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Today in the Coming Republican Coalition


On all fronts, the Republicans are making remarkable progress in building a coalition that will appeal to people who aren’t old and white.

1. John Sununu dismissing Obama’s victory as a group of people dependent on the government.

2. A Subway owned by Republican Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana refused to serve a Muslim couple and told them that was the reason.

3. The rejection of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Disabled treaty.

If there’s three things that appeal to young voters, it’s denigrating why they voted for Obama, Jim Crow-style treatment of brown people, and hating on the disabled because of anti-world government nonsense.

I can’t wait for the coming immigration debate.

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  • dan

    “But a manager who runs several Subway franchises owned by Fleming told TPM he has video that proves Husain is wrong about what happened that day. The manager declined to make that public.”

    Because, you know, why would you?

    • Malaclypse

      I heard Husain was an outside agitator.

    • Hogan

      He said you couldn’t hear what was being said on the video because of loud Christmas music. (On Nov. 21, for Kali’s sake.) Maybe Husain just asked him to turn down the music and reignited the War on Christmas.

      • cpinva

        he’s lucky husain didn’t have a gun, and just shot him, 8 or 9 times, because the music was too loud.

        Maybe Husain just asked him to turn down the music and reignited the War on Christmas.

        i hear things like that happen these days.

        • Hogan

          Wait, does Subway serve halal food? Then it’s their own damn fault.

          • Malaclypse

            Wait, does Subway serve halal food?

            In the UK, yes.

    • Spud

      I guess going to the restroom to wash their hands before eating would raise suspicion. None of their regular redneck customers even know what soap and water is.

  • Icarus Wright
    • sharculese

      So the G is for godawful, then?

  • NonyNony

    If there’s three things that appeal to young voters

    Yeah, I’m fairly certain that when the GOP talks about “reaching out to young voters”, they mean “reaching out to white men between the ages of 30 and 50 who aren’t voting Republican for some reason”.

    • S_noe

      I knew I was somebody’s target demographic. I just thought it was Game of Thrones.

      Shit, this sucks :(

  • Alex

    4. South Dakota’s governor rejecting Medicaid expansion because the people who would get it are able-bodied adults.


    • JKTHs

      Yes, because there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to find a well-paying job with health insurance right now…

      • S_noe

        To be fair, I see that their unemployment rate is 4.4%. I guess the dream of the 90s is alive in SD!

        • Bill Murray

          Daugaard did give the college faculty a raise this year and a 5% bonus for the lack of raises the previous 3 years (about half what was lost and it didn’t increase any salaries but still was a nice thing), and funded K-12 education reasonably well (for SD)

          Many of SDs Republicans haven’t quite gone full metal T-Party yet. Sadly quite a few have

  • Joe

    Being dependent on government is the definition of human society, more or less.

    • DrDick

      Not if you talk to libertarians (which I generally try not to do).

    • Vance Maverick

      I’m a card-carrying liberal, but I wouldn’t quite sign on to this. Being dependent on society is part of human nature (even Liver-Eating Johnson ate the livers of other people), and in most places, government is a key part of society.

  • http://mrand.us/EO0b

    Basically a bunch of wingnut blogs swarming around a Drudge-linked news article about those dependent darkies in Detroit.

    Like flies attracted to rotting meat.

    • cpinva

      by george, i believe you’ve just won the GOP’s “New Slogan” contest!

      Like flies attracted to rotting meat.

  • CJColucci

    Don’t forget, Marco Rubio now says the earth is about 4.5 billion years old — at least so far as science is concerned. He does allow that there’s an interesting theological debate on the subject.

  • I have a question–and I would like responses on this, it’s not rhetorical. The question is: why in the world do Republicans continue to let John Sununu speak for them? Not in the sense of, he says racist things a lot, which is hardly a disqualifier, but he puts them so baldly that they cannot even be spun into something positive so nobody bothers to try. I don’t even hear weak “perhaps he should have chosen his words better” responses most of the time.

    Does he really have a lot of influence among conservatives? This is the guy who counseled Bush to pick Souter and was fired as White House CoS.

    Best I can come up with is that they’re afraid Sununu will call them and yell at them.

    • sharculese

      I imagine it has something to do with the fact that Sununu doesn’t run for office, and so his bugfuck statements don’t get as much airtime, except with people who are paying close attention, which is to say fairly partisan.

      It’s not that they like John Sununu, necessarily, there’s just not enough of a downside to kicking him to the curb for anyone to expend the effort. He doesn’t do things that are totally unconscionable, like criticizing the party or praising Democrats, he’s just really fucking racist.

      • I buy this up to a point. Doesn’t explain why the Romney campaign authorized him to be a surrogate for them though.

        • Joel

          I’m not sure how much attention you were paying, but as it turns out, the Romney campaign was not very smart. I don’t think this even makes their top 10 list of unforced errors.

        • greylocks

          You’re searching for an island of intelligence in an ocean of stupid.

        • Hogan

          You didn’t see the other applicants.

    • He gets hits, and these are folks who really believe that there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

    • S_noe

      Apparently he was the GOP chair in New Hampshire until 2011, upon googling. Therefore important for obvious (though stupid) reasons. Not improbable that he retains some influence in NH still.
      I guess my overall theory would be that the GOP has message-discipline problems all ’round, and no party leader, so who’s going to stop him?
      I don’t want to get all liberal-sanguine, but it is entirely possible that the GOP is slouching towards Bethlehem. That there is no there, there. I’m still reeling over Santorum’s new gig at WND. Maybe there are no rules anymore.

      • efgoldman

        Not improbable that he retains some influence in NH still. Possibly he didn’t notice that every NH state and federal office that was up this year, went to the Dems. The only reason Kelly Ayotte is still a senator is that her seat wasn’t up this year.

    • cpinva

      he has a really nice lawn, and lets them play on it.

      Best I can come up with is that they’re afraid Sununu will call them and yell at them.

    • Probably for the same reason that the GOP tolerates the incessant bloviations of Grover Norquist. If they do happen to say something incendiary, heir utterances can always be dismissed when the heat is turned up on the GOP with a response along the lines of “XXXX is not an elected representative and does not represent the Republican Party” (while, of course, in private, many of those same spokespersons will be furiously winking at XXXX).
      Cynical? Moi?

  • The Daily Beast let Rick Santorum spew out a column about how glad he is that the UN treaty was defeated, since it would give international bureaucrats the power to abort babies with conditions like his daughter’s.

    The callow misanthropy at that publication is just awesome.

    And yet somehow Tina Brown will find a way to make her coverage of the impending royal baby at least ten times worse.

    • sharculese

      Would Diana have made a good grandmother?

      by Katie Roiphe

      • S_noe

        Holy shit, I would read that. If only for the photoshopped pix.

      • JohnSomething

        Wow… that would be incredibly hard to top…

        • Malaclypse

          Princess Kate, Camilla, and the Madonna-Whore Complex, by Camille Paglia.

          • Emma in Sydney

            Surely Camille’s already published that somewhere. No, I am not Googling it.

    • Sly

      The Importance of Being White: The Royal Baby and the Ascendancy of Western Civilization
      by Niall Ferguson

      • Bruce Baugh

        Because it’s time for “Oh, dear, our little Guenevere has miscegenated with another son of Ham!” to come back into conversational usage.

    • Mrs Tilton

      I have to say, though, The Onion‘s coverage of the Royal Pregnancy has been pretty good so far.

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