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Friday, January 18, 2019

Most sentient beings’ diagnosis of the 2014 elections was simple: Democrats didn’t give people a reason to vote for Democrats.

But since the bleak days of November, a new political climate has begun to take shape that seemed unthinkable just weeks ago.

“Jobs are a lot more than Keystone,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, speaking at a Republican retreat on Monday. “We need a jobs agenda, an energy agenda, far broader.”

This kind of rhetoric echoes what Democratic pollsters think went wrong with the left’s 2014 agenda. Sure, everyone wants a higher minimum wage and equal pay, but where are the big ideas that tackle what almost all observers agree is the crisis facing the middle class: stagnant wages in the face of record corporate profits?

The new ideas are all coming from the White House and the left at the moment, and that’s very good news for 2016.

Here’s why:

1. The right is accidentally helping progressives realize what’s been accomplished under Obama.

Republicans are obsessed with undoing: undoing the health care reforms that have insured 10 million people and added a decade of life to Medicare; undoing the president’s executive action that will keep law-abiding members of American families from being deported; undoing America’s first attempts to confront climate change.

The “ideas” on the right? Surprise! It’s just deregulation and cutting taxes.

The GOP Congress’ effort to gut the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is giving the left a newfound appreciation of it. The law is every bit as consequential and essential as the Affordable Care Act. And Paul Ryan is still committed to lowering taxes for the richest — his “secret sauce” — through “tax reform,” which should help liberals realize that under Obama the tax code has become much more progressive.

2. Immigration relief, net neutrality, local broadband, paid leave, and tuition-free community college are good ideas.

As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes explains in the video above, President Obama has been on fire since November. Almost every day he offers a new idea that reinforces how government can make life immediately better for workers. And there’s more to come. Most significantly, the president can give millions of workers a raise of up to $970 a week by simply revising dated overtime standards.

Nearly all of these policies poll extremely well and strengthen the Obama coalition. The president is daring Republicans to run against them.

3. Hillary 2016 is embracing the fight against climate change — and Obama’s legacy.

Any chance that the next Democratic nominee would run away from the last has completely dissipated. The improving economy and President Obama’s rising approval numbers remove the need for such a distancing, and Obama advisor John Podesta’s apparent transition back into Clintonland makes the connection with the White House inviolable.

“Perhaps Podesta’s greatest recent achievement is to convince the White House to be bold on climate even in the face of Republican wins in the 2014 midterms,” Grist‘s David Roberts explains.

Podesta once led the Center for American Progress, which released a document on Thursday that could be the foundation of Clinton’s presidential campaign. And if that’s true, progressives should be cheering.

4. The left has new clarity about how to close the wealth gap.

Income inequality. Jeb Bush is talking about it. So are Jim DeMint and Carly Fiorina. Even Mitt Romney is talking about it.

Republicans suddenly sound a lot like Elizabeth Warren, Vox‘s Matt Yglesias noted on Thursday.

The guys who left us losing 900,000 jobs a month in 2009 have looked at a steady stream of 250,000-a-month gains and realized that they have a problem. They could target the labor participation rate, which is at a generational low as Baby Boomers begin to retire, but then it might look as though they are against retirement (which they are). Or — like Democrats — they could focus on low wages. But this also presents a problem, as low wages are a virtue, not an ailment, for many GOP donors. So the right is embracing Paul Ryan’s “Right to Rise” trope to confront an issue that the president has highlighted since his soaring Osawatomie speech in 2011: income inequality.

The problem for the right is that they’re focusing on an issue that reinforces central liberal values — that “we’re all in this together,” so the government must step in to help those who are suffering. Also, it’s a problem that was created by the GOP’s main policy prescriptions — tax cuts and deregulation.

That won’t stop Ryan and others from framing it as an individual rights issue with the same tired calls to reduce the burdens on the rich and their corporations. But you can already hear the hollowness in that argument.

Conservative pundit James Pethokoukis points out that Democratic policy prescriptions have never matched their assertion that the wealth gap jeopardizes “middle-class America’s basic bargain.”

Finally the policies have begun to catch up with the problem.

House Democrats have proposed a “Robin Hood” tax that would tax Wall Street in a way that discourages risky trading — and the proceeds would fund a middle-class tax cut. This is good, smart policy. But it also reinforces the right’s key frame that taxes are punishment, not investments.

President Obama’s proposals — like free community college and paid leave — offer support for working people in a remarkably un-kludgy way. But they don’t get to the core of why the middle class is dying.

The Center for American Progress’ Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity does. Beyond the policy prescriptions we’ve all heard before — higher minimum wage, free pre-K, a fairer tax code, investments in infrastructure, broadband and education — it gets to the heart of why workers aren’t sharing in the profits they help create: the assault on labor, bad corporate governance, and skewed executive compensation.

These poison pills of Reaganomics have festered and weakened our economy for long enough.

If this is the foundation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it’s a foundation that progressives should be proud to stand upon.

5. The GOP presidential field is a mess.

Republicans have been trying to figure out why conservatives embraced George W. Bush but can’t buy Jeb. Bloomberg‘s Dave Weigel has identified the big reason: Jeb isn’t leading Hillary in the polls the way W. led Gore in 1999.

Republicans want a winner, and they’ll even put up with Mitt Romney to get one. But Mitt still has the stink of losing on him, and not one candidate is ahead of the likely Democratic nominee in the polls. Most are losing to her in their home states.

There’s no evidence that the GOP learned anything from 2012. Their primary is again a sideshow for the “aggrieved conservative industry” in which the base batters the most electable candidate(s), then fails to unite around a conservative alternative.

Republican donors don’t want a Republican president. They want their own Republican president.

Billionaire Foster Friess is backing Rick Santorum again. Billionaire Ken Langone hasn’t given up on Chris Christie, though most of the party has. The Draft Ben Carson movement/book tour has raised millions that have been mostly spent on more fundraising. Ted Cruz justifiably terrifies most of the party. Rand Paul does a nice job of bringing liberal ideas like criminal justice reform and not bombing everyone into the debate. But there still doesn’t seem to be much evidence he’ll outperform his dad.

And after six years of bashing Obama — six years in which more net jobs were created than in 12 years under two presidents named Bush — the party is reduced to propping up failed ideas against a candidate with solidarity, an agenda and momentum on her side.

AFP Photo/Sandy Huffaker

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180 responses to “5 Reasons Democrats Should Start Getting Excited About 2016”

  1. j.martindale says:

    Well-written and insightful article. A small point I disagree with is the tax on investment trading. I don’t think it can be rationally argued that this tax is in any way punitive. It protects people’s investments. Those of us who are depending on IRA investments for our retirement need to be aware that there is profit skimming by the Wall Street crowd, and that skimming, on the one hand, makes the markets riskier for the long term investor, and on the other hand diminishes the value of those retirement investments. The controls that we seek to introduce are simply the kind of controls that Dodd-Frank was working to impose on the banking community to ensure security in that wing of the investment community.

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    Democrats have good reasons to be hopeful about 2016. Hillary Clinton is an outstanding candidate. With the exception of Jeb Bush, the GOP have not come up with any credible candidates to run for president in 2016. The are more Republicans than Democrats running for re-election in Blue and purple states (the inverse to 2016) than there are Democrats running for re-election in Red states. Republicans remain fixated on tax reform and help to corporations (the old trickle down theory and claims that irresponsible tax breaks pay for themselves) at a time when the economy is booming and a record number of jobs are being created. Republicans continue to ignore the growing income inequality, oppose raising the minimum wage even though 20 states have already done so and even the private sector is already doing it to attract qualified applicants, reduce attrition, and benefit from employee satisfaction. Republicans continue to oppose foreign policy changes, such as rapprochement with Cuba, a solution to the Iran nuclear weapons crises, ostensibly, because both initiatives are against core Republican ideology or because of the negative impact of a stabilized Persian Gulf would have on our arms industry and the military.
    The only problem I see is the Democratic insistence on immigration law reform. I consider it a problem, not because it is not needed or logical, but because it can and will be used against us by those that consider people with the “wrong” skin pigmentation, and those from different cultures, a threat to the preservation of their cultural preferences.

