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Congrats, GOP: You just won control of Congress with a Democratic president

Congrats, GOP: You just won control of Congress with a Democratic president
by Jed Lewison

Dear Republicans:

Congratulations. You just took control of Congress for the next two years. It must feel great. You should celebrate now, because pretty soon you're going to realize it's going to be an agonizingly long two years—as long as Democrats follow these three simple pieces of advice:

Now that Republicans control the Senate and the House, they need to supply the votes for everything—no more bailouts from the Democratic caucus, bailouts that made sense when Democrats controlled one of the chambers.
The president should wield the veto liberally, vetoing every measure to come from Congress that would undermine things like Obamacare or damage the government's ability to deliver the services the country expects from it—and congressional Democrats should support his vetoes.

The president should take executive action wherever he can, within the constraints of the law, to accomplish goals like creating a humane immigration policy and dealing with climate change. If the Republicans don't like it, they can impeach him.

Again, congratulations guys. You've achieved the goal that Mitch McConnell set out for you, and you did it by systematically trying to prevent Democrats from implementing progressive policies. Just keep in mind that turnabout is fair play, and if Democrats are smart, that's exactly what's going to happen.

Best regards,


Well Now, Here’s Your Problem

Well Now, Here’s Your Problem
Posted by Zandar at 8:04 am

*appears from nowhere*

Huh, where did that 5% margin that the polls underestimated the GOP come from, anyhow?

Oh, well then.

*vanishes into the abyss*


Jon Stewart: The ‘success story’ of this year’s midterm elections was Big Money

Jon Stewart: The ‘success story’ of this year’s midterm elections was Big Money

The fight between money and ideas in this year’s midterm elections, Daily Show host Jon Stewart said on Tuesday night, turned into something out of Game of Thrones‘ “Red Wedding.”

“Quite a success story tonight for money,” he told correspondent Jason Jones as the results continued to come in.

“Such a turnaround from just a few years ago, when many denominations faced discrimination,” Jones said, before becoming emotional. “I still remember the days when people spoke openly about banning money from the political process. Well, tonight, $6.5 billion later, those people aren’t talking. Money is.”

Meanwhile, correspondent Samantha Bee confirmed to Stewart that ideas had placed a call — collect — to money to concede the race.


Anybody else hear NPR Affiliates This A.M. - Cheerfully Announce The WRONG Time For Polls To Open?!?

Put on your tinfoil hats.

As some of you may have read early this morning, the local NPR affiliate announced cheerfully at 5:10 AM or so that "The polls open at 7 AM." Wrong. They opened at 6:00 AM. I tried to contact the NPR affiliate, WBEZ, to tell them, no, you idiots. Called three different numbers. No joy. Left an email. No response. So I called the Board of Elections. They were interested in both my tales (the other was an issue with the vote machine--I know, I know, you're shocked.) I then called the station and told them. A colleague in the Science Department office said, Yeah, I was driving in, and I heard the same thing. I was yelling at the radio. I said, So you were listening to WBEZ?

"WBEZ? No, I was listening to WGN".

This is not looking like a coincidence.

Who votes from 6 AM to 7 AM? It ain't the 1%.


Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct

Our parties are shrinking because each in its own way can’t come to terms with decentralization. But it’s real, and it’s going to bury them.

Nick Gillespie: “It’s safe to say that by the end of today, a large chunk of Americans will be bitterly disappointed. If Republicans win big, Democrats will hang their heads and cuss the Koch brothers. If the GOP fails to snag the Senate and a fistful of statehouses, its partisans will mope around and blame Ebola-infected illegal immigrants for the loss.”

“But whichever side emerges victorious, both Republicans and Democrats should face up to a much bigger truth: Neither party as currently constituted has a real future. Fewer and fewer Americans identify as either Republican or Democratic according to Gallup, and both parties are at recent or all-time lows when it comes to approval ratings. Just 39 percent give Democrats a favorable rating and just 33 percent do the same for Republicans. Not coincidentally, each party has also recently had a clear shot at implementing its vision of the good society. If you want to drive down your adversary’s approval rating, just give him the reins of power for a few years.”

rest of story here:

Thumbs down turtle...

A voter gestures as Senate minority leader US Senator Mitch McConnell votes in Kentucky. Photograph: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images


Reports Of Poll Workers Requesting ID In Ferguson - Missouri, Not A Voter ID State

Reports Of Poll Workers Requesting ID In Missouri, Not A Voter ID State

SHARE St. LOUIS, MO — The National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes told ThinkProgress today that poll workers are asking for two forms of ID if individuals can’t produce a photo ID. So far, there’s one incident in Ferguson and one incident in Jennings. Photo ID is not required to vote in Missouri.


Personhood Amendments are ACTUALLY on the ballot in North Dakota and Colorado. VOTE NO on Nov 4th


Eugene Robinson: Our politicians are flunking the vision test

Somehow, we seem to have lost the capacity for long-range planning and execution — at a time when, arguably, foresight and patience are more essential than ever before.

There is a ready-made excuse for doing nothing on climate change: the fact that other nations, too, must act if we are to avoid parboiling the planet. But this is not true of the other big issues that our leaders acknowledge but cannot bring themselves to properly address.

All this rising, however, is gradual. The impact of climate change, while undeniably real, is somewhere between subtle and imperceptible when viewed in an election-to-election time frame. Likewise, measures to decrease carbon emissions would have no immediate payoff. The question is what atmospheric temperatures will be like at the end of the century, not at the end of Senator So-and-So’s next term.


Anyone who travels to other industrialized countries comes back with the realization that U.S. infrastructure is falling behind. Many countries have much faster and more widely available Internet service, which has to be a national priority in the information age. Other countries have newer airports, deeper ports, faster trains, sounder bridges. Yet the bipartisan consensus on infrastructure spending has disintegrated, and I believe this is because such projects take time — and vision.


I haven’t mentioned the national debt, and that’s because interest rates are at historic lows. This seems to me a perfect time to make long-term investments that will not produce returns in one year, or even five years, but that promise to create the necessary conditions for sustained economic growth.


A Message From The Republican Party, via: Jon Stewart

"Move over 'Hope and Change,' and welcome 'Vote For Us Or Get Beheaded While Pooping Blood!" he added.

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