From the FrumForum by David Frum: "Republican favorability has dropped 7 points with the general public since September 2010, with the steepest portion of the drop occuring during the debt-ceiling debate last summer.
But in congressional districts where the tea party is strong, Republican support has dropped further, by 10 points.
And while overall GOP numbers are stronger in those tea party districts, even there, the unfavorables are higher than the favorables, 48 unfavorable to 41 favorable."
Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast writes: "...Democrats would have employers pay 3.1 percent (rather than the 6.2 percent they now pay) on the first $5 million of their payroll. Also, if employers add to their payrolls, they would pay no payroll tax on new hires. So the new bill is specifically aimed at helping the job creators. The total cost is $255 billion." A real program aimed at increasing employment and putting more money in the pockets of labor and their employers - opposed by Republicans. Not only that, they want to end the 2% payroll tax reduction enjoyed for the last year or so.
This makes hollow all the Republican noise about helping America work. It also reveals, in their vernacular, "job creators" as code for the spectacular multi-decade failure that is and was "trickle down." Tomasky goes on to write, "Mitch McConnell unsurprisingly announced his opposition to it Monday. And yes, this is the same Mitch McConnell who said in January 2009 that a two-year suspension of the payroll tax “would put a lot of money back in the hands of businesses and in the hands of individuals,” and that “Republicans, generally speaking, from Maine to Mississippi, like tax relief.”"
Herman Cain - a right wing Atlanta radio talk show host and Tea Party promoter (but aren't they all Tea Party promoters?) is on the downhill slide into political obscurity. Never a serious candidate, Cain's gaffeability is the gift that keeps on giving not only to his opponents but to Democrats. Geographically challenged, foreign policy ignorant, confused about military strategy, and how about that 'Cuban language?'
“This is the ka-ching that makes Newt Gingrich go. He is a Nigerian prince e-mail, send-me-your-bank-details guy. He does e-mail spam, fax spam, direct mail, sucker list, bottom-feeding, prey-on-the-gullible financial scams.”
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FreedomWorks with the help of a Republican senator tried to put on a passion play about the national debt. FreedomWorks - tried to take advantage of the Koch Brothers Congressional Timeshare apparently - putting on a b.s. version of a debt committee and promoted it as a "Joint House Senate Hearing" when it was ony a Koch Brothers production by FreedomWorks. Appropriately humiliated Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) protested for naught about his "Tea Party Debt Commission" being booted out on their well padded asses.
From the Washington Post: "A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews."