The Right to Kill — how conservatives should use the right words to drive a wedge between Independents and the Left
[ Click to embiggen: Ask yourself this…how many women would voluntarily want to participate in displays like this if the emphasis was taken off the “choice” of having an abortion and was instead placed on the mother’s “Right to Kill” a baby that was developing inside her. Suddenly, women like those in this picture would seem like monsters for turning a “Right to Kill” demonstration into a carnival atmosphere ]
Democrats are trotting out the abortion-as-wedge-issue weapon today, due to stupid remarks made by Missouri candidate Todd Akin that have now given Claire McCaskill a lifeline to hang onto her Senate seat. Republicans have a gross history of allowing the Left to dominate with this issue, and continue to maintain it as an issue, to control a large percentage of women voters in this country. This is what the Left does: it keeps various identity-voting blocs on the Democrat plantation through combinations of scare tactics, outright lies, hate mongering, and goon squad enforcement. Women are perpetually told they must vote Democrat or else Republicans will take away their right to kill babies. Actually, Democrats say they’re “protecting a woman’s right to choose” but the more accurate and smart way to put this is to change it to the “right to kill babies” phrasing. If Republicans would do that, then comments from someone like Todd Akin would not due so much damage to the GOP ticket in a state like Missouri.
I graduated from a Catholic high school in a nice suburb of Cleveland that had a Pro-Life Club. I attended exactly one meeting of the club because I was turned off by the gruesome depictions of aborted fetuses that hung around the classroom. I’m someone who doesn’t enjoy sitting through gory slasher movies and I didn’t have the stomach to even consider going to medical school, as I’m not inclined to look at images of blood and body parts in general. Halloween for me is all about the candy and the colorful, cute, and/or sexy costumes…and not the severed limbs and dripping blood.
I’ve never understood why the Pro-Life movement made the strange marketing and branding decision back in the 1990s to feature gory abortion shots in all of its materials because this stuff turns off a wide swath of the public who is receptive to the Pro-Life message but is alienated by its messaging.
A few months ago it occurred to me how this could easily be solved if conservatives just started referring to abortion as “The Right to Kill”. As in, “a woman’s right to kill her baby”. That’s technically what abortion is, anyway: it’s the killing of the baby that’s growing inside someone. But calling it “The Right to Kill” will cull the crowd of those who feel comfortable standing on soap boxes to advocate “abortion rights” or “the right to choose”.
Words matter, and I realize that conservatives have a hard time understanding this. I’ve written many times about how saying “liberals” instead of “Leftists” actually helps Democrats, but almost every “heavy hitter” conservative writer and pundit frequently uses the term “liberals”. That’s foolish, because Democrats focus-group test everything and know that Independent voters (who, let’s be honest, really decide the elections at this point) have a positive impression of the word “liberal”…just as they have a positive impression of the word “Pro-Choice”. I bet the terms “Leftists” and “Right to Kill” would send Independents screaming in terror. Which is why conservatives need to start using these terms exclusively.
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[ Click above to embiggen: just five of the stupid things conservative writers do every day that help Democrats ]
My boyfriend Justin’s mother is a very nice woman in Eureka Springs, Arkansas who was a nurse for 30 years before retiring recently. She is very vocal about current events and loves talking to her son on the phone about politics, and rails enthusiastically against “liberals” — the word she uses when she actually means to say “Leftists”, since all the things about Democrats that upset her are points in the Left’s agenda. She refuses to stop using the word “liberals”, because she says “that’s what I’ve always called them and I ain’t going to change now”.
This isn’t like that thing where I call a can of Coke “soda pop” while Justin and his family say, “sodie” or “pop”, while people in New York would call it “a soda”. Words have a lot of psychological meaning in politics more important than the deliberate phrasings that marketing executives put into advertising copy. There’s a purposeful reason that Democrats want people like Justin’s mom to keep calling them “liberals” and it’s because “liberal” makes them sound nicer to Independents than “Leftists” does.
