ABC Poll: Republicans About As Popular As Ebola.

Polls can be manipulated so I take little stock in them, but the headline is hilarious!

Daily Kos

We love to bash Republicans around here, but we’re pretty much political Junkies and know a good deal more about what they’re doing to our democracy and country than most of the general public.  But even if you’re a member of the uninformed public that neglects your responsibility to be an informed citizen, you just can’t avoid realizing just how awful these people really are.

Of course if you’re uninformed enough, you fall into the false equivalence of they’re all the same, and you buy into the meme of a pox on both your houses, so some of this discontent rubs off on the Democrats.

From a new ABC poll

I’ll try to build a little table with some of the results.

Here’s the results for Republicans

                               Favorable            unfavorable
All Adults                       35                       60Registered Voters            38                       60

Democrats                     14                       85

Republicans                    79                       21

Independents                 31                       61

Male                             38                       59

Female                          33                       62

<$50K                          32                       63

$50K-$100K                   38                      56

>$100K                        39                       61

Liberal                          16                       80

Moderate                     32                       66

Conservative                 59                      38

Hard to find anyone who is satisfied with the dysfunctional party the Oligarchs have built.  But what about the Dems?

                               Favorable            unfavorable
All Adults                       49                       46

Registered Voters            51                       46

Democrats                     85                       14

Republicans                    15                       85

Independents                 41                       50

Male                             44                       52

Female                          54                       40

<$50K                          51                       44

$50K-$100K                   46                      48

>$100K                        53                       46

Liberal                          73                       24

Moderate                     52                        45

Conservative                28                        70

Now these aren’t the types of numbers that Democrats can jump up and down over, but they’re sure a lot better than the Republicans.  The Dems do better than the Republicans in almost everycategory.  I was pretty surprised to see those numbers broke down by income.  Even the rich are turning against the radicalized Republicans.So this is a ray of hope for Nov.  The question becomes, how many of these people will show up at the polls, and how many will once again vote against their own interests.

The Republican Party’s problem with black people

The Republican Party mascot in front of the Starlite Ballroom at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Washington Post – Jonathan Capehart

Overall, I agree with Ron Christie’s argument in the Daily Beast on “how to really empower black voters nationwide.” The former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney says, “Republicans need a positive message for people of color, and they need to state that message clearly, and with conviction.” The Republican strategist, who is African American, writes, “Republicans need to expand who they are talking to in communities of color.” Both are very true. But the GOP suffers a bit from denial and has a self-reinforcing image problem that makes it seem inhospitable to people of color, which is something that comes through in the fourth paragraph of Christie’s column.

It jumps off the excellent story last week by Nate Cohn on the potentialpower of the Southern black vote in keeping the Democrats in control of the Senate. “Now we need to see the power of the black vote expand nationwide,” Christie writes, “which will only happen when Republicans and Democrats alike are forced to fight for their support.” And then he adds:

Given that roughly 90 percent of blacks are committed supporters of the Democratic Party, I suspect they will take this voting bloc for granted by promising more government support and handouts — belittling blacks by assuming that a majority of us are interested in “free” stuff from the government. I also assume that they’ll continue pushing the canard that the Republican push for voter ID laws is an attempt to disenfranchise black voters.

Voter identification laws as an attempt to disenfranchise black voters is hardly a canard. Plenty of Republicans, elected and unelected, are on record admitting it. Colin Powell went so far as to take his party to task over its fevered claims of voter fraud. “You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud,” the former secretary of state said last year in North Carolina. “How can it be widespread and undetected?” Indeed, how can it?

As for belittling blacks, the Republican insistence on peddling makers-vs.-takers nonsense to deny that there are people in this country in need of assistance is a prime example of said condescension. Surely, the GOP must see that it shoots itself in the foot with every utterance of “free stuff.” Good luck getting a look-see from folks loudly branded as moochers by the same people asking to be taken seriously. And let’s be clear: Free stuff is the food sample the folks at Costco hand you, not the food stamps that keep families from going hungry.

