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On the zero differences between Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh

Look at today’s lectures on fair play, they are everywhere. Lucky me, I’ve been reading how Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh are the same person. You follow these rants, and they go: “These two guys, they’re identical. Bill Maher is a hideous misogynist, and Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer — who, by the way, carries enough of God’s good grace to manage an apology when he’s made a mistake. See?”

Oh, yes. Simple as could be. Bill Maher called Sarah Palin nasty things, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke nasty things. Maher is evil, Rush is a victim. Fifty-fifty, even-steven, comme ci comme ca, wang-chung. When two different guys say roughly the same things, it’s a wash. By someone’s definition, the two statements communicate the exact same thing.

Let’s see if I’m at all following this. I remember May 1, 2003. George W. Bush stood aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and said of the Iraq War, “Mission Accomplished.” At the exact same time, watching the spectacle on TV, I thought about Karl Rove’s hard-selling the war to Americans. I mumbled to myself: “Mission Accomplished.” It’s weird how everybody chose to criticize George, instead of me.

It’s some sort of mystery how the exact same things end up different. It’s unfair, really. For instance, Bill Maher is a foul-mouthed stand up comic. And yet, unlike Rush Limbaugh, he’s not the leader of the American conservative movement or the Republican Party. While people will listen to Bill for his opinions, there aren’t millions of people who hang upon his every word. No sizable chunk of America re-posts, re-quotes and dittoes his every syllable because they believe that Bill is always right. Somehow, nobody thinks that Bill Maher is always right.

Also, unfortunately, people of similar politics may differ with Bill Maher. Plenty of people have criticized Bill for his opinions. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Rush. Even when — especially when — you’re a powerful Republican congressman or senator, if you criticize Limbaugh, you write your future obituary.

Congressman Phil Gingrey from Georgia, for instance, mistakenly said:

“I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party.”

. . then had to beg for a phone line into Rush’s radio program, to say:

“I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments and I just wanted to tell you, Rush, … that I regret those stupid comments.”

Whew. Representative Todd Tihart of Kansas once mis-stated:

“No, no, he’s just an entertainer.”

. . then had to trot out his spokesman to correct his near-fatal mistake:

“The congressman believes Rush is a great leader of the conservative movement in America . . “

Even the pretend leader of the Republicans, GOP Chairman Michael Steele, nearly bought the farm:

“Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary. Yes, it’s ugly.”

. . until he genuflected, with humility:

“I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh… I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership…. I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking.”

It’s a shame no one’s had to apologize to Bill, the comic, to prevent his professional standing and political power from being destroyed. I doubt Maher would be interested in such games, anyway, to his discredit.

And it’s particularly sad that no one thinks Bill Maher is a figure worth deifying. Though he’s practically Rush’s twin, nobody has nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize. No man, or university, or foundation, has ever written an equivalent to this on his behalf, a letter to the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Institute:

Dear Dr. Mjos:

Landmark Legal Foundation herewith submits the name of Rush Limbaugh as an unsolicited nomination for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

We are offering this nomination for Mr. Limbaugh’s nearly two decades
of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all
mankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin. We fervently believe that these are the only real cornerstones of just and lasting peace throughout the world.

This says something about us, doesn’t it? The comedian will somehow never win a Nobel Peace Prize. This is shocking. It’s as if these two men, Bill Maher and Rush Limbaugh, had nothing in common at all.


Michael Steele is Beginning to Look Like Malcolm X to Me

If you thought like me that Herman Cain was the strangest black man in the Republican Party, you were wrong. Months ago, when I called Allen West a ‘Walking Anger Management Problem,’ I sensed that he was even more…unique…than that. At the time, he was completely losing his shit over the diminutive, post-cancer chemotherapy patient Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The optics may have been bad, but he really had no choice. She is a woman and she questioned his authoritah! He is A Real Man.

But remember this? He got mad at NBC, too:

West has denied NBC News’s reports of his involvement with the gang, and recently told Hotline On Call that the story can’t be true because the Outlaws do not “accept blacks, Jews or gays” into their ranks.

The West campaign has responded to the reports, denying their veracity and accusing NBC of a biased reporting:

“In what can only be described as a political hatchet job by the liberal mainstream media, NBC News – through reporter Lisa Myers – made an outrageous claim that LTC(R) Allen West condones criminal activity. Myers clearly has an agenda to try and stop good people like Allen who oppose the far left policies that are wreaking havoc upon our country.”