In the conversations I’ve had with her on this, the place where I lose Justin’s mother is the fact that she insists “she knows what she thinks of Democrats” and that, to her, “liberal” is a bad word that refers to the bad things the Left does. What I can’t get her to understand is that people who are in the political middle in this country (the majority of people) don’t register the word “liberal” as a bad thing. It’s a word that seems open and airy to them…and gives the impression that a “liberal” person is a good person because the opposite of “liberal” is constricted, or tight-minded, or backwards in some way. Words have great power, and whenever someone like Justin’s mom rails against “liberals” there’s a big portion of the country who’d tune her out because she was opposed to “those open-minded people” that the word “liberal” conjures.
[ Not to pick on Moe Lane at Redstate.com, because he is hardly the only conservative writer to do this, but do you see how much more effective his writing would be if he stopped calling Democrats “liberals” and started calling them Leftists instead? Replace “liberal” with “Leftist” in every instance in an article like this and it just reads much, much stronger ]
There is nothing “liberal” or “progressive” (another word that Justin’s mom uses without thinking about it) about the Democrat Party as it exists in the year 2012. The party was completely taken over by the Left in 2008 and people like me, who grew up Democrats, no longer recognize it (or feel we’ll ever have any place in it again). The Democrat Party is a Leftist Party and is now quite totalitarian in its quest to force the Left’s agenda on the country. There is nothing “liberal” about that.
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“But, it was our turn!”
Ladies and gentlemen — the Cocktail Party GOP establishment: pushing to nomination the precise candidate that Democrats most want to run against since 1996.
I didn’t watch the debate last night. I couldn’t stomach it. I think we’ve seen enough debates to know what everyone is going to say to the same old tired questions that idiots like Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulus ask. I did follow what was happening on Twitter. I prefer to read what other’s think. The primary reason for last night’s debate was to see if Newt, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul were going to go after Mittens. The LSM wanted a bloodbath….they wanted a GOP remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (with Newt, of course, playing Freddie Kreuger). They didn’t get it though. Sure there were some zings thrown here and there but they were just little cat scratches compared to the damage that could have been done by Freddie’s knives.
I truly believe that Newt wanted to do the unexpected. He didn’t want to give the left a “see we told you so” debate. He took all the hot…toxic…foul air out of their balloons. They are absolutely depressed over last night’s debate. Here’s a quote from MSNBC news this morning…
“A Saturday night debate in Manchester yielded few defining moments, and did little to add new scrutiny that had been expected of Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the Granite State’s primary on Tuesday.”
They are hoping and praying that round 2 (this morning’s debate) will yield at least a pint or two of Romney’s blood. They desperately want the GOP to slaughter each other between now and November so that Obama…the most un-American President in the history of our country…can win re-election and continue his path of destruction.
I love Newt Gingrich. He’s the right man for the job. I do not like Mitt Romney. He is no real friend of conservatives. I do not like the GOP establishment and their blind stupidity….but I hate Barack Obama and all that he and his goons are doing to this magnificent nation. I will fight to keep Mittens off the GOP ballot but if he is the nominee…I will fight for him.
We can not let EVIL win in November.
Last week, someone posted in the comment section of one of the Hillbuzz articles that we had turned into a Ron Paul site so I thought I would chime in and make a correction. I am not a fan of Ron Paul. I have never taken him seriously as a GOP contender and always just thought of him as an annoying distraction. Until now. If the polls are to be believed, he could very well win Iowa. Disturbing. It would most likely end there for him (hopefully) but it does make you sit up and take a healthier look at him and what he believes and some very disturbing things are bobbing to the surface. Like any candidate that is taking a lead in the polls…media scrutiny is part of the territory. I have to say that I agree with his general theory that less government is ideal. I know that Ron Paul wants to get rid of many (or most) of the government agencies and for that I applaud him but his foreign policy views scare the hell out of me. Islam is a very big threat to the United States…Iran is a very big threat to the United States…we can’t ignore them and leave them alone. A nuclear attack from Iran would change life as we know it. Like it or not, the world counts on us… and our current president wants to weaken us to the point that we are no longer able to protect those who want to live free. In the words of the great Ronald Reagan…
“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”
So, like all the other candidates, Ron Paul is having to answer questions about his past and there’s plenty of skeletons to dig out of his closet. Here are a few things you may (or may not) know about Congressman Paul.
