The National Scene-The Sunday Political Talk Show Report on 2/22/15

Lots of discussion on President Obama’s love of America….or not. Even Kevin Spacey gives a great sound bite this week. Isn’t that sudden threat to American malls suspicious as Homeland Security Secretary takes to the air waves to demand his department be funded? Much more.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind.
MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Johnson; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Rep. Charles Dent, R-Pa.
FACE THE NATION (CBS): Johnson; Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas.
THIS WEEK (ABC): Johnson; Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Johnson; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.
Meet the Press Covers it all

We begin with the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, as he makes the Sunday political talk show rounds to plead for funding for his agency.

It would seem that the Republicans, silly people, in the House, want to stop President Obama’s executive orders to grant blanket amnesty beyond that allowed by existing law. One of the ways our American system of checks and balances works is by allowing the House to close the purse tight for those executive, and judicial, actions that the Representatives of the people deem to be against the greater good. It’s not rocket science.

Somehow the House came up with a plan to NOT shut down the government, which means that four or five people must take accrued leave until the spin-mongering is done, but to shut down JUST the Department of Homeland Security.

Last week a federal district judge issued a stay on this amnesty ordered so green cards, voter ID’s, food stamp applications….are not given to the newly amnestised citizens. Once that bureaucratic machine starts rolling, like Obamacare, it will be difficult to un-wind.

I must suppose that the media will be kinder on the Republicans for using their constitutionally authorized control of the purse as it was meant to be if they only shut down the Department of Homeland Security instead of the “entire” (those four or five people) government.

Even at that we had a slew of politicos coming out condemning even the denial of Homeland Security funding should the Washington Post call them names.

Further, as I adjust my aluminum hat, note that some terrorist group has, supposedly, issued a Fatwa against American malls, with the Mall of America issuing all sorts of assurances that it is safe.

Kind of makes it easier for the Secretary of Homeland Security to go on all the Sunday talk shows and ask that his agency not be shut down, goodness already we’ve got threats to our malls.

Just a thought.

MTP has Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee told Chuck Todd that he was fairly sure the Senate would NOT deny funding to the Department of Homeland Security lest the NY Times accuse him of treason.

Secretary Jeh Johnson used, I am not making this up, the need to protect our borders as yet one huge important thing his department does. This with Obama granting amnesty of anyone from Mexico who walks on over!

Finally, come on. Before 9-11-01 America never had a department of Homeland Security. Now I know the argument would be that it was because of 9-11 that we NEEDED such a bureaucracy.

I say bullhocky.

Finally, heh, Chuck Todd interviewed Kevin Spacey, something about the Oscars.

Spacey said, to the effect, that it was a darn shame that one political party has made it clear that it will not even CONSIDER some of Obama’s plans and policies.

Heh. This is the problem with those stars and starlets. They think they know stuff. They’ve got to be told to shut the hell up and sing!

Obama had four years with his party in power in the House AND the Senate. He got a massive health care plan passed.

The mimes and the actors, they say what someone told them, never the truth.

Republicans deny his words.

Republicans deny his words.

This Week with George Stephanopoulos

So how about Senator Lindsey Graham of North Carolina for President? I noted Graham being interviewed on This Week Stephanopoulos I was very surprised. This is the first I’ve heard of this turn of events. Indeed Graham said he felt sure he could carry North Carolina which means….well I don’t know what.

Graham assured us that President Obama does surely love his country

Jeh Johnson too was on This Week and when asked why this administration can’t label terrorism as radical Islam Johnson explained to us fools out here in la-la land that to call them such would be to give them too much credit.


He really said that!

Well it sounds like talking points drummed up by Valeria Jarrett’s spin team frankly and it sounded very dumb. We are just not that stupid out here where we carry this country on our backs.

Face the Nation-Bob Schieffer’s birthday

Not much going on over on Face the Nation except we learn that Schieffer likes beagles and will soon be 78. They can’t get anybody younger to do his job? I am available.

David Axelrod, former advisor to the Obama administration, did make some comments about Hillary’s campaign. The funniest statement he made was how much Obama admired Hillary.


Fox News Sunday Some Jeb talk

This show was the only one that discussed the campaign of Jeb Bush WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT DAMN YOU DOUBTERS! He even hired Paul Wolfowitz of Iraq war fame….so we are told with great excitement.

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana was an interesting guest. Pence vows that in order to defeat the thugs in ISIS we will need boots on the ground.

CNN State of the Union

There were a slew of Republicans on this show denying Giuliani’s assertion that Obama doesn’t love this country, including Tom Ridge-former secretary of Homeland Security, Governor Pataki, former NY Governor and Darrell ISSA all said, to the effect, that of course Obama loves America but that’s not the point.

Frankly none of them ever said exactly what WAS the point as this was a lame attempt for the cowardly RINOS to cover for Giuliani.

For the record, I agree with Giuliani that Obama doesn’t “love” America although my argument would be more nuanced. President Obama doesn’t give rousing, inspiring speeches that make us stand tall and proud. More often than not the man is apologizing for something or other and goodness knows Obama thinks America will ALWAYS be a racist country.

It’s the message, however hidden and murky, that he delivers, both to the country and the world. For the record none of the deniers sent on by the queasy Republican senators I suspect really were convincing in their push back against Rudy’s remarks.

John Kasich was also on State of the Union and he too asserts that it will take boots on the ground to defeat ISIS.
The Republicans did a pretty good job of getting out their arguments but as always, the party is divided on almost everything and it shows.
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