A combination photo shows Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel (L) attending a rally in Madison, Mississippi and Republican U.S. Senator ThadCochran campaigning in Pass Christian, Mississippi June 19, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)
Tea party candidate Chris McDaniel, left, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

No sooner did Christie slam “free stuff” than he praised a Republican who saved his seat by highlighting his ability to get “free stuff” from Washington. Christie praised Sen. Thad Cochran’s successful run-off against challenger Chris McDaniel as a model for “how to effectively bring black voters to the polls.” The five-term senator from Mississippi won, Christie insists, “because Cochran did what many Republicans seem reluctant to do: Ask for the support of black voters, and make a real, substantive argument for that support.”

Yes, that is true. But in asking, Cochran did something else. According to a Jackson Free Press story last month, “Cochran tout[ed] his support for historically black colleges and universities, the Jackson Medical Mall and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps.” One man’s “bring home the bacon” is another man’s “free stuff.” Christie doesn’t try to explain how Cochran’s actions didn’t belittle blacks.

Like I said, Christie makes a good point. Democrats and Republicans should actively compete for the African American vote. And there is no denying that he is correct in his assessment that Democrats take black voters for granted. But Republicans make that oh so easy when their condescension, racially tinged rhetoric and questionable policies make them an unworthy alternative.

Two-Thirds Of Republicans Think Impeaching Obama Would Be Justified

No attribution

First of all…on what legitimate grounds would he be impeached?  Secondly, the Right’s perceived “Obama offenses” are mainly made up lies and a host of deliberate misconceptions…

The Huffington Post

Sarah Palin raised eyebrows last week when she called on Congress to impeach President Barack Obama, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that the former Alaska governor is not alone. A third of Americans, and two-thirds of Republicans, think Obama should be impeached.

Among all Americans, those saying Congress would not be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings against Obama outnumber those who think it would be justified, 44 percent to 35 percent, while 21 percent said they weren’t sure.

The question drew a huge partisan divide. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said beginning the impeachment process would be justified, while only 8 percent of Democrats said the same. Independents were divided, 37 percent to 37 percent, while 26 percent said they weren’t sure. Overall, 26 percent of non-Republicans said impeachment would be justified.

Impeachment was described in the poll as “the first step in the constitutional process for removing a president from office, in which possible crimes are investigated and charges are made.” A HuffPost/YouGov poll experiment conducted last year found that support for Obama’s impeachment varied depending on question wording, but that at least half of Republicans said they would support his impeachment no matter how the question was worded.

Obama isn’t the only recent president to face calls for impeachment from members of the other party. A 2007 Gallup poll asked the same question about George W. Bush, and found that 36 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans, said there was justification for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

The 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton also divided Americans along party lines. A 2001 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 77 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents, but only 17 percent of Democrats, thought the House of Representatives made the right decision when it impeached Clinton.

The Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post polls were accessed using the Roper Center’s iPoll database.

In the new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 49 percent of Americans said Obama had exceeded the limits of authority placed on the president by the Constitution, while 34 percent said he had not. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats said Obama had exceeded the limits of his authority.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted July 9-11 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be foundhere.

This story has been updated to include the percentage of non-Republicans who said impeachment would be justified.

Obama Gets Blunt: The Problem is Republicans and Their Failed Trickle Down Fantasies

Obama MN by  WH photog Pete Souza

Obama in MN | WH photog Pete Souza


Speaking this afternoon at Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar in the house, in addition to Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Keith Ellison and Mayor Betsy Hodges, President Obama let go of the tight constrictions of diplomacy and got real about the problems in DC: It’s Republicans and their failed trickle down fantasies. They just don’t get what people are going through.

“(S)o far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every single serious idea to strengthen the middle class,” President Obama told the crowd. Lest you think he’s exaggerating, he went through the list and it’s not pretty.

Read on via a White House transcript:

And sometimes I’m supposed to be politic about how I say things — (laughter) — but I’m finding lately that I just want to say what’s on my mind. (Applause.) So let me just be clear — I want you think about this — so far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every single serious idea to strengthen the middle class. You may think I’m exaggerating, but let me go through the list. They’ve said no to raising the minimum wage. They’ve said no to fair pay. Some of them have denied that there’s even a problem, despite the fact that women are getting paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is getting paid.

