GOP candidate Carl Demaio tells his campaign not to identify black people as possible trackers http://t.co/wmGkNO4j8E pic.twitter.com/dqGiEFmbqK
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) October 17, 2014
The campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio (CA) once offered a set of tips for identifying opposition research trackers looking to catch DeMaio in a gaffe or compromising moment: if the person in question is young or black they could very well be a tracker…
The emails are the latest revelation in a campaign that has gotten national attention mostly for a former top staffer accusing DeMaio of sexual harassment and DeMaio’s staff, in response, accusing that staffer of breaking into a campaign office and also saying he was fired for a plagiarism scandal.
The email exchange reported by the Examiner on Friday started when DeMaio said he saw two trackers at an event…
Knepper has since apologized. Guess they did learn something from George Allen’s fate…
Of course, there’s still hope for 2016! [warning: Politico link]…
Sen. Rand Paul tells POLITICO that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the African-American vote by pushing criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment…
Exit polls showed the GOP’s share of the African-American vote in the past six presidential elections ranged from 4 percent for John McCain in 2008 to 12 percent for Bob Dole in 1996, according to the Roper Center. Mitt Romney got 6 percent in 2012.
When pressed on his ambitious goal, Paul upped the ante: “I don’t want to limit it to that. I don’t want to say there’s only a third open. … The reason I use the number ‘a third,’ is that when you do surveys of African-American voters, a third of them are conservative on a preponderance of the issues. So, there is upside potential.”…
Pounding a message he has delivered in interview after interview, Paul said President Barack Obama and his administration have “underplayed the danger and transmissibility” of the Ebola virus and have had a “bossy, arrogant attitude.”
“Because they haven’t been really forthright about the disease, people suspect their leadership, their motives,” Paul said. “They … don’t feel like they’re being told the truth about this. … Because they so much don’t want to alarm people, I think they’ve … undersold the danger of this thing. … When you read their description [of how it is transmitted], it makes me think that they’re talking about AIDS.”…
“A month ago, I said that we should consider restricting commercial travel and visas to our country from West Africa,” Paul said.
“We should consider rescheduling international conclaves that include bringing leaders from West Africa until the contagion dies down. … Think about what happens if this gets into Third World countries in the Southern Hemisphere, it gets into countries that have no ability to stop this, how it could become a contagion in those countries.”
I do believe this falls under Mr. Pierce’s Five-Minute Rule, because I’m thinking that’s how long it took for Rand to pivot from counting up potential African-American votes to explaining that the first African-American president and his “bossy, arrogant attitude” is permitting leaders from West Africa to spread AIDS-like “contagion” in our personal hemisphere.
Apart from being thankful (as always) that you’re not on Rand Paul’s team, what’s on the agenda for the day?
Bob Dole got 12 percent against Clinton?
The thing is that to be a black conservative, you have to voice certain “truths” to all white audiences. Black people are brainwashed, waiting for hand outs, and completely enthralled to Dems because of welfare, food stamps etc. Paul will never be able to appeal to black voters and attract white Republicans.
Also, per Rachel Maddow, I had no idea Paul was not board certified as an Ophthalmologist. Though he is a Ebola expert.
No, I wish I was on his team. You know, kinda like the “enemy within”. Can you imagine the damage one could do to this grifter from within? One audio recording, of one single internal campaign meeting, any one of them, would probably do the trick.
OK, now I know he is my President. I just don’t see that happening to Mittens for some reason or other.
@OzarkHillbilly: “It’s commonly said the Queen doesn’t carry cash. It seems her American counterpart doesn’t get his wallet out too much either. Barack Obama told an audience that his credit card was rejected in a New York restaurant last month: “It turned out, I guess, I don’t use it enough.” During his term in office, Bill Clinton once had his credit card rejected too.”
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@OzarkHillbilly: I would be surprised if Mittens didn’t have a staffer pay for things like that.
@raven: So… it only happens to Democratic Presidents? I sense a conspiracy….
There’s been a laughable effort from certain among Louisville pundits who originated from Appalachian areas of Eastern Kentucky (and were educated at the black hole of villainy and perfidy, the University of Kentucky, home of CorRuppt Arena). They keep pimping Paul as “in contention” in a starry-eyed way; each sees himself as the next Ron Fournier (one repeatedly lauds Fournier’s propagandistic scribbling), hitching his wagon to fortune and gravitas by being the long-time translator of Paul’s intentions and ideals.
