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Showing posts with label Michael Steele. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Steele. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CPAC: An Annual Conservative Oozfest Which Never Fails (VIDEO)

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From 2009 - 2011 Michael Steele served as the Republican National Committee Chair. Yes, his service coincided with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th President. And yes, I wrote incessantly about Steele's election to the RNC Chair position based on the election of the first African-American elected to the Oval Office. His appointment certainly seemed a knee-jerk strategy to Obama's election, without question. A reality which fails to induce surprise out of the GOP/RNC.

The past is the past. Barack Obama is no longer President of the United States. Michelle Steele was unceremoniously removed as Chair of the RNC. And, time has moved on. Time has moved on for all but American conservatives who seem to cling to the pat more often than allow their brains to come forth from more regressive periods in US History.  Regressive ideology and paradigms which facilitate tickling the oozier of conservatives while attending the annual RNC oozfest (AKA CPAC). Michael Steele as an African-American apparently exists as fodder for CPAC feed to ravishing bigots and racist who gobbled up the current RNC Communication Director's feeding like slop for a pig pen. 

Before we move to the director throwing Michael Steele completely under the bus, let's get another peep or two from CPAC.

Segment One

Dana Loesch NRA spokesperson (Crying White Women)

Segment Two

NRA Head LaPierre (Good Gun with A Gun...)

Mere days before the relation four Parkland Florida Police failed to enter a building while the Parkland mass killing enacted his evil killing spree. We should assume those four cops were "good guys."

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From examples of shame, social insanity, and conservative regressivism to yet another form of feed for CPAC attendees (AKA American Conservatives).

CPAC's Comms Director Ian Walters
"We elected Mike Steele to be the RNC chair because he's a black guy; that was the wrong thing to do."
Regardless of our perception of Steele as a two year RNC Chair, how crass and disgusting to simply throw the conservative out as fodder for a seething crowd of whacked-out younger conservatives?

For the full story, we offer this link to a New York Times piece.

Michael Steele's response to an apology from the head of CPAC Matt Schlapp. Linked here.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Perception Is Reality", GOP Pundits Blowing It On The Pence Law

I realize I have posted the following image there times over the past few days. 

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The image is a poignant reminder of Indiana Governor's affinity for all things anti-LGBT. Republicans can argue points related the 'silliness' or "craziness" of the uproar surrounding the Religious Freedom Law, but they cannot argue with the image. What you see in the image is much more a "message" conduit than a "picture." Pence was clearly sending a signal to his major constituents via his invitation to (sit and stand with) such anti-LGBT activists. Let's face it, GOP politicians are far more indebted to their uber wealthy money-brokers, than public sentiment. Among the various national polls available via the link, not one poll indicated non-favorable opinions regrading same sex relationships. Pence's carefully chosen pose may have resulted from a motive as he considered his almost certain future run for the White House. 

The image was indeed a message image, but that was before his weekend of hell and the "Pence Law." A weekend that ended with a well rehearsed and strategically developed press conference in which he ordered a "fix" to his bill on his desk before the coming weekend

"Well rehearsed and strategically developed?" The video embeds below contribute to what should be considered the outcome of a failed attempt to place a refgressive law on the Indiana registers that would have been used to sanction "States Rights" discrimination. Watch the first few seconds of Pence's press conference and recognize a common public speaking technique that denotes impact as a construct in starting a speech. 

Delivery is a key component of communications. After, watching Pence stumble through a weekend of Non Fox News interviews, We can rest assured he accomplished two "move forward" items.

First, he consulted with key decision-makers before speaking freely about the Pence Law. If you do not think he consulted with party money-brokers and operatives, you might be a conservative blind to the inner workings of the GOP. Second, he prepped for the press conference (as well he should) with a heightened emphasis on cleaning up a Sunday of stumbling/mumbling/jumbling refusal to answer direct questions.

The remaining portion of the Maddow segment is a bit long, but if you are a regular reader you know we value information of quick reads. Here is the remaining nine plus minutes of the segment. 

Pence and his GOP legislature, screwed up and seriously underestimated the level of concern regarding bigotry and GOP authoritarianism. The need for a "FIX THIS NOW" ensued. 

Pence via his speech is retrenching a bit, while continuing to make false claims about his law compared to 1990s federal government legislation. He also uses the former Illinois state Senator Barack H. Obama as fodder for his efforts to cleanse his SNAFU. But, all was not lost within his party as GOP presidential aspirants sniffed an opportunity.

