The Republican Party began selling new web domains
ending in .gop today at www.join.gop
. Public interest has definitely been sparked, but perhaps not for the reasons Republicans have hoped. [more inside]
Jesse A. Myerson described five economic reforms millenials should be fighting for in Rolling Stone.
Conservatives were generally aghast at the suggestions. Dylan Matthews at Wonkblog wrote a response, "Five conservative reforms millenials should be fighting for".
Liberals disapproved. Both articles argued for I. Employer of Last Resort II. Basic Income III. Land Value Tax IV. Sovereign Wealth Fund V. Public Bank. Ezra Klein discusses the trolling.
Kansas passes Tax Act meaning that business owners are not taxed at all on income derived from business profits.
"Who will still be paying Kansas income tax? Only three groups: 1) employees, 2) some retirees and 3) individuals whose investments are so modest that they cannot afford to create a trust or partnership to shelter their investment income." The $3.7bn pa cost of the tax cuts is said to create the risk of a $2.5bn pa deficit by 2018
Shockingly, Newt Gingrich does not own newtgingrich.com
. Instead, a group of pranksters called American Bridge 21st Century
have used the domain to redirect visitors to various sites and stories that cast him in a negative light
. For maximum entertainment, copy and paste the URL into your address bar. Lather, rinse, repeat. [more inside]
Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry is booked on all the major morning shows tomorrow, and with good reason.
After two months of gaffes
, impolitic stands
, and bizarre speeches
that quickly waned his once-strong odds
of winning the Republican nomination, Perry went into Wednesday's CNBC debate
sorely needing a win... only to deliver a tortuous, cringingly forgetful attempt [video]
to recall just which three cabinet departments he'd vowed to abolish, a stunning failure political scientist Larry Sabato deemed "the most devastating moment of any modern primary debate"
in his memory.
While Perry's slow-motion flameout has boosted the fortunes
of dark horse candidate Herman Cain, the unlikely challenger is facing troubles of his own in a volley of sexual harassment claims
-- an oddly ineffective
scandal Cain is doing his best to (somewhat dubiously) disavow
. If Cain collapses, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may reap the benefits
, but his moribund campaign has issues of its own
. Pawlenty, Bachmann, Perry, Christie, Cain, Gingrich... the base is loathe to rally round him, but after so many failed, flawed, or forfeited challenges, can anyone topple Mitt Romney?
Effect of Herman Cain's proposed "9-9-9" tax reform plan on average household tax liability.
Cain is leading
the field of GOP Presidential candidates in polls of Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. Previously 1 2
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) has proclaimed April to be Confederate History Month in his state
, without referencing slavery or civil rights. The move has angered civil rights leaders
and revived a controversy
that has lain dormant for eight years
. FireDogLake is reporting that the neo-confederate group which lobbied Governor McDonnell to make the proclamation has ties to white supremacists
. [more inside]
Sen. Stevens (R, AK) found guilty
of of seven corruption charges
. Stevens was behind in the polls
before this point anyway, so it looks like a solid Dem gain at this point. Palin has obviously thown him under the bus.
Palin for 2012?
She's popular with conservatives, and even before any potential makeover 6 out of 10 evangelicals
think she is experienced enough to be president. She'd potentially get the Huckabee evangelical vote in the primaries *and* the talk radio wing. If Obama succeeds in taking moderates, the evangelical and talk radio wings will only be stronger. And the GOP would appear to already be talking about it
Former US Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell
, a controversial, if reluctant
supporter of the war on Iraq, offers his endorsement
) of Senator Barack Obama for the office of President of the United States. [more inside]
"Then my photography started to shift; everything had to be very clean and Republican, straight and perfect... Everything is staged and controlled... It's the complete opposite of war photography."
War photographer Christopher Morris
's new exhibit
: "My America
Becoming what you hate : Nathan Sproul, case study in moral relativism on the Religious Right
"former head of the Arizona Republican Party and of the Arizona Christian Coalition....Sproul is connected with the Republican National Committee-funded voter registration organization, Voters' Outreach of America Inc." - Sproul's firm is accused of fraud and the destruction of voter registration forms
. He also failed to pay his workers and his office rent. Rick Perlstein, in the Village Voice, comments on the Sproul scandal : "Both sides are not equally bad, and any reporters who don't recognize that conservatism's very core has become shot through with a culture of mendacity should turn in their press badge.....
It used to be that we could count on the conscience of conservatives to protect our democratic institutions."
Bush Like Me: Ten weeks undercover in the grass roots of the Republican Party: As a professional misanthrope, I believe that if you are going to hate a person, you ought to do it properly. You should go and live in his shoes for a while and see at the end of it how much you hate yourself.
This was what I was doing down in Florida. The real challenge wasn't just trying to understand these Republicans. It was to become the best Republican I could be.
The increasingly spotty record of the GOP's involvement with voter registration companies.
This is a follow-up to Tueday's Nevada thread. If you registered to vote for the first time this year as anything but a Republican you should probably check to see if your registration was properly filed... you know, just to be on the safe side.
very fitting quicktime piece (9 meg, NSFW
--offensive language/attitude) concerning the upcoming Republican Convention. Links to RNC Not Welcome, and Counterconvention, but i don't think it's something they created. And a torrent here.
You can probably guess who people like Janeane Garofalo
and Ben Stein
have given campaign contributions to. But how about Jennifer Garner
? Reese Witherspoon
? Karl Malone
? The Newsmeat Hall Of Fame
has the answers.
President on vacation
while Iraq burns
got you down? Feeling loyal to the party, ideas, or repulsed by the Dems? Agonizing over voting Bush to stay true? Sign the petition
, Maybe you won't have to. And Dems, if you can promise to be open minded in November you can sign as well. via Blogging of the President
One of the more interesting Senate races in 2004 is shaping up in Florida, where everyone but the electorate
appears to know that Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley is gay. This open secret -- which would help explain how a "dream come true" right-wing politician has a strong gay-rights voting record -- calls into question whether respecting a person's right to "stay in the closet" perpetuates the idea
that homosexuality is abnormal. (Via Eschaton
The neo-Confederacy movement
is a potent force in the Republican Party in today's South, as Trent Lott's comments about Strom Thurmond demonstrate. Trent Lott has neo-Confederate ties
, as does John Ashcroft who praised Jefferson Davis in an interview
with the Southern Partisan magazine. Associated with the United Daughters of the Confederacy
and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, adherents of the neo-Confederate movement can even buy T-shirts gloating transforming the Republican Party into Abraham Lincoln's worst nightmare
Are We Witnessing A Republican Implosion?
The Los Angeles Times
has three GOP contenders for governor violating Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment by attacking fellow Republicans. In traditionally Republican Virginia, the Washington Post
says a Democrat is well on his way to becoming governor next week. In New Hampshire, Roll Call
describes what is to be a very bitter primary against an incumbent GOP senator. And finally, the Robert Novak
says the GOP is abandoning its candidate for governor in New Jersey. (More Republican News
via Political Wire
McCain considering whether to leave GOP
Self-explanatory. Not exactly breaking news, considering that the National Journal reported the same (a tidbit also reported on the Web's Orvetti.com
). It is, however, the first time I've seen the "rampant speculation," as journalists like to put it, make for a headline article in a major newspaper. McCain advocate William Kristol may be the person to watch here, since he increasingly seems to advocate a sort-of Teddy Roosevelt-like ideology. Oh, intrigue. Goodie.
I Love Paul Krugman!
He, better than any writer I have seen, cuts through all the political BS to expose the Republican party, whose members, for the most part, obtain office by cleverly deceiving the little people on what is in their interest. I would love to see PK "debate" the President (link to the NYTIMES--make up a username/password if don't have one and you're that
GoreWillSayAnything.com. Coming Soon, like, maybe this afternoon.
This is the address posted at the end of the RNC's latest attack on Gore. I was hoping to see some quality negative web design.
Find out what really happened during the republitilian convention. The people showed up, on the streets!! Unity and diversity!!
Maybe John McCain
will get elected president after all, even though he's 'not running anymore'...