Dear Democratic Party: Make No Mistake About It, Republicans Didn’t Win – You Lost

Harry ReidOver the next few days, anyone who follows politics is going to be inundated with all sorts of opinions and beliefs about what happened this election, why it happened, and what it all means.

In short, Democrats losing doesn’t mean a whole lot. Every six years typically the party that controls the White House loses seats in Congress. It happened during Reagan, Clinton, Bush and now Obama.


As we’ve all seen the last few years, control of the Senate doesn’t matter a great deal as long as Republicans controlled the House. And while controlling both chambers is clearly better than just one, the veto power ultimately lies with the president. It’s extremely difficult to get two-thirds of both the House and the Senate to vote to override a presidential veto. In fact, it’s only happened 110 times in our nation’s history and only 16 have been overridden since 1980 (Reagan 9, George H. Bush 1, Clinton 2, Bush 4, Obama 0).

Obama’s zero might look like a positive, but it’s actually not. It shows that during his presidency he’s dealt with a Congress that’s been absolutely incompetent and unwilling to get anything done. It’s maddening considering so many Americans are apparently “dissatisfied” with the president. When someone tells me that they’re not happy with President Obama, what they’re really telling me is that they have no idea how our government works.

Immigration is great example. Just over a year ago the Senate passed a bipartisan bill for immigration reform. A bill that President Obama said he would sign into law. But guess what? House Republicans refused to even let it come up for a vote. Now, tell me, whose fault is that?

Oh, that’s right, the party that just gained even more power in Congress.

I love the “goldfish mentality” of the American voter. Six years ago this nation was on the verge of complete collapse. The result of near complete Republican control during Bush’s presidency. So what did Americans do 6 years later? Gave power right back to the same party that led us head-first into the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

But make no mistake, Republicans didn’t win this year – Democrats lost.

We have a president who’s:

  • Created over 10 million jobs.
  • Authorized the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin.
  • Saved the American auto industry.
  • Presided over record stock levels.
  • Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion.
  • Set a record for consecutive months of job growth in our nation’s history.
  • Passed landmark health care reform that’s provided millions of Americans with health care.

And that’s the guy Democrats ran away from.


I’m not sure what jackasses controlling the Democratic party decided that they needed to run away from the president, but I hope all their asses are fired. I’ve never been more ashamed to be a Democrat than I was during this election. I’m a fighter; I might lose, but I damn sure won’t lose selling out to fear. I’ll stand by my conviction, what it is I believe in and if I lose, so be it. At the end of the day I lost fighting for my beliefs and staying true to myself.

Democrats lost running away from one of the most successful presidents in modern history because they didn’t have the internal fortitude to stand up and fight, proudly informing the American people of all the great things that have been accomplished these last 6 years.

If President Obama were a Republican, Americans wouldn’t be “worried about the economy” because Republicans wouldn’t be shutting up about its successes. And perhaps the saddest part of all of this is that most Americans don’t know about most of the achievements of the Obama administration I just listed. And you know why they don’t know about them? Because Democrats are too weak to stand up and proudly profess that yes, we did all of that

There’s no way in hell Republicans wouldn’t stand proudly, even arrogantly, next to one of their presidents if they had created over 10 million jobs (and counting) and they were the Commander-in-Chief who found and authorized the killing of the man responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths and the greatest terrorist attack on our nation’s soil.

My God, they would be pushing for a national holiday in his name.

Instead, Democrats ran away from him. If these idiots could manage to piece together even one coherent thought to realize something fairly obvious, doing so actually justified their opponents’ propaganda. Because why the hell would any voter that’s torn between two candidates vote for one who essentially agreeing with their opponent’s political rhetoric that the leader of their party has been a failure?

Not only that, President Obama is pretty much the most popular person in our government.

Even at a 40 percent approval rating his numbers dwarf those of Republicans, Democrats, Harry Reid or John Boehner. In fact, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Gallup favorability rating has hovered between 31 percent in 2010 to 23 percent this year.

And it’s like I said to people during this election, when these candidates turned on Obama, it ticked off the Democratic base who are still big fans of the president. Just how the hell were these cowardly Democrats planning to “energize the base” to vote for them, while acting like fools trying to avoid the president’s record that many these voters believed was something these candidates should have been boasting about? One of the many things I’ve learned in my years studying politics is that if a candidate can’t motivate and energize their base during an election, they’re not going to win.

And that’s exactly what we saw this year.

But the bottom line is, what did Republicans run on? That answer is simple: Absolutely nothing. Which is exactly what they’ve stood for since 2008.

So after all this Republican hoopla, and conservatives patting themselves on the back as they celebrate a massive victory for their party, a harsh reality looms for the GOP. A reality that includes a party platform that they didn’t run on. They ran against Obama, not for anything. The truth is, the crap that they stand for isn’t popular among most Americans. As soon as the American people learn more about the true GOP agenda (anti-gay, pro-religion, anti-women’s rights, anti-immigration, anti-Social Security, anti-Medicare, anti-minimum wage, pro-war), the sooner many of these Americans who voted for these Republicans are going to say to themselves, “Just what in the hell did I do?”

The bottom line is, Republicans didn’t win big this election year because of their party’s ideology – Democrats lost big because they ran from theirs.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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    Democrats who embraced Obama won, even in red states. I want that woman leading DNC fired. She is the one who encourage democratic candidates to stay away from popular President. I also want Pelosi and Reid to step down for good. They will hurt Democrat’s chance with Warren/Sanders by clearly favored unpopular Hillary Clinton for 2016 White House race. I also would like to see those who doesn’t embrace Obama to stay away from office as they clearly unfit to be real Democrat politician.

    My predictions for past four elections was surprisingly correct even if I don’t like it. My prediction before 2014 midterm are in two-ways. If Democrats retain the senate, Democrat would have better chance for 2016 Presidential race. If Republicans takes over… It’s direst bad news, Republicans will have better shot at the White House. It’s because they can consolidate the power to gerrymander the election and cheat their way into the White House much more easier.

    I’m dumbfounded at how badly gullible bimbo voters who really thought Republicans would give them a better shot at better lives. I got two highly skilled jobs (full time and more than living wage salaries along with epic benefits) in October, thanks to Al Franken’s senate bill. Mitch failed to filibuster it and it quietly passed Boehner’s House of Reps. President Obama signed it into law. I got two good paid jobs and a chance at good life because of Democrats, not Republicans.

    • kissyface

      I would love to see Warren win the Presidency but I am a realist and it would be impossible right now. There is no way Warren could win a national election right now. Our country is divided and no candidate on either extreme part of the spectrum will be electable. I am hoping another Obama will rise, if not we need to hold our nose and vote for Hillary because she is the lesser of evils

      • Avatar

        Good point. Senate Democrats will need Warren and Sanders more than ever. I cant fathom to allow pro-Wall St. and pro-corporationist Clinton to reside in the White House once again. We democrats aren’t into dynasty like Republicans are. They want yet another Bush in the White House. That is very dangerous for world to have Bush consolidate more power and more corrupt because Jeb intend to have his son running after he is done for two terms.

      • Terry

        I’d vote for Warren over Clinton anyday

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I also

      • phaz

        anyone but her how sad is it that we can’t find a young candidate with their pulse on reality clinton doesn’t have a clue what it means to be broke yet she claimed to be while working a job paying six figures.

      • See what I mean? Both Hillary and Warren suck but Hillary clearly has more experience and connections… Warren is an inexperienced know-nothing who lied her way through MA elections yet here’s a drone that admits he’d vote for her… dear god…

      • mariannmusings

        At this point, I’m ready to vote for Bernie!

      • sophie

        Warren is NOT an inexperienced “know-nothing.” That statement is ludicrous.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        he launched the ad hominem attack immediately, and so tossed any credibility he might have had (in his attempt to diminish the appeal of warren) right out the window.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        warren does NOT suck. and she’s very, very popular with millennials who are coming into their rights to vote.

      • Ryan Woods

        Millennials are trending libertarian, not socialist.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        actually, a recent poll of millennials by the non-profit reason foundation concluded that they are strongly liberal on social issues, but fiscally conservative. while 43% are democrats, 34% identify as affiliated with either major party, which is a very different thing than being libertarian. and it leaves a very small percentage — 23%, to be exact — who are republicans.

      • Ryan Woods

        You do realize that being socially liberal and fiscally conservative is the libertarian philosophy, right?

      • kim bunchalastnames

        i know that it’s supposed to be, but, really, those two goals don’t play well together. the group that (seems to me, at any rate) reflects the values of millennials most strongly is nader’s green party.

      • Ryan Woods

        Actually, they do play well together. When you think about it, social liberalism is limited government interference in personal lives. Such as abortion, gay rights and legalization of drugs. Fiscal conservatism is also limiting the role of government but in the the economic sector. Limited government is a conservative value.

        I tend to lean libertarian myself, but disagree with abortion being a valid choice based on the belief that life begins at conception. I believe Marriage should strictly be a private contract and government shouldn’t play a role either way and think drugs should be legal. The war on drugs has failed and does more harm than good. I vote against anything Democrat as they in no way reflect my values of limited government. Liberals want government to continue to define marriage and believe abortion is a valid choice when I consider it murder. We only tend to agree on drug laws. As a libertarian I am a registered Republican and always vote for the most conservative candidate. I never vote Democrat.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        first, i’d like to say … thank you for debating these issues with me so civilly. you’re the second person on this particular thread who has done so, and i appreciate that, and respect your right to your opinions. i’ll also say that i’m not sure i’m right — about anything, really. i try, though, to do the right thing, and to conscientiously strive to inform my beliefs and consider things as objectively as possible; and to learn from and listen to the people i don’t necessarily agree with, because to assume they are wrong and i am right is nothing more than vanity.

        having said all that … i don’t agree with your first point. lol. at least, i don’t agree with it when we use traditional models for comparison. imo, fiscal conservatives don’t vote to pay the price attached to social liberalism. as for what liberals want, i think that’s probably as wide a range of things as what conservatives want. as far as wanting the government to define marriage: frankly, i think it needs less definition, as long as it involves consenting adults. and i believe that a federal law protecting the right to marry the consenting adult of your choice isn’t MORE government, but just the opposite.

        your last point about abortion is much more personal to me. i was raped at 19 and became pregnant. from the moment the pregnancy was confirmed, i felt violated. i felt like i was being continually raped every waking moment of my life. i terminated the pregnancy, and, if i hadn’t, it might have terminated my sanity. it might have terminated ME. if i am judged a murderer by others for doing what i could to preserve myself, i would ask why my life meant so little, and the seed of a rapist meant so much. and, if an allowance is made in cases like mine — for the results of rape or incest — then … it’s not murder. and, if it’s not murder, than no pre-fetal abortion is murder. if no allowance is made, then the life of a woman means not just less than the life of a man, but less than the ejaculate a rapist leaves behind. that’s not a world i want any part of.

      • Ryan Woods

        Well, it’s true that “conservatism” doesn’t have one single definition. Taken literally, libertarianism is true conservatism as it conserves the role of government, or limits it in all aspects, including economic, social and militarily. Taken to mean conserve as conserve it’s original role that is somewhat subjective depending on the role of government you believe the founding fathers wrote in the Constitution and structured through federalism. In that aspect, I also believe libertarians represent the classical liberal and the modern liberal is today’s anti-thesis to that.

        As for you being raped, I am sorry to hear that. But let me ask you this, why is it ok to punish the child that is a result of the rape? The rapist should have been killed, not the unborn child. Furthermore, in no way shape or form should abortion be something that is tax payer funded. My response to your victimization would be capital punishment for the rapist and you given every single resource and support available for you to recover from what happened. Including adoption services if that is the course you choose to take. In no way shape or form does my opinion include women being less than a man. I defend all life and rights equally. I don’t see people as men, women, black or white but as people first. With that said, the only time abortion should be allowed is if the life of the mother is in danger based on the same principle of right to self-defense.

        Pro-Choice and Pro-life actually agree more than they disagree. We both agree abortion should not be legal once life has been defined. Thus, we only disagree on when life begins, not whether a woman should have a choice to kill their unborn baby if it is indeed alive. This is very clearly illustrated in the fact almost no one believes in late-term abortions. Why is that? Because even most proponents of Pro-Choice do not believe in abortion past the first trimester. Why is that? They believe at that point life has begun. Similarly, Pro-life proponents believe life begins at conception and therefore women don’t have a right to kill their unborn baby. Thus, the argument is not about men vs. women or women’s rights but about when life begins.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        the rapist was never caught. and if he had been, it would have made no difference: it was the early 1970s, and rape wasn’t considered that big a deal — unless you were the one raped. still, perhaps you didn’t understand me when i said i felt as if i was being raped every. single. moment. when i was pregnant with his child. it is a kind of violation that you cannot begin to imagine. i think that, if abortion had not been an available option for me, i would have taken my own life. in fact, that’s exactly what i considered doing when the pregnancy was confirmed. it WAS self-defense. i won’t argue against funding abortion through taxes. in a perfect world, none of us would have to pay for anything that goes profoundly against our own morals. that would mean i wouldn’t have given a single penny to wage war in iran. however, the world is not perfect, and my tax dollars have paid for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in those area. hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children: “collateral damage.” the “wages of war.”

        as far as the point when life begins — i consider it to be when an infant is no longer previable. until then, it is no more “alive” than a tumor is.

      • Ryan Woods

        The rapist not being caught doesn’t change my opinion. I also heard what you said about your emotional problems. That also doesn’t change my opinion. Emotional distress doesn’t give someone the right to murder. The only thing that can change a Pro-lifers opinion is if you were to convince us that life does not begin at conception. The right to kill someone is only acceptable for the purpose of self-defense, which is why the only acceptable time to have an abortion is if the mothers life was in danger. Your life was not in danger. Engaging in any other debate other than when life begins is a futile argument. I disagree that an unborn child is nothing more than a tumor before the third trimester.

        That does not mean, however, I do not deeply sympathize with your situation. That is why I said we, as a society, should extend every possible resource and support to you, including adoption if you chose that.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        i thank you for your continued graciousness. again, we disagree, and again: my life was endangered. if this was a private conversation, i would give you more details. perhaps they wouldn’t change your mind, but they might have added some dimension which you cannot, now, perceive. however, i have reason to regret saying as much as i have already, and so, instead, i’ll just bow out. again, thank you.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        what exactly are ” conservatives” trying to conserve? please be specific in your answer

      • Jim

        If you vote for the Republican candidate you must be part of the technological bourgeoisie and you can be outsourced just like punch press operator’s jobs. Sorry about that. Just remember how Ayn Rand ended up having to use Social Security and lie about. She was ignored by the Koch’s.

      • A J Sharp

        Those two goals don’t play well together? Since when? It’s pretty simple . . . “socially liberal” means you believe in freedom for individuals on social issues. “Fiscally conservative” means you believe in freedom for individuals on economic issues. So if you believe in freedom for individuals generally, you are essentially libertarian (or maybe an anarchist).

        It’s simply a matter of begin consistent in your beliefs. Democrats/liberals believe in freedom for individuals on social issues (or at least they used to) but not on fiscal issues (as they want the government to control everything economically), while Republicans/conservatives believe is freedom for individuals on fiscal issues but want the government to control everything socially.

        The only philosophies that actually ARE internally consistent are some form of dictatorship (government controls everything) and libertarianism/anarchism (individuals are free).

      • kim bunchalastnames

        no, it isn’t that simple. as in everything else, there are shades of grey. “socially liberal” also means that you’re willing to expend resources to help the members of society who can’t help themselves. “socially liberal” means you’re more inclined to support bills that will invest more federal money into public schools and other programs aimed at bettering our overall national lifestyle. and there’s the rub.

      • A J Sharp

        It’s easy to be liberal with other people’s money (just as, from the Republican/conservative side, it’s easy to be “liberal” with other people’s rights). Anyone who is “socially liberal” is free to “expend resources” to help others, but will have only his own resources to expend (or those he can voluntarily raise from others).

        And of course there is no agreement on what would “better our overall national lifestyle” (whatever that could possibly mean, although public schools might be the first item I would exclude as having any possibility of making anything better for anyone.

        Any improvement in one person’s “lifestyle” accomplished by taking money from someone else results in a decrease in that other person’s “lifestyle.” There’s no such thing as “federal money” — it first has to be taken from the person who owns it.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        actually, at this point, i’m not sure what you’re disagreeing with. in fact, i agree with you that we’ll never all agree on what constitutes the betterment of our overall lifestyle, because that debate would encompass volumes, and the comments section on a website simply isn’t the place. as far as i can tell, you just made a case for my point that social liberality and fiscal conservatism don’t work well together, except, perhaps, in the libertarian party. however, the parties that are in power and comprise almost all of the country’s voters aren’t libertarian. ergo, the objectives of the libertarian party are manifest in neither the executive, the legislative, nor the judicial branch of the federal government.

        on issues like federal funding for public schools … we’re going to disagree. i always get a little tired of hearing the fiscally conservative whine about me spending their money. chances are pretty good that i’ve paid as much or more into taxes as anyone else on the board, and that means that money’s also mine. just another poster stated elsewhere in this thread, both of my kids are grown and won’t be going to public schools anymore. UNlike that other poster, though, i don’t think that means i shouldn’t support education with my tax dollars. i think the future is a good investment, and i want the doctors, accountants, store owners, lawyers, et cetera, ad nauseum, in my future to be well educated. our public school system needs some drastic overhauling, but isn’t going to get it because of fiscal conservatism. and anyone who thinks a (yes! socialized!) public school system can’t work hasn’t done a lot of research on the subject, which, given the state of our school system, isn’t surprising. *shrugs*

      • A J Sharp

        I think it’s great that you’ve paid lots of taxes and agree that it should be spend on these programs. However, the tax money isn’t “just as much yours as mine.” Some of it’s yours, and some of it’s mine. You want it spent that way, you are free to do so. I don’t want mine spent that way, I’m free not to do so. Oh wait, except I’m not, because of the “socially liberal” people who fund their desires at my expense at gunpoint, literally.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        And, in the main, being socially liberal is outwardly directed, whereas modern-day self-described “conservatives” are ultimately self-directed: “my rights, my speech, my money.”

        It’s a dichotomy between “you, we and us” and “I, me and mine,” and few beyond the very loud and very angry fit either extreme exclusively.

      • Jim

        They’re fools.

      • RDA

        Lies. You obviously know nothing about Warren.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        sam knows that she frightens regressive republicans

      • SophieCT

        Did you vote on Tuesday? In a red state?

      • Terry

        If I lived in a red state, I’d make sure I’d vote just to piss off the Republican Party and help others vote as best I can

      • SophieCT

        I would as well but that was not my point at all.

      • Terry

        I live in a pretty blue state of NY, but no matter where I live, I will make it a point to ALWAYS VOTE and help others to do so too!

      • Blondmyk

        Would you all vote for Sanders though, because he really IS entertaining the thought of a Whitehouse run?

      • felipe63

        I would vote for Bernie.

      • Avatar

        Sanders is my Senator whom I voted for. I’m damned proud of this old dude. He’s entertaining because he can. And if he runs, I don’t have to follow campaigns because he would automatically have my vote. Hillary doesnt

      • I don’t like the guys ideas but he seems like he’s willing to debate and that says more than Clinton or Pelosi… who are like deer in the headlights

      • regressive teaparty trash

        that’s because U are a regressive republican cretin

      • phaz

        YES love him and what he stands for clinton needs to learn to pass the torch and mentor the next person and stop being so power hungry and selfish.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        While I know it would be quixotic, I’d proudly and loudly vote for a Warren/Sanders or Sanders/Warren ticket. And I’d not run away from saying so to any bagger or emo within earshot.

        So there.

      • DAngelo136

        Why is a Warren run “quixotic” but a Rand Paul run totally rational?

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Ummm… you sure you want to ask that of me? I defy anyone so bored to parse through my Disqus commenting history and find even one comment wherein I expressed any support for Rand Paul for anything.

        And it’s quixotic about a Sanders and/or Warren run, as they don’t offer simplistic answers to complex questions. People will tune them out, or view each of them through the media lens of misinformed accusations of “Marxist.” While I’ve tried to avoid calling the majority of my paisanos stupid, it’s helpful to remember Carlin’s admonition:

        Think of the most average person you know, and remember that means half the population is dumber than that person.

      • William P. Homans

        Rand’s run wouldn’t be rational, he would be out of the primaries soon if he went straight by Libertarianism, but– oops! Waitaminnit– he already deviated radically from that recently, so maybe he would be spineless enough to appeal to the American people, lolol…

      • Guest

        Who said a Rand Paul run would be rational?

      • HankReardon

        Baggers and emo…that is hilarious $hit from the tolerant left.

      • if any one were more pro big business and wall street than Obama they would be chairman of the board. We got the half ass heath reform and he sold us down the river to wall street. He also has been in bed with Monsanto from day one.

      • schwarherz

        Monsanto isn’t some demon. They’re a seed company for fuck sake. Seriously. Lay off them already. Also you realize that the “half-ass” health reform was the result of compromising with republicans right? It WAS a much better reform, then the sensible people in congress had to compromise with the know-nothings in order to pass it, creating the mess we have which, by the way, still works and is still better than we had.

      • bailey

        Monsanto is a demon they will make it so you will have to buy their patented hybrid seed. Obama fell for the big money lobbyists when it came to health care he should have gone with the public option. And then we have politicians trying to make us a nanny state by removing sport names and arresting kids for chewing a sandwich in the shape of a gun.

      • William P. Homans

        I am offering 3-1 odds that if Hillary Clinton is nominated, she will be President. This nation has no vision beyond quarterly bottom lines. Hillary’s a devil we know, a slightly lesser evil, only saved by the fact no one is talking about– that the only Republican with enough stature to run against Hillary will not do it, and that is Colin Powell. Hillary’s going to win, I’m accepting action.

        Bring the troops home, bank the money saved on sheer logistics of keeping ’em out there in harm’s way (heck, invest it in crucial physical, social and cultural infrastructure!), and just tell the world, “Okay, we’ve gone home. We’ll swat any fly that tries to follow us. Y’all do what you want to each other.”

        Purty simple conservative stuff. Stop spending money you don’t have on things and people that you do not love and that assuredly do not love you. Also, don’t try to wage war on people who believe in committing suicide in the act of blowing you up as a fitting culmination of their religious faith.

        Inevitably there will be an earthquake somewhere near the northeast coast of Honshu. When that happens, we will see if America has the right kind of President– and people.

      • mariannmusings

        Love Hilary, but I don’t even want her as a candidate! Say NO to Hillary. Let her enjoy her grandchild and what time she has left. She would NEVER get elected. She has way too much baggage that would be a never ending battle denying her past instead of flaunting her ideas for Presidency. And look what the republicans did to the democrats. All they would have to do is repeat Benghazi over and over and over, just like they did with Obama’s democrats this election and everyone would start to believe it! No, absolutely not Hillary! We need some new upcoming fresh face! I don’t know who that is, but he/she better start yelling real loud and clear NOW! Times a wastin! Does anybody know a democrat that acts like Bernie Sanders?

      • SophieCT

        Yes, we know those Democrats: McGovern, Kucinich, Mondale. They all have something in common.

      • soflofun

        Oh good, you guys are promoting two socialists to become leaders of the democrat party. My prayers are with you, The rest of the country needs to see what progressives truly want for this country. Have you thought about moving to France, it’s beautiful over there.

      • Avatar

        #1. You don’t know what socialist means. Don’t try and debate it with me.

        #2. Republicans in D.C. are far more socialists only for themselves.

        #3. Current French government is largely made up of right wing who hates Obama. Duh.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        progressives favor … progress. and i don’t know any who won’t declare what they truly want for this country. in fact, i’m a progressive, and i’ll do it right now: equal rights. equal pay for equal work. a minimum wage that will allow people to live and to support their families. a solid school system. access to affordable health care. a social security system that is actually secure. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for each citizen, regardless of color, gender, politics, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion. essentially, pretty much all the same things that the progressives like thomas jefferson and ben franklin wanted. and if you think that’s out of line, perhaps you’re the one in the wrong place.

      • near

        Who decides equal pay for equal work in your utopia? I agree with a lot of what you say, besides social security, but is it worth giving the government power so either party/ideology can abuse it at the national level? The Republicans have shown that control of the local legislators is extremely powerful in undermining federal programs let’s focus the base on those elections.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        it’s not “my” utopia. it is the logical progression (there’s that pesky “progress” again!) of the vision upon which this nation was founded. nonetheless, i suggest that the law require that each company propose a specific basic wage for each job title, adjusting it upwards in percentages to account for differences in demonstrated experience and education. regular job evaluations, discussed with and signed by the employee evaluated, tracks abilities and success to determine raises.

        i’m not sure why you ask me this and then suggest we focus on local elections, unless i misread your last statement. and that’s entirely possible, because i’m not sure i understand what you were trying to say. i have a question for you, though: what is it that you disagree with about “keeping social security secure”? to be certain i’ve made myself clear on that stance, i’m saying that: social security is OUR money. we’ve all paid into it over the years. it’s NOT the goverment’s to borrow from, or take. if it IS loaned to them, that loan shouldn’t be interest-free; it should be paid back at fair market value.

        last, i know that what i wish for this country isn’t going to be what we get. there are two many people and too much margin for error in any system of government — even, or perhaps especially, at local levels. that doesn’t mean i’ll quit wishing for it, or working toward it.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        I’m completely off topic, but I just wanted to jump in and say your nick gave this old fart a bit of a giggle… and, trust me, I may chortle on occasion, as well as chuckle, and there’s the rare guffaw, but I seldom giggle. {*grin*}

      • kim bunchalastnames

        they’re in short supply these days, so giggle up. ;D

      • near

        I brought up local elections because I assumed that law would drive the equal pay part of the vision. Does the law that you propose not already exist in common practice; my current job I was offered a wage based off my education, abilities, and was told how advancement, both monetarily and by title, would work. I was able to look up comparable job titles at websites and compare my offered salary to living expense in my area. I could see a law requiring publicly traded companies to post the average and standard deviation of each job title that they employee and having a government website to better bench mark my offer.

        I would love for social security to be secure, but given the reproductive tendencies of Americans I don’t believe we can ever make it fully secure. I list my issues below, but would rather have government mandated retirement packages from employers than Social Security as it exists today.

        My issue with social security is that many projections do not give back Millennials what they will put into the system and the Gen Z has an even poorer forecast. If Social Security were truly going to paid out with interest it would not model a Ponzi Scheme when described at its most basic level. I feel that at this point Social Security should be divided up and go back to the people who put into it at the ratio they put into it. I believe that we have enough other systems (medicare, medicaid, food stamps, the ACA) to pick up the slack.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        i’ll think about what you’ve said, and reply to you after i’ve considered your points. before i do so, though, i just want to thank you for engaging so civilly in a discussion about political differences. it’s dialogues like this that challenge my own perceptions, and give me hope. it seems as if, more and more, neither side of any debate is willing to listen to the dissenting voice — and what moves us all forward, i think, is when we stop and do so.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        okay, i’ve cogitated. lol. first, equal pay. i’m glad you work in a place/for a company/in a field which provides it without being compelled by law to do so. the same is not true, however, for many others: walmart retail sales clerks being a recent issue that comes to mind. the paycheck fairness act, that would eliminate secrecy regarding wages and narrow the wage gap (where it exists) between equally skilled and experienced women and men was unanimously blocked by senate republicans.

        second, i agree with you, almost, about social security. i think the system needs a complete overhaul. my only reservation regarding your argument is the immediate impact it might have on the elderly, who, in many cases, depend solely on social security for their lives. i don’t believe there are enough funds — and i don’t for a hot second think that republicans would vote to add any — in the programs you’ve suggested as alternatives, such as food stamps. how will these people, most of whom worked all their lives and paid into social security, pay their other bills? how would they be able to buy new shoes, or pay their electric bill, or, in the case of those who use oil, their heating expenses in the winter?

      • soflofun

        so now we need a MINIMUM wage that will support a family. So, what, custodian at the local high school should make 45-50Kthat would mean we need to bump the educated teachers up to, what, 80 or 90K. And now the principal need 150-200 to manage these high paid educators. I think you probably have a lot of good thoughts there, but we still don’t have affordable health care and social security keeps getting raped by the legislators on both sides. And keep in mind, not everyone thinks “your” progress is progress, keep an open mind to others ideas.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        it’s funny, isn’t it, how people who do the least — celebrities, professional athletes, CEOs of corporate conglomerates — rake in an obscene amount of money, while the people who actually work their asses off (teachers, for instance; firefighters; policemen; rank-and-file members of the armed forces; small, independent farmers) not only aren’t paid adequately for the very important work they do, they’re used, sneeringly, as examples of people who shouldn’t be paid more. i’m not saying that janitors should be paid in annual sums approaching six figures, but it’s hard work, and respectable. if it wasn’t performed, in what condition would our institutions of learning be? a decent, living wage is not an unreasonable amount to ask for in return; your inflated numbers are kind of a straw dog. *shrug* … and, for what it’s worth, i DO keep my mind open to the ideas of others. that’s why i’m a liberal. my father was, and both brothers are, very conservative, and were raised to be so. i’m the one who changed my views, based upon my own experience and observations. again, maybe you’re the one who ought to reconsider your stance.

      • soflofun

        You’ll grow out of that liberal thing, don’t worry.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        i’m sure that was kindly meant, as so many of the comments on internet forums are, but i doubt it. at the age of 58, i’m a bit set in my ways. 🙂

      • regressive teaparty trash

        prayers??? that’s begging– we do not beg non existent “gods” for help– we take action
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        perhaps U can ” pray” to your voodoo religion to help an amputee?

      • Faceplant

        Be thankful that most people in the democratic party don’t go around spouting garbage like that – Its great that you have your beliefs, but unaccepting trash like that is just as ignorant as any other belief in this nation. Learn to disagree in constructive ways.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        (a) U are a brand new profile; ergo U do not count as anyone who I want 2 expostulate with ( B) since the crybaby regressive repub Tea Party wants out FREEDOM OF SPEECH so much; perhaps U might recognize this here & now (c) who says I don’t ” accept” the religious right to believe such “meirda del toro”? Besides; PRAYING is BEGGING as ”god” doesn’t need some finite being such as man to tell “god”/ask “god” what to do. (d) might U also go after the aspersive post that “soflofun” wrote above?
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        bottom line? ” habraza me cula” and enjoy my telling U 2 go play with your troll self

      • soflofun

        scumbag

      • regressive teaparty trash

        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,did U faw down again an’ go BOOM???

      • For My Liberty

        You have to be kidding me….You WANT Socialism? WTH…do you UNDERSTAND that the State or Gov are who “Determine” your needs? that you own NO PRIVATE Property? NO land, House, Car….you OWN NOTHING… *SMH* I guess Ignorance IS Bliss..

      • bybye

        I really don’t think this author message is really what you are ranting about.. Analyze it with common sense, and read it again and analyze what is there. I don’t see any Socialism there. Humm.. he is talking about his own people not supporting him.

      • For My Liberty

        Although the “Author” may not be wanting it…it IS what the Progressives want..and what they have been working towards since FDR….read your history…. The Democratic party of today is NOT the party it used to be, NOR does it even try to hide that fact. Several “Dems” belong to the Socialistic party….google it..

      • classicalmusiclover

        Yes ,because Google has no confirmation bias built into its search engine.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        and, of course, ever single site it searches — based upon the input those sites have provided to it — are scrupulously honest.

      • CJ Pomerantz

        Also what you just described is not socialism. it’s communism. Learn your isms.

      • For My Liberty

        The ONLY difference between Communism and Socialism …is ONE is FORCED on you, and the OTHER is entered into “Willingly”…LEARN YOUR ‘sim’s Do you even UNDERSTAND what “Progressives” WANT? Warren makes NO bones about it…WHAT do you think “Redistribution of Wealth” is all about?

      • Gary Menten

        Man, do you ever put a lot of baloney into one short paragraph.

      • Pipercat

        Heaped on some extra mustard too!

      • Gary Menten

        He should open up a deli, somewhere shouldn’t he?

      • Pipercat

        Beirut…

      • Pipercat

        Lupins!

      • William P. Homans

        Well, I certainly hate the fact that in this country we have socialized gambling but no socialized medicine.

        “Powerball – Map

        Powerball
        Sign up to have the winning numbers sent directly to your e-mail address. America’s favorite lottery is played in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, … All winning tickets must be redeemed in the state/jurisdiction in which they are sold.”

        Probably the Marianas, Okinawa, and American Samoa, too.

        Far’s your understanding of what socialism is, well, I ‘spect you better do a l’il more readin’. Or travelin’. Norway ‘n Denmark ‘r socialist, and people there git to own stuff.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        “shouting” doesn’t make what you’re saying any truer. it just makes you harder to read.

      • For My Liberty

        Is that right? Just goes to show how people like you believe the lies of the Left…..FYI….

        SOCIALISM….

        Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.

        The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which the means of production are collectively owned but a completely classless society has not yet been achieved.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        It seems that those who most loudly trumpet such things as you have are either independently wealthy and terrified we’re all out to get your stuff, or they’re the delusional who are just one lottery ticket or PCH letter away from sipping Dom Perignon in the Hamptons…

        Most other people of reason are aware that we do not, nor have we ever had a society here without certain social agreements and contracts, and that depending upon a private billionaire CEO to solve all our issues out of the goodness of her/his heart is rather naive.

        We are, at least in the majority, not hyperindividualist cabin-dwellers. We are social creatures, we, while we each die alone, are born into community.

        BTW… check the mirror, buddy… I think your hair’s on fire.

      • schwarherz

        I’m a socialist and, you know what, I have absolutely no problem with me having less to make sure everyone has at least a little. “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.”

        I find it funny when capitalists try to argue with people who do actually agree with socialism by using the asinine statement “they’ll be taking your stuff!” As if we cared about that anyway. What we care about is the well-being of humanity, in general. Not the state of our own pocket books compared to someone else.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        of course, few people advocate the marxist-leninist theory, and that hasn’t been suggested here, but don’t let that stop you from regurgitating the same thing, over and over.

      • For My Liberty

        GOT that? “Collectively owned”….”Centralized Government”….”Controls” ….What I said above IS what Socialism is…..and here is another.

        Definition: Socialism is a political term applied to an economic system in which property is held in common and not individually, and relationships are governed by a political hierarchy. Common ownership doesn’t mean decisions are made collectively, however. Instead, individuals in positions of authority make decisions in the name of the collective group. Regardless of the picture painted of socialism by its proponents, it ultimately removes group decision making in favor of the choices of one all-important individual.

        NO PRIVATE PROPERTY…..got it?

      • DAngelo136

        We are a socialist nation. Need proof? What are the first 3 words of the U.S.Constitution?

      • kim bunchalastnames

        cherry-picking wikipedia definitions doesn’t make you right. it makes you far right. lol. here. here’s a piece of the same article for you: “Misuse of the term

        Particularly in the United States, the term ‘socialization’ has been mistakenly used to refer to any state or government-owned industry or service (the proper term for such being either nationalization or Municipalization). It has also been applied to any tax-funded programs, whether privately run or government-run. The term ‘socialized’ is usually used in a pejorative sense, most commonly in reference to publicly funded health care programs (See: socialized medicine).[10]

        It is important to note that in economic and Marxist terminology, publicly funded or even state-run, universal healthcare services would not constitute a ‘socialist’ industry because the employees (workers) do not own their means of production and participate in the management of their enterprise. Furthermore, a majority of universal healthcare programs in Western countries are privately owned health and pharmaceutical firms that operate for a profit but receive public subsidies in the form of public insurance plans or tax-financed insurance.”

      • crabjack

        That’s not even communism – it’s more like what happens when capitalism runs amok.

      • kissyface

        obviously you do not know what socialism is. what you just described is communism. you may want to take a civics class and learn the difference

      • Paul Julian Gould

        And there are and have been many variations on socialism and communism throughout history, long before Karl Marx was born… Not all socialists see such as a step towards communism, and not all communism owes its existence to the thought of Marx and Engels.

        For all the dissing they get from the right wing in this country, most Europeans have found Social Democracy to be a workable situation… Letting government do those things it was designed to do, paying people enough for their professions that they can afford the higher taxation that pays for the benefits they love. The group of folks that were and are convinced that suffering and pain are redemptive and instructive (at least for other people) are the cultural Calvinists that couldn’t deal with the general public even back then, so maybe it’s that.

      • Anonymous

        So what I’m from what I’m reading you don’t drive on public roads or support public schools?

      • For My Liberty

        I PAY taxes for schools…know how much Farmers have to pay every year for Personal Property taxes for that??? Several THOUSAND a YEAR….what if you have NO KIDS? What if your kids are GROWN? You STILL pay until you die..and then pay more!

        “Public roads”? FYI Einstein….for EVERY gallon of Gas you purchase…about 50 CENTS is State and FEDERAL taxes….they are SUPPOSED to go towards roads and bridges…but instead are blown on shit like shrimp on a treadmill….

      • Paul Julian Gould

        By the way, just sayin’ your mixed case comments here, if verbalized would begin to sound like a Sarah Brightman aria…

      • DAngelo136

        ” Taxes are what we pay for (a) civilized society…” Oliver Wendell Holmes. Of course, they don’t pay taxes in Somalia, they call it “ransom”. Take your pick.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        so you think, what — only people with children should support the school system? those are your future doctors, or lawyers; those are the people from whom you’ll buy the things you need; those are the people to whom you’ll sell the things you produce. do you really want them to be uneducated and untrained? if your children are grown, do you want them to live in a world run by others who haven’t been adequately taught? my kids are grown. and i have paid PLENTY of taxes to support the school system since, and i’ll continue to do so. and i’ll also continue to vote for things like pay increases for teachers, or improvements to schools, because i know this entire world, or even just this nation, isn’t about ME ME ME. i don’t want my kids, or their children, or their children’s children, to suffer because those who are woefully short-sighted wouldn’t contribute to a future that we all share. (and before you dismiss me as elite or a socialist: i’m from a farming family in kentucky. we have been farming there since the early 1800s. you’re not the only one who can play that card. *shrugs* )

      • Never calls police either, just guns em down if any one knocks on the door. No ambulance if spouse and/or kids hit by another car. Nor Fire Department to put out any fire any where. “Conservatives” psycho-babbling about “socialism” are a sad lot to be pitied for their stupid ignorance.

      • Robert Silver

        Not only do you need to learn your isms but also your history and what the true composition is of this nation and “liberty” you love so much. Get off the ideological train and deal with reality rather than jingoisms. (There’s another ism for you. Google it like the rest of your education.)

      • reggie

        Another idiot who doesn’t know the difference between socialism and communism. I know you conservatards aren’t big on that fancy book learnin’, but give it a try.

      • phaz

        so then you plan on forgoing your social security and medicare then right, huh I doubt it

      • chromeandglass

        You have to have a mixture of socialism and capitalism because neither of them work by themselves.

      • buricco

        Thank you, couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Edward S. Gault

        You’re thinking of Soviet-style Communism. In a socialist economy, like the one Sweden has, you can own your house and car. You can even have a small to medium size business – It is the large enterprises, like utilities, that are nationalized. Yes, you would pay a lot in taxes there, but you would get a lot in return too – like decent healthcare and a living wage (and out of curiosity, what is the meaningful difference between the government “determining” what my needs are on the one hand, and my private employer making the determination? – companies like Walmart aren’t even paying a living wage anyway!). The interesting thing to me is that the Swedes don’t call themselves “socialist”, they just take of their citizens. This can be confusing ~ the Soviet Union called themselves *Socialist*, but actually ran a communist economy like the one you described, – and their human rights record was criminal. In fact they have been called “Red Fascists”.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        And, actually, the Soviet Union was authoritarian and autocratic. They used the writings (actually misused) of Marx, Engels and Lenin as props, much like the American right wing does with the Bible.

        But it was not communist by any means. The PRC, on the other hand, has at times tried to live out the teachings of Marx (I say this without a hint of approval… Marx was as much an idealist as the most rigid American Evangelical Protestant, died in poverty, and never realized his ideas really only work with small groups… e.g., the early Christian church, the Israeli kibbutzim, and so forth). But the PRC is an authoritarian, autocratic, corporatist piece of work, as much as the USSR and as much as N. Korea.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        if, as you say, ‘Ignorance IS Bliss…” then you must be very happy. btw, credit unions are a form of socialism, as are libraries, public museums, national parks, as the public school system. where you might consider spending more of your time.

      • Sandy Pfaff

        Are you talking about Warren the American Native when she was going through college to get free college tuition but yet was only Caucasion in the end..THAT Elizabeth Warren…sure Democrats need more deceiving Liberal socialist idiots to run their party for them…hahaha..you never grow mentally do you?????

      • kissyface

        real mature and enlightening reply

      • Pipercat

        When you have nothing else..

      • For My Liberty

        Yeppers, that is THE Warren they are all talking about…Isn’t it funny when you bring up crap on Dems, that you get called immature? Hmmm….does that mean what they did and said to Palin, Cain, and other Conservatives was mature?

      • John Jamison

        Sandy Plaff Sounds like the kind of ideas that get sucked up into a vacuum

      • alvdh1

        I suppose that would be as opposed to socialism for the rich.

      • DAngelo136

        Yes Sandy, she lied about being a Native American. By the way, where was Lt.Bush during the time he was supposed to be with the Texas Air National Guard? Oh, and how about the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” that Saddam Hussein had in Iraq? How about how tax cuts for the wealthy result in increased revenues? I think the people of Kansas would like to see how that one works. “Liberal socialist idiots” as opposed to “Conservative fascist morons”? Or how about “Incompetent conservative boobs”? and “Lying conservative jerks”?See, works both ways.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice how scuzball sandy didn’t reply to that?

      • phaz

        I will not hold my nose and vote for the family that deregulated banks, wrote nafta and fast track which sent good jobs oversees. And morally I have nothing in common with. Dems better get it together and fire their leadership right now and start buidldng one that can find us a fresh face I can support because if not then we loose the WH also I am not going to compromise period.

      • kissyface

        so Hillary is responsible for Bill’s Presidency? so glad you judge people by the actions of others

      • Huh?

        Don’t be obtuse. Hillary loves claiming credit for Bill’s presidency when she finds it convenient for her. Count the amount of times she has said “when WE were president.”

      • kim bunchalastnames

        i can understand how you feel, actually.

      • What are you talking about? If nothing else, democrats proved they’ll vote for a person ONLY FOR THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. Why wouldn’t they vote for Warren just because she’s a woman? She has hardly any experience, too, which qualifies her for a Democrat run even more. I’d say you’re way off on this.

      • schwarherz

        You love that capslock button don’t you.

      • chromeandglass

        I dont understand why Warren is seen as being “extreme”. She stands for the middle working class who are factually the majority. If being “extreme” is bad for the country then irony is lost on idiotic middle/working class voters who would not vote for her.

      • kissyface

        she isn’t extreme but she is as far left on our political spectrum as she can get without being a socialist. the right fears her

      • kim bunchalastnames

        well, then, good. i’d rather them be afraid than to simply out and out despise her, as they do hillary. you said you thought that hillary will draw women voters from “across the aisle,” and if you mean will bring in the cross-over republicans, i don’t think you could be more wrong.

      • buricco

        She’s seen as “extreme” because she’s actually left-of-center, unlike a lot of other Democrats.

      • WeAreMany

        Warren is not extreme. She’s probably in the center. This just goes to show how out of touch this country has gotten with what the Left really stands for. There is no Left in the US.

      • kissyface

        she is extreme left by US standards

      • kim bunchalastnames

        you keep saying this, and i keep wondering why. lol. i live in a fairly large city and work with both the green and the democratic party here, and not one person that i know in either of those parties consider her extreme. i’m just … puzzled.

      • kissyface

        democrats do not consider her extreme, but conservatives do. i live in Ohio and don’t know one person who would vote for her besides myself. she is to conservatives what Ted Cruz is to liberals

      • kim bunchalastnames

        … i understand what you’re saying, but i’m not sure why you think those same people would cross over for hilary. the republicans and conservatives i know despise her with a hatred second only to their abhorrence of obama. warren doesn’t evoke that kind of visceral response., and i think many more conflicted republicans would be likely to vote for her than for hilary.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        hillary is polarizing. there are as many of her own party that loathe her as there are those who love her. she seems desperate to be the first woman elected as president; her agenda is perceived as personal, rather than principle. warren, otoh, is seen as smart, tough, and as someone who has the courage of her convictions. and, as far as the “impossibility” of her election: the same was said regarding obama, just shortly before we elected him.

      • kissyface

        Hillary will pull conservative women across the aisle, Warren won’t. Obama is a centrist, Warren is a liberal. Half the country thinks liberal is a bad thing right now

      • kim bunchalastnames

        we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      • ForSail

        F*** THAT NOISE! Hitlery, really? You would knowingly elect a known dishonest, lying POS sellout like her instead of looking elsewhere? It’s people like u that are dragging this country down with your “hold your nose” head in the sand (or in ur case up ur arse)way of thinking. I’d vote R Paul before I’d vote for that c***.

      • kissyface

        i will slit my own wrists before i vote for a forced birther libertarian

      • regressive teaparty trash

        forsail is a brand new profile; ergo—–a nice new regressive white trash troll who got thrown off here before,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, white trash regressive troll

      • ModeBeast

        We need Warren in Congress! She is great at getting backbones to straighten up.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      excellent post from you— as always,,,,,,,sanders is the best choice but not well known as Hillary. either way- I also am dumbfounded by voters,,,,,,,,,,,, especially in my state( FL) and Kentucky and arkansas

      • rr

        Dumbfounded because they didn’t vote for Charlie Crist? Are you kidding me?

        Ride the wave, Baby. It’s a new day in America.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would this “wave” be the republicans actually doing something to help ALL of America; not just billionaires and crippling regulations?
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        BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!!

      • rr

        It was a tsunami, actually, gian keys.

        Cmon, let’s work together to do good things now. Don’t sit here and cry.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wanna bet all that repub do is attempt to repeal the ACA?
        jobs??? naaaah– tax cuts for wealthy
        economy? naaah,,,,, why help out and make democrats look good for 2016?
        im not crying as we all saw this coming- the good news is I am well positioned in stocks as statistically the market does VERY well in election years- im a mile ( several actually) up since the bottom 6 yrs ago and my businesses ( cash- yaaay me) are running smoothly on all cylinders: my rental properties are full; and its 74 degrees here on the beach in pompano beach FL- where I live
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        crying? yeah maybe- my cowboys need a healthy QB
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        I like how U created yet another white trash regressive small dicked loser TROLL profile; what is it now– 4 days old?

        PRAISE JEEEEESUS!!

      • rr

        You sound insecure and bitter.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        if that’s how I seem to U I have indeed –again– got U crying that perfect tune
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        crying?? all the way to the beach and bank
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        enjoy your irritating winter

      • rr

        I love my life. Weather never gets me down. Winters are pleasant. Falls and springs are incredible. Summers are nice. Life is good. Republicans control both houses. Obama is flailing. Stock market likes the balance of power. Republicans getting gas prices under control. You’re gonna like things now. Stop the crying.

      • Razzzberri

        The stock market hit new highs under Obama, the idiotic Tea Party had nothing to do with it, or gas prices. I like things the way they are, too, before this clown takes over the Senate. How man years has this McConnell been in Congress? He represents Kentucky, where CLAY COUNTY is the most poverty stricken in the whole United States of America. And you cheer because a President of the United States of America is failing. Bravo. You deserve what you voted for.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        RR is a newly formed troll who previously as on here as someone else and got throw off,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        facts as U and I present mean nothing.
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        RR is simple aging white trash regressive; please note below how he attempts to tell me how REPUBLICANS have got gasoline prices ” under control”— amazing !! ( read my reply to him as I edify him with socio-economic facts; wanna bet he spins away??)

      • bybye

        Good one!

      • Thom*

        STFU and take a douse, you stink to high heaven. oooops I just said a dirty word to a demoncrap “heaven”. I think that is on their list of bad words.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I have no problem with words; especially as phantom-esque as ” heaven”
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        heaven and zeus and the great pumpkin and unicorns do not exist– why would they “bother” me?
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        I do Like how U and “RR” ignored my facts-
        quite white trash regressive of you!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        republicans getting gas under control? U really are quite dull–
        this administration has gas down with the help of several factors- main ones? Obama has Saudis dropping price– but maintaining production– which helps us and Saudis: here is how (a) Obama is making Russia sweat for Ukraine fiasco- and his Saudi connections are doing this because USA is bombing ISIS/ISIL with OUR jets; Saudis dont have to use their stuff– ( Saudis hate isis) plus dropping price ALWAYS helps biggest players( Saudis) by screwing smaller oil producers ( see: squeeze) such as Russia and Nigeria and Venezuela and iran,,,,,
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        now; sinec I am a very active stock and option player and have shorted oil since 96.61 ( love the drop) would U care to enlighten my stooooopid ass as2 how ” republicans” are now 2 get “credit” for this long standing drop in gas pricing??
        especially after the facts I just dumped in your ignorant lap?
        republicans?? really”? OIL LOVING REPUBLICANS??

        ” please continue governor”

      • Thom*

        Maybe my nightmares of America becoming amerika will ease up for awhile. I say screw “working with the demoncraps”. And to the Republicans I say ” quit asking me for money” and get to work. Clean up your act and cull out the bad apples and bring the American Dream back to life.

        I’ll be even happier to see obola GONE! Sorry I but I will never even mention his fuckin name again after he has been given the boot. The Republicans better tie his hands and put a gag in his mouth or they won’t be doing there job, their patriotic duty!!

        It’s not going to be easy but you wasn’t voted in because we thought it would be easy. We voted you in to do take on the TOUGH job of getting our country back on its feet again. If you do a good job now then 2016 will be a walk in the park.

        I want to thank America for doing a great job. Despite the voting machines “malfunctions” you managed to clean up some of the scum that has been collecting in the houses. Now lets help finish the cleanup by electing a true American Patriot to the Whitehouse in 2016.

        I bet the democrats are wishing they hadn’t spent billion$ on trash TV commericals that the public saw right through and was able to recognize a lie when they heard one. Thank you America, and hopefully this trend will continue and once again in the near future America will stand tall and proud. We are the greatest nation ever.

      • Gary Menten

        Repeating your delusional, uninformed nonsense doesn’t make it factual.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        silver medal on CUT & PASTE !!!!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,could’ve given U the ‘gold’ but your content is jejune–

      • Avatar

        Stock market balances are all based on Obama’s policies, not Republicans’. You’re just having long term hard on and enjoying troll than ever.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        correct— hes a troll who had a previous profile which was banished
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        I enjoy the trolls lack of facts; lack of understanding and I enjoy them waving their GOP flag when the GOP scores

      • Avatar

        Funny how they are acting like tired old white men yet they are able to find energy to wave the GOP flag.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        lack of lives has them cemented to computers as the yirn,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and yes: YIRN is spelled correctly

      • Blondmyk

        You know rr, go somewhere else. You are here to troll, and you know it. Glad you’re happy. Hope it all turns out with the hearts and flowers that you envision. Me, I’m going to sit back and laugh as the destruction of free thinking, caring nation crumble around me into the cold despair that the wealthy want to bring it to. That is, until the peasants revolt.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        correct–he has former profiles on here which were beheaded by the moderators; so he–as do all regressive white trash crybaby trolls– create another,,,,,,and another,,,,,,and another

      • Darque Wing

        Yeah, nothing like going through three sock puppets a week getting kicked out of sites for Obvious Trolling to show everyone how much you love life.

        Do you just have a list of liberal sites that you troll every day, or what? Do you always come to this site right after getting booted from Crooks & Liars, or do you change up the order every once in a while?

      • rr

        No set pattern, DW.

      • Darque Wing

        So you troll the same blogs every day, but each sock puppet gets to follow its own order?

      • rr

        I generally don’t answer questions from liberals that start their sentences with the word ‘So’.

      • Darque Wing

        You don’t answer questions truthfully anyway. And it’s okay, it’s more of a rhetorical question.

        So it’s a different troll patrol for each sock puppet, then?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        sew,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it seems that U did anyway; eh?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I love the trolls,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        abuuuusing them is as fun as feeding wasabi to the bears at the zoo

      • Ryan Woods

        The only thing you are abusing is your intelligence.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        that’s a rather otiose comeback there ryan……

      • Gary Menten

        ….and you sound crazy.

      • Blondmyk

        You forgot about impeaching Obama.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, another republican “policy” to help america

      • Nicole AndChris

        oh NOW we can work together??! take your ignorance and gullibility and go flock yourself! Also, I don’t call the close races during a mid term, flooded with big money, lying, gerrymandering a tsunami and any sane person sure as hell doesn’t call it winning! you are sad rr and the party you support takes advantage of dips like you! The ONLY thing you can look forward the next 2 years is the same BS we’ve been dealing with the last 6!! The teabagging a$$holes you support rr don’t know our constitution let alone know how to fight to protect it and the PEOPLE of this country, no your teabagging reps will enact Christian sharia law with guns for everyone! A regular idiocracy!!!

      • rr

        ‘Teabagging’ is a homophobic slur. I refrain from responding to bigots.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would that be slurring all the NON gays who make up the tea party?

      • rr

        It’s a homophobic slur. Political affiliation is meaningless, except for the fact those using it think it’s ok to use against conservatives because no liberals ever call them on it.

      • muteprophet

        Democrats are the party of the kkk so this type of vitriol is common amongst the sheeple.

      • AlCum

        You must have missed the last 100 years. Try to keep up. KKK is a subset of the republic party. This ain’t 1948 anymore.

      • muteprophet

        Nope, it is the dems all the way. If someone told you they changed sides you were lied to. GOP has always been the same, the dems just found new ways to oppress minorities by making them dependent on the government. Congratulations racist!

      • Naytess

        Lied to?! 2 words/1 name: “Strom Thurmond”.
        A pro-segregation “Dixiecrat” who abanodoned the Democratic party and lead an exodus of senators to the Republican party BECAUSE he/they opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
        Racism and prejudice can be found everywhere, but come on…today’s GOP is far & away in first place when it comes to racism and prejudice. All one has to do is look at the legislation that BOTH parties have supported over the last century to see this, and to see how the ideals of BOTH parties have changed and evolved.

      • muteprophet

        Keep running from your past, it tends to catch up.

      • Zorro

        Right, that’s why Democratic presidential candidate Ronald Reagan kicked off his campaign at Philadelphia, Mississippi. And it’s also why Republican candidates in the South steer clear of associating with neo-confederates. Upside Down World!

      • muteprophet

        Keep trying to run from your past, it has already caught up to you, this false narrative that you cocoon yourself in is disintegrating.

      • Zorro

        That’s hardly my past, Sparky. I come from an immigrant family that only arrived on US soil in the 1960s. Even so, I know more about US history than you do. I’m not sure why you are trying to negate a very well known part of recent history – the transformation of Dixiecrats into Republicans. It is as plain as day that the former Dixiecrat states are now solid red. Your denial just makes you look like you aren’t too alert to your surroundings. In other words, it only reflects negatively on you, because everyone else knows you are wrong.

      • AlCum

        You are of course incorrect. All racists are republicans now. You missed the entire last half of the 20th Century — but don’t feel bad. All conservatives seem to have missed that part. You would benefit from find out out what racism actually is.

      • muteprophet

        LMFAO! Is your world crumbling around you? The truth hurts doesn’t it.

      • AlCum

        The world is crumbling around all of us and of course it is directly due to the destructive republican policies since Reagan that have devastated the American middle class that had been built up into the economic powerhouse of the world due to Democratic policies. This is not even remotely subject to dispute, it is prima facie in the march of history. Liberals have been called upon many times to save this nation. And why not, after all, we founded it. The truth hurts, definitely, and that explains exactly why you are feeling no pain.

      • muteprophet

        Blaming republicans for everything isn’t working anymore for you fools, people are starting to wake up and see the democrats of today are no different that the jim crow democrats.

      • AlCum

        No, they’re becoming increasing confused by the lies of the republic party. Republics are in fact to blame for the devastation of the middle class since Reagan, this is not open to dispute. It happened. Please bone up on some facts, it might help you.

      • Ryan Woods

        lol, tell me one Republican who is a member of the KKK. In fact, the only member of the KKK to have ever served in Congress was a Democrat. Don’t let the facts confuse you, kid.

      • AlCum

        Oh you poor thing, so lost in your false “facts!” Does the name David Duke, Imperial Wizard of the Klan, ring a bell for ya?

        Not all Republicans are Klan members, but all Klan members are Republicans. This is not even remotely open to dispute.

      • Ryan Woods

        Saying all Klan members are Republicans is patently false. This is not even remotely open to dispute. The KKK started as a terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party to disrupt reconstitution. Google Robert Byrd. He was a leader of the KKK that served in Congress as a member of the Democratic Party. Go ahead, do the research.

      • AlCum

        You’re the one in need of research assistance, chief. Yes, everyone knows the KKK was founded by southern Democrats — ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY NINE YEARS AGO. Everyone but purposefully untruthful republics knows that after the Democratic Party voted a Civil Rights plank into its platform in 1948 — Google Hubert Humphrey — and then successfully pushed a law through in 1964, the racists fled the Democratic Party at the invitation of Richard Nixon. This is not even remotely subject to dispute. So carry on with your cute little line about 1865, but the world is very different today and you know it.

      • Ryan Woods

        The Dems started the KKK and in the 50’s elected a member of the KKK to congress. So, saying all klan members are Republicans and it’s not even remotely open to dispute is a blatantly false statement by you.

        It seems to me you are being rather selective in your historical relevance.You say today is different but bring up Hubert Humphrey from 1940’s, lol. If that is relevant then why isn’t the fact that in the 50’s the Dems elected Robert Byrd to congress, a member of the KKK?

      • AlCum

        The 5os? The FIFTIES?? Wake up, Van Winkle, it’s the 21st Century. If you’ll re-read my post, you’ll learn that the big migration of racists into the GOP began in 19 SIXTY FOUR and climaxed in 1968 with Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” and solidified when Reagan pulled remaining right wing Democrats into the GOP. Seriously, man, look at the electoral map and the switching of colors over this time frame. Democrats used to have the Solid South all through the early and mid-20th Century. Look at it since Reagan. All that was blue now is RED.

        And get over it already with Byrd. He quit and apologized, which is more than you can say for Strom Thurmond, a racist who was praised by your leader Trent Lott. Thurmond personifies the switch of racists from the Democratic Party to the Republicans when in 1964 as the sitting SC senator, he switched parties to become a Republican after the Democrats rammed through the Civil Rights Act.

      • ccaffrey

        WERE the party of the KKK. Yeah, and the Republicans used to be the party of Lincoln. Hardly can call them that anymore! No, I think the right idealogues migrated to the right parties after the Southern Strategy.

      • muteprophet

        We are still the party of Lincoln. Dems just found a new way to enslave black people… Welfare. Go check out some LBJ quotes on the matter.

      • felipe63

        You mean Lincoln the racist who believed that blacks were an inferior race undeserving of the right to vote?

      • muteprophet

        He let them out of their chains didn’t he? And blacks could vote before women. But keep thinking that the dems have your best intrest in mind next time you cash your welfare check.

      • felipe63

        Ending slavery was nothing more than a byproduct of the war. AL’s goal was keeping the union together,he did not care about the lives of black people. Nor did he give them the right to vote, that didn’t happen until 1870.

        As for needing a welfare check, we’re 2%’ers. We pay plenty in taxes. But don’t let your ignorance get in the way of a juvenile, baseless & unwarranted smear.

        I rather pay for welfare for my fellow citizens that are less fortunate than us instead of single predator drone.

      • ccaffrey

        Yeah, I notice them flocking to your party..Repubs .and the Tea Party folks, the racist posters and trash coming out of their mouths from Day 1 of Obama’s presidency and STILL rage on. The birth certificate yadayada. Like I said, with a few notable exceptions, they appear to be staying away from you all in DROVES. Oh wait, we brainwashed them right? Geez this is pathetic

      • muteprophet

        We don’t give handouts, we give opportunities to provide for yourself and your family. Obama being a horrible president has nothing to do with his race, it has to do with his blatant incompetence as an elected leader. Only idiots like you are still chugging his koolaid, the only thing Obama did was divide us more as a country. I hope you’re proud of that accomplishment.

      • ccaffrey

        Ain’t owning that. The Republican leadership met on the evening of Obama’s first inauguration and made a decision that they would not support ONE thing that he proposed. Not ONE. Look THAT up! Considering the economy was in freefall after your last president’s successful presidency (sarcasm), I don’t just consider the GOP leadership bad form and self-serving, but close to treasonous. The day I hear the GOP take responsibility for ONE of their mistakes (rather than try and pin it on the Dems) then maybe there will be hope that they can grow up into something other than selfish children. I’m not holding my breath.

      • muteprophet

        Why would they approve bad policies?

      • ccaffrey

        He hadn’t proposed ANY yet. Those “leaders” ought to be in JAIL for that!. In case you forgot, he wasn’t President when the economy collapsed. Way to put differences aside in times of a national crisis. If they aren’t racists themselves, then they pander to them. Give it a rest. done here

      • muteprophet

        Nope, it started with clinton.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        “Nope, it started with clinton.”

        nope, it started with reagan.

      • Gary Menten

        They approved everyone of Bush’s idiotic ideas, didn’t they?

      • muteprophet

        So did the dems. Pot meet kettle.

      • Gary Menten

        Quite a few did not. Come back when you have facts.

      • muteprophet

        You have no facts to refute me, you are just insulting me because you know I am right and you are trying to damage my character. Pathetic.

      • Gary Menten

        Your character speaks for itself and needs no assistance from me to appear foolish, regressive, angry uninformed and misguided.

      • muteprophet

        I don’t agree with your views. I must be a racist bigot sexist rich white male.

      • Gary Menten

        My choice of words would have been “nitwit,” but whatever works for you….

      • kim bunchalastnames

        “Why would they approve bad policies?” like the ones they helped to write and then opposed when it came time to vote for them? like the bill to assist veterans, maybe? and the immigration reform bill? both of which they helped to author and then opposed because obama said he’d sign them? are those the “bad policies” you refer to?

      • muteprophet

        When the dems fill the bills with all that extra fat then it becomes a dead bill. Keep drinking the koolaid libby.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        okay; i prefer the flavor anyway, connie. but thanks for your … permission.

      • Gary Menten

        You do give out handouts…but they are to large corporations who don’t need them. Oh I forgot….corporations are people. Silly me!

      • muteprophet

        Corporations create jobs, they create industry. Only a true sheep believes the government creates those opportunities. They make their money, I make my money. They own the business so they obviously get a bigger cut, but I get a fair days pay for a hard days work. You weak minded fools think that you can sit on your rears all your life and expect to live a good life. America is tired of parasites.

      • Gary Menten

        First of all sparky, I do not sit on my rear all day; I work, am a business owner (commercial photography) and pay my own way. There are people however, who are less fortunate. There are a great deal of them who were working until they lost their jobs when the economy crashed in 2008, the result of idiot deregulation and corporate greed. Now you may think government exists for corporations but I think it exists for everybody. We’ve already seen your model of government at work; the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

      • muteprophet

        We’ve seen yours as well, socialism doesn’t work bucko.

      • Gary Menten

        Welfare capitalism and socialism are not the same thing, dumb-ass.

      • muteprophet

        Keep telling yourself that.

      • Gary Menten

        It’s you I’m telling. Pay attention.

      • muteprophet

        I don’t need your advice, it is your party losing your base.

      • Gary Menten

        No Squiggy; you’re the kooks who divided the country.

      • Naytess

        Your statement implies/suggests that:
        1) Welfare is “new”
        2) It was designed to enslave (and to enslave blacks)
        3) All black people are ON and enslaved BY welfare
        4) Those that aren’t black, aren’t on welfare

        …all of which are false.

      • muteprophet

        Any black person that fails to toe the line on your narrative is deemed an uncle tom and race traitor. “The party of tollerance”, not so much…

      • Gary Menten

        Horse hockey!

      • Naytess

        Like Spike Lee? Like Dr. Cornel West? Like…????
        Sure…it’s not hard to find SOMEONE who chooses to bash someone else either inside or outside their culture/race/creed, etc whether it’s warranted or not.
        However, I’m still confused by your comment. Are you suggesting that the Republican party is the REAL party of tolerance? Or, are you suggesting another party you have yet to mention is MORE tolerant than the Democratic party?

      • muteprophet

        Republicans are definitely more tolerant than democrats, just look at all the divisive terms they use to discredit anyone who doesn’t agree with their narrative. Racist, bigot, uncle tom, race traitor, etc. These are used to end an argument in the purest form of ignorance.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        … or “you fools”? as in your phrase, “Blaming republicans for everything isn’t working anymore for you fools”? is that the kind of divisive term “used to end an argument in the purest form of ignorance”?

      • muteprophet

        Deflection only strengthens my argument. Thanks sweety.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        dismissing an example of your own hypocrisy is hardly a deflection, dear. it’s a confrontation. that you have no sensible response to it underscores how weak your arguments have been.

      • felipe63

        “We are still the party of Lincoln”
        Yes you are!

        “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”

        Abraham Lincoln
        (1809-1865) 16th US President
        Source:

        Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858

      • muteprophet

        Times change, it is obvious that the dems are still the party of racism. Thank you for confirming my theory.

      • felipe63

        I haven’t said anything remotely racist and I’m not a Dem so I have no clue what the point of this non-sequitor of post is even supposed to be except show anybody who reads it that you are an idiot.

        You claimed you’re the party of Lincoln, Lincoln was a republican and obviously didn’t think much of black people,. Pointing that out doesn’t make me a racist.

        I would say it shows that you’re intellectually dishonest, but that would falsely imply that you had an intellect to begin with and were capable of honesty. You are neither. Good bye junior, you’re in over your in-bred head.

        Go back to getting f*cked by your dad/brother. IDK what you’re calling him these days……

      • regressive teaparty trash

        u just kicked that boys ass,,,,,,,,,and I saved this Lincoln “debate” quote and will be placing in on facebook

      • felipe63

        Thanks RTT, I do my best. Though I gotta admit when they’re that dumb it’s almost too easy. 🙂

      • regressive teaparty trash

        then ,,,,,,,,,,they just spin away and bring something else up

      • felipe63

        yep, that’s how they roll

      • Gary Menten

        You do not have a theory. You have crazy delusions, which is quite a different thing.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        HAHAHAHAHAH

      • muteprophet

        I’ll take that as nervous laughter. Your kind are being exposed as the true oppressors to minorities in this country.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        you’d be taking that incorrectly then, but that seems to be your MO. perhaps it’s all you’re good at.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wow——

      • Gary Menten

        150 years ago you’d be right. Also, 150 years ago, the Republicans would be liberals.

        Times have changed, Sleeping Beauty. Catch up, would ya?

      • muteprophet

        You were lied to about that. The only party that changed was the democrats. Instead of enslaving people in chains they now use government dependence to keep them in line. But you can be blind to reality if you want.

      • Gary Menten

        “Reality” is a term you should avoid using, as you’ve clearly had way too much tea-flavored Kool-Aid. Whoops! I nearly wrote “Kook-Aid.” Imagine that…..

      • muteprophet

        Do facts scare you child?

      • Gary Menten

        Let us know when you have some.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        “Do facts scare you child?” would those be real facts or republican facts that you’re referring to? for example, real fact: climate change. republican fact: climate is a myth. real fact: constitution emphasizes separation of church and state. republican fact: it’s a christian nation. just trying to understand your POV.

      • muteprophet

        LOL, of course climate change is real, it just doesn’t have anything to do with humans, it is a natural process that has happened on this planet since it formed. and to your 2nd point I am an atheist.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        fact: 97% of the scientists in the world concur on this issue: they say that humans are definitely one of the causes of the current climate change. the 3% who don’t are one the republican payroll. and whether you’re an atheist or not isn’t germane to this debate: i said “real fact: constitution emphasizes separation of church and state. republican fact: it’s a christian nation.” do you deny that your party is pushing for a christian government?

      • muteprophet

        Fact: 112% of statistics are biased bullshit

      • kim bunchalastnames

        fact: you can read the views of the scientific community around the world on-line, and then (presumably, although i have my doubts) do the math yourself. a percentage of 97 may have been low. here’s another fact for you: 100% of the specious, facile claptrap you’re spewing is biased bullshit.

      • muteprophet

        I am an atheist and respect everyones 1st amendment rights. But you think those rights are only afforded to the people who agree with your world view. Get over yourselves already, there are more problems in the world than the fact you can’t keep your legs closed and like to have unborn babies chopped up.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        so. no rationale response to my question yet again. third time’s a charm, they say — i’ll rephrase it yet again in an attempt to clarify for you: do you deny that your party is attempting to make our shared nation a christian one? not just along the lines of adding “in god we trust” to currency and “under god” to the pledge of allegiance in 1956, but within the legislative houses of this government, where policy and doctrine is decided? because, if you really ARE in denial, then i hope you really ARE an atheist, so that you can watch your rights disappear and see your children and grandchildren indoctrinated into christianity, whether you like it or not.

        you can continually tell everyone else not what YOU think, but what THEY think, but that doesn’t make it true. you can keep insisting that we give short shrift to those who don’t agree with us, while giving no shrift at ALL to anyone who doesn’t agree with you.

        you tell us to “get over ourselves” for not doing the things you think we should, for doing the things you think we shouldn’t, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get over people like YOU.

        i’ve argued my side of the debate assertively, but not insultingly. but that last thing you said? was so ugly. so vile, and so hateful that i’m a little surprised. don’t think i don’t suspect the reason you addressed it to me, but whether you’ve read other of my remarks or whether this is truly just the awful, disgusting essence of who you are: forget opinions. i don’t even want the share my species with you.

      • muteprophet

        Aw, does the word god hurt your feelings, poor baby.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        lol! so, no rational response to my question, period. you ought to see about having that mute button adjusted. it doesn’t seem to work any better than your thought process does. anyway, thanks for playing! here’s your sign. bye bye, now.

      • Zorro

        Stuck in a time warp, I see.

      • muteprophet

        Nope, just historical fact.

      • Zorro

        You think history stopped before passage of the Civil Rights Act. You are definitely stuck in a time warp.

      • muteprophet

        Oh you mean the civil rights act passed by LBJ who said, “I’ll have those n%#gers voting democrat for the next 200 years”? Keep playing the victim, there is no sympathy left.

      • Zorro

        Do you not even understand the meaning of simple words? I don’t know if your problem is just ignorance or what, but you are unteachable.

      • muteprophet

        Your ignorance is magnificent.

      • Zorro

        I thought you might have an ounce of self-respect, but apparently you do not. When people see people like you denying blatant reality, they never think, “Oh, maybe that person is right.” They always think, “That person is nuts!” You are fooling no one but yourself and you are making a fool of yourself. If that is your life’s ambition, have at it. Why you want to look so clueless is beyond me.

      • muteprophet

        I’ve got enough respect for myself not to be in the party of slavery and the kkk.

      • Ryan Woods

        Funny thing is it is you denying reality and looking like the nut. Go look in the mirror, son.

      • Gary Menten

        More like stuck in fantasy. But hey! Whatever you want to call it.

      • AlCum

        How is it a “slur?”

      • Gary Menten

        No….we call you “teabaggers” because it’s shorter and easier than calling you “Tea Party Activists,” or “Tea Party Republicans,” and more polite than calling you Nazis.

      • Gary Menten

        You’ve been drinking too much orange-pekoe flavored Kool-Aid.

      • Naytess

        High 5 RTT!!!! :^{D>

      • Gary Menten

        Pffft! You put enough baloney in one little sentence to open up your own delicatessen. You know damned-well that in a political context the terms teabagger and teabagging have nothing to do with gays.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        remember: Benghazi / ebola / teabagging/ Kenya/ spending ( that’s special) / war on Christmas / nanny state / secularism / communist-Nazi: these are all parroted bavardage to TRY 2 keep a flow of noise above the facts
        =======================================
        I love abuuuusing trolls and forcing them to get banished and change usernames

      • Gary Menten

        You’ve changed you own a few times, though.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ive gone after trolls and weirdos ,,,,,GIAN KEYS and JOHN MCCARTHY are two of them– McCarthy was ” mosquito”….remember his craziness a couple weeks ago?

      • felipe63

        Are you saying there can’t be heterosexual tea bagging?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I still cannot see tea bagger as a slur other than against the white trash regressive religious PRO hetero TEA PARTY
        ==========================================
        these rightwing trolls are suuuuuper-special

      • Gary Menten

        Clearly, he’s never been teabagged by a woman.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would refraining from responding include the lack of restraint VISAVIS responding above?
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        we love rightwing trolls; we really do!

      • Jason’s Robot

        “Teabagging’ is a homophobic slur.”

        What? How? — ‘Teabagging’ – the act involving body parts – is done to women just like it can be done to men. There’s nothing inherently gay about it – and the term can’t be a homophobic slur when ‘the act’ is also done by straight people dumdum.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice how RR the troll did NOT ( see: did not) respond to that?
        ===================================
        they get the flu when U hit them with facts

      • disqus_uj44WuVjt2

        You are a fuc**** idiot!!!

      • Thom*

        Maybe my nightmares of America becoming amerika will ease up for awhile. I say screw “working with the demoncraps”. And to the Republicans I say ” quit asking me for money” and get to work. Clean up your act and cull out the bad apples and bring the American Dream back to life.

        I’ll be even happier to see obola GONE! Sorry I but I will never even mention his fuckin name again after he has been given the boot. The Republicans better tie his hands and put a gag in his mouth or they won’t be doing there job, their patriotic duty!!

        It’s not going to be easy but you wasn’t voted in because we thought it would be easy. We voted you in to do take on the TOUGH job of getting our country back on its feet again. If you do a good job now then 2016 will be a walk in the park.

        I want to thank America for doing a great job. Despite the voting machines “malfunctions” you managed to clean up some of the scum that has been collecting in the houses. Now lets help finish the cleanup by electing a true American Patriot to the Whitehouse in 2016.

        I bet the democrats are wishing they hadn’t spent billion$ on trash TV commericals that the public saw right through and was able to recognize a lie when they heard one. Thank you America, and hopefully this trend will continue and once again in the near future America will stand tall and proud. We are the greatest nation ever.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,which regressive American “patriot” is the repubs best choice?

      • Did you just say “teabagging”? How pathetic… As for Christian sharia law, wow, you are even more pathetic… the 2 are incompatible.. sharia law has its OWN courts and its OWN judges… perhaps some Christians might fight to have their VALUES defended by law but that doesn’t constitute Christianity’s own court system and own judges judging solely by an ancient holy book.

        And “guns”… we need a strong defense of the 2nd amendment to defend against idiots like you voting a tyrannical government into office.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        “perhaps some Christians might fight to have their VALUES defended by law but that doesn’t constitute Christianity’s own court system” as proven by the this court decision yesterday? “the United States Court of Appeals in the 6th Circuit upheld discrimination in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The decision comes exactly three months after the appellate court heard six different cases all involving the freedom to marry in August, and the loss underscores the urgency for the United States Supreme Court to act.

        “The decision flies in the face of a nearly unanimous string of 49 rulings issued since June 2013 in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Just three lower court rulings in the past year and a half have upheld marriage discrimination.”

        these people aren’t allowed to marry because it doesn’t suit the “VALUES” of others?

      • bybye

        What! you are kidding me. Let’s work together now? What a joke. You are a joke RR

      • Zorro

        If you live in one of those red states where a whole bunch of flakes and corporate whores just won, you are the one who should be crying. Fortunately, I live in California, where the jerks were almost completely shut out of government.

      • For My Liberty

        DO you UNDERSTAND that the Dems have separated themselves….FROM themselves?

        That the vast MAJORITY of “RICH” …ARE DEMOCRATS?

        That they COUNT on low information voters like you to keep their lie alive?

        That the RICHEST party in DC ….ARE THE DEMOCRATS??

        They go to DC and GET RICH…Reid had NOTHING, now is a MULTIMILLIONAIRE –Same for MOST of the Dems..

        Do you HONESTLY believe when Ovomit or the Dems are at 30,000 PER PLATE fund raisers, they are talking about how to take THEIR MONEY AWAY to spread to people like YOU?

        .and you are an IDIOT for believing in their BS!!!!

      • It is hilarious you all calling rr a troll. He seems to be the most even-keeled person in the debate. I find it hilarious that all of you are saying Obama helped the stock market, and Obama saved my job, and Obama did this and that. HE DOESN’T GIVE TWO SH!TS ABOUT YOU. He is a selfish leader, and politically running this country. He isn’t running it for you, and if you are so blind to think that he is, I hope we all ride the plane that is America into the ground together. Selflessness is needed in politics, and it is the overwhelming lacking trait of all politicians. Let’s not sit here and say that one man is the answer to America…we all are, and arguing over this is a waste of muscular usage. We should stop and say, WHY ARE WE VOTING FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT US??

      • Avatar

        Thanks. My friend in Florida said the same thing. She said she is aware that voters who voted for Republicans for one and only reason, their hatred of Obama. That’s in Florida. Ky doesn’t mind to let McConnell to keep his power for potentially next six years or longer.

        Bottom line, Republicans are going to wreck the country on purpose then blaming it all on Obama. It’s all in their plan for their hard-hitting campaign for 2016.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        100% correct— if America prospers; dems get credit
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        if America falters dems get blame
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        politics 101

      • Ryan Woods

        Is that why you blame Bush for everything bad?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        that reply is non sequitur to my post
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        lets see how much the 2015-16 repubs DO 4 America ; shall we?

      • Gary Menten

        Bernie Sanders has no chance of winning a national election. As opposed to President Obama, who is a liberal but not a socialist, Sanders really is a socialist (albeit a mild one, I think). He’s very popular in Vermont, but I doubt he has any chance outside of it.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        two years is a long time,,,,,,,, many strange things can happen

      • Gary Menten

        I don’t think it’s long enough. Mind-you, when I was growing up in the 60’s no-one could have believed a black guy could have been elected president either. Still, Bernie Sanders would have all the same problems as Howard Dean had when he ran…plus he really is a (European style) socialist.

        Vermont is a funny state. It’s hard to understand in some ways. I used to visit there a lot, living as I do in I do in Montreal. Solidly Democratic, left leaning on many social issues, but with very few gun laws, very rural and low violent crime rate. They must be doing something right……

      • regressive teaparty trash

        pure maple syrup is akin to freebasing cocaine :))

      • Pipercat

        Really, Rick Scott… again?

    • Norm Hull

      Pelosi hasn’t done crap for the Democrats, neither has Reid. Time for some new faces

      • Christopher Hull

        They should both step down. I’ve disliked Pelosi ever since she decided that she knew better than the Constitution as to whether or not to at least have hearings to see if there was evidence for impeachment of W. Of course, even if that had happened considering that Obama has committed the same, and even more, war crimes and crimes against our rights as Americans we would be in the same boat now. Reid has done a GREAT job of keeping the Republican Party alive. Even in his own state of Nevada he actually said that “it might be better for the state to have one Republican and one Democratic Senator.” And even when Pelosi did try to do her job and passed a record number of bills when she was speaker Reid, working with the Republicans, sabotaged them.

      • surfjac

        ms. pelosi took impeachment off the table. That right there was when the dems lost. It showed weakness and the right wing has capitalized on it for 8 years.

    • Sean Jefferson

      You work for Al Franken? Well, that is good for you. But most of us have to work in the private sector, where profits matter, and government involvement (Unless it is a subsidy) usually means the business is circling the drain. You cannot stimulate an economy by raising taxes, or increasing regulations on business. The end result is always negative in the long run.

      • Avatar

        Work for him? Al works for Americans. Duh.

      • SBRon

        “You cannot stimulate an economy by raising taxes, or increasing regulations on business.” Sorry, but you’re either a liar or just plain stupid!! Peep the economies of these two states with GOP Governors who followed your script: New Jersey & Kansas… CASE CLOSED!!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and Clinton raised taxes,,and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ECONOMIC GROWTH happened!!

    • Sean Jefferson

      You are not even satisfied when republicans agree to a democrat bill, apparently. Do you think it sneaked under the radar? Do you think that it passed both houses without anyone knowing what it said, or who wrote it (well, maybe, you have to pass it to find out what is in it)? You only give credit to democrats when your own narrative points out that the bill you are so happy about, was passed by a republican majority in the house.

      • Avatar

        Boehner was forced to make a deal with Democrats. Yes that certain bill passed under radar on purpose. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News refused to mention this.

      • Avatar

        I looked at that bill’s records, Eric Cantor was completely against this bill but he had to cave into pressure by more moderate members because without this bill, these moderates wouldn’t even win in blue states. Cantor caved and allow bill to flow into President’s desk. Deserve the credit? Hell fucking no.

    • disqus_uj44WuVjt2

      Your the Bimbo. Maybe you should not post you Democrat drivel!!!

      • Avatar

        Wow, your ego have gotten better over you.

    • Jack Jackson

      Warren/Sanders…please make this your ticket! The Democrat loss will be epic. I.e. Reagan Mondale 49 states epic

      • Avatar

        You’re just chortling and gloating today. In next two years you’ll finally come back to reality. Sanders/Warren will guarantee bigger landslide victory for Democrats than Obama’s.

      • Jack Jackson

        BAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!! A communist and Lie-a-watha. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • regressive teaparty trash

        who is the GOP ” candidate”???

    • phaz

      Fire the chair of the DNC Wasserman-Schultz this epic failure is hers to own, and I am not picking on her because she is a woman I am saying it because it is true. I for one will not give a dime to the DCCC or the DSCC until there are some changes in that office and that alone could be a problem for us in 2016.

      • Gary Menten

        I’m pretty sure she will be gone soon.

    • Gotcha, so all you care about it is you… isn’t that what you accuse republicans of doing?

      • Avatar

        I don’t articulate such accusations like that. I’m better than this. I can talk about my life if I wants to, of course, without mention of my real name.

        If Sanders runs for 2016, he is guarantee to win. Clinton? She will make Republicans and billionaires happy and sleep soundly in nights. After all, Clinton is center to right.

      • Ryan Woods

        Haha, Sanders is a member of the DSA and guaranteed to lose. Did you not just witness the rejection of the far left? Time to wake up and smell the red.

      • Avatar

        Are you having an obsession with me or what?

      • Ryan Woods

        Nope, just pointing out the socialist that you are. You try and hide behind a mask, as all socialists do, trying to leave yourself undefined. When in reality you believe in government mandates and a federal government to run peoples lives.

      • Avatar

        Don’t like the government? Then don’t vote. :-O

    • Mike Gorman

      The rest that ran away from him were cowards. did they really believe acting like a republican was going to get them elected ?

    • The Democratic Party lost the election. It was in their grasp but they starte spreading the word that it was hopeless in their fundraising e-mails. Then pulled funding from some close races? WTF?

      • Avatar

        I got same kinds of emails and I was so sick of It too.

    • nn55nn

      total lies and delusion.

      Franken is an absolute embarrassment.

      Democrats bring good life? Ha!

      Detroit had the highest per capita income levels of the entire nation in 1960. The last GOP mayor of Detroit was 1957-1962.

      So what have Democrats done for Detroit in the last 52 yrs?
      Oh, I know: $500 houses!

      Chicago is run by some of the world’s most corrupt people.
      These corrupt politicians are hurting black Americans.

      Michelle Obama recently told black democrats to “not think” just vote democrat, and she offered them all ‘fried chicken’ if they voted democrat.

      All of these people are naturally ignorant and insulting and they are keeping many people from being independent thinkers.

    • soflofun

      You have the verbal skills of a 12 year old. The reason you’re dumbfounded is because you’re dumb. This election was the best thing that could happen to America, get rid of the America sucks crowd and let’s get back to American prosperity. It’s the beginning of another renaissance for the country, with a republican president to be elected in ’16, and prosperity once more. Fire the socialists, marxists and communists first, then let’s grow again like in the Reagan and Clinton years. Even the first six of Bush. You’ve got two jobs, and consider that a positive because of Democrats, what a moron.

      • Avatar

        Spoken like true Koch-licker.

      • soflofun

        Sorosesque remark.

      • Avatar

        Soros sure have nothing to do with this. Pathetic deflection comment. It’s all antiObama have left these days.

      • soflofun

        No, actually the anti obama-ites have a MONSOON WIN OVER THE LEFT WING BASTARDS. And we’ll be celebrating right into 2016.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and who– pray tell- is the GOP candidate best suited to ( a) run (b) win in 2016??
        c’mon,,,,share the arcane answer with us libtards!

      • soflofun

        Not up to me to decide that, but ANYBODY is better than our boy Barry.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        love how U littledicks cannot answer a question
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        love it!!

      • Ryan Woods

        A lot more candidates than what the Democrats have to offer.

        The Republicans control more seats in congress than anytime in history since Hoover. Their talent pool is much deeper than the rats who lost to them.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        u did NOT answer my question— thus U have shown a maladroit propensity to regression
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        next 2 yrs? repub do NOTHING to help all americans………………… “BENGHAZI”

    • SophieCT

      Wow, stop the presses: Democrats in blue states won a midterm election. Dems in red and purple states lost. Let’s read meaning into that the day after an election.

    • notadailycaller

      You can forget about any more GOP presidents….ain’t gonna happen.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      ugh, pelosi. don’t get me started. a career politician who sells her influence as well as any republican.

    • DaBroker

      Bullshit. Politicians don’t create jobs. They steal money from someone to pay someone else for a job no one wants them to do. Entrepreneurs create jobs, and they are typically Republican or at the very least, lean to the right.

      • Avatar

        Entrepreneurs create jobs? My ass. It’s the thing of past. The entrepreneurs who lean toward the right are shipping the he jobs to overseas for slavery wage. That is the fact you left out on purpose. I live in state where innovations and skills that actually create more jobs than wall st. corporations. Hint; this is one of smallest states in the nation.

      • DaBroker

        Wrong. Multinational corporations (not considered entrepreneurs) ship jobs overseas, not the mom and pop small businesses who make up the overwhelming majority of employers and job growth over the last several years – most of whom happen to lean right. These people own and run the businesses who’s “innovations and skills actually create more jobs than wall street”. If big government would stay out of their way, the results would be even better. Unfortunately, tax and spend big government liberals believe government is the answer. The reality is that big government breeds red tape and cronyism that stifles innovation and job growth – there is no doubt about it.

      • Avatar

        Yes government bred more red tapes when Republican is a majority. My dad’s small store business took off with big help from gov. thanks to Democrats.

        This debate is over.

      • DaBroker

        Let me get this straight… Big government breeds less red tape than small government? That’s a laughable position. I’m not buying your BS story about your fathers business… If in fact your dad’s business took off, it was because he was providing a service and/or good that people are willing to pay for, it had nothing to do with the government.

      • Avatar

        Do you know why you won’t buy my “bs” story? It’s because you are too mad that I’m telling the truth. Like I said. Debate is over and you won’t be hearing from me anymore.

      • DaBroker

        You’re not telling the truth, that’s the thing. Big government is the problem, not the answer. Period.

      • Avatar

        181 and counting commenters agreed with me, it doesn’t matter if you do t like it. 181 opinions trump over one single opinion of corporate troll.

      • DaBroker

        The overwhelming majority of Americans who voted disagreed with you on Tuesday. It doesn’t really matter what the majority of people on a far left website think, it doesn’t get anyone elected, now does it?

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Sorry, but no, they really didn’t… 36% of our fellow citizens voted… or some have said, 2/5ths… of that small percentage, 40% did not vote for the Republicans. If you wish to consider that as a mandate, then that’s your choice, but to me, a very poor one.

      • Ryan Woods

        lol, do either of you know how to read. This is what he said.

        “The overwhelming majority of Americans who voted disagreed with you on Tuesday.”

        Do you know what “who voted” means? You lost, both this argument and the election.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        I read quite well, and have since I was 4… You, on the other hand are here to be as insulting, gloating, chest thumping and as much an asshole as it’s possible to be while remaining at least semi-coherent. So I feel no guilt in telling you without further comment to you that you can go straight to hell and GFY on the way down, asshole.

      • Avatar

        Majority? Only less than 40% of Americans voted on last Tuesday! It takes one Republican vote to win against three Democratic voters. You call that majority? You’re tripping on redneck trash LSD.

      • Ryan Woods

        lol…on a progressive website. Who cares.

        Tuesday night millions of people showed up in disagreement of you and that’s the only thing that matters.

    • Goaty McCheese

      >>Democrats who embraced Obama won, even in red states.<<
      They did? Care to name some? I know Michelle Nunn got her ass kicked.

      • Avatar

        Michigan is currently considered to be red. And candidate won. You google that yourself. Don’t be lazy.

      • Goaty McCheese

        You may “consider” Michigan already “a red state.” The Washington Post and the New York Times don’t. Guess who’s right?

      • Avatar

        Mich’s government majority are red. Therefore it’s red state for midterms.

      • Goaty McCheese

        Turns out you were. Kudos.

    • Ryan Woods

      Obama isn’t popular, that’s why Democrats distanced themselves from him. He has a 40% approval rating. Republicans won by successfully tying their Democratic foes to his very unpopular and failed policies.

      Warren/Sanders is a Socialist ticket that has no chance of winning in 2016. Don’t believe me? Sanders is a member of the DSA. We are not a socialist country and their radical leftist ideology was just severely rejected. In no way shape or form will Democrats have more fervor and show up at the polls more than they did for the hope and change of Barrack Obama. It’s over. The liberal agenda failed and over the next two years we will see Obama obstruct any and all economic progress by vetoing bills put in front of him that would allow for our economy to grow. Anything that’s not government centric Obama won’t champion. He doesn’t believe people “built that” but he’ll certainly tax them for it. Liberalism defeated liberalism tuesday night and that is why a radical left ticket of Warren/Sanders won’t win.

      • Avatar

        Oh please. Congress have 11% approval rate and Republicans have to cheat their way to win the seats. Your argument about Warren and Sanders are irrelevant.

      • Ryan Woods

        I hope you realize the Democrats controlled 1/2 of congress the past 4 years and the 2 years before that all of congress. So, the fact that congress has a low approval rating is just as much of an indictment of Democrats as anything else.

      • Avatar

        Oh Warren and Sanders have current highest approval rate of all congressmen and women.

      • Ryan Woods

        The only people that approve of Warren and Sanders are the radical left. There is a split in the Democratic party between them and Clinton Democrats. Neither one appeal enough to the majority of voters. Democrats have lost independents and by the time 2016 rolls around everyone will very clearly see how Obama’s obstruction of congressional passed economic growth bills are hurting Americans. Currently, the Republicans hold more seats in government since Hoover. That should tell you something.

  • Jim Bean

    I seldom agree with Allen, but this is an exception, at least in part. The Pubs won simply because it seemed obvious anything was better than Democrats in power.

    The ‘war on women’ became an insult to women. Playing the race card was recognized as a way to excuse Obama and Holder from accountability. The Left failed to persuade anyone that the scandals weren’t scandals. The Left failed to persuade the middle of the road voters that it was not Harry Reid who shut down the legislative process.

    Its a great day in America. 6 years of temporary insanity has come to an end.

    As for Obama, the only thing he hasn’t yet destroyed for the Democratic Party is Hillary’s chances. But he still has two years to work on it.

    • Pablo Stieber

      Jim, you must be kidding about Clinton. There could be no choice as uninspiring as her in 2016 for the Democratic Party. How terrible would a J Bush vs. H Clinton race be? But the Dems will still do their best to install her.

      • Avatar

        Warren is much more popular than Clinton. Even Hillary admitted it that she is aware of Democrats favored Warren over her.

      • Karol Hammer

        Warren is badly needed right where she is – same with Bernie Sanders. One thing we can’t afford is to lose the few bright spots we have in the House and Senate. I feel the next presidential candidate needs to come from outside those two bodies.

      • Avatar

        Sanders is that guy. He is outside of both party line. He is far more true Leftist than any of current weak Democrats. Warren and Grayson are only best Democrats left with few left who are willing to get behind Sanders, Warren, Grayson, and even Obama.

      • Jim Bean

        Its going to be interesting. They’ve put all their eggs in that basket and now must do some serious soul searching. With this mid-term, gone from her war chest is the war on women and racism and she will have to abandon the far Left. That will leave her to sell herself on issues of economics and foreign policy. Plus, she comes with baggage. I would not be surprised if she excuses herself.

      • strayaway

        Two of the new Republican Senators are women. South Carolina Republican Senator is the first black elected Republican Senator in the deep south since reconstruction. Last night, at one point, CNN exit polling exits showed 3% of black women voting for Republican Senate candidates but Republican Senate candidates received received 8% of black votes. N/A were numbers for black men. A little math suggests that (8%=.5(3+x)) so black men voted 13% Republican. That is kind of a break through number no one is mentioning if those numbers held up. Also, at that point last night, Asian Americans were voting 50% Democratic and 47% Republican. That’s huge. in the last election, Asian Americans voted about 2/3 Democratic. Hispanics were still voting 2/3 Democrat though.

    • crabjack

      I seldom agree with JimBoy, but this is an exception, at least in part. The six years of temporary insanity in America will be toned down somewhat because the Republicans won’t feel quite as much need of their fear- and hate-mongering brand of politics. The politics that got us into such a mess to begin with.

      • Gary Menten

        I don’t think I agree with that. Teabaggers will be punch-drunk and do nothing but pass stupid bills that have no chance of surviving a presidential veto.

      • glebec

        Sadly, I think Obama will cave and give in to the GOP at almost every turn as he will not want to be seen as being “divisive” or being the one “unwilling to compromise.” Prepare for sell-out city!

      • strayaway

        Progressives should be happy about defeating the Second Amendment to that extent in Washington. In every state where a higher minimum wage was put on the ballot, it passed including in three right leaning states. Marijuana initiatives received over 50% support in three states although in Florida 60% was require and the proposition only received 58%. Also, two states, including North Dakota, rebuffed propositions to define life as beginning at conception. Progressives should be happy, happy, happy today about those referendum results. No more long faces people:) Really, considering the success of these referendums, even in right leaning states, the option of dong things at the state level, as the 10th Amendment suggests, could be a way of accomplishing more progressive and/or libertarian objectives.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        well placed post strayaway– and my regressive state ( FL) kept the income derived from marijuana away again as well as keeping idiot rick scott in power
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        side note: I find it INNNNN-teresting that bible thumping “pro life” regressives claim that LIFE begins at conception; yet THEIR boo of VOODOO ( see: bible) says that life begins when the baby breathes
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        hmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they mustve missed that part- along with slavery is OK and women do exactly what men want

      • strayaway

        It’s amazing that with all the elderly voters in Florida that 58% voted yes on anything to do with marijuana. Times they are a’changing. Woodstock baby boomers will soon be adding to those numbers. It’s also interesting that Republican states like North Dakota would not support social conservatives on the “life” question. I don’t think that men are going to be telling Senator Ernst (Iowa) exactly what to do after she put out a campaign add extolling the fact that she castrates pigs.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        the politics here– especially SOUTH florida– are extremely corrupt. The alcohol and Christian lobbies do NOT want weed legal; but as U allude to– its soon here anyway
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        perhaps her ‘castrating pigs’ is a metaphor for what she has done to guys in her life over the years. She is an above average looking woman who probably had a fair share of trials ( given and received) with men

      • strayaway

        “It’s a long way from Red Oak to Washington, from the biscuit line at Hardees to the United States Senate. But, thanks to all of you, we are heading to Washington… And, we are going to make ‘em squeal! “” -from Joni Ernst’s acceptance speech.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I remember cretins such as joe walsh and allen west providing such bluster– they didn’t fare very well
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        nor alan grayson; sadly

      • strayaway

        I just checked to see how Alan Greyson fared. He did win reelection. I sort of like the fellow for all his rough edges and dicey divorce. He endeared himself to me by ripping apart a Federal Reserve representative at a congressional hearing. Maybe that’s why the Party let him fall through the cracks causing him to lose an election. He’s back though. His coolness and sarcasm was outstanding.

      • Jeff White

        You bring up slavery when it was southern democrats who wanted to expand (not eliminate) slavery????

      • regressive teaparty trash

        idiot jeff,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I broughtup BIBLICAL referencing of slavery.
        southern democrats? 1850 ( circa)?
        jeff,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, do we need to explore where the “southern democrat” went in the early 1960’s?

      • Jeff White

        Typical dumb ARSE democrat.

        The Ku Klux Klan – the disgraced racist organization to which even Democratic President Harry Truman belonged — was founded by Democrats and, in a sense, operated at one point as the de facto militant branch of the party.

      • strayaway

        “Tea bagging” is a term derogatory better understood among liberals who titter when they use it sort of in the spirit of Republicans who call Democrats “queers” or “fags”. Odd, isn’t it, that Democrats feel free to use such derogatory terms?

        You should be happy though. For so long, Harry Reid and obstructionist Senate Democrats have held up legislation. As of last March, 195 pieces of House passed legislation, including 31 authored by Democrats, died on Harry Reid’s desk. Now House passed bills will make it all the way to the Oval Office so President Obama can either pass or veto them. You are correct that many will not survive a presidential veto but at least the lame phony excuse about do-nothing Republicans won’t be heard as much.

      • rr

        Teabagger is a homophobic slur, no question.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        shall we look at how many minorities–including gays– attend tea party events??

      • rr

        You can if you want to.

        Republicans elected several women and minorities last night. Increased their vote percentage among Latinos and Asians. It was a good night for America. You should be glad.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        Asians slightly yes– latinos still vote 2/3 democrat
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        U need to look at facts b4 U spew ur inane bavardage
        good night for America? white regressive religious America– not all of america

      • rr

        Kids and African Americans stayed home. Grew weary of the lip service Dems pay them. Over-promising and under-delivering, then expecting them to show up at election time based on your sudden race-baiting. They told Dems to figure it out on their own last night.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        funny how U spun away from showing how stupid your “facts” are

      • rr

        What I stated was accurate.

        Will you now acknowledge what a loser Charlie Crist is?

        Will you acknowledge that misogyny like you display here was a big reason women voters shied away from the Democratic Party this election as opposed to the last one?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wrong again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, latinos maintained a 2/3 vote for dems.

      • rr

        Declined from 68% to 64% voting Democratic.

        Everything you predicted was wrong. Your daily pronouncements that the Republican Party was dead and dying……WRONG.

        Everything.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        split 68 and 64 and U get 66– 2/3s
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        repubs dead? no–dying? yes– presidential election years prove this- U tea bag scum told us in 2010 how the NEW repub was en force–
        2012 U got hammered.
        ,,,,,try 2 stay with history b4 u show more stupidity
        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        who is YOUR GOP presidential candidate for 2016???
        *( this answer should be great)

      • rr

        I was accurate. R’s increased with Latinos, Asians , African Americans, women, and the youth vote.

        Who’s your candidate, Hillary? She’s a lousy campaigner. She can’t run from Obama, and she can’t support him, either. Republicans will Alison Lundergan Grimes her into a corner. She’s also going to have to deal with an age problem. And history doesn’t favor Democrats following Democratic presidents. Good luck with that one. Especially with all the new Republican governors.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        Surely you jest!

      • Gary Menten

        Teabaggers is simply shorter and faster than saying “Tea Party Activists,” which is a term that is already sufficiently negative that we don’t need to add any slurs to it.

      • strayaway

        shuffle, shuffle… As rr pointed out, its a homophobic slur.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        RR is a new profile created by some loser troll who got thrown off recently– check out how long he has been commenting. TEA BAGGERS have NO minorities ( including gays) at their “rallies” and events—
        they are the homophobes and racists

      • strayaway

        I thought you would be above homophobic smears but instead of criticizing, I am here to bring joy and happiness to long faced progressives. In that vein, I cheerfully share with you the following. I already posted that South Carolina elected a black Republican senator last night – the first deep south Republican Senator elected since the reconstruction. Also, and I can hardly wait to share my bliss, I just found out that Mia Love was elected was as a US representative in Utah. She is black and was elected by mostly white Mormons. For more on this, The Independent has an article titled, ”
        Mia Love: She’s black, a Mormon and is bad news for Obama – meet the new darling of the Republican Party”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        where have I smeared gays?

      • Gary Menten

        You haven’t. Strayaway just doesn’t get that women can teabag men as easily as men can do it with one another. I can think of a number of reasons why this hasn’t occurred to him.

      • Gary Menten

        Oh what bullshit comes out of your keyboard.

      • Gary Menten

        Baloney. Context is everything. In this context it refers only to Tea-Party Republicans. Your feigned indignation is laughable. I suppose you wholeheartedly support same-sex marriages now?

      • strayaway

        The usual protocol is that its up to the recipients of name calling e.g. ‘redskins’, “you people”, (n-word), etc. to have the final word on context.

        I have my own definition of marriage as defined in older dictionaries. However, I wholeheartedly support the legality of state definitions of marriage per the 10th Amendment. Whatever my stance, you still chose to use a homophobic term. Shame, shame.

      • Gary Menten

        You are still full of baloney. Your indignation is feigned and you are a charlatan crying crocodile tears; nothing more, nothing less. There is nothing homophobic about the term, especially in the context in which I use it and for which even a the briefest of internet searches will reveal several different ones. Let’s examine some…..

        teabagger (plural teabaggers)

        (dated, pejorative) An upper class participant in motor racing.
        NOTE: I AM NOT REFERRING TO MOTOR RACING.

        (slang, vulgar) A person who practices teabagging, i.e., the sexual act of inserting the scrotum into someone’s mouth.
        NOTE: SINCE WOMEN ARE AS CAPABLE OF INSERTING A SCROTUM INTO THEIR MOUTHS AS MEN ARE–SOMETHING I’M SURE HAS NEVER OCCURRED TO YOU–THERE IS NOTHING PARTICULARLY HOMOPHOBIC ABOUT THE USE OF THIS TERM;

        (neologism, often derogatory) An affiliate of the Tea Party movement, or a supporter of its protests and/or ideology.

        “As a reference to members of the currently active Tea Party, the word has been used in speech and print by both liberals and conservatives. In this context, the term “teabagger” is a reasonably conceived informal name for an affiliate of the Tea Party, and as a word in the news, it earned a mention for the year 2009.”

        THIS IS THE CONTEXT AND THE ONLY CONTEXT IN WHICH I USE THE TERM.

        Now…as to the 10th Amendment, that’s wonderful, but it is superseded by the 14th. Equal protection of the laws… deal with it.

      • strayaway

        There is no reason the 10th and 14th amendments work against each other. The 10th just refers to jurisdiction.

        But you should be happy the day after instead of making nasty homophobic references. To help you celebrate I found this old video of new Republican Representative Mia Love. It was scrubbed from Google when she ran for Congress. It loads a bit slow but it is so wholesome compared with spewing nasty remarks that even you will feel better knowing Mia Love has replaced a Democrat. Google “Mormon Mayor Mia Love metacafe” Ha ha, she escaped her assumed prescribed role as an unhappy Democrat.

      • Gary Menten

        And all jurisdictions must conform their laws to the Constitution. So there.

        As to your homophobic references comment, it is just too stupid to continue addressing.

      • strayaway

        Sorry, the Constitution doesn’t define marriage or mention a delegated federal power to do so. Were you right, every state law could be held unconstitutional. Oregon, for instance, allows doctor assisted suicides. How do you apply the equal protection clause to that? Are Oregonians not protected from their suicidal tendencies or are the rest of us deprived somehow because doctors in our states won’t provide suicide help? Or I could go to licensing of drivers. States grant drivers’ licenses at different ages, Some states require insurance. Some allow illegal aliens to get licenses. Your take on equal protection would make that all illegal so if one state allowed 16 year olds, or anyone to drive, all states would have to to give equal protection. Any state law could be similarly held up to show that residents of another state were not treated equally. That’s absurd.

        But let’s get back to same sex marriage and perhaps your expressed fascination with the sexual practice of tea bagging .You hold that gays have as much right to marry as heterosexuals. I’m not arguing with that but suggested that states should set their own definitions and laws. You believe that the Constitution doesn’t allow that or something and federal courts or something should set the rules under equal protection. Well then, if so, why shouldn’t polyandry, polygamy, group marriages, close relative marriages, and marriages involving 12 year olds be allowed under the equal protection clause? Why should gay marriages receive equal protection but not the rest in your understanding of the equal protection clause and disregard for the 10th Amendment? Who told you the 10th Amendment could be annulled anyway?

        Two days ago, higher minimum wages had a great day at the polls even in Republican states. San Francisco voters voted to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. Are those of us in the rest of the Country somehow deprived of equal protection just because our minimum wages are lower? I don’t think so because we can vote for the same thing in our own communities and states. Yet you hold that same sex marriage already legalized in many states somehow deprive residents of other states of equal protection. I disagree. If you want physician assisted suicides, $15/hour minimum wages, or single sex marriage put it on your ballot or elect someone to enact such things in your own state.

      • Gary Menten

        1. The Constitution doesn’t have to define marriage. It merely requires that everyone have equal rights, and it is the province of the Federal Court system to ensure this. States get to write the laws, yes. But the must conform to the Constitution and the Federal Court System, ending with the Supreme Court. The laws that were struck down are deemed unconstitutional because they discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. A law, in order to be constitutional, must have a clear, secular purpose and these laws have none.

        2. The equal protection of the laws clause means that citizens of the United States have equal protection granted by the federal constitution in whatever state they live. It does not mean that that if California has a higher minimum wage than New York, New Yorkers have the right to the same wages. Neither incidentally, does a law raising minimum wage discriminate against anyone. Same goes for driver’s licenses.

        3. It is you, not I that have the obsession with the sexual practice of Teabagging. You must be drinking too much orange-pekoe flavored Kook-Aid.

      • strayaway

        Powers must be “granted” and “delegated” to the federal government. Otherwise the federal government does not possess a power such as the power to regulate marriage. States can. Definitions are necessary to write laws. You instead pick and choose which state laws you think should have equal protection while claiming that your interpretation of one part of the Constitution trumps other parts. Cousins are not allowed to marry in one state but not in another. Same sex couples can marry in one state but not in another. Yet, by your rules, the courts give equal protection to same sex couple but not to cousins. Its all about trendiness to you. By the way, are same sex cousins allowed to marry under your interpretation of the equal protections act? You better stick to slurring people you don’t like with homophobic names which is how you started this conversation. You are better at that. As you explained, it’s ok for you to do that since it has to do with your interpretation of “context’ and you decide that too. You don’t mind if I refer to that as a fascist attitude do you?

      • Gary Menten

        It isn’t regulating marriage. It’s forcing the state to do so in a way that’s constitutional and doesn’t unfairly discriminate against some of its citizens. The state can just as easily say that no-one can get married, period–as long as it applies to everyone.

      • Gary Menten

        I don’t pick and choose; but certainly you do. Let’s talk death penalty laws for instance. Whether or not a particular state has a death penalty is entirely up to the state. However, the Federal Courts have issued numerous rulings on the constitutionality of state death penalty laws, forcing them in many instances to re-write them in order that they conform to the Court’s interpretation of the Constitution. Why is that any different? States get to write the laws, yes. But the laws as written, must conform to the Constitution. When a law conflicts with the Constitution, it is invalid. Who gets to decide? The courts do, ending with the Supreme Court.

      • strayaway

        I can’t think of any state laws allowing same sex marriage that have been overturned by a federal court. If a state passes such legislation, federal courts support it. If states choose not to pass such legislation, they are usually left alone by federal courts although there is some legislating from the bench. You are dodging questions though as well as my other points. Why does the federal government deny polygamy in Utah but allow same sex marriage rights in California under the equal protection clause you pretend to understand? Why are same sex couples the only category of non heterosexual two person marriages? Why can’t you marry your sister? The logical conclusion of where your interpretation of the the equal protection clause and annulment of the 10th Amendment takes us is that all of the above should be legal.

      • Gary Menten

        That’s because there’s nothing unconstitutional about allowing same sex marriage.

        I am not dodging your questions. In stating that a law must have a clear secular purpose to be constitutional, I answered it. If there is a clear, secular purpose for anti-polygamy laws, or laws against marrying your sister, then they are perfectly constitutional.

        Now…as to marrying your sister, I think the secular purpose of such a prohibition is abundantly clear. As to Anti-polygamy laws if their focus is to prevent patriarchal oppression as opposed to oppression religious groups, they may be perfectly valid, though I confess that the jury is still out this and they are undergoing challenge in the US and elsewhere.

      • BigDan57

        Lets take a look at the “stupid” gun control bill the liberals pushed through in Washington state, the makes it against the law to lend a hunting rifle/shotgun, etc to your best friend for a day of hunting, target shooting etc. That act of friendship now requires a background check, then another one when your friend returns the gun to you. What’s next, are they going to make you go to the DMV to change the registration on your car when you lend it to a neighbor?

      • Gary Menten

        Hmm…in Canada, where I live, one needs to have a permit to possess or purchase any type of firearm (excepting ones built before 1896) and you can only loan a firearm to someone who also has a valid permit. Admittedly, some people may find this inconvenient, but civilization has frankly not ground to a halt because of it. And yeah…I own firearms.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        there U go again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,annoying a regressive with FACTS

      • Gary Menten

        But I speak the truth. Since everyone in Canada is required to have a permit to even possess a firearm, and every hunter has not only a hunting permit but a firearms permit anyway, no-one is inconvenienced by this regulation. It is a non-issue. You can’t loan your gun to someone who doesn’t have a permit. (unless you are with him the whole time.)

        Society and civilization have not ground to a halt here because of this. I doubt it will anywhere else.

      • Sean Jefferson

        The republican party hates the TEA party, almost as much as the democrat party. If you think your enemy is the TEA party, the gop and the dnc have succeeded with you. They have pushed you so far from reality that you may never make it back.

      • Gary Menten

        There is now very little difference between the mainstream GOP and the Tea Party.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        the tea party is white religious regressives—period

      • muteprophet

        Glad you democrats are showing your true racist ideologies. That is a big reason why you lost yesterday.

      • Jim Bean

        By ‘hate mongering in politics that got us in this mess’, I assume you aren’t thinking of things like the, ‘war on women’, ‘war on the 1%’, ‘war on gun owners’, ‘war on white people’, ‘war on Hobby Lobby’, ‘war on WalMart’, ‘war on corporations’, ‘war on Christians’, and ‘war on coal’. . . . . since all that hate mongering came from the Left.

      • crabjack

        Most of you list isn’t waging war, it’s defensive.

      • glebec

        Responding to attacks is defense, not offense. The loons on the Right generate attacks and often successfully repress opposition. In these key issues even the no-balls Dems have tried to fight back. But just being on defense and having absolutely ZERO offense has not worked for them.

      • Phillip

        Yeah, a country that has a vast majority of white people is waging war on white people. I wonder if the white people who think they’re under attack in this country would consider trading places with a person that’s not white in this country. I bet not….

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        You, as usual, are nuttier than a fruitcake.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he is parroting again,,,,,,,,,,,, his team won so hes temulent and wearing his BENGHAZI Tshirt

      • Sean Jefferson

        You are wrong. Your list is almost entirely comprised of false narratives that have been droned into the useful idiots on the left. They declare war based on emotional, knee jerk reactions. Boycott now, use brains later.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        that’s all jimbo ever has

  • UnkleDon

    And all of the “Mandates” that this election means are things they never mentioned before the election. Rand Paul already saying this was a mandate against Hillary. Pathetic.

    • strayaway

      Since you put the word “mandate” in parenthesis, could you cite Rand Paul’s quote using that word? A brief Google search, on my part, didn’t produce that result. I know though, that in the past, Paul has correctly referenced Mrs. Clinton as a “warmonger”. Yesterday, he did point out that almost every candidate Clinton campaigned for lost including Nunn, Braley, Hagan, and Grimes.

      “Somebody should ask Hillary Democrats why they got wiped out tonight. Clearly, Hillary is yesterday’s news,” – Rand Paul – Breitbart

      Why don’t you just go with Warren? She would be a much better candidate, her rhetoric is good, she seems to have a lot of support on this website, and she would trump Hillary by being both the first woman and Native-American candidate.

  • RitaArm

    Both parties lost last night. Racism and money won.

    • Citizen

      I think the only losers were We the People. The result of future Republican policies that will come out of this next Congress will doom us for generations.

      • 31Forever

        Agreed. Sadly, Democratic voters failed to recognise that fact as well.

  • Boo

    One step forward to the United States of Koch. 🙁

    • Sean Jefferson

      Both sides have Billionaire boogeymen. Do you know who yours are?

      • Boo

        Yep! Sure do. The Kochs ONLY do what serves them. No one else. If you look at the backers of both sides and what they have done for humanity, the environment, and the people, you would run away from the Republican party so fast your head will spin. Always follow the money and the motives.

  • disqus_N7cU4fTrLs

    If you’re JUST learning about what the GOP stands for, you’re a moron. This has been their platform for the last 20 years. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, it’s time to purge the DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) from the party. This Clinton-era centrist bullshit has to end now! Shame on you Democrats who stayed home yesterday. People died for this right, enjoy your Theocracy assholes!

    • OutruntheWind

      Voters have the memory of a goldfish. Even if they learn what the GOP stands for now, they won’t remember even 2 years from now.

      • disqus_N7cU4fTrLs

        Yes, that’s true. That’s why it’s the job of the DNC to constantly remind us of what they did rather than run for the hills.

      • democratunc

        while its important to expose what “they” did….we also need to learn how to articulate a vision to people of what we are going to do. Remember Ginrich’s contract with america? It was BS but its was simple and people got it. We also need new younger blood getting elected on the democratic side. look at the new younger diverse faces in GOP. Sometime looks and appearance is more important that wonky facts.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        non presidential years elections seem to bear this out—
        2016? will be just as 2008 and 2012
        ===================================
        Bernie sanders is my vote

      • Ryan Woods

        So, you are a socialist pig.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        another non sequitur reply to a post
        =====================================
        U might need a snickers

    • Sean Jefferson

      Lighten up Francis. The biggest problem with american politics is that people like you are so late to the show. Republican voters figured out in 06 that their elected members were lying to them. That is why they lost in 06, and bush became a lame duck. What the democrats did in the following years is blame bush and the republicans until the people (in general) got tired of the whining. I see a third party in our future. Unless BOTH parties begin to actually give a crap about what the people want. Governing our country is easy. Get out of the way, and let the hustlers hustle, the workers, work, and the inventors, create. Trying to control us for the sake of getting reelected has jumped the shark.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ” ,,and if any of U HOE–MOES touch my stuff,,,,,,,i’ll kill ya”
        ==============================================
        LIGHTEN UP FRANCIS!!! ( the late great warren oates)

  • Karol Hammer

    Mr. Clifton, you get it right, but miss the big connection. The reason the Dems ran away from Obama’s record is that they fell prey to the same Republican fear-mongering they were trying to campaign against. They let the Republicans set not just the agenda of issues for this election, they also let the Republicans decide the tone/approach.

    • Pipercat

      Indeed, they won the narrative.

      • SBRon

        WITH Corporate media’s help…

      • democratunc

        So what it is what it is…we cant hide in the sand and hope it goes away

      • Pipercat

        Yes sir!

    • glebec

      Not just this election. Every day, every year, every election since Ronald Reagon. Bill Clinton overcame Dem lethargy and won his own races. Obama did the same. But no one is leading the party and no one has for over 30 years.

    • SBRon

      Not only that…it was rigged in MANY areas from the start!! Corporate media began “setting” the stage for this catastrophe months ago!!

  • Anthonij

    AC is largely right here but I would disagree that the Republicans ran on nothing… that was only at the surface… It’s true, they offer no policies whatsoever other than ‘lower taxes’ and ‘less regulation’, both stupidly dangerous but popular with an unthinking sector of the population; beyond that, they ran on fear, fear of Ebola and ISIS and ‘greedy freeloading’ poor people…

    But they have at the deeper level an ideology… a corporatist ideology that their corporate sponsors push for silently through all the fear-mongering and anti-government propaganda… and that they push on all their corporate owned media outlets.

    The Democratic leadership at the level of both national and state organisations failed miserably… But the real failure is also in the hands of the American people… ignorant of the real issues, with many groups frighteningly apathetic and others motivated but then only by fear, hate and short-sighted thinking…

    • Gary Menten

      Good analysis. The Republicans have an ideology…twisted though it may be. The Democrats right now simply don’t.

    • Sean Jefferson

      When you say, lower taxes, do you mean lower rates, or lower revenues. This economy, (and if you call it the bush economy, you are a dolt) is drawing lower revenues, yet has been increasing rates. And It has been under democrat rule since 07. The republicans had passed budgets in 3 of the 4 years since Jan. of 2011 that harry reid would not even allow a vote on in the senate, so we had continuing resolutions.Fewer regulations allow businesses to use more money and time for projects. More gets done with fewer regulations. If you have ever tried to build anything, you know that there are burdensome regulations that are unnecessary. If you look at the most successful times in our economic history, it has been due to the “stupidly dangerous” policies of lower tax rates, fewer regulations, and decreased government spending.

    • Blondmyk

      I agree. GREAT analysis, AnthoniJ. I’m tempted to share your comment elsewhere if you’d allow it.

      • Anthonij

        Thanks! Sure…

  • Richard Hyde

    There was an election yesterday…..America lost…….

  • Richard Hyde

    The paradigm shifted several years ago and the Democrats still haven’t seen it….

  • glebec

    The leaders of the Democratic Party have been giving away ground since Ronald Reagan was elected. Other than Bill and Hillary Clinton, no one on the national stage (that includes all Dems in Congress) has had the brains to talk to the American public about ideas. The GOP has had an organized machine since Reagan launched the “Republican Noise Machine” and the Dems refuse to even try to participate in the public discussion. Propaganda / advertising works. There are hundreds of books on brain science and politics and the GOP uses all those tools. One can only assume that Dems can’t or won’t read them and are too lazy to do the work required. If it were only about the electeds, I would not care. They can eat dirt. But every living thing on the planet has a stake in the damage that a dangerous, out of control, fundamentalist America with nuclear weapons can do. If you run for office – you have an obligation to lead – and sadly, Dems are electing a bunch of lazy folks looking for profitable easy jobs. Not leaders.

    • Sean Jefferson

      Cant argue with you on your take about who dems are electing.I think you could reasonably argue the same about republicans. A little tip for you, the parties don’t care about you. Neither party.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,,,, that’s why I want bernie sanders to run

  • Spud McFeebie

    Multiple steps backward for the presidency of George Soros. I see the left is eager to point a finger at the Republicans for blocking a couple of votes/issues but the left doesn’t want to address how Harry Reid literally shutdown Congress by not allowing ANYTHING to come up for a vote. There are so many facts intentionally omitted from this op-ed that it makes it a joke.

    • Sue MacGray

      And multiple steps forward for the presidency (and Congress) of the Koch Bros.

    • Except for that pesky Immigration thingy. Mr. Reid blocked those things because they were filled with amendments that would kill the ACA, lift pollution standards, grant more tax cuts and cut into employee safety standards on the job.
      Why do those things sound good to you?

    • cconover1

      I love how it was Harry Reid that “literally shutdown Congress”. You use the word “literally” like my 9-year old daughter, meaning, I don’t think that word means what you think it means. It was the Republicans that literally shut down Congress.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        there U go again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,annoying a regressive troll with FACTS

    • Sean Jefferson

      Yes, this guy could write for msnbc.

    • democratunc

      while I agree that the Koch brothers are terrible. can we have a better narrative than that. Most people don’t know nor care who the Koch Brothers are.

  • Randy Hanson

    America lost.

  • Jbh Jbh

    The amount of (overall) votes last night was pathetic. Less than 1/3 of my state actually voted. People are going to deserve what they get.

    • Guest

      Let’s hope so. Perhaps now the 350+ bills on Harry Reid’s desk will now get a vote.

    • whucker

      Let’s hope so. Perhaps now the 350+ bills on Harry Reid’s desk will get a vote.

      • More pollution, more tax breaks, less worker safety and no healthcare for Americans.
        Hurrah.

      • Sean Jefferson

        Mitchell? Do you actually believe that crap? Or, have you just heard it so much that you repeat it from habit? I will shred these one by one, and you can look them up. More pollution? More than when? Technology, has made manufacturing in this country, the world leader in low emission manufacturing. Regulations have stifled manufacturing in this country. The reason you think we are less polluted is because we have shifted that pollution to other countries that allow it in exchange for OUR dollars. More tax breaks? You don’t appreciate tax breaks? Do you use yours? Tax breaks allow businesses to expand, and pay their employees more in wages and benefits. Instead of being a hater, you should advocate MORE tax breaks, for everyone. The less the govt. takes from the people, the more free we are. Less worker safety? Not worth arguing, It is pure speculation, and I could easily say, with a stronger economy, there will be greater worker safety, due to higher wages and more full time employment. No healthcare? You mean like before the ACA, when doctors accepted various insurances, deductibles and rates were lower, and nobody was ever turned away from an emergency room? What do you think we did before the ACA?

      • Yes, I have read the Bills. They are crap.

  • Created 10 million jobs? You mean because of ACA businesses cut peoples hours to under 30 a week and filled the work gap with more part-time people — at minimum wage? “Saved” the auto industry? By how? Did he help them with sound business advice that helped them save themselves? No, he threw a bunch of money at them and BOUGHT into the business. He bailed them out of their poor judgement decisions. Bailed out the banks. Yes, these were all continuations of Bush’s deals, but what does that matter, he was “president”.

    Why didn’t he just give every American, including children, 8-10 grand and so “go spend it” or I’m bailing you out! I guess that would be “socialism”. But it’s okay to burden the citizens with the debt of bailing out the big-business that made mistakes. A small businessman makes mistakes, he declares bankruptcy and eats his losses.

    Cut the budget by a trillion? How many trillion did it increase under him?

    Where’s them “shovel ready jobs?” FDR did more to bail out the American public with the Conservation Corps. But instead, the past 2 presidents bailed out big business.

    And for the record, I don’t like Republicans either. They are so against the American worker it’s not even funny. Just get hurt on the job, especially non-union, and see who’s side the laws favor. Believe me, it’s not the worker!

    btw, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber are popular. What’s that say?

    • 31Forever

      I was ready to blast your comment, until I found myself agreeing with most everything you said.

  • House Republicans refused to even let it come up for a vote. Now, tell me, whose fault is that?
    Duh. The President’s. Just because he won’t repeal his stupid healthcare law which is saving thousands of lives and provided the slowest medical cost increase in 50 years.

    • Sean Jefferson

      Senate leader Harry Reid, democrat, had literally 3 years of republican passed bills on his desk, that he refused to allow for discussion in the senate. Do you really think the ACA is saving thousands of lives? It hasn’t even been implemented yet. And, if you can point out where you found the medical cost increase is at a 50 year low, I would appreciate that link. Bottom line is, republican party sucks, democrat party sucks. Neither party gives a crap about its voters unless it is election time.

      • Asemodeus

        “Senate leader Harry Reid, democrat, had literally 3 years of republican
        passed bills on his desk, that he refused to allow for discussion in the
        senate.”

        Why would Reid encourage garbage by taking garbage seriously? The same thing is going to happen in the GOP senate, as the house is filled with half wits who cannot write sensible legislation to save their lives.

  • Sean Jefferson

    I know you will not agree with what I am about to tell you. Mainly because this article fails to point out some obvious things that have been happening. Let me offer some observations. First, This election was about an electorate that seems to be getting tired of broken campaign promises. When republicans failed during bush, they lost in Nov. of 06 (You seem to forget that Bush was a lame duck in his final 2 years as well). Democrats could have done anything that they wanted, starting in January of 09, immigration reform, tax reform, rebuilt infrastructure, tort reforms, campaign finance abuses, the list goes on and on. What did the party do? Focused on one thing, rammed it down our throats, lied about it, then gloated that “it’s law, deal with it”. All the while, the democrat party did everything that they could to delay the cursed bills implementation until after the 12 election. Oh, I almost forgot. They also paid back their campaign donors with taxpayer funded, low interest loans (Solyndra, etc.). The efforts of president bush and the foolish congress of 07, 08, were responsible for bailing out the BANKS, not the people, with TARP. They also bailed out one of the largest insurance companies, AIG. When president obama took office, the bailouts kept coming. The president and the democrats who controlled congress did not, SAVE the auto industry. They paid it off, for its support during the elections. If the UAW, had spent its money on workers, instead of candidates, Chevrolet wouldn’t have needed a bailout. In closing, I would like to welcome all of you democrat voters to the real world. A world where the voter is tired of being lied to, and where the concept of “your party bad, my party good”, is as antiquated, and childish as it sounds.

    • justducky

      I like your tomato!

  • 31Forever

    Sorry to tell you, but the entire last third of this article is completely wrong-headed.

    Republicans already KNOW what the Republican platform is. They don’t suffer from any illusions. They know that Republicans are anti-women, anti- Social Security, and anti-Medicare. Either they support that, or they don’t care.

    This race, as always, was the Democrat’s to lose. And lose it they did, in spectacular fashion. Dems who stood with Obama won in a big way, evidence Alan Grayson.

    People don’t reward cowardice. They tend to stand away from it, and they stayed away yesterday.

    • Sean Jefferson

      Um, nope. The entire article is wrong headed. It shows a complete lack of deductive reasoning. And an aversion to actual numbers. Our economy is not thriving, The labor participation rate is at a 50 year low. Oh, you don’t know that? Well, now you do. Look it up. What presidential actions have created employment? I love how people just parrot propaganda. Do some research. Unemployment in real numbers, is extremely high. Way beyond acceptable at this point in a “recovery”. If you deduct government increases in spending, we are still in a recession. Look that up also. You dont realize that all dems stood with obama when it counted, when they were casting votes in the house, and blocking votes in the senate. We live in an age where anyone with an internet connection can check to see how their “representative” voted. Many are discovering that those people are voting for things that hurt the middle class, and the poor.

      • 31Forever

        We’re discussing the campaigns, not the Congress. Although they frequently aren’t, the houses of Congress are supposed to be about legislation, not politics.

        Other than that, I agree. Even though you digressed from my point.

  • Larry Syid Wright

    People your hate will come back to haunt you. Trust me on that. The Bush recession will hit the American people in 4 years. How can people vote for people that will slash minimum wage, eliminate the civil rights act, do away with female rights when it comes to their bodies and America becoming more of a police state. With Tom Tillis in office we will end up paying for the coal spill. More teachers will quit teaching. America. Prepare yourself for the worse. You have spoke in …a big way and your hate will come back to hurt you. For all of the people who have benefited from Obama care poor people and so called middle class people we are officially on the same level. This week is the start of two classes Rich and poor. Bye Bye middle class. When you hate someone to the point that you do not care about your lively hood you will get what you deserve. This is what hurt the Democrat party. In their own way they abandoned ship.

  • Dennis L. Pearson

    We have a President where 10 million jobs have been restored …. Job creation is above and beyond what it was when the economy crashed

  • midwestmomof2

    I completely AGREE! You took the words right out of my mouth while expressing it much better than I could. Thanks!

  • caligurl46

    Wow, clearly the author of this dribble is in major denial. If people were happy with obama’s presidency, they would have voted to keep the democrats. They obviously weren’t. You need a serious wake up call.

  • Frank B Goodin II

    This could actually be a tactical move; Dems concede the Senate now, with little real loss (due to Pres. veto power), for the Presidency in 2 years (since the Dems are much more likely to be energized now that both Houses are GOP).

  • Bill M

    LOL. Good morning everyone!

  • Steve K

    Just keep religion out of it and stay progressive with women’s rights and I am ok with Obama being lame. I am just worried about the Koch brothers, I must have a Koch fetish.

  • oldwhiteguy

    That’s a brilliant and right-on analysis. I have been scratching my head trying to figure out why the Dems are on the defensive and running for the exits. We’re being scammed by big money and right wing paranoia. The Republicans successfully wrecked the car and blamed on the passenger. But it’s our fault that we were the passenger. For all his accomplishments, I do question Obama’s lack of leadership in the sense that he appears to vacillate and shrink from confrontation. I question even more the leadership of the party that has not articulated a cause. To me the cause is obvious: save the middle class. Put the power – economic and political – back into the hands of the working man and women. Maybe it takes a Teddy Roosevelt to do it. But whatever or whomever, it ain’t getting done.

  • justducky

    I completely agree. What upsets me the most are those Democrats running for office that did not stand up and support our president. Either you are a Democrat or you’re not. If you are, stand up and act like one. By distancing yourself you are telling the whole world that you agree with all the Koch-sponsored lies and innuendo, and are helping to spread the notion that President Obama is doing a bad job. What you should be doing is shouting back at every opportunity that this is a president who has made things better for everyone. These wishy-washy democrat wanna- be’s deserved to lose. Shame on all of them. The apathy I see in this party is stupefying and the fact that these so-called leaders are too scared to stand next to the president and be proud of all he has done for this country, makes me angry.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      Bernie sanders in 2016— Ive been saying this for a bit over 4 yrs. I also like Elizabeth warren,,,,thats a ticket we progressives can get with; not the over-hyped Hillary -who still is far better than the regressive republican choice(s)

  • cconover1

    I take issue with “When someone tells me that they’re not happy with President Obama, what they’re really telling me is that they have no idea how our government works.”
    I am not happy with the President for the following reasons:
    – We still have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
    – Obama re-signed the Patriot Act which suspends the 1st, 4th and 14th amendments. This is nearly an act of treason to me.
    – We are now systematically killing people with robots (drones). Obama has started the “Terminator” nation. I guess he didn’t see how the movie turned out.
    – The NSA sees and records everything we do online. 1984 realized.

    There are many things that Republicans blame Obama for that are not in any way his fault, but these are SERIOUS anti-American issues that Obama has fully supported. Is he REALLY a liberal? I don’t think so.

  • Deafer

    The problem is that we did not air ads all along defending Obama and putting blame were it belonged….nothing more effective than running ads with their own words. Instead we let them talk without confrontation for two years. People bought it. And they will KEEP buying it until we hang them out with proof of their lies. Just ride it. Polling showed equal dislike for Obama and GOP, so people voted while holding their noses.

  • Brett Grant

    As usual, I see no mention of the 350+ bills passed in the house that Reid refused to bring up for a vote in the Senate. Harry was a Hall Of Fame Blocker, he refused to allow his caucus to vote on bills coming out of the house. It will be nice to see Obama either sign or veto a piece of legislation, now that Dirty Harry is out of power.
    Also – how do you explain the BLUE STATES, 9 of them, that Obama won in 2012, that voted for Republican Gov. (8 of them, only Penn. didn’t). And that includes Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin.
    Americans voted and Obama better listen up or set up another tee-time.

  • Kevin Carroll

    Obama and his party got clobbered last night ,period. Why? 6 years of lies and failed leadership. Very simple.

  • MB

    If a candidate is too scared to say she even voted for Obama, something is wrong. That’s where Grimes really went wrong. I bet she turned off a lot of the base. We needed people to come out, they did, but not enough. Maybe two years will be enough for the Dems to realize we need to come back stronger and better in 2016.

  • Jesse Callahan

    A small victory for We The People. With Harry Reid on the way out as Senate Majority Leader, there is some improvement but we still have Pelosi to contend with. She can be a disturbing factor. Also on the Republican side of the equation, the House needs to replace John Boehner as it’s Speaker since he is really an ineffective player. During the past several months, I have seen nothing that would indicate the current speaker has the clout to advance the goals of the Republican party.

  • JustJulie Steel

    And people believe this crap! smh Losing over 20 million full time jobs to create 10 million part time jobs is NO victory.. Who wrote this piece of crap article??

  • Terry

    Democrats who distanced themselves from Obama lost big because they were just scared. They got what they deserved period

  • herb portere

    This is the happiest day of my life, as far as politics go…I’m a Korean Vet, seen 12 presidents, this guy in the White house is the worst I’ve ever seen, thanks to the Dems…thank God we will take America back!! P.S.I was a Dem in earlier years

    • Angela Rae

      Herb, what has he done specifically that you are upset about?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he won in 2008 and 2012

    • regressive teaparty trash

      exactly—- U were a democrat when the George Wallace dems were screwing people
      =================================================
      now U are a regressive white trash aging religious scumbag republican who hates anything NOT white and old and religious

      • muteprophet

        Looks like you are the only racist here since you keep bringing it up. Go dust off your old robes and burn a cross while you’re at it.

  • Angela Rae

    Taking a big gulp of air after reading this provactive, well written albeit emotionally charged account of yesterday’s carnage. I 100% agree with you and I am so sick of people ripping into our president I could puke. He is a great man, a great thinker, a visionary while also pragmatist. He is a great husband and father. Maybe his high-caliber qualities make him unfit to be a politician, a breed that is more and more devolving into the lowest lifeform on earth.

  • artDEsign43

    If this were a GOP White House??: WE brought the debt down! Unemployment at 6% and falling! Wall Street is soaring! We’re the number one oil producer in the world! Gas is at three bucks a gallon! 8 million+ insured citizens! We ended the recession! We killed Osama! WE jumped on ebola in two days! We’re the party of awesome!! Democrats have no f**king backbone and I have no sympathy.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      don’t forget the women now getting equal pay and gas is actually at 2.84 gallon here in se florida
      ================================================
      NOTE: it is deficit ; not debt which is falling

  • Word.

  • blackliberationwithsanity

    First and Foremost, the party need kick Pelosi and Wassermen-Schultz to damn curb immediately. We need bring the chairman that was really responsible for our successes in 2006 and believe in competitive with fifty states strategy. I’m talking about bring back old Howard Dean as chairman.. Another thing the party need run candidates that can fired up the base during mid-term elections. Because there should be no excuse why party could win gubernatiorial elections in Florida, Michigan, Texas, Georgia and Alabama..

  • spanielmander

    I think the author’s point about the economy is only half-right. The half he misses is that wage growth for the vast majority of earners is flat or negative, and the new jobs being created pay less than the old ones. Democrats need a clear, constructive plan to deal with that. Guaranteed income would be one.

    Relatedly, Democrats need to stop counting on identity politics. I’m so fucking sick of the winning formula being X number of latinos, y number of women, z% turnout for blacks, and hope you don’t lose men too badly. Microtargeting doomed Hillary in 2012. D’s need to explain how progressive policies ARE BETTER FOR EVERYONE. You can even argue that that includes the billionaires. Relatedly, the 99% vs. the 1% narrative is never going to be a winner with swing voters. Need less “Republicans only care about the rich,” more “I am better for you, your family, your neighbors, and America because of these specific things.” And to the greatest extent possible, just laugh off Republican attacks. Do not dignify them with a response. The best response to shit like “My opponent favors job killing regulations like Obama,” is “Oh please,” and move on.

    • For My Liberty

      “Guaranteed Income”??? As in SOCIALISM? Do you understand that NEVER WORKS? After enough “Producers” figure out that no matter HOW HARD they work, it does NOT GAIN them anything, you run OUT of Producers and only have the LOOTERS…

      IT is SLAVERY–Plain and SIMPLE!

      By the way, to you HONESTLY believe that those “Billionaires” are going to let THEIR money be “redistributed to the masses”? HELL NO, they will KEEP their money…It is “Not for me, but for Thee”…

      • spanielmander

        Social Security is socialism, and works. Medicare is socialism, and works. Public education is socialism, and works. I could go on.

        Please show me these “Producers” who don’t gain anything by working, because of overtaxation? Seems to me we are the richest country in the world. Seems to me that the very wealthy in America are doing better than they have in 80 years. Can you acknowledge these facts as facts?

      • For My Liberty

        Social Security is PAID INTO BY THE WORKERS…AS is Medicare..THEY are TRUE Entitlements..(People are Entitled to them, as they PAID INTO THEM).. WELFARE is LOOTING…it was MEANT to be a HAND UP–NOT a HAND OUT!

        How about looking up the MEANING of Socialism..and tell me that is what YOU want…that you want to lose EVERYTHING you have worked for….unless you are a Looter…you would NOT willingly accept that.

        As a small business owner…having to file on personal taxes, and being taxed 50% of WHAT I MAKE between Fed and State…yet, NOT “Rich” and the REAL Rich hire people to send to DC to make DEALS with the Politicians so they can get OUT of paying what they should–Like WE have to…

        Tell ya what, when you have HALF of what you make, taken, by the feds….THEN maybe you can talk, until then….STHU.

      • spanielmander

        Actually the definition of socialism is substantial government ownership of industry. But I am fine with you fools redefining it to mean “programs that help people and are popular among Americans.”

        And pray tell, who is losing “EVERYTHING [they] have worked for”? Aside from people with little wealth who lose their jobs or develop an expensive medical condition? What productive titans of American industry have been stripped of their weath by the government?

      • For My Liberty

        *rotflmao* *SMH* what an idiot you are…I BELIEVE you made the FIRST comment about what Socialism is…and then you say I “Redefined” it?

        It is “popular” with people because they THINK they are getting something for Nothing…..guess you never took economics huh? There is NO such thing as a FREE lunch…. SOMEONE has to PAY for it!

      • For My Liberty

        Definition: Socialism is a political term applied to an economic system in which property is held in common and not individually, and relationships are governed by a political hierarchy. Common ownership doesn’t mean decisions are made collectively, however. Instead, individuals in positions of authority make decisions in the name of the collective group. Regardless of the picture painted of socialism by its proponents, it ultimately removes group decision making in favor of the choices of one all-important individual.

      • For My Liberty

        Both communism and socialism were designed to improve the lives of ordinary people, and to more equitably distribute wealth. In theory, either system should have been able to provide for the working masses. In practice, however, the two had very different outcomes.

        They provide no incentive for people to work – after all, the central planners will simply take your products, then redistribute them equally regardless of how much effort you expend – it tended to lead to impoverishment and immiseration. Workers quickly realized that they would not benefit from working harder, so most gave up.

  • muteprophet

    I love the smell of liberal butthurt in the morning. I guess your plans for destroying America will have to wait.

  • Jake Green

    The dishonesty on this site is epic. You all don’t have balls to be honest about who you are, ideologically. Progressive is just a Communist/Socialist dressed up as Democrat for public consumption. Just be honest and call yourselves Marxist, Maoist, Statist.

    • For My Liberty

      Yeppers, and I do believe they might not like the “Other view”…what I posted quite a while ago is still “awaiting moderation”…gonna try it here..

      The IGNORANCE of the author is astounding.

      The list of Obama’s accomplishments is ludicrous.

      Created over 10 million jobs.—-The “Jobs” “He created” are PART TIME JOBS!! and you say “He has record job creations” We have RECORD job LOSS’S…There are CURRENTLY 1/3 of ALL AMERICANS 18 and over, NOT WORKING. That is about 100 MILLION people WITHOUT a Job, and no matter HOW Dems want to manipulate numbers, our REAL unemployment is over 12 percent. BLACKS have been hit the hardest. (You know, those he said he was going to help) MORE people have DROPPED OUT of the job market than since the DEPRESSION in the 30’s

      Authorized the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin.—-HE did NOT “Authorize” the killing of Bin Laden, as a matter of fact HE WAS ON THE GOLF COURSE …and was told AFTER the OK was given..(Guess you never paid attention to the pics that were taken in the war room…Obama was not even in the MAIN seat..and he had his stupid golf jacket on) OBAMA had 3 PREVIOUS chances to give the OK to take Bin Laden OUT and didn’t do it!!

      Saved the American auto industry.—–He “Saved” the auto industry? AT WHAT COST? AMERICAN TAX PAYERS lost MILLIONS….NON union companies that supplied parts to the
      “Auto Industry he saved”, LOST their benefits–and their pensions..(Unions didn’t do that)

      Presided over record stock levels.—–“Record stock levels”? Yeah….because the FED is printing FAKE MONEY an inserting it into our economy, WHICH makes our dollar WORTH LESS, and the Stock Market is having a BLAST playing with the “monopoly” bucks. Tell me EXACTLY how many “Regular American’s” have money in that stock market? The RICHEST of the RICH are making money off
      it, while regular American’s dollars will not buy what they could 5
      years ago”

      Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion.—–With an 18 TRILLION DEBT!!! (using his own words…”That’s Un-American”)

      Set a record for consecutive months of job growth in our nation’s history.—-(See reply to “Created over 10 MIl Jobs)

      Passed landmark health care reform that’s provided millions of Americans with health care.—–LAST count, about 7 Million signed up for Ovomit care–93 MILLION ALREADY INSURED people, LOST their insurance, and according to the CBO, in 10 years there will STILL be 30 MILLION UNINSURED! The SAME number the Dems used to PASS the bill and shove it down our Throats!–WHICH by the way was done ILLEGALLY…ALL bills are to ORIGINATE in the HOUSE..The bill THEY passed had NOTHING to DO with Ovomit-care! Reid STRIPPED that bill and put in the ACA and passed it…FYI–when there are CHANGES made to a bill the house passed, BY the Senate, it is SUPPOSED to go BACK to the house and be voted on again–NEVER HAPPENED!!!

      ——————————————————

      Why don’t you talk about how HIGH the insurance is? How HIGH the
      deductibles are!! How about how SICK Americans are of the SOCIALISTIC BULLSHIT that Obama and the “Progressives” are shoving at us…How we are FED up with his ILLEGAL Executive orders…

      How about how Harry Reid has over 300 BILLS on his DESK that the HOUSE PASSED–MANY JOBS BILLS, and Reid REFUSES to take a vote on them…Yet the Dems call the GOP the “do nothing” party?

      Lastly, You blame everything on Bush, and although he was NOT perfect, do you UNDERSTAND that the DEMS had CONTROL OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE during Bush’s LAST TWO
      YEARS? THEY are the ones that passed the CRAP you are blaming on Bush!

      While we are AT it, Lets spread the blame around…Obama was a LARGE cause of the Housing Bubble. HE, as a Community ORGANIZER, strong armed Banks into giving loans that minorities COULD NOT AFFORD.. As a Senator, when he was NOT voting “Present” he was voting FOR the Iraq War, FOR Freddie and Fannie…and FOR a very LARGE part of the crap that people like YOU want to blame on a Conservative Admin.

      FYI…In 2010, Americans SENT the GOP to STOP the crap that the Dems and Obama are doing, and we DID IT AGAIN LAST NIGHT!

      How about instead of just regurgitating the BS the Dems spoon feed you, DO SOME RESEARCH and TELL THE TRUTH instead of spreading the LIES and SPIN!

      • Jake Green

        Keep in mind Progressives are ultra left wing extremists (Communists, Socialists, Statists, Collectivists) who have to lie about how they are what what their true agenda is. As such they live in the world of make believe. Yes I am proud of being Tea Party believing in the Constitution, Limited Government, lower taxes, less draconian regulation, States Rights and the individual. Progressive hate America as founded and seek to tear it down and replace the free market (although it doesn’t exist so much any more) with Government Central Planning of every ones lives i.e. The Collective, you know We are Borg mentality

  • grannie

    If obama was a republican, the democrats would be swinging from the rafters, beating down the doors, demanding his immediate ouster. The truth is, he should already have been arrested, charged, tried, convicted, and incarcerated for his many, many treasonous acts.

  • Brian Hughes

    Wow. Glad to see the libtards can still drown their tears in Kool-aid.

  • Hans Christensen

    Lay off the crack and the fake job creation numbers and all your other talking points and try to understand that people who are living Obummers BS policies have let their votes speak for them. GOT IT?

  • Bill Bush

    What a bunch of fantasy land BULLSHIT!!!! Harry Reid blocked anything from even coming up for debate. YOU LOST BIG TIME DUMB ASS

    • For My Liberty

      They are all low information voters that are espousing the Dems on here Bill…that is who the Dems count on to spread their shit…and keep them in office… MOST would not vote Dem if they understood exactly what they want..and where they want to go….but they follow…like sheep to slaughter…

  • Gian keys

    Obama has lost nearly 70 House seats since taking office.

    #electoraldisaster

  • @77, I’ve seen everything except an Woman President… and that’s next and it won’t be Warren,it will be Hillary! One thing for sure, the next 2 years the Republicans will get the opportunity to shot themselves in the foot or put their foot in their big toothless mouth. WE MUST COURT THE YOUNG VOT AND WAKE THEM UP BEFORE THERE IS NOTHING TO BE LEFT FOR THEM.

  • Thom*

    Reed and obola are both thugs. No good lying SOB’s

  • Jack Jackson

    “t shows that during his presidency he’s dealt with a Congress that’s been absolutely incompetent and unwilling to get anything done”

    false narrative alert! he had 2 years with an entirely D Congress. The last 4, bills have been piling up in the Senate that Reid would never let come to a vote

    Now that the Prez doesn’t have Harry protecting him from taking a stand on them, he can show his true colors with the veto pen

  • BSH

    Dear ‘progressives’:

    We don’t like your fiscal and spending policies. We don’t like your policies that cause our expenses to go up and our wages to stagnate. We don’t like your policies that attempt to control, limit, or take away our choices, our rights, and our privacy. We are appalled by the flagrant disregard for the law exhibited by your leaders in the administration.

    We just want a responsible, reliable, reasonable and limited government that works within its limits and plays by its own rules. Please, no more identity politics; if something isn’t measurably and directly good for the WHOLE country, then put it aside.

    Signed,
    The Voters

  • Bobbie Jo Justice

    The whole system needs to be scrapped. Other than myself, I have yet to see a candidate that says the following: No more layoffs, no more offshoring, no more outsourcing, no more h1b visas, no more mergers. Any ceo that has sent American jobs overseas will be charged with treason and executed in the public square. We are going to quit harassing the NRA, guns are NOT the issue, mentally unstable pe…ople loose in society IS the issue. The militarization of police will stop as of right now, all military vehicles and military grade weapons are to be immediately removed from all police departments. No more no knock raids, and especially not at the wrong addresses, no more shooting peoples pets, no more government officials investigating other government officials to see if they think they did anything wrong, time for 100% citizen review boards. I am eliminating this b.s. war on drugs, what adults choose to do to their own bodies is NO ONE’S BUSINESS but theirs. We’re going to stop this criminal nonsense for prostitution, prostitution will no longer be a crime, what a woman chooses to do with her own body is NO ONE’S BUSINESS BUT HERS. Let’s see, a guy can take a woman on a date, buy her flowers, dinner, dancing, movies, spend well over $200 on her, and then if they go back to her place and have consensual sex it’s “all okay”, BUT if they both agree to forego the date b.s. and he just gives her the $200 for sex, then some idiot said its a “crime”….well, what group of RETARDS wrote that law? Marriage equality will be the law of the land, effective immediately. We are going to quit treating the glbt community like second class citizens. The phrase in this country is liberty and justice for ALL, if you don’t like that, then get the **** out of this country. We are eliminating this war of terror, oops, so sorry, I mean war on terror of course. No more useless personal vendettas into other peoples countries. We are going to keep our big fat nose out of other peoples countries, and that includes stopping almost all foreign aid too. Bye bye wall street, stock market, federal reserve, nsa, cia, tsa, department of homeland stupidity, unpatriot act and ndaa. Oh, and no more of this too big to fail nonsense. Bankers WILL be going to jail for a very long time, and/or executed. We are taking immediate steps to lower a dependence on fossil fuels, including outfitting just about all homes with solar panels…..since we won’t be wasting money murdering people in foreign lands, we will have plenty of money to invest in renewable energy sources. There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to be homeless or hungry in this country. Get big money and especially corporate money out of politics. Limit all political donations to $1.00, yes I said ONE dollar. Allow each candidate 10 minutes of free air time each month, but only on one universally available tv channel. Oh and I don’t care if you want to worship a god or not, but you will not put your god on money or in the pledge of allegiance, just because some of you believe in a god doesn’t mean everyone does. People say let democracy run its course, I call b.s. Democracy (majority rules) is nothing more than two wolves and a sheep “voting” on what is for dinner.

  • scionfall

    This article articulates exactly how I feel about this election and about the Democratic party. It is so frustrating and infuriating that the Democrats wont’ stand up for the facts even when faced with such obvious lies and misinformation. However, I do disagree with you on one point. While it’s true that many of the right’s policies are not popular, in no way will anything they do energize the people to do something about it. The unpopular policies you used as examples are the same policies popularized by Dubya Bush. In my state of Michigan, where Republicans control the state legislature and governorship we have seen right to work laws passed, abortion effectively banned (if you want an abortion you must get an abortion rider added to your insurance to allow it. However, no individual insurance plan currently offers this), and major cuts to education and the maintenance of our roads, and yet they were still elected in droves. All of these things did nothing to change the people’s minds in our state or get many of them to vote for a change.

    In my mind the real problem is the media. The way the news is delivered and presented has changed radically over the past several years. It used to be that shows like Rush Limbaugh’s were a fringe case. Now everyone seems to be copying that format. From O’Reilly, to Maher to Beck to Maddow – shows with a clear bias on one side or the other and (generally more on the right’s side of things) lying and spreading misinformation to advance their agenda. And it works. And it’s scary and nobody takes it seriously enough. For example, look at the controversial topic of climate change. The facts are that more than 97% of climatologists believe this to be a real threat that we as human beings on this planet need to do something about RIGHT. NOW. These experts who have gone to school, have learned and studied this effect in such detail throughout their professional lives have come together in near unison to say that this is a serious problem. Yet Fox News and Republicans would turn a blind eye to the facts and continue to deny this is a problem. This was true during the Bush era. It’s true now, and nothing has changed. Fox News and others like it have done an amazing job of convincing many Americans that this isn’t real or that it could be something else. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to question your government and the world around you. But there are questions to reach an understanding and to learn and there are those that are used to lie and subvert the facts and they’ve been doing the latter for years. Until we get a handle on that a large portion of the American people will continue to believe it and these people that do are so strong in their convictions that a very high percentage of them go straight to the polls and vote. Until Democrats get organized and stop bickering amongst themselves this will continue to happen.

    “I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.” – Will Rogers

  • Bill

    It is almost amusing to read the delusional perspective many Democrats have of how (in)effective the current President has been — e.g., reducing the deficit by $1 Trillion when he’s almost doubled our debt vs. ALL PREVIOUS Presidents, with more on public assistance than ever before…

    People can see right through him and his policies that have undermined the fabric of this great country for political expediency. Yes, he authorized and oversaw the killing of bin Laden, but his inexperience with foreign policy and inability to call a terrorist a terrorist are only the tip of the melting iceberg… Only history in retrospect (meaning 10-20 years down the road) will provide the proper assessment of the impact of the last 8 years. Give the U.S. another Ronald Reagan any time!

    • regressive teaparty trash

      hey bill————-
      “hey bill”———— would that be the Reagan who near TRIPLED the DEFICIT while making selling of DEBT to ASIA a national hobby?
      *****************************************************************************
      OHBYTHEWAY bill; conflating DEBT and DEFICIT is showing how well versed U are: as they do NOT add to/subtract from each other–
      do U know the diff between debt and deficit??
      look it up– then get back with us all who DO know the diff

      • Bill

        Yes the same guy. The one who helped bring the Iron Curtain to its knees, the former Democrat and President of the Actors Union who realized that those perspectives don’t work as well. And yes, I’m very familiar with the distinction between debt and deficit… You’re acting as though they’re not related. If you remove 8 zeros from our national condition, you get a situation most individuals can get their arms around… Approx. $28,000 in annual income, about $38,000 in annual expenses with a standing credit card balance of over $160,000. Not good, not sustainable…

        There will always be blunders and benefits with both parties, and extremists who can’t see the difference (you may be one – not sure yet), but at a fundamental level the majority of voters are smelling the coffee and want better, on several levels. May the pendulum swing to the right place on the spectrum.

        PS — if the Libertarian Party ever got traction, their approach with some modifications is better than either main party…

  • opjyhwk

    Excuse me, but you’re all looney tunes. Proglodytes all.

  • Michael McAvoy

    Sadly, Americans now have 2 Houses united against them!

  • Rachel B

    I am so disgusted with Democrats-very cowardly. I always felt like they’ve taken the African American vote for granted and so that hurt them big time. But in the end not voting hurts all of the takers, like the majority of us, Mitt Romney was talking about.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      “takers”………………………. would this include the TAX FREE churches who pilfer billions annually from americans?

      • Rachel B

        Churches are not my issue. At least there is some sort of message there. My issue is with the “real takers” all of the corporations that are really running this country.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        im with you on that,but alas- money is power and U & I have to roll with the winds of change

  • Trista Robinson

    STANDING OVATION! Please copy and MAIL this to all Democratic “leaders” this campaign made me go non-partisan!

  • XCSX

    Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion? Really? He has increased the deficit more than all previous presidents COMBINED.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      hey stupid ^^^^ XCSX^^^^^^,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, do U know the difference between debt and deficit?
      =============================================
      time 4 U 2 read up on it

  • Ralph Horque

    The Democrats have always picked weak leaders. Pelosi, Reid, Tom Daschle, et. al. They also need to ditch that good for nothing “strategist” James Carville. He won ONE time. The Dems need to learn to stick together (something they suck at) as well.

  • regressive teaparty trash

    hey idiot…………….
    do U know the difference between DEBT and DEFICIT??
    ================================================
    try reading b4 speaking

    • FYI

      Using improper spelling and throwing around insults is really impressive. Really helps make your point.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        funny– U actually “think” I cannot spell TWO or YOU?
        oh– I 4got2 add–
        ,,,,,,,,, did U ever find out the diff between debt and deficit?
        ========================================
        KNOW? ( no) ,,,,knot ( not) yet?
        ************************************************************

        PS— I see that U R jes’ another crybaby troll with a NICE KNEW ( new) profile ,,,,

        “didja” (did you) get thrown off before?

        awwwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ” da’ widdle puddy cat; he faw down an’ go BOOM again”

  • Darren Johnson

    Well said!!!

  • Mark

    Obama told the country that while he was not on the ballot – his policies were. Obviously, the voters have spoken and said they are not happy with his record.

    • Zorro

      Nah. The Republicans won a bunch of red states. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, and fear mongering aided and abbetted by the media helped. Here in California, the Republicans were trounced. None of what happened was really surprising. You’ll also notice that on issues that were on the ballot, people by and large voted quite liberally.

      • Mark

        California? That’s not an American state – that’s the Hispanic capital for illegals. You still have a few more years before all of us old white men die. And we’ll try to put the country back on track before we do. Before y’all destroy what was given to you.

      • Zorro

        Oh, why didn’t you just say you’re a racist?

  • Another two years of no progress other than republicans cutting their own throats. We need to win back more governorships and begin redrawing the gerrymandering which allowed huge house gains while Mitt lost the popular vote by a relative landslide.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      u know the historical ( recently) rules; repubs win,,,, then dems win
      ===================================================
      2016 dems recover again

  • alvdh1

    Heck of a job Brownie can now be applied to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Since when do we take the Republican messaging about Obama as our Democratic campaign theme. This was our election to win. All we had to do was support the President and the collective Democratic achievements over the last 6 years.

  • Linda Fox

    Oh Harry your just a sore loser and you talk about Obama taking out Osama Bin ladin for 3,000 deaths what about him helping fund ISIS and letting them get away with all the people they killed.Your an embarrassement to even have that come out of your mouth,and you talk about the 1 trillion dollars he saved.He didn’t save anything cause he helped make it go up to 18 trillion,so you go sit in a rocking chair and sit back and collect on your retirement

  • ChiTownArkie

    Allen put my exact words in a ‘printable’ fashion. To be blunt, the Democrats didn’t have the balls to run their races. They came to a gun fight with a butter knife. Shame on all of them.

  • Two thirds of the voters stayed home and did not participate in the psycho babble. That speaks louder than any pundit – left or especially “right” – so, GOP R-Heads think they have a mandate now based of garnering a little over one sixth of the “vote” – think about that for a sec…..

    • Sandy Greer

      Not a mandate for Rs so much as a restraining order for Ds.

      Only non-Believers stay home. So yeah. Think about that a sec…

  • deano

    Politics has simply just become a war between D & R’s, nothing more. Beating the other guy is priority #1, if you ever want to cooperate with the “other guys” to get something done you are usually shunned and exiled from your “party”

    America is ruled by the business class. They determine who even gets put up for office anyway. They have successfully brainwashed most of the population into thinking just because someone has a letter by their name, they will identify with your beliefs. I would wager at least 2/3 people who call themselves D or R’s, have no idea what that even means.

    They really aren’t even that different, and until we start actually working together instead of this Donkey vs Elephant pissing contest every 4 years, you and I will continue to suffer.

  • lawrencecarson

    I HATE people that call them selves Democrats or Republicans. It is the most detesting, distasteful and aggravating state of blather I can think of. We are humans attempting to learn where civility comes from … what it does for each other …and why. And not for “religious” reasons but for human reasons. OMG how stupid can a human be? All of us!

  • oberverofthehumancondition

    I’ve always liked him. He did make changes – significant changes. He opened up the White House electronically. He welcomed citizen participation. He was accessible to the American people. He ended two unpopular wars he’d inherited. He brought humanity and good family values. His wife got people up and moving. Our economy is on the mend since the Great Depression of 2008. I think he did a fine job and I hope we all look to fixing the USA.

  • Whoever was running the DNC political marketing and positioning campaign should be fired immediately! They are totally out of touch with reality and completely incompetent!

    Not only did they screw up this election; they have now put the American people in peril of losing even more power to the 1%ers, corporations and Koch brothers.

    Our environment will be even more trashed and Global Warming will continue at a rapid pace. Our resouces will be squandered and sold to the highest bidder while the pipeline will be ‘fast tracked’. Our democracy will be further eroded with more religious doctrine intertwined with the government.

    Plus, I am sure the Republicans will use these next two years to attack Social Security and any remaining shred of social programs that help the middle class and poor. The middle class will continue to shrink while the ranks of poor will swell as ‘the rug is swept out from under their feet’ and any kind of help is cut. The Republicans will wrap themselves in the American flag and proclaim that everyone has an equal opportunity in the greatest country in the world and that anyone ‘can make it if they try.’ They will denigrate the poor and relegate them to the trash bin of ‘losers, who suck off the system and are not willing to work.”

    At the same time, let’s see if they don’t start another war; always good to get the economy up and running quickly. This time with Syria and put us back into Iraq. The same country they lied about and used to squander our money surplus while enriching their sponsors and themselves and leaving the entire Middle East destabilized.

    It’s hard to believe Americans are so dumb that they ’will bite off their noses to spite their faces’, but this is the electorate we are faced with. Knowing that, and the fact our media has totally collapsed, and is completely compromised, it is imperative that the Democrats have the smartest
    and brightest leading this war. Obviously, that did not happen.

    Put on your crash helmets and fasten your seat belts.

    • Concerned Citizen

      ” They are totally out of touch with reality and completely incompetent!”

      Actually, that applies to the party as a whole.

      • Yup, actually both parties are completely out of touch.

  • mrmiller

    Spot on. Thank you.

  • bob

    I have been saying it all day. When asked if she voted for Obama she should have said, “damn right. I voted for him.”. Then she should have listed the accomplishments you noted. She should have gone on the offensive and started listing how McConnell tried to block these historic achievements.

  • buricco

    As I’ve said, Democrats are acting like a bunch of spineless cowards, the Republicans are successfully mobilizing, and all the Dems are doing is wringing their hands and crying “woe, woe, woe”, while not getting out there and doing something to fix the situation they’re complaining about, and wondering why it gets worse?

    Who was it who said that to not stand against evil was to stand with evil?

  • Charles Vincent

    Democrats lost and the winners were the republicans don’t be a sore loser Allen.

    • Sandy Greer

      Dems lost because they misjudged American public. They didn’t sell themselves well, and just assumed everybody was buying, anyway.

      Interesting, the Progressive initiatives that passed, while Repubs gained ground.

      This tells me Americans are not so divided and polarized as Dems-GOP would have us believe. Gives me hope for Independents and third parties in future.

      • Charles Vincent

        True Story. Although I believe that for third party’s to be a real contender they need to field one candidate and all need to back him for running against the Democrats and Republicans. Sort of in the same way the two(Dems and Pubs) have run offs to decide who goes to the primaries.

  • joeyb

    Dems lost because in 2008 people wanted to be on the right side of history and vote a black man into office. THAT IS IT. Nobody knew Obama was as anti american as he was at the time. It is ok to admit you fell for the trap and now see him for what he really is. Hate to break the news, but most people want secure borders and most people believe in the right to bear arms. Just don’t make the same mistake voting in Hilary because she is the first women to run.

  • Adam651

    The butt hurt is strong with Allen Lol
    The Dems did lose and they lost big, should be a huge wake up call for politically correct lib/dems. I guess there aren’t as many of you all around as you thought.

  • Mary Hazlett

    The Rs say the country is going to the Chinese. But this country is now owned by the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson.they are the most powerful people in the world. They own the GOP.

    • WeAreMany

      They have a pretty firm grip on the democrats as well.

  • ingersol .

    Excellent analysis. In Illinois, ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage tyo $10 and require health insurance plans to cover contraception both passed by a 2:1 margin but the Republican Senate candidate got 43% and the Republican Gubernatorial candidate won with 50%. That means at least 10% of the voters voted for both Republicans and at least one of the ballot initiatives.

  • Mark Gruben

    I hoped – I so hoped, wished, wanted, expected, believed – that the Republicans would be gracious winners, humble in their victories, and pledging a renewed spirit of bipartisanship. But no. All I’ve heard today is crowing, cackling, squawking, and chest-beating from the GOP, kicking ass and taking names. Fine. Enjoy yourselves while you can. In two years, when it’s time to nominate a Presidential candidate, you will have to go to your empty cupboard, rummage through your very few viable choices, and pick……..nobody who can possibly win against Any-Democrat-Will-Do, who will probably be re-elected in 2020. By 2025, having not held the White House in 16 years, the joke will indeed be on yourselves.

  • sharoncoburn

    By far the best answer to WTF?! that I’ve seen!

  • Aaron

    Really? Success claimed by either party is really more done “in spite of” the contemporary policies…the risk takers in business and workers are responsible for the economy and aided by policy…and cultural change is cumulative. Both sides give themselves far too much credit for what is happening…and don’t forget how the Fed has allowed the economy to seem better than it is for both sides.

  • TGrinnalds

    I very strongly agree.

  • RichMan

    Good Message! I’ve would have written the same article! As I did something similar on my face book page. You left out that housing market is robust and that gas prices are so low. “Remember the Great Recession?” Cause I do! Not only do democrats need new leadership, they need to rethink their entire strategy!

  • Guest

    It is not that I am not aware of how our Government works, I just don’t agree with Obama’s politics. As a registered independent I am dissatisfied with both parties because neither one is willing to compromise on anything. They are more concerned with making themselves more liberal or more conservative which is not what this country needs right now. Obama has had some good ideas and I will give him that, he just hasn’t been able to accomplish them through what Carter began when he was in office and through what Bush Jr. left him when Obama inherited the office. Making an agenda about guns and following what Biden wanted over that wasn’t a smart political move. Pushing and forcing the Americans to accept a health care program that needed more revision wasn’t smart either. Furthermore, we as a country, pulled out to quickly from Iraq and have paid for that dearly. I agree, we shouldn’t have even been there to begin with, but if we had made a commitment then we needed to see it through. Now that we are having to deploy air strikes against ISIS that will cost this country more money then if we had stayed and secured what we had accomplished.And that is looking at the country economically in the long term and not the short term. Speaking of which Obama made some good decisions over the recession and over the deficit. I had actually voted on his deficit bill that he a Boehner signed. It was good. As my closing statement, its arrogant to assume that because I disagree with Obama’s politics makes me somehow incompetent, that is where both parties get into trouble, is by assuming that very thing. Give the American people more credit than they are being given. They are frustrated and they have every right to be. That doesn’t make us stupid or unknowledgeable. I am not happy with how the election turned out. There needs to be a balance in government. Like JFK once said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” That makes us human.

  • Kristen Elizabeth Conant

    It is not that I am not aware of how our Government works, I just don’t agree with Obama’s politics. As a registered independent I am dissatisfied with both parties because neither one is willing to compromise on anything. They are more concerned with making themselves more liberal or more conservative which is not what this country needs right now. Obama has had some good ideas and I will give him that, he just hasn’t been able to accomplish them through what Carter began when he was in office and through what Bush Jr. left him when Obama inherited the office. Making an agenda about guns and following what Biden wanted over that wasn’t a smart political move. Pushing and forcing the Americans to accept a health care program that needed more revision wasn’t smart either. Furthermore, we as a country, pulled out to quickly from Iraq and have paid for that dearly. I agree, we shouldn’t have even been there to begin with, but if we had made a commitment then we needed to see it through. Now that we are having to deploy air strikes against ISIS that will cost this country more money then if we had stayed and secured what we had accomplished.And that is looking at the country economically in the long term and not the short term. Speaking of which Obama made some good decisions over the recession and over the deficit. I had actually voted on his deficit bill that he a Boehner signed. It was good. As my closing statement, its arrogant to assume that because I disagree with Obama’s politics makes me somehow incompetent, that is where both parties get into trouble, is by assuming that very thing. Give the American people more credit than they are being given. They are frustrated and they have every right to be. That doesn’t make us stupid or unknowledgeable. I am not happy with how the election turned out. There needs to be a balance in government. Like JFK once said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” That makes us human.

  • funkybro

    You liberal clowns hope that if you keep repeating your “how great is Obama” talking points that otherwise rational people will actually believe what you say. Job creation? Yeah, if you like part time work. If we’ve had such great job growth, why are there nearly 50 million Americans collecting food stamps? Why is the Labor Force Participation Rate at a record low level? Why is the number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability at an all time high?

    Authorized the killing of Osama Bin Laden? Yes, after he was forced into it by Leon Panetta over the objection of his close buddyette Valerie Jarrett.

    Saved the auto industry? Puhleeze! He stole the value from the shareholders to give to his UAW buddies. He “ordered” GM to consolidate lines and did away with Pontiac, as if he, the one who never, ever ran so much as a lemonade stand, knows how to run a business.

    Presided over record growth in the stock market? Well, just exactly how hard is it to run up the value of stocks when the Fed is printing, literally, $4.5 trillion in new money?

    Reduced the deficit by over $1 trillion? That is freakin’ laughable! Bush’s last deficit was $459 billion. Obama ran the deficit up to over $1.5 trillion in one year alone! Then, because the Republican House wouldn’t go along with his ridiculous spending plans the deficit is finally drawn down to $618 billion and you have the audacity to say that that clown actually reduced the deficit? That’s ludicrous, untrue, and a poor effort at spin.

    Anyone who buys this pap you’re selling only does so because they WANT to. Obama is the most incompetent president of the modern era. All he knows how to do is campaign. Since that’s what he’s good at, that’s what he gravitates to. He has no real interest in governing. He has no interest in building coalitions or working with the other side. He is the ultimate divider, not a uniter.

  • Diana Reichardt

    I am sorry but I can not believe that voting Democrats turned their backs, I do believe a lot of Democrats did not vote and that really makes me angry. I just pray that in 2016 this can be fixed. I also am disappointed but this shall pass and I will continue to be a strong Democrat and we will over come this mess. Just hope the Republicans can’t do a lot of damage in the mean time.

    • Zorro

      There were good reasons for Democrats not to vote. Obama and the blue dogs dropped the ball on immigration reform. They said if they did immigration reform, rabid right wingers wouldn’t vote for them. Latinos told them, correctly, rabid right wingers weren’t going to vote for them anyway. But if they moved on immigration reform, Latinos might take kindly to them. They didn’t listen. Guess what? They lost. Democrats – especially blue dogs like Obama – seriously need to learn on which side their bread is buttered. The Republicans are fooling themselves into thinking they won the election. The truth is most Americans can’t stomach the Republicans, but the Democrats gave people no reason to go to the polls. Note that this was not true across the board (exhibit A, California) and that on issue after issue people across the country voted against Republicans. Nobody in their right mind likes the Republicans. It’s just that the Democrats fell asleep at the wheel.

  • Dave Fouchey

    Our Party shot themselves in the head.

  • davidj3000

    You Liberetards live in a fantasy world. The Democrats had 6 years to prove themselves and did much more harm the good. True the Republicans haven’t done much to help and let Obozo play God. But the people had only one opinion besides the Liberetards. Hopefully there are some up and coming men with integrity left who can step up and get this Country back on track. For the record I’m a Independent

    • Zorro

      I am really going to enjoy watching you people self-destruct before our very eyes. You have some deep delusions.

      • davidj3000

        Not going to happen, the liberetards self-destructed over the last 6 years. Anything is better then living under the false law breaking joke King Obozo

  • WeAreMany

    “one of the most successful presidents in modern history”

    Do you consider it a success that he has bombed more countries than Bush did? Is it a success that our indiscriminate drone killing is creating even more backlash against us overseas? Will the passage of TPP, which gives corporations the right to overturn local laws and completely undermine our democracy, be considered a success? What about the rise of our miltarized police state, complete with Orwellian style dragnet spying? Is that something you are all proud of? How about encouraging the massive explosion of fracking (pun intended) and all the horrors that come with it despite the fact that irreversible and significant climate change is right at our doorstep? The democrats keep losing because they don’t really differentiate themselves from the republicans. We continue to oscillate back and forth between the two parties because they are so similar. There is no left any more. Anyone who thinks that Democrats represent the left are delusional.

    • Sandy Greer

      I wish I could like your post 10x over.

      Two faces – one coin. Indeed.

      Sad, though. There will be people see your post and still claim it’s all about Racism. And that is exactly why Dems lost this election.

      They’re out of touch with Americans. Got two years to figure it out.

  • Aj

    When someone lists “Presided over record stock levels” as a key accomplishment of any presidency, what they are really telling me is that they don’t understand basic economics

    • WeAreMany

      Or what people want. I bet soaring stock prices and CEO pay aren’t high on most people’s priority list.

  • jakeslaw

    Obama did not create 10 million jobs.

  • mariannmusings

    Democrats couldn’t get their message out. Oh, they got a message out alright….by keeping away from the president, they told the rest of the country they didn’t believe in themselves either. THEY BELIEVED THE REPUBLICAN MESSAGE OF HATE OBAMA. We better damn well figure out how the republicans even got Democrats to believe their message. The republicans were very effective in their hate Obama campaign and don’t say anything else that might upset the voters. Your right, they ran on nothing else. But they got not only the vote, they got democrats to believe it too! What cowards we have in the democratic leadership. They ran like sissies as far away from Obama as they could. Someone ought to teach them what it means to be part of a team! Did the democrats even look at the numbers? If they are this stupid and cowardly they don’t deserve any office! How humiliating and shameful they made us all feel as part of the democratic team!

    • Mammo

      The only reason republicans won was to stop Obama, the unlawful behavior of this admin. It isn’t congress at all. Reid, Boehner, McConnell, Clinton…decades of working together. Decades. Reid has legislation on his desk, not even considering it. Everything coming out of the White House is a lie!!! There is no truth, The American system is hated by Obama, yes, he hates being controlled by checks and balances. He is slowly dismantling it all. Why else would he want to “fundamentally change….” His entire youth through senator he surrounded himself with anti-american influence. He announces candidacy from Bill Ayers (a terrorist) living room and he doesn’t lead. Has he even tried To be a leader. So Congress isn’t Working together…a good leader would make them work.

      • Zorro

        It’s amazing to me that all of you Obama haters have never been able to point to a single concrete thing Obama has done that is actually illegal or anti-American or any of the other things you silly ninnies claim. Me thinks you simply don’t like his skin tone.

  • Mammo

    I know exactly how our government works dude, and I’m pissed off at Obama. You don’t have a clue! Legislation is sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, he is avoiding it, meanwhile Obama (who claims news is where he gets his info) purposefully avoids any kind of concession, he acts with a pen and plays politics- if they can’t agree on what I want, the Congress gets blamed. Since republicans control the purse (thanks- you didn’t say that) blame them. You also fail to mention in your partisan article, “how our government works,” which you led in with. Not to mention how false information is fed to the masses how they don’t understand we are a republic by laws, and how a vast number of ppl believe they have rights that don’t exist. You have not cited anything that reflects law, you’re just blowing smoke, saying anyone mad at Obama doesn’t know our government system . Uh. Why isn’t the article about that?oh, you’re the kind of person who believes everything The President does is lawful, because he is granted that power. You have delusional disorder , a mental illness

  • Mammo

    To the author: do you know anything about Obama or how our government works? Nope.

    If you did & you knew how our government worked you’d realize a person who desired a radical overthrow of the American system through politics (see his influences, college and pre-senate) is someone who doesn’t like the way our government is run. Your argument is those disliking Obama don’t know the system, he is the anti-american system. You don’t have any business writing this article. It doesn’t even make sense.

    • Zorro

      You haven’t been on this planet long, have you?

  • Gregg Barnes

    The Dumocrats wanted people to come out and vote. This is what happens.

  • Scott Worthington

    When someone tells me that President Obama created ten million jobs, I know that they don’t understand how business works.

  • Rico777

    LMAO… Keep licking your wounds sore losers. Obama is a loser, Harry Reid is a loser, Nancy Piglosi is a loser and Democrats got swept into the abyss by yet another furious wave. Having cost the Dembots both the house and senate during his tenure, perhaps the chosen one should fold up his tent and head back to Murder Inc., Chicago. Wait, Chicago also has a Republican governor now. Maybe Hawaii would be better. It’s still deep blue and tops the list of the most welfare dollars received per capita in the nation. Perfectly fits the Obama narrative. Congrats Repubs for making history. Especially with the number of women, blacks and young candidates elected!

    • Zorro

      Rico is a mental two year old about to get a healthy dose of reality.

      • Rico777

        I guess you weren’t paying attention. The election was yesterday and Republicans now own the house and senate with majorities.

      • Zorro

        Everybody and everything I voted for won. Every couple of years people in the red states (where they obviously spend very little on public education) forget how much they hate Republicans. But then the Republicans open their mouths, and everyone remembers. You are history. You just don’t know it. That actually works to my advantage, because you’re far more likely to say and do the stupid stuff that makes people remember why they hate Republicans.

      • Rico777

        You sound like all the other brooding, liberal dead beats having a most difficult time coping with the insurmountable pain of rejection. Liberal policies never work as their “stated goals” suggest, and Dembots were tossed out on their pathetic ashes all across the nation. From governerships in deep blue states, to additional pick ups of congressional seats, and of course the grand prize of control in the senate, Republicans were obviously favored by the American electorate. Now that Dembots are the back benchers and will be muted whilst Obama got neutered, I guess the consolation for Obama is he still has his pen and phone to keep him from getting lonely. Say it with me…. LOSERS!

      • Zorro

        Oh happy day! Not a single Republican won a state position in my state. Not a single Republican issue was validated in my state. And in the country, a bunch of dying old conservative white people belched out their last dying breath. Life is good!

      • Rico777

        Whatever your state, it obviously was a non-factor! Which relegates you to insignificance in the grand scheme of things. However, “We The People” spoke loud and clear. For the next four years “the country” including your state will have a majority house and senate leading the way. You can stay in your bubble though.

      • Zorro

        Yes, because the most populous state in the union is a “non-factor.” I really enjoy your cluelessness. It will expedite your demise.

      • Two thirds of the voters stayed home and did not participate in the psycho babble. That speaks louder than any pundit – left or especially “right” – so, GOP R-Heads think they have a mandate now based of garnering a little over one sixth of the “vote” – think about that for a sec…..

  • springforward

    Pure stupidity! I too am ashamed of those Democrats who distanced themselves from Obama. I’m glad they lost.

  • docgibbons

    You claim that Obama can take credit for:

    “Created over 10 million jobs.

    Authorized the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin.

    Saved the American auto industry.

    Presided over record stock levels.

    Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion.

    Set a record for consecutive months of job growth in our nation’s history.”

    My question to you is – How can Obama take credit for these things if Congress has been stone-walling him the whole time.
    I suggest that these things happened BECAUSE Republicans wouldn’t let his economy-destroying policies get through the legislature.

    • Timothy Rigney

      For people who are so gung-ho about how “strong” America is you Conservatives are sure pretty quick to talk about “economy-destroying” policies. . . .
      Poverty destroys nations. Lack of education destroys nations. Continuing to oppress others just to make a buck is what destroys nations. Failing to provide *equal* opportunities destroys nations. A lack of compassion for fellow citizens destroys nations. Judging others when you haven’t walked in their own shoes destroys nations.

  • Leaning Blue

    Democrats are very, very bad at messaging and whoever advised them that running from PBO’s record would help them win, well they should be fired. All that did was piss off the base and I’m hoping that this is a rude awakening for the dem party. Also, they need to stop pandering to people that will never vote for them and start paying more attention to the Latino vote. In my humble opinion, they f****d up there too.

  • ginger

    What a bunch of crap…talk about drinking the Kool-Aid!

  • Philistine

    ‘I’m all about the base, bout the base, bout the base…’ Sorry folks as a Purple Man who routinely splits his votes, allow me to give you some solace and perspective.

    Look at a map of the US. Now color red the states that Mitt Romney won in 2012. Look at the Senate seats the Democrats lost in 2014. See the correlation? Now does this guy really think that states Obama himself lost in a Presidential year with max turnout could be won by surrogates. Really?

    That is good news for Democrats in 2016 by the way, The governorships are another matter entirely. Maine, Illinois and Maryland. Not good news. Though some conservative pollsters contend that African American turnout is the key # to everything.

    Peace and love to us all.

  • BannedAgain35

    I agree the Democrats should not have run away from Obama and go into a defensive turtling position instead of playing offense. However, the Democrats also did not have a real message they were trying to sell. They should have had their own “Contract with America”. They gave no reason to actually vote for them.

  • Joseph White

    As a conservative, I am for immigration, but not for illegal immigration. Why should someone get instant citizenship, much less stay here, just because he’s crossed the rio grande? What about those millions of highly qualified people who are playing by the rules and waiting in their home countries for a green card? Don’t they deserve a chance to become American Citizens, or is that something that’s only reserves for people who break the law and hide in the shadows?
    Oh wait, how stupid of me, they don’t count, because they’d probably vote republican, and we can’t have that.
    I want both the Democrats and the Republicans to wake up and do their damn job. I’m sure that like my liberal friends, we want to see our infrastructure fixed, our citizens fully employed, our friends able to get medical care, and those corporations that try to hide from taxes, taxed. I’d like to see our liberties returned to us, just as they were pre-9/11. I’d also like to see our police departments demilitarized.
    I’m willing to spend money on this, as long as it’s included in a balanced budget, just like the law demands.

  • Susan Wood

    A few years back Donald Trump encouraged the Republicans to force the federal government into default by refusing to pass a budget. His rationale was that a few years down the road no one would remember who the members of Congress were who did it, but everyone would remember who was President and would blame him. Now, never mind that the supposed great businessman Trump had no clue of the disastrous consequences for the American economy that such an unnecessary and self-inflicted wound would cause. Obviously he thinks that a national default is just like one of his own frequent bankruptcies, when he walks away from another bad deal and leaves his poor stooge investors to deal with the mess. He is right about this: Congress is sabotaging Obama because they can, and because they know that the public is too stupid to understand what they’re doing.

  • Alan kaufman

    I generally agree with this analysis….I would add that, in my view, the dems problem is that their brand is toxic. The repub brand has come to mean to most voters – especialy the older white voters who can be reliably counted upon to always vote — rugged independence, pioneer spirit, self reliance, and indomitable strength. Repubs have convinced voters that they are the “manly” party where every candidate is either John Wayne or Maureen O’Hara: strong, smart, kind, generous to their friends and hard horror to their enemies. The dems, on the other hand, have allowed their brand to come to mean feckless, weak, ninny nannies… they have let their brand conjure an image of a”Mommy” party where every candidate is an effete, pusillanimous, over-intellectualized, well intentioned but gullible soul who will let any clever adversary either con them or beat them out of their lunch money. The dems have let themselves become the Woody Allen party: weak, whiny, neurotic and ineffectual; smart but lacking common street sense. The republican branding has been brilliiant. To me this explains why Americans have voted for liberal policies but republican candidates. Americans don’t vote for wussies, and dem has come to equal wussie. If the dems can’t change that (as Clinton was able to do for Obama with his brilliant convention speech in the run up to the 2012 election – which largely recapitulated the points made in this article), then they will continue to lose elections for a long time to come.

  • Guest

    Reduced the deficit by $1Trillion? HO-LEE-SHIT what a load of horseshit. The deficit has increased by trillions since he took office.

    • Alan kaufman

      You don’t know the difference between the deficit and the debt

  • Lmystic

    This article is ignorant and bias. Smh. God bless this world.. people’s emotions get in the way of clear sound judgment

  • Rhonda Reeves

    Well said. Wake up people its never to late for change.

  • ronwf

    Funny how when Pres. Obama won in 2008 and took both houses of Congress the Democrats and media pitched it as evidence that the GOP was a complete spent force and would never be competitive in national politics again – but now that they won solidly in 2014 they somehow still didn’t win?

    The GOP didn’t just pick up the Senate. First, they won 7 seats outright and will very likely pick up 2 more when all the pundits figured they’d be lucky to pick up more than 6 because anywhere from 1 to 3 seats would flip from R to do – when in fact none did. The GOP also picked up enough seats in the House to have the more lop-sided margin there since 1928. They also added Governor seats – including Illinois, Massachusetts and Arkansas, the first two at least being as blue as blue can be, and lost no closely contested governorships (even Le Page in Maine held his seat). Finally, they also picked up numerous State legislative houses – they now hold 67 of the 99 (Nebraska has a unicameral legislature), a record in the modern era, as is the number of States where they hold both legislative houses and the number of States where they hold both legislative houses and the governorship. This was a big victory all the way down.

  • ronwf

    “Created over 10 million jobs. Authorized the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin. Saved the American auto industry. Presided over record stock levels. Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion. Set a record for consecutive months of job growth in our nation’s history. Passed landmark health care reform that’s provided millions of Americans with health care”

    Your problem is that no one believes most of this. For example, while jobs were created, population growth means that the percentage of people 18 – 65 actually employed went DOWN – and has just about every month since he was first elected. And a lot of those people who are working are underemployed – the jobs they got are not as good as the jobs they had (if they were previously employed) or don’t match their qualifications. The ACA has caused millions to lose their private health care plans and has forced them into inferior public health care plans where they did NOT want to BE – and has caused the premiums of a lot of other people’s private health care plans to jump. Even the President himself has admitted that “You can keep your doctor/health care plan if you like it” was a lie. News flash – people don’t like being lied to, even if other people think it’s better for them.

  • ronwf

    President Obama himself said “My policies are on the ballot” – and his policies were rejected more strongly than anyone predicted.

  • Joe

    Dissatisfied with Obama because he is a weak president. He gives in to republicans…. “compromises”, passing republican legislation, (then gets blamed for that legislation by the republicans) & of course republicans don’t give him anything in return

  • Tyler

    I’m tired of people saying that politicians need to “excite the base” to get people to vote. It is your civic duty! People around the world are fighting and dying for the right to have a say in their government. There is something seriously wrong with the Democratic voters who stay home because a candidate isn’t exciting. At the end of the day, in this election, my vote for Democrats was more a vote against Republicans than anything else. Lack of excitement is not an excuse for complacency!

  • Timothy Rigney

    First off, wow. Just . . . wow. I’ve seen these sentiments expressed in a widespread way in the last couple of days and I feel that Democrats are pulling the same sore-loser stunts that Republicans pulled after the last Presidential election.
    Guess what? Democrats LOST. Would you like to know why?
    Here’s a secret: It’s because they DESERVED to lose.
    I’m not going to bother to state the reasons why; they should be obvious to anyone who’s actually paying attention and thinking *unemotionally* about this. Suffice it to say that the onus is on the SELLER and if the sale isn’t made it’s pointless to whine about it or shift blame. That’s a loser thing to do and it’s an excellent predictor for the future.
    And here’s the thing: I think this is also a very *naïve* article. What does this election mean?
    It means EVERYTHING.
    It means that Hillary is going to lose. And it means that we then are going to have a Republican President at the same time as a Republican House and a Republican Senate. . . . .. and what does THAT mean?
    Well, what difference does it make at this point. . . . I mean, what DIFFFERENCE does it really MAKE, at this POINT? . . . .

  • chaotic3quilibrium

    From the beginning, I was confused why the Democratic candidates ran from their association with President Obama. I still voted, and largely Democratic. But, it was very confusing to me to see the stupidity of avoiding Obama. And honestly, now that I am thinking about it, I am very glad that shitty behavior wasn’t rewarded. It was cowardly and undeserved. So losing, while it is painful in the short term, was exactly the signal that needed to be sent to those who promoted this particular stupid direction.

    And honestly, to put a finer point on this, the Republicans didn’t win. The people responsible for the Democrat loss were those that didn’t vote. It is astonishing to me how many people don’t appreciate this basic right that many MANY have died earning and then defending; ESPECIALLY WOMEN! If just 10% more women showed up to vote, almost all of these elections would have turned out substantially different. JUST 10 EFFING PERCENT!

    So, back to the drawing board to figure out what really moves someone to vote. It is clearly not a party label. And it is clearly not running in fear from the success of the President. So, what might it be? I’m convinced the LBGT community has figured out the secret. It’s the same one that won them their ability to get +30 States to now provide “gay marriage”. It’s the single item agenda. Their community decided that they weren’t going to be divided over complex agendas across a bunch of domains. They focused all their energy into a single agenda, aligned like a laser beam and drilled right through all the rhetoric to win after win. Sure, there were other things they wanted too. But, the top single compelling focus point they have now had for +6 years has been showing up to vote and then voting with the candidate who was more supportive of “gay marriage” REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION. Their passion for their single item agenda was effective and contagious. And look at their AWESOME results.

    I think it is why Wendy David ended up losing in Texas. The agenda was way too dispersed across too many items. If she had stuck focusing on the single item agenda of restoring Texas’s women’s ability to receive women’s healthcare, I think she would have motivated the woman base in Texas and her numbers, HER 10 EFFING PERCENT, would have shown up and we’d have a different outcome in Texas. Alas, that’s now water under the bridge.

    Here’s to hoping we figure out what our single item agenda is in the next 6-9 months. To have the laser like focus work, it needs to already be part of the primary narrative by this time next year.

  • Dan

    It’s important that the party in power (democrat or republican) loses power at some point. If either party were given absolute power we would undoubtably have a full dictatorship within a decade. Obama losing the senate was a win against tyranny, just as it was when Bush lost his senate. Our system is working beautifully. Just to clarify, I believe Bush was MUCH worse than Obama. However, the reason the democrats ran away from Obama in this election is Obama’s fault. He was awarded Lie Of the Year in 2013 in regards to his Healthcare promises. And then completely blundered ending the wars in the middle East after taking full credit for doing so and then backpedaling when the entire middle east fell into turmoil after he withdrew troops. That’s the great thing about modern technology, we now have video proof of every time a politician tells a lie; and the public got really sick of it with Obama. Bush may have been a worse president than Obama, but he got by by making less bold claims during speeches. Obama’s boldness is a great leadership quality, but not when we can compare speeches throughout a 6 year period and point out all the contradictions.

  • Mike

    this article sounds like someone is being a sore loser

  • Tom

    We have a president who’s:

    “Created over 10 million jobs.” Really?! How did he do that?

    “Authorized the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin.” True.

    “Saved the American auto industry.” Not really. He saved GM, which is still doing terrible. It was a horrible investment. We’ll probably never get our 40 billion back that we gave them.

    “Presided over record stock levels.” Well, it helps to have the federal reserve do QE and have basically no interest.

    “Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion.” He didn’t do this except for his healthcare law. Spending expired. He also increased the interest we owe ourselves and other countries which will only lead to more borrowing and more interest.

    “Set a record for consecutive months of job growth in our nation’s history.” Well, it’s hard to not do that considering we were at the worst point since the great depression.

    “Passed landmark health care reform that’s provided millions of Americans with health care.” True!

    He did two good things in the last 6 years. Great! He had a little less than two years to get all the things he wanted done. He didn’t do it except for healthcare.

  • rossbro

    It is a disgrace that Dem candidates shied away from President Obama. This Country has been turned around under his Leadership. The Dems seem embarrassed about this. I’d have been touting all the Good things,not hiding.

  • Brittney

    The author of this post lives in a cloud. The Republicans ran on reform and basically the abolition of every single horrible socialist idea the Obama administration has implemented. People are okay with working hard for their money and keeping it. As people become more educated, the pro – life generation grows. There is a massive amount of people in America who are okay with making their own destiny rather than having it handed to them by government. Most of us want foreign policies that make us feel safe. The Republicans have their issues, our political system is grossly ineffective, but the Republicans at least provide the lesser of two evils. It’s unfortunate that these ideas as hard for radical left wingers to understand. Your power trip is over. Your policies suck. The youngest women voted into office EVER in America are REPUBLICANS…one from NEW YORK! Go figure! Imagine the Dems “war on women” propoganda actually being proven to be a load of crap?? Ive never believed that garbage. I wont be manipulated as a woman for my vote like the Dems seeks to do. Im a proud moderate conservative woman and always have been. So how about all of the cry babies go out, work hard, be happy and stop complaining. If you do that, the Republican policies will take carw of you.

  • ponoboy

    Hey Harry!!! Ever hear of TBI? It’s happens a lot to Pugilists..of which I hear you are… Later in life it results in presenile dementia, which you clearly exhibit.. Go home early in 2015, we will be coming for you to answer for years of corruption and ethical lapses.
    Good strategy to attack, but like your Popolo boss, it won’t work, AND he is a better poker player than are you…

  • Steven Eischen

    “We have a president who’s:”

    Let’s look at just a couple of your points off the top of my head.

    “Created over 10 million jobs.” Jobless rate Oct 2014, 5.9%. That doesn’t take into account the record numbers “no longer in the job market.” Jobless rate Oct 2007, 4.7%. Let’s not mention the record numbers on welfare.

    “Authorized the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin.” And this means what?

    “Presided over record stock levels.” As well as record jobless rates.

    “ Reduced the deficit by $1 trillion.” Increased our debt by $7 trillion. For the first time in our history, debt overtook GDP.

    ‘And that’s the guy Democrats ran away from.’ Can you blame them?

  • pete burkeet

    Politicians worship polls…they should be called POLLiticians. Trademark that. Thats what we got. Fun fun. Blind leading the blind. Screwem.

  • surfjac

    The shadow gov’t decided it was time for the right wing to take over again. Just like racism is supposed to be dead in America, supposedly the stench of the bush administration has dissipated as well. It hasn’t.

  • tim othy

    Allen is a socialist. The Gov is not your mother. obamacare is a step down in our medical system. countries with socialized medicine come here when they are really sick.
    Allen has no idea what is good for a american citizen. he just wants more. His anti litany is vulgar.
    This should not be a society of marginalized groups that allen makes us out to be. Gays, women, we are all americans and the gov needs to gov for all not just some.

  • JimB

    These claims, while they may be true are no reflective of the Truth. HE created 10 million jobs… After 100 million lost there jobs… HE saved the auto industry, by screwing all the stock holders a debtors of their moeny… ILLEGAL… BTW, Ford remained solvent on their own. Passed landmark health care reforms.. right Thousands LOST their insurance and most people were not able to keep their doctors. He raided Medicare, an insurance that WE paid for while working for he expressed purpose of those that paid in.HIs Unemployment numer is fudged as he doenst includ the millions that are no longer elligible for unemployment. WHy they are still not working.. AND last, if anyone cares to look at the actual stats, you will find all started going downhill after the Democrats took control of the Congress in 2006. You cant blame Bush. Ignorance is a choice.

  • William

    Reduced the deficit by $1 Trillion, please show me that.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      cut the deficit by 2/3’s……………………. shrinking deficit at fastest pace since IKE
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  • Goaty McCheese

    While I empathize with the author’s desire to attribute the Democrats’ defeat to some politically-moral-but-cowardly persona (whereas Republicans supposedly are politically amoral but loyal), this is all bullshit. The truth of the matter is that every political movement’s high-water mark is about three months before it comes to power, and everything after that, including coming to power, is part of a long, slow decline.

    The Democrats built a winning coalition on the backs of voters who really didn’t care, and they got these people to care (a lot in fact) for a little while by putting up a very attractive candidate who promised puppies and rainbows during a time of crisis. As Democrats are in fact as politically amoral as Republicans, and no more or less cowardly, they were happy to ride the wave as long as they could. Now the wave has broken. Crisis arguably averted, no puppies or rainbows, candidate looking far less attractive than he once did. Not much point in complaining about it – you got what you wanted. It’s time to start over again. That’s the deal.

  • independantvoter

    As an Independent I am not surprised at the election results, but what is truly disturbing is that the Republicans won because people did not turn out to vote. As Democrats and Independents we need to work on voter turnout. I believe that this is more important than who won. We all need to work on this problem

    • Paul Julian Gould

      I’ve seen the estimate of the total people voting as 36%. Of that embarrassing minority, at least 40% were not for the Republican Party… yet for 3 days, we’ve been treated to the spectacle of chest-thumping war cries as though the right wing won some sort of massive mandate…

      More likely, although I am not among them, the vast majority called a pox on both their houses and said “screw it.” I voted, but I deeply understand the sentiment.

  • chillinout.

    Hopefully democrats will learn their lesson and stop running away from Obama. Take the dynamics of Colorado vs. Minnesota. Mark Udall ran (very awkwardly) from Obama, and lost to Cory Gardner. Al Franken (who barely won in 2008) ran in favor of Obama’s policies and won by over 10 points. Minnesota and Colorado have relatively similar political leanings, only explanation for difference in numbers is the campaign stylings

  • Larry Shoup Jr

    Although you make compelling arguments and have a well-written article, I am an independent voter and I voted for the Green Party in my state. The governor of our state has done nothing, and the democratic opponent just ran smear campaigns.

    There is one flaw in your argument, though, about “running away from President Obama.” It depends on the issue at hand. Take, for example, the West Virginia race between Shelly Moore Capito vs. Natalie Tennant. President Obama has made it nearly impossible for coal mining companies to stay in business (see, for example, what has happened in Kentucky). More stringent regulations against coal mining corporations will lead to their closures with nothing soon to replace them. Even Sen. Manchin did not vote for the President’s energy policy since it would destroy West Virginia jobs. Even though Tennant ran ads in support of Coal Mining Workers, she lost to Capito. Why? Tennant invited Warren at a rally, and Warren is way too far left for moderates. West Virginians elected Sen. Manchin as a moderate, and he did good things for West Virginia.

    Democrats have a public relations problem, and Republicans have policy making problems.

    I think the American people sent a message – Republicans are claiming they can do a better job. Here is their 2 years to do it, and if they do not – then Hillary will enjoy the first 4 years of fully controlled democratic government.

    • Paul Julian Gould

      The American people sent a message? Seriously? To those that have no interest in hearing it anyway? The end result is that the revolving door from House to Lobby just got quite a few more users of it, who for the next few years they’re in the House, get to break the toys until they can go make more money.

      You are presuming that the “American people” have any higher interest en masse than deciding they all suck, and that those who suck have any interest in listening.

  • Ryan Woods

    Haha, typical progressives deleted my posts that very clearly articulated the failure of liberalism. You see, liberals are not about equality. They are about silencing any critics and telling anybody who doesn’t like their agenda what to do through mandates. They are for anything but Democracy, freedom of speech and equality.

  • Steve Brains

    VEry basically, the Dems just didn’t show up, which made EVERYBODY ELSE’s vote more important than the NOT VOTES.

    Money gave a few people an edge, The REDS wanted Udall out so they outspent him something like 4-1. They even coordinated their ads, which I thought was an election CRIME.

  • Tsouls

    The writer of this post has got it wrong. I voted for Obama in 2008 but I woke up and realized that what Obama has been doing is not what America wants.

    As bad as Republicans have been in the past, they are the ones who currently have it right, and know what americans want, and this past election show it.

    Obama has failed miserably, but what could you expect from a guy who has really done nothing his entire life, except get elected.

    Stop defending this man who pretends to care for us, Obama only cares for himself like most politicians. He’s the worse president in history, yes I said it. He really is 🙁

  • Mark Schmidt

    The Democratic Party leadership gave this election away, just as they did the last mid term in 2010. They were involved playing DC political games and they abandoned the Democratic progressive/left, Labor, working people, and youth. They neglected and shied away from the GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS of our President and now they are trying to abdicate any responsibility for any of it. I see where there will be a “meeting” of the leadership to see if they can determine why we lost. All they have to do is read comments like these on many online articles and they would get it immediately…they were lazy cowardly and disconnected from the people. They are playing games while real people are suffering because of the GOP policies. I bet the Democrats “solution” when they get around to thinking of one will be to move to the center/right, at which point I will abandon them completely after voting Democratic for over 40 years.

  • 503me

    We had among the highest turnout in our state and not only stayed democrat, but also added democrats to our state government and now hold democrat majority. They all ran on democrat ideals and won big

  • Thomas Fowler

    What kind of propaganda is the Communist Party of Demonic RATS are you try to pull off.? America is full up with the LIES and DECEIT that you and the bastard in the White House, or is that son of a whore leader lying abut now. He speaks no truth from his mouth. He has not done anything but put a TAX on America with his UN-AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.”Pass it so we can see what is in it”- REP. (D) Nacy Pelosi! Screw you small thinking ignorant pretenders!

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  • gov-lies

    No, the country lost.

    At a Republican retreat at the Library of Congress following Obama’s 2009 Inaugural address, McConnell reportedly claimed, “There are enough of us to block the Democratic agenda as long as we walk in lockstep. As long as Republicans refuse to follow [Obama’s] lead, Americans will see partisan food fights and conclude Obama failed to produce change.”

    That statement, which makes the innocuous-looking McConnell sound more like a child throwing a tantrum, has been followed with a full commitment to that strategy. In the 2010 midterms, Republicans capitalized on reduced turnout from Democrats, and took control of the House of Representatives. From that point on, gridlock was the goal.

    Perhaps when it comes to politics, the ends justify the means. For all those new Republicans in power, they won’t be complaining. But it seems to me, that choosing to break the system, until you get your way is a far cry from the kind of governing America, and it’s people deserve.

    In reality….. The Republicans had never spoken to Obama, not even for the first time, after Obama was elected to his first term. It proves that Republicans are prejudice, and planned to not work with the president from day one.

    They not only screwed over the President of the United States, they screwed over the Citizens of the United States.

  • Sue

    I agree with this article. A Republican could have had the exact same policies and accomplishments and the GOP would be touting his accomplishments. Our country is so divided and full of propaganda that it’s ridiculous.

  • Troy Bullock

    “Obama tried to pass immigration reform and that EVIL HOUSE OF REPS didn’t even let it come up for a vote”….

    Because it wasn’t immigration reform and granted amnesty to another 11 million Illegal Immigrants which would have sent the message to a world of dangerous dumb fucks that our nation has NO BORDERS AND NO LAW….