All notable GOP presidential front-runners have come out in support of Pence's law. They have lock-stepped in yet another case of GOP and conservative dogma despite majority public opinion to the contrary. It should be noted that Fox News and other GOP talking heads are sticking with the original Pence law as if it was void of issues that could lead to discrimination against Americans.

The need to support the Pence Law even spilled into a conservative guest on MSNBC. If you have a few more minutes and have not seen the following segment, skip through the on-camera exchange. The star of the segment is Michael (Gotta circle the wagons around Pence) Steele, former RNC Chair. 

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The segment was "telling." Michael Steele should be recognized for what he is: a highly compensated Republican shill who for some reason is adored by Chris Matthews, MSNBC Hardball. 

Steele will from time to time speak out when his party and its denizens go nuts with actions that are so over-the-top ridiculous even he has to stand at arms length. It seems Steel should have taken the same raised arm and 'showed the HAND" regarding the Indiana law. 

If the law wasn't a soiled effort to 'states rights'; discrimination, why is Pence and company revamping or tweaking the law? Why would Steel assume he is more accurate in his assessment than the some conservatives who have come out against the law, public opinion and major business entities and sports conglomerates? 

Steele is way off base and as is generally the case when members of his party go far-right regressive, he demeans his credibility (even for a conservative) when he uses descriptive words like "crazy" or "craziness."  Even, Pence admits he created a "perception" problem. Does the GOP pundit not recognize "perception is reality?"

Ed Schultz handled an interchange on The Ed Show in a manner most effective and warranted when Conservative pundits go on-camera with Gish Gallop debate techniques to drown-out dialog with hyperactive loudness and non-stop oral diarrhea. Ed managed his air-time and guest panel as a seasoned professional: he cut the demagogues mic

One more Twitter post before I close this screed.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fareed Zakaria Nails Maher, Affleck and Sam Harris


After the widely publicized and viral Bill Maher segment (Ben Affleck, Michael Steele, Sam Harris), I have scouted around for the perfect segment to close the matter for the TPI.

My thoughts on the matter is Maher blew it by hosting a panel that would touch upon Islam and Jihadist without scheduling one person of the Muslin Faith. While we should be able to discuss an criticize Jihadist terror without indicting all Muslims, Maher and his guest spoke s some call it: "inarticulate." By hosting the segment Maher allowed one of his guest, Affleck, to claim the liberal high ground via pointing to comments that actually came across as bigoted. Both Maher and his learned guest spoke about a relevant topic, but their impromptu participation in the (not so well planned Maher) format  (segment) stuck them in them rear.

I wonder about the relevance of booking Michael Steele as he added nothing at all to the specific segment. Was his ethnicity and race of utility to the Maher production team. I hope not because Steele is a far cry from a viable talking head on individual rights or for that matter anti-bigotry. Let's face it, he is a Republican. 

In fairness to Steele, and his earnings opportunity, maybe he added value to other segments in the hour long show.

The segment I chose ran this past Sunday on, of all networks, CNN. Fareed Zakaria offer a non-Muslin, non-white and only quasi-progressive view of the Maher segment.

We all know that Maher and Harris are far from racist. However, there slip into impromptu dialog launched what can only be considered bigoted kerfuffle at a minimum.

Maher is a comedian who has garnered significant success in the political arena. He often skirts the perimeter of 'the uncool" but manages to ride his history of liberalism out of harm's way. His contempt for all religion may have led to the ill-fated segment. A mistake for which he will suffer little, but a segment that leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth of some who abhor any vestige of racism or bigotry. I certainly left the segment with have such a bad taste.

I also admit to deep consternation with Maher's recent comments about voting for Rand Paul over Hillary Clinton. I am not fan of the Clintons, but Rand Paul is a disgusting counter opportunity (or quip object) for anyone who claims to be a progressive.

We can only hope Maher doesn't repeat the path of this Fox News comedian hit-man who frequently joins the network to spew anti-Obama garbage and share silly quips.
Dennis Miler


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pat Buchanan and Joe the (Fake) Plumber Throw Out Red Meat Laced With Overt Racism


GOP racism hits the viewable end of the cycle.  The cycle is showing signs of revolving around for public viewing far more often than in the past. Could it be the party on the Right is come forth with what we have known for years, it has strong and undeniable roots in racism? This stuff hits all to often from the Right. A political party over that is 92% white; well, of course, birds of a feather flock together. The 92% obviously have a common social paradigm, since the GOP is certainly not as it advertises as the party of fiscal conservatism.

