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My liberal friend — the same one who thinks that, politically, Tea Partiers are American Nazis — is also convinced that Tea Party candidates are nut jobs, more suited for an insane asylum or remedial education class, than for high office. My friend’s belief is actually unsurprising, since that is the song the media is singing. After all, Christine O’Donnell flirted with witchcraft when she was 16 — an age, as we know, when all Democrats were already wise beyond their years.
When I countered that the Democrat politicians and candidates aren’t such a pretty bunch either, my friend was affronted: “That’s not true.” Au contraire, my friend. It’s very true:
Democrats who don’t seem to like blacks very much:
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Manhandled an eight year old black boy and accused him of attempting to steal Moran’s campaign-subsidized car from the parking lot at a rec center.
Harry Reid (Senator, Nevada): Exists in a bizarre world where black politicians are virtuous if they are “light skinned” and lack a “negro dialect.”
Joe Biden (Vice President): Professed some surprise at Obama’s political persona. Apparently he was unaware that a black man could be “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Fortunately for VP Joe, Obama was willing to forgive and forget.
Democrats who don’t seem to like Christians very much:
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Although a self-professed Catholic, publicly screamed at a priest that “You priests don’t know anything about abortion.”
Hillary Clinton (Ex-Senator, New York): “I have to confess that it’s crossed my mind that you could not be a Republican and a Christian.”
Democrats who don’t seem to like the American military very much:
John Kerry (Senator, Massachusetts): Said the following of his fellow American troops: “They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.” Time did not mellow his views. More than 30 years later, he “joked” that, if students didn’t work hard in school, “you get stuck in Iraq.”
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Insists that military service does not constitute public service.
Barack Obama (President): Without his superior guidance in Afghanistan, American troops will continue “air raiding villages and killing civilians.“ Oh, yeah!
Democrats who don’t seem to like white people very much:
Barack Obama (President): In speaking of his (white) grandmother, manages to imply that all whites fear blacks.
Cynthia McKinney (Ex-Congresswoman, Georgia): Accuses government of conspiring to kill black people after Katrina.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Obama’s pastor): Accuses government of conspiring to kill black people with AIDS.
Democrats who don’t seem to like America very much:
Chris Coons (Senator, Delaware): Considering that America is the bastion of liberty and capitalism, his ongoing attachment to Marxism bespeaks a man who dislikes America’s core values.
Dennis Kucinich (Congressman, Ohio): A cozy, decades-long relationship with the Communist party.
Bob Bowman (Democratic nominee for Representative, 2006, Florida): A Truther.
Jim McDermott (Congressman, Washington): Funded by groups with terrorist ties, he jetted to Iraq in 2002, to give Saddam Hussein some moral support.
Barbara Boxer (Senator, California): “It’s a new day. Communism is dead. It’s even dead in Cuba. I hate to say it, it’s dead.“
John Kerry (Senator, Massachusetts): It’s not just that stupid Americans join the military (see above); it’s that Americans are stupid. I always love it when the C student (from a time when an Ivy League degree still meant something) lectures everyone else about intellectualism.
Democrats who don’t seem to like Jews very much:
Joe Sestak (Senator, Pennsylvania): I don’t have specific links, just a career long decade of anti-Israel animus, summed up in this article.
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Blamed the Iraq war on the “Jewish lobby.” Accused former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of coming to Washington to get President Bush’s permission to use American-funded weapons to “kill at will.”
Billy McKinney (Ex-Georgia State Legislator and father of Cynthia McKinney): When she lost her seat in the House in 2002, Billy knew why: “J-E-W-S.“
Jimmy Carter (Ex-President, current pain-in-the-neck): Says that Israel’s “apartheid” policies are worse than South Africa’s were; grossly misrepresents facts to blacken Israel’s reputation; and just generally loathes the nation and seeks its destruction.
Democrats who don’t seem to like Asians very much:
Loretta Sanchez (Congresswoman, California): Went on Spanish TV and gave a venom-filled speech, encouraging Hispanics in her district to hate and fear Vietnamese.
Joe Biden (Vice-President): Mocks East Asians from India for their accents and initiative.
Democrats who don’t seem to like the handicapped very much:
Bob Reilly (Assembly, New York): This one is so embarrassing, as Reilly imitates a speech impaired young man, that I’m almost loath to include it here, but it deserves recognition for an example of the disgusting way in which Democrats demean the handicapped, whom they consider a locked-in constituency.
Barack Obama (President): In an unfortunate, and manifestly unpracticed, attempt at humility, Barack Obama slams the Special Olympics.
Democrats who don’t seem to like women very much:
Barack Obama (President): Obama has been silent on the subject lately, but early in his presidency he seemed unusually obsessed with the merits of enveloping women in hijabs. What gives with that?
Democrats who openly boast about spending other people’s money:
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Boasted that, if he became chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee, he intended to “earmark the sh*t out of it.”
Democrats who think “rules, what rules?”
Alcee Hastings (Congressman, Florida): “There are no rules. We make ‘em up as we go along.“
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): After attacking the Catholic church based upon its stand regarding homosexuality, changed the wording of his statement in the Congressional Record, an act forbidden by House rules.
Alex Sink (Candidate for Governor, Florida): Cheated during a debate, and was stupid enough to be caught on video doing it. If you’re going to cheat, for goodness sake, be sneaky.
Sheila Jackson Lee (Congresswoman, Texas): Kept the campaign going at the polls and harassed poll workers. If nothing else, you’ve got to admire her chutzpah. And to take that one step further, clearly figuring that the best defense is a good offense, she’s asking the Holder “Justice” Department to investigate Tea Party harassment at the polls. To clarify, she’s not claiming Tea Partiers are being harassed; she accuses them of doing the harassing. Remember, the definition of chutzpah is the man who murders both his parents, and then throws himself on the court’s mercy because he’s an orphan.
Democrats who are comfortable consorting with and taking money from known Islamic terrorists and their enablers:
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Received (and tried to keep) $11,450 in campaign contributions from Muslim donors tied to terrorism. He was reluctantly returned $2,000 he got from another Muslim who openly supports Hamas and Hezbollah.
Barack Obama (President): Hangs with Hamas and Hezbollah sympathizers.
Democrats who can’t keep their fists to themselves:
Cynthia McKenney (Ex-Congresswoman, Georgia): Got into a physical scuffle with Capitol police when she tried to enter Congress without id.
Charlie Wilson (Congressman, Ohio): Repeatedly beat his wife until she collapsed.
Bob Etheridge (Congressman, North Carolina): Assaulted two young men trying to ask him questions on a public sidewalk.
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): Has admitted, as a former boxer, that he likes to hit people, something that is okay within the realms of the boxing ring or MMS cage. Moran’s problem is that he can’t keep that urge confined to sports. At a bar fight in 1988, one of the witnesses was so frightened by Moran (who was then mayor of Alexandria), he stated “I realized I was looking into the eyes of a madman.” Moran has also attacked a fellow congressman on the floor of the House itself. Not content with just hitting people, Moran also likes violent threats, as when he screamed at Republican Rep. Dan Burton “I’ll break your nose.”
Democrats who have unusually close relationships with prostitutes:
Barney Frank (Senator, Massachusetts): Boyfriend was running a gay prostitute ring out of Frank’s house.
Eliot Spitzer (Ex-Governor, New York): Repeatedly engaged in sex with prostitutes, while serving as Governor.
Democrats who say crazy, mean, ill-informed and sometimes scarily honest things:
Pete Stark (Congressman, California): Wouldn’t “dignify” a conservative (and senior) constituent by peeing on him. Also, in a nice moment of Democrat honesty, says “the federal government can do most anything this country.”
Alan Grayson (Congressman, Florida): Asserted that “The Republican health care plan is this: ‘Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.’” Compounded that lack of graciousness by adding later “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”
Jim Moran (Congressman, Virginia): “[I]f the Republicans were running in Afghanistan, they’d be running on the Taliban ticket as far as I can see.”
Maurice Hinchey (Congressman, New York): Believes that George Bush intentionally let Osama Bin Laden get away as a justification for invading Iraq.
Raul Grijalva (Congressman, Arizona): Demanded a boycott of his own state.
Hank Johnson (Congressman, Georgia): Worried that overpopulation could cause Guam to “tip over and capsize.”
Nancy Pelosi (Congresswoman, California): Believes that natural gas (a fossil fuel) should be encouraged as an alternative to . . . yes, fossil fuels!
