Thanks, Grover

From ThinkProgress:

Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform boasted that 279 Congressional incumbents — and another 286 challengers — signed his “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” to never vote for any tax increases under any circumstances.
But when Democrats fought back against the anti-tax zealotry of Norquist and his Republican minions, many voters reacted positively, rejecting the pledge and its adherents. In fact, the notion of asking billionaires to contribute a little more was a key argument for President Obama’s re-election and Democratic victors around the country.

Reality bites Rush

Re Rush’s use of “we”: Did he mean the Republican Party or white supremacists? Is there a difference? From The Inquisitr:

Controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh isn’t so much sad that President Obama won re-election as he is dismayed that Republicans seem to be losing the national conversation…

…Limbaugh announced on his radio show Wednesday that “we are outnumbered” now in the US, and called President Barack Obama’s re-election victory “the trend” from now on.

“We have to face some truths, we have to face some reality,” Limbaugh said. “We are outnumbered and we are losing ground. This was not a glitch. This is the trend. That happened last night. This is the trend. We are outnumbered. Whether you want to put it in terms of have we lost the country or not, there’s no other explanation.”

Fear of a black planet, updated

Chris Rock made a funny pre-election video in which he pretended to argue to white voters that Barack Obama was as white as they are, therefore they should vote for him. His appeals fell on deaf ears, especially among old white men. But the times they are a-changin’. From The Nation:

If only white people had voted on Tuesday, Mitt Romney would have carried every state except for Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut and New Hampshire, according to the news media’s exit polls. Nationally, Romney won 59 percent of the white vote, a towering twenty-point margin over Obama. (Exit polls were canceled in nineteen states by the consortium of news media that run them…)

…What’s the matter with white people—especially old white men? They used to run everything. But their share of the electorate has been falling steadily: twenty years ago whites were 87 percent of the electorate; this year they were 72 percent. Could it be that they resent their loss of power in a country that is becoming more racially diverse every minute? The rest of America wants to know…

Gas bag Karl Rove deflated on Fox News

The gas bag called Karl Rove, an “analyst” for Fox News, looked to be on the verge of exploding last night. President Barack Obama had just been declared the victor in Ohio — even by Fox News — which meant that he had won re-election. Rove insisted that the Ohio call was premature, and he spent much of the next hour trying to convince his fellow talking heads that returns from the final precincts could still put Mitt Romney over the top in Ohio.

The gas bag gradually deflated before viewers’ eyes as reality kicked in and he realized his arsenal of dirty tricks and the record sums he helped raise hadn’t won the day for Romney.

While discussing the matter with and without Rove, Chris Wallace and the gang didn’t mention the possible connection between Rove’s obstinacy and the fact that he was the driving force behind Republican efforts to buy the election. What a surprise. This would have raised embarrassing questions about their own credibility — questions such as what the hell are you doing on the same stage with this guy?

More here.

Just don’t let your guard down for a minute

Via Corrente:

Here’s my own “partial” transcript of Orszag’s words:

“To get a significant debt limit increase, I think there’s going to have to be some entitlement reform, as part of that.

If I were in the Administration, I think the single best thing to do (cut/reform) at this point, is Social Security.

And the reason is several fold. First, that it, ah, from the Democrats’ perspective, private accounts are definitely “off the table” for now. But that will not always be the case. So you might as well strike while you’ve got a win on that.”

Quite a ‘telling’ few minutes, isn’t it.

First, we learn that some Democratic policymakers/advisors would actually consider eviscerating Social Security as a trade off for something as mundane as a debt limit increase, which for years was never a negotiating tool.

And then he admits that he believes that Democrats will go along with private accounts—but just sometime in the future.

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