Southcarolinification In Action

North Carolina’s quest to become more like its neighbor to the south continues unabated:

Gov. Pat McCrory says he signed off on the controversial “pink licenses” that will be issued to some young illegal immigrants who were granted protection from deportation for two years.

The new North Carolina governor said he thought it was important that the driver’s licenses for immigrants clearly distinguish “between legal presence versus legal status.”

Critics have decried them as a modern-day scarlet letter. The new driver’s licenses will have a bright pink stripe and bold words “NO LAWFUL STATUS,” written in red capital letters across the front, according to mock-ups.

Stripe?  What, didn’t have the stones to use a pink triangle?

(h/t pseudonymous in nc for the post title)

Wonder What Changed?

Today’s quote on the ongoing deficit “crisis,” from Villago Delenda Est at Balloon Juice:

Interestingly enough, no one cared about the deficit at all between 2001 (when someone, no one knows who, destroyed the surpluses that Clinton oversaw) and November 4th, 2008. Then, suddenly, for no apparent reason, an entire mass movement of concern about the deficit arose out of thin air where there was nothing before. Since 4 November 2008 (within a few seconds of 8PM Pacific Standard Time, to be precise) the deficit is the most fucking important thing there is on the entire national agenda, eclipsing jobs, war, peace, health care, guns, climate change, immigration, American Idol, Who shot JR, and any other number of issues that formerly had attention share of the general population, not to mention the vermin of the Village.

It’s astounding.”

Indeed it is.

Who You With?

Ted Nugent, April 12, 2012:

If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

Unsurprisingly, neither option has come to pass – chickenhawks aren’t known for their follow-through, especially those as pants-fillingly cowardly, amoral, hypocritical, and seditious as Herr Nugent.  Sane people wouldn’t exactly be rushing to embrace this jerk or his rantings.  Enter…wait for it:

Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent will attend President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday in order to take on the media and “counter the scams and lies of the left,” he explained to talk radio host Mike Broomhead Monday.

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Nugent is a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), whose spokesperson said the congressman invited Nugent “because he is a supporter of the Second Amendment and American values.”

By all means, Republicans: Please proceed.  Oh, and Ted…clock’s ticking!

Bring On The Mete- Asteroid!

For those wishing for a meteor strike already, no, no just yet:

Jusssst a little bit outside…

Letting Go Of The Tiger (UPDATED!)

It appears that the big money boys are unhappy with the bang they’re getting for their latinum:

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.

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“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” said Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, the “super PAC” creating the new project. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

In other words, the rubes aren’t laying down like good little marks and it’s time to show them the way. Of course, this being the NeoConfederate party, there are grifters to be paid:

The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.

The project is being waged with last year’s Senate contests in mind, particularly the one in Missouri, where Representative Todd Akin’s comment that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy rippled through races across the country. In Indiana, the Republican candidate, Richard E. Mourdock, lost a race after he said that when a woman became pregnant during a rape it was “something God intended.”

The endgame here is not to elect better Republicans, but those who can sound reasonably sane just long enough to get elected (at which point they will gladly vote in a manner as deranged as that of their tri-cornered hat worshipping colleagues).  Somehow I do not believe that this will end the way MC Rove and the Fascist Bunch think it will.

UPDATE: Well, that escalated quickly

Both the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund – two of the most prominent groups that have boosted candidates on the right – mocked the new initiative as yet another hapless establishment-side attempt to muzzle the GOP base.

Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, branded it the “Conservative Defeat Project.”

“The Conservative Defeat Project is yet another example of the Republican establishment’s hostility toward its conservative base. Rather than listening to the grassroots and working to advance their principles, the establishment has chosen to declare war on the party’s most loyal supporters,” Hoskins said. “If they keep this up, the party will remain in the wilderness for decades to come.”

Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller essentially responded by pointing to the scoreboard in recent primaries in which conservative insurgents have prevailed and emerged as influential GOP leaders.

“They are welcome to support the likes of Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist and David Dewhurst,” Keller said of the new Crossroads group. “We will continue to proudly support the likes of Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.”

 

Sounds like quite the dustup – wonder how they’ll settle things?  Might I suggest…tryouts?