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A New GOP, Or Just A Cosmetic Touchup?

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A New GOP, Or Just A Cosmetic Touchup?


Maybe the party is finally over.

Meaning not simply the Grand Old Party, but more specifically the bacchanal of the bizarre and carnival of crazy to which it has lately devolved. So obvious has this devolution become that even Republican stalwarts have been heard to decry the parody of a party the GOP has become.

Except now we see signs suggesting maybe a corner has been turned. There was, for example, that surprising bipartisan consensus on immigration reform, which one would have thought about as likely as a Ted Nugent concert on the White House lawn. And Politico reports that Karl Rove has started a Super PAC whose mission is to keep the more … ahem, colorful candidates from winning Republican primaries. Politico also quotes what it calls a high-profile strategist who said party leaders are now trying to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots” they until recently portrayed as courageous truth tellers.

There’s more. Fox “News,” for many years the communications arm of the GOP, just ditched two of its fieriest firebrands: Dick Morris and Sarah Palin, who, like Linus in the pumpkin patch, kept assuring true believers of the Great Pumpkin of a Mitt Romney victory. This comes as Fox, though it still has numbers CNN would kill for, sees its ratings fall to a 12-year low among a key demographic. A new Public Policy Polling survey finds trust in Fox at the lowest level in the short (four years) history of the survey.

Then there is Bobby Jindal. The Louisiana governor, widely considered a rising star of the GOP, has, since the election, been preaching with evangelistic zeal that Republicans must “stop being the stupid party,” which could be a reference to Herman Cain, presumably still poring over a map looking for “U-beki-beki-beki-becki-stan-stan;” or to Michele Bachmann, perhaps still searching out terrorists in the office of the Secretary of State. Or to any of a series of GOP candidates who made statements on rape so spectacularly ignorant they would stun even the men in those dusty places where wives are bought like cattle.

So yes, signs are plentiful that something is afoot among the Republicans. But what does it mean?

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. Dominick Vila February 11, 2013

    Let’s not confuse the efforts to moderate their message with what’s in their hearts and minds. The GOP remains as determined as ever to dismantle social programs such as Social Security and MEDICARE, the remain committed to lowering taxes for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and the poor, they remain committed to out of control spending on “defense”, and they are as adamant as ever in opposing abortion, gay marriage, civil rights and they remain as anti-women and anti-ethnic minority as ever.
    The change that is evident, especially among those planning to run in 2016, is limited to the tone of their message and the style they use to deliver it.

    1. Fern Woodfork February 11, 2013

      I Agree With You Like Always Dominick!! What Comes To Mind Is The Lyrics From On Of The Who Songs ” Meet The New Boss Same As The Old Boss” Let’s Face Is They GOP/Tea Party American Taliban Will Never Change Not As Long As They Keep Declaring Wars On The 98% Of The American People!!! We Can Change Them By Voting These LIARS Out Of Offices!!!

      1. gahoof February 11, 2013

        The title of that Who song, Fern, is “We won’t get Fooled Again.” That also reflects, I hope, the awareness of the majority of American voters. Thanks!

        1. Fern Woodfork February 11, 2013

          I Know, Thanks My Friend The Title Was Going To Be In My Next Posting LOL They Are Not Fooling Nobody But Themselves And The Other People Out Here That’s Stuck On Stupid!!!

          1. Erik Nash February 12, 2013

            But sadly, there is another song that seems to always make it to the airwaves but not the record stores or itunes and that is “Bend Over Here It Comes Again”

        2. tobyspeeks February 11, 2013

          Actually, it’s “We Don’t Get Fooled Again.”

    2. Countrybumpkin February 11, 2013

      You forgot the destruction of our Unions, which is -and has been – the main objective of their” Sponsors”, now legal money launderers. Unions were the backbone of the working class and enabled a “Middle Class lifestyle” for 80% of our citizens. If you liked the 20’s, 30’s, you have something to look forward to. For the rest of us, the ignorant republican followers will set the labor movement (and with it our life style) back to 80 years ago.

