Video: McCaskill blasts Tea Party while decrying partisanship

posted at 4:41 pm on October 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Res ipsa loquitur — but still worth a few words nonetheless. It’s impossible to defend the National Park Service by demanding bipartisanship while in the same breath berating the Tea Party for pointing out that the NPS spent money to shut down an unstaffed, open-air, 24/7 memorial that runs primarily on private funds.  That didn’t keep Senator Claire McCaskill from trying, though, as she rushed to the World War II memorial to attempt to undo the debacle created by the White House:

Joe Schoffstall added this brief description on Capitol City Project’s YouTube entry:

When asked about why the National Park Service didn’t try to stop Honor Flight veterans from entering the World War II Memorial Senator Claire McCaskill said “people who are in Park Service have a lot more sense than the Tea Party”. She then decried politicization of the shut out of veterans saying “this isn’t about politics, this is about honoring these men that served in World War II”. However, when the Capitol City Project’s Joe Schoffstall asked her to expand on her comments about the Tea Party the senator said “no” and her aide cut the interview off.

NBC’s Kasie Hunt tried to make the argument for McCaskill:

Ace offered a pointed question in response:

Perhaps Hunt should be asking the White House what in a spending cutoff required seven security guards and a forklift to barricade a park that has no staffing or admissions process, and which remains open whether NPS is on duty or not.  That appears to be where the politics started, and McCaskill’s now playing the “squirrel” card … incompetently, at that.

Update: And speaking of politics ….

Federal officials have closed a number of popular tourist attractions in Washington, citing the government shutdown, but they’ve left lesser-known locations un-barricaded, as evidenced by an interactive map compiled by House Republicans.

“It appears as though only the highly visible monuments and areas are being closed to the public — further proof that the Obama Administration is only playing politics and purposely choosing to make this shut down as painful as possible,” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said. …

On the other hand, Hastings’ team noted that the Constitution Gardens, the Upper Senate Park, and the Japanese-Americans Memorial, among others, remain open.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty tweeted a photo of “the District of Columbia War Memorial: apparently not important enough to shut down.”

What was that about politicization again, Sen. McCaskill?

Update: I wrote “public fund” where I meant to write “private funds.” I’ve fixed the error.


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She couldn’t wait to climb up on her soapbox the wheelchairs of 90 year-old, WWII vets to politic.

Screw that cow.

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

It’s simple. Your government hates you. Now pay your taxes and shut up.

Deafdog on October 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Thank you Todd Akin for leaving us with this insufferable cow

nyclakerfan on October 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Go to hell heifer.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

McCaskill is the biggest dope out there. She is just a moron. How the people of Missouri elected her again is just beyond me. Must have been voter fraud.

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Ah the great HERO of WWII … Claire McCaskill!

LMFAO

Who listens to her? LOL

HondaV65 on October 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

“Republicans Grandstand At World War II Memorial Instead Of Working To Reopen It”

That’s how HuffPo presented this story. These people are shameless.

juliesa on October 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Perhaps Hunt should be asking the White House what in a spending cutoff required seven security guards and a forklift to barricade a park that has no staffing or admissions process, and which remains open whether NPS is on duty or not. That appears to be where the politics started, and McCaskill’s now playing the “squirrel” card … incompetently, at that.

This is called Communism……

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

*sigh* Could have had her gone.

Hawkins1701 on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

McCaskill is the biggest dope out there. She is just a moron. How the people of Missouri elected her again is just beyond me. Must have been voter fraud.

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

It is called North St. Louis and Kansas City MO.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Leave it Claire-bear.

As always, trying very hard to straddle the fence. She won reelection once but she also happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right political election disaster not in her lap.

Liberal KC and StL may be her butter, but the rest of the state is her bread and if she can’t moderate to them, she’s out her bread and all the butter in the state won’t win her a third term down the road.

Logus on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

She doesn’t care about our veterans. She is just worried about that looming defeat in the next election.

joekenha on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

McCaskill needs to join President Petulant in the time out room.

rbj on October 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

She doesn’t care about our veterans. She is just worried about that looming defeat in the next election.

joekenha on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Oops. My bad. I got the fake moderates mixed up.

joekenha on October 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

What an odious and rancid hag.

RPL on October 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

There’s no spinning the fact that the WH carefully targeted certain memorials for its shutdown theater. That fact has been spreading far and wide by electronic word of mouth whether or not the media reports it.

INC on October 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

You know, if they spent as much time, energy, and resources preventing illegals from entering this country that they do preventing citizens from visiting national parks and monuments, we probably wouldn’t have to address amnesty for illegals!!!

Snitchmo on October 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Don’t you know….Parks and memorials don’t belong to the people, they belong to Obama.
Because he won.

albill on October 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

She says “they’re in now” They shouldn’t have been out in the first place, and they should never have to depend on a Senator scoring political points to be allowed admission.

earlgrey133 on October 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Remember the good old days in Washington parks when Obama filled them with Democrats?

http://underthehill.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/obamas-100-tons-of-trash/

patman77 on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thanks for posting, Ed.
She comes off…pretty good.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

McCaskill is the biggest dope out there. She is just a moron. How the people of Missouri elected her again is just beyond me. Must have been voter fraud.

