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Look Who The GOP Favors In New Hampshire For 2016 Presidential Race

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Does this sound familiar? Courtesy of elyrics.net:

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
(Ghostbusters!)

If it's somethin' weird an' it don't look good
Who ya gonna call?
(Ghostbusters!)

I ain't afraid o' no ghost
I ain't afraid o' no ghost

Now rejigger or reconcile this with the latest findings of the Purple Strategies Poll reported by the BOSTON GLOBE on January 30, 2014:

Romney Ghost

In a hypothetical 2016 presidential field, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the front-runner in the Granite State GOP primary field, with 25 percent of the vote. Behind Romney are Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, at 18 percent, then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, at 17 percent, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 13 percent.

At first I had to laugh, then I took a few minutes to digest this and think it through. Mitt's high rating might just be a result of him being a former Massachusetts governor and his familiarity in the region. Add to that his two presidential campaigns in the state in 2008 and 2012. He's spent time there and people know him. Just as they know him all across the country based on his presidential run in 2012 nationally. Whether a punchline to a joke or a Jeopardy answer, "Who blew his election on his 47% comment?", people know who you're talking about.

So what can we read from these tea leaves? In second place is Rand Paul. He's the acorn that didn't fall too far from his father's tree. If Ron Paul couldn't win over his party with some very outrageous contentions and claims, it's unlikely that the Ayn Rand-worshiping Kentucky senator will gain much national attention. Could he gain enough traction to grab the nomination from the right wing conservative or evangelical Republicans who seem to control the GOP's ultimate nomination? Highly unlikely.

Coming in third on this list with plummeting approval ratings is scandal-plagued Chris Christie. With more and more revelations about the New Jersey governor's leadership coming out daily, his chances are fleeting. Either you believe his associates were wreaking havoc without his knowledge which makes him a poor executive or he was actively involved in the scandal, which isn't the quality a party looks for in it's standard bearer. Day by day, the likelihood of a successful Christie run are diminishing.

Then with roughly half the popularity of Romney you find Jeb Bush. He's been out of politics long enough that he can hope that people have forgotten that he's one of "those" Bushes. The big problem for Jeb is he's just a wishy-washy guy. He came out with a book where he proclaims he's all for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents and then he does the famous flip-flop and denies that stand despite it being printed in his book. He has nothing but family name to run on and I'm not sure the Republicans are ready to want to defend another Bush presidency. He'll be running away from his family's disastrous tenures in office. It just doesn't seem to be logical, but these are the Republicans I'm writing about. Logic is far down the road of qualifications for doing or saying anything.

So that leaves the hind titty. Those are Sen. Rubio, Gov. Walker, Sen. Cruz and... that's just it. There doesn't seem to be an 'and'.

What makes this most interesting is that New Hampshire is very important -- it's the first presidential primary in the nation . It follows closely on the heels of the Iowa caucuses. Not to cast aspersions on Iowa, but that's a bought and paid for caucus state. It's hardly a bellwether predictor of the ultimate winner of the nomination. Yet New Hampshire has had some success as a forecaster. Romney won there in 2012 and he ended up with his party's nomination. In 2008 McCain won and went on to get the nod. 

Will Mitt make another run for President? He's just rich enough and foolish enough to think he could win this time, "third time's the charm."

So while the Republican party, the party that took four different responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech, continues being a fractured party, there is one constant that they might unite behind. He'll be a bit more conservative this time around, and he's seasoned enough for those GOP voters to consider him viable. He's got the name and face recognition. And he's already putting out feelers. Just last week he was on Jimmy Fallon slow jammin' the news. He wasn't doing that because he loves Jimmy Fallon (or even knew what slow jammin' meant). He's just positioning himself. He's meeting with big investors. He's giving interviews. And his new documentary "Mitt" was just released on Netflix. It was the attempt to make him appear human. I saw it. And surprisingly, it does.

He's ready, willing and able. He's got the infrastructure from the last campaign. And it may just turn out that he gets his third try at the POTUS brass ring. Just sayin'...

