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VIDEO-- Andrea Mitchell to Haley Barbour on election-rigging schemes: Are Republicans "trying to game the system?"


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Andrea Mitchell:

"What about the electoral college... to make them proportional... If it were done nationally, Mitt Romney would have been taking the oath of office...


"States have the right to do that... "


"Doesn't this make it look as though the Republicans are trying to game the system? Isn't it a bad tactic for the Republican party to take... ?"


"I don't know how you can ask that question when you in the immediate previous breath told me that the Republicans aren't even gonna let it out of committee...  Maybe there's somebody in Virginia who happens to be a Republican, but when some Democrat offers some stupid legislation that the Democrats won't let out of committee, usually the Democratic party doesn't have to answer for what can't get out of committee."


"... Other states are proceeding: Republican legislatures in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, in Ohio are proceeding with it. I'm just asking, is this the right move for the party nationally?"


"Well as I said, I would not be for it. I don't think there's any sort of national movement, and you've sort of convinced me that in Virginia, there may not even be any state movement, it may be an isolated legislator.... But I think it is wrong to judge it that there is some big Republican conspiracy to try to change this."

No state or national movement? What about this? And this:  Finally! WaPo front-pages election-rigging scheme. Plus, glimmers of hope in Virginia, Florida.  And this via HuffPo:

One of Michigan's top Republican lawmakers is interested in a proposal to change the way the state allocates its electoral college votes, in a way that would have handed Michigan to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election despite the fact that he received a minority of the popular vote.

On to common sense gun safety proposals...


"The Supreme Court has already ruled in the Heller case that there can be exceptions, that the DC gun law was unconstitutional but other assault weapon bans might not be unconstitutional, so the Constitution does not preclude other restrictions on guns and background checks and other measures that are being considered and that have widespread support. Do you think that Republicans should take a closer look at some of these other options in the aftermath of Newtown?"

Barbour then started babbling about "mentally ill, deranged people," or as I call it, Haley Barbour.

FYI, here is a back story on what Mitchell and Barbour were discussing at the top of the video:  Why Bobby Jindal is aiding and abetting the transformation of the GOP into “the stupid party”  


Haley Barbour: "We had some shi**y candidates. We pissed away two seats."


Today's Quote O' the Day belongs to former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, by way of Ben Smith at BuzzFeed. He was discussing the shellacking Republicans got on November 6th, but ignored the part about the GOP being too extreme, way too far to the right, too-- What's the word again? Oh yeah-- insane:

"We do have to do some things to fix this... We had some shitty candidates. We pissed away two seats."

Among other things, yes.


VIDEO: "Mitt Romney is the Obamacare daddy."


At about 3:30, Sen. Dick Durbin said:

“Let’s get down to the bottom line here. Mitt Romney is the Obamacare daddy. He gave birth to this baby up in Massachusetts, and now he doesn’t recognize it.”

So this is how Willard treats his own offspring? Not very family valuesy of him, is it?

Durbin also said this:

"You either get a Swiss bank account to conceal what you are doing, or you believe the Swiss franc is stronger than the American dollar."

Earlier I posted about Haley Barbour's support of Willard Romney's strategy of evasion. Brilliant move. If President Obama dodged questions and hid his tax returns the way Mitt does, the right would demand his impeachment.


VIDEO: "Romney is smart to wait before he starts laying out proposal after proposal." Because he has none.


Via Sodahead

I've posted and posted about Willard Romney's evasions, his flip-floppy Etch A Sketching, his bobs and weaves, but now, amazingly, someone is actually defending that behavior.

And per Think Progress, that someone is former Mississippi Governor and Romney campaign surrogate Haley Barbour:

Barbour actually said this:

"I think right now, Romney is smart to wait before he starts laying out proposal after proposal. But he ultimately will."

Willard will "lay out proposal after proposal" when he feels it's late enough in the campaign to come out with a couple of slightly less vague answers. That will create a news cycle in which there will be efforts to decipher his newest doublespeak.

And that will run out the clock before he's forced to answer any real questions. Maybe the debates will help draw him out, if (big if) there's a competent moderator.

If he gets too specific now, he knows voters won't like what he has to say and will be turned off forever.

Great plan, Willard. Keep pushing that one, Haley.


VIDEO- "Sen. Rubio's version of the Dream Act would create a second class..."


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

"Mr. Romney... has called for the self-deportation of 11 million people... I would support the president's version of the DREAM Act. I think that Sen. Rubio's version of the Dream Act would create a second class status for folks."

Via The Hill:

The Democratic version of the DREAM Act immigration reform plan would create a path to citizenship for some students who were brought into the country illegally as children. The bill failed to attract enough Republican support to clear the Senate in late 2010.

Rubio’s alternative, which he has yet to formally introduce, would give students legal status through non-immigrant visas, but not citizenship.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week that he is doubtful that Congress will take up the issue.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is willing to let Latinos fight our wars, but not become citizens. So, hey, they're welcome to die for a country that won't accept them fully. How rewarding.

And of course, it could be that the reason Republicans like Barbour aren't all that worried about the Latino vote is that they're confident that their disenfranchisement efforts will work. Millions could be affected, and most of those would likely be Democratic voters.

By the way, Haley, having 60 Dems in the Senate isn't the same as having a 60 liberal Dem majority. Blue Dogs often vote with the GOP, so stop using that old talking point. It's stale, and it's completely inaccurate.


VIDEO: But what if your friend would make a lousy president?


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Via ABC, The Note.

...Out of friendship, I voted for Newt.”

Out of devotion to my country, I'm voting for President Obama.


In his final days in office, MS Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers


The sanctity of life, per Haley Barbour:

(Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, releasing them from prison in the final days of his term in office, state officials said on Monday... In the executive orders Barbour signed, he wrote each "proved to be a diligent and dedicated workman."

The estranged wife of one of the pardoned was cradling their baby when she was shot in the head by Barbour's "diligent and dedicated workman."

"Pro-life" my ass.

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