Why I Left The Republican Party

If one needs any reason why many people are leaving and have left the Republican Party, one need not look any further than the discussions going on over at the South Dakota GOP press release web site Dakota War College.

Bob Ellis takes time out of his busy day of hating gays and Liberals over at his place to tell the mostly republican audience that they need to measure up to his standards of conservatism or else. Obviously I could never live up to those standards (which is why I left a long time ago) and from what I can tell, neither can many others in the SDGOP whom have now become targets of Ellis and other fringe groups and their robo/name calling campaign to cleanse the party.

If you have the stomach, head on over and check it out and then try to honestly tell me that Ellis’s version of the GOP is any different than what we’re fighting against overseas with the only difference being the book that they use to justify their hatred and the tactics being employed to make their point.

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Eating Their Own

District 25 voters should really head over to the Dakota War College to see our (I live in district 25) illustrious homophobic/”I am patriotic and you’re not” State Rep Stace Nelson’s war of words with some of the more prominent Republican commentator’s before the DWC possibly whitewashes it. It is really a sight to behold.

I especially enjoyed Rep Nelson’s ripping of career politicians all while announcing he will be seeking another term by spamming the comment section of DWC with his donation page link. Really looking forward to another election where I again do not vote for him only this time let’s hope more of our district’s voters follow suit.

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Noem Has Hit The Big Time

It hasn’t taken long for Kristi Noem to hit the big time of GOP bullshitters being called out for their less than honest talking points. Noem was taken to task yesterday when she tweeted on the just released CBO report on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the last quarter of 2010. What the report actually showed was an increase in costs of $7 billion over the November report’s estimates, a boost in GDP, an improvement in unemployment, and an increase of between 1.3 and 3.5 million jobs during the last quarter yet this is what Noem tweeted:

John Boehner must be ecstatic, it appears he is the proud parent of a popular new questionable talking point parrot…

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Thune Not Running For POTUS

Not surprisingly, our junior Senator John Thune has decided that he will not be running for the Presidency. In his press release, Thune gives a myriad of reasons for his decision including being able to best serve South Dakota but strangely missing is his real reason for not running.

He didn’t want to get his ass whooped in the primaries…

Any numbers one chooses to cite shows that he would have gotten trounced and would have been lucky to make it out of the first couple of primaries. CPAC polling as well as the latest New Hampshire straw poll had Thune listed so low that he was all but a footnote not even rising to crazy wingnut Michele Bachmann levels. No way Thune sees these numbers as anything but what they are, the end of a Presidential run.

Thune’s choice not to run is not the result of any revelation from his prayers or because of any desire to better serve South Dakota. Thune isn’t running because his golden boy image would have been severely tarnished by the trouncing he would have experienced.

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HB1171: Giving Purpose To Our Concealed Carry Laws

Only in South Dakota

A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child. If the bill passes, it could in theory allow a woman’s father, mother, son, daughter, or husband to kill anyone who tried to provide that woman an abortion—even if she wanted one.

At least our state GOP is good at something (it sure isn’t passing a budget). With their attempt to use astrology to explain global warming last year to this year’s attempt to legalize murder, we are becoming the laughing stock of the country. Move over Texas, here we come!

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Even Michele Bachman Beats Thune

For all those holding out hope for a John Thune White House, a newly released New Hampshire straw poll should make you pause and wake up from your dream.

As expected, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won with 35-percent of the vote. He was followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 11-percent.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty came in third with 8-percent, followed by former vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin with 7-percent.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman was fifth with 5-percent.

Thune tied with U-S Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr. with zero-percent.

0 percent, really?

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Some More Noem Fluff

That bastion of investigative journalism to the south, the Sioux City Journal, published your standard 20 question type puff piece (actually 19) with our incoming House member Kristi Noem yesterday with few surprises.

In it the interviewer pretty much lobbed softballs and Noem answered with your basic GOP talking points with only a couple of interesting points. First she was asked about whether she was a tea party “believer” to which she did her best tap dance routine and provided a 2 paragraph non-answer.

“Well, you know, there is a lot of discussion about the tea party, because they certainly had an impact on this election. A lot of the things I was talking about in my campaign, the tea party agreed with and supported me because of it. I was talking about balancing budgets, I was talking about not spending more money than we have, and that is certainly things they believe in as well.”

“It is hard to define the tea party. Even within South Dakota, we’ve got so many different tea party groups and they don’t do a lot of communication among themselves. So it is hard to define what is the tea party within South Dakota, but I will say that a lot of my supporters or people who supported me were tea party people, who would call themselves tea party activists.

And then she was asked about whether she thinks entitlements should be cut to which the queen of farm subsidies again did her best to tow the party line without actually saying she would be for cutting any programs and instead only mentioned cutting waste.

“I think that needs to be discussed. I think we need to sit down at the table and talk about our entitlement programs and make sure we have dollars flowing where they should be flowing. There is a lot of waste within those programs that, if we did a diligent job of making sure that benefits go to where they were intended to go, that we could see a substantial cut in some of those programs.”

The more I see and read from her the more I believe that she will fit right in. She has the doublespeak pretty much nailed. She knows the buzzwords that give her supporters goose bumps like cut, spend less, out of control, etc. but when specifics are asked for, the doublespeak comes out. Classic!

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Throwing The Baby Out With The Bath Water?

I realize that political parties exist because of differing viewpoints on many issues but this is becoming ridiculous.

The US has had an arms reduction treaty in place with Russia effectively since the SALT I treaty in 1969. The latest of these treaties, SORT, is set to expire in 2012 so in 2009 the US and Russia negotiated the “New Start Treaty” to continue the process.

Congress has been debating the final approval of New Start since Obama signed it in April and like seemingly everything else that doesn’t involve bringing pork to South Dakota, our Senators line up on completely opposite ends of the debate.

Democrat Tim Johnson said he will vote for the New START treaty as an important part of national security. Without it, Johnson says U.S. has no inspectors in Russia.

Republican John Thune said on Sunday that he would vote against it because it doesn’t hold the Russians to a strict enough inspection program.

I am having a really hard time trying to understand Thune’s position as wouldn’t voting this down effectively replace the inspections called for in the treaty with nothing? That certainly doesn’t sound very strict to me. I would think having something in place that reduces both country’s ability to blow up the world from 15 times to only 10 and keeps verification procedures of some kind in place would be a whole lot better than having nothing at all.

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Thune Is Angry

Oh the irony. Senator John Thune is upset that, get this, the lame duck Congress has actually brought bills to the floor and got them voted on. How dare they do their jobs!

Republican Senator John Thune says he’s surprised the U.S. Senate is staying so busy in the final days of the session.

He says some of the issues should be carried over to the next session of Congress and shouldn’t be taken up in a lame-duck session.

Amazing how things work when Republican’s don’t have the votes to block bills from being voted on. I hope Thune feels better come January when the House Democrats turn around and give the GOP some of their own obstructionist medicine. (That is if the Dems ever grow a pair…)

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Noem Speaks

It is becoming obvious that the GOP has found their next poster child in our very own Congresswoman elect Kristi Noem. Just roll up your pant legs before watching as she can dish the political doublepseak with the best of them (pretty good since she hasn’t even been sworn it yet!) as demonstrated by her performance on today’s “Weekly Republican Address“.

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