Into the Political Wilderness…

My favorite Republican propagandist, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, has an interesting piece in today’s Opinion section by prominent Republicans Christine Todd Whitman and Robert M. Bostock. Titled “Republicans fail to hold the center“, it’s the sub-title that has the larger messasge: “The party is locked in the grip of fundamentalists, and it’s in denial about that.”

Four years ago, in the week after the 2004 presidential election, we were working furiously to put the finishing touches on the book we coauthored, “It’s My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America.”

Our central thesis was simple: The Republican Party had been taken hostage by “social fundamentalists,” the people who base their votes on such social issues as abortion, gay rights and stem-cell research. Unless the GOP freed itself from their grip, we argued, it would so alienate itself from the broad center of the American electorate that it would become increasingly marginalized and find itself out of power.

Now I know nothing about this book they claim they wrote. Flatly put; “If it came from Republican activists from within their own party, I have very little interest in reading it.” Close minded? Perhaps, but our society has been drowning in Republican ideologue, philosophy and nabobs wagging their fingers at television cameras. Why bother giving them money by buying a book that more than likely will tell me what I already know: “Liberals” = “Bad”, “War on Christmas” = “Fox News”, “Karl Rove” = “Boy Genius”.
But this piece has substance. The authors points out their caution to the Republican Party’s focus on the evangelical voter and essentially kicked out the social moderates.

At the time, this idea was roundly attacked by many who were convinced that holding on to the “base” at all costs was the way to go. A former speechwriter for President Bush, Matthew Scully, who went on to work for the McCain campaign this year, called the book “airy blather” and said its argument fell somewhere between “insufferable snobbery” and “complete cluelessness.” Gary Bauer suggested that the book sounded as if it came from a “Michael Moore radical.” The National Review said its warnings were “at best, counterintuitive,” and Ann Coulter said the book was “based on conventional wisdom that is now known to be false.”

Wow! Ann Coulter was wrong on something?! I always thought she was never wrong on anything! Like, when she couldn’t talk about John Edwards “because you have to go into rehab if you use the word “faggot“, I was actually disappointed when it was revealed he was screwing some woman in a hotel room! Coulter wasn’t wrong, you see. She was just, ummm…Ahh…. Lemme get back to you on that.

The piece throws out some interesting facts:

  1. In seven of the nine states that switched this year from Republican to Democratic, Obama’s vote total exceeded the total won by Bush four years ago. So even if McCain had equaled the president’s numbers from 2004 (and he did not), he still would have lost in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia (81 total electoral votes) — and would have lost the election. McCain didn’t lose those states because he failed to hold the base. He lost them because Obama broadened his base.
  2. Nor did the Republican ticket lose because “values voters” stayed home. On the contrary, according to exit polls, such voters made up a larger proportion of the electorate this year than in 2004 — 26 percent, up from 23 percent. Extrapolating from those data, McCain actually won more votes from self-identified white evangelical/born-again voters than Bush did four years ago — 1.8 million more. But that was not enough to offset the loss of so many moderates.
  3. In the wake of the Democrats’ landslide victory, …many in the GOP are arguing that John McCain was defeated because the social fundamentalists wouldn’t support him. They seem to be suffering from a political strain of Stockholm syndrome. They are identifying with the interests of their political captors and ignoring the views of the larger electorate. This has cost the Republican Party the votes of millions of people who don’t find a willingness to acquiesce to hostage-takers a positive trait in potential leaders.
  4. Unless the Republican Party ends its self-imposed captivity to social fundamentalists, it will spend a long time in the political wilderness. On Nov. 4, the American people very clearly rejected the politics of demonization and division. It’s long past time for the GOP to do the same.

This last point was bulleted by Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama on Meet The Press. Powell complained that the Republican Party wasn’t working to be inclusive of social moderates.

To that endorsement as well as Powell’s complaint about the GOP:

Rush Limbaugh:

“Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race… OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I’ll let you know what I come up with.”

Pat Buchanan:

“Alright, we gotta ask a question,” he declared on MSNBC, “look would Colin Powell be endorsing Obama if he were a white liberal Democrat…”

George F. Will:

And I think this adds to my calculation — this is very hard to measure — but it seems to me if we had the tools to measure we’d find that Barack Obama gets two votes because he’s black for every one he loses because he’s black because so much of this country is so eager, a, to feel good about itself by doing this, but more than that to put paid to the whole Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson game of political rhetoric.”

Dan Billings, a prominent Republican and attorney from Maine, went out on a limb:

“If Obama was a white man, Powell would not have made the endorsement.”

When Colin Powell endorsed Obama, the GOP played the racism card, proving their own snobbery and elitism.

