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U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA) talks at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 10, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing
All of conservatism is one big conspiracy theory. And it's usually presented to the masses in the form of fundraising asks:
In an email sent on July 28th on behalf of Republican Secretary of State nominee Paul Pate’s campaign, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) accused Democrats of rigging Minnesota’s 2008 Senate election on behalf of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), using their control of the Secretary of State office.  [...]

“This wasn’t a fair recount,” King wrote Pate’s supporters. “This was a democrat plan put into action two years in advance of Coleman’s re-election campaign.”

Well, of course. All close elections are fraudulent if the Republican doesn't win.
“There is an important U.S. Senate race in Iowa this year, and Senator Grassley will be up for re-election two years from now,” King wrote. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what they are up to.”
Those tricksy Democrats, with their elections for offices and whatnot. Please send $1,000 to stop this nefarious plan to unseat Chuck Grassley in some unspecified fashion two years from now using the awesome powers provided by the Iowa Secretary of State, a position that should instead be filled by stalwart Republican politico ... let's see ... Paul Pete? That's really the guy's name? Huh, all right then.

So then: That's Rep. Steve King, the best person Republicans in his Iowa district could come up with. And don't forget he's in charge of immigration policy now, so impressed the party became with his dire warnings of melon-calved immigrant children who secretly vote for Al Franken.

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  •  Steve King IS a fundraising tool (19+ / 0-)

    At any rate, he's fundraising, and he's definitely a tool.

    "I understand, Mr. Spock. The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity."

    by brainwave on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:17:21 PM PDT

  •  trying to get publicity because Minnesota's on his (1+ / 0-)
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    bull8807

    district's border - what an idiot

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:18:34 PM PDT

    •  He needs to stay in Iowa (2+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, stevenaxelrod

      As a Franken voter, I am more than a little ticked off. Suggesting the recount process was somehow fraudulent years after the fact, when he isn't even representing this state? Buzz off Steve. MN elected a stacked democratic legislature for a reason. And the people we send to Washington aren't in danger. We'll keep making you deal with Franken, get over it.

      Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

      by bull8807 on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 05:04:45 PM PDT

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  •  No Benghazi? (6+ / 0-)

    I thought Benghazi was a required element in these theories.  Even when it would require time travel.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:19:19 PM PDT

  •  Of course it's a conspiracy to keep the knuckle... (1+ / 0-)
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    Empower Ink

    Of course it's a conspiracy to keep the knuckle draggers from dirtying the carpets..

  •  And we're going to end up with the female version (5+ / 0-)

    of Steve King in the Senate from Iowa this year if Bruce "Bumbler" Braley doesn't get his act together.

    A drowning man can not learn to swim. -- Chris Lonsdale

    by Rikon Snow on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:20:14 PM PDT

    •  What dos Kossacks plan? (0+ / 0-)

      I recently started going to the local Kossacks group in Houston. Is there one in Des Moines? Did Iowa liberals do any planning on Tom Harkin's successor? Any planning on the primary? What are the plans for the 2016 Senate race in Iowa?
      Steve King may think he is entitled to his own facts, but I can say one thing: he is looking ahead to 2016.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:43:22 PM PDT

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      •  I live in Urbandale (suburb of DSM) and I've never (1+ / 0-)
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        heard of a Kossack group.  There was a Drinking Liberally group but it was all about the drinking and not about the liberal (by report, not experience.)

        Braley was supposed to be Our Great White Hope In the Harkin Tradition.  

        Not so much.

        2016?  Politics in Iowa . . . it's really like insider trading, IMO.  I think it's the caucuses.  Makes insider organization the rule and outreach and engagement disruptive.   I've found it harder to engage with Iowa Democrats than other democratic groups back in Texas and Nebraska and even Wyoming.

        It's like incest.  You have to be born into it.  :-)  [Someone's been binging on Game of Thrones.  Guess Who?]

        A drowning man can not learn to swim. -- Chris Lonsdale

        by Rikon Snow on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:58:20 PM PDT

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  •  Tip'd, Rec'd & tweeted (4+ / 0-)

    Sorry, I thought that line was better than your title, so I used it instead.

    Why must we be hounded by the craziest of the crazy in our damned Congress, of all places?

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:23:26 PM PDT

  •  It could work provided he sends it to (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    really ignorant people.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:23:47 PM PDT

  •  who is to blame for this guy? (2+ / 0-)
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    Is it the republicans in his district for keeping quiet or is it the democrats for not saying WTF?  Just curious as how someone like this could represent the average person or business owner or farmer.  If someone came up to me and ask me about some of these quotes, I wouldn't give him 2 cents.  

    Maybe this should be a DailyKos project to educate every single person in that district.  600,000 people or so?  Call every number in that district.  Thoughts? Bueller?

    Republicans===the party of the 1% rich people in America. Or in other words..The Party of NO!

    by jalapeno on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:30:03 PM PDT

  •  Seriously (0+ / 0-)

    Why can't he just go away.  Find some cave and disappear.  

    I've used this line before...if he got hit by a bus, I'd feel bad about the bus.

    ======================================================== Those who can, teach. Those who can't teach, make rules about teaching.

    by oxfdblue on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:31:19 PM PDT

  •  With a backbone made of feces-colored jello! (1+ / 0-)
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    Every time King pops off with some more of his lunatic rantings he needs to be asked if he loves his country? When he says he does, hit him with this Chicken Hawk charge!  After being questioned about it a couple times, he'll be hard to find!

    http://www.shelbycountydemocrats.com/...=

    •  King = Traitor (0+ / 0-)

      King fits the definition of a traitor for his actions during the Vietnam War!

      trai·tor noun ˈtrā-tər\
      : a person who is not loyal to his or her own country, friends, etc.
       : a person who betrays a country or group of people by helping or supporting an enemy

  •  "A fool and his money are soon parted." (0+ / 0-)

    In other words, GOP fundraising as usual.

  •  Steve King....Tool.....Perfect! (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Part of the art of making change happen is ... (0+ / 0-)

    seeing which cultural tropes are past their prime and having the guts to invent new ones. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/...

    Steve King looks like a problem searching for a solution. Maybe it's time to start using his stupid statements as fund raising tools for Democrats.

  •  Sometimes I think this country should (2+ / 0-)
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    oxfdblue, AmazingBlaise

    periodically split into two countries, with the dumb fuck "red" one left to fend for itself and spiral downwards to inevitable collapse, and the reality-based "blue" one left to thrive without having to deal with the idiocy and bigotry of the "red" one, let alone subsidize it. Then, when the "red" one comes begging to be taken back, we get to impose limits on how dickish it can be, until they demand to be let go again. It's like dealing with a problem child who needs to be given periodic time outs. You simply can't cure stupid, or mean.

    Steven King is an idiot, a lunatic, and an creep, which is why he keeps getting reelected. His kind of people admire such qualities, having them themselves.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:48:18 PM PDT

  •  Norm Coleman never should have been elected (1+ / 0-)

    to the Senate in the first place, and got there only as the result of a cruel turn of fate.

  •  Conspiracy theories and fundraising asks (2+ / 0-)

    Yes, that about sums up the modern Republican Party.

    30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:50:35 PM PDT

  •  Rethugs Appeal to the Mentally Defective -- (0+ / 0-)

    dangerously stupid, morally bankrupt, delusional, paranoid authoritarians who love buying snake oil from conservative charlatans.

  •  "I swear, its reallythis long and this big around" (0+ / 0-)

    Ive been hearing claims like his since, well, forever.

  •  heard a radio caller (paid?) spreading that a week (0+ / 0-)

    ago or so

    apparently thousands of ballots were found in a trunk or something like that

    king sounds like the kind of guy who listens to republican radio

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 03:01:37 PM PDT

  •  I don't know any Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    who actually like Steve King. He's an embarrassment. Eastern Iowa is moderately progressive, but western Iowa is die-hard red.

