Morning Bunker Report: TGIF 4.27.2012

——————————WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY STANDS FOR TODAY

PLEASE BUY TEAM ROMNEY A MAP: ROMNEY AND HIS SURROGATES have revealed an ongoing Cold War fixation. Former Reagan Navy Secretary John Lehman and former Bush administration Ambassador Pierre Prosper, on Thursday derailed Romney messaging in a conference call with reporters by raising the specter of the “Soviet Union” and slamming Obama for not protecting Czechoslovakia — a country that was peacefully dissolved in 1993 and now exists as the Czech Republic and Slovakia. – Romney Campaign Again Warns Of ‘Soviet’ Threat 

IN AN APPARENT AUDITION FOR OFFICE, ROMNEY’S PAL, SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-Fla.) delivered a speech on foreign policy that mentioned Russia 13 times. How many times did the senator reference Iraq and/or al Qaeda? Literally, not once. — Maddow Blog

HOUSE GOP THREATENS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN to get steeper cuts to food assistance, financial regulation — After earlier indications that they would make substantial cuts to domestic programs to preserve defense spending, the House Appropriations Committee made it official yesterday, setting a spending level $27 billion below the level agreed to in the debt deal. The committee, bowing to the GOP’s more conservative wing, will make deep cuts to food assistance, financial regulations, and a host of other programs, setting up the potential for a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends in October. [...] After GOP leadership worked with Democrats to form the debt deal last year, the party’s conservatives have seemingly wrangled control back from Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). [...] Senate Republicans, despite McConnell’s stated position last week, are now making similar rumblings. — ThinkProgress

VAWA PASSED: The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 has passed the Senate, and every single Senator who voted against it was a Republican man. — LGF

66% OF THE GOP SENATE VOTED AGAINST VAWA. AFTER THE VOTE, JOHN MCLAME called the GOP’s War on Women “phony,” “ludicrous,” and “imaginary” — During a Senate speech outlining why he supported reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), something that many Republicans oppose, McCain blasted Democrats for “dividing the country in the name of greater fairness and unity.” [...] Divisive slogans and the declaring of phony wars are intended to avoid those hard choices and to escape paying a political price for doing so.” “Women and men are no different in their rights and responsibilities,” McCain concluded. “I believe this legislation recognizes that. I don’t believe the ludicrous, partisan posturing that has conjured up this imaginary war does.” – McCain: Dems ‘conjured up imaginary war’ on women

HALF-TERM QUITTER SARAH PALIN said on Wednesday that child labor regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would lead to America’s decline. The federal agency is considering updating the Fair Labor Standards Act by strengthening current child labor regulations related to work with animals, pesticides, timber operations, manure pits and storage bins. [...] “The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms,” she wrote on Facebook… However, the proposed regulations would not apply to children working on [family farms]. — Raw Story   

RON PAUL IN 1988: Employers should be able to “sever” contract with AIDS victim and say “Look, I don’t want to deal with you” — CSpan Video

PRESIDENT OBAMA / DEMOCRATS————————————————————

WITH A VOTE OF 23-12, THE COLORADO SENATE just approved final passage of the Civil Unions Act, with three Republicans voting in favor of the bill. Though an overwhelming majority of Coloradans support civil unions, the legislation still faces hurdles in the Republican-controlled House. — Colorado Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PUSHED TWO POLITICAL FIGHTS over recent days — one over student loans and another on renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. And in pretty short order congressional Republicans have folded on both. McConnell’s signal that Senate Republicans won’t filibuster VAWA is the later tell. — TPM

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN criticized Romney’s “Cold War mindset” on national defense and slammed the presumptive Republican nominee for his “go it alone” foreign policy positions: “Here’s what he says. He says we need “crippling sanctions,” apparently unaware that through President Obama’s leadership we produced just that, crippling sanctions. He emphasizes the need for “a credible military option” and “a regular presence of aircraft carrier groups” in the region, apparently ignorant of the fact that’s exactly what our policy is and what we’re doing. [...] I think it’s fair to say the only step we could take that we aren’t already taking is to launch a war against Iran. If that’s what governor Romney means by a “very different policy” then he should tell the American people. He should say so. Otherwise the governor’s tough talk about military action is just that, talk. And I would add, counterproductive talk. Folks, loose talk about a war has incredible negative consequences in our efforts to end Iran’s nuclear quest. And let me tell you why, because it unsettles world oil markets. It drives up oil prices. When oil prices go up, Iran’s coffers fill up, undermining the effect of the sanctions that are already in place. This type of Romney Talk is just not smart.” — Biden Blasts Mitt Romney’s ‘Loose Talk Of War,’ ‘Cold War Mindset’