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Remember when the Republican Party said it had to “rebrand” its message and they came out with their “Growth and Opportunity Project?”
The RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an effort to take the existing party engine and give it a top-to-bottom tuneup, has solutions that include: A $10 million-dollar effort to better connect with minority communities…
That was in March.
This would be the speaker of the Republican party today:
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Yo, GOP: Good luck.
December 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM
Ugh. If we aren’t going to get money out of our elections, I wish a $330 billion company that funded flaming progressive organizations would come along sometime (soon):
Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.
Organizations that received “substantial” funding from Google for the first time over the past year include Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union (best known for its CPAC conference) and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation that led the charge to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act: Heritage Action.
December 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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I wouldn’t be surprised if this were to happen under a Republican but under Mr. Constitutional lawyer Obama? It’s a disgrace. Maybe it’s just me but I expect Democrats to have higher standards — standards that tilt toward We the Little People and away from the corporatocracy and the rich having all the freakin’ advantages.
This is just fucking infuriating.
SEC Drops Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending From its Priority List
Missing from the Security and Exchange Commission’s list of regulatory priorities for the coming year is any plan to consider whether public companies should disclose their political spending, a setback for investor advocates who rallied behind the cause.
A “set back for investor advocates?” How about a set back for people like you and me who donate $10, $15, $20 and want to know what we’re up against?
Last year around this time, when the SEC released its 2013 to-do list, it signaled that it might consider formally proposing a rule to require the spending disclosures. But the item slipped off the 2014 agenda released this past week without any formal explanation.
Geezus. Don’t get me started.
December 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM
Red hot Wingnut / Teabagger alert here:
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More on this and other so-called “missteps” in Christie’s political career here.
November 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM
Here’s Glenn Beck in May, 2010.
I’m thinking this audio could be relevant in roughly August, 2016.
November 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Finance owns mine.
Finance owns the planet.
Notice that Ohio and Massachusetts are the only states where manufacturing reigns. Michigan should be in that category, but no. Real estate reigns there. Investors are buying cheap properties because manufacturing is dead. Workers are are moving out (because investors moved jobs overseas to increase profit via cheap labor) and in the end, those investors will make yet another a killing on the homes of the people who’ve left because of what they — the investors and their friends in Washington — did.
What a deal…for them, that is.
November 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM
Republicans who were stunned Romney didn’t win last November (the polls were “skewed!”) didn’t learn a thing. If they can’t pull their heads out of the closed loop belief that people who watch Faux and listen to Limbaugh are representative of Americans as a whole, they’re going to be pedaling up hill for a long time.
My Tweet of the Day:
Sure is fun to watch though.
October 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM
I’m so old I can remember when Ted Cruz was going to be the Republican party’s savior and Mike Lee was going to be his backup:
Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) favorability rating has collapsed as the public has become more familiar with him, according to a Gallup survey released on Thursday.
The survey found that 26 percent have a favorable view of the Texas Republican, against 36 percent unfavorable. That makes 62 percent of the public that has an opinion on Cruz, up from 42 percent in June, when 24 percent had a favorable view of him against 18 percent unfavorable – a 16-point negative swing.
The Gallup poll comes on the heels of a Brigham Young University survey that found Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) losing favor in his home state. Lee has seen a 20-point negative swing in his favorability rating from the same poll in June, and now sits at 40 percent favorable and 51 percent unfavorable in Utah.
Lee and Cruz led the charge in provoking a government shutdown over the funding of ObamaCare.
October 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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My, my, my. Interesting that we haven’t heard from good ol’ Gennifer Flowers for years but — what a coincidence (wink, wink) — she’s baaaack, just in time to set the Hillary Clinton smear machine in motion ahead of the 2016 presidential election. I wonder who’s paying her:
Their 12-year affair made Gennifer Flowers one of the most high profile mistresses in America. Now, two decades after they split amid scandal, the former news reporter from Little Rock, Arkansas wants to ‘sit down and talk’ with Bill Clinton.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Gennifer has spoken of her deep regret at turning down Clinton’s pleas to talk some eight years ago and revealed her belief that they would still be together today, were it not the birth of Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea.
