Vandals spray-painted the words “Baby Killer” on the campaign headquarters of Wayne Powell, the Democrat challenging Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and wrote “N*gger Lover” on a sign in front of another one of his offices, a Powell spokesman confirmed Saturday to The Huffington Post.
A tipster gave HuffPost a heads up on the incidents, and Powell campaign spokesman Brendan MacArthur confirmed the vandalism at the Midlothian and Henrico offices. MacArthur said the attacks happened Friday night and police departments in both counties have been alerted.
Campaign staffers discovered the attacks on Saturday morning. One staffer snapped a photo at the Midlothian office, where “Baby Killer” was painted on the exterior of the building. At the Henrico office, a Powell campaign sign was vandalized with the racist epithet.
H/T: Huffington Post
“I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country… Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans.” — Eric Cantor, Teaparty House Leader, Oct. 7, 2011
Because the Teaparty has never, never — no, never evah pitted Americans against Americans! *clutching pearls*
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In a move without precedent in the modern era, Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) have penned a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urging him not to take any steps to help the economy.
If I lived in a city, I would be printing copies of this to leave around unemployment offices, on random bus seats, in laundry mats - places where folks who may not pay that close attention to politics, but who are hurting might find and read it. The regular news programs people are more likely to watch than the 24 hour news programs we junkies follow, probably won’t cover this.
Tax Reform? No.
Equal Rights? No.
Disaster Relief? No.
THE PARTY OF NO.
Tax cuts? Yes.
An arsenal in every home? Yes.
More white babies? Yes.
Privatize everything? YES.
Totally unconstitutional religious test for office? Yes.
Pray the gay away? Yes.
Defund all social services? HELL YES.
Is there anyone in Congress more loathsome than Eric Cantor, that embarrassment to Jews everywhere, based solely on his vain, ridiculous pompadour? Don’t answer that. Via Krugman (my emphasis):
Mr. Cantor’s critics have been quick to accuse him of hypocrisy, and with good reason. After all, he and his Republican colleagues showed no comparable interest in paying for the Bush administration’s huge unfunded initiatives. In particular, they did nothing to offset the cost of the Iraq war, which now stands at $800 billion and counting.
And it turns out that in 2004, when his home state of Virginia was struck by Tropical Storm Gaston, Mr. Cantor voted against a bill that would have required the same pay-as-you-go rule that he now advocates.
But, as I see it, hypocrisy is a secondary issue here. The primary issue should be the extraordinary now on display by Mr. Cantor and his colleagues — their willingness to flout all the usual conventions of fair play and, well, decency in order to get what they want.
Not long ago, a political party seeking to change U.S. policy would try to achieve that goal by building popular support for its ideas, then implementing those ideas through legislation. That, after all, is how our political system was designed to work.
But today’s G.O.P. has decided to bypass all that and go for a quicker route. Never mind getting enough votes to pass legislation; it gets what it wants by threatening to hurt America if its demands aren’t met. That’s what happened with the debt-ceiling fight, and now it’s what’s happening over disaster aid. In effect, Mr. Cantor and his allies are threatening to take hurricane victims hostage, using their suffering as a bargaining chip.
Krugman nailed it with this one. Adding…
So the claim that fiscal responsibility requires immediate spending cuts to offset the cost of disaster relief is just wrong, in both theory and practice. As I said, it’s just a cover story for the real game being played here.
Now, Mr. Cantor may end up backing down on this one, if only because several of the hard-hit states have Republican governors, who want and need aid soon, without strings attached. But that won’t put an end to the larger issue: What will happen to America now that people like Mr. Cantor are calling the shots for one of its two major political parties?
And, yes, I mean one of our parties. There are plenty of bad things to be said about the Democrats, who have their fair share of cynics and careerists. There may even be Democrats in Congress who would be as willing as Mr. Cantor to advance their goals through sabotage and blackmail (although I can’t think of any). But, if they exist, they aren’t in important leadership positions. Mr. Cantor is. And that should worry anyone who cares about our nation’s future.
Republicans want to turn our country into a second rate nation.