Of course, “both” is possible… Let’s look at a recent tweet sent by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tom Scheck:

Reporter Scheck was covering last Saturday’s MN GOP Central Committee meeting at a hotel in Bloomington, MN – where there was to be an election to replace the recently resigned party deputy chair, “Mud Slinger Mike” Brodkorb. Leading up to that meeting, there was wide speculation that had the party chair, “FEC Tony” Sutton, not resigned – the day before the meeting – a vote would be pushed to push ol’ FEC Tony out for, essentially, malfeasance.

So this was an important meeting, and lots of GOPers showed up – with some giving speeches, such as that non-co-sponsor to ban insider trading by Members of Congress, Erik Paulsen.

Paulsen normally doesn’t toss red meat to the party faithful; rather, he tries to pretend he’s a moderate. So his comment to the faithful – Barney Frank not running for reelection is the best news of the week; even better than Minnesota running an unexpected “good news” budget surplus – was surprising.

Not surprising that he believes it; surprising because he said it. In public. Where reporters could hear it – and tweet it.

But it raises the question: is noted homophobe Paulsen glad to see Barney gone because Barney is gay? Or is noted anti-regulation/oversight “free-marketeer” Erik Paulsen glad to see Barney gone because Barney co-wrote a bill that will reform Wall Street and provide consumer protection?

Or, both?

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

It seems the Strib disabled “reader comments” under Katie Kersten’s bizarre screed today. Perhaps Strib misManagement knew – just KNEW – that Katie’s ideologically-driven “blame the blacks” ravings would ignite a flame war that even the Strib couldn’t stomach.

Kersten and her ilk hate everything that has to do with government; Kersten specifically has railed about “the nanny state.” In Kersten’s world and among those denizens, the only good government program is a cancelled/eliminated program. Keep that in mind, while you read how Kersten ends her diatribe:

It’s tragic that a small group of black Americans commit such a high percentage of our nation’s violent crime. But until this changes, we’ll continue to have a steady stream of Henry Louis Gates-like incidents. (Strib.com)

Amazing, isn’t it? Oppose every program that could possibly eliminate the problem and cause change (after all, government “is” the problem), but bemoan the lack of change.

Karl Rove would be proud of the fine job Kersten did today in demonstrating the basic principle underlying every single play in today’s GreedOverPrinciples playbook:

“More hate – less tolerance.”

So I’m not going to take the time to fisk the intolerant tripe Kersten serves up today; no one should – Kersten’s insenstive divisiveness speaks for itself.

Instead, I’m recommending everyone should forward that pathetic piece of rightwing rubbish to everyone they know.

Kersten and her clan advocate holding people “responsible” – by forwarding Kersten’s bile, you can hold both her AND her party responsible for the destructive divisiveness they preach.

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)

Bachmann MotorMouth Overdrive has been saying bizzare things lately – as usual. How bizzare? The ol’ TwoPutter has two examples for today. Let’s look at the first – it’s “right” after Limbaugh and some other wingnut:

Countdown: Worst Persons, Michelle Bachmann Is Clueless, 6-10-09

The second clueless thing noted today (so far) by Bachmann MotorMouth Overdrive came via (and a H/T to!) those vigilant folks at Dump Bachmann. Now, I’ve heard a lot of reasons rightwingnuts use as a rationalization for denying poor people access to medical care, but this one?

Well, it’s simply the ideological Bachmann, in typical MotorMouth Overdrive mode:

The Guttmacher Institute also routinely reports showing that when public funding is not available, 30 percent fewer women who receive Medicaid have abortions. Now, this is interesting because it means 30 percent more babies whose mothers receive government-subsidized health care survive because of abortion-funding restrictions. And this is, I think, particularly important for women and men in the African American communities, in the Latino communities. In communities of color, we see a very high
percentage of abortions. And I know one of our colleagues, Congressman Trent Franks, speaks about this often. He has a tremendous heart, as we do as well, for unborn children in the minority community because such a grossly high percentage of babies in the African American/Latino community are aborted, and we don’t want to see that.

[Time: 20:00]

These babies add to the richness of the American fabric just as Caucasian babies do. All babies are valuable, but what we’re seeing is an even higher percentage of babies who are losing their lives in the minority community. In particular, we see this with minorities as they access Medicaid funding. If they have Medicaid funding, government funding, we’ll see more abortions, and we’ll see that particularly in the minority communities.
(C-Span)

How’s that for an insensitive thought-process? Cynically deny poor people – especially poor people of color – acess to Medicaid, and there will be less abortions!

BRILLIANT!!! Well, for Michele, that is….Bizarrely, Michele goes on:

This is a common-ground issue, I think, that we can share with those who embrace a pro-abortion view and with those who embrace a pro-life view because the polls have shown very clearly that the majority of Americans do not support taxpayer-funded abortion. They don’t support it. We are here to represent the will and the interests of the American people. That’s not where the American people are right now. They don’t want to see us spending their money when we don’t have much, when this government
is in the red–in red ink up to our eyeballs. We don’t have money to pay for the intentional murder of unborn children.

The Obama budget changes this Dornan amendment (emphasis added), as my colleague Mrs. Schmidt has said, to the Financial Services’ appropriations bill, so the publicly funded abortions will, once again, be available in the District of Columbia. Right here where we stand this evening, this is the District of Columbia. So now, once again, President Obama is expanding abortion. Instead of making it rare, instead of making it safer, this is making more abortions, particularly for pre-born babies of color.(C-Span)

“…pre-born babies of color.” As opposed, say, to “post-born”? Is Michele playing the race card to garner sypmathy here, when the real issues for Bachmann and her ilk are 1) – keepin’ folk off the dole, and 2) – denying local control for the citizens of W.D.C. which, of course, is something GOPers like to claim they’re really for (except when they’re not).

The “Dornan Amendment” essentially prevents the citizens of Washington D.C. from using local funds to provide abortions – except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother. Bachmann and her ilk want to keep W.D.C. in the company of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming – where local funds cannot be used for abortion except in cases of rape or incest.

Except, here’s the difference – those states, just listed, made that decision themselves, which is something the citizens of Washington D.C. don’t get to do. And Bachmann and her hyocritical ilk – GOPers elected elsewhere – would prefer to keep it that way; keep it as it’s been since GOPer Bob Dornan from California got that amendment stuck in there over 20 years ago.

Like I said, GOPers like local control (except when they don’t).

Even more hypocritical, is Bachmann standing up for an amendment Dornan passed, as Dornan has quite a reputation as a bigot.

Don’t take my word for that; go to Amazon.com and buy a copy of Dornan’s book – quaintly titled “Shut Up, Fag!: Quotations from the Files of Congressman Bob Dornan, the Man Who Would Be President”

The NY Times has Dornan once saying about an electoral opponent: “Every lesbian spear chucker in this country is hoping I get defeated.”

That story was – to no surprise, from me – about Dornan’s run for the GOP Endorsement for President of the good ol’ USofA.

Dornan’s bigotry is available in book form through Amazon.com; Bachmann’s bizarre bigotry is potentially available every time she gets behind a microphone.

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)