Whizblab Open Thread: Shinseki Quits, Democrats Pretend All is Set Aright–But Could Mitt Turn it Around?

Well, even after claiming that he was sticking around til the bitter end… it looks like the end came quicker than Veterans Administration Chief Eric Shinseki thought. Today Shinseki finally resigned after several sitting Democrat Senators and Representatives joined Republicans and called for his head.

Of course, Shinseki’s resignation won’t really fix anything, but Democrats and their handmaidens in the left-wing media will claim that Obama took a “bold step” and now everything is juuuuuuust fine. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Sloan Gibson will take over as interim VA Secretary.

But here is an interesting thought: Could Mitt Romney be the best turn around guy?

This idea comes from someone I really dislike, but it still isn’t the worst idea in the world.

Today MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said:

“I do have to say – I’m sorry, I just have to say Shinseki’s been there for six years. I don’t care what I’m running. If I’m running a place for six years and the backlog is that long and it catches up on you and seems to surprise you. And then what happens in Phoenix may be happening elsewhere, I’m sorry. Whoever’s in charge, whoever’s running the post, that person is gone. And we need to find somebody else to do it. I would love to see somebody like a Colin Powell step up. I think somebody suggested it on Twitter. I think it’s a great idea. A guy like Mitt Romney. Make it apolitical. Have Romney go in for the fight of his life, save the VA. Get somebody like that outside that knows how to run things. I guarantee you get a guy like Colin Powell or Romney in there or find a Democratic business leader and about three or four days in they’re going to go, ‘You do what? Wait. What do you do?’”

I have to say, that isn’t a terrible idea…. despite that I’d rather Mitt Romney just go away… forever. But if he can fix the VA, it wouldn’t be a bad thing, would it?

And it’s open thread day, so have your say below on any topic at all… except how stupid I am. Save that for the other threads. Let’s do something different today. LOL

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  • Commander_Chico

    Col. Patrick Lang also mentioned Mitt for VA on his blog:


    VA could probably use a guy like Mitt to clean out the featherbeds, but you’d need a vet’s advocate looking over his shoulder to make sure he understood the issues and didn’t cut service.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Why would mitt misunderstand the issues and cut service?

      • jim_m

        This is just Chico trying to find a way to express that he doesn’t give a damn what is done with the VA as long as it preserves his benefits. In fact Chico doesn’t give a damn if everyone else has their benefits cut as long as his are protected. This isn’t about veterans getting what they deserve, this is about Chico getting what he thinks he has a right to.

      • Commander_Chico

        Mitt is a chickenhawk of the purest type – that is, he protested in favor of the Vietnam War, and took every draft deferment he could to avoid fighting in it. He’s been a warmonger since then.

        Mitt and a homeless veteran with PTSD are from different planets, I’m not sure he has the compassion to really support veterans’ health care.

        • jim_m

          Really? Jim Webb? This is just like your faux support for Gary Johnson which was only ever a pose, allowing you to claim opposition to obama while never doing anything to oppose him. I can see that you will claim to back some inconsequential candidate while attacking whoever the GOP puts up and defending the dem while claiming that you are votinng for someone else.

        • LiberalNightmare

          Speaking of war mongers that dont respect the veterans …
          Didnt you vote for Obama in the last two elections?

          • Jwb10001

            Dude, Obama is Chickenhawk not a war monger only Republicans that have served in the military can be war mongers.

          • Commander_Chico

            Obama is a little bit of a chickenhawk because of Libya, but he stopped from starting any major wars, like Syria and Iran.

            One thing I like about Webb is that he loathes chickenhawks even more than I do.

          • Retired military

            So Chico chooses Option B. OBama is a little bit of chickenhawk but Romney was much worse.

            Tell us Chico about your other great thoughts. LIke this one.

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

            How about practising what you preach Chico.

            1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
            policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
            Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

            2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            4. Chico stated ” They (duck dynasty guys) were clean shaven before they pitched the TV show.” yet you provided zero proof of this statement. Please do so now.

            Examples of statements 1, 2, and 3 (since you reject the premise)

            Salon writer Joan Wals
            It’s simply stunning: Longtime Republican imagemaker Ailes figured out how to make sure that our twice-elected Democratic president, backed by a coalition that represents an emerging, multiracial America, must periodically be checked and hopefully shamed by a representative of the angry right-wing white male minority that barely considers him a legitimate leader…

            O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”? What about O’Reilly, who pretends he’s a working-class son of Levittown, Long Island, when he’s actually the kid of an accountant who grew up in Westbury and went to private high school and university

            Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”
            Host Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”
            Talking about the town hall protests against ObamaCare on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 11, 2009.

            If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”
            — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010.

            “The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years….What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”
            — Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

            Clip from RNC ad: “Stop Obama and his union bosses today. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”
            Host Lawrence O’Donnell: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss?”
            Ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI): “Wow, I hadn’t thought about the racial overtones….”
            — MSNBC’s The Last Word, February 25, 2011.

            “The interesting question is: what is it about this President that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the President? Why do Republicans think this President is unpresidential — unpresidential, and shouldn’t dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.”
            — MSNBC political analyst and ex-Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe talking about the brief contretemps over scheduling Obama’s speech to Congress, The Last Word, August 31, 2011.

            “I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”
            — Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, September 23, 2011, talking about the previous night’s GOP debate.

            “Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead….So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews.”
            — Anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, December 14, 2011.

            Host Chris Matthews: “How does this guy [Mitt Romney] go from hard right, severely conservative, to this new regular mainstream character he’s portraying himself as?…He ran as a full mooner, Michael. You know, he was saying ‘There’s no such thing as science.’… How can he go from Flat Earth, ‘I don’t believe in evolution,’ to all of a sudden, ‘I’m teaching biology’?… It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there, okay?”
            Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Wait, I resent that! No. Come on, what is this ‘Grand Wizard’ nonsense? Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?”
            Matthews: “Okay, I’m just saying, the far-right party.”
            Steele: “Give me a break! Don’t go there with me on that.”
            — MSNBC’s Hardball, April 23, 2012.

            You notice he [Romney] says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The other-ization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization, ‘You are not one of us,’ and that ‘you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’”
            — Co-host Touré on MSNBC’s The Cycle, August 16, 2012.

            Host Martin Bashir: “Of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration, can I quote something [to] you? ‘For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.’ How about that?”
            MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there….These people reach for every single possible racial double-entendre they can possibly find in every one of these speeches.”
            — MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, August 29, 2012, talking about McConnell’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

            They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred — hatred for Obama. We can go into that about the white working class in the South, and looking at these numbers we’re getting in the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases. This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.”
            — Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s post-debate coverage, October 22, 2012

            “I look at Obama as a perfect American. I don’t mean politically. We can disagree left and right on him. You can argue about the drones. Argue about the fiscal policy, all that stuff. But as a citizen. The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers — and he’s really been pretty moderate on guns until the horror of Newtown — and I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”
            — Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 6, 2013

            What does your study tell you about the nature of the racial piece here of the Tea Party?…Is it sort of a resumption of the Old South, of the way things were before the Civil War, for example? Is it like that old dreamy nostalgia you get in the old movies, Gone With the Wind? Is it that kind of America they want to bring back or what? When there were no gays, where blacks were slaves, Mexicans were in Mexico? I mean, is this what they want?”
            — Chris Matthews to author Christopher Parker on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 20, 2013

            The problem is there are people in this country — maybe 10 percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20 percent on a bad day — who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President.”
            — Chris Matthews appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, May 15, 2013

            “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate…Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House….This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”
            — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5, 2013.

            ¦ “At least back in 1939, when Marian Anderson had to sing here, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ rather than at the Constitution Hall, because — they said the reason was she was black. At least they were honest back then….[Today] you’ve got people talking about nullification of the law of the land [ObamaCare]. You got people talking impeachment like [Senator Tom] Coburn. You got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he’s black, but look at the pattern….At least the Daughters of the American Revolution knew what they were saying and they said it out loud: ‘He’s black, she’s black, she can’t sing here.’ These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the President of being a crook, basically, for even being president, because he’s here illegally. And then they talk about impeaching him on grounds they can’t even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they’re not.”
            — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013.

            ¦ “I want to talk today about a controversial word….A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments…. Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ‘ObamaCare.’”
            — Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show, December 8, 2013.

            Host Ed Schultz compared Tea Party activists to Nazi brownshirts and said that the Republican Party stands for racism; and accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of referring to Obama in racial terms when he described the national debt as a “big black cloud” hanging over the heads of the American people.

            Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell accused Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of using a “racial double-entendre” when McConnell complained that Obama spends too much time golfing;

            Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts famously claimed that Republicans want to go back to a time when “slavery was cool;”

            Contributing analyst Toure – so self-important that he goes by only one name – accused Romney of participating in the “niggerization” of Obama;

            PRESS: I just think the whole thing is outrageous. I hate this apology, I think it was unnecessary and just, just played right into their hands. And, I mean, they won’t (laughs), they’re not going to let conservatives watch MSNBC, fine! You’re not even going to notice that. How many conservatives, seriously, are watching Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow, you know, or Al Sharpton every night?

            JEREMY HOLDEN OF MEDIA MATTERS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know, but, uh, I’m just …

            PRESS: It’s silly.

            HOLDEN: I want to see how this probation looks and when it ends. (Alluding to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s response to Cheerios ad tweet). And what, you know, is there going to be a soft landing from the probation? This is kind of silly at this point.

            PRESS: It is and, you know, first of all, good for Cheerios for bringing that spot back and not bowing into the pressure and as far as this tweet goes, again, “maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everybody else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” that’s the truth. That is the truth! The right winger, the racist right winger will hate it. Everybody else will like it. It’s a beautiful spot.


            Hunter – Daily Kos
            MSNBC bending over themselves to apologize for someone in the network thinking the American right wing was made up of people who pore over the nation’s television commercials to find companies acting Not Bigoted Enough is, and there’s no other word for it, pathetic. As are, of course, the predictable reactions from the right wing themselves. You would think that people who get so very, very, very mad whenever someone suggests that they might be bigoted simpletons would be able to go at least one weekend without proving to be exactly that, but no. Never quite works out that way.

            Ron Fournier – Twitter

            The GOP argument on Obamacare has more than a whiff of Reagan-era racial “welfare queen” politics —>


            Ron Fournier – Twitter
            In light of today’s #Obamacare column, a little background: “How and Why Romney is Playing the Race Card.”

            “There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think
            the party has to deal with this.”

            Markos MoulitsaS

            …[T]he GOP has a problem. It can’t win national elections without getting some support from immigrant demographics—Asians and Latinos, the fastest growing in the country. Yet conservatives hate brown and different-looking people. They speak foreign languages and eat weird stuff and play strange music and vote Democratic. Those are all unforgivable sins.


            “What we had here with you and President Obama was a culture class… It was the president of most of the white guys of America, that’s you. And, Barack Obama the president of almost everybody else. And the discussion was at that level… To watch it was some ways unsettling to me… What you did was strip him of his majesty…”

            From An examiner story about congressman Cummings

            In fact, the authors of the very report cited by Cummings, Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind also “exposed” alleged links between “certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups,” for the NAACP in 2010, as reported by Jack Cashill at the American Thinker, who writes wryly that Zeskind “could find racists in each of the nine choirs of angels and feel comfortable designating at least three of those choirs as hate groups.”

            At the time, Burghart and Zeskind wrote in part that Tea Party members were

            “defending their special pale-skinned privileges and power.”


            HOWARD FINEMAN (on MSNBC): And as if that’s some kind of explanation, some kind of explanation for the weird phenomenon of the fact that the Republicans didn’t win. There was this extraterrestrial force out there of African-Americans and Hispanics.

            CHarlie Crist – ““Sadly I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.””

            MSNBC interview regarding rejection of union.

            WAGNER: – nails this a little bit. And he talks about the UAW has, or the idea of organized labor and finds, y’know, great welcome in NYU and in bastions of sort of liberal, progressive thought. But then when it comes down to it, here you have workers on an assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who have turned down the option. And he makes a point that, “As many unions have discovered, generally to their woe, the politics of race and culture often eclipse those of class in the United States.” [1]

            NOAH: Right.

            WAGNER: And these sort of cultural means around unions, um, distracted from the actual economic benefits of them. [2]

            NOAH: The South has always been hostile territory for union organizing. Y’know, as Harold said, the culture war in the South trumps the class war. [1] You already have in a number of Southern states right to work laws, which means that even if they had unionized the plants, those who benefitted from the presence of that union wouldn’t have had to pay union dues if they didn’t feel like it.

            So you’re in an overwhelmingly hostile climate. And the opposition I gather, through, portrayed this as a kind of northern invasion, a refighting of the Civil War. [3] Apparently there are not a lot of, uh, black employees in this particular plant. [4] And so, that kind of, uh, uh, uh, waving of the Confederate flag was an effective strategy. [5]

            WAGNER: That would explain also the sign, “United Obama Workers,” which speaks volumes [6] in terms of the, uh, cultural differences in certain parxts of the country. Author Timothy Noah, thank you as always for your time and thoughts.

            In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted

            Harry reid – ““We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny
            the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who
            refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,”

            Former Wash Post Editor Robert Kaiser
            “The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians who, the pollsters tell us, fear that their America is disappearing. Of course they are right; it has probably disappeared already. Their America would not have elected a black president.

            From Wash times regarding Obama appointee

            A furious Mr. Reid hinted that Republicans’ opposition was based on racism, pointing to to several other black nominees that GOP senators had opposed earlier. But in the case of Mr. Adegbile, his defense of Abu-Jamal was too much for even some Democrats


            Andrew O’Hehir Salon.com

            When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.

            Paul krugman NY Times

            Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics.

            We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like – and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character – and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

            One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.
            Huffington post 8 apr 2014
            There has been a long-simmering controversy about whether supporters of the Tea Party are more racially prejudiced than the average American, with some solid public opinion evidence suggesting that they are. However, well beyond the Tea Party hard core, there is evidence that race does play a role.

            Is the problem of relentless partisan animus in the Obama era one of lingering racism?
            Candy Crowley: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

            DCCC Chairl Steve Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.

            Pelosi : Racist GOP won’t deal with immigration.
            WAPO article entitled “Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful lot lately. Is it a smart midterm strategy?”
            The New Republic – The Right’s Racial Blinders What really explains the politics of the Obama era
            Dana Milbank – “Let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare, which is the thing that has most antagonized the Right and the Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment, you’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.
            I think, that’s why, again, it’s fair to ask the question, and let every individual say why it is that they have that particular antipathy toward this attorney general, toward this president, and why not, say, toward Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”

            Salon: ABC News ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Offer Laura Ingraham a Platform for ‘Vile Racism’
            WAPO article

            “Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.

            Aaron’s alleged offense occurred in a USA Today interview with sports reporter Bob Nightengale. Aaron explained why he still has the racist hate mail he received as he closed in on breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago last week.”
            Hank Aaron

            “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.””

            Yahoo news article by Matt Bai
            So now it’s out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Republican base, “to a significant extent,” is “animated by racism.”
            Leonard Pitts – Indy Star

            Race plays part in how Holder, Obama are treated

          • Retired military

            Part 2 since proof of Dems calling republicans racist have outstripped the capacity of a DISCUS reply.

            Frank James NPR “Social scientists who have studied voters have found that voter participation rises when voters are emotionally engaged,” he noted. “For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement – and is indeed racially based – could help do the trick.”
            Pelosi tweet – Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. The GOP Budget takes food out their mouths

            Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut “If racist republicans win than colleges will start closing up”
            Jonathon Chait “”America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery,”

            WAPO columnist Jonathan Capehart “republicans extolled the wonders and the virtues and the beauty of slavery,”

            Dem Ill Gov Quinn “Black republicans are like Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”
            Ed Schultz MSNBC

            “So the president goes to the other side of the world and that’s what he gets asked about, racism. How sad is that? But you know what? When you’re the first, you always get picked on. And I have to tell you that this president, I think, is very bold, very strong, very well guided, and has a moral compass. And there’s absolutely no question about it that he has been picked on because of the color of his skin. And there’s no doubt that he has been called many names by conservative talkers in America, many names. He has been targeted, he has been obstructed. And I think that the way this president has been treated empowers jokers like this (alluding to Sterling), like, well, the government does it, we all see it. I guess we can say whatever the hell we want and act however we want. That’s my take on it. I, I, I think that this is a scab that’s been ripped off again and it’s a scab that really, undoubtedly is gonna happen again and again on America. But I believe, I pin this attitude that we have in society being inflamed by right-wing talkers who hate this president, that embolden people such as this guy to go on and act disrespectful against society.”
            Dorian Warren, Columbia professor “There’s a distinction we should make between racist words and speech, and racist practices and policies. We should be focused on the policies and the racial impact of policies that those Republican leaders frankly stand for,”

            MSNBC’s Touré “Some of these folks who own these NBA teams, and this is breaking news, Ari. Some of them are not the most savory folks. Some of them are bankrolling anti-gay marriage initiatives. Some of them got rich off of fracking. Some of them are Russian oligarchs.”

            Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson “Let’s face it, pretty much all criticism of Obama is racist”
            Eugene Robinson WAPO ” This worldview has found a home in the tea party movement, which harbors — let’s be honest — a racist strain.”

            Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson ” Justice Thomas is an Uncle Tom” “Sen. McConnell is a racist”
            “Voting Rights Erosion Is Greater Racist Outrage” Albert Hunt Bloomber

            New York magazine Jonathan Chait, “America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery.”

            Dem Rep Bennie Thompson told a radio show. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States … that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”

            For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”


            “I think not raising the minimum wage is a racist policy,” stated Ed Schultz


            Charlie Crist “Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama”

            Speaker at Democrat sponsored White Privilege Conference
            “The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.”


            New York Times columnist Bob Herbert “Republicans are hostile to the interests of African-Americans” a

            Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Racism–and sexism and homophobia–are about organizing power, not merely disliking the cut of one’s jib. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will have to cope with being perceived as a woman representing the interests of black people and women of all ethnicities. Sexism will never be off the stage. Nor will racism.”
            the Atlantic

            NPR :
            For some Democrats, the explanation is simple: race. In recent weeks, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist have all said racism is the driving force behind Republican resistance to the president.

            Republicans, unsurprisingly, say their disdain for Obama is based not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his policies.

            “If any white Democrat had pushed through a billion-dollar stimulus plan and a takeover of the health care industry, he would have been equally detested by conservatives and Republicans,” says Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster and consultant.

            There’s no question we’re living in a time of divisive politics, when roughly half the country is likely to hate the president, no matter whom he or she might be.

            But race has been a factor in American politics since the very beginning. It’s certainly part of the mix in terms of responses to Obama.

            His status as the nation’s first African-American president exacerbates the concerns of those who feel the country is changing rapidly in ways that are not always comfortable.

            Josh Marshall – “For years, we’ve had a running conversation about how much or whether the often vitriolic, seemingly gut level opposition to President Obama as opposed to simple partisanship, opposition to policies and more. It’s a tangled question since supporters and opponents each bring preconceptions and commitments to it. And it’s a question that is inherently over-determined since the same people who might bear a racial animus toward the President probably also oppose him intensely purely on policy grounds.
            … To whatever extent opposition to President Obama is racial, it’s not only because he’s black himself, it’s because he’s the leader of the party that is the institutional representative of black people. Indeed, in a way that wasn’t nearly so clear 22 years ago, the Democratic Party now disproportionately represents African-Americans, Hispanics, East Asians and South Asians. It’s the most visible force in American political life that stands for an America that looks a lot more like the current Democratic Party than the current Republican Party
            Krystal Ball

            “And a necessary part of this delusion is the belief that young people, city dwellers and minorities aren’t part of real America so they don’t count or at least they shouldn’t count. Which is where disenfranchising voting laws come in. Unfortunately for conservatives, our votes still count the same as everyone else.”
            Chris Matthews on GA senate race “the GOP primary will likely head to a runoff and “the reason they have these runoffs is to make sure no black guy ever won a nomination down there.””
            “I think it’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on,” Rockefeller said. “I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good-especially from people who made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true.


            Rep CLyburn (dem representative) Benghazi Committee to Racist Democrats During Reconstruction Benghazi Committee to Racist Democrats During Reconstruction – “Bhenghazi committee is like racists during reconstruction”


          • Commander_Chico

            No, only the 2008 one, because of that twit Palin.

            Unfortunately McCain has lost his mind since then.

          • Jwb10001

            You enabled the reelection in 2012 you might as well have voted for him or saved some gas and the planet by staying home.

      • Jwb10001

        Because he’d be really busy trying to invade Iran, man you just can not connect the dots dude.

  • GarandFan

    Start firing the directors at each of the VA facilities. Knock off the freaking “bonus” crap. You were hired to do a job. Do it. If you need a “bonus”, go some place else.

    • stan25

      Get rid of the unions too.

  • Retired military

    As I predicted a few days ago

    Here is how I see the VA thing going.
    1-2 weeks the head of the VA will resign (normal MO for bother sides). – Check

    Obama blames Bush – Check

    Carney will say that Obama asked for Ig investigation
    to last a month so 2-3 weeks after “studying” the results
    which probably wont be published in toto will find no systemic failure
    and no one criminally liable –
    Wont be Carney but the new Bagdad Boby

    Carney (new Bagdad Bob) will then say that Obama will consult with experts to consider options and then blame Bush.

