Poll Finds 64% Tea Party Support for Impeaching Pres. Obama
Support among more liberal Republicans is 50%

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A poll from Democracy Corps found that the Republican base supports impeaching Pres. Obama by a two-to-one margin. The poll did not ask what high crime or misdemeanor tea partyists believe the president is guilty of, but presumably it is “presidenting while black.”

Congressional tea party boss Ted Cruz routinely bullied House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders in the 113th Congress into pursuing unpopular actions, chiefly including shutting down the government. Polls like this one suggest that it’s more likely than not that Boehner, McConnell, now the incoming majority leader in the Senate, and the rest will be cowed by Cruz — whose extremist caucus will have at least six new members in the Senate — into proceeding with impeachment in the 114th Congress.

Watch Rachel Maddow’s interview with the pollster, Stan Greenberg, HERE.

Exit Polling Asked South Carolina Voters Whether Blacks Were ‘Too Demanding’ and ‘Trying Hard Enough’

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In an article on its website with the rather oblique title, “Exit Poll Angers Some SC Voters,” (meaning others were simply delighted by it?), WSPA television in Spartanburg, S.C., reported that questions in exit polling after the midterm elections Tuesday were framed to elicit racist responses.

Voters were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with statements like:

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  • “Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.”
  • “Blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights.”
  • “It’s really a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder, they could be as well off as whites.”

One shocked liberal voter demanded to know who had authorized the questions. Amber Lange, who said she worked for Clemson University, was surprised to learn the questions were written by a Clemson professor:

Totally Unfair Edit of Sen.-Elect Joni Ernst’s Evil Laugh

Meet one of the new members of Ted Cruz’ Klown Kar Caucus in the Senate, Joni Ernst of Iowa. A commenter elsewhere described her laugh as the “laugh of every Disney villain ever.”

One of Pres. Obama’s Policies on Midterm Ballots Won Big in Red States

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In early October, Pres. Obama was criticized for causing difficulties for red-state Democrats running for the Senate when he said, “I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

Despite the flack he took for that rhetoric, one of his policies — raising the minimum wage — was in fact on the ballot in five states, all but one of which, Illinois, were dark red. All five ballot measures ” target=”_blank”>passed handily:

Dr. Democrat’s Post-Midterm Postmortem

doctordemocrat2Dear Dr. Democrat:

After the midterm elections last night, I feel like I just want to go into a corner and cry. I think rather than distancing themselves from President Obama, Democratic candidates should have used him to motivate the base. I’m frustrated and not a little frightened about what the Republicans will do now that they hold both houses of Congress.

Depressedly yours,

Devastated in Loserton

Another Beautiful California Day – Democrats Roll to Victory In the Golden State

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The weather is generally so nice in California that one local wag made a habit of abbreviating his sentiments every morning as he took in the pleasant coolness at daybreak. “A.B.C.D.,” Glen Wilcox, my mother’s husband, would say — shorthand for, “Another Beautiful California Day.”

While the rest of the country reels from the results of an election bought and paid for by right-wing billionaires who spent hundreds of millions of dollars running ads in red states that shifted attention away from the Republicans’ dismal approval ratings and record of obstruction and ran instead against Pres. Obama — here in California, waking on Nov. 5 is just another beautiful day for Democrats.

Upon winning an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters, “The world looks pretty troubled out there. The country is facing a lot of uncertainty. But here in California, where they called us a failed state, we’re now showing the way.”

Time Magazine’s 2014 Election Night Drinking Game

Beers in sunIn celebration of our democracy, here are TIME’s 2014 Election Night drinking game suggestions:

“Ground game.” The key is to pace yourself. Drink one sip.
An incumbent is described as “embattled.” Drink three sips.
A Taylor Swift reference. Drink three.
“It will all come down to turnout.” Finish your drink.
John King doodles on his Magic Wall. Drink one.
A network presents publicly available information as an exclusive. Drink three.
Hologram sighting. Finish your drink.
A Democratic dynasty candidate loses. This includes: Mark Begich, Jason Carter, Andrew Cuomo, Mary Landrieu, Michelle Nunn, Mark Pryor, Mark Udall. Drink one. Let’s not go crazy.
Democrats win a battleground state: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire or North Carolina. Finish your drink.

As 2016 Presidential Campaign Gets Underway, Poll Finds Tea Party Base Dissatisfied With GOP Field
Democrats, by contrast, are 'ready for Hillary'

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As the midterm elections wind down and the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway, polling analysis by Aaron Blake at the Washington Post finds that voters are unimpressed with the GOP bench:

Jon Stewart Skewers GOP for Stoking Fear and Pessimism to Win Midterms
Ted Cruz Puts Impeachment Back on the Table
With his own Klown Kar Caucus set to grow, Cruz also declines to say he'll back McConnell as majority leader

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Republicans appear likely to win the Senate and thus control of Congress tomorrow, despite the fact that their leaders, House Speaker John Boehner and prospective Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have rigorously avoided revealing their party’s plans for governing the nation over the next two years. Stepping into this void of leadership, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Canadian-born Texan who, as chair of the Senate’s ad hoc ad hoc Klown Kar Caucus, led the Republicans’ unpopular shutdown of the government, set out his agenda for a GOP-controlled 114th Congress in an interview with the Washington Post yesterday.

His top priority, Cruz said, would be non-stop hearings on President Obama, “looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the regulatory abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has pervaded this administration.”

In other words, impeachment.

Enumerati

  • 462,125

    Number of Americans who have purchased private insurance through exchanges operated under the Affordable Care Act during the first week of the second enrollment period, Nov. 15 to Nov. 21, 2014, according to the Health and Humans Services Department. Over 1 million people contacted call services for information about buying insurance. The number represents a blow to Republicans who are working tirelessly to prevent working-class, self-employed and other Americans from obtaining health-insurance coverage.

  • 89%

    Percentage of American Latinos who support Pres. Obama’s executive order that defers deportation of undocumented family members of of legal U.S. residents, according to a new poll from Latino Decisions. “This is the most unified we have seen Latino public opinion on any issue,” Matt Barreto, a pollster for the organization, said.

  • 19%

    Percentage of Republican voters nationwide who prefer Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee again, followed by Jeb Bush at 11% and Chris Christie and Ben Carson at 8% each, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. No other Republican tops 6%. With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14%, followed by Christie at 11%, Carson at 9% and Sen. Rand Paul at 8%.

  • 45%

    Of American voters agree that the president should issue an executive order on his own to address the immigration issue while 48% disagree, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Meanwhile, President Obama’s approval rating is a negative 39% to 54%, close to his lowest-ever.

  • 3.9%

    Rate at which the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, grew in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The agency had previously estimated the third quarter’s growth rate at 3.5%. “The economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than a decade during the spring and summer, showing the U.S. sits on a solid foundation despite increasing global uncertainty,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Poetic Justice

Lo, once again, the political cycle completes,
Republicans rise rampant, Democrats sink in defeat.
But Obama’s executive action
Has irked the GOP to distraction,
Predicting armed uprisings and anarchy in the streets!

Verbatim

  • I don’t think I’m all that conservative.

    — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the New York Observer.

  • Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them… We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.

    — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), asserting that Democrats made a mistake by passing President Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, Bloomberg reports.

  • You cannot put women and men on an equal footing. It is against nature.

    — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, quoted by the BBC, accusing feminists of rejecting motherhood.

  • Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done. I wish the party or whoever had done a national media campaign and say, here’s what you get when you elect Democrats. But there was no — what was the message out of ’14? I’m asking you rhetorically — do you know? No. What was it?

    — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), quoted by Politico.

  • Sometimes she’d be in those meetings and I’d think, ‘Please don’t let her yell at me.’

    — Clinton White House aide Joan Baggett, quoted in a newly-released Miller Center oral history, about Hillary Clinton.

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