Archive for the ‘Republicans’ Category
Nobody wants to stand up to Rush.
Blunt is running for Senate in Missouri.
Putnam is from Florida – a state well-known for its large (and elderly) Jewish population.
For a party that relies so heavily on the “values voter” (an aside: what are the rest of us?) to win elections, it has always been striking to me that the Republican Party tolerates so much debauchery within its ranks. From “Hot-tub Tom” Delay, to the world-famous party-boy John Boehner, to David Vitter to John Ensign, to John Sweeney, to Mark Sanford… not to mention David Dreier, Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham’s “alternate” lifestyles, it just seems to me that a party of principled standard-setters would want to do a better job of self-policing.
This is something I worry about a lot.
McCotter played a minor role in the “birther” videos Brett Vaughn and I created earlier this year. Evidently, he doesn’t have the courage to stand by his statement and is instead claiming that I selectively edited the video to cast him in a bad light.
The only thing I knew to do was to call him a liar. What else do you do when someone is lying to you?
Anyway, I fear that as I ask more Senators and Representatives questions that force accountability, this will be the result. Alternatively, I wouldn’t be surprised if our esteemed elected simply follow the practice of Michelle Bachmann, Virginia Foxx, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Shaddegg and others (including some Democrats) by exercising their 5th Amendment right to remain silent while I ask them questions…
In a way, it’s ironic. Most people taking the 5th are criminals, no?
One of the missions of this blog will be to ask the easy questions of our Representatives when their actions/positions are indefensible. Generally speaking, and I’m sure many of you will agree with me, our media has failed in its most basic mission: to hold the powerful accountable.
it isn’t difficult. You observe a powerful person doing wrong. You ask them why they are behaving badly.
Time and again, the corporate media has failed to do this. ironically, it is the easiest part of their job. It’s not Woodward and Bernstein high-stakes investigative reporting. It’s simply refusing to pretend the emperor is clothed.
Anyway, here’s an example of me doing Wolf Blitzer’s job for him:
I caught up with Kay Bailey-Hutchison in the Senate hallway. She’s the Texas Senator running a primary challenge against Republican Texas Governor, Rick Perry. A few weeks ago, a Texas newspaper – The Austin American-Statesman discovered that KBH’s campaign website had embedded some pretty interesting search terms in its meta-data.
Most commercial and campaign websites include an invisible list of search terms in the code used to display the page. Used responsibly, the terms are useful to search engines because they help narrow and focus results. Used another way, you end up with results like these.
Anyway, KBH’s website embedded the term “rick perry gay.”
The campaign claimed it was all a big mistake caused by a computer glitch. I thought it would be interesting to ask the Senator if the “issue” will be revisited.
I’ve been working on the Hill for a pretty cool advocacy organization. The project may wrap up this week or next. I allude to what we are doing in this call.
(Please forgive the dry-hump of Scarborough at the beginning. I sometimes find that it’s helpful to flatter these egoists before dropping the hammer down.)
Here’s the audio:
PS: Could Mika be any more annoying? Sarah Palin has more gravitas…