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GOP: Women Okay For Supporting Staff But Not The Top Spot

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Well, it's only 2014 and two full years away from the next presidential election. The Democrats seem to have their heir (Hillary Clinton) and their spare (Joe Biden). Things are a bit  more cloudy on the Republican side.

They don't have any favorites for the top job yet -- lots of possibles and potentials, but that's about it -- no clear front runner. Their current list of damaged goods includes the likes of: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Mike Pence, Jeb Bush and perennial candidate Mitt Romney. (Don't count him out just yet. He has the field staff, organization and donor lists. He's also starting to make more and more public appearances and statements).

But one thing there does seem to be on the GOP side. Despite being unsettled for the top job, POTUS, there's an almost certainty for the number two slot. It's Kelly Ayotte.

Kelly Ayotte

Republican strategist and former McCain presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt revealed his party's thoughts recently in The Daily Beast:

Ayotte is also one of the only female GOP top personalities that could counter a Democratic ticket with Hillary Clinton at its top, and at a time when the Republican party has been reeling from a number of scandals that have left the party vulnerable to the accusation that they are not savvy at courting the women’s vote.

“Ayotte could turn the ‘war on women’ narrative into a punch line,” said Schmidt. “In the category of those really talented women who can really break into the next level, I think Kelly Ayotte stands out. She has a lot of skills. There's no on-the-job training and she’s clears [sic] that hurdle.”

Well, it looks like we'll have another Sarah Palin running on the GOP ticket only this time she'll be the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, after she got a brain. Perhaps.

So the Republicans think they have the answer to their women problem. If that was really the case, why aren't they talking about her for the top dog's chair? After all, she's as good or better than any of the male potential candidates. Wouldn't it be something if two women were heading the major tickets? I think so. But that, of course would mean the GOP's leader would be a woman, and I'm not sure the party is ready to accept that yet.

If this is really to be the best possible race, the Dems should go with a totally female ticket - Clinton/Warren. Together they'd be unstoppable.

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Reverse Obamacare Horror Story -- It's Time This Got Covered

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Beware of Obamacare

Obamacare is bad. The President's a liar. The president's healthcare plan is a "trainwreck." No hope for Obamacare, it's socialized medicine. Here come the death panels. Children soon will be dying in the thousands. "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.

"N-word," please! And before you go ballistic, I'm talking NEWSPEOPLE when I use the "N" word.

All I'm hearing on the various news reporting outlets, radio or TV, cable or network, is about the failure of the rollout of Obamacare or the numbers of people being tossed off of their plans.

"Obama promised I could keep my plan if I liked it!"

"He lied. My plan got cancelled and the new one went from $102/month to $452/month."

"Obama should be impeached."

"The plan (actually a law) is anti-American. Eighty percent of America is against it."

Now hold your horses, cowboys and cowgirls. Let's just let the horses rest for a moment and and think this through before the posse stings up an innocent man.

cowboy posse 2

What the news organizations and the talking heads have been doing is sensationalism and focusing on the bad stuff. And there's plenty of that to fill a decade of Sundays. But in their zeal, these talking heads and Republican obstructionists are trying to run the table. They're focusing on one part, the technical part, more than anything else.

And the website has been a disaster. Truthfully, that's a huge strike against the people responsible. But put the blame where it belongs. If your iPhone drops a call, you don't go after the head of Apple? If your computer freezes while you do a Google search, you don't go after Google. Shit happens. An the thing to do is complain -- and the company will fix it. Hell, I'm constantly getting updates with patches for glitches in programs I've installed on my computer. Ever wonder why there's a version 2.0 or 3.5 to something you've downloaded? How about all those "updates available" messages you get when you're trying to check your email messages?

As for being dropped from programs -- nobody's being dropped from programs that qualify.

wrecking yard

If Obamacare was a used car, or even a new one, you have assurances and reliance that the car you purchase runs and meets all safety requirements. A certified, licensed dealer can't sell you a car that doesn't  meet certain state and federal standards. For instance, it has to have a catalytic converter for smog control. It has to have working head and tail lights. And let's not forget about seat belts. You can't legally sell a car without any of  those items.

Carry that over to the new standards of the Affordable Care Act. If your old insurance policy didn't qualify under ACA minimum basics that were passed by congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court, then what the insurance company had to do was eliminate that plan.  So they couldn't offer it to you.

You weren't cancelled. Your old and un-qualifying policy wasn't re-offered to you because it's against the law to sell something that doesn't meet the standards. Again, this is basics, and shouldn't be that hard for people to understand. But somehow, for those "N-word" people, it's become elusive.

So then it comes down to how costly these qualified policies have become. Many of the stories of how the premiums have jumped have been debunked when scrutinized, examined for the facts. Sure, on the surface it may look like a higher rate (for a better policy, BTW) but then you have to figure in the federal subsidies you may qualify for.

Rachel Maddow, last night profiled just such a case. Now very few people will be as fortunate as this woman in Pittsburgh, but there will be others. And yes, there will be some folks who will have to dole out more than they used to -- but they will assuredly also be getting better coverage.

