published Monday, April 14th, 2014

Kim Kardashian, Hillary and the GOP war on women

Even They Won’t Stoop That Low

You may think President Barack Obama stops at nothing where his narcissism meets pop culture, but apparently he has his limits. Though sex tape and reality show star Kim Kardashian reached out multiple times to stump for the president in 2012, the Obamas “wanted nothing to do with her” and turned her down flat, according to Radar Online. Kardashian, who is the fiancée and baby mama of rapper Kanye West, was a supporter of the president and “wanted to be a ‘surrogate’ for the campaign.” Though she apparently asked repeatedly, “she was not the young, cool image” the Obamas imagined their supporters to be and was never allowed to do anything in an official capacity. “Kim is political poison,” the site’s source said. “Having her involved in a political event or with a candidate is the last thing people who are serious about getting elected want.”

Hillary’s Accomplishments? Uh …

The fact a recent panel on far-left news network MSNBC couldn’t come up with a single accomplishment by Hillary Clinton in her time as a senator or secretary of state may speak volumes on how she is perceived by the rest of the country. Challenged on the question by the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, the “Morning Joe” panel was stumped. The best NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd could do was assert that the Israeli-Palestinian situation didn’t get much worse. New York magazine political writer John Heilemann also searched for a proper response before offering that Clinton would answer the question herself. “When her book comes out in June,” he said, “that’s one of the questions that book’s going to try to answer.”

Do What I Say, Not What I Do

Democrats have made a big show lately “about equal pay for equal work,” but the Washington Times recently revealed the party is not exactly living up to what it tells others to do. Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a show vote last week on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which shifts the burden to employers to prove pay discrepancies are not related to gender. And Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer tweeted that “without action to address the gender pay gap, women won’t reach pay equity until 2058.” But neither Reid, Schumer nor others in the Senate leadership — Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Conference Secretary Patty Murray — have a female chief of staff or communications director. Meanwhile, Senate GOP leaders not only demonstrate gender equality in the workplace but pay their top aides better. Both Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn have female chiefs of staff (and the highest paid in Senate leadership), and four of the five leaders — Cornyn, Conference Chairman John Thune, Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso and Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt — have female communications directors, including two working mothers. Further, these women are paid an average salary of $124,000, about $18,000 a year more than Democrats pay men doing the same job. Some Republican war on women.

Spanking By A Fellow Democrat

Whether he was tacking right in order to win re-election or couldn’t believe his fellow Democrat could say something so hateful, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — on “Fox & Friends” — defended conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch from attacks by people like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who recently called them “un-American.” “You don’t beat up people,” said Manchin, whose seat many believe is vulnerable in the November elections when Republicans attempt to win the Senate. “I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re … paying their taxes. They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs.” In January, Reid accused the Kochs during a debate on the Senate floor of trying to “buy the country” by funding and supporting powerful conservative groups. Now, why he’d leave out little, old billionaires like George Soros, who donated more than $23.5 million to tax-exempt groups dedicated to defeating President Bush and more recently $25,000 to a Hillary Clinton national finance committee, is not known. A spokesman for Koch Industries told Politico Manchin’s comments probably echo those of many of his colleagues in Washington, and said “it’s about time” one of them spoke out. “My guess,” spokesman Steve Lombardo said, “is that [he] has expressed a point of view that a lot other senators — Democrats, Republicans — have probably wanted to say and haven’t.”

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