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Josh Marshall: “I’d thought Richard Iott had been put out to pasture after news broke that his main hobby was Nazi reenacting. After that Rep. Eric Cantor (R) denounced him. And then everything pretty much went down hill from there when he started saying that he didn’t think we were in a position to judge the SS soldiers who did all the cool stuff on the Eastern Front.
But apparently Iott is out of the dog House. And back in John Boehner’s House.
This Saturday John Boehner is going to appear at a special pre-election rally with Iott in Toledo.
From the Iott campaign website …
RALLY WITH LEADER BOEHNER
Oct 30, 2010
When: Saturday, October 30th 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Where: Lucas County GOP Victory Center, 10 S. Superior St, Toledo
Calling all Iott Volunteers! Please join us for this very special pre-election rally with House Minority Leader, John Boehner. What a great way to start off our pre-election weekend. Please wear any Iott gear you may have!”
“Fox News has taken it upon itself to teach the nation’s first African American president a thing or two about racially-sensitive rhetoric.
It seems that in Rhode Island this week, President Obama made a slight addition to his now-ubiquitous “Republicans drove the economy into the ditch” metaphor. Here’s how Fox News’ own reporter on the ground recounted the moment:
He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
Obama, they say, was clearly referring to “sending Republicans to the back of the bus” (a word, it should be noted, Obama did not say
This is not the Obama of the 2008 race speech, nor the Obama who promised to improve the discourse in Washington, say Fox pundits. This is racial insensitivity at its worst.
“When you’re president, your words carry weight,” former Bush administration spokesperson Dana Perino told Sean Hannity. “Either he doesn’t know that, or he doesn’t care.”
On Fox & Friends this morning, noted tolerance expert Brian Kilmeade was quick to add his two cents.
“Sure this mid-term election is a week away, but should the President be bringing up imagery of segregation into politics?” he said.”
“Last week, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) asked people to “Go Purple” to call attention to the suicides of six teenagers who were victims of homophobic bullying. In response, a myriad of high-profile figures “jumped at the opportunity” to voice their support as part of YouTube’s “It Gets Better” campaign, including 40 Broadway actors, Google, Inc., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama. Yesterday, Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent new official guidelines on school-bullying to 15,000 school districts and 5,000 colleges and universities as a message that “bullying is not acceptable” and could violate federal civil rights laws.
Despite a chorus of support, GLAAD’s anti-bullying message is falling on deaf ears in Arkansas. Specifically, the ears of Arkansas District School board member Clint McCance. In response to GLAAD’s appeal to wear purple, McCance, an elected member of the Midland school board, unleashed a tirade of anti-gay bigotry on his facebook page. In a series of posts, McCance actually encourages “fags” and “queers” to kill themselves and says that, if his kids were gay, he’d “run them off“.”
“On Monday night, ThinkProgess hosted a film screening of Astroturf Wars followed by a panel discussion featuring the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, (Astro)Turf Wars filmmaker Taki Oldham, Americans for Prosperity’s Phil Kerpen, the Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson, moderator and ThinkProgress editor Faiz Shakir, and myself. Responding to the vitriolic racism openly aired at tea parties and captured in Oldham’s film, an audience member asked Kerpen why he refused to acknowledge the possibility that dangerous propaganda could spur life-threatening violence. Kerpen said he opposed racism and hate in the Tea Parties, but admitted that racists “might find a more receptive audience [at Tea Party rallies] because of all the paranoia and concern out there about government.””
“After their attempt to privatize Social Security in 2005 was met with widespread public outcry, the GOP’s strategy on Social Security has been two-fold. First, Republicans deny they are interested in privatization. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently told the Wall Street Journal that “no one has a proposal up to cut Social Security,” (his own book proposes doing so), while conservatives in the media have tried to argue that Republicans don’t actually want to privatize Social Security.
The second tactic has been to obfuscate their privatization plans by sugarcoating them in flowery, palatable language. President Bush’s privatization plan is a prime example. In his 2005 State of the Union, President Bush said we needed to “save” Social Security and give younger workers a “better deal” by having “voluntary personal retirement accounts,” the poll-tested language for privatization. Bush now says his greatest failure was not privatizing Social Security.
