I covered the NAACP National Convention in Kansas City. The national reaction to the teabagger motion was instructive. (Our NAACP coverage)
Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) said:
....And, what I hope you will get out of this is that no matter how much the pundits say we are in post racial era, no matter how much that you believe that everything is fine, it's not. [applause] We need the NAACP now as much as ever [applause, cheers]. I hope you get out of it that you are needed. [applause] We have seventeen members of the United States Senate voting "no" for unemployment benefits. We need the NAACP [inaudible] right now! [applause, cheers] We need it! We need it! Don't you forget it! [applause, cheers]
Back to the bumper stickers. This kind of brazenness is new to me for Missouri - I've lived here for twenty years. The annonymity isn't a surprise, though.
I was interviewed by the Kansas City, Missouri NBC television affiliate. At the time of the interview they didn't know about the radio transcript (they do now) and it wasn't part of the interview. The station only ran a few seconds of the 20 plus minute interview. I recorded the interview on my digital audio recorder and ran a transcript at Show Me Progress: "A Gentleman's Agreement"? - a conversation with KSHB-TV
...Okay, here's a new rule for Democrats - you can't participate in an exercise which allows someone to go on the air at the propaganda arm of the rnc (the Faux News Channel) and trash a Democratic president's economic stimulus plan when you voted for a republican president's bailout of their Wall Street buddies. ...
...Uh, you do know that Ike Skelton (D - MO4) voted for the House version, right?...
"...In an interview with the Huffington Post, however, McCaskill didn't just take on corporate CEOs. She criticized some of the spending in the House stimulus package, saying that her fellow Democrats had been 'over-anxious'..."