Rachel Maddow: All out of bubblegum

Stand back!  This is what a metaphorical asskicking looks like:

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And that’s what I’m talking about when I say I find it fascinating that conservatives can live with such contradictions.   How do they do it?

19 Responses to “Rachel Maddow: All out of bubblegum”


  1. 1 Niles Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Notice how the Republicans are handing out the giant cheques in their districts with their names on them as if it’s their personal money.

    Aside from the repugnant hypocrisy of the Republicans involved, it’s good to know Harper’s Conservatives are following along obediently with Republican PR tactics ala the giant personal/party logo cheques. Do they even file the serial numbers off the moves out of the Republican playbook anymore?

    Is there anyone doing a straight up comparison of Conservative moves to Republican moves to show the cloning?

    I’m a bit surprised that no one around the feminist blogs has posted yet on Bev Oda admitting that abortion and contraception won’t be a supported part of the aid packages going forward.

    http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/oda-02-10-2010

    I can’t read all of the article. Am I wrong in thinking this is the just what everyone feared and what Ignatieff and the Liberals sent flares up over?

  2. 2 sassy Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Niles,

    More about the Oda statement here.

  3. 3 Torontonian Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    We need more women like Rachel Maddow and Sheila Fraser.

    One person who could really benefit from a good talking to
    would be Stephen Harper. Any women up to that job?

    Rachel has a Newfoundland-born grandmother and if she
    could find out where her ancestor is from, I’d bet the
    folks there would show her a wonderful time.

  4. 4 JollyRoger Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Newspeak is whatever you want to make of it.

    That’s how they do it. No big secret there.

  5. 5 J. A. Baker Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    BTW, you might want to be careful of how you describe these takedowns of wingnuts – at least around Jon Stewart

  6. 6 J. A. Baker Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Well, I guess it’s a good think I included the link in that last comment, cause WeirdPress apparently doesn’t like Comedy Central embeds…

  7. 7 Reality.Bites Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Comedy Central clips can’t be played in Canada, as CTV/The Comedy Network own the rights.

    Unfortunately, since people never mention what day’s episode they’re linking to (I’m not singling you out, J.A., I mean pretty much everyone who’s ever linked to one anywhere), there’s pretty much no way for Canadians to find the appropriate one at ctv.ca or thecomedynetwork.ca – and they only keep them for a very limited time anyway.

  8. 8 J. A. Baker Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Sorry, I didn’t know.

    If you want to look it up on CTV/The Comedy Network, it’s The Daily Show from Feb. 4, 2010 – the segment called “The Blogs Must Be Crazy.”

  9. 9 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Niles – I think DammitJanet posted about that. I haven’t even read about it yet, I’ve been way busy around here with other stuff and barely have time to blog.

    Thanks for the link, I’ll try to comment on it when I get back from work.

  10. 10 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Torontonian – Who is our Rachel Maddow??? Kady?

  11. 11 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:43 am

    RB – You can watch Daily Show episodes here, but you’ll have to go back a bit to find the Feb.4th one that JAB is referencing.

  12. 12 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:44 am

    JAB – I didn’t see that one but I’ll try and find it later. Thanks

  13. 13 Janus Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

    What happened to the American political systen of barter and trade when it comes to issues? These idiots look like they’re taking their current cues from the parliamentary systems of party line politics and whipping votes, all of a sudden.

    When did America stop being a republic?

  14. 14 Janus Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I think maybe it’s time to introduce a new policy in government: if you trash a bill and vote against it and it passes anyway, you and your constituents don’t get any benefit from its passing!

    Think that would wake them up and make them pay bloody attention?

  15. 15 J. A. Baker Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    When did America stop being a republic?

    When Ronald Reagan was elected. It just took a while for the cracks in the edifice to show.

  16. 16 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Niles – To expand on my earlier comment…

    When Ignatieff first made his comment about abortion wrt the maternal healthcare initiative, a lot of people posted about it, but not me. I wasn’t impressed with it, at all. The LPC is supposed to be pro-choice, but it has a significant minority of anti-choicers and they vote that way. Until the LPC walks the walk, I couldn’t care less how they talk.

    Moreover, it seemed like fauxtrage to me. The initiative was “maternal health care”, which is a small part of “womens’ health care”, or “reproductive health care”. If it had been a “womens’ health care” initiative, then yeah, abortion is part of that… as is cancer screening, contraception, pre- and post-natal care, maternal care etc. But probably in order to avoid abortion being brought up, the gov’t decided to focus on maternal care, and really, abortion is only tangentially related to that.

    I could be wrong, but that’s just my impression of the issue, and why I wasn’t inspired to blog about it.

  17. 17 JJ Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Janus

    I think maybe it’s time to introduce a new policy in government: if you trash a bill and vote against it and it passes anyway, you and your constituents don’t get any benefit from its passing!

    While that makes sense, it’s ultimately the people of the politician’s district who suffer. That’s not fair if you’re trying to put people before politics — obviously the GOP isn’t doing that, they’re politics first at all times. They know that no matter what they do, their district will still get the money because the Dems haven’t got it in them to play that game with people.

  18. 18 Janus Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Nothing is fair in politics, JJ. The dice are always loaded against the voters. But if they knew for sure ahead of time that their representatives’ shenanigans for the sake of the party would deprive them — the voters — of decent health care, lower taxes, good jobs and industry, and an actual voice in government instead of just a measly vote once in awhile, they’d soon see to it that the only ones who got elected are the ones that won’t play games with their constituents’ lives.

  19. 19 Torontonian Friday, February 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

    JJ

    You are right about Kady. But she isn’t quite a force to be reckoned with a la Maddow. I also think about Anne Medina, Leslie McKinnon (sp?) and Barbara Frum–of blessed memory.

    Oh yes, and Julie van Dusen who will follow a target into
    a men’s loo so there’s no running away from her.
    I gather you understand my appreciation of Sheila Fraser.


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