1. Did you know that Ron Paul endorsed Cynthia McKinney in 2008 as the Green Party candidate? Yep…you read that right. Instead of endorsing McCain/Palin (or remaining silent) he actually endorsed one of the looniest humans to ever walk the Earth…Cynthia “I love Muammar Qaddafi” McKinney.
2. I know this has been covered on here before but did you know that Ron Paul thinks that Bradley Manning is a patriot? Yep…the Bradley Manning who gave stolen classified military documents to Wiki-leaks to be exposed to the world? How could an American presidential candidate actually voice support for someone who knowingly put our troops lives in danger?
3. Did you know that in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Congressman Paul had a monthly newsletter called Ron Paul’s Freedom Report? This newsletter made very controversial anti-gay, anti-Semitic and anti-black statements. One newsletter claimed that gays were trying to infect other Americans with AIDS by compromising our blood supply. Another stated that order was established during the LA riots only because the blacks had to go pick up their welfare checks. Paul has tried to distance himself from the newsletters by saying that he did not write the articles but they were written in the first person (as if by him) with no other name in the byline and Mr. Paul profited over a million dollars from the newsletters. Whether he wrote all the newsletters or only some of them, he should have been aware of what was being written in his name. He has been given a free pass on these newsletters because no one has taken him seriously as a presidential candidate but in light of his poll numbers in Iowa…he has some explaining to do.
Whether you love Ron Paul or hate him…you have to ask this question…
If Ron Paul is so libertarian that he won’t even police people who use his name, if his movement is filled with incompetents and opportunists, then what kind of a president would he make? Would he even check in to see if his ideas are being implemented? Who would he appoint to Cabinet positions?
For the record…Kevin and I have discussed at great lengths the current GOP field and agree that currently Newt Gingrich would be the best man for the job (unless Sarah decides to jump in and save the day…how wonderful would that be?). Rick Perry is also a good man but may have done too much damage to himself during the debates to recover fully. We both were greatly disappointed by the demise of Herman Cain, who clearly was not ready for prime-time. I am almost completely burned out by this political roller coaster and we haven’t even begun the primaries yet. The people that I used to admire and respect (Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Ann Coulter, Nikki Haley etc.) have really let me down and have proven to all be establishment cocktail party hacks. I’m not sure where the Tea Party is in all of this mess. Who are they supporting? Have they made any statements? Will we be stuck with Romney? Will Ron Paul launch a 3rd party bid should he not be the GOP nominee or will he accept defeat so as not to damage his son Rand’s political career?
What are your thoughts?
Troll Dissection 101: The Romney campaign’s paid trolls are out in force attacking Herman Cain on conservative websites
Here’s a troll dropping that was just left on another thread — by what I presume to be either a paid troll working for Willard “Mittens” Romneycare or else a troll engaged by the Left in an effort to push Romneycare towards the GOP nomination.
It was left by a commenter who has never posted on HillBuzz.org before. I ran the screenname, email address, and IP address used by the commenter through the HillBuzz.org comments search engine and this person has never left a comment here before.
In the three and a half years I’ve been running this site, I have never seen a legitimate and real commenter leave this much in a first-ever comment. I’ve also never seen legitimate commenters use verbiage and syntax like this.
In my professional opinion, this is a Cocktail Party GOP establishment operative trying to demoralize Herman Cain’s supporters in an effort to push Willard “Mittens” Romneycare towards the Republican nomination…which is what the Left wants too, oddly enough, since Romneycare is exactly who (and what) Obama wants to run against.
Can you dissect this troll’s remarks and note exactly what identifies it as a troll?
Can you theorize what the troll’s objectives are?
Can you see the agenda at work here?
