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Indictments in George Washington Bridge Closure Fiasco Sink Christie's Ship

"A judge in New Jersey unsealed indictments of two people close to Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal. David Wildstein, right, an ally of Mr. Christie, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges."

Read the 594 comments on the NYTimes article. Christie is "dead meat."


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/nyregion/christie-ally-expected-to-plead-guilty-in-george-washington-bridge-lane-closing-case.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homep


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Judd Greg, former VT. GOP Senator
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Christian Conservatives Seek to Unite to Defeat Bush for GOP Nomination

"OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast.

"In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and the former governors Rick Perry, of Texas, and Mike Huckabee, of Arkansas."


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Are Big Money Grownups Taking Charge of the GOP?


Former Vermont Senator Judd Gregg Criticizes GOP Leadership But Expresses Optimism

An article in this week's Bloomberg Businessweek covers an interview by Charlie Rose with former Vermont Senator and Governor, Judd Gregg. As a senator Gregg was chairman of the Budget Committee. Currently, he is top lobbyist for the Financial Markets Association. Gregg makes his disapproval of the current GOP leadership in Congress and the Obama White House.

Gregg termed the handling of the standoff over the budget and debt limit "totally dysfunctional...We went off on a side road that was really a dead end, which was repealing Obamacare, which had no likelihood of success because of the divided government. The president is not about to repeal his signature event any more than Republicans are about to raise taxes. That we went down this rabbit hole was just foolish and tactically absurd for Republicans. Now they appear to be on track as to what they can actually agree on, which is how you get the debt under control."

Gregg went on to say that the GOP is "off track primarily because of a few folks who really don't have an interest in governing. They have an agenda that's personal. Is it inflicting lasting damage? I don't think so. It's certainly set us back politically. It set back the primary goal of most Republicans which is fiscal responsibility."

He said that a default on our debt would be an "absolutely inexcusable act of malfeasance by our government.

Gregg was optimistic about the U.S. economy; "We're on the verge of one of the largest exonomic expansions in our nation's history. We're truly at the point where you can see extraordinarily bright days ahead. We're going to have the lowest energy costs in the world. We're still the place where all the great ideas come from..."

Paul Ryan Emerges as Ted Cruz Fades

Congressman Paul Ryan has re-emerged as a GOP leader as the Cruz/Tea Party's defund Obamacare strategy fizzles and a compromise to avoid default and end the shutdown appears possible if not a sure thing.

Koch Industries to senators: We haven't lobbied to 'defund ObamaCare'

Following a NY Times article this week pointing to Koch's money support for efforts to kill Obama- care, the Koch brothers changed their tune, distancing themselves from Senator Ted Cruz and pulled the plug on his campaign to defund Obamacare.

World Bankers Warn Default Would be Catastrophic

"Some of the most powerful bankers in the world are speaking up, warning that if Washington doesn’t get its act together, the whole world is going to suffer. “The United States cannot default and, in my opinion, will not default,” JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said, according to Bloomberg. “It would ripple through the global economy in a way you couldn’t possibly understand.” For his part, Deutsche Bank leader Anshu Jain said a U.S. default would be 'utterly catastrophic.'" Slate.com


Outlook for U.S. Politics and Economy Remains Uncertain

Despite the improved outlook for resolving budget and debt limit issues, expecting a return to a less partisan climate in Washington and state houses around the country is unrealistic. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule that campaign contribution limits violate the First Amendment which will mean that the Koch brothers, the National Rifle Association, Wall Street bankers, Big Oil, Big Coal and Big Pharma will be in an even better position to have their way in elections and legislation in this country, and Tea Party influence on the GOP isn't likely to disappear. .

Professor Robert E. Cushman on American Government

One of my best college professors, Robert E. Cushman, would be dismayed by the current state of affairs in Washington and in state houses around the land. He would not be happy to see disarray in the GOP and extreme political partisanship. He believed that having two strong, moderate political parties was an important factor in American economic and social progress, in contrast to unpredictable multi-party coalition governments as in Italy or England's polarized labor and conservative parties which after World War II lurched back and forth between socialist and conservative government policies.

The Senate's Confirmation of Janet Yellen as Fed Chair and Lynn Cheney's Withdrawal from the Wyoming Senate Race are Positive Signs for the Country and the GOP

"The Senate voted 56-26 to approve Yellen.All 45 voting Democrats were joined by 11 Republicans in supporting Yellen, while 26 Republicans voted "no." Nearly a dozen Republicans — including Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — crossed the aisle in support of Ms. Yellen. She will be the first Democratic nominee to run the Fed since President Jimmy Carter named Paul Volcker as chairman in 1979." NYTimes 1-6-14

Tea Party favoritesTed Cruz and Marco Rubio were among the GOP naysayers.

"Liz Cheney’s short-lived Wyoming Senate campaign shows the perils of personal ambition outpacing a rationale for candidacy." NY Times 1-6-14

In Michigan DeVos Calls Out GOP Culture of Intolerance

Betsy DeVos, the ultimate establisment Republican is calling out the GOPs natyional leadership for failing to stand up to "intolerance and insensitivity" within the party. Last week she personally called Michigan GOP's national committeeman, Dave Agema, and asked him to resign. Agema has repeatedly made highly offensive homophobic statements in public and on Facebook. [See articles linked below from Detroit newspapers, Sunday, January 19, 2014,]

Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From the Right NYTimes 3-8-14


"...Top congressional Republicans and their allies are challenging the advocacy groups head on in an aggressive effort to undermine their credibility. The goal is to deny them any Senate primary victories, cut into their fund-raising and diminish them as a future force in Republican politics....

"“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” Mr. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said in an interview, referring to the network of activist organizations working against him and two Republican incumbents in Kansas and Mississippi while engaging in a handful of other contests. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country....”

Rand Paul Wins Conservative Straw Poll; Ted Cruz Second

Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul won the conservative straw poll with 31 percent of the vote in a field of 10 candidates. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was second with 11 percent.

Big Money GOP Donors Dumping Christie in Favor of Jeb Bush?

"Jeb Bush’s increasingly serious and public examination of a run for president has shaken the ranks of establishment Republican donors and fund-raisers who had planned to back Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in 2016, forcing many of them to rethink their allegiance to the embattled governor.

With Fear of Being Sidelined , Tea Party Sees the Republican Rise as a Threat

"...They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible — two things Republican leaders have said in recent days...


"As votes were still being counted on election night Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said Republicans could still work through Congress to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — even though the president is guaranteed to veto anything Congress passes that undermines it. “After winning a historic majority, it is incumbent on us to honor promises and do everything humanly possible to stop Obamacare,” Mr. Cruz said in an interview...

"Some Republican senators rejected that outright. “There are intelligent things to do, and there are some not-so-intelligent things to do,” said Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah. “And one of the first things we should do is find some areas of common ground with our Democrat friends.”

"Tea Party conservatives, many of whom argue that the government shutdown last year was a sound strategy, said they were baffled by remarks after the election by Mr. McConnell that the Senate under his control would prioritize policies that Republicans knew Democrats would also support.

"Many also fumed when Mr. McConnell stated the obvious: Republicans do not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act because they cannot override a presidential veto on their own. (It takes 67 votes to do so; they have 52 seats now, with the possibility of picking up two more.) The next day, he and Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal insisting that, indeed, repeal remained a goal...."

New York Times front page 11-9-14

The Fight Republicans Need Now, Ross Douthat in the NYTimes 11-9-14


"Rubio v. Rand---"...Rubio has gone further than any other likely 2016 contender in embracing what’s been dubbed “reform conservatism” — a vision of domestic policy that would overhaul the tax code and safety net to support work, family and upward mobility. For the Florida senator, the details of that vision include tax reform that would expand the child tax credit, more substantial wage subsidies for childless adults, a Social Security reform that would open the program’s Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees to more Americans — and a reform of Obamacare (still in the planning stages) that would try to cover similar numbers with less-comprehensive coverage.Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story

"Paul, meanwhile, embodies a more libertarian approach to conservative reform, in which the Republican Party would shed its “party of the rich” branding and reach out to new constituencies (minority voters and millennials, especially) by focusing on issues — criminal justice reform, civil liberties, corporate welfare — where a critique of big or heavy-handed government might be unexpectedly resonant.

"There is overlap between his vision and Rubio’s, particularly on combating crony capitalism. But there is also a real philosophical difference between the two men on how much government should do to address social problems.

"On foreign policy their contrast sharpens, because Paul casts himself as the heir to the realist tradition in Republican foreign policy, while Rubio’s record and statements are more in line with the neoconservatism of the Bush era. To use specific Obama-era examples, a Paul-led G.O.P. would presumably oppose Libya-style humanitarian interventions and eschew gambits like our effort to aid Syria’s rebels, while a Rubio-led G.O.P. might be willing to put American boots on the ground in both situations. These are not small differences, and they might be magnified in larger crises...."

Boehner Holding on to Speaker Position With Significant GOP Opposition

"...Tuesday’s vote for speaker represents a reach for relevance by some rank-and-file conservative lawmakers, including those making good on campaign promises about standing up to Mr. Boehner and the culture of Washington. For Mr. Boehner, meanwhile, squashing a conservative uprising and winning handily on the first ballot would send a strong signal to House Republicans, as well as conservative outside groups, that he will not be cowed by recalcitrant members of his conference.

But the mere public questioning of Mr. Boehner’s leadership still offers a sting to the speaker. In 2013, at the beginning of the last Congress, Mr. Boehner lost the votes of a dozen members — more defections than any other speaker has suffered in an election in more than two decades. (In fact, since the 102nd Congress began in 1991, Mr. Boehner is one of just three speakers who have lost the support of more than one member.)

“I just think it’s disrespectful to the conference, and it’s politically immature,” said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma and a Boehner loyalist. “We ought to be talking about Keystone, we ought to be talking about our Obamacare reforms and fixes, we ought to be talking about trade and our agenda, and instead we have to go through this and it dominates the media for a few days.”

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Mr. Cole added that those opposing Mr. Boehner did not have the votes for an alternative speaker, and lack an “endgame.”

“Other than going down and creating a scene, what are you going to do?” he said. “And they don’t have an answer to that.”..."

NYTimes 1-6-15

BUSH v. Clinton in 2016?
From here it's looking more and more like Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton in 2016. At least that's what I've been hearing from several pundits lately.

Jeb Bush, the GOP's "Moderate" Candidate

In a fascinating article in The Nation Jan. 12, 2015, Eric Alterman castigates the NY Times' political reporting for putting out the false narrative of a Republican Party composed of two competing factions, one "conservative" and the other "moderate" or even "centrist" when, "in fact, the party has been "wholly taken over by ideologues so extreme that their views--and policy proposals--bear no resemblance to the laws of science, economics or, in many cases, reality. But the Times's reports consistently elide this truth up to and including omitting crucial facts in order to craft a false and far more comforting fable."

In support of this thesis, Alterman points out that the GOP's "moderate" or "centrist"candidate, Jeb Bush,

1. Endorsed Paul Ryan's punitive budget that seeks to zero out virtually all federal assistance to the poor.

2. Opposes women's right to choose abortion.

3. Sees "very strong" justification" for voter I.D. laws designed to reduce minority participation.

4. Personally believes gay couples should be denied legal adoption rights, and legal protections for LGBT citizens, calling them "special rights.

5. "He happily signed the NRA's stand your ground legislation."

6. He has moved from the completely ridiculous position of disputing the fact of global warming to the only slightly less ridiculous one of questioning whether it is 'disproportionately man-made," and

7. "On Cuba, he has consistently sided with the crazies."

Ben Carson, GOP "Closet Case" or "Clown Candidate"?

Traditional Republican Party insider bigwigs have been trying to figure out how to avoid another what they call "clown show" nominating contest. Ben Carson is one of several leading "clowns" along with Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. A long article in the NY Times Magazine 3-22-15 reported that Carson is hiring a seasoned PR person to help him avoid the mistakes that have put him in the "clown" candidate category. Samples: "ObamaCare is worse than slavery," homosexuality is a clear choice, because a lot of people go in prison straight and :"when they come out they're gay," a mock 3 $ bill in his office features Obama wearing a turban, and so forth. It's hard to imagine a president whose wife's first name is "Candy."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/magazine/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-ben-carson.html?ref=magazine&_r=0


TED CRUZ ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY 3-23-15

Ted Cruz's announcement was received with mixed reactions based on previous comments by a number of notable Republicans who have been around a bit longer than he:

John McCain--"[his shutdown] was a "fool's errand and a deception of the American people..."

Joe Scarborough--"so completely ignorant...a complete trainwreck"

Peter King--"we need responsible adults...a carnival barker"

Charles Krauthammer--"quite nuts"

Pat Robertson--"this bomb throwing stuff is nonsense"










Charlie Baker, Current GOP Governor of Massachusetts May Have the Best Chance to Beat Hillary Clinton

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts' moderate Republican governor might have the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton, IF he could be nominated. Not likely thanks to the Tea Party.

Gov. Charlie Baker released a plan this week to trim the state workforce through early retirement incentives. The plan was greeted with caution by legislative leaders and a state employees union, who said they needed to learn more about the impact on state services and the long-term fiscal implications, particularly for the state's pension liability.

"Our view was the fairest way to go about dealing with a reduction in the state's workforce was through an early retirement program," Baker said Monday.

The buyout program is expected to cut the state workforce by 4,500 people, according to Dominick Ianno, chief of staff to Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore.

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/gov_charlie_baker_aims_to_trim.html

Mass. Governor Charlie Baker
Mass. Governor Charlie Baker | Source
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It's Time to Fire Speaker Boehner!

Dear Conservative,

It's a very simple question: Does John Boehner deserve to be re-elected as Speaker of the House?

Well, this simple question has a simple answer... NO!

