BLINDSIDED: President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again

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BLINDSIDED: President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — President Obama has outplayed the Republicans once again. They were blindsided with the announcement Wednesday morning that the U.S. was moving forward to improve relations with Cuba after an ineffective embargo. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were blindsided. Say what ever you want, Cuba will be as much on the ballot in 2016 as immigration reform.

The usual chorus of Republican naysayers were livid. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is expected to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election, blasted President Obama as the “worst negotiator in modern U.S. history.” He’s even challenging Pope Francis on Obama’s new Cuba policy. I am sure Rubio can walk in the shoes of the pontiff, right?

Marco Rubio:  “I think the people of Cuba deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from; as the people of Italy have, where he now lives. Obviously the Vatican’s its own state, but very nearby.” “My point is I hope that people with that sort of prestige on the world stage will take up the cause of freedom and democracy. The Cuban people are the only people in this hemisphere that have not been able to elect a leader in more than 55 or 60 years. That’s outrageous.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, “First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba — this is one more very, very bad deal brokered by the Obama Administration” (check out his Fox News interview: youtu.be/Rkoa3y8Kr-c). It’s comical to hear he and Rubio rant over Obama’s Cuba policy considering their fathers and Rubio’ s mother, hail from the Communist country. Gee, I wonder if Ted Cruz thinks we don’t know how his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, engaged in bribery to leave Cuba and came to the U.S.? He and Rubio have a lot of chutzpa. He must be besides himself since he got a double whammy — his birth country, Canada, played a role in brokering the deal, along with Pope Francis.

First President Obama out-maneuvered the Republicans with the executive order for his immigration plan, then they had no choice but to pass the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus, leaving Obamacare and his immigration plan in tact (well, until February 2015), confirmed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, as well as a slew of other nominees, including 12 district court judges, cementing his judicial legacy. Days later, wham, the new Cuba policy. O-man is on a roll.

House Speaker John Boehner had a lot to say: “Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom – and not one second sooner. There is no ‘new course’ here, only another in a long line of mindless concessions to a dictatorship that brutalizes its people and schemes with our enemies. If anything, this emboldens all state sponsors of terrorism, as they now have an even better idea of what the president meant when he once told Russian leaders he would have ‘more flexibility’ after his re-election. We have seen this before, and I fear we will see it again. Despite these reservations about the president’s changes in our policy toward this communist regime, we all feel great joy and relief for Alan Gross and his family. Americans do not forget our own, and we speak out today because we have a moral responsibility not to forget anyone anywhere who longs for liberty and dignity.” Um, can you say “Oh China?”

Sen. Mitch McConnell had even less to say, echoing Marco Rubio’s talking points:  “Sounds like the correct response to me. I think he knows more about this than almost anybody in the Senate if not everybody in the Senate and I wouldn’t differ with his characterization.”

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge those Republicans who are receptive to thawing relations with Cuba. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “was on the plane back from Cuba with Alan Gross  and said he’ll sponsor legislation to “vastly expand American travel to Cuba,” MSNBC reports.  Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) also said he will introduce a similar bill in the House. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is the incoming House Oversight Committee chairman, “publicly expressed support” for President Obama’s Cuba policy.

Of course, the new policy doesn’t signal a close relationship akin to the U.S. and Great Britain, but it does signal a new start. Technically, Congress would need to lift the embargo on Cuba, but President Obama has some latitude to “chip away at at the effectiveness of the sanctions, making it easier for people to travel or trade with Cuba,” The Hill reports. The reality is that the majority of Americans want to reestablish relations with Cuba, but lawmakers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz can’t seem to understand that. Besides, it will be a boon for baseball and business interests, including technology companies and the travel industry.

The reality is President Obama is causing chaos in the Republican Party, right in time for the 2016 presidential election. I can’t wait to see the GOP clown car pull up for the presidential debates. It promises to be quite funny. Get the popcorn ready. Obama isn’t going out with a whimper. Just ask Russia President Vladimir Putin, his country is feeling the effects of the sanctions imposed by Obama, which many Republicans claimed were weak. Um, the ruble is in a freefall….

LOL: Sen. Marco Rubio Blasts Obama for Seeking to Normalize Relations with Cuba

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LOL: Sen. Marco Rubio Blasts Obama for Seeking to Normalize Relations with Cuba (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t wait for the GOP clown car to roll up to a 2016 presidential debate. Sen. Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is blasting President Obama for seeking to normalize relations with Cuba. He called Obama the “worst negotiator in modern U.S. history.” Um, that’s as though he could do any better. Never mind the fact that an American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison with help from Pope Francis.

“My interest in Cuba has been the furthering of democracy and freedom,” Rubio said. “Nothing the president will announce today will further that goal…It’s part of long record of coddling dictators and tyrants this administration has.”

“They’ve created no economic openings, no concessions on freedom of speech, no concessions on elections, no alternative political parties. …The idea that this leads to democratic opening is absurd, but it is par for the course for an administration possibly giving away unilateral concessions for Iran or Cuba in exchange for nothing.” Source: Mediaite

Hey Marco, in case you haven’t noticed, the U.S. embargo on Cuba hasn’t worked one iota.

Sen. Mitch McConnell also backed Rubio’s comments. Still, I see the normalization of relations with Cuba as a positive move. We trade with China, right? Clearly, there will be differences going forward.

Report: U.S. State Dept Gave Sony Blessing for Kim Jong-Un Assassination in “The Interview”

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Report: U.S. State Dept Gave Sony Blessing for Kim Jong-Un Assassination in “The Interview”

The fallout continues over Sony’s upcoming Kim Jong-Un assassination movie, “The Interview.” The Daily Beast is reporting that the U.S. State Department gave its blessing for the movie. That’s sure to enrage the North Koreans.

CEO Michael Lynton showed a rough cut of the movie to U.S. officials before moving ahead. Now hackers are threatening to bomb any theater that shows it.

The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictator’s head explode—their blessing.

The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interview would be useful propaganda against the North Korean regime.

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional

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PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Is there trouble ahead for President Obama’s immigration action? A federal court in Pennsylvania has declared aspects of his executive order unconstitutional.

Washington Post:  According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals.  As a consequence,  Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.

This is the first judicial opinion to address Obama’s decision to expand deferred action for some individuals unlawfully present in the United States. [I’ve now posted the opinion here.]

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

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U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

The U.S. Senate votes 51-43 to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. The nomination was held up by Republicans after the National Rifle Association opposition because he agreed with President Obama on the need for gun control.

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is playing hardball in the last few weeks of the Democratic majority in the Senate. He is “pledging to keep the Senate in session through the weekend to get 23 of President Barack Obama’s nominations confirmed and pass bills extending billions in tax breaks and providing terrorism risk insurance to commercial buildings,” Politico reports.

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

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Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Failed Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes appeared on “Trunews” on Tuesday, warning that President Obama is trying to become the next Adolf Hitler. Really?

Keyes told host Rick Wiles that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”

Keyes, who was Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois, has repeatedly warned that Obama is becoming a Hitlerian dictator.

Decrying Obama’s “dictatorial actions,” Keyes accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.”

“We’re teetering, we’re more than teetering on the brink, I actually think we’re falling through the abyss, headed toward a rock bottom when our institutions will crumble the way the Twin Towers suddenly fell in that terrible day in 2001,” he said. Source: Right Wing Watch

Rep. Maxine Waters Blasts Cromnibus: We Can’t Be “Intimidated” By White House

FOOD FIGHT:  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blasted the White House before the House voted on the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus,” which includes provisions to bail out Wall Street once again. Yep, I said it, BAILOUT.

Waters told The Hill earlier tonight that she was rallying votes against the bill and told them not to be “intimidated” by the White House. Um, who knew that Maxine Waters could turn on President Obama? Well, she wasn’t the only one, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also blasted the White House.

