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One of the talking points used against Donald Trump is that he isn't a "Real Conservative"; examples at . That talking point might be counter-productive and it exposes yet again that being a "real conservative" isn't actually all that popular.
At the 11/10/15 GOP debate, Marco Rubio said, to wild applause, "I don't know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers." Transcript at , video below.
[UPDATE: RESULTS BELOW]
Could Obamacare end up 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.
Mark Zuckerberg's questionable ads for GOP immigration reform plan (FWD US, ACD, Facebook) - 01/31/14
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is behind a $750,000 ad buy in support of the GOP "Standards for Immigration Reform".
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.
Warning: GOP House members are prepared for your questions at August townhalls (immigration, amnesty) - 08/01/13
One of the best ways to block amnesty is to ask tough questions at the townhalls 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.
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):
Here's how (link): If [11 million illegal aliens] had been on the voting rolls in 2012 and voted along the same lines as other Hispanic voters did last fall, President Barack Obama’s relatively narrow victory last fall would have been considerably wider, a POLITICO analysis showed.
In negotiations, when you show weakness and make weak demands, your opponents tend to take advantage of that. Thus it is with the GOP quest for racial power (link):
Crazy Rand Paul fully supports amnesty, misleading, Hispandering, and reading poetry to do it - 03/19/13
Earlier today, Kentucky senator Rand Paul gave a pro-amnesty speech at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that in some ways is even more shocking and more crazy than the pro-amnesty speeches George W Bush gave. In addition to being borderline nuts, Paul misleads and uses a string of pro-amnesty talking points just like his dad.
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?
Last decade, George W Bush and Karl Rove greatly harmed the U.S. through their support for massive immigration.
In the current upper left corner of Matt Drudge's site, he's celebrating Obama's second inauguration with several links (text as given by Drudge, re-linked by me): Obama tweets 'Let's go -- bo': from church! Calls for 'collective action'... Vows action on 'climate change'... Protesters target banks... Paul Ryan Booed... Broken Jumbotron frustrates thousands on the National Mall...
"Turning Your Back on People Who Are Starving and Freezing is not a Republican Value" (Pete King, Sandy aid bill) - 01/02/13
The video below shows 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"
Tom Beaumont and Josh Lederman of the Associated Press offer "GOP shows signs of bending after election defeat" (). I'll discuss why it's wrong after the excerpt:
Yesterday, George W Bush returned to the public eye to promote massive immigration, saying ( peekURL.com/zjd4VCT ):
Last month, the Lincoln Club of Orange County released a "Policy Statement on Immigration Reform" . Their plan is - in a word - delusional. I'll quote the most delusional part of their plan, and explain why it wouldn't work as they want you to think it would.
Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller has obtained a draft of the "ACHIEVE Act", an immigration amnesty program for younger illegal aliens ( peekURL.com/znPTmcX ). It's the GOP own anti-American version of the anti-American DREAM Act:
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."
What is it that Matt Yglesias of Slate can see that GOP leaders can't? Not much: neither are that perspicacious.
From the New York Times ( peekURL.com/zVg6FPU ): Fresh off an election in which Hispanic voters largely sided with Democrats, Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that he was "confident" Congress and the White House could come up with a comprehensive immigration solution. Immigration reform is "an important issue that I think ought to be dealt with," Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said in an interview with Diane Sawyer on "ABC World News."
Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon offer bad policy and bad politics on immigration (RealClearPolitics) - 11/08/12
Over at RealClearPolitics, Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon offer bad advice, bad politics, and bad policy for the GOP. From "21 Reasons for Obama's Victory and Romney's Defeat" ( peekURL.com/z48qntP ):
Ed Morrissey 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:
In a previously-off the record interview with the Des Moines Register, Barack Obama had this to say about getting amnesty in 2013 (link):
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 it's wrong:
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 . He created the letter by editing an even more explicit similar letter from 2008 .
It's less than two months to Election Day, but Mitt Romney is lagging behind while Barack Obama is pulling ahead in key states. Allow me to channel 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?
Here 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 . 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:
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.
The following 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
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:
The video below shows the SEIU-linked group "Stand Up Florida" ("SUF")  engaging in dumb behavior during a Marco Rubio speech at the GOP Convention . Five protesters from that group stand up and start shouting assertions, which Rubio deftly handles.
First the good news about the newly-passed GOP platform. From : 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.
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.
The Texas GOP has passed their 2012 platform, and it includes an immigration plank that some will present as somewhat "liberal" or "lenient".
The attached image is from a new Pew Research Center report about "partisan polarization" . Back in 1992, 78% of Republicans agreed that "[w]e should restrict and control people coming into our country more than we do now". The percentages for independents and Democrats were nearly identical: 75% and 74% respectively.
The chart below  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 activity and other means, but immigration is forever and ever and ever.
Despite his popularity dropping below 40%, Barack Obama stands an excellent chance of being re-elected. And, there are three reasons for that:
Challenge for Teaparty: can you justify cuts to literacy programs (including Reading is Fundamental)? - 07/25/11
Earlier this year, spending by the Department of Education was cut by $750 million at least temporarily by ending or cutting back literacy and other programs. One of those affected was the organization Reading Is Fundamental; all the $24.8 million they were getting from the feds was eliminated.