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2013-04-27 03:16:15 PM  
In those two Mideast swing states, the GOP hopes to make a play for seats left open by the retirement of veteran Democrats.

We're campaigning in the Middle East now?
 
2013-04-27 03:20:14 PM  

Mentat: In those two Mideast swing states, the GOP hopes to make a play for seats left open by the retirement of veteran Democrats.

We're campaigning in the Middle East now?

Well, the Tea Party is looking for more like-minded people.
 
2013-04-27 03:24:49 PM  
This is a repeat from '10 and '12 elections
 
2013-04-27 03:28:24 PM  
I wonder who the GOP will scrape up this time?
 
2013-04-27 03:29:42 PM  
And if Grandma had a dick, she'd be Grandpa.
 
2013-04-27 03:43:16 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: This is a repeat from '10 and '12 elections


This.  The same thing's gonna happen: it will look like the Republicans have a chance to retake the Senate, then credible candidates get primaried by batshiat crazy teabaggers who won't stop talking about rape.
 
2013-04-27 04:44:43 PM  
Here's my prediction - the GOP retakes the Senate and the Dems don't use the filibuster routinely.
 
2013-04-27 04:55:33 PM  
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2013-04-27 05:13:57 PM  
They just have to bring up rape alot more. People love rape.
 
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2013-04-27 05:19:34 PM  
Well, there's a bunch of Democrats who could probably run as Republicans...
 
2013-04-27 05:20:38 PM  
Teabagger fever hasn't passed yet.  Prepare for more terrible GOPers getting elected to do terrible things, and then blaming Obama for the result.
 
2013-04-27 05:20:41 PM  
...recruitment challenges

Translation, despite the fact that the party out of power usually picks up seats in the House during the sixth year of an 8 year presidency and despite the number of long time Dems stepping down within that cycle the GOP have so damaged their brand by this point that finding willing candidates to run in 2014 has become an unenviable task.

TL,DR?

[nelsonmuntz]
 
2013-04-27 05:24:08 PM  
Absolutely. They can get a supermajority at the very ....

"Macaca!"
"Legitimate rape!"
"Homosex!"
"Secret Kenyan!"
"I'm not a witch"

Never mind.
 
2013-04-27 05:26:05 PM  
They need to ramp up the eliminationist rhetoric.  That's what most people want to hear.
 
2013-04-27 05:36:35 PM  
The Republicans will grow more and more marginalized unless they get it through their thick skulls that women, gays, non-whites and believers in science are voters to be courted, not threats to campaign against.
 
2013-04-27 05:37:46 PM  
FTFA: Changing the balance of power in the Senate would put a major crimp on Obama's efforts to enact his agenda and shape his legacy in the final two years of his presidency

I hate to break it to the writer but not having 60 seats in the Senate and the House being gerrymandered into a GOP/Tea Party majority has already put a crimp on his agenda.
 
2013-04-27 05:43:56 PM  
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This guy has a legitimate shot at the senate...
 
2013-04-27 05:45:17 PM  
The fundamental problem with the Republican party is that they think they can change the music by playing musical chairs. It is sobering to think that the last time the Republicans elected a president who wasn't named Bush was almost 30 years ago, in 1984. They must learn that they cannot get past an out-of-tune message by offering the same old white-man face on a platter to the electorate. It doesn't work that way any more.
 
2013-04-27 05:47:30 PM  

worlddan: The fundamental problem with the Republican party is that they think they can change the music by playing musical chairs. It is sobering to think that the last time the Republicans elected a president who wasn't named Bush was almost 30 years ago, in 1984. They must learn that they cannot get past an out-of-tune message by offering the same old white-man face on a platter to the electorate. It doesn't work that way any more.


And try as they might, demographics are changing.  The south is getting less white and old people are dying off.  Yes there are some ignorant middle agers to replace them, but overall the US is becoming less ultraconservative as time goes on.  Unless they start changing policies the other stuff they do so well isn't going to be enough.
 
2013-04-27 05:49:13 PM  

maddogdelta: [toddakin.jpg]

This guy has a legitimate shot at the senate...


Nope, it was pretty convincingly shown last time that the electoral process has ways of shutting that down.
 
2013-04-27 05:51:05 PM  

Mercutio74: worlddan: The fundamental problem with the Republican party is that they think they can change the music by playing musical chairs. It is sobering to think that the last time the Republicans elected a president who wasn't named Bush was almost 30 years ago, in 1984. They must learn that they cannot get past an out-of-tune message by offering the same old white-man face on a platter to the electorate. It doesn't work that way any more.

And try as they might, demographics are changing.  The south is getting less white and old people are dying off.  Yes there are some ignorant middle agers to replace them, but overall the US is becoming less ultraconservative as time goes on.  Unless they start changing policies the other stuff they do so well isn't going to be enough.


The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.
 
2013-04-27 05:51:18 PM  
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Meanwhile, an the GOP campaign headquarters...
 
2013-04-27 05:54:55 PM  

globalwarmingpraiser: The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.


The other problem is that none of the GOP policies would ever get the US's fiscal house in order.  Austerity during a fragile economic time is always a bad idea.
 
2013-04-27 06:01:32 PM  

Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.

The other problem is that none of the GOP policies would ever get the US's fiscal house in order.  Austerity during a fragile economic time is always a bad idea.


I was talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.
 
2013-04-27 06:04:53 PM  

globalwarmingpraiser: as talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.


Heh.  That's actually...  hmmm...  that's not too damn bad.  I wonder how much the US would raise if you could submit extra money at tax time specifically to pay down debt.  It would actually make the patriotism of many Americans work for the benefit of the country.
 
2013-04-27 06:05:24 PM  

Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.

The other problem is that none of the GOP policies would ever get the US's fiscal house in order.  Austerity during a fragile economic time is always a bad idea.


And any fix to that requires compromise with the Dems, which is anathema.
 
2013-04-27 06:08:01 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: This is a repeat from '10 and '12 elections every election since the last Bush one until the GOP dies


FTFY.

/We'll see this again. And again. And again.
//The problem's not 'if ONLY they had good people they could win!' it's that they don't have those people in the first place.
 
2013-04-27 06:08:18 PM  

globalwarmingpraiser: Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.

The other problem is that none of the GOP policies would ever get the US's fiscal house in order.  Austerity during a fragile economic time is always a bad idea.

I was talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.


....another person who doesnt understand how debt is supposed to work

/hint: return on investment.
 
2013-04-27 06:09:28 PM  

Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: as talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.

Heh.  That's actually...  hmmm...  that's not too damn bad.  I wonder how much the US would raise if you could submit extra money at tax time specifically to pay down debt.  It would actually make the patriotism of many Americans work for the benefit of the country.


I would do that if they would earmark the funds toward the actual debt. I would also like there to be a major cut in military expenditures.
 
2013-04-27 06:09:28 PM  

Mercutio74: And try as they might, demographics are changing.  The south is getting less white and old people are dying off.  Yes there are some ignorant middle agers to replace them, but overall the US is becoming less ultraconservative as time goes on.  Unless they start changing policies the other stuff they do so well isn't going to be enough.


Still, it's surprising how strong foxnews group-think is in the midwest and south once you get out in the trenches. Yes, the older "I got mine" folks are dying off, but there are tons of younger people who don't necessarily follow the news or politics, but constantly hear from all of their relatives and friends that Obama is out to destroy the US and planet earth. To admit they might be might be democrat in their communities is akin to saying they are pro-terrorism. I think the decline of republican derp in the next decade is greatly exaggerated.
 
2013-04-27 06:12:11 PM  
Decent people will never be allowed to run in the republican party. Only puppy-kickers and wannabe serial rapists qualify.
 
2013-04-27 06:12:19 PM  

LookForTheArrow: globalwarmingpraiser: Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.

The other problem is that none of the GOP policies would ever get the US's fiscal house in order.  Austerity during a fragile economic time is always a bad idea.

I was talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.

....another person who doesnt understand how debt is supposed to work

/hint: return on investment.


I understand on  how it is supposed to work. It doesn't work that way. Some companies get breaks and they get lucrative contracts. It is called capitalism but really is nothing more that Fascist economics combined with cronyism. But yeah I know how it is supposed to work.
 
