Posted on 03-01-2013
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As the new Congress gets sworn in, this blogger will not miss the following.

Yet there are still many loons still wandering the halls of Congress.  In 2014 we place our hopes.

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Posted on 21-11-2012
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It is an irony too delicious to pass up.  America’s lousy electoral system is still counting votes two weeks past election day.  With votes still to come in from Democratic states like California, it seems almost certain that the most despised plutocrat in America will end up with 47% of the vote.  Mitt Romney has become a Republican un-person since doubling down on his 47% remarks after the election.  It is fitting that 47% will be the final post script on a political career mostly spent losing elections.

Goodbye Mr. 47%, and good riddance.

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Posted on 20-11-2012
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He was originally a cartoonist by trade.  He never held political office.  He was reviled, hated and feared by millions.  Yet the death of Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray brought India’s commercial capital Mumbai to a standstill.  Two million people (including many of India’s film, commercial and political elite) attended his funeral which included state honors and a 21 gun salute.  The state of Maharashtra was shut down, partly from respect and more so from fear of his thuggish followers.

Thackeray’s claim to fame and power was his political party the Shiv Sena which he founded in 1966.  His virulently anti-communist party was originally encouraged by the state’s ruling Congress Party as a rival to Mumbai’s dominant communist trade unions. It was also a nativist regional party that tapped into the resentment of native Maharashtrians who felt displaced by immigrants from the rest of India (particularly South Indian Tamils, Marwaris and Gujaratis).  It also aggressively embraced Hindu causes and engaged in Muslim baiting.

The Sena’s rise to power was steady, winning control of the Bombay municipal corporation in the 1980s and the Maharashtra state government (in alliance with the BJP) in the 1990s.  However, the Sena could not stay at top of the peak.  Power brought factional infighting and later a split as Thackeray designated his surviving son Uddhav as his successor instead of his thuggish but more charismatic nephew Raj.  Raj Thackeray founded his own political party which split the Sena vote and prevented a return to power at the state level.

Thackeray attained national notoriety in the 1990s when his party was accused of causing the anti-Muslim Bombay riots in 1993.  Over the years he shocked the intelligentsia by professing admiration for Hitler and engaging in crude Muslim bashing.  He was even briefly stripped of his right to vote for soliciting votes with inflammatory statements.  Yet Thackeray had a strong base of support from blue collar Maharashtrians who benefited from social services from local Shiv Sena branches and appreciated a son of the soil party that vocally supported their interests.

Many educated Maharashtrians, like this blogger, had little use for the Shiv Sena.  The Sena displayed little tolerance for dissent and was notorious for using brute force and thuggery for perceived slights.  As an example, in 2001 after the death of Sena leader Anand Dighe in an accident its thugs ransacked and burnt down the state of the art hospital where he died.  The hospital has never been rebuilt and its shell still stands as a mute reminder of Sena thuggery.  When Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses was banned in India, Thackeray told Muslims to learn how to take their lumps.  Yet when a later Rushdie book “The Moor’s Last Sigh” contained a caricature of Thackeray, it was banned in Mumbai to protect his sensitive feelings.

However as a cousin noted a few days ago, Thackeray was not that different than the chauvinistic regional chieftains in other Indian states.  The primary difference was the openness with which he uttered his prejudice and sent his thugs to suppress dissent.  He was the first man to give a legitimate alternative to the over-powerful Congress party in Maharashtra.  Yet in the grand scheme of things the influence of Thackeray and his ilk is largely negative to the Indian political fabric.  A country as diverse as India with political parties looking primarily and often solely to protect their parochial interest runs the risk of turning the country into the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In his last years, Thackeray was a bit of a defanged tiger.  His nephew Raj Thackeray had stolen much of the nativist thunder from the ailing old man.  He and not the designated heir Uddhav is likely to be the ultimate heir of Thackeray.  And so Balsaheb Thackeray’s legacy will live on.  How India manages to contain it will decide whether the Union of India survives or slowly splinters.

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Posted on 15-11-2012
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It seems we still have Mitt Romney to kick around one more time. Just when we could hope to see the last of the Bain plutocrat, he shook the etch-a-sketch one last time. This summer Romney’s campaign was shaken by the release of the video where he tagged 47% of the country as moochers. After initially petulantly standing by the remarks Romney laughably and unconvincingly asserted he was for the 100%. Now the election lost, his political career over and unwilling to accept he was outfought by a community organizer the plutocratic mask is revealed once more.

