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How Stupid Does Ted Cruz Think His Supporters Are?

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Pencil in Josh Barrow as another young, smart conservative fighting an uphill battle to save the Republican party from itself. His argument is a simple one: anti-intellectualism is killing the GOP. And in return for stating what is obvious to anyone not living in the bubble, Barrow has been vilified by conservative media as a liberal-loving turncoat. Life in the Tea Party/Ted Cruz era of ignorance tends to do that sort of thing to good people. Especially to conservatives who happen to be gay and willing to speak outside of the Fox News/Hate Radio echo chamber

Barrow on Cruz:

This morning, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) spoke to the Values Voters Summit, and his speech was really weird. It’s like he’s living on another planet.

On Planet Cruz, there is a massive outpouring of public support for a government shutdown over Obamacare and it’s scaring the hell out of Democrats.

Meanwhile, back on planet earth, the public hates the shutdown, Americans are 20 points more likely to blame Republicans for the shutdown than Obama, the Republican Party is scoring its worst poll numbers on record, Cruz’s colleagues in the House and Senate hate him, and they’re preparing to cave to the president by reopening the government and funding Obamacare.

Cruz is betting that his supporters are too stupid to notice that his strategy is failing and was doomed to fail. He’s probably right.

What’s unprecedented about Cruz and similar Tea Party Republicans who make up about a third of the House Republican conference is that the aggrieved localized minority has gone national. Republicans once thought Fox News and the conservative media bubble were strategic advantages that allowed them to coordinate messages and organize voters; instead, they have allowed Republican voters to remain unaware that their favorite politicians are lying to them and alienating the median voter.

Living in a bubble can sustain one for only so long. We might very well be witnessing the death throes of the Republican party as we know it.


The Ted Cruz source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.

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Allan West Finally Gives It Up

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The guy who once said to Democratic leaders…

Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.

…is now history. After dragging out his election loss for two weeks, West finally came to grips with reality…sort of. This is what he wrote on his Facebook page yesterday.

While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.

I’m not sure what made me happier on election night – President Obama’s win or Allen West’s loss. It might very well have been the latter. If there was one Republican who embodied the complete tea-bagging, partisan, obstructionist, narrow-minded idiocy of the last two years, it was West.

And so, to the man who once said that he believed that 78 to 81 members of Democrats in Congress were members of the Communist Party, here is my own little farewell message to Mr. West.

Take your message of ignorance and hate, take your message of economic favoritism for the wealthy, take your message of enslaving the middle class somewhere else. You can take it to Fox, you can take it to talk radio, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, but get the hell out of Congress.


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Ryan, Romney and The Insanely Idiotic Right

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If Paul Ryan is one of the leading intellectuals and “young guns” of the Republican Party, then the GOP is in bigger trouble than anyone imagined. Here’s the brains of the right talking about the President’s ‘horses and bayonets‘ putdown at the third debate.

To compare modern American battleships and Navy with bayonets, I just don’t understand that comparison.

Look, we have to have a strong Navy to keep peace and prosperity and sea lanes open. The president’s— all these defense cuts, if all these defense cuts go through, our Navy will be smaller than it was before World War I. That’s not acceptable. And, yes, the ocean hasn’t shrunk. You still have to have enough ships to have a footprint that you need to keep sea lanes open, to keep our strength abroad where it needs to be.

Damn, these people are clueless. It’s as if the entire GOP has undergone a 30 year long lobotomy and we have now reached the point where there is not a single functioning brain cell left in their little heads.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus addressed the point of a smaller fleet back in April.

We’ve all heard the quote that this is the smallest fleet we’ve had since 1917. But comparing our fleet today to the one in 1917 is like comparing the telegraph to the smart phone. It’s just not comparable. The technology we have today…is astoundingly different from what it was 100 years ago, but also from what it was 20 years ago.

How could that not be crystal clear to everyone? And yet the the right is trying to make the argument that Romney was right on this point and Obama is the fool. Allow me to quote a passage from the Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison.

Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Replace the words ‘Mr. Madison’ with any of these –  ‘Mitt Romney’, ‘Paul Ryan’, ‘Newt Gingrich’, ‘Michele Bachmann’, ‘Rick Santorum’, ‘Rick Perry’, ‘George Bush’, ‘Herman Cain’, ‘Allan West’, ‘Rick Scott’, ‘John Boehner’, ‘Mitch McConnell’, ‘Sarah Palin’, ‘Rand Paul’, ‘Steve King’ or ‘Louis Gohmert’ – and that quote would still be 100 percent accurate. Actually you could use the name of almost every Republican member in Congress, every teabagging moron, 90 percent of the conservative media and that quote is just as accurate.

To think that these people have any political influence at all is a frightening thought. And yes, we all get a little dumber any time we subject ourselves to the insanely idiotic thoughts of any of the fools listed above.


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Phones, Racism and The Tea Party

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There’s political desperation and then there’s political sleaze…this next one serves up both in equal measure.

Unless you consume a lot of conservative media, you might not have seen the “Obama phone” video that led the Drudge Report in September. An Ohio voter, a black woman, thanked the president for giving her a phone. Some quick follow-up reporting revealed the bland truth that this free phone program began decades ago.

At issue here is Lifeline, a government program which provides low cost and free telephones to the poor. The program gives low-income consumers access to emergency services as well as allowing them to stay in touch with family and jobs. “Obama phone”? Nope. It’s actually a ‘Reagan phone’. The program was begun by the former president in 1984, but that bit of information hasn’t stopped a Tea Party group from putting together the following attack ad slated to play in predominately white ridings in Ohio.


Here’s the letter the group sent out soliciting donations.

This is it — this is the October surprise. We just need to get this ad on television today. Will you help us?

This commercial is a microcosm of the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans want to create an environment where free people make their own choices and pursue their dreams. President Obama and the Democrats want to create a dependency on Government that ensures that Americans will continue to rely on Washington from cradle to grave.

If swing voters in this state see this ad, they simply will not support President Obama, and he will lose Ohio.

Lies, desperation and sleaze directed at white folk who are too fucking ignorant to know any better.

Yeah, tell me again how the Tea Party isn’t a racist organization.

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