March 8, 2015 9:00 am -

[su_right_ad]Even if they think it’s only symbolic and not worth their time, the last minute decision of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to attend doesn’t begin to make up for their negligence.

None of the top leaders — House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy or Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was once thought likely to attend to atone for reports that he once spoke before a white supremacist group — originally planned be in Selma for the three-day event that commemorates the 1965 march and the violence that protesters faced at the hands of white police officers. A number of rank-and-file Republicans have been aggressively lobbying their colleagues to attend, and several black lawmakers concurred.

McCarthy announced late Friday he would attend, according to CNN.

Right. Only after they realized how bad it would look if someone didn’t go.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

29 responses to Only One Republican Congressman Attends Selma Commemoration

  1. Anomaly 100 March 8th, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Priebus went. I detest the little feller, but he did go. He probably went to suppress the event.

    • rg9rts March 8th, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Ole Turkey Wattles was there??

      • Anomaly 100 March 8th, 2015 at 10:40 am


        • rg9rts March 8th, 2015 at 10:42 am

          Just checkin

  2. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker March 8th, 2015 at 9:05 am

    So the Koch brothers only had one representative there?
    One would have thought they could have at least afforded two.

  3. craig7120 March 8th, 2015 at 10:01 am

    One? Was he lost? I’m sure it was by accident

  4. jasperjava March 8th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Selma is the symbol of the struggle against white supremacy.

    Why should the party that now represents white supremacy commemorate the event?

    • rg9rts March 8th, 2015 at 10:33 am

      They need the votes??

      • jasperjava March 8th, 2015 at 11:36 am

        Sad fact that they’ve given up on African-American voters, and prefer to shore up their base of unreconstructed right-wing conservative racists.

  5. rg9rts March 8th, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Just a part of the new Gopee reach out and touch some one campaign…the inclusion party

    • dave-dr-gonzo March 8th, 2015 at 10:48 am

      You’re included – if you’re white and have an income in excess of $200k/yr!

      • rg9rts March 8th, 2015 at 10:52 am

        Lets me out…You??

        • Suzanne McFly March 8th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

          Me too buddy, but I feel good to be excluded from their clan.

          • jasperjava March 8th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

            You misspelled the word “Klan”.

          • Suzanne McFly March 8th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

            I did that on purpose, I have to believe some of them don’t hold the views of the klan.

  6. eyelashviper March 8th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    The GOP is the party of bitter old hand wringers, gun clutchers, and religious whackos, and the last thing they ever do is to exhibit responsibility and civilized behavior.
    A group of hungry and tired pre-schoolers are more sensible and ethical..

  7. arc99 March 8th, 2015 at 11:32 am

    The headline is misleading. McCarthy was the only member of Congressional leadership to attend but according to the reports I have read about two dozen Congressional Republicans, President George W. Bush, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and other prominent Republicans were in attendance.

    Let’s not turn into Breitbart with bogus headlines folks. We can do better.

    • Suzanne McFly March 8th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Very true, I did see bush on my TV when they were talking about the politicians that where in attendance. He may not be the brightest bulb, but I do believe he does not hold the racist stances so many in his party do.

      • craig7120 March 8th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        I remember high 5ing W when he wouldn’t pardon Cheney’s buddy, Libby? over the cia leak. I like to think that if he had to do it all over he wouldn’t of selected Cheney. W, in my opinion has been the worst us president in my life time, Reagan than Nixon, economically speaking of course.
        It’s not personal with me as it is with the crazy sob’s on the right. That’s why I can never have a honest debate with today’s conservative, they’re just bat sht crazy with hatred.

        • Suzanne McFly March 8th, 2015 at 4:04 pm

          I think many on the right (the arm chair/pocketbook republicans) would not support “w” on his own. He was forced to have dick on his ticket IMO.

  8. jybarz March 8th, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Well, why would they go? The invitation got lost in the mail. Also, they’ve heard beforehand that President Obama was going to be there.

  9. Suzanne McFly March 8th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Is anyone else amazed at how quickly they are working on cleaning up their blatant racism? I think they are possibly going to run next election without sheets. They are conquering this beast in leaps and bounds.

  10. mrbigstuff March 8th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I would like to thank the Republicans that did attend whatever the reason they are risking reelction by the racist who will use this against them

  11. alpacadaddy March 8th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Yeah, I heard they were gonna send Scaliece , but his white robe & pointy dunce hat were at the cleaners!

    By the way gopee, how’s that ‘rebranding’ effort going?

  12. labman57 March 8th, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Of course they didn’t participate. They don’t want to upset their “racism doesn’t exist and slavery never happened” political base.

    Furthermore, many of these socially-regressive legislators also believe that the federal government had no business forcing the private sector to allow African Americans in their places of business, right Rand Paul?

  13. tracey marie March 8th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    they have KKK civil war celebrations, do you really believe they would celebrate the civil rights march?

  14. Boehner-Monkey March 8th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Ooook!

  15. THX 1138 March 9th, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Brown people voting really isn’t one of the interests of the GOP.

  16. Bunya March 9th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I’m actually surprised anyone at all from the GOP attended. What’s sad is they know their actions are being viewed as racists – and they don’t care.