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Lick the Lame Duck Rally in D.C.

Duck at Rally
No, you didn’t miss the Lick the Lame Duck Rally yet, and I did not photoshop this. But isn’t it perfect?

Far be it from me to poke fun at the intended seriousness of a Tea Party gathering in our nation’s capital. After all, they’re currently feeling the shock not only of a botched GOP fight for the White House (Romney was so not the right candidate, they say, and well, duh), but also the loss of Chris Christie and the wonder-rays of conservative goodness that emanate from his very fingertips (okay, that might be overstating).

And so, like the fabulous Kill the Bill Rally they threw in D.C. as a more equitable health care system was rising, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), lead here in NJ by Steve Lonegan, is inviting its minions to yet another D.C. rally. The scare this time? President Obama and “Taxmageddon”.

Stop the Liberal Lame Duck Madness!

Register NOW to Lick the Lame Duck Rally with AFP on Thursday, December 13 in DC!

Really? You don’t like the president’s “radical agenda” or “Big Government” so you’re going to go lick a duck? This might be a poor choice. Duck might not like it.

The rightiest of the right wing has a history of embarrassing nomenclature. After all, these are the good folks who brought you the teabagger movement before somebody finally … Ermahgerd – that means WHAT with a scrotum??

Perhaps they weren’t familiar with John Waters’ Pecker. BONUS: Famous teabagger scene from John Waters’ Pecker, below the fold!)

3313864503_16bcc382faOf course when teabagger finally clicked into place (roughly 2 minutes after they looked up Santorum on teh Google) they fervently denied they ever called themselves teabaggers, willfully denying their own history. But I kid, because I love.

And now, just because I love you people so much, here’s the teabagging scene from Pecker. Jump!

Lick the Lame Duck Rally in D.C.

Duck at Rally

Far be it from me to poke fun at the intended seriousness of a Koch brothers-fueled gathering in our nation’s capital. After all, they’re currently feeling the shock not only of a botched GOP fight for the White House (Romney was so not the right candidate, they say, and we tend to agree), but also the loss of Chris Christie and the wonder-rays of conservative goodness that emanate from his very fingertips (okay, that might be overstating).

And so, like the fabulous Kill the Bill Rally they threw in D.C. as a more equitable health care system was rising, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), lead here in NJ by Steve Lonegan, is inviting its minions to yet another D.C. rally:

Stop the Liberal Lame Duck Madness!

Register NOW to Lick the Lame Duck Rally with AFP on Thursday, December 13 in DC!

Really? You don’t like the president’s “radical agenda” or “Big Government” so you’re going to go lick a duck? This might be a poor choice. And the duck might not like it.

The rightiest of the right wing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Brothers Industries, has a history of embarrassing nomenclature. After all, these are the good folks who brought you…………….

suggests they’re not familiar with John Waters’ Pecker. As it were.

Teabagging is forbidden here at The Fudge House.

willfully forgetting their own history.

bags

Joe Kyrillos: (modifier) Republican & Leonard Lance: (adjective) Conservative

Used to be, during the rise of neo-conservatism, that right-wing politicians proudly and directly claimed the identifiers of Republican and conservative. This is when so many voters were still bamboozled by the empty promise of trickle-down economics. Nancy Reagan wore red and Ronnie drove up the nation’s credit card. Before George W. Bush and his chickenhawk handlers war-whooped us all into debt and embarrassed a critical mass of us with avarice and stupidity.

What do we have now from some of New Jersey’s leading Republicans up for office? Now, we get modifiers in front of those right-wing identifiers:

Joe Kyrillos: (“a different kind of”) Republican.

Leonard Lance: (“principled”) conservative.



I find this amusing, and a sign of weakness in their position; a failure of strength in the way both campaigns self-present.

Kyrillos, whose campaign is wholly-dependent on the twin crutches of Chris Christie and Sheldon Adelson, is introduced by his wife Susan as a “different kind of Republican” in this a gauzy, beach-strolling ‘n blue jeans TV spot, playing up her opinion of the candidate as a dad. Now, why should I care that he “sees a world of possibility in our children, Max & Georgia”? I mean, good for the kids. But stop pandering to me. There’s a reason Republicans, including you, have a big gender gap to overcome. We’re smart cookies, and we pay more attention to your voting record than your papa-credentials before we vote. And we do vote. And you, Joe Kyrillos, are not a different kind of Republican. You’re pretty standard issue, and if you’re elected, you’re just party-disciplined enough to take your congressional marching orders from the GOP’s deep-tread antagonism toward women. No thanks.

I’ll leave most of the analysis of Leonard Lance’s campaign to others. A member of my household is campaign manager of Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula’s congressional campaign against Lance (a DCCC “Emerging Race”). But I will say Lance’s current TV spot features a lot of shots of wife Heidi standing by his side, speaking of pandering when your voting record sucks. Lance’s primary ad featured crutch Christie, plus a roster of tea party-approved and other GOP demi-stars. His 2012 (and 2010) primary challenger was tea partier David Larsen. The Leonard Lance of his legislature days posed himself as a moderate (he wasn’t really). Congressional Leonard Lance is a garden-variety GOP lock-stepper who has sold his soul and lowered himself to neo-conservative levels to try and stay in Congress. (Don’t even take our word on it, the bible on this is The Curious Transformation of N.J. Congressman Leonard Lance, by Tom Moran in Star-Ledger).

As you can see, a lot of “modifying” going on.  

Bill to Decriminalize small amounts of Marijuana garners 18 co-sponsors.

22,439 people were arrested in New Jersey for possessing less than 50 grams* of cannabis in 2009.

