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GOP Turns The Tables – Does Obama Have A Bill Maher Problem?

Oh boy, it’s going to be a long campaign season…

TPM2012

Faced with what appears to be a losing fight over Rush Limbaugh, Republicans are trying to turn the tables in the condemnation game by urging President Obama to repudiate comedian Bill Maher, who donated $1 million to Obama’s super PAC and has said some nasty things about Sarah Palin and other Republican women.

Republicans think they’re really on to something here. And some observers agree.

If Obama wants to have credibility on the Limbaugh attacks, says Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, president of the Women’s Campaign Fund and a former Democratic House candidate, he’s going to have to show he’ll step up to all sexism when he sees it, even the sexism that comes from huge donors.

“They’re absolutely identical,” Bennett said. “It’s completely unacceptable when Maher said sexist things about Bachmann and Palin. It’s completely unacceptable when Rush called Sandra Fluke a ‘slut.’”

“If you attack one woman, you attack all women, period,” she added. “If it goes uncalled against, we’re saying it’s OK. It’s not.”

The WCF is a nonpartisan group that helps pro-choice women run for office. The group runs NameItChangeIt.org, a blog that tracks sexism in political coverage (and has taken on Maher in the past). Bennett said the media environment has gotten worse for women candidates in recent years — and she has data that proves that when politicians call out the sexism among their supporters, they benefit from it.

“Absolutely, in every case, unequivocally, research shows that if you speak out against sexism like this, everybody wins,” Bennett said. “You win as a third-party validator, the woman wins and of course the only one that doesn’t win is the bad guy who made that sexist statement.”

This is likely music to conservative ears, as they’ve tried mightily this week to deflect some of the Limbaugh fallout onto Maher. Conservative commentators have cried hypocrisy when it comes to Obama and Maher basically everywhere they can, and on Wednesday a group called ShePAC — dedicated to getting conservative Republican women elected — released a letter that condemned Limbaugh’s comments about Fluke and called on the super PAC supporting Obama, PrioritiesUSA, to give back Maher’s $1 million.

Obama’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment. PrioritiesUSA would not go on the record. Maher’s representatives didn’t respond, though Maher tweeted support for Limbaugh’s apology Tuesday.

At his press conference Tuesday, Obama denounced the attacks and “horrible names” directed at women who speak out without mentioning Limbaugh or any liberal talkers directly.

“[W]e want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate, and we want you to be engaged, and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen,” Obama said.

But Republicans urging Obama to turn on Maher may have skipped a step — some prominent members of their own party have avoided coming out and denouncing Limbaugh’s remarks unequivocally — even after Limbaugh himself denounced them. Mitt Romney has declined to condemn Limbaugh beyond saying that he wouldn’t have used the same language. A spokesperson for his campaign Wednesday said Romney wasn’t going to say anything more about Limbaugh because “We are not going to be distracted” from talking about the economy. Maybe Romney can avoid Limbaugh, but it’s harder for Republicans to get high and mighty about Maher while Romney and other Republicans celebrate rocker Ted Nugent. He’s said someepically offensive things about Hillary Clinton (not to mention Obama) and he’s a Romney backer.

The tit-for-tat game can go on and on, of course. But the Obama campaign may have made it tougher for Obama to ignore the harsh words thrown around by Maher, who is now (indirectly, to be sure) a major donor to his reelection bid. On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod had this to say about Romney and Limbaugh:

If you don’t have the strength to stand up to the most strident voices in your party [Limbaugh], how are you going to stand up to Ahmadinejad? … How are you going to stand up to the challenges of the presidency?

Bennett certainly thinks Obama’s facing a challenge of leadership, too.

“The best thing that comes out of this,” she said, referring to the Limbaugh episode, “is that it disturbs complacency and it wakes people up.”

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Bill Maher donates $1 million to Obama Super PAC

The amount might be minuscule compared to Sheldon Adelson or other GOP Super Pac funders, but Bill Maher has most certainly stepped up to the plate…

The Raw Story

During his live comedy performance on Yahoo on Thursday evening, comedian Bill Maher shocked audiences around the world when he announced he’d be donating $1 million to Priorities USA Action — a pro-Obama Super PAC.

Priorities USA Action bills itself as an “organization dedicated to mobilizing Americans to preserve, protect and promote the middle class, and to ensure opportunity and freedom for the next generation.”

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Democracy On Life Support: How Citizens United Won Florida For Mitt Romney

Democracy needs an infusion of life saving remedies, badly.

Mitt Romney and his Super Pac buddies are literally trying to BUY this election.  No wonder the POTUS had to amass one billion dollars to fight those who would throw “democracy” out with the bath water!

Politicus USA

What an unimaginable election season. With the birth of massive super PACS now flooding states, thanks to the conservative Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it is hard to predict anything at all. We are in uncharted territory that is for sure.

The flood of money going into the states, the ads and mailings going to voters homes is definitely impacting elections. The reason why Mitt Romney won in Florida isn’t about substance, positions, messaging or anything like that. It is all about the money. The Wall Street Journal is tracking the Super PACs and not surprisingly, Romney’s Restoring Our Future Super PAC spent millions, including a $5,00,000 dollar media buy on January 24th to attack Gingrich. A grand total of well over $10 million in just attack ads against Newt by Romney’s Super PAC was spent in Florida alone.

Newt on the other hand only spent $358,000 attacking Romney in Florida according to the WSJ Super PAC project. All total, with the exception of New Hampshire, Romney has been relentless in his attacks on Newt. Florida though was a make or break moment for Mitt, I believe.

Romney’s Super PAC has spent $16,328,326 dollars just on Newt throughout the primaries thus far, with the majority of that sum being spent in Florida, again over $10,000,000 just in Florida. Newt, has literally only spent $3,529,190 in attack ads against Mitt Romney.

In South Carolina, Newt was a lot more aggressive. Newt’s Super PAC spent well over $3 million attacking Romney while Romney spent about the same attacking Newt. This was a level playing field and Newt was ultimately the clear winner.

My conclusion is money buys elections. If Newt can keep up with Romney’s fundraising, Newt will be the nominee. Romney is buying the primary, not winning it as we can see by the massive amount of money he had to spend in order to beat Newt in Florida.

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘not-so-funny’ presidential announcement – The Week

The Week

The video: Stephen Colbert isn’t on the ballot in South Carolina. But a PPP surveythis week put his support in the Palmetto State’s Jan. 21 presidential primary at 5 percent — better than actual candidate Jon Huntsman. So on Thursday night’s show, Colbert asked his lawyer, Trevor Potter, if he could run for president and continue leading his successful super PAC, Citizens for Better Tomorrow Tomorrow. No, Potter said: Campaign law prohibits candidates from coordinating with super PACs. That inspired Colbert to hand over his super PAC to close friend and business partner Jon Stewart. Perfectly legal, Potter pronounced. Assured of a sympathetic super PAC, Colbert then announced that he was “forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for [his] possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina.” Cue celebratory balloon drop!

The reaction: This could “be more fun, and pointed, than just another vanity run,” says James Poniewozik at TIME. Colbert is effectively and informatively satirizing the absurdity of campaign rules that allow super PACs to accept unlimited contributions, which they use to prop up candidates. But that’s actually “not so funny,” says Peter Grier at The Christian Science Monitorgiven that Mitt Romney and Co. are as cozy with their super PACS as Colbert is with Stewart.

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Democracy Attacked…

…and bludgeoned to death by “Super Pacs”.

 

 

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