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(Daily Kos)   Republican House leadership: "No we didn't purge these committee members because they're too conservative. We booted them because they're a**holes"   (dailykos.com) divider line 87
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2012-12-14 04:59:26 PM  
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that the "asshole factor" came into play in the Steering decision.

Westmoreland. He called the Obamas "uppity." He wants the Ten Commandments to be posted publicly, but can only name three. He voted against Hurricane Katrina relief...

So, if this guy calls you an asshole...you must be...wow, I don't know.

Either a super-mega-hyper-asshole or a really cool person.
 
2012-12-14 05:20:44 PM  
I thought being an a*hole was a pre-req for being a Republican. Now they're changing the rules?
 
2012-12-14 05:23:00 PM  
fredtalk.fredericksburg.com
What the Venn diagram may look like.
 
2012-12-14 05:28:04 PM  
So when will the mouth breathers bench all the assholes?
 
2012-12-14 05:28:21 PM  

Diogenes: [fredtalk.fredericksburg.com image 300x300]
What the Venn diagram may look like.


Which is why you always need a "where" clause.
 
2012-12-14 05:32:54 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that the "asshole factor" came into play in the Steering decision.

Westmoreland. He called the Obamas "uppity." He wants the Ten Commandments to be posted publicly, but can only name three. He voted against Hurricane Katrina relief...

So, if this guy calls you an asshole...you must be...wow, I don't know.

Either a super-mega-hyper-asshole or a really cool person.


Dayum. That's like Charles Manson telling you that you're a bit too intense.
 
2012-12-14 06:27:14 PM  
So Boner may not get re-elected Speaker?
 
2012-12-14 06:38:51 PM  
Let's see, Republican ideology:
- no one has any right to health care
- the social safety net should be cut back to near nothing
- the rich should pay very little in taxes and be untouchable as they are not rich but instead Job Creators.
- education funding should be slashed
- a gay person should not be allowed to marry the one he/she loves
- war is good, those who promote peace (unless it's through spending more money on weapons as "peace through strength) are less than human
- children brought into the US illegally by their parents should not be able to get an education and should self deport to a country they don't even remember
- a fetus is all important until it is born and then, well, fark it
- I got mine, so fark you.

Are any of those not the traits of an asshole?
 
2012-12-14 07:05:29 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: So, if this guy calls you an asshole...you must be...wow, I don't know.


Yeah, I thought the same thing. It must be about manner and style rather than substance. Sorta like Vlad the Impaler and Genghis Khan snipping at each other.
 
2012-12-14 07:06:39 PM  
Can't it be both?
 
2012-12-14 07:11:05 PM  
I don't know about the others, but Huelskamp, several years back, was similarly booted off of all committees when he was in the GOP-dominated Kansas state Senate. For pretty much the exact same reason. When both the DC and Topeka GOP establishments say you're an asshole, it might just be true.
 
2012-12-14 07:11:32 PM  
Its a start...
 
2012-12-14 07:19:03 PM  
It has nothing to do with too conservative or too liberal. On the votes that really matter to Republican leadership, these guys were unreliable.

Republican politicians can vote however they please on non-essential matters like abortion, civil liberties, World War III, but if they vote against the Ryan budget, they're out.
 
2012-12-14 07:19:49 PM  

WorldCitizen: Let's see, Republican ideology:
- no one has any right to health care
- the social safety net should be cut back to near nothing
- the rich should pay very little in taxes and be untouchable as they are not rich but instead Job Creators.
- education funding should be slashed
- a gay person should not be allowed to marry the one he/she loves
- war is good, those who promote peace (unless it's through spending more money on weapons as "peace through strength) are less than human
- children brought into the US illegally by their parents should not be able to get an education and should self deport to a country they don't even remember
- a fetus is all important until it is born and then, well, fark it
- I got mine, so fark you.

Are any of those not the traits of an asshole?


Shorter:

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-12-14 07:21:24 PM  
This booting behavior is pretty uncommon actually. Yeah, committee chairmen were never assholes before. These people weren't toeing the party line. It's as simple as that. They criticized other Republicans therefore they were "assholes" and had to be removed.
 
2012-12-14 07:22:56 PM  
Opinions are like Republicans. Everybody has one.
 
2012-12-14 07:31:03 PM  
I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card-carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party, but who nevertheless are still helping to shape our foreign policy.

I have a list of 61 a**holes who would appear to be either card-carrying members or certainly loyal to the Tea Party, but who nevertheless are still helping to shape our nation's policies.

What was old is new again.
 
2012-12-14 07:41:23 PM  
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2012-12-14 07:41:47 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that the "asshole factor" came into play in the Steering decision.

Westmoreland. He called the Obamas "uppity." He wants the Ten Commandments to be posted publicly, but can only name three. He voted against Hurricane Katrina relief...

So, if this guy calls you an asshole...you must be...wow, I don't know.

Either a super-mega-hyper-asshole or a really cool person.


Or he could be "Family Values", that group seems to have a bunch of practice spotting A-holes.
 
2012-12-14 07:43:35 PM  
i527.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-14 07:43:40 PM  
Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.
 
2012-12-14 07:44:35 PM  

Captain Dan: It has nothing to do with too conservative or too liberal. On the votes that really matter to Republican leadership, these guys were unreliable.

Republican politicians can vote however they please on non-essential matters like abortion, civil liberties, World War III, but if they vote against the Ryan budget, they're out.


Considering the last time the Ryan budget was up for a vote, no Democrats voted either for or against it, and it failed 100% on GOP votes, I doubt that.
 
2012-12-14 07:46:13 PM  
"I want to screw everyone else over so I can have more for myself"

Believing the above makes you:

a) an asshole
b) a Republican
c) Both of the above
 
2012-12-14 07:47:03 PM  

Corvus: "I want to screw everyone else over so I can have more for myself"

Believing the above makes you:

a) an asshole
b) a Republican
c) Both of the above


I should also ass a follower of Ayn Rand and the Church Of Satan
 
2012-12-14 07:47:09 PM  

ilambiquated: Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.


By "Kos's bs," do you mean the the reference to the Politico story that quotes Westmoreland calling them assholes?
 
2012-12-14 07:47:45 PM  

Corvus: I should also ass add a follower of Ayn Rand and the Church Of Satan


/whoops.
 
2012-12-14 07:48:42 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: ilambiquated: Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.

By "Kos's bs," do you mean the the reference to the Politico story that quotes Westmoreland calling them assholes?


I always love how the keep doing the "it's KOS so it's lies" and ignore the source links.
 
2012-12-14 07:53:40 PM  

Corvus: Lionel Mandrake: ilambiquated: Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.

By "Kos's bs," do you mean the the reference to the Politico story that quotes Westmoreland calling them assholes?

I always love how the keep doing the "it's KOS so it's lies" and ignore the source links.


It's even better when they say that about Media Matters. Never mind that there's a video of the person saying it, it's MM so it's lib BS
 
2012-12-14 07:56:07 PM  

ilambiquated: Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.


And this is different from being an asshole how?
 
2012-12-14 07:57:18 PM  
It's a good start.
Probably too late.
 
2012-12-14 08:02:21 PM  

Pincy: ilambiquated: Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.

And this is different from being an asshole how?


I'm starting to feel sorry for them. They're so pitiful.

Of course they may still keep winning.They have a good grip on the state governments, even if they've more or less lost the White House.
 
2012-12-14 08:02:35 PM  
I bet they use public toilets and piss on the seat...
Then walk around in the summertime saying "How about this heat?"

/Joke not obscure
 
2012-12-14 08:07:50 PM  

Corvus: Corvus: "I want to screw everyone else over so I can have more for myself"

Believing the above makes you:

a) an asshole
b) a Republican
c) Both of the above

I should also ass a follower of Ayn Rand and the Church Of Satan



Republican Jesus = Satan. Not saying their crazy apolyptic cult beliefs about the end times are right, but if ever there was an Anti-christ, it is the Republican idea of Jesus.
 
2012-12-14 08:09:30 PM  

ilambiquated: Contrary to Kos's bs, I bet they were booted for being too conservative. I think senior Republicans see the writing on the wall. Their jobs are at stake.


The Republicans aren't at risk of losing federal elections for a generation because some of their candidates are a**holes. They're at risk because most people disagree with their policies and platform.
 
2012-12-14 08:10:12 PM  

Diogenes: [fredtalk.fredericksburg.com image 300x300]
What the Venn diagram may look like.


img228.imageshack.us

Fixed
 
2012-12-14 08:10:25 PM  
GOP committee members being a**holes goes without saying.

/Just sayin'
 
2012-12-14 08:13:43 PM  

Corvus: Corvus: I should also ass add a follower of Ayn Rand and the Church Of Satan

/whoops.


No. It was OK before.
 
2012-12-14 08:13:48 PM  

Somacandra: Sorta like Vlad the Impaler and Genghis Khan snipping at each other.


That doesn't seem like the right comparison. Genghis Khan was tolerant of cultural diversity, as long as you acknowledged his supremacy, and was interested in scientific discovery. He would have been a Democrat.

Vlad the Impaler burned a hall to the ground with dozens of poor and crippled people trapped inside, demonized Islam as a means to reinforce his control, and enjoyed torture for its own sake, while making public show of his devotion to the church. He would, of course, have been a Republican.

/I would have gone with cancer and AIDS sniping at each other...
 
2012-12-14 08:14:41 PM  

Corvus: Corvus: I should also ass add a follower of Ayn Rand and the Church Of Satan

/whoops.


No whoops needed. Very apropos.
 
