Day Two of Netroots: Is the Tea Party Racist, Van Jones?

A full day of making friends.

I had admitted Marxist Van Jones sign his Occupy-heavy book at which time I also asked him if he thought the tea party was still racist.

“I’m not sure that I ever said the tea party was racist,” he explained.

He’s called libertarians, conservatives, and others as much before:

“They say they’re Patriots but they hate everybody in America who looks like us.  They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings, ya know ya’ll.”

After his short book signing, he showed me several parts of his book wherein he discussed the tea party and proceeded to tell me that he never said that the tea party was racist except that they are racist.

“I never said they they were racist, but I do think they have racial anxiety,” he said. In his book he writes:

Tea Partiers were media savvy and found support with the media; they focused on scaring the bejeebers out of elected officials; they had the ability to pivot from protest to electoral politics; they capitalized on the racial anxiety surrounding the election of the first African American president …”

Jones writes that the tea party was:

“not particularly big or new, but they were newly presented and newly branded. They punk’d the world, Ashton Kutcher-style.

Not particularly big? Is Jones unaware that well over a million tea partiers marched in Washington DC in 2009? Is he unaware of how many congressional seats the tea party has flipped, how the movement is to credit for the GOP majority in the House? There is no measure of equal, or close-to-equal success from the Occupy movement — this much he begrudgingly admitted. There is, however, a massive rap sheet from the Occupy movement. They don’t have legislative or any successes otherwise, but they have defecated on cop cars, spray painted landmarks, and were caught on camera trying to cover up rapes which happened at their encampments. No “anxiety” about anything there that bears mentioning?

Gateway Pundit finally got to meet his hero.

Occupiers … occupied outside while the one-percenters conferenced inside. A one day pass to Netroots was around $100, weekend pass ran about $450. Why not spread the wealth and let all attend for free? Occupy Netroots! This poor, oppressed Occupier had a $6,000+ Segway.

We marched with the Occupiers as they led us down one of the main streets where we could find a good spot for lunch. With Tabitha Hale of the Franklin Center:

Manwich: The two factions of the Democrat party: the Former “first black” President and the current “first gay” President.

Andrew Marcus of “Hating Breitbart” and a recipient of one of the first Breitbart Awards, a.k.a. Brandon Darby according to some kooky Kossacks, in front of the Democrat Socialists’ table.

From my Netroots swag bag: a made in China iPhone case (look for the union label!) in front of the plethora of labor sponsors listed in their literature. Also interesting the manufacturing country on a product for an abortion advocacy group.

Gateway Pundit notes the empty room to which panelist Paul Krugman spoke.

The conference had all the energy of a tomb, when participants weren’t discussing their dismay over the way in which Obama and Democrats abandoned them in Wisconsin. The attendance seemed anemic. I’m not sure how it compared to attendance at past Netroots conferences, but you would think in an election year when their embattled incumbent needs as much defense as possible that they would see greater numbers.

Sherrod Brown Dodges Obamacare Question At Netroots

This afternoon at Netroots I attempted to ask the embattled Senator Sherrod Brown about his campaign, specifically his record as the deciding vote for Obamacare. Ohio voters passed an amendment to their constitution outlawing the Democrats’ health care law by a wide margin in 2011:

Ohioans overwhelmingly rejected the healthcare mandate provisions of Obamacare.

They did this by handily passing an amendment to the state’s constitution that reads, in part, as follows:

No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.

My own state’s senator, Claire McCaskill, championed Obamacare while Missourians overwhelmingly (by over 70%, 3-1 in every county) passed the Healthcare Freedom Act which excluded Missourians from the penalties of Obamacare, including jail time and fines.   I wondered how Brown was going to reconcile this troubling disparity in his state.

Unfortunately, while the Senator stood and asked questions from a number of progressive attendees, when I finally had an opening to ask my question, he refused.

“Senator, do you have a moment for a question?”

“Not for you,” he remarked, pointing at me, before rushing off with his assistant.

Later, Al Gore Tweeted “Awesome.”

He later deleted it, but not before I and others screencapped it.

Twitchy called Brown’s behavior “rude and dismissive.” Mediaite attempted to pass it off as a “botched interview attempt” which would only make sense if I had “botched” politely asking Brown for a moment of his time.

Brown can’t rely on Gore to bail him out of his situation and he would do well to not run from honest, politely asked questions from those who simply want answers.

*UPDATE: The Socialist Party spokesman at Netroots said Brown “understands things better than most.”

*MORE: Shark Tank gets a few minutes with Brown (who thought he was speaking with a friendly).

When O’Keefe Met Shuster

We met David Shuster in the lobby of our hotel the other evening before we met for drinks the following day. He walked past the post-reception for the Brietbart Awards in the hotel bar and as luck had it, said hello as I was speaking with James O’Keefe. It only seemed natural to introduce the two, even though O’Keefe is currently suing Shuster. One big happy family!

*UPDATE: The following day we had drinks with Shuster to see if he had two heads and a forked tongue like he did on Twitter. He did not. O’Keefe is still suing him.

Fun At Netroots 12

I’m currently in Providence, makin’ frinz at Netroots 2012:

I “snuck” into Netroots.

Look! It’s Brandon Darby.

Someone with Kos identified us easily as we registered beforehand, walked in and claimed badges with out names printed on them.

Comment fun!

ALL the condoms!

This is the same JGibson who has a problem with me and “the blacks” (third Tweet down):

One Kos diarist warned everyone to not speak with or around us. That makes us sad.

More on the way …

The Advocate ‘Advocates’ The Bullying Of Children Online

Last night on Twitter I noticed an inordinate amount of adult progressives attacking a 13 year-old on Twitter because of his remarks on his online radio show. I don’t listen to his radio show or know his remarks, but agreement with speech shouldn’t be the litmus test in telling grown men, women, and a national publication to stop cyber bullying a child.

As a result, The Advocate has chosen to target me, sending surrogates who ironically preach “NOH8” to defend the publication like this:

Last week I noticed a progressive child going after conservative teens — what The Advocate would call “bullying” if the ideologies were reversed — and myself. As I’m not into the left’s practice of targeting children online over politics, I simply hit “block.”

If The Advocate didn’t like this kid’s show, they should have done the same.

Wednesday’s Gloating Sesh

Today I brought my drum in studio (one of my kid’s snare drums from their drum kit) to celebrate Wisconsin’s historic victory. Granted, we were all a little delirious from having so little sleep the night before, but it was worth it. THIS is what democracy* looks like.

Caller Joe rang in and cracked us all up with his hysterical gloating.

Below is the full list of the show’s special edition Victory Lap Bumper Trax:

Good In The World

I love when I come across stories like these at the end of the night:

Internet users shower dying man with letters (because he loves opening them) after appeal by nephew

Scott Widak, 47, from Plainville, Massachusetts, is suffering from liver disease and Down’s Syndrome and is spending his dying days bedridden.

A month ago his nephew, Sean O’Connor posted a message on Reddit asking if anyone wanted to write to his his uncle as he needed cheering up.

Mr O’Connor, a 27-year-old filmmaker from Boston, wrote on the Reddit forum: ‘Hey Reddit – my 47 year old uncle, Scott Widak, has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease.

‘He is currently bedridden and living out his last days at home with my 85 year old grandmother.

‘One of his favorite things to do is open mail … anyone feel like sending him a letter or card?’

The post attracted 1,300 comments and users began to request the address from Mr O’Connor and the post began to flood to Mr Widak’s home from around the world.

As Widak’s condition worsens the family opens the mail for him and reads him the letters.