Keith Ellison · Tea Party Bullies · Tea Party Nation · Tea Party Nuts · Tea Party Racists · Teabaggers

Tea Party Nation: Vote Out Rep. Keith Ellison Because He’s Muslim And ‘Supports’ Terrorists

This is absolutely absurd.  Instead of checking out Rep. Ellison’s record, the teabaggers are once again playing the Islamaphobia card.  Ellison is an excellent politician and represents his district well.

Think Progress

The fringe tea party group Tea Party Nation sent out an email to its supporters over the weekend urging them to support Republican House candidate Lynne Torgerson against Rep. Keith Ellison (D) in Minnesota’s 5th District. The Maddow show blog points out that one of the arguments that Tea Party Nation makes against Ellison is that he’s a Muslim:

There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison. Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax to terrorists in Gaza.

Aside from the fact that the email provides no evidence that Ellison supports terrorists, Ellison isn’t the only Muslim member of Congress. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) is also Muslim. Salon noted that, according to an NAACP report on tea parties, the Tea Party Nation is the third largest tea party network. Many Tea Party activists widely criticized the group’s founder, Tennessee lawyer Judson Phillips, earlier this year for trying to profit off a Tea Party convention.

Ken Buck · Teabaggers

GOP Candidate Ken Buck: ‘I Disagree Strongly With The Concept Of Separation Of Church And State’ (VIDEO)

Let me get this straight…The Teabaggers believe in The Constititution, unless it contains something they aren’t in agreement with.  Hmmm…

Huffington Post

Colorado Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck last year said he “strongly” disagrees with one of the bedrock principles of American society: the separation of church and state.

“I disagree strongly with the concept of separation of church and state,” said Buck at a forum for GOP Senate candidates last year. “It was not written into the Constitution. While we have a Constitution that is very strong in the sense that we are not gonna have a religion that’s sanctioned by the government, it doesn’t mean that we need to have a separation between government and religion. And so that, that concerns me a great deal.”

In his statement, he also criticized President Obama for calling the White House Christmas tree a “holiday tree.” “It’s just flat wrong in my mind,” he added. His remarks were captured by the site ThinkProgress, which also has video.

U.S. Politics

Senate candidate Fiorina in hospital for infection

Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina
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Washington Post

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California GOP Senate challenger Carly Fiorina is in the hospital to be treated for an infection associated with her reconstructive surgery after breast cancer.

Deborah Bowker, the campaign’s chief of staff, says in a statement issued Tuesday that Fiorina was admitted to a hospital and is being treated with antibiotics. The campaign will not say when or where she was admitted.

Fiorina, who is 56, fought breast cancer before her run against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. The former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO has maintained a busy campaign schedule in the final weeks of the race.

Bowker says Fiorina has canceled Tuesday campaign events in Riverside and Coachella. She says she expects Fiorina to return to the campaign trail soon.


(Humor) Christine O’Donnell Favors Separation of Speech and Thought

Borowitz Report

– In a performance guaranteed to raise some eyebrows in Delaware and beyond, Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell said at a senatorial debate last night that she strongly supports “the separation of speech and thought.”

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know if there’s anything about that in the Constitution,” she added.  “In the version of the Constitution that I read, Big Bird didn’t mention it.”

Ms. O’Donnell seemed stumped when the moderator asked whether there were any Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with, finally blurting out, “Ali v. Frazier.”

Her halting answers to many of the questions made some wonder why she had not written answers on her hand as her role model Sarah Palin has been known to do, but Ms. O’Donnell offered this explanation: “As you know, I believe it’s immoral to use your hand to help yourself.”

At the conclusion of the debate, Ms. O’Donnell pronounced herself pleased with her performance, saying that she would spend the next week concentrating on her Halloween costume: “I’m going as a qualified candidate.”

Elsewhere, the Texas Rangers advanced to the World Series, proving that once George W. Bush goes away things get better

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell: I Want To Be Senate Majority Leader In Order To Make Obama A One-Term President

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So, Mitch McConnell wants to make sure that Obama is a one-term president and he is determined to make that happen.  McConnell says:

The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

My question is this: What will Congress do about the unemployment situation, the foreclosure fiasco, campaign finance and the environment?