2012-12-14 08:22:13 PM  

czetie: That doesn't seem like the right comparison. Genghis Khan was tolerant of cultural diversity, as long as you acknowledged his supremacy, and was interested in scientific discovery. He would have been a Democrat.


And don't forget the reason he didn't kill off all the Chinese was that his Uighur advisers said it would be better to tax them. "You can wipe them all out and get a million bolts of silk. If you let them live you can collect a hundred thousand bolts a year."
 
2012-12-14 08:22:49 PM  

Lawnchair: I don't know about the others, but Huelskamp, several years back, was similarly booted off of all committees when he was in the GOP-dominated Kansas state Senate. For pretty much the exact same reason. When both the DC and Topeka GOP establishments say you're an asshole, it might just be true.


so he can get nothing done in congress or for his district but gets reelected because ??????
 
2012-12-14 08:24:01 PM  

cretinbob: So Boner may not get re-elected Speaker?


It's the guys who sassed Boehner who are out.
 
2012-12-14 08:24:16 PM  
Heard this conversation before somewhere....

i199.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-14 08:35:20 PM  

Lawnchair: I don't know about the others, but Huelskamp, several years back, was similarly booted off of all committees when he was in the GOP-dominated Kansas state Senate. For pretty much the exact same reason. When both the DC and Topeka GOP establishments say you're an asshole, it might just be true.


Was he born an asshole, or did he work at it his whole life?
 
2012-12-14 08:35:27 PM  
Watching rabid animals consume their own entrails is fascinating and disgusting at the same time.

But in this case, it's more fascinating.
 
2012-12-14 08:49:04 PM  

Curious: Lawnchair: I don't know about the others, but Huelskamp, several years back, was similarly booted off of all committees when he was in the GOP-dominated Kansas state Senate. For pretty much the exact same reason. When both the DC and Topeka GOP establishments say you're an asshole, it might just be true.

so he can get nothing done in congress or for his district but gets reelected because ??????


A) Luck, and B) Representing a district of assholes (I grew up in the KS-1st, and may well be redistricted into it again this year).

The Big KS First district is probably one of the most inevitably Republican seats in the House. That much is settled.

In 2010, Jerry Moran ran for the Senate, opening that seat. Several Repubs ran. No runoffs in KS, just plurality. Huelskamp won the primary with under 35% of the primary vote... one of the weakest wins in the nation.

In 2012, the Kansas Legislature, despite being the most Republican-controlled legislature in the country, couldn't draw their redistricting. Eventually, it went to a court-ordered redistricting (the only one of those in the nation). Candidates had 48 hours from the time the districts were finally drawn to the primary filing deadline. In that rush, the people who might have challenged him didn't do so. Ran unopposed as a result.

Lucky in both cases. At any other point in the last 60 years, the western KS representative being thrown off the Agriculture committee would have been unacceptable. However, it's 2012. Koch Industries is a big, big deal in Kansas. Under Citizens United, a handful of Kochs can be as influential as the entire Farm Bureau, and the Kochs have supported Huelskamp to date. Also, as farming has gotten more and more corporate, farm interests aren't overwhelmingly strong, even in Kansas.
 
2012-12-14 08:51:37 PM  
fredtalk.fredericksburg.com

Diogenes: [fredtalk.fredericksburg.com image 300x300]
What the Venn diagram may look like.


I think of "A-hole" as the area between the right and the left on the political circle, the space which connects the Hitlers, Mussolinis, Romneys, Limburgers, and the Tancredos with the Stalins and the super-PC Liberals who hector everybody on everything under the Sun from the security blanket of their trust funds and Rich Mommy and Daddy's credit cards. The white space where you can say "Hi!" to Lyndon H. Larouche, Jr., or Rand Paul on your way between Lord Ha Ha and Trotksy. The space where you will also find most dictators and loonies, from Robert Mugabe to Vladimir Putin, from Idi Amin to the Ayatollahs.

On the other side of the political circle conservative and liberal meet in the Rinos, the Red Tories, the moderates, the liberals and the democratic socialists--nice, well-meaning people who are generally polite and avoid talking religion, politics, sex or Fox reality TV.
 
2012-12-14 08:56:09 PM  
Which now means the same thing.
 
2012-12-14 08:58:44 PM  

El Dudereno: Lawnchair: I don't know about the others, but Huelskamp, several years back, was similarly booted off of all committees when he was in the GOP-dominated Kansas state Senate. For pretty much the exact same reason. When both the DC and Topeka GOP establishments say you're an asshole, it might just be true.

Was he born an asshole, or did he work at it his whole life?


In some respects, he wasn't even that much of one when he started in state politics. I think the comparison might be made to, say, Rush Limbaugh, who also didn't start out that badly way back when. You start pushing the edge a bit out of curiosity to see how much asshole you can get away with, and it just... keeps... working for you.
 
2012-12-14 09:12:24 PM  

cretinbob: So Boner may not get re-elected Speaker?


Speaker Bachmann... do it, you pansies
 
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