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At the Campaign for America's Future, Richard Eskow writes Cantor’s Loss, Populism’s Gain: 8 Insights for the Left:

Twenty-four hours have now passed since House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise primary defeat. Oceans of pixelated ink have already been spilled interpreting its meaning. Cantor’s defeat has certainly put an end to the conventional wisdom that “establishment Republicans” were beating back the tea party this year (although only in today’s Bizarro World political universe could Eric Cantor have been considered an “establishment Republican”). […]

The victor in Tuesday’s primary, David Brat, is a professor whose college chair is endowed with libertarian money and who writes papers on topics like “God and Advanced Mammon–Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?” He ran a campaign that the left could fairly characterize as extreme and nativist. But, pace Digby, left-populists can take encouragement from Brat’s victory without embracing him as a hero.

Unlike Cantor, who was a party apparatchik first and foremost, Brat is an ideologue. But is that bad? Ideology has gotten a bad name from members of both parties who would rather push a Washington/corporate consensus that have a real debate on the issues. Ideological differences are an part of the political process in a democracy.

That’s why it’s important not to minimize the significance of Cantor’s defeat. That effort is already underway. It’s understandable that Hillary Clinton, for example, would attempt to characterize the outcome as solely the result of Brat’s immigration position. That deflects attention from the populist aspect of his campaign, thereby minimizing a movement which presents a potential threat to Clinton and her allies as well.

But to do that is to miss an important aspect of this story.

To be sure, it’s possible to draw too many inferences from a primary in which less than 50,000 people voted. But there are legitimate conclusions to be drawn from Cantor’s defeat. Some are self-evident—like don’t have incompetent pollsters, don’t be inauthentic, and try not to be personally unlikable. But there are also some useful insights to be gained from David Brat’s upset victory, especially for the left.

Here are eight of them:

1. Don’t let them tell you what’s impossible.[…]

2. Money is not always destiny. […]

3. Populism wins. […]

4. Partisan media matter. […]

5. Discipline matters, too. […]

6. Politics is still a retail business. […]

7. Don’t go “Potomac” on your constituents. […]

8. Don’t be afraid to fight populism with populism. […]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2013Women's pay gap looks better because men's average pay has gotten worse:

As my colleague Laura Clawson wroteearlier this week, 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, 97 percent of women working full-time still earn less than their male counterparts. A number of reasons have been offered for this, but one of them is still, half a century after corrective measures were taken, outright discrimination.

Another round of proof came last October in a study by the American Association of University Women, Graduating to a Pay Gap. It showed, just one year after they obtained their diplomas, college-educated women were on average already making $7,600 less each year than their male counterparts. And that wasn't because they were having babies or because they all chose fields that were less lucrative. The reason for the lower pay was simply because they were female.

Over the past three decades, there has been improvement, a narrowing of the gap. As Heidi Shierholz at the Economic Policy Institute points out, the median hourly wage for women in 1979 was 62.7 of the median for men. In 2012, it was 82.8 percent:

However, a big chunk of that improvement—more than a quarter of it—happened because of men’s wage losses, rather than women’s wage gains.

With the exception of the period of labor market strength in the late 1990s, the median male wage, after adjusting for inflation, has decreased over essentially the entire period since the late 1970s. Between 1979 and 1996, it dropped 11.5 percent, from $19.53 per hour to $17.27 per hour. With the strong labor market of the late 1990s, the median male wage partially rebounded to $18.93 by 2002. It then began declining again; at $18.03 per hour in 2012, the real wage of the median male was 4.7 percent below where it had been a decade earlier.

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On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Eric Cantor is out as Majority Leader, setting off multiple leadership races. Greg Dworkin's segment went into double overtime. Christie's still toast, for new and different reasons. How Obamacare met its enrollment goal. Fascinating stuff out of the latest Pew poll. Fournier gets a positive review for his look at populism, and two different looks at what's fueling Tea Party resiliency. Ari Berman writes Cantor's loss is bad news for the Voting Rights Act. Ruben Bolling's "How to recognize an open-carry patriot." From Goldman Sachs to hedge funds to... trailer parks? Yet more ways private equity leeches wealth from everybody else.

