Here’s what happens when a state gets targeted by conservatives who make policy … And these are just headlines from the past day or two!
Here’s what happens when a state gets targeted by conservatives who make policy … And these are just headlines from the past day or two!
We’ve written countless posts about voter suppression. You can find them here, and this one will be at the very top of that list:
So much for the GOP effort to attract more people to their party. What was that about rebranding again?
The idea of a presidential commission to fix voting problems in this country: You know, as of this week we now know that this idea, which I thought was one of those things you say in the State of the Union that just poof! and goes away forever, turns out it has not been relegated to the remainder bin of big presidential speech making ideas. It is not a low orbit Orient Express a la Ronald Reagan.
It’s actually happening. Yesterday afternoon President Obama signed an executive order to actually form that commission, AND the Republican co-chair he said he was going to appoint to the commission, Mitt Romney’s campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg, he is in fact going along with it. The order asks Mr Ginsberg and his Democratic counterpart Bob Bauer to come up with a variety of ways to shorten voting lines and to generally make elections more efficient.It also directs the commission to submit a report to the president within six months.
So that is what is happening at the executive level: An order from the president look for solutions to our country’s miserable voting problems.
Meanwhile in the states, Republicans are still doing everything they can to make the problems worse.
So far this year, Republican lawmakers in 30 states have proposed 55 different new voting restrictions to make voting harder than it already is. 55. This year. Since the election.
Folks at project vote are calling it an onslaught.
“… to help harvest our food.” How’s that reachy-outy thing workin’ for ya, GOP?
Here’s a short excerpt from The Rachel Maddow Show. The entire segment is at the end of the post:
This [GOP problem with Latino voters] is the their absolute focus a as party. Today we also learned that one of the things we should expect from Republicans toward this aim is that they are working on new TV ads, new TV ads starring the chairman of the Republican Party that are aimed at rebranding the Republican Party for Latino voters.
The basic idea has to be what? “Sorry about that whole racial slur thing from Don Young”? “Never mind that. We love you. Bienvenido! Thank you for picking our food!”
“Thank you for picking our food”? What?
Yes. According to Media Matters reporting today, the Republican ad man who’s making the ad, at a a New York politics conference yesterday, said that the ad will feature RNC Chairman Reince Priebus “reaching out to those Latin Americans who have come to the United States to help us build our country, to help harvest our food.”
“Thanks for picking our food, Latinos. Love, the Republican Party.”
This is the thing the Republican Party is supposedly working on hardest. And this is how it is going so far.
Here is the entire segment, and please note the part about the Seinfeld reference. It’s cringeworthy:
Another day, another eleventy-two examples of how Republicans have no intention of reinventing themselves. Earlier I posted how the “stupid party,” er, Republicans blasted GOP Rep. Young for his “wetbacks” comment.
No sooner was that story out than another one popped up about Gov. Pat McCrory (R) suddenly closing North Carolina’s Office of Hispanic/Latino affairs.
Republicans are in the governor’s house, so that means cutting back on early voting, diminishing minority voting rights in the state, and also cutting off the Latino community.
Via the Charlotte Observer:
North Carolina’s Latino advocates are voicing alarm following the governor’s decision to eliminate the state’s office for Latino affairs.
The closing of the Office of Hispanic/Latino affairs was sudden and caught many by surprise. [...]
Advocates say it sends a message that McCrory and Raleigh conservatives are less concerned with the needs of the Latino community.
Advocates are 100% correct.
The office was where Latino leaders went to get the governor’s feedback on policy decisions affecting the community. It was a resource for victims needing shelter and bilingual assistance during hurricanes and other natural disasters. It also held community forums and collected demographic statistics on the state’s fastest-growing ethnic community, which now exceeds 800,000 residents.
This wasn’t the first time McCrory made it clear that he was no friend to Latinos. He was a supporter of and signed off on “pink licenses” for young immigrants who were part of the federal plan that protected them from deportation. The licenses were adorned with a prominent pink stripe that singled undocumented immigrants out. They were so humiliating and so obviously discriminatory that they were scrapped.
Jess George, executive director of Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, got it right when she said, “The message from Raleigh is that Latinos in North Carolina don’t matter.”
So much for that new and improved Republican party and their big outreach push. Timing is everything.
It’s time for another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own! Weee!
It’s been getting mighty personal between the former Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele, and the current one, Reince Priebus. Here is Steele calling Priebus “numbnuts” in an interview with radio host Andrea Tantaros (audio at the link):
“I was laughing at some of these numbnuts after the election talking about, ‘Oh, well we need to do a 50-state strategy.’ Dude, where were you for 2009 and 2010? That’s exactly what we did.”
“The bottom line: Reince Priebus was my right hand. I mean, what annoys the heck out of me is that for two years Reince Priebus was in every room I was in, a part of every major decision I made for how much money we would spend, what we would spend that money on, what the priorities of the RNC would be.
“And for him to stand up there and pretend as if he wasn’t in the room, that he had no say in the decision-making process, and that the so-called debt that he inherited was the one that, A, as a member of the RNC, he voted for, No. 1. No. 2, he recommended to me to go into debt. And for him to then sit there and act like he had nothing to do with it and that somehow he inherited this mess that he helped create, to me is just pure B.S.”
