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They say you have to stop and smell the roses, don't let life pass you by, live in the now, blah, blah, blah... the simple truth is that the war against the GOP is - to use Rummy's words again' him, "a long war" and if we don't enjoy the little victories, it's all to easy to be discouraged.

So, let's all luxuriate into a nice warm bath of our foes hilarious failure.

Come with me, back in time to the closing days of 2013....

On Dec. 2, 2013, Chris Christie, was still laughing about Bridgeshutgate, "sarcastically dismissing questions about the closures being political retaliation, saying: "I worked the cones. Unbeknownst to anyone, I was working the cones."

Christie was beating Hillary in the polls, and the left was still reeling from the Obamacare rollout.

That was December, i.e. last month.

Jump ahead a few weeks and let's see just how much changed.

The reaction to the Obama SOTU was a hilarious disaster, but more importantly the GOP has admitted that healthcare will never go back to how it was in the bad more-old days. Oh yeah, and that there won't be another debt ceiling fight.

GOP infighting has increased dramatically. In a single day both Ted "LOLZ" Cruz and Ann "I vote where I please" Coulter have attacked Boehner, who himself is desperate to slime his party back into power.

Polls have also shown that the most popular GOP candidate for Pres - now that Christie is gone - is either Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee or... Mitt Romney?!

The fear on the right is suddenly so palpable that Ted Cruz is claiming that Boehner is destroying the (very presumptuously assumed) GOP Senate retakingoveredness.

On top of that, we get Romney in love with Putin, the GOP's alternative healthcare plan being bad for the elderly (a huge chunk of their base) and women (who they need to win anything...ever again...).

And hey, what about Obamacare? Well, it's still not great, but... the public perception is changing, slowly, but surely.

And what of our hero Chris Christie?


What a difference a few weeks makes.

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  •  Let's hope February get's worse. (11+ / 0-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:08:28 AM PST

  •  Frankly, and I am an eyes-wide-open (13+ / 0-)

    …PPACA-launch supporter -- I believe the worm turned in November 2013.

    Bringing the human right of health care to millions upon millions of USians, a people who have long been denied such rights, leading to their early deaths -- caused a permanent paradigm shift.

    That which followed, which you detail, is merely the collapse of the house of cards of that reactionary and flailing party. They've lost the millennials -- and they've lost the future.

    Their message is grotesque and disgraceful to this nation.

    “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” ― Eric Schmidt

    by Pluto on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:38:18 AM PST

    •  Spot on (14+ / 0-)

      This is why they were SOOOOOO desperate to prevent it from happening.... they knew once it actually became a law they'd be left with no alternative but to embrace it (or look like a lunatic who's trying to defund medicare).

      The MOST hilarious thing is that the GOP have so frequently called in socialism that, by dint of it's eventual popularity, Americans will start to rethink just how awful "socialism" really is...

      "You mean THIS is socialism...? I like this..."


      •  Good point. (10+ / 0-)

        That socialism smear was a mistake.

        Big mistake.


        “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” ― Eric Schmidt

        by Pluto on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:44:17 AM PST

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        •  yep... (5+ / 0-)

          and the implications are massive either way people take it:

          GOP Congressman: This new childhood education plan is socialism!

          Voter reaction A: I liked Obamacare; I'll like this...

          Voter reaction B: They lied about Obamacare being socialism; they're probably lying about this as well...


          These desperate tactics were always destined to come back on them...  

          •  To those point, USians have been trapped by (4+ / 0-)
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            riottapes, pucklady, a2nite, bumbi

            …memes and slogans. They hate Obamacare, but love the policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Political thinking in the US never gets above the brain stem to the higher lobes, the people have been so isolated from the rest world and brainwashed by the media monopolies.

            But the stink of alcohol and desperation coming off the Republicans this past year, with their 43 Congressional votes to repeal the PPACA or destroy government trying to do so -- may have flipped the polarity switch.

            Ironically, the Republicans may end up getting the credit for the transformation of USian Orcs into human beings.

            “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” ― Eric Schmidt

            by Pluto on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:58:35 AM PST

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  •  We need to keep that in mind when we have (4+ / 0-)

    a bad month or so in the future. Not start running around shouting change course or jumping off what is perceived to be a sinking ship.

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:40:15 AM PST

  •  Its been a baqaaaaad few decades (10+ / 0-)

    for America, with those fuckers in power.

    This life could have been really wonderful.

    But republicans have spent 40 years fucking it up.

    They deserve more pain than they'll ever get.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 04:37:26 AM PST

  •  I've been at this site for going on 10 years (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Sandino

    and the "oh gee, the GOP has totally melted down in the past few days" diary has been a staple throughout the entire time.

    However, they remain firmly in control of the country for all practical purposes.

    The point being, no they're (sadly enough) doing just fine.

    •  There's obviously big differences (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, BadKitties

      The first of which is that the demographics of America are changing and they have NO response to it... no meaningful response...

      the second of which is that they're base is ageing and splintering along ideological, not economic, lines...

      For the last few decades the GO has basically only had meaningful dissent about money... now it's about immigration, etc. It may seem like a small thing, but those kinds of rifts are harder to ignore than economic ones (ask George W).

      Another big difference is that America itself is becoming more liberal (relatively). The chance of another 1980s, "greed is good" movement happening again shrinks in proportion to the widening income divide.

      Finally, like I started out my diary with, "the simple truth is that the war against the GOP is - to use Rummy's words again' him, "a long war" and if we don't enjoy the little victories, it's all to easy to be discouraged."

      •  Umm, no (0+ / 0-)
        and they have NO response to it... no meaningful response...
        there response is to take the "long view" and start at the state level and gerrymander House districts to maintain control.  

        They were spectacularly successful at doing this in the  last cycle, and I see no evidence that dynamic has changed.

        In fact, it's probably moving in the opposite direction if recent diaries right here at Daily Kos are to be believed (e.g., the Koch Brothers investing 0.4% of their earnings - or to put it another way $400 million a year - into maintaining the status quo . .. ).

        •  I said meaningful... (0+ / 0-)

          The issue here is that that's actually a SHORT term policy... gerrymandering doesn't last forever and it actually inspires payback (if history is any proof).. so, when the Dems get back into power in these places, and they will in many of them, they'll redraw the lines to favour them... and the demo is changing all the while...

          And of course, this is an avalanche, as we see every election cycle... as one side becomes more popular, the money flows to them... winners tend to keep winning...

          You may not have seen evidence, but it's there in Places like Virginia. And Texas.

          America is changing and there's not enough dirty tricks to keep the GOP in power forever.

          •  Gerrymandering has "lasted" since the 1830s (0+ / 0-)

            or so.

            I'm curious what your definition of "short term" is therefore, in light of the historical record.

            •  You've missed my point (0+ / 0-)

              Have districts always been gerrymandered for one party? Has power ever changed hands?

              Gerrymandering is a tactic. It doesn't mean power that lasts forever.

              It's also not all-powerful, considering there's a Dem Senate and President.

              So, yeah, I know the history, as you'd be able to tell is you actually read what I wrote.

              Gerrymandering is basically impotent in the face of demographic shifts.

              •  I have like a gazillion posts at this site (0+ / 0-)

                so if you're willing to wade through all of them you might see that I that not too long ago was similarly skeptical of the power of gerrymandering.

                But in the last 2 or 3 weeks (Months?) I've become increasingly convinced that gerrymandering is a long-term (perhaps even permanent) force to thwart democracy.

                I have not particular reason to be overly antagonistic about this, so if you disagree I'll cease and desist at this point).

                But if you are seriously interested in this matter, please explore it on your own,  in an unbiased sense),

  •  I hope so, but they have persistence, big money (2+ / 0-)
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    BadKitties, Sandino

    & they're monstrously depraved. There is no redemption. We have to beat them.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 07:25:53 AM PST

    •  But without VOTES, they're toast. (1+ / 0-)
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      What we really need to keep an eye on is voter suppression and Electoral College shenanigans. They KNOW they can't win without women, minorities, millennials, so they have to cheat and game the system.

      We also need to somehow get it out that the GOP "alternative" plan screws their old, white base by costing them MORE money.

      I don't know how to do that, though. Conservatives tend to unfollow me pretty quickly on Twitter. Maybe on my mother's best friend and my kindergarten teacher are liberals :)

      Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business, or go to medical school. Senator Wendy Davis

      by BadKitties on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 07:55:25 AM PST

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  •  TPP Fast track nixed by Reid (2+ / 0-)
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    riottapes, Tinfoil Hat

    just after Obama tried to shill for it again in the SOTU.  Little victories don't only happen against republicans.

    •  Very good point (1+ / 0-)
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      And until we get a real progressive in the White House we need to keep our eyes on Democrats as well... there's certainly no doubt that they're not altruistic...

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