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VIDEO: Dems didn't lose the House in 2012. Gerrymandering won.

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Rachel Maddow, December 2012:

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Short version: Gerrymandering delivered disproportionate representation.

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Chuck Todd, October 2013:

But let's remember, this is a gerrymandered house. Democrats actually won the generic ballot in 2012.

More people voted for a Democratic member of Congress than a Republican one in 2012, and yet there are more congressional held Republican seats, 234.

Democrats only have 201 even though they won a majority of the vote in 2012.

When gerrymandering wins, democracy loses. We lose. All of us.

Here is the entire segment:

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VIDEO-- Pa. GOP Chairman: "Photo ID helped a bit" in suppressing votes for Obama

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Back in July 2012, Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman said that Voter I.D. laws would help Mitt Romney in a close race.

Romney lost. But Grothman wasn't the only one who said that out loud. Remember this? Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R), June 2012:

It is now July 17, 2013, and Think Progress has video of Pennsylvania’s GOP Chairman Rob Gleason telling Pennsylvania Cable Network earlier this week, the party “cut Obama by 5 percent” in 2012 and “probably Voter ID had helped a bit in that.”

Despite what Republican-run states have been trying to do to disenfranchise voters, there is virtually no voter fraud in America, and the laws target mainly Democratic voters. I've written about this over and over again.

But now that the Voting Rights Act has been gutted, there is an even more concerted GOP effort to suppress the vote, and all those "reinvented, reachy-outy" Republicans can't wait to "help a bit."

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GOP autopsy: "The victim was probably dead for a long time, just didn’t know it.”

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:

THE GOP AUTOPSY

Normally you don’t expect to see the words “Republicans” and “introspection” right next to each other. Like supermodel and barbecue. Physicist and polka. Gazelle and ophthalmology. You catch my drift.

But that’s exactly what happened last week, when the Republican Party released a 100- page report detailing why their last presidential campaign skidded into the emergency room Dead on Arrival.

The findings were compiled through analysis, interviews and feedback from campaign managers, focus groups, and most likely augmented by clandestine hanging out at bars during happy hour in the proximity of graveyards and funeral parlors. Some paint it as a comprehensive post-election review. Others argue it’s incomprehensible. The media calls it an autopsy. A self- addressed post-mortem love letter in the spirit of Poe.

Hogwash and flummery could also be thrown into the descriptive mix as the dispatch’s theme finds nothing wrong with the party message; the problem is all in the delivery. No need to demonstrate more compassion, the trick is to seem more compassionate. Got to learn how to win Ohio without ticking off Arkansas. In other words, all they need to do is to bleach the leopard’s spots.

The study was commissioned by members of the party’s hierarchy and given the official title- Growth and Opportunity Project. A GOP for the GOP. Although Grossly Obvious Poppycock fits as well. Claiming party purity trumps electoral victory, there is already heavy pushback from the right. “What good is it to win earthly spoils when you lose your immortal soul and your breath still smells like embalming fluid?”

What this really calls for is an independent perspective. You want an autopsy, we’ll give you an autopsy.

“Summary Report of Autopsy concerning the corpse of the 2012 Republican campaign. External Examination. Close inspection of the body, an old white billionaire, reveals a serrated knife approximately 9 inches long with the initials, Grover Norquist, engraved on the handle, protruding from under the right side between the 4th & 5th ribs.

Gunshot residue found covering the right hand in excess of ½ inch depth, which considering the holes in the right temple exhibiting upward trajectories, is consistent with what can only be described as a series of self- inflicted gunshot wounds. DNA tests reveal skin samples found under the broken nails of both hands are indicative of numerous encounters between the victim and an unknown woman or perhaps group of women.

The nose is missing which corresponds to the victim’s recent recurring publicized bout of TeaPartyitis, a disease which causes the sufferer to cut off his nose to spite his face. In the rectum, what appears to be a wooden stick 6 inches long and ¾ inch in diameter, has been lodged for quite some time causing a critical backup of feces.

Pending toxicology results from the lab, internal examination reveals organs in a state consistent with the victim’s age, with two conspicuous anomalies. A steady diet of bunk and bamboozle has dulled the senses creating a milky film that covers the retinas. Most exceptional was the astonishing discovery of the total absence of a heart.

It is the opinion of this office the cause of death was this myocardial void along with the aforementioned complications from various acute traumas. In other words, the victim was probably dead for a long time, just didn’t know it.”

5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst’s e- book “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink, now available at Redroom.com, Amazon and many other fine virtual book retailers near you. Go to  willdurst.com for info @ stand up performances.

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Video- Laura Bush: Republicans ‘Frightened’ Women

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Man, I wonder what Laura really thinks about everything. She's still measuring her words. Via.

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AUDIO-- Fox mocks 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: "What's the big deal? She was happy."

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Via Media Matters.

102-year-old Desiline Victor made two trips and had to stand in line for hours before she could vote. Ms. Victor was a guest at President Obama's State of the Union Address last night, and when he told her story and informed the audience of her age, there were audible gasps:

She refused to give up.

But at least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines. I'm sure the caring, sensitive, patriotic talent pool at Fox thought that was a real laugh riot.

This must have cracked them up, too: Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.

Here are most of the ugly quotes that reveal host Brian Kilmeade's, along with Fox's Martha MacCallum's and Bill Hemmer's, true colors sliming out as they mocked the efforts of centenarian Desiline Victor, who somehow managed to exercise her right to vote. They were sprinkled with nasty giggles and vile little snickers:

  • What's the big deal? She was happy. She waited on line, she voted, she was happy that she was there to vote.
  • "What was she the victim of? Rashes on the bottom of her feet?"
  • "Can you hear them whispering? 'Did she try to hit you with the "I'm 102 and I've been on line five hours"'?"
  • "Is she gonna try to give you that one again?"
  • "She said the same thing when she was 98! I wasn't buying it then, I'm not buying it now!"

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to scream my lungs out, down a few drinks, and then express my gratitude to anyone who will listen that I have absolutely zero to do with the offensive, despicable broadcasts that ooze from Fox.

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Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.

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In January it was reported that at least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines. In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote.

Now the New York Times has a series of graphs depicting exactly how long it took different groups to vote. One guess who waited longer among African American, Hispanic, and white voters. Hint: White voters waited an average of 12+ minutes. Black and Hispanic voters waited an average of 20+ minutes.

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Democrats waited an average of 15 minutes, but Republicans? A little over 12 minutes.

Here is a peek at the results. Source: 2012 Survey of the Performance of American Elections, conducted by Charles Stewart III of M.I.T. Much more at the link and here:

Overall average: 14 minutes

The dotted line represents the 14 minute mark.

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At least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines

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Former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote. He called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies.”

But that didn't stop Florida Governor Rick Scott, who gladly went along with legislation that resulted in endlessly long lines and cutting back early-voting days.

Then Scott had the unmitigated nerve to say, hey, don’t blame me for that lousy election law, I only signed it! Of course, his voter suppression law did its damage in more ways than one, as you can see via the Orlando Sentinel:

The long Election Day lines around Florida may have turned away more than 200,000 frustrated would-be voters who gave up and went home before they cast ballots — or else saw the lines and elected not to join them.

Analyzing data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, Ohio State University professor Theodore Allen estimated last week that at least 201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6, based on research Allen has been doing on voter behavior. [...]

[A]ccording to Allen's analysis of the data, the lengthy lines lowered actual turnout by roughly 2.3 percent per hour of delay [...]

[T]he lost voters appeared to favor President Barack Obama. Of the 201,000 "missing" votes, 108,000 likely would have voted for Obama and 93,000 for Republican Mitt Romney, he said.This suggests that Obama's margin over Romney in Florida could have been roughly 15,000 votes higher than it was.

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