Jason Chaffetz is a Blithering Idiot

Let’s go to the video.

And there’s some choice quotes from him in this article.

In the video here, he flat out lies about the source of his data and Cecile Richards shoots him down.

His performance in the Planned Parenthood hearings is an embarrassment.

(From what little I’ve seen, Mia Love didn’t exactly demonstrate intellectual prowess in her questioning.)

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on September 29, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Chaffetz wonders why Planned Parenthood spends money on the political front? He’s kidding, right?

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on September 30, 2015 - 8:49 am

    As Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, the source of the bogus graph was noted at the bottom of the slide: “Americans United for Life.” Rep. Chaffetz seems to be the latest Tea-GOPer to make the mistake of actually believing right-wing propaganda.

    Congressman uses misleading graph to smear Planned Parenthood

    According to the graph, 327,000 > 935,573. WTF?

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on September 30, 2015 - 9:38 am

    Alternet has more about the five-hour Chaffetz inquisition, and Cecile Richards last night on Rachel Maddow’s show.

    Chaffetz chart

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on September 30, 2015 - 9:52 am

    These videos that purport to expose Planned Parenthood are a planned lie, which seems to have been coordinated with the congress beforehand for political purposes during an election season. It’s designed to tweak the reliably brainwashed 20% of Americans who go with Republicans regardless of the truth.

    Americans, and even most republican voters do not want the government to shut down over the abortion issue.

    Cecile Richards is doing a great job and that’s why they have to lie and shout her down. That’s all they have. That’s all they EVER have on every issue.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on September 30, 2015 - 10:27 am

    Watching Chaffetz questioning Cecile Richards again, it’s pretty obvious to me that he doesn’t even believe his own stance. When Republicans lie, they get this look on their face as if they’re holding back from bursting into laughter over everything the person that is handing them their ass, says.

    It’s actually sickening to watch. Chaffetz had that look on his face the entire time he was questioning Richards.

    • #6 by Glenden Brown on September 30, 2015 - 1:00 pm

      Chaffetz is simply without shame or conscience or ethics. That bullshit slide he was using to try to embarrass Cecile Richards was absurd theatre. She shut him down.

      The part I don’t get, I truly cannot wrap my head around, is that fact that if Republicans wanted a real hearing, they could have had it, they could have shed light on real issues. Instead it was that three ring circus in which Republican after Republican made themselves look like fools. It baffles me.

      • #7 by Larry Bergan on September 30, 2015 - 9:18 pm

        Republicans seem to be stuck on liberals and sex. I’ve always thought it was a subliminal tactic that the media is participating in, where they insinuate that liberals only care about sex and it’s destroying our society. That keeps the important issues that can really change our lives for the better out of the discussion.

        Never mind that it’s ALWAYS republicans that get caught having kinky and adulterous sex. It angers me.

        • #8 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 9:12 am

          Tea-GOP = projection. Interesting blog post IMHO:

          Conservatives accuse liberals of fascism because of their own projection (Sex is just part of it)

          I often think Tea-GOPers level false accusations against Dems simply to escape the blame that would otherwise fall on themselves (e.g. Obama Doubles Down On Destroying The Economy). The fancier, psychological theory is that right-wingers actually assume others are playing the same game they are playing. That may explain how some Tea-GOP members of Congress can sincerely believe that President Obama could be held responsible for a government shutdown.

          • #9 by Larry Bergan on October 1, 2015 - 5:13 pm

            There’s definitely some projection going on, but I think more of the blame goes to strategy. some of the projection is a result of the strategy which has been going on for decades.

            The (accuse the other side of what you’re doing) strategy works quite well because with so many people unwilling to pry themselves away from the winger media, when anybody on your side gets caught, the first thing that pops into your mind is, “well, they did it first”.

        • #10 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 9:25 am

          D’oh! Top Indiana GOPer Resigns (And Blames Canada) After Sex Video Emerges

          Anonymous sources close to the Republican caucus told the Indianapolis Business Journal that the video showed McMillin engaged in what the newspaper described as “sexual contact” but did not elaborate further.

          McMillin said in a statement that he had decided to leave the legislature to spend more time with his family, according to the Indianapolis Star.

          Reports on McMillin’s resignation noted he previously was involved in a sex scandal that ended his career as an assistant prosecutor in Montgomery County, Ohio.


          During his five years in the legislature, McMillin has crusaded to “protect the integrity of the institution of marriage,” but the Advocate reported that the woman on the video he texted was not, in fact, his wife.

  6. #11 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 9:33 am

    Apparently the U.S. Secret Service has got something on Rep. Chaffetz, but we’ll never know.

