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By Catalina Camia
Sanford, a Republican who admitted an extramarital affair in 2009, was ready to quit politics for good if he was not victorious in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. He will replace Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate.
The former governor — once a rising GOP star considered presidential material — was an early favorite in the Republican district, which Mitt Romney carried by 18 percentage points in the 2012 election. But the revelation that Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny, accused the candidate of trespassing at her home caused the National Republican Congressional Committee to withdraw its support in mid-April and gave Colbert Busch an opening.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has served only 4 months, but, already he is pissing off his senior party leadership which Ted says does not bother him. Senator Cruz seems to be focused on running for president in 2016! This guy is only a freshmen, his Harvard education notwithstanding. Ted seems unaware that he talks down to people of both parties. He loves to have a microphone in his face and does not realize the chemical effect he has on regular people. President of the United States? No! I think not. —GoodOleWoody
BE SURE TO WATCH/TAPE MSNBC‘S
“UP WITH STEVE KORNACKI”
WHICH WILL FEATURE
A DISCUSSION ON SENATOR TED CRUZ
THERE’S GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN!
Now he will be doing the same, but from outside the Senate – from a perch free of seniority rules, powerful
leadership structures and procedural quirks.
DeMint announced Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate in January to head the Heritage Foundation think tank, becoming what one senior Republican describes as the “CEO of the conservative movement.” DeMint leaves behind a mixed record of success in bolstering the ranks of Tea Party-minded senators, but his legacy of influencing the direction of the GOP is likely far from over.
Isn’t it disappointing to hear Lindsey Graham, who so distinguishes South Carolina, would say that Ambassador Susan Rice was “a bit player,” yet join the chorus of Republicans who are sore that their poor and default nominee for president lost the election and gave President Obama a mandate? If Susan Rice disagreed with the talking papers based on findings from the intelligence community, from where would come her alternate, credible substitute information? What would be the outcome if a US ambassador went rogue and presented other than the official response to an important world event? Would you contradict your boss in making official statements? Wouldn’t a quick-firing result in such a scenario? Republicans should lay off this “bit player” and not use this incident to hinder the career in public service of Susan Rice who hails from Senator Lindsey Graham’s state.
Yes, after just seeing what lengths racist Republicans will go through to suppress the right to vote for blacks, Latinos, the elderly and other minorities, the US Supreme has agreed to hear a case from Mississippi that begs a change to the Voting Rights Act. Republican dominated legislatures have passed laws that suppress the right to vote. The Republican Party has run pure racists as candidates for public office. [Remember Newt Gingrich and his primary victory in Nikki Haley's state, South Carolina?] Republican secretaries of state have used the power to administer the actual ballots have suppressed minority voting using tactics such as limiting resources that end up making blacks, Latinos, et als stand in line to vote for hours and hours hoping they will be discouraged and go home. Remember all the fighting over photo-ids? Why will the Roberts’ Court be hearing this attempt to change the Voting Rights Act at this time? I hope the Court plans to use its power at this time of flagrant abuse to expand the reach of the Act through judicial power and to challenge Congress to pass laws expanding protections of minorities from their states. “States Rights” is still alive and is as pernicious and evil as it ever was! Surely, we are not in a post-racial society when descendants of American slaves are prevented from exercising the right to vote as guaranteed by The Constitution. The Congress has work to do in this regard along with undoing Citizens United. —GoodOleWoody
I could not stomach another Republican debate last night. They are a diversion for big money interests who want to make our political debate(?) about keeping economic opportunity from blacks (and the poor in general) in bastions of the Old South, like South Carolina. Noted journalist, Peggy Noonan, said this morning that there are parts of South Carolina that have over 20% unemployment! I remember that morning in January when John Boehner (R-OH) assumed the power of Speaker of the US House of Representatives. He announced that under his administration, “the mission of the Republican Partywill be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” Years have gone by and he has created no jobs and this shows disrespect to South Carolina, the “Republican King Maker State.” Are South Carolina’s
Republicans sheep or what? They are certainly not gullible. Is tradition and history more important to the white people who run South Carolina than making South Carolina a land of opportunity for all her citizens regardless of race, creed and color? What’s to be gained from clinging to past? There’s no need for cotton pickers in South Carolina anymore. Today, black people are educated and hold important jobs and will not be relegated to cleaning and cooking for the rich and powerful in their states. Mowing their lawns. Hauling away their garbage. My morning began with subject clip from last night’s debate. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been criticized for his overt racist hopes for black children to learn about the values of work through cleaning school toilets, was asked to defend his comments. Of course, Newt was embarrassed on national TV in front of whites he hoped shared his views on race in America and whose votes he needs to exact revenge on former Gov. Mitt Romney for having more money than he (Newt) had to best him (Newt) in recent GOP primaries. Instead of “manning up” and answering the black Fox journalist, Newt does what he always does: He used hatred for President Obama (who is only half black) to avoid being forced to be “truthful and “factual” on live TV with all Americans…No, the entire world watching! Newt’s success came when the audience of 3000 people in Myrtle Beach, SC, booed the black journalist who had the temerity to hold a powerful – although disgraced – white, Georgia politician accountable for his actions. I have never heard Newt Gingrich admit to being wrong. In fact, he “gets off” on being right! He still won’t admit that the US House’s $300,00 punishment was a “fine”or that he was forced out of Congress BECAUSE OF HIS ACTIONS!
Yes, Mr. Gingrich, “Work is great.” And, 14 million Americans would work if your job creator tax cheats would repatriate foreign profits and create domestic jobs and stop obstructing the American Jobs Act which would create jobs we need and you Republicans are directed to oppose by the TOP 1%, secret contributors to Republican SuperPacs and those corporations who will prosper by denying re-election to our first black President…just because he is a Democrat and a “Warrior for the Middle-Class!” You and your supporters should remember this admonition from The Bible: What you do in the dark will be brought to light! What a day of reckoning that will be!
One noted political analyst, Mark Halpern (MSNBC) gave Newt a grade of “A-” on his performance last night. Let’s hope that those who booed the calling out of racism in South Carolina are only a vestige of South Carolina’s historical relationship with the sons and daughters of the Africans they forced to immigrate to America and be slave labor. Newt you spoke of ‘people being uncomfortable with facts.’ You, sir, reject the FACT that there are more whites on Food Stamps than blacks or Latinos. Your lies to the contrary are immoral! You owe us, blacks, an apology!
Pick one, dress up as Mitt, and you are guaranteed that no two Mitt costumes will be the same.
South Carolina Democratic Chairman, Dick Harpootlian, released the following statement in response to the newest SCDP video:
“Mitt Romney looks in the mirror every morning and sees a stranger. Pro-choice Mitt wouldn’t recognize Pro-life Mitt,” Harpootlian said.
“Universal Healthcare Mitt would run from Anti Healthcare Mitt like Jamie Lee Curtis did from the Halloween slasher. Republicans are welcoming Mitt in South Carolina today, we just wonder which one will show up.”