And so ends Chris Christie’s run for the White House……
‘Updated Dec. 12, 2013 9:58 p.m. ET’
‘New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week to complain about a Cuomo appointee’s handling of a growing controversy over traffic pattern changes on the George Washington Bridge, a person familiar with the matter said’.
‘Mr. Christie, a Republican, complained in a private phone call to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, that Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge were closed’.
From : http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304477704579254012674389146
‘House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is often seen as the real hand of power among House Republicans in Congress. If it’s a choice between Cantor and Speaker John Boehner, the Tea Party caucus would rather follow Cantor. That may be true in the House, but the Tea Party itself would love nothing more than to replace Eric Cantor in 2014’.
‘Apparently, Eric Cantor isn’t an insane enough of a conservative for the Tea Party’.
‘That why they intend to run a candidate against him in a primary this year in Virginia. David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, seeks to unseat the long-time Virginia congressman’.
“I want to be Eric Cantor’s term-limit,” Brat told the National Review’.
‘Adding weight to his candidacy, Brat has been meeting with some “big as they get” right-wing groups about supporting his campaign financially’.
‘If he manages to get such funding, Brat could be the biggest threat to Cantor’s career yet. “I think it’s safe to say it will definitely rattle some cages when it comes out,” Brat says of the potential donors’.
‘But why do the Tea Party and David Brat want to kick Cantor out of the House’?
‘It’s pretty simple really. As usual, the Tea Party is disappointed that Eric Cantor isn’t doing more to kill Obamacare’.
“He had two CRs at the end, one in favor of the shutdown and one opposed to the shutdown at the same time,” Brat says. “And that’s fairly symbolic of unprincipled leadership. I mean, that’s not a leadership position, where you’re on Side A and Side B at the same time and you’ve got your finger up in the air, checking which way the wind is blowing.”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/11/tea-party-wants-help-democrats-win-challenging-eric-cantor-republican-primary/
The start of the far right’s hate. fear and loathing of anyone that disagrees with them, to me, can be traced back to Newt Gingrich’s Language: A Key Mechanism of Control – Newt Gingrich’s 1996 GOPAC memo.
Newt Gingrich :
“The list is divided into two sections: Optimistic Positive Governing words and phrases to help describe your vision for the future of your community (your message) and Contrasting words to help you clearly define the policies and record of your opponent and the Democratic party”.
@ : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4443.htm
See also : Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, @ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/lets-just-say-it-the-republicans-are-the-problem/2012/04/27/gIQAxCVUlT_story.html
Great great piece by Kilgore and The Monkey Cage with University of Texas political scientist Sean Theriault over at WaPo.
‘Polarization we can live with. Partisan warfare is the problem’. – By Sean Theriault @ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/01/10/polarization-we-can-live-with-partisan-warfare-is-the-problem//?print=1
Sean Theriault :
“I have been studying party polarization in Congress for more than a decade. The more I study it, the more I question that it is the root cause of what it is that Americans hate about Congress”.
“Pundits and political scientists alike point to party polarization as the culprit for all sorts of congressional ills. I, too, have contributed to this chorus bemoaning party polarization”.
“But increasingly, I’ve come to think that our problem today isn’t just polarization in Congress; it’s the related but more serious problem of political warfare…”.
“Perhaps my home state of Texas unnecessarily reinforces the distinction I want to make between these two dimensions”.
“Little separates my two senators’ voting records – of the 279 votes that senators took in 2013, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn disagreed less than 9 percent of the time (the largest category of their disagreement, incidentally, was on confirmation votes)”.
“In terms of ideology, they are both very conservative. Cruz, to no one’s surprise, is the most conservative. Cornyn is the 13th most conservative, which is actually further down the list than he was in 2012, when he ranked second”.
“Cornyn’s voting record is more conservative than conservative stalwarts Tom Coburn and Richard Shelby. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz disagreed on twice as many votes as John Cornyn and Ted Cruz”.
“The difference between my senators is that when John Cornyn shows up for a meeting with fellow senators, he brings a pad of paper and pencil and tries to figure out how to solve problems”.
“Ted Cruz, on the other hand, brings a battle plan”.
Ed Kilgore’s summary :
“All I’d add at this point is that it’s not terribly surprising that people who think of much of the policy legacy of the twentieth century as a betrayal of the very purpose of America—and even as defiance of the Divine Will—would view liberals in the dehumanizing way that participants in an actual shooting war so often exhibit”.
“But it’s the broader acceptance of political warfare in the conservative movement and the GOP—typified by the perpetual rage against the Obama administration—that’s most alarming”.
From : http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_01/beyond_polarization_to_warfare048573.php
The Republicans have taken the ‘art’of stretching the truth in ploitics, misinformation and disinformation to simply removing the ‘middle man’ as it were and just ortright lying knowing full well their ‘base’ is not smart enough nor having the motivation to fact check them.
I.E. THe Republican base – teabaggers are some of the stupidest people in America and the result of money corrupting our process and resulting in our political system failing.
See Mitt Romney “I can lie faster then you can fact check’.
To teabaggers and religious fanatics, lying is in the Constitution.
‘The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case delving into the government’s right to police alleged lies in political advertising’.
‘The high court announced Friday afternoon that it will take up a lawsuit filed by Susan B. Anthony List, a national anti-abortion advocacy group that sought to run political ads against then-Rep. Steven Driehaus (D-Ohio)’.
‘During the 2010 election cycle, Susan B. Anthony List accused Driehaus of voting in favor of taxpayer-funded abortions by supporting President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act’.
‘Driehaus then complained to the Ohio state election commission, alleging that the proposed billboard campaign ad was false and violated the state law. The Affordable Care Act requires abortion to be paid for through non-ACA accounts and federal law bars taxpayer money from funding abortions’.
‘The proposed billboard would have read: “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.”
‘Susan B. Anthony List denies that the ads were false — but is challenging the overall constitutionality of the restrictions on false political speech’.
From : http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2014/01/supreme-court-to-mull-right-to-lie-in-political-ads-180995.html
ALBANY – ‘Billionaire developer Donald Trump on Friday said he will run for governor this year if the state Republican Party can show it can rally behind him’.
“If we could have a unified party with everybody backing properly, I would do it and I think I’d win,” Trump said in an interview with The Buffalo News’.
‘Trump did not define the meaning of a unified party, though he suggested party leaders would have to show a willing embrace of his possible campaign’.
From : http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/trump-serious-about-possible-run-for-governor-20140110
‘Republican Senator Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) has repeatedly told his followers that a reconstructive heart surgery saved his baby daughter’s life, 30 years ago’.
‘Using the story to try to sway voters away from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Johnson claimed that his daughter’s heart surgery wouldn’t have been possible, under the ACA’.
‘In March, 2012, Johnson claimed that the ‘healthcare freedom’ he enjoyed when his daughter was born would soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Obamacare’.
“I would not have run for the U.S. Senate had Obamacare not been passed,” he told CNSnews.com. He went on to say that his daughter’s story “has a happy ending because we had that freedom.” Johnson even claimed that the ACA was an attack on ‘healthcare freedom’.
“What this health care law is all about, it’s an assault on our freedom. It’s going to lower the quality of our care. It’s going to lead to rationing. The types of medical innovation that saved my daughter’s life [and] that saves millions of Americans — I won’t say it’s going to come to a grinding halt, but it’s going to be severely limited.”
‘The surgery was first performed under the socialized healthcare systems in Brazil and France’.
‘One can only wonder if Senator Johnson was purposefully lying about his own daughter or if he simply doesn’t understand the healthcare law and the medical profession’.
‘He seems to have seriously misrepresented the feelings of the doctor whose ‘freedoms’ he claimed to be defending’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/11/doctor-disputes-sen-johnson-anti-aca-story/
I wrote about Republican Representative Jack Kingston before.
This is completley ‘Do what I say Not What I Do’ from him.
Wanting as part of our life, children sweeping the floor to ‘pay’ for their lunches.
Jack ‘Poor Children Need To Sweep The Floors For Their Lunches’ Kingston :
“But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria. “But think what we would gain as a society in getting people —getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”
To Jack Kingston and Republicans – the ‘Privileged’ are the ones who get ‘free’ lunches.
‘Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) warned that there’s “no such thing as free lunch” for school children in Georgia, but he seems to have enjoyed a few’.
‘An investigation by Georgia’s WSAV channel 3 found that Kingston, who is currently running for Senate and recently suggested students work cleaning cafeterias in exchange for lunch, had expensed as much as $4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years’.
“Kingston and his staff expensed nearly $4200 in meals for business purposes to his congressional office, paid for by the American taxpayer,” WSAV 3’s Dan Kartunen reported. The amount could have purchased nearly 2,000 Georgia school lunches’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georgia-senate-candidate-expensed-thousands-in-free-lunches
This is the message that no matter what Liberals do, can’t be stopped.
The constant, 24 hours a day, misinformation, disinformation and just plain lies being drumed into the minds of millions of people.
Hate. Fear. Loathing.
The Republican Platform.
‘A Fox News contributor who questions the president’s birth certificate and believes Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were removed just prior to the U.S. invasion claims there are Islamic extremists working in the Obama administration’.
‘World Net Daily trumped up comments that retired Air Force Gen. Tom McInerney made Thursday during an appearance on WMAL-AM to discuss a new book written by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’.
‘The radio hosts asked McInerney to reveal their names, but he hesitated’.
“I haven’t got their names exactly but there’s a list of them, at least 10 or 15 of them in the U.S. government,” McInerney said’.
From : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/10/fox-contributor-confirms-islamists-in-white-house-i-havent-got-their-names-exactly/
I’ve posted on this idiot before too.
SPRINGFIELD — ‘First, Bruce Rauner seemed to say he favored cutting the state’s $8.25-an-hour minimum wage’.
‘Then, he retreated from those “flippant” remarks made in December and said this week he favors increasing pay for Illinois’ poorest workers to as much as $10 an hour’.
‘On Thursday came yet another twist in the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s confusing and evolving stance on a vital issue affecting 1.1 million Illinois workers: a September video in which Rauner said he “adamantly, adamantly” opposes raising the minimum wage’.
‘Reacting to the latest disclosure, Gov. Pat Quinn compared Rauner, who made $53 million in 2012 and owns stakes in three professional sports franchises, to the money-grubbing Mr. Burns on “The Simpsons.”
‘A top Illinois business leader acknowledged he couldn’t decipher Rauner’s stance on the minimum-wage issue after hearing so many versions come from the candidate’s own mouth and campaign’.
‘And another political action committee — this one run by an ex top aide to U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. — accused the Winnetka Republican of engaging in a “big lie” on the minimum wage that could “drag down other Republicans to epic defeat in Illinois” later this year’.
From : http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/rauner-in-newly-surfaced-video-adamantly-adamantly-against-raising-the-minimum-wage/