News Roundup for 3/25/09

Dick Cheney with gun
Surprisingly, not terrifying

-Headline of the day-
"Nation editor: Republicans are no longer 'terrified' of Cheney."

Yeah, that's only because they know they can outrun him. Chris Hayes, editor of the lefty mag The Nation, told MSNBC's Keith Olberman that Dick's "toxic" and that GOPers "don't have anything to fear" from him anymore. Toxic sounds pretty scary to me.

"You'd have to be a total moron not to understand the politics of Dick Cheney," Hayes said. "He's a toxic figure politically... He left office as probably one of the least popular figures, the most distrusted figures in American life."

Proving Hayes right, The Hill ran a piece Monday quoting half a dozen Republicans who say Cheney should "go back to his undisclosed location and leave them alone to rebuild the Republican Party without his input."

I don't know. Sounds like they're afraid to me. It's one thing to be closely linked to Rush Limbaugh, it's another to be linked to Dick Cheney.

They can run, but they can't hide. (Raw Story)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, why send tourists to Mexico when we can send guns? It's "Gringo Guns!"

Gringo Guns
Click for animation

Remember, guns don't kill people. People in Mexican drug gangs kill people -- with guns. (MarkFiore.com)

-Ask a stupid question...-
...and you must be NBC's chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd. At last night's prime time presidential press conference, Todd asked Obama, "Why, given this new era of responsibility that you're asking for, why haven't you asked for something specific that the public should be sacrificing to participate in this economic recovery?"

Because, you see, no one's sacrificing anything right now. We're all just spending money and living high on the hog, irresponsibly ignoring the fact that the economy is in the crapper. If we'd all just stop spending all this crazy money and sacrifice, the economy would recover. Something like that, anyway. Economics doesn't seem to be any TV news guy's strong suit.

"With respect to the American people, I think folks are sacrificing left and right," Obama answered. "You've got a lot of parents who are cutting back on everything to make sure that their kids can still go to college. You've got workers who are deciding to cut an entire day -- and entire day's worth of pay -- so that their fellow coworkers aren't laid off. I think that across the board people are making adjustments, large and small, to accommodate the fact that we're in very difficult times right now."

Pfffft! You call that sacrifice? (CBS News)

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