Republicans beyond comprehension: The $10,000 lie, and boomerangs

December 14, 2011

Okay, I’m giving up trying to figure out the Republican race, and Republicans.

Once upon a time you could count on getting the ear of Republicans with a wave of the U.S. flag, a reference to patriotism, and an appeal to time-honored values, like telling the truth.

But no more.

In the last round of the Debate-That-Never-Ends, Mitt Romney in essence called Rick Perry a liar.  Romney even offered to give Perry $10,000 if Perry could prove the smear he’d just made on Romney.

Perry, knowing he’d been caught red-handed in a lie, refused to take the offer.

So what happened?  The political line is that Romney is “out of touch” for making it a $10,000 offer.

For free, Romney showed Perry to be a liar.  And Romney gets the heat? 

Just to confuse things further, Republicans aren’t voting for Perry, either.

Literacy test, hell.  We need a sanity test for these guys — the Republican voters included.  Republicans are close to reason only in the dictionary, and even there they are not on the same page.

Demagoguery and Illinois’s U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

December 14, 2011

I get e-mail from a friend:

Got a lovely email from my Senator, Mark Kirk. Back when he was a House member, he was actually a moderate. No more. His latest missive is a beautiful work of obfuscation. He sent me this poll question…

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois - Washington Post

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois - Washington Post image

As your Senator, should I…

___ Stand with my fellow Republicans in protecting social security

___ Break ranks and support the President in raiding the Social Security Trust Fund in order to try yet another stimulus to create jobs

Isn’t that just lovely? And you can bet – in another week or so – he will be on the Senate floor announcing the results of this survey. The very notion that Republicans want to protect Social Security is like saying the Colonel wants to protect chickens. I let him know that, for all the good it will do.

Will Sen. Kirk actually make the bizarre claim that Democrats want to raid Social Security for unemployment benefits?  Would he post such a claim on his website?

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