Family values

 Posted by at 20:30  Politics, Republicans
Jun 192010

Colbert I. King (Washington Post) has penned perhaps the best Father’s Day column of the year. Food for thought…

On Father’s Day, hypocrites are all in the family

Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father’s Day. So I’d like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society, is constantly and savagely attacked by conservative leaders whose personal circumstances undermine the family values they espouse?

Consider Obama: Raised by a single mother in a middle-class family where hard work and education were watchwords, Obama graduated from two of the top schools in the country, Columbia University and Harvard Law School. His legal scholarship was recognized when he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. He married and, equally important, has stayed married to Michelle Robinson, a Princeton graduate and Harvard Law alumna. He lives with his wife, two children and his mother-in-law. Obama: constitutional law professor, civil rights lawyer, state legislator, U.S. senator, 44th U.S. president, family man.

Now let’s turn to Obama’s foremost critics: Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, Newton Leroy Gingrich and Sarah [Louise] Palin.

Click on the column’s title to continue reading.


Quote of the Day

 Posted by at 17:24  Politics, Republicans
Jan 242010

Andre Bauer
Andre Bauer

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” — Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer of South Carolina.

UPDATE: Mr. Bauer has apologized for the above remarks. Says he is not against animals.

Scott Brown

 Posted by at 20:33  Politics, Republicans
Jan 112010

Scott Brown is the Republican candidate in the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the United States Senate. In 1982, he was a student in law school and Cosmo Magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man.”


He has, of course, aged just a bit since then. (Haven’t we all?)


Digby asks the question:

If a woman had ever posed naked for Playboy, do you think Republicans would endorse her for the US Senate?

There was a time when the answer to that question would be obvious. Not so much now.

So how long do you think it will be before Levi Johnston runs for Congress?

Palin vs. Johnston

 Posted by at 15:46  Humor, Politics, Republicans
Oct 292009

I haven’t posted much about the little feud that has flared up between Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin. I think it’s rather ridiculous that the woman who Johnny McCain and the Republicans felt was qualified to be Vice President of the United States (and a 73-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency) is involved in a very public feud with the 19-year-old father of her illegitimate grandchild. (Weren’t these kids supposed to be married by now? Weren’t we told during the campaign last year that they were headed toward matrimonial bliss? Surely that wasn’t just another Republican lie? You think?) Besides, these people are very much yesterday’s news and it kind of baffles me why anybody (including me) is even paying them any attention. It must be that whole “it’s difficult to turn away from a car wreck” business.

Young Levi has shown up on CBS’ Early Show the past couple of mornings. He says there is a lot he could be telling about Ms. Sarah but because he is such a gentleman he isn’t. Ms. Sarah is not taking kindly to this at all. In a statement released today, she said:

“CBS should be ashamed for continually providing a forum to propagate lies. Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies — those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention.”

She was referring to Mr. Johnston’s plans to reveal all for Playgirl Magazine.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Exhibit A:

And case closed.

Jun 242009

Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina just finished a news conference in which he explained his five day disappearing act by admitting that he was in Argentina with his mistress from that country. More Republican family values…

Republican Gov. Sanford admits extramarital affair

Mark Sanford
Mark Sanford

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he has been engaged in an extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman.

The news conference followed days of speculation surrounding his whereabouts. Sanford’s staff had said the governor was hiking in the Appalachian Trail, but Sanford was spotted Wednesday in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The South Carolina governor instead had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sanford also said Wednesday he was resigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

He apologized to his wife, children and staff and asked for forgiveness.

Apparently this type of behavior is okay if you’re a Republican. Not so much if you’re a Democrat.

Family values. At least he spared his wife the embarrassment of having to stand by his side.

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Without doubt, it was the gays and their insistence on equal rights that destroyed the sanctity of Mr. Sanford’s marriage. (Governor Sanford firmly believes that marriage should be between one man, one woman and another woman in Argentina.)

P.S. Besides the adultery, there is the governor’s abrogation of his responsibilities to the people of South Carolina. As much as he may want to, the governor of a state simply cannot fall off the face of the earth for five days. Let’s face reality. Had this been a Democratic governor gone AWOL, the Republicans would be on the rooftops right now demanding his or her resignation.

Aug 052008

McCain makes the rounds at biker rally

STURGIS, South Dakota (CNN) – Standing on the main stage at a world famous motorcycle rally in rural South Dakota on Monday, John McCain looked out on a sea of denim-wearing bikers and told them he enjoyed their company much more than that of the 200,000 Germans who turned out to see Barack Obama last month.

“As you may know,” he told the tens of thousands gathered at the 68th annual Sturgis Rally at Buffalo Chip campground, “not long ago, a couple of hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I’ll take the roar of fifty thousand Harleys any day.”

That’s interesting. He’ll take Harleys over humans any day.

Indeed, McCain felt so comfortable at the event that he even volunteered his wife for the rally’s traditional beauty pageant, an infamously debauched event that’s been known to feature topless women.

“I encouraged Cindy to compete,” McCain said to cheers. “I told her with a little luck she could be the only woman ever to serve as first lady and Miss Buffalo Chip.”

Take that, all you bitter Hillary voters. The old guy you are threatening to vote for wanted to enter his wife in a topless beauty pageant. How’s that for feminist values? To say nothing of the family values that the right wing Republicans are always crowing about and laying sole claim to.


How does the old codger get away with all this crap? Bet you won’t be seeing any this in your mainstream newscasts tonight.

(Today’s story actually goes a long way toward explaining the “feeling” I had about the photograph in this post from about a month ago.)

P.S. Can you not imagine the howls of derision that would now be emanating from the right had Barack Obama been the candidate to make an appearance at the Sturgis biker rally?