The real Leland Frances here [tho I suppose itâ€™s just a matter of time before the fake one tries that opening].
That sound you heard was my applauding and screaming with praise for the many here who get it, including some Iâ€™ve fervently disagreed with about other things.
Anyone who believes that CNN was stacking the deck for the Democrats was neither paying attention to the debate nor has read the detailed, documented study of the industry rhetorically titled, â€œWHAT Liberal Media?â€
Eclipsing the inanity of those who suggest that questioners should be pulled from caves on a distant planet; eclipsing the fact that being on a â€œsteering committeeâ€ simply means your a passionate activist with credentials and/or influence [versus gun-for-hire PAID political â€œprosâ€] is that CNN also took a question from Grover Norquist whose identity I guarantee you both Cooper and CNN know full well. In fact, I would bet that he has been a guest on various of their shows over the years.
For a greater description of who this man is from ye olde Wikipedia [and I assure you he is much worse than they describe, see below. The shorthand is that he IS both a partisan and someone who has made his living off of pushing extreme right wing, what I call the American Taliban, for decades. He was caught up in the Jack Abramoff scandal. He has compared the estate tax to the Holocaust. As those who have attacked Kerr, buying fully and foolishly into the patented Repug shell game, read what heâ€™s about I hope the Bush Reich dildo you willing shoved up your asses hurts like Hell>
QUOTE: “Norquist is one of the so-called “Gang of Five” identified in Nina Easton’s 2000 book by that name, which gives a history of leaders of the modern conservative movement. He has been described as “a thumb-in-the-eye radical rightist” (The Nation), and “Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupÃ§on of Madame Defarge” (P.J. O’Rourke). Norquist’s page on the web site of Americans for Tax Reform includes a laudatory quote about him from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Indeed, Norquist co-authored the 1994 Contract with America.
In 1999, he was instrumental in securing early support for then Texas Governor George W. Bush, continuing a decades-long association with Karl Rove (“The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund dubbed him “the Grand Central Station” of conservatism and told The Nation: “It’s not disputable” that Norquist was the key to the Bush campaign’s surprising level of support from movement conservatives in 2000″) After Bush’s election to the White House in 2000, Norquist was the prime architect behind the many Bush tax-cuts (“Grover Norquist: ‘Field Marshal’ of the Bush Plan”)
Norquist is “adept at media appearances … writes a monthly politics column for the American Spectator magazine, and frequently speaks at regional and state think tanks of the conservative movement,” according to the critical website MediaTransparency.Org.
Shortly after Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States in 1992, Norquist began hosting a weekly get-together of conservatives in his Washington office to coordinate activities and strategy. “We were sort of like the Mensheviks after the Russian Revolution,” recalls Marshall Wittmann, who attended the first meeting as a representative of the Christian Coalition.
In 1994 Norquist worked with Newt Gingrich and the Heritage Foundation to draft the Contract with America.
The “Wednesday Meeting” of Norquist’s Leave Us Alone Coalition has become an important hub of conservative political organizing. George W. Bush began sending a representative to the Wednesday Meeting even before he formally announced his candidacy for president in 1999. “Now a White House aide attends each week,” reported USA Today in June 2001. “Vice President Cheney sends his own representative. So do GOP congressional leaders, right-leaning think tanks, conservative advocacy groups and some like-minded K Street lobbyists. The meeting has been valuable to the White House because it is the political equivalent of one-stop shopping. By making a single pitch, the administration can generate pressure on members of Congress, calls to radio talk shows, and political buzz from dozens of grassroots organizations.”
Ya know, kinda like submitting a question to some of your own cronies for the debate and having CNN and Cooper go along with your fraud. Whereâ€™s the self-righteous outrage from Berwitz and Buchanan about that?