Friday, October 19, 2012

Josh Mandel's Terrible Night

* Josh Mandel, Republican candidate and Ohio's absent Treasurer, was apparently unable to speak the truth last night in a debate with Sen. Sherrod Brown. 


The Republican nominee for an Ohio U.S. Senate seat, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, was booed at the second debate Thursday evening after telling his Democratic opponent, Sen. Sherrod Brown, to "calm down."

The contentious, hour-long debate also featured Mandel calling Brown "a liar." The "calm down" outburst came after Brown exceeded his time limit answering a question on trade practices, prompting a warning from the moderator and an apology from Brown. Mandel pounced.

"Calm down, Senator, calm down," Mandel said, bringing boos from the audience.....

I do have to give Sen. Sherrod Brown a lot of credit for not punching Josh Mandel in the face.

BusterGammons has a very worthwhile post about the debate:

If you're in Ohio and were enough of a masochist to watch tonight's Senatorial Debate (like I did, god help me), you witnessed an embarrassingly one-sided affair.  When Josh Mandel (R) opened with his high-pitched, adolescent  squawk, and stiff, awkward gestures, he immediately confirmed the GOP's worst fear -- despite all their spending and lying, their Senate candidate is an unprepared, unqualified juvenile melting in the spotlights, utterly out of his league....

....I personally enjoyed it when Brown referred to Mandel's signing of Grover Norquist's ridiculous "No Tax" Pledge as "the pledge to never think for yourself."

How many hours did Josh Mandel spend in his Columbus Treasurer's office this month?

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• It happened. The soup kitchen in Mahoning County, Ohio, has lost a significant amount of donations, after Republican Paul Ryan barged into the facility to wash previously cleaned dishes.....


A charity that operates a soup kitchen in northeastern Ohio has faced an exodus of donors ever since vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan staged a photo-op on the premises.

“It appears to be a substantial amount,” Brian Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society in Youngstown, told The Huffington Post. “You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash.”

....But Antal told the Washington Post that the Romney campaign did not ask for permission before entering the soup kitchen. He said he worried his faith-based apolitical organization could lose funding if it appeared the charity favored one of the political candidates....

When Paul Ryan went into the soup kitchen, he pulled clean pots and pan out from under towels, indicating that they had been washed.  Isn't it just like Paul Ryan to push his way into a place he doesn't belong---- a soup kitchen where he didn't have permission to enter, your Medicare benefits, and a woman's uterus and health decisions.

•••  Do you read The Nation magazine?  There is an eye-opening article about Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney, the Scooter Store, private equity funds, Medicaid dentistry for children, lobbyists, Marc Leder, and the potential that certain investors and Romney contributors will benefit if Romney is elected. "Tagg Team: The Romney Family Recipe for Crony Capitalism" is available online at The Nation.
>>>> Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, said this, according to The Hill:
Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) said Thursday that abortions are "absolutely" never necessary to save the lives of pregnant women.

"With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance," Walsh said. "There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing."  

The comment was first reported by WGN radio. It came after a debate between Walsh, a House freshman, and his opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran. The race is a likely Democratic pickup, according to ratings by The Hill.....

Is Joe Walsh a licensed OB/GYN physician? NO! Joe Walsh, Todd Akin, and Paul Ryan continue to display their ignorance about science and women's bodies.