In a call to donors Romney whined that President Obama won by giving “gifts” to his constituency – women, young voters and minorities. On election night Bill O’Reilly engaged in similarly racially loaded rhetoric.

There is of course a total lack of self-awareness on Mitt Romney who wanted to give billions of dollars in goodies tax cuts to his fellow plutocrats and whose Medicare lie was an implicit promise of goodies to old voters. However in the Republican mind only Democratic Party voters want “stuff.”

In a sign of the coming political oblivion of Mitt Romney, his party’s governors and presidential hopefuls spent no time throwing him under the bus. Unlike Romney they understand just how big a disaster the 47% comments were, even though their understanding extends to semantics and not actual policies.

So Romney stands alone, exposed once final time as a giant dick.

UPDATE:  Audio added below.

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Posted on 10-11-2012
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TPM has combined a mash up of the cringeworthy highlights of the final Presidential run of Willard (yes that is his first name) Mitt Romney.  Yes schadenfreude is still running strong through the weekend since we will not have Pinocchio to kick around much longer.  Rich men have run for President.  Businessmen have run for President.  But in the age of the modern political campaign, I don’t think a man with such an awkward public persona or a fundamental inability to relate with the serfs outside the castle on a personal basis has come this close to the Presidency.  Video below:

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Posted on 09-11-2012
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This post by a Romney volunteer shows just how big a clusterfuck the CEO candidate’s get out the vote operation and the Obama campaign imitating Orca app was. This article does does not get into how the Romney campaign overpaid for its ads allowing scam artists consultants to pocket huge commissions. Then again Romney made his money mot as a job creator or superb manager but instead by leveraging the tax code. American CEOs are generally glorified bean counters (and sometimes great salesmen) but often shitty managers of people – something to remember the next time a plutocrat promises a magic path to the political promised land.

I cannot help pointing out that the much maligned community organizer kicked this CEO’s butt and it wasn’t because of a hurricane.

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Posted on 08-11-2012
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On Wednesday, an emotional Barack Obama thanked his campaign staff who led him to victory in his last political campaign.  Reminiscing about his start as a community organizer and tearing up, Obama spared no praise for the foot soldiers of two of the best run Presidential campaigns ever.  The video below is very touching and worth watching:

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Posted on 08-11-2012
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The spectacle of incompetence generated by electoral shenanigans of Florida Republicans finally draws to a close as Obama retains the Sunshine State and cements his electoral college blowout.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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  • Elizabeth Warren (MA) – the first woman Senator from Massachusetts.
  • Tammy Baldwin (WI) – the first openly gay Senator
  • Mazie Hirono (HI) – first Buddhist Senator and first Senator born in Japan
  • Tulsi Gabbard (HI) – first Hindu elected to Congress.  Will be sworn in on the Bhagavad Gita.
  • ME, WA and MD the first states to approve gay marriage by public referendum.
  • WA and CO first states to legalize marijuana (not just the medical stuff) by referendum
  • Romney-Ryan are the first ticket to lose both home states since 1972.
  • Romney may be the only candidate to have 4 home states and to lose them all (MI, NH, MA and CA)
  • Puerto Rico voted for statehood, though the vote is controversial because of many blank votes.
  • The last three presidents have been re-elected (coincidentally they all had only daughters).  The only other time that has happened was with Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
  • The number of women Senators reached an all time (so far) high – 20.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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In 1994 California Governor Pete Wilson secured re-election by enthusiastically attacking illegal immigrants with rhetoric that offended Hispanics.  As a result the Latino vote in California turned overwhelmingly Democratic.  The Republican Party in the home state of Reagan and Nixon has withered away and yesterday ceded super-majority control of the California legislature to the Democrats.

That is the demographic destiny that stares the national Republican Party in the face.  After 6 years of virulent rhetoric on illegal immigration and the passage of laws in states like Arizona that threaten anyone with brown skin with racial profiling, a presidential nominee who promised to deal with illegal immigrants by encouraging them to self deport, opposing the DREAM Act, the at times racist opposition to the elevation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and many such issues the Republican share of the Latino vote dropped from 31% to 21%.  Even Faux News acknowledged this demographic disaster yesterday.  The Old White core of the Republican Party is gradually dying off.  The percentages of Hispanics is surging.  Unless the Republican Party can bottle up the crazies they face a future as a permanent minority party or dissolution like the Whigs.

It is unclear the Republicans know how to solve this problem.  Talking heads like George Will and Bill O’Reilly suggested the solution was to highlight rising young stars like Florida Senator Marco Rubio.   It is profoundly ironic that the party that rails against affirmative action so eagerly highlights its token minority mascots as a solution to its problem with minority voters.  It is a superficial solution that really does not address the core of the Republican Party’s campaign.  To begin with Cuban Americans like Rubio or newly elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz have limited appeal to non-Cuban Hispanics – a big reason is the preferential visa regime available to Cubans.  Also, while the Republicans have gathered an impressive collection of minority faces in elected office – Governors Martinez (New Mexico), Sandoval (Nevada),   Jindal (Lousiana) and Haley (South Carolina) and former party head Michael Steele – none of this has translated to greater minority support.  The last few Republican presidential conventions appear to have had more minority speakers than attendees.

The simple reason is that the Republican Party’s policies turn off many minorities.  Putting a minority mask on policies the community despises is not likely to garner much support from the community.  So far most minority groups have not embraced the Randian fantasy of no government and do acknowledge that government can play a positive role.

One of the bright stars at the Republican convention was Mia Love.  A woman, African American and a Mormon from Utah she wowed the convention attendees.  She was widely expected to take out the one Democratic congressman from Utah – Jim Matheson.  She lost.  Her campaign was disorganized and extreme views on matters like ending the federal school lunch program did not help, even in Utah.  The more I read about her I get the distinct impression that the Republicans fell in love with a young attractive charismatic but inexperienced mascot who was just not ready for prime time – Sarah Palin anyone?

Expecting tokenism to trump policy is offensive.  Condescending remarks like those from Bill O’Reilly that embrace Mitt Romney’s infamous 47% comments are offensive.  Video below:

Active campaigns carried out by Republican Secretaries of State to discourage minority voting, the series of misleading robocalls directed at minority communities, the habit of sending poll watchers only to minority communities are factors that convince minorities that the Republican Party does not respect them or care about them.  And these are still basic matters of tone.  This does not address the substantive disagreement on bread and butter issues which trump agreement with Republicans on the religious culture wars.

The Republican Party was the party that freed the slaves.  However one of its founding constituent groups was the anti-slavery wing of the Know Nothings who were notorious for attacks on immigrants in antebellum America.  Even though the Republican Party held on to a large portion of the black vote until Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act and Nixon implemented the Southern Strategy, they spent the intervening period pissing off large chunks of every single ethnic immigrant group entering the United States.  So why would it be different for Hispanics?

The Republican Party needs a through rethink on how they approach minorities.  Nominating someone like Rubio is papering over its serious problem with minorities and will not do much to draw support.  They need to adapt to the reality that we are no longer in Bill O’Reilly’s wet dream of an America controlled by the white establishment and stop embracing race baiters like Joe Arpaio.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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Watching Faux News yesterday night was a delightful exercise in schadenfreude.  One of the highlights of comedy hour came after Ohio was called for Barack Obama, sealing his re-election.  Karl Rove who has spent a lot of money of some likely irritated plutocrats along with the Romney campaign disputed the call – even though it was clear to this amateur poll watcher that large swathes of Democratic counties still had to send in their results.  The whole fiasco delayed Mitt Romney’s concession for about an hour.

Rove was right in bringing up memories of 2000, but this did not appear to fit that scenario.  Of course Rove’s math has been known to be wrong – notably in 2006 where he confidently noted that he had numbers assuring a Republican win.  For those who missed it, the video of yesterday’s exchange is below.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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Once again in no particular order:

  • The Mexican Drug Cartels – Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana last night. The United States may be gradually heading to sanity on the topic.

  • The American Catholic Church and homophobes – Obama won. Three states legalized gay marriage by voter referendum. Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin – the first openly gay Senator. Ouch!!!

  • Plutocrats – almost a billion dollars spent and Obama won. Sherrod Brown won. Linda MacMahon blew over 100 million dollars in her two futile attempts to buy the Connecticut Senate seat. And now your taxes will go up.

  • Joe Lieberman – couple more weeks and you join Mitt Romney in political retirement. Good Riddance.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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In no particular order and ignoring the obvious ones like Obama.

  • Arithmetic

  • Nate Silver who may or may not be a witch

  • The return of tax sanity in California.

  • Faux News, Rush Limbaugh and other right wing talking heads – four more years of peddling ludicrous lucrative conspiracies to a credulous conspiracy prone audience.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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The anonymous copyeditor who came up with the heading “Let Detroit go bankrupt.” That was a millstone even the most mendacious weathervane could not dislodge. As he ponders the end of a long political career littered with defeat, Mitt Romney probably wishes he had never penned that article.

Wherever you are you unsung hero, this blogger salutes you.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:59

OK…turning in for the night as the Tormore is hitting critical mass.  Michele Bachmann still holds on for dear life.  Dems have narrow leads in the MT and ND Senate seats and the Republican incumbent narrowly up in NV.  Not sure why FL has not been called for Obama yet, but it will probably soon be.  If that result holds, Barack Obama won all his states except Indiana and North Carolina – which were very unexpected wins in 2008 to begin with.

The third consecutive President has been re-elected a feat not repeated since Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, as far as I can tell.  Unlike 2000 and 2004 I retire for the night very very happy.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:54

Jim Matheson (D- Utah) the ultimate political survivor http://motherjones.tumblr.com/post/35191998648/just-cant-beat-him-these-are-the-districts-that

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:48

Looks like Jim Matheson holds the lone Democratic Utah congressional seat over Mia Love, the latest Republican token minority superstar.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:32

New Hampshire’s governor, and entire congressional delegation are now all women.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:23

When was the last time 3 consecutive presidents were re-elected?  Has it happened since Jefferson, Madison, Monroe?  Cannot think of another example.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:14

Dang as I was typing this Bachmann’s lead dropped to 120, she trailed and then jumped back ahead #itsnotthescotch

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:08

The reelection of Obama avoids the nightmare scenario of Romney benefiting from a delayed boom next year a la Bill Clinton in 1993.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:07

Roseanne got 8000 votes in Florida #WTF

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:05

Obama at 50% of the popular vote.  No 2000 scenario, but that will not stop Republicans from denying a mandate in any case.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:01

I am happy I am at home swilling scotch in the warmth of my home…part of me wishes I was at the McCormick center.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:59

Shades of Obama of old in the speech..must be immensely relived his last election campaign is over.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:52

Obama wants to meet with leaders of both parties…but Boehner has doubled down on tax nuttery.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:44

Obama refers to his promise of  a dog in his speech four years back, says one is enough.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:42

Obama mentions working with Romney.  Don’t see that going very far.  The Republican party hates the guy.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:41

Obama speaking…sounds tired…hope this is a short speech.  Need to sleep.  Makes a nod about the messed up electoral system.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:38

If memory serves we had exactly same wet cold crappy weather in Chicago 4 years ago #preordained

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:36

Obama coming out to speak.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:33

Paul Ryan re-elected to the House.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:29

Democrats Allan Grayson (FL) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH) swept out in 2010, make it back to the House.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:27

Ballot initiatives

– Tax increases and death penalty ban going down in CA but only 20% reporting.
– Maine, Maryland and Washington (probably) legalize gay marriage.  First states to do that by referendum without a Bradley effect.
– Michigan repeals emergency manager law.
– Florida initiative to reject the Obamacare mandate loses, but wins in Alabama.
– Missouri votes to ban health care exchanges, which means I suppose the Feds do it for them.
– Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana
– Massachusetts legalizes med marijuana; euthanasia referendum tied.
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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:23

First person Obama called after Romney conceded was Bubba.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:16

Only battleground state Obama lost was North Carolina.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:14

Florida still not called, but Obama up 0.7

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:12

Joe Walsh goes down, Allen West goes down…come on Minnesota make it a trifecta

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:10

Advice for Republicans looking to flee

 

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:08

Looks like Obama coming out to speak soon.  Wonder if I stay up for the Bachmann result.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:06

Dems hold on to ND Senate seat.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:05

Mitt Romney gives a gracious concession speech.  Talking heads start the pass time of “if only this guy had run the campaign this way.”

