Reality Check for Democrats: Republicans Sell Lies Better Than You Tell the Truth

paul-ryan-11In the days after every election, I avoid the political media as much as possible. During this time all these “experts” will go back and forth trying to overcomplicate the “whys and why nots” of what happened, just like they have this election. Even though the truth is glaringly obvious: Republicans sell lies better than Democrats tell the truth. 

All I’ve heard since Tuesday night is how “serious” Mitch McConnell is about working with the president to end the gridlock in Congress.


Really? McConnell is “eager” to end our perpetual gridlock in Congress and work with the president? The man who once famously declared, with a smile on his face no less:

“Our [Republicans] top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.”

That is the individual Republicans are “promising” will work with the president to end congressional gridlock?

Just think about that for a moment. For someone to honestly believe that Republicans will now work with the president, since the Senate will soon be controlled by the GOP, what they’re actually saying is that they believe that it’s Democrats in the Senate who didn’t want to work with the president – while the Republicans did. And that’s absurd.

The Senate, with Republicans in the minority and McConnell serving as Senate Minority Leader, has blocked more of Obama’s nominees than all other presidents combined. Though their obstruction pales in comparison to the ridiculousness that’s gone on in the House of Representatives. Then there was always the debt ceiling which Republicans never minded raising during Bush’s presidency (7 times in 8 years) or the fact that Ronald Reagan raised the debt ceiling 19 times in his eight years. You know him, the “conservative legend.” Yet once President Obama needed it done, then suddenly it was a tool used to try to blackmail the president to sabotage his presidency a sign of a president who was completely out of control with his spending.

But nonetheless, millions of Americans came out this election and overwhelmingly voted for Republicans. They believed their outrageous lie that they’ve done their best to work with the president but he simply won’t work with them.

Republicans sold this lie over and over and over. Hell, they’re still selling it, and they will for the next two years. The way they “negotiate” is by offering the president the very things he tells them are non-starters for negotiations – then blame him for “not compromising.”

GOP obstruction has been so bad that even when Republicans and Democrats in the Senate came together to pass legislation (such as immigration reform) it rarely stood a chance in the House. Heck, in the case of immigration reform, Speaker of the House John Boehner wouldn’t even let it come up for a vote. But apparently that’s Obama’s fault.

Then there’s “Obamacare.” When you list everything that the law does (ends discrimination against pre-existing conditions, more comprehensive coverage, subsidies for lower-income Americans, children able to stay on their parent’s insurance longer, Medicaid expansion) most Americans overwhelmingly approve of all of that. That is, until you call it “Obamacare.” Then suddenly it’s “evil socialism that has to go.”

See, Republicans have spent so much time lying about the law and conditioning people to “reject Obamacare” that many Americans aren’t even able to think for themselves anymore. It’s like Pavlov’s dog that salivated upon hearing a bell. When these anti-Obama people hear the term “Obamacare” their brains shut down and they just repeat back whatever it is they’ve been told. Even if they’re someone who’s benefitting from the law.


Kentucky is a great example of this idiocy. I kid you not, during one of McConnell’s debates he literally said that he wanted to keep Kentucky’s health care marketplace, Kynect – but fully repeal the law nationally. Without “Obamacare” there is no Kynect. And why, if the law is so terrible, would you want to keep it in your state? Oh, I know why, because it’s been successful. Same goes in Arkansas, a state that saw their uninsured rate drop by half, that just elected a new Senator who wants to repeal the law.

And through all these years of talking poorly about the Affordable Care Act, and how this should be a state issue, has a single Republican-controlled state passed any kind of health care reform to counter the ACA?

Of course not. So, if it’s a state issue, why aren’t states trying to fix our broken health care system? Right now millions of Texans don’t have health insurance. Has the Republican-controlled state legislature done anything about that? Of course not. And they won’t.

But what did Republicans run on this election, besides “we’re not Obama”? What clear-cut stances did they take?

Sure, I’ve heard them say a lot of trigger words like “economy,” “jobs,” “border security” and “terrorism” – but I don’t recall many of them actually laying out their plan for any of it.

Let’s take a look at the “values” Republicans represent. They:

  • Want a ban on same-sex marriage.
  • Want to ban all abortions (many are even against abortions for rape victims).
  • Are against the minimum wage.
  • Are anti-immigration reform.
  • Are against laws to protect equal pay for women.
  • Want religion interjected into every facet of our lives.
  • Want to gut (and eventually get rid of) Social Security and Medicare.
  • Don’t believe in climate change. Heck, many of them don’t even believe in science period.
  • Oppose sensible gun regulations.
  • Support the right for businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.

Yes, they just gained more power in Congress – because the GOP sells lies better than Democrats tell the truth.

Yesterday I wrote an article where I blasted the cowardice of the Democratic Party this election. While Republicans ran on lies, Democrats ran from the truth.

All I’ve heard lately is how “unpopular” President Obama is and how he’s been a failure. Though I’ve still yet to have anyone tell me how creating over 10 million jobs, having an unemployment rate below 6%, presiding over record stock levels and cutting $1 trillion from our deficit equates to “being a failure.”

If he were a Republican they’d be calling him a legend – yet this is the president Democrats ran away from.

