New DNC Ad – Go Forward (D) or Backward (R)

President Obama has been using the D for Democrats putting things in Drive and the R for Republicans putting things in Reverse metaphor during recent speeches. It looks like the DNC is in using the same story line given their latest ad.

Hit ’em where it hurts!

“(But) this is a 55-year-old man. He’s a person who has been out in the community, according to his own account. The fact that he’s never given any serious thought to the Constitution, to the right to bear arms — any 8-year-old in the state has a position on the right to bear arms. The fact that he just flips off irresponsible comments about the science of climate change suggest that it’s not that he’s a new candidate, it appears he hasn’t thought about issues that most people who want to either be in the private sector or public sector feel they have a social responsibility to have some understanding of. He wants to go to the U.S. Senate without having thought about apparently anything.”

Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, speaking to WisPolitics on 08/18/10.

A question for the opponents of the mosque near Ground Zero

This entry is directed at those among my readers who’ve expressed their opposition to the placement of an Islamic center several blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center. It’s been written by commenters here and elsewhere that putting a mosque/Islamic center so close to the site of the 9/11 attacks is an affront to all the victims of those attacks, but what I’d like to know is if those same folks would think that building a shopping mall on the actual site of the 9/11 attacks is disrespectful to all the victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

According to the website for the Freedom Tower which has been proposed for the site of the 9/11 attacks, the Freedom Tower will include retail space in the below-grade concourses:

The below-grade concourses will include approximately 55,000 square feet of retail space…

So there will be a shopping mall literally in the ground of Ground Zero, ground that’s no doubt mixed with the remains of those who perished on September 11, 2001. A mall….in the ground.

I’d like to hear one of the folks who was so opposed to the construction of an Islamic center/mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero tell me how building a shopping mall in the ground that may still contain the remains of those who died on September 11, 2001 is a fitting and appropriate way of honoring those who died.

Lt. Governor candidate Henry Sanders sends letter to Scott Walker

Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Henry Sanders, who also happens to be Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Black Caucus, sent a message to Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker yesterday demanding an apology to the people of Wisconsin. Sanders’ message was sent after Jill Bader, the communications director for Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, retweeted a racially-tinged video purported to be President Barack Obama’s response to Walker setting up an anti-train website. To date, Scott Walker has failed to condemn Bader’s actions while offering no apology for her behavior in the four days since the incident.

Here’s the text of Sanders’ message to Walker:

Dear Scott:

In my years of experience as an executive, I have learned that I am responsible for the people I hire. When someone on my team makes a mistake, the buck stops with me. I am disappointed that you do not seem to have learned the same.

On Monday, two of your senior staff used a popular internet tool to distribute a video that can generously be called insensitive. This action offended many Wisconsinites. It was disrespectful to our President, who was visiting our state at the time, and an embarrassment to you, your party, and all of Wisconsin.

In tough times like these, Wisconsin needs real leadership. We need a leader who is focused on creating jobs. We need a leader who deals with the challenges of today, not someone who is playing the same old and tired political games with divisive, childish attempts at humor.

Leadership is about having real plans and taking accountability when someone on your team makes a mistake. So far, you have failed to demonstrate that you possess either of those traits.

You have failed to condemn their actions and you have failed to apologize. This is simply unacceptable from a man who thinks himself qualified to be our next Governor.

Now is the time to lead, Scott. The buck stops with you! I think you know what you need to do – man up, accept responsibility and apologize to the people of Wisconsin.

Sincerely,

Henry Sanders, Jr.

If I were Henry Sanders, I wouldn’t be holding my breath while waiting for an apology from Scott Walker, because he’s never demonstrated a willingness to be held accountable for anything he – or the subordinates he has under him – have said or done.