To the Goof-Ball Citizenry of the GOP:

Welcome to the Wilderness!

Gay rights needs to be included in the Republican Party, whether they like it or not. Duh! Abortion rights needs to be included in the Republican Party, whether they like it or not! (Continual picking on South Dakota doesn’t seem to be effective – Duh!) Equal pay for women needs to be included in the Republican Party. Duh! Stop shipping jobs to India, Mexico and Canada. Duh! Universal health care with no strings attached! Duh!

But they won’t.

Their party platform has become a blank-slate.

  • Reaganomics is dead. Believing in Reagan’s theory “The Government Isn’t Party of the Problem, The Government Is the Problem!” cost the American people collapsed bridges in Minneapolis, radiator fluid in toothpaste and lead paint on children’s toys.
  • Their political tactic of “Divide and Fear” is dead. What was extremely effective in the 2004 re-election of George W., fell horribly this time around. Their fear mongering this time around was almost comical.
  • The “Family Values” ideology is dead. Playing that card with Obama and his family along with Joe Biden and his family compared to John McCain disgusting story about adultery and his second wife and Sarah Palin’s own illicit affair just didn’t add up.
  • “Deregulation and a “Free Market” system” is dead. When John McCain’s senior level adviser, former Senator Phil Gramm, wrote the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, the last and most notorious banking deregulation laws, has cost the American taxpayer $700 Billion.

Put simply: The Republican Party is dead.

Finally.

But I’m not one to gloat.

Well..maybe just a little bit.

Crap nobody else is talking about…

Typically, the summer heat leaves folks with an easier schedule. An easier schedule leaves more time to blog. The opposite has been true for me. I’m swamped! Broke and swamped. I’m so broke these days, I can’t even afford to pay attention anymore.

Meanwhile, there have been a bazillion things I wanted to note that has happened in recent weeks. Cherry-picking information from here and there rounds up some interesting things once the pieces were laid out in front of me. I have about two hours before I’m off and running again…Got an outdoor grilling for roasted corn on the cob, burgers on the grill and bowl full of laughs.

The Tennessee Shooting

Just a few weeks ago, there was a shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee inside a church. While services were going on, a stranger barged on in and killed a few parishioners, yelling about how much he hates (political) liberals. Few bothered to note the horrible scene, except a few liberal bloggers and a fifteen-second mention on national news. (NBC mentioned the story, but if I recall – they failed to mention the shooters hatred for liberal people. CBS and ABC, that I’m aware, didn’t bother mentioning it at all.)

Pieces I found interesting, came from:

Joe.My.God

Joe, one of my favorite bloggers, noted that

The man who ministers to East Tennessee’s largest gay and lesbian congregation says his church won’t rest easy until members know what Jim David Adkisson wrote. “The more clarity, the better,” said the Rev. Bob Galloway, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in West Knoxville. “We need to know what we’re dealing with. Is it just liberals he was targeting? Is it just gays? Was it all these things mixed together? We need to know.” Galloway said his church serves about 180 people from around East Tennessee, about 85 percent of them gay or lesbian. Some of his parishioners turned around on the way to church and went home Sunday morning when they heard a man had shot up a liberal, gay-friendly church on the west side of town. “They thought it was us,” Galloway said.

The temptation here is to write fictional a piece and inverting everything as it relates to the players in the story. Think about it…

A gay man, waring a pair of bubble-gum pink patten-leather boots with a four inch spiked heel, walks into an ultra-conservative church with a 12-gauge shotgun and screaming like a nellie-queen, blowing away everybody in the sanctuary.

Do you think that story would be really big news? Do you think CBS and ABC would spend more than thirty minutes talking about it? Do you think Fox News would spend three weeks worth of “Special Reports” on the horrors of “the gay lifestyle” while James Dobson would be screaming on his Focus on the Family show why “the gays” are a menace to society?! It’s the patent hypocrisy from the media that seems to piss me off the most. It’s laughable to hear people like Rush Limbaugh and [insert your GOP family members’ names here] go on month-long gripes about a “Liberal Media”. The part that’s the most laughable – Rush Limbaugh is the media!

Knoxville News

Somewhere else, I spotted someone complaining about the contents within Adkisson’s home. Rather than spending a half-hour finding it, I’d rather cut-to-the-chase and go right to the source. Remember, I have burgers and roasted corn in a few minutes.

Inside the house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.

The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of “the liberal movement,” and he planned to shoot until police shot him, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.

Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his “hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said. “Liberals in general, as well as gays.”

For some reason, all of this pushing for “Hate Crimes” to be put in the books, seems to be a waste of time. We don’t need Hate Crimes legislation, we need to include Hannity, O’Reilly and Michael Saveage to stand trial for coercion.