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Christie's Either Naive Or A Liar. Neither Makes Him Presidential

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Political payback? A scandal. A Conspiracy?

Well, it all depends on who you ask. But GW Bridgegate has become open field for speculation. And depending on who you ask, some office deputy in Chris Christie's Trenton office staff concocted this plan to shut a number of lanes to the world's busiest bridge, or maybe it's all been made up... it was just the fallout of a traffic study.

It's interesting to hear the many spins on this from both sides of the political aisle. But one that stands out is actually a denial of a conspiracy theory that Rachel Maddow put forth last night. She acknowledges that it's speculation at this point - but all conspiracy theories start out that way until they're debunked or proven right. Take Watergate. The My Lai massacre. The WMD's that we went to the Iraq War over. The Reagan Iran Contra Hearings. The fake Benghazi claims. The bogus IRS targeted scandal. Face it. There are things that are kismet, some even proved wrong, and others that are planned.

But who turns out to be the Governor of New Jersey's biggest apologist? The current New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney. A Democrat. Well, in name only when it comes to being under the thumbnail of Chris Christie. During the last gubernatorial election where Christie faced off against Barbara Buono, (the Democratic candidate and former New Jersey Senate President), the current office holder Sweeney refused to back his own party's candidate and a predecessor to his office. Was this a bullying tactic or fear tactic by Christie. Sweeney refuses to comment but when he found out about Rachel Maddow's supposition that there's another alternative reason that Christie had the bridge lanes closes, he didn't bother to go watch it. He chose instead to poo-poo this idea. He said that would be a conspiracy. And that just couldn't happen in his state.

You listen to the argument and decide for yourself whether a turncoat democrat like Sweeney is in any position to comment or whether Rachel Maddow makes some very logical sense. Pay attention to her dates and times in her proposition here. DINO and party turncoat Sweeney might be right. But I'd put my money on Maddow.

Added by Laffy:

Lawrence O'Donnell also had a thing or two to add regarding the Christie scandal. He was splendid:

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Who Puts The Violence Into Peaceful Protest – The Police

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“On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, and will remain loyal to my community and the agency I serve.”

-Law Enforcement Oath of Honor

Wisconsin isn’t the crime. It’s the seat of the crime. It’s not the only seat in the house, either.

Stew Steve of VeracityStew.com has been covering the simmering mulligatawny from the Capitol House in Madison, Wisconsin.

Realizing it couldn’t control the ongoing protests, and rather than face his constituents honestly, the Walker administration revised the Capitol access policy in December 2011 to require permits for any organized activity in the Capitol, even if it was performed by only one person. Since then Police have issued the singers countless citations. But then those citations morphed in recent months to violent confrontations and arrests by police.

Daily arrests have included city officials, a school board member, firefighters, teenagers, the elderly, public employees (teachers), journalists, and even mothers with small children. All for singing in a public building.

The police have now taken to violence to stem the flow of peaceful demonstrations. Watching this will most certainly be disturbing as you see multiple instances of police recklessly, willfully, and wantonly attacking people exercising their constitutional rights.

How long can we stand idly by and watch this continue? Contact Scott Walker’s office and demand he call off his personal attack dogs. All we ask is that these law officers abide by their oath. And what they’re doing violates that promise.

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The Rose of Obamacare

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"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." So wrote Billy Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.

And maybe the same is true for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare. We know that the Republicans hate it, despise it, and many seem willing to shut the country down over it. But under another  name, maybe it would have a sweeter aroma.

The true extent of this hypocrisy is very well documented by TPM in an article entitled, 'Republican Governors: Shhh, Don’t Call Our Obamacare Money Obamacare.'

A variety of Republican governors have sought federal funds under Obamacare, many of them to expand Medicaid eligibility for more residents, a centerpiece of the law that the Supreme Court made optional for states last year.

But shhh! Don’t call it Obamacare, they say, for they despise that law.

What is amazing is that these governors know what's best for their people, and they reluctantly take it, but don't dare call it what it is. And certainly don't give credit to the architect for providing a sound program that will help millions.

