Racist Xenophobe Pat Buchanan visits KFTK's The Dana Show

MSNBC Contributor, 3-time Presidential Candidate (Republican, Reform), and notorious racist xenophobe Pat Buchanan went on 97.1 FM NewsTalk's The Dana Show. And of course, Dana Loesch gave Buchanan time to spew his filthy racist and xenophobic rhetoric in his book, Suicide of a Superpower, in addition to the standard Liberal-trashing.

Key Points:
  • Buchanan says that the "US's real threat comes from within." (approx. 2:00)
  • He says that "American is not as good [conservative] culturally as it used to be." (approx. 2:40)
    Loesch stated that "it's the Liberals that are outraged about this book, because it has good points."  Uh, Ms. Loesch, they are outraged by it, and for good reason: he appeals to white nationalists and paleoconservatives. (approx. 3:11)
  • Buchanan says that "Meachem from Newsweek's the one calling for a race war, not me." WRONG, it's YOU that has suggested it. (approx. 3:34)
    Loesch baselessly claimed that countries have never succeeded based on "government entitlements." (approx. 5:10)
  • Buchanan misleadingly stated that "people can possibly live off the federal government for all of their lifes-- from cradle to grave." He said he wants to abolish Medicare, Head Start, Food Stamps, etc. (approx. 6:00)
  • Loesch says that "our generation has been subject to government subsidizing." (approx. 7:57)

From the 10.24.2011 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:

MSNBC, please fire Pat Buchanan!!


Phyllis Schlafly whines about Obama's alleged "socialism" on The Dana Show

St. Louis' original nutjob and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly appeared on today's edition of KFTK 97.1's The Dana Show to whine about President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party's alleged move towards "socialism." That is patently false, as Loesch and Schlafly are both lying to you.

Key Points:

  •  Loesch baselessly claims that "Obama's amped up the 'socialism' talk." (approx. 1:05)
  •  Schlafly misleadingly stated that "the only jobs he [President Obama]'s increased are government workers." (approx. 1:44)
  • She claims that "he's making this country to the point that people depend on the government." (approx. 1:52)
  • She opines that "he is a 'socialist at heart.'" (approx. 2:03)

    Schlafly believes that "Obama will be a one-term president, just like what Michele Bachmann said." They're both idiots. (approx. 3:17)

    She repeated the frequently-debunked lie that the "stimulus failed." (approx. 3:37)

  • Loesch falsely claims that "he gives the Government praise for the jobs, not the private sector in every speech." (approx. 4:20)

    Schlafly misleadingly stated that the "only 'real job' Obama ever held was Community Organizer." That is far from true.  (approx. 4:40)
  •  She baselessly claims that "Obama's leading us down the road to European-style socialism with his policies." (approx. 4:55)

    Loesch falsely stated that the former Speaker and current California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's views on "Let Women Die Act" (or the "Protect Life Act")  were heinous. (approx. 5:30).

    Schlafly misleadingly implied that the "Democratic Party and Obama are in the tank with the Radical Feminist Movement." (approx. 5:47)

    She thinks that "the Feminist Movement is running counter to what the [Conservative] Americans want." (approx. 6:30)

    Loesch claims that "Obama is doing poorly in the polls, and that a Generic Republican can win at this moment." Partially true there. Of course Repubmussen has the Generic GOP Candidate ahead 47-43. The most recent NBC/WSJ poll had Obama head 44-42.

  • She stated that "anytime a president has a 7%+ Unemployment Rate will likely not be re-elected."  This time around, President Obama will likely win re-election easily unless Mitt Romney is the GOP Nominee (w/o major "more Conservative" 3rd Party candidate). If Romney is the GOP nominee, there will VERY LIKELY be a 3rd party far-right candidate that will run either as an "Conservative Independent" or the Constitutional Party's candidate, thereby ensuring Obama a 2nd term..
  • She also claimed that "The Democratic Party is in trouble come 2012." (approx. 8:00) 
  • Schlafly falsely claimed that "Obama's spreading the wealth around from the rich to the poor." (approx. 8:34)

From the 10.20.2011 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:

Facts: One of her sons is openly gay (John), but does hold many of the same positions as hers. Andrew Schlafly founded the highly biased Conservapedia.


On AC360, Loesch falsely states "Nazis like Occupy Wall Street"

CNN "Contributor" and St. Louis's Leading Hatemonger Dana Loesch took to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last night to make outrageous statements about the Occupy Wall Street Movement, baselessly implying that the "Nazis love the movement." Patently false.

From the 10.18.2011 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

Loesch has also repeatedly demonized the Occupy Movement, including the one in her hometown (St. Louis).  

She baselessly implied that there was "infighting at #occupystl, and falsely claimed that "ACORN (or MORE) co-opted the movement," both of which are trumped-up lies.

As I've already pointed out, there is no "civil war" in the OccupySTL group and last week's social media drama can be traced back to one person who was not communicating with the group and unilaterally decided to cut off contact. For as diverse and eclectic a group as they are, they've actually been remarkably consistent and organized with their social media postings, and after the initial minor glitch occurred one week ago the Facebook and Twitter accounts have been steadily growing and impressively successful.

