Day: March 7, 2011

Poll: Obama Running Strong In PA Despite GOP Gains In 2010

I predict that this is a trend that will last well beyond the general election.

TPMDC

Will the GOP’s resurgence in Pennsylvania last year help a Republican presidential nominee carry the state for the first time in a quarter century? Eh, maybe not.

In a recent Muhlenberg College poll of registered voters in the state, Obama comfortably topped three leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. The results suggest that despite Pennsylvania voters flocking to Republican candidates in last year’s midterm elections, they’re unlikely to do so again when it comes to 2012.

In the poll of potential match-ups, Obama led Mitt Romney 43% to 36%, and topped Mike Huckabee 44% to 34%. Sarah Palin also trailed the President, but by a massive 28-point margin, 53% to 25%.

Sarah Palin Dubs Kathy Griffin ‘Has-Been Comedienne’ And ‘50 Year-Old Adult Bully’

I’m not a fan of Kathy Griffin, but I wonder if Caribou Barbie Palin picked the wrong fight with the wrong person?

Mediaite

Sarah Palin was asked this weekend to respond to reports that comedian Kathy Griffin had been booked to play a “Sarah Palin Tea Party type” on the hit show Glee. Palin did not demur, calling Griffin (who has viciously mocked the former Alaskan Governor in the past ) a “50 year-old adult bully” and a “has been.” Ooooh…it’s on!

Appearing with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, Palin played the part of Mamma Grizzly telling her host:

You know, Kathy Griffin can do anything to me or say anything about me, because you know, she’s kind of this – she’s a 50-year-old adult bully is really what she is.

She’s kind of a has-been comedian and she can do those things to me. I would just ask for respect of my children. As she had stated on CNN that her New Year’s resolution was to destroy my 16-year-old daughter, that takes it a little too far.

Kathy, pick on me, come up to Alaska and pick on me, but leave my kids alone.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Fox News here.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Rejects Dems’ Meeting Proposal

The Daily Beast

Wisconsin’s Senate Democrats won’t be making peace with Governor Scott Walker just yet. Walker rejected the Democrats’ proposal to meet with GOP leaders on the Wisconsin-Illinois border to discuss the governor’s contentious anti-union bill, calling it “ridiculous.” In a letter Walker received early Monday, Democratic leader Senator Mark Miller wrote, “The people of Wisconsin are overwhelmingly supportive of us reaching a bipartisan, negotiated compromise. Senate Democrats stand ready to do just that. We ask that you do the same.” Walker, in turn, blasted Miller for standing in the way of compromise.

Read it at Washington Post

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Huckabee Finn Replaces N-word with ‘Mau-Mau’

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, speak...

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I can’t disagree with this article.  It’s nothing new from the fringe right wing of the GOP, just a paradigm shift in code words used by many racists on the right

The Nation

For Democrats, and reportedly for the Obama White House, Mike Huckabee has always seemed a deadly combination: A hard-right, anti-gay, anti-choice social conservative tempered, it seemed, by a humanity and humor lacking in other potential Republican presidential candidates. He’s hard to pigeonhole as a nut-job or an extremist because his personality lacks the prickly rigidity that so often defines the right—Southern Baptist minister that he is, Huckabee nevertheless plays Keith Richards bass riffs like a groupie.
 
During the last round of GOP presidential primaries, Huckabee was one of only a few contenders who didn’t have a “scheduling conflict” preventing him from attending a PBS debate at the historically black Morgan State University. Meanwhile, his rivals had a field day criticizing the former Arkansas governor for such mortal Republican sins as raising taxes and being mildly tolerant of immigrant children. More recently, Huckabee has dismissed the birther argument and has defended Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign against wingers who insist she’ll sic the hot-dog police on them (though the once obese Huckabee could hardly not defend FLOTUS, given that he’s been preaching the same health advice for years). 

