Four senators may have signed on to a gun background check deal Wednesday, but only two showed up for the news conference — in part because Sen. Patrick J. Toomey’s public support for the bill hinged on not having to stand next to Sen. Charles E. Schumer.
Roll Call, quoted at Political Wire.
Kinda dickish, don’t you think?
I’m not a sixth grader. Senator, I’ve been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I’ve looked at dead bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons. I’m not a lawyer, but after 20 years I’ve been up close and personal to the Constitution. I have great respect for it.
Does the right even understand what racism is?
The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson launched another attack at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Hannity Monday evening.
Appearing on Fox’s panel discussion, Carlson’s latest outrage at the NAACP stemmed from its Martin County branch’s decision to cancel its Tuesday event and unitive Rep. Allen West (R-FL) from speaking after he insisted that “up to” 81 Democratic members of Congress were secretly Communists.
“The NAACP, storied history though it has, is a totally discredited group,” Carlson said. “And anyone that doesn’t think so doesn’t know much about the modern NAACP. It represents virtually no one. It’s bankrupt literally and morally. It’s an absurd fringe group and I don’t know why we pay any attention to what they think. We’re bullied into it because it was, at one point, a force for good.”
Carlson’s comments are the latest hostile statements he has said about the NAACP. In 2010, Carlson called the organization “totally discredited” and “pathetic.” He also labeled the NAACP a “sad joke that should be shut down” in 2007.
Raw Story has video, but save yourself some time; imagine a smug, over-privileged dick who’s barely matured since his freshman year of college saying all this and you’re pretty much on the money.
But I don’t bring this up to report that Tucker Carlson is a useless tool trying to poach some of Breitbart’s traffic by being as extremist as he can bring himself to be — that’s hardly breaking news. I bring this up because I just read a quote from Ta-Nehisi Coates on Ed Kilgore’s blog and it fit so perfectly with this story that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to apply it here:
The conservative movement doesn’t understand anti-racism as a value, only as a rhetorical pose. This is how you end up tarring the oldest integrationist group in the country (the NAACP) as racist. The slur has no real moral content to them. It’s all a game of who can embarrass who. If you don’t think racism is an actual force in the country, then you can only understand it’s invocation as a tactic.
In other words, “racist” exists only as an accusation for most on the right. It’s a smear that liberals apply to conservatives. That Allen West ran afoul of the NAACP is proof of this, since West is black and racism — in conservatives’ world — is the NAACP’s entire reason for existing. Anything West does should automatically be applauded by African-Americans everywhere; even blatant, over-the-top lies like his “communist” bullcrap. The NAACP, in Carlson’s mind, should be backing West to the hilt, because disagreeing with black people is what racism is all about — a bunch of hogwash designed to frighten and shame white people into giving in and agreeing with black people.
Daily Caller: ‘Answer our email or we’ll make shit up about you.’
The Democratic National Committee is at odds with the conservative Daily Caller over a reporter’s threat as to how he would interpret an unreturned email.
The Caller’s Matthew Boyle warned DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse against ignoring a question about Attorney General Eric Holder and the “Fast and Furious” scandal, an incident in which federal agents were killed by weapons the government allowed to be trafficked in an attempted sting operation.
“Does Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz still have confidence in AG Eric Holder after Fast and Furious?” Caller reporter Matthew Boyle asked in a March 12 email, which apparently went without response – not an unusual practice from political organizations to news organizations, particularly ones tied to opposing political agendas.
Boyle emailed again two days later with the threat: “I’m giving you until 10 am tomorrow to answer this question, then I’m reporting Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not supporting Holder.”
Daily Caller reporter Matthew Boyle is apparently the Most Important Man in the World.
“So this is the way the Daily Caller does business,” Woodhouse told Buzzfeed. “[I]f you don’t respond to their slanted, agenda-filled inquiry they threaten you with blackmail and with 100 percent misrepresenting your position.”