The Tea Party is not racist. The TEA Party is not racist. The Tea PARTY is not racist. THE Tea Party is not racist.
No matter how many times or how many ways you say it, you can’t deny it: The Tea Party IS racist. As hell. Let us not dither or waffle or obfuscate. When something is obvious, you must call it what it is, not what it protests it is not.
An arsonist is not someone who loves fires. An arsonist gets his rocks off by burning shit up.
A pedophile is not someone who loves children. A pedophile screws kids and screws up their lives.
The Tea Party is not made up of firebugs and scum that bugger children. A Tea Partier is not someone who simply has a philosophical and political difference with President Obama. A Tea Partier is a White person who didn’t give a shit about politics under there was a Black man in the White House.
Morgan Freeman is not my default go-to guy on politics, but he’s been around long enough to know the nativist, regressive, reactionary language of the Tea Party is merely old-fashioned racism remixed for the 21st Century and he let the bullets fly in an Daily Beast interview.
The lengths that people will go to show their prejudices! You see some of these signs that say, “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” What the fuck is that? Whose country are you talking about? They are being pushed to the side, which is a good thing for them to realize: you don’t have the power you think you have in this country. Obama was legitimately elected president. If you don’t like that, fine, either move out, or make your point and get yourself elected, but don’t tear the country apart! That’s not going to get you anywhere. I think the Republicans have pretty much destroyed themselves by allowing themselves to be controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money.
My position on The Tea Party has evolved as their politics have regressed. They have zero tolerance for anything and anyone that does not conform to what “America” is and so too has my position that these nitwits, half-wits and dim wits should be met with tolerance and understanding. Tried that and it doesn’t work. You can’t reason with idiots whom are impervious to understanding and view even attempting to as a sign of weakness. That’s when they pounce and go for your throat.
My stance for the Tea Party is the same as Michael Corleone for the Five Families; I don’t have to wipe all of them out. Just the ones whom are my enemy.
Guys like Larry Klayman.
Before the shutdown ended, there was a rally of right-wingers in Washington to show their support for the GOP’s extremism and one speaker, Larry Klayman, an attorney, a founder of the advocacy group Freedom Watch, and a contributor to World Net Daily upped the ante for suggesting the U.S. military should overthrow President Obama to calling for a second American revolution to force Obama from power.
In a day of provocations and incendiary language at Tea Party-type protests Saturday in Washington D.C., WorldNetDaily.com author and Birther attorney Larry Klayman stands out.
“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town,” said Klayman, a founder of the conservative Freedom Watch political advocacy group. Before a crowd at the “Million Vets March on the Memorials” Klayman demanded that President Barack Obama “… get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.”
The rallies had been pitched as a protest by veterans opposed to the shuttering of monuments, but have turned into Gadsen and Confederate-flag festooned rallies reminiscent of Tea Party rallies, complete with calls by some speakers for “people to stop obeying this government.”
“In 237 years, our country has declined more than Rome took 2000 years to do,” he said. “We are ruled, quote-unquote, by a president that bows down to Allah.”
The Constitutional right of freedom of speech does not absolve citizens of responsibility for our speech. If Klayman’s incendiary words don’t rise to the standard of sedition, it skirts the edge of it. This isn’t the first time Klayman has advocated the overthrow of President Obama. In August he wrote a column pleading for the military to depose their Commander-in-Chief.
Standing by while Klayman called for a revolution were former Governor and noted quitter, Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz and neither of them distanced themselves from Klayman’s remarks. Probably because they agree with them.
This isn’t your normal Republican vs. Democrat slap-fight. This is more than a simple difference in politics. This is hate, pure and simple and no amount of apologizing for the Tea Party excuses it.
When Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl) said in an interview the Tea Party “was no more popular than the Klan” the conservative press was annoyed and demanded other Democrats denounce his remarks.
Which few did, because while the Tea Party is more popular than the Klan their hatred of the President is exactly the same and there’s no denying that.
