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% of newly insured this year (4%)
From Gallup
Jason Millman:
New surveys out Wednesday morning provide a glimpse into just how many Americans have gained insurance since the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces opened in October.

First, Gallup reports that states which fully embraced the law by setting up their own exchanges and expanding their Medicaid programs saw their uninsured rate drop this year three times faster than the states that didn’t...

Meanwhile, the Urban Institute has further details on its finding that the number of uninsured nonelderly adults fell by 5.4 million people between September and early March. Urban finds that states that expanded their Medicaid programs saw their uninsured rate drop 4 percent, while states that didn't expand saw a much slower drop at 1.5 percent. The expansion states also did a better job of covering young adults and especially Hispanics — demographics targeted by supporters of the health-care law.

I understand that this isn't "proof" ACA will ultimately succeed, but the data suggests it's working as intended so far. But/and it's not unfair to suggest the GOP's problem with Obamacare isn't how well it works, it's what it does.

Jonathan Cohn:

We have some new information about Obamacare’s impact. It’s encouraging, although you should treat it the same way you should treat all of the early information: With plenty of caution.

The data comes from Gallup, the polling firm that has provided the most thorough tracking of the law’s reach so far. On Wednesday afternoon, the organization released a new set of findings. Most important among them? According to Gallup, about 4 percent of American adults report that they are newly insured as of this spring. That’s at least in the same ballpark of what the Congressional Budget Office expected to see this year. (It's hard to be more precise, because two are counting in different ways and over different time spans.) It’s also consistent with previous Gallup findings.

More politics and policy below the fold.

Gallup:

Overall, 11.8% of U.S. adults say they got a new health insurance policy in 2014.One-third of this group, or 4% nationally, say they did not have insurance in 2013. Another 7.5% got a new policy this year that replaced a previous policy. The rest either did not respond or were uncertain about their previous insurance status.

The key figure is the 4% who are newly insured in 2014, which most likely represents Americans' response to the individual mandate requirement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This estimate of the newly insured broadly aligns with the reduction Gallup has seen in the national uninsured rate from 2013 to the first days of April 2014. However, the calculation of the newly insured does not take into account those who may have been insured in 2013 but not in 2014.

ProPublica:
The reason for the decline of Central's homecoming parade is no secret. In 2000, another federal judge released Tuscaloosa City Schools from the court-ordered desegregation mandate that had governed it for a single generation. Central had successfully achieved integration, the district had argued—it could be trusted to manage that success going forward.

Freed from court oversight, Tuscaloosa's schools have seemed to move backwards in time. The citywide integrated high school is gone, replaced by three smaller schools. Central retains the name of the old powerhouse, but nothing more. A struggling school serving the city's poorest part of town, it is 99 percent black. D'Leisha, an honors student since middle school, has only marginal college prospects. Predominantly white neighborhoods adjacent to Central have been gerrymandered into the attendance zones of other, whiter schools.

Tuscaloosa's schools today are not as starkly segregated as they were in 1954, the year the Supreme Court declared an end to separate and unequal education in America. No all-white schools exist anymore—the city's white students generally attend schools with significant numbers of black students. But while segregation as it is practiced today may be different than it was 60 years ago, it is no less pernicious: in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere, it involves the removal and isolation of poor black and Latino students, in particular, from everyone else. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.

Read this piece. Then read Jonathan Capehart:
Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.
Tom Kludt:
One of the GOP's rising stars is responding to a critical piece in Mother Jones by doing what Republicans do best: attacking the "liberal media."

Andy Kroll of Mother Jones penned an article Wednesday on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez replete with audio recordings, text messages and emails.

In one recording, Martinez referred to Diane Denish, her 2010 Democratic opponent, as "that little bitch." A recording of a 2010 conference call revealed that Martinez had no knowledge of a state panel that serves as an advocate for women. During preparation for a debate, a Martinez aide was recorded saying that New Mexico political icon Ben Luján "sounds like a retard" when he speaks English.

It didn't take long for Martinez to exploit the piece.

Hours after it was published, Martinez circulated a fundraising email decrying the "D.C. Liberal media."

