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What giddy Republicans have said about their government shutdown, how one Dem responded


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Shortly before the federal government shut down at midnight, Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) had a little something to say on the House floor.

"Do you stand with your country? Or do you want to take it down this evening? Stand up for your country!"

Here's what a few conservatives had to say about the shutdown, courtesy of an email sent to me by the Democratic party:

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shutdown bachmann

shutdown cruz

They're positively giddy! Why? Because their little shutdown is intentional - The GOP Secret Game Plan.

Don't you think it's a little odd that Raffy Cruz, Michele Bachmann, and Marco Rubio are getting a chill up their leg over what they have done to us?

shutdown listAnd it's all because they:

  1. Hate President Obama
  2. Hate government (despite the fact that they have government jobs paid for by you and me)
  3. Hate the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), which means they...
  4. Hate keeping their fellow Americans alive and healthy. And finally, they...
  5. Hate looking forward to the day that they can't pull in donations by merely mentioning the word "Obamacare"

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If Marco Runs For Prez in 2016, FL. Senate Seat Goes Democratic


Allen West

Boy, can it get much better than this? Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has announced that he will seek a U.S. Senate seat if, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) decides to run for president in 2016.

Can you imagine all the fun to be had there. First, there's Rubio who's a joke -- even the tea party is initiating a bill allowing for recalls in the state of Florida for it's Senators -- targeting Rubio because he supported legalization of immigrants in his gang of eight immigration bill. Senator R is such an easy target. It doesn't get much easier unless...

...You're talking about Allen West, former Florida tea-party congressman. He's a joke on a joke. If he seeks the junior senator's seat (because Rubio is POTUS hunting) that will just about guarantee the tea party will anoint him as their republican candidate. And with him as the GOP candidate, the Democrats could put up a picture of a cow and do better than West will do.

Think of this one -- Rubio, coveting the Tea party votes in the primary, will have to endorse and support West who's basically indefensible unless you're under heavy meds. Even then, it would be hard to take him seriously after his brush with the 111th congress.

I know, I'm just making fun of him because he's said a few outrageous things during his short-lived political career. In case you forgot or never heard these before, THINK PROGRESS has put together a compilation entitled, Rep. Allen West's 15 Most Outrageous Statements. Here's a sampling of Allen's Tea-Party thinking:






If you ever wondered Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop? or Who put the Rube in the Marco Rubio, look no farther. It's everybody's favorite circus clown.


Obviously delusions of grandeur dance in his hollow head. But now I have a good reason to hope that Marco Rubio runs for president. The domino theory will give us Allen West running in Florida and some fine Democrat from the Sunshine State will end up  with that seat in an easy, breezy election. Florida does like conservatives, but they also know a horses ass when they sniff one long enough. They voted him out in 2012. Mr. West you've overstayed your visit to the rodeo.



Former Congressman Allen West is leaving his job at Pajamas Media after an altercation with a female staffer in which he allegedly called her a “Jewish American princess,” BuzzFeed learned on Thursday.

Reached by phone, West told BuzzFeed he was leaving his job voluntarily, though one source familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed he had been fired. He did not deny that an exchange with the employee had occurred, but said it hadn’t led to his leaving the company.

“No, I didn’t get fired,” West said. “I’m leaving to pursue political aspirations.

So, Marco Rubio, do the country a favor and run. Then we get West to bounce around once more, and add to the majority in the U. S. Senate.


GOP: America, We're Shutting You Down Because You Asked Us To


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All over the airwaves the Republican house members, led by John Boehner have taken to the talking points with two parroted comments about the vote on the CR, the Continuing Resolution to fund the government (but defund Obamacare). The first comment from their talking points memos as quoted by CBS news:

"The American people don't want the government to shut down and they don't want Obamacare," he said, "The House has listened to the American people. Now it's time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well."

The defense in this argument is the House has listened to the American people. Really? Forget that's not exactly correct -- let's just say for discussion sake the public doesn't favor the Affordable Care Act. Okay. Accordingly, you, Congress, should do what America wants. Get rid of Obamacare.

Well, using that same argument, what happened after Sandy Hook (and some of the other mass shootings). The public in poll after poll, in numbers ranging from 80-95% favored universal background checks on guns. A major disaster had just occurred. Scores of children and teachers killed. The public was begging for Congress to act then. Did they listen?

Background check bill defeated

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment to S-694, the Firearms Bill, met defeat, falling short of the 60 vote threshold. This vote was generally along party lines -- with Republicans against. Where was the "listening to the American people" then?

Where was this need to respond to the public's demands? To say you're voting to defund Obamacare because that's what the public wanted is disputed at the very best, and a lie to the more blunt among us.

The GOP did it for political reasons, not in response to public outcry. If you really considered what the public wanted, we might have reasonable firearms background checks, and perhaps even those 12 victims who worked at the Navy Yard might still be alive.

A meaningful background check for the rifle just purchased prior to the Washington shooting might have flagged Aaron Alexis before he bought that weapon which took all of those lives. Yes, the weapon took their lives. Alexis merely aimed and fired. If he didn't have that rifle, those people would still be with us, not just their memory.

So much for that argument of listening to the people and doing what the majority wants. You listened to lobbyists, those people putting money in your pockets. Blood money.

And then there's the other talking point on the way to shutting down the government. Obama's unwillingness to talk to Congress about the budget.  This one's a real pip... worthy of  Karl Rove. Here's the argument the GOP is using up and down their rank and file, reported by THE HILL:

“Why is the Obama administration willing to negotiate with Putin on Syria ... But not with Congress to address Washington's spending problem?”

Somehow, in the narrow to totally absent minds of the GOP-led house, Obama upholding a law that was passed by both houses of congress, signed into being by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court should be stopped for a minority interest in the House. Not even the House and the Senate. Just the House.

Jeb Bush, hardly a sage but an intermittent voice of sanity within the GOP, put it quite articulately as reported by ABC News:

“If you control one half of one third of the levers in Washington, D.C your ability to influence things are also relative to the fact that you have one half of one third of the government,” Bush said at the National Press Club today. “That’s the reality.”

So to put this in context, Putin controls all of Russia and they could assist us in preventing our entering into war with Syria. So to talk of world peace with Russia's elected leader is far more pressing than dealing with Congress on a law they passed which hasn't even been totally implemented yet. There is no pressing urgency like there was in Syria where we were within hours of a vote to attack.

Make no mistake, we were at the brink of war, and for the time being anyway, that emergency is being diplomatically handled. The same should be true with our legislature. Not a gun put to the heads of all Americans.

The US wants a budget. Spiteful childish nonsense by Rafael Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio along with weak sisters John Boehner and Eric Cantor won't be tolerated. Boehner caved because he's a scared and ineffective leader. I've mentioned a few times that this battle would destroy the GOP. It looks like my predictions are coming true. Move over Nostradamus.

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Sadly, these petulant, GOP children know it and each wants to take his bat and ball and go home, preventing the rest of us from getting to play. These destructive, selfish men will get theirs -- at the voting booth.

They say they're just doing what Americans are demanding. Well, let's watch them box up their offices and move back into private life when America sends them packing.


Pied Piper Leads GOP Rats Into The River


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Rafael 'Ted' Cruz spent much, if not most of his summer on a "Defund Obamacare Bus Tour." It's lead spokesperson, the 'drawing card' or Pied Piper for this publicity stunt was the junior senator from Texas. His stump speech at ever stop included this message, reported by WCSH6-TV:

"And there is no more important piece of regulatory reform that we can do than to repeal every single word of Obamacare," said Senator Ted Cruz, (R) Texas.

Senator Cruz and the Heritage Foundation are hoping to whip up enough support to gut President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Now, taking an issue to the people is solid, time-tested strategy. It's peaceful, informative and instrumental in getting a message across. Nothing like pressing flesh and getting out there during a break from Washington -- especially if this timing coincides with your anticipated announcement that you plan to run for the presidency.

The general intentions of a bus tour like this include whipping up such a frenzied group of concerned backers, that movement on an issue in Congress will be the result. And Cruz's efforts have been used for just such motivation.

Cruz Wednesday became the Pied Piper of Washington town leading the House Rats on a march to their death in the Potomac River. The Canadian/American senator, along with Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, led wobbly-legged Speaker John Boehner to begin the political equivalent of the Bataan Death March.

rats drowning themselves

What makes it most interesting is that the House, which doesn't include Cruz, Rubio or Lee, is taking their orders from this trio. Three men who will be part of the messy defeat of this action when it reached the senate.

This all reminds me of the bully kids who egg you on to throw rocks and break a storefront window with, "It'll be fun. You want to be part of our gang, prove it!"

Then as soon as you commit the challenge, they call the cops and turn you in, laughing all the time you're being arrested. They're instigators.

Well now some of the saner (a rarity in the GOP party) members of the house are railing against Pied Piper Rafael C. They realize they've been sold down the river, or more appropriately, been pushed into it.

Here's a little taste of the vitriol coming from the house members who've just realized what's been done to them.


"House agrees to send #CR to Senate that defunds Obamacare. @SenTedCruz & @SenMikeLee refuse to fight. Wave white flag and surrender," tweeted Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.).

"So far Sen Rs are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else. Do something...," tweeted Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.).

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) also took to Twitter to vent. "House Republicans are turning words into action to defund #Obamacare. Ball will be in the Senate’s court," he wrote.

Another aide said Cruz's comment "exposes how [Senate conservatives] have deliberately misled their constituents and the grassroots for eight weeks. This isn't leadership, it's hypocrisy."

