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House Republican leadership is in drape measuring mode, and has started the planning for dealing with their newbie members. They want to make sure that these new members, many of them teabagger insurgents, remain under tight control, according to two new Roll Call articles [sub req].

First, all applicants for staff jobs with Republican members are being urged to take an ideological litmus test.

The House Republican Study Committee is asking people who want to work for a member of the conservative group next Congress to fill out ideological surveys on the websites of two conservative organizations....

The links to questionnaires on the websites of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and Leadership Institute’s conservativejobs.com site, are pasted into the RSC e-mail. The RSC claims more than 115 House Republicans as its membership....

The questionnaire on the Heritage Foundation website asks applicants questions about their views on foreign, economic and social policy.

Applicants are then asked to “rate” their level of agreement with individuals and organizations on the survey.

Individuals and organizations listed include former vice president Al Gore, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Cato Institute, President George W. Bush and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

But to really ensure that the new teabagger rubes coming to the House don't make too much of a mess, they're going to make sure that there are grown-ups, e.g. lobbyists, in charge.

In anticipation of major GOP gains in next week’s elections, House Republican leaders have put together a list of experienced Washington hands to help fill top staff positions for the surge of newly elected outsiders.

Leading the effort are Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The leaders have put together a list of about 75 to 80 potential chiefs of staff, including current and former Capitol Hill staffers and lobbyists who have been recommended or have inquired about working for an incoming Member, according to several Republicans familiar with the document.

This is going to go over so well with teabaggie insurgents: “'You want to be sure that the newbies, when they hit town, do not necessarily bring their campaign staff to run their Congressional offices, because in some cases they are totally ill-equipped,' one veteran Republican lobbyist said." Ideologically pure lobbyists is their solution to the mass of yahoos they expect to descend upon their caucus next session.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Question 1. Do you have a degree (13+ / 0-)

    from Liberty University?

    Germany had its brown shirts. America has its tea baggers. The difference? The brown shirts had class.

    by Ex Real Republican on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:42:07 AM PDT

  •  If anyone of us (1+ / 0-)
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    wanted to stomach working for them it wouldn't be hard to answer those questions. How will they prove you were lying?

    Vote 11.2.10 the penalty for refusing to participate in politics you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

    by coffejoe on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:43:11 AM PDT

  •  Bait and switch in a nutshell (8+ / 0-)

    You want to be sure that the newbies, when they hit town, do not necessarily bring their campaign staff to run their Congressional offices

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't.

    by crystal eyes on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:43:25 AM PDT

  •  I wonder if it will dawn on... (6+ / 0-)

    ...the Tea baggers that they've been used? Maybe after the election, if the R's win big and they don't get invited to Washington?

    Maybe not for years, because they're so easy to string along with faux outrage?

    "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success." -7.75/-6.05

    by QuestionAuthority on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:43:26 AM PDT

  •  Luckily, it doesn't take too long to teach (8+ / 0-)

    someone to say "No."

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. --FDR

    by Rube Goldberg on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:43:34 AM PDT

  •  I love messing with tests like that. (3+ / 0-)
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    You can see what the questioner wants the response to be from a mile away. As I take those damn things, I think, "How stupid do you think we are?" I'd love to mess with that particular test to come off as a mad lunatic John Bircher.

  •  Why would anyone think the newbies (9+ / 0-)

    need to be integrated into Congress?

    Tea Brained Republicans are not that different than regular Republicans. They will cut taxes, and that's all that is required of them. The rest is irrelevant.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:44:21 AM PDT

  •  Doesn't the winner of a House... (3+ / 0-)
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    election still have to represent ALL of their constituents, not just the ones who voted for them or the ones who pass their "litmus test"?

  •  Shades of Mr. Smith and the Taylor Machine. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Who am I to give science the brush?" Sugarpuss O'Shea

    by semiot on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:44:48 AM PDT

  •  Didn't this happen during the French (4+ / 0-)
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    Revolution where the leaders of the revolutionaries tried to ensure that they would stay in charge of their more unruly compatriots?
    I seem to remember a good many of those optimists ended up literally on the chopping block, i.e. Madame Guillotine.

  •  Oh Yea! GOP are in the Abandonment phase (2+ / 0-)
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    The abandonment phase began when the GOP decided the Tea Baggers were no longer useful.

    There will be no apologies for the pain and hurt the GOP will cause to the Tea Baggers.

    It's only entertainment!

  •  Don't get cocky. (4+ / 0-)
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    The GOP is good at bullying their members into submission. Don't assume the crazy freshman teabaggers will suddenly stand up to the leaders and bring all their crazy friends and make a mess of the party.

    Pionta Guinness, le do thoil!

    by surfbird007 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:49:25 AM PDT

  •  So, basically, (3+ / 0-)
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    just like the secret donors funding the baggers, secret Representatives are actually going to be voted into office.  Way to go, Republicans.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:49:37 AM PDT

  •  Where's the pundit roundup today? (6+ / 0-)

    I look forward to it far more than I look forward to my local rag, the WaPo.

    Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:50:28 AM PDT

  •  It's gonna be a goat rodeo in the (0+ / 0-)

    Capital soon. Get ready to pop some corn.

    "All that's changed is that they don't wear their white hoods in public anymore. They wear white teabags instead." - DallasDoc

    by GrannyOPhilly on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:51:23 AM PDT

    •  I hope people on Kos don't think a mix of (6+ / 0-)

      chaos for the cameras and warm handshakes behind the scenes for the plutocrats is somehow going to hurt the rightists.

      This is a tried and true formula for the far right and it is utterly depressing.

      •  I think the newbies will expect to have a (0+ / 0-)

        bit more power than than they will, but I'm waiting for the religious social debates between them. They want a Christian nation and they don't care about they corporate angle except that it can help them get to where they want to be - in power.

        And that doesn't move the US forward. Just the opposite.

        (gotta run. if you respond, i'm not ignoring you)

        "All that's changed is that they don't wear their white hoods in public anymore. They wear white teabags instead." - DallasDoc

        by GrannyOPhilly on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:13:17 AM PDT

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  •  Look at how well the "ideologically pure" (4+ / 0-)
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    but utterly ignorant staffers did when given actual power at the start of the Iraq War. They had the right stance on abortion, but had no idea how to deal with setting up shop managing an occupation of a complex, war-torn country (see: Thomas Ricks' Fiasco for a mind-boggling account).  Similarly, the incompetence of many of the people surrounding candidates who themselves have only a minimal understanding of history, law, or even their precious Constitution, is sure to make things worse for the whole country.  

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:51:42 AM PDT

    •  And the wrecking crew cares about any of that? (3+ / 0-)
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      There is no logic, there is no consistency, there is no truth.

      For the rightists, there is only nihilism and destruction for the people and billions for the plutocrats.

      Nothing else matters. Everything else can be absorbed into their machine.

      •  I'm not suggesting that the right cares. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm only pointing out how well it worked out last time ignorant bozos were in charge, and put their minions in positions of power. The harm that resulted was beyond measure.  This time, it might be even worse.  (Add'l note: anyone on the left who refuses to vote because they are disappointed in the pace of progress, should seriously consider the ramifications of letting these goons anywhere near the levers of power.)

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:00:55 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I agree but they will (0+ / 0-)

          blame POTUS that if he didnt' veto their bills it wouldn't have gotten worst. Not to be Debbie downer but Obama will work with them and compromise.

          Vote 11.2.10 the penalty for refusing to participate in politics you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

          by coffejoe on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:04:27 AM PDT

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  •  Excuse me, but this is not pre-election 2006. (3+ / 0-)
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    There's a Democratic record now and it hasn't been pretty.

    I doubt if the lobbyists will be making any changes to their routine if the GOP takes over Congress in 2010.

    However, I do anticipate there will be 1 change with a GOP takeover.  I don't anticipate the GOP picking unnecessary fights with their base so they can appear "bipartisan".  The GOP doesn't throw their base under the bus just to get a kick in the teeth from their opposition.  

    Of course, this is all assuming there will be a GOP takeover.  

    My sig is starting to look more and more like a reasonable prediction.  

    The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

    by ThAnswr on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:53:29 AM PDT

    •  you could say that (0+ / 0-)

      not making any effort to outlaw abortion is picking an unecessary fight with their base. But unlike with the dem base, the repub base will vote for repubs no matter what. So picking fights with their base is not a factor that has any bearing on anything.

      •  Democrats are in the trouble they're in ......... (0+ / 0-)

        ........ right now because of what Democrats have done with their time in the driver's seat.  

        So picking fights with their base is not a factor that has any bearing on anything.

        Tell that to the moderate Republicans who crossed over to the Democratic message of "change you can believe in" in 2008.

        The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

        by ThAnswr on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:13:02 AM PDT

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        •  right it is a factor for dems base (1+ / 0-)
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          But I didn't think a moderate repub voting for dems in 08 was ever really part of their base, more like an independent, maybe I'm wrong on that.

