The Best Smears of Their Lives


Republicans in Washington are offering up some of the strongest language yet in their efforts to distinguish themselves from the 5-month-old Obama administration’s economic policies.


Last week, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor said Obama’s handling of the faltering U.S. auto industry is “almost like looking at Putin’s Russia.”

That came as Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) was drawing heat from Democrats for saying that he told Chinese leaders that “the budget numbers that the U.S. has put forward should not be believed” and that Congress would spend more than what is contained in the budget.

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(l to r:  Newt Gingrich, Eric Cantor, Mark Kirk, Chris Smith, Pete Sessions, Michele Bachmann  top:  Dick Cheney)

Just days before, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said at a fundraising dinner for House and Senate Republicans that Obama’s efforts to stimulate the economy and save automakers have “already failed.”


Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said after Cantor’s comments this week that the approach is alienating even members of the Republican Party.

A USA Today/Gallup poll last week showed 38 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents viewed the GOP unfavorably.


For their part, Republicans are mostly unapologetic. The rhetoric is part of a continued effort to portray the Obama administration as something of an inept “Big Brother,” unable to deal appropriately with the challenges created by the economy and, all the while, expanding government.


Democrats point to comments made by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) in recent months which said Obama was well on his way to becoming the “abortion president.”

And then there are the usual suspects – Gingrich, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and, increasingly, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas).

Gingrich has also caused a stir in recent weeks by labeling Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a “racist,” because she said that experiencing life as a Hispanic woman might make her a better judge than a white man. Gingrich later backed off that assertion.

Bachmann’s well-publicized statements have led to the creation of a section on the DCCC’s website devoted solely to her.

And Sessions has drawn some heat for saying to the New York Times last month that the Obama administration deliberately sought to “diminish employment and diminish stock prices” in order to “divide and conquer” in Washington. Prior to that, Sessions suggested Republicans could take lessons about “insurgency” from the Taliban.


Democrats have labeled Republicans the “party of no” and said they are rooting for Obama to fail, as conservative talker Rush Limbaugh has openly advocated.

But Republicans say it’s not about rooting for failure, but rather keeping Democrats honest in their efforts to expand government.

Stay classy!


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16 responses to “The Best Smears of Their Lives

  1. sauerkraut

    Kirk teetered on the treason line. His state needs to replace him. Pronto.

    • sauerkraut,
      can you even imagine what the rethugs would have done and said if, during the chimpy administration, a dem had said what kirk said? 😯 faux news would have put it on a film loop!

      • Can you imagine what the Republicans would have done if Bill Clinton had done to a female foreign leader what Chimpy did to Andrea Merkel–given her an unwelcome shoulder rub? They’d never have let go of it as more evidence that Bill was a womanizer!

        • it doesn’t matter what a dem does, the rethugs will twist it to make it into something dastardly. on the other hand, a rethug can do the most disgusting things, and the others will spin it into gold.

  2. This is why I’ve more or less given up on commenting on the Obama administration. I think that a lot of what’s going on, bailout-wise, is inappropriate and just asking for more trouble.

    But I don’t want to be associated with the idiots who can’t say two words without resorting to the ad hominem “overspeak.” According to Godwin’s Law, the Glenn Beck show and National Review should be shut down.

    • well, you’re a mensch, wickle, and they are not. the screaming and hyperbole are drowning out any legitimate concerns, and there are some. too bad the reasonable voices are drowned out by the screeching.

  3. jeb

    The DCCC has devoted a whole section of their site to Michelle Batshit? Really? Think she can provide enough material to sustain it?

  4. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) told Chinese leaders that “the budget numbers that the U.S. has put forward should not be believed” and that Congress would spend more than what is contained in the budget.

    He must be in sooooo much trouble for speaking the truth.
    Hell when was the last time Congress stuck to their own budget?
    Seriously… when?

    Anyone a research whiz that can verify that one?

    It’s public record. I’m guessing many decades ago.

    Still Kirk will probably not be allowed to *Kirk out* again in China. All future photos will show large swaths of Duct tape across his mouth.

    “And now a work from Congressman Kirk”:

    • he went and told a foreign country that the US is not to be trusted. it’s like going to the bank that financed your dad’s car and telling the loan officer that your dad’s a deadbeat.

  5. The continuous never ending rheteric just causes the conservative base to lose credibility with voters.

    It is obvious what they are attempting to do and it back fires on them every time. Not a single thing has stuck. No one is listening to the boys and girls who have called wolf so many times that they have to resort to picking on comedians…and the jokes the comedians tell are written by President Obama too….lmao

  6. yorksnbeans

    When in doubt (or in lack of anything intelligent) just spread smears.

  7. We should judge Representative Kirk in the context of the national aspirations of the Republican Party.

    • hello burr deming,
      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      i won’t judge or even argue with mark kirk. instead, i will simply look at him and say fu! as per the instructions in your banner. 😉