Everything Conservatives Know About the Iran Nuclear Treaty is Wrong.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the nuclear non-proliferation treaty with Iran, negotiated by the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany (the P5+1): it’s getting past Congress no matter what. Here’s the rest of the story: Republicans will do everything in their power to embarrass our president (as they have since January 20, 2009), so you can also expect a motion of disapproval to pass the House and Senate when they get back to town early next month.

Here’s what you need to ignore: the tsunami of political attack-style ads that will saturate the airwaves in any state where your Senator or Representative has expressed taking a sober view of the pros and cons of this deal before casting their vote. These people will be called weak and enemies of peace — who are inviting disaster and hastening Armageddon. Except, of course — that’s completely bass ackwards. Continue reading

Donald, the Great and Powerful

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I’ll admit it. I’m stumped. It seems pretty clear that a Democratic shift in 2016 will be thanks, in large measure, to Donald Trump — but it carries a pretty hefty price tag. The only question in my mind is how that’s going to play out. Consider this: in 1860, over 80% of those eligible at the time turned out to vote in the quadrennial contest to become president (compared to 55% in 2012). Ask most Americans (okay, ask those who follow politics), and they’ll tell you that Abraham Lincoln defeated Stephen Douglas to win the office. But of the roughly 4.7 million white males who voted that year, President Lincoln won just 39% of the vote. Wait, what?

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Southern Democratic and Constitutional Union parties (the first formed to defend slavery — and the later to preserve the union at all costs), who split the vote. Donald Trump is poised to do the exact same thing for the 2016 Democratic nominee — and it scares the pants off the GOP. You reap what you sow, kids. The right been pandering to the bigoted, jingoistic, Republican Jesus™ loving crowd for decades — and now the crazy has come home to roost. Continue reading

Nobody Should Be President For Life

Welcome to every right-wing conspiracy theorist’s favorite pastime: out of context theater. Buy your tickets now, load up the lie cannons and send in the memes, because “Obama Says ‘I Could Win’ 3rd Term as President!” Boom. And just like that, lazy lunkheads across the Internet start polishing their turds — warning ‘this was a Freudian slip,’ ‘martial law is coming’ as soon as he gets back from his mother country.

Except, of course, that headline ran in the New York Times this morning. The lazy lunkhead in the copy editor’s chair evidently thought leading with some out-of-context quote would intrigue readers (and sell papers), failing to acknowledge what everyone already knows: 90% of Americans ONLY read the headlines.  Continue reading

Ted’s Dead — in the polls, anyway.

Raphael Cruz: Senator Smarmy

 

Stick a fork in it, Senator Raphael Edward “Ted” Cruz, your presidential campaign is officially over. It’s been apparent from the get-go that yours was just a vanity tour — one more chance to hear yourself talk about nothing in particular. The downside to making a spectacle of yourself during primary season, Raphael, is people have a tendency to notice how often you vacillate on those “core beliefs” you hold so dear — that “principled stand” you’re taking looks mighty shaky. The “grassroots wave” your new campaign video touts — is more like a leaky faucet — and you’re the drip.

It takes a lot of chutzpah to bad-mouth GOP leadership on an issue that — only last week — you were talking up to anyone who’d listen. Trust me — I’m not with the president on this one — Fast Track is a bad idea. If the United States is going to enter into a treaty with another nation [or nations], it needs to be ratified by you guys — by a two-thirds majority, no less. Calling it something else [“free trade”] and pretending this is not a treaty is just disingenuous twaddle.

But here’s the deal, Ed — people still read the Wall Street Journal. They remember that you called Trade Promotion Authority a “fair deal.” You voted for it. Changing your mind about it because über-conservatives hate the president — and then poo-pooing the deal now that you’re out there rubbing elbows and shaking the calloused hands of American workers — is pretty lame. Quite the about-face. Besides — let’s remember who’s writing the big checks that pay for those fancy presidential campaigns — it’s the fat-cat corporate donors [who all LOVE TPA]. Rock, meet hard place.

If you’ve got it in you to keep criss-crossing Iowa, holding prayer meetings or tent revivals, or whatever you call it — God bless. Just know that you’d have a better chance sprouting wings and flying back to Texas — than you do of getting the nomination. We all remember the government shutdown — and I, for one, want my $24 billion back, Eddie. You don’t get to furlough 800,000 workers — and then cry crocodile tears over at the veteran’s memorial with part-time Governor Palin.

I’d like the next president to have at least a passing acquaintance with foreign policy, too. All I know for certain is you excel at the ‘let’s pick the opposite policy’ game. That doesn’t make you look like a staunch defender of freedom — willing to go toe-to-toe with the president on difficult international issues — it just makes you look like a crazy person. Yes — helping countries affected by the terrorist organization known as ISIS [or ISIL] is a good thing. No — we can’t do that without providing those nations with material — and the personnel who can train them — from the United States military.

