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.

Grandma lockdown underway at BofA in Charlotte

rainforestactionnetwork:

BREAKING: Grandmother Pat Moore and others are currently risking arrest at 4 different Bank of America branches in the Charlotte area. Their urgent message: Bank of America must STOP funding coal. 

Stand with Pat and CALL Bank of America to let them know you want them to stop funding coal!: http://ran.org/boa_stopfundingcoal

Stop funding companies that poison our planet for profit, Bank of America.

Not Obama’s #1 fan, but at least he comes across as a solid dude

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mocolatte31:

callmekitto:

gawkercom:

President Obama comforts a woman in New Jersey whose marina was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

As the Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Yang put it, “If enough people see it, this is the photo that singlehandedly re-elects Barack Obama.”

[Twitter via AP]

Look, I don’t think Obama’s a perfect president. But as a dude? I think he’s pretty fuckin’ awesome. And I’d rather have a theoretically so-so president in office with a good heart than a devil I don’t know who literally doesn’t give a shit about my rights.

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this will be my first, and last political post on here.
 but that dudes comment above mine is spot on.

ditto

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.

End the climate silence

rainforestactionnetwork:

Anyone who wants to hold the highest office in the land has to have the courage to address the biggest environmental issue of our time.

Image via Forecast the Facts on Facebook:

The candidates in last night’s debate praised coal, oil, and natural gas while ignoring climate pollution. Speak out to break the Climate Silence: ClimateSilence.org/

Rainforest Action Network: TransCanada Ordered Texas Police To Use Brutal Tactics Against Peaceful Protesters

Link: Rainforest Action Network: TransCanada Ordered Texas Police To Use Brutal Tactics Against Peaceful Protesters

rainforestactionnetwork:

Yesterday, we learned that Texas police applied sustained chokeholds, violent arm-twisting, pepper spray, and multiple uses of tasers to move two peaceful protesters—all at the behest of TransCanada employees.

For brutality of this scale, a simple email to the CEO just wont cut it. Please…