Scott Walker brags that he knows how to win blue state elections.
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker makes his case for the Republican 2016 nomination. See he knows how to win over Democratic voters. “Mr. Obama won Milwaukee County with 67.5% of the vote; I won with nearly 60%,” he writes.
I won’t subject you to more. I just want to point out that Scott Walker’s style of electioneering has resulted in fifteen felony charges for his staffers. And that was only in round one of investigations. Round two is just getting under way.
Having Scott Walker tell you how to win elections is like John Dillinger lecturing you on the subject of bank security.
Stories to Watch: 11/13/13.
Greg Sargent has the up-to-the-minute on the Obamacare exchanges and things aren’t looking pretty. The big news is that House Democrats may be leaning toward a Republican bill that would allow insurers to keep offering the crap plans that people are getting kicked off of until 2015. This is incredibly stupid, since there’s no way that it’ll take that long to fix the exchanges and once these people are finally able to get on, they’ll find much, much better coverage is available for comparable cost or less, for the most part. Meanwhile, the plan would undermine the entire concept of the exchanges, setting the law on a possible (although still unlikely) path to failure. It’s time for Pelosi to kick some weak-kneed dems’ asses.
Of course, the news on the enrollment front isn’t all bad.
Sargent also points us to a Brian Beutler piece that explains that the delaying bill is a terrible idea for Republicans as well, because it puts them on record as being against kicking people off insurance — which exactly what repealing Obamacare would do. I’d point out that logical consistency has never been any hindrance to Republicans. I mean, when the initial healthcare reform debate was going on, they were telling everyone who’d listen that they wanted to protect Medicare from cuts. Why doesn’t anyone remember that? You got me, but no one does. And look at them now. Where they were once “on the record” with being totally opposed to cuts to Medicare, they’re now demanding cuts to Medicare. That’s how Republicans get away with the shit they get away with. Because the media has the institutional memory of a freakin’ goldfish.
Democrats plan to introduce a bill that would make it illegal for states to regulate abortion clinics out of business with TRAP laws. It probably doesn’t stand a chance in hell, but it offers the opportunity to demonstrate that “liberty,” “freedom,” and “limited government” are just empty buzz phrases when Republicans use them. People who want to micromanage your life aren’t fans of “limited government,” they’re totalitarians.
Make no mistake, by Nov. 2014 the Obamacare exchanges will have been up and running for quite a long time. What won’t be up is immigration reform. Because the Orange One says so. So guess which one is likely to be an issue? Every Republican outside a gerrymandered district must be cursing him right now.
Wikileaks releases a massive “95-page, 30,000-word” document from a free trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement or TPP. And what’s been leaked is not good. According to the Internet freedom group Electronic Frontier Foundation, TPP would “have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.” Ever notice that so-called “free trade deals” always seem to screw you, the consumer, and favor people who are already stupid-rich anyway? Yeah, me too.
A new study finds that people in red states aren’t climate deniers. Now we just need to get them to understand that science is a political issue.
Another loser in Cuccinelli’s campaign for Governor of Virginia: high profile backer and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Scooter’s reputation as a hero to the base to quite a ding in that campaign, as a last minute rally featuring Mr. Tea Party Hero drew a whopping 150 people. And the fail doesn’t end there. According to John Nichols, “On the day Walker arrived in Virginia, an Emerson College poll had Cuccinelli within two points of union-backed Democrat Terry McAuliffe. But Walker didn’t close the gap. His campaigning for Cuccinelli fell short, as did the Virginia contender, who lost his race by more than 55,000 votes.” Walker’s stint as a Cuccinelli booster also earned him a powerful enemy, whose influence may come back to haunt him in his own gubernatorial campaign next year.
Finally, further endearing herself to progressives everywhere, Elizabeth Warren calls for filibuster reform.
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A tiny little problem with the Wisconsin GOP’s latest infographic.
There wasn’t any “Doyle-Burke administration.”
And of course, Walker’s big pile of tax relief is funded by borrowing, meaning it’s all going to have to get taken away to be paid back in the future.
