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To quote President Obama as he watched his presidential opponent Mitt Romney commit political suicide during a debate, "Please proceed," Michele Bachmann. No seriously. Proceed. Please. This country needs a little levity. As Rachel Maddow put it in the above segment, she is the "living, breathing embodiment of the crazy in American politics. It's almost an American pastime to watch Michele Bachmann do her thing."

But Maddow also added, "She's more influential than she gets credit for... She may look like a kooky also-ran all the time, but she also has a way of saying things that stick."

Oh stop being so even-handed and astute, Rachel. You're ruining all our fun.

Via Real Clear Politics:

The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run.

Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016.

“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run... Like with anything else, practice makes perfect,” she said. “And I think if a person has gone through the process -- for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates -- it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.”

There are more quotes from Bachmann at the link.

Fasten your seat belts...


Report: Majority of WI GOP-backed income tax cuts would go to those making over $100K


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Day after day, post after post, it becomes more and more obvious that Republican have no intention of "reinventing" themselves, only their superficial, fake "image." The party may think nobody's noticing what's behind the curtain, but apparently young voters (among others) are. They see the GOP as “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned,” and not “open-minded, caring, or co-operative.”

Here's something else they are: Perpetually devoted to the wealthiest people and corporations at the expense of regular working people. Wisconsin Republicans have made that perfectly clear.

Via The Journal Times:

A Republican lawmaker’s proposal to expand income tax cuts beyond those initially proposed by Gov. Scott Walker would mostly benefit taxpayers making more than $100,000, a nonpartisan analysis released Monday found.

The average tax cut for 2015 under the proposal would be nearly $300, compared to the $83 average for an average taxpayer under Walker’s plan, according to the analysis. [...]

The report came as Republicans who control the Legislature wrangled over major budget items in closed door meetings, negotiating last-minute deals on cutting income taxes, expanding private voucher school programs, funding public schools and rejecting a federally funded Medicaid expansion.

So what else is new, right?

Please proceed.

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Young voters: GOP “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned,” NOT "open-minded, caring, co-operative”


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Seems that that widely publicized Republican "reinvention" is a big, fat, epic fail. At least it is to young voters, who have been, and will be, a major factor in elections.

First Read:

To young voters, the Republican Party can appear “closed-minded, racist, rigid, and old-fashioned,” according to a newly-released post-election report probing the party’s failures to capture more of the young electorate in last year’s presidential election.

The 95-page report from the College Republican National Committee, the latest post-mortem from party leadership, paints a grim picture of the GOP’s image with voters under 29, citing a series of surveys and focus groups conducted before and after the 2012 presidential election. The report found that younger voters – even those considered “winnable” for Republicans-- tended to associate the party with words like “rich” and “religious” while stating that adjectives like “open-minded,” “caring,” and “co-operative” were traits that least describe the GOP.

Let's recap: Republicans are being described as wealthy, self-serving, bigoted, stodgy, narrow-minded, detached, uncompassionate, uncompromising white Christians. check mark smaller

The "big tent" party also didn't fare too well when it came to marriage equality and Latinos, and were none too happy with "outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices."

oops rick perry smallerApparently, they need a redo of their redo. Time to reinvent that outreachy, rebrandy makeover.


Tea party "could spell trouble for the Republican Party."



Doyle McManus has an op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times which focuses on the infighting and struggles within the Republican party, something we write about frequently here at TPC.

Recently, the tea party has awakened somewhat from its coma (although they most often seem mentally comatose even when they're conscious), and McManus sees "brewing trouble for the Republican establishment."

After their epic fail in the 2012 elections, the GOP has been falling all over itself trying to prove to America that they're not the nasty, bigoted, mean-spirited, War-on-Woman-y, voter suppression-y, anti-immigrant, anti-women's rights, anti-middle class, anti-union, anti-everything Party o' Poopyheads that they've shown themselves to be. Did I say "shown"? I meant "continue to show."

Their so-called makeover (scroll) hasn't exactly been convincing. I'm pretty sure moments like this one aren't helping their image either: Tea Party Conference Call Features Threat To Assassinate U.S. Senator Because She Supports Immigration Reform.

Here's the tea party take on all of this:

"It was not conservatives" who lost those Senate races, 19 of them wrote in a joint attack against [Karl] Rove's efforts. "Not one moderate challenger won." The solution, they argued, was to swing further right, not toward the center.

But a recent poll showed that only 22% of voters said they considered themselves tea party supporters, down from 30% three years ago.

Then clearly, they'll be weakened in the 2014 elections, right?

The approach of congressional primary elections makes the tea party a major force... The groups have a track record of turning out in force for low-participation primaries, and adherents are an essential source for donations and volunteers in Republican campaigns.

So what's the problem?

The problem, of course, is that this majority faction inside the party holds views often at odds not only with a majority of all voters but with the rest of the GOP.

Tea baggers are still butting heads with the GOP on immigration and the deficit (cutting it is their priority, as opposed to job creation that most Republicans support), and 76% of them want to abolish the Department of Education. Only 10% of non-tea party Republicans are with them on that.

In the House of Representatives, they're fighting with majority leader Eric Cantor, and in the Senate, Ted Cruz called the leaders "a bunch of squishes."

But tea party members aren't as worried about winning elections. According to another Rapoport survey, roughly three-fourths of tea party activists say they would prefer a strongly conservative candidate who's likely to lose over a relatively moderate candidate who's likely to win.

So despite everything that's working against them these days, Democrats may luck out due to Republicans eating their own.

Please proceed.

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Ben "Friends of Hamas" Shapiro to speak at California Republican Party convention


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"This organization is so sinister that it doesn't even exist!.. What else is [Hagel] hiding that hasn't happened?... What are his ties to the Dead Poet's Society? And why are they dead? Did they know too much about Benghazi?

"President Obama, you must withdraw Hagel's nomination, or you will lose the support of every moderate Republican, another group that doesn't exist!"

-- Stephen Colbert Taking Apart Breitbart for ‘Friends of Hamas’ Debacle

 Meet Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of

The Sacramento Bee is now reporting that Shapiro will be speaking at the California Republican Party convention. Karl Rove's slot had to be moved due to a scheduling conflict, so Breitie Ben will be taking his place.

Yes that Ben Shapiro.

You can stop laughing-- or crying-- now.

As my friend and Twitter pal @Jazzcattrio (h/t for the link) tweeted me just now, "I guess his speech won't be titled 'Journalistic Integrity'."

To refresh your memory, here's a recap of the utter insanity and lies that pass for Republican politics these days, from Raw Story: editor Ben Shapiro wrote, “On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called ‘Friends of Hamas.’”

When Shapiro called the White House for comment, they hung up on him, which he took as confirmation. Shapiro ran the story and tweeted the link out to his more than 40,000 Twitter followers, touching off a right-wing media avalanche.

Those wacky, zany smear mongers on the right just don't know when to quit. They've become quite the laughingstock, yet persist in their nasty, delusional little ways. So now the GOP is anticipating Breitie Ben's California convention antics with glee, blissfully unaware of the immense hole they're continuing to dig for themselves.

If this is what they meant by reinventing the party, then by all means, please proceed.

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H/t: Jazzcattrio