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GOP candidate for gov. has criminal record: Registered sex offender, manslaughter, rape attempt

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Who wouldn't vote for a GOP candidate for governor with a criminal record? After all, the "party of family values" has forgiven D.C. Madam client, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA),  for his sins, right? So why let a little attempted rape and voluntary manslaughter in a GOP candidate's past get in the way of stump speeches and fundraising fun? In fact, just such a guy recently spoke at the California state party's semi-annual convention.

So what if he spent years and years behind bars for his crimes? Meh. He's found the lord now, and in RepublicanLand, that's what really matters. All a party member has to do is mention the G word (no, not gun... God), and they expect forgiveness.

Meet Glenn Champ, 48, whose rap sheet reads like a pulp fiction novel. The Los Angeles Times has the story:

Champ's rap sheet is lengthy. Court records show that in 1992, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed firearm. In 1993, he was convicted of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and as a result was placed on the state's sex-offender registry.

In March 1998, he accepted a plea deal on a charge of loitering to solicit a prostitute; later that year, he pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge after hitting a man with his vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to court records... Champ said the assault case "was just for picking up some underage prostitutes" and resulted in a 90-day jail sentence.

But see, that's when Champ turned his life around, he says. "I found the Lord when I got arrested for picking up the prostitutes," he says.

"I was like most people, ignorant in the darkness, in the very dark. I had no peace, had no love, had no joy. And now I do. Praise God for that…. I've grown considerably since I met Christ," he says.

"There was a situation where the gentleman, he was a little bit drunk and was trying to get violent and I left the area as quick as I could and apparently he got in the way. I didn't see him or even know I hit him until about four hours later, till it came on the news," he says.

You know what else he says? This one'll slay you! (Or maybe Champ'll slay you, so keep your distance.) He says that the politicians in Sacramento are the "criminals" because they want to infringe on his gun rights.

No, I'm not kidding.

The California Criminal who was convicted of assault actually said that, and then this: "I know what the criminal mind thinks, and I know how it works and I know how to stop it, and that's something [other politicians] don't get."

What a Champ. Be proud, GOP, he's your guy.

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GOP consultant Frank Luntz "can't get his calls returned"

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GOP consultant, pollster, strategist, and attack dog Frank Luntz is "profoundly depressed." Now he knows how we feel after listening to his "re-framing" blather all these years. But I digress.

He's down and out because his side lost in 2012, and "there's nothing [he] can do about it." Thankfully.

Actually, he did make one good point, opining that, as The Atlantic put it, Americans "didn't listen to each other as they once had. They weren't interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against the other, black vs. white, men vs. women, young vs. old, rich vs. poor."

Hmm, now how did that happen?

Black vs. white: Did GOP voter suppression aid and abet?

Men vs. women: Did shutting down women's health service providers and forcing trans-vaginal ultrasounds aid and abet?

Rich vs. poor: Did attempts to kill Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security aid and abet? Did corporate "people" hoard their profits, fail to hire, and lie, cheat, and steal?

Did political shock jocks and Fox propagandists have anything to do with this sad state of affairs? Did the GOP priority to do in President Obama contribute just the teensiest bit to the bitter divides? Did all that GOP obstruction impede progress and communication? How about those raucous-bordering-on-violent health care reform town hall disruptions? And the anti-abortion extremists stalking and threatening clinics and their staffs culminating in the assassination of Dr. George Tiller? And Republicans either giving tacit approval of such activities via their silence or outright support while appearing on the so-called "liberal media"?

Any of that ring a bell, Frank? Any of that contribute to the "divide against each other" attitude you so ironically lament?

Granted, Luntz does acknowledge that he helped create this toxic atmosphere, and now *sniffle* he haz a sad, and yet...

... he blames Obama. Yesireebob, he said that.

See for yourself, via The Atlantic's "The Agony of Frank Luntz" (All together now, "Awww!"):

[H]e fell apart. Leaving his employees behind, he flew back to his mansion in Los Angeles, where he stayed for three weeks, barely going outside or talking to anyone.

"I just gave up," Luntz says. [...]