However, such rhetoric belies their record. A thorough review of the voting records and statements of Republicans in Congress reveals a critical mass of GOPers who have supported privatizing Social Security. In total, 47 percent of House Republicans and 49 percent of Senate Republicans are on record supporting the privatization of Social Security. Some, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), want to go even further and “wean everybody” off of Social Security altogether.”
“Late last week, Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) and his Republican opponent and retired Marine Nick Popaditch debated a variety of issues at the Imperial Valley Expo. Highlights from the debate include Popaditch’s view that all of the Bush tax cuts should be extended, even those for the wealthiest Americans.
At one point during the debate, a questioner asked Popaditch what he would do to make sure there “no further cuts are made to the food stamp benefits.” The Republican candidate responded by saying that, while he believes “in a safety net,” he certainly doesn’t think “we need to make it too darn comfortable down there on that safety net. I’m not a cruel man, but I think we need to make these systems not as comfortable as they are now”.”
“After a days worth of back-and-forth, the Alaska Supreme Court late Wednesday said voters can look at a list of certified write-in candidates when they go to the polls, blocking a lower court ruling that would’ve hurt GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in bid.”
“Even though polls repeatedly show people like many provisions of the new health care law, the specter of "Obamacare" has become a powerful weapon for Republicans this campaign season.”
From Andrew Restuccia: “I just finished watching the Frontline/ProPublica documentary on BP. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth your time. The documentary tracks BP’s spotty safety record, from a 2005 explosion at one of its oil refineries in Texas that killed four people to pipeline spills in Alaska to the Gulf oil spill.
Much of the documentary focuses on BP’s corporate culture, which appears to have privileged profit and massive growth over safety. “This is a story about ambition and its consequences,” the documentary says.”
“No one is quite sure how big an impact Latino voters will have on the upcoming elections. Polling early in the month pointed to low turnout among Latinos, who reported lower enthusiasm than voters overall for the Nov. 2 elections. There were reports that Latino voters would stay home if Congress failed to deliver comprehensive immigration reform, compounded by dubious advertising from a pro-GOP group arguing they should skip voting entirely. Meanwhile, Latino and immigrant rights groups have attempted to mobilize voters, particularly against GOP candidates deemed anti-immigrant. Recent polling indicates it might be working: Enthusiasm about voting in the midterms has been steadily growing among Latinos.
Latino voters could make a big difference in certain races, given their status as the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the country. The San Francisco Chronicle has a good list of the races in which Latinos could have the biggest impact next week, all in states where Latinos make up a large proportion of the population.”
“Fox News presents a good test case for demonstrating how an unverified account of voting machine irregularities in Nevada can become a national story about how Democrats are trying to steal the midterm elections. First, run a quick story that quotes a single voter in Nevada insisting Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) name was already checked when she went to cast her ballot via touch screen early voting on Monday:
Voters in Boulder City said they were trying to vote for Republican nominee Sharron Angle, but that Reid’s name was checked when they got to the electronic voting machines.”
“Despite a new pension reform bill approved by France’s parliament, protest strikes called by labor unions disrupted air and rail traffic on Thursday.”
“The emirate offers a cautionary tale in the pitfalls of constructing metropolises in the parched desert.”
“Conceding almost certain Republican gains in next month’s crucial midterm elections, Democratic lawmakers vowed Tuesday not to give up without making one final push to ensure their party runs away from every major legislative victory of the past two years.
Party leaders told reporters that regardless of the ultimate outcome, they would do everything in their power from now until the polls closed to distance themselves from their hard-won passage of a historic health care overhaul, the toughest financial regulations since the 1930s, and a stimulus package most economists now credit with preventing a second Great Depression.
“There’s a great deal on the line, and we know it isn’t going to be easy for us,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), speaking from the steps of the Capitol. “But if we suffer defeat, we will do so knowing we cowered away from absolutely anything we produced that was even remotely progressive or valuable in any way.”
“While the stimulus isn’t a cure-all, we owe it to the voters to scatter like pigeons whenever the Republicans grossly mischaracterize it as a wasteful giveaway,” Pelosi said. “Their sleazy, cynical distortions may win them votes in the end, but we will not let that happen without doing whatever it takes to sit idly by and let them get away with it.”
According to party leaders, the Democrats are putting their sweeping new health care law at the top of the list of accomplishments to back away from.
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