The Senate races in one picture

78 replies
  1. 1
    Jerzy Russian says:

    I lost track of how many “rape guys” there were. Was it three?

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    Legalize says:

    I think there were 7 or 8?

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    Three if you count Ryan.

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    Robin G. says:

    Funnily enough, if you tell women that getting pregnant is proof they weren’t raped, and tell college students buried in debt to borrow money from their parents, and call Latinos “illegals”, and make the Yellow Job-Stealing Menace a central part of your platform (a racist dogwhistle I think was seriously underexamined), and go out of your way to stop African-Americans from voting… turns out they’ll stand in line for six hours for the sheer pleasure of voting against you.

    Strange, how that works.

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    General Stuck says:

    This should be interesting to watch as it plays out in the wingnut trenches.

    Top Republicans Suddenly Back Immigration Reform After Latinos Overwhelmingly Back Obama

    Iz our top wingnuts learning? Or just scared.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    OT, but this epic takedown of Jennifer Rubin by Conor Friedersdorf over at the Atlantic is pretty entertaining.

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    Lol says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Number three was John The Rape Thing Koster who was running in WA-01. His concession speech is a font of delicious tears.

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    Steve says:

    That’s odd, I actually thought Alec Baldwin might have been advising the GOP on women’s issues.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    How are the emoprogs taking the news of the Obama victory. So far we have only concentrated on the wingnut meltdown.

  10. 10
    Mark S. says:

    It’s important for progressives to understand where pro-rape Republicans are coming from.
    /amy sullivan

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    gogol's wife says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Good question.

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    the Conster says:

    Lots of conventional wisdom spewers this morning grappling with the dawning reality that the Goopers have a real base problem that supports these nutjobs, and if the media hacks want to keep propping up Republicans, their default inclination, the Republicans have to find a way to be less unmitigated repulsive neanderthal losers. Unfortunately for the Village, it’s not going to happen until the deliberate lying to and fleecing of the rubes stops. It’s an impossible situation for the Goopers to be in, and it’s going to be fun to watch them try to double their way down out of the dilemma.

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    maya says:

    @General Stuck: I smell another Bush in 2016 and I can’t get it off my shoe.

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    Trakker says:

    Ya’ know what really pisses me off? Tuesday, after winning re-election, the President tried to call the Republican Speaker of the House and the Republican Senate Minority Leader and both refused to take his call (asleep was the weak excuse).

    Why this hasn’t gotten more attention I don’t know but it typifies what Obama has had to put up with from these Gynormous Fking A’holes (GFAs) on the right. No wonder the country flipped the GOP the mighty single digit salute.

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    Metrosexual Manichean Monster DougJ says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I agree…good question.

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    Violet says:

    This is so true. Someone asked me this on Wednesday, “Did the rape guy win?” and I had to respond, “Which one? The first one? The more recent one? The less well known ones?” Their jaw just kind of dropped.

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    merrinc says:

    But, but, but…I read on Facebook that what Akin said was no worse than what Biden said! Of course, the genius who made that comment didn’t provide an example of Biden said. Whatevs. All of Team Rape – with the exception of the ever-odious Steve King – went down to defeat. Hell hath no fury, baby.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    Speaking of the rape guy, John the rape thing Koster brings us a delectable dose of Bitter Wingnut Tears covered Schadenfreude.

    Sadly, and for reasons untold, neither the National Republican Congressional Committee nor the Washington State Republican Party stepped up to provide us with anything more than token support. To be frank, we were on our own, yet thanks to people such as you, we nearly overcame the odds. For this reason, I could not be prouder of my campaign team and the great people of Washington’s 1st Congressional District.

    Like many Americans, I am stunned at the tough night so many on the conservative side had around the country on Tuesday, and that Barack Obama was re-elected as President. Sean Hannity remarked yesterday that he wondered if the “allure and appeal of socialism and redistribution of wealth has taken hold.”

    I am equally stunned that we have legalized marijuana right here in our home state of Washington; and if the slim margin favoring the pro Referendum-74 vote holds up, we will have legalized same-sex marriages as well.
    It seems obvious to me that we have swung wildly in the wrong political direction and that we are now at a point where our society WILL suffer the consequences inherent with bad law and liberal representation.

    Shorter John the rape thing Koster:
    No redistribution came my way so America has failed teabagging woman hating gay hating conservatism, so SOSHULEEZIM!

    I’m so glad we kicked this piece of shit to the curb.

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    nhoj says:

    Gerson is trolling DougJ with calls for Burkean waterboarding:
    These changes call for another, more hopeful conservative tradition: that of Edmund Burke. He saw social change as a constant. The goal was to ease a nation’s way through change while retaining what is strongest in its traditions. Burke insisted that the present was better than the past and that the future could be better still if change were grounded in a society’s basic character. And he believed that politics had to suit a society’s real circumstances, not an idealized version of them

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @gogol’s wife: I think it’s four if you count Ryan. There’s Akin, Mourdock, and the “some girls rape easy” guy.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    Just noticed that the NY Times big fancy interactive doesn’t include vote totals for the third-party folks.

    Any place to get a good breakdown of how Gary J and Jill S did?

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    askew says:

    Wow, Alec Baldwin hasn’t looked that good since Working Girl era.

    I keep hearing that the GOP needs to tweak their message and be more inclusive to win races in the media. Alex Wagner was the first person I’ve heard in the media say it isn’t their message or their messenger, it’s their policies. She said that hauling a brown person on stage to deliver the same message isn’t going to do it. It’s too bad the rest of the media doesn’t get that.

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    Disco says:

    Erick Erickson today:

    “The GOP also has a chance in 2014 to again replace its own side with fresh faces in primaries.”

    Oh please do this. Please pull another 2010 and nominate and elect the most bass-ackwards knuckle-draggers you can find. That’s a sure path to long-term majorities.

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    I think we’ll see more of this. They’ve lost their bid to kick him out. We might see a couple of months of screaming craziness, but mostly we’ll see a lot less fanatical obstruction and a lot more whiny insults. Clinton era-ish. Everybody knew the impeachment wasn’t going anywhere. They were just being assholes.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @gogol’s wife: I have a new cocktail recipe,

    Epic Win = 1 part vodka + 2 tsp simple syrup + Juice of Half a lime+ a dash of salt+ 1 part wingnut tears + 1 part firebagger tears.

    In case tears are unavailable substitute with seltzer.

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    jwb says:

    @Trakker: And then Charlie Cook has apparently been running around complaining that Obama never talks to the GOP leadership. God, the meteor can’t get here fast enough.

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    NotMax says:

    @Jerzy Russian

    Maddow had a piece this week identifying 9, including Ryan.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:


    And then Charlie Cook has apparently been running around complaining that Obama never talks to the GOP leadership. God, the meteor can’t get here fast enough.

    Yes, he was on two different post-election analysis programs on CSPAN spewing that shit. Worse, he’s saying that Obama hasn’t talked to the avg. Dem congressperson in the past year either.

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    Mark S. says:


    asleep was the weak excuse

    We’re talking about Boehner. You try waking up after twelve martinis.

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    redshirt says:

    So, where did the Overton Window move after this election? Yes, Dems rocked just about everywhere. But the Repukes got us talking about the legitimate rape and should employers allow their employees to use birth control.

    Who really won?

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    Marc says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    They’re moving on to “Obama will sell us out in a Grand Bargain”. And “liberalism won; Obama is a minor thing”.

    Although you have to wade through a few thousand incoherent words to get to the betrayal part.

    /start Greenwald bullshit

    “Consider the very first controversial issue Obama is likely to manage, even before the glow of his victory dims, literally within the next couple of weeks. It is widely expected – including by liberals – that Obama intends (again) to pursue a so-called “Grand Bargain” with the GOP: a deficit- and debt-cutting agreement whereby the GOP agrees to some very modest tax increases on the rich in exchange for substantial cuts to entitlement programs such as social security and Medicare, the crown legislative jewels of American liberalism.

    Indeed, Obama already sought in his first term to implement sizable cuts to those programs, but liberals were saved only by GOP recalcitrance to compromise on taxes. In light of their drubbing last night, they are likely to be marginally if not substantially more flexible, which means that such a deal is more possible than ever.”

    /end Greenwald bullshit

    The dead-enders at No Quarter are more bitter:

    Those tears sure are sweet!

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    Steve says:

    @Smiling Mortician: Wasn’t there also a guy in Pennsylvania who couldn’t tell the difference between an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and rape, or something like that?

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    General Stuck says:

    Two Republicans in separate states were taken into police custody during the past week for allegedly attempting to test how easy it would be to commit voter fraud.

    Rubin allegedly voted at one polling location in Henderson, Nev. on Oct. 29 and then went to another voting location in Las Vegas to try to vote again. Poll workers told her records indicated she had already voted, but Rubin allegedly told them she hadn’t. A poll worker reportedly overheard Rubin tell another man that she had “signed my name differently, and they did not ask for ID.” She was arrested at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and charged with a category “D” felony.


    On Tuesday in New Mexico, a Republican poll watcher was taken into police custody after also apparently trying to test the system. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the man voted, then obtained a second provisional ballot and announced he was simply “testing the system to see if people could get away with voting twice.”


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    JPL says:

    Although the house districts are gerrymandered, I’m hoping that enough people benefit from health care in those districts that it becomes irrelevant.
    My middle name is not pollyanna btw…

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    NotMax says:

    Let me make that more legible.

    @arguing with signposts


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    arguingwithsignposts says:


    They’re moving on to “Obama will sell us out in a Grand Bargain”. And “liberalism won; Obama is a minor thing”.

    That showed up Wednesday in threads here.
    @NotMax: Thanks. Apparently, all those glibertarians broke for Romney in the end. Imagine that.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Marc: I wonder what BJ’s own emoprog, the deBoer has to say about this? Has he been here to lecture us yet? I haven’t been online much the last 2 days.

    ETA: Thanks for the update. Those tears are sweet indeed.

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    jibeaux says:

    @MikeBoyScout: You’ve got to hand it to them on the gay marriage thing. If the courts decide for it, they’re activist judges thwarting the will of the people. If legislators decide for it, they’re activist legislators thwarting the will of the people. If the people decide for it, well….God’s gonna strike you down!
    (S)He’s taking his time on Massachusetts, is all I’m saying.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Comrade Jake: Thanks for the laughs.

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    Schlemizel says:

    I saw that Rove spent $37 million total on the Senate races they lost & a grand total of $1.3 million on the two the GOP won. Looks like the more he spent the worse he did

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @General Stuck:

    Iz our top wingnuts learning? Or just scared.

    Oh, it’s the latter.

    These twits do not know how to learn.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Did anyone read Bobo this morning? Apparently Asian and Hispanic Americans like the government unlike the freedom loving WASP immigrants. What an idiot.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    @38 jibeaux:

    The only thing I want to hand to bigoted assholes like John the rape thing Koster is their ass. That piece of shit soft peddled his teabagging hate filled philosophy this whole cycle hoping he could sneak in. F*ck him!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Schlemizel: But he made money, which in all reality is what he cares about.

    Grifters gonna GRIFT, bitches.

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    kindness says:

    Actually this election cycle the response would have been easy:

    None of them did.

    I can savor that.

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    joes527 says:

    @Comrade Jake: I notice that Jennifer Rubin and George Will are full steam ahead. I don’t think they paused even a minute to ponder how laughably wrong their opinions before the election were. They wen straight to producing more laughably wrong opinions.

    And they are getting published.

    And read.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    It’s too bad the rest of the media doesn’t get that.

    They’re paid very well NOT to get it, and as long as they’re paid well, they will continue NOT to get it.

    That, you can take to the bank.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Apparently not a hoax

    Nov. 9 (Washington Post)- For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer – and layoffs.

    Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the country and asking: “Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”

    On Wednesday, Murray laid off 54 people at The American Coal Co., one of his subsidiary companies, and 102 at Utah American Energy, blaming a “war on coal” by the administration of President Barack Obama.”

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    NotMax says:

    @Culture of Truth

    Someone needs to do a correlation of those laid off with those who didn’t show up on that stage with Romney, or who didn’t pony up the ‘suggested’ percentage of their salary to Murray’s choices.

