Mercury Rising 鳯女

Politics, life, and other things that matter

Archive for the ‘RNC’ Category

Why Is Norm Coleman Not After Michael Steele’s Job?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 28, 2010

This is interesting:

[Norm] Coleman said in a C-SPAN interview scheduled to be broadcast Sunday that he would not challenge Steele if he decides to run for a second term. “I am not here to do any battles with our chairman; he is a friend,” Coleman said.

Considering that Norm’s been angling for the job for years, even before he lost to Al Franken, this is a rather noteworthy volte-face.

What made Norm decide not to go for it? Would the name “Kazeminy” be a clue? Or “Blo-and-Go“?

Posted in Norm Coleman, Republicans, RNC | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

Recycled Story Or Real News?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 23, 2010

Late! Breaking! Politico! Scuttlebutt! is that Norm Coleman might finally get to replace Michael Steele as RNC Chair:

Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman is considering a run for chairmanship of the RNC, POLITICO has learned, and has begun talking to associates about taking on Michael Steele, should the embattled current chairman seek another term in January.

Coleman is planning to attend the RNC’s summer meeting next month in Kansas City, in part to be on hand for a tribute to longtime New Jersey Committeeman David Norcross, who is stepping down from his party post. But senior Republicans say the former senator’s appearance at the committee’s gathering will also allow him to meet the party members who will pick the next chairman and signal to them that he’s interested in the job.

In the last month, Coleman has had private conversations with multiple high-level GOP officials about the party’s chairmanship in an attempt to sound out his prospects.

In an e-mail, the former St. Paul mayor said only that he was working to help Republicans in 2010.

“My focus is on the 2010 elections,” Coleman wrote in response to questions about his interest in the RNC post. “We have a huge opportunity to stop the Democrats’ out-of-control spending and losing the opportunity would be devastating for the country.”

A close confidante, however, said Coleman is “intrigued by the [RNC] opportunity.”

Whoop-te-doo. He’s been actively wanting the gig since March of 2009, you know.

Posted in 2010, Norm Coleman, RNC | Comments Off on Recycled Story Or Real News?

Rand Paul Never Learned To Speak In Code

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2010

It’s so funny to watch the conservative “libertarians” like David Weigel and James Joyner bend themselves into pretzels making excuses for Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul. Apparently, Paul’s only sin is that he never learned to speak in code, to use dogwhistling that the GOP/Media Complex would report without comment and at face value but which his fellow Neo-Confederates would understand.

This all makes sense if you think of tea partiers as nothing more than the logical end product of the devolution of the Republican base after over half a century of the Southern Strategy. Remember, the Tea Party Nation — the TP group that is the biggest by far and is the one that has the bus tours and Sarah Palin as a speaker — has had since January in its bylaws the requirement that all candidates must endorse the Republican Party platform in order to get funding. Paul’s never had to learn to speak in code, because up to now he’s never had to speak to people outside of the Republican base.

This is also why Michael Steele pissed off so many Republicans when he dared say what every politically-sophisticated person knows but the Villagers are paid to ignore: That, contrary to the currently fashionable GOP stance to claim that the Southern Strategy began and ended with Richard Nixon (or began with LBJ, for the really daring bullshitters), it in fact has been part of the Republican platform for at least four decades. Or, as Lee Atwater said back in 1981 when describing the implementation of the Southern Strategy:

”You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigg–, nigg–, nigg–.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigg–’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

”And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigg–, nigg–.”’

And that is that.

Posted in racism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, RNC, Ron Paul, Tea Party | Comments Off on Rand Paul Never Learned To Speak In Code

Show Me The Money

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 23, 2010

A funny thing happened on the way to the GOP’s planned electoral triumph in the 2010 midterms — namely, the refusal of donors to pony up to the RNC for it.

But don’t worry, they’ve got their scapegoat already in place. Apparently since he’s not allowed to make any real decisions about the direction of the party, RNC figurehead chair Michael Steele’s settling for throwing lavish parties — or so the suddenly-stingy RNC donors say:

But disclosure reports document the exodus of prominent donors who have decided to shift their giving to other party committees. In 2005, the RNC raised $46 million from donors who gave more than $250 and $55 million from small donors. In 2009, Steele’s RNC brought in just $24 million — nearly half as much — from big donors and $58 million from small donors.

When Steele took over the chairmanship last winter, he inherited a $23 million surplus. Since then, the former Maryland lieutenant governor has raised $10 million less than the party collected in 2005 and has spent $10 million more. By the end of 2009, the committee’s surplus had shrunk to $8.4 million, according to campaign finance reports.

Just last week, RNC officials touted a January fundraising haul of more than $10 million. But after hosting the sun-filled winter meeting in Hawaii, paying for the holiday party and taking care of other bills, the committee spent almost all of it. Consequently, the RNC added only $1 million to the committee’s $8.4 million in cash, the reports show.

[…]

With House Republicans expanding their list of Democratic targets, a flush RNC could be vital to success. That is particularly so because the National Republican Congressional Committee has struggled to raise money on its own.

At the start of the year, House Republicans had just a little more than $2 million in the bank. At the end of January, the committee doubled its cash on hand to about $4 million, according to the latest reports, but party leaders have said they need more than $50 million to compete in the now-growing list of targeted contests.

[…]

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been a perennial fundraising laggard, is also seeing its coffers swell because of the RNC rifts. For the first time since 1998, the NRSC posted more cash in the bank, $10.6 million, than the RNC, which has $9.4 million.

