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GOP must condemn ‘indecent, disgusting’ tea party signs

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National Jewish Democratic Council to GOP: Condemn those Nov. 5 Capitol Hill “Tea Party” Holocaust imagery/anti-Semitism signs:

Today’s G.O.P. “Tea Party” on Capitol Hill opposing health insurance reform invoked disgusting Holocaust imagery and outright anti-Semitism. Top Republican Party leaders including House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) stood before a crowd that included a banner protesting health care reform and displaying corpses from the Holocaust. Yet another sign charged that “Obama takes his orders from the Rothchilds” [sic].

On his twitter feed Friday afternoon, Elie Wiesel said: “This kind of political hatred is indecent and disgusting.”

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told Politico: “Leader Boehner did not see any such sign. Obviously, it would be grossly inappropriate.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center also decried the signs as “a cheap and disgusting abuse of history.” Mark Weitzman, the Wiesenthal Center’s Director of Government Affairs, said “It reflects only the ignorance and callousness of those who cannot debate an issue on its merits and should be immediately repudiated by all responsible parties. Both the memory of the victims of the Nazis and the American public deserve better.”

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) attacked the same issues in a video he posted on YouTube, calling out the rally’s organizer, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN):

November 6, 2009 Posted by | anti-Semitism | , , , | Comments Off on GOP must condemn ‘indecent, disgusting’ tea party signs

GOP health reform ‘rescue’

Having fostered the illusion that senior citizens are under attack from health care reform, the Republican Party now hurries to a stage-managed rescue.

Offering more confusion and little of value, Chairman Michael Steele’s list of bullet points does push the two-edged GOP political sword deeper into Democratic hopes of health reform without political damage.

Mark Silk at Spiritual Politics succinctly explains the Republican political strategy. It is as simple, well-tested and predictable as it is brilliant:

Economic conservatives carry the anti-government ball while social conservatives run abortion and end-of-life care (aka “pulling the plug on granny”) up the flagpole. So far, there’s been little hue and cry about an imagined mandate to cover same-sex couples in family plans. Maybe that’s for after Labor Day.

The Bush administration laid the foundations for this strategy. It reduced most of the nonpartisan press to confused self-preoccupation and paralysis, only occasionally leavened by effective self-criticism.

With mainstream media thus unable to adequantely cover the complex story of greatest interest to its audience, the field was clear for confusion.

FactCheck.org and others have done well, but confusion nonetheless is widespread and taking root.

CQ Politics has suggested that truth sometimes seems to be taking a vacation.

Whether these strategies will lead to the Republican Party’s political salvation, or any other kind of salvation, we will see.

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Health, Law, Medical Care, Politics | , , | 1 Comment

Is ‘Oogedy-boogedy’ killing the GOP?

Giving up on God is required to resurrect the Republican Party, argues columnist Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post. She says:

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To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

Absent such reform, she says, “the nation may need a new party.”

Read it here.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Comments Off on Is ‘Oogedy-boogedy’ killing the GOP?