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Cartoon of the Day: Squishy Democrats v the GOP advantage, 2014

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If so-called squishy Democrats don't get their act together, then this country will be in a world of trouble. In a previous post, Our country is sick with the cancer of Conservatism. This may be your last warning, liberals, @Marnus3 approprtiately sounds a very timely alarm:

So this may be your last warning, liberals. Our country is sick with the cancer of Conservatism. Much has been lost in the time since 2008, when we felt so good about our health. But like cancer of the body, there is always hope when there is life. It is getting late, but it is not too late. Pay attention, educate yourself on the issues, do the same for your friends and neighbors. Tweet a tweet, warn your Facebook friends, volunteer for a liberal candidate, and most of all, vote this November. Vote like your life depends on it, because at this late stage of the disease, it does.

That's been my mantra, too, for some time now. If we fail to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in November, the consequences will be dire, and even worse, lasting.

This tweet just showed up in my stream:

My answer: Gerrymandering and passion (not to mention voter suppression). Republicans, especially conservatives, have one talent that squishy Democrats and Progressives might want to adopt: Generating votes by triggering strong emotions (in the case of the GOP, fear) among their often-un/misinformed supporters. But in order to inspire voters, we need a strong, clear message that hits home.

However, and this is a huge "however," younger voters (along with everyone else) need to listen, and hear, that strong, clear message. After having taught teens and twentysomethings for well over a decade, I can assure you that this is a major challenge.

The pattern I noticed most was how driven and enthusiastic students could be when motivated... but that drive and enthusiasm was ephemeral. The second something else got their attention, off they'd go, leaving their good intentions in the dust:

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In this post, I concentrated primarily on the youth vote.

Take a look at David Horsey's excellent L.A. Times cartoon below. Then please go here to read his accompanying article, "Latinos, single women, young voters: a squishy base for Democrats," in which he expands on the topic in more depth:

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V.P. Biden: Republicans who slowed Violence Against Women Act renewal are a "Neanderthal crowd"

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Renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should be a no-brainer. Then again, House Republicans aren't known for their mental acuity, and Vice President Joe Biden knows it. The GOP has never exactly warmed to the idea of expanding access to certain visas for non-citizens who were victims of domestic violence.

Clearly, beating up, maiming, demeaning, and psychologically damaging non-citizens doesn't affect all those compassionate, family-valuesy Republicans the way beating up, maiming, demeaning, and psychologically damaging U.S. citizens does.

Standing by and doing nothing as women experience pain and suffering apparently doesn't faze them, especially women who look and/or sound different than conservative white male Congress members.

This must all be part of that stellar GOP rebranding effort intended to win over more female voters.

And as he is wont to do, Joe Biden called them out.

CNN:

Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd."

"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said at an event at the vice president's residence in Washington Thursday night to celebrate the 19th anniversary of act, which is designed to protect women from domestic violence.

Biden, who took a leading role in the mid-1990's in drafting the legislation when he was a senator from Delaware, said "surprisingly last year we ran into this sort of Neanderthal crowd," to laughter, adding that "I'm serious, I mean, when you think about it, did you ever think we'd be fighting over 17 years, 18 years later? To reauthorize this."

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Senator Mitch McConnell A Chippendale Dancer

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Okay, I didn't say that. It was the reply by Kentucky Democratic senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. She's pissed, and she should be.

Her opponent, and everyone's least favorite senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell has been trying to link Grimes to being a cheerleading puppet of President Obama.  To that, Grimes was quoted: “Well, I am as much a cheerleader for President Obama as Sen. McConnell is a Chippendale dancer.”

Sorry Mitch, I work too hard for my dollar bills to go stuffing them into your G-(for government) string, not that I'd want to. Not interested in your junk. Seen enough of it on the floor of the senate when you were doing your obstruction dance.

Sexism is no stranger to Republican politics. And when you're dusting off the oldies and goldies, you can't veer from the GOP when it comes to insulting women. And Kentucky's senior senator has it down pat.

Desperation calls for contemptuous acts, or so reads the GOP playbook. When it was announced recently that Grimes has actually taken the lead in the Kentucky polls over the prune-faced McConnell, he took to the airwaves via Brad Dayspring, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. In his attack he called Grimes “an empty dress” in an interview with The Hill, published Wednesday.

Well, what's a sexist remark when you're such a macho guy like Senator Mitch, the Magic Mike of the upper house? It's to be expected, right? Someone who exudes manliness like he does is bound to be unjustly accused of sexism.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes seems incapable of articulating her own thoughts, and faced with questions, either directly parrots the talking points handed to her by [Sen.] Chuck Schumer or she babbles incoherently and stares blankly into the camera as though she’s a freshman in high school struggling to remember the CliffsNotes after forgetting to read her homework assignment,” Dayspring told The Hill.

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I think Mitch and his mouthpiece Dayspring must have been shocked when that "high school girl" Lundergan shot back instead of going off and crying to the teacher that she's being picked on or bullied.

HUFFPO:

Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton told The Huffington Post. "It shows his team's true feelings towards women and continues his disgraceful pattern of not standing up for the women of Kentucky. From misleading Kentuckians on his votes against the Violence Against Women Act, to voting against equal pay for equal work, Senator McConnell has failed to lead on issues important to women and their families."

Mitch, you voted against women on all those issues? What kind of thinking is that? Women make up 58% of Kentucky voters. Surely the Democrats must have your record wrong.

"The only surprising part of all this is the GOP’s continued unwillingness to understand that other women –- including Kentucky women -– can hear them when they say this stuff. It’s why women turned out in historic numbers for Democratic candidates last election, and it’s why we’ll see a repeat next November," said Jess McIntosh, communications director at EMILY's List, which endorsed Grimes.

Mitch, it's now that you tap the mic and ask, "Oh, is this thing on?"

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You've been caught once again with your pants down, Mr. Senate Minority leader. I guess it proves the old adage, "once a stripper, always a stripper." Go get 'em, "Muy Macho Mitch." That is what they call you at Chippendales, isn't it?

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Laugh Of The Day- GOP women gather to discuss connecting with women

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I'm sorry, this is just TOO precious.

Those invited were selected by a committee. Floyd said research shows younger women tend to vote more heavily Democratic.

"The question is what compels that, and how do you translate that into a shift in voting?" she said.

Education, women's pay, women's health, family matters and a whole f'ng bunch of other stuff you maroons. Marsha Blackburn is a featured speaker, and below is some of the big thinking that Marsh brings to the table. Sure to attract women voters in hordes.

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Poll-itics: Hey GOP, time to reinvent yourselves again. Most Latino voters favor tougher gun laws.

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Every time Republicans try to reinvent themselves, another issue pops up that puts them in a bind(er?). It's a little like playing Whack-A-Mole, and they always lose.

On 3, everybody: 1... 2... 3... Awwww!

L.A. Times:

A strong majority of Latino voters — Democrats, Republicans and independents — supports stiffer gun control laws, including more vigorous background checks and creation of a national database of gun owners, according to a new survey of that increasingly important slice of the electorate.

The poll suggests Latinos tend to lean leftward in the gun debate regardless of political affiliation, which could further complicate GOP efforts to boost Latino support after November's poor showing.

54% even supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons. However, only 39% said they were for allowing teachers or security personnel to carry loaded guns on campus.

So GOP, your pretend outreach effort is hitting another brick wall, especially because women also tend to support common sense gun safety measures.

And you Republicans know what happens when you lose female voters. Coincidentally, Laura Bush just said that Republicans "frightened" women. And for anyone with any remaining doubts, two words: Mitt Romney.

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Video- Laura Bush: Republicans ‘Frightened’ Women

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Man, I wonder what Laura really thinks about everything. She's still measuring her words. Via.

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The ten females who cost Mitt Romney the presidency

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:

THE TEN FEMALES WHO COST MITT ROMNEY THE PRESIDENCY

Holey moley catfish. Well, thank god that’s finally over. Further thanks that the climax was quick and clean. Almost surgical. Not as long a night as many first thought it might be. Except for Karl Rove that is, who for all we know is still scribbling numbers to prove the call on Clinton’s re- election win in 1996 was premature. And as usual, Florida did all it could to gum things up, but was eventually rendered irrelevant. And long may it remain so.

In the end, President Barack Obama trounced, er, battered, um, eked out a victory, or to be more precise, Mitt Romney lost. Or shall we say, found a thousand ways to lose. Except for one brief shining moment in the first debate, virtually carrying with him a defeat diviner.

And each and every one of his failures can be traced directly to females. The distaff of life. Single women. Married women. Old women. Young women. Ladies and divas and flappers and baby mamas; duchesses, priestesses, shorties and floozies. So here they are, the top ten females who cost Mitt Romney the presidency, each of them representing one of the myriad factors that helped construct the unelectable mosaic that became Bain’s Captain of Industry

· Michele Bachmann. Mitt had to draft on her right wing to win the primary battle and when he tried to tack back to the center appeared not to be the Washington Outsider he claimed, but a typical politician with the core values of a hollowed out chocolate Easter Bunny. With really good hair.
· Newly elected US Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. A state the former Governor lost by 23 points. Proof positive the man arouses the enduring passion of a broken garden rake.
· Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who took foreign policy off the table making the entire election about the economy which kept getting better, gol darn it. And who can forget her husband. He certainly won’t let us.
· Sandra Fluke who gave a face to the GOP’s Paleolithic Bronze Age attitudes towards women, further exacerbated by the fact that no man in the party could seemingly shut up about it.
· Michelle Obama who is just darn likable. As is her husband. A stark contrast to Romney’s cyborg demeanor and obvious discomfort around members of the human species.
· Superstorm Sandy for providing the opportunity for the President to look Presidential and for he and Chris Christie to French kiss on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk crystallizing the concept that bipartisanship is not the saddest word. That’s “goodbye.”
· Ann Romney who would have made a simply terrific first lady. For Dwight D. Eisenhower.
· Candy Crowley who single-handedly halted Romney’s momentum in the second debate by speaking way above her pay grade. Don’t you hate it when the help speaks out of turn?
· All the Wal-Mart Moms, who never really understood that whole Cayman Islands bank account thing marking him not as the poster child for the 1%, but as the poster child for the .0001% of the 1%.
· And the last female responsible for Romney’s loss; Rafalca the 15-year old mare who, while wearing the Romney silks in Olympic Dressage, failed to make the medal round and was probably shipped home strapped to the fuselage of a 747. Seriously, Mitt. Dressage?

5 time Emmy- nominee Will Durst’s new e- book “Elect to Laugh!” published by Hyperink, now available at Redroom.com, Amazon or any fine virtual book retailer near you. And don't forget the Improv @ Harveys in South Lake Tahoe, Wednesday the 14th through Sunday the 18th.

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