The tragedy of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ being shot and one of the more miraculous recovery stories in recent years have led voters in Tucson, AZ to keep Rep. Gabby Giffords’ (D) seat blue yesterday.
Former Giffords staffer Ron Barber defeated Jesse Kelly, Giffords’ last Republican opponent, in a special election to fill Giffords’ seat (Giffords had to resign after the shooting that left her incapacitated and six dead in January, 2011.) Overcoming a 38.4% to 31.4% Republican lean in the AZ-08 district, Barber will now serve out the remainder of Giffords’ term.
Giffords is still in the process of recovering after being shot point-blank in the head, but was able to play a role in the race. She campaigned with barber in the run-up to election day. Democratic-supporting super PAC – the House Majority PAC – seemed to refer to the tragedy in a television ad focused on Kelly that ran in the district. The PAC also ran ads highlighting Kelly’s extreme views. Kelly — who was the controversial tea party candidate in 2010 — was forced to defend his political postions in the race as well and Barber’s campaign said he ran on his own merits.
- Ron Barber, former Giffords aide, wins In Giffords’ old district (news.yahoo.com)
- Democrats hold on to Arizona seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords (guardian.co.uk)
- Arizona Democrats hold on to Giffords’ congressional seat (nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com)
- Former Giffords aide wins election to finish her term (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Giffords’ ex-aide wins race in Arizona to succeed her – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Arizona Voters Choose Giffords’s Replacement (nytimes.com)
- Former Giffords aide to be her successor (mysanantonio.com)
- Ex-Giffords Aide Ron Barber Wins Special Election (newser.com)
- Former Giffords aide Barber wins race to replace her in the House (thehill.com)
This from HuffPo:
That is not what is happening here. We are back to alternating speeches with each side asserting the same points as the previous speakers on their side. There is no listening to each side (indeed, there are not enough House members in the hall at any given time to really make a difference… this is part of the reason that television cameras are placed by the House authorities to not show either the emptiness of the desks or the viewers in the balcony.
And this is going to go on for five hours…the true function seems to be to present their “advertising” points to the folks at home over C-Span. These are campaign speeches of the worst order aimed at the 2012 elections.
However, I can’t help but watch these Bozos as they say the same things as many different ways as possible. If only they would really talk about the things WE need in a country that is truly suffering.
- Health-care repeal debate will test nation’s ‘civility’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Health Care and the New Civility (themoderatevoice.com)
- E. J. Dionne: Can the new civility survive? (commercialappeal.com)
- House to Debate Health Care Law Repeal (realclearpolitics.com)
- Lawmakers strive for new tone to debate old differences – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
- UPDATE 1-US House tones down healthcare debate after shooting (reuters.com)
- Kucinich Kicks off Health Care Debate with Renewed Call for Single-Payer (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
In the midst of everyone trying to be more “Civil”, the Conservative Media have shown that they don’t know the meaning of the word.
This from Media Matters:
We need to separate politics from guns, and by that I mean we have to deal with the NRA lobby. I am judging editorial cartoons for this weekend’s “Cartoon(s) of the Week”, a regular feature on this blog, and I am struck by how many of them deal with gun laws and the NRA. Maybe the tragedy at Tucson will get us into a good gun/politics discussion.
“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous…“ – Rep. Michelle Bachmann
“Get on target for victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly“ –Jesse Kelly campaign ad
“Don’t retreat– reload.” –Sarah Palin
“I am convinced the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.” –Joyce Kaufmann, former chief of staff for Rep. Allen West
- Jared Lee Loughner: A Gun Without a Trigger? (omnipotentpoobah.com)
- Josh Horwitz: Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA’s “Second Amendment Remedies” (huffingtonpost.com)
- Chris Matthews has redeemed himself with me for his program today on the talk of guns as a solution in political rhetoric (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Will Tucson Tragedy Shift Gun Control Debate? (cbsnews.com)
- Did America’s Gun Fetish Make Arizona Shooting Inevitable? (my.firedoglake.com)
- Tucson puts gun control politics back on the map (thegrio.com)
- Will the Gun Lobby Win Again? (thedailybeast.com)
- Why there’s no more debate on gun control (money.cnn.com)
- John Feffer: Gun Crazy: NRA and Pentagon (huffingtonpost.com)
- Bill Maher: NRA Should Change Their Name To ‘Assasin’s Lobby’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gun-Control Advocates Resigned To Few Changes In Wake Of Giffords Shooting (huffingtonpost.com)
- ONE CONSTANT: American Gun Industry Thrives (huffingtonpost.com)
- Glock Sales Surge After Arizona Shootings (businessweek.com)
- Arizona Green Party continues to advocate for non-violence after tragedy in Tucson (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- Obama Calls For Civility, Without Casting Blame (outsidethebeltway.com)
- President Obama’s Speech Secrets Now Revealed to You (socyberty.com)
- NYT: Obama’s speech tomorrow to focus on public service, avoid “rhetoric” debate (hotair.com)
“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
– President Barack Obama
Let us hope that this sinks in with people on all sides. It certainly will with me. Listening to him, I waas thrilled to have this man as President.
