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How the GOP became bad pantomime

Because any article that has “pantomime” in its title needs an appropriate overture, a bit of Monty Python to start things off:

And really, that’s what the GOP has devolved to: a Monty Python skit, but not as humorous, and with much more dire consequences for the country.

Let’s take a short trip down memory lane and dissect the GOP’s behavior since 2009.

When in the minority for President Obama’s first two years in office, it refused to conduct any good faith negotiations with either Obama or the Democrats, highlighted most memorably by then-Minority Leader John Boehner’s oh so witty riff on Obama’s signature line: “No we can’t!” From the auto bailout to the stimulus to the Affordable Care Act (and more on that later), Republicans marched in lockstep to thwart everything put forth by Obama, all in an effort to fulfill its one mission, that of making Obama a one term President.

They did this by going into contortions which would make Daniel Browning Smith jealous. Saving the world from a second Great Depression by stimulus and a Detroit bailout became a socialist plot to nationalize every major sector of the economy. (Never mind that the President and Democrats resisted the calls from feckless Left to do just that with the banking industry.) And a healthcare reform bill which cribbed extensively from previous Republican proposals—while improving on them drastically—suddenly became socialized medicine, which would interfere with the doctor / patient relationship and lead to grandma being turned into Soylent Green. When it was brought up that the Democratic proposal mirrored the Massachusetts health care plan implemented by that famous Communist Mitt Romney, the roar of “death panels” just became louder.

The pantomime kicked into high gear with the birth of the Tea Party. That was quite the trick for the country’s first black President to gin up a “mass movement” made up mostly of older white folks and a few token minorities—”See, we’re not racists! Our coloreds hate Obama too!”—whose only purpose was to “take back America”. This coalesced with the nascent birther movement, so incensed that someone who didn’t look like them was somehow sitting in the White House that he must have gotten there by means foul and dangerous. Both the Tea Baggers (and extra points for Tea Party leaders assuming the mantle “tea bagger” without knowing of its pop culture meaning) and birthers engaged in exquisitely fringe theatrics, which would have been vastly entertaining if it had, in fact, been relegated to the fringe. But the 24/7 news media needs a constant stream of raw material, so movements which should have been laughed out of the public sphere became mainstream fodder, treated as serious political actors. When Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio enmeshed themselves with both Tea Baggers and birthers, the pantomime reached its ridiculous crescendo.

Of course, the theater became less amusing when it propelled Republicans to take back the House in 2010. Suddenly politics became a death struggle. Obama tried to accommodate the GOP majority in the House, all in an effort to keep the country from falling apart. The problem was that the new Tea Party Republicans didn’t care if the country fell apart, because as they saw it it was no longer “their” country. The Obama Era had to be obliterated before they’d agree to rebuild; thus, the obstruction of Obama’s first two years became a governing philosophy. John Boehner and Eric Cantor had no interest in governing, but in waging political war to weaken Obama enough so that the GOP could take the White House in 2012.

If Hilary Clinton had been President, it might have worked; the Clinton name has a certain meaning in American political discourse; and Mrs. Clinton, for all her good attributes, is not one to bend easily. But in Barack Obama they faced an opponent who expertly threw back everything thrown at him, and still managed to accomplish many of his goals in the face of Republican intransigence. And when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as fully constitutional, suddenly Republicans were faced with the task of explaining why they wanted to repeal a piece of legislation which allowed kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until they were 26, why seniors wouldn’t get the prescription doughnut hole closed, and why insurance companies should be allowed to spend more and more premiums on non-health related expenses. Mitt Romney tried to make that case, and lost decisively.

The past nine months have proven that the GOP learned nothing from 2012. And with Senator Ted Cruz conducting his non-filibuster, and the House passing a spending bill defunding Obamacare which it knows won’t become law, the pantomime is all that’s left. GOP leaders want to get off the stage, and try to keep their majority in next year’s elections, but the poor players of the Tea Party won’t let them. The true believers are like the Townswomen’s Guild of Sheffield, putting on a piece of theater which is all chaos and silliness, and thinking that it’s a serious dissection of the state of the nation. They were elected on the basis of their fervor, and fervor is all they have. And the GOP leadership rode that fervor to electoral success; but now that it might backfire on them in 2014, it has no way to curb it. John Boehner is like the coach who has lost the locker room; the team isn’t listening to him, and he has to placate it in order to keep his job.

In 2014 a choice faces the nation: re-elect a faction which thinks theatrics is the sole tool of government; or let the adults take back the House and maintain the Senate, and maybe get a few things done. The cable news outlets would prefer the former; I think most Americans are ready for the latter.


157 Responses to “How the GOP became bad pantomime”


  1. September 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you so much LL, looking forward to reading it!

    • 2 MightyPamela
      September 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Right behind you Chipsticks! Jovie ~ I left a reply earlier on the Early Bird Chat; know we are with you today. LL, scrollng up now! Thank you!