          Dems might lose the house because of the economy and their economic policies not working enough, not so much the crapping on the base. That doesn't help though. I doubt to many dem voters from 08 are going to vote repub this time, more likely to just sit at home.

          •  What might have been .... (0+ / 0-)

            But I didn't think a moderate repub voting for dems in 08 was ever really part of their base, more like an independent, maybe I'm wrong on that.

            No, they weren't part of the base. But they could have been if the Democrats had followed through on the campaign promises.  

            No doubt the economy is a big factor this election.  But the fact is, other than trying to prove a negative ("we saved the economy from tanking"), Democrats have to face facts the average individual is worse off than they were in 2006-2008.

            Unemployment has gone up.  There are more foreclosures and a scandal over those foreclosures.  

            OTOH, Wall Street is posting record profits.  

            Small wonder, Democrats are in trouble.  

            I doubt to many dem voters from 08 are going to vote repub this time, more likely to just sit at home.

            Dead right on that one.  

            The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

            by ThAnswr on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:42:06 AM PDT

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  •  GOP loves them litmus tests! (3+ / 0-)
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    NYT reported in 2009 that Senate candidates were subject to climate denier litmus test, and discussed the two candidates that were the exception.

    Now house has purity test.

    Getting all their ducks in a row for investigations for 2 years on their wacky conspiracy theories should they get control.

    more reasons to GOTV.

    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:55:53 AM PDT

  •  So, the Kochs are vetting the new staff> nt (5+ / 0-)
  •  Maybe we screwed up (1+ / 0-)
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    because the Democratic leadership did not articulate a vision that tells the voters where the country needed to go and how to get there, a shared sacrifice today leading to prosperity tomorrow. Maybe, it was forces against us. Regardless, now it threatens the majority. However, will Republicans be held accountable? Will their victory be short-lived if they mistake their good fortune for a mandate to lowere taxes, less regulation and erode our safety net? Will the insurance companies going to the R side get screwed because the mandate will be erased and they can't get more customers. Or will they grab billions in subsidies and not care about covering healthcare?

    Will we win by losing? OR Is America just losing by going down the toilet?

    Somedays I want to fight...others I want to hang my hat up.

    Vote 11.2.10 the penalty for refusing to participate in politics you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

    by coffejoe on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:00:57 AM PDT

  •  IF the GOP does get voted back into more power (6+ / 0-)

    than they already have, I am NOT going to feel sorry for My Fellow Americans when the GOP fucks their futures up even more than they did 10-2 years ago.

    Most of my life has been ruined by republican efforts so I am resigned to just living in a country that isn't anything close to what it could or should be. I'll just be another slave on a vast plantation run by hate-filled rich white people, aided and abetted by very stupid people.

    it could have been a great country.

    Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:01:10 AM PDT

  •  Rerthug House (3+ / 0-)
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    I think that the Teabaggers, who actually crave being told what to do will salute and go,  the mindset is authoritarian in the Rethug Party and so they'll do whatever they are told.  Many of the ones that will get elected are really just ordinary rethugs with Tea Party affectations.

  •  I remember when they first started (1+ / 0-)
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    issuing these "purity tests" (wasn't it right after Obama got elected?), and it was noted that even Saint Reagan wouldn't have passed.

    C-SPAN is going to turn into a comedy network with these idiots running things.  But on the up side, in the next elections Dems can point out, "well, you know, from 2007 to 2010, the House got [insert number of bills, things accomplished, etc] done.  Once the Republicans took over, things ground to a halt.  Is this what you want for America?"

    Of course ... that may be considered "mean and uncivil", so I don't really expect to see anyone pertinent say it.

    If you want to fight and die for my right to sit here and bitch, sleep with whomever you want.

    by talismanlangley on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:01:44 AM PDT

  •  all of which is very sad, but ... (2+ / 0-)
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    I keep thinking all of it could have been avoided - and CAN be avoided in the future - if we (the left) gave people great candidates to vote FOR ... instead of asking people to vote against the bad guys.  

    Voting against the bad guys is not a consistent winning strategy.

    Which side are you on?

    by ThirstyGator on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:02:15 AM PDT

  •  Hey, I'm suddenly feeling all generous and (4+ / 0-)
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    compassionate towards the GOP House leadership. You know, we can really ease their burden a lot come November 3. Let's free them of that worry of having to deal with a newly minted majority and hordes of new teabagging members.

    "Will the highways of the internet become more few?"
    - GWB asketh, Verizon/Google answereth

    by brainwave on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:04:15 AM PDT

  •  I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords (1+ / 0-)
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    Just kidding. Seriously, if some hillbilly wants to defund Social Security and a guy in a suit is there to give him the hook, that isn't a bad thing. Time for them to confront reality.

  •  Off topic but couldn't resist (1+ / 0-)
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    TPM has story up that the head stomper Tim Proffit is now demanding an apology from his victim Ms. Valle.  

    You can't make this stuff up.  I guess he is taking lessons from Ginni Thomas and Dick Cheney, in demanding apologies from their victims.  

    It gets crazier and crazier.

    •  Seriously?? Thought he was blaming it on police (0+ / 0-)

      for letting her piss him off so badly.  Rand Paul's going with that one..lots of emotional intensity in that crowd on both sides, crowd control was inadequate.  See, it's the cops.  
      It'll be interesting to see what the judge in this case does with this.  Does he go with law and obvious right/wrong, or does he go with what'll get him slapped on the back and a better vacation next year?

  •  I honestly don't see it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark this comment, because I might need to admit I was wrong later, but I really don't see the GOP even gaining control of the House in this election.

    I see a Southern Strategy backfire in some cases, and in most others, I see a galvanizing effort that will potentially net a better showing of Dems at the polls.

    These folks are all gimmick/no substance. Voters are people who recognize their role in citizenship.

    I think (and am hoping) that revenge/bigot/fear voters simply don't have the numbers.

    Plus, the 'wave' is a narrative, not a fact. Note how folks like David Gregory have toned down the 'wave' meme this week.

    All the best to the Dems & thx to all of you whose efforts will cause others to hit the polls.

    ::::

    Maybe I'll smash this so I can say, "Hey, I smashed that! It's all in my new book/blog!"

    by nowheredesign on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:14:44 AM PDT

    •  Sadly, I'm afraid you're giving voters too much (1+ / 0-)
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      credit. Time and time again, all over the world, voters shoot themselves in the foot with protest votes and protest abstention that accomplish nothing but to render the reigns of power to reckless hooligans who make matters even worse for the voters. The thing is, in a situation where there's mass frustration, people will use elections as an instrument to voice their rage and punish those in power no matter the consequences. There appear to always be too many voters who lack either the cognitive wherewithal to understand the consequences of their actions or the emotional restraint to act on that insight.

      "Will the highways of the internet become more few?"
      - GWB asketh, Verizon/Google answereth

      by brainwave on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:27:08 AM PDT

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      •  We'll just have to see how it plays out. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't see any indication that any Dems or Independents are 'sitting out,' BTW

        I do see many elements of a disastrous final week for many GOP candidates, however.

        ::::

        Maybe I'll smash this so I can say, "Hey, I smashed that! It's all in my new book/blog!"

        by nowheredesign on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:31:05 AM PDT

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  •  I think the GOP is in for a surprise (1+ / 0-)
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    tea baggers don't listen to anyone as has been proven after the primaries when they were taken out of the public and "taught" how to act to get elected.  It worked so well, that you've got them arresting reporters, and stomping on peoples heads.  
    Tea baggers are their own breed of republican, and the true believers aren't going to listen to some damned fool lobbyist telling them what they should do.  

    •  Teabaggers ARE republicans (0+ / 0-)

      And their authoritarian follower mindset is perfectly responsive to orders to march in lock step with the other authoritarian followers in the GOP. There is not one single policy difference between a teabagger and any other average republican't.

      Keep Christian mythology out of science class!

      by cybersaur on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 08:47:39 AM PDT

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  •  This is where Democatic planning (0+ / 0-)

    comes in.  Republicans have had a long term plan in place and they are reaping the rewards of that planning.  Perhaps we need to start thinking like Republicans and be more sneaky.  Perhaps something like sleeper cells - putting young people in strategic intern positions and have them work from the inside.

  •  And in response Dkosers were heard to say... (0+ / 0-)

    "Fire Rahm, Fire Geithner, Fire Summers, get out of Afghanistan....oh and it's all Obama's fault" in their typical knee jerk reaction.

    This was promptly followed by a post from Micheal Moore pointing out all of the Dem failures in the past 2 years. Then Olbermann piled on with a goodbye cruel world post. Then Cenk added yet another thought provoking armchair quarterback post of what Dems should have done different to keep the house.

    •  Um, failure does call for analysis and change! (1+ / 0-)
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      Rahm is already gone.  And Summers.  And Geithner needs to go.  A president pays a price for bad appointments, and Obama made too many.  Because he wasn't ready to be president.

