"I love Obama, but I'm disappointed with Congress for its business-as-usual attitude. The bill is loaded with pork. Half of it had nothing to do with stimulus. Only 5 percent has to do with the infrastructure projects that most people in the public think is in the bill. It was the largest bill in American history, by far, and one of the most wasteful. It's likely it will only get worse when it goes to the Senate."
But as Gold points out, Cooper voted for the $700 billion financial bailout. Here's what he said then:
"As the crisis has worsened, stronger and stronger medicine seems to be necessary. Just two or three weeks ago, government ownership of private banks would have been almost unthinkable in this country. It hasn't happened since the Depression. But as I've said for weeks now, we need to do whatever it takes to get the economy back on track. I think Americans have always been practical people who are willing to do what's necessary to strengthen the economy, to keep jobs and incomes strong."
Gee, when you put the two quotes together like that, he does sound a little hypocritical, doesn't he? But I don't know why anyone is surprised by this. Cooper always has been more Republican than Democrat, and we're stuck with him.
We don't care what anyone says, there's still hope for Chip Saltsman in his campaign to become chairman of the Republican National Committee. The latest vote count stands at: Duncan 44, Steele 30, Dawson 18, Blackwell 16, Anuzis 16, Chip Saltsman 1; 43 remain undecided. OK, it doesn't look great, and maybe Saltsman can't claim much momentum. But the key number is the last one--43. If all those undecided RNC members go with Saltsman, he's right there in the thick of things.
Meanwhile, the liberal media isn't helping by continuing to take cheap shots at Chip over that silly "Barack the Magic Negro" thing. Reuters is guilty of the latest:
A racial misstep may have torpedoed the candidacy of former Tennessee state party chairman Chip Saltsman, who in December circulated a parody song called "Barack the Magic Negro." Saltsman has no public endorsements from the 168 voting RNC members and observers say he might lack enough support to appear on the ballot.
What do they mean, Chip has no public endorsements? He's got one, right? Today's Washington Post piles on, quoting longtime GOP stratgegist Raynard Jackson as saying Chip's humor is an example of a party that still doesn't get diversity. Please, can we just drop it now? How was Chip supposed to know the Republican Party was suddenly going to start caring about black people just at the moment he was running for RNC chair?Update: Aw damn, Chip apparently couldn't find anyone to nominate him so he's withdrawn from the race.
Here's how university flack Hank Dye explained it: "The more you can incentivize private funds being raised ... we think it's a good program."
Compare that with what sociology professor John Schefner said at the protest rally: "You can't teach without teachers. You can't warm buildings without people to work in the physical plant."
It's not hard to guess how most people in Knoxville felt about all this as they watched the evening news last night. We think these bonuses may go the way of Petersen's fabulous job offer to Phillip Fulmer.
Mumpower laughs off questions about his strange new look. "It started out as a little joke and it's still here," he says of his fuzzy whiskers. "I've never tried to do anything like that before and I'm just amazed at how much hair I have on my chin in relation to what I have on my head. I really didn't know I could do it."
"Would you have grown it if you had won the speaker's race?" we ask.
"Oh, it has nothing to do with that," Mumpower replies. "Literally I didn't shave at all from Thursday to Sunday" after losing the speaker's election.
"You were depressed?" we ask, cleverly probing Mumpower's psyche.
"I've never been depressed in my life. No, that has nothing to do with it."
But of course Mumpower would say that. He's clearly in a state of denial. Is he afraid he'll vanish into obscurity and looking to stand out in the crowd at the Capitol? Or is there something darker at work here? Maybe he's disgusted with himself for letting Naifeh outfox him yet again, and he can't stand to see his own face in the mirror anymore. Thus, he changes his appearance. Is it the beginning of a deeper process of purification and renewal? Maybe he thinks he lost the speaker election because he's too nice and he wants to look mean. Will he get a tattoo next? Should he buy a bowtie? Discuss.
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