Mitt Romney tries to lead a crowd in Vandalia, Ohio, into a chant of "Romney-Ryan" ... to awkward effect:
Mitt Romney has argued for months that President Obama raised taxes on middle class Americans and small businesses during his first term. But during a rally in Ohio on Tuesday, the GOP presidential candidate inadvertently undermined his claim, calling tax increases a “new idea” that Obama would institute in a second term: ROMNEY: His idea [...]
Way to go, professor! If Scott Brown is dumb enough to bring this up, way to throw it back in his teeth!
Elizabeth Warren fires back at Scott Brown's attack on her claims of Native American ancestry, in a new TV ad in the Massachusetts Senate race. Earlier Monday, the Brown campaign released an ad that questioned Warren's honesty, and whether she would have gotten any job based on the claim.
"As a kid, I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage. What kid would?" Warren says to the camera. "But I knew my father's family didn't like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware ? so my parents had to elope."
"Let me be clear, I never asked for, never got any benefit, because of my heritage. The people who hired me have all said they didn't even know about it. I'm Elizabeth Warren, I approve this message. Scott Brown can continue attacking my family ? but I"m gonna keep fighting for yours."
I've been wondering about this for a few days. Scott Brown has made the 'controversy' over Elizabeth Warren's purported Native American heritage a centerpiece of the final lap of the campaign. Indeed, his staffers went so far today as to taunt Warren[...]
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The National Organization for Marriage-backed Preserve Marriage Washington is trying to discount the negative experiences of gays and lesbians by accusing Washington United for Marriage of lying in a new ad: In a television ad which began airing on Friday, a mother shares the story of her daughter?s struggle to care for her dying same-sex [...]
Less than two months from general election day, and the headline for a column at USA Today still makes sense, unfortunately. Meet Jill Stein She?s a doctor. Odds are high that she?s on the ballot in your state. Her party has rocked the vote in the past.[...]
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(Elise Foley)On this, the final day for Rep. Todd Akin to get himself off Missouri's ballot as a Senate candidate, the man himself held yet another press conference to announce that he was by God (literally, in his view, by God) not dropping out despite the Republican Party's ardent wish that he do so. Also he wanted to talk about a bus tour he's doing, which absolutely no one cares about except insofar as it's a sign he's not dropping out.
Friday, Akin found like five or six women to stand with him. But the process of assembling a crowd to serve as a backdrop for this event didn't go so smoothly.
So that's it: Todd Akin is the Republican Party's candidate for Senate in Missouri. And of course that means that, having failed to shut that whole candidacy down, Republican groups will spend money on the race as they swore they wouldn't do back when they were trying to get him off the ballot.
Erick Erickson, a prominent right-wing commentator on contract with CNN, lashed out at perceived hostility to Christianity in President Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday. The pundit took issue with Obama’s claim that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn [...]
From the Faith and Freedom Coalition's slimy flyer seeking money
to boost the evangelical vote for Mitt Romney.Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, has had a new gig since 2009. It's the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a right-wing group that this election season is pouring $10-$12 million into a campaign to get evangelicals to the polls for Mitt Romney. The GOP candidate is quoted on the website as saying: ?Ralph Reed is doing a great job here with the Faith & Freedom Coalition. This is going to make a big impact across America and I appreciate the work you are doing here.?
Part of that work can be found in a mailed flyer that recently landed in Andy Kroll's inbox at Mother Jones magazine. It's the sort of broadside the organization hopes to have 5,000 volunteers passing out to millions of evangelical voters. Despite his best efforts in the primaries, Romney has not fully persuaded many evangelicals that he will adhere to their values if he's elected president.
The flyer appeals for money using the technique of direct-mail campaigns found to be effective ages ago?asking leading questions. The worst of the lot compares Obama's "attack on liberty" to the threats the United faced from the Nazis and Japanese in World War II. For the evangelical voter still on the fence, another leading question links Obama with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez:
ISSUE SUMMARY: The anti-American Communist dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, calls Barack Obama "Comrade Obama" and remarked that he believes President Obama is to the Left of himself and Fidel Castro.Swastikas or hammers and sickles? Your choice. Kroll failed to get a response from the Faith and Freedom Coalition in answer his own question: "Does Reed truly believe Obama is a communist who policies threaten the United States as Nazi Germany once did?"
Question #2: Do you think Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro see President Obama as an ally of theirs? Or do you think Chavez was just joking about President Obama's Communist beliefs?
Of course, he doesn't. Because even Ralph Reed isn't that stupid. But he also knows how to push buttons. And since some voters will swallow any lie about Obama, why not crank it up a bit? "Nazi" and "commie" often does the trick. Of course, Reed can proclaim that he's not trying to shape a narrative here, "just asking questions."
It's low-down, it's sneaky, and it's exactly what you would expect from a traditional-moral-values guy who took money from convicted sleazebag Jack Abramoff.
Via Poynter: For the first time in its 103-year-history, Condé Nast has named a black editor to head one of its magazines. Keija Minor is now editor-in-chief of Brides, the world?s largest weddings magazine. She succeeds Anne Fulenwider who left Brides earlier this month to become editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. Minor had been executive editor [...]