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Thomas Frank: What’s The Matter With Democrats?

Susie Madrak picks up on Thomas Frank’s Salon piece that properly rips the Democratic Party. Shorter version: they don’t stand for anything. …data-minded commentator like Nate Cohn is able to look out over the blasted moonscape of Appalachia and conclude that a party of the left has nothing it might conceivably offer the people there. [...]

Recalled Arizona senate president Russell Pearce, who proposed the state’s controversial anti-immigration law, resigned as the state’s GOP Vice-chair following remarks he made regarding sterilizing poor women. On The Russell Pearce Show, he said,  “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then [...]

With much fanfare after the 2012 debacle, the Republican party wandered into the wilderness to lick their wounds and contemplated what had gone wrong. The result of that uncharacteristic contemplation was an effort led by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (double points on Scrabble for that name!) to rebrand the GOP. A new and improved, lemon-scented [...]

Poll after poll shows how much people hate the Republican Party, but when they go to the polls, voters still pull their levers. Poll after poll shows President Obama is unpopular and the Democratic Party is a little more unpopular. Neither, though, can touch the GOP, whose congressional contingent has a whopping 72 percent disapproval [...]

The Republican Party of Minnesota barred Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald from the party’s State Fair booth on Thursday. MacDonald was ordered by security to leave. “We may as well look for justice on a stick because we can’t find it here!” MacDonald told supporters while leaving the booth following a 10-minute confrontation with a security [...]

When President Obama told The New York Times over the weekend that too many Republicans deny science, implying that they reject reason and fact-based policies, who knew he’d be vindicated so quickly? There are more than a few seemingly acceptable ways to defend fracking. Nearly all of these defenses are nearsighted, and some are wrong, [...]

A California man who campaigned for governor this year has been arrested in connection with the shooting of his neighbor and the shooting death of a horse Thursday afternoon, according to The Fresno Bee. 48-year-old Tye “Glenn” Champ was taken into custody around noon on Friday without incident, after a Tulare County sheriff’s deputy caught [...]

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback threw out some red meat to his Republican-base while blaming President Obama for voters backing his challenger, Jennifer Winn. “I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” Brownback told KSHB. “That a lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just, they want somebody [...]

Virginia GOP official resigned after posting a controversial message on his Facebook page which questioned whether Muslim Americans have made positive contributions to U.S. society. Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party, distributed his unapologetic resignation letter to party officials Wednesday night, The Washington Post reports. “It seems that no matter how careful I [...]

There’s a weird, twisted genius lurking behind the ridiculous, Walter Mittyesque Second Amendment fanboys of the so-called “Open Carry” movement, and it’s well worth paying some attention to. Open Carry is not really about guns, and it’s not really about the Second Amendment: it’s about systematically undermining Americans’ confidence in governance while simultaneously boosting the sales [...]

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