Sunday Roast: Democrats do it, too. Neener, neener!!!


As if the GOP “debates” aren’t enough of a clusterfuck, the DNC has decided to put their own brand of screws to the democratic process.  Because Hillary Clinton.  And big money in politics, of course.

*head banging on desk*

This is our daily open thread — Happy Sunday!!

DNC Fires Back at GOP’s “Obama Doing Too Much” Approach

Steve Benen reports today:

For a while, one of the principal criticisms from President Obama’s detractors was that he’s trying to take on too many policy challenges at once.

The argument has, apparently, evolved into a new-but-related criticism:

The chief spokesperson for GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just said in an interview that leading Republicans are going to ratchet up their criticism of the Obama administration for releasing too many big plans on the economy — with too little sense of how they mesh with or impact each other.

The comments from McConnell spokesperson Don Stewart amount to a preview of what we’ll likely be hearing from Senate Republicans and other Republican leaders in the days ahead.

“We can’t help but notice the numerous and sundry plans that seem to come out at a rate of one a week without any clear picture of how they interact and whether they interact well or not,” Stewart told me. “That’s a very real concern among Senate Republicans.”

In response:

Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan — who uncorked some of the more colorfully hard-hitting quotes of the 2008 campaign — emails over a response amplifying the “party of no ideas” attack that Dems have been waging on the GOP:

“I guess when you have no new ideas, anything more than zero must seem overwhelming.”

Rodell Mollineau, a spokesman for Harry Reid, chimes in:

If Republicans would have done a little planning of their own over the last eight years, perhaps we still wouldn’t have 138,000 troops in Iraq. Perhaps with a little planning they wouldn’t have stranded countless Americans in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps a little planning would have helped stave off the collapse of the housing sector. I know it must be hard for them to comprehend, but one day they’ll come to realize that competent proactive planning isn’t such a bad thing.

Indeed. From the Party of No to the Party of No Ideas.

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The Young Turks: Cenk Interviews Howard Dean

Cenk was asking Dean about possible replacements for the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  They talk about the 50 state strategy and the choice of Rahm Emanuel.  It’s a great interview in which Cenk asks Dean policy questions also.

Obama Campaign Raised $150 Million In September

We the people have spoken.  They are making it abundantly clear, that they don’t want four more years of the same.  This is incredible and more on Obama’s record setting month from Politico:

Obama’s September fundraising explains why he’s been able to outspend John McCain so widely: He raised over $150 million in September alone, adding 632,000 new donors.

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DNC Goes After McCain’s Gambling Ties

The DNC exposes McCain’s support on gambling.

The New DNC web ad as David Brody notes is going to causes problems with McCain’s Evangelical base.

The DNC knows that McCain’s so called penchant for gambling can hurt him among some social conservatives. It may not play well with other strongly religious voters as well. Indeed, the last thing McCain needs is another problem with the Evangelical base. In this case, the gambling issue could most likely trump the lobbyist issue. I mean it’s not like he’s playing the lottery or bingo or a quick 25 cents slot machine. This is high stakes gambling we’re talking about. Then you throw in the lobbyist angle and you have a dangerous credibility issue. Will voters buy it and will it stick? Does this bother you?

Also, check out the extraordinary article The New York Times did on McCain’s tax breaks for Indian Casino’s here.

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Macomb Co. GOP Block Voters-Michigan Dems File Lawsuit

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Just when we thought all we had to worry about was voter caging in Ohio, which is still of major concern, now we can add Michigan to the list, thanks to the GOP. A lawsuit was filed on Tuesday– to challenge an attempt by the Macomb Co. Republicans— to keep people who are facing foreclosure from voting.

The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Detroit by Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several Mccomb County voters. It asks for an injunction prohibiting the Macomb County GOP, the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee from challenging Michigan voters whose homes are on foreclosure lists.

Now, the Michigan GOP is demanding a retraction by the Michigan Messenger for a story they published called “Lose your house, lose your vote“.

In the article, Macomb County Republican Party chairman James Carabelli was quoted as saying, “We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses.” Carabelli contends the quotes as reported by Eartha Jane Melzer were “fabricated.” State Republican chairman Saul Anuzis charges the story is a “complete fabrication.”

Melzer accurately reported the quotes and the Michigan Messenger will not have the story retracted because the claims made by Carabelli’s and Anuzis’ are false.

It is worth noting that Carabelli and Anuzis have yet to send the demand for a retraction to Melzer, the Messenger’s editors or the Center for Independent Media. To make such a far-fetched charge to other media outlets but not to us suggests that their motivation may be more political than factual.

We are not partisans of the Democratic Party, as alleged in the press release. Case in point: When Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a liberal Democrat, arranged tax breaks for Sovereign Deed, our coverage was critical. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization, we do not favor any party. We favor accountability.

Now to get to the interesting part–about why the Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters, is a cheap and effective strategy. Michigan Messenger interviewed Republican activist Allen Raymond, who by the way has a book out called “Confessions of a Republican Operative: How to Rig an Election”, in which he talks about his life and work. Raymond explains to Melzer about the key part to a November victory is holding down Democratic turnout.

Raymond knows about Republican campaign tactics. For almost a decade he managed campaigns for Republicans running for state and national office. In the 2002 New Hampshire elections, he ran a phone-jamming operation aimed at blocking elderly people from arranging rides to the polls, an illegal action that he says was approved by the highest levels of the party. He spent three months in federal prison.

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Song of the Times

The Beach Boys circa `1963

The Beach Boys circa `1963

During last week’s Democratic National Convention, we were treated to Jennifer Hudson giving a brilliant rendition of our national anthem. Following that was Sheryl Crow, Will.I.Am and John Legend, and the ever popular wonder boy of our time Stevie Wonder.

CNN reports that the Republican National Convention will have, amongst others, Charlie Daniels and The Beach Boys will be their headliner.

If there was any question whether the DNC is the party of the future and the RNC is the party of the past, there is no longer.  Well, besides offering America the-oldest-ever-to-possibly-be-sworn-in-first-time President of the United States (along with possibly the least qualified Vice Presidential presumptive nominee in our lifetime).  That is the biggest question of all.

DNC creates “McCain-pedia”

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First there was Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia which can be edited by viewers. Now we have “McCain-pedia”. The new on-line source for information about John McCain. This on-line “pedia” cannot be edited by the public.

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It is run and managed by the DNC Communications, Research and Internet teams.

Check it out here