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That’s Nice, But It Kinda Misses The Point

The problem isn’t that some states don’t know how to make voting accessible to everybody, it’s that THEY DON’T WANT TO.

January 22nd, 2014 at 06:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Fingers Crossed, But…

While it is certainly encouraging to think that the South is a ticking demographic timebomb poised to blow up the Republican Party once and for all, I would be a lot more excited if the Democrats had not shown themselves to be ready, willing and able to fill the political void that remained.  Much as I like the idea of the GOP relegated to the role of a crazy ineffectual fringe party, it’s not as exciting if the newly dominant Democrats are indistinguishable from, if not actually to the right of, the pre-crazy Republicans.

Maybe it’s an instinctual compulsion to maintain a constant ideological distance from their opponents that causes the Democrats to move rightward at the same pace as the Republicans, or maybe they’re just completely corrupt and cynical, and the most conservative positions they can get away with move to the right as the GOP does.

If the Democrats destroy the Republicans only to become them, it will be a Pyrrhic victory at best, as America will rapidly follow the GOP down the drain.

June 5th, 2013 at 10:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Polls,Republicans

Yay, I Guess?

So yeah, the Democrats had a pretty good election on Tuesday: Electoral vote landslide for Obama, wins for progressives like Liz Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Alan Grayson, and losses for misogynistic Tea Party buffoons like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Allen West and Joe Walsh.  Better yet, as the minority and youth votes grow, it looks like these kinds of results could be the new normal.

But.

Isolated pockets of progressivism notwithstanding, today’s Democrats as a whole are still just as corporate-owned as the Republicans, they’re just subtle enough to frame their sellouts as “pragmatism” and “compromise”.  Worse yet, it looks like Obama and the Democrats are poised to Grandly Bargain away Social Security and Medicare, the crown jewels of the liberals and progressives who just swept them back into office.  So you’ll forgive me if I’m less than excited about Democrats retaining control of the White House and Senate when they’re committed to delivering Republican policy outcomes.

Demographics make the GOP irrelevant, Democrats make it unnecessary.

Cross-posted at FDL.

1 comment November 8th, 2012 at 08:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

How To Decide

It’s not enough to vote based on whether Obama has done a crappy job over the last four years (he has).  Vote based on who you think will do a better job over the next four years, and on whether you think they’re a lesser enough evil to be worth supporting.

November 5th, 2012 at 06:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics,Romney

The Romney Plan

As I understand it from last night’s debate, Mitt’s strategy to create jobs is to create jobs, and his strategy to balance the budget is to balance the budget.  It’s brilliant in its simplicity!

Now he just has to turn that genius to winning the election by winning the election.

October 17th, 2012 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Unemployment

$716 Billion

By my count, Mitt Romney, Compassionate Defender Of The Elderly, accused Obama of cutting $716 billion out of Medicare six times in last night’s debate, and Obama never made the slightest effort to rebut it, or even to point out that the Ryan budget plan does the exact same thing.  That’s probably going to hurt Obama the most, but overall he didn’t seem to really respond to Romney so much as just recite whatever talking points were in the general vicinity of the question.

Really really terrible, inept performance.  Romney’s a liar and he came across as a condescending bully, but at least he showed confidence and conviction in what he was saying, and didn’t let anything go unchallenged.

Of course, Dubya’s first debate performance in 2004 was probably one of the worst of all time, and he still managed to win anyway.  And Obama isn’t nearly as terrible or disliked as Bush was, while Mitt is even stiffer and tone-deafer than Kerry was, so ultimately it may not even matter.  Unless he fails to show up at any of the debates.

October 4th, 2012 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics

GOP Proves Itself Right On Voter Fraud

You see?  Voter fraud (or at least registration fraud) really is a thing!  So what if it’s the Republicans who are perpetrating it instead of ACORN?

October 1st, 2012 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Republicans,Wankers

Why The RNC Used A Fake Ex-Obama Supporter

The reason the RNC had to use one of their own staffers to pretend to be a disappointed Obama supporter isn’t that ex-Obama backers are hard to find, it’s that it’s hard to find any that have dumped him for reasons that are favorable to Romney.  There are a whole bunch of us out there, but precious few of us have given up on Obama because he spends too much money and hangs out with celebrities.  We’ve given up on him because he’s done nothing to roll back Bush’s authoritarian, pro-corporate, pro-wealth policies.  If anything, he’s even expanded some of them.

But obviously those reasons wouldn’t really play well in an ad for Mitt Romney.  They’d much rather have some phony insisting that they’re mad at Obama because they expected him to have destroyed Social Security and Medicare by now, and to have rolled back all corporate regulations and taxes.

September 7th, 2012 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

The Ryan Constant

Okay, this is actually very useful:

Mr. Ryan also cited bankruptcy numbers to make the point that failing businesses mean fewer jobs. “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy,” he said. “Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.

But he appeared to conflate business bankruptcies and much more numerous personal bankruptcies. Of the 331,264 bankruptcies in 1980, only 43,694 were for businesses, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Of the 1,410,653 total bankruptcy filings last year, 47,806 were business bankruptcies, according to the institute. And, again, the numbers are falling. In 2009, there were 60,837 business bankruptcies.

We can use this to actually quantify a multiplier for Ryan’s bullshit, a “Ryan Constant”, if you will, which works out to be approximately 29.285.  Armed with this information, we can now re-examine Ryan’s claim to have climbed 40 of Colorado’s 54 “fourteeners”, or mountains that are 14,000 feet tall or higher.  Applying the Ryan Constant, we find that Ryan has actually climbed 1.4 fourteeners.  Or 40 mountains that are 478+ feet high.

September 7th, 2012 at 07:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Ryan,Wankers

Even Fox News Thinks Paul Ryan Is A Lying Liar

Especially brazen is that Ryan continues to blame Obama for a GM plant that closed under Bush, even after it was thoroughly debunked.  But then again, that’s kinda what Republicans do.

August 30th, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

Belated Ryan Reactions

I really should have posted these when they immediately came to mind, and a lot of this ground has been covered elsewhere, but here goes anyway.  In roughly chronological order:

1) Hello GOP base, goodbye everyone else.

2) This is such a repellent combination that it will probably damage Republican candidates downticket.

3) It will put the giant magnifying glass of a presidential campaign squarely on the Ryan budget, which will further damage any downticket Republicans who supported it.

4) The scrutiny of his budget will also have a huge impact on Ryan himself, who will find his reputation changing from “bright young up-and-coming Republican star with Serious Ideas about the economy and stuff” to “the guy who wants to kill Medicare”.  He will have a very similar arc to Sarah Palin’s from superstar to albatross, though not for the same reasons.

5) The downticket effects make it very hard for me to believe that this is some kind of diabolical strategy to throw the election so that Obama and the Democrats will take the fall for the effects of Republican obstruction.  I think Mitt really is this delusional and/or afraid of his own base.

August 15th, 2012 at 11:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney

The New Majority

I wonder if this will be the first presidential election where a majority of voters cast their votes against a candidate they hate rather than for a candidate they like.  Or maybe all elections are like that, in which case I still think 2012 will mark an all-time high.

I suppose Mitt’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate might induce more base Republicans to vote for him, but it’ll also induce almost everyone else to vote against him.

August 14th, 2012 at 11:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics,Romney

CheckMitt

Although it would probably be an exaggeration to say that I’m rooting for Obama, I’m loving what Harry Reid has done to Romney with his accusation that Mitt is trying to hide the fact that he didn’t pay any taxes.  At this point there is really no good outcome for Romney.  I can only think of four possible scenarios, and all of them are bad:

1) Mitt finally releases his returns, and Harry Reid is proven right.

2) Mitt finally releases his returns, and it turns out he was hiding something even worse.

3) Mitt finally releases his returns, and there’s nothing really damaging, thus demonstrating that while he may not be a tax cheat, he’s also even more stupid and arrogant than we thought (which is a lot).  Especially if this is some kind of deliberate rope-a-dope strategy to bait the Obama camp into making more and more outlandish claims that would make them look foolish when proven wrong, because I don’t really see it playing out that way.

4) Mitt never releases his returns, resulting in continuous speculation as to what he’s hiding, all the way up to Election Day.

#3 is definitely the least bad out of the four, but it would still leave everyone wondering what the hell is wrong with this guy.

August 9th, 2012 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney

Washington State Moves To Drive Republicans Crazy

Considering how much they hate anything that makes voting (or, as they call it, “voter fraud”) easier, this must give them conniptions.

Washington state has commissioned a Facebook app to provide another avenue for its residents to register to vote. Officials will soon post the software, developed by local company Microsoft, on the Secretary of State’s page and allow users to like it in order to spread the word. Once it’s ready, residents looking at using it will need to allow Facebook access to their personal info and provide a driver’s license number or state ID number, which the social network will use to put them on the voter rolls….

OMG everyone’s joke Facebook pages will be voting now!  It’s the end of democracy as we know it!

July 18th, 2012 at 07:05am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Technology

We Get Skywriters

What I saw on my way home today…

 

July 17th, 2012 at 07:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh,Politics,Romney

Great Moments In Spin

Apparently retiring is just like going on the disabled list in baseball.

[Meet The Press's David] GREGORY: He was still financially linked to Bain. And of course, a lot his fortune is due to his time with Bain. Even when he was on leave, does he stand by the business decisions that were made by the firm he created?

[Romney campaign adviser Ed] GILLESPIE: He actually retired retroactively at that point. He ended up not going back to the firm after his time in Salt Lake City. So he was actually retired from Bain.

Brilliant!  Ed Gillespie, I salute you.

(h/t Woody)

July 15th, 2012 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

Other Vs. Other

Roger Simon compares the Otherness of Barack Obama (Kenyan! Socialist!) to the Otherness of Mitt Romney (Swiss bank accounts! Outsourcing!) and wonders why it is that Mitt is so unlikable.

Personally, I think Mitt is Bizarro Kerry: They’re both stiff, awkward Massachusetts politicians with tons of money and a complete inability to connect with anyone outside their own tax bracket, running doomed campaigns against crappy presidents who would lose to a strong opponent.  If they weren’t from different parties and different religions it’d be hard to tell them apart.

July 10th, 2012 at 07:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics,Romney

Greed > Altruism

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No one could have anticipated…

So why are Democrats losing the money war?

There are several answers. The simplest is supply — there are more rich Republicans than rich Democrats, a lot more.

(…)

“Second, there’s no self-interest here,” argues Begala. “Jeffrey Katzenberg is our largest donor. He gave us $2 million. He’s not going to sell any more tickets to Kung Fu Panda 2 if Obama gets a second term. He’s just doing it because he believes in his country. …

“There’s a return on investment for some of the coal and oil billionaires who want to see the president’s clean energy initiative shut down. But the third thing is the deep ambivalence that I and everybody else on my side of the aisle has about superPACs,” says Begala.

It’s an ambivalence President Obama famously shared. After telling independent groups to stand down in 2008, he welcomed them back this year. But that didn’t convince liberal billionaires such as Peter Lewis. His spokeswoman Jen Frutchy says Lewis would rather fund progressive think tanks and media groups than TV ads.

“On superPACs, he really believes that the idea of spending fortunes to denigrate opponents is deeply offensive,” says Frutchy. “I would say that is just not how he wants to spend his fortune, you know, in some kind of arms race. He does not want to be part of the negativity or any kind of corrupting influence that money can have on the electoral process.”

#2 is the heart of the problem.  Just as facts have a well-known liberal bias, money has a well-known conservative one, and it’s a much more powerful motivating force than facts.  Money is what pulls Republicans towards their traditional core values, and Democrats away from theirs.

In a nutshell: As long as money determines the outcome of our elections, both parties will continue to drift inexorably to the right, and Democrats will continue to be for austerity, endless war and drone strikes, and against unions, taxes, regulations, the public option and the rule of law.

1 comment June 13th, 2012 at 07:03am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans

Great Moments In Journalistic Balance

From Michel Hiltzik’s column about how 501(c)4 “non-profit” organizations are used to bypass campaign finance disclosure requirements:

I don’t mean to pick on Rove or the Republicans here; Democratic Party operatives and the Obama campaign are certain to exploit the same dodge as fundraising for the November election kicks into gear.

“I can’t actually find any Democratic examples, but I’m sure there will be some eventually.”

March 5th, 2012 at 07:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans

The New Elitism

Apparently wanting everyone to have the benefits of a college education is the height of snobbery now.  I’m sure Rick Santorum’s anti-sex, anti-education message would go over really well in a general election.

February 27th, 2012 at 07:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Education,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

The Outsider

First it was former House Speaker and K Street lobbyist historian Newt Gingrich calling himself a Washington outsider, now it’s Rick Santorum:

Rick Santorum told a crowd of Arizona Republicans today that he was “an outsider when he was inside” Washington, arguing he fought corruption and wasteful spending during his 16 years in Congress.

(…)

Santorum said that despite his time serving both in the House and Senate, he was never part of the Washington establishment.

“When we came to Congress, we came and we shook things up to its very core,” Santorum said about himself and former Rep. Frank Riggs, who now serves as the campaign’s Arizona state chairman.

From Santorum’s own campaign website, right before his list of legislative accomplishments:

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the US Senate.  In 2000, he was elected by his peers to the position of Senate Republican Conference Chairman.

The number three leadership position in the Senate Republican caucus doesn’t sound very “outsider” to me, but what do I know.

 

February 22nd, 2012 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Right-Wing Nuts Can’t Understand Why Mitt Romney Won’t Listen To Them

Perhaps Mitt is looking past the primaries and ahead to the general election, when being the NewsMax/Fox News/Weekly Standard candidate is just maybe not as great an asset as they think it is.

February 16th, 2012 at 07:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans,Romney

The Only Solution?

It’s funny how whenever Republicans complain about the supposed epidemic of people casting votes in the name of the deceased, they always use it to argue that we need voter ID laws, and never that we need to improve the process for removing dead people from the voter rolls.

I’m sure it just never occurred to them.

January 26th, 2012 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Republicans,Wankers

Empathy: You’re Doing It Wrong

Mitt Romney’s response to a guy who went bust on real estate investments and is considering leaving the country so he can afford his retirement:

Yeah. It’s just tragic, isn’t it? Just tragic, just tragic. We’re just so overleveraged, so much debt in our society, and some of the institutions that hold it aren’t willing to write it off and say they made a mistake, they loaned too much, we’re overextended, write those down and start over. They keep on trying to harangue and pretend what they have on their books is still what it’s worth.

(…)

The banks are scared to death, of course, because they think they’re going to go out of business. They’re afraid that if they write all these loans off, they’re going to go broke. And so they’re feeling the same thing you’re feeling. They just want to pretend all of this is going to get paid someday so they don’t have to write it off and potentially go out of business themselves.

It’s probably not a great idea to pivot your expression of sympathy to those poor terrified banks.  Not if you actually want to get elected.  I’m just sayin’.

January 24th, 2012 at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

Appalled Newt Is Appalled

Shorter Newt (and daughters) in response to his ex-wife’s claim that he asked her for an open marriage: “I am much to classy to say anything negative about my ex-wife who I cheated on for years and then dumped, but everything she says is lying, slanderous trash and you in the media should be ashamed of yourselves for taking her seriously.”

January 20th, 2012 at 07:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Finally, a candidate I can actually support.

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Note: He did run as a Republican last time around, but I won’t hold that against him.

January 16th, 2012 at 05:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Monday Media Blogging

Vindication!

Yes, the fact that a bunch of James O’Keefe’s conservative dickheads attempted to commit voter fraud surely proves that we have an urgently pressing need to disenfranchise minorities and poor people.

Actually, perhaps we are misreading O’Keefe’s stunt as whistleblowing theater rather than a threat: i.e., If you don’t start requiring photo IDs at the polls, then my right-wing friends and I are going to take advantage and start stealing elections from right under your noses until you make us stop.

January 12th, 2012 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Political Channel-Surfing

This ongoing cycle of a new Republican candidate catching fire every month and then abruptly fizzling again, reminds me of nothing so much as the last three elections, which have whiplashed from “throw all the Republican bums out” to “throw all the Democratic bums out”.

It’s like watching someone angrily mashing the remote over and over again in the desperate hope that if they keep clicking long enough they’ll miraculously find a channel that doesn’t suck.

January 4th, 2012 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans

Why I Can’t Support Obama

Glenn Greenwald and Taylor Marsh helpfully explain why it is impossible to view Obama as a Democrat in any meaningful way other than “less insane and slightly less awful than the Republican candidates”.

No, I’m not going to support Ron Paul or any of the other Republican candidates, but as Taylor Marsh puts it, “Pres. Obama has helped Democrats deliver a climate that this party has threatened since the ’70s would happen if I didn’t vote for them.”

January 3rd, 2012 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Foreign Policy,Obama,Politics,Prisoners,War

Newt Loves/Hates The Constitution

This is remarkable:

Newt Gingrich on Sunday hammered at the nation’s judiciary system, saying that if a court’s decision was out of step with American popular opinion, it should be ignored.

There’s “no reason the American people need to tolerate a judge that out of touch with American culture,” Gingrich said on CBS’ Face the Nation, referring to a case where a judge ruled that explicit references to religion were barred from a high school graduation ceremony….

Host Bob Schieffer asked Gingrich how he planned to enforce that. Would you call in the Capitol Police to apprehend a federal judge, he asked.

“If you had to,” Gingrich said. “Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send the U.S. Marshall in.”

But this is what makes it really genius:

Gingrich claims his tough stance is part of a key question going into the 2012 elections: “Do you want to move towards American exceptionalism, reassert the Constitution, reassert the nature of America, or do you, in fact, want to become a secular, European, sort of bureaucratic socialist society?”

So… apparently “reasserting the Constitution” means completely ignoring it when it doesn’t agree with popular opinion?  Or maybe Newt believes that American popular opinion is just instinctively attuned to the Constitution at all times?

In any case, if popular opinion is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter of what should be considered constitutional, then why do we even need a judiciary at all?

December 19th, 2011 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Elections,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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