Daily Archives: September 17, 2010

Stewart and Colbert Take On Beck

Newsweek

For every rally there is a different, probably more hilarious, counter-rally.

You’ve got to hand it to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, social critics that they are, for keeping us attuned to the absurdity in our political discourse these days. Both have taken on the topics of the Tea Party, Fox News, and most recently the lazy campaigning of Democrats. Pulling back the curtain on the media obsessing over the normally snooze-worthy process of electing Congress, Stewart has begun asking, with the bravado of Hank Williams Jr., “Are you ready for some mid-terrrrrrrrrms?”

But neither man has gone after anyone quite so ferociously as Glenn Beck, the weepy Fox pundit who’s demonstrated he can amass quite a following. Last month, Beck hosted a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging America to “Restore Honor”—an amorphous plea to support the troops, find God, and honor thy neighbor. About 100,000 people showed up and agreed.    Continue reading…

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When Stupid People Don’t Know They’re Stupid

Ring of Fire – Mike Papantonio

[Ring of Fire] has been discussing the dangers of Glenn Beck’s incendiary rhetoric for years on Ring of Fire, but in the last year, his actions have been taken to a whole new level. And with his recent Tea Party rally in Washington, it became clear that Beck isn’t the only problem out there. We now have tens of thousands of Beck followers in this country who believe that they are intellectually superior to the rest of us, and after seeing how truly brainwashed these people are, this is a very dangerous thing. Mike Papantonio talks about how this brainwashing took place with blogger and author Chauncey DeVega.

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Anderson Cooper 360 examines just what a grifter Christine O’Donnell appears to be

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Former Sen. Al D’Amato To GOP Guest: “Shut Up, I Listened To Your Racist Bullsh*t”

Former NY Senator Alphonse D’Amato is a Republican.  However, keep in mind that when D’Amato was in office, defining a republican back then is like defining a moderate today…

Mediaite

Things got a little heated on FBN’s Money Rocks last night while talking about the post office.

After GOP strategist Jack Burkman suggested the government organization consisted of unskilled Nigerians, former NY Sen. Al D’Amato called this argument “racist” and started dropping BS’s – uncensored.

I’m still not sure why the post office segment got everyone so fired up, but it definitely did. Burkman said “most of these guys working in the post office should be driving cabs,” and that they are “like a thing for ceremonial and memorial waste.”

At first, D’Amato held back. “Jack could have done well without all the name calling,” he said, although agreeing “it probably should be privatized.”

But after Burkman reiterated his ‘unskilled Nigerians’ argument, D’Amato went in for the kill. “You are a nasty racist,” he said. “That’s a bunch of bullshit. And you should be ashamed of yourself and have your mouth washed out. What the hell are you talking about?”

After Burkman tried interrupting: “Shut up, I listened to your racist bullshit.” Check out the video below for one bonus ‘bullshit’ comment!

Host Eric Bolling summed it up. “We kind of went postal on that segment,” he said. Money Rocks is a taped show, so it’s not clear why the BS’s weren’t bleeped. But it makes for a great video!

Check it out (the fun begins around the 4:30 mark, but the, uh, “racist bullshit” starts earlier):

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Huckabee Opposes Insurance For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

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 So much for Christian compassion and the age old Christian concept of “Faith, Hope and Charity”.  It seems the ultra Conservative Christian “Reich” feel that the above tenets are not a requisite to be a member of their version of “Christianity.  Every now and then I have to repeat Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi words:  I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.  

TPM DC  

When Republicans attack health care reform, Democrats like to counter by accusing Republicans of wanting to repeal a law that requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. According to Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, that’s exactly right. People with pre-existing conditions, he explains are like houses that have already burned down.  

“It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.”  

A moment of candor from the evangelical former Arkansas governor. Hard to say how that comports with voting on values, though.  

It’s worth pointing out, too, that the health care law’s individual mandate is in large part meant to make sure people don’t wait until they get ill until they buy insurance. But Republicans want to do away with that part of reform as well.  

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Bayh Argues Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich Should Take Priority Over ‘Fairness And Things Like That’

U.S. Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana.

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“…over fairness and things like that…” WTF??  The GOP and the Dem Blue Dogs like Evan Bayh have lost their seriously deranged minds even more!

Think Progress

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released a report showing that one in seven Americans is currently living in poverty, and that the median income decreased by nearly five percent during the last decade. At the same time, Congress is debating whether to adopt President Obama’s plan to allow the Bush tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans to expire on schedule, or whether to extend the entire package of cuts as Republicans desire. Today, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) about the poverty data, and whether there is a disconnect between the real economic pain that people are feeling and lawmakers squabbling over tax rates for the wealthy. Bayh agreed that there is a disconnect, but then concluded that the poverty increase means lawmakers should forget about “fairness and things like that” and cut taxes for the rich:

TODD: Yesterday, the Census came out and said one in seven Americans are living below the poverty line. Do you look at that story today — you know, you open up your USA Today, right, and you see that story — and you see Washington is debating the tax rates for the wealthy, and you sit there and say, isn’t that a disconnect in America right now?

BAYH: It is a disconnect, Chuck. What we need to be focused on is growth, how do we create jobs, how do we expand businesses. That needs to be job one right now. And all these other issues involving, oh, fairness and things like that can wait.

Watch:

As The Wonk Room explained, Bayh is pushing Congress to forget about income inequality that is the worst it has been since 1928, in order to spend $830 billion giving millionaires a tax break equal to almost two and a half times the median household’s income.

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After Delaware, G.O.P. Senate Takeover Appears Much Less Likely

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Five Thirty Eight – Nate Silver

Republicans, who are modest favorites to take over the House from Democrats, still have a chance to do the same in the United States Senate. But their odds have dropped significantly: from a 26 percent chance last week to 15 percent today, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecasting model.

The main reason for the decline is the outcome of Tuesday’s Republican primary in Delaware, in which the insurgent candidate, Christine O’Donnell, defeated Michael N. Castle. Two recent polls, including one completed after the primary, show her trailing her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, by margins of 11 percent and 16 percent.

Although Ms. O’Donnell and Mr. Coons remain relatively unknown to some Delaware voters, and a comeback by Ms. O’Donnell is not impossible, the forecasting model gives it only a 6 percent likelihood of happening — and has established Mr. Coons, therefore, as a 94 percent favorite. Had Republican voters selected Mr. Castle instead, the numbers would be exactly the opposite: Mr. Castle would be the 94 percent favorite to win the seat, leaving Mr. Coons with just a 6 percent chance of an upset.

If Ms. O’Donnell were unable to surprise observers again in Delaware, the Republicans could still earn a majority, 51 Senate seats, in one of two ways: either by sweeping the Democratic-held seats that currently appear to be competitive — while holding all of their own — or by putting one or two additional states into play.

The first path — sweeping the Democratic-held seats — remains the clearer of the two. It is not uncommon for a party to win all or almost all “tossup” seats when they are having a strong election night, as the Democrats did to claim the Senate in 2006. The forecasting model accounts for this tendency, in that it assumes that the results of Senate contests in different states will be correlated to some extent.  Continue reading…

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What Democrats want Barack Obama to say

I think that during the 2007/8 campaign season, Barack Obama and his supporters were rather idealistic and frankly, rather myopic to the muck and mire of Washington politics.

Obama talked a good game about cleaning up Washington and having an open and transparent government.  However, the reality of being the President of the United States hit him like a ton of bricks.  The reality of our national security issues prevented him from closing Gitmo as promised.  The reality of the wars in the Middle East caused Obama to increase troop level in Afghanistan, something he was opposed to during the campaign.

The stark reality of  partisan politics kept the “public option” out of the watered down Health Reform Bill passed in the beginning of the year.   Climate change and renewable energy plans (which would have created “green jobs”) were shelved for more important reasons, like a  10% unemployment for the last 18 months or so.) 

I don’t think the POTUS fully understood that there was no such thing as “post racial” America  after his election and that one-third of the country resented him to the point that they found multiple reasons to question his legitimacy to hold the office of the President of the United States of America.

Those opponents had been vocal even before Obama was elected and have grown in numbers and anger about the economy, jobs, too much government, as well as homophobic, xenophobic and cultural issues.

I believe the folks who said that Obama was too inexperienced in Washington politics, to become president, may have had a point after all…

Politico

After months of grappling with governance and a year’s worth of crises, President Barack Obama has leapt back into the political fray — to the relief of some Democrats and the indifference of others who want as little to do with him as possible.

