Skip to main content

I am, of course, drawing an analogy with that moment from the 2012 Presidential election when Mitt Romney thought he was going to score some serious points in the second debate. Obama's response?

OBAMA: Please proceed. Please proceed governor.
That about says it all, doesn't it?

At that moment, Romney must've realized something awful had happened, but without any recourse, he went for it anyways. He was already caught in the trap he could not get out of. And we know what happened when the General election finally rolled around. Of course, we can't credit this one gaffe alone for Obama's victory, but it was a very telling moment nonetheless.

In a lot of ways, I feel like the Republican Party is headed into a similar trap of their own.

Specifically, I'm talking about the Democratic Party's base turnout problem in midterm elections. Especially in the groups that comprise the Democratic base, and in particular, women and minorities. The midterm turnout problem is the singular greatest obstacle to Democrat gains in November, and because of this, no amount of victory so far is certain.

And yet, the Republican Party seems to be doing everything in their power to help us drive these exact voters to the polls in November. In their minds, their recent public victories - for instance in the recent Supreme Court rulings - must seem like good news. They can't seem to get enough of it.

And yet, as good as it seems for them, very soon, they will start to realize that they are actually digging their own graves.

And what else can we say? other than: Please proceed.

Let's look at immigration, for example.

A lot has been said of the Republican Party dropping the ball on immigration reform.

There's a tension in the Republican Party's portrayal of Obama in which he's thought, on one hand, to be a naif who's in way over his head and, on the other, a grand chessmaster executing an intricate strategy to annihilate his political opposition.

The answer, of course, is that Obama is neither. He's a center-left technocrat who wants to get immigration done. And getting immigration done, most everyone agrees, would be good for the Republican Party. It's possibly necessary for its very survival. What's standing in the way isn't Obama's determination to destroy the GOP. It's the GOP's determination to destroy itself.

Of course, the fact that getting immigration reform done would be good for the Republican Party apparently isn't a good enough reason for the Republican Party to get it done.

On the other hand, that alone shouldn't be considered enough to count the GOP out. After all, it is not much far gone from the Republican Party's overall indifference to minorities in recent years. But with the recent developments in Murrieta, California, they are practically sealing their own fate.

Then, of course, we can turn to the GOP's "efforts" to court the female vote. The only way the GOP seems to have found to prove that they don't really hate women is to point to the few women they do have amongst their ranks, and even that isn't saving them.

With the Supreme Court rulings striking blows to women's access to abortion, and access to contraception, they are forcing the Republican Party to choose sides, but their response has been, shall we say, not very nuanced.

Then there's the overall disdain for pretty much anyone with a vagina.

It's really just a matter of time before we hear from this year's Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, isn't it? If we haven't, already.

So looking at the GOP's disdain for minorities and for women, one might ask, so what? If anything, it's nothing we haven't heard before.

I would argue that by picking these fights so close to the November elections, Republicans are only playing with fire. Just ask Todd Akin.

With the GOP-orchestrated government shutdown in October, we knew that the political risks for the GOP were never as high as one would think. Sure, the polls in the aftermath of the shutdown were brutal, but nobody expected that animosity to last for a full 12 months until the actual elections. The GOP played it pretty smart, gaining their political points by shutting down the government, while mitigating any negative effects because of the amount of time that would pass until the next elections.

But with their attacks on women and on minorities and, well, all their attacks in general, the Republican Party is choosing to put their largest political weaknesses front and center in the run up to the General elections. And it just so happens that the issues they stand against energize and stand in stark contrast to the very same base voters the Democrats need to win.

And one need only look at how Republican efforts to impose voter ID laws may have actually driven a voter turnout backlash in those states, to recognize the risks the GOP is taking.

By making November about immigration reform, and about women's rights, Republicans are doing exactly what they wanted to avoid. But honestly, what other option do they have? Benghazi? That was what led to the first please proceed moment. The economy? The safest bet, but a hard sell in the light of actual evidence. Foreign policy? They can't even figure out how to feel about soccer. Maybe they want to fight the gay marriage some more? Good luck there.

At this point, it feels like Republicans pretty much have to make the fight about immigration reform, and about women's rights. And yet, even the Republican Party should realize that this is a losing effort. But do they really have any choice?

Please proceed.

We could rightly deride many of the Republican Party's strategic blunders during the 2012 campaigns, but when it came time to diagnosing what ailed them, they were pretty spot on when it came to why they lost 2012. So going forward, they should be able to show that, at the very least, they have learned from the mistakes they made just two years ago.

On the contrary, they seem to have doubled down on the stances on which they lost 2012.

With the recent Supreme Court rulings, with the recent battles over immigration reform, the Republican Party is choosing to mirror many of the same themes from 2012. They are mirroring their strategy of appealing to their own base voters over a more diverse demographic that better represents the American melting pot. They are mirroring their reliance on sensationalist headline grabbers like Benghazi over debating actual policy and how to help the average Americans who have yet to see their own post-recession economic recovery. And, they are mirroring Romney's public gaffe, of turning these supposed political victories into a pained, watershed moment.

Let's make sure they also mirror one other thing from 2012: their November defeat.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  A very well put together diary! (87+ / 0-)

    I particularly liked the "please proceed" theme running through it.

    To the immigration issue, you can add Rick Perry's conspiracy theory that he is touting far and wide: the Obama administration is somehow orchestrating the current influx of women and children from central South America. Oh yes, Perry has taken a swan dive off the sanity cliff. Please proceed, Governor.

    Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

    by Mopshell on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:01:50 AM PDT

  •  Nice read... Themed well, forward looking, upbeat- (18+ / 0-)

    But between the gerrymandering, the ALEC push to restrict voting and - this is the big one - this nation's penchant to contract selective amnesia every time an election comes around, the neocons will have to do something far more stupid than their recent antics to push the fence sitters into action... such as club baby seals as the Arctic ice melts, or ban news coverage of the Kardashians.

    I hope your premise here bears fruit, but I temper my good wishes with a healthy respect for the collective stupid which is America. Any country that could reelect the likes of Bush is like turning Charles Manson loose in a cutlery store.

    •  Your cynicism is, of course, very appropriate (13+ / 0-)

      I would not deny that writing anything I write in terms of Democrats winning big electorally involves a healthy dose of optimism.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:27:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Its not optimism if it's based on facts (17+ / 0-)

        The 2014 election couldn't be more different than the 2010 fiasco.  the only argument the GOP has is 6 year incumbent blues, which is real BUT... never before has a congress been so disposed.  Obama is unpopular because he has failed to overcome these clowns but he still outpolls congress 4:1.

        IF Dems take to the offense this election can be one for the PolySci textbooks.  We can take GA, KY and MS in the senate and make inroads in the House.  Facts are on our side.

        •  Not just make inroads in the House (23+ / 0-)

          the reality is if Hispanics turn out Dems could take several key seats which the GOP are completely unaware of.  CA-10, CA-21, CA-31 and yes even Issa's CA-49 could all flip if there is higher than normal Hispanic turnout.  They're all R+4 or better seats and they all have 25% Hispanic populations.  Hell Valadao's CA-21 seat has 71% Hispanics and Dems have Amanda Renteria running.  Valadao is Portuguese while Renteria is Mexican.  CA-31 is all but sure to flip with Dem Peter Aguilar running in a D+5 district and a 49% Hispanic population.

          Dems need 17 seats to flip the House (plus a few more to offset potential losses such as NC-07 and UT-04).  That's 4 right there which Dems have a decent or better shot to flip.  Throw in CO-06 where Coffman is running in a D+1 against a strong Dem recruit and has raised the ire of the Hispanics there.  

          FL-02 where Dems landed a good recruit in a state where GOP will be dragged down by Sick Rott at the top.  

          IL-13, NE-02, NV-03, VA-02 which are all competitive districts.  NE-02 in particular Terry is not very popular and a minimum wage vote will be on the ballot in November which will surely help Dem turnout in a R+4 district.  

          NY-11, NY-19, NY-23 where the GOP party is on the decline and the Dems will have Cuomo at the top of the ticket.  Whether we like Cuomo or hate him, fact is GOP Astorino will only get 30% +/- against him in November.  Of course Dems could be equally turnoed off from voting due to hate of Cuomo.  Grimm in NY-11 is dead man walking.

          MI-07, MI-11 where the GOP have weak incumbents and weak candidates at the top in the GOV and SEN races.

          IA-03, NJ-03, PA-06, VA-10 and believably WV-02 where GOP retirements have made these districts competitive.

          WI-06 and WI-07 where Snotty Walker will be at the top of the ticket to help Dem turnout because Dems hate him so much.  His scandals won't help the state GOP either.  Could affect Duffy in WI-07 and if the GOP are stupid enough to pick Grothman for WI-06 then that seat becomes competitive based on the fact that he's even money to go Akin.        

          Finally seats where Hispanics could help Dems include AZ-01, AZ-02, AZ-09, CA-07, CA-36 FL-18 and FL-26 where Dems are all in swing seats and endangered.  

          NM-02 TX-19, TX-27 and TX-32 are all seats with high Hispanic populations which Dems could flip with some effort.  

          The Texas ones in particular are long shots but they all have large Hispanic minorities ranging from 29% to 46% in Farenthold's district.  These are all low turnout districts where you're lucky if you get 15% to 20% of the population to vote in no presidential years.  Plus all three races also have a GOP AND a Libertarian running.  Even if the Libertarians only get 1-2% that's more than the margin by which Farenthold won in 2010 when there wasn't a Libertarian running.  Increased Hispanic turnout in off year elections could make the difference and in the process take out some of the more odious and idiotic Texas tea bagging republicans in Neugebuger, Farenthold and Sessions.  Higher Hispanic turnout can help in several other seats as well.  I just like the Texas ones because they have such a high Hispanic population and because Texas Dems seem to be finally engaged.  Dems in Texas get wiped out year after year because they are not fully engaged and because they often don't have big money and organized voter registration or GOTV efforts.  This year is different.  Texas may surprise a few people this year and between Hispanics, younger voters and women could even help flip the US House.      

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:06:17 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I especially like the idea (19+ / 0-)

            of Dems taking the battle to Texas. Even if pickups are small, it would certainly make the GOP sweat.

            "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

            by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:19:43 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  The Texan redneck reaction (15+ / 0-)

            to the South American children crossing the border and Perry advocating drones at the border may well energize many Hispanics. The GOP will be praying for Perry to keep his mouth shut!

            Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

            by Mopshell on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:39:54 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Hispanics in Texas (11+ / 0-)

              can turn that state into the next California very quickly.  It wasn't that long ago that California was pretty republican.  The GOP is all but dead in California now thanks to Prop 187 which passed 20 years ago this year.  In 20 years California went from being somewhat red to being overwhelmingly blue.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is the only Republican to win a statewide election since Prop 187 passed (Pete Wilson won in 94 the same time Prop 187 passed).

              Texas can do the same thing.  

              This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

              by DisNoir36 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:17:37 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  No, they'll be cheerleading for him (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:

              From where they sit, Perry et. al. represent the majority.  They're not so different from those deluded Operation American Spring whack jobs in that way.  They really believe their own bullshit, and think everyone else does too. Because that's what their echo chamber tells them.

              I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

              by mojo11 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 09:02:48 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I don't know that they are (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:

                They're loud though. I'll give them that.

                Don't mistake loud for majority. And if the majority actually think those loudmouths might be a real problem (and that's happening more and more) and they decide to vote them out - well, there might be a lot of surprises in some of those smaller, less polled, and supposedly solid red, districts.

                •  I think we're saying the same thing (3+ / 0-)
                  Recommended by:
                  pierre9045, Mopshell, starduster

                  They claim to speak for a majority, even though polling suggests they don't (and in some cases, it goes well beyond mere "suggestion").  Usually they have no empirical data to support their claims that they represent a majority opinion, we're just supposed to take it on faith.

                  So now, when I hear someone say -- implying it as fact -- "most people want" or "the majority of people" or better still "the vast majority of people"  I simply respond "Cite your source."  It's amazing how often that backs them down -- at least to a point where they're willing to consider that they might be wrong.  And in these days of instant access to information, that can be just enough time to torpedo a perfectly good right wing myth.

                  But to be clear, I do not in any way think that Rick Perry represents a majority of Americans.  But I think HE thinks he does, and more to the point his supporters believe it too.  Because otherwise, they're in a minority and people like that don't do well in those situations.  They HAVE to believe they hold the majority opinion, otherwise they might be -- gasp -- WRONG!

                  I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

                  by mojo11 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:09:19 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

          •  WA-04 is another (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            pierre9045, maybeeso in michigan

            district to watch, with an open seat and a large hispanic population.  It's the reddest district in WA, and definitely would be a stretch, but it was represented by now-Gov Jay Inslee in the 1990s until he was defeated by the now-retiring incumbent.

          •  Immigration (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:

            I was watching MSNBC this morning and the consensus among the punditi (and no, this was not Morning Joe) was that Obama is in a "box" when it comes to the refugee/immigration crisis, and whatever the long term consequences to the GOP of the failure to pass an immigration bill it will help them in the midterm elections. Republicans will be more energized by the immigration issue to vote than will Democrats.

            I can't help but be struck by the difference between the MSM CW view and the views expressed at Kos. I really hope you are right. I would love for this issue to boomerang against the GOP.

          •  That would be sweet revenge (7+ / 0-)

            to take Issa's seat.  

            Taking out both Issa and McConnell would be a dish best served cold.

            "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

            by Subterranean on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 11:40:49 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Nothing in this world is a "fact" (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:

          until the deed is done. The 2000 elections proved that more than any single event in this country's political history.

        •  Only one problem with facts... (0+ / 0-)

          There are a lot of people that tend to ignore them when they don't fit their preconceived notions....

          Climate Change anyone? The War on Drugs?

          Facts sure don't seem to have any impact on those issues when it comes to social policy.

          I wouldn't count solely on factual arguments to get us to our goals.

          We need to be more vicious on the attack. Hit them hard and loud whenever they go on TV and spout their nonsense. And we gotta stop doing it politely. (Probably the only page out of the Rethuglican playbook I think we should follow)

          I for one am done being polite. When friends and family start spouting that Faux News B.S. I am calling them out on it. I am being civil, but I am not allowing them to spout their garbage in social situations without "fact checking" them. (think hockey check, not proofreading, lol)

          It will possibly cost me some relationships that I care about (hasn't yet) but I care about the direction our country is going more and we gotta do something to stop the spread of disinformation and propaganda from the Plutocrats before it is too late.

          And unlike them, our attacks will be based on facts so we won't look like gigantic douches or the idiotic bullies that they are.

          I am so sick of the ignorance of our electorate and the fact that they keep voting for asshats....  

      •  I always appreciate a healthy dose of optimism (3+ / 0-)

        It's what keeps me going!

        Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

        by Mopshell on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:48:19 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Banning news coverage of the Kardashians (3+ / 0-)

      would almost convince me they'd regained some sanity.  Or at least taste.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:59:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Reelected him in 2004 but turned against in 2005 (3+ / 0-)

      After Terry Schiavo, Katrina, the privatize SS debacle and so much more.  He was so despised when he left office that he hides in Texas now.  

      So the majority isn't stupid.  They may be a bit slow to catch on, given all the lies from the Right, but they do catch on and they reelected Obama.

      Only 30% of the country are dogmatic, ignorant authoritarian followers.  Most are just preoccupied with their own (unnecessarily difficult) lives.  But they catch on.

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 09:20:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  culture wars back in the limelight; (21+ / 0-)

    that is by design. Despite the very real problems occurring in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine, large swaths of Africa...the news is all about ladyparts, guns, and Gawd.
    This is GOP home turf. They are comfortable running on these issues because there are no solutions required, and it is oh so easy to point fingers at the heathens. Where the risk for the authoritarians is in overreaching, which they do reflexively.
    The gatekeeping media will minimize this effect, so it is incumbent upon all activists to spread the information behind the propaganda and spin.
    and GOTV.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:25:42 AM PDT

  •  Thing Is WE Need to Be There With GOTV Because (16+ / 0-)

    these demographics don't respond energetically to provocation outside Presidential years.

    We just had a voting rights ballot initiative fail to get enough signatures here in Ohio. Several of us here from the state don't recall seeing anything about it, and I think the unions which are our big grassroots powerhouse must not have been involved or not much. We could still have tepid turnout this fall in Ohio despite the women's issues and some Ohio voter suppression issues that are hot in the state.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:29:05 AM PDT

    •  Indeed! And with Kasich on the block no less. (8+ / 0-)

      If Dems can't even turn these issues into a strong GOTV campaign in Ohio, I fear for the Party across the country.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:38:15 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, I am concerned that Kaisch has laid low (3+ / 0-)

      enough to win reelection and will then turn on the full conservative blitz with his GOP super majority gerrymandered legislature.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:35:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The Voter Bill of Right thing (0+ / 0-)

      was a very casual effort, mostly driven by the Legislative Black Caucus and some churches. Unions weren't involved. It never had a leader, paid staff, a website, or even a Facebook page. I had people ask me about it and how to get involved, and there was no one to call other than the legislative aide of the Legislative Black Caucus.  They are continuing to collect — the signatures are still good for whenever — but I also think that court decisions overturning Husted's suppression efforts took some of the wind out of the sails. At least one, maybe more, of the items in the Voter Bill of Rights was restored by a federal judge and Husted threw in the towel.

      Sure, we COULD have a tepid turnout, but turnout is the main thing the Ohio Democratic Party is working on. The Hobby Lobby decision should help a lot.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 11:40:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The best way to reach a goal (26+ / 0-)

    is to overreach beyond it. Put in a 110% effort and you'll be more likely to get a 100% outcome. Dems have to make this about taking back the house even though they're not likely to do so. This will get more people out voting and at least gain them seats in the house, making it easier to take it back eventually, as well as increase their seats in the senate.

    Inspire voters to do the impossible, and the possible becomes, well, possible. It's not enough to wait for the GOP to give voters a reason to vote against them. You have to actually GET them to vote.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:30:34 AM PDT

    •  Personally, I think taking back the House (11+ / 0-)

      is a realistic goal, though I will admit that it is a tall order, and will require an immense amount of work from a huge number of groups and individuals.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:40:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, I'd like to vote this year, but... (11+ / 0-)

        I'm busy that day...
        It won't make a difference...
        No one I know will be voting...
        I don't know where my voting place is...
        I only vote in presidential elections...
        Obama's not on the ballot...
        It's just too much trouble...

        The correlation between people who say these things, don't vote, and like to whine about how politics is broken is nearly 100%.

        Still, we should try anyway.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:51:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Way difficult. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        maybeeso in michigan, Remediator

        In Ohio we have only one swing district — Ohio 14 in the northeast corner. Luckily we have an excellent, hard-working, progressive candidate in Michael Wager, who is challenging freshman David "I'm not a moderate but I play one on TV" Joyce.

        Not one of the other 11 Republican districts in Ohio is winnable, just as none of the 4 Democratic districts is winnable by a Republican. Amusingly, a guy I've known for a long time is running against Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in Oh-09 — this year's Joe the Plumber, except that he really lives in the district, uses his real name, and doesn't claim to be a plumber when he's not. He keeps me apprised of the goings-on in the GOP there, especially the in-fighting over in Lucas County (Toledo), where a central committee meeting almost ended in actual fisticuffs between factions. LOL.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 11:45:14 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The Republican tee-shirt should have been shown on (12+ / 0-)

    a wire coat-hanger.

    In Georgia, acting the fool with a gun is not only legal, it is encouraged by the governor and the state legislature.

    by Mayfly on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:40:39 AM PDT

  •  I think you may have missed one other (17+ / 0-)

    point of attack from the Teapublicans...

    While the attacks on women and minorities are brutal, and will/are backfiring, I also think their high jacking (or I prefer bastardization) of the Christian faith should drive Progressive/Liberal Christians to the polls in "Take Back" their religion from those who have perverted it.

    •  I did focus on those two, while omitting other (5+ / 0-)

      points of attack, and there are quite a few.

      The one you mention is a good one. It can include how their policies only include a specific interpretation of Christianity, which can always lead into how this causes discrimination for anyone who isn't even Christian.

      Then there's how GOP policies are out of step with the youth, for instance on gay marriage, on pot decriminalization, and on raising the minimum wage.

      There's also the hugely voting elderly bloc, who should also find themselves at odds with GOP policies.

      And really, if the national Democrats are at all competent, they should be hammering all of these pressure points.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:03:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Material for more of your great diaries I think! (0+ / 0-)

        Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

        by Mopshell on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:41:38 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  "There's also the hugely voting elderly bloc (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        pierre9045, left of center

        who should also find themselves at odds with GOP policies"

        Except they aren't. The elderly are the biggest watchers of FOX news. You would think having their social security and Medicare threatened would cause them to worry, but apparently not. They tend to be socially conservative Christians as well. In fact my theory is that the so-called "moral issues" regarding gay marriage and other stuff may be more important to them than worrying about their Social Security. Besides I suspect they live in a false bubble believing that just because a candidate claims to follow God, then they could not possibly hurt the old folks. Just the "bums" who "refuse to work."

        I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

        by Pixie5 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:39:53 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Good luck with that. (6+ / 0-)

      That's really the problem with religion as a political motivating force, IMHO. It's easy to generate outrage on the right because they're all about anger and outrage, the sense that somebody somewhere (probably female or brown) is having fun on my dime.

      Compassion and 'get out of my bedroom please' are great, and anyone reading the Gospels for more than 5 minutes will quickly recognize a Jesus who would stand with the 99% rather than the 1%, but it doesn't seem the kind of potent motivation to get to the polls that pure white hot ignorant right wing rage creates.

  •  Would Jesus deport children? (12+ / 0-)

    How can anyone call themselves a "Christian" turn away children at the border?

  •  "a center-left technocrat" (8+ / 0-)

    BOY - talk about moving the goal posts.  I'd go with center right at best.

    The 'D' label doesn't automatically make you a leftie.

    Other than that, I'm with you on this diary.

    The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. -

    by No one gets out alive on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:24:37 AM PDT

  •  Please procced Democratic Party (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Clinton in all her ridiculous neoliberal glory. Not enough bipartisanship. Needing to reach across the aisle to Republicans. I kid you fucking not...puke.

    The Republicans are crazy, but why we follow them down the rabbit hole is beyond me.

    by Jazzenterprises on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:30:26 AM PDT

  •  The Question Isn't What are the Republicans Doing (5+ / 0-)

    At least it shouldn't be.  At this point, the question should be what are we, Democrats, doing?  Most of this blog and almost everything on MSNBC is singularly focused on reacting to what Republicans have done.  

    It would be nice if Democrats were to think of themselves more as subjects than as objects.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:31:53 AM PDT

    •  The Dems* gave workers much of what (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      they have and are not trying to take any of it away.  They expand rights and truly follow the Constitution for all people, not just property-owning white guys.  Spread the news.

      * not all modern Dems follow in their predecessor's footsteps, but the majority do in principle

      "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.: Maya Angelou

      by PsychoSavannah on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:21:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  But the Dems are not working very hard at (0+ / 0-)

        keeping what they once gave the workers, and certainly are not working at all on giving them anything more.

        •  What about all the campaigns (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:

          to raise the minimum wage?

          What about Obama's executive orders on family-friendly workplaces, and ending workplace discrimination? What about his executive orders addressing the Gender Pay Gap?

          Democrats are still working hard for hard-working Americans. Let's remind the voters that if not for Republican obstruction, they would be doing so much more.

          "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

          by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 09:07:43 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Exactly. And when we see the (0+ / 0-)

            employment numbers, I ask my neighbors "imagine what would happen if the republicans HELPED put some programs in place...where would we be then?"

            "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.: Maya Angelou

            by PsychoSavannah on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 09:13:15 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  Campaigns by Dems? The campaigns are (0+ / 0-)

            being waged by the workers themselves, not by Democrats.  How many Democratic office holders do you see at the fast food or Walmart strikes?  How many campaigns are being based on raising the minimum wage?  How often do you hear Democrats talking about raising it?  Sure, they'll say they're for it if they're asked, but they're sure as hell not out there fighting for it.

            I'll give Obama credit for having at least brought forward to proposal for increasing it and taking some solid steps to bring it about.  I'll also give him kudos for appointing people to the NLRB in an effort to protect workers, even though the damn S Ct ruled against him.  But the other Dems giving him a solid hand in his efforts are few and far between.

            It should be an issue that is front and center All The Time.  

  •  As global weather will continue to deteriorate (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SaraBeth, Mopshell, OldDragon, starduster

    Let's make sure that Republicans keep linking themselves tightly to coal, big oil subsidies, and their curious fixation with drilling babies.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:41:00 AM PDT

  •  Fable: the Tar Baby (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    starring the Bagster Party as the Baby and the GOP as the B'rer.

    Of course, in the fable the Baby says nothing, unlike Teabaglicans.

    So maybeit's B'rer Baglicans and the Kochsters, who say nothing in response to their idiocy, as the Baby.

    Damned if I know.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:43:07 AM PDT

  •  GOTV in November and Democrats will kick (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Iberian, PsychoSavannah

    the selfish, hate filled, greedy, idiotic Republicans out of Congress so we, the people, can make our government WORK for us instead of increasing the obscene wealth of the .01%.


    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:02:56 AM PDT

  •  Mid-Terms are base elections (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mr MadAsHell

    so the rules of "Turn up the Bass to 11"
    are cutting in.

    Sadly they are at a tipping point where now it's
    just increasing the brand damage.

  •  It's all about base turnout... So if we can (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pierre9045, duhban, defluxion10

    Mobilize, we can win. We're just dismal at midterms... So we've got our work cut out for us. Hopefully there's a lot of minimum wage on local ballots.

    I want to live in a world where George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride home to get him out of the rain that night. -Bishop G. Brewer

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:13:13 AM PDT

  •  Illegal Alien Amnesty (0+ / 0-)

    This issue will not win any votes or elections for the Democrats.  Most people believe in rule of law and the law says we protect our borders and send illegal aliens back.

    It's just that simple.

    •  But the bill could pass today if Boehner allowed (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      a vote so we can say we have reform ready but BOEHNER is holding it up

      americans polled want this

      "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

      by merrywidow on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:45:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Actual Poll Results - Voters DO NOT want Illegals. (0+ / 0-)

        Seventy-eight percent (78%) of likely voters were opposed to legalizing the status of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. with only 19% supporting it. 88% of African-Americans were opposed to legalization. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, September, 2009

        71% of Americans want to see the bosses who hire illegal immigrants arrested while 64 percent support police conducting surprise raids on businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants (The Raids Obama has stopped) Rasmussen Reports poll, October, 2009.  

        80 percent of U.S. voters oppose proposals for government-backed health-care plans for illegal immigrants Rasmussen Reports poll, June, 2009.  

        78 percent of Americans believe that high immigration numbers have had a negative impact on the cost and quality of the nation's health care system and 78% of likely voters were opposed to legalizing the status of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. American Council for Immigration Reform, September, 2009

        73% of Americans called for a drop in the number of illegal immigrants CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, October, 2009.

         58% of Arizona voters say the policies and activities of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have had a positive impact on the state’s image, [May 2009, Rasmussen Reports]

         74% of Americans think the government is not doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from coming into this country, [Washington Post-ABC News poll, April 2009]

         66% of likely voters nationwide say it is Very Important for the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration, [April 2009, Rasmussen Reports]

         73% of U.S. voters believe that a police officer should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when the officer pulls that person over for a traffic violation, [March 2009, Rasmussen Reports]

         67% of voters also say that if law enforcement officers know of places where immigrants gather to find work, they should sometimes conduct surprise raids to identify and deport illegal immigrants,[March 2009, Rasmussen Reports]

         68% of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, [March 2009, Rasmussen Reports]

         68% of U.S. voters favor strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants, [March 2009, Rasmussen Reports]

         62% of New Jersey Residents oppose offering illegal immigrants some type of driver’s licenses. Just 33% favor this proposal, [March 2009, Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll]

        Only 20% of New Jersey residents favor extending in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants living in the state compared to 37% who say illegal immigrants should pay higher out-of-state rates. 39% say that illegal immigrants should not even be allowed to attend New Jersey’s public colleges and universities at all, [March 2009, Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll]

        78% of registered Utah voters want to see SB81 implemented. The bill would, among other provisions, require all companies that contract with the state to check the immigration status of their employees and allow local police to enforce immigration law, [January 2009, The Salt Lake Tribune]

         74% of U.S. voters continue to believe the federal government is not doing enough to secure the country’s borders, [December 2008, Rasmussen Reports]

         63% of voters say gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers in the country, [December 2008, Rasmussen Reports]

        Only 32% of Obama voters considered his support for amnesty as a factor in their decisions to vote for him. 67% said it was either not a factor at all, or they voted for Obama in spite of his stance on amnesty, [November 2008, Zogby Interactive Survey of Likely Voters]

        60% of voters said reducing illegal immigration and cracking down on employers who hire them is important to them, while only 21% supported "legalizing or creating a pathway to citizenship" for illegal aliens, [November 2008, Zogby Interactive Survey of Likely Voters]

         Transatlantic Trends: when asked about what governments should do to address illegal immigration, 83% of respondents supported stronger border controls, 74% supported cracking down on employers, and 68% supported deportation, [November 2008, TNS Opinion]

         71.5% of likely voters said they agree (including 47.8% who strongly agree) that local law enforcement officers should enforce federal immigration laws, including 51.5% of Hispanics and 56.2% of self-described "liberals." [October 2008, Judicial Watch/Zogby International]

         57.1% of likely voters said more law enforcement is needed to address the issue of illegal immigration while only 7.1% said they believe less law enforcement should be used. 34.7% of Hispanics support more law enforcement while 15.5% said less, [October 2008, Judicial Watch/ Zogby International]

         69% of voters say controlling the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers, while just 21% think legalization is more important, [August 2008, Rasmussen Reports]

         Ohio voters prefer strict enforcement over integration of illegal immigrants 71 - 20 % and 22% say they would vote against a candidate who disagrees with them only on the immigration issue, [December 2007, Quinnipiac University poll]

         77% of American voters say companies should be allowed to require employees to speak English while on the job, [November 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         77% of American adults are opposed to making drivers licenses available to people who are in the country illegally, [November 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         Only 22% of voters support the Dream Act proposal introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 59% of all voters oppose the Dream Act concept, [October 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         68% of North Carolinians disagree (including 41.6% who strongly disagree) with proposals that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in this country for several years as long as they have a job, [September 2007, Elon University Poll]

         58% of voters nationwide favor cutting off federal funds for “sanctuary cities” that offer protection to illegal immigrants, [August 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         79% of American adults favor a proposal requiring employers to fire workers who falsify identity documents, [August 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         Just 22% of American voters currently favor the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate despite a despite a massive White House effort, [June 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         2007 Senate amnesty bill: just 16% of American voters believe illegal immigration will decline if the bill is passed. If voters had a chance to improve the legislation, 75% would make changes to increase border security measures and reduce illegal immigration and just 19% would make it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country and eventually become citizens, [May 2007, Rasmussen Reports]

         When presented by itself, 79% of likely voters supported reducing the illegal immigrant population by increasing border enforcement, penalizing employers, and increasing cooperation with local law enforcement, while 15 percent were opposed. No other proposal had near this level of support, [May 2007, Pulse Opinion Research]

         Which approach do you prefer – enforcing the law and cause illegal immigrants to go home over time or granting legal status and citizenship to those who meet certain requirements? 56% prefer “Enforce the law” while 35% prefer “Grant legal status.” [May 2007, Pulse Opinion Research]

         58% of likely voters prefer that the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country go home as opposed to 30% who prefer they be allowed to stay legally, [May 2007, Pulse Opinion Research]

         59% of Americans believe the more effective way to deal with the potential treat to national security posed by millions of illegal immigrants living within the United States is to crack down on illegal immigration by toughening the enforcement of existing laws, deporting illegal immigrants and prosecuting the employers who illegally employ workers, [April 2007, UPI/Zogby Poll]

         61% of likely American voters oppose providing a path to US citizenship for those illegal immigrants who entered the United States illegally, and who fraudulently obtained green cards and Social Security numbers, when millions are playing by the rules and waiting in their countries to enter the United States legally, [April 2007, McLaughlin & Associates Poll]

         A poll of likely voters, using neutral language, found that Americans prefer the House of Representatives’ enforcement-only bill by 2-1 over Senate proposals to legalize illegal immigrants and greatly increase legal immigration, [April 2006, Zogby America]

        •  so you make decesions (0+ / 0-)

          based on polls 6-7 years old?

          Der Weg ist das Ziel

          by duhban on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:01:45 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  This are the poll numbers (0+ / 0-)

            That had a huge factor in the GOP takeover of Congress in 2010.

            Mainstream Working People DO NOT want any more illegal immigrants or guest workers period.  That's not that hard to figure out.  

            •  and have absolutely nothing to do with the present (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:

              I'm really starting to wonder about you with you pushing GOP lies and throwing around 6-7 year old polls as if they prove something.

              I suggest you come and join us in the present where immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship polls well (and strongly at that) even among the freaken GOP

              Der Weg ist das Ziel

              by duhban on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:19:53 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  duhban does have a point (3+ / 0-)

                Recent polls show support

                Obama's claim has merit: Public polls conducted since 2013 have found support for providing illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status ranging from 46 to 81 percent for, cresting above a majority in 13 of 15 polls. But the 35-point range between the most favorable poll and the least favorable one raises some serious questions about how stable or real that support actually is.
                I also find it relevant to mention in this comment thread that that most sanguine of all Conservative heroes, Ronald Reagan, supported amnesty and signed a law that led to the amnesty of 6 million illegals.

                If you want to talk about past precedence, I would start there.

                "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

                by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:24:27 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

            •  They had nothing to do with it (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:

              ALL of the Republicans were talking about how shitty the economy was and it was Obama's fault and DEATH PANELS. I barely heard a word about immigration. It certainly was not a factor in Ohio, where the number of immigrants, illegal or otherwise, is small. Mexicans practically invisible. (Cleveland does have a sizable Latino population but it's virtually all Puerto Rican, sorry guys).

              Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

              by anastasia p on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 11:49:43 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

        •  I wonder what the polls would look like (5+ / 0-)

          regarding gay marriage in 2005 compared to now? How about the Iraq war in 2003 compared to now?

          These things shift over time, and you guys are on the losing side. Most Americans are good and decent people that don't want to see other humans suffer unnecessarily.

          The conditions of these children being held on the border currently (and the countries and conditions they might be forced to return to) are softening hard hearts. Your comrades that hold up racist signs in front of those buses are changing American's minds as well. Give it a few years, we will do the right thing regarding these unfortunate people. The tides will turn.

        •  The polls you cite are way way way out of date./ (0+ / 0-)
        •  Just the fact that you used the word "illegals" (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Puck Goodfellow

          shows me your entire post is likely based on false information.

          Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

          by anastasia p on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 11:47:27 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  why are you pushing GOP lies? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      Der Weg ist das Ziel

      by duhban on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:00:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Democrats who are already (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      resolved to vote blue will indeed do so.

      In my opinion, the GOP ugliness on immigration will inspire many of them to show up earlier and vote as hard as they can.  

      I listen to the racist denigration by the Republican Party on men and women from other nations and it sickens me to the bone.  

      I'll be voting blue in italics.  

      "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

      by Remediator on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 03:32:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I'm cautiously optimistic but there's work to do (6+ / 0-)

    I've been on this site a long time - since the heady Howard Dean days in 2003.  The enthusiasm here has waxed and waned.

    I have to admit that I've been guilty of surrendering to the meme that Democrats don't vote in the midterms.  Does this become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

    As activists, are WE fired up?  Are we going to register people to vote?  Make sure they get to the polls? Plaster our districts with signs for the Democrats even if they'd be roadkill in a typical mid term election?  Walk our own precincts?

    Are we going to make sure they know that the people who run the House are in danger of taking the Senate?  Ask them if anyone in their families have benefitted from Obamacare, and if so, ask for their vote to protect it?  And make sure they remember that these people have let the mask slip and they're going after BIRTH CONTROL now?

    They're handing us a golden opportunity to hand them their butts in November.  But only if we capitalize on it.

    "He not busy being born is busy dying" -- Bob Dylan

    by Kascade Kat on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:32:35 AM PDT

  •  Congress has to provide a "public" option for BC (0+ / 0-)

    or else the women in all these companies can sue for equal protection under the law.

    this might be the only way congress will ever act again because if there is no alternative for the Whahabi Lobby and all the other women, then they can sue

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:43:54 AM PDT

  •  They may close the Government again (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tidalwave1, Fury

    And this time right before the election - that could be their death knell. Even if they just threaten to close it again, they could help bring back the memories of what happens when the GOP gets too much power.  I also think the Democrats need to play up the war between the "true" conservatives (aka, "teabaggers") and the "corporate" conservatives (aka, all the GOP politicians we used to call "right-wing," but are now too "liberal" for their own base). Fights like the one in MS could help demoralize the GOP turnout at the same time we're maximizing ours. Third party or write-in campaigns could do even more damage, and I think we should do whatever we can to highlight and exacerbate the tensions in the GOP.

    "There is no crack in our pies." - Michelle Obama 6/30/2014

    by CPT Doom on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:47:22 AM PDT

  •  It was actually a bigger gamble (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Fury, defluxion10

    than we give Obama credit for.

    He didn't know that the Candy would back him up on it.

    But he invited her in, and she did.

    If she hadn't, the moment would have been "he said, he said"

    "I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ....... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..." - Emo Philips

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:53:38 AM PDT

    •  Not necessarily, though (0+ / 0-)

      He did say, "check the transcript."

      Of course, the MSM would have checked the transcript and attempted to parse it in 50 bazillion way, so OTOH, I think you're right.

      I think that Candy Crowley was tired of Romney's attitude toward her, though.

    •  You're right. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      I think what helped was Obama's confident swagger, and then those infamous words. Totally took the wind out of Romney's sails. Like icing the kicker. And other analogies.

      Without that push from Obama, Romney might have been able to at least keep the attack convincing, to fool enough people to make it worth saying, transcript or not.

      "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

      by pierre9045 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 09:00:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Our Gov, Pat Quinn has just signed a measure (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    duhban, Fury, Remediator

    that would put a non-binding referendum on the November ballot, which asks Illinois voters if they support a state law requiring health insurance providers to offer prescription birth control coverage to employees.

    Hopefully this will help drive more Dem voters to the polls.

    Join the Hobby Lobby Boycott on Facebook

    by edwardssl on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:56:33 AM PDT

    •  Hope it helps there, but it seems a silly idea. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      A Supreme Court decision can't be undone by a state law.  And a Federal law can't be overridden by a state law.

      It would be a nice statement to be made by voters, though, and it might be a few of those single women and younger voters that are so hard to get to the polls.

      •  But actually (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:

        insurance companies are constrained by STATE law. They're regulated by the STATES, not the feds.

        So if the STATE said that all policies sold in that state must include contraception coverage, with the cost covered by the insurer, not the purchaser, they would likely be fine.

        Remember, the issue was PAYING for coverage, not just providing it. If they don't have to pay for it, they should be fine with it.

  •  the exact moment he lost the election. (5+ / 0-)

    Whether he would admit it or not.

     photo images_zpsbed963f5.jpg

    "I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ....... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..." - Emo Philips

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 07:58:55 AM PDT

  •  Rethug Directions: Insert Both Feet Into Mouth. (0+ / 0-)

    Cluelessly and Shamelessly Stupid & Offensive.

  •  I do not think it is a death wish so much as (6+ / 0-)

    being lost in a world that has not existed since I was a kid. I am 72 years old and grew up in the suburbs. There were minority citizens, but they were almost invisible and utterly marginalized. Many thought that women's rights were pretty much all achieved with the vote. No one was more respectable than bankers.

    I think Republicans think that this world still exists in the sense that it represents the experience of most Americans.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:18:49 AM PDT

  •  They still own the message. (0+ / 0-)

    They call it "The Obama Government Shutdown" and get away with it.

    Polls show people hate Obamacare, but they sure love their new health insurance.

    Poor people are still angry about the "Death Tax".

    We really suck at image.

    Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome. uid:21352

    by pucklady on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:41:35 AM PDT

  •  Complacancy is the Republicans' best ally (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    and they factor it into their decision matrix.  Democrats, not so much.

    "complacency is the root of all evil in the world. What can be summed up as the ‘I’m all right Jack’ mentality leads both individuals and institutions to become estranged from the realities of life, and therefore to ineffective solutions. Complacency is a form of corruption which is not ‘outside’ but inside." - World Teacher Maitreya

  •  Oh, please, I beg the Universe, let the Republican (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Party continue to beat the drum of "Go HOME as their Immigration Policy.

    Because I'll tell you something - the Latinos in these United States have all heard how they are going to be the majority of the population in a few short decades... and they have been doing the GOTV like nobody's business the past year.

    Just search the #VotoLatino hashtag on Twitter.

    Biggest props go to Univision Hosts like Fernando Espuelas   (@EspuelasVox on Twitter), who are driving the Latinos to participate THIS year soley on account of Speaker Boehner's OUTRIGHT REFUSAL to allow Democracy to have it's day and say in the US House where an already passed Senate bill on Comprehensive Immigration Reform waits for a vote which supporters have publicly told Boehner ALREADY has the votes in the House needed to pass it.

    This one man is preventing MILLIONS of Latinos from entering a path to legality out of the shadows and into the mainstream - and their already legalized and voting eligible brethren know it.

    That's where I'll be watching for some Election Eve surprises, places where VotoLatino can turn sure bets into upset surprises.

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:30:44 AM PDT

  •  those embedded tweets looks nice (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    how did you make the fonts look like that?

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:37:29 AM PDT

  •  Women..and all of the rest of you (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES...Let's hope that each of us bring all of our friends to the polls, this November. What are the historians gonna say about the voter turn-out? "Historical...A Landslide Victory...Dems Have Had Enough!..What Republican Party?...Freedom Came At A Gigantic Price For Republican Donors!..."  WOW!

  •  It's not enough (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    starduster, notrouble

    You can't depend on even the Republican Party to self-immolate.

    We need to point out the idiocy every chance we get, register voters in the affected groups, and lay the groundwork for getting out the vote.

  •  I hope you're right (0+ / 0-)

    But I have my doubts. Why? Because in 2010 I was convinced America was smart enough not to reward the Party that had broken everything with George Bush then had the gall to stand in the way of every conceivable fix. Turned out America wasn't smart enough, not at all. Maybe this time it's different but if it is it will because of a concentrated, focussed on-message effort by ALL Democrats to GET OUT THE MOTHERFUCKING VOTE (GOTMFV). Other wise you're just hoping minorities and women will go against historical evidence and convention and take it upon themselves to make sure everything is in place so they can actually vote. Without this type of unified effort, entertain no illusions: the Dems will absolutely lose in November.

    "If that's what Fallujah is, then what's that band with all the Mexican kids in it?"

    by iSenseChange on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 01:31:25 PM PDT


    That is the way to drive Democrats and independents to the polls.

    To any NSA contractor reading this; FU

    by Himself on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 02:56:14 PM PDT

  •  Romney the Oppressor. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    That Romney isn't the only Romney.  There's the "I want to be first in line to get pancakes" Romney.  

    There's the "I'm buying your company, selling the parts, throwing your ass out onto the streets, then basking in the glow of my triumphant capitalism" Romney.  

    And the "Of course the dog can ride on top of the car.  He likes it up there" Romney.  

    And don't forget the "You British lunkheads sure have fucked up the Olympics" Romney.  

    Not least, there's the "My money's off-shore, sitting tight, and did I mention there's a lot of it" Romney.

    In the debate clip above, Romney the Oppressor emerges.  He's always been there.  He wants it "on record" that the president got Benghazi wrong, which Romney never proved and even Candy Crowley knew was codswallop.  Romney thought he would advance on the castle then and there, shred its defenders, and strut along the watchtower to admiring millions.  

    Was this Romney the Oppressor who led a cadre of students to hold down a classmate in their private school while he tormented him?  

    I say it was.  One and the same.

    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

    by Remediator on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 03:28:36 PM PDT

  •  When I need a list to work from... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pierre9045, Remediator, notrouble

    I remember this summary I copied some time ago from a blog. I hope it's ok to share it. I can't say it any better -

    'Stupid people give their rights away to the cheap -labor conservatives by voting for the crooked-politicians they sponsor to do their bidding - stupid people are easy to dupe:

    Cheap-labor conservatives opposed virtually all of the New Deal, including every improvement in wages and working conditions.
    Cheap-labor conservatives have a long and sorry history of opposing virtually every advancement in this country's development going right back to the American revolution.
    Cheap-labor conservatives have hated Social Security and Medicare since their inception.
    Many cheap-labor conservatives are hostile to public education. They think it should be privatized. But why are we surprised? Cheap-labor conservatives opposed universal public education in its early days. School vouchers are just a backdoor method to "resegregate" the public schools.
    Cheap-labor conservatives hate the progressive income tax like the devil hates holy water.
    Cheap-labor conservatives like budget deficits and a huge national debt for two reasons. A bankrupt government has a harder time doing any "social spending" - which cheap-labor conservatives oppose, and . . .
    Wealthy cheap-labor conservatives like say, George W. Bush, buy the bonds and then earn tax free interest on the money they lend the government. The deficit created by cheap-labor conservatives while they posture as being "fiscally conservative" - may count as the biggest con job in American history.
    "Free Trade", globalization, NAFTA and especially GATT are intended to create a world-wide "corporate playground" where national governments serve the interests of corporations - which means "cheap labor".
    The ugly truth is that cheap-labor conservatives just don't like working people. They don't like "bottom up" prosperity. Once you understand this about the cheap-labor conservatives, the real motivation for their policies makes perfect sense. Remember, cheap-labor conservatives believe in social hierarchy and privilege, so the only prosperity they want is limited to them. They want to see absolutely nothing that benefits the guy - or more often the woman - who works for an hourly wage.'

    If you’ve met a Republican - you’ve met a Cheap-labor conservative.

