Eclectablog on Democracy Now! Wednesday, 2/29/2012 – 8-9 a.m. ET

All eyes on Michigan

Tomorrow morning I will be on the Democracy Now! news program with Amy Goodman & Juan González from 8-9 a.m., talking about the political landscape in Michigan. With the GOP primary today, the delivery of petition signatures for the repeal of the Emergency Manager law tomorrow, the resurgence of the auto industry ongoing and the vast overreach by Republicans in our state over the past year, we’ll have lots to talk about.

You can find out local radio and television stations that air the program HERE. You can also stream the program live from their website.…

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Liveblog: Michigan (and Maybe a Little Arizona) GOP Primary

Basically, Mitt Romney has already lost Michigan.

In 2008, Mitt Romney won the GOP primary in the state where he was born—the state where his father was governor for three terms—easily. And as of last night’s polls, Mitt was losing to Santorum by a point, knowing that Rick Santorum has outperformed polls consistently in this primary.

Despite any mischief and hilarity today may bring, the key moment of this Michigan GOP Primary took place during Romney’s speech at a nearly empty Ford Field.

During the Q &A, Romney was asked if he was the GOP candidate with the best chance of beating President Obama.…

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So, Michigan Dems, you gonna go support the guy that’s against kids going to college?

Breathe deep and think about what you are doing

Tomorrow is the Michigan primary. A significant number of Dem-leaning pundits and commentators are encouraging Democrats to cross over and vote for Rick Santorum in the GOP primary.

You can do that. It’s totally legal. I’m asking you not to.

I’ve already gone on record as to why I think this is a truly bad idea. Stupid. Misguided. Ill-informed. All that.

Are you really going to walk into your local voting location, declare yourself a Republican and then vote for the guy you hate the most? That’s democracy to you?

Don’t do it.…

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Rick Santorum thinks getting a college education is “indoctrination” & snobby

Elitest vs. Out of Touch

Last Saturday when LOLGOP and I attended the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan (liveblog HERE), GOP Presidential contender Rick Santorum spit upon the goal of giving every American boy and girl the chance to go to college. What’s more, instead of valuing a college education, he described it as “indoctrination” and President Obama trying to “reshape [students] in his own image.”

I’m not joking.

Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts to use and want to work out there making things.…
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The GOP Can’t Deny Its Extremism (Anymore)

America just isn’t that into the 1 percent

We let the GOP pretend they’re for small government, even though they don’t believe in the separation of uterus and state.

We let them say they’re conservative, when they want to pre-emptively start new wars.

We let them say that they care about the American Dream, as they try to destroy the fair progressive taxation that created the middle class.

We let the GOP pretend they’re patriotic when they believe that patriotism ends when the campaign begins, and the campaign never ends.

We let them try to turn words like “elite” and “birth control” and “college” into insults to serve a 1% that indulges all three in epic amounts.…

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EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Andrew Breitbart says Occupy has a ‘culture of rape’ and ACORN is paying ‘unsafe people’ to occupy

Andrew Breitbart is the Andrew Breitbart of the tea party movement

On Saturday, February 25th, LOLGOP and I attended the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan (home of homophobic tea party mayor Janice Daniels.) We obtained press passes and proceeded to livetweet and liveblog the event. (My liveblog, done entirely on my iPhone, is here: LIVEBLOG: Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan 2/25/12.)

For the most part, the people at the AFP forum were very nice to us. Perhaps it’s because we had a “Media” badges on but, more than likely, it was despite that, given the sneering way “the media” was treated by speakers such as Andrew Breitbart and Michelle Malkin.…

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How Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga Could Speed Up Gay Marriage

Baby, the USA was born this way

Here’s the good news. On a federal level, we have a President who refuses to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage act. We need a Congress who will pass a law that grants same-sex couples all the federal benefits of marriage. We already, I believe, have a President who will sign that law.

Here’s the bad news. Barring a miracle, this Supreme Court will never issue a Loving v. Virginia type decision that makes marriage available to all adults. Even if the Prop 8 case from California reaches the Court, the impact of that case will likely be limited to California.…

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LIVEBLOG: Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan 2/25/12

Bring on the conservatives!

LOLGOP and I are liveblogging and live tweeting the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan today. Be sure to check out his Twitter feed as well as checking back here throughout the day.

On tap today: GOP front runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, former candidate Herman Cain, Michelle Malkin, Andrew Breitbart, conservative radio show host Frank Beckmann and AFP Michigan Director Scott Hagerstrom. Invitees Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and President Barack Obama declined.

1,200 tickets were sold to the event and it is sold out. You’ll be able to watch Rick Santorum’s speech live on C-Span.…

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