David Kirkpatrick

August 27, 2010

From the department of, “no duh” …

… Fox News is a shill for GOP talking points. And that statement isn’t really fair to Fox News because in many ways it’s giving some measure of marching orders to the current Republican Party.

Either way you want to slice that one up, this chart is only the most recent “exhibit A” in the lack of balance (and fairness as far as it goes) in Fox News coverage of issues involving or affecting the GOP:


What this chart refers to is Ken Mehlman, campaign manager of Bush 43’s 2004 successful reelection and subsequent chair of the Republican National Committee, recently announced he is gay. This announcement makes him one of, if not the, highest ranking members of the Republican Party to publicly come out as homosexual.

Although he is being given solid support by party leaders and insiders, this announcement can’t jibe well with the current GOP brand. The party as a whole is fighting the issue of gay marriage tooth-and-nail right now, and the christianist religious right leg of the party considers homosexuality an abomination deserving of nothing less than annihilation.

So what’s Fox News to do? Interview current party chair Michael Steele who said, “His announcement, often a very difficult decision which is only compounded when done on the public stage, reaffirms for me why we are friends and why I respect him personally and professionally.” Or maybe talk to his old boss, George W. Bush, who has also been supportive. Or how about the many GOP insiders in DC and around the country who have no truck with Mehlman’s declaration (or Dick Cheney’s daughter, or any other gay Republicans for that matter.)

No, instead of reporting on this bit of news involving the GOP — you know, the balance part of “fair and balanced” — Fox News just pretends Mehlman’s announcement didn’t happen and spends zero airtime on his coming out statement.

This type of selective reporting does a grave disservice to the Fox News viewers who get no input into the world of U.S. politics outside of the right wing echo chamber. There’s a lot of those people out there, and Fox News execs know it. I even bet some of these people will hear about Mehlman’s homosexuality and claim it’s a plot by socialist “lame-stream” media to sully his image since it can’t be true — Fox News didn’t report on it.

The one-sided reporting from Fox News is bad for the current GOP, bad for United States politics and in the end bad for democracy in America.

Here’s conservative pundit, former Bush 43 speechwriter and administration member; and current GOP apostate and mob-declared RINO, David Frum on the party making the mistake of grabbing a tiger by the tail, “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox.”

April 23, 2009

The RNC crazy continues

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:04 pm

I’m really speechless at this point. This is so unbelievably stupid there’s no where to even start. Combined with the “budget plan” tossed out there a few weeks ago, you’d have to think the RNC is full of less-than-clever fourth graders.

From the first link:

A conservative faction of the Republican National Committee is urging the GOP to take a harder line against both Democrats and wayward Republicans, drafting a resolution to rename the opposition the “Democrat Socialist Party” and moving to rebuke the three Republican senators who supported the stimulus package.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

January 30, 2009

Michael Steele to head RNC

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:44 pm

This can be seen as a win for the moderates in the GOP. Michael Steele, heavily opposed by the fringe is slated to head the Republican National Committee.

From the link:



Ben Smith at Politico with the report


From The NewMajority Scroll:
John Avlon on “Michael Steele for RNC Chair.
Brad Wine on “Mr. Steele Goes to Washington.

Michael Steele Videos:
Michael Steele at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Michael Steele outlines conservative ideas in Civitas Institute speech.
Michael Steele speech at Defending the American Dream Summit.

January 23, 2009

Palin’s campaign clothes at RNC headquarters

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:41 pm

NewMajority.com (I’m to be a guest blogger at the site, but my first post hasn’t run yet in this wild and woolly first week for the new blog) broke a major story today — the clothes bought for Sarah Palinfor the campaign trail are sitting the Republican National Committee headquarters in garbage bags.

These are the infamous $150K in designer outfits for the vice-presidential nominee to wear while on the stump. They were to be donated to charity after the election. It looks like the Alaskan governor kept her end of the bargain and returned the clothing. The RNC, however, has dropped the ball completely.

From the link:

Despite the Republican National Committee’s promise to donate Sarah Palin’s $180,000 campaign wardrobe to charity, word has it the Alaska governor’s clothes remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters, NewMajority has learned.

