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    In 2014, 2015, as well as 2016, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published profiles of David Vitter, the former U.S. Senator from Louisiana, a man implicated in the D.C. Madam Scandal several years back who according to some of the prostitutes he frequented, enjoys being diapered like a baby. Now, as if that weren’t enough to open and close his profile, you have to also consider he’s enough of a partisan hack to have been only one of two senators who voted against Hillary Clinton to become Secretary of State in 2009 (the other was Jim DeMint), he opposed the Franken Amendment (which was written to punish military contractors who try to cover up sexual assaults overseas to Americans), and has been trying to destroy Planned Parenthood long before the manufactured “scandal” over doctored videos that we saw here in 2015. In spite of his main “job creating” in Washington having been to find a niche for certain sex workers, Sen. Vitter won re-election in 2010 during the Tea Party Wave by running some of the most jaw-dropping racist anti-immigrant ads of that campaign in a very crowded field. Somehow, don’t ask us how, he survived a prostitution scandal for almost eight years, and actually had the gall to hope everyone just forgot about it and ran for Governor of Louisiana in 2015, attempting to replace Bobby Jindal in that role. He lost that election narrowly to John Bel Edwards, and after completely exhausting his campaign war chest in the quixotic effort, he opted to finally retire to go home and presumably wear adult-size pampers around the house. Thus, we can retire his profile and go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 604-25, since this was established in July 2014.)


    Karen Handel

    Welcome to the 604th original “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profile, where we’ll be discussing the newly elected U.S. House Representative from Georgia's 6th Congressional District, Karen Handel, who finished third in the GOP Primary in the 2014 elections behind David Perdue while trying to win office to the U.S. Senate from there, and in 2010, lost a squeaker against Nathan Deal to be elected Governor of Georgia. In her 2017 special election race to replace former Congressman Tom Price, now the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Handel identified supporting anti-abortion efforts, repealing the Affordable Care Act, constructing Donald Trump's border wall, simplifying the tax code, and increasing national defense spending as policy priorities if she would reach office.

    Handel's most recent work included taking an executive job at the Susan B. Komen Foundation (the one that gets less than stellar ratings for actually putting its incoming money towards efforts) where she deliberately tried to cut donations being made to Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screenings by the organization, because she drinks the GOP Kool-Aid and doesn't like that a minute portion of their budget goes towards paying for abortions. She actually resigned after Susan G. Komen reversed her decision, but admits what she did in a book she wrote, "Planned Bullyhood", where she paints herself as quite the martyr in the story.

    Handel's name also came up a lot at the Justice Department's Voting Rights division from 2007 to 2010 while she served as Georgia's Secretary of State, because of her efforts to purge voter rolls repeatedly to try and insure that Democrats couldn't flip Georgia blue in any presidential election. In lower level races, Handel worked to literally block Democrat candidates from getting their names on the ballot. Hell, at one point in the build-up to her race against John Ossoff, she responded to the news that a judge would allow 8,000 voters who registered late to vote in the election by criticizing him and sending out a fundraising e-mail about how unfair all those actions promoting participation in our democracy were.

    And Karen Handel is hardly sympathetic on LGBT issues, as evidenced in 2010 when she openly discussed banning gay adoption because she felt not only would two gay parents be not a good situation, but even "a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child." She wouldn't even support straight parents with a kid out of wedlock. But did she evolve on the issue by 2017? HELL NAW as can be seen in this video where a constituent who admits to being conservative herself talks about how she has a gay daughter who might want to adopt one day, and asks if Handel supports the concept of someone being able to adopt a child regardless of their sexual orientation. Handel tells her with a smile and shrug, “my faith calls me to a different place on that issue,” because her faith apparently teachers her the virtues of bigotry and ignorance. Handel then scurries away like there might be some gay she could catch off this woman via her daughter. Both of these incidents enraged Georgia's Log Cabin Republicans, who supposedly had Karen Handel as a member of their group in 2002, and have only watched her consistently argue against them having, y'know, rights.

    In the final debate between Democratic candidate John Ossoff, Karen Handel shocked everyone present during what should have been a softball question on the minimum wage, when she not only opposed an increase to it, but phrased her argument as being that she "did not support a livable wage". Karen Handel, ladies and gents... she doesn't even care whether a working family can survive or not, the hand of the free market should get to decide that. Hell, even 55% of REPUBLICANS support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 at the moment.

