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GOP candidate with ties to white supremacy "didn't think things all the way through," drops out

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It finally dawned on a Republican candidate for Colorado State House Representative that having ties to a white supremacy group and having an arrest record were probably, you know, deterrents to being elected. So five days after he was nominated, he dropped out of the race.

Wait. He was actually nominated? It went that far? Colorado Republicans nominated this bottom feeder? Way to go GOP! This should do wonders for your already stellar reputation for inclusiveness and outreach.

Now-ex-candidate Nate Marshall, clearly a genius, said, "I didn't think things all the way through." Is he referring to his connections to  white supremacy movements (specifically The Aryan Storm) or his arrest record? Nope, he's referring to his idea to run for public office knowing he had a background that makes Chris Christie look angelic.

Did I mention he hates gays, Muslims, and the "lowlife uneducated" Occupy movement whom he said deserved to be shot by police? But he "wasn't hating on anybody," says he. He probably just didn't think things all the way through. Hate tends to obscure rational thought.

Oh those wacky, zany Republicans and their "family values." See how they've changed since the post-election "autopsy"?

Source: The Denver Post

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VIDEO: "They should start tying a bell around these [GOP fringe] guys so we can tell when they're coming."

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Rachel Maddow did a great job highlighting the fringiest of the conservative fringe. Here are excerpts of her segment wrap-up, but please watch the entire video. She nailed it, as usual, especially the bell-the-cat suggestion:

"They can mingle in"? What exactly is the argument here? Latinos crossing the border won't be able to tell if there's an Arab secretly trying to cross the border with them because they all look alike and they might accidentally help bring an Arab over here, mingled in?

Is that the argument? Seriously?

Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Donald Trump, that guy running in New Jersey, Art Robinson, okay. This guy's chair of the ... Armed Services Committee in the House, thanks to the Republican party!

They should start tying a bell around these guys or something so we can tell when they're coming.

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VIDEO-- Dan Rather: Pres. Obama's opponents "politically, want to cut his heart out and throw his liver to the dogs."

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Dan Rather was on the Chris Matthews Show Sunday:

Dan Rather:

"All of these things we've said about what the president could do, should do, might have, could have, but the central thing to keep in mind is his opponents -- you talk about taking them out to dinner, making nice with them -- these people, politically, want to cut his heart out and throw his liver to the dogs. That does make it very very difficult to come on nice to them."

Yes, that would be a bit of a deterrent.

And yes, their insults, disrespect, and constant obstructionism make it clear that their idea of compromise is allowing the president to host dinners at the White House, reach out, meet them more than half way, and then block everything he supports and do everything in their power to destroy his presidency and legacy.

Because, you know, Republicans are falling all over themselves to reinvent their party.

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"The America the Republicans want is not the one we have. They lost through willful blindness."

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Sandy Banks has an excellent column in today's L.A. Times about the bubble in which the Republican party resides. Memo to GOP: It's 2012, there is such a thing as voter diversity, extremists views are frowned upon (understatement), equal rights and voting rights exist, misogyny is not an option, white people are no more American than other people nor are they in any way superior, and young people are smarter and more informed than you think.

In short, ignorance and bigotry are not acceptable:

...GOP pundits: Romney might have won, they say, if he had eased up on illegal immigration and found a running mate who could attract Latinos or draw votes in swing states.

But this is not a matter of fine-tuning the message or rustling up a candidate with brown skin or serviceable Spanish.

The problem is a platform that staked out the far-right fringe on so many issues that it turned off immigrants, women, minorities, single mothers, young people, gays and lesbians.

The images of winners and losers on election night said it all: the Norman Rockwell tableau in Romney's sullen Boston ballroom versus the kaleidoscopic diversity of Obama's Chicago victory montage.

The America the Republicans want is not the one we have. [...]

Voters carried those slights and insults to the voting booth, tired of being treated with contempt by a party that doesn't seem to understand their realities. [...]

... Republicans weren't beaten only by arithmetic this time. They lost through willful blindness.

Reality has a way of sneaking up on the delusional.

By the way, speaking of voting rights, here's Reynolds v. Sims (1964):

Undeniably, the Constitution of the United States protects the right of all qualified citizens to vote, in state as well as in federal, elections. A consistent line of decisions by this Court in cases involving attempts to deny or restrict the right of suffrage has made this indelibly clear. It has been repeatedly recognized that all qualified voters have a constitutionally protected right to voteEx parte Yarbrough, 110 U. S. 651, and to have their votes countedUnited States v. Mosley, 238 U. S. 383. In Mosley, the Court stated that it is "as equally unquestionable that the right to have one's vote counted is as open to protection . . . as the right to put a ballot in a box." 238 U.S. at 386.

Not only does the Republican party need revamping, so does our voting system. Both are a disgrace.

Please read the entire article by Sandy Banks here.

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VIDEO: "The 1st black president only has one term...This is what the right wing hopes and prays for more than anything else."

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Bill Maher told comedian Arsenio Hall he believes if Barack Obama isn't re-elected, Americans might see having an African-American as president was a failure.

One more reason to not take this election for granted. The president's first campaign speech in Ohio knocked it out of the park, during which I saw tweets in which people are saying things like, "Romney's toast."

No, he's not. He has voter suppression, super PAC money, and hatred of President Obama going for him. We need to get out the vote, register people, provide rides to providers of voter identification, and of course, we need to educate and inform.

Via The Daily Beast.

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"If only we could force them to live like this, they wouldn't last a week."

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Please, just go read this at Crooks and Liars:

War On The Poor: Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash

I'm not going to recap it, it needs to be read in its entirety.

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Flashback to 2009, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS): "We hunt Democrats..."

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Reader Curliequeue reminded me about one of Paddy's 2009  pieces. I'll re-post it, since it is so sadly appropriate now:

What a gem of a guy.

“We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”

– Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), in an interview with Politico, on his participation in the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus.

Just now on Hardball, Chris Matthews and Judson Phillips were discussing the Gabby Giffords shooting, and Phillips insisted that no Republican ever said they'd shoot someone. Chris came back with Sharron Angle's Second Amendment remedies quote.

I guess this one slipped his mind.

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