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Mark Sumner, in his post today, posited that the GOP is a party of cheaters.  Of that, there is no doubt.  From the outright lies about our President and his record, to their brazen sins against democracy (e.g., restricting voting rights), the Republican leadership is proving that it will sink lower than the low to regain power.  Unfortunately, simply pointing this out over and over again can make us look like a party of schoolyard ninnies constantly tattling on the class bullies.  It's this response that plays into the GOP's election meta-message for this cycle.

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You gotta love this.

More MSM BS as the AP's Erica Werner once again shows that reporters are more interested in delivering "he said, she said" than delivering facts (unless it's a year later).  It appears from today's report that she believes that GOP lies can only be exposed after the political fight is over.

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Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 06:22 AM PDT

Marketing healthcare reform

by bearwoody

Back in the GOP's glory days, remember how thrilled we were to hear a constant barrage of cleverly titled, poison-based reform bills from Congress?  

The Hit Parade of Truthiness includes The Healthy Forests Act (chop 'em down!), the Clean Water Act (now with 20% MORE arsenic!), etc.

You gotta hand it to them, they sure knew their marketing.  So how can we beat them at their own game?  

With healthcare on the front burner, the question must be asked, "What would Don Draper do?"

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Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 01:03 PM PDT

Give Texas What it Wants

by bearwoody

A lot of attention has been paid lately to the recent round of America-hating among Texas GOP pols. DeLay, Perry, and their supporters are talking up Texas secession as a way of fomenting discontent among the masses.  One is led to believe that if Republicans were children playing their losing game, they would just take the ball and go home.  The problem is that they can't do it until they get the ball.  And history has proven that when they do get the ball, they tend to want to stick around.

So the only way to get rid of them, or at least get them to shut up, would be to prove that they are the biggest bunch of "all-hatters" in Texas history.  The problem is that the Constitution offers no path to secession.  This can be resolved, with no small effort, by passage of a Constitutional Amendment.  And if they won't submit it to Congress, I certainly hope That Rep. Frank, or someone else will sponsor the following bill, which sets up a roadmap to give Texas what it wants.

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 03:39 PM PDT

Palin = Keyes

by bearwoody

I'm a long time reader, and am thrilled, after lots of hesitation, to present my first diary.

I live in Chicago (just a bit down the road from georgia10), and am struck by the parallels between our State and the National GOP when it comes to skill at picking candidates.

Four years ago, our State GOP was frantic to find a candidate to run against Obama.  Bill Maher, in one of his best all-time jokes, described their dilemma:

"You've got to feel sorry for the Republican Party.

First, they couldn't find Osama Bin Laden.

Then, they couldn't find weapons of mass destruction.

Now, they can't find a black man in Chicago."

So they didn't care WHO they found, as long as the candidate was African-American.  Hence, Alan Keyes carpetbagged his way onto the Illinois ballot against Obama.

Now, four years later, trickling with flop sweat, McCain decides he HAS to have a female.  Doesn't matter who, doesn't matter that she's under investigation, doesn't matter that she's lighter than Dan Quayle in flubber shoes.

McCain's most important decision reeks of desperation, yet gives all of America a taste of the pathetic, irrational leadership decisions he would make as President.

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