    3. tobyspeeks February 11, 2013

      I’d like to add anti worker and anti union. There isn’t many things they’re”pro” unless it fattens their wallets and it doesn’t matter at what cost.

    4. Charles Williams February 11, 2013

      Your post shows too much ignorance to even try to sort out.

  2. ivory69690 February 11, 2013

    dont matter its still just putting lipstick on sarah palin

  3. docb February 11, 2013

    Papering over anti-American needs and fairness with verbiage will play to the base but the electorate is on to them..Not enough pancake to cover their traitorous and destructive ugly screed…

  4. ivory69690 February 11, 2013

    Except now we see signs suggesting maybe a corner has been turned. There was, for example, that surprising bipartisan consensus on immigration reform,/// the only thing that turned was the fact that the GOP has lose and still losing ppl. and votes the immgrante’s know who is for them and its not the GOP so now the GOP has to try to play nice

    1. Fern Woodfork February 11, 2013

      We Won’t Get Fooled Again NO NO~ The Who!!!

  5. montanabill February 11, 2013

    Leonard, do you know what conservatives call someone who see’s ‘coded racism’ at every turn? A racist.

    1. WhutHeSaid February 11, 2013

      Yes, it’s the time-honored last defense of the racist who tries everything short of giving up racist beliefs to convince others he’s not a racist: “No, YOU’RE the racist!”.

      1. Fern Woodfork February 11, 2013

        You Got That Right My Friend!! LOL They Aren’t Fooling Nobody But Themselves!!!!

  6. SaneJane February 11, 2013

    I am sitting here in Alabama looking out my window at my neighbors house where two flags flutter in the breeze, the US flag and a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. At least they don’t fly the Confederate flag as many others still do. I am amazed that the GOP has become the party of the Confederacy. Their opinions come straight out of Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. I had hoped that Alabama could be dragged into the light but instead a large portion of our populace seems to think this is the way to live. The GOP agenda is dictated by the 1% and their goal is to widen the economic gap so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. They must be stopped.

    1. johninPCFL February 11, 2013

      Most of the KKK blue-dog demograts jumped ship in the late 1960s after Johnson began pushing the democrats to back the civil rights movement. There’s a great 1963 poster from the Goldwater campaign that shows a photo of a white guy stamped “FIRED” and one of a black guy stamped “HIRED”, and at the bottom “Vote for Goldwater, in your heart you know he’s right”. Google “kennedy wanted for treason” for another poster from the same era.

      Goldwater fooled them all, though. He went around saying stuff like: “You don’t have to be straight to fight for your country. You only have to shoot straight.” And: “If a woman needs an abortion, that’s between her and her doctor.”

      The GOP then claimed he was either getting senile, or under the Evil Influence of a young liberal girlfriend. Goldwater fired back by reminding them of his good advice from 1980, when he was still in the Senate and the Religious Right was taking over the GOP: “Somebody needs to show Jerry Falwell to the door. And kick him right in the ass.”

  7. MARK February 11, 2013

    Many of us have watched[and suffered] under these guys for more than thirty years and thier bag of dirty tricks has brought our country to its knees at the door of ruin.They are Fascists,nothing more! They are hemorrhoidal Crabby Appletons who are rotten to the core. Burn Them!!!

  8. Karen Brown February 11, 2013

    The problem is, what those ‘stupid’ people in the party said is what the leaders in the party BELIEVE. The ‘stupid’ they are trying to combat is less a matter of content and more of form. I would bet, in the comfort of their echo chambers (no longer so private in the era of cellphone video cameras), they fully believe that rape victims deserve it, that pregnancy is a punishment and that if it was really rape, not their body, but God would have made sure they didn’t get pregnant. They really believe that knowing about other countries isn’t important outside of their role as either future warzones or places to put factories. That poor people are poor because they are stupid, lazy, or sinful. (That Calvinism belief in ‘signs of election’, a heresy even to traditional Calvinism itself, is alive and well..)

