One of These Things Ain’t Like The Other

Ahh, wingnuts:

In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.

He immediately apologized.

One helps provide millions of Americans gain access to health insurance, works to lower costs of health care, and does innumerable good things, but a black President might get credit for some of that. The other had 3k Americans killed in a terrorist attack. SAME DIFFERENCE!

Every time I think of Mike Pence, I think of the multiple thrashings he has received from Matt Yglesias:

As I believe I’ve mentioned before, one politician who I think is rarely dishonest in his presentation of his views is Representative Mike Pence (R-IN), who gives every indication of being genuinely stupid.

If Pence heard that, he would probably think it was a compliment.

29 replies
  1. 1
    Violet says:

    A noun, a verb and 9-11. Wingnut trifecta.

  2. 2
    David Koch says:

    no difference btwn Bush and Gore!

  3. 3
    SamR says:

    I’ll always recall Pence for this:

    The stupid, it burns.

  4. 4
    The Golux says:

    As someone once said,

    If Mike Pence really is regarded as one of the deep thinkers for the GOP, I’m beginning to understand why they refused to admit Terri Schiavo was brain-dead.

  5. 5
    theBuyjaysus says:

    All the right wing hysterics have been priceless today.

    Mike “dunbshit” Pence, nice analogy.

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    Tim F. says:

    Obama had report after report on his desk that health care reform was coming, yet he did nothing. Some people, though I hasten to distance myself from such irresponsible conspiracy theories, even claim that he made it happen.

    Just. Like. 9/11.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Forget Pence, SEK at LGM is a fucking genius. Also, probably, one of us Olds.

    You are standing in an open field west of a white apartment complex, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.
    ] e
    The door is locked. There is evidently no key.
    ] kick down door
    You are in the kitchen of the white townhouse. A table seems to have been used recently for the preparation of food. A television tuned to CNN sits upon it. A passage leads to the west, and a dark staircase can be seen leading downward. The President is Black. To the east is a small window which is open.
    ] wait what?
    You are in the kitchen of the white townhouse. A table seems—
    ] no president part
    The President is Black.
    You are standing in an open field west of a white apartment complex, with a kicked-in front door. There is a small mailbox here. …

  8. 8
    dmsilev says:

    @Tim F.: “Bin Laden determined to reform US healthcare”

  9. 9
    dmsilev says:

    @Comrade Mary: “The President is very dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.”

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    ohsuzanna says:

    John and all readers here: Has anyone watched John Heilemann on Hardball with Chris Matthews talk about the SCOTUS ruling on the ACA? Help me out here, is he as big an ass as I think he is? Maybe I haven’t been paying attention before now, but he seems like a complete and utter jerk (in the Mark Halperin mold). I’m wondering whether I have been clueless before this or whether he’s sliding down the slippery Halperin slope. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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    piratedan says:

    copied from my facebook feed:

    “Today, a slim majority of the Supreme Court turned our Constitution on its head, and ruled that the federal government, in effect, can force upon the American people anything it damn well pleases – as long as it is called a tax. Unlimited federal power, combined with judicial activism, has crafted a new regime that has destroyed our Founders’ vision.” –Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
    Like · · 4 hours ago ·

    10 people like this.
    XXXXXXXXXXX It is a very dangerous precedent.
    4 hours ago · Like · 1
    YYYYYYYYYYYY I’m stealing this quote.
    4 hours ago · Like · 1
    VVVVVVVVVVV Makes me sick to my stomach.
    4 hours ago · Like · 1
    MMMMMMMMMMM we r in trouble…
    4 hours ago · Like
    WWWWWWWWWWW Down, down, and around we go. The only way we can change a thing is to be activists, for what we believe.
    3 hours ago · Like
    QQQQQQQQQQQ Exerccise your right to VOTE in the fall!!!

    I was tempted to post that if you’re so sick to your stomach, at least your visit to the doctor should be affordable thanks to ACA…… but I’m a Liberal, so I weenied out… but these folks are from North Carolina and I’m tied to them via a fraternity connection and reasoned that they would simply ignore me anyways.

  12. 12
    JWL says:

    I doubt Pence apologized for jack. He probably received a standing ovation.

  13. 13
    And Another Thing... says:

    This comment thread is why I come here every day. This is a GOOD day.