John Boehner absolutely does not deserve to be re-elected as Speaker of the House. Just one look at his body of work proves that he is not the Conservative we need running the House of Representatives.

We may be eight months away from the next vote for Speaker of the House, but I have begun to hear rumors from sources within Capitol Hill that the Boehner camp has begun threatening Conservative Congressmen with serious punishments for anyone who breaks from the party and votes against Boehner. They are calling it the Tea Party crackdown.

While John Boehner is advancing amnesty legislation for illegal aliens, Conservatives are being pressured to accept this and to blindly follow Boehner's lead. While RINOs are backing away from promises to repeal Obamacare, we are told to just trust their "conservative" judgement...

The GOP is threatening that anyone who votes against John Boehner will be stripped of their committee assignments and cut off from GOP business. They will be ostracized and their legislation will be killed and never put up for a vote. Boehner is essentially threatening to cut off anyone who doesn't vote for him!

The GOP establishment is worried. In 2012, just twelve congressmen broke party lines and went against Speaker Boehner. The establishment just brushed it off and John Boehner was elected Speaker of the House with 200 votes. 2014 is going to be a different story...

We aren't just talking about a dozen or so Congressmen anymore. There are many Conservatives in Congress who have become disillusioned with party leadership and are looking to make a change. They have seen RINOs like Boehner and Mitch McConnell drive their party into the ground. All they are waiting for is a spark. Many others are on the fence over whether Boehner and McConnell should be re-elected to party leadership positions.

The answer is clearly NO! These pushover RINOs shouldn't be re-elected to Congress, let alone party leadership positions! Yet, they have the rank and file Republicans terrified to break away and vote for someone else!

The country needs real Conservative leadership! This country needs brave patriots like you to stand up and force Congress to fire Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell!

Tell Congress that you DEMAND that they FIRE Speaker Boehner and replace him with a real Conservative!

Come November, it is highly likely that the Republicans will control both chambers of Congress. Do you really want Boehner and McConnell in charge of running 1/3 of the government?

The country cannot afford to have these RINOs controlling Congress.

They'll say whatever they have to say in front of a camera to get your support, but you need to know that behind the scenes, they're stabbing you in the back.

John Boehner has so far held off on putting an immigration bill up for a vote. Why? Not because he doesn't agree with it politically, but because he wanted to make sure all of the RINOs in his party won their primaries before he has them commit political suicide by voting for amnesty.

Mitch McConnell has said that he will repeal Obamacare, yet when he was pressed on what he would replace it with, his alternative was functionally the same as Obamcare! He actually campaigned on a promise that even if Obamacare was repealed, states could keep their health insurance exchanges... The idiot doesn't even know how Obamacare works!

All across the board, Republicans are pretending to be Conservatives. Hell, even many Democrats pretend to be Conservatives when November comes along. That is because Conservatism is the dominant political ideology in this country. It may not seem like it -- the media does an excellent job trying to convince you otherwise -- but most Americans identify as Conservative.

It is about time that the American people get real Conservative leadership in Congress! The Tea Party put Boehner in power and since then, he has done nothing but try to squash the Conservative movement!

Members of Congress are itching for a leadership change, in both chambers. They don't want Boehner or McConnell in charge, but they know that if they break from the party line, they will be punished... Unless they succeed!

They need your support! The only way that these Congressmen will break away from their party is if they know they have the support of the people!

Tell Congress that you DEMAND that they fire Speaker Boehner and replace him with a real Conservative!

Sincerely,

Joe Otto

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Boehnert Lashes Out at Tea Party Opposition to Budget Deal

NewsMax: Houston Chronicle Un-endorses Ted Cruz

Houston Chronicle Un-endorses Cruz

Things in the nation's capital would look far different if Texas' former Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison were still in office, says the Houston Chronicle, which endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s election.

With Cruz and fellow tea party lawmakers spearheading efforts to dismantle Obamacare that shut down the federal government, Cruz’s hometown paper now regrets that decision, noting that its endorsement came “with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation — that he follow Hutchison's example in his conduct as a senator."

"We miss her extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle when necessary," the paper said.

"Obviously, [Cruz] has not done so," the editorial continued. "Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution."

Lyndon LaRouchers at Birmingham, Michigan Post Office May 20, 2010
Lyndon LaRouchers at Birmingham, Michigan Post Office May 20, 2010 | Source

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      ndictments in George Washington Bridge Closure Fiasco Sink Christie's Ship

      "A judge in New Jersey unsealed indictments of two people close to Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal. David Wildstein, right, an ally of Mr. Christie, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges."

      Read the 594 comments on the NYTimes article. Christie is "dead meat."

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Christian Conservatives Seek to Unite to Defeat Bush for GOP Nomination

      "OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast.

      "In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and the former governors Rick Perry, of Texas, and Mike Huckabee, of Arkansas."

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      TED CRUZ ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY 3-23-15

      Ted Cruz's announcement was received with mixed reactions based on previous comments by a number of notable Republicans who have been around a bit longer than he:

      John McCain--"[his shutdown] was a "fool's errand and a deception of the American people..."

      Joe Scarborough--"so completely ignorant...a complete trainwreck"

      Peter King--"we need responsible adults...a carnival barker"

      Charles Krauthammer--"quite nuts"

      Pat Robertson--"this bomb throwing stuff is nonsense"

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Ben Carson, GOP "Closet Case" or "Clown Candidate"?

      Traditional Republican Party insider bigwigs have been trying to figure out how to avoid another what they call "clown show" nominating contest. Ben Carson is one of several leading "clowns" along with Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. A long article in the NY Times Magazine 3-22-15 reported that Carson is hiring a seasoned PR person to help him avoid the mistakes that have put him in the "clown" candidate category. Samples: "ObamaCare is worse than slavery," homosexuality is a clear choice, because a lot of people go in prison straight and :"when they come out they're gay," a mock 3 $ bill in his office features Obama wearing a turban, and so forth. It's hard to imagine a president whose wife's first name is "Candy."

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/magazine/how-do-...

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Ralph

      You know that only the democrats and the republicans hold the voters.

      It really hasn't been working since the seventies. It is Congress and the presidents, along with the Supreme Court that have failed us, but the voters also must be at fault because they allowed this to happen.

      I gave my reasons, and I also put them in my hubs.

      Thanks

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "History has proven that the two political party system doesn't work in the United States." I wouldn't go that far. I agree that it it hasn't been working lately. Actually, we have three or four parties--Democrats, Republicans (traditional), Tea Party, and Libertarians.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Ralph

      As I have said the search for the guilty is not a solution.

      History has proven that the two political party system doesn't work in the United States.

      Working toward two different goals just cancels each other out.

      Even if the GOP is in disarray how does that help the US, the people and the world?

      All three branches of the US government have failed us.

      The president is a lone wolf taking on the duties of the legislature.

      The congress is running in circles. Congress is like a dog sled team that has no lead dog, and the dogs are trying to pull in different directions, with the result of no forward movement.

      The Supreme Court is making poor decisions, and most of them with a simple majority.

      What is your solution, if the GOP is in disarray?

      Thanks

      The checks and balances of the founders has failed.

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Both parties are more conservative than they were for most of the post WWII period. The GOP is in disarray. Good government is scarce in the world. Perfect government doesn't exist.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Ralph

      It doesn't really matter about the GOP, as the one hundred year cycle of not moving forward will continue. It doesn't matter which party is in control, they will just undue what the other party did when they were in control.

      As for 2008, the Federal Reserve was a contributor, and so was Fannie and Freddie. It couldn't have happened without their help.

      The democrats took control in 2009, but they were participating after the election, so two congresses and two presidents kept the banks alive, and their upper management in seven figures bonuses.

      Neither party tackled the big corporations and both parties had control before and after the economy fell.

      As long as the loyal voters think that one party has the solution, the go nowhere cycle will continue.

      It doesn't matter which party failed, because when Congress fails then we all fail. The search for the guilty is not a solution, it is part of the problem.

      Thanks

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "It took both parties, to bring down the economy in 2008." There's plenty of blame to go around. Don't forget the NY Banksters and crooked mortgage brokers. I repeat, the GOP is in disarray. Their best candidate may well be the current Republican governor of Massachusetts. However, his nomination is unlikely thanks to the Tea Party.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Ralph

      It took both parties, to bring down the economy in 2008.

      The republicans removed the protection Glass Stegall act, and the democrats wanted everyone to own a home, and the bubble was born. That started back with Clinton.

      Like Humpty Dumpty congress couldn't put the economy back together again.

      The democrats and the republicans ARE Diametrically opposed in their goals. Neither party has the solution to US prosperity.

      I won't repeat the arguments I made in the previous comment, but they are still unanswered.

      Thanks

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for you comment. However, my recollection from a very good government professor many years ago, Robert Cushman, is that one of the reasons why economic and social progress in our country has surpassed that of many other countries is that historically our government has been composed of two moderate political parties whose positions on most issues have not been diametrically opposed with the result that our policies didn't lurch from conservatism to socialism as was the case in Great Britain where there was a conservative party that was opposed to government intervention in the economy and a labor or socialist party that supported nationalizing the country's basic industries. And our government offered greater certainty and stability and greater economic growth than Italy and other countries where unpredictability and uncertainty prevailed due to multi-party coalition governments existed. Now, in the U.S. the Republican Party is disintegrating before our eyes into factions and our federal government is increasingly unable to function in a predictable, effective way as it did throughout most of the 20th century.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      The US needs to move away from the loyal party voter, and vote for the best candidate. This is a two step process. To get the better candidates, you have to take away the loyalty to the party, and be loyal to the country.

      The two political parties have put the country on a one hundred year decline, with only the fifites being a plus bubble for the country. The goals of both parties are almost diametrically opposite. That is why there is no crossing the aisle.

      People treat their party like a hometown sports team. They are loyal to it even when they don't win games. Whe Congress loses the game, it doesn't matter who is guilty, we lost the game.

      When one party or the other is in control, the voters of the losing party doesn't have representation. How can they when the goals of the party in control is opposite.

      We can search for the guilty election after election, but the result is always the same. The country goes left, then right and then repeats, but we don't move forward.

      Neither party has the solution, and neither party goal is going to satify the other party.

      The voters need to become independent and tell congress and the presidents where they want the country to go. For example, voters in both parties disagree on the inequity of wealth, and how to make it more equal.

      The root cause of that inequity is the Federal Income Tax, with its IRS, and the Internal Reveunue Code. Along with FICA which is only paid by wage earners.

      A National Sales Tax that totally replaces the Income Tax and modeled after the State Sales Tax would be fair. Every one would pay the same percentage. If you object to the NST then you need to repeal the State Sales Tax.

      Government doesn't know how to run a business, and that is what they are doing when they take rights away from the states, and make them national programs. States can go bankrupt, but the federal government can't go bankrupt, but they can take us deeper in debt, and raise taxes.

      We have repeated the cycle for the last one hundred years, and we are still circling the toilet waiting to get flushed. This won't stop if one party wins indefinite control of the government. If only changes the direction of the flush.

      What we don't need are any more Bushes, or Clintons in the presidency.

      Thanks

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. Who do you think the U.S. needs?

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      As long as people keeping picking sides like they were hometown sports teams, the country will never move forward.

      Neither side by itself has a solution, it just an opposite goal than that of the other party.

      The US doesn't need another Bush, or a Clinton.

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      BUSH v. Clinton in 2016?

      From here it's looking more and more like Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton in 2016. At least that's what I've been hearing from several pundits lately.

      Jeb Bush, the GOP's "Moderate" Candidate

      In a fascinating article in The Nation Jan. 12, 2015, Eric Alterman castigates the NY Times' political reporting for putting out the false narrative of a Republican Party composed of two competing factions, one "conservative" and the other "moderate" or even "centrist" when, "in fact, the party has been "wholly taken over by ideologues so extreme that their views--and policy proposals--bear no resemblance to the laws of science, economics or, in many cases, reality. But the Times's reports consistently elide this truth up to and including omitting crucial facts in order to craft a false and far more comforting fable."

      In support of this thesis, Alterman points out that the GOP's "moderate" or "centrist"candidate, Jeb Bush,

      1. Endorsed Paul Ryan's punitive budget that seeks to zero out virtually all federal assistance to the poor.

      2. Opposes women's right to choose abortion.

      3. Sees "very strong" justification" for voter I.D. laws designed to reduce minority participation.

      4. Personally believes gay couples should be denied legal adoption rights, and legal protections for LGBT citizens, calling them "special rights.

      5. "He happily signed the NRA's stand your ground legislation."

      6. He has moved from the completely ridiculous position of disputing the fact of global warming to the only slightly less ridiculous one of questioning whether it is 'disproportionately man-made," and

      7. "On Cuba, he has consistently sided with the crazies."

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      BUSH v. Clinton in 2016?

      From here it's looking more and more like Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton in 2016. At least that's what I've been hearing from several pundits lately.

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      Ana 2 years ago

      for many years: Latinos could very easily go for the GOP on soiacl issues, but have been reluctant due to the hard-line stance the party has taken. I'd argue that the same could be said for African Americans, but it would require repudiation of the Southern Strategy. I don't think any major GOP figure is brave enough to do that without being read out as a RINO.

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes 11-23-14 A Deep GOP Presidential Field Reflects Divisions in Age and Ideology

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      "“I can think of 16 potential candidates,” said Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi and a veteran of Republican presidential politics dating to 1968. “Almost every one of them have a starting point. But there is no true front-runner."

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      “Rabid partisanship”: Paul Krugman eviscerates legal assault on Obamacare and the “corrupt” judges who enable it http://www.salon.com/2014/11/10/rabid_partisanship...

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Tnx for your comment. You may well be correct.

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      mio cid 2 years ago from Uruguay

      I would argue that the civil war is far from over within the GOP,because the extremists see the 2014 midterm victory as a mandate to move the party further to the right, and even if the establishment and the economic power groups decide to isolate the tea party extremists ,they have the support of the talking head movement to push them onward into what they see as their very own "Battle of Thermopylae"

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      With Fear of Being Sidelined , Tea Party Sees the Republican Rise as a Threat

      "...They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible — two things Republican leaders have said in recent days...

      "As votes were still being counted on election night Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said Republicans could still work through Congress to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — even though the president is guaranteed to veto anything Congress passes that undermines it. “After winning a historic majority, it is incumbent on us to honor promises and do everything humanly possible to stop Obamacare,” Mr. Cruz said in an interview...

      "Some Republican senators rejected that outright. “There are intelligent things to do, and there are some not-so-intelligent things to do,” said Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah. “And one of the first things we should do is find some areas of common ground with our Democrat friends.”

      "Tea Party conservatives, many of whom argue that the government shutdown last year was a sound strategy, said they were baffled by remarks after the election by Mr. McConnell that the Senate under his control would prioritize policies that Republicans knew Democrats would also support.

      "Many also fumed when Mr. McConnell stated the obvious: Republicans do not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act because they cannot override a presidential veto on their own. (It takes 67 votes to do so; they have 52 seats now, with the possibility of picking up two more.) The next day, he and Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal insisting that, indeed, repeal remained a goal...."

      New York Times front page 11-9-14

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      My compliments on your continued untangling of this elusive ball of yarn.

      The sad thing, for me, is that there is no safe place left to go for a traditional conservative who's committed to fairness and good government. Nobody really talks about either.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      7-27-14NYTimes OPINION "Up from Greenwich--the New Republican Populism" by Ross Douthat

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/r...

      There’s a scenario more plausible lately in-- A deepening association with big money and big business could become an albatross for Democrats, and the GOP could shake the identity as a party that cares only for the rich.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      I think the question your title asks is more to the point than ever since Eric Cantor has lost his seat because of all things, he isn't mean enough to satisfy the Tea Baggers. Yes, it boils down to meanness. Fred Phelp's church (WBC) excommunicated him for the same reason.

      Let's hope Democrats stir themselves and vote against Brat, since he is deemed by the TBers to be mean enough. No, TB in this case doesn't stand for tuberculosis, but for Tea Baggers -- not a lot of difference though is there?

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes, but he said the divisions amongst them PALES in comparison with divisions with Democrats.

      ---so: no matter what, they all still have agenda to remove all progressives from office, and any and all leadership positions in the USA.

      Groundswell manifesto: Wife of Supreme Court Judge, for gods sakes!

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      6-12-14NYTimes "After Primary Upset, GOP Fears Infighting"

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      The sudden and decisive fall of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, at the hands of a conservative primary opponent tore open divisions among Republicans on Wednesday, setting off a new wave of fear that the internecine feuding would stymie policy-making and imperil Republican presidential prospects in 2016.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "6-11-14Bill Moyers.com "Seven Key Takeaways from Eric Cantor's Shocking Defeat"

      BillMoyers.com

      "Cantor’s stunning defeat at the hands of economist and college professor Dave Brat, a previously unknown candidate who reportedly was outspent by more than twenty-to-one, has sent political reporters scurrying for explanations. What does it mean for the GOP establishment? For the 2014 midterms? For immigration reform?"

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      6-11-14Politico "Obama's Price for Cantor Loss to Tea Party"

      Virginia primary results 2014: For Barack Obama, Eric Cantor loss comes with a price - POLITICO.com

      President Barack Obama is finally rid of Eric Cantor, the man who aggravated him most in Washington. But the price may be immigration reform, a priority and potential legacy achievement for Obama that could end up mattering a whole lot more — and which, through Tuesday afternoon, he and his aides believed still had a remote chance to get done.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/barack-obama...

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "6-11-14NYTimes--Wierd and Weirder in Mississipi GOP Senate Primary

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      " While the House Majority leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat Tuesday at the hands of a Tea Party challenger might be the most surprising story of the political season, the mix in the Mississippi race has made it the most extravagantly weird,..."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Any more patriotism, and America will disappear! One Nation. Indivisible. Outta here GOONS!

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Not good for the prospect of immigration reform or for GOP moderates. Ignorant, slack-jawed mouth-breathing tea baggers are taking over the Republican Party and causing the few moderates left in the GOP to move to the far right.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Translation: Not psychotic enough.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      6-10-14NYTimes--Eric Cantor Loses to Tea Party Candidate in GOP Primary

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      "In one of the most stunning primary upsets in congressional history, House majority leader, Eric Cantor, Republican of VA, was soundly defeated on Tues. by Tea Party-backed economics prof. who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      6-10-14NYTimes--Lindsay Graham Challenge by Tea Party

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      "Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was once thought to be among the Republican incumbents most vulnerable this year to a Tea Party challenge. But the most pressing question on Tuesday is not whether he will finish first in the party primary, but whether he can avoid a runoff by capturing more than 50 percent of the vote in a seven-person field.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      It's Time to Fire Speaker Boehner!

      Dear Conservative,

      It's a very simple question: Does John Boehner deserve to be re-elected as Speaker of the House?

      Well, this simple question has a simple answer... NO!

      John Boehner absolutely does not deserve to be re-elected as Speaker of the House. Just one look at his body of work proves that he is not the Conservative we need running the House of Representatives.

      We may be eight months away from the next vote for Speaker of the House, but I have begun to hear rumors from sources within Capitol Hill that the Boehner camp has begun threatening Conservative Congressmen with serious punishments for anyone who breaks from the party and votes against Boehner. They are calling it the Tea Party crackdown.

      While John Boehner is advancing amnesty legislation for illegal aliens, Conservatives are being pressured to accept this and to blindly follow Boehner's lead. While RINOs are backing away from promises to repeal Obamacare, we are told to just trust their "conservative" judgement...

      The GOP is threatening that anyone who votes against John Boehner will be stripped of their committee assignments and cut off from GOP business. They will be ostracized and their legislation will be killed and never put up for a vote. Boehner is essentially threatening to cut off anyone who doesn't vote for him!

      The GOP establishment is worried. In 2012, just twelve congressmen broke party lines and went against Speaker Boehner. The establishment just brushed it off and John Boehner was elected Speaker of the House with 200 votes. 2014 is going to be a different story...

      We aren't just talking about a dozen or so Congressmen anymore. There are many Conservatives in Congress who have become disillusioned with party leadership and are looking to make a change. They have seen RINOs like Boehner and Mitch McConnell drive their party into the ground. All they are waiting for is a spark. Many others are on the fence over whether Boehner and McConnell should be re-elected to party leadership positions.

      The answer is clearly NO! These pushover RINOs shouldn't be re-elected to Congress, let alone party leadership positions! Yet, they have the rank and file Republicans terrified to break away and vote for someone else!

      The country needs real Conservative leadership! This country needs brave patriots like you to stand up and force Congress to fire Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell!

      Tell Congress that you DEMAND that they FIRE Speaker Boehner and replace him with a real Conservative!

      Come November, it is highly likely that the Republicans will control both chambers of Congress. Do you really want Boehner and McConnell in charge of running 1/3 of the government?

      The country cannot afford to have these RINOs controlling Congress.

      They'll say whatever they have to say in front of a camera to get your support, but you need to know that behind the scenes, they're stabbing you in the back.

      John Boehner has so far held off on putting an immigration bill up for a vote. Why? Not because he doesn't agree with it politically, but because he wanted to make sure all of the RINOs in his party won their primaries before he has them commit political suicide by voting for amnesty.

      Mitch McConnell has said that he will repeal Obamacare, yet when he was pressed on what he would replace it with, his alternative was functionally the same as Obamcare! He actually campaigned on a promise that even if Obamacare was repealed, states could keep their health insurance exchanges... The idiot doesn't even know how Obamacare works!

      All across the board, Republicans are pretending to be Conservatives. Hell, even many Democrats pretend to be Conservatives when November comes along. That is because Conservatism is the dominant political ideology in this country. It may not seem like it -- the media does an excellent job trying to convince you otherwise -- but most Americans identify as Conservative.

      It is about time that the American people get real Conservative leadership in Congress! The Tea Party put Boehner in power and since then, he has done nothing but try to squash the Conservative movement!

      Members of Congress are itching for a leadership change, in both chambers. They don't want Boehner or McConnell in charge, but they know that if they break from the party line, they will be punished... Unless they succeed!

      They need your support! The only way that these Congressmen will break away from their party is if they know they have the support of the people!

      Tell Congress that you DEMAND that they fire Speaker Boehner and replace him with a real Conservative!

      Sincerely,

      Joe Otto

      Conservative Daily

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      5-7-14NYTimes--OP-ED "The GOP Can't Ignore Climate Change" by Jon Huntsman

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      Too bad Huntsman isn't in charge of the GOP.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The "real seat of power"....well, what do you know?

      *Gotta get me some shades like those.*

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Time for a little Democrat humor!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da5tjfpKyac

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes Big GOP Donors Looking at Jeb Bush Instead of Christie

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      Jeb Bush’s increasingly serious and public examination of a run for president has shaken the ranks of establishment Republican donors and fund-raisers who had planned to back Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in 2016, forcing many of them to rethink their support for Christie.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-31-14Salon "GOP Elites Felled by Horrible Malady: Jeb Bush Fever"

      Republican elites felled by horrible new sickness: Jeb Bush fever! - Salon.com

      Rich donors are getting ready to draft another Bush and thumb their noses at the party’s far-right base. Good luck! 3-31-14Salon "GOP Elites Felled by Horrible Malady: Jeb Bush Fever"

      Republican elites felled by horrible new sickness: Jeb Bush fever! - Salon.com

      Rich donors are getting ready to draft another Bush and thumb their noses at the party’s far-right base. Good luck!

      http://www.salon.com/2014/03/31/republican_elites_...

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-31-14Salon "GOP Elites Felled by Horrible Malady: Jeb Bush Fever"

      Republican elites felled by horrible new sickness: Jeb Bush fever! - Salon.com

      Rich donors are getting ready to draft another Bush and thumb their noses at the party’s far-right base. Good luck!

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-27-14NYTimes "In Mississippi, It's GOP vs. Tea Party"

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      "After an intraparty war that cost GOP their chance at taking the Senate, in 2010 and in 2012 — when Tea Party insurgents knocked off more than 1/2 dozen incumbents — the bloodlettingboiled down a single race--Cochran vs. McDaniel in the GOP primary.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well, they picked the biggest woman-hater. That clown thinks an egg deserves all the rights of full personhood....of course, just like their corporation people, eggs get all the rights, with 0 responsibility. The state takes all that--as well as the decision making of the women of America.

      "Rand, Rand, hes our man.....eggs over women: take a stand!"

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-9-14NYTimesOPED--"Four Factions, No Favorite" by Ross Douthat

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      "GOP presidential campaigns usually defined by 4 factions: 1. centrist ( John McCain 2000), 2. moderately conservative (Romney or Dole voter), 3. socially conservative (Santorum, Huckabee), 4. very conservative but secular (Gingrich, Forbes).

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-9-14 NYTimes--"Rand Paul Wins Conservative Straw Poll

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      " Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, won a presidential straw poll at a prominent conservative conference here on Saturday, capturing 31 percent of the vote among no fewer than 10 potential candidates." Ted Cruz was second with 11%.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-9-14NYTimes "Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right" Carl Hulse

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      "“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said, referring to activist organizations working against him and two GOP incumbents in Ks and Mississippi. “I don’t think they're going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-20-14NYTimes "Retreat on Debt Fight Seen as GOP Campaign Salvo"

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      "Dems agree that the GOP retreat on the debt issue was politically wise and represents yet another factor in the mounting concerns over their own Senate prospects. Dems are counting on bursts of political extremism to wound Republican candidates.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Hes got a point. But its only because the TP have control of the party. Now that the GOP get the Obama treatment, they see what a buffoon this guy really is.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/14/1277573/-...

      "Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took a victory lap yesterday celebrating his successful maneuver on Wednesday to force Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to vote for advancing legislation to raise the debt limit:

      “In the 13 months I’ve been in the Senate it has become apparent to me the single thing that Republican politicians hate and fear the most, and that is when they’re forced to tell the truth. It makes their heads explode,” Cruz told radio host Mark Levin Thursday. [...] “A lot of the Republicans wanted exactly what Barack Obama wanted, exactly what Nancy Pelosi wanted, exactly what Harry Reid wanted, which is to raise the debt ceiling, but they wanted to be able to tell what they view as their foolish, gullible constituents back home they didn’t do it.”

      "So according to Cruz:

      Republican politicians are a bunch of liars

      Most Republicans were bluffing all along on the debt limit

      Republicans think the GOP base consists of a bunch of gullible fools

      "I've gotta' say, pretty hard to argue with any of that. But I will add one thing: To the extent that #3 is a true reflection of their beliefs, that's one thing most Republican politicians are right about."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes, its amazing no one slaps Cruz dads rantings all over the news, like they did Rev Wright.

      Maybe they will if he decides to run. " Mom, what does senator Cruz say about national policy?"

      "Green eggs and ham, Honey, green eggs and ham."

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Cruz's father is even more obnoxious than his son, if that's possible.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      They will make up some excuse why Cruz deserves special treatment....he's a Tea Bagger, after all. He is better than the rest of us peons, and particularly that Obama.

      How dare Obama assume that just because he says he was born here, says he's a Christian, and says he loves his country, that they believe him.

      I mean, the true measure of a good Christian is cutting food, heat and aide to the poor.

      Right, Papa CrazyCruz?

      "In 1957 Papa Cruz decided to get out of Cuba by applying to the University of Texas. Upon being admitted, he adds, he got a four-year student visa at the U.S. Consulate in Havana.

      “Then the only other thing that I needed was an exit permit from the Batista government,” Cruz recalls. “A friend of the family, a lawyer friend of my father, basically bribed a Batista official to stamp my passport with an exit permit.”

      Baby Cruz, a Republican from Texas who opposes the pathway to citizenship in the “Gang of Eight’s” Senate bill, has said: ”In my opinion, if we allow those who are here illegally to be put on a path to citizenship, that is incredibly unfair to those who follow the rules."

      ********

      Speechless......

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Ralph, I don't understand how Cruz could be considered a candidate by the GOP, it is my understanding that he was born in Canada, and the GOP criticizes President Obama for being born in Hawaii, saying he is not a legitimate President. When did Hawaii, succeed, lol?

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yeah--Maher calls Cruz and that crowd the Insane Clown Possee. And I also read another blogger who asked, "How come Obama had to condemn and distance himself from Wright, but no one asks Cruz to explain his father?"

      That guy is one pancake short of a stack.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-14-14 The National Memo "5 Ways Republicans are Letting Ted Cruz Doom the GOP"

      http://www.nationalmemo.com/5-ways-republicans-let...

      "...Cruz could have a chance for the GOP nominee for president if he can disqualify Rand Paul and become the choice of evangelicals, observant Christians and Tea Partiers who make up 70% of the party. This should terrify Repubs, and they finally seem to get that."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes, establishment Rs vs Bat-Crap crazy......but the policies remain the same either way

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I guess the Bushes qualify as non-Tea Party GOP "grownups."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      George P. Bush — the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — has raised $1.3 million in less than two months as he prepares for his first political run next year — the contest for Texas land commissioner.

      The Dallas Morning News reports that Bush’s impressive war chest was helped “with a financial boost from the family and the Bush political network."

      Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/bush-texas-run-com...

      *******

      *wicked witch music as she rides outside of Dorothy's window.......*

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "No, his son George! Not president, but a starter position.....mayor, gvr, something."

      Hadn't heard that. Tnx.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-13-14NYTimes "GOP Senate Leaders Avert Debt Ceiling Crisis"

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      "It also represented a public rebuke of the Tea Party wing by Republican Party elders in what has been a sometimes fierce intramural struggle."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      No, his son George! Not president, but a starter position.....mayor, gvr, something.

      They talked about him long ago......guess its time for Another Bush Goes to Washington. They used to talk of Chelsea Clinton, too.

      I wonder what gramma Babs thinks about George entering politics?

      IF he even does......

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I guess Jeb Bush qualifies as one of the few somewhat moderate and intelligent presidential possibilities. Too bad he didn't run instead of W.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Have you heard who else they're trotting out? The handsome Bush!!

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "

      The Republican Party has a problem.

      Just last month, Republican National Committee member Dave Agema landed in hot water — again — for noxious comments about Muslims and gays and lesbians, prompting calls for his resignation from Republican luminaries like Betsy DeVos, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak and Terri Lynn Land, the presumptive U.S. Senate candidate who stepped down as an RNC committee member two weeks ago.

      Land’s seat must be filled by a woman, according to committee rules, and a few names have emerged, such as Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. So far, so good, right?

      ■ Nancy Kaffer: Is the GOP ready to dump Agema?

      ■ Guest column: Answering Dave Agema's questions about Muslims

      Then there’s Mary Helen Sears, a Houghton County resident who was elected vice chairwoman of the Michigan party’s 1st District last year.

      Turns out Sears doesn’t much care for gay people, either. In a message to party regulars, she says that homosexuality is caused by Satan and that homosexuals “prey on our children to increase their numbers,” and calls for the Republican Party to begin “purging this perversion” and send gay Republicans to “a party with a much bigger tent.”

      It’s tempting to dissect Sears’ toxic hate speech, but the GOP’s problem is much larger than one apparently bigoted woman in Houghton County.

      If Sears were elected, Michigan would have not one, but two RNC committee members with extreme, far-right views.

      And this is a problem. Some Republican national leaders are at least paying lip service to the notion that the GOP must become more inclusive, driven by poor performance at the polls. But folks like Sears and Agema seem to keep popping up — and contending for the right to shape party policy at the local and national levels.

      Make no mistake, there are plenty of extreme left-wing Democrats — you just don’t find them in the party’s national leadership structure. But you don’t have to search long on the Internet to find GOP legislators and policy makers with extreme views dotted around the country.

      If the GOP wants to win elections — if it wants to make the case to women, gays and lesbians, ethnic or racial minorities, single moms and women who expect reproductive freedom that the party’s principles of fiscal conservatism need not come at the cost of socially unpalatable, bigoted views ... well, it’s got a long way to go.

      As a liberal, progressive voter, that’s fine by me. But as someone who believes that a healthy two-party system is necessary for the proper functioning of our democracy, I’d like to see the GOP sort itself out.

      http://www.freep.com/article/20140210/BLOG25/30210...

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Rick Snyder.......what a horrible specimen. Having grown up in MI, its sad to see. But this is what happened because of the bulloney used by the establishment GOP in 2010. They LUVVED the tp when it was bashing Obama.

      They created the monster of tea party. It IS up to them to destroy it.

      And im very curious to see what smear campaign they will come up

      with for midterms, 2014.

      Surely, it wont be the debunked IRS or Benghazi? Fast and Furious bombed, because well BUSH STARTED IT.

      Birtherism......that still hold?

      Oh wait! Obamacare......Tyrant, thug, emperor.....

      A tyrant who cares if I live or die? Hmm, ill take that over over one who could care less.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Lyndon LaRouche ran for president 7 times as a wannabe Democratic candidate but never got far. He also ran once as a candidate in his own labor party. He is 92 and no longer politically active, but a "LaRouche Movement" continues to attempt to spread his radical ideas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_LaRouche

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      They should kick them out of the GOP. One of three National GOP representatives from Michigan is Dave Agema who has made vicious anti-gay public statements, and our governor Slick Rick Snyder hasn't called him out on it although several other Michigan GOP politicos have called for his resignation.

      A couple of years ago a Lyndon Laroucher tried to run in the Democratic Congressional or state legislature primary. He appeared at our local Democratic club candidates night and tried to speak and we kicked him out. (I came close to punching him out.) That year LaRouchers appeared at our local post office with "Impeach Obama" signs with an Obama photo with a Hitler mustache. If I can find a picture of them that I took I'll post it above.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Why dont they just kick them out of party? We know Rep and Dem election machine never lets 3rd parties in.....not much anyway. Indies sure wouldn't want them.....they need to stand up and be counted! Stop using GOP. Register own party: Tea Turds USA. Just kidding. Tea Party UCA.

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, Ralph. The bigger the jerk, the bigger the chance of losing to a Democrat.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-9-14NYTimes "Chastened GOP Tries to Foil Insurgents in Primaries"

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      "The GOP establishment, chastened by the realization that a string of unpredictable and unseasoned candidates cost them seats in Congress two elections in a row, is trying to head off potential political hazards wherever it can this year."

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      Crist was great on Bill Maher last night.

      His new book sounds like an interesting read:

      "The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat"

      http://www.amazon.com/The-Partys-Over-Hijacked-Dem...

      http://www.hbo.com/real-time-with-bill-maher#/real-time-with-bill-maher/episodes/12/306-episode/video/306-february-7-overtime.html/eNrjcmbO0CzLTEnNd8xLzKksyUx2zs8rSa0oYc5Xz89JgQkGJKan+iXmpjIXsjFyMjKyMbJJJ5aW5BfkJFbalhSVpgIAV3AXOA==

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-30-14DetroitNews "GOP Regulars Push Back Against Fringe"

      GOP regulars pushing back against fringe The Detroit News

      Mainstream Michigan Republicans are taking aggressive steps to wrest their party from the extremists who would turn it into a narrow club of narrow thinkers.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Did you hear Crist? He asked, "when are people going to stand up to them?"(tea party).......looks like they are.

      He also said he does not understand, or know why they have such power.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-30-14NYTimes "Super Pac Formed in Mississippi to Protect 6-term Congressman in Primary Against Tea Party Candidate"

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      "The early salvo ahead of the June primary shows how determined establishment Republicans in Mississippi are to defend Mr. Cochran, 76, a six-term senator who has not had a competitive race in decades. The primary is seen as one of the most competive

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Tnx for your comments, Wiz and Chris.

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The same people like this told Cindy Sheehan to stand in front of the troops for asking Bush what her son died for......used un-American label to bully America to bend to their will, and sneer at poor people while they have their hands out for their goodies from Uncle Sugar.

      Hey geezers--the plantations that-a-way-------》

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      At a recent Tea Party event in Oklahoma, the discussion centered around whether or not to execute Pres. Obama for his “crimes against America.”

      Tea Party ‘darling” Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and stood quietly while a woman in the audience asked about “the Muslims that he is shipping into our country through pilots and commercial jets,” before moving on to declare, “Obama, he’s not president, as far as I’m concerned, he should be executed as an enemy combatant,” drawing a big laugh from the crowd. She continued, calling the president a “criminal” and claiming that congress is “doing nothing and that legally allows this moron to make decisions. He has no authority, none!”

      Then, a different woman got the microphone and declared that “we should impeach the SOB!” Of course, this drew even more laughter from the crowd. Adding insult to injury, Rep Bridenstine, rather than call out her disrespect towards our highest office, actually found the whole thing funny, laughing and responding sarcastically, “You know, you look so sweet!”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgWN4gFhgW4

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      -2-14NYTimes--GOP REBELS LEAD IN FUND RAISING OVER ESTABLISHMENT

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      "Insurgent conservatives seeking to pull the GOP to the right raised more money last year than groups controlled by the party establishment, whose big bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their biggest advantage in the struggle over the party's future.

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      It's hopeless with these extremists . . .

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMIfRqzusf0#t=26

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-1-14NYTimes "After Meeting, Republicans Seem Unsure of Way Forward"

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      " They could not coalesce around their approach on overhauling the immigration laws, increasing the nation’s borrowing limit, providing an alternative to the Affordable Care Act or whether to press forward with a rewrite of the tax code."

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      Another Repug-a-thug browbeater bites the political dust!

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-30-14DailyKos--Christie Craters, Lunatic Fringe Takes Over

      Daily Kos: Christie Collapse Complete - Lunatic Fringe Takes Over

      "He's at 16% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Rand Paul, 8% each for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, 6% for Scott Walker, and 5% for Bobby Jindal."

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Warren is a jewel.

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      Sen Warren Reveals the REAL Reason Republicans Won't Raise the Minimum Wage . . .

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpPViNEOsRs

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      The Koch brothers and the GOP, (i.e. Greedy "Old" People) may buy all the elections and all the country, but one thing they forget.

      When God says enough is enough. All that they have, can't buy God's blessing.

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      If the Koch brothers’ political operation seemed ambitious in 2010 or 2012, wait for what’s in store for 2014 and beyond.

      http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/koch-brother...

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      I miss him too, Ralph, however this piece makes me wonder if he's just "whistling by the graveyard." It also made me wonder what his view (strategiaclally speaking) of the impending "war" is. I'm so tired of all the pettiness—on both sides.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks, Wiz. Frank Rich is one of my favorites. I miss his columns in the NYT.

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      "Stop Beating a Dead Fox" by Frank Rich . . .

      http://nymag.com/news/frank-rich/fox-news-2014-2/i...

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-27-14NYTimes "Some Republicans Depart from Response Script"

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      “There is no clear leadership in the Republican Party right now, no clear direction or message, and no way to enforce discipline,” said Mark McKinnon, a veteran Republican strategist who has become an outspoken critic of his party. “And because there

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      Jon Stewart Brilliantly Destroys the Republican Party for Demonizing the Poor, Defending the Rich

      http://www.hulu.com/watch/581216

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Ralph: I love this article on the GOP. You are a voice of common sense and reason in this article. I hope the grown-ups are taking control and we never have a repeat of the October government shut down again. To let a few extreme Republican congressmen hold our government hostage is unfathomable to me. I hope the GOP becomes more even keel and works with the Democrats in congress so we can be rid of gridlock politics. Thanks for sharing your opinions with us.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks, Wiz. The GOP has been peddling lots of garbage lately.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well, the last best hope of "adult" Republicans, Chris Christie, the only potential "adult" GOP presidential candidate, apparently shot himself in the foot with today's revelations about the vengeful shutdown of three George Washington Bridge Ft. Lee entry lanes. Christie unconvincingly claimed ignorance of the action but the action is consistent with previous bullying tactics by the governor. If Christie's out, that would leave Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush, the only one who would qualify as an "adult" or moderate.

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      TheWizardofWhimsy 3 years ago

      Meet the poverty liars: GOP peddles more garbage in war on the poor . . .

      http://www.salon.com/2014/01/08/meet_the_poverty_l...

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Senate's Confirmation of Janet Yellen as Fed Chair and Lynn Cheney's Withdrawal from the Wyoming Senate Race are Positive Signs for the Country and the GOP

      "The Senate voted 56-26 to approve Yellen.All 45 voting Democrats were joined by 11 Republicans in supporting Yellen, while 26 Republicans voted "no." Nearly a dozen Republicans — including Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — crossed the aisle in support of Ms. Yellen. She will be the first Democratic nominee to run the Fed since President Jimmy Carter named Paul Volcker as chairman in 1979." NYTimes 1-6-14

      Tea Party favoritesTed Cruz and Marco Rubio were among the GOP naysayers.

      "Liz Cheney’s short-lived Wyoming Senate campaign shows the perils of personal ambition outpacing a rationale for candidacy." NY Times 1-6-14

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      12-27-13 "Can Republican Party Unite In Time to Put Up a Challenge?" Eugene Robinson

      The GOP's Growing Divide

      The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      12-14-13NYTimes "Boehner's Jabs at Tea Party Show GOP Shift"

      Boehner’s Jabs at Activist Right Show G.O.P. Shift - NYTimes.com

      Speaker John A. Boehner seethed and questioned the motives of conservative advocacy groups after they piled on against a new bipartisan budget deal.