Dreadful Policy, By Any Other Name . . .


Well, it has been an eventful week and suddenly—here we are—less than a year from the 2014 mid-term elections.  How time flies . . . and suddenly Republicans appear to be getting all serious about their public image.

On that subject, I tend to agree with Charlie Pierce who says:

This party doesn’t need rebranding. It needs deprogramming.

Whatever.  But it’s fun to pull back the curtain and take a peek at how the transformation is going . . .

The most timely and topical event, of course, is the conservative reaction to the news of Nelson Mandela’s death.

Republicans are politicians so their first impulse was to offer up respectful homage to a world leader and, hopefully, do it before and/or better than President Obama.  Whereupon they were blinsided by their vituperative post-racism base who were eager to dance on Mandela’s grave and label their pols RINO’s for not joining in the dance.

At least Rick Santorum wasn’t afraid to let his freak flag fly.  Santorum, visiting Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly took that opportunity to share this insight:

Mandela was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.

Unlike some others, Santorum was being true to himself . . . as most of us who’ve been around for a while know, conservatives, including some of those lionizing Mandela now that he’s gone, have been systematically trying to undermine Mandela and his fight against apartheid for the past 50 years.  Igor Volsky and Zack Beauchamp have a great timeline describing those efforts up on Think Progress.

Meanwhile, Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton appeared on Now with Alex Wagner to review the President’s statement on Mandela’s passing and drew a very interesting parallel between Obama and Mandela that should [but probably won’t] give Republicans pause:

The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election of Nelson Mandela – legitimate election, he was never truly elected – for him to recognize his role in history which was to be a patriot at that point is so different than the way [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell handled the election of Obama.

They were willing, the McConnell people onto the far right, were willing to destroy the country in order to destroy Obama. Whereas, to succeed in a country he loved, F.W. de Klerk was willing to see it transformed to black rule so it could be done successfully so he could have his country have a better future.

The loss of Mandela and what his history is about and the key statement of why this has been so poisonous the last five years.  We have real people in this country with real power and status who have used that status of power to hurt the country so they could hurt the president.

In loosely related news:  Rand Paul descended on Motown to open the Republicans’ Orwellian-sounding African American Engagement Office in Detroit.  So far, according to the photo tweeted from the event, the GOP’s African American Engagement Program is only engaging an odd-lot of white folks so far. 


I’m not saying that’s bad, it just doesn’t seem all that effective to send a guy who, until recently, had a white supremacist staffer who also helped Paul write his book, to “engage” African Americans.  Granted, the GOP doesn’t exactly have a deep bench in that area, but still . . . wouldn’t anybody be a better pick than Rand Paul?

So much for the African-American vote . . .

As I reported yesterday, @GOPLeader, Eric Cantor had an unfortunate run-in with singing children in the People’s House which ended in tears (the children) and burly Capitol Cops teaching the little nippers how democracy really works in a way that they are unlikely to forget any time soon.

So much for the Latino Vote . . .

And then, of course, earlier in the week, we learned that male Republican candidates are going to GOP Charm School to learn how to talk to and about women.  And not fer nuthin’:

. . .the longtime “gender gap” between the parties continues to be pretty stark for the GOP. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost women to Barack Obama by 11 percentage points in the 2012 election, and the 2013 campaigns saw a similar trend. A series of recent polls show a continued double-digit lead for Democratic candidates among women, with the margin soaring to much higher levels among single female voters. The GOP — which lost female voters by large margins in every competitive Senate race in the 2012 election — also saw a 10-point increase in its unfavorability rating to among women to 63 percent, according to an October ABC/Washington Post poll.

According to John Boehner, Republicans need to be “a little more sensitive.”  Try a little tenderness?

Someone needs to clue these guys in that most women are not as stupid as they think.  Changing the way you say things, and not saying other things, won’t change the fact that your domestic policy platform absolutely sucks from a woman’s perspective and until you change that, we won’t be taken in by your Neanderthal efforts at self-improvement.

Especially when we have to look at something like this with our morning coffee . . .


That little doozy was tweeted to the world by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  Perhaps the National Republican Congressional Committee will offer the NRSC a group rate for the sensitivity training they’re offering in the House.

For those of you who don’t recognize the ‘shop here, that’s Alison Lundergan Grimes face on the “Obama Girl” a favorite of right-leaning amateur photogs.  Grimes is the Democratic candidate running against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.  And since Mitch’s campaign teams always seem to top out at a middle-school mentality there should be plenty more of that misogynistic campaign material to come.

So much for the female vote . . .

Let’s see now, what does that leave?  Oh yeah, people who hate Blacks, Latinos and Women . . . they’re already in.


Posted by Bette Noir on 12/07/13 at 01:23 PM • Permalink

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