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Lowest Midterm Election Turnout Since World War II



Morning Line: “Final numbers are still being tallied, but at this point it looks pretty clear that turnout in these midterms was the lowest overall in 70 years. Turnout of the voting-eligible population was just 36.4 percent, according to the projection from the United States Elections Project, run by Dr. Michael McDonald at the University of Florida. That’s down from the 41 percent that turned out in 2010. You have to go all the way back to 1942 for lower numbers when turnout in that midterm was just 33.9 percent. They had a pretty good excuse back then — many adult-age Americans were preoccupied with fighting in a world war.”
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/2014-midterm-election-turnout-lowest-in-70-years//

Charles M. Blow: For The Obama Opposition: His term must be tarnished; his accomplishments erased.

The Obama Opposition
NOV. 9, 2014
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Charles M. Blow


He underestimated the degree to which his very presence for some would feel more like a thorn than a salve. The president seemed to think that winning was the thing. It wasn’t. Stamina was the thing. The ability to nurse a grievance was the thing.

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His term must be tarnished; his accomplishments erased.

Some people blame the president for not cultivating more congressional relationships, across the aisle and even in the Democratic caucus. There may be some truth to that, but not much, I believe. No amount of glad-handing and ego-stroking would compensate for the depths of the opposition. Nor would messaging.

This is a president who was elected by an increasingly diverse national electorate that some find frightening, a president who is pushing a somewhat liberal agenda that some have found intrinsically objectionable, and a president who is battling some historical personality tropes that many cannot abandon.

To his opponents, this president’s greatest sins are his success and his self.



MORE (right on!):

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/opinion/charles-blow-the-obama-opposition.html?_r=1

Breitbart Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified as Whitewater attorney was a different attorney

OBAMA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE LORETTA LYNCH REPRESENTED CLINTONS DURING WHITEWATER (CORRECTED)


by WARNER TODD HUSTON 8 Nov 2014 402 POST A COMMENT

New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, the new nominee for attorney general, has a career filled with high profile cases -- and she was a member of Bill Clinton's defense team during the 1992 Whitewater corruption probe.

As he made his announcement Saturday afternoon, Obama called the two-time U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York a "tough, fair and independent" lawyer.

"It's pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta Lynch," Obama said.

Indeed, the prosecutor has a long career built of some high profile cases but there is one case Lynch was involved in that few are talking about. Lynch was a part of Bill Clinton's Whitewater probe defense team in 1992.
In 1992, the Clintons came under fire for investing in a perennially failing Arkansas real estate company known as Whitewater Development, a venture heavily subsidized by Clinton friend Jim McDougal in an effort to soften the losses the Clintons were experiencing as investors. The probe was widened to look into the failure of the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan to which it was connected. Eventually the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won several convictions handing jail time to the McDougals as well as Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker.

The Clintons escaped any convictions in the probe.
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Correction: The Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney.


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/11/08/Obama-s-New-Attny-Gen-Nominee-Loretta-Lynch-Represented-Clintons-during-Whitewater

just about right...

No Hope with this "change"



I’ve been honored to do two Time Magazine covers, one of Barack Obama in 2008 and one of an Occupy Wall Street protester in 2011. Both of these covers reflected my values and belief in the subjects at those times. However the new Mitch McConnell Time cover is not a cover I would ever do. While I appreciate Time’s irony. I don’t agree with the politics of the Republican party, or Mitch McConnell’s voting record. It’s always flattering to be referenced, even in a sarcastic way, but I take the future of our democracy, our country, and the well being of its citizens very seriously. CHANGE is right, but it is in the wrong direction. With the mid-term elections the country took a step backward. I don’t think the Republican platform of tax breaks for the rich, voter suppression, never ending war and fear-mongering, corporate welfare, sexism, and lack of empathy for the struggles of the shrinking middle class really align with the values of most Americans. In my opinion, many Americans voted against their own interests, or did not vote at all in the mid-terms. The result is that the situation for the average American will now be worse and policies that favor corporate interests and Wall Street will be the norm. The hopes for campaign finance reform, one of the only remedies to corporate and political collusion and corruption, will be more dim

I use my art to promote justice and the Republican agenda is the opposite of my vision of justice. Please educate yourself about the issues and the deeper dynamics behind them. I have my own issues with Obama, but the Republicans created many of the problems for the nation that they blame Obama for, and a largely uninformed populace, susceptible to misinformation, believed them. We all need to know what we are really voting for. Thanks for caring. -Shepard


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They can hire best "Political Forensic Autopsy Team"-But-Until They Are Ready To Sit Down With Us...

