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Former GOP Sen. Bob Dole: Paul, Rubio, Cruz lack experience; Cruz "way out there."

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Former Republican Senator Bob Dole thinks Rafael "Ted" "Green Eggs and Ham" Cruz is "an extreme right wing guy" and "way out there." That's an understatement, but okay, we can let it slide just this once. Dole is 90, by the way, so he has a vast number of comparisons to draw from. Why, in HIS day...

And he's right. Recently, Elizabeth Warren quipped that Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence. And even more recently, Cruz said he'd use the confirmation of President Obama's new HHS Secretary to try to overturn Obamacare.

He's all yours, GOP.

The Hill, quoting from an interview Bob Dole had with The Wichita Eagle:

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don't think they've got enough experience yet," Dole said. [...]

Dole said Cruz is "way out there" on the extremes of the party and defended his own record, calling himself one of President Reagan's top supporters.

That was after Cruz said this:

Ted Cruz:

All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney. Now, look, those are good men, they're decent men, but when you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.

As Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

For more Cruz lunacy, just scroll through our posts here. As for Rand Paul, scroll here for his own brand of WTF.

Meanwhile, as a special bonus, let's talk Paul Ryan. The Black Caucus is challenging him on poverty after he said that poverty is caused largely by a "tailspin of culture," particularly in inner cities, where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work."

And don't even get me started on Marco Rubio.

Note: Edited to correct errors.

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Former "naive, abandoned" Republican now calls them "narrow-minded, brainwashed, war-minded"

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In one of today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, a former Republican minces no words about how her party failed her. Elizabeth Warren mentioned a few of the worst corporate conservatives in my previous post, "Soon you'll have a Supreme Court that is a wholly owned subsidiary of big business."

On a more positive note, did I mention that more and more Americans are discovering the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare?

Re “Health law's winners in plain sight,” Column, March 23
I was a loyal Republican for 30 years, yet once I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, every health insurance company told me “no coverage.”

This was my wake-up call — knowing my party had abandoned me when I needed it most.

I am now an independent, and so proud that someone empowered the people to stand up to the big corporate healthcare companies.

How can we consider ourselves proud Americans when we abandon our own people because of a chronic disease? How can we allow corporate America to write our laws?

How do we allow our representatives to sign a pledge to the wealthiest people, forgetting the majority? I am ashamed that I ever was naive enough to consider myself a Republican; I find them narrow-minded, brainwashed and war-minded.

Laura Mellody
Riverside

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A few years, ago one of my sons was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Since he was out of work, my wife and I were paying $475 a month for his insurance.

We were afraid to change policies because of his preexisting condition, so we continued with that setup until the Affordable Health Care Act took hold.

Then we were able to get rid of what we learned to be an inferior policy and acquire a preferred provider — for considerably less money. God bless you, Mr. President.

Greg Lewis
Chatsworth

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WI GOP State Senator not "willing to defend them anymore... There is no massive voter fraud."

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Per The Cap Times, WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz was on on The Devil’s Advocates radio show discussing voter suppression, specifically bills that cut back on early voting. Schultz's own party, the party o' dirty tricks, has been doing whatever it can to make voting harder, because when turnout is high, it usually translates into Democratic wins.

So of course, rather than fighting for victories in the good old fashioned, all-American, patriotic, apple pie honest way, Republicans resort to cheating, because they know they'd never win by approaching elections, you know, fairly.

Democracy, schmemocracy. Endlessly long, discouraging lines rule!

This isn't the first time WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz has bucked his own party. See: GOP State Sen. Dale Schultz Slams Walker, Calls Union-Busting "Classic Overreach". Now he's expressing his disdain and distaste for the way they're obstructing Wisconsinites from voting.

Schultz:

“I began this session thinking that there was some lack of faith in our voting process and we maybe needed to address it. But I have come to the conclusion that this is far less noble...

"We are not encouraging voting, we are not making voting easier in any way shape or form by these bills...

"I don't see how you can claim to be improving things by actually reducing hours... but maybe this is Never Never Land, who knows?

"It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud.

"The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at our voting sites and trying to suppress the vote...

“I am not willing to defend them [his colleagues] anymore. I’m just not and I’m embarrassed by this...

"[Voter suppression is] plain wrong...

"It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail of for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.”

And that concludes another episode of "Republicans eating their own."

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Chris Christie "goes out of his way to be a dick to other Republicans."

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Check out this headline from the National Journal:

Conservatives on Chris Christie: Diva Getting What He Deserves

Rudy Guiliani's adviser: 'You're going to see conservatives returning the favor he gave them over the last year.'

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You ain't seen nothin' yet... hopefully:

Republican media strategist Rick Wilson, who worked on Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign, argued that Christie "goes out of his way to be a dick to other Republicans" -- and will reap the payback if his fortunes start to head south.

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Wilson added the scandal threatens to tarnish Christie's luster with prospective donors because "they don't like scandals, and this makes him look like at best he lost control of his organization."

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However, the National Journal also said that Christie "immediately [fired] deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly." Wrong. There was nothing "immediate" about it.

The article also reminds us that his base "has always been his New Jersey inner circle and Wall Street donors." 'Nuff said.

One clip that has been replayed a few times from Chris Christie's press conference was him expressing how *gasp!* "dismayed" he was by the "tone and attitude" of the emails. How about the intent, the content, and the end result? First responders were delayed, and a woman died. Not a word of dismay about that, eh Gov?

By the way, Governor "Heartbroken," many of us are "dismayed" by your "tone and attitude" on a regular basis.

