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An Open Letter to My Surly Republican Friends

It is really quite simple: corporations are not people, money is not speech, democracy is not for sale to the highest bidder.

WED JAN 25, 2012 AT 08:18 PM PST
An Open Letter to My Surly Republican Friends


The wealthy elite kicked us, liberals, to the curb a long time ago. What is happening to you, our Republican friends, right now, this year, during this presidential campaign, is that you too are being kicked to that very same curb. They never needed us, since we were opposing their every move. But they did need you. They needed your energy, your willingness to repeat their messages, your willingness to listen to and call liberal talk radio like this very program to argue their position, and they needed you for fundraising. Yes, while we were kicked to the curb decades ago, they still needed you. Until now.

No longer do they need your energy, your engagement, your money. Ask yourself, if GOP party leadership needed any of these things from you, would they be forcing Mitt Romney on you? Would they be able to? This is exactly what Erick Erickson at redstate was complaining about. That party leadership isn't looking to the base, and the reason is that they no longer need what you have to offer.

You, the Republican base voter, are now entirely dispensable because they have something more powerful in their back pocket: Citizens United. Under this Supreme Court ruling, they can raise unlimited funds to elect anyone they want. If Romney were to become President, do you think he would do your bidding, or that of the wealthy who got him there? And your alternative, Newt Gingrich, who do you think owns him? Sheldon Adelson dropped $5M into the Gingrich campaign to buy his win in South Carolina. Now his wife Miriam has dropped another $5M to buy a win in Florida. Deep down, you know that this is not what democracy looks like.

And that is where our interests, yours and ours, finally converge. You need a reversal of Citizens United just as much as we do. Our candidates are already on record in support of reversing Citizens United. Yours are against it, meaning that it is time for you to do some of the heavy lifting. Maybe that means urging your GOP elected officials and candidates to support Keith Ellison's proposed Constitutional Amendment, which I don't think does enough, BTW, or maybe it means voting for a Democrat now and again. But something. You need to step up, be a patriot, and do something to restore democracy to American politics.


the rest:

"trickle down"

newtie noos

newtie news

"Tonight, after persistent questioning by our staff, the Gingrich campaign concedes now Speaker Gingrich was wrong — both in his debate answer, and in our interview yesterday," King said on tonight's edition of John King USA. "Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the only people the Gingrich campaign offered to ABC were his two daughters from his first marriage."


Gingrich repeatedly Insulted Reagan

• The overnight Drudge Report banner: “Insider: Gingrich repeatedly Insulted Reagan.” The headline linked to a devastating takedown by Elliott Abrams in the National Review, who wrote, among other things, that Gingrich had a long record of criticizing and undermining Reagan’s most transformative policies.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72000.html#ixzz1kZvcN5E5


Romney Up By 8

That’s a ten-point drop for Gingrich since Sunday’s survey, and a seven-point gain for Romney. The momentum of the debate performance, and perhaps the renewed aggression on the campaign trail for Romney, seems to be firmly established in new polling. That makes tonight a must-win evening for Gingrich, and that probably means a lot of bloody knuckles for both men.

The right drops a bomb on Newt

The right drops a bomb on Newt
By JIM VANDEHEI and MIKE ALLEN | 1/26/12 8:00 AM EST

The conservative media decides they need to come clean about the man they really know.

• The overnight Drudge Report banner: “Insider: Gingrich repeatedly Insulted Reagan.” The headline linked to a devastating takedown by Elliott Abrams in the National Review, who wrote, among other things, that Gingrich had a long record of criticizing and undermining Reagan’s most transformative policies.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72000.html#ixzz1kZtr0JV1

EXCLUSIVE: Veterans Call On West Point To Cancel Planned Speech By Islamophobic General

Here’s what Boykin has said about Muslims in the past: there should be “no mosques in America“; Muslims worship an “idol“; “Islam is a totalitarian way of life, it’s not just a religion”; “it should not be protected under the First Amendment”; Muslims operate “under an obligation to destroy our Constitution.”

VoteVets, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, released a letter today, asking West Point President to rescind the invitation to Boykin. Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Richard Allen Smith, an Afghanistan War Veteran, write:

As has been articulated by GEN Petraeus, (statements similar to Boykin’s) remarks threaten our relationships with Muslims around the world, and thereby, our troops serving in harm’s way. LTG Boykin’s values are inconsistent even with current Army doctrine that is taught at the Joint Readiness Training Center, National Training Center and the Combined Arms Center, which instructs Army leaders to respect the Muslim culture as a part of counterinsurgency operations. It is counterproductive for our future Army leaders to hear the views of LTG Boykin, a man who’s views are inconsistent with the values of the Army as an institution.