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  •  Please remember all you triskadecaphobes... (39+ / 0-)

    ...Friday is a day to remain indoors away from electrical sockets and anyplace your poltergeists have been busy.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:49:27 PM PDT

  •  1,032,931 registered users on dKos now. (16+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

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    We've added 561 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.

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  •  MSNBC: Iraq and polarization (14+ / 0-)

    The big news was the utter chaos going on in Iraq right now, and the uncertain future of the country, and how the neocons are responding to it.  Chris talked about it with Ayman Mohyeldin, Zainab al-Suwaij, and Barney Frank.

    Rachel talked with Richard Engel.

    Ari Melber, still filling in for Lawrence, talked with Richard Engel, Nicolas Kristof, and Steve Clemons.

    The other news was the study that showed we are now more polarized as a country than since the Civil War, and how that may fit in with Eric Cantor's loss and the ensuing musical chairs in the House GOP.  Chris discussed this with Dan Savage, Molly Ball, and Ezra Klein.  Ari talked with Dick Armey, Eugene Robinson, Eric Boehlert, and Margie Omero.  Michael talked with Freddy Haynes and Jacqueline Jones.

    Chris also talked about the California ruling striking down some forms of teacher tenure with Dana Goldstein.  He also noted Rick Perry's comparison of homosexuality to alcoholism while speaking in... San Francisco.

    Rachel looked at Border Patrol abuse cases with John Stanton.

    She noted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) appearance on Duck Dynasty as a preview of him signing a bill that will close down all abortion clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and also PUBLISH the names of all abortion doctors in the state.

    Ari also talked about Rick Perry with Jonathan Capehart.  He then turned it over to the late-night comedians to recap this week.

    Michael also covered the victory for voting rights in Ohio with James Peterson.  He looked at the Florida governor's race with Bob Shrum and Ana Rivas Logan.  Rick Perry was also criticized on the show as well.  And he looked at some disturbing racism coming from the Texas GOP with Sarah Slamen.

    •  Return of the Ba'ath? (10+ / 0-)

      I searched for it here on Daily Kos and only found it in long citations of articles.

      Juan Cole once speculated that Al-Douri was the spider in the middle of the web. Al-Douri was Saddam's vice president in the Ba'ath Party.

      Here is a post I saw on the Guardian:

      We as Sunni people have never been treated fairly by Maliki's fanatic government and army. If it were not a sectarian army, it would have fought to the end but they fled as soon as things got serious. A friend of mine, a shopkeeper in Samarra, told me the army and police have bought more than 1,000 dishdash (a smock worn commonly by men in Iraq) to prepare themselves to flee in civilian clothes in case they are cornered by rebels. The army's main interest is money – most of them are militiamen not professional soldiers.

      I have not seen any Isis [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] fighters in the city. The entire resistance is now formed of local Samarra men – mainly fighters with Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri [Saddam Hussein's vice president] groups, a few ex-military officers and a few others with al-Naqshbandiyya. They are all fighting together now to reach Baghdad. These fighters have taken the weapons of the military bases without any fight in Tikrit and Mosul and can fight for years not for days.

      Here is Rivers Bend last post:
      Ten Years On...
      April 9, 2013 marks ten years since the fall of Baghdad. Ten years since the invasion. Since the lives of millions of Iraqis changed forever. It’s difficult to believe. It feels like only yesterday I was sharing day to day activities with the world. I feel obliged today to put my thoughts down on the blog once again, probably for the last time.

      In 2003, we were counting our lives in days and weeks. Would we make it to next month? Would we make it through the summer? Some of us did and many of us didn't.

      Back in 2003, one year seemed like a lifetime ahead. The idiots said, “Things will improve immediately.” The optimists were giving our occupiers a year, or two… The realists said, “Things won’t improve for at least five years.” And the pessimists? The pessimists said, “It will take ten years. It will take a decade.”

      Looking back at the last ten years, what have our occupiers and their Iraqi governments given us in ten years? What have our puppets achieved in this last decade? What have we learned?

      We learned a lot.

      We learned that while life is not fair, death is even less fair- it takes the good people. Even in death you can be unlucky. Lucky ones die a ‘normal’ death… A familiar death of cancer, or a heart-attack, or stroke. Unlucky ones have to be collected in bits and pieces. Their families trying to bury what can be salvaged and scraped off of streets that have seen so much blood, it is a wonder they are not red.

      We learned that you can be floating on a sea of oil, but your people can be destitute. Your city can be an open sewer; your women and children can be eating out of trash dumps and begging for money in foreign lands.

      We learned that justice does not prevail in this day and age. Innocent people are persecuted and executed daily. Some of them in courts, some of them in streets, and some of them in the private torture chambers.

      We are learning that corruption is the way to go. You want a passport issued? Pay someone. You want a document ratified? Pay someone. You want someone dead? Pay someone.

      We learned that it’s not that difficult to make billions disappear.

      We are learning that those amenities we took for granted before 2003, you know- the luxuries – electricity, clean water from faucets, walkable streets, safe schools – those are for deserving populations. Those are for people who don’t allow occupiers into their country.

      We’re learning that the biggest fans of the occupation (you know who you are, you traitors) eventually leave abroad. And where do they go? The USA, most likely, with the UK a close second. If I were an American, I’d be outraged. After spending so much money and so many lives, I’d expect the minor Chalabis and Malikis and Hashimis of Iraq to, well, stay in Iraq. Invest in their country. I’d stand in passport control and ask them, “Weren’t you happy when we invaded your country? Weren’t you happy we liberated you? Go back. Go back to the country you’re so happy with because now, you’re free!”

      We’re learning that militias aren’t particular about who they kill. The easiest thing in the world would be to say that Shia militias kill Sunnis and Sunni militias kill Shia, but that’s not the way it works. That’s too simple.

      We’re learning that the leaders don’t make history. Populations don’t make history. Historians don’t write history. News networks do. The Foxes, and CNNs, and BBCs, and Jazeeras of the world make history. They twist and turn things to fit their own private agendas.

      We’re learning that the masks are off. No one is ashamed of the hypocrisy anymore. You can be against one country (like Iran), but empowering them somewhere else (like in Iraq). You can claim to be against religious extremism (like in Afghanistan), but promoting religious extremism somewhere else (like in Iraq and Egypt and Syria).

      I don't don't know what to make of this. Are we even on the right side? I am a liberal. Girls were going to school under the Ba'ath. The streets were safe.

      What have we done? May God have mercy on our souls...


      “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

      by se portland on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:05:51 PM PDT

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    •  2 days in a row (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh

      I can see your embedded video !

      what did you do for that to happen?

    •  I hope everybody from the Cheney Admin (1+ / 0-)
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      got to high-5 each other: the last throes just turned the final corner and we have them about smoked out.

      Not much further now....

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

      by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 03:34:13 AM PDT

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  •  Spurs invade and take Miami. (3+ / 0-)
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    Boehner: "Where's Obama?!"

    Free Will is the only moral law.

    by franklyn on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:48:35 PM PDT

  •  So take a good story... (11+ / 0-)

    about Tesla opening patents to everyone, run it through the Ron Paul filter, and you get this.

    But I thought without intellectual property, no one would ever have incentive to create new things! Wrong again. Imagine the prosperity the world would have if we didn't have big corporations using the violent force of government to enforce "their" thoughts.
    Yes, because it's really that simple to them.  No nuance or anything.  No mention of all the cases where having intellectual property rights is a good thing.
  •  Already some are saying that populism on the (6+ / 0-)

    right will dominate over populism on the left.

    Whoa, there, hold your horses. We on the left own the fucking concept, so we don't dare let these types take over.
    Yeah, many will spout that "wall street is the problem," but in the same breath will celebrate their guns and denigrate gay marriage.

    This guy Brat is a walking contradiction. He's virtually an Ayn Randian who champions "free-market capitalism," so presumably he wants to turn the markets loose and privatize everything.

    Social security? Medicare? The Army? What? And how a guy can champion "free-market capitalism" and beat the left on condemning wall street is beyond me. His policies would lead directly to rewarding the 1% and condeming the 99%. This,
    inevitably, is what a free-market, unregulated capitalism leads to.

    Yeah, I think the left's got this. (And an alliance to take down wall street from the left and right inevitably won't last. Too much antipathy.)

