Judging from The O’Reilly Factor discussion-turned-shoutfest last night between a Republican establishment member and a Tea Party member, the GOP civil war will not be ending any time soon.
The segment was about the bipartisan spending plan just approved by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Guest host Eric Bolling noted that 94 members of Congress voted against it, most of whom were Tea Party conservatives.
Bolling also played a clip of Speaker John Boehner blasting the Tea Party. “Frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility,” Boehner said. Bolling noted this was a departure from Boehner’s previously “conciliatory tone” toward the Tea Party.
With that, Bolling turned to his guests, starting with the Tea Party News Network’s Scottie Nell Hughes. She came out of the gate swinging:
Congratulations, John McBoehner, … the John McCain of the House. …I wear his scorn like a badge of honor. …It’s almost like he enjoys seeing the infighting amongst the two crowds.
It must take one to know one. Because scorn is the only emotion I could detect from Hughes.
The other guest, GOP mainstreamer Brad Blakeman, a former assistant to George W. Bush, was less inflammatory but no more conciliatory. He said the budget deal “moves us in the right direction.” Noting that we have a divided government, he added, “The Tea Party and some without the Tea Party ...want to rule in a government that they wish they had. I would rather rule in reality, in the government we do have.”
Blakeman also said that while the Tea Party has been a “terrific help,” they were not helpful when they shut down the government. “And they’re not a help now.” Saying that Republicans have to be strategic and “play chess,” Blakeman continued, “Let’s not play Russian Roulette.”
From there, the strident Hughes blamed President Obama for shutting down the government and Boehner for “playing right into the hands of Democrats.”
That ‘s when it turned heated. But before you could say, “Grab the popcorn,” Bolling united the two factions by playing a clip about Nancy Pelosi saying “Embrace the suck” and prodded the two guests to attack her instead.
“Them:It says right in the bill that the fine is $90- That’s half the middle class’ yearly income.”
The middle class’ yearly income is $180??
In what country?
That’s the part of their stupid that made my head hurt . . .
You created this Frankenstein (the teabaggers) in response to the foot-stamping by the goobers who couldn’t take the sight of a black man in their White House . . . now, you can’t control it.
Them:It says right in the bill that the fine is $90- That’s half the middle class’ yearly income.
(after nursing the epic migraine, you decide to ask them where that was in the bill. They link you to a far right website)
You: No, we asked for where it is in the bill.
Them: I just showed you.
You: No, that’s a link to Fox News/Forbes/Town Hall/ Stormfront. You said it was in the actual bill. But here’s the thing. I’m reading the part about the payment system, and it’s not in here. It says that it’s to be determined.
Them: Yeah, it says $90.
You: No, it doesn’t show a number. Here (Provide link)
Them: It does on my link!
You: Your link isn’t the bill; You said $90 was specified in the bill.
Them: You don’t know shit about this, do you? Have you even read the bill?
You: Yes. Have you? And did you mean the payment plan proposal, because no numbers were specified in there, either (Provide link)
Them: you must be Goddamn stupid- That’s from 2008. Here’s the first paragraph… Submitted Jan 2nd, 2013. (Barack Obama quote from 2010). References to 2011 and 2012 revisions.
(Wait five minutes- When they realize what they just did…)
You: Thank you for proving that you can’t debate, you can’t even read, and that you’ll run your mouth before even clicking on a link provided for you. Do yourself a favour and refrain from telling people they don’t know what they’re talking about in the future, k? Your stupid hurt my head.