    Secret Service Wanted To Leak ‘Embarrassing’ Info On Congressman

  7. #12 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Definitely Rep. Chaffetz made the classic Tea-GOP mistake of eating the dog food.

    GOP Committee Chair Brandishes Data Promoted By Right-Wing Media At Planned Parenthood Hearing, Doesn’t Realize It’s From Anti-Choice Group

    Right-wing politicians ought to know enough not to swallow right-wing propaganda! Elected officials ought to be smarter than the average Faux News Channel watcher.

  8. #13 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    Is Rep. Chaffetz competing for some kind of derp award?

    Chaffetz Hits McCarthy Again On Benghazi Committee Remark

    Earlier this week, McCarthy, who is the leading contender in the race for House Speakership, bragged to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the Benghazi Committee had taken a toll on Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.

    …”I think he should withdraw that statement, that’s how wrong it was. It was never the intention. It’s not what we’re doing and I think that this statement is totally wrong,” Chaffetz said.

    It’s often said the definition of a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth when it might have been smarter not to. That’s what Rep. McCarthy did.

    Josh Marshall:

    After McCarthy’s candid admission that the House Benghazi committee only exists to beat up Hillary Clinton, House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is rebuking McCarthy for saying something so totally outrageous as what everybody knows to be obviously true. But let’s go a little further in stating the painfully obvious. The “Benghazi” story, issue, whatever you want to call it, has always been about and solely about exploiting the death of four Americans for partisan political gain.


    From day one.

    Full stop.

    …We know this. Thanks you, Kevin McCarthy for stating the obvious.

    • #14 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 3:30 pm

      House GOP Campaign Arm Pulls Benghazi Fundraising Page

      Because the Benghazi so-called investigation (the longest-running congressional “investigation” ever) has absolutely nothing at all to do with partisan politics.

    • #15 by Larry Bergan on October 1, 2015 - 5:51 pm

      First of all; anybody who goes on Sean Hannity’s show loses all credibility, but that ‘s pretty astounding dumbassery there. He actually admitted, and Sean agreed that the obvious Benghazi scam was good because it brought Clinton’s numbers down.

      And then we have the fact that it’s not really Benghazi or the phony E-mail “scandals”, that are bringing Hillary’s numbers down.

      I heard somewhere that there’s a person who’s running against her that has taken her goat. It wasn’t NPR I heard that on, so I’m not sure if it’s true. :)

      • #16 by Richard Warnick on October 2, 2015 - 8:54 am

        The worst part of it was that Hannity’s original question to McCarthy was could he name any accomplishments of the Tea-GOP-controlled Congress? So the first “accomplishment” that came to mind was the Benghazi committee and hurting Hillary’s poll numbers.

  9. #17 by Richard Warnick on October 2, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker

    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources.

    • #18 by Larry Bergan on October 2, 2015 - 12:43 pm

      Oh great. Constant embarrassment for Utah.

  10. #19 by Richard Warnick on October 5, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    Speaker Wannabe Jason Chaffetz: Bring On A Gov’t Shutdown And Debt Default!

    I’m going to have to get a bumper sticker that says, “I disavow Rep. Jason Chaffetz.”

  11. #20 by Larry Bergan on October 5, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    If I promise to wreck the country, can I be the speaker?

    • #21 by Richard Warnick on October 6, 2015 - 8:50 am

      You know you have to worry when Tea-GOPers in Congress see absolutely no political downside to crashing our economy and possibly the world economy.

  12. #23 by Larry Bergan on October 6, 2015 - 10:31 am

    It’s time we put a stop to this fake populous movement – and fake party – called the “tea party”. Bernie Sanders has an ACTUAL populous movement going. I think this is our last chance. I can’t imagine the Republicans getting in the white house and letting us have enough money to ever do this again.

    Go Bernie!

    I have noticed Sanders is making a little news lately, and it’s not because he is still having astonishing turnouts and getting incredible amounts of money from regular people. Sanders has made a couple of votes that don’t utterly support stiff gun regulation. Apparently he voted against “The Brady Bill” and holding gun manufacturers responsible for gun deaths. I heard a totally bias report on NPR that had some Hillary staffer saying that Sanders was “really going to have to start dancing now”. Give me a break.

  13. #24 by Richard Warnick on October 9, 2015 - 2:04 pm

    Republican committee chair admits: No evidence Planned Parenthood misused federal funding

    “Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes,” Chaffetz said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting. “Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any.”

  14. #25 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Yeah, let’s see how David Daleiden can withstand a little heat and put an end to this spliced video legislation nonsense.

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