Saturday, January 9, 2010

GOP Follies

This was a fun week to watch Republicans.

– RNC Chair Michael Steele pissed off his fellow GOP’ers, used a racial epithet about Native Americans to make a point, and traveled back in time to write a book about his work in 2009 in 2007.

– According to a new book on the 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin couldn’t remember that Joe Biden’s last name is “Biden” during her debate preparation, and this week she chose to address the Tea Party gang’s convention because they’ll pay her to and CPAC won’t.

– Rudy Giuliani had to be reminded that the attacks of September 11, 2001, occurred during the Bush administration — it was in all the New York papers — and that there were other terror attacks, too.

– While the right-wing talkers carried on about how long it took President Obama to react to the unsuccessful attempt to bomb an airliner, it’s useful to remember how long it took President Bush to do the same over a similar incident in 2001. Steve Benen has a handy time line.

– Even some respected and thoughtful conservatives (that’s not necessarily an oxymoron) are coming to the defense of President Obama, such as Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and former Rep. Bob Barr.

– Then, of course, there were the minor league players who were clamoring for attention, like Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) going nuts, Michael Gerson defending Brit Hume’s Jesus-shouting, and Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), who has taken to the intertubes to launch a campaign against Islamic brown people.

But according to the Villagers, all of this is really bad news for the Democrats.