“Bipartisan” Opposition to Cut, Cap, and Kill Doesn’t Faze Boehner

Possibly just to demonstrate how unserious he is, John Boehner issued this tweet today:

Bipartisan plan? I heard Kevin McCarthy, House GOP Majority Whip, say essentially the same thing this morning to NBC’s Chuck Todd, and I’ve heard many Republicans refer to the legislation as “bipartisan.”  Since I’ve already written negatively about the the budget-slashing, New Deal-killing bill known here as Cut, Cap and Kill, let’s look at the claim that the bill that passed the House was bipartisan.

H.R. 2560, The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011, passed the House on July 19 by a vote of 234 to 190, with a not-so-staggering 5 Democrats voting with the Ayes.  And I must point out that one of those Democrats—David Boren of neighboring Oklahoma—is no more a Democrat than Ozark Billy Long, with whom he shares a similar voting record in the House. But I’ll be generous and throw in Boren as a Democrat, which means that 98% of the Ayes were official Republicans.

Now, there are 193 Democrats in the House and the five who voted with the GOP represents 2.5% of the caucus.  That means that 97.5% of Democrats voted against the constitutional monstrosity.

But I want to make a larger point about this bipartisan nonsense.  Using the standards of John Boehner and the House Republicans, the opposition to the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill was decidedly more bipartisan than the support for it.  There were nine—count ’em—nine Republicans (3.7% of their caucus) who voted against the bill.

So, we can say that the bipartisan opposition to Cut, Cap, and Kill was nearly twice as strong as the so-called bipartisan support for it.

Tweet that, Mr. Boehner.

Allen West, Tough Guy

By now nearly everyone has heard about the freakish Republican Congressman Allen West’s comments toward chair of the DNC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz.  Both lawmakers are from Florida and West actually lives in her district.

On Tuesday, West, a real tough guy in case you don’t know, wrote in an email to Wasserman Shultz:

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up…

…understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior…

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

The offense that triggered this faux-macho stupidity was a statement Wasserman Shultz made on the House floor about the Tea Party Republicans phony Cut, Cap, and Balance plan to deal with the debt:

The gentleman from Florida. who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a Member from South Florida,” Wasserman Schultz said, saying the legislation “slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires, and companies who ship American jobs overseas.”

In other words, she told the truth about people like Allen West.  By the way, did I mention how tough he is?  He’s so tough that rather than face the threat of being court-martialed for abusing an Iraqi prisoner, he resigned.

In any case, by today, West had been asked about his email several times and his latest response indicated he had no regrets about the language he used and an apology was not coming. He said this:

There are certain ways we speak in the military and I guess I have not learned the D.C. insider talk that these people are used to. Don’t poke me in the chest. That’s the bottom line to that exchange.

Wow. You can see Allen West is one tough guy. I bet he could take Wasserman Shultz with one arm tied behind his back.  All that military training has really paid off big time.  Or maybe it was his Spartan upbringing.  Earlier this year, he told a gathering of female religious zealots this:

…when you understood what made the Spartan men strong, it was the Spartan women. Because the Spartan women at the age of nine gave up their male sons. And their male sons went into a training that was called the Agoge and they stayed in that training for the next eleven to twelve years. And when they were finally qualified, when they were finally ready to join the ranks for the Spartan army, it was not their father who gave them their cloak and shield. It was their mother who gave them their shield. And when the Spartan mother gave that young Spartan warrior his shield, she gave him this basic commandment: “Spartan, here is your shield. Come back bearing this shield or being borne upon it!”

He also told the women gathered:

We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side — these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow.

There. It’s all about the debt. Get it?  Women should raise tough-guy Spartans like Allen West who will either come back home bearing his budget-cutting shield or come back stretched out on it, after a petite female Democratic leader hands him his ass.

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