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bite the hand that feeds you

The Republicans, led by the Tea Party are truly biting the hand that feeds them.

In a good chess match, moves are calculated and made in advance of your actual turn. If you don't think ahead to the consequences of your actions, you can find yourself walking into traps. I think the shallow-minded, living-in-the-past, GOP party has moved themselves into "check" position. They're at the very least, on the run and soon may be boxed in totally with their king being captured. Checkmate. Game over.

Why? Where have all the pawns gone who are supposed to protect their leader?

They're scurrying for cover because they're soon to be broke. And lack of reelection money is a stronger motivation for Congress than loyalty. After all, Congress is bought -- thanks to the SCOTUS' Citizens United ruling.

Pretty much once you're elected, you do big business's bidding, strike down any regulations or taxes on them and your re-election coffers will fill with big bucks from big business. You save their asses and they'll kiss yours, with cash.

Now comes the shutdown. That's what the GOP forced upon us. How's that going to effect things? Terribly if your in the Grand Old Party!

We all know the meaning of the term insanity, doing the same thing over again and again expecting different results.

Well then what do you call this, Rube Goldberg insanity?

Follow the rolling ball. The Republicans have now shut down congress. That hurts big business. Big business is where the donors come from who overwhelmingly favor the GOP. And with the shutdown, the stock and bond markets drop precipitously, could even crash. That means these investors in the Republican puppets in government will face huge losses and devaluations. That leaves less discretionary money available to back political candidates-- especially the ones who caused them all this hardship. The result of that is underfunded campaigns for the Republicans with a few exceptions. That will cause more competitive races. Big business and rich investors rely on the stocks and bonds markets to go up, not down. They're not as crazy as congress. They'll vote (make political contributions) in their own best interest -- and that now is trending toward hurting the Republicans.

So who's really doing what to whom -- and "getting" it without the aid of Vaseline as Maine's Governor LePage recently said:

It only makes sense that the GOP-caused shutdown is having an effect. Just the fear of it happening yesterday caused the market to drop nearly a full percent, the highest single-day drop in over two years. And with the budget ceiling fight around the corner and the shutdown currently in effect, the market's going to dive. and with it, profits and net equity value for companies. Those are the hands that feed these bottom-feeders.

So Rube Goldberg-like or butterfly effect outcome, the Republicans are scratching their own names off of the donors lists for political contributions. The Republicans are costing their backers millions, if not billions. Good businessmen know what you do to a division or product that's costing you money -- you amputate it. Or ship it overseas. (Is there any country out there willing to take these losers?)

See how that feels, GOP. You've knee-capped your own legs . Tough going, isn't it? If you walk the walk like you talk the talk, you'll be ambling around in circles for a long time to come.

Moses supposedly wandered for forty years -- the GOP is determined to start a similar walk -- and with them, it could turn out to be much more of a Bataan Death March.

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CPAC Insider says Chris Christie 'not a conservative'

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Another cross post from FreakOutNation thanks to our friend Anomaly100 

CPAC Insider says Chris Christie snubbed because he’s “not a conservative in the eyes of organizers”

An unnamed source has confirmed why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was snubbed from addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC did invite some rather, on the fringe Republicans, yet with a 74% approval rating and respect from both sides of the aisle, the GOP did not invite him. According to the National Review, Christie was not invited because of his position on gun control, according to their source familiar with CPAC’s internal deliberations who requested anonymity to speak freely.

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NR adds, “Christie has a “limited future” in the national Republican party given his position on gun control, the source tells National Review Online. As a result, the CPAC insider says, the focus of this year’s conference, “the future of conservatism,” made Christie a bad fit. Christie, the source adds, is simply not a conservative in the eyes of organizers.”

The NR article continues, “The New Jersey governor, who has expressed concern about “an abundance of guns out there,” has said he backs the gun-control legislation currently on the books in his state, some of the nation’s most restrictive. Christie has also not been afraid to speak out against the National Rifle Association, calling an ad the group ran in the wake of the Newtown shooting “reprehensible” and “awful.”

The NRA ad the National Review refers to was the very one that used the Obama children to promote their agenda. The NRA did not do this once, but twice.

The National Review writes:

In another move that may distance him from conservatives, Christie, who boasts a 74 percent approval rating in New Jersey, is set to announce this afternoon that he will accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. His reversal follows those of other GOP governors including Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s Jon Kasich who, like Christie, have been vocal in their criticism of the Affordable Care Act.

And yet, more and more Republicans are accepting this idea. A new poll released today shows that the majority of Americans are finding the GOP too extreme and out of touch. And their ostracizing of Chris Christie confirms the poll’s findings.

Well shit. If Republicans want to toss their only moderate out, then that makes life easier for the rest of us.

- See more at: http://freakoutnation.com/2013/02/26/cpac-insider-says-chris-christie-snubbed-because-hes-not-a-conservative-in-the-eyes-of-organizers/#sthash.Z6kXBv6G.dpuf

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Romney, supporters buy $15.6 million in ads

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Doesn't it seem like all this cash flying around should stimulate the economy? Just amazing.

Washington (CNN) – The major Republican super PAC American Crossroads will hit the airwaves Friday with a new ad that aims to defend Mitt Romney and his record against the onslaught of attacks by the Obama re-election team. This comes as Romney's campaign has bought its largest amount of ad time this general election season.

Crossroads said it is buying $9.3 million of broadcast television and internet advertising for their commercial. Romney's campaign bought approximately $6.3 million for ad time, according to a Democratic source tracking ad buys.

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Romney's campaign bought approximately $6.3 million for commercial time that began Tuesday and will run for a week, according to the Democratic source.

The buy breaks down this way:
Colorado: $600,000
Florida: $1.3 million
Iowa: $500,000
Nevada: $500,000
New Hampshire: just under $100,000
North Carolina: $700,000
Ohio: $1.4 million
Iowa: $500,000
Virginia: $1.2 million

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Cartoons of the Day- Big Money

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Cartoons of the Day- The Real Emperor

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Democrats trying to catch Republicans with their pants down... so to speak

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 Taegan links to New York Times profile of American Bridge 21st Century, "a new Democratic organization that aims to record every handshake, every utterance by Republican candidates in 2011 and 2012, looking for gotcha moments that could derail political ambitions or provide fodder for television advertisements by liberal groups next year."

Since the Times now limits us to a finite number of free views per month, I can only give you what Taegan (thankfully) posted.

"The organization has hired a dozen professional trackers... outfitted them with the latest high-tech cameras and computers and positioned them in key states where Republican candidates are busy chattering away to voters... Combined with a team of 20 researchers in a Washington "war room" that has a large rack of computer servers, the effort is part of a push by Democratic groups to bolster their opposition research. Republicans also have trackers, but so far have not assembled the kind of centralized video archive of political caught-on-tape moments that their rivals envision."

Wait. The Dems are... organized? Actually, I posted about this back in April. Here's some of that post:

Washington (CNN) - [...] “You have to do something about it,” Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the new committee, told CNN. He acknowledged with the Republicans’ House majority and its financial advantages when you include these outside groups “it’s not going to be easy…(that is) why we are starting so early.”

In order to compete with the donations that pour in via the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s many tentacles, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads /Crossroads GPS, et al, Dems are forced into raising obscene amounts of money.

What we really need to raise is hell about campaign finance reform. Think about what all this cash could pay for, the mouths it could feed, the medical costs it could cover, the education it could provide.  Instead, it funds inane campaign ads. This is one vicious cycle that needs to end.

I have nothing more to add to what I wrote previously, except to say that I'm glad our side is being pro-active... and that it's a shame that we have to spend so much time and money on this kind of thing rather than on programs and projects that this country really needs.

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Chart: Conservative undisclosed donors spent 10 times more than liberal ones in 2010

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We get comment after wingnut comment from under our posts that Democrats pile up just as much money in donations, if not more, as Republicans do. Apparently they're unaware of the Citizens United ruling that magically turned corporations into people, allowing undisclosed (mostly Republican) donors to dump millions into election campaigns.

Why, sputter our right wing commenters, George Soros gives WAY more to Evil Libruls than corporations give to Republicans! Of course, we've cited numerous times that there is a huge imbalance that tilts heavily to the right, but they'll have none of that.

Let's make this easier for them to grasp. Perhaps a nice visual will help (courtesy of Think Progress):

[S]pending by undisclosed donors actually was ten times higher for conservatives than liberals, with conservatives spending $119.6 million to liberals’ $15.7 million.

Of course, the effect has been that Democrats are now forming their own groups to compete with the colossal amounts of conservative money. The result?

What this means is that federal elections in 2012 may include an unprecedented flurry of corporate and secret cash that would drown out the voices of Main Street America in a way never seen before in modern history.

As I said in a previous post: What we really need to raise is hell about campaign finance reform. Think about what all this cash could pay for, the mouths it could feed, the medical costs it could cover, the education it could provide.  Instead, it funds inane campaign ads. This is one vicious cycle that needs to end.

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