James O’Brien: Gay Baiting in Virginia

James O’Brien, with the help of the Republican Party of Virginia, is trying to use gay-hate to fight a strong Democratic opponent. (Via Pam Spaulding of Pandagon). O’Brien’s opponent, George Barker, is looking better and better:

It’s clear that the right wing is ratcheting up the homo-hate as Barker has received the endorsement of the Washington Post.

Republican Sen. James J. “Jay” O’Brien Jr. is an affable incumbent, but his scant command of policy and legislative issues has failed to impress. His Democratic rival, George L. Barker, a health-care planner, would make a far more able, detail-oriented and effective senator in this district straddling the Fairfax-Prince William line.

Barker also has strong support from educators (I’m sure O’Brien feels they are part of the Homosexual Agenda anyway).

No wonder the Republicans are so nervous. This isn’t the first time they’ve pulled such a dirty trick. In fact the Republican Party in Virginia has a real problem with running a clean election. I still remember getting their flyer warning me to watch out for “San Francisco and New York Liberals” (read “Gays and Jews”).

Raising Kane goes deeper:


Update: The Virginia Partisans have responded and issued a challange

What is that challenge?

State Senate Candidate George Barker has come under attack in a vicious anti-gay mailer run by his opponent and paid for by the Republican Party of Virginia. If you want to get your blood boiling, YOU CAN SEE THE MAILER BY CLICKING HERE.

George Barker is one of Virginia Partisans’ endorsed candidates and is one of the key races in the effort to retake the state Senate from the Republicans. VP’s PAC has already donated more to Barker’s campaign than to any other candidate in our organization’s history. But we need to do more.

We need to make sure that this kind of homophobic attack backfires on candidates like Jay O’Brien who use them — and that George Barker wins in a landslide!

Here’s where you come in.

Indeed. Here is where we come in. Let’s bury this homophobic asshole, and toss in the practicality of gay-bating tactics along with his political career. Let’s help George Barker win.

George Barker’s ActBlue Page.

George Barker’s Campaign.



Blog For Edwards

We need to solidify around a candidate.  Mirth has put forth Edwards, and I agree wholeheartedly.  You’ll notice the new blog for Edwards badge and blogroll link.  I am officially endorsing John Edwards for President, and joining what I hope will be a growing campaign to send a liberal candidate to the general election in 2008.

NyTexan of bluebloggin has graciously offered to be a campaign central of sorts, gathering posts and news stories every week to post Fridays.

The primaries are coming up, let’s meet them head on.  Take Action, put up a Badge, and join the party.

We can do thisWe can help John Edwards win!

Merrill Lynch: The Benefits of Loss

As Stan O’Neal prepares to leave Merrill Lynch behind, Rachel Beck(AP) writes:

Stan O’Neal’s legacy will be cemented as the $8 billion man. That’s about the size of the massive writedown that Merrill Lynch & Co. had to take during its just-ended quarter, which has ruined the reputation of the investment bank’s CEO.

The denouement of O’Neal’s five-year tenure is a good reminder that risk sometimes doesn’t come with rewards.

Sometimes risk doesn’t come with rewards.  Sometimes it comes with consequences and punishments.  Like more than 100 million dollars (msnbc):

Stan O’Neal was on Monday in talks about the terms of his departure as chairman and chief executive of Merrill Lynch, which could see him walk away with more than $100m.

Mr O’Neal, who was paid $48m last year, has accumulated more than $100m in deferred compensation and retirement benefits. But much of this is at the board’s discretion.

So even though a CEO is finally “taking the heat” for his poor decisions, that still entails a massive payout.  As Ben Stein notes (NYTimes):

And we stockholders and taxpayers foot the bill, of course. But even this is not the worst part: there are still lots of people who can say with a straight face that the world of finance is overregulated, that we should trust the power players to do the right thing, that if we put finance under a microscope, or allow financial miscreants to be sued for misconduct, America will be harmed. There are still people, and I know many of them well, who believe that old myth that you can trust the markets to fix everything — that old magical thinking that some thieves will stop other thieves from robbing the sheep like us. That’s the really sad part. Some babies never learn.

And some wolves never pay for their mistakes.  Apparently that falls to us.  As we prepare to do what it takes to keep the bad decisions made by people like O’Neal in order to protect our economy, let’s keep in mind what happened here.  A CEO made decisions motivated by greed, failed, and walked away a richer man.  What kind of message does that send?