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RNC spending controversy: What it means for Michael Steele and the Republican Party

1. The controversy over a series of expenditures by the Republican National Committee in January -- including one for nearly $2,000 at a topless night club in California -- has triggered a whole host of questions about the potential political impact of the revelations on RNC Chairman Michael Steele and on the party more broadly.

Let's unpack what it all means and, as importantly, what it doesn't.

Although RNC officials were quick to point out that Steele was not in attendance at the gathering and had no knowledge of it, it makes little difference in terms of his questionable reputation among the GOP chattering class. Steele is the chairman, period. That means that anything that happens at the RNC -- good or bad -- accrues to either his credit or his detriment.

For all those wondering whether this story will be the one that forces Steele out at the RNC, remember that two-thirds of the committee men and women would have to vote him out and there is no one -- not even Steele's most bitter enemies -- who think that is a possibility. Simply put: Unless Steele resigns (not likely) or some other major revelation that links him directly to this night club incident comes out, he will be the chairman through 2010.

That doesn't mean that this episode -- and the fundraising document controversy that surfaced earlier this month -- won't have an impact on Steele's longer term future as chairman. Steele will have to stand for re-election (if, as he has said, he plans to run) in January 2011 and it's a near certainty now that barring HUGE gains at the ballot box this fall, someone serious will step forward to challenge him -- perhaps someone with the backing of several of the potential 2012 candidates. Still, ousting Steele won't be easy as he retains strong support within the rank and file of the party who control the balloting process.

More broadly, the latest RNC problem isn't likely to register more than a ripple on the consciousness of the average voters who, unlike the Fix and our readers, don't spend every waking minute thinking about politics.

But, again, that doesn't mean it is without impact. The cumulative weight of the series of problems at the RNC since Steele took over provides Democrats with fodder to turn the midterm election into a choice ("Do you really want to hand power over to these guys?") rather than a straight referendum on the Obama administration. The more ammunition Republicans -- including but not limited to Steele/RNC -- give to Democrats to make this a choice between the two parties, the less likely it is Republicans will be able to fully capitalize on a terrific national environment for them.

2. In a memo being sent to GOP candidates this morning, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) insisted that Democrats were whistling past the political graveyard with their celebration following the passage of President Obama's health care legislation last week.

Cornyn's argument -- put simply -- is that polling conducted after the bill passed suggests continued skepticism about both its necessity and its efficacy, doubts that make the Republican argument for divided government that much stronger. "Americans don't want a one-party rule in Washington that brings them unprecedented government intrusion in their lives, with no accountability," said Cornyn.

What Republican candidates should do, advised Cornyn, is draw bright lines between what the Democratic-controlled Congress did and what a GOP-led Senate would do. "Your job is to continue drawing these important contrasts with the Democrats' agenda in Washington, while advancing our positive agenda for creating jobs," said Cornyn.

Cornyn's memo is rightly regarded as a document meant for public consumption and, as such, should be taken cum grano salis. But, while some of the spinnier elements should be disregarded, the memo affirms that despite an extremely positive last week of press for Obama and congressional Democrats on health care, Republican leaders still believe it is an issue that plays well for them on the campaign trail and one they are urging candidates to emphasize.

With President Obama headed to Maine later this week to tout the health care plan, the White House, too, seems to be doubling-down on the idea that they can (and must) win the political debate over what the legislation means heading into the midterms.

Can you say "collision course"?

3. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is making good on her promise to be a major player in the 2010 midterms elections, announcing three more endorsements of military veterans running for Congress on Monday.

Via her Facebook page, Palin endorsed Vaughn Ward in Idaho's 1st district, Adam Kinzinger in Illinois' 11th and Allen West in Florida's 22nd.

Kinzinger has already won the Republican nomination and will face freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D) in the fall. West, who ran and lost against Rep. Ron Klein (D) in 2008, is the only candidate currently in the race. Ward is facing a primary challenge from state Rep. Raul Labrador as both men seek to the chance to run against freshman Rep. Walt Minnick (D) in November.

That trio of endorsements comes less than a week after Palin announced a target list of 20 districts that she plans to focus on turning from Democratic to Republican in the fall.

Interestingly, although Palin has built her political persona around her willingness to buck the establishment of her own political party, her race picks to date have been surprisingly in line with the top targets of Republicans nationally. For example, both West and Ward are part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program that highlights up and coming candidates heading into the midterms.

Her endorsements suggest an interest in emerging as a leader not simply of a conservative movement but more broadly in the Republican Party. In that Palin has stiff competition from the likes of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (see below) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- among others.

4. Connecticut (a.k.a. the best state in the Union) was a hotbed of 2012 political activity on Monday with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) throwing his endorsement behind former ambassador Tom Foley's gubernatorial candidacy and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour announcing he will headline an event in the state in May.

Romney called Foley a "smart businessman and a good problem solver" in announcing the endorsement, which came as little surprise to political observers given that many of the operatives involved in Romney's presidential race in 2008 are also helping Foley.

Foley, who switched from the Senate race to the gubernatorial contest when Gov. Jodi Rell (R) announced her retirement, is running for the GOP nod against Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele but a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Foley with a wide lead.

Including Foley, Romney has endorsed four other Republicans in contested primaries for governor: state Rep. Nikki Haley in South Carolina, former eBay executive Meg Whitman in California, state Treasurer Kay Ivey in Alabama and businessman Charlie Baker in Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, the state Republican party in Connecticut announced Monday that Barbour, the current chairman of the Republican Governors Association, would headline its Prescott Bush Awards Dinner on May 19. "Governor Barbour is no stranger to do-or-die election cycles," said state party chairman Chris Healy. "We are excited to hear his thoughts on how and why Republicans will win in 2010."

ALSO READ: Romney made a stop in Iowa on Monday as part of his "No Apology" book tour.

5. South Carolina Democratic Rep. John Spratt filed to run for a 15th term on Monday, putting to rest retirement rumors and drastically increasing the chances that his party will hold the swing seat in the fall.

Spratt, who is 67, had long been rumored as a potential Democratic retirement and, as a result, his decision is likely to cause some party operatives to breathe a bit easier. Spratt isn't out of the electoral woods just yet, however, and will almost certainly face his most difficult reelection race since 1994 when he won with 52 percent.

Republicans have united behind state Sen. Mick Mulvaney and believe that the district's demographics -- Sen. John McCain carried the seat by seven points -- coupled with an environment favorable to the GOP nationally will get them over the top.

Still, a Spratt retirement would have been the latest in a series of Democratic no-goes in seats won by McCain in 2008, and would have made it a top five pickup opportunity for Republicans. (Democrats currently have 15 members retiring at the end of this year while Republicans have 18.)

As we have written before in this space, this current two-week congressional recess will reveal much about the depth of Democratic open seat vulnerability this fall. How many more Democratic members -- and we believe there will be a few -- decide not to run and, more importantly, what do their districts look like? Retirements in safe Democratic seats matter little to the fight for control. But, losing someone like Spratt, a prospect Democrats no longer need to worry about, would be of far more concern.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2010; 5:59 AM ET
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kevrobb: great post

I think Romney's religion only hurts him where he needs the votes the most, the GOP base. I think he could get substantial numbers from independents and Democrats if Obama was tanking, which isn't likely.

But where he will really fall down should he get the nomination is his authenticity. From the visual to the ideological to the political, the guy is phony and plastic. And no I don't mean changing his views, I expect a man to change positions when confronted with new information, but in Romney's case the new information is always "that doesn't poll well."

Posted by: Noacoler | March 30, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"(Palin) endorsements suggest an interest in emerging as a leader not simply of a conservative movement but more broadly in the Republican Party. In that Palin has stiff competition from the likes of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (see below) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- among others."

You call that stiff competition? What's striking is how many of the people who ran in 2008 or were talked about as leaders are now out of the running.

Palin quit as governor and has unelectable numbers. Huckabee pardoned a guy who went and shot four cops (unlucky but GOP primary voters won't forgive that). Jindal self-destructed with his pathetic SOTU rebuttal, too condescending for even US voters. Guiliani and Thompson imploded on the campaign trail.

And as for Romney, who would have been favourite, not only is he still a Mormon, he also pioneered a Massachussetts health reform that's basically identical to Obama's new bill. (Complete with universal mandate and penalty for non-buyers ... which conservative hero Scott Brown voted for!).

Unless Romney can get out from under that -- and I suppose anything is possible with GOP double standards -- then who's left?

The most talked about is Pawlenty, a complete nebbish. A man with so little presence that when he enters a room, it feels like someone just left it.

True story: In Summer 2008, Pawlenty was on McCain's campaign bus for two weeks before the driver noticed him, and stopped him trying to get on, saying: "Who's this guy?"

Posted by: kevrobb | March 30, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

False charges of false charges racism are ACTS OF SOMETHINGOROTHER AGAINST SOMEBODY.

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 30, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

how icky is this?

"The staffer fired by the Republican National Committee for authorizing a $2,000 payment for a night out at a bondage-themed club was the head of the Young Eagles, a GOP program aimed at cultivating major donors under 45 years old, Republicans familiar with the details of the case said Tuesday.

Allison Meyers, the Young Eagles director, asked the RNC to reimburse a GOP consultant for the costs of a Jan. 31 after-party event for young Republicans at Voyeur in West Hollywood, Calif., which features topless female dancers wearing bondage gear and simulating sex acts. Meyers' identity was first reported by the National Journal's Hotline."

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

False charges of racism are ACTS OF RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


It is a sad commentary on what has gone on this week in this country.


It is CLEAR THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE A BLACK AS A PRESIDENT.


If everytime Obama gets into political trouble, the subject quickly changes to racism - WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM COMING FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MESSAGE MACHINE, this country is in trouble.


Even after the calls for restraint last week, editorials came out, and bloggers continued this UGLY CONFRONTATIONAL AND FALSE LINE OF ATTACK.

AGAIN - THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE MATURE ENOUGH TO HANDLE HAVING A BLACK AS PRESIDENT.


False charges of racism are ACTS OF RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The Price of Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts, Who Gets [Most] and Who Gets [Little Or Nothing]

Media Matters demands Fox News host respond to CREW filing complaints with FTC, IRS

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Media Matters for America responded to news that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had filed complaints with the FTC and the IRS against Fox News host Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts, the Freedom Alliance, and fellow Fox News host Oliver North. CREW alleges that while Hannity has promoted the concerts on his show, claiming that "100 percent of the donations are applied to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund," the money actually goes to Premiere Marketing. (Duane Ward heads both Premiere Marketing and Premiere Speakers Bureau -- which exclusively represents Hannity and North.) According to CREW, Premiere Marketing, in turn, donates an unknown portion of the proceeds to Freedom Alliance.

"These are serious allegations that Sean Hannity, Oliver North, and their agent must address," said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters for America. "Hannity's listeners were told that '100 percent' of their money was going toward scholarships for the children of service members. If, in fact, this is not the case, these donors deserve to know how their money is being spent."

BACKGROUND:

From CREW's release [emphasis in original]:

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts, the Freedom Alliance and Lt. Col. Oliver North. Copies of the complaints were also sent to the attorney generals of the states in which concerts are scheduled to be held this summer.

CREW's FTC complaint alleges Hannity and Freedom Concerts have engaged in illegal and deceptive marketing practices by suggesting that all money generated by ticket sales for the Freedom Concerts he sponsors each summer goes to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members. In fact, the concerts are staged by Premiere Marketing, which is headed by Duane Ward -- also the head of Premiere Speakers Bureau, which exclusively represents Mr. Hannity and Lt. Col. North. After staging the concerts, Premiere donates an unknown portion of the concert proceeds to the Freedom Alliance.

Hannity has promoted the concerts on his show, making statements such as, "Every penny, 100 percent of the donations are applied to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund." Similarly, promoting the concert on Hannity's program, Lt. Col. North has said, "There's no overhead. There's no expenses taken out. Every penny that's donated or that's raised through things like the Freedom Concerts" goes to the scholarship fund." In addition, Hannity has pledged that all the proceeds of his new book, "Conservative Victory," will go to Freedom Alliance.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 30, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Second,

Posted by: shrink2 | March 30, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

wrong, as republicans we are the first to give the boot to any unethical immoral politician...
only dems applaud gay politicians that do pages...
I guess thats why they have pages...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 30, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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My vote for the shooting barrel in a fish post of the day.

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Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 30, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

To add to these posts a dollop of additional derelict GOP heroes not thrown out as a weak-minded poster named Dwight proudly suggests:
""wrong, as republicans we are the first to give the boot to any unethical immoral politician...
Posted by: DwightCollins |"
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Larry Craig
John Ensign
Mark Sanford
That's just three who did not resign or had been forced out.

Re: Propaganda - If the Republicans hadn't gone around constantly reminding everyone how they are the "moral" party and the "fiscally conservative" party then this would not be as big a story, but it is and EVERY news outlet in the nation is running it except probably Fox.

In all fairness CC does mention that it won't be a big deal going into 2010 Posted by: JRM2 | March 30, 2010 3:38 PM"

Let's add:
- Newt Gingrich doing his now wife on his Speaker's desk while impeaching Bill Clinton
- Rep. Livingston )R-LA) who was the brief followon to Newt, also for fornication while married
-Rep. Duke Cunningham having hookers at his poke-her parties
-Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana who fathered a child and sent support but refused to put his name on the child's birth certificate
- Sen. Strom Thurmond of the old South and a racist except when it came to black p-zzy and fathered a child he never claimed who only recently post-humously revealed it
- Nelson Rockefeller who died in the saddle of passion
- the list goes on and on and on with GOP hypocrisy over sex.

You guys should just lay back and enjoy one of the great God given pleasures and realize what fools you are about lust and morals and politics. Everybody's doing it!

Posted by: enough3 | March 30, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

3. The House Democrat's must be afraid because Republicans are ready to take the House back. Speaker Boehner or will Republicans place someone else as Speaker and allow Boehner to hold the post of Majority leader? I have been a proponent of the latter, but it looks more and more likely speaker Boehner will happen.

4. Romney's endorsement's of governor's candidates are going to be huge for 2012. On Super Tuesday, if Whitman becomes governor of California this year, going into Super Tuesday with California in your back pocket as a sure bet would be a huge plus for Romney. The biggest governor's primary for Romney may well occur on June 06 when South Carolina chooses their governor's nominee. Romney has endorsed St. Sen. Nikki Haley. Huckabee has endorsed Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. John McCain & Lyndsey Graham has endorsed Attorney General Henry McMaster. In 2008, Jim DeMint endorsed Mitt Romney for President but didn't really spend to compete hard in Florida. In my view, that cost him the Presidential primary by giving McCain momentum as he won South Carolina. Romney knows the importance of SC in 2012, and has endorsed Haley in the R governor's primary race. I think if DeMint weigh's in, he may well endorse Haley which would go a long way for her chances and Romney's chances in SC in 2012. It would again pit Graham vs. DeMint in SC primaries, as in 2008 McCain was supported by Graham and Romney was supported by DeMint. South Carolina may look like a 4 way primary just for the governor of SC, but it has huge 2012 R Presidential primary implications.

Posted by: reason5 | March 30, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

IS the democratic party MATURE ENOUGH to handle having a black as President ???


Seriously folks.


This question has come up time and time again over the past two years - from the false charges of racism against Bill Clinton in South Carolina - to the false charges against Gerry Ferraro -


This is the democrats we are talking about.

IF the democrats are going to SCREAM "RACIST" EVERYTIME OBAMA GETS HIMSELF INTO POLTICAL TROUBLE - or over legitimate policy differences - THEN IT IS THE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HAVE A BLACK AS PRESIDENT.

hhhmmmm

Think about it - is it actually the democratic party who is NOT READY FOR A BLACK PRESIDENT ???


THE OUTBURST LAST WEEK WAS DISGRACEFUL - IF OBAMA HAD ANY PERSONAL HONOR HE WOULD RESIGN - IT FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM AGAINST AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE IS CERTAINLY GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

So is tanning the new white guilt?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 30, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see what tchoskies the RNC "Young Eagles" got at that dominatrix strip club and what other "access" were the ego driven fools given at that place?

Posted by: theobserver4 | March 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

eugene robinson:

"The arrests of members of a Michigan-based "Christian" militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism -- and potential violence -- in the Age of Obama.

I put the word Christian in quotes because anyone who plots to assassinate law enforcement officers, as a federal indictment alleges members of the Hutaree militia did, is no follower of Christ. According to federal prosecutors, the Hutaree -- the word's not in my dictionary, but its Web site claims it means "Christian warrior" -- are convinced that their enemies include "state and local law enforcement, who are deemed 'foot soldiers' of the federal government, federal law enforcement agencies and employees, participants in the 'New World Order,' and anyone who does not share in the Hutaree's beliefs."

According to the indictment, the group had been plotting for two years to assassinate federal, state or local police officers. "Possible such acts which were discussed," the indictment says, "included killing a member of law enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement and his or her family at home, ambushing a member of law enforcement in rural communities, luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call and then killing him or her, and killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession motorcade" with homemade bombs."

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"wrong, as republicans we are the first to give the boot to any unethical immoral politician...
Posted by: DwightCollins |"
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Larry Craig
John Ensign
Mark Sanford
That's just three who did not resign or had been forced out.

Re: Propaganda - If the Republicans hadn't gone around constantly reminding everyone how they are the "moral" party and the "fiscally conservative" party then this would not be as big a story, but it is and EVERY news outlet in the nation is running it except probably Fox.

In all fairness CC does mention that it won't be a big deal going into 2010.


Posted by: JRM2 | March 30, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

leapin can't write his own posts either

http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=YzQwODk2ZGJhNmVhYTVmNGQ4MDQ4MGViZmM5NGExMjg=

... unless it's the "democrap socialist" stuff, or is he the "neocom statist" one, it's not worth the effort to keep track.

Funny (not really) how the conservatives who post here need to plagiarize others' work, it's like there are only a half-dozen conservatives in the country who can originate text. The others just copy it, and appear to be mentally ill to boot.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 30, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Connect seemingly isolated dots and a picture emerges of a new radical foreign policy of “neutralism.” Traditional allies are ignored, and old enemies are courted — until both are on the same moral and political plane. The one constant is that a socialist anti-Western philosophy abroad (which blames the West for a nation’s own self-inflicted misery) wins sympathy with the Obama administration, while capitalist Western culture is seen as mostly passé.

In any isolated circumstance, we are willing to give the president of the United States a pass on a particular disturbing decision. But after 14 months of them, the Obama particulars add up to a remaking of America that is now clear and consistent: Grow government; redistribute income; establish permanent political constituencies of dependents; increase entitlements; hike taxes; demonize “them” while deifying their supposed victims; seek global neutrality abroad; and always play fast and loose with the truth.

What do we end up with?

You might call it: Chicago does socialism.

Posted by: leapin | March 30, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans were indifferent rather than outraged when Obama became the first presidential candidate to renounce public campaign financing in the general election — despite both earlier promises that he would not, and later crocodile tears over the Supreme Court’s rollback of some public-financing rules.

Perhaps most Americans also were only mildly irked that Obama demagogued the Bush anti-terror protocols during the campaign, only to continue unchanged precisely those practices that he had most fiercely railed against — tribunals, renditions, Predators, the continuing presence in Iraq.

And perhaps most Americans did not believe Obama when he promised to close Guantanamo within a year and to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York — and they were right. These too were isolated Obama untruths.

Then some of us were troubled that Obama had once decried passage of healthcare reform by mere 51 percent majorities — only to do precisely that last weekend. Candidate Obama likewise damned the use of executive orders to countermand legislative action — and then did just that on matters of abortion and Obamacare. Chalk it up to the Chicago style of the ends justifying any means necessary.

So was anyone surprised that the healthcare bill did not sit on the president’s desk for five days before the signing, as he once bragged would be the new administration’s policy, for reasons of transparency? And wasn’t that reminiscent of his continued, but reneged on, pledges to air all the healthcare debates on C-SPAN?

I could go on and on, but again the pattern is clear. Each time Obama prevaricates, we grant him an exemption because of his lofty rhetoric about bipartisanship and his soothing words about unity. Only later do we notice that in retrospect each untruth is part of a pattern of dissimulation within just a single year of governance. Obama has proven so far that in fact one can fool a lot of the people a lot of the time.

Posted by: leapin | March 30, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

What's Fiorina afraid of?

"Republican Senate candidates Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore will debate at Brandman University in Irvine tonight, but candidate Carly Fiorina will be absent.

“We felt the proposed moderator would not be fair and impartial so we declined,” said Fiorina’s spokeswoman, Amy Thoma. Initially, Fiorina said she could not participate because of a scheduling conflict, according to Thoma.

Moderator Mike Moodian, a Brandman University assistant professor of social science, said he offered to let Fiorina set a date when she could make it, but then the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer said the debate was too close to a League of Women Voters forum May 6.

Thoma accused Moodian of “bullying” Fiorina by including reporters on reply e-mails regarding the debate negotiations. Moodian acknowledged he copied 40 reporters on his memo to Fiorina’s chief of staff but said he thinks Fiorina is ducking the debate.
Click here to find out more!

“Frankly, I don’t think the public will buy that excuse,” Moodian said. “The questions are coming from the audience… The invitation is still open to them — even if it means they don’t want me as a moderator. I’ll step
down this moment.”

