In the USA...United Surveillance AmericaDemocrats prepare to hammer Paul Ryan’s ‘Dracula in sheep’s clothing’ budget plan
Thursday, April 10, 2014 21:58 EDT
By David Lawder
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress can hardly contain their glee over the latest Republican budget plan, even though they loathe the details of the blueprint that would cut programs for the poor and funding of medical research.
Democrats view the document as a potent weapon in the November congressional elections and are betting that its emphasis on austerity and cuts to popular programs such as Medicare will provoke a backlash against Republicans.
Crafted by Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy, the budget proposes to eliminate annual deficits within 10 years. It won approval on Thursday in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. Republicans overwhelmingly supported the document, which got no Democratic votes.
Democrats see in the budget a rich vein of material they can use in attack ads against Republicans in this year’s congressional elections.
Republicans have been focusing on the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law in their campaign to retake the Senate.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called it a “moral imperative” to make sure the public was aware of the budget cuts that Republicans are proposing.
“How we reduce it to a bumper sticker, well, we will see,” she added.
The House floor debate this week offered a preview of the attack lines Democrats will use on the campaign trail. They lambasted the document as the “worst-ever” Ryan budget and conjured up frightening descriptions of its impact.
“It’s like a Dracula in sheep’s clothing coming in to suck the blood out of the middle class,” said Representative Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat.
Added Democrat Hakeem Jeffries of New York: “It is like a heat-seeking missile aimed directly at the American people. It is a parade of horribles too numerous to catalog.”
RAMPING UP ATTACK ADS
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is quickly ramping up an attack campaign against Republican candidates in important swing districts, called “Battleground: Middle Class.”
An email message distributed by the Democratic National Committee warns of $2,000 in expected tax hikes in the Ryan budget for middle-class families with children. “We’ve beaten Paul Ryan and his budget before, and with your help, we’ll do it again,” it reads.
Democrats contend Ryan’s budget is evidence that Republicans are intent on giving tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations, while cutting programs that benefit the middle class and aid the poor.
“This is a pretty clear signal of what would happen if the Republicans ran the table and were successful at taking back the Senate, keeping control of the House and taking the presidency. It’s pretty stark,” said Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon.
Ryan’s prominence as the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and a potential contender for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination bolsters the visibility of the budget. Democrats believe Ryan’s high profile could help energize people in their voting base who oppose the Wisconsin lawmaker’s budget policies.
But Ryan, who is expected to shift to the chairmanship of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee next year, has defended his fourth and final budget and says he believes it will appeal to Americans who want smaller government and “more control over their lives.”
Republican Representative Bill Cassidy, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, brushed off the idea the Ryan budget could serve as an effective weapon for Democrats in the congressional election.
Cassidy said he believed the rocky introduction of the healthcare law, known popularly as Obamacare, would overshadow Democrats’ message on the budget.
Concerns about Obamacare were the issues that voters in his state cared about, he said, adding: “Everything else is monkey dust.”
***************Ryan Budget Passes House Despite United Democratic Opposition
By: Keith Brekhus
Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 7:22 pm
Paul Ryan’s budget plan that calls for savage budget cuts and for lowering tax rates for the wealthy, passed the House on a 219 to 205 vote today. The vote was largely symbolic as the resolution is merely a blueprint for GOP budget aspirations, rather than a bill that has any chance to be voted into law. Nevertheless, the symbolic vote illustrates the sharp partisan divide in the House. Democrats voted unanimously against the proposal 193-0. Republicans were less unified as a dozen GOP lawmakers defected and voted down the Ryan proposal.
A mixture of extreme conservatives and moderates jumped from Republican ranks to oppose the plan. The twelve dissenting GOP Representatives brought the measure embarrassingly close to defeat for Paul Ryan, especially since not a single Democrat was willing to support the plan. Republicans who voted no were Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Austin Scott of Georgia; Tom Massie of Kentucky; Rick Crawford of Arkansas; Chris Gibson of New York; Frank Lobiondo of New Jersey; Ralph Hall of Texas; Dave Jolly of Florida; Walter Jones of North Carolina; and David McKinley of West Virginia.