However, right-wing radio host Dana Loesch, feeling threatened by a movement that unlike the tea party is actually appealing to young people, is now pretending to be "concerned" that the movement was "co-opted" by the right wing's favorite boogeyman: ACORN! Here's the kind of stuff Loesch is saying to try to pretend that she would be totally "down" with the Occupy movement, if it weren't for that pesky ACORN.

Even if ACORN didn't meddle in, Loesch would still hate the Movement, which is actually grassroots, unlike a certain movement that was astroturfed by the Koch Bros and the GOP.

She brazenly stated that "they [OccupySTL] want to disrupt the World Series." That smear was initially pushed by Loesch crony Adam Sharp.

 Patch Adams has a post out claiming that OccupySTL wants to disrupt the World Series. To give Patch a little credit (which is all he deserves since, after all, he's still pushing bunk info), he at least managed to include a screen shot of this:

Loesch, however, jettisoned any attempts to subtly turn a flat out lie in a mere misrepresentation of reality. She just flat out lied:

 Actually, anyone who actually read the post would see that they weren't "planning on disrupting the World Series." Some people suggested it, but others (including the person that runs the facebook account) pointed out it would be a bad idea. And both Loesch and Patch mysteriously omitted this post which pretty explictly ackowledges that they have no interest in angering Cardinals fans:

That's far from the truth, Ms. Liaresch.

And how many times does CNN's hosts get away with allowing Dana Loesch to spew out lies with little or no pushback?


CNN's Your Money allows Loesch to fib at will

 This past weekend, on CNN's Your Money, Dana Loesch is trotting out her same old falsehoods about the economy and her endorsing of Mittens during the 2008 Republican Primary,  and she's flip-flopping on Romney (a serial flip-flopper himself) now. She also has no credibility as a "grassroots Independent Conservative" for this and the endorsements of Roy Blunt and Ed Martin in the 2010 midterm elections.

 From the 10.15.2011 edition of CNN's Your Money:


VELSHI: All right. Thanks, Tom. In addition to criticisms of his economic plan, Mitt Romney has had trouble gaining support among the Tea Party. CNN Contributors Dana Loesch and Will Cain are here. Dana is also an organizer with the Tea Party.

Dana, looking at some of your Tweets here, just to get a flavor of where you come from when it comes to Mitt Romney.

"I was against him last election, I'm against him this election, I will be he against him so long as he is an unrepentant rhino, which is a Republican in name only."

That go on. That is sort of the flavor. You are not supporting Mitt Romney.

What's your problem with Mitt Romney who is polling, most days higher than everybody else in the Republican race.

DANA LOESCH, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, he and Herman Cain are neck and neck in a lot of polls. Cain came out on top in the recent poll from South Carolina. But the last primary I was weighing which was worse Romney care or McCain-Feingold. And I figure that McCain-Feingold for the immediacy was worse. But McCain is not a factor this primary. So, Romney his record is what I have a problem with. He's not a conservative. He's simply not a conservative candidate. I really do appreciate the people who try to insist that he is. I mean, look at his record when he was governor of Massachusetts, 47th out of 50 states in terms of job creation. He passed-it's still a socialist health care plan at the state level. Socialism at any level is still socialism. He tries to use federalism as a way excuse it.

VELSHI: Just to stick up for him a little bit, let's bring in Herman Cain's nephew, William Cain.

WILL CAIN, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: That's my uncle and that's my job. I didn't know that.

VELSHI: Will Cain is not, as far as I know, Herman Cain's nephew. But Will Cain is a CNN contributor.

Will, Herman Cain is giving Mitt Romney, at the moment, a bit of a run for his money. But Mitt Romney is still most Republicans choice for the most part.

CAIN: I have to say Dana is not alone in her feelings about Mitt Romney. There's a complete lack of enthusiasm. And it is not just Dana, you can see it in the polls. While Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann have their rise and falls, from 7 percent to 20 percent and back down to 7, virtually none of that support seems to flow over to Mitt Romney.

There's a sense of resignation with Mitt Romney. Support is resigned to go to Mitt Romney at some point. The reason for that is because of a complete failure, a complete lack of viable alternatives.

A failure to find alternatives to Mitt Romney. Rick Perry stinks of crony capitalism. He stinks of pay to play. Michele Bachmann shows a complete ignorance of conservative concepts like federalism, declaring Mitt Romney's health care mandate unconstitutional, or free market saying she can give $2 gasoline. I think what you see with Mitt Romney, there's a sense of inevitability, it will end being him.

VELSHI: Dana, what do you think of Herman Cain's ascendance lately?

LOESCH: I like Herman Cain. My only criticism of Herman Cain has been his lack of foreign policy experience. I've been pretty outright with that from the beginning. I think he needs to be tested a little bit more on that. And if he is the nominee he should pick someone with a very strong foreign policy record.

