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Poll-itics- Wanted: Way better GOP presidential contenders


In a new AP-GfK poll, Republicans expressed how they're feeling about their party's presidential contenders. In a word, bo-or-r-r-ing!


Some 45 percent now say they’re dissatisfied with the GOP candidates who have declared or are thought to be serious about running, up from 33 percent two months ago, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Just 41 percent are satisfied with the likely Republican field, down from 52 percent.

Plenty are holding out for somebody else.

According to the article, they're looking for more spunk, more pizzazz, more zing. In short, they want different candidates.

It would be novel to see a GOP candidate who can actually answer a question, who understands the U.S. Constitution, who isn't an utter hypocrite about just about everything, who you can Google without cringing, who deserves respect, who doesn't support torturing other human beings, who appreciates the Civil Rights Act, or who isn't an out-and-out egotistical nutcase:

So far this year, it looks like a case of GOP buyer’s remorse before all the merchandise is even out on the shelves.

"Merchandise"? More like damaged goods.


PhotOh! GOP whiplash


My head is spinning from the constant Republican hypocridiocy, the lies, the utter disregard for fellow Americans and for their own damn words.

Here are just a few examples that I got wind of in the last five minutes. This photo...

Psst! It's Medicaid, not Medicade; government, not govment; and damnit, not dammit, damnit.

I caught that right after I saw this chart, via Think Progress and the CBPP (earlier post with more of their charts here):

Let's not overlook this little gem:

Kyl Aide: My ‘Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement’ Statement Was Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement

Is anything they say intended to be factual?

H/t: @DC Debbie, @bmangh for the photo


Poll-itics: Bad news for Congressional Republicans


So when progressives say, "Republicans suck," America is noticing and has decided they agree? Works for me.

I love the opening sentence. I hope this little tale winds up having a happy ending. Once upon a time...

PPP's newest national poll finds that after a little more than 3 months in charge House Republicans have fallen so far out of favor with the American public that it's entirely possible Democrats could take control of the House back next year.

Here are some magic numbers:

43% of voters think that House Republicans are doing a worse job now than the Democrats did, compared to only 36% who think the GOP has brought an improvement. 19% think things are about the same. 62% of voters thinking that the Republicans have either made things worse or brought no improvement to an already unpopular Congress does not bode particularly well for the party.

62%. That's nothing to sneeze at.

As for those pesky independents... poof!

[I]ndependents now say they'd vote Democratic for the House by a 42-33 margin if these was an election today, representing a 28 point reversal in a span of just five months.

Who do we thank first? The tea baggers or The Boehner?

Ding dong, the witch is melting...


Sharron Angle running for Congress


Sharron Angle must be bored with hawking skin care products. Then again, she wasn't the ideal salesperson, much less representative of that most desired look that all women crave.

Nah, she must be itching to get back to the good old days of hawking Second Amendment remedies instead, along with recreating fond memories of ducking the press, refusing to answer their questions, giving hypocridiotic answers when she did, and telling Hispanic kids that they look Asian.

Or maybe she just heard "God's calling" again.

Via CNN:

In an e-mail to supporters, the former Nevada State Assemblywoman said she plans to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by current GOP Rep. Dean Heller. [...]

"Harry Reid still rules the U.S. Senate, holding up government spending cuts and other legislation passed by the Republican majority in the House.  Nancy Pelosi still organizes the Democrats, working her hardest to keep funding Planned Parenthood and NPR," Angle wrote in her announcement e-mail.  "Friend, the job still needs doing."

Of course it does. And who could be a more perfect candidate? After all, she did such a bang-up job last time around.


President Obama: "I was born in Hawaii, what can I say?"


Birthers, schmirthers, President Obama knows where he was born, Hawaii has confirmed it, and anything said to the contrary is an attempt to either divert attention away from daily GOP fail, or a mean-spirited persistent push to delegitimize the president.

Oh, and birthers? The Supreme Court agrees with Obama.

(CNN) – President Obama joked about the ongoing "birther" debate surrounding his birthplace at a Democratic fundraiser in Boston Tuesday night.

"I think there's nothing – there's no weakness in us trying to reach out and seeing if we can find common ground. Now, there are going to be times where we can't," Obama said about reaching across the aisle. "I was born in Hawaii, what can I say? I mean, I just… I can't change those facts."


Top 10 Worst Things about the Republicans' Immoral Budget


Via an email from

The Republican budget would:

1. Destroy 700,000 jobs, according to an independent economic analysis.

2. Zero out federal funding for National Public Radio and public television.

3. Cut $1.3 billion from community health centers—which will deprive more than 3 million low-income people of health care over the next few months.

4. Cut nearly a billion dollars in food and health care assistance to pregnant women, new moms, and children.

5. Kick more than 200,000 children out of pre-school by cutting funds for Head Start.

6. Force states to fire 65,000 teachers and aides, dramatically increasing class sizes, thanks to education cuts.

7. Cut some or all financial aid for 9.4 million low- and middle-income college students.

8. Slash $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, a cut that experts say would "send shockwaves" through cancer research, likely result in cuts to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research, and cause job losses.

9. End the only federal family planning program, including cutting all federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to support cancer screenings and other women's health care.

10. Send 10,000 low-income veterans into homelessness by cutting in half the number of veterans who get housing vouchers this year.g vouchers this year.


1. "GOP spending plan would cost 700,000 jobs, new report says," The Washington Post, February 28, 2011

2. "GOP budget would cut funding for public broadcasting," The Washington Independent, February 14, 2011

3. "NACHC Statement in Response to the Budget from the House Appropriations Committee," National Association of Community Health Centers website, accessed March 4, 2011

4."Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli.," The New Republic, February 12, 2011

House Republican Spending Cuts Target Programs For Children And Pregnant Women

5. "Obama and the GOP's Spending Cuts: Where's the Outrage?" Mother Jones, February 18, 2011

6. ibid

7. "Deficit Reduction on the Backs of the Most Vulnerable," Center for American Progress, March 2011 (PDF)

8. "The GOP Budget and Cancer—Why New Research Is at Risk," Politics Daily, February 27, 2011

"Republican Budget Cuts at Heart of Medical Research: Albert Hunt," Bloomberg, February 20, 2011

"Durbin: Cuts to NIH put research jobs at risk," Business Week, February 28, 2011

9. "GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011

10. "House GOP Spending Cuts Would Prevent 10,000 Low-Income Veterans From Receiving Housing Assistance," Think Progress, March 1, 2011


Supreme Court waves bye-bye to another lawsuit questioning Obama citizenship


The birther of a nation is slowly but surely turning into the birther of the blues:

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a "birther" proponent questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama.

The justices Monday turned aside without comment a request for a rehearing of various claims, after dismissing the original appeal in late January.

The long-shot petition by Gregory Hollister had called on Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to withdraw from considering the constitutional claims, contending a conflict of interest by the president's two high court appointees.

This birther stuff has no appeal. Literally.

Pun Time is Over.