August 29, 2013 at 9:04 am #95770
50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
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And always, have a peaceful dayAugust 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm #95811
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm #95812
‘They asked a long list of Republicans to come’
By Steve Benen
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
We talked briefly yesterday about the lack of Republican representation at the 50th anniversary event honoring the 1963 March on Washington, but a day later, the questions persist: where were the GOP voices?
Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond told MSNBC that organizers “asked a long list of Republicans to come, and to a man and woman they said ‘no.’”
In fairness, some prominent Republicans had good excuses. Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush were invited, but poor health kept them away. That said, former Gov. Jeb Bush was invited to represent his family, and he turned down the invitation, too.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is currently on a fundraising tour, and though his public schedule included no events yesterday, he declined the opportunity to appear.
And how about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whose office yesterday complained about only getting two weeks’ notice from event organizers? He was otherwise engaged in the afternoon (via).
Cantor, hosted by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., met with energy industry and community leaders at a crew camp in Williston, toured a drilling site and other oilfield locations in the Bakken and met with North Dakota Petroleum Council members in Watford City. [...]
“I hope to be able to tell the president that there’s a lot for him to learn here as far as energy production here in America,” Cantor said. “North Dakota seems to have gotten it right.”
Oh, I see. Cantor couldn’t make it to the event on civil rights because he was visiting with oil industry representatives.August 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm #95813
GOP senator: ‘Our military has no money left’
By Steve Benen
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT.
Plenty of compelling concerns have been raised about possible U.S. military intervention in Syria, but yesterday, a far-right senator gave voice to an unusual argument that I haven’t heard from others.
The Pentagon’s dire fiscal situation due to defense spending cuts under sequestration has left U.S. armed forces unable to afford possible military action in Syria.
“Our military has no money left,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.
Due to the $500 billion in budget cuts slated for the Pentagon over the next decade, the Obama White House “further undermines future military readiness and capabilities” to deal with the growing crisis in Syria and elsewhere in the world, according to Inhofe.
As a matter of common sense, Inhofe’s complaints about gradual reductions to the Pentagon budget are hard to take seriously. If the Defense Department is subjected to modest cuts — cuts military leaders have already endorsed publicly — over the next decade, it affects our ability to intervene in Syria now? Even for Inhofe, this is silly. Besides, has Inhofe seen what’s happened to defense spending under President Obama?
But putting that aside, I’m struck by the assertion that “our military has no money left.” First, the claim is literally unbelievable — the United States invests more money in its military than most of industrialized countries in the world combined. As tensions with Syria have intensified, there haven’t been any military leaders who’ve said the Pentagon is simply too broke to act.August 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm #95814
Every Republican That Was Asked Refused to Attend March On Washington Event
By: Jason Easley
Aug. 29th, 2013
John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John McCain, and every other Republican who were asked refused to attend the March on Washington event.
According to Roll Call:
Speaker John A. Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the House’s two most senior Republicans, were invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington — but declined.
According to a list obtained by CQ Roll Call, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was also invited to speak at Wednesday’s events, but according to a spokesman, the lawmaker was in Arizona all week with a schedule full of public events.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was also asked to attend in lieu of his brother, President George W. Bush, who reportedly had to turn down the invitation as he recovered from surgery due to an arterial blockage — not, as Bond suggested, he had to stay to attend to his also-ailing father.
“This was truly a bipartisan outreach effort,” said a spokesperson for the event in an email statement to CQ Roll Call. “All members of congress were invited to attend and the Republican leadership was invited to speak. Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office was very helpful in trying to find someone to speak at the event. Making this commemoration bi-partisan was especially important to members of the King family, too.”August 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm #95815
GOP leader chose oil industry over MLK marchers
By Alex Seitz-Wald, Published: August 29 at 9:36 am
There are 233 Republicans in the House of Representatives, 46 in the Senate and 30 in governor’s mansions across the country. Guess how many made the effort to appear at Wednesday’s giant rally commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Zero. Ed O’Keefe reports:
Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters.
Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health.
Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, weren’t there either, having attended a July commemoration of the march especially for lawmakers — which also included Republican leaders House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia — but the Democratic party was well represented Wednesday by three presidents and a smattering of lawmakers, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.
It seems pretty obvious, but if you want to change the fact that your party is viewed skeptically by minorities, and you want to claim Martin Luther King Jr.’s mantel — I’m looking at you Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) – then blowing off the highest profile civil rights event of the year is probably not a smart move, if for no other reason than “optics.” After their losses in the 2012 election, Republicans vowed to make a better effort to reach out to minorities, and just two weeks ago at its summer meeting, the GOP launched a program to attract minority voters by highlighting young “rising stars” in the party.August 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm #95818
Sorry Republicans, But Sen. Tim Scott Was Invited To the March On Washington
By: Jason Easley
Aug. 29th, 2013
Sen. Tim Scott’s office claimed that he wasn’t invited to the March on Washington event yesterday, but the truth is that every member of Congress including Scott was invited weeks ago.
The latest in Republican false meme creation began when ABC “Benghazi emails” News reported, “The only African American serving in the Senate, Republican Tim Scott, wasn’t invited to partake in the festivities today, a spokesman confirmed to ABC News.” This statement was also reported by the Newscorp owned Wall Street Journal, which was then quoted by The Washington Post.
But according to the event organizers, this isn’t true. Roll Call broke with the mainstream media tradition of taking a Republican’s word for it by actually asking the organizers of the event if Republicans were invited. In an email statement, a spokesperson for the event said, “This was truly a bipartisan outreach effort…All members of congress were invited to attend and the Republican leadership was invited to speak. Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office was very helpful in trying to find someone to speak at the event. Making this commemoration bi-partisan was especially important to members of the King family, too.”
In fact, organizers of the event were desperately trying to find Republicans who would be willing to come and speak to the crowd of 100,000.
Organizers tried to find Republicans to come and speak, but Tim Scott claims that he wasn’t invited.
It appears that the Republican senator from South Carolina isn’t being honest.August 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm #95819
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Tom Corbett is a Dead Parrot
Thu Aug 29th, 2013 at 09:33:01 AM EST
Tom Corbett has been a terrible governor here in Pennsylvania, but the odd thing is that almost everyone seems willing to acknowledge that he’s been terrible. If you move over to Ohio, John Kasich has been no better, but he at least gets some good press. Not that I hang with too many of them, but I don’t even hear Republicans defending Corbett.
Maybe he’s just not likable, but he hasn’t engendered much loyalty. The polls bear this out, with only 38% of Republicans currently saying that he deserves to be reelected. Considering that only 22% of independents and 7% of Democrats support his reelection, he’s basically a dead parrot. The upcoming shenanigans on the budget and debt ceiling from Washington Republicans are only going to further tarnish the GOP brand in this blue state, so there isn’t any relief for Corbett on the horizon.
In fact, Governor Corbett’s weakness is so stark, that it is enticing more Democrats to consider entering the race. Former State Auditor Jack Wagner, a moderate who got more votes than Obama in 2008, is sensing an opportunity and may make a bid. But, for now, Rep. Allyson Schwartz looks like the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. If elected, she would be the first woman to govern the Keystone State, and the first challenger to beat an incumbent governor since 1974. Also, since 1938, Pennsylvania gubernatorial voters have chosen against the president’s party 18 out of 19 times.
However, none of those statistics carry as much weight as Corbett’s leaden personality
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