She said: ‘We have some unresolved issues that it would be nice to sit down and talk about now. He was the love of my life and I was the love of his life and you don’t get over those things.’
Gennifer said: ‘I don’t know Huma or the Weiners. I just know what Bill told me and that was that he was aware that Hillary was bisexual and he didn’t care. He should know.
‘He said Hillary had eaten more p***y than he had.’
Yep, that familiar narrative: Any woman who’s as powerful, secure and forceful as Hillary is has GOT to be a lesbian, or at the very, very least, bisexual. Therefore, she’s an “other” so don’t vote for her! She’s creepy.
And poor Gennifer Flowers. What a pitiful figure. She has built her life on having had an affair with Bill Clinton. Sad.
September 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Hahahahahah. You’ll recognize Peter King if you watch any cable news, especially Fox:
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Rep. Pete King of Long Island: I am Running for President
During an interview on a New Hampshire radio station, the New York Republican became the first GOP member to throw his hat into the ring for 2016.
King, making the second of four scheduled visits to the state in the summer and fall, told a New Hampshire radio station on Friday that he’s here “because now I’m running for President.”
Talk about being inside the Fox/Limbaugh bubble, King is so ensconced in it he actually thinks he has a chance to win. SO FUNNY!
Here are a few of King’s choicer quotes. The guy is a reactionary, paranoid nut and far from the smartest taco on the plate.
September 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM
My Tweets of the Day:
Do it GOP. Please. Pretty please!
(OMG. The GOP is still living in the closed Faux / Limbaugh / Hannity loop it was in last year. That “rebranding” ain’t going all that well. Actually, it ain’t going anywhere at all, which indicates to me that kids are at the helm.)
August 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM
It would be one thing if “E! News” did this but when the supposed “real” news outlets do it it’s pretty disgusting. In short, get ready to get played:
Here we go again.
More than three years ahead of the 2016 election, Donald Trump is already hinting at a presidential run, and the media — though certain this time around that he can’t be serious — are covering it anyway.
Dubbed a “sideshow” by NBC’s Chuck Todd and a “serial presidential campaign explorer” by CBS News, Trump is being accused by the press of engaging in yet another publicity stunt. “Folks,” the NBC News political team flatly declared this week, “he isn’t going to run.”
But don’t for one second think that means an end to Trump coverage. And lots of it.
Even as reporters suggest that Trump should not be taken seriously, many media organizations continue to cover him as a potential legitimate candidate, as they did in 2012. The reason for that is something Trump, the executive producer and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is very familiar with: ratings.
August 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM
I’m headed out the door but I wanted to alert everyone to this must-read article about Mitch McConnell specifically and the Republican party in general. In sort, the Tea Party has the GOP by the balls and it’s going to be hell around here until at least November, 2016.
August 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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The obituary of Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to claw back the sweeping powers of the National Security Agency has largely been written as a victory for the White House and NSA chief Keith Alexander, who lobbied the Hill aggressively in the days and hours ahead of Wednesday’s shockingly close vote. But Hill sources say most of the credit for the amendment’s defeat goes to someone else: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. It’s an odd turn, considering that Pelosi has been, on many occasions, a vocal surveillance critic.
Not exactly. If the author of this article had done just a wee bit of The Google, he’d have learned how fake Pelosi’s criticism was, this from Glenn Greenwald: Democratic Establishment Unmasked: Prime Defenders of NSA Bulk Spying.
Bottom line? We’ve been punked.
Ahead of the razor-thin 205-217 vote, which would have severely limited the NSA’s ability to collect data on Americans’ telephone records if passed, Pelosi privately and aggressively lobbied wayward Democrats to torpedo the amendment.
“Pelosi had a big effect on more middle-of-the road hawkish Democrats who didn’t want to be identified with a bunch of lefties [voting for the amendment],” said the aide.
Shorter: Liberal San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi gave cover to “more middle-of-the-road hawkish Democrats” to vote to continue the spy program, instead of leading them in the other direction.
