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Republicans have shown true to form in their united front in the “War On Civility” and in the wake of yesterday’s memorial, and they wasted little time trying to portray themselves as the victims of this entire incident, which began say, oh I don’t know, within hours of the shootings?

Well, the latest hypocrisy from the “up is down” world of the conservative mind is this one, from The Hill:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused liberals of wanting to “manufacture” a political controversy over conservatives’ rhetoric even before the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Paul, in dismissing the notion that alleged shooter Jared Loughner was motivated by political ideology, accused some Democrats of trying to exploit the attack as a way of boxing in Republicans.

“Well, these are the kind of things that I think some on the left decided to manufacture even before the events occur…

“I’m not surprised that they do it,” Paul said of the attacks on rhetoric. “I do think they should be ashamed of themselves for doing it and [it] really just has no place in this discussion.”

Yes, those who point out the dangerous behavior should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. Coming fresh off of his arm-chair psychiatric-ophthalmologist diagnosis of Jared Lee Loughner as a paranoid schizophrenic, I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising.

Also coming from the Department of What Would You Expect? it comes on the heels of another ugly incident. You’ll recall that during Rand Paul’s campaign for the Senate, a young woman had her head stomped on at one of his events for holding up a sign in protest. There too the blame was placed on the “stompee” rather than the “stomper” who then went on camera to say he thought she should apologize to him.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that there will be more of the same coming from this crowd, because as we all saw yesterday, their own ever classless national embarrassment that is Sarah Palin kicked off the disgusting “Blame The Victim Game” (which of course Republicans never play themselves, except when they do) along with a little anti-semitism thrown in just to spice the rhetoric she never uses up a notch or two for sport. She may be the most honest one in the party. She didn’t retreat, she reloaded. And then some.

Sorry, but this won’t fly. There’s a lot more of these “incidents” out there to point to, and no doubt there may be worse coming if the last 24 hours are a guide.

Blaming the dead and wounded victims may work for some of the heartless, gutless, loyal followers of the GOP, the Tea Party, and/or the Conservatives, whichever title it is they choose, but there are more of us out there who are actually human, and that was clearly illustrated last night during the memorial service which they mocked right out of the gate.

Blame is pretty hard to deny when it’s staring you in the face.

Or should I say staring up at you from the curb underneath your boot?

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in defense of Sarah Palin’s use of this “crosshairs map” for “targeting” Democrats and for fundraising purposes for the Republican Party, on March 25, 2010. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot yesterday was on the map, and several of the other Democrats also received threats. McCain also defends Palin’s corresponding Twitter comment: “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: ‘Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!’”

“I have seen the rhetoric of targeted districts as long as I’ve been in politics,” he replied. “Please. This is — any threat of violence is terrible, but to say that there is a targeted district or that we ‘reload’ or go back in to the fight again, please…Those are fine. They’re used all the time.”

“Those words have been used throughout of my political career,” McCain added. “There are targeted districts, and there are areas that we call battleground states, and so please, that rhetoric and kind of language is just part of the political lexicon. There is no place for threats of violence or anything else, but to say that someone is in a battleground state is not originated today.”

“Maybe it has (caused concern), and we condemn any violence, any threats of violence,” responded McCain. “But I’ve heard all of that language throughout my political career.”


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Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Yesterday in the aftermath of the shootings in Arizona yesterday that killed six people, including a nine-year old girl and a federal judge, and critically wounded Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said the following at a press conference:

Mr. Dupnik called the shooting a “very sad day for Tucson” and a “horrendous, horrendous, senseless, unbelievable crime.” And then he blamed the crime on the rhetoric — presumably political rhetoric — in the country.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,” he said. “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

Mr. Dupnik said it is time for the country to “do a little soul-searching.”

He added: “The vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business … This has not become the nice United States that most of us grew up in.”

Later, he said: “It’s not unusual for all public officials to get threats constantly, myself included. That’s the sad thing about what’s going on in America: pretty soon we’re not going to be able to find reasonable decent people willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”

After something as horrific as this you might expect “leaders” to heed this kind of advice, or at the very least make an appeal for civility, much less look for something in the way of accountability.

Sadly for those in Arizona a response like this from Sen. Jon Kyl who represents them will be of little comfort:

A clearly angry Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) challenged Dupnik during an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” – arguing that Giffords was a Second Amendment backer who would likely oppose what he called a “rush to judgment.”

“I didn’t think that had any part in a law enforcement briefing last night. It was speculation and I don’t think we should rush to speculate,” Kyl told host Bob Schieffer.

Referring to Loughner’s online political rants – which seem more generically anti-government than explicitly partisan – Kyl added, “It’s probably giving him too much credit to ascribe a coherent political philosophy to him. We just have to accept that there are some unstable people in this country. Who knows what motivates them?”

Yes, you certainly wouldn’t want a “rush to judgment” on something like this, which has only been published publicly on the Internet since March of 2010:

And that’s just ONE example out of many.

Kyl also does her the disservice of putting words in the mouth of Giffords herself, while ignoring what she actually said about the very same SarahPAC map here last year. Giffords in fact did express concerns about the violent rhetoric as well as the Palin “crosshairs” map.

To make a statement as Kyl did is frightening, is as irresponsible as it gets, and yes, pathetic.

Was Kyl elected to serve the people of Arizona, or was he elected to merely throw up your hands in the face of violence and say “Who knows what motivates them?” He might as well have just said “who cares?” Let me be the first to suggest that Kyl use that phrase on his campaign the next time around.

Better yet, it would make a great campaign slogan for what today’s Republican Party really represents: WHO CARES?

They don’t need  “Word Doctor” Frank Luntz for that.

Meanwhile, in the short-term, if you’re looking for accountability, you certainly won’t get it from Jon Kyl.

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Last night Sarah Palin went to a Christian school in Pennsylvania and made a speech which many today are saying was the framework for a stump speech in her potential run for President in 2012. In the speech she repeatedly used the phrase “American Exceptionalism” in describing what she says is the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Will Bunch writes this about Palin’s speech on Philly.com:

“We must continue to build on our Judeo-Christian heritage, and it’s nothing to apologize for,” Palin, hero of the surging tea-party movement and a possible 2012 presidential candidate, told about 700 donors at the Plumstead Christian School, in upper Bucks County.

It was the biggest applause line for Palin, who spoke frequently in her roughly 30-minute speech and a question-and-answer session with students of both the role of faith in her life and political career and of her belief that God should play a greater role in the public square….

….In stressing the notion of “American exceptionalism” – the idea that the United States is fated to be the world’s superpower and moral leader – Palin clearly intended to establish a contrast with Obama, who has sought to strengthen U.S. ties to other nations that were weakened in the Bush years.

Voters in Florida will probably recognize the term “American Exceptionalism” which another candidate here used just as often in his speeches. That would be Marco Rubio. Rubio used it a lot when he was campaigning and pretending to be a Tea Party guy, appealing to voters who want to believe that America is still the greatest country in the world, with or without the religious connotations. He also used it to cozy up with evangelicals, and one in particular last September by the name of David Barton, who endorsed Rubio in the Senate race, along with Republican House candidate Daniel Webster:

Last week Marco Rubio rallied with a group of 200 Evangelicals near Orlando, but there was one in particular that one might want to pay attention to. He is a man named David Barton. Barton, among other things is the man orchestrating the push to change the recent Texas textbook standards by pushing them to the far right, along with assisting in developing the radical Texas constitution. He’s a favorite of the Tea Party movement and has emerged as Glenn Beck’s go-to-guy for all things historical.

Barton’s primary message Wednesday – and most days – is that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation, was intended to be a Christian nation and would be a whole lot better if everyone started buying into that. Barton traces a number of social ills, for example, back to the prohibition of compulsory prayer in public schools.

Barton is an engaging ball of energy, riffing on the Founding Fathers and proclaiming “American Exceptionalism” – a staple of Rubio’s stump speech.

Barton has a habit of bending historical events to suit his Christian worldview, like claiming the separation of church and state is just a “myth.”  Barton also believes that the Center For Disease Control should regulate homosexuality.

That’s right.

He thinks that homosexuality should be regulated because homosexuals “die decades earlier that heterosexuals,” have “an HIV prevalence sixty times higher than the general population,” that they “have Hepatitis B virus five to six times more often and Hepatitis C virus infections about two times more often than the regular population” and they “are less than three percent of the population but they account for sixty-four percent of the syphilis cases.”

“American Exceptionalism” may just mean different things to different people, and in the case of David Barton, there’s a vast array of beliefs under a wide tent from which to choose. I would venture to guess that Sarah Palin herself may not even be familiar with all of Barton’s ideas, not that she would disagree with them. All she cares about is reading the speeches prepared for her by whoever writes them for her and laces them with dog-whistles and red meat for the masses. To her they’re just words strung together that make people chant “run, Sarah, run!”

Her Tea Bagger followers may find that buying into Sarah’s “American Exceptionalism” gets them a lot more than they bargained for.

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First Sarah Palin took credit for Marco Rubio’s “Roguey, Mavericky-ness,” while Marco “fled the interview” (so to speak) at a rally last weekend and ducked out to avoid Palin, and now Charlie’s kindly bringing them back together again. One big happy family. “You betcha’! (Well, until she gets “Katherine Harris-ed,” anyway. But don’t tell Sarah!)

Oh, and “Don’t forget to find Charlie on line nine.”

Also, too.

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Meghan McCain appeared this morning on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour. I’m not a fan of Ms. McCain’s and my first instinct when I see her on television is to turn it off. However, something she said actually made sense and I was surprised to find myself in agreement with her.

McCain was criticizing the Republican Senate candidate from Delaware, Christine O’Donnell. She referred to her as a “nut-job,” among other things, in a roundtable discussion on whether O’Donnell is fit to run for office.

“My problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” McCain said on Sunday. “She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.”

Can’t argue with her there. O’Donnell is certainly making a mockery of running for office. She’s also made a mockery of herself. From her past appearances with Bill Maher on “Politically Incorrect” criticizing masturbation and pre-marital sex, her own “experiments” with witchcraft, “dabbling” in Hare Krishna and Buddhism, to her disbelief of evolution, but belief in cloning of mice with human brains.

While she may have no experience in business, she certainly seems to know how to make a quick buck out of being famous for no other reason than being famous for running for office. (Just like Meghan McCain, minus the running for office part.)

Continuing the attack, McCain added that “what [O'Donnell's success] sends to my generation is: one day you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much of] a lack of experience you have. And it scares for me for a lot of reasons. I just know, in my group of friends, it turns people off because she’s seen as a nutjob.”

A “turn off” in your group. Really Meghan? To the “group” of us living in the real world, it’s a lot more than a “turn off.” It’s a horror show.

About that little matter of “making a mockery of running for public office” McCain speaks of? Yes, that does seem to be the latest trend these days, where one “just wakes up and decides to run for office” and run, they do. No matter that they have absolutely no qualifications and no knowledge of what that office is for, much less how to govern. Just make it up as you go along! Everybody’s doing it!

Let me think, when exactly did this become a trend, or become “vogue” as Meghan might say?

Well, I believe that would have been back when “Daddy” McCain just woke up and decided to pick Sarah Palin as a running mate in a last-ditch effort to save himself while he continued to make a mockery of running for President one last time.

And thanks to John McCain, we’ve been stuck with Palin ever since. Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. She seems to be the sleeping beast that woke an entire fringe of borderline nuts who think merely breathing or being over 18 is a qualification to run for office.

It’s similar to the old practice of experts as guests on the Sunday news shows that has given way to guests who have an agenda or celebrities who fancy themselves as experts because of who their parents are. “Experts” who find themselves shocked, shocked! that “nut-jobs” like Christine O’Donnell would dare to think they could run, and win a Senate seat.

Does that ring a bell Meghan?

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Sure, whatever.

If you live in Florida, felt an odd vibe and heard a strange noise on Wednesday, fear not. It was just Sarah Palin gracing Florida with her presence, and that giant sucking sound you heard was politicians running for cover as she handed out endorsements.

Palin attended a dinner with conservatives at The Breakers in Palm Beach, and stopped at the headquarters of NewsMax along the way.

