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What To Watch For: Unity in VA, Obama Meets with Geithner/Clinton and Vint Cerf!


By Chris Cillizza  |  June 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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"It's interesting to note that during democratic presidencies, all the terrified crazy rightwingers -- abortion nutsos, anti-semites, racists and homophobes -- crawl out of their caves with the arsenals that our loose gun laws allow them to purchase, and wreak havoc with the citizenry -- egged on by the equally deranged rightwing radio hosts.

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are laughing their as*es off right now.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 2:46 PM"
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Agreed, d.

It is also interesting that few, if any, hate broadcasters covered the Von Brunn story. Fox News (Hannity, O'Reilly) and Morning Joe steered clear of it completely as if it never happened.

Why? What the country is waking up to is that Von Brunn's world and the hate broadcasting world of Hannity, Morning Joe, Rush, et al. are the SAME world. Unless people start talking about TV and radio license challenges and/or sponsor boycotts it's going to get worse.

The Von Brunn story shed light on something: When Gingrich withdrew his slur that Sonia was a "racist," and said she was actually a "racialist," the MSM foolishly applauded, saying Gingrich was "walking back" from his original slur. Not so.

The reporting on Von Brunn indicates "racialist" a very specific defined term in the white supremacist movement, a MAJOR dog whistle. So Newt's use of "racialist" was a big (and dangerous, sic' em) shoutout in code to the bigots to do...whatever.

And how different from Von Brunn's insane ramblings is Pat Buchanan's now-famous anti-black screed "A Brief for Whitey." (This is the hardcore stuff he never talks when on MSNBC and the other corporate media shows.)

Excerpt from "A Brief for Whitey":

"...no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.

Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants."

http://www.creators.com/opinion/pat-buchanan/a-brief-for-whitey.html

As we said, Von Brunn and these "conservative commentators" inhabit in the same world.


Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 11, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Vint Cerf.

Maybe it's only that I like knowing the scientists and engineers around Obama, but I love seeing such capable people having contact with the executive branch.


Posted by: Kili | June 11, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

the troll is anasty, snarky person" with a "twisted, bitter little heart."

ignore it.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually I think Karl and his doppelganger rush both resemble nothing more than shiny pink butts -- or pre-term embyros - which perhaps accounts for their unnatural attachment to them.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Aside from the general level of disgust that Americans have for congressmen, there's the question of whether there is anything that Congress does well. What about Social Security and Medicare? Congress has allowed Social Security and Medicare to accumulate an unfunded liability of $101 trillion. That means in order to pay promised elderly entitlement benefits, Congress would have to put trillions in the bank today earning interest. Congressional efforts to create "affordable housing" have created today's financial calamity. Congress props up failed enterprises such as Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service with huge cash subsidies"


Not this has anything to do with how well the US government performs these services. If these are the examples, then I say let's just socialize the whole damn country. If nothing else, the USPS does an INCREDIBLE job.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 10, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Maureen Dowd is a "nasty, snarky person" with a "twisted, bitter little heart."


and one of the leading intellects of liberal thought.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Maureen Dowd is a "nasty, snarky person" with a "twisted, bitter little heart."


and one of the leading intellects of liberal thought.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

In evidence of just how impenetrable the Bush Bubble really was, Karl Rove has just learned that Maureen Dowd is a "nasty, snarky person" with a "twisted, bitter little heart."

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 10, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Seen a picture of Rove lately? His face looks like a sock full of wet sand.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 10, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Poor Karl Rove. A crush on Maureen Dowd and she wouldn't look twice at the twisted, bitter little toad.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Former White House adviser Karl Rove lashed out at New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Fox News Channel Wednesday, saying Dowd was a "nasty, snarky person" with a "twisted, bitter little heart."


"I think Maureen Dowd is a bitter, twisted, deranged columnist for the New York Times who misses no opportunity to show her disdain for the conservative side of the aisle," Rove said on Fox News Channel.


"I actually went to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times and wasted a couple bucks on some flowers to give Maureen Dowd…give her a smile on her face. And that didn't even work," he recalled. "This is a dour, downbeat liberal."

Name one that isn't. Except alan colmes of course and Geraldo.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

WELL, DIDN'T I TELL YOU?


"Holocaust museum shooter reportedly white supremacist who posted on Free Republic.

This afternoon, a gunman apparently shot at least one person at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. MSNBC is reporting that the suspected shooter, who also sustained gunshot wounds, is James Von Brunn, a white supremacist born in 1920. Brunn has been approvingly cited on Stormfront, a national white supremacist website.

He is apparently the author of a tract called, “Kill the Best Gentiles,” which his website describes as “a new, hard-hitting exposé of the JEW CONSPIRACY to destroy the White gene-pool.” Brunn, a WWII veteran, also posted to popular right-wing blog Free Republic, demanding to see proof of President Obama’s citizenship:"

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Riffing on Palin’s trip to New York last weekend, Letterman joked Monday night that during the seventh inning of the Yankees game “her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”


Letterman followed up on the line Tuesday night, joking that “the toughest part of her visit was keeping [former New York Gov.] Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter.”

Lib humor. If it wasn't told by a Lib even they wouldn't laugh.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to note that during democratic presidencies, all the terrified crazy rightwingers -- abortion nutsos, anti-semites, racists and homophobes -- crawl out of their caves with the arsenals that our loose gun laws allow them to purchase, and wreak havoc with the citizenry -- egged on by the equally deranged rightwing radio hosts.

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are laughing their as*es off right now.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Forbes magazine's new list of the 100 richest and most influential celebrities in America includes Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, and only one TV news personality -- Fox News' Glenn Beck.

It's a wild show -- complete with dead fish, parodies of Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" documentary and other stunts, like one in which Beck pretended to pour gasoline on a guest to illustrate the onslaught of government growth.

Oddly enough, all these wild antics are paying off. Beck's audience, which tends to be younger than most cable news audiences, has exploded. The show airs in the ratings desert known as the late afternoon, yet it now has a bigger audience than every prime time show on all the other cable networks.

How does he do it?

Easy, he's not a Lib.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON -- The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming -- the very problem wind power seeks to address.

D'Oh! Al Gore call your office. Lib truth or consequences acting up again. First we find out there is no warming, now there is no wind.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

A gunman exchanged fire with security guards inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday.

U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said the gunman walked into the museum with what he described as a "long gun." The gunman and a security guard were shot. Both were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately known.

the obambi effect taking over. OK to pick on Israelis and the like again. Just lay off muslims, they are extremely peaceful and productive.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll, most people don’t know who speaks for the Republican Party. A 52% majority of those surveyed couldn’t come up with a name when asked to specify “the main person” who speaks for Republicans today. The top response was radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (13%).

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"While guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s radio show last week, RNC Chairman Michael Steele backtracked on his call for conservatives to tone down their harsh rhetoric towards Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. “God help you if you’re a white male coming before her bench,” declared Steele.

On CNN last night, Campbell Brown confronted Steele with the quote, which was first reported by ThinkProgress. “Well, that’s not inflammatory,” replied Steele."

What a hapless clown. And I do wonder why he is so terribly concerned about white males...

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

A car bomb blew up Wednesday in a packed outdoor food market in one of the most peaceful areas of Iraq's Shiite south, killing about 30 people and wounding dozens more.


the Obambi effect. More to come.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

ook at this treacherous slimebag. ..


"Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) now appears to have taken a bold step in the debate over the budget deficit: Openly telling a foreign government not to trust the administration in Washington.

The Straits Times reports that Kirk spoke to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, and discussed a meeting he had with Chinese leaders. Here's the video:

"One of the messages I had," said Kirk, "is that the budget numbers that the US government had put forward should not be believed. The Congress is actually gonna spend quite a bit more than what's in the budget, and the health-care bill probably being the lead driver of additional spending by the Congress."

