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Taibbi writes: "In a fitting homage to past holiday-season embarrassments like the Iran-Contra pardons or Bill Clinton's signing of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, the Republican Party last week quietly declared war on itself, in the process essentially confessing to a generation of failed governance and dumbed-down politics."

Karl Rove. (photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Karl Rove. (photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Republicans Declare War on Themselves

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

31 December 13


he holidays are a great time in politics. Every year it's the same: the minute the last bits of wrapping paper have been cleared away, and Grandpa has passed his last puff of holiday gas, you can always retreat to the inside pages of the news section and find some embarrassing/despicable PR fiasco that some politician somewhere has just tried to sneak past vacationing America.

This year was no different. In a fitting homage to past holiday-season embarrassments like the Iran-Contra pardons or Bill Clinton's signing of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, the Republican Party last week quietly declared war on itself, in the process essentially confessing to a generation of failed governance and dumbed-down politics.

The news came in the Wall Street Journal, where the Chamber of Commerce disclosed that it will be teaming up with Republican establishment leaders to spend $50 million in an effort to stem the tide of "fools" who have overwhelmed Republican ballots in recent seasons. Check out the language Chamber strategist Scott Reed used in announcing the new campaign:

Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates… That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.

The blunt choice of words is no accident. All year long, as they've crept closer and closer to having to face the reality of a Ted Cruz presidential candidacy in 2016 (with Cruz maybe picking recently-redeemed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson as his more moderate running mate?), the Beltway's Republican kingmakers have drifted into ever more alarmist language about the need to change course.

It's been a transparent effort to reassure industry donors that the party's future isn't a bottomless pit of brainless Bachmanns and Cruzes and Santorums, all convinced our Harvard-educated president is a sleeper-cell Arab and that Satan is a literal being intent on conquering Nebraska with U.N. troops.

Earlier this month, for instance, former House Majority Leader and cause-betraying Tea Party progenitor Dick Armey complained that Republicans have been getting whipped at the polls because "we had a lot of candidates quite frankly that did dumb things out there." And way back in March of last year, Karl Rove himself, speaking on behalf of his Crossroads SuperPAC, told Fox News Sunday that "our goal is to avoid having stupid candidates." Rove's group is reportedly also involved in this new $50 million effort.

The Chamber's announcement was met with howls of outrage from Tea Party-friendly voices, who naturally took immediate offense to the prospect of boycotting "fools" from the political process.

"Misguided," said Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth. "Insane," sneered conservative activist Cleta Mitchell.

Tom Borelli, senior fellow for Armey's old FreedomWorks group, quite correctly complained that the Chamber and their Republican allies were trying to defy the conservative base by hijacking the party and keeping it in the pocket of big-money interests. "The tea party is about lowering costs," Borelli explained to Newsmax. "[The Chamber will] want regulations to favor big business."

There's almost no end to the comedy of this story. First of all, there's the sheer size of the endowment. Fifty million dollars is enough money to fund half a dozen or more Senate campaigns. That the big-business donors who traditionally have funded the Republican Party believe they need to make that kind of monster investment just to keep "fools" from getting on the ballot of a party they basically control is an incredible reflection of the state of things on that side of the political aisle.

Then, of course, there's the irony. Men like Karl Rove and Dick Armey practically invented the politics of stupid. In fact, they practically invented the politics of winning millions of votes every time some oversexed cosmopolitan liberal of the Matt Damon/Sean Penn genus used words like "dumb" or "stupid" to describe the preoccupations of Middle America's God-and-guns culture.

To see these same Beltway Svengalis trapped now in this crazy role reversal, denounced by the far right for being the same kind of condescending establishment snot-bags they themselves spent decades trying to find and campaign against – well, that's just seriously funny.

The situation with Rove is particularly delicious. This is someone who foisted upon the world the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, a man who couldn't speak English, didn't read books or newspapers, and won his second term via the political version of an Inspector Clouseau routine, rallying middle America behind an enraged invasion of the wrong country in retaliation for 9/11.

For a political adviser, getting a blockhead like Bush elected president not once but twice was a major accomplishment. It was the sort of thing that impresses industry insiders, the same way PR professionals genuinely admire the job Burson-Marsteller did hushing up the Bhopal disaster for Union Carbide, or whitewashing Indonesia's image after the East Timor massacre.

As such the "Turd Blossom" was continually hailed as a kind of genius throughout the Bush presidency (even liberal pundits got in the act, although they usually called him an "evil genius"), despite the fact that nothing Karl Rove ever did was all that smart.

Rove's sole insight as a political thinker was that if you completely dispense with the patriotic aspects of governing – you know, that whole doing-what's-right-for-the-country thing – then winning elections is no different than selling cheeseburgers or scoring high sitcom ratings. You give people what they want, and it doesn't matter if it's bad for them.

So with George W. Bush, Rove basically gave us the political version of Married With Children, an ongoing self-parody routine where couch-potato America tuned in week after week to cheer on the nitwit hero as he and his brood took on a world of self-serious snobs and their silly "civilized" conventions (like, say, international law). It was political junk food and American voters ate it up, although the people on the business end of our endless bombings and waterboarding sessions and other atrocities were less stoked about the show.

Still, the reason Married With Children worked is that it was an industry in-joke, a piece of camp. It was actually kind of an inspired rip on the low entertainment standards of American TV audiences, though the humor of that mostly went over their heads of a lot of the people who actually watched the show.

From Rove's point of view, the Bush presidency was the same kind of deal. He seemed to take it for granted that political professionals everywhere understood that all of the lying about WMDs, and the shameless witch-hunting of John Kerry's war record, and the endless McCarthyist dabblings during campaign seasons (remember when, as an official White House adviser, Rove said that liberals wanted to "offer therapy and understanding to our attackers"?) were all just part of the game, just a way to get votes.

The whole Bush presidency, in the minds of Rove and his followers, was a goof on political advisers who were so self-serious that they actually believed themselves to be shackled to the truth, the responsibility of governing, etc. Rove and his crew openly laughed at the idea that they had to be consistent, or make sense, or do the right thing. Remember their naked mocking of the "reality-based community," and the boasting about how "we create our own reality"? Who did we think they were supposed to be, boy scouts? This was Washington! They were about winning, not governing.

What else explained an apparent atheist like Rove, who derided the evangelicals his president courted as "the nuts", being so hot to push hardcore religious policy down America's throat? (As Rove is said to have put it, "Just get me a fucking faith-based thing!") He obviously didn't take what he was doing seriously, and would later seem shocked that others did.

We first saw this when the Republicans came out in the summer of 2008 and picked as John McCain's running mate an Alaskan Bible-thumper named Sarah Palin, one of the few potential candidates in the Republican Party rolls even dumber than George Bush.

Rove, by then just a media commentator, was apparently mortified that political "reality-making" machine he'd built was pushing things too far. He immediately went on TV and blasted the choice as a "political pick" and "not a governing decision but a campaign decision."

Though no one said anything about it at the time, the damning subtext of Rove's criticisms of Palin as a purely "political pick" and not a "governing decision" was that he, Rove, should know, because after all he'd built the entire Bush presidency using the same methodology.

The Armey story was similar. Armey was on the ground floor with FreedomWorks, one of the back-channel big-dollar funding sources for the supposedly grassroots Tea Party movement, and his group's advocacy helped out now-reviled candidates like Ted Cruz, Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin and Richard Mourdock of Indiana (the Einstein who said that pregnancies from rape are something "God intended to happen").

FreedomWorks spent $40 million on such candidates in 2012, but as has been reported frequently since, only a quarter of them won, leaving donors and party leaders unimpressed with the movement's future prospects.

After the public had a chance to see and reject the things these candidates stood for, however, Armey, like Rove, recoiled from his own politics, offering that line about his party's failure being tied to "dumb things" done by certain candidates. He added that the Republican Party bore blame, too, having not "schooled" their candidates in the art of not making indefensibly stupid statements.

The thing is, the basic calculus of Rove-Armey politics has always involved capturing majorities with loud/angry media distractions (the Dixie Chicks hate America! John McCain has an illegitimate black child!) while on the policy side quietly spending great gobs of the taxpayer's money and sneaking through the meaningful objectives of rich industry donors in the fine print.

They were totally contemptuous of the typical middle-class religious conservatives in their base, never really gave them anything but lip service during campaign seasons, and in the end just used them to get what they wanted once they seized office.

For Rove, if that required handing out chestnuts like the "Faith-based thing" to the "nuts," or indulging John Ashcroft's pathological fear of marble tits, so be it – the important thing was that in the end, Cheney's energy buddies got their Clear Skies Act, the biotech donors got their Prescription Drug Benefit Act, the consumer credit vampires got their Bankruptcy Bill, and so on.

