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October 26, 2010

RAND PAUL SUPPORTERS ATTACK MOVEON ACTIVIST IN KENTUCKY.... The heated U.S. Senate race in Kentucky has already proven itself to be one of the uglier contests of the year, but conditions took a turn towards violence last night in Lexington.

As far-right ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) arrived for the candidates' final debate, Lauren Valle of MoveOn.org tried to give him a satirical "employee of the month award" from Republicorp, a pseudo-entity created by MoveOn to draw attention to the merger of the GOP and corporate interests.

But before Valle could reach the candidate, Paul supporters grabbed her, forced her to the ground, and at one point, literally stomped on her head as she lay helpless on the curb.

There was apparently some talk from Paul backers that the woman simply fell. The video shows otherwise.

Valle did not initially appear to be seriously injured in the attack -- she spoke to reporters after having been assaulted, complaining of headaches -- but last night, Valle was in a local hospital. Her condition has not yet been reported this morning. We also do not yet know who stomped on her head, though local police are investigating.

I'd like to think this goes without saying, but apparently that's not the case: politically-motivated violence is unacceptable. Large men attacking a defenseless woman and stomping on her head is unacceptable. I know passions are running high and the right-wing Republican base has been whipped into a frenzy, but under no circumstances can we tolerate such misconduct.

It's possible Paul's supporters saw Valle as some sort of threat, which is why they tried to prevent her from reaching the candidate. That's fine. On the video, we can even hear one of these supporters suggest calling the police. That's fine, too.

But once these thugs reached the curb-stomping phase, it was simply out of control.

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I heard on Fox that the woman's head attacked the man's foot. Wake up to the lamestream media's distortions, sheeple.

Posted by: NHCt on October 26, 2010 at 8:04 AM | PERMALINK

I don't think you understand the Right.

"Second amendment remedies," "Minutemen," violent revolution "on the table": these are only the tip of the iceberg. In private conversations, in rallies, on the web, etc., the Right literally seethes with violence.

For them, violence is not only an acceptable part of politics; it's actually desirable. "She probably deserved it."

I hate to go all Godwin's Law here, but shocked tut-tutting was the response of many Germans as the Brownshirts happily smashed their way to power in the 1930s. The most educated society in the world, the cradle of Beethoven and Goethe, the Crossroads of Europe simply would never descend to such a brute level, would never tolerate such barbaric behavior, etc. and so on.

Surprise! Or at least, surprise to those who didn't see the angry red writing on the wall.

Posted by: bleh on October 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM | PERMALINK

But Jonah Goldberg wrote a book claiming liberals are the real fascists, so we'll just have to leave it there.

Posted by: Gregory on October 26, 2010 at 8:09 AM | PERMALINK

"RAND PAUL SUPPORTS ATTACK MOVEON ACTIVIST IN KENTUCKY"

I'm pretty sure you mean "supporters." Nothing in your post suggests that Rand Paul himself supports what happened.

Posted by: navamske on October 26, 2010 at 8:12 AM | PERMALINK

You need to fix the headline on this post, Steve. As much as I loathe Rand Paul, I don't think he supports this act of violence by his supporters.

Posted by: DKF on October 26, 2010 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

"Large men attacking a defenseless woman"

A sign of true cowards.

Posted by: Bill on October 26, 2010 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

I guess I'll stop complaining about the rampant yard sign theft (that I suspect supporters of the GOP incumbent are engaged in). Nobody's curb stomped me or my volunteers yet. Of course, we also don't have curbs...

This is just fucking sick. What a lovely shade of brown shirt you're wearing, GOP.

Posted by: Todd for Vermont House on October 26, 2010 at 8:15 AM | PERMALINK

Steve, it's not out of control yet, but we're getting there.

How surprising is it that after thirty years of daily hate-filled demagoguery from the likes of Bimaugh and Beck that the lumpen are whipped into a frenzy, and want that good self-righteous feeling that comes from stomping on a defenseless woman.

Your usual tepid language portrays no understanding that we are crossing a line from which it's next to impossible to retreat. Efforts to stop the thuggery will breed more violence as it will be portrayed as the heavy hand of an oppressive government controlling dissent.

By abandoning their erstwhile base the Dimocrats have ceded populist rage to the Rethugs, and as a result we are in danger of a right-wing rebellion rather than something more progressive. Corporate America has unleashed the hate genie, and it won't go back into the bottle easily.

Posted by: rrk1 on October 26, 2010 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

"...under no circumstances can we tolerate such misconduct."

Talk about a limp response.

Posted by: Bob M on October 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM | PERMALINK

"You comin' to the Paul rally?"
"Yup."
"Wanna hook-up so's we can go together?"
"Sure. Where ya wanna meet?"
"How about the brown-shirt department at Hechts?"
"Sounds good. I'll get me some good stompin' boots afore I meet ya."

Posted by: c u n d gulag on October 26, 2010 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

As a whole the right has proved at one time "Teflon" , graduating to a populist blue collar "Contract" which then evolved into compassionate conservative with whom a collective "we" , were guided to believe we all wanted a white knuckle beer with . This occurred while an ally of corporate hegemony assisted in the rewriting of laws which cruelly inhibited the massaging of the message that earnest hardworking billionaires needed in order to motivate straight talking Americans to be heard . These straight talking Americans , who largely now stomp above the fray , were once laughed at by the ivory towered behemoths that foisted fluoridated water on the unsuspecting masses , discovering to late the fouling our precious no longer pristine bodily fluids . This led to all manner of suspicious behaviors such as helping out complete strangers for doctrinaire reasons growing out of a perverted understanding of pure clean Christianity , including do unto others etc. .
The long overdue correction of the liberal media and the elites of the establishment who manage to rationalise these self destructive patterns of behavior to the detriment of these humble billionaires , who trickle down upon the unwashed the manna of Crony Capitalism may be finally reaching a satisfying conclusion .
Or something like that .

Posted by: FRP on October 26, 2010 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

Today's republicans have gone way over the edge with promoting and encouraging people to act and talk like absusive drunks. It's repulsive.

Posted by: Silver Owl on October 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

It's more of a step on the neck than a "stomped on her head" move by the doofus Mr. White Sneakers guy.

Not that that makes it all that much better, but that was no stomp. Stepping on a neck can be more dangerous than a blow to the skull, after all.

Posted by: jon on October 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

It's clearly actionable assault and battery and the guy's on tape. Criminal charges and sue the asshole for every dime he has.

When he gets sent to the poor house, these guys might think twice.

Posted by: bdop4 on October 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM | PERMALINK

Meanwhile in comments to the debate article in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Ernst Roehmesque storm troopers of Rand are saying that prior to the take down of the woman, a Conway supporter had stomped on the foot of a wounded vet, who was a Rand supporter. We are far closer to the '20s in Munich than ever before.

Posted by: berttheclock on October 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

Hmmm. Looked to me like Mr. White Sneakers not only aided in pushing/pulling her to the ground, but he put the toe of his shoe on her shoulder and then he pushed his foot down rapidly with the heel connecting with her head around about her ear. I'd call that a stomp, not a "step on the neck".

Posted by: josef on October 26, 2010 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Was this a lame imitation of "American History X"? Wow, these Paul supporters deserve to live in Kentucky. I don't think I'll be going on the LOL tour of the Creation Museum any time soon..

Obviously, "free country" is no longer implied.

Posted by: Trollop on October 26, 2010 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

It isn't going to get any better as long as this shit is encouraged by Republican Propaganda Television and the rest of the attention whore media and it will be. That is what they are paid to do.

Posted by: Ron Byers on October 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

do you think it is important to report accurate facts?
the video shows a foot on her shoulder(very disturbing all the same) but not her head
and is there a danger in this sensational retelling/headlining of events that are factually incorrect

i think we should do better

Posted by: anonymous on October 26, 2010 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

Please note that, even if Rand Paul came out and said 'three cheers for the stompers,' it's very unlikely that this would hurt his campaign. It is abundantly clear that there is LITERALLY NOTHING that a far-right GOP candidate can do which would cause a GOP voter to not vote for him or her. And, as has been noted, don't count on seeing condemnation of this in the SCLM either.