Turns out he just gets mad. Ask him about Herman Cain:

Scott Hennen: Is it an attack on a black conservative because he’s a black conservative?

Congressman West: Oh come on, I mean you know I was the only black member of a white supremacist motorcycle gang, so liberals and there are certain others I would say even within our party that are not comfortable with strong black conservative voices, and I would say there are people that feel very threatened by that because we do stand on principle. We are someone or entities that are out of the mainstream, if you want to call it that, so liberals are definitely going to come at you.

So I guess Herman Cain is not the only black man in the GOP who would get a special kind of thrill if somebody called him “Cornbread.” Or something. This is why we can’t have nice things, like participatory democracy. It is also why the following is all over the interwebs these days:  “2012–It’s Not Just an Election, It’s a Restraining Order.”

One thing is sure, we are going to have to stop cracking jokes about Michele Malkin winning the award for being the white supremacist with the darkest skin.


GOP group overwhelmingly rejects Muslim man

This is the funniest thing I’ve read all week. A Muslim Republican asks to join the Broward County GOP’s executive committee. The locals pepper him with insulting questions and panicky rules changes, and then vote him down with a victorious enthusiasm I suppose they’d showcase if Jane Fonda tried to join. And after all that appalling behavior, the Florida Republicans are angry at him.

Funny. But perhaps the idea of a Muslim joining the likes of Broward trash is so outrageous that a Muslim would have to be playing games with the GOP. Then again, maybe Nezar Hamze didn’t know how uniformly bigoted Republicans can be. If so, he learned soon enough:

“I’m aligned with Republican values. And I want to serve the party,” said Hamze, who earlier told a reporter that any effort to block him was the result of anti-Islamic “bigotry.”

At times, when he addressed the packed room at the Sheraton Suites in Fort Lauderdale, a few members shouted out among the crowd of about 300.

“Terrorist!” said one man.

Over and over, I keep thinking of party politics in the deep South after World War II. I imagine former GOP Chairman Michael Steele’s grandfather being dumb enough to try to join a particularly vicious Alabama chapter. “N*gger!” said one man.

Members of Broward’s Republican Party said Hamze was making a mockery of their rules and was trying to become a member as a publicity stunt.

“I don’t have a positive impression of Mr. Hamze. I don’t think he will be an asset to our party,” said Scott Spages, who is involved in programs concerning radical Islam at his church, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.

Spages knows of what he sees: radical Islam dancing all around him like Yetis at Burning Man. Once you’ve seen, oh, A Muslim, Hamze’s charade looks like the inside of your eyelids.

The actual kicker: Hamze is Florida chapter president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. For the Broward wolves, it was as if Muhammad himself had chucked a taqiyya lamb chop into their den. ‘You can’t fool us!’ they seemed to be saying. ‘TOLD you I was Muslim,’ Hamze accurately replied, uselessly.

Imagine also, then, if Grampa Steele had worked in a civil rights organization. It goes the same way.

A new litmus test was then born: Do you support Rep. Allen West? The tea-party Republican has repeatedly denounced Islam and clashed with Hamze. So has Joe Kaufman, chairman of the group Americans Against Hate and former vice-chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition of South Florida. “Are you willing to support Congressman Allen West… as a Republican?” Kaufman said loudly in the microphone. “Will you denounce terrorism?”

Mr. Steele: are you willing to support our Grand Wizard… as a Republican? Will you denounce race mixing? It’s too funny. Do bank robbers have secret societies? Do they recruit security guards?

Hamze said he couldn’t comment on the politics of CAIR because it’s a non-profit non-partisan group. He later said he denounces terrorism and that he’s not involved in any terrorist activities.

The security guard said, “If you don’t shoot me first, I won’t shoot you. Deal?”

Mr. Steele affirmed, “I haven’t mixed-up anyone. Not even you. We good?”

Final vote: 158 to 11. Darn.

After the vote, Broward Executive Committee Chairman Richard DeNapolis said simply: “Mr. Hamze, your membership has been denied.”

The crowd cheered loudly.

Next: Hamze petitions the Dixie Pork Bingers . .

ADD: You’d think the Broward geniuses could have spent the same 30 seconds it took me to find out who Nezar Hamze is:

“Relief. Closure. Hope. These are the sentiments expressed by Fort Lauderdale Muslims, American Muslims, and Muslims across the globe at the death of Osama Bin Laden.

“Every major Islamic group in North America has released a statement expressing relief that Osama Bin Laden is dead and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is no exception. ‘At first, I didn’t believe it, but then the news sunk in with President Obama’s speech,’ said Nezar Hamze, Executive Director of CAIR Florida’s Miami Chapter, who just returned from a national meeting of Muslim leaders. ‘We are all satisfied that justice has been served.'”


While rank and file Repubs hail Tuesday’s Gov wins, the big dogs are scared about the ‘Conservative’ Hoffman loss in NY-23

They’ve been saying, as they always do, that the past losses (2008) were because politicians simply weren’t Conservative enough. They needed to go even farther to the right to affirm the philosophy and beliefs of the right-wing, and then everything would have been wonderful. Landslides.

That’s what Palin and Limbaugh and Dick Armey and his teabaggers were all so sure of in anticipation of Tuesday’s elections. So sure were they that they ran an actual non-GOPer, a ‘Conservative Party’ candidate, Doug Hoffman, in New York’s 23rd in order to prove it, and he and the teabaggers actually ran off the moderate, GOP-backed candidate, Dede Scozzofava.

It was the exciting, tear-this-shit-up Conservative fight of the off-year.

And Hoffman lost. The Republicans gave up that particular seat to a Democrat for the first time in a hundred years.

Don’t guess that the guys who run the show didn’t notice the defeat:

Conservatism Didn’t Lose in NY-23
Rush Limbaugh
November 4, 2009

…But the right message… We cannot forget how this whole thing happened in the first place. There was not a primary. The right message here would indict the way party bosses, Republican Party bosses and these “big thinkers” like Newt, screwed the whole thing up from the get-go. From their standpoint — and I think this is probably still true today — they’d rather say that Reagan conservatism can’t win in New York and that we need more David Brooks-type Republicans.

…But if the party… See, this is the dirty little secret: If the party had gotten behind Hoffman from the beginning, he would have won going away. I have no doubt about that. I’ll tell you something else. People are now talking about Hoffman’s lack of charisma and familiarity with local issues. The huge story of New York-23 is the shambles the Republican Party made of it. They nominated a horrendous candidate: A liberal Republican. She was far more liberal than this Owens guy, who ended up winning.

Michael Steele Takes On Palin, Limbaugh: ‘Your Opinion Really Doesn’t Matter Much’

RNC Chairman Michael Steele endorsed moderate Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-NY) in the NY-23 special election before national conservative leaders — like Dick Armey, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin — forced Scozzafava out in favor of right-wing candidate Doug Hoffman. Following Hoffman’s defeat, Steele struck back at firebrands within his party, telling reporters earlier today that the opinion of conservative outsiders “really doesn’t matter much”:

STEELE: If you don’t live in the district, don’t vote there, your opinion really doesn’t matter much.

Later this afternoon, CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked Steele specifically about outsiders like Palin and Limbaugh, who loudly pushed the nominated Republican Scozzafava out of the race. Steele affirmed that he “hopes” those right-wing voices do not continue to meddle in Republican primaries:

BLITZER: Are you worried Mr. Chairman that Sarah Palin for example, or Rush Limbaugh or others in the conservative movement are going to go into some of these contests and go after the more moderate Republicans who might actually have a better chance at winning in the general election.

STEELE: Well, I hope not.

Alright boys, now what?


Now that the AMA is on board with the public option, watch the right-wing come after the AMA

The July surprise:

(CNN) — The new president of the American Medical Association, which represents the interests of the nation’s doctors, said Wednesday the group is open to a government-funded health insurance option for people without coverage.

Dr. J. James Rohack told CNN that the AMA supports an “American model” that includes both “a private system and a public system, working together.”

So how do the Republicans now feel about their doctor buddies?

RNC Chairman Michael Steele “took a shot at the American Medical Association today, saying the organization doesn’t have ‘credibility’ on health care reform,” according to The Hill.

Said Steele on Fox News: “The AMA is — does not have the credibility on this health care issue, as they would like to project.”

The AMA has traditionally opposed major health care reform, but came out in favor of the Democratic proposals in the House earlier this year.

..and it just keeps coming:

AMA Endorses Largest Denier of Health Care Claims

What appears to be the official blog of President Obama’s administration is all aflutter because the President will welcome, “doctors from across the United States to the White House to share their unique perspective on the struggles that American families face every day when it comes to health care.” (They posted today’s agenda in the name of transparency!)…

Of the eight insurers listed, Medicare is most likely to reject a claim, sending away 6.85% of requests.  This is more than any private insurer and double that of the private insurers’ average!

