Wednesday, February 13, 2008



We're all so happy that we helped grassroots progressive Donna Edwards displace a corrupt reactionary Insider in this week's Maryland primary. But it's a two-way street. The corrupt reactionary Insiders are also working surreptitiously to defeat progressives. And I haven't noticed Steny Hoyer or Nancy Pelosi or Emanuel rushing to the defense of Blue America-endorsed Congressman Steve Cohen in Memphis. Steve is under the most vicious imaginable attack by the very worst elements in American politics. But you don't need to imagine; just look at the flier up top.

"Rev." George Brooks of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, far from Cohen's congressional district, has admitted that he is responsible for the vicious and divisive anti-Cohen propaganda hit piece. There is an August 5 primary coming up that pits Cohen, one of Congress' most outstanding progressive freshmen, against Nikki Tinker, a reactionary supported by the odious Harold Ford Machine, the idiots at EMILY's List, and the DLC. Brooks produced and distributed the flier on Tinker's behalf and says "he sent the flier because the 9th Congressional District is 'about 90-something percent black.' According to the latest U.S. Census, in 2000, the district was 59.7 percent black... The Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, released a statement in Atlanta Monday condemning the flier, saying, it 'makes an outrageously false claim about Jews' attitudes toward Jesus, and it attempts to drive a potentially dangerous wedge and incite tensions between African-Americans and Jews in Memphis.'" Other Tinker fans disguised as men of God have attacked Cohen because he voted-- like all but 14 Democrats-- to include gay men and women in the Hate Crimes bill. The Tinker supporters have tried using this as a wedge issue against Cohen, failing to mention that every single African American member of Congress voted for it and the only Democrats who voted against it are the same ones who always oppose the kind of progressive legislation meant to right the wrongs that have been perpetrated against minority communities.

Yesterday's Memphis Commercial Appeal has condemned Tinker and her backers in the attack on Steve.
What does Nikki Tinker think about anti-Semitic literature being circulated that might help her unseat 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen in the Democratic primary next August?

A fair question, which Tinker declined to answer this week after a flier stating that "Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus" began circulating in Memphis.

The question goes to the character of the woman who wants to represent the 9th District, and 9th District voters deserve an answer. But Tinker declined to return a phone call about the flier.

I expect Ford and the DLC to make a tremendous effort to defeat Steve in August. Let's see if he and the DLC have the decency to denounce this hatred. Any help you can give Steve at Blue America will be greatly appreciated.

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At 10:40 PM, Blogger Eureka Springs, AR said...

Howie this is infuriating.. but an excellent post. let me be the first to say the Clintons are DLC and should be questioned about this as much as Harold Ford.

There are bound to be some smaller radio stations where we could buy (on the semi cheap) some time to push back now.

I know quite a bit about the back streets of Memphis.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


CBC, Steny, Nancy, Rahm: MAKE IT STOP

At 4:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is disgusting..

How can we help?

At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being Memphis is my hometown. I don't like this one bit. Memphis has had a well defined gay community for years. Shit like this makes me so angry.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Can you post this over at DailyKos? I think this is something people over there ought to know about. Mr. Cohen has been a great progressive. I knew as soon as he won in 2006 that the Ford machine would do everything they could to take this seat back. After Harold Jr.'s appearance opposite Markos on MTP last year, I hope Ford and company get taken to the woodshed. The Fords are not Democrats, they are sleaze of the highest order.

At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the Democratic Party's march to the extreme right over the last decade or so, this doesn't surprise me one bit.

As a liberal, there is no way I could ever vote for a Democrat again.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everybody! You can call me X for short. I've been reading DWT for the past year, and I've decided to start posting comments on my own.

I've been following this racially charged attack since this summer and I was wondering when DWT would finally write a post about it. This is a crucially important election and an opporunity for the African-Americans in the district to prove that they are smart enough not to fall for reactionary politics.

Because really, that's what this is about. The extremists running the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association are hoping the 9th district will think, "He's white and he's a Jew. He can't represent me." That's the message the horrid LaSimba Grey has been tooting. Let's donate to Congressman Cohen and beat back this ignorant, hate-filled pandering.

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How disgusting. The DLC should be repudiating this flyer in a NY minute. Where is the DLC? Who's in charge? Shumer? Clinton? Ford? Emanuel?

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Koulo said...

Ridiculous statement..JEWS HATE JESUS. Jew's know about about Jew who broke away and formed Christianity. In our country we all have the right to worship as we please without HATING each other's religions. You can respect the prophet or other religious leaders without being part of that particular religion. Jews don't HATE Jesus, they just come from a different religious perspective in terms of who he was in relation to Judaism. Anyone who suggest otherwise is a hate monger.


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