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02

Sep

A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.”

Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast and Midwest, according to an internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report obtained by POLITICO. It was presented to a small number of senior aides this month on Capitol Hill, according to multiple sources.

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It also found that Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live” — as breadwinners, for example. “This lack of understanding and acknowledgment closes many minds to Republican policy solutions,” the report says. The groups urge Republicans to embrace policies that “are not easily framed as driven by a desire to aid employers or ‘the rich.’”

05

Aug

Vocabulary.com defines a grifter as: A grifter is a con artist—someone who swindles people out of money through fraud. If there’s one type of person you don’t want to trust, it’s a grifter: Someone who cheats someone out of money.

Historically, grifters have taken many shapes. They were the snake-oil salesmen who rolled into town promising a magical, cure-all elixir at a price. The grifter was long gone by the time people discovered the magical elixir was no more magical than water. They were the sideshow con men offering fantastic prizes in games that were rigged so that no one could actually win them. They were the Ponzi scheme operators who got rich promising fantastically high investment returns but returning nothing for those sorry investors at the bottom of the pyramid.

Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new grifter—the political grifter. And the most important battle being waged today isn’t the one about which party controls the House or the Senate, it’s about who controls the Republican Party: the grifting wing or the governing wing.
Former GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette, pointing out that people like Ted Cruz are merely using the Tea Party movement as a gravy train to enrich themselves — and that this is hurting not only the Republican Party, but the nation. (via quickhits)

(Source: politico.com)

04

Aug

Now Perry is trying hard to check all the boxes he missed a few years ago. “The last 20 months,” he informs me, “have been spent in a fairly intensive prep mode on all the big issues that face the commander in chief of this country.” Twenty months: In other words, Perry has been working on a reboot since before Mitt Romney’s corpse was cold. Last July, he announced he would not seek a fourth full term as governor. Freed from the Texas trail, he has devoted much time to stumping for fellow Republicans across the country, gathering chits, and reintroducing himself to voters in states such as Florida, Pennsylvania—and, of course, Iowa… THE NEW PERRY isn’t just working harder than his 2012 incarnation. He’s also seeking to occupy a different political space. Last time, Perry ran as a conservative firebrand. This time, with Cruz and others sucking up all the oxygen on the right, he is trying out a new message. Forget the wild-eyed cowboy squawking about how Texas might be forced to secede from the union. Today’s Perry is pitching himself as a thoughtful, seasoned elder statesman.

03

Aug

(Source: sandandglass)

02

Aug

Obama readies executive action on immigration

15

Jul

I’m a small-business owner who is very proud to be a Democrat. I think that we do our state harm when we portray all Democrats as left-wing liberals or all Republicans as far-right extremists. I belong to a big party with diverse interests, and we’re not going to agree 100 percent on every single issue. But what we do agree on is that you move forward, and you do the things that are going to create success for the future. When I look at the Democratic convention, we were having fun, we were energized, we had hope. When I look at the Republican convention, they were mad, they were angry, and that was quite visible. Now, are both bases energized? Of course. But, you know, the Democratic party went through its own purity battles. It didn’t work out very well. When the pendulum swings too far to one side, in time the people will correct that.

20

Jun

Texas GOP 2014 Platform

Below are some highlights with bolded emphasis from me. Read at your own risk. The full platform can be read here.

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18

Jun

unconsolable-daughter:

lizdexia:

jamieali:

A lovely story about Romney/Ryan.

This is the best, most concise explanation of the past four years ever.

I just really enjoy this analogy. A very clever metaphor.

This is still relevant and always will be.

(Source: imaginonsensemble)

11

Jun

liberalisnotadirtyword:

busket:

rookerie:

teenbitch:

our government is in a meme war

I can’t believe this is real

you know if someone had shown me this picture about 4 years ago i would have believed that it was some hamfisted attempt at satire or some sort of surreal distopian world but here we are 2014

The party that ran Mitt Romney for president has a lot of nerve playing the “Look how out-of-touch this rich person is!” card.

liberalisnotadirtyword:

busket:

rookerie:

teenbitch:

our government is in a meme war

I can’t believe this is real

you know if someone had shown me this picture about 4 years ago i would have believed that it was some hamfisted attempt at satire or some sort of surreal distopian world but here we are 2014

The party that ran Mitt Romney for president has a lot of nerve playing the “Look how out-of-touch this rich person is!” card.