How Dare They!!! Why do Democrats keep on cheapening the memory of the Holocaust with inappropriate references to the Holocaust.
Today it was South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian who, according to Adam Beam, reporter for South Carolina’s The State newspaper, likened Republican GOP governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina to Eva Braun, the wife of Nazi tyrant Adolph Hitler.
According to Beam:
S.C. Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, never a loss for a quick quip, tossed a few stinging one-liners at the Wednesday delegation breakfast.
On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: ‘She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.’
This comes on top of Pat Lehman described as the Dean of the Kansas delegation comparing Paul Ryan to Hitler
Lehman said Republicans, especially vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, are on track to “dismantle Medicare and Medicaid and every other social program, including education.”
She said education is the only route most Americans can use to improve their lives and “the thought of having our public education system basically devastated, I’m really worried about that.”
Lehman said her biggest concern about the election itself is voter-identification laws that Republicans have pushed through in a number of states, including Kansas.
She said the purpose is to suppress the vote, especially among Democratic-leaning constituencies such as elderly voters. And she scorned the Republicans’ contention that the laws are designed to combat voter fraud.
“It’s like Hitler said, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you,” Lehman said.
… and the chair of the California Democratic Party John Burton comparing Paul Ryan and the GOP to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. A statement that Nancy Pelosi agreed with.
Normally I would say something like Could you imagine what would happen if a Republican called Biden a Nazi? But since its a Democrat smearing a GOP candidate….this is OK.
Or.. Every time idiots like these use a term like Nazi for a political argument he makes it less horrible and the memory of what they did less horrible also. But to be honest I am sick and tired of the Democrats and their fake Holocaust references. So I would like to address the violators personally, and need your help (more on that in a second).
I would like to ask Dick Harpootlian a question…I have many relatives with this on their arm :
Hitler choose that method of Identifying his victims because tattooing is prohibited in the Jewish faith. Is this what you meant when you compared Nikki Haley to Eva Braun?
Now this is where you can get involved. Please download the picture above and tweet it to Mr. Harpootlian at the SC Democratic Party @scdp and ask him if this is what he meant.
I would like to ask Pat Lehman the Dean of the Kansas delegation. Hitler did this to many of my relatives:
Is this what you meant when you compared Paul Ryan to Hitler?
Please consider downloading the picture above and tweeting it and the question to Pat. You can reach her at the Kansas Democratic party @kansasdems
And to California Democratic Party John Burton who left the convention for Root Canal. Do you know that after the Nazi’s gassed their victims they collected their hair, their clothes, glasses, gold teeth and even artificial limbs to be used by the Reich?
When you compared Paul Ryan to Goebbels, did you mean he did horrible things like gassing innocent victims an collecting their gold teeth and artificial limbs?
Please do the same with Burton as with the other two he can be reached at the California Democratic Party @ca_dem
Why is it so important to ask these Democrats these particular questions? Because if the subject of their Nazi comparison didn’t force people to put tattoos on their arms, crowd them in to death camps where they would suffer torture till they were gassed shot or died some other horrible death, then mutilated their corpses by taking out what can be reused…if they didn’t do any of that, or anything like it…their Nazi reference is not only false and inappropriate, but insensitive to the victims who suffered during the Holocaust and their families.
Note: It’s going to take a lot more investigation for me to change my mind on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)… as you know, I’ve opposed this treaty at length on these pages for years… I’ve learned over the years that when Liberal Democrats says “this is good for the county” the opposite is more likely the case, 9 times out of 10. So, I will remain open minded about the so-called amended language and cautious about this treaty. -Steve Foley
Law of the Sea Treaty Essential to American Exceptionalism, Leader Says
September 5, 2012 (Washington, DC)—A conservative group known for its commitment to the principles of American exceptionalism has decided to drop its opposition to the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) and is now actively engaged in the fight for that treaty’s ratification. The Institute for Liberty, an organization that was an early-adopter of the Tea Party movement and actively involved in the development and support of that movement, had initially opposed LOST, but upon further study and reflection, decided that its ratification is of utmost importance to America’s global primacy in the future.