Sir, as Veterans, we have the utmost faith in your leadership. As Veterans of these wars and men who have served in combat alongside Muslim Americans, we respectfully request that you retract LTG Boykin’s invite to the USMA Prayer Breakfast. The presence of LTG Boykin at West Point would violate Army Values, as well as potentially be used as propaganda by the enemy and endanger our troops in combat.



BREASTFEEDING ARREST NEAR GINGRICH HOME--Callista called 911 to report the offender

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

McLEAN, VA. – A Virginia woman was arrested for breastfeeding her one-month old son near the home of the G.O.P. Presidential hopeful.

After speculation that Callista Gingrich made the 911 call to report the breastfeeding woman, the former Speaker’s wife explained her reasoning at a news conference. “Yes, I made the call. I spoke up on behalf of my family and Newt’s campaign. We support the McLean Police Department’s aggressive stance on public indecency and the decision to arrest Ms. Valentine. This is a family neighborhood filled with hard-working American people. We stand together as a community. We will not allow people like this to infiltrate. We are trying to rebuild the America we love, and there is no room for obscenity.”

First-time mother Sherry Valentine was charged with indecent exposure and child endangerment for allegedly pulling over to feed her son. Valentine claims she couldn’t calm the baby because she was driving. She stopped the car on what she called “a quiet street” and sat on a seat in a park gazebo, just a few blocks from the Gingrich home.


Romney: "I Want to Help the 99 Percent"

Romney: "I Want to Help the 99 Percent"
7:31 PM, JAN 25, 2012 • BY JOHN MCCORMACK

After asking Mitt Romney twice whether the amount of taxes he paid was "fair," Univision host Jorge Ramos cut to the chase. "Governor, how much money do you have?"

"Well, you tell me and I'll tell you--I'm kidding," Romney replied, with a characteristic Romney chuckle. He said he'd already put that rough figure out in a financial disclosure forms, but Ramos wanted specifics. "Two hundred and fifty million?" he asked. "It's between 150 and 200 some odd million dollars," Romney finally replied. "I didn't inherit that money," he added.

During his appearrance at the candidates forum at Miami-Dade College, Romney deflected questions about his wealth by casting himself as the champion of average American workers. "I know what it takes to make America the most attractive place for jobs again," he said. "I want to do that not because I'm worried about the one percent. The 1 percent's doing fine. I want to help the 99 percent. I want to help middle-Americans get jobs that pay good wages."


In an emailed transcript from Univision radio, we discover that Occupy Wall Street is still driving the national conversation—even in the GOP primary!

Watchdog requests documents from Gingrich ethics probe

Watchdog requests documents from Gingrich ethics probe
By Alicia M. Cohn - 01/25/12 01:22 PM ET

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed requests on Wednesday seeking access to documents uncovered in an ethics investigation into former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that took place in the 1990s.

The group filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice requesting access to any documents provided between 1996 and 1997 by the House Ethics Committee relating to the investigation.

The group is looking for any additional documents that might not have been released publicly as part of the committee's report.

The possibility of additional documents has been the subject of much speculation, fueled by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who served at that time on the Ethics Committee that investigated Gingrich on allegations of tax cheating and campaign finance violations.


(Oh jeez) Mitt: "I’m worth "between 150 and 200 some-odd million"

Jorge Ramos, who interviewed Mr. Romney, pressed him on his wealth and on his taxes, and asked him directly how much money he had.

“Between 150 and 200 some-odd million,” Mr. Romney said, looking a bit uncomfortable and referring Mr. Ramos to the financial disclosure reports that his campaign has filed.


another, in-your-face---my way---or the highway republican

Jan Brewer, Obama Face Off Over Book, Immigration Issues
at one point she shook a finger at the president


"He was a little disturbed about my book," Brewer told a reporter after the incident, referring to her political memoir, "Scorpions for Breakfast." In the book, Brewer depicted Obama as "patronizing" during an earlier meeting.

"I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president," Brewer said. "The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So."

Brewer said Obama told her "that he didn't feel I had treated him cordially."

"I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn't get my sentence finished," Brewer said. "Anyway, we're glad he's here. I'll regroup."

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