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VIDEO: Eric Cantor was against the DREAM Act before he was for it, but doesn't know what it is

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Think Progress:

In 2010, Cantor and 160 other Republicans voted against the DREAM Act, a measure that “would offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military.”

Today, on Meet the Press:

See what happens when 70 percent of the Latino vote goes to a Democratic presidential candidate?

Can you say "pandering"? How about "phony"? No? What about "desperate"? Still no? Then try this: "Anything for a few more votes."

Via Think Progress:

CANTOR: I have put out a proposal. I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is. What I say is, we’ve got a place, I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids.

GREGORY: Can you bring conservatives looking to supporting a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are here without having to first leave the country?

CANTOR: There is a lot of movement right now in the House and the Senate, both sides of the aisle, with folks having a lot of different ideas. I think –

GREGORY: Yes or no to that question? You could really do it. If you went all in, you could bring along the right in the House, couldn’t you?

CANTOR: I think a good place to start is with children. Here’s the difficulty in this issue, I think. And it is because we’ve got families who are here that have become part of the fabric of our country. And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight. These kids know no other place as home. On the other hand, we are a country of laws. We have a situation of border security that we have to get straight. We have to secure our borders. There is a balance that needs to take place. But the best place to begin, I think, is with the children. Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board. And so we can promise a better life for those kids who are here due to no fault of their own.

"I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is." Yeah, you do.

"I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids." No, that is for the GOP.

"And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight." And by "compassionate and sensitive" he means "holding our noses" and "hypocritical." Did I mention dishonest and pandering? Or pandering? How about pandering? Oh, sorry, I meant pandering. My bad.

"Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board." And by "put a win on the board" that is exactly what he meant.

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Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus

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Taegan found this quote at Politico from RNC chair Reince Priebus:

"It's not the platform of the party that's the issue. In many cases, it's how we communicate about it."

No, it's both, Reince. Good communication techniques are helpful, but first you need a message or twelve that, you know, resonate, or down you go again.

Priebus is now channeling Karl Rove, who said to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant.

Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.” So he, too, was hoping to appear to be someone voters could relate to, but had no intention of changing his message. Not really. Whatever that message was at the moment.

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

Again, it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.

Here's what I wrote back in November, responding to Rove's inanity:

So as long as you don’t sound intolerant (or racist, or bigoted), as long as you can pretend you’re one thing while believing another, as long as you put on a good show, you’ll dupe Americans into voting for you. Never mind genuine outreach, just say the right words, sell the right product, be extra careful to couch your disdain in prettier language and voila!

Superficial fixes will pave the way to big election wins if they’re wrapped up real purty with a big bow. Those ignorami will never catch on...

Yet Reince Priebus still believes if his party members use appealing wording and the right catch phrases, yet adhere to the same anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-voter, anti-civil rights, anti-economic growth, anti-Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security, anti-postal service, anti-union, anti-middle class policies, America will magically fall in love with them and reward them at the ballot box.

The GOP has learned nothing.

They still have no foresight or grasp of the health of our planet and want to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

They still want to do away with unions.

They still want to do away with the middle class.

They still want to do away with the Democratic party.

They still want to do away with free speech and expression.

They still want to do away with human dignity.

They still want to do away with civility toward anyone who is not like them, meaning white and/or Christian.

They still want to do away with health care for anyone but the wealthiest AmericansEspecially women’s health care.

They still want to do away with allowing two people who love each other to marry each other.

They still want to do away with privacy and freedom of choice.

They still want to do away with taxes for the very wealthy, not to mention productive spending and job growth at the expense of the health and welfare of this country.

No rewording can do away with all that.

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Why Bobby Jindal is aiding and abetting the transformation of the GOP into "the stupid party"

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(Apologies to Kenneth the page)

Think Progress is reporting about a speech to the Republican National Committee by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in which he said that the GOP “must stop being the stupid party”:

We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that.

Perhaps one way to stop being the stupid party is to get new-- and adult-- members by ridding itself of people like Jindal. And Cantor. And Ryan. And Bachmann. And McConnell. And so many others.

TP goes on to list five ways that Jindal is responsible for transforming the GOP into "the stupid party." Here are the ways, but please link over to read the details:

1. He permits Louisiana schools to teach creationism. (We covered that here in posts about the amazing anti-creationism efforts of my teen activist pal, Zack Kopplin.)

2. He allows state employees to be fired for being gay.

3. He has signed bills to intimidate women seeking abortions. J

4. He seeks to dramatically cut taxes for the wealthy, increase taxes for everyone else.

5. He refuses to provide health care for Louisiana’s poorest.

Let's expand on those:


In that post, I wrote:

Bobby states, with a straight face, that his party will actually “have” to try to “like” people who aren’t white, male, and wealthy. They’re forced to do that now, because, hey, they’re going to run for office, for Pete’s sake! What an effort that will be! Maybe if they close their eyes real tightly and hold their noses, they can tolerate getting within a few feet of a few select people who don’t look, act, or sound like them.