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:51:10 PM PDT

  •  useful insight #9: Hubris is a female dog (5+ / 0-)
    To be sure, it’s possible to draw too many inferences from a primary in which less than 50,000 people voted. But there are legitimate conclusions to be drawn from Cantor’s defeat. Some are self-evident—like don’t have incompetent pollsters, don’t be inauthentic, and try not to be personally unlikable. But there are also some useful insights to be gained from David Brat’s upset victory, especially for the left.

    Here are eight of them:

    1. Don’t let them tell you what’s impossible.[…]

    2. Money is not always destiny. […]

    3. Populism wins. […]

    4. Partisan media matter. […]

    5. Discipline matters, too. […]

    6. Politics is still a retail business. […]

    7. Don’t go “Potomac” on your constituents. […]

    8. Don’t be afraid to fight populism with populism. […]

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:51:27 PM PDT

  •  Beware of a new page... (11+ / 0-)

    on Facebook, Being Liberal Logic, which is a libertarian "debunking" of everything Being Liberal stands for.  You WILL be hearing their insipid arguments sooner or later, and it would behoove us to learn what their arguments are so we can quickly debunk them back.

    They started off with this gem about their perception of liberalism.

    “Being Liberal” Logic: I don't like Capitalism because people get really rich. I can't explain this hatred for the rich, but I just hate them. Never mind that Capitalism is the reason I am making this post from a computer produced by technology that made these people rich. I would rather people be equal in poverty, that makes perfect sense.
    No joke, this is really how they think of liberals.
  •  I Don't See Much Populist Potential for Democrats. (2+ / 0-)
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    The rw populism consists of imperialist religion [no conceivable analogue for the left] and middle class whites who've been told for 45 years they're losing out to thossse people --people whose percentages have been rising and who've been steadily climbing up the ladder in percentages never earlier seen, so the scare has been an easy sell. And we don't have an analogue for this either on the left. Not that we will actually offer.

    We have 2 populist potentials I see: women, via scare potential give the array of attacks from the right, and Latinos, a hope vs frustration potential given the normalization attempts being made by Dems vs the opposition from the right.

    I don't see serious energizing populist potential for youth outreach. What they need from society is flat out liberal economics, across the board, whereas the Democrats are still a solidly conservative party variously because of functional limits of our oligarchy, or formal philosophy of party or pols.

    Educational loan refinancing is helpful, higher minimum wages is helpful, but I don't see those issues getting them out of bed to the booth.

    Ed loan interest elimination would bring get them out of bed. A halt to job offshoring would get them out of bed.

    So would $5,000 a head from Soros to vote Democratic.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:52:51 PM PDT

    •  The young people I know don't spend all their... (10+ / 0-)

      ...time in bed. The ones I know best are working their asses off, in school, at work or trying to find work.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:02:57 PM PDT

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      •  It's hard to go populist when you've just (1+ / 0-)
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        beat down OWS like it was a slave rebellion.

        I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

        by Just Bob on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:31:53 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, But Gooserock's Points (0+ / 0-)
        And we don't have an analogue for this either on the left. Not that we will actually offer.
        ....whereas the Democrats are still a solidly conservative party variously because of functional limits of our oligarchy, or formal philosophy of party or pols.
        The democratic party has to give the youth, and everyone else something(s) to vote for.

        with more or less zero progressive legislation getting thru congress, what exactly does the democratic party have to offer voters, other than Teh Fear (the repugs are evil and are wrecking our country)?

        I wonder how many here can really dispute point #2 above?

        "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

        by Superpole on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:26:37 AM PDT

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    •  President Obama ran as a Populist in 08 (3+ / 0-)
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      I still remember Lawrence O'Donnell on Larry Kudlow's show on CNBC, in 08, during the Dem Primary.

      O'Donnell (backing HRC) criticized Senator Obama's "populist" economic agenda, arguing that he could not win the GE.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:14:53 PM PDT

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  •  So ISIS is Arabic for Too Psycho for Al-Queda nt (5+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:54:46 PM PDT

  •  Hey, can I get a little help from a Kossack (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been having trouble commenting at WaPo and I'm wondering if my comments are showing up or not.