    • mike says:

      More class warfare from the left.
      Economy Booming, what a crock!! When the Fed says “economy on sustainable economic footing” and raises rates then you can brag about the economy.
      American in large numbers(84%) believe economy has not gotten better, they just aren’t feeling all this euphoria.
      Those that have jobs are making less than before the meltdown. 70% Inflation-adjusted hourly wages lower than meltdown.
      Housing has to continue to rise before it even reaches pre-meltdown numbers.
      The economy is still has a way to go and until then we will wait and see.
      As to the rest of your post. We will wait and see what Obama gives away to Iran. Cuba, is a wait and see since the US got nothing in return so far.

      What we know for sure the democrats will continue push wealth redistribution that really doesn’t help the middle class. What will help the middle class will be economic growth. We will see who really are the obstructionist.
      It is going to be a fun two years.

      • Independent1 says:

        “Those that have jobs are making less than before the meltdown. 70% Inflation-adjusted hourly wages lower than meltdown.”

        And guess whose fault that is!! That millions of people working jobs today are earning less than back in 2008!

        And of course you realize that that IS PRIMARILY IN RED STATES WHERE REPUBLICANS HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST MIN WAGE INCREASES AND PASSED RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS THAT ALLOW COMPANIES TO PAY THEIR WORKERS POVERTY LEVEL WAGES; RIGHT???

        The vast majority of Blue States have passed min wage increases (and even some red states a couple months ago.) The workers in many Blue States are actually earning more than back in 2008 – once again, IT’S THE RED STATES, that are trashing the mood in America.

        “What we know for sure the democrats will continue push wealth redistribution that really doesn’t help the middle class.”

        Where did you come up with this little bit of idiocy?? Apparently you’re not old enough to remember how it was after WWII when the maximum tax rate was 90% and even as high as 91%, helping create about as much wealth distribution as you can get, and the middle class flourished in comparison to the ‘ELITES” DURING THAT TIME.

        It wasn’t until the destroyer of the very fabric of American Life, presidential DISASTER named Reagan, who started today’s RAMPANT INEQUALITY but cutting the max tax rate MORE THAN IN HALF!!! Just so he and his already wealthy buddies could keep more of their money in their pockets and foist UNFAIR tax rates on people who were in a far worse position to afford it.

        You really need to go somewhere and get a brain replacement. Because what you know about history and our country’s economy IS ABSOLUTELY ZERO!!!!!!!

        • mike says:

          Still trying I see!!!

          I find it interesting when Fed Chair talks about wages it isn’t Blue states vs Red states. She talks about the slow to no growth in wages not right or left.

          Why migration from blue to red states by both individuals and companies??

          Why are more state governments being controlled by Republicans. Why did the right gain governorships?

          I know you can produce all this documented from neutral sources to prove your point.

          Simple question for you.
          How does raising taxes on the successful make those who are struggling to be successful? What makes them better off??

          No, this is all class warfare, redistribution of wealth.

          Keep that old hate going, it looks like that’s about all you have left in your life.

          • Independent1 says:

            Why are more state governments being controlled by Republicans. Why did the right gain governorships?”

            In the 2014 election, the GOP gained governorships but, in fact, actually lost ground with respect to majorities in the majority of the states where they won governorships. despite the fact that there was only a 36% turnout average and in most states even though more Republicans turned out than Dems, they lost EVERY SINGLE BALLOT INITIATIVE. All the senate races in Blue states, All the minimum wage ballot issues, All the personhood issues.

            They won some governorships because governorhips are really voted on a pure candidate basis, almost irrespective of party and apparently the Dems didn’t field very strong candidates.

            And with respect to raising taxes on the “supposedly success” which often times are just “the fortunate ones hit on an idea at the right time”, is because there are many things that need to be done in America, like fixing the country’s infrastructure, and contributing to the overall country welfare, which is difficult to do when the tax burden is unfairly onto the people who can least afford to pay for improvements to the country – which by the way, the wealthy individually take advantage of FAR MORE OFTEN than the average citizen.

            The wealthy by far, on an individual basis put a far greater burden on everything not only the country but the planet has to offer – they travel far more often, greatly increasing their carbon footprint, they often own multiple homes and even very elaborate vacation homes which also puts a far greater burden on our environment and national resources – and I could go on and on about things like yachts, and putting tons of their money overseas in tax free havens. and just about anything you can dream up – the “supposedly successful” are far greater abusers of all that.

            And not only all that, but low tax rates, especially on capital gains, does nothing more than hinder growth by allowing the already wealthy to hoard their money and live off their capital gains income rather than investing it into the economy by starting new businesses or expanding existing ones.

            And here’s the link to an article which covers a lot more on that:

            Economic Stagpression: Two Charts The Entire World Must See

            Instead of recycling money, we are letting the tap flow from our printing presses to the top echelon of our society… Now do you get it?

            What is missing is a system that recycles the materials back into our economy so we have less money we need to print. If we were talking about paper, we would be saying we need to recycle paper to keep from cutting down more and more trees simply to fill up our landfills….

            We need a system to return that money to the bottom so it can rise again and again and again.

            Here are the options that have been tried across our lifetimes..

            1.Price and pay freezes.
            2.Government set and regulated prices.
            3.Lower tax rates.
            4.Cash incentives from taxpayers to reinvest.
            5.Pleas and entreaties from the Oval Office.
            6.Higher marginal tax rates.

            Only one of these has worked. Can you guess which one? If you guessed higher tax rates spur reinvestment you are absolutely correct.

            Notice the rates of reinvestment climbing in each of these presidencies: Eisenhower, Kennedy-Johnson, Carter, Clinton each time Congress legislated higher marginal tax rates.

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/20/1279063/-Economic-Stagflation-Two-Charts-I-Saw-On-Kos-The-Entire-World-Must-See?detail=email

          • mike says:

            This puts to rest your ridiculous claim on 2014 results.

            http://ballotpedia.org/Election_results,_2014

            Again, how does raising taxes on the successful make the hard working tax payers more successful?? It doesn’t, new taxes being used have more people on govt. dole!!
            How does raising taxes make a better economy?? More taxes does not make for prosperity.

            More taxes under Obama is plain and simply redistribution of wealth. Just more class warfare.

          • bobnstuff says:

            New taxes mean we can fix the roads, improve education and pay for the wars that were not funded. We might even be able to hire enough people to stop the welfare cheats and tax dodgers.

          • mike says:

            Same old tired reasons.
            How much of these increased monies goes to roads, education, debt??
            You really think any of the monies will be used for debt? Really??
            We are spending/have spent trillions on education and it hasn’t worked, but you think more will!! Sad!!!
            We have a gasoline tax and where is that money going. If tax is increased who is effected most? Hard working tax payers!!! Pretty simple.

          • bobnstuff says:

            The gas tax hasn’t been enough to fix the roads for years, that’s why the government has to kick in money every year. Our bridges are falling down and we have gridlock on our highways. Gas tax is a use tax, if you don’t use it you don’t pay. If you think we spend to much on education you need to go take a walk through your local school sometime and see how many students there are in each class. Also check out what the teachers are being paid to
            do a job you wouldn’t do for all the money in the world.

          • mike says:

            Again, do you know these new taxes are going to the infrastructure?
            Yes, 100+ billion in spending is needed to keep pace and at 91 billion(fed., state, local) in revenues something must be done. Tax on gasoline to make up for the hybrids and new guidelines on mileage that have lowered gas usage should be addressed.
            Still this falls on the “hard working tax payer”.
            I have three members of my family teaching so save me the crap about my lack of knowledge of the situation. This dismal educational record is not on the teachers, it is on the government telling them to do all this PC crap. They spend more time(wasted) to do all this fluff and less time teaching.
            last year federal govt. spent 141 billion on education, except for 2009(much higher from stimulus), spending has always seen an increase.
            Education will change only when the family structure changes, only way the schools in our area get parents to a conference is offer a meal to even come, and then it still has poor attendance. The only parents to usually show up for one on one teacher conferences are the parents with the better student.

      • Independent1 says:

        Talking about history, why don’t you give us one of your economic lessons and try refuting this little gem from Fox News about how historically, Democrats have created economic policies which BY FAR, OUTPERFORM not only STOCK MARKET returns, but also GDP GROWTH and CORPORATE PROFITS!!

        Let’s hear you rebut all this with your ‘INFINITE NON WISDOM:

        From Fox Business News:

        Thanks to their pro-business approach and the anemic recovery, Republicans would seem to have a clear path to grab the economic mantle heading into the 2012 race for the White House.