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on October 26, 2010 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

er, anonymous at 9:46 AM, do you moonlight as a replay official for either the Pac 10 or SEC?

The heel struck her head as the foot was shoved into her shoulder. Better try some slo-mo, anon.

Posted by: berttheclock on October 26, 2010 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

After this are Republicans going to continue to call Democrats Fascists? We can lay these kinds of acts right at the feet of Beck, Limbaugh, Jonah Goldberg and the like. My question is this: WHEN IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING TO STEP UP AND REJECT, IN A LOUD VOICE, THESE KINDS OF ACTS?
I also believe and hope that the "stomper" is arrested and charged with assult and battery. This cannot be allowed to go on. Where is their free speech ethic, now. Or, is that only for Republicans?
I cannot believe this!

Posted by: Ann Anon on October 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Here's a fun thought-experiment: pretend the stomper guy and the headlock guy were black, then try to predict how many hours a day Fox News would be talking about this. I've got it pegged at somewhere around a kajillion.

Posted by: Mike D on October 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

As far-right ophthalmologist Rand Paul

More accurately: far-right self-certified ophthalmologist Rand Paul.

Posted by: R. Porrofatto on October 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

Can anyone say Brown shirts?

Posted by: AtlProdigal on October 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

"Nothing in your post suggests that Rand Paul himself supports what happened."

Has Rand Paul issued a clear and unequivocal rejection of these actions yet? He's had twelve hours or so.

If he doesn't, that's endorsement.

Posted by: bluestatedon on October 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

We have officially seen the face of Fascism in America.

The fact that these thugs are so unabashed about acting this violently against a defenseless woman who had the temerity to voice an opposing opinion is truly frightening. They are not afraid of reprisals.

I thought it couldn't get any worse when Joe Miller's thugs assaulted and "arrested" a journalist in a public school for daring to ask tough questions, but I was wrong.

But remember if two black guys loiter outside a polling station and no one reports being intimidated by them, the President himself should lead the prosecution of these grave threats to our collective constitutional liberties.

Wtf is going on?!?

Posted by: 400metres on October 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

AMEN, Mike D. You hit the nail on the curb-stomping head. Black, Latino, muslim stomper -- it'd be 24 hour news, and why isn't Obama repudiating this heinous act....

Posted by: RR on October 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

400metres, thanks for the tie in with Joe Miller's brown shirts. Folks, you haven't seen anything yet. After 2 more years with fascist obstructionists elected to the house and senate, I suspect the 2012 presidential election will bring us real 2nd amendment remedies from these bastards. Pass the popcorn is no longer a funny response.

Posted by: Chopin on October 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

"It's possible Paul's supporters saw Valle as some sort of threat, which is why they tried to prevent her from reaching the candidate. That's fine."

No. That's not fine either - we can't have supporters appointing themselves as bodyguards - as soon as we set the line at "I thought that she was a threat" then every kook in the universe will simply use that as a defense.

Paul has his own paid goons to protect him - we don't need to be empowering random crazy violent strangers to act as security surrogates.

Posted by: Norwood on October 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

I remember someone stating that the main thing that separates the U.S. from most of the other countries in the world is that we don't have violence in elections. Looks like that distinction is falling.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on October 26, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

DKF and navamske, you have your clear and forthright denunciation of the stomping by Rand Paul right here:

"When we arrived there was enormous passion on both sides and it was something where you walked into a daze of lights flashing, people yelling and screaming, bumping up. There was a bit of a crowd control problem. I don't want anybody, though, to be involved in things that are not civil. I think it should always be about issues. It's an unusual situation to have so many people, so passionate on both sides, jockeying back and forth and it wasn't something I liked or anybody liked about that situation. So I hope in the future it's going to be better."

Oh wait, I guess it's not a clear and forthright condemnation after all. No, it's a mealy-mouthed attempt to portray the event in equivalent terms, and blaming it on "crowd control" problems to boot. Funny how there was no curb-stomping going on when the teabaggers were disrupting the health care town halls.

Posted by: bluestatedon on October 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

"Wtf is going on?!?"

