Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Touch and go scattershooting

-- Last night's mayoral forum turned into a cage match.  While Stephen Costello got the piñata treatment from pretty much everybody else, it was Chris Bell's cross-ex of Adrian Garcia that got my attention.

Bell inquired about when Garcia initially found out that a mentally ill inmate was being held in squalid conditions in the Harris County Jail, under his watch.

Garcia did not directly answer whether his former chief deputy had indeed told him about the case a year before it became public last fall, saying instead, "when I found out about this issue, I took action." 

Same old dodge.  Doesn't seem to be hurting him any yet.

-- Republicans are having such a terrible month that they had to play the "killing babies" card way too soon, and they used a James O'Keefe-styled, redacted, clandestine video to light the fire under their freak base.

(A)n eight-minute “undercover” video surfaced purporting to show Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services talking about selling the body parts of aborted human fetuses for the non-profit’s financial gain. Which would be shocking, certainly—if any of it were true.

Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, and Greg Abbott -- the latter taking a break from monitoring Operation Jade Helm, starting today -- have all weighed in with a "Kill Planned Parenthood" diatribe already.  It's a full-blown prairie fire on conservative media, but is barely a blip so far elsewhere.

Let's be candid: conservatives will not rest until Planned Parenthood goes the way of ACORN.  They hate women having birth control just as much as they do abortions.  Essentially, you broads are simply disallowed from having sex at all until you meet a nice Christian man and get married.

With 95% of women holding no regrets at all about their choice, I see another electoral demographic -- women -- ready to explode in Republicans' faces.  But hey, I thought Wendy Davis had sufficiently motivated that voting bloc in 2014, so I could still be wrong.

PP is at a real crossroads with this latest attack.  More from Amanda Marcotte.

-- Have you heard?  Donald Trump is "really rich", and he's going to prove it to you.

The celebrity businessman's campaign is expected to reveal details Wednesday of his fortune, which he estimated last month at nearly $9 billion when announcing his Republican presidential candidacy.

If accurate, that number would make Trump the wealthiest person to ever run for president, far surpassing previous magnates like Ross Perot, business heirs like Steve Forbes or private-equity investors like Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee.

"I have a Gucci store worth more than Romney," Trump told the Des Moines Register last month, referring to the fashion company's flagship store in New York's Trump Tower.

The GOP is now officially concerned about plutocracy.

Concerns are mounting among top donors and party elites that an influx of huge checks into the GOP primary will hurt the party’s chances of retaking the White House. Long-shot candidates propped up by super PACs and other big-money groups will be able to linger for months throwing damaging barbs at establishment favorites who offer a better chance of victory, the thinking goes. Already, big-money groups have raised about $86 million to support a handful of second- and third-tier candidates.

Poor them.


Gadfly said...

Some Florida Repug state legiscritter thinks The Donald is actually a Democratic plant.

PDiddie said...

That dude probably needs a series of rabies shots. Maybe get checked for syphilis.

meme said...

As to Adrian Garcia time to bang up on him is if he gets into a run-off. In the meantime, I look forward to see if he can energize the Americans that are a tanned at birth.