    When I post something at this link could someone here look and tell me if they're seeing it? :)

    My WaPo post name is: 'DrainYou'.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:55:35 PM PDT

  •  Overheard in my Facebook feed: (12+ / 0-)

    "This week I've gotten to go to the dentist and the eye dr for the first time in six years! My contact prescription was so wrong the dr thinks it might have been the reason for my migraines!!  

    Thanks Obama ;-)"

    T'was my neighbor.  Family of four.  They're so thankful for the ACA.  And not Dems.  

    "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." ~ Edward R. Murrow

    by CJB on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:57:59 PM PDT

  •  BTW, if anyone's wondering... (5+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, JeffW, RainyDay, Jeff Y, jan4insight

    who is the Democrat running against probable new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)... well... um... THERE IS NONE.  He ran unopposed in the top two primary.  Seriously.  Unopposed.  Now, CA-23 is a district where Romney got over 61% of the vote in 2012.  Did you know it is actually THE REDDEST DISTRICT in all of California?  It is the ONLY district where Romney got more than 61% of the vote.  Think about that.

    Even CA-01, which includes the counties that want to SECEDE from California, where they actually wave the CONFEDERATE flag, even that county only gave Romney 57% of the vote.  Obama still got over 40% there.  Obama could only get 36% in McCarthy's district.

    I think given the demographics of CA-23, just be thankful the person from the reddest district in California is a "normal" conservative Republican like McCarthy, rather than a complete outright racist like Tim Donnelly (who finished 3rd in our governor's race last week).  Yeah, yeah, we could score more political points that way, but since the district's simply too Republican for a Democrat to ever win, top two system or not, an outright bigot would end up causing more actual harm to the minorities who do live there.

    Not to mention their rhetoric can cause others to turn violent.  They already have radio and Fox News.  Give them enough elected offices, and watch the harm increase by magnitudes.

  •  Civil rights, environmental, and all around.. (6+ / 0-)

    ..activist Sarah Slamen in Texas tells it like it is.

    Racist La Marque City council member Connie Trube:

    ”She really turned black. I mean, she used to be sociable with everyone and had a level head and then she got on the school board with the rest of the blacks and they all just ganged up and that’s why and that’s why the school system has gone to Hell. You’re not gonna…
    It’s not gonna get any better until you get those blacks off the school board.”


    “What is on the tape is nothing more than me stating my honest opinion and I don’t back down from that. I never denied what was on the tape.”

    Sarah Slamen responds with the facts about the need for Affirmative Action, the Voting Rights Act exposes the GOP agenda of slashin public education as the real culprit:

    Link to MSNBC the Ed Show with Michael Eric Dyson hosting:

    With smart women like Sarah Slamen, Texas is on the move, calling out the racism and unjust GOP agenda. Wow I’ve been hearing this woman speak before on a number of different issues. She is very well informed and knows how to communicate - she rocks ! - imo

    We’ll see how long the GOP remains unapologetic when Texas and other states began turning blue – permanently

    Thx MB

    Also too: Not only are republicans trying to mimimize Cantor's defeat they are hoping that immigration remains "toxic" to touch .

    Which is why this was so nice to see.  Laura Clawson's Diary today as I was searching for Dems response to the latest GOP unheaval, and was so pleased to see this:
    Democrats aren't giving up on immigration reform in the wake of Cantor defeat
    This was my note taking page. links to why we Dems should move now on comprehensive immigration reform. Keep it on top of the noise and easy to see:

    Now push ahead on comprehensive immigration reform Dems go for it especially after Cantors defeat however much or little that had to do with it.

     The scary rhetoric and the chamber of commerce had more effect on the Cantor loss - imo and one good thing is ironically the Chamber of Commerce is now an epithet good


    Home work:

    Tea Party’s Defeat Of Eric Cantor Could Eventually Spell Doom For The Republican Party:  - June 11, 2014

    5 ways the GOP’s obstruction is unprecedented: - August 12, 2013

    The Cantor Omen:  by Charles M. Blow | JUNE 11, 2014:

    Cantor’s defeat on Tuesday may now be the subject of schadenfreude and chops licking, but it may also be a terrible omen
    Senate Democrats Hope Immigration Bill Is Still Possible, Despite Cantor Loss: -

