Nov. 6, 2012 at 3:37pm with 1 note
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I’m sure this is a joke, but you have to think someone somewhere thought this.

I’m sure this is a joke, but you have to think someone somewhere thought this.

Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:39pm
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If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.
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For years, the national Republican party emboldened this wing of the GOP and made it the vanguard of its efforts to maintain national power. That group now holds ideological sway in the Republican party. In the naked pursuit of short-term partisan gain, the Republican party has unleashed forces that it can no longer fully control.

If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

A broad mandate this is not.

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For those of you who are still undecided at this point…

For those of you who are still undecided at this point…

5:27pm with 32 notes
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The single biggest surprise of this election: Mitt Romney got away with not releasing his tax returns.

Hey, I got reblogged for once! Sure it’s been by Conservative bloggers, but hey a reblog is a reblog. And yes, please continue with your nuanced and well-thought out responses.

Look, the Gov. didn’t have to release them (and yes, he released a couple of years, but not nearly as many as any other candidate in recent memory)- it was his choice. I’m just surprised that the Obama camp and the news media, which according to you guys is in Obama’s pocket, let it become a non-issue.

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Key and Peele - The Electoral College from Derp Derpington on Vimeo.

Key and Peele on the Electoral College

I’m going to go ahead and say it- right now, this is the funniest show on TV.

Oct. 28, 2012 at 7:50pm with 5 notes
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As Someone Who is a Mormon and on the Political Left why I will vote for Obama

I have begun a number of drafts and even a few completed essays (if you want to call them that) on this and related issues, but have not been happy with any of them as a whole. So here is my final attempt, made up of several unfinished essays of my “I’m a Left-leaning Mormon and I’m voting for Obama despite being Mormon and having issues with Obama.”

This is a unique situation for me, and perhaps that uniqueness requires far too much context. I am a Mormon. Romney and I share the same religion. However, we are culturally different. While we both went to BYU and served missions, and both wear those garments you are all so fascinated with (sorry to disappoint you but they aren’t magic. Rather they are outward expressions and reminders of promises I have made with God that are made sacred through my keeping those promises, not because of any inherent power) the similarities end after that .

One of the difficulties I have engaging with Mormon studies is that far too often it assumes a shared inner-mountain (ie. Utah ie. White) culture as Mormonism, at times superseding topics of religious concern. I felt far more at home as a Mormon in inner-city Washington D.C. than I did in Utah. Moving from suburban Portland to Salt Lake City was a bigger culture shock than moving from Brooklyn to Stillwater, Oklahoma.

On being a Left-wing/what-have-you Mormon

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Oct. 26, 2012 at 6:27pm
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Dwelling on the possibility that a company tangentially related to the Romney family may tamper with their own product distracts from the very real and far more insidious ways that conservatives are trying to manipulate the election. For starters, the Republican National Committee and state-level Republican parties hired a voter registration firm that is openly fabricating and even destroying voter registration forms. Though the Republican Party has attempted to cut ties with this firm, its operatives are still hard at work on its behalf. Besides these operations, Tea Party group True the Vote plans to dispatch hundreds of volunteer poll watchers whose only role is to try to discredit voters before they cast their ballots. Some local classes have been caught instructing these volunteers to challenge legal voters. If they could simply flip a switch on a machine to negate a voter’s choice, there would be no reason to push voter ID laws, purge voter rolls, disseminate misleading information, or threaten to fire employees if they don’t vote for Romney.

The rigged machines myth is not only distracting, but harms the effort to get out the vote. Conservative groups have been promoting vote suppression tactics for a reason: votes count. In Ohio, for instance, despite the Republican Party’s best efforts to restrict early voting hours, voter turnout is on pace to surpass 2008, with Obama leading among people who have already voted. Spreading the myth that the system is so corrupt that these votes don’t matter tells voters they may as well sit out the election.

Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:33pm with 2 notes
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Question: Why do news agencies use and focus on National polls when the president is not elected by a national vote?

It is a completely different race when you look at the state by state numbers. 

Oct. 8, 2012 at 5:17pm with 2 notes
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I saw a “Romney/Ryan” sign in the window of an apartment in a Gov’t funded elderly housing community today.

An instance of voting for ideology over self interest at work.

I haven’t been this struck by a contrast since the College Republicans started giving away free pizza.

Fun fact: Oklahoma actually has more registered Dems than Republicans (somehow), yet is the reddest state in the US (at least in terms of those who voted for Obama last election).

Jan. 28, 2012 at 1:06pm with 6 notes
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Remember when the GOP said Obama was an “elitist?” How is being an intellectual “elitist” when making probably 10 times more money in a year than I will make in my life  (hey, I can be optimistic) isn’t, and somehow the guy who’s making millions off consulting and lobbying in Washington is the “outsider?”
I think once you’re making tens of millions of dollars you have less in common with Americans in general. For someone that wealthy, and by definition elitist, there are very few people in the world that you can relate to, and a great deal of them aren’t American but other mega-rich business folks throughout the world.

Remember when the GOP said Obama was an “elitist?” How is being an intellectual “elitist” when making probably 10 times more money in a year than I will make in my life  (hey, I can be optimistic) isn’t, and somehow the guy who’s making millions off consulting and lobbying in Washington is the “outsider?”

I think once you’re making tens of millions of dollars you have less in common with Americans in general. For someone that wealthy, and by definition elitist, there are very few people in the world that you can relate to, and a great deal of them aren’t American but other mega-rich business folks throughout the world.

Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:58pm with 75 notes
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motherjones:

Need a list of the top 20 donors in the presidential race (so far)? Of course you do. But we’ll spare any suspense: 17 of 20 are Republican donors. And half the top 20 are multimillion-buck buddies of a certain GOP ex-Massachusetts governor. Golf, anyone?
More charts and intel here:
The 20 Biggest Donors of the 2012 Election (So Far)

motherjones:

Need a list of the top 20 donors in the presidential race (so far)? Of course you do. But we’ll spare any suspense: 17 of 20 are Republican donors. And half the top 20 are multimillion-buck buddies of a certain GOP ex-Massachusetts governor. Golf, anyone?

More charts and intel here:

The 20 Biggest Donors of the 2012 Election (So Far)

Oct. 5, 2011 at 6:04pm with 67 notes
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breakingnews:

Not running. “I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role  to help elect other true public servants to office,” Sarah Palin said in a statement announcing she won’t seek the GOP nomination.

I’m guessing she couldn’t let Chris Christie steal the “I’m not-running for President” spotlight. The question now is who does she “help elect.” She won’t endorse until it’s all over so she can dangle it for all the publicity she can manage, but right now I think she’d go for Cain. Seems like they’d agree on the most things right now. Would she want another veep bid? Would any candidate be that desperate?

breakingnews:

Not running. “I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office,” Sarah Palin said in a statement announcing she won’t seek the GOP nomination.

I’m guessing she couldn’t let Chris Christie steal the “I’m not-running for President” spotlight. The question now is who does she “help elect.” She won’t endorse until it’s all over so she can dangle it for all the publicity she can manage, but right now I think she’d go for Cain. Seems like they’d agree on the most things right now. Would she want another veep bid? Would any candidate be that desperate?