But Mitt Romney only has 39% of my state’s vote.
My state is Massachusetts. The state he governed.
I’m just saying. Trust us on this one.
Trust Massachusetts. Spread the word around.
We’re the only state that didn’t vote to re-elect Nixon. So we know a couple things.
We all know that Republicans are trying to steal another election this year. They’re discouraging minority voters, reducing early voting hours in swing states like Ohio (which results in longer lines for would-be voters), discounting ballots, tampering with ballots, and sending out volunteers to harass voters (you can read more about the GOP’s dirty tricks here).
Steve Almond has a brilliant idea for documenting these voter suppression efforts:
…[M]ost Americans never witnessed voter disenfranchisement directly. But today, most citizens carry with them a powerful tool: phones with the capacity to take pictures and video.
It is my unsolicited advice that some fair-minded tech genius set up a website (right now) that allows voters to upload pictures and videos, if their right to vote is abrogated—either by a polling official, or simply because a polling place closed before they could vote. Snap up a domain name was such as IWasDeniedMyVote2012.org.
If you’re a legal voter who wants desperately to cast a ballot, but you can’t afford to wait four hours to vote because you’ll get fired and you have a family to support, take a video of yourself at your overcrowded polling place. Tell your story.
If you’re a voter in Ohio or Florida or Pennsylvania who is waiting in line and it becomes apparent that you’re not going to get to cast a vote before your polling place closes, make a video and explain what’s happening. Don’t just give up and leave.
You can’t prove voter disenfranchisement ex-post facto. You need to show people what it means in real time, in moving pictures, so they can see the injustice.
Then make sure that these videos are immediately transmitted to reporters at local television stations and newspapers. This is the only way Republican governors such as Rick Scott and John Kasich will be compelled to extend voting hours—if the media pressures becomes great enough to overwhelm their partisan motives.
I mean that’s what all that “Trickle-Down” shit is about, right?
Republicans learned that painful lesson as the Rush Limbaugh “slut” fiasco made headlines for days on end. With the Voice of the Republican Party engulfed in one of the most damaging (and self-inflicted) controversies of his career, and with parts of the GOP Noise Machine scrambling to actually defend Limbaugh, as well as to echo his misogynist taunts, it’s been the larger conservative movement that has been absorbing the worst blows.
For a Republican Party already suffering from a yawning gender gap, Limbaugh’s hijacking of the news cycle last week must have been unwelcome news. But this is what happens when Republicans sponsor an irresponsible media Noise Machine that’s designed to offend and attack and is designed to dehumanize its political enemies. This is what happens when the wheels fall off in spectacular fashion, like Limbaugh spending three days smearing, by name, a Georgetown University Law School student as greedy nymphomaniac having so much sex “it’s amazing she can still walk.”
It’s no secret Republican leaders live in fear of Limbaugh and over the years have found it almost impossible to publicly criticize even his most outlandish and hateful statements. Those few who did stop forward were often forced to then quickly reversed course and apologize to Limbaugh. Just like Republicans have had to bow down to kingmakers at Fox News and embrace their lowest common denominator programming.
The truth is the conservative movement in America has become a media-based one, delegating an absurd amount of influence to bloggers, cable channels and talk show hosts. In turn, that movement suffered a collective collapse last week. Incapable of self-reflection, player after player, including those at Fox News, rushed forward to condemn the law student and/or to insist the AM talker had done nothing wrong by, A) insulting the young woman, B) mocking her parents C) demanding she post videos of herself having sex online, and D) suggesting she was using condoms when she was in elementary school.
Large portions of the right-wing media complex saw nothing wrong with that kind of behavior; saw nothing wrong with the 53 bullying smears Limbaugh unloaded on the student in front of his national radio audience. Not only did they defend Limbaugh, they lashed out at anyone who suggested the titan talker lacked common sense. And then they stomped on Sandra Fluke’s reputation some more.