But wait! According to Eugene Robinson last month, the Republicans really aren’t doing that badly with regard to fundraising under Steele’s watch:

The party, moribund when Steele took over, has had an excellent fundraising cycle, taking in $80 million. He cleaned house at RNC headquarters, shaking up the complacent staff. He pays attention to long-neglected state party leaders. Disgruntled GOP insiders are probably stuck with him.

Oh, I don’t know about that. If the cash doesn’t start to really roll in by April — and as mentioned earlier, he seems to be spending as much if not more than he’s raising — I fully expect him to be on the chopping block as the donors like their black figureheads quiet and submissive, not loud and energetic.

Meanwhile, it’s not just the RNC that’s suffering. It looks like the GOP’s Senatorial campaign arm is still trailing its Democratic counterpart by $4 million — or nearly 50% — and the RNC is trailing the DNC as well. And the National Republican Congressional Committee, which had an extremely sucky 2009 in terms of fundraising, has yet to see the big donor push needed to erase the Democrats’ current 6-to-1 advantage. Not since 1998 has the GOP’s cash on hand been this low at the start of an election year — and that was the year when the Republicans’ majority dropped by five seats in the House and they failed to make any gains in the Senate despite confident predictions that Republican adulterers like Henry Hyde and Newt Gingrich harping on Bill Clinton’s sex life would sweep them into permanent supermajorities forever.

I’ll keep an eye on this. It ought to be interesting.

Posted in 2010, Democrats, Republicans, RNC | 3 Comments »

Michael Steele Deathwatch: Eric Cantor Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 22, 2010

I find it interesting that Howard Dean’s rocky relationship with Rahm Emanuel and other corporatist Democrats and neoliberals (the folks usually depicted as “centrists” by our corporatist media) was regular network TV news fodder during the good doctor’s time as DNC Chair, yet Michael Steele’s far more contentious tenure as RNC Chair — complete with his being stripped of the power of the purse and being reduced to little more than a figurehead — somehow never makes it onto the CBS, NBC, ABC or any other evening news.

For example: While the airwaves were either full of Scott Brown triumphalism or Let’s Kick John Edwards’ Dead Horse Some More schadenfreude (can you imagine the GOP/Media Complex going after a retired Republican horndog this way? Hell, they’re gentler to Mark Sanford, a sitting GOP governor and horndog, than they are to John Edwards), what may well be the final act of The Michael Steele Roadshow was playing out in relative quiet in the pages of The Hill:

House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) took a shot at Republican Party chairman Michael Steele Thursday for holding a GOP retreat in Hawaii.

Cantor, who has differed with Steele over Republican chances to retake the House in 2010, indicated he wasn’t crazy about the idea of RNC members relaxing on Hawaiian beaches when asked whether it was the right kind of image for the party to project.

“Chairman Steele has a role to play in these elections,” Cantor began. “Obviously, I have said that I disagree with his statement that we can’t take back the House. So, do I want voters to think that Republicans do nothing but go to beach resorts in January? No.”

Will Steele be allowed to stick around to the midterms? I wonder.

Posted in Republicans, Republicans acting badly, RNC | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

RNC = Rotten, no-good crooks

Posted by Charles II on February 8, 2009

Henry Cauvin, WaPo (via t/o):

Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors…

The recent allegations outlined four specific transactions. In addition to the payment to Steele’s sister, Fabian said that the candidate used money from his state campaign improperly; that Steele paid $75,000 from the state campaign to a law firm for work that was never performed; and that he or an aide transferred more than $500,000 in campaign cash from one bank to another without authorization. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Republicans acting badly, RNC | 6 Comments »

Sarah Palin: Obama’s Top Fundraiser

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 6, 2008

Check this out, courtesy of a commenter over at Glenn Greenwald’s shop at Salon:

Democrats reaction to the RNC hate: Outraise money 8:1!

This from the WSJ/Washington Wire:

Sarah Palin’s speech to the convention Wednesday night energized conservatives, allayed concerns of some nervous party insiders – and inspired excited Republicans to donate a cool $1 million to the Republican National Committee’s effort to elect John McCain.

But….

UPDATE: Bloomberg reported that Palin’s speech was even better for Democrats–Barack Obama has raised $8 million since Wednesday’s speech. “Sarah Palin’s attacks have rallied our supporters in ways we never expected,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said. “And we fully expect John McCain’s attacks tonight to help us make our grassroots organization even stronger.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/04/donations-pour-in-to-rnc-after-palin-speech/?mod=googlenews_wsj

So perhaps the Democratic reaction is through their wallets. Now lets see what the DNC/Obama does with the money.

Sounds good to me.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Democrats, Republican National Convention, Republicans, RNC, Sarah Palin | 5 Comments »

Fun And Games In St. Paul

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 1, 2008

Longtime Kossack New Left 2004 has an eyewitness report:

I Was Tear Gassed By The St. Paul Police – Eyewitness Account Hotlist

Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 12:54:22 PM PDT

Now, to be fair, I was probably somewhere I shouldn’t have been.  I didn’t mean to get involved in this.  I live very, very close to the convention site and I took a walk to see what was going on. I saw these protesters and I kind of shadowed them because I was curious and I didn’t have anything better to do.    

First off, these were not peaceful protesters.  I followed them for what felt like about two hours and here’s what I saw.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, RNC, WTF? | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

 
%d bloggers like this: