What more can be said about the Debt Ceiling negotiations. Yesterday there was hope that a deal could be made, until -- well Obama said it was interesting. Almost like magic, the GOP recoiled:
It's not just Ryan, though. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) says he opposes the Gang of Six plan because it cuts too deeply into military spending.
And, perhaps most telling of all, a Senate GOP Leadership Aide told Politico, "Background guidance: The President killed any chance of its success by 1) Embracing it. 2) Hailing the fact that it increases taxes. 3) Saying it mirrors his own plan."
One imagines that if Obama'd said nothing, GOP aides would be complain just as loudly that the President hasn't publicly embraced any proposal coming out of Congress. Now that he has, Republicans will run away -- and that's just what we're seeing.
Once again, the GOP is proving that by and large, they are putting party above country. We've written about this often here on the blog, because it happens so often. They literally are doing everything they can to bring down the Presidency, consequences be damned. That's what really is vile. They are trying to crash the economy.
A group of House Democratic women called Wednesday on Republican leaders to rebuke Rep. Allen B. West (R-Fla.) for calling Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) “vile,” “despicable” and “not a lady.”
Reps. Gwen Moore (Wis.), Lois Capps (Calif.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Donna F. Edwards (Md.) and Carolyn B. Maloney (N.Y.) said that West should apologize for his comments and that House GOP leaders should publicly disavow them.
“We see this as a historic and systemic way that women have been subjected to sexism particularly in this venue, in this political environment,” Moore said. ”Just once again, we have been told that in order to be a ‘lady,’ we need to just stay in our places.”
Personally, I would like to see a few Republican women calling for this rebuke. As Karl Fricsh pointed out, this was a man threatening a woman for not staying in her place. Like many words, they can sometimes be used in a derogatory way, as was the usage of the word "Lady" this time. As Carolyn Maloney states:
On Wednesday, Maloney said, “I’ve got to tell you that standing up for what you believe in, speaking out on the floor of Congress, and getting elected to office is very ladylike, Mr. West. And I’d like to say that I believe it’s sad that Mr. West felt he had to resort to that kind of language, but they resort to that type of language because they cannot win on the merits.”
The New York Democrats added, “If [West] had given those comments on the floor of the House of Representatives, his words would have been taken down and stricken from the record because his words were nothing more than personal attacks, and the rules of this Congress do not permit personal attacks.”
He has a bit of a poor track record when it comes to women, as Think Progress reports:
West contributed to a Florida magazine that called women “oral relief stations”: Before he was elected to Congress, West was a monthly contributor to “Miami Mike’s Wheels On The Road,” a biker magazine that billed itself as the “South Florida Biker’s Bible.” The magazine has featured multiple overtly misogynistic articles, including one asking readers to imagine having sex with Wasserman Schultz. At other times, the magazine’s writers referred to women as “oral relief stations,” complained about women who said “their knees hurt,” depicted women as servants of men, and suggested that they should wear “slave chokers” as accessories.
West claimed liberal women were “neutering” American men and causing a crisis of leadership in America: In a speech to a Women Impacting Nation (WIN) meeting, West blamed liberal women — “these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women” — for “neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness.” Such women were fighting “to have our men become subservient,” West said, before bizarrely adding that this new-found subservience would continue to make the nation’s debt and deficits grow.
West compared conservative women to Spartans, asking them to “raise strong men”: In the same speech, West compared conservative women to the women of Sparta, who he claimed were the real strength behind the men of the ancient Greek city-state. The role of conservative women, West said, was to “raise strong men,” just as it was in Sparta. As Mediaite’s Frances Martel noted at the time, Spartan women had no political rights and were trained to be strong solely for the betterment of males. West’s comparison to Sparta implies that he believes “strong women are to raise strong men,” Martel wrote. “Strong women are not just to be, the way strong men are.”
He's even gone so far as to have one of his constituents arrested and thrown in jail for trying to speak at a town hall event. They are vile. They are wretched, and when they tell you what they will do, believe them. Representative Wasserman-Shultz has treated this 'situation' with the grace and political aplomb that I have come to expect from her:
She is right. If he can't handle the job, he should resign. Allen West doesn't even live in the district he represents! I am still trying to figure out that one. Every damn one of these GOP members who WON'T do their job should resign. Campaigning is easy -- it's the governing that hard, and they are proving time and time again they cannot govern. I still haven't heard a peep from the GOP leadership about this incident, and to be honest, I'm not surprised: they are all men - men who have done nothing but obstruct our economy and tried to pass bills taking away the rights of women. From Planned Parenthood to restricting access to health care, they have shown how they feel about women -- Allen West seems to be their poster child in a Private Boys Club. They'll let the women in and allow them to think that they can be a part of it, but they shouldn't count on that. Take a look at the women they have allowed to stand in the doorway. They won't let Kay bailey Hutchinson anywhere NEAR that door....
I'm sick of it all. I want our country run by grownups. I want it run by people who care about country first.