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The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board:
We like this new President Barack Obama.

Assured and direct, Obama is refusing to yield to Republicans on a core idea he ran — and won — on: increasing the tax rate for America’s top earners. [...]  Reinvigorated after the vote, Obama is taking a new tack with the Republicans, who get credit for coming around to the notion that any deal will require new tax revenue. Instead of endless negotiations, Obama has drawn his line in the sand and is standing firm on tax rates for top earners. He’s doing the same with Republican attempts to gain leverage by potentially refusing to raise the government’s debt limit next year. Last time that happened, in 2011, Congress brought the U.S. to the brink of default.

After Obama was re-elected, we said our nation desperately needs a grand bargain, one that combines increased tax revenues with bold spending cuts. That is what Obama ran on, and he now has every right and obligation to fight to the end to get it.

David Brooks at The New York Times laughably believes the Republican party has gone through a 30 day detox:
Over the past month, the Republican Party has changed far more than I expected. First, the people at the ideological extremes of the party have begun to self-ghettoize. The Tea Party movement attracted many people who are drawn to black and white certainties and lock-step unity. People like that have a tendency to migrate from mainstream politics, which is inevitably messy and impure, to ever more marginal oases of purity. [...] Second, politics is being reborn. For a time, Republican candidates like Richard Mourdock of Indiana proudly declared that they didn’t believe in compromise. Political activists spent more time purging deviationists than in trying to attract new converts.

But that mania has passed. There are increasing signs that House Republicans are willing to unite behind Speaker John Boehner so he can cut a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” There has been an epidemic of open-mindedness as Republicans try to win minority votes and create a version of their party that can be competitive in states like Connecticut and California.

Michael Tomasky at Newsweek injects reality back into the discussion:
So we saw Tuesday night the unveiling of the “new” Republican Party at the Jack Kemp Foundation dinner. The two young stars spoke, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. Politico gave it a big write up, noting how many times Ryan mentioned the word “poverty” and how many times Rubio said “middle class.” One can see already that the media is going to hype these two and their supposed new thinking relentlessly. Is there anything to the hype? Of course not, and the reason is simple. Neither they nor the people they’re talking to are ready to accept that they’ve been wrong about anything except messaging, and until they are, this is just gaseous rhetoric. [...]

Republicans aren’t anywhere near to exposing themselves to the kind of self-examination and intra-party debate the Democrats undertook after Reagan’s second win. Despite upholstering their speeches with ample liberal rhetoric, and in Rubio’s case those aforementioned quasi-proposals, Rubio and Ryan both stuck hard to current-day GOP gospel. Raising tax rates isn’t an option. Relying on government isn’t the answer, and all the rest. When I read the Ryan remarks I quoted above, as I first started reading those words, I thought to myself, “Ah, might I encounter here an actual nugget of self-criticism?” It came. But it was only about messaging. The substance of their positions, to them, is fine and dandy.

It's hard to make the case for a new GOP when in the halls of Congress, the GOP is sticking to its radical theories and obstructionist tactics. The USA Today editorial board looks at the "disabled" Senate:
This week, when the Senate rejected a United Nations treaty banning discrimination against the disabled, the vote received relatively little attention. And why would it? The United States already has laws that prevent such bias. They've made curb cuts and wheelchair ramps common sights across America.

But the Senate's failure to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was nevertheless remarkable - for what it said about the state of domestic politics. Despite GOP efforts to recalibrate after last month's election losses, the treaty vote reflected the continuing influence of a fringe that gets frantic about anything involving the United Nations.

[...] Not long ago, the treaty would have passed easily amid lots of self- congratulations. But too many in today's GOP have turned their backs on the party's past and embraced concocted scenarios of U.N. bureaucrats telling Americans how to lead their lives and structure their laws. The opponents persuaded 38 Republican senators to vote no, enough to deprive the pact of the two-thirds needed for ratification.

Michael McGough at The Los Angeles Times also takes on the Republican rejection of the treaty:
Paranoia strikes deep. That’s the bottom-line explanation for the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But it was more than a generic fear of black helicopters (or black wheelchairs) that impelled 38 Republican senators to disrespect Bob Dole and oppose the treaty, depriving it of the required two-thirds majority.