But I like Herman Cain. He's very good at retail politics, he is good on the economy. I have a little bit of concern about 9-9-9 Plan. Simply because of the national sales tax and the possible foundation for a value added tax like we see in Europe. Other than that, I think that he's better than what, in my opinion, what we have in the White House right now. So I don't think that -- he seems like a good candidate, but we still have a long way to go. And there's still a lot of vetting to be done.


CAIN: Yes, I feel the same way about Herman Cain. He's certainly an attractive candidate. His biography alone is compelling. 9-9-9, I agree has some serious substantive problems. But I have to say, for conservatives like Dana, who so strongly will be opposed Mitt Romney, I say this with all due respect, Dana, at some point you have to ask yourself, are you taking a position of similar to that of Occupy Wall Street. I'm going to complain about Mitt Romney, but what will I do? Will you vote for Obama if Mitt Romney is the candidate? What will you do?

VELSHI: Good question. Dana, what happens if Romney is the candidate?

LOESCH: See, and that-I'm so glad that Will brought that up. I have mondo respect for Will, by the way.

CAIN: Thank you.

LOESCH: I think that winning Congress, winning the House of Representatives and winning the Senate is so underappreciated. Because this is-

CAIN: I agree.

LOESCH: I sort of look at it like this. If we have another president - if we have another term of Obama, if conservatives take over the Senate and maintain control of the House, that's going to pretty much circumvent anything radical that he would try to do. If you have someone like Mitt Romney who gets elected, and you have a strong conservative presence in the Senate and House of Representatives, they are going to do kind of the same thing and circumvent anything Mitt Romney will do.

The problem is though, is the Republican Party selling out its soul. There comes a time when you have to ask yourself when is compromising over and over again too much to the point when the party becomes indistinguishable from the opposing political party.

CAIN: That's a fair philosophical questions, but I think we have to ask ourselves, would you rather have Republican Congress with Obama as president or Republican Congress with Mitt Romney as president? I think the second alternative certainly sounds better.

LOESCH: I would think that-well, any generic Republican candidate, just to echo some of the polling, when they do not even bother naming the Republican candidate, is beating Obama in the polls. I think any Republican candidate would do at this point. I also think I'm not ready to say Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee. I'm still-Rick Perry may do something-

VELSHI: Why is that, Dana, because we're 13 months away from election. You are wise. Everyone else seems to be treating this thing like it's going to be decided in the next month.

LOESCH: Everyone is already ready to crown Mitt Romney. I don't understand the rush to immediately look at him as the nominee for the Republican Party. We are still so far way from that. And in terms of fundraising, too, sure, Rick Perry has problems. I haven't decided on a candidate and I have criticisms of every single one of them. But he out fundraises Mitt Romney, he raises like, I think, $3 to $4 million more than Romney did last quarter.

VELSHI: He did some stuff on Friday to sort of put some new energy into his campaign by putting out an energy policy. Let's see where we go with that. We have lots to go to talk about that.

Dana, always a pleasure to see you. Thanks so much for being with us. You guys should follow Dana on her Twitter. Interesting stuff.

Follow Will. Will what is your-

CAIN: Will Cain, pretty simple.

VELSHI: And Dana?

LOESCH: DLoesch.

VELSHI: DLoesch, L-O-E-S-C-H. Follow these two. Good stuff.


VELSHI: Very good.

Make sure to tune in October 18th, Tuesday 8:00 p.m. Eastern for CNN Western Republican presidential debate. It is in Las Vegas. Anderson Cooper will moderate.

I've got a question. If a foreign student gets a degree in the United States, in science or technology, or engineer or math, should they be allowed to stay here and use that education to start a business? Would that actually create jobs here in the United States? Don't answer. Don't answer. Think about it for a second. We're going to take a break, pay the bills, and talk about it on the other side.



Loesch still continues to lie under the sun

 In this past week, CNN "Contributor" and serial liar Dana Loesch has been caught lying multiple times, including the fact that she endorsed Mitt Romney during the 2008 Republican Primaries in Missouri despite the fact that she thinks "Romney is a Socialist, unrepentant RINO, Obama-lite Presidential candidate."

 I don't like much about CNN's Dana Loesch but I have to give her credit for one thing: she's done a great job of "branding" herself as a rebellious tea party outsider independent from the mainstream Republican Party. After all, why would gullible news outlets like CNN want to hire just another person repeating the same old tired Republican talking points? But, like pretty much everything else that's come from the St. Louis Tea Party, Loesch's image as a rebellious outsider was deliberately constructed and almost entirely false.

After supporting both Roy Blunt and Ed Martin over more conservative challengers in the 2010 election, Loesch has been seeking attention lately by bashing GOP front-runner Mitt Romney. A few weeks ago she said she'd never support him:

 Unfortunately for Loesch, even if she easily forgets, those wacky internets don't. A friend DM'd me a link to the Way Back Machine that showed that, guess what? Dana Loesch voted for Mitt Romney in the Republican primary in 2008 as the "candidate of change":
Team Loesch went to the polls this morning and cast two votes for Mitt Romney. I think he's the best candidate of change and more qualified than McCain.
Here's a screen shot:

And guess what else? "RomneyCare" was enacted back in 2006, so I guess that means that Dana Loesch actually was a fan of RomneyCare *and* thought it was constitutional. How about that?