Going back to Glenn Greenwald (link above):
None of this should be surprising. Remember: this is the same Nancy Pelosi who spent years during the Bush administration pretending to be a vehement opponent of the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program after it was revealed by the New York Times, even though (just as was true of the Bush torture program) she was secretly briefed on it many years earlier when it was first implemented. At the end of June, we published the top secret draft report by the Inspector General’s office of the NSA that was required to provide a comprehensive history of the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program secretly ordered by Bush in late 2001. That report included this passage:
“Within the first 30 days of the Program, over 190 people were cleared into the Program. This number included Senators Robert Graham and Richard Shelby, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Counsel to the Vice President David Addington, and Presidential Assistant I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby.”
Okay. That’s it. If Nancy Pelosi can’t stand for the difference between Democrats and Republicans I give up.
I’m not leaving the Democratic party. They party’s leaving me.
I hitchhiked from Michigan to D.C. in the early 70s to protest the Vietnam War. Democrats like George McGovern and Eugene McCarthy stood with us. The differences between the parties were clear.
Nancy Pelosi is a Democrat? No way.
Democrats are melding with Republicans and it’s got to stop.
We desperately need new blood. (But good luck with that what with Citizens United huh? Geezus. We’re in a big freakin’ fix.)
The things I posted above happened on Wednesday, July 24. This would be Nancy Pelosi scrambling like a penguin stuck on ice today:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is circulating to fellow Democrats a letter she intends to send to President Obama outlinging [sic] their concerns over the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance.
The letter asks the president to “explore options which will preserve Americans’ privacy and civil liberties while protecting our national security.”
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Bye Nancy. You’ve burned my bridge.
July 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM
This is bad, bad, bad news for Republicans but what’s also bad, bad, bad news is that it’s true:
New Poll: Latino voters strongly reject anti-immigrant posturing from House Republicans
New polling results released today show clear evidence that Latino voters now believe that the anti-immigrant voices in the House are not isolated individuals but that many Republicans in Congress hold these views. When hearing a quote from Republican Mo Brooks, “There is a surefire way to create jobs now for American citizens: evict all illegal aliens from America” 77% of Latino voters said it gives them a less favorable view of the overall Republican Party. After hearing quotes from eight different House Republicans, 66% of Latino voters said the anti-immigrant quotes represent “many Republicans in Congress” compared to 27% who said they represent only a few isolated individuals.
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More info and interesting graphs here.
July 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM
It looks like House Republicans are going to kill immigration reform so on that note, here’s my Tweet of the Day:
July 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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The American entrepreneur Donald Trump has failed to deliver on pledges to create thousands of jobs through a supposed billion-pound investment that were key to planning approval for his hugely controversial Scottish golf resort, an investigation has found.
By his own admission, Mr Trump has created no more than 200 of his promised 6,000 jobs and is thought to have spent just £25m on the scheme while bulldozing environmentally sensitive areas of the Scottish coast, according to a new analysis of the scheme’s finances.
Mr. Trump’s failure so far to deliver his vision does not appear to have harmed his own interests. It is believed the planning permissions for the land have helped boost the value of his Scottish estate, bought for £7m, by at least £100m.
So Trump told local authorities that his “vision” would create 6,000 jobs so they approved Trump “bulldozing environmentally sensitive areas of the Scottish coast,” and now that promise has fallen flat on its face.
What an SOB.
July 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s power seems to have gone to this head:
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Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, have used taxpayer money for a range of small personal items they should have paid for themselves under state policy, according to spending records.
The McDonnells have billed the state for body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins and a digestive system “detox cleanse,” the records show. They also have used state employees to run personal errands for their adult children. In the middle of a workday, for example, a staffer retrieved Rachel McDonnell’s newly hemmed pants at a tailoring shop nine miles from the governor’s mansion. Another time, a state worker was dispatched to a dry cleaner 20 miles away to pick up a storage box for Cailin McDonnell’s wedding dress.
About six months into the governor’s term, the official who oversees mansion spending told the McDonnells that they should not have charged taxpayers for a number of expenses, including deodorant, shoe repairs and dry-cleaning their children’s clothing. The official asked the McDonnells to pay the state back more than $300, which they did, and also gave them a refresher on what the state will and won’t provide for occupants of the governor’s mansion.