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:57

Romney speaking now.  He should throw a bone to Palin and let her give a concession speech.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:54

Fat lady is singing.  Romney calls Obama to concede.  It may just be the Scotch…

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:53

Krauthammer on Faux saying the Republicans don’t need to change but somehow need to get hispanic votes.  Forgets that Romney closed the gap as Moderate Mitt.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:50

Dang!!! VA called for Obama.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:48

Bachmann up only 120 votes, Murphy takes the lead over West.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:44

Karl Rove offering advice to Obama on Fox.  Dear President Obama pay attention and do just the opposite.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:43

Karl Rove is spinning an alternate reality on Faux News.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:42

Bachmann up only 200 votes…please god please…

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:41

Jennifer Rubin’s twitter stream is hanging its hat on the narrowness of the victory.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:39

Karl Rove trying to justify blowing a billion dollars…too funny.  Stating the case for no mandate.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:38

Some of the people on the A&M board are nostalgically talking of secession.  They do bbelong in the SEC.  #theSouthshallriseagain

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:34

Liberated and opened up a bottle of Tormore that had been lying forlorn for way too long.

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Posted on 06-11-2012
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I am currently channeling my inner Cartman against Mitt Romney. Meanwhile Pinocchio is still refusing to concede.

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Posted on 06-11-2012
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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:19

Maryland becomes the first state to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.  Not heard about Maine yet.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:15

Fuck it…going to get the ice and scotch!!!

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:14

Mitt Romney ran a classless campaign…he leaves the same way.  Maybe he is waiting to write that concession speech.  Still waiting on the concession, with NV, IA and CO called it is OVER!!

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:11

Faux calls NV for Obama and CO is officially Obama, it over without Ohio.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:04

Fox News already talking on no mandate for Obama.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:01

Fox calls NV for Obama.  Am enjoying watching Faux News for a change.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:54

Chuck Todd noting the President is leading VA, FL and CO.  Maddow points out Karl Rove has a vested interest in dragging this out.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:49

Jeff Flake wins Arizona. Martin Heinrich wins New Mexico. Democrats at 51 in the Senate.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:45

I am currently channeling my inner Cartman against Mitt Romney. Meanwhile Pinocchio is still refusing to concede.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:37

Donald Trump, classy as ever.

 

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:34

OH has been called for Obama, but Romney not ready to concede.  On Faux News turd blossom pulled out his math to say it was not over.  NV, CO and IA need to end this.

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OK they better hurry up…don’t want to drink at 2 AM.

 

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:21

Whew am I glad i don’t have to hide from this post http://rashtrakut.com/blog/2010/03/23/the-biggest-loser-why-health-care-reform-may-have-ended-mitt-romneys-presidential-dream/

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:15

Its….over…..Ohio to Obama per NBC.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:10

MSNBC calls IA for Obama…fat lady warming up vocal cords.   Maybe Mitt should start working on that concession speech.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:09

Denver Post calls CO for Obama.  NV and IA could end this without waiting for FL, VA or OH.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:06

McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt acknowledging the demographic disaster facing the Republican party from its embrace of Pat Buchanan’s race polarization strategy.  Putting up token minorities is not enough in the long run.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:02

Pacific states close, Obama at 243 electoral votes.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:59

Tim Kaine beats George “Macaca” Allen.  To think one slur derailed the career of a man touted as a future Presidential candidate.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:55

Faux News noting that demonizing the Hispanic community and chasing out RINO’s was bad politics.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:53

Michele Bachmann and Allen West narrowly leading very tight races.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:51

Basically Obama has to win FL or OH or two of CO/IA/VA and he wins. He will likely win NV.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:41

Scott Brown concedes…probably hoping Kerry leaves to become Obama’s Secretary of State

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:15

One asswipe gone from the House – Joe Walsh loses to Tammy Duckworth

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:10

Faux News backing away from poll trutherism.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:07

Todd “magic female body parts” Akin loses to Claire McCaskill.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:01

IA, MN, NV too early to call but Obama up.

Romney wins Utah and Montana

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:59

David Axelrod keeps his moustache

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:58

How historic is the election of Tammy Baldwin?

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:52

Faux News calls WI Senate for Tammy Baldwin.  Dems have a shot of increasing their Senate majority.

