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Dems' new excuse
NY Post ^ | September 25, 2010 | Jacob Sullum

Posted on 09/25/2010 3:35:11 AM PDT by Scanian

As Democrats head for what promises to be an election fiasco of historic propor tions, a pre-emptive excuse has begun to circulate: It's all because of Citizens United.

Team Donkey fans claim the Jan. 21 decision, in which the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on the political speech of corporations, triggered a flood of negative advertising by what President Obama calls "shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names."

If independent groups favoring Team Elephant have a spending advantage so far, it's not because of recent changes in the law. Most of the advertising that irks Democrats was legal before Citizens United, and the plausible prospect of taking over one or both houses of Congress has energized Republicans, while Dems are dispirited by the unpopularity of their party's policies.

In his radio address last Saturday, President Obama complained about "special interests using front groups with misleading names" who are saying mean things about Democrats on TV, a development he attributed to Citizens United. Yet similar complaints have been heard from both major parties in every recent election cycle

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 527groups; campaignmoney; citizensunited; specialinterests

1 posted on 09/25/2010 3:35:17 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Same old story: The Dems play the blame and shame game, and the Republicans let them.


2 posted on 09/25/2010 3:41:19 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Jess Kitting

Their logic: I don’t like the bad things people are saying about me, so let’s take away people’s free speech rights.


3 posted on 09/25/2010 3:47:02 AM PDT by arista
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To: Scanian

There is only one person to blame for the Democrats demise: Nancy Pelosi.


4 posted on 09/25/2010 4:09:23 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Scanian

They’re right in the sense that without free speech, the ruling class Dems could control the little people much more effectively.


5 posted on 09/25/2010 4:24:29 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Jess Kitting

You must have missed the clip from CNN showing Paul Ryan pointing out that it is impossible to have an adult discussion if a Democrat is present. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wasn’t even mature enough to clearly appreciate what he was saying and certainly too slow mentally to be able to respond with anything more lucid than mendacity and false charges.

Wolf Blitzer didn’t really get it either. I’m not sure either of them even really heard what Paul said, though he said it twice.


6 posted on 09/25/2010 4:27:56 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Do know where or if that clip can be found? I would love to see it.


7 posted on 09/25/2010 5:09:09 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Scanian
It's all because of Citizens United.

When the facts aren't on your side, throw up a straw man to blame and distract.....man, is this never ending crap getting tiresome.....

8 posted on 09/25/2010 5:26:00 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: BelegStrongbow
I never watch CNN, let alone Wolf Blitzer.

Glad to hear that Paul Ryan got his message on the air, twice. Even though the CNN folks weren't paying attention, perhaps some of their listeners (do they have any left?) were.

9 posted on 09/25/2010 5:27:49 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Scanian

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

10 posted on 09/25/2010 6:14:33 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Scanian
what President Obama calls "shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names."

ACORN?

11 posted on 09/25/2010 6:27:24 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Scanian

Doesn’t he mean Team Jackass??


12 posted on 09/25/2010 7:44:25 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Right Wing Assault

How ‘bout, “CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS?”


13 posted on 09/25/2010 8:31:21 AM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Scanian
I believe this graph better illustrates the true reason...


14 posted on 09/25/2010 8:40:25 AM PDT by csmusaret (If the Bush recession ended in June 2009, did the Obama economy begin in July 2009?)
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To: csmusaret
Or this one.....


15 posted on 09/25/2010 8:42:07 AM PDT by csmusaret (If the Bush recession ended in June 2009, did the Obama economy begin in July 2009?)
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To: paddles

“People for the American Way” is another.


16 posted on 09/25/2010 8:42:27 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: csmusaret

Bump for later retrieval.


17 posted on 09/25/2010 8:44:55 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Scanian
while Dems are dispirited by the unpopularity of their party's policies.

Also because so many elected Democrats are just such smarmy pricks.
18 posted on 09/25/2010 8:46:47 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Scanian
President Obama complained about "special interests using front groups with misleading names"

You mean like "ACORN","moveon.org", or "Democrat"?

19 posted on 09/25/2010 9:01:55 AM PDT by meyer (Tax the productive to carry the freeloaders - What is it with democrats and slavery?)
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To: Scanian

A few more:

Accountability Now
ActBlue
Alliance for Climate Protection
AlterNet
America Coming Together
America Votes
American Progress Action Fund
American Public Policy Committee
Americans Against Escalation in Iraq
Americans United for Change
Americans for Financial Reform
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
Bluegrass Freedom Fund
Campaign Money Watch
Campaign for America’s Future
Campaign to Defend America
Center for American Progress
Center for Community Change
Center for Progressive Leadership
Change to Win Coalition
Citizens for Progress
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Colorado Democracy Alliance
Common Purpose Project
Conservative Transparency
Democracy Alliance
Democracy for America
EMILY’s List (U.S.)
Health Care for America Now
Institute for Policy Studies
Media Fund
Media Matters for America
Mid Atlantic Leadership Fund
MoveOn
NARAL
National Education Association
National Organization for Women
Netroots Nation
New Democrat Network
New Politics Institute
Oklahoma Freedom Fund
Open Society Institute
OpenLeft.com
Organizing for America
Patriot Majority
People for the American Way
Pioneer Majority
Planned Parenthood
Progress Now
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Majority
Progressive Media USA
Progressive Strategies LLC
Public Campaign Action Fund
Public Citizen
Public Security Now
SPIN Project
The American Prospect
The Fund for America
TrueMajority
USAction
VoteVets.org
Win Without War
Working Assets


20 posted on 09/25/2010 9:20:55 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: Red_Devil 232

I was pinged to it at FaceBook. So, not sure.

Aha, found it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8T_m3ERkH8

Enjoy.


21 posted on 09/26/2010 10:44:30 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Jess Kitting

There’s an activist who is very doctrinaire leftist who is one of my FB friends. I don’t even try to post on his threads, but only keep him so I can sort of gauge what is happening in the local sort-of intellectual left. If he’s any indication, the whole Dem establishment is in utter denial and has fixed itself into a position where nothing said, seen, known or done will have any effect on their conviction that their cause is right, just and wholesome.

So, I’d say the answer to “perhaps some of their listeners (do they have any left?) were” is ‘only so they can find one more person to viscerally resent and demonize’.


22 posted on 09/26/2010 10:47:49 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: BelegStrongbow

Thanks!


23 posted on 09/26/2010 11:39:51 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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