In short, the AMA is endorsing a plan whose closest existing example is the most frequent denier of claims.  How the public option exemplifies “delivering care to patients” is unclear.

Nice try. First, Medicare can’t deny covering people, as private insurers do. That would be a ‘denial of claim’ rate of 100% for every person they refused…because they wouldn’t even allow the person access to insured healthcare services. Denying payment for certain services after the fact isn’t nearly as bad.

Second, if you look into that AMA report card, you’ll see the denial of claim rate for Aetna and Medicare is almost identical. And just why were they denying claims?

With Medicare, their #1 reason, at 27.8% of the time, is this: “Claim/service lacks information which is needed for adjudication. At least one Remark Code must be provided.” Incomplete paperwork.

With Aetna, their #1 reason, at 65.8% (almost two-thirds of the time!), is this: “Payment adjusted because the benefit for this service is included in the payment/allowance for another service/procedure that has already been adjudicated.” They feel they’ve already paid enough for this type of service and aren’t going to pay any more.

There are tons of reasons why Medicare claims get denied. The essential natures of Medicare and private insurers are already well known, don’t let anybody try to fool you…


Because she continues to act and sound like a moron, is Sarah Palin's support eroding among leading Republicans?

One has to wonder. While all sorts of other pundits continue to rush to her reputation’s aide, actual Republican leaders are not so gung-ho on the dumb and erratic former governor.

First, today’s Sarah Palin head slapper:

…Palin conceded many people are still confused about why she decided to leave office….

But she said a major factor in the decision was the mounting legal bills she and the state have had to incur to fight ethics charges from her political adversaries. None of the accusations have been proved but, she said, the costs of fighting them have been enormous…

As to whether another pursuit for national office, as when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House less than a year ago, would result in the same political blood sport, Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the “department of law” would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.

“I think on a national level, your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out,” she said.

There is no “Department of Law” at the White House.

There certainly isn’t. And I’m not sure that I could pick out a single friend of mine that wouldn’t break out in laughter at the idea of the Federal ‘Department of Law.’ This is a presidential candidate? If they really want her, I suppose so.

Are actual Republican leaders tiring of the embarrassment? Don’t know, myself.

Steele On Palin: “2012 Off The Table

At a loss to explain Sarah Palin’s resignation after months of putting herself in the spotlight, many pundits — particularly conservatives who support her political career — have suggested the Alaska governor is working on a 2012 presidential run. But Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele said, in no uncertain terms, that it simply can’t happen.

“Not having talked to the governor, I take 2012 off the table right now simply because given everything she’s going through personally, dealing with the financial mess that all these ludicrous investigations have put her and Todd in, at the moment, I think she’s trying to focus on getting her house in order, her personal house in order,” Steele told FOX News.

“I look forward to welcoming her out and helping us in our campaigns this fall if and when shes ready to do that. Sarah Palin will be the ultimate arbiter of when she will engage and how she will engage,” he said.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) concurred.

“I like her a lot. But I think it will be very difficult for her to run in 2012 given everything’s that’s gone on the last nine months,” he said, referencing to the ongoing drama regarding Bristol Palin, who gave birth to a son, Tripp, in late December, and the baby’s father, Levi Johnston.

The Republican Party National Chair and the House Minority Leader. Those are not bit players in Republican politics.


Chairman Steele Says Pelosi 'stepped in it big time', and Then Dives Right In

Is the weekend over? Shoot, just couldn’t avoid this one.

By trying to throw Pelosi into the fire, did he just screw up again? Michael Steele would support an investigation into the Bush administration’s torturing of people? That doesn’t sound right, that can’t be what the Republicans really want.

Everywhere you go on the web, there are piles of talk about how either party could get burned by misplaying the Pelosi flare up (here, here, here, here). So he does the one thing he’s not supposed to do–nonchalant the suggestion of an all-outer on torture. Isn’t that exactly what Pelosi wants?

You’re supposed to say that if the Democrats are going to be so partisan blah blah un-patriotic blah foolish investigation, the first subpoena blah blah lying Nancy Pelosi. See? Not so hard.

RNC Chairman Steele backs investigation
into Bush-era torture

During a Sunday broadcast, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, in the midst of attacking Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of lying, offered his support for an investigation of the Bush administration’s torture program.

Speaking on MSNBC’s Meet the Press, Steele asserted that Pelosi had “stepped in it big time” when she said the CIA had misled Congress in its briefings on torture techniques approved by the Bush administration.

