Tom Toles: Political Cartoons from Tom Toles – The Washington Post

Tom Toles: Political Cartoons from Tom Toles – The Washington Post.

Tom Toles: Political Cartoons from Tom Toles – The Washington Post

Tom Toles: Political Cartoons from Tom Toles – The Washington Post.

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Christie’s Achilles Heel

Originally posted on The Dish:

His economic record:

No, as much as national pundits like to bemoan Christie’s demeanor and as much as events like Bridgegate have underscored Christie’s reputation as a bully and a back-room brawler, his biggest campaign trail albatross is a more fundamental challenge—one he can’t fix with a smart made-for-YouTube put-down. Chris Christie’s greatest challenge as he contemplates moving onto the national stage is that his own state looks to be in rough shape.

What doesn’t play well on YouTube? As many as 10,000 people unemployed because of the closure, in a matter of months, of at least a third of the casinos in Atlantic City. What doesn’t play well on YouTube? The second worst credit rating among states in the nation. What doesn’t play well on YouTube? Unlike the nation as a whole, which has more than recovered the jobs it lost during the recession, New Jersey has yet…

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Why Hillary 2016 Thinks She Can Expand Obama’s Electoral Map

Mitch Stewart, Obama’s 2012 battleground state director who is now an independent consultant advising the grassroots group Ready for Hillary, laid out the electoral math to TPM in a recent interview. Clinton will start with Obama’s map, he said, and can build from there.

There are two buckets of states potentially in play. Arkansas, Indiana and Missouri comprise one bucket. The first is a somewhat unique case, given Clinton’s history there, while the other two were razor-thin in 2008, but the principle is the same: Clinton has a record of appealing to white working-class voters — especially women — and they could be enough when paired with the Obama coalition to pull out a win.

“Where I think Secretary Clinton has more appeal than any other Democrat looking at running is that with white working-class voters, she does have a connection,” Stewart said. “I think she’s best positioned to open those states.”

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Quote For The Day

Originally posted on The Dish:

“Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that…

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McConnell: Repealing Obamacare Isn’t The Only Thing GOP Cares About

“With the president in the position that he’s in, I can’t imagine he would sign a full repeal, but there’s various parts of it that are very unpopular and we will be voting on them,” McConnell said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who would certainly have an influence if the GOP wins the majority, told the Washington Post recently that if his party takes the Senate, they should “pursue every means possible to repeal Obamacare.”

But McConnell has already said that’s unlikely, and his fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul echoed that sentiment during a Monday campaign event.

“It’s gonna have to be things we can agree to,” Paul said when asked about Cruz’s comments on a repeal, according to Buzzfeed. “I’m not saying we don’t have a vote on repealing Obamacare; we should have a vote. I’m not sure how far that goes but we should have a vote on it. But I also want to pass some stuff and one of the things I think would help the country would be to bring all that American profit home and create jobs.”

McConnell: Repealing Obamacare Isn’t The Only Thing GOP Cares About.