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5 Ways The GOP Has Shown It Is Dead Serious About Winning In 2016

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5 Ways The GOP Has Shown It Is Dead Serious About Winning In 2016

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The average age of the Golden Girls during their final season was 66.75. The average age of Supreme Court Justices on Election Day 2016 will be 70.67.

When our 45th president is sworn in, three Supreme Court justices—Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—will be more than 80 years old. Another, Stephen Breyer, will be 78 and a half, months shy of 78.7, the court’s average retirement age since the early 1970s. Before the end of the next president’s first term, Scalia and Kennedy will pass the life expectancy for an American male, 84.3, and Ginsburg will exceed that milestone for a female, 86.6. Breyer will hit his “best if used by” date soon thereafter.

The next presidential election, the most important of our lifetime, will likely decide who controls the Supreme Court for decades. And if conservatives win the White House, they’ll have the power of the nation’s highest court to go along with both houses of Congress and more state legislative seats than at any time since before the Great Depression.

With the twin and interrelated crises of climate change and income inequality both reaching points where the damage may become irreversible, Republicans — who are pushing agendas that promise to speed up both of these slow-motion calamities — are on the verge of nearly unprecedented political power.

And this week they finally acted as if they actually understand this.

While the GOP teeters on the verge of an unraveling of the coalition that was birthed by the Southern Strategy and then entrenched by the backlash politics of guns and abortion, its leaders recognize that if they can hold it together they have a damned good chance of achieving the dream: a Supreme Court that acts as an arm of the Republican National Committee.

Democrats haven’t held the White House for three straight terms in the last half century — even though Al Gore actually won the election in 2000. And the chances of the longest stretch of private sector job growth continuing unabated through next fall are slight. All Republicans need to do is nominate a feasible candidate and they’ll have a decent chance of winning, given the billions — yes, billions — of dollars that will be spent on their behalf.

Here’s how Republicans showed they are serious about winning this week — and why Democrats need to take this threat so seriously.

1. They pulled the gun away from their own head.
Last week at this time, Tea Party Republicans who’d unseated two straight “establishment” Speakers of the House seemed on the verge of wresting control of the agenda and driving the U.S. economy straight into a catastrophic default, for which conservatives would have surely suffered the bulk of the blame. Meanwhile, the party’s real power brokers were meeting with Democrats and forging a deal that would extend the debt limit for two years. The agreement — which pained partisans on both sides of this divided government — passed both houses easily and is now law. There’s still a small but non-negligible chance the government will shut down anyway over an issue that could end up haunting Republicans — like Planned Parenthood. But the party leaders have effectively pulled the gun away from their own head by relenting, on the debt, so they won’t purposely destroy the U.S. economy 12 months before a presidential election.

2. They backed a leader who pleases their donors.
Republican donors love Paul Ryan. That’s how he ended up as Mitt Romney’s running mate. That’s why he’s now the Speaker of the House. What’s not to love about a handsome, articulate Ayn Rand fan who believes we must gut our social safety net to achieve our nation’s highest good — tax breaks for the rich? Ryan handily won the Speakership and as the House passed raised the debt limit without any of the benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that the House Freedom Caucus demanded. This smooth transfer of power makes the case that Speaker Boehner’s retirement was the last of many savvy efforts to defuse his party’s worst instincts. Ryan is vowing to run a different kind of Speakership and his passion for gutting government has bought him a lot of good will — perhaps even enough to keep his caucus from destroying his party’s chances in 2016.

3. They united against a common enemy.
Can you see it on Glenn Beck’s chalkboard? MSNBC > NBC> CNBC!!! The right’s case against the CNBC debate began the week before Wednesday’s debate when moderator John Harwood wrote an article that pointed out that the U.S. economy isn’t great — but it’s the best in the world and exponentially better than the economy Obama inherited. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is playing this year’s John Huntsman, opened the debate by attacking his opponents as unqualified to be president. That outburst was quickly erased from history by candidate after candidate mendaciously attacking the media and moderators — with Jeb Bush gazing on, dully wondering what happened to the Republican Party that used to just hand out nominations to Bushes like candy corn. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus quickly tried to deflect criticism from his party’s base by suspending a future debate with NBC. And the Republican Party was, for the first time in this primary, united. If there’s one thing conservatives know for sure, it’s the media is biased because they heard it on Fox News. While this debate was far from perfect, it was time the media focused on the details of the Republicans’ insane tax plans — and the right is trying to send the media a message in response: Don’t dare do that!