Read more: http://www.oclnn.com/orange-county/2010-03-30/california/debate-spurs-controversy-among-candidates#ixzz0jglrlyrT

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans could live with Obama’s plan to return to the Clinton tax rates of about 40 percent on the top brackets. But that promise is never made in a vacuum. Instead, there is an additional, almost breezy pledge to lift caps on income subject to Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes — 15.3 percent in some cases — on top of the income-tax increase.

At other times, an idea like a new healthcare surcharge is tossed about — on top of the previous proposals for payroll- and income-tax increases. That new bite likewise, in isolation, perhaps is not too scary. But Obama is planning these 1-2-3 increases at a time when most of the states are already upping their own income-tax rates — in some cases to over 10 percent.

Once again, Obama never honestly connects the dots and comes clean with the American people about the net effect: On vast swaths of upper income, new state and federal taxes — aside from any rises in sales, property, capital-gains, or inheritance taxes — could confiscate an aggregate of 65 to 70 percent.

These proposals thus raise the question: Exactly what sort of total tax bite does the president think is fair for those making more than $200,000 or $250,000? Can the citizen be allowed to retain 45, 40, 35, or 30 percent of his income? And if, with combined governments starting to take 60 to 70 percent of income through the various tax increases, we still have record annual budget deficits, how much higher should these high taxes go to prevent national insolvency? Eighty percent? Ninety? One hundred?

Perhaps we could have a rate of 110 percent: Those who make $250,000 might pay a redemptive $275,000 to the government on the theory that in the Bush era they “made out like bandits.”

Posted by: leapin | March 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

This one is a LAUGH


The tax numbers released by ATT and other major US corporations last week do not add to Rep. Waxman's talking points (storyline) that the democrats wish to put out.

So, Waxman is going to hold hearings - SO THE CORPORATIONS CAN TELL WAXMEN ABOUT THE BILL HE JUST VOTED FOR.

Waxman is supposed to know about the tax treatments of these corporations.

OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PROGRAM IS GOING TO PLACE AN IMMEDIATE DRAG ON HIRING IN THIS COUNTRY - AND IT WILL PROLONG THE RECESSION.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is getting into some dangerous territory here. what's she going to say when some rabid teabagger rams a car full of kids?

Less than a week after a Nashville man was driven off the road because his car sported an Obama-Biden bumper sticker, Sarah Palin has called on Tea Partiers to stop drivers whose cars have a similar sticker.

Stumping on Saturday from Searchlight, NV -- Harry Reid's hometown -- Palin focused her rhetoric on the health care overhaul passed last week:

It's like that old bumper sticker that says, "Government: If you think our problems are bad, wait until you see our solutions."

The crowd cheered. She went on:

'Or that bumper sticker you see on the next Subaru driving by, an Obama bumper sticker. You should stop the driver.'

Her comments come at a politically charged time, just a week after a picture on her Facebook page used crosshairs to identify Democrats who voted for health care reform.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

We can have a rational debate on any one item on President Obama’s vast progressive agenda, arguing whether adjectives like “statist” or “socialist” fairly describe his legislative intent. But connect all the dots and lines of the past year, and an unambiguous image starts to materialize.

The problem is not individual legislation, whether passed or proposed, involving the gamut of issues: healthcare, bailouts, stimuli, education loans, amnesty, cap and trade. Rather, the rub is these acts in the aggregate.

The president promises a state fix for healthcare; then student loans; and next energy. There are to be subsidies, credits, and always new entitlements for every problem, all requiring hordes of fresh technocrats and Civil Service employees. Like a perpetual teenager, who wants and buys but never produces, the president is focused on the acquisitive and consumptive urges, never on the productive — as in how all his magnanimous largesse is to be paid for by someone else.

That Medicare and Social Security are near insolvency, or soon will be; that the Postal Service and Amtrak are running in the red; that a day at the DMV, county-hospital emergency room, or zoning department doesn’t inspire confidence in the matrix of unionized government workers and large unaccountable bureaucracies — all this is lost on the Obama administration.

Utility means nothing. So long as the next proposed program enlarges a dependent constituency and is financed by the “rich” through higher taxes and more debt, it is, de facto, necessary and good. Equality of result is to be achieved both by giving more to some and by taking even more from others.

Posted by: leapin | March 30, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

more hilarity from our most challenged posters:

"Maybe Obama could put another racist tax on some good or service like his 10% tax on the tanning salons for funding. His tax is shameless discrimination against light skinned persons."

this is like something from the Onion -- precious.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Conventional militia organizations are racing to distance themselves from the Hutaree -- the Christian-based militia whose members were charged yesterday with conspiring to kill law enforcement officers. But that may be a tall order.

Appearing on CNN this morning, Michael Lackomar, a member of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, called the Hutaree -- also primarily based in Michigan -- "really a fringe group outside of anything we do."

"They're more of a private army or a terrorist organization or really just a criminal organization,' said Lackomar. He added that some of the Hutaree had sought refuge over the weekend with members of his group, who advised the Hutaree to turn themselves in.

But Mark Potok, the executive director of the Southern Poverty law Center, which tracks extremist groups, told TPMmuckraker that the Hutaree fit comfortably within the broader militia movement.

"The Hutaree were apparently ensconced right smack in the middle of the militia movement," said Potok.

Potok explained that the more secular militia groups foresee an impending catastrophe in the form of the federal government confiscating weapons, imposing martial law, and herding those who resist into concentration camps. Ultimately, he said, they fear that the U.S. will be subsumed into a socialistic "One World Order," under supra-national bodies like the U.N. or the EU.

"The only difference with the Hutarees is that they put this millenial spin on it," Potok said. In their version, the coming catastrophe involves the appearance of the Anti-Christ, but groups like the U.N. and E.U. are also vilified -- as we've noted. "It's very much the same idea."

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I only pray that the Repulican party runs on abolishing Medicare and Social Security this year. And while they're at, on abolishing unemployment. And why not substitute a National Scrooge Day for Christmas while they're at it?

Posted by: drindl
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Medicare and SS only run on imaginary funds. What would be gone?

Maybe Obama could put another racist tax on some good or service like his 10% tax on the tanning salons for funding. His tax is shameless discrimination against light skinned persons.

Posted by: leapin | March 30, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

most hilariously delusional post of the day:


"Chris is a committed liberal/progressive just like the owners, managers, and the rest of the corrupt left-wing staff at the POST

The POST cooks their polls, makes up stories, and continues to push anti-GOP propaganda.

Liberal/progressives have a long history of ATTACKING Blacks that are Republicans.

Clarence Thomas, the grandson of share croppers, is another one they like to ATTACK

POST = dirty left-wing political outlet"

someone call an ambulance the guy is suffering from an overdose of the purple koolaid!

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

A bunch of over-aged, rich white frat boys out having a good time at a strip club. What's the problem? We're talking about Republicans!

Posted by: thebobbob | March 30, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris is a committed liberal/progressive just like the owners, managers, and the rest of the corrupt left-wing staff at the POST

The POST cooks their polls, makes up stories, and continues to push anti-GOP propaganda.

Liberal/progressives have a long history of ATTACKING Blacks that are Republicans.

Clarence Thomas, the grandson of share croppers, is another one they like to ATTACK

POST = dirty left-wing political outlet

Posted by: allenridge | March 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as the right is always making sex issues with democrats a big deal, it should be a big deal with repugs, but they ignore it. Look at Sen. David Vitter doing hookers in his daughter's bedroom or Ensign and his shenanigans. Not to mention they way they defended Larry Craig and his public restroom escapades. REPUBLICANS ARE HYPOCRITES PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 30, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It means the old school GOP at RNC are out of touch w/conservative movement. We already knew that! Besides, it's good for conservatives and independants that hate the good ol boys already, what's one more reason to NOT DONATE to RNC or GOP phonnies. No votes for incumbent RINOs. Steele/McCain/Huckabee/Romney etc have all played conservatives for fools way too long, but the lurch to the left at the claws of Pelosi/Reid/Obama has woken the unwashed up. After this level of special interest corruption and deceipt in DC - 'We Won't Get Fooled Again'. Incumbents will be driven out during primaries & Dems in the general elections of 2010 and 2012. Voters will Give no Quarter.
"When once a republic is corrupted there is no possibility of
remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the
corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other
correction is either useless or a new evil."
–- Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: surfdumb | March 30, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

hey tostitos -- we're talking about money that was donated to help elect Rs, do you get that? money that was spent taking rich frat boys to a bar that featured le8bians in glass cases having oral s*x, okay?

what exactly does tht have to do with government?

Posted by: drindl
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Agreed -- about as much as a BJ in the WH; your party's focus on that led to your leaders complaning that going after Osama was a stunt to deflect attention away from the very serious BJ problem in DC, and Clinton was forced to back off. To quote one of your stars, "how'd that work for 'ya (us)?"

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | March 30, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans writing off a visit to a strip club doesn't seem to be a huge scandal. It's a waste of their donors' money, but so is everything else they do, so I'm sure that their donors are used to it.

Now, if they had spent the money at Chippendale's...THAT would be a scandal.

Posted by: js_edit | March 30, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pressF1 | March 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

ah, the sheer projection glory of it - what a labratory speciment:


"Not a shred of intellect, not an inkling of a life. Just your common ordinary pathetic moonbat spewing hate.

Posted by: Moonbat" |


Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Summary of article: Spending spree no big deal. Steele will stay in place and remain irrelevant. Palin, Rommey, and a bunch of other people are doing things to help the GOP in 2010.

Posted by: bkhoward1 | March 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

pour soul. the froth and spittle on his monitor must make it hard to type.

"Two stooges present. All subtle or interesting discussion now hopeless. Flood the blog with hate and stupidity dribbl and ped.

Posted by: Moonbat "

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

How about the WaPo reporting about Demorat spending? Doubt it as the Demorats can do no wrong per the WaPo....

Posted by: gmclain | March 30, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Two stooges present. All subtle or interesting discussion now hopeless. Flood the blog with hate and stupidity dribbl and ped.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

OMG, 2000 WHOLE DOLLARS>>>>DESPICABLE....oh wait,"...The 11 House Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak who dropped their opposition to health care reform mere hours before the final vote have requested $3.4 billion in earmarks..." NOT A WORD ABOUT THIS IN THE POST....WHAT A SURPRISE! Welcome to the "Lefty Literary Laugher", the POST.

Posted by: powerange | March 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

hey tostitos -- we're talking about money that was donated to help elect Rs, do you get that? money that was spent taking rich frat boys to a bar that featured le8bians in glass cases having oral s*x, okay?

what exactly does tht have to do with government?

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

In the end, this RNC scandal probably won't have a huge effect at the polls unless it is followed up by a string of further scandals. If Republicans stay clean from now to November, this story will be long forgotten.