  •  GOP are known for dirty tricks but-They win a lot (0+ / 0-)

    Dems need to accuse GOP, loudly, of their voting against the people of this country, but they don't. I will say Grimes is running a great campaign in Kentucky, IMO, and I would like to see more Democrats like her. Take it to them, for a change. Never know until you try.
    Somebody needs to tell these Democrats that this is a war and they need to act like it.  
     

    The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

    by Incredulousinusa on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 03:35:43 PM PDT

  •  Fuck you Steve King. (4+ / 0-)

    The recount of the Franken/Coleman election was a moment of great pride for Minnesota. Secretary of State Ritchie laid out a recount procedure that was entirely transparent and fair -- and the chief election judges consisted of a panel composed of one Republican appointee, one Independence appointee, and one Democratic appointee. Everything was done openly in full public view. It was a model for how recounts should be performed. And you, Steve King, are unworthy to serve in your office.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 04:32:18 PM PDT

  •  Grassley Is Going To Run Again in 2016? (1+ / 0-)
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    don't these privileged old codgers come with expiration dates?

    I read today that Mitch came into Congress in 1984 with a net worth of $90k,  and after thirty years as a public servant is now worth $30 million+.

    How's old Chuckie doing with boosting his assets?

  •  "You don't ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... have to be a rocket scientist to see what they are up to.”

    In fact, you have to NOT BE a rocket scientist. An actual rocket scientist probably would not be able to see what Steve King says they're up to, what with analytical abilities being a requirement and all.

  •  One can only imagine going through all it takes (1+ / 0-)
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    bull8807

    to get elected to that august body known as the House of
    Representatives, only to get there and discover the likes of idiots like "Representative" Steve King.

    What a disappointment to those who want to honestly serve and do good for our country.  

    We may reach a time, if we have not already, when those who are the most qualified, the most educated, and the most dedicated are so discouraged that they will turn away from service.  When that happens, we are totally screwed.  The Kochs of the world will have won.

  •  Red Meat to the Conservative Base (2+ / 0-)
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    Dbug, stevenaxelrod

    Anyone who actually looked at the process of the recount in Minnesota knows (even Republicans) that Franken won the Senate election in 2008.  Those blinded by partisanship can talk themselves into believing that there were shenanigans, but everyone who paid attention saw how scrupulously fair the process was.  It irritates me that King brings this up, I hope there is payback somewhere for his hubris.  It helped to kill the Republican party in Minnesota.

    •  I can think of three major recounts (1+ / 0-)
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      stevenaxelrod

      I was living in Washington state when Christine Gregoire won the gubernatorial election by something like 129 votes out of 6 or 7 million. She beat Dino Rossi (who would have been a horrible horrible Governor). And a Repubican friend -- more of an acquaintance -- said "The Democrats stole the election in the recount!" I pointed out that, in my opinion, GW Bush stole the Presidential election with the help of the Supreme Court in the year 2000.

      Al Franken's Senatorial seat was the other major recount in recent years. And the various details were well-documented here on Daily Kos.

      I'm sure Franken will win re-election easily.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 10:24:15 PM PDT

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  •  How GOP gets votes and Democrats don't (0+ / 0-)

    King is Tea Party-Their top 5 Platform Items are:

    1. Eliminate excessive taxes-For the Wealthy
    2. Eliminate the National Debt-By invading multiple countries simultaneously?
    3. Eliminate deficit spending-By invading multiple countries simultaneously?
    4. Protect Free Markets (OK-That is not even close to being a problem for the average American except the free market made a giant sucking sound as jobs left the country)
    5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States-Sounds good-excellent PR, meaning nothing.

    The GOP has done more to break these rules than Democrats. The only taxes eliminated were for the wealthy under Bush, (and Obama), yet Democrats have not yet gotten this message out to the electorate.

    Democrats have a shitty election strategy. For example, What is it? They seem to let the GOP run over them with regularity. Their strongest suit is licensed begging but they have yet to use that money effectively-ie getting voters registered and getting them to vote, and they will lose, again.

    The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

    by Incredulousinusa on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 08:35:59 AM PDT

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