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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Obama sells economic ideas, but GOP resists," Feb. 14

This is weird. Even though the GOP was soundly defeated in the last election, its elected officials continue to think they had a really good strategy to take back the White House. Their plan was to attack the president and his ideas and hope that everyone would say, "Yeah, Barack Obama is bad, so I'm voting for Mitt Romney."

So here we are: Obama is back in the Oval Office, and the Republicans are attacking and obstructing without offering anything of substance.

House Speaker John A. Boehner's (R-Ohio) latest plan is to "get people on the ladder and help them climb that ladder so they can live the American dream." Thanks for the specifics, Mr. Speaker.

The GOP had no plan, and that is how it lost the election.

Daniel V. Shannon

West Hills


GOP: The party of no ideazzzzzzz


The GOP is "the party of big ideas”? Seriously? Don't make me laugh.

Actual policy plans? Oh come now.

Solutions to real problems? Feh.

Meaningful proposals? Puh-leeze!

Details Americans can hang their collective hats on? Hardly.

Ultra super duper double whammy partisan rhetoric? Now you're talkin'.

Then again, Republicans have had, erm, difficulty accepting reality.

Jonathan Bernstein at Salon draws our attention to the rehashitude of the more outspoken up-and-coming "leaders" of the party, or as I like to call them, deficient blowhards:

Start with Jindal. An alleged policy guy, he ... had all of two ideas: a Balanced Budget Amendment and term limits. In other words, the same old ideas that Republicans have been trotting out since …well, certainly since the Reagan administration. [...]

Marco Rubio? ...  His big idea, as Dave Weigel reported this week, turns out to be the exact same policy ideas that Republicans have been giving for some time now but labeling each one as a benefit for the “middle class.” Which mainly involves reciting the words “middle class.” [...]

Paul Ryan... as Jonathan Chait put it... has “no policy to offer the poor other than the incentive of being hungrier and sicker.”

And the money line:

For the last several years, the way to get a big reaction in conservative circles is to make a teleprompter or a birther joke, not to bring up unsolved problems in the nation.

Wake up GOP. The self-described Big Idea Party has devolved into a slumber party. And you know what they say:


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VIDEO- Gov. Bob "Forced Ultrasound" McDonnell: Questions on specifics about Romney/Ryan budget "laughable"


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I watched MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell try to force an answer from Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) the way he forces ultrasounds on women. But she got nowhere. He floundered, he bobbed and weaved, he ducked and covered, he tap danced, he mocked, he stammered, he blamed, but he never gave voters any details about how Willard Romney's tax cuts for the wealthy would balance the budget without raising taxes on the rest of us, among other things.

Had he been doing a decent Paul Ryan impression, he would have brushed off Mitchell by telling her he simply didn't have the time to go into it:

Andrea Mitchell: Where is the math, and is Mitt Romney going to be under pressure in this debate to produce some specifics about how it will all add up?

McDonnell: Well, Andrea, first, that’s a laughable question. Where’s the president’s plan?

Are we laughing yet?

Think Progress:

"McDonnell tacitly and perhaps unknowingly admitted... [Romney] would have to raise taxes on the middle class to avoid blowing a hole in the budget."