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Just as Barack Obama famously and successfully campaigned as a “Washington outsider” in 2008, the Tea Party Republicans are doing the same in 2010. In a year when 65% of Americans want to get rid of every incumbent Congresscritter and start over, these insurgents have borrowed Obama’s argument, claiming that being outsiders makes them better able to connect with “us,” the Little People.

Every Tea Party ad I’ve seen hits this point, from the sophisticated:

To the audacious:

To the unintentionally hilarious:

But is this strategy going to be as effective in 2010 as it was in 2008?

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The candidates for Governor of New York are less than thrilling. I have to admit that I am one of the few who likes our current Governor, David Paterson, who was forced to abandon his 2010 run by the might of the Bloomberg-Obama-Kennedy power bloc in New York. They never forgave him for appointing Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s seat instead of the monosyllabic, mysterious and completely unsuited Caroline Kennedy. So, in typical Obama fashion, our first black AND (legally blind!) Governor was thrown under the bus.

However, all that’s behind us now, and Democrat Andrew Cuomo is running for governor instead. His Republican challenger is Carl Paladino, a fulminating, fuming, porn-forwarding mess of a man who has, despite his obvious flaws, been endorsed by the Tea Party. Why? He’s a rightwing Christian who believes that abortion should be illegal, even in the case of rape or incest.

Andrew Cuomo has responded to Paladino’s extremism with this ad.

It’s good, isn’t it? Here’s why I like it:

  1. Abortion is not the government’s business. 

    I like the way the ad frames the issue of choice: Anti-choicers want to use the government to come between a woman and her doctor. Since no one wants the government interfering in their private lives, this is quite a smart move.

  2. The right to choose is framed…as a right.The ad correctly states that if Paladino were allowed to run New York, women would have fewer rights. It is rather refreshing to see such an obvious truth stated so simply.
  3. Just Doctors and Patients, Barack.We were all outraged when Obama said this about abortion: “But what ultimately I believe is that women in consultation with their families, their doctors, their religious advisers, are in the best position to make this decision.”  Just how many men need to sign off before a woman can choose her reproductive destiny, in Obama’s world?In Cuomo’s world, there are only two parties involved in this ad – doctors and patients. That’s exactly as it should be. If a woman wants to bring other people into her decision, that’s her right and her choice, not Barack Obama’s.
  4. Empathy.To put it bluntly, anyone who would force a woman to bear her rapist’s baby to term is a sociopath. An embryo is not a child; it is a potential life only. Why would a sane, feeling person have more empathy for a potential life, than for the real life of the mother, in horrible agony?Obviously, Andrew Cuomo gets that. Paladino does not.

This ad is in heavy rotation in New York. I suspect it will get many women to the polls, including yours truly. And it makes my choice very clear.

I’m in Atlantic City celebrating hubby’s birthday, so tawk amongst yerselves! This is an open thread.

The Haps

The Haps

Time for another short post, everyone – am giving a presentation on my work at my old firm today. Wish me luck!

First, a little action. On Friday, we discussed NOW and the new, extremely restrictive abortion care guidelines that the “pro-choice” Obama Administration has come up with for the high-risk insurance pools mandated by the Health Whatever Bill. If these guidelines are adopted on Tuesday, any woman participating in the high risk pools would not be able to buy abortion insurance coverage, no matter what she is willing to pay. According to CREDO Action Network:

While the recently passed health care law does have provisions prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition, those rules don’t kick in for a few years.

In the meantime, the high-risk insurance pools are the only option for many people with serious health conditions who cannot obtain insurance otherwise due to a pre-existing condition such as cancer or diabetes.

So women with literally no other venue of obtaining health insurance will be forced into buying policies that will not cover abortions in most circumstances.

Even if women in the high-risk pools are willing to pay out of their own pocket the difference between a plan that fully covers abortion and one that doesn’t, they won’t be given that option.

 Abortion is the most common surgical procedure women receive. It is simply unconscionable that anyone purporting to support choice would propose rules that expand on the draconian federal restrictions on women’s access to abortion health care.

The chance for the public to respond to the proposed rules ends on Tuesday. Take a minute now to demand the Obama administration stand up for choice.

Seems like yet another group is starting to understand what a lying crapweasel Obama is with regard to women’s rights. I must admit I never thought it would take THIS LONG for the light to dawn. Sheesh. How many bricks have to fall on peoples’ heads?!

In other news:

The Israeli settlement freeze on building in the Gaza Strip expired on Sunday at 12 am. Netanyahu is asking for Abbas to continue peace talks, but Abbas has previously been insistent that peace talks will cease if the freeze is not continued. I guess we’ll see what happens, if anything.

Guess what? We’ve got our own Tea Party slimeball right here in New York. His name is Carl Paladino. Reuters says he is close in polling with Andrew Cuomo. I’ve got a prediction for you all: Paladino does not have a shot in hell. It’s hard to be a convincing anti-government whacko when you have such a history of supporting the government – and of the government supporting you.

Is it just me, or has Ann Coulter lost her touch for saying offensive, yet somewhat catchy things? Dumbest. Talking Point. Ever.

Heavy-hitting econoblogger Yves Smith wonders why the left has no outlet for its outrage, whereas the right has the Tea Party, and gets more than 200 comments for her trouble. The comments are well worth reading.

And that’s the Haps! This is an open thread.


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