Showing posts with label authoritarian Republicans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label authoritarian Republicans. Show all posts

Dec 6, 2012

New GOP Chair: Mascot or the Weasel

Jim Galloway writes today that "disappointed Republicans have been lining up behind J.C. Watts as an alternative to GOP national chairman Reince Preibus, who faces a re-election bid early next year. In this well-worth-watching CNN clip with Erin Burnett from last night, Watts takes on Republican detachment from the minorities it seeks to bring into the party’s ranks."

So, to front for the GOP, the nation sees Reince Preibus (enough said), and J.C. Watts.

As David Plotz memorably wrote of Watts (and Oklahoma) in 1998:

Watts is slightly less conservative than those three [Oklahoma crazies]--he halfheartedly defends affirmative action--but no less unworthy of national influence. The [former] lone black congressional Republican and a former football star, Watts offers little but a sunny temperament and bootstrapping Christian banalities. Issues stump him. Republicans studiously overlook his deficiencies because he's such good press: He delivered a major speech to the 1996 Republican National Convention and the Republican response to the 1997 State of the Union address, two plums that no other two term congressman would ever get. ... Watts is too unimpressive to be more than a mascot.
Doesn't know issues and is unimpressive. Perfect for the GOP.

If Watts gets the GOP gig, don't look for him to suddenly say: 'You know what? Blocking blacks from voting is just unAmerican.'

Dec 18, 2011

Total Recall Weekend and the Few Mad Republicans

Total recall weekend is winding up because of the Packer game, another rout for Wisconsin families against Scott Walker.

The required number of 540,208 signatures for the Recall has been exceeded, but it won't be announced officially as events and efforts continue through the holidays. Thousands of volunteers will continue our work for families against Scott Walker.

Amusing, from a first-person perspective: As my neighbor and I cleaned-up our turfs this morning, is the fury of the occasional Republican encountered this weekend—always a white, Republican male—over the success of the Recall movement, a sight to see.

One such Republican—angry and red-faced—who lives on Richmond Drive in Fitchburg, screamed at us this Sunday morning, "You shouldn't be here doing this. You have no right. What are your names?"

His screaming, literally, continued, as we were leaving and his wife pulled him into the house, in a scene one guesses is played out often.

"Thank you, have a nice day," we replied, and waved.

"Let's put him down as a 'no,' Don; 'hostile,'" I said as we both walked away, laughing at him, and his interpretation of Article XIII, Section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution, the right of Wisconsin citizens to throw the lying bums out.

"Yep, the 'authoritarian Republican,'" said Don, still laughing.

But that authoritarianism, the anger that anyone would exercise the right of recall against a Republican elected official, illustrates well many of today's we-hate-rights Republicans—'You have no right!'

Yes, we do.

So, to Republicans:  If you want to recall Scott Walker: Go for it. And if you don't want to recall Walker: Don't. But this bum is history and there's is nothing you can do about it.