While Palin followed through on her promise to return her controversial wardrobe after the election, it seems the RNC has not followed through on its promise to give most of the clothes away.

During the 2008 campaign, GOP vice presidential candidate Palin was pummeled with accusations that she had overspent on clothes for herself, and even for her family — down to baby Trig. Palin asserted at the time that the clothes belonged to the RNC. They were not her property and would be returned at the end of the campaign. A campaign spokeswoman backed up those claims, saying, “It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.” It was also understood that those that had not been worn would be returned to the appropriate retailer; those that had been worn would be used for some other purpose, perhaps auctioned off for charity or to retire campaign debt.

NewMajority founder and editor, David Frum, added this on the big scoop for the fledgling website:

This story is not a story about Gov. Palin. In this matter, the former vice-presidential nominee did exactly the right thing. She promised to return the wardrobe at the end of the campaign, and she did return the wardrobe.

The story is about a dysfunctional party apparatus. Because of their own inability to act, the RNC has left Gov. Palin looking like a promise-breaker – and left everyone who donated to the McCain-Palin campaign feeling like a fool.

The rage in the donor community about the wardrobe is real and intense. Our party was gasping for funds in 2008. We could not afford to waste a dime. More to the point: not every Republican donor is rich. Many are people to whom the $200 or $500 or $1000 they give represents a real sacrifice. They need to know that their sacrifice has not been used frivolously. The RNC’s protracted delay in donating the clothes as promised raises a troubling question: Will our party be embarrassed by what those bags contain?

November 12, 2008

Someone at the RNC better shut down the Palin media tour …

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:04 pm

… unless the GOP is truly looking to collapse in on itself. Doesn’t anyone in the Republican braintrust get that Palin may excite a fringe element of the base, but has exactly zero national political possibilities right now?

Every interview exposes some new aspect of her personality that turns more people off?

Here’s something I wrote right after the election:

One thing I did find funny is after McCain completed his concession speech, Palin turned to the mic briefly as though she were going to speak as well. The mic was clearly off, the smile burned off her face and she stalked to the side stage to follow the McCains down the stairway. Today she’s being excoriated for losing the election.

What’s amazing is I was totally guessing that Palin wanted to speak based on her body language and the way she approached the microphone.

Turns out I was completely right.

From the second link:

One of the more disconcerting leaks about Gov. Sarah Palin turned out to be true.

Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, arrived in Phoenix, Ariz., on election night hoping to deliver her own concession speech. “It was a great speech,” Ms. Palin told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show on Tuesday.

Aides to her running mate, Senator John McCain, told her it was not customary for the No. 2 to speak, she said. “But, you know, I thought, even if it was unprecedented, so what, you know?” Ms. Palin told Mr. Lauer. “Geez, let’s do something a little bit out of the box there.”

And now she is. Unleashed and not humbled, Ms. Palin is on a speed date with history, upending protocol as she goes. She put herself on full display, in interviews with NBC and Fox News before Mr. McCain had a chance to take a no-victory lap on “The Tonight Show.” And she has many more appearances scheduled throughout the week, including a star turn at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami on Thursday.

I can’t believe the Republican National Committee finds this acceptable, and even more shocking would be if it is, in fact, unacceptable and the group is powerless to stop her.

The only reasonable explanation is she’s being allowed (or maybe even encouraged) to continue the media blitz to completely end all electoral possibilities. The give her enough rope to really hang herself trick. If this isn’t the case, the GOP deserves every bit of pain it’s bringing upon itself.

October 30, 2008

McCain is robocalling Arizona

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:40 am

A very desperate move by a very desperate campaign that doesn’t have the money to defend states like Arizona and still hope to compete in battleground states.

From the link:

John McCain and the Republican National Committee are now running robocalls attacking Obama as weak on terrorism — in McCain’s home state of Arizona, according to multiple readers from the state.

The call signals genuine worry about McCain’s home state at a time when several polls show the race to be much closer than expected there.