But it was Obama he principally blamed. The people in his focus groups, he perceived, had absorbed the president's message of class divisions, haves and have-nots, of redistribution. It was a message Luntz believed to be profoundly wrong, but one so powerful he had no slogans, no arguments with which to beat it back. In reelecting Obama, the people had spoken. And the people, he believed, were wrong.

Now he moans about just not being good enough to make a difference any more.

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He's *heavy sigh* ever so distraught about all those people yelling at each other, the ones he, you know, encouraged to yell at each other. And he manages to include a whole lot of Luntzisms (read: talking points) while expressing his grief. And he helped create a monster, then emerged from his lucrative bubble long enough to notice the damaging consequences, and, ta-daa! blamed the president. Got it. Perfect. True to form.

The fruits of all his messaging efforts? Well, nowadays, he's contract free:

He still advises his friends here and there, but he no longer has any ongoing political contracts. (Corporations and television networks, not politicians, are his main sources of income.) [...]

Luntz would also like to break into Hollywood as a consultant, but he can't get his calls returned. He can't figure it out. He thinks it must be a partisan thing. In every other industry, he says, 90 percent of his presentations result in a contract. But in entertainment, he pitches and pitches and pitches (he wouldn't tell me which studios or shows) and things seem to go well, but then there's some excuse. Not this time. Not the right project.

Get a clue, Frank. Not the right fit. Not the right talent. Not the right appeal. Not the right person. Not even close. Not this time, not any time.

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VIDEO: Bobby Jindal and disrespect for transgender people all in one Sunday. Somebody talk me down.

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It's time for Blood Pressure Crisis Sunday! Today's blood pressure crisis was brought on by a Meet the Press (surprise!) segment with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and a subsequent and unrelated MSNBC interview with a member of the military.

Frankly, I can't bring myself to re-watch the Jindal interview, so I'll post it without the usual transcript excerpts. If you can make it through the entire thing, you'll see why I was so exasperated:

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In short, Jindal did nothing but lie and exhibit his usual hypocrisy. He was asked a direct question about the state of the Republican party, but he refused to respond, instead going off on his usual "privatize and de-unionize" education speechifying, couching his argument in gauzier terms that the non-political junkie might misinterpret in his favor. His idea of the American Dream is a countrywide enforcement of the bigotry and corporate goals of the GOP-- or as he called it "the stupid party."

He also blamed President Obama for wanting to shut down the government. Seriously.

And said we have a deficit problem. Seriously.

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And in a Politico op-ed today, Jindal blamed racial inequality on minorities being too proud of their heritages

Did I mention that phony, self-serving, privatization-happy, voucher-school-loving creationist Bobby Jindal now most unpopular GOP governor in U.S.? Great choice of spokesperson, GOP. Way to go.

Following Meet the Press was Weekends with Alex Witt sans Alex Witt (I can't find the video). The host interviewed a member of the military (apologies for not catching his name, rank, and serial number, but I was listening from another room and popped in only long enough to scream at the Tee Vee Machine). They were discussing Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) who was just sentenced to 35 years in prison and announced his intention to transition from male to female.

Putting aside the arguments over whether the military prison in Fort Leavenworth should accommodate her for now, I was struck by the blatant insensitivity and apparent bigotry of the guest. His attitude screamed, "Manning casually decided to be a girl on a whim, tough luck freak, now enjoy your time in the slammer."

No, "sir," actually Manning has long struggled with gender identity, identifies as female, and has "felt that way since childhood."

How about respecting that instead of belittling and willfully making false assumptions, "sir"? Even if he broke the law, he's still a human being. How about educating yourself instead of perpetuating ignorance and misinformation, "sir"?

The increasingly deteriorating discourse and dearth of challenges to what passes for informed commentary fed to viewing and listening audiences are not only infuriating, they're scary... and they are harmful to democracy.

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VIDEO-- PA Gov. Tom "You Just Have to Close Your Eyes” Corbett: Most unemployed people are on drugs

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Why, it seems like only yesterday that I posted PA Gov. Tom Corbett trailed all challengers by 9-plus points.