"We haven't even taken up the bill and Ted Cruz is admitting defeat?" fumed one senior GOP aide. "Some people came here to govern and make things better for their constituents. Ted Cruz came here to throw bombs and fundraise off of attacks on fellow Republicans. He's a joke, plain and simple."

It's still too early to gloat, but the writing does seem to be on the wall. The house has been used by Cruz, Lee and Rubio, but the man blowing the flute seems to be Cruz. He's drowning his own people in hopes that if he's the only one left standing come 2016, he's got a shot at the White House.

That's some long-term, roundabout way to lead.


CNN Poll: Hillary Clinton Steamrolls Dems; GOP Appears Rudderless Heading Into 2016


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Sometimes it's easy to forget that the GOP is really, REALLY nuts and that people notice.

Hillary Clinton continues to be the Democrats' overwhelming top choice to run for president in 2016, according to a new survey. Republicans, meanwhile, have yet to coalesce around a favorite, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) all in the mix.

About 65 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they would most likely back Clinton for the presidential primary nomination, according to a CNN poll released Monday. Vice President Joe Biden, who recently traveled to Iowa, one of the early nominating states, only received 10 percent support for a presidential run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mass., received 7 percent support, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received 6 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had just 2 percent.


Christie leads the pack for the GOP, with 17 percent support among Republican and independents who lean Republican, followed by Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee, at 16 percent, Paul at 13 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent and Rubio at 9 percent.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had been making headlines for trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, received 7 percent support for the 2016 nomination. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the runner-up to eventual 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, received just 5 percent support.


Rafael 'Ted' Cruz, Marked Down -- Maybe Out



It's hard to believe that is less than a year since the junior senator from Texas, freshman Rafael Cruz stepped into the political circus in Washington. It seems he's everywhere these days. And he's made quite a name for himself. Actually, he's been called quite a few names. Some of them printable here and many, NSFW.

His little pre-presidential announcement dance has been going along quite smoothly. He's made many public appearances and separated himself from the crowd in the rush to the right. He's taken every harebrained Tea Party approach he possibly could. He's positioned himself as the right wing choice over fellow Hispanic, Marco Rubio. Marco's now considered DOA for the nomination.

Basically only two others stand in Raffy's way toward a 2016 lambasting -- Rand Paul and Chris Christie.

So, with little in his way except his imagination -- and a few other incidentals like rescinding his dual-citizenship (which he still hasn't applied to do), what could go wrong? He's the up-and-comer of his party.

Well, here's what could happen. The people of his own party are tired of him. They're shunning him. And they don't want to listen to him anymore.

What's the proof of this? Money. That's the proof of any candidate's standing. When they financial contributions start to wain, so does the interest in the candidate's campaign.

You can try to boost your standing if your a Republican by adding the Ronald Reagan legacy to yours. You team up with the Gipper.

That's what Rafael 'Ted' tried to do. And here's the results according to the Iowa Republican:

Among the items on the docket is an Oct. 25 speech at the Iowa Republican Party's Reagan Dinner. With less than six weeks between now and the event, the Iowa Republican News caught an ad showcasing 25 percent savings for folks interested in seeing Cruz.

Well, maybe it was just one event and maybe it conflicted with some other big rally or football game. There's bound to be something about this one event and Ted Cruz.

In fact, at the June picnic that Cruz attended for the Republican Party of Iowa, the administration capped the number of people who could attend the event, again, another odd occurrence for a fundraising event.

I guess maybe public fatigue has already set in on the Calgary Kid. And none too soon.


3 GOP Nuts In Search Of A Bolt


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In the mid '60s there was a Mamie Van Duren movie called "3 Nuts In Search Of A Bolt." It was billed as the spiciest, funniest, bawdiest picture of the year. Don't believe me, here's the trailer: (CAUTION: Adult images - Possibly NSFW)

I watched it again the other day and the title just cracked me up. It seems that there's been a remake by the Republican party -- with an updated theme. What was the story of 3 crazy people seeking out one sane person to represent them in a psychiatrist's session to save money, has now become 3 nuts seeking a sane person to represent them in stopping Obamacare. The GOP has cast the nutcases to be: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Rafael 'Ted' Cruz. The sane person is Reince Priebus in the Tommy Noonan role.

With an offensive approach to the public and muddled message to share, why would anyone think that these three early front runners for their 2016 chances at the White House show anymore promise than Mamie Van Duren back in her hayday?

Check out the updated version of the "classic" movie. To tag this with "...and hijinx ensue," would be redundant. Without sane gun control, these guys will not only shoot themselves in the foot, but it's likely that their foot will be in their mouths when they pull the trigger. Mamie, your classic status is safe with us for now...

See for yourselves: