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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:13 AM
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is this: Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-North Carolina) now the point man...
for a lying republican culture of demonization, endless war & bloodthirsty ineptitude? i am already sick of looking at the inside of his mouth
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:16 AM
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1. He is a slug, isn't he?
:puke:
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:18 AM
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4. remarkably so, he should go back to selling cheesy used cars...
:puke:
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Singular73 Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:16 AM
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2. Yeah
Let him run around blaming democrats. Lets see how that works for them.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:21 AM
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6. they are sinking themselves, in a sense there's nothing left to see
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:17 AM
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3. The result of an experimental birth involving Limbaugh and Tom DeLay
He pretends to be a choirboy in his district but he's been a longtime College Republican THUG operating a Southern MAFIA for Karl Rove and Grover Norquist.

Many Republicans dislike him for his physically THREATENING tactics that he even uses on female GOPs and any Republican who questions the directions they are given.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:19 AM
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5. ewww...the quintessential republican eh...
:puke:
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:21 AM
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7. Not that I'm doubting you blm, but could you maybe post some links
about this Re :puke: slimebag. The first I've heard of him was on Friday when I made the mistake of watching Tweety.

Dish the dirt, please....
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:42 AM
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9. Sure - here's a sampling of the operation
http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20051003&s=foer100305

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But the significance of the crnc goes beyond that. The Committee is the place where Republican strategists learn their craft and acquire their knack for making their Democratic opponents look like disorganized children. Many of the biggest-brand Republican operatives--from Karl Rove and Lee Atwater, to Charlie Black and Roger Stone, to Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist--got their starts this way. Walking through the halls of the convention, it is easy to see the genesis of tactics deployed in the Florida recount and by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Republicans learn how to fight hard against Democrats by practicing on one another first. "There are no rules in a knife fight," Norquist instructed the young conventioneers in a speech. And, while Norquist described a knife fight, the Gourley-Davidson rumble transpired around him.

They call this race 'hick versus slick,'" Paul Gourley intoned, making the case for himself in a candidate debate at the end of the convention's long first day. Gourley, whose tuxedo fit snugly over his 23-year-old corn-fed frame, had just arrived from the College Republicans' Lee Atwater Gala dinner. He grasped the podium, smiled broadly, and bellowed in his flat South Dakota voice, "I'm proud to be the hick."

Modern-day Republicans of all ages have perfected the art of wrapping themselves in populist just-folks garb, even if they actually have a black tie around their neck. And, despite Gourley's yokel protestations, he represented the old money in the race. After serving a stint as treasurer of College Republicans and traveling the country to recruit field organizers, Gourley received the blessing of the outgoing chairman, Eric Hoplin. But, in reality, he had won the blessing of a force more powerful than a single politician. He had won the blessing of an entity that College Republicans speak of in hushed tones and that they compare to the Empire in Star Wars--the Establishment.

When College Republicans invoke the Establishment, they mean a clique of former College Republicans--now grown-ups playing politics at the highest level--who will trample anyone to maintain their clique's control of the organization. Like all good cabals, it is hard to know exactly who belongs to the Establishment and how Machiavellian their meddling is. Before his tumble from grace, the lobbyist Jack Abramoff would lend College Republicans his skybox at the MCI center, donate money, and lead training sessions. (In 2002, the crnc paid Jack Abramoff for "accounting & legal services.") Rove reportedly keeps tabs, and Norquist invites the group's chair to attend his celebrated Wednesday gathering of conservative big shots. But the convention offered some more suggestive examples of the Establishment's methodology. Just past 2 a.m. on Saturday, wavering delegates from Louisiana received calls from Morton Blackwell, the legendary veteran of the Goldwater and Reagan campaigns, urging them to vote for Gourley. It was a perfectly calibrated tactic. "A 19-year-old Republican will generally do whatever a demigod of the conservative movement like Morton tells them," one Davidson supporter griped.

And they are even more likely to respond to entreaties from a congressman. Patrick McHenry, a dough-faced 29-year-old freshman representative from North Carolina and former crnc treasurer, went to war on Gourley's behalf. "I got a call. They said, 'The congressman is on the line,'" University of North Carolina junior Jordan Selleck told me. "He basically said that we'd be screwed if we didn't switch to Gourley. Our careers in politics would be over." As Jennifer Holder, who served as a state chair in the '90s, lamented, "There are a lot of sharks infesting the kiddie pool."

With sharks like McHenry menacing the delegates, Gourley largely kept to the shadows, leaving the gladhanding and button-holing to others. But all the Establishment's lobbying and cajoling didn't make the race any less tight. While Gourley risked losing a plum job and a network any budding politician would envy, the Establishment had far more at stake. In part, these veterans are like pathetic frat brothers returning to their old house for a few more keg stands, a biannual chance to hang with 19-year-olds and relive their youth. But involvement in College Republicans offers tangible perks for them, too. It provides a vehicle for recruiting protgs. Rove, for instance, has stocked his White House office with CRs. And, by helping the youngsters win crnc elections, the adults earn a chit they can cash in during election season. As McHenry's story illustrates, it's not an exaggeration to say that the College Republicans can tip races. The group flooded McHenry's district with manpower last year, as he competed in a tight primary race. In the end, he prevailed by 85 votes.

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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:01 AM
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10. Thanks for the link, blm.
These College Republicans are real pieces of work, aren't they? They remind of the "popular crowd" in my high school in the late 1960's. Their greatness exists only in their minds.

BTW, I wonder if Susan Ralston was a CR when she went to Loyola here in Chicago?? Wouldn't surprise me if she was...
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:24 PM
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14. They remind me more of the scornful dorks in high school
The moderates remind me more of the popular crowd grown up. These guys remind me of the dorks who say in the back of class looking for ways to get revenge on the world for their own dorkiness.

The typical GOP wingnut operative and wanna be guys and gals who were geeky -- and hated their geekiness. So they adopted a cynical and mean spirited and arrogent pose, to make up for the fact that the jocks could kick their butts physically, and they lacked the social graces to be part of the popular crowd, and they lacked the creative free spirit of the arty and lefty crowd.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:34 AM
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12. indeed thanks...
:)
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:17 PM
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13. Heh - I've been keeping an eye on him for a few years now. I saw he was
being groomed for GOP muscle operations.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:12 PM
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15. he's such a greasy little slime ball...
:puke:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:23 AM
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8. Charlie Rangle just laughs at this jerk.
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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:03 AM
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11. Because he's junior and expendable, like Mean Jean Schmidt was,
they put him out to trot out the baseless idea that Democratic leadership (not Repub) should go under oath to reveal what they knew and when.

If it blows up, they can afford HIM to lose credibility but not a "senior statesman" like Orrin Hatch. If it doesn't, then it's win win!
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:27 PM
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16. what a position to be in carrying the republican leadership's shit-pot...
around DC...it couldn't have happened to a better guy :rofl: maybe he'll end up in the Re-Po business :thumbsup:
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