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Not news: Republicans could slide even further with women, Latinos

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Women and Latinos do not trust Republicans. Oops, sorry, Captain Obvious got hold of my keyboard again. But he's right, which is also obvious:

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And those are only two of the most recent headlines. The GOP's history of misogyny and racism is appalling, and their efforts to deny their fellow human beings equal rights is disgusting.

Republicans have sworntogod that they want to broaden their appeal. Oh really? Well, if their relentless assault on women's reproductive rights, gay rights, voting rights, and their treatment of undocumented (and documented!) immigrants (or anyone else, for that matter) who don't look or sound like them is the barometer, then they're in deep trouble.

They're still saying exactly the same old thing about the same old things. Reed Galen, a GOP strategist in Orange County who also worked for Bush said, "If we want that number to grow, we have to find ways to talk to Latinos about the issues we all care about." How many Republicans have made identical comments? And how many have actually followed through, or even done the opposite? Exactly.

Remember their post-2012 election "autopsy"? That reinvention they keep promising... not so much. How's that reachy-outy, makeovery thing workin' for ya, GOP?

The Los Angeles Times takes it from here:

Donnelly, the GOP front-runner according to public opinion polls, has stood by his 2006 speech, delivered when he was leader in the volunteer Minuteman border-patrol organization. In it, he said illegal immigration would lead to a fight comparable to the Civil War. [...]

"I am not backing away from the fact that we are in a war," Donnelly told reporters in Sacramento on Tuesday, after reports of the speech caused an outcry. He said he did not believe the remarks would hurt his prospects among Latino voters.

See how they've changed?

The Pelosi flap on the new Breitbart CA website prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to ask that his column be taken off the site.

Republican strategists said that while the imagery was "problematic," they viewed it as less significant than the immigration issue.

So the problems with their antiquated policies, views, and (mis)treatment of women are "less significant." Not right up there on their To Do list. Got it.

Keep up the good work, guys. If it weren't for dirty tricks and gerrymandering, they wouldn't stand a chance in 2014. And don't even get me started on the Supreme Court ruling that favors billionaires...

UPDATE: New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line. 'Nuff said.

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Republicans block equal pay bill for third time

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Once again, Republicans block a Democratic bill, this time one that would help women by finally giving them equal pay and closing the wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act was filibustered (surprise!) by the GOP. Not that President Obama's passionate support had anything to do with it, right?

Way to expand on those outreach efforts, guys!

The Democrats will certainly use this to their advantage in the midterm elections. The Hill:

Democrats have benefited from a gender gap at the polls, and the party hopes that by emphasizing certain issues they’ll be positioned to take advantage in November.

Majority Leader Harry Reid had this to say: “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

Not nearly as repulsed as women are by misogynistic Republicans in the Senate... and elsewhere.

Via Roll Call:

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, broke with his typical party leanings and voted with Republicans against cloture.  The vote was 53-44, with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., joining Republicans as a “no” in order to preserve his right to reconsider the vote.

No Republican voted with the Democrats. Three Republicans did not vote: Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas and Ted Cruz of Texas.

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This is Strike Three for Republicans, who also blocked debate on equal pay back in 2010 and 2012.

Are you ready for a couple of the amendments that the GOP offered up? Grab some Tums and start chewing in 5...4...3...2...1...

Some other GOP amendments would have repealed parts of ObamaCare and forced the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

What, no Benghazi!!!! ?
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How our political pooped-outitude works for Republicans

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There was a time not too long ago when I couldn't wait to get to Mr. Computer and type my little fingers off about the political events o' the day. Lately I've had to drag myself into my little downstairs office and convince myself that I was motivated by some story or other.

I asked myself over and over why that was. Part of the reason, at least recently, is my general malaise due to my dad's passing. And part of it is that, generally, interest (read: traffic) has ebbed, as Digby so ably pointed out... to my relief. I say relief only because Paddy and I were concerned about the quality of and attraction to TPC content; but as it turns out, it wasn't just us (again, read Digby's post). It is no relief at all that it's happening everywhere, though.

But beyond that, I'm still finding it tougher and tougher to get it up to write posts. I've analyzed it to death and finally had a quasi-epiphany. It's been clear that there has always been plenty to write about, and there's always an election right around the corner, or a conservative misfit to rant about, or a new controversy.