It seems I have keyboarded to the point of understanding why the following should not surprise. 

Pat Buchanan, renowned GOP racist.....

“I don’t see why everybody’s so upset,” said Buchanan. “All I did was point out that ‘whites still constitute three-fourths of the electorate and nine in 10 Republican votes.’ That’s a fact. And I know that the Founding Fathers would want to make sure that those white male land owners got their way. After all, they were all white male land owners themselves!
Apparently, Buchanan has advanced his quest to provided an American 'whites only' political system reserved for white property owners.  Almost sounds like an abscessed form of Libertarianism.   We are going to post the Buchanan piece here, and refrain from additional comment for obvious reason.

Buchanan is joined in racism Circa 2013 by another product of the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign: Joe the Plumber. I often wonder which is worse, Werzelbacher or the machine-gun mouth brainless Sarah Plain. Palin wins on brainless gibber-jabber. Werzlebacher shaves-out Palin on matters of race.

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe the Plumber [a non- plumber who lied in 2008] (ignoramus opportunist born of the 2008 election campaign)
“Admit it,” the piece Wurzelbacher re-posted requests. “You want a white Republican president again.”
Wurzelbacher resonded to a post on his website. Wurzelbacher also posted on his site
"Admit it. You want a white Republican president again. 
Now before you start feeling like you’re a racist, understand you are not. 

Wanting a white Republican president doesn’t "make you racist, it just makes you American." 

We wonder how these people feel about Buchanan's and Werzlebacher's racist remarks.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Etch a Sketch Anyone?

Re-blogged from Mario Piperni Dot Com

Revisiting Romney’s Etch a Sketch With Reince Priebus

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You shake an Etch-a-Sketch, Reince, not “tilt” it.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday brushed off criticism of the organization’s debate ultimatum from a former senior advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked Priebus to respond to Eric Fehrnstrom’s tweet, which said it was “bad optics” for the party and a “loser’s game” to ban CNN and NBC from partnering with the RNC for 2016 presidential debates over pending film projects about Hillary Clinton. 
“Well, I don’t know if his Etch a Sketch is on tilt, George,” Priebus said. “I’m not really taking advice from Eric Fehrnstrom right now.” 
The remark referenced Fehrnstrom’s memorable comment on the 2012 campaign trail that seemed to imply Romney would change his position on key issues as need be to get elected. 
“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” Fehrnstrom said. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.” 
Yeah, sure…whatever and who cares. The more important question here is: did the RNC fire Michael Steele for a bozo named Reince Priebus and think they got themselves a better operation? If so, they’re mistaken. I was never a fan of Steele and some of the idiotic stuff he’d say but you did get the impression that Steele was a decent guy who never really believed most of what he said. He was the GOP’s mouthpiece and he said what he had to say in his role as RNC chair. 
Reince Priebus, on the other hand, is an entirely different animal. There is something distinctly slimy about the man that takes in his name, his appearance and the very words he uses to sell the GOP’s latest sack of lies and deception. Priebus’ post election speech about the GOP’s need to reach out to women and minorities was promising but ended up amounting to zilch once the Tea Party growled its disapproval. 
Priebus can mock Fehrnstrom and his Etch-a-Sketch moment all he wants but his refusal to air primary debates on CNN and NBC will harm no one but a political party that desperately needs the votes of women, young people and minorities if it’s to ever have a chance of winning back the White House. 
And for what it’s worth, if you remove all of the vowels from Reince Priebus’ name, you’re left with: RNC PR BS
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Morning Java: Hillary Clinton "An Evidence Based World"

Enjoy while the caffeine kicks-in!!!!

An segment about "Evidenced Based" void to go along with your Sumatra,  Kopi Luwak IndonesianKenya AA, Tanzanian, French Roast, Kona Coast, 'Black Ivory' [ Thai Elephant Dong] Jamaica Blue Mountain, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican, Espresso,  Moyobama Peruvian Organic, Indonesian Blend, Coffee Latte, Kauai Blend (often bitter), Colombian Red Lips, or your Folgers 100% Colombian. 


GOP news sources and ideology leaders. 

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As Hillary Clinton finished her current historic and prolific political career, she leaves with an phrase that will be etched in US History.  She coined and delivered the phrase, "Evidence Based World". 

