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'Fox News Sunday' to Host Kentucky Senate Debate

There are 182932 comments on the thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com story from Oct 1, 2010, titled 'Fox News Sunday' to Host Kentucky Senate Debate. In it, thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com reports that:

"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).

Join the discussion below, or Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com.

republiCONS

Elizabethtown, KY

#132680 Nov 2, 2013
CONtinued:

Barrette admits that she has received email directing her to other policies. She says that she is interested in looking at them. Like the CBS report, Van Susteren makes no mention of the “grandfather” clause in the ACA. Nor does she explain that due to that provision, it is actually the insurance company that is forcing the cancellation of the policy.

The interview shows that many Americans have no idea of what their health insurance actually covers. A good number of people pay more attention to the cost than to the coverage. What is or isn’t covered only becomes a concern when they get sick.

Barrette calls the policy “totally confusing.” Van Susteren, who is a lawyer, agrees. But the brochure about the plan is quite plain: the plan pays up to $50 for most covered services. Lab services are 100% paid for. There is no coverage for hospital stays.

After both women agree that Barrette’s current policy is almost worthless, Van Susteren says “Your promise wasn’t kept. You don’t get to keep your policy.” Yes, damned Obamacare. Forcing people off insurance policies that won’t cover anything they actually need to have covered. The horror!

Here’s the video, from Fox News:
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/01/diann...

Lying CONS

RIP GOP

DITCH MITCH
republiCONS

Elizabethtown, KY

#132681 Nov 2, 2013
Why The Race Issue Still Heavily Influences American Politics

One reason American politics has become so polarized is race. We like to think of ourselves as an evolved, post-racial nation, but we’re not. Not even close. The race issue is still very much alive and affecting our politics. An article in The New York Times looks at the differences between the opinions of different demographic groups regarding healthcare and immigration. They found that 55% of whites think the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bad, while 59% of blacks think it’s good. And when it comes to immigration, they found that 51% of whites oppose giving legal status to undocumented immigrants, while 63% of blacks and 76% of Hispanics support it.

But just how deep does race run in our politics? Is it really all that terrible?

The New York Times piece discusses how the growing minority population bolsters the Democratic base. Republicans, on the other hand, are increasingly seen as the party of old, white men. And those old, white men are staunchly opposed to pretty much everything President Obama does.

The Democracy Corps’ Republican Project used focus groups to get a look inside the mentality of Republicans and found a disturbing trend. More than 90% of the evangelicals are white and older, and are the loudest and most intense segment of the party. The overall demographic shift away from the evangelical base —white, married, and older—help this group feel like it’s losing some type of battle.
A large part of the GOP base is horribly aware that they’re white.

As far as race goes, these people are acutely conscious of the fact that they’re white in a country with a fast-growing, non-white population.

One man in the Roanoke evangelical focus group said,“It’s a little bubble. So everybody – it’s like a Lake Wobegon. Everybody is above average. Everybody is happy. Everybody is white. Everybody is middle class, whether or not they really are.

Everybody looks that way. Everybody goes to the same pool. Everybody goes – there’s one library, one post office. Very homogenous.”[emphasis mine]
When asked how they think Obama views them, another man from the same group said,“I think that his picture of the people in this room would be that we’re all a bunch of racist, gun-clinging, flyover state, cowboy-hat wearing yokels. Because we didn’t go to Harvard, we’re not from New York, and we’re pretty white, and we’re pretty middle class. We like to go to church, we like our Bibles. And so we’re just not him. We’re not on his agenda.”[emphasis mine]

Evangelicals admire and even embrace the Tea Party because they see the Tea Party as the one group that’s standing on principle. They’re looking for people who will fight for their shrinking demographic. The Tea Party itself may be only 20% of the base, but the evangelicals make up another 33%. Together, they’re over half of the GOP.
These people think race plays heavily into government dependency.

CONtinued:

RIP GOP CONS

DITCH MITCH
republiCONS

Elizabethtown, KY

#132682 Nov 2, 2013
CONtinued:

That half thinks that the purpose of a Democratic government is to expand social programs to create dependency among minorities. The more dependent those minorities are on government, the more likely they are to vote Democratic to continue surviving. This implies that they see minorities as lazy mooches, which makes, in their view, whites the hardworking Americans the Democrats want to hurt.

So it’s clear that race continues to play a major part in the politics of the Republican Party, but it’s not necessarily a hatred of anybody that isn’t white. Rather, it’s fear that an increasing lack of “whiteness” in this nation will eventually marginalize whites in society. It is a fear that minorities are taking over, and that small-town, white culture will eventually be lost.(An alternate theory is that they are afraid white people will be treated the way white people currently treat everyone else – ed.)

This is the race issue that now pervades American politics. Instead of the idea that minorities are inferior being the dominant thought, it’s now a fear of losing a privileged status. What was once “right, good and true” is no longer, and will recede even further into memory as America’s minority population grows. So evangelical and Tea Party Republicans work to undermine any minority outreach, and any work that will benefit minorities.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/11/01/rikas...

GOP owns RACISM.

RIP GOP CONS

DITCH MITCH
republiCONS

Elizabethtown, KY

#132683 Nov 2, 2013
AARP warns: Hands off seniors' benefits

The powerful seniors lobby AARP on Friday warned the leaders of the newly formed congressional budget conference committee to stay away from Social Security and Medicare.

The warning letter comes despite strong indications that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are shying away from any “grand bargain” on entitlements and taxes.

Ryan and Murray are trying at a minimum to replace all or part of the sequester's $91 billion in cuts to discretionary spending that are hitting agency operating budgets this fiscal year. Both have talked about cutting mandatory spending, too, a category that includes entitlements. The conference committee is trying to forge a deal by Dec. 13 so a government spending bill can be drawn up by Jan. 15, when another shutdown looms.

“AARP firmly believes that any changes to Social Security, which is off-budget, self-financed by payroll taxes and has run surpluses for most of the last 30 years, must be done separately,” the letter states.“We have therefore opposed, and will continue to oppose, proposals to authorize Social Security changes for, or within the context of, deficit reduction or budget agreements.”

President Obama in his April budget proposal floated the idea of adopting a new measure of inflation known as "chained" consumer price index. Chained CPI would lower benefits for future seniors because it would reduce annual cost-of-living increases. The government's announcement of only a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase next year for Social Security angered the AARP this week.

Obama made the proposal in the context of a comprise that would also raises taxes. While some Republicans like Ryan want to pocket the chained CPI savings without the tax increases, other Republicans attacked Obama for targeting seniors' benefits.

The AARP letter also warns against benefits cuts for Medicare.

“AARP opposes any proposal which either shifts costs to Medicare beneficiaries or reduces their benefits. Cost-shifts, such as expanding income-relating of premiums, adding copays, raising deductibles, or limiting first-dollar coverage, do nothing to improve our health care system or lower overall health care costs,” the letter states.

Obama has proposed greater means-testing for Medicare benefits, and Ryan wants to partially privatize the program with federal subsidies for buying privatized Medicare plans.

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/...

Told you idiots that they weren't coming for your guns, they are coming for your Medicare and SS. Paul Ryan wants to privatize it and give seniors a voucher....hahahaha Yeah, that ought to send some seniors to vote DEM.

RIP GOP CONS

DITCH MITCH

Now stomp away loser lemmings and spin those socks ari. Oh yeah and fo freak. I am out to have some fun. Try not to get any fresh air or fun today, just spin, lie, divert and knit socks. hahaha
stanfordandson

Butler, KY

#132684 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Must suck to be you repuke cons with nothing to do but stalk topix. hahaha
Oh you deceptive turd.

I would looooove to see your post count on here. It killed you to stay away from this thread for "24 hours" after I busted you out for being on here 24/7 365. Don't try to play it off. The history files are there for everyone to see. You wasted perfectly good holidays & weekends spewing your venom. I might have 30 posts on this entire thread total. You post that many in an afternoon.

On the bright side, the more you are on this thread, the more you aren't out in public. And for that, I thank you.

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#132685 Nov 2, 2013
FOX News Sunday' needs to move over. Now there is a Breitbart News Sunday. The big government effort to control information and the conversation will FAIL.
republiCONS

Elizabethtown, KY

#132686 Nov 2, 2013
Go to hell arisock freak You didn't bust me for anything. You should look in the mirror, sock after sock on every thread no doubt. Go look, I am on a couple hours a day, in between, laundry, dishes, cooking etc...I can multi-task while checking email, fb, and this topix site. I have only one site to check I post on, unlike you and your lush loon on every site up and down the list on the US Politics. Go read the )8~D> batshit crazy loon's numerous winged nut daily posts. Mine are too full of reality for you minions spewing lies, rhetoric, and propaganda. You are a liar, 30 posts on each thread on a daily basis maybe. You are a lying sock. Go toss your sock drawer and find the vern/frau sock. At least those two were entertaining. I doubt you can be seen in public at all. Probably on the sex offender list in your neighborhood and are scared to go out. Can't keep your mind off those little boys, or Uncle Tab while surfing your shaved wrestler porn site you posted. Go suck a pudding pop, pookie...hahaha YOU fool no one. Now go get some fresh air. You are smelling up the site with your shit. See you later, with lots of informative news, not fantasy. Wait for it. Oh yeah, and fo loser freak.

RIP GOP CONS

DITCH THE SOCKS
&
DITCH MITCH

BBL, count on it. Just wait for the lush loon, she should be over her late night drunk anytime and will fly in to pleasure you. Oh yeah fu with the broom she flies in on. Asswipe
Hiac

Switzerland

#132687 Nov 2, 2013
wtf wrote:
aaaaaaaaaaaaand...wait for it, wait for it! It's the Republicans fault that Obamacare is failing.
The democrats are using every ridiculous excuse they can come up with but those aren't sticking so they have come full circle and are starting over again. They are scraping the bottom of their empty barrel. Bush, Reagan, racists, Boehner, McConnell, Fox News, youtube video, Tea Party and Republicans. Back to square one guys. The dems have more excuses than people that actually signed up for Obamacare crap. That is so funny. Do the math democrats, you really only need 6 excuses for your failure this time. LMMFAO
annnnnnd annnnnd all those good little republiCONS type people who got right on there with all their information, it it it ittttt has been hacked. the gov. Has all their information. Oh oh ohhh what will they do with it. oh wait the good thing is the damnnnnnnn site is down most of the time. how many dems. Does it take to screw America? apparently not many with so many dumbarseholes like republicons running around. Dumbarsehole.
Hiac

Switzerland

#132688 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Go to hell arisock freak You didn't bust me for anything. You should look in the mirror, sock after sock on every thread no doubt. Go look, I am on a couple hours a day, in between, laundry, dishes, cooking etc...I can multi-task while checking email, fb, and this topix site. I have only one site to check I post on, unlike you and your lush loon on every site up and down the list on the US Politics. Go read the )8~D> batshit crazy loon's numerous winged nut daily posts. Mine are too full of reality for you minions spewing lies, rhetoric, and propaganda. You are a liar, 30 posts on each thread on a daily basis maybe. You are a lying sock. Go toss your sock drawer and find the vern/frau sock. At least those two were entertaining. I doubt you can be seen in public at all. Probably on the sex offender list in your neighborhood and are scared to go out. Can't keep your mind off those little boys, or Uncle Tab while surfing your shaved wrestler porn site you posted. Go suck a pudding pop, pookie...hahaha YOU fool no one. Now go get some fresh air. You are smelling up the site with your shit. See you later, with lots of informative news, not fantasy. Wait for it. Oh yeah, and fo loser freak.
RIP GOP CONS
DITCH THE SOCKS
&
DITCH MITCH
BBL, count on it. Just wait for the lush loon, she should be over her late night drunk anytime and will fly in to pleasure you. Oh yeah fu with the broom she flies in on. Asswipe
oh there you are! Asswiper get on out in the fresh air like you said you were. Retirement sure is great living on gov. Give mes and on topix all day, ain't it! Heheheheh bwaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaa such a liar and freaky creep.
standfordandson

Butler, KY

#132689 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Go to hell arisock freak You didn't bust me for anything. You should look in the mirror, sock after sock on every thread no doubt. Go look, I am on a couple hours a day, in between, laundry, dishes, cooking etc...I can multi-task while checking email, fb, and this topix site. I have only one site to check I post on, unlike you and your lush loon on every site up and down the list on the US Politics. Go read the )8~D> batshit crazy loon's numerous winged nut daily posts. Mine are too full of reality for you minions spewing lies, rhetoric, and propaganda. You are a liar, 30 posts on each thread on a daily basis maybe. You are a lying sock. Go toss your sock drawer and find the vern/frau sock. At least those two were entertaining. I doubt you can be seen in public at all. Probably on the sex offender list in your neighborhood and are scared to go out. Can't keep your mind off those little boys, or Uncle Tab while surfing your shaved wrestler porn site you posted. Go suck a pudding pop, pookie...hahaha YOU fool no one. Now go get some fresh air. You are smelling up the site with your shit. See you later, with lots of informative news, not fantasy. Wait for it. Oh yeah, and fo loser freak.
RIP GOP CONS
DITCH THE SOCKS
&
DITCH MITCH
BBL, count on it. Just wait for the lush loon, she should be over her late night drunk anytime and will fly in to pleasure you. Oh yeah fu with the broom she flies in on. Asswipe
So desperate
Hiac