    Poll: 75% of Korean Americans Want Immigration Reform
    Friday, Dec 20, 2013:

    Eric Cantor Didn’t Lose Because Of Immigration Reform, Says New Poll -  Jun 11 2014, 12:44PM EDT:

    Why Republicans’ position on immigration is a political loser — in 1 chart - November 9, 2012 at 11:25 am:

    Democrats torn on whether to cheer or jeer Cantor departure (with Nancy Pelosi video) - June 12 at 6:00 am:

    Wonkbook: What Cantor’s fall means for the big policy debates in Washington - June 12 at 8:53 AM:

  •  This is the whackjob that Iowa Republicans (5+ / 0-)

    nominated for the Senate this year.

    Iowa Republican, Joni Ernst, vows to overturn phony UN Agenda 21 plot to take away private property:

    An Iowa Republican lawmaker running for the U.S. Senate vowed in a recently posted video she would overturn United Nations plans to strip private property rights to promote environmental protection laws.

    “The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. Senator, I would say no more,” said state Sen. Joni Ernst. “No more Agenda 21.”

    But many conservative Tea Party types – such as Ernst, who said she attended a conference on Agenda 21 last year – fear the UN uses the measure to control local zoning decisions, promote “green” clubs at schools, and track individual energy consumption and somehow punish Americans who use too much.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:05:40 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the Eskow piece. I think he got it (2+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, CenPhx

    exactly right. There have been a couple of these elections lately, New York's new mayor for example.

    The 99% are finally starting to figure out that the game is rigged & that folks like Cantor are doing the rigging. It is more than a little ironic that he was in D.C. with the "important people"the day that his chickens came home to roost at home.

    That's the main reason (her hawk tendencies being the other)why I will not support HRC.

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

    by chuck utzman on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:09:57 PM PDT

  •  Rick Parry was in San Francisco... (3+ / 0-)
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    by justiceputnam on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:16:55 PM PDT

  •  Can someone debunk... (2+ / 0-)
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    this claiming that crime is "out of control" in Australia since their gun ban?

    •  As close as Wikipedia. It is almost impossible (5+ / 0-)

      to tell what Brietbart is talking about. I found this paragraph amusing.

      The American National Rifle Association claimed in 2000 that violent crimes had increased in Australia since the introduction of new laws. The federal Attorney General Daryl Williams accused the NRA of falsifying government statistics and urged the NRA to "remove any reference to Australia" from its website.
      Historically, Australia has had relatively low levels of violent crime. Overall levels of homicide and suicide have been in decline for several decades, while the proportion of these crimes that involved firearms has consistently declined since the early 1980s. Between 1991 and 2001, the number of firearm-related deaths in Australia declined 47%.[25] According to a 2011 report from the Australian government, "...the number of victims of homicide has been in decline since 1996". There were 354 victims in 1996, but only 260 victims in 2010, a decrease of 27 percent. Also, "The proportion of homicide victims killed by offenders using firearms in 2009–10 represented a decrease of 18 percentage points from the peak of 31 percent in 1995–96 (the year in which the Port Arthur massacre occurred with the death of 35 people, which subsequently led to the introduction of stringent firearms legislation)."

      Firearm suicides have fallen from about 22% of all suicides in 1992[26] to 7% of all suicides in 2005.[27] Immediately following the Buyback there was a fall in firearm suicides which was more than offset by a 10% increase in total suicides in 1997 and 1998.[citation needed] There were concerted efforts in suicide prevention from this time and in subsequent years the total suicide rate resumed its decline.

      The article goes on to talk about studies. There is where the water gets muddy but it is far from a OUT OF CONTROL crime spree.

      Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

      by 88kathy on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:17:19 PM PDT

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    •  Here's a nice blog that points to government (2+ / 0-)
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      Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

      by 88kathy on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:22:12 PM PDT

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    •  the author quotes Breitbart so it's already hinky (3+ / 0-)
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      logic but here goes. Other than the Sydney scenes in the Matrix films, it's misinterpreting the available press information for an action applying to specific cases with highly targeted actions against apparently known criminals and generalizing it to the entire population so everyone who's not a biker gang type (Aussies call them bikies) or a villain should be scared, especially in the the US. You can easily run a comparison to the US using the link below but of course this is both problematic for both pro-/anti- gun maniacs for the usual social science reasons too numerous to cite but are the foundation for DK pie fights (yes, in the US there are more guns and there are more deaths and the ratios are lower/higher etc, and as you know better than I, this could be an outlier....etc ) be that as it may, it does seem that in using this quote as the primary claim, it does seem like any police official regardless of country would be interested in maintaining his resource allocations considering that gun deaths have declined since the beginning of the policy. Of course if there is an actual spike in gun crimes as only implied in the following quote, then there may be a problem, but perhaps there are other factors such as this effort being a proactive series of police actions against actual criminal enterprises rather than "law-abiding gun owners" who can still own guns for all the usual self-defense reasons especially in the more rural areas.

      The reason for the spike in enforce ment comes from this article not mentioned

      THE NSW government has asked police commanders to use controversial anti-bikie laws to target a criminal gang linked to a series of shootings in western Sydney, after a wave of fatal attacks over the past two years.
      In the last 12 months alone, over 3,300 people were charged with gun crimes, and over 9,000 guns have been confiscated.
      There is no single source of gun violence… guns have fallen into the hands of organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, mid-level crime groups and petty thieves and the lines are often blurred.” NSW police commissioner
      use this site
      In Australia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

      2011: 188
      2010: 224
      2009: 222
      2008: 232
      2007: 237
      2006: 246
      2005: 212
      2004: 234
      2003: 287
      2002: 292
      2001: 326
      2000: 324
      1999: 347
      1998: 312
      1997: 428
      1996: 516

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      by annieli on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:32:13 PM PDT

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  •  In case you missed it... (3+ / 0-)

    ...This is why GOTV is important.

    And did you notice that we've instinctively, if not consciously, begun to embrace new, updated versions of "Duck and Cover" in our schools?

  •  David Brat should be a role model for the Left. (3+ / 0-)
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    We need some David Brats of our own.   Why do we look down our noses at him?   Principled liberals can and should disagree with his policies but still applaud his candidacy as a win for real democracy — i.e. the type of democracy that actually responds to the voters and not moneyed interests.

  •  Eight excellent insights. (0+ / 0-)
  •  imho Hillary embarrassed herself (3+ / 0-)
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    today on Fresh Air today.  She said she made mistakes on supporting the Iraq war and not supporting LGBT rights sufficiently.  

    She didn't get the reveal that Terry Gross was trying imho to get her to see--that it is her politicizing and compromising that leads her to the bad decisions she makes.  She just didn't get it.

    Hillary needs to get back to her Watergate era fighting self.  And that is not ideology.  It is called principle.  A word so foreign that no one can even seem to find it these days.

    "You cannot win improv." Stephen Colbert ( at 16:24).

    by Publius2008 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:40:54 PM PDT

  •  Those ARE great lessons... (1+ / 0-)
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    The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's your excuse?
    ~~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by smileycreek on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:41:28 PM PDT

  •  Ryan Lizza made the same point in his New Yorker (1+ / 0-)
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    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

    by chuck utzman on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:41:37 PM PDT

  •  get real/get elected. used to work good. (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, CenPhx

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:58:37 PM PDT

  •  IMHO, Hillary had better be very, very careful. (3+ / 0-)
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    Her corporate-tinted glasses don't suit a lot of us who are not GOP and least she think that doesn't matter, some of what pissed off the right pisses off the left.

    When Hillary sides with banks and the richest of the rich, as she has done, she ignores the significant anger of the left over the "too big to fail" fat cats each of whom were partially responsible for 2008 and each of whom escaped any consequences while middle class dems lost their homes and their jobs; their lives turned upside-down.

    I don't know a single person that isn't tired of disfunctional Washington. It's been 5.5 years since the place has functioned AT ALL. And while I do blame that on the GOP, it is also clear that many powerful dems remain joined at the hip with Wall Street, including Hillary. Warren isn't.

    If dems think that they can't be "Cantored", they are wrong. The contagion that found Cantor a suitable host  can find many dems as well.

    Ignoring the monster just under the surface of their leaking boat is unwise.