This proves the Loesch is just another GOP talking points shill, instead of the "Independent Conservative" mantle she claims to use for her branding.

Dana Loesch, CNN contributor and editor-in-chief of Big Journalism, has been sharpening her Tea Party cred against a Mitt Romney grindstone, bashing the candidate as an “unrepentant RINO (Republican In Name Only)” whom she “was against” in the last election, and this election. So great is her animus for Romney that she gets entire “mailbags of hate” from his supporters. The only problem is, Loesch voted for Romney in 2008, and the internet has the proof. This is the Tea Party equivalent of being in a mosh pit, and having a Justin Bieber CD fall out of your pocket.

Loesch’s main problem with Romney, if her twitter feed is any indication, is Romney’s individual health care mandate. I don’t know, am I reading these right?
I didn’t protest socialized health care for three years to support the guy who wrote it before Obama. #romney
I was against Romney last election, I’m against him this election. I will be against him so long as he’s an unrepentant RINO.
Yeah, about that. A liberal St. Louis blogger tracked down this blog post from Loesch, dated February 5, 2008 10:06 AM:
Team Loesch went to the polls this morning and cast two votes for Mitt Romney. I think he’s the best candidate of change and more qualified than McCain. Rush just has personal beef with McCain and Coulter, well, she’s Coulter.
Loesch doesn’t say anything about holding her nose while pulling that lever, but to be fair, the post’s title, “Tuesday Isn’t THAT Super,” can be seen as an indication that she wasn’t crazy about Romney or McCain. Still, why choose Romney over McCain when the thing you don’t like about the Democrats is this:
Even though I don’t like John McCain for several reasons, one of which includes McCain-Feingold, another is his hostility to small business and the free market – he’s still a better choice to me than the two successfully underwhelming socialists the other side is offering with their tax-heavy universal healthcare which circumvents our liberties and makes us all wards of the state.
The funny thing is, while Loesch was casting that vote for Mitt Romney, Barack Obama was actually to the right of Romney (and primary opponent Hillary Clinton) on the issue of health care. One of the things I didn’t like about Obama’s primary platform was that he was against an individual health care mandate. You can’t do away with preexisting condition limitations without it. It’d be like taking the “buy one” out of a “buy one, get one free” deal.
Now, we all have our internet skeletons in the closet (like my early support for John Edwards), and it’s quite possible that Loesch was unaware of Romneycare at the time. He certainly wasn’t running on Romneycare. If that’s the case, though, then why go to the trouble of deleting the post from the blog’s archive? Surely, Loesch’s current Tea Party crowd would understand, wouldn’t they?

Dana Loesch, in her response, explains that she wasn’t for Romney in 2008, she just opposed John McCain more strongly, and cast her vote for Romney to prevent McCain from securing the nomination. After her first choice, Fred Thompson, dropped out, Loesch says “We were, at that point, faced between choosing Mitt Romney or John McCain. I did not like Mitt Romney.”
Now, you would never know that from her blog post, a fair reading of which would lead you to conclude that she at least liked Mitt a little. “I think he’s the best candidate of change,” she said. A fair person would acknowledge that, based on that post, no one would conclude that she was “against” Romney in 2008. A cynical person might think Loesch was just trying to backstop an embarrassing contradiction.
However, in her response, Loesch says that there are podcasts from the period that demonstrate her dislike for Romney. Fair enough. She goes on to explain her thought process. “I weighed Romneycare against McCain-Feingold, and that’s ultimately what made my decision. I disliked both of them to the point where I almost wanted to choke. And I ultimately decided that McCain-Feingold, in that particular instance, was worse.”

Yes, the same Mike Huckabee that Dana Loesch was scheduled to introduce at a St. Louis Tea Party event earlier this year. If only she had known about him in 2008! In a bit of cruel irony, she even, coincidentally, referenced the Tea Party-friendly former governor in that 2008 blog post, defiantly decrying big government with a folksy, “HUCK THAT.”
If just a tiny fraction of Missourians had voted for Huckabee, instead of Mitt Romney, the 2008 presidential race could have gone a whole different way. Going into Super Tuesday, Huckabee was within 67 delegates of the lead, with 1,069 up for grabs that day, and was polling in a statistical tie with McCain for the lead in Missouri. Had he won Missouri, he might have stayed in the race longer, raised more money, and really given McCain what for. He kept on winning states even after he dropped out, and even wound up with more delegates than Romney!

Loesch is right, of course. Most liberals feel that Obamacare was a half-measure, watered down by Republicans, conserva-Dems, and would have preferred a public option, or Medicare for all. What we got was the equivalent of eliminating starvation by making it illegal not to buy food.

 From the 10.07.2011 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:

On her blogposts at the feces-filled Big "Journalism" blog, she and her ilk have demonized the Occupy Wall Street protestors (and its offshoots) for alleged "lawbreaking", being "lazy welfare moochers," and the like.

