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Friday, January 15, 2010

Republican Plan for Taking Back the House

The Rush Limbaugh party has a new detailed plan for winning control of the House of Representatives this coming November. They’ll be using a variation of that tired “80/20” cliché.

80% of their strategy will be attacking and sabotaging and derailing and slandering Obama and everything he stands for. This is new???

And the other 20% will consist of — according to the article — “talking up their own ideas.” [rereads sentence] “their own ideas.”

[scratches head] [puzzled facial expression]

And what exactly would “their own ideas” consist of? They’ve contributed absolutely nothing in the past year except lies and threats and more lies. And of course, the “proof” that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

Now I’m not saying this is right, but it feels goooood. More than a hundred contributors to a rightwing website have had their credit card numbers and other personal information leaked. Now now, this isn’t funny.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) has received 139 faxes giving the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, credit card information — and the amount of money donated — on people who have contributed to ExposeObama.com. This website is run by Floyd Brown, who’s also one of the creators of the Willie Horton ad campaign in the 1988 presidential election.

Stupak said: “This apparent breach of personal information could easily lead to these individuals falling victim to identity theft if placed in the wrong hands.”

Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

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Blogger Ricardo said...

They have enough ideas to fill %20?

January 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

The MSM is sure trying hard to help them out, but they're so Dogdamned stupid that even the most favorable reporting won't move enough people into their column.

January 16, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

You are hearing it here first. NOT GONNA happen. There, now I feel better ;)

January 16, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Wow. FAxing credit card numbers to congress. Man, that was truly beyond Stooooopid.

January 16, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Radulich said...

The sad fact is that Obama has the lowest approval rating among whites then any president in the last thirty years any president. Massachusetts may elect its first republican senator in some 50 years with a three to one democratic registration. If we remain inactive and do not help on these campaigns apathy ( and by extension the gop) will win.

January 16, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Hey now, just because their ideas are vile and/or guaranteed to never ever work in reality, doesn't mean they can't scrounge up 20% worth.

January 16, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

The next election was the Democrats' to lose. It pains me to say they've been hard at work on doing that since about February. I hope JR is right, but with each passing week I find it harder to believe.

What should never be discounted is Americans' capacity for wanting to stick it to the politicians they're most mad at at the moment. Never mind that a rational reading of the record of the pols they're voting for at the moment would lead them to vote for the ones they want to vote against. (That's a terrible sentence, but I don't want to write a 500-word comment. ;) )

January 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ricardo: I'd be impressed if their "ideas" could fill 1%.

JR: I hope you're right. The thought of Republicans making any sort of gains next November is intolerable.

Jess: OK, I heard it here first. I feel better too.

Bee: If it had to happen, I'm glad the victims were a bunch of rightwing donors. But it was still a stoooopid thing to do.

Christopher: You're right about this Massachusetts Senate race. The fact that it isn't a slamdunk for the Democrat is a terrible sign.

Randal: I think their ratio of Big Lie attacks to original ideas would be more like 99 to 1.

SW: Unfortunately, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is the Democrats' biggest talent, and they've been hard at work to achieve that goal. Too many voters have that lethal combination you're describing: a short memory combined with the urge to lash out at whoever is in power at the moment.

January 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous People in the Sun said...

Hey, telling people STUPID is good for America worked for them in 2000 and in 2004. You would think Republican voters have learned their lesson, but the thing is happening now. The dumber you are, the more likely you are to be the leader of the Party. Ideas? That's for the ELITES.

January 16, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

They're going to gain. No doubt about it. But the Chicken Littles have yet to show me where they can flip the numbers they have to flip.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2010 is NOT 1994. Whites are a measurably reduced number in the electorate. There ain't gonna be any way for the Rushpubliscums to change that. I will remind you again that the white percentages have been constant, insofar as Rushpubliscum voters. There just aren't enough of them to flip the House anymore, and the Senate is highly unlikely, though possible in about 2 electoral cycles.

January 16, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

If the Republicans do take control of either chamber of congress, it will not only illustrate the uselessness of a two party system where people are continually forced to choose between the perceived lesser of two evils, it will also illustrate the stupidity of a majority of voters who seem to have forgotten who made his mess in the first place.

January 17, 2010 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

Any success the GOP will get at the polls will come down to numbers. All the Republicans will vote, they pretty much always do, if all Democrats and people who are do not call themselves Republicans (the so-called independents) drag themselves to vote, the GOP will get thrashed. It happened in 2008, despite the MSM, it needs to happen again.

January 17, 2010 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

PITS: That's right, who needs a bunch of them steenking ideas? Damn those Elitists anyway.

JR: That's good to remember, about the demographic changes. It's hard to imagine too many minorities cheering for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and pretty soon they won't be the minority any more.

Lew: It'll say terrible things about the intelligence of American voters if the Republicans are able to recapture either chamber.

Holte: There's the rub. I don't know why that is, but it's always been true. Conservatives always vote, come hell or high water or an avalanche or an earthquake. Democrats and liberals might vote, if it's a nice day and they aren't too stoned and there's nothing good on the tube. Get-out-the-vote efforts are more important than ever.

January 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Conservatives always vote because they're authoritarians motivated by resentment and very clear about who and what they resent. Essentially, that comes down to opposing anyone who doesn't want exactly what they want, exactly the way they want it.

January 17, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

JR wrote: "But the Chicken Littles have yet to show me where they can flip the numbers they have to flip."

With only 40 votes in the Senate, plus some help from a few Democrats with stange ideas about what being a Democrat means, Republicans have reduced what started out as meaningful health care reform to a taxpayer-subsidized program to make health insurance CEO's and their lobbyists even wealthier.

What do you suppose will happen if Republicans gain even one or two more Senate seats? Right now, Massachusetts is not looking good for Democrats. Any time now, when he's decided the timing is to his advantage, I expect Joe Lieberman to announce he's liberating his inner Republican.

Like I said, I hope you're right and that I'm worrying for nothing. If that turns out to be true, I will gladly acknowledge it.

January 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

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