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    Senate business should never be held up because McCain missed his Geritol

    John Cole’s argument on reforming (not doing away with) the filibuster. And he also has the most delightful ways of describing politicians:

    If I were to reform it, the reform would be simple. When someone filibusters, the Senate shuts down. Period. No committee meetings, nothing. And it stays shut down until the filibuster is defeated. Make people pay a political price for filibustering bullshit, but keep it in place to defend issues like civil rights.

    Other reforms I would like to see are getting rid of anonymous holds, and changing the rules so that appointees get a, get this–up or down vote. No more dragging that out forever. The President proposes someone for a position, you vote on it. No more endless committee hearings, no more scuttling the nomination because McCain missed his Geritol or Mary Landrieu wants to tongue-kiss the oil industry.



    — 3 years ago
    #john mccain  #geritol  #senate business  #senate reform  #filibuster  #politics 
    Obama's approval rating higher than Reagan and Clinton at same point in their term. →

    As the economy turns upwards, Obama’s approval ratings will follow. The fact that this president has managed to keep his approval rating near 50% despite the economy, an epic midterm election loss by his party, and daily criticism by his opposition is not good news for Republicans looking ahead to 2012. Should the economy improve by the time Obama faces reelection, I think he will probably achieve a similar result to what Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton will able to accomplish with their reelection bids.

    (Source:, via soupsoup)

    — 3 years ago with 50 notes
    #barack obama  #bill clinton  #ronald reagan  #approval ratings  #politics 
    Ben Smith of Politico on “Blood Libel”

      A quick ‘blood libel’ thought. Palin’s aides, including @thegoldfarb, get the context — so this is a pot being stirred, not an accident…

    — 3 years ago
    #sarah palin  #blood libel  #tucson  #rep. giffords  #antisemitism  #media criticism  #politics 
    AZ Republicans Resign After Giffords Shooting, Citing Threats From Local Tea Partiers

    Instead of saying “both sides do it,” it may be more correct to say that the Tea Party does it to “both sides:”

    Think Progress:

    Just hours after 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughner launched a shooting spree at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) constituent event in Tucson on Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, Legislative District chairman Anthony Miller, a Republican, announced that he would resign his position. In an email to the state’s GOP chair, Miller cited “constant verbal attacks” after his election last year “and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family’s safety.”

    […] The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit.

    — 3 years ago
    #tea party  #violent rhetoric  #extreme rhetoric  #threats  #politics  #political  #republicans  #gop  #arizona  #gabrielle giffords  #tucson  #teabaggers 
    Gun maker sells assault rifle component engraved with ‘You Lie’ congressman’s quote →

    “Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!” the Palmetto State Armory declared.

    The retailer’s online product page was apparently taken down after coverage from The Colombia Free Times. It was still available in Google’s web cache.

    The paper also noted that while the company had no official endorsement from Rep. Wilson, a photograph of the congressman holding a firearm was also hosted on their website. That image was also removed, but similarly saved by Google.

    Both sides do it.

    — 3 years ago
    #you lie!  #politics  #extreme rhetoric  #violent rhetoric  #president obama  #rep. joe wilson  #palmetto state armory  #engraved assault rifle component 
    "Blood libel refers to a centuries-old anti-Semitic slander - the false charge that Jews use the blood of Christian children for rituals…"

    Sarah Palin’s ‘blood libel’ comment

    Muslims still use it, regarding Jews using the blood of Muslim children.

    — 3 years ago
    #blood libel  #meaning  #sarah palin  #idiot  #politics  #tucson 
    More Than a Quarter of Republicans Believe Anti-Govt Violence Can Be Justified →

    CBS News published a new poll today, showing that a majority of Americans believe Jared Lee Loughner’s politics were a factor in the Arizona mass murder.

    […] But another poll question has a pretty shocking response:

    The poll also shows that while three in four Americans say violence against the government is never justified, 16 percent say it can be justified — the same percentage that said as much in April.

    Markos Moulitsas emailed CBS and asked for the partisan breakdown of responses to that question, and this is where it gets even more disturbing:

    Do you think it is ever justified for citizens to take violent action against the government, or is it never justified?

    Republican 28% yes, 64% no
    Democrat 11% yes, 81% no
    Indepdent 11% yes, 81% no

    the percentage of Republicans who believe anti-government violence can be justified is about the same as the percentage of Pakistani, Indonesian and Turkish Muslims who support terrorist acts against civilians.

    Christian Patriots!
    — 3 years ago
    #anti-government violence  #politics  #jared loughner  #republicans  #gop  #conservatives  #tea party  #muslims