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Republican Party's Favorability Hits All-Time Low, Proving That We Must Repeal Obamacare

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You see that picture up there, with the jaggedy lines? It's a "graph," and it shows that 28% of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party, according to Gallup. Maybe you think that's pretty good, considering that the Republican party can barely hide their contempt for most of America, and also that they're wrong about everything, plus or minus a thing (maybe, sometimes). But it's actually any party's worst poll result in the 20 years since Gallup first sounded the depths of America's hatred for the people they repeatedly vote into office.


While we don't know for sure, there's good circumstantial evidence that Republicans' historically low favorability is related to their refusal to fund the government unless Democrats let them make Obamacare worse. Say... all this talk of polls and approval has made us wonder: How are people liking their death panels so far?

Well, if Rasmussen is to be trusted, "45% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the health care law." 45%! Why that's, uh, a lot of percent more than the other thing, what was it? Oh yeah, the percent of people who like the Republicans who are trying to repeal the "health care law"! Weird how that works, in a "democratic republic," huh?

Frankly though, we are having a hard time keeping a hard schadenfreude over this.

First of all, the midterms are over a year away, and swing voters -- don't you hate them? -- are probably going to forget that it was insane Republican demands that led to the shutdown and (maybe) caused a debt default. They'll blame "both sides" and base their vote on how much it costs to buy gas and anus burgers, like always.

Second of all, most Republican politicians don't care if only 28% of "Americans" view them favorably. All they're worried about is keeping the "Nobama is a socialist Muslim etcetera" crowd happy. By that measure, they're winning, after all.

Third of all, fuck this. Just, all of it. Fuck it with whatever ya got, the rustier the better. If anyone needs us, we'll be tainting some meat.

[Gallup / Rasmussen / NBC News]

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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