        However, history actually shows that the U.S. economy, stock prices and corporate profits have generated stronger growth under Democratic administrations than Republican ones.

        According to McGraw-Hill’s (MHP) S&P Capital IQ, the S&P 500 has rallied an average of 12.1% per year since 1901 when Democrats occupy the White House, compared with just 5.1% for the GOP.

        Likewise, gross domestic product has increased 4.2% each year since 1949 when Democrats run the executive branch, versus 2.6% under Republicans.

        Even corporate profits show a disparity: S&P 500 GAAP earnings per share climbed a median of 10.5% per year since 1936 during Democratic administrations, besting an 8.9% median advance under Republicans, S&P said.

        And if that article isn’t convincing enough for you, here’s one from the Huffington Post where a Barclays study shows that since 1929, the inflation adjusted gain in the stock market under Dem presidents has been around 300% while under Republicans 0%.

        Would you care to explain to us if as you say, Republicans are so great at running the economy, how these studies can show that Republicans are a DISASTER when it comes to running a country????

        • mike says:

          Did you really read the articles?? Both quoting the same study.
          You seem to want to ignore the relative small sample as pointed out by Bruce McCain, which can be distorted by the slicing and dicing.
          You also don’t take into effect the lag time between policy and its impact on economy, the author said.
          Also, you wish to ignore is that 2nd term republicans out perform 2nd term dem. presidents..
          Or the fact that according to the author of the research, every Republican president has experienced a recession within the first 2 years, perhaps due to the excesses of the prior admin.
          Keep trying!!!

          • Independent1 says:

            What a pack of crap!! Trying to discredit a stock market study by Barclays which even Fox News bought into and Barclays has no reason to be partisan – their assessment is 100% correct, which was verified by an NYTimes study which showed the same disparity.

            And this is just a pack of lies “You also don’t take into effect the lag time between policy and its impact on economy, the author said. Also, you wish to ignore is that 2nd term”. You couldn’t be more wrong if you tried:

            A republican president Coolidge mismanaged the economy like Bush and was followed by another republican president Hoover who drove America into a full fledged world-wide depression.

            Eisenhower had 3 recessions during his 8 years, 2 of them in his second term.

            Under Nixon the economy started faltering in his 2nd Term and Bush 1 was so poor in his 1st term he didn’t earn a 2nd term and Bush 2’s 2nd term brought us the Great Recession.

            You’re post are so full of hogwash they’re virtually not worth reading!!!!!!

          • mike says:

            How’s that hate thing going for you!!!
            Dailykos, Really!!! Now you are getting desperate.
            You didn’t read your own article, I gave you parts of the article you wanted to ignore. That was from the author not me. Geez!!!

          • Independent1 says:

            It’s not me that’s getting desperate, it’s you in resorting to using every RWNJ tactic of trying to discredit studies done by reputable organizations like Barclays; and posting BS from RWNJ sites that claim the GOP made inroads in more state legislatures which is a blatant lie. The Republicans actually lost ground in every state where they replaced a Dem governor; and that’s because voters generally look past the party when voting for their governor and instead are prone to believing the lies of GOP candidates; just like you have been brainwashed.

            Trying to tell me that it’s high taxes that are driving people into poverty – what a load of crap, when it’s 20 Red States with the lowest taxes in the nation that have the highest percentage of their populations living below the poverty level out of the 24 states with the highest percentages of poor in the nation. Even Texas, which arguably has the lowest taxes in America overall because Rick Perry has cut so many state services to the bone such that Texas is the cesspool of America ranking in the bottom 10 worst states in America when compared in 23 socio/economic/environment measures. And Texas has by far the largest number of people living in total poverty and percent wise is the 6th highest in the nation – with all those low taxes.

            Those are the kind of statistics that prove your words are TOTAL BS, not RWNJ websites that post blatant lies!!!!!!!

          • mike says:

            Show the numbers you described.
            Show me where taxation has made the US more prosperous.
            You still haven’t explained why democrats thing taxing the successful more has made “the hard working tax payer” more successful.

          • Independent1 says:

            What numbers I described?? The 20 of 24 red states that lead the nation with people living in poverty which I’ve posted numerous times on the NM?? And the 23 socio-economic measures where Texas ranks in the bottom 5 in 90% of them and 100% in the bottom 10 that I’ve also posted numerous times??

            But how about the numbers from Fox Business which show clearly that higher taxes benefit everyone – given that Dems are for higher taxes and when Dems are in office, not only does the stock market greatly outperfom when the GOP idiots are in office, so does our countries GDP and Corporate profits.

            Are you trying to suggest that “hard working taxpayrs” don’t do better when America’s GDP is up, when the stock market is up, when companies are making greater profits?? Are you really that dumb to think that’s not the case??

            And what do you consider successful? Just that a few wing-nuts like you are reaping benefits?? And to hell with everyone else?? Which is my guess. You’re nothing more than the typical self-centered egotistical right-wing bigot – thinkin about no one but yourself!!

            And even there, has it occurred to you just how far America is falling behind the world because you RWNJs keep fighting against having corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes such that our country’s infrastructure and even our energy use are falling decades behind many countries in the world??

            Do you realize that Europe is almost at the point where the countries there will make fossil fuels nothing more than backups to their energy needs? Where Germany a couple months ago achieved 75% alternative energy supplying its electric power demands, and routinely gets more than 50% of its energy already from solar, wind and tidal.

            And where there are countries that make our Acela train system look like the beginnings of railroad development more than 100 years ago?? Where trains go well over 250 mph and make the need for air travel between cities unnecessary unless there more than 1,000 miles apart.

            If you live in NY, how long do you think it would take someone to get to one of the NY airports, go through checkout, board a plane for a trip to Chicago, get there, find their baggage and get transportation into Chicago proper?? 4-5 hours or more depending on how long the plane sat on the tarmac waiting to take off.

            Do you realize that China, a country who was just a decade or 2 ago like America in the early 1900s, now has a train system were its trains travel 302 mph. Which means a New Yorker could board a train in Penn Station and be in downtown Chicago in about 2 1/2 hours.

            Do you consider something like that not achieving success?? Being able to travel with less aggravation; less sitting in traffic backups?? In a mode of travel that allows a lot f freer movement?? And that’s not even taking into account the trillions of dollars needed to repair our country’s crumbling roads, bridges and government buildings. All because of people like you who can only THINK OF THEMSELVES!! HOW SAD!!!

          • mike says:

            Once more time mental midget
            Produce the documentation that you claim happened in mid-terms about Republican loses. Not your opinion but the documentation.

            One more time. How does increasing the taxation on successful people make “hard working tax payers” more successful. Tell us all how prosperity is produced by govt. increasing taxes.

            To the rest of your post more deflection and gibberish from the king of Gibber.

          • Independent1 says:

            You have to be the biggest moron posting on the NM if you can’t see that the party that creates better Corporate GAAP profits, better country GDP and better stock market performance spells more opportunities for successful people to get ahead.

            The website that was hosting the article I had posted numerous times on the NM about the bad news for the GOP in the 2014 election is apparently not hosting the article anymore. But I’ve located another article on a different website that you need to read which shows JUST HOW MUCH TROUBLE THE GOP IS IN FOR THE 2016 ELECTIONS.

            Read this sucker!! It reads like an obituary for a dying party!!!!!!!

            From PoliticalIrony.Com:

            But wait, there is even worse news for Republicans from the midterm elections:

            Republican candidates might have won, but Republican issues lost. Big time. Every major Democratic ballot initiative was successful. And remember this was in an election largely attended by Republicans. Who would have believed that solidly Red states would raise the minimum wage? But they did. And legalizing marijuana did well too.

            Republican initiatives lost. Every last “personhood” amendment failed. Remember when Republicans were the party promising to preserve the sanctity of heterosexual marriage? They failed at that too. Gay marriage is now legal in 35 states + DC and 9 more are in the process of legalizing it.

            Democrats won the Senate race in Virginia, which was supposed to be a Red state in an election that strongly favored Republicans, and without even doing much campaigning. Virginia has crossed the tipping point in its move to the left. The Republicans also lost Georgia as a solidly Red state in this election. Those are two southern states (albeit increasingly urban ones) – the heart of the GOP.

            Republicans failed to pick up any Senate seats in blue states. So while two red states went blue in this election, no blue states went red. The only GOP Senator from a Blue state after this election is Susan Collins of Maine, who is the party’s last moderate (a dying breed).

