Democrats are being spineless weasels again

Republicans faked Benghazi e-mails to make the Obama administration look bad. But Democrats aren’t going on the attack. What’s their problem? One commenter at TPM says this:

The Democratic Party at the national level looks to Obama and his White House for everything. His Cabinet members (Defense apart) have no policy autonomy; Democratic Senators and Congressmen loyal to the President are also dependent on him and his team for everything from legislative initiatives to daily talking points. The closest thing to Democratic voices independent of the Obama White House are former (and future) campaign consultants on the talk shows.

Obama has chosen not to push back hard against doctored Benghazi leaks that even the tame broadcast media objected to. So no Democrats in Washington is either. Hostility to the opposition, as an organizing principle, is much more deeply established in the Republican Party. This is why real and imagined Democratic scandals inspire so much more indignation (real and pretend) among GOP officials in DC.

This is going to be a continuing problem for national Democrats as Obama’s second term proceeds. It may be a chronic problem until they have a Clinton campaign and White House to tell them what to do, say and think.

They just don’t seem to understand that if they don’t fight back, the GOP is going to kill them.

 

So how’s Republican outreach doing?

Here’s the latest from the Republican National Committee’s Florida Hispanic Outreach Director:

Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party.

It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.

Studies geared towards making – human beings – viewed as less because of their immigrant status to outright unacceptable claims, are at the center of the immigration debate. Without going too deep on everything surrounding immigration today, the more resounding example this past week was reported by several media outlets.

A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”

Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten.

The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, “In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters coming.” The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality. Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you did to me.” I think you get the idea.

When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.

Although I was born an American citizen, I feel that my experience, and that of many from Puerto Rico, is intertwined with those who are referred to as illegal.

Pablo Pantoja has come to his senses. Who’s next?

The GOP and the randy elephant

Apparently, this is what Republicans consider outreach to women (from TPM):

A former intern for Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign was arrested Tuesday and charged in federal court with cyber stalking and internet extortion for allegedly obtaining nude photographs of young women and using them to blackmail his victims into sending more nude pictures.

Adam Savader, 21, who is also a former intern of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign, contacted 15 victims between May 2012 and February 2013, according to affidavit by FBI Special Agent Michael T. Garland. Savader would allegedly contact his victims via text message from a Google Voice number, telling them he had nude pictures and threatening to send them to their parents or post them online unless they sent him more.

Many of the victims, some of which have not been identified, either went to the same college as Savader or grew up in the same area as Savader, who is from Great Neck, New York.

On Twitter, Savader describes himself as “Formerly @PRyan’s sole intern on @MittRomney’s campaign and a @newtgingrich campaign staffer.” His Twitter avatar is a picture of him with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

In exchanges with a woman identified in the affidavit as Victim 3, for example, Savader allegedly threatened to send nude pictures of her to the Republican National Committee as well as her parents, sorority, and internship. “Victim 3 estimated that on some days she would receive approximately eighty text messages,” the affidavit reads.

Several of the victims reported that their Gmail accounts had been compromised prior to receiving the threatening messages.

In another example, Victim 4 received the following text message from a Google Voice number on Oct. 30, 2012: “WAIT! Listen to me. If we don’t have a deal I will send the pictures to those people. Is that what u want? remember what’s at stake. do u want ur family and everyone in DC to see ur tits? Just agree to e-mail me a pic of u in a bra.”

No, wait. It gets better!

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We already mentioned Adam Savader, the former intern to Newt and Mitt who hacked naked pictures of female college students and then tried to extort them to give him more nude pictures. Well, by Savader’s account he was frequently the guy in the Ellis the Elephant suit from the book written by Callista Gingrich!

NO, WAIT! IT GETS BETTER!!!

(Is that your trunk, or are you just happy to see me?)

 

Rand Paul visits a school full of colored people

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Sen. Rand Paul  (R-Ky.). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This past week, Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, went to Howard University in Washington to talk to students at the predominantly black university about civil rights.

Hilarity ensued.

Here’s one of the things the sopping teabagger did to endear himself to the students, according to ABC News:

He asked the group if they knew that the founders of the NAACP were Republicans. The crowd seemed taken aback with one student even yelling, “We know our history.”

Of course students at a predominantly black university would know that when the NAACP was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, the leaders would be black Republicans. The Civil War had just ended just a few decades earlier and the Republican Party under Abraham Lincoln ended slavery. Democrats didn’t even welcome blacks into the party until the 1920s, according to FaceCheck.org. Black people supported the Republican Party up until the FDR’s New Deal, but even then, the GOP was getting at least 30% of the black vote well into the 1950s. When Richard Nixon ran against John Kennedy in 1960, he got 32% of the African American vote.

But to go back more than 100 years to a time when the GOP was a completely different entity and pretend that nothing has changed either shows a total disconnect with reality, or a cynical attempt at distorting the present with a completely different past.

