Mitch McConnell Unveils His Stupendous Non Deficit Reduction Plan

Sep 26 2010 Published by under Featured News

Mitch McConnell was on ABC’s This Week today where he showed us exactly the kind of leadership Republicans will be giving the country if they win control of Congress. When asked how he would lower the deficit, McConnell said, “You get the economy going.” Yep, the big plan is to get the economy going.

Here is the video from ABC News:

When Christiane Amanpour asked McConnell how Republicans are going to reduce the budget deficit, he answered, “Let me tell you how I’d reduce the deficit. There are two things you need to do. Number one, you need to get spending down, and number two, we need to get the economy going… Everything that’s happened in the last year-and-a-half has been to pump up the government. We borrowed stimulus money. We spent it to hire new federal government workers. We sent it down to states so they would not have to lay off state workers. You have to get the economy going. That’s the way you narrow the deficit. You get the economy going. You get government spending down. Throw a tax increase in there, and we’re going to have this recession go on who knows how long.” (See the plan is to get the economy going).

Ah, but there is a reason why Amanpour doesn’t work for Fox News. She actually had the nerve to ask McConnell what he would cut. She wanted examples. McConnell answered, “Let me give you an example of something we’ve done already. Senate Republicans offered to freeze the top line on next year’s appropriations at essentially what we spent this year. The difference between that and what the president asked for over a 10-year period would be $300 billion. With regard to the entitlements, the president has appointed a deficit reduction commission. I’ve appointed three members to it. John Boehner has appointed three members to it. They’re going to report in December and make a recommendation about what we might do about our — our long-term unfunded liabilities. We’ll wait and see what they recommend, but hopefully it’ll be something that’d be supported on a bipartisan basis.”

Mitch McConnell is going to offset a $3.1 trillion tax cut, mostly for the rich, by cutting spending by $30 billion a year for ten years, which means that in as little as a hundred years the Bush tax cuts will be paid for. Here is where Republicans are different from Democrats. Republicans want to pass debt not only on to the next generation, but the generation after that, and the generation after that, and the generation after that. McConnell has no plan for reducing the deficit. He is still pushing trickledown economics as a way to stimulate the economy. Extending the tax cuts to the wealthiest two percent of Americans will not stimulate the economy.

Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all engaged in trickledown economics and all of them did not balance a budget, and they added to the deficit. The last president to balance a budget was Bill Clinton. Guess what Clinton did? He cut taxes for the middle class and poor, and raised taxes for the rich, and the economy prospered. Mitch McConnell did a nice song and dance, but the truth that he not only has no plan to reduce the deficit. Republicans don’t care about the deficit, and they know that their plan will only add to our collective debt.

McConnell’s big plan to save America from generations of debt is to get the economy going. Gee, why didn’t Obama think of that? Oh wait. He has which is why the economy has actually been adding jobs this year. The issue isn’t getting the economy going. It is getting the economy going faster. McConnell and the Republicans don’t want to just drive us back into the ditch as Obama is fond of saying. They want to drive us off a cliff. Mitch McConnell is a man with a plan to win an election, just don’t expect him to have any answers for the nation’s problems.

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Arianna Huffington Confronts Roger Ailes about Glenn Beck

Jan 31 2010 Published by under Featured News

Fox News president Roger Ailes was on ABC’s This Week today, where he was confronted by Arianna Huffington about the inflammatory rhetoric that Glenn Beck uses on his show. Ailes replied, “He’s talking about Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people so I think he was probably accurate.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Arianna Huffington confronted Ailes, “But Roger it’s not a question of picking a fight and aren’t you concerned about the language that Glenn Beck is using which is after all, inciting the American people. Three’s a lot of suffering out there as you know and when he talks about people being slaughtered, about who is going to be on the next killing spree.”

Ailes said, “He’s talking about Hitler and Stalin slaughtering people so I think he was probably accurate, also I think he speaks English, so I don’t misinterpret any of his words. He did say one of unfortunate thing, which he apologized for, but that happens in live television, so I think if we start going around as the word police in this business it would be.

Huffington fired back by bringing up Hofstadter’s concept of the danger in tapping into the paranoid style of American politics, and Ailes came back with having read a piece on her blog that was a personal attack on him. Huffington replied that it wasn’t written by someone that her site employed.

Notice how Ailes tried to direct the discussion away from Beck’s conspiracy theories and the Obama administration. Ailes wants you to believe that Beck is about historical accuracy, not the fact that he called President Obama a racist. To put this into context Ailes was saying that Beck, who on Friday, called for the rewriting of The Federalist Papers is historically accurate.

By the way, Arianna’s point that the attack on Ailes did not come from one of her employees is pretty weak. If I put something on my website, I stand behind it. If it made it on to her website, then she needs to stop parsing and either admit a mistake in putting it on the site or defend running it.

Beck is not politically, or historically accurate. I know what Ailes was trying to sell, but the point is that when Beck talks about Stalin and Hitler, he always compares the Obama administration to them. Beck’s program is not on the History Channel for a reason. It is a political show, and this sleight of hand defense of Beck does hold up beyond superficial inspection.

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Gingrich: All GOP 2010 Candidates will Pledge to Repeal Healthcare Bill

Dec 27 2009 Published by under Featured News

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was on NBC’s Meet The Press today, and he gave the strongest indication yet that the GOP strategy for 2010 and 2012 is to run against the healthcare bill. He said, “I suspect every Republican running in ’10 and again in ’12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal this bill.”

Here is the video:

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Gingrich said, “Well, you’ve got $513 billion in tax increases, $470 billion in Medicare cuts. You have a scale of, I think, bribery in the Senate we have not seen in our lifetime, with various senators getting all sorts of special deals in a way that I think the public is just appalled by. I suspect every Republican running in ’10 and again in ’12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal this bill. The bill–most of the bill does not go into effect until ’13 or ’14, except on the tax increase side; and therefore, I think there won’t be any great constituency for it. And I think it’ll be a major campaign theme. This is a bad bill, written in a horrible way, and the most, the most corrupt legislation I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

Newt Gingrich is considered one of the great thinkers in the current GOP, and if his thoughts on the subject are any indication of how Republican candidates are going to approach 2010 then the Democrats should be very happy. It would be a huge mistake for the GOP to instruct all of their candidates to pledge to repeal the healthcare bill, because in large segments of the country, the bill is popular.

Plus, Republican candidates in 2010 should be running on the economy, not healthcare. The economy is the number one issue, and if Republicans ignore it again, and instead run on taxes, the Democrats will do pretty well in both 2010 and 2012. Gingrich still thinks that it is 1994, and his Contract With America campaign style will work. It won’t.

The easiest way for Republicans to motivate Democrats to go to the polls in 2010 would be to make healthcare the centerpiece of the campaign. It isn’t good politics to be viewed as opposed to an expansion of healthcare for 31 million people, and the Democrats could benefit from their shortsightedness is 2010.

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Republicans Accuse Democrats of Demonizing Joe Wilson

Sep 13 2009 Published by under Featured News

On the Sunday talk shows today, Republicans Newt Gingrich, Sen. Cornyn (R-TX), and Bill Kristol all ran to the defense of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). Cornyn said, “The Democrats have done a pretty consistent job of trying to demonize the people who show up at town halls, anyone who disagrees with their proposal.” Apparently the GOP sees nothing wrong with calling the president a liar.

On Meet the PressNewt Gingrich was asked if Wilson’s outburst hurt the GOP’s image. He answered, I don’t think either one. I think the–you may remember that in 2005 Democrats booed President Bush when he proposed Social Security reform. And there were dozens of Democrats booing him. It didn’t seem to be a very big issue that year. The fact is, the country’s looking at the speech and the country’s asking about the speech.”

Cornyn accused the Democrats of demonizing reform opposition and Wilson, “Well, there’s a time and a place for everything, and that was not the time or the place for that kind of comment. But, you know, the Democrats have done a pretty consistent job of trying to demonize the people who show up at town halls, anyone who disagrees with their proposal. This is not the time to be demonizing anybody, calling anybody names on either side. This is a time to try to work together to solve a practical problem. And we stand ready to do that if the president will meet us halfway.”

Meanwhile over on Fox News Sunday, Bill Kristol was have a leave Britney alone moment. Here is the video from Think Progress:

Kristol said, “He has apologized. It will be a disgrace if they do some stunt in the House to try to humiliate this man, who is, in fact — has a reputation for bipartisanship on the Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee he’s on.” Joe Wilson is a well known deather, who is one of the most partisan members of the House. Only in Bill Kristol’s mind could Joe Wilson be considered by bipartisan.

The Republican excuses being offered here are pretty weak. Gingrich equates booing with calling the president a liar on the House floor. It isn’t the same thing, and Cornyn is as delusional as Bill Kristol is he really thinks that Democrats are demonizing Wilson for no reason. This does hurt the Republican Party, because it made them look not like a sensible alternative to Obama, but as a gang of radicals.

There is also a larger problem for the GOP here. It seems like at least once a month Republicans are on the Sunday morning talk shows and they have to defend the actions of someone else in their party. Whether it is Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or Joe Wilson, the GOP can’t get it together and focus on finding a message. This is a political party that has completely melted down.

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Republicans Voice Support for Obama’s Back to School Speech

Sep 06 2009 Published by under Featured News

The right wing’s reaction to President Obama’s planned back to school speech has brought about criticism from mainstream Republicans. Today Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, and Sen. Lamar Alexander all went on the Sunday talk shows and supported the idea that the president should be allowed to speak to school children.

On Meet the Press, Giuliani talked about the loss of respect for the institution of the presidency, “But the difference is we looked at President Eisenhower or President Reagan, even up to about that point, even President Bush 41 differently. There’s a lack of respect for the president, there’s a lack of respect for politicians. And David Axelrod said, “Well, this isn’t politics.” Everything the president does nowadays is politics, for better or worse. And I think that’s what you’re seeing. You’re seeing people distrust the president’s motives or the administration’s motives. It’s not just about the speech, it’s about the lesson plan. I think it’s unfortunate and I think, you know, what’s the–it almost seems a shame to say what’s the harm in a president speaking to a group of children. I think, I think the president should be given the opportunity to do it.”

Here is video of Gingrich and Alexander on Fox News Sunday from Think Progress:

Gingrich said, “My daughter Jackie Cushman just wrote a column in which she said, “if the president gives a speech as a parent to students to encourage them to learn and stay in school, it is a great thing for him to do.” It was a good thing for Ronald Reagan to do. It was a good thing for George H. W. Bush to do.”

He continued, “And I’ve been communicating with Arne Duncan and the team at the Department of Education. I believe this is going to be posted, people are going to be able to see it in advance, it’s going to be a totally positive speech, and if that’s what it is, then it is good to have the president of the United States say to young people across America: Stay in school, study and do your homework. It’s good for you and it’s good for America.”

Alexander said, “Of course the president of the United States should be able to address students and of course parents and teachers should decide in what context.” This is yet another issue that demonstrates the fracture in the Republican Party between the grass roots right wing, and the more mainstream Republicans.

When even usually reliable fringe winger talk show host Neal Boortz claims that even he doesn’t get the paranoia and panic over Obama’s speech, it is clear that fringe has gone too far. The fear over President Obama speech is completely unreasonable and unjustified. Unfortunately, the calm reasonable voices are getting drowned out by the paranoia of white conservatives who still angry that Obama won the election.

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Kerry: Dick Cheney Doesn’t Respect the Constitution

Aug 30 2009 Published by under Featured News

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) were on ABC’s This Week today where Kerry unloaded on former vice president Dick Cheney after Cheney blasted the decision to investigate CIA interrogation abuses. Kerry said, “Dick Cheney has shown through the years, frankly, a disrespect for the Constitution, for sharing of information with Congress…”

On Fox News Sunday today, Cheney said, “I think it’s a terrible decision. It’s clearly a political move. There’s no other rationale for why they’re doing this.”

He also invoked 9/11 and claimed to be defending the CIA, “I think it’s a direct slap at the CIA. I don’t think it will work. I think that if they were faced with the kind of situation we were faced with in the aftermath of 9/11, suddenly capturing people that may have knowledge about imminent attacks, and they’re going to have to have meetings and decide who gets to ask what question and who’s going to Mirandize the witness — I just — I think it’s — it’s silly.”

Kerry replied, “Well, Dick Cheney has shown through the years, frankly, a disrespect for the Constitution, for sharing of information with Congress, respect for the law, and I’m not surprised that he is upset about this.”

He continued, “The Obama administration has no intention — I think the president himself has been unbelievably bending in the direction of trying to be careful about what happens to national security, protecting our national security interests, being very sensitive about the CIA’s prerogatives and needs and so forth.”

I wish somebody would come out and give the real reason for Dick Cheney’s vigorous defense of torture. He is trying to save his own skin. Cheney’s explanation sets up the false premise that the CIA was acting alone. This is not true. Cheney was running operations from the vice president’s office. Cheney constantly used his office to pressure the intelligence community.

If the CIA crossed the line, it was because someone ordered them to, and it is a pretty safe bet that Dick Cheney was involved. Cheney isn’t trying to keep America safe, defend his legacy, or the CIA. He is trying to save his own skin. There is nothing political about wanting to correct some of the most shameful abuses of power in recent American history. The true shame is that people like Cheney carried out these abuses in the name of the American people.

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The Republicans are Coming, and They Want Your Medicare

Aug 18 2009 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

Knowing what we do right now about Republicans, are they the people that you want making decisions about your healthcare?

Apparently, the Republican Clown Show is making decisions for us right now, even though we are in the majority. Sarah Palin’s infamous “death panel” lie has infected the dialogue and Newt grabbed her torch of cynical dishonesty. Newt, as you know, needs no help doing or saying whatever is most politically expedient for him. From there it spread to Grassley and then invaded the majority of the Republican representatives. They now won’t commit to whether or not they think Obama wants to kill grandma.

They’re just not sure, you see?

Well, my fellow reasonable Americans, I am sure. I am absolutely positive that the Republicans want to kill Grandma, or rather, healthcare for all. See, first Newt got caught in the corner of his “big government can’t do anything right” argument as he was defending Palin’s Death Panel Projection, which left him with no out but to suggest that Medicaid and the VA medical benefits should be given up, since they are also “socialism”. Newt is sure we can all “make other arrangements”. Hmmm…..Since he said this at the same time as he was accusing Obama of wanting to kill Grandma, I can only conclude that reality and Newt are long-time strangers.

Let’s remember that these are the folks are cohorts with the Third Wave Assemblies of God, like The Family. Palin is essentially the poster child for these folks, who praise Hitler as someone who could really rile people up, and believe that it’s Christian to pray for the demise of those who don’t believe what they believe. In order to assure this demise, they take to talking in tongues, witchcraft, and violence. Yeah, sure doesn’t sound like the Christian church I know. Nor the one Grandma knows. It doesn’t sound like mainstream Christianity! That’s because it’s not.

These “Holy Armies” actually want to take over the US government, to break down the wall between church and state for good. This is not secret; their mission statement is Horror-movie creepy: “they’re working to bring about a Christian theocratic government which, writes head of Morningstar Ministries Rick Joyner, “may seem totalitarian at first.””, but it’s not because…well, when they do it, it’s cool? After all, they have to “expel demons and transform cities.”

http://blog.buzzflash.com/interviews/126

So, these Warriors for God, who are not above using physical force and war to get rid of those of us who are evil by virtue of not believing in their version of Christianity (other Christians, Catholics, Jews, etc are all the enemy; aka, the “ungodly”), these are the people who are currently influencing the health care debate.

They’d very much like you and I not to have health care. The suspicious side of me can’t help but wonder if this is an ingenious plan to avoid having to kill us all with their bare hands, but of course, I overestimate their desire for gentility and underestimate their lust for blood – so I doubt that’s the goal. They’re a big bag of crazy, frankly. I can’t tell what in the hell these people stand for. Small government? But they want to legislate our sex lives and our reproductive systems. Fiscal conservatism? Please. Anti-Socialism? Now we’re getting warm. Anti-Democracy? “It seems Totalitarian….”, because it is?

At the risk of going off on a tangent, I could make the argument here that social democracies are systems that strive to take care of their people equally. Something Jesus might have really dug. Whereas, totalitarian rule, where only the rich and privileged survived, strikes me as sort of…well, anti-Christ like.

Not that I’m into that stuff, but I’m trying to get into the minds of these holy-rolling narcissists. So, doing good is evil. Caring for your neighbor is evil. Selfishness and entitlement are the values, ala Sanford, Ensign and Palin, et al (Geeze, don’t they sound like a Circus Act?). Got it.

So here they are, driving our healthcare debate. Where are the sane people? The people who don’t tell starving constituents to “pray” while they reject stimulus money and then use tax payers money to jet off to their lover? The Democrats have, as usual, over-estimated the awareness of the American people and failed to come up with a jingle to sell us on something that will benefit most of us. No bumper stickers for us. We’re stuck trying to debate facts about “death panels” with people who defend Sarah’s lie by saying, “at least she read the bill!”

Yes, we’re stuck talking to the Bush voters. The far right rage mongers. The misinformed Fox viewers. And the nice, confused people who got caught up in this mess and turned against themselves unwittingly.

Which is why I am urging you all to stand up and take action. For the love of Dog, do not let Sarah, Newt and the gang of Clowns be in charge of our healthcare debate.

Here’s our bumper sticker: We are asking for Medicare for all.

Medicare — which operates as a third party, negotiating with insurance companies and keeping costs down for the user (that would be us). Medicare, which seniors love because it works so well, is a very effective system. This is not government run healthcare. It’s managed by a third-party (government), instead of being managed by insurance companies, who have a fiduciary responsibility to make a profit off denying you healthcare. Medicare also works to keep the health insurance companies competitive.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/8/18/768679/-Anthony-Weiner-kills-on-Morning-Joe!!!!

Let the Republicans argue against Medicare. Make them come out and say that they want to get rid of “socialist programs” like Medicare. Warn your friends and family that the Republicans are coming! And they want your Medicare and your VA benefits! Apparently, they don’t even think our troops and vets deserve affordable healthcare, let alone the rest of us tax-paying plebes.

I know many of us think there’s no point in calling or emailing or writing our representatives. Defeatism brought on by an irrational belief in reason and fairness is often the drug of choice of the progressive movement. The antidote to this is to put Palin’s face on your insurance card or your emergency room visit. Ask yourself if this is the person you trust with your healthcare. Does her God belong in your healthcare? Does she seem like a fair and reasonable person? Does she seem remotely competent, after 250 people died in Alaska waiting for health care under her? Why is her voice drowning out reasonable debate?

Putting our faith in Palin for our healthcare debate is like calling FEMA under Bush. They aren’t coming to help. They are never coming to help. Not because they can’t, but because they don’t care.

Rise up and be heard. Every single one of you. And get five friends to do the same. Refuse to be Palinized! We will not be silenced by louder, vitriolic and insincere voices! Call and write your representatives. Write letters to the editor. Write the President. Whatever you do, be heard RIGHT NOW. Stand up for your country, for your neighbor, for democracy, and for yourselves.

Sarah Palin and her gang of Holy Warrior Clowns are coming for Grandma, so you’d better get a rush on. Do it for the troops. You betcha.

Contact Info:

http://www.congress.org (also allows you to write one letter and send it to five media sources near your zip code)

http://www.barackobama.com/twitter/tweetyoursenator/

http://advocacy.barackobama.com/healthcare/campaigns/1/office_scripts/17/offices/district

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CNBC Working With Tea Baggers on Healthcare Protest Coverage

Aug 12 2009 Published by under Featured News

Here is a story that you won’t be seeing on MSNBC. According to Media Matters, CNBC sent an email to a national Tea Party coordinator looking for a mob to cover at a healthcare protest. They were looking for a location with, “lots of energy and lots of anger.” Low and behold, CNBC may be trying gin up anti-healthcare reform coverage.

You can view a post from the Tea Party Patriots website on the Media Matters blog, from Jenny Beth Martin that says, “We have a media request for an event this week that will have lots of energy and lots of anger. This is from CNBC. So where are the big events this week and where can TPP be best represented in the news?”

This is more evidence not only of the overt political agenda of CNBC, but it also dispels the idea that these protests are somehow organic movements of regular people who are showing up because they are opposed to healthcare reform. This is proof of the level of coordination and organization that is involved in this movement.

It isn’t much of a surprise that the tea baggers are also showing up to protest at the town hall meetings. The tactics being used are the same for both the tea parties and these healthcare protests. The Nazi signs, the yelling, the disruption, it is all the same thing. Quite frankly, the issues don’t matter to these people. They want “their country back” that the black man stole from them.

It also isn’t a shock that CNBC is involved in spinning the coverage. As the Media Matters blog asked, is CNBC also contacting Democrats and progressives for their town hall coverage? It is a pretty safe bet that they aren’t. Of course, this story won’t be covered on MSNBC or NBC, because as we saw with Jim Cramer/Jon Stewart incident, the NBC family covers for each other.

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Secessionist Governor Rick Perry Now Wants Obama Stimulus Dollars

Jul 16 2009 Published by under Featured News

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has gone from pondering his state’s departure from the union because of the federal stimulus package to asking for his cut of the cash. Perry has the federal government for a $170 million loan in order for the state to continue playing unemployment benefits.

In March, Perry turned down federal funds for unemployment benefits, despite the fact that Texas covers the smallest percentage of unemployed workers of any state in nation. Perry said, “This was pretty simple for us. Keep things going like they’re going in Texas. We can take care of ourselves. And we do not need any more strings from Washington attached to programs.”

This week, Perry tried to play down the situation. The governor said, “This is nothing out of the ordinary. We’re following protocol that we put in place.” The problem for Perry is that the state’s unemployment fund would have been replenished by $555 million of stimulus money that he rejected.

Perry’s desire to use the stimulus as a reelection issue will now cost his state hundreds of millions of dollars that they could have gotten for free. This is almost certain to come back and burn him in the tough primary challenge that he is set to face against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. By trying to politicize the stimulus, Perry may have gone and gotten himself voted out of office.

All of Perry’s political maneuverings going back to the tea party secession talk have been done in an attempt to get an upper hand on Hutchison, but voters to take kindly to having to borrow money that they could have had for free. Much like Mark Sanford did, Rick Perry has completely bungled his opposition to the stimulus.

(H/T: Think Progress)

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Gingrich Advocates Toppling the Iranian Regime Though Sabotage

Jul 13 2009 Published by under Featured News

In an interview of Al Jazeera former Speaker of the House, and potential Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich announced his plan to topple the regime in Iran by sabotaging the nation’s oil refineries to create a gas crisis. Wouldn’t it be easier to pass legislation banning the selling of gasoline to Iran?

Here is the video courtesy of Think Progress:

Gingrich said, “I’ve called for sabotage not bombing…What I have said is you should use covert operations because they only have one refinery that produces gasoline for the entire country, and they have to import all the rest of their gasoline… The only purpose of sabotaging them would be to create a gasoline-led crisis to try to replace the regime. I’m against using tactics that don’t have any strategic meaning. I think we have a vested interest – the world has a vested interest – in a responsible Iranian government.”

The neo-con point of view is alive and well within the GOP. It makes no sense to engage in sabotage in Iran, if the same thing, cutting off the supply of gasoline to the nation, could be achieved without engaging in covert activities. Why would Gingrich want to undercut the domestic movement against the regime in Iran by engaging in such a reckless and foolish plan?

Newt Gingrich’s idea is zany and not based in reality. Believe it or not this is a man who is considered one of the intellectual voices of the GOP. How many times can the Republicans call for regime change, without recognizing the failure of that policy? The Obama approach is working, so why mess with it?

If the United States did as Gingrich suggested, they would strengthen the regime in Iran, possibly provoke a war, and demolish any homegrown democratic movement. This is the worst possible policy option to advocate. I realize that Gingrich is trying to position himself as tough on Iran for 2012, but his idea would lead to disaster.

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