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Whitman accused of shoving employee; Steve King says Obama 'favors the black person'; Barbara Bush backs Obamacare; and Democrats back the NRA

Is this what's known as "pushback"?

On Monday, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) had to apologize for an altercation on a Washington street in which he swatted at a camera and grabbed a man by the wrist and neck. But now push has come to shove, and word of a Republican politician's rough-housing has come to light.

The New York Times reports that Meg Whitman, who at the cost of $80 per vote became the Republican gubernatorial nominee in California, is accused of shoving an employee when Whitman was the head of eBay.
This reportedly led eBay to pay a six-figure settlement to the employee, who was preparing her boss for an interview about Second Life, an online fantasy world not unlike California politics.

Update: CNN reports that Whitman's campaign defended her actions Tuesday and called the incident "a verbal dispute."

Whitman's woman-handling promises to be the most significant development in that state's politics since Senate candidate Carly Fiorina weighed in last week on the coiffure of her opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer.

This is all rough stuff, but Whitman and Fiorina could be in for worse if Tennessee state Rep. Janis Baird Sontany, a Democrat, has her way. She said of Republican women: "You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women. You sure can't find out by how they vote."


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When it comes to being offensive, King rules.

The monarch of malevolence is Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who has hit the trifecta of outrage. King, on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show, gave voice to the sort of thing usually limited to the dark corners of the Internet: President Obama "has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race -- on the side that favors the black person."

That by itself would have been a good day's work, but King also offered his considered opinion that "radical quasi-militant Latinos are misinforming" Americans about Arizona's immigration law.

The indefatigable King was not done with his reign of terror. He dashed off a letter to the chair of the House immigration subcommittee asking that Obama's 58-year-old aunt, who moved to America from Kenya in 2000, be summoned to testify before the committee on "the public perception that favoritism played a role in the grant of asylum" she received.

Apparently Iowa's fifth congressional district has a default mechanism that favors the crazy person.

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Now that he's living on another planet, King would be well advised to steer clear of Princess Leia.

Carrie Fisher, who played that "Star Wars" character, gave an interview to PopEater in which she said the tea-party activists are angry that there is a black president. "The thing is, he's half white but that's still not enough -- for them it's all white or [expletive] off," Luke Skywalker's sister said. "I think we don't deserve him and certainly teabaggers don't deserve him."

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Department of Living Large: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's new district office in San Francisco has a monthly rental bill of $18,736. New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave $500,000 for a trust fund for his ex-wife and, for long-ago companion Mary Jane Salk, another $500,000 for a trust fund and a $3.75 million Park Avenue condominium. And Rod Blagojevich (D-U.S. Courthouse) offered future Attorney General Eric Holder $300,000 to be a "special investigator" of a gambling company that allegedly paid Blago a $40,000 bribe.

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First he lost control of the government for Republicans. Now George W. Bush can't keep his own daughter in the fold. Barbara Bush, in an interview with Fox, expressed her opinion that "health should be a right for everyone" and said of Obama's health-care reform: "I'm glad that, you know, a bill was passed."

The Bush family backing Obamacare! What next -- the Democrats backing the National Rifle Association? Well, yes, actually. House Democrats have reportedly offered to exempt the NRA from its campaign-finance bill in exchange for the gun group dropping its opposition to the bill. Seems Democrats think that buying off the NRA will give them a good shot on the House floor.

With Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez

By Dana Milbank  | June 14, 2010; 11:04 PM ET
 
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You guys should stop complaining cuz one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed give it a try u guys are too hard on democrats they went to college and we voted for most of these people.so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. as for obama people are just tryin to make it look like america made a mistake he has done things to help us and we had a full 8 years of a terrible president and i will be so as happy as ever when a obama fixes bush's mistakes. You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price from http://bit.ly/9sfoMb obama has to put up with the wo0rld judging his every move and trying to fix the mess we are in we are lucky anyone wants to be our president. STOP COMPLAINING AND GIVE HIM A BREAK. i wanna see one of yall do what he sas done. some people are just so ignorant.

Posted by: gracekelly1 | June 15, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

There is no proof that I can find that Meg Whitman shoved anyone. Please show me proof.

Also, if you lift a democrat woman's skirt, do it blind folded.

Posted by: twotimetuna1 | June 15, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

I see you got the memo being circulated.

Posted by: CuckoosNest | June 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Meg Whitman alledgedly shoved an employee...that is the story? How about some democratic bully grabs and manhandles a citizen demanding to "know who they are". I am amazed how the post continues to shill for the these tyrants. This guy should be thrown out! Cheers.

Posted by: Finn_McCool | June 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

There is no proof that I can find that Meg Whitman shoved anyone. Please show me proof.

Also, if you lift a democrat woman's skirt, do it blind folded.

Posted by: twotimetuna1

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In case you have not noticed but the media is not one to let a story go. Not only will the proof come out but they will have the "victim" on every network telling a blow-by-blow. Also, I do not think Whitman would be sitting all quiet if the allegations were not true.

But I have no doubt you will stick to your partisan blindness, better stupid than right world-view. It does not take a rocket scientist to see that in this case it is highly likely that it is true.

Apparently you do everything blindfolded.
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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Is that the G Gordon Liddy who broke into Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex, lied to investigators and congress, and went to prison for 6 years? That liddy?

And what exacly would you expect from billionaire republicon tea bagging conservative executives wlike whitman? Little people EXIST to be pushed around by their superiors! it is the conservative way. It IS their worldview. As for those wanting proof of whitman doing this? What company pays six figure settlements to squash claims like this if they are not true???? If it was fabricated every ebay employee would just line up, sue, collect their six figures and move on to greener pastures......

Posted by: John1263 | June 15, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Boo to both of them. Anybody who can't handle a disagreement without violence should not be representing the people.

Posted by: sarahabc | June 15, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh Dana, I just love your articles. They appeal to the intellectuals in the Democratic party - you know, those with IQ's in the root vegetable range (turnips, potatoes)

Actually Dana, I stood up for you today. I overheard someone saying you didn't have the intelligence of a piece of petrified wood. But I came immediately to your defence. "oh yes he does", i said. No need to thank me though. Just did it out of respect for your talents.

Posted by: armagedon | June 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I have to say concerning the comment of Janis Sontany that you don't even have to look at how Democratic women vote to see their Democrats...just their face. Look at Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi & Elana Kagan...some very homely looking women. Their flat ugly. Compare that to Kay Hutchinson, Condi Rice & Megan Whitman...I think 6 out of 10 Democratic men would rather lift the 3 Republican skirts than Democrats. Why do I say 6 of 10? The other 4 D men are gay! Surely they had rather lift the skirt of a manly Kagan than a womanly Hutchinson.

Posted by: reason5 | June 15, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Congressman Bob Etheridge is a disgrace. I viewed that film and he had no reason to assault that student who was asking him a question. He first held on to him asking him who he was. The he grabbed the kids neck while the kid asked him to let go. Why in the world is this thug in Congress? I hope the people of North Carolina are ashamed for electing such a nut. The kid just asked a simple question as any citizen would. This is just another example of why we need to clean these politicians out of office who think they are so much better than the citizens they serve. That kid did nothing wrong and was attacked. This Congressman should have been arrested.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 15, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Aha! So Meg Whitman was a bully boss, a barracuda who would chew up anyone to advance her personal career. I bet they sang "ding dong the witch is dead" when she left eBay. Most women don't have such aggressive tendencies, which validates the statement that we should lift their skirts to check. Meg has high levels of testosterone racing through her bulging veins. Why is that?
And Carly Fiorina. My God. A witch if there ever was one. I believe when she was defending her massive outsourcing project at Hewlett Packard that she said "Americans have NO GOD DAMNED RIGHT to their jobs." If I didn't get the quote exactly right, its very close.
Why do people who have to work for a living vote against their best interests. These two women are not on anyone's side but their own. They are seeking office to increase their own wealth.

Posted by: AnnsThought | June 15, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"That kid did nothing wrong and was attacked."

