Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last Call For More GOP Coup-Coup Birds

She looked up furtively and said "I'm not saying that I want anything bad to happen, but why doesn't our military just, you know, do something about That One(tm)?" she asked with a nervous chuckle.

A Missouri Republican official asked why the American military hasn’t launched a coup against President Obama, whom she called a “domestic enemy.” 
Debbie Dunnegan, the Republican recorder of deeds for Jefferson County, 
Missouri,posed the question in a Facebook post last week. The liberal blog Progress Missouri flagged Dunnegan’s post, in which she argued that “the constitution gives [the military] the authority” to take out Obama. 
“I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military … having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of,” Dunnegan wrote. “But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority. What am I missing? Thank you for your bravery and may God keep you safe.” 
Dunnegan denied having any “ill intent” in an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

What are you missing, Debbie?  Working knowledge of basic civics, a conscience that tells you to keep such idiocy to yourself, and any semblance of  morality.

But I'm sure Republicans will want to work with someone they consider to be a "domestic enemy" after the midterms should they retake the Senate. Republicans are perfectly reasonable, you know.

Jesus wept.

Paul Ryan The Anti-Science Goon

Reminder: America will keep voting for climate deniers in the GOP until something happens that personally affects them to the extent that it makes them stop doing that.  Behold, failed vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a "serious policy wonk" who also happens to be a clueless lump on climate change.

The planet has faced climate change forever and humans' pollution might not be to blame, Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Monday during a debate against his Democratic challenger. 
Ryan, favored to win re-election to his seat representing GOP-leaning southern Wisconsin, faced off against businessman Rob Zerban for an hourlong forum that touched on world events, domestic politics and the economy. One of the sharpest differences came when the moderator asked each candidate if he thought human activity is to blame for changes to the planet's climate. 
"I don't know the answer to that question," Ryan said. "I don't think science does, either." 
Ryan also said efforts to combat climate change are costly and unproven, a popular position among the Republican base he will need should he seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016.

Actually, an overwhelming majority of scientists do know that man is contributing to global warming and that most of the pollution is coming from sources related to the energy industry.  You know, the same industry which has bought the GOP and clowns like Paul Ryan, and is busy sowing discord and misinformation like their business model depends on it.

Because it does.  But the people of Wisconsin will keep electing Paul Ryan to office until something stops them.

A Must-Win Situation For The GOP

Professional political polling prognosticator and pundit Stu Rothenberg posits that if the GOP somehow manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2014 and doesn't retake the Senate, the big money donors are going to walk away from the party.

As one Republican strategist admitted to me recently, if his party fails to take back the Senate next month it will only lead observers to conclude Democratic campaign operatives are far superior to the GOP’s, and Republicans don’t have a chance of winning the White House in 2016. 
It isn’t hard to imagine what that would do to the party leading up to the 2016 presidential contest. 
Current conditions are so favorable for the GOP — including the president’s poor poll numbers, the states with Senate races, the lower turnout of Democratic groups in midterm elections, the quality of this cycle’s Republican Senate recruits and the daily dose of negative news that should help the party not holding the White House — that Republican Senate gains of fewer than six seats would be a punch to the party’s solar plexus. 
If Republicans don’t net those six Senate seats this cycle, they are going to find themselves trying to explain to disgruntled, disappointed donors and voters why and how they will do better in a more difficult political environment. 
And they are not likely to have a very good answer.

Rothenberg has a point.  The Sheldon Adelsons and the Koch Brothers and other billionaire donors paid for their GOP politicians fair and square according to SCOTUS's Citizens United decision, and they paid good money to be on the winning team.  Failing to grab the Senate in 2014 would mark the fourth election in the last five that the GOP has found a way to botch things, after getting crushed in Dubya's second midterms in 2006 and losing to Obama in 2008 and 2012.

When you're throwing that kind of money around, you don't play to lose.  They're not going to get involved unless the GOP can show it can win and turn those wins into permanent control of the government.  Taking the Senate will remove one more barrier, all they would need then is the White House in 2016, and the game ends for America.

But a roadblock in 2014 would trip them up for at least another four years.

Three weeks to go to election day.  Are you ready?


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