They’ve said no to extending unemployment insurance for more than three million Americans who are out there looking every single day for a new job, despite the fact that we know it would be good not just for those families who are working hard to try to get back on their feet, but for the economy as a whole. Rather than invest in working families getting ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.


THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo, by the way. I want you to vote. (Laughter and applause.) I mean, over and over again, they show that they’ll do anything to keep in place systems that really help folks at the top but don’t help you. And they don’t seem to mind. And their obstruction is keeping a system that is rigged against families like Ben’s and Rebekah’s.

Now, I’m not saying these are all bad people; they’re not. When I’m sitting there just talking to them about family, we get along just fine. Many of them will acknowledge when I talk to them — yes, I know, I wish we could do something more, but I can’t — but they can’t be too friendly towards me because they’d be run out of town by the tea party. (Laughter.)

But sometimes I get a sense they just don’t know what most folks are going through. They keep on offering a theory of the economy that time and again failed for the middle class. They think we should give more tax breaks to those at the top. They think we should invest less in things like education. They think we should let big banks, and credit card companies, and polluters, and insurers do only whatever is best for their bottom line without any responsibility to anybody else. They want to drastically reduce or get rid of the safety net for people trying to work their way into the middle class.

And if we did all these things, they think the economy will thrive and jobs will prosper, and everything will trickle down.

And just because they believe it, it doesn’t mean the rest of us should be believing it — because we’ve tried what they’re peddling, and it doesn’t work. We know from our history that our economy does not grow from the top down, it grows from the middle out. We do better when the middle class does better. We do better when workers are getting a decent salary. We do better when they’ve got decent benefits. (Applause.) We do better when a young family knows that they can get ahead. And we do better when people who are working hard know that they can count on decent childcare at an affordable cost, and that if they get sick they’re not going to lose their homes.

Yesterday the bear was on the loose at an ice cream shop and today he’s getting real with the truth. Republicans are out of touch with what real people are going through. Indeed, it’s fair to say that most politicians are out of touch with what real people are going through. They believe that talking about the poor and middle class is simply something they have to do to get elected. That’s why it’s imperative for voters to look at a politician’s record.

For example, currently the Republican Speaker of the House is aiming to sue President Obama for taking action to help the workers and citizens of this country after Congress failed to act.

Republicans have rejected all jobs bills, instead clinging to the Keystone Pipeline as a “jobs bill” — when in fact it is just more corporate giveaways instead of an investment in this country. Look at their records to see if it matches with their rhetoric.

No matter the party, they should be for raising the minimum wage, be for extending unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed, for fair pay for women, not be cutting aid to children and the elderly in tough times, want to address climate change, not be advocating for more war when the VA is underfunded and they refuse to fund it, and in general should be putting people ahead of corporations. These used to be bipartisan ideas. If they are not anymore, Republicans need to admit that they are no longer for the working man and woman, against children and the elderly, against our veterans when they get home, and against reality regarding climate change.

President Obama is fired up and taking aim. Wise Republicans (?) would recall what happened to Obama’s past opponents before stepping in more mud. But we all know this GOP is not wise at all.

Fox Host Yells At Michele Bachmann For Trying To Sue Obama: ‘You’re Being Silly’

Cavut and Bachmann

Think Progress

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted Republicans on Wednesday for preparing to file a federal lawsuit challenging the executive actions of President Barack Obama. During an interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Cavuto belittled the effort as “an enormous waste of effort” and “a political football,” suggesting that President George W. Bush used similar executive authority.

The segment devolved into a shouting match, with Cavuto laughing off Bachmann’s indignation about Obama’s use of executive powers.

“You just said it, congresswoman, we might not get anywhere,” Cavuto exclaimed in frustration. “Maybe Republicans are within their rights, maybe the president is within his rights.” As Bachmann sought to defend the suit, Cavuto accused her of “conflating issues and being silly.” “Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now,” he exploded. Watch it:

Cavuto’s real rage came out in response to Bachmann’s suggestion that Republicans in Congress should simply defund the executive branch. “Think about what you’re saying,” he screamed. “Defund the executive branch? Congresswoman! If Democrats had said to you, ‘we’re going to defund President Bush,’ you would have laughed at them and so you should have been.”

