Jack Cafferty Thinks Republicans Are Cool Again

Cross posted at MotleyMoose

I've always been skeptical of Jack Cafferty. I always felt like the guy made a living out of being outraged that sometimes he forgets what he's outraged about.
I skimmed CNN.com today and what I found was the latest commentary from Mr Outrage. My jaw dropped;

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Well, that didn't take long. Three weeks into the new administration and the Democrats are squandering their advantage and threatening to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Ah media narratives "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" is the new "under the bus"

Credit House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for getting the ball rolling. Under her leadership, House Democrats excluded Republicans from having any voice in crafting the stimulus package.

This from a man who six months ago called Republicans complete failures. So now we need to give them a voice?

Acting like children who hadn't seen Santa Claus for eight years, House Democrats busily loaded up the bill with stuff they had been unable to get for eight years. It was payback time.
Contraception, funding for the arts, restoration of the national mall, stop-smoking programs. All while Americans lose their homes, their jobs, and their savings. It was both childish and disgraceful.

Who's going to restore the national mall Jack? Chinese Robots?

Apparently tone deaf to the disgust and disappointment of Americans with the bailout package for Wall Street and the banks last year, as well as the voters' strongly stated desire for change as represented by the election of Barack Obama, House Democrats set the table for failure -- again.
Not a single Republican in the House voted for the bill, despite efforts by our new president to reach out to the other side. Nancy Pelosi strikes again.

That couldn't possibly be because the Republicans don't care about people, could it? Oh no, because they're the saviors of America now...although last year, they weren't, right Jack?  

When asked if the lack of Republican support was at least partly her fault, she gave some snotty answer about not being partisan but working for the American people. Right.
My guess is President Obama is busy these days sticking pins in his Nancy Pelosi doll. To his credit, Obama argued against a lot of the pork while stressing that time is our enemy. Pelosi could care less.

Actually he didn't argue against the "pork." He said last night he wanted much of this "pork" put back into the bill, but you can't attack the popular President, can you? Nope, couldn't do it in 2003, can't do it now. Always the opportunist. aren't you? So you have to make us some lie that there are big differences between the President (who is popular) and the Speaker (who is not).

As the legislation headed for the Senate amid cries for more stimulus and less pork, the Republicans pounced. Sensing yet another Democratic miscalculation, the Republicans seized the advantage in the debate.

Thanks to you guys in the "media" 

They want more tax cuts and more real stimulus -- stuff that will create jobs now.

you're kidding right? You said this was a failure last year and NOW YOU'RE SAYING THIS CREATES JOBS?

Not some pie in the sky proposal that may pay dividends years down the road. And they're right.
The real game starts if and when the Senate passes a bill devoid of a bunch of the garbage the House Democrats stuffed into it. Then it goes to a conference committee where the drama will be whether, in a grand twist of irony, President Obama and the Republicans wind up aligned against members of the Democratic Party in an effort to get something realistic on the table before the economy simply slides the rest of the way into a deep crevasse.

Ah the divided Democrats meme. The media just creams their pants over this

Meanwhile, angry voters are jamming Capitol Hill phone lines screaming about the politics as usual that is so far the hallmark of the new administration. Welcome to Washington, Mr. Obama.

Except their jamming the phone lines complaining about REPUBLICANS.

When it comes to the Democrats under Nancy Pelosi, what was it Pogo used to say? "We have met the enemy and it is us."

We've met the enemy and it is you.

The sad thing is if you look at the comments in the thread, the people are buying this crap.

Tags: Barack Obama, mainstream media, Nancy Pelosi, Spending, stimulus bill, tax cuts (all tags)



Jack is a contrarian

He is probably going to rail against whom ever is in power...

Also, I never thought he was a liberal, just someone who hated incompetence,  that is why he railed against Bush so much.

I don't her him quite ripping Obama yet, but wouldn't be surprised, it's his image, to be the angry populist voice...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-10 06:24AM | 0 recs
That's pretty disingenuous

I can't believe that anyone is basing anything on the House vote except the premise that Republicans are notorious for their solidarity and are actively working to scuttle any initiative that Obama might push in hopes of being able to claim that he is ineffective and re-take power in a few years without making massive changes to their own policies and practices.

In short, they're lazy, greedy, and really don't care about the nation's well-being.

by Dracomicron 2009-02-10 06:35AM | 0 recs
Re: That's pretty disingenuous

Saying Congressional Republicans "really don't care about the nation's well-being" is letting them off lightly. I believe they are actively running the nation off a cliff so they can have its carcass. If Obama and the Dems fail, Republicans gain control and that's all the matters. You, me, even Jack Cafferty, count for zip. It's all about power.

by Spiffarino 2009-02-11 08:08PM | 0 recs
Re: You nailed it.

"The sad thing is if you look at the comments in the thread, the people are buying this crap."

Hook. Line. Sinker.

by QTG 2009-02-10 06:49AM | 0 recs

Republicans are only "cool" in the sense that the cold wind of public scorn is blowing in their faces as they stand agonizingly close to the edge of a cliff into a bottom-less pit of popularity loss so deep and cemented that it will be hard to recover from for many years.  

I don't remember polling so uniformly anti-Republican as we have seen over the last week:


http://www.gallup.com/poll/114202/Obama- Upper-Hand-Stimulus-Fight.aspx

Republicans approval rating: 31% approval, 58% disapproval

CBS News:

http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/poll_0 20509.pdf

Republicans in Congress: Viewed 32% favorable, 60% unfavorable



Generic congressional ballot -

Democrats 46%, Republican 22%


http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/ 09/poll.obama.stimulus/

Three out of four poll respondents said that Obama is doing enough to cooperate with Republicans in Congress, but only 39 percent feel that congressional Republicans are cooperating enough with the president.

Six out of 10 approved of the way Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their jobs. But only 44 percent of those questioned approved of the way Republican leaders in Congress are performing.

Numbers like these suggest that Republicans have hurt themselves severely during the budget debate.  "Cool" indeed.  For us.  

by devilrays 2009-02-10 07:08AM | 0 recs
Re: That was probably explain

Just like in any sport imaginable the media always tries to lift up the underdog or those perceived at a disadvantage.  It is better for ratings. What good would it do for CNN if 30% of the American people - those still holding pro-Republican views - turning them off in disgust because the only place where they can get anything resembling their "voice" is on right-wing radio?   However, unlike in previous years where things were pretty much at 50-50 the difference between media talk and reality is so stark that it has become obvious what game some in the media are playing.  When you have an entire party viewed at 30% favorable and 60% unfavorable you simply can't, without looking foolish, make the case that they have somehow become cool again or grown in popularity, have scored points anywhere.  

Maybe someone should read yesterday's CNN poll findings to Cafferty, but very slowly and away from any sharp objects.  What about "only 39 percent feel that congressional Republicans are cooperating enough with the president" does he not understand?

by devilrays 2009-02-10 07:28AM | 0 recs
Re: That was probably explain

You have it all wrong. The media does not always try to lift up the underdog. They certainly weren't ever trying to help the underdog Democrats at any point during the Bush administration.

The corporate media does always ty to lift up the interests of corporate America. Cafferty is a just another corporate hack doing the corporation's bidding.

by LakersFan 2009-02-10 10:18AM | 0 recs

His job is Chief Curmudgeon at CNN. Nobody took him seriously before; I doubt they'll start now.

I do agree on one point. Pelosi is doing a lousy job representing Democrats but not for the same reason as Cafferty. I think she is far too conciliatory to the opposition. She needs to step on a few necks.

by Spiffarino 2009-02-11 08:03PM | 0 recs
Jack Cafferty, Economics Genius

And since when did Jack Cafferty become an economics expert?

More opaque and meaningless but persuasive comments - Republicans supported 'real' stimulus and less 'pork' and more 'tax cuts' which would create jobs.

First off, I didn't see the Republicans refusing their fair share of said pork out of holy principle. They took it and decried it at the same time. Same with earmarks.

Second, you don't have to be Paul Krugman to understand that at least in the current situation, taxes are the least of corporate worries. AIG has needed multiple tens of billions of dollars from the Feds to stay afloat - but if their tax rate was lower, I'm sure they'd be thriving and dying to hire people now.

Nobody with any sense in business is worried about taxes. They're worried that there's no demand for their stuff and that they might go belly up!

Government spending can make up for at least a portion of that demand much more efficiently than tax cuts and/or rebates. This has been demonstrated ad infinitum and those who deny it just have their heads in the sand.

Pursuant to that last sentence, methinks Jack Cafferty has been spending quite a lot of time at the beach lately, and none of it in the water!

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-03-09 01:08PM | 0 recs


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