Not defending the Congressman's actions, but "that kid" repeatedly refused to even say what school he was allegedly doing a "project" for--why? That would be the first thing I would say if I was legitimately doing a school project. "I'm Joe doing a project for Public U--may I ask..."

Add to that the fact that the "students" disappeared once they turned the video over--not to the police, but to a website--and I think there's more to this than meets the eye. Another James O'Keefe in the making, maybe?

After seeing what went on behind that mocked-up ACORN video, I couldn't blame people for being a bit defensive. For grabbing the kid, sure. That was out of line. But I don't think that kid was on the up-and-up himself.

Posted by: lizgwiz | June 15, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

the tenesee democrats comment about lifting up republican women's skirts is WAYYYYYYY more offensive than what steve king said.

first off, steve king is technically correct on both counts. those fringe groups lobbing accusations about anti-illegal immigration laws ARE radical. and obama does favor black people, perhaps not by design but by default certainly insofar as color is a good proxy for socio-economic class.

second, the tennessee democrats endorses the repugnant view that being born a woman or a of a certain skin color locks you into a certain set of political views.

Posted by: dummypants | June 15, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Carly Fiorina created more jobs with less resources at Hewlett Packard than Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and dirty Harry Reid ever have.

Posted by: dummypants | June 15, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Just remember this is the WaPo - who slobberingly protected the Greatest WH Fraud during his campaign...

and has now begun its onslaught against any Republican contender.

Get over it, WaPo. YOU LIE.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | June 15, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I have to say concerning the comment of Janis Sontany that you don't even have to look at how Democratic women vote to see their Democrats...just their face. Look at Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi & Elana Kagan...some very homely looking women. Their flat ugly. Compare that to Kay Hutchinson, Condi Rice & Megan Whitman...I think 6 out of 10 Democratic men would rather lift the 3 Republican skirts than Democrats. Why do I say 6 of 10? The other 4 D men are gay! Surely they had rather lift the skirt of a manly Kagan than a womanly Hutchinson.

Posted by: reason5
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"Reason5" is a cross between a filthy bigot and an ignoramus who doesn't know the difference between "their" and "they're." What a moron.

Posted by: alamo2 | June 15, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Meg (aka Leona) just doesn't like the little people. After all you can all you need for a few hundred thousand bucks.

And their votes are even cheaper.

RepubliKKKan women, just bundles of joy and pent up rage.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 15, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Carly Fiorina created more jobs with less resources at Hewlett Packard than Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and dirty Harry Reid ever have.

Posted by: dummypants | June 15, 2010 11:10 AM"

What a silly comparison. You rightwingnuts love to say that government can't create jobs.

Also, Fiorina cut 30,000 jobs.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 15, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I wish you'd start calling these Right Wingers what they really are: terrorists.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is a mf;ing anti-American terrorist. Just say it!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 15, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has ideology that is almost identical to the Taliban...so why won't you just call him what he really is? A jihadi. A terrorist. A hater of American values.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Carly Fiorina created more jobs with less resources at Hewlett Packard than Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and dirty Harry Reid ever have.

Posted by: dummypants
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she cut 30,000 jobs, outsourced more to India, and blamed it on a bad economy, while other computer companies were doing just fine. HP's board paid her 42 million to GO AWAY. She's playing victim, and for some reason, republicans want her to use her CEO resume to run as a free market type, hoping that voters don't do enough research to realize that the free market judged her a miserable failure.

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 15, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Why do RepubliKKKan women fare so well during menopause?

You can't miss reproductive rights you gave to a man.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If Meg Whitman does to California what she did to eBay they are screwed.

Posted by: nuke41 | June 15, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I will take a "pusher" and a doer like Whitman to an "aloof" and academic like Obama.

Posted by: gru1959 | June 15, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

armagedon thanks for posting, i just love it when teabaggers who have IQs in the george dubya range, which is half that of a turnip, prove my point for me. I NEVER hear a rethuglicon disputing, debating, or rebutting. They're ALWAYS on the wrong side of any issue, so they don't have a response. How many times has anyone EVER heard a repuke say, no you're wrong and here's why? I haven't, not ever. They don't, and the hysterically hilarious thing about it is, that it's not only because they don't have any answers, it's because they don't need any. A democrat can walk into a conference room with six people following with wheelbarrows full of files of facts and figures, and they can then spend two weeks going over every detail. At the end of the two weeks the repiglet in the room will stand up and shout class warfare, or race baiter, or unpatriotic, or low IQ, and not only is that the entirety of their answer, the people who support them are so devoid of any intellect or any ability to formulate rational, independent thought, that they will immediately disregard every single fact and figure, and instead respond as a brainless nitwit is programmed to. That's why I also recommend being a republican in some kind of government role when you grow up. No job could be sweeter. let's say you're a repigger congressman, and you're questioned about anything. affair, bribes, votes in exchange for contributions, murder, doesn't matter. No matter what you're asked, all you have to do is spout a bumper sticker cliche and it's enough to sway the weakest minds in the history of the universe, which describe teabaggers. Those who vote for you are a massive horde of mindless sheep who are incapable of thinking, and therefore, they tune into rush, or glenn, or sean each day so they can be programmed. "Can you respond to the allegations that you deposited money in the account of your alleged mistress?" Response: "Liberal media!" That's all your supporters expect or need for an answer, because anything else would be over their heads anyway. What could be easier? Dumbest people to ever exist. laughing stock of the world. armagedon great job on name calling, I'm quite impressed.

Posted by: red2million | June 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse


THis is just a diversion from Etheridge... Pravda/Washington Post is on the job!


Posted by: 2010Rout | June 15, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Dear red2million;

Nice rant.
Name calling just shows everyone your own lack of intelligence.
Keep it up, I got some really good giggles out of it.

Posted by: DaveinDC3 | June 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think we have a viable candidate to go up against Steve King this year. Contribute to his campaign on his Act Blue site here: http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/23721

Posted by: amcohen91 | June 15, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tburg_95 | June 15, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

MILBANK PRINTS OVERBLOWN AND FALSE HEARSAY. MEG DID NOT SHOVE ANYONE. The woman in question came back to work for Ebay within 60 day and praised Meg Whitman for her handling of the aftermath of the incident. TYPICAL LEFT WING COLUMNIST MISLEADING AND OMITTING FACTS. PATHETIC.


Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

SLANTED HEARSAY STORY IS PATHETIC. OMITTING THE FACTS DOES NOT A PULITZER EARN!

Young Mi Kim quit eBay for a couple months, but after some professional mediation (and a settlement sources tell the Times was “around $200,000") Young came back to the company and continues to work there to this day. She's still a loyal flack good with a quote, too. Here's what Young told the Times:“Yes, we had an unfortunate incident, but we resolved it in a way that speaks well for her and for eBay, and ultimately, I came back to the company, which is not something I had to do.”Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/06/15/businessinsider-meg-whitman-allegedly-shoved-employee-paid-a-200000-severance-2010-6.DTL#ixzz0qwFCrRPI

Comment on: eBay sources say Whitman settled claim of shoving at 6/15/2010 9:03 AM PDT on The Sacramento Bee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwtaZf9_kFYA Democrat Congressman assaults two young students. Now that is news.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/personas/?plckPersonaPage=PersonaComments&plckUserId=9553d059edab4ebc45f6796e86231676-1649223&insiteUserId=9553d059edab4ebc45f6796e86231676-1649223&plckCurrentPage=1&sid=pluck.sacbee.com#ixzz0qxa1Nfxo

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

MILBANK PRINTS OVERBLOWN AND FALSE HEARSAY. MEG DID NOT SHOVE ANYONE. The woman in question came back to work for Ebay within 60 day and praised Meg Whitman for her handling of the aftermath of the incident. TYPICAL LEFT WING COLUMNIST MISLEADING AND OMITTING FACTS. PATHETIC.


Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2

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A $200,000 settlement????

Yes, I would praise Whitman, also.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

twatmonkey.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 15, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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