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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Court rulings on gay marriage and voting rights make it more difficult for GOP to rebrand itself
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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At a glance, one might think that Supreme Court decisions this week on voting rights and gay marriage were good and bad news, respectively, from the Republican point of view.

That perspective takes for granted that the court ruling on the Voting Rights Act was good news for the GOP.  But that’s not necessarily the case.

Beth Reinhard of the National Journal SAYS both court rulings put a “squeeze…on a Republican Party torn between its traditional values and a desire to modernize and expand before the 2014 and 2016 elections.”

Crusading against gay marriage, a timeworn Republican strategy to rally ...

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