With Armey and the Tea Party, the "movement" was about always about rallying ordinary struggling Americans behind an idealized anti-tax/deregulatory agenda that, in an amazing coincidence, also favored the super-wealthy industrialists who happened to be backing groups like FreedomWorks.

The problem with blowing off the whole governing thing in favor of a decade-plus of cynical pandering and generally treating presidential politics like a fraternity pranking competition is that it eventually comes back to bite you.

If you spend years letting your voters think Saddam Hussein was an agent of al-Qaeda, that passing a national health care program will result in the formation of Stalinist "death panels," or that Barack Obama is secretly a foreigner, you're going to end up with some loopy candidates prone to saying crazy things that will turn off voting majorities, which in turn will make it hard to the deliver policy objectives you actually care about for your big-money donors.

The Republican establishment is only just figuring this out. Hence this new $50 million initiative, which according to the WSJ will involve the Chamber working with party leaders in"an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates."

But this sudden decision by the party's Washington establishment to reverse course and blame their failures on "fools" out there in the heartland is a joke. If you spend a decade treating your constituents like morons, you can't point the finger at them when your party gets a reputation for being stupid.

You're going to make George "Is our children learning?" Bush the face of your party for eight years and then turn around and call your voters stupid? Jesus. No wonder they decided to make the move during Christmas. your social media marketing partner


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+46 # fredboy 2013-12-31 10:09
Today's Republicans resemble a shark uterus, each insecurely devouring the other. Saw it clearest in Franklin, TN, the most Republican crap hole in the nation. They preyed on one another, especially in real estate.
+81 # RMDC 2013-12-31 10:12
Republicans declare war on themselves -- this is the best 2014 new year's news I've heard. Let's hope this is a real war. No prisoners will be taken. It will be a fight to the finish. It is OK is Karl Rove is the last man standing, just as long as he is truly the last man.
+33 # NanFan 2013-12-31 10:26
It's about time they did something smart. :)
+49 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-12-31 11:07
Republicans declaring war on themselves is the best news if it means the end of the Republicans---- but we must be aware that there is a chance this will mean that people vote for the Democrats. There is no difference between these two corporately funded political parties. When the Republicans put Sarah Palin on the ballot it was to make sure that the preferred puppet of the very wealthy got elected.

We must break the two party strangle hold on our government. We must change course RADICALLY and attempt to make the United States a democracy.
+57 # Barbara K 2013-12-31 10:22
Republicans declare war on themselves? Wow, that is great news, knew they would devour each other pretty soon. They've been trying to devour the country and the rest of us for long enough. They have the most idiotic people trying to run the country that has ever tried to run it. They hate everyone but the rich white men. Well, they should know that the majority of the country are NOT rich white men. They made themselves a small base, and then plastered on ignorant people to spread their crap. There are not enough normal people to swallow their crap any more. Let them devour themselves out of our lives now, so we can have a decent society again. So long, Tbagger/Rethugs , it's been miserable knowing you.