Posted on 10/30/2011
By: Independent Lady
I really like Cain and he is a breath of fresh air to watch, but have some serious concerns. He tried to be a politician in GA by running for office, but wasn’t elected. This doesn’t mean he is not a politician because he did not win.
His business is motivational speaker, and most of his stops around the country have been to promote his new book, he even used campaign funds to purchase a lot of them (which could contribute to his book moving up higher) and that seems to be his main focus. Also, he has no military experience which I think we have to have this time. Obama has put our boys in jeopardy by announcing to the enemy where they will be when & exact dates we are pulling out over the Generals’ advice objections.
Cain also has switched positions on abortion (pro-choice in interview, then pro-life) and I don’t like the way he pulled the race card about the Perry rock and then said lowkey the next day he believed Perry about his Father painting it when they began using the camp. He also said he would trade a hundred dangerous terrorists for one American hostage, although the US has been firm in not starting that. I just don’t think he has the experience to run the number one office in the land. Neither did Obama.
I am very disappointed in Gov Perry’s debate performances to date, but will say that all 7 candidates piled on him his first two debates (Perry had just had back surgery & had been dealing with the fires in TX). What I do like about Perry is his experiences:
*Elected Governor 3 times
*Agriculture commissioner (wants to end all subsidies including energy)
*Longest Border State ($400B of TX dollars spent on securing border, forced by Federal Govt to
support illegals through public schools & medical needs)
*Captain in Air Force for 5 years (flew many missions)
*Been Commander in Chief over Texas Guards who are routinely sent to help out both in & out of TX
*Biggest Job creator in nation! Perry created over 40% of all new jobs in nation last two years
*Been advocating form of flat tax for a long time (in his book released last year) & his 20% plan needs tweaking, but best out there to date (check rickperry.org to see how many & what sources they used to put it together)
*Energy plan that is right on (we produce our gas, etc needs & QUIT getting into wars with countries that hate us to protect “our interests” ). Believes in securing our relationships with our own border states (MX & Canada).
*Medicare/Medicaid block grants to states, cut out the red tape, let states figure out best way to use finds
*Balanced budget by 2020 with no more deficits
*Money held “offshore” by companies brought back to US for a one time tax rate of 5.25% if it bring jobs and business back to US
All I am saying is that I think proven leadership in all the areas that are needed to get our country turned around is very important right now, and I would give Gov Perry a long look. He is the only one with a proven record to beat Obama. We had the best debator in office (former law review, lawyer), how’s that working for us????
Here’s my breakdown of what makes the remarks troll droppings, paragraph by paragraph:
1. The troll said: I really like Cain and he is a breath of fresh air to watch, but have some serious concerns. He tried to be a politician in GA by running for office, but wasn’t elected. This doesn’t mean he is not a politician because he did not win.
The troll starts off by saying she likes Herman Cain and then calls him a breath of fresh air. This is to establish with you, the reader, that the troll is on your side. Clearly HillBuzz.org has been identified as a Cain-supporting site and is turning up on the Romneycare camp’s radar as a result. Trolls always begin their remarks with something positive to entice you to listen…or to get by moderation, hoping a moderator allows the comment through after reading just the first sentence. That’s classic troll behavior.
The next clue is where the troll abruptly pivots from liking Herman Cain to saying she has “serious concerns” about him. Generally speaking, if you ever read a sentence in comments that starts off positively and then has a “but” in it near the end, the author is probably a troll.
I love how this Romneycare troll says that Cain “tried to be a politician in Georgia but wasn’t elected”. You mean, like all the times Willard “Mittens” Romneycare ran for office but wasn’t elected…or left office because he knew he would not win re-election?
2. The troll says: His business is motivational speaker, and most of his stops around the country have been to promote his new book, he even used campaign funds to purchase a lot of them (which could contribute to his book moving up higher) and that seems to be his main focus. Also, he has no military experience which I think we have to have this time. Obama has put our boys in jeopardy by announcing to the enemy where they will be when & exact dates we are pulling out over the Generals’ advice objections.
I don’t think you need me to go word by word in this paragraph to illustrate how clearly cut-and-paste his is from the Romneycare attack book on Herman Cain.
There is an interesting bit in here where the Romneycare troll tries to slip a line in here about military service being needed in the next President…which Mittens doesn’t have himself. I think this is the troll trying to make it seem like she’s really a Perry troll, since Perry was in the military.
I’d love to remind readers that Herman Cain worked for the Navy doing high tech, highly skilled work. So the man is much more familiar with the military and how it operates than Mittens is, that’s for damn sure.
3. The troll said: Cain also has switched positions on abortion (pro-choice in interview, then pro-life) and I don’t like the way he pulled the race card about the Perry rock and then said lowkey the next day he believed Perry about his Father painting it when they began using the camp. He also said he would trade a hundred dangerous terrorists for one American hostage, although the US has been firm in not starting that. I just don’t think he has the experience to run the number one office in the land. Neither did Obama.
The troll spends part of this paragraph trying to mitigate all of Willard “Mittens” Romneycare’s many flip-flops by saying that Herman Cain has switched positions on things too. That’s another goal of the Romneycare trolls: to make Mittens’ track record seem better by noting that other people have done flip-flops themselves, so that you’d think Romneycare isn’t that bad as a result. The rest of the paragraph is classic trolling…trying to demoralize and dissuad those on the Cain Train by perpetuating the meme that Cain has made gaffes and these gaffes are reasons you shouldn’t support him. Because Cain speaks to the media, does almost every interview he’s asked to do, and continuously makes himself available for public appearances, he generates a lot of sound bytes that Team Romneycare is using against him.
That’s why Mittens has been avoiding all interviews and sticking to as many 30 to 60 second engagements as possible, because he’s afraid of speaking his mind — and, like proved in Ohio on October 25rh, he often doesn’t know what side of an issue he’s on that particular day, so he doesn’t want to speak on anything without his staff reminding him of what he should say.
4. The troll said: I am very disappointed in Gov Perry’s debate performances to date, but will say that all 7 candidates piled on him his first two debates (Perry had just had back surgery & had been dealing with the fires in TX). What I do like about Perry is his experiences:
This is more proof the troll working for Willard “Mittens” Romneycare is trying to pretend to be a Perry supporting troll that is attacking Herman Cain. This is an effort by Team Romneycare to masquerade as Perry supporters when trolling so that people upset by these antics blame the Perry camp and not Romneycare. Look how little digs at Perry are slipped in while the troll ostensibly pretends to be supporting Perry.
5. The troll said: All I am saying is that I think proven leadership in all the areas that are needed to get our country turned around is very important right now, and I would give Gov Perry a long look. He is the only one with a proven record to beat Obama. We had the best debator in office (former law review, lawyer), how’s that working for us????
This is all totally meant to give the reader a bad impression of Rick Perry and his supporters, for them coming on a Cain-supporting site to badmouth Cain.
I am 100% certain this was written by someone on the Willard “Mittens” Romneycare payroll.
Answer honestly in comments below: are you still fooled by things like this when you read them online, or were you able to spot this remark as a troll dropping right away?
The Cocktail Party has already picked our nominee so all of us who do not want Romney as our 2012 nominee should just pack up and go home. It’s over. Romney is it.
Here are the results of the National Journals Political Insiders Poll…
|Rank the top five candidates, 1 through 5, in terms of who you think is most likely to capture the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.|
|CANDIDATE||INSIDERS INDEX SCORE*|
*Methodology: In tallying the rankings, a first-place vote was worth 5 points, a second-place vote was worth 4 points, and so on. The Insiders Index reflects the percentage of points that each contender received out of the maximum possible. For example, Mitt Romney scored an Index rating of 98, meaning he received 98 percent of the possible 525 points, the number he would have if all 105 participants in the poll this week had ranked him first.
The ruling class of the GOP don’t want Herman Cain. They’ve spent too much time and money grooming Mittens to let an outsider like Mr. Cain take the nomination. They seem to be ignoring one little fact…
We the people decide who will be our nominee.
It’s our votes that count…it doesn’t matter what Karl Rove or Charles Krauthammer or Chris Christie or any of the other good little GOP puppets want.
Herman Cain needs our help. NOW. He needs money and he needs volunteers. He needs people on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire but I ‘m sure his campaign could use help everywhere.
Let’s help Herman Cain win the GOP nomination (and 2012 presidency).
Please go to his campaign website and donate….either your time or money or both.
The American people should decide who’s best for our country.
I am officially kicking off the Hillbuzz for Herman campaign. I am sick and tired of the main stream media (including conservative talk show hosts) telling us that Mitt Romney will be the next GOP nominee. It’s as if a memo was sent out and everyone is following the same script. There are a few exceptions….Rush, Mike Gallagher, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity. I was listening to Hugh Hewitt yesterday afternoon and he was yucking it up with a couple of guests (I can’t remember who they were) and they pretty much announced Mitt as the next Republican nominee. It really ticked me off. Where is the outrage from the Tea Party? Please don’t tell me the Tea Party leadership is striking a deal with Mitt. Have you all been hearing the reports that Mitt’s advisers have met with Obama’s advisers to discuss how to get Obamacare up and running? This country can’t stand 4 more years of Obama….or Romney.
We have got to get moving NOW and get behind Herman Cain. I heard him on the Neal Boortz show today and he said that his campaign donations have increased since he won the Florida straw poll but he will still need a lot more money to take on the Romney establishment machine.
I sent the Cain campaign an email 2 days ago telling them that Hillbuzz is behind them and asked what we can do to help. I haven’t heard back from them so….
If anyone is involved directly with his campaign or knows someone who is…PLEASE have them email us at this link. We would love to do an interview for the site or possibly have Kevin do a radio interview.
If you can afford to donate either your time or a few dollars to help Herman Cain become the next GOP nominee, visit his campaign site…
Sign up to volunteer here.
Anything to help! We can not let the establishment pick our candidate for us.
Why Erik Erikson’s childish anti-Palin hatefest on September 30th is a major problem for the Republican Party at large
[ Click above to embiggen. Screengrab of Erik Erikson’s childish attack on Governor Palin and her supporters that ran every hour on the hour all day on Redstate.com 9/30/11 ]
Yesterday, Erik Erikson engaged in what amounted to a 24-hour hate directed against Governor Sarah Palin and her supporters, because Erikson believes the Governor owed him some personal duty to announce her presidential candidacy before October 1st, 2011 (when, in reality, the Governor will announce her campaign sometime between October 18-31st 2011, just before the filing deadlines in Florida and South Carolina — according to her plan all along).
Erikson lied to his readers and pretended Governor Palin promised, on a stack of Bibles taller than Denali, that she’d announce her intentions by the last day of September. What the Governor has actually said, consistently and loudly, is that she’d make up her mind at this time — with no date set for her announcement. Erikson evidently has reading comprehension problems — amongst his myriad other personal disabilities — because he missed the nuance of this. Or, more likely, he just flat-out lied because he wanted to throw an amateur hour, hate-filled, sexist, “tell the woman to shut up and go away!”, tantrum on Redstate attacking Governor Palin and her supporters every hour on the hour. No doubt, after this he held a farting contest in his basement with local Atlanta 10 year olds and waited for his wife to bring down a tray of Little Debbies and juice boxes, so all his emotional peers could congratulate him on how “rad” he was for “really showing that bitch her place”.
“Heh heh, you should totally rename your site Radstate.com because it’s so rad, Erik”, Beevis Jr. no doubt told him.
“Yah, I know man, it is totally rad. We are an online He-Man Women Haters’ Club and proud of it,” Erikson probably replied, underscoring what Redstate.com has become in the last year or so under his personal direction as his CNN gig afforded him more cover to bring his scorn for female politicians to a sustained boil.
No, Erik, you are not “rad” as you believe. I don’t care to know if you won that farting contest with your friends (though, by looking at you on CNN, I can’t imagine anyone other than Oprah Winfrey herself besting you in heated seat competition), and you have a right to use Redstate.com to make an ass of yourself all you want…but I hope other conservatives out there who read you understand just how much damage you’re doing to the Republican Party with antics like this.
Republicans at large need to learn a big lesson from the 2008 Obama campaign and how it treated Hillary Clinton and her supporters, because men like Erik Erikson who presume to speak for Republicans at large are treating Governor Palin and her supporters in largely the same way.
For months in 2008 — from just after the Iowa Caucus through the June 3rd South Dakota primary — Erik Erikson’s counterparts in the Democrat Party berated Hillary Clinton and her supporters to “shut up and go away” with childish antics like the stunt Erikson pulled on Redstate yesterday directed at the Palin camp. Obama’s supporters were ruthless when it came to haranguing Clinton supporters, calling us racists for not backing Obama and using every Alinsky-inspired bully tactic they could imagine to persecute those of us who stood proudly with Hillary in 2008.
The net result of this is that millions of people who once considered themselves Democrats — like myself personally, and all of my friends who worked on the 2008 Hillary campaign with me — no longer want anything to do with the party because of the way the Obama campaign, the DNC, and the lamestream media treated Hillary Clinton and the people who backed her.
Erik Erikson and his ilk are going to create a similar fissure in the Republican Party if they continue to engage in behavior like yesterday’s 24-hour Palin hate.
I’ve said this before and will say it again now: it’s men like Erikson who prevented me from even thinking of calling myself a Republican for the last 20 years, because I am so turned off by their sophomoric, smarmy antics.
Despite being a conservative by nature, I remained a Democrat until the summer of 2008 because I never felt comfortable joining the Republican Party because I wanted no part in the childishness of the Erik Eriksons the GOP seemed largely comprised of. I couldn’t stand the labor unions and the influence of the Left on the Democrat Party, but while it was still the Jacksonian/Clintonian Party prior to Obama’s usurpation, at least I felt I had some place to be on the political spectrum where people in my own party wouldn’t malign me.
Erikson heaped so much scorn on Governor Palin’s supporters that I imagine many who read Redstate.com yesterday feel like the Republican Party may not be for them — and I wonder where their votes will go if Governor Palin does not in fact run for President, the way Erikson so desperately doesn’t want her to run.
I can’t speak for all of these people, but only for myself, and my boyfriend Justin, and the friends I’ve chatted with today about Erik Erikson’s 24 hour Palin hate. Because Erikson’s Redstate is such an in-your-face pro-Rick Perry site, and because Rick Perry chose Redstate.com as the platform to announce his run for the presidency, I can’t imagine the Perry campaign wasn’t aware of what Erikson did all day yesterday in heaping all that unnecessary scorn on Governor Palin and her supporters.
I, therefore, will forever now associate this childishness with the Perry campaign…and I’ve thus removed Perry from consideration as a choice for the Republican nomination in 2012.
I had my doubts about Perry as a viable national candidate before, but seeing Erikson behave this way brings back too many memories of watching the Obama supporters behave so disgustingly in 2008 towards us Hillary Clinton supporters. Once again, these actions clearly seem to be rooted in irrational hatred, sexism, and misogyny and I want no part of any candidate whose supporters behave this way. Obama is all the proof I will ever need that a candidate’s supporters are very much a personal reflection of the man himself.
So, I am backing Governor Sarah Palin for president in 2012 and pledge again to do everything I humanly can to elect her to the White House. If the Governor chooses at some point in October, according to her own personal schedule, to forgo a presidential campaign, then the next candidate on my list of support will be the honorable and electric HERMAN CAIN.
Rick Perry is dead to me because of Erik Erikson and Redstate’s bad behavior yesterday in berating the Palin camp for an artificial announcement drop-dead-date of Erikson’s own invention.
Tomorrow, I am going to write the Perry camp a letter telling them as much. I’m sure they won’t care much that a gay guy in Boystown who worked for Hillary Clinton in 2008 and now supports Governor Palin doesn’t want anything to do with Perry’s candidacy…but maybe if enough Palin supporters out there join me in making our voices heard someone with half a brain in Perryland will realize Perry’s close association with Erik Erikson and Redstate.com is costing him a great deal of potential votes.