“I’ve grown both tired and frustrated at America’s leaders selling short our future opportunities,” said Andrew Langer, IFL’s President. “We cannot keep losing ground to the Chinese and the Russians when it comes to the quest for the world’s resources. The only way we can hope to stay competitive, the only way we can have a seat at the table, is for the US Senate to ratify LOST.”
In supporting LOST, IFL joins such conservative international luminaries as former Secretaries of State James Baker and Condoleezza Rice, numerous retired senior military officials, and leading national business groups like the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the American Petroleum Institute.
“Conservatives know that Ronald Reagan had great concerns about the initial Law of the Sea Treaty,” Langer continued. “What many of them don’t know is that the treaty was amended to assuage the concerns raised by Reagan, and many experts say that were Reagan alive today, he’d be calling for the ratification of LOST. Reagan knew that even with the Cold War over, we remain in a race against the former Communist nations—and if we’re going to win, we have to ratify LOST.”
Among other things, LOST covers access to undersea mineral rights for nations that are parties to it. IFL has just launched a new website, and a new video, that encourages people to support ratification. That website can be found at www.LOSTopportunities.org.
(Las Vegas, NV) –Washington D.C. labor bosses from AFSCME are up with a new ad that grossly distorts Dean Heller’s record. In fact, seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is the only candidate in this race that has repeatedly voted to protect Wall Street and has insisted on policies that are hurting Nevada’s middle class.
Claim: “Dean Heller was a stock broker.”
- Fact: Dean Heller has not been a stockbroker since 1989. He worked as a stockbroker during college and after graduation.
Claim: “Now Wall Street funds Heller’s campaigns.”
- Fact: Shelley Berkley has received more funds from Wall Street in this cycle than Dean Heller. (www.opensecrets.org, accessed 9/5/12)
Claim: “Congressman Heller sided with Wall Street.”
- Fact: Shelley Berkley sided with Wall Street to send $700 billion in taxpayers’ dollars to bailout Wall Street. Dean Heller was the only member of the Nevada delegation to vote against it. (Lisa Mascaro, “Heller only Nevada legislator to vote against $700 billion bailout; Says more oversight needed on bill,” Las Vegas Sun, October 8, 2008)
Claim: “Dean Heller plays politics, he cares about money, not about us.”
- Fact: Shelley Berkley is currently the 35th richest Member of Congress. (Kevin Bogardus, Megan R. Wilson, “The Hill’s 50 Wealthiest lawmakers,” The Hill, August 21, 2012)
Fact: Shelley Berkley’s 2010 Personal Financial Disclosure shows she is among the top one percent wealthiest Americans. (www.opensecrets.org, accessed 9/5/2012)
- Fact: In July 2012, the bipartisan House Ethics Committee unanimously decided to open an investigation to determine whether Shelley Berkley used her elected office for personal gain. They opened an investigation based on a report from the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics for the first time since 2009.
- Fact: Shelley Berkley voted to send money to Wall Street and Detroit just when Nevada was entering one of the worst recessions in history. She voted for the trillion dollar stimulus and she supports ObamaCare, which is destroying jobs for small businesses and Nevada’s middle class.
- Fact: Dean Heller has zero dollars invested in stocks. Shelley Berkley’s 2010 Personal Financial Disclosure form shows Shelley Berkley and her husband have over $1,000,000 invested in the stock market. (www.opensecrets.org, accessed 9/5/2012)
Claim: “Shelley Berkley works to help Nevada homeowners that are struggling.”
- Fact: Dean Heller has introduced three bills to help Nevada homeowners in the past year alone, but Shelley Berkley has yet to offer her own ideas for how to help Nevadans stay in their homes.
Claim: “She voted to clean up abuses on Wall Street.”
