Republican credibility drops as rapid...

Republican credibility drops as rapidly as gas prices

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Toidi Slayer

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 31, 2012
EJ Dionne:

Recalls and impeachments are a remedy of last resort. Most of the time, voters who don’t like an incumbent choose to live with the offending politician until the next election, on the sensible theory that fixed terms of office and regular elections are adequate checks on abuses of power and extreme policies.

The question facing Wisconsin’s citizens is whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker engaged in such extraordinary behavior that setting aside his election is both justified and necessary.

Reid Wilson:

Blame the increased polarization in our politics, or the millions of dollars that have fueled virtually non-stop advertising campaigns for and (mostly) against the president's initiatives. Blame the slow and stagnant economic recovery, or the cable news bubble that seeps ever deeper into the media's consciousness. Whatever the cause, the effect is that the electorate is narrowly and deeply divided -- about half the electorate will vote for Obama, about half will back Romney, and the very few in the middle are likely turned off by the entire debate.

That suggests we won't see the kind of movement that swept Obama into the White House four years ago.

Both campaigns seem to recognize this. It's evident in strategies geared toward turning out their respective bases, and the lack of attention being paid to the undecided few.

Matthew Cooper:

Bain has launched another $6 billion fund for investments. It's working hard to lure pension funds. Funds are putting more, not less into private equity -- about 11 percent of their total assets. That's up from about 1 percent a decade ago. The reason is obvious, of course. Private equity can offer a solid return on investment and it lends diversification to a portfolio.

If Romney were wise, he'd cite all the cop and firefighter and teacher funds that fueled Bain's rise and his. He'd say we're all in it together.

But no aspirant in today's Republican party can bring themselves to say anything nice about unions -- even if it's in their own self-defense. In the age of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, public employee unions are greedy budget busters that are using their political leverage to extort taxpayers. Conceding that their pension funds are driving the GOP nominee's claim on the White House undermines that narrative.

Dana Milbank:

But in singling out minority groups to make his political points,[GOP Rep. Trent] Franks risks aggravating a long-term problem for the Republicans. According to primary exit polls, 90 percent of GOP voters this year have been white. It’s difficult in 2012 to win with such a statistic; over the coming decades, as minorities become the majority, it would relegate the party to irrelevance.

Jonathan Capehart:

By March, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) declared that Obama was "fully responsible for what the American public is paying for gasoline.” Not true, as Bryan Walsh at Time pointed out then. And by April, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS put out an ad echoing this point.“No matter how Obama spins it,” the narrator intoned,“gas costs too much.”

But by then, gas prices were starting to fall. As yesterday’s Post story noted, the national average gas price, which peaked at $3.91 in early April, was down to $3.64 on Memorial Day. That’s 17 cents cheaper than a year ago. According to Politico, Republicans are still going to target the president on gas prices. But with fuel costs expected to continue their downward slide, the GOP can expect its credibility on this issue to follow suit.
Internet Hypocrites

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 31, 2012
You know you've gotten under their thin skin when they start cut-and-pasting liberal garbage under your user name. LOL, f-n idiots!
Seattle Slew

Kent, WA

#3 May 31, 2012
Since you replied, who's under YOUR skin, boi ?
Beth

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 31, 2012
Seattle Slew wrote:
Since you replied, who's under YOUR skin, boi ?
Phock YOU SS!!
Seattle Slew

Kent, WA

#5 May 31, 2012
47th in the nation in unemployment.Not a very impressive record.
Bush lost four million jobs in his last 6 months in office.Not very impressive.America has had thirty nine months of private sector job growth under Obama.Now that is impressive, compared to Bush and Romney.
Master Blogger

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 31, 2012
Phockk SS!
Seattle Slew

Kent, WA

#7 May 31, 2012
Beth/Kath of another false moniker... Funny, she solicits sex here, huh ?
Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jun 1, 2012
Seattle Slew wrote:
Beth/Kath of another false moniker... Funny, she solicits sex here, huh ?
Beth is yet another of Schmahl's aliases. He posts thousands of times a day under dozens of different monickers from many different locations via proxy server.
Pundit

Chicago, IL

#9 Jun 1, 2012
Gas has dropped to $3.49 in my neighborhood. Unemployment is way down in Minnesota.

The credibility of the Republicans is dropping like a rock.
High on Life

United States

#10 Jun 1, 2012
Seattle Slew wrote:
Since you replied, who's under YOUR skin, boi ?
$3.69 in heart of Wisconsin plus terrible jobs report out today. This topix must gave came out a day to early.

Obamanomics is on life support.
duck

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jun 1, 2012
Pundit wrote:
Gas has dropped to $3.49 in my neighborhood. Unemployment is way down in Minnesota.
The credibility of the Republicans is dropping like a rock.
Unemployment has remained steady in Minnesota and lower than the national average since the beginning of the recession. Gas prices have gone UP to $3.65 in my neighborhood here in good old Minnesota.

How your stupid comment has any point to the credibility of republicans, is well, just stupid. But nice try.
duck

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jun 1, 2012
Toidi Slayer wrote:
EJ Dionne:
Recalls and impeachments are a remedy of last resort. Most of the time, voters who don’t like an incumbent choose to live with the offending politician until the next election, on the sensible theory that fixed terms of office and regular elections are adequate checks on abuses of power and extreme policies.
The question facing Wisconsin’s citizens is whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker engaged in such extraordinary behavior that setting aside his election is both justified and necessary.
Reid Wilson:
Blame the increased polarization in our politics, or the millions of dollars that have fueled virtually non-stop advertising campaigns for and (mostly) against the president's initiatives. Blame the slow and stagnant economic recovery, or the cable news bubble that seeps ever deeper into the media's consciousness. Whatever the cause, the effect is that the electorate is narrowly and deeply divided -- about half the electorate will vote for Obama, about half will back Romney, and the very few in the middle are likely turned off by the entire debate.
That suggests we won't see the kind of movement that swept Obama into the White House four years ago.
Both campaigns seem to recognize this. It's evident in strategies geared toward turning out their respective bases, and the lack of attention being paid to the undecided few.
Matthew Cooper:
Bain has launched another $6 billion fund for investments. It's working hard to lure pension funds. Funds are putting more, not less into private equity -- about 11 percent of their total assets. That's up from about 1 percent a decade ago. The reason is obvious, of course. Private equity can offer a solid return on investment and it lends diversification to a portfolio.
If Romney were wise, he'd cite all the cop and firefighter and teacher funds that fueled Bain's rise and his. He'd say we're all in it together.
But no aspirant in today's Republican party can bring themselves to say anything nice about unions -- even if it's in their own self-defense. In the age of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, public employee unions are greedy budget busters that are using their political leverage to extort taxpayers. Conceding that their pension funds are driving the GOP nominee's claim on the White House undermines that narrative.
Dana Milbank:
But in singling out minority groups to make his political points,[GOP Rep. Trent] Franks risks aggravating a long-term problem for the Republicans. According to primary exit polls, 90 percent of GOP voters this year have been white. It’s difficult in 2012 to win with such a statistic; over the coming decades, as minorities become the majority, it would relegate the party to irrelevance.
Jonathan Capehart:
By March, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) declared that Obama was "fully responsible for what the American public is paying for gasoline.” Not true, as Bryan Walsh at Time pointed out then. And by April, Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS put out an ad echoing this point.“No matter how Obama spins it,” the narrator intoned,“gas costs too much.”
But by then, gas prices were starting to fall. As yesterday’s Post story noted, the national average gas price, which peaked at $3.91 in early April, was down to $3.64 on Memorial Day. That’s 17 cents cheaper than a year ago. According to Politico, Republicans are still going to target the president on gas prices. But with fuel costs expected to continue their downward slide, the GOP can expect its credibility on this issue to follow suit.
Any reason you didn't site your source? I'd be too embarrassed to site my sources as well, if they came from the DailyKos.
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jun 5, 2012
duck wrote:
<quoted text>
Any reason you didn't site your source? I'd be too embarrassed to site my sources as well, if they came from the DailyKos.
I'd be embarrassed, too, if I "sited" my sources.

Drunken illiterate teabagger Schmahl!
Til

Cottbus, Germany

#15 Jun 5, 2012
US-republicass have on good candidate Ron Paul ( this man is really good and he means real changes), but netanyahu and the rest of this criminal clique do not want him as president in USA. And this US nation is in majority a gang of complete stupid, simple imbecyles. Things look very badly.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#17 Jun 5, 2012
Unemployment is still around 15% to 17% nationwide.
(depends on whose charts you look at)
Gay Schmahl

Russia

#18 Jun 5, 2012
cantmakeitup wrote:
Unemployment is still around 15% to 17% nationwide.
(depends on whose charts you look at)
Sorry, no charts show unemployment at 15-17%. Just another Nazi/Republican lie.

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