On last night's Anderson Cooper 360, Loesch was on to offer analysis on the Bloomberg Debate.

From the 10.11.2011 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

 JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: It is 10:00 p.m. here in Washington.

Breaking news from a place north of here. They are just about as fervent about their politics up in New Hampshire. The Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire wrapping up just moments ago.

The setting, a town hall. The eight candidates sat around a table with moderator Charlie Rose. They made their points, traded jabs, as you can see, elbow to elbow literally. The sole focus of tonight's face-off, the economy, but politics not far from center stage either.

With Herman Cain's poll numbers surging, he and his 999 plan were obvious targets. Take a listen.


HERMAN CAIN (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Nine-nine-nine will pass, and it is not the price of a pizza, because it has been well- studied and well-developed. It starts with, unlike your proposals, throwing out the current tax code. Continuing to pivot off the current tax code is not going to boost this economy. This is why we developed 9-9-9, 9 percent corporate business flat tax, 9 percent personal income flat tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax. And it will pass, Senator, because the American people want it to pass.

REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And one thing I would say is, when you take the 999 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil is in the details.

RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Unlike Herman's plan, which could not pass, because no -- how many people here are for a sales tax in New Hampshire? Raise your hand.

There you go, Herman. That's how many votes you'll get in New Hampshire.


KING: A big night for Cain, also a critical event for Rick Perry. His stock is falling after two shaky debate showings and the Texas governor needed a strong showing tonight.

And of course Mitt Romney is still the front-runner, which made him a punching bag tonight as well. Just hours before this debate, Romney won the endorsement of New Jersey Chris Christie, who said Romney's experience in the private and public sectors make him the right candidate to lead the Republican ticket.

Joining me now to talk about all of this, CNN political contributor Republican consultant Alex Castellanos, also CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, and CNN contributor Dana Loesch. She's editor of BigJournalism.com and a radio host for KFTK. That's 97.1 FM.

Gloria, let's start. Making the top tier means you catch some harpoons, Herman Cain in the crosshairs tonight defending 999. How did he do?


He didn't get specific, other than saying that he really wanted to get rid of the tax code. But it was clear that from a bunch of Republicans on the stage, they believe that you would never be able to keep the personal tax rate at just 9 percent and that also a national sales tax is regressive and something they don't like.

And, Rick Santorum, as you just showed, made a very good point. How many people in the state of New Hampshire are going to vote for a 9 percent national sales tax? The Republican Party doesn't like to talk about that, no matter how much Herman Cain does.

KING: And, Alex, it is not just the sales tax that is tough to sell. Even conservative analysis of this plan says the federal government would lose 18 to 20 percent of its revenue from the current tax system. How does Mr. Cain sell that? That would make the choices, the spending cut choices even tougher, and we see Washington can't get that done as it is.

ALEX CASTELLANOS, CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR: Unless you accept Herman Cain's argument of course that a different tax code, a more dynamic tax code would produce dynamic growth in the economy, which is not a bad argument to make.

But one thing Cain I think needed to learn tonight -- and he didn't -- is that these debates are like parking your car on a hill. Either you keep moving forward or you slide back. And tonight we may have learned Herman Cain's PIN code for his bank card, but we sure didn't learn anything new about Herman Cain.

Romney had a great debate tonight. Newt Gingrich...


KING: Hang on, Alex.

Dana, one thing we need...


CASTELLANOS: I was just going to say Romney had a...


KING: Hang on.

Dana, we needed to learn tonight whether Rick Perry was ready to play, after two shaky debate performances, a lot of criticisms, how can he handle himself on this debate stage.

The central issue here was the economy. Here's Rick Perry on his jobs plan.


GOV. RICK PERRY (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Romneycare has driven the cost of small-business insurance premiums up by 14 percent over the national average in Massachusetts. So my question for you would be: How would you respond to his criticism of your signature legislative achievement?

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We have the lowest number of kids as a percentage uninsured of any state in America. You have the highest. You...


ROMNEY: I'm still -- I'm still speaking.


PERRY: ... criticism.

ROMNEY: I'm still speaking. We -- we have -- we have less than 1 percent of our kids that are uninsured. You have a million kids uninsured in Texas. A million kids. Under President Bush, the percentage uninsured went down. Under your leadership, it's gone up.


I care about people. Now, our plan isn't perfect. Glenn Hubbard is a fine fellow. Take a look at his quote. Some people say that. Just because some people say something doesn't mean it's true.

The truth is, our plan is different, and the people of Massachusetts, if they don't like it, they can get rid of it. Right now, they favor it 3 to 1.


KING: All right, we will get to the jobs plan bite in just a minute. We rolled them in reverse order.

But, Dana Loesch, right there, you see Perry and Romney going at it. Did Governor Perry turn in a strong and forceful performance enough tonight to quiet the doubters?

DANA LOESCH, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: No, he did not. And I was waiting for this question about Romneycare to be asked sooner. I thought it would appear earlier in the debate. And then Perry finally asked him. And I thought finally someone is going to ask about Mitt Romney about Romneycare and its effect on business in Massachusetts.

But then he took a nap and he fizzled out. I don't exactly know what happened. He didn't follow up. He wasn't aggressive with it. And the question itself wasn't even framed in an aggressive manner. He allowed Romney to skate by on a number of just outright fallacies. One of them was that, well, we didn't raise taxes in Massachusetts and we were able to implement this health care system.

That's not entirely true. It was because of the runoff costs of Romneycare that taxes did have to go up after it was implemented. But that is something that Perry didn't follow up on. And I was waiting for Perry to show everyone that he had the fire in his belly and that he really wants to run for president and I didn't see that from him tonight.

And now I'm beginning to wonder whether or not he is really serious about this.

KING: Well, that is an important criticism and critique, Alex.

So you have Dana raising questions there of whether he can go back and forth with Mitt Romney on at least among conservatives what should be a perceived Romney weakness. That is one critique Dana puts on the table. Let's listen now when Governor Perry was asked to describe his jobs plan.


GOV. RICK PERRY (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: A president, particularly with the plan that I'm going to be laying out over the next three days -- and I'm not going to lay it out all for you tonight -- Mitt has had six years to be working on a plan. I have been in this for about eight weeks.


KING: Is that good enough, Alex? You know this debate will be focused on the economy. Maybe he has more details to give us in the weeks ahead. But given his slip in the polls, given the questions about whether he can handle himself in a debate, is that good enough?

CASTELLANOS: No, it didn't seem like it here tonight.

John, I think obviously his campaign decided we are going to simplify things for our candidate. We're going to give him one idea, energy equals jobs, and we're going to let him be quiet the rest of the time and get through the debate that way.

The last debate, the excuse was made, well, he was standing up all debate long and he got tired. So this should have been his debate. He was sitting down. I think next time he will have to get a mattress because there was no energy, no fire and it was way too simple.

BORGER: Instead of seeming like an aggressor, Perry sort of almost seemed like a bystander here. And he really couldn't afford to do that.

He just put out a brutal Web ad against Mitt Romney, which attacked him on being a flip-flopper and on his Massachusetts health care. And then tonight, instead of building on that aggressively, he just kind of seemed to be a little more passive or a lot more passive than I thought he needed to be.

KING: So, Dana, if that's the case...




LOESCH: I wanted to raise a quick point.


BORGER: We are all on delay.

CASTELLANOS: I was just to say that, to Gloria's point, that that is exactly how -- sorry about that.

But to Gloria's point, that's how Rick Perry's won campaigns. He's never won campaigns because he's the most articulate candidate or because he's the brightest intellect. He always wins campaigns because he sticks a fork in his opponent's eyeball. And he has got enough money in the bank and there are enough super PACs out there.

And as Gloria said, there is the negative super ad out there. I would expect to see some very tough ads from Rick Perry pretty soon in the Boston and Iowa media markets.

KING: Well, Dana, if Herman Cain didn't defend his plan plainly enough and if Rick Perry was a no-show, does that mean by default Mitt Romney won tonight or did someone else steal this debate?

LOESCH: Well, not necessarily.

And one of the things I was going to say, too, was that, during this debate, Perry's camp was sending out e-mails of things that he should have been saying in this debate, for instance, on TARP. I thought that was so odd. And they do that pretty consistently. That's something that they should be talking about in the debate.

He had a great opportunity to distinguish himself from these other candidates. You had Herman Cain and Mitt Romney both defending -- both defending TARP, rather, just kind of shocking. But I don't think that Romney wins by default. While he's a good debater and he has great rhetorical skills, his answers, if you judge them by conservatism alone, don't pass the smell test. They don't. But because of semantics, because he's an artful debater...

CASTELLANOS: I disagree.

LOESCH: ... he comes out on top.

But Newt Gingrich I thought always does well, because Newt Gingrich just chews everybody up and spits everybody out and is able to reframe any debate that he's in. But I think Romney comes out on top and I think Gingrich comes out on top. I think Cain did well. Perry did not.

KING: Newt has been strong in every debate. He just hasn't been able to move the poll numbers.

Gloria, let me close with this. CNN has a debate one week from tonight. If Rick Perry is zero for the past three, I assume that one is do or die.

BORGER: Yes, it is important. People need to believe. Republicans need to believe that if they are going to nominate somebody, this person can stand next to Barack Obama on the stage and go at him and do well at it.

And if he cannot do that in a debate with his Republican contenders, with the other Republicans, he's going to have a hard time against Barack Obama. That's what people are looking for. And he hasn't shown it yet.

KING: Gloria, Dana, Alex, appreciate your insights.

Right after this Republican debate, again, our CNN debate one week from tonight.

And let us know what you think. We're on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @JohnKingCNN. I will be tweeting tonight.


Dana Loesch at TeaCon 2011: Same old, same old

This Past weekend at TeaCon 2011, held in Chicago suburb Schaumburg, Illinois, KFTK radio host, CNN "Contributor," and Big Journalism's Smear Artist-In-Chief Dana Loesch and her cronies (Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Steven Crowder, Guy Benson) was at the event telling more right-wing gibberish. Also there was the Deadbeat Dad Congresscritter Joe Walsh (R-IL08.)

