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Primarily Liberally Fun Tuesday: Mississippi Tea Party #fail#fail#fail

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Chris McDaniel, it couldn't have happened to a lousier Tea Party guy. It is time to surrender.

You Lost, Dude.

The reaction from Mississippi was priceless. Even liberals were celebrating Old School GOP Dinosaur Thad Cochran's win. "Hallelujah" as the subject header. "Talk about close - Cochran 50.8%, McDaniel 49.2%," first paragraph of the email that flew in shortly after the AP called the nail-biter of a Senate primary, at 11:21 p.m. VT time.  [From our very own lwdgrfx.] Maddow was no disappointment either.

The words 'defied conventional wisdom' are happening again about the un-compassionate conservative Tea Party asshattery.  Happy Dance.  Let that door hit you in the posterior as you scamper back to your home under a bridge, McDaniel.

It was a night perhaps even more satisfying than Eric Cantor's epic topple of (was it an entire two weeks ago that Laffy beat the New York Times to the punch in reporting that headline?!) last Tuesday, because this time the Tea Party Idjit went Down.

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Rather than Ann Coulter and (gag with me) Laura Ingraham doing Lipton Brigadier Vicious Victory Laps, this week we can visualize Teabaggers enjoying the possible reactions of:  confusion; anxiety; xenophobic tremors; nausea associated with the thought of African Americans holding public office; overt thirst for cheap domestic beer;  inability to sleep without Fvx Noise on at all times; an unsafe drop in White Supremacist hopes; unusual intolerance of  contraception or Women's Rights; and an urge to grab a long gun and see what's on sale at Target. Esquire had their Redneck Number.

For a wrap-up that offers just the right amount of Scarborough Crow, enjoy the opening block of Morning Mika and Schmoe's reaction.  Joe sported a fleece to be pithy in. "Cochran Wins" … it was a hum-dinger!

40,000 or so more voters went to the polls in a run-off in Mississippi than crawled out for the actual primary. That's cool, I don't care where you live - Democrats, we need to meet and beat those numbers!!

McDaniel neglected to concede in his speech … holding an imaginary door open? Morning Mika and punditry of the hour?

It's bloody great news for American politics that voters showed up in droves to ditch the Tea Party, which may seem a Phyrric victory, but it means less Ted Cruz in our ears  …  and there was another deep loss for the Teabaggers in the great state of Oklahoma, where the hopes of Palin and Cruz-endorsed Sooner T.W. Shannon were dashed to the plains.

For some fine background on McDaniel's Fail, follow this link that Lucian posted earlier this month, A Mississippi Tea Party Chat, from the Jackson Free Press.

The distilled message, as always: VOTE!! Campaigns matter but not without VOTES. Until we can do it on Facebook or the Twitterz, make the effort.

We have one per citizen, and it is our only real voice. So GOTV, Rock the Vote, Vote #VOTE Vote.

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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By The Numbers: How The Santa Barbara Shooting Reflects A Culture Of Violence Against Women

Sandy Hook 'Truther' Apprehended In Virginia For Stealing Memorial Signs

House Republicans Vote Down Amendment Aimed At Curbing Wage Theft

It’s Time To Call Out The Real Villains

Flip-Flopper Cruz Claims 2013 Government Shutdown Is Winning Strategy To Reclaim Senate

NSA Is Collecting Gazillions Of Faces From Websites

Even The NRA Thinks Open Carry Texas Is Off Its Rocker

Norfolk police shooter was previously convicted for assaulting officer, carrying loaded weapon

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Sunday Talkers

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Please read about this week's Sunday talkers on Politico.

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Republicans Are Right - Obamacare is Closing Hospitals - And For Good Reason

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Death Panels. Cancelled insurance coverage. Long lines. Doctors refusing patients. Hospitals closing. The GOP pulled out all the stops in their multiple pushes to kill Obamacare. And of all of their warnings, threats and cautions, they actually were right in one of their many alarms. Hospital closings.

But I don't think this is what they had in mind. From Talking Points Memo:

On the last Wednesday in January, the RotaCare Tacoma free clinic in Washington state put away the chairs in the university janitor's lunchroom where it had made its home and closed its doors for the last time.

The clinic, served by volunteer physicians and registered nurses, had carried 150 patients at any given time to serve the uninsured population in this city of about 200,000. But after Obamacare took full effect in January, and this clinic completed its drive to enroll all of its patients in coverage, it didn't have anyone left to serve.

What? Obamacare has really done it now. In its attempt to bring health coverage to those that couldn't afford any, it has now caused a volunteer organization to close its doors, pull shut the drapes and send everyone home? Damn that Obamacare! It was supposed to be helping people!

How can we allow this socialist program to continue when it's causing such irreparable harm? Maybe this is just an isolated incident. Or maybe it's not.

That makes RotaCare Tacoma an unusual case, but not an entirely unique one. Free clinic directors in Iowa and Ohio said they haven't seen anything like it on a systematic level. But there is the story of a free clinic in Medina, Ark., which closed in April after seeing its numbers dwindle from 300 to 80 to three as people obtained coverage through Obamacare in the first three months of 2014.

Putting aside the stupid arguments the Republican healthcare Chicken Littles have expounded over the past five years, the Affordable Care Act is working, and in ways even better than expected.

So maybe the Republicans were right about the closing of health care facilities. Let's give them that. But let's also wallow over the fantastic reason this is coming into being. Millions who needed insurance are now getting it. And millions more who had it are now getting upgraded, fuller coverage. There's a long ways to go, but Republican governors are starting to hear the rebellious calls and realize they can not keep healthcare away from millions much longer.

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Former GOP Sen. Bob Dole: Paul, Rubio, Cruz lack experience; Cruz "way out there."

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Former Republican Senator Bob Dole thinks Rafael "Ted" "Green Eggs and Ham" Cruz is "an extreme right wing guy" and "way out there." That's an understatement, but okay, we can let it slide just this once. Dole is 90, by the way, so he has a vast number of comparisons to draw from. Why, in HIS day...

And he's right. Recently, Elizabeth Warren quipped that Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence. And even more recently, Cruz said he'd use the confirmation of President Obama's new HHS Secretary to try to overturn Obamacare.

He's all yours, GOP.

The Hill, quoting from an interview Bob Dole had with The Wichita Eagle:

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don't think they've got enough experience yet," Dole said. [...]

Dole said Cruz is "way out there" on the extremes of the party and defended his own record, calling himself one of President Reagan's top supporters.

That was after Cruz said this:

Ted Cruz:

All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney. Now, look, those are good men, they're decent men, but when you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.

As Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

For more Cruz lunacy, just scroll through our posts here. As for Rand Paul, scroll here for his own brand of WTF.

Meanwhile, as a special bonus, let's talk Paul Ryan. The Black Caucus is challenging him on poverty after he said that poverty is caused largely by a "tailspin of culture," particularly in inner cities, where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work."

And don't even get me started on Marco Rubio.

Note: Edited to correct errors.

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Ted Cruz Will Use Confirmation Of New HHS Secretary To Try To Overturn Obamacare

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Here is the original post on Liberaland

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Elizabeth Warren: Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence (VIDEO)

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Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota last weekend to support Senator Al Franken. She gave a speech at the 2014 Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, and what a speech it was! Below is a video of some excerpts.

It was her first time speaking at a major Democratic Party state dinner, and she proceeded to make mince meat out of Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the national GOP.

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Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner.

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They voted to repeal Obamacare forty-seven times! Forty-seven times?! I know the Republicans don't have a lot of other ideas to talk about, but wow! Forty-seven times?!?

We get it, guys, you like to repeal things. We got it forty-six votes ago.

This whole thing is mindless. Cruz said there's no point in even looking at a major new proposal or piece of legislation that has been put forward by Democrats. So if a proposal has President Obama's name on it, or Chris Dodd or Barney Frank's name on it, he votes "no." If the proposal actually gets passed into law, Cruz will be there to lead the tea party chant: "Repeal. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal."

I sometimes think that if Ted Cruz had been around for the Declaration of Independence, he would have tried to repeal it, because Jefferson was a Democrat. If he'd been around for the Federalist Papers, he would have tried to toss those out too, because Madison spent too much time talking to Jefferson. And don't even get Ted Cruz started on the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. As we speak, he's off somewhere strategizing on how to repeal the salad course!

Maybe if Paul Ryan wants to instill a culture of hard work, he should start with Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans and get them to actually look at our proposals. Who knows? Maybe if they weren't determined to say, "No, no, no," we could build a bridge... and I mean that literally. Maybe we could build some of the things we need to build in this country.

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