It's not like progressives have been telling you for years and years that the GOP is THE party of the rich. That they would sell their own grandmother down the river for a buck. That they would abandon all "principals" in the name of The Almighty Dollar.
This might turn out a bit "rambley", but having to deal with this BS in 2014 is absolutely unacceptable (to me). Read below the fold to discover reason #5,236 why being black in America means you have to work twice as hard.
Just as the title says: Don't visit healthcare exchange websites today if you don't need insurance.
The reason is simple enough: The sites are being overloaded. Even well designed sites, like that of Connecticut's AccessHealthCT, are having trouble with the server load according to some kossaks.
The federal government's site is also having issues (as a somewhat alarmist diary on the rec list has detailed).
Even if it's just out of curiosity, I think it would be best to wait at least a few days (as glitches are worked out) so that the people who actually need health insurance and want to enroll get priority access.
If we as individuals can do things to help make the rollout of the PPACA (Obamacare) go even a little bit more smoothly, then I'd say lets do those things!
That's right folks.
Ted Cruz has lost Rick "Oops" Perry! You know. The tough-talking, boot-wearing, ultra-conservative, anti-choice, tea party favorite, RICK FREAKING PERRY!
You know that when you've lost wingnut Rick Perry, you've got
a principled, nuanced, and logical argument whose merits can be debated in a reasonable fashion a very, VERY serious case of teh crazy™!
(From the yahoo interview linked above)
With a potential government shutdown looming in less than a week, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said it would be “nonsensical” for his fellow Republicans to support any effort to bring government to a halt over the health care law.
“I don't think it's a good option,” Perry told “The Fine Print.” “There's still time to sit down and try to fix Obamacare.”
In an interview late last week, Perry stopped short of calling his fellow Texas Republican, Sen. Ted Cruz, wrong for leading the charge on Capitol Hill to defund the Affordable Care Act, but said it would be more productive to work toward putting “things into place that can fix Obamacare, like health savings accounts, like personal responsibility programs, giving states the flexibility to come up with programs that fit their populations.”
This will be a short one. Just wanting to let my fellow Kossacks know that Rush Limbaugh has given up the fight on "gay marriage" (soon to be JUST marriage).
I, of course, put "gay marriage" in quotes, because this is a term that we must kill. The only term we should be using in this moment of change is "marriage equality", then when change happens, it'll just be "marriage".
But I digress.
The NRA, for the first time ever, has gone silent. They've taken their Facebook page down. They know they can't show up in Newtown next week and stick it to the people there, like they usually do after one of these mass killings. Let's face it, the gun lobby tonight is on the ropes. Now is the time to act. We can't let this sad moment pass without a true response and a president willing to be a strong leader.
I won't lie, I have been getting endless entertainment out of reading the meltdowns on conservative blogs like RedState and HotAir. Plenty of paranoid posts about how Obama will prevent future elections, send them to reeducation camps, enslaves America, etc. Their tears give me essential nourishment :).
It would seem that RedState has avoided a true cannabalistic meltdown (short of what I stated above) for one reason: the front pagers have not yet recriminated anyone within the party or the website... until now!
Before you even read any of this, just know that the title of this post is "See, I Told You So"... This will be brutal:
Yep, I’m going to label it that way.What follows is a post by Erick from a year ago that contain all my hopes and dreams for this country: the death of conservatism. I remember reading this post when it first came out and hoping that his prediction would come true (and wasn't just pessimism he felt at the time).
Only after the first debate did I start to think Romney could win (and frankly, given the way some of you people reacted when I said the polls weren’t rigged, I’d have kept my mouth shut if I thought otherwise), but for five years I have been saying roughly what is now happening would happen — Romney would be the nominee, lose, and the GOP would start trying to throw the conservatives out in an effort to redefine conservatism.
And yes, after weeks of hysteria from even some readers of this site for me not been keen on Romney, his team, telling you all the polling was not rigged and he was running behind, etc. I now post in its entirety a post I wrote one year ago on November 8, 2011.
Well folks, it has arrived! The top dog of RedState has cast the first stone. What makes this post different from the others is that he has begun the recriminations by throwing Romney under the bus! And although there are only ~100 comments right now, be prepared for an outflow of anger (and defensive anger). I predict a minimum of 350 comments worth of hand-wringing and gnashing of the teeth.
Here is just a small sample of rage from long time RedState member Kowalski:
You just made me hate your guts again. Erick, why do you keep harping on Mitt Romney? You pretty much hated him from the beginning. Now you want to prove you hated him from the beginning. Well, you did your job, dude: we lost!(emphasis mine)
What's the pickup there? Your ability to say: "I hated him and he lost and now we're all screwed?" That's awesome, man. You're the greatest.
