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(Townhall)   Operatives usually practice political mythology to make a candidate seem stronger, better, truer. But in 2012, Democrats are distorting the facts to argue that their president never stood a chance against that evil genius, Mitch McConnell   (townhall.com) divider line 76
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2012-09-27 10:22:47 AM  
A Senate attempt to and a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44. With the way the Senate is currently set up, one man can essentially shut down the government.
 
2012-09-27 10:34:14 AM  
i46.tinypic.com

i'll just leave this here.
 
2012-09-27 10:40:07 AM  
If you distort something to the nth degree, it seems odd! What a breathtaking article.
 
2012-09-27 10:40:41 AM  
Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.
 
2012-09-27 10:41:46 AM  

Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.


The other half of the description is apt, however.
 
2012-09-27 10:41:54 AM  
Axe the filibuster!
 
2012-09-27 10:42:38 AM  
Stupid libs libbin their libs like libbin libs that ever libed. Watch them lib.

/Townhall: If you think the Pledge of Allegiance should go to eleventy, we're the blog for you!
 
2012-09-27 10:43:11 AM  

Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.


But, more importantly, his supporters are dumber than a lobotomized dog.
 
2012-09-27 10:43:16 AM  

Mentat: A Senate attempt to and a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44. With the way the Senate is currently set up, one man can essentially shut down the government.


102 senators? Might want to recheck that vote tally.
 
2012-09-27 10:43:41 AM  
FTFA I can attest, it can be fuzzy with the facts.

Entire article summed up for those that avoid TardHall
 
2012-09-27 10:43:42 AM  

rcantley: Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.

The other half of the description is apt, however.


ThatsTheJoke.jpg
 
2012-09-27 10:43:44 AM  
Hey, Subby, the president has about as much of an ability to change the will of the Senate as I do.

Even the Supreme Court is easier to get past. Just ask FDR how to get laws passed SCOTUS. There is no solution to working around the Senate.
 
2012-09-27 10:43:59 AM  
What an evil genius may look like to republicans:

www.sterndahl.com
 
2012-09-27 10:44:57 AM  

Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.


www.jesusismybuddy.com
some would even argue that he is pretty slow.
 
2012-09-27 10:45:09 AM  

Holocaust Agnostic: Axe the filibuster!


Or at least make it so that Senators have to actually, you know, filibuster if they want to stop debate. No more of this "paper filibuster." If you wanna stop big bad Obama that much, you'd better be ready to stand there and talk for 24 hours straight.
 
2012-09-27 10:45:32 AM  
"Their" president?

If you are a citizen of the United States, then Obama is your president, no matter which party you belong to. Any protests to the contrary are simply the whines of the little biatches of the Republican party. And anyone who agrees with the linked article, or subby's headline, is de facto a Republican.
 
2012-09-27 10:45:54 AM  
Clown Hall is still trying to polish the turd that is Mitch's "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." statement?

As if after those words were spoken they weren't backed up by historic levels of obstructionism?

Wow, Clown Hall is really bad at this.
 
2012-09-27 10:46:16 AM  

madgonad: Hey, Subby, the president has about as much of an ability to change the will of the Senate as I do.

Even the Supreme Court is easier to get past. Just ask FDR how to get laws passed SCOTUS. There is no solution to working around the Senate.


A real man would have road-hauled McConnell to death, hung his corpse from the Washington Memorial and skullfarked it while drinking whiskey distilled from eagle tears.
 
2012-09-27 10:47:48 AM  
Here's the thing: If you have a relatively decent degree of smarts, understand how the "separation of powers" provision in that Constitution thingy actually works and realize that the President isn't "king" and doesn't just get to unilaterally enact legislation you can readily understand how Obama is working against a stacked deck to a large degree and still has managed to get things done. On the flip side, you also understand how a obstructionist Republican controlled Congress has attempted to stymie, muffle and bury just about every piece of legislation aimed at jobs creation and economic improvements. (Some of that legislation was identical in nearly every respect to proposed legislation the Republicans had been supporting for years, but now that Obama was on board with it, they just decided to oppose it to damage him politically, - fark the concern about whether it would have been bad or good for the country.)

I know it's hard for Townhall to deal with the fact that you can't fool all the people all the time, but they are about to get a big lesson in that theory come election day.
 
2012-09-27 10:50:04 AM  
Evil Genius? Nah.
Being a dick to score points with the Teabaggers? Yes.
 
2012-09-27 10:50:50 AM  
Yep, Clown Hall, looks like Obama needs to use some 2nd amendment solutions to get sh*t done around here.

Yee f*cking haw!
 
2012-09-27 10:51:53 AM  
Separation of powers is a myth, apparently.
 
