Will Paul Ryan shut down the 2012 election for Republicans?

Democrats scored a huge political victory last night – taking New York’s 26th district – adding another Democratic seat to the House of Representatives. The seat was previously held by Republican Chris Lee until he was busted taking topless photos of himself to solicit women on craigslist. Despite the fact that only three Democrats have ever held the seat since 1857 – and Republicans led by Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce dumped millions into the race, outspending the Democrat by somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1 – Democrat Kathy Hochul STILL prevailed – taking 48% of the vote to Republican Jane Corwin’s 42% of the vote.

There was a third-party candidate – Jack Davis – but he only took 8% of the vote. The Democrats successfully turned this election into a referendum on the Republicans’ plans to end Medicare – and as we see today – the American people aren’t putting up with that right-wing radical agenda. As Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – Steve Israel said - “Today, the Republican plan to end Medicare cost Republicans $3.4 million and a seat in Congress. And this is only the first seat.”

He’s right - if the Democrats can stay on message.


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gerald 12 years 1 week ago

I am truly amazed as to how shallow the Democrats are. A win here and a win there and they are preaching that Satan’s disciples are changing. Let me state it here and please you must never forget – ONE SWALLOW DOES NOT MAKE A SPRING!!! That is correct! ONE SWALLOW DOES NOT MAKE A SPRING!!! You have heard the saying – the more things change, the more they remain the same!!! No one can change the stripes on a zebra and no one can change the stripes on Satan’s disciples. SATAN’S DISCIPLES WILL NEVER CHANGE AND RETURN TO GOD, THE FATHER!!!

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RLM8 12 years 1 week ago

I truly hope that this election cycle of 2012 reveals the true intentions of the industrialists and the Republican Congress. Any citizen with an Internet connection and a television and a passing interest in next year's elections should be able to make a prudent decision. Take Tim Pawlenty testifies for campaign reasons I have four two-year budgets and I balance them all, but in truth left with a crumbling infrastructure with $5.1 billion in debt. Newt Gingrich revels in the job creation of Texas, but does not bother with the history of that state and is labor movement and how they used illegal immigration cheating working people of a living wage and cheating the federal government social security tax and federal income tax to offer ultra-sweet deals for Fortune 500 corporations. You see, Texas has more Fortune 500 corporations,than any state in the union. They did not show up because they like the weather there,they are there to make a profit. And that is all well and good if nobody got cheated. But the American taxpayer as a whole got cheated because Texas did not play fair. So Newt Gingrich, I am sure you are rewriting history today, as you have every day in the past 20 years. Because the truth just does not suit you. And I would be amiss if I did not relate how a high school student shakes the foundation of Congresswomen. There is hope for America and the 2012 elections. If we take stock in ourselves. God bless America and Texas to. Let us level the playing field.basis in truth!

Power Corrupts 12 years 1 week ago

Robert Scheer, Matt Taibbi, Chris Hedges, Cornell West, Bill Moyers. All of the current great progressive minds agree: Without Movements, we have nothing. In other words, Resistance is the only way that we can begin to have "HOPE."
FDR and MLK were nothing without the resistance movements supporting them. That is what we need the most these days. So, how do we get there?

Obama has shown his true colours and he Is The Status Quo. To place blind faith in Electoral Politics is how we got here in the first place. If you are afraid that people won't turn out to vote in 2012, you don't have to worry about that. What other choice do we have?

One should assume that everyone will vote democratic, and spend time promoting and aiding in the organization of various movements. I want to "get out there and get active," but I don't know where to start? I want something other than a Drinking Liberally or my local DLC chapter. I want to be part of a movement. Something that is bigger than just me.

'U.S. Politics is just a Reality Show Sponsored by Wall Street'
"When the reality is that both parties are only superficially different, and on the serious issues they are exactly the same." – Matt Taibbi


Power Corrupts 12 years 1 week ago

Leo Tolstoy wrote that there were three characteristics of all forms of prophecy: “First, it is entirely opposed to the general ideas of the people in the midst of whom it is uttered; second, all who hear it feel its truth; and thirdly, above all, it urges men to realize what it foretells.”

Prophets put forward during their day ideas that the mass of people, including the elite, denounce as impractical and yet at the same time sense to be true. This is what invokes the rage against the prophet. He or she states the obvious in a society where the obvious is seditious. Prophecy is feared because of the consequences of the truth.

To accept that Obama is, as Cornell West said, a mascot for Wall Street means having to challenge some frightening monoliths of power and give up the comfortable illusion that the Democratic Party or liberal institutions can be instruments for genuine reform.

It means having to step outside the mainstream.
It means a new radicalism.
It means recognizing that there is no hope for a correction or a reversal within the formal systems of power.
It means defying traditional systems of power.
And liberals, who have become courtiers to the corporate state, attempt to silence all those who condemn the ruthlessness and mendacity of these systems of destruction. Their denunciation of all who rebel is a matter of self-preservation. For once the callous heart of the corporate state is exposed, so is the callous heart of the liberal class. - Chris Hedges

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gerald 12 years 1 week ago

We will always need to "Remember When."


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rladlof 12 years 1 week ago

From your keyboard to God's ears.

