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Old 02-26-2009, 06:37 PM   #886
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I'm not saying Jindal isn't an intelligent, accomplished person (although he didn't come off that way last night). That comment was directed towards the Republican party in general who seems to think that if they try and show that they're diverse (see, electing Michael Steele the RNC chairman), that Americans will come flocking back. In reality, this just gives further proof that they are completely out-of-touch with what Americans are looking for in their government leaders right now.
Appreciate your views, but it seems like you have a hard time accepting a Republican who isn't a 'typical white person'. And then when they do put up the typical white males, you can argue that Republicans aren't diverse.

What's wrong with Jindal and Michael Steele? Was Condi Rice a token, a double whammy of both black AND female? Colin Powell? Snowe and Collins aren't two of the most powerful senators as female Republicans?

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Old 02-26-2009, 08:28 PM   #887
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What I have a problem is with is this blatant attempt by the Republican leadership to show how they're suddenly the party of inclusiveness and diversity, as I said earlier. There have been a few prominent minority leaders in the party (Condi, Colin Powell), but they were never shown as the future of Republican politics. The Republican leaders (not individual members) didn't give two licks about presenting a face of the party to the electorate that reflected the different cultures, races, genders, etc. that make up the U.S. population. They were content (once again, just referring to the party leadership) to remain the party of the rich, white man until it stopped working for them. Republican leaders seem to mistakenly think that Obama won mainly because of his race and not because of his vision, his policy goals, and the American public finally rejecting the narrow-minded goals and failed policies of Bush and the neocon movement. Rather than looking inward to see where they've gone wrong, they're looking outward trying to become what they think people want, rather than what they need to become in order to reach a larger group of the American electorate. Sending one of the few minority leaders of their party out to give the party's response to Obama's first major Congressional address, just screamed, "Look!! We have a guy that's a minority too! Vote for him next time! We're relevant! We get you!". Electing Steele sent a similar message.

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:56 PM   #888
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Sebelius to face questions over abortion

By Reid Wilson
Posted: 03/01/09 07:53 PM [ET]

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), President Obama's choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, has touched off criticism over her association with a Kansas abortion provider.

Sebelius vetoed a late-term abortion law in 2008, and in 2007 she held a reception at the Kansas governor's mansion that included Dr. George Tiller, a Wichita doctor whose clinic provided late-term abortions. Tiller was under investigation for violating that state's restrictions on some forms of abortion.

The reception, which Sebelius office said Tiller won at an auction, has nonetheless ignited a furor among anti-abortion rights groups and activists.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins called Sebelius an "extremely pro-abortion" pick to head HHS.

"In her time as an elected official in Kansas, Mrs. Sebelius has fought against popular pro-life measures such as parental consent and efforts to curb late-term abortions," Perkins said in a statement. "Additionally she has had a close personal and financial association with the nation’s most infamous abortion doctor, George Tiller, who specializes in late-term abortions and, by his own count, has performed over 60,000 abortions."

Patrick Mahoney, executive director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said within an hour of the news of Sebelius' nomination on Saturday night, he had been in touch with many social conservatives about formulating a strategy to oppose the nomination. One facet of that strategy will be to hold a news conference this week, he said.

Mahoney acknowledged it will be extremely difficult to thwart the Sebelius nomination in a Democratic-controlled Senate, but claimed that Obama's selection will hurt him with Catholic voters.

Along those lines, Mahoney said, the Sebelius confirmation process could be hampered if Catholic leaders speak out against Sebelius. Mahoney said he will be in touch with such leaders in the coming days.

Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, said his group will make sure that senators are provided information about the connection between Sebelius and Tiller.

The pick of Sebelius shows the "radical nature of Obama," Newman said.

Like several other Catholic Democratic politicians, Sebelius has come under fire from Church officials who say she should repudiate her pro-abortion rights positions. In 2006, Joseph Neumann, the archbishop of Kansas City, said Sebelius should refrain from receiving communion until she changed her views.

Sebelius has won backing from several pro-abortion rights organizations who point out several steps Sebelius has taken they say have reduced abortions in the state. Catholics United even launched a website -- CatholicsForSebelius.org -- backing her nomination.

"Gov. Sebelius is a proven and tireless advocate for children's health care, education, adoption, and support for pregnant women, all components of a public policy agenda intended to benefit the common good. Under her leadership, the state of Kansas has witnessed sharp declines in both abortions and teen pregnancy," said Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United.

Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan avoided the abortion issue in his criticisms of the governor, instead focusing on her record on health care.

"With the announcement today, the Governor leaves behind her a long string of broken promises. Chief among these is her promise to provide health care reform to Kansans—but none ever occurred," Morgan said in a statement.

Barring complications that have plagued other Obama administration nominees, though, Sebelius is expected to sail through the Senate. Top Republicans in Washington expect Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to take the lead in opposing Sebelius.

Obama will formally introduce Sebelius in the East Room at the White House Monday at 1 p.m.
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A pro-choice woman in charge of the Health Department?

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