Democrats Call Out Republican Leaders For Their ‘Bizarre’ Statements

Democrats are looking to make political hay — and at least in one case, raise campaign cash — out of several recent remarks made by prominent Republicans.

In an email to supporters titled “Bizarre,” the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) calls attention to statements made at last weekend’s Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

“Did you hear about last weekend’s National Tea Party Convention? We could laugh it off as the lunatic fringe, but that would miss the point,” says the email from DSCC Executive Director J.B. Poersch. “The ascendancy of this right-wing, angry, populist movement isn’t funny — it’s dangerous. And these activists have their eyes on the Senate.”

The Democrats’ Senate campaign arm, the DSCC says it hopes to raise $248,461 by Feb. 28 “in order to stop the tea partiers.”

Poersch’s email says that Tea Party Convention keynote speaker Sarah Palin is funding multiple candidates through her political action committee.

“‘Mainstream’ Republican Senate candidates are saying and doing bizarre things to earn tea party support,” Poersch’s email says. “If these candidates win, it’s game over for progress.”

From the Tea Party meeting, Poersch cites:

  • National Tea Party Convention speaker and former Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is calling for a return to segregation-era tactics. “We do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country,” he said. “People who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House.”
  • Convention speaker Joseph Farah represented the “birther” wing of tea party nation: “My dream is that if Barack Obama even seeks re-election as president in 2012 that he won’t be able to go to any city … in America without seeing signs that ask, ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?'”
  • Senate candidate Jane Norton of Colorado, “in a full pander to the tea party movement,” wants the Department of Education abolished, “an idea so radical, even Newt Gingrich let it die.”
  • Meanwhile, in a separate email, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is calling out his Republican counterpart for saying that “after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money.”

    Steele made the comment during a debate in Arkansas, criticizing President Obama’s plan to let Bush-era tax cuts expire for those making more than $250,000 annually.

    Steele’s opponent in that debate, Democrat Harold Ford, reportedly asked the audience, “Who in here makes a million dollars a year?” No one raised their hand.

    DNC Chairman Tim Kaine calls Steele’s comment “crazy talk.”

    “But it’s no surprise coming from the head of a party that prefers favors for Wall Street to jobs on Main Street,” Kaine says.

    Kaine’s email highlights an online calculator that enables users to earn $1 million.

    The average American household makes $52,000 per year, Kaine says. Only 2 percent make more than $250,000 — and millions are out of work in a recovering economy, the former Virginia governor adds.

    “But while arguing to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy last Thursday at the University of Arkansas, Steele let slip that he thinks a million is ‘not a lot.’ It’s outrageous — but sadly, not surprising,” Kaine says. “Greed and excess on Wall Street nearly brought down our economy, health care costs are drowning families, but the GOP is fighting to protect big banks and block health reform while proposing more and more tax cuts for the rich.

    “What’s worse, the leading Republican on the House Budget Committee just proposed a budget that privatizes Social Security and shreds Medicare — two programs that millions of middle-class Americans rely upon,” Kaine adds.

    In his email, Kaine asks supporters to write a letter to the editor “exposing the GOP’s agenda.”

    “Republicans are going all out to be seen as defenders of the ‘little guy’ this election season. But Chairman Steele’s comment last week made it clear they’re not. We need to make sure every American hears about it,” Kaine says. “Use our calculator to figure out how long it would take you to earn ‘not a lot of money’ — then use our easy letter-to-the-editor tool, your own story, and our helpful tips to expose the GOP on the widely-read letters page of your local paper …”

    Publisher of the news site On The Hill, Scott Nance has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.

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    2 Responses to Democrats Call Out Republican Leaders For Their ‘Bizarre’ Statements

    1. Darrell Prows says:

      Let’s think clearly. We all know that the Repugs threatened “the nuclear option” (to kill the whole ability for anyone to ever filibuster) just a couple of years ago. The Dems, of course, became all weak and apologetic and backed off of much of the relatively small amount of filibustering they were doing(historically about an average amount of filibustering but a level that wouldn’t even make it on the radar screen compared to what the right is currently engaged in). Ask yourself, does this make it sound like something called a nuclear option actually exists?

      So, within the last day or two Harry Reid proclaims that his (ours) hands are tied because of the inflexibility of the “RULES OF THE SENATE”. Was there never any real nuclear option, or are “our guys” looking for excuses?

      Let’s face it! The river of buyoff money all comes from the same big business sources for politicians on both the left and the right. Does that mean that Dems are buckeling to Repugs? No! It means that both of them are dipping into the same river of money. Big business pays to play and we all too often lose sight of the fact that Congress really is (at least as long as we allow it to continue to be) really nothing but one big playground.

      But for you and I the result is not any different.


    2. I have been looking for thread on which to comment on the debate to repeal the homophobic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.
      Unfortunately, I do not see this addressed on any Democratic Daily topics of discussion. Since this article is addressing reform issues and GOP bizzare statements, I thought I might insert my views here. As most are aware the head of the Joint Chief’s of Staff along with the Secretary of Defense have come out (excuse the pun) openly at a recent Senate hearing endorsing the repeal of the harmful DADT policy. Over the past 17 years, since innitiated, the homophobic policy has robbed the military of many talented career soldiers–not because of their job performance but simply because of who they are. I am a gay American and also a veteran of Vietnam. Gays/lesbians have served, and continue to serve, proudly and ably in the military. The current policy is contrary to the essence of military protical because it makes them live a lie. During the trumped up war in Iraq, many US military linguists were forceably discharged because a clandestine email campaign succeeded in “outing ” them. Subsequent to their forced discharge the Pentagon publicly complained about the shortage of qualified Arabic linguists. However, they can’t have it both ways. At this point: President Obama, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the majority of all military generals, the majority of servicemen and women, and the majority of all non-military people polled support the repeal of DADT. However, small minded men like Senator McCain and Senator Sessions are saying that this needs a minimum of 12 months more of congressional debate. This is total B.S. Qulified gay men and women who love their country and who are willing to possibly sacrifice their lives to defend it–should be permitted to do so!! I would urge Democratic Daily type contributors, to due all in their power to assure that President Obama follows thur on his State of The Union promise to get DADT repealed in 2010. Justice delayed is justise denied. I can also say for a fact that, servicemen who find themselves in foxholes together are not concerned if they both are straight but only if they can shoot straight!!! Bill Stoddart