Archive for 2012 Presidential Election

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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Two funniest items o' the day, via Rick Perry and McDonald's

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Laughter is the best medicine. Well, not quite as beneficial as diving into a trough of wine, but almost.

Funny Item Number One, via Taegan:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said that he will visit Israel in October, "a move that signals to the political world that he is seriously considering making another presidential run in 2016," the Washington Times reports.

Said Perry: "We will be going to Israel to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum."

Of course, that was unintentionally funny. I mean, really... Rick Perry uttering the words "educational forum" out loud? And crediting himself for anything that could possibly teach anyone anything? It's surprising that he even remembered all three: Arabs, Christians, and... um... ummm... oh yeah, Jews!

He was actually Oopsless. Now that's a gen-yew-wine Texas rib-tickler.

Item Number Two is a video that is as funny as it is informative. McBudgeting:

Yes, McDonald's agrees: $15 per hour is what their employees need!

Via Low Pay is Not Okay:

McDonald’s built a web site to “help” their employees make a budget. It’s… unbelievable.

Press play and share far and wide.

McDonald's McBudgeting

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Video- Fox's Varney Imagines Obama Re-Election "Was Orchestrated By Government Bureaucrats"

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Oh those Government Bureaucrats... they're incompetent when it comes to running the country, but they can handle a multi-layered, convoluted conspiracy without batting an eye.

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Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Mitt & The Magic Genie

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Tim Campbell

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GOP Rep. Pete Sessions: Romney was "like a kid" who couldn't explain his science project, needed "Dad" Paul Ryan

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-MomentarilySane) of Texas and chairman of the House Rules Committee doesn't see any reason for his party to reinvent themselves. No, instead he blames the inferior candidates who were “lazy, undisciplined, didn’t know what they were talking about, and shot their mouth off.”  Think: Todd "legitimate rape" Akin.

And furthermore and even more to the point, think: Poster boy for inferior candidates, Willard M. Romney. Here's how Pete Sessions described his presidential run in a D Magazine interview:

Mitt Romney appeared like a kid who showed up for his science project and the teacher said, ‘Explain it,’ and Mitt couldn’t do it,” Sessions said. “His ‘dad,’ Paul Ryan, explained it to him, but Mitt didn’t get it. … That’s why we lost the last election.”

ouch smallerSpeaking of science (or in the case of the GOP, science fiction) projects, his candidacy was the perfect example of one that exploded imploded, leaving a mess o' rubble strewn all over what's left of the Republican Laboratory for Mad (Anti) Scientists.

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VIDEO: Rick Perry is "indeed" "open to the notion" of running for president in 2016. Name 3 reasons why, Rick.

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Some things wear well, others wear out. Rick Perry falls into Category 2. He doesn't wear well, and between making us point and laugh and cringe, he wore us out when he ran in 2012.

But that won't stop him from trying again. Get out the popcorn. As you can see from the video, he was on on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer.

Perry:

"Our legislature will be leaving in approximately 55 days. ... At that particular point in time, I'll sit down with friends and family and make a decision about 2016."

Blitzer:

"So you're obviously open to that notion?"

Perry:

"Indeed."

It's a good thing Ricky P wasn't asked to name three reasons why he wants to run.

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Conservative John Podhoretz: "The weird condescension [Obama's] opponents display toward him is ludicrously wrongheaded."

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John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary magazine, a former editorial-page editor of The New York Post, and co-founder of the Weekly Standard. As you can see, he's not exactly left-leaning.

He wrote a piece at Commentary, calling it, "Time to Get Serious." Here are a couple of excerpts, including the following head-scratcher that implies golfers can't also be Very Serious People:

Barack Obama is a serious man. Yes, he likes to golf, and yes, he ran a campaign with cutesy Facebook pictures and seemingly inane Flash slideshows like “Life of Julia.” No, he does not seem interested in the mechanics of legislation, nor does he seem adept at negotiation. But the weird condescension his opponents display toward him is ludicrously wrongheaded. They seem eager to believe he is a lightweight, and he is not. Obama is very possibly a world-historical political figure, and until those who oppose him come to grips with this fact, they will get him wrong every time.

I'm not entirely sure his opponents can even "come to grips" with the fact that Obama twice won the presidency, was born in this very country, isn't a French gay Marxist Kenyan socialist commie, and doesn't want to take away our guns while presiding over death panels that consist of undocumented brown-skinned immigrants who can't wait to convert every ballot to Spanish while making a hobby of having multiple daily abortions.

He describes some of President Obama's accomplishments, albeit not in very flattering terms, but does add:

That isn’t luck. It’s skill. Rare skill. Political genius of a kind.

no wayBy "genius," Podhoretz likely means this:

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But then it gets really entertaining when he starts in on Willard M. Romney:

Mitt Romney proved to be so inept as the chief executive of his own campaign that his polling was based on faulty assumptions that could easily have been corrected, his get-out-the-vote machine failed because it had never been tested, and his Facebook page crashed.

His Facebook page crashed on top of all that other stuff? That's hilarious! Why don't I remember that?

Podhoretz does get a few things wrong, including the part where he calls Obama a "post-1960s left-liberal." Seriously? Did he not read the reports of President Obama's willingness to cut Social Security benefits? Or his strong consideration of signing off on a disaster-in-waiting (see: State Dep’t. draft report looks promising for backers of Keystone XL pipeline)? Or his indefinite detention of detainees at Guantanamo Bay? Or his stance on wiretaps? Or his reluctance to go after Bush, Cheney, and company for lying us into a fraudulent invasion of a sovereign country and torturing prisoners? Or allowing nearly all of the Bush tax cuts to remain in place? Some liberal.

He ends by again referring to the president as "a serious man" ...whose era-- the dreaded "Age of Obama"-- must end.

But I give him credit for what he got right and especially for allowing me a brief Moment of Schadenfreude.

 you must be a very serious journalist

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