Thursday morning coffee in the bunker

“The day after the coming Republican victory of 2010, the propagandists of the most expensive experiment in mass manipulation in American history will be celebrating their corporate-bought windfall. Fox News will hail the triumph of traditional values The day after that, GOP functionaries will notice that the strong young couple residing in the White House has survived the hurricane and is ready to return to work with undiminished resolve. The GOP will also learn that the Democratic Party, its exasperation thoroughly expended, has set about to renew itself. It is a very big party that is determined to get bigger.” – Lawrence Goodwyn

  • Total score for the Teabaggers in the Senate: a paltry 4 for 8, if you assume Joe Miller and his teams of lawyers won’t win Alaska. Time to fire up the scooter and go yell about the black president in the street some more, because that outcome has to be the work of Chicago thugs. It couldn’t possibly be that America is quite repulsed by the great Teabag candidates. [Denver Post via Wonkette]
  • Only about one in five people under the age of 30 voted in the mid-term elections Tuesday, says a study based on exit polls… Around one million fewer Americans under the age of 30 cast ballots in the 2010 mid-term elections compared to the 2006 vote. [Rawstory]
  • “150 years after Civil War there will be no African-Americans in U.S. Senate next year.” [Greg Mitchell]
  • Three Iowa Supreme Court justices lost their seats Tuesday in a historic upset fueled by their 2009 decision that allowed same-sex couples to marry. [DesMoinesRegister]
  • One day since Republicans took the house. Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs?” — New closing for Olbermann’s show [via]
  • Asked If Untaxed Corporations Like Exxon Are Taxed Too Much, Tea Party Leaders Say Yes [ThinkProgress]
  • Sharron Angle’s overtly racist ads featuring images of menacing Latinos seriously backfired on her; she garnered just 8% of the Latino vote, compared to Harry Reid’s 90%. In this election, the Tea Party GOP made a calculation to pander to the racist and xenophobic elements of their base, and this is a glimpse of the backlash to come. [LGF]
  • Rasmussen polls quite consistently turned out to overstate the standing of Republicans tonight. Of the roughly 100 polls released by Rasmussen or its subsidiary Pulse Opinion Research in the final 21 days of the campaign, roughly 70 to 75 percent overestimated the performance of Republican candidates, and on average they were biased against Democrats by 3 to 4 points. [NateSilver]
  • “Feeding the paranoid delusions of people on the fringe of the fringe contributes to a dangerous climate that may provoke violence in a few individuals. It’s also one of the big reasons that the nutty fringe is now the “center.” If you believe the Bible is literal and true and that this is the “End” then the crazies look sane and the sane look crazy. Welcome to the new congress. And convincing folks that Armageddon is on the way, and all we can do is wait, pray, and protect our families from the chaos (or from the first black president) that will be the “prelude” to the “Return of Christ,” is perhaps not the best recipe for political, economic, or personal stability, let alone social cohesion. Glenn Beck cashes in on this when he sells gold on TV and survivalist gear.” [Frank Schaeffer]

 

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