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Gangsters? These Guys?



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From the Monday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Republican Leaders, Tough as Gangsters? We Wish!

I’ve mentioned in the past that when I was a cub reporter, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, an extremely liberal Democrat, was one of the nicest guys and most patient about answering questions. This may have been because the weighty Nadler couldn’t outrun any reporter. He describes his Manhattan Congressional district as stretching “from Nathan’s to Zabar’s” and he’s always had a particularly vivid way with words.

His latest: “Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called Republicans “a bunch of gangsters” who blackmailed Democrats to ensure that the nation’s wealthiest retain their tax cuts.   Nadler, appearing Sunday morning on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” characterized the Republican stance on the bipartisan compromise on extending the Bush-era tax cuts of “nice middle class tax cut you have there, pity if something would happen to it unless you give millionaires and billionaries” a tax cut. “Unless you give the wealthier a tax cut we’re not permitting the middle class to get it.”

Yeah, Congressional Republican leaders are a regular bunch of Dick Tracy mobsters: Mean Man Mitch,  Cantor the Cutter, Johnny Orange.

Weasel Zippers turns to George Lucas for an appropriate visual image, while the Jammie Wearing Fool wonders why no one is worried about this violent rhetoric inspiring violent acts: “Earlier this week the Republicans were hostage takers. Now they’re abunch of gangsters, according to bloated New York Congressthing Jerrold Nadler. Imagine what they’ll be called when they’re actually in the majority. It’s overheated rhetoric like this that puts lives in danger. This jerk Nadler is the guy who back during the 2000 recount said he detected a whiff of fascism. I think he was just smelling the bacon grease dripping from his lips.I distinctly recall after the election the Democrats were all calling for “compromise” and wanted to work together. Calling people gangsters and accusing them of blackmail sure is a curious way of going about it.”


Tags: Congressional Republicans , Jerrold Nadler


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