    After finishing second in the runoff to John Ossoff, with all of the other Republicans out of the way, Handel won with 51% of the vote on election day, in the most expensive House race in American history, where the national GOP spent millions to keep her afloat against all the individual donations Ossoff received. This was with the help of last minute ads that bizarrely tried tying John Ossoff to the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise. Her performance, while a win... is not a good bellweather for Republicans, who yes, held a seat, but a seat that has averaged twenty point wins for Republicans since the 1970s, and has a +8 Republican lean in the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

    She now is in Washington, D.C., and likely trying to raise money to again defend her seat coming up in November of 2018, and it bears watching if Ossoff takes another crack at her, or if this seat is one the Democrats are going to scale back their efforts to flip this seat.
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    Sanders may have broken the law by suggesting ESPNs Jemele Hill be fired - or calling it a fireable offense
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    Sanders may have broken the law by suggesting ESPNs Jemele Hill be fired - or calling it a fireable offense
    Wow. Seems Walter Shaub thinks so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInvisibleMan View Post
    Sanders may have broken the law by suggesting ESPNs Jemele Hill be fired - or calling it a fireable offense
    Is anyone surprised Sanders said what she did? After all, she's gotta stick up for her boss. But, if her comments puts her in hot water, I'm all for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Is anyone surprised Sanders said what she did? After all, she's gotta stick up for her boss. But, if her comments puts her in hot water, I'm all for it.
    Talk on the news last night is that she probably didn't think of this herself but was instructed to say what she did by someone else. If so, question would be ... by whom? Trump? Jared? Hope Hicks?
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    In comical news , Republican voters....Trump just basically made you his suckers.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/politi...ump1041PMStory


    This is so awesome to see Republicans react who believed Trump was for them. Now he's working on a DACA agreement with Democrats and has shelved the wall for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SUPERECWFAN1 View Post
    In comical news , Republican voters....Trump just basically made you his suckers.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/politi...ump1041PMStory


    This is so awesome to see Republicans react who believed Trump was for them. Now he's working on a DACA agreement with Democrats and has shelved the wall for now.
    Trump is for Trump and Trump alone. Any other belief about what and who he is for is mere fantasy.

    And to clarify, that's Donald Trump - I'm sure he'd throw Ivanka to the wolves if it was to his benefit, and his only comments would be about how disloyal she was.

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    Ivanka Trump: It’s ‘Unrealistic’ To Expect Me To Influence My Father

    And the twitterverse is asking, 'so why are you there?'

    The relationship between President Donald Trump and his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump is not what it appears to be, she says.

    In an interview with the Financial Times published on Thursday, the president’s eldest daughter rebuffed the assumption that she holds much power of persuasion over her father, despite the innumerable reports claiming that she is often the one to convince him of something or attempt to change his mind.

    Take the Paris climate accord. She reportedly organized five weeks of meetings to convince her father to not pull out of the agreement. In the end, he didn’t listen.
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    Kimmel asks Spicer: Is it 'a dangerous thing to delegitimize' the press?

    Jimmy Kimmel pressed former White House press secretary Sean Spicer late Wednesday on whether President Trump's attacks on the credibility of the press are dangerous.

    "It seems that what [President Trump] calls fake news is really anything that criticizes him," said the ABC late-night host.

    "And then he'll give validity to wacky news sources sometimes. Because they're complimentary. Do you think that is a dangerous thing to delegitimize the press for America?" Kimmel asked.
    "I think it's a two-way street. And when these guys in the press corps go after the president in ways that are unbecoming -- again, it's sort of like what your mom said, two wrongs don't make a right," said Spicer, who spent six rollercoaster months in the White House.

    "I think sometimes when the press corps attacks the president, undermines him, calls into question his credibility from the outset, I think it creates a very poor relationship overall," he continued.

    "And I think that there is some area that could deserve a reset. Hopefully I think Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] has done a phenomenal job of really trying to take the tone down and get back."

    Spicer's briefings had proved to be ratings gold for the cable news networks, even beating soap operas like "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "General Hospital" on broadcast networks CBS and ABC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SUPERECWFAN1 View Post
    In comical news , Republican voters....Trump just basically made you his suckers.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/politi...ump1041PMStory


    This is so awesome to see Republicans react who believed Trump was for them. Now he's working on a DACA agreement with Democrats and has shelved the wall for now.
    He is now denying any deal was made regarding DACA.

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    Ann Coulter is super pissed though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieHavoc View Post
    He is now denying any deal was made regarding DACA.
    I'm of the uninformed opinion that an agreement had been reached about DACA, but after Republicans launched into a royal hissy fit about the deal, Dolt45 got cold feet and reneged.
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    This is great. Trump realizing his party is full of incompetent dogs with no teeth I'd desperate to look effective so he's cutting deals with the Dems and leaving Ryan and Mitch to answer for it. Really best case scenario right now.

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    That's what I've been assuming too.

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    There might be hope for unity beyond the hatred of candy corn after all:


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