I think it’s pretty low, and a bunch of sleazy, sleazy journalism. It has gone to the bottom of the barrel… it makes me sick.Toronto Councillor Doug Ford, brother of Mayor Rob Ford • Reacting to an article accusing him of selling hashish in his youth, an investigation of the Ford family’s relationship with drugs spurred by allegations his mayoral brother smoked crack cocaine. The article, published by the Globe and Mail today, uses 10 unnamed sources alleging Doug Ford sold hash in the 1980s, until he was 22 — earlier this week, Rob Ford denied the crack smoking allegations, saying “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” source
We will bear all responsibilities. I have always promised you victory, and I promise victory again.Hasan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah • From a televised speech on the raging civil war in Syria, neighbor to Lebanon, Hezbollah’s country of origin. Nasrallah’s remarks today were the most overt yet in acknowledging Hezbollah fighters have been entering Syria on the side of Bashar al-Assad and his government. This reality was in play even as he spoke, with Hezbollah fighters aiding Assad’s forces in driving rebel forces out of Quasir, a strategically-relevant town which sits near the Syria-Lebanese border. source
Ours is an operation, whether it’s the state law or the federal, to go after illegals, not the crime first, that they happen to be illegals. My program, my philosophy is a pure program. You go after illegals. I’m not afraid to say that. And you go after them and you lock them up.Maricopa County, Az. Sheriff Joe Arpaio • As quoted in a federal court decision which ruled that the sheriff’s department illegally targeted Latinos in its immigration patrols. The accusations against Arpaio and his police department include accusations that officers pulled over residents for the purposes of checking their immigration status, along with a repudiation of the aggressive detentions people pulled over by police officers face. The quote above was used as evidence of improper conduct by the department. Arpaio denies the charges and his lawyer argues that the department received poor training from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Basically, Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded—and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters—Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.Polling guru and political analyst Charlie Cook, explaining why Republicans’ attacks on President Obama may ultimately fall flat. Despite the media feeding frenzy over the three concurrent scandals to hit the Obama White House, the President’s approval rating has hardly suffered at all: In general, it’s hovered around 51%, with one poll even showing an uptick since April. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll showed the Republican Party with the highest negative ratings—59%—that either party has received in more than 20 years. “Americans may not be ecstatic about President Obama and his policies,” Cook writes, “but compared with the Republicans, they think Obama doesn’t look so bad.” source