But, try as some individual Democrats might to run away from Obama, the party’s collective fate is bound to his. As one Hill Democrat put it: “2010 and 2012 have now become the same year.”

In other words, his mojo is ultimately their mojo.

“He’s starting to get going, but I’d have him out there more, more, more — four days a week,” said former Democratic National Committee chief Howard Dean, who has been heartened by recent red-meat Obama speeches in Milwaukee and Cleveland.

But is the real Barack really back?

Democrats aren’t so sure — and, as usual, they are never short of advice. So, here are five suggestions for Obama’s Recovery Fall, courtesy of 20 or so Democratic operatives, politicians and academics canvassed by POLITICO.

Stop saying the plan is working. Obama’s record of domestic achievement — passing health care reform, forcing through banking regulations, stopping economic freefall — and the public’s disdain for such “results” is the most distinctive feature of the Obama presidency. Nothing frustrates the West Wing more than the idea that the president cannot take credit for what they regard as a record of historic accomplishment and canny crisis management.’

But they have to let it go, Democrats say. Quit defending the economic policies, however sound, that have left the country with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate. Ditch the just-give-our-remedies-more-time-to-work stuff — emphasize the fight, not a statistical recovery many working-class voters aren’t experiencing.

“They believe that they have to say what they’re doing is working, but let me tell you, that’s annoying the hell out of people,” said James Carville, the former Bill Clinton adviser. “No one thinks it’s true. It irritates people who are out there struggling and just feeds this perception that they are out of touch.”

What they should do, Carville advises, is to say “Every day, we’re out there fighting for you — the middle class — and every day these Republicans are blocking us from helping you.”

Dean, who made the fight central to his 2004 Democratic campaign — sometimes to a fault — said that Obama’s been taking it to Republicans more often. One top Democratic operative even said the past two weeks have been “like someone flicked a switch on and Obama finally came back to life.”

Democrats who were heartened by Obama’s fiery speeches last week are hoping for more of the same in an upcoming series of Obama campaign rallies in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada.       Continue reading…

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TPM’s Top Ten Quotes From Christine O’Donnell, The Woman Who’s Against Everything

This woman is a “fry short of a Happy Meal”…

TPM Muckraker

In 2004, Christine O’Donnell explained to a reporter for the News Journal in Delaware that, “I’m a conservative woman, but many conservative men really are chauvinistic.” That’s something many women — especially Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzlies — might understand. But a closer look at O’Donnell’s public record on everything from psychics to freak dancing to Britney to Tolkein’s Middle Earth might be enough to make many potential voters run for the hills — and not just because she’s a woman.

The full parade of her out-there views is below:

1. O’Donnell on AIDS.

In 1997, O’Donnell took to C-SPAN to complain that the government was spending too much money combating AIDS. She voiced concerns that a drag queen ball “celebrates the type of lifestyle which leads to the disease.” She also objected to calling those with AIDS “victims” and said the disease was a consequence of a certain “lifestyle.”

Source: Christine O’Donnell: AIDS Gets Too Much Gov’t Money, Condoms Wouldn’t Stop It (VIDEO).

2. O’Donnell on Britney Spears and Madonna.

“I think people like Britney Spears have been irresponsible,” O’Donnell said on Fox News shortly after the pop star and Madonna exchanged a kiss during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Well, I feel sorry for both of them. Madonna is a middle- aged woman who is trying to hold on to her youth. And Britney is super star who is trying to hold on to her popularity. That’s why they’re playing games and doing gimmicks,” O’Donnell said.

“And you can tell that Britney Spears is struggling with who she is. I think she has a team of agents and managers who are saying, yes, push the envelope, kiss Madonna, take off all your clothes. And she’s doing that because she doesn’t want to sacrifice this enormous platform that she’s built. But at the same time, she is sacrificing herself and you can see that in her eyes when she talks.”

Source: Transcript of Fox News’ Big Story Weekend Edition on Nov. 15, 2003

3. O’Donnell on masturbation.

“If he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, than why am I in the picture?”

Source: Christine O’Donnell’s 1996 Anti-Masturbation Campaign On MTV’s ‘Sex In The 90s’ (VIDEO).

