GOP Civil War Brewing As Delegates Plot To Dethrone Trump At Convention

GOP Civil War Brewing As Delegates Plot To Dethrone Trump At Convention

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Donald Trump has been irritating everyone lately. It has gotten to the point that even many of the most horrific conservatives can’t look past the hate speech and general insanity that has accompanied The Donald’s attempt to become Dictator-in-Chief. For the most part, they have been fine with Trump’s bigotry: his suggestion that Muslims should be crammed into concentration camps while those not already in the country should be banned, his talk of building walls to keep brown people out of the country, his numerous racist and misogynist statements, and his support of his horrible followers beating African-Americans at his rallies. They’ve even been fine with his itchy trigger finger when it comes to launching nuclear weapons.

But Trump’s recent attacks on a “Mexican” federal judge from Indiana, his rapidly-dropping poll numbers, and his slightly more reasonable remarks about gun safety regulations, have the delegates he has earned ready for mutiny. The Washington Post reports that delegates are hatching plans to stop Trump. While many others have attempted to start movements to end Trump for good, this time it’s different — the people who make the rules are the ones leading the movement:

The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won their state caucus or primary.

“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”

The fresh wave of anti-Trump organizing comes as a growing number of Republicans have signaled that they will not support Trump for president. In addition, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who is slated to chair the Republican National Convention next month in Cleveland, said in remarks released Friday that House Republicans should “follow their conscience” on whether to support Trump.

The new anti-Trump movement is pushing for a change to party rules that would allow them to vote for whomever they want if their “conscience” (term used loosely because our friends on the Right don’t have those) doesn’t allow them to support that person.

On Friday, Trump dismissed the plot against him.

“I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” Trump said. “I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.”

“People that I defeated soundly in the primaries will do anything to get a second shot — but there is no mechanism for it to happen,” the billionaire concluded. But those in charge of the latest effort to shut Trump down say they do not have a specific candidate in mind.

According to those involved, at least 30 delegates in 15 states have signed on — a small fraction of the more than 2,400 delegates who will be at the convention in Cleveland.

“Trump just continues to embarrass himself and his party and this is not going to let up,” Iowa GOP delegate Cecil Stinemetz told the Post. “Trump just continues to embarrass himself and his party and this is not going to let up.”

Will the movement succeed? Will Trump continue to embarrass his party and Americans as a whole.

By John Prager

It’s On: GOP Chairman Just Declared WAR On Trump With This Tweet

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Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been bashing party leaders for several days after rival Ted Cruz has successfully maneuvered himself into securing several delegates. As Trump sees it, its unfair and undemocratic for Cruz to obtain delegates via state party meetings, arcane rules governing who receives delegates from primaries and the like.

As a result, Trump has been loudly whining to the media.

During an exclusive interview with The Hill at Trump Tower, Trump said, “It’s a disgrace for the party. And Reince Priebus should be ashamed of himself. He should be ashamed of himself because he knows what’s going on.”

Trump is furious with several aspects of the Republican nominating process, including how Colorado recently awarded all of its 34 delegates to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) without having a primary or a caucus. He doesn’t agree that some delegates aren’t bound to vote for their state or district winner at this summer’s GOP convention in Cleveland.

“It should go to a vote in Colorado like other places. … The best way to do it would be just a vote, should be a vote of the people. That’s the way it should be done. The delegate situation is a very unjust way of doing things.”

After months of sucking it up, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus finally spoke up, releasing a tweet that – without naming any names – ridiculed the argument that Trump has been making.

With those few words, Priebus gives establishment oxygen to the so-called #NeverTrump movement. The party does not want Trump to get the nomination, as he loses to both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders with double-digit percentages, while also he has already become a drag on down-ballot House and Senate races.

The tweet shows that they may be willing to use every obscure party rule at their disposal at the convention in Cleveland in order to knock Trump off the ballot and turn to a candidate like Cruz, John Kasich, or even Mitt Romney, in order to stop a likely loss of the presidential election from becoming a complete bloodbath for the Republican Party.

At the same time, Trump has shadowy figures in his corner like Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones, who already plan to protest in Cleveland, and have proposed a plan to confront delegates in their hotel rooms in order to keep pro-Trump votes in line.