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Posted on 06-11-2012
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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:45

Indiana was a closer win than expected for for Donnelly.  The libertarian candidate got about 6% of the vote there.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:36

Tammy Baldwin leading Tommy Thompson in WI.  Paul Ryan loses his home state too.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:34

Sherrod Brown beats his pre-pubescent opponent in Ohio.  A lot of super-PAC money down the drain.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:34

Some Dick Morris humor

1 hour ago

15 minutes ago

5 minutes ago

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:29

Obama wins Wisconsin.  VA could end this night quickly.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:23

Uber asshole Allen West locked in a tight race.  Not seen results for Michele Bachmann yet.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:22

Ok Virginia hurry up and get called for Obama…I want to start warming up the ice cubes.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:16

Obama wins PA…yet another election cycle a Republican candidate parks in the state just before the election with no win.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:10

Down goes Scott Brown..down goes Scott Brown.

Meanwhile Romney has lost his second home state – MI.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:07

Dana Perino does not understand that Republicans did quite enough to piss of Latinos without abortion being a factor.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:57

I would like to watch CNN, but Wolf Blitzer profoundly annoys me with his inanities.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:53

I am profoundly disgusted at how enthusiastically Republican election officials have tried to make it for traditional Democratic constituencies to vote.  People still standing in lines in FL and VA.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:48

Uberhack Ken Blackwell who tried to rig Ohio for George Bush bullshitting about the balanced 2004 election. Trying to defend our totally broken electoral mechanism.

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Posted on 06-11-2012
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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:25

Working out the kinks, new thread is here.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:10

Democrats leading the Senate races in MA, PA, MO and OH.  Obama may be leading the Ohio vote.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:03

OK, TN, MS to Romney.  IL, RI, DE, MA, CT, ME to Obama but no call on the single electoral vote.  Romney loses his first home state.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:01

PA to early to call with Obma leading.  IL to Obama..yaay my vote counts.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:00

Democrats pick up the Indiana Senate Seat.  Thank you tea party.  Wonder if Dick Lugar is sipping champagne.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:56

WV to Romney too as Appalachia votes against Obama  #shock

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:55

Ok catching up so far..no real surprises.  Romney has won KY, IN, SC and will soon win GA.  Obama has won VT.  VA, FL, OH and NC too close to call.  The last one is not surprising based on early turn out, but will not bring smiles in Romney headquarters.

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Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:46

Finally get to try out my newly installed live blogging plugin after a delay getting home due to someone who got his car on the train.  Get to try out my shiny.  Still Scotch free…whether the ice-cubes are warmed up in joy or despair remains to be seen.  So here goes.

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Posted on 04-11-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

In a campaign season full of egregious whoppers, Michele Bachmann (R-Batshit Crazy) delivered one of the biggest ones of the year.  Fighting for her political life with an unexpectedly strong challenger, the Republican flamethrower delivered the following line in response to a question on entitlement reform during a debate this week:

This is a moral issue. We can’t go down the path that we’re in … I’ve very much been a part of the solution and it’s insulting to say these are political speech because that’s one thing I do not do is political speech.

 As the video below shows, the audience dissolved in laughter and the moderator struggled to regain her composure.

Moderate Mitt, you have some competition for etch a sketching.

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Posted on 23-10-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

In a Palinesque display of geographic knowledge, Mitt Romney asserted yesterday that Syria provided Iran access to the sea. This overlooks the fact that the two countries do not share a border and that Iran has its own coastline along with a World War I caliber navy conducive to Romneyesque ship counting. This evidently is not the first time Romney has uttered this geographic whopper. Iran can access the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez canal in any case. The argument about Iran getting bases in Syria (allegedly the intent of the quote) can be made without resorting to alternative cartography.

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Posted on 23-10-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Moderate Mitt resurfaced for yesterday night’s debate. In a shamelessly cynical performance that has been the hallmark of his campaign, Mitt Romney jettisoned six years of foreign policy proposals. The belligerent blowhard embracing the idea of war with Iran morphed into the prince of peace. The man who accused Obama’s foreign policy of falling apart meekly agreed with the president’s policies. The man who along with his party trashes the UN and international courts called for a indictment of Iranian President Ahmadenijad for inciting genocide by these bodies – ignoring of course who holds the real power in Iran. Ultimately he displayed a Cliff’s Notes understanding of foreign policy and seemed more concerned with seeming “Presidential” than showing any substance behind the empty suit.

The President was better prepared for this attack of Romneysia and pummeled a shockingly passive Romney. We will know soon enough if this was enough to prevent the election of a truly cynical prevaricator.

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