Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Randi Rhodes: Planless Plans & Rupert's Excuses

Remember when we would criticize House Republicans for having no plan for the deficit? Well, they’ve managed to come up with a plan that’s worse than nothing. Last night they passed their “cut, cap, and balance” deficit reduction plan. The plan is utterly unworkable, and it will never become law. That’s the best you can say for Congressional Republican ideas—they’re terrible, but at least they have no chance of becoming reality.

In testimony before Parliament, Rupert Murdoch defiantly said he would neither resign nor accept any responsibility for the hacking scandal. I swear he was just about to start yelling at people to get the hell off his lawn. Murdoch said “people I trusted, I’m not saying who, I don’t know what level, have let me down.” Beautiful. The CEO, trying to avoid responsibility. Tell me Rupert, is it harder to throw people under the bus when you’re actually driving the bus? I loved watching the hearings. It’s amusing that the Prince of Darkness has that Australian accent. It makes you think “so that’s what would happen if Satan possessed Crocodile Dundee.”

HOUR TWO GUEST: Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio on yesterday’s Murdoch hearing and the very real legal problems that still lie ahead for News Corp.

Congressman Allen West has lost his marbles, which is a shocking statement only in that it implies that Allen West at one time had his marbles. DNC Chairwoman and fellow Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz set West off by criticizing his policy stances on the House floor. I’m not sure if Allen West understands… that’s pretty much what the House floor is for. West responded to the criticism by firing off a personal email to Wasserman Schultz calling her “vile, unprofessional, and despicable.” Really? You know, when you fly off the handle and unleash a tirade calling someone “vile” and “despicable,” you might want to leave out calling them “unprofessional,” if only to avoid the irony. Honest to God—the subject line on the email reads “Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz.” Then follows the most unprofessional, sophomoric email ever sent by anyone who wasn’t actually a high school sophomore at the time. The text of the email actually starts out with the words “Look, Debbie…”! Oh. My. God. That reads like a transcript from one of those “Real Housewives” shows. If Allen West was delivering his tirade in person, I assume he would have flipped a table at some point.

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