Honestly, while I think Mitt Romney is a joke of a candidate and is not the kind of president we’d need in 2012, I truly believe if the race ever came down between Romney and Perry in the end…my vote would go to Mitt Romney because yesterday’s Redsate outburst was my very last straw with Perry. I don’t like what he did with Gardasil, I don’t like his awarding in-state tuition to illegals, I am disappointed by his lackluster performances in the debates, and I am horrified by the behavior of his supporters.
Mittens Romneycare may be a severely flawed candidate who is squishier than a soggy cucumber and mayonnaise sandwich…and he may indeed be the Cocktail Party Establishment’s darling…but at least he and his supporters are not misogynist jackasses who behave like fart sniffing 10 year olds playing fort in their mothers’ basements.
If you know anything about me, you know how much I detest Mittens Romneycare…so that should give you an idea of what I think about Slick Rick Perry today in light of Erik Erikson’s 24-hour hate against Governor Sarah Palin on September 30th, 2011.
At last: Lee Roupas finally resigns as Cook County GOP Chair, after a disgraceful tenure in which the Cocktail Party refused to fire this longtime “Romney Guy”
There’s great news in Chicago today.
Republican News Watch is reporting that disgraced Cook County GOP Chair Lee Roupas has at last resigned, and has now been replaced by Sig Vaznelis, who appears to be someone more up to actually doing something worthwhile in his position.
The reason this is interesting for those of you far from Chicago is that it’s classic Cocktail Party GOP establishment nature to protect guys like Roupas no matter how badly they perform, because these guys are being groomed to replace Cocktail Party guys higher up the cucumber and mayonnaise chain, ensuring the status quo remains the same in Republican ranks indefinitely.
This is what America’s really up against, on a national scale, because every GOP entity at the state, county, and local level is more likely than not run by people who hold these positions for the sheer prestige and honor of holding the position. They are not interested, at all, in winning elections. They just want to look fancy in their sharp blue blazers and hand out the nicest, most expensive business cards at networking events.
When one of these guys screws things up royally — as Roupas did repeatedly — the Cocktail Party GOP establishment circles the wagons and protects him for as long as possible, instead of firing him straight away and finding someone more competent who could actually work towards winning elections. The reasoning in the Cocktail Party ranks is that if any one of them is ever dragged out of office, it could mean the rest of them would be vulnerable like that as well.
This makes the Republican Party’s organization — coast to coast — more like an exclusive fraternity than a political organization focused on winning elections. In many cases, like here in Chicago, the GOP doesn’t even want to TRY to win elections. Republicans didn’t even bother to field a candidate for Mayor in this spring’s election. Roupas and the rest of the Cocktail Party boys here were more focused on planning their next networking event, because they’re only involved with the GOP to see how this involvement can advance and enrich their own personal careers.
They have fun at events, they like posing for pictures, and they use the connections they make in the GOP to build lucrative careers for themselves…just like they’d do in a fraternity at an Ivy League school.
The older fraternity members protect and mentor the younger ones, and donors to the Republican Party at every level fund all of this, even though guys like Roupas have no real intention of ever doing anything to stop the Left or beat Democrats at the ballot box.
In case you haven’t figured it out, guys like Roupas are the biggest supporters of Mittens “Mood Ring” Romneycare because Romney would undoubtedly give them all well-paying, fancy-titled positions on his presidential campaign. No one really cares if Romney will win or not, because they’re just after new business cards that prove they were important to the campaign, so they can use all this on their resumes for better jobs the next year.
I know nothing about Sig Vaznelis, but there’s no way he can do a worse job as Cook County Chair than Roupas.
But, as bad as Roupas was, I’m sure you’ll see him pop up somewhere again, maybe in another state, since the Cocktail Party tends to recycle these guys and give them endless mulligans whenever and wherever they fail.