New WH advisor thinks Republicans are “a cult worthy of Jonestown”; Update: Apologizes

posted at 12:01 pm on December 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This piece from Politico on the man brought in by Barack Obama to rescue his second term from hubris and incompetence contains no small amount of irony, especially coming within hours of Barbara Walters’ admission that the media saw Obama as “the Messiah” in 2008.  John Podesta, who founded and chaired the Center for American Progress until the White House called, wasn’t ever going to be a voice for moderation and outreach.  However, calling Republicans the equivalent of a murderous cult is just a little sharp-elbowed for an administration whose leader claims not to be “particularly ideological”:

According to interviews in recent weeks with an array of Obama insiders and a dozen current and former senior aides, Podesta’s hire is explicitly meant to shake things up inside the White House. In effect, I was told, it represents the clearest sign to date of the administration’s interest in shifting the paradigm of Obama’s presidency through the forceful, unapologetic and occasionally provocative application of White House power. Podesta, whose official mandate includes enforcement of numerous executive orders on emissions and the environment, suggested as much when he spoke with me earlier this fall about Obama’s team. “They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” he told me.

“I think [White House officials] were naturally preoccupied with legislating at first, and I think it took them a while to make the turn to execution. They are focused on that now,” Podesta added. “They have to realize that the president has broad authority, that he’s not just the prime minister. He can drive a whole range of action. They always grasped that on foreign policy and in the national security area. Now they are doing it on the domestic side.”

How Podesta chooses to execute is not a settled question, and how his formidable personality meshes with Obama’s no-drama palace guard—led by gatekeeper-in-chief McDonough—remains to be seen. Genial, wonky and self-effacing in calm times, Podesta is also known for having a short fuse; subordinates in the Clinton White House even had a name for angry Podesta—“Skippy”—a sulfuric evil twin so fearsome that even the brash Rahm Emanuel scrambled for cover. “It will be culture shock,” said one Democrat close to the White House. “But I guess Skippy will be the bad cop, and Denis will be the good cop.”

Hey, look, sometimes I’m no fan of GOP and grassroots strategies, either, and have argued that they’re self-destructive politically. No one’s committing mass murder by dictated suicide, though, and the comparison is both outrageous and ridiculous.  Arguing by analogy is also a legitimate tactic for debate and criticism. However, at a certain point, hyperbole says more about the wielder than it does about the target, and Podesta’s viewpoint here makes it clear that he’s an extremist — which says volumes about the President who hired him, and about his plans for the next three years.

Rory Cooper, a GOP strategist, reminds people that Jonestown was a lot more than a political analogy — especially for Democrats:

National Journal’s Ron Fournier wants the White House to explain Podesta’s approach:

Don’t expect much better from Pfeiffer, though.  This was the same White House adviser that compared a Senate filibuster to a suicide bombing back in October. This isn’t a new turn at the White House as much as it is a shrugging off of the false veneer of moderation. That’s why they turned to Podesta in their moment of crisis.  Their own cult of personality is failing as the incompetence of this administration becomes fully exposed, and their answer isn’t to clean house but to find a meaner True Believer to attempt a strategy of projection.

New tone, huh? By the way, a judge yesterday threw quite a wrench into Podesta’s governing strategy yesterday, at least in terms of carrying it out quietly:

Chastising what she called “the government’s unwarranted expansion of the presidential communications privilege at the expense of the public’s interest in disclosure,” U.S. District Judge Ellen Seal Huvelle ruled the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development is not exempt from FOIA.

Judge Huvelle’s 20-page decision took a shot or two, or three, at the Obama administration’s penchant for secrecy.

“The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight, to engage in what is in effect governance by ‘secret law,’” Huvelle wrote.

The Center for Effective Government, formerly known as OMB Watch, filed a FOIA request in 2011 for the document. It is not classified, and has been widely distributed within executive agencies. The Obama administration nonetheless sought to keep the document to itself, claiming an executive communication privilege under FOIA.

This is an important case; as Huvelle noted, it’s the first time an administration sought to apply the executive communication privilege to an executive directive. The administration’s legal posture, Huvelle declared at various time, was “limitless” and “unbounded.”

That’s the same perception they have of executive power, too. Hopefully Podesta & Co. will find themselves disappointed in that area as well.

Update: Our new Salem colleagues at Twitchy have more reaction.

Update: Podesta apologized to John Boehner on Twitter (via the Washington Post):

Yeah, he’s “always respected” that cult leader. Riiiiiight. At least Podesta offered a real apology rather than the non-apology “sorry if that offended anyone” apology.

Update: Speaking of snark, my friend Olivier Knox at Yahoo News drops the snark hammer on Podesta and his apology:

In a notable de-escalation of the White House’s rhetorical war on its critics, an incoming senior adviser to President Barack Obama has compared House Republicans and the tea party to the infamous Jonestown cult that was behind one of the worst mass-murders of civilians in history. And then apologized. …

Still, how is that first comment a de-escalation, you ask, quite reasonably? Well, it really wasn’t that long ago that the White House was unrepentantly comparing the House GOP and the tea party to terrorists with bombs strapped to their chests. This is arguably a little less inflammatory. The United States isn’t waging a global military campaign against cults, after all. Or that could just be my snark getting in front of my judgment.

Olivier makes a good point, though, about the ubiquity of the phrase “drink the Kool Aid” as criticism in politics.  That’s a direct reference to Jonestown, too, but it’s a bit more oblique and isn’t quite as directly referential to the mass murder/suicide thanks to decades of use in criticism across the political spectrum.


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puhleeze….apologized only after getting caught…

cmsinaz on December 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Jim Jones = Barack Obama

Podesta is clearly confused…..

redguy on December 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

What did you expect from these desperate buffoons?

Philly on December 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

NRA Sets 1,000 Killed In School Shooting As Amount It Would Take For Them To Reconsider Much Of Anything
‘Yeah, Something Like 1,000 Dead Kids,’ Reports Spokesperson
 
verbaluce on December 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

rogerb on December 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

What about that new civility stuff?

midgeorgian on December 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The new civility on full display.

I wonder if Podesta got his Obama prayer card as part of his employee welcome packet?

blammm on December 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

“Cult like” would be voting for someone after they had said this…

then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.

Flange on December 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

White House ‘Leadership’ –> Hurl Insults

It’s been like this for BHO’s entire tenure.

Deafdog on December 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Evidently Johnny didn’t get that memo from King Barack the Magnificent about moderating the political rhetoric.

Evidently The Chosen One plans on playing hardball. Podesta? Really? One of the most outspoken, EXTREME members of left-wing?

GarandFan on December 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Hey, look, sometimes I’m no fan of GOP and grassroots strategies, either, and have argued that they’re self-destructive politically.

It starts at the top folks.

DanMan on December 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Hope!

Change We Can Believe In!

Together We Thrive!!

HumpBot Salvation on December 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The GOP civil war narrative and the GOP cult narrative totally contradict each other. Liberals should make up their minds.

Mark1971 on December 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Step in front of an oncoming bridge, Podesta.

Jeddite on December 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Jim Jones was a Socialist who believed in Social Justice.

mankai on December 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for!

the_nile on December 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Jones was also an atheist.

mankai on December 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Well, he has to give a reason to make Obama king.

Cindy Munford on December 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Jim Jones was a Socialist who believed in Social Justice.

mankai on December 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Early death panel implementer…

the_nile on December 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Politico seeks out the outrageous propaganda leaders and without hesitation publishes this garbage. When are they ever going to get the criticism that they deserve. Podesta has always thrown rocks and always will, apologies or not.

Pardonme on December 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

In an old interview, my snark got in front of my judgment. I apologize to Speaker Boehner, whom I have always respected.

You swine, that’s not snark.

You are the cultist for two major cultist families in the world, the Clintons and the obamas.

Go to Hell, all of you, together.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

In an old interview, my snark got in front of my judgment. I apologize to Speaker Boehner, whom I have always respected.

But he respected Jim Jones too, so take it for what it’s worth.

Cicero43 on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Ed –
Wow…I mean really. Throwing around the word ‘cult’ metaphorically. Who would ever do such a thing?
/
Ha.
I’m just never less than amused at what passes for offense and thus gins up ‘outrage’.
I imagine you’re somewhat aware of what gets dished out in these pages alone, not to mention regularly by bloggers, politicos, talk radio blowhards, etc.
A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

So he apologized to one guy who he “always respected” after calling the whole group “cultists”. Not cutting it you weasel.

forest on December 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

especially coming within hours of Barbara Walters’ admission that the media saw Obama as “the Messiah” in 2008.

They are not only Utopian/ideologically ill. They are clinical. That includes their “Messiah”.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

John “Kool-Ade” Podesta.

At least we know Babs won’t be referring to Boehner as “the Messiah”…..ever.

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Republicans are clearly have nothing in common with the People’s Temple. If there were commonalities, the residents of Jonestown would not have ingested poison-laced kool-aid. They would have simply agreed with Leo Ryan and vowed to each other that in doing so they were living to fight another day. Next time, boy, they’ll really put up a fight.

Happy Nomad on December 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

If you had any shame you wouldn’t expose your gnat-brain so often.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

If only Messiahnism would have the same effect…now, that w/b something to behold….

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

All they need is to bring Rahm back.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

How’s that Obamacare website working on day 78?

Happy Nomad on December 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

This Podesta experiment is starting out pretty well…

I love it!

MikeinPRCA on December 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Incredible. Well, the tone is set – and it’s obvious with the hiring of this Podesta character that they have no intention of trying to work with Congress.

The Republicans should stiffen their spines – but I’m not expecting much.

TarheelBen on December 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Already getting off on a bad foot. Doesn’t bode well for Obama. It’s going to take more than a new advisor to clean up his second term mess.

rickv404 on December 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Santa is white…24/7 media outrage
GOP = Jonestown….meh

cmsinaz on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“I think [White House officials] were naturally preoccupied with legislating at first, and I think it took them a while to make the turn to execution. They are focused on that now,” Podesta added.

One thing I like about Obama is he’s always learning!! Very plucky and endearing.

Sure, there’s the dark side, too. Like when he arbitrarily cancels five million insurance plans because they are not to his liking.

But there’s always another day, Barry! Like when you learned that half of your electorate was not guilty of thought-crime!

Herald of Woe on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Are you saying:

“Ed – You mean that Podesta isn’t working perfectly on day one?”

mankai on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

…we know who drinks the Kool-Aid!

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

White House (elected President of the United States) advisor

 

Throwing around the word ‘cult’ metaphorically. Who would ever do such a thing?…
I imagine you’re somewhat aware of what gets dished out in these pages alone, not to mention regularly by bloggers, politicos, talk radio blowhards, etc.
A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.
 
verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

 
Three hotair points to the first person who can tell us what is different about the jobs.

rogerb on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

So… 0bama’s new hitman/bagman is also his lead ‘projectionist’.

(psychologically speaking)

LegendHasIt on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Ed –
Wow…I mean really. Throwing around the word ‘cult’ metaphorically. Who would ever do such a thing?
/
Ha.
I’m just never less than amused at what passes for offense and thus gins up ‘outrage’.
I imagine you’re somewhat aware of what gets dished out in these pages alone, not to mention regularly by bloggers, politicos, talk radio blowhards, etc.
A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

You’re a fukking moron. Every time you post..you provide further evidence.

Podesta is a senior member of obama’s staff. He’s not a blogger or a commenter on a website. The fact that you can’t discern the difference really points to how fukking stupid you really are.

Now go drink your obama-aide.

HumpBot Salvation on December 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The Republicans should stiffen their spines – but I’m not expecting much.

TarheelBen on December 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

ditto

cmsinaz on December 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Unprecedented incompetence must be covered up…with projection.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Podesta = Obama’s “tough guy” beard.

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Not offended. Just correctly interpreting this message – that this regime has no intention of trying to work with Congress. We can expect more unlawful power grabs and abuse of executive power over the next three years.

TarheelBen on December 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

…then quit giving us such bad blowjobs!

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Look up “projection”. You are offended that the real Santa was white. Teachers get fired for saying so….and you lecture us on “stop being offended”, bah, dummy.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

What did you expect from these desperate buffoons?

Philly on December 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The problem with socialism desperate buffoons is that you eventually run out of other people’s money squirrels.

Tsar of Earth on December 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

You’ll be taken seriously when you can can provide us with links to your comments on Lefty sites in response to their daily hyperventilating about any and all opposition to Obama’s policies being a result of racism.

Don’t worry…we won’t be holding our breath.

rvastar on December 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

So… 0bama’s new hitman/bagman is also his lead ‘projectionist’.

(psychologically speaking)

LegendHasIt on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Of course, psychologically speaking…the media are the physical projectors…

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

What a surprise, a rabid progressive rabble-rouser embracing the projection fallacy…

So he apologized to one guy who he “always respected” after calling the whole group “cultists”. Not cutting it you weasel.

forest on December 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Bingo

It’s just another highly couched non-apology apology. They can call the House Republicans ‘terrorists’, ‘suicide bombers’, and members of a ‘cult’ – but they just can’t call radical islamists using terrorism to advance their cause ‘terrorists’, ‘suicide bombers’, or members of a ‘cult’ because that isn’t politically correct? Oh yeah, just more of the projection fallacy where they only see what they want to believe.

Athos on December 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Podesta = Obama’s “tough guy” beard.

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Thought that was the Mooch.

HumpBot Salvation on December 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

sometimes I’m no fan of GOP and grassroots strategies, either, and have argued that they’re self-destructive politically

good little republican, hows that worked out for you?
17 trillion + 120 trillion or so unfunded liabilities is good right ??

dmacleo on December 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Didn’t Barbara Wawa just say that they all looked to Obama as the Messiah?

Yeah…

Gatsu on December 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Hey, look, sometimes I’m no fan of GOP and grassroots strategies, either, and have argued that they’re self-destructive politically.

Gawd, again with the habitual knee-jerk equating actions, and on the subject of Podesta calling us a murderous cult, no less.

It’s no wonder we don’t win the fights.

Dusty on December 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Reason #1823498237 why I can’t bring myself to vote for any Democrat. These aren’t fringe elements of their party out in some boondock county. These are advisers to the President of the United States!

What a sad time we live in when freaks like Pelosi, Obama, Reid, Schumer, Durbin, etc. and advisers like Podesta, Axelrod, et. al. are running the Democrat party.

visions on December 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Can’t resist. I’ll toss ‘em a peanut:

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

That’s like the guy cutting me off in traffic telling me that I shouldn’t have been there.

Tsar of Earth on December 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Most likely, someone explained to the typically historically ignorant Leftist idiot Podesta that Jim Jones was in fact a Marxist…and that having a senior White House official in the Obama Administration show the gall to equate Republicans with a Marxist cult might open them up to some – ahem, shall we say – uncomfortable discussions on the Sunday talk shows.

rvastar on December 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

This from the side who regularly assigns racism to hand picked vocabulary used by anyone but their designated operatives.

Cindy Munford on December 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Jonestown was headed by a leftist. Why would Podesta want to bring that into the argument? Right-wing news services should be all over it.

HiJack on December 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Three hotair points to the first person who can tell us what is different about the jobs.

rogerb on December 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The first, unlike the others, is an official representing the leader of the free world, who was elected to public office to represent all constituents, not just fellow travelers.

Christien on December 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Was waiting for the “I’m sorry you were upset by my statement” apology….

albill on December 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Thought that was the Mooch.

HumpBot Salvation on December 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

No, she’s just the base beard. Podesta gives serves the macho part.

And, OBTW…..I hear that MO has ordered a copy of The Wonderful World of Sex for Christmas

BobMbx on December 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Hah, hah, hah

Putin laughs his thuggish azz off at the oaf who’s chief.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

and msdnc doesn’t disappoint…just switched over-alex wagner is talking about the santa is white issue and not a peep about podesta….

cmsinaz on December 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

… What a sad time we live in when freaks like Pelosi, Obama, Reid, Schumer, Durbin, etc. and advisers like Podesta, Axelrod, et. al. are running the Democrat party The Free World.

visions on December 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

…what I think you meant. And, yes, truly sad.

Tsar of Earth on December 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

He apologizes for saying what he truly believes.

PackerBronco on December 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

He only apologized to Boehner. Can’t pi$$ off someone who is on their side, now can they?

melle1228 on December 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM

eponymously cut and pasted from the headlines:

It’s true the Jonestown Massacre brought us the phrase “koolaid drinkers”, from the urban dictionary:

1. kool aid drinker
Someone who beleives what they are told without thinking for themselves. From the followers of Jim Jones in Guyana who committed suicide by drinking poisoned Kool Aid.

“Kool aid drinker” has become far removed from Jonestown, having developed a life and meaning of its own. But here Podesta is invoking Jonestown separately. So, in what way are Republicans like the Jonestown cult? Are they the followers, dupes? Or are some of them the ones who gathered everyone together, prepared the cyanide poison, forced everyone to drink it, men, women, and children, at gunpoint, and if they ran away they shot them in the back?

Not only is it a disgusting evocation, but he’s not even being very clear about what he means.

Paul-Cincy on December 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Paul-Cincy on December 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM

He might as well just scream “Nazis!”.

Paul-Cincy on December 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

He’s only sorry his comments made him, Obama, and the Dems look bad. He meant it and wouldn’t apologize if there wasn’t any backlash.

Christien on December 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I’ve long since stopped being offended, or even surprised, at the depths to which liberals will sink in their efforts to acquire more power.

Chris of Rights on December 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Podesta is a vile, marble mouth, loud mouth despicable human.

rjoco1 on December 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

He might as well just scream “Nazis!”.

Paul-Cincy on December 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Nahtzee!

Punchenko on December 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Podesta is a vile, marble mouth, loud mouth despicable human.

rjoco1 on December 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Or, more simply, he’s a liberal.

Chris of Rights on December 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM

“I am sorry if anyone was offended by their misunderstanding of my inadvertently offensive, but totally true and objective perspective regarding my distinguished Republican friends who just happen to be lockstep racist cult members. Thank you.”

–John Podesta (the unedited version)

orangemtl on December 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM

A cult like Jonestown would be a group that followed their leader despite him leading them over a visible cliff. Uhmmmmmmm. What political party represents that the most??

artman1746 on December 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Putin laughs his thuggish azz off at the oaf who’s chief.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Putin laughs and buys a big chunk of Europe. Like taking candy from a baby.

Russia Bails Out Ukraine In Rebuke to U.S., Europe

Russia lavished Ukraine with a bailout package worth at least $20 billion Tuesday, trumping the West in a Cold War-tinged struggle that keeps the former Soviet republic in Moscow’s orbit.

kcewa on December 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Jonestown was headed by a leftist. Why would Podesta want to bring that into the argument? Right-wing news services should be all over it.

HiJack on December 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I’d have to think about it more but it seems to me that was the last time a an up and coming Democratic Party leader turned messiah, promising his followers he’d lead them to Utopia, only to have them find out when they got there that their health insurance wasn’t going to be any good.

Jim Jones, in another example of eating your own, had a Democratic Congressman killed for causing him trouble, too.

Dusty on December 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

GOP leader responds, “This type of appalling and inflammatory rhetoric is a very troubling sign of how this White House plans to govern over the next three years.”

Duh, the Rs just now wake up? Don’t even bet on that.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Podesta needs a vacation!

22044 on December 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I’d have to think about it more but it seems to me that was the last time a an up and coming Democratic Party leader turned messiah, promising his followers he’d lead them to Utopia, only to have them find out when they got there that their health insurance wasn’t going to be any good.

Jim Jones, in another example of eating your own, had a Democratic Congressman killed for causing him trouble, too.

Dusty on December 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

So there’s a little of Hillary in the mix too?

Happy Nomad on December 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I had a professor that lost her sister and nephew in Jonestown. A huge scar on her heart. Can you imagine how she feels when she hears drink the koolaid or blank like that from Podesta that rips open the wound time after time after time.

MontanaMmmm on December 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Hey, look, sometimes I’m no fan of GOP and grassroots strategies, either, and have argued that they’re self-destructive politically.

I’m no fan of GOP strategies pretty much ever. I’m often not a fan of grassroots strategies either, but I understand them. Because they have been burned by the liars in the GOP so many times. They want something done. And they don’t want to compromise at all, because compromise to the GOP means complete and total capitulation.

besser tot als rot on December 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I am not offended. What I am is staggered by the absolute hypocrisy of this Whitehouse and the media. They clutch their pearls every time someone rightish says something remotely critical, and deem the quote “hateful, racist etc” but thinks it can get away with calling the GOP murderers.

melle1228 on December 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

“In an old interview” – the interview took place earlier this fall.

stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

We’re more offended by your hypocrisy than this idiotic remark. Is this less offensive than calling a well-off, 30-yo Georgetown law student a slut for going before Congress and begging for free birth control?

Are we calling on Podesta to be fired like you guys did for Limbaugh with his remark? No, because we’re used to these kinds of remarks from your side, but you can only dish it out – you can never take it.

crrr6 on December 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Shorter (SWIDT?) Podesta: Put in your earplugs, put on your eyeshades. You know where to put the cork.

Christien on December 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The only “cult” I see in DC is the one the democrats have created around Obama….

ObamaCare = Drinking the Kool Aid

redguy on December 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

In an old interview, my snark got in front of my judgment. I apologize to Speaker Boehner, whom I have always respected.

Yeah. Boehner was never his problem, I’m sure. Boehner is on board with the Democrat agenda. It’s those unruly backbenchers and voters that are the problem.

besser tot als rot on December 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I wouldn’t be the least bit shocked if I check the news in late January 2017 and see reports of the incoming Republican administration finding the White House and its grounds littered with dead bodies, all victims of poisoning.

CurtZHP on December 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

But does apologizing to Boehner count when Boehner probably agrees with him? Podesta’s talking about the turbulent TP, not the easygoing GOPe.

PersonFromPorlock on December 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Is this less offensive than calling a well-off, 30-yo Georgetown law student a slut for going before Congress and begging for free birth control?

crrr6 on December 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Point of order! The slut did not go before Congress. She went before a sham hearing set up by Pelosi after a House committee chair didn’t allow the slut’s testimony (everybody else had serious credentials like MD degrees while the slut merely had the normal female parts).

Happy Nomad on December 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

The only “cult” I see in DC is the one the democrats have created around Obama….

ObamaCare = Drinking the Kool Aid

redguy on December 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Frankly, I consider Congress a cult. Once you become a member the only thing that matters is doing whatever it takes to stay a member. It’s why Paul Ryan and the other House Republicans are perfectly fine with putting a boot in the face of disabled military retirees.

Happy Nomad on December 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

He is who he is. A small evil man who works for another small evil man…simply stating what he thinks.

Delsa on December 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Doesn’t Podesta look a lot like Rahm Emmanuel’s brother (forgot name–Ezekial or something)?

Libs are such dweebs. Always.

MisterElephant on December 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

If you had any shame you wouldn’t expose your gnat-brain so often.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I feel no shame, and I take no offense.
Merry Christmas, Schad!

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

A new years resolution suggestion for all…
stop being oh so offended.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Hey, no problem….

you know those Democrats in the US Senate are like
a bunch of Jared Laughners….

this resolution stuff is pretty cool….

ToddPA on December 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I had a professor that lost her sister and nephew in Jonestown. A huge scar on her heart. Can you imagine how she feels when she hears drink the koolaid or blank like that from Podesta that rips open the wound time after time after time.

MontanaMmmm on December 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

‘Drink the koolaid’ is on the list of offensive terns now?
Wow…that’s gonna be a tough one to eradicate.
Who here promises to never use that term again?
Is there a single Hotarian…or person…who hasn’t used that term?
And for sure not at all with any intention of causing any pain to your friend.
My folks are from Ireland, I grew up in Boston…and even I called it a ‘Paddy Wagon’.
I guess in the same week ‘conservatives’ pile on Paul Ryan, it makes sense they’d suddenly embrace and advocate for political correctness.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Great, he brings his penchant for hyperbole to a position in government that requires him to spew propaganda. Perfect match for a political hack.

jake49 on December 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I feel no shame, and I take no offense.

Sad. It w/b better if you’d think ahead of what you say, sometimes. It only creates more fodder…friendly advice.

Merry Christmas, Schad!

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Merry Christmas, verbie!

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 1:18 PM

it makes sense they’d suddenly embrace and advocate for political correctness.

verbaluce on December 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Exhibit 1099 why it’s better to be quiet…sometimes. NO one here advocated PC.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

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