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Democrats launch counterattack to save Harry Reid's career
Politico ^ | January 11, 2009 | MIKE ALLEN & JAKE SHERMAN

Posted on 01/11/2010 3:46:55 AM PST by Scanian

Democrats are preparing to throw the race card back in the laps of Republicans as part of a counter attack designed to help save Harry Reid’s political career.

First, Reid’s allies plan to distribute the NAACP vote ratings of Republican senators who have scolded him. The data will be made available to editorial boards, cable programs and the blogosphere — including votes on minimum wage, community-oriented policing, education funding and HIV/AIDS programs.

Separately, the Congressional Black Caucus plans to issue a new statement Monday, defending Reid and brushing back Republicans.

“Senator Reid’s record provides a stark contrast to actions of Republicans to block legislation that would benefit poor and minority communities – most recently reflected in Republican opposition to the health bill now under consideration,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said. “I look forward to Senator Reid continuing to serve as Majority Leader to guide this important agenda through the Senate.”

These moves to turn the race issue back onto Republicans is risky, yet it shows how Reid and his allies are ready to pull out all the stops to help the majority leader recover from his disastrous comments about Barack Obama being “light-skinned” and having no “Negro dialect.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: harryreid; liberalagenda; naacp; negrodialect; race; reid; senate; servingcoffee
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1 posted on 01/11/2010 3:46:58 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

People who think that Reid’s job is in jeopardy (at least until the elections) are fooling themselves. The Democrats fully accept their own behaving badly in the race department and they will never punish any of their own for making any missteps here.


2 posted on 01/11/2010 3:53:17 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Scanian

Moral of the Story: We don’t mind if you’re a racist as long as you vote the way we want you to.


3 posted on 01/11/2010 3:56:27 AM PST by comebacknewt
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To: Scanian

Good God! I just saw Sharpton make a complete fool out of himself live on Morning Joe. I have no word to express it. This is new territoty. Can anyone help.?


4 posted on 01/11/2010 3:56:50 AM PST by screaminsunshine (!!three if by government)
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To: Scanian

Problem with this strategy is that it reveals the Rats as abject hypocrites.

Can’t wait to see how they try to spin Bubba Clinton’s cmoments...


5 posted on 01/11/2010 3:58:01 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Scanian
 Black Face Harry
6 posted on 01/11/2010 3:58:23 AM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: pnh102

Of the opposition, who in their right mind would want Harry Reid to step down, honestly. Their defense strategy is already taking another pound of flesh from their backside for the mid-term and Harry is not going to be re-elected in Nevada.

Would we rather have this bumbling stumbling loan shark wanna-be sent to the back bench for someone with at least an ounce of credibility? Damn, like Daschle and Pelousy, Harry is the gift that keeps on giving.


7 posted on 01/11/2010 4:02:02 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: Scanian
minimum wage, community-oriented policing, education funding and HIV/AIDS programs.

Really? Just how much help is the minimum wage when 50% of the negro youth are unemployed. And just ask Detroit how liberal education is working for the black community.

8 posted on 01/11/2010 4:03:18 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

All you have to do is look at how the Mass legislature handled vacated federal Senate seats; first by changing the rules to keep a Repub governor from appointing a replacement for Kerry, then changing them back so a Dem governor could replace Kennedy, and now threatening to change again, so that they would not certify the potential election of a Repub senator (who would replace the dem appointed to Kennedy’ seat) until after key Dem-supported votes have taken place.


9 posted on 01/11/2010 4:05:39 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Scanian
This is a stupid move by the Democrats, but the Pubbies aren't smart enough to make them pay. Minimum wage has been PROVEN to hurt minorities the most. And please refresh my memory... Which party pulled the plug on a successful voucher program in DC, thus eliminating education opportunities for minority children???
10 posted on 01/11/2010 4:07:15 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Scanian

The world as seen by socialists:

If you’re a socialist, you can do no wrong.

If you’re not a socialist, you’re a racist, and every other evil thing we can think to call you.


11 posted on 01/11/2010 4:09:34 AM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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To: mazda77
Of the opposition, who in their right mind would want Harry Reid to step down, honestly

Exactly. Wound him even more, take his poll numbers down another 10 points or so but hope and pray he stays. We want Dingy's seat in Nov.

12 posted on 01/11/2010 4:09:54 AM PST by libh8er
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To: libh8er

The last thing we want is a centrist *sounding* Democrat taking his place.


13 posted on 01/11/2010 4:11:27 AM PST by libh8er
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14 posted on 01/11/2010 4:12:22 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Scanian

Thsi will backfire - as it will remind who the Dems really fight for... and it ain’t the white middle class.


15 posted on 01/11/2010 4:12:55 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: Scanian

I was shocked, I shocked, I say, to hear the Reid story at the top of the hourly abc radio news at 0600 and 0700 eastern.

May be, indeed, interesting.


16 posted on 01/11/2010 4:14:14 AM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: nhwingut

They will release the NAACP ratings of Republican senators? Gee I wonder what that will reveal. Most of them scoring pretty low I hope. They ought to wear that as a badge of honor since they are a lefty, divisive organization. They favor preferential treatment over equality, so that puts them at odds with a majority of Americans. The are “out of the mainstream” to use one of the Dems’ favorite cliches.


17 posted on 01/11/2010 4:18:54 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: don-o
Perhaps some in the MSM realize Dingy Harry is driving the Democrat Party over a cliff and is trying to protect the soften the 2010 blow by getting Harry tossed.
18 posted on 01/11/2010 4:28:26 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Scanian

First, Reid’s allies plan to distribute the NAACP vote ratings of Republican senators who have scolded him. The data will be made available to editorial boards, cable programs and the blogosphere — including votes on minimum wage, community-oriented policing, education funding and HIV/AIDS programs.

It will be interested to see their scores.


19 posted on 01/11/2010 4:28:36 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Scanian

And as we all KNOW, minimum wage, “community policing,” education and AIDS are all race issues.


20 posted on 01/11/2010 4:30:22 AM PST by GOP_Resurrected
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To: Scanian
"First, Reid’s allies plan to distribute the NAACP vote ratings of Republican senators who have scolded him. "

That doesn't mean squat...the NAACP will label you a "racist" if you don't like licorice (because it's black).

Their motto is "you can call me anything you want as long as there is something in it for me".

Alledged "Racism" is one of the biggest rackets in America. It is the do-it-yourself extortion plan that supports the lawyers and makes lawsuit lottery winners of all who venture there.

Reid said, in essence, that dark-skinned people with "negro" dialects are not acceptable/electable. He said it! You cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Insofar as Harry Reid's political career, he's pretty much ruined that on his own, the GOP had little to do with that.
21 posted on 01/11/2010 4:32:26 AM PST by FrankR (There will be no jobs until it is profitable for employers to hire people....PERIOD.)
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To: Scanian

I love it! I hope they continue to defend this guy. Harry, continue to fight you are only helping your Party drive over the cliff faster.


22 posted on 01/11/2010 4:33:09 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: Scanian

he he he


23 posted on 01/11/2010 4:33:49 AM PST by rrrod
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To: ALPAPilot
"Really? Just how much help is the minimum wage when 50% of the negro youth are unemployed. And just ask Detroit how liberal education is working for the black community."

Very good points. Didn't Obama cut off the funds that were allowing some low income students to attend charter school in DC making them return to public schools?

24 posted on 01/11/2010 4:34:17 AM PST by maxter (Give today a chance. Enjoy.)
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To: Scanian
First, Reid’s allies plan to distribute the NAACP vote ratings of Republican senators who have scolded him.


25 posted on 01/11/2010 4:35:03 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: mazda77

I expect Rush to launch Operation Chaos part 2. A trick he has had planned to agree with the MSM. This is the perfect opportunity.


26 posted on 01/11/2010 4:38:59 AM PST by screaminsunshine (!!three if by government)
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To: Scanian
...Reid and his allies are ready to pull out all the stops ...

Sen. Macaca (D-NV) should simply resign rather than try to change the subject.

27 posted on 01/11/2010 4:45:07 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: pnh102

You are correct.
Any pubbie says a word about race not politically correct and the dems hound him out of office.
Dems do the same and it is ignored or excused.
It is just ONE of the many things about the pubbies that irk my rear end.
Why do the pubbies not hold dems to the same levals of political correctness?
Why do they not force them out when the likes of the kennedy dopper run his car in to crap while he is doped up?
Etc.


28 posted on 01/11/2010 4:47:35 AM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go. (FUBO))
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To: Scanian

Harry Reid on Trent Lott: “I think what he said is not good for America; it’s repugnant...” -Las Vegas Review-Journal, (12-02)

Reid...in 2002 agreed with former Sen. Trent Lott’s (R-Miss.) decision to resign his leadership role after Lott made what some felt were racist remarks at former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party.
“He had no alternative,” said Reid at the time claiming, “If you tell ethnic jokes in the backroom, it’s that much easier to say ethnic things publicly. I’ve always practiced how I play.”
“He had no alternative”
“Senator Lott dug himself a hole and he didn’t dig it all in one setting. He dug it over the years. And he couldn’t figure out a way to get out of it.”

In 2002, Harry Reid said:
“The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”
- and -
Illinois Senator Barack Obama (C-13th), challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott’s remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.
“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.

*** Fast forward to 2010 ***
Obama’s comments on Harry Reid:
“Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”


29 posted on 01/11/2010 4:49:36 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: screaminsunshine

It’s maddening to watch them trot out Sharpton to be an apologist every time a Dem puts a racial foot in its mouth. Also, he holds on to long ago mistakes of the same nature made by Republicans and shrilly makes it sound like it happened yesterday (Trent Lott, something about wanting a segregationist in office? 1994?)
...Watching he and Steve Doocy on FOX this morning, it was odd to see him raise his voice in anger over the Trent Lott comments made long ago and sticking up for the stupid and blatantly racist remarks recently made by Reed. A glaring double standard which showed to me just how much they need to hold “Liar’s anonymous” meetings in the Democratic (Chicago) party.
If what Reed said is true, I can just see Obama with some of his home boys, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes and laughing and slapping each other’s hands in jive talk at the stupid white honky Americans.


30 posted on 01/11/2010 4:51:21 AM PST by Rainwave (Offended by Napolitano)
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To: Scanian
Dear Black America:

Please take a look at how you are being used and how race is being used merely as a weapon. You don't mean anything to them other than a club to use on their enemies.

From now on, I don't want to hear about how "offended" you are at words, I don't want to hear how "bad" anyone is for saying something. It won't work anymore just like acting like discrimination is still real won't work. Sorry, it's over.

31 posted on 01/11/2010 4:51:26 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: mazda77
Of the opposition, who in their right mind would want Harry Reid to step down, honestly. Their defense strategy is already taking another pound of flesh from their backside for the mid-term and Harry is not going to be re-elected in Nevada.

The Democrat theory of acquiring and staying in power is totally opposite of the Republican. The Rats will defend any elected Rat to their dying breath. The Republicans will throw people overboard at the first sign of trouble, hoping to keep the brand name from being smeared. Whether it's correct or not, the strategy is very consistent.

32 posted on 01/11/2010 4:52:51 AM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: TNCMAXQ
"They will release the NAACP ratings of Republican senators?"

Then go all the way back to before the civil rights movement, and show which part supported the bill.
Show Byrd as the grand dragon of the KKK, and his interview on the Tony Snow show where he used the "N" word.

33 posted on 01/11/2010 5:01:01 AM PST by DeaconRed (Harold B. Estes my hero.)
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To: Scanian
including votes on minimum wage, community-oriented policing, education funding and HIV/AIDS programs.

As if white people do not work for minimum wage, desire police protection, want education and catch AIDS.

Their so-called solution and support is just another layer of racial pandering. It's an ultimate insult to black people, because they are defining a race of human beings by their challenges.

Thereby they ignore the first step in extracting oneself from a hole - They keep digging.

34 posted on 01/11/2010 5:01:12 AM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: Scanian

Harry Reid has restored the word “negro” to acceptable use

Will the congressional black caucus change its name to show support?


35 posted on 01/11/2010 5:12:27 AM PST by silverleaf
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To: Scanian

One has to give the demonRATS credit when and where it is due.
They can take ONE unknown word and turn it into a campaign to destroy someone. Of course they generally get a lot of help from the republicans.

We have no inkling as to what Mr. Allen meant by “Macaca,” though we rather doubt his campaign’s imaginative explanation that it was somehow an allusion to Mr. Sidarth’s hairstyle, a mullet. Mr. Allen said last night that no slur was intended, though he failed to explain what, exactly, he did have in mind.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/14/AR2006081401114.html

Allen said, “In singling out the Webb campaign’s cameraman, I was trying to make the point that Jim Webb had never been to that part of Virginia — and I encouraged him to bring the tape back to Jim and welcome him to the real world of Virginia and America, outside the Beltway, where he has rarely visited.

“I also made up a nickname for the cameraman, which was in no way intended to be racially derogatory. Any insinuations to the contrary are completely false.”

Allen said it “was certainly not my intent” to offend anyone by the remark.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/16/allen.volunteer/index.html

Forget the macaca “moment” — the Post has tried to turn this into Macaca Month.
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/node/7367#ixzz0cJCdNsrJ

\”It is unacceptable that Senator Allen used a racial slur to refer to a twenty-year old native Virginian of Indian descent. Senator Allen needs to explain himself and owes the Indian American community an apology.\”

WE THE UNDERSIGNED DEMAND A CLARIFICATION AND A FORMAL APOLOGY FROM THE ALLEN CAMPAIGN TO THE INDIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/macaca/

Allen’s use of the word “macaca” in referring to a Webb campaign volunteer of Indian descent in August prompted an outcry. The word denotes a genus of monkeys and, in some cultures, is considered an ethnic slur. But the senator insisted he did not know that and had simply made up the word.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/26/politics/main2039589.shtml

SEN. GEORGE ALLEN’S macaca moment has granted the nation a few days’ reprieve from thoughts of mass murder and provided a new vocab word for the zeitgeist.