Oliver Willis

Republican “Survivor”: A Proposal for Culling the G.O.P. Field

Voters (and viewers) can’t be expected to take fifteen or twenty Republican primary candidates seriously.
Voters (and viewers) can’t be expected to take fifteen or twenty Republican primary candidates seriously. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY


A couple of weeks ago, I was driving along the Belt Parkway, listening to Sean Hannity’s radio show, when the right-wing commentator said something that surprised me about the ever-expanding field of Republican primary candidates. This is getting ridiculous, Hannity complained—how are they all supposed to fit on the same stage for a debate?

Hannity’s fears have proved to be well grounded. On Wednesday, the former senator Rick Santorum, who had been the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the 2012 G.O.P. primary, announced his candidacy. On Thursday, it will be the turn of George Pataki, the former governor of New York. Who knows whom Friday will bring? Lindsey Graham? Rick Perry? Donald Trump? Herman (999) Cain? Ted Nugent?

Here, in alphabetical order, are the eight Republican candidates who, by Thursday, will be officially running: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Santorum. Then there are Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, two front-runners who have all but announced that they are in. Currently in the “exploratory” stage, we have Graham, Trump, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, and the benighted Chris Christie. That makes fifteen, with other outlying possibilities, too.

The number turns out to be too high for Roger Ailes, Hannity’s boss at Fox News. The network (along with Facebook) is set to host the first televised G.O.P. debate, in Cleveland, on August 6th, and it has said that it intends to limit participation to the top ten candidates in the polls, plus those who are tied. “It was a difficult call based on political necessity,” Howard Kurtz, the veteran media reporter, who now works for Fox, explained in a post on Tuesday. “With 17 or 18 Republicans gearing up to run, you simply can’t have a viable debate with all of them. Each candidate would receive a miniscule amount of time. No sustained questioning would be possible. And it would be bad television.”

Not everyone associated with the Republican Party is happy about Fox’s decision. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, Bill Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, accused Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, of colluding with Fox to cull the field prematurely. “There are fourteen candidates who are serious people,” Kristol said (doubtless prompting a protest call from Trump). “I think they all deserve to be on the stage.” He proposed that they have two debates, with the candidates split up randomly. “Republicans would be interested. They wouldn’t turn off the TV halfway through.”

Kristol raises a good point. If Fox applied its proposed criteria on the basis of current polling data collated by Real Clear Politics, Santorum, who won eleven state primaries in 2012, would barely make the cut. Fiorina, the only female candidate, who has reportedly impressed Republican audiences in Iowa and New Hampshire, would miss out. So would Graham, Jindal, and Kasich, all experienced elected officials. That doesn’t seem fair, or even particularly democratic. So what to do?

The G.O.P. needs a procedure that affords all of the candidates an opportunity to impress while also acknowledging that voters (and viewers) can’t be expected to take all fifteen or twenty candidates seriously. One solution might be to turn the early stages of the G.O.P. primary into a version of “Survivor,” the long-running reality-television series.

Here’s how it could work. Following Kristol’s suggestion, Fox and Facebook would hold two debates on August 6th, with the candidates drawing lots to decide whether they appeared on the first or the second one. Each would receive the same amount of airtime, and the questions in the two debates would be broadly similar.

For the second debate, which CNN is scheduled to host from the Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, on September 16th, things would be different. A limit of twelve candidates would be imposed. Rather than follow the “Survivor” template literally, and have the candidates themselves decide who gets to appear at the debate and who doesn’t, it would be best to rely on surveys of likely Republican voters. The top dozen candidates in the poll of polls on September 9th, a week before the debate, would make the cut; everybody else would miss out. I’d leave it to the network executives and the R.N.C. to decide whether this debate would need to be split in two, like the first one. (CNN has suggested an alternative format for its event, using the full slate of candidates, in which the top ten candidates appear in one debate and the rest in another.)

The winnowing process wouldn’t end there. For the third debate, which will take place in October, there would be another cut, to ten candidates, with the poll of polls again deciding who is invited. And for the fourth debate, in November, there would be a final cut, to eight candidates.

By that stage, the G.O.P.’s Iowa caucus would be on the horizon—it’s now slated for February 2nd, but may well move up a bit—and the field might be starting to narrow of its own accord, regardless. But for now, and for the next few months, there are too many candidates, and some way of treating them equitably needs to be found.

