ACORN Pales in Comparison to Conservative Scandals, Support Grows for Health-care Reform

Conservatives Draw Blood From Acorn, Favored Foe

In a statement over the weekend, Bertha Lewis, the chief organizer for Acorn, said the bogus prostitute and pimp had spent months visiting numerous Acorn offices, including those in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, before getting the responses they were looking for.

“I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers depicted in the video, who have since been terminated,” Ms. Lewis wrote. But she defended the group’s overall record and said it had become “the boogeyman for the right wing and its echo chambers.”

Robert L. Borosage, co-director of the liberal Campaign for America’s Future, called the tactics used to go after Mr. Jones and Acorn “McCarthyite,” and said the critics were harping on minor failings and distorting records that over all were admirable. “This is dangerous stuff,” Mr. Borosage said. “I don’t think progressives will sit back and let this gain momentum.”

ACORN is also claiming that employees thought the right-wing actors were so otrageous they simply played along. UPDATE: ACORN organizer rips video

“In this video, there are two actors who come into our office and who were messing with us. And our employee was messing with them,” Schur said.

She said that the complete and unedited video needs to be released to the public.

Schur said that in a moment not shown on the edited video, Kaelke asked the undercover “pimp” if he was joking and then proceeded to play along with the joke.

But the ACORM employees were fired. That is standard operating procedure to try and head off a scandal. It does seem pretty bizarre that someone would take the right-wing operatives seriously. The facts do not seem to be all in. Whatever happens with ACORN those that have engaged in illegal or unethical behavior should be dealt with accordingly. In  The Right can whoop it up on ACORN hate and rely on the general public’s propensity to have a memory that lasts about two weeks. They’ll need to rely on that phenomenon since moderate to liberal groups have a long way to go to catch up with Republican scandals.  The Conservative Movement and Bush brought us, The Walter Reed hospital scandal, North Korea’s development of a nuclear weapon capability, the quagmire of Iraq, losing Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora, squandering victory in Afghanistan, The Great Recession, torture prisons and extraordinary rendition, the U.S. Attorney scandal, the largest deficit in America’s history, exposing the identity of a CIA agent and the collateral damage that went with that, “Dusty” Foggo and the CIA scandal, the failure to respond to Katrina, tax cuts that went mainly to America’s wealthiest, The Medicare part D plan – a form of corporate welfare for pill companies, Alberto Gonzales – the worse Attorney General ever, Dick Cheney’s claim that he was a 4th branch of government, treating every single American as a terror suspect and spying on accordingly, tried to privatize Social Security, Don Rumsfeld – worse Secretary of Defense, health-care costs that increased six fold, new highs for children living in poverty, Tom Delay and K-Street, ignoring Presidential Daily Brief 8/01: Bin Laden determined to attack in US, defunding overseas AIDS condom programs, covering up the true story of Pat Tillman’s death, the media and the military analyst scandal.

Lies – by Hendrik Hertzberg

The town-meeting shouters may be the organism’s hands and feet, but its heart—also, Heaven help us, its brain—is a “conservative” media alliance built around talk radio and cable television, especially Fox News. The protesters do not look to politicians for leadership. They look to niche media figures like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and their scores of clones behind local and national microphones. Because these figures have no responsibilities, they cannot disappoint. Their sneers may be false and hateful—they all routinely liken the President and the “Democrat Party” to murderous totalitarians—but they are employed by large, nominally respectable corporations and supported by national advertisers, lending them a considerable measure of institutional prestige. The dominant wing of the Republican Party is increasingly an appendage of the organism—the tail, you might say, though it seems to wag more often from fear than from happiness. Many Republican officeholders, even some reputed moderates like Senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have obediently echoed the foul nonsense.

No one should ever take any moral finger pointing seriously from people like Beck and Limbaugh, or so-called moderates like Chuck Grassley for that matter. The tea smokers claim to be the populist voice of the people as they righteously defend corporate interests, The Waiting Room

President Obama gave a speech today in support of health care reform at a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in which he offered the autoworkers a novel argument for reform — as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele might put it: “Mo’ money!” That’s an angle that could resonate with Americans — Ezra Klein cites new numbers from the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that over the past 10 years, the cost of a health care policy for a family of four has risen three times faster than wages.

Poll Finds Most Doctors Support Public Option

When polled, “nearly three-quarters of physicians supported some form of a public option, either alone or in combination with private insurance options,” says Dr. Salomeh Keyhani. She and Dr. Alex Federman, both internists and researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, conducted a random survey, by mail and by phone, of 2,130 doctors. They surveyed them from June right up to early September.

Joe Wilson Lied, Pete Stark Told the Truth. Rabid Right Calls Hypocrisy Where There is None

Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) fifteen minutes of notoriety should be up soon. In the mean time the rabid Right Gateway pundit is complaining about the “hypocrisy” of the House voting to disapprove of  Wilson shouting out “liar” during President Obama’s speech: Hypocrisy Alert: Dem Rep. Pete Stark Called Bush Liar On House Floor… Twice (Video)

But, of course, democrats didn’t bat an eye when Rep. Pete Stark called President Bush a liar on the House floor… Twice… In the same speech.

Reality has always been a tough call for Righties. Stark made the fellowing remarks during a speech on the House floor during a debate over funding for low income children’s health insurance,

The Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where you going to get that money. You gonna tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war. You don’t have enough money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement…

…But the President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress.

What Stark said was true and said during a debate. What Wilson said was a lie and said during a president’s speech to Congress. The House is, as one should expect in a democracy, pretty open about free speech by its members. They’ve been insulting each other and getting generally hyperbolic for its entire history. Shouting down presidents is another matter. While many of us wished he had not done so, Stark did apologize. Why should Stark have to apologize for daring to utter the truth,

His suggestion, however, that Bush is indifferent to the tragic toll on US troops and their families, not to mention the human catastrophe being inflicted on the Iraqi people, is entirely justified. This is man who has exhibited a sadistic streak throughout his political career—presiding over the execution of 152 people during his six years as governor of Texas, and, as president, launching aggressive wars that have killed hundreds of thousands and authorizing such atrocities as torture, abductions and indefinite imprisonment without legal counsel or trial.

Stark’s remarks prompted a cascade of denunciations from Republicans, who immediately demanded a public apology. Utilizing the standard smear that any criticism of the “commander in chief” is an attack on the troops, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner declared, “His remarks dishonored our soldiers, their families and our commander in chief. I don’t think the House can afford to let these kinds of remarks go unanswered.”

Predictably, the congressional Democratic leadership and the major Democratic presidential candidates immediately and demonstrably distanced themselves from Stark, in some cases joining in the attack on his remarks.

Stark initially refused to apologize, issuing a statement on October 18 saying he supported the troops, but adding, “I respect neither the commander in chief who keeps them in harm’s way nor the chicken hawks in Congress who vote to deny children health care.”

This was too much for the Democratic speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, who publicly denounced Stark on October 19, declaring that his comments were “inappropriate and distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand.”

Republican attacks on Stark were absurd and delusional, but that did not stop them from equating the draft avoider Bush, sitting in the White House in his two thousand dollar cowboy boots with troops under fire in Iraq. Under fire because Bush used a combination of falsehoods and exploited patriotism and God to put those troops in harms way.