His relative flexibility, folksy demeanor, and non-Martian “likeability” drove a media characterization that’s shaped the Huckabee coverage: A small-c, Main Street conservative, Huck may be “too nice” to get the Establishment nod, but as second-place on the ticket he could help win over the crucial religious right/Sarah Palin base. This media narrative has proven as durable as “Bush the cowboy” or “McCain the maverick”—at least it did until last week.
 
That’s when Huckabee, to the surprise of most everyone, started squawking that President Obama grew up in Kenya, where he was influenced by his father’s and grandfathers’ anti-colonial Mau-Mauism to despise the British Empire–and, by implication, all white power.   MORE…

Days After Voting For Government Shutdown, Bachmann Says ‘Nobody Wants A Shutdown’

Does anyone notice how Republicans lie with impunity?  They know that they will only be called out by Dems and their base simply won’t accept anything that Dems say, so hey, they continue to lie about the current administration and all things “progressive” with no fear of being exposed.  They just don’t care.  The message gets out to the millions they are targeting, so what’s a half-assed retraction or an apology a few days later?  It doesn’t bother them at all.

Also, facilitaors like David Gregory and others allow them to continue with their lies because they never call them out…

Think Progress

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — chair of the House Tea Party Caucus and potential 2012 presidential candidate — said that she opposes a government shutdown. Gridlock during upcoming votes on federal budgets and the debt ceiling could lead to a shutdown, and host David Gregory asked Bachmann if she agreed with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who said earlier in the program he was “hopeful” a shutdown could be avoided. “Well, I’m hopeful,” Bachmann said. “I don’t think anyone wants to see the government shutdown.” Watch it:

This stance is consistent with Bachmann’s earlier public record on a government shutdown, which she has warned would be undesirable. “To me a shutdown is an admission of failure that we have not been able to come together and get our work done,” Bachmann told The Hill last month.

However, one obvious fact — that Gregory failed to mention — undercuts Bachmann’s anti-shutdown message. Only days ago, she opposed continued funding of the government because the funding bill did not completely remove federal funding for Planned Parenthood.   More…

Fox News’ Lies Keep Them Out of Canada

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported News

s America’s middle class battles for its survival on the Wisconsin barricades – against various Koch Oil surrogates and the corporate toadies at Fox News – fans of enlightenment, democracy and justice can take comfort from a significant victory north of the Wisconsin border. Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canadian regulators announced last week they would reject efforts by Canada’s right-wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.

Canada’s Radio Act requires that “a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news.” The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom.  As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the Fairness Doctrine in 1987. Political dialogue in Canada is marked by civility, modesty, honesty, collegiality, and idealism that have pretty much disappeared on the US airwaves. When Stephen Harper moved to abolish the anti-lying provision of the Radio Act, Canadians rose up to oppose him fearing that their tradition of honest non-partisan news would be replaced by the toxic, overtly partisan, biased and dishonest news coverage familiar to American citizens who listen to Fox News and talk radio. Harper’s proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right-wing network, “Sun TV News” which Canadians call “Fox News North.”   Continue reading here…

Why Wisconsin poses such a serious threat to Republicans

Daily Kos

The common characteristic of the constituent parts of the Democratic coalition is the experience of being an outsider.

This is revealed by a quick rundown of the four demographic groups that voted more than 2-1 Democratic in every election since 2006: non-whites, non-Christians, single women and the LGBT community. (Groups listed by order of percentage of electorate. See the 2006, 2008 and 2010 exit polls for more data.).

If you don’t fit into any of those four categories, and you are still a Democrat, odds are that you are an economic outsider of some sort. That is, you either in a union or you are poor. Although they were not included in 2010 exit poll, Americans making less than $15,000 a year voted 70% Democratic on average in 2006 and 2008. Unions members didn’t quite vote 2-1 Democratic across the last three elections, but with an average of about 64% they came close.

Crudely speaking, in the face of a straight, white, Christian, married, non-poor and non-unionized plurality, the Democratic Party is the coalition of everyone else. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it’s the party of “everyone-elses,” since the groups making up the Democratic coalition are diverse both internally and relative to one another.

