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Split Personalities

By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 18 March 2009

Has anybody else been kind of confused by the AIG bashing by some GOP leaders? I am used to them defending rich bankers, CEO's, calling out those who seek restrictions/regulations and/or criticize corporate America (calling such people uninformed or even socialist.) Well, there seems to be a rift within the conservative world. The GOP leader-I mean radio host Rush Limbaugh-is openly defending AIG and comparing Barney Frank to McCarthy for his intent to get names of those who were paid bonuses, etc. But elected Republicans are expressing outrage over bonuses, even asking for AIG officials to commit suicide, for goodness sake! They are obviously trying to show they are the heros of the taxpayer. I guess it's just funny to see how times have changed and how unnatural this must be for them. I wonder which personality will shine through when it comes to real choices/legislation when it comes to regulation or related areas. Here is a link to the article I am referencing from The Plum Line (as featured through HuffPo.) My favorite comment was "At least Rush Limbaugh is consistent..."

Here’s an interesting subplot developing amid the AIG mess: The emerging split between leading conservative media figures and GOP leaders over how to respond.

GOP Congressional leaders have roundly condemned AIG and its executives, as part of a strategy to position themselves as heroic defenders of the taxpayers and to paint the Obama administration as weak and ineffectual. Mitch McConnell recently blasted AIG’s bonuses as an “outrage.” John Boehner said that the “American people are rightly outraged.” And Eric Cantor bemoaned the “stunning lack of accountability” on AIG’s part.

But increasingly, leading conservative media figures are moving in a different direction: Defending AIG.

Rush Limbaugh recently said: “I am all for the AIG bonuses” and attacked the Obama administration for trying to undo them. He also blasted Dem efforts to get the names of the AIG bonus recipients as “McCarthyism.”

Fox News followed suit, also comparing Dems to “Joe McCarthy.” And Sean Hannity has now derided efforts to tax the execs by saying: “In other words, we’re going to just steal their money.”


I wonder how long it will take for all of the Washington Republicans to apologize to Rush for disagreeing with him?

As for Hannity.....Steal their money??   Uh, I think it's our money........In fact, I'm sure of it. I loved this comment from theHannity linnk in your post...

But to carniverous wingnuts like Insanity, the wealthy are entitled to any and all money that they can get their sticky little fingers on. It is the sole purpose of government, as far as he's concerned..

Umm, except for a few loudmouths, real conservatives have always been against this kind of malfeasance.

In fact, they were the ones raising heck about GW Bush's bailout of the banks late last year. It was a true bipartisan anger towards TARP and yet it passed anyway. 

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

Yea, but we are talking about the differences in the reactions to the bonuses, under the circumstances, not the bailout itself.  Or am I misunderstanding you?

I dunno. I guess my point is that the outrage for these bonuses should be non-partisan. 

Not all Republicans or Conservatives always "defended the rich bankers", etc. 

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

Ok...I agree with that, and the outrage seems to be very bipartisan in Washington.  It's just funny to hear them saying one thing, and the conservative talking heads saying something else.  Thus...Split personalities.

Well, you know how I feel about those "conservative" talking heads.

(For the record: about the same as everyone else here.) 

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

Yeah-the point was that even the conservative no-bailout people seem to be expressing anger about AIG. There is some confusion as to how they should proceed (since they are discouraged from just free thought on anything) and it spilled into the taxing bonuses vote today. Boehner wanted all no votes from GOP's but some wanted to vote yes to coincide with their "outrage." Another tough pickle they are in. I posted this on another thread but Cantor did not get the memo on how to vote on that this morning so he could not answer a direct question from O'Donnell on Morning Joe. He really squirms through this grilling (from HuffPo)

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