Archive for Sen. Rob Portman

So which is it, GOP? Open contempt for marriage equality or "outreach"? "Inquiring upchuckers want to know."

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Please welcome back guest blogger and all-around cool person, K.C. Boyd:

Rob Portman’s stunning same sex marriage reversal alongside his equally stunned colleagues’ reactions spurred me to begin what I hope to make a semi-regular post dubbed The Daily Vomit.  Often, the seemingly small abuses of judgment and character seem insignificant but – taken as a whole – they accurately depict the state of today’s religiously infirm and all too frequently politically involved.

To begin, when Rob Portman came out with his newly birthed stance on same sex marriage, the Christian Fundy waters began to roil. Admirable as the loving acceptance of his own son is, I question both his religious and political sincerity. When, a couple of years ago, Senator Portman learned that his son was gay, it took Expedient Rob two more years to find a biblical way to flip his flop. Instead of wrestling with God and Pastor, could it have been Rob that you chose to keep this late in life change of heart under your political vest until the 2012 elections and your Romney love had passed? Inquiring upchuckers want to know. Call this a mini-puke...

A mini-puke that catapulted me the very next day to a putrid shade of green. That would be thanks to the not-so-eminent John Boehner’s answer to his usual colleague in crime’s newfound dance with liberalism. Ever held back by a rigid adherence to his inerrant Good Book, the tan man professed to the world and his God that, come Hell or high water, he would oppose same sex marriage even if he were ever to learn his own son was gay.

Next in this stream comes from the hardly holy J. Kenneth Blackwell. That would be the Kenny B. who presided over the highly questionable Bush win in 2004. The man who, in 2004, served as Secretary of State and thus, Ohio’s chief election officer, while at the same time doubling as co-chairman of Ohio’s Bush-Cheney Re-Election Campaign. He was once was a Liberal, before he became a Moderate turned Republican. When he ultimately saw the light of Jesus, he threw in full tilt with the Right Wing Crazies. Just what did the very dishonorable Mr. Blackwell have to say about his dear friend Rob’s biblical subversion?

“I don’t think the (Portman) family’s decision is going to impact, let’s say, in Ohio, public opinion which is strongly in support of traditional and natural marriage.” (UPCHUCK) “Making a decision based purely on love is putting us down a slippery slope. You know, what about the person who loves two women and wants to engage in polygamy? If two siblings love one another and figure it’s in their economic interest to marry, what stops them?” C’mon Ken, siblings? Really?

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t conclude with the King of Puke, mega-televangelist and Christian Zionist danger-man, John Hagee, who – during his March 19, 2013 national television broadcast – responded to a caller concerned about God’s judgment on a society that sanctions same sex marriage: Harkening back to Hagee’s recent warning that “same sex marriage was just two disturbed people playing house,” he answered,  “Sodom and Gomorrah is God’s pilot study for his response to the homosexual society.”

 Thank you Pastor Hagee for what is officially today’s full out purge. 

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 Novelist K.C. Boyd is the author of the viral sensation, Being Christian: A Novel. According to Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “Boyd created a story so riveting that not only could I not put it down, but upon finishing it, I found myself, like an addict, craving more.

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VIDEO: GOP Sen. Rob Portman protested at panel discussion for supporting Medicare, Social Security cuts

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Remember Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio? For some time, there was talk of his becoming Willard Romney's running mate. That never happened. Instead, he chose this guy:

That "hurt a little" budget plan inspired this tweet:

Voters didn't like his ideas, and they expressed their disapproval at the ballot box.

Now, remember the town hall disruptions by the tea party back in 2009? If not, go here, because they're a little like the video below. Today Portman and a few other lawmakers and policy experts were part of a panel discussion on the fiscal cliff crossroads. However, the senator was interrupted by about a dozen protesters (who were nowhere near as rowdy as the tea baggers often were) who stood up, one by one, to challenge his support for GOP anti-social program policies like their Kill Medicare plan.

