George Takei’s hilarious response to anti-gay bully Clint McCance, former Arkansas school board member who called for more gays teens to kill themselves. (The views expressed here are those of George Takei and do NOT necessarily reflect those of the Trevor Project.)
George Takei is best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek on both TV and film. He has appeared in NBC’s “Heroes” and is currently a spokesperson for Sharp TV and a regular guest announcer on the Howard Stern show. George will star in his first Broadway role in 2012 in “Allegiance”–a story of a Japanese American family during WWII and the internment.
The Democrats lost, but they shouldn’t act defeated.
The defeat of the Republican Party in 2008 was supposed to be permanent. It was the “end of conservatism,” liberalism was ascendant, and Barack Obama was the first Democratic president to win an election with a majority of votes since Jimmy Carter. After two thumpin’s in a row, Republicans could only rise from the ashes of defeat by compromising with the popular new president.
The conventional wisdom on Nov. 3, 2008, could not have predicted Tuesday’s “shellacking.” Rather than compromise, Republicans gummed up the works as much as possible, making Democrats fight for every inch of progress as the economy continued to falter and unemployment numbers remained grim. It worked beautifully. Republicans, lacking an agenda beyond destroying the president, secured their biggest gains in the House since 1938 because 1938 was the last time the economy was this bad.
Speaker-elect John Boehner articulated the motto of our new do-nothing Congress in a post-election interview: “While our new majority will serve as your voice in the people’s House, we must remember it’s the president who sets the agenda for our government.”
Democrats and liberals would do well to learn from the GOP’s discipline in the aftermath of 2008. They should ignore the empty demands from media opinion-makers to “tack to the center,” and double their efforts to, if not get progressive legislation passed, articulate why progressive solutions can help solve problems Republicans don’t even want to acknowledge. The Republican identity-politics narrative that Tuesday’s results represent Real America Taking Back Its Country is belied by the actual results.
Democrats were slaughtered at the polls regardless of how subservient they were to the larger Democratic agenda — maverick Sen. Russ Feingold was true to his liberaltarian character in opposing both TARP and the PATRIOT Act, and he lost to an empty suit with an R next to his name. Voting against the Affordable Care Act didn’t make conservadems any safer — more than half of Democrats who voted against the ACA lost their seats. The America that went to the polls in 2010 isn’t any more “real” than the one that handed Democrats the White House and the biggest majority in decades in 2008, but it was older, whiter, and more Republican. And even this far more conservative electorate balked at electing many of the most rightward Republican candidates in statewide races where their radical beliefs faced greater scrutiny from the press. Continue reading…
Everything on Election Day went pretty much as expected. Republicans are up, Democrats are down, and Dick Morris once again looks like a fool. But as big as Tuesday was politically, it lacked, as have past midterms, a feeling of punctuation. No sooner had the House changed hands than speculation began on 2012 Republican presidential candidates. This is in large part due to the obsessive political media (GOP pollster Rasmussen has already polled the likely matchups). One election cycle ends, and the next immediately begins.
And while we’re still about 14 months from the first votes being cast in the 2012 elections, we’re nonetheless going to get a protracted and dramatic look at the selection process for the Republican nomination. All we have to do is switch on Fox News.
The Murdoch network currently has on its payroll no fewer than four right-wingers whose names consistently pop up in discussions of President Obama’s putative GOP challengers: Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. Fox also frequently hosts former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, whose name has been tossed around as a dark-horse candidate. As the election cycle coverage heats up, Fox will be forced to make some awkward choices in how it covers the campaigns of their colleagues.
And the trouble has already begun.
While not a candidate himself, Fox News’ Karl Rove will be a key player in the 2012 GOP primaries, largely through his Wall Street-funded Republican piggy bank, American Crossroads. One can speculate as to which candidate he prefers, but one doesn’t have to guess who he doesn’t want to challenge Obama — Fox News’ Sarah Palin.
The feud between these two has been simmering since Palin injected herself into the Republican primaries of various Senate campaigns and helped Tea Party candidates snatch nominations from more electable Republicans, only to see them lose in the general election (see: Sharron Angle and, if trends hold, Joe Miller.) Continue reading…
Maddow ran down a list of Fox News hosts’ and contributors’ political donations and fundraising activities, ranging from Sean Hannity’s political donations to Glenn Beck’s on-air fundraising to Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin’s political careers.
“Let this incident lay to rest forever the facile, never-true-anyway, bull-pucky, lazy conflation of Fox News and what the rest of us do for a living,” she said. “I know everybody likes to say, ‘Oh, that’s cable news, it’s all the same. Fox and MSNBC, mirror images of each other.’ Let this lay that to rest forever. Hosts on Fox News raise money for Republican candidates. They endorse them explicitly, they use their Fox News profile to headline fundraisers. Heck, there are multiple people being paid by Fox News now to essentially run for office as Republican candidates….They can do that because there’s no rule against that as Fox. They run as a political operation; we’re not.” Continue reading…
We all know that Hillary Clinton came close to winning the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2008. She wasn’t successful, but some people clearly haven’t forgotten about what could have been.
The secretary of state joined New Zealand Prime Minister John Phillip Key and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray Stuart McCully for remarks Thursday at Wellington’s Parliament Theatrette, and the prime minister made a little slip-up.
“And we, in a purely bilateral basis, have concerns about the fact that Australia” has a free-trade agreement, began Key. “They’re a very important part of our market in New Zealand, so we see Trans-Pacific Partnership as a very important item to be completed if at all possible. So, President Clinton …” (See: Forget VP: Clinton World Eyes 2016)
Laughter — and applause — ensued, according to the State Department’s transcript, and Key was forced to correct himself.
“I’m sorry. Secretary Clinton — great,” he said. “I thank you for your time here in New Zealand, and I look forward to seeing President Obama when he is here in Japan next week.”
“John Boehner: Stop using my dad’s name as a punchline, you asshat.” – Artist Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny…) in a tweet to Boehner over his use of Johnny’s name in his stump speech.
“You know they’re trying to screw the president, right?” – Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, encouraging voters in Philadelphia to vote Democratic.
“Even today I can’t stand the smell.” – Sen. Harry Reid, explaining his thoughts on doughnuts thanks to a tough bakery job he had when he was younger.
“I’m on speed dial now.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell, describing his new access to the White House after the Democrats’ tough showing on election night.
“Political Ann Landers.” – Karl Rove, describing his new nickname for Dana Perino.
“Very tea partyish. I like it.” – Commentator Bill Bennett, reacting to CNN’s use of theme music from HBO’s “John Adams” series as election night music.
“Hon, how do you spell your last name?” – Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband, joking to his wife as the two voted (much of Murkowski’s write-in campaign focused on making sure voters knew how to spell her last name).
“Go on, girlfriend! Let’s hear it.” – Republican consultant Mary Matalin, encouraging Democratic consultant Donna Brazile to say “Gov. Martinez” as Martinez enjoyed her victory in New Mexico.
“As president, you’re called much worse than ‘dude.'” – President Obama, on whether he was offended by Jon Stewart calling him “dude.”
“It’s Election Day. Never have the cemeteries in my hometown of Chicago been so lively.” – Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, tweeting his thoughts on Tuesday.