- Fact: Dean Heller voted against Dodd-Frank bill, legislation masked as “Wall Street reform.” This bill would institutionalize bailouts, harm job growth, and create new taxes by intrusive and unaccountable government agencies and offices. (Paul Sperry, “Dodd-Frank Rules Will Crush Employment,” Investor’s Business Daily, December 13, 2011)
…And Fighting for Jobs in NV Rather than D.C.
(Las Vegas, NV) – Washington D.C. labor bosses are attacking Dean Heller because he introduced legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for Nevada’s middle class. The legislation he introduced would extend the benefits for Nevada workers and pay for them by limiting the number of federal workers in Washington D.C. that could be hired to replace workers that left. Now, big labor bosses, threatened by their potential loss of power, are trying to defeat Heller
“Big labor bosses are targeting Dean Heller for taking an independent stand to protect the middle class workers that big labor bosses are supposed to be representing. They are spending over a million dollars attacking Dean Heller because he demanded that Congress pass policies to help the unemployed in Nevada instead of creating more jobs in Washington D.C.
“The truth is, Shelley Berkley’s support for the Wall Street bailout, the trillion dollar stimulus and ObamaCare has failed Nevada’s middle-class. The seven-term Congresswoman’s aspirations may require help from big labor bosses in Washington D.C., but to campaign on the backs of Nevada’s middle class and unemployed Nevadans is simply unacceptable,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Big labor bosses are targeting Dean Heller because he introduced legislation to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance and limit the amount of federal workers that can be hired. (S. 1931, 112th Congress).
- Dean Heller’s bill implemented a recommendation from the bi-partisan Simpson Bowles Commission to extend the federal pay freeze, which applies to both federal employees and Members of Congress.
- Rather than trying to force anyone of their jobs, this legislation simply reduces the federal government by limiting the numbers of hire to replace a federal worker once they leave. When three federal employees leave, they are only replaced by a single employee until their workforce is 10 percent smaller.
Democrats Push for Jobs in Washington DC While Nearly 164,000 Nevadans are Unemployed:
- Unlike most Americans in the private workforce, federal workers’ wages increase automatically every year. In fact, federal compensation has grown 36.9 percent since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8 percent for private workers. (“Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts.” USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2011)
- Federal workers make $61,998 more than private sector employee compensation, an increase from $30,415 in the year 2000. (“Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts.” USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2011)
Shelley Berkley’s Policies are Harmful for Nevada’s Middle Class
Berkley has repeatedly voted to raise taxes on job creators even within the last few months.
- On July 27, 2012, Shelley Berkley voted against H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, which would extend tax relief for job creators earning over $250,000 and could cost Nevada 6,000 jobs and more than 900,000 nationwide. (H.R. 8, House Roll Call Vote #545)
- On April 17, 2012 Congresswoman Berkley voted against the Small Business Tax Cut Act. The bill would give a 20% tax cut that will help 22 million hard-working small businesses retain and create more jobs. The legislation would ultimately provide $46 billion in tax relief to small businesses and could affect as many as 45,000 small businesses in Nevada with between 1-500 employees.
Berkley supported ObamaCare, the massive government healthcare takeover known for destroying jobs and small businesses:
- ObamaCare costs 800,000 jobs at a time when Nevada leads the nation in unemployment. (Jeffrey H. Anderson, “CBO Director Says ObamaCare Would Reduce Employment by 800,000 Workers,” The Weekly Standard, 2/10/2011)
- ObamaCare is forcing one in eight small businesses to either terminate their plan or notify employees it is going to be eliminated. (“Some Small Businesses Say Health Insurers Are Dropping Their Coverage, Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2011)
Shelley Berkley has repeatedly voted federal regulations that are stunting job growth in Nevada and across the country.
- On June 19, 2012, Berkley voted against the Grazing Improvement Act, which means she chose to protect federal regulations over Nevada’s family businesses. The Grazing Improvement Act would give grazers greater certainty about their permit renewal. Without this bill, permit holders are forced to rely on year-to-year appropriations bill.
