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GOP: Women Okay For Supporting Staff But Not The Top Spot

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Well, it's only 2014 and two full years away from the next presidential election. The Democrats seem to have their heir (Hillary Clinton) and their spare (Joe Biden). Things are a bit  more cloudy on the Republican side.

They don't have any favorites for the top job yet -- lots of possibles and potentials, but that's about it -- no clear front runner. Their current list of damaged goods includes the likes of: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Mike Pence, Jeb Bush and perennial candidate Mitt Romney. (Don't count him out just yet. He has the field staff, organization and donor lists. He's also starting to make more and more public appearances and statements).

But one thing there does seem to be on the GOP side. Despite being unsettled for the top job, POTUS, there's an almost certainty for the number two slot. It's Kelly Ayotte.

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Republican strategist and former McCain presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt revealed his party's thoughts recently in The Daily Beast:

Ayotte is also one of the only female GOP top personalities that could counter a Democratic ticket with Hillary Clinton at its top, and at a time when the Republican party has been reeling from a number of scandals that have left the party vulnerable to the accusation that they are not savvy at courting the women’s vote.

“Ayotte could turn the ‘war on women’ narrative into a punch line,” said Schmidt. “In the category of those really talented women who can really break into the next level, I think Kelly Ayotte stands out. She has a lot of skills. There's no on-the-job training and she’s clears [sic] that hurdle.”

Well, it looks like we'll have another Sarah Palin running on the GOP ticket only this time she'll be the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, after she got a brain. Perhaps.

So the Republicans think they have the answer to their women problem. If that was really the case, why aren't they talking about her for the top dog's chair? After all, she's as good or better than any of the male potential candidates. Wouldn't it be something if two women were heading the major tickets? I think so. But that, of course would mean the GOP's leader would be a woman, and I'm not sure the party is ready to accept that yet.

If this is really to be the best possible race, the Dems should go with a totally female ticket - Clinton/Warren. Together they'd be unstoppable.

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Raw Video- Joe Biden Sworn in for 2nd Term

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Video- Andy Cobb: Behind the scenes at Paul Ryan’s bodybuilding photo shoot

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David Gregory opens Meet the Press by calling V.P. Biden's debate performance "over-the-top"

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Facts matter, but apparently not to the Sunday political talk shows. Here's an excerpt from my Not Ready for Prime Time Paul Ryan’s hypocritical “malarkey” dissected. Pay attention, America post:

According to the breathless news dee jays on cable TV, President Obama’s in deep doo-doo because he had one bad night, and Willard M. Romney is blithely and aggressively lying his way to a possible win in November. But it’s going to be a close election, see. Razor thin close, they report. Ultra super duper close, they warn. Scary close, they caution. And there’s a whole lot of voter suppression going on out there helping Romney dishonest little jaunt along.

How… not at all encouraging. But, hey, that’s not important now. What is important are the networks’ ratings, and nothing increases those more than a narrative about a neck-and-neck presidential race.

Here's how David Gregory started Meet the Press today:

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"Just look at those polls."

"...Saturday Night Live had some fun with the vice president's over-the-top performance."

And if I remember correctly, on ABC's "This Week," I heard more about (paraphrasing here) how about the vice presidential debate was a tie substantively, but stylistically Biden blew it. But even if I'm not remembering precisely what the host said in his intro, I was disgusted enough by the tone in both broadcasts to quickly switch back to the Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC to escape from the frustrating depiction by major networks about what took place that night.

They must have forgotten about all of this:

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Ever since the Big Veep Debate, I've heard nothing but criticism of Joe Biden because he smiled a lot, because he interrupted, because he was assertive. Did these same critics watch Mitt Romney stomp all over the presidential debate, assert himself, interrupt repeatedly? Because as I recall, he got accolades from the very same people who are mocking Biden.

But more important than that, where is the discussion of what was said instead of how? As you can see in the Maddow video, Paul Ryan's credibility and many of his answers were inadequate at best. That is what matters. That is what should be dissected. That content is what will affect our lives once the election is over.

If the media would stop worrying about the next Nielsen rating and start dignifying their reporting with honest accounts of what actually took place, then maybe voters would be more informed, and democracy would be better served.

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VIDEO, PhotOH! Paul Ryan's pattern of hypocrisy: His stimulus funding story makes front pages of most WI papers

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Welcome to the Paul Ryan Hypocrisy Visual post o' the day. Videos and screen grabs galore!

The screenshots below from the Newseum show a few front pages from Wisconsin newpapers that highlight Paul Ryan's hypocrisy on his lobbying for the same stimulus funds from President Obama's economic recovery plan that he claimed to reject. Enjoy, and tell a friend!

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VIDEO: Not Ready for Prime Time Paul Ryan's hypocritical "malarkey" dissected. Pay attention, America.

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According to the breathless news dee jays on cable TV, President Obama's in deep doo-doo because he had one bad night, and Willard M. Romney is blithely and aggressively lying his way to a possible win in November. But it's going to be a close election, see. Razor thin close, they report. Ultra super duper close, they warn. Scary close, they caution. And there's a whole lot of voter suppression going on out there helping Romney dishonest little jaunt along.

How... not at all encouraging. But, hey, that's not important now. What is important are the networks' ratings, and nothing increases those more than a narrative about a neck-and-neck presidential race.

Meanwhile, back in Truth in Reporting Land, Rachel Maddow shines a big, harsh spotlight on Paul Ryan's debate-fail, his lies, his weaknesses, his ineptitude, and his lack of qualifications to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

It's time to drive that home to voters, along with what they'd get with a Romney-Ryan ticket winning the election. Talk about taking our freedoms away! Women, gays, people of color, students, seniors, low incomers, middle classers, 47/99 percenters, just think about what the Supreme Court will look like if Obama is a one term president. Think hard.

This shouldn't even be close, the president should be way ahead. What the hell can the people participating in recent polls be thinking?

There is way too much is at stake here. If the polls are accurate and President Obama can't regain a comfortable lead, we'll need a very high turnout, so do your part and get out the vote.

Your health, civil rights, lives and livelihoods depend on it.

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VIDEO + awesome animated GIF: The Romney-Ryan strategy: Thirsting for an answer ... literally!

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Mouth a tad dry-dry, Ry-Ry?

At last night's debate, we saw the essence of The Romney-Ryan Strategy: doubling down on widely, repeatedly debunked attacks.

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