      The failures have been amazing.  It would be very foolish to pretend that this Republican tidal wave is all about dumb voters.  Obama failed to message and communicate--that's undeniable.  His insistence on trying to work with his sworn enemies demonstrated a political naivete and stubbornness that was shocking.  Mitch McConnell and John Boehner outthought him, for Christ's sake.

      Obama was the wrong choice for the Dems in 2010.  It was painful to watch the enthusiasm and projection that put him ahead of the Clinton team, who knew better than anyone who the Republicans really were.  

      It probably won't be possible to primary Obama in 2012.  We can only hope that this horrendous defeat in 2010 wakes him up and that he can actually change his orientation to political leadership.  But if he doesn't start going to the people rather than working first with Speaker Boehner, we will have to find another candidate in 2012.

      If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.

      by jhannon on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:51:52 AM PDT

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      •  sigh......I rest my case! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      •  yabbut in all fairness... (0+ / 0-)

        His insistence on trying to work with his sworn enemies demonstrated a political naivete and stubbornness that was shocking.

        His stubbornness in continuing to try to work with his sworn enemies is certainly dismaying. But naive? The policy of filibustering everything is literally unprecedented; they didn't even do that to Clinton, IIRC. And it hasn't been reported as unprecedented by the supposedly nonideological media, who instead assert that he has "failed to achieve bipartisanship" because of his "overreach."

        I think the best you can say is that an HRC presidency would not have brought out the overt racism that Obama has.

        "Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous." -- Molly Ivins

        by dumpster on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 04:48:59 PM PDT

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  •  You can't argue with success (0+ / 0-)

    Let's face it.  We thought Boehner et. al. were boobs.  They've kicked our butts.  Obama was unable to focus on a message to sell his policies and Dem leaders in Congress were hapless when it came to communicating successes.  Repubs in the House and Senate put Party before country and won...and they clearly have the political skills to take it from here.

    Sad, frightening, but true.  And in 2012, they will likely take the senate.  Obama will have clearer opposition to define himself against but if the past two years are any indicator, he will try to be bipartisan and they will continue to throw him under the bus.  President Thune in 2012?

    If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.

    by jhannon on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:42:55 AM PDT

    •  I disagree. (0+ / 0-)

      They didn't kick OUR asses.  Time and time again, as Obama was making those very appointments, the collective wisdom here was asking WTF was he thinking.  Early on many of us assumed he had to be playing some game of n-dimensional Chess, because he couldn't be as stupid as his actions, or lack there of, looked.  We have repeatedly screamed that bi-partisanship is not turning your back to make it easier for the Republicans/Blue Dogs to stab you.  

      The Republicans have not beat us yet, and even if they take both chambers in the election, they will still not have beaten us.  If they gain any power, it is because the Whitehouse handed it to them on a silver platter.  The only thing that will stop them from getting the Presidency in 2012 is if we find an actual Democrat to challenge Obama.

      In college I majored in politics and played with computers. Now I work with computers and make politics a hobby.

      by rhonan on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 12:58:56 PM PDT

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  •  Ownership society = Fascism (2+ / 0-)
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    John Jay supposedly said, "The people who own the country ought to govern it."
    Mussolini supposedly said, "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
    Conservatives everywhere will tell you that the goal is an "ownership society" where everything, as much as possible, is owned by somebody.  They argue that a renter trashes the house but an owner takes care of it.  The greedy motive of preserving value in things should form the basis of civilized society.
    They all want to believe one half of the invisible hand doctrine, without paying heed to any of the warnings issued by Adam Smith in the same classic econ books. There are no perfect markets. People are not commodities.
    Stop SkyNet (read here)

  •  The Enduring Teaparty (1+ / 0-)
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    The Republicans will attempt to shed the teaparty and extreme right after the election, but it won't work.  Unlike twenty years ago, they'll find that all the money they spent created a set of expectations and that the internet now provides a way to organize and communicate.  There will be right wing losers and they'll have nothing better to do than keep the ball rolling.  They'll be able to raise money and concentrate resources.  The media, which needs drama, will provide attention.

    The establishment Republicans just want to slash taxes and regulation and feed labor and the middle class to the Corporations.

    However the gun toting, head stomping soldiers of the right want something more.  A full social issue agenda, plus material gains.  They're not going to get either, so they'll stay organized and they'll be back.  The Republicans won't be able to control them.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 08:27:15 AM PDT

  •  Litmus Test & Lobbyists (0+ / 0-)
    "'You want to be sure that the newbies, when they hit town, do not necessarily bring their campaign staff to run their Congressional offices, because in some cases they are totally ill-equipped,'

    So by default, aren't the candidates totally ill-equipped as well?  After all, they picked those ill-equipped staffers...

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