Democrats should have been everywhere, not just talking about Obama’s successes (you know, the truth), but endlessly bragging about them. Instead, by avoiding the president, they actually helped validate and sell Republican lies. It was absolutely pathetic.

It’s their lies vs. our truth. Republicans aren’t winning the ideological battle, they’re winning the marketing battle. They’re masters at selling lies as truth while Democrats fled from success because it was apparently too difficult, or they were too cowardly, to fight for it.

And it’s about damn time we put a stop to that.

Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.



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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  • SDBlue

    The GOP has controlled my state for 40 of my 55 years. They have perfected their propaganda. Tuesday, voters here elected our former Republican Governor to the United States Senate. He is under Federal investigation, avoided debates, lied repeatedly during his entire campaign, and he won. I cannot comprehend it. It is just so absurd.

    • Pipercat

      Same thing here in Texas, it’s called low voter turn out.

      • MadameAlto .

        Actually here in Texas it’s also called fear – fear of the male white Christian way of life disappearing along with guns. Everything is villified from “critical thinking skills” to “welfare queen sluts”. But the fact of the matter is that they have managed to stir up fear.

      • Charles Vincent

        Yeah the democrats have superb critical thinking skills and an awesome grasp on the real problems that plague us…

      • SDBlue

        Actually, we are keenly aware of the problems that plague us. We just cannot understand why people keep voting for the party who drove the car into the ditch, and then have done everything in their power to keep the rest of us from dragging it back onto the road.

      • Charles Vincent

        Sure you are.

      • Steve Brains

        We sure recognize YOU for the viral load YOU are.

      • DoSi Do

        What makes you think they don’t, when progress has stemmed from them? History doesn’t lie. Progressives move forward – Conservatives backwards.

      • Charles Vincent

        Because they still cant grasp the obvious root causes of violence.

        “History doesn’t lie.”
        Nope it doesn’t and liberals/progressives love to ignore it or reinterpret it to favor their narrow ideology.

      • Steve Brains

        YEAH, MORE GUNS!! Easier to get GUNS! Militarization of the “protect and serve” guys. Racehate in the press, on the streets and in the voting booths of America.

      • DoSi Do

        How’s that cognitive dissonance working out for you? I can’t “reinterpret” reality. 🙂

      • Charles Vincent

        It seems to be blocking your higher brain functions DoSi…. and you still don’t get that guns aren’t the problem.

      • DoSi Do

        Certainly Charles; your deflective tactics and personal attacks are an exemplary display of “higher brain function”. Thanks for boosting the point of the post. I guess Republicans really do sell lies better, because you’re still bringing up a topic (guns) I never touched on. 😉

      • Charles Vincent

        “your deflective tactics and personal attacks are an exemplary display of “higher brain function”.”

        Hmmm nothing at all like your personal attacks being deflective. Way to goo Nubcake.

        P.S.
        The gun control issue is an example of the left not getting it retard.

      • DoSi Do

        Great defensive attempt there! 🙂 Unless you’re reading my mind, I haven’t called you names. Touchdown! I do “get it”, but I stop at “fallacy games”. Enjoy your mastery of the Conservative playbook! I prefer more intellectual debates. You can sell your “plays” elsewhere.

      • Charles Vincent

        “I haven’t called you names.”

        Let me draw this in crayon for you DoSi Do.

        You in your second comment to me said and I quote;

        “How’s that cognitive dissonance working out for you?”

        That quote is a classic Ad Hominem attack which is a form of “name” calling.

        “Enjoy your mastery of the Conservative playbook!”

        Yet another Ad Hominem by you in an attempt to dismiss me instead of refuting my argument. Good luck willful ignorance suits you and matches those blinders you have on.

        P.S.
        You wouldn’t know a truly Intellectual debate if it fell from the sky and landed on your face.

      • DoSi Do

        I can’t refute your talking points anymore than what was pointed out already, Charles, because they’re not valuable to me, without validity; you have a right to your opinions. Having said that, your opinion of me, re: “intellectual”, carries the same weight–NONE. Your misperceptions about what constitutes name-calling, doesn’t make it so. Name calling is personal; I’m calling you out for behavior. There’s a big difference, but there’s no use trying to teach someone, that wants to play on merry go rounds. I wish you well!! 🙂

        P.S. I enjoyed the President’s speech tonight.

      • Charles Vincent

        “because they’re not valuable to me”

        begs the question of why comment in the first place, you responded to me not I to you.

        “Your misperceptions about what constitutes name-calling, doesn’t make it so.”

        Ad hominem – attacking the arguer instead of the argument.

        attacking an opponent’s character rather than answering his argument.

        < Latin: lit, to the man

        Which is what you did in both the quotes of yours in my previous post here good luck with them blinders chief.

      • DoSi Do

        Yawn! Digress much?What ARGUMENTS have you presented, that weren’t already addressed, BUT FOR IN YOUR MIND? There’s no value in beating a dead horse. Let it rest, Zorro! Sigh! And taking things out of context, sounds like another play, from the book. Defining ad hominem is great, but understanding the concept is keen. Go ahead; keep that spinning up! When you tire of that head banging, the rest of us will welcome you back. Until then, Progressives will keep moving forward. Good night and good luck!

      • Charles Vincent

        Charles Vincent > DoSi Do • 15 days ago
        Because they still cant grasp the obvious root causes of violence.

        ^there is the argument

        P.S.
        The gun control issue is an example of the left not getting it retard.

        ^ more on the same argument

        none of which you attempt to refute you only engage in ad hominem that’s a classic debate tactic from people who can’t refute an argument and all you have done during this whole exchange.

        Another is feigned ignorance of “What ARGUMENTS have you presented,” from you.

      • DoSi Do

        I never responded to that comment. It was a deflection from thr issue at hand. Go ahead though. Keep banging your head. I defend myself from your rude comments and I’m the attacker?? Lol. No wonder no one else wants to deal with your circular games. You should consider therapy. Good riddance. With my permission, feel free to continue on. I bpught some popcorn. I’ll enjoy the show from the sidelines.

      • Charles Vincent

        “I never responded to that comment.”

        ^That is a lie.

        Charles Vincent>Guest • 15 days ago

        Because they still cant grasp the
        obvious root causes of violence.

        Guest>Charles Vincent • 7 days ago

        How’s that cognitive dissonance
        working out for you? I can’t “reinterpret” reality. 🙂

        Charles Vincent>Guest • 6 days ago

        It seems to be blocking your higher
        brain functions DoSi…. and you still don’t get that guns aren’t the problem.

        Guest>Charles Vincent • 5 days ago

        …I guess Republicans really do sell
        lies better, because you’re still bringing up a topic (guns) I never touched
        on. 😉

        P.S.
        The gun control issue is an example of the left not getting it retard.

        You most certainly did address it Gray guest formerly known as DoSi Do.

      • Guest

        LET’S SPELL THIS OUT CLEARLY FOR YOU SWEET BOY, as you are a piece of work with those “comprehension” skills , and Rovian politic tactics.

        1) You claimed Liberals reinterpret reality, in response to my comment, about history, love; that comment re: HISTORY , was my FIRST reply, to you. (I’ll wait while you lick your wounds, after you confirm this. 🙂

        2) YOU DEFLECTED with your guns statement, in reply to my, “..can’t reinterpret reality”. Perhaps in yout effort to run and SHOOT from the lip, you still don’t get that my comments were NEVER about your DEFLECTION statement.

        3) You can introduce 50 statements; I was dealing with the topic at hand, which had nothing to do with your DEFLECTION..

        4) If you can’t understand that, then continue banging your head. I can’t help you. Try the ACA. I’ve wasted entirely too much time on you, in hopes that you”d offer something, other than the typical conservative ganes.

        Back to my popcorn. Be careful out there! :

      • Charles Vincent

        Wrt point one you did address it. That’s clear. And the guns and violence the left pushes is a clear example of the left not getting it which was in line with my OP. The subject was and is the left not getting it.

        Wrt points two and three I submitted an example of the left not getting it, this is inline with the topic which you seem to be confused about . So it’s clear the topic is the left doesn’t get it. My example is how they think guns the implement of violence and its root cause, guess you missed that.

      • DoSi Do

        Still spinning and imputing to me, WHAT I NEVER AGREED ON?

      • Charles Vincent

        You replied to me not the other way round. Get back in your cage monkey boy.

      • DoSi Do

        Gee, you don’t even comprehend what I wrote. Take care and post when you gain an intellect. Toodles sweetie!!

      • Charles Vincent

        wow I really pushed your buttons chief. It doesn’t take much brain power to deal with you. Come back when you have an actual argument

      • DoSi Do

        Charles, you truly are delusional. You’ve not made any arguments re: the topic. You’re only pushing nonsense. I find your posts as interesting as watching you spin in circles. Enjoy peanut head! I’m laughing at your posts. 🙂

      • Charles Vincent

        Been over this I made the argument and you engaged it then lied and said you didn’t then backpedaled and said you didn’t care etcetera. But keep telling yourself your opinion matters.

      • DoSi Do

        No snookums. This is not Fox News where you get to change topics, and then accuse me of not responding, to them. I don’t backpedal love; you’ve been spinning so long,.you’re confusing posters /postings. Poor little Charles–kicked the football and lost….dust yourself off baby cakes. Come back when you’re grown! You’ve been dismissed! 😉

      • Charles Vincent

        hahaha idiot
        here are your original replies to my OP which are gray guest now because you weaseled out.

        DoSi Do>Charles Vincent • 2 months ago

        What makes you think they don’t, when progress has stemmed from them? History doesn’t lie. Progressives move forward – Conservatives backwards.

        Charles Vincent >DoSi Do • 2 months ago

        Because they still cant grasp the obvious root causes of violence.

        “History doesn’t lie.”
        Nope it doesn’t and liberals/progressives love to ignore it or reinterpret it to favor their narrow ideology.

        Charles Vincent > DoSi Do • 15 days ago
        Because they still cant grasp the obvious root causes of violence.

        ^there is the argument

        P.S.
        The gun control issue is an example of the left not getting it retard.

        ^ more on the same argument

        none
        of which you attempt to refute you only engage in ad hominem that’s a
        classic debate tactic from people who can’t refute an argument and all
        you have done during this whole exchange.

        Another is feigned ignorance of “What ARGUMENTS have you presented,” from you.

      • DoSi Do

        You do love spinning your wheels!! You introduced that topic and have been spinning since; I responded to the actual article topic. There is a difference. Go home little boy!! You’re a joke.

      • Charles Vincent

        “I responded to the actual article topic.”
        You engaged my argument when you replied to my post moron. You need to learn how to troll better because you’re pathetic at it.

      • Steve Brains

        Like imaginary Terrorists under every rock, how Ebola and Plague are being smuggled into the country across the Rio Grande so much that the immigrants have cantaloupes for calves?

      • Pipercat

        There was plenty of apathy too. That was the sad part.

      • Steve Brains

        After being ignored and insulted by the GOP without a defense from the President or The Senate…

        Obama INSISTED that no resolutions be passed and Reid obliged. ALL the BUSH war funding, tax cuts and deficit budgets were ALL presented in the Senate as “resolutions”, which only requires 51 votes to become law for 10 years and can be repealed anytime with NEW legislation.

        What’s that old saying, it’s just as easy to ask for forgiveness, but it’s much harder to get permission, so do it anyway and practice your poutyface?

      • Steve Brains

        Is that like low sperm motility?

      • Pipercat

        No, in Texicus, it’s more like cholesterol induced lethargy.

      • Steve Brains

        “The FRIES made me NOT do it?”

      • Pipercat

        Loaded fries, actually. Had ’em once and they gave me agita.

      • Steve Brains

        Ever enjoy a loaded watermelon?

      • Pipercat

        No, they usually stumbled in, bounced off the walls then finally crashing onto the floor; spilling their seed all over the place.

      • Steve Brains

        HAHAAH! Great visual.

    • Steve Brains

      It’s the RED party WAY. Every Savior needs Devils to magnify his goodness. WHY do you think church in America (and all Muslim nations) are 10% thanks and praise and 90% SIN, infidels, hellfire, damnation and EVIL SATAN lurking under every rock and behind every tree?

  • jonjstrine42

    “The way they “negotiate” is by offering the president the very things he tells them are non-starters for negotiations – then blame him for “not compromising.”
    I was saying this all during the government shutdown debate. Remember the photo op of all the Republicans lined up on one side of the “negotiating table” with the other side empty? They were constantly saying that President Obama and the Democrats didn’t want to negotiate. Thing is, the only difference in the Senate and House bills was that the House bills gutted the ACA. That was the lone sticking point. So what was there to negotiate other than what they were told from day one was off the table? But more importantly, I never once heard, in all that time, what the Republicans were willing to give up in this negotiation. I wonder why that is…?

    • Anne

      The results Tuesday left me absolutely speechless! And it wasn’t a good kind of speechless either.I’m embarrassed to be an American right now.

    • Agreed…I never heard mention one single thing the republicans were to compromise with as well.

      • Steve Brains

        They actually FORCED Obama to STUPIDLY compromise on Protecting Wall Street, pardoning the Bush Administration WITHOUT ANY INVESTIGATION, the Sequester, The debt ceiling, Closing the Government, Tax cuts for the Rich, NO restoration of environmental liability for Oil, Gas or Coal companies, Citizens United and voter suppression.

    • Steve Brains

      There NEVER WAS any intent to allow THIS PARTICULAR PRESIDENT to become the Rescuer of America. And he did it inSPITE of the RACEHATE epidemic in the WHITE OLD MEN’S PARTY.

  • Elise

    The democrats need a better PR person representing them and united front. They need to get out there more with a clear message. This election clearly shows the Republicans are a more energized party. The Republicans do a very good job of selling their ideas to the American public. The democrats should be talking non stop about the unemployment rate dropping, lower gas prices, stock market, and affordable health care. These items should be talked about over and over again. Sell it to the American people. Bring on new faces that can relate to the American people.

    • Grand1

      Having spent my career in professional public relations work, I agree wholeheartedly with you Elise. The had at least 10 positive messages and failed miserably in getting them to the voters through the news media, social media, mailings – all forms of communications they had at their disposal. They failed to maximize the use of technology to bypass the Washington press corps and reach the people in the rest of the nation. I was appalled.

  • Phil the observer

    I really feel that the POTUS should sign EVERY piece of legislation that the Republicans send to him, with a news conference afterwards stating..”This law is what the people YOU voted for want YOU to have…You have said that I don’t want to work with congress, weel here I am, doing what the folks YOU elected have asked for, 100% of the time” and then, when the economy tanks, and we are fighting a 3 Front war, and Republican kids are exempt from the draft…then MAYBE the people will get a clue!

    • Jillz

      I would say that is a brilliant idea, but my love of the USA outweighs my wish that the Americans who voted Republican the other night get what they voted for – I really don’t want to see the United States turn into a third world country.

      • Guest

        For obstructionism before you were against it.

        All of a sudden, not such a bad idea.

        Hypocrite.

      • Jillz

        If you’re talking to me, I have no idea what you’re talking about. How am I a hypocrite exactly?

        And if you’re talking about Phil the observer, how is it “obstruction” to do exactly what it is Republicans and (as implied by Tuesdays election results) their voters want?

      • Steve Brains

        HAHAAHHAAAAA Don’t you just LOVE these Rovian Rectums!!!!

      • Not really sure how a president giving the other political party everything they want one hundred percent of the time equates to obstructionism? Are you a citizen of bizarro world?

      • Steve Brains

        Sure he is!!!

      • Steve Brains

        If it prevents ‘personhood’ laws, repeal of 10 million people healthcare, vouchers for rich parents along with their tax cuts and ending the minimum wage, OSHA and the EPA…. I am ALL FOR FILIBUSTER/VETO rejectionism.

      • Phil the observer

        Jillz, I think that sometimes the only way to make people think is to take 1 or two steps backward….We would not become a 3rd world country quite that fast. Will our young men and women pay for it? In spades. Do I want to see this happen? As a VN vet, not at all. Will it work? God, I hope so!!! But sometimes you have to rub the puppies nose in it, to show where they did bad..

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        We’re on our way to becoming a third world country.

      • Steve Brains

        Bullsh*t. We would have to be 25th or worse in education and healthcare compared to the 1st world nations. Bush only ran us down to 23rd and 17th.

      • Steve Brains

        Sad but true. Without the ‘persecution of sin’ people wouldn’t feel guilty enough to make the churches richer than oil companies.

    • Gary Menten

      An interesting idea

    • VALERIE MARTIN

      I agree 100%!
      Those who put the Republicans in
      control, by Voting or NOT VOTING
      deserve what they get!
      Those who threw our President
      under the bus & lost, got what
      they deserve as well!
      Good thing I saved some popcorn.
      Now I’ll just sit back and watch as
      Republicans attempt to tear down
      all that the President has built, taking
      those who benefit from it most with him.
      They didn’t send the message
      FU*K YOU to Barack Obama.
      O!no.
      The message is:
      FU*K ME!!!!
      ;=D

      • Steve Brains

        I am WITH YOU! 100%

    • chair jackson

      right before reading this i sent an email to the white house saying the same thing. people don’t like republican policies when they have to live under them so the president should give them what they want tell people they are getting what they voted for. then the democrats should run against those policies in 2016.

      • Phil the observer

        You know how to tell a persons true intelligence, id by how much you think alike!!

    • kc1950

      I agree…that’s what the Repubs did for the first six years…let every program the President wanted pass with “token” resistance. That is why the Dems have been soundly rejected in this mid – term election. They have seen the “fruits” of Obama plantings. Kc

      • SarahD

        When you say that Congressional Republicans “let every program the President wanted pass with ‘token’ resistance,” I honestly have no earthly idea what you are talking about. Can you please provide us with what you seem to think is a long list of bills backed by President Obama or Congressional Democrats that were subsequently passed by Republicans in the House or Senate?

      • Steve Brains

        What fatuous LIE!!! 54 Repeal votes in the House is COMPLIANCE?

    • Steve Brains

      I REALLY think he should golf for the first 90 days and let the rEDS have the pres. let them stack the bills up on his desk while he makes world peace and shores up alliances. Then when he comes back, VETOES THEM ALL.

      Or… gives them all the rope they need to hang in 2016. Brcause we all know this was a badly messaged campaign by the DamnDems and a hate vote from an America TOO STUPID to understand that CONGRESS IS THE PROBLEM, not the White House.

      I am working on My extradition to Canada for ‘love crimes’ knowing a Canadian prison is better than another RED Presidency here.

  • James Geiger

    The Democrats have underperformed big time this last election because of not getting out their positive message as stated……..really a bunch of morons running the campaign message……many good things are happening but you would never know it without digging around…

    • Gary Menten

      I think Wasserman-Schultz will lose her job at the DNC. But moreover, the Democrats need some party discipline.

  • Grand1

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Godfather II
    I think President Obama should smother McConnell with warmth. Love him to death. MM and Boehner will be working on creating a record that:
    A) Expands the Republican Party’s reach, and
    B) Gives them something substantive to run on in 2016.

    So, I do not rule out cooperation; if, and only if, the Republicans can keep the whackos in the attic.

    • Charles Vincent

      The dems need to make their Wacko’s stay in the attic as well chief. You know Reid and Pelosi are two on your side.

  • Glock Osborne

    I don’t have a monkey in this circus but I watch what is going on with interest. It seems to me that many people in the US worship a god called money. Whoever has most money must by default, be closer to the money god and whatever decreases money must be evil. Welfare, education and healthcare decrease visible stocks of money. They then, must be contrary to gods will, by that reasoning. The other strange policies/ideas of the right seem to stem from residual bible concepts that make no sense in the modern world. The world outside America somehow only sees the right wing blow-hards, the media covers the freaks and the idiots with gusto, sensible, truthful politics doesn’t make a good headline. Look to the media for the problem with transferring facts and ideas. The media can’t sell facts. But they can sell the right wing easily. Democrats need to make facts sexy.

    • SDBlue

      Very astute observation. Yes, right-wing, christian America believes wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule. He who has the most Gold, Rules.

    • Steve Brains

      Wanna see how the world views America, Watch the BBC and then fact check THAT on Al Jazzera.

  • Sandy Greer

    Yeah. Keep telling yourself that, Allen. This was entirely predictable. You can whine and cry and bemoan your losses, but fact remains:

    America didn’t buy what Dems were selling. Dems thought they had the market cornered – folks would pony up and buy. Obviously, not the case.

    Only non-Believers don’t vote elections. There’s a whole heckuva lotta non-Believers out there. This was not a mandate for Rs so much as a restraining order on Ds.

    It’s the Elitism kills Dems. The belief it’s only Racism opposes Obama. That people who don’t vote our way are stupid, and vote lies.

    It’s no good blaming those who don’t love us for not loving us. We can’t beat them enough to make them love us. Quit yer bitchin. We the People spoke. Come outta the bubble. We’ve got two years to figure it out. Or not.

    2016 looms large.

    • We’re not selling ANYTHING; the FACTS are there.
      Dow in record territory.
      Record company profits.
      Unemployment under 6% 2 YEARS before Good Ole Mitt said he could get it there.
      U6 (before you bring it up) is at 11.8% which is BELOW President Bush’s last of 14.2% (and its high of 17.4%).
      Osama bin Laden is still dead.
      Syria gave up its WMDs without a single US citizen losing their life or even a shot being fired.
      Healthcare is available for everyone.
      Medical costs lowest increase in 50 years.
      DOMA/DADT are gone.
      The Democrats lost because they are spineless and the people that beat them are liars who don’t belong in the government either.

      • Guest

        If you don’t have a stock portfolio, or a job, or a good job if you have one, how does it benefit you that stocks are in record territory? If it wasn’t something you valued when the DOW was hitting records under Bush, why is it something you value now, when the disparity between the wealthy and the poor is even greater? When the wealth effect has done little for those with no wealth?

        You condescend. Badly. You assume everyone is stupid based on a few select facts that benefit the few and the select.

      • Sandy Greer

        Not to even mention it’s the same tired talking points that didn’t win Dems a victory in the first place and caused poor Allen to have to write this article.

      • Steve Brains

        If you hate it so much, you can always get street corner to work your magic from darlin’.

      • Steve Brains

        stocks BARELY hit records under Bush. BUSH masterminded THREE RECESSIONS. THEY were the excuses (necessities) for the tax cuts AND for playing mob accountant with the WAR COSTS.

      • You’re funny. If the Democrats had said ANYTHING about the DOW, what would have been the GOP’s response? Record DOW is BAD. Trickle down doesn’t work? Or would they just have said ‘Squirrel’ and you all would go chasing after it?

      • Bah

        As others have pointed out, you should have been valuing the DOW hitting records under Bush if you are now, unless you have a reasonable explanation.

        To compare President Bush’s last term, under a Democrat congress, after the glass steagall act was repealed ,and a whole other slew of problems, isn’t saying much. The recession has been over for almost 6 years man. Bushs highest before the recession u6 unemployment was less than 10%. Debt is now also at 100 percent of GDP, not favorable. 8 trillion, if I’m correct, has been added to the debt. The president also isn’t a dictator, so therefore the economy isn’t a direct correlation and can be positive or negative depending on what you are looking at.

        Wages for the middle class have remained stagnant.

        “healthcare is available for everyone,” it always has been. Keyword, healthcare.

        ISIS did not help the Dems, and the amnesty and possible executive order has probably upset millions of Americans.

        DOMA is not gone, and that is left up to the American people.

      • Steve Brains

        not Accoedingto Boehner, McConnell and the RED Menace Machine. The ECONOMY has been FAILING since Boehner started sipping scotch for breakfast.

      • You’re telling me trickle down doesn’t work? The Dow being in record territory, if it had been noted by ANY Democrat would have started a firestorm that would have made the GOP spin wildly out of control trying to explain WHY the Dow being so high was now a ‘bad’ thing. Gas $3? That was ‘bad’ too.

        To everyone bringing up the fact that I should have appreciated the DOW being high under President Bush, who says I didn’t?
        But, what is your point? We can’t be happy it’s back up over even that and has been in record territory for some time now?

      • Bah

        First off, I didn’t mention anything about “trickle down economics.” Stay focused.

        “if it had been noted by ANY Democrat would have started a firestorm that would have made the GOP spin wildly out of control trying to explain WHY the Dow being so high was now a ‘bad’ thing.Gas $3? That was ‘bad’ too.”

        -None of this has happened, as far as I know, therefore you’re bringing up nothing. You didn’t bring anything of substance to the discussion, because your logic is “I shouldn’t promote my view point because they wont agree.” That’s silly.

        “To everyone bringing up the fact that I should have appreciated the DOW being high under President Bush, who says I didn’t?
        But, what is your point? We can’t be happy it’s back up over even that and has been in record territory for some time now?”
        Nobody said YOU didn’t. It’s a general statement, that’s it. What is my point? My point is for people to not hold a double standard. That’s it. Wow, yes you can be happy its been in record territory for some time now, who said you couldn’t? No one.

      • Yes. None of this has happened which is THE POINT. I’m sorry I answered your post; each new post is like a new penny to you without reading the overall general context of everyone else who shares your opinion of what I wrote.

      • Bah

        Once again, you are scatter brained. You should be sorry you answered my post, it’s showing that you cant stay on topic, because you won’t address anything from my first reply. We are talking about the economy here. You turn around and complain about the opposition. Go back to my reply, and break down my post sentence by sentence if you want to have an actual discussion.
        Please inform me of my opinion, I would love for you to tell me what I think about the economy, social issues, and political philosophy.

      • Sigh. FINE: Here is you post: I’ve interspersed my replies:

        As others have pointed out, you should have been valuing the DOW hitting records under Bush if you are now, unless you have a reasonable explanation. —> Who says I didn’t?

        To compare President Bush’s last term, under a Democrat congress, after the glass steagall act was repealed ,and a whole other slew of problems, isn’t saying much.
        –> So, Congress was at fault creating the problems and President Obama is at fault for not fixing it fast enough. Things don’t change at the drop of a hat. Yes, the Recession is over but the Recovery is not. President Bush’s LAST U6 was 14.2% <–

        Debt is now also at 100 percent of GDP, not favorable. 8 trillion, if I'm correct, has been added to the debt. <— 6.8 T has been added to the debt, so far. President Bush’s last deficit 1.4TRILLION. President Obama’s last deficit (2014 projected): 648,805B OK. So? Fine, Healthcare Insurance, healthcare costs will now be paid by insurance companies instead of the Emergency Rooms not getting paid at all. I have no idea what you’re talking about. It has been deemed unconstitutional. President Clinton knew it was when he signed it, but he signed it anyway. <–

      • Steve Brains

        They just didn’t sell it and they back stabbed their BEST ALLY!

    • Zorro

      About 38% of the electorate voted on Tuesday. A plurality of that 38% is hardly “the American people.” A plurality of that 38% also voted for extremely liberal measures. Interpreting this as a mandate to impose the Republican agenda (whatever the hell that is, since their candidates didn’t run on it, but rather some vague anti-Obama sentiment) is the surest way to ensure massive victories for the Democrats in 2016 – when significantly more than 38% of the electorate will show up to vote.

      • Sandy Greer

        Ha ha. Mandate. Maybe Zorro didn’t see I said this:

        >This was not a mandate for Rs so much as a restraining order for Ds.

        And this, for your 38%:

        >Only non-Believers don’t vote elections. There’s a whole heckuva lotta non-Believers out there.

        As you say – We the People came out for liberal initiatives. We the People are not so polarized as Dems/GOP would have us believe. For once liberal initiatives (ideas) go mainstream:

        They are no more right/left/Dem/GOP. But belong to middle of the road America – where compromise reigns.

        We the People want more than to get our hate on for the
        ‘other’. And we will have it.

      • Guest

        Damn, you are good.

      • Sandy Greer

        I was just thinking the same thing about you
        (Reply to Mitchell)
        😉

      • Zorro

        At not taking a position. Roadkill.

      • Zorro

        If the American people spoke as a group, what they actually said is that they don’t want either party in power. If someone actually takes a position halfway between, say, getting rid of the EPA, as some Republicans want, and not getting rid of the EPA, as the Democrats want, that would mean they want to get rid of half of the EPA. No one in their right mind thinks that’s what voters want.

      • Sandy Greer

        Now you’re talking, Zorro! Yes, indeed. Neither party.

        Two sides of the same coin. People are waking up.

      • Zorro

        I’m a Green party member, not a Democrat. But you keep insisting “the American people” spoke on Tuesday in some sort of monolithic voice. That never happens. You cannot attribute a single political thought to the entirety of the population.

      • Sandy Greer

        That’s a Straw Man. And not what I said. You ‘get to’ do that – but I don’t argue Straw Men.

        I also like third parties. Believe, right now – Libertarians lead Greens. But third parties gain ground with every vote. And good on them, they do. Slow, but steady, wins the race.

        One day, an Independent or a third party will break the duopoly. Of that, I’m certain.

        See – We’re not so far apart, after all, Zorro. 😉

      • Zorro

        Are you a straw man? You: “America didn’t buy what Dems were selling.” You spoke with every single person in the US and were able to determine this?

      • Sandy Greer

        If America bought what Dems were selling – America
        woulda voted Dem. But here we are, Zorro.

      • Zorro

        So you are saying nobody voted for the Democrats? Considering that the blue states tend to be more populated than the red states and the fact that a lot of races in the red states were close, it is possible that the numbers voting for Democrats are identical to the numbers voting for Republicans. It could even be more, as happened in 2010. More people over all voted for Democrats, but because of the way the electoral map is drawn, the Republicans won the House. That is why it is wrongheaded to make blanket statements about what the electorate wants. As soon as you say that, you are disqualifying and disenfranchising millions of people across the country.

      • Sandy Greer

        >So you are saying nobody voted for the Democrats?

        Quite obviously – I didn’t say that. Straw Man, again. Guaranteed to shut down convo. That your aim, Zorro?

        You said earlier – We came out, voted liberal initiatives. Well, those same people voted liberal initiatives – voted against Dems owning both Houses of Congress.

        Because those liberal initiatives have gone mainstream. Are no longer left/right/Dem/GOP. They belong to We the People now.

        And wrongheaded or not – Your average Joe and Jane doesn’t want to get a hate on for neighbors Jack and Jill because they cancel out each other’s vote. A blanket statement you can take to the bank.

      • Zorro

        My comment with the link is pending, so let me summarize for you. Pew Research found this year that people in the US are more polarized than they have ever been before. That’s the exact opposite of the conclusion you reached. The people are not speaking in one voice. Millions of Americans are indeed “buying what the Democrats are selling,” as you expressed it. Most people are not halfway between the left and the right. They are on one side or the other – more so than ever before.

      • Sandy Greer

        Well, then. You made the case for Partisanship and Status Quo. Not what I’d have expected of a Green. But congrats, Zorro. You done yourself proud.

      • Zorro

        I do want partisanship, as do most people interested in political matters. Greens are a political party. By definition they are partisan. I was a Democrat before. I became a Green because the Democrats were not partisan enough. All elections are partisan, whether you like it or not.

      • Sandy Greer

        Fair enough, Zorro. But we’re at an impasse, you and I. Because I’m making the case against. Believe:

        We are sick to death of partisan bickering. Enough – so third parties gain ground, with every election. And that one day they will break the stranglehold of the duopoly.

        Those who ignore our basic feeling of Goodwill towards one another – who favor partisan bickering – do so, at their peril.

        I cannot go there. But it has been nice talking with you.

      • Zorro

        And there’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow lines and roadkill.

    • Steve Brains

      And the REASON is Huge RD money machines, VERY ignorant messaging, fighting ONLY in the contentious states and having a one issue campaign. ALL of which except the money was easily fixable.

      Of course… maybe… the used the McCain strategy and decided, “hell, the Reds aren’t gonna do their jobs so.. LET THEM SHOW AMERICA how they would Govern. The Prez has the Veto and they DON’T have an over ride majority. So like McCain, who DID NOT WANT TO WIN so badly he picked PALIN when he was even in the polls…

      The Blues could be playing possum, letting the REDS prove what I always said about the warmongering racist, woman hating fools…

  • Shinjo Dun

    America voted in favor of almost all the liberal ballot measures and initiatives, but voted against the liberal candidates.

    When you support the ideas solidly, but not the people who will actually make the ideas into law, it shows a very uninformed electorate.

    • Zorro

      Or doubt that the candidates in question have a spine.

    • Republicans keep spreading the lie that they are the party of MLK Jr and civil rights. They call the democrats the KKK party. Those lies are going to sink into young voters who vote for gay marriage and the republicans thinking they are voting for the party of civil rights.

      • Steve Brains

        That Rovian politics. Commit the crime and blame your opponent. Bart Simpson does it all the time. “Wasn’t Me man. Flanders did it!”

  • gordo

    Obama stated that he would be using his veto power yesterday. Wait for the sniveling to begin……………..

    • Guest

      Newly converted obstructionist! The membership is growing all of a sudden.

  • Word.

  • Gary Menten

    A lie will travel around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

    Mark Twain.

  • chair jackson

    this headline echos what I have thought for years: the liberal agenda makes a whole lot more sense when people understand it, but for some reason democrats always get bogged down in little issues, lose sight of the big picture and get screwed. is it really that hard, for example, to explain that pollution is bad and one party wants more of it and the other party wants less?? ditto regarding higher wages, fairer taxes, better health insurance, etc., etc. etc.

  • D.j. Maverick

    Cosigned! Agree 100%

  • FD Brian

    If republicans want to repeal anything, they should repeal medicare part D, it’s their shitty idea, repeal that one first and then you can repeal the ACA.

  • Leaning Blue

    The republicans are able to sell their lies because the idiots that call themselves democrats let them. Take Kentucky for example, not once did I hear the “bright democrat” running against McConnell correct him when he said that Kentucky can “keep their website” even if they repeal Obamacare, which we all know is bullshit. Well, apparently except for her. Instead of pouncing on that and calling out McConnell for his lie, she was too busy running away from PBO’s record and denying she even voted for him. Had it been me I would of said “Uh yeah, I voted for him and here’s why”, then I would of listed everything he’s managed to accomplish despite republican obstruction. When you interview for a job you sell yourself, what you’ve accomplished, and you never talk bad about your boss. I’m not saying dems have to always agree with the president, but they made a big mistake running away from his successes.

  • Phil the observer

    When * million people who just have received health insurance lose it….and when the “People find out that all the things that they strive for are going to only those who don’t need it….well, I think it will get pretty interesting here…But I still stand by my fist entry….

  • Jim Bean

    The Left wing argument of the day is that the Pubs won because the Dems on the Left were too dumb and lazy to go out and vote.

    Think about that – preferably when you first wake up in the morning and before you smoke that first reefer.

  • hat579

    The republican playbook comes to fruition, make government dysfunctional,complain about the presidents lack of leadership, invent scandals pour billions into local elections suppress the vote win the senate and gains in the congress.Democrats are cowards letting Republicans control the narrative and of course there is right wing media.The mythical liberal media.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Jon Stewart referred to McConnell’s and Obama’s claims to work with each other as “horsesh*t.”

  • Steve Brains

    I think McConnell will suspend the filibuster in January, but he is impotent about VETOs. Obama gave them an ultimatum, “Give Me reasonable bills to sign and we can work together, but I won’t let you screw the voters anymore and you WILL have immigation Reform, just as you REDS promised to work on.”

  • Lee O. Welter

    Who matches this checklist, and what can we do about it? http://www.sociopathicstyle.com/psychopathic-traits/

  • Grant Fricks

    One important point that the author missed was the Hastert rule. John Boehner was following the GOP rule that no legislation will be brought up for a vote unless it can be passed purely on Republican votes. If it would require a bit of compromise to get some Democratic support, they will not bring it up for a vote.

    You heard the screams when Boehner violated that rule on his way out the door with the budget that was passed (finally), without a government shutdown or a credit downgrade that the GOP thinks is so good for us, with Democratic votes.

    The first bit of bi-partisanship he was able to show since 2010 when the Toilet Paper Republicans took so many seats.