Three of the Georgia Representatives- Kingston, Gingrey, and Broun, voted no because the Ryan plan is not conservative enough. The three are in a hotly contested Senate primary where they are crawling over one another to prove which candidate is furthest to the right. In the alternate universe that is the GOP Senate primary in Georgia, no candidate wants to be saddled with the burden of having sided with Paul Ryan, for fear that Ryan is perceived as too liberal.
On the Democratic side of the aisle, opposition to the Ryan plan was universal with every single Democrat voting no. The Democratic caucus stayed loyal to the House Democratic leadership and to the American people by rejecting the Ryan plan by a 193-0 margin. Although it remains fashionable for cynics to argue that there are no substantive differences between the two major political parties in Congress, the unified Democratic opposition to the Ryan plan once again illustrates the folly of that tired and false argument.
****************Texas AG sides with hospital that allowed ‘sociopathic’ surgeon to maim, kill patients
By Travis Gettys
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:46 EDT
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is going out of his way to defend four civil lawsuits against a hospital accused of allowing a “sociopathic” neurosurgeon to treat patients.
None of the suits name the state, but the Dallas Morning News reported that Abbott has asked a federal court for permission to represent Baylor Regional Medical Center of Plano in the suits related to Dr. Christopher Duntsch.
The physician practiced medicine and performed “minimally invasive” spinal procedures in the north Texas area for two years before losing his license in 2013 after the deaths of two patients and the paralysis of four others.
The suits claim Baylor put revenue ahead of patient safety by overlooking the Duntsch’s substantial substance abuse issues and doing nothing to stop him from treating patients.
The physician told the newspaper Baylor made about $65,000 profit on each procedure he performed.
Former colleagues called Duntsch a sociopath and a “clear and present danger to patients,” and one doctor compared him to a serial killer.
Another surgeon was so alarmed by Duntsch’s actions that he took away his surgical tools in the middle of an operation.
The surgeon’s roommate and closest friend says Duntsch operated on him after a night of using cocaine, and he emerged from the surgery a quadriplegic.
Duntsch has since moved to Colorado and filed for bankruptcy, rendering him essentially judgment-proof, reported RH Reality Check.
State law requires the plaintiffs to prove Baylor acted with actual intent to harm patients, but the suits claim that statute is unconstitutional.
Abbott, who is running for governor, has asked the court permission to defend the statute, although he is not required to do so.
If the law is upheld, patients would have a difficult time winning a suit against Baylor and collecting damages, and one of the plaintiffs’ attorney strongly criticized Abbott’s position.
“I think it’s absolutely insane that he has chosen to defend the hospital that enabled this … sociopathic neurosurgeon to wreak havoc on its patients,” said attorney James Girards. “I hate to think he’s doing it to pander to the medical lobby.”
**************Obama Goes Off and Pulls No Punches While Tearing Republicans In Congress a New One
By: Jason Easley
Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 11:01 am
President Obama isn’t pulling his punches. At an event in Houston, the president ripped congressional Republicans on everything from equal pay to potholes.
At a Democratic fundraiser in Houston, the president said:
You would think that that at this point would not be a controversial proposition. And yet, the Republicans in the Senate uniformly decided to say no. Now, we had done an executive order yesterday facilitating federal contractors to provide basic information — (applause) — to make sure that if somebody shares their salary with a fellow employee that they couldn’t be retaliated against; that some data is provided — in aggregate, not in detailed ways — to make sure that people know whether or not they’re treating women the way they should on the job. But obviously the action I took through this executive order was restricted to federal contractors; it didn’t reach every employer.
