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President Obama: We need reforms "from campaign finance to how a filibuster works."


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Our government badly needs to advance all kinds of reforms, says you, says I, says President Obama. Major overhauls that would cut through the insanity that is the U.S. Congress are in order.

As most people know by now, the GOP has obstructed virtually every piece of legislation that President Obama and/or the Democrats have proposed, because that was their Big Plan on Inauguration Night 2009. I wrote about that here: GOP plot to obstruct- Obama aide in bed with GOP lover: "How do we get a stimulus deal?" Reply: "Baby, there’s no deal!"

Remember this?

And this?

Republicans set all kinds of records to make their corrupt little dreams come true:

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As a result of all their blockage (and some really bad voting choices by some very anti-Democratic voters), we are stuck with the do-nothingest Congress ever:

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As a result, Senate Democrats pushed through a controversial rules change known as the "nuclear option":

But that rule change wasn't enough, because it only applied to Senate approval of executive and judicial nominees. The GOP is still standing in the way of legislation that would help create jobs, give women equal pay, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, eliminate voter suppression, pave the way for immigration reform, raise the minimum wage, provide the poor with life-saving programs, you name it.

In other words, Republicans are cutting off democracy and progress at the knees at the expense of the health and welfare of American citizens. They don't care about us, they care about their own agenda based on their usual greed, re-election goals, power, and money.

Here's what President Obama said at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in New York. Via Roll Call:

“So my main message is one of hope. We’ve got all the ingredients to make this the American Century, just like the last one. To achieve it, though, we’ve got to make sure our political system works better. And, yes, there are all kinds of reforms that we need to do, from campaign finance to how a filibuster works, to going after Republicans hard when their main political agenda when it comes to — or main election strategy is preventing people from voting — we’ve got to push back on all that stuff. But ultimately, there are enough voters out there to deliver if we can turn them out.

And that’s what the DSCC is all about. That’s their priority. That’s my priority. And I hope it becomes yours as well. Thanks.”

That's right, President Obama said that the Senate needs to change campaign finance and "how a filibuster works."

And the GOP needs to change, period.


How our political pooped-outitude works for Republicans


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There was a time not too long ago when I couldn't wait to get to Mr. Computer and type my little fingers off about the political events o' the day. Lately I've had to drag myself into my little downstairs office and convince myself that I was motivated by some story or other.

I asked myself over and over why that was. Part of the reason, at least recently, is my general malaise due to my dad's passing. And part of it is that, generally, interest (read: traffic) has ebbed, as Digby so ably pointed out... to my relief. I say relief only because Paddy and I were concerned about the quality of and attraction to TPC content; but as it turns out, it wasn't just us (again, read Digby's post). It is no relief at all that it's happening everywhere, though.

But beyond that, I'm still finding it tougher and tougher to get it up to write posts. I've analyzed it to death and finally had a quasi-epiphany. It's been clear that there has always been plenty to write about, and there's always an election right around the corner, or a conservative misfit to rant about, or a new controversy.

What makes it difficult, I'm discovering, is that I find myself dreading the next political "fight." I'm conflict weary. By now everyone with a pulse knows that ever since Barack Obama was elected, the GOP plan was to obstruct, defeat, and destroy him at every turn. It was on their nasty, destructive little agenda ever since inauguration night to plot and scheme and block the president, to prevent him from succeeding at anything, ever.

And that's exactly what they've done, not only nationally, but also in state legislatures. Everything is a battle. Every proposal ends in a struggle. Every plan triggers more head-butting. Every day brings another collision. And America is sick of it, including me. Political TV shows are being switched off. Car radio dials are being turned. And blog posts go unread.

The result? An uninformed, bored, exhausted electorate. And when voters are uninspired or turned off, they don't vote.

And when people fail to go to the polls, Republicans win.

They've so pooped us out with their constant clashes to the point where many of us have wanted to hibernate, and one result, inadvertent or intentional, could be voter apathy.

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And that was my quasi-epiphany.

Which is why I was inspired enough to get myself to Mr. Computer and keep writing. Somebody out there is reading blogs and watching news reports, which means somebody out there is more informed, which means more interest and more ballots cast.

I hope.

We must make sure that the Republican inauguration night plan, and by extension the state GOP schemes, don't take hold. Keep reading, keep watching, keep listening. 2014 will be here before you know it.

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Poll-itics: Hey GOP, America is on to you



Dear GOP,

We're on to you.



A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that "by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, respondents conclude that the Republican Party is emphasizing partisanship more than unity."

That should have been called the Stating the Obvious Poll, but that doesn't sound Serious and Official enough.

So Americans think Republicans are partisan... what was their first clue? Their Inauguration night plot to obstruct?


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Their motto?

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Their refusal to compromise? Their refusal to acknowledge what poll after poll tells them? Their refusal do anything but whine and filibuster?

All of the above?

First Read:

...64 percent say the Republican Party is taking a partisan approach, versus 22 percent who say it's focused on unity.

And a new Pew Research survey came out. Taegan summed it up for us:

62% of Americans says the Republican party is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.

To recap, they are a partisan, divisive, obstructionist, out of touch, stubborn, stuck in the mud group that caters to extremists. Republicans, you sound like a real attractive party:

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VIDEO: Mitch McConnell filibusters himself



"What we have here is a case of the Republicans here in the Senate once again not taking yes for an answer. This morning the Republican leader asked consent to have a vote on his proposal. Just now I told everyone we're willing to have that vote, an up-or-down vote, and now the Republican leader objects to his own idea, so I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill."

If we needed any more proof at what a hypocritical, obstructive clown Mitch McConnell is, now we have it. Remember, this is the guy who, on Inauguration Night, conspired to obstruct and destroy President Obama and who said this:

Today, via Raw Story, we witness legislation to raise the debt ceiling, McConnell's own proposal, being rejected by... McConnell.

His intent was apparently to show "that even Democrats would not support such a bill," a bill that would have given the president the authority to raise the federal debt ceiling on his own.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called his bluff, called for a vote, and in so many words, called McConnell a blatant hypocrite.

McConnell obstructing McConnell: Irony is not dead.


So much for working together. Blame Mitch McConnell... again.


As you may recall, here's what Mitch McConnell said in 2010:

In fact, in 2008 there were secret meetings led by Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell to plan their obstruction. McConnell demanded unified resistance.

Some things never change. President Obama won re-election handily, and McConnell is insisting that Obama must do things the old white guys' way because, hey, that's what the voters want... again, after giving the president a decisive victory and after having previously given Congress the worst approval ratings in history.

Via UPI, not shockingly but amazingly, "Minority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated he wasn't ready to roll over... or concede any political ground":

"The American people did two things: They gave President Obama a second chance to fix the problems that even he admits he failed to solve during his first four years in office, and they preserved Republican control of the House of Representatives," McConnell said in a statement.

"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control.

"Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.

"To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we'll be there to meet him half way."

If Obama moved any more to the "center," he'd have to switch parties.

Who's the divisive one again?

H/t: John Dean


Karl Rove: “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”


The GOP conspired on inauguration night to obstruct and destroy President Obama’s every attempt to reach across the aisle in order to create programs and laws that benefit Americans. More to the point, they were out to destroy the president himself.

This is how Repubicans operate. It's all about political homicide, killing bills, doing away with the Obama presidency, you name it. They're a cold, nasty, self-serving bunch. And the nastiest, self-servingest of all is Karl Rove.

Via Bloomberg's " Inside Karl Rove's Billionaire Fundraiser":

On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican party’s highest-earning and most powerful donors. During the more than hour-long session, Rove explained to an audience dotted with hedge fund billionaires and investors—including John Paulson and Wilbur Ross—how his super PAC, American Crossroads, will persuade undecided voters in crucial swing states to vote against Barack Obama. He also detailed plans for Senate and House races, and joked, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

You remember Todd Akin, don't you? Paul Ryan's BFF and co-sponsor of a federal personhood bill? Mr. "Legitimate Rape"? Mr. "Magic Vagina That Kills Rape Sperm Only" Akin?

Apparently, Karl Rove is so "pro-life" that he feels comfortable joking about killing a guy who's throwing a wrench into his Sugar-Daddies-Will-Buy-Us-This-Election plans.

UPDATE: Akin camp says Rove apologized privately for the murder joke, but it's not enough.


"Romney's price argument... is the sort of thing you'd expect from a clueless rich guy."


President Obama said this today in Charlottesville, Virginia: "My opponent called my fuel efficiency standards 'extreme.' Maybe steam engine standards are more his speed."

According to an L.A. Times editorial, he's not far off. The problem is also that Team Romney arguments against the president's plan are, per the article, "untrue in every particular":

The new standards would be phased in from model year 2017 to 2025; by the end of that time, each automaker's passenger vehicle fleet would average 54.5 miles per gallon. This won't limit vehicle choices, because it's a fleet average — there will still be four-wheel-drive pickups, vans and other heavy vehicles on the road, but they will be lighter and more fuel efficient than they are today and will have to be offset with more high-mileage alternatives. Romney's price argument, meanwhile, is the sort of thing you'd expect from a clueless rich guy. Yes, the new technologies will cost more upfront, but only very wealthy people pay the full price of a new car upfront. Most people finance such purchases, and the monthly savings on gas resulting from the new standards are expected to more than make up for a car buyer's higher monthly payment.

As the editorial points out, the Obama administration's fuel standards are the most important environmental achievement of the president's first term. And one of the arguments against it is that lighter vehicles aren't as safe. However:

The heaviest classes of vehicles will probably see the biggest weight reductions. That should help reduce fatalities because the mass differential involved when an SUV collides with a subcompact plays a big factor in the death rate.

Obama's plan will reduce reliance on foreign oil while having an impact on combating climate change. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it will save 4 billion barrels of oil and 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions, with a net benefit to society of up to $421 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But that doesn't matter to Republicans, because:

The GOP plot to obstruct continues.