            There are some new Republican governors, but none of them ran on social issues, Obama, or opposition to the ACA. Their main advantage came from Citizens United opening up the floodgates of soft money. This was the most expensive election in history (even more expensive than the 2012 election, which included a presidential election). But the money situation might be changing.

            Democrats have consolidated their power in states that generate almost all of America’s wealth – with the exception of the energy industry, which is controlled by Texas. Texas alone accounts for 10% of the GOP majority in the House. Ironically, Texas has had the lowest voter turnout in the country for decades.

            In addition, the Texas economy is based almost entirely on oil. Texas weathered the economic collapse because it is largely disconnected from the US economy. But with oil prices falling and non-fossil-fuel energy surging, look for their economy to wane (the same way it has in every economy limited to a single resource). As happened in the rust belt, their population will decline except for minorities, and then Texas too will become a Blue state (like Virginia and Georgia).

            And read more here SUCKER!!!!!

            http://www.politicalirony.com/2014/11/25/why-the-2014-midterms-were-bad-news-for-republicans/

          • mike says:

            Keep trying, I am enjoying the chuckle. You are getting tedious and quite boring with all your inane topics.

            You don’t know, I don’t know what’s ahead in 2016 but I do look forward to the election. But in your eyes it is a slam dunk for the left, so I guess I should fade away. I don’t think that is going to happen. The American people are a lot smarter than you give them credit for, so we will wait and see.
            The left has put all their eggs in one basket, Hillary, an unproven, poor campaigner, a not so friendly person that will try to get through on her husbands coattails. A person with Zero accomplishments. The left has two people an old women with old ideas, and a one issue fire ball that will be another Dukakis.

            But it will be fun.

          • Independent1 says:

            Go Ahead!! Just keep burying your head further in the sand – you already look like an Ostrich!! And that’s exactly what the GOP is going to be after 2016 – an Ostrich with its head so far in the sand that it’s going to be left out in the wilderness!!!!!!!

            Bye Bye!! You’re too stupid to even converse with any more!!!

          • mike says:

            LOL!!! I sure enjoy the good laughs at your expense, you Old Goat.
            Look for stupid in your mirror.
            Such hatred, so sad.

          • Independent1 says:

            You’re the one who needs the condolences – you’re nothing more than a tunnelvision, mental midget, who lives in total denial of reality.

            The link to the article written by the GOP columnist from Houston was reactivated and his summation of what Republicans have to look forward to in the next decade or so fits you and your mental incompetence to a Tee!!!!

            “It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation. Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force. ‘Winning’ this election did not help that force emerge.”

          • mike says:

            Yawning!!!!
            Mental incompetence, now that’s funny coming from a hate filled, zealot so blinded by his own rhetoric that he lacks any perspective of the real world.
            Keep dreaming, keep hoping, keep making inane comments, and please keep breathing because I would miss all the stupid, irrelevant comments that make my day.
            As to 2016, we will wait and see! Two years is a long time when we have a President as poor a leader as Obama is on all levels.
            Keep trying!!!

      • Grannysmovin says:

        Since Republicans like to visit the past so much and ignore the present and have no vision of a future, please note; In the 50’s Corporatations paid approximately 32% of the Federal Income and today they pay approximately 9% while experiencing record high profits. In the 50’s the middle class had strong Unions, good wages and overtime and the middle class grew and thrived. Under “Trickle Down Economics’ Republicans are dismantling unions, wages are stagnent, pension plans are being stolen, and overtime is not an accepted policy by most employers today.

        • mike says:

          So if unions are so great, when given a choice of paying dues or not, 1/3 to 1/5 stop paying the dues.
          In right to work states, if things are so bad, why are they not voting in unions.
          Do we need real corporate tax changes, absolutely!
          Did Obama make an effort??

          • Grannysmovin says:

            Unions are a choice, and even if you chose not to belong to a Union you benefited from them. When they get higher wages everyone – union and non-union benefited, when they fought for better hours, better safety again everyone benefited. So people who didn’t belong to a union benefited from them and decided no to pay the dues. Right to Work drives down wages, benefits, and overall living standards for everyone. Republican State Legislators reduce the bargarning abilitty of unions, reduce their ability to collect dues and the union has to be voted back into existence every year. Wisconsin created the playbook.

          • mike says:

            Read this study which generally speaking pretty much debunks your argument.

            http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20161

          • Grannysmovin says:

            In the article you linked it states “Southern states have had faster job and wage growth than the North. But is this due to right-to-work, or other Southern characteristics? That is hard to say. Southern states also have lower wages than the North. But whether this is due to right-to-work is also hard to say.”
            “Most of the 10 poorest states in the country are Republican. Mississippi is the poorest… followed by Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama and North Carolina. And the list doesn’t even include Texas, where Rick Perry is governor and one in five people lives in poverty.” So where is the growth and with who. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/04/the-10-states-and-10-jobs-with-the-most-low-wage-workers/256553/

            We disagree about Unions vs Right to Work States and their impact on people but we do agree about Corporate taxes. That’s a step. Have a good day.

          • Independent1 says:

            Granny, there are a couple reasons why in the recovery the GOP is creating jobs at a greater rate -one is that most of the energy producing states are red states and with the energy booming going on they’ve been creating jobs – but from a percentage basis, if they add 10,000 jobs that’s like a 25% increase, And second, because traditionally being poorer states with much small populations, it doesn’t take creating many jobs. For example, North Dakota has been leading the nation in job growth, but California added more jobs in the last quarter of 2014 than North Dakota has added in the past 4 years.

          • Grannysmovin says:

            Thank you for the information.

          • mike says:

            Still, facts show people and companies moving away from the blue to red states with right to work laws.
            Chart still shows that right to work states out performing on wages.

          • idamag says:

            Our state is an example of that. When right-to-work_ (for less) came to pass, we got jobs like Walmart and Popeye’s chicken. We have more people working for minimum wage than any other state.

      • Carolyn1520 says:

        Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

        It isn’t advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and avoid the facts.

        Sources:

        Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

        For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

        President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
        Washington Post (blog)

        An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
        Highly Cited-ABC News

        There’s many more.

        • mike says:

          Keep dreaming!!!
          50% really!!! Nice try!!!

          http://www.realclearpolitics.com/
          His numbers are still negative.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Nice try? LOL I didn’t write the articles. t read your one site too. It’s still going up and 47-48% is not far off.
            I’m not dreaming it. I know the reality must be your nightmare though.

          • mike says:

            I see reading is a challenge. Yes, they have risen but not as you say. Still negative overall and we know how Obama can make a positive into a negative in a NY minute.
            What you seem to ignore that ABC/Washington Post had some good parts but you seem to ignore the troubled parts of the poll.
            It looks good on the surface and we will wait and see what happens in the next few months.
            Nice try, keep dreaming and good luck with hope thing.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            It seems so for you.
            What I said?
            You picked out the 50% comment yourself from one of the articles because I didn’t mention it in my initial comment.
            I sent sources verifying they had risen. There was no mention of anything else in my initial comment.
            No one here has ever said everything has been made whole yet. It takes much less time to destroy an economy than it does to rebuild it.
            You took issue with the articles because they do not bear out your false statement. “American in large numbers(84%) believe economy has not gotten better”

            Hope has worked for me. Obama won a second term and the 2016 election will certainly bring more than the 36.7% mid terms did to the polls. General elections always do.
            I don’t have to wait and see what happens in the next few months. The right will continue to be nay sayers, bitter and delusional about the improvements repeating the same old tired rhetoric.
            I can’t even say, nice try, on your part. It isn’t even mediocre. Just the same old same old.

          • mike says:

            What??? You said “Obama back at 50%”. It wasn’t me it was you.
            Verifying!!!! Really!!! You didn’t verify, you stated what you read, not a verification.
            As to the 84%, anything is better than the dismal job Obama as done on the economy in 6 years. Yet direction of country continues to be going wrong way, 6 in 10 people polled say wrong direction, hell even your poll you like to quote says the same.
            Keep that delusional hope and change going.
            As to your last paragraph, thanks for a good laugh.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Senility?

          • mike says:

            Senility on your part, Yes!!! You can’t even remember what you wrote. Soooo sorry for our condition.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Show me where I wrote “Obama back at 50%”
            Didn’t happen.
            I was giving you the benefit of the doubt with senility. Change that to run of the mill, mouth breather. You’re a credit to your party. Stay simple minded, they depend on it.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Like I said, didn’t happen.

