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  • Americans Ready to Push GOP Off Fiscal Cliff

    Provided it's a non-metaphorical cliff and everyone can watch Mitch McConnell attempt to fly.

    Such are the results of a new NBC/WSJ poll, which asked what single word or short phrase people would use to describe the Republican Party.

    Sixty-five percent of the responses were negative, 17% percent were positive. For Democrats, 35% of the responses were positive, while 37% percent were negative, marking another year in which Democrats won the title of America's least despised political party.

    Our word-cloud illustrates the GOP image carnage. Go ahead and enlarge it if you want to try to commune with the low-standards-having American who said "smart."


    Tags: NBC, Polls, Republicans, Wall Street Journal
  • 5 Wacky Ways to Learn Who Won the Election

    Most Americans will learn the identity of their next president via their television or the Internet. But what if you're not into modern communication? What if you like to learn about election results the old-fashioned way: through weird gimmicks? This Election Day, you're covered…

    1. CNN will use the Empire State Building to display the presidential race's projected tally on a LED-lit screen. The Building's spire will light up red for Romney and blue for Obama — much wiser than my idea of hanging Wolf Blitzer off Empire State, King Kong-style, and demanding that he wave a red or blue flag for the appropriate victor.

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    Tags: CNN, Election Day 2012, NBC
  • From the Pork Barrel: A Working Lunch

    * The White House just tweeted this photo, in an obvious attempt to show voters that the President is so dedicated to his job that he's taking his meals in the Oval Office.

    * Michele Bachmann unveils the liberal lamestream media's transparent scheme to win the health care battle by complimenting Anthony Kennedy for his dreamy transfixing eyes (or something not all that much less silly).

    * While we're on the subject of Enquirer-esque revelations from Rep. Bachmann, have you heard about all those Muslim Brotherhood agents who have infiltrated in the DOJ, Homeland Security and NIA?

    * A Politico reporter was suspended for making distasteful sensational remarks about a presidential candidate. Odd. Normally, they're given promotions.

    * Don't forget to download our Election Companion App for iPhone and iPad and follow along as we liveblog Sen. Marco Rubio on this Sunday's very special episode of Meet the Press on NBC.


    Tags: Anthony Kennedy, Barack Obama, Bo Obama, Department of Justice, Health Care, Homeland Security, Islam, Judiciary, Marco Rubio, Meet the Press, Michele Bachmann, NBC, NIA, Pork Barrel, Puppies!, Racism, Religion, Senate, Spying, Supreme Court
  • Rick Santorum's Bizarre Tonight Show Appearance

    It's always strange when failed presidential candidates appear on late night talk shows and act like it's some sort of hilarious sitcom reunion. And it's even weirder when that politician fueled his campaign by exploiting the bigotry and ignorance of the GOP base.

    Hey, remember that time I actively advocated for discriminating against gays? Ha. Remember when I based my whole campaign on limiting women's access to health care? Good times, good times.

    Behold the laugh riot that is Rick Santorum's appearance on the Tonight Show…

     

     

    At one point during the interview, Leno jokingly suggests that "the worst thing ever" for Santorum would be a gay couple smoking with contraceptives. Rick Santorum throws up his arms in mock disgust, saying "Oh my God. Heaven forbid!" Hahaha, what a jokester! He thinks gays and condoms are evil! He was almost president. LOL.

    Santorum also gave Leno one of his trademark sweater vests as a wacky souvenir from the campaign trail. But Leno probably won't wear it. It's not biker denim.

    Rick Santorum may not have won the nomination, but he did achieve one major accomplishment last night. He made Jay Leno seem likable.


    Tags: Contraception, Jay Leno, NBC, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Tonight Show
  • Joe Biden Comes Out of Marriage Equality Closet, Gets Stuffed Back In

    Opinions on what should constitute a civil marriage differ. Some believe marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman. Newt Gingrich believed marriage is between a man, a woman and at least one other congressional staffer without cancer.

    On this Sunday's Meet the Press, Joe Biden expressed his view that marriage between two loving adults is a big fucking deal

    "I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties, and, quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that…"

    Look at that Biden, always making silly gaffes and going off message with his statements in support of equal rights for all Americans. Unfortunately for supporters of civil equality, the Obama campaign still believes marriage is between a man and his carefully poll-tested positions. Hence, this clarification from a Biden spokesman

    The vice president was saying what the president has said previously — that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights. That's why we stopped defending the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it. Beyond that, the Vice President was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.

    A few more days like this and creationist views on evolution are going to start making sense. After all these years, the Obama-Biden views on marriage equality have "evolved" to something like the views of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Joe Biden, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Meet the Press, NBC