Paul, who spoke against the Civil Rights act during his 2010 Senate campaign, asked:

“How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African American congressmen become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote?” Paul asked the Howard students. “How did the Republican Party, the party of the Great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race? From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, for a century, most black Americans voted Republican. How did we lose that vote?”

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe by doing things like this, and like this, and like this, and this and this? And that’s just things Republicans have done in the past six months.

Not to mention stuff like this and this and this during the past presidential campaign.

So why does Rand Paul even end up at Howard?

The absurdist cynic in me thinks he got on the Metro’s Green Line and missed his stop.

The realist cynic in me knows he’s running for president and has to tick off the “speak to hostile black people in their environment” box to bolster his right-wing-bravery cred before primary season kicks in.

The Growth and Opportunity Party

Here’s what some Republicans think of Republicans:

As part of the Growth and Opportunity Project’s effort, focus groups were conducted in Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, to listen to voters who used to consider themselves Republicans. These are voters who recently left the Party.

Asked to describe Republicans, they said that the Party is “scary,” “narrow minded,” and “out of touch” and that we were a Party of “stuffy old men.” This is consistent with the findings of other post-election surveys.

The GOP has put together a 100-page document on what it can do to change its image. It doesn’t appear to address a change in core Republican policy, but the underlying theme is “Stop being crazy and scaring people.” I guess that’s a positive step.

Plus, it’s rebranding itself. GOP no longer means Grand Old Party. The new nomenclature will be Growth and Opportunity Party.

But given all the past posts I’ve done on Republicans, they’re going to have to do a lot more than say nice things in a 100-page plan. Especially after this past week’s CPAC meeting.

Here’s the The RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project in PDF form.

 

The sequester: Blame the Republicans

The sequester — brought about by a Republican Party unwilling to raise taxes on the rich and willing to demand drastic cuts in social services — is officially underway.

Government services are being cut, government workers are facing furloughs and the still vulnerable national economy has run into a new landmine. This is important because it affects every one of us.

The Washington Post put together an elaborate graphic on the sequester’s impact on individual states, and make no mistake about it, your state is being hit.

The sequestration state impact chart is here.

In Kentucky alone, this means teachers are going to lose their jobs, the water and air are going to get dirtier, Head Start programs for early education are going to close, job-search assistance will be reduced, funding for Fort Campbell will be slashed, public health programs are going to be cut, victims of domestic violence won’t be able to get help, the elderly who get food assistance won’t be fed and children won’t be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella and other diseases that can be prevented.

I single out Kentucky because it gave the country Mitch McConnell, who is in charge of Senate Republicans, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Bagger poster boy whose sole purpose is to run though the corridors of the U.S. Capitol with scissors in his hand yelling “I’m gonna cut you.”

And if you want to know why this is bad for the country, read this:

Deep reductions in domestic and defense spending are set to begin Friday in a process known as sequestration, which will make progress toward the tea party’s goal of shrinking the government. What unfolds over the following months will be a high-stakes test of whether significant cuts in spending will help or hurt the economy — and the Republican Party’s brand.

The cuts, worth $1.2 trillion over 10 years, are slated to become reality after a period when the tea party — a movement, represented by a group of Republicans elected in 2010, whose goal is to radically cut the government — has struggled to have a lasting impact on Washington. …

… But many Republicans say the sequester is the moment when the tea party can claim it has made its mark. Although Democratic and Republican leaders are pointing fingers, the tea party and its allies are happily accepting credit for the cuts.

“This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a tea party Republican elected in 2010.

The Tea Party — which is just a made up name for Republicans who don’t want to admit they supported George W. Bush (the Dumber) for eight years — wants this and is happy it is happening. The GOP — which collapsed the economy during the reign of the Dumber — now has its biggest victory of the Obama presidency.

When the economy gets hit (and the longer the cuts lasts, the harder it will get hit) here’s what’s going to happen. Republicans will blame Obama for the sequester.

In the words of Tea Bagger Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), “You lie!” This is the GOP’s fault. You’ll do yourself a favor by remembering that in the 2014 national elections.

The Republican Savior

Here we go again. Another instance where I am slapped back into reality.

I heard someone say recently that a magazine had Marco Rubio, the Tea Bagging Republican senator from Florida, on the cover calling him the Republican savior. And I thought it was a joke, because of his GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, where he did this:

Like, WHO DOES THAT??!! I’m not a public speaker, but I’ve been around television to know that when you’re giving a major speech, you don’t reach clumsily for a bottle of water that’s outside the camera’s field of vision because … well, take a look at the clip again … that’s why! That just shows the guy isn’t ready for prime time.

But I’m on mass transit this morning, and there’s a woman with a magazine in her hand, and the cover is this:

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Really? Why is he the “Republican Savior?”

Because he turned water into whine.