Steve King calls Obama "socialist," pushes fake ACORN fraud story

Last weekend my fellow Iowa blogger 2laneIA published a comprehensive diary on Congressman Steve King's "greatest hits." Click the link to read about King's suggestion that we electrify the border fence with Mexico like we do "with livestock," his prediction that terrorists will be "dancing in the streets" if Obama becomes president, and his pride in working to scale back funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (which he calls Socialist Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents). I mentioned a few more low points for King in this post.

Yesterday the man Ann Coulter calls "one of my favorites" helped warm up the crowd at a Sarah Palin rally in Sioux City. According to Iowa Independent, King suggested that electing Obama could be a step toward totalitarian rule:

"When you take a lurch to the left you end up in a totalitarian dictatorship," King said.  "There is no freedom to the left. It's always to our side of the aisle."

Sioux City Journal political correspondent Bret Hayworth wrote on his liveblog,

10:12 a.m.: King gives the first of what will be two speaking opportunities, this one the longer, for nine minutes. He lays out several versions of the words "liberal" and "socialist" in describing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He mentions the ACORN group and earns a big "Booooo." King said a Google search of "Acorn Fraud" gets you 2 million hits of possible stories.

King said it's not a stretch to link Obama to the ACORN group, since he worked for them in voting matters. "Obama is ACORN... When I see Obama, I see ACORN branded on his forehead," King said.

King has embarrassed Iowans with his bigotry and extremism for too long.

If he is re-elected, he won't just be an irritant for Iowans. King severely disrupted the House Judiciary Committee's efforts to question Douglas Feith in July, and I'm sure there will be more where that came from in the new Congress.

Iowa's fifth is an R+8 district, but Rob Hubler has a real shot in this race, for reasons I discussed here.

Send a message to Steve King by donating to Hubler for Congress.

Tags: 2008 elections, Congress, Douglas Feith, House, IA-05, Iowa, Rob Hubler, Sarah Palin, Steve King (all tags)



Re: Steve King calls Obama "socialist,"

Every time I read an article about Steve King, I confuse it with the writer Stephen King.

by wiscogirl101 2008-10-26 08:08AM | 0 recs
strangely enough

in light of the similarities between Steve King and Michelle Bachmann, Stephen King has published books under the psueduonym Richard Bachman: hman

by desmoinesdem 2008-10-26 08:12AM | 0 recs
The Google Standard

"King said a Google search of "Acorn Fraud" gets you 2 million hits of possible stories."

I love this standard:  a google search of "republican murderers" will return over 9.7 million results.  In conclusion, there are almost 5x as many Republican murderers than ACORN frauds.

by wilson 2008-10-26 08:16AM | 0 recs
A worthy choice to go all in on.

I made my last significant contribution of this election cycle to Hubler.  At that point a significant contribution was $100.  

Since then I have made only a few, substantively-mostly-symbolic $5 donations in moments when very high motivation coincided with moments of fleeting, momentary room on any credit card within reach.  (See: Tinklenberg, Obama)

I very strongly encourage every progressive with so much as change in their pocket to send it to Hubler.  A contribution to Hubler has the ancillary benefit of geographically and otherwise broadening the already-strong overall Democratic effort in crucial Iowa.

by Prairie 2008-10-26 09:48AM | 0 recs
another agriculture committee embarassment

I'd swear that committee lands a disproportionate, and unfortunately bipartisan, share of nutjobs. Good luck getting rid of him.

by Natasha Chart 2008-10-26 10:28AM | 0 recs


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