That’s Just Weird (House GOP’s Movie Clip for Inspiration)

Somebody has an odd idea of "inspirational."

From a WaPo piece (and via Taegan Goddard):

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.

One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”

“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.

After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.

“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full -throated support for the plan.

The purpose of the meeting (and the clip) apparently was to support the Boehner plan:

The House GOP leadership team, often described as fractious, showed complete unity behind closed doors and in public Tuesday. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Republicans he was “150 percent” behind Boehner and his plan, according to Republicans who attended Tuesday morning’s closed-door meeting. He told Republicans to “stop grumbling and whining and to come together as conservatives” to support the Boehner proposal.

Here’s the clip:

First, I am not sure how inspirational said clip is.

Second, the notion that the House GOP caucus ought to help out Boehner in a way that precludes questions and that will result in people getting hurt* is rather disturbing (at least IMHO).

h/t: Mark Griffith via Facebook.

*Part of Affleck’s dialog, not noted in the transcript above, includes the sentence “And we’re going to hurt some people.”

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  1. WR says:

    Funny, the WaPo piece leaves out the key line: “We’re gonna hurt some people.” That’s what the house Republicans saw; that’s what they want to do. Hurt people, and tney don’t care who.

    They are scum. And West — thrown out of the army for toture — is their ideal member.

  2. ponce says:

    The Republican caucus in the House is starting to remind me of another movie: Lord of the Flies.

  3. anjin-san says:

    people getting hurt

    People are going to get hurt. And these guys will not lost a minutes sleep over it.

  4. rodney dill says:

    “We’re on a mission from God” – Elwood Blues

  5. hey norm says:

    How many movies could you find where the message is doing the right thing even though it’s unpopular…which is surely how the most deluded Tea Stains see their kamikaze mission.
    Yet these clowns find a clip that is about going along blindly…without question…based on nothing but sheer loyalty…even though people are going to get hurt.
    Seems like the campaign ad for the DCCC is written for them.

  6. Weird stuff says:

    So the republicans are modeling themselves after a bunch of oxy addicted bank robbers?

    Makes sense

  7. Mr. Prosser says:

    McCarthy should have shown them the final scene of Thelma and Louise

  8. Barb Hartwell says:

    Ladies and gentlemen I`ts getting crazier by the day in wackington

  9. Barb Hartwell says:

    You expect Rush or Beck to come up with crap like this, not our elected officials. Are we supposed to just sit by and watch as these thugs take over. I heard people did just that before Hitler took over Germany.

  10. DC Loser says:

    More like the ending of Animal House. “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”