For Breitbart, "Controversial" Means "Black"

From Andrew Breitbart's attack on Congressional Democrats for walking outdoors:

The first sign that a plan was in place was the ham-fisted, high-camp posturing of the most controversial members of the Democratic caucus walking through the peaceful but animated “Tea Party” demonstrators on Capitol Hill. There is no reason for these elected officials to walk above ground through the media circus amid their ideological foes. The natural route is the tunnels between the House office buildings and the Capitol. By crafting a highly symbolic walk of the Congressional Black Caucus through the majority white crowd, the Democratic Party was looking to provoke a negative reaction.

Emphasis mine, because Breitbart's use of the word "controversial" as a stand-in for "Black" pretty much tells you all you need to know about Breitbart and the right-wing drive to blame Black and gay congressmembers for going where angry White people could see them. (This is the same school of thought in which "carefree" kids are ones who aren't gay and don't know about anyone that is) Unless we're supposed to believe that two-term Rep. Andre Carson became one of "the most controversial" Democrats based on the content of his character.




Tea Party's Health Care Opposition Turns Racist, Violent

I can respect conservatives who can respect liberals. I can work with conservatives who are willing to work with progressives. If your goal is to move America rather than your party forward, than I'd like to shake your hand and find a way to do it together. What I cannot respect are people who think it's painfully obvious that their beliefs are the one and only definition of "right" or of "American." I cannot abide for half a second those people who think anyone even half an inch different than they are unpatriotic, socialist, elitist, stupid, or undeserving.

And that is why I loathe Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement. You think government is too big? Okay, I get that. You think the President is taking us down a bad path? I disagree, but whatever. You believe Congress is broken? Who doesn't. You think black people who dare to disagree with you are Soviet Kenyan n------s who gas Jews? Well in that case, you represent none of the best and all of the worst of American history, you racist, uninformed, self-righteous, cowardly, unpatriotic, anarchist halfwit toads. Roll Call reports:

Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) said tea party protesters opposed to the health care reform legislation yelled racial epithets at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Lewis’ chief of staff earlier today. Carson said the taunts against Lewis came as the three men — all African-American — walked out of the Cannon House Office Building for votes this afternoon.

“They were shouting the N-word,” Carson said. “It was like a page out of a time machine.” Carson said Capitol Police surrounded the group and escorted them across the street to the Capitol.

And staffers and Members reported seeing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slurred for being a homosexual and a protester spitting on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), another African-American lawmaker.

Do these addle-brained huns really think they’re going to change anyone’s mind with racist name calling? Do you they honestly think that this tripe passes for factual discourse? As conservative Joe Scarborough tweets, "John Lewis is a friend, a great man and an American hero. Anyone attacking such a man with racial slurs has a dark heart and a grim soul." And "Also, the attacks against Barney Frank were hateful and outrageous. Barney and I usually disagreed in Congress but he loves his country."

Also, check out this picture, H/T Think Progress:

Yeah, killing democratically elected leaders. That's real patriotic. You're just a regular John Wilkes Booth there, aren't ya.

To lighten things up, here’s Jon Stewart’s latest BRILLIANT style parody takedown of Glenn Beck. "It's not that I'm saying, I'm not saying that believing there should be a minimum standard for how much lead there can be in our paint might lead to a government right to sterilize and kill Jews, I'm not saying that that might be the case! I'm saying that's the case."

How Democrats Just Lost Indiana's 7th Congressional District

As most of you are aware, Congresswoman Julia Carson succumbed to a battle with lung cancer in December.  Indiana's 7th Congressional District is the second most Democratic in the state, and includes most of the largest and capital city, Indianapolis-Marion County.  Several well-qualified Democrats entered the race, along with the Congresswoman's grandson, freshman City Councilor Andre Carson.  A full rundown on the major candidates seeking to replace Mrs. Carson can be found on my recent BlueIndiana diary.

At Julia Carson's funeral, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Andre Carson for Congress.  They essentially turned her funeral into an Andre for Congress rally.  Immediately after, the Democratic machine, much of which was built up by Mrs. Carson, started lining up behind Andre.  They leaned hard on other Democrats to try and prevent other Democrats from challenging him for the seat.  The machine did see some success, with former Mayor Bart Peterson--probably the most popular Democrat among Indianapolis Democrats--saying he wasn't interested and endorsing Carson.

There's more...

Replacing Julia Carson (and Crashing the Gates)

This is cross-posted from  In December, Congresswoman Julia Carson died, leaving an open seat.  This coming Saturday, the precinct committeepersons from the district are going caucus to select the candidate for a special election to be held on March 11.  Candidate filing in Indiana closes on February 12, and the precinct committeepersons will assemble again in February to endorse a candidate for the primary in May.  

Last night, the candidates had their one and only public forum before the coming caucus.  The front-runner by far is Andre Carson, the former congresswoman's grandson.  Please check out the links to learn more about the five major candidates in the race.  This is a primary where the blogosphere can have a great impact if we get behind one candidate.

So I just got home from the 7th District Democratic candidate forum, which featured a whole host of candidates from different regions, races, genders, and even political philosophies.  Present were State Representatives Carolene Mays, David Orentlicher, and and Gregory Porter; Indianapolis City County Councilors Joanne Sanders and Andre Carson; Attorney Randle Pollard; Marion County Treasurer Michael Rodman; and former Indiana State Health Commissioner Woodrow Myers.

There's more...


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