Hillary vs. Anyone in 2016

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The presidential election is four years away but it’s hard to not get a little excited when you read of numbers like this from the PPP.

Add Georgia to the list of states where Democrats might be competitive in 2016 with Hillary Clinton as their nominee. She has a 49/44 favorability rating in the state and would lead Marco Rubio (49/46) and Paul Ryan (50/45) in hypothetical match ups. She would lead by an even wider margin against Newt Gingrich (51/44).

We have now found Clinton competitive in polls in Alaska, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas.

The Republican brand is so tarnished right now that anyone Dems put up in 2016 would probably be favored to win. That’s true even if the right’s current golden boy (a little less so after his disappointing SOTU response speech), Marco Rubio, runs. The latest Bloomberg poll has the Republican favorability numbers at 35 percent. In comparison, Obama is at 55 percent. Ouch.

But having Hillary run in 2016 would just about cement the deal. It does not appear that Republicans are about to let up on their senseless attacks on women’s rights and minorities. As well, the Tea Party is dead set on getting a few more radical conservatives like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock to run. Nothing says “We’re the Stupid Party and proud of it!” better than having a couple of neanderthals like Akin and Mourdock representing your side.

The icing on the cake would be Republican’s reincarnation of Joe McCarthy, Ted Cruz, deciding that he was ready for the White House and run in 2016. I’d pay money to see that grandstanding, snarky bully going down in flames in a presidential election.

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Dirty Business in Florida

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Anyone following the transgressions in Florida over the last few years already knew this to be true. Now there’s no doubt.

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

It’s always been about voter suppression in Florida as it’s been in other Republican controlled states where new voting legislation was aimed at dissuading minorities from voting. Tampering with one’s constitutional right to vote is serious stuff but don’t count on the Benghazi-crazed conservative media to be talking about it much. It’s time for Eric Holder and the Justice department to get involved in a serious way.

Florida needs to clean up its act and there would be no better way to start than to boot out the sociopath they elected as governor two years ago. Did anyone seriously believe that putting a Medicare fraudster like Rick Scott in the governor’s mansion would have brought on anything other than disaster for Floridians?

Rick Scott, the poster boy for everything that is wrong with the Republican party, is up for reelection in 2014 and voting him out of office would go a long a way in sending a clear message to the GOP that enough is enough.

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Purple America

You’ve all seen this map. Boring and not really representative of what’s going on behind those opaque swatches of red and blue. This is especially true in those large areas of low-density America that give red more weight than it deserves.

But what if the map were redrawn so that the size of each state was proportional to the number of electoral college votes each state holds? Bring on Mark Newman and his cartograms and this is what you get.

Much better. Blue certainly dominates red as the election night electoral vote count indicates. The problem is that the map is still not indicative of the red/blue distribution in each state. Mark dealt with that issue by color coding his map down to the county level to give a truer picture of what a purple America looks like.

Ribbons of blue, red and purple paint a better picture of Democratic and Republican distribution across the country.

Another excellent graphic is this map drawn up by Chris Howard who overlaid population density data on Mark Newman’s maps to show that there is very little solid red or blue anywhere in the country.

For better or worse, it really is a purple America.

(h/t: Will Femia)
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What if Mitt Romney Was Your Dentist?

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Is a trip to the dentist – painful but necessary – analogous to casting your vote for Mitt Romney? One of our conservative readers, Marcus, believes it is.

He writes…

You need to all admit that we’re going bankrupt and if we don’t start doing something NOW about entitlement reform, there won’t be any medicare or social security to support granny in 10 years. We don’t’ have to get rid of it all. We need to REFORM it.

And there is only one guy running for president who is serious about reform. You don’t have to like Romney to understand that we need him to be CEO of this country and get the books in order. Look at it as a trip to the dentist. You don’t have to like it but you know it’s necessary.

Well, that started a little meme going in the Comments.

“My dentist doesn’t slash his fees for his wealthier patients and raise them for everyone else.”

“My dentist doesn’t ask me to lay face down when I get a new filling.”

“My dentist doesn’t ask me to bend over forward and grab my ankles while insisting I wear a blindfold.”

“My dentist doesn’t tell me the plan is to simply fill in the cavity as he grips pliers in his filthy hand…behind his back.”

“My dentist doesn’t put me out, extract ALL of my teeth, and send them to China for a profit.”

“My dentist doesn’t tell his dentist friends that he doesn’t care about me at all.”

“My dentist doesn’t neglect 47% of my teeth because he thinks they aren’t worthy of his attention.”

Marcus shot back with…

“My dentist doesn’t keep replacing fillings in my molar when the tooth is rotten at the root.”

And on it went. See what you can come up with.

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Romney and the Republican Scam

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David Frum‘s two part essay on why Mitt Romney is 100% wrong on the 47% is a must read.

The background to so much of the politics of the past four years is the mood of apocalyptic terror that has gripped so much of the American upper class.

Hucksters of all kinds have battened on this terror. They tell them that free enterprise is under attack; that Obama is a socialist, a Marxist, a fascist, an anti-colonialist. Only by donating to my think tank, buying my book, watching my network, going to my movie, can you – can we – stop him before he seizes everything to give to his base of “bums,” as Charles Murray memorably called them.

And what makes it all both so heart-rending and so outrageous is that all this is occurring at a time when economically disadvantaged Americans have never been so demoralized and passive, never exerted less political clout. No Coxey’s army is marching on Washington, no sit-down strikes are paralyzing factories, no squatters are moving onto farmer’s fields. Occupy Wall Street immediately fizzled, there is no protest party of the political left.

From the greatest crisis of capitalism since the 1930s, the rights and perquisites of wealth have emerged undiminished – and the central issue in this election is whether those rights and perquisites shall be enhanced still more, or whether they should be allowed to slip back to the level that prevailed during the dot.com boom.

Yet even so, the rich and the old are scared witless! Watch the trailer of Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie to glimpse into their mental universe: chanting swarthy mobs, churches and banks under attack, angry black people grabbing at other people’s houses.

It’s all a scam, but it’s a spectacularly effective scam. Mitt Romney tried to make use of the scam, and now instead has fallen victim to it himself.

And these two assessments of the inner Romney are bang on.

Andrew Sullivan.

So there are two possibilities: this is the real Romney, a callous cynic with contempt for half the country, the weaker part; or that Romney is a man so empty of human qualities he even has to fake cynicism.

Matt Taibbi.

I think he really genuinely believes that the only reason that his particular message isn’t resonating is that people want something for free and he’s not offering it to them.

And let’s remember that Romney’s words are simply a reflection of the bigger Republican message. The pain that Republicans are experiencing over the release of the Romney video has nothing to do with what Romney actually said about the 47 percent, as inaccurate as it all was. No, the real pain the right is feeling is having their disdain for the poor and middle class expressed so openly and candidly.

Republicans prefer their true intent on most issues muddied up and camouflaged in layers of BS and lies. So when one of their people gets caught stating the party’s true intent, it’s like kryptonite to them for it’s essential that the little people never know how deep and hard Koch and friends are screwing them.

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