4. They’re trying to make Jeb Bush go away.
Being named Bush is enough to make a candidate unpopular, but Jeb’s real problem is that he’s not enough like his brother for the GOP base. He seems to have as much contempt for the party’s faithful as he does for President Obama. And he manages to talk about his brother’s legacy in a way that continually reveals the weakness and delusion in the Republican mindset. He’s the worst of all worlds. Still, Republicans tend to nominate the most viable candidate. Bush’s ability to appeal to Latino voters — with his fluent Spanish and Mexican-American family —  is significantly better than many of his competitors, and the party hasn’t won without a Bush on the ticket since 1972. Yet fear that the party will eventually be stuck with Jeb and the Bush legacy has some of the party’s biggest movers trying to push another establishment candidate forward.

5. They’re desperately trying to make Marco Rubio happen.
Marco Rubio is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Even when the fetus isn’t viable. Even when birth threatens the life of the mother. This is an opinion shared by about two of 10 Americans, and by no Republican who has ever won the presidency. He opposes same-sex marriage. His foreign policy is more Cheney-like than Bush-like. His one legislative accomplishment was helping Republicans feel good about killing his immigration bill. Nevertheless, Rubio is very good on TV. Very good. Republicans think he’s their Obama. Democrats think he’s their John Edwards. Regardless, his youth and looks play well and invoke a narrative of change. That’s a narrative desired by conservative donors, which is why one of the largest funders came out for Florida’s junior senator this weekend. Now we’ll see whether primary voters ever bite.

The spoils of the 2016 election are too big to trust with Tea Partiers. Republican donors sent a message this week: We’re going to do whatever we can to win — and if Democrats don’t take that seriously, the consequences will last longer than a million Ted Cruz filibusters.

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  1. Buford2k11 November 2, 2015

    the whole point of this effort is to dump the gop…get them out of our government…they are hurting us domestically and internationally…the world is watching and wondering WTF?…the Gop has taken us down the road to a pitiful state…and they want to do this permanently…republican/corporate rule is bad for this nation..

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    1. David November 2, 2015

      You are so right! We need someone truthful, sincere, unwavering. Someone who came from being flat broke. Someone who braved sniper fire in Bosnia. Someone who got around using government emails by putting in place their own private server. Someone who can ease the pain of relatives of the four slain in Benghazi by telling them it was because of outrage over a movie–knowing that the real truth would only hurt them. We need Hildebeast!

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      1. Buford2k11 November 2, 2015

        HRC is a damn sight better than any of the Gop candidates…umm…your arguments are old and have been debunked…turn off fox, and come back to reality….

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        1. David November 2, 2015

          Really? “Old and debunked”? Let’s take it one step at a time…do you believe that Bill and Hillary were “flat broke” when they left the Whitehouse?

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          1. meridaest November 2, 2015

            Yes, they owed a lot more money to pay their bills from the Ken Starr investigations than they possessed. That is the truth. Fortunately, they both had opportunities to make a lot of money to pay bills and become very rich besides. She should have added that. I don’t feel any sympathy for the Clintons but those arguments have been debunked.

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          2. David November 2, 2015

            Really? Is that why they bought two multimillion dollar homes (one in Washington, DC and one in New York) for cash right after Bill left the Whitehouse? Ha! I should be so impoverished!
            What about dodging that sniper fire in Bosnia?

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          3. JPHALL November 2, 2015

            KEEP TRYING DAVID! YOU ARE SO FAR LOSING THE ARGUMENT.

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          4. David November 3, 2015

            Truth hurts?

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          5. JPHALL November 3, 2015

            You haven’t told the truth yet!

            Subject: Re: Comment on 5 Ways The GOP Has Shown It Is Dead Serious About Winning In 2016

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          6. David November 3, 2015

            What isn’t the truth?

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          7. Independent1 November 2, 2015

            All Bill and Hillary needed to buy those homes was their fame as an ex president and first lady with the clear opportunity to make millions in the years to come from speaking fees, book deals and other endorsements. Any bank in the country would have loaned them millions just on their potential future incomes even if otherwise they were flat broke,

            And Bill and Hillary were clearly not the 1st White House occupants to be near poverty when they left – the Carters were also near bankruptcy. What apparently you and most Americans don’t understand, is that the president’s family doesn’t live in the White House completely free – if like the Obama’s, they provide a lot of entertainment to highlight a lot of their own agendas, they end up having pay all the costs associated with that entertainment if it is not clearly justifiable as a government function. The president receives a bill every month for all the food that his/her family uses during the month which is not related to a government sponsored affair.

