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McConnell blasts RNC fundraising document

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) denounced a recently uncovered Republican National Committee PowerPoint presentation that included depictions of President Obama as the Joker and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Cruella DeVille. The presentation, created by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart and first reported Wednesday by Politico, suggested that the committee raise money by playing on public fear of an impending march toward socialism under the Obama administration.

"That sort of thing is certainly not helpful," McConnell said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "I can't imagine why anybody would have thought that was helpful. I mean, typically, the way parties raise money is because people believe in the causes that they advocate."

One major RNC donor, Mark DeMoss, said in a letter to RNC Chairman Michael Steele that he was "ashamed" of the document and announced he will no longer contribute to the Republican Party. DeMoss said that he would instead contribute directly to candidates he chooses to support. A spokesman for Steele said the chairman was not aware of the document before it was made public.

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THE FEW STUPID WHO ARE ATACKING THE PRESIDENT MAY DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
IT IS TIME TO UNITE AND SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Posted by: theoldmansays | March 8, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

THE FEW STUPID WHO ARE ATACKING THE PRESIDENT MAY DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
IT IS TIME TO UNITE AND SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Posted by: theoldmansays | March 8, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

THE FEW STUPID WHO ARE ATACKING THE PRESIDENT MAY DESTROY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
IT IS TIME TO UNITE AND SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Posted by: theoldmansays | March 8, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

God please quit throwing around "socialist" to describe program funding. Republicans reek of stinge whenever this socialist crap comes spewing forth. You want your programs and streets paved but never want to pay for anything, much less think about helping out someone less fortunate. Some people are, and will remain, poor, and will always need a hand. So what? I'd much rather (be able to) help out than be stuck in their shoes, man what does it take for you stingy ass %%%%'s to have a pulse?There's an old saying, "the more you give, the more you receive), and I'm sorry that most Republicans have that ass-backwards. Penny-wise, pound foolish. What a great way to live. I'm just sorry for repubs children that are being brought up and brainwashed that freedom means love thy neighbor and thy guns, but poor people? -forget it.. p.s. I'm sorry to post a rant but jeezus the elephant poo gets smelly (and old) real quick.

Posted by: dmntnx | March 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Rather than the Joker, why not just point out there are 40 czars in the White House and Obama that have communist/Marxist/socialist beliefs and if you want freedom to exist you simply must vote them out.

Posted by: MonicaS1 | March 8, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Senator McConnel for repudiating this approach, but I wonder if he truly disapproves of the silliness and fear-mongering demonstrated by that fundraising pitch, or he is simply embarassed that anyone in the leadership of our party would be so candid about it.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | March 8, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I welcome the courageous and civil response of both McConnell and Steele in repudiating, even condemning, the outrageous RNC PowerPoint presentation cited in preceding posts. I am not a Republican, never have been, never will be, but would like to respect those who hold opposing political views. Name calling, insults, and ridicule do not serve the truth or change minds. Let's hope the example of these Republican leaders will encourage others to engage in more civil discourse. Democrats who stoop to the same level as that reached in the RNC presentation do more harm than good to their (and my) cause: support for our President. Please, let's shape up. All of us.

Posted by: castleb | March 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Mitch has seen the questionare sent out by Steele in a fund raising package. The questions ask about "Obama's take over of General Motors, Obama's energy tax that he admits will make your utility bills "skyrocket.", describes Acorn as "an alleged criminal enterprise" among it's many distortions and outright lies. It is on the Republican National Committee letterhead. I have received thousands of fund raising letters and this is the most dishonest I have ever seen. I am a registered Democrat and don't know any I got to lucky to be sent this repulsive document.

Posted by: withersb | March 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

239 days until SWEET TUESDAY!!!!!! Dems have NOT sunk to the levels this power point and billboards around the country are so blatantly blaring. The NCR is now
the Nasty Racist Cretins (cretins for you
repukes are: ones afflicted with marked
mental deficiency). Mac & Cheese For Brains, along with Delayed, Hatchet, and
Turdblossem, all decried the madness their party is resorting to, and they were all lying through their teeth. As long as the tactics of desperation such as these prevail, the idiot, brain-lavaged,
KKKs, white supremists, deranged repukes
will jump on the bandwagon of insanity.
The so called "leaders" of this pathetic
party will do NOTHING to curb the demented
crusade that if unchecked, could lead to
anarchy and rebellion. This is truly what
the repuke agenda is, they have sunk to an unprecedented low, and the depth of their hate is incredible. Actually, they are just
adding nails to their political coffin, we
will slam the lid on that big ole' trash can in 239 Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 8, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

239 days until SWEET TUESDAY!!!!!! Dems have NOT sunk to the levels this power point and billboards around the country are so blatantly blaring. The NCR is now
the Nasty Racist Cretins (cretins for you
repukes are: ones afflicted with marked
mental deficiency). Mac & Cheese For Brains, along with Delayed, Hatchet, and
Turdblossem, all decried the madness their party is resorting to, and they were all lying through their teeth. As long as the tactics of desperation such as these prevail, the idiot, brain-lavaged,
KKKs, white supremists, deranged repukes
will jump on the bandwagon of insanity.
The so called "leaders" of this pathetic
party will do NOTHING to curb the demented
crusade that if unchecked, could lead to
anarchy and rebellion. This is truly what
the repuke agenda is, they have sunk to an unprecedented low, and the depth of their hate is incredible. Actually, they are just
adding nails to their political coffin, we
will slam the lid on that big ole' trash can in 239 Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 8, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The readical lefties on here like to talk about Republican "fear mongering" as if DEMS never do that. Does anyone remembering when Bush wanted to privatize Social Security which incidentally would be a good thing. One of you die, you lose that income, some great deal huh! The DEMS talked about how Bush wanted to hurt seniors, etc. Both sides do it so at least be intellectually honest.

