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Saturday, March 29, 2008

1st CD GOP Endorses the Most Extreme Candidate

Good luck, Dr. Davis.

Mayo doctor Brian Davis gets GOP nod in First District
By CHAO XIONG, Star Tribune
March 29, 2008

ALBERT LEA, MINN. - In a swift and decisive vote Saturday afternoon, Mayo Clinic physician Brian Davis beat out state Rep. Randy Demmer to win the Republican party endorsement for the U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota's First District.
Davis, of Rochester, hopes to challenge incumbent Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat from Mankato who's built a formidable reelection campaign. But that race will have to wait until after the primary, in which state Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna, will fight Davis for the GOP nomination.

Saturday's convention in Albert Lea was expected to be a close and drawn-out day of balloting, but Davis, a political outsider lacking his foe's name recognition in the southern Minnesota district, captured 160 votes on the first ballot. He needed 157. Demmer received 100 votes.

"I am humbled and honored," Davis said.

Davis will start an aggressive door-knocking campaign Monday on Walz's home turf, where the former National Guard member and high school teacher is wildly popular. Just hours after Davis celebrated his victory, Walz's campaign announced that their efforts had started Saturday with door-knocking and phone calls in Mankato, Rochester and Winona that reached approximately 5,000 voters.

Prior to the vote, state Republican Chairman Ron Carey urged delegates to unite to defeat Walz, whom he said "masqueraded" as a conservative when he ousted Gil Gutknecht in 2006.

"The only conservative thing about Tim Walz was his haircut," Carey said. "Beating Tim Walz is going to be very, very hard."

That spirit was pervasive Saturday, with several delegates saying they would've been happy with either Republican, and Demmer graciously congratulating Davis in a sometimes emotional concession speech. But the party can't escape the wrench Day has unapologetically thrown into the political machine.

"Dick's giving Tim Walz a free pass," Carey said.

Day, Davis and Demmer don't differ greatly on the issues. All three, for instance, take a hard-line stance against providing social services to illegal immigrants. Davis and Demmer both spoke out against abortion and criticized government spending.
Davis focused on family in his speech and outlined more specific issues than his competitor, saying he opposes gay marriage and the No Child Left Behind Act. He advocated for stem-cell research that doesn't involve human embryos and brought dozens of attendees to their feet at the end of his speech.

Demmer took a more aggressive approach, banking on the promise of change and his background as a farmer and businessman from Hayfield.

Some said Demmer was at a disadvantage because he was at the State House while Davis was trekking around the district, logging 30,000 miles in 10 months. Others said they didn't want Demmer out of the Legislature.

"[Davis] stood for everything I stand for, and also, I wanted to see Randy Demmer up in St. Paul," said La Crescent resident David Bissen, who voted for Davis.

Demmer said he'll decide in the next few days whether he'll seek reelection to the Legislature.

Under Tom DeLay and Dennis Hastert, the US House was full of Brian Davis types.

And look at the mess they got us into.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dean Testifies for the Defense in Discrimination Lawsuit Against the DNC


“I wasn’t able, we weren’t able, to break through,” Dean said. “The relations with the gay community, which I had a very good relationship when I started, had been deteriorating since Donald came on board.”
Dean said he didn’t hold Hitchcock responsible for the negative press, but approved the firing after Hitchcock failed to effectively counter it.
“The press is not the problem,” Dean said. “The problem was the community itself was getting a bad impression because Donald wasn’t able to counteract in the community what the press was writing.”

Forgive us, Mr. Dean, but is it not a press representative’s duty to counter negative press? Unless, of course, you believe that the gay and lesbian leader can somehow control all the gays in the land. We don’t work that way. It seems to us that Dean’s sentence would make more sense if you replaced “community” with “Paul Yandura,” Hitchcock’s boyfriend. But that’s just our impression.
Speaking of impressions, we are not impressed with Donna Brazile, who seems to be getting grayer by the moment. Dean conceded under oath that Brazile objected to a proposal to include gays in the DNC’s affirmative action agenda. Homo member Garry Shay had suggested the move, but Brazile found it offensive to the civil rights movement.
Dean said some “influential individuals” within the DNC Black Caucus, such as Donna Brazile, opposed the plan because it was seen as “an affront to the civil rights movement.”
Brazile, who chairs the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute, declined to comment for this article.
Dean said the dispute grew to the point where “we had two very important groups of people in the DNC disagreeing with each other” and several DNC and caucus officials were asked to broker a deal that would make peace on the issue.
“I wanted equal representation for gay and lesbian Americans,” he said, “and I wanted to achieve it in a way that wasn’t offensive to the history of the civil rights movement.”

This just shows that DNC chair Howard Dean doesn't have a clue.

Family Research Council Wants to Export Gays

Peter Sprigg was talking about the Uniting American Families act which would allow gays to sponsor their partner as an immigrant.

"We oppose this bill because it is, although it may be at the margins, part of an assault on the definition of family ... I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society."

He later apologized:

In an interview with Medill News Service that was posted on the Internet last week, I discussed FRC's opposition to an immigration bill that would allow foreign nationals who are the same-sex partners of American citizens to immigrate to the United States on the same basis as foreign spouses of American citizens. FRC does not believe that homosexual relationships are the equivalent of marriage, and we therefore oppose any legislation that would treat such relationships as the equivalent of marriage.

In response to a question regarding bi-national same-sex couples who are separated by an international border, I used language that trivialized the seriousness of the issue and did not communicate respect for the essential dignity of every human being as a person created in the image of God. I apologize for speaking in a way that did not reflect the standards which the Family Research Council and I embrace.

Hat Tip: Right Wing Watch and Pam's House Blend.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Softball Interview with Anti-Catholic Bigot John Hagee in the New York Times Magazine

Read it here.

How did you feel when critics called you a Catholic-basher and said McCain should reject your endorsement? My statements regarding the Catholic Church have been grossly mischaracterized. I never called the Catholic Church “the anti-Christ” or a “false cult system.” I was referring to those Christians who ignore the Gospels.

Listen for yourself: