GOP Attacks Pearl Harbor with Robocalls

The GOP is getting blasted for voting against the largest middle class tax cut in history, so they’re launching Robocalls. Among their targets is Neil Abercrombie (D-Honolulu), the Congressman who has known Barack Obama since childhood. Since Abercrombie won 70% of the vote in 2008, this Robocall attack is really aimed at Obama.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Let slip the dogs of war. For Republicans, that means the Robocalls.

Barack Obama just ordered the Treasury to follow through on tax cuts for 95% of all Americans. It’s part of that stimulus package the GOP voted against en masse. Of course, the GOP, after supporting the largest deficits in history during the Bush Administration, think they can play gotcha because the stimulus package involves deficit spending. So they’re taking off after a Democratic Congressman who they think is vulnerable, Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii. They’re setting loose their prime weapon, the Robocalls! Here it is from the Honolulu Advertiser:

The recorded “robocalls” mention Abercrombie’s vote for “nearly a trillion dollars in wasteful spending” but do not say that the reference is to the stimulus legislation.

Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the committee, says the calls were being made because Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou’s 2010 campaign for Abercrombie’s seat has shown “early signs of success.”

What we seem to have here is a severe lack of judgement. Just four months ago there was an election in Hawaii where Mr. Abercrombie captured 70% of the vote. That’s not the usual statistic that prompts political advisors to think “target.” No, going after Neil Abercrombie makes no sense, not that the Republicans have been oozing competence lately or anything.

So I’m betting this is an attack on Barack Obama back wehre he grew up. You see, Neil Abercrombie holds the distinction of being the only member of Congress to have known Barack OBama as a child. Indeed, Neil Abercrombie knew both of Barack Obama’s parents back in the day. This is, then, the GOP Robocall Pearl Harbor attack on Barack Obama.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

10,000 Whack Jobs Leading GOP

It is hard to tell the whack job Chiefs from the whack job indians in the Republican Party, harder indeed every single day. That’s the first task to rebuilding the GOP brand, but it will be a long time before they recognize that. Meantime, 10,000 whack jobs sign a petition to impeach Obama from the Senate, a body from which he has already resigned.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The petition to impeach Barack Obama from the Senate has reached 10,000 signatures. The whack jobs may not have noticed that Obama has resigned from the Senate already. Oh, we can make fun of these whack jobs, and they mightily deserve it, but it is disturbing to me to imagine what the thinking processes of people such as this are like. Here’s the petition, which includes all the crimes they identify against Obama, and here is the list of signatories. (The end of the list is the best part.)

This is all about leadership, of course. Whack jobs are not generally going to be led to sanity, of course, but leadership in the Republican Party is lacking, either in sanity or in numbers. For instance, as I noted a couple days ago, the Republicans are going to have to try and replace George Voinovich seen, according to the latest reports. Chris Cillizza speculates on who will succeed Voinovich, and notes that the Republican bench in Ohio is strong, as opposed to the Democrats, but Cillizza doesn’t note that the radical religious right has a stranglehold on the Ohio Republican Party, and that will spell serious trouble in their selection of a more moderate candidate, and also in getting their candidate elected. The prediction here is they will opt for a whack job for their leadership.

Like Norm Coleman. These whack jobs will evidently defend Norm Coleman at all costs, even to the end of displaying their inability to read. This is the leadership of the GOP thinking 37% is a majority, not some lone whack job with a petition. I’m beginning to think the severe hatred of Al Franken has brought out the inner whack job in the Republican Party leaders, not that that inner whack job was hiding very effectively. Hey, Norm Coleman himself is such a whack job that he claims he loves Minnesota at the same time he wants to deny their representation in the Senate. Sure, losing can unhinge a candidate, but this guy’s hinges were barely hanging on in the first place.

The question is not about who is leading the whack jobs and their insane conspiracy theories, but whether the leaders of the Republican Party will ever wake up and recognize that they are being led by the whack job wing of their party so much that the term “whack job” has become an intimate part of the Republican brand. Sure, one reads the phrase “failed Obama Presidency” in the latest P. J. O’Rourke column and if one is a Democrat one giggles a little, just before thinking that there likely are many whack job Republicans, both in the leadership and the ignorant rank and file, for whom the phrase “failed Obama Presidency” is historically accurate, even though it refers to something in the future.

Hey, Haley Barbour, this problem you’ve got with the Republican Party repairing its brand is far worse and far different than what you report to the Wall Street Journal. Here’s one commentator who doesn’t think you’re going to figure out the enormity of your task for a very long time. Indeed, here’s one commentator who can’t tell whether there are any Republicans left who are NOT whack jobs.

Monday, January 12th, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

“All My Rowdy Friends” Are Senators?

There is talk that Hank Williams, Jr., the man with the scraggly beard and sunglasses who plays to tens of thousands of drunken fans, may be a Republican candidate for Senate in Tennessee in a couple years. Williams would be challenging GOP incumbent Bob Corker. What next, Ted Nugent to run for Congress?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Hey, he’s got Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander in his pocket, does Hank Williams, Jr., or so it is reported by Country Music Television. The word out there is that Hank Williams, Jr. is going to run for Senator Corker’s seat in Tennessee in 2010. No word on whether he will be using this picture for campaign material.

My goodness. Yeah, Williams is bound to appeal to the base there in Tennessee, but the Republicans sure are scraping the bottom of the barrell here. It isn’t just the hard partying image Williams has nurtured for 30 years that they might want to avoid at all costs. It isn’t even those pictures of Hank with naked women, or the videos that are bound to come out of extreme drunken fans at his concerts. The guy seems nuts to me! How could a party be so irresponsible as to run a nut for Senate? I mean, come on! The guy reworked his song that celebrates drug and alcohol abuse, as well as family, “Family Tradition,” into a song of praise for the McCain/Palin campaign – that isn’t what I’d call good political instincts.

To set the record straight, Real Clear Politics is reporting that there’s been no decision made as to whether Hank will actually run for the Senate in Tennessee:

It was reported recently that country music singer Hank Williams Jr. plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee in 2012 – the next time a Senate seat is up in the state. An intriguing notion to say the least, but no announcement has been made yet, according to Williams’s publicist.

When reached for comment by RealClearPolitics, a spokesman for Williams’s publicist, Kirt Webster, said Williams “has talked about it, but no announcement has been made.”

That this story actually made the light of day is a measure of the kind of desperate straights the Republicans are in. Very, very desperate.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 |