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Do Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari show the GOP can't win in California? - 06/03/14

... tonight we'll find out which GOP candidate for California governor - Tim Donnelly or Neel Kashkari - will have been selected by voters to lose to Jerry Brown. Expect both to receive low vote totals in a low turnout election. Also expect some pundits to use the results to claim that a Republican can't win in California except in local elections. That claim is wrong. The GOP can win in California...

An Obamacare benefit to the GOP: more Job Creators - 02/27/14

... being an electoral boon for the GOP? Let me explain in the context of the video below. The video - from Time Warner Cable News - shows a Job Creator complaining that he can't expand his business to two more locations: if he does he'll hit the 50 employer limit imposed by Obamacare and have to either pay a fine or provide healthcare to his employees. All of this sounds dire: yet another example...

Mark Zuckerberg's questionable ads for GOP immigration reform plan (FWD US, ACD, Facebook) - 01/31/14

... $750,000 ad buy in support of the GOP "Standards for Immigration Reform". The ads are from "Americans for a Conservative Direction" ("ACD"), the conservative front group for Zuckerberg's pro-comprehensive immigration reform group FWD US. The TV and radio ads for their campaign are below, and if you compare what the ads say to what the GOP plan says, you'll see some interesting differences. When...

GOP "Standards for Immigration Reform": how it's wrong, how it won't work, what you can do - 01/30/14

The GOP "Standards for Immigration Reform" have been released. It's a short summary of the guidelines the Republican Party leadership will use for their own amnesty push. First I'll quote the full document, followed by a discussion of some of the ways it won't work and it misleads. That's followed by some very effective things you can do to stop the GOP effort. PREAMBLE Our nation’s immigration...

Warning: GOP House members are prepared for your questions at August townhalls (immigration, amnesty) - 08/01/13

... that will be held this month by GOP House members. The key word in that sentence is "tough": the normal questions that are asked won't be good enough. If regular citizens just get up and rant and rave or ask weak questions, politicians will be able to turn those questions around. In fact, they're getting prepared. From this: As they prepare to leave the Capitol for a month-long August recess,...

Ask Reince Priebus this very basic immigration question he doesn't realize he raised (RNC chairman) - 06/28/13

This site has covered politicians saying some dumb things, and the following quote from RNC chairman Reince Priebus ranks right up there (link): "We need comprehensive immigration reform. I don't think we can continue to drift along with this mess of immigration laws that we have. And a mess that in many regards has been the results of our government not even enforcing the laws that are in place...

How amnesty would have helped Obama trounce Romney (Hispanic vote) - 04/23/13

... struggled even to stay competitive in GOP strongholds like Texas, which he won with 57 percent of the vote. That's a static analysis, and it would be interesting to know just how much of the "Hispanic vote" the GOP would need to get to stay even or turn things to their advantage. It would also be interesting to find out which universe someone lives in if they think the GOP could gain that share...

Oops: "Hispanics" now want GOP to stop opposing Obamacare - 04/01/13

... of that. Thus it is with the GOP quest for racial power (link): Latinos, who have the lowest rates of health coverage in the country, are among the strongest backers of President Obama's healthcare law. In a recent national poll, supporters outnumbered detractors by more than 2 to 1. Latinos also overwhelmingly see guaranteeing healthcare as a core government responsibility, surveys show. Yet...

Crazy Rand Paul fully supports amnesty, misleading, Hispandering, and reading poetry to do it - 03/19/13

... such as this. While some minor GOP leaders do occasionally engage in "harsh rhetoric", other cases are puffed up by groups like ThinkProgress. Instead of taking on ThinkProgress (part of the Center for American Progress), Rand Paul is enabling them. If some or many Hispanics have a problem with calls to enforce our immigration laws, the problem is with them and not our laws. That they have...

RNC's Bush-linked Growth and Opportunity Project: GOP is "scary" to voters, must pass amnesty, Caring Conservatism - 03/18/13

Who better to solve the GOP's demographic problems then acolytes of the people who created the problem in the first place? RNC chairman Reince Priebus convened the "Growth and Opportunity Project" (link) to make suggestions on how the GOP could reach more voters. The Project's first suggestion is to pass comprehensive immigration reform to deal with demographic problems the GOP has. As discussed...

Karl Rove wants GOP to engage in identity politics; how that will harm GOP and U.S. - 03/02/13

... the electoral prospects of the GOP (particularly the California GOP). For his next dirty trick, Karl Rove wants the GOP to go whole hog on identity politics. From this: GOP strategist Karl Rove said Saturday [at the state GOP convention] that rebuilding the Republican brand in California will be a tough task that will require them to diversify and create a strategy to spread their message to a...

Given everything, how did Obama win again?? - 01/21/13

... again, scroll back through the GOP, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Tea Parties pages, or see the date archives. Or, just start at September's Why isn't Mitt Romney winning, when the GOP did everything right?

"Turning Your Back on People Who Are Starving and Freezing is not a Republican Value" (Pete King, Sandy aid bill) - 01/02/13

... Rep. Pete King fuming about the GOP voting down a relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, saying among other things (link): "Turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is not a Republican value" Shows how much he knows. Over the past few years, the GOP has given full license to sociopathic libertarian/Randroid concepts of every man for himself; the Tea Parties are a Lite...

Tom Beaumont and Josh Lederman of AP mislead about immigration, avoid real reporting - 12/26/12

... of the Associated Press offer "GOP shows signs of bending after election defeat" ([1]). I'll discuss why it's wrong after the excerpt: For years, Republicans have adhered fiercely to their bedrock conservative principles, resisting Democratic calls for tax hikes, comprehensive immigration reform and gun control. Now, seven weeks after an electoral drubbing, some party leaders and rank-and-file...

George W. Bush Institute on "Growth and Immigration" (Matthew Denhart) - 12/05/12

Yesterday, George W Bush returned to the public eye to promote massive immigration, saying ( peekURL.com/zjd4VCT ): America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants have helped build the country that we have become, and immigrants can help build a dynamic tomorrow. Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul. [...] America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society...

Don't be fooled by Lincoln Club of Orange County's immigration plan (Robert Loewen) - 12/03/12

... especially true in California. If the GOP proposed such a plan, the Democrats would oppose it and attempt to weaken it. But, just for the sake of argument, let's assume the GOP is able to pass that plan. Let's say it happened on a Monday. You know what would happen on Tuesday? The Democrats and other groups would set to work weakening the plan. There's a multi-million dollar "industry" dedicated...

ACHIEVE Act draft: GOP's version of anti-American DREAM Act immigration amnesty - 11/16/12

... peekURL.com/znPTmcX ). It's the GOP own anti-American version of the anti-American DREAM Act: Essentially, the proposal involves several tiers: W-1 visa status would allow an immigrant to attend college or serve in the military (they have six years to get a degree). After doing so, they would be eligible to apply for a four-year nonimmigrant work visa (also can be used for graduate degrees.)...

Clueless: Mitt Romney reflects on his loss, and still can't figure anything out - 11/14/12

Mitt Romney conducted a conference call with his backers today, and showed that he's as clueless after his loss as he was before. From this (note: not The Onion): [Romney said] the president had followed the "old playbook" of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups - "especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people." "In each case, they were...

Even Matt Yglesias realizes immigration amnesty would harm the GOP - 11/08/12

... Yglesias of Slate can see that GOP leaders can't? Not much: neither are that perspicacious. But, at least Yglesias is ahead of GOP leaders in one way: being able to see that comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty) would harm the GOP's electoral chances. From peekURL.com/z9ph9Ua : Latinos aren't into (the GOP's just-help-the-rich-get-richer agenda) for roughly the same reason that Asians...

John Boehner promises immigration amnesty to Obama and Democrats - 11/08/12

... of the major reasons for the GOP loss appears to be losing white voters, not the "Hispanic vote". Comprehensive immigration reform - aka "amnesty" - is bad policy, as described at that link. It's also incredibly bad politics for the GOP: it would give the Democratic Party millions of new voters. If you oppose amnesty, please take a moment and contact Boehner with your thoughts via boehner.house....

Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon offer bad policy and bad politics on immigration (RealClearPolitics) - 11/08/12

... politics, and bad policy for the GOP. From "21 Reasons for Obama's Victory and Romney's Defeat" ( peekURL.com/z48qntP ): Early in the Republican primary season, Romney proffered "self-deportation" as a partial policy prescription for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in this country. (Mitt Romney)'s rhetoric was aimed at Rick Perry, who had signed legislation granting in-state...

Ed Morrissey ready to capitulate on amnesty (Hot Air, immigration) - 11/07/12

... of HotAir is ready to help the GOP deal itself a losing hand, and is trying to round up others. Morrissey quotes ( peekURL.com/zSYJQs5 ) this from Jeff Poor of the Daily Caller: After Tuesday night's re-election victory for President Barack Obama, MSNBC's Chuck Todd predicted that one of the president's agenda items - one promise he never managed to fulfill in his first term - would breeze into...

Obama "confident" he'll get immigration amnesty in 2013 (will GOP, Teaparty block it?) - 10/24/12

... wrong. That opposition - the GOP and the Tea Parties - would cast aside the Democrats' framing of the immigration issue; instead of validating the Democrats' concepts on the issue, they would show how those concepts are bad for the U.S. 3. Unfortunately, that's just a fantasy. The leadership of the GOP isn't that smart and isn't capable of "thinking outside the box". The Teapartiers make GOP...

Billionaire's ad warns about non-existent threat of socialism (Thomas Peterffy) - 10/13/12

Time for another edition of Billionaires Know Best. This edition features an ad that Thomas Peterffy of Interactive Brokers (net worth over $4 billion) will spend $5 to $10 million running in swing states. In the ad (video below), the Hungarian-born Peterffy complains about, among other things, the non-existent threat of socialism. First the transcript of the ad, followed by a discussion of why...

Are whining Job Creators just big moochers? Are they patriotic? - 10/09/12

To help you answer those questions, take a look at the let's-defenestrate-noblesse-oblige letter (link) that a major Job Creator - the very rich timeshare magnate David Siegel of Westgate Resorts - sent to his employees, excerpts at [1]. He created the letter by editing an even more explicit similar letter from 2008 [2]. 1. Would Siegel have been able to become a timeshare magnate in a low-tax,...

Why isn't Mitt Romney winning, when the GOP did everything right? - 09/14/12

... the greatest thinkers of the GOP (e.g., peekURL.com/zHdnAfd ), the Romney campaign, and the conservative establishment and wonder what's going on? Why isn't the GOP putting this one away? Haven't the GOP and their leading thinkers done everything right?? Let's review: * Choosing Paul Ryan - a fan of the author Ayn Rand - as the vice presidential candidate. Isn't Atlas Shrugged (and the band Rush...

GOP consultants: which Hispanic outreach approach is better? - 08/30/12

... are some quick questions for GOP consultants, pundits, and other thought leaders. If you consult Republican politicians or are in a related field, please answer the questions below [1]. If that's not you, you can still help out by asking consultants the questions below. If you're a consultant/pundit/etc., I'd like you to first take a look at these two approaches to Hispanic outreach: Approach A...

The low level of Timothy Noah's reporting (TNR, GOP Convention) - 08/29/12

For an example of the low-level of Timothy Noah's reporting, first see the post about Jack Hitt of Harper's for the backstory. Of that, Noah (formerly of Slate, now of The New Republic) writes ( "Pas Devant Les Enfants, Tampa: Puerto Rico Out Of U.S.?", peekURL.com/zSg8UAU ): Buzzfeed's Zeke Miller suggests it wasn't Latino-baiting, but rather a protest against some procedural disrespect toward...

GOP 2012 Platform on immigration - 08/29/12

... are all of the excerpts in the GOP 2012 platform that mention immigration. The entire text is available here: scribd.com/doc/104097929/Final-Language-GOP-Platform-2012 See GOP platform supports Arizona-style laws, but includes guest worker program for preliminary comments made before the full text was available. Those comments still apply, but more may be added later. While not every single...

Is Jack Hitt credible? Find out. (Harpers, GOP convention chant, Zoraida Fonalledas, Puerto Rico, Ron Paul) - 08/29/12

Jack Hitt writes for Harpers Magazine and after this I'm going to take the other things he writes with a big grain of salt. He says: (Ron Paul supporters) were protesting a decision by RNC officials not to seat members of the Maine delegation, which was split between Paul and Romney supporters following rule changes made just prior to the convention. There were energetic shouts of "Aye!" and "Nay...

What if Stand Up Florida were smart? (interrupts Marco Rubio at RNC convention; SEIU) - 08/28/12

... during a Marco Rubio speech at the GOP Convention [2]. Five protesters from that group stand up and start shouting assertions, which Rubio deftly handles. The much smarter alternative would be for SUF to find a skilled questioner - such as a trial lawyer - to engage Rubio in debate. That questioner would ask tough questions - not just assertions - designed to show why SUF thinks their ideas are...

GOP platform supports Arizona-style laws, but includes guest worker program - 08/21/12

... good news about the newly-passed GOP platform. From [1]: The official party position now reads that "State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked," and says the Department of Justice should immediately drop its lawsuits against controversial state immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah. [The] amendment (put forward by Kris Kobach), which is...

Guy Benson, Ace Mu Nu can't figure things out (Harry Reid, Romney) - 08/05/12

One of the major problems the GOP has is people who can't figure out how to do things the right way. In some cases I wouldn't care, but in many cases the dumb things the GOP does have an impact on the U.S. as a whole. For an example, let's turn to Guy Benson of Townhall. Discussing Harry Reid's claim that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for 10 years - a claim Reid can't back up with any evidence -...

Texas 2012 GOP platform goes "liberal" on immigration (IRCOT, Koch) - 06/09/12

The Texas GOP has passed their 2012 platform, and it includes an immigration plank that some will present as somewhat "liberal" or "lenient". But, those aren't the correct words. The Texas GOP's new policy is better described as friendly to corrupt businesses. They call for a guest workers program that sounds like the ones George W Bush proposed during his terms in office. And, the group behind...

In 1992, Democrats opposed mass immigration almost as much as Republicans - 06/04/12

... and 74% respectively. Now, the GOP percentage has risen to 84%, independents are at 69%, and Democrats have fallen to 58%. The impacts of immigration have for the most part only changed by degree from 1992 to now. It's not like new discoveries have been made in the field, yet opinions have changed in one group. So, what happened? Part of it is no doubt due to demographic changes among those who...

Poll: GOP obsesses over spending, downplays much more important immigration issue - 04/17/12

... chart below [1] shows that the GOP has become a party of crazed accountants, obsessing over the budget deficit. At the same time, the immigration issue has become less important to the GOP. That's despite immigration - which determines who lives in the U.S. and who votes - being a far more vital and fundamental issue than spending. Deficits can be reduced in future years with increased economic...

Three reasons Obama will win in 2012: Bachmann, Romney, and Perry - 08/14/11

... the bat****-crazy wing of the GOP, the Tea Parties. The unfavorables for that group have doubled since January 2010 [1], and there's very little difference between her and them. Certainly, some of her positions aren't that bad, but others are and she's far to the right of the U.S. as a whole. Her teaparty-style economics-related ideas are so bad that the Democrats and the media might even be...

Challenge for Teaparty: can you justify cuts to literacy programs (including Reading is Fundamental)? - 07/25/11

... libertarians camp - and now the GOP under their sway - don't want it to come back. In fact, they want to get rid of even more: "The president... needs to take much more than a scalpel to the Department of Education's budget - there’s room to take an ax," said Lindsey Burke, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank. Thus, my question to those in the teaparties or...

* Edwards Has "Never Done Any Serious Farming." - 07/06/04

... was brought to you by the RNC (gop.com/RNCResearch/Read.aspx?id=4345). (Via the wacky liberaltarians at Reason reason . com/hitandrun/005870.shtml)