- Berkley voted against the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act (H.R. 4078), which would put a stop to the government’s ever-increasing burden on businesses and the economy.
Congresswoman Berkley has voted against 20 bipartisan jobs bills.
On Saturday, September 1st, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of retreating to policies from the “last century” and “sticking it” to the middle class.
Is this really the case? Whose policies exactly have “stuck it” to the middle class?
Why not go back to the Great Depression as a starting point? After all, we are in a “Recovery” that looks a lot like that time period. Which “policies” began there? Perhaps the largest was Social Security. After all, Social Security was a Democrat Party program that promised the government would “set aside” retirement, or safety money for people when they reached 65 years of age. Unfortunately, the average life expectancy at that time was about 62 years old. I am not naive enough to believe that FDR didn’t know this, and that Social Security was little more than a PR campaign with increases in taxes for the Federal Government attached to it. Today, Social Security has become unsustainable, and anyone under 45 years old will never see a penny from it unless it is radically reformed or replaced.
How about Harry Truman? Harry and his fellow Democrats passed legislation after World War II allowing the Federal Government to take over regulating most major industries, including banking, transportation, communications, agriculture, and energy. The Feds told these industries what was an “acceptable” profit and how much to charge for their products and services. They also guaranteed incredible union strength by indirectly accounting for the costs of increasing union wages, benefits, and pension funds through the prices charged for food, airplane travel, trucking costs, gasoline, electricity and other forms of energy. If it were not for the fact that during the 1950s the U.S. manufacturing balance of trade with the rest of the world was so strong (as a result of other countries reeling in poverty after World War II), this level of stupidity would have never survived. It took Ronald Reagan to dismantle the Federal Government’s juggernaut of economic control.
Let’s not stop there. How about Lyndon Baines Johnson? Certainly “The War on Poverty” combined with Medicare and many other entitlement programs were born out of a “noble” cause. After all nobody wants to see others in poverty, and we are “entitled” to health care regardless of what it costs doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics and drug companies to provide it. Of course that was also the time of breaking down racism in this country, led courageously by the Democratic Party… Oh, wait, sorry about that; it was the Democratic Party, particularly “Southern” Democrats, who perpetuated the “Jim Crow” racist policies.
LBJ’s massive overspending and printing dollars faster than grocery store coupons caught up to Richard Nixon, a man who had no fundamental concept of economics. Nixon was so terrified of a 5% (or higher) inflation rate that he initiated “Wage and Price Controls,” the effects of which lasted less than 4 years before exploding. This “terrible” challenge resulted in President Nixon providing us a signature on legislation that guaranteed increases in Federal budgets of over 8% every year WITHOUT any legislative control by Congress, particularly the House of Representatives. Remember them? They are constitutionally charged with managing the country’s money.
Poor Jimmy Carter. He was the beneficiary of all the folly of his predecessors since World War II, as inflation became unbearable. Next came a truly inspired move. He made Paul Volcker the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Volcker froze the money supply, no growth in capital for the marketplace – needed – if for nothing else than the growth of the working population. Remember, baby boomers were coming into their 20s, starting families, buying their first houses… If ever there was a time for freezing the supply of money, this was it.
Paul Volcker was not finished! He also increased the interest rates charged to banks (eventually about 16%), and increased the amount of cash banks must keep in reserve against all the banks assets. He intentionally FORCED a recession on our economy, and then followed it up by inflating the amount of money the Fed put into Government Programs (Keynesian Economics). Even Ronald Reagan was fooled by Volcker’s sleight of hand, and it was only when Alan Greenspan took over as Chairman of the Federal Reserve that there was somewhat of a return to limiting the government’s manipulation of the economy.
We cannot forget Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. After all, they opened up housing to ANYONE who could write down their income (without validation or without the truth, whichever came first…), and then ignored compliance violations by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for carrying the mortgages on the housing market.
President Bush inherited the first foreign attack on our nation since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Through the hijacking of 4 airplanes, radical Islam sought to tear down Wall Street (the Twin Towers), the Pentagon, and possibly the White House or Congress (we will never know because this was stopped through the fearless sacrifices of brave Americans…). The nation was thrown into a financial crisis and the President’s (and the Democratically controlled Congress’) solution was to print money, hoping we would spend our way out of a feared massive recession. The nation was “supercharged” financially for a while, but beginning in 2008 and continuing until now, we were forced to pay the price for “the policies of the last century.”
Please, Mr. President. You have been nothing more than “the policies of the last century” with a PHD attached; for the common among us, this translates to Piled Higher and Deeper.
You are not running against failed policies of the last century. You are running ON failed policies of the last century, and for the sake of our nation, you and your Progressive, Liberal cohorts, whether they are Democrats or Republicans, must be brought down in this election. We have run out of time for “the failed policies of the last century…”
(Peter M. Vessenes is a writer, author, and has served as a high-level corporate advisor since 1983. Efforts ranged from Fortune 100 companies to small and mid-sized businesses, closely held companies, and helping start-ups in capital formation. American Citizens for Economic Freedom (http://truecapitalism.org/) is the super PAC for the Tea Party and Women’s Organizations, founded by prominent business entrepreneur, Peter M. Vessenes. Copyright Peter M. Vessenes, September 2, 2012.)
American Crossroads: “Forward?”
Sorry, Democrats: American Crossroads is raining on your convention.
To be more specific, the powerful Republican outside-spending group is launching high-dollar ad campaign against President Barack Obama in the midst of the Democrats’ festivities in Charlotte. Strategists say Crossroads is spending $6.6 million on ads in eight swing states, aggressively undercutting Obama’s campaign slogan: “Forward.”
At the same time, the associated group Crossroads GPS is dropping another hefty sum into the North Dakota Senate race, attempting to take down a surprisingly resilient Democratic nominee, former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp. Both sides view North Dakota as critical to their chances of taking the Senate.
In the presidential-level ads, American Crossroads poses a version of the “Are you better off now?” question, asking viewers: “President Obama says he’ll move us forward, but where’s he taken us so far?”
Big Difference ND
In North Dakota, meanwhile, Crossroads GPS is keeping up its attack on Heitkamp on the issue of health care and trying to brand GOP Rep. Rick Berg as a check on the White House’s agenda.
“With our national debt nearly $16 trillion, would you still support Barack Obama’s trillion-dollar health care law?” the ad asks. “Heidi Heitkamp does. She actually called it a budget saver and opposes repealing the law. Rick Berg opposes Obamacare and voted to repeal. Berg also opposes the wasteful stimulus.”
There are not many similarities between the presidential race and the Senate election in North Dakota, but one of them is the expected power of outside money. The Crossroads groups have pounded Heitkamp on the air, but her personal favorability has proven resilient against a flawed Republican opponent. To some degree, the same is true of Obama.
NumbersUSA has a new TV ad that is running this week during the Democrat National Convention called “jobless-graduate”. The TV ad calls attention to the high unemployment rate of America’s recent college graduates and asks why our government will admit another million immigrant workers next year despite the low percentage of recent college grads finding a job in their field or at all.
About 1.5 million or 53.6% of American bachelor’s degree holders under the age of twenty-five were jobless or underemployed last year according to a recent Associated Press report. At the same time, the U.S. government has continued to admit more than one million legal immigrants a year to compete with recent college grads for jobs.
Back on August 22, 2012 we posted the trailer for The Hope & The Change, a documentary produced by Citizens United, that has subsequently received widespread media attention after its premier at the RNC last week. This week it will be showing at the DNC in Charlotte. The film gives a window into the thoughts and feelings of 40 Obama ‘08 voters who wholeheartedly invested in Obama’s promise of hope & change but never cashed in on that promise. Instead they find themselves in a nation that is today more divided and worse off economically than it was four years ago. And the promised hope and change? These disillusioned voters say “we haven’t seen it.”
The screening will take place on Thursday, September 6th at 3pm at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Moorehead St., Charlotte, NC. in conjunction with Libertystock
The Hope and The Change: Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was a cathartic moment in American history that promised the electorate “Hope” and “Change.” Citizens United Productions’ latest film, The Hope and The Change, examines the journey of forty Americans – Democrats and Independents – who supported and voted for President Obama four years ago.
What people are saying about the film:
“Through the course of the film, the subjects tell how their hope turned to disappointment, as the economy floundered and Obama focused on health-care reform and presided over an explosion in government spending. ‘It actually is a feeling that I would best describe as resentment,’ said one of the disillusioned…‘As I looked at that film, I understand why Chicago’—the Obama campaign— ‘never goes back to reminding people what they felt in 2008,’ says [Pat] Caddell. ‘Politically, this speaks to what really is the Obama crisis.’ – Peter Boyer, Newsweek, 8/21/1
“A common refrain is that the president seems to be in over his head, and way too eager for the trappings of celebrity. Many lament that the candidate who promised to be the nation’s great healer has increased the level of rancor poisoning American life. What comes through most clearly, however, is the empty feeling of disappointment: ‘I voted for a change,’ says a Pittsburgh voter, ‘but really — nothing happened.’” – Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 8/29/12
“If you care about the 2012 election and value the voices of regular Americans who lost hope in their hope and change candidate, this is one documentary you won’t want to miss.” – Jedediah Bila on FoxNews.com, 8/28/12
“When the media didn’t do its job in 2008, and perhaps some voters also willingly let themselves be fooled, the majority of Americans did indeed grab for the “hope” offered by Obama’s vapid slogan. Citizens United has rounded up a host of these former Obama voters who really regret the ballot choice they made in 2008. The interviews with them provide a very practical, real-world grounding for the sometimes hyper-theoretical themes of the other two movies.” – Quinn Hillyer, American Spectator, 8/29/12
“The film is at its best when it dredges up the kind of clips that Obama’s 2012 campaign would rather everyone forget. This film is a pointed reminder of just how much candidate Obama promised—and how much he has failed to deliver….’It’s almost like an Ancient Greek tragedy,’ director Steve Bannon says. ‘It’s the classic hero’s fall.’” – Weekly Standard, 8/28/12
“The film walks through the big issues the Obama administration has attempted to tackle, from the auto bailout to the stimulus, Obama’s foreign policy to the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s celebrity reputation to the economy and rising gasoline prices. The film also touches on some aspects of the racial division that the filmmakers argue has been partially inflamed by the White House… ‘I think the legacy of Barack Obama is going to be he made a lot of promises, got into office,’ says one interviewee, ‘and couldn’t fulfill them.’ The film concludes with the final question posed by another interviewee, ‘Can we go through another 4 years of this?’” – Daily Caller, 8/23/12
Occupy Unmasked: While the liberal establishment and mainstream media portray the Occupy Wall Street movement as organic and nonviolent, Occupy Unmasked reveals the sinister, organized, and highly orchestrated nature of its leaders and their number one goal: Not just to change government, but to destroy it.
Heller addresses supporters in Fernley
From Reno Gazette-Journal:
FERNLEY — Speaking in front of a room full of supporters, Republican U.S. Senator Dean Heller told the audience if he is elected, he will not raise taxes, and he will build a Canada-Texas pipeline and repeal Obamacare.
The incumbent candidate spoke at the Fernley Republican Campaign Headquarters on Main Street. His speech was peppered with cheers as he made his 20-minute remarks.
Heller told the crowd–which included Lyon County Commissioners Ray Fierro, Chuck Roberts and Fernley Mayor LeRoy Goodman–that the current leadership in Washington, D.C., does not care about the next generation, just about the next election.
