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Senator McConnell’s ‘No Shutdown’ Promise Looks Short-Lived

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Dear America, On second thought… 

There are only a few guarantees in life: death, taxes, gravity, and the fact that politicians will say and do anything for a vote. Many would sell their own mother, but given the fact most of those folks have been on Capitol Hill for more than two decades, mom probably bought the farm a few years back.

Anywho, several politicians have been raising the same old flags of truce and speaking longingly of bipartisanship since the Republican takeover of The Senate a couple of weeks back. Among those spreading the Sister Sledge harmony is the new Lord of the Flies, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), majority leader. Here’s his quote:

“Let me make it clear: There will be no government shutdowns and no default on the national debt.”

Nice for a Kumbaya moment as McConnell stated at the weekly Republican policy luncheon late last week (source). Only one small problem, he has used that line before. Like, last year.

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#PRFail: You Know It’s Bad When the GOP Can’t Keep This Guy Happy

GOProud Jimmy LaSalviaMeet Jimmy LaSalvia. 

With his parted hair, used-car salesman smile and plush tweed jacket, the guy is a walking billboard for the Grand Old Party, no? Up until a few days ago, he was one of its most vociferous cheerleaders, too.

Oh, and he’s gay.

LaSalvia is founder of Republican activist/truncated fundraising group GOProud.org. You would think this guy resembles everything 2016 wishes it could be for Republicans, yes? Not so much.

According to Time, LaSalvia left the GOP for reasons this raging Independent finds baffling. Crisis communications lobbyists need to run to the nearest white courtesy phone.

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The GOP Debate: Many Questions, Some Answers, Lots of Grunting

Photo: David S. Holloway / CNN Saint Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire

According to Mashable, Mitt Romney came out on top of the GOP debate last night in Facebook terms, adding 19,658 likes by the end of the night. In second place was Michelle Bachmann, who added more than 9,200 likes and made headlines with her announcement that she’s planning to run for office (which would explain why she was there in the first place, no?).

But The Washington Post puts her on top, not only for her big announcement, but also for being “quotable.” “She is a very good communicator,” said one of her pollsters Ed Goeas, with others also giving her the top nod.

The Daily Beast adds Rick Santorum to the winning line up for just looking the part. And everyone agrees Tim Pawlenty was one of the night’s losers, cowering in the face of his “Obamneycare” statement. Even FoxNews.com writes, “That was very bad news for a guy who has conservatives wondering whether he has the brass to go head to head with a sitting president.”

Actually, Salon says Americans were the big loser because it was clear that the candidates have some funny ideas about how the economy and basic math work.

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