    2-3 weeks later options will be laid out and a plea for time to implement. then Blame Bush

    From then to election time – “we have laid out things, we are checking to ensure
    that they are being implemented, we have no figures as to progress,
    BTW the republicans are stalling implementing key parts of the plan”

    After election “Christmas break, we are still evaluating time to move on.
    We anticipate more problems with cooperation since republicans will be in charge of the Senate. We must act now.”

    See several executive orders that do nothing but adds more regulations to already ridiculous beaurocracy.
    Blame Bush and or the republicans.

    Jan “Everyone just getting back on board from holidays we are still evaluating we don’t have numbers yet,
    this is old news, time to move on. Any problems are the result of Bush and or the republicans.

    Junish “this is old news, we have some metrics to show improvement, lets move on”. Republicans are obstructing progress.

    Oct “I don’t have that information. That is old news. What does it matter anymore” republicans are obstructing.

    And the beat goes on.

    • jim_m

      Carney resigned today but I am sure that his replacement will be equally mendacious.

      • Retired military

        Jim Notice I said “Wont be Carney but the new Bagdad Bob”

        • jim_m

          Oops. Missed that part.

  • jim_m

    Since it is graduation season and we have heard many, many stories of conservatives being denied the right to speak at multiple graduation ceremonies, here is Michael Bloomberg actually standing up for intellectual diversity. As much as I disagree with the majority of his politics this one he gets right:

    We cannot deny others the rights and privileges that we demand for ourselves. And that is true in cities and it is no less true in universities where the forces of repression appear to be stronger now, I think, than at any time since the 1950s.
    There is an idea floating around college campuses, including here at Harvard, I think, that scholar should be funded only if they’re work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea; censorship and it is just a modern form of McCarthyism.
    If a university thinks twice before inviting a commencement speaker because of his or her politics, censorship and conformity, the mortal enemies of freedom win out.
    A university’s obligation is not to teach students what to think, but to teach students how to think. And that requires listening to the other side, weighing arguments without prejudicing them. And determining if the other side actually made some fair points. If the faculty fails to do this, it is the responsibility of the administrationand governing bodies to step in and make it a priority. If they do not – if students graduate with ears and minds closed, the university has failed both the students and society.

    Well said. Too bad the ears and minds of those listening to his speech were already firmly closed against his message.

  • Paul Hooson

    Mitt Romney couldn’t even manage a successful campaign for president, not once ,but twice. Big donors reportedly scolded Romney the night of his 2012 loss that his campaign was a big waste of their money. Some said it was run like a freshman college class project rather than a professionally managed project. Further, campaign voter software wasn’t working on election day, so Republican efforts to turn out voters fell short in several key states. This computer disaster was very similar to the Obamacare computer failure. And the Romney campaign even continued to rely on biased and way off based polling and curtailed campaign spending and appearances in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio where the campaign needed to make stronger efforts because the president is elected in 50 contests by the electoral college, and not a popular vote. – I was once a campaign manager for a candidate for office, and I could see so many amateur campaign management for this Romney campaign. – The truth is that the better campaign, not the better candidate nearly always wins. And Romney ran two second rate campaigns now, losing twice, calling into question his ability to delegate responsibility to good people and other basic management skills. Further, in business I think that Mitt Romney often sat on a board, rather than acted as a sole decision making CEO. I’m not convinced that he has anywhere near the management skills that his father, George Romney, had. In 1955, the formation of American Motors with the merger of Hudson and Nash was the largest corporate merger in the world, and this car maker did well during the Romney years until he left to become governor of Michigan. George Romney was one heck of a business manager, by comparison his son is a mere lightweight in the world of business.

    • Commander_Chico

      Good point. Mitt’s campaign was as operationally fucked-up as Obamacare.

      • Retired military

        Romney lost because he was almost as big a RINO as McCain.

        • Paul Hooson

          Both McCain and Romney should have been more acceptable to a larger share of voters if they would have made better efforts prove to be centrist candidates to the voters. It was examples of McCain and Romney overplaying any conservative credentials that made both seem deceptive to many voters, especially with Romney. Both campaigns were badly managed, and both Vice Presidential candidates for McCain and Romney became political liabilities where Palin seemed to erratic and Ryan was often dishonest in his presentation of facts. – Badly managed campaigns, running mates that were a liability among many voters, disgenuine attempts by McCain and Romney to appear more conservative than they actually were angered both conservatives as well as many voters, but for slightly different reasons. – Under normal circumstances, John McCain should have been very electable, with Mitt Romney a little bit less so. Romney only did slightly better than McCain because of many voters being disenchanted with President Obama by 2012, otherwise Mitt Romney was far less qualified for president than John McCain.

          • Retired military

            McCain wouldn’t have gotten as many of the votes as he did without Palin. And both candidates had to fight the fawning press with their terrible campaigns.

      • Jwb10001

        Yes and Obama could manage a campaign but can do the job he was elected to do, so do you have a point? Running a campaign and actually getting something constructive done are 2 entirely different things you would thing the last 5 years would have made that clear.

  • stan25

    The bombshell announcement that Press Secretary Jay Carney is resigning has official Washington and the state controlled media all in an uproar. Looks like the rats are starting to flee in mass from the rapidly sinking ship called the USS Barack Obama. All I can say about the Obama Administration, is the opening line of an old Willie Nelson song: “Turn out the lights, the party is over. All good things must come to an end.” Or in this case, all bad things.

    • Retired military

      Bagdad Bob had become just as big a laughingstock as his boss.

    • Pass the ammunition to that circular firing squad…

  • Commander_Chico
    • Ah the deadly chikca endorsement.

      • Commander_Chico

        I didn’t know I have so much power.

    • Jwb10001


    • Retired military

      Chico is starting to cover up his Hillary vote early.

    • Jwb10001

      Do you honestly think the democrat party would ever nominate a guy like Jim Webb, you’ve got to be smoking dope. He wouldn’t win, place or show in any primary. Hillary, the native American Princess from Mass, hell probably Alan Greyson would beat his ass in the democrat primary process.

      • Commander_Chico

        You never know. Could win New Hampshire, roll into South Carolina, etc.

        Plus he could go independent.

        The dilemma of the USA – no honest candidate can make it through the primaries of either party.

        • Jwb10001

          Not a snowballs chance in hell short of Webb selling out to the leftist.

  • Retired military

    From national review

    In total, the VA spent at least $13.77 million on 251 salaried employees performing full-time union work. Others, who were not included on the list provided by the VA, work part-time for unions at the taxpayer expense. In fiscal year 2011, the latest on record, the VA used 998,483 hours of this “official time,” costing taxpayers more than $42 million.

    The newly released records show that in Baltimore, which has the nation’s longest wait times for veterans’ claims, taxpayers covered $372,674 in salary costs in 2012 for a clinical dietetic technician, a patient-services assistant, a health technician, a medical-support assistant, and two nurses to spend all their time at work on union issues and none of it working with veterans.

    In Columbia, S.C., the VA pays one health technician a $40,706 salary to work for the American Federation of Government Employees.

    I know this is not a new issue that just started under Obama nor is the VA the only organization which does this. Why is the US govt paying salaries for workers to do union stuff on govt time?

    • jim_m

      The difference with obama is the indifference. With any of his predecessors had a scandal like the current one come to light they would have publicly called for the resignation of the VA Secretary. obama could barely be bothered to comment upon the issue. It took a full week before Shinseki finally resigned without obama calling for his resignation.

      The fact is that obama doesn’t give a rat’s ass about vets. The only time I remember the obama admin acting with vigor on any veteran’s issue was when they were having vets declared incompetent so they could then confiscate their guns.

  • Tanuki Man

    As much as I think Shinseki can screw himself for his playing politics in the Bush administration, in this case he’s not the problem. He is, however, proven inadequate to fix the problem so getting him out is fine.

  • jim_m

    While I am all for getting an American soldier back from these animals, I don’t think that the criminal obama admin needs to do so like obama is a little kleptocratic, fascist dictator.

    The dems seem to think that the law doesn’t apply to them. They bitched and moaned when the GOP violated the law back with Iran Contra, therefore there is no excuse for the dems to not show how they believe that these sorts of laws need to be obeyed no matter what.

    Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.

    The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.

    Apparently, obama, who signed this into law never had any intention of actually obeying it.

    Can we call him a fascist dictator now?

    Cue Bruce so put up some bullshit reason why obama had to break the law that he negotiated with congress and signed just a year ago. Because Bruce always has an excuse for the dems to extend their criminal government.