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

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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

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

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By GottaLaff

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This is a must-read. Welcome to the T Party*... or as Kleinheider of Nashvillepost.com 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.

Yow.

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".

Conclusion:

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

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Pelosi Signals Momentum For Passing Senate Bill With Fix

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

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