Obama Forces Uppity Republican To Run The Army

by Jim Newell

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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WadISay June 2, 2009 at 10:58 am

As soon as he’s sworn in, Obama should tell him to drop and give him twenty.

the problem child June 2, 2009 at 11:01 am

Is this a pre-emptive strike? Will he be da bomb?

4tehlulz June 2, 2009 at 11:01 am

This obviously is a plan to silence his critics by putting them in places he can personally address they concerns.

thejesusandmarycheney June 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

Friends close, enemies closer, eh? Next Barry will make Bachmann, Palin, and Malkin co-First Ladies.

rereridiculous June 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

You know how? Have the entire party follow in Specter’s footsteps.

hobospacejunkie June 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

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?

rereridiculous June 2, 2009 at 11:09 am

Or maybe Vitter can go on TV and teach everyone how to sew security blankets.

SayItWithWookies June 2, 2009 at 11:09 am

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.

Doglessliberal June 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

[re=329736]hobospacejunkie[/re]: yes:

“New York Rep. John McHugh is President Obama’s choice to be the new secretary of the army, a decision likely to set off an extremely competitive special election for the Republican’s 23rd district House seat.”

McDuff June 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

A new “high-level administration/Pentagon source” for the Washington Times & Fox? You, betcha!

schvitzatura June 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

Welcome back to the procurement pipeline: NLOS-C (Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon), FCS (Future Combat Systems)…

chaste everywhere June 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

@ 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?

Monsieur Grumpe June 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

I suggest they stop molesting children. But you know that’s not going to happen.

Naked Bunny with a Whip June 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

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.

Monsieur Grumpe June 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

Isn’t that how Clinton got in trouble?

rambone June 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

Hmm . . . you think I could make Hopey give me a job if I criticized him on Twitter too?

Larry McAwful June 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

[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!

zenferret June 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

[re=329749]schvitzatura[/re]: I haf that on my iFone. Maybe I can blowed up Norf Korea wif it.

Doglessliberal June 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

[re=329759]Larry McAwful[/re]: Hopey is a master at these chess moves…

rambone June 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

[re=329759]Larry McAwful[/re]: YEARGH! (Dean Scream ™ )

ManchuCandidate June 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

I somehow doubt that. Sec Gates has no tolerance of Sec Armies who defy him.

badmuthagoose June 2, 2009 at 11:27 am

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.

snideinplainsight June 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

Ya know, W wouldn’t have thought to do this in a million billion years.

JMP June 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

[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.

dijetlo June 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

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.

x111e7thst June 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

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.

Larry McAwful June 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

[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.

Doglessliberal June 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

[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)”

donner_froh June 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

[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?

Come here a minute June 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

[re=329759]Larry McAwful[/re]: Rep. Peter King Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (he was a member of the reserves)
Rep. Chris Lee – Secretary of the Air Force?

Yes we can.

donner_froh June 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

[re=329803]Come here a minute[/re]: Rep. Chris Lee – Secretary of the Air Force?

Only if he loves Jebus more than life itsef.

Mike Steele June 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm

[re=329777]dijetlo[/re]: Or start lovin on teh Messicans.

Guppy06 June 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

He’s been drafted! Is he going to hide out in Canada?

Mike Steele June 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

[re=329782]x111e7thst[/re]: Q: Why does Dick Cheney lick his dog’s nuts?
A: Because he can.

Brendan M. June 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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.

Brendan M. June 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

[re=329808]donner_froh[/re]: Eric Cantor is the only Christ-hater in the House Republican Caucus.

Guppy06 June 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm
Gun-toting Progressive June 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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..

x111e7thst June 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm

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

Brendan M. June 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

[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.

PAbitter June 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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.


zenferret June 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

[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

dijetlo June 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

[re=329819]Mike Steele[/re]: Or start lovin on teh Messicans.

Mr Chairman,
Oy Mommy!
So lovin on teh messicans…covered.

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