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

War on wowmynz or something like that. Low information voters. The left media and politicians blowing a foot in mouth comment into histrionics. And a wishy-washy state Republican party, national party and tea-parties who look at winning as worth anything… which is why we have Roy Blunt instead of Chuck Purgason too.

It is called North St. Louis and Kansas City MO.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Yup. Pretty much half the state’s population rolled into those two voting blocs.

Like I said, low information voters… and, “What can the government do for me today cuz I’m owed. Gimme my handout.” And the cycle of poverty and self-fulfilling prophecy that they cannot succeed, so why try. Not all are like that, but it’s a large percentage no doubt and it’s a tough nut to crack, that generational mindset.

Logus on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Ain’t sunlight glorious ??

pambi on October 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The efforts made to spin out of completely untenable positions are what make this political and comedic gold….

She then decried politicization of the shut out of veterans saying “this isn’t about politics, this is about honoring these men that served in World War II”.

Which reconciles how with….

“It appears as though only the highly visible monuments and areas are being closed to the public — further proof that the Obama Administration is only playing politics and purposely choosing to make this shut down as painful as possible,” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said. …

On the other hand, Hastings’ team noted that the Constitution Gardens, the Upper Senate Park, and the Japanese-Americans Memorial, among others, remain open.

Not political? For the Progressive-fascists, it’s all political all the time.

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Thanks for posting, Ed.
She comes off…pretty good.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Always good to hi-lite the hypocrisy of a Democrat.

Jabberwock on October 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Thanks for posting, Ed.
She comes off…pretty good.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

HA,HA,HA,HA,HA,HA,CHOKE,HA,HA,HA,HA

sandee on October 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

She is shameful and pathetic. I have to give her credit for initiating me into the arrogance of Democrat politics. When the health care behemoth started back in 09 she was one of the first Senators that had a town hall, but also one of the first places(MO) where Senior Citizens started being vocal. There were videos of her and her staff hiding from them so as not to take their written complaints. It was totally childish.

Then when she finally had a town hall the place was getting loud and unruly. Nothing she could say was going to placate these people. Then she finally asked the infamous question: “What’s the matter, don’t you trust me?” The answer was a resounding “NO”.

Then snippets of other town halls started showing up on blogs and it never got any better. Arrogant, stupid, and elitist. I am afraid that describes almost every Democrat elected person in Congress. The Republicans aren’t much better, but we have been trying to chip away at that constituency.

BetseyRoss on October 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Maybe Obama can take the Park service and his black gates down to south Texas to keep the illegals out……what?……oh that’s what I thought.

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Thanks for posting, Ed.
She comes off…pretty good.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

That’s like telling a whore she cleans up real nice.

antipc on October 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

..as she rushed to the World War II memorial to attempt to undo the debacle created by the White House..
– Ed

So rushed, that her visit was planned way ahead of any of this.
Even so much that she was there with veterans just a few weeks ago as well. Yea…that’s some real ‘rushing’.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Thanks for posting, Ed.
She comes off…pretty good.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Best photo on a HA post I have ever seen of the old sow.

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I’ll let others have fun with that one.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Claire McCaskill: Helping males delay orgasm since 1995. She’s the new baseball.

iwasbornwithit on October 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

These dems are scumbag liars. It’s amazing how they will say anything in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Ta111 on October 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

An imaginary drug. Figures.

HotAirian on October 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Something with only three combined brain cells.
Two more than Claire McCaskill

sentinelrules on October 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Did you notice the goon step in right when the tea party came up in the conversation. This pantload has no business in the Senate.

rjoco1 on October 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

What’s this Tea Party the ‘rats keep mentioning…?

Living rent free in their little heads… Boo!

Fallon on October 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Claire is what stupid looks like.

RovesChins on October 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

She’s so pretty…

dpduq on October 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

i know it is fashionable to blame Akin for this (and he is to be blamed for mindless stupidity)…but really, wasn’t it the MOGOP that dropped the ball?

the competition for the nomination was weak…no one in the primary won resoundingly. It is as if the MOGOP decided that Claire would lose, so the R party didn’t have to work…they could putz around in there cozy clubs and chill.

Rs are idiots…they seriously are…over half don’t deserve to be in office.

and so we get Claire and barry again…and the Rs lost TWO seats in the Senate. Idiots

r keller on October 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

What multi-level marketers try to sell if they are rejected by Herbalife.

Mr. D on October 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Slang word for Candida Albicans.

arnold ziffel on October 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Remember when Reid complained about the stinky, sweaty, tourist that were touring the government buildings in DC? Well, all I can say is that both Reid and McCaskill are two stinking sweat hogs that need their butts removed from the Senate. They are a disgrace to America.

mobydutch on October 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Hypocrite Democrat is hypocritical.

In other news, water is wet and fire is hot.

Midas on October 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

McCaskill

OmahaConservative on October 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I will pay good money to anyone who walks up to her and calls her a tax-cheating wh*re who stole government money to pay for her private plane.

northdallasthirty on October 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

“Never let a crisis go to waste”

manyears on October 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Air Claire

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

verbaluce is PigLatin meaning ignorant jackass.

mobydutch on October 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

So rushed, that her visit was planned way ahead of any of this.
Even so much that she was there with veterans just a few weeks ago as well. Yea…that’s some real ‘rushing’.

verbaluce on October 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Why couldn’t you answer the direct questions about your fallacies in the other WW2 Memorial thread, and ran away?
Second shift for you OFA trolls?
If it was planned so far in advance, how does that make the vets GOP props?

If she doesn’t want politics, why is she blaming the TEA Party?
Do you know what the word “hypocrit” means?

You still haven’t answered – Who ordered and paid for the barrycades and guards where normally there are none?
Whoever did that is the one who is trying to make the vets into props.

dentarthurdent on October 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

There should be non-stop processions of people going to and non-violently pushing past fake White House-ordered barricades at every national park and memorial in the country from now until the Petulant Whiner-in-Chief is safely tucked back into his pad in Chicago.

“Something’s happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a fat unionized NPS cop & a forklift over there, telling me I’ve got to OBEY.”

Sacramento on October 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Thank you Todd Akin for leaving us with this insufferable cow

nyclakerfan on October 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Guess who was Akin’s biggest single campaign contributor in the Republican Primary race?

Claire McCaskill.

Akin was no where near winning until McCaskill filled his campaign coffers – she chose him to run against.

batterup on October 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Something’s happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a fat unionized NPS cop & a forklift over there, telling me I’ve got to OBEY.”

Sacramento on October 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

LOL. OK – I have to say – good try, but that was a really baaaad paraphrase of Buffalo Springfield….

dentarthurdent on October 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

‘Cuz, um, like, you know, Democrats NEVER engage in politicking or partisanship.

The Democrats never defunded the Vietnam War when American soldiers were fighting and dying in the jungles there.

They never shutdown the government over the end of the Fairness Doctrine.

They never made Reagan agree to the Boland Amendment in order to pass the budget and avoid a shutdown.

‘This tug-of-war exemplifies what is wrong with the federal budgeting process. It allows one party or the other to attach riders and amendments to bills that have nothing to do with the issue at hand. Then, the people who benefit most from the intent of the bill are left in the lurch.

The Republicans did it this time. They have no monopoly on this kind of game-playing. Democrats in Congress have done it over the years to past Republican presidents. A notable example was the Boland amendment attached five times to spending bills during the 1980s. They were the product of an attempt by former Rep. Edward P. Boland, D-Mass., to cut off military aid to the Nicaraguan contras fighting the communist Sandinistas who ruled Nicaragua. Boland would attach the amendment to spending bills at every turn.’

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Hopefully McCaskill will be history in 2014.

GarandFan on October 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Slang word for Candida Albicans.

arnold ziffel on October 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The filth left over after water goes through a sewage treatment plant?

Clarebear…..looks like you played politics with your crack about the Tea Party, you ignorant sow.

RovesChins on October 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

The cow and scumhag s/b in prison, for defrauding the taxpayers.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

One day you’re going to need a favor from Ferris Bueller. You heartless wench!

bfinstock79 on October 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

What in the hell is a “verbaluce”?

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Some form of parasite, needing a host to feed from to survive.

BobMbx on October 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Hopefully McCaskill will be history in 2014.

GarandFan on October 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Um….. no. The Mike Huckabee part of the GOP so rabidly defended Akin in 2012 that the worthless slut got another six years.

Happy Nomad on October 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Hopefully McCaskill will be history in 2014.

GarandFan on October 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Um….. no. The Mike Huckabee part of the GOP so rabidly defended Akin in 2012 that the worthless slut got another six years.

Happy Nomad on October 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

You need men or women to actually be attracted to you to be a slut. I’m sure if gallop ran a poll, no one would want to f€ck her with someone else’s d!ck.

RovesChins on October 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

McCaskill’s number in my phone as of last week…

Called her office to let her know my treatment costs 2x more than before. Premiums, co-pay and deductible all up.

Everytime you pay more for medical, call your senator and let them know. Let their staffers try to explain to you why their boss still supports Obama’s unaffordable Affordable Care Act.

You can almost hear the squirming over the phone as they tell you that despite your increasing costs, well, yes, senator ‘x’ still supports Obamacare. And you will send a message of reality which these people need to hear…

Everyone should give this a try…

shinty on October 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Thank you Todd Akin for leaving us with this insufferable cow

nyclakerfan on October 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Um…you should be thanking the voters of her state…they are the sheeple that re-elected her…

ladyingray on October 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Will Claire next go to the hospitals to sit at the bed sides of children with cancer to protest the refusal of funding by her boss and his boss? Answer: why should she.

Kissmygrits on October 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM