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  • elk_1l elk_1l Nov 5, 2013 10:47 PM Flag

    OT: Democrats Win Governor Races in New Jersey and Virginia

    Christie wins in big NJ!

    Well, ok, so he's technically still a Republican but, nevertheless, dickw, muzzzleddog, fraudleyzzz, ashcan, acehole, blindcricket, poleo, suretowin, etc., etc., seem to think that he is even worse than a RINO so that leaves him, in their eyes, as a Democrat, as far as we can see. Further, his victory will now get the moderate Republicans to finally bring out all their ammo and point all their big artillery at the RWNJs and Tea Party folks. Truly, it will now be time for the latter to grow some balls and either fight back and take over the GOP or, at last, get out and start their own party. Probably the latter, since they won't be able to bear Christie talking up his great qualifications to become President as all the moderate Republicans, including recent nominee Mitt Romney cheer him on.

    McAuliffe Wins VA

    Meanwhile, in VA a very slimy candidate managed to beat an even slimier candidate as Terry McAuliffe edged out the RWNJ and Tea Party hero Ken Cuccinelli. Granted Cuccinelli was running in the shadow of current Governor Invasive Ultrasound, Bob McDonnell, and was also hurt by VA voters clearly blaming, for very good reason, the Republicans (Ted Cruz and the Tea Party) for the Government shutdown.

    Still, the RWNJs and Tea Party folk might take some comfort if Cuccinelli loses by less than expected. And let's hope that is the case because it will give them some ammunition to fight back against the coming assault from the moderate Republicans and give them solid continuing hope for being able to tear apart the GOP. And God seed to them on this important mission.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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      THE RIGHT THINKS ANTI-GAY, ANTI-CHOICE CUCCINELLI WASN’T CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH

      Michelle Goldberg | November 6, 2013 | The Nation

      REPUBLICANS JUST LOST THE VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL RACE TO TERRY MCAULIFFE, A SMARMY, UNLIKEABLE CLINTON HACK WITH NEGLIGIBLE GOVERNING EXPERIENCE. THEY DID IT BY PUTTING UP KEN CUCCINELLI, AN ANTI-ABORTION ABSOLUTIST WHO ALSO WANTS TO BAN SODOMY, AND WHOSE RUNNING MATE, E.W. JACKSON, THINKS YOGA LEADS TO SATANISM. THIS, CLEARLY, IS GOING TO LEAD CONSERVATIVES TO RETHINK THE VALUE OF IDEOLOGICAL MAXIMALISM, AND TO SEEK MORE PRAGMATIC CANDIDATES IN FUTURE ELECTIONS.

      JUST KIDDING! ON THE RIGHT, CUCCINELLI’S LOSS IS BEING INTERPRETED THE WAY SUCH LOSSES ARE ALWAYS INTERPRETED: AS A RESULT OF INSUFFICIENT CONSERVATISM. Towards the end of the campaign, when it became clear that defeat was inevitable, RIGHT-WINGERS STARTED FLOATING THE IDEA THAT THE REPUBLICAN WAS SUFFERING BECAUSE HE WAS TOO SQUISHY. Writing in The Washington Post, Maggie Gallagher argued that Cuccinelli was losing because he wasn’t aggressive enough in his anti-abortion rhetoric: “Democratic charges of a Republican ‘war on women’ are predicated on the GOP’s self-imposed truce on social issues…When social subjects arise, GOP candidates go mute, retreat and change the subject.”

      SIMILARLY, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RICHMOND TEA PARTY TOLD BREITBART, “[C]ONSERVATIVES ARE HIGHLY CONCERNED ABOUT OBAMACARE, IMMIGRATION, AND MORAL DECLINE, AND ARE LOOKING FOR REASSURANCE AND LEADERSHIP IN THOSE AREAS. ATTORNEY GENERAL CUCCINELLI HAS NOT TAKEN A HARD STAND ON THOSE ISSUES. THE NET EFFECT IS THAT HE’S NOT EXCITING HIS BASE, WHICH DAMPENS CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER ACTIVISM.”

      In the wake of Cuccinelli’s loss, a slightly new version of this argument has arisen. Rather than blaming Cuccinelli’s ideological timidity, conservatives are faulting the GOP establishment for failing to champion truly conservative candidates. “REPORT: GOP Abandoned Republican Candidate,” Drudge tweeted Wednesday morning, referring to a complaint from a Cuccinelli strategist that the national party hadn’t come through with enough money.

      One the front page of National Review Online was a piece by Jonah Goldberg subtitled, “The establishment failed Cuccinelli.” The candidate, Goldberg wrote, “could have pulled this thing out if he’d had more help at the end.… The RNC treated him like a write-off.”

      ALL CUCCINELLI’S DEFEAT HAS DONE, THEN, IS CONVINCE THE TEA PARTY THAT IT NEEDS TO REDOUBLE ITS EFFORTS TO WIPE OUT IMPURITY IN THE REPUBLICAN RANKS. INDEED, LAST NIGHT, TEA PARTY NATION TWEETED, “TOMORROW THE WAR AGAINST THE #GOP ESTABLISHMENT IS ON, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TONIGHT.”

      Every so often, pundits will start wondering whether this or that defeat will lance the boil of Republican extremism. The answer is pretty much always no. If you want to know why, check out the social psychology classic When Prophecy Fails, by Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schacter:

      SUPPOSE AN INDIVIDUAL BELIEVES SOMETHING WITH HIS WHOLE HEART; SUPPOSE FURTHER THAT HE HAS A COMMITMENT TO THIS BELIEF, THAT HE HAS TAKEN IRREVOCABLE ACTIONS BECAUSE OF IT; FINALLY, SUPPOSE THAT HE IS PREVENTED EVIDENCE, UNEQUIVOCAL AND UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE, THAT HIS BELIEF IS WRONG; WHAT WILL HAPPEN? THE INDIVIDUAL WILL FREQUENTLY EMERGE, NOT ONLY UNSHAKEN, BUT EVEN MORE CONVINCED OF THE TRUTHS OF HIS BELIEFS THAN EVER BEFORE.

      THE AUTHORS, OF COURSE, WERE DISCUSSING MILLENARIAN CULTS, NOT THE MODERN CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. THAT, HOWEVER, IS NO LONGER A PARTICULARLY MEANINGFUL DISTINCTION.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Well, it's so sad for Cuccinelli and, as well, dickw, muzzzleddog, fraudleyzzz, ashcan, acehole, blindcricket, poleo, suretowin, etc., etc. Cuccinelli came soooo close it shows he could have won if Ted Cruz hadn't shut down the Government and gotten the Republicans, rightly, blamed for it while it also provided cover for the terribly flawed roll out of Obamacare. And once the shutdown was over Cuccinelli started to make up ground by attacking Obamacare but he just didn't have quite enough time.

      [It is rather incredible when you realize that without the RWNJ and Tea Party primary challenges in the last election the Republicans would have been in control of the Senate. That's enough to send a frightening shudder through any real American.]

      For Cuccinelli, of course, it was also true that the RNC gave him only 1/3 of the money they put into McDonnell's last successful election and the Chamber of Commerce and other big Republican donors failed to come through because they are now fed up with the antics of the RWNJs and Tea Party folk. That was also a major factor in Alabama District 1 where Bradley Byrne beat RWNJ and Tea Party hero Dean Young. The big Republican donors now think they lost control of the RWNJs who have moved on and into their own Fun House.

      Yes, the RWNJs and Tea Party folk have been abandoned, even more than Suri has been by Tom Cruise, so it looks like they will now have to grow some balls, if they can, and stand up and walk out and really, truly form their own official party.

      Still, Obama could make it very tough for them to do so. Obama could announce that he thinks it would be a very good thing to do and the Tea Party would benefit by standing up and officially forming their own party. OMG, what a conundrum that would throw them into, even if they thought he was right could they actually do something Obama was in favor of doing.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • And in NYC the biggest dem/lib/idiot of all is now Mayor-we are doomed to high crime, and everyone pulling the wool over his head like his wife the "Lesbian" (who doesn't know you're not a les if you marry a man) -but hey-he's a democrat! She's an Oreo and he's chocolate cream puff.

