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THE RUDE ONE: President Obama just corrupted the Republican brand: Hastert Rule Flushed Down Toilet"

And what did Obama, with a heavy assist from Joe Biden, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, just get the majority of Republicans in the Senate and 85 in the House to do? Yeah, motherfuckers, it's like finally convincing the tight-ass fundamentalist kid on your dorm floor to smoke some weed and chill the fuck out. President Obama just corrupted the Republican brand. Assholes who had just been elected opposing tax hikes just violated their explicit campaign promises. Was that worth $200 billion in lost revenue? Was it worth upcoming battles on entitlements and the debt ceiling? Yeah, it was.

The bonus is that the fiscal cliff vote tossed the so-called "Hastert Rule" into the toilet and flushed. Yeah, Dennis Hastert instituted an anti-democratic and anti-Democrat policy when he was causing the Speaker's chair's legs to buckle. He said that no legislation could be voted on unless a majority of the majority supported it, essentially destroying the role of the minority party. The fiscal cliff deal shitcanned that.

Republican intransigence had to be kicked down the stairs of the Capitol because Obama knows that he's dealing with this collection of lunatics and ideologues for the rest of his term. 2014 ain't gonna change the House because gerrymandering has made it almost impossible. So he and Nancy Pelosi had to put together what is essentially a governing coalition of Democrats and the Republicans who actually give a shit about, you know, governing. The cherry's been popped, the thinking might be, so maybe now we can have some real fun.

Now that something big has happened in a truly bipartisan fashion, the Eric Cantor faction of the GOP - the teabaggers and other assorted cockmongers, most of whom wear nerd glasses just waiting for punching - is going to seem petty and churlish. There's gonna be a war in the Republican Party in the next Congress. We see it in the outrage over Boehner blowing out of DC without a vote on a Sandy relief bill. We saw it in the overwhelming vote for the tax hike in the Senate. Some of these fuckers want to get things done. Other fuckers want to keep cock-blocking Obama.

And, even though the price of admission was high, the Rude Pundit's hoping that the show will be worth it.


“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources

Offering you a behind-the-scenes look at how very serious negotiations operate at the highest levels of government, for your late night amusement:

House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.

It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”

Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”

The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bragged about to fellow Republicans — was only one episode in nearly two months of high-stakes negotiations laced with distrust, miscommunication, false starts and yelling matches as Washington struggled to ward off $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts.


Our VP - How Could You NOT Love Him?

Office of VP BidenVerified
“It's meatball with provolone”-VP, ordering sandwiches for his staff @Potbelly today in DC. (WH Photo-D. Lienemann) pic.twitter.com/OabWljEa


Democratic Senate leaders: "We're done."

Democratic Senate leaders say they will not take up bill amended by House Republicans: "We're done."
— @politicalwire via Twitter for Mac


Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders tell The Hill they will "reject any House effort to amend a fiscal cliff deal that passed the upper chamber with overwhelming support on New Year's Day."

Said one Democratic aide: "We're done."

In fact, ABC News reports Senators have already left town.


Time & Karma

Letter from Chinese Laborer Pleading for Help Found in Halloween Decorations

Letter from Chinese Laborer Pleading for Help Found in Halloween Decorations


The letter reads: "Sir, if you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever."

"I was so frustrated that this letter had been sitting in storage for over a year, that this person had written this plea for help and nothing had come of it." Julie Keith told Yahoo! Shine. "Then I was shocked. This person had probably risked their life to get this letter in this package."

The letter describes the conditions at the factory: "People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month)." That translates to about $1.61 a month.

Keith, a mom who works at the Goodwill in Portland, Oregon, did some research into the letter. "I looked up this labor camp on the internet. Some horrific images popped up, and there were also testimonials about people who had lived through this camp. It was just awful."




The important thing now is to make the Republicans pay the price for being obstinate

......... If Republicans are being intransigent and the American people want compromise, then, in theory, the Republicans will get blamed. And that does seem to be happening: The GOP polls terribly, and they lost the 2012 election.

But at the elite level — which encompasses everyone from CEOs to media professionals — there’s a desire to keep up good relations on both sides of the aisle. And so it’s safer, when things are going wrong, to offer an anodyne criticism that offends nobody — “both sides should come together!” — then to actually blame one side or the other. It’s a way to be angry about Washington’s failure without alienating anyone powerful. That goes doubly for commercial actors, like Starbucks, that need to sell coffee to both Republicans and Democrats.

