Romney is certainly giving the English Press a lot to talk about on center spreads, while Olympic coverage takes the front pages. Their reaction to Mitt has gone from openness, to skepticism, to mocking, to concluding that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin.
Take Daily Mail Political Editor James Chapman, whose cen6ter spread was topped with a two page headline: Romney is a Party Pooper. He has been providing the world a play by play of Romney’s British implosion via his Twitter account, starting off by criticizing London’s preparedness for the Olympics, then forgotname of British Labour Leader Ed Miliband, and then he admitted that he had been given a secret briefing by MI6. This led the British to ask aloud if they have another George W. Bush on their hands:
“Romney blunders again by revealing he’s had (supposedly) top secret briefing by John Sawers, MI6 boss. Do we have a new Dubya on our hands?”
After his visit to Whitehall, Chapman offered two of the kinder reviews of Mitt Romney:
“Serious dismay in Whitehall at Romney debut. ‘Worse than Sarah Palin.’ ‘Total car crash’. Two of the kinder verdicts. Another verdict from one Romney meeting: ‘Apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’”
“Quite a moment from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Shortly after Rix had lit the flame he really went for it in Hyde Park. He referenced Mitt Romney’s ‘London isn’t ready’ quip and shot back in style. “Are we ready?” he called and the crowd went wild. There may even have been a hint of the Obama-friendly “Yes we can!” in there – he may have jumped into a winning scenario but I’ve not heard a politician get that reaction before.”
… and this in front of a crowd of over 200,000 Londoners.
- Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin (tribuneofthepeople.com)
- Mitt Romney’s London Trip: Successful In Terms of Image Deconstructing (themoderatevoice.com)
- Romney’s very bad London trip (dailykos.com)
- Mitt Romney’s very, very bad day (dailykos.com)
- Mitt Romney is the new Sarah Palin! (polizeros.com)
- London Mayor Mocks Mitt Romney For Olympics Remarks (thinkprogress.org)
- British media revel in Romney’s day of gaffes (cbsnews.com)
- Blimey! London Mayor Mocks ‘This Guy Called Mitt Romney’ (theatlanticwire.com)
If you’ve been watching the news concerning Willard’s visit to London, you may have heard that he has made a number of gaffes – enough so that the Mayor of London has compared him to Sarah Palin, and thought Palin was the more accomplished candidate.
You can review all the gaffes so far HERE, including videos and statements. It makes you a little ashamed to be an American since the Brits are now looking at Romney as an example of us all.
Here’s one of the gaffes that hit on Mitt’s preparedness for the whole thing:
BBC News quoted Romney:
“To look out of the back side of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed, knowing that athletes will be carrying out their activities almost in the back yard of the prime minister is really quite an accomplishment.”
So what’s wrong with that, you say. Well… The Guardian responds:
Firstly, in Britain, “backside” means “ass”. As in the part of the body. Secondly, “10 Downing Street” is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as “the White House” can say things or have opinions.
Imagine what he’s going to do (or say) in Poland and Israel.
- Mitt Romney Makes ‘Disconcerting’ Olympic Gaffe In London (ibtimes.com)
- Ten Reasons Romney is Dangerous On Foreign Policy (davidmixner.com)
- Romney under fire for comments about London Olympics (news.yahoo.com)
- David Cameron Praises Marriage Equality Right Before Romney Visit (towleroad.com)
- After ‘Anglo-Saxon’ gaffe, Mitt Romney and British PM trade barbs over Olympics (news.nationalpost.com)
- Romney Campaign Shames America By Criticizing POTUS on Foreign Soil (politicususa.com)
- Romney tells public of secret meeting with MI6 spy chief (rawstory.com)
- Romney Questions London’s Readiness for Olympics – Media Has a Conniption (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Romney Plays Loud American Tourist in London (theatlanticwire.com)
This post was put up by Jonathan Turley, one of the legal bloggers I have the most respect for:
The New York City Department of Education has barred the use of “Dinosaur” on tests to avoid upsetting people who believe creationism.
Educations in New York decided that, with such things as Halloween and dancing, the reference to dinosaurs “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.” Also banned is the word “evolution.” It is basically designing a test for Sarah Palin to pass.
“Birthday” is also out because Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays.
Well, there’s a list of a couple of dozen more words which should not be included in the students’ education… words like “slavery”, “terrorism”, and “Religion.”
In commenting on the DOE, The New York Post came out with this:
Officials said there isn’t an absolute ban on the items, in that they do get included on some exams on a case-by-case basis.
“The intent is to avoid giving offense or disadvantage any test takers by privileging prior knowledge,” said Robert Pondiscio, a spokesman for the Core Knowledge Foundation, an education group.
“But the irony is they’re eliminating some subjects, like junk food, holidays and popular music, that the broadest number of kids are likely to know quite a lot about.”
Well, if the proposed new amendment to the Health care Plan which has raised such an issue with both the Tea Party and the Catholic Bishops (both of which are groups who claim rights over your health) goes through that’s just what you’ll have.
The amendment is sponsored by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and it is the death panel Sarah Palin preached about during the healthcare reform debate, and the ultimate loss of freedom (life) at the hands of Republicans. It is also how theocracy begins. The measure allows insurers or employers to claim moral or religious objection to covering
“HIV/AIDS screenings, Type 2 Diabetes treatments, cancer tests or anything else they deem inappropriate or the result of an ‘unhealthy‘ or ‘immoral‘ lifestyle. Similarly, a health plan could refuse to cover mental health care on the grounds that the plan believes that psychiatric problems should be treated with prayer.”
The measure serves two purposes. It allows religious extremists to control healthcare decisions for all Americans, and undermines the new health law.
I’ve learned two things from this:
1. Because of my “immoral” lifestyle I have type 2 diabetes and doctors are going to give up the thousands of dollars they make from me and my insurance companies by banning treatment.
2. Newt, Mitt and Rick won’t get their needed mental health care, but can get together and pray their crazy ideas away.
I’m curious which totally healthy religious folks will be on the Death Panel. Certainly they are planning for an Atheist representative.
Oh, well… what did you expect?
- Santorum: Romney and Obama Both Created ‘Death Panels’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Limbaugh appears to agree with caller that health care reform is a “kinder, gentler Auschwitz” (americablog.com)
- Santorum Longs For Good Old Days Of ‘Shadow Abortions’ When Women Obtained Back-Alley Procedures (thinkprogress.org)
- Republicans Want to Put Your Boss Between You and Your Doctor (alternet.org)
- GOP Sen. Roy Blunt to introduce bill allowing employers to deny coverage for any health service (dailykos.com)
- Paul Krugman: “Death Panels” and taxes will fix the debt crisis…” (sensibleviews.wordpress.com)
- Democratic Women Slam GOP’s Radical Contraception Amendment, Claim It ‘Opens Door To Discrimination’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Create Your Own “Death Panel” (forbes.com)
Want to buy a National Touring Bus? I guess one will be available now that Sarah Palin has announced that she won’t be entering the Presidential race (what a surprise!)
So what will she do now to maintain her personal publicity program?
- Sarah Palin Won’t Run For President [Sarah Palin] (gawker.com)
- Sarah Palin ends the fever pitch of speculation swirling around her presidential ambitions (dailykos.com)
- 5 questions about Sarah Palin (politico.com)
- Sarah Palin won’t run either (geneveith.com)
- Sarah Palin won’t run in 2012 (thestar.com)
- GOP Reacts to Palin No-Go (thepage.time.com)
- BREAKING: Sarah Palin Will Not Be Running for President (sfist.com)
- Sarah Palin: Inside Her Decision Not To Run (abcnews.go.com)
We are speaking here of forced suicide…
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… and the rest of the world is watching our plight…
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… everyone can see what is NOT being mentioned…
… and this about sums it up without getting into her views on American History or anything else. This is probably the last time she’ll turn up in this column.
