Rauner: Let Them Eat Cake


Chicago Sun-Times:

"In a newly unearthed radio interview, Republican private equity investor Bruce Rauner admitted earlier this year that he once favored the outright elimination of Illinois’ minimum wage."

Was that before or after this Illinois version of Marie Anoinette forked over $100k to join a wine club?

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GOPer Advantage on Health Care


Jonathan Cohn points out the GOPer advantage whenever they have to come up with an alternative health care plan:

...[T]he vast majority of Republican officials have zero interest in health care reforms that significantly increase access to care.

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Bruce Rauner on DailyKos


Banner ad paid for by 'Citizens for Rauner, Inc' [Inc?] -- trashing Kirk Dillard.

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Ted Cruz: Who Me?


Words that will live in infamy:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) argued forcefully Sunday that the government shutdown late last year was not the Republican Party's fault, but was in fact the Democrats' doing -- a contention that even members of Cruz's own party disagree with.

"I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall," Cruz said on CBS's "Face the Nation," according to a transcript. "The reason they did so is that President Obama dug in and said he wouldn't compromise and he wouldn't negotiate."

Cruz said it was actually President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) who threatened and caused the shutdown.

"I didn't threaten to shut down the government the last time," Cruz said. "I don't think we should ever shut down the government."

More here...

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Collusion by Any Other Name


The Bloomberg editorial ('Romney’s Tax Plan: Secret or Just Nonsensical?') reminds us that we've been down the road of Bad Math before:

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Campaign of Non-specifics


Andres Oppenheimer catches Romney promoting his signature agenda at the Univision forum in Miami:

Time and again, Romney responded with a promise to find a "permanent solution" to the immigration problem.

Problem is, he didn’t offer specifics, which amounts to offering a non-solution.

h/t dk

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GOP Foxes in the Hen House of Social Security and Medicare


I love how Republican candidates are running around the country presenting themselves as the true protectors of Social Security and Medicare. GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan just did it at an AARP confab where he claimed yet again that Obama wants to gut Medicare by $716 billion.

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Nice Guys != Nice Laws


PBS NewsHour commentator, Mark Shields, had an extremely insightful reaction to Mitt Romney's display of "kindness and generosity" during his acceptance speech in Tampa:

The one question that was raised -- and it is a legitimate one -- is that he was -- is enormously kind to people he can see in acts of personal kindness and generosity of time. But policies affect all kinds of people you don't see, millions of people that he will never come in contact with.

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Hashtag Beats out URL in Romney Signs : Moment in History or for Insiders Only?


Probably more of a comment on me than anything else... But when I saw the flurry of "Mitt" signs at the Republican Convention in Tampa, the first thing I noticed was the use of a hash-tag, in this case, "#ROMNEYRYAN2012".

What? No URL? Is that 'sposed to be 'ole school now? On the other hand, maybe they're only trying to communicate with the insider regulars on Twitter -- and figure no one else is paying attention?

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Who I'd Choose for Romney's Running Mate: Rubio



If you think, like I do, that Florida will play an important role in who wins the presidential election in November, then wouldn't it make sense for Romney to nominate Florida's own, Marco Rubio?

I always thought one of the big mistakes of Al Gore in 2000 was to pick Lieberman (Conn.) over then Senator Bob Graham of Florida. With Graham on the ticket, Gore might have won a few more votes in Florida, making his victory all the more indisputable.

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