Republicans are off to a rough week....

Republicans are off to a rough week. If you haven’t seen this Nightly Show clip from last night,  Larry Wilmore takes a deep dive on Jeb Bush’s remarks about “free stuff” for Black voters.  He takes viewers on a ride from Bush’s insulting comments in South Carolina last week back to Bush’s book “Profiles in Character” to aptly demonstrate that not only are the former governor’s views out of touch, but as Wilmore states it, for Jeb Bush “this is not a gaffe.  This is how Jeb Bush really feels.”

 

Sadly, Bush represents a field of Republican candidates that, from Trump, to Rubio, to Fiorina, is trying to take America back to policies that already failed the American people while benefitting a select few at the very top. They’re falling all over themselves to alienate more and more Americans every single day.  Below the clip you’ll see some of the other bumps this field is taking, even from others in their own party, and it’s only Tuesday!

 

Watch the video segment below:

 

 

Search for Speaker to Replace John Boehner Falls to Splintered Republicans

NEW YORK TIMES // JENNIFER STEINHAUER

The right flank of John A. Boehner’s party may have pushed him out of the House speaker’s chair, but it will take members of every faction of the House Republicans to choose his successor. As the scramble to replace Mr. Boehner — and fill the leadership posts beneath him — begins in earnest this week, a few dozen members who spent several years tormenting the speaker feel deeply empowered in determining the outcome. But while they may have effectively deposed Mr. Boehner, their own authority is in no way assured. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, who on Monday formally announced his effort to replace Mr. Boehner, has been plowing through his cellphone contact list to round up the votes that would make him the next speaker. But the calculus is complicated, with an equal number of self-described moderate Republicans and far-right members, as well as the vast numbers of those somewhere in between — roughly 150 other Republicans, who will be needed to reach the necessary 218 votes. Mr. McCarthy, who calls himself a conservative, appeals to some members of each group.

 

Donald Trump’s tax plan is all talk

WASHINGTON POST // EDITORIAL BOARD

When Donald Trump promised a specific, deficit-neutral, progressive tax plan, we have to admit to some anxiety. What if this poisonous candidate, who rode to the top of the field with hateful speech about Mexicans, women and others, did something admirable? Would we have to praise him? Turns out, we needn’t have lost any sleep. Mr. Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, proved once again that he’s all talk. His tax plan, far from being a courageous departure from Republican orthodoxy, relies on many familiar Republican tricks to justify massive tax cuts in an age in which the government’s burdens are increasing, not shrinking — and with even less than usual honest arithmetic.  Mr. Trump would eliminate income taxes on married couples’ first $50,000 of income and consolidate the current seven tax brackets into four. He would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent. Not even Jeb Bush proposed slashing the top rate that far. Mr. Trump would drop the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 39.1 percent, again lower than where Mr. Bush would go. Like Mr. Bush, Mr. Trump would eliminate the estate tax, a move that would benefit only the wealthy, as the federal government taxes only high-value estates. 

 

Carly Fiorina’s ultraconservative rage

NEW YORK TIMES // EUGENE ROBINSON

How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can’t see straight. That’s the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts. Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because she has adopted a strategy of breathing fire. She presents herself as mad about everything, and she never gives an inch on anything she says, no matter how demonstrably untrue. Unhappily for our democracy, this approach has vaulted her into the upper tier of the multitudinous GOP field.

 

Ben Carson’s Scientific Ignorance

THE NEW YORKER // LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS

For a man with an impressive educational C.V., Ben Carson makes a lot of intellectual missteps. In his September 16th debate performance, he displayed a profound lack of foreign-policy knowledge; last Sunday, when he said, on “Meet the Press,” that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he may have seriously crippled his campaign. Still, there’s one area in which Carson’s credentials have seemed unimpeachable. Many people assume that, as a successful surgeon, he has a solid knowledge of technical, medical, and scientific issues. With the wide release of video from a speech that Carson made to his fellow Seventh-Day Adventists in 2012, however, it’s becoming clear that there are significant gaps. In the speech, he made statements on subjects ranging from evolution to the Big Bang that suggest he never learned or chooses to ignore basic, well-tested scientific concepts.

 

Cruz sternly rebuked by GOP

POLITICO // BURGESS EVERETT

Ted Cruz can’t even get a protest vote in the Senate anymore. On Monday night, Cruz’s colleagues ignored his attempt to disrupt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to fund the government without attacking Planned Parenthood. In an unusual rebuke, even fellow Republicans denied him a “sufficient second” that would have allowed him a roll call vote. Then, his Republican colleagues loudly bellowed “no” when Cruz sought a voice vote, a second repudiation that showed how little support Cruz has: Just one other GOP senator — Utah’s Mike Lee — joined with Cruz as he was overruled by McConnell and his deputies. It was the second time that Cruz had been denied a procedural courtesy that’s routinely granted to senators in both parties. The first came after he called McConnell a liar this summer. Cruz was incredulous on Monday, calling it an “unprecedented procedural trick."

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