Loesch spoke at event, telling the same rehashed lies.

Key Points:
  • Loesch said that she was "VERY Liberal, almost socialist-like" and came from a union family from Southern Missouri. (approx 1:30).
  • When 9/11 hit, Loesch was no longer a Democrat, but a GOP hack, as mentioned in her Big Government blogpost that day.

  • I had identified myself as a liberal my entire life, until this day. I had an early midlife crisis when I was around 19 years-old, when I began to think that I didn’t actually believe in the principles with which I was raised. I was raised by a very big southern Democrat union family. I was indoctrinated by years of pop-culture, educational bias, and family mantra. It was the only way. I did not vote for George W. Bush. I supported Gore. Even as I began to shed the beliefs of a Democrat, one thing remained: I still felt that America had a problem with the “military complex.” The only reason people were hostile to us, I surmised, was because they were intimidated by our military. I thought Bush was representative of this and it was the reason I didn’t support him.

    That belief was blown to hell on 9/11.

    “Thank God George Bush is president,” I blurted out in the middle of a furious sob. My husband, who was born wearing a Reagan shirt, looked at me with wide-eyed wonderment.

  • She claimed that she had to "sit with the 3-4 years olds at the Thanksgiving table for being a Republican." (approx. 2:29).
  • She stated that the St. Louis Tea Party movement started back in February 2009, when The Dana Show was just a Sunday-only show. (approx. 2:54).
  • She repeated the "I am two steps above an anarchist" claim and is an advocate of Article I, Section 8 Conservatism. (approx 3:11).
  • She repeated that this is the "biggest movement since the 1960's Hippies." Nope, Occupy Wall Street and anti-war demonstrations are bigger than the astroturfed Teabagger movement. (approx. 3:47)
  • She mentioned her WPITW win. (approx. 5:00)
  • She falsely claimed that "nobody watches Current TV." In fact, its ratings have increased since Countdown aired back in June, and it's adding The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur to the lineup.
  • She stated that "our children and grandchildren are going to be subjected to a lower standard of living due to overregulations and socialism." WRONG, it's due to the GOP's policies. (approx. 7:39).
  • She baselessly compared the Democratic Party to "a Socialist party." She also suggested that the "Congressional Progressive Caucus has overran the Democrat Party." (approx 10:19).
  • She lied about theAnthony Weiner incident. (approx. 15:40).
  • She falsely claimed that the "PPACA supports taxpayer paying for abortions." (approx. 20:12). She advocated for Violence at that rally.
  • She baselessly stated that Betsey Bruce works for KMOV (CBS 4). No, Bruce works for KTVI (FOX 2), the same station that features the much despised by Conservatives Charles Jaco and the rising star Angie Mock. (approx. 21:19)
  • She misleadingly claims that "the Liberals, Democrats, Unions are the ones that get violent." In fact, it's the Teahadists (and herself) that commit the most violent acts. (approx. 22:21)
  • She stated that "Union Bosses are the scum of the Earth." Typical for this union-hating nimrod to say.(approx. 23:50)
  • She made another phony claim that the "Democrats and Unions are against worker's rights." (approx. 24:17)
  • She lied about SEIU bussing in people, when her cronies do the same thing and no howls from them there.
  • She accused "the left of shutting dissent down." WRONG AGAIN! (approx. 29:18)
  • She said "if you call me a teabagger, does that make you the teabaggee?" Baloney! (approx. 31:31)

We got more evidence of phony claims from her.

The event was home to Andrew Breitbart's violence-laced tirade calling Janeane Garofalo a "Hollywood Sympathy Fuck" and others.

The "Hollywood Sympathy Fuck" rant:
From Andrew Breitbart's September 30 speech at Tea Con 2011:

He also told the Unions, Jimmy Hoffa, and Richard Trumka "fuck you!"

Also, one of the top organizers for TeaCon, Steve Stevlic, was NOT in attendance. Reason: he loves to hang out with hookers.

As maybe the largest-ever gathering of Tea Partiers commences in Illinois this week, congratulations are due to Mr. Steve Stevlic, the activist without whom TeaCon 2011 would be impossible. Stevlic is the head of the Chicago Tea Party, one of the con's primary sponsors. In the words of radio host and National Review columnist Mark Levin, Stevlic's "terrific." According to CBS, he's the "Democrats' nightmare."

But if you're heading to the festivities this weekend and see Stevlic in person, there's one thing you probably shouldn't bring up with the activist and family values man: his arrest for soliciting a prostitute last summer.

Stevlic describes himself as an ordinary guy; a good, decent family man with a wife, two kids, and no pretensions. His humility and ideological fervor have earned him friendly profiles at CTV and the Guardian, and quotes on Fox News and The Hill. At TeaCon, he'll spend the next two days shaking hands, buddying up with Herman Cain, Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart and the other assorted big guns flying in for the revelry, and making nice with the hundreds of Tea Partiers who've spent hundreds of dollars to come and be trained in grassroots Tea-Party-foo. It'll be awesome.

When confronted about his behavior yesterday morning, Stevlic told us to direct subsequent questions to his lawyer. He did insist that he'd never tweeted anything about Jackson being a sex machine, which is ridiculous, because, well, see for yourself on the right. (Click the image to expand.)

Oh, well. Stevlic also told us that he'd been convicted of nothing, which is true. According to the Chicago DA, all charges against Stevlic were dropped when Stevlic agreed to participate in a rehab program for johns called "Unhooked," which he did. Stevlic also told us, guilt or innocence aside, that he feels compassion for Jackson, and we're sure he was telling the truth about that one, too. We bet he feels tons of compassion, especially now. It's no fun to have your dirty laundry aired in public. Anyway — Happy TeaCon!

Herman Cain won the straw poll convincingly-- about 77%, but Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson got blank, and even President Barack Obama got a couple of votes. Michele Bachmann was the closest at nearly 9.5%.


Loesch falsely claims Hank Williams, Jr. was "booted off due to his viewpoints"

In last night's blogpost by Big Journalism's Smearer-In-Chief Dana Loesch, she (like the other right-wingers whining about it) falsely claims that country music singer and staunch Conservative Republican Hank Williams, Jr. "was silenced by the Obama bootlickers at ESPN for having courage to speak out against Obama."

ESPN was fine when their Las Vegas radio affiliate joked about, and seemingly advocated for, the rape of Sarah Palin just a few weeks ago.

From my perspective, Williams didn’t call Obama “Hitler”; rather he made an exaggerated comparison to the political conflict between Obama and Boehner. (Perhaps a more appropriate analogy would have been Reagan and Gorbachev.) It seems that progressives are doing more to call Obama “Hitler” with their accusations than Williams implied with his remark. Of course, only Williams himself can clarify that. Regardless, ESPN yanked him from tonight’s broadcast. By the way, what’s with progressives’ new sensitivity over comparing a president to Hitler?

Williams’s job would likely be safe had he done what Mike Tyson did on an ESPN radio affiliate and joked about Palin rape.

Typical for lowlife blogger Loesch to misrepresent the facts for her fanbase who believe that "those Liberals are persecuting us Conservatives." She has been waging a war on ESPN for its supposed "Liberal Bias." ESPN isn't Liberal-biased or Conservative-biased, you factless Breitbart hack! Bocephus was (and won't be) NOT silenced or blacklisted, unlike the Dixie Chicks for criticism of Bush and his corrupt Administration during the run-up to the Illegal Invasion of Iraq, who got blacklisted and boycotted by a huge majority of the core fans of Country music.

Here's the real no-spin facts on Hank Williams, Jr. being yanked from at least last night's ESPN Monday Night Football telecast (and possibly for good) featuring the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (which the Bucs won 24-17):

“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Although he is well within his rights to say bullcrap like that, he also is subject to being reprimanded or even fired by ESPN. I say that it is time to drop him completely.

TMZ.com reported that Bocephus's "Obama to Hitler" comparison comment "was misunderstood and distorted."

Williams Jr. says, "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me - how ludicrous that pairing was."

He continues, "They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”

Williams Jr. adds, "Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”

I still ain't buying that apology.

Here's the intro for the Monday Night Football theme song, called Are You Ready For Some Football?:

Here was its temporary replacement, Sister Hazel's performance of our National Anthem:

From the 10.03.2011 edition of ESPN's Monday Night Football:

He was on Fixed Noise's Fox and Friends earlier yesterday in which he made the controversial comments.

From the 10.03.2011 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:


GRETCHEN CARLSON (co-host): I'd love to pick your brain about politics.


CARLSON: All right. So, I'll start with an easy question, who do you like in the GOP race?


STEVE DOOCY (co-host): Nobody?

WILLIAMS: You remember the -- you remember the golf game they had, ladies and gentlemen?

DOOCY: Yeah?

WILLIAMS: Remember the golf game?

DOOCY: Boehner?

WILLIAMS: That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever.


WILLIAMS: That turned a lot of people off. You know, watching, you know, it just didn't go over.

CARLSON: You mean when John Boehner played golf with President Obama?

WILLIAMS: Oh, yeah! Yeah. And Biden and Kasich, yeah. Uh-huh.

CARLSON: What did you not like about it? It seems to be a really pivotal moment for you.

WILLIAMS: Come on. Come on. It would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, OK?


WILLIAMS: Not hardly. In the country this shape is in, the shape this country's in, I mean, no, I don't think so.

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Yeah, I don't understand that analogy, actually.

DOOCY: Well, it's -- it's out there.

WILLIAMS: Well, I'm glad you don't, brother, because a lot of people do. You know, they're the enemy. They're the enemy.

KILMEADE: Who's the enemy?

WILLIAMS: Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.

DOOCY: That's only two.


CARLSON: I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he's made, at least I'm going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president.

Even the ultra-conservative liar Gretchen Carlson said Williams, Jr. went too far with his
"Obama to Hitler" rhetoric.
UPDATE (10.06.2011): ESPN has pulled Bocephus for good.
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