    So, they think it isn’t stupid to THINK it, but to SAY it, and if they just figure out a way to ‘frame’ their message the right way, they can start winning again. Or the right people TO say it…but they may figure out that it won’t help to just give the same old GOP a tan.

  9. Johnnie Dorman February 11, 2013

    Bobby Jindal is just another right wing fascist house boy, brainwashed to the gills with the sick right winger religion and dogma. Same goes for their Cuban houseboy, Marco Rubio, that is nothing but a puppet for Neo-con lies.

    1. John Sehler February 11, 2013

      Rubio is about to be taken to the wood shed for his part in the Republican Ho-Down in Florida.Seens Greer a Republican State Chariman was dabbleing in the funds and the Fecal Matter has hit the Ventilator. The trial starts today, should be real intresting to. I expect heads to roll and some prison time to be meted out.

      1. johninPCFL February 11, 2013

        Yeah, well Greer also paid off Marco’s personal bills run up on the GOP credit card. After Marco got caught with his pants down, he re-imbursed the FL party to stay clear of criminal charges.

        Then he rewrote his biography on his website when it was found out that his parents didn’t flee Castro’s Cuba, they left years before while Batista was still in power. Seems like Marco was trolling for Miami Cubano votes…

        He’s also close to Rush, and I wonder if he’s been to those Jamaican boys-only retreats with lots of illegal viagra…

    2. stcroixcarp February 11, 2013

      Where is Bobby Jindal’s birth certificate? Where is Marco Rubio’s birth certificate? How do we know that Marco isn’t Fidel Castro’s love child with Phyllis Schafley? The GOP has some explaining to do!

  10. clarenceswinney February 11, 2013

    #1=highest percent with low income
    44 per cent of workers at minimum wage
    #2=least tax on corporations
    #3-least tax on workers (fed-state-local=30% of gdp)
    #4 -Inequality
    What can be done to reverse these sorry stats?
    Increase minimum wage
    Increase tax rates on wealth—estates and incomes
    One family owns more wealth than 90% of families.
    10% get 43% individual income-pay 18% tax rate
    25% get 66% individual income-pay 15% tax rate
    50% get 87% individual income-pay 12.5% tax rate
    137 million earners paid 10.06% tax rate in 2009
    We Must tax to get revenue to balance the budget and
    start paying down that horrid debt plus reduce spending on Defense and Medicare
    clarence swinney

  11. John Sehler February 11, 2013

    The Republican Pig got plastic surgery but the did it on the wrong end.

  12. Robert Gat February 11, 2013


  13. elw February 11, 2013

    As my mother use to say when I promised I would start keeping my room clean, “I will believe it when I see it.” The GOP is full of adolescent children promising anything to get themselves out of trouble. It takes more than one compromise and new packaging to make a believer out of me. In the meantime, the most reliable thing within my power is my vote. I plan to use that every chance I get. I am so looking forward to government without the tea party crazy’s silly, cry-baby voice in it.

  14. Andrew February 11, 2013

    Allow me to restate my position on this GOP “rebranding” effort:

    The Republican Party has 9 Tenets: bigotry, hypocrisy, elitism, fascism, greed, corruption, incompetence, arrogance and insanity…those 9 Tenets can be best summed up by the following statement: “screw the poor, middle class, children, disabled, elderly, women, minorities and same-sex couples…the wealthy and big corporations need more money and power!”. Any “rebranding” effort that doesn’t include the complete rejection of those 9 Tenets is akin to polishing a turd…their policies still stink. “Putting lipstick on a pig” is not a bad analogy, but polishing a turd is much better. Any questions?!?

  15. amarquez647 February 11, 2013

    To change the Republicans you must change the way the rank and file think. It is easier to teach a dead dog to sit. These people are ignorant and are kept so through misinformation and emotional manipulation. They have been hearing the same lies since they were children. The only way to change the Republican Party is through education. We need to persuade Republicans to use logic, instead of blind faith and inane emotions. We must destroy the fantasy of American Exceptionalism and realizing that we just have some exceptional Americans. The Germans in the 1930s and 1940s were convinced that their problems could be solved by eliminating the Jewish people, the Gypsies, and infirm or deformed individuals. After all, they had to purify their race since they were exceptional because they were Arians and all other people were inferior. The Germans did not realize that the non-Arians were just as German as they were. Today, in the USA the Hispanic, Blacks, Asians, and the First Nation People are our Jews, and they are us.

    The Republican firmly believes that to help is wrong because it makes those helped dependant. If you have not made it by the time of retirement it is because you are a failure. We the masses of this country believe the fairy tales of the rich, the church, and those in power. We accept what they tell us because they have made us afraid of our own shadows. You caress and speak softly to a horse before you mount him. The Republicans keep repeating thier misguided philosophy hopping that believe them. The Plutocracy fear a people that use reason and intellect to decipher their propaganda.

    The petrochemicals tell us that it is safe to force large quantities of water laden with chemicals (that they will not reveal) to fracture rocks so they can release gasses. These products are sold to Japan and China so that they will have somewhat clean energy while we in our homed and neighborhood are left to tend with polluted water, damaged landscape, and who knows what nightmare awaits our children and grandchildren. Monsanto, who’s bioengineered a seed, will pollinate other fields that are free of bioengineering. Monsanto than sue these independent farmers because their plants now have Monsanto engineered jeans. Pharmaceuticals who keep the prices of their medicine so high that it bankrupts the unfortunate people that most have that medicine. Need I mention the financial institution that are too big to fail? They gambled with the investors money, and none were prosecuted for their crimes. Now banks use usury and sit on trillion instead of putting that money to work and increase demands for goods. And all the time the Republicans tell us that they are the job creator and to demand that they carry their own weight will de-incentives their willingness to create jobs. The fact is that their efforts are to increase the bottom line and skim as much as they can for themselves and the hell with stockholders and employees.

    The Republicans talk about austerity. They want to help their rich supporters by taking away from the poorest of us. They do not realize or just refuse to see the obvious. A chain is only is as strong as its weakest link, and they are taking a hacksaw to the budget thereby weakening all of us. Austerity did not work in the 1930s and is devastating many European countries now. It just does not work and causes human suffering. Riots in Greece, suicides in Spain, and we await the same destiny. We are too eager to fix the blame and neglect the problems.

    1. Inthenameofliberty February 12, 2013

      You were on a roll until you hit upon Monsanto.
      Who appointed a previous higher up of Monsanto to run the FDA?
      Any guesses?

      Conflict of interest is what I say. And I am SO disappointed in him. It’s one of the very many reasons I am so pissed at him. I thought he was different.
      I was wrong.

      Did you figure out who ‘he’ is yet?

  16. ExPAVIC February 11, 2013

    Taking Stock

    Let’s see now, in 2008 the old, used up and dying GOP offered Sarah Palin (whack job in a skirt) and John McCain (new Alzheimer’s poster boy). In 2012, the old, more used up, and closer to death GOP gave us Paul Ryan (who couldn’t even win his home state of WI) and Mitt Romney (turns out he didn’t want to be president anyway).

    So now the old, used up, and nearly dead GOP goes through a bush shaking and out drops Marco Rubio (who?) and Bobby Jindal (another who?). Just look at all the rich republicans lining up to donate money and cast votes for two virtual unknowns who know very little and attract no attention. Oh well, so goes your daddy’s GOP.

  17. 1guy2 February 11, 2013

    Nothing has changed with these greedy people. They are definitely putting lipstick on the pig,preparing for another run for the WH IN 2016. Which I think will be,yet another failure. That’s not enough time for even the misinformed to forget the miseries left by the Bush administration

  18. ANNA February 11, 2013

    McCain spilled the beans by saying the GOP needs Latinos to win elections. That’s the real reason for the sudden change of heart on immigration policy. They’re still the party of white male supremacy. They’ll go down kicking and screaming, as all ‘king of the hill’ groups do when their supremacy is threatened. Psych 101.

  19. ObozoMustGo February 11, 2013

    More on this topic, from the opposite perspective. Hat tip Star Parker at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.

