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VIDEO- Former McCain/Palin strategist: GOP, Rand Paul need to "de-kookify, there should be total disassociation with the nuts."


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Rachel Maddow discusses the nut-itude of the GOP. She likely needed more than two segments, but she managed to cover a lot despite the time limitations:

For the record, the Southern Avenger guy who Rand Paul hired to write his book for him in 2010 and then to become part of his senate office thereafter, the Southern Avenger is 39 years old. In 2009, he was 35 years old, still going by the title the Southern Avenger and still writing about how the confederacy needed to rise again. And secede from the nation.

And then within a year of that, Rand Paul had him on staff on the payroll writing Rand Paul's book.

And now that Rand Paul is getting asked about it, Senator Paul says the whole secessionist neo-confederacy thing was a youthful indiscretion which this 39-year-old put down months before Rand Paul hired him.

That's apparently all you have to say. That's how Rand Paul is explaining that he's keeping this guy on with him. Salary paid by the taxpayers.

As he heads to purple state Nevada this weekend to attend one of two conservative movement and Republican party Vegas events this weekend spotlighting the most ambitious Republican federal officeholders in the nation alongside the nation's leading proponents of the theory that our country's first black president could not possibly be American, he must be secretly foreign, his presidency is illegitimate and it's a giant conspiracy.

When Republicans talk to each other about how to spend their time, especially in states like Nevada where elections have been pretty close, where Republicans conceivably could have a shot at being competitive in a national race if they could figure out a way to broaden their appeal, when Republicans talk about these things, do they ever talk about how stuff like they're doing this weekend in Las Vegas might interfere with the whole broadening the party's appeal thing? Do you guys ever talk about Joseph Farrah being at your events? Does that ever come up?

So, GOP, how's that reinvention thing (scroll) workin' for ya?

Rachel then interviewed Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser in 2008 to presidential candidate John McCain and his regrettable running mate, Sarah Whatsername:

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In Nevada, it was Sharron Angle. We nominate these kooky people, and we lose general elections. It's extraordinary when you consider the 5 U.S. Senate seats the Republicans have given up. and clearly the lessons have not been learned. There should be a total disassociation with the nuts that are associated with the party here...

What Rand Paul has to understand is that his chief strategic imperative in the race is to de-kookify himself from his dad's shadow. He's not doing that. He's going in the wrong direction...

 What everybody should agree on is that there is no place for the kooks at the table. And this is nutty stuff. 


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VIDEO: "Wayne LaPierre & NRA exist to make you think of anything other than gunmakers when you feel outraged by gun violence."


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Rachel Maddow is bringing something very important to our attention, something that not enough of us may be aware of: Wayne LaPierre is a rodeo clown whose job it is to distract us:

"They're taking the fight to the industry. They're following the money. And if you're [Wayne LaPierre], that's very bad news indeed, right?"

"Ever wonder why everything he says seems increasingly inflammatory? It's not that he's dumb. It's not that he doesn't know what is going to upset you when you listen to a speech or a sound bite from him."

"The National Rifle Association exists to bug you. The National Rifle Association exists to make you think of him, to make you pay attention to him, and to the NRA instead of to the industry that pays the NRA to be their heat shield."

"Nobody knows the name of the CEOs of the manufacturing companies in this country that make guns. Nobody knows who runs the various gun companies and the various accessories companies."

"Who makes those extended magazines anyway? Nobody knows who those guys are, but everybody knows who Wayne LaPierre is. He wants you to hate him. That's his job."

"Wayne LaPierre and the NRA exist to make you think of anything other than the makers of guns when you feel outraged by gun violence. That's their jobs, to be a heat shield, to deflect the flame of public anger over gun violence so those flames never reach the people who are really monetarily invested in there being no gun reform in this country. That is how the game has been played."

"But we are now seeing signs that that is not how this game is going to be played any more. The NRA is a scarlet letter in some elections now. They are becoming less of a distraction from the real politics of the gun industry, and what it might take to change things in this country."

"They keep saying that this is one area of policy where things can't change, but this is changing."

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GOP: The party of no ideazzzzzzz


The GOP is "the party of big ideas”? Seriously? Don't make me laugh.

Actual policy plans? Oh come now.

Solutions to real problems? Feh.

Meaningful proposals? Puh-leeze!

Details Americans can hang their collective hats on? Hardly.

Ultra super duper double whammy partisan rhetoric? Now you're talkin'.

Then again, Republicans have had, erm, difficulty accepting reality.

Jonathan Bernstein at Salon draws our attention to the rehashitude of the more outspoken up-and-coming "leaders" of the party, or as I like to call them, deficient blowhards:

Start with Jindal. An alleged policy guy, he ... had all of two ideas: a Balanced Budget Amendment and term limits. In other words, the same old ideas that Republicans have been trotting out since …well, certainly since the Reagan administration. [...]

Marco Rubio? ...  His big idea, as Dave Weigel reported this week, turns out to be the exact same policy ideas that Republicans have been giving for some time now but labeling each one as a benefit for the “middle class.” Which mainly involves reciting the words “middle class.” [...]

Paul Ryan... as Jonathan Chait put it... has “no policy to offer the poor other than the incentive of being hungrier and sicker.”

And the money line:

For the last several years, the way to get a big reaction in conservative circles is to make a teleprompter or a birther joke, not to bring up unsolved problems in the nation.

Wake up GOP. The self-described Big Idea Party has devolved into a slumber party. And you know what they say:


GOP activists gunning for party Chairman Reince Priebus, planning protests


Watching Republicans these days is a like watching scenes from an old Three Stooges movie that look a little something like this:

Because of their inability to accept big losses in the November elections, Republicans have been pointing fingers at everyone but each other; they blame President Obama for anything and everything as they continue to obstruct and concoct insane conspiracy theories to compensate for their own ineptitude and failures, continuing to look like the fools they are.

Short version: Dealing with reality is not among their skill sets. Wait. That implies they have skill sets.

So once again, we find ourselves in the midst of another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own. Today's entrée is Reince Priebus.

Via the Washington Times:

A postelection civil war is brewing among Republicans, with some conservative activists angry over the party’s poor performance this cycle gunning for party Chairman Reince Priebus and planning demonstrations at the Republican National Committee’s annual winter meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The protesting activists adamantly oppose the re-election of Mr. Priebus to a second two-year term and say they have a suitcase full of gripes about him. Some are blaming Mr. Priebus and other top party officials for the misspending of GOP donors’ money in President Obama’s clear victory over GOP nominee Mitt Romney Nov. 6 and also for the Republicans’ badly outclassed get-out-the-vote efforts. [...]

Most of the RNC’s 168 voting members have pledged to support him for a second two-year term. He also has the support of Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner and is preparing a counterattack against his detractors for as early as Friday, a Republican close to the chairman’s office said privately.

McConnell and Boehner will never learn. They've gone on their oblivious merry way, whining and harrumphing, ignoring any lessons they might have learned from an evolving electorate, one that actually exists in this century.

An anonymous Virginia Republican official said some of the anger comes from resentment over consultants “more interested in profits that in winning elections."

"Profits over people" is pretty much the default GOP position. If that's what they're peeved about, then they don't belong in the party in the first place.