P.S. Here’s Proof That Governor Christie Is Still Misleading The Public On Bridge Scandal. All our posts on why nobody ever should vote for Chris Christie again are here. Please scroll down.

And here's a bonus, because you've all been so patient during Paddy's and David's absence:

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"Gas is being thrown on the internal GOP fire."

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It's so simple, GOP. Just do as the president does and you could lessen your pain. Maybe. If you really try. It's amazing how making an effort to rectify problems actually helps to solve them.

Via First Read:

A tale of two problems: Combining the two biggest political stories over the past week, we have this question: What has been the more significant disaster -- the problems associated with the federal Obamacare website, or the state of the Republican Party after the shutdown? There is one important difference between the two stories. While the Obama administration is throwing every resource to fix its website issue, is anyone inside the GOP trying to prevent an all-out ideological civil war from breaking out? In fact, it seems to be just the opposite: Gas is being thrown on the internal GOP fire.

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One example of this internal combustion concerns the Dickette herself, Liz Cheney, who is running against Sen. Mike Enzi for a Wyoming U.S. Senate seat. Per Politico, it seems she's a tad irked at John McCain, among others. She sent out a fundraising letter that said, “Liberal Republican senators like John McCain and Olympia Snowe have endorsed my opponent. We must be doing something right if these folks are fighting so hard to preserve the status quo.”

Keep throwing that gas, Liz. We all know how the Cheneys get off on big explosions.

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And just because you've all been so good about putting up with all our rants and fundraisers, here's a little reward: Raffy "Ted" Cruz's BFF Mike Lee is facing a backlash over that pesky GOP government shutdown. All together now:

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VIDEO: Rand Paul compares Republicans to (wait for it) Charlie Sheen

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Here are a few gems uttered by the one, the only (thankfully) Rand Paul at at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Virginia.

Via First Read:

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Thursday that Republicans have been “winning” recent Washington battles and laid out a roadmap for how the party can use the victories to appeal to key voting blocks that fueled President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election. [...]

And by winning Washington battles, he's referring to the GOP civil war that's tearing his party apart.

Who is probably the least likely to protect your privacy among Democrats? Hillary Clinton,” Paul added. (He did not specify why he thought the former secretary of state would be so vulnerable on this issue.) [...]

On Thursday, Paul said making it an issue for Republicans to campaign on can help win over another demographic that Obama dominated in 2012 – African Americans.

This from the guy who questioned the Civil Rights Act on The Rachel Maddow Show... and then denied he ever did:

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But here's the money quote:

Rand Paul:

Does anybody remember Charlie Sheen when he was kind of going crazy… And he was going around, jumping around saying, "Winning, winning, we’re winning." Well I kind of feel like that, we are winning. And I’m not on any drugs.

That's debatable.

Yes, Rand Paul thought it was a good idea to compare the GOP to Charlie Sheen... the cringe-worthy, wackadoodle guy on drugs who was losing.

And Paul wants American voters to trust him to be their next president. Good luck with that, genius. And thank you for playing:

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Republicans Eating Their Own, Episode 2549387: Clash on #ObamaCare opens up GOP civil war

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It's time for another episode of "Republicans Eating Their Own," sponsored by the tea party, the group that brought us those stellar paragons of nutballitude, Sarah Palin and Jesse Helms' BFF Ted Cruz along with their umpteenth quest to repeal Obamacare.

After all, 41 attempts by House GOPers just won't do! Nosireebob, those perversely determined righties are likely aiming for the Magic Number: 44! See how cleverly that relates back to our 44th Kenyan dictator president?

Those scamps, they think of everything.

In this installment, "Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders," and wowzers, boys and girls, hijinks ensue!

Via The Hill:

Both centrist and conservative members in the House believe that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants could have done more earlier this year to counter the Tea Party's effort to defund ObamaCare. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill say such an effort is politically impossible with a Democratic-controlled Senate and a Democrat in the White House. Regardless, the rift on what to do on ObamaCare has opened up a civil war within the GOP.

That deep division is flaring at a time when fiscal showdowns are front and center following the August recess. A number of lawmakers, who spoke with The Hill on the condition of anonymity, say they are upset that their leaders don't appear to have a strategy and didn't communicate more with them during the summer break.

And for their part, GOP leaders are not exactly thrilled with conservatives who have threatened to defect on spending bills. To quote The Hill, those threats have "handcuffed" John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy in cuffs: Paints quite a mental picture, doesn't it?

Many GOP lawmakers share that frustration privately and several have gone so far as to call their party "leaderless."

Many of us call their party senseless, brainless, and heartless... but I digress.

“Here we are complaining about a president who can't lead [on Syria], who leads us into this morass and we're doing the same things to ourselves on ObamaCare, on the debt ceiling,” one conservative complained.

Ooo snap, the ultimate slap in the face: Comparing each other to -- dun dun dun-n!-- President Obama.

Tea party members and conservative groups zapped a brilliant plan by House leaders that called for the Senate to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act. And by brilliant, I mean a complicated epic fail. The vote on the legislation was canceled.

Now the GOP is biting what's left of their nails over how House Republicans can avoid an October government shutdown. See, then Democrats would blame them for the mess, voters would blame them for the mess, and Dems could win back the House. GOPers are not thrilled at the prospect of history repeating itself.

So there you have it: All out infighting over another shutdown, because that worked so well for them last time. May they suffer every negative consequence for their incessant reckless buffoonery.

And that concludes another episode of "Republicans Eating Their Own."

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