October 9th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC targets 'radical' GOP lawmakers

The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos.
The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee targeted Iowa Rep. Steve King on Friday in the first of a series of Web videos highlighting the "radical views" of some Republican lawmakers.

In the first "Faces of the GOP" web video, the DNC chided King for voting against a resolution recognizing slave labor in the construction of the U.S. Capitol, and for saying last year that Al Qaeda would "be dancing in the streets" if President Obama won the election.

"With the likes of Steve King leading the Republican Party – it has marginalized itself as an extreme outpost of ideologues and bomb throwers which is out of step with not only women and minorities, but the vast majority of Americans," DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

Sevugan said the campaign will be a "regular and ongoing feature so long as Republicans continue to put out right wing ideologues as their primary spokespeople."


The effort is the latest DNC move to swing the spotlight from official Republican leadership to faces the party isn't as keen to highlight: Earlier this year, they launched a campaign attacking radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bush strategist Karl Rove, dubbing them the true leaders of the GOP.


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  1. chubby

    No Conservatives do not tinkle down their leg at the mention of nobama like the liberals do. Wait was that tingle down the leg or tingle down the leg. Considering its liberals in power, I guess its tinkle down their leg.

    October 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Ken

    Good job DNC. Hit these neo-nitwit [R]s in the snout like the mongrels they are.

    October 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Valerie

    Good job DNC. It's about time! If the Republicans want to act like morons, then they should be called out for it. It was bad enough when the uneducated wingnuts (following their leaders Rush and Glenn and Sarah) were out there talking crazy , but when their leaders, the Republicans in Congress refused to refute them and then started to agree with them, it just became the party of the stupid, and it needs to be called out because it is dangerous for this country and this President.

    October 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Bill, MI

    So on the other hand you could have Obama and Acorn, the far left. We want everything for free on a gold plater.No work, but pay me for watching my kids.

    Radical views, Rev. Wright, Bill Aryers, Van Jones and the list goes on about Obe and his people.

    October 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. AzGus

    Wow, Lets smear the GOP because we don't anything Good to say about our own Party and what its done for our own people.

    October 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Matt, Manchester, CT

    It's hilarious for a party that includes Congressman Pete Stark to call any other party the party of bomb-throwers and radicals!! You people are hilarious.

    October 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Ron In California

    Good Grief....Has he heard of the left wing of his party. Did he forget the brutal attacks on GWB by his left wing ideologues such as Moveon.org. , Keith "I'm always angry" olberman and the left wing media.

    October 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Tim

    I think it's about time that the DNC stopped being so wimpy and stopped letting the GOP get away with the crazy, incendiary things they have been saying over the past decade. From 'Swiftboat Veterans' lies to all the lies about Obama during the election and currently, it's time to show some spine.

    October 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Mark in Atlanta

    King is obviously a pretty odious man, but I'm sure he has his tea-bagger base. They may be hard to pursuade to vote for someone less kooky. I think the DNC should focus instead on frog marching onstructionist fake Democrats like Max "no public option" Baucus out of Congress.

    October 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Kimo, Hawaii

    As a Republican, I remain concerned about the party's hijacking by the far-right lunatic fringe, especially our defacto party leaders Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. The fact that these mean, vicious anti-American demagogues who play fast and loose with both the truth and ethics enthrall so many Republicans reminds me of our Lord's words that many would be led astray by evildoers in the last days. What a sad state of affairs.

    October 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Good for the DNC – the only way to make the vermin scatter is to shine a light on them!

    October 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Dave

    The Republicans totally forgot the peace summit between the policeman and the Cambridge Professor! How can they say Obama did not contribute to peace!!!

    October 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Steve

    Has anyone told the Democrats that they're the ones in charge now? If they would spend half as much time taking care of the peoples business as they do playing "gotcha" with the minority party, this country would be a lot better off.

    October 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. D. Tree

    There's no party left anymore for the GOP – most of their supporters have deserted them. Many in fact voted for Obama!

    So what is left for these politicians to do but to find a new constituency?

    Now they only seem to be preaching to this fringe element, with "birther" bills and other nonsense.

    October 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Victim of Liberal stupidity

    I just sent Representative King $1000.00 for a campaign contribution!

    October 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Capt D

    "Radical"? Now there's a word to use about Republicans. Not since the end of the civil war has that word been tied to the Republicans.

    Note that it was the Radical Republicans that force fed Reconstruction down America's throat,... that involved replacing qualified southern Democrats with black Republican former slaves in many positions of government and as state and local lawmakers, not by election, but by government mandate. That involved paying former slaves for abuses they suffered under slavery, whether they'd suffered or not, and which payments carried over for another three generations, creating a good portion of our current welfare state.

    In any thinking political discussion, the word Radical is used to describe the far-left. The word Reactionary normally is used to describe the far-right. It is clear, if one studies the evolution of our political landscape, that the Radical Republicans of the mid-nineteenth century became the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century, which the Democrats, of course, would like to claim all for their own.

    Perhaps its time to come up with a new political view,... how about outlawing ALL political parties and forcing candidiates to run on their own merits and ideas instead of the power of the political machine that owns them?

    October 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Dave

    "......Republican Party – it has marginalized itself as an extreme outpost of ideologues and bomb throwers ..........."

    Absolutely!
    How else would you explain the unprecedented anger in the town halls the past summer, the ridiculously stupid "birthers", the Joe Wilson factually untrue outburst, the opposition to anything tangentially helpful to Pres Obama's popularity regardless of whether its actually beneficial to America (the Olympics, the Health Care debate, the debate over the troop surge in Afghanistan etc).

    The Republicans don't get it. They had 8 years and look at what it brought us. Why was'nt this anger directed at Bush 43 when he spent billions to get us into all these unnecessary wars while corporate America looted us dry.

    October 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Tom in FL

    It's nice to see the Democrats finally fighting back. The question is whether they can do it without resorting to the blatent lies and hate mongering which have become so characteristic of the Republican Party. The hole that the Republicans have dug for themselves could be big enough for two.

    October 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Love it, love it, love it. While turning the other cheek is the "right" thing to do, cracking 'em on the noggin with a 2×4 seems to be the only thing they understand.

    October 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Dar

    Here we go again, he said she said. What a bunch of wind bags. IM so tired of of these people running to mama when someone says something they dont like. Both parties need to Suck it up and shut up.
    We have people out of work that need jobs and with all this retoric being thrown around there isn't much to do their job. The president needs to step in this and start spanking some butt's like little children on both sides not just one side. GET TO WORK!
    God Bless All

    October 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Buck

    In my entire life [72] I have never witnessed anything to match the childish , selfish,racist attitude of the Republican Party. It is beyond my ability to comprehend the thinking of an organization who's only aim, ambition, or goal is to regain power. I have not seen demonstrated by any member of the Republican party any caring for any other goal. There is so much that could be accomplished by shifting to a bipartizan position of what can we accomplish together, but sadly it is what can we do to get back in power. In view of what I have witnessed these past nine months I don't see how anyone who cares about this country could in good conscience vote Republican.

    October 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Terry from West Texas

    The Republican Leadership is devoted to class warfare. The policies they put in place when they govern and the policies they oppose when they are in the minority reflect an often unconscious class warfare against the middle and lower classes in America. The amount of American wealth owned by the top 1% is the nation is greater than the wealth of the bottom 95%. Wealth (as a percentage of the nation's wealth) is rapidly being transferred from the middle class to the upper class. The old Liberal vision of America as a well-educated middle-class nation is evaporating. Conservative policies are always, always, always designed to keep that transfer of wealth happening at an ever greater rate. Our children and grandchildren will be tenants in their own nation.

    Now admittedly, most Republican leaders are not that smart. They believe the paid-for hogwash pumped out by Conservative "think-tanks" whose role is to legitimize the ongoing Conservative war against the middle class. Ronald Reagan, I think, was a decent man who never understood that his own policies were hurting – not helping – the middle class that he came from. Republican leaders are really not motivated to think too hard about it, because they would never get another job where all they do is walk around in thousand dollar suits and listen to applause.

    Republican voters are being taken to the cleaners, led over the cliff, led down the garden path, and hornswaggled by their highly paid and very overrated leadership.

    There are dark clouds on the horizon, my fellow Americans.

    October 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Danny

    Gosh with so many rabid, radical GOP congressmen, how do you choose which ones to feature? It will have to be done as a miniseries!

    October 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. human

    so what, the right wingers are nutjob radicals like the ones in afghanistan.

    October 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Amy

    Are you liberals going to make anyone with conservative or christian thoughts political prisoners? Woodrow Wilson did. ...And Woodrow Wilson was a Progressive. So was Hitler.

    October 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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