          • mike says:

            How yes it did, you just haven’t opened the one that followed. Will try and send again, just in case.

            Carolyn1520

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Give it up. There’s nothing in what you cut and pasted that confirms I said anything close to it.
            I sent sources and the links.

            You stated I said “Obama back at 50%”

            Didn’t happen.

          • mike says:

            Then madam you are either blind, in denial or out right liar.
            Look again, you said “President Obama is back at 50% approval, Here’s how Washington Post(blog). As I write I am looking at it, there is no way you can not see it.
            Under Sources: look at third comment.
            No, you got caught in a lie and you would rather lose creditability than say you were misspoke..

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            I sent to you, sources and links.
            You insist on attributing them as a direct quote from me.
            Again, my apologies for not recognizing your limitations.

          • mike says:

            So copy and paste those links, not the sources, you claim to have posted to me as I did in proving you did say “Obama back at 50% approval”. I can admit my mistakes.
            Limitations and confusion is all yours.
            Just produce the links that you said you posted, it is not that hard to do, if you actually did.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            No you didn’t . You failed to produce evidence that I said “Obama back at 50% approval”
            Since I am convinced you are high on the spectrum, I will tell you how it’s done.
            Highlight each and then hold down your command and C keys. Put them in you web browser by holding down the command and V keys. Then click on search and the articles will be there. Like magic. Huh?

          • mike says:

            Keep trying!
            You did say “Obama back at 50% approval”. You can lie and deflect, change the subject but the written facts are there for all to see.
            Now where are those links that you posted to me?? Just produce them!!!!
            No, you said you posted them to me, where are they on your post????
            Most normal people when producing documentation will copy and paste directly to their post the link, not some convoluted attempt at documentation.
            keep trying I am enjoying watching your limitations and confused state.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Yet you fail repeatedly to prove it.
            If I indeed did say it, you would be able to find it in the thread of comments unless of course you are either challenged or lying because you can’t admit you are wrong.
            Check the thread or have your care giver do it for you.

          • mike says:

            I have given it to you at least 2 time you idiot!!!
            Once more. After Sources: read the third statement you made.

            Carolyn1520

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

            Still waiting for post with the actual links you claim you quoted from.

            You can try and ignore the truth but you said, it is documented.
            If you can find it, interesting use of words.

            In fact, since you refused to admit you said it, I have actually copied it and I can retrieve it at my leisure. Nice try though.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Go take some meds.

          • mike says:

            When is your next appointment with the Psychiatrist?? I hope he can fix your reality, or better yet, your lack of reality problem. So sad to see such a delusional person like yourself.

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

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          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Do you get paid to get the last word?
            At least I hope you are getting paid, troll boy. It would be a shame to look so foolish all for naught.

          • mike says:

            You wrote it, get over it.

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

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            LOL!!!

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Yada X3

          • mike says:

            Here is how 99.9% of those who posts show their documentation, not your stupid attempt or excuse.

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-rising-economy-boosts-obamas-standing-on-eve-of-the-state-of-the-union/2015/01/18/e66a2f18-9f28-11e4-9f89-561284a573f8_story.html

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            That’s because you are under the misconception you are educating anyone on the left. Unless it’s from one of your faux news sites or one of your sketchy paranoidsRus we’ve already read it.
            I don’t delude myself that anyone on the right is seeking facts. I list my sources knowing if there is intelligent life out there who hasn’t read it, they will do as I suggested to you in order to read it.

          • mike says:

            But yet it was one of your talking points sites about the swagger of Obama that I pasted. Time to bury your head under the rock.
            What a joke you are!!!

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            I’ll repeat myself and talk slowly because I do understand you have problems

            “Unless it’s from one of your faux news sites or one of your sketchy paranoidsRus we’ve already read it.”

          • mike says:

            LOL!!! You just have to say you posted “Obama is back at 50% approval”. Just admit you misspoke, so easy to do.

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            You just have to say you misquoted me.

          • mike says:

            What a blast. You said it, you believed it important and you didn’t have it in quotations. It is your thoughts and words.

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

            There’s many more.

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          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Get some help.

          • mike says:

            Doesn’t this look familiar??? Didn’t you write this???

            No, links!!! Hmmmm!!

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            You still can’t verify I made the statement you attribute to me from the list of sources I sent . However here’s the more I referred to. Read them or not 🙂 Buh bye.

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.

            Washington Post‎ – 2 days agoIn fact, the new poll represents Obama’s biggest approvalbump since the mission that killed …

            Obama heads into State of the Union on ratings uptick

            CNN‎ – 1 day ago

            Analysis: Obama Seizes on Recovery, Bets on Staying Power

            ABC News‎ – 2 hours agoMore news for abc poll on presidents approval

            Poll: Rising economy boosts Obama’s standing on eve of …

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/poll…obamas…/e66a2f1...

            The Washington Post

            2 days ago – The president will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday with an overall approval rating of 50 percent, the highest in a Post-ABC …

            Obama hits 50% approval rating in poll – USA Today

            http://www.usatoday.com/…/obama-approval…abc…/21987691/

            USA Today

            2 days ago – Another poll, more evidence that President Obama’s stock is rising among the American public. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll put …

            Polls Blog & News Posts | Politics – ABC News

            abcnews.go.com › ABC News Blogs › Politics

            ABC News

            10 hours ago – Americans approve of the president’s job performance by 50-44 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, a remarkable…

            Presidential Poll News, Photos and Videos – ABC News

            abcnews.go.com › Topics › News › Elections

            ABC News

            Browse Presidential Poll latest news and updates, watch videos and view all … President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s popularity tracker went up 6 points …

            HUFFPOLLSTER: More Polls Show Obama’s Approval …

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/obama-approval-polls_...

            The Huffington Post

            1 day ago – Obama’s overall approval rating now stands at 50 percent, the highest in a Post- ABC poll since spring 2013. His standing is nine points higher …

            New ABC/WaPo Poll: Obama Approval 50 – Daily Kos

            http://www.dailykos.com/…/-New-ABC-WaPo-Poll-Obama-Approva...

            Daily Kos

            2 days ago – Obama’s overall approval rating now stands at 50 percent, the highest in a Post- ABC poll since the spring of 2013. His standing is nine points …

            Obama Soars As President’s Job Approval Rating Leaps 9 …

            http://www.politicususa.com/…/obama-soars-president-approval-rating-jumps-...

            2 days ago – A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that President Obama’sjob approval rating has jumped nine points in a single month, and is now …

            Obama heads into State of the Union on ratings … – CNN.com

            http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/19/…/obama-popular-state-of-the-union/

            CNN

            1 day ago – Fifty percent say they approve of the job Obama’s doing as president, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Monday.

          • mike says:

            My My you keep trying to deny and you keep looking more delusional.
            Thanks for a good laugh.

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Last word.

          • mike says:

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            🙂

          • mike says:

            🙂

            Carolyn1520

            mike

            a day ago

            Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo.

            It isn’t
            advantageous to the right’s agenda to celebrate the recovery so it’s
            understandable when one want’s to root against the greater good and
            avoid the facts.

            Sources:

            Obama Job Rating Ticks Higher, Views of Nation’s Economy Turn.Pew Research Center for the People and the Press-Jan 15, 2015

            For the first time since 2009, more people think Obama has helped …Washington Post (blog)

            President Obama is back at 50% approval. Here’s how.
            Washington Post (blog)

            An Improving Economy Gives Obama His Game Back
            Highly Cited-ABC News

          • mike says:

            Go back to your post to me yesterday that starts with “Apparently you haven’t gotten the latest memo”. Read down and weep at your lack of memory.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            I sent you sources. None of which were direct quotes from me.
            If you can’t comprehend the difference, I now understand your overall confusion.
            My apologies for not recognizing your limitations sooner.

          • mike says:

            So now that you are trying to deflect with other stupid remarks, you must know now, you did say “Obama at 50% approval”.

            You did not give any links to see the articles., all you gave were their names, heck imbecile can do that. People with an ounce of sense know you must provide the link/links for others to see.
            Try clicking on Washington Post and the others and see if you the article appears. It doesn’t!!! DUH!!!
            The only confusion is all your yours.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            What’s your deal?
            Senility or stupidity?

          • mike says:

            Senility or stupidity both fits you best.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        Denying that an economy that has been growing at an average of 4% per year during the last three quarters is not a booming economy raises an obvious question: what do you think of Bush I and II economies?
        It is true, however, that the benefits derived from our economic growth has not filtered down to all segments of our population, particularly minority groups, and to a lesser extent women. That’s a problem that must be addressed and solved, and I expect President Obama to talk about it during the SOTU address.
        The overwhelming majority of economic initiatives put forth by the Obama administration were designed to help the middle class and the poor. Conversely, the $1T redistribution of wealth for the “rebuilding” of Iraq was designed to help wealthy American investors and buy allies.
        It takes nerve for members of a party that oppose raising the minimum wage, and that demonizes organized labor for having the audacity of fighting for better wages and benefits for their members, to claim that the party and institutions that are determined to help the middle class are the ones that are contributing to its demise.

        • mike says:

          Hooray, the economy for the last 3 quarters has grown. Great news! About time!

          During SOTU we will hear the same old class warfare, redistribution of wealth, like before.
          The same old Liberal/Progressive thought that we must raises taxes to get prosperity, which is horse manure.
          320 billion more taxes on the rich. WE don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

          Between the massive debt and massive entitlements every penny of the Fed. Budget will go to pay interest on debt plus Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security in 16 short years. Every penny!!
          Just an inconvenient truth you on the left ignore. Your ilk want to tax and spend, tax and spend.

          Now tell us how raising the taxes on the successful will make the middle class successful.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Hopefully what we will hear is an acknowledgement of the obvious, the economy is on solid ground, jobs are being created, interest rates are low, inflation is low, Federal government deficits have been reduced by 2/3, consumer spending, corporations are posting record profits, the DOW is at record highs,…but much remains to be done to ensure all segments of our population benefit from the economic recovery.

          • mike says:

            The economy is not on solid ground, if so the Fed would be raising interest rates. Christmas sales were down 8%. Jobs are mainly part-time and low paying. DOW is high because of the massive monies that have been put in by Fed. Interest rates low, inflation low because of the fragile economy.
            New jobless claims higher to 321,000 last week.
            No this economy is finally moving in right direction but is far from on “solid ground”.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        The U.S. got a lot more than you think since President Obama announced his decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. In my opinion, one of the most important reasons for that decision is to regain the respect of Latin American countries. The embargo has been seen as bullying, and an idiotic tactic to oust the Castro brothers, by most people in Latin America since it was implemented.
        With China – and to a lesser extent Japan – trying to replace the USA as the main trading partners in Latin America, this may be a small victory in the battle for control of the global economy, but one that benefits us for a change.

        • mike says:

          Tell us what we got in return other than your opinion.
          That little country smaller than Florida is going to benefit us how? PR?? Who takes over after the brothers are gone?? Do you know who they are grooming to replace them? Will it become a second rate Venezuela? Will the huge majority of people who signed a pledge to continue the system automatically change?
          We will wait and see.

      • Is it hard typing with your head wedged permanently between your butt cheeks?

        The economy has recovered. Even Mitch McConnell and all the other party-before-country scumbags you are whoring yourself out to have acknowledged as much.

        All this in spite of you and your ilk doing everything you could to keep the economy in the toilet for nothing more than petty short-term political ambitions.

        It’s over, whore. It’s not a question of whether or not the G.O.P. is a dead party. It’s a question of how long it will take you bigoted, greedy, narcissistic, delusional, democracy-hating cowards to stop playing puppeteer with its corpse.

        • mike says:

          Thanks for the good laugh. Sorry to see the cold has frozen your brain.

        • Louis Allen says:

          Michael: Funny how you call smart people (so UNLIKE you, Michael !) “whores”, and you claim they are “whoring” this or that.
          Wow, you sure show what an ignoramus you are.

    • plc97477 says:

      I don’t see why the Dems. need to change their moral compass because of the way bigots are going to see us. We should proudly claim the high road.

  3. FireBaron says:

    My only concern is if Hillary gets the nomination, she does not take the offensive against the Karl Rove Dirty Tricks bag that whichever Republican wins their nomination will use.

    • FT66 says:

      Karl Rove is another crazy man from GOP. He pounded very much last year on Hillary’s age without thinking there are a lot of World Leaders who are older than Hillary. Here under is the homework I did on some of World Leader’s age:
      1. Pres. of Zimbabwe – H.E. Robert Mugabe (90 yrs)
      2. Pres. of Italy – H.E. G Napolitano (89 yrs)
      3. Pres. Of Malaysia – H.E. Abdul Halim Kedah (87 yrs)
      4. Pres. of Greece . H.E. Karolos Papoullas (85 yrs)
      5. Pres. of Mauritious – H.E. Anerood Jugnauth (84 yrs)
      6. Pres. of Cuba – H.E. Raul Castro (83 yrs)
      7. Pres. of Sri Lanka – H.E. D.M. Jayaratne (83 yrs)
      8. Pres. of Cameroon – .E. Paul Biya (81 yrs)
      9. Pres. of Tunisia – H.E. Beji Caid Essebsi (88 yrs)
      10. H.E. Kim Yong-nam (86) yrs) of North Korea, takes all the role of the President. He is known there as: A State Leader.

    • holyreality says:

      Hillary is a seasoned political knife fighter. Too bad she is firmly in Wall Street’s pockets.

  4. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Hillary has been flayed, dissected and crucified by the GOP so many times, there is nothing, not even marrow, left to pick on. The reality is that Americans know that putting another GOP president in the White House is akin to mob rule putting a czar in control.

    Karl Rove is an old man now. He hasn’t the clout he once might have had. And, he’s also been outed by several expert political journalists who have tied Rove to his Young Republican cronies, Ralph Reed (the Bible Thumping skirt chaser), Eric Prince of Blackwater infamy and Ken Starr of WhiteWater who spent $12 million of taxpayer money and came up empty handed trying to impeach Clinton and crucify Hillary.

    The Democrats are in prime pouncing position and they know it. Unlike the GOP who wangles and sidles up to the Koch Billionaires for their dogma, the Dems and President Obama had naught but to let the GOP bulls stew in their own juices long enough to become dried out has beens.

    • holyreality says:

      If only Americans had a brain, George Carlin asked us to picture an average person, and then told us half the people are stupider than them.

      This below average intellect is not the issue, it is outright falsehoods we accept and repeat unconsciously.

      St Ronnie himself put it best, ‘It isn’t so much that Americans are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.’

      But ignorance is a virtue to those living within the conservative bubble. Ignore that socialist NASA telling us that world temps are higher than ever. Ignore those bleeding hearts who care more about terrorists rights than unborn babies!

      Thus goes the 2016 debacle. Democrats are happy to accept victory on their terms while Republicant’s fight tooth and nail to preserve their ignorance with a GOP government.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        I so agree. The reality is that in today’s USA, there is no real reason for ignorance. I only know what my relatives who live in the south (FL, GA and NC) and the southwest (TX) tell me about their lives in those states. The realize now why those states have such low costs of living. Poverty levels are high. Education is not considered important. Jobs exist only in the most dangerous workplaces and quality of life is practically zero. I also have friends in several other states like NB and MT. The reality is that conservatism doesn’t work in states who pride themselves on progress and advancement.

        Red states long for the “old” days. So, they cling to a culture of ignorance because they are scared silly of having to ever step outside of the comfort zone they believe is the only reality.

        • Independent1 says:

          And what’s especially sad and problematic, is that the majority of GOP lovers even refuse to believe the truth if they hear it. Their tendency is just like that of the politicians they elect into office, which is to discredit the messenger, rather than believe the message. Even if that message is based on irrefutable facts or past experience (history).

          And the numerous RWNJs on the NM who have heard the facts and history spewed to them time and time again from a number of sane posters blogging here – are clear evidence of just how determined RWNJs are to not believe the truth.

          Unfortunately, if too many of them continue to refuse to believe the truth about climate change past the point of no return, it may not only be to their peril, but to the peril of the entire world.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            The problem for the GOP right now is their inability to prove a negative. They expected this president to just sit back for the next 2 years. He is doing what he said in 2008 he planned to do. He came out with his gloves on like Ali and refuses to allow the GOP to break this country in two.

            Those who refuse to hear the truth are doomed to live in lies. We all know that. And when they live in their lies, they inevitably fail.