Without saying “Ew!” I mean.

 The stupid party. Ew.

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Growing Latino clout forces GOP hand-- including evangelical pastors, US Chamber of Commerce-- on immigration reform

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President Obama has consistently been on the side of Dreamers, as you can see here, as well as doing his best to provide Latinos (and everyone else) with comprehensive health care coverage and more. And the GOP fought him and obstructed his every plan every step of the way.

That lost them elections.

So Karl Rove said this to his fellow Republicans: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, fool America into thinking you care. Of course he did. It's all about optics.

In 2012, Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.” Of course he did. It's all about winning. In fact, on the Maddow show, Rosie Perez mocked Romney on immigration and his “joking” about that very thing.

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.” In that post I noted that it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.

But pander they will, no matter how much their eyes water and they grind their teeth down to stumps. After all, cosmetics and superficial slogans and narratives are their forte. They believe that will get them the political donations and votes they need to win at the ballot box.

But what actually works, what actually appeals to voters is standing up for all Americans in word and deed, not just old rich old white guys. Take this for example...

With Obama fundraising, Latinos demonstrate growing clout:

Though $30 million was a small slice of Obama's record $1.1-billion haul, the Futuro Fund inducted a new cohort of donors into national politics, and created a Latino fundraising network that other politicians are clamoring to access. Most importantly, the group's work demonstrated the growing clout of Latinos beyond the ballot box. [...]

Democrats are using the inauguration to cement ties with the new class of donors. [...]

A large share came at high-dollar events, such as a fundraiser Obama headlined at the Los Angeles home of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. But organizers also worked the phones. Concern about the GOP presidential challengers, who quarreled in the primaries over who would be tougher on illegal immigrants, helped spur contributions.

Latino donors "just didn't feel that the Republicans even understood their point of view," Lopez said. "And frankly, a lot of them said, 'I've never been asked,' which was our hunch."

So now they've been asked, and now they'll have more influence, as they should. And you know what that means...

Republican allies advocate for immigration reform. We all saw this coming:

Traditional pillars of the Republican base, such as police groups, evangelical pastors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have begun to push skeptical GOP lawmakers to change federal immigration laws to allow most of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants to apply for legal status.

The issue has long been fought mostly between Republicans and Democrats. But the fate of a potential immigration overhaul may be determined by battles erupting inside the GOP. [...]

Republican strategists have dubbed the emerging coalition "Bibles, badges and business." And opponents are gearing up their own lobbying machinery in favor of restricting immigration. [...]

"Republicans need to change now because the country is changing," said Nowrasteh, the immigration expert at the Cato Institute. "It is self preservation as well."

There it is: Self preservation. Bingo.

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Hypocritical panderer WI Gov. Scott Walker promises more moderate agenda. Guess why.

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How presh! Scott Walker is pretending to be a moderate. He swearstogod he won't support legislation that would cause scenes like the one in the video above. Honest!

You remember those, right? Scotty managed to alienate huge numbers of voters because he's a union busting, anti-education, anti-women's rights, voter suppression-supporting, right wing panderer.

Now he's saying this:

"We're not going to do things that are going to bring 80,000 or 100,000 people into the Capitol," Walker told the State Journal in a recent interview. "It's just not going to happen again."

Now why would that be, hmm?

recall walker petition signatures totals via @news3jessica

Via @news3jessica

Let's see... he was nearly recalled, Republicans have been imploding, his state helped propel President Obama into a second term, massive protests exposed him to be the radical that he is, he's in legal hot water up to his eyeballs, and oh yes! He's up for re-election in 2014... and may have his eye on a presidential run in 2016.

No flip-flopping hypocrite, he!

Face it Scotty, you're scared s**tless and need to reinvent yourself.

By the way, he also promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first term as governor.

Via Madison.com:

PolitiFact Wisconsin did its own analysis and found a much smaller number — just 37,011 jobs added statewide since the governor took office.

Walker now says building certainty and avoiding divisiveness is such a priority that he will push GOP lawmakers not to bring up certain bills important to conservatives, including some he may support, such as those to end same-day voter registration, restrict immigration, implement so-called "right-to-work," and overhaul the state Government Accountability Board.

"It's not a flip-flop because I'm not necessarily changing positions," Walker said. "I'm just saying in light of where we're at, in light of where we're headed, if we want to focus on creating more jobs in this state, we need to have the focus be in that area."

Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee governmental affairs professor and former Democratic lawmaker, said Walker's change in tone and approach is rooted in the recall.

It's also rooted in his ambition and opportunism.

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Karl Rove to GOP: Just don't *sound* intolerant.

