1. Republicans are realizing that Jeb Bush is their only option in 2016

    Facing a Hillary Clinton juggernaut, the GOP has no choice but to go back to the Bushes

     


  2. Have you ever been at a coffee shop, probably working on a new screenplay, and thought to yourself, “Man, this Americano is tight — but it would be better with less bureaucratic waste and more free market principles”? Or maybe you’ve been out partying for the night with some buds when you suddenly realized that “YOLO” and “traditional family values” aren’t mutually exclusive.

    If thoughts like these have crossed your mind, then the Republican Party wants you to know it’s the party for you. To wit, the Republican National Committee is out with a new ad campaign featuring some rad young kids just like you explaining why they’re Republicans. 

    Watch these super-hip millennials try to convince you to vote Republican, because #responsibility

     


  3. If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.
     

  4. Cartoon of the day: Looking dim 
    RANDALL ENOS © 2013 Cagle Cartoons

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  5. Cartoon of the day: Romney’s swearing-in
    NATE BEELER © 2013 Cagle Cartoons

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  6. Cartoon of the day: The choke hold
    MIKE LUCKOVICH © 2013 Creators Syndicate

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  7. Half of GOP voters think a non-existent group stole the election for Obama

    According to PPP — the pollster clearly having the most fun after the election — “49 percent of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama,” compared with 52 percent who said the same in 2008. The problem? ACORN no longer exists. The community organizing group went bankrupt and disbanded in 2010. I think there’s a fairly “charitable explanation” for this, says Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect. It’s clear “a large number of Republicans don’t like President Obama, and when offered a chance to endorse something that signals that dislike, they did it, even if the ‘something’ is absolutely insane.” That’s too charitable, says Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog. After all, “Fox News keeps telling its viewers that ACORN still does exist — at least in altered form” — and its former employees are responsible for a “massive subversion of the American way of life.” 

    This week’s 4 most ridiculous, head-scratching poll results

    (Source: theweek.com)

     


  8. Let me be clear about this, as the Republican Party hasn’t always been in years past: If you’re a gay American, we love you. We want you to know that this is a party dedicated to helping lift all Americans. You can disagree with us on some issues. That’s fine. That’s okay. But we love you and we want you to join us. And if anyone says you shouldn’t be allowed to visit your partner in a hospital — I will personally show up and give them a piece of my mind. This is a party for all Americans.
    — The speech Marco Rubio should give, written by Matt Lewis

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  9. White people mourning Mitt Romney: Some people took GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s loss on Tuesday harder than others. This opportunistic Tumblr compiles the most heartbroken, furious, and disillusioned responses to the Obama victory from Facebook, Twitter, and news headlines. Sample tweet from Victoria Jackson: “Thanks a lot, Christians, for not showing up. You disgust me.” 

    The best memes, videos and gifs to emerge from the internet this week

     

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  11. If the next Republican nominee pushes a platform that includes comprehensive immigration reform, including some form of legalization mechanism for current undocumented immigrants, then the party has a good chance of picking away a large number of Hispanics from the Democratic Party. The party could take the teeth out of the immigration issue entirely by compromising with President Obama on immigration during the next term.
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    Marc Ambinder has some advice for the GOP

    What Republicans need to do now

     

  12. Tuesday didn’t turn out the way Republicans hoped. What can they learn from this debacle to improve their odds the next time around? 5 lessons for the GOP

    1. The GOP has a huge Latino problem — Latino voters account for 10 percent of the electorate, and their share is growing every year, says Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post. The GOP’s harsh positions on immigration helped Obama win 69 percent of Latinos’ votes. Romney got just 29 percent. The GOP’s “huge Hispanic problem” was the reason Florida was a tossup, and it will be enough to make once deep-red Arizona a swing state in 2016. “Texas could even be a swing state by 2020 unless Republicans” see the writing on the wall and find a way to make inroads with Latinos. “The Republican Party simply cannot lose 7 in 10 Hispanic voters in elections and expect to be a viable national party in 2016, 2020, and beyond.”
       
    2. Conservatives must soften their rhetoric on abortion — The biggest lesson “from this debacle,” says Joe Battenfeld at The Boston Herald, is that the GOP needs to start winning back women. Putting more women like Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) into GOP leadership positions would be a nice start. Symbolism only goes so far, though. The GOP also has to shed policies that fuel charges that “the party is unfriendly toward women,” and one way to do that is to “reassess their hard-line position against abortion rights.” At the very least, staunchly anti-abortion Republicans need to stop pushing “the rhetorical envelope” when they talk about banning abortion, and whether there should be exceptions in cases of rape, says Lindsey Meeks at The Seattle Times. As Todd Akin found out in Missouri after making his comments about “legitimate rape,” and as Richard Mourdock learned in Indiana when he said pregnancies from rape are “something God intended,” when you’re dealing with a sensitive topic and you use insensitive words, you lose.
       
    3. Lying doesn’t work — The Romney campaign’s “most shocking strategy” was acting like “winning was more important than truth,” says Robert L. Cavnar at The Huffington Post. Romney “freely lied about the president, the economy, welfare reform, the auto bailout, major companies, history, and even Americans themselves. He flipped on every single social issue that he had advocated as governor of Massachusetts and stridently concealed his own tax records.” When confronted, he doubled down and told stretched the truth even further. In the end, though, Romney’s failure to be straight with voters “badly damaged his reputation” — and proved to be a losing strategy.

    More lessons for the GOP

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  13. "Forget Barack Obama and Mitt Romney," says Matt Negrin at ABC News. The battle for the White House may have been the most momentous event on Tuesday, but "the most exciting matchup of the night was between Karl Rove and his employer, Fox News."

    After the network’s decision desk called Ohio — and thus the presidency — for Obama at little after 11 pm (ET), the GOP strategist and super PAC kingpin protested (and protested), arguing that there were too many votes left, that Romney was closing the gap, and that Fox should un-call Ohio. “That’s awkward,” said anchor Megyn Kelly.

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