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Dan Rather: 'The Republicans Must Be Slapping High Five Behind Closed Doors'
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Posted on 05/16/2013 7:55:00 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Dan Rather: 'The Republicans Must Be Slapping High Five Behind Closed Doors' By Noel Sheppard Created 05/16/2013 - 10:14am

Dan Rather said something on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday that is likely giving liberal media members across the fruited plain serious heartburn.

In a discussion about the various scandals now plaguing the White House, Rather said, "The Republicans must be slapping high five behind closed doors" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Dan, you have experience with stories like these. Let’s just put it that way. And I just wonder in all your years how this one compares?

DAN RATHER: Well, we're in the early stages, so it's a little early to start making comparison. Those who compare it to Watergate, the Republicans are always eager to jump on almost anything and say well it's like Watergate. We're not anywhere in the same cosmos as that. Keep in mind, with Watergate, while using the Internal Revenue Service to punish one's opponents came directly from the president himself. That's a fact. Now, in this case we don't even know whether the president was aware that this was happening.

But this is advantage Republican. The Republicans must be slapping high five behind closed doors because they have three things going for them. One, their number one agenda item is to stop president Obama from accomplishing anything in his second term, and this aids that. Number two, they have their eye on the next Congressional elections in 2014, and many Republicans in Congress were getting estranged from the Tea Party, and now they have solidarity with the Tea Party moving toward that election.

And by the way, with the Benghazi thing they managed to damage Hillary Clinton’s chances of not only getting the presidency in '16 but also getting the nomination. So it's a trifecta for them, and no wonder they’re slapping high five behind closed doors.

DONNY DEUTSCH: Isn't there a danger for Republicans as they get drawn back into the Tea Party fervor, we know that doesn't play in general elections. So, I keep coming back to, yes, there's a football here to be played with but I think it’s going to be fumbled and it’s going to be backfire on them.

RATHER: Well, I heard you say that earlier and I agree that the Republicans can overplay this, because let's keep in mind in the 1998 Congressional election – I know people don’t remember - Bill Clinton was being pillared every day. Talk about scandal, this was a five-star scandal. And the Republicans did not do that well in the 1998 off-year elections.

What people want the government to do is be honest and be effective. This is the reason I think the tax story is the most important thing we’re dealing with. The people, they want their schools to work. They want their government to deliver value for dollar, and they have a feeling that it's not working. But President Obama must feel like he's Gulliver tied down by the Lilliputians. Every time he turns around he can't really move in any way, and it raises the question can he get anything done in this second term as president with the Republicans playing this obstructionist role.

Let's face facts: If a liberal such as Rather is willing to go on national television and talk about this being good for Republicans and bad for Obama and Clinton, these scandals are far more serious than most in the press care to admit.


TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: danrather; fakebutaccurate; kenneth; whatsthefrequency
Moron..........doesn't understand the gravity of this.....
1 posted on 05/16/2013 7:55:00 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

What a simpleton.


2 posted on 05/16/2013 7:55:45 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Sub-Driver

Kind of like the asshats at the brady bunch after Sandy Hook were?


3 posted on 05/16/2013 7:56:02 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Sub-Driver; Buckhead

Maybe. But FReepers are still slapping high fives with Buckhead at your demise, Danny.


4 posted on 05/16/2013 7:56:41 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Sub-Driver

Courage,oh Danny boy...things just might get a lot worse for your philosophical soulmate at 1600.


5 posted on 05/16/2013 7:58:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Sub-Driver
RATHER: Well, I heard you say that earlier and I agree that the Republicans can overplay this, because let's keep in mind in the 1998 Congressional election – I know people don’t remember - Bill Clinton was being pillared every day. Talk about scandal, this was a five-star scandal. And the Republicans did not do that well in the 1998 off-year elections.

We are told that it is wrong to attack a popular re-elected president. That it'll cause backlash.

Nixon won 49 states in 1972. Obama won 26 states in 2012. Next talking point...

6 posted on 05/16/2013 7:58:27 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Sub-Driver

Another way to look at it is the Rats are laughing their asses off at all the shills that bought their jive hook line and sinker knowing they will not be held accountable.


7 posted on 05/16/2013 8:00:21 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: sarasota

That’s all the left can ever think of. Here was have genuine violations of people’s rights, conspiracy and concealment on a massive scale, and the only thing they can think about is that it’s making the Republicans happy.

All it’s doing is confirming what the more conservative Republicans have been saying for years, but I don’t think any of us are happy to wake up and find that it’s confirmed that we are living in an Orwellian state where the Great Leader can do anything he wants and all’s fair if it maintains him in power.


8 posted on 05/16/2013 8:00:34 AM PDT by livius
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To: Sub-Driver

He needs to be slapped....he obviously doesn’t give a sh*t about America...only about the Democrats.


9 posted on 05/16/2013 8:02:41 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Sub-Driver

eXCERPT:

Dan Rather in Crisis
Updated September 29, 2004

On September 8, 2004, Dan Rather cited “exclusive information, including documents” to justify major CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes stories alleging that George W. Bush shirked his duties when he was in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s. Within a few hours of those documents being posted on CBS News’s Web site, however, typography experts voiced skepticism that the documents had actually originated with their alleged author and Bush’s former commanding officer, the late Lt. Colonel Jerry Killian. As the evidence mounted, Rather stubbornly clung to the idea that his story was bulletproof, and he derided critics as partisans and Internet rumormongers. When he “apologized” on September 20, Rather would not concede that the documents were forgeries, only that he and CBS could “no longer vouch for their authenticity.”/

http://archive.mrc.org/campaign/04/rather.asp

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Corrupt people never go away, they just go on CNN or MSNBC for validation.


10 posted on 05/16/2013 8:02:54 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?


11 posted on 05/16/2013 8:02:59 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Sub-Driver
But Dan "Fake But Accurate" Rather is not partisan. He is completely unbiased.
12 posted on 05/16/2013 8:03:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: sarasota

Dan Rather, in my opinion was rather good at taking untrue stories, and putting them on his NEWS at night as FACTS. He doesn’t sing bass in any of my choirs. Be Gone Mr. Dan. Your time ran out.


13 posted on 05/16/2013 8:03:51 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Sub-Driver

Rather?

What’s a Rather?


14 posted on 05/16/2013 8:04:12 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver
Moron..........doesn't understand the gravity of this....

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Blather's common sense bailed on him decades ago....

Will the nice young men in the clean white coats...
...please pick up the red courtesy phone!

15 posted on 05/16/2013 8:04:24 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Obama won 26 states in 2012. Next talking point...

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That’s 26 states out of 57.


16 posted on 05/16/2013 8:05:13 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Don’t you know... Rather is STILL having to explain what we did to him.


17 posted on 05/16/2013 8:05:26 AM PDT by txhurl (It can't be this easy. This is Unicorns and skittles easy.)
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To: Sub-Driver
DONNY DEUTSCH: Isn't there a danger for Republicans as they get drawn back into the Tea Party fervor, we know that doesn't play in general elections.

Assumes facts not in evidence. Tea Part backed Republicans have done very well compared to their RINO counter-parts. Not a perfect record, but far superior to GOP-e candidates.

18 posted on 05/16/2013 8:06:03 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: txhurl

Yep and that explanation is “fake but accurate.”

He’s a chump.


19 posted on 05/16/2013 8:09:22 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Sub-Driver

What's The Frequency, Kenneth?


20 posted on 05/16/2013 8:11:41 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pretty close, Dan, but it’s more like this: Patriots and all who love the U.S. must be slapping high fives and seeing this wanna be dictator brought down. Much the same way our fathers and grandfathers must have celebrated when Hitler and Mussolini went down.

It’s a good thing, Dan.


21 posted on 05/16/2013 8:11:59 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: txhurl

Oh, and Dan, that’s ‘pilloried’. No charge.


22 posted on 05/16/2013 8:12:07 AM PDT by txhurl (It can't be this easy. This is Unicorns and skittles easy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What an abysmally stupid individual.

It does not matter if you are right or left or moderate, Indie, Green or whatever, the fact is that this government used its powers to intimidate the opposition.

If this government is allowed a pass, it will happen again and to a degree that we will become another dictatorship on the lines of Castro or Gaddafi or Chavez.

The news media needs to stop thinking in ideological terms and realize that they WILL NOT have the ability to write anything in the future that does not contain glowing remarks about Dear Leader.

I warned some people about this months and months ago that if you continue to hide what Obama’s Admin is doing and at some point in the future, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REPORT THE NEWS.

The Rubicon has been crossed.

If you let this die, so will you in your ability to be journalists.

NOW DO YOUR JOBS!


23 posted on 05/16/2013 8:12:22 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Sub-Driver

Unlike the circle jerk him and his buddies did everytime someone said “Bush lied.”


24 posted on 05/16/2013 8:12:36 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Projection from Dan. He’s been high-fiving while those he worships tear America apart at the seams.


25 posted on 05/16/2013 8:12:57 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Sub-Driver

Dan Who?


26 posted on 05/16/2013 8:13:41 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is how liberals see any scandal democrats are involved in. That our system of government has been gravely compromised and is hanging by a thread doesn’t bother them at all, what really gets to them is how this effects their political opposition.


27 posted on 05/16/2013 8:14:29 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sub-Driver
Rather has proved himself to be a political hack and not a reporter. His quotes about the fake Bush National Guard letter even if fake is still true should have caused him to retire in an embarrassed state of exile. He is not a person anyone should listen to.
28 posted on 05/16/2013 8:14:33 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Dan, you have experience with stories like these. Let’s just put it that way.

Is she trying to say that Benghazi et. al. is all fabricated? She is one seriously demented tw@+

29 posted on 05/16/2013 8:14:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Perhaps he meant to say, ‘Defenders of the contsitution must be slapping hig fives.’


30 posted on 05/16/2013 8:15:25 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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31 posted on 05/16/2013 8:17:10 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Sub-Driver

A moron.

Perhaps conservatives are getting some justice. After being accused of being racists, nazis and ignorant by the press. Numerous lies by politicians.

I guess when someone keeps pounding your hand with a hammer, it feels good when they stop. But I’m certainly in no mood to use that hand to high five anyone.


32 posted on 05/16/2013 8:22:40 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Sub-Driver

Being old an irrelevant is hard to take.

Dan just can’t seem to grasp the fact nobody gives a damn about what he thinks.


33 posted on 05/16/2013 8:23:22 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Danny boy looks like Fidel just gave him a happy ending.


34 posted on 05/16/2013 8:23:40 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Sub-Driver

Dan Rather. I remember that name from somewhere, I just don’t remember how it would be even slightly significant.


35 posted on 05/16/2013 8:26:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: sarasota

Dan Rather and Sam Donaldson made a name for themselves by going after Nixon. I fail to see any reporter remotely doing the same to Obama. Maybe eventually, but the DC enviroment is ripe for a young Dan Rather.


36 posted on 05/16/2013 8:26:48 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Bet there’s one just waiting to make a name for him/herself. Fingers crossed.


37 posted on 05/16/2013 8:29:47 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Dan I bet they would ‘RATHER’ had high-fived last Nov 6th instead of mucking through all your presidents junk for the next term-—or less, we hope and pray.


38 posted on 05/16/2013 8:33:21 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Sub-Driver
When a scandal involves a Republican, the media story is on the SCANDAL.

When a scandal involves a DemocRAT, the media story is how Republicans are trying to take POLITICAL ADVANTAGE of the scandal.

From the DanRather book of corrupt DNC-run journOlism .....

39 posted on 05/16/2013 8:37:18 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: sarasota

I hope so. I agree with just about every posting on this article. We’re not high fiving you dumb@ss, only those of us who have been saying for 5 years now, even before the election, that this guy was not remotely qualified to be president.

Because our country is so strong, it can withstand just about anybody in office for four years, maybe eight if both houses of congress are not also controlled.

I’m salivating on the thought of us having all three branches of gov’t.

PREDICTION:I’m beginning to agree with Huckabee.


40 posted on 05/16/2013 8:37:54 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Sub-Driver

I did not believe Rather could sink any lower, but he has succeeded beyond my wildest imagination.

In fact, I didn’t think there was a LOW beneath where he already was, but he proved me wrong.
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41 posted on 05/16/2013 8:40:47 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: Sub-Driver

Actually, Danny, we’re outraged, and not just behind closed doors.


42 posted on 05/16/2013 8:45:36 AM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Several government agencies are involved in throwing an election and he still thinks it’s a game?

Seriously, if enough people start seeing that the ballot box of liberty is shut off to us, there’s another box that becomes more necessary to reach for.


43 posted on 05/16/2013 8:46:57 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

He sure did not seem to learn anything from being on Nixon’s enemies list.


44 posted on 05/16/2013 8:59:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

No asshole...we’re slapping high fives right out in the open!!!!


45 posted on 05/16/2013 9:06:04 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Rather is an insufferable douchebag has-been.


46 posted on 05/16/2013 9:06:43 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Dan Rather: 'The Republicans Must Be Slapping High Five Behind Closed Doors'

If you want to know for sure Danny Boy, go listen to Holder's recordings from the House Cloak Room.

47 posted on 05/16/2013 9:12:59 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who let Dan Blather out from under the rock he has been hiding under?


48 posted on 05/16/2013 9:22:02 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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