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The DSCC has launched a new attack ad against Tea Party extremist, Richard Mourdock (R. IN), by using his own words.  Mourdock's plan in the Senate: eliminate the Department Of Education:

http://thehill.com/...


It starts with a clip of Mourdock himself saying, “In my plan, I specifically started by eliminating the Department of Education.”
The ad then jumps to two narrators describing the fallout.

Richard Mourdock actually wants to eliminate the Department of Education,” one says.

That means no federal college loans,” the other says.

The narrators then alternate point by point.

No Pell Grants. More than $5 billion less for Indiana schools and students. Mourdock then wants another big tax cut for millionaires. The rich get richer. While our kids pay the price. That’s the Mourdock plan. And is that what we want for Indiana?” they say. - The Hill, 10/5/12


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Mourdock unseated Republican incumbent, Dick Lugar in the GOP primary however the Tea Party doesn't get credit for unseating Lugar.  Lugar took himself down when Indiana voters realized he wasn't living in the very state he represented for 35 years.  Lugar pulled a Rick Santorum and now he's out.  Mourdock's campaign was very weak early on the primary and was struggling to gain any traction.  Lugar's residency turned out to be Mourdock's winning opportunity.  With Mourdock as the nominee, the race is now toss up between him and moderate Democratic congressman, Joe Donnelly.  Donnelly has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO and has a two point lead in the latest Howey/Depauw Indiana Battleground poll, 40 to 38.  We have to keep the Senate in our control and even though Indiana is a red state, we can't afford another tea party extremist contributing to the GOP obstruction.  Save the Department of Education, contribute to Donnelly's campaign now:

https://secure.actblue.com/...

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  •  First Big Bird (7+ / 0-)

    and now this. Republicans love the fetus but hate the child. What will they want to kill next, Santa Claus?

    •  What do you mean "now this"? (2+ / 0-)
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      marina, gramofsam1

      Dept of Education has been a straightforward target of a significant strain of Republicans for decades.  I have heard that it should be abolished regularly almost literally ever since I started paying attention in the late 80s.

      Months ago during the primary, when I asked on Facebook what people would do to balance the budget, several of my right wing friends independently suggested Dept of Education as their first choice.

      In fact, Wikipedia backs me up:
      Wikipedia: United States Department of Education

      Throughout the 1980s, the abolition of the Department of Education was a part of the Republican Party platform, but the administration of President George H. W. Bush declined to implement this idea, as he was in favor of the Department's existence, but rather reformed its activities.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 11:58:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  In fairness to him (6+ / 0-)

    The Department of Education obviously never did him any favours.

    Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

    by AnnetteK on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:15:03 PM PDT

  •  Go Joe! Thanks for this diary!! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, AnnetteK, poopdogcomedy

    Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

    by ParkRanger on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:27:11 PM PDT

  •  The R's have so many terrible candidates, (3+ / 0-)
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    Olympia, AnnetteK, Vatexia

    but this guy is right up there among the worst of the worst. I'd rate him just behind achin' Akin.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:35:39 PM PDT

  •  Have mercy. I was reading an article over at TPM (3+ / 0-)
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    AnnetteK, marina, gramofsam1

    that I thought was the height of stupidity and then I come here and see this diary.  What in hell is it with these people?  Here is the article from TPM.  This man is a member of Congress and serves on the House Science Committee.  Unbelievable, Just unf**kingbelievable.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last month.

    All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

    According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.

    “You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth,” he said. “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

    Broun — a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry — is generally considered to be among the most conservative members of Congress, if not the most. He drew national attention in 2010 for saying he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen.

    In his speech, a clip of which was provided to TPM by The Bridge Project, a non-profit progressive tracker, Broun credited his literal Biblical interpretation with driving his approach to government.
    The full 47-minute speech, posted by the Liberty Baptist Church, can be found here.

    “What I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it,” he said. “It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.”

  •  Mourdock's cuts on top on the ones already (2+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, marina

    slammed through the Indiana legislature would end public schools in Indiana. You would cry over the Mitch Daniels cuts to the most vulnerable children in this state. Gov. Daniels touts himself as the education Govenor, but literally killed Special Education in Indiana.

  •  Its more than the teafanatics have pissed off (0+ / 0-)

    the Republican establishment here. There are literally Lugar supporters volunteering for Joe and even Lugar PAC donors giving money to Joe.

    The crux however is crushing the Republican spirit so that they do not show up to vote. Because if they show up there will be some who will show up, swallow their pride and pull the lever anyway.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 08:14:34 PM PDT

  •  Ad is seriously wrong about Pell grants (0+ / 0-)

    That program started in 1965 and the Department of Education wasn't until 1980.

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