“I think you have heard a lot of Republicans call for that,” he said. “If this is a door that the Democrats and their leaderships, they have the House and Senate and the presidency, and if they want to expose all this, then let’s put it all on the table and take a closer look at it.”

Pelosi said the CIA briefed her just once on tactics such as waterboarding, in September 2002, and then only told her that then-president George W. Bush’s advisers had concluded it was legal, but that it was not in use, and that lawmakers would be told if interrogators went ahead with the extreme methods.

UPDATE (no surprise): A spokesperson for RNC chief Michael Steele appears to be walking back Steele’s suggestion yesterday that he could support a truth commission on torture, claiming that he only wants to ensure that such a probe, if it took place, would also look at Dems…

Asked whether he backs such a commission, RNC spokesperson Gail Gitcho told me that Steele’s position was in line with other Republicans. They aren’t calling for a commission, but say that if such a probe is launched, it should also include a look at what Dems knew. Gitcho emailed me this:

“The Chairman’s point is that the Democrats are in control of the House and Senate and they have repeatedly called for an investigation of the Bush administration about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques. If they do have an investigation, Republicans believe they should also investigate what Pelosi and other Democrats knew about the interrogations and when they knew it.”


Republican Chairman Michael Steele on Gay Marriage: 'Who Pays For That? You Just Cost Me Money'

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.

Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles. Steele said he used the argument weeks ago while chatting on a flight with a college student who described herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal on issues like gay marriage.

“Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”

In a similar vein, Republican powerhouse C. Toddler Pinckus III added:


‘Normal’ Joe the Plumber doesn’t let gays anywhere near kids

He “let them know” a while ago where he stands on the parenting issue: do I let the “strange and unusual” people “anywhere near my children”? News for you, you dumb SOB–it’s this sort of animal paranoia that’s “strange and unusual.”

The word “queer,” Wurzelbacher noted, “means strange and unusual.”

Christianity Today: In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

Wurzelbacher: At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary–it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.

This guy holds no accomplishments, no talents, and no smarts. And he doesn’t even like politics. He ended up on TV for badgering the opposition candidate with totally bungled tax questions. But the McCain campaign made him famous anyway, and Joe paid them back by stabbing McCain in the back. So what’s next for Joe?

In the vein of George W. Bush and Michael Steele, Joe the Plumber also indicated that he wouldn’t run for public office until the Lord had given him a cue. “God hasn’t said, ‘Joe, I want you to run.’ I feel more important to just encourage people to get involved, one way or another. If I can inspire some leaders, that would be great.” Joe added: “I don’t know if I want to be a leader.”

He’s running for office. This is exactly how ‘non-political, outsider’ [read: ‘heroic’] Republicans do it, right out of the book. See ‘Duke’ Cunningham, Sonny Bono.


won't you help the republicans?

Fill out the RNC survey–Michael Steele needs your ‘answers’…

3. What are the weaknesses of the Republican Party? Check all that apply.

–Bad Messaging
–Poor Response to Katie Couric
–Republicans who don’t vote like Medieval Monks
–Need to be more vigilant during Public restroom sexytime
–Need More consistent Capitalization in surveys


republican chair michael steele isn’t an idiot–he’s been toying with you, fool

Steele is fun to clack about because he’s a classic Republican in so many ways. He appears to be stupid, but he still loves the spotlight, loves to run his mouth, and his arrogance is preposterous.

Because of his all-star credentials, I’ve put up a few posts on him:

for shizzle my wingnizzle
michael steele be pimpin’ the gop
heck, why would we think that?
g’bye michael steele
rush limbaugh’s fun: end michael steele’s chairmanship, or stay on vacation?
hit ’em right back with the same jesus stick

..which leads us to this. All that crap he’s been throwing around, the controversies he’s caused that nearly cost him his job as Republican leader? It was all planned. You fell for it. Enjoy!


hit ’em right back with the same jesus stick

…because when you’re about to be canned for saying abortion is ‘an individual choice‘ as opposed to a terrible sin…hell, why not?

GOP chairman Michael Steele says talking
to God
keeps him from hurting critics

Thursday, March 12th 2009, 12:57 PM

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele has been having some interesting conversations with God about the criticism he’s gotten lately from his fellow GOPers.

“I just pray on it,” he told GQ Magazine about the flak, some of it inspired by his comment that the GOP needs to go in a more urban, “hip-hop” direction. “And I ask God, ‘Hey, let me show just a little bit of love, so I absolutely don’t go out and kick this person’s ass…'”