A week from the 2012 Republican National Convention, Republican committee members spent Tuesday articulating and affirming the principles they stand for in a draft of the official party platform. Led by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and featuring other Tea Party stars like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the committee [...]
Students in a Fresno County, California, school district are taught that HIV can be spread through kissing, and the right way to prevent STDs is by going out in groups with friends, getting plenty of rest, and practicing abstinence. Their “Lifetime Health” textbook, which Clovis Unified School District uses for its high school sex education [...]
This morning, Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-MO) reveled that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan urged him to drop out of his U.S. Senate race after Akin became a liability to Republicans nationally. Yet Ryan’s attempt to stick a knife into the increasingly toxic senate candidate cannot be squared with Ryan’s long record of [...]
Following our discussion yesterday about how liberal Hollywood-produced programming actually is, I wanted to call folks’ attention to this fascinating chart from Nielsen that, though based on data from two seasons ago, breaks out by age group how much of the television we consume is inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters: It’s encouraging [...]
From the August 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
Minnesota State Senator Dan Hall (R) is facing blowback this week after insinuating on Twitter that conservatives ? particularly those supporting the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ? are naturally more patriotic. On Saturday, Hall tweeted a picture of a house with a U.S. flag covering the entire garage door, adding “What’s my first clue their [...]
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This Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, their platform committee, led by Gov. Bob McDonnell, approved anti-abortion language that has no exceptions for rape, right in the middle of the dust up with Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and his statement about "legitimate rape" that had Republicans demanding that he drop out of that race.
As Rachel Maddow pointed out that same evening, Gov. McDonnell was so desperate to be the vice presidential pick this year that for a while he was trying to run away from his own positions on the topic, but now that he was passed over, here he was, putting that same extreme language into their official platform at the convention instead. And what is Mitt Romney trying to do? Run from it as fast as he can of course.
MADDOW: You know, if this is your policy position, you either have to explain and defend that policy position, or it can't be your policy position. You can't both have that as your position and never have to be held accountable for it. It is the position of your vice presidential nominee, and it is his voting record, and it is his policy record. And it is about to be the official party platform that you are running on. And your people were there shaping that platform when it wound up in there.
But that's not you? What's you then?
Whatever's convenient Rachel. Etch-a-Sketch doesn't ever expect to be held accountable for anything he's said or done. And in the mean time, Akin is refusing to drop out of the race, so we can look forward to Romney at least continuing to be pushed about whether he agrees with Akin or not and if he doesn't, why did he pick Paul Ryan for a running mate?
Over the weekend, Doug Preisse, chair of the Republican Party in Franklin County, Ohio, explained that he had no interest in "contorting" early voting rules in his county to "accommodate the urban--read African-American -- voter turnout machine." The[...]
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IT’S THE REALITY that rings the loudest. From Matthew Yglesias:
This is a Fed full of Obama appointees pursuing a disastrous policy trajectory that’s creating all kinds of problems for Obama. But I’ve never read any reporting indicating that the Obama economic team is upset about monetary policy, I’ve never heard any discontent with monetary policy from administration officials on or off the recod, and Obama’s allies on Capitol Hill have basically never called publicly or privately for more expansionary monetary policy. Rather than someting as simple as an error, there seems to be a totally comprehensive systematic blunder in which Democrats simply ignore the most powerful tool for bolstering aggregate demand while Republicans call for a disastrous tight money agenda.