SHOCKER! Former Obama Speechwriter Bashes Tea Party!!!

Jon "Groper" Favreau and Friends

Jon “Groper” Favreau and Friends

Jon Favreau in The Daily Beast:

In Official Washington, decrying “partisanship” as the “real problem” is the prerequisite for being taken seriously as a smart, unbiased political commentator. But from where we stand right now, partisanship is not the problem. Democrats are not the problem. Republicans are not the problem. The relationship between President Obama and John Boehner is not the problem.

The Tea Party is the problem.

The Tea Party is the most destructive force in American politics today. Over the last few weeks, it has demonstrated again that its intent is not to shake up the establishment but to burn down the village. As a Democrat, I disagree with its policy positions, but its policy positions alone are not what make the Tea Party so dangerous. What makes the Tea Party dangerous is its members’ willful disregard for the most basic tenets of American democracy. They do not believe in the legitimacy of our president. They do not believe in the legitimacy of decisions handed down by our Supreme Court. Unlike President Obama, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, or a host of other Democratic and Republican lawmakers who grasp the basic reality of politics, they have never, not once shown a willingness to compromise on anything. Merely uttering the word is enough to draw a primary challenge.

All this, despite the fact that the Tea Party represents the views of a small, ever-shrinking fraction of Americans. Even within the Republican Party, its members’ favorability hovers around 50 percent, the lowest of all time. Their recent legislative strategy, a word that can be used only in its loosest sense, led to 144 Tea Party House members voting against a bipartisan compromise simply to open the government and avert default. But when Reuters polled people who weren’t satisfied with last week’s outcome, only 2 percent said it was because the House passed the Senate’s bipartisan bill. Only 5 percent said it was because Republicans compromised. Only 3 percent said it was because default would have taught our government an important lesson. Most people said their main dissatisfaction was with the ugly process the Tea Party dragged us all through.

Damned rabble. Who the hell do they think they are? Why, the very idea of common citizens banding together to win elections and to petition their elected representatives to take certain action is un-American!

Next thing you know some of them will start trying to organize their communities!

From 2007 until earlier this year Jon Favreau was Barack Obama’s number one speechwriter. He is now a “journalist”.

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117 Responses to SHOCKER! Former Obama Speechwriter Bashes Tea Party!!!

  1. The Klown says:

    Compare and contrast Favreau’s piece with this one by Charles C. W. Cooke:

    The Maligned Tea Party

    • abc says:

      The non-functioning web sites are just a distraction from the fact that the plans are shit. But it makes for good comedy.

      • The Klown says:

        Just wait and see the reaction when people actually get signed up and start getting hit with premiums for shit coverage.

        • Lulu says:

          That is why the dumbasses they trot out to say they “signed up” on the website are so pathetic. They don’t even know what their premiums will be or if any subsidy applies. The website cannot do it. They cannot get a definitive definite price or policy specifics. It is like buying a new car, looking at the window sticker, saying I want that, give me the keys I own it. This is before they see the settlement sheet, taxes, payments, down payment, sign a contract or write a check. It is bullshit and anyone who is not a idiot knows it.

          People have repeatedly said Obama could not run a Dairy Queen. He couldn’t run an insurance agency either. Making Blizzards or issuing insurance cards is too hard for him.

          • The Klown says:

            They also can’t tell you what your options are as far as doctors and clinics. Will there be any doctors nearby that accept your plan? What if you don’t like your doctor? Are you stuck with him? How long are your premium rates guaranteed? (If at all.) Do you have to wait for an annual “open-enrollment” period to change plans? Don’t get me started on the prescription drug plans!

            A lot of people will get sucked into shitty plans because the rates are low. The plan with the lowest monthly premium may not be the cheapest plan for your needs. How many people can accurately figure out the “best” choice for their needs? Will there be any salespeople involved? How will billing work? What about the subsidies? What if you miss a premium payment and then get sick?

            What about medical bankruptcy? Lots of people file BK’s because of some high medical bills. How will that be affected by Obamacare?