That breaks the system. It hurts the basic mechanism of accountability, which is the public’s ability to apportion blame. If one side’s intransigence will lead to both sides getting blamed, then it makes perfect sense to be intransigent: You’ll get all the benefits and only half the blame.

The two parties are not equivalent right now. The two sides are not the same. If you want Washington to come together, you need to make it painful for those who are breaking it apart. Telling both sides to come together when it’s predominantly one side breaking the negotiations apart actually makes it easier on those who’re refusing to compromise.


Fiscal Cliff: No One Is Going To Cry For Repukes When They Lose Ability To Obstruct In Next Congress

The Cliff, the Deal, and the Filibuster
by BooMan
Fri Dec 28th, 2012 at 09:07:05 PM EST


In any case, while we're in the subject of the filibuster, it's helpful to keep it in mind as we go careening off the fiscal cliff. In his statement tonight, the president said that he was cautiously optimistic that a deal could still be reached but that, if no deal came into place, he would ask Harry Reid to bring a basic bill to the floor for an up or down vote.

...I expect a bill to go on the floor -- and I've asked Senator Reid to do this -- put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle-class families don’t go up, that unemployment insurance is still available for two million people, and that lays the groundwork, then, for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps that we can take in the New Year.

Normally, the Republicans would filibuster a bill like this. However, they have a number of considerations that are not normally in play. Number one is the clock. The act of filibustering is actually the act of not agreeing to a motion to proceed. That forces the Majority Leader to invoke cloture which takes time to 'ripen.' Specifically, the cloture petition is ignored for one full-day, so one filed on Monday cannot be voted on until Wednesday. If the Republicans don't agree to an up or down vote on Sunday (the 30th of December) they will have effectively stalled the process through to the cliff. Do they want to do that?

And, if they are worried that the Democrats might have the momentum and unity to change the filibuster rules, using a high profile filibuster at the end of this Congress (in direct defiance of the president) would probably remove any doubt about the matter.

Of course, even if Harry Reid passes a bill in the Senate, that doesn't mean that John Boehner will be willing or able to match him in the House. But that creates a further conundrum from Mitch McConnell. Does he filibuster and take all the blame, or does he dump it all in Boehner's lap, split the Republicans, and lose the message war?

One thing is for sure. If there is no deal and there is a filibuster in the Senate, no one is going to cry for the Republicans when they lose some of their ability to obstruct in the next Congress.


(FL) Researcher: Long lines at polls caused 49,000 not to vote

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Like Jordan, as many as 49,000 people across Central Florida were discouraged from voting because of long lines on Election Day, according to a researcher at Ohio State University who analyzed election data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel.

About 30,000 of those discouraged voters — most of them in Orange and Osceola counties — likely would have backed Democratic President Barack Obama, according to Theodore Allen, an associate professor of industrial engineering at OSU.

About 19,000 voters would have likely backed Republican Mitt Romney, Allen said.

This suggests that Obama's margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 11,000 votes higher than it was, based just on Central Florida results. Obama carried the state by 74,309 votes out of more than 8.4 million cast.

Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-discouraged-voters-20121229,0,215136.story

Are These Guys Really In Charge Of The Republican Party?-“It's a shit show,” says one Republican.

Source: Buzzfeed

Are These Guys Really In Charge Of The Republican Party?
From a DUI to fumbled fiscal cliff talks, there's no time for soul-searching in a leaderless party. “It's a shit show,” says one Republican.


Conservative groups are splintering. The Romney campaign has dissolved into backbiting and billing disputes. A “plan B” to avert the fiscal cliff proved to be a colossal embarrassment. A teetotaling Idaho senator has been charged with drunk driving. But the most striking symptom of the GOP’s horrible moment is the party’s inability to get done what virtually everyone here knows is in its political best interest: A hasty surrender.

It’s difficult to find a Republican operative who is willing to say on the record that going over the fiscal cliff next Tuesday is a good idea. Provoking a crisis is bad politics: Republicans are resigned to taking the blame. And it’s bad for their policy agenda: They will likely be cornered into a broader tax hike than the best deal they could get from President Barack Obama today, and with none of the spending cuts that might now be on the table.

And yet, the dominant emotion among most Republicans here is one of sheer resignation.

“It’s a shit show,” one prominent Republican told BuzzFeed of the GOP’s messaging position. “Tax rates are going to go up on everyone, and we’re going to get the blame.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/are-these-guys-really-in-charge-of-the-republican
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