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Stephen is dismayed by the GOP’s prospective presidential candidates in 2016.

So is the GOP, we’d imagine.

Stephen is dismayed by the GOP’s prospective presidential candidates in 2016.

So is the GOP, we’d imagine.

With the Republican-led filibuster of a Senate proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 on Wednesday, Democrats moved swiftly to frame the vote as an example of the gulf that exists between the two parties on matters of economic fairness and upward mobility.

The question is not just one of money, they said, but of morality. And in doing so the Democrats returned to the themes that were successful for their party and President Obama in 2012 when they convinced swing voters that Democrats were mindful of the best interests of all Americans — not just those who are powerful and wealthy.

Speaking from the White House shortly after the measure was defeated 54 to 42, with 60 votes needed to advance, Mr. Obama admonished Republicans and called on voters to punish them at the polls in November. “If there’s any good news here, it’s that Republicans in Congress don’t get the last word on this issue, or any issue,” Mr. Obama said. “You do, the American people, the voters.”

“If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage,” he added, “you have to let them know they’re out of step, and that if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office.”

The New York Times, "Democrats Assail GOP After Filibuster of Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage"

“The real ‘voter fraud’ is perpetrated by people who make bogus arguments about voter fraud.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, during an address to the National Action Network, on the Republican-led war on alleged voter fraud

“What I find startling is singling out private American citizens who have decided to engage in the political process, and basically demonizing them by name. I think that is something we haven’t seen in quite a while in American politics.”

Florida GOP Senator MARCO RUBIO, on the Democratic Party targeting the billionaire Koch Brothers and their multi-million pro-Tea Party ad spending.

This from a Republican whose party has spent the better part of the past seven years demonizing Barack Hussein “Obamacare” “Let’s See Your Birth Certificate” Obama.

(via the New York Times)