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Now is the Time for All Good DC Hookers to Come to the Aid of Their Country

7:31 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

Larry Flint’s offer to pay $1 million for evidence of Congressional hanky-panky brought down Newt Gingrich

So we’ve discovered that, so far, the rebranded John Birch types of the Astroturf “Tea Party” wing of the GOP are remarkably resistant not only to reason and compassion, but also to pleas from the US Chamber of Commerce and even the anti-tax CEO “deficit hawks” whose interests they allegedly serve.

What might get these giggling mad toddlers to shape up and grow up? About the only thing I can think of would be this: If all the Beltway sex workers who have Tea Party congresscritters and senators for clients were to make sex tapes of themselves with their clients and arrange for them to fall into the hands of Larry Flynt.

Many of you folk might remember when Larry Flynt, sickened by the grotesque hypocrisy of the Capitol Hill Republicans attacking Bill Clinton over his private life, offered to pay $1 million to any person or persons who could provide him with iron-clad evidence of congressional or senatorial hanky-panky by any of the elected officials currently castigating President Clinton. His efforts led to the downfall of both Newt Gingrich and alleged BDSM aficionado Bob Livingston, and very nearly derailed the impeachment juggernaut.

It looks like it’s time once again for some DC hypocrites and liars to have their hypocrisies exposed. Patriotic prosties, step forward! Your country needs you!

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Norm Coleman, Real Man of Genius. NOT.

10:09 am in Elections, Politics, Republican Party, Tea Party by Phoenix Woman

Republicans spent all of 2010 using the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act to help get themselves several state legislatures, governors’ mansions, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Opposition to “Obamacare” is right up there with racism as a key motivational factor for Republican base voters, and promising to repeal it is a part of the campaign-promise arsenal of every Republican candidate for any office from president down to dogcatcher.

So what does key Romney surrogate and would-be Vice President Norm “Ignore the Blonde behind the Curtain” Coleman do? He starts rolling out the Romney general-election spiel, doing the pivot away from the base before Romney has the nomination securely in the bag:

Norm Coleman, an adviser to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney whose advice was once described as “critical” by the candidate, believes that his boss — or any Republican — won’t be able to repeal Obamacare if they defeat Barack Obama.

“You will not repeal the act in its entirety, but you will see major changes, particularly if there is a Republican president,” Coleman told BioCentury This Week in an interview that aired Sunday, according to The Hill. “You can’t whole-cloth throw it out. But you can substantially change what’s been done.”

The rest of the Romney campaign immediately went into full Damage Control mode, disavowing Norm and his comments early and often, but it was too late.

Way to win over the Floridian Tea Partiers, Norm. Oh, and if you don’t think Newt won’t use this to remind the GOP that Romney’s Romneycare is similar to the hated Obamacare, you are sadly mistaken.

Norm, I think you can forget about being anyone’s Vice President during this lifetime. Newt must still be cackling over this one.

If GOP Base Voters Aren’t Racists, Why Did Gingrich Win South Carolina?

5:26 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

The Republicans get really ticked off when anyone suggests that they play the race card. Oh, do they get ticked off. I knew Michael Steele was doomed as Republican National Committee Chair, despite setting up a year which saw the GOP pick up several statehouses along with the US House of Representatives, when he dared say what everyone knows but won’t admit: That the racist-as-all-get-out Southern Strategy was not, as Republicans like to claim, abandoned when Nixon left the White House in disgrace, but in fact has been in use for over four decades.

But of course, racism is at the heart of the modern Republican Party, especially in South Carolina. Newt Gingrich knows this very well, which is why he picked a fight with the NAACP a week before the South Carolina primary — and then, to rub more salt into black wounds under the guise of “outreach”, visited an African Methodist Episcopal church in Columbia, South Carolina. The pictures and footage of Gingrich daring to repeat his race-baiting at the AME church were all over the local South Carolina media, effectively ringing a dinner bell to the racists who (thanks to nearly half a century of the GOP’s use of the Southern Strategy) make up a non-trivial part of the national Republican base and the lion’s share of the Palmetto State GOP’s base; while Republican turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire wasn’t especially higher this year than in 2008, GOP turnout in South Carolina was up by a full third over 2008 — and Gingrich was the beneficiary of that boost in turnout.

It is Gingrich’s skill at playing to a racist base, a skill honed in his years representing Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, that has taken what many commentators proclaimed was a sure nomination win for Romney and created the prospect of a brokered convention, if not an outright Gingrich win before the convention is held.

UPDATE: Here’s another big fat hint that this has to do with race-baiting. Remember how the evangelicals were all lining up behind Rick Santorum, who was expected to do really well in South Carolina? Well, Santorum didn’t do all that well in South Carolina, and I suspect it was because of his recently touting his support for the Martin Luther King voting rights bill. This, coupled with Gingrich’s doing his calculated race-baiting against the NAACP, likely led many of Santorum’s backers into the arms of Newt, as well as stirring up for Newt some of the base voters who’d been contemplating sitting this one out.

UPDATE 2: Note that Gingrich likes to call Obama “the food stamp president”. This, combined with the “food stamp” smear he directed against the NAACP, is quite telling. Wonder how long it is before he shows up at an AME church in Florida to tick off the parishioners in the name of “outreach” and throw some more racist fodder to the white GOP base?

Bachmann Joins the Glitterati!

11:29 am in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

The hardest thing I had to do over the past twenty-four hours was keep my lips zipped about this, once I’d got the advance word from a friend of a friend:

Shortly after a speech at the RightOnline conference, pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang approached [Republican US Representative Michele] Bachmann, threw glitter in the air, and said, “You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” — a reference to the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann has helped raise money and to a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The ministry, a brainchild of rabidly anti-gay Bradlee Dean, charges thousands of dollars to speak at public school assemblies and evangelize young people based on a shocking and offensive anti-gay program.

Personally, I think it would have been better if Ms. Lang had been able to really glitter up Bachmann the way Nick Espinosa glittered up Newt Gingrich, but from the way the RightOnline crowd reacted you’d think that Bachmann had been hit with holy water and was writhing in pain onstage. Even the minimal amount of glitter used did the trick — it’s drawn public (and legacy media) attention to Bachmann’s antigay record and to her palling around with Bradlee Dean, things that might please the Republican base but which she’s not going to want to have to explain to general-election voters:

After Bachmann concluded her speech at the RightOnline conference, pro-LGBT activist Rachel E. B. Lang approached her and threw glitter in the air saying, “You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!”

This was a reference to the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann helped raise money for as well as a stand against the proposed ban of same sex marriage in Minnesota.

The “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry is an anti-gay ministry that charges thousands of dollars to speak at school and essentially scares students into being straight.

Ken Avidor of Dump Bachmann has more on the Bachmann-Bradlee Dean connection here.