- Watch ‘Delusional Racist’ Larry Klayman Get His A$ Handed to Him: ‘Who’s the Whore Now?’ (Video) (don-overton.newsvine.com)
- Alan Grayson Slams Racist Tea Party: ‘If The Hood Fits, Wear It’ (addictinginfo.org)
- Larry Klayman defends his anti-Muslim remarks and calls Mitch McConnell ‘a whore’ (rawstory.com)
- Racism Exposed: Larry “Klansman” Klayman (theobamacrat.com)
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged Wednesday that he would allow a vote in the House on a newly-minted Senate deal on debt and spending.
“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said on WLW radio in Ohio.
Boehner additionally confirmed that he would “absolutely” allow the whole House to vote on a plan introduced on Wednesday in the Senate. That bipartisan plan, unveiled by Senate leaders, would fund the government through mid-January and raise the debt ceiling until early February.
Which begs the musical question…
How in the hell was this any sort of “good fight?”
What exactly was the high-minded principle The Boner and his fellow knuckle-dragging troglodytes were fighting for worth shutting down the entire government for three weeks, throwing thousands of federal workers out of work and cutting off their checks (while Congress made sure they were still receiving their pay) pushing the country into default and making the United States of America look like the nuttiest asylum ever run by the most insane inmates?
“We Just Didn’t Win.”
Which means The Boner is a loser. The Caveman Caucus is full of grunting losers. The Republican Party is a loser. Ted “Canadian Bacon” Cruz is the biggest loser right along his fellow losers in the collective of whiny losers called the Tea Party. That is a good thing to come out of a bad thing.
Ultimately the cavemen caved in. What else could they do? Though the extremist whack jobs in Congress and their little cheerleaders on Fixed News were ready to crash and burn the American economy for the sake of a temper tantrum, eventually the adults wrested the controls away from them and narrowly avoided one potentially very hot mess.
So if the Boner is wimpiest wimp that ever wimped in American political history and is a Dead Man Walking in his remaining tenure as Speaker of the House of Crazy People, who were the winners here?
NOBODY WINS in a sorry spectacle like this and you are on crazy pills if you think anybody won jack. The Congressional crazies will be all over the television and the radio and the Internet telling anyone who will listen, “We WON! We shut down the government! We brought the country to a screeching halt. Man, we ROCK! We are such total bad-asses! High-five and chest bumps all around!”
This will be nothing more than the hollow victory yelps of crazy people and no different from the whiskey-fueled ranting of a mangy drunk arguing with himself on a standing-room bus as a puddle of pee runs down his leg and all the other riders desperately try to pretend the foul-smelling lout isn’t really there.
That is what the Republican Party is now. Mangy, ranting drunks who annoy everyone and stink of stale ammonia strong piss.
We’ll take a break from this unnecessary exercise in brinkmanship and be back for more of the same after the Xmas when “The Real Assholes of Washington D.C.” returns for its next season.
What have we learned? We have learned John Andrew Bohner is the 61st Speaker of the House and a total neutered whipped dog who is regularly kicked around by 30 extremists in his own caucus and he lives in fear of the next kick in the rib.
I’d feel sorry for the Boner if I wasn’t revolted by his submissive groveling weakness and his gutless “I don’t give a shit what happens to the country as long as I’m still Speaker” self-preservation motivation.
See you in January.
- John Boehner Is Worse Speaker In History (davidmixner.com)
- Top ten losers – and a few winners – in the DC debt ceiling debacle (rickdunhamblog.com)
- Republicans are unfit to govern (themoderatevoice.com)
- Has Ted Cruz already moved to quash emerging Senate deal to end the Republican shutdown? (dailykos.com)
Welcome to October. The government is closed and Obamacare is open.
We are here because John Boehner is an impotent, ineffectual, coward with no heart, no brains and no balls. Boehner is intimidated by the rabid right-wing of his caucus who have planned shutting down the government for two years. This week they revealed their extortion demands. Kill off Obamacare or they’ll kill off the government.
The Republicans have calculated can win by waging war against the government their constituents benefit from. It’s an insane strategy but these are conservatives that gone rogue and damn the consequences, “SHUT IT DOWN!”