Switzerland

#132690 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Go to hell arisock freak You didn't bust me for anything. You should look in the mirror, sock after sock on every thread no doubt. Go look, I am on a couple hours a day, in between, laundry, dishes, cooking etc...I can multi-task while checking email, fb, and this topix site. I have only one site to check I post on, unlike you and your lush loon on every site up and down the list on the US Politics. Go read the )8~D> batshit crazy loon's numerous winged nut daily posts. Mine are too full of reality for you minions spewing lies, rhetoric, and propaganda. You are a liar, 30 posts on each thread on a daily basis maybe. You are a lying sock. Go toss your sock drawer and find the vern/frau sock. At least those two were entertaining. I doubt you can be seen in public at all. Probably on the sex offender list in your neighborhood and are scared to go out. Can't keep your mind off those little boys, or Uncle Tab while surfing your shaved wrestler porn site you posted. Go suck a pudding pop, pookie...hahaha YOU fool no one. Now go get some fresh air. You are smelling up the site with your shit. See you later, with lots of informative news, not fantasy. Wait for it. Oh yeah, and fo loser freak.
RIP GOP CONS
DITCH THE SOCKS
&
DITCH MITCH
BBL, count on it. Just wait for the lush loon, she should be over her late night drunk anytime and will fly in to pleasure you. Oh yeah fu with the broom she flies in on. Asswipe
you seem very paranoid! Did you by chance get caught lying? Go get your food stamps and buy some decent food. You are the one who educates everyone about them. You must use them hehehehe. You accuse you the do er.
Hiac

Switzerland

#132691 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
AARP warns: Hands off seniors' benefits
The powerful seniors lobby AARP on Friday warned the leaders of the newly formed congressional budget conference committee to stay away from Social Security and Medicare.
The warning letter comes despite strong indications that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are shying away from any “grand bargain” on entitlements and taxes.
Ryan and Murray are trying at a minimum to replace all or part of the sequester's $91 billion in cuts to discretionary spending that are hitting agency operating budgets this fiscal year. Both have talked about cutting mandatory spending, too, a category that includes entitlements. The conference committee is trying to forge a deal by Dec. 13 so a government spending bill can be drawn up by Jan. 15, when another shutdown looms.
“AARP firmly believes that any changes to Social Security, which is off-budget, self-financed by payroll taxes and has run surpluses for most of the last 30 years, must be done separately,” the letter states.“We have therefore opposed, and will continue to oppose, proposals to authorize Social Security changes for, or within the context of, deficit reduction or budget agreements.”
President Obama in his April budget proposal floated the idea of adopting a new measure of inflation known as "chained" consumer price index. Chained CPI would lower benefits for future seniors because it would reduce annual cost-of-living increases. The government's announcement of only a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase next year for Social Security angered the AARP this week.
Obama made the proposal in the context of a comprise that would also raises taxes. While some Republicans like Ryan want to pocket the chained CPI savings without the tax increases, other Republicans attacked Obama for targeting seniors' benefits.
The AARP letter also warns against benefits cuts for Medicare.
“AARP opposes any proposal which either shifts costs to Medicare beneficiaries or reduces their benefits. Cost-shifts, such as expanding income-relating of premiums, adding copays, raising deductibles, or limiting first-dollar coverage, do nothing to improve our health care system or lower overall health care costs,” the letter states.
Obama has proposed greater means-testing for Medicare benefits, and Ryan wants to partially privatize the program with federal subsidies for buying privatized Medicare plans.
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/...
Told you idiots that they weren't coming for your guns, they are coming for your Medicare and SS. Paul Ryan wants to privatize it and give seniors a voucher....hahahaha Yeah, that ought to send some seniors to vote DEM.
RIP GOP CONS
DITCH MITCH

Now stomp away loser lemmings and spin those socks ari. Oh yeah and fo freak. I am out to have some fun. Try not to get any fresh air or fun today, just spin, lie, divert and knit socks. hahaha
looks like you are still here and doing the stomping loser. Look at the favors! Hehehe
standfordandson

Butler, KY

#132692 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
You didn't bust me for anything.
Don't worry. Your "I have an IQ of 3,000,000" buddies will be along to play with you here soon....as always.

ta ta
obamaisadumbASS

Kingsport, TN

#132693 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Go to hell arisock freak You didn't bust me for anything. You should look in the mirror, sock after sock on every thread no doubt. Go look, I am on a couple hours a day, in between, laundry, dishes, cooking etc...I can multi-task while checking email, fb, and this topix site. I have only one site to check I post on, unlike you and your lush loon on every site up and down the list on the US Politics. Go read the )8~D> batshit crazy loon's numerous winged nut daily posts. Mine are too full of reality for you minions spewing lies, rhetoric, and propaganda. You are a liar, 30 posts on each thread on a daily basis maybe. You are a lying sock. Go toss your sock drawer and find the vern/frau sock. At least those two were entertaining. I doubt you can be seen in public at all. Probably on the sex offender list in your neighborhood and are scared to go out. Can't keep your mind off those little boys, or Uncle Tab while surfing your shaved wrestler porn site you posted. Go suck a pudding pop, pookie...hahaha YOU fool no one. Now go get some fresh air. You are smelling up the site with your shit. See you later, with lots of informative news, not fantasy. Wait for it. Oh yeah, and fo loser freak.
RIP GOP CONS
DITCH THE SOCKS
&
DITCH MITCH
BBL, count on it. Just wait for the lush loon, she should be over her late night drunk anytime and will fly in to pleasure you. Oh yeah fu with the broom she flies in on. Asswipe
Yea he busted you, you bitch! The lush loon as you call her is smarter on her worst day, than you will ever be! You post your shit, like someone cares, and all people do is laugh at you, Democrats included! Only 3 idiots ever respond to you, and you think you are a hero? Wake up dumb ass!
Hiac

Switzerland

#132694 Nov 2, 2013
obamaisadumbASS wrote:
<quoted text>
Yea he busted you, you bitch! The lush loon as you call her is smarter on her worst day, than you will ever be! You post your shit, like someone cares, and all people do is laugh at you, Democrats included! Only 3 idiots ever respond to you, and you think you are a hero? Wake up dumb ass!
yea, the dumbaresehole has no idea how stoopid she looks on here doing that cheap day in and out while retired with all those great negotiated benefits. Must have sued someone or is on disability and should not be would be my guess. Who acts like that? Anyone like her, bitchhhh. The hero of dumbasss bitches, republiCONS.
Hiac

Switzerland

#132695 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Go to hell arisock freak You didn't bust me for anything. You should look in the mirror, sock after sock on every thread no doubt. Go look, I am on a couple hours a day, in between, laundry, dishes, cooking etc...I can multi-task while checking email, fb, and this topix site. I have only one site to check I post on, unlike you and your lush loon on every site up and down the list on the US Politics. Go read the )8~D> batshit crazy loon's numerous winged nut daily posts. Mine are too full of reality for you minions spewing lies, rhetoric, and propaganda. You are a liar, 30 posts on each thread on a daily basis maybe. You are a lying sock. Go toss your sock drawer and find the vern/frau sock. At least those two were entertaining. I doubt you can be seen in public at all. Probably on the sex offender list in your neighborhood and are scared to go out. Can't keep your mind off those little boys, or Uncle Tab while surfing your shaved wrestler porn site you posted. Go suck a pudding pop, pookie...hahaha YOU fool no one. Now go get some fresh air. You are smelling up the site with your shit. See you later, with lots of informative news, not fantasy. Wait for it. Oh yeah, and fo loser freak.
RIP GOP CONS
DITCH THE SOCKS
&
DITCH MITCH
BBL, count on it. Just wait for the lush loon, she should be over her late night drunk anytime and will fly in to pleasure you. Oh yeah fu with the broom she flies in on. Asswipe
hellooooo republiCONS you forgot to just this one. You got busted didn't you? Hehehehehe
obamaisadumbASS

Kingsport, TN

#132696 Nov 2, 2013
Hiac wrote:
<quoted text>yea, the dumbaresehole has no idea how stoopid she looks on here doing that cheap day in and out while retired with all those great negotiated benefits. Must have sued someone or is on disability and should not be would be my guess. Who acts like that? Anyone like her, bitchhhh. The hero of dumbasss bitches, republiCONS.
I would bet that is far closer to the truth than anything she has ever said!

“Heaven doesn't want me.”

Since: Jul 13

Hell's afraid I'll take over.

#132697 Nov 2, 2013
stanfordandson wrote:
It killed you to stay away from this thread for "24 hours" after I busted you out for being on here 24/7 365.

You wasted perfectly good holidays & weekends spewing your venom.

I might have 30 posts on this entire thread total.
You busted RC for being on here 24/7 365? Wasting holidays and weekends? Hmm...
Spin doctor wrote:
And you spend 24/7 365 of your retirement on this thread.
bo shidtt wrote:
I bet you spend perfectly good holidays bashing away on here.
So you have 30 posts on this entire thread total? Under which alias, Jethro? Looks like you're the deceptive t*rd who's busted.

Stupid, terrified little coward.

“Heaven doesn't want me.”

Since: Jul 13

Hell's afraid I'll take over.

#132698 Nov 2, 2013
obamaisadumbASS wrote:
<quoted text>
You post your shit, like someone cares, and all people do is laugh at you, Democrats included! Only 3 idiots ever respond to you,
I've already busted you once today, Jethro, but I couldn't pass this one up.

Only 3 idiots respond to RC, all right - you, the dumchit bottom feeder and the chemtrail. All your aliases don't count, btw.

The rest of us who respond to her enjoy her informative posts. The only ones being laughed at are you and the other two moronic, hateful regressives.

:D

Level 3

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#132700 Nov 2, 2013
republiCONS wrote:
Hoyer: Boehner reaping what he sowed with Tea Party lawmakers

Rep. Steny Hoyer doesn't feel bad for Speaker John Boehner.[Watch Video]

Boehner has struggled throughout this Congress to unite his splintered conference, but he's not going to get any sympathy from the House minority whip.

The Maryland Democrat said Boehner (R-Ohio) is getting his just desserts for helping to enlist the same Tea Party conservatives who have been a thorn in the Speaker's side.

"John Boehner was involved in recruiting most of these people," Hoyer said in a sit-down interview in the Capitol. "So, you're a little bit 'hoist on your own petard' if you recruit people who then,[when] you bring your alternative [bills]Â… they tell you,'Sorry, I don't agree with you, and I'm not going to support that.'

"So, do I feel sorry for John?" Hoyer added. "I think John is a little bit in the position that he placed himself in when he recruited people who apparently came to Washington without a sense that, in a democracy, you have to reach compromise."

On a long and growing list of proposals championed this year by GOP leaders — from spending bills to farm policy to aid for Hurricane Sandy — Boehner has faced a revolt from his right-most flank that's embarrassed the party and sent leaders scrambling back to the drawing board in search of alternatives that could win more conservative support.

In several cases, GOP leaders were forced to defy most of their conference and move proposals with Democrats providing a majority of the votes.

Hoyer told The Hill that he and Boehner have a good relationship, but the Maryland legislator also urged the Speaker to be more forceful in the face of the recalcitrant conservatives in future fights.

"I feel empathy for John.Â… I respect him, and I like him," Hoyer said. "But he has been unable to marshal the support for his own ideas, much less coming together on bipartisan ideas. And very frankly, Speaker Boehner's going to have to do that."

Boehner's office declined to comment for this story. But the 2014 budget negotiations, which launched this week, will provide a telling window into whether the Speaker will soften his post-shutdown negotiating tactics.

Those talks got off to a rocky start on Wednesday, when the leaders of the budget conference — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)— sparred over whether new tax revenue should be a part of the package.

“If this conference becomes an argument about taxes, we’re not going to get anywhere,” warned Ryan, who, like most House Republicans, opposes almost any hike in taxes that is not offset with tax cuts.

Hoyer warned that such staunch positions would sink the chances of reaching an agreement. He said Democrats are ready to accept certain Republican demands for the sake of a deal, but was quick to warn that Ryan and other Republicans must be prepared to make similar concessions.

"I think and hope that Paul Ryan understands that, in order to get to a reasonable, common-sense conclusion to this budget conference, he's going to need to compromise," he said.

Hoyer expressed a strong optimism that Democrats could buck the odds and, not only pick up seats in 2014, but retake the Speaker's gavel. The recent shutdown, which sunk the Republicans' approval ratings, only increases those chances, he said.

"We can win back the House in 2014. And said another way, I think the Republicans can lose the House in 2014," Hoyer said.

"The American people are fed up with gridlock.Â… They want people to come to Congress to work together to get things done," he said. "So Â… I think we're going to have a very, very good opportunity to win back the House."

CONtinued:

RIP GOP CONS

DITCH MITCH
They aren't sent to Washington to agree on everything, the were sent to Washington to vote their constituents will. You might want to read the constitution.

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