To hear the opponents, the devil in this demonic instrument of world government was in the details. [...] Even to analyze these specific objections may give the treaty’s opponents too much credit. If you think the United Nations is a sinister threat to U.S. sovereignty, the details, however devilish, don’t matter much. The opposition to the treaty is probably best interpreted as a primal scream -- but the number of screamers was depressing.

Andrew Reding at The Los Angeles Times on filibuster reform:
The Senate filibuster as presently constituted is arguably unconstitutional. It effectively negates the only constitutional authority of the vice president, other than succeeding the president: breaking tie votes as president of the Senate. With a de facto requirement of a 60% supermajority to pass a bill, there are no "equally divided" votes to break.

State constitutions also limited supermajorities to constitutional amendments or overriding gubernatorial vetoes. But they have been circumvented by powers not in the federal Constitution: initiatives and referendums.

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  •  Dear David Brooks: (26+ / 0-)

    Whereforthart that change in the GOP of which you speak?

    I would like you to cite source material for this statement:

    an epidemic of open-mindedness
    No sir, Mr Brooks, I'm not buying what you're peddling today.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:43:50 AM PST

  •  I'm not at all convinced... (13+ / 0-)

    the purist "mania" has passed. I think it'll take a couple more drubbings at the ballot box before the GOP finally rids itself of the TP extremists because 2010 was such a successful year for them. I believe conservatives are convinced they can win in the next mid-terms and that is what they're going to shoot for; they're already talking about primary challenges to a bunch of Republicans in Congress who wind up voting for higher taxes and win, then get killed in the general - at least if Dems don't work VERY hard to get out their base.

    •  No, of course it hasn't. (4+ / 0-)

      Brooks always tries to make Repubs sound rational.

      That's his job.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:52:00 AM PST

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    •  It will. (0+ / 0-)

      Or the Republicans will fade away into nothing.

      Purist Republicans, like purist Democrats, have little relationship to most of the population -- and voters are drawn from the population.

      Politicians like to win.  Seems they don't let you sit in the nice offices if you lose.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:00:43 AM PST

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    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      They haven't learned a thing yet. As with climate change, they'll continue to deny the facts until it's too late to fix the problem. If they started today, they might be able to put themselves in a position to improve their standing among the groups that are going to kill them--Hispanics, young people, and unmarried Whites. By 2020, it'll be too late--70% of Hispanics will be a permanent part of the Democratic coalition, and an entire generation born after 1986 will have cast their first two, three, or four presidential votes for the Democratic candidate.

      Something I noticed in the exit polls that I haven't seen remarked upon anywhere is that single men were a much more reliable group for the President than married women. I don't think previous exit polls broke things down that way, but in the 30 states with exit poll results, Obama had a bigger margin among single men than among married women in all but Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Kansas, and nationally he won single men 56-40 and lost married women 35-53.  

  •  On Brooks (16+ / 0-)

    an "epidemic of open-mindedness?"  The vote on the UN treaty indicates the Republicans have yet to hit bottom in their race to the irrational bottom.

  •  The conservative philosophy is bankrupt. (6+ / 0-)

    You can't paper that over with Marco Rubio's smile.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:48:08 AM PST

  •  "There has been an epidemic of open-mindedness" (9+ / 0-)

    What in the pluperfect hell is david brooks not smoking, and how does he keep his job?

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as CEO Bezos is not much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:48:33 AM PST

    •  If "open" implies access to the frontal lobes (0+ / 0-)

      For a surgeon's scalpel, then brooks is right.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:50:22 AM PST

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    •  "open minded ness" is the Lutz-approved (2+ / 0-)
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      way of saying they've got extra holes in their heads where logic, reasoning and a capacity to remember history slips right through. In this sense I would like to commend Mr. Brooks on his own "open minded ness".

  •  Why did Dave axelrod get shaved on msnbc? (8+ / 0-)

    Anyone else notice that Susan rice is NEVER a topic of conversation, except by cable "experts?"

    Why is the sky blue?

    Why do turkeys come frozen?

    Why is Demint really leaving a lifetime job with power and a huge, fawning staff, not to mention the love of Koch and Palin?

    Why is Pi so irrational?

    Why am I asking these questions, other than to distract myself from das flu?

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:48:36 AM PST

  •  Brooks is the Court Jester sitting on the laps of (5+ / 0-)
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    Rush and Grover and the rest of the despicable right wing cranks who want orphans widows and disabled war veterans to pay for their fancy mansions and private jets. He agrees with their idiotology and their loathing of the masses but wants them to smile more and attend segregated elementary school Christmas pageants while their worker bees confiscate the food stamps and sleeping bags of the homeless.  

  •  Messaging (3+ / 0-)

    David Brooks must have X-ray vision.  Except for trying to engage Latin macho, I don't see any of the change of which he speaks, either.

    Mourdock and Akin articulated the Republican view of reproductive policy and look what it got them.  The Republicans now think that they need to tell the voters what they want to hear and once in office, do the stuff they really want to do.  It's the "cry me a river" scenario all over again.  The outcome will still be the same.  

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:54:36 AM PST

  •  Well where are these crazy people supposed (1+ / 0-)
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    to go? We really do need a third party for the whackos. They're not going to go away. Many of these people were purged by the Democrats during the cultural revolution of the 60s and 70s. And now the Republicans want to get rid of them? This is a failure of democracy.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:54:58 AM PST

  •  One headl (4+ / 0-)
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    One headline I would add;

    Michigan Circling the Drain

    Sad day for us

    "The answer to violence is even more democracy. Even more humanity." Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg

    by poe on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:02:28 AM PST

  •  Good for the Sun-Times, by the way. (3+ / 0-)

    They have a long-way to go, but with the Tribune turning into some kind of a morally bankrupt conservative frat house, there's room for a real paper to grow in Chicago.

    Just please don't dumb down The Reader any more than it's already been dumbed down!

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:07:41 AM PST

    •  "Turning Into"? (0+ / 0-)

      The Tribune has always been a right-wing rag. Under Col. McCormick, they were the most anti-FDR major paper in the country. In 1964 they were the only major paper to endorse Goldwater. They've trimmed their sails a bit in recent years as the Republican Party has collapsed in northeastern Illinois, but a leopard doesn't change its spots.

  •  I was sorry to see that Paul Krugman's column (11+ / 0-)

    was not featured in APR today.  It's the most important column people should be reading right now, but I suppose what's truly happening is not as sensational as the Republican party's continued meltdown and David Brooks' continued rationalization of their irrationality.

    But Krugman is trying to focus on the madness of D.C. that has nothing to do with the made-up "fiscal cliff."  In today's column titled The Forgotten Millions.  The first line of the column lays out the subject of his post:

    Let’s get one thing straight: America is not facing a fiscal crisis. It is, however, still very much experiencing a job crisis.
    Of course much of the bruhaha over the fiscal cliff could be avoided if the congress, instead of ginning up drama for the entertainment of the masses (and particularly the media), would focus on putting people back to work.  But that doesn't result in spectacular cliff-hangers for the pundits to chatter about or the population to worry about.  It's just the most important thing the government should be working on right now.  

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:08:41 AM PST

    •  Agreed. As fun (and easy) as it is to make (3+ / 0-)
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      jokes about the fatuous Brooks, he is a waste of space, and should be relegated to the "gasbags we don't bother to read" heap.

      The climate, the poor, the unemployed, and ordinary workers--who are being stiffed more each day--all deserve our attention.
      He doesn't.

      “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” ~ Yann Martel

      by SottoVoce on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:23:38 AM PST

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  •  hoowee whatever righteous shit it is that (9+ / 0-)

    David brooks is smoking, I want some of it.

    Gop competitive in Connecticut and California?

    Why don't they worry about North Carolina and Georgia and Nevada and maybe even Texas. Leave CT and CA out of it.

    For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

    by mdmslle on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:09:26 AM PST

  •  The filibuster: what chaos would loom large if (1+ / 0-)
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    the Senate did as the majority wished?  

    Let's say we even give balance to the 'voice of the minority' in a guarantee of offered amendments seen through to a vote (even if those amendments would need to be voted en masse, to avoid merely changing the form of the Senate minority roadblock)...would anything change?

    The House, as it stands, would still flatten anything that passed the Senate, so it's not like the Senate minority serves any unique purpose to begin with.

    Do even our Dem Senators want to be free to conduct business without being held back by the opposition at a whim?

    Why is filibuster reform a difficult matter?

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:11:23 AM PST

  •  Digging their own grave (3+ / 0-)
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    The Republican Party s stuck in a pre-election mindset, a perpetual campaign quagmire that has dire consequences for the nation so long as these radicals continue to try and embarrass the president and block any progress in Washington. It's as if every GOPer in Congress really believes the bunk spread by Rove and Morris, and that the next recount in Ohio will deliver them Mitt Romney in the White House. We have never seen a level of disconnect from reality like this before in American history. The GOP simply doesn't understand the country anymore. They are pathetically out of touch and digging their own political grave ever deeper.  -  progressive

    •  The planted the seeds of their own demise. (1+ / 0-)
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      Laconic Lib

      For so long, the republican party made any mention of alternative approach a grave sin.  Conservative voters ate it up and reinforced that ideal.  For a while, that was a strength.  It kept everyone on the same page and gave them lots of inertia.  Now that the party needs to undertake major changes to remain solvent, but they can't because it would cause a mutiny amongst the true believers.  They really have no choice but to crash into the rocks.

      "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

      by Apost8 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:15:18 AM PST

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  •  Thomasky's tally: "middle-class" - "poverty" (4+ / 0-)

    Keep counting Tomasky - the latest GOP-meme is going to be "children", as in, "nobody every talks about children - we don't spend enough on children",  b'cuz, y'know "we spend too much on seniors"

    and b'cuz when 'the food-stamp-president' talks about "poor and middle-class families", 'the food-stamp-president' really isn't talking about those millions of children whose parents are having a difficult time providing for them b'cuz wages have flatlined while prices have not...

    asshats! who's going to buy this newfound child-concern-crap? David Brooks mebbe...

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:23:00 AM PST

  •  Heritage Foundation is to the KKK (9+ / 0-)

    what Lexus is to Toyota.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:28:43 AM PST

  •  David Brooks and 'laughable' in the same sentence. (3+ / 0-)
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    Always appropriate.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:33:37 AM PST

  •  Mark McKinnon, "No Labels" on mor joe. (5+ / 0-)
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    New ad campaign for "the children", talking about pre-K, poverty, malnutrition, etc., all as a smokescreen for killing Social Security, Medicare.
    They're going to pit the Seniors against the Children.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:37:20 AM PST

    •  McKinnon is a snake (1+ / 0-)
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      selling snake oil.  That "no labels" hype is just a marketing ploy to dilute Democratic support.  Who else would their slogan appeal to?  Certainly not the majority of Republicans who get their identity from their politics.

  •  Dear Joe Scarborough....Harry Reid never said his (2+ / 0-)
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    number one goal was to defeat George Bush and then get his head handed to him in the subsequent election.....Harry is toying with McTurtle.

  •  Michael Tomasky nailed it. (3+ / 0-)
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    The Ryan/Rubio love fest is a wonderful metaphor for where the entire GOP is at right now: disconnected and delusional.

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:49:58 AM PST

  •  David Brooks and the entire repuke party needs (1+ / 0-)
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    a huge enema to clean out what passes for their brains. We already know they have no soul.

  •  it's a setup (2+ / 0-)
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    They're merely pretending that the GOP is more moderate and reasonable to set the stage for a Grand Bargain.

    They're using Grover Norquist as a punching bag to convince the Dem base that the GOP is on the run, when in fact a central part of Norquist's 30-year quest to "drown government in a bathtub" is poised to become a reality: slashing Social Security and Medicare.

    Obama and Democratic leaders continue to signal that they want to put "entitlement reform", e.g. SS/Medicare, into the negotiations. The outlines of a Grand Bargain are taking shape: modest tax raises on the rich in exchange for significant cuts in the social safety net. A little bit of sugar, to disguise the taste of a whole lot of shit.

    And the beautiful thing, from the GOP's point of view, is that a Democratic president will be giving them political cover for destroying what remains of the New Deal.

    If they can just conquer their vanity enough for them to profess defeat this one time, it will allow them to hang the blame for the destruction of the social safety net on the Democrats. They can act all victimized and say "It's not our fault grandma's eating catfood! Mean old Obama made us do it! You think we'd have voted for tax increases if we'd had any choice?"

    The negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" are now being conducted one-on-one between Obama and Boehner, in secret:

    U.S. "fiscal cliff" talks are now just between House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama to streamline the discussions, aides and lawmakers said...

    White House aides and Boehner's staff also agreed to all but shut down public communication about the talks. Both sides said Thursday the "lines of communication" were open.

    It's clear this dance is to set up Boehner as the fall guy (though I'm sure he'll be handsomely rewarded with corporate sinecures for his sacrifice).

