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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 07:57 AM
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The GOP's Young Hatemonger

The GOP's Young Hatemonger

by John Avlon

Audra Shay, accused of endorsing racism on Facebook, is favored to become the head of the Young Republicans tomorrow. John Avlon uncovers new details about her disturbing online comments.


Thirty-eight year old Audra Shays campaign to become the next chairman of the Young Republicans went from obscure to infamous over the past week, after The Daily Beast revealed details of posts of her Facebook account. Specifically, a thread where one of her friends posts that Obama Bin Lauden {sic} is the new terrorist Muslim is on there side {sic} need to take this country back from all of these mad coons and illegals, and Shay responds eight minutes later with: You tell em Eric! lol.

Following those revelations, several Young Republican colleagues urged Shay to remove herself from tomorrows election at the groups convention in Indianapolisa request Shay, the favorite going in to the vote, has pointedly refused. Instead, she said that she was responding to an earlier post from her friend, and labeled criticism against her political attacks which proves that my opponents will stoop to the lowest levels to steal this election from the jaws of victory.

Now the Daily Beast has obtained more troubling details about her online musingsdespite clear attempts by Shay to scrub her social networking pages clean. Specifically:

* In October 2008, in the wake of news that an effigy of Sarah Palin was being hung outside an affluent Hollywood home as an offensive Halloween decoration, Shay replied, returning to the LOL style that she employed after the coons comment: What no Obama in a noose? Come on now, its just freedome (sic) of speech, no one in Atlanta would take that wrong! Lol.

She picked up the thread again the next morning with a clarification and a new insight. Apparently I could not spell last night. I am wondering if the guys with the Palin noose would care if we had a bunch of homosexuals in a noose.

* Posting and endorsing a conspiracy theory video that attempts to prove that Obama believes he can only ensure his own salvation and fate if he helps African-Americans above whites, complete with Barnum-esque captions (LISTEN AS HE ATTACKS WHITE PEOPLE).

* Numerous posts in which Shay says that President Obama is anti-American and has disdain of this country.

Collectively her comments are products of an increasingly common GOP mindset I call Obama Derangement Syndrome, the right-wingers version of a virulent strain of obsessive presidential hatred that many liberals exhibited during the Bush years. Symptoms include comparing the President to Hitler and ascribing to him every evil and unconstitutional intention imaginable. It is accompanied by the belief that such a partisan fever is patriotic.

more...

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-07-...
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Voltaire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:03 AM
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1. Uggh
They're going to be here in Indianapolis this weekend eh? I promise to leave my foot off the brake should I see them crossing the road.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:03 AM
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2. She sounds charming
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Lautremont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:13 AM
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3. If there's an upside to this story, it's that thirty-eight (my age) is considered "young."
Or maybe it's just that she sounds like a particularly stupid ten year-old.
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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:30 AM
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6. That's what I was thinking.
I thought "Young Republicans" are a college group. I'm thirty-nine and I wouldn't feel right running for President of the "Young Democrats." Hell, I'm old enough to be President.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:50 AM
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9. For a Republican it is...their wrinkled ass reps aside...have you seen the tea party protestors?
Sure there are some vapid younger faces there...along with a few "creepy/freepy guy from my office" types/ but mostly it could substitute their protest for a free prune juice givaway and the demographic would stay the same.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:15 AM
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4. Nice last line by that writer
Maybe I am wrong, but liberals hated Bush not for who he was but what he did. I would say that is not a 'derangement syndrome' but being a patriotic citizen.
OTOH, the extreme hate exhibited toward Obama is based pretty much totally on lies.
Nice job of dragging those RW talking points in there John Avalon.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:35 AM
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7. ??
I don't get your gripe. I think he's right, the rethug party needs to move on and find some new blood, but not with the likes of this racist. Last para.:

Shays most recent post on her Facebook quotes the 23rd Psalm (Yea, though I walk through the shadow of death, I will fear no evil)shes apparently in full victim/martyr mode, a far cry from the jaunty confidence she just displayed a few days ago in the face of the coons controversy (amazed at all the fuss so here is what you need to know. The 6th song on the new Billy Currington CD is the most awesome song!). Tomorrows vote will resonate beyond its usual dimensions. At a time when the GOP is increasingly old and regionally isolated, it is up to young Republicans to modernize the party. This requires confronting the mistakes of the pastand turning the page.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 09:21 AM
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10. My complaint was his equaling of the insane hatred exhibited
by right wingers now to Obama to the what I felt was justifiable hatred of the Bushco policies. maybe I read it wrong, but this sure seems like he makes these equal:

"the right-wingers version of a virulent strain of obsessive presidential hatred that many liberals exhibited during the Bush years"
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kimmylavin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 12:25 PM
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13. I agree.
Granted, I DID hate * for who he was, but I hated his policies and their outcomes more.
Specifically, I hated what he was doing to my country and my fellow citizens.

These people just hate President Obama because he is black.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:20 AM
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5. It sounds like the Repub. found in Audra Shay another
spokesperson to continue the fear campaign. Nothing rallies the people like fear. They "the gop" proved that via 9-11!
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 08:41 AM
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8. 38 is young? Well for a Republican I guess it is.
n.t.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 09:36 AM
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11. I say, dump her for one much simpler reason
She can't spell for anything.
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blackbooks Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 11:17 AM
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12. That's why I want her to stay
"The head of the Young Republicans is a 39 year old illiterate racist? Maybe I'll check out what that other party's doing." - Random undecided college-age voter
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