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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.