Category Archives: Politics

Bill O’Reilly Pwned by….Bill O’Reilly

What a tool.

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White Southern Republican Calls Black Democratic Presidential Nominee “Uppity”

Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmorland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

That would be Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland talking about the Democratic nominee for president. 

What’s “uppity” mean? Fast forward to 3:19 if you’re pressed for time.

What’s Westmoreland really so afraid of?  What’s he sounding the alarm about? Some video of Westmoreland himself shouting a warning from the rooftops:

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My Interview With Rick Noriega

Rick Noriega is the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas.  His opponent is incumbent Republican Bush clone John Cornyn. 

This is a steep, uphill battle for Rick.  Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.  But a lot of Democrats believe that this is our year and Rick is the candidate to do it. 

They may be right.  Noriega’s resume is impressive: Representitive in the Texas House since 1998, Soldier since 1979, and graduate of the Harvard School of Government (where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy).   He’s a fourth generation Houstonian, campaigns hard and does not hold back in going after Cornyn’s sad devotion to George Bush. 

Unfortunately, I only had about five minutes with him. If you’re looking for a longer interview, Charles Kuffner talked to him back in February (audio only). 

Sorry the video is shaky.  Now go contribute.

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The DNC Has Its Shit Together

McCain = Bush.  That’s all this election is about, and the DNC nails it.

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First Meeting of the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Fan Club

During the primaries, I just couldn’t listen to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  I’ve always liked DWS, but her support of Hillary Clinton drove me nuts.  So I tuned her out. 

No more.  Here was her reaction to Sarah Palin’s speech last night:

 I thought she delivered it well. And that’s about all the credit I can give her. You know, I’ve seen candidates for the student council in public schools in my district deliver speeches well also. That doesn’t mean it’s their turn to run the country.

Sweet.

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John McCain Served in Vietnam?

John McCain served honorably in Vietnam.  He cites that service whenever he’s questioned about an issue for which he doesn’t have a good answer.  Instead of describing any particular policy or his twenty six year record in Washington, his convention has been a three day description McCain’s military record.  Expect to hear even more about it in his acceptance speech tonight.

Remember that just a couple of weeks ago, McCain was criticized for his inability to remember how many many houses he owns.  At the Democratic convention, Joe Biden said that McCain couldn’t understand kitchen table issues because he would first have to decide over which kitchen table he would discuss them. McCain ultimately formulated this non-sequitur of a response:

I spent five and a half years in a prison cell, I didn’t have a house, I didn’t have a kitchen table, I didn’t have a table, I didn’t have a chair,” said McCain, citing his history as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. “I spent those five and half years not because I wanted to get a house when I got back home.”

Subject changed.  No longer was the issue McCain’s age, forgetfulness, or inability to identify with the difficulties facing average Americans. 

Intimidated, the media let him off the hook: How can you question a war hero and former POW about whether his memory is what it used to be or whether he understands what life is like for other Americans?  So they didn’t.

When John Kerry ran for president in 2004, Republicans savaged his service in Vietnam.  Republican delegates, in a particularly unpatriotic display, wore purple Band-Aids at their convention to mock what they claimed were exaggerated or falsified descriptions of the circumstances under which he was wounded in battle. 

Swift Boat Vets for Truth, a Bush front group, was vicious.  They alleged that accounts of Kerry’s bravery in combat were exaggerated or even fabricated.  In short, they lied about him

Democrats, by contrast, have gone out of their way to honor McCain’s service, and rightfully so. 

But in ’04, Kerry didn’t help.  His references to his experience in war — like McCain’s — were overbearing and frequently came off as self-serving.  I recall hearing conservative bloviators suggest that he went to Vietnam simply so that he could use it as a resume-booster thirty five years later in a run for president. 

Throughout the ’04 campaign, James Taranto, who writes for OpinionJournal, referred to Kerry as the “haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam.”  It’s a great line and effectively mocked Kerry’s incessant references to his service.  It turned Kerry’s frequent references to his service into a joke. 

Kerry’s service itself became a liability.  He was seen as a limp-wristed pansy who didn’t know how to fight a war.  Meanwhile, Bush, who avoided Vietnam and skipped out on his National Guard unit, became a steely-eyed warrior with the fortitude to defend America. 

It was completely absurd.  So where are the mainstream editorialists mocking John McCain for pulling out his service every time he can’t think of a better answer?

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The Point Exactly

Steve Benen makes it:

Seriously, what’s the message of the week in St. Paul? That Republican governing works? No. That Republicans have a legitimate policy agenda? No. That the next four years should be different from the last eight? No. It’s simple: “Your house may be on fire, but don’t trust that man standing outside with a hose, because he doesn’t share your values.”

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