  2. September 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I took so long entering this that you created a new post! Repeating this info

    Great posts as always!! What a day!!! So many great articles about Cruz and that the GOP is trying to get him to shut up alongside many, many articles about ObamaCare premiums cheaper than expected. A couple of days ago my Indiana GOPer Rep tweeted proudly how he had sponsored legislation to protect America and defund ObamaCare. All but 1 reply to him were supportive of ACA. NBC had an article specifically mentioning that a family of 4 in Indianapolis could get a bare-bones plan for $11! So glad to tweet that to my rep and say the protection we needed is from him. I have been wanting some GOP lie big enough to get the attention of low-info voters and this is it. Even Texas has a lower costs than national average. The news will get out. When the Fox watchers question one lie then they will begin to question others. And the GOP are the ones who called it ObamaCare. Health insurance touches every religion, political party, you name it. It is bringing relief and saving lives.

    $11 a month? Obamacare super-cheap for some, feds find

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/11-month-obamacare-super-cheap-some-feds-find-8C11250211

    Bare-bones health insurance could cost just $11 a month for a family of four in Indianapolis on the federal government’s new exchanges, which start serving customers next week.

    A similar family in New Orleans might pay as little as $23 a month, although they’d have to shell out $282 for a more generous “silver” plan, the Health and Human Services Department estimates…..
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Here’s some other good news. After lower than expected sales in July

    New home sales climb in August

    http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-new-home-sales-20130925,0,2577780.story

    …Sales of newly built homes climbed 7.9% from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That rate is a 12.6% increase from August 2012….

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I am going to tweet the NBC article to some GOPers. I’ve been trying to call my rep but the Congressional Switchboard has been busy so I’ll try that again. Wishing all TODers a day filled with unexpected joy!

  3. 4 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Vote to defund OCare CR passes with a quorum vote. Now 30 hour clock starts to pass something that keeps the government operating including marking up the CR (remove the defund stuff). Reid asks that no more time be wasted. Somehow now the ‘pub Senator from Indiana says it’s not a waste of time. What I’m still scratching my head over is that since they all voted to move it along, including removing OCare, why are they still talking about defunding OCare? The ignorance makes my heads ache.

    • 5 cookemom
      September 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      oops! heads ache should be head ache. See what they’ve done to me?!!

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      September 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      I was my understanding they haven’t removed the defunding of OCare, but they’ve agreed to proceed to arguments and votes on amendments (hopefully not to defund OCare) and then a final vote on the (hopefully, “clean”) CR to include the amendments.

      Hey, who really knows!

      • September 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

        Right, Reid can strip the Obamacare provisions by simple majority.

        • 8 jacquelineoboomer
          September 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

          Yes!!!! Hadn’t figured out that simple majority part yet, but that’s welcome news.

          Then I think it goes back to the House for another vote?

          • September 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

            Right, and if you read Spandan’s post on TPV, what Teddy really did was screw the House, because unless it wants the govt to groan to a halt on Oct 1, it will have to just vote for the Senate bill. There won’t be any time for a conference.

            • 10 jacquelineoboomer
              September 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

              I’ll read the post, and then sit back and enjoy it. Thanks for calming me down!

            • September 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

              Spandan has been the great sanity saver since the start of this whole CR nonsense. He’s kept a sure and steady eye on what’s really going on versus the sham that we hear from the Republicans and the media. Read his posts and you feel a sense of calm just seeping through you. Remember the line from Yeats, “how can you tell the dancers from the dance”? Well, Spandan tells you how.

        • 12 cookemom
          September 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

          Right, so why are the ‘pubs still talking about what they just passed which includes defunding? It passed through, so just STFU until Reid calls a simple majority vote to strip it. The same way Cruz talked against the very thing that he wanted in the first place. He knifed Boehner and his fellow House teanuts and now he and the Senate teabutts are still railing against their own victory.

          Sheesh!

      • 13 Cindy Sweatt
        September 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm

        Ok, someone tell me. What does the CR stand for?

        • 14 jacquelineoboomer
          September 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

          If someone hasn’t answered yet, it’s Continuing Resolution. It’s how they approve the annual federal budget without actually approving the federal budget. They just kick the can down the road for a time period other than a year, usually.

  4. 15 Bill R.
    September 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  5. September 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    “Of course, the theater became less amusing when it propelled Republicans to take back the House in 2010. Suddenly politics became a death struggle. Obama tried to accommodate the GOP majority in the House, all in an effort to keep the country from falling apart. The problem was that the new Tea Party Republicans didn’t care if the country fell apart, because as they saw it it was no longer “their” country.”

    You summed them up, and their rotten core, completely beautifully LL. Thank you again for this, so much.

  6. September 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  7. 23 japa21
    September 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  8. 25 utaustinliberal
    September 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Great post LL. Loved this part:

    {snip}

    “But in Barack Obama they faced an opponent who expertly threw back everything thrown at him, and still managed to accomplish many of his goals in the face of Republican intransigence. And when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as fully constitutional, suddenly Republicans were faced with the task of explaining why they wanted to repeal a piece of legislation which allowed kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until they were 26, why seniors wouldn’t get the prescription doughnut hole closed, and why insurance companies should be allowed to spend more and more premiums on non-health related expenses. Mitt Romney tried to make that case, and lost decisively.”

    “In 2014 a choice faces the nation: re-elect a faction which thinks theatrics is the sole tool of government; or let the adults take back the House and maintain the Senate, and maybe get a few things done. The cable news outlets would prefer the former; I think most Americans are ready for the latter.”

    {snip}

    Gerrymandering, the news, the American public’s general apathy to paying close attention will be tough to overcome but I’m still very optimistic about the Democratic party’s chances in 2014.

    • September 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Gerrymandering only works if Dems don’t go out and vote. A lot of the gerrymandered districts are actually purple; if OFA and the DNC and DCCC can get out the vote, we should surprise everyone come election night.

      And maybe I’m in a bubble, but from what’s been reported here and on other sites, Obamacare is going to be a juggernaut for us. Especially with all the figures coming out about how cheap the premiums will be. Good times!

      • 27 cookemom
        September 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        I read somewhere that gerrymander is negated in most districts with a 7% increase in voting by the other party.

      • 29 utaustinliberal
        September 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        Gerrymandering is a tough mountain to overcome. In 2012, more Democrats showed up at the polls than Republicans and won the House by one million votes but due to gerrymandering, Republicans still have control of the House.

        A midterm election will be tougher. We’d have to beat it by more than we did in 2012 but as I previously wrote, I’m still optimistic.

        • September 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

          Which is why OFA Unleashed is such a BFD. We won in 2006 with the 50 State Strategy. We’ll need the same turnout this time. While gerrymandering isn’t all powerful, it definitely is a spanner in the works of a major sort.

        • September 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

          UT, the turnout in 2012 was for the president and many people did not vote beyond the top of the ticket. It broke my heart to see the president win big in our city, but for down ticket candidates to lose. In 2014, we got to being out the vote FOR these down ticket candidates and our biggest draw is the living proof of Republican incompetence that is evidenced everyday in our despised governor. If our governor is not primaried and is on the ticket in 2014, I think we will see a lot of Republican crossovers for the Democrats.

    • 32 amk for obama
      September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      I read a post at BJ y’day that said less than fifty percent of eligible latino voters turned up in 2012. That sux.

      • September 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        I was watching Euronews’ coverage of the German elections over the weekend, and they were interviewing people at the SPD rally. Quite a few were aghast that the turnout was low. The turnout was 71%. If we had that turnout here for every election, the GOP would go the way of the Whigs.

      • September 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Amk, it was enough to put him over the top and Latinos have to overcome a lot of emotional barriers to vote. In our area, Latinos who are eligible to vote fear the voting process and don’t like going to the polls. That they got out at all and in large numbers was a testament to their love of the president. Our goal since then has been to make voting a habit for Latinos. That’s why we have Latino events, register voters, show them how the machines work, show them the power they achieve through voting. We’re working and working on this issue, especially with younger Latinos.

        • 35 amk for obama
          September 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          Thanks jackie for your gotv work. i was quite surprised to see such a low no. If their turnout had been higher, may be we would have a dem congress now and dream act would have been a reality.. They need to realize the value of vote and not undersell it..

    • September 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      UT, I’m seeing a few signs that the apathy is changing and even moderate Republicans are waking up in the fact that extremists are taking over their party. A case in point–a township in our county has been Republican since time began, but this time a radical tea party paranoid won the primary because moderate REPUBLICANS got complacent and didn’t vote. On the Democratic side meanwhile, a smart sensible local farmer won the nomination. So now? Even local Republican officials, who never voted Democratic in this lives, are teaming up to help the DEMOCRAT to win. They’re willing to make phone calls, canvass and make phone calls on behalf of a Democrat!!! And Democrats, awakened by this almost unheard of phenomena, are paying attention. Nobody was going to rock boars as long as the Republican candidates were quasi sensible and moderate, but now they’re scared of the extremists and suddenly the Democrats are looking good to them. The Tea Party went too far, too fast and is scaring the pants off people. I think we’re going to see some interesting pairing up in the next year and those who push the moderate Republicans out of the way are going to be in for a shock.

  9. September 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    GA TOD. Wonderful post, LL!

    “In many cases, premiums will cost significantly less than what was originally projected,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters on a conference call. The report finds that 95 percent of Americans live in states where the premiums for individually purchased health insurance will be less than what had originally been expected. The health insurance exchanges are one of the supporting pillars of the health reforms called for under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law, widely known as Obamacare, is meant to get more Americans covered by health insurance so they’ll take better care of their health….

    All plans offered on the exchanges have to meet the minimum requirements imposed by the federal government, including a list of 10 areas they must cover, from paying 100 percent of the cost for breast or colon cancer screening to paying for mental health care. Insurers will no longer be able to dump patients who are starting to cost too much, they won’t be able to charge women more than men, and they have to cover anyone who can pay.

    “Because of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance that people are buying will actually cover them,” Cohen said. And the federal government will pay for part of the premiums. The government will help pay the premiums for anyone making up to about $46,000 for an individual and as much as $94,000 for a family of four.

  10. September 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Haven’t read the article, but actually Pres. Obama is shrewder. LBJ’s claim to fame was that he could pick up the phone and convince his old Senate cronies – either side of the aisle – to go along. Today’s Congressional Republicans will not go along with anything the President decides to do. So, in effect, Pres. Obama is doing everything himself, and the fact he gets so much accomplished is shrewdness personified. My take.

      • September 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        I agree w/ your thought process, JB. One thing that drives me crazy about how the media tries to frame one president’s effectiveness to another…… LBJ had 68 D Senators, and 295 House D’s….. twisting? He could pass anything he wanted…. he super-majorities in both chambers. One of my biggest pet-peeves!

        • 41 jziglar
          September 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

          Also the republican party back then had liberal Rockefeller republicans and moderates who LBJ could work with. The times are completely different today. Which is why it’s a miracle President Obama has been able to accomplish all of these things.

        • September 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

          Agree, LP. There is no comparison with what PBO has to work with and the Congresses that FDR and LBJ enjoyed. With congresses like that, PBO would have this country operating all all cylinders. Employment would be soaring, our infrastructure would be modernized, we would be miles forward on clean energy, immigration and gun reform legislation would now be history. This is a new more difficult world we live in and only a political genius like Barack Obama has been able to navigate it.

          • 43 ericfive
            September 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

            In addition, LBJ had the country’s full support after JFK was assassinated. Too many of the MSM’s “historians” fail to mention this important political fact.

      • September 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        I totally agree with you, Jacq. Plus, the media is far worse than anything that has come before. Far worse. And driven by a profit motive.

    • 45 FayPax
      September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Many of us have been saying this for the longest. Just last night a good Major General tried to school me about all the President’s tactical errors. They know so freakin much and the President is just soooo naive. They just don’t get him. My president is a super sly fox.

      • 46 theo67
        September 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        You might want to remind that Major General about the fiasco of the Iraq war, the missing billions, the thousands of dead – before he sits in judgement of President Obama’s “tactical errors”. I don’t mind if someone makes errors – it’s whether they learn from them and improve that counts.

        • September 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

          Of course, I took the good MJ to the woodshed. I find it totally disgusting that many, many in the military have tremendous disdain for President Obama. They have been propagandized to the max. All they look at is Fox News….dumb as bricks.

          • 48 theo67
            September 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

            They are part of the brainwashed masses. They bleed at the whims of GOP presidents, who take them and their children into unlawful war for the sake of oil. And yet, they are prepared to spit on the President who has demonstrated his love for the troops; not just paid lip service to them. What gives me hope is that the actual troops appreciate this man, President Obama. It’s the higher-ups who seem to show the disdain. They don’t shed their blood in quite the same numbers as the grunts below them. Regardless, President Obama continues to do the right thing.

    • 49 4morefor44
      September 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      LBJ had huge majorities in both halls of congress the entire time he was president. president obama has had the most obstructionist congress ever, by far, and yet he’s still as a whole one of the most progressive presidents ever, and leading some of the biggest changes on a whole host of issues in US history. president obama is far shrewder than LBJ ever was, but i don’t expect “liberals” like david corn to realize these facts, since president obama is darkly hued and LBJ wasn’t.

    • September 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Yeah, Corn had “the last word” last night on @lawrence.

      I was really disappointed in how he framed his premise; he basically agreed with the (100% WRONG) DC echo chamber that our President mishandled Syria.

      And yes, the country voted overwhelmingly Democratic after JFK’s assassination; a show of unity matched only in recent times by our country’s rallying around GWBush after 9-11.

      Southern white bigots have had an outsized-influence on this country, dating back to the Reconstruction era.

      This is what greeted JFK when he arrived in Dallas in Nov 1963:

      This was published during the Spring frenzy about all-things related to The Great Gatsy: (May 9)

  11. September 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    New OFA video……… not sure if anybody posted it already?

  12. September 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    If Hilary Clinton had been President, it might have worked; the Clinton name has a certain meaning in American political discourse; and Mrs. Clinton, for all her good attributes, is not one to bend easily.

    ***********************************

    I so agree with this and altho 2014 looms big…i do worry about 2016 and who will take the baton from the hands of PBO and where we as a nation will go…but i am hopeful that PBO will guide us as we get closer to that time…

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      September 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Do you guys ever consider that if Hilary had been president there would be no TOD village? Horror of horrors! ;)

      • 57 No Child Left Behind
        September 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        Gee! I’ve never thought of that eventuality…

        • 58 vcprezofan2
          September 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

          :grin: Another reason to be glad we have PBO in the WH!

          • 59 LDS
            September 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

            VC, that image scared me so badly. Why did you have to go there?
            Not enough chocolate in the house to get me through this.
            Thanks, VC!
            (LOL)

            • 60 vcprezofan2
              September 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

              Sorry, LDS. I have a Cadbury fruit and nuts bar – you want to share?

