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March 29, 2013

Three Republicans who aren’t helping the party’s rebranding efforts

  • one Alaska Rep. Don Young, who landed himself in hot water yesterday for casually referring to the “wetbacks” his family used to employ. He’s since apologized—twice—calling it a “poor choice of words.”
  • two North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy, who today, without warning or explanation, closed the state’s Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs, prompting an angry response from the local Latin American Coalition.
  • three Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina GOP, who earlier this week told veteran Mike Prysner—now an anti-war activist—that he “should have come home in a body bag” and expressed his hopes that “the enemy splatters his brain JFK-style.”

To the national party’s credit, Young’s remarks were roundly denounced by Republican leaders, and Kincannon has basically been disowned by the state GOP. But every story like this reaffirms the exact stereotypes the party is working so hard to combat right now, and until the party can get its members under control, even a superficial rebranding is likely to be unsuccessful. The larger issue, though, is whether the Republicans’ electoral base actually wants it to change. The early evidence isn’t very promising. source

18:27 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2013
Listen, I don’t think our platform is the issue. I think a lot of times it’s some of these biologically stupid things that people say, you know, that I believe caused a lot of the problems.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus • Diagnosing the problems faced by the Republican Party, which ostensibly played a role in their sound defeat at the voting booth last November, in an interview with Radio Iowa a couple days ago. Piebus’ words (a clear reference to damaging remarks by Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock on rape, among others) could be suggestive of the RNC’s strategic thinking on improving their chances going forward — less emphasis on new policies, perhaps, than on using more tactful rhetoric. source
20:00 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013

Um, this seems a bit early: Today, a Tea Party group started airing negative ads against Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Iowa … like two and a half years before the straw poll and nearly four years before the election. If you want to see rich people turn money into thin air, here you go.

19:34 // 1 year ago
March 4, 2013
msnbc:

“I’ll look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there,” Mitt  Romney said of the ongoing sequestration battles in Washington. “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together; the president leads.”
(Photo credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Buck up, old fella. You’re sounding a little depressed these days. You know, there’s this thing called thought leadership that you could try. That’s what Rush and Palin try to do.

msnbc:

“I’ll look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there,” Mitt  Romney said of the ongoing sequestration battles in Washington. “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together; the president leads.”

(Photo credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Buck up, old fella. You’re sounding a little depressed these days. You know, there’s this thing called thought leadership that you could try. That’s what Rush and Palin try to do.

9:05 // 1 year ago
March 1, 2013

In case you were wondering what Mitt’s been up to since the election, Fox News did an interview with him. here’s a sample, above. ”We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs. But the ride ends,” he told a captive Chris Wallace. “And then you get off. And it’s not like, oh, can’t we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? It’s like, no, the ride’s over.” The full interview hits Sunday.

9:49 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2013
Finally, Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The legislation, dreamed up and championed in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden, died in the House last year when the Republican leadership refused to put it to a vote (it had already passed the Senate). The problem, if you want to put it that way, was that Senate Democrats had modified the legislation to add protections for LGBT women, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. John Boehner and company objected to these additions so strongly that they refused to let the House vote on it, despite indications that it would pass if they did. Today, Boehner relented, and will allow the House to vote on the bill. It’s expected to pass and will likely land on the President’s desk at the end of the week. (Photo: Getty images) source

Finally, Congress will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The legislation, dreamed up and championed in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden, died in the House last year when the Republican leadership refused to put it to a vote (it had already passed the Senate). The problem, if you want to put it that way, was that Senate Democrats had modified the legislation to add protections for LGBT women, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants. John Boehner and company objected to these additions so strongly that they refused to let the House vote on it, despite indications that it would pass if they did. Today, Boehner relented, and will allow the House to vote on the bill. It’s expected to pass and will likely land on the President’s desk at the end of the week. (Photo: Getty images) source

18:02 // 1 year ago
February 26, 2013
We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.
Rep. John Boehner • Leaning on members of the U.S. Senate to work towards a solution to the sequestration cuts currently dominating the discussion on Capitol Hill. With roughly two days to go before approximately $83 billion in automatic cuts are triggered, the Speaker of the House denied President Obama’s claims that the GOP is holding up negotiations, saying the Republican-led chamber of Congress has already passed anti-sequestration twice, and laying blame back at the feet of the President. Unfortunately, for Speaker Boehner, the general public doesn’t seem to agree with that analysis. source
17:00 // 1 year ago
February 18, 2013
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February 8, 2013
Bring it on, Karl baby. Bring it on, doughboy. Bring on your little whiteboard.
Leading conservative Mark Levin on fellow leading conservative Karl Rove. The remark is emblematic of the civil war brewing in the GOP: On the one side are pragmatists like Rove, who believe the Republican Party needs to nominate more moderate candidates in order to win elections; on the other side are idealists like Levin, who would rather see radical right-wingers lose elections than moderate Republicans win ‘em. The Tea Party contingent of the GOP is outraged at Rove’s newly-unveiled Conservative Victory Project, which seeks to intervene in Republican primaries to make sure that would-be Todd Akins don’t wind up with the nomination. source
11:22 // 1 year ago