Republican in-fighting (or Dr. Frankenstein vs. his Monster)

What could be better than watching Republicans “Fox News” each other?

MMFA: Fox News political analyst Karl Rove and Erick Erickson, the network’s newest contributor, are at war over the political direction of the Republican Party.  [...] The Times went on to report that the creation of [the Conservative Victory Project] demonstrates “the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election.” But Tea Party-affiliated conservative media figures aren’t going quietly, and some of the fire at Rove is coming from inside the Fox News tent. Erickson, who has regularly supported right-wing primary candidates over less ideologically rigid Republican ones, writes today on his RedState blog that GOP candidates supported by Conservative Victory Project should be targeted for defeat. He also mocks the effectiveness of American Crossroads, writing, “Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it.”


Steve Benen discusses the GOP’s increasingly deep schisms and infighting:

In public, Republicans insist their biggest problem is rhetorical — they need to identify a better way to sell their ideas to voters. In private, Republicans focus more on their primary problem — GOP leaders are convinced that the party would be in far better shape right now were it not for rank-and-file Republican voters nominating unelectable loons in so many key races. [...] Enter Karl Rove’s operation to the rescue.

The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.

The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.

[...] Rove and his allies argue, “Listen to us or we’ll be stuck with another bunch of candidates like Akin, Mourdock, O’Donnell, and Angle.” Simultaneously, the Club for Growth and its allies argue, “Listen to us or we’ll be stuck with Karl Rove’s 99% failure rate.”

The opportunity for a round of bitter proxy fights will materialize very soon: Steve King in Iowa, Paul Broun in Georgia, and Joe Miller in Alaska are each poised to launch right-wing Senate bids, and by most measures, these candidates are so far from the mainstream they’re very likely to fail — after winning their respective primaries.


Andy Kroll: With Rove’s new super-PAC in the mix, the GOP’s slate of 2014 primaries will be even nastier than expected in states such as Iowa, Georgia, and Kentucky, among others. The GOP needs to win six seats in 2014 to take back control of the Senate, and if that requires some intraparty combat, the Conservative Victory Fund looks ready to go to war. By the end of 2014’s primary season, don’t be surprised, to borrow a phrase from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to see quite a lot of blood and teeth left on the floor.


Politico: Both the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund – two of the most prominent groups that have boosted candidates on the right – mocked the new initiative as yet another hapless establishment-side attempt to muzzle the GOP base. Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, branded it the “Conservative Defeat Project.” “The Conservative Defeat Project is yet another example of the Republican establishment’s hostility toward its conservative base. Rather than listening to the grassroots and working to advance their principles, the establishment has chosen to declare war on the party’s most loyal supporters,” Hoskins said. “If they keep this up, the party will remain in the wilderness for decades to come.”


In other words, it must be Obama’s fault.

Also too, let’s not ignore the fact that this is yet another fantastic money-making opportunity for Karl Rove and the Club for Growth. It’s the new grift! Start sending your pennies now, rubes.

GOPAWG: The Grand Old Party of Angry White Guys

via: end-the-republican-mafia



Case in point:

Of course who would be offended by such an honest assessment of women speaking at the DNC? After his ‘apology’, the very courageous angry white man Erick Erickson ‘protected’ his account so people can’t read his tweets anymore. Thank you!

Forecast for the 2012 GOP presidential campaign: Racist with a 95% chance of “and whatever else it takes”

What’s the fear among the elite members of the Republican establishment, who’ve been elected to serve the wealthiest one percent, such as the trust fund babies, the banksters and the corporations and their CEOs? That perhaps there could be some kind of power outage this summer while Fox “News” or Clear Channel drones their magical blend of Orwellian hypnosis (not wealthy themselves, but hate gays and love Jesus! remember… Democrats love gays and hate Jesus! remember… Republicans want you to have guns and love Jesus! remember… ), and the GOP base rabble could potentially overhear Obama and the Democrats talk about verboten topics like income inequality, unemployment, or tax fairness and begin drifting out of Fox’s hazy and yet comfortably warm mind-vacuum, blinking rapidly, before the power grid could be restored.

