Send Out the Clowns


Now that Standard & Poors has confirmed that the chorus of default doubters in the GOP was part of what spooked them into downgrading the U.S. credit rating, Republicans will do all they can to pretend that they never questioned the risk of missing payment obligations, or allowing borrowing authority to lapse. But they sure did! Here’s a long, partial timeline of influential Republicans either vouchsafing default, or downplaying the consequences of passing the August 2 deadline without raising the debt limit.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), May 17, 2011: “You want to make sure that the bondholder has confidence that the government’s going to be able to pay them…. That’s what I’m hearing from most people, which is if a bondholder misses a payment for a day or two or three or four what is more important that you’re putting the government in a materially better position to be able to pay their bonds later on.”


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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), May 19, 2011: “The government is not to be trusted with more of your money, so I will refuse to allow them to borrow more. Now is it a good idea to default? No! But this is a false claim being promoted by big-government advocates. We can simply spend what we take in!”

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), June 24, 2011 on administration warnings of “catastrophic consequences” of not raising debt limit: “I don’t believe them, it’s not true.”


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), June 26, 2011: “It isn’t true that the government would default on its debt,” Bachmann told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “Because, very simply, the Treasury Secretary can pay the interest on the debt first, and then, from there, we have to just prioritize our spending….I have no intention of voting to raise the debt ceiling.”


Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), July 13, 2011 on catastrophic consequences of not raising the debt ceiling: “I would encourage the Speaker not to believe the President anymore when the President says things like that.”


Rep. Steve King (R-IA), July 19, 2011: “America is not going to default. We’re just trying to scare people into being stampeded into a debt-ceiling increase. But we would hold our full faith in credit together regardless, unless the president had decided to punish America by refusing to pay our bills… I think the American people understand what I’ve said: It’s not default. They’ve been calling it default to try to stampede people into taking a bad deal here in this Congress… The American people understand this. They understand at least intuitively that it would be the president who would willfully default if there’s to be a default.”

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36 responses to “Send Out the Clowns

  1. jean-philippe

    It’s infortunate we can’t see the smartest part of Rand: the wig…

  2. They can be idiots talking to each other, but the GOP candidate is going to look horrible trying to defend this during a presidential debate.

    • that depends on the moderator. from past debates, it seems like they’re willing to bend over backwards to give total asswipes all the leeway they need. they never confront them over their batshittery. instead, they lob softballs, and all the bobbleheads of punditry talk about how they exceeded expectations. never mind that the bar is set so low in so many cases that it’s a surprise they don’t trip over it.

  3. gregg

    TPM does a great service in gathering up all the insane statements made by various maggot mouthed Repelicans as they tried to destroy the Nation’s economic credibility so they could bring down Obama so they could put a maniac in the White House so they could make old people starve, disabled people beg in the streets and children get back into the cotton fields and coal mines. And Raisins does a service in echoing this summary….now if we can get the media to acknowledge these facts and repeat them as much as they repeat gibberish from ghouls such as Gergen and Buchanan we can get a much more educated voter in the booths in 2012.

    • tpm and think progress are daily stops for me. i wish that current tv would have a tpm and/or think progress program. they cover so much important stuff that you never hear on tv.

      • I have to say, I do enjoy watching Olbermann once in a while. He does criticize the President quite a bit, but also covers some important subjects that I don’t see anywhere else.

        • he does, but even he has a lot of filler in his shows. what gets me is that the 24-hour news channels has the same crap over and over and over again. each talking head gets to put his/her own spin on it, but it’s really just the same old shit, and it’s usually totally unimportant. they either ignore important stories that they might have to actually explain to people, or they just throw out a few soundbytes about it. they cut off speakers who actually know what they’re talking about and who are actually interesting so they can have stupid segments like ed schultz’s ridiculous poll questions. rachel maddow is not as bad as the others. she’ll actually flesh out a story and allow someone else to talk about it.

  4. “Tea Party Clowns”–yes, they are.

  5. One of the goper idiots was saying yesterday that Obama was “getting in your wallet” implying that he must have broken into the house to steal it (you how those coloreds are). The other popular by-line is the 2.4 trillion blank check crap (how can it be blank when it says $2,400,000,000,000.00 on amount line?) I bet he already went down to the liquor store and cashed that sucker.

    • why did he have to break into their houses? everyone knows that dems are notorious sticky fingers and can pick your pocket in the blink of an eye. oh wait, those are rethugs.

      the rethugs are so transparent that it would be funny if it wasn’t so hateful.

  6. The thing that gets me is no wonder Bachmann chose to do her photo ops in Iowa, back when she announced her candidacy. Standing in front of the Minnesota State Capitol with a SORRY WE’RE CLOSED sign due to the budget hitting the skids $5 billion in the hole, was clearly not a good photo op.

