Friday, January 28, 2005

No to Gonzales and Stuff

It is quite comical how Republicans hate to bring up race and ethnicity until they have a couple of Black and Latinos to trot out, then you never hear the end of "Black", "African America" and "Latino". Race and ethnicity all of a sudden become badges of honor.

Well it wouldn't matter what ethinicity or race Al Gonzales is, nothing short of a "no" vote is in order for this man. Yesterday, I ranted about racism and the gradual erosion of dignity until we get an unspeakable attrocity. But the thing is that even in this case where we are aghast at the torture policies of this pro-life administration, Gonzales still will not give up on torture! And this man wants to be Attorney General?

On another note, there is a slight stir in liberal blogspher because Stu Rothenberg made the following comment:

Blogging is getting more attention in the mainstream media and from the political parties. As vehicles for fundraising, blogs can't be ignored. And some bloggers have interesting things to say. But when it comes to campaign savvy or understanding how the campaign committees operate, two of the most high-profile liberal bloggers have an exaggerated sense of their own importance and insights.

He calls them "clueless" primarily because Dkos, Chris Bowers and Jerome Armstrong have been calling to challenge every open congressional seat in play, even if it is an established incumbent Republican.

I'm a registered part of Dkos's website. Though not a big fan, and I do think Dkos and MyDD have grossly exaggerated their importance and influence. But I am extremely irritated by Rothenberg's attitude. Two good examples of challenging every seat at Musgrave, the Colorado congresswomen of hate gays ammendment fame and Tom "corruption is my middle name" Delay were as safe as you'd find in Republican land, at leat until no-name challengers, supported by liberal blogsphere kicked into high gear. Both Musgrave and Delay won, but Delay got his lowest vote percentage ever, 55% and Musgrave was not much better. Better yet, we tied them up so that they were unable to use their money elsewhere, in fact the Republican establishment had to pump money into Colorado to save Musgrave.

I agree with this approach. We have to challenge every seat and put the Republicans on notice. With the exposure that blogs can give obscure candidates, we can mount quite a fight everywhere. Granted the DCCC structure may not have been able to do this in the past, but now with netroots, it is very possible. Much money can be raised and volunteers easily mobilized. And of course, bloggers will pay to do oppo research.

This may affect who I support for the DNC. I have been leaning towards Frost or Roemer, because Dean is a disaster IMHO and we need a good spokesperson who does not reek of leftie. I am strongly leaning towards Rosenberg who seems to appreciate that the online community can exponentially increase the power of existing structures. If somehow Frost or Roemer can show that they are willing to go nuclear and challenge ever seat and use existing and new technologies, then I'll go with them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Let's try this again, since you appear to have missed this comment in another post of yours:

Since you seem to be a self-appointed arbiter of what is racist and what is not, please tell me if you find the following political cartoons depicting Condoleezza Rice to be racist. Two are drawn by Pat Oliphant, and the third by Ted Rall. (Rall's takes swipes at several members of the Bush Administration, but I'm just interested on your take on the cartoon panel depicting Dr. Rice.)

David B

1:06 PM  
Blogger Ono said...

I'm trying to figure out who this Sean Robbins is and I click on his main page and discover he is some Right Wing freak. And this is the person who majestically declares what is racist? I just don't see how on God's green earth, that anyone on the Right can even show their face on the issue of race.

I've made the point here frequently, the Right does not like or tolerate or sympathize with Blacks. The only time Blacks are the most wonderful thing on the planet are when they can trot out a couple of puppets or parrots and display them in some silly facade of diversity.

The other thing I notice is that the Right likes to trot our cartoons are rail about racism. What a joke. A cartoon first off is not meant to be flattering while it makes its point. Secondly, if the intention of the of the cartoon is meant to be racist, then it is racist. None of those cartoons strike me as racist. Depicting Rice as a parrot, so what! She is a parrot. The one with aluminum tubes is weird, but it has more to do with women stereotypes than anything and that actually could be the point the cartoonist was making, barefoot and pregnant, I have absolutely no idea. I don't see this guy's stuff and I don't know his MO. The one with the House Nigga. I have no clue who this guy is or what the context was, the cartoonist is Black, if it is for a Black magazine or audience, etc, that factors into the question. I have no idea.

What I do know is that for a Right Wing nut to righteously pontificate on racism is sick. Right wingers have NO leg to stand on when it comes to race, zilch credibility. Now, are liberals prejudiced? Yes, but the difference is the intent. Most liberals honestly address or acknowledge their prejudices when exposed, not so with the other side, it is not acknowldged or retained or swept under the rug.

I could have a discussion with a liberal or moderate about those cartoons and race, but I will not have this discussion with a Right winger--no creds on the issue.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for showing what an utter hypocrite on race you are. It is complete B.S. when you say that conservatives are all racist and cannot speak out on racism. That somehow, only liberals can possibly address the issue, and then only to lay the blame at conservative white men's feet. For your information, both Pat Oliphant and Ted Rall a whiny, liberal, white, males. But, you have shown your true colors, i.e., that these political cartoons would only have been racist if they were depicting a black LIBERAL, DEMOCRAT woman. A black conservative, Republican woman (or man, as there have been plenty of "Uncle Tom" cheap shots taken at Colin Powell by those on the left) is fair game to say anything about, or depict in any way a racist liberal wants to. So, save your breath, because you have absolutely NO credibility on race issues! And from reading your blog, there is little wonder why you were fired by the USCCB.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW - These idiot, racist, liberal political cartoonists have their cartoons placed in mainstream newspapers across the country, such as the Washington Post, and I believe, the New York Times. So, no, they weren't being addressed to a black audience, just a racist audience.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my haste, I failed to sign my comments. Both of the above replies to your hypocritical response were mine.

David B

11:13 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I'm not joining the cartoon debate because I refuse to give my precious time to those unlikely to open their minds. However, I have a comment about your post.

You said:
"With the exposure that blogs can give obscure candidates, we can mount quite a fight everywhere."

Exactly. Please see for a slight twist in the left wing blogosphere for added impact. Now is the time for action.

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