Posted on 09-05-2013
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As days go by it is becoming depressingly clear that the Republican Party has no interest in a functioning government.  While they are not trying to crash the economy with nonsensical economic proposals or obsessing on manufacturing a scandal out of Benghazi, the pattern of obstruction of the last five years continues unabated.  No judges have been approved for the D.C. Circuit Court of appeals.  The Republicans have refused to let the NLRB acquire a quorum by not approving the required Republican members to the agency. In an unprecedented hissy fit the Republicans have filibustered the appointment of ANY head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the agency is eviscerted. Since the Republican policies of late are unhindered by data or reality, they are now trying to prevent the Census bureau from collecting economic data. After all why would the government want to use data before deciding how to allocate its spending.

Today come two more examples. The Republicans boycotted the committee hearing to confirm the new head of the EPA, preventing a quorum. In their latest effort to prevent the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Republican leadership has refused to recommend members to to Independent Payment Advisory Board which is supposed to make recommendations to reduce Medicare Spending and may filibuster any appointee. I wonder what it will take for Harry Reid to scrap the filibuster and get a functioning Senate.

Yet according to our establishment media stenographers things would be different if Obama sang Kumbaya and gave the Republicans a hug. The Republican Party is deadly unserious about governing and hostage to economically harmful policies….and they benefit from a natural desire of voters to shrug and call for a pox on both parties.

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Posted on 09-05-2013
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I questioned earlier how Harvard University granted Jason Richwine a PhD for his racist thesis.  Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution discovered another clip from 2008 with his racial IQ meanderings:

The argument that immigrants themselves are no different from the ones that came 100 years ago I think is quite wrong, and I think that the major difference here is ethnicity — or race, if you will. …. There are real differences between groups, not just trivial ones that we happen to notice more than we should. Races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ. Decades of psychometric testing has indicated that at least in America you have Jews with the highest average IQ, usually followed by east Asians and then you have non-Jewish whites,  and Hispanics and then blacks. These are real differences. They aren’t going to go away tomorrow, and we have to address them in our immigration discussions and debates.”

Absent anywhere in these comments is any mention of whether socio-economic, environmental and other cultural factors affecting the immigrant experience may affect the results of his sacrosanct IQ tests.

The  remainder of the video contains a discussion about the assimilation of races on the intellectual level of Rand Paul telling a largely African American audience at Howard University that the Republicans were the good guys on race because of the Civil War but omitting the cynical Southern Strategy in the aftermath of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.  Richwine dismisses the assimilation of Irish and Sicilians as being relevant to the assimilation of Hispanics and African immigrants.  Of course there is no mention of the fact that non-white immigrants (including Asians who were forbidden to naturalize as citizens under the Chinese Exclusion Act) were subject to many statutory restrictions that made assimilation difficult until the 1960s.  Naturally the assimilation rate was slower for these minorities, but the rate has picked up significantly since then – even among the big bugbear of the far right Spanish speaking Hispanics.

Richwine’s biggest sin may have been to say explicitly in print stuff that the right has learned to express in allusions where all but the dense know what they are talking about.  As Charles Blow indicates it is almost an art form.  Once he masters it he has a lucrative future ahead of him on Faux News, Glenn Beck and other votaries of racial resentment.

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Posted on 07-05-2013
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Over the last few years the Republicans have made a mockery of parliamentary procedure and the notions of bipartisanship.  Compromise means the Democrats accept all of the Republican positions while the Republicans change none of their own.  If the Democrats actually do embrace a Republican position, the bill becomes an attack on our freedoms.  The silly season has been on display for the budget.

The last few years the Republicans abused the filibuster process to make it impossible to pass a budget.  Then they repeatedly passed the nonsensical Paul Ryan budget laden with pixie dust and calling for unidentified budget cuts (which of course must be identified by Democrats so Republicans can beat them on the head repeatedly).  After blocking the Senate from doing its jobs they whined to the establishment stenographers that the Democrats were not following process and setting up a conference committee.