So what’s a good Plan B? Good old fashioned racism — early and often. If there’s anything the Fox News audience seems to be more against than the gays, it’s the “not white” races. The base won’t need the full programming to remember things they already know.

Charles P. Pierce says,

This is likely going to be the most obviously racist presidential campaign the country has seen since people went out a’whispering about Warren Harding’s black ancestry. Even if Willard Romney has the stones to unequivocally denounce the entire network dedicated to boosting this stuff into the mainstream, which he doesn’t now and never will, he can’t stop it. It’s a feature of conservative politics, not a bug.

Don’t believe it? It’s just beginning:

  • Chris Wallace: ‘McCain was crazy’ not to attack Obama with Rev. Wright — Fox News host Chris Wallace on Friday suggested that it would be “legitimate” for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to attack President Barack Obama for his association with Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. “As far as Rev. Wright is concerned, I think it had a lot of relevance and I think when you look back on it, [former Republican presidential nominee John] McCain was crazy not to bring it up,” Wallace told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. “Not in a matter of exploiting it, it’s a legitimate issue.” — Raw Story
  • During the May 17 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity disagreed with the Romney campaign’s decision, stating: … I believe that the president’s relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man that influenced him for over 20 years, inspired him, is a very important campaign issue. After all, it is a matter of character. — MMFA
  • In a May 18 post, on his blog, RedState, CNN’s Erick Erickson praised for its May 17 “vetting” of  Obama, using the post to call Obama a “Composite Kenyan.” — MMFA
  • Obama Derangement Syndrome, cont. – Arizona edition: Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) told KFYI he’s not entirely convinced President Obama was really born in the United States and suggested he could be knocked off the state’s presidential ballot. Said Bennett: “I’m not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii — or at least I hope he was. But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.” – Political Wire

Wouldn’t it be great if these birthers (or, really, the panderers to birthers) like Bennett and Arpaio and whoever else is but isn’t a birther this week would compare for us not only ROMNEY’S and Obama’s birth certificates — but their own, and let us all in on the big difference. Just so we all know… so that we all can be on the same page.

Why does CNN currently suck?

Joe Coscarelli asks, Why Is No One Watching CNN?

Put gently, as usual, by the Times: “Like Fox News, MSNBC now has hosts with clear political points of view at key times of the day. CNN promotes itself as the top source for nonpartisan news on television.” In other words, it’s boring and basic, so people only watch when they need primary results or Whitney Houston dies. Cenk Uygur of Current TV’s The Young Turks has the following advice:

… for the love of God, stop doing “he said, she said” crap that doesn’t actually deliver the news to anyone. Democrats said this and Republicans said that — who cares? What is the reality?! Your job is supposed to be to bring us facts, not what official spokespeople told you in their press releases and talking points.

I agree that the ‘he said, she said’ bullshit has to go — in fact Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein recently wrote an excellent op-ed, practically begging the media, like CNN, to stop being such complete failures on this issue. But to have CNN bill itself as the “top source for nonpartisan news” is a joke. Please. Let’s not forget this is the cable news network which decided it would be a great idea to add political commentary from such glorious wingnuts as Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch. If I wanted to listen to rightwing nutjobs (which I don’t), I’d turn to Fox News (which I won’t). CNN is losing on many fronts.

“Who cares? Who cares that she wasn’t invited into the club? She’s a woman! Women aren’t allowed!”

CNN contributor and rightwing shithead Erick Erickson offered his opinion on the recent debate about Augusta Nation Golf Club’s policy of not allowing women:

For years, the exclusive club has made a practice of offering an invitation to IBM’s CEO, which sponsors the Masters tournament. But on Tuesday, Augusta chairman Billy Payne refused to say if they would break from nearly 80 years of tradition to invite Ginni Rometty, IBM’s first female CEO.

“Who cares?” Erickson, who founded the blog, asserted on his Friday radio show. “Who cares that she wasn’t invited into the club? She’s a woman! Women aren’t allowed!”

“See, the president is trying to make everything political. President wants to have it both ways. He wants to go play at the Masters. Oh, you’re darn right the president wants to go play at the Masters, but he thinks women should be allowed, they should be members. Why must women be members of Augusta National? Why? Because it’s the last bastion of sexism. I thought the Republican Party was the last bastion of sexism and misogyny in America. Oh, wait. They nominated Sarah Palin to be vice presidential nominee.”