Posted by: Jackets | March 8, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Not Helpful" "unfortunate".

Actually, what was being said was:

Not helpful to our "Party of No!!" cause, and it was unfortunate that we were caught doing it.

No apology, because this, and much other more offensive garbage is circulating the internet, and the right wing and Teabaggers love it.!

Posted by: atc333 | March 8, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It is always so interesting to see the Democrats replies. I am so happy to be on the opposite side they seem so unhappy and petty. By the way the only change Obama was voted in for was the party in the white house, don't keep fooling yourself into thinking most Americans are for the health care plan or the over taxing of us all.

Posted by: jcory | March 8, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

It's amusing to read the posts. Bush was bad, someone's a draft dodger (How about Slick Willy?) this one did that and someone did something else. Hatred everywhere if it isn't your guy/gal. Americans are stupid. Washington doesn't fix anything after spending billions of our hard earned tax dollars. Both parties want power and failed us so when will you wise up? It's about policies and Obama's are about socialistic ideas. If you can't see that then you aren't being objective. America is being sold down the river by Washington. Wake up!

Posted by: Jackets | March 8, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

McConnell didn't "blast" anything. He said it was "not helpful." Which is akin to comments made by other Republicans who said derogatory emails about the Obamas "were sent to the wrong email lists," or that they "didn't know that phrase was 'racist' or 'racially charged.'"

"Not helpful" implies that this presentation could be helpful in another context, but isn't in this one. Considering that McConnell and the rest of his republican cronies have traded in fear-mongering on a range of issues from 9/11 to the economy to the Supreme Court nominees to health care and more, their actions speak far louder than non-apologies and rote, by-the-numbers "contrition."

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 8, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

If I could stand to listen to it, I'd like to hear Limbaugh's twist on this. It will be creative, I'm sure. But I can't listen to him bloviating without getting disgusted.

How strangely challenged the Republicans have become. They're not FOR anything except tax cuts. They're AGAINST anything that isn't a tax cut. Their syntax would flunk any college-level writing class. Their syllogisms would flunk any class in logical thinking. And none of them have come within a mile of anything having to do with economics. That PowerPoint presentation goes a long way to explain how they get themselves elected -- or RE-elected.

Barry Goldwater and Bill Buckley must be rolling over in their graves.

I now know why the red states are red -- they're embarrassed.

Posted by: TheFrog1 | March 8, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

No one really thinks Obama was a mistake, it's way too early in his term to entertain such a notion. We all know that Bush was a mistake, but still it took a few years for (Bush Administration) policies to bear out. I am truly sorry that the Republican party is in shambles but they really did it to themselves when they (controlled the Senate and) gutted the system. ~and now all we get on the telly is mopey Mitch McConnell and his sappy whining. Christ and I thought Lieberman was bad...

Posted by: dmntnx | March 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

heBabeNemo - I wonder what God thought when Obama recinded the National Day of Prayer which has been a part of America since we were established as a nation.

Posted by: bonniewheeler | March 8, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Actually, obama got in on 'Change" I think voter thought he meant 'change back to the Constitution' however, he meant the opposite....People are now beginning to realize what a mistake he was and they are bailing. In my area, even the President of the Steel workers untion has bailed and joined Republicans in trying to take our nation back

Posted by: bonniewheeler | March 8, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with much of anything I have witnessed in the last year by our politicians.

Please write your US Representative via email
Before anyone decides their vote on HCR, you must watch this reality awakening video. Thanks to the poster that brought this to my attention.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPh85FsOkpc
www.congress.org That is where voting will start...not the senate.
Before you do so, please watch and decide what you want for your family and yourself.

Posted by: Intuition1010 | March 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what God is going to be writing on the palms of the repulsives this week.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 7, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"A spokesman for Steele said the chairman was not aware of the document before it was made public."

Ah, another shining example of the "party of responsibility" in action.

Posted by: rogied25 | March 7, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what is more embarassing or disgusting: RNC party operatives and their 4th grade presentation, or Sarah Palin's statement that she was only copying God.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 7, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is uncertainly a wise and capable leader.

He is, after-all, a member of The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.

Note: we may now add the words "Or Talk" after the word "Shoot".

Note 2: you younger readers here who don't know what TGTCSS is can find out at:

http://www.reverseshot.com/article/gang_shoot_straight

Posted by: apspa1 | March 7, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

If the Republican Party had anything worthwhile to offer they wouldn't be stooping to this level. Unfortunately, they have been selling the same hate and fear trash for years. It's scary that so many people buy it.
I guess the GOP isn't satisfied that they've convinced a sizable number of Medicare and Social Security recipients that health care reform is socialism and Unconstitutional.
Wouldn't surprise me a bit if wikipedia showed a GOP emblem next to the entry for hypocrisy.
This is so Rovian it makes me wonder if he is still an active part of the GOP machine.

Posted by: meand2 | March 7, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The Repubican party and not just the RNC is
desperately in need of entirely new and much more competent and in touch with reality leadership,ow that thank God the pathetic Bush Era is over as well..The likes of both George H W Bush and George W
Bush plus Draft Dodger Cheney and this total loser chinless Mitch McConnell and the RINOs like Amnesty John McCain and his
little puppet shadow RINO Lindsey Graham
have totally turned me off to the GOP and
I can only say that I detest the Virtual
Marxist/Socialist Little Communist Democrats and their Dictator from Kenya
Barack Hussein Obama,VP Draft Dodger 2
Joe Biden,Nutcase Nancy Pelosi,Sneaky Steny
Hoyer and Dingy Harry Reid even more and
Iam now a Registered Independent Voter and
in favor of a New 3d Party! God Help USA!

Posted by: carleen09 | March 7, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

mcconnell "blasts" rnc document???

the document was contemptible, despicable, humorless, racist, cowardly, gutter level comment. and the best mcconnell can do is observe that it "wasn't helpful"???

i can come up with a few words for the idiot who wrote this headline if you like.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | March 7, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is one of the leading proponents of the burn the house down/take no prisoners brand of political hardball which breeds this kind of hate packaged as political discourse. Anything goes if it can disparage the opposition and raise a few bucks for the team, damn the consequences.

His after the fact criticism bears a strong resemblance to crocodile tears: "WE ARE REALLY SORRY......WE GOT CAUGHT!"

Posted by: bobfbell | March 7, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Smears are typical for the GOP; they were/are Karl Rove's weapon of choice. Smears, (anti-)queers and fear, the GOP's stock-in-trade.

Posted by: hairguy01 | March 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"That sort of thing is uncertainly not helpful," McConnell said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

=====
A double negative! So you think is helpful! It figures..

Posted by: Frazil | March 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Fear, Hatred, Distraction, Distortion and Division. That's all Republicans have been peddling ever since Nixon discovered that he could use Southern Racism to his advantage.

It's all they've got to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Mitch will be sucking up to Limbaugh and Hannity by week's end for daring to speak the truth about the craven antics of his colleagues in crime. Hey, Mitch, you know what's really not helpful to your party? Saying NO every chance you get to the President of the United States who has tried very hard to include your party in discussions abou things that matter. It's insulting and it harms "real" Americans.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I really don't like to generalize, but the RNC is pretty much the Republican Party, and their actions over the last 10 years are the reason I am no longer a member of the Republican Party. I believe that the RP does not care at all about moving the country ahead and working to ease the ills we face. I believe the RP is about keeping power, and targeting minorities to keep their votes uncounted. Their refusal to vote on anything, except to vote against Obama and the Democratic Party, is indicative of this. The leadership lies constantly, and as Rachel Maddow likes to say, they are not embarrassed by this. The leadership as a whole has no honor. Steele, as the chair, should have fired Bickart, but instead offered the lame excuse that he was not aware. I am not a Democrat, but I believe that the Democratic Party has a better way ahead, and that Obama is doing what he promised during his campaign, and deserves some credit for doing that.

Posted by: billhensleyokc | March 7, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It was shameful. And degrading to them.
Who needs crooks when we have degrading, shameless repulsives acting in this manner.

Proud to be an American?

RNC really blew it.
They will probably all come out in "black face" and do a vaudeville act (Eric Cantor leading the way) now. I wouldn't put it past the RNC now. They showed their true colors.

I consider this issue, in part, as "bullying" behavior. Like in the schoolyard.

Well, "bullying" (if you don't understand by now) got 12 students killed at Columbine - because the victims of said bullying weren't going to be bullied.
Bullying, in some states, is now considered a crime.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why it took Mitch so long to speak out on the RNC presentation. Fix news would have been after Democrats on Thursday. Nothing fair nor balanced in this case.

Posted by: theaggieman | March 7, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele wasn't aware??? Our military commanders get gigged everytime one of their soldiers commits something untoward, shouldn't Steele do the same?
American politicians are not brave enough or moral enough to fall on their swords for the egregious violations their underlings commit. They just close their eyes and ears and claim they didn't know.
Poor Steele, he has alienated himself from our black communities by not screaming foul at the outright racism his party has
perpetrated since Obama was elected and he demonstrates he doesn't really care because it benefits him financially.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 7, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Once Rob Bickart "got caught", McConnell had three choices 1) defend the presentation; 2) say nothing; and 3) disown it. He was both smart and right to do the third.

Posted by: miglefitz | March 7, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Mitch is crying because he and his RNC buddies got caught.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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