Boy, been busy at work and out this evening and there’s oodles to blog about…
1) NYT: Republicans Admit Mailing Campaign Literature Saying Liberals Will Ban the Bible. The RNC finally fessed up to having sent out the hateful mailings to WV and Arkansas implying a Kerry election means banning the bible and approving gay marriage.
It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush.
…In an e-mail message, Christine Iverson, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, confirmed that the party had sent the mailings.
Another note on this, Sully actually acknowledges the blogs broke this one.
BANNING BIBLES: Yep, the RNC did it. I might add that blogs broke this story, although David Kirkpatrick refers only to a liberal religious group. Still: it’s enlightening to see how the RNC peddles hysteria and homophobia to win votes. And not an apology in sight.
Damn straight on that, lol, pun intended. No comment from anyone of consequence at the RNC. Speaking of which…
Banning, as CFO and Director of Administration for the GOP, is responsible for all accounting systems, the administration of party headquarters, GOP security, personnel, information services, graphic services and executive secretariat services.
…Banning, who has collected more than $270 million for the Republican Party in the 2004 election cycle for the most explicitly anti-gay platform the party has held in history, said he has no problem with spending tens of millions of dollars to restrict the rights of a group he’s part of.
“I don’t seem to have a problem with it,” he said. I’m not in the policy area.
Queried further, he remarked, “I don’t make the policy.
Asked if he was familiar with the anti-gay marriage flyers mailed by the Republican National Committee in Arkansas and West Virginia which suggested that elected liberals would ban bibles and allow gay marriage, Banning said he “wasn’t aware of that.”
3) Tell me, how did we go from this: Rumsfeld Suggests Limited Iraq Election to this: Powell Deputy Says Elections Must Be ‘Open to All’ in Iraq in the course of one day? DKos has a thread on the Kerry rapid response to this desperate failure of the Bush camp to stay on message.
4) Atrios has a nice graphic depicting the flip-flopping, two-faced president: