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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Hack-tacular Dick Morris Makes A Prediction

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Dick Morris, for those of you who are blissfully unaware of his existence, is a chronic scab on the scrofulous rump of the American body politic. 

Morris got his start in politics, back in the ‘70s working for Bill Clinton’s Arkansas gubernatorial campaign.  He continued to work with the Clintons, in various capacities—campaign consultant, political strategist—and, finally, as campaign manager during Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign.

That job came to an abrupt end in August, 1996 when the Washington Post reported that Morris was involved with a DC prostitute, Sherry Rowlands.  Seriously?? So what?  But tabloids went further, alleging that Morris was in the habit of impressing Ms Rowlands by allowing her to “listen in” on his conversations with the President.  That news hit during the Democratic Convention and Dick Morris resigned forthwith delivering a grandiose resignation speech during which he credited himself with helping Clinton “come back from being buried in a landslide” and ended with Morris comparing himself to Robert Kennedy.

Almost simultaneously, Morris launched his revenge-fueled Clinton-bashing cottage industry.  Aided by his publisher wife, Eileen McGann of Harper Collins, Morris has been churning out a steady stream of anti-Clinton yellow journalism for close to 20 years now.  He supplements that enterprise by acting as a political consultant to aspiring leaders of banana republics and theatrically delivering political prognostications so absurdly off the mark that his name has become a punchline among the pundit class.  Indeed, blogger Andrew Sullivan has named an annual award after Morris, given for “stunningly wrong political, social and cultural predictions.”

Here is just a sampling of his greatest hits:

Romney Will Win By A Very Large Margin—A Landslide If You Will.

Republicans Will Win 10 Seats In The Senate In 2012

It’s Very Possible That Obama Won’t Run For Re-Election Because His Numbers Are So Bad.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/20/14 at 11:10 AM
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

GOP Rep. Ellmers’ Promises Women Voters Nicer Tone And No More Pie Charts

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Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) stepped in it, last Friday and managed to get more on her when she tried to wipe it off.  And it just shouldn’t have happened. 

It happened at an under-advertised Friday afternoon panel put on by the Republican Study Committee, the House’s conservative caucus.  It didn’t even make it to the RSC website.

Only one reporter was in attendance and that was Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner who was covering a panel discussion on the Republican Party’s outreach effort for women voters.  The GOP has entrusted that job to Rep. Renee Ellmers who heads up the Republican Women’s Policy Committee . . . a move that they might want to reconsider.

When Ashe Schow filed her report on Sunday, in an article about why the Republicans’ women’ narrative needs work, she cited, among many other things, Rep. Ellmers’ prescription that Republican men need to bring their policy discussions “down to a woman’s level” to get more female votes.

Whereupon, Rep. Ellmers responded with a statement containing the standard charge that Schow was a “liberal woman reporter” who had taken Rep. Ellmers’ words “completely out of context.” 

And, furthermore:

It is a shame that such an important moment for addressing solutions and empowering women was used to attack the open exchange of ideas. In answering a question regarding how Republicans can improve their messaging, I took the opportunity to note that everyone comes from different backgrounds and experiences - and our messaging should do the same.

If there is a problem, who is perpetuating it? Was it a room full of women laughing, bonding and sharing solutions - or a liberal woman reporter attacking the event and taking it to a dark place that does not exist?

Harrrumph!

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/17/14 at 01:51 PM
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming Soon To A Kingdom Near You

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Something truly hinky happened in The Heartland yesterday.  Not that we weren’t forewarned . . . there was that little media dust-devil that arose, back in April, when Gov. Terry Branstad (R) released an official gubernatorial proclamation entreating Iowans to pray, fast and repent for the good of Iowa and the nation . . .

To wit:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby invite all Iowans who choose to join in the thoughtful prayer and humble repentance according to II Chronicles 7:14 in favor of our state and nation to come together on July 14, 2014.

  [read the whole freaking thing, which sounds David Barton-ish, here].

