Florida GOP and Dem Chairs Act Like Children in Allen West's Commie Comment Flap

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In our latest example of why we hate politics in Florida because way too many people involved act like children, let us now examine the letters sent between the chairs of the Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida this morning over GOP Rep. Allen West's comments about how he heard that 80 sitting Democratic Congressmen are secretly members of the Communist Party.

DPF chair Rod Smith sent the first volley by writing an open letter to his RPOF counterpart Lenny Curry. Obviously it's designed to stir the pot and keep the controversy running. Its tone is a bit over-the-top (making references to dictators and murderers) but its tone isn't completely nasty. Here's an except from the full letter:
Each of us understands the hyperbole that surfaces during every political season. It is a long-standing practice in American politics. But there are and must be lines. To suggest that elected Democrats share political views with Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong or other communist dictators who murdered their people and suppressed the freedom of hundreds of millions for generations recalls the shameful practice of Joseph McCarthy. I am sure you proudly recall that it was a Republican Senator, Margaret Chase Smith, whose statement of conscience publicly admonished McCarthy's tactics of accusing unnamed persons of being "card carrying communists."
On the childish scale, Smith scores at about "10th grade honers student."

RPOF Chair Curry decided to reply by completely ignoring West's comments. In fact, its like he thought to himself, "Hmmm, has a Florida Democratic congressman said anything ridiculous lately? Oh, no. Well, how about any elected Democrat anywhere? Nope, not in this news cycle. Oh, wait there was that thing that lady said about Anne Romney that was mean to ladies." Then he ran with it:
"Rod Smith could better invest his energy by asking fellow Democrat-leaders like Hilary Rosen to stop their hateful speech against stay-at-home mothers. Women -- whether they work outside the home or inside the home -- deserve our respect. For those choosing to work outside the home, there has been a tragic collapse in employment under the failed Obama presidency. While President Obama and Chairman Smith focus on political games, Republicans have offered a vision of economic opportunity that helps all Americans support their families and pursue their dreams."
Curry's reasoning is apparently: I am not going to stop people in my party from saying ridiculous things, but you should stop people in your party from saying ridiculous things. This is why people continue to say ridiculous things in politics.

Rosen was on CNN yesterday when she said, "Guess what, (Romney's) wife has actually never worked a day in her life." Probably because Romney is lagging behind in polls of female support, Republicans jumped on it. Democrats, including members of the Obama Campaign and Michelle Obama herself criticized the comment as well. Rosen has now apologized.

West has not.

So Curry gets a "3-year-old" on the acting-like-a-child scale.

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IgnantAzzKnuckleheads
IgnantAzzKnuckleheads

Politics is a "game", a horse-race to keep the minions entertained. When family comes to visit, I always watch sports & refuse to turn on Fox, or MSNBC, or CNN or any of that nonsense. I've had heated arguments w/ my older sister especially because she wants to watch "the news", which in her mind is Hannity, that Ed guy, Rachel Maddow, O'Reilly, or Anderson Cooper. None of those characters report just news- they give their opinion in the guise of being meaningful and relevant. Bottom-line, they're all just talking outta their a$$. My response to her?  "First of all, its not news- its entertainment....and believe me, it'll be there 2morrow when you get home, so you can watch it then".There are alot of bored & distracted lemmings out there who follow these "news personalities" like gospel. Its pathetic.

nanook5
nanook5

wow, rod smith's reaction is really intelligent. being called a communist doesn't automatically compare you a dictator anymore than being called a capitalist does. the run to the right for all parties continues.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Hilary Rosen should just tie a mattress to her back then...

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

I'll be around. Where there's a rich white guy in need of another tax break, I'll be there. Wherever there's a brain dead woman in need of expensive life support her husband doesn't want, I'll be there. Wherever there's a country that needs invading for reasons that don't quite pan out, I'll be there.

Roberto Jose Burnett
Roberto Jose Burnett

The problem with political pundits (and the wannabes - not saying what category you're in Kyle) is that everyone tries to equate the "he said" "she said" "they said, which was followed up by a ____ fill in the blank response" as if both parties were on equal terms.  Um.... they're not.

West's dismissing 80 liberals as card carrying communists, latent with all the dangerous overtones of red baiting from the 50's and 60's isn't just ineptitude at its best - it's downright scary and menacing.

Complaining that Ann Romney hasn't worked because she's a stay at home mom is hardly = to West's comments in any way shape or form.

Besides Kyle, we kinda know now (too) that Mz. Romney  had a teensy bit of help what with a nanny, four maids and other live-in help in the five Romney homes - maybe YOU live like the Romneys and suffer for poor Miss Ann's debacle in being called to the (expensive Persian) carpet for just being a stay at home mom - but the rest of us see the bigger picture dude.

Rosen one of 1%...
Rosen one of 1%...

Hilary Rosen is one of the 1%, she's not a middle class "mom" as some would believe...According to tax documents from 2002, Rosen, at the time was President of the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA), made $2,800,000.00($2.8million) in total compensation that year. Rosen was paid $2.65million in salary for a 40 hour work week in Washington D.C. as a lobbyist for the group. She then went on to help destroy Napster...

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January, undercutting the sense of extreme umbrage he showed when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen quipped last week that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life."I wanted to increase the work requirement," said Romney. "I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, 'Well that's heartless.' And I said, 'No, no, I'm willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It'll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'"Romney's January view echoes a remark he made in 1994 during his failed Senate campaign. "This is a different world than it was in the 1960s when I was growing up, when you used to have Mom at home and Dad at work

Roberto Jose Burnett
Roberto Jose Burnett

You are absolutely right to point this out and it's also true that not pointing out does validate the belief that perhaps Rosen isn't as "transparent" as she pretends to come off - I don't disagree; but being a wealthy "working" woman doesn't equate to Allan West's out and out fabrications and lies.

Bebep
Bebep

People really have to be just blatantly dumb (or Republican apparently) to think she was attacking stay-at-home moms with her comment.

The discussion they were having was about women's current concerns with the election, and Mittens kept citing his wife as saying that women care about economic issues right now.

So Rosen pointed out that she has probably never worked a day in her life (like an actual job) because of how wealthy they are, so she would be a bad source.

Luckily this happened early enough so they'll blow it out of proportion really quick and it will die in a couple of weeks.

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