NY Times:
Mr. Perry, who began serving as governor in December 2000 and who leaves office in January 2015 after deciding not to seek re-election, has gone to great lengths to show he is not the same man he was during his disastrous 2012 presidential bid, including wearing designer eyeglasses to enhance his statesmanlike appearance.

But in recent days, Mr. Perry’s final months in office have been interrupted by a political and legal problem at home, one that could haunt him on the campaign trail should he run for president and that his Democratic critics are using to accuse him of punishing his political enemies.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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  •  Charles M. Blow:"Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage" (20+ / 0-)

    is the title of this post which is my examination of Blow's NY Times column this morning.   I invite you to take a look.

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 04:39:53 AM PDT

  •  Here's hoping… (30+ / 0-)

    …that brewing scandal in Texas also takes down the Attorney General, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. Because I sure do like the sound of Governor Wendy Davis.

  •  So how will ACA affect 2014 Elections? (4+ / 0-)

    I doubt ACA will survive if the GOP takes both Houses of Congress.

    •  veto power. (18+ / 0-)

      ACA will survive. Obama will not sign anything that kills it. That is patently obvious. No scenario has the GOP with 67 seats needed to overturn a veto.
      Whether or not it is improved is a question best left to the 2016 election.

      Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

      by kamarvt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 04:58:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Poison pill riders? Triangulation? nt (0+ / 0-)

        "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

        by Stude Dude on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:03:29 AM PDT

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        •  I just don't see it. (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          rl en france, Gentle Giant, dewtx

          The ACA is Obama's biggest achievement, is a transformational law and defines his legacy. No way I see him letting them kill that hostage. Even the worst of dems seems to be stepping up to defend the law, as it is proving their 'misgivings' to be no more than susceptibility to concern trolling.
           Not to mention the changing fortunes of the ACA with the public. By November, most of the GOP will realize their plan of saving Murka from the evil ACA is not going to work because the ACA is proving itself to not be evil, and a few of them might even realize their own political careers will be damaged by continuing to demagogue an issue that is becoming less and less effective for them every day. Railing against marriage equality is already the province of the fringe in (R) world.
          So, though I don't doubt that the GOP craves killing the ACA just to stick to the current POTUS at least as much as they desire to hurt the wrong kind of constituent, their self preservation instincts will mute the vitriol and we will still have the ACA in 2016. The constant repeal votes will move into the same off-off-Broadway theater as the debt ceiling protests; good for show, but nothing there.

          Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

          by kamarvt on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:48:31 AM PDT

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          •  Not only all that, but by the time (4+ / 0-)
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            rktect, kamarvt, dewtx, Mr MadAsHell

            a full majority Republican Congress was to attempt a repeal, the law will have so much popular support, it'd be political suicide to do so, and there'd be a risk of some very potent activism creating collateral problems.

            "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

            by Gentle Giant on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:14:26 AM PDT

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            •  What's 4% work out to in persons covered (2+ / 0-)
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              kamarvt, Gentle Giant

              If we take 4% of 300 Million Americans that's 12 Million people If we divide by 4 to get families, that's 3 million families.

              If we allow for something on the order of 8 million signups because the 7.1 million figure has continued to grow that's not a bad roll out total.

              What I think we might be looking at is either more GOP governors caving, or more electorates selecting Dem's so they can get ACA health care participation by Medicaid. In the balance performance above what was predicted for the exchanges so lowered premiums for all those who participate.

              Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

              by rktect on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:27:20 AM PDT

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              •  That is only the signups on the exchanges (1+ / 0-)
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                rktect

                ACA Signups:

                Estimated Exchange QHPs as of April 15, 2014: 8.03M

                Estimated Total, all sources: (14.1 M - 26.1 M)*

                Individual QHP Range: (7.24M - 15.58M)  •  Medicaid/CHIP (5.23M - 7.29M)

                ESIs (106K documented)  •  Sub26ers (1.60M - 3.10M)

                (OFF-Exch. ESIs: 34K confirmed; Rand study finds up to 8.2M more possible)

                Also, Gallup says we are down to 12.9% uninsured.

