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The GOP crap chimichanga


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The GOP is imploding. Again. They continue to eat their own, self-destruct, squabble amongst themselves, offend enormous groups of people, and present themselves as the "crap chimichanga" of Congress. I can't take credit for that Very Special term. It belongs to Rep. Steve Stockman, who can keep it after this post is finished:


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I'm not alone in calling out the GOP. Doyle McManus has an entire op-ed in the Sunday Los Angeles Times devoted to them titled, "See the Republicans flail." That first L in "flail" must have been a typo. Butanyway. Among other things, his piece examines the House GOP's humungous infighting disaster as they struggled to pass an immigration bill that they knew would go precisely nowhere. The Senate wouldn't go for it, and the president would certainly veto it. It was purely symbolic, a big ol' crap chimichanga hat tip to right wing extremists who have House Speaker John Boehner on one of these:

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Let's let McManus do the talking:

The disaster was a public humiliation for both Boehner and his newly elevated majority leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) — on McCarthy's first week in his new job.

But it was only the most recent of many such battles in the House Republicans' unresolved civil war. Their challenges to Boehner's leadership on major issues have become an annual affair. In 2011, the issue was the federal debt ceiling (conservatives wanted a crisis; Boehner didn't). In 2012, it was the “fiscal cliff” (Boehner wanted to make a deal on tax rates; the tea party rejected it). In 2013, it was a 16-day government shutdown forced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other conservatives over Boehner's warnings. [...]

[T]he deep division among Republicans has added another dimension to the gridlock... [T]ea party members made reversing the [DACA] program a conservative litmus test; any bill that didn't include such a mandate, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) tweeted, would be a “crap chimichanga.”

He aptly ends his op-ed this way: "Under these circumstances, perhaps it's a good thing that Congress is heading off for its five-week summer vacation — excuse me, 'district work period.'”

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

And this concludes another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own... while devouring democracy.

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Do-nothingest House GOP ever decides to top themselves


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How many ways can we say "worst, do-nothingest House of Representatives ever"? Probably about 232, and they all have an (R) attached to their name. The House GOP has made it a second career to obstruct in between recess breaks.  Their first career is fundraising. Their tied-for-second career is lying and smearing President Obama.

To their credit, they're really, really good at taking time off.

What a legacy.

Now, in an obvious effort to maintain their stellar record of doing absolutely nothing, blocking all things Obama, and creating the terrible government that they're dying for American voters to hate, this is their next Big Plan, per WaPo:

After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year.

Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law — bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress.

Yes indeedy, boys and girls, they've successfully divided the government-- as well as their own party-- and now they're blaming that divided government, the one that they created, for their very own failures.

*Fanfare* Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Frank Luntz (mainly because I don't want him):

“It is an acknowledgment of where they stand, where nothing can happen in divided government so we may essentially have the status quo."

Of course, there are plenty of things they can do. For example, why give up so soon on repealing Obamacare after only eleventy thousand tries? And when in doubt, pass more doomed forced-birth bills, hold more hearings on settled non-controversies, and by all means, keep on pursuing Benghazi!!!!

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"Gas is being thrown on the internal GOP fire."


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It's so simple, GOP. Just do as the president does and you could lessen your pain. Maybe. If you really try. It's amazing how making an effort to rectify problems actually helps to solve them.

Via First Read:

A tale of two problems: Combining the two biggest political stories over the past week, we have this question: What has been the more significant disaster -- the problems associated with the federal Obamacare website, or the state of the Republican Party after the shutdown? There is one important difference between the two stories. While the Obama administration is throwing every resource to fix its website issue, is anyone inside the GOP trying to prevent an all-out ideological civil war from breaking out? In fact, it seems to be just the opposite: Gas is being thrown on the internal GOP fire.

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One example of this internal combustion concerns the Dickette herself, Liz Cheney, who is running against Sen. Mike Enzi for a Wyoming U.S. Senate seat. Per Politico, it seems she's a tad irked at John McCain, among others. She sent out a fundraising letter that said, “Liberal Republican senators like John McCain and Olympia Snowe have endorsed my opponent. We must be doing something right if these folks are fighting so hard to preserve the status quo.”

Keep throwing that gas, Liz. We all know how the Cheneys get off on big explosions.

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And just because you've all been so good about putting up with all our rants and fundraisers, here's a little reward: Raffy "Ted" Cruz's BFF Mike Lee is facing a backlash over that pesky GOP government shutdown. All together now:



Tea party "could spell trouble for the Republican Party."



Doyle McManus has an op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times which focuses on the infighting and struggles within the Republican party, something we write about frequently here at TPC.

Recently, the tea party has awakened somewhat from its coma (although they most often seem mentally comatose even when they're conscious), and McManus sees "brewing trouble for the Republican establishment."

After their epic fail in the 2012 elections, the GOP has been falling all over itself trying to prove to America that they're not the nasty, bigoted, mean-spirited, War-on-Woman-y, voter suppression-y, anti-immigrant, anti-women's rights, anti-middle class, anti-union, anti-everything Party o' Poopyheads that they've shown themselves to be. Did I say "shown"? I meant "continue to show."

Their so-called makeover (scroll) hasn't exactly been convincing. I'm pretty sure moments like this one aren't helping their image either: Tea Party Conference Call Features Threat To Assassinate U.S. Senator Because She Supports Immigration Reform.

Here's the tea party take on all of this:

"It was not conservatives" who lost those Senate races, 19 of them wrote in a joint attack against [Karl] Rove's efforts. "Not one moderate challenger won." The solution, they argued, was to swing further right, not toward the center.

But a recent poll showed that only 22% of voters said they considered themselves tea party supporters, down from 30% three years ago.

Then clearly, they'll be weakened in the 2014 elections, right?

The approach of congressional primary elections makes the tea party a major force... The groups have a track record of turning out in force for low-participation primaries, and adherents are an essential source for donations and volunteers in Republican campaigns.

So what's the problem?

The problem, of course, is that this majority faction inside the party holds views often at odds not only with a majority of all voters but with the rest of the GOP.

Tea baggers are still butting heads with the GOP on immigration and the deficit (cutting it is their priority, as opposed to job creation that most Republicans support), and 76% of them want to abolish the Department of Education. Only 10% of non-tea party Republicans are with them on that.

In the House of Representatives, they're fighting with majority leader Eric Cantor, and in the Senate, Ted Cruz called the leaders "a bunch of squishes."

But tea party members aren't as worried about winning elections. According to another Rapoport survey, roughly three-fourths of tea party activists say they would prefer a strongly conservative candidate who's likely to lose over a relatively moderate candidate who's likely to win.

So despite everything that's working against them these days, Democrats may luck out due to Republicans eating their own.

Please proceed.

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VIDEO-- GOP Sen. John Cornyn's idea of immigration reform: Disney World and exploitation of immigrant deaths


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Aww, look at that. See how pensive and deep and somber Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is in the video?  He gets that way around graves of undocumented immigrants marked with bouquets of pretty flowers. What a guy. He sure cares. So-o-o much. So very much.

Why, he feels so sad and compassionate that he's blocking immigration reform! As Think Progress notes, that would be the same reform that would "effectively prevent more senseless border deaths from occurring. Migrants often have to rely on smugglers who leave them to die in the desert."

It must just be his quirky little way of helping to reinvent the GOP in order to prove their Very Serious Outreach Effort (scroll).

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If you think that video is bad, wait until you hear this, as reported by Think Progress. Cornyn actually compared U.S. border security to-- wait for it-- Disney World:

CORNYN: My conversations with Senator Rubio, he happened to share with me that Disney World uses a biometric system to ensure people do not commit ticket fraud. If they are that easy, affordable and good enough for the Magic Kingdom, they ought to be good enough for the United States. Senator Sessions’ amendment would guarantee they would not be eligible for lawful citizenship until there is a biometric entry/exit system.

No he's not kidding.

Follow the link for a lot more.

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Awkwa-ard: Sanford win could spell trouble for House GOP leadership


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We've already seen that Mark Sanford– cheater, hypocrite, trespasser– has no wisdom to impart. And yet he won an election, mainly because Republicans in South Carolina have the kind of wisdom and judgment skills that are surpassed only by Sanford's credibility and sense of ethics.

This despite the National Republicans pulling the plug on Sanford’s congressional campaign. What could all this mean to the Congressional GOP?

The Hill:

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is heading back to Congress — and that may not be good news for House GOP leadership.

Sanford owes party leaders nothing, as they refused to spend money on his campaign in the closing weeks and held him at arm's length for much of the race. 

He's also a vocal — and stubborn — fiscal conservative, and will be sworn into the House at a time when GOP leaders are battling to control an unruly conference.

The first potentially awkward moment will come when Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) swears Sanford in, likely in the next few days.

The Boehner couldn't even bring himself to mention Sanford by name when he was asked if he’d be welcomed back. To make matters worse, Sanford is due in court on Thursday to face his ex-wife’s accusations of trespassing. That could push his swearing-in ceremony back until next week.

While it’s likely Sanford and House GOP leaders won’t have a warm and fuzzy relationship, it’s unclear whether he’ll be accepted by House conservatives either.


But you know where he will be very welcome? Fox.


Conservative backlash against Sen. Marco Rubio: "Rubio's folly" on magazine cover


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Uh-oh, Marco! The anti-immigrant right is on your case! But keep trying to appeal to those non-existent Republican Latino voters, and keep smiling for the camera as you engage in more GOP infighting.

So yes, now Rubio's in the all too familiar conservative dog house. Here he is trying to reinvent his apparently non-reinventable party by pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, and what does he get for it? A kvetchy National Review magazine cover and claims that he supports "amnesty." Isn't that just like the reachy-outy right?

That'll teach him for hanging out with occasionally reasonable politicians and trying to occasionally fake-be reasonable himself.

Bad press, schmad press, you know what they say: All publicity is good publicity.

(CNN) - When the cover was posted online, commentators noted the publication had edited out the people standing behind the three senators at the press conference, including conservative anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist.

National Review isn't the first magazine to use Rubio on its cover with a provocative headline. TIME labeled the junior senator from Florida the "Republican savior" on its cover in February.

Oh, how the mighty savior has fallen.

By the way, Republicans, how’s that rebranding thing workin’ for ya?

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