Oh wait. It was yesterday.

And now it's today, and Tom “You Just Have to Close Your Eyes” Corbett is right back in the news, apparently making a perverse effort to widen those poll numbers even more.

When it came to his state's unemployment numbers, Gov. Blamey McLowPolls pointed the finger at all those icky jobless Takers being on drugs:

"The other area is, there are many employers that say we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them. And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that."

Via Think Progress, where they note that out of all the people they drug tested in 19 Pennsylvania counties, only two people have failed:

During an appearance on a local radio show this week, Corbett sought to explain away Pennsylvania’s less than stellar performance, arguing that the state gained 111,000 private sector jobs since he took office and is “doing better than other states.” 

At least he didn't blame Obama. How novel.

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Poll-itics: PA Gov. Tom “You Just Have to Close Your Eyes” Corbett trails all challengers

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Need some good news? So do I. How's this for starters: There's some hopeful news about Pennsylvania's Republican Governor Tom “You Just Have to Close Your Eyes” Corbett. The Willard M. Romney endorser, fracking fan, and pro-election-rigging schemer is losing in the latest Quinnipiac poll.

Via Taegan, we see that all three leading Democrats who might challenge Corbett in 2014 are beating him by at least 9 percentage points:

Joe Sestak (D) tops Corbett 48% to 34%, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) is ahead 47% to 34%, while Rob McCord (D) is up% to 35%.

Key findings: With a 2-1 thumbs down from women, voters say 50% to 32% that Corbett does not deserve reelection. His approval rate is 38% to 47%.

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VIDEO: Rick Perry is "indeed" "open to the notion" of running for president in 2016. Name 3 reasons why, Rick.

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Some things wear well, others wear out. Rick Perry falls into Category 2. He doesn't wear well, and between making us point and laugh and cringe, he wore us out when he ran in 2012.

But that won't stop him from trying again. Get out the popcorn. As you can see from the video, he was on on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer.

Perry:

"Our legislature will be leaving in approximately 55 days. ... At that particular point in time, I'll sit down with friends and family and make a decision about 2016."

Blitzer:

"So you're obviously open to that notion?"

Perry:

"Indeed."

It's a good thing Ricky P wasn't asked to name three reasons why he wants to run.

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VIDEO: Alaska Republicans think the idea of civil unions for gay couples is funny, burst out laughing

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The Republican-led House Majority Caucus in Alaska thinks civil rights are a real knee-slapper, especially for those icky gay people who have-- ew!-- sex and stuff. Because that's what this is all about: gay sex. Not lasting relationships, not commitment, certainly not equal rights, but-- ew!-- sex.

Towleroad has the appalling video:

Alaska's Republican-led House Majority Caucus really gave had themselves a good laugh on Friday, when Mark Miller from the Juneau Empire asked if their upcoming initiatives include civil unions or domestic partnerships to same-sex couples.

Miller:

I’m looking at a recent Public Policy Polling survey of Alaska that found that only 30 percent of respondents believe there should be no legal recognition of gay couples’ relationships in Alaska. I was just curious, would the caucus support the idea of having domestic partnerships or civil unions open to same-sex couples?

(giggles, laughter)

House Leader Lance Pruitt:

"...We focused on the things that really allow people to have a great life... We didn’t have a discussion here about what happens inside your home. We had a discussion here about whether you can make money, whether there's a great economy, and whether or not you’re going to have the opportunity to live in Alaska with a great future. Now, your discussion on that, we didn’t talk about that. I'll be straight, we didn't talk about that particular issue... It wasn't something that came up in our discussion.

Ohhh, I see, they want to "allow people to have a great life"... unless they're gay.

In case you didn't catch the eleventy times Pruitt mentioned it, civil unions JUST DIDN'T COME UP.

And as he suggested (subliminally), he'll "be straight," see, because, in case you may have thought otherwise, HE'S NOT GAY.

Are Republicans trying to become obsolete, or are they truly so dense that they cannot recognize what's happening to their own party? The GOP can’t stop losing, and a big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War is infecting the Republican Party.

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