As of February, Obama had issued fewer executive orders than all but one of the other presidents since World War II. Republicans, meanwhile routinely embraced the power of Republican president George W. Bush to take action, even at times when he would circumvent Congress by doing so.

Congressional Republicans Go Silent On Obama’s LGBT Discrimination Order


President Barack Obama talks with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) after a luncheon at the Capitol, on March 14. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Mark Wilson via Getty Images

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he’s moving forward with an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The decision marked a huge victory for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, which had been pushing for such action for years. But judging by the reaction from Republican lawmakers, you’d think nothing happened at all.

Not a single member of GOP leadership in the House or the Senate had anything to say about the president’s forthcoming order. Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), confirmed that the office had not issued a statement. Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), had no comment. A request for comment from the conservative House Republican Study Committee was not returned.

The executive order would only apply to federal contractors and doesn’t carry the punch of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill stalled in Congress that would make it illegal for employers nationwide to fire or harass someone for being LGBT. Nevertheless, when issues like these have been debated in the past, they often have engendered primal screams from ideologues on each side of the debate. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent noted, when an similar order was issued in 1998, Republicans mobilized quickly to block funds from being used to implement it.

This time, however, cultural conservatives appear to be fighting the battle without the help of elected Republicans.

Some conservative groups say they are counting on their allies on Capitol Hill to speak up.

“Once the executive order is public, we expect conservative lawmakers to address it,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of public policy at Focus on the Family. “In the meantime, there should be a considerable amount of ‘pushback’ from the Hill or the president [will end up] advancing ENDA rather than an executive order.”

But increasingly, GOP operatives are ignoring such advice, wary about waging culture wars that seem at once dated and sure-fire political losers, or simply in agreement with the administration. A former Mitt Romney campaign aide told The Huffington Post that it’s no surprise that congressional Republican leadership is muted after the Obama administration’s announcement.

“The White House doesn’t seem to grasp how completely uninterested GOP is in fighting on this stuff,” the aide said. “They could mandate gay marriages for everyone right now and you probably wouldn’t see a press release.”

There were, in fact, a handful of Republican lawmakers who issued press releases. But those who did — namely, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) — didn’t protest the impending executive order. Rather, they urged the president to accommodate religious institutions.

Where GOP lawmakers were acquiescent, socially conservative groups remained vigilant. Ralph Reed, who heads the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said he was “not especially” bothered by the silence from elected Republicans due to his confidence that, should ENDA come to the House floor, it would go down in defeat at the hands of Republicans.

“We [have] had the votes in the House to defeat ENDA and the overwhelming majority of Republicans in the Senate voted with us,” Reed told The Huffington Post. “They are on record on this, and there will be no shortage of opportunities to make that clear.”

But Reed’s statement on the executive order didn’t focus so much on the idea that sexual orientation would be protected in the federal workforce — once anathema in religious conservative circles — as much as it did on the president circumventing the legislative branch.

“It’s just another example of Obama attempting to achieve by regulatory or executive fiat what he is unwilling or unable to achieve legislatively,” Reed said. “Like immigration reform, same-sex marriage, climate change and the regulation of political speech (in the case of this administration by the IRS), Obama has shown a predilection for executive action that raise the specter of an imperial presidency. Obama could not pass ENDA in Congress, so he now seeks to impose it on the nation with the stroke of a pen.”

Reed’s assessment of the level of GOP opposition to ENDA may not be keeping pace with changing attitudes on LGBT issues. In 2007, the last time the House voted on ENDA, the legislation failed to make it to the president’s desk. But last fall, the latest ENDA bill passed the Senate and is now only stalled in the House because Boehner won’t allow a vote. In the meantime, the bill picked up its eighth House Republican co-sponsor last week. Even some Senate conservatives have been open to supporting ENDA and the accompanying executive order.