She then took to her “editorial” page on Facebook to write her formal endorsements of Florida candidates (or someone did), while lecturing Floridians on the importance of our elections, and “informing” us on who to vote for and why. Sarah has spoken.

I hate to break it to Sarah, but the majority of people in Florida would never take the advice of someone who probably couldn’t find our state on a map, and who was elected Governor of Alaska merely because she was “not the other guy” who was running, not to mention that she quit mid-term to profit from her latest failure as a Vice Presidential candidate, and she imagines that she sees world leaders peering at her over her front porch.

Hallucinations aside, Palin is probably unaware of her bottom of the barrel favorability polls and that even people like whacky Carly “Barbara-Boxer’s-hair-is-just-SO-yesterday-and-did-I-mention-I-also-killed-Hewlett-Packard?” Fiorina and her job outsourcing cohort Meg Whitman are trying desperately to flee an endorsement from her, “you betcha!’” Even crazy radical Tea Bagger candidate  Joe Miller, who has trouble hitting the “send button” on his e-mails, wouldn’t give her a “Presidentially qualified” endorsement beyond acknowledging that, while she is breathing, hey, anythings possible!

Sarah, or her Facebook ghostwriter, had this advice for voters in Florida:

Had a great visit with Newsmax and the great folks in the Sunshine State yesterday! I spoke to Michael Reagan about his father’s grand legacy and to Dick Morris about not accepting what President Obama wants America to believe is some kind of “new normal” of economic woe.  I spoke to concerned Floridians about the energy in the Tea Party movement, and explained that I wrote a lot about it in my book, “America by Heart”; and I had the privilege of being interviewed on Sean Hannity’s show regarding voter turnout favoring conservatives this year.

Florida is fortunate to have great candidates willing to run and serve for all the right reasons. The repeal of the mother-of-all-unfunded mandates, Obamacare, is foremost on the minds of so many concerned Floridians, along with job, jobs, jobs. Thankfully they have candidates bold enough to promise to shake things up, put “We the People” first, and support free market and results-oriented solutions to all these challenges.  Please support these great Sunshine State candidates:

Rick Scott for Governor

Pam Bondi for Attorney General

Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate

Steve Southerland (FL-2)

Allen West (FL-22)

Sandy Adams (FL-24)

One thing we can thank Sarah for are those endorsements. One can only hope that those candidates sink like stones in the polls as others have after an official nod from Palin.

Just a couple of things I would like to point out here. Sarah doesn’t read, or she would have known that slimy prostitute aficionado and FOX commentator (go figure) Dick Morris whom she “had a great visit with” had a few words to say about one of those candidates himself, Rick Scott. Morris recently said that “Rick Scott is a criminal who belongs in jail, not in the governor’s office.” I may have to take a shower after admitting this, but I have to say I kind of agree with Morris on this one. (Shuddering.) Didn’t look that one up first did you Sarah?

As for others on the list, well it’s predictable because they’re all GOP-Tea Bagger candidates. Pam Bondi, probably endorsed because she’s also a woman, and although she has no children, she’s a “Momma Grizzly” by osmosis I guess?

Marco Rubio, well, he’s the male-Palin of Florida, and if you gave them the words “Reagan, tax cuts, common sense and conservative” perhaps between the two of them they could string a sentence together. Lets face it, she doesn’t know anything about them beyond the fact that they have an “R” behind their names on the ballot.

Allen West? He’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He also claims to have higher security clearance higher than the President in spite of facing a court martial over brutal interrogations, and he claims he threatened to kill a man in Iraq, among other things. Another “fact-check” Palin missed.

As for those “concerned Floridians” she spoke to? Well, she was preaching to the choir. “Obamacare” is actually popular among voters and hasn’t gone far enough, and on the “jobs, jobs, jobs?” Thanks to the stimulus, 153,000 jobs have been created or saved in Florida thanks to that stimulus. Sarah would also probably be surprised to find that 6,000 jobs have been created or saved as well in her home state of Alaska, if she could tear herself away from her home studio, her mirror and her ego long enough to study up on the subject.

And speaking of studying up, or in Sarah’s case, no studying at all, there’s a new article in the November Vanity Fair that, among other things, tells what the disastrous toll of picking Palin as his running mate took on John McCain. Never mind what it did to the country and the unqualified droves of potential candidates we find coming out of the woodwork now, thanks in part to the “gem” that was Sarah Palin, and to John McCain in 2008. A virtual tsunami of idiots who know nothing about governing, nor anything about the constitution they use as a talking point, just like Palin.

Yes, Sarah, we do have “candidates bold enough to promise to shake things up.” Unfortunately we don’t need things “shaken up.” We need people who can govern.

What we don’t need, or want, is your advice. On anything.

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Every day it becomes more clear that today’s Republican Party have very few principles, have thrown ethics out the window, and there are no adults left to keep the GOP house in order. They have become the GOP-Tea Baggers. It’s like the old saying about the inmates taking over the asylum.

It’s no different in Florida than it is nationwide. The Republican Party will take anyone they think can get elected. It started in 2008 with Sarah Palin, and it’s spread like a disease through the party. (And they were no picnic before.)

In Florida you need look no further than the current races. Long-time and loyal Republican Charlie Crist wasn’t quite a crazy enough cup of tea for the “baggers” so the Republicans went with a dumbed down version in Marco Rubio, overlooking his scandals and his fiscal irresponsibility with Party credit cards and such.

Then there’s Rick Scott. Sure, the party went with the old stand-by Bill McCollum who showed some promise in the Tea Bagger Department because he went around saying “Obamacare!” a lot and was suing to protect the citizens of Florida from getting the health care they deserve. Floridians liked the new health care legislation, but that didn’t matter because conventional wisdom in Tea Bagistan was “get your hands off my health care!” When Florida voters showed McCollum the door during the primaries, what did the Republican Party of Florida do? Well, they quickly developed a case of selective amnesia, disappeared  the ads where men dressed as doctors chased Rick Scott around in a clown car shoving signs at him that said “Release The Deposition!” Within a few hours of primary, Republicans in the State were saying “Deposition? What Deposition?” There is now one lonely member of the GOP in Florida who hasn’t begun sucking up to Rick Scott and his deep pockets: Bill McCollum.

The latest from the land of the GOP suck-ups is floating around in the form of a letter from that very group, and it’s yet more proof that the Republican Party Of Florida’s slogan should be:

“Put An “R” On A Turnip And We’ll Nominate It!”

I’ve never seen grown men and women bowing down to vegetables, but I’m guessing this might come close.

Back in August, a group of Republican legislators in Florida wrote a letter to Rick Scott asking him to release that deposition, along with any other documents he might have in the lawsuit against his current company, Solantic. (Not to be confused with his former company, Columbia/HCA which was fined for medicare fraud.) They asked that he do this in the name of (cough, cough) “transparency.” They charged him with being a liability to the party, and if he refused, they asked him to withdraw from the race.

Of course, Scott did neither thing, and he won the primary. McCollum was out, and Scott was left. What to do when faced with such a dilemma?

Well, transparency “pot” meet the “Party Of Cellophane.”

Seven of those legislators who just a little over a month ago all but begged him to get out of the race have now decided that, alleged Medicare fraud and missing depositions and documents aside, he’s got an “R” behind his name, and he’s loaded. “We’ll take him!” But they didn’t just take him. They signed up as co-chairs to his campaign.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

Of the dozens of campaign co-chairs Republican Rick Scott touted in his press statement last night, seven of them were among a list of legislators who called on him just a month ago to release his “secret” testimony in the Solantic case or “withdraw from the race” because “you will become a liability.”

Oddly enough, that “press statement” seems to have gone missing from the internet. Curious…Not to worry though, the letter has not, and you can read it here.

As for those seven members who went from pretending to be pillars of ethics in the name of the Party a little over a month ago, to downright transparent themselves, and NOT in the good way, here is the list:

Sen. Joe Negron

Rep. Clay Ford

Rep. Alan Hays

Rep. Dave Murzin

Rep. Scott Plakon

Rep. Trudi Williams

Rep. Ritch Workman

Kumbaya indeed!

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