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ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

You're right. It's all a conspiracy. Obama is actually a Muslim. We haven't deported anyone. The economy isn't growing. Minorities love the GOP. DOMA was never ruled unconstitutional. A majority of Americans are against gay marriage. It's all true. And when you lose again, in 2016, you can blame the media if it makes you feel better.  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #28)

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GOP Lurches To the Right

The GOP was shellacked in 2012. Rather than pivot to the middle, they are becoming even more strident and conservative. Major voices (Eric Ericson, elected House and Senate figures, Heritage, etc.) are calling for a government shutdown to defund a program that hasn't even been fully implemented yet (ACA) Immigration reform is dead in the House. Reid had to threaten a "nuclear option" just to get Obama's appointments through the Senate. Rather than accept DOMA's demise, the RNC has adopted a "traditional marriage" plank that is widely unpopular with Americans in general, and repulsive to anyone under 30. Just the thought of a Hillary Clinton biopic was enough to cause a boycott of CNN and NBC debate coverage. Rather than compromise on raising revenue and cutting spending (again, most Americans support a balanced approach), they allowed the sequester to happen. There's talk of impeachment, and even secession. I could go on, but these are not the actions of a winning coalition. The GOP isn't even trying to win, at the national level, at this point. Their alliance with Tea Partiers and Evangelicals is causing huge fractures within the party. All signs point to a "severe" conservative (e.g., Ted Cruz) getting the nod in 2016, and getting crushed. It's hard to beat an incumbent, so 2020 looks bad too. MAYBE, by 2024, they'll be in a position to at least make a contest out of it, but I doubt it. Too many of the vocal crazies that are in the party today will still be vocal in ten years. Gerrymandering means the House will still have plenty of extreme GOP members who will resist any change. Prediction: it's going to take a long time to unravel the mess the current GOP finds itself in. At least 20 years.  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #1)

Republican

ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

Wrong. http://www.factche ck.org/2010/07/hoo ver-truman-ike-mas s-deporters/ But don't let a little thing like reality get in the way of the circular firing squad going on in the GOP! Keep living in the echo chamber. You'll be wanting to impeach Hillary too, after she wins.  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #25)

Republican

ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

Obama has deported more people than any other president. Educate yourself before you look like a total moron. "If you instead compare the two presidentsÂ’ monthly averages, it works out to 32,886 for Obama and 20,964 for Bush, putting Obama clearly in the lead. Bill Clinton is far behind with 869,676 total and 9,059 per month. All previous occupants of the White House going back to 1892 fell well short of the level of the three most recent presidents." http://www.politif act.com/truth-o-me ter/statements/201 2/aug/10/american- principles-action/ has-barack-obama-d eported-more-peopl e-any-other-pr/  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #22)

Republican

ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

No matter what Jesus said" is something a true Christian would NEVER say. You don't ignore the savior, what's wrong with you? Illegals are people, just like you and me. If you thought your family had a good chance of getting killed by some stupid drug lord, and you had no job, you'd be hightailing it out as fast as you could.  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #21)

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ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

Romans 12:20 "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." It seems pretty clear: if you don't like illegals, help them out even more. Let Jesus worry about who's right and wrong. Modern Christians (especially on the GOP side) seem to have lost faith in Christ. How sad.  (Aug 25, 2013 | post #15)

US Politics

RNC Boycotting CNN and NBC.