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blog:

    by cany on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:22:56 PM PDT

    •  I think the Right Wing is over reacting to Cantor (2+ / 0-)
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      big fat juicy lost as populism. It's called absenteeism.  Cantor lost because he was a no show that's it. David Brat had a message. A small crazy message but, it was at least a message. I would welcome the right to run on populism because it runs smack dead into the GOP Establishment donors class. The Chamber of Commerce said, they will not fund anymore extreme candidates and vowed to fight back. So, let's start a real populist movement. The Democrats need to get more candidates ready for 2016. I liked Hillary but, I think she might not be able to stay on the populism tiger.

      •  Well, I wouldn't exactly call the attendance to (0+ / 0-)

        the primary in CA (worst ever, I think, at what, 18%?) a glowing challenge to the notion of absenteeism. Has it ever occurred to her that that could happen in a presidential election if people are not excited about their choice?

        I mean really, does Hillary "excite" the base like O did? I don't think so.

        She won't attract populists because her policies run counter to that. I'm not, actually, wild about populism myself, but when things get as bad as they are now, perhaps it's time for a populist injection of sorts.

        I think Hillary has a rough road ahead of her not just because of her positions, but because of what she has or hasn't accomplished. I might be wrong about this, but I really can't think of much she HAS accomplished... am I wrong there?

        The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blog:

        by cany on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 01:04:44 AM PDT

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    •  cany. We too are birders at our house. I read and (1+ / 0-)
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      grieved  the clear cutting of the land you spoke of.   We watched as acres and acres of land near our home was clear cut. Failed banks produce failed bankers. Money must come from somewhere. Birds must go. And, they went.

      Burning underbrush is a pathology in the late winter, early spring with those who own the pine trees here.  It has taken four years for the owls to return.

      We were sharing our interest with a local and lamenting the lack of interest in most, if not all things bird. This was his reply. "Curtis, if they can't kill it and eat it, they are not interested in it."  

      It is good to find a kindred spirit. And, yep, I'm with you. Hillary is a long way from a shoe-in. I might risk a step further. If she is the best team blue has to field, it could be dicey all the way.

  •  Thanks for the 8 insights. I brought my own joy at (0+ / 0-)

    seeing the heir-apparent to the throne of the House of Rabble get tossed out of the sleigh.  

  •  Alan Shepard may have hit some golf balls... (0+ / 0-)

    ...on the moon but the second sport to make it to space is soccer;

    Football in orbit photo Futbolenorbita_zpsceab7c1b.jpg

    The Space Cup will happen one day.

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    by Shockwave on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 11:52:15 PM PDT

  •  Congressional Approval at all time low of 5% (2+ / 0-)
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    According to a recent CBS poll

    Cantor was a big face in Congress.

    I think people are over analyzing.  I think this was mostly a vote against Congress.

    After all None-of-the-above won in a Democratic primary.

    by chloris creator on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 12:21:45 AM PDT

  •  Cantor lost because republicans want DICKS (0+ / 0-)

    and PRICKS and BASTARDS and outright fucking criminals (Nathan Deal?) as leaders. They reward liars and scam artisits.

    They hate educated people, teachers, and scientists. Anybody they think might be smarter than them.

    Cantor became perceived as not ENOUGH OF A DICK, despite being a complete and insufferable dick.

    Motherfuckers who voted for Brat would vote for Stalin or Paul Pot or even Ebola had they been on the ballot.

    Many Americans are ulta-sucky shitheads.

    (Again, this explains TV, too.)

    Sucks having to share this life with them: it could be so much nicer if they were......not here.

    Legal means "good".
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    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 03:31:04 AM PDT

  •  How little we understand the Middle East (1+ / 0-)
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    Decades of meddling and we don't understand at all. The Sunni extremists are winning because they hate the Shiia more than they hate us. The Iranians are losing because their Shiia puppet government was inept and corrupt. The Kurds, who in theory should be our allies, are out enemies and the Turks, who have a relatively stable government, are now threatened.

    There is no amount of meddling that can help the situation. We must simply stay away.

  •  Looking forward to seeing Brat grilled (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm already looking forward to seeing Brat grilled by his Democratic opponent. What a weinie!

  •  Main lesson from Cantor: Get Out The (f'ing) VOTE! (1+ / 0-)
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    Tunout matters!

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