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A few weeks ago Mitt Romney’s mysterious tax returns were in the news every day.  Harry Reid accused Romney of not paying any taxes for years.  Ann Romney said, “we’ve given all you people need to know”...  When asked why not release them and end the questions?  "Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack... and that's really, that's just the answer"

The Republicans have managed to make all that go away.  They have changed the subject from Romney's taxes, his off-shore bank accounts,  and negatives with Bain Capital leaks and facts, to definitions of rape, conditions for abortion, whether Akin will run, birther "slips", and now to welfare to work.  This is deliberate.  These abortion debates, birther talk, and welfare issues are great for them.  Every news program is debating these non-issues—non-issues because voters already know where they stand on them.  It only serves to convince the Tea Partiers and evangelicals who did't think Romney was right wing enough, to support him.  And it's all free.

Romney's birther "slip" has been discussed by every news program.  It brings up all the questions about Obama. Every time a Republican apologizes, it’s a sign to the right wing that they are with them. It’s never a real apology, just something bizarre like using the wrong word, or Romney’s “We’ve got to have a little humor on the campaign trail,” after talking about never being asked for his birth certificate.

I wish the news and especially progressive news would focus on Romney instead.  His refusal to show his tax returns.  His total lack of experience to be president.  His failures as a governor.  His misuse of government money in the Olympics.  Romney himself asked for a waiver on the welfare to work requirements when he was governor of Massachusetts! That as when he was pro-choice-- or "multiple choice" as Ted Kennedy called him in a debate when Romney ran unsuccessfully for the Senate.

I think the People for the Destruction of America, or whatever they call themselves, are calling the shots and enjoying the results.

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  •  here are their talking points re rape/abortion (1+ / 0-)
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    I urged students to use caution when talking about the sensitive issue of rape and abortion. But I urged them not to run from the issue. In fact, I went so far as to say that we cannot win the debate until we make a reasoned argument for banning abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

    In the event that there are prospective Republican congressional candidates who want to argue the issue (on CNN or elsewhere), here is how I would advise broaching this difficult subject. I would also request that Todd Akin keep his mouth closed until he has finished reading the following guidelines for discussion of the so-called rape exception:

    A. Assess your opponent’s true position. In all likelihood, the person urging a rape exception does not really believe in it. In order for there to be an exception to a rule banning abortions, there has to be a rule banning abortions. That much is obvious. It is also obvious that pro-choicers do not merely want abortion to be available in cases of rape. They want it available in all cases. Call them out on it. Tell them you will write the rape exception into law just as soon as they write the law banning all other abortions. They will never take you up on it. The reason is simple: they are lying.

    B. Build a bridge to the central issue. Get to know an adult who is a product of rape. Then, ask the proponent of the rape exception whether it would be permissible to kill your adult friend who is a product of rape. They will, of course, say that it isn’t permissible to kill them now. Ask them why not. They will likely say that killing the unborn is “different” because of size (they are smaller), level of development (they are less developed), environment (placement in the womb), or degree of dependency (the unborn are not “viable”). Each of these arguments is flawed and each tends to undermine human equality. For example, the argument that one’s right to life is contingent upon size means that women have less of a right to life than men. It also means Asians have less of a right to life than Caucasians. As you defeat each “that’s different” argument, you will gradually lead them to conclude that the unborn are indeed innocent human beings and that there is no meaningful distinction between the terms “human being” and “person.”

    C. Capture the moral high ground. People often say there is a double standard is displayed by those who support the death penalty and oppose abortion. But that is absurd. A double standard exists when one applies two different standards to the same thing. Clearly, an unborn innocent is not “the same thing” as a convicted murderer. True moral inconsistency exists among those who would execute the product of rape while allowing the rapist to live. That moral inconsistency is enshrined in our current constitutional jurisprudence. The rape victim has a right to abort the product of rape because the unborn have no rights regardless of the circumstances of their conception. Yet the rapist has a constitutional right to be spared execution. It is simply morally indefensible to execute the innocent product of rape instead of the guilty perpetrator of rape. Ask the proponent of the so-called rape exception to defend killing the innocent and sparing the guilty.

    Getting in the driver’s seat on the abortion issue is important. Staying in the driver’s seat is just as important – especially when the conversation takes a turn toward the difficult cases of rape and incest. But you can do it without concocting false arguments that really only avoid the issue.

    It’s just as easy as learning your ABCs.
    •  as long as women are chattel (2+ / 0-)
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      Olympia, a2nite

      and have no independent rights to personhood, then of course, the only innocent victim of the crime is the blastocyte.  If you want to know just how much women don't matter, they are the functional equivalent of a incubator, not human beings, in the right wing mind, read these talking points.

      Eventually, enough people will enter into the 21st century and leave behind the 1st century, that women will be people, they will have self-determination, and old white men will not dominate the question of women's health.

      Some of the more interesting reading is the research on 18th-19th century attitudes to abortion and birth control, and the move of women's health from more women influenced  health decisions to medical doctors.  When MD's consolidated their power, abortion was universally outlawed, and choices for women were controlled by the AMA.

  •  I strongly disagree with your premise (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, rape has replaced for the moment taxes.
    But it was because we - led by Daily Kos - pushed Akin's comments nine days ago.
    Many posters here already were assuming the national media would never pick the story up.
    It was driven by Obama supporters, then MSM - only then did the Repubs react to the story.
    And it has, and continues, to rebound against them.
    The notion that somehow some Repub mastermind is directing this story as a distraction is absurd and based on zero evidence. The actual evidence is that they wish it could go away.

    •  Very good point (0+ / 0-)

      We're not going to get a knockout blow in on any of these subjects. Romney will run his campaign. But he will be asked over and over and over again about his tax returns, about Bain, about abortion, about Medicare. These will dog him throughout the campaign. After another dozen non-answers from him and his surrogates on the nightly news programs, people will start waking up to the fact that he is refusing to answer questions, and that will become a major reason for them to doubt his fitness to be president. They may not care how much he pays in taxes, they may not believe that his plans will gut Medicare, they may not understand that his plans will tank the economy and strip our infrastructure bear, but they will see that the guy just doesn't answer questions. How the hell can you trust him?

  •  If I was running for President I'd rather be (1+ / 0-)
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    in hot-water over Tax Stuff than over anything with the word "Rape" in it.

  •  The sad thing is that in Pa. Tom Smith will (0+ / 0-)

    probably get well over 40% of the vote, including a number of Republican Stepford's.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 12:55:04 PM PDT

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