Saturday, December 18, 2010

Does anyone actually listen to what Republicans are saying?

I ask the question in the title because a few of them have been saying some pretty outrageous things over the last couple of days.

For example, here's what Senator Corker said about DADT repeal.

What’s happened is it’s poisoning the well on this debate, on something that’s very, very important….I’m just hoping that saner minds will prevail and that these issues that have been brought forth that are absolutely partisan, political, issues, brought forth to basically accommodate activist groups around this country. I’m hoping that those will be taken down or else I don’t think the future of the START treaty over the next several days is going to be successful, based on what I’m watching.

We'll ignore the fact that Corker just claimed that this country's military establishment is bringing forth partisan political issues, because what's even more appalling is that he's suggesting that Republicans would avoid dealing with national security legislation because they want to throw a temper tantrum over having to vote on DADT repeal. How do these guys maintain even the illusion of adulthood?

And then there's Senator McCain claiming that voting on health care for 9/11 responders is "fooling around."

The Arizona Republican, dubbed McWeasel for blowing off an ailing Ground Zero construction worker two weeks ago, whipped up new fury last night by suggesting Senate Democrats have wasted time trying to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, among other bills.

At the time, McCain was refusing to accept a time limit for debating the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

"To have a time agreement after all of the fooling around that we've been doing on [the] Dream Act, on New York City ... we will not have a time agreement from this side," he insisted angrily.

Evidently Jon Stewart and a group of 9/11 first responders are paying attention. Anyone else?

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