Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Monday, January 30, 2012


Just when we think the GOP has sunk to the bottom of the cesspoll, along comes its chief spokesman, Reince Preibus, a man who happily embraces filth and compares the president of the United States of America to a coward responsible for the deaths of dozens of people.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The GOPers are so deranged, so devoid of any semblance of honor and sanity, that they allow their spokesperson to claim, on a Sunday morning talk show, that the president of the United States of America is exactly like someone who commits an act of cowardly manslaughter.

The shocking disrespect and grinding depravity of the people who promote this rhetoric--conservatives--is beyond deplorable and unconscionable. 

I've never seen anything like this in my lifetime. 

It is, at its base, nothing more than loathsome and verminous racism, appealing to the stupid and the fearful.

We've seen this week more studies explaining that people who have low intelligence tend to gravitate to conservatism.

This may explain Priebus's moronic statement, but it doesn't excuse it.

"Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday blasted her Republican counterpart, Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Reince Priebus, for comparing President Obama to the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which ran aground off the coast of Tuscany earlier this month and resulted in the deaths of at least 17 people.

"Unbelievable comparison," Wasserman Schultz, who is also a Democratic congresswoman from Florida, said in an interview with Fox News. "The captain of the Costa Concordia has been charged with manslaughter and for the RNC chairman to compare the president of the United States to someone who has been charged with manslaughter shows a dramatic level of insensitivity to the families of those victims.

"I'm not going to give any credence to those incendiary remarks," she said

Priebus, speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, made the comment while downplaying the rough-and-tumble nature of the Republican presidential campaign, currently waging in Florida, which holds its primary on Tuesday.

"In the end, in a few months, this is all going to be ancient history and we're going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who is abandoning the ship here in the United States," Priebus said. "He's more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president."


S.W. Anderson said...

That lowlife is doing what many southern Republicans and some others have been doing since Obama began running for president. They're sending out signals. Punching buttons. The knuckle-dragging dim wits who get off on that kind of thing hear these signals. They get the message. Like an alcoholic seeing the neon beer signs go on in tavern windows at dusk, a physical/emotional chord is struck.

Remember when Joe Wilson yelled "you lie" at Obama during an earlier state of the Union address? He was dissing the black guy, showing he (Wilson) wasn't afraid to do it even if the black guy is the president. Built Wilson some street cred with the half-wit hater segment of the electorate.

This dissing and sending of signals is crude and disgusting but effective. Gingrich has used it all along. He, Wilson Priebus and others know what they're doing. The proper and most effective comeuppance would be for Republicans to suffer near complete rejection at the polls in November. That wouldn't change what they're like inside, but it might teach them that it no longer pays to send those racist signals.

Rational Nation USA said...

Hey Shaw, I think the analogy of a grounded ship and President Obama's stewardship of the nation is an apt one. Precisely as I think the analogy can be applied to ex President Carter and a more recent GWB.

I'd like to think that makes me an equal opportunity critic. But I'm pretty sure someone will find some nefarious agenda behind my statements.

Malcolm said...

The analogy by Priebus was shameful, but not really surprising. Even with the many ways in which many on the right have disrespected President Obama, I still don't think they've reached the bottom yet.

Dave Miller said...

RN, wrong though it may be, using a grounded ship analogy is perfectly fine. But that is not what happened. President Obama was compared to the neglectful disgraceful captain.

In your efforts to find equivalency, you missed the salient fact.

Shaw Kenawe said...

S.W. Anderson, what the GOPers aren't counting on is that fair-minded Americans don't think it's appropriate to compare their president with a coward, which is exactly what Preibus did. Forget the grounded ship analogy, that doesn't apply, since slowly but surely the ship of state IS righting itself. What Preibus wanted his audience to take away from his comparison is the dog whistle racism.

Malcolm, between the disrespect from Arizona governor, Brewer, and now the head of the RNC, we're witnessing callous disrespect, not from the dregs of their party, but from its top banana-heads.