Is the only tune you have in your pipe the one about how you always hated Mitt Romney and told everyone so?
Don't know precisely what it is about you, but you never really got behind the Republican ticket this year. As the leader of what is supposed to be the most influential Republican/Conservative blog on the planet, you couldn't suck up your own bile enough. I think YOU suppressed a lot of the vote.
You also have nothing to say about how we go forward from here.
Well, perhaps he has nothing to say because conservatism is dead, as Erick pointed out would happen a year ago.
Here, we even have a joke at Romney's expense from one commentor:
I was listening to a radio call in show the other day. A group of republicans were discussing who the future Republican candidates for president should be. One guy spoke up and said whoever it is, that person should be 180 degrees the opposite of Romney. Gov. Romney called in and said he could be that guy.I like it, lets keep that one!
The best part is that Erick doesn't seem to be offering any way out for these angry conservatives, since, you know, conservatism is dead and all. And remember, Erick is a considered a major leader of the conservative/TP movement, so this election must have had incredible ripple effects in conservative communities.
Of course, we here in reality land (AKA DailyKos) know what has actually happened in not only this election but over the past 30 years.
The country has been dragged further and further to the right and its idea of paradise. Tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of wall street and their thievery, endless wars, predatory healthcare system, income inequality, discrimination of the LGBT community, government intrusion into the bedroom, constant government surveillance, willful ignorance about climate change (to ALL our peril), defunding of benefits for the middle class WHILE giving out all the goodies to corporations (and then claiming that people who want to roll that back are class warriors, socialists, takers!). I. Could. Easily. Go. On.
From their perspective, the country is becoming socialist (lol) and WE are the ones moving further left /w legislation like Obamacare. Of course, they completely neglect the fact that the Heritage foundation offered the individual mandate as a conservative alternative to single payer. The fact that this idea is considered "socialist" in 2012 is all the evidence you need that it is in fact THEM who have moved further to the right.
Don't let ANYONE try to tell you that this country has been drifting left this past 30 years when in fact the opposite is true. We can't let the right control the media narrative on this. We need to start rebutting this nonsense every chance we get! Now, although this is undeniably true, the rejection of Romney/Ryan and their extremist right-wing ideology emboldens me (as it should you)! We have the momentum now, so lets run up the score and begin hammering the right on this point.
With Obama reelected, a new electorate has awakened to this reality and are taking the country back! Hopefully, we can continue our long march from the right back to sanity. Of course, the right has been wrapped in their bubble for so long that they see this as conservatism dying/failing.
Well, if that's what it is, then I'm sure you all will agree with me:
Bring on the fail!
I'm not one for short diaries (okay okay, I broke this rule once but it WAS a historic night), but this is just too good to be true. According to TheExaminer, when all the votes are done being counted, it appears that Mr.47% himself would have won 47.65% of the popular vote (to Obama's 50.79%)!
Oh please! PLEASE BE TRUE! After all, the 47% video will be one of the top 5 most remembered things about this election:
If this final tally holds, then I would faint from the joy of it!
It will be unfathomably brutal poetic justice.
It would be the cherry on top of the BIG GUBMINT LIBRUL CAKE (that, apparently, the American people chose to have another slice of on Tuesday, much to Rethugs chagrin!).
It would be... Oh you get the point!
Here's to hoping that this election will go down in history as the beginning of the progressive (and thus, American) comeback!
Obama WINS! Nuff said. The universe has justice after all!
At this moment, roughly 24 hours out from another historic election, an election in which an absurd majority of polls has Obama ahead, what is a conservative blog to do in order to stop this depressing news?
Why, you talk up long debunked arguments as to why ALL the polls have it wrong and you are right! However, just in case you missed the debunking, join me below!
Now, I am somewhat of a masochist apparently because I am addicted to reading conservative blogs/websites and the user comments therein. So naturally, I have run up against these arguments more frequently than the average progressive. Lets take a look!
1. "The poll is oversampling democrats by +6 yet Obama is only ahead by 3! That must mean that Romney will win by a landslide!"
Absurd: As has been stated time and time and time again, party identification is FLUID. The participants are not picked out before hand based on party ID. But rather, it is determined by how each respondent identifies THEMSELVES. In other words, the people are picked and then identify themselves as Democrat, Republican, or Independent as part of the survey.
Still not convinced? If not, then how would you explain a Rasmussen poll with R+2 or more showing the race EVEN at 48-48? By their own twisted logic, "Obama should be ahead by 2, so Obama landslide! Wait! What did I just say?"
The fact that a CNN D+11 poll and an Rasmussan R+2 poll can both come up with the same result of "the race is tied" completely destroys their own logic (regardless of how inaccurate Rasmussen is known to be according to, oh I don't know, actual facts), yet no one ever brings it up on these conservative blogs.
2. "Recent Gallup poll has Romney 49 Obama 48, since the incumbent can't reach 50, he is toast!"
Plain old silly: Lets just ignore the fact that George Bush lost the popular vote in 2000 (only got %47, hehehe...) and STILL won. It's as if they have selective hearing and intentionally block out the fact that the electoral college is what determines the victor. Now, why would they intentionally forget this? Oh yeah, because Obama is leading in most swing state polling and thus has the advantage, thus mentioning it on your blog could result in wingnut backlash and republican depression.
And this argument of mine completely ignores the fact that Gallup has been terrible this year and in previous years (just read the whole link if you are unconvinced)
3. "Gallup has Romney up by 1, throw in some [wishful thinking] and it's bad news for Obama!" (replace [wishful thinking] with, voter enthusiasm advantage, democrat oversampling, independents breaking for Romney, etc.)
Malarkey: Firstly, lets remember that Gallup is a tracker shall we? So if this is the case, then what is the current trend? Since they feel that Gallup is a reliable tracker, they would perhaps agree that a good way to determine the trend is by looking at Gallup's last major release before hurricane Sandy and compare it with today's.
Well, waddaya know? Obama was DOWN 5 points (R 51-O 46) according to Gallup. If after the first debate, so many conservatives claimed that as low as %0.5-%1 bump for Romney was unstoppable Mittmentum, what would a %5 bump for Obama be? Omentum? Of course, don't expect them to comment on this, since as we all know, they are talented at making sure reality does NOT affect their world view.
Now I must say that I don't actually believe that Obama got a 5 point bounce. It is more likely that Gallup is trying to get in line. Either way, it is bad news for Romney.
4. "How can [insert poll] have Obama ahead (or both tied) if independents are breaking for Romney? Clearly this poll is flawed! With that much support from independents, Romney has already won this."
Wishful Thinking: As previously noted, party identification is FLUID (for conservatives witha short memory span)! Now, it IS true that independents have been more supportive of Romney than Obama, but this blanket statement:
A. Only applies at the national level (state level has actually varied, and more importantly in the swing states).
B. Many republicans left the party and became independents, thus their slightly more conservative lean at the national level (the link is to a TPM article by Josh Marshall). Have the wingnuts already forgotten about the tea party and their dissatisfaction with the GOP? Redstate's best attempt to debunk Marshall' argument was debunked by one of their own commenters:
I think you're misreading the lines on Marshall's chart. Those are trend lines, not actual data points. They are most likely polynomials selected for a least squares fit. I would expect a discrepancy between the trend lines and the actual data points (the dots scattered on the graph).(Emphasis mine)
Just looking at the graph, there does appear to be a strong negative correlation between the change in R party ID and the change in I party ID. In other words, the R share decreases as the I share increases, which would seem to indicate some turnover between the two groups. I don't know if it's enough to account for Romney's increased share of the independent vote, though.
Perhaps I'll elaborate more on this Redstate post (it is graph heavy) in an update.
5. "[insert single poll] has Romney up, so he wins!"
Very Foolish: If we've learned anything this election year (and particularly, if Nate Silver has taught us) it is that you don't rely on one poll! Time and time again, I see conservative blogs like Redstate, Hotair, and Freerepublic base ENTIRE arguments on 1 poll. Here on Dailykos? We accept ALL polls and base arguments of those (so long as they are reputable).
A perfect example would be the Zogby polls, which give Obama hefty leads and Romney "hefty" lows. Even though they are in our favor, we REJECT them, because they are unreliable and don't represent reality accurately enough. What we DON'T do is look at this one poll and try to make a pathetic argument for Obama based on it. We can, as of now, make a strong argument for Obama because the aggregate of polls prove our point!
6. "Romney's internal polls say he is winning, so he is winning!" (He released his internals today)
Romnesia: Beyond the fact that a campaign releasing internals a day before the election stinks of desperation, we have seen this before. As dailykos user jaywillie noted earlier today in a comment, John McCain did the same thing in 2008. That sure went well for him, didn't it?