    Oh and Charlie Pierce.
    “…obvious anagram Reince Priebus…”

  14. 14
    Utt Bugley says:

    I used to listen to Mr. Pence’s radio show back in the late nineties, and I totally agree with Mr. Yglesias.

  15. 15
    dr. bloor says:

    @dmsilev: Bravo, very well-played indeed.

  16. 16

    In the spirit of recent Republican comments on tax brackets, if you’d like to be bankrupted by your own health care, I’m sure you can find a doctor who only takes private payments and give him all your money.

    You can also simulate insurance carrier recission practices by no longer seeing your doctor once you actually get sick.

    See, you can bring back the good old days for yourself if you really want to.

  17. 17
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    You are in a twisty maze of propaganda, all wingnut. You hear chortling behind you. Suddenly there’s hideous screaming and cursing, followed by a loud boom. Greasy black smoke filters into the room, obscuring your sight. When it clears, you find a pirate’s sword embedded in a charred peg-leg.

    ] Celebrate!

  18. 18
    Tonal Crow says:


    @Comrade Mary: “The President is very dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.”

    You owe me a new keyboard.

  19. 19
    WereBear says:

    @Comrade Mary: That is flat out hysterically funny.

    Yes, I’m OLD.

  20. 20
    danielx says:

    From the heartland of the great Hoosier State…yes, Mike Pence is a grade A dumb fuck. Think of him as an evangelical and stupider version of Rick Santorum, who’s not exactly walking around bent over with the weight of his intellect. Pence’s ads in the current guv race are off the chart in terms of nonspecific smarm about “Hoosier values”.

    Judging by the average run of my fellow Indiana residents, this may go over big. After all, they voted for Mitch Daniels twice, and his record of supreme incompetence as Shrub’s budget director should have automatically disqualified him for any office higher than shitpicker in Gas City.

  21. 21
    El Cid says:

    @Tim F.: I’m not ready to go so far as to say it was an Inside Job by Obama to plot for the health care reform attacks, but most likely Let It Happen On Purpose (LIHOP).

    It has been clearly documented that a plot by Congressional leaders to offer legislation on destroyng the American economy by death paneling health care was well known in advance, even to the extent of being placed in the House and Senate legislative schedules.

  22. 22
    Heliopause says:

    Odd, the Supreme Court is 4/9 staunchly conservative (I’m being polite using the term “staunchly), 1/9 solidly conservative, and then two or three of the “liberal” wing are actually quite centristy. The Court is grossly tilted towards conservatism. So if there are any Diogeneses out there searching for the last honest conservative, someone who looked at today’s events and said something like, “you know, the Court is very conservative and still upheld the ACA, maybe I was wrong and it truly is Consitutional,” let me know if you have found that person.

  23. 23
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Heliopause: Two or three of the liberal wing are centristy? Who would you say wasn’t? To me, they all are on at least some issues. As far as the rest of your comment goes, I agree.

  24. 24
    Mr. Longform says:

    Damn, I just got done moaning over on the Holder post because my stoopid Dem. blue dog rep, who is running for senate against a nut job, voted for contempt — I was so mad that I forgot for 10 seconds that Pence is going to be our governor. Indiana: since global warming is turning us into Alabama climate-wise, we may as well just be Alabama in fact.

  25. 25
    Heliopause says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It’s a matter of degree, of course. Ginsberg strikes me as the most liberal. Not like she’s Che Guevara or anything, which is what the delusional right believes.

  26. 26

    Every time I think of Mike Pence, I think of the multiple thrashings he has received from Matt Yglesias:
    Yggy may not be as stupid as Pence, but (pardon the pimping here) he’s about as fucking evil & inhuman.

  27. 27
    flukebucket says:

    I will never forget the time in Baltimore when all of the Republicans had invited Obama into the Lion’s Den, the way Pence described the 250 million dollars in tax cuts that were part of the stimulus as “boutique tax cuts”. The way Obama looked at him and said “come on Mike” was classic. Pence is definitely a hollow eyed dumb ass. Obama wiped the floor with every one of those fuckers that day. You have to give the Republicans credit. They never made that mistake again.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Aw, CRAP! I didn’t link to SEK properly (and that isn’t my work, guys, just in case that wasn’t clear.)

    Here’s the link to the whole thing.

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