MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was all bubbling over on Wednesday about how after months of just being “the party of no,” the Republicans now have “an honest to goodness plan — a policy idea from the top Republican in the Senate.”
It seems that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has come up with a distinctively Republican idea on how to fund the troop increase in Afghanistan.
“We know the stimulus failed,” McConnell began confidently in a Tuesday afternoon press conference, pointing out that unemployment has continued to rise. “We’re looking for a way to fund several years of the war. I would suggest unexpended stimulus funds would be a good place to start.”
“It’s not clear who writes the senator’s stuff,” Maddow commented, “but it couldn’t be the folks at the Congressional Budget Office.” Just one day earlier, the CBO had issued a report estimating that the stimulus has saved between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs and increased the gross domestic product by 1.2 to 3.2 percentage points.
“Mitch McConnell would like to cashier that, please, as a giant failure,” Maddow concluded, applauding ironically.
As noted by Firedoglake, as early as last July, McConnell was prepared to declare that “by any measurable index, the stimulus package has been a failure.” But it seems that the Republicans in Congress — being the thrifty folks that they are — are always willing to recycle a slightly used talking point.
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 2, 2009.
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Thomas Friedman was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on "The Last Word."
"What do we know about how the leaders of other countries see Donald Trump at this stage in their dealings with him?" O'Donnell asked. "Especially this weekend, when it comes at the end of a week in which they’ve heard him call himself the King of Israel, they have heard him say he is The Chosen One. They have heard all the crazy things that everyone here has heard the president say."
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Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, blasted the commander-in-chief.
"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.
"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."