I guess he just really, really loves Democracy.
I guess he just really, really loves Democracy.
HotAir pointed out yesterday that “Consistent liberals” are most likely to block others on social media for disagreeing with them politically.
Hence, my question. I’m honestly divided. In this complicated world, we’ve all known some lefties who are plain jerks, while some other lefties may be fairly nice people – apart from their never wanting to hear or know of any information that could make them question their prejudices.
I ran into the second kind of person just the other night, at my dad’s. “Cynthia” is a highly-educated neighbor in his retirement community, very nice in terms of watching out for my dad’s disabled girlfriend, and with a pleasant demeanor. So far, “not a jerk.”
But narrow-minded. As one example, she’ll dismiss (as in, will not hear) any information of Sarah Palin being anything other than a total dummy. Which is funny because the prominent Obama supporter and former “green jobs czar”, Van Jones, has now admitted in essence that the Left lied to people about Palin in the 2008 campaign:
“Sarah Palin .. people forget. She had the Democratic party shaking in our boots in 2008. She came out, she gave that speech at the convention. That was, hands down, one of the best convention speeches – not by a woman, by anybody in 2008. People were running for the hills…
Now it can be told! Now it can be told! We were scared!”
It must help the Democrats that their most officially ‘educated’ supporters are among their most dogmatically-gullible supporters. The Democrats can lie to such people and they won’t even care. For another example, we have President Obama’s recent admission that the Democrat candidates who are staying distant from him this year are engaged in a lie:
Well look, here’s the bottom line. We’ve got a tough map. A lot of the states are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there – it is difficult for them to have me in the state…
The bottom line is though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress…These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and you know, I tell them, I said, ‘you know what? You do what you need to do to win.’
Dogmatically-gullible people: They enable the Democrats to get away with it. Some of them are jerks, some of them are nice – but narrow-minded.
Pro-Abortion Fanatic Democrat (but I repeat myself) Wendy Davis, running for governor of Texas, is throwing everything she can at the Democrats’ low-information voter base and hoping something… anything… sticks. First, she accused her Republican opponent … who is confined to a wheelchair… of being hostile to handicapped people. Now, she is accusing her Republican opponent… who is in an interracial marriage, of being secretly opposed to interracial marriage. It’s like the accusation that Mitt Romney wanted to outlaw tampons, put women in binders, and give his dog a gay haircut; the LIV’s will believe anything and fact-check nothing.
Greg Abbott won’t say whether he’d defend an interracial marriage ban—troubling but not surprising from someone who defends a “poll tax.”
The thing that Wendy Davis is twisting to get to that misinformation biscuit is the evasive answer Greg Abbott gave to a gotcha question during an interview with a San Antonio newspaper.
When I said I wasn’t clear if he was saying he would have defended a ban on interracial marriage, he said, “Actually, the reason why you’re uncertain about it is because I didn’t answer the question. And I can’t go back and answer some hypothetical question like that.”
Asked about the similarities some see between the ban on gay marriage and past prohibitions on interracial marriage, Abbott said, “Well, the Supreme Court has disagreed with that” by holding that sexual orientation isn’t due protected-class status in the way that race is.
Bad answer, Greg. Maybe I can say this because I’m not a politician, but equating gay marriage and interracial marriage is an utterly false equivalence. Interracial marriages do not fundamentally alter the concept of marriage the way gay marriage does. Interracial heterosexual marriage maintain the unique and critical role of marriage in Western culture in binding families together, creating secure environments for the raising of children produced by the marriage, and providing fundamental social stability.
Gay marriage – as some of its advocates admit – is about fundamentally redefining marriage, gaining access to social benefits, and assuaging the egos of gays. Children and family are just props to get to the result. Traditional marriage is about what is best for the whole of society, gay marriage is only about what’s best for Teh Gheys.
(Yeah, I know, I’m on the losing side of the argument, just like the people in Salem who said, “I don’t think those girls are actually witches” were on the losing side of the argument.)
Whatever the affirmative case for gay marriage may be, it has nothing to do with civil rights, and is no way equivalent to interracial marriage.
Is there any reason – apart from the Democrats’ weird affection for dynastic political power – that this man is a United States Senator?
I have been told that it is rude and uncivil to refer to politicians by nicknames no matter how appropriate… but even the liberal press refers to this guy as ‘Mark Uterus’ for his single-minded obsession with ladyparts.
You may recall how in 2010, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was the choice of the Republican Establishment as the party’s candidate for Senator. He lost the party’s nomination to an upstart conservative named Marco Rubio. No doubt if Crist had defeated Rubio, conservatives would have been told to shut up and support him because nothing was more important than loyalty to the party. Since Crist didn’t defeat Rubio, he ran against him as an Independent, and after losing, switched over to the Democrats.
Funny how that party loyalty thing only works one-way.
Anyway, Crist is running for Florida governor again, now as a loyal Obama Democrat. That’s not so weird, but he does have this peculiar thing about always needing to have a fan blowing on him when he makes a public appearance, which resulted in some “Only in Florida” weirdness at his gubernatorial “debate” with current Republican governor Rick Scott.
Charlie Crist, burdened with an almost pathological disdain for humanity’s untidiness, hates to sweat. This trait runs deep, and it was laid bare again last night in an utterly bizarre and totally hilarious bit of political theater that would only happen in Florida. Crist, who claimed to have something called “temperature issues” that can only be “addressed” with a fan, had installed a fan at his feet before the debate.
This was not to Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s liking for reasons that have not yet been fully explained. Scott refused to debate under any condition that would be fanned, giving life to what is now known as #fangate.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have an extremely peculiar situation right now,” the moderator said. ” … We have been told that Gov. Scott will not be participating in this debate. Gov. Crist has asked to have a fan — a small fan — placed underneath his podium. The rules that I was given by the Scott campaign says there should be no fan.” He paused. “Somehow, there is a fan there.”
Eventually, Rick Scott showed up and the debate went on but… pretty weird, right? Though not quite as weird as former Florida Senator Bob Graham who reportedly kept detailed journals recording the time, length, and consistency of his bowel movements.
A “journalist” working at Deadspin thought he had found his ticket to the Big Time. If you’re a “journalist” and you can add “Destroyed the career of a major Republican politician” to your resume, you’ve pretty much got a meal ticket for the rest of your life. So, anyway, this guy… his name is Dave McKenna… thought he had a great scoop that Republican Cory Gardner, senate candidate in Colorado (who is leading in the polls but not outside the margin of Democrat voter fraud) was lying about his high school football career. And, of course, a lot of other Democrat press operatives ran with the story.
Had Mr. McKenna bothered to ask the Gardner campaign… or even bothered to check one of the yearbooks from Gardner’s old high school, he would have seen that Gardner wasn’t making up anything. The entire hit piece was a lie, but very few of the Democrat press operatives who promoted the story have backed down or apologized. Lies that serve the party and Obama are “good lies,” don’tcha know.
Not much joy in this election year, but at least some of the Democrat campaigns are providing entertainment value.
In Texas, the woman Democrat running for governor who is famous mainly for her fanatical support of abortion, stepped in it pretty badly with an ad that focused on the fact that her Republican opponent is confined to a wheelchair. Democrats can’t seem to figure out why the ad is offensive; maybe they should imagine what would happen if a Republican in 2016 were to open an ad with lingering close-up of Hillary’s cankles. So, anyway, the the woman Democrat running for governor of Texas is now trying to get over her gaffe by staging lots of photo ops with people in wheelchairs. Kind of like if Todd Akin had spent the rest of his campaign visiting rape crisis centers.
In Kentucky, Alison Lumbergh Grimes or whatever her name is, has found herself in a bit of a spot because she refuses to say whether she voted for Obama (when everyone knows she did), or whether she will vote for Harry Reid as Senate majority leader (which everyone knows she will). It’s not so much that being a brain-dead loyal democrat is a bad thing — they love that — but if your goals is to defeat Mitch McConnell, you should probably position yourself as an alternative to a sleazy, oleaginous hack politician, not a replacement for one.