            And similarly, most Americans don’t understand that when a president’s family goes on vacation, the president pays for almost all the costs aside from the transportation to get there and housing the security detail and support staff the president needs to conduct government business at the vacation spot.

            So when many accuse the president of costing the taxpayers millions of dollars by staying in fancy hotels etc; that’s pure BS. Many times the president stays in less than the best places to stay not only because of the costs, because of the logistics associated with providing for the president’s security.
            Presidents have to pick up the tab for all the vacation costs associated directly with the presidential family.

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          8. David November 3, 2015

            You believe that garbage? What about all the things they stole and had to return? F..ing thieves!

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          9. Dominick Vila November 3, 2015

            What is really important to most voters is not whether sniper fire during the conflict in Bosnia was directed at Hillary or some other target, or their financial success based on their social status and intellectual acumen, but the positions they embrace on foreign and domestic policy, their qualifications, record, and vision. On that front, HRC is miles ahead of all the Republican candidates running for the nomination of their party…combined!

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          10. Dominick Vila November 3, 2015

            I love it when I hear republicans decry intellectual and financial success…

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      2. bobnstuff November 2, 2015

        My guess is you also don’t like Trump either since he has even more problems with the truth the Hillary and has flip flopped on stands so many time even he can’t keep them straight. Maybe you like Carson and his little problem with facts about companies he has worked with. You can always have Rubio who can’t handle his own finances and doesn’t want to admit it.

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        1. David November 2, 2015

          It would be kind of difficult to buy Trump off. Oh yeah, Clinton Foundation? More money for the Clintons who were “flat broke” when they left the Whitehouse. Maybe that’s why they took all those antiques, furniture, decorations, and what not when they left…?

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          1. bobnstuff November 2, 2015

            Trump would be easy to buy off, it wouldn’t take money, just feed his ego. Plus he is going to hire a lot of smart people and you buy them off. In spite of what he says he’s not using his own money, He is lending money to his campaign, not giving it. No Trump can and would be bought.

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      3. jmprint November 2, 2015

        What we don’t need is to be TRUMPED into bankruptcy.
        What we don’t need is to be RUBIOED into Koch dependency.
        What we don’t need is to be CRUZified into false religion.

        What we can use is a strong leader who can stand up to bullies, overcome adversities, and false accusations. Someone like Hilary Clinton who is more experienced than all others combined.

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      4. greenlantern1 November 2, 2015

        The name of the movie is the INNOCENCE OF THE MUSLIMS.
        Why did Terry Jones screen it?
        Why wasn’t his e-mail asked for?
        Rush Limbaugh CLAIMS to have stand down cables.
        Where are they?

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        1. Dominick Vila November 2, 2015

          Because tying the GOP to the making and release of the film that caused so much furor throughout the Islamic world, and “Rev” Jones promise to burn the Qu’ran would backfire on the GOP as badly as the 11 hour grilling of HRC did.

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          1. greenlantern1 November 3, 2015

            Who made the film?
            Why?
            Why the REPUBLICAN disinterest?

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          2. Dominick Vila November 3, 2015

            I am convinced that the making of the offensive video was planned, financed, and scheduled by the party that needed a foreign policy tragedy to have a chance to win an upcoming presidential election. I don’t believe Rev. Jones’ promises to burn the Qu’ran were an accident either. The only thing I can say in favor of those responsible for the making of that film, is that they probably didn’t think anyone was going to get hurt. I don’t believe in convenient coincidences.

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  2. Jinmichigan November 2, 2015

    The repub attack on the debates was easy to predict. They don’t even try to answer the questions.

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    1. Dominick Vila November 2, 2015

      They demand questions on subjects such as illegal immigration, abortion, social programs, and taxes. Everything else must be reserved for Democrats.

