Ron Paul should demand a recount

Whoa, that was close.

Michele Bachmann has been named the winner of the Iowa straw poll, taking 4,823 votes out of nearly 17,000 cast. Ron Paul was a close runner-up, taking 4,671 votes and trailing Bachmann by less than 200 ballots. In a distant third place was former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who took 2,293 votes after investing heavily in the event.

There was less than 1% difference between them. Ron Paul should demand a recount. It’s amazing when the guy who repeatedly calls for abolishing the Fed and the IRS is the most lucid and sane-sounding guy on the debate stage.…

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Newsweek columnist John Avlon asks “Are Republicans at war with reality?”

Whoa. A mainstream media figure gets it. John Avlon, senior columnist at Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor asks, in a piece for CNN, “Are Republicans at war with reality?”.

So here’s what I learned watching Thursday night’s Republican debate:

States’ rights should rule the day, unless you’re gay.

Small government is the rule unless a rapist impregnates his victim.

Loyalty oaths should be the new normal.

Ten-to-one spending cuts to tax increases is an ideologically unacceptable compromise.

And refusing to raise the debt ceiling is a stand for fiscal responsibility even if it were to trigger an immediate default.

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BREAKING: John Waltz, former Exec. Dir. of Heartland Revolution, to challenge Fred Upton in MI-06

Yesterday, John Waltz, former Executive Director of Heartland Revolution, filed papers with the FEC to run against Fred Upton in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District in the 2012 election.

Waltz is no stranger to running for Congress. In 2010, he ran an unsuccessful campaign in Kentucky’s 4th District where he was outspent by a 3-to-1 margin by his Republican opponent.

Since then, Waltz was the former Executive Director of Heartland Revolution. Heartland Revolution has been very active in Michigan helping with recall efforts against Republicans across the state and organizing against the Emergency Manager law, particularly in Benton Harbor which is in the 6th District.…

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PHOTOBLOG: President Obama visits (another) Holland, Michigan battery plant

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President Obama was back in Holland, Michigan again yesterday, just over a year from his last visit there. In July 2010, he visited the groundbreaking of the LG Chem/Compact Power Inc.

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My new desktop wallpaper

This is more funny than you realize. My niece-in-law is the only kid I know that could pull off that look better. And she totally would.…

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A2Politico: My most-hilarious interview with Pete Nicely of LOLGOP

UPDATE: The full LOLGOP/Eclectablog interview can now be found HERE.
My piece this week at A2Politico is a don’t-miss interview with “Pete Nicely”, the man behind LOLGOP. I won’t ruin the experience by putting much here but you really owe it to yourself to click through and read the whole thing.

This. Dude. Is. Funny!

In Ann Arbor, a man who goes by the grin-inducing name of “Pete Nicely” has stepped up to create an online presence that uses satire, snark, incisive wit and downright comedy to poke fun at the Republicans and their many absurdities. His Twitter feed and Facebook page are called “LOLGOP” (LOL = laughing out loud for the netspeak-impaired.) He has an eviable Twitter audience of around 7,000 followers and and nearly 4,000 people “Like” his fan page on Facebook.…
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Shorter Standard and Poor’s

From the utter laugh riot Doghouse Diaries:

For more stick figure hilarity, visit the Doghouse Diaries.

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Wisconsin’s example needs to be taken to heart by Michigan activists

Last night’s election results in Wisconsin should serve as a highly motivating and energizing event for Democratic organizers and activists in Michigan. Although they did not succeed in flipping the Wisconsin Senate to blue, they did make shift the balance by four and, with several more moderate Republicans on board, this could dramatically influence any future legislative initiatives in their legislature. As kos put it this morning:

But let me just say, if tonight was a loss, I hope we have many more such “losses” in 2012.

We took the fight into red territory, and took two seats. What was a safe 19-14 GOP advantage is now a narrow 17-16.

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