If the American people take the bullet aimed at Obamacare, that’s a sacrifice the Republican Taliban is willing to make. It’s not like they are giving up their paychecks. That could change when the phone lines are tied up, people are calling, tweeting, yelling and cursing out their Congresscritter to cut the shit and get the government back open.
I would imagine if I had plane tickets paid for and a hotel room reserved that I can’t get a refund for a trip to a national park that is now closed, I’d be pretty pissed off right about now. The sort of pain these extremists are inflicting it the type that isn’t forgotten or forgiven. It defies political sense for the House to pick this fight, but these Republicans are jumping off a cliff with suicide vests and the ones hurt most by their own mad extremism will be ordinary people.
“It’s about fairness for the American people.” — John Boehner
Boehner, shut your lying ass mouth! You didn’t bow down to the anarchists of your caucus to be “fair” to the American people. You did it because you’re you are afraid to lose your leadership position which is funny since you’re not a leader but a pathetic figurehead.
Whenever a Republicans uses the words “fairness” and “the American people” in the same sentence put on your wading boots on because the b.s. is knee deep and rising.
Even conservative Republicans know they are waging war against the radical Republicans as Peter King (R-NY) told Fox News.
“We have too many people in our party, it’s a minority, who are following Ted Cruz, and they are tying up the entire Republican party,” King said. “The overwhelming majority of House members would vote to keep the government open. I’m tired of having Ted Cruz call the shots for the House Republicans.”
The Republican Party abdicated the role of “the loyal opposition” to become the angry obstructionists. They want to roll back, overturn, repeal, defund, remove, take away, cut, slash and burn the country back to a time when Blacks knew their place, gays stayed in the closet as by day women wore high heels and make-up as they made Dad’s martini and by night they were barefoot and pregnant.
The Republicans refuse to send to the Senate a “clean” continuing resolution that funds the government without inserting a poison pill that defunds the Affordable Care Act. If Boehner had control of his caucus, he could avoided all of this brinkmanship, but he doesn’t and he didn’t.
A negotiation usually means there’s something both sides want. What do the Republicans have that the President wants? He got his signature domestic achievement without their help and he’s got no reason to give them a damn thing now. The President and the Democrats have no reason to negotiate with themselves. Give in to the Tea Party Republicans now and they’ll be back on October 15th when the debt ceiling has to be raised with a whole new Xmas list of right-wing goodies they want.
There’s nothing for the President to negotiate. The Affordable Care Act is a settled issue. It’s gone through Congress, it’s gone through the federal courts, it’s gone through the Supreme Court, it’s gone through a presidential election and survived every attempt of the Tea Party, the GOP, the right-wing noise machine, Mittens and every other right-winger trying to kill it off. It will survive ambitious morons like Ted “The Canadian” Cruz and the caveman caucus of John “Crybaby” Boehner too.
It’s not good for the GOP brand when a small contingent of ultra-conservatives mostly from safe districts and an overly ambitious first-term Senator with presidential ambitions overrun a spectacularly weak Speaker of the House and shut down the government while threatening to create even greater chaos when the debt ceiling deadline arrives in less than two weeks. But as bad as it is for the Republicans it’s worse for the country.
People get tired of lurching from crisis-to-crisis and especially manufactured ones such as this doomed plot by Cruz and his House best buddies to defund Obamacare despite having no clear plan on how to do it besides hoping the president and the Democrats would do it for them.
They thought Obama and Harry Reid would cave. They didn’t, but now they will. The Republicans are wishing in one hand and crapping in the other and one will fill up before the other.
Give a bully your candy one day and the next he’s back for your lunch money too. You have to stop them before they break into your house and rape your sister. That’s the mentality of bullies and the House Republican caucus is lousy with bullies.
In 13 months voters will go to the polls to choose every member of the House of Representatives and it’s way past time to vote Boehner and his caveman caucus off the island.
Just say “no” to the Party of No.
- Schumer: Boehner ‘A Puppet — With Ted Cruz Pulling The Strings’ (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- As Obamacare Sign Up Begins Tea Partiers Are Fighting A Battle They’ve Already Lost (politicususa.com)
- The Suicide Caucus and John Boehner: the faction that wants a government shutdown (underthemountainbunker.com)
There are many ways to become well-known as a U.S. Senator. You can be a grinder, a workhorse who shuns soundbites on Sunday morning talk shows to busy yourself doing the dirty work of writing legislation. You can wrap yourself up in the business of providing support for the folks back in your home state. You can learn the rules of the Senate and take the time to build working relationships with both sides of the political aisle.
