Meant to post this last night: Rachel Maddow’s segment with Mark Barden, one of the Sandy Hook fathers, with Barden’s searing indictment of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). I don’t blame him.
I really, really want to say that many of us in Oklahoma are disgusted with Jim Inhofe — for many things, not just his cruel and inappropriate attack on the Sandy Hook families. Yes, we know he keeps getting re-elected. Yes, it’s disgusting. We are working on it. I don’t know how anyone can continue to send him to office time and again after this.
Jim Inhofe might be the senior Senator from my state, but he in no way represents me. I am still proud of my votes through the years against his opponents (most recently, then-State Sen. Andrew Rice in 2008).
On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained how the Libertarian Party might get presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney removed from the ballot in Washington State.
Earlier this month, the Libertarian Party of Washington State filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Romney’s name from being printed on Washington’s general election ballot.
Under Washington law, the Republican Party is no longer considered a majority party because they did not formally nominate a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010. As a minority party, Republicans can only place a name on the ballot for President by collecting 1,000 signatures of registered voters, which they have not.
“If the lawsuit succeeds, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan might have to run as write-in candidates in Washington State,” Maddow said.
From the 08.22.2012 edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show:
Conservative media outlets encourage their audiences to keep viewing only their content by demonizing other news sources, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
“If I am trying to get across a point of view, I have to persuade and not assert,” she said in April at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. “Because I can’t assume that everybody is already agreeing with me when I start to make the funny voice. I can’t assume that I’m not going to offend somebody that thinks that person shouldn’t be made fun of. So, I try to be sort of ecumenical. I try not to imagine my audience being people who already agree with me. I, in fact, try to imagine a Republican audience.”
“I think the conservative media model involves this one really important step that liberals don’t use,” Maddow continued, “which is, ‘listen to me, I am the light and the truth and the way, you have to believe what I say and everybody else is out to get you and you can’t listen to anybody else, don’t change the channel, they’re trying to kill you.’ Liberals don’t say that. Conservatives tell their audience that.”
Today is election day. It may not seem like it, but voters will be going to the polls to decide important issues all over the nation. I looked for an article that provides an overview of these races, and found none. However, Rachel Maddow did a wonderful segment that does, so here it is… (video)
There are people who will watch this interview with Barney Frank and call him crass and opportunistic. These are people who don’t know how Congress work and can’t count. There are people who say there are no difference between the two parties. These are people who don’t notice the progressives on our side and fail to notice that they have no equivalent on the other side of the fence. There are people who say that even with huge majorities, our side still fell short. These are people who fail to see how through the arcane rules of the Senate, (That in fairness, our side has done little.) the minority can block the majority. There are those who say voting changes nothing. These are people who will get it in the neck first.
VOTE, YOU APATHETIC SONS OF BITCHES, VOTE!!!!!!!!!
The #OWS #OccupyWallStreet movement in and of itself is not political action, but I certainly hope this ends the apathy that has gripped our country for so long. In November - 2011, 2012, and every November after this - we must, Must, MUST #OccupyTheVotingBooths or the mess we’re in will never end.