This exceptional diversity is also one of the problems Democrats face when attempting to assemble a coherent political operation. Even leaving aside the long-term difficulties issue-group silos present for the center-left, most of the major institutions Democrats use for mobilization–the netroots, unions, urban machines, and minority-majority churches–often lack shared goals and coordination.

Continue reading here…

Wisconsin Democrats to End Exile

The Daily Beast

Wisconsin’s riveting game of political chicken is nearing its end: The state’s senate Democrats said Sunday they will soon return and allow a vote on a union-restricting bill they had stymied by fleeing to Illinois. Republican Governor Scott Walker would then be able to pass his “budget-repair” bill, which curbs unions’ collective-bargaining rights, through the GOP-led chamber. The fleeing senators’ stance galvanized thousands of pro-union protesters who for weeks flooded Madison’s capitol building with demonstrations, which the Democrats said will give them new leverage to seek changes to the anti-union bill. They also said the bill is so unpopular with voters that they expect it to taint Walker and his Republican majority.

UPDATE: Coming home? Wis. Dem says not yet

One of the 14 Wisconsin Democratic senators exiled in Illinois in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget refuted a report late Sunday night indicating Democrats would return “soon” to Madison, ending a weeks-long stalemate.

Sen. Chris Larson attacked via Facebook a Wall Street Journal report based on quotes from Minority Leader Mark Miller, saying the publication “fished for the quote they wanted” and emphasizing that Democrats will not return until Walker takes the elimination collective bargaining for most public workers off the table.

“Sen. Miller’s comments are taken out of context in the Wall Street Journal article just released. Dems will return when collective bargaining is off the table. That could be soon based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans,” Larson wrote “Unfortunately, the WSJ fished for the quote they wanted, skipping this key step in logic: We won’t come back until workers’ rights are preserved.”  

The newspaper reported Sunday that Miller — who has been camped out in Illinois since Feb. 17 along with the other members of his caucus — is planning to return to Wisconsin, though “declined to say how soon.  Continue reading here…

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The Fading Power of Beck’s Alarms

Glenn Beck Day 75

Image by Andrew Ressa via Flickr

One way to demonstrate that Glenn Beck is into the conspiracy business just for the money and nothing else is to take a look at some of the solutions to said conspiracies that he has offered over the years. 

Oh, wait!  He never offers solutions to his conspiracy theories.  He never offers his listeners an alternative way out of his apocalyptic scenarios.  That is, except to tell his audience to buy gold and food rationing kits for the inevitable apocalypse.

Day after day, week after week, Beck delivers what his audience wants to hear, that Obama is evil, his administration is evil and all global government is evil.  One wonders why Fox News has never contemplated (until now) taking him off the air for some of the truly insane rants he has delivered over the past few years?   Perhaps because it fits into their agenda to topple the Obama administration by any means necessary.

However, some of the more saner minds in the GOP are speaking out about Beck’s convoluted rants and how it’s hurting the GOP’s image.  (Maybe they’ll also take a hard look at birthers, tenthers, teabaggers and the like.)

The New York Times

Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.

While it’s true that Charlie Sheen sucked up a lot of airtime last week, I’d been watching Glenn Beck, the Fox News host who invoked Hezbollah, socialists, the price of gas, Shariah law, George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and, yes, Charlie Sheen, as he predicted a coming apocalypse.

Mr. Beck, a conservative Jeremiah and talk-radio phenomenon, burst into television prominence in 2009 by taking the forsaken 5 p.m. slot on Fox News and turning it into a juggernaut. A conjurer of conspiracies who spotted sedition everywhere he looked, Mr. Beck struck a big chord and ended up on the cover of Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine, and held rallies all over the country that were mobbed with acolytes. He achieved unheard-of ratings, swamped the competition and at times seemed to threaten the dominion of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity at Fox.

But a funny thing happened on the way from the revolution. Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the “Restoring Honor” rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. True, he fell from the great heights of the health care debate in January 2010, but there has been worrisome erosion — more than one million viewers — especially in the younger demographic.   Continue reading here…