Saturday, July 22, 2006
"I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historic ties with the African American community. For too long, my party wrote off the African American vote, and many African Americans wrote off the Republican Party. That history has prevented us from working together when we agree on great goals."
- President George W. Bush at the NAACP's 97th annual convention in Washington
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Good news coming out of Georgia. Race-baiter and cop beater Cynthia McKinney is facing a runoff in order to keep her seat in the House of Representatives.
ATLANTA, Georgia (TIME) -- Cynthia McKinney's reputation on Capitol Hill and elsewhere may have taken some shots in recent months. But in her Georgia district, the congresswoman known for testing, if not betraying, decorum enjoys solid support as she heads into the July 18 Democratic primary -- the only election that much matters in her heavily Democratic district.
The stream of controversy following McKinney spiked this spring when she was charged with punching a cop who, failing to recognize the congresswoman, physically restrained her after she bypassed Capitol security. It's not the first time security has challenged her credentials -- recurring mistakes that the African-American representative calls racist. (A jury declined to indict her after hearing witness testimony from four congressional aides.)Getting rid of Cynthia McKinney would be a huge statement for the people of Georgia. It would send the message that they will no longer tolerate the sort of antics we've come to expect from an insane woman masking herself as a politican. The last straw being crying "racism!" after assaulting a Capitol police officer.
It is high time that we ignore efforts by liberal blacks to play the race card when they find themselves in hot water. This inappropriate playing of the race card is akin to the boy crying wolf: it reduces the visibility of actual racist incidents because Americans become desensitized to Blacks crying "Racism! Racism!" every time they find themselves in trouble. Having become an expert on crying wolf, it's time for voters to show Cynthia McKinney the door for good.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Seriously. He's just Howard Dean without the scream.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Lieberman's bit ter primary battle is the biggest race in the country because it's a naked test of how much clout the MoveOn/Deaniac angry left holds in the Democratic Party.
It's a Democratic civil war. If they can beat Lieberman and make the Iraq war a litmus test, the angry activists hope to become kingmakers with vast clout in picking the 2008 presidential nominee.
Activists like Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of the popular Daily Kos Web site, claim their mix of hot rhetoric and Internet organizing is the path to victory for Democrats.
But they have yet to notch a single win in a primary or general election. Howard Dean crashed and burned in a 2004 Internet-fueled presidential bid.
That's why the stakes are so high. If the activists can't beat Lieberman, their clout shrinks fast.
For centrist Democrats, it's vital that Lieberman win to keep the party from lurching to the left and risking a repeat of George McGovern's 49-state loss to Richard Nixon in 1972.
"This reveals a self-destructive tendency on the left of the Democratic Party, a cultish fervor," says Will Marshall, who runs a think tank linked to the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.
"There's a kind of angry new breed of liberal fundamentalism that's trying to enforce a narrow orthodoxy."
For the angry activists, the worst-case scenario is that Lieberman loses the Democratic primary but wins re-election as an independent - revealing them as paper tigers.
Republicans are smiling. They say the activists hurt the whole Democratic Party by making it look too nasty and too far left.
"The liberal fringe may end up costing Democrats control of Congress this fall," said Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin.
"It's the best thing we have going for us as Republicans."
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Former President Bill Clinton is sticking up for U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and his support of the Iraq war.
Clinton, who spoke at an Aspen Institute conference last week, questioned why Democrats in Connecticut are focusing on ousting a fellow Democrat, Lieberman.
Lieberman faces a stronger-than-expected Aug. 8 primary challenge by Greenwich millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, who has criticized Lieberman for his support of the war and his perceived closeness with Republicans and President Bush.
"If we allow our differences over what to do now in Iraq to divide us instead of focusing on replacing Republicans in Congress; that's the nuttiest strategy I ever heard in my life," Clinton told the nonprofit cultural organization.
Audio of Clinton's comments was posted on the Minnesota Public Radio web site.
Clinton questioned efforts of some Democrats to impose a fixed timetable for removing U.S. troops from Iraq - something Lieberman opposes.
"Why send a signal to the people that are trying to keep Iraq divided and tear it up when we're gonna go," he asked.
Clinton defended Lieberman's Democratic credentials, mentioning how the senator has been endorsed by labor unions, environmental organizations and gay groups.
"We've got a world of differences between ourselves and the Republicans," he said. "So I think the Democrats are making a mistake to go after each other ... for a situation none of them created."
When Bill Clinton admitted to cheating on his wife, the Left was there to rub his back, tell him it'd be okay and protect him from those "evil" Republicans (i.e. Karl Rove) who had the nerve to stick it to a President who committed infidelity while in office. Heck, the Left did such a great job of protecting Slick Willie that he enjoyed a more than 60% approval rating upon leaving office despite Monicagate.
Yet, Joe Lieberman, a man who supports stem cell research, civil unions, abortion, gun control and women's rights (so much so that he's been endorsed several times by the National Organization of Women), is being bullied by the usual liberal hypocrites because he dared to think that Iraq would be better off without Saddam Hussein then with him.
Could Joe Lieberman fall victim to Bush Derangement Syndrome? If we continue to let the loons run the agenda, he certainly might.