New York Republican Rep. John McHugh, ranking GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote this thing for The Hill yesterday that very politely and professionally urged his fellow Republicans to hit Barack Obama hard over Iran, North Korea, the Defense budget, and various other foreign policy issues that the President is a chit-chatty pussy about. Barack Obama didn’t much care for these “tips,” so he kidnapped McHugh from his home last night and ordered him to become his new Secretary of the Army. And now play time’s over for John McHugh, for there will be no more of his fanciful “Help the Republican party!” schoolyard dalliances in The Hill, ever again. [NYT]

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  1. If he knew he was getting the job, why’d he go out like a major league asshole? Also, I’m assuming Hopey plucked him from a vulnerabe House District. Otherwise, why keep throwing bones to the party of Frank Bruni?

  2. That McHugh fellow’s piece seemed eminently reasonable, with the possible exception of the GWOT policy, which was vaguely worded enough to go either way. So he’s probably being denounced as a RINO as we speak.

  3. @ WadISay:

    Or Obama could:
    1) tell him to drop trou
    2) give him a twenty

    Let’s see, LaHood . . . Huntsman . . . McHugh . . . next: Rush? Michael Steele? Scott Roeder?

  4. How can Republicans become trusted on security again? Well, for starters, they can stop using the exact same rhetoric as both domestic and foreign terrorists about how the US is immoral and the government is too big and wants to steal your guns and give you gay abortions.

  5. [re=329745]Doglessliberal[/re]: That’s what occurred to me immediately. New York has three Republicans left in its Congressional delegation. McHugh is one, Peter King is another, and I forget who the third one is. As an incumbent, McHugh would be tough as hell to knock out, so this makes sense.

    I like the idea that as of January 2011, there might be no Republicans in the House from New England or New York. On to New Jersey! Pennsylvania! Maryland! West Virginia! Let’s clean house!

  6. Republican Congressman: Hey guys, Republicans could do THIS on defense, and THIS and THIS and make Obama look puny! Har! HAR!

    Obama: Great idea, I’m gonna make you the Secretary of the Fucking Army.

    Republican Congressman: What?

    Obama: Yeah. So DO those things, tough guy.

    Republican Congressman: Yeah, but wait–but I didn’t mean–

    Obama: Heh.

  7. [re=329759]Larry McAwful[/re]: West Virginia is way too much culturally part of the South for that to happen; weird, considering how the split, while plain Virginia is becoming more like the Northeast, but that’s how it is. Here (Pennsylvania), too, the Republicans are too ingrained in the shitty racist redneck part of the state; but it would be so nice.

  8. How can the GOP reclaim it’s position as the Party Americans trust on security?

    That’s probably going to have to wait until we clean up the mess from the last time we did that.

  9. Republican Plan for National Security:

    Fight many little wars all over the world against people armed with rifles and I.E.D.s
    Buy weapons systems suitable for a single big war with the USSR

    Torture people because we can.

  10. [re=329768]JMP[/re]: I dunno about that. West Virginia has a Democratic governor, two Democratic senators and two of its three representatives are Democrats. If the state’s second district flips to the Democrats, then there’s another state completely taken over. I wouldn’t expect a liberal Democrat to get elected there or anything, but it’s pretty close to a closeout.

    [re=329763]rambone[/re]: That’s pretty much what my post needed at its end. I felt something was missing, but I couldn’t quite nail it down. Thanks for finishing it up.

  11. [re=329782]x111e7thst[/re]: no, no, no, it is “Employ Enhanced Interrogation Techniques because they are effective and produce 100% accurate information 100% of the time! (and because Dick Cheney gets his rocks off imagining what we are doing to the prisoners)”

  12. [re=329764]ManchuCandidate[/re]: From the Times article: In fact, two of the recent Army secretaries found their careers cut short when their actions, and those of their service, angered the sitting defense secretary.

    Can a standing army have a sitting defense secretary?

  13. John McHugh represents New York’s 23rd Congressional District, which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+1. New York’s 20th district, recently the location of the (political) death of Teh Disco at the hands Democrat Scott Murphy, in comparison, has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+2.

    So, assuming that Democrats can find a first-tier candidate, we have an excellent shot at winning the seat.

  14. Nice. He’s a graduate of my alma mater (or am I a graduate of his?) and used to host alumni receptions at the Rayburn office building. I’ve ridden the electric trolley over to the Capitol with the guy, and he seems like a human being, or at least what passes for one in the current GOP. Of course, Rush will be calling for his head on a pike in 3.. 2..

  15. [re=329844]Brendan M.[/re]: Course we also need to find a Republican candidate as generally odious and annoying as tehDisco.

  16. [re=329970]x111e7thst[/re]: I think the national Republican PACs will take care of that, running ads accusing the Democrat of loving 9/11 again.

  17. Well, to rebuild their credibility on national security, they could find a president who’s willing to give them many of the national security positions in his administration, reinforcing the idea that his party can’t be trusted with such matters and that they’ll leave it to the big strong Republicans. That’s one way to do it.


  18. [re=329768]JMP[/re]: WV has got some union coal miners.

    Both senators have a -D and two out of three congressmen gots that -D.

    [re=329789]Larry McAwful[/re]: Yeah like dat…

    The coal mining parts of Virginia Cohee vote kinda Democratic too. Its the flat lander Tuckahoe that don’t. They sorta flip flopped with the Republican Southern strategy

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