    He will fall on his sword and come out of the negotiations looking all dazed and confused, professing that Obama just totally outfoxed him and made him agree to those tax raises on the rich. GOP reprisals for his apostasy will be swift and vicious, and he'll announce his retirement.

    The Democrats will cheer briefly, until they realize this merely means Speaker Cantor.

    The Democratic party will be fatally divided, when they grasp that the president has traded away the social safety net in exchange for a few dribs of tax revenue. Obama will boast that this deal is a great deal, and any Dem who opposes it is being partisan and unreasonable. He will put his political capital on the line against that of other Democrats who oppose the cuts.

    Then the GOP can take advantage of Democratic turmoil to run a new, rebranded crop of slicker, more polished teabaggers (under a catchy new name, like "Sons of Liberty" or something equally silly) in 2014 and recapture both houses of Congress. While they won't be as impolitic as Akin or Mourdock, they'll be even more extreme.

    Obama will proclaim the results as an indication that the country wants more bipartisanship, and then cooperate fully with the Republican leadership to rubber-stamp their bills.

    By 2016, the Democrats will be even more divided and give the Republicans a great chance to retake the White House itself.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:02:54 AM PST

    •  Feeling upbeat this morning? (0+ / 0-)

      This is a fairly long list of everything that COULD go wrong.  One of the things that could have gone wrong is that the GOP could have won the election and Paul Ryan could have been one heartbeat away from the Presidency.  And Ryan is a moron, remember?

      So take a deep breath, take a nice walk, think nice thoughts and wait while some of the grown-ups get things going nicely.  A lot has gone very, very right and no one wants to give away the farm, okay?

      •  Seems plausible to me (0+ / 0-)

        Obama was ready last year to throw the social safety net under the bus in exchange for tax increases for the rich.  And he and the Dems have been making noises about being willing to do the same this time around.

        As someone who relies on both SS disability and Medicare, it makes little difference to me whether my benefits get slashed by Romney/Ryan or Middle Man -- except I'm done with the Dems if they actually do this.

        See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

        by Panama Pete on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:29:52 AM PST

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  •  david brooks should be required to personally read (4+ / 0-)
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    his column to bob dole in his wheelchair

    Coming Attraction: "Tea Party II - now with more stupid!"

    by memofromturner on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:03:09 AM PST

  •  Brooks' Letter to Santa (0+ / 0-)

    David Brooks sounds like he is "wishing" at a wishing well. Or maybe he is sitting on Santa's lap. I don't know for sure. But he isn't playing with a full deck today.

    The Republicans are not suddenly becoming open-minded and there are no signs the tea party mania has subsided. In the weeks since the election, all we have heard are excuses for why the Republicans lost the election. Nothing about any "come to Jesus" moments or moments of clarity on the part of any within their ranks. You just have to look at who they continued to want as their leadership to see that. If they REALLY wanted to change the course of their party they would dump both Boehner and McConnell at this stage.

    The only nice present under the tree so far is DeMint's departure. Now that offers some real promise! But not of a change in the Republican mindset, but of future opportunities in crazy outside of the Senate.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:12:57 AM PST

  •  Republican Middle of the Road Pundit Watch: Lugar (1+ / 0-)
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    to announce today in noon ceremony at University of Indianapolis (UINDY) formation of the Richard G. Lugar Academy for Tomorrow's Leaders.  This is to be designed as an International Studies program.  Lugar has served on the Trustees of UINDY since he served as mayor of Indianapols before his long term as the last intelligent Republican Senator from Indiana.  This is a real coup for our small, independent university.  I'm so proud of my Alma Mater for grabbing Lugar for such an innovative program.  Tenative plans call for a links with Georgetown Univeristy for an internship and classes relating to Senate and House leadeership as well as International links  with leaders from all around the world with Internet Capacity There is also an indication that Lugar would still be avaliable for international crises service if needed.. More news should be forthcomimg following the offical announcement today.  

  •  Yeah, right, Mr. Brooks (0+ / 0-)

    There has been an epidemic of open-mindedness as Republicans try to win minority votes

    Now we was always for the colored and the Meskin.  Who do you think created all a them jobs for 'em at Wal-Mart?

  •  Thanks for this daily feature at dkos (2+ / 0-)
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    It's my favorite and never disappoints.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 06:56:53 AM PST

  •  How much Quasi-racial imagery (1+ / 0-)
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