Proggles R Stoopid

From a Proggle named Jason Easley at Politicus USA (“Real Liberal Politics”):

Sarah Palin Humiliates Herself On Fox News By Not Knowing What the Nuclear Option Is

Palin said,

Well, there are a lot of wild outside the mainstream nominees and pals of Barack Obama that he wants to see help him usher in an agenda to transform America, so that is one thing that Congress has done right, and that is oppose some of these nominees. As for this rule change that some people are calling the nuclear option under Senate rules, you know, I guarantee this week, Thanksgiving dinner, people sitting around their tables, we’re not going to be talking about the president blessing this thwarting of the balance of power in Congress with new Senate rules called the nuclear option.

People are going to be talking about our failed big government policies that will bankrupt this country, so this distraction, this new talking point in the media, and with Congress, with Senators and with the president blessing this action. It’s a distraction. It’s a lot of double standard and Democrat hypocrisy, because just a few years ago they so anti antinuclear option. They were against thought of Republicans ever considering changing these rules, and yet now it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

American people they don’t care about distractions like that. There not in that inside baseball, Senate rules stuff. They want government to be back on our side. They want it to get out of our lives, and uh, in order to do that we need those who will not fundamentally transform America, but will fundamentally restore what’s right about America. We do that by having good judicial nominees, and nominees in these regulatory agencies and elsewhere. So this new rule change, it stinks.

I don’t think Palin knows exactly what the nuclear option is. She seems to know that it was a rules change, and that it impacts nominees, but the president had nothing to do with the nuclear option. The president didn’t get to vote on it, or have a say in the change. Palin seemed to be suggesting that the nuclear option was some kind of Obama conspiracy to distract America.

Palin also claimed that Congress was involved in the nuclear option. The nuclear option had nothing to do with the House. When she was the Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin claimed that the vice president ran the Senate, so her statements today aren’t a surprise.

Wow. I saw that headline at Memeorandum and I thought that Sarah must have thought that the nuclear option had something to do with bombing Iran. Then I listened to the clip.

The transcript is a little off but mostly accurate. If you read it you can see that Sarah knew that the nuclear option concerned a change in the Senate rules regarding the confirmation of presidential nominees to the courts and to government agencies. She didn’t use the word “filibuster” or mention exactly what the change was, but she knew it had to do with the balance of power in Congress.

Unlike Mr. Easley, Sarah obviously is aware that Barack Obama lobbied hard for this rule change, so yes he did have something to do with the nuclear option. He also gave a speech “blessing” the rule change.

But the part that really jumped out at me was that final sentence. How on earth could Sarah Palin think that the vice president ran the Senate??? This goes back to the 2008 campaign when she was asked by a third-grader, “What does the vice president do?” Here’s the answer that Sarah gave:

“That’s something that Piper would ask me, as a second grader, also,” Palin responded, referencing her seven-year-old daughter.

“A vice president has a really great job because not only are they there to support the president’s agenda, they’re there like the team member, the teammate to the president,” Palin continued. “But also, they’re in charge of the United States Senate, so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. And it’s a great job and I look forward to having that job.”

The Proggles got a big kick out of her answer, chortling and guffawing about what a dummy she was.

Except that Article I of the Constitution states that “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.” So Sarah was correct. As a matter of fact, running the Senate is the only constitutional duty the vice president has as long as the president is alive and not incapacitated.

While it’s true that in practice the vice president doesn’t bother showing up and lets the Senate president pro-tempore run things, that’s a kinda complicated answer for a third grader to understand. I guess she could have said “They don’t do anything except wait for the president to die and occasionally break ties in the Senate” but then she would have been slammed for giving a flippant answer.

Modern vice presidents are often involved in crafting legislation and getting it passed. They also go to funerals of minor heads of state and other second-tier public functions. But the answer that Sarah gave was correct.

Just like the answer she gave Chris Wallace.

Stupid fucking Progs.

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73 Responses to Proggles R Stoopid

  1. The Klown says:

    Tay does it again:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Fox just showed highlights, but some white rapper made the headline lecturing about racism and RememberTrayvon! He mentioned nothing about the Knock Out game though.

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  3. Lulu says:

    The author is a blogger that no one has ever heard of. I think we know why. He studied poli sci and public policy so he blogs about it. “A lifelong lover of politics, Jason Easley is a little older than some but not as old as others.” which I hope means he is old and forgot his high school civics. “Jason has also written for the Blogger News Network, and saw his 2008 presidential election coverage quoted in over 300 newspapers worldwide.” so he is probably a paid Obot. Other articles include “The Audacity of Dope: Ted Cruz Claims Democrats Poisoned The Atmosphere of the Senate” and “Democrats Turn the Tables and Use Republicans Own Misogyny Against Them”. It is tough these days scratching out a living writing propaganda.

  4. 1539days says:

    This goes back to the infamous Charlie Gibson interview in 2008 where his first question to Palin was what the Bush doctrine was, even though the definition was informal (it was an established thing like the Monroe Doctrine) at best. Gibson’s first question in his Obama interview? “What’s it like to run for president?”