Wasserman Schultz said she discussed the need for a review with Obama on election night and both agreed on the need to move forward. She also spoke about her plans Saturday with Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the party's leaders in Congress.

"Wasserman Schultz said the new committee, whose membership will be announced in the coming weeks, will look at the party's tactics, messaging, get-out-the-vote operations and digital efforts in recent nonpresidential elections. The group plans to report back in February at the DNC's winter meeting."

"We need to understand everything that went wrong so that we can address all the potential problems and prepare for future elections," she said."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/08/democrats-election-review_n_6126576.html

Unless and until they're Ready to sit down In Person with "Us"....Nothing will change. They can Hire the Best "Political Forensic Autopsy Team" to "Understand Everything That Went Wrong" but Until WE are welcomed, returned to the "big meetin' table" with a real chair to rest our own weary arses upon.....fk 'em.


When "W" used to say, "Ah'm a-goin' to clear that thar brush," he REALLY meant it.

Former President George W. Bush says presidents better mean what they say — a subtle dig at President Barack Obama, who’s been criticized for not taking stronger actions to back up his tough talk on Syria.
“When you say something as president, you better mean it,” Bush said in an interview airing Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Words mean something.”

yea, uh huh, more:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2014/11/bush-presidents-better-mean-what-they-say-198473.html

Chairman Inhofe

THE ONION: Congressman To Attempt Living Off Military’s Budget For One Month

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Wittman says he can barely cover necessary equipment and ordnance on the Pentagon’s budget, let alone put any money aside for a future ground invasion.

WASHINGTON—In an effort to raise awareness of the financial hardships faced every day by the nation’s defense establishment, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) announced Tuesday that he would attempt to live for a full month on the $640 billion annual budget of the U.S. military.

The congressman said that subsisting on $1.75 billion a day for a mere four weeks “is nothing” compared to what the defense apparatus overseen by the Pentagon must endure year-round, and described the military’s economic plight as a stain on the nation’s conscience.

“Trying to stretch $53 billion to the end of the month won’t be easy, but if it helps bring attention to the routine struggles of a Defense Department on a limited budget, I’m happy to do it,” said Wittman, noting that the U.S. military receives only 37 percent of the world’s defense spending, with the rest all going to foreign countries. “Unfortunately, a lot of folks in Washington don’t realize how dire the situation is. But by living off only what our defense sector receives, I intend to show them just how hard the Pentagon has it.”

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“Perhaps you’re lucky and you’ve never had the experience of waking up terrified you won’t be able to make the monthly payment on your ballistic missile system, but this is something that happens to people every day, right here in the United States of America,” said Wittman, who described the mental exhaustion that comes from having to carefully allocate a finite budget to cover necessary costs ranging from heavyweight torpedoes, to Apache helicopter fuel, to littoral combat ships. “That’s why I’m asking my fellow lawmakers to take the same pledge I have and go 30 days spending no more than the U.S. military does.”

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The Rest:
http://www.theonion.com/articles/congressman-to-attempt-living-off-militarys-budget,37367/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=Pic:Week1efault

Fuck the NYT and most of the newspapers that litter the landscape.

here is the current Time's Editorial on dark money in politics. (Well, the last paragraph, anyway):

SundayReview | EDITORIAL

Dark Money Helped Win the Senate

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Political operatives say this year was just a dress rehearsal for 2016, when there will be even more money, much of it secret, all benefiting the interests of the richest and best connected Americans. Given big money’s influence on Tuesday, the chances for limiting it are more distant than ever.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/opinion/sunday/dark-money-helped-win-the-senate.html?_r=0***

I used to wonder what they are thinking: Now I know. No condemnations: no call for a correction. Instead the (supposedly greatest newspaper in America) they throw up their hands and cluck like a bunch of disturbed chickens who finally figured out that they having eggs without the pleasure of sex.

The press is neutered and (consequently) ineffectual.

Come on Times would it have hurt to say that this situation is unacceptable and then proposing changes that would eradicate this blight on Democracy. (Guess they did not want to piss off their wealthy readers which, oh, I don't know? Makes them as bad as those the criticize?

http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-audience.html#comment-1684297644
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