In the latest example, vociferous Obamacare critic and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is seeking roughly $100 million in federal funds under a program set up under Obamacare, called Community First Choice, to help states provide home-based health care to chronically ill Medicaid patients, as Politico reported this week.

And Perry's not alone in accepting the funds and at the same time, denying the money is part of Obamacare. It's Community First Choice. These charlatans ignore the existence of this program is rooted in Obamacare. Some of the other hypocrites include Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, John Kasich of Ohio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Susana Martinez of New Mexico. All outspoken opponents, but standing first in line to grab some much needed cash.

These fakes have joined the honest ranks of Republicans who at least have represented to their people that this money is Obamacare, whether you call it Community First Choice or not. Those brave governors are: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R). They are willing to suck it up and call a spade a spade.

If you want to know where your state sits on this issue, a full listing is available here: Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Doctor, Doctor

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Years ago, you didn't have to be a real doctor to prescribe treatment for medical issues.  And once again today, we have re-instituted that policy of allowing anyone who wants to dispense medical measures to simply scrub up and have at it.

Before I get into the newer methods, let me share a few of the previously accepted practices.  First I'll give you the ailment, then the accepted cure, and finally the practitioner/expert.

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DEPRESSION.  Cure:  douse patients with cold water in the winter, give them “artificial diarrhea” and bleed them. Confident that depression was caused by bad circulation to the brain, the medico “twirled” patients from ropes suspended from the ceiling, for hours on end. Believing that pain and suffering were also curative, the physician starved and verbally abused his patients, and poured acid on their backs. He cut them with knives and kept the wounds open for months or years, to facilitate “permanent discharge from the brain." PRACTITIONER:  DR. BENJAMIN RUSH -- America’s best known and most trusted doctor in the late 1700s. He also served as Treasurer of the Mint, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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MIGRAINES. Cure: the trans-orbital lobotomy. An ice pick was driven into the brain, right through the eyes, and required a carpenter’s mallet when the probe struck bone. Sometimes things would go wrong like when, at Cherokee State hospital, three patients died, one because the ice pick slipped out of his hands while the good doctor was taking a picture. Practitioner: DR. WALTER FREEMAN. In the 1950s, this Yale man became the world’s best known brain surgeon. Freeman wasn't trained in surgery and held in disdain things like wearing gloves and creating a sterile field-“all that germ crap" he was quoted as saying.

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HERNIA: Cure: Using a “seton," a type of scalpel, a doctor would slice open an “issue." Into the large gash he’d insert foreign objects, usually dried peas or beans, to promote proper infection. He’d then re-open the wound-often every day-to make sure it didn't heal. PRACTITIONER: DR. TEUGUD, (not making it up), Senior Surgeon at Britain’s Bridgewater Hospital.

Crazy, right?  Well, as I began, we're once again allowing quacks to practice medicine without a physicians licence. Who you  may ask? Check out the Ohio, the Texas and the North Carolina legislatures. They're passing laws that not only are barbaric, but seemingly the antithesis of the Hippocratic oath. They're mandating medical procedures without any license or training. In doing so they  are potentially causing harm to patients by withholding necessary information, in some cases disseminating untruths, and mandating non-essential, invasive procedures. In medical school, these practitioners would be referred to as quacks suffering from "Scarecrow's disease" or more commonly know as "If I Only Had a Brain" syndrome.

When you make laws forcing medical procedures, you're practicing medicine. In the old days that was all they had -- a barber or mid-wives. And look at what people went through. Now we have science, but elected officials are turning their backs on that. They're returning to ice picks, leeches and twirling patients upside down from the ceiling.

We can't afford to set medicine and justice back hundreds of years. Speak out with your voices and your vote. If not, who knows who'll come a knockin' at your door with a scalpel, some rope and start verbally abusing you.

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Cartoons of the Day- Right To Work

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Video- Bill Maher Smacks Republicans for Voter ID Laws in New Rules Segment

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Via the always wonderful Heather.

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