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One Sad Thing About Midterm Elections 2010 [Ironic Headline Alert]

November 3rd, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

If there’s one thing we Californiasians should be bummed about, it’s that Prop 19–the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in our state–didn’t pass.

Which means, among many things, that we will not be able to start serving cannabis cookies at family functions in order to force our Hardass Asian aunts into being slightly less awkward, perhaps… almost… warm.

And that California, for all of its Wild West-ness and reputation for progressive mantras, has proven in just two election cycles–by attempting to snuff out gay marriage and recoiling from legal pot–that the state is really just an uptight asshole. It wears a tweed dress jacket from Talbots. It should really smoke some weed.

More importantly, the inability to pass Prop 19 means that we will sadly not be seeing more of Lynn Chen as a stoner:

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June 18th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Oh, how that sneaky Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) toys with our emotions! We never know how we’re gonna feel about him (okay, pretty sure we love the guy–but he sure can bum us out) on any given day. He’s always so full of surprises!

Earlier this week, during BP America President Lamar McKay‘s public shaming congressional testimony regarding the Gulf oil spill, Cao said what we’re sure lots of people are thinking, but would never say aloud:

From HuffPo:

“Mr. Stearn asked Mr. McKay to resign. In the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we would just give you a knife and ask you to commit Hari-Kari [sic]. My constituents are still debating on what they want me to ask you to do, but that being said, the cleaning up process has been a disgrace and the claims process has been dismal…”

Of course the comments were extreme and Cao has since stated that they were meant only to convey his level of frustration with BP, but dayum! We couldn’t have scripted his words better if we tried ( okay, we did try, but it wasn’t any better).

Rep. Joseph Barton (R-TX), on the other hand, did the opposite this week. When it was his turn to speak during BP CEO Tony Hayward’s public shaming congressional testimony, he said what nobody else would say aloud, and uh, NOBODY ELSE WAS THINKING:

Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Rep. Joseph Barton (R-TX)

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Buh-Bye, Rep. Joseph Cao

March 22nd, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

After being the only Republican to support the healthcare reform bill in November, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) voted against it Sunday, because he felt its executive order prohibiting the federal funding of abortions–a restriction brokered by an anti-abortion Dem, Rep. Bart Stupak–was not strict enough. The bill eventually passed 219-212.

Hi? Or Bye?

Now, if activity in the Twitterverse following the bill’s passage gives us any kind of accurate temperature read on the future of freshman Congressman Cao, who hails from a highly Democratic district in NOLA…


[The Hill: Lone GOP 'yes' vote last time is voting 'no' this time around]

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! “GO BACK TO Saigon, South Vietnam” Joseph Cao

November 10th, 2009 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

This Tweet, from @RightBloggerPat, speaks for itself (and by self we mean its pedestrian, unoriginal, 3rd grade, racist core):

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The old “go back to where you came from” stinger!



[Newsweek: Rep. Joseph Cao, the Sole Republican to Support Pelosi Health Bill]

Thanks, @ohmgee!

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November 9th, 2009 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana
An R Prioritizing America's Health Over Party Lines

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Louisiana’s Joseph Cao–our favorite centrist Republican–has proven once again that although he probably belongs on our side of the fence, he’s totally doing some good shit on his.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act, also known as H.R. 3962, passed in the house yesterday with a vote of 220-215. Historic.

The only Republican to vote for the bill was Cao, who has a strong background of breaking party lines, and has now made an indelible mark on the epic nationwide health care debate—a strong move for someone in his first year in Congress.

We may have underestimated Cao before, but we aren’t any longer. This fearless muthafucka is definitely one to keep our eyes on for the long haul!

[CNN: House Passes Health Care Reform Bill]
[Bloomberg: Cao’s Health-Care Vote Puts Endangered Republican ‘On the Map’]

Thanks, Abe, Cate, Dave and Jasmine!

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Rep. Joseph Cao Is One Of Us And We Don’t Mean “Asian”

September 18th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) was one of only 7 Republicans in the House who broke across party lines Tuesday and voted to rebuke South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson for shouting “You lie!” during Obama’s health care speech to Congress last week. The 240-179 vote in favor of rebuking (love that word, so hardass) Wilson came after Wilson refused to deliver a formal apology from the House floor.

Rep. Joseph Cao with his daughters Betsy and Sophia before the swearing in of the 111th Congress

The Daily Beast posted a terrific piece about Cao following the vote, calling him both “the most endangered Republican in the House,” because he comes from a largely Democratic district in New Orleans, and “among the most White House-friendly Republican politicians in the country.” It suggested that Cao may be the only member of the GOP who’ll support Obama’s health care plan and also quoted the Louisiana lawmaker as saying:

(Republicans) have to be approachable to the average American family. We have to be approachable to the average American. Unfortunately, I don’t believe our message has been that. It’s been somewhat anti-immigrant, it’s been oftentimes too pro-business and anti-family.

In other words, Cao votes with Democrats, supports Obama, and wants to put immigrants (like himself) and families before big business? Dude. If it looks like a Democrat, swims like a Democrat and quacks like a Democrat, then it probably is a Democrat.

Come over to our side already, Rep. Cao!

(P.S. Your wife, Kate, is too hot to be a Republican, anyway.)


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Rep. Joseph Cao Admits He’s a Closet Case

March 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Meowww, Mrs. Cao!

On Tuesday, in front of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Rep. Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress, admitted to being a closet case. A “closet Democrat” that is. His exact words were:

“Don’t tell the Republicans, but I might be a closet Democrat,” said Cao to a round of laughter.

Now, this sounds like a prime example of Rep. Cao, who comes from a heavily Democratic district, panda-ring–what you’d call pandering to our people–but methinks there is another explanation.



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You Take the Good, You Take the Bad, You Take the Cao…

December 9th, 2008 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

…and there you have: A Viet in the House. A Viet in the House!

Everyone is all kinds of excited about the fact that there’s now a Vietnamese-American dude rocking the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana (It’s no wonder–consider it a super-unlikely opportunity for Reprzentasian in that District if you aren’t experienced, Black or a Democrat).

Anh “Joseph” Cao is my peeps’ first Reprzentative, and that isn’t nothing! In fact, for my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, I’m sure that achievement alone would be enough for us all to claim bragging rights and call it a year. Incidentally, I think it’s a bit of a mixed bag–a little bit of good news, and a little bit of bad.

Wow, Joseph Cao victorious in Louisiana… Good and Bad?

Let’s think:

Cao is the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House! Woot! We all love to be the first! …that’s GOOD!

As a nominee, Cao received endorsements from Christian right PACs, Bobby Jindal, and Pat Boone. Umm… X…that’s BAD!

Because of Cao, lots of people have been forced to read/speak/say/smell/spell the word “Vietnamese” in national headlines. Are we here? YES! To stay? FUCK YES! …that’s GOOD!

Like my Aunt “Tracy,” Cao has adopted an “American” name in “Quotations” so that people can refer to him more easily. What’s wrong with the name Anh? My sister’s name is Anh. It’s a hot name! Hotter than Tracy, at least. X…that’s BAD!

Cao is a Republican, although that’s not inherently bad (I guess)–in fact he considers himself a political centrist, running last year in 2007 as an Independent, and shape-shifting just before this election as a strategic move to crush his veteran incumbent Dem opponent. The fact that he’s a Republican? Kind of a bummer. Late-game party-changing? Not great. But the fact that he admittedly capitalized off of low voter turnout–the result of voter fatigue in an election postponed a month by Hurricane Gustav… that ol’ politics kinda gives us the creepy tingles. X…that’s BAD!

Cao was accused of resorting to negative advertising, and at the very least benefited from PAC-produced negative ads, all seemingly deployed to discourage and disenfranchise African-American voters. X…that’s BAD!

Cao has dedicated himself to multiple efforts aiding Vietnamese refugees, and aims to further Vietnam as a peaceful, Democratic state. …that’s GOOD!

Cao is a dedicated church-goer, which gives his life structure and meaning. …that’s GOOD!

He’s a devout Catholic, who cites religious reasons for his party choice, and–more importantly–adamantly opposes abortion. X…that’s BAD!

The man is cute as a button (see photo above) and reminds us of a little, very friendly muppet, or Los Angeles sushi Chef Saito (also cute as a button). …that’s GOOD!

Cao’s Vietnamese heritage combined with his Houston, Texas upbringing basically make him a life meld of Jen and Diana… …that’s GOOD!

But doesn’t that fact automatically make him DISGRASIAN? X…that’s BAD!

I suppose only time will tell.

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Thanks, Maris, Ken, and Betty!

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