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Not news: Republicans could slide even further with women, Latinos

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Women and Latinos do not trust Republicans. Oops, sorry, Captain Obvious got hold of my keyboard again. But he's right, which is also obvious:

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And those are only two of the most recent headlines. The GOP's history of misogyny and racism is appalling, and their efforts to deny their fellow human beings equal rights is disgusting.

Republicans have sworntogod that they want to broaden their appeal. Oh really? Well, if their relentless assault on women's reproductive rights, gay rights, voting rights, and their treatment of undocumented (and documented!) immigrants (or anyone else, for that matter) who don't look or sound like them is the barometer, then they're in deep trouble.

They're still saying exactly the same old thing about the same old things. Reed Galen, a GOP strategist in Orange County who also worked for Bush said, "If we want that number to grow, we have to find ways to talk to Latinos about the issues we all care about." How many Republicans have made identical comments? And how many have actually followed through, or even done the opposite? Exactly.

Remember their post-2012 election "autopsy"? That reinvention they keep promising... not so much. How's that reachy-outy, makeovery thing workin' for ya, GOP?

The Los Angeles Times takes it from here:

Donnelly, the GOP front-runner according to public opinion polls, has stood by his 2006 speech, delivered when he was leader in the volunteer Minuteman border-patrol organization. In it, he said illegal immigration would lead to a fight comparable to the Civil War. [...]

"I am not backing away from the fact that we are in a war," Donnelly told reporters in Sacramento on Tuesday, after reports of the speech caused an outcry. He said he did not believe the remarks would hurt his prospects among Latino voters.

See how they've changed?

The Pelosi flap on the new Breitbart CA website prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to ask that his column be taken off the site.

Republican strategists said that while the imagery was "problematic," they viewed it as less significant than the immigration issue.

So the problems with their antiquated policies, views, and (mis)treatment of women are "less significant." Not right up there on their To Do list. Got it.

Keep up the good work, guys. If it weren't for dirty tricks and gerrymandering, they wouldn't stand a chance in 2014. And don't even get me started on the Supreme Court ruling that favors billionaires...

UPDATE: New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line. 'Nuff said.

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Republicans block equal pay bill for third time

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Once again, Republicans block a Democratic bill, this time one that would help women by finally giving them equal pay and closing the wage gap. The Paycheck Fairness Act was filibustered (surprise!) by the GOP. Not that President Obama's passionate support had anything to do with it, right?

Way to expand on those outreach efforts, guys!

The Democrats will certainly use this to their advantage in the midterm elections. The Hill:

Democrats have benefited from a gender gap at the polls, and the party hopes that by emphasizing certain issues they’ll be positioned to take advantage in November.

Majority Leader Harry Reid had this to say: “Are Republicans in the Senate so repulsed by equal pay for hard-working American women that they can’t even stomach the thought of debating the issue?”

Not nearly as repulsed as women are by misogynistic Republicans in the Senate... and elsewhere.

Via Roll Call:

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, broke with his typical party leanings and voted with Republicans against cloture.  The vote was 53-44, with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., joining Republicans as a “no” in order to preserve his right to reconsider the vote.

No Republican voted with the Democrats. Three Republicans did not vote: Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas and Ted Cruz of Texas.

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This is Strike Three for Republicans, who also blocked debate on equal pay back in 2010 and 2012.

Are you ready for a couple of the amendments that the GOP offered up? Grab some Tums and start chewing in 5...4...3...2...1...

Some other GOP amendments would have repealed parts of ObamaCare and forced the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

What, no Benghazi!!!! ?
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How our political pooped-outitude works for Republicans

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There was a time not too long ago when I couldn't wait to get to Mr. Computer and type my little fingers off about the political events o' the day. Lately I've had to drag myself into my little downstairs office and convince myself that I was motivated by some story or other.

I asked myself over and over why that was. Part of the reason, at least recently, is my general malaise due to my dad's passing. And part of it is that, generally, interest (read: traffic) has ebbed, as Digby so ably pointed out... to my relief. I say relief only because Paddy and I were concerned about the quality of and attraction to TPC content; but as it turns out, it wasn't just us (again, read Digby's post). It is no relief at all that it's happening everywhere, though.

But beyond that, I'm still finding it tougher and tougher to get it up to write posts. I've analyzed it to death and finally had a quasi-epiphany. It's been clear that there has always been plenty to write about, and there's always an election right around the corner, or a conservative misfit to rant about, or a new controversy.

What makes it difficult, I'm discovering, is that I find myself dreading the next political "fight." I'm conflict weary. By now everyone with a pulse knows that ever since Barack Obama was elected, the GOP plan was to obstruct, defeat, and destroy him at every turn. It was on their nasty, destructive little agenda ever since inauguration night to plot and scheme and block the president, to prevent him from succeeding at anything, ever.

