Maddow was on her game last night, covering all the ways in which the GOP - instead of adapting their brand to actually appeal to a majority of voters - is spending its time and money trying to rig the system. 2010 gerrymandering, attempts to distribute electoral votes by congressional district, union busting, voter ID/registration laws.
Seriously, watch the whole thing, if you can.
Here are just a few of the conspiracy theories popping up, just today, in my political RSS feed:
- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) suggests the FBI was blackmailing Petraeus to force him to testify favorably in his Benghazi session with Congress.
- The head of Maine’s GOP has suspicions about Obama winning Maine by 100,000 votes: “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out….”
- American Family Association hack Bryan Fischer has minorities figured out. Hispanics do not vote Democratic because of the issue of immigration but rather because “they are socialists by nature” who want open borders simply so that they can bring in their families to “benefit from the plunder of the wealth of the United States.”
- Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) suspects the United Nations of trying to take over our gun regulation.
- The Fox News Channel questions the new high jobless numbers, which Fox’s own website attributes to Hurricane Sandy. FNC personalities call the Department of Labor “sketchy”.
- Glenn Beck claims that Obama has intentionally ‘set-up’ General Petraeus in order to discredit the military.
That’s all just this morning in my feed. They’re going all-in on the crazy. But it continues to be all for show. Because also this morning, we find this little tidbit about John McCain, who has been on the war path questioning Benghazi:
John McCain is calling for more information to Congress, but he had a press conference yesterday instead of going to a closed briefing where administration officials were giving more information. Well, Ted Barrett asked John McCain about that, and it was apparently an intense very angry exchange and McCain simply would not comment on it at all.
Four more years of this? Or are they gearing up for impeachment?
We’re never going to have any serious problem solving if one party thinks it’s right all the time, and when data shows they’re not, they claim it’s a conspiracy covering up the fact that they’re right.
When a lot of your advisors are giving anonymous quotes to an article about what a clusterfuck your presidential campaign is less than two months from election day, you may have a problem.
Then again, your problem may simply be you have an uninspiring candidate with no new ideas and few specifics.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.
What’s unfolding in Florida highlights a dilemma for the Romney campaign: how to allow Republican governors to take credit for economic improvements in their states while faulting Obama’s stewardship of the national economy. Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies.
Just as I had suspected last Friday, Romney’s attempts to make Obama sound worse than he really is also make the GOP Governors sound worse. And the more nuanced “Our state’s not doing too bad, because of me, but it could be doing better, because of Obama, so elect Mitt Romney and me” does not make a pithy bumper sticker.