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Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters

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Duck Dynasty

Who'd have ever thought you'd find the Tea Party, Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor and the guys from Duck Dynasty dueling in a Louisiana election? It happened yesterday.

The winner is, Duck Dynasty. Well, to be more specific, their backed candidate, Republican businessman Vance McAllister. He's a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., yet won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.

The man McAllister beat was a fellow Republican, Neil Riser, the Tea Party candidate.

Yahoo News:

McAllister, running as an outsider, lined up an endorsement from "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the popular reality show, and cast member Willie Robertson appeared in a commercial for the candidate. The program is shot in the northeast part of Louisiana that McAllister will represent.

Unlike McAllister, Riser had the backing of a number of prominent Republicans including U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

What could have been the deciding issue might have been this:

Riser agreed with the governor's stance to reject the Medicaid expansion.

As a state senator, Riser authored a Louisiana constitutional amendment requiring any state gun restrictions to pass the "strict scrutiny" test. The funeral home owner was the contest's early favorite with backing from the conservative Tea Party of Louisiana and the national group FreedomWorks, which is aligned with the Tea Party movement.

So it looks like "Digger" Riser wasn't as popular as an unknown moderate like McAllister. Even with FreedomWorks and the Tea Party's money, the Republicans in Louisiana aren't falling for the right-wing, extremist crap. Louisiana spoke, and they said they want health care subsidies and they believe in sane gun control.

You go,Louisiana. You just sent shock waves through the Republican party. Are you feeling them yet, Reince Priebus?

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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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Among GOP, Rubio Favorables Down 15 Points This Year

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I truly do not see any path to immigration reform for these bozos. Only good thing is that they are backing themselves into the extinction corner. h/t Taegan.

Senator Marco Rubio, widely expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has seen his popularity with Republican voters slip in recent months.

Rubio, the most visible advocate of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform plan, is now viewed favorably by 58% of Republican voters nationwide. That down 10 points since May  and 15 points since February.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 16% of GOP voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, while 25% are undecided.

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