                ACA Signups: 8M+!! Only 12.9% Uninsured!

                Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

                by Mokurai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 03:35:21 PM PDT

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                •  I'm curious how this affects Medicare (0+ / 0-)

                  As I understand it there is some overlap between Medicare disability, VA disability and the ACA, not to mention in 26 states there is Medicaid extra help

                  Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

                  by rktect on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 03:15:24 AM PDT

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                  •  Its main effects on Medicare retirement (0+ / 0-)

                    are closing the prescription donut hole and reining in costs (but not benefits). Tricare and VA health care for military and former military are separate programs with separate funding. Most other health care programs are affected, many by being rolled into ACA insurance or Medicaid expansion.

                    Where they were supposed to be rolled in, states refusing Medicaid have prevented that. That includes payments to hospitals for care for the indigent, which was reimbursed under a law signed by the evil Ronald Reagan under a Socialist delusion, and is now supposed to be paid through expanded Medicaid. Hospitals in Red states are threatened with bankruptcy as a result.

                    Curiously, it turns out that those hospitals can pay for insurance for the indigent, and shuffle off the costs onto insurance companies. The hospitals and the insurance companies are thus applying all the pressure they can muster on recalcitrant governors and legislatures to expand Medicaid. They need our help.

                    Disability programs such as SSI (Social Security Supplemental Security Income) do not fund insurance. Rather, they are income support. To the extent that disabilities were treated as pre-existing conditions for insurance purposes, and the disabled faced many other limitations in insurance, the ACA changes everything for the disabled. For more such concerns, look at

                    Affordable Care Act for Americans with Disabilities

                    A BRAND NEW DAY FOR ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE AND AN ENHANCED COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY LIVING

                    Greater Choices and Enhanced Protections for Americans with Disabilities

                    Yes, it's something to shout about. Obamacare Saves Lives.

                    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

                    by Mokurai on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:52:35 AM PDT

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    •  You think they could get veto-proof majorities (12+ / 0-)

      in favor of repeal-and-don't-replace?

      I am worried about the election, but not that pessimistic.

    •  The veto will be employed (11+ / 0-)

      I believe a veto of any repeal or significant roll-back has been pledged in connection with the House's obsession with ending the ACA.  While there is much about Obama's willingness to craft "bipartisan" deals that betray Democratic legacy programs I find problematic, I believe that Obama will use the veto to defend his legacy.  

      •  If the Republicans could get both chambers (1+ / 0-)
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        the strategy would be to put repeal provisions for portions of the ACA into must-pass budget or debt-limit bills, on the theory that the President could not veto them. It ain't necessarily so, but who wants to find out?

        Current polling analysis puts both chambers as tossups using only generic pre-primary polling. That is, we would have about as much chance of taking the House as they would the Senate, if all else were equal. That does not account for the Republicans' astounding ability to shoot themselves in each others' feet, and in particular to do Democrats' GOTV for them. Nor does it account for the increasing successes of the ACA, which passed 8 million confirmed exchange signups today, plus an announcement from Gallup that the uninsured rate is down to 12.9% for the first half of April, from 18.0% just before open enrollment started.

        ACA Signups: 8M+!! Only 12.9% Uninsured!

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 03:44:34 PM PDT

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        •  Which Obama negotiation tactic will be in play? (0+ / 0-)

          What's the chance Obama backs down again if Republicans create the conditions for a government shutdown?  Not having a crystal ball, we can't know.  But, I like to think that Obama has learned from the most recent such event, that a spine is needed to carry the load, and having one works to his advantage.

    •  Really? (7+ / 0-)

      Ever heard of...."the presidential veto"?

      OK, so Congress can over-ride a veto....by a 2/3 majority in EACH branch of Congress.

      There are still 32 Democratic Senators who are not even up for election this year. Is there ANY "Democrats are doomed" disaster scenario that is predicting a COMPLETE and TOTAL wipeout of every Democratic incumbent?  Surely there are at least TWO who is a mortal lock for re-election. 32+2 =34.
      Total # of Senators = 100
      Number needed to over-ride a veto = 67.
      66-34 does NOT cut it.

      AND.....over in the House, same rule, so out of 435 seats a 2/3 majority would be....290.

      Under what political scenario in this space-time continuum does the GOP EXCEED its net gain from 2010 and pick up NET another 70 seats from the Democrats 7 months from now???

      Ain't. Gonna. Happen.

      Shalom.

      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:09:40 AM PDT

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    •  If the D's finally have the guts to run on the ACA (8+ / 0-)

      they are likely to do well.  I do not see us losing the Senate.  That would be a very bad thing for the future of the Federal Courts, and we can't let it happen.  Let's think positive here.

      •  I think the Republicans (3+ / 0-)

        are not the only ones who need to stop obsessing over the ACA. No candidate should run away from it, but people are just sick and tired of hearing arguments about it. Raising the minimum wage and advocating equal pay for women, etc. are much more salient issues.

        You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

        by mstep on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:07:08 AM PDT

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        •  run on it as in "look what we can do" (0+ / 0-)

          Run on it as in "When you hear a Republican say a program is 'going to be a catastrophe' what he's saying is that if you elect a Republican he'll do his damnedest to make it into a catastrophe. It's time to stop voting for people who only tell us what we can't do."

    •  The Repbublicans don't really want to repeal (3+ / 0-)
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      Gentle Giant, urnumbersix, Amber6541

      Obamacare. They've already admitted that if they replaced it, what they replaced it with would already look a lot like ...wait for it...drum roll, please....Obamacare.

      In other words:
      "We'll replace Obamacare piecemeal, like this...first we'll repeal the O, then the b...then the a...etc. "

      They'll repeal parts like the controls on the medical loss ratio, etc. that the ins. industry doesn't like.

      Jt is possible (I hope I'm right) that the admin. had been very smart in their messaging. Rather than do a lot of hype before the law kicked in, they've let the gop rant and rave and wear people out with their hysteria over how bad the ACA would be.
      Now, in the months before the election, the admin. can start touting the success of the law, and they can access every one they know who has a 26 year old on their ins., and people with pre-existing conditions who were helped by the law, etc.

      It may be that the ACA is a net positive by election time.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:46:46 AM PDT

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      •  It is close to a net positive now (0+ / 0-)

        Republicans have begun to realize that it is not destroying their existing health care, nor interfering with which doctors they can see, nor is it destroying the economy or Western civilization. We have polling on that, reported in one of the ACA Diaries.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 03:48:01 PM PDT

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  •  9 Maps that Show How GOP Destroying Southern State (24+ / 0-)

    a column posted on Juan Cole's web site

    Whenever we need a perfect example of Americans who have no clue what is in their best interest, we need only look to the south. Yes, there are some great people there–and no, not everyone is ignorant. However, red state voters regularly eschew logic and ignore facts when making decisions, instead turning their focus toward Bible-based voting. Right-wing politicians use this to their advantage whenever it is time to elect leaders.

    Behold, the effects of “morality voting.”

    9 Maps that Show How The GOP is Destroying Southern States
  •  In the 1750s, as Franklin's lightning rod (33+ / 0-)

    started to become ubiquitous on the buildings and barns of New England, one group resisted installing the devices, believing them to be against the will of God. These were, of course, the churchmen.

    As churches were often the highest buildings in a town, they were predictably struck and fired, while houses, barns and buildings around them stood untouched.

    Any analogy between such anecdotes and reports of  health care costs in states which, for ideological reasons, rejected health exchanges and Medicaid expansion is purely coincidental.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 04:56:53 AM PDT

  •  Liberals are racists...so sez (9+ / 0-)

    the latest meme the TGOP is pushing.  Sadly, the media gives air and print time to these losers.  Oh and wait, there are some of these idiots claiming we're sexist as well: Liberal trashing of women and minorities

    That article is a round up of RW Talking Points, but I chose this portion for the LOL moment:

    And let’s not get started on liberal trashing of Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice and Ben Carson, exceptional leaders and professionals who champion national security, economic growth, family values and constitutional principles. They are shining examples of women and minorities who achieved the American dream.
    ::snort::

    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 Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:01:45 AM PDT

  •  Hey ... Isn't there a donation diary for (2+ / 0-)
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    I love OCD, rl en france

    Brainwrap?

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:20:44 AM PDT

  •  If you have the stomach (2+ / 0-)
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    tampaedski, tb mare

    Go read the comments under Capehart's piece in the Post.

    Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing from angry America. I’m also less than fond of knee-jerk America. And when you combine the two with the Internet, you too often get stupid America, which is really annoying.

    by jsfox on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:54:01 AM PDT

  •  Has racism (6+ / 0-)

    gotten worse since the two elections of Obama, or are we just noticing it more?  I can't remember, for decades back, seeing such open racism on the part of state and local governments, or hearing such gleeful, unedited racist speech on the airwaves.

    If it is a reaction to having a twice-elected African American president, do you think the grip of the Republican Party over the best interests of ordinary voters will be lessened when he's no longer in the White House?

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:58:27 AM PDT

    •  They are emboldened. (11+ / 0-)

      They've always been around, but now they've gotten the wink & nod from the conservative establishment that they'll be protected if they let the freak flag fly.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:02:58 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps it's simplistic, but I believe (8+ / 0-)

        that Sarah Palin, in her run for VP, opened the door to this kind of brazen racism, which she encouraged during her rallies.  People who had been lurking in the shadows (where they belonged) felt free to step out into the public eye with their hideous signs, jeers and their guns.  Rather than repudiate them, she called them "real Americans."  They're welcomed into the mainstream now, and hold political office.

        "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

        by SottoVoce on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:07:45 AM PDT

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        •  I think of it less as "racism" per se (1+ / 0-)
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          SottoVoce

          than as the propensity for authoritarian followers to define the world via unwritten and arbitrary social rules. Everyone must know their place, and the worst crime is to not know your place. To conservatives, this means: white over black, conservatives over liberals, Christians over non-Christians, rich over poor.

          I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

          by CFAmick on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:40:45 AM PDT

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          •  hmmm. Interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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            CFAmick

            Straight over gay, bosses over workers.  

            These same people value ignorance and blind belief over "elitist" education.  Not sure how that fits the theory.

            "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

            by SottoVoce on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 09:13:23 AM PDT

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            •  Elite education is for the 1%, (1+ / 0-)
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              CFAmick

              the Chamber of Commerce/Country Club crowd. The Tea Parties want Christian home schooling. They loathe each other, but cannot do without each other for funding and reliable votes, respectively.

              Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

              by Mokurai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 04:07:15 PM PDT

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      •  Spot On (3+ / 0-)

        And further, some of those who may have been somewhat torn on the issue are leaving their sensibilities behind and leaning more racist because that's been enabled by the Tea Party "leaders".
        I know of several anecdotal examples of this among folks I've known for years who had never indicated any signs of bigotry in the past, but over the last few years have started to vocalize some, at least mildy,  racist views.

        "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

        by GoodGod on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:19:13 AM PDT

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    •  I think there are less racists that 40 years ago (7+ / 0-)

      But the last 2 elections, coupled with the demographic trends, are making the remaining racists much more vocal.

      Hopefully it's the "dead cat bounce".  If it's not then this country could well be headed for difficult times.

    •  Jackie Robinson (1+ / 0-)
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      SottoVoce

      From his autobiography, I Never Had It Made, on the 1964 Republican Convention:

      That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life. The hatred I saw was unique to me because it was hatred directed against a white man. It embodied a revulsion for all he stood for, including his enlightened attitude towards black people.

      A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP. As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler's Germany.

      That was the Goldwater Convention. Goldwater had hired Strom Thurmond's election strategist, Harry Dent, Sr.

      Hank Aaron Still Receiving Racist Hate Mail For Breaking Babe Ruth's Record

      In the Dog Whistle Southern Strategy, Republican politicians learned not to speak out loud about segregation and other racist practices, but to talk abstractly about tax cuts for Starving the Beast of social programs for the poor and minorities, because in Lee Atwater's words it was OK as long as Blacks got hurt worse. Now the rump racist wing of the Republican Party (arguably all of it) is trying to make up for declining numbers by getting louder and nastier, including saying out loud what most have been thinking all along.

      Racism is in decline by several million Angry White Guys (mostly) dying each year in the normal manner, and not being replaced by their children and grandchildren. Overt expressions of racism are on the rise, because the overt racists, bigots, misogynists, and Mammonists can now throw the RINOs who do not share such views or more likely prefer not to say so out loud out of the party, rather than the other way around.

      Bill Buckley made the John Birch Society persona non grata in the Republican Party. He's dead, and they, with Koch Brothers funding, are back in force, still raving on about collectivism (Communists under the beds!)

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 04:04:52 PM PDT

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  •  Cognative dissonance (2+ / 0-)
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    nadd2, Amber6541

    Ben Carson of the Dog Whistle Party is calling for uniting instead of dividing. Unlike those Democrats picking on the poor ol' 1%....

    Many Conservatives formerly of "get with the program, you weirdo oddball!" mentallity are claiming that "Civil Disobediance is an American Tradition!!!" after the Bundy bungle.

    In better news, in a LTE in yesterday's Omaha World-Herald, somebody pointed out the obvious that the GOP candidates are reading off the same script almost down to the word. Which would cause them to lose his vote.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:18:21 AM PDT

  •  Not designer sunglasses. (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Heart of the Rockies

    They may be, but I think they were chosen to look "generic" and nerdly.

    They are a mask, like the Lone Ranger's, that's intended to hide a little of his "tell" in his expression.
    It's also dubious signage for "smart".  
    He's a bullshitter, but he knows that being a blatant bullshitter won't win the WH. You have to look like you believe what you're saying.
    George Bush was the last blatant bullshitter we'll have. He got by by appearing stupid. Which he was, but not of the type that he portrayed. He was a stupid guy playing a stupid guy on tv.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:29:05 AM PDT

  •  According to Susanna Martinez... (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, Heart of the Rockies

    ...Mother Jones is part of the DC Liberal media.

    Funny, I didn't think Mother Jones or Berkeley was on the East Coast.

    More posturing to their dimwit base.

    •  Wait until she wakes up and finds out that (1+ / 0-)
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      New Mexico is part of a foreign country, which is what some geography challenged people think.

      From an Ann Landers column  published in 1987.

      SEE THE MAP; SEE THE U.S.;

      SEE NEW MEXICO; NO NEW MEXICO

      A proud member of the Union since 1912, New Mexico`s name nonetheless sounds vaguely alien.

      This leads to problems. Residents tell of publications that demand high-priced, overseas rates for New Mexico subscribers, and of letters that arrive from elsewhere in the United States with enough overseas postage to assure delivery to Buenos Aires.

      Then there was the young man from New Mexico who applied to Harvard Business School. Back came the school`s reply: Since you are an

      ``international candidate,`` you must first take a test proving your proficiency in English.

      A Texas woman talking to a New Mexico county courthouse telephone operator inquires: ``If it`s Friday in Texas, will it be Friday in New Mexico?``

      An upstate New York man applied for Social Security numbers for his two daughters. He was told they weren`t eligible because they were born in New Mexico.

      Mr. and Mrs. Harold McAskill moved from Florida to New Mexico and notified MasterCard of their new address. MasterCard replied, ``Since we do not mail credit cards out of the continental U.S.A., we must temporarily cancel your account.``

      A bulletin issued by the sheriff`s office in Grand Island, Neb., advised law enforcement authorities: ``Aircraft may be involved in transportation of drugs from New Mexico into the United States.``

      George Seher of Bay Shore, N.Y., commented to an X-ray technician during an examination that he was retiring to New Mexico. ``That`s wonderful,`` the technician replied. ``You should do well there now that they have devalued the peso.``

  •  Oooooh! Gov Perry got new glasses! (1+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541

    Figures. Today's GOP = Image over what-the-hell-is-substance?.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:10:08 AM PDT

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