A request for comment to Kirk's office has not yet been returned."

They actually do want the government to fail. They want to kill healthcare for the rest of us so badly they are willing to take the whole country down. When do we start callng this what it is -- TREASON?

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I love it when loonies try to psychoanalyze others based on their own failed lives.

They must have practiced their lines in the mirror. no wonder they love obimbo so much. He is the victim of being unwanted his whole life and now desperately needs to be liked, even if it means sacrificing the nation to do it.

Security, economy, energy, education, health care, morality -all down the drain in the new Lib world order.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

but we like making fun of zouk's angry juvenality, chrisfo -can't we do that?

Posted by: drindl

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Gotta remind you again: a troll thrives on manure just as much as on Miracle-Gro. Give the troll negative attention e.g. making fun of him and he's just as happy as he is when fellow goopers chime in with support. Attention is attention and it's what they troll for. Deny them attention and they will go away. Wouldn't you prefer that?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 10, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

but we like making fun of zouk's angry juvenality, chrisfo -can't we do that?

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The Cash for Clunkers bill clears the House ... with substantial GOP support. Yet there are those who continue to jerk the oppositional knee. Among them

"Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called it "a clunker of a bill."

"It's defying the laws of economics and saying we can manufacture enough demand to keep the auto industry afloat," he said."

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heh heh heh "the laws of economics." Gotta wonder if these guys chant mantras and conduct seances, or sacrifice barn animals under a full moon when they say crap like that

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 10, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The Minnesota article is pretty funny. Carrie Ruud seems to have noticed that the GOP is losing among women and minorities (who needs the other 70% of America? We don't!) and offers her own candidacy (she's a she) as an antidote.

And -- (*chuckle*) -- the libertarian contingent still incensed over Ron Paul not being taken seriously is flexing their atrophied muscle. Oh this should be good. The turbo-charged irrelevance of the GOP striving to go even further into the wilderness.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 10, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1: please join the rest of is in ignoring zouk and his infantile name-play

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 10, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"Only a poor confused Lib would actually believe that Snobama shouldn't be laughed out of the room for proposing pay-go after his splurge. He spent more in his first three months than the entire nation ever spent in over 200 years."


What a sad excuse. "Waaahhhh... he already spent money, we won't let him balance the budget now. Waaahhhh..."

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 10, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Only a poor confused Lib would actually believe that Snobama shouldn't be laughed out of the room for proposing pay-go after his splurge. He spent more in his first three months than the entire nation ever spent in over 200 years. Yeah, that's Lib pay as you go. New math.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the President continues to outmaneuver the GOP. Yesterday's move, to almost no fanfare: proposing pay-go for congress. Meanwhile banks are paying back TARP funds to the tune of $68 billion - on which they've already paid interest of $4.5 billion. Not a bad week, and its only midday on Wednesday.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 10, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

thank you for that photo, bsimon. funny... and this too, sums up the whole party..

Minnesota GOP faces leadership question: Should it head to the right, further right, or even further right?

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

drindl, I find it very hard to believe that anyone would pay zouk for much of anything.

Amusing new Gallup poll. First of all, 1/3 of Republicans are unhappy with their own party.

The next question concerned the main person who speaks for the GOP:

"A 52% majority of those surveyed couldn't come up with a name when asked to specify "the main person" who speaks for Republicans today. Of those who could, the top response was radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (13%), followed in order by former vice president Dick Cheney, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Former president George W. Bush ranked fifth, at 3%. "

Pretty funny.

Posted by: nodebris | June 10, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

MN Post has a story on the direction of the MN GOP, which is a local variant on the national party's similar quest to define itself.