“I need to look at it,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told The Huffington Post earlier this year, when asked about possibly supporting executive action on LGBT workplace discrimination. He was one of 10 Senate Republicans who voted to pass ENDA.

“Maybe I’m wrong,” Portman added, “but I think there’s a chance that [ENDA] could get some support among Republicans in the House.”

Republicans Have a Big Bubba Problem: Clinton is The Most Admired POTUS of Last 25 Years




With the Clinton political brand poised for a resurgence in 2016, the last thing Republicans needed was a new polling showing that Bill Clinton is the most admired president of the last 25 years, but that is exactly what they’ve got.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Survey found that Bill Clinton is the runaway most admired president of the last 25 years. Forty-two percent of respondents picked Clinton. President Obama came in at 18%, George W. Bush got 17%, and George H.W. Bush was close behind at 16%.

Normally, these sorts of polls make for nice historical arguments as to who was the better president, but with Hillary Clinton likely running in 2016, her husband’s runaway win in the POTUS admiration contest takes on an entirely different dimension. Republicans had already been trying to deal with former President Clinton’s popularity by reviving the Lewinsky scandal, which shows that Republicans have learned nothing. Every time, they bring up Lewinsky, Clinton gets more popular.

Bill Clinton’s massive popularity only makes things more difficult for Republicans. Former Clinton is just admired. He is extremely credible. When he gets in front crowds, and starts talking about what the country needs to do to get the economy going, people listen. Clinton is popular across age groups. He is one of the few political figures that can bridge the divide between red and blue states.

The biggest problem for Republicans is that are going to have to contend with both of the Clintons on the campaign trail. Former president and former Sec. of State Clinton both the ability to both draw a big crowds and the media all across the country. The Republican nominee will be outnumbered two to one every day on the campaign trail. The fact makes one appreciate the political talents of Barack Obama, who faced these same odds, and overcame them during the 2008 Democratic primary.

Republicans are flipping out already over Hillary Clinton running, but one of their biggest problems in 2016 may be the presence of her husband. Republicans have a big bubba problem. If the Clintons hit the campaign trail firing on all cylinders, 2016 could be another blowout win for Democrats.

Ted Cruz calls to repeal ‘every blessed word of Obamacare’

Sen. Ted Cruz addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., May 31, 2014.

Sen. Ted Cruz addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., May 31, 2014. Bill Haber/AP 

Did this idiot not get the memo?  It’s working around the country.

Only those states which refused the Medicaid Expansion are having problems with their chronically ill poor people dying, which is a travesty in and of itself…


“Today, liberty is under assault,” declared conservative firebrand Ted Cruz before an adoring audience Friday at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention.

The GOP senator and Tea Party darling left virtually no red meat unthrown, calling for a return to the Constitution – “the most extraordinary document crafted in history” – a resurrection of American leadership abroad – where “bullies and tyrants are laughing at [us]” – and a rebuilding of jobs and economic growth at home, through adhering to free market principles, supporting “the American energy renaissance,” abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and repealing “every blessed word of Obamacare.”

On the subject of the Constitution, Cruz declared that religious liberty was under fire, and blasted the recent controversy over the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status. In one instance, an Iowa-based anti-abortion group was asked to provide information about its members’ prayer meetings, according to documents sent by an IRS official to the organization.

“You know what, the federal government has no business asking any American the content of our prayers!” said Cruz to roaring applause.

The Texas senator also touched on a high-profile federal case, in which the Colorado-based Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is suing the Obama administration over an accommodation under the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance cover contraception without a co-pay. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court affirmed a compromise that allows the religious nonprofit to sign a form certifying its objection to contraception, before sending it to an insurer who can then provide the coverage directly.

“Let me give you a simple rule of thumb,” said Cruz. “If you’re litigating against nuns, you’ve probably done something wrong.”

Cruz, of course, reaffirmed his commitment to defending the Second Amendment, calling the right to keep and bear arms “the Palladium of the rights of the Republic.”

“In the great state of Texas,” he continued, “gun control means hitting what you aim at.”

On the subject of privacy rights, Cruz took a jab at the recent NSA surveillance scandal, instructing everyone in the audience to leave their cellphones on, so that President Obama could hear “every word we have to say today.”

But the most important Amendment Cruz identified as in need of protection was the Tenth, “or as President Obama calls it, ‘The What?’” he joked. Calling for a repeal of Common Core, the Obama-backed education standards that a growing number of states are deserting, Cruz stressed the importance of that “basic protection that limits the authority of the federal government and says that sovereignty resides in the states and ultimately with we, the people.”

In other areas, however, federal officials needs to step it up, said Cruz. First, to defend the nation from threats abroad, the government should secure the borders, he stated, pushing party orthodoxy on immigration. At the same time, he continued, the U.S. needs to seize a stronger leadership position on the world stage.

And so began the Reagan-worship.

“I agree with President Reagan that America believes in peace through strength,” said Cruz. “All across America, our hearts have been breaking as we’ve seen America recede from leadership in the world. It’s created a vacuum, into which have stepped nations like Iran, and Russia, and China. And the world has become a much more dangerous place.”

Cruz invoked the 40th president several times during his half-hour speech, likening today’s political climate to that seen during the Carter administration. At one point, Cruz even seemed to compare himself to the conservative icon, perhaps hinting at a potential 2016 presidential bid.

“In 1980, Washington, D.C., despised Ronald Reagan,” said Cruz, often cast as an outsider and extremist within Congress. In fact, at the beginning of the speech, Cruz opened with: “I spent all week in Washington, D.C., and it is great to be back in America.”

If there were any key issues left untouched during Friday’s speech, it would have to have been marriage equality and gay rights – as though capturing the GOP’s confusion in that area. While many Republicans are taking their own advice prescribed in an RNC-commissioned report last year, which credited the 2012 loss with a failure to connect with younger, more LGBT-tolerant voters, national party leaders haven’t budged. None of the GOP’s potential 2016 candidates – including Cruz – publicly support same-sex marriage.

But just because it wasn’t in Cruz’s speech doesn’t mean the issue hasn’t come up during Texas’s convention. Indeed, if the full acquisition of civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans could lately be described as a sprint toward the finish line, the Lone Star State has opted for more of a two steps forward, one step back approach.

After removing decades-old platform language that states, “Homosexuality tears at the fabric of society,” the Texas Republican Party on Thursday advanced new anti-gay language – this time, endorsing so-called “reparative therapy” to turn gay people straight. The full 10,000-delegate convention will vote on the platform Saturday.

“I really beg my social conservative colleagues to let this issue go,” said Rudy Oeftering, a Dallas businessman and vice president of the gay Republican group Metroplex Republicans, to the Associated Press. The Metroplex Republicans were one of two groups of gay conservatives who were blocked from setting up a booth at the Texas convention.

“It’s your opinion. It’s your belief,” he continued, “but it’s my life.”

Chuck Todd: It’s Time For Republicans To Get Over Benghazi

The Huffington Post

Chuck Todd has a message for Republicans still harping on Benghazi: it’s over, people.

The panel on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” was discussing the new House Select committee formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The inquiry comes after several others into the attacks, all of which led Todd to suggest that the latest investigation is not necessary and is more of a “partisan” process than anything else.

“I’ll hear from Republicans that say, ‘But there are unanswered questions!’ Well, no, all the questions have been answered,” he said. “There’s just some people that don’t like the answers, that wish the answers were somehow more conspiratorial, I guess.”

Todd said that there were a number of issues, like policy or the United States’ response to Arab Spring, worth discussing. “But to sit here and investigate talking points seems to be totally missing the larger point here,” he added. “It’s like investigating who cut down one tree in a forest that’s been burned down.”

His comments echo his remarks earlier this month that the new committee “looks nothing more than a partisan stunt.” House Speaker John Boehner recently named Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy to lead the investigation, while some Democrats who are threatening to boycott the committee.

(h/t Mediaite)

Jeb Bush Tells Poor People To Stop Mooching and Get Married

Jeb Bush, Rudolph Guiliani and NY donors/AP Photo/John Minchillo


Yahoo ran with “Bush, Ryan focus on poverty while courting donors,” but even they were dubious.

