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This article was updated at 10:00am Eastern on August 17, 2011 to include additional names pointed out by TPM readers.

Now that Standard & Poors has confirmed that the chorus of default doubters in the GOP was part of what spooked them into downgrading the U.S. credit rating, Republicans will do all they can to pretend that they never questioned the risk of missing payment obligations, or allowing borrowing authority to lapse. But they sure did! Here's a long, partial timeline of influential Republicans either vouchsafing default, or downplaying the consequences of passing the August 2 deadline without raising the debt limit.

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Add Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to the list of Republicans raising an eyebrow at Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) recent "almost treasonous" line about Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.

"Governor perry is a tough guy but a compassionate guy," McDonnell, who just took over as chair of the Republican Governors Association after Perry left to run for president, told MSNBC this morning. "I thought the remarks probably were something that could have been said differently."

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As if attacking the Fed chairman and opposing expansionary economic policy wasn't enough to give markets (and perhaps fundraisers) pause, it turns out Rick Perry, like a long list of right wing Republicans, downplayed the risk of allowing the country's borrowing authority to lapse.

"There's still gonna be revenues flowing in, so I think this threat that somehow or another the world is going to come to an end and the threat of, 'We're not going to be able to pay our bills' is a bit of a stretch," Perry told reporters in Houston. "[Americans] want the government to continue to function, they want our military young men and women to be paid on time. They want the programs out there that help the citizens of this country to be taken care of [but] most Americans know this: We've spent too much money. We've gotten our house in bad shape, and we need to stop spending."

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Herman Cain, fresh off his fifth-place finish in the Ames Straw Poll, is embracing another one of the extreme positions that have turned him into such a polling success.

Politico reports Cain said Tuesday that impeaching Obama "would be a great thing to do" given Obama's clearly impeachable offenses like signing the health care reform bill into law and declaring the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional. But, sadly, Cain said, the divided Congress stands in the way of removing Obama from office.

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Authorities in Oklahoma are on the hunt for a man who didn't show up for a court appearance Monday for his rape trial, and who has ties to the Oathkeeper movement and believes his arrest was part of a government conspiracy.

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The Wisconsin state Senate recalls of 2011 -- in which tens of millions of dollars and countless man-hours were spent, almost resembling Congressional races -- are officially over. Tuesday night, Democratic incumbents Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch fended off their Republican challengers, for a final state Senate margin of 17 Republicans to 16 Democrats, just shy of the Dems' original goal of taking control of the chamber via recalls.

The Associated Press has projected both Holperin and Wirch as the winners in their respective races. With 78% of precincts reporting in Holperin's race, he led Republican opponent Kim Simac by 54%-46%. With 99% reporting in Wirch's race, he won by a margin of 57%-43%.

Holperin was always considered the most vulnerable Democrat. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's rankings of the state Senate districts shows, Holperin represents the most Republican-leaning district that is currently held by a Democrat. It voted 57.4%-40.8% for Scott Walker in the Republican wave of 2010, though before that Barack Obama carried it 52.7%-45.7% during the 2008 Democratic wave. But in the end, he pulled through the challenge, and by a wider margin than his original 51%-49% election to the seat in 2008.

Another fun fact: This was Holperin's second recall of his political career. Back in 1990, then-state Rep. Holperin faced a recall election in a backlash over the more local issue of newly-reinstated Native American spearfishing rights. Holperin won that election, later went on to be state Tourism Secretary, and in 2008 was narrowly elected to the state Senate by 51%-49% in an open-seat race, to succeed a retiring Democrat.

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President Obama joined the chorus of people trashing Texas Governor Rick Perry's foot-in-mouth remarks, in a CNN interview Tuesday night.

At a Sunday campaign appearance in Iowa, Perry said one reason he was running for President was in order to to "make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of this nation respects highly the president of the United States."

Appearing on an episode of The Situation Room, program host Wolf Blitzer raised these comments to President Obama. The President replied:

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The rumor mill surged Tuesday with talk that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) -- last seen playing the bogeyman in numerous Medicare-themed Democratic campaign ads -- was preparing to throw his hat in the presidential ring.

Ryan's staff quickly tamped those rumors down -- just like they were tamped down by Ryan himself the last time this came up -- but not before the Wisconsin Democrats found a way to make a Medicare bogeyman out of Ryan yet again.

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GOP hopeful Gov. Rick Perry drew fire from some quarters earlier over a remark, reported by ABC News' The Note blog, that "a 'big black cloud' hangs over the country."
As it turns out, Perry's remark was much more specific. While he did use the phrase "big black cloud," he was referring explicitly to the debt, as the full video of Perry's remark reveals.

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