A brilliant piece on the story was written and posted on CommonDreams.org – I highly recommend it.

Ferragamos

Do you remember the “Bill Clinton haircut” story from back in 1993? The story was absolutely false, and started from the Right Wing Propaganda machine, and hailed by the conservative pundits until people ended up believing the story as true.

Now do you remember “The John Edwards $400 haircut” story? Technically, that story was also not true – it was two haircuts totaling over $400 for both. But, that’s splitting hairs. The point being that the Right Wing Propaganda machine loves to show how vain and arrogant Liberal and Progressive politicians appear in the public sector.

Absolutely no attention is spent on the reason Edwards had his hair cut for $225 in some town in Iowa.

So let’s talk about the Ferragamos. Another piece from Joe.My.God was spotted one John McCain. It’s all about the shoes, Baby – It’s all about the shoes.

Did you hear anything in the news about John McCain wearing a $520 pair of loafers while on a golf outing?!

Christopher Hayes of The Nation says it beautifully:

If I were a right-wing blogger, and I found out that Barack Obama was wearing Ferragamo loafers that cost $520, I would spend about 50% of my waking hours making sure everyone knew this. I would mock him for being an out-of-touch elitist and make jokes like, “If you think that’s a lot, you should see how much his purse costs ” I would send the link to Drudge and wait for Instapundit to pick it up, and then watch gleefully as Fox News ran segments about how Barack Obama’s $500 loafers vitiate his entire economic platform. But of course, I’m not a right-wing blogger. And the $520 shoes belong to John McCain. And frankly, I don’t think how much his shoes cost matters one whit for how he’d govern the country.

Makes ya kind of smirk when you think about the Right Wing Propaganda machine when they were crawling all over Nancy Pelosi for wanting a bigger airplane! Yeah – that story was debunked, too.

Women Hating

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill was to force employers to shore up the discrimination of pay for women to equal that of their male colleagues. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi wrote in her blog The Gavel:

The House has just passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 1338, by a vote of 247-178. Although the wage gap between men and women has narrowed since the passage of the landmark Equal Pay Act in 1963, gender-based wage discrimination remains a problem for women in the U.S. workforce. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The Institute of Women’s Policy Research found that this wage disparity will cost women anywhere from $400,000 to $2 million over a lifetime in lost wages. Furthermore, loopholes created by courts and weak sanctions in the law have allowed many employers to avoid liability for engaging in gender-based pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), will strengthen the Equal Pay Act and close the loopholes that have allowed employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay.

Nice job, don’t you think?! Congratulations go to Congresswoman DeLauro!

Senator John McCain skipped the Ledbetter Fair Pay act last year which reinforced the issue. McCain, typical for a male chauvinist pig, stated that the act wasn’t necessary. He said that the disparity in pay was the woman’s fault, not the fault of the employer.

They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else,” McCain said. “And it’s hard for them to leave their families when they don’t have somebody to take care of them.

“It’s a vicious cycle that’s affecting women, particularly in a part of the country like this, where mining is the mainstay; traditionally, women have not gone into that line of work, to say the least,” he said.

He’s right you know… Employers shouldn’t be expected to pay “stupid chicks” the same he would pay for his buddies…

But that isn’t necessarily the interesting piece about this story. The interesting piece is to look at who voted AGAINST this bill!

Here in Minnesota: Michele Bachmann (R-6th CD)

I don’t understand why any woman would vote her politics over her sex. But when I consider Michele Bachmann and her Loony Tune antics while she’s been in the House… Well, maybe that’s not so hard to understand after all.

Other self-loathing women who voted against this bill?

  • Marilyn Musgrave (CO-4th CD)
  • Judy Biggert (IL-13th CD)
  • Candice Miller (MI-10th CD)
  • JoAnn Emerson (MO-8th CD)
  • Heather Wilson (NM R-1st CD)
  • Sue Myrick (NC-9th CD)
  • Virginia Fox (NC-5th CD)
  • (Mean) Jean Schmidt (OH-2nd CD)
  • Roberta Latta (OH-5th CD)
  • Deborah Pryce (OH-15th CD)
  • Mary Fallin (OK-5th)
  • Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th CD)
  • Thema Drake (VA 2nd CD)
  • Cathy Rogers McMorris (WA-5th CD)
  • Barbara Cubin (WY-0 CD)

I have a suggestion for Speaker Pelosi: Hold another vote to cute these women’s paychecks to reflect the discrimination as appropriate. Fascinating that these are women who’ll choose their political affiliations over their sex and the women of their district. Rather than doing the right thing, they’ll decide to vote whatever the GOP tells them to do.

I say; “Cut their pay as Congress-critters and tell them that as their employer, Speaker Pelosi doesn’t feel they’re neither educated , nor trained well enough to receive the same pay as their Congressional counterparts.” That’ll learn them!

Now if you would excuse me, I have a picnic to attend…

The Life and Times of “Eric, The Red”

I think the GOP’s tiny little heads are about to explode, and I love it. EverythingOld Fruitflies inside of their dime-sized world is caving into this nefarious vacuum hole of theirs and they have nothing that can be done about it. On the Dems side; grassroots aren’t too excited about Hillary Clinton. (Except Bartcop of course. He loves the Clintons and Americana life when Clinton was in office. It’s a little bit Norman Rockwellian, but we love Bart just the same.) I think all of us are thrilled to support Barack Obama, Hillary (and John Edwards). …just not so much with Hillary. We definitely need change, in all of it.

Clinton WinceOne of my friends said to me one day; “Actually, having Hillary as President would be loads fun just to hear the Repukes whining and bawling all over again. I mean, the Repukes can only blame themselves with all of their stupid scandals, their wars, their Attorney General crap and now the economy… A return of the Clintons was an obvious result! Life with the Clintons was far better than life with the Bushes.”

And I couldn’t agree more. Bartcop is right: Life with the Clintons was a whole lot better than it was with the Bushes. And it’s a given: I’m not at all pleased with Obama’s stand things like gay marriage and I’ll gladly argue with him about his health care plans. But if Clinton wins the Big Brass Ring, I’ll gladly vote for her.

Republican ElephantUnfortunately, the GOP can’t say the same thing about the Old Goats on their team.

The Reds hate John McCain, and they hate him with a passion.

Face it: McCain’s win in Florida was a shoe-in. McCain is an ancient old grandpa of a man and where do most ancient old grandpas and grandmas go to live? Can you imagine how much fun we’ll have watching McCain go after that “Young Republicans” vote (again) trying to look “Hip”?

How well will John McCain go over trying out some rap music hoping to get that “youth vote”? In four months from now, will John McCain be showing up on college campuses looking like Methuselah wearing “gangsta colors” and loads of Bling?!

YouTube is going to become a mecca of animated shorts mocking McCain. Subjects of derision for his candidacy will include topics about McCain’s:

  • “dentures”
  • “trophy wife”
  • “trophy nurse”
  • “lists of his meds”
  • “Voting Records of the Dead” jokes.

You can fill in the blanks because McCain will be shooting them.

Last night, Eric at Red State heavily blogs while he’s watching the Florida Primaries and the results. I just happened to get a kick out of the “slow-motion” thing. With each entry you can see his hopes and dreams fade away with John McCain’s win. And I loved each and every entry.

@ 8:37PM Eric starts his night off bitching about Bill and Hillary:

Hillary Clinton has the support of both Alcee Hastings and Bill Clinton, the last two major political figures to be impeached by the Congress. I didn’t realize that.

Also, there is something disingenuous about the media coverage of Hillary’s race. The Democrats shut down the MIchigan and Florida delegations because of their calendar placements. All the candidates withdraw except Hillary.

I cannot believe the media is giving her campaign favorable treatment for breaking the rules in this way. It’s asinine.

She can’t win in valid contests so she’s going to invalid ones to win. Pitiful.

“Whatever you say, Lunchbox…” <sigh> Stupid Republicans.

Bitching about the Clintons must be a requirement to keep their Honorary Membership cards. The dumbasses.

@ 8:47PM (Ten minutes later) Eric’s cleaned out his his email and someone’s bitching at him about his hatred towards Ron Paul. (Red State has hated Ron Paul and Ron Paul supporters for months now. Eric of Red is apparently no exception.)

From: justin.campbell@scripps.com
Subject: [General Contact Form] Restate.com
Date: January 29, 2008 2:41:08 PM EST
To: RedState.com
Reply-To: justin.campbell@scripps.com

Justin Campbell sent a message using the contact form at
http://www.redstate.com/contact.

Shame on you for “banning” Ron Paul supporters from posting.

You can’t “ban” the truth – as much as you want to…

You should be scared. It’s a Ron Paul Revolution.

[expletive deleted] REDSTATE.COM

@ 8:54Pm (seven minutes later), Eric blogs again. In less than fifteen minutes he’s realized the winner and he’s decided to open a bottle of booze. Eric the Drunk the Red says:

Can John McCain win a Republican primary when just Republicans vote? We’ll find out tonight.

Here’s your open thread.

Polls close at 7pm, but remember the Panhandle is in the Central Time Zone while the rest of the state is Eastern Time Zone.

Exit polling shows a neck and neck race between McCain and Romney.

[UPDATE:] Seniors, veterans, Hispanics, and those concerned about the economy broke for McCain. Conservatives and evangelicals broke for Romney. A reporter from a major news service has called asking for my comment on McCain’s narrow win tonight.

[UPDATE AT 9:12:] John McCain can win in a Republican Primary and he has. Ladies and Gentlemen, we now have our front runner and more likely than not our nominee. Make of that what you will. Me? I’m turning to drink.

[UPDATED AT 9:18:] The way this is shaping up, it’s military vs. conservatives. Likewise, like with Howard Dean in 2004, let’s strike from the rule book the notion that the guy who has the most money wins. Here’s an unpleasant truth for conservatives tonight, myself included: Mitt Romney will limp on, but keep his stack of silver medals in 2nd place. Rudy is over. I’m still voting for Fred. John McCain, at least, I maintain is probably the most viable against Hillary or Obama.

He’s begun doing shooters…

Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s prepare for John McCain as our nominee. As of tonight, the writing is on the wall.

…Now here he’s pissed that he’s had too many shooters…

And I want my party back, by the way. Apparently the McCain people are reading my last line as insulting, which was not my point (I’ll have something up later). For now, I mean it, but I retract it. Tune in tomorrow for exactly what I mean.

@ 9:50PM (Fifty-six minutes later) Eric stumbling around looking for his bunny slippers:

Tonight was not a failure of conservatism, but a triumph of military voters who have made their home in the Republican Party because we are the party of a strong national defense.

In both South Carolina and Florida, they won it for McCain. In the grand coalition of the GOP, we’ve talked about social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. We’ve all ignored the military voters, except John McCain. And he won them big. His message resonated.

And the man still has an +80% conservative rating. I shed no tears.

In the morning, Eric’s had a really bad night’s sleep. He’s pissed because of all the booze and he didn’t just dream this nightmare. He isn’t dead and there’s no hope he’ll spend eternity with 72 virgins. He writes this piece entitled “Electile Dysfunction“, let’s see if you can detect the dank scent of hangover:

I want my party back. I really do. My party, if you will remember, is the one that fights the Democrats on spending, instead of pushing them aside to get a place at the trough.

My party is the one that is conservative without Michael Gerson.

My party is the one where we can disagree politely on matters without calling each other traitor.

Now, personally, I blame George W. Bush for all of this. You can blame Romney or McCain or Giulilani if you want. But George W. Bush left us with a political power vacuum. He knew Cheney wouldn’t run. Cheney would be the heir apparent. Instead of pointing us in a direction, we had this wonderful primary season that has split the party into pieces.

The GOP has a pattern of going with the heir apparent. The party is keeping true to form by heading toward McCain. It has nothing to do with rejecting conservatism. It has everything to do with conservatives following history and tradition and traditionally we’ve always known who the heir was going to be.

George W. Bush, in his utter disregard for the conservatism of the party, decided to break with past precedent on this issue and we find ourselves in the present mess. Along the way, he also gave us big government conservatism, Michael Gerson, Dan Bartlett, an immigration fight, and out of control spending by his own party.

So now we are left with Romney and McCain.

nelson muntzHA!!! So now it’s George W’s fault!!! HAHA!! You can’t get more entertainment than that!

The Republicans have been the Party of Hate since the days of Ronald Ray-Gun. They have a laundry list of everything and everybody that they despise. And now, Redstate has added the Village Idiot to that very same list. Nothing more funny than a Red Ripe Republican bitching and whining about George W after seven years of insanity inside the Oval Office.

Mister Eric of Red; “Have you recently figured out that King George was an Idiot? Or have you been the True Idiot all along?!”. It’s like bitching about hearing Satanic voices by playing Led Zepplen’s “Stairway to Heaven” backwards and using an 8-Track player to prove your point.

The GOP isn’t a political party. It isn’t even a social construct to reflect a political frame of thought. The GOP is social disease of hatred and contempt for anything remotely related to connected to Americana. They hate our Right toFruitFly 6 Privacy, so they eavesdrop on us. They hate our Right to be Free of Religion, so they give money to selected religious groups. They hate our Right to be Free, so they decide who we are and are not allowed to marry. They hate our Right to be Americans and so they terrorize us.

…And now, they’ve finally, after all of these years…they’ve finally begun to hate themselves.

Redstate is Blaming the GOP for Turning Virginia Blue

Old FruitfliesThis is awesome… From Redstate:

Here’s a case study on why the GOP is failing in Virginia. It has taken me some time to compile this. I wanted to talk to representatives of the various candidates. They confirm what I report below. Likewise, I talked to a Democrat who confirms that the Democratic Party of Virginia did not stoop to the level of jackassery that the Republican Party of Virginia did.

In Virginia, all candidates must collect a minimum of 10,000 signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot. To make it tougher, the signatures must be collected on forms provided by the board of elections and the forms must be signed AND NOTARIZED by the solicitor. Its a big big undertaking.

Once the petitions were due, the state board of elections immediately turned them over to the respective state party chairs. The party chairs have complete authority to determine who qualifies and who doesn’t.

The Virginia Democratic Party actually went out and collected 7,500 signatures for each of their presidential candidates. Edwards, Richardson, and Kucinich all submitted the bare minimum of 10,000 signatures. Guess what? They were all approved.

Giuliani In Dragblah blah blah… and then this:

Contrast that with the Republican Party of Virginia:

Romney, Fred, Rudy, McCain, Huckabee, and Paul all filed over 15,000 signatures each – well above the recommended minimums.

So what did the Virginia GOP do? Well, they did absolutely nothing to help any of the candidates other than put out clipboards at their state fair booth.

Then they decided to attempt some kind of unprecedented “verification” process.

blah blah blah… and finally this:

Meanwhile the Democrats will be on the ballot in Virginia – a state that probably won’t even matter in this process since their primary is February 12th – and they’ll all be focusing on building their ground game to beat us.

The Virginia GOP should be embarrassed.

What’s the matter with our party???????

Keep LeftLOL! I’m reminded of a story I read back in September ’07 when Virginia State Senator Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax Co.)…:

On the campaign trail, Devolites Davis describes herself as an independent, a moderate who can best represent a centrist constituency. At a forum Thursday night before Equality Fairfax, a gay-rights organization, she called herself a “RINO” — Republican in Name Only — a derogatory term used by members of the GOP’s conservative wing.

Republican Virginians have been pandering for votes from the Virginia GLBT voters for the past six months while the Redstate geeks pretend not to be interested.

GOPLet’s not ignore the GOP ballot in Virginia in 2004 when they kicked “The Gays” in the teeth with a ballot that yanked any dismal idea of “partnership” rights between two people of the same sex. That included those business labels like “LLC” partnerships and applying for fishing licenses for trout steams where you and your “partner” needed to buy some bait.

These are the same Republicans who are now groveling themselves in front of GLBT groups happily identifying themselves with acronyms that identify themselves as GOP shit and spit.

Redstate contributors must have ate the lead-paint when they were kids. They’re only about five months behind the curve-ball on what’s going on in Virginia.

In 10 months, they’ll be running another surprise piece on how stunned they are that Virginia elected Mark Warner to US Senate and has become the first official Southern State to turn Blue since 1964.

The Dems already own the Commonwealth’s Senate, and they elected a Dem to succeed Warner as Governor. Virgnians kicked out George Allen in exchange for anti-Iraqi warFruitFly 6 Blue-Dog Jim Webb. Now when they have state senators happily bragging to be called a “RINO”, you know it’s going to be bad.

Really bad…. Psss! …Really, really bad.

The Lastest Poll-Dancing in New Hampshire

Brittney Pole DanceYeah, that’s Britney dancing with a “poll”. Since Britney’s been such a strong supporter of the GOP and GW Bush, I think it’s high time that we highlight the Darling of the GOP. Her ideas behind “good family values” are important! …And her “values” should be considered in this years election season! After all; being a liberal and a progressive should include all Americans; including Britney! Whether they’re a slutty Republican or not!

…<sigh> Okay… That’s enough looking at that – “prized possession”. I feel like a need a date with a can of Lysol. (What is with the hole in the fishnet stocking? Really?! Was it necessary?! It was really necessary?!!?)

…Let’s talk about some real polls in the upcoming New Hampshire primaries.

On Tuesday, the good people of New Hampshire will throw their votes at their best guess of a leader for the 2008 election campaign. Everybody’s cramming in their poll numbers via their own “Idiot Phone Bandits”. They’re hiring temporary employee’s who’s job it is to dial the good citizens of the New Hampshire and harass them with a barrage of stupid questions hoping to “spread the word.” They’re harassing them during their dinner hour, while they’re un-packing their grocery sacks, or in the morning while they’re getting their children ready for the school bus…

Where are their thoughts on the economy? What are they thinking about the housing slump? Who do they think would be the best president to clean up after King George? (Iquiring minds want to know!)

I ripped the following text from a guy named Ashish at a blogger site called 411mania.com. So if you want to yell and holler because your Dude or Dudette is doing better at some other Poll Dance site, you can blame him. (Besides, Ashish’s political commentary was pretty sucky, so I killed all of that out.)

Here’s Ashish from 4-1-1 mania.com:

Plenty of new polls for New Hampshire came out this weekend and there is no denying it, Barack Obama has a big lead.

