Archives for the month of: August, 2012

How did Paul Ryan do with his convention speech last night? Here’s a scorecard, courtesy of Daily Kos.

Dave Weigel,
“incredible string of false or misleading statements”…

Joan Walsh,
“His Republican National Convention speech was stunning for its dishonesty”…

Jonathan Cohn, the New Republic:
The Most Dishonest Convention Speech … Ever?…

Top 5 Fibs In Paul Ryan’s Convention Speech…

Michael Tomasky, the Daily Beast:
“Paul Ryan pushed American politics into new territory with his convention speech, effectively daring Democrats and the media to call him out on his string of blatant falsehoods”…

FACT CHECK: Convention speakers stray from reality…

Dan Amira, NY Magazine:
Paul Ryan Bets on the Ignorance of America…

Steve Benen, Maddowblog:
Paul Ryan stands on a foundation of lies…

Huffington Post:

5 Biggest lies in Romney’s speech:…
“Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements.”…

Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker:
The Paul Ryan Speech: Five Hypocrisies…

James Fallow, Atlantic
Paul Ryan and the post-truth convention…

Robert Schlesinger, US News…

The Guardian:
Paul Ryan’s speech: a round-up of his most audacious untruths…

David Firestone, NYT
Beyond Factual Dishonesty…

Josh Barro, Bloomberg
Paul Ryan’s Hypocritical Attack on Barack Obama…

There are many other examples at the Daily Kos link above. But you don’t need to read them all to understand the clear truth of the matter: Paul Ryan is a bald-faced liar.

With Hurricane Isaac poised to strike on the 7th anniversary of Katrina, news coverage from the Gulf has been focused on New Orleans more than Tampa. To help redress this imbalance and mark the disjointed start of the GOP convention, we offer the following preview of far-right coming attractions. Enjoy.

"It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."
—Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), explaining why pregnancy does not result from rape, and abortion bans should therefore have no exceptions.

With the quote above, Congressman Akin created a firestorm of criticism from within his own party, as well as from Democrats. There were many calls for him to resign from the Senate race in Missouri—calls which, late this afternoon, he decided to reject. He is staying in the race. And why not? He still has a narrow lead in the polls there. And he still shares co-authorship of the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," with VP nominee Paul Ryan. The act is a so-called personhood measure that defines life as beginning at fertilization and authorizes the federal and state governments to protect life from that point forward, with no exceptions.

Mitt Romney has said (after Akin’s impolitic remarks) that a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in cases of rape. But Ryan’s (and Akin’s) authorship of the Sanctity of Human Life Act says otherwise. And so does a plank in the official Republican Party platform, which was just approved today. The party’s anti-abortion plank makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

The whole Akin episode represents one more reason (as if we needed it) to turn back the Republicans this fall.

It’s also one more reason why the Congressional election here in NY-19 is so vitally important. Please sign up to support and/or volunteer for the Julian Schreibman campaign today.

Here is a direct quote from today’s Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest:

Underscoring that upstate New York will be a key area in deciding control of the House this year, the NRCC announced big ad reservations in four races, totaling $3.5 million. That includes $1.03 million backing super-vulnerable Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle in the 24th and $1.3 million boosting somewhat less vulnerable Chris Gibson in the 19th, as well as $757K and $574K going after Dems Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul in the 21st and 27th, respectively.

That was the lead item, and it does underscore the importance upstate New York has for the Republicans. It also underscores what a tough battle Julian Schreibman has against Chris Gibson, who is receiving the largest allotment of the right wing’s upstate funding. It’s true that Schreibman will receive funding from the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue Program, but this is not likely to match Gibson’s funding from the NRCC.

So what can progressives in NY-19 do to support Schreibman? Well, you can contribute to and/or volunteer for his campaign.

You can also contact the Schreibman campaign and urge them to ramp up their communications efforts, and quickly. We need signs. We need bumper stickers. We need to see Julian on TV, as often as possible, in news coverage if not in ads. The campaign should be doing more, and doing it faster and smarter. Call them at (845) 765-9494 or email them at and urge them to step up their game.

Schreibman can still win this race, but he needs to come out swinging if he’s going to overcome the Republican funding advantage. And he needs to do it soon.

Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate is a breathtaking endorsement of the far-right wing of the Republican Party. R&R would turn Medicare into an underfunded coupon program and swamp seniors in a morass of paperwork while giving huge new tax breaks to the extremely wealthy. They would roll back America to the robber baron era.

Ryan’s selection this morning should galvanize Democrats to do everything possible to stop the Republicans’ skewed agenda. That starts with reelecting President Obama, of course. But it also entails electing as many Democrats to Congress as possible, to counter the Republicans’ baleful influence at every level.

Here in NY-19, we have a golden opportunity to do just that, by electing Julian Schreibman. Please contribute to and/or volunteer for his campaign today.

New York State’s new 19th Congressional District (see map below, borrowed from Julian Schreibman’s campaign site) is far more logical, and also more compact, than its predecessor, the 20th. There is no skinny finger extending up into the Adirondacks for no apparent reason (except to garner more Republican votes). Instead, the new district wraps around Albany to the north and encompasses the Catskills and the mid to upper Hudson Valley. It also extends west to the PA border and east to Connecticut and Massachusetts.

NY's 19th Congressional District
New York’s 19th Congressional District

NY-19, because it contains Kingston and all of Ulster County, should be friendlier to Democrats than the old 20th District that elected Chris Gibson. And because the district is less gerrymandered and more of a piece than the 20th, it has the potential to be more unified in general, and thus represents more promising ground for region-wide efforts—economic development and broadband initiatives, for example.

We’ll be looking at the Congressional candidates and the pros and cons of NY-19 in the weeks and months leading up to the election. Spoiler alert: for counties like Greene, that used to reside in the 20th, a Schreibman-Democratic victory would represent an empowering step forward.

Rep. Chris Gibson, siding with his fellow Republican ideologues in the House, voted yesterday to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for another year. The tax cuts disproportionately favor the wealthy, so the Senate had voted to extend the cuts for everyone except those with income, capital gains or dividends totaling more than $250,000. This would have raised much-needed governmental revenues by around $100 billion.

Without a Congressional agreement, an economic crisis still looms in January, when more than $500 billion in tax cuts are set to expire.

Gibson’s pro-rich vote contrasts markedly with that of his competitor for Congress in NY-19, Julian Schreibman. Schreibman specifically supports an end to tax cuts for the super-wealthy—and that’s one more reason for us to support Schreibman, now and in November.