    “I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” Thomas Jefferson

    by starduster on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:10:17 PM PDT

  •  Now is not the time to get cocky (0+ / 0-)

    It is still going to come down to turnout. I'm sure all of us here will vote but we also have to do our part, aggressively highlighting our opponents bad policies and offering alternatives. The silent democratic majority must feel the compelling need to turn out at the polls. The republicans are working on that front too, making it more difficult.

    To be first in the soil, which erupts in the coil, of trees veins and grasses all brought to a boil. -- The Maxx

    by notrouble on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:19:51 PM PDT

  •  Tamamoto Effect? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    They have wakened a slumbering giant and filled him.... I mean her, with a terrible resolve.

    Go on, GOP.

    The long memory is the most radical idea in this country." Utah Phillips 1935 - 2008

    by Grey Fedora on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:57:47 AM PDT

  •  These "Christians" do not believe. . . (0+ / 0-)

    This is a stark example of why I do not believe that what these "Christians" say, they truly believe.  

    If they thought for one minute that they would suffer the hell that Jesus describes in Matthew, they would never do what they do or say what they say.  Obviously, they are nor really "Christians."   To them, religion is a social club.

    Old Hippies Never Give Up!

    by ravenrdr on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 05:03:14 AM PDT

  •  My Favorite Quote (0+ / 0-)

    From the 2012 Presidential campaign is, "Proceed, Governor." Just yesterday I used it in reference to this asinine lawsuit the Rethugs are filing against the President for doing his job. There's already an upsurge in POTUS's popularity because of that inanity. Only the extremist RWNJs think it has merit; everyone else knows that it's an idiotic grandstand play, a waste of taxpayer money by GOP-ers desperate to hide the fact that they have nothing to offer America and to hold on to the last fading bit of their relevance. The same thing goes for the impeachment nonsense. The more they attack the President, the more he becomes an underdog, and Americans love underdogs. As  repugnant and un-American as the GOP-ers  prove themselves to be on a daily basis, I am comforted by the fact that they are incapable of learning from their mistakes. Every one of their "gotcha!" moments has backfired on them soundly (Benghazi and the IRS non-troversy are just two of the older ones) and the lawsuit and impeachment will be no different. So please, Rethuglicans, continue to see yourselves as  smart when you're clearly some of the most stupid people on the planet. Proceed, Governor.

Meteor Blades, Mary, Thumb, Alumbrados, Angie in WA State, Mimikatz, DeminNewJ, ssmt, Kaina PDX, oofer, Radiowalla, Odysseus, Brainwrap, left of center, Gooserock, Emerson, karlpk, Shockwave, Fabienne, Pescadero Bill, ChicDemago, CleverNickName, eeff, dsb, red moon dog, Bryce in Seattle, Matilda, chipoliwog, Babsnc, TracieLynn, sponson, whenwego, jbeach, PeteZerria, Chitown Charlie, Cedwyn, high uintas, hopeful, sidnora, dksbook, aitchdee, tomephil, psnyder, wdrath, NYFM, Steven Payne, hoof32, defluxion10, papercut, Brian82, bwintx, Bendra, peterj911, zerelda, side pocket, tomjones, Armand451, oortdust, Gowrie Gal, Ohkwai, Brecht, CPT Doom, kbman, maybeeso in michigan, Bluesee, radarlady, LakeSuperior, mjd in florida, basquebob, dewtx, Gary Norton, eru, dansk47, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, Fury, Little Lulu, blue jersey mom, markdd, sunbro, Sandino, Savvy813, Blu Gal in DE, sillia, bunsk, peacestpete, MadGeorgiaDem, Kingsmeg, Mr Bojangles, Clytemnestra, edwardssl, Yellow Canary, ruleoflaw, Shakludanto, anastasia p, slampros, MJ via Chicago, global citizen, Rosaura, Libby Shaw, Preston S, hlsmlane, llbear, Turbonerd, onionjim, NancyWH, Sapere aude, Msanger, Cronesense, Loudoun County Dem, tgypsy, camlbacker, ColoTim, gloriana, karmsy, HCKAD, cyncynical, jnhobbs, gchaucer2, carpunder, OIL GUY, Ralphdog, on the cusp, Empower Ink, gizmo59, JDWolverton, MKinTN, JayC, misterwade, TX Freethinker, ChocolateChris, GAS, 6412093, Youffraita, Senor Unoball, bonch, bythesea, elwior, skohayes, CDH in Brooklyn, jamess, mikeconwell, tofumagoo, hwmnbn, Jeff Y, catly, diras, Gemina13, elpacifico66, Keninoakland, dmhlt 66, Diogenes2008, statsone, oldliberal, 207wickedgood, maggiejean, Bule Betawi, MufsMom, Carol in San Antonio, mkor7, Remediator, followyourbliss, geebeebee, manucpa, TheOpinionGuy, papahaha, kevinpdx, stevenwag, jfromga, Livvy5, Nannyberry, collardgreens, Larsstephens, BlueOak, Railfan, mamamorgaine, LaughingPlanet, NJpeach, brunoboy, Anima, Proud Mom and Grandma, archkcmo, Polly Syllabic, Man from Wasichustan, tb mare, kacemo, dlemex, Lize in San Francisco, nirbama, ericlewis0, cocinero, Oh Mary Oh, fiercefilms, soaglow, slice, theKgirls, no way lack of brain, Pakalolo, Onomastic, kerflooey, Front Toward Enemy, I love OCD, Dretutz, Catherine R, Jazzenterprises, henrythefifth, Mr MadAsHell, FarWestGirl, Seattle Rod, mikejay611, OhioNatureMom, Hatrax, mrsgoo, Carolyn in Oregon, BarackStarObama, Grandma Susie, MRA NY, Reinvented Daddy, wintergreen8694, RMForbes, Caddis Fly, Vatexia, Miggles, SteelerGrrl, leftykook, No one gets out alive, AnnetteK, Sister Inspired Revolver of Freedom, tweeternik, OldDragon, anodnhajo, IndieGuy, ahumbleopinion, orangecurtainlib, a2nite, Deep Texan, Trotskyrepublican, Forward is D not R, Arahahex, MartyM, doroma, Buckeye54, sexgenderbody, avsp, rat racer, bigrivergal, T C Gibian, nomandates, jusjtim35, Dallas L, Sam Sara, countwebb, smokey545, Linda1961, Thornrose, Alhambra, ggfkate, knitwithpurpose, Jollie Ollie Orange, howabout, Smoh, BadKitties, ET3117, Hey338Too, duhban, starduster, skepticalcitizen, buffan, karma5230, Chas 981, Dodgerdog1, eagleray, patbahn, ramblin engineer, Gurnt, Silverheels, sillycarrot, ginimck, theBreeze, Jakeston, hbk, Mopshell, bluenick, Older and Wiser Now, Silencio, PurpleElectric

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site