And that's exactly what they've done, not only nationally, but also in state legislatures. Everything is a battle. Every proposal ends in a struggle. Every plan triggers more head-butting. Every day brings another collision. And America is sick of it, including me. Political TV shows are being switched off. Car radio dials are being turned. And blog posts go unread.

The result? An uninformed, bored, exhausted electorate. And when voters are uninspired or turned off, they don't vote.

And when people fail to go to the polls, Republicans win.

They've so pooped us out with their constant clashes to the point where many of us have wanted to hibernate, and one result, inadvertent or intentional, could be voter apathy.

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And that was my quasi-epiphany.

Which is why I was inspired enough to get myself to Mr. Computer and keep writing. Somebody out there is reading blogs and watching news reports, which means somebody out there is more informed, which means more interest and more ballots cast.

I hope.

We must make sure that the Republican inauguration night plan, and by extension the state GOP schemes, don't take hold. Keep reading, keep watching, keep listening. 2014 will be here before you know it.

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Awww... Senate GOP feels jilted after being wined & dined by Obama. Really, now. How do they think Obama feels?

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Here is a headline I just ran across at The Hill: Senate GOP feels jilted after being wined and dined by Obama on deficit talks:

"We've made no progress. None," said a GOP senator who had dinner with Obama earlier this year.

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That's pretty sick hypocritical funny, in a frustrating, hair-pulling, head-exploding, teeth-gritting, jaw-clenching kind of way.*

Memo to Republicans: Before you start whining about how you feel "jilted" by President Obama, take a gander at today's Doonesbury- “Boehner”: We’ll be investigating and obstructing Obama, blocking his appointees.

Then take a walk down Memory Lane, starting with the GOP Inauguration night plot to obstruct. Plus the following:

Need more? Just keep scrolling through these posts.

So, GOP, who exactly has jilted whom?

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*Especially in light of all the hooplah over President Obama and Chris Christie cooperating so nicely with each other. Psst! That benefits both of them politically, and it would behoove Republican Congress members to take a few notes. Please note: This in no way whatsoever means I'm a Chris Christie fan, nor should any Democrat be, as you can plainly see here.

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Poll-itics: Hey GOP, America is on to you

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Dear GOP,

We're on to you.

Sincerely,

America

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that "by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, respondents conclude that the Republican Party is emphasizing partisanship more than unity."

That should have been called the Stating the Obvious Poll, but that doesn't sound Serious and Official enough.

So Americans think Republicans are partisan... what was their first clue? Their Inauguration night plot to obstruct?

These?

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Their motto?

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Their refusal to compromise? Their refusal to acknowledge what poll after poll tells them? Their refusal do anything but whine and filibuster?

All of the above?

First Read:

...64 percent say the Republican Party is taking a partisan approach, versus 22 percent who say it's focused on unity.

And a new Pew Research survey came out. Taegan summed it up for us:

62% of Americans says the Republican party is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.

To recap, they are a partisan, divisive, obstructionist, out of touch, stubborn, stuck in the mud group that caters to extremists. Republicans, you sound like a real attractive party:

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VIDEO: Mitch McConnell filibusters himself

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Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

"What we have here is a case of the Republicans here in the Senate once again not taking yes for an answer. This morning the Republican leader asked consent to have a vote on his proposal. Just now I told everyone we're willing to have that vote, an up-or-down vote, and now the Republican leader objects to his own idea, so I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill."

If we needed any more proof at what a hypocritical, obstructive clown Mitch McConnell is, now we have it. Remember, this is the guy who, on Inauguration Night, conspired to obstruct and destroy President Obama and who said this:

Today, via Raw Story, we witness legislation to raise the debt ceiling, McConnell's own proposal, being rejected by... McConnell.

His intent was apparently to show "that even Democrats would not support such a bill," a bill that would have given the president the authority to raise the federal debt ceiling on his own.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called his bluff, called for a vote, and in so many words, called McConnell a blatant hypocrite.

McConnell obstructing McConnell: Irony is not dead.

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My Way Boehner: "Instead of the House moving on Senate [tax] bill, Senate ought to move on the House bill."

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Nothing like being willing to compromise, eh Boehner? Or as he insists on calling it, "finding common ground." And by compromise I mean stonewalling.

He's pulling a Mitch McConnell and obstructing his little orange head off regarding President Obama's insistence on extending the middle income tax rates that will expire in January.

The Boehner seems set on gridlock as usual, at least until he meets with the president on Friday.

Per LiveWire, Boehner dodged and weaved-- as cowards are wont to do when they don't want to give a direct answer to a direct question-- when pressed on the tax cut matter:

"Well, I think instead of the House moving on the Senate bill, the Senate ought to move on the House bill...  We are not going to hurt our economy and make job creation more difficult, which is exactly what that plan will do... I look forward to my conversation beginning with the president on Friday."

America first! Jobs jobs jobs! Republicans care about the middle class!

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