    Actually, what Sarah did this time is what she’s been doing more in interviews. She glosses over the wonky questions to talk about the things she came to talk about. Most of her answer was that most Americans don’t care about the nuclear option but really care about what big government (ie Obamacare and taxes) are doing to them.

    Wallace did not ask her to explain what the nuclear option is (it actually refers to a drastic last resort, rather than a specific action most of the time) and so she only broadly described it. As far as the Congress thing, I learned as a kid that Congress collectively refers to the House and Senate, even though Congress now seems to only describe the House of Representatives.

    • Lulu says:

      I agree with the changes in terminology. It is laziness of the media to refer to the House of Represenatives as Congress which it is not. It is one half and whatever the other chamber does is nixed if one doesn’t do their work on bills. Dirty Harry’s job is to make the House irrelevant if he can. I don’t think the public realized just how little the Senate does under Harry Reid. They have few public hearings and mostly sit on legislation shot over from the House. The curtailing of the filibuster has made each individual Senator as weak as each Representative with all the power reserved for the majority leader just like in the House and the Speaker. And those stupid Democratic Senators let him.

    • Constance says:

      The east coasters in the media and politics were just livid that a woman who wasn’t Ivy indoctrinated (Palin) could be the VP nominee of half of the Corporate Uniparty. It really offended their sense of elite entitlement.

  5. Lulu says:

    Obamacare is not about providing health care for all. It is about “redistribution”. The redistribution comes after the Obama-ites take a cut of course which means there is less to redistribute. But don’t say the R(edistribution) word.

  6. Lulu says:

    Let’s not forget the IRS is tasked with passing out the goodies to Obama cronies! And for punishing resisters. What an agency! There is nothing as cool as politicizing fascist tax policy. “While failures in launching the federal insurance Web site and online exchanges have thrust the Department of Health and Human Services to the center of public attention, the IRS also has a huge role in carrying out the law, including helping to distribute trillions of dollars in insurance subsidies and penalizing people who do not comply.”

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Obama’s off to the West Coast for a few days of fundraising…..left for Seattle yesterday, then to SF and LA to scoop up more money. Oh yeah, will stop and give an “official” speech at some college about blah, blah, blah……so we can pick up the travel tab.

    Oh yeah, Bush and all his predecessors did this too, so shut up. 😉

  8. votermom says:

    Kerry’s son in law is Iranian (lives in MA); the guy’s parents still live in Iran. How convenient for President Jarrett.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m seeing more and more buzz that ValJar brokered the deal, not Kerry and certainly not Obama. That’s a scary thought about who’s running the country.

      • votermom says:

        Sarah has a great question about the deal

      • Constance says:

        I told a Persian woman I work with that Val Jar is considered the first woman president and she looked Val Jar up and said no way is she Persian. She was born in Iran to American parents. We may consider her to be Iranian but the Persians consider he to be “other” and would never cooperate with her.

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  11. votermom says:

    More stupid proggles

  12. fif says:

    Group think makes new thought impossible. They all decided, collectively, that Palin is stupid because Obama’s team and the media were terrified by her honesty, courage and charisma. The lemmings ate this hook, line and sinker – especially after Couric’s carefully crafted ambush, edited for that strategic purpose. Now, they can only hear or see her through that lens. The exact opposite is equally true for Obama – he can do no wrong because of his carefully created myth. Must be boring being a robot, thinking the same programmed thoughts day after day, but they slap each other on the back and cheer their superiority as this train wreck of a presidency unfolds.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Just thinking about why the nuke option was passed in the Senate. Could it be that the GOP was blocking Obama’s picks until he Audited the Fed? I remember email from our favorite wacko birds mentioning that. No wonder Obama lobbied the Senate to pass this HISTORIC measure. WTF is he hiding?

  14. swanspirit says:

    Speaking of STUPID

    • DeniseVB says:

      That link she used is to a Democratic Underground post, linking to yet another post. Miss Donna be lazy and Twitchy’s eating her alive 😀

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  16. DeniseVB says:

    WaPo has an article on the success of Ocare … in Kentucky. Funny, isn’t that the state of Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul ? It’s an interesting article on how the poorest among us will make out like royalty … and new Democrats? I’m starting to see The 2014 Plan come to life.


  17. helenk3 says:

    maybe he will keep her so busy, she will not have time to keep screwing the country

  18. helenk3 says:

    and the dumb a$$es sat there and applauded this nonsense.
    so I agree progs are not too swift

  19. helenk3 says:

    code pink protester gets on stage with backtrack and heckles him

    like this wasn’t a set up

    • votermom says:

      OT Helen, you recommended the author W.E.B. Griffin, right?
      I just read the first book in The Corps series (the one about Marines in China). I really liked it, can’t wait to read the next books. Thanks!

      • helenk3 says:

        I love his books. He also has a series on the Philadelphia police dept
        I like reading them because I know the places he talks about in the books

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