Besides, why trust these numbers from Romney when all he has done this campaign season is lie?
7. "But Dick Morris said..."
Dick Morris: nuff said.
That's it for now:
If you have seen any other obscenely stupid arguments from the GOP, please comment on them below and I'll add them to this list in updates (with credit).
Furthermore, if I should update/correct any of my rebuttals, please don't hesitate to mention below!
And most importantly, please realize that this election is NOT in the bag. We HAVE to GOTV to keep our margins and to win this thing. You can relax on Nov. 7.
I read it so you don't have to. Below I have the image (no need to give him hits), but if you are skeptical of this, here is a link: https://twitter.com/...
First off, let me say the obvious. Do NOT use this as an excuse not to GOTV! This is a TURNOUT election, and our recent gains only hold if democrats, progressives, and left-leaning independents TURN OUT!
Now, how does this go over at redstate, despite the fact that he didn't post this downer on the site?
Here is one commentator Common_Cents (who is NOT any old new poster on the site mind you):
The race is over? Huh??? Romney is a guaranteed win?? Oh wait, you tweeting YOU DONT CARE WHO WINS.http://www.redstate.com/...
A few days to go and you want your life back? as a conservative writer? how selfish and petty is that? Don't you GET PAID to do this???
What about your other tweet? E.E. "I don't care who wins......."
This is the most important election of our lives in the last 2 minutes of a close game and you want to go home??
Where are the GOTV diaries? Oh yeah, you don't give a hoot who wins, you just want your life back. Tell that to millions who have suffered this past 4 years and want their lives back.
What the heck life is that? You are "supposed" to be a conservative writer with a grass roots mission at RS. What happened to that???
This race is NOT over. This is crunch time, GOTV time. And we get a poor Erick sob story? Boo freakin hoo!!!
Your pathetic iphone review diary was even better than this. 30 days ago on a "slow" monday with nothing better to write about.
Shame on you for writing this while millions have suffered greatly this past 4 years, and America is on the brink.
Honestly, can you NOT wait to rest until next week? only a few days away? Really???
Here is another tweet by Erickson that is rustling feathers at redstate (can be found in previous link):
"I just want it over"???
What type of attitude is that for a republican who feels they are winning? Are these side effects of "Mittmentum"? A "Mittmentum" hangover (can this be a DK meme)? When would Kos (or any of the other excellent leaders on this site) write anything like this? All I'm saying is that perhaps the writing's on the wall.
Also, reading other comments, you can see the slow resurgence of the poll truthers (once thought extinct after the first debate). Now that Obama looks to be (by every measure) the ACTUAL candidate with the momentum, the truthers are here to save the day! But for the first time, I am also seeing these people express concern that they will lose in 5 days time, which I had definitely NOT seen in previous weeks (unlike we who consider ALL data, good or bad).
My personal feelings? The polls are looking good, but it is truly NOT over until Nov. 7th. We still have the jobs numbers coming out tomorrow, which we all hope will at least hold at 7.8% (unemployment). If they don't, that just means we'll have to work even harder (which unlike Erickson, I'm fired up and ready to work to the bone to ensure victory for Obama). So, we must plow on (with cautious optimism) until we are %100 sure that Obama is re-elected. Until then, diaries like these are meant as a morale lift, not a victory dance!
Yesterday, front page poster "Allah Pundit" on the conservative blog "HotAir", couldn't decide which conspiracy theory about New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie's praise of the president is the correct one. What is Christie thinking? Even worse, he is inviting President Obama to survey the damage today (what nerve! He acts as if the president of our country has any business with national/state disasters)!
(CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK! I am not responsible for any lost brain cells or IQ points from viewage of HotAir)
The Christie-skeptic theory would be that (a) at a minimum, he’s prioritizing his own reelection bid as governor over Romney’s campaign and (b) that just maybe he secretly hopes Romney loses because it’d clear the way for his own 2016 candidacy.Even more funny? You have the commentors on this site arguing with one another whether Christie is:
1. In fact playing 11-dimensional chess trying to get Romney elected by NOT refusing help from Obama.
2. Vying for 2016 by getting a nice photo op and hoping Romney loses.
3. Simply hates Romney and wants him to lose out of spite.
My take? You are watching a party so desperate (since swing state polls indicate the opposite of Mittmentum: OMENTUM and O'win!) that they can't simply admit that maybe, just MAYBE Christie is more concerned about the 20,000+ people trapped in their homes RIGHT NOW (with no electricity or running water) in Hoboken alone.
Check out the comments for great hilarity!
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