It’s no secret that the Republican Party is full of bullies. From Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly to Newt Gingrich, Darrell Issa, Mitt Romney, and Dick Cheney, from the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Harold Simmons and the Chamber of Commerce, the Republican Party is chock full of guys who want to knock your block off.

Strangely, these tough guys don’t like it when they’re hit back. Instead of defending themselves, they cry foul and immediately seek shelter, before sending out their surrogates to defend their pale backsides. That’s what’s happening right now.

After being attacked endlessly by every right wing ideologue out there, President Obama has answered his “critics”,  and, surprise,  those big bad bullies don’t like it. They’re so upset that they’ve gallantly enlisted the aid of a few token women to come to their rescue.

Fox News’ Greta Van Sustern got the memo, and so did South Carolina Governor Niki Haley. Sustern called the President “a fool” and a “schoolyard bully” for having an opinion about whether Obamacare is constitutional or not. Ouch! You can bet Rush is smiling at that, cowering over there in the shadows peering through the coat rack.

Before Sustern, Nikki Haley picked up the poll-tested talking point and said, “What is amazing is what a bully President Obama has suddenly become,” referring to what the President had to say about the take-from-the poor-and-give-to-the-ultra-rich Paul Ryan budget. Mitt Romney and his new bff had to giggle at that.

Besides the obvious ludicrousness of the Party of Bullies calling a President who’s fighting for the working people a bully, it just strikes me as pathetic that the heavyweights dishing it all out need to hide behind the skirts of female surrogates. These cowardly lions must think the people are idiots.

* Update: Lynn Cheney, daughter of the most famous bully of them all, also called President Obama a bully. How transparently predictable.