FreedomIsGreen.Com, a local blog devoted to advancing more enlightened cannabis policy in New Jersey is reporting an an intriguing new bill on the Assembly docket that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Garden State.

The bill, which already has 18 co-sponsors (5 from the GOP) was introduced by Assemblymen Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) and Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris), the same bi-partisan duo that introduced the state’s nascent medical marijuana law.

Democrats Believe…

For the longest time I have been trying to reconcile certain notions of what it means to be a Democrat.  I mean, there are the traditional liberal notions of what we are… and then there is the reality.  

    We support collective bargaining.  Except the NJ Senate President tries to legislate it away.  

    We believe in government.   Except the President accepts the Republican framing that Social Security needs reductions and spending is out of control.

     In the same room where I hear State Committee Chair John Wisniewski pledge Democrats support unions, a Democrat tells me that Reagan was great because he fired the Air Traffic Controllers.  She told me the Air Traffic union held a gun to the head of America.  

   No, no – thats the exaggerated Republican Frame.  WW2 was a gun to our heads.  The Mortgage crisis was a gun to our head.  The Air Traffic Controllers merely inconvenienced us.  

I could go on, but, you know what I mean.  A Big tent is one thing… but geesh, many Democrats accept right wing framing on issues that used to represent the core values of our party.  

So, with all due deference to the lovely speech recently given by our State Chair in Burlington County,  what plurality “beliefs” can we ACTUALLY claim as a party?  

Christie opposes the public option and lies about whether he’s a conservative

Chris Christie was interviewed by Jon King and Wolf Blitzer on CNN earlier this week and they asked him about the public option and whether he would consider himself a moderate or conservative:

So he opposes the public option and now he’s not into labels. But he was clearly into labels in the primary when he was trying to be further on the right than Steve Lonegan:

I guess he’s counting on the fact that people won’t remember. He seems to have one set of rules for himself in the primary and another set for himself in the general. Which answer was the correct one, the primary answer where he was super conservative or the general answer of not liking labels the other day?

This is another thumb in the eye of conservatives who are still smarting from the way Christie ran the primary against Lonegan. He barealy even acknowledges he’s a Republican these days, let alone a conservative. You have to wonder if they hold their nose and vote for Christie, or do they decide to stay home or even find someone else to support on election day.

Mulshine: Either Chris Christie is stupid or he thinks you are

The more Paul Mulshine listens to Chris Christie, the less he likes:

Either Chris Christie is stupid or he thinks you are.

That is my only possible conclusion after hearing one of his recent campaign spiels.

On Christie’s flip flop between whether people would move to Pennsylvania because of taxes or not, Mulshine has grown weary of Christie’s navigating the political waters:

This doesn’t add up. But then nothing he says adds up.

That’s right, nothing on the Christie campaign adds up.  Mulshine continued referring to Lonegan’s debunking of Christie’s tax plans months ago:

Lonegan nicely debunked this nonsense during a debate when he said,

“My opponent is standing here telling us that everybody’s going to get their rebate check. But we’re going to cut spending. And we’re going to cut taxes. Nobody buys this. We can’t cut taxes across the board for everybody, give everybody a rebate check. It’s just not doable. It makes no sense. Chris has no plan.”

That’s not true. He does have a plan. It’s to keep fooling New Jerseyans and hope they fall for it until after the first Tuesday in November.

It worked in the primary where Christie made himself everything to everyone and Mulshine blames his party for buying that hook line and sinker. It remains to be seen if you can continue that trend in the general and Mulshine says that as Christie flounders towards the middle, it’s more of a reason for conservatives to stay home. He even closes with this:

So why should a conservative vote for him?

I’ll take that one step further, why should anyone vote for him? We’ll have to see if he’s able to keep fooling the voters all the way through election day, but it’s clear Mulshine has his eyes wide open on this one. If he does lose the conservatives, his math becomes even more difficult to add up to an election victory.

Star Ledger Cites Keans claims, fails to point out they were false

While explaining Tom Kean Jr. talking points about how people care about corruption at the “wrap up” press conference, Deborah Howlett in the article, “For Kean, no regrets about run for Senate” cites the upticks in the polls after the that the U.S. Attorney’s office had issued subpoenas to a nonprofit agency in Hudson County.

They go on to claim that the benefit of the story to Kean was short lived because of ads run by Menendez. She goes in to state that Kean had “no money” to respond to the ads. 

No mention that Kean, then used the story to claim baselessly claim that it was Menendez and not the nonprofit agency that was under investion. Nor does she bother to mention other claims in regards to the agency were refuted by both the Star Ledger and the New York Time.  No mention that he had “no money” to respond because he continued to run with more baseless claims that continued to tarnish Keans image and improve Menendez’s position in the polls.

More Republican Smear

Trying already (or so it seems) to prepare for the State Assembly Elections next year, Tom Wilson Chairman of the State Republican Party baselessly claims:

“Bob Menendez didn’t win an election with people liking him or trusting him,” Wilson said. “He was an alternative that they preferred based on a message. . . . More people disliked him, distrusted him, than liked him.”

You can read the rest of this in the article, State GOP to ‘stay the course’

Just how did Wilson come up to this determination that it was “just the message” and that people voted for Menendez despite “not liking him” or “distrusting him”?  Oh, I forgot, the GOP doesn’t have to have any actual facts to back up their claims.  They just say it, so thus it “must be true.”

I guess after all the lying that Kean Jr. did in this past election, are they really going to talk about “distrust”?  That really is no longer a good talking point for the State GOP.