Now, apparently, a lot of these Republicans during the debate said they just think that this idea there’s a gender pay gap is a fantasy, it’s not real, there are all these other reasons why this happens. And in fact, I think there was a candidate for the Senate, a Republican in Michigan, who voiced the opinion that women make other choices. And I think that’s certainly true; every individual makes other choices. Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job. (Laughter.)
But I use this as just one example of the scores of issues that are critical to advancing this country’s future in which not only is the other side blocking progress but aren’t even offering a persuasive alternative vision for how we’re going to grow the economy and make sure that anybody who works hard in this country can get ahead. This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory. And that’s by objective measures, just basic activity. At a time when the economy is actually poised to take off, at a time where we finally have recovered from the most crippling economic crisis since the Great Depression, at a time when the private sector has created close to 9 million new jobs and the housing market is recovering and we’ve got an energy boom going on in this country like we’ve never seen in a very long time, and the dropout rate is coming down and we’ve just got a lot of things going for us — and yet we’ve still got a lot of competition from countries like China and Germany — and this can be the American Century just like the 20th century was if we make some good decisions. If we’re investing in early childhood education; if we’re investing in rebuilding our roads and our infrastructure — because I got to tell you, driving here from the airport, it was a little bumpy. (Laughter.) And if you think the potholes are bad here, imagine what they’re like where we had one of the worst winters in recent memory.
And that’s why I’m here today to talk to you, because we have to have a Congress that works — not one that is — march in lockstep, not one that agrees with every proposal I put forward, but a Congress that is serious about governance and is thinking about the next generation and not just the next election.
The president blasted congressional Republicans on everything from equal pay to the economy to pot holes. (When the federal government doesn’t spend on infrastructure maintenance, state governments don’t have the money to adequately maintain the roads, which leads to local governments being unable to fix that huge pothole on your street.) It is all part of the cost of Republican obstruction.
It is rare to see a president use such blunt language when describing Congress. Obama called out Boehner, McConnell and the entire Republican leadership in Congress for not taking their jobs seriously. Republicans in Congress have decided that their job is to halt all progress on every issue, but the GOP’s behavior is not what the Founders intended.
They would be horrified at what Republicans have done to their beautiful system of government. Obama was correct. The only way this nation is going to get a functional congress that is interested in something beyond their next reelection campaign is if voters throw the current Republicans out.
Obama has had enough and is going to fight with everything he has got to put an end to Republican obstruction once and for all.
****************40-50 House Republicans Are Plotting To Overthrow John Boehner Before Year’s End
By: Jason Easley
Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 10:20 am
The insanity within the House Republican caucus has hit a new level as dozens of House Republicans are openly plotting to make John Boehner step down as speaker before the end of the year.
According to National Journal:
Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year—possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner to step aside immediately after November’s midterm elections.
But there’s a more audacious option on the table, according to conservatives involved in the deliberations. They say between 40 and 50 members have already committed verbally to electing a new speaker. If those numbers hold, organizers say, they could force Boehner to step aside as speaker in late November, when the incoming GOP conference meets for the first time, by showing him that he won’t have the votes to be reelected in January.
The masterminds of this mutiny are trying to stay in the shadows for as long as possible to avoid putting a target on their backs. But one Republican said the “nucleus”of the rebellion can be found inside the House Liberty Caucus, of which he and his comrades are members. This is not surprising, considering that some of the key players in that group—Justin Amash of Michigan, Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky—were among the 12 Republicans who refused to back Boehner’s reelection in January 2012.
“There are no big ideas coming out of the conference. Our leadership expects to coast through this election by banking on everyone’s hatred for Obamacare,” said one Republican lawmaker who is organizing the rebellion. “There’s nothing big being done. We’re reshuffling chairs on the Titanic.”
The anonymous Republican quoted above offered an honest assessment of the House leadership. Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, and company have no ideas. Their entire plan is to run on Obamacare in both 2014 and 2016. As the law gets more popular, this strategy is already starting to weaken. By 2016, running against the ACA might be a fool’s errand.