+12 # mjc 2014-01-01 10:18
Taibbi's "suggestion?" of a GOP ticket of Ted Cruz and Phil Robertson was right on, don't your think? Phil Robertson with any of the Tea Party darlings is just the ticket. Hope 2014 proves that the so-called conservatives.. .they don't actually want to conserve anything...will eat their young and leave the politics of a Republican Party to real politicians.
+25 # mdhome 2013-12-31 10:28
sssssssshhhhhhh hhhhhh! They might hear you.
+28 # tswhiskers 2013-12-31 10:38
Oh, dear. The Reps. may actually be coming to their senses. And the deciding factor in this decision? MONEY! What else? Reps. have been treated like clowns by the progressive media for years- to no effect. They have allowed anyone who passes the Constitutional requirements to run on federal and state ballots; so what if they declare to the public that they are not witches, or that rape victims have a natural immunity to pregnancy. They are God's party after all and the Bible is their instruction manual (the fact that much of it is a millennium or 2 out of date is a minor irrelevancy). If they decide to turn themselves into a serious political party they won't be nearly as much fun. Stewart/Colbert and their writers will have to work harder for their material. We'll see. The Reps. have been amazingly stubborn up till now about keeping stupidity alive and well and avoiding anything that might be taken for legislation. Surely they can't change a bad habit easily. That would mean coming up with ideas for solving the nation's problems, not just those of the rich. Don't they remind any of you of Maynard Krebs on Dobie Gillis? He made laziness an art form as have the Reps. for the last 15 years or so.
+42 # reiverpacific 2013-12-31 10:49
The frightening part, as an Irish friend who spent a few month here during Dimwits' second term pointed out, is that so many "Average" Americans still voted for him and his cabal of cowards and chicken-hawks.
To the press aspect of this and referring to the former show that was a parody of the average American family, it's a faint hope but when Noam Chomsky is as well known as Sean Hannity, Michael Parenti ditto as Bill O'Reilly, Thom Hartman ditto as Pish Limpballs and Amy Goodman ditto as Sarah Palin -add your own lists to taste, there might be a glimmer of hope.
So static are the "swing" voters and so entrenched in anti-populist, anti-left (even by US standards) anti-social, anti-environmen tal ideology (idiot-ology), as they get most of their what passes for information, news, public affairs and entertainment from the flick'rin' screen which just incidentally (I do but kid -it's long-planned) represents the media owned by the same monopolies who control most of what people consume both physical and electronically.
It sounds a bit simplistic and broad-brushed, which I generally hate to do as normally a reactionary tactic, but it comes down to a picture of "family values" being a group of obese couch potatoes grouped around a big-screen TV consuming "Super-sized" shit food and syrupy sweet drinks or pissy, gassy tasteless faux-beer as urged on them by the same hypnotic opiate they are ogling, content-free programing between ever-longer ads.
Idiotocracy anyone?
+36 # Beenie 2013-12-31 12:01
I have friends in Donegal who told me the Irish were really frightened of George W. Bush being President of the US. I told them that we were all afraid - but more afraid of Dick Cheney because he was really running the country.
+31 # Toribeth 2013-12-31 11:16
Reading this first thing on the last day of the year promises a better year ahead but may be it is too good to be true.The Republicans have been enthralled
with stupid so long that it will take at least a generation to smarten up. They are up in arms because of millionaire Duck Dynasty (Big Daddy Phil) was slapped on the wrist.Dumb is dumb and stupid is stupid.
+22 # Above God 2013-12-31 11:22
The Republicans Are Their own Worst enemies. The Hang Up On Outlawing Abortion Make Them Look As Stupid As Trying To Legalize Slavery.
+29 # rockieball 2013-12-31 11:23
What the saying "You can't fix stupid." As long as you they people out their like Palin, Michael Bachman,Newt and the rest and as long as you have Fox news along with Rush, Beck and Coutler, they are going to have their fruitcake candidates. Why does one think that Republicans want to cut funding for education? Why/ because a truly educated person does not vote for them. They want stupid couch potato heads watching Duck Dynasty and think that the program is intellectual.
+12 # HowardMH 2013-12-31 11:46
Kark has at least 15 Million Duck Dynasty stupid couch potato head Lemmings he can count on to support him.
+18 # indian weaver 2013-12-31 11:51
Obama signed the NDAA on New Year's Eve last year, and reauthorized this year only a week before New Years, for example. We could make many of the same derisive arguments against the sanity of Democrats as Republicans at this point. Next article please, this time about the other side - also evil as hell.
+3 # economagic 2013-12-31 22:31
Amen, Dude. I'd rather be shot in the head than in the stomach.
+16 # davidg 2013-12-31 11:57
The chickens have come home to roost. They created a monster which is now out of control. Time for some schadenfreude, folks!
+74 # Beenie 2013-12-31 11:59
One factual error: George Bush was NEVER elected - twice. The first time he was appointed, after gumming up elections all over the country and then getting the Supremes to give him the job he couldn't win on his own; the second time, in 2004, he just blatantly stole the election with voter suppression tactics everywhere and getting his cronies to tamper with voting machines. In 2000, boxes of ballots were found on the Miami River in Florida. They were never counted - just like thousands of other ballots that would have made Al Gore the POTUS. We need a backbone and to stand up against this kind of theft - and trust me, Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Insurance were all involved. This was an inside job.
+16 # reiverpacific 2013-12-31 16:14
Quoting Beenie:
One factual error: George Bush was NEVER elected - twice. The first time he was appointed, after gumming up elections all over the country and then getting the Supremes to give him the job he couldn't win on his own; the second time, in 2004, he just blatantly stole the election with voter suppression tactics everywhere and getting his cronies to tamper with voting machines. In 2000, boxes of ballots were found on the Miami River in Florida. They were never counted - just like thousands of other ballots that would have made Al Gore the POTUS. We need a backbone and to stand up against this kind of theft - and trust me, Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Insurance were all involved. This was an inside job.

