Meet Gregory Giusti

Via TPM

So what did Gregory Giusti have to do to get arrested for threatening Speaker Nancy Pelosi? A fair amount, it seems. At least 48 harassing phone calls over a seven week period. Many of them pretty not nice.

In one case, according to the criminal complaint released today, Giusti got Pelosi herself on the phone at her home and "used extremely vulgar and crude language and threatened her, stating 'when you go back to California you won't have a home to go back to'." Justin Elliott has all the new details released this afternoon.

Uh, Oh... Bad Language. Conservatives Will Be Upset

I'm sure the wingnuts won't approve of this guy's foul mouth AT ALL...

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Flashback: Steele Said He Doesn’t Play “Race Game,” Claimed Dems Do

Via Plum Line

As noted below, Michael Steele suggested today that he has less margin for error as RNC chair because of his race. Asked if this was a problem, Steele replied: “The honest answer is Yes.”

But here’s Steele, back in November:

When I ran for the United States Senate and I was called an Uncle Tom by leading Democrats in the country, when I was called a slave by Steny Hoyer who is now the majority leader in the House, no one came running to my defense, and no one seemed to think that that was racist at the time. I don’t play the race card, I don’t play the race game, the way some tend to want to do.

And here’s Steele, back in December:

I’m kinda sick and tired of the left and Democrats in this country when they get in trouble and don’t get their way and their backs are up against the wall on legislation or whatever it is their trying to do, they go to that card, they play that race card, that slavery card, that civil rights card.

All this aside, there’s another element to Steele’s claim today that’s worth considering. Who, precisely, does Steele think gives him less room for error because of his race? Seems like there are only two possibilities here: He’s either talking about the media, or about fellow Republicans.

So, either Steele believes media figures are covering the RNC’s travails more aggressively because of his race. Or he’s saying racial bias is partly motivating his Republican critics, whose real motive, obviously, is that they’re worried about the damage Steele is doing to their party.