            The President knows for certain he has the 99% in the US behind him…not the 1% who have lapped up more than their fair share and given nothing back in return. Blowback is a bitch.

        • holyreality says:

          Worse still, Ayn Rand’s beatification of selfishness has them worshipping the old robber barons as capitalist heroes.

          Talking about income inequality is politics of jealousy in their twisted minds.

    • Eric Lipps says:

      Who knows what Republicans will be able to dig up, or make up, about Hillary Clinton?

      The same, of course, applies to any Democrat. Look at the “birther”
      nutjobs and the “Obama is a Muslim Commie” types.

      And if it starts looking as though they’ll lose again, after 2000, who can be sure what they’ll pull?

    • EriktheRed says:

      “The reality is that Americans know that putting another GOP president in the White House is akin to mob rule putting a czar in control.”

      Unfortunately it’s likely the American public doesn’t “know” any such thing.You underestimate the wingnut wurlitzer at your own peril.

      • Independent1 says:

        Yup!! Never under estimate the absolute stupidity of the American voter. A Rasmussen poll a while back said a plurality of Americans actually believed that the government should cut spending to spur the economy. As if pulling money out of an economy is somehow going to cause people and corporations to spend more and boost an economy. Hasn’t ever happened before and it isn’t going to start now no matter how hard the GOP tries to sell that convoluted notion.

        All one needs to do is go ask how it’s going to countries in Europe with all those governments still muddling along in recession because they tried austerity. Especially ask someone in Greece or Spain.

        Or if he was still alive, ask Herbert Hoover how insisting that he wouldn’t apply a government stimulus to a run of the mill recession at the end of Coolidge’s 8 years worked out: 1929 stock market crash and the biggest depression the world had ever seen at the time which took America 13 years to recover from, and that only because of the kind of stimulus applied to our economy by WWII..

  5. edwardw69 says:

    I am not so sure: the Republicans are already saying that it is their saying No to everything Obama wanted, that is the reason for the economic recovery. Many will believe them.

    • Carolyn1520 says:

      I agree. It’s never too early to correct their misinformed aka lying narratives

    • No, nobody actually believes them. Millions of Americans are just incredibly stubborn — incredibly unwilling to admit that voting for Reagan back in the 80s was a really stupid thing to do — and will pretend they believe that crap in a feeble attempt to justify their continued voting for Republicans to this day.

  6. FT66 says:

    I have to request my fellow Dems to stop attacking Mitt Romney. If he is the right choice of GOP, let it be. Thats their choice as we have ours (Hillary). Please try to think deeply and be wise. This is not the ripe time to attack anyone. That time will be soon coming.

    • Carolyn1520 says:

      Define “attacking”. He left a good many unanswered questions when he ran before and they are still relevant questions. I personally think he should be put on notice, these questions are still going to asked, before he decides to climb aboard that bus again. If he’s not prepared to answer them, he shouldn’t waste his time or anyone else’s.

  7. elw says:

    The conservative right has some really big problems; they are arrogant, feel entitled and express it all with sophomoric behaviors. I also believe as a Party they are suicidal. Is it productive for them to walk away from the win they got in the last election and start their tenure in the Congress by passing bills that are no more than an attempt to undermine everything President Obama has accomplished? No it is not, it is silly and it hardly demonstrate their willingness to comprise. If history is any indication and it seems so from their first few weeks in office they will continue accomplishing very little and insulting most voting blocks with their name calling and policies. I am sure we will have a great many “47%” remarks in 2016 to help Democrats win the White House and at least gain back control of the Senate.

  8. plc97477 says:

    The only part of the “new” style of campaigning that I will miss is their not allowing anyone in the convention to talk to chairs. I will miss that little bit of humor.

    • neeceoooo says:

      The next thing we will see from them will be the chair talking to the audience. Now that I have got to see.

    • neeceoooo says:

      Before we know it, the chairs will be the ones going into the voting booth.

      • plc97477 says:

        Just an extension of the corporate personhood.

        • neeceoooo says:

          Right, if a corporation can be a person, why not a chair.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            The Dem’s already allow 4 million illegals to vote absentee

          • bobnstuff says:

            Prove it, because it’s a lie made up and served up to the gullible. Go work the polls if you don’t believe me.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            Not a lie. Our maid is an illegal and asks off to go vote

          • bobnstuff says:

            If she voted absentee she wouldn’t have needed the day off, are you THAT gullible? Also by employing a
            illegal you are part of the problem and you should be thrown into jail. I have worked as a poll watcher and at least in my polling place there are no illegal absentee ballets being cast. It’s all a lie and you bought it.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            That’s what she told us. Congrtaulations for being the only honest poll watcher in the country

          • bobnstuff says:

            You really don’t understand our elective system do you? It’s not one poll watcher, it’s one from every party that keeps things on the up an up. If you think the
            elections are rigged go become a poll watcher for your party, get involved instead of sitting on your computer and making uninformed statements.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            All my facts are backed up by various news sources

          • bobnstuff says:

            Try some reliable news sources or better yet first hand experience. Always go to prime sources and
            don’t trust anyone tells you what is said when you can check it out for yourself. Check who is giving you the news and check their sources. If you don’t find what you believe is wrong from time to time you aren’t checking thing well enough.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            USA TODAY, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Fedsmith, to name a few

          • bobnstuff says:

            Over half the time Fox people get it wrong if you check their facts. They are half truth pros. Sound bites are one of their favorite ways to twist things. They will cut a sentence short or take it out of context. Some time when they go on about what the President said something go to Whitehouse.Gov and read the whole statement. When the talk about employment numbers go
            to BLS and look at the raw data. I have seen the WSJ get it wrong on the numbers. Next jobs report listen to the talking heads and then go
            read the real jobs report and see if you can find the number about low paying part time jobs in the real report. Prime sources are always the best if you can find them. I have made miss statements
            from time to time relying on what at the time seamed solid sources only to find their source wasn’t solid. The media and the politician
            miss lead us everyday, sometime knowingly sometime because of sloppy work but I don’t 100% trust any of them.

          • plc97477 says:

            Apparently you are easy to lie to.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            I didn’t say they voted in person they do absentee. In far too many states you can walk in and pick up ballots without an ID.
            As we saw in CO in Nov the DEm’s were picking thru the trash looking for unmailed ballots to send in

          • bobnstuff says:

            Did you get this information from a reliable source or from a person like Rush? In Pa absentee ballets are tracked and counted in their home polling place. I have helped count them and I know that non were illegal. It’s feels very nice to see the poll worker talking about those that didn’t make it in to vote that year. My daughter was one of them. Out of 897 votes we had 23 absentee ballets. If you have any doubt about the way the votes are counted become a poll watcher. Voter fraud is a crime and if there was a lot of it you would see people in jail. Also why would a illegal alien vote absentee? Most want to stray away from anything that can draw attention to them. These stories sound good but if you break them down you will find that they are just stories.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            I googled it, a new tool on the internet. I asked the question and it came up with the answer

          • bobnstuff says:

            If it’s on the internet it must be true!

          • Whatmeworry says:

            A video from Project Veritas and confirmed buy other news sources. Showed people showing up a the Board of Elections requesting ballots for the 2012 election. They were in a pile on the counter . They asked they could have 1 and tried to show an ID. The gals said an ID wasn’t required so they asked if they could take more than 1 and were told yes.
            When asked if there was a chance of fraud they claimed NO because they had to sign the ballot when they mailed it in attesting that they were a valid voter

          • Daniel Max Ketter says:

            Is that like project blue book??, ufos, aliens, rectal probes and stuff?

          • bobnstuff says:

            Project Blue Book was much better done.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            A video from Project Veritas and confirmed buy other news sources. Showed people showing up a the Board of Elections requesting ballots for the 2012 election. They were in a pile on the counter . They asked they could have 1 and tried to show an ID. The gals said an ID was required so they asked if they could take more than 1 and were told no.
            When asked if there was a chance of fraud they claimed NO because they had to sign the ballot when they mailed it in attesting that they were not a valid voter

          • bobnstuff says:

            You didn’t do ANY back ground check on this guy did you. You say you know how to Google, go do it. He commits voter fraud and says it proof of voter fraud.

          • Daniel Max Ketter says:

            Huh? Why do people vote absentee? Too lazy to get off their keysters and vote i guess.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            I did say they voted in person they don’t absentee. In far too many states you can walk in and pick up ballots without an ID.
            As we saw in CO in Nov the DEm’s were picking thru the trash looking for unmailed ballots to send in

          • #1: That’s a big load of bull and you know it, whore.