2013-04-27 06:21:16 PM  
'Decent candidates'...'GOP'

I think I found the problem.
 
2013-04-27 06:22:08 PM  

Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: as talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.

Heh.  That's actually...  hmmm...  that's not too damn bad.  I wonder how much the US would raise if you could submit extra money at tax time specifically to pay down debt.  It would actually make the patriotism of many Americans work for the benefit of the country.


Congressman: Mr. Speaker:I would like to submit HR 1234; a bill which would add a 1% increase to every Americans taxes, earmarked specifically to pay down the national debt.
I would also like to submit HR 1235; a bill which recognizing that the national debt has been lowered, would decrease taxes by 2% since the government no longer needs as much money

Boehner: Any seconds for HR 1234?  Seeing none, that proposal is tabled.  HR1235 is immediately deemed passed.  Someone write up an attack ad asking why the Senate refuses to lower taxes despite the fact that the national debt has been lowered.
 
2013-04-27 06:23:09 PM  

Karac: Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: as talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.

Heh.  That's actually...  hmmm...  that's not too damn bad.  I wonder how much the US would raise if you could submit extra money at tax time specifically to pay down debt.  It would actually make the patriotism of many Americans work for the benefit of the country.

Congressman: Mr. Speaker:I would like to submit HR 1234; a bill which would add a 1% increase to every Americans taxes, earmarked specifically to pay down the national debt.
I would also like to submit HR 1235; a bill which recognizing that the national debt has been lowered, would decrease taxes by 2% since the government no longer needs as much money

Boehner: Any seconds for HR 1234?  Seeing none, that proposal is tabled.  HR1235 is immediately deemed passed.  Someone write up an attack ad asking why the Senate refuses to lower taxes despite the fact that the national debt has been lowered.


Probably true.
 
2013-04-27 06:39:15 PM  

globalwarmingpraiser: Karac: Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: as talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.

Heh.  That's actually...  hmmm...  that's not too damn bad.  I wonder how much the US would raise if you could submit extra money at tax time specifically to pay down debt.  It would actually make the patriotism of many Americans work for the benefit of the country.

Congressman: Mr. Speaker:I would like to submit HR 1234; a bill which would add a 1% increase to every Americans taxes, earmarked specifically to pay down the national debt.
I would also like to submit HR 1235; a bill which recognizing that the national debt has been lowered, would decrease taxes by 2% since the government no longer needs as much money

Boehner: Any seconds for HR 1234?  Seeing none, that proposal is tabled.  HR1235 is immediately deemed passed.  Someone write up an attack ad asking why the Senate refuses to lower taxes despite the fact that the national debt has been lowered.

Probably true.


Probably?  It's almost exactly what the South Carolina legislature did with education funding.  Increased it with one bill setting up a state lottery, and immediately followed that with another bill cutting it by the expected profits from that lottery.  Of course, they also grossly overestimated the proceeds, leading to a net loss of education funding.
 
2013-04-27 06:47:05 PM  
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would you, would you run for office as a republican?
 
2013-04-27 06:53:15 PM  
The republicans should've been able to do it in 2012, and they ended up losing a seat!

They'll regain Alaska but that's the only real given.
 
2013-04-27 07:02:46 PM  
the Republicans have done nothing but stall as a minority, so make them a majority you retard libs
 
2013-04-27 07:14:43 PM  
What have Republicans done to deserve a majority?

Democrats don't deserve it either, but at least they have an agenda that they can openly discuss.  Republicans are still relying on sleight-of-hand to let them sneak in another round of tax cuts, wars, and deregulation.
 
2013-04-27 07:21:17 PM  

eggrolls: 'Decent candidates'...'GOP'

I think I found the problem.


The main problem with the GOP is that they are primarily fielding three types of candidates:

1. bat-shiat crazy theocrats
2. authoritarian warmongers
3. a bastardized hybrid of 1 and 2

Anyone that's half sane and would make a good Republican candidate (like that former mid western governor whose name I can't remember) doesn't stand a chance. That's also the reason that I walked out on the party 11 years ago and registered Democrat (though I had never actually voted for an (R) for president). I hope that the GOP crashes and burns and then gets replaced soon because they've moved so far to the right that the Democrats are fielding candidates that are to the RIGHT of Reagan in some places (and STILL being called 'too liberal'!! *head asplode*).
 
