That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest
    separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the
    propriety of having elections often.

    — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
This year, voting is more than just the core responsibility of citizenship; it is an act of defiance against malicious political forces determined to reduce access to democracy. Millions of ballots on Tuesday — along with those already turned in — will be cast despite the best efforts of Republican officials around the country to prevent them from playing a role in the 2012 election.

Even now, Republicans are assembling teams to intimidate voters at polling places, to demand photo ID where none is required, and to cast doubt on voting machines or counting systems whose results do not go their way.

The New York Times Editorial | Upholding Democracy, Ballot by Ballot


VOTER RESOURCES

If you encounter Republican Voter Intimidation at your polling place, here’s how to report it and get help!


Voter Intimidation is a CRIME.

No self-appointed poll watcher has the right to intimidate, bully or harass you when you vote.

1-202-514-1888 | FBI Voter Intimidation Hotline


1-800-311-VOTE  | GottaVote OFA Voter Hotline 


1-866-OUR-VOTE 1-866-687-8683 | Election Protection

1-888-VE-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) | en Español

Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683), smartphone application and other resources, and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting, offering live assistance. The coalition has more than 100 partners at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services now through Election Day for all 50 states. 


1-866-MYVOTE-1 | NAACP National Voter Hotline

This Voter Registration and Empowerment Hotline is the result of a partnership between the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network and dozens of media outlets around the country. They system allows callers are able to 1) Request a form to register to vote (until October 9), 2) Find the voting precinct closest to your home, and 3) Leave up to a sixty (60) second message about any problems you’re have trying to vote or observations about the campaigning going on in their neighborhood. The hotline is, in part, a partnership with InfoVoter Technologies, a Philadelphia company specializing in interactive voice systems.


A personal note to my fellow TUMBLRs:

I am signing off now, as I will be spending every second of my free time for the next two days GETTING OUT THE VOTE »

Catch you on the flip side, and if the EPIC FAIL that is The Pundit Class gets you down with their incessant horse race bullshit, remember:

There was NEVER good news for John McCain.

the99strikesback:

Endgame
It’s reasonable for any rational person to look at the race this close to the election and conclude that Romney will probably not win. For many that is the end of the story - the Election 2012 campaign is over. Start writing books about how Romney blew it. But, I think this is just the beginning of the most interesting time in America’s political history. Now, I ask the three questions again:
Does a depressed republican electorate lead to a depressed Romney turnout handing the House to Pelosi and destroying McConnell’s dream of being Senate majority leader?
What does this mean for Ryanism? Where do they go in the event of a Romney loss? Has not Ryanism also suffered some discredit?
Whither the GOP after November?
It looks like question 1 is being resolved harshly against the GOP. Romney’s position in both Ohio and Florida has deteriorated considerably since the ‘47%’ remarks - more than I would have guessed or hoped. Of all the gaffes he’s made this year, who would have thought that the ‘47%’ remark would cut the deepest. Maybe it’s just the last straw for just enough swing voters. Maybe, as some would suggest, it really isn’t Romney - its the GOP (The Two Major Views About Why Romney Is Losing, and Why the Second Is More Convincing). 
Whatever the reason, the GOP is floundering. The Senate, once a lock for McConnell, now looks like a major save for the Democrats. The House is now considered in reach by the Democrats, especially if Romney continues to deteriorate. But how to get there? On to question two.
There’s a lot of talk out there from conservatives about letting ‘Ryan be Ryan’. Oh what a wonderful world. If only. One of my fears for this election was that the Ryan budget would get no scrutiny as Romney successfully hid it away then muzzled his VP to speak of it no more. And, it was working. There was a lot of attention on Romney’s taxes, Ryan himself, the conventions, Libya, ‘47%’. Not too much on the chaos and hardship Ryan’s voucher system would surely represent. Not a peep about privatizing Social Security and setting it up for the next 2008-style financial collapse. Only a smattering of attention payed to Ryan’s ‘no abortion - no exceptions’ hardline stance, and only then because of Akin. 
Romney will do what he always does and cave to the Right and probably unleash his VP. This should be good. I have long thought that too many support the GOP out of cultural fear, without realizing what it really would mean for them. A full unleashing of Ryanism on the campaign trail will frighten seniors like the devil, turn off moderate women, and drive to drink all who despair at the thought that their Social Security is tied up in the markets. 
A full vetting of Ryanism will depress Romney’s polls further, leading to lower GOP turnout, leading to a small but crucial margin of victory in just enough swing districts across America. (“47%” Was Bad for Romney; Ryan Has Been Deadly)

When you look at Arizona and see the democrat Senate candidate tied and Obama only 3 pts behind, you realize just how much down ballot carnage is in the making. Remember, people don’t have to change their minds and vote for Obama. If they just stay home in depression they effectively boost democratic turnout. 
And polls showing Romney a full 10 pts behind in all-too-crucial Ohio and 9 pts behind in even more crucial Florida with a twenty-five point gender gap in Ohio (!), are enough to send any steely Republican into rank depression. How many will wake up on election day and just say ‘aw screw it…what’s the point?’? 
And, to the second question, what life does Ryanism have after a major defeat? And if not Ryanism, then what? A return to sanity? That is the crux of question three. After November - whither the GOP? 
It was 2012 or bust for the GOP, and it’s bust. They still hate Obama, but they can’t keep going to the right and their base is dwindling. Meanwhile, after the election:
The millenials are quietly (for now) but rapidly moving into position to become the most powerful voting bloc in America by 2020. They were 41% eligible to vote in 2008, 60% eligible in 2012 and will be 100% eligible by 2020. And they are still America’s largest and most liberal generation ever.
Millennials, including millennial white voters, continue to favor the Democrats. The disastrous implications for a future GOP voting base are too enormous to state. 
Political writers will note that married white women voted democratic for the first time since 1996 and only the second time overall.
Political writers will also observe that the GOP advantage with seniors has come to a crashing end. The implications of Ryan’s budget sank in and scared seniors to their sober senses.
While corporations might be its generals, married white women, seniors, and non-college educated white guys are the foot soldiers of the GOP army. If two of these three defect there will be no GOP at the national level. As we’ve seen with the Democrats from 1968 thru 1992, sometimes it takes a generation of losing to accept the need for change and get with the program. In this case losing, plus a dwindling demographic, will shift the GOP to the center. Either that or the Democrats will enjoy unbridled success for a generation while a center-right third party slowly rises to replace the once-great, now defunct GOP. Fasten your seat-belts because now it gets interesting.
Image from: news.stanford.edu


Hard to believe, I know, but there are a few sane Republicans out there pondering this very question:
What Happens To The GOP If Romney Loses?
How To Fix The Republican Party
Also, too, I often get some version of this in my ASK:

So we destroy the GOP, then what? Don’t you believe in the two-party system?

My canned response:

They may still be known as Republicans, but they will have to lose their cornerstones of willful ignorance: Christian Extremism, White Supremacy, and Science Denial. They will be politically marginalized until they can formulate a platform that will appeal to the general population when the Jim Crow throwbacks are all gone to the grave, replaced on the voter rolls by young adults who like their African-American, Latino, Asian, GLBT, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Wiccan, Agnostic, and atheist friends.

the99strikesback:

Endgame

It’s reasonable for any rational person to look at the race this close to the election and conclude that Romney will probably not win. For many that is the end of the story - the Election 2012 campaign is over. Start writing books about how Romney blew it. But, I think this is just the beginning of the most interesting time in America’s political history. Now, I ask the three questions again:

  1. Does a depressed republican electorate lead to a depressed Romney turnout handing the House to Pelosi and destroying McConnell’s dream of being Senate majority leader?
  2. What does this mean for Ryanism? Where do they go in the event of a Romney loss? Has not Ryanism also suffered some discredit?
  3. Whither the GOP after November?

It looks like question 1 is being resolved harshly against the GOP. Romney’s position in both Ohio and Florida has deteriorated considerably since the ‘47%’ remarks - more than I would have guessed or hoped. Of all the gaffes he’s made this year, who would have thought that the ‘47%’ remark would cut the deepest. Maybe it’s just the last straw for just enough swing voters. Maybe, as some would suggest, it really isn’t Romney - its the GOP (The Two Major Views About Why Romney Is Losing, and Why the Second Is More Convincing). 

Whatever the reason, the GOP is floundering. The Senate, once a lock for McConnell, now looks like a major save for the Democrats. The House is now considered in reach by the Democrats, especially if Romney continues to deteriorate. But how to get there? On to question two.

There’s a lot of talk out there from conservatives about letting ‘Ryan be Ryan’. Oh what a wonderful world. If only. One of my fears for this election was that the Ryan budget would get no scrutiny as Romney successfully hid it away then muzzled his VP to speak of it no more. And, it was working. There was a lot of attention on Romney’s taxes, Ryan himself, the conventions, Libya, ‘47%’. Not too much on the chaos and hardship Ryan’s voucher system would surely represent. Not a peep about privatizing Social Security and setting it up for the next 2008-style financial collapse. Only a smattering of attention payed to Ryan’s ‘no abortion - no exceptions’ hardline stance, and only then because of Akin. 

Romney will do what he always does and cave to the Right and probably unleash his VP. This should be good. I have long thought that too many support the GOP out of cultural fear, without realizing what it really would mean for them. A full unleashing of Ryanism on the campaign trail will frighten seniors like the devil, turn off moderate women, and drive to drink all who despair at the thought that their Social Security is tied up in the markets. 

A full vetting of Ryanism will depress Romney’s polls further, leading to lower GOP turnout, leading to a small but crucial margin of victory in just enough swing districts across America. (“47%” Was Bad for Romney; Ryan Has Been Deadly)

When you look at Arizona and see the democrat Senate candidate tied and Obama only 3 pts behind, you realize just how much down ballot carnage is in the making. Remember, people don’t have to change their minds and vote for Obama. If they just stay home in depression they effectively boost democratic turnout. 

And polls showing Romney a full 10 pts behind in all-too-crucial Ohio and 9 pts behind in even more crucial Florida with a twenty-five point gender gap in Ohio (!), are enough to send any steely Republican into rank depression. How many will wake up on election day and just say ‘aw screw it…what’s the point?’? 

And, to the second question, what life does Ryanism have after a major defeat? And if not Ryanism, then what? A return to sanity? That is the crux of question three. After November - whither the GOP? 

It was 2012 or bust for the GOP, and it’s bust. They still hate Obama, but they can’t keep going to the right and their base is dwindling. Meanwhile, after the election:

  1. The millenials are quietly (for now) but rapidly moving into position to become the most powerful voting bloc in America by 2020. They were 41% eligible to vote in 2008, 60% eligible in 2012 and will be 100% eligible by 2020. And they are still America’s largest and most liberal generation ever.
  2. Millennials, including millennial white voters, continue to favor the Democrats. The disastrous implications for a future GOP voting base are too enormous to state. 
  3. Political writers will note that married white women voted democratic for the first time since 1996 and only the second time overall.
  4. Political writers will also observe that the GOP advantage with seniors has come to a crashing end. The implications of Ryan’s budget sank in and scared seniors to their sober senses.

While corporations might be its generals, married white women, seniors, and non-college educated white guys are the foot soldiers of the GOP army. If two of these three defect there will be no GOP at the national level. As we’ve seen with the Democrats from 1968 thru 1992, sometimes it takes a generation of losing to accept the need for change and get with the program. In this case losing, plus a dwindling demographic, will shift the GOP to the center. Either that or the Democrats will enjoy unbridled success for a generation while a center-right third party slowly rises to replace the once-great, now defunct GOP. Fasten your seat-belts because now it gets interesting.

Image from: news.stanford.edu



Hard to believe, I know, but there are a few sane Republicans out there pondering this very question:

Also, too, I often get some version of this in my ASK:

So we destroy the GOP, then what? Don’t you believe in the two-party system?

My canned response:

They may still be known as Republicans, but they will have to lose their cornerstones of willful ignorance: Christian Extremism, White Supremacy, and Science Denial. They will be politically marginalized until they can formulate a platform that will appeal to the general population when the Jim Crow throwbacks are all gone to the grave, replaced on the voter rolls by young adults who like their African-American, Latino, Asian, GLBT, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Wiccan, Agnostic, and atheist friends.

Sorry, my friend, but there’s no time to snore.

An out of touch millionaire has just declared war.

On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay.

We’re all on our own if Romney has his way.

And he’s against safety nets- if you fall? Tough luck.

So I strongly suggest that you wake the fuck up.

“Wake the F*ck Up”- Samuel L. Jackson’s ad for Obama


DECLARATION OF WAR

Through their actions and words, Republican Legislators in The United States Congress, Republican Governors in numerous states, and Republican Justices on The United States Supreme Court have demonstrated that:

  1. their Pledge to Grover Norquist supersedes their Congressional Oath of Office to defend the U.S. Constitution
  2. they do not believe in the Separation of Church and State as defined in the U.S. Constitution
  3. they do not believe in the Right to Vote in Fair Elections as defined in the U.S. Constitution
  4. they believe that 'American Corporation' is synonymous with 'American Citizen' and, as such, corporations are accorded the same rights as We The People
  5. they believe that legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress, and in State Houses from sea to shining sea, is not meant to serve or assist the Will of The People, but to serve and assist only the Will of the Corporations

By committing these Heinous Acts of Treason, the Republican Party has irrevocably declared war on We The People, leaving us with only one option:


We The People Hereby Declare War


On The Republican Party

(via oneluv918)

theyoungturks:

Latest General Election Polls: Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama

You know… if you flip this 90° to the left it looks a bit like a uterus. Coincidence?
Seriously though… COMPLACENCY KILLS! We have these treasonous, right-wing extremist Republicans down and it’s time to kick them in the teeth with the mighty will of The People.
We MUST have The House of Representatives.
GET OUT THE VOTE >

theyoungturks:

Latest General Election Polls: Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama

You know… if you flip this 90° to the left it looks a bit like a uterus. Coincidence?

Seriously though… COMPLACENCY KILLS! We have these treasonous, right-wing extremist Republicans down and it’s time to kick them in the teeth with the mighty will of The People.

We MUST have The House of Representatives.

GET OUT THE VOTE >

The only pattern I’m noticing is spastic batshit crazy from all concerned in crackerville. Every now and then a brave GOOPer raises his head to say ‘WTF’ and is swiftly clocked into the wingnut hurt locker.

- General Stuck | Balloon Juice Commentariat 

Activate the Mechanism!: Montana State Representative David Howard Suggests Civil War if Obama is Re-Elected


abaldwin360:

Representative David Howard is a member of the Montana Legislature, representing HD 60,a leader of the Stillwater County Republicans, and the Chair of the House Human Services Committee. He’s also a member of the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Ethics Committee.

In the past, he’s spewed racist and homophobic remarks online—but today he crossed another line. Today, he advocated another American civil war if President Obama is re-elected.

No, really:

If we lose this election the Secular Socialist Democrats will place two more secular anti-American Justices on the Supreme Court and kill America from within.

This is reality and this will happen if we lose this election!

This could force American Patriots into a Civil war to regain our freedoms. Where we won’t be able to worry about being offended by what some people in a political party do or don’t do!

We’re not talking about some random constitutionalist living in the woods here, but someone the Republican Party in Montana has entrusted with a committee chairmanship in the Legislature. We’re talking about an elected official who is so far removed from reality that he honestly believed a civil war might be necessary if his side loses a political election.

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If this type of rhetoric sounds familiar, it’s because the Virginia Republican Committee newsletter called for armed revolution if Obama was re-elected back in August. 

Bring it, motherfuckers.

(via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

“Can’t change Washington from the inside” isn’t Obama’s surrender. It’s his declaration of war.



Through their actions and words, Republican Legislators in The United States Congress, Republican Governors in numerous states, and Republican Justices on The United States Supreme Court have demonstrated that:

  1. their Pledge to Grover Norquist supersedes their Congressional Oath of Office to defend the U.S. Constitution
  2. they do not believe in the Separation of Church and State as defined in the U.S. Constitution
  3. they do not believe in the Right to Vote in Fair Elections as defined in the U.S. Constitution
  4. they believe that 'American Corporation' is synonymous with 'American Citizen' and, as such, corporations are accorded the same rights as We The People
  5. they believe that legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress, and in State Houses from sea to shining sea, is not meant to serve or assist the Will of The People, but to serve and assist only the Will of the Corporations

By committing these Heinous Acts of Treason, the Republican Party has irrevocably declared war on We The People, leaving us with only one option:


We The People Hereby Declare War


On The Republican Party

(via )

Conservative groups reaching new levels of sophistication in mobilizing voters - The Washington Post


sarahlee310:

"President Obama’s reelection prospects look better in recent polls, but organizers from both parties report growing evidence that new voter-outreach programs funded by conservative groups could give GOP nominee Mitt Romney an edge if the race is close.

In the key battleground states, Obama’s celebrated network of organizing experts and neighborhood captains is being challenged by a conservative coalition that includes the National Rifle Association, the billionaire-backed Americans for Prosperity and a newly muscular College Republicans organization with a $16 million budget

The conservative groups ‘are fully funded and ready for hand-to-hand combat,’ said Steve Rosenthal, a Democratic organizer.”

We cannot take anything for granted. After you register to vote, please check in with the local Democratic Party headquarters, the local Obama campaign or another active political group in your district to see how you can help.  If you have never helped with get out the vote activities, you’ll be surprised at how much fun it can be.

COMPLACENCY KILLS!

Sure, we’re all feeling schadenfreude about Mitt’s Daily Meltdowns and it *is* tremendously satisfying watching those ridiculous Teahadist Congressional candidates who thought they’d be running against The President now having to run for their lives against Candidate Romney, but…

NEVER forget that there are millions of willfully ignorant R-ubes out there, who have for years been fed a steady diet of HATRED and LIES by the FOXaganda®.

They have been coached into a seething, virulent racist rage by Romney, Ryan and Limbaugh, and make no mistake: they will be there on election day, frothing at the mouth with eagerness to take us back to a place that never existed except in their sick, twisted little pea brains.

This ain’t over until the would-be Queen Ann has to stand next to her lying sack-o-shit husband while he congratulates President Obama, and that treasonous fuck Boehner is crying in his triple bourbon.




The only path forward for our nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTION
of this Republican Party.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND NOW!

GET OUT THE VOTE »

Remember this the next time you see a piece-of-shit SUV with a brand new Romney sticker and a faded yellow ribbon magnet.
Republicans.
It’s what they are.

Remember this the next time you see a piece-of-shit SUV with a brand new Romney sticker and a faded yellow ribbon magnet.

Republicans.

It’s what they are.


Power to The People, Right On


Power to The People, Right On


Not only did Romney not get a bounce from the GOP convention, but he actually lost ground.


CAUTION: COMPLACENCY KILLS!

Sure, this week has been a celebration of how much better the the Democratic vision of the future is, how much better our policies are for American families, and how much better we are as human beings.

This week is indeed a time to gloat, but never forget that there are millions of willfully ignorant R-ubes out there, who have for years been fed a steady diet of HATRED and LIES by the Republican Ministry of FOXaganda®.

They have been coached into a seething, virulent racist rage by Romney, Ryan and Limbaugh, and make no mistake: they will be there on election day, frothing at the mouth with eagerness to take us back to a place that never existed except in their sick, twisted little pea brains.

This ain’t over until the would-be Queen Ann has to stand next to her lying, piece of shit husband while he congratulates President Obama, and that treasonous fuck Boehner is crying in his triple bourbon.


The only path forward for our nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTION
of this Republican Party.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND NOW!

GET OUT THE VOTE »

(via nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident)


Is it TREASON yet?

The only path forward for our nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTIONof this Republican Party.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND NOW!
GET OUT THE VOTE »»»»


Is it TREASON yet?



The only path forward for our nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTION
of this Republican Party.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND NOW!

GET OUT THE VOTE »»»»

(via contentment-of-cats)

Would you like all Republicans to die?

addictedtoliberty-deactivated20

YES, and if at all possible, they should take their evil spawn with them.  In fact — here’s what every last one of the despicable bastards should do: bundle their wife/sister and their toothless, morbidly obese offspring in their piece-of-shit truck and run every red light paid for by my tax dollars until they’re dead.

Their savior, King Romney from The Planet Kolob, would prefer for all of them to die a slow painful death from lack of access to healthcare, but my plan will rid the world of evil much more efficiently.

(This ridiculous question has been tagged ‘How fucking stupid *are* Republicans’)

The objective of the predatory super-rich and their political handmaidens is to discredit and destroy the traditional nation state and auction its resources to themselves. Those super-rich, in turn, aim to create a “tollbooth” economy, whereby more and more of our highways, bridges, libraries, parks, and beaches are possessed by private oligarchs who will extract a toll from the rest of us.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is canceling its ads in New Mexico, where Democrat Martin Heinrich appears to be pulling ahead of Republican Heather Wilson, and Missouri, where Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about abortion and rape have damaged his campaign and caused national Republicans to flee the state.

 - Politico

Choke on it, you evil fucks.

Schadenfreude
(google it)