Heller said with past generations, the country was built on the notion that future generations would have a better quality of life. He went on to talk about his father, who was an auto mechanic who later purchased a business and opened Heller’s Transmission.
He was an employee who became an employer,” he said. “That was the American dream–to become an employer. He had to build his business, and the government didn’t build it. He taught me about hard work and diligence. He worked long hours if that’s what it took.”
Heller said his father didn’t become rich but wanted to make sure his children and his grandchildren has a better quality of life than he did.
“That’s what America’s all about,” he said.
Berkley moves closer to Obama as campaigns heat up
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley said she’s pleased she’ll get to announce Nevada’s 44 delegates for President Barack Obama Wednesday night, although she wasn’t offered a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention.
“I am calling the Nevada delegate count and for me that’s the biggest thrill of all,” Berkley said.
Berkley made a surprise appearance Wednesday morning to greet Nevada delegates at their breakfast on the second day of the three-day convention.
Berkley also was meeting with the Nevadans for a private lunch as she works to rally Democrats supporting her Senate bid against U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.
Heller did not attend the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, choosing to stay home to campaign.
Heller wasn’t offered a speaking role either at the Republican convention where Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination as did his running mate Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin.
Berkley said she got into Charlotte Tuesday afternoon and met with fellow Senate candidates. But she did not appear on stage Tuesday night with female members of the House, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was promoting their re-election bids.
Wednesday night, Elizabeth Warren, a U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts, is speaking to the convention, giving her a high-profile platform in her close race with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
The Berkley-Heller and Brown-Warren contests are two of the most competitive Senate races in the country. And their outcomes could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate, now led by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is helping Berkley.
Berkley said she’s busy campaigning, too, and she’ll miss Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday. Still, she said she wanted to attend at least part of the convention to demonstrate her strong backing for the president’s agenda.
“I think it was important to be here to give my full support to the president,” Berkley said.
In Massachusetts, as Professor Elizabeth Warren struggles in the polls and prepares to address the liberal party faithful in Charlotte tonight, the Massachusetts State GOP released a new video this morning titled, “Elizabeth Warren, Meet The People Of Cherokee, NC.” Filmed in the historic town of Cherokee, North Carolina, which is located on a Cherokee Indian reservation just three hours from the site of the convention in Charlotte, the video features local members of the tribe sharply criticizing Professor Warren for falsely claiming Native American status, with one person even saying “Elizabeth Warren should be ashamed of herself. It’s slapping Native Americans in the face.” Yesterday, Warren was harshly criticized by Native American delegates to the DNC who are outraged by her misrepresentations and seeking answers directly from the candidate. Warren dismissed the concerns of her fellow Democrat conventioneers and refused to meet with them.
- Speaking of Warren’s convention speech tonight, click here to read five things that you will NOT be hearing Warren discuss tonight including her history of working for insurance companies and against victims of asbestos, her refusal to make public any of her employment records, and her past decision to take credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests.
- Meanwhile, Jennifer Nassour, the former chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, goes after Warren in a Boston Herald op-ed today writing in part, We cannot solve these problems unless our leaders in Washington work together. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, raised by a single mother, is considered the second-most bipartisan member of the Senate. Compare that with Warren’s pledge to spill “plenty of blood and teeth on the floor” to get her way. Perhaps Warren is avoiding talk of the economy because it resurrects her hostility toward job creators and her admiration for China. She stunned the state’s business community with her anti-business rhetoric and her embrace of China’s rapid expansion of infrastructure, ignoring the human and environmental toll of the communist regime’s policies.
- Finally, Scott Brown weighs in with his own op-ed in the Boston Herald today highlighting his repeated calls for a balanced budget amendment. Professor Warren wants to raise taxes to feed more spending. We’ve tried that and it didn’t work. More of the same will destroy jobs, further delay our recovery and saddle our children with even more of our unpaid bills. I’ll fight to keep a lid on spending and taxes with a balanced budget amendment.