  • The new USA Today/Gallup poll has Obama up by 13 points, 41% to Hillary’s 28%, with John Edwards at 19%.
  • The new CNN/WMUR poll has Obama up by 10 points, 39% to Hillary’s 27%, with John Edwards at 16%.
  • The new Strategic Vision poll has Obama up by 9 points, 38% to Hillary’s 29%, with John Edwards at 19%.
  • The new ARG poll has Obama up by 12 points, 38% to Hillary’s 26%, with John Edwards at 20%.
  • The new Rasmussen poll has Obama up by 12 points, 39% to Hillary’s 27%, with John Edwards at 18%.

On the Republican side, John McCain seems to be pulling away from Mitt Romney.

  • The new CNN/WMUR poll has John McCain up 6 points, 32% to Romney’s 26%, with Mike Huckabee at 14%. Huckabee’s 14% is the highest he has been in New Hampshire, so he is also seeing a bit of an Iowa boost.
  • The new USA Today/Gallup poll has John McCain up 4 points, 34% to Romney’s 30%, with Mike Huckabee at 13%.
  • The new Strategic Vision poll has John McCain up 8 points, 35% to Romney’s 27%, with Mike Huckabee at 13%.
  • The new ARG poll has John McCain up 14 points, 39% to Romney’s 25%, with Mike Huckabee at 14%.
  • And Rasmussen has John McCain up 2 points, 32% to Romney’s 30%, with Mike Huckabee at 11%.men and women have been killed in Iraq since 2003. Which of these Presidential candidates are proposing a change to these numbers? If you pick GOP George W. Bush: I have a slut-whore who loves to poll-dance.

Over 3,500 Americans have been slaughtered in a war that was started by presenting counterfeited evidence to the United Nations’ Security Council. Are you going to vote for a another President of the United States who supports four more years of fake politics and authentic tyranny? Seriously! Are you gonna vote for counterfeited evidence in favor for more continued war? Really? You might consider it? ..OrFruitFly are you definetely considering it?!

Perhaps a better question asked: “Do you have holes in your fishnet-stocking?”

Huckleberry and Obama wins: Iowa Caucus Totals Coming In Now

Caucus RoomFrom CNN, 6 minutes ago:

With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Obama had the support of 36 percent of voters, compared to 31 percent for Edwards and 30 percent for Clinton.

With 41 percent of Republican precincts reporting, Huckabee had the support of 31 percent of voters, compared to 23 percent for Mitt Romney. Fred Thompson had 13 percent and John McCain had 12.

Rudy Giuliani, who has turned the focus of his campaign to the February 5 “Super Tuesday” primaries, trailed with 11 percent.

Think Progress is reporting from Politicalticker a survey the notes who’s showing up to vote for Huckleberry Hound:

On the Republican side, “nearly 75 percent are over the age of 45. There are slightly more men than women.” Approximately 60 percent identify themselves as evangelical Christians. Immigration is the top issue.

Why are we not surprised? Republicans are so disgusted, they’re staying home. The nursing homes everywhere throughout Iowa are empty and they’re voting with their Bibles instead of their noggins.

The Democrats are showing up in droves. MSNBC, via Obama’s blog pages are reporting that young people are appearing in stunning numbers.

Senator Barack Obama : 35.09%Clinton Wince
Senator John Edwards : 31.16%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 30.89%
Governor Bill Richardson : 1.78%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.94%
Uncommitted : 0.11%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.03%
Precincts Reporting: 1247 of 1781

Bill Richardson should go home immediately and begin his election campaign for US Senate to replace Pete Domenici’s vacancy. Biden and Dodd should get a manicure and a haircut and look forward to getting a phone call from Obama or Edwards to run as their Veep.FruitFly

Tim Russert on MSNBC just reported that some 50% of those showing up to caucus for the Democrats were doing it for the first time in their lives. And, an overwhelming amount of those who did show up, when asked if they did because of the “War in Iraq” or for “Change”: an overwhelming majority said they were there because they wanted Change. Russrt also noted that this is the same Iowa who voted for Bush in ’04.

Found on the Outhouse Floor

Rudy Giuliani ‘s Catholic Pervert

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In case we all forgot about Rudy’s love toward corrupt and now jailed Bernard Kerik… Rudy’s personal driver was placed as NYPD Police Commissioner, named a partner in Giuliani’s consulting firm, and then placed on the “short-list” to head up Homeland Security. But that was long before Kerik plead guilty for corruption charges and thrown in jail. Now Giuliani declares that he’s “BFF” with an accused child-molester, Monsignor Alan Placa.

houseflyIt would figure that a blow-hard would be best friends with a Catholic cock-sucker.

