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According to Daily Intel, as well as our very own Emily Ernst, beloved Senator/technological maverick John McCain has started his very own Twitter account. Apparently, the Senator himself is behind this effort, perhaps in an attempt to get a little bit more life blood pumping within is Blackberry fingers. This should be disheartening to Democrats everywhere – why is the supposed party of youth and… competency still lacking so far behind in the war for complete Twitter domination… tweetination? Tweet Congress notes that seven of the top ten most active Congressional twitterers (read 70% people!) are Republicans, and statistics show that John McCain is raking up followers at the same rate Palin rakes up moose meet for chili. (What?) Maybe the surplus of Republican twitter accounts can be explained by the fact that they are damn entertaining. Some of my favorite soundbytes (tweetbytes) from McCain include “YEs!! I am twittering on my blackberry but not without a little help!”, “I appreciate Senator Byrd speaking in favor of my Constitutional point of order” (so precious) as well as the fact that a) he seems to feel a that the governing rules of capitalization and punctuation only apply from time to time, and b) he has created himself a David Letterman (Tweeterman) type persona by listing what he calls the top ten “porkiest” projects everyday. At least now I know that if I ever feel un-text loved and uninformed about what’s happening to the hep-cats of the G.O.P. darling John is only a tweet away.
There once was a time when some attended high learning
In hopes to expand intellect, not just increase earning
But then the GOP grunted
And horizons were stunted -
“If it don’t fit our schema, then restrictions’ll keep churning!”
I don’t even know why the Michigan GOP bothers to have a website, since the only people who seem to view it are Democrats…
“Should Congress allow oil companies to explore for and develop oil reserves on US territory–like in Colorado and Alaska, and of the Florida coast as a way to lessen the country’s dependence of foreign energy and lower gas prices?”
On a side note: you, too, can screw with the head of “Saulius ‘Saul’ Anuzis!” (Saulius? I didn’t even know that was a name. Maybe it’s Latin for “Saul.”) Go vote at migop.org – you don’t have to provide any real information. I seem to remember my name being A A, my email being email@example.com, and my zip code being 11111…
For the past forty years, the American political scene has moved precipitously to the right. It has become a cliche to point out that Barry Goldwater, once the epitome of conservatism, would be unwelcome in today’s Republican party, dominated by the Christian Right. Indeed, even Worst-President-Ever Ronald Reagan might be shunned as an amnesty supporting, social-security saving, government-expanding RINO. Over nearly a half-century the Republican Party moved from the center to the right, and the Democratic Party from the left to the center. In the past five years, the movement has stopped. That is the lesson of 2006, that would have been the lesson of 2002 and 2004 were it not for the despicable lying and fear-mongering that duped America into embracing George Bush.
In an astounding display of self-delusion Republicans have themselves convinced that the solution to their woes is not to move back toward American values, but even further rightward. The Republican base is slowly killing or marginalizing the only type of Republican that is viable in an America that is – at long last – moving back away from self-imposed exile far to the right of other industrialized democracies. The most recent example comes from Utah’s admittedly conservative 3rd district. Whenever there was an opinion to be taken, Chris Cannon would stake at a position on the extreme right. He was just defeated by a young primary challenger, Jason Chaffetz, who claimed he was – believe it or not – not conservative enough. If the GOP truly believes that the way to reclaim lost majorities is to support more inequality in wealth, more war, more hatred for people who are different, more money-based rationing of healthcare, more contempt for the Constitution and so forth, it could be a long and rosy run for us as Democrats.
Here are some interesting pieces that I found on the internets today… This is what happens when I’m at work.Â
From West Michigan Rising: This is an in-depth analysis of West Michigan House districts and their constituencies. This is probably the most detailed look into West Michigan House districts I have ever seen. This was compiled by an University of Michigan student… Even though it is heavily Republican, there are areas for Democratic pick-ups!Â
From The Huffington Post: John McCain opposes equal pay for women… douche.Â
From Slate Magazine: Why Hillary Clinton’s primary arithmetic really stinks.
From Salon.com: An intriguing article on how the GOP’s inner radicalism will make it implode.Â