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Well, truth is this week I personally have no regular full-length column for you; somebody else already wrote it for me. On March 31st, AlterNet along with dozens of other liberal sites posted the brilliant and comprehensive "Exposing the Deep Swamp of Republican Hypocrisy -- How a Party Alienated the Nation" by Russell King's (originally posted on Russ' Filtered News) and the man has hogged all of this week's good lines. His article does a superior job of documenting the hypocrisy and hyperbole that so turns the mainstream away from the (not-so-)grand(-seeming-when-they're-being-led-by-) old (racists) party. In fact King does such a good job I would rather plug his article than write my own.

Line by line King enunciates the problems the rest of America has with the GOP and links to dozens of sources documenting outlandish Republican audacity. Unlike the demon image of Obama they work so hard to create, a person does not have to make crap up about their behavior to hate them. So, to just blatantly appropriate a random stretch of King's massive compendium of recent GOP insults and injuries:

You can't

cry that the health care bill is too long, then cry that it's too short.

You can't 

support the individual mandate for health insurance, then call it unconstitutional when Dems propose it and campaign against your own ideas.

You can't

demand television coverage, then whine about it when you get it.  Repeatedly.

You can't

praise criminal trials in US courts for terror suspects under a Rep president, then call it "treasonous" under a Dem president.

You can't

propose ideas to create jobs, and then work against them when the Dems put your ideas in a bill.

You can't be

both pro-choice and anti-choice.

You can't

damn someone for failing to pay $900 in taxes when you've paid nearly $20,000 in IRS fines.

You can't

condemn criticizing the president when US troops are in harm's way, then attack the president when US troops are in harm's way , the only difference being the president's party affiliation (and, by the way, armed conflict does NOT remove our right and our duty as Americans to speak up).

And so on.

If there are conservatives who don't understand why liberals are so antagonistic to your leaders, here's your sign.

Also, there's this:

Man Most Responsible for Health Care Reform? Michael Moore?

No, i'm not just kidding. On the March 23 episode of Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, two days after the historic vote, celebrity provocateur Michael Moore explained that it was his Northern Michigan coalition of citizens that should take credit for being the straw that broke Bart Stupak's camel's back, swinging the final set of votes over to the yea side in the health care bill battle royale Sunday March 21st. You may recall earlier in the process Stupak (Mich-D) had grabbed his 15 minutes of fame by making a show of hand wringing over potentially hypothetical aborted babies purposefully bought on the public dime and so on, so Stupak stalled the bill.

Then in the final week's push, the ever-sanctimonious Stupak led a group of 8 House Blue Dog Dems in opposing the Health Care Bill, threatening to derail the entire bill and self-inflict a possibly mortal wound in the backpedaling Democratic Party right up till midday Sunday, when Stupak led his crowd to the mic to announce a deal had been struck. The bill passed 220-207, despite purported hypothetical aborted babies potentially on the horizon. Some Stup' calls Stupak "baby killer," Bart gets to look all buff and righteous in a round of liberal talk shows, meanwhile the remark along with the other wave of petty violence gets swept under the rug on the right-wing talk shows. The GOP and their lapdog pundits finger Obama as the force that turned the tide. Meanwhile Moore says, no, it was the fat guy from Flint and few thousand of his closest friends.

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