Do they plan on concentrating solely on maintaining power for the sake of catering to their corporate base?  What about the needs of the people of this country?  Don’t we count at all?

Think Progress

From the moment Obama entered office, right-wing conservatives embraced the posture of hell-bent opposition. Recall, in Jan. 2009, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh expressed his hope that Obama fails. One month later, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proudly embraced Limbaugh at a conservative conference. The fringe rhetoric of far right activists had quickly become the de facto governing strategy of the Republican leadership, as they adopted a posture of obstructionism.

Believing that the Republican strategy of opposition has played to his political benefit, McConnell is pledging to do more of the same if Republicans win back the Senate. In an interview with the National Journal’s Major Garrett, McConnell candidly acknowledged that he feels his “single most important” job is to defeat President Obama in 2012:

MCCONNELL: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

NATIONAL JOURNAL: What’s the job?

MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

McConnell added, “Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful. … We need to work smarter than we did [in 1995], and not become the foil off which [President Obama] pivots.” In 1995, then-Speaker Newt Gingrich led a shutdown of the government, which many Republicans now acknowledge was a “serious mistake, tactically and substantively.”

This morning, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was floored by McConnell’s open admission that his single most important goal is to defeat Obama. “Mitch McConnell said that?!? … He admitted that on the record?!? That is embarrassing,” he said. “Can I just say for the record – that is pathetic.” Watch it:

Kamala Harris

‘Female Obama’ Kamala Harris, California AG Candidate, Targeted By Big Business

Huffington Post

Corporate cash is flooding into the California attorney general’s race, a sign both of the growing emphasis that big business is putting on state-level legal action and the particular threat posed by up-and-coming multiracial Democratic candidate Kamala Harris.

So-called “down-ticket” races on state ballots rarely draw big national money, but huge corporate interests are funneling more than $1 million through a Republican campaign committee based in Virginia to buy anti-Harris campaign ads on Los Angeles County television stations.

The ad (see below) from the Republican State Leadership Committee — one of the many such entities revolving in GOP political guru Karl Rove’s orbit — targets Harris, currently the San Francisco district attorney, for her opposition to the death penalty. But it’s not hard to figure what its funders really care about. The committee has lately been getting its biggest contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, major health insurers, big tobacco and manufacturing interests.

State attorneys general are increasingly at the front lines of major political issues that affect big-business bottom lines. For instance, after last year’s passage of President Obama’s health care reform bill, the political battle shifted to the state level, where a bevy of conservative attorneys general are suing to block the law.

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Frank Caprio

Frank Caprio: Obama Can ‘Shove It’

In my opinion, Frank Caprio can shove it!

Huffington Post

The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor, widely seen as more conservative than the independent seeking to lead the heavily Democratic state, said Monday that President Barack Obama can “shove it” after learning Obama would not endorse him.

Frank Caprio’s campaign said last week that he would welcome the president’s endorsement. But on Monday, the same day Obama made his first visit to Rhode Island as president and a day after the White House said Obama would endorse no one, Caprio angrily told WPRO-AM that Obama can “take his endorsement and really shove it.”

It was a surprising about-face for Caprio, the state’s general treasurer, whose campaign had said as recently as Sunday night that he was looking forward to Obama’s visit and that he would accompany the president to two appearances.

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation expressed disapproval of Caprio’s comments, but the head of the Democratic Governors Association said it was Obama’s decision that was disappointing – not the candidate’s remarks.

“Frank Caprio has spent his career fighting for the values of the Democratic Party. He deserves the full support of our party and its leaders,” said association executive director Nathan Daschle.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said Obama decided not to endorse Caprio out of respect for independent candidate Lincoln Chafee, a onetime Republican who endorsed Obama in 2008. Obama did not address Caprio’s remarks or take questions during a tour of a Woonsocket factory on Monday and subsequent speech to reporters.

