Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quote of the week - IOKIYAR edition

Republican Senator Jon Kyl, AZ's own Big Insurance lobbyist, provides a gem this week.

From the Arizona Republic -
...Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Obama deserves some of the blame for the polarization, saying the president went out of his way to be "unnecessarily politically pugnacious" during his speech to the joint session of Congress.

Obama took several shots at his health-reform critics, at one point vowing, "If you misrepresent what's in this plan, we will call you out."

So, after a summer during which Republicans all over the country referred to President Obama as a "Nazi" and/or "socialist"; where health insurance industry lies are regarded as Gospel truth by Rep members of Congress; where teabaggers shouted down supporters of health care reform at public forums; where other teabaggers hung an effigy of a Congressman because of his support of health care reform; members of Congress continued to spread the lie that President Obama isn't a citizen; a dozen armed protesters, including one with an assault rifle, greeted President Obama when he visited Phoenix in August; an Obama speech to students that advised them to stay in school, listen to their teachers, and do their homework was criticized at "too political" by Republicans; know.

That's all OK with Kyl. Apparently, he doesn't consider those actions and words to be "inappropriately pugnacious."

Telling Reps that they will be held accountable for their part in coarsening public discourse, now *that* is too "pugnacious."

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