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#RandiRhodes blog: Above the Fray

by Randi Rhodes posted May 20 2013 1:17PM


A new CNN poll shows Obama’s favorability rating at 53 percent. That’s up from 51 percent in April, and up from the 51.1 percent from the poll that really counted last November. Like before the scandals, 45 percent of people disapprove of the job President Obama has done. All that changed is that the nutcases in that number disapprove of him more than ever. All that the scandals have done is to poke an angry dog on a chain with a stick. The dog is the Tea Party, and Obama’s approval numbers are the chain.

Lost in all this hang-wringing about the IRS is the fact that George Bush went after his political foes. And he was a lot more effective in attacking them than he was at attacking Iraq. But then he could hardly be worse. Republicans are so confident that nobody remembers what Bush did with the IRS that Fox News can run a headline reading “What if IRS under President Bush targeted liberal groups?” Like that’s hypothetical question! The question isn’t “What if the Bush IRS targeted liberal groups?” The question is “What about when the Bush IRS targeted liberal groups?”

Karl Rove says that his super PAC, Crossroads GPS, is just like the NAAC because they both promote “social welfare.” Evidently there is a disagreement about what constitutes “social welfare.” Karl Rove has spent his life helping those who are more fortunate. Yes, Karl Rove’s super PAC is all about helping people—if those people are Karl Rove or if they are billionaires. In fact, the biggest mission of Karl Rove’s super PAC is to turn Karl Rove into one of those billionaires.

Rand Paul claims that the IRS had a written policy “targeting people who were opposed to the President.” This claim is based on evidence Rand Paul uncovered in a dark corner of his own mind. Paul said “we’re going to find a written policy that says we were targeting people who were opposed to the President.” It has to exist… because Rand Paul really wants it to exist. So somebody should tell Darrell Issa—if he’s looking for a smoking gun in this IRS inquiry, maybe he should search through Rand Paul’s fantasy world. This is how Republicans gather evidence. First they visualize what they want to find. Then they go on the Sunday talk shows and claim that it really exists.

Glenn Beck claims that “20 percent of the lynchings” done by the KKK “were of white people.” Exactly why were all these white people being lynched, Glenn? Did they try to talk to a white woman? Did they drink from a fountain that was labeled “Whites Only”? We can’t have white people doing that! Then Glenn said “the white people that were lynched are exactly the kind of people that would be in the Tea Party today.” Yes, because nothing angers the KKK more than a sign showing Obama as a witch doctor.

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