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The Telemundo GOP Debate That Wasn’t

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 7, 2015

As Charles mentioned last week, the three remaining major Democratic candidates (Linc Chafee and having bailed, and Jim Webb probably preparing for a third-party run from the right to try to do to Hillary Clinton in the general what he couldn’t in the primary) met on Telemundo for a forum, using the time slot that was supposed to be filled by the third Republican presidential debate. (Univision is carrying one of the Democratic debates in March, which is probably why the Telemundo Democratic event became a forum instead of a debate.)

Greg Sargent has a nice article explaining how the GOP shot itself in the foot with Latinos as the entire party strove to see who could out-Trump Trump in showing their hatred for immigrants:

Republicans are pulling out of their only scheduled debate that would be aired on a Spanish-language TV network. So Democrats may respond by holding a second gathering aired on one.

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But you’d think it would be a good idea for Democrats to try to make this happen. The RNC is claiming there will be another debate scheduled to replace the cancelled one on NBC and Telemundo. But RNC chair Reince Priebus has declined to say whether Telemundo would be included in the replacement debate. Obviously the RNC did not cancel this debate because of the Spanish-language network’s participation; it had many other reasons for doing so. But one consequence of this decision could be that Republicans end up holding no debate aired on a Spanish-language network. If Democrats do add a second such gathering, they would then be able to argue that they are far more interested in communicating with Latino voters than Republicans are, which is a good message for the general election.

Indeed, one of the GOP campaigns — that of Jeb Bush — is actually protesting the decision to cancel the NBC/Telemundo debate, and demanding that Telemundo be reinstated, presumably because Latino outreach would be good not just for Jeb Bush, but for the GOP overall. Guess which GOP candidate isopposing a reinstatement of Telemundo? Yep: Donald Trump. All this comes after GOP establishment types went into full-scale panic earlier this fall over the damage Trump — with his call for mass deportations and suggestion that Mexican immigrants are rapists — may already be doing to the GOP brand among Latinos. And it comes as incoming House Speaker Paul Ryan is renewing his pledge not to act on immigration reform while Obama is president.

Looks like Jeb’s finally realized that he shouldn’t have let himself get panicked by the base’s craving Trump’s blatant expressions of bigotry. The key for him, as it always has been, is to sit back and let Trump suck up all the oxygen to Jeb’s right, killing off all of Jeb’s rivals on the right; then, when Trump fails to advance past Super Tuesday, be ready to pick up Trump’s crestfallen supporters as the last man standing – and, more importantly, a man who won’t scare off moderate voters in the general election. The question for Jeb is if he has any backers left who are going to be patient enough for this strategy to work.

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Don Lemon: Why Aren’t Gay GOP Candidates Out From The Start?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 20, 2012


Whenever a closeted gay GOP officeholder, candidate, or prominent operative is suddenly forced out of the closet by some act of malfeasance or other scandal, the Republican Noise Machine immediately kicks into high gear, frantically accusing anyone and everyone who dares discuss said GOPer’s activities of hypocritically picking on the poor gay man/woman.

CNN’s Don Lemon has a neat reply: If the Republican Party is such a kind and welcoming home for gays, then why don’t their gays come out on their own? Why do they come out only when they’re forced out for some reason? In the case of Paul Babeu, Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, he came out to his Arizona constituents only after his former lover, a Mexican national named José, accused Babeu — who ran on an anti-immigrant platform — of threatening to deport him should José ever tell anyone that Babeu was gay and was José’s lover.

Democratic candidates like Trevor Thomas and Tammy Baldwin are openly gay and proud of it. By contrast, Mark Neumann, Baldwin’s Republican opponent for Herb Kohl’s Senate seat, is very much anti-gay and is attacking Baldwin because she is gay.

What Lemon, and I suspect most everyone else with an IQ above room temperature, understands, is this:

1. The GOP loves its closet cases, because they’re so much easier to control.

2. If suddenly gay Republicans came out without being dragged out by scandal, that would send a message that the GOP accepts gayness — which means the GOP loses the bigot base that they’ve spent decades cultivating through bigotry-baiting practices such as the Southern Strategy. Na Ga Ha Pen: Without bigotry, they lose.

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Arizona Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Accused By His Male Lover Of Threatening Lover’s Deportation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 18, 2012

This is just dripping with irony, not to mention hypocrisy:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.

The latest of the alleged threats were made through Babeu’s personal attorney, who’s also running the sheriff’s campaign for Congress in District 4, the ex-lover says.

He says lawyer Chris DeRose demanded he sign an agreement that he would never breathe a word about the affair. But Jose (New Times is withholding his last name because Babeu and his attorney have challenged his legal status) refused.


