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The GOP crap chimichanga


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The GOP is imploding. Again. They continue to eat their own, self-destruct, squabble amongst themselves, offend enormous groups of people, and present themselves as the "crap chimichanga" of Congress. I can't take credit for that Very Special term. It belongs to Rep. Steve Stockman, who can keep it after this post is finished:


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I'm not alone in calling out the GOP. Doyle McManus has an entire op-ed in the Sunday Los Angeles Times devoted to them titled, "See the Republicans flail." That first L in "flail" must have been a typo. Butanyway. Among other things, his piece examines the House GOP's humungous infighting disaster as they struggled to pass an immigration bill that they knew would go precisely nowhere. The Senate wouldn't go for it, and the president would certainly veto it. It was purely symbolic, a big ol' crap chimichanga hat tip to right wing extremists who have House Speaker John Boehner on one of these:

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Let's let McManus do the talking:

The disaster was a public humiliation for both Boehner and his newly elevated majority leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) — on McCarthy's first week in his new job.

But it was only the most recent of many such battles in the House Republicans' unresolved civil war. Their challenges to Boehner's leadership on major issues have become an annual affair. In 2011, the issue was the federal debt ceiling (conservatives wanted a crisis; Boehner didn't). In 2012, it was the “fiscal cliff” (Boehner wanted to make a deal on tax rates; the tea party rejected it). In 2013, it was a 16-day government shutdown forced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other conservatives over Boehner's warnings. [...]

[T]he deep division among Republicans has added another dimension to the gridlock... [T]ea party members made reversing the [DACA] program a conservative litmus test; any bill that didn't include such a mandate, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) tweeted, would be a “crap chimichanga.”

He aptly ends his op-ed this way: "Under these circumstances, perhaps it's a good thing that Congress is heading off for its five-week summer vacation — excuse me, 'district work period.'”

How's that reinvention thing workin' for ya, GOP?

And this concludes another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own... while devouring democracy.

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP March Madness



"A Lot To Swallow" (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon



Dear GOP: Grow up.


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Here's something you'd never see at CPAC (h/t: @IndpndntThnkn):

"WhackJobPalooza!" aka CPAC 2013 laid bare the rifts in the GOP as well as their hypocrisy and the vile "rock stars" they groom, pamper, and strut out like well-trained dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I personally couldn't bring myself to watch much of it, but occasionally a standout moment would come to our attention:

VIDEO: Ann Coulter calls Bill Clinton a “forcible rapist” at #CPAC2013

#CPAC2013 VIDEO– Jeb Bush: People think “Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker.”

VIDEO: “Now step away from the teleprompter,” said Sarah Palin reading from a teleprompter at #CPAC2013

Video- Michele Bachmann: If We Cared, We’d Cure Alzheimer’s Disease In Ten Years

Video- CPAC Women’s Panel Fights ‘Sexist’ Obamacare and ‘Liberal Indoctrination Camps’

“Romney: The misery of working people makes America great.”

VIDEO: Bobby Jindal makes waterboarding joke at #CPAC2013

Video- CPAC 2013: Mitch McConnell Says Hillary Clinton-Led 2016 Field Like ‘A Rerun Of The Golden Girls’

Video - CPAC 2013: Alan Keyes: “Semi-Psychotic” Obama Establishing “Totalitarian Communism”

Video - Allen West at CPAC: Civil War, Nazism, and Barack Obama

Video - Louis Gohmert At CPAC: “Vietnam Was Winnable But People In Washington Decided We Would Not Win It”

Do those sound like people who are evolving and who want to reinvent themselves, broaden their appeal, and open their hearts to more Americans?

This is not a party that is making any real effort to see the errors of their ways and go out of their way to rectify them. Instead, they continue to insist on spewing infantile nastiness while still residing in an earlier century and trying to convince America that saying they're changing is tantamount to actually changing. Some even inexplicably expressed no desire to evolve, maintaining that everything is hunky dory except the way their message is framed.

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) -- Under a large banner that proclaimed "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives," the Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood belted out tunes such as "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Elvira" over back-to-back nights at the just-wrapped Conservative Political Action Conference.

Hardly Justin Bieber or Carrie Underwood.

As Republicans struggle with an intra-party feud over the direction of the party, the bold blue sign that hung over the stage here at National Harbor and the choice of artists at the evening dinners headlined by former Sen. Jim DeMint and former Gov. Jeb Bush seemed to send a mixed message. [...]

But Republicans lost the 18-29-year-old vote by a 23-point margin in the 2012 presidential race. ... [T]hey agree on this point: Recruiting younger voters to the GOP is a priority. "Elvira" doesn't seem to be the appropriate rallying cry.

Note to conservatives: It's not just about the music, which would be yet another cosmetic patch to slap on that might appear updated, more attractive and exciting, but in reality would be too insignificant to cover deeper problems.

Younger voters support marriage equality and immigration reform, including the DREAM Act, climate change, and equal rights, to name a few. In fact, young Republicans are more liberal on social issues than most people assume. Plus, eighteen-to-29-year-olds are more likely to approve of Obama’s performance.

When young voters are more mature than the so-called party of "adults," it's about time for Republicans to grow up, or just grow, if that's even possible.

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#CPAC2013 VIDEO-- Jeb Bush: People think "Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker."


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Jeb Bush:

"All too often, we're associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe that Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on."

Gee, ya think?

Why would that be? Republicans? Extreme and small-minded? Anti-everything? Via a post I wrote back in 2011 during the Wisconsin protests:

The GOP has no foresight or grasp of the health of our planet and wants to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The GOP wants to do away with unions.

The GOP wants to do away with the middle class.

The GOP wants to do away with the Democratic party.

The GOP wants to do away with free speech and expression.

The GOP wants to do away with human dignity.

The GOP wants to do away with civility toward anyone who is not like them, meaning white and/or Christian.

The GOP wants to do away with health care for anyone but the wealthiest AmericansEspecially women’s health care.

The GOP wants to do away with allowing two people who love each other to marry each other.

The GOP wants to do away with freedom of choice.

The GOP wants to do away with taxes for the very wealthy, not to mention productive spending and job growth at the expense of the health and welfare of this country.

We need to do away with the extreme demands of the GOP.  We have no choice… but that’s exactly what they want.

Which brings us to 2012, when Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.”

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

Karl Rove’s advice to his fellow Republicans was just don’t *sound* intolerant.

And according to a Republican strategy memo, “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.”

Which brings me to 2013, when RNC Chair Reince Priebus wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn’t wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator. Check out the list of "anti-everythings" in that post.

And let's not forget the Rolling Stone piece that warned us, “Don’t be fooled” by the so-called GOP makeover. “Rarely has it been more dangerous.”

Finally, Jeb said this:

"We need to be larger than that."

Insert obvious large Republican joke here. I can't bring myself to do it. It would be too anti.