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White Terrorist Plot to Assassinate the ‘Commander in Chief’ — Republicans aren’t responsible for having crazed assassins among them– that would be guilt by association. But they are responsible for promoting irrationality by using fear, demonization, taboos, innuendo and coded race discourse. It is reasoned argument that makes for democracy. Karl Rove and Rupert Murdoch and Koch brothers’ rhetorical tactics release chickens that eventually will come to roost. Remember, kids, according to Republicans, there are no white terrorists. Only "Real Americans" pursuing their legitimate Second Amendment remedies. Welcome to conservative America. (And no, that's not me being snarky. Go back to the GOP and media reaction to the DHS report on domestic terrorism a couple of years ago.)
Meet The ‘Super Voters’ Who Could Be Disenfranchised By Pa. Voter ID Law — Pennsylvania’s “Voter Hall of Fame,” organized by the Department of State, is a list of 21,000 inductees who have voted in 50 consecutive general elections. Of the 5,923 of them who are currently registered voters, 1,384 of them either have no valid state ID or have an ID which expired before Nov. 6, 2011, which would make it invalid at the polls under the state’s voter ID law. Your Republican party: guaranteeing democracy since, um, never.
The Republican Strategy to Win Older Voters Is Just Like the One They Used in 2010 — To be precise, lying about Medicare. That the GOP has somehow positioned themselves as the protectors of this program in the face of all logic, the entire modern history of their party agenda, and the realities of their own cynically misleading rhetoric is a sad comment on the minds of American voters. Not to mention Your Liberal Media's unquestioning support of the conservative narrative.
GOP Governors Attack Obama’s Welfare Waivers After Requesting Flexibility — Talking out of both sides of their mouths. This is why we don't trust liberals: because they lack moral compass and consistency. Oh, wait, these are conservative governors?
How It Became Safe To Attack Barack Obama — In 2008 — when I worked against Obama, then for him — even David Gergen saw the race card everywhere. Now birther jokes are fair game. Nope, no racism here. Just Sarah Palin's "Real Americans" having a little fun. Move along, citizen, if you can't take a joke.
Platform Could Be Messaging Minefield For GOP — Voters are interested in the Republican Party platform — a development that could actually be bad for Republicans. Gee, ya think? Since the Republican Party platforms have gone full Sarah Palin/"Real American"/wing nut these past years, it really would be a bad thing for the GOP if anybody outside the frothing base actually, you know, read them. Good thing Your Liberal Media won't be reporting on this stuff.
Romney Camp Bets On Welfare Attack — Their most powerful weapon, a top aide says. “We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” says Newhouse. In other words, we lie, you know we're lying, we know we're lying, and we don't care. The justly famed principled consistency of the American Right once more on display.
Michele Bachmann: Obama's Wealth 'Really The Issue' In 2012 Election — "President Obama is extremely wealthy," Bachmann said when USA Today asked how someone with "vast wealth" could connect to the American public. "He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that's really the issue. President Obama is wealthy -- what does he understand about the common man right now?" Life imitates The Onion, conclusively proving once again that conservatives have the self-awareness of a razor clam. This is on a par with the McCain campaign calling Obama an elitist, or the Bush campaign calling Kerry a coward. (Not to mention the classic Rovian tactic of attacking your enemy at your own point of weakness to deflect the story.)
The Most Mystifyingly Popular Item at the R.N.C. Romney/Ryan Store in Tampa
?otD: Did Loretta get back?
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