Day: April 7, 2011

HuffPo: Birther-Bonkers Donald Trump Now Sending ‘Investigators’ To Hawaii

Huffington Post

Reality-teevee candidate Donald Trump loves nothing more than the birthers who are sending him emails, so he’s decided to ride that pony all the way to the political margins. So, despite the fact that the paranoid birther conspiracy has been debunked, re-debunked, and rent to itty bitty pieces, Trump has sent his own “investigators” to Hawaii.

On the “Today Show” Thursday, Trump explained:

“I am saying I want to see the birth certificate. It’s very simple. I want to see the birth certificate. How come his own family doesn’t know which hospital he was born in? How come — forget about birth certificates. Let’s say there’s no birth certificate. How come in the hospital itself, okay? This is one of the…in the hospital itself, there’s no records of his birth. In other words, it doesn’t say how much they paid, where is the doctor, here’s your room bill.”Meredith Viera: “You’ve been privy to all of this, to know this?”

Donald Trump: “Well, I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re talking.”

Viera: “You have people now out there searching — I mean, in Hawaii?”

Trump: “Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they’re finding. And I’m serious.”

Trump went further down the rabbit hole on “Morning Joe” Thursday morning. Willie Geist, Ed Rendell, Donnie Deutsch and — sweet fancy Moses — even Pat Buchanan attempted to talk Trump down out of the tree, to no avail. They ended up basically staring slackjawed at each other and laughing as Trump went nuts.

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Walker’s Loss: 19 Counties Flip To Dems In Wis. Supreme Court Election

Huffington Post

A divisive budget battle between labor unions and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) turned a state Supreme Court race into a nationally watched bellwether on the electorate’s mood heading into a recall campaign and the 2012 elections.

Nearly 1.5 million people turned out to vote, representing 33.5 percent of voting-age adults — 68 percent higher than the 20 percent turnout officials had expected. JoAnne Kloppenburg has already declared victory, with the vote tallies showing her beating incumbent David Prosser by just a couple hundred votes. The race is expected to head to a recount.

Significantly, 19 counties that went for Walker in the 2010 elections this time flipped and went for Kloppenburg, including LaCrosse (59 percent), Sauk (56 percent) and Dunn (56 percent).

There were no party affiliations on the ballot, but Kloppenburg was heavily backed by Democrats and Prosser by Republicans, making it a fierce proxy battle for the two parties.

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate was jubilant over the results, saying they represent a “watershed moment for Wisconsin and a Waterloo for Scott Walker.”

“It should give Republicans, who are — for the moment — in the majority, pause about how they proceed in enacting Walker’s terrible budget,” he added.    

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TRMS:GOP/Paul Ryan’s bogus budget proposal

We can always count on Rachel to decipher the smoke and mirrors games of the GOP. 

The Rachel Maddow Blog

The new Republican budget proposal by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin leans on an economic forecast from the conservative Heritage Foundation.

You can see another, older Heritage forecast above. The predicted growth in jobs from President Bush’s economic strategy did not square with reality. Matt Yglesias dug up the chart and writes, “If you believe George W Bush unleashed an unprecedented economic boom with great jobs performance, rising incomes, and the paying off of the national debt then you’ll find a lot to like about Rep Ryan’s plan.”

Mr. Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” is now in video form, below. Bonus: Simon Johnson’s “National Debt for Beginners.”