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GOP strategist Mike Murphy: "Democrats begin each presidential election with a near lock on the Electoral College."

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it's a lock

Mike Murphy wrote this commentary in the Detroit Free Press:

The GOP's greatest challenge is the fact that Democrats begin each presidential election with a near lock on the Electoral College. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have given their electoral votes to the Democratic presidential nominee in at least five out of the last six elections. These states represent 257 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win the presidency. Under current trends, the GOP nominee has to pull the equivalent of drawing an inside straight in poker to get to the White House. [...]

The GOP needs to reshuffle the deck and expand the presidential playing field. Success in Michigan could become its electoral ace in the hole.

Mike Murphy, a principal at the Revolution Agency, was the lead strategist to former Michigan Gov. John Engler and U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham. Trent Wisecup is a Republican consultant who has worked for Abraham, Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson and U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg.

I'm not sure how the Dems have a near lock on the Electoral College when Republicans are indeed "shuffling the deck" and "expanding the presidential playing field" by gerrymandering and disenfranchising voters as fast as they can. If some GOP states have their way, they will "apportion electoral votes by congressional district, a setup far more favorable to Republicans." In fact, it could change the outcome of future elections.

So as much as I want to believe that Dems have the advantage, I find it difficult to be that optimistic.

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"Soup Nazi" actor to gun maker: No tee shirts for you!

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soup nazi no soup for you

The "Soup Nazi" episode on Seinfeld was a classic, always one of my favorites. Larry Thomas played the soup kitchen owner's role beautifully, and as far as I'm concerned, he's handling his new role as a gun safety advocate well, too.

Florida-based gun manufacturer Serbu was peddling tee shirts with Thomas's image on them... without permission. This is the same gun maker that refused to sell a specific type of semi-automatic sniper rifle to the New York Police Department as a protest against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new gun laws banning the rifle, among other things.

The owner, Mark Serbu, was quoted as saying the following:

“Larry Thomas doesn’t want his face on our shirt . . . He’s an actor, he doesn’t want to be involved with something as hot-button as guns. We are just going to shoot him. Only joking... We don’t want to get into a lawsuit; we’ll change the shirts.”

Hey Serbu, no class for you!

TPM:

As part of Serbu's campaign, the company has released t-shirts using the image of the Soup Nazi with the caption, "No Serbu for You!" — a play off the character's iconic line from the sitcom. But Thomas said he wants no part of the campaign, telling the New York Post that he has contacted Serbu, Facebook and the company that produces the t-shirts to issue a complaint.

I own the rights to my image as the Soup Nazi. Serbu did not ask my permission, and Facebook won’t take the image down," Thomas said. "Not only did they do this without my authorization, but also I am an advocate of gun control.”

The founder of Serbu did finally take down the images of the Soup Nazi character and added a new one along with the comment, "Well? How about this one? I'm not as photogenic as the soup nazi [sic] but at least we won't get sued over it!"

soup nazi fb gun maker pageNeedless to say, Serbu's Facebook buddies are not being kind to Larry Thomas in the comments section under each of the posts, including this one:

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Mike Mathews:

As the soup NAZI he prefers unarmed people. Just like the Nazi party preferred unarmed Jews, fitting. No work for you!

Tom Morrison

Step 1: Contact John Stossel
Step 2: Ask John Stossel to dress up as Soup Nazi
Step 3: Photograph John Stossel as Soup Nazi
Step 4: Place image on T-Shirts
Step 5: Profit, humor and LIBERTY~!

John Cundiff

Don't change the shirts! What a schmuck! Fuck him! What's he gonna do?

Ken Wilson

A gun control advocate? So he is a Nazi in real life also,huh?

Tony Marinski White

Make up a single shirt, blast it with a Super Shorty. Profit!

One of them called Thomas a "silly soup hippie," and another chose the overused blog troll term all too familiar to those of us on Twitter, "libtard."

stay classy

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Video Mid Day Distraction- The Shining - The Sitcom (Seinfeld Style)

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VIDEO- Mitt Rommey and Seinfeld have something in common: Pitching "nothing"

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Just as Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza pitched a show about nothing, so is Willard M. Romney pitching an entire campaign to American voters centered around absolutely nothing. Hopefully, unlike Seinfeld's and Costanza's fictional TV series, nobody's buying it.

There's plenty of fiction in the products Romney's trying to sell us, and there's also plenty of nothing. He refuses to offer details about his budget plan, he suggests the U.S. should "kick the ball down the field" in his comments about how to deal with ongoing crises in the Middle East at his $50,000 a plate fundraiser, and at that same event, he has nothing to say to 47% of America because it's not his job "to worry about those people."

He's got nothing.

He did give us one thing that was a pretty stupid "something," and that was to instruct Iran and Hezbollah on how they could smuggle a dirty bomb into Chicago and hold America hostage, which could ultimately leave many Americans with... nothing.

Of course, we voters did get something from what he said in those secret tapes, and that something was  his profound ignorance about this, which was astounding: He did not know the difference between a dirty bomb and a nuclear bomb.

Rachel Maddow takes it from there:

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"The United Nations of Wrong," indeed.

"A new list of problems" for Romney, indeed.

"They target poor people for taxes" indeed.

"This was not a misstatement, it was a blunt statement" indeed.

"Boom!" indeed.

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