“The country is doing better than you think” 1


Eugene Robinson, Opinion Writer

Eugene Robinson, Opinion Writer

The economy is growing much more quickly than expected. Inflation is basically nonexistent. The federal budget deficit has been slashed dramatically. The stock market is reaching all-time highs. One of our long-running wars is over, and the other is winding down. The status of the United States as the world’s preeminent economic and military power is unchallenged.

The sour public attitude toward elected officials in general — and the Republican Party in particular — is understandable. Indeed, the wonder is that pollsters can findanyone beyond paid staffers who will express approval of Congress. And as for the White House, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act does not scream competence and efficiency.



“Charlie Crist running for Florida governor as a Democrat”


By Sarah Muller

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist delivers a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nov. 1, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/A

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist delivers a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nov. 1, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/A

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants his old job back. This time, he’s running as Democrat.

Crist filed paperwork on Friday, and plans to make the official announcement Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Republican-turned-Democrat is considered a front-runner for the Democratic ticket. He would likely be up against current Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican. Scott represents a far more conservative version of the GOP than Crist ever did.

Crist is clearly hoping to benefit from widespread anger about the government shutdown, the majority of which has focused on Republicans. Earlier in the week, Crist appeared in a newly posted YouTube video directed at Florida voters, urging them to “end this nonsense and get us back to common sense” ways of governing.

“I’m an optimist but let’s face it, the last few years have been tough: government on the fringes, donors in politics above you the people,” said Crist in the video. “You’ve seen the attacks against full-time working people and their health care; against women and their doctors; against teachers, public schools and college affordability; And even against the simple act of casting your vote. It’s not working.”



CNN News Update

“Fifty-four percent say it’s a bad thing that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, up 11 points from last December, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll conducted after the end of the 16-day partial government shutdown — the first time since the Republicans won back control of the House in the 2010 elections that a majority say their control of the chamber is bad for the country.
The poll also found that 63% of Americans think that Speaker of the House John Boehner should be replaced, a view shared by roughly half of all Republicans.

By a 44%-31% margin, people say they have more confidence in President Barack Obama rather than the GOP in Congress to deal with the major issues facing the country today. But 21% say they don’t have confidence in either side.

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“Make 2014 a Referendum on Republican Radicalism” 1


Ian Reifowitz

Author of ‘Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity’


Radical. That’s the word to describe what Tea Party Republicans have done in the past two weeks, shutting down the government and threatening to send our economy into recession or even worse turmoil by defaulting on our financial obligations. Radical is the label to pin to a party that loses an election and then demands the implementation of their agenda or else the country gets it. And that’s the word Democrats need to hang around the neck of every Republican on the ballot in 2014, especially those running for the House of Representatives.

A year is an eternity in politics, but we need to make sure that voters remember the Tea Party Republican radicalism of 2013 when they head to the voting booth 13 months from now. We need a national campaign that ties every Republican candidate to the Tea Party, to John Boehner, and to Ted Cruz. We need voters to see any candidate associated with those characters as not capable of being a responsible representative.

Recent polling shows that the American people strongly disapprove of the radicalism Republicans have shown during the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. The longer the shutdown has gone on, the worse people think of the Republicans and — ironically given that their initial goal was to gut Obamacare — the better people think of the president’s health care reform law.



“NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown debate damages GOP” 5



By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News


The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level.

By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.

Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable view of the Tea Party, which are both at all-time lows in the history of poll.

And one year until next fall’s midterm elections, American voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to a Republican-controlled one by eight percentage points (47 percent to 39 percent), up from the Democrats’ three-point advantage last month (46 percent to 43 percent).

What’s more, Obama’s political standing has remained relatively stable since the shutdown, with his approval rating ticking up two points since last month, and with the Democratic Party’s favorability rating declining just three points (from 42 percent to 39 percent).

“If it were not so bad for the country, the results could almost make a Democrat smile,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

“These numbers lead to one inescapable conclusion: The Republicans are not tone deaf; they are stone deaf.”



“Meet the Press”: Senator Rand Paul Refuses to accept his part in shutting down the U.S. Government


Savannah Guthrie took charge for David Gregory yesterday on “Meet the Press.”  She came well-prepared and did an excellent job.  I especially liked her questions for Rand Paul of Kentucky who is the second most vocal Republican in the news.  When asked to take ownership for his part in the GOP shutdown, Senator Paul took the coward’s way out by deflecting the questions with talking points and slick rhetoric.  It was ludicrous of him to attempt blaming the shutdown on Democrats. Mr. Paul even refused to respond to the suffering the American people are experiencing because Republicans are ignoring the will of the people who are overwhelmingly against shutting down the U.S. government to gain a political advantage. They don’t all watch Fox: They watch the real news and know that it is Republicans who are putting  American lives at risk and harming the welfare of the American family which does not have the resources to withstand the loss of paychecks for an undetermined length of time. Rand Paul is so ego-driven that he thinks Republicans should dictate to Democrats who enjoy a larger share of government power.  Mr. Paul, the American people call a spade a spade.  They say that “this is a GOP shutdown” and voters will hold Republican Party to account. It is time for Republicans and the Tea Party element to yield!



Cannot Republicans See Their Arrogance?

It seems like Republicans believe:


Only Republicans can be forceful.


Republicans are the arbiters of right and wrong.


Republicans get to make all the rules.


Republicans are just in supporting the rich…not the poor.


Republicans can use extortion to win a political goal.


Republicans can get away with ignoring the poor, sick and hungry.


Republicans can reject laws they do not like.

“Big Oil Addiction Republicans Dont Give a Damn About You!”


Oh, no they didn’t!!!!!!


The Republican-led House today passed a short-term spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, setting off a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate that could result in a government shutdown in less than two weeks.

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Barack Obama and Democrats reject any effort to undermine the 2010 health care reforms known as Obamacare.

The spending measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to strip the provision defunding Obamacare and then send the plan back to the House.

Without a new spending plan before the current fiscal year ends on September 30, the government would have to begin shutting down because Congress had failed to authorize continued funding for the new fiscal year that begins October 1.

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Very controversial former senator lauded by Ted Cruz

Chris Hayes sits down with Michael Steele to talk about controversial remarks made by Senator Ted Cruz on the late Senator Jesse Helms who opposed integration, interracial marriage and The Civil Rights Act.