Sunday, September 20, 2009

Joe Wilson Election: Chances Damaged By Outburst

I would like to believe that there is a chance that Wilson will be turned out at the next cycle, but, honestly, I believe it's a long shot. His district and the sixth district (Rep. James Clyburn) were carefully gerrymandered to isolate the more democratic areas (6th) and create another solid republican district. Prior to the last gerrymandering, SC had 3 democrats and 3 republicans in it's house delegation. The 2nd district is no accident, it was intended to be solidly republican. Wilson enjoys solid majority support in his home district and while the race may be closer this time, 50.1 - 49.9 is still a win for Wilson. Things may be different when the districts are reapportioned after the 2010 census, but with the GOP in charge of the reapportionment, I don't expect many changes.
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Obama: Race Not The "Overriding Issue" (VIDEO)

The key word the President used is "overriding." Is race the overriding issue? When this great nation is taken as a whole the answer would be probably not. If you focus certain regions, for example, parts of NC, most of SC, GA, AL and MS (chosen from my personal experience), no doubt race plays a significant role, but it's the same subtle racism the GOP has used to successfully build a majority in these areas and it's not going away.

The overriding issue is that the GOP has come to represent overgrown children who tantrum when they don't get their way. To expect them to enter into dialogue is naive... they simply are incapable, from what I have seen, of entertaining any idea save their own, and will reject their own idea if it's presented by a Democrat. Limbaugh set the agenda in January, "I want to see this president fail." Nothing has changed or will change. If making accommodations to appease them is the path he chooses, he will fail.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Sanford On Wilson: It's Time To Move On

One should keep in mind that for Governor Sanford, moving on means keeping the scandal in the public eye with his "apology tour" of the state. It would be possible to move past the whole sordid mess, if weren't attending every Rotary Club meeting in the state to "apologize."

He's been locked away in the Governor's mansion for seven years (except for a few trips to Argentina) and (fortunately) hasn't bothered to get off of his fanny to promote his own agenda. As a result, he hasn't been able to implement his plans even though his party controls both houses of the legislature. Now that his "base" is calling for his resignation, he starts campaigning to keep the job he hasn't done for seven years.

If Rep. Wilson follows Sanford's "move on" example, he'll be offering his same passive-aggressive non-apology daily from now until next November.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rush Limbaugh: "Obama's America - White Kids Get Beat Up With The Black Kids Cheering" (AUDIO)

At the risk of overstating the obvious, Rush has no idea what happens on a typical school bus. I rode a bus to school for 12 years in rural South Carolina over thirty-five years ago, riding an hour each way most of the time. Fights occasionally broke out. It happened when everyone on the bus was white and it happened after the schools and buses were integrated. When fights broke out, some cheered. This has nothing to do with "Obama's America." The only difference between "Obama's America" and the America of times past is that now you have a bunch of whiney-assed loud mouths wailing about how much worse things are now that the occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has more melanin in his skin than previous occupants. What a bunch of crap.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Graham: Obama Speech A "Disaster," Public Option Dead (VIDEO)

Obviously he's been counselled to follow the talking points, because he was confused during the speech about when he was supposed to clap. It warms my heart to hear him embrace Joe Wilson's apology. Only South Carolina could elect these clowns. I can't decide whether Wilson, Sanford and DeMint are the Three Stooges or whether, along with Graham, they are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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Friday, September 11, 2009

SC GOP Joins Lawmakers Asking Sanford To Resign

The problem with Gov. Sanford goes deeper than the Argentine affair (which he can't seem to stop talking about). The bigger issue, now, is the trips he took on the private planes of supporters (or "personal friends" as he refers to them, though several are people he met only after he either began campaigning for governor or became governor) and failed to disclose. It is the appearance of "quid pro quo" from his efforts to "save the state money" that have so many of his own party (including 31 of 46 county GOP chairmen and 61 of 72 GOP state representatives) calling for his resignation.