But since that time, state records show that the McDonnells have continued to let taxpayers pick up the tab for numerous personal items, including vitamins, nasal spray and sleep-inducing elixirs.
I’m glad McDonnell got busted for this. Hopefully he’ll stop now that this is the second time around.
This is a perfect illustration of the term, “arrogance of power.” It’s just wrong and I’m sure the state employees who’ve been asked to run errands for McDonnell and his family will be relieved. That would piss me off no end.
June 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Karl Rove’s group, American Crossroads, released this video this morning. Now come on Darrell Issa, look me in the eye and tell me this whole Benghazi witch hunt isn’t all about politics and the 2016 election.
May 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM
For those who still think it’s too soon to be talking about 2016 … tough luck.
On Friday, C-SPAN will start branding events with likely presidential hopefuls as “Road to the White House 2016.” The series starts tomorrow with footage of speeches by Vice President Joe Biden and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in South Carolina, and will continue with other events later this month.
This is an unusually early start date for the series, which normally gets under way about two years ahead of Election Day. C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House 2012″ didn’t start until Aug. 3, 2010.
News organizations have been hyping the 2016 presidential contest since before the 2012 election, and not a day goes by where there isn’t some talk of politicians’ presidential ambitions. But now, with C-SPAN on board, I think it’s fair to say that the race is truly on.
Can you hear me screaming?
May 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM
There’s this (note the last paragraph):
The last paragraph reads:
We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.
Larger version here.
And there’s this:
March 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM
I guess this is what Republicans mean when they say they’re “rebranding” their party: Continue to deny gays and lesbians equal rights but be nice about it:
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“I know for a fact that as it relates to gay marriage and other social issues there is growing divergence of opinion on this. When we talk about it, we ought to talk about it with a different tone — and we ought to talk about it recognizing that there is more than one point of view, and we should talk about it in a way that is not judgmental.
If we can get to that point where people who have diverging points of view and express them in a civil way, the conservative coalition can stay intact.”
March 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM
Never mind that people are being made second class citizens and being discriminated against. Supporting gay marriage because it could bring in big bucks is making Republicans think twice about their opposition to it.
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WARNING: Revulsion alert:
Republican fundraisers say the changing views of gay marriage in their party could unlock big money from GOP donors in places like New York, California and Florida — where some Republicans have kept their checkbooks closed over what they saw as misplaced priorities, at best, or intolerance, at worst, at the highest ranks of the party.
Several Republicans pointed to Sen. Rob Portman’s switch in support of gay marriage as a watershed moment for the party. And more than two dozen high-profile GOP-ers asked the Supreme Court to back gay rights. And even Foster Friess, Rick Santorum’s top benefactor, has softened his stance on domestic partnership.
“Republicans’ intolerance to marriage equality has been detrimental to winning,” said Aaron McLear, a California Republican strategist. “Big donors understand that they don’t want to invest in campaigns focused on a losing issue, and I think certainly the fiscal issues for Republicans are much more marketable.”
Never mind human beings. It’s all about “fiscal issues” and being “marketable.”
Ugh. Gag me.
March 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Even though it’s early, here’s my Tweet of the Day.
The operative word here is “fantasy.” Obamacare isn’t going to be repealed and Paul Ryan knows. But in order to maintain his street cred with the Tea Partiers, he’s got to play this game and throw them some red meat, even though he’s wasting everyone’s time doing it.
March 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM
That title is no joke. Read on:
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What Do You do When One Party is This Dishonest?
We’re still waiting for a full rollout of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan’s Republican budget, but there’s confirmation now that it will once again rely heavily on retaining the Medicare cuts passed in the Affordable Care Act (even as Ryan’s budget repeals the rest of the law).
[E]veryone is under-appreciating just how outrageous this is. For the second time in a row, Paul Ryan and the Republicans have run a national election campaign (the 2012 presidential election) in which the main theme was bashing the Democrats … for a policy which Republicans support — and indeed are making a key part of the most important policy blueprint that they will roll out this year.
This is no garden-variety flip-flop. It’s a fundamental decision to govern one way and campaign the exact opposite way.