This year the plan went off the rails.  The Democratic Senate actually passed a budget.  Even worse the arithmetic in the budget (unlike the Ryan fantasies actually adds up…or at least comes much much closer to doing so).  At this point the Republicans lost their appetite for a budget conference which would highlight just how nonsensical their plans are.  It is much easier to hold the nation hostage over the debt ceiling.

On Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to get the ball rolling on appointing Senate commissioners for the Conference. At the end of the day freshman Republican bomb-thrower Ted Cruz rose to object calling for the Democrats to essentially concede defeat before the conference by agreeing to not raise the debt ceiling or taxes.  The result to this ridiculous proposal (identified by Reid as such in the video below) was a smack down by the Majority Leader who noted Cruz was like a schoolyard bully who on losing and now wants to take his ball and go home and change the rules as well.

Cruz who is winning few friends in the Senate tried to whine afterwards in contravention of Senate rules and got smacked down again.  The video above is worth a watch.

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Posted on 06-05-2013
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The Republicans spent most of the first Obama term trying to find mythical Obama scandals – fast and furious, Solyndra, the Obama phone etc. all withered away once sunlight shone on breathless Faux News exposes.  Then came the attack on Benghazi at the height of the Presidential campaign and the death of Ambassador Stevens.

Obviously things went horribly wrong in Benghazi.  But eager to give Mitt Romney a silver bullet for the campaign, Senator Graham desperately burnishing his conservative credentials to head off a primary challenge and seeing the opportunity to hang a millstone around Hillary Clinton’s neck Republicans have been desperately flogging the Benghazi faux scandal.

So Senator McCain accuses the administration of a cover-up but cannot identify what was covered up.  Witnesses were allegedly intimidated, but none can be identified.  Even in front of the three stooges on Faux & Friends Republican Congressman Jassen Chaffetz struggled to identify what was covered up, why was there a need for a cover up and why would respected military officials stick their necks out to cover a lie.  Video below:

Now the Republicans are producing two “whistleblowers” whose credibility is on the line by their choice of partisan brawlers as counsel.  The problem for the Republicans is that they have so obviously played politics with their :investigation” and have repeatedly fallen for every right wing conspiracy theory on the subject that outside of their Faux News audience few are likely to take them seriously.

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Posted on 21-03-2013
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And they are back. Barely a week after the orange hued one said that he would not hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage to repeal Obamacare, Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell both promised to require a dollar of cuts for a dollar increase in the debt ceiling.

The United Kingdom is heading to a triple dip recession from austerity insanity. Republican congressmen are squealing anytime their sequester cuts show up in their backyard. Yet the Congressional Republican leadership unable to control the extremists in their base has decided to hold the economy hostage for a third time to get unspecified spending cuts.

Don’t look for these deficit warriors to actually identify any cuts. Like Paul Ryan, erstwhile fiscal savant for the establishment media stenographers, they will not identify any unpopular cuts themselves. They will prefer Democrats to do the dirty work to attack them in the next election.

After the Republican capitulation a couple of months ago one had hoped that the Republicans would desist in their attempts to weaken a recovering economy. But a party swept by tax cutting hysteria seems oblivious to the fact that the fiscal deficit has actually been dropping, health care cost increases have slowed and it is essential to continue the task of reducing unemployment to complete this recovery.

But the madness continues. Paul Ryan’s nonsensical budget did not find as welcoming an audience in its second go around. One hopes that a third debt ceiling hostage crisis attracts the derision it deserves.

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Posted on 23-01-2013
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Terry Lee of Cedar City, Utah who claims to have chosen two employees for layoff because they voted for Barack Obama.
Lee justified his decision on the alleged expenses his digital forensics business would incur because of “Obongocare”. Of course he could not identify these costs and his 9 employee business is well short of the 50 employees required for a business to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

So in addition to being an asshole Terry Lee appears to be an ignorant twit. Draw your own conclusions as to what his choice of phrase for Obamacare reveals about the rest of his character.

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Posted on 21-01-2013
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Well it is official. Barack Obama’s second term has commenced. After an informal swearing in yesterday (to match the constitutional requirement of January 20), the President delivered his formal inaugural address today (along with retaking the oath of office in public).  It appears Chief Justice Roberts did not botch the oath this time.

The tenor of the address is different.  The fiscal crisis has abated.  Even with the best efforts of the tea party wing of the Republican party to sabotage the economy, the recovery should continue.  As a result this address set out a progressive vision of the President’s goals in the second term.  Climate change, immigration, voting reform, gay rights, same-sex marriage and a slap down of Paul Ryan’s “nation of takers” by defending the vision of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security highlighted the speech.

This is a different President.  The hopey-changey stuff has been tempered by the reality of knee jerk Republican opposition to anything the President proposes.  The beltway media hacks will bemoan the lack of bipartisanship without the courage to assign the blame where it belongs.

So the term begins.  Hopefully something can be achieved before lame duck status kicks in and the 2016 campaign commences.

Video of the innaugural address is below:

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Posted on 03-01-2013
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“Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.” – Abraham Lincoln February 27, 1860

Lincoln could have been talking about the current members of the so called Party of Lincoln.

The fiscal cliff has been averted for now. But in two months the Republicans in Congress will hold the world economy hostage when it is time to raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling itself has nothing to do with government spending. It is a product of spending decisions made when Congress passes the budget and apportions money. For years it has provided an opportunity for Congressmen to pontificate on the deficit by symbolically voting to oppose raising the ceiling.

Things changed dramatically in the last two years when the nihilists controlling the Republican Party threatened to make a symbolic vote a reality. The result was the first ever downgrade of America’s credit rating.

Now smarting after losing yet another election and having to concede the tax issue to President Obama, the Republicans are threatening to blow up the economy if they don’t have their way. It is one thing to have a showdown when the budget is passed. However, the Republican posturing over the debt ceiling is akin to playing Russian roulette with the economy.  Every serious economist, including Republican policymakers and economists not held hostage to the tea party wing for electoral or financial reasons, acknowledge that the debt ceiling must be raised. The Republican politicians promising a hostage crisis have themselves done so in the past.

For now President Obama has indicated that he will not negotiate on this issue. Hopefully he will deviate from his past practice and hold to that pledge. After all America supposedly does not negotiate with terrorists. And make no mistake this is a terrorist threat by a bunch of irresponsible petulant politicians.

And yet the Republicans while proclaiming their desire for a dollar for dollar spending reduction for the debt ceiling increase have not actually identified these spending cuts. The Paul Ryan budget last year had a similar oversight. In the fiscal cliff negotiations the Republicans tried to put the onus on Democrats to come up with the specific spending cuts to satisfy the Republican desire for recession inducing austerity. Why? Because the entitlement cuts Republicans want are deeply unpopular. While Republicans want to shred the social safety net they also want to attack the Democrats for making the cuts, i.e. have their cake and eat it too.

America sorely needs a responsible opposition party. Instead it has a party that abandons its positions the moment the Democrats embrace them – e.g. cap & trade, health care reform. The Republicans are focused on protecting the wealthy while suggesting cruel and foolish “solutions” to cut entitlement spending like raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare which do little to reduce the deficit and may actually increase health care costs.

If the Republicans continue in their intransigence it is time to consider the constitutional option or the coin minting option to raise the debt ceiling. America and the world economy cannot continue to be held hostage every time when the debt ceiling needs to be raised. This is not a legitimate political bargaining chip and the Republican Party should not be allowed to pretend that agreeing not to damage the economy constitutes some sort of sacrifice on their part. That is the conduct of terrorists. It is time to end this hostage crisis.

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Posted on 03-01-2013
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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
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

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

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