Babeu’s pulled out of being an Arizona co-chair for Mitt Romney’s campaign
, but he vowed to continue his congressional campaign and stay in office as Sheriff. Which he no doubt will, until the polling comes back showing that his racist and anti-gay Republican base has deserted him, at which point he’ll be pushed out by his own party. (What’s hilarious about this is his attempts — apparently at the advice of party higher-ups, because now all the state and national Cons rushing to his defense are mouthing variations of it — to paint himself as a victim of liberal homophobia directed against an “openly gay man”. Of course, this “openly gay man” only came out of the closet forty-eight hours ago, when he was dragged out of it by his former lover — and many of Babeu’s associates in the political world had no idea he was gay until they were told about it this week.)

I give him about four months, tops. They’ll want him out of the congressional race at the very least, and have his replacement as congressional candidate in place by July at the latest. He might limp through another term as sheriff thanks to the power of incumbency, but even that’s in doubt.

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And The Difference Between Pam Oshry Geller, Dana Loesch, and Stormfront Is…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 13, 2012

Not much, as it turns out.

If one were to edit both Pamela Oshry Geller’s and Dana Loesch’s comments and replace all the instances of Islamic references with Jewish references, the result would fit easily on any Stormfront webpage.

Eliminationist, bigoted hate speech is distressingly similar, regardless of its targets. Why does CNN employ someone who spews it? Do they think that Loesch’s bigotry will grab the all-important FOX News demographic?

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Do GOP Base Voters See Ron Paul’s Racism As A Bad Thing? Probably Not.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 29, 2011

If you’re part of the reality-based community and you’ve been following politics in America for the last decade or so, then you likely knew about the Ron Paul newsletters — and their bigoted contents — well before establishment Republican media outlets dredged them up again to lob at him. (The first time they were dredged up, it was lefties who did the dredging.)

You will notice that while the establishment GOP’s favorite mouthpieces and megaphones have been taking about the newsletters to anyone who will listen, Ron Paul’s Republican rivals generally aren’t touching them. (Bachmann’s the only one to actually do so; Romney, on the other hand, would not even when a reporter offered him the opportunity.) Instead, they’re largely attacking him as being “dangerous” on foreign policy (which is their way of saying he’s against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars).

In other words, most of the other Republican candidates know full well that racism is not considered a bad thing by most GOP base voters. After nearly half a century of the corporate-bigot alliance that is the GOP’s Southern Strategy, the Republican base sees bigotry not as a bug, but a feature.

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Bradlee Dean’s Bigotry’s Running Out of Safe Havens

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 26, 2011

In light of Thalweg’s post yesterday over at RenPost about the Triumph of the Bigots in Tennessee, I thought I’d present some happier news about how the revenue stream of a local set of very similar bigots just got negatively impacted.

Remember how I told you the other day about how one of anti-gay nutjob and self-styled preacher man Bradlee Dean’s people was so ticked off at Sally Jo Sorensen’s attempting to interview him at his table set up outside the Hutchinson Walmart that he actually tried to call the cops on her?

Well, guess what — he won’t be setting up shop in front of Walmart any more.

Turns out that in order to get permission to have tables in front of Walmarts, Bradlee Dean’s “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide Ministries” tried to hide the truth about its virulently bigoted mission from the Walmart executives in Arkansas — and once the Walmart executives found out the truth, they banned Dean’s outfit from setting up shop in front of any Walmart.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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When Does Mainstream Media Ignore Murderers?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 24, 2011

When does the mainstream media ignore a really lurid murder case involving home invasion and the cold-blooded killings of a nine-year-old girl and her father?

Easy: It’s when the killers are white conservatives and the victims aren’t white:

We’ve been following the [Shawna] Forde case closely from the day it was first reported, in large part because it tells us so much about the mindset and behind-the-scenes operations of would-be border vigilantes.

Indeed, one of the things we look forward most to learning from this trial is the extent to which Minutemen cofounder Jim Gilchrist was involved: there is a considerable likelihood it will turn out he tipped off Forde that federal authorities were looking for her in connection with the murders.

We’re also looking forward to perhaps finally seeing some coverage of the case in the mainstream media — perhaps even Fox News, which has been assiduous in refusing to do so. I have to admit I’m baffled that, in a cable-TV business that prizes riveting audio snippets, it’s gotten so little attention elsewhere.

But then, this case always cut against everyone’s favorite “neighborhood watch” narrative. It’s about time we laid that one to rest for good.

Of course, this was enough to roust Jim Gilchrist from under his metaphorical rock to make a bogosity-laced statement, which David Neiwert promptly shot down.

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Things You Don’t See Much In US Media

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 12, 2009

A man in Germany murdered a pregnant woman in open court in front of her husband, who was himself stabbed and shot at by apparent accident when he tried to save his wife. Why was she attacked? Because she wore an Islamic headscarf.

That reminds me: News accounts keep saying that over a hundred shots were fired by the alleged gunman in the Fort Hood shootings. Yet he only had one or perhaps two guns and was not known to have reloaded them, from any accounts I recall. Some of those bullets had to have been friendly fire.

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