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    some guy says:

    we won’t have to wait long to see what Obama’s plan for the “Grand Bargain” is, as his first speech post-election (subject: the Grand Bargain) is scheduled for 1:50 pm today.

    wonder how the Centrists around here will enjoy the taste of crow?

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    ericblair says:


    I keep hearing that the GOP needs to tweak their message and be more inclusive to win races in the media. Alex Wagner was the first person I’ve heard in the media say it isn’t their message or their messenger, it’s their policies.

    Charlie Pierce had a good summary in his blogpost a couple of days ago. Ignoring the layers of grifters on the Republicans, they’ve internally checkmated themselves and prevented any of the necessary changes. Any move out of the current xenophobic plutophilic reality-denying corner they’re in would get shot down in no time by one component of the gooper coalition or other, so the only path that doesn’t cause massive internal injury is to change nothing.

    I was surprise at the extent of the delusion at the top of the Romney campaign, but based on the postmortem of the 08 financial crash I guess I shouldn’t have been. The bullshitters do believe their own bullshit, they do live in an echo chamber, and anything that reinforces their own bloated self-images is treated as gospel.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Culture of Truth: Is the bunker stocked with canned goods and lots of glue the next stop for this clown? I sure hope so.

    Also, too, I think it’s become quite apparent that a lot of rich white men born on third base hate the black man who hit a home run and surpassed them all.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @redshirt: My kids occasionally get me to talk about XBoxes, horses, and robots. And we never get one.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @some guy: It better be some equivalent of “I won, you lost. Take my deal or the filibuster’s history, bitches.” Or something. Just don’t offer the same shit sandwich from August 2011, please.

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    some guy says:


    one would hope, especially after Boner and McConnell’s counter-offer was essentially Rmoney’s campaign plan.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Culture of Truth: He’s using Obama as an excuse. Coal is hurting because of natural gas, not Obama.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Robin G.:

    and make the Yellow Job-Stealing Menace a central part of your platform (a racist dogwhistle I think was seriously underexamined)

    Gee, you think it might have something to do with Asian Americans coming out even stronger for Obama than Hispanics? The Chinese immigrants I know have learned that the Republicans don’t like them because of who they are, and they have apparently decided to return the favor.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @some guy: He should tell them to drop an email in President-elect Romney’s comments and suggestion section on the website.

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    Chris T. says:


    [quoting someone else] It is widely expected – including by liberals – that Obama intends (again) to pursue a so-called “Grand Bargain” with the GOP …

    It is? Is it also widely expected that the moon will weep tears of honey? SOME SAY that Obama is a Mormon like Romney!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):

    Yeah, it’s an attempt to find someone in an elected office to blame for a structural problem with the market that coal outfits are facing.

    We saw this in the NW with the spotted owl controversy. The wood products industry blamed environmentalist for the loss of jobs, when automation was actually driving that train. Far more palatable for the blue collar types to blame DFHs for their woes than their backstabbing employers eliminating their jobs purely on economic, not environmental, grounds.

    This is a good example of a failure to seek information to use your (non-existent) critical thinking skills to determine what is really going on.

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    jibeaux says:

    @MikeBoyScout: Oh, I mean hand it to them in the same way Clinton congratulated Ryan on his brass.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): No shit, but it’s easier to blame the ni-CLANG than to figure out how to make coal a more attractive energy source…which should be indicative of how pie-in-the-sky the ‘clean coal’ crap is.

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    some guy says:

    This is a good example of a failure to seek information to use your (non-existent) critical thinking skills to determine what is really going on.

    that’s no way to talk about Obama supporters pretending Obama didn’t announce reducing the deficit was his top priority.

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    Chris T. says:

    @PsiFighter37: Someone should start a mock campaign for “White Coal: The Clean Alternative!” It’s that black coal that’s bad, you know!

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    Roger Moore says:

    I think you need to look at it a bit more carefully than the total money spent to figure that kind of thing out. You really need to look at how the race looked before they started spending money on it. If I were in Rove’s position, I might spend only token amounts on races that looked like sure things, more on close races, and the most on tough races that could give my party a real advantage. It’s a sensible way to spend, but it will look very inefficient if the electorate is generally against you. Similarly, it would be interesting to see how much was spent on the other side in those same races.

