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Trump’s biggest advantage? The GOP field is boring, tedious and mostly useless


“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy,” Donald Trump said before proceeding to risibly mock a disabled reporter.

When the New York Times called him on his latest micro-abomination, Trump insisted that he didn’t remember the reporter he’d so vividly lampooned and demanded an apology.

And, as the cliche now goes, this will only help him in the polls.

Trump supporters seem to want someone who is brave enough to mock someone’s handicap yet savvy and cowardly enough to lie about it. But think about it, what choice do they have?

Conservatives have succeeded in their greatest ambition: Making their party a unitary front against progress.…

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Rick Snyder disgraced Michigan for no good reason

You know that earlier this week Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder helped lead the shameful charge against accepting Syrian refugees that Republicans have cravenly engineered in order to stoke fears in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

Now we know that he called for a pause in the program for no clear reason.

In an interview on NPR Thursday, the governor was asked what about the vetting process for the refugees concerned him.

“I wouldn’t single out any specific problem I have with it,” he said.

He added, “When you have these events, doesn’t it make sense you should pause and simply say, let’s continue looking at these events?”

But Snyder made it clear he’s not actually looking at “these events” in Paris to assess the situation.…

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Are Democrats in deep trouble or on the verge of a historic landslide? YES!

Democrats have the people; Republicans have the power

For much of this year, I’ve been working on answering the essential question of politics, “How do Republicans win?”

How did a Tea Partier who’d never be elected to anything that didn’t involve a homecoming game become governor of Kentucky by a margin of 80,000 votes after promising to take health insurance from 420,000 newly insured Kentuckians? How did George W. Bush do better in 2004 than he did in 2000 after leading America through the disastrous four years so terrible that they only looked good compared to his next disastrous four years?…

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GUEST POST: How the Koch Brothers are becoming the most powerful political party in America

This guest post comes from Sean McElwee — a research associate at Demos and an excellent follow on Twitter. Find out more about Sean, his work and what his research into voting uncovered about Michigan by checking out his Eclectablog posts on how to make America more progressive and Michigan’s somewhat impressive voter turnout.
In my latest Salon piece, I explore an increasingly important divide on the right: between business conservatives primarily concerned with their bottom lines and ideological conservatives (like the Koch Brothers) driven by an anti-government zeal. Normally, these groups align well, but in the case of the Medicaid expansion, they did not.…

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America, Marco Rubio would be terrible for *your* finances

As the Republican Party inches around Marco Rubio, he’s getting the vetting his success has awarded him.

The press is looking into his personal finances, possible misuse of a Republican Party charge card, and his 80s-sitcom like dependence on a local billionaire.

But none of this could reveal anything more damning than what Marco Rubio is basing his entire candidacy upon — his offensively immoral tax plan.

Citizens for Tax Justice looked at his plan and found it would cost $11.8 TRILLION over the next ten years, with over a third – about $4 trillion – going to the richest 1 percent of Americans.…

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GOP, it’s time to give 9 or 10 candidates a participation award and send them home

If the Republican Party were capable of embarrassment, this debate season would have already turned it redder than John Kasich’s forehead.

Each debate has had its own pre-debate where each of the candidates who are losing so badly they aren’t in the main debate ends up getting as much as or more time to talk than the poll leaders. The real debate is half-filled with candidates who together barely equal half the support of the frontrunner, who happens to be an anti-vaxxer, birther whose popularity was sparked when he called Mexicans “rapists.”

Somehow, it got worse Wednesday night… actually in the aftermath of Wednesday night.…

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Republicans want to talk about fantasy economics, not fantasy football

Chris Christie was mad. So mad that CNBC security was afraid that he might go Kool-Aid.

The failed governor and successful punchline of millions of bridge jokes didn’t want to talk about fantasy football, which is essentially unregulated gambling that seems to be grifting off of and deluding millions Americans.


He wanted to lie about your Social Security.

“It’s not there anymore. The government stole it and spent it,” he said. “All that’s in that trust fund is a pile of IOUs for money on they spent on something else a long time ago.”

This fantasy that the government will stop paying you the benefits you’ve earned is one of Republicans favorite and scariest lies.

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Short-sighted Schuette wastes millions fighting the future

The unbearable costs of Republican politicians pandering to their base

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting taxpayer agenda to join another partisan lawsuit designed to stifle the agenda of a president his state overwhelmingly supported twice.

The Detroit News reports:

Led by West Virginia, the states are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to block the EPA from enforcing its new carbon limits, published Friday, which call on states to reduce emissions an average of 32 percent by 2030. The states say the rule will cause higher electricity rates and hurt the coal-mining industry.

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It’s (almost) time to start attacking Republicans’ extreme views on Medicare

The worst irony of our political system is that the party that wants to gut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid — the three programs that have combined have cut the senior poverty rate from about 35 percent to about 10 — is in only power because of the votes of senior citizens.

It’s time to change that — or at least make a huge dent in the Republican coalition.

Nearly all conservatives want to make massive cuts all three of seniors’ favorite government programs. Usually they couch these suggestions with promises that they won’t affect current seniors without mentioning that their massive cuts to Medicaid would immediately inflict great stress and harm on the most vulnerable older Americans.…

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Support Eclectablog now and see if it makes you feel better

A lot of people call the Buddha the greatest marketer in the world because he told people, “Don’t trust me. Try it yourself and see how you feel.”

You can make that promise when you know you have a great product.

The Buddha did and the result was a world religion that even people who don’t like religion often claim as their own.

I’m not saying Chris Savage is the Buddha — that we know of — but I can firmly avow that the product he offers you through Eclectablog is great. Maybe you don’t agree with all the opinions of the team Chris has put together all of the time — lockstep agreement and purity vows are for Duggars.…

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