Well, July 14th arrived and, suddenly, the separation between church and state on the Capitol grounds of the Hawkeye State was only the thickness of a revival tent-flap where hundreds of Children of the Corn gathered for 11 hours of “non-denominational” prayer and repentance of a King James nature—from 7:14 am to 7:14 pm.

You see this was never meant to be your garden-variety non-denominational feel-good praying—it’s specifically prescribed to be according to II Chronicles 7:14, a favorite bible verse of Bob Vander Plaats, who has written a book entitled If 7:14If the name Vander Plaats sounds vaguely familiar that might be because when Vd-P isn’t writing religious manifestos, he likes to run for governor of Iowa.  At least in the Republican primaries for governor, he’s never quite made it beyond there in 2002, 2006 or 2010.

You also might remember Vd-P as the guy with the pitchfork at the head of the mob who successfully ran off the three justices on the Iowa Supreme Court who voted to overturn Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act in Varnum v. Brien.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/15/14 at 02:59 PM
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Friday, July 11, 2014

GOP Case Against Obama: A Few Charges Short Of An Indictment

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Late yesterday afternoon House Speaker John Boehner announced to the White House, and any American with an IQ above room temperature, that his lawsuit decrying the lawless “king-like” presidency of Barack Obama is, indeed, a nothingburger.  And that’s a nothinburger “hold the bun, cheese and special sauce, please.”

Boehner opened this particular gambit with the rather unorthodox legal maneuver of announcing that he intended to sue the President for numerous constitutional abuses . . . TBD:

. . . [o]n matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators, straining the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day.

That’s clear as mud . . .  Imagine your co-worker puts a Post-it on your desk that says “Planning to sue you, just not sure what about yet . . . stay tuned.” 

Nevertheless, Mr Boehner floated the idea to his caucus in a memo, leaked it to the press, and defended it in a CNN Op-Ed, all within about 2 weeks time which, these days, is warp speed for anything House-related.  He’s under time pressure, you see, because he wants to draft a resolution and vote on it before the end of July recess, because . . . the Constitution can’t wait!

After months of feverish Right-eous rhetoric over the tyrannical lawlessness and over-reach of Obama, and days of media speculation over how sweeping the lawsuit might be, we now have a “Draft” resolution

And, from the looks of it, Republicans were able to boil down the huge laundry list of Obama’s five years of historically egregious assaults on the Constitution to one slightly ink-stained white button-down shirt with French cuffs worn for the signing of the Affordable Care Act.

Something tells me this isn’t going to sit well with the torches and pitchforks set and judging by Boehner’s uncharacteristic tetchiness this week, I suspect he knows that.  His mission, since he chose to accept it, was to satisfy the bloodlust of the Crazy Caucus without committing political hara-kiri—a balancing act which is getting nearly impossible to pull off.

And, I don’t suppose that the deliriously good news about Obamacare, breaking at the same time, made Boehner feel particularly confident in his options.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/11/14 at 12:07 PM
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

GOP Shooting Blanks In The War On Poverty

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Today, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) submitted a post to RealClearPolitics.com entitled “Why the War on Poverty Failed & How We Can Win It.”  Let me spare you any undue excitement—he never really got around to detailing either.

Evidently. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has stepped away from his somewhat embarrassing stint as front-man for the GOP’s “50 Years of Fail” concern trolling over the fact that, despite the War On Poverty program there are still poor people.  That leaves the position open for some newbie back-benchers to cut their teeth on.

Whatever . . . Rokita has picked up the torch but appears to be having a little trouble keeping it lit.  As we know from past encounters, Rep. Rokita is a bit of a wag—you might remember him as the chauvinist swashbuckler who reprimanded CNN journalist Carol Costello about her barbed questions during last Fall’s government shutdown, saying “Carol, you’re beautiful, but you have to be honest as well.”

Or that time, in 2007, when, while encouraging Republicans to appeal to more African-American voters, Rokita cited the statistic that 90% of African-Americans vote Democratic then asked:

How can that be? Ninety to ten. Who’s the master and who’s the slave in that relationship? How can that be healthy?

You get the picture . . . so Todd starts out waggish:

Fine, I admit it, you caught us red-handed—the Republican Party is the party of the “rich.”

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/09/14 at 01:48 PM
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Monday, July 07, 2014

House of Representatives: Special Victims Unit

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What today’s GOP lacks in strategic success it more than makes up for with chutzpah and an apparent imperviousness to embarrassment.

Allow me to explain . . .

Make Obama a one-term president.  FAIL
Repeal Obamacare.  FAIL
Rehab the GOP for future electoral success.  FAIL
Create JOBS!JOBS!JOBS!  FAIL
Sabotage economic recovery.  FAIL
Maintain Perma-War status.  FAIL
Prove that the White House covered up its role in Benghazi.  FAIL
Prove that the White House unfairly targeted conservatives via IRS.  FAIL
Defend DOMA and prevent Marriage Equality.  FAIL

See what I mean?  These people are like the Eveready Bunnies of headbanging.

Their latest cry for attention is to sue the president for going about the business of presidenting in the hope that some justice-challenged judge will try to send President Obama to time-out . . . or something.

Right before the July 4th break, Speaker Boehner announced this fiendishly clever plan so that representatives of the fringier fringe could go home without being pelted with rotten tomatoes by the IMPEACH!!!OBUMMER!! faction.  You see, unfortunately, far too many clueless “Washington outsiders” were sent to the Capitol, in 2010, based on wild-eyed promises to repeal Obamacare and/or impeach the president for assorted crimes against TEA Party sensibilities.

Now the natives are getting restless and wondering what the hell is taking so loooooong? USA?

So it is that the GOP is feeding this new Impeachment Lite meme to distract the hordes from their now maggoty dead horse issues—OBAMACARE! IRS! BENGHAZI!—which will soon have to be buried for public health reasons.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/07/14 at 10:09 AM
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Upstaging of Judge Gowdy

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(h/t Democratic Underground)


I have to tell you, Roasters, that I am more than a little sad that Judge Gowdy’s Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!  Select Committee is shaping up to be one of this season’s more spectacular entertainment duds.

Since early May, I have been looking forward to a summer of popcorn and microbrews by the pool and daily doses of Judge Gowdy on the YouTube; but now it looks like I’m going to be stuck with Speaker Boehner’s Impeachment Tort or reruns of the McCarthy Hearings.

So much has happened since those heady days in May—Speaker Boehner’s bold announcement that he was appointing a Select Committee to re-re-re-re-reinvestigate the tragedy at Benghazi; Nancy Pelosi’s tough decision to boycott the committee or not; the formation of the Benghazi Truth Pac . . .

That last item—The Benghazi Truth PAC—was just the kind of Republican sideshow that suckered me into believing that we were about to witness the Greatest Show on Earth with a ringside seat in Judge Gowdy’s Kangaroo Kourt.

The BT PAC was the brainchild of Buzz Jacobs, a Bush White House operative and 2008 McCain Campaign manager currently realizing the American Dream of small business ownership.  Buzz’s biz, which is essentially raising-money-for-republicans, is something called Strategic Storytelling Company.

And Mr Jacobs has selflessly appointed himself to protect Judge Gowdy and his select committee colleagues from the inevitable smear campaigns that Liberals are bound to launch because . . . Libruls!

We are preparing to help defend them from unfair and untrue attacks.

There will be teams of people looking into their backgrounds and pulling things out of context and making major issues out of them and there needs to be some balance to that.

Jacobs said he fears Democrats loyal to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will try and “smear” the Republicans on the committee in order to protect Clinton.

He said he bases his concern on critical comments from Democrats after the special committee was created, and historically, how independent counsel Kenneth Starr was criticized during his investigation of former President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Jacobs fears that:

When we find out how disconnected the government was . . . it will not reflect well on Hillary Clinton. The left will try to distract from it and attack the messenger.

Gowdy, the object of Jacobs “strategic storytelling” said:

This investigation isn’t about my political career or anyone else’s. I do not approve of this PAC’s involvement nor do I desire to have their help in defending against attacks.

Oh DC! it isn’t really pretty what a town without pity can do.  Nevertheless, Jacobs, unbowed by adversity and politically resilient said he respects Gowdy’s view on the super PAC.

If I was in his position, I would approach my job in the same way.

However, as a private citizen with White House-level national security experience, I am interested in doing what I can, within the law, to educate people about the truth and to defend those seeking the truth.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/02/14 at 11:53 AM
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Impeachment Lite:  More Drama, Less Binding

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What to do, what to do?  Four more months until the mid-term rapture . . . we already said we won’t be legislating,  Benghaz-IRS-Gate is getting old . . . ???  Must be time for IMPEACHMENT!!  Yep, that’s the ticket!

Apparently the untimely ouster of Rep. Cantor (R-VA) has breathed new life into the Speaker’s career and put a spring in his shuffle.  Suddenly there’s still time for carpe diem-ish legacy-making gambits of historical proportions, moves that will etch the name “Boehner” into American History books.  At least the ones in Texas . . .

And so it is that Speaker Boehner, with George Will whispering sweet nothings about becoming the “legislature’s vindicator” in his ear, is preparing to go down as “the empty suit who files an empty suit” in the ever perspicacious words of Mr. Pierce.

Michael Steel spox-splains it to us:

The President has a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy,  The House has passed legislation to address this, but it has gone nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, so we are examining other options.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/26/14 at 10:37 AM
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It’s All Over But The Cryin’ in Mississippi

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Is there anything quite as pathetic as the bleating of a dirty trickster who falls prey to a dirty trick?  It’s all over but the cryin’ in Mississippi but it may be some time before the cryin’ ends.

Despite the fact that TEA Party Chris McDaniel failed to win his party’s primary, outright, and was forced into a run-off election, he was very certain that he had incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MISS) beat.  His defeat last night in the runoff caught McDaniel flat-footed and, in the grand old tradition of sore losers everywhere, he refused to concede the race.

McDaniel is now telling Breitbart.com that he will challenge the results.  The charge? Un-Republicanism!:

McDaniel said Cochran’s decision to seek Democrats to vote for him in the Republican primary runoff was “un-Republican” which, to the best of my knowledge is not a legal term.  Yet.

Nevertheless, in his best talk-radio voice, McDaniel said:

In the most conservative state in the republic this happened and if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere—and that’s why we will never stop fighting.

As you know today, folks, there were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state. You know why. You read the stories. You’re familiar with the problems that we have. Now it’s our job to make sure that the sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends, we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters. We will stand with courage, we will stand with judgment, we will stand with integrity. This is our fight conservatives. This is necessary. We are not prone to surrender, we Mississippians. A strong and sturdy people we are, a brave people we are, a people that can still lead the conservative revival in this country. We will lead the resurgence. That begins right here in Mississippi.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/25/14 at 12:18 PM
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Très Pouty

Pity token congressional morlock (just look at the weirdly-shaped head on the guy!) Trey Gowdy has to be in a bit of a tizzy with the capture of BENGHAZI!!!! suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala.  The Benghazi “scandal” is nothing more than a quibble over the semantics used to describe the attack on the consular office- now the Republicans look like a bunch of fools arguing over bullshit while the president was actually working quietly to capture one of the ringleaders. Soon, the president will probably have a mug made out of Khattala’s cranium to match the bong he made out of Bin Laden’s skull.

In his statement regarding the capture, former car thief Darryl Issa tellingly omitted giving credit for the capture to the administration and demanded that the president share information gained from the suspect:

“The arrest of Ahmed Abu Khatallah is long overdue and our military deserves credit for conducting a successful operation.  There is evidence that he is one of dozens, if not hundreds of individuals, involved in the murder of four Americans in Benghazi. The Obama Administration has an obligation to share whatever information he offers with Chairman Gowdy and the Select Committee about events before and during the Benghazi attacks.”

Lindsey Graham’s response was a whine about the need for the suspect to be tried at Gitmo:

Really, Lindsey, your party has no expertise whatsoever in fighting terrorism, and the guy in the White House has had more success in pursuing terrorists as if they were criminals than his predecessor had by treating terrorists as enemy combatants. 

With the suspected ringleader of the attack in custody, the right-wing obsession with the consular attacks should go the way of the dodo, but the wingnuts have invested too much effort in creating and maintaining the scandal, so they are now spinning conspiracy theories about the circumstances of the capture.  They failed to ride the scandal to electoral victory in 2012, but they are calling for a Benghazi mulligan in the runup to the 2014 midterm elections.  It remains to be see whether or not Trey Gowdy continues with his farcical Benghazi inquisition, but in the immediate future, I imagine he’ll be très pouty.

As a postscript, blogroll member Oregon Beer Snob did a perfect job of expressing Gowdy’s inner qualities- I have seen no better representation of this particular congresscreep.

Cross-posted at my eponymous blog.

Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 06/19/14 at 01:50 AM
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

So! Is Traditional The New White?

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Wise politicians take words very seriously and are quite fond of speaking in “code.”  The problem with speaking in coded language is code-breakers; the upside, of course, is deniability. 

For example, when Paul Ryan spoke, a few months back about young “inner city” men who are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work because they rely on government assistance,” . . . just about every man, woman and child in America was uncomfortably aware of whom Ryan was speaking.

Nevertheless, Paul Ryan was able to put on his shocked face, exclaim:

This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.

and walk away unscathed.  What? me racist?

Republicans are fond of extrapolating that, since Lincoln—a Republican—freed the slaves there is NO WAY that a Republican can be a racist.  Many white Americans are proud to point out that they no longer buy and sell human beings and have successfully curbed their primal urge to take the law into their own hands and string up people who don’t show enough respect for their whiteness.

Thom Tillis is a Republican who figures he’s ready for prime time.  He is currently Speaker of the North Carolina State House of Representatives but just won the Republican primary aimed at unseating US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC).  Speaker Tillis has served some seven years in the state house accruing lots of political acumen and some pretty awesome code-speaking skills of his own, along the way.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/17/14 at 01:22 PM
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cooter Just Might Have Done Us a Solid

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One of the things that I love the most about blogging [writing and reading] is the freedom that bloggers have to think outside of the box and fully engage with The Weird.

And, so it is that, while professional journalists and pundits, who are paid in real cash and expected to produce relatively rational analysis, wrestle with the odd conundrum of Eric Cantor’s primary defeat, last night, they are bound to overlook one of the more likely causes because it doesn’t fit their paradigm.

Let’s just take a look at the facts going in to this race:

Eric Cantor was the second most powerful Republican in the US House of Representatives.  He has won re-election every time, since 2001, mostly by hefty margins—last time around it was 80%-20%.

Eric Cantor raised $5 million for his campaign as compared to his opponent’s $122,000 “war chest.”  No surprises there.

Going into primary election day all polls - the good, the bad and the ugly—had Cantor well ahead of his opponent.

Congressional primary elections do not swamp the polls.  No long lines.  However, this time around, for a “gimme” of an election, some 30% more voters showed up over the last mid-term primary in VA07. [app. 65K this time to 44K last time.]

Cantor’s virtually unknown TEA Party opponent inexplicably won by carrying bluer precincts.

Trying to make sense of this very odd—so odd it’s historic—election result has every political reporter and pundit in the land twisting themselves into a pretzel trying to explain it all:

Was Cantor too RINO? was he too much of an insider/conniver?  Did immigration sink him? Was his campaign’s late flurry of negative TV ads that created name recognition and sympathy for his opponent a fatal tactical error?  Was he a secret Obamabot?

Was he too Jewish?

Or was it much simpler than that?  Was it? could it be? Just Cooter?

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/11/14 at 10:08 AM
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Majority of Americans Support Reparative Therapy for Texans

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While most of us were trying to absorb the eery links between “Benghazi” and “Bergdahl,” last week, Texas rounded up its Republican delegates and sent them to Fort Worth to convene and redraft the state party platform. Few will be surprised to learn that Texas has one of the weirdest state Republican platforms in the country.

It is forty —count ‘em, FORTY— pages of Right wing free association that feels like the product of a bad night of MadLibs and way too much Lone Star Lite.  I’d say that the Texas platform smacks of teenage manifesto but that can’t be quite right because the Texas Young Republicans have declared it totally suckumental.

Way to court that youth vote, GOP!

Anyone with the stomach is welcome to jump right in for themselves, but here are a few highlights from my perspective . . .

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Monday, June 02, 2014

What If Republicans Held A Leadership Conference And No Leaders Showed Up?

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We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that. 

Those inspirational words were uttered by the Republican Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal in January, 2013.
 
Bobby Jindal, however, has shown very little inclination to take his own advice and, in fact, six months later suffered a bout of “stupid” himself in the form of a kamikaze Op-Ed in Politico:

Republican political correctness is all the rage, and it’s all roughly the same: we need to stop being conservative… we need to abandon our principles (at least the ones that don’t poll well)… we need to let the smart guys in Washington pick our candidates…we need big data and analytics so we can optimize… we need to be more libertarian…we need to endorse abortion…we need fewer debates…and the list goes on.

The overall level of panic and apology from the operative class in our party is absurd and unmerited. It’s time to stop the bedwetting.

And:

No more self-analysis; we’ve had our catharsis. The season for navel gazing has passed.

Let’s stop defeating ourselves, get on offense, and go kick the other guys around. If you’ve followed the news over the past month, they are certainly asking for it. We are the conservative party in America — deal with it. We have a lot of dissenting voices. So what? Deal with it. The American public waxes and wanes. Fine. It will wax again soon enough. Deal with it, and start fighting for our principles instead of against them, so we can be in position to create the next wave.

But, best-for-last:

At some point, the American public is going to revolt against the nanny state and the leftward march of this president. I don’t know when the tipping point will come, but I believe it will come soon.

Why?

Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.

Their philosophy does not work and it got our nation into the mess it’s in.

Eventually Americans will rise up against this new era of big government and this new reign of politically correct terror. In the meantime Republicans — hold fast, get smarter, get disciplined, get on offense, and put on your big boy pants.

That terrible thud? That was Jindal tripping on the hems of his “big boy pants.”

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/02/14 at 10:19 AM
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Speaking Truth To Impotence

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Suddenly, and none too soon, an interesting assortment of ordinary Americans have somewhat miraculously rediscovered their voices.  Maybe it has something to do with the evolution of social media; or perhaps it’s a reaction to being completely ignored, for too long, by our governmental representatives; or maybe it has to do with witnessing our rights, freedoms and values being trampled, ignored and distorted into an ugly incomprehensible mess.  Who knows?  But a tipping point seems to have been reached and, I for one, find it very refreshing to see everyday citizens rearing up and letting loose.

In the short space of just a few weeks a number of powerful reactions to a diverse set of issues have rocked the American scene. 

Here are some of the most notable . . .

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is a Republican.  He is also the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee On Veterans Affairs and, ostensibly, quite dedicated to our veterans’ welfare.  Indeed, Sen Burr and his fellow committee members worked diligently on crafting the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014.

Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) were delighted by how comprehensively the bill would address some of the biggest problems facing all American veterans and offered full-throated endorsements of the bill.

Here’s what just one VSO, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, had to say, in their letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs endorsing the bill:

This legislation would accomplish many of the goals for which veterans and military service organizations have been advocating for years, including strengthening the Post-9/11 GI Bill, expanding advance appropriations for more of the VA’s budget, expanding dental care coverage for veterans, expanding benefits for surviving spouses, expanding care related to military sexual trauma, instituting new rules for VA’s claims processing reports, and much more.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/27/14 at 01:44 PM
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