This story is a reminder that our government is not broken. The Republican Party is broken. The dysfunction in the Republican caucus has paralyzed the House of Representatives. With the House unable to act, the legislative process has ground to a halt. The president can sign bills that the Senate passes if the House doesn’t have it together enough to do their job.
John Boehner keeps repeating that he is going to run for another term as Speaker, but it is getting increasing difficult to see him in the job. Boehner may hold on for another term in 2014, but by 2016 or soon, I suspect he will be gone.
It is difficult to believe that the same group of Republicans who can’t agree with each other enough to pass the most basic legislation will stick together and overthrow Boehner. The group is already fracturing over whether they should cut a deal with Eric Cantor, or support totally new leadership.
The only way that the House of Representatives is going to function again is if all of these Republicans are voted out. The best way to get this government working is to vote Democrat in November.
**************Worried About His Job, Speaker John Boehner Uses Twitter To Kowtow To The Tea Party
By: Justin Baragona
Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 5:20 pm
On Thursday, Jason Easley posted an article here stating that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is in actual danger of losing his gavel after the midterm elections this November. Apparently, 40 to 50 House Republicans are conspiring to remove Boehner as Speaker. Assuming the Republicans hold onto the House this year, these conspirators are threatening to vote for someone else as Speaker if Boehner insists on pushing for another term. With these votes going to another Republican, other House Republicans will be forced to vote against Boehner rather than risk a Democrat being elected Speaker of a GOP-majority House.
Anyway, Boehner obviously is well aware of this mutiny taking place and decided to take to Twitter on Thursday to push forward some tried and true conservative talking points. I guess he figured better to try something than nothing at all. After having tweeted only once since April 3rd, Boehner unleashed a barrage of tweets early Thursday afternoon hitting on all of the GOP’s greatest hits.
First, to placate all of the conservatives who have been hoping that they can find a ‘scandal’ that will stick to the Obama Administration, Bohner sent this one out, which included a video clip from a press conference he gave earlier in the day:
The American ppl have not been told the truth about #Benghazi, #FastandFurious, and the #IRS http://t.co/L6no64iooE
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
He then followed that up with this tweet:
The families of those who died in #Benghazi deserve the truth http://t.co/wMeuX1ERhf
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
I guess he’s hoping to curry favor with the extremists in the House, and the likely mutineers, by pushing Benghazi, Fast and Furious and the IRS. However, even pundits at Fox News are now saying that Benghazi is a dead issue and Congress needs to move on. But, points for Boehner for making the effort.
Next for Boehner during his Twitter party was, you guessed it, Obamacare:
How ObamaCare is leaving some patients without doctors http://t.co/U93nIus1sn
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
He also touted the Ryan budget, passed by the House on Thursday, as being a way to repeal Obamacare:
Our jobs budget repeals #ObamaCare to provide relief for families and #smallbiz
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
Speaking of the Ryan budget, Boehner made sure to send out tweets hyping it as a way to get a balanced budget, cut and simplify taxes and slash government spending, all favorite Tea Party positions.
Today, the House passed a #jobs budget that balances in 10 years
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
Our plan for a better future cuts more than $5 trillion in spending while protecting critical programs like Medicare and Social Security
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
Washington has a spending problem. A flatter, simpler tax code will boost wages and help manufacturers bring jobs home
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) April 10, 2014
Obviously, all of these tweets came about as a way for Boehner to show the extreme wing of the GOP House that he has their best interests at heart. Basically, he wanted them all to know that he will make sure that they continue to be the Party of No. On top of that, the only ideas coming forward will be the same old tired ideas that they’ve been pushing for years now (Ryan budget, repeal Obamacare.) He also wants them to know that he is completely behind the continued and unnecessary investigations into Benghazi, Fast and Furious and the IRS.
On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner showed everybody who his daddy is. And his daddy is the Tea Party.
***************Bill Clinton Criticizes SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision And Calls It Vote Suppression
By: Adalia Woodbury
Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 2:22 pm
Bill Clinton on VRA
“We all know what this is about. This is a way of restricting the franchise after 50 years of expanding it,”
Speaking at a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas, former President Bill Clinton told the audience everything you need to know about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder in two sentences. “We all know what this is about. This is a way of restricting the franchise after 50 years of expanding it.”
Protecting your vote entails knowing a bit more about the tricks and traps Republican legislators have set up since that ruling.
For one thing, registering to vote is much harder now. If you move to a different district or a different state be prepared to spend several days navigating the bureaucratic nightmare that has become registering to vote.
Recently, I was told about the experiences of one person who recently moved to a different state and whose marital status had also changed. When they went to register, they had their driver’s license issued from their previous state. The license was still good. They had their passport, which had admittedly expired a few days earlier. They had utility bills. They also had their marriage certificate and birth certificate. In all, this person had a paper trail establishing that they are a U.S. citizen and therefore they are eligible to register and vote. Initially, they were told they need a valid passport to register. After some discussion, my informant was allowed to register. They told me that probably happened because they are white and wearing nice clothes because that would suggest they vote Republican. They were convinced that had they been black or perhaps wearing less expensive clothing, the law would have been strictly enforced and they would have been disenfranchised.
The lesson of this person’s story is understanding that the days in which registering to vote and voting were easy, even when you are eligible to vote and have ID, are over. These days registering to vote takes a lot of time, a lot of documentation and a lot of persistence.
The Republicans who passed these laws designed them hoping to discourage certain types of voters. They’re hoping that laws reducing early votes and banning weekend voting will keep turnout low from certain kinds of voters.
This year’s election is as much about fighting for your vote as it is about choosing who best represents your views on the issues and who is most likely to protect your interests.
Republicans are counting on Democrats being apathetic, being disheartened by Republican obstructionism or intimidated by all that money the Koch brothers are pouring into the Tea Party and its clown car of crazy candidates.
This also means you need to get informed about the documents you need to register to vote and to vote. It means taking the time to contact your local election officials to confirm what documents you need to register and to vote. It means checking to make sure you are registered. It means finding out if your state still allows early voting and if so when. It means making sure you go to the right poll place. In several states, if you vote at the wrong poll place your vote doesn’t get counted.
It means, if you are a woman, your ID must match your name exactly. If you are married, you government recognized ID must match your married name exactly as it appears on your marriage certificate.
The degree to which Republicans are out to suppress the vote wasn’t lost on former President Clinton. That’s why he spoke so eloquently about it.
Is this what Martin Luther King gave his life for? Is this what Lyndon Johnson gave his legendary skills for? Is this is what America has become — a great diverse American Democracy… to restrict the franchise?” “Here we are seriously considering undermining the spirit of both the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act because of what’s happening with the franchise — this is nuts, it doesn’t make any sense.
It is nuts but then we are talking about Republican policies. Your voice matters. You have every right to use it and fight to keep using it.
Be ready for the obstacles that come your way by being informed and prepared. Be ready to wait in long lines. Be ready for a “poll observer” from the Koch Brother financed Tea Party, the Koch financed True the Vote or other similar organizations. In some states, you will need to be ready for that poll observer standing within 3 feet of you while you give your information to voting officials.
It sounds like a lot to do to be able to vote. Republicans are counting on you thinking just that and nothing would make them happier than if you stay home instead of making your voice heard.
I’ll be the first to admit that we shouldn’t have to fight this battle again. But we can win it by voting and we’ll definitely lose it if we don’t fight back.
***************Darrell Issa Started His IRS Investigation Because Karl Rove Was Denied Tax Exempt Status
By: Adalia Woodbury
Friday, April, 11th, 2014, 8:12 am
On Wednesday, the Republican controlled House Oversight and Government Control Committee voted to seek criminal charges against Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress. In other words, the Republicans on the committee know there is no scandal. However, in the name of keeping the theater alive, they’ve got to do something or at least look like they’re doing something. And besides, Lerner’s actions made Darrell Issa look bad on Fox and just made Fox look the same as it usually does.