            Some insurance companies won’t cover injuries received in an auto accident because they know they’ll get stiffed when the insurance settlement gets paid. Will that change?

        • leslie says:

          Lulu~ Some people say he can’t play golf so he cheats.

        • Mary says:

          Here’s the incredible irony : Only THREE of those human props the President used in his rose garden appearance had actually managed to enroll in Obamacare.

          Guess the rest just wanted to be invited to the White House.

  2. wmcb says:

    Roughly 20% of Americans self-identify as teaparty. Roughly 21% of Americans self-identify as liberal. So, asshat, if the Teaparty is a “small, ever-shrinking fraction” then guess what? You are too, Favreau.

    • abc says:

      I’d say he’s not liberal.

      • wmcb says:

        Sure he is. Like it or not, everything the progressives are now doing has pretty much become the commonly accepted definition of liberal.

        Being a “classic” liberal myself, I fought this long and hard, trying to reclaim the word. But it’s gone. It means what the vast majority of people think it means. And by that definition, Favreau is as liberal as they come.

        • abc says:

          That doesn’t mean it’s liberal. We shouldn’t let these folks define our terms. It’s the same as when the Republicans do it.

          I’m a proud liberal. Favreau can bite me.

          • The Klown says:

            I’m a proud liberal.

            I used to say the same thing. Finally I got tired of trying. What I am now doesn’t have a name.

            Without a label I can’t be pigeonholed.

        • 1539days says:

          A lot of liberals became libertarians when they found out power corrupts.

  3. The Klown says:

    Watching the Sleepy Hollow pilot. Within hours of emerging into the present from the Revolutionary era Icabod Crane uses words like “triage” that didn’t exist prior to the 20th Century.

  4. The Klown says:

    “Change won’t come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots.” – Barack Obama, Dreams From my Father

    Unless those mobilized grass roots are Republican.

    • Mary says:

      Touche. Obama is now The Man he fought against all those years, and the Tea Party is the mobilized grass roots.
      Irony lives. 🙂

  5. driguana says:

    Favreau is not a journalist. He is a liberal writer.

  6. driguana says:

    Very interesting…I betcha her reasons for running closely parallel basic Tea Party principles. Apparently she is running as an Independent….think we’re likely to see more of this. Perhaps Ben Carson should have stayed more on the independent side, as well??

    • 1539days says:

      Looks like one of those CA districts where anyone with an R next to their name has no chance. I wish her luck. Henry Waxman is an evil, corrupt SOB.

  7. driguana says:

    This poll just out….and although I personally think the only good Poles are from Poland, we seem to have reached an interesting point on the political landscape. I hope for two changes to occur: term limits and limits on campaign spending. More “good”, “regular” people need to run for office.

  8. driguana says:

    And speaking of good “regular” people, this is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Blessings to these unique individuals. As Sarah Palin put it in a post this week, that extra 21st chromosome is a chromosome of love…

    Sarah Palin

    I’m grateful for those with a heart of love for those who have that extra chromosome; we refer to it as “an extra chromosome of love!” And adding to Bristol’s collection of pictures on her blog during Down Syndrome Awareness Month, here’s one of our boys.

    Here’s the link to Bristol’s blog post:

  9. The Klown says:

    So that crazy, radical idea of delaying the rollout that Ted Cruz had is the same thing the administration’s paid experts recommended?

    • Lulu says:

      Ted Cruz is fucking right!
      If he had not run for the Senate Cruz would have been in one of the law firms being paid $78,000 per minute by the WH for ADVISE!

    • Mary says:

      So basically, they KNEW, long before the shutdown, that the website wasn’t working, even with only 2000 people in the test run, it crashed—-they KNEW , based on their own “experts’ ” recommendations, that a DELAY of the mandate may be necessary, and they decided, on political grounds, to go ahead.

      Shades of IRS and Benghazi. EVERYTHING is political, for the next election.

      They give a rat’s ass how it affects the American people.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of speechwriters, you guys have GOT to take this quiz….Who Said It? Obama or an Infomercial Guy……LOL….I failed it….LOL. Bet Prezzy really thinks Americans are stoooopid. So I think in this case Failing=Winning !

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  13. helenk3 says:

    I do hope that tourists will avoid Bar Harbor Maine like the plague for their actions towards a veterans monument

  14. Anthony says:

    Hilarious parody of healthcare signup website. Make sure you try to click on “Apply Now” link.

  15. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      I keep asking the question, why did Oprah endorse a candidate that wasn’t even qualified to run her company? If I were a “journalist” I’d be asking that question over and over. But I’m not, so I’ll shut up 😉

  16. helenk3 says:

    this was an interesting article about women voters. made some points I never thought about

    • DeniseVB says:

      Moderate liberals, in my experience, just read the headlines and make their decisions based on conservatives are evil and vote for whatever Dem’s on the ballot. That’s what’s happening in Virginia right now. (and no, I’m not “Denise” mentioned in the article 😉 ).

      My meltdown the other night was all about how Planned Parenthood is dominating the airwaves with their funds and Pac money attacking Cuccinelli yet when a law was passed to clean up abortion clinics to make them safer for women, PP SCREAMED WAR ON WOMEN too.

      All Virginia wanted to do was make the clinics “safer” for women, not ban their “choice”. PP shutdown some clinics because Republicans, yet can find the money to rail against them rather than fixup their clinics?? Hypocrisy!

      • wmcb says:

        That’s the shift in viewpoint on the Left that I keep saying am sooo uncomfortable with. No, I don’t want early abortion criminalized. So count me prochoice in that regard. But this business of treating abortion like some kind of Holy Sacrament that Must Be Lauded and Not Questioned in any way whatsoever is just sick.

        • The Klown says:

          I’ll admit I think everyone should agree with me, at least on those things I have an opinion about. Yes, I do think I’m right. If I thought I was wrong I would change my opinion to the right one. If you manage to win an argument with me then you have convinced me that I was wrong and you were right. It has been known to happen.

          When we argue I want to convince you that I’m right. But I want to persuade you to agree, not force you to say you agree. Vile Progs want to give their opinions the force of law. They are into coercion rather than persuasion.

        • wmcb says:

          Exactly, clown. I’d love to see actual DEBATE in this society, and I don’t care if you are a bloody red communist. Go for it. Have at it. Put it out there and defend it.

          But this BS of trying to make one’s own view the default view merely by means of shutting up all other views and making them Illegitimate is wrong. And frankly, almost all of that attitude comes from the left.

          Whether right or wrong, agree or not, what I mostly see on the right is “What you just said makes no sense and won’t work, and here’s WHY I say so..” Their point may be good or may be nonsense, but they do argue it. What I see a lot of on the left is “You are not a person who has any right to even be heard, because dumb/teabagger/fascist/hater/tiny fringe. People like you are bad for progress, so shut up.”

          • The Klown says:

            Another thing that I don’t like is the idea the “We have to change or views (or pretend to change them) so we can win elections.” It’s dishonest.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I believe her, but Obama wanted to roll it out while he could blame the failure on the Republican’s Shutdown. It was all about the political points for 2014, not about the country or the people. I can’t wrap my head around his thinking anymore.

      • Anthony says:

        “I believe her, but Obama wanted to roll it out while he could blame the failure on the Republican’s Shutdown.”

        Somehow, I think it backfired. I can’t be the only one who remembers hearing only BHO and Harry Reid saying “I will not negotiate?”

  17. helenk3 says:

    dems and media backing away from the name obamacare.

    wonder if starting in 2014 it will be called hilary or clintoncare?

    • Lulu says:

      Once something takes hold in the common language it is very hard to change. The Obama campaign was all about “branding”. So are Vile Progs and generic Dems. Affordable Healthcare Act is not only a mouthfull and hard to type it is demonstrably false. Obamacare is easily said, true, and shorter to print. Branding got him elected, and branding is going to make him one of the most despised people in American history. Always say and type OBAMACARE.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m down to Ocare 🙂 Plus “Affordable” isn’t really true as I’ve seen proven over and over again. Even Ms. Allison didn’t sign up, though in her high risk pregnancy condition flew 3k miles to say she liked it ?

        • Lulu says:

          I thought about calling it Titanic-care but I want it hung around the big 0’s neck. If they wanted to called it the NON-Affordable Obamacare Act I would be ok with that. Pelosi-care would be fine too.

        • angienc says:

          “Care” isn’t true either.
          Insurance is *not* health care.
          Health care is a doctor see you & treating you. Good health care is it all being done in a timely manner.

      • The Klown says:

        Hooverville – Obamacare

      • trixtat says:

        Ocare is even easier and shorter.

  18. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      FreedomWorks is the organizing arm for the Tea Party movement, and wondering where they were when the grassroots level groups were being harrassed by the IRS ?

      • The Klown says:

        FreedomWorks is a GOP establishment organization that was founded in 2004. FW is Doctor Frankenstein. Dick Armey was Igor.

        They were supposed to organize the GOP grassroots.

        But they created a monster that escaped from the lab and started running amok around the country. If the GOP establishment can’t control the Tea Party they want to destroy it.

        • trixtat says:

          “If the GOP establishment can’t control the Tea Party they want to destroy it.”


        • Anthony says:

          true dat

        • DeniseVB says:

          Yes, should have been more clear, FW “wants” to be the controlling arm of the tea party. I like to think the tea party more like a herd of feral cats who scatter when organizers approach. Or as someone said the other day a “teahadist” who doesn’t like or trust either party. Cruz and Sarah are pretty much leading that “faction” 😀

      • wmcb says:

        Most teapartier types I know view FreedomWorks as a useful tool when they agree with them, and roll their eyes when they don’t.

        FW doesn’t lead shit. They WANT to. But the people are having none of that. They are glad for the help when FW aligns with them, but otherwise fuck off.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Yes, you said it better than I did. They also should have been helping those smaller groups with the IRS bullying/targeting if they wanted grassroots credibility.

  19. helenk3 says:

    per FOX. federal judge refuses to dismiss case against subidies.

    more to come. this could cause a lot of problems for obamacare

  20. helenk3 says:

    starting Friday, backtrack on the road again fundraising

    is it me or does anyone else think backtrack sucks at wearing the hat of president, but seems to be good at passing the hat for money

    • Lulu says:

      They should have done that three years ago. Giving money and responsibility to the Obama administration is like giving car keys to drunk teenagers.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    This blogger remembers when Amazon rolled out, and it wasn’t pretty, but no one was forcing them to buy stuff either 😀 Comparing it to Ocare’s glitchy mess, good read…..

  22. wmcb says:

    Did you know that Cruz’ joke yesterday about Obamacare being like the infamous Nigerian prince email scam is ….wait for it….a racist dog whistle? *Snort*. This is about how much sense the progs make with their RAAAAACIST! crap:

  23. helenk3 says:

    this is unbelievable no wonder more time is spent selling themselves like prostitutes than doing the governing they are supposed to do

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Treacher says this is a real ad ? Guess they’re just test driving it in Colorado …. yikes….

  25. wmcb says:

    Yup. All we did was trash (the admittedly imperfect) system, and shift who ends up uninsured. Also, change a shitload of people from good insurance to crap insurance. But according to the CBO, total number of uninsured isn’t going to change one whit.

    • Lulu says:

      But it is a different 30 million so that is ok. /s/

    • DeniseVB says:

      People were getting “care” before Obama, no ER would turn down a medical emergency based on income and taxpayers had no problem subsidizing those costs.

      I remember MichelleO threw poor people out of the hoity-toity Chicago hospital and sent them back to their “neighborhood” , uhm, non-profits, will that change ?

  26. helenk3 says:

    this bunch is really getting desperate to get publicity .
    I guess trying to hurt the families of heroes killed in action is not working out too well for them

  27. abc says:

    Edward Snowden offers to fix Obamacare (satire)

    At the White House, President Obama offered a muted response to Mr. Snowden’s proposal: “Edward Snowden is a traitor who has compromised our national security. Having said that, if he knows why we keep getting those error messages, that could be a conversation.”