Maxine Waters said, “Don’t be intimidated, here are the facts, stick with your promise and your commitments to vote against this bill,” The Hill reports. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also said the bill included “giveaways” to big banks.

President Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill if the Senate version passes later tonight.

Rush Limbaugh Blames Left Wing for Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death

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Rush Limbaugh Blames Left Wing for Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death (Photo Credit: Fox News Video screengrab)

Backing up similar rhetoric from conservative windbag Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh blames the left wing for Eric Garner’s chokehold death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Limbaugh appeared on Fox News Sunday to bemoan the “grievance industry” that is “literally ripping our fabric apart.”

Limbaugh said that the aftermath of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases called for inspirational leadership from President Barack Obama, who instead was amplifying historical racial divisions for his own political gain.

“There’s no acknowledgement of any the progress,” Limbaugh said. (Actually Obama explicitly acknowledged racial progress in an interview with George Stephanopoulos two weeks ago.) “If you listen to these people, the president, the mayor of New York, you’d think it was two hundred years ago. You’d think we hadn’t even started working on these problems, and that’s not true.”

Limbaugh said he no longer believed the Garner case involved a chokehold (“What are you talking about?” Wallace asked) and that the incident would not have occurred were the left not “so eager for tax collection.”

“How many cops descended on that situation for cigarettes?” he said. “How many people smoking marijuana did the cops ignore on the way to Eric Garner?…I think the real outrage here is an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes! It’s absurd. People talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state. Well, here it is.”

During an appearance on “CNN Tonight,” Ann Coulter decried Eric Garner’s death and the grand jury decision to clear Officer Daniel Pantaleo, by blaming it on money, specifically the collection of cigarette taxes.

Watch Rush Limbaugh blame left for Eric Garner’s death:

Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

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Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

House Republicans debunking the House GOP Benghazi findings of no cover-up by the Obama Administration isn’t sitting well with Sen. Lindsey Graham. He blasted it as “full of crap.” Who didn’t see this coming? The Republicans are literally fighting each other.  The GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee released its report on Friday (news dump day) debunking all the nutty conspiracy theories about Benghazi, played over and over on Fox News.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted a House GOP-led investigation that recently debunked myths about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no outright intelligence failure during the attack, there was no delay in the rescue of U.S. personnel and there was no political cover-up by Obama administration officials.
After Graham was asked whether the report exonerates the administration, he initially ignored the question, and then eventually said “no.”

The House Intelligence panel, Graham said, is “doing a lousy job policing their own.”

Graham didn’t clearly pinpoint why he dismissed the report’s findings, but suggested its information was provided by people in the intelligence community who had previously lied to Congress about the attack.

“I don’t believe the report is accurate given the role [former CIA deputy director] Mike Morell played in misleading the Congress on two occasions,” Graham said. Source: The Hill

By the way, Sen. Lindsey Graham is exploring throwing his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election. Um, there are no words, but then again, it will be fun to watch the GOP clown car fill up for the presidential election cycle.

Republican Benghazi Investigation Finds No Obama Administration Cover-Up

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Republican Benghazi Investigation Finds No Obama Administration Cover-Up

The Republicans quietly put Benghazi to rest after years of accusing the Obama Administration of a cover-up in the terrorist attack that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The revelation that there was no cover-up came during Friday’s news dump when no-one was really paying attention.

Wall Street Journal:  “A House report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, concludes that the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military responded properly and that Obama administration ‘talking points’ were flawed, but didn’t find that administration officials attempted to mislead the public.” “The two-year-long investigation by the Republican-led House intelligence committee is the latest congressional probe to examine the attacks, and its conclusions deflate allegations suggesting misconduct by the Obama administration.”

In other words, the GOP intelligence investigation debunks the party’s nutty Benghazi terror attack theories. Wow, I see why they put this out there on Friday when no-one is paying attention. Of course, some Republican nutcase will still try to use it against Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for the 2016 presidency.