So the GOP is boycotting NBC and CNN and complaining about biased moderators again. GOP candidates get asked "uncomfortabl e" (what the RNC would call "biased" ) questions, because the official RNC platform is totally out of touch with mainstream America. I'm an independent with an admitted liberal bias, but these are objective facts. Feel free to look them up: 1.The GOP presidential nominee adopts a ridiculous "self deportation" platform and loses Hispanics by 40 points in the general election. Hispanics (and Senate Republicans) look on in horror as Immigration Reform dies in the House, elected GOP officials call them "wetbacks " and state they "have calves as thick as cantaloupes after carrying pounds of weed across the border". 2. Under pressure by evangelicals, the RNC has officially adopted "Traditional Marriage" as a platform. 58% of all voters think gay marriage should be legal. 80% of voters aged 18-29 support it. They're appalled at the anti-gay bigotry, and see it as a litmus test. Even George Will has stated that "anyone under 40 views being gay like being left-handed". He's right. I'm married with kids. I will never vote for an anti-gay candidate. Ever. I'm far from alone in this view, trust me. 3. Rush Limbaugh calls Sandra Fluke a slut and is cheered by the conservative base, while party elders fall all over themselves apologizing for him. Dozens of advertisers pull their ads. Romney loses women by 10 points. Republicans respond with more restrictive abortion measures and more Mad Men-esque rape talk. 4. The GOP, which only controls one half of one of the three branches of government (the House), opposes ANY tax hikes as part of a comprehensive budget bill, making compromise with Democrats, who control most of government, impossible. American people rightly view this as obstructionism and pigheadedness. They overwhelmingly support a balanced approach to lowering deficits. Congress's approval rating hits new lows. The Republican controlled House has an 8% approval rating, making it less popular than Rabies, Hitler, and Polio. 5. 65% of respondents in a Pew poll view global warming as a serious/somewhat serious problem. GOP denies a problem even exists. America records it's hottest year ever (2012), and Arctic Sea Ice reaches it's lowest point ever (again, 2012). Even Republicans (Bobby Jindal) admit they can't be seen as the "stupid party". 6. Republicans threaten to shut down government. "Party elders", like Bill Kristol, are dumbfounded by the rhetoric, remembering all too well what happened when that stunt was pulled in 1996. Americans remember too. Only 22% identify themselves as Republican nowadays. 7. RNC votes to boycott NBC and CNN for Hillary biopic that hasn't even been made yet. Rest of country scratches it's head. Late night comedians prepare to have yet another field day at the Republicans' expense. And these are just off the top of my head. So yeah, you're going to get "biased" moderators when your party is on the outs with mainstream America on so many issues. But keep telling yourselves it's branding and not the message. Maybe you'll get rid of the crazies after the 2016 shellacking that's coming (see conservative Myra Adams article: "16 Reasons Why Hillary Will Win in 2016).  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #1)

Republican

Health care: Republicans aim to halt 'Obamacare'

Being required to purchase insurance isn't a tax. Car insurance, for example, is a requirement in many states, but the money I pay to AllState could not, by any stretch of imagination, be considered a "tax". It WOULD be better to abolish the system we have now. Our costs are outrageous, the quality of care horrible. We have the lowest longevity and highest infant mortality in the industrialized world. The free-market has completely failed. When that happens, government must step in. We should have a single-payer system. The ACA is an irrevokable step in that direction.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #50)

Republican

GOP senator says Obama 'close' to impeachment. True?

Not. Impeachment is a pipedream, and your party is in the midst of an entertaining civil war that will keep it in the electoral "wilderness " for years to come. Pass the popcorn.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #15)

Republican

ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

And since so many GOP'ers are evangelicals, it begs an obvious question: who would Jesus deport?  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #10)

Republican

Health care: Republicans aim to halt 'Obamacare'

That's not a tax increase any more than rising milk prices are a tax increase. We pay the most for health care of any industrialized nation. We rank near dead last in patient satisfaction, longevity, and infant mortality. Our health care system is broken beyond repair. The ACA is at least a step in the right direction.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #47)

Republican

ICE memo: Illegals with kids get free pass from now on

This is the humane thing to do, so of course Republicans would oppose it. Did the GOP not notice Romney lost Hispanics by over 40 points? When you're in a hole, stop digging. Are you guys TRYING to become a trivial obstructionist regional party?  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #9)

Republican

GOP senator says Obama 'close' to impeachment. True?

Keep the crazy coming, GOP. Obama won't be impeached. Neither will Hillary, after she wipes the floor with whatever Mcgovern-esque "severely conservative" candidate that floats to the top of the GOP primaries, like a rising piece of shit.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #11)

Republican

Health care: Republicans aim to halt 'Obamacare'

The ACA was passed by a Democrat Congress and Senate, and signed by a Democrat president. There will be no government shut down because the public will rightly blame Republicans, and party leaders know this. If the GOP wants to repeal the ACA, they better get control of the Senate and Presidency. But they seem hellbent on losing in 2016 (Ted Cruz, seriously???), so get used to the ACA. Besides, the ACA already has too many popular provisions to be repealed successfully (ban on lifetime coverage, no denial for preexisting conditions, kids stay on parents' plan longer, free health screenings, 80-20 insurance spending, etc.) Anything the GOP offers as an alternative (and they haven't offered any alternative, as Newt points out) will have to contain the popular provisions of the ACA.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #43)

Republican

Graham: Without immigration, GOP to fail in 2016

Graham is right. Romney lost the Hispanic vote by a jawdropping 40+ points. The damage the GOP is doing to itself, at this moment (calling Mexicans "wetbacks ", implying they're all drug smugglers with "calves the size of cantaloupes") , will take decades to repair. Passing immigration reform can mitigate some of that damage. Not passing it just reinforces the (accurate) belief that Republicans are the party of old rich white men, a voting bloc that will soon go the way of the Dinosaurs.  (Aug 24, 2013 | post #62)