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Bright spot for Dems: Electing governors in states run by Republicans

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As the headline suggests, there is, indeed, a bright spot for Democrats this election season: Knocking off GOP governors in tres rouge Republican states. Waitwhat? Yes, you read that right, we have a shot at retaking a few governors mansions in currently (Or to put it punnily, currantly) red states. Crazy huh? How'd that happen?

Well, it happened because radical right legislation signed by radical right governors is backfiring. Even their fellow Republicans have had enough. Now let's hope it backfires effectively enough to get voters to turn a few red mansions blue. Steve Kornacki cites one example. Then below that is the L.A. Times' broader take on the topic. Take it away, Steve:

Steve Kornacki, subbing for Rachel Maddow:

So you've heard a lot of stories in the last two years about extremely conservative governors and extremely conservative state legislators. You've probably heard of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and maybe you're even familiar with some of the extremely conservative lawmaking he and his legislature have achieved.

But you might not have heard what happened to Governor Brownback in Kansas today. Lots of people have seen enough and many of those people are Republicans...

There's a race for governor of Kansas this year. And today in that state, more than 100 Republican politicians and activists officially threw their support behind the Democrat...

And to put things in perspective and how big a deal this is, just take a minute to think of how staunchly a Republican state Kansas actually is...

Just two years ago, Brownback led an effort to purge moderate Republican state legislators in primaries to drive them out of the statehouse to replace them with right-wingers. And he got his way. 2012 was also the same year he signed a controversial tax slashing law into effect. ... Brownback said at the time that the cuts would create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business.

But two years later, it hasn't quite worked out that way. So far, it`s cost Kansas a ton of revenue without really jump-starting the economy. Moody`s, for example, recently downgraded the state`s credit rating... [O]n one hand, the governor`s dealing with the fallout from the tax cuts he championed. And on the other, he`s dealing with backlash from the moderates he`s tried to stamp out.

Steve Benen has more on this at The Maddow Blog.

The Los Angeles Times explores the phenomenon further. Brownback isn't the only one who may be in trouble:

The mathematics and political map both favor Democrats, the opposite of their circumstance in congressional races, where most House Republicans are safe and most competitive Senate contests are in places President Obama lost in 2012.

By contrast, Republican governors are battling in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states Obama carried twice.

Democrats have even expanded the fight to places such as ruby-red Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback faces a stiff challenge amid an uproar from GOP moderates and others unhappy with his aggressively conservative agenda — especially a massive tax cut that has badly strained state finances.

I love the way Nathan Gonzales, an analyst with the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, put it: "One of the consequences of doing well in an election is having to defend those victories next time around."

As regular readers know, one of my mantras is that the GOP lacks foresight. This drives the point home.

And this concludes yet another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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oz we're not in kansas any more

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GOP Rep. Gingrey on climate change: Gov't should “put surgical mask on rear ends of every cow”

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Rep. Phil Gingrey

Back in 2010, our dear Paddy (R.I.P.) posted a video of Rep. Phil Gingrey: Seniors Would Lose Care To Save Money For "Injured Professional Athletes." In that post, Paddy said, "You've got to admit that they get pretty creative when they're desperate."

A couple of days ago, Phil Gingrey joined six other Republicans in a debate hosted by the state GOP. Or to put it another way, seven conservatives tried their level best to out cray-cray each other to win a Senate seat. Roll Call:

In front of a couple hundred voters at the Columbia County Exhibition Center just outside Augusta, the candidates sought to fortify their conservative credentials on immigration, the Second Amendment, abortion and what can be done to improve confidence in the economy.

Wait. Didn't we recently hear that Republicans were backing away from issues like abortion and gay rights because they were losers with voters? So much for that. And so much for that Big Outreach Effort they insist is mandatory in order to win elections. But I digress. Back to the Whacko Zone...

Rep. Jack Kingston, trying to make a case for electing creaky old DC insiders, said “I’m not going to apologize for being a long-term soldier fighting for the conservative cause." Since when has he ever apologized for anything? Moving on.

And anti-immigration (there's that outreach thing again), anti-John Boehner (there's that Republicans Eating Their Own thing again) Rep. Paul Broun decided he would “die for your right” to carry a lethal weapon. Note to Broun: Innocent people die because of such irrational reverence for killing machines.

But the big winner of the Questionable Sanity Award goes to Rep. Phil Gingrey:

Gingrey highlighted his three decades as an OB-GYN to prove he was no professional politician, noting he has delivered 5,200 babies. On government regulations meant to curb climate change, Gingrey quipped that maybe the government should “put a surgical mask on the rear ends of every cow” to stop the release of methane.

Speaking of face coverings, how about a soundproof surgical mask that covers the speaking end of every right wing radical?

Note to Gingrey: Regulations keep us alive by protecting us from poisons in our food, air, and water. Or perhaps you'd prefer Chinese milk laced with melamine instead?

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GOP myth-information debunked... again: #Obamacare and part-time jobs

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Michael Hiltzik has been on a roll lately. I may post two of his Los Angeles Times columns today, because he keeps hitting on points that seem to get very little coverage elsewhere, except as you can see above, on "All In with Chris Hayes":

Obamacare also provides a convenient scapegoat to blame for all sorts of economic ills that either pre-existed or have nothing to do with the health care law. Thanks to a new jobs report today delayed by the government shutdown, tonight we have facts. And one bit of data in particular that might put one of its most insidious lies out of its misery: That Obamacare is a job killer.

...Luckily, we don't have to rely on politicians, pundits and anecdotes to tell us what's going on in the economy, we also have data. Today we learned that full-time employment is up. And the number of people working part-time involuntarily is down since June, and down even more since last year when Obamacare wasn't a factor.

In other words, the trend is moving in the opposite direction of the talking points. And when you zoom out a couple of years since the start of the financial crisis, you see the rise in part-time work starts after the crash and has since gone down. in part, while Obamacare has been the law of the land.

Hiltzik takes it from there:

The report's most notable nugget is the change in part-time work. Over the last month the number of workers in part-time jobs for economic reasons--slack demand, cutbacks in hours--has remained stable. Over the last year, however, it has fallen by 681,000. ...

That puts the lie to the popular conservative meme that Obamacare has transformed America's workforce into part-timers. ...The shorthand about this provided by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), that one-stop shop for Obamacare disinformation, was "single parents who have been forced into part-time work."

Previous employment reports have shown no evidence for that, and the new report undermines the myth further. Moreover, the monthly report defines "part-time" more loosely than the Affordable Care Act -- 35 hours a week or less, compared to the ACA's 30 hours--which means there's even less evidence for the Obamacare/part-time meme.

More at the link.

The GOP can continue to deceive us, but facts are facts, and they only make themselves look dishonest and downright stupid. They repeat their lies often enough to make some of the less informed and more gullible believe they are facts, but eventually it comes down to the same 30-or-so percent who blindly follow anything they put out there.

The rest of us are wising up, as you can see by the latest poll numbers.

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Dem donations surge, but getting GOP donors to write checks is like "pulling teeth"

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I recently posted GOP donors "horrified," "appalled," "frustrated," "angered" over "Todd Akin-like candidates who blow eminently winnable races."

Republican donors were horrified in November after pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns for president and Congress with nothing to show for it. A year later they’re appalled by how little has changed, angered by the behavior of Republican lawmakers during a string of legislative battles this year capped by the shutdown, and searching for answers.

::coughCruz!cough::

If you link over, you'll see how Republican fundraising has been taking a hit. All together now:

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Not so on the Democratic side.

Yay

Roll Call:

Not only have the Democratic campaign committees that back House and Senate candidates outraised their GOP counterparts, but unrestricted super PACs that support Democrats have pulled in close to three times what GOP super PACs have so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

That’s a dramatic reversal from 2012, when conservative super PACs spent roughly 70 percent of the non-party outside money in the election.

If that's not depressing enough for the GOP, Americans don't want them to control the House, but they do want Boehner to go and Obamacare to stay.

Need another spritz of Eau de Schadenfreude?

One former Republican Party official who tried to organize a Washington, D.C.-area fundraiser for the NRCC on the eve of the government shutdown said it was like “pulling teeth” to get participants to write checks. The message he heard from guests, he said, was: “Why should I give to these guys? They’re going to shut down the government.”

During the shutdown itself, many lawmakers and party officials canceled fundraising events, and they are now struggling to catch up... More ominous for Republicans, however, is the public grousing from donors. “I know a lot of people in New York who are just not going to give again,” said Thomas Scully, who served in the George W. Bush administration...

Oh it gets better. Now some Republicans are concerned that business donors will also defect to Democrats. Did I mention that a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 32 percent of those polled have favorable views of Republicans, and 46 percent approve of Democrats?

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John Feehery, a former GOP leadership aide and president of a lobbying and PR group, said, “I think the biggest worry for Republicans is the fratricide. When it’s Republican-on-Republican violence, the business community will look at Democrats and say: ‘At least these guys are sane.’”

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"Never vote for politicians claiming government is evil, because- if elected- they can prove it."

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “Did Congress learn anything?,” Editorial, Oct. 17, and “Economic hit from impasse could endure,” Oct. 18

According to your front-page article, “Standard & Poor's U.S. chief economist estimated that the shutdown and debt-limit standoff cost the economy $24 billion in reduced activity in the final three months of the year.”

So, I submit this invoice:

From: The U.S. economy;

To: Sen. Ted Cruz and the tea party;

$24,000,000,000 (and counting).

Please call for information on our easy repayment plan.

Norman Palley
Culver City

***

The ultimate blame for the bad behavior of elected officials lies with those who elected them.

The lesson to be learned from the recent political fiasco should be abundantly clear by now: Never vote for politicians claiming government is evil, because — if elected — they can prove it.

Until we change our voting habits, we can only expect more of the same.

Angus Andrews
Westlake Village

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The willingness of the Republicans to throw the country under the bus had nothing whatsoever to do with the budget or the deficit; it was driven solely by their hatred of the Affordable Care Act and its architect, President Obama.

They want to gut the act before tens of millions of voters are able to avail themselves of health coverage previously denied them.

Their worst nightmare is that the act may actually do some good and that the Democrats accrue political capital as a result.

Herb L. Weinberg
Los Angeles

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Of all the decisions I've made in my life, three turned out to have been particularly important: my move to California, my remarriage to a wonderful second wife and my leaving the Republican Party two years ago.

Considering the recent actions of the Republican members of Congress to try to repeal or defund Obamacare, I would be embarrassed to call myself a Republican today.

Wally Grayson
Santa Monica

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It makes no difference whether it's called the tea party or the coffee party or the vodka party or the gin party: It's still the Republican Party.

George Shahinian
Huntington Beach

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How to avoid another #GOPshutdown

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How so we avoid another shutdown? Well, for starters, be pro-active, stay on the offense, elect Progressives (starting at the local level on up), get off your collective hineys and vote in every single election and help others to do the same, give tea partiers and other irrational conservatives the boot, demand that Democrats stay strong and unified, challenge the media when they misinform voters, and make it even more obvious to America which Republicans are responsible (and irresponsible) for the hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions and billions of dollars lost because of their self-interests and consuming concerns about re-election.

Other than all that, in today's Los Angeles Times, David Gamage and David Louk presented another idea.

David Gamage is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. David Louk is a law student at Yale Law School and a doctoral student in the Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program at UC Berkeley School of Law. Their L.A. Times op-ed is based on their forthcoming research paper.

Here are the bare bones of their idea. Please read the entire op-ed for more details:

It doesn't have to be that way. State and federal legislators should follow the lead of Wisconsin and Rhode Island and enact provisions for automatic continuing appropriations. Under such rules, if lawmakers fail to negotiate a new budget on time, the previous year's budget automatically carries over until a new spending plan is passed. This gives legislators the opportunity to negotiate without the threat of a looming and costly shutdown. [...]

If the federal government had adopted a default budget mechanism, House Republicans and Democrats might still be bickering over the passage of a timely new budget. But the government would continue running while lawmakers negotiated.

So what do you think? It sounds reasonable, but what are the arguments against their "default budget policy"?

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After #GOPshutdown, Republican since 1952 changes registration "away from" party

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First things first: Please Help Support the Political Carnival- Autumnal Fundraiser

Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “Crisis averted — for now,” Oct. 17

Although it's tempting to feel relief that our government is restarting, we must recognize the irreparable damage that's occurred in the last 16 days.

A small, extremist faction of Republicans put people out of work, bruised our international reputation, desensitized us toward the ploy of brinkmanship and made us a more cynical nation.

California voters are fortunate to have congressional representatives who are, in general, balanced and represent us well. But we can't be complacent any longer. We can't accept another such crisis in a mere matter of months; we must all be more involved in the political process.

We need to join grass-roots organizations, communicate with our elected officials and make our voices heard. Activism is not just an option to a nation at risk.

Rebecca Beatty
Sherman Oaks

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I've watched several GOP members of Congress on TV recently. Their language is, in many cases, a distortion of the facts, a mythical view of the economy and often plain nonsense.

They have a totally different set of figures for the GDP, the national debt and the economic loss incurred in the most recent shutdown. They refer to President Obama as “stubborn” and “refusing to negotiate” and other perspectives not in sync with reality.

They make it sound as if the national debt was created in the last four years and was not the result of decades of taxation and spending approved by Congress.

Their constant referral to “the American people” sounds as if the GOP won the last national election. They claim “victory” by saying they “stood up to the president.”

But they didn't fool or convince the voters in 2012 and probably won't in 2016.

Sol Taylor
Sherman Oaks

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Having voted as a Republican in every election since 1952, I have decided to express my opinion of the GOP's recent surrender to the tea party by changing my registration away from the Republican Party. Perhaps if a sufficient number of other pragmatic folks do the same, we can get some sanity back in Washington.

Dean Stinson
Moorpark

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Can the people of the United States sue Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the Republicans for the billions of dollars lost due to their shutdown?

Gary Holland
Van Nuys

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