My solution perhaps isn’t the best. Quite probably, it would favor candidates who have raised enough money to launch advertising campaigns and boost their poll numbers—but the current system does that anyway. Another possible objection is that focussing attention on the minor players would blur the message of the front-runners. I doubt that would happen. Bush, Rubio, and Walker would still get the bulk of the media’s attention.

On the upside, shifting to the “Survivor” model would afford everyone an opportunity, and it would inject a bit of excitement into the race early on. Over to you, Reince!

John Cassidy

Clueless Republicans gloat over Reid retirement

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd L) stifles a sob as he awards astronaut Neil Armstrong (L) with the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington November 16, 2011. Also pictured is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd R)

Daily Kos

Way to stay classy, Republican National Committee:

TheRNC today released the following statement in response to Democrat Leader Harry Reid announcing his retirement:”With the Democrat Party already in disarray, a national committee struggling to raise money, and a scandal-plagued presidential frontrunner, it’s no surprise Harry Reid realized he was about to suffer a humiliating defeat and decided to step aside,” said RNC Press Secretary Allison Moore.

Right. You stick with this story for the next 22 months, as Harry Reid continues to drink Mitch McConnell’s and John Boehner’s milkshakes. Let’s see, he’s kept his caucus united and stymied Republicans on Department of Homeland Security funding (and what an embarrassment for Boehner that one was) and poison pill anti-abortion legislation. That’s just three months’ worth of work for him.

And let’s just see how Republicans pull together to finally pass that Obamacare replacement plan they’ve been floundering on for—what is it, now? Oh, yes—five years. The definition of disarray since 2010 has been John Boehner House of Representatives. But hey RNC, go with what you’ve got. Harry Reid’s going to make the next two years hell for your boys, so enjoy it while you can.

GOP senator warns of ‘anarchy’ and ‘violence’

While the Senate debates the bipartisan budget plan, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending,  Dec. 17, 2013.
While the Senate debates the bipartisan budget plan, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending, Dec. 17, 2013 | J. Scott Applewhite/AP

MSNBC – Rachel Maddow Blog

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appeared on MSNBC yesterday, and when host Alex Wagner asked what kind of advice he’d give his party’s leaders in Congress, Steele offered some sound advice. “The first would be, ‘Get a grip,’” he said.
Steele’s comments came to mind after reading this report published last night by USA Today.
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama’s executive order on immigration Thursday.
“The country’s going to go nuts, because they’re going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it’s going to be a very serious situation,” Coburn said on Capital Download. “You’re going to see – hopefully not – but you could see instances of anarchy. … You could see violence.”
The far-right senator went on to say, “Here’s how people think: Well, if the law doesn’t apply to the president … then why should it apply to me?”
It’s hard to know what to make of such an odd perspective. If Coburn is correct, why weren’t there similar outbursts of anarchy and violence when Presidents Reagan and Bush took very similar executive actions? If the masses are so deeply concerned about separation of powers and the often-ambiguous lines surrounding executive authority, wouldn’t we have seen instances of pandemonium before?
As a practical matter, I’m not even sure how this would work. The Obama administration has limited resources, so it appears likely to prioritize deportations for criminals who entered the country illegally. So, in Coburn’s vision, anti-immigrant activists will become violent, perhaps literally rioting in the street, until more unobtrusive families are broken up?
Brian Beutler reminded Republicans overnight that “just because right-wingers are blind with rage doesn’t mean Obama’s immigration action is illegal.”
It turns out that the laws on the books actually don’t say what you might think they say. Other presidents have discovered this, too. And since nobody wants to write a “maybe I should’ve asked some lawyers first” mea culpa column, they shifted the debate from the terrain of laws to the murkier terrain of political precedent, norms, and procedure. […]
What’s new is that Republicans have perfected a strategy of rejectionism with the help of a media amplification infrastructure—Fox News, Drudge, Limbaugh—that the left hasn’t adopted and doesn’t yet enjoy. Rather than simply fight to reverse the policy in Congress and on the campaign trail—as liberals do when Republicans weaken environmental enforcement—the right can also now scream “Caesar!” without reference to any objective standards, and get a full hearing.
“Get a grip,” indeed.

