were smarter than Dippy Nan and Whiny Harry.
I have to say, they understood putting a velvet glove on the iron fist rather better than the current lot of transparently ham-handed boobs you’ve put in charge now.
 
Written By: looker
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They realize they have an extremely short shelf life so they need to ram through while they can.

Pelosi = fascist

I refuse to consider her an American anymore
 
Written By: shark
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TomD forgets that it’s Democrats—patriots that they are—who talk about deserting their country when an election doesn’t go their way, not Republicans.
 
Written By: huxley
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But sometimes you
might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?
Are you sure this was Animal Farm? I thought it was Bill Clinton... oh wait, he was worried we wouldn’t spend our money the right way. Got it.
 
Written By: meagain
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I guess we can put our ’Dissent is the highest form of patriotism’ bumper stickers in the closet until the next Republican administration.
 
Written By: timactual
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