October 14, 2008

RNC blasts Obama’s economic plan

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:53 am

Here’s a release from the Republican National Committee:

Republican National Committee: Obama’s Insufficient Funds

As Obama Realizes His Tax Hikes Will Hurt The Economy, He Is Having A Tough Time Paying For His Proposals

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee:

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On The Campaign Trail Obama Routinely Rails Against Oil Companies, But Now Is Shifting His Stance On His Windfall Profits Tax Because Of Economic Concerns:

The Obama Campaign Said He Will Likely Scrap His Windfall Profits Tax. “Mr. Obama had initially proposed to offset the rebates’ expense with a new windfall-profits tax on oil companies, but the campaign indicated Monday that he would scrap that plan assuming that oil prices do not rise above about $80 a barrel. The shift was just one sign of how the economic crisis has shoved concerns about budget deficits to the sidelines.”(Jackie Calmes and Jeff Zeleny, “Obama Details Plan To Aid Victims Of Fiscal Crisis,” The New York Times, 10/14/08)

FLASHBACK: Obama: “I Think It Is Appropriate For Us To Impose A Windfall Profits Tax On Our Oil Companies.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Charlotte, NC, 5/2/08)

FLASHBACK: Obama: “I don’t take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won’t let them block change anymore. They’ll pay a penalty on windfall profits.” (Rob Christensen, “Claims Department: Fact-Checking The Ads,” The [Raleigh] News & Observer, 4/15/08)

NOTE: Obama Originally Said The Windfall Profits Tax Could Fund A Number Of His Proposals, So Where Is That Money Coming From Now?

Obama Planned To Use His Windfall Profits Tax To Help Fund A $1,000 Tax Cut For Working Families, An Expansion Of The Earned- Income Tax Credit, And Assist Americans With Energy Costs. “Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s proposal for a windfall profits tax on oil companies could cost $15 billion a year at last year’s profit levels, a campaign adviser said. … The plan would target profit from the biggest oil companies by taxing each barrel of oil costing more than $80, according to a fact sheet on the proposal. The tax would help pay for a $1,000 tax cut for working families, an expansion of the earned- income tax credit and assistance for people who can’t afford their energy bills.” (Daniel Whitten, “Obama May Levy $15 Billion Tax On Oil Company Profit,” Bloomberg News, 5/1/08)

On The Same Day He Scrapped The Windfall Profits Tax, Obama Proposed New Spending:

On Monday, Obama Proposed “Costly New Programs” Bringing The Price Of His Full Economic Stimulus Plan To $175 Billion. “Senator Barack Obama proposed new steps on Monday to address the economic crisis, calling for temporary but costly new programs to help employers, automakers, homeowners, the unemployed, and state and local governments. … Obama advisers put the cost of Mr. Obama’s full economic stimulus plan at $175 billion, including $60 billion for the steps announced Monday.”(Jackie Calmes and Jeff Zeleny, “Obama Details Plan To Aid Victims Of Fiscal Crisis,” The New York Times, 10/14/08)

If Obama Could Enact All Of His Campaign Proposals, Taxpayers Would Be Faced With Financing Nearly $1.3 Trillion In New Spending Over One White House Term. (Republican National Committee Website, www.gop.com, Accessed 10/14/08)

Click Here To View The Obama Spend-O-Meter: http://www.gop.com/obamaspendometer.htm

With An Obama Administration And Democrat Congress, We Will See “A Big Increase In Spending And Deficits.” “Liberals will make a full-bore push for European-style economic policies. On the other hand, the remaining moderates will argue that it was excess and debt that created this economic crisis. … Obama will try to straddle the two camps — he seems to sympathize with both sides — but the liberals will win. Over the past decade, liberals have mounted a campaign against Robert Rubin-style economic policies, and they control the Congressional power centers. Even if he’s so inclined, it’s difficult for a president to overrule the committee chairmen of his own party. It is more difficult to do that when the president is a Washington novice and the chairmen are skilled political hands. It is most difficult when the president has no record of confronting his own party elders…. What we’re going to see, in short, is the Gingrich revolution in reverse and on steroids. There will be a big increase in spending and deficits.” (David Brooks, Op-Ed, “Big Government Ahead,” The New York Times, 10/14/08)


Obama Can’t Decide Who Should Pay More Taxes – Now That He’s Scrapping His Windfall Profits Tax He Believes Upper-Income Americans Can Pay More – Contradicting What He Said Last Month:

