DAYLEE PICTURE: Mecca during the height of the Haj, From the Daily Mail of the UK.
"Liberals have not had a better year since 1965 and Voting Rights Act."
Big 3 Automakers Reportedly Worried About Michigan Right To Work Legislation (Amanda Terkel) from the Huffington Post
"While one of Michigan's biggest industries remains silent in public on the debate over so-called right-to-work legislation, privately they are worried about the impact it will have on its workforce, according to one of the figures closest to the automotive industry."
Justice Antonin Scalia in Hot Water Again Over Homosexual Comments (Paul Campos) from the Daily Beast
"Of course Scalia is biased against gays—but that’s not the real problem with his tactless homophobic screeds, writes Paul Campos."
Obama Whipping Boehner in Fiscal Cliff Showdown (Howard Kurtz) from the Daily Beast
"New poll shows public siding with president by huge margin."
Obama Wins Almost 50% Republicans on Tax Mandate in Poll from the Bloomberg News Service
"President Barack Obama won the public argument over taxes so decisively that almost half of Republicans now say he has an election mandate to raise rates on the rich. Majorities of about 2-to-1 also read the election results as an endorsement of Obama’s pledge to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits, according to a Bloomberg National Poll of 1,000 adults conducted Dec. 7-10."
As Fiscal Talks Heat Up, Questions on Whether Boehner Can Get the Votes from the New York Times
"With negotiations quickening on Tuesday to prevent a year-end fiscal crisis, White House officials once again are confronting a vexing question: Can Speaker John A. Boehner deliver enough Republican votes for whatever deficit-reduction plan he and President Obama might decide?"
John Boehner Getting Bad Reviews on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks (Jon Cohen, Scott Clement and Aaron Blake) from the Washington Post
"By a better than 2-to-1 margin, registered voters disapprove rather than approve of House Speaker John Boehner’s performance during the fiscal cliff talks, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll – a negative rating due in large part to the lack of uniform support for him among Republicans."
To Save His Second Term, Obama Must Go Over the Fiscal Cliff (Noam Scheiber) from the New Republic
"They will see that they have been completely repudiated by the public in a way that even the election didn't impress on them. It will, in other words, be as close as you get in politics to a total victory for one side. It will highlight the perils of following one's base too slavishly, a lesson that will come in handy not just on future fiscal policy fights (there will in all ..."
Best and Worst Of the 2012 Campaigns: Part I (Stuart Rothenberg) from Roll Call
"After three successive partisan wave elections, the overarching takeaway from the 2012 cycle is that candidates and the campaigns they run still matter. Up and down the ballot — from the presidential race to Senate contests to various House races — we saw examples of how the strength of one candidate/campaign (or the sheer ineptitude of another) made the difference on Election Day."
GOP Tries to Quell Dissent on Taxes from Politico
"The growing number of GOP defectors on taxes is causing heartburn in Republican ranks and prompting fresh fears that the party is giving President Barack Obama crucial leverage in the fiscal cliff negotiations."
Which Path for the Right? (E.J. Dionne) from the Washington Post
"...the most disturbing aspect of the Michigan power grab is what it says about where the conservative argument may go. Those willing to expand the appeal of conservatism by refreshing it will face opposition from those who would try to make new thinking unnecessary. They’d simply rig the rules to chip away at the political capacity of groups that don’t buy into conservative orthodoxy."
McConnell Highly Unpopular from Public Policy Polling
"Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in the country. Only 37% of Kentucky voters approve of him to 55% disapprove. Both in terms of raw disapproval (55%) and net approval (-18) McConnell has the worst numbers of any of his peers, taking that mantle from Nebraska's Ben Nelson."
GOP Pollster: Republicans Have ‘Run Out Of’ White Voters from Talking Points Memo
"Republicans need to dramatically improve their standing with Latino voters or risk becoming a “regional party” of disaffected whites, according to a study released Wednesday by a GOP pollster. “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters,” Resurgent Republic pollster Whit Ayres and the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network’s Jennifer Korn concluded in a memo detailing the results of the study."
Choose Your Own Voters (David Weigel) from Slate
"The GOP is already plotting how to marginalize urban voters in the next election."
Why Hillary Clinton Would Be Strong in 2016 (It’s Not Her Favorability Ratings) (Nate Silver) from the New York Times
"For all the reasons I mentioned at the top, she seems like Democrats’ best bet, perhaps by some margin, to extend their winning streak to three or more terms in the White House. If she ran even a point or two stronger than a “generic” Democrat, the odds would shift meaningfully in her favor, holding other circumstances equal."
6 Things Money Shouldn’t Be Able to Buy (Lynn Stuart Parramore) from Alternet
"From cushy prison cells to human kidneys, some things just shouldn't be for sale."
DOG RESCUE NUGGET!!
Another inspiring video of a Hope-for-Paws dog rescue!
DOG COSTUME NUGGET!!
Look out! Here comes Spider-dog: Terrier with the best fancy dress wardrobe in the world from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a giant spider in the wilderness. But it is, ahem, in fact a dog - posing in fancy dress. And the pet's arachnid costume is by no means the most unusual outfit in its wardrobe."