I agree with Dave on this. The remark was out of line. After the gutsy call on going after bin Laden and then the risky rescue in Somalia last week, this president cannot be labeled a coward, as Preibus tried to do in his moronic comparison.

You may not have noticed [since you and others in the GOP like to dwell on negativity] but the country is improving, no thanks to the obstructionist Congress this president has had to deal with.

That you deliberately give no credit where credit is due only reinforces, IMHO, the perception that you're ideologically driven and not paying attention to facts.


Rational Nation USA said...

Actually Shaw I am not GOP, although O do have to change my affiliation from "conservative" and re-register as a independent so I can vote for Ron Paul in the primaries.

While there is slight improvement in the economy is too little and we have nowhere near recovered the jobs lost under Obama's stewardship. That is not to say Gingrich (who I despise), Santorum, or even Romney would necessarily do a better job.

Like commented elsewhere, invest in petroleum jelly. Cause either way we're screwed.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"While there is slight improvement in the economy is too little and we have nowhere near recovered the jobs lost under BUSH's stewardship."

I had to correct that little mistake. BTW, how would the president have done it quicker? Especially with no help whatsoever from the House and Senate Republicans.


Their priority is to make Mr. Obama a one-term president, not to put Americans back to work.

The fact is that the top GOP pols have plainly stated this, and yet you and others don't see that as being obstructionist and anti-jobs.

Not only did hate-radio jocks like Limbaugh and Savage hope for Mr. Obama's failure before he even had a chance to implement one policy to turn Bush's failure around, but the leading GOP pols piled on as well. Yet you don't acknowledge this? That's naked partisanship, GOP or Independent, doesn't matter. You're not looking at what is happening in front of your nose.

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
― George Orwell

Rational Nation USA said...

Perhaps Shaw anyone with differing views is partisan. Democratic ideology is as partisan as Republican, I'm sure you can recall Dems stalling and obstructing when they saw fit to do so.

Obstructing for the expressed, and only purpose of creating failure is of course wrong. As well as stupid.

There are those that simply are in disagreement with the road this President wishes to take us down. All of the President's initiatives certainly are Not failures.

His vision however is one that will result in greater reliance and dependency on government.
On some things we'll simply have to agree to disagree.

Dave Miller said...

RN said "Obstructing for the expressed, and only purpose of creating failure is of course wrong. As well as stupid."

Isn't that what the GOp has done?

Since you are registering as an independent, as you say to vote for Paul, how do you see him changing the results.

Now I know you can cite his policies, but I'd like to know politically, how he will be able to get his policies enacted should lightning strike and he gets elected...

This is always the rubber meets the road question... translating rhetoric into policy... Obama has been rebuffed at every attempt in a way no other president in recent history has faced.

BTW Les, can you give us a cogent argument for a path to the nomination for Mr. Paul?

BB-Idaho said...

Reince Preibus? What would we expect from that guy ?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Wow, BB, that was an interesting link:

“Walkergate” is unfolding into a masterwork in American conspiracy as the complaint explaining the charges against two of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s former staff members includes an email that may prove Walker had knowledge of the illegal activities happening around him. The charges have also implicated current chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, and his ties to a voter suppression scandal involving both Americans for Prosperity and former Herman Cain campaign manager Mark Block."

Rational Nation USA said...

Dave - Unfortunately I cannot.

I support Ron Paul's views both from the domestic and foreign policy perspective. His consistency is unwavering and his understanding of liberty and what constitutes constitutional government is spot on.

Politically he has a problem. His message and movement has grown, albeit slowly. My hope would be the youth that support him build on his message and vision and grow a broad base for future limited government, liberty minded candidates that understand the constitution and the proper limits of federal power.

I'm sure I have failed to answer your inquiry to your satisfaction. For now it will have to do.

Shaw Kenawe said...


I'm curious about your opinion on the racist newsletters Ron Paul is responsible for.

According to the Washington Post, Paul's associates confirmed that he approved of them and signed off on them:

Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, said three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.

The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views.

But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.