Just some random thoughts from perusing the web. Seems to be an extra dose of disgusting Repubs in the news lately. Hasn’t been the first time I’ve scoffed at the supposed moral high ground Republicans seem to TRY to take on most issues. Walk the walk…
“Legitimate Rape” – I’m not going to beat this one to death, since it’s obviously gotten a lot of coverage over the last 24 hours. Suffice it to say I totally agree with this great article from Laura Helmuth that Todd Akin’s “misstatement” was nothing of the sort, that it was his underlying sexism and ignorance slipping out.
Republicans calling for Akin to quit - Pardon my cynicism, but the ONLY reason Republicans are calling for him to quit, is because his verbal gaffe has cost him any chance at beating McCaskill for that Missouri Senate seat. If the press hadn’t jumped all over Akin, IF Akin weren’t affected politically by his comments? The silence you would hear from Republicans would be deafening.
Skinny-dipping Republican Congressmen - Skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee while on “business”? Way to go House Freshmen Repubs…classy stuff.
Repubs keep pushing voter restrictions – What does it say when an entire political party seems hell-bent on STOPPING people from voting? Unless they happen to be rich, white “Christians”? Suppressing the votes of minorities and the poor, reliable Democratic voting blocs, seems to be the primary strategy of Republicans for this next election. Repubs cry “VOTER FRAUD!!” as their excuse, but it’s painfully obvious the real reason is to dissuade minorities from voting, ESPECIALLY when report after report says there IS no meaningful voter fraud in the U.S. I think the only thing that could be more obvious is if Repubs wore KKK uniforms while they smiled and called for voting regulations.
Four people shot at a Walmart - Four people shot in the parking lot of a Walmart, and it barely makes the news. And as usual in this election year, it draws not a peep from the cowards too worried about the next election to make any calls for meaningful gun control.
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A quick shout out to this week’s “Scum of the Week”, a guy I’m sure nobody has heard of, Mike Turzai, a state House Republican (of course) from Pennsylvania. In comments this week, Turzai was talking about “accomplishments” for the state house, and touted the passing of “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”
The man is scum, but he’s HONEST scum, unlike the rest of the Republican party who are pushing for over-the-top voter ID laws to combat “Voter Fraud”. THIS, despite studies and evidence showing there IS no meaningful voter fraud in the U.S. Turzai was just stating the obvious, the real reason Republicans are pushing voter ID laws…these laws have been shown to depress voting from the poor and minorities who tend to overwhelmingly vote Democratic. As this story from the NY Times notes, a federal panel studied the issue and found NO evidence for any significant voter fraud in the last election…but then Republicans complained and “revised” the report, changing the conclusion that voter fraud wasn’t an issue, and instead reporting that it was “open to debate”.
In the last presidential election, there were stories of “robo-calls” to minority voters, telling them they will be forced to prove detailed citizen paperwork before they could vote. In the Wisconsin recall vote for Gov. Walker, Democratic voters who signed the petition to get the recall vote on the ballot received robocalls telling them they didn’t need to come in and vote, because their vote was recorded by the petition. What does it say about the Republican Party platform and election strategy when a key component seems to be trying to PREVENT people from voting? Given their complete lack of support for anyone who doesn’t make over $200,000 a year, I guess it’s not a surprise that the only voting bloc they WANT to vote in elections are rich, Christian white men.
In some ways, I feel guilty about giving Turzai the “Scum of the Week” award. HE’S the only one who has been honest about the true Republican strategy.
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Good ol’ Republicans. Why bother electing folks fairly, when you can rig elections in your favor? Redistricting shenanigans are well known, but don’t seem to draw much ire from the public for some reason. But then again, the public doesn’t seem to pay much attention to things that really matter, they’re too busy worrying about who will win the next American Idol. So, if politicians can get away with redistricting without drawing the public’s ire, why not take it a step further?
The GOP in Pennsylvania is already pushing to split electoral college votes proportionally to the popular vote. Sounds fair, you say? Sure, it SOUNDS fair. I’d agree it would be fair, if every state did it this way. I’m SURE Al Gore says it would sound fair if every state did it, given that he won the overall popular vote in 2000. But it’s incredibly unfair if only a handful of states split votes proportionally, especially when it is only a handful of states that have voted Democratic in the last few elections. The GOP in Wisconsin is now also pushing to split electoral votes proportionally. Both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin went for Obama in 2008. Now, if GOP slimeballs in both states get legislation through to split electoral votes, instead of Obama getting all electoral votes from both states, the Republican candidate could get a significant portion of the votes.
How transparent can Republicans get? Pretty damn transparent, since the public is too apathetic or ignorant to pay attention to shenanigans like this. Republicans in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania talk a good talk, talking about fairness. Well, what about historically Republican states? Do you think Republican state houses in Texas, Georgia, Montana, or other “red” states are talking about “fairness” and introducing legislation to split electoral college votes? HELL no, because as states that will almost certainly go to the GOP candidate (no matter how ridiculously unqualified that candidate is), there’s NO way GOP politicians would worry about “fairness” if it meant electoral college votes going to Obama.
Redistricting. Passing legislation to enforce strict voter ID. And now selectively splitting electoral votes, if it benefits Republicans. Perhaps the somewhat unfocused crowds protesting on Wall Street could add another cause to their laundry list of complaints, and try to stop Republicans from attempting to steal the 2012 election.