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Mitt's Endorsements---Enough Said.


BINGO - The Last Stand of the Modern GOP

The Last Stand of the Modern GOP
by BooMan
Sat Sep 29th, 2012 at 10:57:22 PM EST

Jonathan Chait wrote a nearly perfect piece back in February for New York Magazine. It was an attempt to explain the strategy (and a bit of the psychology underpinning the strategy) that the Republicans adopted in the wake of Barack Obama's 2008 victory. Why go for total obstruction? Why move to the right on immigration? Why nurture the most far right elements of the party? Why embark on a massive voter suppression plan? Chait covered it all, and I think he nailed it. At its simplest, they know that the America they once knew and dominated is slipping away. They know that the GOP, as it has existed since 1980, is going to have to adapt or die. But they decided they should roll the dice on one more chance at glory. If they could pin the economic downturn on the president and gin up enough racial and class resentment, they might be able to take back the House in 2010 and the Senate and White House in 2012. With the trifecta for at least two years, they could make their last stand and perhaps stall the coming progressive revolution for a decade or more. Here's a particularly good part of Chait's piece:

Last summer, Obama was again desperate to reach compromise, this time on legislation to reduce the budget deficit, which had come to dominate the political agenda and symbolize, in the eyes of Establishment opinion, Obama’s failure to fulfill his campaign goal of winning bipartisan cooperation. In extended closed-door negotiations, Obama offered Republicans hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts and a permanent extension of Bush-era tax rates in return for just $800 billion in higher revenue over a decade. This was less than half the new revenue proposed by the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission. Republicans spurned this deal, too.

Instead the party has bet everything on 2012, preferring a Hail Mary strategy to the slow march of legislative progress. That is the basis of the House Republicans’ otherwise inexplicable choice to vote last spring for a sweeping budget plan that would lock in low taxes, slash spending, and transform Medicare into ­private vouchers—none of which was popular with voters. Majority parties are known to hold unpopular votes occasionally, but holding an ­unpopular vote that Republicans knew full well stood zero chance of enactment (with Obama casting a certain veto) broke new ground in the realm of foolhardiness.

The way to make sense of that foolhardiness is that the party has decided to bet everything on its one “last chance.” Not the last chance for the Republican Party to win power—there will be many of those, and over time it will surely learn to compete for nonwhite voters—but its last chance to exercise power in its current form, as a party of anti-government fundamentalism powered by sublimated white Christian identity politics. (And the last chance to stop the policy steamroller of the new Democratic majority.)

That is a B-I-N-G-O, right there.


the rest:

Elizabeth Warren - UP BY 5 - appears to inch ahead of Scott Brown in new Globe poll, 43 - 38

Elizabeth Warren appears to inch ahead of Scott Brown in new Globe poll, 43 - 38
But 18% of voters said they’re still undecided

With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing for their second debate Monday night, Warren appears to be inching ahead in the highly competitive race for Senate, as Massachusetts Democrats energized by the presidential race begin to fall in line behind her, according to a new Globe poll.

Warren, a Democrat, leads Brown, a Republican, 43 percent to 38 percent, a shift from the Globe’s last poll in May, when Brown held a 2-point lead. But the race remains within either candidate’s grasp, with 18 percent of voters still undecided, said Andrew E. Smith, the Globe’s pollster and the director of the University of New Hampshire ­Survey Center.

This survey is the sixth of eight public polls taken this month that show Warren ahead.

Warren’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent, meaning a spread of as much as 8 percentage points between the candidates would still statistically count as a dead heat. Still, the survey is sobering for Brown six weeks before the election.



Letterman: 'Don't Vote For Romney'

On Friday night's "Late Show," David Letterman couldn't help but notice that election season is rapidly coming to a close. With only a few weeks left until Americans hit the polls, the host would love to have Mitt Romney come visit the show and balance out the fact that President Obama has already stopped by.

The only problem? Romney doesn't seem interested.

So Letterman devised a plan: he instructed his audience to not vote for the GOP candidate unless he makes an appearance.

Is it a joke? Sure. But who knows, it might just entice Mitt to stop by.


A manifesto for the entitled: I am a job creator: I am entitled to everything I have & more

I am a job creator: A manifesto for the entitled
I am entitled to everything I have and more that I still deserve.

By Steven Pearlstein, Published: September 29

I am a corporate chief executive.

I am a business owner.

I am a private-equity fund manager.

I am the misunderstood superhero of American capitalism, single-handedly creating wealth and prosperity despite all the obstacles put in my way by employees, government and the media.

I am a job creator and I am entitled.


The Rest:


Team Bush Paid Millions to Nathan Sproul—and Tried to Hide It - by Mark Crispin Miller

Team Bush Paid Millions to Nathan Sproul—and Tried to Hide It

by Mark Crispin Miller and Jared Irmas

All the payments by the RNC to Sproul add up to a whopping $8,359,161. Where did all that money come from? Why did the RNC suppress their real expenditures? And what exactly did Sproul do for all that pay?

In the months before the 2004 presidential election, a firm called Sproul & Associates launched voter registration drives in at least eight states, most of them swing states. The group--run by Nathan Sproul, former head of the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party--had been hired by the Republican National Committee.

Sproul got into a bit of trouble last fall when, in certain states, it came out that the firm was playing dirty tricks in order to suppress the Democratic vote: concealing their partisan agenda, tricking Democrats into registering as Republicans, surreptitiously re-registering Democrats and Independents as Republicans, and shredding Democratic registration forms.


It seems that Sproul did quite a lot of work for the Republicans. Exactly how much did he do? More specifically, how much did the RNC pay Sproul & Associates?


The documents also suggest that the RNC may have changed the dates of nine payments to suggest expenditures in 2005, thereby shifting focus from the 2004 election.

good STUFF, yeah!

Wake-Up Call, not over?

than again, it's FOX...


Mike Luckovich's cartoon made me laugh - MITT As BARNEY

Boehner’s lawyer: Blue-eyed people deserve more rights than gays

Speaking to a federal appeals court judge, the lawyer representing Speaker of the House John Boehner, arguing in defense of Congress’ anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act,” told a judge that while it it permissible for Congress to ban gay couples from enjoying the benefits of marriage, it would not be permissible to ban “blue-eyed people” from also receiving such benefits.

Lawyer Paul Clement, speaking on behalf of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives, which is defending the law, told the appeals court that the Defense of Marriage Act was consistent with the intention of Congress to continue “preserving programs the way they’ve always been — not opening these programs to others.”

He said the desire to save the government money was a rational basis for the law as well, though “you can’t go about that rational basis in an irrational way.”

As an example, he said the government cannot deny benefits to blue-eyed people.

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