Liesfrom Republicans generally and standard bearer Mitt Romney in particular weren’t limited to the occasional TV ads, either; the party’s most central campaign principles — that federal spending doesn’t create jobs, that reducing taxes on the rich could create jobs and lower the deficit — willfully disregarded the truth.
"It’s the great unreported big story of American politics," Ornstein said.
"If voters are going to be able to hold accountable political figures, they’ve got to know what’s going on," Ornstein said. "And if the story that you’re telling repeatedly is that they’re all to blame — they’re all equally to blame — then you’re really doing a disservice to voters, and not doing what journalism is supposed to do."
Ornstein said the media’s failure led him to conclude: “If you want to use a strategy of ‘I’m just going to lie all the time’, when you have the false equivalence meme adopted by a mainstream press and the other side lies a quarter of the time, you get away with it.”
"Their editors and producers, who felt they were looking out for the economic wellbeing of their news organizations, were also concerned about their professional standing and vulnerability to charges of partisan bias," Mann said.
So most reporters just kept on with business as usual.
"They’re so timid," Mann said.
"The fact is that one of the parties stopped being a conventional conservative party," Mann said. "My own view is that what needed to happen is somehow the public had to take a two-by-four to the Republicans’ heads, knock them back to their senses, and allow conservative pragmatic voices to emerge," he said.
Democrats won soundly in 2012 of course, so the two-by-four was administered. But because the media obfuscated what was going on, the message was not entirely clear — and certainly not to the Republican leadership.
Yet another reason why I hated Romney wanting to run the country like a business.
make no mistake: even having walked back his statements, Schnatter will always continue to fund the radical, extremist, oppressive wing of the GOP for election 2016. Never give Papa Johns your money for their shitty pizza.
No one understands better than [Elizabeth] Warren that a financial system that treats consumers well is sounder and safer than one that mistreats and deceives them. Republicans do not want the bureau to become a powerful safety and soundness regulator. With Ms. Warren on the banking committee, they would have a harder time derailing it. Sending Ms. Warren to the banking committee should be a no-brainer.
If you’re a voter, and you look at the Republican Party, and the first thing you see is Republican leaders dumping all over the guy they spent two years telling us should be the leader of the country — that doesn’t make you feel better about the Republican Party.
Sheila Traina, whose home was completely demolished by flooding from Hurricane Sandy in New Dorp Beach, holds a letter written by her 11 year-old granddaughter Maggie Traina to President Obama who visited victims of the storm in Staten Island, November 15
Steve Benen breaks down Ryan’s (typically Republican) argument: “[If] his ticket had won, it’d be proof that he’s right on the issues, and even after defeat, it’s still proof he’s right on the issues.”
Let’s not forget what those budget issues were, which Ryan claims his ticket didn’t lose on: “Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) infamous budget proposal would have cut taxes on those making more than $1 million, while ending tax cuts for those with the lowest incomes…”
And the conservative entertainment apparatus churns on…