- Denver Post cartoonist Mike Keefe wins Pulitzer Prize – Denver Post (news.google.com)
- 2011 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts (salon.com)
This article is from Little Green Footballs (which has always been a VERY Conservative Blog):
Palin Fans Trying to Edit Wikipedia Paul Revere PageRight wing alternate history
Man, you’ve gotta almost admire the sheer blind dedication of Sarah Palin’s wingnut acolytes.
Now they’re trying like crazy to edit the Wikipedia page for “Paul Revere” to make it match Palin’s botched version of history. Here’s the Revision history of Paul Revere; check out the edits that are being reversed.
Also see the discussion page for an entertaining exchange between Wikipedia editors and a would-be revisionist.Hat tip: BoingBoing.
- Palin Fans Try To Edit Paul Revere Wikipedia Page To Reflect Her Version Of History (alan.com)
- Sarah Palin: I was right about Paul Revere (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Sarah Palin’s gaffe about Paul Revere caused her worshipers to try to edit mistake into Wikipedia (crooksandliars.com)
- Sarah Palin Supporters Attempted To Edit Wikipedia Page On Paul Revere (huffingtonpost.com)
- Palin Fans Desperately Trying to Edit History to Support Palin’s Paul Revere Mistake (inquisitr.com)
- Because, sure, why not … Apparently someone tried to edit Sarah Palin’s Paul Revere comments INTO the man’s Wikipedia page. (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Doublethink? Palin Fans Attempt To Rewrite Paul Revere’s Wikipedia Page To Match Her Description (mediaite.com)
- Sarah Palin Fans Trying To Rewrite Wikipedia History Of Paul Revere’s Ride To Match Her Crazy Version (thenewspundit.com)
Sarah has done it again… this time while visiting Boston’s Old North Church (you know, “One if by land…Two if by sea”). She sort of suggested that Paul Revere rode through Boston warning the British that we were going to be free.
- Sarah Palin explains Paul Revere (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Cirque de Palin (eleftheria64.wordpress.com)
- Sarah Palin’s American History Class 101 (crooksandliars.com)
- Sarah Palin’s bus-ride tale of Paul Revere – with apologies to Longfellow (csmonitor.com)
- Sarah Palin Says Paul Revere Warned “The British Aren’t Taking Away Our Arms” (alan.com)
- Watch CNN Anchor’s Deadpan Reaction To Sarah Palin’s Version Of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (mediaite.com)
- Sarah Palin’s History Lesson: Paul Revere Warned the British (themoderatevoice.com)
- Paul Revere’s Story As Told By Sarah Palin! LOLs (perezhilton.com)
- A History Lesson From Sarah Palin (dlisted.com)
by Ben Hoffman
The ruling by Judge Harry A. Jefferson of Federal District Court dramatically changes the political landscape in America.
Before the judge’s decision, right-wingers disrupted the hearing with outbursts about socialism, communism, and fascism that seemed to have no contextual relevance. It was found that most of them didn’t know what those words meant. That prompted deputy marshals to order the right-wingers out of the courtroom. Several complained that their First Ammendment Rights were being violated.
It remains possible, legal experts said, that prohibiting right-wingers from voting could have Constitutional issues. “Our goal has always been and always will be allow all sane people to vote,” said Benny K. Mount, a United States attorney, speaking to reporters outside the courthouse. “Allowing insane right-wingers the right to vote, however, is not what our founding fathers had in mind for our country.”
Right-wingers looked haggard and confused after the decision. “The judge is obviously a Marxist,” commented one. “Sarah Palin will save us. She’s really smart,” remarked another. “Where is the Denny’s,” asked another.
Now I feel much better.
- Right-Wingers Predictably in Denial about NY-26 (firedoglake.com)
- Right-wingers believe Obama hates flags now (salon.com)
- Palin to embark on national bus tour this weekend – First Read (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- 7 Things to Do When Right-Wingers Attack (alternet.org)
“The systems of information, owned or dominated by corporations, keep the public entranced with celebrity meltdowns, gossip, trivia and entertainment. There are no national news or intellectual forums for genuine political discussion and debate. The talking heads on Fox or MSNBC or CNN spin and riff on the same inane statements by Sarah Palin or Donald Trump. They give us lavish updates on the foibles of a Mel Gibson or Charlie Sheen. And they provide venues for the powerful to speak directly to the masses. It is burlesque.”
