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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Yazoo City, Mass.

Tim Cahill may be on to something with his latest slap back at Charlie Baker. Massachusetts (at least its conservatives and Republicans) may have moved south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Treasurer Tim, who lurched far right after he launched his independent gubernatorial bid, brings the thought to mind with his shot at Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association that funded a major attack on Cahill. Barbour is proud of his roots in Yazoo City, Miss.

But the rhetoric from Cahill, Baker and junior Sen. Scott Brown suggests they may all seem comfortable with the "good ol' boys" mocked in Cahill's ad.

Let's start with Brown, the "independent Republican" who is now in bed with "independent Democrat" Joe Lieberman in sponsoring a bill that would strip naturalized Americans of their citizenship if they are found to have aided a foreign terrorist organization.

The cutely labeled Terrorist Expatriation Act (TEA, get it?) is so simple-minded a response to the recent Time Square failed bombing that even that noted Constitutional scholar Glenn Beck is against it.
"He has all the rights under the Constitution. We don’t shred the Constitution when it’s popular.”
And never mind that Faisal Shehzad has apparently been singing like a canary since he was read his Miranda rights, spilling details on who help finance his botched bombing.

Not to be outdone with the immigrant-bashing, Baker, a once moderate Republican, first declared, and is now furiously backpedaling, from a proposal he made that would require anyone seeking help from a Boston homeless shelter to prove he or she is a legal resident of the country.

Asked by a reporter whether that would mean turning away people needing a bed at the Pine Street Inn, a shelter in Boston’s South End, Baker said, “Yeah, I think we should require it for everything.’’

“I mean, I don’t think it’s appropriate for people who are residents of Massachusetts to be on waiting lists,’’ he continued, “when people who aren’t residents and citizens are taking advantage of services.’’

But now apparently the lamestream media and Deval Patrick are to blame for taking him out of context. He really only wants to crack down on long-term homeless.
Emergency situations, nobody will ever be turned away,’’ said Baker campaign spokesman Rick Gorka.
Add this to Baker's climate change skepticism, his support for highly paid cops and the Quinn bill over fiscal sanity and you have the essence of pretzel logic that is a common trait of Haley Barbour Republicans.

So Cahill may have it right when he says y'all come down here to Massachusetts. Just don't forget the sunscreen to avoid getting a red neck.

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