There's a black guy in the White House, that's what. And it's given millions of already-unhinged, ignorant, and well-armed Americans the excuse and justification they've needed in their own minds to let their own fascist demons loose.

Posted by: bluestatedon on October 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

"As far-right ophthalmologist Rand Paul...

More accurately: far-right self-certified ophthalmologist Rand Paul."

Wonderful comment!

Posted by: Brian on October 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

What many of these Brown shirts do not understand, that once they have elevated the RepuGs into power, the Black shirts of the power brokers will have their own "Night of the Long Knives", as Brown will not be needed anymore.

Posted by: berttheclock on October 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

you know what? it is NOT okay that they were going to call the police. The woman had every right to approach him in a public place. she wasn't threatening him in any way.

This calling the police on anyone you think opposes you is complete and utter bullshit.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on October 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

"On the video, we can even hear one of these supporters suggest calling the police. "

Just FYI, on another blog, BlueKentucky I think, the person who was yelling 'call the police' posted to say he wasn't a Paul supporter and was trying to get the police over there to protect the woman from the mob violence he was seeing. He posted using his name, so I think he's legit.

Posted by: JoyceH on October 26, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

do you think it is important to report accurate facts?
the video shows a foot on her shoulder(very disturbing all the same) but not her head
and is there a danger in this sensational retelling/headlining of events that are factually incorrect

i think we should do better
Posted by: anonymous on October 26, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I agree with anonymous; it was primarily a foot on her shoulder. It was being reported by Fox News 41. Everyone hear should always be skeptical that Fox News can get any facts straight.

Posted by: Johnny Canuck on October 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

I can't believe people are saying it was 'primarily a foot on her shoulder'. LOOK AT THE VIDEOTAPE, people! The goon put his toe on her shoulder and then pressed with his heel on her ear (which is, ahem, part of the head) - geez, with enough pressure he could have broken her neck. Obviously, he didn't, but it stuns me that people are trying to minimize this.

Posted by: JoyceH on October 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome to the United States of Authoritarianism.

Posted by: Athena on October 26, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Large men attacking a defenseless woman and stomping on her head is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, to a large portion of the male Republican "base," it is. Extra credit points are given if said defenseless woman also happens to be one of those awful liberals.

I'm wondering when GOP candidates will just start handing out the brown shirts at the entrance to their "rallies," rather than count on the crowd to wear their own.

Posted by: electrolite on October 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

i am not minimizing the attack
video shows the assailant deliberately stepped(stomped) his foot on her shoulder
there was contact on the side of her head but was quickly removed
that is troubling enough

the attack is disgusting

my larger point is with the careless and inaccurate reporting that is constantly going on
the video shows the attack we can see
is it required that an additional sensational description be placed on top

dont we wonder why so many of us are misinformed about social security, "obama care" and many other issues

i am calling out the media to do a much better job on all sides
if steve is sloppy and/or sensational he should be brought to task

it is not ok to call out misinformation then do the same when it suits an agenda

give us the facts explain them help us learn and be better informed
we are after all thoughtful intelligent people

Posted by: anonymous on October 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

It was obvious to everyone present that this woman was not a "threat" of any kind yet they allowed her to be brutalized as if they were justified.

It is obvious there is no working with these people as they reject anyway except their own. They have no respect for a democracy being completely intolerant of opposing view points.

What I want to know is: Are there going to be any charges against those involved. They have them on video along with their assault. They did arrest those who spit on dems in DC last year so I'm looking forward to arrest being made here as well.

Posted by: bjjobotts on October 26, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

I wanted to hurl when I heard that "passions are running high" excuse. My passions always run high about the Red Sox, but I didn't stomp on any Yankee fan's head when we lost. That passionate crap is just an attempt to put a nice, acceptable spin on criminal assault. Barbarians with tea bags are at the gate.

Posted by: Lary9 on October 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

The "T" in T-Party apparently stands for "Thugs". It was paid T-party thugs who illegally captures and handcuffed a reporter questioning a T-party candidate in Alaska last week. Is this a preview of what to expect if the T-Party wins - American Brownshirts?

Posted by: patrick on October 26, 2010 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK


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