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GW Bush "will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history." (VIDEO)

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The B Word has come up a lot lately, specifically Jeb Bush and GW Bush. For example, writing these two posts alone was enough to make my stomach turn: "George W Bush ruined the family name." No worries, W, Jeb's up to the task, too and "Jeb Bush": If it weren't for Karl Rove, SCOTUS, we wouldn't have HAD a torturer-in-chief!

Now GW Bush's name has been uttered for an entirely different reason by Congressman Luis Gutierrez in the video above:

May 20, 2014 - Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez warned Republicans that President George W. Bush may be the last Republican elected President if they do not act on immigration reform. The Congressman reminded his colleagues that 65,000 Latino citizens turn 18 every month. There are only 18 working days left before July 4th for the House Republicans to pass immigration.

Connect with Rep. Gutiérrez:

http://www.facebook.com/RepGutierrez
http://www.twitter.com/RepGutierrez

I kind of like the sound of that. Let's hear it again:

"I give you George W. Bush: The man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history."

And again: Per Rep. Gutierrez, voters would never elect another Republican president if the GOP blocks immigration reform. I could put that on an audio loop and happily play it over and over.

However, I'd rather that Congress pass meaningful immigration reform, that families were reunited or were able to stay together, that DREAMers could get a good education, good jobs, contribute to society, and participate in our democracy, that discrimination, bigotry, and racism fade away, and that the melting pot that is the USA remain intact.

But that little "permanent rejection" bonus that would come on the heels of the GOP continuing to hypocritically push their "outreach" messaging as they obstruct progress? That would be nice, too.

H/t: The Hill

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President Obama: We need reforms "from campaign finance to how a filibuster works."

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Our government badly needs to advance all kinds of reforms, says you, says I, says President Obama. Major overhauls that would cut through the insanity that is the U.S. Congress are in order.

As most people know by now, the GOP has obstructed virtually every piece of legislation that President Obama and/or the Democrats have proposed, because that was their Big Plan on Inauguration Night 2009. I wrote about that here: GOP plot to obstruct- Obama aide in bed with GOP lover: "How do we get a stimulus deal?" Reply: "Baby, there’s no deal!"

Remember this?

And this?

Republicans set all kinds of records to make their corrupt little dreams come true:

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As a result of all their blockage (and some really bad voting choices by some very anti-Democratic voters), we are stuck with the do-nothingest Congress ever:

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As a result, Senate Democrats pushed through a controversial rules change known as the "nuclear option":

But that rule change wasn't enough, because it only applied to Senate approval of executive and judicial nominees. The GOP is still standing in the way of legislation that would help create jobs, give women equal pay, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, eliminate voter suppression, pave the way for immigration reform, raise the minimum wage, provide the poor with life-saving programs, you name it.

In other words, Republicans are cutting off democracy and progress at the knees at the expense of the health and welfare of American citizens. They don't care about us, they care about their own agenda based on their usual greed, re-election goals, power, and money.

Here's what President Obama said at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in New York. Via Roll Call:

“So my main message is one of hope. We’ve got all the ingredients to make this the American Century, just like the last one. To achieve it, though, we’ve got to make sure our political system works better. And, yes, there are all kinds of reforms that we need to do, from campaign finance to how a filibuster works, to going after Republicans hard when their main political agenda when it comes to — or main election strategy is preventing people from voting — we’ve got to push back on all that stuff. But ultimately, there are enough voters out there to deliver if we can turn them out.

And that’s what the DSCC is all about. That’s their priority. That’s my priority. And I hope it becomes yours as well. Thanks.”

That's right, President Obama said that the Senate needs to change campaign finance and "how a filibuster works."

And the GOP needs to change, period.

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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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