Republicans

Godwin's Law for Rightwingers

Sep
18

Gingrich at the 'Values [sic] Voter Summit':

"On the one front we have a secular socialist machine led by Obama, Pelosi and Reid, and on the other front we have radical Islamists who would fundamentally change this country into a system none of us in this room would recognize."

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Where the Teabaggers Really Stand

Apr
27

Great post (truly classic) by John Cole on what the Teabaggers really stand for:

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Teabaggers -- Old News

Mar
30

Why is this so difficult? The Teabaggers are nothing but the GOP base. They come out and vote GOP most if not all the time. They've been around for a 100 years. They are not a new phenomena -- to claim so, as the MSM does in cahoots with a bunch of GOP operatives, is to perpetuate a sham.

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Depends What You Mean by 'Failure'

Mar
28

Matt Yglesias on the 'giant failure' of the conservative movement (1964-2009):

In the 45 years since that fateful campaign, the conservative movement managed to gain total control over the Republican Party and to sporadically govern the country. But it’s only very partially rolled back one aspect of the Johnson administration’s domestic policy.

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Obama to GOP: 'It's Got to Work'

Jan
30

It's the easiest thing in the world to come up with a plan when you're completely indifferent to the final results. That's always been the GOPers' advantage when it comes to HCR: basically they can recommend anything they want since universal health care is not part of their agenda, it's part of ours.

So when one of the GOPers in Baltimore whined (in so many words) 'you're ignoring us -- we have a plan too!', it was great to hear Obama respond:

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Ah Yes, the Good Old Days!

Nov
19

It's strange to point out, but apparently the period following 9/11 when paranoia was at its highest, is actually considered by the GOPers as the Good Old Days.

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Rightwing Populism is a Contradiction in Terms

Sep
19

I love the need of David Brooks and others to portray the teabaggers as "populist" and anti-big-government when there was absolutely no invasion of our civil rights during the Bush Administration -- from imprisonment without trial to warrantless wiretaps -- that these people had problems with.

But if someone like Brooks is going to call these people populists, at the very least, you'd think he'd be under an obligation to show how their beliefs help working people and if he can't show that, then who exactly their beliefs do help.

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Yawn, the Teabaggers

Sep
14

What I can't understand is why these teabagging activities are news. I mean, just because Obama won the election didn't mean the loyal (cough, cough) opposition suddenly ceased to exist.

The fact that they're still around and that you can collect a bunch of them together thanks to their nationwide propaganda network is no big deal. They're always going to be against anything the Democrats do but they're also in the minority -- so not only is their reaction predictable but it's irrelevant as well.

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Working Class Credentials Sham

Jul
06

A couple of people have commented on Ross Douthat's piece in the New York Times eulogizing the "democratic ideal" supposedly represented by Sarah Palin because she became a "success" (such as it was) even though she hadn't gone to "Columbia and Harvard".

Frankly, if you spend all your time in office representing the interests of the rich and powerful, it really doesn't matter if you were were born to a bunch of sharecroppers and went to a one-room school house.

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$40k Marketing Campaign Yields Event with 700 People

Jul
01

I was happy to see all the ads in the buses and El's for the 'Young Chicago Republican' Event that took place on Monday. It's always nice to see them supporting public transportation in this way.

The write-up of the event from the Huffington Post had something that caught my eye.

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