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Saturday
Oct272012

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Says Republican Party Is "Full of Racists" As He Defends Powell's Endorsement of Obama

 

I returned early last night from an event to catch this memorable interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief-of-staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell on The Ed Show. Typically, I don’t watch Ed, preferring Eliot Spitzer.

Col. Wilkerson is responding to Mitt Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu’s suggestion on Thursday that Powell’s endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election was motivated by race.

My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.

Former New Hampshire Governor Sununu — who has previously called President Obama “lazy”, leaving CNBC host Andrea Mitchell visibly shocked — told CNN’s Pierce Morgan Thursday night that he believed Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama was motivated by race. Sununu has led the charge in calling President Obama unAmerican, saying specifically that he wishes the president would “learn how to be an American.”

Col. Wilkerson himself is known for not mincing words and his Ed Show comments are a jawdropper. Earlier this month, the retired Army colonel said of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team “These people make me sick.”

Speaking specifically of Mitt Romney’s chief adviser John Bolton who has totally trashed the United Nations as U.N. Ambassador, Col. Wilkerson said:

“The man scares me to death. He would defeat all the enemies in America and the world—and believe me they’re plentiful—and he’d do it with everyone else’s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn’t serve a day in his life.”

Wednesday
Oct242012

Eye | Lara Stone in Euphoria by Calvin Klein | Obama Covers GQ France, Predicts Fiscal Compromise

Lara Stone smolders in Calvin Klein’s new Euphoria commercial, directed by Fabien Baron.

President Obama covers the November issue of GQ France. Of greater interest to American pundits is the fallout or upside concerning Obama’s conversations with an Iowa newspaper.

After a scathing blog post by the Des Moines Register about President Barack Obama’s interview with the newspaper being off the record, a transcript of the interview was posted this morning.

In the interview, the president articulated his goals on immigration, saying he felt “confident” about accomplishing immigration reform in a second terms. Obama also referenced what he described as the GOP’s alientation of the Latino Community. CNN continues the report:

“And this is a relatively new phenomenon,” he continued. “George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.”

President Obama talked at length about the upcoming “fiscal cliff” he expects to avoid after a difficult struggle next year.

Obama suggested his grand bargain would offer “$2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending,” which he said “credibly” fits within the parameters of the bipartisan, Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission the president organized last year but whose recommendations he declined to endorse.

Politico does a reality check on the fiscall cliff, reminding readers that Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus are up for reelection in 2014.

The very senators — think Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus — who will be central to a sweeping tax-and-spending deal are the same ones who could face the most difficult reelection bids of their careers, come 2014. Primary threats from the right loom large over Republican senators as they negotiate tax rates. Moderate Democrats also could be squeamish about tax hikes or cuts to Medicare. And whatever tax and spending deal emerges is certain to anger large voting blocs and inspire serious general election opposition.

Please note that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has officially endorsed ONE candidate in the Congressionsl races. Therefore, he must feel strongly about Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock. Romney made this ad on Monday, before a Tuesday night debate declaring God’s role in the pregnancies of women who are raped.

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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that the media and opponents have “twisted” his comments from last night’s debate, in which he said that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape “it is something that God intended.” The candidate added “I don’t believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion.”

Mourdock’s comments sent Democats into a unified assault on the statements, while Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire cancelled plans to campaign with Mourdock. Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, in a tough race with Elizabeth Warren, has also spoken out against Mourdock.

Jen Psaki, speaking for the Obama campsign, called Mourdock’s comments “outrageous and demeaning to women” before issuing a reminded that a president Romney would be working with Republicans committed “that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care.” via ABC News

Race To the Finish

Mitt Romney qiuckly disavowed Richard Mourdock’s comments in a statement to the Associated Press, writes NBC Chicago.

“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

>The new controversy brings to mind Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s earlier remark that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant. When asked about his views on whether rape victims should have access to abortion, Akin said famously: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, initially perceived to one of the easiest Democratic incumbents to defeat in 2012 now maintains a 5-point lead over Akin in the most recent polls. CBS reports today that Todd Akin was arrested several times in anti-abortion protests in the 1980s. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that there are at least three accounts of Akin being arrested but never charged.

Race to the Finish

Politico reports:

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has opened a 6-point lead over incumbent Scott Brown in a new poll conducted by radio statio WBUR. In an earlier poll, Elizabeth Warren trailed 47 percent to 43 percent.

Warren has opened up a convincing lead among women, 52 percent to 39 percent, as she attacks Brown for not standing up for abortion rights and equal pay in the Senate. Brown leads among men by a mere 2 points: 44 percent to 42 percent.

In Connecticut, Democrat Senate candidate Rep. Chris Murphy has pulled ahead of GOP hopeful Linda McMahon by 6 points, with Murhy leading McMahon by 49 to 43 percent among likely voters. The Quinnipiac University poll last month placed McMahon ahead of Murphy 48 percent to 47 percent.
Saturday
Oct202012

Swing State Women Gallup Poll Proves Republicans Have American Women Running Scared

Abortion Rights Top Priority of Women Swing State Voters

There is a well established gender divide in American politics, with women tending to vote Democratic and men tending to vote Republican. Within that mix, married women tend to be real swing voters. In those 12 states considered crucial “swing” states in the 2012 election, a massive gender-based disparity in top issues of concern was established this week in a Gallup Poll.

These results are based on an Oct. 5-11 USA Today/Gallup poll among registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The survey was conducted prior to the second presidential debate held in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16 and at a time when Romney has been gaining in national polls.

American Women Are Running Scared

The reality of women embracing abortion rights as their top priority in these states, confirms that thinking women are running scared in America. Rush Limbaugh reduces these findings to a diatribe about American women wanting to have indiscriminate sex all day long, and then aborting as a form of birth control.

Reality is that American women understand that we have reason to be worried. The Republican War on Women has truly convinced us that we are not safe from transvaginal probes or personhood amendments that gives an hour old fertilized egg the same exact rights as a married woman with children and a loving husband, an advanced college and who serves as mayor or her town.

Republicans support the Blunt Amendment, putting not only the Catholic bishops in charge of women’s bodies in 1 in 6 American hospitals — that’s both patients and workers — but ANY employer who has a moral objection to women using birth control.

Mitt Romney DOES suffer from Romnesia, and there is no reason to believe that once elected the flip flopper won’t unleash the full forces of America’s social conservatives on American women. Gone in a Romney administration: abortion rights, contraception rights, federal protection for equal pay and countless other rights won by American women in the last 50 years.

Salt Lake City Tribune Endorses Obama, Writing Romney Will Say Anything To Get Elected

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