The White House wouldn’t comment directly on Caprio’s comments, which appeared to be a calculated move by a candidate facing a tight race against Chafee and Republican John Robitaille, who has never held elected office. They are seeking to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Don Carcieri.

Rhode Island went 63 percent for Obama in the 2008 general election, and Caprio is seen as more conservative than Chafee. Robitaille himself has said he and Caprio may be drawing from the same pool of voters. Robitaille on Monday called the remarks “a contrived Hail Mary pass.”

Chafee was among the most liberal Republicans in the Senate during his time there from 1999 to 2006. He has supported more environmental protections, opposed President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and was the only Republican senator to vote against the Iraq war.

Sharron Angle · Tea Partiers · Tea Party · Tea Party Hypocrisy · Teabaggers

Angle Campaign Used Decoy To Duck Press: Nevada Reporters

Sharron Angle, Republican
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Why won’t “Tea Partiers” answer questions from the press?  What are they afraid of?

Huffington Post

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a decoy to dodge members of the press at an event on Monday, a reporter on the scene tells the Huffington Post.

The Tea Party-backed pol, who has avoided public appearances since offering racially insensitive remarks to a group of Hispanic students, left reporters waiting at an event at a Microsoft Licensing office for nearly two hours (between the time she showed up late until they realized that she had actually left). Getting out of the building without being noticed, however, was tricky. According to Mackenzie Warren, a morning reporter for Reno’s NBC-affiliate, KRNV, a staffer for Angle’s campaign suckered the press by making it appear that she would be leaving the front entrance (the one she initially entered) while she was, instead, exiting through a side door.

We were standing on the sidewalk and there were one of three buildings, so we called to make sure we were at the right building. Sharron Angle was supposed to show up at 10:30 a.m. to do the work place visit and it wasn’t until a few minutes past 11 a.m. that she finally did. I was staking out another entrance when she did arrive but all everyone got was a 15-second view of her being walked in. People were asking: ‘Are you going to talk to us?’ But she just walked straight in.
I came around to the front and we waited for nearly two hours. And the security guard was being very strict, not letting us step foot in the parking lot. Then a different car came up, not the one she arrived in, an SUV. it pulled into the front and her entourage was there, maybe 10 of people, a lot of people from her camp. And one of the guys from her camp got on her cell phone and very audibly said, ‘Hello, O.K., Is she ready? Is she coming down now? O.K. we are out here.’

So then, of course everyone starts rolling. And then shortly thereafter, two women come out and get in the car. It threw us for a quick second and neither of them were Sharron Angle.

A little later, I went over to the side entrance again to stake that out. We waited for a little while longer. At that point I convinced the security guard that I had to go to the bathroom and he let me in. I ran into the lady in the bathroom, asked her about the speech and asked her if she was still here. She said no, she left. ‘Out the front door?’ I asked. And she said no.

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The Obamas: They’re just like us

The Daily News has a profile slide-show of the Obama family:

Despite being the big man on campus, the First Family hasn’t lost its laid-back moments.

Twelve-year-old Malia Obama just got braces, and, like the doting dad he is, Barack Obama spilled the beans, perhaps embarrassing his daughter.

‘She’s my baby,’ he said of Malia, straying from his script at a political fundraiser of all places. ‘Even though she’s 5-(foot)-9 now, she’s still my baby. And she just got braces, which is good, because she looks like a kid and she was getting … she’s starting to look too old for me.’

Move · Rand Paul · Republicans

MoveOn Supporter Brutally Attacked by Rand Paul Supporter


Josh Green flagged an incident that occurred outside of the Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate in Lexington, Kentucky Monday night that’s already dominating the news in Kentucky and could easily make headlines nationally.

As the candidates arrived, a group of Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, “Lauren Valle of approached Paul and tried to give him an “employee of the month award” from Republicorp…a fake business MoveOn created to symbolize what it says is the merger of the GOP and business interests controlling political speech.”

The whole thing was caught on video. Watch.