“And I kept my mouth shut for two years because, hey, I’m a party guy. But you know what, at the end of the day, you say to yourself, they’re dumping on you, they’re crapping on your legacy, they’re giving you crap for stuff that they didn’t want to do in the first place… coalitions, expanding media, social media networks.”
“You spend $10 million dollars to find out that we have a problem? Hello? You know? Don’t get me started.”
Oh come on, Michael, don’t hold back.
And that concludes today’s episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.
The Republican party must be dead if the party itself called their post-election self-examination an autopsy. They keep insisting that they’re reinventing themselves, but I’ve posted a zillion (yes, a zillion) stories that contradict that claim:
I’ll stop there.
The GOP is a mess and they admit it, but they aren’t exactly helping themselves.
“Some people make a splash and some people belly flop. She belly flopped. And you don’t get a second chance at the diving board.” [...]
Now the prospect of a House Ethics Committee investigation into Bachmann’s presidential campaign adds an additional indignity to the self-inflicted disasters of her political career… [T]he people who know Bachmann best respect her the least.
She sure hasn’t evolved.
He seems to have fallen entirely off the radar of early state Republicans. Democrats bring up his name with more zeal than do people in his own party. And his footprint at the Conservative Political Action Conference was so faint that his being an afterthought was itself an afterthought.
What the heck has happened to Paul Ryan?
He DEvolved. Then again, so many conservatives have.
The far right howled when the autopsy was released. No shock there. Did you really think people who deny evolution are going to adapt? The report shines a light on what so many Republican politicians refuse to see: a bridge to the past is a bridge to nowhere. [...]
To be a conservative today is to fear tomorrow. But most Americans don’t want to go back to 1955. There was no Medicare—and one in four seniors were impoverished. There was no integration in the South—and Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. Rosa Parks was arrested for sitting in the front of a bus. There were no oral contraceptives, much less abortion rights. The Supreme Court was 100 percent male, 100 percent white. The Senate was 100 percent white and 99 percent male.
The more I read, the more I hear on the radio, the more I see on TV, the more it seems like that’s exactly the way all too many conservatives want it. How sad is that? It’s not good for the party, and certainly not good for the country, but they persist in their Jurassic ways regardless.
Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:
THE GOP AUTOPSY
Normally you don’t expect to see the words “Republicans” and “introspection” right next to each other. Like supermodel and barbecue. Physicist and polka. Gazelle and ophthalmology. You catch my drift.
But that’s exactly what happened last week, when the Republican Party released a 100- page report detailing why their last presidential campaign skidded into the emergency room Dead on Arrival.
The findings were compiled through analysis, interviews and feedback from campaign managers, focus groups, and most likely augmented by clandestine hanging out at bars during happy hour in the proximity of graveyards and funeral parlors. Some paint it as a comprehensive post-election review. Others argue it’s incomprehensible. The media calls it an autopsy. A self- addressed post-mortem love letter in the spirit of Poe.
Hogwash and flummery could also be thrown into the descriptive mix as the dispatch’s theme finds nothing wrong with the party message; the problem is all in the delivery. No need to demonstrate more compassion, the trick is to seem more compassionate. Got to learn how to win Ohio without ticking off Arkansas. In other words, all they need to do is to bleach the leopard’s spots.
The study was commissioned by members of the party’s hierarchy and given the official title- Growth and Opportunity Project. A GOP for the GOP. Although Grossly Obvious Poppycock fits as well. Claiming party purity trumps electoral victory, there is already heavy pushback from the right. “What good is it to win earthly spoils when you lose your immortal soul and your breath still smells like embalming fluid?”
What this really calls for is an independent perspective. You want an autopsy, we’ll give you an autopsy.
“Summary Report of Autopsy concerning the corpse of the 2012 Republican campaign. External Examination. Close inspection of the body, an old white billionaire, reveals a serrated knife approximately 9 inches long with the initials, Grover Norquist, engraved on the handle, protruding from under the right side between the 4th & 5th ribs.
Gunshot residue found covering the right hand in excess of ½ inch depth, which considering the holes in the right temple exhibiting upward trajectories, is consistent with what can only be described as a series of self- inflicted gunshot wounds. DNA tests reveal skin samples found under the broken nails of both hands are indicative of numerous encounters between the victim and an unknown woman or perhaps group of women.
The nose is missing which corresponds to the victim’s recent recurring publicized bout of TeaPartyitis, a disease which causes the sufferer to cut off his nose to spite his face. In the rectum, what appears to be a wooden stick 6 inches long and ¾ inch in diameter, has been lodged for quite some time causing a critical backup of feces.
Pending toxicology results from the lab, internal examination reveals organs in a state consistent with the victim’s age, with two conspicuous anomalies. A steady diet of bunk and bamboozle has dulled the senses creating a milky film that covers the retinas. Most exceptional was the astonishing discovery of the total absence of a heart.
It is the opinion of this office the cause of death was this myocardial void along with the aforementioned complications from various acute traumas. In other words, the victim was probably dead for a long time, just didn’t know it.”
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