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May 25, 2010

THE BOEHNER BAILOUT.... The House Republicans' "America Speaking Out" project was, as promised unveiled this morning at a glitzy event in D.C. Because Republicans are asking American taxpayers to finance the initiative, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) maintained the facade -- the project intended to help the GOP create its campaign agenda has nothing to do with the campaign.

House Minority Leader Boehner told reporters that the site was paid for out of members' personal budgets, and that it was not intended as a campaign program. The GOP has faced criticism from Democrats who say the House GOP is using public funds for campaign activity.

Boehner assured skeptical reporters that the GOP will likely roll out an agenda for the next Congress a la the 1994 Contract With America, but AmericaSpeakingOut.com is not it.

"Apart from this, Republicans are in discussions to present our plans for the future," he said. Boehner said that the new project and those discussions are "very separate."

Yes, of course. Why would anyone think otherwise? All we have here is a Republican election-year initiative, billed as a way to shape the Republican agenda, and used to produce a platform that will be released in September -- too late to be considered this year, and just in time for the midterm elections.

But this has nothing to do with the campaign cycle. Heaven forbid.

Unfortunately for the party, the memo to GOP leaders apparently wasn't explicit enough. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who's spearheaded the "America Speaking Out" project, told ABC News, "There are a number of seats that you get just by being 'no.' But you don't get a majority by just being 'no.' You've got to say what you're for."

I see. So, simultaneously, Republican leaders want us to know that the initiative is not about the elections and that the initiative is about helping Republicans win elections. Got it.

If taxpayers weren't paying for this, it might even be amusing. If Boehner & Co. think a gimmick like this will serve their party well, they really ought to have their party finance it.

Nevertheless, now that the project is underway, and the public is free to get engaged, how's the process going? The early favorite among the proposed idea is "DEFUND, REPEAL, & REPLACE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE." I guess that means "America Speaking Out" intends to get rid of Medicare and the V.A. hospitals?

Steve Benen 1:25 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (14)

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how is it being funded by taxpayers?

following the links i get the impression that they are setting their plan up in a such a way that public funds could by used, but is there evidence that this is actually taking place?

Posted by: sadly on May 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

Look, campaign finance rules and the rule of law generally is for suckers and liberals. We shoot MoFos in the face and they apologize for gettin' in the way of our shot, BEEATCH!

We out covert CIA and torture Ay-rabs, fool. If you even dream about investigating or prosecuting one of us you better wake up and apologize.

So what if I spent 150 thousand dollars on clothes for me and my kids.

So what if I got a donor to give me a 100 thousand dollar campaign bus.

So what if we're using tax payer dollars for our campaign.

So what.

Posted by: Winkandanod on May 25, 2010 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

The website is like all rethug ideas- it doesn't really work. It's slow and clunky compared to all other sites. One moran posted an idea to teach creationism and every single commentor told him you can't teach creationism because it's a myth.

Posted by: cal.seff@gmail.com on May 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

Aren't they banning things from the site that disagree with their ideology? That doesn't seem compatible with TR idea this is a nonpartisan effort.

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Posted by: wzmhqgzydlp on May 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

I recall an effort by late night NBC analysts that promoted a shocking Land Shark expose . I could get behind a neo con tea bag anti shark attack platform , as long as I get to flip the siren when we run down those punk shark attackers .

Posted by: FRP on May 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

re Sadly...

You may be correct and the web site maybe is NOT funded by taxpayers.

The only proof we have so far that it is taxpayer funded is the word of several republican politicians... And we know we cannot trust anything they tell us to be the truth.

Posted by: AmusedOldVet on May 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Bitch, you have no future..

Posted by: Trollop on May 25, 2010 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

I'm almost intrigued by this enough to go check it out... based on how net-savvy liberals have been compared with conservatives and since everyone's tax dollars are going to fund it let's use the sh1t out of it...

Steve -
Please float the idea to your contacts from netroots to see what the consensus would be but I think it would be fantastic if the republicans created a website for liberals to dominate the conversation and speak out about how we want Congress to stop dragging its feet and get more progressive. if firedoglake, tpm, mediamatters, thinkprogress, etc were on board I bet the site would be either hilarious or the republicans would pull down content and show their true colors very quickly.

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AmericaSpeakingOut, for those who haven't visited, is so bad it almost comes across as a parody someone like Stephen Colbert would dream up. If it constitutes a benchmark for the Republican party's technical expertise, you have to believe Republicans are in real trouble.

A few of the posts there are intentionally funny, and written obviously by the ubiquitous Pucks who visit just about every popular website.

But the really hysterical posts are from people who appear to be serious. For a party which is trying to brand itself as the defender of personal liberty and enemy of socialism, the site reveals a rank and file which apparently has no understanding whatever of these concepts.

Suggestions on how to solve the problem of illegal immigration, restore "family values" and combat terrorism, to name a few, just about all involve the abrogation of one crucial constitutional principle or another. One commentor even seriously suggests outlawing Islam and making it a crime to be a Muslim!

To me, the site itself is a microcosm of what's wrong with the Tea Party movement, which is dragging the GOP right down the rabbit hole. WM readers ought to take a look at it while they still can. I give it at most another week before someone with more than three brain cells pulls the plug.

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Posted by: Michelle on May 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK


Here's one easy suggestion the rethuglicons (and their corporate overlord masters) already agree with — in fact the hourly rate is too high for their tastes:

"If Mexicans can work for 2$ an hour, so can we."

It's part of this post:

2388eliminating minimum wage laws will allow companies to hire many more Americans for just a fraction of the price. If Mexieliminating-minimum-wage-laws-will-allow-companies-to-hire-many-more-americans-for-just-a-fraction-of-the-price-if-mexijob-creationJob Creationeliminating minimum wage laws will allow companies to hire many more Americans for just a fraction of the price. If Mexicans can work for 2$ an hour, so can we.19762Dr. Kopekdr-kopek6de87b83a6be55dc5be59406a6cd09a8145145

which I found in a page of gobbledygook:

yes, that's another brilliant idea the rethugs have agreed with since slavery was overturned much to their eternal chagrin.


Posted by: demsRwimps RethugsRworse on May 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK



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