MSNBC Anchor Mika Brezezinski ripped her up her producer’s Paris Hilton lead story yesterday on Joe Scarborough’s Morning Joe program. “I am done with the Paris Hilton story,” she exclaimed after attempting to first burn it before tearing it up. All that I can say is,”Good for you.” After turning a blind eye to Don Imus’s racist and sexist banter for 10 years, they bet’ not touch her. They know she is right. This mindless celebrity coverage as news is just plain garbage.
Hat Tip: The Hill by Klaus Marre
With the second quarter drawing to a close, the presidential campaign of former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) on Wednesday again turned to one of its most reliable “fundraisers,” Ann Coulter.
In an e-mail to supporters, Edwards’ wife Elizabeth described why she called in to MSNBC’s “Hardball” Tuesday. The show featured the conservative pundit, who has often attacked Edwards. This week Coulter proclaimed “If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.
Elizabeth Edwards said she decided to call the show to appeal to Coulter to stop the attacks. “I told her these kinds of personal attacks lower our political dialogue at precisely the time when we need to raise it, and set a bad example for our children,” she said. “How did she respond? Sadly, perhaps predictably, with more personal attacks.”
The e-mail is coupled with an appeal for campaign donations. “Please give what you can right now to help raise the dialogue and show that Ann Coulter-style politics will never carry the day,” Mrs. Edwards wrote.
It is the second time in as many quarters that the Edwards campaign is using Coulter for a fundraising appeal. In March, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate raised “Coulter cash” after the right-wing pundit called the senator a “faggot.”
Elizabeth Edwards is a good one, Y’all. I woulda cursed the heifer out. It may not have solved anything but at least it would have made me feel better. I then woulda cursed out Chris Matthews for his craven ratings grasping. The fascist strumpet is a mouthpiece of hate and doesn’t deserve the platform. It only legitimizes her hate. He is beneath contempt.
Hat Tip CQ Politics
State Rep. Laura Richardson and state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, both Democrats, jumped out way ahead of the rest of the 17-candidate field in early results from Tuesday’s special election in California’s 37th Congressional District.
Richardson and Oropeza had been regarded as the front-running candidates throughout the special election campaign to succeed the late Democratic Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, who died of cancer April 22.
The early count — posted by Los Angeles County election authorities shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) — included only ballots cast by absentee voters and those participating under California’s early voting rules.
But barring dramatically different results from votes cast at the polls Tuesday, the winner of the battle between Richardson and Oropeza will claim the Democratic nomination — and almost certain victory in the likely Aug. 21 runoff for the seat.
Tuesday’s primary had all 11 Democrats, four Republicans and two alternative-party candidates running on a single ballot, and that crowd of candidates made it unlikely that no single one would garner the majority vote needed to win outright and avoid a runoff.
But the runoff would be a contest between each party’s top vote-getter — and the 37th District, dominated by the city of Long Beach, is a Democratic Party stronghold in which Hispanics and African-Americans make up most of the population.
The advantage that the Democratic nominee will have was signaled by the early returns. Richardson led with 33 percent to 30 percent for Oropeza and 11 percent for the late congresswoman’s daughter, Valerie McDonald. The leading Republican candidate in the early voting, police sergeant and Iraq war veteran John M. Kanaley, had 10 percent of the vote.
The contest between Richardson, who is black, and Oropeza, who is Hispanic, had strong ethnic overtones. Hispanics make up more than 40 percent of the district’s population, but they make up a smaller share of the voting electorate. Blacks make up a quarter of the population, and many black activists have cited Millender-McDonald, an African-American, in calling for continued black representation in the district.
LAURA RICHARDSON DEM 11,027 37.76
JENNY OROPEZA DEM 9,144 31.31
VALERIE MC DONALD DEM 2,743 9.39
JOHN M KANALEY REP 2,230 7.64
PETER MATHEWS DEM 1,031 3.53
TERI RAMIREZ REP 560 1.92
DANIEL A BREZENOFF GR 352 1.21
JEFFREY LEAVITT REP 345 1.18
L J “LJ” GUILLORY REP 334 1.14
ED WILSON DEM 334 1.14
HERB PETERS LIB 315 1.08
GEORGE A PARMER JR DEM 220 0.75
LEE DAVIS DEM 181 0.62
JEFFREY S PRICE DEM 128 0.44
BILL F GRISOLIA DEM 125 0.43
FELICIA FORD DEM 109 0.37
MERVIN EVANS DEM 26 0.09
TOTAL PRECINCTS 334 PRECINCTS REPORTING 334 100.00