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      1. Independent1 November 2, 2015

        With regard to that, if you haven’t seen it, you may find this article from today’s Daily Kos of interest:

        Why The GOP Can’t Handle The Truth

        Here’s an excerpt:

        Cruz exploded at the CNBC moderators. “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz fumed. “You look at the questions:
        ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘Marco
        Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”

        What a moment! Except for one minor detail:

        [Cruz’s speech] doesn’t even match the debate transcript. To
        begin with, nobody called Trump a villain. CNBC’s John Harwood asked Trump how he would fulfill his promises to “build a wall and make another country pay for it” (Mexico), “send 11 million people out of the country” (undocumented immigrants), and “cut taxes $10 trillion without increasing the deficit.” Second, nobody asked Carson whether he could do math. CNBC’s Becky Quick asked Carson how he would close the $1 trillion gap between current federal spending and the revenue projected from Carson’s 15 percent flat tax. Third, nobody asked Kasich to insult his colleagues. Kasich volunteered that Trump’s and Carson’s promises were impractical and incoherent. All of these questions were substantive.In fact, Cruz’s speech was a diversion from the query that had been posed to him—namely, why did he oppose this week’s agreement to raise the debt limit?

        For much more, go here:

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/11/01/1443182/-Why-The-GOP-Can-t-Handle-The-Truth?detail=email

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        1. Dominick Vila November 3, 2015

          When everything else fails, blame the media for the GOP shortcomings, even if it requires distorting the record and making ridiculous claims that had nothing to do with reality. If the questions asked during the CNBC debate were unfair, I wonder how any of these bozos would have reacted to the 11 hours of constant grilling that HRC was subjected to.

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  3. yabbed November 2, 2015

    And they have sent their operatives out to every news website and every blog as fake Sanders supporters to hammer Hillary Clinton. The GOP sees their only avenue to victory is to bring down Hillary Clinton. They admitted as much re Benghazi and they are sending their attack dogs to every website and blog to try to do as much harm to her as possible. They have no candidate who can beat her in the general election and they know it. They want Sanders because they rightly see him as a landslide for them back into the Oval Office.

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  4. bobnstuff November 2, 2015

    The American voter is stupid, unformed and lazy. Tomorrow is election day and most people don’t even know who’s running. It the lazy Democrats that will elect the Republicans in 2016.

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    1. 1standlastword November 2, 2015

      And it sounds chiefly “republican” to say it but many don’t care who is running the government or campaigning for office as long as their food and rent subsidies keep coming. The other component of this great hoard is all the young adults addicted to their Apple phones.

      I have first hand knowledge of this in working with some of these people in my field of expertise. During the great recession the applicants for disability went SKY HIGH! I disqualified many and sent some to work!

      I also know this great hoard of America’s unwashed is comprised of people stuck in legacy poverty and of every race and ethnicity.

      I have queried these folks on occasion with basic questions like who is the state speaker of the house, who is the state governor and do you vote and the level of ignorance and apathy is remarkable.

      The irony is these are the people who will lead the revolt in the end of this great project call America!

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  5. idamag November 2, 2015

    People do not realize the biggest threat to our democracy is stupidity. One thing I have always said, “The biggest threat to democracy is greed and ignorance and greed feeds off ignorance.”

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    1. paulyz November 3, 2015

      Exactly the description of a Democrat voter. But greed doesn’t feed off ignorance, it feeds off selfishness, only caring for oneself.

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      1. Mandee November 4, 2015

        Why turn away this comment about democracy for your party talking points? The point is, our democracy is at stake, becauseof our ignorant culture.

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  6. FT66 November 2, 2015

    All voters must be educated on all these burning issues. Every eligible voter must remain focused and engaged right away when primaries start on Feb. 9
    Strangling ourselves is NOT an option to take.

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  7. bcarreiro November 2, 2015

    There are many neive people who vote for these hypocrites. Democrats have to clean up the mess they make.

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    1. greenlantern1 November 2, 2015

      Aren’t the Bush’s Republican?
      Wasn’t Nixon?

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      1. bcarreiro November 2, 2015

        Did the lantern go out.

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  8. 2ThinkN_Do2 November 2, 2015

    The fighting amongst the wealthy and influential to support their specific parties and ideals will leave the USA as always, without a Government that truly is “For ALL The People” . . .

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    1. bobnstuff November 2, 2015

      Have you noticed that the right believes that it is their country only and the left has no right to any say in how things are done. Even the moderates are demonized by them and it’s their way or the highway.

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      1. 2ThinkN_Do2 November 2, 2015

        Actually, I’ve noticed how they both do that, under the guise of: it’s for all the people . . .

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        1. bobnstuff November 2, 2015

          The left gives in, the right tries to shut down the government.

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          1. 2ThinkN_Do2 November 2, 2015

            The “people” will either take a stand against both parties, or we will continue to suffer the ills we have for decades. Unfortunately, it seems the majority would rather play their game(s) rather than stand up for their rights; people are so easily swayed by cheap meaningless words and promises.