I’ve been enjoying toying with them.
The problem is the GOP would lose most of their base in the process.
A staffer he then refused to reimburse.
I notice he left out voting rights.
Mr. “I Would Have Voted Against the Civil Rights Act” ain’t getting one third of shit until he walks to Canossa for that one.
Lotta white dudebros will vote for him though. Especially the ones currently crusading for integrity in the gaming press.
“Uh, Mr. President? This card was declined. Do you need to make a call?”
They are totally nice guys. It’s a shame that man-hating sluts only want to date jerks.
That’s who Paul’s after. He’s not really expecting to get a third of the black vote. He wants to lock up the white I’m-totally-not-rascist vote.
Suburban boob job white moms are a fickle lot. Lots of furrowed brows over open racism, but less over the Paulian version.
@Botsplainer: Cripes, look at the size of that cobra. . . .!
@Baud: Naaahhh… They already have captured a third of the black vote. They’re all in prison or on probation or parole and ineligible to vote. Now they want to capture another third.
Nice to see Rachel rip that punk ass motherfucker a new one on TRMS replay, now I can go have a Saturday morn.
When I was younger and stupid and there was no Internet, I used to watch the Sunday morning news shows. After Clinton won, George Will’s line was that Democrats wouldn’t have won without the minority vote. Being younger and stupid, I didn’t realize the full import of what Will was getting at with that observation. But it stuck with me, so I guess I always realized it was off in some way.
Please to narrow down.
“And the office mongoose is otherwise occupied with afternoon tea.”
As to snakes, the wife has a great story about childhood in the Phillipines (her dad was a USAF officer stationed at Clark, and was attached to some DoD survey teams which were assessing the effects of Agent Orange in your neck of the woods – something he didn’t open up about until I got him drunk about 5 years ago). Anyway, it seems their cat had kittens and a black momba got into the house looking for them (very deadly) – the Filipina house help screeched for the local shotgun guy to come running and it all turned into a rather sloppy mess.
@Botsplainer: And then Mount Pinatubo erupted and cooked the snakes!
Thanks. Wasn’t sure if you were on topic or off. I’ll try to catch that. I like a good Paul-ripping.
Yeah, that’s for sure. Father-in-law says that house got buried in that-he checked.
Got a couple of news alerts that the Supreme Court has allowed Texas to enforce its voter ID laws in the midterms.
They dissolved the injunction.
We really could have used those FEMA re-education camps for white conservatives. Looks like the only thing that’s going to emerge from this administration intact is gay marriage for white glibertarian billionaires who are so inclined, and thanks to the purity brigade and Griftwald, Obama won’t even get credit for that.
Jerry Lewis needs to come out of semi-retirement to host a telethon to eradicate Rand Paulsy.
At the ol’ homestead, temperature has risen over 10 degrees since midnight, enough that had to plug in the fan. Outside, nary a ghost of a hint of a breath of a breeze. Proverbial calm before the storm (although it won’t be all that much of a storm here).
Repeating for the early morn East Coast crowd:
Unexpected candor from an unexpected source.
Excerpts from a speech given Friday by the head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen
Can she be impeached?
Who you gonna call, America?
Republican anti-intellectualism was cute until a global health crisis comes along. Then it’s pretty fucking scary.
You know, Rand, we are all well aware that you meant “uppity”. You might as well be honest and get some credit for “courage” from your racist fanbois, because the rest of us are not as dumb as you so obviously wish we were.
When I first heard the name Dallas Presbyterian, I vaguely remembered it seeing the name related to George W. Bush but I wasn’t sure. Anyhow, I googled it and sure enough Texas Presbyterian is where he had his cardiac procedure done. I was just a little surprised when I googled it, the other thing that came up was that he had his knee done several months later at Rush in Chicago. I know different docs have privileges at certain hospitals and different hospitals are known for different specialties, but I would think if you can, you want stuff done at the same hospital because they have your history. It just makes me wonder if something happened at Presby the first time around. And,yes, I know the cardiac piece was more of an emergency kind of procedure(I think it was found during a physical not because he was symptomatic)than the knee.
