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The RNC's fertile fundraising ground

"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House or the Senate?," the 72-page PowerPoint presentation
from the Republican National Committee Finance "leadership" meeting
last month in Florida asked. "Save the country from trending toward Socialism," was the offered response. Yesterday, I noted that this is "nothing more than an effort to try to shake coins from a base energized by the Tea Party movement." Today, in a slide show for The Daily Beast, John Avlon, author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America," shows just how fertile the fundraising ground is for the RNC.

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These billboards cannot be dismissed simply as the public rantings of wingnuts, which they are. They are the angry expressions of the extreme wing of an agitated electorate. Two days before that the RNC's amateurish and sophomoric presentation was made in Florida on Feb. 18, I warned that "the GOP should not let its quest for returning to the majority stop them from forcefully condemning the radical forces taking hold on its right flank." I guess they're not interested.

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In light of Mr. Capehart's previous post about the Austin plane attack, I was expecting today's Tea Party post to address the Pentagon shooting.

That should not be taken as a comment leaning one way or the other. I was just curious to hear what he would have to say about it.

Posted by: Itzajob | March 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The RNC really put its foot in it. The Teabaggers are outraged at being described as rubes (which they are...). They did not learn anything from the Bush WH and Republican - controlled Congress manipulating the Christian Coalition to get votes, then throwing it under the bus.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Capehart says this:
"the GOP should not let its quest for returning to the majority stop them from forcefully condemning the radical forces taking hold on its right flank."

Sounds suspiciously like Nancy Pelosi here:
We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress, “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”

And Obama said words to this effect at the Feb 25 "summit": "We will pass our bill one way or another and let the coming November elections decide who gets fired".

Posted by: spamsux1 | March 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

David Brooks has an interesting Op Ed in the NYT this morning discussing the many parallels between the Tea Party and leftist movements of the 60s.

It's a fair point, although I guess there are many people across the spectrum making it now.

Posted by: Itzajob | March 5, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse



WASHINGTON — The ethical woes facing Democrats are piling up, with barely a day passing in recent weeks without headlines from Washington to New York and beyond filled with word of scandal or allegations of wrongdoing.

The troubles of Gov. David A. Paterson of New York, followed by those of two of the state’s congressmen, Charles B. Rangel and Eric J. Massa, have added to the ranks of episodes involving prominent Democrats like Eliot Spitzer, Rod R. Blagojevich and John Edwards.

New York Rep. Eric Massa will resign his House seat on Monday at 5 p.m., he said in a statement Friday, a move that comes just days after he announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.

"A member of my staff believed I had made statements that made him feel 'uncomfortable,' " Massa said in the statement, posted on his House web site. He added, "There is no doubt in my mind I did use language ... that ... might make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable."

"It's not that I can fight or beat these allegations, I'm guilty." Massa said in a separate statement, to to his Washington and campaign staff, which was reported by his hometown newspaper, the Corning (N.Y.) Leader.

He said in the message to his staff, "It's my fault and I can't blame anyone but myself," adding, "I can't subject my family and staff to a full investigation. It would tear us apart."

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 5, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The RNC only have fear to offer. What a way to campaign. Im stunned they can lure anyone at all. Doesn't look American, more so foreign. Well I guess Republicans and tea party people really are reactionary.

Posted by: amosdefnails | March 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

No - they're not interested.

The Teabaggers were always the tool of the RNC, and Dick Armey with his Club for Growth money to buy air time, rent busses, and make signs.

They are a wholly owned subsidiary of the republican party... and the 'take over' is complete...

The problem is that the single organizing standard among them all is racism.

And this country has dealt with it for so long nothing they can do or say will speak louder than the fact.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 6, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: twotimetuna
Also better ask if you want Social Security (I'm betting that's a big "YES") and Medicare.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 6, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The only recruiting poster the RNC didn't show was the one with

A a guy in a flannel shirt sitting on big ole case of beer


HERE Racist racist racist
HERE bigot bigot bigot

(the case of beer has a sticker of the confederate flag, that sticker of the tree of liberty, a picture of obama with a circle and a line drawn through it, and the offer of free ammunition)

Posted by: racerdoc | March 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The current "Republican Party" is NOT interested in "forcefully condemning the radical forces taking hold of its right flank" because it is too cowardly to do so. When the "Republican Party” fades away forever, it will not be the fault of the "radicals." It will be the fault of those who did not have the courage, the bravery, the fearlessness to speak up for what a true Republican is. If only one senior member of the current “Republican” party would step up and speak against the shameful displays of the extremists, I’ll bet many former Republicans would rally behind him/her and hasten to praise such a person. Someone, somewhere is losing the opportunity of a lifetime. Let such a person come forward and the “T-baggers” would begin to look like overused tea bags. Where are you? Let us hear you speak up for decency and honesty and for respect of the President of the United States of America.

Posted by: Formerrepublican | March 7, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: Formerrepublican | March 7, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Socialism scares the sh**t out of the RNC party including "The Tea Party" white only "KKK" wana-bees! This mess our country is in didn't just happen over night much less in one year and if we want this country to come out of this mess the DNC has to bull over all these "do-nothing" party(rnc) grab the bull by the b***s move forward! The RNC party has nothing new to offer except the more of the same, "NOTHING"! So if the word "Socialism" scares them, stuff it down there throat!

Posted by: ZJ-Bcool | March 8, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Hello All,

The article and comments are full of adhominem attacks and no substance.

And then, the racists and homophobes started to comment.

Rightwingers don't care about a person's race or lifestyle. We care about ideology.

A large government that gives you everything, must first take everything from you. Somebody must be taxed to death for the government to provide you with your free, substandard teet. The democrats are guilty of teet abuse.

If you still need a teet, call your mommy. Don't force the government to confiscate my private property in order to give you a surrogate teet.


Posted by: MarkMud | March 8, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The more we see and learn about the dispicable crusade of the repuke party, it is bordering on the insane. They are becoming the Nasty Racist Cretins,(cretin
as in one afflicted with marked mental deficiency). The depth of their hate and
loathing is just morbidly unwell. My parents always told us to never stoop to the same level of a bully, or a blow-hard, or a racist. The repukes are so far gone now, they have lost all credibility. Hatch
and Rove and Delay all claimed distain for
the putrid power point used to raise funds, and they were all lying through their teeth. If the repukes so called
"leadership" truly sought to portray their
party differently, we would see a flurry of
defensive comments about this debauchery.
Instead, they only seek to poison the minds of the idiots who are gluttens for this sick garbage. We are watching this
party sink into dangerous, terrifying
territory. When the KKK's, the white
supremists, and the feeble minded take on the mantle of rebellion and RUN with it, the results could be immeasurable. I am not a Democrat, nor a Republican, a am
proud to be an Independent. The repukes are the only party selling madness.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 8, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The most fertile fundraising ground for the RNC is around the feet of Harry Reid and Nancy 'DRAIN THE SWAMP' Pelosi.

Posted by: mlemac | March 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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