This is one of those cases where it’s so audacious that reporters just don’t want to believe it.
I really can’t think of any comparably dishonest episode in recent American political history. To base not one but two campaigns on attacking the other party for a policy which, between elections, they support…it’s well beyond chutzpah. Oh, and that’s without even beginning to reckon with the fact that the House GOP’s larger Medicare plans call for much bigger long-term cuts than Obamacare made.
1) This wouldn’t happen if Republicans knew, for sure, without a doubt, that the media would report this kind of bait and switch clearly and repeatedly.
2) We’ve got to invent a new word. Outrageous, audacious, dishonest and chutzpah don’t describe what the Republicans are doing now, and have been doing for years. I guess the big takeway is that they’re willing to lie to the American people and tell them during campaigns they’ll do the exact opposite of what they intend to do if elected.
Way to corrode the democratic process guys.
March 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM
This is the actual chyron on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC right now: “1,341 Days to Go. Decision 2016.”
Let me outta here!
March 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
Geezus. Seniors make up a fair number of those who still vote Republican but Jeb Bush is apparently trying to change that. Makes me wonder what happened to the Republican vow to “remake” their party after November. Guess that’s off the table now.
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Jeb Bush Opposed to Florida Medicaid Expansion
(CNN) – Florida’s former governor Jeb Bush isn’t in alignment with the Sunshine State’s current Republican executive on the issue of accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to more lower income residents.
Asked by CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper about Rick Scott’s recent decision to accept the funds, which are included as part of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law, Bush said he had reservations about the Medicaid expansion, which will be totally funded by the federal government for the first three years. After that, federal funding will be phased down.
Jeb is going downright Tea Party on us. Heck. It worked for Romney so why not.
March 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM
If I had the time I’d start a chart right now tracking Jeb Bush’s flip-flops as he surfaces in what looks like the beginning of a presidential run.
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This would be Jeb yesterday:
Distancing himself from his former-president brother and Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush appeared to reverse course Monday when he said undocumented immigrants should not be given a pathway to citizenship.
The former Florida governor’s comments came on the eve of the release of a new immigration-reform book he co-wrote called “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.”
“A grant of citizenship is an undeserving reward for conduct that we cannot afford to encourage,” Bush wrote in the book with co-author Clint Bolick, a conservative lawyer.
“Those who violated the law can remain but cannot obtain the cherished fruits of citizenship,” they wrote.
Until Monday, Bush had one of the most liberal immigration positions for a conservative leader.
And this would be Jeb this morning on “Morning Joe:”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday that he would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants “if you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship where there isn’t an incentive for people to come illegally” — a position that puts him at odds with his new book, out today from Simon & Schuster.
Not. A. Good. Start.
Not only that, are we ready for another Bush? Really?
March 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM
About Marco Rubio delivering the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, truer words were never spoken:
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“The selection of Rubio to speak for his party marked the latest, and perhaps most overt, step in the GOP’s rehabilitation project since Election Day, an effort to repackage its identity without altering its policies.“
Those last four words are key: “…without altering its policies.”
I’m praying people won’t be fooled.
February 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM
One more note (see here and here) on the new Republican “savior,” Marco Rubio,
(Image via Time.com – February 7, 2013 Issue)
Just minutes ago he voted against the Violence Against Women Act:
Just hours ahead of stepping in front of the cameras to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address; Senator Marco Rubio voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The VAWA passed the Senate, despite Rubio’s no vote, by a 78-22 margin. All 22 of those who voted against the reauthorization of the bill were men and included not only Rubio but also Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The original Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994, but expired in 2011 as Congress’ partisan divide grew. The bill seeks to help victims of domestic violence, stalking, and other crimes. The reauthorization added new protections for LGBT and Native American victims.
So there we have it. The stupid party is trying to reach out to Latinos via supposed wonder boy Marco Rubio but the problem is, all they’re doing is putting lipstick on a pig.
(If you want to read Time’s cover article about Rubio, here it is.)
You can put lipstick on a pig, but he’s still a pig.
Here is a full list of the 22 people (all men, all Republicans) who voted against the bill.
February 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM