According to Scott Whitlock of NewsBusters, [emphasis added to quotes]
Chris Matthews appears to have a Mad Libs-style list of the worst insults he hurls at conservative. On Wednesday, he chose “verbal terror” to smear everyone on the right who disagrees with all of the “great things” Barack Obama wants to do. The Hardball anchor opened his show by hyperbolically warning, “Political armageddon!” According to Matthews, the fight between the President and conservatives is not a conflict of ideas. h/t Gordo
No, it’s much more than a conflict of ideas, alleges Matthews. Watch the video of him, salivating like a mad dog, at NewsBusters. Whitlock emphasized this part of the screed, in which Chris Tingle said that those who oppose Obama’s policies represent an
almost totally negative force arrayed and barking against him, a campaign of verbal terror and negativity aimed at denying tens of millions decent health care, denying immigrants the chance to be come citizens, denying people of other sexual orientations and identities an equal chance to provide for themselves, obviously, also denying marriage equality.
It’s a strange, unbalanced battle between a man who wants to do great things and an enemy aimed at ensuring he does not. It’s a tale of a political party that once freed the slaves and battled the monopolies, built the transcontinental railroad and created scientific agriculture to the land grant colleges reduced now to playing jackal in the moonlight.
People like Matthews are, indeed, Mad Libs, which we can define as
Most Annoying Democrats: Lying, Insulting BullSh**ers.
Notice that this harangue by “Chris Tingle” happened on Wednesday evening. Was Matthews on a mission from his god because he somehow knew that Senator Harry Reid was going to set off the nuclear option the very next day?
Was Chris Tingle spinning in advance for Obama, his messiah, that “great” man? The transcript was probably sent over directly from the White House.
Matthews has the gall to call Obama’s political opponents–representatives of the People–enemies! This is a battle all right, but it’s between a president who wants to be a dictator like Hugo Chavez versus duly-elected representatives of the People who want to ensure that
government of the People, by the People, for the People shall not perish from the earth.
Mark my words: Obama is working on far worse than the nuclear option. Yesterday was only a baby step. Obama’s playing the long game: Nudging and incrementalism are the progressive way, as taught by Saul Alinsky.
This Senate rule change applies only to cabinet positions and lower court nominees, we’re told. Yes, for now, but Senator Tom Harkin is already calling for an end to filibusters on legislation, also!
After the Senate voted to change filibuster rules Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) called for more reforms. “This has been escalating for a long period of time and it was time to stop it and that’s what we did this morning,” Harkin said. “Now we need to take it a step farther and change the filibuster rules on legislation.”
Now we know why Obama spent so much time recently campaigning against the “obstructionist Congress.” He has no other choice:
“Enough is enough,” he proclaims. Obama “has to” act, for the good of the People!
Obama and his supporters know from recent poll numbers that the worm is turning. This power grab is their last gasp to “fundamentally transform” the country as much as possible before next year’s mid-term elections.
Thank God that the Founders were wise enough to require a supermajority of the Senate to ratify treaties, but don’t think that they won’t try to ratify one against the will of the minority, anyway.
Obama is deliberately picking fights with Republicans in order to force them into fighting back, so that he and his minions in the lamestream media, like Chris Tingle, can continue to demonize the Republicans, blame them for dividing the country, and criticize them for further “obstructing the People’s business,” which in reality is obstructing Obama’s business of destroying our Republic.
When Republicans fight back, Obama will say that, once again, he has “no choice” but to order Reid to remove filibusters on legislation, too. Then the Senate will ram through legislation on divisive issues, such as immigration reform, just as they foisted Obamacare on the entire population without a single Republican vote. Talk about voter suppression!
By the way, the DC Court of Appeals that Obama currently is packing hears cases about critical and controversial issues, such as EPA regulations (global warming), Cordray’s new consumer “protection” panel, as well as those Obamacare death panels. Yes, this rule change allows Obama to set up those death panels!
The change could help Obama implement the law in other ways. It has immediately improved the chances of confirming nominees to the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The 15-member panel, one of the most controversial facets of the law, has responsibility for curbing the cost of Medicare. The administration had little hope for setting up the board before Thursday’s rule change.
In addition, the nuclear option sets the stage for changes at the FHFA that might result in yet another housing disaster, as the government once again forces banks to give loans to people who can’t afford to pay them back, simply to meet “diversity” quotas.
See how the New York Times spins the issue for Obama:
… Republicans, wounded and eager to show they have not been stripped of all power, are far more likely to unify against the Democrats who humiliated them in such dramatic fashion. …
The decision to press the button on the so-called nuclear option was no doubt cathartic for a Democratic majority driven to distraction by Republican obstructionism. …
The rule change lowered to a simple 51-vote majority the threshold to clear procedural hurdles on the way to the confirmation of judges and executive nominees. But it did nothing to streamline the gantlet that presidential nominees run. Republicans may not be able to muster the votes to block Democrats on procedure, but they can force every nomination into days of debate between every procedural vote in the Senate book — of which there will be many.
And legislation, at least for now, is still very much subject to the filibuster. …
Republican senators who were willing to team with Democrats on legislation like an immigration overhaul, farm policy and a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will probably think twice in the future. …
David Axelrod, a former top adviser to Mr. Obama, said retaliation by Republicans against the president’s broader agenda would end up hurting them more than Democrats. “If their answer is, ‘Oh yeah, we can make it even worse,’ I think they do that at great risk,” Mr. Axelrod said. “They have to make a decision about whether they want to be a shrinking, shrieking, blocking party, or if they are going to be a national party.”
From the moment Mr. Obama took office, the president who proclaimed that there was no red America and blue America, only the United States of America, has strained to maintain some pretense of bipartisanship …
White House officials said it was still in the interest of Senate Republicans to find a way to legislate, rather than to simply obstruct for the rest of Mr. Obama’s term.
For now, with legislative progress in the House all but doomed by Republican opposition, officials said the president could at least get a full team in place so that he can move forward with executive action, when possible, when Republicans block his agenda in Congress. …
Notice all the Democrat talking points in that excerpt: “Obstructionism”, “blocking”, “move forward”, the last being an actual Obama slogan. Talk about neuro-linguistic programming.
So worried are progressives about the next round of insurance cancellations (estimated to be as many as 100 million policies) that Obama is moving the beginning of the enrollment period up an entire month to begin, conveniently, a week or so after the 2014 election. Will insurance companies knuckle under and hold those cancellation notices until after the election?
To top that off, there are lawsuits against the ACA (Obamacare) that will be heard in the DC Court of Appeals, so packing that court is necessary, from Obama’s point of view.
Yesterday’s nuclear option was only the first strike. Let’s not forget the possibility of a knock out punch: Obama, who has proved that he has no qualms about flouting the law or the Constitution, may try to pack the Supreme Court as well. Such an attempt has precedent, although FDR tried to do it via legislation.
What remains to be seen is how the Republicans react to this naked power grab. More important, will We the People recognize this naked power grab for what it is?