Read the rest of the article, The Corporate State Wins Again, on Truthdig.
- The Corporate State Wins Again by Chris Hedges (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- “Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand” by Chris Hedges (via Dandelion Salad) (reclaimamericafromthelunaticfringe.wordpress.com)
- As the world unravels before us, we have decisions to make… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Lighting your hair on fire (ticketpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Scheer, Hedges, Sirota, Gross and Tucker: Building a Powerful Left in the U. S. (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
It’s the annual time of year when the far right gets together to plan their future and ours, funded by the Koch Brothers and other Conservative money guys. This year, however, things are a little shaky at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Because there is a gay conservative group among the sponsors the show this year, some really extreme groups have pulled out. And folks like Mike Huckabee have decided not to attend.
According to the CPAC website, confirmed speakers for this year’s event include Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), among other big conservative names.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was tapped to deliver the keynote address at the conference. Sarah Palin was offered the coveted speaking opportunity; however, declined to accept the invitation. There’s a Live Blog going on at Huffington Post if you want to follow the fun.
- Keynote Speaker For CPAC 2011 Revealed (huffingtonpost.com)
- At CPAC forum, potential GOP candidates must navigate social-fiscal tension – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- Rick Santorum Says Sarah Palin Skipping CPAC for the Money or Because She’s a Mom or Something (mediaite.com)
- The Right Invades Washington (thedailybeast.com)
- Rick Santorum: Palin Skipping CPAC For C-Notes (alan.com)
- The CPAC straw poll (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
Stolen from GottaLaff at The Political Carnival:
Is there a calculated Conservative Anti-Semitism starting?
This from Josh Marshall at TPM:
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)
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)
Having received a blog comment from a conservative blogger, I thought I’d look around and see what conservatives are saying… I don’t often do that unless there is an issue that requires it, but this struck me as interesting.
“This guy appears to be a communist. His beliefs are the liberal of the liberals. There is no evidence whatsoever that this man was influenced by Sarah Palin or anybody in the Republican Party. This man is not a conservative; he’s a fan of communism – that’s the opposite of conservatism… I don’t think members of Congress incite that kind of rhetoric – I don’t think the things we say incite that kind of behavior. And I don’t know that the things other people say incite it. I just think we have deranged individuals in this country and occasionally they do bad things.”
“I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that (health overhaul) bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.”
- Rep. Virginia Foxx Leading The House’s Education Committee Is Bad For The Tyler Clementis Out There (queerty.com)
- Thursday’s Mini-Report (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Bob Samuels: Congress Puts a Fox in Charge of the Higher Ed Henhouse (huffingtonpost.com)
At a news conference last nite, Murray thanked Dino Rossi and his family, saying he had been gracious in defeat. Murray said her priorities in a fourth term will include securing tax cuts for the middle class and helping the Boeing Co. win a lucrative Air Force refueling tanker contract:
“Now we have to get to work. I want to make sure Washington state has what it needs to get its economy back on its feet.”
The only state not finalized on the Senate is Alaska, but that will not help the Democrats. It will be a slap in the face to Sarah Palin if Murkowski‘s write-in campaign beats Tea Party candidate and Palin endorsee Joe Miller. It looks like that will happen by a large margin.
- Murray beats GOP’s Rossi in Wash. Senate race (msnbc.msn.com)
- Claudia Kauffman and Dino Rossi concede to Joe Fain and Patty Murray | Election Results (pnwlocalnews.com)
- Murray holds on to Dem Senate seat in Washington (cnn.com)
- Murray Wins (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- US Sen. Murray of Washington state wins 4th term (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
She was on Letterman last night and did her Sarah Palin impression. Aside from her impression, Fey also poked fun at Fox News for referring to Palin as “Governor Palin” when she appears on the network. Fey joked:
“That’s like calling me ‘Dairy Queen Employee.” I was once, but I quit!”
I’m watching two historians, Douglas Brinkley and Richard Norton Smith, being interviewed on C-Span’s Q&A by Brian Lamb. They are doing a general overview on how our world has changed over the last six decades or so… from WWII through various Presidential Administrations up to and including Obama. Their discussion on how the country has gone from different parties and groups that could get along, all of whom put the country first ahead of party position, eventually turning into radically polluted politics and a malignant society of opposites that refuse to come together.
The election which will, more or less, conclude tomorrow, will emphasize the split between Tea Party supporters reestablishing white control of an increasingly mixed country and Obama Democrats, working to solve problems without bringing everyone together, from both the left and the right, to participate. Smith wonders what would happen if the whole country could be “redistricted”, not by politicians, but by a computer or judges, then everything could change for the better… and districts could compete or even work together to solve problems. It’s one of several ideas both Smith and Brinkley keep proposing, but obviously they are both frustrated with the political world as it is today.
Brinkley expresses the idea that Obama could run in 2012 with Hillary Clinton as VP and Joe Biden as Secretary of State (the job he’s always wanted) and they could come up against Sarah Palin running for President after other Republicans destroy each other in primaries. And, in that situation, they would wipe out what things the Republicans achieve in the 2010 election. Smith, however, predicts that Palin will never run for President. Predictions are very easy to make, moderately easy to justify, and far enough away to be unimportant now.
The Top Three TeaBaggers (those who are getting the most press coverage… primarily because of their utter outrageousness as they campaign) are in the following three videos. If you are in their voting districts and this doesn’t make you realize what schmucks they are, then I have no more hope for intelligent politics.
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Joe Miller’s Security Firm “Drop Zone”:
I could have put in a Rand Paul video, but I’ll give you a neat cartoon by Joel Pett instead:
This isn’t an election as much as it is a draining of intelligence from the population.
- PA-Sen: Armey: Toomey’s 2004 bid gave birth to tea party (dailykos.com)
- Tea Party candidates getting massive cash infusion from small donors (hotair.com)
- A Wild and Crazy Sprint to Election Day (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Michael Bennet Campaign Pitch: Ken Buck Is Sharron Angle’s ‘Soul Mate’ (politicsdaily.com)
At 2 weeks until the election on November 2nd we are entering into the time of filthy tactics… and, as it seems, the filthiest of the tacticians are Republicans disguised as Tea Party people or Republicans hidden by Supreme Court supported corporate anonymity.
In Nevada we have a right-wing Hispanic “front” group running commercials to persuade Latinos not to vote as a method of telling politicians that they won’t be used anymore… an obvious play to withhold votes for Harry Reid and get Sharron Angle, the Tea Party lunatic, into office. As of this past afternoon, Univision, the great Hispanic television network has refused to run these ads… and Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC pinned Mr, Posado, the creator of the ads, to the wall…exposing him as a Republican front.
The Delaware debate yesterday morning had Christine O’Donnell revealing how little she knew about the Constitution when she made it clear she knew nothing about the separation of Church and State in the First Amendment, something Chris Coons explained for her. And she kept coming back with the same comment. Listening to people laugh at her, the facial expression she gave out was indicative that she thought she had smashed Coons. This is a brainless woman… scary to think of her in office.
Sarah Palin is Tea Party Busing around the country making more comments revealing her lack of knowledge of who is running where confusing West Virginia candidates with Pennsylvania candidates.
I think Saturday Night Live is wonderful… once a week. It’s when real life becomes SNL 24 hours a day that I wish it all would go away. Yet my big fear is that after the election we will be living in an unrecognizeable country run by Glenn Beck and spending most of its time trying to repeal the 14th Amendment.
- Univision Rejects Ad Telling Latinos Not to Vote (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’ (capitolhillblue.com)
- Hispanics defy ad to shun elections (washingtontimes.com)
- GOP Vote Suppression Plot Vs. Latinos In Nevada Is Thwarted (oliverwillis.com)
- Univision Refuses to Air Ad Urging Hispanics Not to Vote (politicsdaily.com)
- Sleaze: GOP Operative’s Deceptive TV Ad Implores NV Latinos ‘Don’t Vote!’ (bradblog.com)
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Rossi Has Close Ties to BIAW (kitsapsun.com)
- Cahill Alleges Dirty Tricks in Lawsuit (politicalwire.com)
… or, as some would say, he’s from Florida (at least that’s where his wife and family vote.)
This from TPMDC:
- Campaign goes red-neck to red-neck in West Virginia (nowpublic.com)
Joe Miller, who won the Republican nomination in Alaska with the support of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, isn’t arrogant. Gee, no, not at all. That’s why he cut a bunch of Tweets from his Twitter account. Fortunately, The Mudflats, my favorite Alaskan site, saved a screen dump before he cut them:
So… he’s shopping for office furniture and looking for a House and the election hasn’t happened yet. And Lisa Murkowski has decided to run as a write in… so it’s a 3-way race. And I understand Alaskans don’t like arrogant politicians.
This is one to watch.
- Tea Party Casualty Lisa Murkowkski Wages Establishment Comeback (huffingtonpost.com)
- Tea Party Victim Wages an Establishment Comeback in 2010 Election (politics.usnews.com)
- New Murkowski Ad Takes Direct Aim At The Tea Party (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Following Palin to Kentucky (politicalwire.com)
The current issue of Rolling Stone has an investigative article by Matt Taibbi entitled: Tea and Crackers: How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster. Allow me to say that it is both amazing and revealing. Here is a brief section… please, please, please go in and read the whole thing… you will not regret it:
By Matt TaibbiSep 28, 2010 7:01 AM EDT
This is an article from the October 15, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone.
It’s taken three trips to Kentucky, but I’m finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you’d expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. The red-hot mama of American exceptionalism has flown in to speak at something called the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, a gospel-music hoedown in a giant convention center filled with thousands of elderly white Southerners. Palin — who earlier this morning held a closed-door fundraiser for Rand Paul, the Tea Party champion running for the U.S. Senate — is railing against a GOP establishment that has just seen Tea Partiers oust entrenched Republican hacks in Delaware and New York. The dingbat revolution, it seems, is nigh.
“We’re shaking up the good ol’ boys,” Palin chortles, to the best applause her aging crowd can muster. She then issues an oft-repeated warning (her speeches are usually a tired succession of half-coherent one-liners dumped on ravenous audiences like chum to sharks) to Republican insiders who underestimated the power of the Tea Party Death Star. “Buck up,” she says, “or stay in the truck.”
Stay in what truck? I wonder. What the hell does that even mean?
Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — “Government’s not the solution! Government’s the problem!” — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.
“The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.
After Palin wraps up, I race to the parking lot in search of departing Medicare-motor-scooter conservatives. I come upon an elderly couple, Janice and David Wheelock, who are fairly itching to share their views.
“I’m anti-spending and anti-government,” crows David, as scooter-bound Janice looks on. “The welfare state is out of control.”
“OK,” I say. “And what do you do for a living?”
“Me?” he says proudly. “Oh, I’m a property appraiser. Have been my whole life.”
I frown. “Are either of you on Medicare?”
Silence: Then Janice, a nice enough woman, it seems, slowly raises her hand, offering a faint smile, as if to say, You got me!
“Let me get this straight,” I say to David. “You’ve been picking up a check from the government for decades, as a tax assessor, and your wife is on Medicare. How can you complain about the welfare state?”
“Well,” he says, “there’s a lot of people on welfare who don’t deserve it. Too many people are living off the government.”
I’d love to go on here, but I owe it to Rolling Stone to have you go THERE.
- The best and funniest Tea Party exegesis ever…. (tagg-lines.com)
- Taibbi among the teabaggers [Pharyngula] (scienceblogs.com)
- Following Palin to Kentucky (politicalwire.com)
- Matt Taibbi Drills LeBron, Jim Gray, ESPN (thebiglead.com)