Frankly, as a Democrat, I hope he stays in office... Everyday he remains helps increase the chance that our next governor will be a Democrat.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rep. Joe Wilson Yells Out "You Lie!" During Obama Health Care Speech (VIDEO)

Before tonight, I thought it could not be more difficult to be a proud South Carolinian. I was wrong. Thank you Rep. Wilson, for proving that Gov. Sanford, Sen. DeMint, Sen. Graham and the horse lover from Horry County were not aberrations. Pity us. The crazy tree is in full bloom here. One thing is for certain, I will not support Rep. Wilson's son in his race for state attorney general.
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

GOP Health Care Road Show: McConnell, McCain

I'm not sure how we could go any slower on enacting some sort of national universal healthcare. The idea was first put forth over one hundred years ago. We have dawdled and studied and studied and dawdled off and on since the first bill was introduced in 1915. While other countries acted, we did nothing. We are where we are today because we have done nothing to substantially increase the access of our people to quality healthcare.

We trail the industrialized world now in available and affordable healthcare and in education. The only category in which we lead the world is unmitigated arrogance. With leaders like these taking charge, we'll continue to provide the best the nineteenth century has to offer.
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Education Secretary: Furor Over Obama Speech 'Silly' (VIDEO)

I can understand why many parents are afraid to let their kids hear the president tell children to take their education seriously and to take responsibility now for making sure that we all have a brighter future.

The parents who oppose this are the same type who parade their ignorance on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and lose. If their children take their education seriously, they'll be smarter than their parents once they've passed third grade, and that could lead to disastrous results for the G.O.P.
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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Roy Sekoff Challenges Congressman On GOP's Criticism Of Obama School Speech

The sad fact as I see it from where I sit, the opposition to our president is less than thinly veiled racism. The strength of the GOP now lies in the states of the former Confederacy, which, prior to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, were solidly democratic. When the GOP began to openly pander to white evangelical Christians, the transformation of the GOP from "the party of Lincoln" to "the party of Trent Lott" became complete. It is no coincidence that all the talking heads bashing the president are white nor is it a coincidence that the vast majority of Fox News viewers are white. Anything the Presidents attempts will be met with stiff opposition, not just because of his party, but also because of his mixed race status.
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John Ashcroft Can Be Sued For Post-9/11 Detentions, Court Rules

It amazes me that after all the previous administration did to harm the constitution and to stain the overall concept of fair elections and the rule of law, that anti-Obama protesters accuse him of shredding the constitution. Ashcroft is one of many who should held accountable for their actions.
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Franken Calms Down Health Care Opponents (VIDEO)

We could certainly use an Al Franken representing South Carolina in the Senate. Of course, that would require more voters to have IQs exceeding their hat size, and based on all available data, that won't be happening any time soon.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Gay Blogger: Andre Bauer, South Carolina Lt. Governor, A Closeted Homosexual

This is South Carolina... Our closet has been straining the hinges for years. Wink and nod, it's all good.

Am I surprised that our governor would stoop so low? No, not at all.

It's too bad that we are so backward that gays can't be in the open without negative consequences.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The "Intolerance" Party? GOP Strategists Worry Ideologues Are Bad For The Party's Future

Having spent 20 of the last 30 years bitterly opposed to what was happening in my country, I have to admit that I get some pleasure watching the radically wrong publicly self-destruct. I hope the denizens of the GOP enjoy their time in the political wilderness as much as I enjoyed mine.
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Wheelchair-Bound Woman Shouted Down At New Jersey Health Care Town Hall (VIDEO)

As the incidence of bad behavior has ramped up at "town hall" meetings this summer, the paid but uncontrolled opponents bussed in by the health insurance lobby has unwittingly turned the tide in the debate. Not only will health insurance reform pass, but it will pass with a viable public option, thanks to antics such as this.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cheney In 2012? Some Key GOPers Aren't Kidding

This could be the news Democrats have longed for since the Reagan years. Proof that the ersatz Reagan Revolution has run its course. If the best hope the GOP has hangs on the pre-Alzheimer ranting of a weak-hearted criminal, then the Grand Old Party is truly irrelevant.
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