In the short-term, however, it does highlight problems with how Steele treats his position. He spends an absurd amount of money on personal luxuries with RNC money, and while the nudie club was not for him, the fact that the expense got approved at all is a direct reflection on the attitude that Steele takes to RNC money--donations to the RNC exist chiefly to give RNC bigwigs a cushy lifestyle. Meanwhile, for all of the fervor to boot Democrats in the fall, RNC's financial bottom line isn't looking too rosy, and this scandal isn't going to help fundraising. Lack of money could hurt down the stretch over the next six months, and if this scandal does hurt Republicans, it will hurt them in the pocketbooks as people will hesitate to write a check to the RNC for anything.

This scandal also gives some momentum to the Tea Party crowd. Disgusted with the Republicans as much as with the Democrats? Come on over! When Steele seems to be treating other people's money like it's his own in the same way that Nancy Pelosi treats taxpayer money as her own by demanding personal jets, etc., the motivation to ditch both parties and look for other alternatives is strong, and a party with a message of fiscal restraint offers a good foil to both Republicans and Democrats on this point.

Then again, the Tea Party convention's tickets were not exactly cheap, and Sarah Palin's speaking fee was embarrassingly high. So much for restraint....

Posted by: blert | March 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Co-sign on Palin. Who gives a crap who she endorses? She's a dumb hillbilly of concern only to teabaggers.

And ditto on Pawlenty, who will be the very first to drop out of primary races in 2012 so can we please stop hearing about his presidential aspirations? Send him a Mr. Coffee to help with his perennial drowsiness.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Another day of the non stop idiocy from the mindless dribbl.

Not a shred of intellect, not an inkling of a life. Just your common ordinary pathetic moonbat spewing hate.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree that the inordinate amount of attention paid to Sarah Palin is turning the Fix into the equivalent of supermarket checkout-line tabloids.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

GOP basically ignores Steele for any leadership except when they need a black scape goat.

Posted by: Vonnie932 | March 30, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"including one for nearly $2,000 at a topless night club in California"

OMG, $2000!!!! Has this author ever investigated any stimulus funding? Has this author looked at Obama's annual spending binge? His ten year projections? This article making the WaPo front page is just more proof the libt*ard media continues its big, long, wet kiss with the democrat party.

Posted by: Tostitos | March 30, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Chris Cilliza and the rest of the media: Those of us who are not tea baggers who believe that Barack Obama is an African and that health care reforms consist primarily of death panels do not care about Sarah Palin and what she does every day, so stop blabbing about it - please!

Posted by: jbentley4 | March 30, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Was the $2000 for a Dominatrix to widen his access?

Posted by: walker1 | March 30, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

mitty, you got some 'splaining to do...


"Obama’s signing of a federal health care law has put Romney — a possible 2012 presidential candidate — again on the defensive over the most significant achievement in his brief career in public office. The former governor, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate again for president in 2012, had labeled Obama’s bill “unhealthy for America’’ and has called for its repeal, even as conservative critics say it was modeled on Romney’s policy.

Yesterday, Romney proudly acknowledged that his bill included a set of new insurance regulations that “President Obama always likes to talk about in his health care plan — the good stuff.’’ Romney trumpeted the achievement of near-universal coverage in Massachusetts, while declining to acknowledge that the mechanism he used to achieve that goal — a requirement that individuals buy private insurance — is the same as the much-criticized mandate of Obama’s plan."

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

ROMNEY "THE FATHER OF HCR"

"In an interview with the Boston Globe, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised the Romney and Obama administrations on their health insurance programs, attested to the plans’ similarities. “Basically, it’s the same thing,’’ said Gruber, adding that Obama’s national reform wouldn’t have happened if Romney had not made “the decision in 2005 to go for it.

He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform.’’ Gruber also called Romney’s claims about the different ways that he and Obama finance their plans “disingenuous.’’

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Every time I read or hear that Sarah Palin is doing something political, I shake my head at the wonderment of it all.

Posted by: janecolby | March 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Why, then does this appear front page and the left wing nutjob threatening to kill Congressman Cantor and his family"

he isn't leftwing, he is an anti-semitic white supremacist.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"Last night on CNN, Larry King discussed the rise of the tea parties with a variety of guests and featured footage from last weekend’s lobbyist-organized Tea Party Express rally in Searchlight, NV. Dana Loesch, a tea party organizer from Missouri, and another tea party organizer, Wayne Allyn Root, joined King for the discussion. Root and Loesch decried the “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional” reach of a health care mandate.

However, King noted that programs like Social Security are mandatory and asked if the tea parties would like to “do away with” that program as well. Both tea party organizers enthusiastically said “yes, absolutely” and added that a compromise would be at least privatizing the system:

KING: Would anyone turn away Social Security now? Would you do away with it?

LOESCH: I would, yes.

KING: You would?

LOESCH: Yes, absolutely.

KING: Would do you away with it, Wayne?

As many observers have noted, tea party fervor has infected the modern Republican Party. The Republican Budget Road Map, championed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and a growing number of GOP lawmakers, would appease the tea parties by slashing entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security through cuts and privatization. Unfortunately, King did not discuss the billionaire-backers of the tea parties, like David Koch, who similarly wants to do away with Social Security."

I only pray that the Repulican party runs on abolishing Medicare and Social Security this year. And while they're at, on abolishing unemployment. And why not substitute a National Scrooge Day for Christmas while they're at it?

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"blah blah blah`
If Steele knew about this or did nothing then you have a story. A back page story. Why, then does this appear front page and the left wing nutjob threatening to kill Congressman Cantor and his family is on page 8 in you fish wrap edition?

Plan on reopening the College Park printing plant anytime soon? Any more fist fights in the news room? Could you improve circulation if you gave the rag away?

Posted by: theduck6 | March 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

#########################################

Who are you to decide if this is a story or not? If you had your way, I'm sure that nothing derogatory to the GOP would appear in any newspaper?

Besides, we all like stories about politicians and strippers wearing horse bridles.

Posted by: maggots | March 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse "

wrong, as republicans we are the first to give the boot to any unethical immoral politician...
only dems applaud gay politicians that do pages...
I guess thats why they have pages...

Posted by: DwightCollins |
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Wrong, Republicans have John Ensign still in the Senate and he, like the party, like to expouse family value but contradict himself. Another thing is the tendency of the party to boot out anyone who dares to criticize the party- Does David Frum ring a bell?

Posted by: beeker25 | March 30, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Rangel should have been out on his butt months if not a year or more ago for his corruption, which was ILLEGAL. He should be going to jail. Nancy Pelosi knew full well what Rangel was up to.

The WaPo's coverage of that was non-existent.

This is not even illegal.

Thank God for Drudge.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 30, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I recall Steele got into some money problems with his sister. Money that was not intended for that purpose. I guess Steele name should have really been STEAL.

Posted by: truth1 | March 30, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

How's that ropey-painy thing working out for ya, Republicans?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

the propaganda that chris posts means nothing...
he will milk this while giving applause to a dem member of congress who does pages...
chris is a dem partison and as such write propaganda against Republicans...
he is so blatant in his propaganda, wapo should be ashamed...

Posted by: DwightCollins
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I thought Chris is more a Republican partisan than what you describe. Sorry Chris you can't please everyone.

Posted by: beeker25 | March 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

the propaganda that chris posts means nothing...
he will milk this while giving applause to a dem member of congress who does pages...
chris is a dem partison and as such write propaganda against Republicans...
he is so blatant in his propaganda, wapo should be ashamed...

Posted by: DwightCollins
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You're right - he made it all up. That was actually an expense for prayer meeting refreshments.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday many were stating that NO one from the RNC was at this party, just that the committee paid the reimbursement to Erik Brown who is NOT on their staff. Now it is reported that some RNC staffer was fired for attending this event. But they will not name who that staffer is, or who else attended, I think that they are trying to avoid more embarrassment.

So much for that argument! This just gets funnier and funnier. Would they have fired this staffer if he did not get caught? I doubt it. Is this type of thing common to their donation events? Don't know, but this event certainly turned me off as an RNC supporter.

What is even funnier is that a conservative newspaper first reported this. I love irony!!!

The RNC donations are going to go away or down a lot because of this story, the RNC better worry more about donations than Steele.

Posted by: Doc-T |
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They are already are in some areas but the point is Steele is spending more money than he is taking in. Lovely example to burnish your image on.

Posted by: beeker25 | March 30, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Was my Senator, David Vitter, anywhere near there? I hear they have a fabulous "Diaper Dance."

Posted by: osullivanc1 | March 30, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"poor dwight. what they charitably call a 'low-information' voter.
Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse"

I read enough, enough to call you a liar...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 30, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"blah blah blah`
If Steele knew about this or did nothing then you have a story. A back page story. Why, then does this appear front page and the left wing nutjob threatening to kill Congressman Cantor and his family is on page 8 in you fish wrap edition?

Plan on reopening the College Park printing plant anytime soon? Any more fist fights in the news room? Could you improve circulation if you gave the rag away?

Posted by: theduck6 | March 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

#########################################

Who are you to decide if this is a story or not? If you had your way, I'm sure that nothing derogatory to the GOP would appear in any newspaper?

Besides, we all like stories about politicians and strippers wearing horse bridles.

Posted by: maggots | March 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse "

wrong, as republicans we are the first to give the boot to any unethical immoral politician...
only dems applaud gay politicians that do pages...
I guess thats why they have pages...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 30, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting news for the DFL (Dem) primary for the MN Governor's race:

http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2010/03/30/17007/legislator_endorsements_latest_rybak_breakthrough_in_dfl_governors_race

Minneapolis mayor RT Ryback is making inroads with delegates from two constituencies presumed to be fertile ground for house speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher: legislators and women. If dems nominate Ryback, he'll be tough to beat in Nov. Of course, given their track record, don't rule out a surprise nomination of former Sen Dayton.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 30, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

blah blah blah`
If Steele knew about this or did nothing then you have a story. A back page story. Why, then does this appear front page and the left wing nutjob threatening to kill Congressman Cantor and his family is on page 8 in you fish wrap edition?

Plan on reopening the College Park printing plant anytime soon? Any more fist fights in the news room? Could you improve circulation if you gave the rag away?

Posted by: theduck6 | March 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

#########################################

Who are you to decide if this is a story or not? If you had your way, I'm sure that nothing derogatory to the GOP would appear in any newspaper?

Besides, we all like stories about politicians and strippers wearing horse bridles.

Posted by: maggots | March 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Leapin

Enjoys playing the pop psychologist. Feels depressed because no one pays any attention to him.

Posted by: maggots | March 30, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

blah blah blah`
If Steele knew about this or did nothing then you have a story. A back page story. Why, then does this appear front page and the left wing nutjob threatening to kill Congressman Cantor and his family is on page 8 in you fish wrap edition?

