Some of the Biggest Hypocritical behavior by Republicans(Personal&Political Actions)
Then-Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) was a proponent of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have banned states from recognizing same-sex marriage. “Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded,” he argued on the Senate floor in 2004. He also called on President Bill Clinton to resign over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, saying it had destroyed the president’s credibility. Yet in 2009, Ensign admitted that he had had an extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer who was also the wife of one of his top aides. An ethics investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee and the FBI followed, and Ensign resigned in 2011.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has a long and rich history of hypocrisy, including receiving a reported $1.6 million in consulting fees from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before blaming the mortgage giants for the country’s housing crisis and endorsing President Barack Obama’s health care plan before the 2012 presidential primary campaign, during which he hammered Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan for being similar to Obamacare. But his crowning hypocrisy was probably leading impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton in the 1990s over the Monica Lewinsky scandal while Gingrich himself was having an extramarital affair. His ex-wife Marianne recently claimed that while they were married, Newt requested an “open marriage” so that he could continue the affair with his now-wife, Callista.
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The failed vice presidential candidate has been an outspoken opponent of earmark spending, but that didn’t stop Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) from arranging a $735,000 earmark to construct a transit center in his hometown of Janesville, Wis. Likewise, after slamming President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, Ryan sought stimulus funds for several projects in his district.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was the original sponsor of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but her war against “socialized medicine” hasn’t stopped husband Marcus from applying for public funds for his “pray away the gay” counseling practice. Bachmann, an outspoken opponent of big government, has also personally benefited from federal farm subsidies. She recently described the Internal Revenue Service, which earlier in her career employed her to sue people in tax collection cases, as “the most heartless organization anyone knows of.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has loudly congratulated himself for the GOP House jobs package — even though economists say the package’s 32 bills will do little to create jobs — while working hard to block President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan. A longtime critic of wasteful government spending, Boehner (along with other House Republican leaders) spent $1.5 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) just won a second term despite recent revelations that he had sex with a patient while working as a physician and later urged her to get an abortion. Yet DesJarlais’ campaign platform opposed abortion. “All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life,” his website stated. There’s more. According to transcripts from his 2001 divorce proceedings, released after the election, the congressman and his then-wife made a “mutual” decision for her to have two abortions while they were married.
From his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care reform, which was patterned after his own plan in Massachusetts, to his politically expedient shifts in positions on immigration, climate change and abortion, Mitt Romney has a record of hypocrisy too expansive and well documented for any Etch A Sketch to erase.
During his time in office, former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) introduced a bill against child pornography, fought to expand federal sex offender laws, supported anti-gay legislation and chaired the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. Then he was caught sending graphic sex messages to underage males working as congressional pages. He quickly resigned in 2006.
When Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) admitted his involvement in the “D.C. Madam” scandal in 2007, it didn’t end his career or lead to any criminal charges. It also didn’t end his attempts to narrow prosecutorial discretion for others in vulnerable positions. At a hearing last year on the HALT Act, which would have suspended discretionary immigration protections, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) accused Vitter of “hypocrisy to seek to limit the use of discretion when one has enjoyed the benefit himself.” Vitter has also advocated for abstinence-only sex education and in 2004 ran on a “family values” platform that included opposition to same-sex marriage.
Former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is best known for his 2007 airport bathroom trip that ended in a same-sex-sting arrest for lewd conduct after he allegedly solicited sex from an undercover officer. Craig blamed his wandering foot on his “wide stance” but soon announced his resignation, then decided to serve out the rest of his term. While in office, he had supported the anti-gay marriage Federal Marriage Amendment and voted against a measure to include anti-gay bias in hate crimes legislation. He received a rating of zero from the Human Rights Campaign for his votes on LGBT issues.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this slide implied that Craig followed through on his threat to resign.
Janet Allon, AlterNet
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As Congress begins to consider gun violence recommendations with a bill likely to take shape next month, the NRA’s top lobbyist is only ramping up the apocalyptic tone of his fear campaign against commonsense gun regulations.
the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, who gave a famously tone deaf press conference following the Newtown massacre, took to the right-wing Daily Caller and issued an utterly bizarre and delusional screed. Our colleagues Zack Beauchamp and Ian Millhiser read it so you don’t have to. Here’s the nine craziest quotes:
1. Violent Latino Gangs Are Out To Get You: “Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. Phoenix is already one of the kidnapping capitals of the world, and though the states on the U.S./Mexico border may be the first places in the nation to suffer from cartel violence, by no means are they the last.”
2. And They’re Streaming Over The Border: “The president flagrantly defies the 2006 federal law ordering the construction of a secure border fence along the entire Mexican border. So the border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.”
3. And So Is Al-Qaeda: “Ominously, the border also remains open to agents of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Numerous intelligence sources have confirmed that foreign terrorists have identified the southern U.S. border as their path of entry into the country.”
4. And Obama Will Use Them As An Excuse To Take Your Guns: “A heinous act of mass murder—either by terrorists or by some psychotic who should have been locked up long ago—will be the pretext to unleash a tsunami of gun control.”
5. If You Want Gun Safety, You Want Civilization To Collapse: “After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”
6. Thanks To Obama, There Will Soon Be No Cops: “Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.”
7. But The NRA Is Totally Not Paranoid: “Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.”
8. It’s Just That The Collapse Of Civilization Is Right Around The Corner: “We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.”
9. And We Shall Overcome: “We [the NRA] are the largest civil rights organization in the world.”
LaPierre is about to issue his official response to the president’s State of the Union call to action on gun violence. We’ll keep you update on the latest.
In other NRA-related news, another of our Center for American colleagues issued a new report showing how the NRA is using a front group to spend millions of dollars across the country to elect both prosecutors and judges. Here’s the gist:
The National Rifle Association has funneled millions of dollars to a front group that spends its money electing judges and state attorneys general who are tough on crime—unless those crimes involve violations of gun violence prevention laws. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America was founded with funding from the NRA in 1991, while Congress was debating the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Police associations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police had come out strongly in favor of the Brady Act, and relations with the NRA were strained after the NRA opposed a 1986 bill to ban “cop killer” bullets that can pierce body armor. So the NRA founded the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and claimed that it represented the “average cop”—who supposedly opposed gun violence prevention laws.
You can read the full report HERE.
Quick facts from Think Progress – 2013
Oops: GOP Rep. accidentally makes the case for nearly doubling the minimum wage.
What’s happened in the Trayvon Martin case since you stopped paying attention.
No, employers won’t fire people if the minimum wage is increased.
Top Republicans says GOP should oppose immigration reform because it will give Democrats “millions” of voters.
Arkansas is about to get the nation’s most restrictive abortion law.
Senators float new carbon tax proposal.
Can Republicans be saved from obsolescence?
Gov. Scott Walker is still up to no good.