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150 days ago

Wait... why is "most evil" a 5 star rating? It makes it look like the Tea Party is loved or something... when people only look at the stars. This movement is completely destroying the GOP. Republican politicians are afraid to agree with any good ideas if the Democrats recommend them because they know that Grover Norquist and the Tea Party will fund a super conservative extremist candidate to run against them. That's right... if you don't agree with the Tea Party, they turn on you and try to get you thrown out... even if you're in the same party.

When politicians are scared to do their job... well heck... that's real terrorism in my book... and that's what the Tea Party espouses.

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176 days ago

Anti-science, anti-intellectual, anti-history, babbling, aging, anchor of the GOP that (somehow) even manages to make the GOP look worse than it really is.

Those who bray about 'freedom' whilst wanting nothing more than a dominating theocracy and a restriction of rules for the powerful are to be (quite frankly) held at arm's length.

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207 days ago

I imagine that most gay Republicans are attracted to the party because of their economic and or foreign policy stances, certainly not due to social issues, at least not related to homosexuality and the relationships of the party with the religious right.

More broadly speaking, there seems to be a battle ongoing over which faction will have control over the GOP. On the one side, we have mainline elements, closely affiliated with the Bush family, who are concerned with electability and holding power. Karl Rove recently started a new 501-4(c) corporation geared at making sure the party nominates "electable" Republicans for Senate races, as opposed to those financed by the hard right. On the other side, there's the Tea Party/John Bircher elements, which were held at bay for many years, up until Bush Jr. left office. In the wake of the financial crisis and the wider discrediting of the Bush wing of the party, they filled a vacuum. Ideologically, they share similar concerns, many espousing neoconservative ideas, but come from "different sides of the track", so to say.

The GOP crackup was probably inevitable. Inconsistencies and tensions within the GOP have been growing for years. The coalition that formed the modern GOP under Nixon and Ronald Reagan using cultural populism as a wedge is under some stress. Adding to this situation is Barack Obama, who is helping to fuel these divisions within the party to his advantage.

Republican libertarians have never gotten along with social conservatives, who want to impose their own morality on everyone else. Small government types in the GOP have never seen eye-to-eye with deficit hawks, who don't mind raising taxes as long as the extra revenues goes towards deficit reduction. The GOP's big business and Wall Street wing has never been comfortable with the nativists and racists in the Party who want to exclude immigrants and prevent minorities from getting ahead. Wall Street types like to use immigrants as cheap labor. And right-wing populists have never gotten along with big business and Wall Street, which love government as long as it gives them subsidies, tax benefits, and bailouts.

Sometimes these differences can be papered over by a national figure like Reagan or even George W. Bush at his political peak after 9/11 with nationalism and patriotic imagery that inspires the nativists and social conservatives. They gave big business and Wall Street massive military spending, and their anti-government rhetoric satisfied the GOP's libertarians and right-wing populists. Normally, maintaining this coalition intact required some sort of external enemy: terrorists, communists, etc. Internal foes included social liberalism and racial politics, at times veiled.

It all came to a heads in the 2012 electoral cycle: all the cracks and fissures of the GOP were exposed during that campaign. A clown-car full of candidates representing each respective wing of the party emerged: Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, Cain, Santorum. Each rose rapidly as elements of the party coalesced around them, but fell once their major flaws emerged. In the background all along was Mitt Romney, a chameleon who appeared to be acceptable to all wings of the party, but ultimately, he ran an elitist, detached campaign that was also synthetic and inauthentic.

Even more troubling than these divisions is what the campaign exposed about neoconservative mythologies which have been allowed to fester. As a result, they've lost touch with political reality. This has given the Democrats the opening they need to aggravate tensions within the party. They're using the old Lee Atwater social wedge strategy against them. By emphasizing guns, they're pitting rural voters against suburbanites and urban voters. With abortion and contraception, they're emphasizing gaining a wider share of the woman vote. With immigration, the Democrats are looking to cement their hold on Hispanics, which gave GWB 44% of their vote in 2004.

Divide and rule seems to be the name of the game, only difference is that the Democrats are now using it to beat up the GOPer's.

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214 days ago

(Love, love, LOVE the one 'disagree'..where aaaaaare you?. . ..)

Manages to shit the bed in his personal and professional life - then complains about how he's covered by 'he media'. . .

Trashes the phantom lee-brul bias and claims to hate the media establishment but never met a camera he didn't turn away from. . .

The generation-gap candidate. The old guy in the club who shouldn't be there.

Gingrich's message was old hat in the 90's. . .he still (strangely) thinks the GOP 'won' the government shutdown with Clinton. . . he still thinks he's above personal questions about his life whilst questioning the lives of his opponents. He still talks to the camera as if he imagines himself as intimidating, intellectual, or relevant.

The dems want him to hang around as long as possible. . .he's simply not an electable GOP candidate.

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245 days ago

These guys are allied with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Mohamad Morsi government today. His governing coalition is a coterie of reactionary Salafist elements, many of whom can be defined as terrorists. al-Jihad is the muscle for Morsi's political movement; their role is to attack social and political elements like Coptic Christians, liberals, intellectuals, nationalists and others opposed to the regime.

The current Egyptian government combines the worst of radical Islamicist social policy with an economic shock therapy program implemented by western agencies like the IMF, with Morsi's assent. Last month, the Morsi government passed a new constitution that consolidated executive powers and established a police state that can sweep up opposition elements of civil society in the event of mass protests against his economic policies. He also did it to protect himself from nationalist elements within the military that are opposed to those policies. Morsi ultimately needs an iron grip to implement highly unpopular policies.

The "Arab Spring", which brought about a wave of regime change throughout the region has reached it's logical conclusion. Government's in Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen are implementing a shock therapy program, selling off public assets to international financiers and gutting social safety nets. Much of what we're seeing now happen in the Middle East was similar to what happened in Russia in the early 1990's and in Southeast Asia in 1998. Unfortunately, it's a very old playbook and part of a broader coordinated strategy to implement monetarist economic policies throughout the region. The immediate economic crisis is a manufactured one, having its genesis in the London and New York trading houses. It has created youth unemployment and food price inflation, which was a precipitating factor in the original Arab Spring protests. Those were largely organized and cultivated by Western NGO's like Freedom House, the NED, etc.

Those destabilizations had been prepared by the austerity demands of the IMF on countries like Libya and Tunisia, and soon enough, Syria once that regime is overthrown. As western government's had originally intended, the new regimes left in the wake of those destabilizations are weaker than their predecessors, and thus even more likely to relent to the demands of these international financial institutions. The Egyptian president, Mohamad Morsi, capitulated to the IMF on the critical question of food and fuel subsidies in the last week of November, when he accepted the terms of a $4.5 billion loan, setting the stage for a major political crisis, which happened just as he passed his constitutional "reforms". Under the Morsi/IMF plan, the price of a liter of gasoline doubled in a matter of a few weeks, a situation that's bound to create political instability anywhere.

Yet the IMF is forcing Morsi to cut fuel subsidies by one-third. Concurrently, Morsi is supposed to increase the sales tax as part of a transition towards a value added tax (VAT), which translates towards a massive shift towards regressive taxation, the most socially destructive type of revenue generation. In addition, new levies on personal property and telecommunications is also part of the plan.

Of course, what's needed is a massive repudiation of neo-liberal economics, a rejection of unnecessary austerity measures, and restraining the parasitical financial element that originally created this economic disaster in the first place.

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279 days ago

Romney is a completely out of touch,rich, animal abusing blowhard who cuts people's hair while they're sleeping. They found practically nothing wrong with Obama, besides disagreeing with some of his political ideas. Obama won fair and square.

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286 days ago

He has been an excellent supporter and speaker at the GOP National Conventions and supported his father, Jeb Bush (former Governor of Florida) and campaigned for his uncle George W. Bush (43rd President). His grandfather is George H. W. Bush (41st President).
They say around the house, the George's are known as "41", "43" and "47". They hope that George P. might want to run for an office.
Born in Florida, he is Latino from his mother's side. He has a B.A. from Rice University and a Juris Degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Currently he is serving an 8-year term in the Navy Reserve he signed to in 2007. At the GOP Conventions in 1988 and 1992, he was able to get the Republican Latinos to listen.
In 2010, George P. Bush endorsed Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.
If George P. Bush has any political ambitions in the future we will just have to wait and see.

November 2012: I read that George P. Bush is interested in serving in office in Texas, perhaps as Land Commissioner, for 2014. He has not made a decision of which office yet.

Do I hear a Marco Rubio and George P. Bush ticket in the future?

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286 days ago

This is the man I wanted to be our next President of the United States. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) gave the Weekly Republican Address for November 26, 2009, July 24, 2010 and October 16, 2010. Good in voice, shows concern and compassion, sincere and honest, calm manner. Knows how to answer each question given to him in front of the media. He is very experienced in television interviews. I think more Americans will like Mike Pence as they become more familiar with him.
He succeeded in helping bring back the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in November 2010 and he won another term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana's 6th District (formerly 2nd district).
On September 19, 2010, Mike Pence won the Family Research Council's Values Voter Presidential Straw Poll.
As of January 27, 2011, Mike Pence has decided not to campaign for President in 2012. Him and his family had a long discussion about their future plans.

I was glad to hear Mike Pence won the election for Governor of Indiana in November 2012. He loves his state of Indiana. This does make him eligible to be a Vice President choice or run for President in 2015/16. But I think he will stick with being Governor, especially while he has children in school.

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286 days ago

The Republicans need to find a superior candidate that will lead the GOP, if we want to get Obama out of office in 2012.
Jeb Bush is the former Governor of Florida. His father George H. W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States. His brother, George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. They hope that Jeb's son, George Prescott Bush might run for an office in the future.
Jeb Bush has said in the past he does not want to be President of the United States and did not campaign for Senator in 2010. As of May 2011, he has made it perfectly clear again he does not want to run for President.
I wonder if he would take a position of Vice-President?
As of April 2012, some Republicans are still throwing Jeb Bush's name into the hat as a choice for Vice-President.
April 20: Jeb Bush said he would consider running for Vice-President with Mitt Romney, but doubts he will ever be asked. He thinks that Marco Rubio is probably the best choice even though he says he does not want to leave the Senate.

Jeb Bush was not chosen as the Vice-President running mate, but he will be a speaker at the Republican National Convention, August 27-30, 2012.

November 2012: Mitt Romney did not win to become President. Ann Romney says he will absolutely not run again.
The name of "Jeb Bush" is the first name Republicans are mentioning the morning after. Will we see Jeb Bush during the 2015/16 Presidential Election race?
His son, George Prescott Bush, has been brought up too. Will he run for an office in Texas in 2014?

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286 days ago

August 11, 2012. Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan to be his Vice-President on the Republican ticket.

November 2012. Mitt Romney did not win the Presidential Election. But Paul Ryan is now being talked about for 2016. Many republicans are happy with Paul Ryan.

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