Pack it up, Edward — the longer you stay at this, the worse it’s going to get. Jesus, man, this isn’t brain surgery — you’ve losing to Dr. Ben Carson. Mike Huckabee’s already got the God squad thing going — and John Ellis (Jeb!) and Marco are duking it to see who the voters think is more Latino (not that you particularly embrace the “Raphael” portion of being a “Cruz” anyway). Everyone knows this is John Ellis (Jeb!)’s to lose. Walker is trying to make a showing — but he got smoked by Donald Trump in the New Hampshire polls. Walker’s seen as the “Washington outsider” in the race (because people tend to forget about Piyush “Bobby” Jindal), but he’s got a Koch habit that’s going to be tough to shake.

You’re never, ever going to get your poll numbers out of the single digits — so stop gazing longingly at your own reflection long enough to take stock of your position. It’s Bush, Walker, Rubio, Carson, Huckabee, Paul — with Trump getting a bump from his ad-libbed infomercial. Save us from listening to more incoherent and inconsistent foreign policy positions. Spare us the proposals of more “for the Bible tells me so” legislation. Jesus loves you, Ted — but most of the country believes you’re nothing but a pompous blowhard. According to recent polling — approximately 94.2% of likely Republican voters do, too.

You’re welcome.

Finally … a Lame Duck!

President ObamaIt’s official — I can finally welcome in President Obama’s lame duck session of Congress. I know what you might be thinking, but hear me out. Normally, when speaking about the often difficult negotiations that happen behind the scenes in Washington, D.C., a president is constrained by virtue of the office from publicly “taking sides.” At least the good ones do.

You might recall when the president addressed the nation following the temporary fix he’d signed to end the Republican-led government shutdown, narrowly averting a default on America’s debt (would you rather the U.S. dollar remain the preeminent reserve currency around the world, or China’s renminbi, conservatives?).

As president, POTUS reminded lawmakers that “disagreement cannot mean dysfunction.” Now that he’s in the home stretch — it appears — he may not always feel he needs to walk directly down the middle of the road. Continue reading

It’s All in How You Phrase It.

Because #BENGHAZI! I went looking for the image of Willard Romney smirking as he turned away from the podium while the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya was still in flames. He wanted to look like a “take-charge” kind of guy — but he merely looked opportunistic.

I didn’t find it (would it kill you to let us search Facebook by year, Mark?), but I did stumble across a ten or twelve page letter I wrote in response to one of those “lists” conservatives love to put together to spam discussions or your email. It’s the “Gish Gallop” debate tactic, designed to cow you into submission by the sheer volume of their bullshit. I guess I was bored in September of 2012.

This is a redacted portion, which can act as a template for the coming shit-storm. If President Obama has done something to piss off a friend, family member, or coworker — Hillary, Bernie, Martin and Lincoln now OWN it. Sure, it’s a flawed premise — all the candidates have different ideas, or some differences with the president. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to help them see the light of day.

Or not — ignoring their tripe might be a healthy option.

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Someone just sent me a list of ALL the things that you’d like ME (as a progressive voter) to OWN! Naturally, I thought it only polite to write you a nice thank you note for all these wonderful gifts – however, I’m afraid I’ll have to return quite a few of them. Continue reading

From FLOTUS to POTUS

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It’s a proud tradition in American politics for the pendulum to swing far to left (and right) in the early going (to attract voters), only to return to the middle (and safer ground) as election time grows near.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch event took place today and she knocked it out of FDR’s Four Freedom’s park. She’s got a tough fight on her hands with Bernie Sanders, but that’s the way it should be. A full transcript of her remarks follows …  Continue reading

This [Expletive] Racist TEA Party [Expletive] Needs to Be In a FEMA Camp.

GrrrrrrrrSo there I am, minding my own business, sipping on my first cup of coffee and seeing who’s doing what online and right #$¢%ing out-of-the-gate, some TEA Party #$¢%-stick decides to pee in my Wheaties®. I couldn’t get past the first ten seconds to know it wasn’t going to end well, but I decided to look a little deeper down his rabbit hole of insanity. Call it Islamaphobic RWNJ spelunking, if you will; I never found bottom.

This guy went so far as to post that he ‘figgers’ the president of the United States, ‘more’n like,’ has sex with his daughters and need to go #$¢% his “man-wife.” You’d think that’d be the worst of it; you’d be wrong. As I said, I never saw a line he wouldn’t cross, clinging to his guns and paranoid delusions as he stands up for ‘Murica! Ladies and gentlemen – meet #$¢%ing Drew.