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

Matt Drudge's thinly-sourced report on Condoleezza Rice being a possible Romney VP pick got picked up a lot of places, despite being heavy on rumors. Why is that?


shortformblog:

“The idea that Condi Rice, an African-American conservative woman could team up with a white-guy Mormon to take on an African-American, left-leaning Democrat is just too delicious for reporters to ignore,” says Frank Sesno, director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and a former Washington bureau chief for CNN. 

So why not do it? Why shouldn’t news outlets take the opportunity to pooh-pooh the story as a way of driving clicks and ratings? Simple, Sesno says. If they don’t, someone else will. “The question in newsrooms now is “if ‘so many have seen it, heard it, read it, tweeted it, how can we ignore it?’”

The Daily Beast’s Lauren Ashburn puts it like this: “They know Drudge is a monster traffic-driver and that even if they ignore his tasty tidbits, their rivals won’t.” Why is it that a site which hasn’t updated its approach since 1998 can hold such pull over so many other outlets in the pivot-on-a-dime age of Twitter? (ht Anthony De Rosa)

The Condoleezza Rice who was the National Security Advisor on September 11, 2011? Seriously? Ms. Rice is the spokesmodel for EPIC INCOMPETENCE.

(via brooklynmutt)

But what a big difference. [Romney] supported it on the state level. Which means if you didn’t like it in Massachusetts, you could move to another state.

Dumb Fucking Republican and Vice Presidential Vaginal Probe wannabe Marco Rubio on Romney’s support of the individual mandate in Massachusetts.

Rand Paul: Republican Terrorist

via Steven D | DKos

Senator Rand Paul and The National Association for Gun Rights, based out of Virginia, is alleging (with no factual support other than their fevered imagination) that President Obama plans to ban millions of guns.  
[Republicans] are deadly serious about ratcheting up the fear among uniformed and bigoted individuals against the first African American President in our nations history.  Two motives are possible: greed for more money for their pissant organization and the hope that some “lone wolf” might succeed in assassinating our President or killing and/or intimidating other Democrats, and associated liberal organization.  I believe that both are in play.  
And we all know what happened in 2008 through the present day when this sort of incitement was ramped up by the right.  James David Adkisson, anyone?  A plot to murder and kill people in the San Francisco ACLU.  A white supremacist bomb plot narrowly avoided in Portland before the MLK march.  The murder of three Pittsburgh police officers by a disturbed man convinced the government intended to confiscate his guns.  Firebombings and vandalism of local Democratic campaign offices.  A plot to assassinate Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver.  A Republican editor of a county Republican newsletter advocating a coup d’etat. The murder of Dr. George  Tiller gunned down at his church by an individual who was encouraged to act in part by Bill O’Reilly’s frequent references to the doctor as "Tiller the Baby Killer."  Sharon Angle, Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada.  The list of cases inciting violence, violent actions or plans to commit violence by right wing nutcases is long, could go on and on.  These are just off the top of my head.
And to conservatives: You are the purveyors of hatred and division in this country.  You are the people calling for armed violence against our duly elected  government and its officials.  You are the ones egging on disturbed individuals to kill or other wise commit terrorist acts against people who are liberals, minorities, and Democrats.

Let Senator Paul (Terrorist-KY) know what you think of his sedition »


Rand Paul: Republican Terrorist


via Steven D | DKos

Senator Rand Paul and The National Association for Gun Rights, based out of Virginia, is alleging (with no factual support other than their fevered imagination) that President Obama plans to ban millions of guns.  

[Republicans] are deadly serious about ratcheting up the fear among uniformed and bigoted individuals against the first African American President in our nations history.  Two motives are possible: greed for more money for their pissant organization and the hope that some “lone wolf” might succeed in assassinating our President or killing and/or intimidating other Democrats, and associated liberal organization.  I believe that both are in play.  

And we all know what happened in 2008 through the present day when this sort of incitement was ramped up by the right.  James David Adkisson, anyone?  A plot to murder and kill people in the San Francisco ACLU.  A white supremacist bomb plot narrowly avoided in Portland before the MLK march.  The murder of three Pittsburgh police officers by a disturbed man convinced the government intended to confiscate his guns.  Firebombings and vandalism of local Democratic campaign offices.  A plot to assassinate Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver.  A Republican editor of a county Republican newsletter advocating a coup d’etat. The murder of Dr. George  Tiller gunned down at his church by an individual who was encouraged to act in part by Bill O’Reilly’s frequent references to the doctor as "Tiller the Baby Killer."  Sharon Angle, Republican candidate for Senate in Nevada.  The list of cases inciting violence, violent actions or plans to commit violence by right wing nutcases is long, could go on and on.  These are just off the top of my head.

And to conservatives: You are the purveyors of hatred and division in this country.  You are the people calling for armed violence against our duly elected  government and its officials.  You are the ones egging on disturbed individuals to kill or other wise commit terrorist acts against people who are liberals, minorities, and Democrats.

Let Senator Paul (Terrorist-KY) know what you think of his sedition »

Etchy-Sketchy / Chrispy Chreme: The first GOP ticket in history to have ZERO Foreign Policy experience!

Etchy-Sketchy / Chrispy Chreme: The first GOP ticket in history to have ZERO Foreign Policy experience!

(via obama2016)

yahoopolitics:

Chris Christie says he may end up as Mitt Romney’s running mate: 
Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, has been careful to say that he is not “campaigning” to become Mitt Romney’s running mate, the 2012 vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party. But he’s certainly open to the possibility that he would accept the job.
During a visit Monday to a high school in Plainsboro, N.J., Christie said he could be convinced to join the Republican presidential ticket.
“He might be able to convince me,” Christie said in reference to Romney, according to Matt Katz of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s a convincing guy.”

Awesome! Two “moderate” Yankees with ZERO Foreign Policy experience between them!  But how’s that gonna play in Alabama?

yahoopolitics:

Chris Christie says he may end up as Mitt Romney’s running mate

Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, has been careful to say that he is not “campaigning” to become Mitt Romney’s running mate, the 2012 vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party. But he’s certainly open to the possibility that he would accept the job.

During a visit Monday to a high school in Plainsboro, N.J., Christie said he could be convinced to join the Republican presidential ticket.

“He might be able to convince me,” Christie said in reference to Romney, according to Matt Katz of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s a convincing guy.”

Awesome! Two “moderate” Yankees with ZERO Foreign Policy experience between them!  But how’s that gonna play in Alabama?

(via nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident)

stfuconservatives:

abaldwin360:

After attacking Obama’s use of TelePrompter - Marco Rubio loses last page of speech, can’t continue.

“The most articulate and talented teleprompter reader in America.”
    — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), quoted by the New York Times, mocking President                                             Obama in 2010.

“I left my last page of the speech, does anyone have my last page? Did I Ieave it with you?”
— Rubio, while giving a speech today at the Brookings Institution.

Video via BuzzFeed:

If only there was a better way Senator… if only there was a better way.

Y’know I have never and will never get what the deal is with the right’s problem with teleprompters. There have always been speechwriters, not every word that comes out of a politicians mouth came out of their head. All teleprompters do is use technology to display speeches in a way that allows the politician to maintain eye contact with their audience rather than fumbling around with pieces of paper on a podium.

-Joe

The right’s problem with teleprompters? Simple. They got nothin’.

PS: Hard to believe this clown is among the favorites to be last clown standing on the new GOP Reality Show “Who Wants to be VEEP?”

(via stfuconservatives)

cartoonpolitics:

the unspeakable and the unelectable, joined together in a doomed partnership ..

Romney Etch-a-Sketch Says…

cartoonpolitics:

the unspeakable and the unelectable, joined together in a doomed partnership ..

Romney Etch-a-Sketch Says…

Romney Etch-a-Sketch Says: UNELECTABLE

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Condoleezza Rice Top Choice For GOP VP Slot, Poll Shows


abaldwin360:

But the survey of conservative voters makes it clear there’s no clear-cut consensus.

Mitt Romney says he’s nowhere close to picking a running mate, but that’s not going to stop political reporters and pollsters from speculating on who he should tap as his no. 2.

A new survey

The Condoleezza Rice who was the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR on September 11, 2001? Seriously?

(via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

Republicans think having Condoleezza Rice as Romney's VP would insulate the GOP from racism and sexism charges and automatically get them non-white votes.


The poll asked Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP to choose from eight names…

Twenty-six percent questioned said they would like to see Rice, who served as national security adviser and later as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, as the Republican vice presidential nominee. In second place in the survey, at 21%, was Rick Santorum, who was Romney’s chief rival for the nomination until early last week, when the former senator from Pennsylvania suspended his campaign for the White House.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were each at 14%, with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at 8%, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 5%, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at 1% and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at less than one half of one percent.

The Condoleezza Rice who was the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR on September 11, 2001?

blogvader:

Luckily for Barack Obama, the Republican candidates are every bit as unlikable, stale, and idiotic as John McCain. 

I’ll go one step further and say that at least Grampy McInsane had a modicum of Foreign Policy experience, something Meh Romney doesn’t have, nor will his VP choice.
It may well be that the GOP runs the first ticket in history to have ZERO Foreign Policy experience, considering that the VP frontrunners are:
Paul “Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver” Ryan
Chris “Chrispy Chreme” Christie
Bob “VP=Vaginal Probe” McDonnell
and a pick ‘em between Token Female Half-Term Red State Governors

blogvader:

Luckily for Barack Obama, the Republican candidates are every bit as unlikable, stale, and idiotic as John McCain. 

I’ll go one step further and say that at least Grampy McInsane had a modicum of Foreign Policy experience, something Meh Romney doesn’t have, nor will his VP choice.

It may well be that the GOP runs the first ticket in history to have ZERO Foreign Policy experience, considering that the VP frontrunners are:

  • Paul “Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver” Ryan
  • Chris “Chrispy Chreme” Christie
  • Bob “VP=Vaginal Probe” McDonnell
  • and a pick ‘em between Token Female Half-Term Red State Governors
Schadenfreude
(google it)