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Saw that this managed to sneak on Faux and couldn't help but share:

Anyone want to guess how long that interview was actually supposed to go on for?

In other news, the GOP cookie is finally starting to crumble.

Floridians endured election chaos and marathon voting lines this year, largely thanks to reduced early voting hours, voter purges, and voter registration restrictions pushed by Republican legislators. In an exclusive report by the Palm Beach Post, several prominent Florida Republicans are now admitting that these election law changes were geared toward suppressing minority and Democratic votes.

Former governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) and former GOP chairman Jim Greer (R-FL), as well as several current GOP members, told the Post that Republican consultants pushed the new measures as a way to suppress Democratic voters. Crist expanded early voting hours in 2008 despite party pressure, but Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) targeted early voting almost immediately when he took office in 2011. Scott’s administration claimed the new laws were meant to curb in-person voter fraud, despite the fact that an individual in Florida is more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud.

Current party members and consultants confirmed the motive was not to stop voter fraud but to make it harder for Democrats and minorities to vote:

Wayne Bertsch, who handles local and legislative races for Republicans, said he knew targeting Democrats was the goal. “In the races I was involved in in 2008, when we started seeing the increase of turnout and the turnout operations that the Democrats were doing in early voting, it certainly sent a chill down our spines. And in 2008, it didn’t have the impact that we were afraid of. It got close, but it wasn’t the impact that they had this election cycle,” Bertsch said, referring to the fact that Democrats picked up seven legislative seats in Florida in 2012 despite the early voting limitations.

Another GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008.

[...]A GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said black voters were a concern. “I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves,” he said.

Though the state ultimately went to President Obama, the Republican effort to suppress votes was largely successful. A post-election report found that new voting restrictions led to a huge increase in provisional ballots, which are cast when there is some question of the voter’s eligibility.

While crying voter fraud, the Florida GOP had to confront its own scandal when a voter registration firm they hired turned in hundreds of fraudulent registration forms in several Florida counties. The GOP hastily cut ties with the group when the state opened a criminal investigation into their operations.
Like much of what conservatives do, when they loudly decry something in others, it's likely just them projecting their guilt. It's nice to see Florida go to Obama anyways even with all the rampant cheating scumbaggery the right gets up to down here in my home state

On the jobs front - we've been hearing a common talking point from conservatives; "The jobs are out there, you're just not good enough / skilled enough for them!"

Well, turns out, there's no evidence of a skills gap, rather, 'employers have unrealistically high expectations and unrealistically low wages'. Other sources further corroborate the fact that employers want highly trained workers at manual labor wages. It's nice to debunk another completely baseless conservative talking point.

Combined with the fact that 45% of Americans say they will blame the GOP if we go over the "fiscal cliff"–compared the to 34% who would blame President Obama, and 53 percent having an unfavorable view of the Republican Party, with 7 out of 10 say the GOP has not done enough to compromise with the president, the GOP is getting it's ass kicked all up and down. It's time to drag its mentality out of the dark ages, or disappear into nothingness. And considering that Texas is looking like it's going to go all-blue in less than a decade, future elections won't be talking about Virginia, or Florida. Because they won't matter ^_^

"In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House." - Texas Sen-Elect Cruz (R) Mmmm, could you imagine!

Edit - I'm sure I'll get people crying about how all those facts and numbers have a 'liberal bias' - the same way Nate Silver and his fivethirtyeight blog was all just liberal mumbo-jumbo. We all know facts and numbers are completely subjective, after all