2013-04-27 07:22:35 PM  

globalwarmingpraiser: Mercutio74: worlddan: The fundamental problem with the Republican party is that they think they can change the music by playing musical chairs. It is sobering to think that the last time the Republicans elected a president who wasn't named Bush was almost 30 years ago, in 1984. They must learn that they cannot get past an out-of-tune message by offering the same old white-man face on a platter to the electorate. It doesn't work that way any more.

And try as they might, demographics are changing.  The south is getting less white and old people are dying off.  Yes there are some ignorant middle agers to replace them, but overall the US is becoming less ultraconservative as time goes on.  Unless they start changing policies the other stuff they do so well isn't going to be enough.

The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.


Not to mention that they have only ever paid lip service to those aims. Republicans routinely massively increase the deficit and debt (as a percentage of GDP) and involve government in the parts of people's lives that should be the most private. Fark them. Liars, kleptocrats and assholes, one and all. Die, farkers.
 
2013-04-27 07:36:28 PM  
The GOP in 2014:

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2013-04-27 07:36:46 PM  
So, in other words, no chance at all?
 
2013-04-27 07:38:39 PM  

globalwarmingpraiser: The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.


I see it's another day that ends in "Y" rhetoric > reality day.
 
2013-04-27 07:38:45 PM  

Herman Borrach: Not to mention that they have only ever paid lip service to those aims.


It has been funny to see anti-government Republicans in the South go nuts over the Obama administration's talk of privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority. "Private business can do everything better than government... well, except in this case in our backyard. But EVERYTHING else in other parts of the country, the government is terrible and should allow private industry to run everything."
 
2013-04-27 07:41:57 PM  

Herman Borrach: globalwarmingpraiser: Mercutio74: worlddan: The fundamental problem with the Republican party is that they think they can change the music by playing musical chairs. It is sobering to think that the last time the Republicans elected a president who wasn't named Bush was almost 30 years ago, in 1984. They must learn that they cannot get past an out-of-tune message by offering the same old white-man face on a platter to the electorate. It doesn't work that way any more.

And try as they might, demographics are changing.  The south is getting less white and old people are dying off.  Yes there are some ignorant middle agers to replace them, but overall the US is becoming less ultraconservative as time goes on.  Unless they start changing policies the other stuff they do so well isn't going to be enough.

The funny thing is getting our fiscal house in order and less government involvement in peoples lives would play well. But the current Republican party is more concerned with who you fark.

Not to mention that they have only ever paid lip service to those aims. Republicans routinely massively increase the deficit and debt (as a percentage of GDP) and involve government in the parts of people's lives that should be the most private. Fark them. Liars, kleptocrats and assholes, one and all. Die, farkers.


Nonsense!  Tax cuts will magically lead to drastic increases in GPD and prosperity that will be equally shared amongst all citizens, which will mean more tax revenue even at the lower rates.  It will totally happen.   Just give it a few more decades.  You'll see.
 
2013-04-27 07:43:02 PM  

Mercutio74: globalwarmingpraiser: as talking overall message. Message seems to trump policies anymore. Hell I am a Libertarian and would gladly pay a tax if it was earmarked for paying down the national debt.

Heh.  That's actually...  hmmm...  that's not too damn bad.  I wonder how much the US would raise if you could submit extra money at tax time specifically to pay down debt.  It would actually make the patriotism of many Americans work for the benefit of the country.


Hmm. I wonder how much Exxon will be ponying up? Oh, shiat. Sorry, you said patriotism.
 
2013-04-27 08:01:06 PM  

LookForTheArrow: ....another person who doesnt understand how debt is supposed to work

/hint: return on investment.


Yet here we sit, watching our chance to borrow $1-2 trillion at record low interests rates and invest that in infrastructure with a very high return on investment.

I stare and weep.
 
2013-04-27 08:14:00 PM  
No, they really don't subby.
 
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