            #2: Still doesn’t make up for the 150,000,000 Americans the Republicans are trying to deprive voting rights to.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            My facts are backed up by Sean Hannity

          • bobnstuff says:

            Mr. Integrity! He only lies 35% of the time, which is pretty good for some one on Fox News.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            Do you not read polling data. There are more than 12 million illegals in this county And when they polled by the WashPost as to whether they were registered to vote or had voted 40% said they had/were
            As to the Republicans they only are defending the constitution. ONLY citizens are allowed to vote

          • bobnstuff says:

            Once again you took some ones word for facts that aren’t true. I just looked up the WP article and they never said that 40% registered to vote. Check your facts please. They said that 40% of the illegals that were registered to vote did. depending on the survey 2.3% or 11.4% were registered to vote.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            Do you not read polling data. There are more than 12 hundred eagles in this county And when they
            polled by the WashPost as to whether they were registered to vote or had voted 40% said they dont/wont
            As to the Republicans they are not defending the constitution. ONLY citizens are allowed to vote

          • Daniel Max Ketter says:

            Immigrants should be allowed to vote. I provide them work in my yard and kitchen.

          • Daniel Max Ketter says:

            You sound like a moron to me.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            The Dem’s won’t allow those 4 million illegals to vote absentee

    • old_blu says:

      I’ll bet they don’t invite their last Republican president still.
      (Speaking of empty chairs)

  9. Whatmeworry says:

    Everyone should be excited about 2016. It means an end to amateur hour in the WH. And end to the US looking like a 3rd world country and sending all the illegals home

  10. Whatmeworry says:

    Everyone shouldn’t be excited about 2016. It means the start amateur hour in the CAP. And the US now looking like a 3rd world country by
    sending all the illegals home

  11. The G.O.P.’s one and only hope for winning the presidency in 2016 is Voter I.D. — to literally suppress the vote Jim Crow style.

  12. Stuart says:

    You sound like last summer when the Democrats were on their way to victory. I guess they’re still on their way to victory. We just don’t know when. We may have to wait until people who favor Democratic policies actually start voting for Democrats. But I don’t know if that will be before or after Jesus comes back.

  13. Louis Allen says:

    Pathetic how this person or group, who The National Memo’s owner George Soros allows to write inane articles under the byline @LOLGOP, thinks that misery is prosperity, losing is winning, less is more and down is up.
    But their biggest blooper is “There’s no evidence that the GOP learned anything from 2012.” This, after what happened to the Leftists in 2014, is LAUGHABLE ! LUDICROUS !
    It’s like saying: “There’s no evidence that the GOP learned anything from 1976.”
    …. for those slow, dense liberal minds, let me explain: after 1976-1980, Republicans got 12 continuous years of Republican presidents.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Louie Louie can’t admit who owns the Wall Street Journal, NY Post, Chicago Times…Murdoch, Zuckerberg and Charles and David Koch respectively. So little Louie whines his double wide butt off about Soros owning a single paper when these three ultra conservatives are the conglomerate Billionaire media moguls?

      Try again, Louie Louie…Your BS is like quicksand and pulling you under.

      • holyreality says:

        ZING POW!

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          It appears to me that when Reagan decided to “mainstream” the mentally ill and allowed them out on the streets, the GOPs idea of saving money is now costing them. Louie Louie is one of the mentally ill loonies who is only making the GOP look worse.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Yeah, whatever, Ellie.
            P.S. – I see that your only “LIKE” comes from somebody who is ALMOST as moronic as you are, the poor slob.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            A pathetic isolated mentally ill man like you wouldn’t notice you are the common denominator in your pathetic attempts to take control. Too bad there are many others who see you for what you are…a sociopath who needs to be seen to and altered.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Ellie dear:
            Get professional help, both from a shrink and from a sex therapist.
            They are the ones most qualified to help you with your:
            a) inferiority complex,
            b) sexual inadequacies and frustrations.
            Bye!
            P.S. – And NO Ellie, I am NOT coming back.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You are repeating yourself. What are you even doing on this thread? No one cares what YOU think. No one wants to read anymore of your BS sociopath ideas. No one cares if you have No Balls, no job, no life and nor reason to exist. Do yourself a favor and get lost. You’re wasting our time on your silly, petty BS.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Elle:
            I repeat: Get professional help, both from a shrink and from a sex therapist.
            …. and to use a fraction of your foul language, …. stop masturbating, dear.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            What about the word “NO!” don’t you like little Louie full of hooey? I’m guessing you’ve run out of those dozens of condoms you by for the safe sex you practice on yourself.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Ellie, you ignoramus:
            1) It’s “…. condoms you BUY…”, dear, NOT “by” (it’s called a homonym: two words that are pronounced the same but are spelled differently);
            2) It’s gaffes like this that: a) show your poor command of the English language; b) caused the SUICIDE of the 2 proofreaders for your 2 “books”;
            3) Again, to use a fraction of your foul language, …. stop masturbating, dear.
            Bye !
            P.S. – No, I am NOT coming back to our previous house (it was NEVER a “home”). Stop insisting.
            P.S.2. – Your sex-change surgeon called; something about “loose” something …

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You know Louie Full of Hooey? You really should thank me. First of all, you walk into my little trap to prove what a mental case you are. Your posts prove that. I have now done society a service by outing you for the crazy lunatic you are.

            Now, anyone who sees your name will avoid you like the plague. Don’t bother to congratulate me for outing you. I know I’m good.

            You really need to stop playing with yourself so much. It’s caused massive brain damage.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Lenore dear:
            “… you walk into my little trap …” ha, ha, ha, haaa !!
            That was funny.
            But, from the bottom of my heart, your posts have me not worried (I stopped worrying about you when I decided to divorce you), but concerned.
            Your rantings are worse, dear.
            DO GET professional help.
            P.S. – Did you get your green card?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            For a man who can’t get it up and plays with himself all day every day, I’d say you need the help far more than I do. And, I can understand why NO woman would come within 1,000 miles of a nut case like you. Women with brains don’t need to waste their time on an insistent, out of control nut.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Lenore sweetie:
            You have to try harder to get rid of that inferiority complex; please quit referring to yourself as an “insistent, out of control nut.”.
            You might be a nutjob, but you certainly are NOT insistent and are not “out of control”.
            A job at the Republican National Committee (RNC) would do untold WONDERS for that bored mind of yours.
            And God knows, you might even find (another) good man like I was to you ….
            I wish you well, dear.

        • Louis Allen says:

          holy: “Zing Pow” my eye!
          This poor excuse for a woman hates me because she wanted to be the man of the house and I never let her.
          She is mean and vengeful.
          She is more than willing to gouge herself out of one eye if, in the process, she can gouge her men out of BOTH eyes.
          Pathetic woman.

      • Louis Allen says:

        Wow, Eleanore, this CONFIRMS you are despondent and hurt because I was once your husband and decided to divorce you because you wanted to be the man of the house and I would not stand for it.
        Poor Ellie, always so vengeful and full of hate towards men.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          Wow…Louie…Do you always ASSume? So..because I absolutely refuse to bend over and allow you to get your way, I’m hurt and despondent? I think not. I divorced because “I” wanted to get rid of someone who, like you, was bossy, overbearing, pushy and a tyrant. No woman wants a man like you. Your insistence on your way is not unlike all of the GOP tyrant bulls I endured in that party for 33 years. Sorry if you are a loser and such a failure.

          Do you get off trying to brow beat women? Or do you just get off by trying to prove superiority you don’t have to a more educated woman. Your Pampers are as overloaded as your childish brain.

          • Louis Allen says:

            Elliot:
            I may have to come and wash that foul mouth of yours with soap, …. like I did for the 3 (very LONG) years that we were married.
            Let go of your hate and re-join the Conservatives with which you were associated for 33 years.
            P.S. – The Catholic nuns at your elementary school (which you attended for 17 years, remember?) would have been horrified at your language, Ellie dearest.

  14. tobewan says:

    Who took away Social Security, labeled it Entitlements, and send Federal Benefits? We need a write-up on that horrendous government actiion!

  15. GChem 68 says:

    Today’s liberals perpetuate the delusion that destruction of the current order will somehow magically regenerate human nature.

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