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This is a beauty. Via ThinkProgress.

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Ellis said there were concerns about Grussendorf’s party affiliation. Grussendorf was a registered Republican until just weeks ago. He changed his registration to Democrat to qualify for appointment to the seat that opened when Juneau Democrat Kim Elton resigned for a job in the Obama administration.

Palin, who must choose a Juneau Democrat for the seat, appointed Grussendorf on Sunday. It was a controversial pick that the Democratic Party fought hard to block, saying state House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula should get the job instead.

Grussendorf ran for state office and lost in 2002 as a Democrat, and his father, Ben Grussendorf, is a former Democratic state House speaker. He said he never meant to be a Republican.

Grussendorf said he registered in 2006 as undeclared so he could participate in the closed Republican primary. His registration was then mistakenly changed when he wrote “Republican” on the absentee envelope that year, since that was the primary ballot he wanted, he said.

He said he didn’t know his Republican status until it became an issue for Elton’s seat, and he changed back to Democrat when he found out what happened.

Never heard that one before.

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It’s kind of important.

Info on Mt. Rainier, here. This excellent photo is via Seattle rainscreens photostream.

Update: CNN article, here.

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A little late

It seems that now Republicans all of a sudden care about preserving white house emails.

A California Republican congressman has called on President Obama to put in place a system that ensures all White House emails be preserved even if official business was done through private e- mail accounts.

Rep. Darrell Issa, the senior Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, made the request in a February 18 letter to White House Counsel Greg Craig.

Issa specifically mentioned the new administration’s brief use of Gmail accounts after Obama was sworn in last month, as they waited for the official White House e-mail accounts to become active.

“As you know, any e-mail sent or received by White House officials may be subject to retention under the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” Issa wrote Craig in the letter.

“The use of personal e-mail accounts, such as Gmail to conduct official business raises the prospect that presidential records will not be captured by the White House e-mail archiving system. Consequently Gmail users on the President’s staff run the risk of incorrectly classifying their e-mails as non-records under the [Presidential Records] Act.”

This is the problem Republicans face today. Even when they bring up a perfectly reasonable idea, they have absolutely no credibility whatsoever in the matter. And it will be like this for a long time.

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I’ve always thought religious extremism was really the same all over the world if you swap out the religion with another. Pete Sessions (R-TX):

“Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban,” Sessions said during a meeting yesterday with Hotline editors. “And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes. And these Taliban — I’m not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that’s not what we’re saying. I’m saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.” […]

When pressed to clarify, Sessions said he was not comparing the House Republican caucus to the Taliban, the Muslim fundamentalist group. “I simply said one can see that there’s a model out there for insurgency,” Sessions said before being interrupted by an aide.

Via  ThinkProgress.

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John Aravosis asks the question:

What is with the Republican obsession with intellectual lightweights? From Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, Republicans have not just tolerated a decided lack of brainpower in their political icons, they’ve actually embraced these characters precisely because they’re so “regular guy.” The problem, of course, is that regular guys are great fun at a kegger, but not so great at running the free world.

Look at the GOP presidential candidates. Not all of them, but Reagan and Bush come to mind as recent candidates who weren’t particularly bright, and weren’t particularly adept at the day-to-day running of the country (let’s face it, in his second term Reagan’s lack of attention to detail unraveled much of his presidency). But Republicans loved them. They loved them because of their lack of qualifications, lack of smarts – euphemistically known as “outsider status.” Same thing with our female Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin. Not just unqualified, but like W. Bush (and Quayle), kind of dumb too. But the GOP loved her, partly, it seems, because she’s not quite all there. Then there’s Joe the Plumber. Again – tough guy, regular guy, but not particularly bright (and politically damaged to boot). They love him too. Joe is even off being a “war correspondent” in Israel, even though he doesn’t think there should be any war correspondents anywhere.

Isn’t it obvious? The dumb are a lot easier to lead.

The link has the transcript from the Joe-the-Plumber video for those of you like myself who cannot get up the nerve to actually watch it.

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According to Rep. Paul Broun (R) from Georgia that’s what Obama is. It’s quite brilliant to get that two-in-one combination to work out logically.

A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.”It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force,” Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. “I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may—may not, I hope not—but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism.”

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

“That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did,” Broun said. “When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist.”

Thanks Paul, but I’m afraid your first statement was right. It does sound a little bit crazy and off base. Just a little.

Are there any Republicans left who actually know what Marxism is?

Photo via superbastards.com.

Update: In case you were confused as to how one could be both fascist and communist, here’s another mindbender from Broun for you.

“The point I tried to make is that he is extremely liberal, he has promoted a lot of socialistic ideas, and it just makes me concerned,” Broun said Tuesday.

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