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Don't ask Lowden about chickens OR civil rights!

It isn't every day that chickens-for-checkups intersects with the Rand Paul tale. But that's exactly what happened when Politico interviewed the architect of chickens-for-checkups and committed the misstep of asking Sue Lowden whether she agrees with Paul's views about the Civil Rights Act.

Check out this fun little nugget at the very end of the interview:

Lowden refused to say if she stood by her bartering-for-health-care comments, saying she was focusing instead on Nevada's high unemployment and foreclosure rates. When a reporter asked Lowden about the comments, she accused him of "allowing" Reid to change the subject.

"If you want to change the subject and talk about the subject that no one else is talking about, that's up to you," Lowden said.

At the end of the interview, Lowden declined to discuss whether she shared Paul's views on the Civil Rights Act.

"You can't resist this, can you? I have no idea what another candidate says," Lowden said.

Asked whether she had any concerns about the law's reach into private business, Lowden said, "I'm going, thank you," then abruptly hung up the phone.

First liberal media figures insist that Lowden clarify her own claim that bartering chickens for health care might be an effective tool to control health care costs. Then they pester her for her views about the proper role of the Federal government -- which she hopes to join in the capacity of Senator -- in grappling with arguably the most serious problem our republic has ever dealt with.

Totally uncalled for.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 24, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Health reform , Political media , Senate Republicans  
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The Republican party = the party of chickens.

Posted by: Beeliever | May 24, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, the reporter on the other end of that phone line may have been dressed in a chicken costume.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 24, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

and also to be fair, let's pretend she really is just fed up with stupid questions and doesn't want to answer a question about the civil rights act because she thinks it's so ridiculous for anyone to assume her answer is anything other than full support that she feels it doesn't warrant a response.

I'm thinking back to the height of the Iraq War, when I would speak negatively of it, and some jerk would ask, "what, do you hate America?" And the question was so ridiculous, I didn't even want to dignify the question with an answer.

However, I'm not a politician looking for as many votes as possible. Politicians should love the easy gimme questions. "Civil Rights? No problem, of course I fully support them." But it sounds here like Lowden is afraid she might lose the bigot vote.

Posted by: SDJeff | May 24, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Kentucky Fried Republicans! They do lying good.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 24, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

She basically tried to run for senator on her pretty face and a short list of easy-to-read talking points. The problem is that's the job description of a local newscaster, not a legislator. Once she strayed from the talking points some crazy stuff came out and now she seems to be cracking under the pressure.

Which leads us to the (shocking) conclusion that newscasters shouldn't be senators. It's a virtue of our deeply flawed electoral system that she got weeded out before she got elected.

Posted by: Adam_W | May 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

O/T but kinda interesting...I'd really like to hear from the regulars on this one.

Apparently, FOX has a PAC. It's called
"NEWS AMERICA-FOX POL ACTION CMTE"

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?cycle=2010&strID=C00330019

If you clink on the donors tab, you'll see Rupert and others from Murdoch businesses.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cmte=C00330019&cycle=2010

Then if you click on the receipients tab, you'll see that they have given slightly more to DEMOCRATS in 2010. WTF??

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00330019&cycle=2010

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 24, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Why did the chicken cross the road? To remove itself from a Nevada polling place.

Posted by: Beeliever | May 24, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, yesterday Tim Kaine referred to Rand as "Kentucky Fried Candidate." LOL

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 24, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that Politico is just part of the vast liberal media conspiracy and gets their marching orders from Rachel Maddow.

It's good to see that Sue Lowden is just as savvy with the press as ever. I bet they never knew what him them.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 24, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

sue - Sorry, I for one can't help you out much here being unfamiliar with how these PACs tend to operate. But the amounts noted are insignificant.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 24, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Good grief - how difficult is it to say "I believe in equality and equal access for all Americans"? Why is this such an issue?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | May 24, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bernie, in the 2008 cycle, the FOX PAC gave out $243k. Still, not a huge amount, but it just seems odd to me that a news organization would have a PAC in the first place, and then give $$ to DEMS? The whole thing strikes me as weird.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 24, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The latest from chicken-lady's top competition, tea party endorsee Sharron Angle, on Faux:

"We've got Harry Reid waterboarding our economy out here"

NV GOP... um, wow.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 24, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@Sue - I'm hoping others are familiar enough to clarify likely goings-on. It's not unusual for corporate entities to donate to both parties, of course. Eggs in more than one basket and all that. One of the significant problems for we progressives/liberals is the amount of corporate money coming into the system and the party we tend to support. Recall when it looked like Hillary would be the nominee, Murdoch sat down with her for a chat (then said nice things about her and Bill).

Posted by: bernielatham | May 24, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I tacked this on at the end of the Paul thread but thought I ought to add it here as well to ensure folks saw it...

"You Don't Have to Be Racist To Hate the Twentieth Century

by Ed Kilgore, May 24, 2010 12:20 PM EST

Before we move on from the controversy over Rand Paul's comments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it's important to understand that controversy over his political philosophy is likely to persist. And ironically, that's especially true if the accusations of active or latent racism on Paul's part are completely unfair.

If Paul's original observations on the Civil Rights Act were motivated by indifference to discrimination against minorities, or the conviction some conservatives share that any government action to protect minorities is itself racism, then the controversy is limited to this one topic. In that case, the damage is limited to those voters who care about civil rights, many of whom will not be voting for Rand Paul in Kentucky or Republicans anywhere else.

But if, as his defenders insist (and as the record seems to support), Paul is simply expressing the consistent view that the operations of free markets, not government, are the best guarantor of individual rights in general and the interests of the poor and minorities in particular, and that the U.S. Constitution, rightly interpreted, reflects this conviction, then other, equally controversial issues may come into play, and not just those that involve other types of discrimination...(more at link)
http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org/

Posted by: bernielatham | May 24, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, check out Benen's post on Sharon Angle from earlier today. She is a wack. Here's part of it"

"On her website -- full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors -- Angle declares: "Like a soldier going to war, I am fighting for my country, the Constitution and a free society."

And as part of this effort, Angle reportedly wants to go to the Senate to fight to privatize Social Security; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; eliminate the federal income tax; pull the country out of the United Nations; and allow unlimited campaign contributions. She's also a hard-right culture warrior, backing the far-right line on immigration and supporting bans on nearly all abortions.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a conservative paper, conducted a survey that identified Angle as the Nevada Assembly's "Worst Member." Twice."

On her website -- full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors -- Angle declares: "Like a soldier going to war, I am fighting for my country, the Constitution and a free society."

And as part of this effort, Angle reportedly wants to go to the Senate to fight to privatize Social Security; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; eliminate the federal income tax; pull the country out of the United Nations; and allow unlimited campaign contributions. She's also a hard-right culture warrior, backing the far-right line on immigration and supporting bans on nearly all abortions.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a conservative paper, conducted a survey that identified Angle as the Nevada Assembly's "Worst Member." Twice.

On her website -- full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors -- Angle declares: "Like a soldier going to war, I am fighting for my country, the Constitution and a free society."

And as part of this effort, Angle reportedly wants to go to the Senate to fight to privatize Social Security; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; eliminate the federal income tax; pull the country out of the United Nations; and allow unlimited campaign contributions. She's also a hard-right culture warrior, backing the far-right line on immigration and supporting bans on nearly all abortions.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a conservative paper, conducted a survey that identified Angle as the Nevada Assembly's "Worst Member." Twice.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_05/023942.php

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

oooops...sorry for that horrid cut and paste above.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 24, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Under the "I Rand Away Real Fast" heading that Greg's post above speaks to, Weigel gives another in a growing list of instances...
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/dodging_the_rand_paul_question.html#more

It's not in the interests of progressives to allow these chaps to escape some real address to the inescapable consequences of libertarian ideas. That would be true at any time but here, where the Republicans are hoping to use the libertarian "message" (government is bad) to stoke anger and fear and to gain activism for the election, it becomes doubly important that we push this one until the culprits are choking on it.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 24, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

All, gotta check out this video at this link:

Palin-backed GOP candidate allegedly rips off Obama's 2004 speech

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/palin-backed_gop_candidate_rip.html

Check that out. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 24, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Happy Hour roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/happy_hour_roundup_14.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 24, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

good thing she wasn't asked what newspapers she reads.

Posted by: merlallen1 | May 24, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

SDJeff: "I'm thinking back to the height of the Iraq War, when I would speak negatively of it, and some jerk would ask, 'what, do you hate America?'"

Yes, that's true--but why DO you hate America, SDJeff? ;)

Posted by: dasimon | May 24, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Sue Lowden finds some support...

KFC's Colonel Sanders to Sue Lowden: "Send me your chickens...your poor, your weak, yearning to be free....And I will cook them. But it looks like Sharron Angle is going to cook your goose. "

Posted by: benighse | May 24, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Sue Lowden at least answered the age old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, as she made it clear that her 'chickens for check-ups' was her political laid egg.

Posted by: benighse | May 24, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

@ suekzoo1 -- While I will agree that Sharron Angel is a nutcase (or, as some have called her, a Teanut), it is not true that she has recommended building nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain. Her website states that she is in favor of using Yucca Mountain as a nuclear fuel reprocessing site. There is a difference.

Posted by: bookpeddlers | May 25, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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