Posts Tagged ‘republicans’

Rhodes Cook — CALIFORNIA: THE KEY TO THE ELECTORAL LOCK

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Rhodes Cook:

For Republicans to have any real hope of a comeback in the next presidential election, that will have to change. Over the last few decades, whichever party won California was highly competitive nationally, and the vast majority of the time also won the White House. Meanwhile, whichever party lost California had to struggle hard to cobble together an Electoral College majority that left them little room for error. (more…)

Republican hypocrisy on budgeting

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

McClatchy: “GOP hates earmarks – except the ones its members sponsor”

WASHINGTON — Republicans are expected to deliver a daylong rant Wednesday against Democratic spending legislation, yet the bill is loaded with thousands of pet projects that Republican lawmakers inserted.

Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, included $142,500 for emergency repairs to the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Bonham, Texas. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., joined state colleagues to include $1.425 million for Nevada “statewide bus facilities.” The top two Republicans on Congress’ money committees also inserted local projects.

In all, an estimated $3.8 billion worth of specific projects, called “earmarks,” are in the $410 billion spending bill that the House of Representatives is to vote on Wednesday. Easy passage is expected. The Senate is expected to act soon, too, since federal agencies will run out of money a week from Friday unless new funds are enacted.

House Democrats estimate that Republicans inserted 40 percent of the earmarks in the bill. An independent budget watchdog group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, said the 60-40 Democratic-Republican ratio followed historical patterns.

Republicans are ‘trolls’ and ‘gremlins’: Chris Matthews

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

MRC:

What’s with Chris Matthews’ fixation with comparing Republicans to trolls? Back in September he called then-presidential candidate John McCain “troll-like” after one of his debate performances, and then over the weekend, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show, he applied the monstrous term to Republicans in the following intro to his show: “And finally trolls under the bridge. Is that what Washington Republicans have become? Gremlins hiding along the pathway, nipping at the Democrats. And are Republican governors saying, ‘That’s not my job.’”

[This item, by the MRC's Geoffrey Dickens, was posted Monday morning on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

A little later, going to a break, Matthews teased the upcoming segment with video of Rush Limbaugh, with an on-screen headline reading: “Trolls Under The Bridge.”

MATTHEWS: Anyway when we come back Rush Limbaugh wants Barack Obama to fail. He’s honest about it. Are Republicans letting Limbaugh speak for them?

At the opening of the segment Matthews drew guffaws from guest panelist Norah O’Donnell of NBC when he mocked Limbaugh again: