Charlie Pierce Is Tired Of Your BS

Charlie Pierce should be inducted into the Blogger Hall of Fame or something:

Based on what the various candidates actually have told the people whose votes they are soliciting, over the past 48 hours, it has been far better for the nation that Barack Obama and Joseph Biden are running the executive branch than it would have been had those jobs been held by Willard Romney and Paul Ryan. Both of the latter are on record — and on audiotape, and on video, and all over the Intertoobz, and, for all I know, bellowing from the fillings in your teeth — as recommending that the federal government’s responsibility for things like disaster relief be either handed back to the states, or privatized entirely. They have made this argument in public. They have made this argument as part of the reason why you should vote for them. They also have similar plans for the National Weather Service, and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and they have made those arguments as part of the reason why you should vote for them. If those ideas had prevailed, and those plans had been passed through the Congress, and signed by President Romney, more people would have died because of this storm, and more people would still be dying from this storm two or three weeks from now.

What they are saying now in an attempt to walk back their earlier arguments is almost assuredly nothing but a barrel full of lies. They’d be out there saying the very same things today if they hadn’t gotten blindsided by this storm. Do you honestly think, absent the arrival of Miss Sandra along the east coast, Willard Romney and Paul Ryan would be out there refining their opinion on federal disaster relief? That they would have abandoned the notion of handing disaster relief back to the states, or to their various corporate cronies. That they would have distanced themselves from barely camouflaged bigots like John Sununu, who repeatedly calls the president “lazy”?

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But, now, after these two days, it ought not to be beyond the pale to “politicize” the simple fact that, even though the Republican half of it was an embarrassing clown show, this election has come down to a battle between two visions of the the functions of the national government and, through that, a battle over whether the political commonwealth exists at all.

Charlie Pierce, national treasure.

Elections Have Consequences, Disaster Relief Edition

The FerengiMedia™ may think it’s being “mean” to remind people of what our politicians say.  I don’t.  As we deal with the aftermath of Sandy, ponder this, and imagine the consequences:

Also, WORST SITUATIONAL AWARENESS EVER:

(h/t Anne Laurie@Balloon Juice)

Romnopoly

Visual aids all over the place today, I tells ya…

Physician, Heel Thyself

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Reprobate – TN), of the “abortion for me but not for thee” DeJarlaises, apparently has a problem not only with diddling his female patients but also with confusing his home for his office.  Also, marijuana:

On the heels of a sex scandal involving a female patient, another woman has acknowledged having a sexual relationship with physician and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais while she was under his medical care.

The second woman described DesJarlais as “the nicest guy” and said he cooked dinner for her at their first get-together in 2000.

But she also said they smoked marijuana during their relationship and remembered DesJarlais prescribing her pain medication on dates at his home.

“His biggest thing that’s completely unethical is him just picking up women while he’s a doctor,” the woman said in an interview last week. “I mean, seriously, that’s his big no-no. … He’s just a hound.”

The woman said the affair lasted six months and included mutual illicit drug use.

“Scott was just a regular guy,” she said. “He smoked. I mean, he smoked pot. He [did] all that stuff.”

Lots of hypocrisy to go around here, but it’s worth noticing that the guy that wants to take choices away from women doesn’t seem to mind them making what he would call bad choices – so long as they do so WITH HIM.

Ain’t that the Republican way?