2012-09-27 10:54:48 AM  

lawboy87: Here's the thing: If you have a relatively decent degree of smarts, understand how the "separation of powers" provision in that Constitution thingy actually works and realize that the President isn't "king" and doesn't just get to unilaterally enact legislation you can readily understand how Obama is working against a stacked deck to a large degree and still has managed to get things done. On the flip side, you also understand how a obstructionist Republican controlled Congress has attempted to stymie, muffle and bury just about every piece of legislation aimed at jobs creation and economic improvements. (Some of that legislation was identical in nearly every respect to proposed legislation the Republicans had been supporting for years, but now that Obama was on board with it, they just decided to oppose it to damage him politically, - fark the concern about whether it would have been bad or good for the country.)

I know it's hard for Townhall to deal with the fact that you can't fool all the people all the time, but they are about to get a big lesson in that theory come election day.


You've lost all conservative readers....is there anyway you can make your point with pictures?
 
2012-09-27 10:56:25 AM  
Maybe they're suggesting that Obama should use the powers he has available... And start ordering drone strikes against the Republicans.
 
2012-09-27 10:57:48 AM  
The GOP's greatest complaint about Obama is that Obama is not assassinating GOP leaders.

Fantastic.
 
2012-09-27 10:58:33 AM  
I love this narrative. Its so awesome

Congress is blocking Obama, but it's Obama's fault for showing a lack of leadership and initiative.

So Obama goes around Congress and he's a power hungy despot who wipes himself with the constitution

I hope the weather is nice in this alternate universe. The GOP is running Schroedinger's candidate to combat imaginary Schroedinger's President, where every possible course he takes is the wrong course and in fact makes him hitler.
 
2012-09-27 10:59:42 AM  
Um, Senate rules allow the business of the Senate to be brought to a screeching halt by filing some paperwork then going to the bar.

And this is ok with people?
 
2012-09-27 11:01:03 AM  

CPennypacker: I love this narrative. Its so awesome

Congress is blocking Obama, but it's Obama's fault for showing a lack of leadership and initiative.

So Obama goes around Congress and he's a power hungy despot who wipes himself with the constitution

I hope the weather is nice in this alternate universe. The GOP is running Schroedinger's candidate to combat imaginary Schroedinger's President, where every possible course he takes is the wrong course and in fact makes him hitler.


This is my favorite, he's a socialist and he'shiatler.....conservatives have been so mindfarked by their own propaganda that they can no longer see the impossibility of this.
 
2012-09-27 11:01:29 AM  
Wow. The republicans are so desperate. I can't wait until the debates. The thread for the debate should be entertaining.
 
2012-09-27 11:02:44 AM  

Markoff_Cheney: Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.

[www.jesusismybuddy.com image 529x327]
some would even argue that he is pretty slow.


The fark is that thing on the right? It doesn't look anything like the Senate Minority Leader. Maybe a really awful caricature drawn by a child.
 
2012-09-27 11:04:13 AM  
Reacenly heard 2 different talking heads a constitutional scholar and someone on Bill Moyers comment on this.

Changing the parlimentary 60 vote super majority to defeat a filibuster
is on the top of Republican to-do lists.

If/When the Republicans are back in power they don't want this trick being used against them. The Republicans want to pass thier laws quickly.
Talking heads figure Democrats don't have the stones to change the filibuster rules first.
 
2012-09-27 11:04:15 AM  
Send in Seal Team 6
 
2012-09-27 11:05:14 AM  

sprawl15: The GOP's greatest complaint about Obama is that Obama is not assassinating GOP leaders.

Fantastic.


Listen, his unwillingness to order hits on political opponents merely prove he's not on the side of average Americans.
 
2012-09-27 11:06:13 AM  

thenewmissus: Wow. The republicans are so desperate. I can't wait until the debates. The thread for the debate should be entertaining.


You don't seem to understand how this shiat works. The right believes this stuff. They may be idiots (and they are), but they're idiots who BELIEVE. It's not as if when the debates start, and Obama confronts Romney with actual facts to oppose this bullshiat, the right will suddenly realize the truth and come around. The truth's been there the whole time, and they ignore, and they'll keep doing so. They'll listen to Romney and his bullshiat, believe every word, and come out thinking Romney was the clear victor.

Half our country are idiots who live in a state of delusion...and they think it's the other half. (I didn't specify in this last sentence just for you, right wing trolls. Go wild!)
 
2012-09-27 11:08:26 AM  

thenewmissus: Wow. The republicans are so desperate. I can't wait until the debates. The thread for the debate should be entertaining.


All Obama has to do is print out every Politifact ruling for Romney and Ryan in the past 6 months. Just hold it up and say "Can we get the camera to zoom in? See, right here, Mitt, it says you're wrong."