The odds of this resulting in a prosecution are pretty low. Issa didn’t take the constitutionally necessary steps of overruling Lerner’s Fifth Amendment assertion and he wasn’t “clearly directing her to answer the committee’s questions.”
This doesn’t mean that Lerner is completely in the clear either because there is an ongoing investigation of the IRS’s handling of tax exempt groups and of Lerner’s role in it.
You may remember how Darell Issa embarrassed Fox when he was caught lying about Lerner’s next appearance before the committee. You may also recall that when Lerner waved her rights, Issa took the unprecedented step of shutting down the committee’s hearing without so much as allowing ranking member Elijah Cummings to speak. Issa wasted a year, millions of dollars and thousands of hours in labor desperately seeking an IRS persecution of right wing organizations where none existed.
Based on documents that were also released on Wednesday, and obtained by Pro Publica, the more likely motive for Issa’s obsession was a desire to intimidate the IRS into granting Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS tax exempt status. Crossroads was, by far, the Republican Party’s biggest source of dark money, giving $90 million to Republican candidates during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
This nexus between the IRS’s intent to deny Crossroads application for tax exemption status and the IRS “scandal” will come as no surprise to PoliticusUSA readers because Sarah Jones wrote about it back in May 2013. In fact, she identified the nexus between the “investigation” and Crossroads in her May 22nd article on the subject.
By May 28th, Sarah identified the financial interest Republicans had in derailing existing audits of Tea Party groups based on their violations of the rules by engaging in political activities.
Now we have documents to prove that Sarah was correct on both p0ints.
In the application, Crossroads claimed that a small portion (30%) of its resources would be used for “Activity To Influence Legislation and Policy Making” while 20% would be allocated to “research” and 50% of its finances would be used for “education”.
In fact, Crossroads spent $90 million to elect conservative politicians, raising red flags to election watchdog groups. The IRS received 25 referrals or complaints about Crossroads activities.
By January 2013, the IRS was in the process of writing a letter of denial to Crossroads. Between May 13th and May 17th 2013, the IRS finished a draft of the letter and it was sent for review. Republicans began screaming IRS “scandal” on May 13th, 2013.
The documents also show that the IRS planned to deny the applications of 5 other conservative groups that had spent money on elections, after telling the IRS they wouldn’t do so.
Republicans claim that the IRS focused exclusively on conservative groups which only tells part of the story. Most new Liberal counterparts don’t apply to the IRS. In fact, the documents show that the most prominent liberal dark money group, Priorities USA did not apply to the IRS.
In other words, the IRS investigated conservative dark money groups who broke the rules because they broke the rules and because few Liberal dark money groups applied to the IRS. It stands to reason that means conservative groups are therefore more likely to be scrutinized.
This wasn’t about going after conservative groups because they were conservative. Rather, it was about Issa and company trying to intimidate the IRS into breaking the very laws it is supposed to enforce for the benefit of right wing dark money groups.
****************Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party Go All Sexist Archie Bunker on Alison Grimes
By: Sarah Jones
Thursday, April, 10th, 2014, 6:01 pm
The McConnell campaign, the Kentucky Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee doubled down on misogyny until they were scraping the gutter when they shared a woman bashing conservative editorial so offensive, civilized people hope it’s satire. It’s not.
Laura Bassett at Huffington Post raised the alarm on an incredibly offensive Washington Times “editorial” (if by editorial, they mean a license to make up their own facts) shared by the Mitch McConnell campaign, which takes such sexist aim at Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as to seem like a caricature of Republicans. Sadly, it’s not. They’ve become the Archie Bunkers of America, only it’s not a joke.
Bassett points out that these kinds of attacks are why many women don’t run for public office. I’d add that for the alleged “family values” party, these kinds of attacks send a horrible message to our children.
