As we look to 2014, keep this chart in mind for the elections in November.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays, whatever floats your boat.
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Conservatives all around the country now have the green light to push every effort to disenfranchise voters—from curtailing voting hours, to imposing draconian identification requirements, to the dilution of the voting power of communities of color via even more egregious gerrymandering.
Remember, conservatives are on the outs with the changing face of America. Mitt Romney won the white vote by 20 points, 59-39, those white voters were 72 percent of all voters, and Republicans still lost the election. Last year, more white people died than were born, for the first time perhaps ever. And of the 2.4 million new Americans last year, just seven percent were white—and all of those were immigrants (hence, our whites, not theirs).
So what’s left? Keep those brown, black, young, and Asian people from voting. Make it impossible for college students to cast ballots on campus. Limit the number of voting machines in urban precincts so Democratic base groups have to wait hours in line to vote (many will abandon their effort), while ensuring there are plenty of machines available in suburban Republican precincts. Keep felons off the voting rolls, even after they’ve paid their debt to society. Create voter ID laws so restrictive, that even drivers licenses aren’t good enough to vote.
In 2012, voter disenfranchisement efforts backfired on the GOP, as African Americans voted in record numbers—outpacing white turnout rates. But Republicans don’t have any other answers, so the partisan Supreme Court gave them a hefty assist. None of the five judges on the majority want a Democratic president naming their replacement. This is it, their final play for any semblance of long-term viability. If this fails, they, as a party, have failed.
Things are going to be ugly over the next few years, as the GOP’s war on voting gets amped to whole new levels. We on the left must remain vigilant, educate our voters about these efforts, make sure those disenfranchisement efforts continue to backfire.
[stop hitting yourself]
A defiant Congressional Progressive Caucus is pushing back against attempts to cut Social Security benefits.
Be a citizen signer of the Progressive Caucus statement:
Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are standing up against a proposal to cut Social Security benefits…members of the CPC will not vote for a deal that cuts the benefits that millions of Americans rely on.
Republicans are splintered, so Democrats will be needed for any deal. We’ll make sure House Democrats see the growing support for this statement so they know the public is rooting for them to fight a bad deal.
Tonight, there is confirmation that Charlie Crist, the former Republican Florida Governor and loser to Marco Rubio (R) in the 2010 GOP Primary as a GOPer and the General Election, once again to Rubio and Kendrick Meek (D), as an Independent, has officially switched his party registration to the Democratic Party from Independent.
Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has officially joined the Democratic Party, he announced on Friday evening.
The change became official at a White House Christmas reception, the Tampa Bay Times reports, where “President Obama greeted the news with a fist bump.”
Crist — Florida’s former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname “Chain Gang Charlie” and used to describe himself variously as a “Ronald Reagan Republican” and a “Jeb Bush Republican” — on Friday evening signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat.
The widely expected move positions Crist, 56, for another highly anticipated step: announcing his candidacy for governor, taking on Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and an untold number of Democrats who would challenge him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Crist has been registered with no party affiliation since the spring of 2010, when his Republican candidacy for U.S. Senate was fizzling against Republican upstart Marco Rubio. Since losing that race, he has been steadily inching toward the Democratic Party, first when his wife, Carole, switched her affiliation to Democrat and later when he threw himself into Obama’s re-election campaign, earning a prominent speaking slot during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
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Katy performing at a campaign rally for President Barack Obama - 11.03.2012
She’s a smoking hot Democrat.
The common viewpoint is that Republicans are good for business, which is good for the economy. Republican policies – and the more Adam Smith, invisible hand, limited regulation, laissez faire the better – are expected to create a robust, healthy, growing economy. Meanwhile, the common view of Democrat policies is that they too heavily favor regulation and higher taxes which are economy killers.
Well, for those who feel this way it may be time to review the last 80 years of economic history, Bob Deitrick and Lew Godlfarb have done it in a great, easy to read book; “Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box” (available at Amazon.com) Their heavily researched, and footnoted, text brings forth some serious inconsistency between the common viewpoint of America’s dominant parties, and the reality of how America has performed since the start of the Great Depression.
Gotta have this cake at least once in my lifetime.
Aside from getting tons of money from out of state corporate interests, Walker is on record with the single biggest donor to his campaign admitting that his union busting policies were never about “fiscal responsiblity” as he claimed to the voters. He admitted that it’s about “Divide and Conquer.” Then he lied to congress about it.
From the transcript:
» any chance we’ll get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right to work? what can we do to help you?
» we’re going to start in a couple of weeks with our budget adjustment. the first step is deal with collective bargaining for all public employees. use divide and conquer.
» it’s a look inside the governor’s head and agenda less than one month before he staged an all out assault. at the time he lied about his reasons for gutting the public sector. his biggest lie happened during congressional testimony in april of 2011.
» have you ever had a conversation with respect to your actions in wisconsin in using them to punish members of the opposition party and their donor base?
» you’ve never had such a conversation?
» let’s go back and take another look at what the he told billionaire donor three months earlier.
» the first step is we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employees. use divide and conquer.
One would think the DNC would want to run with this tell all video of Walker’s confession to a fellow corporatist.
One would think the DNC would recognize the importance of the recall election, to the people of Wisconsin who have been through corporatist hell, thanks to Walker and his puppet masters, the Koch Brothers.
Let’s encourage the DNC to get off its ass and help Tom Barrett.
Moveon.org has a petition going calling on the DNC to:
invest now in the crucial fight to remove Scott Walker from office in Wisconsin–the people have worked hard and it’s time to help.
Sign it! Share it! Tweet it!
The reality is, the GOP is in it to win it and they are putting their money where their corporate speech is.
It’s time for the DNC to stand up for the people of Wisconsin!
I believe in the importance of a diverse party that does not demand absolute obedience or strict adherence to a rigid ideology. But the Democratic Party has reached the point where it is sabotaging itself, and it’s time to jettison those who are dragging the party down. One example is Democratic…
Mark Penn offers Obama some horrible advice
“Democratic” strategist Mark Penn thinks Barack Obama is making a big mistake in finally advocating for progressive policies. The way to win in 2012, Penn says, is to become indistinguishable from the Republicans:
Barack Obama is careening down the wrong path towards re-election.
He should be working as a president, not a candidate.
He should be claiming the vital center, not abandoning it.
He should be holding down taxes rather than raising them.
This is the sort of thinking that has decimated the Democratic Party. Penn — a strategist who’s supposed to help Democrats win elections — has swallowed GOP propaganda hook, line, and sinker, and thinks we should surrender instead of fighting back. He and others like him need to be excised from Democratic campaigns before the party can start winning again.
Onyango Obama, an uncle of President Obama, was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving in Framingham, Mass. and is now being held on an immigration detainer, authorities confirmed Monday to multiple media outlets.
Obama, who is the half-brother of the president’s late father, was arrested Aug. 24 after failing to completely stop at a stop sign and nearly causing a “cruiser to strike his sport utility vehicle.” When police administered several sobriety tests, he allegedly failed them, according to reports.
And as he was being booked, guess who he wanted to call?
“I think I will call the White House,” he stated, according to a police report.
I’ve been arguing for some time that Democrats shouldn’t be afraid to stand up for their ideals. In particular, I’ve written that taxes can be a political winner that Democrats shouldn’t shy away from. A recent Washington Post article indicates that Democrats may finally be embracing the…