//a MacBook Pro with a Wifi connection might also suffice
 
2012-09-27 11:10:36 AM  

Emposter: thenewmissus: Wow. The republicans are so desperate. I can't wait until the debates. The thread for the debate should be entertaining.

You don't seem to understand how this shiat works. The right believes this stuff. They may be idiots (and they are), but they're idiots who BELIEVE. It's not as if when the debates start, and Obama confronts Romney with actual facts to oppose this bullshiat, the right will suddenly realize the truth and come around. The truth's been there the whole time, and they ignore, and they'll keep doing so. They'll listen to Romney and his bullshiat, believe every word, and come out thinking Romney was the clear victor.

Half our country are idiots who live in a state of delusion...and they think it's the other half. (I didn't specify in this last sentence just for you, right wing trolls. Go wild!)


Eugenic solutions for shallow gene pool problems. GATTACA! GATTACA! Hot soup, motherf*cka, hot soup! //obscure? ///don't feel like hitting Enter.
 
2012-09-27 11:11:14 AM  

Emposter: thenewmissus: Wow. The republicans are so desperate. I can't wait until the debates. The thread for the debate should be entertaining.

You don't seem to understand how this shiat works. The right believes this stuff. They may be idiots (and they are), but they're idiots who BELIEVE. It's not as if when the debates start, and Obama confronts Romney with actual facts to oppose this bullshiat, the right will suddenly realize the truth and come around. The truth's been there the whole time, and they ignore, and they'll keep doing so. They'll listen to Romney and his bullshiat, believe every word, and come out thinking Romney was the clear victor.

Half our country are idiots who live in a state of delusion...and they think it's the other half. (I didn't specify in this last sentence just for you, right wing trolls. Go wild!)


You are spot on in your statement
 
2012-09-27 11:11:17 AM  
OK, sure.


And in 2007, the newly Democratic Congress single-handedly tanked the economy despite the heroic efforts of God-King-President Bush.
 
2012-09-27 11:11:39 AM  
 
2012-09-27 11:12:49 AM  

Citrate1007: is there anyway you can make your point with pictures?


Just make sure they hold "My Pet Goat" right side up.
 
2012-09-27 11:15:52 AM  
And yet even more KKKrap from KKKlownhall, brought to you by FarKKK.com.
 
2012-09-27 11:17:09 AM  

EyeballKid: Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.

But, more importantly, his supporters are dumber than a lobotomized dog.


And I'd rather have a lobotomized dog.
 
2012-09-27 11:23:44 AM  
A monolith doesn't have to be an evil genius, it just has to be a monolith.
 
2012-09-27 11:28:23 AM  
If McConnel's plan was to use the legislature to disrupt Obama's presidency and cost him a second term then someone would have slipped up and said something by now.
 
2012-09-27 11:32:26 AM  

Jackson Herring: Markoff_Cheney: Kome: Let's be fair. No one is arguing that McConnell is a genius.

[www.jesusismybuddy.com image 529x327]
some would even argue that he is pretty slow.

The fark is that thing on the right? It doesn't look anything like the Senate Minority Leader. Maybe a really awful caricature drawn by a child.


it is a space demon monster that consumes souls.
or a turtle.
 
2012-09-27 11:32:46 AM  
Because we live in a dictatorship where the president holds supreme executive power and not some sort of republic with a seperation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial and checks and balances between the three.
 
2012-09-27 11:36:13 AM  

Mentat: A Senate attempt to and a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44. With the way the Senate is currently set up, one man

forty-one men can essentially shut down the government.
 
2012-09-27 11:36:34 AM  

Faddy: Mentat: A Senate attempt to and a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44. With the way the Senate is currently set up, one man can essentially shut down the government.

102 senators? Might want to recheck that vote tally.


58-40. But please, focus on the typo instead of the point being made.
 
2012-09-27 11:39:11 AM  

Mentat: Faddy: Mentat: A Senate attempt to and a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44. With the way the Senate is currently set up, one man can essentially shut down the government.

102 senators? Might want to recheck that vote tally.

58-40. But please, focus on the typo instead of the point being made.


To be fair I still have no idea what the first sentence was supposed to say.
 
2012-09-27 11:41:12 AM  

actualhuman: Mentat: Faddy: Mentat: A Senate attempt to and a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44. With the way the Senate is currently set up, one man can essentially shut down the government.

102 senators? Might want to recheck that vote tally.

58-40. But please, focus on the typo instead of the point being made.

To be fair I still have no idea what the first sentence was supposed to say.


"A Senate attempt to end a Tom Coburn filibuster failed the other day 58-44."
 
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