'Insurgent' Wing Grapples For Control Of The GOP
Tea Party and conservative leaders including Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Mike Lee gather for a press conference on Capitol Hill in May. "You can call them populist, you can call them insurgents, you can them Tea Party adherents.
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#1 Oct 24, 2013
Do you think Ted Cruz is a bit like the David Koresh of the Republican Party? Hes a bit like a character who believes himself to be anointed, believes himself to be a prophet, ignores everything and torches the place in the process, Martin Bashir
Bill Maher had plenty of material to work with on "Real Time" Friday night, considering the fact that both Rep. Michele Bachmann and Justice Antonin Scalia publicly addressed their concerns about the end of days and the devil (respectively) in the same week.
At the end of his "New Rules" segment, Maher took aim at Bachmann's recent comments that we're living "in the End times," by suggesting we consider that theory when it comes time for her to perform her Congressional duties.
"If you think the world is about to end, that's your right," Maher said. "But you don't get to vote on next year's budget because it doesn't concern you."
But Bachmann's fear of Judgment Day is hardly shocking when compared to Justice Scalia's recent interview in which he discussed his belief in the Devil. Maher concluded that while most "reasonable people see Michele Bachmann as a total loon, but Scalia as a serious intellectual," they are actually, "the exact same idiot."
After reviewing Scalia's theories on why the Devil doesn't seem to be around anymore (because he isn't possessing people, running pigs off cliffs or doing other things described in the Old Testament) Maher admits that it isn't Scalia's beliefs that bother him, but the whole "making decisions for the rest of us" thing.
"It'd be one thing if Mr. Scalia sold pizza for a living, but this is a man we go to to interpret our laws. It's like smelling a gas leak and calling an exorcist."
If you believe were living in the end times, like Michele Bachmann does," Maher joked, "we get to take away the car keys.
You see the world divided into teams of good and evil and suspect the wily one may be on the side of THEM, and when you start seeing compromising with your opponents as a compromise with evil, well, theres the tea party. Bill Maher
Chris Matthews did a good job of making Utah Sen. Mike Lee look like the obstructionist he is on Hardball tonight. Here's more from Think Progress -- Mike Lee: I Want Americas House To Come Down Unless Congress Votes To Rewrite Constitution:
In an interview on MSNBCs Hardball this evening, tenther Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) admitted that he is using the threat of a catastrophic default to extort the nation into rewriting the Constitution to force a permanent era of conservative governance:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: How many days do you think we have, on the outside, to get this debt ceiling through before we have a problem? How many days?
LEE: I dont know, maybe ten days.
MATTHEWS: Okay, in ten days you want to change the United States Constitution by two-thirds vote in both houses? Thats what youre demanding.
LEE: Yes. If possible we cant change the Constitution just in Congress but we can submit it to the states. Let the states fight it out.
MATTHEWS: And you think youre being reasonable by saying you want a two-thirds vote in the House, which is Republican, and in the Senate which is Democrat. You want the Democratic Senate, by a two-thirds vote, to pass a constitutional amendment or you want the house to come down?
LEE: Yes. Thats exactly what Im saying and Ive been saying this for six months.
Mama says, "Stupid is as stupid does."
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