Election 2012

Regarding the Republicans and Civility

Senator Chuck Grassley thinks the president is stupid because he uses a Teleprompter. You know, because the Republicans are all about civility.

Classy for a sitting member of the U.S. Senate. And by the way, Romney uses a Teleprompter all the time. Steve Benen has the photographic evidence.

  • Brutlyhonest

    Remember when people gave a shit what grassley had to say? Me either.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    To both muselet and mrbrink:

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    • mrbrink

      Alopecia took a little bouillon cube and served up frontal lobe approved laugh stew for the whole neighborhood.

      Could be a couple of the funniest, most playful comments I’ve ever read anywhere by anyone.

      You could say, Alopecia is why I show up.

  • Draxiar

    Republicans should completely embrace the teleprompter:


    Notice he didn’t speak at the RNC?

  • mrbrink

    As president, you’re supposed to be speaking for the whole country, the free world. To think you could, and should, get up there and just wing it, bloviate, without prepared remarks is dumb drunk arrogance, disrespectful, and it’s insulting.

    It’s no fucking wonder education is suffering. Republicans think you should be able to get by on your good looks and connections. Your teacher said you have to come to class prepared? Tell her Chuck Grassley says making shit up as you go is the same thing as being prepared.

    Showing up unprepared isn’t a sign of intelligence, or sincerity. It’s just sloppy.

    Sloppy democracy! I hope ya like it nice and shloppy! So nothing you say can be used against you anymore.

    Sure, you might spout off about “forcible rape,” but you were just speaking from the heart– not from some manchurian gotcha-teleprompter that might fail to communicate your pure intentions.

    I mean, who would be stupid enough to put something like “forcible rape” into writing? Certainly not these republicans. It’s all “jobs and the economy” for these laser-focused free speakers. “Jobs and the economy!”

    Not, “Jobs, forcible rape, and the economy,” you got that? Just “Jobs and the economy!”

    • muselet

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      • mrbrink

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        • muselet

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          • mrbrink

            Zero is my favorite number in the alphabet! You’re speakin’ my language! I already believe, tuh.

            This is like extra-free!

            Where I come from, we seal all our agreements with a hearty handshake and a violent kick to the groin.

            No one’s ever questioned why we still shake hands. It’s just the way things are done.

          • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

            “we seal all our agreements with a hearty handshake and a violent kick to the groin”

            Aha, the ole RoShamBo/Reaux Sham Beaux Greeting! Official secret greeting gesture of wingnutters.

      • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

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  • eljefejeff

    still on the teleprompter garbage. same shit they said in 08, they kept saying “Just wait till the debates when he can’t rely on his crutch” and then of course he destroyed McCain 3 times without one just like he’ll do to Romney

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      ” he destroyed McCain 3 times without one just like he’ll do to Romney”

      Exactly. And, I am so looking forward to watching him CRUSH Romney in the debates.

      I can’t freaking wait.

      • mrbrink

        It will be a tie in the media no matter what you see, hear, or feel.

        • Victor_the_Crab

          And David Gregory and Chuck Todd (aka Tweedledum and Tweedledope) will lead that parade.

        • nathkatun7

          You are probably right. But the media will probably be forced to report the public response according to the polls.

    • nathkatun7

      President Obama also destroyed the Republican Congressional caucus when he met with them (I think it was in 2009 or early 2010). He was not using any teleprompter at the time. Guess what?, President Obama effectively debunked their BS and that’s why Congressional Republicans decided to never again invite him to debate with them in front of cameras.

  • agrazingmoose

    Only a fool would address audiences that size without a teleprompter. Grassley has never spoken to a group larger than his local Chamber of Commerce and that is all wink, wink, nod, nod have another beer kind of stuff.

    If the speech is long, you have not written all of it, you have never performed it in public before, and you know that every word will be picked apart – it would be suicidal not to use a teleprompter. I noticed that Clinton was using that and sheets of notes (which he had to look down to read).

  • JozefAL

    Didn’t the news folks comment on the use of TelePrompTers (seriously, why the funked up spelling?) at the Republicon National Convention? Maybe someone should follow Sen Grassley and call him on his hypocrisy the next time HE uses a TPT (hey, if they’re going to use the funky spelling, I’m going to abbreviate it).

    • ninjaf


      Editing to add that it pains me to defend his use of that spelling.

    • afarkas

      There are many manufacturers of prompters, but the first in the industry was by the TelePrompTer company, and so now it’s like Kleenex or Jello… a trademarked product that became a generic name.

  • zirgar

    Yeah, but when a Republican uses a teleprompter its just for expediency, to make things run more smoothly, whereas when Obama uses one, he’s reading words sent directly to the teleprompter from his ideological overlord and America’s soon to be slavemaster, George Soros.

    Also, Chuck Grassley is one of the few people who could use a teleprompter when he’s tweeting. His tweets usually read they were typed by a crack addled chimp punching random keys on a keyboard with a twig.

    • muselet

      To be fair to Chuck Grassley—I can’t believe I actually typed those words—that’s how most people’s tweets read.


    • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

      His tweets usually read they were typed by a crack addled chimp punching random keys on a keyboard with a twig.

      Be nice. Grassley can’t help it if he’s so low on the totem pole that they had to scrape the bottom of the monkey barrel to get him an Aide de Twitter.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    I’ll put Obama’s iq up against Chuck Grassley’s, Mitt Romney’s or any of the other Republican Party idiots who are ALL bloody iq challenged.

    ENOUGH of them with the utterly STUPID teleprompter meme!!

    • JackDaniel07

      I’ll bet Mitt $10k that Grassley could not reset the clock on his Betamax if his Viagra-prescription depended on it

      • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

        Hell, Jack, Grassley probably hasn’t even mastered the operation of his own damn cell phone.

    • Scopedog

      They can’t help it. They have nothing left in their arsenal, and are striking out like spoiled children.

      Meanwhile, from the other side, we get this crap:


      More about Bradley Manning and nothing on Voter ID laws. Nice.

  • desertflower1

    This petty bs is called DESPERATION! They have nothing, and they know it.They just keep revealing how petty and childish they are at every turn.Not fit to govern…and becoming more and more pathetic with each passing day.The President needs to win this thing, and we need to have the adults grab the House and keep the Senate. Let’s get to work and make this happen! It’s the ONLY way they will realize that the country is through with their backward, tyrannical ways.

    • nathkatun7

      Very well said desertflower! We all need to go to work to prevent idiots like Grassley from controlling our government.