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Why Republicans hate #Obamacare, Pres. Obama aside. Hint: Their older, richer base.

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Republicans have never had a problem airing their grievances in the media, and the media have never had a problem giving them ample time to express their hatred of Obamacare. We've heard it all:

The Affordable Care Act is going to lead to a dictatorship and President Obama will take your guns!

Obamacare is a Muslim plot to allow us all to be ruled by Sharia law!

The ACA has legalized those Evil Death Panels and will require our doctors to kill us once we sprout a few gray hairs!

Obamacare is really a cover for BENGHAZI!!! With lots of !!!s!

Obamacare will drive our economy into the ground and we'll all die (thus eliminating the need for Evil Death Panels)!

Obama wants to be Prescription Writer in Chief and drug us all so he can exert his magic powers and cast a giant spell that will force us to do his Commie Marxist fascist gay French Kenyan bidding!

However, one Republican grievance has gotten very little play, if any, on the Tee Vee Machine. The Los Angeles Times clarified a few things, and they go a little something like this:

The beneficiaries are mostly low-income working families that qualify for subsidies designed to make insurance more affordable, and people farther down the income ladder who benefit from the law's expansion of Medicaid.

A smaller, but significant, number of people will pay higher insurance premiums than they used to and, in some cases, higher taxes. Those people are disproportionately Republicans. [...] Americans 65 and older... are the only age group in which Republican supporters outnumber Democrats, according to an analysis by Gallup of 18,000 polling interviews [...]

Republicans also outnumber Democrats among upper-income Americans, who earn too much to qualify for the law's subsidies but who may earn enough to be hit by its new taxes. And affluent small-business owners, among the most loyal Republican voters, are heavily represented among the people who bought insurance on the private market before Obamacare.

So right now, per the Times, the ACA's costs and benefits are distributed unevenly, which is one reason that Republican voters are so ticked off.

Additionally, the GOP's older, wealthier base opposing the law feels their hatred more intensely than Obamacare supporters (Democrats) do their approval. So if President Obama can stir up his base's passions about how the law is improving their lives, then Democrats can stand a chance to gain politically.

Own it, Dems. Get out there and sell it. Let voters know that repeal-happy Republicans would yank health insurance away from and risk the lives of millions. Inform Americans, stir up support, and make this a winning issue.

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"There are not enough old white men to make GOP campaign strategies work."

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start from the bottom

One of my mantras is how more Progressives need to run for office starting at the bottom up, such as getting a seat on local school boards and city councils. That way they lay the groundwork for advancement to higher office and provide a solid bench of liberals to choose from when election time rolls around.

Please follow the link below to read about California Republicans who are doing just that.

With that, here is today's letters to the Los Angeles Times, because our voices matter:

Re "GOP thrives at local level," Sept. 4

Randy Pope, a conservative city councilman in the Sacramento suburb of Oakley, complains that his freedoms are restricted because regulations limit his choice of light bulbs, toilets and shower heads. He confuses freedom with unrestrained resource-guzzling.

A democracy is not a place where someone can overconsume resources selfishly. All those other pesky people need access to resources too.

With Pope's other liberties obviously intact, he has confused freedom with greed, which he is still free to express in a major U.S. newspaper. May he also find the freedom to commit to conserving and save the outrage for a government that still hasn't done enough to build a sustainable society.

Nancy Breuer

West Hills

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Since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republicans have used the so-called Southern Strategy to win elections. Even Ronald Reagan delivered his first post-convention speech in 1980 in Philadelphia, Miss., where he spoke of states' rights.

This strategy works at the local level — just look at all those GOP governors and their control of many statehouses. But nationally, demographics are changing, and there are not enough old white men to make GOP campaign strategies work.

Donna Handy

Santa Barbara

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"Don't be fooled" by the so-called GOP makeover. "Rarely has it been more dangerous."

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be afraid

Since the November elections, the GOP has pretended it's reinventing itself. Adorable. Or to be more current, totes adorbs.

Republicans must think America's pretty stupid if they think we're buying into that. I've posted several times about how this papering over is nothing but that: superficial nonsense, cosmetic changes in language, new talking points, fake outreach, non-inclusive inclusiveness. Take these entries, for example:

RNC Chair Reince Priebus now wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn’t wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator

Doonesbury– GOP “soul-searching”: “It’s time to get serious and double down with state-by-state election rigging!”

Registered Republican since 1947: “It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message.”

And back in January, there was The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion.

They have no intention of evolving, because too many conservatives continue to be racist, homophobic, corporate, bigoted, misogynistic, ignorant, set-in-their-ways, and/or fearful members of a rapidly shrinking white majority that fears change and political outcomes (or as Rachel Maddow put it back in 2010: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”) among other things.

Maybe they should be called the Introspection and Diversity R Not Us party.

Tim Dickinson says as much in Rolling Stone:

Don't be fooled. On the ground, a very different reality is unfolding: In the Republican-led Congress, GOP-dominated statehouses and even before the nation's highest court, the reactionary impulses of the Republican Party appear unbowed. Across the nation, the GOP's severely conservative agenda - which seeks to impose job-killing austerity, to roll back voting and reproductive rights, to deprive the working poor of health care, and to destroy agencies that protect the environment from industry and consumers from predatory banks - is moving forward under full steam. [...]

Today's GOP may desperately need to remake itself as "culturally modern, environmentally responsible and economically inclusive," argues David Frum, a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, but it remains, he says, in the throes of a "Tea Party tantrum."

As it works to lock in as many retrograde policies as possible before it finally chooses to either modernize or die, the Republican Party is like a wounded beast: Rarely has it been more dangerous.

And then he goes on to detail his premise points at length. Take a look, right here.

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Registered Republican since 1947: "It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "New leader urges GOP to leave 'comfort zone,'" March 4

Jim Brulte, the new chairman of the California Republican Party, urges members to leave their "comfort zone."

Republicans need to resonate with the rapidly changing population of this state, and yet the party chose as chairman a white male conservative from Rancho Cucamonga. As a registered Republican since 1947, I was taken aback by this irony.

It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message. Perhaps they should review the demise of the Whig Party and the rise of the Republican Party.

Raymond Rodriguez

Long Beach

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Brulte says, "The first principle of conservatism is you live within your means." For the GOP, it sounds more like, "Do as I say, not as I do."

It appears that friends are coming to the rescue of California's Republican Party. One of Brulte's first acts as chairman was to deliver a check for $50,000 from a friend, while promising that another was on the way. No doubt this "friend" has no problem living within his means.

I will write a check to Brulte for $5 if he will meet me in public to explain why I should vote for the GOP.

Manuel Carrillo

Venice

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Brulte attempts to restore GOP credibility by reiterating that "the first principle of conservatism is you live within your means." He meant "financial means."

Conspicuously missing was living within the means of nature to replenish the natural resources we are voraciously consuming. Showing respect for coming generations with financial conservatism is admirable, but leaving them with an environmental mess is the opposite of respect.

The GOP has to stop using "green" as an expletive if it is going to leave its comfort zone.

David Perlman

Laguna Beach

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Cliff Notes-- IOKIYAR: Republicans preach morality but do the opposite

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Recently I posted about hypocrite extraordinaire Pete Domenici, the former GOP senator who admitted to a secret affair and fathering a child outside marriage.

Which brings me to my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, who has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

Domenici is certainly not the first politician to suffer from "Strom Thurmond's Disease". ... Just another sad story of conservative hypocrisy, and in Thurmond's case, one of many dalliances with women not his wife for the "family values"-spouting, Lost Cause romantic.

This is not to say this kind of thing doesn't happen on the Democratic/liberal side... Yet, the difference is that like most Republicans, Domenici was abundantly concerned what was going on in our private lives if we were gay, a woman, or a President being impeached in the 1990s over an affair.  [...]

For kicks, here was his statement at the time, dripping with enough irony to quench even Marco Rubio's thirst. [...]

Truthfulness is the first pillar of good character in the Character Counts program of which I have been part of establishing in New Mexico... Guess which one of these pillars comes first? Trustworthiness. Trustworthiness... So what do I say to the children in my state when they ask, "Didn't the President lie? Doesn't that mean he isn't trustworthy? Then, Senator, why didn't the Senate punish him?"

Ooh, I have an answer! How about you tell the children of your state that if character counts, your life adds up to a goose egg? [...]

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it's another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the "Tea Party", are so perpetually angry. This is the way the world is supposed to exist... Old white guys thumping Bibles on weekends ... and doing the very things they warned us to avoid.

No longer do they get to just live in this world of white, male privilege, and it's a serious bummer. It's why you see Ted Nugent doing performance art for dementia, and more famous white guys from David Mamet to Rick Warren striking out with articles or tweets that make no sense in the real world. And let's not even get started on Pope Benedict.

These guys have to actually answer today for the ultimate form of elitism: their white male privilege of being able to tell us all how to behave while blithely ignoring the very same dictates. ... [W]e have the numbers at polling booths, and it's driving them bonkers.

IOKIYARIOKIYAR

opposite worldCliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus now wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn't wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator

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President Obama won 93 percent of the black vote, 71 percent of the Hispanic vote and 73 percent of the Asian vote in the November election. Mitt Romney didn't do his party any favors with his secretly taped "47 percent" remarks, saying they were “dependent on government” and “victims” who were “entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, you name it.”

As Rick Perry would say:

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Recently the Texas GOP Chairman said his state could become a battleground in 2016. Stories like that one have Republicans spooked.

Now delusional RNC chair Reince Priebus wants to play party hero and win the hearts and minds of the very people he and his fellow Republicans disenfranchised, treated as inferior, disparaged, vastly undervalued, and designated as "the others."

His new mission is to convince all those formerly icky-poo people-- whom his party hasn't wanted to touch with a ten-foot car elevator-- that they're suddenly worth an abundance of time and effort.

Authentic expressions of right wing appreciation and recognition on the other hand... But let's not get greedy.

He says it will take years but insists that reaching out to voters whom the GOP regularly alienated "can move the numbers in a significant way for us in the future.”

ding ding ding

There it is, that's what it's all about: Moving numbers. It's not about caring, not about truly changing from within and becoming genuinely inclusive, not about making civil rights, human rights, and equal rights a priority. No. It's about "moving the numbers."

Priebus added, “And it’s not just to move the numbers – it’s to do the right thing.” That he had to tack that on, lest anyone misinterpret his motives, speaks volumes. Afterthought much?

This is all about his legacy.

The Hill:

Reince Priebus is staking his legacy as Republican National Committee chairman on improving the party's performance with minority voters. [...] Priebus says he plans on being remembered as the Republican chairman who changed things for his party. [...]

Speaking to a room full of predominantly black businessmen, community leaders, party activists and dignitaries, Priebus said he was committed to “building long term, lasting, genuine, and authentic relationships” in places where the Republican Party “just hasn’t been.”

[W]e’ve got a lot of ground to make up with the black community.” [...]  On the grassroots side, Priebus acknowledged that “our contacts are lousy” [...]

The RNC’s grassroots overhaul will address everything from “technology, data sharing, demographic issues, voter outreach and inclusion, to our primary system and the debate calendar,” an effort that Priebus said would be “extraordinarily expensive.” [...]

The second initiative is improving the GOP’s message to and image with minority groups.

If I sound a little skeptical, it's because, well, as President Obama lays out plans for immigration reform and says, “We forget that most of us used to be them,” top Republicans like Karl Rove say to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,” and Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus.

Meantime, growing Latino clout forced the GOP hand– including evangelical pastors, US Chamber of Commerce– on immigration reform. A strategy memo released by a GOP pollster revealed that “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.”

So yes, Republicans are forced to "move the numbers," stat!  Sure, they can try to do that while they simultaneously try to suppress the vote, bust unions, and deport and/or exploit undocumented immigrants.

Please proceed.

Here are a few more little issues that Reince thinks the right words and cosmetic fixes will overcome:

VIDEO: Rep. Lewis was “shocked.” He was also there in 1965. “You’re going to suggest that [the right to vote] is some racial entitlement?”

AUDIO– Fox mocks 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: “What’s the big deal? She was happy.”

If new GOP laws pass, it will literally be easier to legally buy a firearm in Virginia than it will be to vote

Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.

If you can’t win, cheat: Pennsylvania GOP to introduce election-rigging legislation

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

At least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines

VIDEO– Republican consultant: Voter ID laws, long lines “help our side.”

Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law

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Doonesbury: "There's no future for angry, straight, white, well-armed, evangelical men"

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Garry Trudeau is giving all those angry, straight, white, well-armed, evangelical men the attention they deserve.

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