Plan on reopening the College Park printing plant anytime soon? Any more fist fights in the news room? Could you improve circulation if you gave the rag away?

Posted by: theduck6 | March 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Barrack Obama...
Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Behavior or a fantasy of grandiosity, a lack of empathy, a need to be admired by others, an inability to see the viewpoints of others, and hypersensitive to the opinions of others.

Joe Biden...
Histrionic Personality Disorder: Exaggerated and often inappropriate displays of emotional reactions, approaching theatricality, in everyday behavior. Sudden and rapidly shifting emotion expressions.

Nancy Pelosi...
Paranoid Personality Disorder: Marked distrust of others, including the belief, without reason, that others are exploiting, harming, or trying to deceive him or her; lack of trust; belief of others' betrayal; belief in hidden meanings; unforgiving and grudge holding.

NeoCom Statist Sheeple...
Antisocial Personality Disorder: Lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture, marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules. Sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths."

Posted by: leapin | March 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

poor dwight. what they charitably call a 'low-information' voter.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday many were stating that NO one from the RNC was at this party, just that the committee paid the reimbursement to Erik Brown who is NOT on their staff. Now it is reported that some RNC staffer was fired for attending this event. But they will not name who that staffer is, or who else attended, I think that they are trying to avoid more embarrassment.

So much for that argument! This just gets funnier and funnier. Would they have fired this staffer if he did not get caught? I doubt it. Is this type of thing common to their donation events? Don't know, but this event certainly turned me off as an RNC supporter.

What is even funnier is that a conservative newspaper first reported this. I love irony!!!

The RNC donations are going to go away or down a lot because of this story, the RNC better worry more about donations than Steele.

Posted by: Doc-T | March 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

What it measn is that the public -- even the tea baggers have to take notice of this ---- is reminded that te republicon party is a party of sham, a party of lies, a party of a wealthy profligate elite using it's wealth to buy influence and using that influence and wealth to purchase the propaganda to dupe the gullible.

Posted by: John1263 | March 30, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Dwight doesn't read The Fix much. Ah, the comfort of the information cocoon.

Posted by: JakeD3 | March 30, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

story after story of unemployment rising will be printed yet unemployment will remain under 10%...
an obama miracle and lie...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 30, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

As for Cronyn. Well the guy is a dummie. American's already know what Republicans can do. All one has to do is look at the Republican created financial collapse and the unemployment that followed.

So far Republicans have offered no solutions whatsoever.

Posted by: Maddogg | March 30, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Toyota Addendum:

Shortly after posting the "Fix" comment below about the Toyota runaway cars and a possible nexus to political censorship of the web, the comment magically appeared below today's WaPo business technology story on Toyota -- some 20 minutes after the original attempt to post.

Score 1 for "The Fix," "0" for would-be fusion center internet censors?

http://nowpublic.com/world/how-u-s-spy-ops-censor-web-political-speech
http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"And before you think this is all about Samuelson, consider that Charles Krauthammer calls coverage "candy." There's an absence of empathy here that borders on a clinical disorder."

nicely played sir. Time for a multiple choice test. Which best describes said peoplez:

1) Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Behavior or a fantasy of grandiosity, a lack of empathy, a need to be admired by others, an inability to see the viewpoints of others, and hypersensitive to the opinions of others.

2) Histrionic Personality Disorder: Exaggerated and often inappropriate displays of emotional reactions, approaching theatricality, in everyday behavior. Sudden and rapidly shifting emotion expressions.

3) Paranoid Personality Disorder: Marked distrust of others, including the belief, without reason, that others are exploiting, harming, or trying to deceive him or her; lack of trust; belief of others' betrayal; belief in hidden meanings; unforgiving and grudge holding.

or

4) Antisocial Personality Disorder: Lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture, marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules. Sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths."

OR USUALLY JUST 'CONSERVATIVES.'

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Chris, are you okay? are you ill? you only cited one poll in your entire column. Surely there must be more meaningless polls out there that you can cite to support your assertions. Dwightcollins, CC is long time friend of Chip Saltzman who ran for the chairman of the RNC with the unforgettable cd "Barack the Magic Negro", so any "liberal leanings" you might read in his post are of your own imagination or actual facts that can't be spun.

Posted by: katem1 | March 30, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Though Chris continues to espose this "propoganda" you continue to read it Dwight Collins. Is it not even more perplexing that his said propagandist is on record as saying he believes that Republicans will do quite well this fall and sites examples as to why?

Mr. Collins I suggest you either read this objectively, if you believe this news to be slanted. Or, in the more likely case, maybe you should read it more thoroughly and then maybe you will realize that Mr. Cillizza is hardly a political lackey.

Posted by: kevindoyle1986 | March 30, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

All I have read is chris go after the Republicans and not mention the lousey job the dems have done creating jobs for the poor...
is he a lackey, you bet...
the day he starts reporting the news down the middle I will know it...
I read what he says because information is the key to know your enemy...
and politics is war...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Klein today:

"For Robert Samuelson, the fact that the Affordable Care Act is fully paid for and in fact reduces the deficit isn't good enough. "If the administration has $1 trillion or so of spending cuts and tax increases over a decade, all these monies should first cover existing deficits -- not finance new spending," he writes. "Obama's behavior resembles a highly indebted family's taking an expensive round-the-world trip because it claims to have found ways to pay for it. It's self-indulgent and reckless."

"Self-indulgent." Wow. Jon Chait puts his back into it:

What an interesting phrase. Let's consider both words, starting with the end. It contains the assumption that some basic health insurance is an "indulgence," rather than a necessity. I defy anybody to make a careful study of the actual conditions of people who lack health insurance -- such as can be found in Jonathan Cohn's book "Sick" -- and come to this conclusion.

Next, there's the word "self." Self-indulgent is when you spend money to indulge yourself. The Bush tax cuts, which massively enriched George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, could be described as self-indulgent. Samuelson supported those, incidentally. President Obama and the Democrats who enacted health care reform all have insurance. Even if you consider providing basic medical care to people who lack it an "indulgence," they are not indulging themselves. They are "indulging" others.

And before you think this is all about Samuelson, consider that Charles Krauthammer calls coverage "candy." There's an absence of empathy here that borders on a clinical disorder."

YES!

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"What a GOP-controlled Senate WOULD do....?"
Oh, dear God, please NO! We can't stand anymore stupidity. Mitch McConnell is a simpering old HAG. Morons like Bunning, Chambliss, McCain, and on and on and on....
God SAVE America, because just the thought of these crusty old bass tards is enough to make me puke.

Posted by: TOMHERE | March 30, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Given the stakes in the November elections we can expect almost nothing but nonstop garbage from both parties.

Posted by: KBlit | March 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are always eating crow. Is there something beneficial in crow?

Posted by: Maddogg | March 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

We're simply going to have to wait and see what Chairman Steele's owner, Rush Limbaugh has to say about this. Rush won't let his boy say anything without his consent! He'll be on momentarily...

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

(The following comment will not post (after 15 minutes of trying) to today's WaPo story about the Toyota runaway cars. Could real-time government censorship of "targeted individuals" -- including this journalist -- be responsible? If so, what does that say about our politics? For your consideration...)

re: News Item, Mar. 30, 2010, "NASA to Investigate Cause of Toyota Problems"...

TOYOTA TARGET OF ELECTROMAGNETIC MICROWAVE WEAPON?

A cell tower- based electromagnetic microwave/laser directed energy weapon system, installed in every neighborhood in America, is capable of inflicting precision-targeted silent, invisible attacks on electronics equipment -- and human beings.

This system is being used to covertly injure, impair and subjugate thousands of unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans (see links below).

Is it beyond belief that rogue operatives manning this government weapon system are doing the bidding of corporate interests by selectively targeting the onboard computers of Toyota vehicles, causing the runaway engine phenomenon? In other words, corporate sabotage facilitated by top-secret U.S. government technology?

It is a possibility that bears looking into.

See: Poynter.org (Journalism Groups -- Reporting):

• "U.S. Silently Tortures, Impairs Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"
• "Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"
• "U.S. Uses CBS News to Cover Up Microwave Cell Tower Torture?"

www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (click on "More Reporting...") OR:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

zif Spending is a political liability, Obama and the Dems are finished. Obama increased the national deficit by 20% in his first year, and spent more in that one year than Goerge Bush did in 8 years as President. Spening is something the American electorate is concerned with adn that is why the Dems numbers are horrible and a GOP takeover of Capitol Hill will occur in No9vember 2010 - the socialist agenda will come to a stop!

Posted by: Realist20 | March 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The RNC - Partying like it's 2004. And THIS is the Party that has their knickers in a knot over the federal deficit? Yikes!!!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 30, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

If Republicans want to win in November, they must immediately dump this crook Steele and his ludicrous "Hip-Hop GOP" notion!

Posted by: pmendez | March 30, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

In the midst of Sunday's heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Marco Rubio a question that surprised many viewers up early on a Sunday to watch the festivities.

Wallace read Rubio a viewer email. "'Ask Marco Rubio why he refuses to be vetted by the Florida Tea Parties. I want to hear from Rubio or I will not vote for him,'" Wallace said. "We got this from a bunch of Tea Parties all over the state."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/debate-exposes-marco-rubios-tea-party-problem.php?ref=fpb

In other words, Rubio wants nothing to do with teabaggers. He's just another opportunistic politician, using these tools like everyone else does.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

JBaustian writes
"Romney has his work cut out for him, but he is the front-runner for 2012."

Romney certainly has a host of problems, including but not limited to 1) the Kerry problem (flip flops; running from his record), and 2) the Edwards problem (not having a job other than running for POTUS). On the plus side, he has the national organization & came in 2nd last time, which has a strong positive correlation with being the next Repub nominee. But there's that whole Mormon thing, and the Bain Capital thing, and the general perception that everything about him is malleable, with the notable exception of his hair.

On the other hand, his competition are burnishing their credentials by getting TV shows (Huck & Palin); with the notable exception of Pawlenty, who is positioning himself to catch some people off guard in the 2012 primary.

At this point, I think JBaustian is correct: Romney should be considered the GOP front runner. The Fix, who gets a lot of grief about Pawlenty, is right to keep is eye on the governor, who is spending a lot of time building national political connections such that a story today reports he's spent over 30% of this year's legislative session out of state, mostly doing fundraisers & political events in key primary/caucus states.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/30/pawlenty-out-of-state/

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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Hey Chris -- how about a column on how Florida Teabaggers are rejecting Marco Rubio -- what do you suppose will happen if they decide to stay home on election day, as they are threatening?

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Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted By: abigsam

Considering how much of that debt was created by Bush and his GOP led congress, you can try painting up Obama as the spend thrift and the GOP as the deficit hawks, but anyone with an IQ above a 3rd grader would laugh at that. Considering how the GOP spends their own money, I don't think there's much reassurance there that they will do better with OUR money.

But go ahead and continue to shill for them. After all, the GOP loves chumps! Be sure to send them your check by the way. They'll definately NEED it.

This is a typical response by a bleeding heart liberal to legitimate criticism of reckless spending. I agree Bush and the GOP spent too much. However, when one points out that Obama is just as reckless you liberals keeping going back to Bush. News Flash: Obama is now the president and he's is spending this country into certain bankruptcy.

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 30, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Young Republican Eagles in Orange County, CA will form the kind of party we who are under thirty can actually have on Saturday night. Live.

The memories are priceless, and were a bargain as a treat from the RNC. How do you think they recruited Jesse James, back in the day? Vanilla Gorilla? No! White Elephant!

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | March 30, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"The sky didn't fall and many aspects of HCR will be gradual. Anyone who thinks it's done as an issue for a decade is a fool. NCLB is being revised. S-CHIP was revised. The Patriot Act was revised. The Obama administration can do quite well at combatting the big government meme (justified, though it beats a depression) by divesting in CitiBank, GM, etc."

BB, that's the idea. The big hurdle is to bass a framework for universal healthcare. Now that we have that, we can keep revisiting it to evaluate how it's working. Is the cost curve being bent? How is the spending? There's a new reg. board that was instituted to control medicare costs. It's a very powerful board with the ability to enact changes. We can revisit the issue and we will. Remember, it's not like there was some crisis to spur the Democrats to enact health care reform. It's that they saw a problem and started laying the tracks to fix it. This is different from something like financial regulation where we only care once there's a crisis.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Steele is the RNC chairman only because he won a slight plurality in a six-way race. I don't know if he's lost support among the committee members who voted for him last year, but he will face a renewed challenge in 2011... no matter how well the GOP does this November. Donors want to know that their money is being spent wisely, and incidents like this are not helpful to future fund-raising.

Romney has his work cut out for him, but he is the front-runner for 2012.

Posted by: JBaustian | March 30, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON The Borowitz Report) - In what appears to be a reversal of a long-standing GOP position, RNC chair Michael Steele said today that he considered same-sex unions "incredibly hot, especially when the girls are getting it on in a glass case."

When asked if his comment meant that the GOP now favored same-s*x marriage, Mr. Steele clarified his position: "If we're talking about two hot l*sbian girls simulating marriage in a glass case, yes, I am very much into that sort of thing."

Mr. Steele denied that he had changed positions on same-s*x union issue, but added, “There’s nothing wrong with changing positions if you like the new one better.”

The GOP chairman could not be reached for further comment, as a spokesman for Mr. Steele said he was all tied up.

Other Republicans were critical, however, about the GOP chairman’s authorizing close to $2000 for a night out at a Los Angeles sex club, including Sen. John Ensign (R-Nevada): "Why spend that kind of money for something you can see in my office for free?"

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Still waiting to hear from William Bennett on this one. He's always so good at telling us what Aesop would think about our own morality. Come on, Bill, time to chime.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | March 30, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Lol, they don't manage their own money, any better than they have managed the country's money in the last couple of decades...and these people want us to let them screw up the world again with their irresponsible crap?

Not likely. It's all spin and no substances, for the sake of power and money. How could it be any clearer?

Posted by: TeriB | March 30, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Lol, they don't manage their own money, any better than they have managed the country's money in the last couple of decades...and these people want us to let them screw up the world again with their irresponsible crap?

Not likely. It's all spin and no substances, for the sake of power and money. How could it be any clearer?

Posted by: TeriB | March 30, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Atlanta1:

"RNC spending scandal? What about Obama's spending scandal. Wouldn't you say a $13 trillion debt is a spending scandal? Please direct your attention to the real scandal."

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Considering how much of that debt was created by Bush and his GOP led congress, you can try painting up Obama as the spend thrift and the GOP as the deficit hawks, but anyone with an IQ above a 3rd grader would laugh at that. Considering how the GOP spends their own money, I don't think there's much reassurance there that they will do better with OUR money.

But go ahead and continue to shill for them. After all, the GOP loves chumps! Be sure to send them your check by the way. They'll definately NEED it.


Posted by: abigsam | March 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The problem isn't Michael Steele. It's hypocritical Republicans who claim family values and visit voyeur clubs and then bill it to their family value supporters.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The truth is toxic poison to republicans, a party desperately dependent on dimbulbs and ignoramuse like dwight collins for support. If only corporations could vote (hint-hint "big tony" scalia and uncle clarence), republicans wouldn't need to spend time or money cultivating fools.

Posted by: neo-nemesis | March 30, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The sky didn't fall and many aspects of HCR will be gradual. Anyone who thinks it's done as an issue for a decade is a fool. NCLB is being revised. S-CHIP was revised. The Patriot Act was revised. The Obama administration can do quite well at combatting the big government meme (justified, though it beats a depression) by divesting in CitiBank, GM, etc.

Meanwhile, the fall election are about one thing. The Clinton mantra will come through loud and strong. It's the economy, stupid.

My guess is it shapes up more like 1992. Improving economy, but too late to save incumbents. Republicans narrow the Democratic majority, but don't take power.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 30, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

too funny:

In the midst of Sunday's heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Marco Rubio a question that surprised many viewers up early on a Sunday to watch the festivities.

Wallace read Rubio a viewer email. "'Ask Marco Rubio why he refuses to be vetted by the Florida Tea Parties. I want to hear from Rubio or I will not vote for him,'" Wallace said. "We got this from a bunch of Tea Parties all over the state."

Behind the question is an interesting discovery: Despite carrying the torch for insurgent conservatives everywhere, Rubio actually has a problem connecting with the tea parties in his home state, according to several tea partiers I spoke with yesterday. Tea partiers aren't sold on him yet, and they're worried he's abandoning them now that he's winning.

Pam Dahl, leader of the Tri-County Tea Party based in Florida's sprawling retirement community known as The Villages, told me about the problem. It was a complaint from Dahl's group that led to Wallace's question yesterday -- Dahl said she spoke with staff from Wallace's show after an email campaign she started among led to Wallace getting inundated with calls and emails begging him to ask Rubio why he wouldn't submit for candidate "vetting." (Wallace alluded to the source of the question during the debate. "At The Villages they're not happy with you, sir," he told Rubio.)

According to Dahl, Rubio's campaign didn't respond to numerous requests for Rubio to meet with her members, who she said want to him to answer their questions about his views before they'll back him or not.

She said that unless Rubio met with her group and answered its questions, it was possible tea partiers would just stay home on Primary Day, or even cast their votes for Gov. Charlie Crist.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

RNC spending scandal? What about Obama's spending scandal. Wouldn't you say a $13 trillion debt is a spending scandal? Please direct your attention to the real scandal.

Posted by: Atlanta1 | March 30, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Christian Conservatives, Moral Majority, Decent good Americans, HYPOCRISY! Having to defend this and actually doing so is what destroys the Republican Brand. Your brand is Fiscal & Moral. Dems are supposed to be reckless and immoral. Guess we're all human here after all. So stop the whining it makes you look bad.

Posted by: minco_007 | March 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

This one is a LAUGH


The tax numbers released by ATT and other major US corporations last week do not add to Rep. Waxman's talking points (storyline) that the democrats wish to put out.

So, Waxman is going to hold hearings - SO THE CORPORATIONS CAN TELL WAXMEN ABOUT THE BILL HE JUST VOTED FOR.

Waxman is supposed to know about the tax treatments of these corporations.

OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PROGRAM IS GOING TO PLACE AN IMMEDIATE DRAG ON HIRING IN THIS COUNTRY - AND IT WILL PROLONG THE RECESSION.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

'No more Tea Parties at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville — or so the organizer of one conservative group said he was told.

The sprawling Nashville resort hosted the much-hyped National Tea Party Convention in February. But the organizer of a separate event, the First Annual Fiscal Conservative PAC conference, said the resort rejected his request to hold his convention there because the folks at the Opryland resort said the first Tea Party convention, where Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker, wasn’t profitable for them.

“I find that very hard to believe,” said Bill Hemrick, a wealthy Tennessee businessman who is organizing the First Annual Fiscal Conservative PAC conference in May.

Hemrick said representatives at the Gaylord Opryland Resort took organizers of his May 29 conference around for four hours touring the facilities. Before they could ink a deal, he was told that they’ve decided not to rent to Tea Party groups any more.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/30/nashvilles-gaylord-opryland-resort-turns-away-tea-party-business/#ixzz0jfiCrOUw

No reputable organizaton wants these violent clowns around.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Not a very meaningful blog and the issue for the RNC is who spent the $2,000. They should and probably will be fired. It is certainly not Mr. Steele's responsibility to check all the travel receipts from his staff. So, would someone take this young journalists aside and get him something meaningful to do.

Posted by: dlfumuc | March 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse


TO: Webmaster, Washingtonpost.com
Publisher, The Washington Post Co. (please forward)

The "sports -- good equipment" blog spam, below, appears to be part of a paid extortion campaign against The Washington Post. Co. intended to pollute blog discourse and drive the publication to strictly moderate all internet blogs, facilitating what I believe is a covert campaign of U.S. government internet censorship -- apparently conducted by operatives working out of Homeland Security- administered regional "fusion centers" throughout the U.S.

My reporting indicates that government censors use blog moderation as a "cover" to impose prior restraint, and outright censorship, on internet political speech of so-called "targeted individuals" -- many apparently singled out for their political beliefs or their activism:

http://nowpublic.com/world/how-u-s-spy-ops-censor-web-political-speech
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-censors-net-while-obama-lectures-china-net-censorship

My many articles on this subject have not altered this pattern of apparent government censorship, which, I believe, is comparable to the regimen imposed by Communist China on its citizens.

As a regulator contributor to WaPo blogs and as a victim of this censorship regime, I urge The Washington Post Co. to issue a formal complaint to Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, demanding that the U.S. government police its agencies and commands to safeguard the constitutional rights of its citizens.

Thank you, and Chris Cillizza, for allowing me to offer this suggestion in this space.

Vic Livingston, NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

'Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons.

RNC trips to other cities produced bills from a long list of chic and costly hotels such as the Venetian and the M Resort in Las Vegas, and the W (for a total of $19,443) in Washington. A midwinter trip to Hawaii cost the RNC $43,828, not including airfare.

The nature and size of Steele’s expenses are likely to reignite persistent complaints from high-end donors and key party figures that the RNC is bleeding cash in the months before a pivotal midterm election. Several months into Steele’s term as chairman, his spending spurred Republican committeemen to pass a resolution requiring checks to be signed by at least two RNC officers, and contracts over $100,000 to go out to competitive bidding.

Complaints, almost always expressed off the record, have been bitter. “This is not somebody who is out recruiting candidates,” said an aide who worked closely with Steele. “He is not meeting with donors. He’s not asking for money. The guy is writing his book or doing his speaking gigs, or whatever the hell else he fills his days with. Those are his priorities.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/29/high-flyer-rnc-chairman-steele-suggested-buying-private-jet-with-gop-funds/#ixzz0jfhIkrZ0

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

To Summarize, Steele is a "good one" compared to Hussien:
During Obama’s failed Presidency (The record of the Obama years in office:)
-Worst Terrorist attack in American History (Xmas day Detroit bomber) CPAC -> Dick Cheney
-Implementing Communist Economic Policies -> Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Fox News
-Muslim, born in Kenya -> Lou Dobbs, CNN, MSNBC
-Nominated a ultra liberal Latina to the Supreme Court to destroy the Constitution -> Senator Orrin Hatch
-Anti Family, against the sanctity of Marriage, pro Homo -> Senator Vitter
-Obama added more National debt added than any previous President including Bush’s 8 years -> K. Rove
-Stimulus Bill to fight Obama created Recession and not 1 job created -> Senator Brown
-Bailing out lazy, shiftless Detroit autoworkers -> Bill Kristol, Gov Sarah Palin
-Islamic jihad sympathizers part of White House administration -> Congressman John Boehner, Rush Limbaugh, Lez Cheney
-Asking GOP Chairman Steele to meet him at LA Sex club
-Money to pay people to be unemployed -> Senator Bunning
-Penalizing hard working Wall Street Bankers -> Gov. Mitt Romney
-Attacking poor, hapless Japanese managers at Toyota for the sloppy, cr.. work of their american workers -> Senator Shelby

Now a failed HealthCare Summit…
So we’ll get ObamaCare with it’s Medical Death Panels and big jumps in our health care premiums, and a Government takeover of Medicare…

It is clear that Hussien needs to be removed by the Military and then the Supreme Court can appoint Jeb Bush President (circa 2000). Jeb is a family values guy, so we expect him to make Liz Cheney his VP, where she will fight to keep the Gays out of the Military!

By the way, Bunning & GOP are RIGHT! No more Wasteful money spent on lazy, stupid workers. My GrandPapa used to tell this rubbish “Get a Job BUM!”, when they would ask for money outside of his Factory back in the ’30s…

Contact your Congressman, do not allow the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy to expire, it’s that important! Even if your homeless or lost your home – buck up and borrow a cell from someone to make this important call!

Posted by: Bush2 | March 30, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse


An Orange County Republican blog reports that the RNC booze and bondage party at Voyeurs was actually a big event to lure youthful donors:

The O.C. connection? As the Daily Caller story in that second link shows, DMI President and Gen Next member, Erik Brown, was who picked up that tab and ended up expensing it to the RNC.

According to sources who were in attendance that night, the "official" part of the evening started with 50+ person dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel, then carried on throughout the evening, eventually ending up at Voyeur. While RNC employees, who were in town to recruit members to its "RNC Young Eagles" program, did participate throughout the entire evening and did find their way to the bondage-themed club, Michael Steele himself was "not in attendance" for any portion of the evening. Brown, by the way, is reportedly a "Young Eagle" himself, a fundraising sub-group of the RNC which targets larger donors based on age group.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This morning the GOP fired the staffer that filed the expense report for his charges while in the LA Club. Meanwhile the Democrats embrace Charlie Rangel, a crooked politician that stole money from taxpayers for years...why haven't he Dems done anything?

Posted by: Realist201 | March 30, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Another day of good news for Democrats.

Say, anyone out there still saying Patty Murray's seat in WA is in play? No?
What happened?

It is obvious. The Republican Rising! peaked too soon. Now, as Ds reap the benefits of building confidence over the next two years, the Rs have to tamp down the many dangers of running a rage machine, even as they try to keep non-violent people...enraged.

But it isn't like they have a choice.
Republicans made a nasty strategic choice and now they will live with its consequences.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 30, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Chris, the latest RCN spending story may not be the incident to remove Steele but I it should hurt his overall fundraising effort. The RCN is running behind in fundraising (from published reports) but I suspect money is being sent directly to local candidates from out-of-district donors.

I received my "RCN census" mail last week -- nothing more than a "push poll" filled with talking point questions which no thinking person could possibly answer; I disagreed with the construct of practically every question. Of course, it was nothing more than a consultant-driven fundraising appeal, with questions designed to 'gin up' the reader to send money in order to throw out the Dems. ( I returned the 'census' without a donation, including instead a handwritten note to Chairman Steele to exercise some fiscal restraint and get his act together.)

Posted by: seblock | March 30, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

And of course, Rs are fighting protections for our military:

"The Obama administration and many congressional Democrats are pushing to create a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) that will be able to “effectively enforce rules designed to protect consumers of mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.” Such legislation has already passed the House. However, now, Senate Republicans and their allies in the financial industry are trying to block these efforts by weakening the legislation in every way they can. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has even urged bankers to stand up for themselves against “little punk staffers” on Capitol Hill and lobby against financial reform.

Advocates for reform now have a powerful ally on their side: the Pentagon. On Feb. 26, Undersecretary of Defense Clifford Stanley wrote to the Treasury Department and advocated a strong CFPA, noting that military families are often the targets of unscrupulous financial practices"

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The reporters with a Liberal behind their name always relish any "small" tidbit about the RNC. But these Liberal reporters always "forget " to report on any questions about the DNC. Hmmm?

Posted by: yokohlman | March 30, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The RNC was just pursuing the right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!" They were doing the same thing that the bankers and insurance executives were doing.

It makes do difference whether they are republican or democrat. They'll get theirs before we get ours. The differnce is that we pay for both. Theirs and ours.

Posted by: doughboy96 | March 30, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

"The health insurance companies’ chief lobbyist Karen Ignagni says that the industry will “accept new regulations to dispel uncertainty over a much-publicized guarantee that children with medical problems can get coverage starting this year.” Coverage for kids with pre-existing conditions under the bill just passed was originally challenged by the industry. "

sick children will be the first beneficiaries of the new law. 'conservatives' must be gnashing their teeth and weeping today -- the last thing they want to see is poor and middle class children getting some help.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

RACIST DEMOCRATS at work!

Posted by: theaz | March 30, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) insisted that Democrats were whistling past the political graveyard with their celebration following the passage of President Obama's health care legislation last week.

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With President Obama headed to Maine later this week to tout the health care plan, the White House, too, seems to be doubling-down on the idea that they can (and must) win the political debate over what the legislation means heading into the midterms.

Can you say "collision course"?"


Hmmmm.... If we put Cornyn, Boehner, McConnell, Steele, et al on one side of the debate & the President on the other; who is more likely to influence voters' opinions? We have the Dems polling higher than the Repubs on who voters trust to handle health care; we have Congress at dismal approval ratings, though the Repub party is more dismal than the Dems; and we have a President who's personal approval rating is still around 70% (while the job approval is around 50). The Repubs ought to view this 'collision course' as a game of chicken & be ready to get out of the way before they get flattened.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 30, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah, they have been trying to figure out a way to kick Steele to the curb for the longest. Someone charges their lusty escapade to the RNC and points the finger at Steele. Mishun Ackomplishd. How did this info even get out in the first place? DUH!!

Posted by: forgetthis | March 30, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

All day long.


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37 posts all day long.


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Gets health insurance from his parents.


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And posts on "The Fix" all day long.

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Posted by: Bondosan | March 30, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The Scott Brown phenomenon is a cloud over the Democrats and Obama's Gallup disapproval reached 50% today and this RNC nonsense is the best they can do?

If that's the worst thing they can drum up against the GOP, November is going to be fun.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 30, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse


THE OUTBURST LAST WEEK WAS DISGRACEFUL - IF OBAMA HAD ANY PERSONAL HONOR HE WOULD RESIGN - IT FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM AGAINST AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE IS CERTAINLY GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT.
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I didn't see Obama call anyone a racist. Suggest you provide proof or chill out.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: maggots | March 30, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is making good on her promise to be a major player in the 2010 midterms elections"

Clearly this calls for a review with the endorsement hierarchy. I'm leaning towards 'celebrity'.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 30, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

This is what guards the channels of corruption on both sides. Not just the illegal expenditure, but the idiocy, capturable now and utilizable later to gain leverage over the political actors, to assert the will of a privileged minority, (who are sometimes foreign interests), over the legitimate needs and preferences of the majority in a democratic society.

The humiliation game is revolting.

Why are none brave enough to speak of it.

Posted by: lwfl | March 30, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Steele will continue to milk Rs for money while living the *high* life. Meanwhile, the R party continues to degenerate morally. Is there a single R in Congress who isn't committing adultery, wearig diapers with prost*tutes, going to s*x clubs, or hanging around men's rooms?

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

IS the democratic party MATURE ENOUGH to handle having a black as President ???

Seriously folks.

This question has come up time and time again over the past two years - from the false charges of racism against Bill Clinton in South Carolina - to the false charges against Gerry Ferraro -

This is the democrats we are talking about.


IF the democrats are going to SCREAM "RACIST" EVERYTIME OBAMA GETS HIMSELF INTO POLTICAL TROUBLE - or over legitimate policy differences - THEN IT IS THE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO HAVE A BLACK AS PRESIDENT.


hhhmmmm


Think about it - is it actually the democratic party who is NOT READY FOR A BLACK PRESIDENT ???

THE OUTBURST LAST WEEK WAS DISGRACEFUL - IF OBAMA HAD ANY PERSONAL HONOR HE WOULD RESIGN - IT FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM AGAINST AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE IS CERTAINLY GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Taking the RNC to task for spending $2,000 at a club is ridiculous, particularly when the Post didn't even bother to mention that Nancy Pelosi spent $236,000 for food and booze for her Congressional junket to Copenhagen a few months ago.

Posted by: mike85 | March 30, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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God forbid that we should hold the GOP responsible for anything!! Whether it is a strip or 9/11, they are innocent!

As for Pelosi's trip, I don't remember anything about topless lesbians in horse bridles being aboard that flight to Copenhagen.

Posted by: maggots | March 30, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Taking the RNC to task for spending $2,000 at a club is ridiculous, particularly when the Post didn't even bother to mention that Nancy Pelosi spent $236,000 for food and booze for her Congressional junket to Copenhagen a few months ago.

Posted by: mike85 | March 30, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Steele has done a bang up job for the Democrats, and we hope he continues in his aggressive behavior of putting his foot in his mouth

Posted by: rosenfan1 | March 30, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The RNC and their followers are just exercising their right to "Persue Life, Liberity, and the Persuit of Happiness!" Just like the Bankers. Just like the presentday Politician. Makes no difference whether it's a Republican or Democrat. They'll get theirs before we'll get ours. They'l get by "HOOK or CROOK." Whatever it takes!!!!

Posted by: doughboy96 | March 30, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Liberty, Sean Hannity In Trouble: Freedom Concerts, Sean Hannity's scholarship charity for the children of fallen soldiers, has violated its charitable tax status, according to a Washington advocacy group.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges that Hannity's Freedom Concerts has "engaged in deceptive and illegal marketing practices by suggesting that all concert ticket sale revenue goes directly to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members." CREW and veterans group VoteVets have filed complaints with the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission about Freedom Concerts, Freedom Alliance, and Lt. Col. Oliver North.

The two groups hosted a joint press conference Monday to discuss their complaints. VoteVets Chair Jon Soltz questioned Freedom Concert's priorities. "It's appalling and absurd that... 80-90% of the money [raised] is going toward overhead, not scholarships," Soltz said.

"They've made statements that 100% of [all] funds go toward scholarships," said Melanie Sloan, the executive director of CREW. "This is the kind of deceptive marketing the FTC looks poorly upon."

Freedom Concerts events have been organized by Premier Marketing, according to conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel and CREW. Premier Marketing is operated by Duane Ward, the speaking engagement agent for both Sean Hannity and Oliver North, according to Schlussel.

According to CREW, Freedom Concerts donates some money to Freedom Alliance, an organization founded by North. He is now the group's honorary chairman.

A little more than a week ago, Schlussel called out Hannity's charity for what she described as a "huge scam":

...less than 20%-and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively-of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity's statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 30, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Republicans had total control of all branches of government for seven years and ran the country into a brick wall. They have absolutely no legitimacy to complain about anything. If they had any sense of decency they would resign and go home.

Posted by: wrw01011 | March 30, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

#2 I love how Cornyn makes the point of Americans not wanting single party government, even though just a few short years ago Karl Rove and fellow travelers were crowing about a 4o year GOPee reign of uni-party government. How'd that work out fellows? Is that why Cornyn doesn't believe in it anymore?

Maybe if the GOPee would participate in government then there would be hope rather than just stupid conflict with Dems and Republicans insulting each other. I think the pendulum is swinging and the party of sore winners and sore losers (the GOPee) is viewed by independents like me as not being the chosen people for November, by which time the country will have come a bit more to its senses, keeping the doer Dems in and the talkers out (the GOP) of the majority. I was fed up with Obama until he started to actually confront the naysaying GOP and began to really knock heads. Now I'm a fan again, and the stock market agrees.

Posted by: enough3 | March 30, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

StreetCorner, unfortunately, he might be correct. I asked "sliowa" for a source for the similar assertion he posted yesterday and he cited me to the 2009 CBO Report, and published the link, here. I have downloaded it and begun to read it. If it sheds more light on this I will report here and directly cite and link. That is not something I will likely get to today.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 30, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Senator Cornyn, one of many Senate blowhards, forgets that for six years with Bush we had one party government and we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, because of that, and that alone (along with other actions) had severe impact on our economy. With the Repubs, one party government is fine if it is them in control.

One party rule is never good but they are totally hypocritical about this. I am an Independent, myself.

Posted by: nana1ellen | March 30, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Mark

I wonder if the voters in Connecticut will ever realize they are mistaking the Blumenthals.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

OK Mark - the writer is still correct

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Kinda sucks to have the bumbling AA guy running the show. I guess both sides get that now.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 30, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama apears that he is going to continue his strategy of mischaracterizing the health care bill - while outwardly lying about his opponents.


If the democrats are going to scream "RACIST" everytime Obama gets himself into political trouble, what is the media going to do ???

Instead of running Colbert King's op-ed this weekend, the Washington Post should have called out this VULGAR TWISTING OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.

NO PRESIDENT, AND NO GOVERNING PARTY, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH THIS KIND OF TACTICS.

There has to be ACCOUNTABILITY in American Government - and last week's actions by the democratic party SHOULD BE ANOTHER COUNT IN THE IMPEACHMENT OF OBAMA.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Streetcorner, you may have confused Robert Samuelson of the WaPo with Paul Samuelson the Nobel Laureate.

Robert has a B.A. in history and no formal training in economics, whatsoever.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 30, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I agree with DDAWD that I think this latest problem for the RNC is more a symbol of how poorly Steele is running the place. The idea that he will still have his job come 2011 is laughable. His fundraising is lackluster at best (and this definitly won't help) and he hasn't been able to harness the resentment in his own party and focus it. This led to the emergence of the Tea Party movement which was started and supported by the RNC to begin with, and now they have lost control of it and there is a big risk that it will overtake the GOP this fall.

Mark is right as well that the election in November will be about one thing, unemployment and if it is going the right direction. As I have said before if we average about .2% drop in unemployment a month over the next 7 months than the Unemployment rate will be at 8.5% in august/september going into the election. If that happens than the Democrats will win. If it is still above 9% by September than it will most likely be a long November.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 30, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama continues to get everyone angry over the health care plan - and it's only going to get worse. The democrats have fallen victim to their own ACCOUNTING TRICKS.


Namely - the democrats have decided to tax now, and give the benefits later.

Well - now the democrats have to go through two elections with the taxes -

Even worse - the democrats appear to have put out some talking points which claimed some "immediate benefits" like coverage for children - which simply were not in the bill.

There is a massive disconnect between what the democrats SAY is in the bill, which apparently has been based on focus groups, and what is ACTUALLY IN THE BILL.


good luck with that.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Why anyone would pay that kind of money just to see some liberal congressmens girlfriends is beyond me. If you go to the local DNC office there is no charge. But try to keep the wives away, as a professional courteousy.

Posted by: Moonbat | March 30, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Robert Samuelson, who is a real economist - and knows what he is talking about - says Obama is "flirting with a future budget crisis"


It would have been nice if the media and the economists came out with these op-eds BEFORE the votes


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/28/AR2010032802353.html?hpid=opinionsbox1


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

It seems like the democrats had the same problem during the last election cycle - Howard Dean didn't get along with everyone - however it is important to point out that the following administration ended up looking more like Dean than those who were complaining.

Idealogoically speaking - even though Dean is out, and Rahm is in.


Both these parties are getting taken over by their extreme wings - against the conventional wisdom that the parties need to appeal towards the center to win and govern.


Your last paragraph in the first item said it too -- rather than having a "straight referendum" on Bush, the democrats first went through a bruising primary that everyone thought would damage the democrats for the fall election, which it really didn't.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 30, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

This happens to Democrats also....to think that this is the only party.....REMEBER THIS...

CLINTON --> BLUE DRESS ---> MONICA ---->OVAL OFFICE ---> CIGAR.

I'LL TAKE THE STRIP CLUB.

Posted by: analgesic33 | March 30, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

What does it mean . . . it means nothing, but this left wing rag will do its best to turn it into something.

Posted by: rplat | March 30, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

GOP-the party of family values. Ummm, what family are we talking about? The party of hypocrisy would be a better handle for the GOP.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | March 30, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh. Once more we get a glimpse of what the Republican "family values" crowd does in its spare time.

Posted by: StanKlein | March 30, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Seriously? The GOP has a "Young Guns" campaign? In this climate?

Posted by: Rivery | March 30, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

STRIP CLUB-GATE BARES ALL ABOUT SOUL-LESS GOP OPERATIVES


The strip club scandal reinforces the image of the typical Republican operative as a self-indulgent, egomaniacal frat boy who thinks it's okay to do whatever he can get away with -- until he's caught with his pants down.

Then it's blame-the-media time.

If the stereotype does not mirror reality, then why do accounts of such hijinx resonate?

BOO-YAH!


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A PASSOVER-HOLY WEEK MESSAGE TO POTUS: "Let My People Go!"

These are unjustly "targeted" people, American citizens, who have been enslaved under a silent electromagnetic yoke of a rogue bureaucracy that you have REFUSED to rein in -- and political leaders may be among the "targets."

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HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE/RF WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

===== POLITICAL LEADERS MAY BE AMONG TARGETS =====

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance and malicious telecommunications interference, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER -- "Centcom of a Mid-Atlantic States Fed- and Police-Protected American Gestapo."

WHEN WILL OBAMA GET A GRIP ON A ROGUE BUREAUCRACY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 30, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

It won't have any impact on the GOP. Americans have very short memories.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 30, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I would hope that the media inquire of Sarah Palin if she and her family have been subjected to death threats and hate-mongering?
I have a strong belief that the threats against her far outweigh anything that has ocurred in Washington to the Democrats!

Posted by: mwhoke | March 30, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Though Chris continues to espose this "propoganda" you continue to read it Dwight Collins. Is it not even more perplexing that his said propagandist is on record as saying he believes that Republicans will do quite well this fall and sites examples as to why?

Mr. Collins I suggest you either read this objectively, if you believe this news to be slanted. Or, in the more likely case, maybe you should read it more thoroughly and then maybe you will realize that Mr. Cillizza is hardly a political lackey.

Posted by: kevindoyle1986 | March 30, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Chris, are you okay? are you ill? you only cited one poll in your entire column. Surely there must be more meaningless polls out there that you can cite to support your assertions. Dwightcollins, CC is long time friend of Chip Saltzman who ran for the chairman of the RNC with the unforgettable cd "Barack the Magic Negro", so any "liberal leanings" you might read in his post are of your own imagination or actual facts that can't be spun.

Posted by: katem1 | March 30, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

It's still March... There's no end of crap that can & probably will fly between now and November. I don't know that Palin is so stable of a political figure that I'd want to hang my chances on her assistance.

Posted by: Nymous | March 30, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Mark, I think #1 is more symptomatic than problematic. Combine this with the leak of the blueprint for wooing donors and you might be seeing a breakdown in the vaunted Republican discipline. Can you imagine things like this happening during the Bush years? I don't remember this kind of insignificant stuff getting out there. usually the sins had to be monumental along the lines of Bob Ney or Mark Foley. Message discipline is the strongest Republican trait. If they get a breakdown in that, it will be a lot tougher for them to win the tough races.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 30, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

#1 strikes me as one of the non-issues that fester in the background as vague discontent. These usually cancel each out on Election Day because there are so many.

As to #5, we have seen swings by voter sentiment in compressed time spans. The level of optimism determines each election, all other things being equal.
What are the unemployment numbers in Spratt's CD? How are they trending? What visible projects has he created? These questions are obvious to ask in each CD race. Even incumbents who voted against the stimulus package tout the projects in their own CDs.

Did the Ds wait too long to make jobs their visible priority? If the Rs make HCR repeal their mantra while the Ds push through one little jobs bill after another the Rs will lose that perception battle. But the Rs should win the war if the unemployment rate does not drop and if the public lacks optimism.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 30, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

the propaganda that chris posts means nothing...
he will milk this while giving applause to a dem member of congress who does pages...
chris is a dem partison and as such write propaganda against Republicans...
he is so blatant in his propaganda, wapo should be ashamed...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 30, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

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