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          2. bobnstuff November 2, 2015

            The thing is we haven’t been suffering and that has created a lazy electorate. Even at the worst on this last economic down turn there where nothing like the dust bowl days of the great depression. We are a soft lazy country who won’t get up out of our chairs to change channels on our TV’s let alone go out and vote. Most people don’t want to get involved.

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          3. greenlantern1 November 2, 2015

            Both parties?
            Since when?

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        2. greenlantern1 November 2, 2015

          Both lesbians and homosexuals are quite barren.
          What fetus?
          Herbert Hoover oversaw the Food FOR BELGIUM program.
          Margaret Hoover sat on a Belgian education panel.
          Kickback?
          Any more games?

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      2. Mandee November 4, 2015

        The right are the theocratic terrorists they worry about. They don’t care about democracy at all – they blatantly mock it all the time..

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  9. pisces63 November 2, 2015

    One thing that bothers me. Carson said he also does not believe in abortion for rape or incest because he knows people who were the result of rape,who grew up to be productive citizens.

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    1. 1standlastword November 2, 2015

      Many of them might be relatives

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    2. jmprint November 2, 2015

      Carson has NO right to speak for women, regardless of why a women makes a decision to abort, it is still HER decision and no one else, just like it is not any of his business to advocate who lays with who.

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    3. Dominick Vila November 2, 2015

      What Carson does not understand, or does but prefers to ignore it, is that the issue is not how productive or unproductive a child born as a result of rape or incest may be, but the fact that a woman was victimized. Who is he to decide whether or not the victim of a crime should endure the consequences of the crime perpetrated on her?

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  10. jointerjohn November 2, 2015

    I’ve been saying for two years now that the 2016 Presidential race is all about the SCOTUS for the next twenty years. It’s just simple math. We should all make that priority “one and only”.

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  11. fortunev November 2, 2015

    If the GOP (Group Of Punks) wins the presidential election the half-wit idiots who put the destructive ogres in office deserve the consquences.

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    1. Dominick Vila November 2, 2015

      The most dangerous party of this would be the fact that at least 3 Supreme Court vacancies will have to be filled. A far right super majority in the SC would pave the way for all the social changes the far right has been clamoring for, and unable to implement. The worst part of it is that a right wing super majority in the SC will last decades, not just 4 or 8 years. That, by the way, is the reason ultra conservatives are spending a trillion dollars in campaigning in 2016, and enough of a reason for every single Democrat to vote in 2016.

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    2. Independent1 November 2, 2015

      Unfortunately, millions more Americans than those half-wit idiots will suffer the consequences if a GOP nitwit gets elected president – especially if that also allows them to hold onto their control of Congress. And should those worst two scenarios happen, I wouldn’t be surprised if America saw the greatest exodus of American citizens in our country’s history – fleeing the U.S. in search of a more tolerable place to live; as Republicans enacted one piece of legislation after another that not only worked to suck more money from the already poor into the pockets of the already wealthy; but legislation that also reinforces today’s supposedly conservative ideologies of bigotry, hate and intolerance.

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    3. barneybolt12 November 2, 2015

      Hey if the Democrats don’t get out and vote, the country will look like Kansas. Money pulled from education, roads falling apart. No health care for those who can’t afford it, because they refused to expand medicare. But they voted to keep Sam Brownback in for another 4 years. You get what you vote for, or don’t vote for. If you need more convincing look at Louisiana, Indiana, Wisconsin just to name a few.

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      1. Independent1 November 2, 2015

        Several survey companies have identified GOP-run states as the ‘Most Miserable States and Cities to live in’, ‘The states with the Worst Quality of Life’, ‘The states with the most citizens that are broke’, etc.

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      2. Mandee November 4, 2015

        That’s PA too. Luckily, we voted out our tea party govenor by a land slide last election, but the governor can’t get the republicans to vote on the budget. Apparently they’ve got no regard for the will of the people who voted against their agenda. They all are from nowhere hillbilly Counties too, and gerrymander in.

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  12. 13factfinder November 2, 2015

    TRUMP/CRUZ 2016!

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    1. yabbed November 2, 2015

      Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party approve that ticket!

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      1. 13factfinder November 2, 2015

        She must not want the job!

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        1. Independent1 November 2, 2015

          If you really believe that a political candidate who lies openly more than 50% of the time (Donald Trump) can win a national election – you’re clearly living in LA LA LAND!!!!

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          1. paulyz November 3, 2015

            Can you show us your famous stats to show those ASSumptions, or does your Socialist, anti-American bias cause you to ignore the proven lies of Hillary & Obama. Dummy!

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          2. Independent1 November 4, 2015

            You’ve got to be kidding!! You can’t even list one statement that the Donald has made aside from his trash talk of others that is actually true or even doable. There is article after article on the internet trashing virtually everything Trump has proposed as being not doable or a total absurdity!! He can’t accomplish one thing he’s been campaigning on. Not one thing!!

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    2. Böcker November 3, 2015

      Oh please, a bigger clown ticket might be Trump/Carson but neither ticket will win the WH in 2016, no republican will.

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      1. 13factfinder November 3, 2015

        That so-called “clown” Trump is a huge financial success! “Liberal envy” is the root of your party’s failures! TRUM/CRUZ 2016!

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        1. Böcker November 3, 2015

          Trump born on third base, thinks he hit a home run. Again no republican will win the WH in 2016.

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        2. Rex Deaver November 4, 2015

          A recent article showed that Trump is a financial failure, that he is only a billionaire because he started out with 2 billion, that he would have far more of daddy’s money left if he had just invested in a good mutual fund.

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        3. Grover Syck November 10, 2015

          No not envy, total DISGUST would be more to the point.

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  13. greenlantern1 November 2, 2015

    Mitt Romney is a Mormon!
    The BOOK OF MORMON was written in 1825!
    America was founded, by our founding fathers, in 1776!
    Were our founding fathers Mormons?
    Is the BOOK OF MORMON the WORD OF GOD?

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    1. Paul Bass November 2, 2015

      And what does this god gobbledygook have to do with the GOP being serious in 2016?

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  14. Dominick Vila November 2, 2015

    Of course they are serious. The wouldn’t be spending close to a trillion dollars (the Koch’s alone at spending close to $700B) if they weren’t serious. What remains to be seen is who prevails, the GOP rank and file, including the Tea Party advocates and evangelicals, or the GOP establishment. The rank and file loves Trump and Carson, and would not mind Cruz as an alternative. The establishment would much rather go with Bush, Rubio, or Kasich because they understand that the rest are too radical and unacceptable to most mainstream Americans. We will find out who comes out on top by early Spring. The other strategy they seem to be still working on is who to choose for the Nr. 2 spot. I believe that instead of choosing someone based on experience and geography, they are going to look for someone capable of splitting the ethnic minority or gender vote.
    I believe the 2016 election is for Hillary to lose, but I would not dismiss the effectiveness of the GOP, or the party discipline and motivation of Republicans. They know how to win elections, even when their candidates are substandard, and they will stop at nothing to win an election. If nothing else, remember the 2000 election, with its pregnant chads, recount delay tactics,deliberations with the Florida Supreme Court, and all the shenanigans that ultimately denied the winner of the popular vote the election, and resulted in an idiot being selected President.

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    1. yabbed November 2, 2015

      I’m more concerned about Republican’s proclivity to lie and cheat than I am their party discipline and motivation. 🙂

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  15. DOC November 2, 2015

    Sounds like the BLAME GAME.

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  16. MrFox November 3, 2015

    “With the twin and interrelated crises of climate change and income inequality”
    Democrat propaganda? Both of these problems are caused by corruption and cannot be solved without fixing the political system.

    And the DNC just succeeded in keeping the best chance of fixing that system out of the debates. Why? Because they are also corrupt and want to keep getting paid through ads.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker November 3, 2015

      Let me see…The GOP controls the House where your tax dollars are dispersed by them to Republican states…and Now the GOP is controlling the House Ways and Means committtee which decides where your tax dollars will come from? The GOP has NO chance of winning in 2016 which is why the billionaires are spending so much money to defeat Hillary.

      What will it be this time? More hanging chads? More of an election coming down to some candidate’s brother’s state?

      Unless the GOP does an outright coup that lands them in hot water with the SC, they have ZERO chance of winning. All they have is DogPatch hicks they have to pay to vote for them.

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      1. MrFox November 4, 2015

        I agree. My argument was that even though the DNC is less harmful in that they are not religious nutjobs, they are just as corrupt.

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  17. Böcker November 3, 2015

    The GOP may be dead serious about winning, too bad their candidates stink and the public knows it. They have no chance of winning the WH in 2016 thank you very much!

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