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Thursday, October 03, 2013

AFL-CIO to target Republican Governors and Legislators in 2014 Election

During the 2010 midterm elections, when Americans were focused on the House and Senate races (if they were paying attention at all), the corporate-funded “Tea Party” staged a Blitzkrieg attack at the state level.  Vulture capitalists spent billions of dollars installing their prostitutes in the governors’ mansions and legislatures of Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania and other swing states.

The results weren’t pretty:  relentless Block The Vote campaigns, union busting, gerrymandering congressional districts to the point where Republican “representatives’” only danger is getting primaried from the Right, campaigns to close all abortion clinics, etc.

And now the AFL-CIO is hoping to reverse this trend in November 2014.  A lot of these swing state Teabaggers got elected by razor thin margins.  Hopefully these states’ voters will be ready to kick the bastards out.

Michael Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO’s top political official, said:

“There's no question that we're going to be putting more resources into states governors and state legislature races than we have in the past.  Right now, the Republicans are moving ferociously anti-worker, anti-women's health agendas … in the states.”

In other words, when ALEC says “Suck My Dick,” hundreds of state legislators say “How Hard Sir?!?!?!?”

Michael Podhorzer also speculated that changing demographics — plus the increased alienation among Latino voters because of Congress’ failure to pass immigration reform — will create less favorable conditions for Republicans:

“We think the success they had in 2010 … reflected a set of circumstances that aren't going to repeat themselves.”

Along with blocking and obstructing everything in Congress, the 2010 stealth campaign in the swing states was the other half of the Oligarchy’s two-prong attack.  As Michael Podhorzer puts it:

“From the very beginning, the strategy they've evolved to due to their challenges with the presidential year electorate is to stop everything at the federal level, push their ALEC/ Koch agenda in the states.”

Let’s turn the tables in 2014.

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Blogger Demeur said...

I don't think their plan is going to work. If you want to see the sentiment just pop over to your state republican's web page or facebook and have a look at the comments. Tar and feathers would sound like a pleasant experience after reading some of the comments.

October 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

Good to hear it.

October 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Glad to hear something other than wringing of hands, but I tend to agree with Demeur...we are dealing with far too many morans, methinks.

October 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I hope the AFL-CIO's efforts bear fruit, that is, that we can rid of some of the fruitcakes.

Even if it just means those who are elected are still Republicans, I'd prefer real Republicans to the "tea party" politicians. I don't think the GOP pendulum can be brought all the way back to "moderate" over night, but I do think it can be done gradually. So go, AFL-CIO, go!!! I might even open my wallet to help the cause.

And if some of the far-right gasbags are replaced by Democrats along the way, then all the better.

October 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks, lets not forget what the Republicans were like BEFORE the Tea Party - think of the things we were blogging about back then!

Just because the TeaBags took insanity to a new level does not make me wish for the old idiots.


October 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: I hope it'll work.

Demeur, jadedj: The red states are beyond redemption, but I'm hopeful for some of the swing states that got Blitzkrieged by the teabaggers in the 2010 election. Maybe some of these swing state voters who voted for the teatards in 2010 will realize what they've done and vote them out next year. Or maybe I'm just hopelessly optimistic.

Snave: At this point even moderate Republicans, if they still exist, would be a welcome alternative to the Far Right wackjobs we've been getting.

Erik: I guess everything's relative. As bad as the old Republicans were, they look almost liberal compared to today's gang of teadroolers.

October 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM  

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