What makes it difficult, I'm discovering, is that I find myself dreading the next political "fight." I'm conflict weary. By now everyone with a pulse knows that ever since Barack Obama was elected, the GOP plan was to obstruct, defeat, and destroy him at every turn. It was on their nasty, destructive little agenda ever since inauguration night to plot and scheme and block the president, to prevent him from succeeding at anything, ever.

And that's exactly what they've done, not only nationally, but also in state legislatures. Everything is a battle. Every proposal ends in a struggle. Every plan triggers more head-butting. Every day brings another collision. And America is sick of it, including me. Political TV shows are being switched off. Car radio dials are being turned. And blog posts go unread.

The result? An uninformed, bored, exhausted electorate. And when voters are uninspired or turned off, they don't vote.

And when people fail to go to the polls, Republicans win.

They've so pooped us out with their constant clashes to the point where many of us have wanted to hibernate, and one result, inadvertent or intentional, could be voter apathy.

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And that was my quasi-epiphany.

Which is why I was inspired enough to get myself to Mr. Computer and keep writing. Somebody out there is reading blogs and watching news reports, which means somebody out there is more informed, which means more interest and more ballots cast.

I hope.

We must make sure that the Republican inauguration night plan, and by extension the state GOP schemes, don't take hold. Keep reading, keep watching, keep listening. 2014 will be here before you know it.

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Awww... Senate GOP feels jilted after being wined & dined by Obama. Really, now. How do they think Obama feels?

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Here is a headline I just ran across at The Hill: Senate GOP feels jilted after being wined and dined by Obama on deficit talks:

"We've made no progress. None," said a GOP senator who had dinner with Obama earlier this year.

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That's pretty sick hypocritical funny, in a frustrating, hair-pulling, head-exploding, teeth-gritting, jaw-clenching kind of way.*

Memo to Republicans: Before you start whining about how you feel "jilted" by President Obama, take a gander at today's Doonesbury- “Boehner”: We’ll be investigating and obstructing Obama, blocking his appointees.

Then take a walk down Memory Lane, starting with the GOP Inauguration night plot to obstruct. Plus the following:

Need more? Just keep scrolling through these posts.

So, GOP, who exactly has jilted whom?

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*Especially in light of all the hooplah over President Obama and Chris Christie cooperating so nicely with each other. Psst! That benefits both of them politically, and it would behoove Republican Congress members to take a few notes. Please note: This in no way whatsoever means I'm a Chris Christie fan, nor should any Democrat be, as you can plainly see here.

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VIDEO: McCain: "I don’t understand" why GOP would filibuster gun legislation. Should've stopped after the word "filibuster."

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What a surprise! John McCain on a Sunday talk show! But I digress.

Think Progress has a post up titled, McCain: ‘I Don’t Understand’ Why GOP Would Filibuster Gun Legislation.

That should have read, "McCain: 'I don't understand why the GOP would filibuster.'" Most of us sure don't understand why the GOP would filibuster 99% of what they freaking filibuster.

Well, actually we do. Their raison d'être is obstruction, their goal (other than acquiring more money and power, that is) is to tarnish President Obama and his legacy, and their appallingly gleeful reliance on perpetual blocking comes from the successes they've had.

Did I mention that Harry Reid (and many Democrats) is aiding and abetting them? I did? Good.

Here is the entire Face the Nation interview. Relevant segment starts at about 9:45:

McCain:

I don’t understand it. The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.

Schieffer:

So you’d encourage Republicans not to filibuster?

McCain:

I would not only encourage it, I don’t understand it. What are we afraid of? ... Why would we not want...  Why not take it up and amend it and debate? The American people would profit from it. I do not understand why United States senators want to block debate when the leader has said we can have amendments.

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Report: Sen. Harry Reid "not inclined to use" tools he has to overcome filibuster of background check bill

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It was only yesterday that I posted, "Harry Reid hints at filibuster 'nuclear option'… again. Try using it this time, Harry." I peppered that post with comparisons of Reid to an ineffectual parent plus comments like:

-- But Harry shook hands instead, although he has threatened to revisit filibuster reform from time to time, getting Democratic hopes up, like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. We’ll believe it when we see it.

-- Of course you will, dear.

-- I will NOT get my hopes up, I will NOT get my hopes up…

-- That would be novel. Just do it already.

From the tweets and comments I received, we all had the same reaction. And for good reason.

Roll Call:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the tools he needs to overcome any initial filibuster of a firearms background check bill, but he may not be inclined to use them.

Indeed, the Nevada Democrat is biding his time, even as President Barack Obama embarks on an aggressive new push for votes on a variety of gun-related measures, including background checks and a new prohibition on assault weapons.

The trouble for Reid is the new process — established in January through modest filibuster rules changes — may have a fatal flaw in practice when the Nevada Democrat actually wants the bill involved to become law.

And what might that fatal flaw be? Reid's New Rules do not prevent senators from blocking a bill from passing once it’s up for debate.

Did I mention that he still needs at least 60 votes? That he still needs a super majority? That real filibuster reform is still just a twinkle in sane and reasonable Democrats' eyes? And that Republicans despise compromise so much that they won't even use the word?

Here's what "compromise" means to the GOP:

Here's what Harry Reid means to those of us who are fed up:

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Harry Reid hints at filibuster "nuclear option"... again. Try using it this time, Harry.

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Harry Reid reminds me of those ineffectual, weary parents who you see in a public place repeatedly scolding his annoyingly obstinate, uncontrollable toddler, saying things like, "If you keep that up, you'll get punished." Then, "Just keep pushing, young man, and there will be no McFlurry dessert for you." Followed by, "I'm warning you."

And then does nothing.

And the kid keeps misbehaving.

In that scenario, Daddy Dearest was about as effective as Gene Wilder intended (not) to be as Willy Wonka:

Which brings us to the unprecedented use of the filibuster by the GOP, their favorite weapon, the one they've used to obstruct just about every proposal by President Obama and the Democrats... including judicial nominations.

Over the years, we've witnessed the Reagan/Bush conservative judicial trajectory and subsequent decline (see: Scalia, Antonin et al) of our judiciary, and as a result, our democracy, civil rights, and legal system. And since Obama took office, his judicial nominations have been moving at a glacial pace.

He did manage to nominate the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court, the first Asian American lesbian, and the first South Asian. But at least 35 nominees are waiting for the Senate to vote, and there are still 50 more vacancies. That's called GOP "payback."

So Dick Durbin said, “We need to revisit” the filibuster rules and Senate Dems thought Harry Reid should revisit filibuster reform.

All that because Harry Reid insisted on that "gentleman’s agreement" with Mitch McConnell, the ridiculous handshake deal he made, saying he was "satisfied" with the Republicans just "agreeing" to be more reasonable.  Remember that?

As you may recall, Jeff Merkley’s plan for reform would not have ended the filibuster, and the Dems would still be able to use the option to filibuster when they are the minority party. It would have taken more effort and transparency to voice opposition, but the filibuster would have remained intact.

But Harry shook hands instead, although he has threatened to revisit filibuster reform from time to time, getting Democratic hopes up, like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. We'll believe it when we see it.

Roll Call:

The Nevada Democrat said that while he was “happy” with the modest rules changes adopted in January on a bipartisan basis, the number of pending judicial nominations led him to warn his colleagues of the potential for the chamber’s rules to be modified at any point in the year, not just at the opening of a new Congress.

“All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary,” Reid said on Nevada Public Radio.

Of course you will, dear.

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Harry:

"We made changes, but the time will tell whether they’re big enough. I’m going to wait and build a case. If the Republicans in the Senate don’t start approving some judges and don’t start helping get some of these nominations done, then we’re going to have to take more action.”

"Just keep pushing, young man, and there will be no McFlurry dessert for you."

But it does get more promising (I will NOT get my hopes up, I will NOT get my hopes up...). Reid said it's not only about judges, but also the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

"Now, we have the Republican-dominated D.C. Court of Appeals who have said, look, the president can’t even do recess appointments now,” Reid said. “So, we’re left with few alternatives, and we’re going to have to move forward and do something to change that.

Yes, we're going to have to do something. We've had to do something for years now.

"If you keep that up, you'll get punished."

That would be novel. Just do it already.

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