The Koch Brothers And Republican Party Have Just Joined Forces To Track Voters

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch  speaks in Orlando, Florida, in August, 2013.
Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Florida, in August, 2013 | CREDIT: AP PHOTO/PHELAN M. EBENHACK

Think Progress

A secretive data and technology company linked to conservative oil billionaires Charles and David Koch has reached an agreement to share its information with the “voter file and data management company” that holds an exclusive agreement with the Republican National Committee. This will allow the Republican Party full access to voter data collected by the Koch’s Freedom Partners entities and clients — and entrenches the Kochs’ network even deeper into the GOP.

Because political parties are not allowed to accept corporate contributions, it would be illegal for the Kochs to simply give their massive databases to the Republican National Committee directly. But the Republican National Committee has outsourced its database management to a company called GOP Data Trust. And that company joined forces Thursday with i360 (aka Themis), a firm reportedly backed by the Koch Brothers’ Freedom Partners and serving as repository for the data amassed by the Kochs’ political empire.

In a press release, the two companies claimed that the “historic data sharing partnership” will “allow Republican and Conservative campaign resources to be spent more efficiently than ever before.” They noted that “voter contact information gathered by clients of either The Data Trust or i360″ will be now used by both to “improve the data shared with all clients,” meaning “conservative groups and campaigns will have more information about voters at their disposal for their own activities than ever before.”

Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, told ThinkProgress that as long as the Republican National Committee pays fair-market value to its data vendor, it does not matter who that vendor coordinates with. “Campaign finance laws only regulate the committees themselves, not other freestanding entities,” he explained.

Ryan noted that this sort of coordination is not necessarily exclusive to GOP entities — and that it can be a real challenge in determining what is a “fair” value for voter data. He pointed out that the super PAC ‘Ready for Hillary’ is collecting a great deal of information on pro-Clinton donors. That information “would be immensely valuable to Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run for president,” he explained, but probably “less valuable to another candidate.” And, in the end, it would up to the Federal Election Commission to determine whether the RNC or a theoretical Hillary Clinton campaign is paying a fair amount for that information.

But in a time when the lines between the Republican Party and the Kochs were already blurred, this deal is another indication that the anti-government billionaire activists are leading the party.

(HT: Jon Ward)



10 things you need to know today: July 9, 2014

The scream. 
The scream. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Week

Democrats push Obama’s immigration package, Brazil suffers a stunning World Cup defeat, and more

1. Obama urges approval of $3.7 billion plan to handle child-immigration crisis
Senate Democrats vowed to move quickly on passing a $3.7 billion package President Obama proposed to confront a wave of thousands of children illegally pouring across the Southwest border. President Obama urged Congress to approve the spending, which would pay for caring for the children but also swiftly deporting them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he aimed to finish a bill by Congress’s August recess, but many Republicans withheld support due to what they called Obama’s failure to secure the border. [The HillThe New York Times]


2. Brazil stunned in historic World Cup loss
Germany humiliated Brazil in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday, eliminating the host team 7-1 in the most lopsided semifinal in World Cup history. The defeat devastated soccer fans across Brazil, which spent a record $12 billion to stage the tournament. Brazil’s team, playing withoutinjured superstar Neymar, never had a chance after Germany scored four goals in six minutes early in the game. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called it the worst day of his career. “We ask for forgiveness,” he said. [The Boston GlobeLos Angeles Times]


3. Israel says Palestinian rocket fire declined after air strikes
Israel’s military said it had hit more than 130 sites linked to the Islamic militant group Hamas early Wednesday as it continued a two-day offensive aiming to stop rocket attacks coming from the Gaza Strip. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said that four rockets were fired into Israel overnight, a significant drop from the night before. Palestinian leaders say Israel’s strikes have killed 27 people, and the Arab League on Tuesday called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the “dangerous Israeli escalation.” [Fox NewsThe Jerusalem Post]


4. Islamist militants fight their way into Somali president’s compound
Al Qaeda-linked al Shabab militants fought their way into the Somali presidential compound in Mogadishu on Tuesday, detonating a car bomb near the entrance before moving inside. Security officials said all of the gunmen — nine of them, by some accounts — were killed as government forces reclaimed the compound. A Shabab spokesman claimed that 14 government soldiers were killed. President Hassan Sheik Mohamud was away meeting with the United Nations’ envoy at the time of the attack. [Los Angeles Times]


5. Republicans pick Cleveland for their 2016 convention
The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that it had selected Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The pick, made by the Site Selection Committee, still has to be ratified at a meeting of the full RNC membership in August. The competition was down to two finalists — Cleveland and Dallas. Choosing Cleveland gives the GOP the chance to nominate its next presidential ticket in a key swing state. No Republican has won the White House without carrying Ohio. [CNN]


6. Citigroup nears a massive settlement over mortgage securities
Citigroup is close to a $7 billion settlement agreement to resolve a Justice Department investigation into whether it defrauded investors on billions of dollars worth of mortgage securities ahead of the financial crisis, a source familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The case is linked to a broader investigation of faulty mortgage securities that helped fuel the mid-2000s housing bubble. Several billion from the settlement, which could come next week, would go toward helping struggling borrowers. [Reuters]


7. Deadly storms strike the East Coast
Severe storms killed five people on the East Coast on Tuesday. Four died in when a violent storm leaving telltale signs of a tornado struck in upstate New York. One child died and another eight were injured at River Valley Ranch, a Christian camp near Baltimore, when a storm rushed in, knocking down trees with high winds before counselors could get everyone to safe cover. The storm also left about 42,000 customers without power. [NBC News]


8. Decades-old vials of smallpox found in federal lab
A scientist cleaning out a storage room at a government lab last week found vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s. The vials, which were found in the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda campus, were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where initial tests confirmed the presence of smallpox DNA. Further tests will determine whether the virus is live. There was no evidence workers in the lab were exposed to infection. [The Washington Post]


9. Rosie O’Donnell nears a deal to rejoin The View
Rosie O’Donnell has reportedly struck a deal to return to The View, the long-running ABC talk show she left in 2007 after a heated argument with fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselback. Nothing had been announced as of early Wednesday, but Page Six said O’Donnell had been offered a “one-year, seven-figure deal.” O’Donnell would join Whoopi Goldberg as the producers rebuild the team of hosts following the departure of co-creator Barbara Walters and the firing of co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. [TMZPage Six]


10. Harry Potter reappears as a 34-year-old dad
Author J.K. Rowling surprised fans on Tuesday with a new chapter in the wildly popular Harry Potter saga. In the 1,500-word story on her website, Pottermorethe boy wizard reappears all grown up, with a wife, two sons, and “threads of silver” in his hair. The new piece, appearing seven years after the publishing of the last Harry Potter novel, is presented in the form of a gossip-column item on the nearly 34-year-old Harry’s attendance at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals. [The Boston Globe]

GOP Candidates For President In 2016 Already Getting A Jump On Looking Like Ignorant Mullet-Heads

Facepalm Jesus cannot believe he died for this shit.
Face-palm Jesus cannot believe he died for this crap…

Only on Wonkette can you find a title like the one above…


Maybe the Republican National Committee should consider sending all its party’s presidential candidates on a round-the-world cruise for the next two years so they can’t spend that time saying stupid shit on television and turning off the American public. Take Marco Rubio. Over the weekend he senator from the great insane state of Florida gave an interview to Jonathan Karl for ABC’s This Week, where Our Man in Havana asserted that, scientists be damned, this global climate change thingy you hear about is a myth.

I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there — including scientists — that somehow, there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate. Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research, and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity.

We’re pretty sure that a trend you can see over decades of research is still a trend, even if it’s only a tiny handful of decades. But what does Marco care, just because the largest city in his insane state is at risk of disappearing under rising seas? Science is just a theory anyway.

Marco also said he is opposed to all the climate-change-mitigating laws that anyone might want to pass because they will do nothing but wreck our vibrant economy. This will be a great comfort to our descendants as they row across what was once the San Fernando Valley to put some waterlogged dollars in the collection plate at Marco Rubio’s Floating Palace of Jesus Magic.

One of Marco’s potential 2016 opponents also made news this weekend. That would be Bobby Jindal, who took time away from his busy exorcism schedule to give the commencement address at Liberty University. Sounds as if he uncorked quite the stemwinder.

Today the American people, whether they know it or not, are mired in a silent war. It is a war — a silent war — against religious liberty […]

Make no mistake — the war over religious liberty is a war over free speech […]

The new left in America is completely intolerant of people of faith. The left no longer wants to debate. They simply want to silence us.

There was a lot of other blah blah blah about how oppressed poor Bobby is because he can’t stand up in the Louisiana Capitol and proselytize to all the unconverted sinners as if the First Amendment prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another, or something, we’re not sure because the video kept cutting in and out along with our attention.

This weekend’s fumbling towards stupidity came against the backdrop of the Republican National Committee announcing late last week that it will tighten its rules for the party’s presidential primary debates ahead of the 2016 election, including limiting the number of events and sanctioning candidates who participate in any debates not approved by the national committee. It is all part of the GOP’s efforts to gain a little more control over the entire process and give the general public less time to notice that the party’s slate of candidates is made up of raving lunatics so dumb they couldn’t find their own dicks with both hands and a map. Though party officials had to be more diplomatic, telling the public this move is happening because in 2012 the liberal media was in the tank and conspired to make all the conservative candidates look bad, allowing Mitt Romney to grab the nomination by appearing to be the least awful of a murderer’s row of terrible nincompoops.

A spokesman for the RNC also said in a Newsmax interview that of course conservative media outlets like Breitbart and the Daily Caller should be involved in moderating the debates, which will have us pining for the distinguished gravitas of Bernard Shaw asking Michael Dukakis how he would react if his wife was raped and murdered, and completing the devolution of America’s once-proud democratic experiment into a chronic ward for lobotomized howler monkeys.

Start prepping your livers now. Should be a fun campaign.

The GOP: Walking dead

(Republican National Committee)

I watch Jonathan a lot on MSNBC and I like his column.  Once again, “he hits it outta the park”…

The Washington Post – Jonathan Capehart

One year after issuing a truth-telling autopsy of its drubbing in the 2012 presidential race (primarily because of its dismal and exclusionary relationship with people of color and others), the Republican Party celebrated by looking the other way. Literally.

In a series of ads, the GOP features members of the gorgeous mosaic of the United States — African American, Asian American and hipster — proclaiming, “I’m a Republican” and then finishing the sentence with calls for an all-of-the-above energy policy, smaller government and opportunity while looking somewhere that wasn’t the camera and talking to no one in particular. A perfect metaphor for the GOP’s ongoing problem with people of color.

Dick Armey said it best on page 10 of the autopsy. “You can’t call someone ugly,” the former House Majority Leader and Tea Party menace admonished, “and expect them to go to the prom with you.” And that’s exactly what the GOP did for the last year in word and deed.

Rep. Steve King (Cliff Owen/AP)

Rep. Steve King (Cliff Owen/Associated Press)

Rep.  Steve King (Iowa) denigrated Latinos last July as he articulated his opposition to allowing undocumented high schoolers to get U.S. citizenship through college or service in the armed forces under the Dream Act. “For everyone who’s a valedictorian,” King said, “there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Larry Klayman (r) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Larry Klayman (right) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin had no problem being seen with anti-Obama conspiracy theorist Larry Klayman at the Million Vets March in October. “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” the lawyersaid of President Obama. Nary a word of denunciation from leaders within the Republican Party.

Michael Ashmore of Hooks, Tex. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Michael Ashmore of Hooks, Tex. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Nor did anyone denounce the unfurling of the treasonousConfederate flag in front of the White House when that march made its way to the home of the nation’s first black president and his family. That was one of the many explicit expressions of disrespect for this president that many African Americans won’t soon forget. And yet, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Sean Hannity in November, “I think [President Obama] should take ownership over this divisive culture that he has created.”

The GOP deserves some credit for doing behind-the-scenes work to reach out to minorities. Last month, the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in Washington was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far. They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and Priebus’s home state of Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform while blaming said inaction on “widespread doubt”about the president.

As we know, autopsies are done on dead things. Which means the GOP is among the walking dead.

GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute (UPDATED)

The Republican National Committee  is woefully out of touch…

The Huffington Post

On Sunday, the Republican National Committee tweeted out an ill-advised tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, praising the late activist for “her role in ending racism.”

The message was widely mocked by Twitter users who pointed out that the end of racism was news to them:

TFC Editor Note:  So the RNC’s amended tweet makes everything ok?  It basically says the same thing as the original tweet.  “Helping to end racism”…I think not.  It STILL exists.