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      • Re: "And in NYC the biggest dem/lib/idiot of all is now Mayor-we are doomed to high crime, and everyone pulling the wool over his head like his wife the "Lesbian" (who doesn't know you're not a les if you marry a man) -but hey-he's a democrat! She's an Oreo and he's chocolate cream puff." by deme

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        WHAT TUESDAY’S ELECTION RESULTS REALLY MEAN

        Robert Reich Blog | NOVEMBER 6, 2013

        Pundits who are already describing the victories of Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey as a “return to the center” of American politics are confusing the “center” with big business and Wall Street.

        A FEW DECADES AGO MCAULIFFE WOULD BE VIEWED AS A RIGHT-WING DEMOCRAT AND CHRISTIE AS A RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN. BOTH GARNERED THEIR MAJOR SUPPORT FROM CORPORATE AMERICA, AND BOTH WILL RELIABLY GOVERN AS FISCAL CONSERVATIVES WHO WON’T RAISE TAXES ON THE WEALTHY.

        BOTH LOOK MODERATE ONLY BY CONTRAST WITH THE TEA PARTIERS TO THEIR EXTREME RIGHT.

        THE BIGGEST GAME-CHANGER, THOUGH, IS BILL DE BLASIO, THE MAYOR-ELECT OF NEW YORK CITY, WHO CAMPAIGNED AGAINST THE CORPORATIST LEGACY OF MICHAEL BLOOMBERG — promising to raise taxes on the wealthy and use the revenues for pre-school and after-school programs for the children of New York’s burdened middle class and poor.

        Those who dismiss his victory as an aberration confined to New York are overlooking THREE BIG NEW THINGS:

        First, the new demographic reality of America gives every swing state at least one large city whose inhabitants resemble those of New York.

        Second, de Blasio won notwithstanding New York’s position as the epicenter of big business and Wall Street, whose money couldn’t stop him.

        Third, Americans are catching on to the scourge of the nation’s raging inequality, and its baleful consequences for our economy and democracy.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Election Headlines

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      AGONY OF DEFEAT
      TEA PARTY DEALT BLOW IN CUCCINELLI LOSS

      Gov.-Elect McAuliffe Can Thank Women, Unmarried Voters

      Governor's Races In 2013-14 Offer Dems a Huge Opportunity to Retake Control of Some Key State Governments

      Republican Defeat in Virginia Well Earned

      Women Elected Virginia's Governor--Now What?

      Tea Party Favorite Loses Alabama Runoff

      New Yorkers Drop-Kick Michael Bloomberg And His Legacy Over The East River

      E.W. Jackson Falls Short

      Bill De Blasio Defeats Joe Lhota In Mayoral Race

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

      • 1 Reply to elk_1l
      • Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Ted Cruz all attack Chris Christie after his incredible major victory in New Jersey. President Obama calls him to congratulate him.

        Quite amazing that in a fellow GOPers moment of great victory the RWNJs can't produce even a poised semblance of decency.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • To be sure there is a potential silver lining in the sad VA race outcome that should comfort dickw, muzzzleddog, fraudleyzzz, ashcan, acehole, blindcricket, poleo, suretowin, and the other RWNJs and Tea Party folk even though the Dems also won the Lt. Governor's race and might yet, at this hour, squeak out a clean sweep by also winning the AG race.

      There is hope for a happy ending for Cuccinelli and McDonnell, in at least a personal sense, even though in coming court cases, involving the largesse both of them got from their Star Scientific CEO and generous friend Jonnie Williams, they are likely to curry court favor by testifying against each other as well as against Williams. When it all over both Cuccinelli and McDonnell are likely to end up in the same prison and maybe sharing the same cell. This will give them plenty of time to heal the wounds from stabbing each other in the back and allow them to re-establish their great mutual respect to go on to even greater achievements for the GOP or whatever party it becomes. God speed to them, also.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

      • 1 Reply to elk_1l
      • I am convinced now that you are a nut case elk ! Christie is a moderate Republican . I predict that Christie will be the next president of the USA ....... Virginia was a close race ... so this helps the GOP . Now here is the most important election story : Mike Duggan , a white dude , wins the Mayor election for the city of Detroit , Michigan !!! The first whitey to be elected mayor for the city of Detroit in over 40 years !!!!!!!! Something tells me that never again will the USA elect another president such as OBAMA ! Who by the way is not really an AFRICAN-AMERICAN . I predict the next president will be a White Woman such as Hillary Clinton , a fat white guy like Christie , or a latino like Rubio !!! But no more OBAMAS !!