Saturday, July 10, 2010

Right Turns ...

Wow, yesterday was a good day!

Well, for Democrats, anyway, a k a – eek! – liberals.

Did you see? The Right was sniping at itself. And at least one journalist was actually doing his job and calling out those who like to perpetuate falsehoods. And constituents were making their displeasure known in a town-hall meeting. And a high-ranking senator took down one of the GOP's likely contenders for the presidential nod in 2012. And one high-profile candidate was being a whiny girl.

Here, then, for those of you who aren't regular readers of political sites, a gleeful round-up:

From Daily Kos, citing an AP interview with Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC):

In a revealing interview with AP, Inglis -- a bona fide conservative who took office in the GOP revolution of 1994 and helped lead the impeachment of Bill Clinton -- said the Republican Party had become poisoned by demagogues and racists. Inglis singled out Sarah Palin's oft-repeated (but false) claim that there were "death panels" in the health care reform bill.

"There were no death panels in the bill ... and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It's not leadership. It's demagoguery," said Inglis, one of three Republican incumbents who have lost their seats in Congress to primary and state party convention challengers this year.

Inglis said voters eventually will discover that you're "preying on their fears" and turn away.

You can read the entire piece here.

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, on CNBC, Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute repeated the talking point [that the Obama administration is refusing to waive the Jones Act out of deference to the will of labor unions], but he ran into a host who had done his homework. CNBC’s Mark Haines noted that 68 different offers of foreign cleanup help have been accepted, and then challenged Bader to cite examples of the Jones Act causing a problem:

HAINES: How many rejections under the Jones Act?

BADER: I don’t know how many.

HAINES: Excuse me, Senator McCarthy, you can’t tell us how many there are? I want the facts, give us hard facts, give us evidence, not innuendo, not baseless accusations, okay? It’s offensive to intelligence. The fact is sir, you have told us there are examples of rejections and you can not name a single one.

(I love the "Senator McCarthy" crack!)

You can read the entire piece here.

Also from Think Progress:

This past Wednesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) held a town hall in Layton, Utah, to hear the concerns of his constituents. The senator covered issues ranging from immigration to his votes against confirming Supreme Court justices.

During one point of the town hall, Hatch opened up the floor for questions from his constituents. One asked him why, given the reckless and criminal behavior of Wall Street financial elites in the lead up to the financial crisis, there have not been more significant prosecutions of bankers who broke the law. While Hatch quickly agreed that some bankers may have committed crimes and should be investigated, he quickly veered off to attacking Democratic proposals to place new regulations on Wall Street.

The same questioner then followed up, “I don’t think you get it, sir. We’re angry at the bankers, I don’t want to hear all this about the government!”

You can read the entire piece here.

And from the website of Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), the first paragraph of a take down of Mitt Romney:

Governor Mitt Romney’s hyperbolic attack on the New START Treaty in the July 6 edition of The Washington Post repeats discredited objections and appears unaware of arms control history and context. In advancing these arguments, he rejects the Treaty’s unequivocal endorsement by the Defense Department led by Secretary Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also distances himself from prominent Republican national security leaders, including Jim Schlesinger, Henry Kissinger, James Baker, and Brent Scowcroft, who have backed the Treaty after thoughtful analysis.

You can read the entire press release here.

And from Huffington Post, this lede about Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate hoping to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle may be the darling of the Tea Party movement, but within the Nevada GOP community, the conservative hopeful has been criticized as "a very difficult person," "an ultra-right winger" and someone the state "can't rely on" to be their representative in Washington.

A growing number of Nevada Republicans are expressing skepticism over Angle's Senate candidacy. Some are even signaling they may not vote for the GOP contender over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.

You can read the entire piece here.

And speaking of Angle, now that her feet are being held to the fire, she's calling out Reid for trying to "hit the girl" in this piece from Washington Monthly citing Politico:

GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle claimed that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) aimed to "hit the girl" in the pair's competitive race for his Senate seat, using the phrase in two separate interviews on Wednesday.

"It is also the corruption in Washington, DC that is characterized by Harry Reid, lets-make-a-deal cronyism, politics as usual, and so we're saying dirty tricks Harry is up to his dirty tricks one more time and he's just trying to hit the girl," Angle said on the Alan Stock Show.

"You know, isolate that Sharron Angle, marginalize her and then demonize her," she said in a separate appearance on the Heidi Harris Show. "And he has been doing that to me and what we need to do is say, 'you know Harry, it's not going to do you any good to hit the girl.'"

Really, Sharron? You're trying to unseat the leader of the Senate and you're going to start whining that he should be nicer to you because you're a girl?

You can read the entire piece here.

Thanks, as ever, to pal Doreen for pointing me toward some of these gems and for continually keeping me in the know.


Blogger Doreen said...

I know this all came to lignt on a Friday, but I am hoping the momentum keeps up from now until November .... Yes PEOPLE are PISSED, DISAPPOINTED, HURTING .... and rightly so - but keep in mind 18 months is a spit in the ocean compared to the 8 years Repubs fouled the nest - the Repubs digging their heels in and sating NO to everything (including a HIGH % of ideas THEY THOUGHT OF !!!) is NOT HELPING .... for anyone to think voting them back in to power will help is like thinking drinking a molotov cocktail for breakfast is a good idea.

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