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Rachel Maddow “In 2012, Pawlenty said a GOP president could generate 5% growth; Romney said a GOP president could get 6% unemployment, and Gingrich said a GOP president could get gas to $2.50 a gallon.

By Republican standards, is President Obama a striking success?”

 

 

 

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Stephen Colbert “Now folks, it might seem like the American people want Republicans to get something done, but don’t you fall for it.  And, that’s not just Akbar talking, that’s advice from Jabba the Rush.”

Rush Limbaugh 11-5-14 “It’s the biggest and perhaps most important mandate a political party has had in the recent era and it is very simple what that mandate is.  It is to stop Barack Obama.  Republicans were not elected to govern.”

Colbert “Thank you.  Republicans were not elected to govern.  Their one job is to stop Obama.  But folks, there’s an even more urgent reason to do nothing.  According to a new editorial by the National Review called The Governing Trap, ‘if voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic President are doing a fine job of governing together, why wouldn’t they vote to continue the arrangement in 2016?’.  Yes, they you will be trapped together for another four years doing a competent job of governing.  Who wants that? (everyone but cable news)  The point is, anything the Republicans accomplish at all no matter how insignificant, could lead to President Hillary Clinton.  Besides, nobody likes people who actually govern.  I mean look at Obama.  He turned the economy around and gave millions of people health care.  What an asshole.  And, as the National Review points out, not only would governing be too effective, it would also be completely ineffective because ‘If Republicans proclaim that they have to govern now that they run Congress, they maximize the incentive for the Democrats to filibuster everything they can.’. Yes, and filibustering everything you can is cowardly (as of last Tuesday).  And, what is worse folks, ‘A prove-you-can-govern strategy will inevitably divide the party on the same tea party-vs-establishment lines that Republicans have just succeeded in overcoming’.  That’s right.  If Republicans do anything it will start the infighting.  Think about it.  The Beatles never would have broken up if they never released any records.  Instead of making the mistake of doing things now The National Review says the GOP should focus on the future by ‘building the case for Republican governance after 2016’, and explaining ‘what the Republicans would do if they had the White House’.  Yes, it’s time to show the American people that Republicans are capable of bold, decisive action, sometime later.  Then, Republicans will be able to take back the White House, and when they finally have control of the Presidency, and both houses of Congress, at last it will be time to govern, is what they want you to think.  But, that’s just another trap.  Because, the GOP can’t act until they’ve secured an all Republican Supreme Court, 50 Republican Governors, 50 Republican state legislatures, and an all Republican prom committee.  And, even then even when there are no Democrats left anywhere, they still should not govern because then another Republican could run against them in the primary and they’d be wide open to attack on their voting record if they have one.  Of course, refusing to govern at all might eventually become hard to sell to the American people, so they might have to wait until there isn’t an America anymore.  And, if they refuse the responsibility to govern, well, that will be right around the corner.”

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/full-episodes/jhvbbh/november-10–2014—andy-cohen

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A popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis is stuck in Congress.

With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.”

The seemingly innocuous resolution was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which hasn’t acted on it. The panel didn’t comment for this article.

The inaction and the lack of a white smoke signal from Boehner have sparked speculation that politics is at play.

Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the pope is “too liberal,” according to a Republican backer of the legislation.

The source noted that Francis last year denounced “trickle-down economics.”

Some Republicans believe the pope is “sounding like [President] Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged,” the GOP official said.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/213588-will-speaker-move-bill-on-the-pope#ixzz38y5gOH5N

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Tom Kludt – September 27, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer backed off on his suggestion earlier this week that Twitter allows President Barack Obama to use more than 140 characters in his tweets, but some Republican primary voters evidently still have doubts.

Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling tested Fleischer’s debunked and ultimately retracted conspiracy theory in a survey released Friday, finding support and uncertainty among Republicans nationwide. The poll showed that 13 percent of GOP primary voters think Twitter does permit Obama to exceed the 140 character limit while a majority — 52 percent — said they weren’t sure. Thirty-six percent said they don’t think Obama enjoys a larger character limit than the rest of Twitter users.

The former press secretary under George W. Bush was widely ridiculed after he said that a tweet from the @BarackObama Twitter account — which is run by Organizing for Action — had gone over the 140-character limit and wondered if the president gets to “play by different rules.”

But there were actually only 136 characters in the tweet that Fleischer questioned and, moments later, he was forced to walk back his suggestion.

 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/poll-gop-voters-unsure-if-obama-gets-larger-character-limit-on-twitter

 

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Republicans in the Ohio Legislature are pushing a plan that could cost the state’s public universities millions of dollars if they provide students with documents to help them register to vote. Backers of the bill describe it as intended to resolve discrepancies between residency requirements for tuition and voter registration, while Democrats and other opponents argue it is a blatant attempt at voter suppression in a crucial swing state.

“What the bill would do is penalize public universities for providing their students with the documents they need to vote,” Daniel Tokaji, a professor and election law expert at Ohio State University told TPM. “It’s a transparent effort at vote suppression — about the most blatant and shameful we’ve seen in this state, which is saying quite a lot.” The legislation is a provision in the state budget that was backed by the Republican majority in the Ohio House of Representatives. It is now headed to the Ohio Senate, which also has a GOP majority.

Currently, Ohio requires voters to be “a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote” and to provide photo identification, a current utility bill, a bank statement, current paycheck, current government check, or “an original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.” Students who live in dormitories and do not have state identification or a job or bank account in Ohio might not be able to meet this requirement even if they have lived in the state for over a month. Public universities provide letters or utility bills to students to help them meet the residency requirement for voter registration. If the legislation is passed, it would force schools that provide this documentation to charge out-of-state students the same tuition they charge students from Ohio.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/05/ohio-republicans-push-law-to-penalize-colleges-for-helping-students-vote.php?ref=fpb

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John Fugelsang:

Well, today, my friends, the Senate Republicans made history when they used the filibuster to block a vote on President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, another Republican. And the whole thing stinks like a carnival cruise ship.

House Majority Leader Harry Reid was so angry he almost tore the tassels off his loafers. Sen. Reid called it the saddest spectacle he’s ever seen in the Senate. But you know what, Harry? I think I can recall an even sadder one — something that happened just last month.

Because if Harry Reid is mad at the GOP for filibustering this nomination, he needs to go straight to the Senate floor, in full view of the cameras, and spend an entire day punching himself in the face.

Now, it’s not easy to fight yourself in the face — just ask Edward Norton in “Fight Club.”

You see, Sen. Reid, the first rule of Fight Yourself in the Face Club? You, Harry, are president of Fight Yourself in the Face Club.

Because you had the chance to make sure this wouldn’t happen today, dear Mr. Reid. In fact, you promised us you’d make sure this wouldn’t happen. And now, look, poor Leon Panetta has to stay in the Pentagon even longer, like George Bailey never getting out of Bedford Falls. Now, because of you, Mr. Reid, the chicken hawks have come home to roost.

See Harry Reid spent much of last year getting pressured to reform the filibuster, but he blew the chance. And then he apologized for blowing the chance. He publicly said senators Merkley and Udall were right to push for a reform package and he was wrong. And he promised us that come the beginning of the almighty 2013 session, he’d make filibuster reform happen.

On the first day, Harry had a chance to change the filibuster rules with a simple majority. And then Harry Reid stepped to the plate and filibustered on filibuster. He choked like George Bush on pretzel night. He folded like wet cardboard. He struck a handshake deal with Mitch McConnell to do a filibuster reform package that was so watered down Marco Rubio can drink it during a speech.

And now, now the Senate is still a place where democracy means the minority controls the majority.

Now I know some will say this isn’t fair. The bad guys here are clearly Lindsey Graham and the GOP. They’ve mostly abandoned the idea of working in good faith. But see, here’s the thing, and back me up on this: We expect hypocrisy, malfeasance and tea-baggery from the modern GOP. They’ve got their eyes on the prize, the prize being a zero percent approval rating one day. Harry Reid is like Charlie Brown being constantly shocked that Lucy moved the football.

So Harry, when you have a second please, take a break from reaping what you sow, take a break from planning to slyly let the assault weapons ban die in the Senate, and show us you care, by punching yourself in the face.

See, Harry, if you’re not going to be an effective majority leader, if you’re not going to do any real reform, if your will isn’t strong enough for the job, you know what you need to do? Something I’ve never said before in my life — be more like Pope Benedict.

Step down, Harry Reid. Let someone lead who wants to lead. Now I don’t know if this means the Hagel nomination is dead. All I know is if I ever get divorced from my wife, I hope she hires Harry Reid as her lawyer, because then I’m guaranteed to get everything.

http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/should-harry-reid-make-like-pope-benedict-john-fugelsang-reacts-to-the-hagel-filibuster/

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Ezra Klein “Today’s Republican Party thinks the key problem America faces is out-of-control entitlement spending. But cutting entitlement spending is unpopular and the GOP’s coalition relies heavily on seniors. And so they don’t want to propose entitlement cuts. If possible, they’d even like to attack President Obama for proposing entitlement cuts. But they also want to see entitlements cut and will refuse to solve the fiscal cliff or raise the debt ceiling unless there are entitlement cuts.

You can see why these negotiations aren’t going well.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/30/the-republican-party-in-one-tweet/