WTF: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Nominates Newt Gingrich For House Speaker

Louie Gohmert nominates Newt Gingrich House Speaker

WTF: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Nominates Newt Gingrich For House Speaker

There are still a few morons masquerading as lawmakers in the U.S. Congress, including Louie Gohmert, who nominated Newt Gingrich for House Speaker. The Texas lawmaker said, “You don’t have to be a member of the body to be speaker.”

His motion was not seconded by any other members, and House Speaker John Boehner was reelected by a voice vote, followed by a standing ovation. As he delivered his acceptance speech, Boehner responded to his colleague’s unexpected nomination. “Louie, I love you too,” Boehner said.

Louie Gohmert’s constituents should have buyer’s remorse at this juncture. I knew he wasn’t wrapped too tight but dang….

Bill Maher: Mitt Romney Lost Election Because Most Americans Frightened by Bible-Thumpers, Xenophobes

Bill Maher gave his two cents on President Obama’s routing of Mitt Romney in the presidential election and offered reasons on why Mitt Romney, “the white Barack Obama” won:

Mitt Romney has lost and he’ll soon be accepting his new job as professor of method acting at The New School in New York City. And after watching him play all these different characters over the last two years, really, who better?

Now comes the hand-wringing and finger-pointing that always follows electoral defeat; 500 columns of “If they’d done what I said, something, something, measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.” And they’ll all miss the forest for the trees. Except Dick Morris — he’s always right.

So now that I’m done telling you how everyone else will be full of shit and focusing on the wrong things, let me focus you on the big picture thing that’s absolutely correct: Mitt Romney lost because of the Republican brand and Republican policies. There are other reasons, of course, like Mitt being unlovable to anyone not named Ann Romney, but nothing trumps the idea that 2/3rds of America thinks the other 1/3 is a frightening conglomerate of Bible-thumpers, xenophobes, and vaginophobes. (Not a word, but should be.)

Take Mitt’s pivot from being “severely conservative” to being “the white Barack Obama.” Sure, everyone tacks to the middle after the primaries, but Mitt’s performance was different: it was a full-scale repudiation of just about every idea that conservatives hold dear. The positions were changed. The rhetoric was completely different. He was basically Barack Obama, Caucasian Edition. Source

The bottom line is that Mitt Romney misjudged the power of the Obama ground game, even though they had a clear money advantage. In short, they don’t know how to play the game that led Barack Obama to victory against John McCain in 2008. The Republican Party has a Dr. Seuss problem.

Daily Beast’s Adam Winkler Thinks Clarence Thomas a Viable Candidate for GOP Presidential Nomination

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Daily Beast Adam Winkler Thinks Clarence Thomas a Viable Candidate for GOP Presidential Nomination (Wikipedia)

CLARENCE THOMAS FOR PRESIDENT. LMAO! Adam Winkler, a columnist with the Daily Beast, seems to think Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would be a viable presidential candidate. Um, really? That’s just too funny. If you think Rick Santorum is every Democrats dream of an ideal candidate to meet Obama in November, they would be foaming at the mouth to sink their teeth into Clarence Thomas and on so many fronts.

Daily Beast:  While Chris Christie and Jeb Bush might be fine candidates, perhaps the Republicans should consider a more inspired and game-changing pick: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Far-fetched?  Maybe. But a Thomas candidacy would energize Republicans in a way that few other Republicans can and would steal tremendous media attention from President Barack Obama.

Unlike the flip-flopping Mitt Romney, Thomas is a true conservative who could appeal to all of the segments of the Republican coalition. Tea Partiers would see Thomas as one of their own. Not only has he been a consistent voice to curtail the power of the federal government but his wife Ginni, a Tea Party activist herself, has been a leader in the fight to repeal Obama’s healthcare reform law. Wall Street Republicans would be buoyed by Thomas’s opposition to environmental regulation and his free market philosophy.  Blue-collar workers could embrace Thomas’s up-by-his-bootstraps story of rising from incredible poverty–until he was 7, his home had no indoor plumbing–and his votes to end affirmative action and preserve the Second Amendment. Evangelicals will like that he’s against abortion, gay rights, and limits on prayer in school.

Wow, not only would blacks run from Clarence Thomas in droves, I suspect women and Hispanics would too. Remember the whole Anita Hill scandal? Women won’t look too kindly on Clarence Thomas and his sidekick, Ginny. Hah. This is so far-fetched, it’s hilarious.  Either Adam Winkler has been drinking the wrong type of Kool-Aid, or the Daily Beast has now become The Onion. Wow, all that Clarence Thomas for President talk has gotten me worked up. I need a can of Coca Cola.

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Republican Party Continues to Push Its “Black People Platform” to Play on Racial Anxieties

Republican Party Continues to Push Its "Black People Platform" to Play to Racial Anxieties

It is a sad commentary that the talking points being used by the Republican Party comes chock full of racial undertones at the expense of the black community and that age-old stereotype that blacks are lazy and want to live off the government. To echo the sentiments of NY Times columnist Charles Blow’s reference to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum’s characterizations of blacks living on welfare: “the antiblack rhetoric has taken center stage” and it shows no signs of abating, unless the black community speaks up in a united voice. What they have neglected to tell voters is that non-Hispanic whites are the largest group on welfare, not blacks and not Hispanics. So, why are blacks being marginalized and raked over the coals? The black bogeyman will prod white voters into action and to the polls in huge numbers for the “white knight” who will swoop in and save them. LOL. Yeah right.

This mindset that blacks have been dependent on whites since the day the first African slave landed in this country continues to rear its ugly head. As Michael Blow states, “ever since blacks first arrived on these shores in chains, they have been perceived as lazy and dependent on whites — first as slaves, and then as “entitled” citizens.” Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum continue to play on this fabricated dependency.

The preface of the “Encyclopedia of Black Folklore and Humor” tells a story about the first black captives arriving in the New World and one slave “muttering angrily to himself.” The captain of the boat says to him, “What’s the matter with you? You’ve been in this country for only five minutes and already you’re complaining!”

Folklore or fact, this is the way many have viewed blacks in this country throughout history and even now: with scolding disdain and shocking blindness. In 1935, W.E.B. DuBois’s “Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880” pointed out that one of the major themes that American children were being taught in textbooks about that period was that “all Negroes were lazy, dishonest and extravagant.”

One textbook theme excerpted by DuBois stated that “legislatures were often at the mercy of Negroes, childishly ignorant, who sold their votes openly, and whose ‘loyalty’ was gained by allowing them to eat, drink and clothe themselves at the state’s expense.”Another stated that “assistance led many freed men to believe that they need no longer work.” Source: NY Times

I absolutely detest the image Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are trying to paint of blacks in America. As a black professional, I have never been on welfare nor have I ever received any other type of entitlement programs. I come from a family with a long history of achievement through hard work and a determination to succeed on one’s own merit, not by government assistance. There are many more black families like mine and they should be hopping mad about what the Republicans are trying to do. There are unsavory elements in every race, so singling out the black community is just plain wrong.

Racial politics has always been pushed by the Republican Party. Why do you think there is no conscious effort by the GOP to attract black voters? No, it’s easier to marginalize the black community by playing on the fears of white Americans. This is evident from the fact that Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich finished second, third and fourth in the Iowa caucus and to keep referring to President Obama as the “food stamp president.” That’s code word for “black president.”