Call them what you will — puppets, dummies, inanimate objects being controlled by more powerful forces — but they control the world in which we live. Or, to be more precise, they are controlled into controlling the world in which we live.
Puppet Puppeteer Performance . . . Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Former Russian President and Current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin A lifelong bureaucrat and world class yes man, he turned out to be ideally suited for sit down and being quiet while his former boss rerouted Russian political power to through the Prime Minister's office. . . . Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Main responsibilities include Holocaust denial, lying about nuclear experimentation and not getting in way of Ayatollah's subjugate citizenry. . . . Fox News The Republican Party The network has traditionally functioned mainly as the GOP's Ministry of Information, but its duties have recently expanded to include planning and executing grass roots public protests. . . . U.S. Congress Anyone willing to pay for dinner Anything you want them to do. Seriously, anything. Just so long as you're picking up the check and they can order another round. . . . Barack Obama The reanimated corpse of former President Franklin Roosevelt Continue plan to bring about the end of Western civilization, supply FDR with fresh brains twice a week.
For more-entertaining, less-politically-damaging puppets, tune into the new Comedy Central series The Jeff Dunham Show premiering this Thursday, October 22 at 9pm / 8c.
Tags: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, Fox, Franklin Roosevelt, House of Representatives, Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Republicans, Russia, Senate, Socialism, Vladimir Putin
Some guy, M.J. Rosenberg — Director of Policy for Israel Policy Forum or something — over at TPM Cafe is really feeling exceptionally gloaty this morning.
Ordinarily, I just skip right over posts like this in my Google Reader, but this one was so thick with liberal partisan self-satisfaction that I practically got splattered with patchouli-smelling schadenfreude as I scrolled past it…
I was just reading the rightist blogs on the President's triumph at Notre Dame. These are really the worst of time for the bad guys. And it is critically important that we enjoy their misery because it may not last forever. (On the other hand, it might)…
These guys are in agony. They are living their worst nightmare. Not only is a liberal Democrat in the White House, but he's the reincarnation of FDR. He's politically deft. He's popular. He has a beautiful family. He has the supreme confidence of a JFK and the political skills of Clinton but without the character flaws. And, like FDR, and LBJ, he intends to transform America.
Muahahahahahahahaha! Nothing can possibly go wrong! Why, we haven't seen one political party so completely dominate the other since… since… four years ago when the Republicans plowed over the Democrats so badly that many thought liberalism was completely dead! And that victory lasted forever!
It's pure Democratic gold, I tells ya! Pure Democratic gold!
Tune in tomorrow when we discover that President Obama has been conducting a long-term sexual relationship with an underage, male, Swine Flu-infected Chupacabra.
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Notre Dame, Republicans, TPM
This week, everyone's talking about President Obama's first 100 days in office, but what about his last 100 days in office? How well did he handle the Roomba uprising? What about his response to the jetpack flu outbreak? And was it his fault that Hotel for Dogs 7: Die, Hotel for Dogs, Die didn't win Best Picture? While we wait for those answers, here's Stephen Colbert on Obama's first 14 Mondays.
After the jump, Stephen continues his analysis with Jonathan Alter.
The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30pm / 10:30c.
Tags: Barack Obama, Franklin Roosevelt, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
So, apparently, somebody was talking about the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act — and its connection to The Great Depression — near Rep. Michele Bachmann on Monday.
And when the information went inside her brain, it got lost, part of it was eaten by a bear, and what finally managed to stumble out of her mouth on the floor of Congress sounded like… well, like regular Michele Bachmann talk…
On Monday night, our friends at Dump Bachmann reported, Bachmann took to the House floor and paid tribute to the economic policies of Calvin Coolidge and the "Roaring 20s" (the era that ended with a massive monetary contraction and the Great Depression).
One particular line really does stand out, though — saying Franklin Roosevelt turned a recession into a depression through the "Hoot-Smalley" tariffs…
Yeah, those Hoot Smalley tariffs sure were a problem. I wonder how many people were forced into the lead brines because of them.
Matt Yglesias has more on Bachmann's remarkable intelligence.
Tags: Franklin Roosevelt, House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann