A birther invades an Oklahoma town hall

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It’s August and Congress is in recess. That means it’s time for the Tea Party crazies to take over Town Hall meetings. What will they complain about this time? (From TPM)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) was fielding questions at the event in Afton, Okla. when a woman asked him about “Obama’s identification.”

“Let me just stop you right there. You’re talking about the birth certificate?” Mullin said. “We lost that argument Nov. 6. We had four years to get that proven. We didn’t. We re-elected him. So that’s a dead issue.”

His answer prompted the woman to present documents produced last year by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio that purportedly showed Obama’s birth certificate is a “fraud.”

Birthers believe in a theory that has been debunked numerous times that Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore ineligible to be president.

When Mullin refused to take the papers, the woman stood before the crowd and detailed their contents….

The woman shouted over Mullin, decrying that Obama won’t “be held accountable to a crime that goes to the very root of what he’s doing to this Constitution.”

“He was a fraud, he got in,” the woman said as she stormed out. “He’s above the law.”

Why can’t a congressman just say, “Stop being an idiot,” to idiots? Sure, he’s a Republican and can’t say anything in defense of Obama at any time, but there’s no point in dealing with people who are so delusional they can only harp on fantasy. It’s not like this woman is going to vote for a Democrat. And it’s not like Mullin needs her out on the street campaigning for him, since having mouth-breathing ranters handing out your literature only turns off potential supporters.

Let’s see the “birther princess” in action:

Yeah. The birthers are still out there. But the Republicans let them thrive for the past four years and didn’t shut them up when everyone knew their argument was insane.

But there’s another thing to notice. There aren’t that many people at this congressman’s town hall. That can’t be a good sign for him if no one wants to hear what he has to say and crazy birthers don’t allow him to keep a meeting at least in this dimension.

By the way. I don’t see the argument that this incident proves Mullin is a birther. He admits it’s a non issue. The fact that he says, “I agree with you,” seems to be more of a “get out of my face” response than a “I know Obama is a Kenyan” acknowledgement.

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The GOP has a senior moment

Guess what. Republicans are pissing off another segment of the voting population (from the Carville-Greenberg Memo):

There’s something going on with seniors: It is now strikingly clear that they have turned sharply against the GOP. This is apparent in seniors’ party affiliation and vote intention, in their views on the Republican Party and its leaders, and in their surprising positions on jobs, health care, retirement security, investment economics, and the other big issues that will likely define the 2014 midterm elections. …

—In 2010, seniors voted for Republicans by a 21 point margin (38 percent to 59 percent). Among seniors likely to vote in 2014, the Republican candidate leads by just 5 points (41 percent to 46 percent.)

—When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives at the beginning of 2011, 43 percent of seniors gave the Republican Party a favorable rating.  Last month, just 28 percent of seniors rated the GOP favorably. This is not an equal-opportunity rejection of parties or government — over the same period, the Democratic Party’s favorable rating among seniors has increased 3 points, from 37 percent favorable to 40 percent favorable.

—When the Republican congress took office in early 2011, 45 percent of seniors approved of their job performance. That number has dropped to just 22 percent — with 71 percent disapproving.

—Seniors are now much less likely to identify with the Republican Party. On Election Day in 2010, the Republican Party enjoyed a net 10 point party identification advantage among seniors (29 percent identified as Democrats, 39 percent as Republicans). As of last month, Democrats now had a net 6 point advantage in party identification among seniors (39 percent to 33 percent).

—More than half (55 percent) of seniors say the Republican Party is too extreme, half (52 percent) say it is out of touch, and half (52 percent) say the GOP is dividing the country. Just 10 percent of seniors believe that the Republican Party does not put special interests ahead of ordinary voters.

—On almost every issue we tested — including gay rights, aid to the poor, immigration, and gun control — more than half of seniors believe that the Republican Party is too extreme.

If the GOP has lost the elderly, I don’t see how it can continue to survive.

And we’re at the verge of a government shutdown, where the blame is going to fall squarely on Republicans. Going into the 2014 elections, we could see the total collapse of a major American political party.

A concise explanation of GOP policy on women

Two things to consider concerning the Republican Party and women’s health issues.

This is what conservatives are doing today:

And this is what they want the future to be:

The above are “fantasy.” Here’s reality (from the Associated Press):

Abortion opponents have stopped handing out toy fetuses at the North Dakota State Fair.

State Fair General Manager Renee Korslein tells the Forum newspaper that fair officials were not aware that North Dakota Right to Life and other local chapters planned to hand out the toys during the fair parade on July 20 and later at fair booths.

Korslein says parade organizers may create an application for exhibitors to list what they’ll hand out for next year’s parade. She wouldn’t say whether North Dakota Right to Life would have been allowed to pass out the dolls this year if it had asked.

A federal judge earlier this week halted a law passed by the North Dakota Legislature that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

The GOP to the poor: Starve

The Republican House has hit a new low:

Republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on Thursday, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy recalcitrant conservatives but losing what little Democratic support the bill had when it failed last month. It was the first time food stamps had not been a part of the farm bill since 1973. …

The food stamp program, formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, was 80 percent of the original bill’s cost, and it remains the centerpiece of the Senate’s bipartisan farm bill. …

Representative Frank D. Lucas, Republican of Oklahoma, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said he would try to draft a separate food stamp bill “as soon as I can achieve a consensus.” But conservatives remain determined to extract deep cuts to the program — cuts that members of both parties in the House and Senate have said they cannot support.

This means no food stamps until the Republicans get their act together. And that’s been impossible.

People are going hungry in America. The poverty rate is rising because the GOP is doing everything in its power to undermine every social program promoted by President Obama.

Republicans want you to believe that food stamps are being abused by minorities. But the vast majority of people on food stamps are white. And they aren’t in the big cities. They’re in rural America, places that are Republican strongholds.

This was in The Washington Post this week:

Here, in the rural hills of Tennessee, is the latest fallout of a recession that officially ended in 2009 but remains without end for so many. More than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance, a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation’s poor.

You really have to read the full story (here) to fully understand the impact of today’s action by John Boehner and his minions. Poor people are going hungry. Things are getting worse. And the party that wants to give bigger tax cuts to the rich has just taken food out of the mouths of children.

Why this political party exists … why poor whites throughout America blindly follow the GOP when all it wants to do is destroy them … is beyond comprehension.

Oops: Get ready for the sequel

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Gub’ner Rick “Oops!” Perry announced today that he won’t seek a fourth term as the Texas chief executive in 2014. He’s held the post longer than any other governor of the state. That kind of suggests he’s getting ready to run for president in 2016.

I mean, he did so well the last time:

Stupid is as stupid does: Wear your tutu to work

The GOP in the West is keeping up with the party’s efforts to broaden its base and offer an open tent by offending everyone in sight (from the Spokesman-Review):

Idaho Republican Party leaders are calling on the state Legislature to invalidate local city ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — like the one Coeur d’Alene passed after an emotional community debate just two weeks ago.

Six Idaho cities have passed such non-discrimination ordinances in the past year and a half, and a seventh, Idaho Falls, is looking into one now; the Idaho GOP wants them halted. …

Cornel Rasor, a former Bonner County commissioner and chairman of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee, said, “I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu … he’s not producing what I want in my office.”

I’ve been working and hiring for a lot of years. So far, no one — straight or gay, male or female — has shown up for work in a tutu. People in Idaho must be kinkier than I thought if it’s happening there.

So how should we react?
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Let the skewering begin!

Stupid is as stupid does: the Marco Rubio edition

This pretty much says it all:

Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican behind the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, says he will not vote for the legislation he helped write and has staked his political future on, unless substantial changes are made before final Senate consideration.

How can you negotiate with these guys when they can’t even negotiate with themselves?