Here's the story. Healthcare for a family for $1.11/month? Are you sh**ing me? As it's not going to be the norm, but either are the horror stories that the "N-word" people are passing off as newsworthy.

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So You Met Ted Cruz And Now You Know How It Feels, Goody, Goody

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goody goody cafe

By now we're all aware, or should be, that the imminent dangers of a debt-ceiling default are over and on top of that, the government is once again funded - but just for a little while.

Hopefully the lesson learned is that you don't hold up the entire country over Obamacare or the mad rantings of a lunatic, Ted Cruz. He's the guy who eggs you on to toss a rock, breaking a window. Then when the owner of the house comes out, he points the finger at you and says, "He did it, not me."

Rachel Maddow last night was in perhaps her finest form when she put together the piece below. These 4 minutes will fly by as only Rachel M can make them do -- and you'll see the full hypocrisy and fruitlessness of the GOP's antics. Forget that Boehner's games cost the United States an estimated 24 Billion dollars. Yup, billion with a "B." This is what the Republicans games got for our money as well as a record low favorability rating.

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What Planet Are Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin Living On?

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It's evident to Chuck Todd and the Morning Joe crowd that there's a disconnect between reality here and the life on the planet where the two Republican stalwarts, Cruz and Palin find themselves.

Polls don't tell the whole story all of the time. But Chucky boy, who's career has been made by reading and interpreting polls makes some stark assessments of the GOP. And even conservative Joe Scarborough agrees with his interpretations of the numbers.

Only the galloping Canuck has problems believing them.

Canadian Ted Cruz

Denier Raffy Cruz thinks the polls that were cited were too Democratic skewing. Hmm. Todd pointed out that he was quoting from Republican polled people only -- no Democrats allowed. So is the junior senator from Texas accusing the pollsters of using plants, Obama infiltrators, like his did with the hecklers at the VVS convention a few days ago?

This assessment of the vacuum or bubble the Tea Party is living in makes for fun viewing. Check it out.

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GOP Digs Deep Hole In Their Heads

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digging holes

When I was a kid, the joke when you were bored was to go outside and dig a hole. If you dug deep enough you'd come up in China. And as kids, I have to say everyone in my neighborhood at one time or another gave it a go. Why not? We all loved Chinese food.

Before long we'd get a few feet deep and then get tired and give up. We were, after all, kids and we needed something to amuse ourselves with on that "boring" Saturday afternoon.

Now we come to adulthood. Congress was bored, waiting for the next election and too lazy to work during the remainder of their terms. So they took a shovel and started digging. The plot of land they chose was marked Obamacare.

So, we find the Tea Party led excavators digging away, digging away. Suddenly, they damage a water pipe, (the government shutdown), and they find themselves not only knee deep in water, but hot water. With the public.

One solution is to stop digging and scamper out before you're swallowed up and drown. Another is to grab a hold to the life raft that's suddenly appeared -- the approaching debt ceiling and ride it to shore.

Or... The wackadoo digging club could try reaching a rescue by digging even deeper and faster, getting below the water. The risks are greater but what lies underneath the H2O could be even greater. It might even be better than China. It could be Shangri-La. Not sure what kind of food they serve there, but I gotta believe it's great.

Two main choices, swim to shore while they can (passing the clean CR on government spending) or grab a hold of the debt denying diggers and their newest ring leader Paul Ryan and keep digging faster and deeper. And hope.

Here's what knucklehead Wisconsin Representative Ryan has prescribed, reported the Washington Post:

The Wisconsin congressman is rallying conservatives against a Senate plan to fund the government and raise the debt ceilingthe Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The plan, proposed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), would fund the government through March and raise the debt ceiling through January.

Ryan's main concern appears to be delaying the health care law's individual mandate, but ThinkProgress points out that Ryan also emphasized the need to give employers the ability to deny birth control coverage based on moral or religious reasons.

Paul Ryan is now back to fighting the Obamacare law after he was and then wasn't doing that. This is certainly a contemporary Faye Dunaway moment from Chinatown.

Evelyn Mulwray: It's the debt ceiling.
[Gittes slaps Evelyn]
Jake Gittes: I said I want the truth!
Evelyn Mulwray: It's Obamacare...
[slap]
Evelyn Mulwray: It's the debt ceiling...
[slap]
Evelyn Mulwray: Obamacare, Obamacare.
[More slaps]
Jake Gittes: I said I want the truth!
Evelyn Mulwray: It's the debt ceiling AND it's Obamacare!

And as the Republican parties, both of them, are contemplating what to do, they're continuing to dig. They refuse to fund the government and pass an increased debt ceiling. They even refuse to admit they don't even know what they want.

But certainly with Senator Collins plan there was the room for negotiation. And also, this is a Senate plan, not a House plan. Why is House member Ryan trying to scuttle the life raft when after all is said and done, the vessel was one of his own design. That thing called the Ryan Budget. Remember that, Paul?

Obvious to anybody but the fringes, the sequester numbers are not workable, but could sustain things for a short period. It's a possible way to go, but also not the preferred. Yet its a step in the right direction and there's no gun to anyone's head.

The actual way to go is pass a clear CR and get the government back up running at full power. Stop punishing the people for the Republican's political games.

Christians to the lions

This is similar to tossing the Christians to the lions for the Roman's entertainment. That civilization had a rise and FALL. Stop today's Romans, the Republican Party, who are trying to bring us down again.

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Have Republicans Gone 'Big Government?'

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Who Are You

Let's play "Who Are You?"

Who's currently pushing for immediate funding in big government? The programs in question-- Military, Veterans, national parks, Head Start, Women and Children in Poverty (WHIP), National Institute for Health (NIH), SNAP, Air Travel Safety, food safety?

That's such and easy-peasy question. The answer is the Democrats.

Well, we'll give you part credit for that answer. The real answer is currently, it's the Republicans. Now that the government shutdown, which they caused is having frightful repercussions, the results of their reckless and perilous game is causing huge backlash.

NBC claims to be "SHOCKED" by the horrible numbers in a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. And that hasn't been lost on the GOP and even the Tea Party (yes, they really are two parties but that's a different discussion). What should be shocking NBC more is the list of what this desperate, out of touch, old white man's party are now backing. It's as if Professor Backwards was delivering the new Republican platform.

Professor Backwards

Everything the GOP has fought against, they're now for -- and when do they want it? Now!

Ted Cruz turning over in his grave with this bevy of spending bills hasn't been lost on MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Last night's segment of HARDBALL featured this clip:

The Republicans, in the light of public outcry are both being shown to be selfish elitists and big government. They shut down the government. You'd have to be living in a hole underground not to know that. And there's still some who live down there, but most have come to the surface. After years of being lied to and sold a bill of goods, cut down the government, they don't do anything for you as a mantra, the truth is being realized. While they were in their subterranean bunkers, the Democrats and Independents were above ground working for everyone's benefit.

The Republicans and Tea Partiers, not so much, as the clip above shows.

When this shut-down and debt ceiling fiascoes subside and our short memories return, the battles will rage once again. But hopefully there will be some who remember how they were effected by this shutdown. Whether it was parks, military funerals, food for the poor, business, medical clinics or whatever, the sting might last long enough and snap public opinion around a bit, so we can reinstate and improve both the efficiency of the government as well as respect and acknowledge what part it really plays in our lives.

The only one's who won't forget are sadly those who return to a live in a vacuum life, a bubble, or the Tea Party. They'll resurface another day, armed with wackadoo thinking and plotting to bring down our government. Hopefully intelligence and this current experience will defeat them and their representatives.

Doesn't this shutdown make you wish there was an election right now where you could shout out with your vote how displeased you are with the current crop of Republican elected officials?

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I Love Polls

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Polls & Surveys

Polls are a collection of numbers that are only as meaningful as you want them to be. Ask Mitt Romney. His pollsters told him he was going to win. He was crushed.

Polls told us that Americans overwhelmingly favored background checks on weapons. Congress didn't believe them.

Snowden

So now we're getting some new numbers on Edward Snowden. But before you jump to any conclusions, in a poll conducted on the Fourth of July of this year, three names were given 2000 people at a fireworks gathering at Chicago's Navy Pier. Given these three names, they were asked who recently released classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs. William McKinley, Gustav Mahler or Edward Snowden. McKinley, the president, came in first with (37%); Mahler, the Austrian composer, second (21%); and Snowden, the document leaker, third (18%). The remaining 24% weren't aware of any classified documents being released. This isn't a slam on Chicago. It's a comment on how uninformed we are as a society.

So, with that as a reference, I'd like to share some numbers from a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Democrats said that Snowden did the wrong thing by a 46 percent to 26 percent margin, while independents said that he did the right thing by a 40 percent to 28 percent margin.

According to the new survey, 51 percent of Americans now say they've heard a lot about Snowden, while 38 percent say they've heard a little and only 11 percent said they've heard nothing at all.

Now that doesn't seem to jive with the unscientific poll in Chicago on Independence Day. Perhaps when you deal with real people, out with their families to enjoy the nations birthday, they become forgetful. Or maybe the YouGov poll is too tightly wrapped up in bed with the political activists of this country and not with the people as a whole. That's just a bit of an observation.

Forty-eight percent of respondents to the poll said that they support prosecuting Snowden for his actions, while 33 percent were opposed.

Maybe Snowden did wrong.  Maybe he did right.  We may never know until he tries to flee Russia (if he's even there) to another country and the US extorts or exerts pressure on other countries to act on unsubstantiated rumors of his flying over their airspace and forcing down his plane.

Hey, United States, stop the unregulated spying on us . Stop reading our mail. Stop snooping in on our internet communications. Stop tagging our phone calls. You need something for national security reasons? You should have it.  But do it legally. Get a warrant. That's what the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) is for.

And US Congress.  It's your job to make sure it's followed.

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