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Lincoln Chafee is switching to Dem. Why? Something about worsening GOP obstruction, hostility to working with Obama

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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is switching from "independent" and will join the Democratic party. He used to be a Republican.

His spokesman, Christian Vareika, said he thought about it long and hard and felt he shared "principles and priorities and values" with the Dems, on minor little things like "affordable public education, investing in infrastructure, equal rights, marriage equality.”

Via Greg Sargent, Vareika went on to say this:

“If you look at what the party has focused on in recent years, it’s increasingly been social issues that excite the base but aren’t what matters to working Americans,” Vareika said. “The governor has seen the Republican Party has become much more hostile to reaching across the aisle and compromising and finding a middle ground. The governor has the feeling that at every juncture, Republicans in Congress have worked actively to thwart the president’s agenda, not for substantive policy reasons, but for political ones.”

I just realized he is following me on the Twitter Machine and sent my congratulations. He is clearly a very, very wise man... not for following me (although that does point to his fine taste and superb sense of humor, wink wink), but because of his astute observations about the GOP. Although his spokesman did understate it a little.

Okay, a lot.

How's that rebranding thing workin' for ya, GOP?

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Howard Dean: "If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party."

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Points off for misspelling "independent," but anyway...

As BuzzFeed notes, Howard Dean is none too thrilled about the president's budget proposals, specifically over the increased defense spending and those wrongheaded Social Security cuts by way of the chained CPI plan. Here are all our posts about how such policies would negatively affect the elderly and disabled (scroll).

How about lifting the cap on taxable earnings, Mr. President? Or at least try to? Or at least voice support for those of us who would like some debate about that instead of contradicting your own vice president's 2012 campaign promise? Here’s what “chained CPI” would do.

I'm not sure I'd go as far as Howard Dean, but I would be very disappointed.

Dean:

"I just think that's unacceptable... If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party. If this were passed with Democratic votes, I think it would be impossible to be Democrat.... I would have to oppose any Democrat that is supportive of this... If the businessweek.com article I sent you is correct, it means the Prez proposed chain CPI cutting SS benefits while asking to restore Pentagon spending. He would never get that through either chamber... What the hell are they thinking or is BW wrong?... I don't think Democrats will vote for it... I can't imagine Republicans voting for this in swing districts."

More at BuzzFeed.

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VIDEO: Source says 2 members of Progress Kentucky behind recordings of secret McConnell meeting on Ashley Judd

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Mitch McConnell and his aides were laughing it up at a secret meeting about opposition research they did on Ashley Judd's depression issues-- because, you know, her suffering, coping, and openness about it was so hilarious.

John Dean's reaction was, “McConnell campaign recording sounds like one of Nixon’s Tapes.” Here’s the AUDIO and Ashley Judd’s response.

Now Jacob Conway, who sits on the executive committee of the Jefferson County, Kentucky Democratic Party, is saying that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded that meeting:

Video via TPM.

Jacob Conway, who sits on the executive committee of the Jefferson County, Ky. Democratic Party:

"The only reason that I came forward with what I knew was I was trying to protect the Democratic Party. I believe in our party's values, and I was doing what I thought was best for the party because I did not want their bad behavior, their poor mistakes — I shouldn't say "bad behavior" — their mistakes, their lack of judgment to hurt our party's efforts here in the state Kentucky and in Jefferson County, here in Louisville."

Public radio station WFPL is reporting that Conway said neither the local nor the state Democratic party had any part in the incident, but that Reilly and Morrison bragged to him about recording the meeting which they were able to hear from the hallway. Because the door had a vent at the bottom, they were able to document what was going on inside with an iPhone or some other small device.

Since the meeting was audible from the hallway, it's not clear if recording it qualifies as eavesdropping, so this remains the Big Question o' the Day.

More here.

UPDATE: Report: Progress Kentucky Co-Founder Denies Taping McConnell Meeting

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Here's an idea, Republicans...

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Today on MSNBC, Alex Witt interviewed Republican freshman class president Rep. Luke Messer who hails from Indiana's 6th district. She was questioning him about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion, and he pretended to care.

