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November 7, 2013
theatlantic:

What if Rand Paul Were a Woman?

Rand Paul’s acolytes often claim the senator gets marginalized because of his ideas. It’s because he’s a libertarian, they say, that he’s not treated fairly by the media. It’s a hard argument to make. Paul is a staple of the mainest of all mainstream media, the Sunday shows, and widely considered a top-tier presidential contender by middle-of-the-road analysts.
But let’s imagine the junior senator from Kentucky were a woman. Not just any woman—let’s call her Randi—but, for the sake of this argument, a beautiful woman. The “men want to sleep with her, women want to be her” echelon of physical attractiveness. Everything else is identical: self-certified eye doctor, first-term senator, and she got the job with a boost from her father.
Read more. [Image: Gary Cameron/Reuters]


Sick burn, Tina Dupuy.

theatlantic:

What if Rand Paul Were a Woman?

Rand Paul’s acolytes often claim the senator gets marginalized because of his ideas. It’s because he’s a libertarian, they say, that he’s not treated fairly by the media. It’s a hard argument to make. Paul is a staple of the mainest of all mainstream media, the Sunday shows, and widely considered a top-tier presidential contender by middle-of-the-road analysts.

But let’s imagine the junior senator from Kentucky were a woman. Not just any woman—let’s call her Randi—but, for the sake of this argument, a beautiful woman. The “men want to sleep with her, women want to be her” echelon of physical attractiveness. Everything else is identical: self-certified eye doctor, first-term senator, and she got the job with a boost from her father.

Read more. [Image: Gary Cameron/Reuters]

Sick burn, Tina Dupuy.

21:25 // 5 months ago
October 24, 2013
You know that we can hear you, right?
Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi • Speaking, visibly shocked, to Buncombe County, North Carolina GOP party official Don Yelton, who said a number of extremely racist things during an interview with Mandvi about the state’s voter ID law, as well as this shocking admission of the law’s intention: “The law is going to kick the Democrats In the butt.” He was forced to resign today, because, seriously, what the hell?
19:52 // 5 months ago
October 22, 2013

Number of defections from the GOP caused directly by the shutdown: At least one—Texas judge Carlo Key, who plans to run for re-election as a Democrat. Key also cites the party’s social issues.

0:19 // 5 months ago
October 20, 2013
The president’s actions and attitude over the past couple of weeks have certainly poisoned the well and made it harder to work together on any issue.
A GOP leadership aide • Discussing the chances of the party being willing to work with Democrats on anythingincluding immigration, which is what led to this response. While many believe comprehensive immigration reform—which passed the Senate painlessly this summer—could survive in the House, the problem is that it would pass via a bipartisan majority, something which John Boehner has gone out of his way to avoid as speaker.
9:52 // 5 months ago
October 17, 2013

What an official “Tea Party” would change in 2016

pbump:

I did a projection of what a new third, Tea Party could do to the 2016 electoral map.

Nice map, Philip:

image

How to turn a map blue: Kill the RINO once and for all and admit that RINOs were on the far end of the spectrum, not the near.

18:56 // 6 months ago
October 14, 2013
We stand a good chance of defaulting.
U.S. President Obama says on the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations between Democrat and Republican parties. 
18:50 // 6 months ago
October 8, 2013
Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

19:01 // 6 months ago
September 28, 2013
The American people don’t want a government shutdown, and they don’t want Obamacare. We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.
House Republican leaders • Standing their ground on this whole stupidity that’s going to force the government to shut down next week. Pretty sure the American people don’t want conditions on the basic functioning of the government, either.
14:43 // 6 months ago
September 27, 2013
There is no post-Civil War precedent for what the House GOP is doing now.
James Fallows (via theatlantic)

Why do we put up with this? Who does this benefit?

(via theatlantic)

14:17 // 6 months ago
September 22, 2013
This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington. As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace says that Ted Cruz’ own GOP colleagues are trying to throw Cruz under the bus with opposition research—due to Cruz’s push to try to kill the Affordable Care Act.
15:14 // 6 months ago