Here’s a smattering of their “editorial”:
Hollywood is all about pretense and posturing — beautiful plastic people pretending to be someone else, declaiming against a backdrop of facades that look like buildings.
Clearly the editorial team has not worked in Hollywood, because this is as ignorant a statement as the rest of their editorial, as it’s based on an idea that all of Hollywood takes place on the MGM lot of yesteryear — just like their “ideas”.
Mrs. Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, has smiled and chirped her way across the state trying to avoid debate like a terrified Dracula dodging sunlight… She is short on experience, having served only two years as “secretary of state,” which sounds considerably grander than it actually is.
Bassett rightly takes issue with their framing Grimes as someone who hasn’t done anything, citing her work for domestic violence victims and a bill she championed to help our military overseas vote. But also, if anyone is guilty of doing nothing in their job in this scenario, it’s Senator Mitch McConnell, who is going on 30 years now without a jobs proposal and has done nothing but obstruct the economy on purpose (he admitted that his mission was to make President Obama a one term president and then when he failed at that, his mission became stopping Obama’s re-election) out of spite since President Obama got elected. It’s too bad for McConnell that Obama is more popular in his home state than the Republican Senator.
If anyone is avoiding debate “like a terrified Dracula dodging sunlight” (oh my God, how do these people live with their triteness?) it’s McConnell. McConnell keeps voting no on bipartisan things and then running away from the press while setting his somewhat incompetent campaign team into motion to attack his enemies for him.
And then conclusion, “Mrs. Grimes is no doubt a nice lady, but Hollywood values, such as they are, do not connect with Kentucky values.” Got it, nice lady? You might live in Kentucky, which is more than we can really say of McConnell, but you-so-Hollywood because you are pretty, and we all know that pretty ladies don’t actually do any work, even when they hold titles like “Secretary of State”.
Or are a lawyer.
Bassett pointed out that the Washington Times editorial “contains at least one factual inaccuracy.”
It says McConnell “has few famous contributors, but nearly all of his contributors actually live in Kentucky,” in contrast with Grimes, who “has raised more money from Californians than Kentuckians.” But the Courier-Journal reported last fall that nearly 90 percent of McConnell’s contributions come from out of state. In addition, a super PAC supporting McConnell raised over $1 million from out-of-state donors.
So, that’s a lot of huff and puff from the Washington Times about an issue that is actually more applicable to McConnell. Which is the reason why they have to attack so hard, naturally.
What seems to have happened here is that Republicans had their attack ready for a different Democratic candidate, and just like they have trouble adjusting to facts and reality, so too they have trouble with all things that aren’t static. So they are attacking Alison Grimes as if she’s Hollywood. You know, like Ashely Judd.
The attacks still wouldn’t have been fair, but at least a reality based person might be able to trace their thought process. As it is, I’m not seeing how “plastic” refers to Grimes’s policies, and if not her policies, why are they discussing it? Oh, that’s right. Because their best shot is “empty dress” and “Obama girl”.
“Mitch McConnell and his campaign are going to desperate lengths to hide his horrendous voting record on behalf of the women of Kentucky,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said in a statement. “A day after McConnell blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act and exploited sexual harassment victims for his own political gain, it is deeply troubling his campaign now opts to spread such a derogatory editorial that demeans women. Kentucky’s women and families deserve a champion in the U.S. Senate — not a ‘guardian of gridlock’ who decides that protecting women from violence or paying them equal pay for equal work is not worthy of his support.”
Sexism and racism are but tools of the elite, and here we see sexism being deployed as bait for the Archie Bunkers of the GOP. Sexism is an easy punch, devoid of actual content. It plays on the emotions of the targets (ironically), but the people deploying it are doing it deliberately. What McConnell and the GOP are saying is that Grimes doesn’t belong in this race because she’s a woman. This fact discredits her in their eyes.
And that says everything about them, and is no reflection on Alison Grimes, or any other female candidate.