              • 61 cookemom
                September 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

                I just soothed myself with blueberry cobbler and ice cream…..thanks a lot….just what I didn’t need.

              • 63 LDS
                September 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

                Yes! Yes! Yes!
                (as warm melted chocolate slides down my face, hands, arms….licking fingertips)
                Yes!

                • 64 vcprezofan2
                  September 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

                  You’ve got it bad, you poor thing. Sorry but it’s not melted as I keep it in the fridge. :grin: I’m not really a chocolate fan, and generally only bother with it if it has nuts so one bar will last.

                  I bought a big bar of Swiss dark chocolate with almonds and a Belgian bar of the same type and they have been sitting in the fridge for months and months because I don’t like the taste but am mindful of my mother always telling me that I waste food. :roll:

      • September 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        The potusdiary site would be gaggle of pumas.

        No thank you.

        The thought of a code-pink like gathering makes me lose my apetite (and I’m eating lunch now, LOL).

        No politician has had the empathy, grace, strategic vision and fortitude of character as our 44th President.

        • 66 vcprezofan2
          September 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

          Enjoy your lunch! You couldn’t pay me to hang out at a HRC site, so I wasn’t even THINKING of a potusdiary site for her. It just popped into my head that *we* wouldn’t have been together in *this* village – was only (selfishly) thinking of us.

          • 67 LDS
            September 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm

            Now, that brings tears to my eyes. It’s not because I have eaten all the chocolate in the house, but because you all are family.
            This village is special to me. Never thought that I would ever be attached and care for so many people that I have never met.

            Jovie, honey, hang in there.

  13. 68 utaustinliberal
    September 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    OMG…….I looooooooooooooooove this law.

  14. 69 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  15. 76 No Child Left Behind
    September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Dear LL,

    “The pantomime kicked into high gear with the birth of the Tea Party. That was quite the trick for the country’s first black President to gin up a “mass movement” made up mostly of older white folks and a few token minorities—”See, we’re not racists! Our coloreds hate Obama too!”—whose only purpose was to “take back America”. ”

    What a beautiful essay, an accurate reflection on the status of the right fringe that is called the GOP.

    On the above quote, I wonder which America the few token minorities are reeling for, the one in which their ancestors were enslaved, or the one in which Jim Crow ruled. Every time I see one of these folks standing behind a member of the GOP rallying the base with gross lies, I wonder what exactly goes through his/her mind. If you want to know, I don’t believe the GOP has the interests of common people at heart, let alone that of minorities or people with no substantial means.

    Thanks for your blog.

    • 77 ericfive
      September 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Many of them suffer from a “slave mentality”. The white privilege and notions of white superiority that permeate our culture and media bombards both whites and blacks. Some black people internalize this and yearn to be accepted by whites, even if that means betraying or turning on fellow African-Americans. Some hold as negative a view of black people as the average KKK member. Clarence Thomas is a case in point.

  16. 78 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  17. 83 Nena20409
    September 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD.

    So many things to try to get caught up on. Great job bts.

    Thanks.

    Jay Carney is at the WH presser podium. He is on his last question as I piped in….so no need to link C-SPAN.org now.

  18. 84 No Child Left Behind
    September 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    What a brilliant tweet!

    TheNewDeal ‏@TheNewDeal 6m
    Only in America Can a Canadian Born US Senator w/ Govt Healthcare Lecture Us for 20 Hours About the Evils of Socialism.

    • 85 0388jojothecat
      September 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      If his family lived in Canada, they got free or low cost healthcare. When Ted Cruz was born he got Canadian government healthcare from the day he was born to the day his family left and came to America. As a Senator Ted Cruz GETS USA, taxpayer paid, government healthcare, his rich teaparty benefactors can buy the best healthcare anywhere on the planet, yet he does not respect the laws of this country that allows the costs of healthcare to be affordable so that Americans will no longer have to use the emergency to see a doctor or go without healthcare and the rest of us that is fortunate enough to have insurance, our premiums will no longer continue to rise but go down. I heard someone call into a radio show who said the only benefit she is getting from Obamacare is that her daughter can stay on her insurance until 26yrs old. I was disappointed that the host did not tell her that she can currently get a physical exam, mammogram, colonoscopy, and other preventative care without paying a co-pay. Her daughter can get birth control as part of her medication plan whether she needs if for contraception or for a medical condition. If her insurance company does not pay 80% of premiums on healthcare she will get a rebate. It is so sad that some people have to be “spoon fed” information instead of looking it up for themselves. How do they function each day when the media feeds them lies or tell them nothing of substance?

      • 86 No Child Left Behind
        September 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        Not every host is eager to explain Obamacare. Some are too eager to provide a platform for dissenters and attackers.

        • September 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

          A lot of them don’t explain it because they haven’t taken the time to learn about it. They’re not responsible journalists, just idiots sitting in a chair pretending to know what they’re talking about.

      • 88 theo67
        September 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        Not just those benefits, jojo. If she’s got healthcare, she doesn’t have to worry that her insurance can dump her for some “pre-existing condition” (like teenage acne) or impose caps when she’s in the middle of treatment, just because they want to. Every single person will benefit from Obamacare’s protections, whether they buy their own insurance or get it through their employer. Plus, everyone has the freedom of job choice now, because you no longer have to rely on your job to have affordable insurance.

  19. 89 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    So let me get this straight…..Cruz just spent two days telling his colleagues not to vote for cloture because, ‘a vote for cloture is a vote for ObamaCare’. Today the vote for cloture passes 100-0. Mr. Cruz voted for what he spent two days telling his folks not to vote for.

    Another pig gets his wings.

  20. 90 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    “……
    Whenever you want to get a grin (b/c grinning is better than tearing your hair out) re Texas politicians, go to JuanitaJean.com

    I have so enjoyed watching Ted Cruz try to be Wendy Davis. You know, except for the bathroom breaks, the sitting down breaks, the talking off topic breaks, the letting someone else talk breaks, the eating breaks, the breaks to whip up an omelet in the Senate dining room, the Home Shopping Network break to see of they have a genuine Ted Cruz doll for all your Christmas gift-giving needs breaks, and the what the hell is your endgame break.

    Ted Cruz is a wimpy filibuster. It’s not even a filibuster – it’s a full of bluster.

    Here’s what you need to do, for every hour that Ted talks, go donate $1. to the Texas Democratic Party.
    ….//

    http://www.juanitajean.com/2013/09/25/still-in-austin/

    • 93 No Child Left Behind
      September 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Was he background checked by the same firm who did Alexis’s and Snowden’s background checks?

    • 94 Nena20409
      September 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      More like a CON man.

      Manipulative. Egotistical. Narcissistic.

      Unfortunately, he is a creation of what Newt Gingrich started in the late 1979 and perfected by the early 1990s. Cruz is what Karl Rove taught them in TX.

  21. 96 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  22. September 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    PANTOMIME HORSE FTW!

    good stuff LL!

  23. 98 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    pigs indeed are flying, if this is true.

  24. 99 cookemom
    September 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Cruz just made sat in to talk….er…….. fund raise….er…… talk on the Limpballs show. He’s bashing his fellow colleagues for voting the same way he just did. He saying that they are planning strategy sessions on how to hold a ‘show’ vote so they can tell their constituents that they tried to do the right thing but failed.

    He thinks they’re holding a session for a ‘show vote’. I think the session is to see who draws the short straw to assist him back to Texas.

  25. 104 amk for obama
    September 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  26. 112 Linda
    September 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I just received an e-mail from the Georgia Democrats saying there will be 50 choices for Georgians on the exchange.

  27. 113 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I am betting you folks will love this tweet! It’s sooooooo accurate. :grin:

    https://twitter.com/TheTweetOfGod/status/382906854038204417

  28. 114 LDS
    September 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    LL, thank you again. The video is spot on; that alone and the title would have been enough for me. But then you expressed in a simple way how SIMPLE these clowns really are. They are falling and tripping on their own three feet all over the place. They are turning on each in public and behind the scene. In other words, they are eating each other alive in front of the world stage and the people who voted for them. I am hoping they did not have a choice in their districts. But I am hopeful that there are sensible Dems. In those districts who are qualified to step up and take a leap of faith and run for everything in 2014 from dog catcher, sheriff!, judgeship; whatever. This madness has to stop! Our children are watching. As so are theirs and they should be embarrassed. I am embarrassed for them.

    I am so positive that in 2014 this circus in Washington, D.C.will leave town forever and never to return. We, the People are fed up with all of this posturing and politicking. We have our President Obama to thank for uncovering these blood sucker politicians who says one thing and mean another behind closed doors. We are much better off since he became President and these fools still don’t have a clue things have changed. The whole world is changing and they are still stuck on stupid.

    We will never be able to totally rid ourselves of this evil because the KKKoch bros. will regroup and birth another brand and band of idiots as long as their money last, and we know that is a long time. But we are better equipped because of President Barack Obama.
    He told us to hope. He called us to fight for what we believe in. He continues to fight for us when others will not.
    He told us a change is gonna come. It did. He chanted with us, Yes, We Can. I believe all of the sacrifices we have made have not been in vain.

    I look forward in 2014 when we will control both Senate and House and we will chant with him in the last two years of his presidency,
    Yes, We Did!

    Thank you, LL for dissecting the GOP for us.
    It is crystal clear now. Yes, they are done.
    Good riddance!

  29. 115 JER
    September 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  30. 119 57andfemale
    September 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  31. 120 57andfemale
    September 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Illinois FINALLY listed on the new http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/map. No details yet but at least I have some frame of reference.

    I cannot wait for October 1!!!!!!

    • 121 57andfemale
      September 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      • 122 cookemom
        September 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

        yee haw, at least 58 plans will be available and a 27 year old on the Bronze plan with subsidy has a premium of $90.00. Now, if #2 would just get a job!

        • 123 57andfemale
          September 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

          ha!

          I am mildly amused that all the ‘good news’ focuses on young participants and lower level policies. Surprisingly mum on what it will cost this 63 year old! Smoking, age and location are the only factors still allowed, but living in Chicago will mitigate it some due to lots of competition.

          But WTH, I’m a year and a half from Medicare anyway and have been uninsurable at any cost. It’s all good news to me!

  32. 124 Nena20409
    September 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    http://www.businessinsider.com/american-households-feeling-the-recovery-2013-9

    Is the wait over?
    Morgan Stanley economist Ellen Zentner says American households finally “feel” the recovery.

    “For four long years since [July 2009], U.S. households have asked themselves, ‘what recovery?'” writes Zentner in a note to clients. “To view the recovery through the lens of America’s households, we look at the behavior of the Conference Board’s monthly consumer confidence index over the business cycle. What we find is that only in the past three months has consumer confidence in the U.S. finally reached a level considered historically ‘normal’ in recovery.”

    • 125 theo67
      September 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I guess that’s why we’ve seen improved consumer spending figures for a few years now, and increase manufacturing and housing sales for months now. Americans are finally “feeling” the recovery, even though they’ve been spending like they feel the recovery for some time now… The article should more accurately say: the media and financial industry finally decide to report that Americans are feeling the recovery, instead of spreading gloom and doom all over the recovery that started years ago.

      I guess it’s a good thing that the Republicans are working so hard to send the country back into recession. *sarcasm*

  33. 126 jziglar
    September 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Steve Schmidt apologized for creating the crazy monster than now dominates the GOP. But even though he played a role the GOP was already heading down this role way before he became a strategist. It started after the 60’s when the conservative Dixiecrats fled the party to the GOP, and after Nixon resigned during the 70’s the current radical conservative movement began to gain strength. They started creating think tanks and groups and Reagan allowed the Evangelical right to join the party. They started purging the moderate and liberal republicans from the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast and eventually they became the dominant force in the party by the time Bush Sr. left office. Long gone are the days of republicans who supported efficient health care programs, civil rights, labor rights, women’s rights while at the same time being fiscally conservative. I know so many people who used to be republicans who are now democrats or non affiliated voters. It’s a shame because we use to have two reasonable parties and now we don’t.

    • 127 57andfemale
      September 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      It was Reagan who ushered in the Religious Right to national politics, after G. H. W. Bush kept them at bay. that’s not to say that they wouldn’t have wormed their way into prominence anyway, but it would have taken a lot longer.

    • 129 theo67
      September 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      I seem to recall Steve Schmidt supporting Romney through 2012, even though he knew that Romney would be as much a disaster for this country as McCain-Palin would have been. I don’t accept his apology.

  34. 130 utaustinliberal
    September 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Harry Reid with the burn.

  35. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  36. 136 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    :lol: :lol: You will like this, authored by one Edward Z!

  37. 137 globalcitizenlinda
    September 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    don’t know if this State-by-State map of ObamaCare by the White House has been posted yet.

    I enjoyed clicking onto the map of my state and seeing that I will have different insurances to choose from.

    ObamaCare opponents are really toast – no wonder they are desperate as October/1st draws s near

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/map

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/map

  38. 138 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    So, which TODobots are coming to hear Axelrod speak? You could always come a few hours before and meet me for an early dinner. I think the speech is supposed to be at 7 or 7:30pm. :grin:

  39. 139 Bill R.
    September 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    This is totally fantastic wonderful news from Oregon:

    FAST-TRACK ENROLLMENT
    Sign and send back the fast-track form

    As you know, Cover Oregon is the one-stop shop for people to apply for private health insurance and the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

    But there is an exciting new option for people who currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and parents who currently have children enrolled in the Healthy Kids program.

    These individuals who meet income requirements can use what we are calling “fast-track” enrollment to automatically enroll in the Oregon Health Plan. They do not have to apply through Cover Oregon or the paper application. They can enroll by simply signing and returning a one-page form we are sending them in the mail.

    The Oregon Health Authority is mailing letters that will hit mailboxes this weekend. The letter lets people know that they have health care coverage through OHP. All they have to do to enroll is sign and return the form.

    About 260,000 adults will receive this letter. This is very good news for many Oregonians who are currently uninsured!

    Important: As we mentioned, fast-track eligible adults do not have to go through Cover Oregon. All they have to do is sign and return the form.”

  40. 141 Nena20409
    September 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/carney-obama-not-disappointed-iranian-president-declined-to-meet-at-u-n

    “I think that we should not over interpret the fact that the Iranians decided against having an encounter, and that it was too complicated,” Carney said during the daily press briefing.

  41. September 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    BoooooHooooooooo.

    • September 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Who the hell is this “source” who says his assistants cried?

      These people are in politics, it’s not a bed of roses.

      Cannot stand these whiny, I’ve got mine jack, screw everyone else Republicans. Geez.

      • 144 carolyn
        September 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        It’s about time they got negative calls! As Harry Truman said…..”If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
        These people are indeed babies!!! Cruz is a narcissist who has never had “NO” said to him before. He’s the spoiled brat who has bullied people all his life, never had to learn the rules, didn’t think they were important, not for him…..I love quiet old Harry Reid taking care of him. If anyone knows Senate procedure, it’s Harry, and Cruzbag should shut up…….but, fortunately for us, he won’t. He will continue to bluster loudly.

      • 145 Sandy1110
        September 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        Gotta love it. They’re OK when Republicans are mean to others, but the monsters they’ve created are turning on them, and now they’re getting a taste of what assholes some GOPers are.

    • 146 jacquelineoboomer
      September 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  42. 147 Nena20409
    September 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Daily-WH-Briefing-with-Jay-Carney/10737441687-1/

    Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at the WH presser on 9-15-13

    1:07:46 Mins

  43. September 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Hellooooooo, UT’s post will be up in about 10 minutes, see ya then.

  44. September 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I read a few days ago that a big employer was going to give retirees money to buy ObamaCare rather than buy insurance for them. This will help ObamaCare because it puts more people on the exchanges and may help businesses who have difficulty meeting retiree benefits. Don’t remember where I saw it. I remember President Obama saying one reason he wanted this insurance plan was to help people choose the jobs because they wanted them, not because they had to keep one to get benefits. We will probably seeing a lot of changes in the next year or two. Business always looks after themselves, but ObamaCare looks after the people. This fits in with the Walmart decision to put 35,000 workers back on full time after they made them part-time because they didn’t want to give them health insurance. Turns out it’s better for business!

    Swapping COBRA For Obamacare Likely To Be Windfall For Big Business

    http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/September/24/obamacare-cobra-businesses-marketplaces-exchanges.aspx

    Health-law provisions taking effect next year could save U.S. employers billions of dollars in expenses now paid for workers who continue medical coverage after they leave the company, benefits experts say.

    Insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act are expected to all but replace COBRA coverage in which ex-employees and dependents can remain on the company plan if they pay the premiums….

    • September 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Really good news. The cost of insurance under COBRA is prohibitive.

    • 151 57andfemale
      September 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      I had dinner with my best friend last night who is an HR VP for an American manufacturing company. She knows tons about insurance, but I was surprised to find out that I knew a lot more about ACA than she did!

      For example, she will be retiring soon but she wanted to wait until her husband turns 62 so he would have COBRA that would carry him through until Medicare. She said they knew they’d need a high deductible plan to make it affordable (and he is a smoker). I told her that I was pretty sure he’d do better on ACA than with COBRA. So – thank you, Magical Earth – this was EXACTLY the link I needed to send to her!

      Also, the scare tactics about being ‘forced’ onto the exchanges so employers don’t have to offer health care – this is a GOOD thing. A company factors in all sorts of other concerns, of which the cost of your health care is only one. You are better off getting your own insurance which will effectively insulate you from the whims of your company, or a possible layoff, etc. The employer no longer chooses which health care you get, based on how much it costs him to make widgets. You get to decide what kind of insurance you want, what you are willing to pay, etc. YOU get control of your health care, not your employer.

      • 152 0388jojothecat
        September 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        I’ve worked for three out-of-state state agencies in SoCal and the in-state insurance plans were much better and cheaper because the cost of medical care in California is very expensive. Now under the ACA I still have a high deductible but there are no co-pays for the preventive care I get like colonoscopy, mammograms, etc., I think the states would be off allowing their out-of-state groups use the exchanges than their plans. When I see a doctor I was paying out-of-pocket over $2,000 for a complete physical and annual mammograms which was ridiculous plus one year it took almost two years for the insurance company to pay the providers. The lab who did the blood work for my doctor had to call me to contact the insurance company to ask them to pay the lab. I had a great podiatrist and he dropped the insurance plan because they took too long to reimburse him and instead of billing me he wrote it off.

  45. 155 Linda
    September 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    There goes ” Li’l Luke ” sticking up for Republicans…….AGAIN !

    Why won’t the President negotiate ?

    • 156 theo67
      September 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Someone should ask Luke exactly what he thinks the President should give up. When negotiating, both sides must come with their offers, and both sides should be prepared to give something up. So the President is offering to roll out the plan that was duly passed by both sides of Congress, and upheld by the Supreme Court. The President is offering to pay the bills incurred by Congress through the legislation they’ve passed over the years, including paying the bills for the wars that Congress authorized. The President is offering to live within the reduced budget limits imposed by Congress during his presidency.

      Republicans, on the other hand, are offering to defund a duly elected law and deprive 30 million people from affordable healthcare, plus deprive every American of health security. Republicans are offering to slash food stamps and deprive Americans – including the military who are currently fighting the wars authorized by Congress – with support to live on. Republicans are offering to shut down the government if they don’t get their way.

      Which of those offers by the GOP does Luke expect the President to take, and what should he give up in return? These media fools speak in half-sentences about matters in which they know nothing.


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