Patrick Kennedy (Congressman, Rhode Island): The rant.
Anthony Wiener (Congressman, New York): A health care rant. (If you were on a public bus next to this guy, you’d change seats, very carefully.)
Nancy Pelosi (Congresswoman, California): “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.“ Of course, this is the same woman who assured us that unemployment benefits are the best possible stimulus for the economy.
Maxine Waters (Congresswoman, California): That little socialist Freudian slip.
Alvin Greene (Senate candidate, South Carolina): There are no words. Just no words.
Patty Murray (Senator, Washington): Gave a loving homage to that road-building, school-building, day-care building wonder — Osama bin Laden. And then asked, why can’t we be more like him?
Al Sharpton (Gadfly): In 2003, on the subject of gun control, he said “”We must do whatever we can to regulate how guns are used. I’ve been the victim of a stabbing.”
Barack Obama (President): This was a non-verbal statement, but he twice gave the finger to his political opponents, a fact instantly recognized by his audience which, both times, roared with approval.
Democrats who have, at best, only a glancing relationship with the truth:
Richard Blumenthal (Senator, Connecticut): Lies about having served in Vietnam.
Barack Obama (President): Explicitly denies the depth and intensity of his relationship with ACORN; lied repeatedly about his past plans for American health care and about the effect ObamaCare would have on Americans; he lied about the stimulus (lied, not just puffed, which is arguably forgivable advertising); he lied about using federal financing to fund his campaign; he lied blatantly about his before-and-after statements re negotiating with terrorists; and he’s lied about picayune things such as audience responses to his speeches. I’ve written two long-ish essays about the nature of Obama’s lies. If you’re interested, they’re here and here.
Democrats who have egos that go beyond doctor recommended norms for good health:
Barbara Boxer (Senator, California): “Don’t Call me Ma’am.”
Barack Obama (President): Publicly hails his own godlike ability to control the planet.
Al Gore (Ex-Senator, Ex-VP, current climate demagogue): He gets to leave his car idling for an hour.
Harry Reid (Senator, Nevada): Harry saved the world. Yes. Yes, he did.
Joe Biden (Vice President, and plagiarizer): He’s smarter than you are. Much smarter than you are. (Or he cheats better. I’m not sure.)
Democrats who don’t know much about history (or English or geography or other exciting subjects taught in middle school):
Sheila Jackson Lee (Congresswoman, Texas): For those of you who enjoy the alternate history book genre, you’ll be happy to know that the South Vietnam still exists. Woo-hoo! She was also distressed to find that the famous photo of Neil Armstrong planting the American flag on . . . Mars . . . was missing.
Corrine Brown (Congresswoman, Florida): Gave a marvelously mangled and factually inaccurate speech congratulating the Florida gators. Even Pat Paulson couldn’t have done better. (Although I do like her good cheer and enthusiasm.)
Barack Obama (President): Obama is a staggeringly ill-informed man. Here is just a short list of his gaffes as to basic subjects: He asserts that the U.S. has 58 states; the thinks “Austrian” is the language of German speaking Austria; Obama is unfamiliar with, and mispronounces the term corpsman; he thinks that there was a “bomb” that fell on Pearl Harbor; he claims an uncle who was part of the liberation of Auschwitz (which makes sense only if Obama’s family history really is “Red” and his uncle was in the Red Army that liberated that camp in Poland); his failure to understand economics is frightening; and he wrongly thinks that FDR directly “engaged” with our enemies during WWII. If you have more examples, send them to me and I’ll add.
Peggy West (Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors): Arizona doesn’t border Mexico. (Who knew?)
Joe Biden (Vice President): Puts FDR in the White House when the stock market crashed (which happened three years before Roosevelt was elected) and has him talking on television (which came about decades after the stock market crash). Clearly, another one for those fans of the “alternative history” genre.
Democrats who talk to dead people (as opposed to just getting votes from dead people):
Hillary Clinton (Ex-Senator, New York): Hillary’s famous kaffee klatches with Eleanor Roosevelt.
Democrats who say “Constitution? We don’t need no stinking Constitution?”
Phil Hare (Congressman, Illinois): Speaking, I’m sure, for all Democrats, when he says he doesn’t “worry about the Constitution.”
Cross-posted at Right Wing News