Turnabout's fair play:

Think Progress:

Things only got more tense once the protestors were escorted from the room. The cameraman captured Ed Haislmaier, a senior research fellow from the Heritage Foundation, shouting angrily at the crowd, and it appears that another individual tried to grab the camera before the footage cuts off.

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2006 VIDEO: GW Bush lauds (possible Romney running mate) Rob Portman as someone who "will keep the economy growing."

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If you follow the link below, you can watch a video in which Rob Portman, someone whose name has been mentioned often as a possible running mate for Willard Romney, blasts President Obama on the economy:

(CNN) – Sen. Rob Portman, a possible vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney, put himself in a trial-heat against President Barack Obama on Saturday, as he and Obama both talked economics and taxes in the weekly addresses.

Speaking for the Republicans, Portman - who is thought to be on Romney’s short list for the No. 2 spot – took Obama’s economic policies to task.

That was amusing, considering this from our pal :

Seems W had a little fun over-enunciating the word "agend-a." But in addition to that syllable, he also managed to stress that the economy would grow with Portman's help. Which it didn't:

Willard Romney could very well choose "Rob Portman... the right man" to be his vice presidential pick, which once again proves that Mitt is happy to surround himself with BushCo alumni who nearly destroyed this country:

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Possible Romney running mate Rob Portman: “I’m so boring that I didn’t even know I was boring."

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Say it with me: Running mates should not outshine presidential candidates. Running mates should not outshine presidential candidates. Running mates should not outshine presidential candidates.

Of course, in Willard Romney's case, a loaf of Wonder Bread could upstage him.

WaPo:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — He had received a phone call just that morning from a supporter furious about yet another newspaper story suggesting that he was boring. It was not the best of days for Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a man thought to be on Mitt Romney’s list of possible running mates. “I told my staff that I’m so boring that I didn’t even know I was boring,” he said at a large conference table, surrounded by several expressionless members of his staff.

...Stephen Colbert had declared that a Romney-Portman ticket would amount to “the bland leading the bland.” One description of Portman in the Wall Street Journal article particularly nettled the senator and some of his close friends: “dry as dust.”

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VIDEO: Possible Mitt Romney V.P. pick Rob Portman's hidden talent: "You wanna hear the chicken laying the egg?"

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Um...

(Brought to you by our buddy .)

Everything and anything with Romney's name attached to it ends up in Awkwardville.

This is a little clucked-up, yet oddly hilarious.

Via.

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Quickie- GOP Insiders Think Romney Will Pick Rob Portman for VP

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Yikes, talk about bleached white bread, he looks just like Romney, but with the color drained out.
Via Taegan.

An informal BuzzFeed survey of more than half of the Republican State Chairmen and national committee people at the GOP meetings in Arizona this weekend finds that two-thirds said they believe Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is the most-likely and best-qualified running-mate for Mitt Romney.

Said one: "He's from Ohio, and we need to win Ohio, it's that simple."

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VIDEO: Over 100 law school grads walk out to protest anti-gay speaker Sen. Rob Portman

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Why any law school-- let alone the Michigan Law School-- would ask Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to speak at a graduation where the grads understand the Constitution better than he does is beyond me. He is no friend of the gay community, and clearly has no grasp of “the equal protection of the laws.”

Two words, Rob: Civil rights. Welcome to 2011.

Ann Arbor Journal:

Portman came under fire for his voting record. He has opposed gay adoption in Washington, D.C. and opposes gay marriage. A number of students who took part in the protest said that such views are incompatible with basic, human dignity. [...]

Almost immediately after announcing Portman as the Senior Day speaker, Caminker was contacted by students who took objection with the choice. [...]

About 60 percent of the graduates wore rainbow buttons or ribbons on their gowns or rainbow tassels on their caps.

Via Think Progress, here are Michigan Law grads walking out of Portman’s speech:

Two recent polls find that a majority of Americans support marriage equality, as opposed to just 36 percent shortly after Bush won the 2004 election.

I recently had an argument (the usual frustrating one) with a YouTube commenter who insisted that being gay is a choice.  And yes, I did ask him when he made the choice to be straight. I never did get an answer to that.

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