This must be a special time for inherent contradictions and hypocrisy.
First, RNC Chairman Michael Steele just published an article in Politico with a conclusion that includes the following paragraph:
The Republican Party has turned a corner, and as we move forward Republicans should take a lesson from Ronald Reagan. Again, we’re not looking back – if President Reagan were here today he would have no patience for Americans who looked backward.
Can someone tell me how the Republican Party can be “turning a corner” by looking backward to a President who hated people who look backward?
Second, House Republican Leader John Boehner spent the last week attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for daring to suggest that the CIA might be wrong in their claims that they told her about waterboarding back in 2002. Boehner says that unless Pelosi can prove that the CIA lied, she should apologize. Newt Gingrich went a step further, saying that by accusing the CIA of lying to Congress, she should be disqualified from being the Speaker of the House. How dare she impugn the reputations of our always honest spies!
That is, until Wolf Blitzer on CNN interviewed Boehner, and pointed out that in 2008, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Pete Hoekstra, accused the CIA of lying, saying “We cannot have an intelligence community that covers up what it does and then lies to Congress.” Boehner admits both that Hoekstra did say that, and that the CIA did indeed lie.
And finally, Newt Gingrich appears on The Daily Show and attacks Obama’s attempts to reform health care in this country, saying that we can’t trust the federal government to administer our health insurance. Stewart responds with the obvious question — if Republicans believe the federal government is always incompetent, how can the Republicans trust the federal government to administer our military? “You can’t trust them to do one big thing but not trust them to do another.”