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  • elk_1l elk_1l Oct 10, 2013 8:40 PM Flag

    OT: POTENTIAL UNFOLDING SHIFT OF POWER COULD GIVE BARACK OBAMA A SHOT AT PRESIDENTIAL GREATNESS

    The latest polls indicate the Tea Party and RWNJs are doing a great job of severely wounding their own Party. If they can be prevented from taking the whole country with them, their actions are likely to bring about a significant shift of power in our country and government. If so, and if President Obama handles this development advantageously, this could allow him, in the final years of his administration, to move ahead with additional substantive and significant achievements that would make him a truly great President beyond the merely historic fact of his being the first Black President.

    Ironically, this opportunity may avail itself primarily through the debacle currently being engineered by the Tea Party and RWNJs.

    Verily, verily, I say, God works in mysterious ways. So be it.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    • WOW, you must hav been drinking a lot of Kool-Aid while you were away. Oh Yeah, a great president of all 57 states. LOL

    • "Verily, verily, I say, God works in mysterious ways."

      Yes `indeed for for HIS faithful, but so does Satan and his angels.....impeachment and or jail time is more probable....hehehehehehe

    • Right, his legacy of international weakness, anti-transparency, and the complete and embarrassing failure of his signature legislation. If by "Great" you mean "Great failure", then you are correct. Your denial is sad.

    • RECORD REVULSION FOR THE GOP

      GOP And Tea Party Unfavorability At Record Highs: Poll

      The Huffington Post | By Ariel Edwards-Levy | 10/22/2013

      UNFAVORABLE RATINGS FOR BOTH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE TEA PARTY HAVE TICKED UP TO RECORD HIGHS, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday evening.

      Sixty-four percent of Americans view the Republican Party unfavorably, and 56 percent view the tea party unfavorably. Both are all-time highs in CNN's polling, although in each case, it's only a 2-point increase from a survey taken Sept. 27 through 29.

      PROMINENT REPUBLICANS HAVE ALSO TAKEN A HIT.

      HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER'S (OHIO) UNFAVORABLE RATING IS AT 55 PERCENT, UP FROM 48 PERCENT JUST BEFORE THE SHUTDOWN, WHILE SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL'S (KY.) UNFAVORABLES ROSE TO 42 PERCENT FROM 39 PERCENT BEFORE THE SHUTDOWN. MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN PARTY ARE ALSO INCREASINGLY RATING THEM NEGATIVELY, ACCORDING TO POLLING. SEN. TED CRUZ (TEXAS), ONE OF THE MOST VOCAL SUPPORTERS OF THE SHUTDOWN, SAW HIS UNFAVORABLE RATING CLIMB 6 POINTS TO 42 PERCENT.

      While top Democrats are still viewed more negatively than positively, they've seen their numbers improve, according to the poll. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) unfavorable rating is at 40 percent, down from 45 percent at the end of September, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) unfavorable rating is at 47 percent, down from 51 percent. The Democratic Party's unfavorable rating remains effectively unchanged at 51 percent, a point below where it stood in September.

      Previously released results from the same poll found that a majority of Americans now consider GOP control of the House a bad thing, and want Boehner to be replaced. Other post-shutdown polls have also found Republicans suffering from the political aftereffects.

      The CNN poll surveyed 841 Americans between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20, using live phone interviews.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • At least that satire garbage that you spend all day reading tries to layer in some reality to make their stories interesting. Your premise here is laughable. Foreign policy alone will put him at the bottom of any historical rankings - he has failed miserably on the world stage with the Saudi snub just the most recent example of our decline.

    • bump for elk, it looks like he was clearly right about this issue as it is now clear the shift of power is coming about virtually, pardon my language, in technicolor as the Tea Party and RWNJs are now intently tacking in a direction which will, in the next election, result in increased Democratic control of the Senate while also , unbelievably, also relinquishing control of the House (previously thought to be impossible until their great delusional hero Don Quijote Ted Cruz arrived on the scene with Pancho Mike Lee and inflicted severe damage on the local Windmill to great celebration by the Tea Party followers until they realized the next afternoon that the local Windmill was supplying the electric power to the Tea Party Tea Pot!!!!!!).

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

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      • bump for elk, it looks like he was clearly right on this one

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        it is now clear the shift of power is coming about virtually, pardon my language, in technicolor as the Tea Party and RWNJs are now intently tacking in a direction which will, in the next election, result in increased Democratic control of the Senate while also , unbelievably, also relinquishing control of the House (previously thought to be impossible until their great delusional hero Don Quijote Ted Cruz arrived on the scene with Pancho Mike Lee and inflicted severe damage on the local Windmill to great celebration by the Tea Party followers until they realized the next afternoon that the local Windmill was supplying the electric power to the Tea Party Tea Pot!!!!!!).

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • NEW RANSOM: SPENDING CUTS!

      GOP FACES THE MUSIC... Poll Nightmare... CIVIL WAR: Republicans Tear Into Tea Party... Senior House Republican: 'We've Got To Get Out Of This Soon'... THE KAMIKAZE CAUCUS... 'We Could Be Witnessing The Death Throes Of The Republican Party'...

      ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS ASSAIL TEA PARTY OVER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

      By THOMAS BEAUMONT | 10/11/13 | AP

      DES MOINES, Iowa -- DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.

      The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.

      "It's time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.

      Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama's health care law: "It never had a chance."

      The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.

      Now, they're lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they're laying the groundwork to take action against the tea party in the 2014 congressional elections.

      Iowa Republicans are recruiting a pro-business Republican to challenge six-term conservative Rep. Steve King, a leader in the push to defund the health care law. Disgruntled Republicans are further ahead in Michigan, where second-term, tea party-backed Rep. Justin Amash is facing a Republican primary challenger who is more in line with — and being encouraged by — the party establishment. And business interest groups, long aligned with the Republican Party, also are threatening to recruit and fund strong challengers to tea party House members.

      Tea party backers are undeterred and assail party leaders.

      "They keep compromising," said Katrina Pierson, a former Dallas-area tea party organizer now challenging Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas in the 2014 GOP primary. "They all campaigned on fiscal responsibility. They just need to do what they campaigned on."

      In more than a dozen interviews, Republican leaders, officials and strategists at all levels of the party blamed Obama for the shutdown but also faulted tea party lawmakers in the House, who have insisted that any deal to reopen the government be contingent on stripping money for the health care law.

      An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday showed why these party loyalists are so concerned: More Republicans told pollsters that the GOP is mishandling the shutdown than is handling it well. And among those who say it's being poorly handled, twice as many Republicans say the party is not doing enough to negotiate with Obama than those who say the party is doing too much.

      Party leaders interviewed said the tea party's demands to defund the health care law — and the House leadership's willingness to follow suit — were distracting from what they said is the GOP's best strategy to recover from its 2012 losses: a focus on reducing long-term spending. They said defunding the health care law would not achieve that goal because the money was already flowing to the law.

      "At the end of the day, you're fighting legislation that's already passed," said former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, describing the fight to defund the health care law as a lost cause.

      Republican activists around the country also said in interviews that the shutdown — and House Republicans' demands — have deflected attention from problems with the launch of key parts to the health care bill.

      Thousands of Americans were unable to shop for health insurance on the online marketplaces when they went live on Oct. 1 because of software glitches. And, these Republicans say, the GOP in Washington — and specifically tea party House members — got in the way of the troubled rollout, which the GOP could have seized on if the government were still open.

      "We're not saying Obama is right. We're saying what Republicans are doing is wrong," said Matt Cox, a former executive director of Ohio's Cuyahoga County GOP. He said that instead of pursuing the shutdown strategy, Republicans in Washington could have passed — and taken credit for — a spending measure that kept dollar levels at those set by the automatic $1.2 trillion across-the-board cut approved last year, also called the sequester.

      Generally, these Republicans said that because of the tea party's effort to defund the health care law, the Republican Party had missed an opportunity to hammer Obama after he hit a rough patch over Syria just a month ago.

      Former Illinois state Sen. Laura Douglas wants to believe that the holdouts can win. But she has her doubts.

      "My heart says, 'Keep fighting, don't give up,'" said Douglas, a resident of Quincy in western Illinois. "But my head says, 'If we keep this kind of thing up, we're going to get creamed next year.'"

      Her worries are reflected in the AP-GfK poll. Roughly three-quarters of Republicans nationally said their party in Congress deserves a moderate degree or most of the blame for the shutdown.

      Even among Republicans, those who don't support the tea party mostly disapprove of how the GOP is handling the budget issue. Just 17 percent of Americans overall consider themselves tea party backers.

      And tea party allies are fighting back.

      The Senate Conservatives Fund, an independent political action committee, has run ads asking tea party supporters to recruit primary election opponents for Republicans who voted for a measure that would have kept the government running with modifications in the health care law.

      In South Carolina, Fairfield County Republican Chairman Kevin Thomas is among those on the side of tea party lawmakers.

      "The only leverage we have is the budget," he said.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • SENATE GOP LOOKS FOR A WAY OUT

      Politico | 10/11/2013

      After taking a back-seat role in this fall’s fiscal battles, SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL AND FELLOW REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE QUIETLY SEEING WHETHER THEY CAN BREAK THE POLITICAL IMPASSE BETWEEN HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND SENATE DEMOCRATS.

      BEHIND THE SCENES, THE KENTUCKY REPUBLICAN IS GAUGING SUPPORT WITHIN THE SENATE GOP CONFERENCE TO TEMPORARILY RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT IN RETURN FOR A HANDFUL OF POLICY PROPOSALS. Among the ideas under serious consideration are a repeal of medical device tax in the health care law, a plan to verify that those seeking subsidies under Obamacare prove their income level and a proposal to grant additional flexibility to federal agencies to implement sequestration cuts.

      THE UNDER-THE-RADAR EFFORT IS THE LATEST SIGN THAT REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY OUT OF A FISCAL CRISIS THAT POLLS SHOW IS CAUSING THEIR PARTY MORE HARM IN THE EYES OF VOTERS.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • READY TO BUCKLE?

      Cautious Optimism That GOP Will Give On Debt Ceiling... IF DEFAULT CRISIS ABATES, SHUTDOWN HELL AWAITS... Thousands of Workers Still Won't Get Back Pay... Food Safety Inspections Suspended... Families Left Without Baby Food... Evicted Homeowners... AmeriCorps Training Stalled... Nuclear Plant Employees Furloughed... Anti-Terrorism Rules For Chemical Facilities Lapse... Scientific Research On Hold... 6TH GRADER: 'I'M REALLY MAD AT CONGRESS'...

      GOP POLL NIGHTMARE... 'RECORD LOWS'... OBAMACARE SUPPORT RISES!... GOP Leaders Meet With White House... May Be Ready To Fold... Dems Hope For Deal With Moderate Senate Republicans... THE X-FACTOR: Paul Ryan... GOP STRESS TEST...

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • KRAUTHAMMER: WHERE IS TED CRUZ NOW?

      10/10/2013 | Real Clear Politics

      LAURA INGRAHAM: 'Some in GOP Ready to Back Down' is Karen Tumulty's piece on the front page of the Washington Post today. Most Republicans think the Cruz strategy was a failure.

      CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, can Cruz show us how it was a success? What was his end game? Look, everybody was excited, it was a great a filibuster, a wonderful speech. What exactly -- how exactly was he going to achieve abolition of Obamacare? Explain that to me. Has he ever explained it? And where is he now?

      INGRAHAM: Well, he was on, I think, Megyn Kelly's show the first day she --

      KRAUTHAMMER: YEAH, BUT WHAT DID HE SAY? I MEAN HIS SIDEKICK, SEN. MIKE LEE SAID, 'OH, WE’RE PAST OBAMACARE. WE'VE MOVED ON.' I MEAN, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE THE GENERALS WHO LEAD PEOPLE INTO THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN AND THEN GO HOME AND HAVE LUNCH AND LEAVE THE TROOPS OUT THERE? WHERE ARE THEY? WHERE ARE THE GENERALS? WHAT’S THEIR STRATEGY TO GET ABOLITION OF OBAMACARE?

      I want that. I argued it in '09 and '10. I argued it every week in my writing, on television --

      INGRAHAM: Join the club.

      KRAUTHAMMER: Exactly. I'M SAYING ALL OF US WERE IN THE TRENCHES. I MEAN, CRUZ ARRIVES ON THE SCENE AND PRETENDS HE'S JUST BEGUN THE FIGHT AGAINST OBAMACARE. HE WASN'T THERE IN '09 AND '10, HE WAS DOING OTHER THINGS. I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT, EVERYBODY WAS FIGHTING AND EVERYBODY WAS IN THE TRENCHES. YOU SHOW ME A WAY TO ABOLISH IT NOW, I'LL DO IT. BUT HE NEVER DID.

      INGRAHAM: I'm looking at the Gallup poll today, just came out late yesterday, and now 28% of Americans view the Republican party favorably. That's down 10 points since September.

      KRAUTHAMMER: In one month.

      INGRAHAM: And the lowest number for either party because both parties have suffered, but it's the lowest number for either party since they began asking the question in 1992. Charles.

      KRAUTHAMMER: Believe me, Laura, I'VE BEEN CALLING THIS THE KAMIKAZE BRIGADE. YOU KNOW, I CAN'T THINK OF ENOUGH ADJECTIVES -- THE SUICIDE CAUCUS. YOU KNOW, I'M ALL FOR CHARGING THE BARRICADES, BUT YOU'VE GOT TO SHOW ME A WAY TO PENETRATE THEM. WE'RE SIMPLY SACRIFICING OUR TROOPS.

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      KRAUTHAMMER: THAT'S HOW THE JAPANESE APPROACHED WORLD WAR II -- LET'S DO PEARL HARBOR AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. It didn't work out too well. You've got to have a strategy and there never was one. People are saying Republicans are in retreat. They're not in retreat. There never was a way to abolish Obamacare now. I think, and I think the real irony of this, the thing that is really regrettable, is if we hadn't had the shutdown, if we hadn't had Pickett's Charge here, what would have been the headlines all week? All over the country?

      INGRAHAM: Failure of Obamacare.

      KRAUTHAMMER: Exactly. It would have been the biggest story -- the biggest economic, sort of, new product disaster since the Edsel, and we instead stomped on that story. And the whole point of defeating Obamacare is if you do believe, as I do, that it is inherently a disaster, a contradiction, a complication, a system that simply cannot work -- why would you step on the story of a disastrous launch which is a harbinger of where it's going? SO, INSTEAD WE'VE HAD THESE STORIES OF THE SHUTTING OF THE MEMORIALS AND THE KIDS WHO CAN'T GET THE CANCER TREATMENT AND ALL THAT. AND THAT'S THE IRONY OF GOING INTO A BATTLE WITHOUT HAVING A PLAN.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

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