Chris Dodd v Mitch McConnell: Debate Over Finance Regulatory Reform

The debate occurred yesterday.  Mitch McConnell decided, after pandering to bankers a few days before, that he would use Conservative ‘word guru’, Frank Luntz latest talking point document regarding finance reform, almost point by point:

Time magazine’s The Swampland:

Tea Party group rescinds invite to birther Orly Taitz

Wow, even the Teabaggers think that Orly Taitz is “over the top”!

Raw Story:

Even at Tea Party rallies, there’s no place for Orly Taitz.

A member group of a movement known largely for its anger and vitriol toward the Democratic establishment has rescinded an invitation to the attorney refuting President Obama’s legitimacy.

The group organizing the Tax Day Tea Party in Pleasanton, California Thursday admitted to the Los Angeles Times that it was “getting calls from candidates like crazy,” who were presumably concerned about being affiliated with Taitz.

“It’s not worth it,” said Bridget Melson, the Pleasanton Tea Party’s founder and president. “She’s too controversial. This is not what the Tea Party is about at this point.”

The event is scheduled to include appearances from Republican senate hopefuls Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore, both of whom are vying to take Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Both have rebuked Taitz’s denial of Obama’s US citizenship.

While Melson observed that Taitz was “controversial,” nowhere has she appeared to condemn the “birther” attorney’s efforts to disqualify Obama on the purported grounds that he isn’t a natural-born citizen.

The LA Times adds that candidate John Dennis, a Republican hoping to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, refused to share the stage with Taitz.

Taitz has made the media rounds spreading her message for over a year, and though she has earned a small cult following for her legal efforts, judges have consistently dismissed her lawsuits against Obama’s right to be president as frivolous.

A copy of the president’s birth certificate has been released to the public, and sources across the board have verified it as authentic.

Even some prominent conservative commentators believe her lawsuits don’t have a leg to stand on. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly last November called her a “nut” — a term he usually reserves for his liberal foes

Once again, conservatives see Muslim conspiracy in an administration logo.


If there was ever a need for our future generations to take education and science seriously, it will be when they see the videos of the crazed and uneducated declaring that a scientific logo looks like or implies some vast Muslim conspiracy from within the White House.

That logo that they claim is similar to the “star and crescent” is a freaking scientific representation of an orbiting electron.

This is so absurd, I didn’t want to include this as a post at all.  However, since the subtext of this blog is Sorting out the ‘crazies’…I decided that it’s actually quite apropos for this blog:

Think Progress:

Earlier this year, conservatives developed a conspiracy theory in which the Obama administration manipulated the redesign of the Missile Defense Agency to incorporate the Islamic crescent as part of a “submission to Shariah by President Obama and his team.” In fact, as Richard Lehner of the Missile Defense Agency told Fox News, the logo “was used prior to the 2008 election.” Now, the right-wing has worked itself into a fit over another Obama administration logo, this time claiming that the logo for Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit has the “kind of crescent moon you see on the flags of Muslim countries,” in the words of the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin. Goodwin’s argument has been echoed in the conservative blogosphere and, not surprisingly, was picked up by Fox News.

Watch it here.