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What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby pjbogart » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:45 pm

snoqueen wrote:Side question: Why do all these Republican politicians look the same, with a long face, big square jaw, full head of hair, etc? Romney, Brown, Hovde, Ryan... (fill it in and give me ten more, no problem)


From an evolutionary standpoint, a large square jaw is a sign of strength. Back when we were spear-chucking neanderthals, the proper way to settle an argument was to punch your opponent in the face. This tradition still lives on ESPN, in certain Olympic events and on State Street after midnight. A man with a large square jaw is not a good candidate for face-punching because you're likely to break your fingers so you're forced to go to plan B: nut-kicking. This is why most men who crave power have large jaws and tiny nuts.
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby ilikebeans » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:53 am

Back in July, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal* refused to accept expanded Medicaid funding as part of Obama's health care initiative, releasing the statement:

Federal money isn't free, it's taking money away from our children and grandchildren.

Now, of course, we have yet another hurricane battering his state. His stance now?

Jindal, a Republican, in a letter late Monday to the Obama administration said that the declaration fell short of the help he was requesting.

“We appreciate your response to our request and your approval,” Jindal wrote. “However, the state’s original request for federal assistance …. included a request for reimbursement for all emergency protective measures. The federal declaration of emergency only provides for direct federal assistance.”

*Remember him? Was going to be the next bright GOP star?
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:20 pm

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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:17 pm

This was already posted on the Todd Akin thread, but great hoppin' horny toads does it ever need to be listed here.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s website had quoted Rove as telling GOP donors in Florida: “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

He has since apologized to Akin.
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:27 pm

From ilikebeans's link above: "A Rove spokesman didn’t return messages Friday from the AP."

Why the fuck does Rove have a spokesman? He's not a politician. He's not a business leader. He's nothing, really, near as I can tell. (Anyone know if he's actually employed these days? My guess is he just freelances and accepts speaking engagements, but I really don't know.)

He IS a mouthpiece. So why does he need one?
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby DCB » Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:30 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:From ilikebeans's link above: "A Rove spokesman didn’t return messages Friday from the AP."

Why the fuck does Rove have a spokesman? He's not a politician. He's not a business leader. He's nothing, really, near as I can tell. (Anyone know if he's actually employed these days? My guess is he just freelances and accepts speaking engagements, but I really don't know.)

He IS a mouthpiece. So why does he need one?

Rove is the head of a SuperPAC, CrossRoads GPS, or American Crossroads, or maybe several variations on this theme. He gets very rich collecting money from rich people for the purpose of electing a rich person. But he's not 'coordinating' with the Romney campaign, because that would be illegal. He's also a commentator on Fox (or course).
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:34 pm

According to Wikipedia, Rove is merely an adviser, a position listed after Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Director, and Political Director.

But whether Rove is really running the show or not, I'm still confused. Apart from my naively wondering if running a SuperPAC pays a salary, I'm still unclear why Karl Rove -- not American Crossroads -- needs a spokesman. Again, HE'S a spokesman (for the GOP, if nothing else.) If he has a spokesman, does his spokesman have one too? Is there some kind of Russian Doll of endlessly-nested spokesmen? Basically, I'm wondering why Karl Rove, Master of Spin, needs someone else to speak for him when much of his history in the public eye has been speaking for others.
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby ilikebeans » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:43 am

Kansas Goes Birther: State Board Considers Removing Obama From Ballot

Nutter Friday continues! What oh what could be in store for an encore this fine afternoon?
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:44 pm

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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby DCB » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:58 pm

Southern Republicans are letting it all hang out.

This guy is a doctor:
Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.

Broun was recorded speaking off-the-record to a church group about his religious beliefs. He sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Along with fellow wingnut Todd Akin.

http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politic ... it_of_hell

Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise" and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ark- ... HC-Vxh8xJ8
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby DCB » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:14 pm

Another class act:
A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion, according to a phone call transcript obtained by The Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/1 ... 53136.html

Was that a legitimate affair?
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby O.J. » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:03 pm

Is there anyone out there that truly believes that the GOP cares about voter fraud?

It is painfully obvious what is happening in Virginia. High level lifelong party loyalist Republicans, who would like nothing more than to see their party return to its former glory, are using the power of their position to cover-up an election fraud.


http://politic365.com/2012/10/22/gop-co ... ter-fraud/
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby kurt_w » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:22 pm

Whoever wrote that Politics365 post about the Virginia case doesn't seem to understand the situation.

They claim "Small, therefore, is off the legal hook despite the fact he was witnessed and there is evidence of him committing a crime." But that doesn't seem to be true -- Mr. Small is very much not off the legal hook.

Yes, the Republican-controlled Virginia State Board of Elections has refused to authorize the state's attorney general to investigate the case.

But the Virginia AG, Ken Cuccinelli, is an extreme right-wing Republican ideologue, and he wouldn't likely pursue the case with any vigor anyway. In fact, an investigation by his office would be more likely to cover up what happened than to investigate it.

However ... that doesn't stop local authorities from prosecuting Mr Small. According to the Washington Post, he's already been charged with a variety of offenses:

Small is charged with eight felony counts of disclosure of voter registration application, four misdemeanor counts of destruction of voter registration application and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice.
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby DCB » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:25 pm

O.J. wrote:Is there anyone out there that truly believes that the GOP cares about voter fraud?

They care a lot about voter fraud - and any other techniques they can use to steal elections.
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Re: What's wrong with the GOP, anyway?

Postby nutria » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:41 am

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