Erickson added: “And of course, Mitt Romney, ‘Well, I think women should be allowed too.’ At least, he’s smart enough to know that we don’t want to wade in to the war on women with Augusta. It is striking to me just how political the president wants to make everything. The war on women coming home to the Masters. Who freaking cares?”

“I would love to be a member of Augusta National one day after I get my private jet, but at the same time I don’t really care. And I don’t care that the Masters is a male-dominated event. I don’t care that women aren’t members of the Masters. Frankly, I kind of like the idea that women aren’t members of the Masters. Good lord, I don’t want to hang out at some women’s event.”

I’ll just add: WTF, CNN? Seriously.

Monday morning’s 6 slightly interesting things


Republicans are desperate to kill health care reform – stop them

Obama campaign manager calls Romney ‘Godfather’ of healthcare: “‘Mitt Romney is the godfather of our health care plan,’ Plouffe said on NBC’s Meet the Press. ‘If he is president, remarkably he is running away from that past, and he says he is going to try to throw all this away. We’re going to have a big fight about health care again.’” [Politico]


This morning begins three days of arguments in the most significant Supreme Court case in decades. The central question: Will the Affordable Care Act stand?

Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform – Q:) What is at stake in this hearing? A:) If the Supreme Court struck this down, I think that it wouldn’t just be about health care. It would be the Supreme Court saying: ‘Look, we’ve got the power to really take decisions, move them off of the table of the American people, even in a democracy. And so it could imperil a number of reforms in the New Deal that are designed to help people against big corporations and against, indeed, big governments. The challengers are saying that this law is unconstitutional, which means even if 95 percent of Americans want this law, they can’t have it. And that’s a really profound thing for an unelected court to say. Q:) What are the possible outcomes? A:) The two main outcomes that one can predict — the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate as unconstitutional because it’s unprecedented or it upholds it and says it is part of Congress power over commerce and over taxation. The latter is far more likely because it is such a grave thing for unelected judges to take a decision of such a magnitude for American people. I expect the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of its current term, June 30. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone else was surprised in this case, and the court didn’t reach a standard 5-to-4 judgment with the five Republican justices — those nominated by Republican presidents on one side, and the four nominated by Democratic presidents on the other.

Tea Party to rally against health care law: “‘We want our freedom back,’ former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told hundreds of ralliers standing in the rain in Upper Senate Park, a few hundred yards from the steps of the Supreme Court. … The rally largely marks the big return to Washington for the Tea Party, a loose organization of grassroots groups that helped conservative Republicans take over the House in the 2010 wave election.” [Fox News]


Rick Santorum Swears At New York Times Reporter - Jeff Zeleny earned the curse for asking Santorum what he meant by saying that Mitt Romney is the “worst Republican” to face Obama. Here’s a look at some other times Santorum’s temper got the best of him, often at the press.

Santorum campaign denies equating ‘sworn enemy’ Ahmadenijad with Obama – The ad calls Iran a “sworn American enemy” and then briefly switches between images of Ahmadinejad and Obama. But campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said it was “ridiculous” to think that the ad equated the two men. “He’s the president of the United States, Ahmadenijad is the president of our sworn enemy,” he told Politico. “I’m don’t know that it was ‘interspersing,’ I’m confused by that. Obviously I’m not trying to say anything about Obama and Ahamdenijad.” John Brabender, who made the video, also denied that it equated Ahmadenijad with Obama. Watch…

“Pretend It’s Obama” – So says an unseen woman as Rick Santorum displays his masculinity by shooting a menacing paper silhouette. Also unseen: millions of cheering teabaggers.

4) ROMNEY – feel the excitement!