- Obama’s Speech at the Tucson Memorial Service (politicalwire.com)
- Obama Arizona Memorial Speech: FULL TEXT (huffingtonpost.com)
It is even more offensive a term in a public message when we consider that Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish. I certainly wonder what the Half Gov. of Alaska was thinking here… did someone write this speech for her (say Glenn Beck?) or are these her own words?
False Accusations of Blood Libel go back to the Middle Ages, as in this document from the Trial of the Jews of Trent in 1478.
- What is “Blood Libel?” (politicalwire.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Statement On Arizona Tragedy Oddly Uses “Blood Libel” (alan.com)
- Palin charges critics with ‘blood libel’ (politico.com)
- Sarah Palin incorrectly uses term “blood libel” to defend herself (shortformblog.com)
- Jewish Republicans muted on Palin’s ‘blood libel’ comment (thehill.com)
- Why Palin’s ‘Blood Libel’ Speech Was Wrong (thedailybeast.com)
- You: Tea Party figurehead says attacks on her are ‘blood libel’ (guardian.co.uk)
This from Salon:
The high-capacity magazine of the semiautomatic pistol used in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and more than a dozen other people on Saturday would have been illegal to manufacture and difficult to purchase under the Clinton-era assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. According to police and media reports, the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, legally purchased a semiautomatic Glock 19 with a high-capacity magazine in November at a gun store in Tucson. Under the assault weapons ban, it was illegal to manufacture or sell new high-capacity magazines, defined as those that hold more than 10 rounds. The magazines used by Loughner had 31 rounds each, according to police.
If Loughner had been using a traditional magazine, “it would have drastically reduced the number of shots he got off before he had to pause, unload and reload — and he could have been stopped,” Daniel Vice, senior attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, tells Salon.
Between 1994 and 2004 when the assault weapons ban was in effect, gun manufacturers such as Glock could not market handguns with high-capacity magazines. If the ban were still in effect, it’s less likely that Loughner could have obtained a gun with a high-capacity magazine. Stores could legally only sell used high-capacity magazines at that time, and new magazines could not be manufactured.
President Bush backed the ban, and an amendment to extend it passed in the Senate in 2004 but was never voted on by the House.
So part of the responsibility for the size of this tragedy can be laid at the feet of the House of Representatives. Probably wanted to make sure that the NRA wouldn’t come afterthem at election time.
“I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”
Griffin’s statement underscores that it was Olbermann’s failure to obtain approval, and not the actual political donations, that prompted the suspension.
The move is doubly significant in that it represents a major development in the relationship between Griffin and Olbermann, who once told the New Yorker, “Phil thinks he’s my boss.”
“Keith doesn’t run the show,” Griffin told New York Magazine recently. “I do a lot of things he doesn’t like. I do a lot of things he does.”
This from Variety:
Progressive bloggers almost immediate pounced on the suspension, noting not only the campaign contributions of Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto, but of other MSNBC and CNBC employees as well.
Joe Scarborough contributed $4,200 to Derrik Kitts, an Oregon Republican running for Congress, in March, 2006, even listing his occupation as “MSNBC host” in FEC records. At the time, Scarborough hosted “Scarborough Country,” a predecessor to “Morning Joe.” Pat Buchanan, a frequent contributor, also made numerous contributions to candidates in recent years.
Politico pointed out that Olbermann’s contribution to Grijalva was made the same day that the Arizona congressman was a guest on his show, and that he failed to disclose it. But bloggers note that Kitts was a guest on Scarborough’s show a month after the contribution was made.
Jed Lewison wrote on DailyKos, “The bottom-line here that both Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough both host opinion shows. They both made personal contributions to political candidates. But Olbermann supports Democrats, and Scarborough supports Republicans, so even though Olbermann is the network’s top-rated host, and even though Scarborough hides his ratings sheet in a little box in the basement, it’s Olbermann that gets silenced.”
Filmmaker Michael Moore, a frequent guest on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” circulated a petition calling on MSNBC to reinstate him.
- Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Over Political Donations (lezgetreal.com)
- Keith Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely Without Pay for Donating to Candidates (businessinsider.com)
- Did Olbermann violate NBC ethics code by contributing to Democrats? (hotair.com)
- Keith Olbermann Donated To Three Democrats Last Week, Potentially Violating NBC Rules (mediaite.com)