But really, that whole “Doyle-Burke” thing is a shameless and ridiculous lie.
Stories to Watch: 10/30/13.
Immigration reform’s condition is upgraded to critical from dead.
Meet Thomas Poetter, the Democrat running agaist John Boehner. And maybe help him out a little bit.
The skinny on HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius’ congressional testimony regarding Healthcare.gov today. And after demanding that a briefing with Sebelius take place, House Republicans were mostly no-shows. Never has their lack of seriousness been more transparent.
Republicans unveil a fun new anti-Obamacare lie.
Here’s some good news: Senate Democrats say there will be no “grand bargain,” because they hold all the cards and someone has apparently found them a spine someplace. They’ve been getting a lot of use out of it lately.
A translator at a hearing on drone strikes was moved nearly to tears by the story of a strike on a Pakistani teacher’s family.
Here in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker is not having a good day. Not only is polling out showing him having real vulnerabilities heading into reelection, but the Federal Department of Justice is suing to open the records of a probe into one of his former aides, who is currently facing felony charges for campaign shenanigans. And a state agency reports that Wisconsin has fallen way, way short of predicted job growth — a target the Walker administration has not hit once since Scooter slithered into office. That’s right, this is the everyth time Walker has failed on this metric. Ever have one of those days where you’re sure you should’ve never gotten out of bed?
Finally, a Republican pollster warns his party to "stop pandering" to racists. Never gonna happen — because it’s not “pandering” when you believe it. People who are pandering pretend to share people’s concerns. Republicans aren’t pretending.
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Poll: Walker tied with relatively unknown challenger Burke in Wisconsin Gov. race.
The poll of 800 registered voters last week shows Walker at 47 percent, and Burke, the former state commerce secretary, at 45 percent, with a 3.5 percent margin of error.
The poll is far from a prediction of what will actually happen in the election. Marquette pollster Charles Franklin says the survey also found that 70 percent of respondents don’t know enough about Burke to like or dislike her. Franklin says that ultimately the results show a sizable number of people know what they have in Walker.
Given the margin of error, this is a statistical dead heat and there will be no celebrating in the governor’s office over it. The campaign hasn’t started, ads haven’t run (at least, none that I’ve heard), most positions haven’t been staked out. Given a choice between Scott Walker and the mystery box, half of Wisconsinites choose the mystery box. Since she’s unknown, that half isn’t so much pro-Burke as anti-Walker. Some of those going with Walker right now have to be persuadable — it’s just playing the odds — and Walker can’t manage the majority it would take to win a two-person race.
None of which is to say that Walker is headed toward a certain loss, but he should have all the advantages and the polling shows he has none — or if he does, that they’re statistically insignificant. If this latest John Doe probe starts to rock the governor’s boat, he could find himself swamped.
Stories to Watch: 10/29/13.
Paul Krugman on why the Obamacare website probably isn’t the big, damaging deal that some people think it is.
Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton testified before a Senate panel on “Stand Your Ground” laws: “We need to do something about this law when our kids cannot feel safe in their own community.”
What’s it like to live where everyone enjoys shooting firearms all the goddam time? The words I’d go with are “dangerous” and “unnerving.” People need to remember that when you hear the words “responsible gun owner,” they may be talking about the idiot who cut you off on the beltline. The next time you’re in traffic, imagine everyone in every car around you has a gun and that everyone uses it as responsibly as they do their vehicles. Chilling, isn’t it? That’s reality.
Democrats introduce a bill to end debt limit hostage-taking.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sees the Divine Hand of the Almighty helping him over the rough patches in his political career. Remember the last Republican who thought God was his biggest supporter? Yeah, that guy kinda sucked a lot.
If Republicans don’t win a majority in the Senate in 2014, they’re probably not going to for quite a while — that is, assuming the base doesn’t drive the party to extinction. So expect a lot of crooked election year shenanigans. If they can’t win it, they’ll try to steal it. They have to.
Finally, that story about insurance cancellation letters due to Obamacare is starting to look more and more like a case of bad reporting.
[cartoon via USA Today]