Speaking of oleaginous hack Republicans, Thom Tillis in North Carolina is not getting any traction against Democrat Kay Hagan, even though a story has just come out about her and her husband skimming off the Obama Stimulus. But it’s OK because she’s a Democrat; I mean, it’s not like somebody in her office closed an exit off a bridge or anything.
Also, Democrats are running an ad targeting Africa-American voters and telling them that if Republicans will win, racist white cops will shoot them. Hey, they convinced women that Romney would outlaw tampons, so why not?
UPDATE (from Jeff): HotAir goes with “Alison Lundergan Grimes” and points out that even MoveOn.org is now attacking her. Blue-on-blue violence!
As you may recall, the Democrat/Media machine spent much of 2012 hounding Mitt Romney for his tax returns. Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid even claimed he had inside info that Mitt Romney never paid any taxes. When Romney did finally release his tax returns, they showed nothing improper, only that he gave a lot more to charity than most people do; which the Democrats also said was a scandal.
“You’re really going to call police,” I said as he dialed 911. “OK. I’ll record this and I’ll leave.”
How are you liking the New Authoritarianism?
As expected, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has really sleazed up Virginia politics. In order to stop a Democrat legislator from resigning and giving the Republicans a majority in the Virginia State Senate — which would be a speed bump on the Democrats’ plans to implement Obamacare, raise taxes, and enact new gun control and anti-coal policies — the McAuliffe regime apparently offered to give the legislator’s daughter a job, perhaps even an appointment to the Federal bench. Now, it has come to light that Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner — who was easily winning his re-election campaign against anodyne establishment Republican Ed Gillespie — was also involved in attempts to bribe the legislator to stay.
The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
On June 6, three days before the state senator’s resignation became official, Warner called Puckett’s son, Joseph, and discussed an appointment to the federal bench as well as a potential corporate position for Martha Puckett Ketron, according to Joseph Puckett’s attorney, Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. of Williams Mullen.
In the past, Democrats have shown a high tolerance for political sleaze within their own ranks, so this probably won’t tarnish Mark Warner’s prospects too much. It does point out, however, that for all the left’s keening about “white privilege” and “male privilege” the real privilege in our culture comes from being politically connected. Ordinary people do not have the access to easy, well-paid jobs that the friends and relations of the political class do.
The Rolling Stone – that magazine that was relevant back in the boomer era - has a cover story out to convince its audience of aging hipsters that Obama is awesome. Obama toady Paul Krugman looks at the trillions of dollars in debt racked up under Obama’s stewardship, the anemic economy, the record number of Americans on food stamps, and concludes …”This is what a successful presidency looks like.”
So, if the Obama presidency is “successful,” does that mean he meant to tank the economy, destroy America’s international reputation, accelerate the growing distrust of people for their Government, and exacerbate inter-racial tensions?
The formerly reputable news network CNN picked up on the Rolling Stone piece, and asked “Is Obama one of the best presidents.” They concluded, yeah, President Boyfriend is pretty awesome.
The MFM is trying to stick up for their beloved trophy president as a response to recent reports that Obama is now toxic to his own party. Kentucky Democrat senate candidate Alison Grimes pointedly refused to answer where she had even voted for Obama for president.
And the MFM is totes horrified at the apostate for not proudly proclaiming her vote for the Lightworker. Chuck Todd at NBC (a wholly owned subsidiary of DNC, Inc.) has declared that, for the crime of disrespecting the president, Grimes is dead to him. “If you can’t find a way to stand behind your party’s president, you can disagree with him but can’t answer that basic question and come across looking ridiculous. I think she disqualified herself.”
By which he means, “Disqualified herself from getting any more support from me and the rest of the Obama Kneepads Fluffer Club.”
Update (from Jeff): Fixed the video link, hope it works now.
In 2006, a Democrat activist caught Republican Senate Candidate George Allen using the nonsense word ‘Macacca’ at a political gathering. The Washington Post subsequently ran over 100 stories and editorials declaring that this word… which very few people had ever heard of… was the most vile racial slur evah! It cost Allen the election.
Then, in 2012, a Democrat activist took a video of Mitt Romney stating a true-but-politically-incorrect fact that 47% of the electorate pay little or no taxes and receive massive Government benefits. The media covered the gaffe relentlessly, which may have cost him the election. (That and his terrible, terrible campaign operation, a whole lot of voter fraud, and the general stupidity of the Democrat base).
The Democrats have adopted the technique as a standard campaign tactic; activist groups follow Republicans everywhere, hoping to catch the next “Macaca” or “Legitimate Rape” aside that can be covered in heavy rotation on MSDNC and convince the low-information voters to vote Democrat because obviously if the media is spending 24 hours a day talking about how bad a politician is, he must be really, really bad.
Now, along comes James O’Keeffe to turn the tables, catching a Democrat Senate candidate’s big money contributors cheering on that she will screw over the working people who are expected to vote for her.
VO: This Grimes campaign insider has no doubts about who the real Allison Grimes is and what she believes.
PV: So you know that Alison will help us stop coal?
Niko Elmaleh: Come on Dude. What do you think?
PV: I think yes, but I haven’t heard it straight up.
Niko Elmaleh: She can’t say it straight up.
PV: She supports big coal.
Niko Elmaleh: No. She’s going to fuck ‘em as soon as she gets elected.
Of course, the Democrats are crying “not fair.” Now that the ambush video tactic is being used against a Democrat, it’s suddenly out of bounds.
I guess the difference is, you won’t see video that embarrasses a Democrat played endlessly in the media or subjected to 100 stories and editorials in a major news publication.
Groups that support preserving traditional marriage have objected to Republicans supporting candidates who disagree with their cause. Or, as the left-wing “Talking Points Memo” characterized the story: Republicans are anti-gay bigots who hate everybody.
It’s a good thing that Republican leadership is doing outreach to gays. It would be a much better thing if they did some outreach to conservatives, working class voters, and others who stay home because the GOP offers them nothing.
Do you think North Carolina Democrat Clay Aiken will have as much luck convincing people that he’s a Republican as he did convincing people he was straight?
This ad is directed at Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu; but doesn’t it apply pretty much to every Democrat member of Congress and … oh yeah, the POTUS?
Why can’t the GOP do more ads like this? Oh yeah, because they’re stupid.
Still kind of meh on the prospect of the GOP winning the senate, and the GOP itself is saying “Don’t expect too much from us if we win.” But on the other hand, it might be worth it just for the joy of watching MSNBC on election night. (Do you think Chris Hayes will cry like a little girl? Will Rachel Maddow slap him and tell him to get a grip on himself?)
If you donate money to the national GOP… the National Republican Senate Committee in particular… you are wasting it. If it isn’t used to buy ads bashing fiscal conservatives, it will only be used to pay high-price, well-connected consultants like the ones who steered Mitt Romney to devastating failure and who hate the Tea Party.
That said, there are a handful of Republicans that are worth sending a few bucks to.
Can anyone think of any others? (Note, these are not endorsements; these candidates just represent alternatives to the GOP Establishment.)
Updates: A few more:
Got an email from the National Republican Senate Committee….
After months of predicting GOP victory, the Washington Post’s statistical model now shows a 51 percent chance that the Democrats hang on.
The answer is simple – the Democrats are spending over $40 million more than the Republicans in battleground races. For weeks, our candidates have been holding on, despite a relentless barrage of negative ads – but we need your help now or it’s over.
I know that times are tough, that’s why we’re fighting so hard to bring new leadership that will turn things around. But, if we don’t rally together now – as a team – then we will lose as individuals.
Can we count on you?
And then it asks me to click on some links to donate various amounts of money.
My honest response to this email: Maybe if you hadn’t spent millions and millions of dollars trashing fiscal conservatives so you could keep your old worn out fossils on the ticket, you wouldn’t have to be begging for money now.
And by what possible definition of the words “new” and “leadership” are Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran “new leadership?”
I get into a lot of arguments with people who tell me I have to support the Republicans, because if I don’t, the Democrats will win. And my only response to that is “So?”
I saw this article a few days back about how the GOP was going to “mend fences” with Tea Party fiscal conservatives so they could get their votes in November. Noticeably absent from the article was any effort whatsoever by the GOP to mend fences with Tea Party fiscal conservatives.
If they think they can win without our votes, then they can also win without our money and effort.
A bankrupt business in Kansas was found to owe the state some $160K in delinquent taxes. So, the owners have been forced to liquidate inventory to pay the bill. This sort of thing happens all the time… and as long as Obama is running the economy, more and more businesses are going to have to liquidate.
What makes this case different is that the business sold sex toys. And since the typical Democrat stopped maturing emotionally in the seventh grade, they naturally pounced on this story to attack Republicans… because SEX!
Kansas Senate Democratic leader Anthony Hensley pounced on the news of the auction Wednesday, accusing Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of selling pornography to balance the state budget.
“Brownback is so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business,” Hensley said in a press release.
[Ah, Democrats. Every problem is not enough Government spending, and every solution is a tax increase.]
This kerfuffle is also probably intendes to help the Democrats and the Media (but I repeat myself) distract the public’s attention from the fact that the Democrat candidate for Governor was caught at a strip club during a Police drug raid.
Watch as a bunch of Democrats lose their [stuff] when Republican consultant Ann Navarro brings up the “War on Womenfolk.”
Hat Tip: Chicks on the Right
And, in case you missed it, during the Texas Gubernatorial debate, the Democrat (who has a wonderfully appropriate nickname I have been forbidden to use but you know what it is) candidate first responds robotically to some question from the panel, then completely melts down when the Republican lays the smackdown on her robot attack.
It has slowly begun to dawn in the reptilian brains of the GOP Establishment that winning the Senate is not a done deal. And after trashing Tea Party conservatives all summer long, the Establishment has begun to realize they can’t win without conservative support. Note, they aren’t apologizing for attacking the Tea Party as “racists” in Mississippi, much less promoting any kind of conservative legislative platform to pursue should they win the senate. They just want conservatives to give their time and money to help elect the same old get-along, go-along Republicans.
Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.”
A few hours later, via the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s email list, Haley Barbour sent out a pitch for donations.
And the GOP’s message to conservatives on what they can expect in return…
The Establishment GOP was positively delighted with their ability to keep elderly ineffectual moderates like Thad Cochran, Pat Roberts, and Mitch McConnell as senate candidates, and fend off challenges by younger, more spirited and idealistic candidates who excited the base but angered the Republican Party’s masters at the US Chamber of Commerce by threatening to reform the system of deficit-fed crony capitalism the Chamber enjoys. And if the GOP had to smear those who favored fiscal responsibility and Government reform as racist in order to drag the fetid carcasses of their preferred establishment candidates over the finish line, so be it.
The GOP strategy is failing. Not only are none of the swing states tacking the GOP’s way, but the senate seat in Kansas is in trouble. The GOP … following the advice of its consultants and the edicts of its masters … is avoiding taking a position on anything. The GOP’s entire 2014 campaign strategy is “Obama sucks so vote for us.”
The Democrats, meanwhile, are openly embracing and firing up their far left base and turning the ‘War on Women’ rhetoric up to 11.
After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.
Democrats see social issues as potent for the same reasons Republicans once did, using them as a tool to both stoke concerns among moderate voters, especially women, and motivate their base.
And the GOP under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner stands for nothing but attacking its fiscally conservative base. The only Republicans who excite the base are people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul; and they are under constant attack by the dull-witted fossils in the GOP Establishment.