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2950-10K 12 years 1 week ago

Congradulations to Kathy Hochul and all of the sane people who voted for her! Even Rove's treachery did not sway enough voters into forgetting Ryan's - work til you die - budget proposal.

I live next door to Hochul's district, in the NY-24th and have R- Richard Hanna as my un-representative. I inform everyone I can that on April 15th, 235 repubicans sold their souls to the greedy ambitions of a few like the Kochs, potentially at the expense of 99% of us. It's all on record baby! 189 democrats voted NOOOO! How much more clear can it get, vote republican-vote against your own best interest.

All of the folks I talk to agree Hanna must go, so I would surmise this is the case all around the country- the Democrats will soon have a super majority in the House!

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jstrahan 12 years 1 week ago

Americans are slow learners I guess. Republicans sold out to Corporate America years ago and have no where else to go. Corporate America wants to keep their play pen given to them by REpublicans in which they write their own laws, are unregulated, and suffer few consequences when caught not following the rules. They are not going to give us up easily. They have bought three Supreme Court Justices and most of the Republicans in the Senate and House. Unregulation of Wall Street nearly led to the Second Great Depression. Unregulation of the oil industry caused the worst oil spill in our history in the Gulf of Mexico. Republicans are cutting taxes for business in most states and firing teachers, firemen, and policemen to pay for it. In Georgia they are trying to pass a law making a miscarriage manslaughter. Florida is on a path to privitize their prison system to reward donors. Texas rewrote their history books to remove all reference to slavery. Rand Paul believes the people in Kentucky have the right to refuse service to people of color. Just maybe the average American is starting to wake up and get the message. What's good for business in not good for Americans especially if it involves exporting 8 milion jobs. Just maybe they are starting to understand they have been played for fools and are beginning to comrehend that there is only one clear path to any secure for their family and it does not rest with Republicans.

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Palindromedary 12 years 6 days ago

The fact that Democrat Kathy Hochul in New York won, despite the Republicans outspending her by a wide margin, is really great news because it shows the Republicans and their wealthy corporate masters that the people will no longer be fooled by stupid campaign propaganda put out by the Republicans. The people aren't "buying" it anymore. It happened in California, as well, when Jerry Brown's opponents greatly outspent him...yet he won. What a great slap in the face to the entrenched ruling elite. But let's not forget that just because they happen to be Democrats, as was Obama, that is no guarantee that they will continue to work for the people. They can be bought off too.

Hope...but be wary...because hope is what they sell you to buy more time so that they can continue to exploit and dig their hooks in even deeper. Obama was the greatest hope...and the greatest let down. And the hooks are in the form of massive bailouts, more tax breaks for the rich, no effective reform in banking or Wall Street, and the brink of Medicare and Social Security destruction.

The ruling elite are like snakes with curved fangs and teeth and ratcheting jaws. The prey will be swallowed because the infrastructure or mechanism is designed so that the prey will always be forced down the throat. The two party system has become like the fangs and ratcheting jaws..they BOTH have become the tools of the ruling elite. If we keep letting our Democrat politicians off the hook for not fully representing us (nothing but compromising...where the other side makes all the real gains) then they will keep selling us false hopes and making promises that they never really intended to keep.

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gerald 12 years 6 days ago

Thank you, Mark Twain!!!!!


Congress' clapping is the signal that apartheid is present in our Anti-Christ nation!!!

Power Corrupts 12 years 6 days ago

Gerald, Ed Schultz is a former conservative. He is part of the Dead Liberal Class in which Chris Hedges speaks. He even attacked David Sirota last week for daring to question Obama on Bin Laden. Good riddance to bad trash.

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2950-10K 12 years 6 days ago

Palidromedary, I live in the local broadcast area where Corwin, as I was told by my wife, because I refuse to watch network TV, constantly ran Rovian type ads. You are right the republicans greatly out spent Hochul but my neighbors did not fall for the lies this time. Part of this is people like us spreading the truth! Fight on!

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Palindromedary 12 years 6 days ago

2950-10k: Great! Glad to hear it!

dnarnadem 12 years 6 days ago

This is one thing I want the Repulicans to NOT back off on!

Kill Medicare! This is the Gift thats keeps on Giving.

I for one will not crticize the Republicans on this one - End Medicare as we know it!

Not only will Obama win a second term - probably most Republicans will be replaced By Democrats.

I kinda figured out that the repugs were a bit dumb - but this takes the Cake!!

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Ben Emery 12 years 6 days ago

Here is a good way of going right back at those who make the claim it was the D's Tea Party guy that caused the R's to lose the NY 26th.

The Tea Party is supposed to be non-partisan and the D TP proves they really are all stripes in the movement. If the TP is non-partisan and it is filled with all politial parties how can the idea that those 8% votes would of went to the R's?

We all know the nonpartisan thing is BS but use their own talking points against them. It forces them to wrestle with the reality of the TP is an extention of the republican party.

dnarnadem 12 years 1 day ago

The Republican Party and the Corporations BOUGHT the Tea-Party! And the TP are now an owned subsidiary of the Republican Party and The Corporations and tthe TPers will do as they are told!

Anyone not seeing this needs to get a crash course in how to rid oneself of Self-Delusion!

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