Doubtless no one present knew what “macaca” meant but subsequently those three syllables have caused a tectonic shift in the political plates. Literally it’s the name of a monkey common to North Africa and Asia; figuratively it’s a racial slur in some parts of the world.

And in the U.S. effective last Friday it’s an eponym for “major political boo-boo.”
http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-08-20/opinion/17308777_1_sidarth-macaca-racial-slur


36 posted on 01/11/2010 5:16:02 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Rainwave

It is truly an amazing sight to behold. Utter and total corruption.


37 posted on 01/11/2010 5:16:26 AM PST by screaminsunshine (!!three if by government)
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To: comebacknewt
We don’t mind if you’re a racist as long as you vote the way we want you to.

Before long, it will be "We don't mind giving you that health care as long as you vote the way we want you to".....

38 posted on 01/11/2010 5:19:53 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: Scanian
Let Harry Reid continue to be the mouthpiece for the democRAT party. The GOP couldn't come up with a better campaign issue for tarring all democRATs. “...the party of Harry Reid.”
39 posted on 01/11/2010 5:24:58 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
eliminating education opportunities for minority children???

Ah, well, it's important to specify what TYPE of minority children they were. I mean, if they were light skinned children that didn't speak with a Nergo dialect, then that is definitely more a problem then if they had darker skin and spoke...Negro?

40 posted on 01/11/2010 5:25:28 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: maxter
Didn't Obama cut off the funds that were allowing some low income students to attend charter school in DC making them return to public schools?

Good point. Obama and his democrat allies did pull the educational rug out from under all those blacks in D.C.

41 posted on 01/11/2010 5:31:39 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: Scanian
Reid's remark was not only racially insensitive to Blacks but was also denigrating to Democrats and the American people by assuming them to be bigots.
The NAACP and the Democrats may be forgiving of Reid but the American people are not going to let him get away with this!
42 posted on 01/11/2010 5:34:16 AM PST by orinoco
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To: screaminsunshine

I saw him on F&F...he claimed that there was “no comparison” between Reid’s remarks about Zer0 and Trent Lott’s praise of Strom Thurmond.

Fat Albert would defend any creep who promotes the growth of the welfare plantation, which is how the race hustlers and poverty pimps stay in business. Lott never once mentioned anybody’s race - he was merely being nice to a nearly 100 year old man. Reid used blatant racial references, yet he is innocent when compared to Lott.

One thing that has been clear for years - vote the liberal line and you will be a saint to the Left no matter what else you do or say.


43 posted on 01/11/2010 5:35:22 AM PST by Scanian
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“the Congressional Black Caucus plans to issue a new statement Monday, defending Reid and brushing back Republicans.”

O.K. That’s good enough for me. If the racist CBC has no problem with Reid’s comments, then I don’t see why I should have a problem with them. Just don’t be surprised if I don’t go into spasms of outrage if a Republican makes similar remarks in the future.


44 posted on 01/11/2010 5:39:28 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Scanian
The smart thing to do would be,

I see no sense in coming to his defense. (Unless he knows where the bodies are buried)

45 posted on 01/11/2010 5:40:12 AM PST by McGruff (We're Going Rogue Baby!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

The trouble with the pubbies - and everybody else inside the Beltway - is that they think Americans are too dumb to understand that a higher minimum wage hurts the poor. So they stay mum and take more abuse from the libs.

It is Republican politicians who have trouble understanding simple facts. Potomac fever is truly brain-damaging!


46 posted on 01/11/2010 5:40:18 AM PST by Scanian
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To: nhwingut

The question is, is the “white middle class” willing to fight for itself anymore?

In too many parts of the country, that group simply rolls over and plays dead.


47 posted on 01/11/2010 5:41:48 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

48 posted on 01/11/2010 5:42:31 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Bush at his worst was still better than Obama at his best.)
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To: napscoordinator

To the Left, voting the lib line = fairness. Voting against it = racism.

For once the pubbies need to show that liberalism is the most racist force in history. It has created a welfare plantation from which only conservatism offers escape.


49 posted on 01/11/2010 5:44:57 AM PST by Scanian
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To: FrankR

If the GOP was smart (I know - fat chance!), they would shut up and let Reid and the Dhimmis hang themselves.

No need to attack someone bent on committing suicide.


50 posted on 01/11/2010 5:46:48 AM PST by Scanian
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