Behold the Blue Wall

UntitledWas just ranting about this this morning, and now here is a conservative columnist who calls himself “GOPlifer” and writes for the Houston Chronicle saying the same thing: despite taking the Senate, Republicans are not in good shape and have no legitimate claim to any kind of mandate from the American people. Voter suppression is not a winning strategy in the long-term. No Republican will be occupying the White House any time soon. They’re a wingnut party and their prospects are dim and growing dimmer.

I want to see the modern Republican party buried, but I also want a sane, rational Republican party to reemerge with actual will and intent to govern this nation, because we desperately need a true foil to the Democrats if any progress is to be made by our horrendous two-party system.

You should go read the whole thing, but here’s the money shot:

The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.

Matt Taibbi gets it right, as usual

Matt Taibbi on why Biden was right to laugh in Lyin’ Ryan’s face at the debate last night:

The Romney/Ryan platform makes sense, and is not laughable, in only one context: if you’re a multi-millionaire and you recognize that this is the only way to sell your agenda to mass audiences. But if you’re not one of those rooting gazillionaires, you should laugh, you should roll your eyes, and it doesn’t matter if you’re the Vice President or an ABC reporter or a toll operator. You should laugh, because this stuff is a joke, and we shouldn’t take it seriously.

Elizabeth Warren kicks Scott Brown’s ass

Elizabeth Warren, not only taking Scott Brown to task but the entire Republican Party. Bravo.

I want to be blunt: We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work, and access to birth control, in 2012. These issues were resolved years ago — until the Republicans brought them back.


The police cannot police the police. Every police action should be reviewable by NON police civilians. Every police officer should wear a video recorder that records every single second of their shift. No recording, no arrest are valid. If a recording conveniently is erased or missing during an assault of civilians (pepper spraying, shooting dogs or just kicking down doors and beating on helpless people), this should be a strong indicator of police misconduct.

It’s time to hold the police responsible. It’s time to completely remove any type of immunity when an officer closes a line. When your punching someone with handcuffs on – your immunity is completely revoked.

it’s time that lawsuit awards come out of the police pension funds or the personal funds of the officer. Maybe if the offending officer’s personal retirement was at risk he wouldn’t be so quick to act like a bully. Right now many of the judgments won in court just come out of the taxpayer budgets.

It’s time that police be held to the HIGHEST standard. If you are going to enforce the law, you dam well better follow it yourself.

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This question answers itself

If we had 51 percent of women in Congress, do you think we’d be debating contraception?!

US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, on the problem with just the gender gap in Congress #DNC2012 (via election)

For those who don’t know, there are only seventeen female members in the United States’ hundred-member senate.
This is from her interview on The Daily Show. If you have twelve minutes, I totally recommend watching the full interview here. She has a view that we don’t often hear and talks about some incredibly important issues.


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Tom Morello totally punks Paul Ryan

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night. So, when they look themselves in the mirror, they convince themselves that “Those people are undeserving. They’re … lesser.” Some of these guys on the extreme right are more cynical than Paul Ryan, but he seems to really believe in this stuff. This unbridled rage against those who have the least is a cornerstone of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Tom Morello, on noted asshat Paul Ryan citing Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands

Prosecute the crooks on Wall St.

Couldn’t agree more with Katrina Vanden Heuvel: “Time for ‘Banksters’ to be prosecuted”:

We are five years since Wall Street’s excesses blew up the global economy, and the scandals just keep coming. Each scandal reinforces the need for tough regulation and tough enforcement. Each scandal proves over again the importance of breaking up the big banks. Each scandal raises the question of personal responsibility. How come borrowers are prosecuted for defrauding their banks, but bankers seem never to be prosecuted for defrauding their customers?

Ralph Nader: ‘Cowering’ Democrats face defeat

If the Democrats in Congress were all drinking water from the same faucet, there might be a clue to their chronic fear of the craven and cruel corporatist Republicans who dominate them. But they don’t, so we have to ask why their fear, defeatism, and cowering behavior continues in the face of the outrageous GOP actions as the November election approaches.

The Democrats should be landsliding the worst Republican Party in history. Instead, Democrats let Boehner and Cantor peddle their unrebutted torrents of falsehoods to the voters in their districts.

Democrats are tortured daily by Republican leaders. Who’s fooling whom? The coming days await a new and open jolting push by prominent outside Democrats who fervently want to wrench their party back from the abyss, from its own self-imposed sense of dread before a devastating, self-inflicted November defeat.