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    Trakker says:


    So, where did the Overton Window move after this election?

    Great question. My feeling is that the Overton window moved farther left in this election than it did in 2008 or anytime since 1994.

    I FELT the window move Wednesday morning as I looked at the results, but the main reason it has moved left is that the right no longer has any reliable hot-button issues to fire up their base anymore – except in the reddest of states. Really, this was a HUGE election. Even the NRA lost big time!

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    FormerSwingVoter says:

    The “women’s issue” that made such a difference for us in this election was the belief that rape is a bad thing. I find it remarkable that this belief is held by only one of our two major political parties, but there you go.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Smiling Mortician:

    Then there was the Repub whose daughter had an out of wedlock pregnancy that wasn’t aborted who said that it was just like rape.

    These are some really fucked up dudes.

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    Anna in PDX says:

    @Steve: I know, right? Maybe he had to take an anger management class or something, and learned to be a better person. It can happen… to non-right-wingers.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    GG is a hack whose fifteen minutes of fame expired long ago. He’s a product whose shelf life expired so long ago that there’s only fossil evidence that he even existed. GG should stick to what he knows best now…

    his local Brazilian news.

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    Emma says:

    @redshirt: We did. All the “rape pols” were defeated and we got a nice bump in the senate and Obamacare (which guaranteed those contraceptives) was, by extension, upheld.

    Talking about it and then getting your arse handed to you? Perfect!

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    Marc says:

    @some guy:

    And if you’re wrong will you change your mind?

    (Silly question, I know. But hope is in the air now)…

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    Anna in PDX says:

    @Anna in PDX: I noticed after posting this rather nasty comment how it did not take into account our blog host. Sorry! Actually at least two conservatives CAN be taught – it happened with John Cole and to a lesser extent with Charles Johnson, but they are extremely rare exceptions! And I appreciate them very much.

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    MCA1 says:

    @PsiFighter37: That’s certainly my preference, too. The leverage has shifted utterly here. Great article by Jon Chait a few weeks ago on this in NY Mag laid out in great detail how, if Obama does nothing and refuses to accept any Republican proposal, the world becomes something closer to a liberal paradise on January 1, because the Bush tax cuts expire and the President was shrewd enough to keep control with himself over what spending gets cut (= defense) so he can protect whatever he wants. That’s balanced against the obvious point that if we actually let all the pre-scheduled things happen on 1/1, it’s basically austerity and we go back into recession, but again there are things the executive and Senate could do to mitigate all that. But, regardless, the longer a deal isn’t reached, the more the entire defense industry’s going to be lined up outside Boehner’s house screaming at him.

    In short, the President’s holding the cards in this game, and it’s possible he intentionally eleventh-dimensional chess style set this up long ago (when he finally got over the delusion that these people could be worked with), specifically to break the stranglehold Grover Norquist has had on the GOP. That has to be forced through a structural trap, because there was no reasoning the Republicans to change, and this may be it.

    I’m with you, and would like him to come out and give a nice political capital/mandate, bitches/obstructionism lost you the election lecture today, and then lay out an opening position that’s well left of where we were a year ago. We’ll see, though. I still have a nagging fear Bowles-Simpson’s going to get far more legitimacy than it should.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Things you thought you’d never have to tell someone because it’s so obvious:

    If the president of the united states calls, wake me up if I’m asleep.

    Geez these fuckers are stupid.

    Oh, and Doug, thanks so much for this picture. I glanced at BJ as I walked into the kitchen to make my lunch, and I can’t stop laughing. Seriously, every time it pops into my head I laugh out loud. I think this photo may have finally brought home to me that we really did win this one. I am now truly relaxed for the first time in months.

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    gwangung says:

    Did anyone read Bobo this morning? Apparently Asian and Hispanic Americans like the government unlike the freedom loving WASP immigrants.

    You mean Asian Americans, whose immigrants are almost always mom and pop entrepreneurs? And work two and three jobs (like, um, a lot of other non-WASP Americans)? And emphasize getting education to get ahead in the world?

    Geez these fuckers are stupid.


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    Lancelot Link says:

    I’m surprised there was so little in the news regarding the convenient death of Romney’s serial-rapist friend.
    Liberal media, indeed.

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