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Via @MzYun

Republicans are struggling to reinvent themselves, but that's not going to be easy. They've stubbornly adhered to their extreme and/or small-minded conservative beliefs and policies, because that's who they are, at least for the most part.  Here are a few examples from a post I wrote back in 2011 during the Wisconsin protests:

The GOP has no foresight or grasp of the health of our planet and wants to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The GOP wants to do away with unions.

The GOP wants to do away with the middle class.

The GOP wants to do away with the Democratic party.

The GOP wants to do away with free speech and expression.

The GOP wants to do away with human dignity.

The GOP wants to do away with civility toward anyone who is not like them, meaning white and/or Christian.

The GOP wants to do away with health care for anyone but the wealthiest AmericansEspecially women’s health care.

The GOP wants to do away with allowing two people who love each other to marry each other.

The GOP wants to do away with freedom of choice.

The GOP wants to do away with taxes for the very wealthy, not to mention productive spending and job growth at the expense of the health and welfare of this country.

We need to do away with the extreme demands of the GOP.  We have no choice… but that’s exactly what they want.

Which brings us to 2012, when Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.”

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.” In that post I noted that it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.

All these people who are professing to belong to the no-longer-divisive party are sadly laughable. Who did they vote for again? Who did they openly support? Oh yeah, the guy who wished self-deportation on undocumented immigrants.

Karl Rove is now saying something similar to what Jindal said. Notice the wording.

KFDI-FM: Rove said the Republican party is splintered because of intolerant and judgmental language and an unwillingness to acknowledge differences. He said the party needs to find the right language to talk about the issues without being judgmental or harsh, and it needs to have leaders who can create that kind of environment. 

So as long as you don't sound intolerant (or racist, or bigoted), as long as you can pretend you're one thing while believing another, as long as you put on a good show, you'll dupe Americans into voting for you. Never mind genuine outreach, just say the right words, sell the right product, be extra careful to couch your disdain in prettier language and voila!

Superficial fixes will pave the way to big election wins if they're wrapped up real purty with a big bow. Those ignorami will never catch on, right Karl?

You can listen to the short audio clip of Rove's mumbo-jumbo here.

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Bobby Jindal: "If we want people to like us, we have to like them first."

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Yesterday I wrote a post, Memo to GOP: “We gotta win voters over so let’s be fake-best friends now” is not a pivot, it’s pandering.

Rather than repeat all the same points, I'll ask that you please just link over and read it. Here's an excerpt:

The GOP can’t believe they took such a drubbing, and they sure as hell don’t want to continue to lose, so they’re “rethinking” their approach. Or so they say.

Their talking heads still persist in peddling their “beliefs” and quasi-policies, so merely changing the wording isn’t exactly reaching out. It’s pandering. Acknowledging that people look, sound, and act differently from you, but not genuinely welcoming them in is not connecting, it’s pandering. Saying the word “revenue” out loud at a mic a few times while proposing an extension of the Bush tax cuts is not pivoting, it’s pandering. Bragging about the very tiny bit of diversity among your elected officials and spokespeople is not being inclusive, it’s pandering. Using all the right buzz words isn’t reconnecting with voters, it’s pandering.

Cosmetic fixes aren’t gonna cut it, guys.

It's one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It's quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you're pandering your ass off.

All these people who are professing to belong to the no-longer-divisive party are sadly laughable. Who did they vote for again? Who did they openly support? Oh yeah, the guy who wished self-deportation on undocumented immigrants.

Who did they cheer? Oh yeah, the governors who enforced voter suppression, including Voter I.D. laws and restrictions on early voting, affecting mostly black and Latino voters, among others.

Who did they defend when he dismissed the 47% with a wave of his secret tax returns? Oh yeah, the guy who sent jobs to China.

Who did they self-righteously back when he closed the binder on reproductive rights? Oh yeah, the guy who stood for denying health services to women, who claimed he wanted to get rid of Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides care to those who otherwise couldn't afford it (gee, who might those include?).

You get the point.

So now these Republicans-- who suddenly and magically see the light-- are accusing Dems of "dividing people by race"? Seriously?

Bobby Jindal actually said this on Fox News Sunday (video here):

"If we want people to like us, we have to like them first... Let the Democratic party be the party that says demography is destiny, that says we're gonna divide people by race, by gender, by class..."

"It's not just a marketing campaign... were gonna fight for every single vote."

Bobby states, with a straight face, that his party will actually "have" to try to "like" people who aren't white, male, and wealthy. They're forced to do that now, because, hey, they're going to run for office, for Pete's sake! What an effort that will be! Maybe if they close their eyes real tightly and hold their noses, they can tolerate getting within a few feet of a few select people who don't look, act, or sound like them.

Without saying "Ew!" I mean.

He goes on to accuse the Democratic party of dividing people, and then has the balls to say that their instant, phony post-election outreach isn't a marketing campaign.

Tell that to the more than 7 out of 10 Hispanic Obama voters, the more than 9 out of 10 black Obama voters, and the women who voted for the president over Romney by 11 points.

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