    Does the Republican Party have a future?

    No matter how hard you squint and try to discern the values of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass in those now wielding the money and power at the top of the party, they’ve disappeared.

    The United States, from Day One, was a project about principles and ideals.

    The superpower that emerged and grew from the handful of colonists that began settling here was not the product of where those colonists happened to land, but of the ideals and principles in their heads and hearts, applied in how they lived their lives.

    The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to address one great blot on the nation’s founding legacy: the existence of slavery in a nation founded under the ideal of freedom under God.

    Runaway slave and self-educated abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass said, “I am a Republican, a black, dyed-in-the-wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”

    Douglass called Abraham Lincoln, America’s first Republican president, “emphatically the black man’s president.”

    When some 30 years ago I told the welfare officer not to bother showing up again at my home — when I decided that my own future would be based on the values of Scripture, work and personal responsibility — there was no doubt in my mind what party would become my political home.

    The party of “freedom and progress,” the party of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

    But, as longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer once observed, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

    It ‘s no mystery why the Republican Party is having a hard time today. No matter how hard you squint and try to discern the values of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, or any values for that matter, in those now wielding the money and power at the top of the party, they’ve disappeared.

    These establishment Republican leaders and operatives are not about ideals and values but business — their own business.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office is that unemployment will “remain above 7.5 percent through next year. That would make 2014 the sixth consecutive year with a jobless rate that high, the longest stretch of such elevated unemployment in 70 years.”

    Yet the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 could not defeat the current occupant of the White House.

    In the party that is supposed to be about freedom and personal responsibility, party operatives want to blame everyone else for their own failures.

    Worse, they want to pin it on candidates who actually take seriously the traditional values of their party.

    Karl Rove would like to weed out candidates like former Missouri congressman Todd Akin.

    Akin, defeated by Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill in the Senate race in Missouri, was a six-term Republican congressman with a flawless conservative record.

    For most of 2012, he was ahead of McCaskill in the polls. Then, in August, he expressed himself poorly in an interview about abortion. Despite his apologies and efforts to clarify himself, his own party abandoned him.

    McCaskill ran ads, over and over, showing the Republican’s own candidate Mitt Romney questioning Akin’s qualifications. This race could have been saved. But the party elite wasted not a second to dump Akin because they were not comfortable with his conservative values to begin with.

    We’re living in a deeply troubled country today. Americans are looking for answers, not a political class feathering its own nest.

    There are tens of millions of conservative American patriots who seek an opposition party to represent their conviction that America will not get back on the path to strength and prosperity without restoration of freedom, limited government, free markets and traditional values.

    Today’s big question is whether the Republican Party is going to be that opposition party. If not, it is not conservative values and convictions that will be abandoned. It will be the Republican Party.

    Star Parker

    Have a nice day!

    “Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

    1. johninPCFL February 12, 2013

      And then there’s that GOP stalwart Lee Atwater speaking after Reagan’s win in 1980 of the successful GOP “Southern Strategy” that grew after the party beckoned the disaffected blue-dog democrats during the LBJ years.

      From “The Nation”, last November: “It has become, for liberals and leftists enraged by the way Republicans never suffer the consequences for turning electoral politics into a cesspool, a kind of smoking gun. The late, legendarily brutal campaign consultant Lee Atwater explains how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves:

      You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

      Was Lee Atwater a racist? Personally, no. But he understood where the racists had migrated politically, and he understood how to appeal to them and forge a long lasting partnership. The GOP is today trying to figure out how to modify that partnershp to keep the Tea Party members, who date from that group of migrants, from forming a third party.

    2. robert February 12, 2013

      OMG! Has Bozo grown up? Is she wiping off her clown paint, taken off her orange wig, and stepped out of her big red shoes? Never thought I’d say this, and I feel a bit queasy doing it, but— I. . . agree (gag) with Bozo’s post. . . Excuse me. I have to go and puke now.

      1. Fern Woodfork February 12, 2013

        LOL Don’t Let Him Or Her Fool You That The New GOP/Tea Party Tactic Let Pretend Like We Changed LOL

        1. Siegfried Heydrich February 12, 2013

          Why aren’t you dancing, puppet? Get to work!

          1. Fern Woodfork February 12, 2013

            Troll!! A Big Water Barrel Head Troll!!

          2. Siegfried Heydrich February 12, 2013

            Ah, now, can you do the Madison? That;s a GOOD little subbie!

      2. Inthenameofliberty February 12, 2013

        Best way to learn is from listening to others.

  20. Charles Bean February 11, 2013

    I do not know, let’s look at his birth certificate – LOL

  21. Lisztman February 11, 2013

    The GOP will not change its stripes until it stops listening to corporate “people” and start listening to voting “people”.

    Its strategy to this point is to push hot buttons dictated by (take your pick…) the NRA, big pharm, big oil, right-wing media conglomerates, etc., etc. Their strategy, for the last few decades, is to package corporate interests in words that sound like sound politics to those who would easily be led.

    Personally, at this point, I’d rather they sink another bunch of points in the political polls, until they finally realize that the proper position for the US Government is neither far left nor far right, but, rather, somewhere in the middle. Until they start serious negotiations to reach that middle, they will be perceived by a majority as out-of-touch obstructionists.

  22. Sand_Cat February 11, 2013

    Now you apologize right now for stealing John McCain’s favorite insult!

    If the GOP “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots,” will there be anything left? As the article belatedly points out, scum like Carl Rove don’t want to marginalize them – hell, he’s one of them – he just wants them to be more discreet.

  23. Les Darbison February 11, 2013

    So by the comments I see here you all seem to support the liberal agenda ,Which of you think the world is a safer place now under Obama’s leadership, We supplied air support to Libya to protect there citizens and Obama ,s minions wouldn’t do the same for are ambassador.
    How many of you have maxed out your credit cards and then asked Mommy and Daddy to co sign for a larger credit limit . At least if you had the gaul to ask your parents they had a choice. Obama’s wasting unborn generations future by borrowing on there futures and they will be born into debt. You are ok with that? It’s not right or left it’s common sense And that’s what I see missing here.

    1. Inthenameofliberty February 12, 2013

      Yet Obama called out Bush in 2006 for not balancing government spending. Hypocrite.

      What, exactly, does a man learn when he enters the White House that make him turn on the promises he made, then do some of the same things his predecessor did?

      What don’t we know, we common folk? It’s gotta be something big. Because Obama had most of us in the palms of hands when he took office in 2008. Something changed in him. I can’t put my finger on it, but I wish someone could tell me what it was.

      1. FredAppell February 12, 2013

        HaHa! I found you over here too. The answer to your question is promises made to big money donors have to be kept above all else. I voted for Obama both times but I am going to have much higher expectations of him for his second term simply because he doesn’t have to concern himself with re-election.

        However, i’m not letting any of them off the hook anymore. If Obama turns out to the man I hope he is than this conversation becomes moot. I sincerely hope it does.

        1. Inthenameofliberty February 12, 2013

          He has 4 more years.
          Will history look back on him kindly? Or not?
          Remains to be seen. We are all waiting!

          1. FredAppell February 12, 2013

            I guess we will but it’s going to be a hard road ahead. Did you watch the speech tonight? I’ve decided to pass. I’m just so sick of speeches and war, I can’t even begin to imagine how our armed forces feel. If you listen to what some of them say,they basically fight
            mostly for each other. I can’t blame them for it either. We may never know why political decisions take so long to put into action but at this point, I really don’t give a crap.

            If I did my job the way politicians do theirs, I’d be fired. Well, there is one thing that makes me happy. Even though your mood towards Obama is tempered (so is mine), you have expressed to me that you would like him to succeed in getting America back on track. I’m proud of you for trying, it means a lot to me. I have also been making efforts in how I handle my disagreements. Before I go I want to say GET WELL SOON! Promise me.

          2. Inthenameofliberty February 13, 2013

            Thank you for the kind wishes! Next one back to the doctor goes ….. tomorrow!. Round four has begun.
            I will gladly take the well wishes and I thank you – we need them. And lots of them.

            And, no, I did not watch the speech. I did not see the point of listening to what is likely to be more broken promises. Maybe it’s all those promises to big donors, I don’t know. My optimism is not the best today.

            Actions speak louder than words – I will await to see what they accomplish.

            Be well – talk to you on the Memo soon.

  24. Madelaine Ayers Henne February 11, 2013

    Won’t ever trust them!!

  25. silas1898 February 11, 2013

    Evolving? From slugs to snails? Snakes to eels?

  26. robert February 11, 2013

    Faster than a speeding term limit. More powerful than Republican/Tea Bag obstructionism. Able to cut social aide programs in a single slash. . . Look, up in the sky! Is it the debt ceiling? Is it sequestration? . . No, it’s Booby Jundal!

  27. robert February 11, 2013

    Marco Rubio. . . He is the man who would denounce his own obstructionism. He is the man who would rescind his cuts to social aide safety nets and reverse his stance on immigration. He is the man. . . Dos Mentiras. . . Stay thirsty, my freng.

  28. Michael Ross February 12, 2013

    Shortly after Jindal’s comments, FOX News went to Donald Trump for commentary, and Ted Nugent got invited to the State of the Union.

    The G.O.P. isn’t even going to “put lipstick” on their extremism. They’re doubling down on it once again.

  29. Felix February 12, 2013

    Jindal had a good future in the Republican party and what happend? Jindel was brush aside by the Tea Party and as much as he goes out and talk he won’t be nominated by the Party to run in the next election. Jindal went all away to the sky and fell down very quickly there are extreme forces in the Republican Party that do not tolerate anybody that do not look like them.

    The Republican are terrified of Hillary and are trying to push Marco Rubion a guy that speak pretty good and do not offfer any solution, Marco Rubio in the Republican Party it like old saying the same Chinese with different hair cut. Having a Latino face on TV do not solve the Latinos issues the Latinos issues are not different than other ethnic group, they want their children to reach the American dream. The issue is not who speak Spanish or not the issue is who is going to free my parents from oppression, working 16 hours a day for less than four dollars an hour and their mother cleaning houses mistreated and abused because they cannot show a so called green card.

    Some Republican believe they are the only one that have right to live in this nation and they get to forget most fo their ancestor came to this country in ship with ragged clothes and they did not brought the so called green card, they came here runnin for hungry and oppression. There are million and million of so called illegal and everybody knows that not all of them are Latinos those Eastern European are most of them illegally like Irish, Asian, Africans and list go on!

  30. robert February 12, 2013

    That was funny as hell, ExPavic. LOL shake a bush and Rubio drops out of it. On point, man!

  31. Rhonda February 18, 2013

    Simply a cosmetic touch up, especially with Louisiana’s elected dictator at its head. Piyush (Bobby) Jindal looks exotic being that his parents are Indian-American so he puts a new face on the white boys’ party. But trust me the man is pure teaparty and is destroying his state by cutting funding and privatizing/corporatizing the public schools, especially in poor areas, cutting funds drastically for higher education, closing state hospitals and privatizing prisons and refusing to raise taxes even though the state needs the revenue and some people pay only $38 a year in property taxes. He is also refusing to expand Medicaid and embrace Obamacare and, get this one, until there was a fairly massive protest, had changed a law so that a person who was dying would have to be locked up in a nursing home to get Hospice if they were on Medicaid. Yeah right!!!! And adults still won’t get physical therapy on Medicaid unless they consent to being locked up. Jindal is an evil force even among Republicans and fires anyone who disagrees with him while double paying a favorite staff member—–for 2 jobs. On top of all that, he campaigned for Mitt Romney using state money for his travels and even WENT TO IOWA TO TRY TO HELP THEM GET RID OF THEIR SAME SEX MARRIAGE AMENDMENT!!!!!! Do not, under any circustances support Piyush Jindal for any national office. He will kill America just like he is killing Louisiana.


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