Obama Now Has “No Plans To Change” His Tax Increase On Upper-Income Americans. “Despite criticism from the McCain camp that increasing taxes would further endanger the economy, Mr. Obama has ‘no plans to change’ his longstanding proposal to repeal the Bush tax cuts next year for households with an annual income of more than $250,000, said Jason Furman, Mr. Obama’s economic adviser.”(Jackie Calmes and Jeff Zeleny, “Obama Details Plan To Aid Victims Of Fiscal Crisis,” The New York Times, 10/14/08)

In September, Obama Implied He Would Defer His Tax Hikes Because Of The Weak Economy:

Obama Told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos That The Economic Situation In January Could Require Him To Defer His Tax Increases. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “So even if we’re in recession next January, you come into office, you will still go through with your tax increases?” Obama: “No, no, no, no. What I’ve said, George, is even if we’re still in a recession I’ll go through with my tax cuts, that’s my priority.” Stephanopoulos: “But not the increases?” Obama: “I think we have to take a look and see where the economy is. The economy is weak right now.”(ABC’s “This Week,” 9/7/08)

In June, Obama Also Changed Positions On Whether He Would “Defer” Tax Hikes Depending On The Economic Situation:

Obama Told CNBC’s John Harwood That He May “Possibly Defer” Some Of His Tax Increases Based On The Economic Situation. CNBC’s John Harwood: “Higher taxes for capital gains, for dividends, for carried interest, for high-income Americans. You embraced a lot of those policies when the economy was stronger than it is now.” Obama: “Yeah, yeah.” Harwood: “Even if you think those are a good idea substantively, is there reason, because of the situation we’re in, to delay the implementation of any of those to avoid having a negative effect on job creation?” Obama: “Well, there’s no doubt that any policies I implement are going to be based on the economic situation that I inherit from George Bush. You know, one of the things I believe in is a manager of the economy, is you should base your decisions on facts and not ideology. And so even if I’m predisposed to a certain set of policies, I’m going to want and se e what’s going on at the moment and ask a wide range of viewpoints from situations…” Harwood: “So you can see the possibility of deferring some of those?” Obama: “Some of those you could possibly defer.” (CNBC’s “Your Money, Your Vote: McCain Vs. Obama,” 6/10/08)

But Obama Later Told Reporters He Never Said He Might “Defer” Some Of His Tax Increases. Question: “Senator in your interview yesterday with John Harwood, you suggested you might consider deferring the tax increases you proposed. Do believe that raising taxes hurts jobs creation, even if it’s only on the most wealthy of Americans?” Obama: “No, first of all I didn’t say I would defer, what I said was that I always take facts into account.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, St. Louis, MO, 6/10/08)

Click Here To Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdbKv1C1-fI

NOTE: Obama’s Income Tax Increase Would Burden Small Businesses Struggling In A Weak Economy:

FactCheck.org: “McCain Is Right About One Thing. Many Small-Business Owners Would Indeed See Their Taxes Go Up If Obama Is Elected And Raises The Top Income-Tax Rates.”(“McCain’s Small-Business Bunk,” www.factcheck.org, 7/14/08)

Two-Thirds Of Small Business Income Would Be Subject To Obama’s Significantly Higher Tax Rates. “The conservative argument (and that of the John McCain campaign) is that Obama’s stated plan to raise taxes on households making $250,000 or more in income is a tax increase on small business. The simple answer to this dilemma can be found in the IRS Statistics of Income Bulletin (Table 1.4, for those who are interested). So what do the data say? In 2006 (the latest year available), $706 billion of such income was reported to the Internal Revenue Service. Of this, about half was reported by households in the top marginal income tax rate. Interestingly, two-thirds of this income was reported by households making $250,000 per year or more — the very same households that Obama wants to increase taxes on. The Obama campaign maintains that the number of small-business owners is what’s important. Economists know what matters is the tax rate that’s applied to the bulk of small-business income. Make no mistake about it: Obama’s plan to raise taxes on households making more than $250,000 will raise taxes on most small-business profits in America.” (Grover G. Norquist, Op-Ed, “An Argument Against Obama’s Tax Plan,” The Politico, 7/11/08)

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