Ten Random RELEVANT Things

1) A Republican U.S. Senator recently threatened violence against his colleagues, saying (not jokingly), “It’s just a good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor.”  So, um, Republican Culture of Violence, anybody?

2) Who would be most harmful to the downballot GOP slates across the country as the Republican Presidential nominee at the top of the ticket?  Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul, or Palin?  Well, obviously Palin – but, after her?  My money’s on either Perry or Bachmann; but, man, who on earth can get excited about Romney?

3) Despite cries from RMGers and conservatives across the country that tax cuts do not contribute to deficits (because subtraction is as fake as evolution or climate change), the Republican Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee coughed up that tax cuts DO push deficits higher (granted, he was talking about tax cuts for the working class — Lord, knows that tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires are always desperately needed and very helpful):

That worries Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, and a member of the House-Senate supercommittee tasked with finding new deficit cuts. Tax reductions, “no matter how well-intended,” will push the deficit higher, making the panel’s task that much harder, Camp’s office said.

4) Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McCallister is caught lying about his claim of having testified before Congress.  So what does he do when he’s called on his lie?  Lies some more and then has an aide get truculent with the media.  Smooth.  (This stuff never gets old.)

5) Can any RMGers much tell the difference in the State Senate between when there were six GOP State Senators to when there were five to now that there is four?  With Bruce Tarr perpetually a possibility for statewide office (he could make a pretty solid candidate for Treasurer or Auditor), Robert Hedlund maybe keeping an eye on a future Weymouth Mayoral race, and Michael Knapik just getting bored, how low can the population of the State Senate’s GOP caucus go?

6) After news of his Hawaii honeymoon, does anybody seriously think that Newt Gingrich is actually running for President?  Some candidates run to raise their profile.  Gingrich is the only candidate in recent memory who has run seemingly to trash his profile.

7) Seriously, who is on the bench to run for the GOP nomination for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014?  A state legislator?  A county official?  A previous statewide race loser like Healey, Polito, or Connaughton?  A previous Congressional loser?  A businessperson to be named later?  Andy Card?  Curt Schilling?

8) Do any RMGers think it’s actually a clever tactic to rebut the criticism of the record of any Republican official or candidate by simply attacking the criticizer with “Derangement Syndrome”?  Really?  You think that holds outside of the echo chamber?

9) From the rescue of the captain of the Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates, to the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden, to the near elimination of al Qaeda, to the U.S.’s role in the impending ouster of Khaddafi, the Obama Administration’s outstanding record on foreign affairs is pretty untouchable.  So how will the Republican candidates for President discuss foreign policy?  Or will they ignore it altogether?

10) You do realize that taxes are at their lowest in over half-a-century, don’t you?  With every Republican Presidential candidate across the board at the last debate saying that they’d turn down a deal that was 10-parts spending cuts for 1-part tax increases, does anybody actually believe that Republicans are serious about cutting the deficit and reducing the debt?

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