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Chart: The more things change, the more they stay the same... when it comes to the GOP


Think Progress has a good post up that illustrates how the "new" GOP is echoing Willard Romney's "old" GOP. Please read it. They also include an at-a-glance chart from which I've excerpted only Tax Reform, Education, and Health Care. Or as I like to call it, corporate welfare, union busting, and privatization.

Did I mention there's a wealth gap? Did I mention that Marco Rubio is a phony baloney, pandering GOP parrot?

More at the link, but here's a peek at the "Party of No... Change":

Via Think Progress


Beginning Of The End: Sarah Palin Hijacks The Tea Party Movement


By GottaLaff

This is a must-read. Welcome to the T Party*... or as Kleinheider of implies, the P (for Palin) Party:

The tea party movement is dead. The one I was familiar with anyway. Judson Phillips held it down and Sarah Palin drove a stake right through its heart live last night on C-Span in front of an unsuspecting audience.

Sarah Palin didn’t give a tea party speech last night. She gave a partisan Republican address. It was a purely political speech designed to position her for a presidential run in 2012 or 2016. Period. She wasn’t there to celebrate the organic nature of a movement she had nothing to do with creating. She was there to co-opt the name and claim the brand as hers. And she did. [...]

The movement that began as a people’s movement of angry independent, libertarians and conservatives will now be thought as the movement of people like Palin, Dick Armey, Judson Phillips, Mark Skoda, etc. Essentially, a wholly owned subsidiary of the “Official Conservative Movement” and the Republican Party.

Oh this just gets better and better:

For over a year the media has struggled to try and define just what exactly the movement was. Now they have a definition.

Sarah Palin.


The piece goes on to point out how many times Saint Ronnie was mentioned, and how Reagan represents the past, but the Tea Tantrumers are supposed to-- supposed to-- represent the future.

In fact, Barbie McLipSchmutz's references to Bush and McCain weren't exactly forward looking either. More like "derivative circa 2004 neoconservatism".


These weren’t the people who were out protesting. This weren’t regular folks. This was the same old network of conservative hacks, flacks, publicists and hangers-on. This was Conservative Inc. [...]

This convention gave them simplistic nativism, birtherism, media bashing, homophobia, and a heavy does of neoconservative foreign policy.

Conservative Inc. indeed.

*Maybe they should rename it the T Party... for TelePalmer.

H/t: Cosmic Navel Lint


Headline of the Day


Pelosi Signals Momentum For Passing Senate Bill With Fix

The four gazillioneth version. Before you click over, get that grain of salt.