It’s getting tough for conservatives to keep selling the people the lies that tax cuts for the rich will trickle down one happy fine day. So Monday night, as Former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush played Mix and Mingle with the GOP New York elites and Wall Street’s big donors, he put on his best Compassionate Con salesman act.

Buried under Bush’s sweet talk about immigration reform and the importance of education (oh, a reasonable Republican, the country will squeal with delight and relief!), was this, according to Politico:

He (Bush) praised Ryan, who was the evening’s first speaker, saying, “When it comes to the American family, Paul Ryan has it right.”

“A loving family taking care of their children in a traditional marriage will create the chance to break out of poverty far better, far better than any of the government programs that we can create,” Bush said.

This is hardly the first time in history the elites have preyed upon the religious “values” they instill in the masses in order to keep them under control. Somehow Republicans always have a divine right to speak for God, and lucky for them, God wants the rich to get all of the government resources.

Thus, same sex marriage is bad and you single moms and your kids must suffer because you are morally not entitled to government subsidies like the oil companies are. If only GOP God loved people like he does money. Jesus loved the money changers, y’all!

I hope you lazy people get it. Marry a person of the opposite sex and your poverty will go away. Also, no divorce ladies, even after that forced birth, post being raped. Traditional marriage solves everything in fairy land. Bottom line message: “So sorry about your poverty, but not! LOL, Love, GOP.”

What did Ryan get “right” about the American family? Yahoo reported:

Having toured the country in recent months focusing on the nation’s poor, Ryan declared that “the best way to turn from a vicious cycle of despair and learned hopelessness to a virtuous cycle of hope and flourishing is by embracing the attributes of friendship, accountability and love.”

“That’s how you fight poverty,” Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, told a crowd of roughly 750 dressed in tuxedos and gowns.

Oh, yes. Friendship has long cured poverty, y’all. That and marrying someone of the opposite sex.

No one ever said you had to be smart to get rich, or that the black ties imparted some sort of wisdom or character that would enable those wearing them to overcome their own egos and ravenous greed. These attributes are exactly why Republicans can’t get it right. They are too far removed from the people, too far gone, and selling outdated, moldy spam deliberately mislabeled as caviar.

And then there was this bit, which makes me weep for all of the lovely caring of the black tie crowd – if only Bush hadn’t ruined it all by explaining that the best way to elevate people out of poverty is through being nice to them and having them marry the right sex; not with opportunity or emergency help or say, food.

Both Bush and Ryan emphasized messages before the black-tie crowd at Cipriani in Midtown of elevating people out of poverty. But even though Ryan is still believed to be considering running for president, he got relatively little attention compared with Bush.

Translation: Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan emphasized how they would con the people into supporting policies that would put the poor into further jeopardy. Bush and Ryan helped the elite explain why it’s okay to let your neighbor’s kids starve; you’re just being kind, after all, poverty is best helped with moral judgment and condemnation made by mere mortals who claim divine authority (just like our founders intended).

Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani, who used to love disgraced bully Chris Christie (R-NJ), was breathless with hope. Jeb would make a “heck of a leader”, he sighed to Politico, saying he hoped we’d find out. Yes, the country is so ready for another Bush. By 2016 we may have just pulled ourselves out of the bottomless pit partially brought on by the very policies Jeb Bush is championing for the rich.

Republicans are always in search of pretty, charismatic, Big Daddy or a kind face willing to sell their message of trickle down economics. Bush won the fight for most favored con artist last night, since Ryan was busted by those nuns for his austerity budget in a most public manner as he ran for Vice President in 2012.

Jeb Bush’s comments weren’t supposed to sound Romeny-esque and out of touch, after all, Jeb Bush is the latest Great White Hope To Sell the Con, and that is why Republicans are rediscovering him in spite of his last name.

Republicans can believe anything. Even, it seems, that poverty is best addressed with traditional marriage instead of government programs…

… So long as that message is accompanied with tax cuts and government subsidies for their fellow black ties.


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