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Cary Kollins

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Republican blogger: The GOP wins set up party for spectacular, catastrophic failure

21 November 2014 - 03:45 PM

from the Houston Chronicle


He sounds worried.



Few things are as dangerous to a long term strategy as a short-term victory. Republicans this week scored the kind of win that sets one up for spectacular, catastrophic failure and no one is talking about it.

What emerges from the numbers is the continuation of a trend that has been in place for almost two decades. Once again, Republicans are disappearing from the competitive landscape at the national level across the most heavily populated sections of the country while intensifying their hold on a declining electoral bloc of aging, white, rural voters. The 2014 election not only continued that doomed pattern, it doubled down on it. As a result, it became apparent from the numbers last week that no Republican candidate has a credible shot at the White House in 2016, and the chance of the GOP holding the Senate for longer than two years is precisely zero.

For Republicans looking for ways that the party can once again take the lead in building a nationally relevant governing agenda, the 2014 election is a prelude to a disaster. Understanding this trend begins with a stark graphic.



Behold the Blue Wall:








The Blue Wall is block of states that no Republican Presidential candidate can realistically hope to win. Tuesday that block finally extended to New Hampshire, meaning that at the outset of any Presidential campaign, a minimally effective Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes without even trying. That’s 257 out of the 270 needed to win.


This means that the next Presidential election, and all subsequent ones until a future party realignment, will be decided in the Democratic primary. Only by sweeping all nine of the states that remain in contention AND also flipping one impossibly Democratic state can a Republican candidate win the White House. What are the odds that a Republican candidate capable of passing muster with 2016 GOP primary voters can accomplish that feat? You do the math.




The biggest Republican victory in decades did not move the map. The Republican party’s geographic and demographic isolation from the rest of American actually got worse.

A few other items of interest from the 2014 election results:

- Republican Senate candidates lost every single race behind the Blue Wall. Every one.


- Behind the Blue Wall there were some new Republican Governors, but their success was very specific and did not translate down the ballot. None of these candidates ran on social issues, Obama, or opposition the ACA. Rauner stands out as a particular bright spot in Illinois, but Democrats in Illinois retained their supermajority in the State Assembly, similar to other northern states, without losing a single seat.


- Republicans in 2014 were the most popular girl at a party no one attended. Voter turnout was awful.


- Democrats have consolidated their power behind the sections of the country that generate the overwhelming bulk of America’s wealth outside the energy industry. That’s only ironic if you buy into far-right propaganda, but it’s interesting none the less.


- Vote suppression is working remarkably well, but that won’t last. Eventually Democrats will help people get the documentation they need to meet the ridiculous and confusing new requirements. The whole “voter integrity” sham may have given Republicans a one or maybe two-election boost in low-turnout races. Meanwhile we kissed off minority votes for the foreseeable future.


- Across the country, every major Democratic ballot initiative was successful, including every minimum wage increase, even in the red states.


- Every personhood amendment failed.





This is an age built for Republican solutions. The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.


What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.


It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.



E:60 piece on Cam

04 November 2014 - 10:27 AM

E:60 will be doing a piece on Cam. It airs tonight at 8pm on ESPN.

Here's the trailer:

Props to Black and Blue Review for the heads up.

Conservative Super Pac: More Weed, Less War

04 November 2014 - 10:01 AM

That's right.


The national conservative Super Pac "American Future Fund", founded by former Romney aides and funded by the Koch brothers in 2012, are targeting Progressives through utterly dishonest, albeit really stupid, ads.


I became aware of this last night from an ad on Facebook.  The ad said "Supoort Progressive Thinker Sean Haugh for US Senate" with photos like "MORE WEED, LESS WAR". 



After a quick google search just now, I found this group is doing these types of ads all over the country.


Here is a description of one ad in Milwaukee:


In the first, a stoner type wonders aloud who would make the "Mount Rushmore of Weed." Musicians Snoop Dogg, Bob Marley and Willie Nelson snag the first trio of spots, and Robert Burke will land the final one "after he legalizes marijuana in Wisconsin."

"Vote Robert Burke for governor," the stoner says. "Get Burke, get blazed."

Another one asks, "What's Mary Burke's problem with Mary Jane?" It concludes, "Light it up, take a puff and vote for Robert Burke. Don't vote for the wrong Burke."





This coming from the party of Fox News, Rush, Hannity.....I'm not surprised in the slightest.


I met MJ last Saturday

27 October 2014 - 02:39 PM

No point to this other than the title. As someone that for as long as I can remember has had a passion for watching and playing basketball this was huge for me, just to shake his hand and share a few words.

Pics or it oh wait

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The offensive line

26 October 2014 - 04:42 PM

This is Cam out of the shotgun. He does a quick play fake, and then this happened. The blue line is the line of scrimmage. The play resulted in a sack. I'm willing to bet the majority of drop backs looked like this.

I imagine it's hard to quarterback when the line of scrimmage is moved back six yards every play.

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