Paul Ryan Would ‘Consider’ Romney-Ryan Ticket - Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Ryan if he would accept the VP slot if the Republican presidential nominee wanted him to be on the ticket to help sell the GOP’s controversial new budget that slashes government spending. “It’s not a bridge that I’ve even come close to crossing,” Ryan explained. “It’s a decision that somebody else makes and a long time from now. … I can’t answer that question because I haven’t given enough thought to that.” “But you’re leaving the door open,” Wallace noted. “You’re saying, ‘If I were asked, I would have to consider it.'” “I would have to consider it,” Ryan agreed. “But it’s not something I’m even thinking about right now because I think our job in Congress is pretty important.”

Mitt Romney Introduces Erick Erickson To The Individual Mandate – Red State’s Erick Erickson has been a relentless Mitt Romney critic. In this 2006 interview with Erickson for the Red State podcast Romney introduces him to the individual mandate. It was all down hill after this interview.

Plouffe: Romney the ‘godfather’ of Obama health reforms – “Most of the law doesn’t take effect until 2012,” Plouffe explained. “We’ve hand hundreds of millions of dollars of propaganda spent against it. Now, you are seeing parts of the law come into effect. Kids between 21 and 26, over 21 million of them, now have health insurance. They can stay on their parents plan because of the health care reform law. You’ve got over 5 million seniors now getting $600, roughly, for prescription drug assistance. Women are treated equally as men in our system. There are free preventive care like mammograms and cancer screenings.” “So, we just have to tell the story of this,” he continued. “One thing I’m confident of is by the end of the decade, we’re going to be very glad the Republicans termed this Obamacare. Because when the reality of health care is in place, it’s going to be nothing like the kind of fear mongering that was done.” Plouffe added that the White House was “confident” that the Supreme Court would uphold the law.


Doctors doubt favoritism in Cheney transplant – CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive. After spending nearly two years on a waiting list, Cheney received a transplant Saturday. The 71-year-old underwent surgery at the same Virginia hospital where doctors implanted a small heart pump that has kept him alive the past few years. Cheney was recovering Sunday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He had severe congestive heart failure and had suffered five heart attacks over the past 25 years.

imageYou might remember when Ross Douthat in 2008 wrote about watching Sarah Palin winking on tv and described that experience  as “starbursts ricocheting around the living rooms of America” (and, one assumes, his pants and the carpet)? Well, it’s happening for him again: Ross Douthat wants to bear Tebow’s little Christian babies“O ye of little faith. Did you think that the Lord God of Hosts, having raised Tebow up as a Gideon of the gridiron, would pass up the opportunity to put his faithful servant to the test? Did you think that the angelic screenwriters responsible for scripting last year’s succession of Tebow-related improbabilities had nodded off after the Broncos were dispatched in the A.F.C. playoffs? …No, this was where the Tebow story was always destined to end up. Denver was his Galilee; New York will be the Roman Colosseum. Or to be pop cultural rather than scriptural: Denver was District 12 in Suzanne Collins’s Panem, and the Meadowlands will be the Hunger Games arena.”

“We are the 53%” created by CNN’s chief goat-f*cker, Erick Erickson

The Right-Wing Version of ‘We Are the 99 Percent’: Heartbreaking

“We Are the 53%” was created thought up by CNN’s chief goat-fucking correspondent Erick Erickson as a response to “We Are the 99 Percent,” an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated blog that collects the stories of the underemployed, overworked, debt-ridden and uninsured victims of the recession. The blog, run by conservative filmmaker Mike Wilson, gets its name from the popular (and wildly simplistic!) Republican talking point that only 53 percent of households pay federal income taxes…

[...] The phrase “I don’t have health insurance” pops up frequently on “We Are the 53%,” but not as a cry for help or an indictment of a broken system. Here, it’s a badge of pride. [...] This is where the best of American values meet their most masochistic applications. Did you work 60-70 hours a week for nearly a decade to get a college degree after serving in this country’s military? This is America! Drive on! Do you now have two different jobs, neither of which will pay you insurance? Suck it up, whiner! Driving a shitty car and narrowly making ends meet? Stop whining and suck it up! And if any of those problems are directly attributable to reckless, self-serving behavior on the part of enormous banking conglomerates, for God’s sake don’t blame them! You are the 53 percent!

Also! there will be rewards in Heaven so nothing really matters in the here and now. Walk it off.

It’s all psych-ops. They do it because it works.