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July 29, 2010

SCHLAFLY DOES IT AGAIN.... In Michigan's 9th congressional district, Republicans hope to take down freshman Rep. Gary Peters (D) in what has historically been a relatively "red" area. One of the leading GOP candidates is Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski, who apparently thought it'd be a good idea to prove his right-wing bona fides by campaigning with Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the far-right Eagle Forum.

What could possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing, Schlafly could start sharing some of her radical beliefs in public. (via Melissa McEwan)

During her speech at a Saturday fundraiser at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy for Oakland County congressional candidate Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski, Schlafly compared unmarried women to welfare recipients.

The conservative commentator is under fire from many women's rights groups for her comments.

"Seventy percent of unmarried women voted for Obama," Schlafly said in her speech. "And this is because when you kick your husband out, you gotta have Big Brother government to be your provider."

Schlafly went on to note that President Obama was elected thanks to support from "the blacks," before lamenting all the babies born "illegitimately" in the U.S. The Obama administration, she added, "wants to continue to subsidize this group because they know they are Democratic votes."

As for comment, Raczkowski said Schlafly's remarks did not "reflect" his "personal beliefs."

How big of him. Raczkowski has not yet apologized, however, for bringing his unhinged special guest to the area to spew her crazy nonsense.

It hasn't been a good year for Republicans and women's issues -- see Vitter, David among others -- but the ugliness and misogyny on display in Michigan are a reminder that matters might yet get worse.

Update: There are 75 Republican congressional candidates running this year who enjoy the Eagle Forum's endorsement, financial support, or both. One wonders whether they're comfortable with Schlafly's comments -- and her campaign contribution.

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That lady has been a bit unhimged since the Devil turned her son gay.

Posted by: Christopher Hobe Morrison on July 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

**There are 75 Republican congressional candidates running this year who enjoy the Eagle Forum's endorsement, financial support, or both. One wonders whether they're comfortable with Schlafly's comments -- and her campaign contribution.**

Well, here we go again-- is the MSM willing to ask this simple question?

And wow, isn't she dead yet? What a hideous "human being."

Posted by: JCT on July 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

When I saw Mrs. Schlafly on C-SPAN last weekend, I thought it was Barbara Bush in drag. . .

Posted by: DAY on July 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

Whatever else, Schlafly seems to know her audience. Her statements, zany as they may sound, would probably be in perfect accord with those of people who meet at the American Polish Cultural Center and support someone who has to be called "Rocky", because "Raczkowski" is just too weird.

I keep up with the "news from (erst-while) home" and hear that sort of crap all the time. Single parent households? Unless as the result of "till death do us part", they're anathema and that includes not just the mother but the children as well. It has always been thus, but the commie govt used to smother open bigotry a tad, through its oppression of the church. Now, religion-driven bigotry flowers unchecked.

Posted by: exlibra on July 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Whoa! What century is this?

Posted by: chrenson on July 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

So ladies, don't leave your man when he uses you for a punching bag because, gawd forbid, you might need a hand, which could cost Phyllis Schlafly at couple of cents.

Posted by: ScottW714 on July 29, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Who, exactly, is Phyllis Schlafly? I hear her referred to often, but I just have no idea why her endorsement is thought to be important. What is her educational/marital/employment background? What are her accomplishments?

Posted by: lgoak on July 29, 2010 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

My sister and brother-in-law were in attendance at this event. They walked out on Schafley, along with 2 other couples they were there with.

Posted by: sue on July 29, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

Igoak, is your google broken?


Posted by: sue on July 29, 2010 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

I smell a series of TV spots. What fun...

Posted by: stevio on July 29, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

What is her educational/marital/employment background?

Phyllis has been in rightwing political activism since the 1950's. If if wasn't for blatant sexism, she would have been a major republican politician. Fascinating biography.

Most famous in the last 40 years for being the voice against feminism, particularly almost single handedly defeating the Equal Rights Amendment.

Wrote lovely bircher type foreign policy books for the Goldwater campaign (A choice, not an echo). Was a military advisor for Reagan's transition team.

Worked her way through college testing machine guns (or was it grad school?). Raised brood of kids in the middle of all of this and completed law school (though never practiced) in two years).

Anyway except for being an anti-woman's rights conservative crackpot, she is the perfect model for 70's feminism.

