The GOP House Whips: The New Stars Of The Republican Party

Bumped - Todd

Thanks to Political Machine for bringing this new hilarious video from the triumphalist GOP whips to my attention. To the tune of Aerosmith's "Back In The Saddle" (presumably with Joe Perry's blessing), Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy boast that '0' Republicans voted for the "Democrats' wasteful spending bill."

Watch the proud tribute to obstructionism below:

What's more interesting than the content (such as it is) of the video, though, is the branding of the whips -- Cantor and McCarthy -- as the new stars of the GOP. Boehner is nowhere to be found. And predictably, the whips' online presence completely rips off Obama. The familiar justified white text on light blue background that opens the video is only the beginning, go check out RepublicanWhip.House.Gov to see the extent to which, even aesthetically, the GOP has no new ideas.

I do have to give them credit for the branding of the whips as the new power brokers in the GOP House caucus, though. It is the whips whose job it is to keep their caucus in line (mission accomplished) and they are tapping into what I think is a very real desire among the GOP base for a unified front of opposition while at the same time filling a vacuum of leadership in the party. And the word "whip" is such a great word, evocative both as a verb and a noun, although they'd be well-advised to rename the site's "Whipping Post" section to avoid reminders of a horrible time in our history. All in all, though, the website is actually a pretty impressive online tool and I encourage everyone to take the whips up on their offer to "join the conversation" on Twitter:

We believe that this website should be an open forum for you to discuss your ideas and concerns for the future of our country. In that spirit, we'd like to invite you to join this conversation - use the hashtag #cantor in your tweet (your Twitter message) and your message will display on this page.

Now that Cantor and McCarthy are the new stars of the congressional GOP, one can expect that their very mandate is to oppose the president and the congressional Democrats for opposition's sake. Yet another clear indication that there is no compromising with these people, nor should we try.

Tags: Eric Cantor, gop whips, kevin mccarthy, stimulus (all tags)



Cantor is their pick to click, because he fits

the profile.

Jewish, which makes them seem expansive.

Not a whiff of scandal, seems like a very solid home-life.

Undoubtdly smarter then 90% of the rightwing Republican house critters, staunchly, even fanatically pro-Israel.

If I was a betting man, I think he is the defacto VP pick for Mitt Romney's ticket, though I think Charlie Crist is more dangerous and a better pol, he has that rumor that won't go away that makes him unacceptable to the religous right.

Which really says something about the current RR obsessions.

They would vote for a Jew (after 100 years of the blood libel as an act of faith) over someone with just a potential hint of the gay...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-15 12:32PM | 0 recs
"$1 billion for ACORN"

Clearly they don't want to squander the right-wing hate machine's negative branding of ACORN during the presidential campaign. $1 billion for ACORN translates into wingnut as something like "Democrats are shoveling money at dark-skinned lazy cheats in urban neighborhoods."

Does anyone know the details behind this allegation? Presumably there is not actually a line item for ACORN in the stimulus bill.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-15 01:03PM | 0 recs
Pure Bullshit Rush Limbaugh Speculation... orn-to-get-stimulus-money

Check it out....

What may be the most insulting part of this bill is that the group ACORN, which is an advocacy group that is under investigation for voter fraud (and who routinely back Democratic Candidates in elections), may be eligible for billions of dollars of the `stimulus package.'

So, they fact by some stretch that a community activist org LIKE Acorn MAY qualify, means Billions are already pipelined to ACORN in Rush Speak....

And, check out the spokesman. Mr Republican Family Values himself, David "I need the large size pampers" Vitter....

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-15 01:21PM | 0 recs
I knew it had to be something like that

kind of like the false GOP talking point about $30 million for "Pelosi's mouse."

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-15 02:14PM | 0 recs
Re: I knew it had to be something like that

Yeah... what was that about?

by Jess81 2009-02-15 05:45PM | 0 recs
Got to hand it to the media

Dana Bash on CNN DID explain what the "$30 million for the mouse" was.

by DTOzone 2009-02-15 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: "$1 billion for ACORN"

The short answer is possibly yes..but.  The folks at Politifact do a nice job of explaining.  Basically funds in question are for foreclosure properties to be purchased by local non-profits which in turn can spruce them up and either resale them or rent them.  So ACORN technically is eligible but not likely to apply for funds.  As their director said "...We have not received neighborhood stabilization funds, have no plans to apply for such funds, and didn't weigh in on the pending rule changes."

For more detail read the coverage in article "In theory, ACORN could compete for some home rebuilding money in stimulus plan".  They give it a "barely true" rating. statements/2009/feb/02/john-boehner/theo ry-acorn-could-compete-some-home-rebuild ing-mo/

by frautuck 2009-02-15 07:31PM | 0 recs
Re: "$1 billion for ACORN"

It's only ACORN money in the same way that a subsidy for farmers could be called "tobacco money".

by vcalzone 2009-02-15 08:34PM | 0 recs
Re: The GOP House Whips: The New Stars
Talk about the party of HYPOCRITES--they should change their name to the Grand Ole Cowards!!!
Here is what happens with these jerks--they vote as a group against any recovery or stimulus package that Obama / The Democrats put out to try to stem this fast coming Depression. In Houston the day after the Repugnants voted enmasse against the stimulus--Republican House member Kevin Brady from Houston who voted against the bill actually went on TV/Newspapers and crowed about the fact that according to him Texas would get over $800 MILLION Dollars from the stimulus package that the Democrats and Obama had passed.  Talk about a class A JERKOFF--he epitomizes the typical Republican--he knows that the stimulus is going to benefit him but votes against it.  The whole Republican party has become lower than street walking Whores in our society. It started when War mongering Republicans many years ago started dodging the draft and any military obligations. They like war if other people are willing to fight it.and they like to brag that they don't vote to spend money but like to spend that money by the Billions.
by hddun2008 2009-02-15 04:51PM | 0 recs


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