  28. helenk3 says:

    carney bails briefing after onslaught obamacare questions

    damn rearranging the deck chairs is getting harder and harder

  29. fif says:

    Author and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson running for Henry Waxman’s House seat in CA District 33. Running as an independent to make a point but will caucus with Dems if elected. Marianne is a speak the truth to power, no bullshit woman and I love where she is standing. The only way to turn things around is to overthrow the current corrupt model.


    America’s best ideas have often emerged from outside the party system. Abolition didn’t come from a major party; it emerged from the Abolitionist Party. Women’s Suffrage didn’t come from a major party; it emerged from the Suffragette Party. Social Security didn’t come from a major party; it emerged from the Socialist Party. I think it would be extremely healthy for both major political parties if more independent voices made their way to Congress.

    • DeniseVB says:

      She sounds great but wish she’d primary him as a Dem which would prove a better point 🙂 Then again the Dem machine would eat her alive.

      I’d love to see an Independent movement start in CA, hell, we could run myiq in his district 😀

  30. Lulu says:

    McCain is thinking about running again. I guess loosing one wasn’t enough. There is no fool like an old fool.

  31. The Klown says:

    Canada Has Death Panels

    Last week Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that doctors could not unilaterally ignore a Toronto family’s decision to keep their near-dead husband and father on life support. In the same breath, however, the court also confirmed that, under the laws of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, a group of government-appointed adjudicators could yet overrule the family’s choice. That tribunal, not the family or the doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug.

    In other words: Canada has death panels.


    Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act has been on the books for nearly two decades. Like similar laws in many Canadian provinces—and American states—it sets out the process for making treatment decisions when a patient cannot provide or withhold her consent—when she is in a coma and on life support, for example. In such cases, power automatically shifts to a “substitute decision maker,” usually a close relative. When these family members disagree with a patient’s doctors, and when the doctors are nonetheless determined to act, the dispute generally goes to court, where it can take months or even years to resolve. That is how it works in other Canadian and American jurisdictions, anyway. In Ontario, by contrast, the provincial legislature decided in 1996 to create a quasijudicial tribunal, the Consent and Capacity Board, to make these life-and-death decisions more quickly. If a patient’s substitute decision maker withholds consent, then doctors may apply to the board—comprised of lawyers, mental health professionals, and community members—for a determination that the proposed treatment is in the patient’s best interest. If so, the board has the power to consent on the patient’s behalf.


    Most media coverage of the Canadian ruling has focused on the first part—that doctors cannot overrule family members—rather than the second—that an administrative tribunal can. Most Ontarians are evidently content with—or indifferent to, or simply ignorant of—the fact that the Consent and Capacity Board has the power to make difficult, even existential health care decisions on behalf of patients who are still (technically) alive. Americans, I expect, would be apoplectic.

    In Canada, with our single-payer health care system, Rasouli’s situation has a very public bottom line: Should taxpayers foot the bill for his family’s indefinite goodbye?

    But American critics of Canadian health care will declare that merely asking this question is unacceptable, unethical, even unthinkable—and that it proves that the Canadian system gives doctors a dangerous incentive to kill off their patients as quickly as possible. They are wrong. The Hippocratic Oath’s promise to do no harm still applies. But they are also only wrong in part. When taxpayers provide only a finite number of acute care beds in public hospitals, a patient whose life has all but ended, but whose family insists on keeping her on life support, is occupying precious space that might otherwise house a patient whose best years are still ahead.


    Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board provides an objective process for resolving these difficult, end-of-life dilemmas. The board is instructed by law to focus on the patient’s best interests, not the health care system’s, or the government’s bottom line. Still, the law recognizes that, though it is usually in the patient’s best interests to be kept alive, it is not always so. As Rasouli’s doctors told the Supreme Court, prolonging his life would entail the risk of infection, bedsores, and organ failure. When recovery is out of the question, in other words, there may be fates worse than death.

    The issue isn’t really who decides but who pays.

  32. DeniseVB says:

    Just wanted to post a Good Cop story …..

    Now hoping the community will get her the help she needs.

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