Posted by: martin on July 29, 2010 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

I want that job!!!

Go around to political events make a completely outlandish speech and then sit back while they try and do damage control. It sounds like awesome entertainment.

"And yes, Rocky, after we send them all back to Africa and make the US of A safe again for real Americans we will end social security and pass laws making it a crime to give up ones virginity before the age of 30!..."

Posted by: andy on July 29, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

I'm thinking that Phyllis and Jenny Sanford probably won't be on the same speaking docket.

Posted by: MMMAAA on July 29, 2010 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

Those comments will not help in that district. It's white collar and ancestrally Republican, but culturally it's moderate to liberal and it's now a +2 Democratic district.

Posted by: sacman701 on July 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

Michelle Bachman needs to assist America to reach that special place where Schlafly goes when she rockets off with such ease .

Posted by: FRP on July 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

Every point Schlafly made originated about 75 years ago during FDR's first mid-term election. See, elephants really don't forget! Although, unlike cheese, neither those points nor Ms* Schlafly have aged well at all...

*just my own little snark

Posted by: Doug on July 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

Yet more ammunition delivered to the DNC's doorstep. But will they load the gun and pull the trigger?

Messaging this Fall is going to have to be extremely blunt and be aimed right between their eyes. Use their words, but don't mince yours.

There is no high road come November.

Posted by: bdop4 on July 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

I hope the Democrats have footage of her speech and plan to use it. A LOT. As a divorced woman who has supported myself since graduating from college, and never took a penny of alimony from my ex, I deeply resent her claiming that I'm a welfare recipient. (Not that I have anything against welfare recipients.) And doesn't her idea make her a welfare recipient? I don't believe that her husband is still in the picture.

She's obviously brilliant in a narrow intellectual sense. Too bad that she doesn't use that intellect for positive purposes. She is a spiritually ugly, twisted, misshapen person.

Posted by: Wolfdaughter on July 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Schlafly went on to note that President Obama was elected thanks to support from "the blacks,"

I'm amazed at the self-restraint that she didn't just come right out and use the word "niggers."

Why do I have no trouble believing Schlafly was probably created in the same slimy mud pits where Christopher Lee bred the Uruk-hai in The Lord of the Rings?

Posted by: electrolite on July 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

Gee, I never had a husband to kick out. That must make me a doubly bad person (not doing my "womanly duty" you know). Not to mention the fact that I earn a good living and pay my share of taxes to help keep those rich bastards in diamonds, jet planes, houses, etc.

Posted by: peej on July 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

More evidence for my convinction that getting older generally does not mean getting better. I keep wondering when one of these nuts is going to loose it and let the 'n' word slip in public. She came pretty close. However, even if it happens, I'm sure you can count on the MSM to bury it.

Posted by: dcsusie on July 29, 2010 at 9:30 PM | PERMALINK

Phil Donahue once told someone that "debating you is like debating Phyllis Schlafly. While you try answer the first lie, she responds with four more."

Posted by: Fran on July 29, 2010 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK

In related news, her son Andy is the instigator of Conservapedia, the conservative answer to Wikipedia. You know, because reality has a noted liberal bias.

Posted by: Ken on July 29, 2010 at 9:50 PM | PERMALINK

So let me get this straight:

Single women are bad.

"The Blacks," also bad.

Illegitimate children, who are are all born to The Blacks, duh! are really bad.

But abortion is bad, too.

You'd think she'd be all in favor of abortion to prevent all those illegitimate children being born to The Blacks!

But abortion is a new holocaust, because those high-livin' abortionists who make so much money on abortin' love to abort the babies of The Blacks.

The selfsame Blacks who elected the Kenyan usurper.

Mrs. Schlafly has many decades on me, and I need to lie down now. I applaud her stamina, as well as her circular "logic."

Posted by: hamletta on July 30, 2010 at 1:02 AM | PERMALINK

The GOP plan on making Michigan another f*cked up barbie doll playing state. It's not like they can actually be adults without the pretend games. It's how they all roll.

Posted by: Silver Owl on July 30, 2010 at 1:18 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't Phyllis Schlafly one of the patriots that the Texas Board of Scatology, or whatever it's called, wants all students to study?

Posted by: tamiasmin on July 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM | PERMALINK

It's not often that I search for something and actually find useful information... glad I found you... keep writing!

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