    But ya know, they do things bigger in Texas– Rick Perry, current Governor of Texas since the Shrub vacated the seat in 2000, has overspent their revenue by $20 billion AND they are not even shutting things down & calling it a crisis!

    I’m just saying, there are a whole lot of pots calling the kettle black about money management & their own states’ finances are in a shambles.

    • i thought gov little ricky goodhair would be a shoo-in for the nomination, but it looks like he’s imploding early. mittsie might win by default. the rethugs are so desperate for someone else to get in the race, but nobody seems to want to. i really think that huntsman is their best bet, but so far, he’s not making much of an impression, because he seems to be able to pucker up for the teabaggers, but he doesn’t want to french kiss them.

      • Your mention of “imploding” gave me a mental flashback to a cartoon by the great Gahan Wilson several decades ago showing the candidate at the podium whipping out a pistol and blasting away at the audience while a reporter in the back says to his friend next to him: “well this is certainly a new twist”.

  7. gregg

    Must read piece in the NYTimes today. Real research, real facts about who the fuck these tea baggers really are. Here is an excerpt;

    “So what do Tea Partiers have in common? They are overwhelmingly white, but even compared to other white Republicans, they had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and they still do. ”
    “…the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And
    Tea Partiers continue to hold these views…”.

    Know the enemy, know them well and fight back is the only way to go.

  8. Snoring Dog Studio

    I dread the months up to 2012 elections. The backpeddling, the lies from the Republicans/TPs are going to get hyperactive. Although I think S&P’s behavior was self-serving, they voiced concerns that average folk are experiencing – the political system which is made up of politicians whose only goal is and has been to unseat their rivals, is a friggin mess. Politicians were sent to DC to make progress that would benefit the nation. And what we got for our investment of time and money is a bunch of politicians who blindly adhere to the Norquist pledge as though they all belong to some stupid club whose headquarters is a wooden shed up in a tree. It’s a miracle that Obama has managed to accomplish all his admin has considering the sludge of sewage he’s had to work against.

    • the sad thing is that the s&p downgrade could have served as a wake-up call, but instead, the teabagging imbeciles are doubling down and saying that they were right all along. i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again. politics has become a big reality show, and the only thing that counts is who wins.

  9. Friend of the court

    clowns have always made me a little uneasy. now i know why.

    • the one good thing you can say about clowns is that they wear a lot less makeup than botox batshit bachmann and princess sarah.

      • Friend of the court

        hey nonnie, i left a comment at d’kos about ricky p. “let us prey….”, and someone replied that you might be the perfect person to do a poster. πŸ™‚

        • you were typing this as i was replying over at the big orange! i really did make a note. i just hope i don’t lose it, as i have about 2,587 pieces of paper with notes scrawled all over them.

          • Friend of the court

            i am glad that i am not the only one with more than 2,000 pieces of paper floating around. i read about something called a “stupa”. now i think of it as a sort of a shrine, rather that a fire hazzard. πŸ˜‰

            • i keep telling myself that i’m going to remember where i wrote something, but i write things down, because i can’t remember stuff. i have scribbles on everything. i really, really need a secretary. maybe we can share one, fotc. πŸ˜‰

  10. johncerickson

    I find “little ricky goodhair” one of the most frightening, but unlike Bachmann, I don’t want to see him disappear just yet. He’s giving Jon Stewart such good material!

    • i think gov little ricky goodhair is going to implode pretty soon. i hope he sticks around long enough to make plenty of gaffes that the eventual nominee will be forced to defend. same thing for bbb.

  11. Didn’t take many acts of that three ring circus to spook S&P. That’s what happens when you ignore all economists (even conservative ones) to push your agenda.

  12. johncerickson

    From Media Matters, a somewhat left-leaning organisation: “The anti-Muslim segment of the conservative media has identified yet another Republican as a traitor to America because he is supposedly too close to Muslims. The current target is Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), labeled as the “5th column candidate” by Pamela Geller because of his ties to Muslim leader Aga Khan IV and others.”
    Turning on their own? The GOP has gone cannibal? Clean out the bunkhouses, Jerry, we may need ’em quick! πŸ˜€

  13. when you have a media (including such “mainstreamers” as tweety and george stephanopolous) constantly allowing the insanity to move to the norm – you get bachmann and now the insane man of the airwaves – rick perry – who actually makes bachmann seem normal.

    the media enjoys the circus – it brings ratings – boring talk about real stuff doesnt sell commercial time

    • the circus is easier to report than having to do some actual investigative reporting. that’s what’s sorely missing today. there are some good investigative reporters, but not nearly enough.