A sample of the swill:
- Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin denounced Fluke as a “femme-agogu tool.”
- The right-wing site Jawa Report illustrated a post about Fluke with a picture of a tattoo that reads “Semen Demon.”
- Pam Geller wrote that Fluke is “banging it five times a day” and that “calling this whore a slut was a softball.”
- Accuracy in Media’s Don Irvine called her a “skank.”
- Former CPAC Blogger of The Year, Ace of Spades, called Fluke a “shiftless rent-a-cooch from East Whoreville.”
- Michelle Malkin guest blogger Doug Ross used “Got Slut?” in a headline and suggested Fluke suffered from “nymphomania.”
- Dana Loesch complained the controversy surrounding Limbaugh’s three-day “slut” campaign represented a “manufactured” story. (This, before Limbaugh responded to the “manufactured” story by issuing a rare public statement.)
This is nuts. (What word would you choose?) A law student testifies about contraception and within days conservative commentators are sprinting towards their microphones and keyboards in order to find ways to call her a slutty, semen demon?
That’s what a nervous breakdown looks like and that’s what has been broadcast across AM talk radio, Fox News and the Internet since last Wednesday.
The Republican Party years ago made a Faustian bargain with the right-wing Noise Machine. And now it’s paying the price.
Blogger Tod Kelly made this observation in the wake of Limbaugh’s “slut” debacle:
The people behind the people in the GOP aren’t idiots. They know perfectly well that this whole battle on contraception is going to kill them in a few months; they certainly know that the Right’s most visible pundits lamely and uncomfortably trying to rally around Limbaugh is especially bad news for them.
Republicans know this “slut” controversy has been a disaster for them politically, yet they were powerless to do anything about it. Powerless to stop it.
That’s because Republicans can’t turn off the Noise Machine, even when it’s in the throes of a nervous breakdown.
Just look at the cruelty, venomous and vileness of the Conservative attack! Their media leader, Rush Limbaugh, is rightfully under attack and these moronic lemmings follow his lead… right off the cliff!
Their Fascist Nazi forefathers would be so proud.
This is 100% the bedrock of Republican ideology and it’s impossible to argue the point with people who buy into it. No matter how reasonable the person might be on every other topic, the magical thinking behind this is impossible to break. Believe me, I’ve tried.
For the second consecutive Republican debate, the audience burst into cheering and applause in support of death. Last time it was an ovation for Rick Perry’s boasting about his record of 234 executions with his promise to criminals: “you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is you will be executed”. Tonight it was a question about a hypothetical uninsured 30-year-old man who has an accident of some sort and requires 6 months of intensive care, the question being, “Who pays?” Ron Paul replied, “That’s what freedom is all about. Taking your own risks.” When Wolf Blitzer followed up, “Are you saying that society should let him die?”, the crowd began cheering to shouts of “Yeah! Yeah!”. Like I said last time, this is where US politics have arrived. Nothing gets the crowd pumped up like some cold-blooded killing.
damn america: you scary.
No really I think more and more about moving somewhere else someday because sharing a country with these people is terrifying.
Madison — A low-level state employee was fired Thursday after he sent an email to his fellow employees telling them about the state Department of Transportation’s policy on giving out free photo identification cards for voting.
Chris Larsen, who had worked in the mail room at the state Department of Safety and Professional Services, sent an email Thursday morning to all employees at the agency’s headquarters explaining that the DOT would provide photo IDs to people only if they specifically asked to have the fee waived.
A couple of hours later, Larsen was fired.
“It’s insane,” he said.
John Murray, the executive assistant at the Department of Safety and Professional Services, confirmed Larsen had been fired Thursday and said the firing is under review. He said Larsen had a series of documented work rule violations, including past instances of inappropriately using work email.
Larsen, however, said he had not previously been disciplined.
In May, Republicans approved a requirement that voters show photo ID at the polls starting next year. They also told the DOT to give out free IDs for voting purposes to ensure the ID requirement was not an illegal poll tax.
The department began giving out the free IDs in July but told employees in a memo to provide them for free only if people asked not to be charged. If they don’t ask, they are charged $28.
The policy has prompted outrage from some, including one supporter of the photo ID law.
Larsen, 38, sent his email to fellow employees at his workplace after learning of the policy. He said he sent it so others would know they could get free IDs if they needed them to vote.
Larsen said a supervisor told him when he was fired his use of email was inappropriate. He said he’d held the job since December as a limited-term employee.
The “Sly in the Morning” show on WTDY-AM (1670) in Madison first reported on Larsen’s termination.
Here’s the full text of Larsen’s email:
“Do you know someone who votes that does not have a State ID that meets requirements to vote? Tell them they can go to the DMV/DOT and get a free ID card. However they must ask for the free ID. a memo was sent out by the 3rd in command of the DMV/DOT. The memo specifically told the employees at the DMV/DOT not to inform individuals that the ID’s are free. So if the individuals seeking to get the free ID does not ask for a free ID, they will have to pay for it!!
“Just wanted everyone to be informed!! REMEMBER TO TELL ANYONE YOU KNOW!! ANYONE!! EVEN IF THEY DON’T NEED THE FREE ID, THEY MAY KNOW SOMEONE THAT DOES!! SO TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!”
“Registering [the poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote. […] Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor. It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money.” -Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum
————John Stossel (Fox News): “Let’s stop saying everyone should vote.”Rush Limbaugh: “If people cannot even feed and clothe themselves, should they be allowed to vote?”Judson Phillips (Tea Party Nation): “If you’re not a property owner, I’m sorry, but property owners have a little bit more of a vested stake in the community than not property owners do.”
Source: News Corpse
It saddens me that cheap tricks take the place of a good message. Win the voters over; don’t bar them from the voting booth.
This is actually disgusting.
It like we learn about history and the ways in which politics was used to disenfranchise oppressed groups… just so we can do it some more??!
Guys, I’m sorry but this is what the Founding Fathers would have wanted. Who are we ignorants to say that voting shouldn’t be restricted to white heterosexual cis male property owners?
</bitter, bitter sarcasm>
I’m sure these particular Republicans see this as the only way to hold onto their power and relevance. The traditional Republican base is shrinking as the US population shifts, generationally and racially. So they have to suppress the new demographic powerhouses: suppress the hispanic vote, the youth vote, and the increasingly politically aware working class, to keep them from entering the political arena in a big way.
There’s a loooooong history of voter suppression in America, and most people who vote today wouldn’t have been able to vote in the early history of this country. These types would love to go back to that.
Very important to stay on top of this subject. It should be easier, not harder, to vote.
Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn’t a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. And that’s too bad, because Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.” This is an enormously important development. And it should terrify us.
The most important article you will read all week (maybe even all month or all year). Pass it on.
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Where does your preferred presidential candidate stand on gay rights? This handy chart will tell you. Mad impressive. Source.
Here’s what Palin told Fox’s Megyn Kelly when she brought up the cover:
Every candidate is going to be vetted I think now so more than ever because we learned a lesson with electing a president who was not vetted by the mainstream media. And basically we’re asking now ‘what did we get out of that?’…so I think there’s going to be a lot of vetting and some will interpret that because a female candidate will be vetted the same as a man or even more so as being sexist. I don’t know if I would characterize it as sexist. I would just characterize it as being the new normal. In a way it’s quite healthy though, again, learning a lesson from electing Barack Obama.
Ok, in Tea Party Speak, what does “not vetted by the mainstream media” mean?
(usually when something is this cryptic it adds up to HE’S BLACK but I think some other dogwhistle is at work here, possibly having to do with the internet? Or does vetting just mean “making fun of” and she wishes everyone had made fun of Obama as much as they made fun of her? That sounds plausible.)
(Show your work)