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Sacramento GOP Web Site Calls For Senator Obama To Be Tortured

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Republicans, NeoCons, PNAC, hate speech, torture, murder, assassination, California Rpeublicans, Schwarzenegger, gutter politics, John McCain )

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Schwarzenegger, who has pushed the party to try to broaden its appeal, took issue with the site. "In the governor's view, it's completely and totally inappropriate," said Julie Soderlund, a Schwarzenegger spokeswoman.


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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 3:50 pm

Sacramento County Republican leaders Tuesday took down offensive material on their official party Web site that sought to link Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden and encouraged people to "Waterboard Barack Obama" material that offended even state GOP leaders.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has pushed the party to try to broaden its appeal, took issue with the site. "In the governor's view, it's completely and totally inappropriate," said Julie Soderlund, a Schwarzenegger spokeswoman.

Hector Barajas, a California Republican Party spokesman, said Democrats have been playing the race card, but that the local party went too far in this instance.

He said the campaign should be about who is ready to be the nation's commander-in-chief, that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has never questioned Obama's patriotism, and that he'd ask local leaders to take down the offensive content.

Taking credit for the site ( and its content was county party chairman Craig MacGlashan husband of Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan.

The Bee asked MacGlashan about the content after seeking his reaction to hate-filled graffiti that was spray-painted over an Obama display on a fence at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Garfield Avenue.

In recent weeks, MacGlashan, an attorney, joined local Democratic party officials in condemning vandalism to political displays.

The vandalism to the Obama display appeared to have been done overnight Monday. A racial epithet, profanity, "KKK" and the words "white power" were clearly visible from the roadway. Six of the nine fence panels were defaced.

"What you are describing to me is not free speech, it's vandalism. We don't condone it," MacGlashan said.

But he defended his Web site. "I'm aware of the content," he said. "Some people find it offensive, others do not. I cannot comment on how people interpret things."

MacGlashan said he would "consider people's complaints" before taking any action.

By Tuesday night, much of the questionable material which ranged from depicting Obama in a turban to attacking Michelle Obama had been removed, replaced with political cartoons attacking Obama.

The flap comes as tensions in the presidential contest between McCain and Obama have heightened, and as race has been thrust into the forefront of the campaign. If elected, Obama would be the first non-white president.

The Sacramento GOP's Web site is markedly different in tone from other GOP or Democratic Party sites in the region in its use of illustrations and cartoons attacking the presidential nominee.

Democratic party officials condemned the GOP site. "It's exactly the kind of vile, repugnant politicking that has relegated the California GOP to an afterthought in California politics," said Roger Salazar, spokesman for the state Democratic Party. "Even the top of their ticket would be disgusted by this display of dishonesty."

GOP congressional candidate Rep. Dan Lungren's photo appeared above the Osama and Obama illustration.

Tim Clark, a Lungren spokesman, said the congressman had no control over the site's content.

"We think that the party Web site should focus on getting out the vote," Clark said. "We don't agree with the tone."

GOP political consultant Ray McNally said there is plenty of "high and heated passions" on both sides of the aisle, but that both stand to lose when the rhetoric becomes excessive.

"The worst thing in politics is when you overstate something," McNally said. "If you get too shrill, you turn people off."

In recent weeks, as McCain, his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, and their surrogates have questioned Obama's relationship with William Ayers, a '60s radical, the campaign has had to admonish supporters who have called Obama a traitor, even making threats.

California State University, Sacramento, professor Stan Oden said the national campaign bears some responsibility for local excesses.

"Palin and McCain have both been very narrow-minded in trying to push these associations trying to make Obama into a radical bomb-throwing individual," Oden said. He called the Web site very upsetting.

Kevin Johnson, the dean of the University of California, Davis, law school, said he was taken aback by the Web site's warning to "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid" of Obama. It was removed later Tuesday.

"Just sad," Johnson said. "It suggests to me that we haven't gone as far as we would have liked in putting racism to bed."

"It's disappointing that something like this would show up on the Republican Party Web site," Johnson continued. "Maybe someone hacked into it. That would make me feel better. This is hateful stuff."

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 3:51 pm
The official website of a California county's Republican Party called for Obama to be tortured. Once again, "occasional nuts" run the Republican Party.

Melva H (93)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 4:16 pm
Typical of the IDIOTS who have gained control of the GOP. And there doesn't seem to be enough sane people left in the Party to be able to DEMAND the violent criminal idiots sit down and shut up!!

Echo ELES (264)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 4:18 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 4:20 pm
First of all I am still stuck on yesterday -Obama was forced to reputiate another democrats statement which was truth in the first place -it degrades my order of things. Why does MkKkain's party get away with pure madness? What does MkKkain expect to achieve by the law obviously showing acceptance? Enough is enough -the first time was treason -I feel attempted cruelty and murder is beyond his enticing but now in the 1st degree. A warrent for his arrest should be mandatory at this point -the evidence is overwhelming.

Annie J (205)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 5:27 pm
I shouldn't be shocked, but I am. All the more reason to see the republicans removed from power, they are WAY out of control.......

Louise L (48)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 5:40 pm
Dirty and underhanded, just like all Republicans now...anything to win philosophy! Thanks, Blue.

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 7:05 pm

Yesterday was the latest in a series of incidents in which McCain/Palin
supporters shouted threats relating to Barack Obama during a campaign
rally. A number of you have emailed me, wondering where the Secret
Service is in all of this.

Apparently, the threats have not gone unnoticed by the Secret Service, which is reportedly taking a closer look at yesterday's Palin event in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a threatening remark directed at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a political event in Scranton.

The agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune that a member of the crowd shouted, "Kill him!" after one mention of Mr. Obama's name during a rally Tuesday for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

The remark came while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd at the Riverfront Sports Complex. There is no indication Mr. Hackett or Mrs. Palin, who took the stage a half-hour later, heard the remark. [...]

Times-Tribune employees who covered the rally were interviewed today by the Secret Service.

It's incredible that it's come to this point.

Sir Walk F (124)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 9:10 pm

noted! you were on it before me. i should have known.
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