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.
‘They’re terrified’: MSNBC contributor reveals GOPer’s are running scared of Trump despite bogus ‘heads on pikes’ outrage
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" Esquire editor-at-large Charles Pierce explained that he was in attendance when Republican lawmakers professed outrage at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) after he noted a CBS report that stated they are under threat from Donald Trump aides that he will see their heads on "pikes" if they cross him.
According to Pierce, they are, in fact, "terrified" that the president might one day turn on them.
Speaking with host Joy Reid, the popular Esquire columnist ridiculed the Republican senators for the position they have found themselves in by supporting the president.
Trump defense team’s two most ‘egregious constitutional claims’ blown up by law professor: They ‘have impeachment exactly backwards’
Trump defender Kingston shamed into silence by MSNBC’s Joy Reid after blizzard of lies on impeachment
MSNBC host Joy Reid showed no patience with former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on Sunday morning as the advocate for the re-election of Donald Trump repeatedly was called out for lying about the facts of the Ukraine corruption case against Donald Trump as well as the House impeachment trial.
Sitting on a panel with the Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, Kingston was given the first crack at addressing the defense case put forth by Trump's lawyers on the Senate floor on Saturday, only to be pulled up short by the MSNBC host after stating a falsehood, for which he received an admonishment.
With Kingston claiming Democratic members of the Senate who are currently running for their party's presidential nomination did not attend the Saturday hearing, Reid quickly cut him off.