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Thursday, July 02, 2009
Tip of the hat: Stephen Colbert, motivating the GOP through hunger
He serves a Republican state representative who wants to withhold food from needy children ... by recommending that she stop being served. Enjoy:

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posted by JReid @ 12:00 PM  
Sunday, June 08, 2008
The Dispirited
Have I mentioned lately that Republicans don't like John McCain? He survived the Old White Dude derby to become the candidate, but he only did so because the other candidates were even more objectionable, he had higher name recognition, and the FisCons poisoned all but the South against Mike Huckabee. So here he is, your really bad candidate... A different Bay Buchanan than the one who defends McCain on TV weighs in, pointing out that because of McCain's deficiencies, there really is one question in the November election: are you with Barack Obama or are you against him:
It’s finally over: the mother of all primaries has done her job reducing the field to two. But in reality there is only one candidate. Barack Obama. In November he will win or he will lose.

John McCain is relevant only in so far as he is not Barack Obama. The Senator from Arizona is incapable of energizing his party, brings no new people to the polls, and has a personality that is best kept under wraps. And while his strong suite is experience, especially on military matters, it was gained almost entirely in Washington, a city that 80% of Americans now believe has miserably misled and mismanaged the nation.

Since McCain has become the presumptive nominee, I have spoken at more than two dozen Republican gatherings. The sentiment everywhere can best be summarized in the words of one of the activists, “No matter who wins in November, we lose.”

Some pundits are suggesting that because Obama is having difficulty attracting Hillary’s women and Reagan’s Democrats that John McCain could pick them up. Not on the issues he can’t. Hillary’s women are big government feminists who are not going to be particularly impressed with McCain’s commitment to conservatives to appoint Scalia-like judges. (It was a commitment, wasn’t it?)

As for the Reagan Democrats they tend to be socially conservative, economically nationalist, working class white voters. McCain, on the other hand, continues to defend the very trade policies that have sent their jobs overseas. And he further alienated these Americans with his open border immigration policies that depressed their wages with cheap labor and ignored their plight while catering to the 20 million living here illegally.

So if he isn’t going to attract these voters with the issues and we know it won’t be with his charm, how does he do it? He doesn’t. Obama does. ...

Bay goes on to say that Obama must find a way to bring the women who felt "as entitled as Hillary" to the nomination into his tent, and must do the same with Hispanics, who in some parts have tension with African-Americans. And she says he has to return to the spark he somehow lost in between 20,000 screaming fan rallies... OK... she concludes this way:
By November there will be two Obamas. The articulate, attractive, dynamic candidate who inspired the nation with his message of hope and would be the first African American President and the anti-war, left-wing, inexperienced black candidate with a patriotism problem.

It’s all up to Obama now -- and a few 527s.

Obama, I'm not worried about. But Team Obama had better brace themselves for those 527s...

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posted by JReid @ 10:30 PM  
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Sad, sad RedState
My god, somebody get Ben Domenech and the boys at RedState a case of bourbon...!

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posted by JReid @ 10:41 PM  
This may be the night...
That Rush Limbaugh and his talk radio friends discover that they're not as influential as they think. Apparently, voters aren't listening to Rush, or Hannity, or Fox News, or Laura Ingram, or James Carville's wispy wife. They're going their own way. How ironic that the candidates all hate Mitt Romney, while Mitt Romney's supporters in the right wing chattering classes hate the two men holding Romney at bay: John McCain and Mike Huckabee. I suppose you could say that the problem for the "conservative movement" is that it's not very responsive to actual politics, which in a primary -- even a Republican one -- takes place not just in Rush's universe, but also in blue states, where they grow the Republicans a lot more moderate than El Rushbo would like.

And while we're at it, how odd that so-called "real conservatives" would cling to a man as patently phony a conservative as Romney -- a man who literally became a conservative overnight, after governing one of the most liberal states in the union (and whose father was a liberal, pro civil rights Republican in yet another blue state, Michigan.) For these clods to demand that their followers join this pompadoured phony in some mad quest to save the conservative movement is actually pretty funny, as is the spectacle of the Gang of 15 set literally pulling off a mutiny inside the GOP.

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posted by JReid @ 9:30 PM  
Monday, October 15, 2007
All you need to know about the right
ThinkProgress has the lowdown on RedState.com's Campaign For a Sick Kid Free America, and the support the right's smear campaign against a LITTLE KID is garnering from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

Much of the far right’s smear campaign against 12-year old SCHIP recipient Graeme Frost was driven by the right-wing blogosphere. One blog in particular, Redstate, featured especially vitriolic comments. A poster there wrote of the Frost family:

If federal funds were required [they] could die for all I care. Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. […]

I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I’d do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info.

Rather than distancing themselves from the smear campaign, the White House today decided to embrace RedState and reward the blog with an official White House posting. In a post entitled “Democrats’ SCHIP Budget Gimmick,” Nicholas Thompson, a staffer in the White House’s Office of Strategic Intiatives, rallied the conservative troops around Bush’s hard-line stance, reminding them that “we are less than one week” from Congress’ veto override vote.

In today’s New York Times, columnist Paul Krugman writes:

All in all, the Graeme Frost case is a perfect illustration of the modern right-wing political machine at work, and in particular its routine reliance on character assassination in place of honest debate. […] Leading conservative politicians, far from trying to distance themselves from these smears, rush to embrace them.

So is RedState embarrassed by their nasty little poster? Signs point to "no."

By the way, our fair poster, Mbecker, also sought to elucidate "the real question":
do we have anybody holding elective office who's man enough to beat these people to death with this info or not? And can we please get an IRS audit of this family. I really want to know how they paid $40k in tuition, over $15k in mortgage payments, payments on their commercial property, bought food and clothes on a combined income of $45k!

Hang 'em. Publically. Let 'em twist in the wind and be eaten by ravens. Then maybe the bunch of socialist patsies will think twice.
Aren't conservatives wonderful?

The argument is often made that conservatism is the politics of the heartless, while liberalism is the politics of the unrealistic. RedState is proving the former point, mightily.

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posted by JReid @ 6:48 AM  
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
A year of living dangerously
Two years to the day after the devastation of hurricane Katrina displaced some 600,000 people, more than 160,000 remain displaced, with some 60,000 still living in FEMA trailers, awaiting the chance to go home. Two years have brought little relief to the people of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, while Mississippi has received outsized benefits for its connected former GOP lobbyist governor, Haley Barbour, he of the floating casinos...

The storm that unmade George W. Bush's presidency (you know the saying: "9/11 changed everything... Katrina changed it back...") continues to haunt him, even as he returned to the scene of the crime today to try and sound compassionate. "New Orleans is comin' back!" Bushie declared, then he explained why he and Laura have a better perspective on the situation than the residents of that devastated city, because he and the missus don't get down there much. No, seriously, he said that... and then he went to another charter school.

Man, for a guy who can't read...


Anyway, the Institute for Southern Studies has the grim facts on the failures of reconstructin, despite a $116 billion outlay for rebuilding. Of that total, only 30% has been attached to real projects, and of that, only have has been spent, including $7 bilion on "administrative costs." Pathetic.

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posted by JReid @ 9:53 PM  
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