Thursday, October 30, 2014
Presidents, even really, really popular Presidents lose seats 6 years in. Take a look at say FDR and Ronald Reagan:
A wildly popular populist FDR - lost 7 seats in 1938 (6 years in). A wildly popular actor plutocrat - lost 8 seats in 1986 (6 years in).
15 Senate seats during Eisenhower's 6th year, 4 Senate seats during Nixon's (Ford's) 6th year, and 5 seats in the 2006 sweep Dem's made during GW's 6th year. The only outlier was the wildly popular Bill Clinton who missed the bullet in 1998 during the insane tail end of the Reagan revolution where there was a stand still. The Republicans overplayed their hand that year with the Monica nonsense and the public wasn't having it, that being the only exception.
Why bother voting? The Dems are going to hold/pick up seats depending on turnout House and Senate. Let's just try and minimize the historical pattern, this isn't going to be a fun November 4th. But watching the run of the mill Republicans/Tea Party crowd deflate over the fact that they literally "can't" repeal the reforms Obama and the Democrats passed, well that's going to be something delightful to watch:
“It would take 60 votes in the Senate. No one thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans, and it would take a presidential signature,” McConnell said. “I’d like to put the Senate Democrats in the position of voting on the most unpopular parts of this law and see if we can put it on the president’s desk.”
The Germans have a word for what were about to watch become of the Republican Party... Schadenfreude... Their upcoming Civil War will draw battle lines between the purists and corporatists and we'll get to watch as they run to the far right pushing government shutdowns prompting filibusters from Senate Democrats, and veto threats from the President all while trying to persuade a left leaning country they're not completely looney tunes and fit to govern:
"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans won’t be able to repeal Obamacare anytime soon.
Sen. Mitch McConnell has already mapped out a confrontational budget strategy with no end game: Jam spending bills, which are necessary for funding the government, with a bunch of right-wing riders unpalatable to President Obama. What if Obama vetoes your bills, POLITICO recently asked him? “Yeah, he could,” shrugged McConnell. He skirts what would happen next: the proverbial hot potato would get tossed back to him and Boehner, and the simmering GOP civil war between the cautious and the revolutionary would be on full boil.
The inconvenient truth for the Republican Party is that it’s not ready for prime time, yet it’s on the verge of fully sharing with the president the responsibility of running the country."
When they fail to repeal the big ticket items we'll return to the culture wars, and debates about marriage, abortion and "religious liberty" are going to start all over again, they won't be able to help themselves. We're playing chess, not checkers. We'll be back on line full steam ahead in 2016 with a united Democratic Party. We're far more united than the Republicans are, Christie's and Paul's circular firing squad is a perfect example:
"Well, that was a splendid little war.
Over the past week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the GOP’s intraparty bickering to a new level, openly savaging each other on issues of national security, privacy and government spending. When Christie wasn’t challenging Paul to explain himself to the families of Sept. 11 victims, Paul was accusing Christie of demanding federal handouts for hurricane relief and, in an obvious double entendre, labeling the Garden Stater the “king of bacon.”
Friday, October 3, 2014
Lock your doors people in the KY 6th, put some pants on and hide grandma. Because Elizabeth Jensen (donate money to her here) is personally coming to your door to steal your coal, coal mining jobs and your children while partying her ass off with Barack Hussein Obama.
Super informative mailers are coming your way to warn you of the black menace that's upon us!
Pay zero attention that the 6th congressional district has "zero" coal mines in it...
Cheap, abundant natural gas has killed the coal industry, that's a fact. Let's dig at the mailer's "facts"/citations:
The Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) has cited, CNS News "The Right News, Right Now", Town Hall - "Townhall.com is the leading source for conservative news and political commentary and analysis." and The Heritage Foundation who stated goal is to "formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense"
Someone should call the Kentucky Republican Party Chairman Steve Robinson and tell him to fire their mailing director for wasting mailers on an urban Millennial who thinks Barr, (a man who once said George W. Bush was going to be known as one of the greatest presidents) is a huge helping hand to the criminality that occurs on Wall Street.
Then again, $1 spend on the wrong person is a dollar not spend on the right person.
Hopefully Wall Street's congressman gets the boot very soon, if we're lucky his friends on Wall Street too. I mean, it's not like they're living large while the rest of us are begging for scraps with record debt levels, right?
(Real Andy Barr Wall Street bday invite below)