The accompanying image alone is worth the click:

http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2009/06/10/9418/minnesota_gop_faces_leadership_question_should_it_head_to_the_right_further_right_or_even_further_right

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 10, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

This morning, USA Today reported that two days before he voted against the economic stimulus package Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) requested over $180 million in stimulus money from the EPA and the Department of Agriculture. Bennett, attempting to explain this apparent contradiction, told USA Today that “as long as it passed and they’re handing out money, they might as well hand it out where it will do some good.” But in a statement he released after voting against the bill, Bennett claimed the recovery legislation could do no good. “The only thing this bill will stimulate is the national debt,” said Bennett:

USA Today also found that 13 other Republicans who had voted against the stimulus had also requested stimulus funding for their states or districts.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"KRAUTHAMMER: What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality."

Even the Kraut recognizes that rightwingers live in an alternate reality. Or shall we call it what it really is -- an alternative UNREALITY?

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

That the GOP is a flopping, floundering dying lox is evident by the intellectual vacuity of their 'message' as evidenced by republican trolls being the stupidest creatures on this planet.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

drivl's warped view of reality includes paid lobbysits blogging all day to advance their cause.

Just out of curiosity moonbat, how much have you ever been paid for your wisdom?

chirp, chirp.

I pretty much figured that you were completely unemployable based on your usage and witless postings. but keep up the hope, hope hope. Maybe the world will change and idiocy will be valuable some day.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

They'll try to win by appealing to the nastiest and stupidest voters

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I doubt you or your ilk will ever vote for them. why bother with the Lib base.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What is interesting about the VA race is that the least liberal candidate won. the ultra-lib Moron and the carpetbagging Obama wanna be were rejected. this does not bode well for the Libs. VA went blue in a pitiful reaction last election. Now the morning after and the walk of shame are setting in and the Repubs are headed back to power. Even commie alexandria elected two repubs to city council. that is like Rush limbaugh winning an election in china. All the empty promises of Obama are shriveling in the light of day.

But one good thing, drivl has had its job as a professional loon "saved" by Obama more than four times this week already. Please add this to the reported numbers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is adrift. They'll try to win by appealing to the nastiest and stupidest voters, the ones who vote based on who they hate the most. Sorry, but Nancy Pelosi isn't running for Governor so that's not going to help.

It'll take till 21016 if not 2024 before the Republicans figure out that the way back to power means appealing to more than 19% of the electorate. By then it'll be down to 10% as the teabaggers die off and the younger generations don't see any appeal in the anti- anti- anti- positions of the GOP

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 10, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Any comments from king of puke on the VA governor's race? The GOOPers are putting a lot of their eggs in the VA governor's basket, and the result of the Dem primary is the worst possible for them.

McDonnell barely beat Deeds in the AG race a few years back, Virginia has been trending blue since then, and Deeds offers a perfect Virginia balance of positions on key issues.

Rightwingnuts lose again!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 10, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Putting the Democratic culture of corruption front and center is not a headache Pelosi needs -- especially as a new Rasmussen poll shows her party now losing to Republicans on the core issue of governmental integrity. The Rasmussen Report reveals:

"Republicans also now hold a six-point lead on the issue of government ethics and corruption, the second most important issue to all voters and the top issue among unaffiliated voters. That shows a large shift from May, when Democrats held an 11-point lead on the issue."

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Social Security and Medicare are the programs that have saved millions of seniors from falling into poverty and becoming sick and homeless.

All of these lies about Social Security are a pathetic attempt by the banking industry to take over and STEAL YOUR RETIREMENT.

AND KING OF ZOUK IS A PAID LOBBYIST FOR THEM.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the general level of disgust that Americans have for congressmen, there's the question of whether there is anything that Congress does well. What about Social Security and Medicare? Congress has allowed Social Security and Medicare to accumulate an unfunded liability of $101 trillion. That means in order to pay promised elderly entitlement benefits, Congress would have to put trillions in the bank today earning interest. Congressional efforts to create "affordable housing" have created today's financial calamity. Congress props up failed enterprises such as Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service with huge cash subsidies, and subsidies in the forms of special tax treatment and monopoly rights. I can't think of anything that Congress does well yet we Americans call for them to take greater control over important areas of our lives.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 10, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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