How do I know he was only pretending? He dropped a few hints. One was his feigned concern about said growing division among his fellowGOPers. Or maybe he meant that, but considering the same old right wing talking points coming out of his own mouth, and his record, how sincere could he have been?

Another was when he rejected common sense gun safety law proposals while insisting that he "would listen" to any suggestions as he clearly sided with the radical NRA CEO, Wayne LaPierre (the NRA has given him a 100% rating). But hey, he's a great listener!

However, the obvious giveaway that exposed him to be the partisan hack that he is was when, as he claimed to support working across the aisle with the new "bipartisan" House members, he repeatedly used the word "Democrat" as an adjective. That's a well-known GOP slur, or as the New Yorker referred to such language, "The 'Ic' Factor":

To wit:

The Democrat Party has a clear record when it comes to taxes.

And:

Nothing threatens our hard-won reforms and economic prosperity more than a Democrat victory this November.

And:

The difference is clear: if you want the government in your pocket, vote Democrat.

Memo to Messer (and all Republicans): It's called the Democratic Party.

There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. “Democrat Party” is a slur, or intended to be—a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but “Democrat Party” is jarring verging on ugly. It fairly screams “rat.” [...]

In the conservative media, the phenomenon feeds more voraciously the closer you get to the mucky, sludgy bottom. “Democrat Party” is standard jargon on right-wing talk radio and common on winger Web sites...

So here's an idea, Republicans: If you want to maintain even a shred of credibility, stop insulting the very party you claim to want to work with so badly. Unless you want us to start calling you "Rushpublics."

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Quickie: Missouri Democratic Party Files Ethics Complaints Against Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin

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Today's Quickie, via NPR, St. Louis:

The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.

Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:

For details and a response from the Akin campaign, just follow the link.

And since we're on the subject of prickly legal issues for GOP candidates, MoveOn: “Strong possibility of Romney criminal liability” in personal financial disclosure filings.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

UPDATE: Akin: McCaskill Was More "Ladylike" in 2006

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Poll-itics: Democratic Enthusiasm Swells in the Swing States, Nationally

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Gallup, Gallup, and more Gallup. Go to the site for details.

What enthusiasm gap was that again, media blabbers?

O-mentum!

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Ouch- Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson sends the Democratic Party a "Dear John" letter

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Ouchie ouchie ouch. Kinda reinforces the idea that they've become Republican light. Don't really think this is the reaction that the DCCC was looking for. Added- For those of you who don't know who Anderson is, the clip above is from 2007 where he talks about impeaching Bush, not Obama.

Political junkies have speculated for months that former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson might run for Congress in 2012 — especially if someone slipped a hallucinogenic drug into the chocolate malts of legislative leaders and they created a liberal Salt Lake City-dominated district this gerrymandering session.

Forget about it.

Even if Anderson wanted to run for Congress — and he says he doesn’t — it’s unlikely the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would give him any money. Especially after the scathing note he sent to the committee this week.

Anderson, the most liberal Utah elected official in memory, told national Democratic leaders he doesn’t want to be a Democrat anymore.

“Until the Democratic Party shows some spine and draws a line in the sand — that an end to the tax breaks for the wealthy needs to be part of any debt/budget bill — please take my name off your list,” Anderson wrote to the DCCC. It was a response to the committee’s form letter to him, asking for money to help the Democrats “stand strong” for the election year in 2012.

(snip)

“How dare you send an email with the subject line ‘Standing strong,’ ” he added. “You didn’t do it on Iraq, you didn’t do it on torture, you didn’t do it on signing statements, you haven’t done it on Afghanistan, you haven’t done it on defense spending, you haven’t done it on real health care reform, you haven’t done it on energy policy and the climate crisis, you haven’t done it on the evisceration of our system of checks and balances through the invocation of the state secrets doctrine, and you haven’t done it on the debt ceiling fiasco. Those who have stood strong in Congress can be counted on one hand — and they have faced nothing but opposition by Nancy Pelosi and most of the rest of the so-called Democrats.”

So here is Utah’s liberal icon slamming the Democrats for their timidity while praising a conservative Republican hero.

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