Two things remain constant in today’s GOP. No lie is to bold for them, and they will oppose any position that Obama supports.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), chairman of the House Republican Conference, appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to play down Obama’s strong defense of his administration’s policies at Friday’s House GOP retreat in Baltimore. Trying to refute the claim that Republicans have become a “party of no,” Pence replied:
PENCE: Well, look, in the last year, you know, frankly Steve, there were a number of bills that we did support the administration on, most especially regarding our troops and regarding our veterans. We kept our word. We set politics aside and stood strongly with the president in his call for reinforcement and for funding.
Though Pence said that Republicans found common ground with the President on troop funding in 2009, in reality Republicans in both the House and Senate have blocked defense spending for political reasons. On Oct. 8, Pence joined House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and 129 other Republicans in the House in voting against the 2010 Department of Defense Authorization bill. Pence and Boehner opposed the bill because the measure included “hate crimes provisions designed to protect gays and lesbians.”
Republicans in the Senate followed Pence and Boehner’s obstructionist lead in December, filibustering the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act as a way of delaying the Senate health care vote... [emphasis original]
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Why don’t these liars just come out and and admit that their hate for LGBT people is more important to them than providing for their troops? Have I become a defense hawk? Hardly! But as much as I hate and oppose war, even I know that we must provide the very best for our troops in harm’s way. The irony here is that the warmongers don’t see it that way. To the GOP our troops are just cannon fodder.
Of course this is just one small example of the idiocy of the Party of No. Both Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow had wonderful takes on this last night.
And here’s Rachel:
I have to admit that I was taken aback when Obama started to adopt GOP talking points. I wondered if he was crazy! The way he has the GOP so twisted around that their heads are now up their own arses proves that he is crazy. Crazy like a fox!