@Baud: there are fewer and fewer of those–not a racist i mean.
@NotMax: Yellen’s said similar stuff before.
I am sure there’s a good joke in there somewhere about how in Texas you don’t have to be one of the elected to be a Presbyterian….
@debbie: Ted Cruz will certainly call her a traitor. Although, I can’t stand Rand, Cruz is the one that concerns me.
Yup, gonna get a lot of black votes with that “How close can I get to calling him uppity?” challenge you’ve got going there, Randy.
ZMAPP wouldn’t be possible without LOTS of government investment.
Left to its devices, Big Pharma would have spent all of its resources on advertising contracts for boner pills, newer, better boob implants and anti-fart pills.
@NotMax: I believe that her ability to see and comment with honesty was part of the reason people wanted her to be appointed head of the Federal Reserve. I don’t think Greenspan or Berrnanke would have said something along those lines — Greenspan never would and Bernanke as a long shot.
Honestly, this is a sorry excuse for a scandal.
If we have to have Republicans, and campaigns, and (non-Republican) trackers, then, given the behavior of the Republican Party, any sentient Republican knows (along with the rest of us) that African-Americans, by and large, are not fans. Probability is not certainty but it is probability, and saying so in an internal campaign communication — or even in public — strikes me as utterly banal.
Of course, any sentient Democrat also knows that an African-American tracker at a Republican event is noticeable and likely identifiable as such; so the presence of one may be meant to rattle, which is not the same thing as being a “tracker” (as I understand it).
So what’s the scandal?
The real scandal is the behavior of the Republican Party, outrageous to the point where reasonable people can reasonably infer that, by and large, African-Americans are unlikely to be sincere Republicans.
And Greenspan is not on the same page, or in the same book, or even using the same language. He is probably offended and repulsed by her comments, maybe even baffled.
This soooooo puzzled me when I first started hearing it. Whut? President Obama has a very low key, cooperative, style. He can be forceful, but never bossy or arrogant. (As a Dad, I’m sure he’s one of those logical, you’ve-disappointed-me kinds.)
But then someone pointed out it was a code for “uppity” and it all became clear. Any African American can be seen that way by racists, even if all the person is doing is breathing.
It pains me to say this, but I kinda hope DeMaio wins. He’s a despicable piece of business, 100 percent owned by Doug Manchester, but he can’t do nearly as much damage as one of 435 Congresscritters than he could as the one and only Mayor of San Diego.
@WereBear: You know who oozes smirky arrogance and unearned superiority? Rand Fucking Paul, every time he opens the mouth on his fool head.
Two more Republican state AGs yesterday announced that they would not appeal District Court rulings in marriage equality cases: AZ and WY.
AK is apparently still going forward with its appeal.
One for JC: OMG!!! Obama hugged Ebola doctors and an Ebola patient!!111 (includes 4:34 video):
Likely story, amirite?!!1?
He should stay in locked up in the White House like Jimmy Carter did during the Iran Hostage Crisis. That’s what a real leader does. Bo and Sunny, also too. Just to be sure. We really don’t know if they might all be carriers. I read on NewsMaxxx that Portuguese Water Dog sneezes can transmit Ebola to humans. Then again, maybe they should move out of the White House temporarily so that it can be decontaminated. For their own safety. I hear that his homeland of Kenya is a nice place to visit. Sure it would be a little inconvenient, but Congress could come back into session to appropriate some funds to cover his expenses. It’s just to be sure, and would help calm the hysteria before more draconian measures are needed. It shouldn’t take more than 825 days to make sure the White House is clean and safe. That would be real bipartisan leadership!!1 Amirite?!?! Who’s with
(Who can’t resist piling on sometimes, though he should… ;-)
@FlipYrWhig: Agreed. I wouldn’t let that fool treat a hangnail, much less go near sensitive perception organs.
Oh that’s just Obama being bossy and arrogant again with his “facts” and “science.”
@burnspbesq: Dude, go hop off a short pier. I don’t have to put up with that bastard Hunter anymore, since they redrew the districts. Peters’ office listens when I call in and you are going to blithely consign me to having another bastard Thug represent my district?
Elitistism is the evilest manifestation of stupid Marxist socialist communist Muslin Wall Street coddling Kenyan anticolonial Islamofascism.
Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers too, see if I don’t.
First thing Wikipedia says about muslin.
Another interesting muslin fact.
Someone, maybe, like the SURGEON GENERAL we don’t have because you filibustered his nomination???
@Southern Beale: They think we’re morons.
They are 27% right.
Bugger. Supremes leave the stay in effect in the Texas voter-ID case.
no explanation given. Ginsbug, Kagan, and Sotomayor dissent.
Yes, and in my book “27% right” is called “incorrect.”
I’m completely embarrassed. I totes forgot to add “atheist” to the Muslin Kenyan Islamofascist thing. Forgot Frank Wright as his real father who should be on the Kenyan birth certificate also too.
Mike in NC
Somebody needs to inform douchebag Doctor-Senator Rand Paul that he has exactly zero chance of getting elected to any office higher than where he is today, thanks to the moron voters in the state of Kentucky.
“… when you do surveys of African-American voters, a third of them are conservative on a preponderance of the issues. So, there is upside potential.”
He just doesn’t get it, does he?
Obviously, Aleaxander had in mind an admiral because the Surgeon General is a general. This favoritism for one branch of the service has gotta stop.
anti-fart pills? that’s a line that shall not be crossed!!!
Villago Delenda Est
@FlipYrWhig: It’s always projection with these vile shistatins.
@Plantsmantx: Safe to say.
@Southern Beale: The Surgeon General is two levels below the cabinet and a three-star admiral, so clearly not.
Bullshit. You were saying exactly what you think. Those are your values. They may not be the campaigns, but since you run the thing (for now) they probably kinda are.
I’m not black myself, but isn’t this the ultimate in whitesplainin’? The GOP may have treated you like shit for decades, graduating up to treating you like an enemy who must be destroyed today, leveling constant racist attacks on the president in this very same article and cheering people like ‘Let Me Tell You What I Know About The Negro’ Bundy…
…but hey, if they just claim they’re going to address some of the ways you’re being fucked over you’ll totally leap into their open arms. I would ask how stupid they think you are, but they do actually think you’re stupid. It’s kinda the point of racism.
@RaflW: What did he say and what was wrong with it?
Villago Delenda Est
@Plantsmantx: Since he doesn’t consider voting rights to be a crucial issue, no, he does not.
Villago Delenda Est
@Cervantes: They know the GOP base is made up of morons. Then they go from there.
Villago Delenda Est
Commenter voreason over at TPM summed up this best:
@Villago Delenda Est: Simple extrapolation?
They are capable of that?
@Villago Delenda Est: I think Knepper should get points for honesty, frankly.
Carl DeMaio: Securing
America’splutocrat Doug Manchester’s Future.
@burnspbesq: Only 3 dissents? WTF?
Paul said President Barack Obama and his administration have “underplayed the danger and transmissibility” of the Ebola virus and have had a “bossy, arrogant attitude.”
Bossy and arrogant attitude. And he fails to lead, too!
Jeebus. Why doesn’t Paul just say “uppity” and have done with it?
For people who want a genuine laugh, here’s the musical tribute to Mel Brooks from the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
When you can get Robert DeNiro to crack up, you know it’s good. And I’m convinced you can see the president thinking, Act dignified, act dignified, damn this is funny!
(As with so many of these great videos, stolen from Fred Clark at Slacktivist.)
@Southern Beale: Maybe we need someone who’s an experienced manager, who understands how procurement works at the federal level, who knows how to navigate federal budgets, who’s a good logistician. Then we can let the medical experts concentrate on what they’re the best at. I don’t see a problem having a “Czar” who doesn’t have a medical background – the only problem I have with it is the term “Czar.”
What’s the real title, anyway? Surely “Czar” isn’t a civil service title?
@WereBear: Other than Ginsburg’s dissent, joined by Sotomayor and Kagan, no one else said anything for the record, other than that the application had been denied.
@g: “Ebola Response Coordinator.”
@WereBear: also, ‘arrogant attitude’ simply means ‘thinks he is right about things,’ which is the same as every damn person on this earth.
Not quite. It means “black man thinks he is right about things, which obviously can’t be true.” Or shorter several other people on this thread above, “Uppity uppity uppity…”
this was funny
tis true. it is the ultimate in whitesplainin.
you aren’t wrong.