Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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“Listen to me people, the Republicans don’t care about you!”

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Robert Gibbs’ Quotes of the Day

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was a one-man quote machine on Monday. Here’s a sampling:

To Harry Smith on “This Morning”: “We ought not use the middle class as a political football.”

To George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America”: “We’re going to have to see what Congressman Boehner does and says today. … But I think Congressman Boehner was fairly clear yesterday in outlining a position that the president outlined last week.”

To Meredith Vieira on “Today”: “Your poll showed that the second most potent idea against somebody running for Congress would be returning to the Bush policies. We’re going to take the next 50-some days to convince people that that’s exactly what the Republicans are going to do.”

On John Boehner – “We welcome John Boehner’s change in position and support for the middle class tax cuts, but time will tell if his actions will be anything but continued support for the failed policies that got us into this mess.”

To George Stephanopoulos on Newt Gingrich’s saying “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? … That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.” “I don’t even have – quite frankly, George – the slightest idea what he’s talking about. … I think Newt Gingrich knows that he’s trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don’t believe the president was born in this country. You would normally expect better from somebody who held the position of speaker of the House. But, look, it’s political season. And most people’ll say anything. And Newt Gingrich does that … on a regular basis.”

Quote of the Day: “Where does he [Gingrich] get his material?” – Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough.

Did John Boehner Fall Into A Democratic Trap?

“Boehner vs. His Party … [S]hortly after his original statement, it became clear that Republicans remain intent on holding tax relief for middle class families hostage.” http://bit.ly/cea5o1

–WSJ editorial page hits “Boehner’s Tax Bungle: The House GOP leader steps into Obama’s trap”: “Republicans scrambled yesterday to regain their footing … [T]his stumble on the easy issue of taxation in the best GOP year since 1994 makes us wonder if he’s ready for prime time.”

–But Rush Limbaugh gets Boehner’s back: “[T]he CBS ‘Slay the Nation’ show … – obviously working with the Democrat Party – tried to get Boehner on the record for being against tax cuts for the so-called middle class.” http://bit.ly/cmPvSk

“YOUNG GUNS: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” – by House Republicans Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy – publishes today. Aides organized a three-day NYC news cycle – despite less than 24 hours on the ground — by starting with “Today” and continuing with radio and TV pre-tapes, and online and print interviews, all hitting the air/street/Web at different times. Appearances include Fox, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, N.Y. Times, National Review, ABC Radio and WOR radio. Real-time Twitter updates at @YoungGunsGOP. $10.20 on Amazon http://amzn.to/dbq6IZ

Something I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know – RECORD NUMBER OF INDIAN-AMERICAN HOUSE CANDIDATES (6) – USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “A seventh Indian American, Nikki Haley, who was born Nimrata Randhawa, is the Republican nominee for South Carolina governor. … All but Haley are Democrats. The uptick illustrates a political coming-of-age for Indian Americans, who … are among the most affluent and well-educated immigrant groups in the United States. Nearly 38% of Indian Americans held advanced degrees in 2008, compared with 10.2% of the U.S. population.” http://bit.ly/993Sju

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but nothing less than the short-term future of our nation is at stake in the midterm elections.

What if, instead of attacking the president’s economic agenda and positioning himself to run for president again, and if he loves the country as much as he says he does (even though neither he or any of his five able-bodied sons have ever served it in uniform, but I digress), why hasn’t Mitt Romney, a very succesful businessman in private life, put in a call or two to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and offered his assistance?

I didn’t need a study to tell me that the Sunday morning news shows’ guests are overwhelmingly white and male. Hell, even Ray Charles in his current condition can see that!

Why isn’t there an effort to recruit and train young African-American candidates for political office, particularly at the nation’s HBCUs?

PAGING MC MICHAEL STEELE! It’s time for your regularly scheduled stupid-ass comment of the week!

No one thinks that kids should go to school in decrepit buildings or conditions, but over HALF A BILLION DOLLARS for a school complex in Los Angeles is a tad bit REE-DIC-U-LOUS! 

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed that once the “Reverend” Terry Jones was interviewed on Saturday’s Today Show, he seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.

Was there a groundswell for a remake of Hawaii Five-O that I somehow missed?

Let’s see if the tabloids try as hard to drum up a romance between this season’s Dancing With The Stars partners Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy as they did last spring with Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke.

What if Montana Fishburne and John Edwards did a sex tape together?

You read it here first: Simon Cowell picked the right time to leave American Idol. The bloom is off that rose and bringing in Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez won’t stem the sliding ratings.

I must be getting old. There used to be a time when I looked forward to MTV’s Video Music Awards Show and this year, I didn’t even know when it was.

If the Cowboys and Jets are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, we could be in for a terrible game in February.

I don’t care what anyone says, if you suffer a concussion, you should sit out the next game (NFL) and at least five days in any other league.

Speaking of concussions, Eagles coach Andy Reid must be suffering from a severe one if he continues to keep Michael Vick as second-string.

When did scoring a touchdown become “taking it to the house”?

Reports that the Miami Heat are hiring some of LeBron James’ “people” to, as team president Pat Riley put it, “Help keep him [James] in his comfort zone” disgust me. Isn’t a “max” contract enough of a “comfort zone” and speaking of that $100 million contract, why can’t James pay his “people” out of that?

Anyone thinking that Kobe Bryant hasn’t been “laying in the cut” this summer, taking notes and writing down (saving) who wrote what about whom (Kevin Durant, Miami’s “Big Three”), is fooling themselves.  A Kobe Bean Bryant with a chip on his shoulder is a dangerous Kobe Bean Bryant.

Is the Dodgers’ season over yet?

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