Liberals, Progressives, open-minded Independents, and the intellectually curious know that American conservatism is not the place for "evidence".  Evidence generally denotes facts.  Facts do not lend to the information model the GOP has found successful to the tune of 47 % of the 2012 vote:  Romney's 47% voters.  Forty-seven percent of the US electorate voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan despite overwhelming and irrefutable evidence both often appear as pathological liars. The votes rolled-in for Romney even though the nation witnessed the most overt and obscene cases of voter suppression in American elections. The nation's economic improvement under President Obama out of the the abyss of 2008 did not sway Romney's 47 % voters.  Improvements that continue with a close of business day finish close to historic (never before) levels.  We investors saw the best DJIA and S & P performance in five years. Forbes summarized the week of  2/1/13 as a week of clear progress towards an improving economy. Even after witnessing Mitt Romney shape an elitist and divisive image between the nation's wealthy and the 47% "commoners", supporters came through. The "evidence deficient" delivered for Romney, despite clear evidence they were voting against their own personal interest.

They witnessed candidate Romney deliver the divisive image to uber wealthy elitist. Elitist who to the person seemed to ingest Romney's starkly harsh and insensitive characterization of his "fabled 47%".  "...... They feel entitled to food, healthcare and housing".  Well, yes and we suspect many more than Romney's fabled 47% as human beings feel entitled to each of the candidates basic human needs.  The stumbling presidential candidate and his 'rag-tag' campaign team gave US History another notable entry. They gave us the "fabled 47%" and "Romney's 47% voters". They gave us irony unmatched other than in Hollywood movies, comic strips or failures in war.  Maybe the Romney Campaign's aversion to evidence contributed to election night embarrassment and shock and contributed as well as his failure to craft an election victory speech and a concession speech.

Evidence counts and leads to win-win scenarios. Emotional demagoguery based rhetoric leads to failure.

Ed Schutlz and his staff at MSNBC captured the essence of Hillary's phrase and developed a fairly long, but well crafted segment.  You can shorten your viewing by skipping the commentary as Schultz and his guests provide to closure the segment.

Even former RNC Chair Michael Steele could not provide counter arguments in support of the GOP and its propagandist.  What you witnessed in the video is nothing shy of propaganda equal to that delivered by the most heinous of dictators throughout mankind. And, it is dangerous!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

GOP: A Party for 'Specfic' Americans; New Mexico GOP Official Invokes Custer to attack Another in His Party

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GOP Official invokes racist attack against another of his own party because they, "Met with Indians"! And the current GOP candidate for president leads in the same manner.

What a sad political full of bigotry, racism, intolerance and insensitivity!

Mitt Romney climbs up on a Michigan political stage with only white people visible behind him, and unleashes his first "birther' COMMENT.  Let's recall his some Matt did same last December and walked away after taking so heat with, 'My Bad".  Romney summed-up his post 'birther' COMMENT as 'lightening up the crowd".   Ah yes, and people often refer to Rush Limbaugh as an entertainer. Whenever, I hear such it makes me want to ask the speaker, "So, you are entertained by his racist and misogynistic rants".  The comment from the Limbaugh rationalizer, is nothing more than a feeble attempt to mask just how his rants satisfy their need for 'bigot satiation'. Romney knew exactly what he was doing during his 'birther' remarka, just as his son knew last December.

Let's also not forget, his campaign advisers have peppered and slated their bigotry from the States across the Atlantic into the ears of a British journalist. So, the view is clear. A view that reflects not only on the topic of the GOP ticket, the view permeates throughout the GOP.

Last night I finished reading an article about the absence of African-American linkage via the Romney Campaign website "COMMUNITIES" drop-down box. A telling reality that existentially validates the 'clear view'.


Romney campaign website.

The Romney psyche, as party leader, really does permeate across the GOP. How about a quick look at how a GOP Governor has offended another group of US citizens? 

After a few comments, I offer an opportunity to witness yet another example of GOP xenophobia and narcissism. 

The latest offensive act took place in of all places, New Mexico. The victim group has roots in this land far beyond that of the Governor's ethnic identifier. While a secondary victim was a GOP official from the state.

The GOP has an ethnic demographic reported to be 92% white. Any viewing of GOP events, campaign speeches, and observance of candidate staffers reveals and validates the efficacy of GOP insensitivity to issues important to non-whites.   To put it more basically, and hopefully in a less threatening manner, an ethnic group that comprises a population majority has less need for concerns related to oppression and societal indifference; they are the majority.