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Matt Groening (Simpsons) manages to sum up Washington today in just 15 seconds.


New Poll: GOP In Danger Of Losing House In November

A newly released poll from Public Policy Polling shows that the GOP is by no means assured of retaining control of the House after the mid-term elections next fall. Apparently, a major factor in turning the electorate against many Republican incumbents was their vote to shut the government down last October.

Although they tried to place the blame on the President and Senate Democrats, it has long been apparent that the voting public is not gullible, knowing that it was the House Republicans and their determination to find a way to repeal Obamacare who were actually responsible for the shutdown.


The Democratic Party still needs an outstanding GOTV effort.

If Republicans Win the Senate, What Crisis Will Mitch McConnell Cook Up Next?

The most recent forecast by Fivethirtyeight gives Republicans a sixty percent chance of winning a majority of the Senate in November’s elections. Given that any bill already has to pass the Republican-controlled House, the effect of a Republican Senate upon President Obama’s legislative agenda can be calculated at zero, with a margin of error of zero. You can’t kill something that is already dead.

On the other hand, what is currently alive, albeit barely, is a fragile peace that has enabled the functioning of the traditional separation-of-powers relationship between the branches of government. The survival of that peace depends entirely on a Democratic Senate. Almost nobody seems to be thinking about the potential chaos that could lie ahead.


"I find this war on women rhetoric almost silly," Blackburn (GOP Rep on TV) insisted.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asserted over the weekend that the Republican Party was the party of "women's equality" days after Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act.

In a party line Senate vote last week, Republicans refused to allow debate on a bill that would have require employers prove that women were not being discriminated against.

CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday asked Blackburn if the vote would hurt Republicans with women voters in the midterm elections.

"I find this war on women rhetoric almost silly," Blackburn insisted.


One Reason the Democratic Candidates lose elections is the Conservative leaning media

The United States MSM is really conservative orientated. Their organizational policies really promote Republican candidates. For example:

What is up with MSNBC and their bizarro campaign finance policies? Apparently Democratic pundits aren't allowed to appear at fundraising events, but conservatives are.

The DNC is up in arms over Joe Scarborough being allowed to appear at the Cheshire County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, while they nixed Ed Shultz's planned appearance at Broward County Democrats' fundraiser in Florida:

The Democratic National Committee's top spokesperson has sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, accusing the network of a "double standard" after its decision to allow host Joe Scarborough, a Republican, to speak at what is, for all intents and purposes, a Republican fundraiser.


Family Values Rep caught valuing his aide more than his wife

Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister, who campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian and devoted husband and father, was caught in video surveillance two days before Christmas passionately embracing and kissing one of his congressional aides.


On Fox’s MediaBuzz, John Aravosis calls out Fox’s promotion of discredited Obamacare “Horror Stories

John Aravosis:

The guests were – how shall I put it? – less than receptive to a positive message about the Affordable Care Act. And when one guest started talking about all the “horror stories” of people “hurt” by health care reform, I felt it important to correct the record. So I did.


Karl Rove loses it after Fox guest calls Chris Christie report a ‘whitewash’

The National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, however, was not convinced by the internal review, calling it a “whitewash report.”

“We saw what happened with the IRS scandal with you have your own person investigate yourself, nobody believes it, it’s not credible,” he explained. “This was basically his attorney declaring his innocence, and the public trial is about to begin. And the public trial is going to be ugly.”

As host Chris Wallace tried to call on another panelist, Rove interrupted: “It’s a direct attack! I have a right to response!”

“How can it be a whitewash,” The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel agreed.

“Because it’s done on his behalf,” Fournier said. “And it didn’t talk to half the people you have to talk to.”

Strassel argued that the law firm hired by Christie would not have whitewashed the report because “so many reputations” were at stake.

“That’s what attorneys do all the time,” Fournier insisted. “That is exactly what defense attorneys do when they defend clients.”

“I grant you that this does not exonerate him,” Rove remarked. “But I think you’re missing — this is part of a process. And now we have a third party that has looked at all this information and gushed it out!”

“It’s not a third party!” Fournier observed.

“Yes, it is a third party,” Rove shot back.

In conclusion, Wallace noted that Rove, Strassel and Fournier were the “least collegial panel I’ve ever seen.”

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Darrell Issa held another faux hearing Wednesday but this time Democrats were ready for him.

Darrell Issa held another faux hearing Wednesday to pretend he really wants Lois Lerner to testify, but this time Democrats were ready for him.

Rep. Gerry Connolly was magnificent. Watch the video, starting at about 4 minutes in to see him in action. He made it abundantly clear that he was deeply concerned about the IRS' unilateral decision to undermine the law establishing 501(c)(4) organizations by interpreting the word "exclusively" to mean "primarily," and he used a terrific analogy to make his point.

"Now if I said to my spouse, 'Honey, we have an exclusive relationship' and I mean by that 49 percent, I'd probably have problems in my relationship." Connolly circled in on that, saying "To her, and to me, exclusively means 'just you.' All the time. 100 percent." Then the zinger. "So how in the world did we get to a situation where the IRS, on its own, outside of statutory authority, decided to interpret this as primarily? Because to me, that's part of the problem."


Then Connolly swoops in for the kill. "Because clearly some of these organizations are not exclusively social welfare agents. Clearly they're designed to be political. Partisanly political."


Democrats face turnout problem, dissatisfaction in ranks leading to midterms

Plouffe, who was Obama’s campaign manager in 2008 and oversaw the reelection bid as White House senior adviser, put the onus back on the Democrats. Democrats didn’t lose the special election because the Republicans had an insurmountable advantage in the district. They lost because they couldn’t get enough voters — the ones who backed Obama in 2012 — to the polls. Plouffe called the loss a “screaming siren” for the fall. As he put it, “We have a turnout issue.”

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