4. O’Donnell on feminism.

Asked if she considered herself a feminist, O’Donnell said: “Absolutely, but let me qualify that — I consider myself an authentic feminist. Not as defined by the modern movement. And, let me clarify that a little bit more. I was an English major, so break it down: -ist means one who celebrates. As a feminist, I celebrate my femininity.”

Source: Christine O’Donnell Running For Senate In Delaware At AFP’s RightOnline Conference

5. O’Donnell on psychics.

“Psychics exploit the human beings natural desire that longs for something higher,” O’Donnell said on Bill Maher’s program in October 2001. “The same way a pimp exploits the natural desire to be with the opposite sex…psychics put people in spiritual harm, the same way pimps put people in physical harm.”

Source: YouTube: Politically Incorrect, October 2001 with Bob Saget.

6. O’Donnell on nude sunbathing.

“I mean, it is very difficult, I’m sure, for a man to sit there and stare at his girlfriend naked and not want to go a little bit further.”

Source: Transcript of Aug. 23, 2000 Fox News segment “Should Sunbathing in Buff be Banned Altogether?”

7. O’Donnell on freak dancing.

“This is a matter of culpability. What freak dancing is isn’t just like the safety of mosh pitting,” O’Donnell said. “This is sexually explicit activity for minors. We do limit the expression of minors. There are drinking laws. There are — you know, you have to be 18 to smoke. You can’t go to school in a bikini. On one hand, you have people saying this is squelching their freedom, and then you scratch your head and say look over here, date rape is such an epidemic. There’s a connection, and, if people realize that there’s a connection, then they’ll realize that these limitations and restrictions exist for a very valid reason.”

Source: transcript of May 15, 2003 “Back of the Book Interview” on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor.

8. O’Donnell on Obama.

“He’s soooo liberal. He’s anti-American,” said O’Donnell. “He’s beating the ‘change’ drum. But let’s look at the change. He did not vote for English as the official language. What does that say?”

Source: O’Donnell In 2008: Obama Is ‘Anti-American’ (VIDEO).

9. O’Donnell on the Gay Pride Parade.

“Well, I know that the one here in Los Angeles, there was S&M going on. There was mocking sodomy, mocking, you know, all kinds of crude sexual acts,” O’Donnell said. “Because — because authorities were too afraid to be called, quote, unquote, ‘homophobic’ because these homosexual special rights groups do get away with [anything].”

Source: Fox News June 26, 2000 segment “Was Gay Pride Parade in New York City Over the Top?”

10. O’Donnell on Middle Earth.

“You see Tolkien’s wisdom applied to just about everything: Tolkien and communism, Tolkien and industrialization,” O’Donnell said, speaking of the authors “Lord of the Rings” series in December 2003. “In researching this topic I even found a book on Tolkien and sexual fetishes.”

O’Donnell said it was “surprising, then, especially in today’s very hyper-sensitive, post-Gloria Steinem world, that there’s such a lack of commentary on Tolkien and women. … Is it that people assume that women don’t have an interest in Tolkien?” she asked.

The now-GOP candidate dismissed the request that Tolkien should have written more about the females in the book, saying that the books “were written from a hobbit’s perspective” and that if the film changed what was in the books it would “severely take away from the film’s legitimacy.”

Source: Christine O’Donnell Assesses ‘Middle Earth.’

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The Nevada dogfight: Reid blasts Angle as “crazy”

The Plum Line

This new ad from Harry Reid, hitting back at an earlier spot from Sharron Angle blasting him over immigration, is the clearest indication yet of what a brutal dogfight the Nevada Senate race has become:

Reid’s ad is a response to the Angle spot earlier this week that declared Reid “the best friend an illegal alien ever had.”

Reid has come out in support of immigration reform, part of an effort to boost the Latino turnout that will be critical to his chances, but the Reid camp’s swift response to the Angle spot illustrates how lethal the politics of illegal immigration remain.

Also note the spot’s quick pivot at the end back to one of the core issues in the race: Angle’s suggestion of phasing out Social Security. And: After hinting at it for weeks by characterizing Angle as “extreme and dangerous,” for the first time, the Reid campaign has come right out and used the word “crazy.”

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