"Marco Rubio’s GOP response will be remembered for his awkward lunge for the water bottle. That’s a shame, because the speech itself was remarkable. Not in a good way.
At a moment when the Republican Party needs rebranding, Rubio offered nothing new. The thrust of his speech was “government bad, capitalism good.” Yet he recounted how beneficial government assistance has been to his own success. I expected him to resolve the contradiction, but he didn’t even try."

Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson reacts to Sen. Rubio’s response to last night’s State of the Union.

Jesus. Christ.

Jesus. Christ.

(Source: motherjones)

"My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. The real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. That’s despicable."

— Retired Army Colonel and former aide to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson • Diving headfirst, in the most blunt terms possible, into the media dust-up kicked off last Thursday by Romney surrogate John Sununu. Responding to news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had endorsed President Obama, Sununu suggested that Powell had a “slightly different” reason for doing it than politics – namely, his race. Sununu reversed course on this today, saying “I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies,” but not before Wilkerson unleashed this incendiary attack on some of his fellow Republicans. An attack which, frankly, seems destined to generate a lot more heat than it does light. source (via shortformblog)

mittandrob:


.@mittromney Obamma has said NOTHING about the coming bacon wars. how will u keep my families bacons safe from black health insurance ?
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) September 27, 2012

mittandrob:

theheritagefoundation:

Mistakes can definitely be made. There’s no reason for voter fraud!
fatefultraveler:

atimeforchoosing:

It’s the Chicago way, “vote early, vote often”.

True story: When I went to check my voter registration for the November election, I found my status as not active, despite the fact that I had just voted in March in the primary election. So, I called the Chicago Board of Elections’ office to ask about the discrepancy. A gentleman pulled up my information and said “Well, uh, I think we have a typographical issue here. What was your birthdate?” I tell him it was in 1994. He says “Well, uh, we’ve got you listed as, uh, 1894. Oops.” Just goes to show how goofy it all can be. 


Good thing the Colorado GOP fired a consulting firm, which the RNC and the Romney campaign have given money, after allegations of voter fraud.
That same firm also worked for the GOP in Florida.
And in Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.
All of these states are swing states and all but NC currently lean Obama.

theheritagefoundation:

Mistakes can definitely be made. There’s no reason for voter fraud!

fatefultraveler:

atimeforchoosing:

It’s the Chicago way, “vote early, vote often”.

True story: When I went to check my voter registration for the November election, I found my status as not active, despite the fact that I had just voted in March in the primary election. So, I called the Chicago Board of Elections’ office to ask about the discrepancy. A gentleman pulled up my information and said “Well, uh, I think we have a typographical issue here. What was your birthdate?” I tell him it was in 1994. He says “Well, uh, we’ve got you listed as, uh, 1894. Oops.” Just goes to show how goofy it all can be. 

Good thing the Colorado GOP fired a consulting firm, which the RNC and the Romney campaign have given money, after allegations of voter fraud.

That same firm also worked for the GOP in Florida.

And in Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.

All of these states are swing states and all but NC currently lean Obama.

"If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get."

Clint Eastwood

motherjones:

This Single Chart Explains a Lot About the GOP Convention
(via NY Mag)
"Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."

— Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist blasts Romney’s VP pick and unlikely Rage fan - Rolling Stone (via brooklynmutt)

“Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics.” In which a child of the ’90s learns that his favorite band doesn’t like him. (via shortformblog)

(via shortformblog)

Shep Smith on Romney’s reaction to Newt withdrawing from the GOP race:

Politics is weird. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.

(Source: youtube.com)

shortformblog:

  • $25,000 donated to anti-incumbents source

» According to the Virginia Republican, he didn’t realize he would be donating to the Campaign for Primary Accountability (CPA) when he made a deal with Illinois Republican  Aaron Schock to aid fellow Illinois freshman Adam Kinzinger’s re-election bid. Kinzinger faces veteran Republican Don Manzullo, now that the two men find themselves representing the same district following recent congressional redistricting. The CPA is an anti-incumbent Super PAC which has targeted a number of Republicans who are up for re-election in November, leaving many inside the GOP wondering just what the House Majority Leader was up to.

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And what about Schock, who also tossed in $25k? Will his star stop rising now, please?

shortformblog:

  • yeah … Last week, a spare comment Mitt Romney campaign staffer Eric Fehrnstrom comparing his candidate to an Etch A Sketch seemed to catch fire in the media, and the Gingrich and Santorum campaigns treated the gaffe as a major coup. Or was it?
  • … but Despite the comment seemingly being everywhere last week, a Pew study shows that 55 percent of people didn’t even know about the incident. The WaPo’s Chris Cillizza says the poll is evidence of the bubble the political sphere builds around itself. (He’s right.) source

I wonder how many of those Etch-a-Sketch purchases that drove up sales were media outlets buying them to use on air.

Chris Farley, as House Speaker Newt Gingrich, addressing the House Republicans to celebrate 100 days of power on April 5, 1995.

(Source: youtube.com)

"It’s a form of welfare, having the taxpayers take care of somebody, and I’m an ordinary citizen. I should pay for my own protection."

Ron Paul • Speaking on Jay Leno about his lack of need for Secret Service protection. But the thing is, presidents and presidential candidates have been killed before on the campaign trail. This is not an unrealistic concern. Not sure if we agree with Paul on this one. (via shortformblog)

If elected president, I wonder if Paul would attempt to remove the Secret Service’s role as protector for sitting and former presidents and vice presidents, their families and visiting dignitaries.

(via shortformblog)