Plans expected are that the “Liberal Media” will be scrutinizing this story with headlines repeated on CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC for the next nine weeks. PBS, run and managed by Satan worshiping homosexuals, are planning on a five month mini-series to study Monsignor’s victims and raffle through his personal checkbooks. Said CNN’s mega-liberal Wolf Blitzer: “You think you’re tired of Anna Nichole Smith stories on ‘Entertainment Tonight?! You ain’t see nothing yet!”

Conservative Christians are horrified by the news and talks have begun on a public stoning on both Giuliani and Placa.

Barak Obama Climbs In Bed With X-Gay Jesus-Preacher

He’s fuzzy on the gay marriage issue, he flubs up on the “Gen Peter Pace thinks Gays are Immoral” story, he’s AWOL when it comes to the Jenna 6 story, he’s non-committal on saluting the Red, White and Blue and now Barak Obama’s in bed sodomizing an “X-Gay” who’s on a Gospel singing senation in South Carolina.

Donnie McClurkinDonnie McClurkin, a self-righteous “Christian” singer who claims he’s been cured of his propensity for pole-smoking and foreskins, claims homosexuals are a curse.

From their bed, BarakBlack Garbage Fly Obama defended his relationship with McClurkin in a written statement where he said:

I have clearly stated my belief that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters and should be provided the respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens. I have consistently spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists in some parts our community so that we can confront issues like HIV/AIDS and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country.

houseflyOnce he finished writing those words, McClurkin offered his own views about their relationship from underneath the bed-linens by saying:

“Murphmmmphpmph. Mrfmmmfmfmf…mm!! Mrphphmmmph -murphmph”

Mitt Romney Opens His Mouth and More Stupid Things Come Out

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, slipped and flip-flopped again on the war on terrorism and “accidentally” called Barak Obama “Osama” (bin laden) in SC. Romney said:

“Actually, just look at what Osam — Barack Obama — said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield. … It’s almost as if the Democratic contenders for president are living in fantasyland. Their idea for jihad is to retreat, and their idea for the economy is to also retreat. And in my view, both efforts are wrongheaded.”

Update:

Ben Smith @ Politicol tried to milk a rationalization:

Apparently, Mitt Romney can switch names just as casually as he switches positions, but what’s wrongheaded is continuing a misguided war in Iraq that has left America less safe. It’s time to end the divisiveness and fear-mongering that is at the heart of Governor Romney’s campaign.

Then (Mitt Romney)  he took a swipe at John Edwards with:

 

Deer FlyIt’s my personal belief that having someone like John Edwards, a senator, who goes out and communicates that there is no global war on terror — that it’s just a Bush bumper sticker — I think that is a position that is not consistent with the facts.”

Edwards was the first to responded with:Crayola

First of all, he’s got seeming amnesia. He himself has said that we’re not in a war in terror — I’ll paraphrase it — terrorists are at war with us.

After which, Edwards sent Romney a Crayola box of 64 with the built-in sharpener.

CNN’s Glenn Beck: “Malibu Fires Are Punishing Liberals/Democrats”

CNN’s smartest “news” commentator Glenn Beck shows his patriotism by noting the Malibu fires is a result of the local residents’ hatred toward America.

“I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.”

USA Flag PinHe then placed a flag-pin on his coat lapel and went on by saying:

There are a few people that hate America. But I don’t think the Democrats are those. I think there are those posing as Democrats that are like that.Uncle Sam Hat

Then he put on his Uncle Sam hat, popped a lithium and began singing “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy!”and tap-danced his ass off the stage.

Of course, following Beck’s logic, God’s been beating the shit out of “I Hate America” Red states like Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama for the past three years.

Forbes Magazine Ranks Minnesota 15th Greenest State

Minnesota’s been given the award of the “greenest state” followed by extra-green states like New Jersey and Maryland. While New Jersey claims less commuter miles driven each day to work and Maryland claims lower carbon footprints, it’s allhousefly in how it’s stacked up, according to the magazine’s reporters Brian Wingfield and Miriam Marcus.

 

On top: Vermont, Oregon and Washington. All have low carbon dioxide emissions per capita (or “carbon footprints”), strong policies to promote energy efficiency and high air quality, as indicated by their major metro areas that are low in smog and ozone pollution. They’re also among the states with the most buildings (on a per capita basis) that have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s benchmark certification, known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

FruitFlyMinnesota was rudely kicked to 15th place, the authors’ said, because Minnesota’s leadership keep polluting its rivers by throwing their citizens and their automobiles while crossing the I-35 bridge. “Besides”, Ms. Marcus said; “Technically; Minnesota is only green for about four months out of the year. The rest of the year, Minnesota is all white!”