Is the GOP DOA?


Picture 2According to Alex Jones, Glenn Beck stole his work. Of course, Beck did call Jones a fascist.  Maybe, if we’re lucky, these people will turn their anger on one another and leave those of us who are normal, alone.  Larry Ward, chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, thinks that, if the original slaves had been armed, well, they wouldn’t be slaves.  Owning guns  honors the legacy of MLK, Jr. he says.  Never mind that the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered using a gun.

Mark Sanford, who went hiking down Argentina way, is going to run for Congress.

The Pink Flamingo hates to admit that there was something, once upon a time, that Ann Coulter managed to get right.  Chris Christie was probably the best choice for 2012.  Right now, among NORMAL people, NORMAL Republicans, he’s probably the most popular Republican.  In fact, he’s now more popular with Dems than with the GOP, but that makes a heck of a lot of sense.   Republicans who aren’t far right tea party loons are dumping the GOP like rats leaving a sinking ship.  The Democratic Party now has a serious lead among party identification, thanks to crap candidates like Mitt Romney and the far right bought and paid for conservative talking heads like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Michael Medved, who play the whore for Koch Cash.

“…The Bircher ode to Koch glosses over Fred’s record of bigotry. In a booklet he authored, Fred railed against civil rights leaders, and claimed the movement against racial segregation was a communist plot to use African Americans to destabilize the country. The Koch-funded Birchers held numerous rallies during the ’60s claiming integration would lead to a “mongrelization” of the races.

Although the present-day Koch brothers try to eschew explicit racism, their top Tea Party front group, Americans for Prosperity, is currently pursuing similar racial segregation goals. In North Carolina, the Americans for Prosperity chapter led a campaign to end a highly successful public school integration system….”

You know the GOP is in trouble when Nancy Pelosi now has a net approval rating that is positive, 18 points higher than John Boehner.  If this continues, wave by by to any GOP control of the House & Senate for years.

Democrats for Sale
Democrats for Sale

“...Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.

Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election to align his position with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But this year, Ryan has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List’s sixth annual Campaign for Life Gala, and he is re-upping his support for the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country.

The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Similar legislation has been rejected by voters in multiple states, including the socially conservative Mississippi, because legal experts have pointed out that it could outlaw some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization as well as criminalize abortion at all stages….”

In response to you know what like this, Former US Congressman Steve LaTourette made the following announcement:

Republican Main Street Partnership
Republican Main Street Partnership

“…Less than two months ago the American electorate sent a clear message to Republicans that their anti-government, John Birch agenda was unacceptable and it was a defining moment for this nation. After four years of obstruction, a first ever credit default, and perpetual attempts to sabotage the nation’s economy for the second time in 8 years, the people demanded government that worked for the entire population and preserved programs like Social Security and Medicare. What Americans are witnessing right now is the Republican’s 75 year campaign to destroy the New Deal, and since Republicans did not achieve victory at the ballot box, they will take down the government to achieve their goal.

The calls for a government shutdown and credit default by an increasing number of Republicans unless Social Security and Medicare are incrementally abolished is the latest ploy of John Birch ideologues disguised as fiscally conservative Republicans who cannot accept the results of the recent election….”

Maybe it’s something in the water.  Then again, that doesn’t make much sense, because everyone else would be bat-sh*t crazy and not just the usual suspects:  Lets start with Phil Gingray who represents Cobb County.  He agrees with the jerks of the right that a woman doesn’t necessarily get pregnant from rape.

“...He went on, “And in Missouri, Todd Akin … was asked by a local news source about rape and he said, ‘Look, in a legitimate rape situation’ — and what he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents, that’s pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey, I was raped.’ That’s what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape. I don’t find anything so horrible about that. But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman’s body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He’s partly right on that.”He said that he has been an OB-GYN physician since 1975, and that what he has seen in his work supports his views.“

And I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true. We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.’ So he was partially right wasn’t he? But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart.”…”

There is one very serious reason why the current version of the GOP is DOA.  Economic.

Politicus USA
Politicus USA

Jim DeMint has big plans for further destroying the GOP, now that he is running Heritage.

“...DeMint, a former ad man, promises to launch a “conservative revival” by figuring out how to do a better job selling conservative policies to the American public. That’s not exactly a big shift for the folks at Heritage, which is and always has been a giant marketing operation for right-wing “ideas.”

The most revealing thing in DeMint’s column is his use of a thoroughly debunked lie that Republicans tried to use against President Obama in last year’s campaign.  Says DeMint of President Obama, “He disabled welfare reform last year, when he took away the work requirements that were at the heart of that law’s success.”

That false claim earned politicians like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum “Pants on Fire” ratings from Politifact and similar ratings from other fact checkers.  It’s a gross distortion of an Obama administration decision to give states more flexibility to come up with new ways to meet the law’s work requirements – something sought by Republican governors.  Even some Republicans, including one architect of welfare reform, called the charge false when the Romney campaign made it.

As we know from his climate change denialism, DeMint isn’t as concerned about truth as about creating his own reality — the way Fox News and the right-wing echo chamber have tried to do.  “One lesson I learned in marketing is that, for consumers and voters, perception is reality.”…”

Like I said, it can’t be the water.  If so, everyone would be as bat-sh*t crazy as the loony right.

Unfortunately, it gets worse. People like Paul Ryan are killing the GOP.

…In an unsurprising turn of events, Ryan has signed on as cosponsor to the Sanctity of Human Life Act again. The original bill — which declares that life begins with fertilization, and would give states the right to ban all abortion, even in the cases involving incest, rape, or the life of the mother — thankfully died in Congress in 2011.

But now it’s baaaaack, which is scary because not only is the above terrifying, there’s all sorts of other creepy shit hidden in this monster. Like, if a woman who was raped in a state that banned abortions went to a state that didn’t ban abortions and had an abortion? Her rapist could theoretically sue to stop the abortion from happening, and probably win. And it doesn’t stop there with the reproductive weirdness, if passed, it’ll probably make many forms of IVF illegal….”

What else can possibly be said other than GOP R. I. P.

P. S.   How will you celebrate Gun Appreciation Day?


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