Right -but the ghastly result was still the same and we'll all be living with it for some time to come.
+20 # tabonsell 2013-12-31 21:18
Didn't quite work that way.

The Supreme Court didn't appoint Bush to his first term, it merely prevented the real winner from getting the votes he won in Florida.

It was up the Congress to count the votes in the Electoral College and announce the winner.

If the Republican controlled Congress gave one whit about the well being of the nation, it could have refused to count the Florida votes until an honest recount had been completed and therefore defy the Supreme Court that the right claims is too out of control. Of course, since it was a GOP-contolled Congress we should never expect that to happen.
+37 # btraven 2013-12-31 12:33
A note of caution. This is not GOOD NEWS! Why? Fifty million dollars can go a long way in fronting Republican candidates who are just as bad politically as the nut cases but more electable.
And also remember the Democrats do this in reverse. If a good Progressive is primaring against a Clinton right wing centrist the official party will pump money into the centrists campaign. That's why there is no "oppostion" party in congress.
The only good progressive candidates are "crowd" funded.
+19 # StuBones1960 2013-12-31 13:04
On the money, btraven.
+16 # Toribeth 2013-12-31 12:52
Thank you, Beenie, for setting the facts straight about the so-called election of Scrub and his subsequent second term.
+18 # universlman 2013-12-31 12:58
I imagine his bodyguard storming into George Bush's bedroom at 11 AM with a copy of this story scrunched in his fist including the outraged comments from the readers and forcing him to listen as he reads about Bush being compared to Inspector Clouseau etc. I am sure Rove will get to read it for himself. As good as it is, this type of symbolic public flogging is still a meager substitute for a full public inquiry of Bush's disastrous gutting of our collective reputation.
+39 # dsepeczi 2013-12-31 13:01
Beware, everyone. This may not be as good of news as many of you seem to think. The Republicans are not changing their way of thinking ... they're only trying to be more careful about what they say publicly so they can become more electable. They are going to try to change what they say ... not what they do.
+21 # molesoul 2013-12-31 13:24
I'm in agreement with btraven. The CoC and other big business shills spending $50 million to regain control of the party can only mean that the Repugs will become a smarter and more competitive party. They will reign in the unelectable wing nuts or split them off to an independent Tea Party, and elect candidates that are more palatable to centrists and libertarians. The moneyed interests in this country are in it for the long war, and if that means a year or two of purges, that's fine with them.

While ironic and self-satisfying that Rove & Co. now need to strangle the monster they created, I am not encouraged by this factional war. With luck, it could help Democrats in 2014, but as btraven notes, most Dems are also supported and corrupted by big money.

The answer is to get big money out of politics--not an easy task, but not an impossible one. The progressive grassroots need to unite behind this goal and grow a mass movement. Join Move to Amend, Represent Us, United Republic, Common Cause and others working on this movement.
+12 # btraven 2013-12-31 15:10
thank you "molesoul" There are a small hand full of 'progressive' democrats. Rather than support an organization that claims to support 'progressive' candidates, identify those candidates yuor self and send them the money directly. that way you are sure that all of it is supporting your candidate. I addition, the real progressive candidates in primaries are usually under funded and feeling pressur efrom the Dem machine, so even a small amount from 'crowd funding' is good for their morale. Them's my sentiments.
+19 # molesoul 2013-12-31 13:38
One more thought: Liberals and progressives need to take advantage of the opportunity opened by Pope Francis to mend fences with Christians and support his simple message of helping the poor. And if Republicans are pivoting away from religious candidates, maybe it's time for Democrats to embrace their more liberal brethren.
+10 # economagic 2013-12-31 22:35
I have no problems with Christians, as long as they believe in Jesus more fervently than they believe in their preacher in the shiny suit.
+7 # oakes721 2013-12-31 14:15
The promotion of fools for office is a tactic of fear ~ These jellyfish willingly become animated puppets schooled only to evade and escape anything serious that might call for responsibility or respectability.

Those who pull the strings have much, much more than their fair share. Through these cartoon characters, they've legalized their burglaries, giving themselves immunity from prosecutions ~ but this has not redefined the word "WRONG".

The CHOICE of fools allows recklessness to be forgiven. Using religious zealots may excuse 'inspired' behaviors ~ although their once-generous purpose be now reversed. Extremists threaten an unpredictabilit y, whereas sound governing requires considerable predictability.
+8 # giraffee2012 2013-12-31 16:29
When the current thugs are gone I'll believe this is true and not just more propaganda. Those who watch FAUX, Rush are still spewing false information to their children and others. I know some of these voters and what comes out of their mouths is UNBELIEVABLE
+10 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-12-31 18:56
Technically, W. Bush was "selected" not "elected". Therefore he was "Resident Bush" not "President Bush. He only lived in the White House. But, remember, we, the American people, let them, "the Supreme Court", get away with it.
Ohio (2004) was an electoral fraud.
+5 # drunderhill 2013-12-31 20:34
Establishment Dems pioneered this self the 70s they were frantic with fear that George Wallace would steal their they baptized another southern governor with money and media...Jimmy Carter...but to give him enough heft to shoulder Wallace aside, they had to make Carter so formidable that they couldn't sideline him in turn and insert one of their establishment they were stuck with Carter and they are still regretting it.
+12 # molesoul 2013-12-31 21:20
Jimmy Carter "establishment" ? Yes, he started the deregulation snowball rolling, but otherwise his presidency was FAR from being the centrist, pro-corporate, "establishment" administration that Clinton's was.
+6 # Walter J Smith 2014-01-01 00:23
Oh, Nixon taking the US dollar off the gold standard didn't start the deregulation snowball?

Besides, that whole issue is a sidebar.

The only issue that matters anymore about the US government is will we citizens decide ever again to govern our governors?

And at this point, 90% are in agreement that watching stupid TV is far more important.
+5 # Merschrod 2013-12-31 22:30
Lets be cautious about thi whole deal. The tea party candidtaes that lost because of extreme positions only lost by a few points. The Democrats who ran against them were not political progressives - just plain middle of the road types. In the previous elections when the blue dogs really took a burn, they did loose to teaparty-types, but not be a huge amount. The thinking middle that will go back and forth in old dixicrat districts does not have to be very large.
+3 # Walter J Smith 2014-01-01 00:21
The GOP is the only thing the Democrats have going for them.

But, alas, the Democrats are brewing their own stupid civil war.

The elected idiots are making sure of this by proving they cannot imagine democracy even in its most banal form such as we now have, even if only in our distracted fantasies.
+13 # humanmancalvin 2014-01-01 06:42
Rove is doing the rope-a-dope. I do not believe one thing that falls out of his mouth. He is just hanging back on the ropes & waiting to see who starts throwing the hardest punches. As soon as this is determined,Rove will come of off the ropes & run to the corner of who he believes is strongest. TeaBagger, Rino, Conservative, whatever. Mr. Rove has no moral ground to stand on & will work to push whomever into the spotlight.
Who here has ever believed on single, solitary thing said by this man? And now that he seems to be reigning himself in with this fluff, you are to now start to agree with this man who has made his fortune through lying & manipulating?
Wake up & smell the Bull Shit.
+5 # jcdav 2014-01-01 10:20
keeping fools off the ticket? so WHO decides what a fool looks like. this generalization could actually mean a better articulated jump to the right.
+3 # brux 2014-01-01 12:51
> Republicans Declare War on Themselves

Well, they have not won a war yet, so I sadly doubt they'll do themselves much damage! ;-) Happy 2014 ... except to banksters, conservatives, CEO's and hedge fund operators!
+5 # johnbdiver 2014-01-01 15:29
Good article!
Remember... Hitler, Stalin & Mao ALL declared war on their followers who were not 'pure enough'. The Repubs haven't (yet) killed the unfaithful (as far as we know), but it's early yet.
+2 # JSRaleigh 2014-01-02 14:32
It's not about selling the republican party to the rich donors. It's a fight between the rich donors over who's going to control the republican agenda; which donors are going to get richer.
+3 # PGreen 2014-01-02 16:54
"All eyes are on Vermont’s plan for a single-payer system, starting in 2017. If it flies, it will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions. That’s why corporate money will soon flood into Vermont to crush it. The legislators who’ll go to the mat for this will need all the support they can get: If you live east of the Mississippi, look up the bus schedule to Montpelier."

This is incredibly important. It may well be the next step in universal, affordable healthcare.

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