Or you can say, “screw that,” and become well-known for being a jerk. That’s where Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) comes in. With sharpened elbows and a nasty disposition guaranteed to annoy your allies and outrage your enemies. There is a reason freshman Senators are often treated like children underfoot. They either don’t know or don’t care what the protocols are of the Senate. Guys like Cruz prefer throwing a sharp elbow and being a royal pain in the ass.
Cruz is a Princeton debating champion, Harvard Law School graduate, law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the former solicitor general of Texas. He’s not dumb. Just nasty. He just goes about things in dumb ways such as his slimy attack on Chuck Hagel during his confirmation hearings to become Secretary of Defense. “We do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups,” Cruz told the Senate Armed Services Committee before it voted to approve Hagel’s nomination. “It is at a minimum relevant to know if that $200,000 that he deposited in his bank account came directly from Saudi Arabia, came directly from North Korea.”
That unsubstantiated slam against Hagel’s character earned Cruz a rebuke from John McCain. McCain ended up voting against his former Republican colleague, but shot down the junior senator from Texas when he said of Hagel, “no one on this committee should at any time impugn his character or his integrity.”
Cruz’s bare-knuckles approach doesn’t do much more than calling attention to how much of a jack-ass he is. We saw how much of mule’s patootie Cruz really is when he used a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting as an opportunity to lecture Diane Feinstein about the Constitution. What followed was a very public display of irritation with the upstart freshman.
“Would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?” Cruz said, speaking to Feinstein.
“Likewise, would she think that the Fourth Amendment’s protection against searches and seizures, could properly apply only to the following specified individuals, and not to the individuals that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the law?”
Pointing her finger and glaring at Cruz, Feinstein shot back.
“One, I’m not a sixth grader,” Feinstein said. “Senator, I’ve been on this Committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in and I saw people shot with these weapons.
“I’m not a lawyer,” she added, “but after 20 years, I’ve been up close and personal with the Constitution. I have great respect for it. … So I, you know, it’s fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I’ve been here for a long time.”
“I thank you for the lecture. Incidentally, this does not prohibit — you used the word ‘prohibit’ – it exempts 2,271 weapons. Isn’t that enough for the people of the United States? Do they need a bazooka? Do they need other high-powered weapons that other people use in close combat? I don’t think so.”
What a snot-nosed, swaggering rookie like Cruz probably doesn’t know is while he’s trying to score rhetorical points with the Fox and Friends crowd, Feinstein wasn’t just blowing smoke when it comes to having first-hand familiarity with gun violence. She could have lectured her caustic colleague of the bloody events that led to her becoming the mayor of San Francisco. Namely, the murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Feinstein went on CNN and to explain her angry reaction to Cruz’s condescending remarks.
“Well, I just felt patronized,” Feinstein told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I felt he was somewhat arrogant about it. When you come from where I’ve come from and what you’ve seen, when you found a dead body and put your finger in bullet holes, you really realize the impact of weapons. And then as you go up the technical ladder with these weapons, and they become more sophisticated, and more the product of a battlefield, and you’ve got these huge clips, or drums of 100 bullets out there that people can buy, when you see these weapons becoming attractive to grievance killers, people who take them into schools, into theaters, into malls, you wonder, does America really need these weapons? My answer to that is no. And so it’s based on my experience.”
None of this phases Cruz who seems to revel in starting new fires as soon as the previous ones are put out. There’s no chance a nervy punk like Cruz learns anything remotely resembling humility or even simple manners from Feinstein setting him straight. That would take a degree of class Cruz shows no signs of possessing.
That’s okay. There have always been terrible Senators like him and they usually find themselves isolated by their own rudeness, offensive ways and arrogant attitudes. Cruz isn’t even the biggest asshole from Texas serving in Congress. Not as long as Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert is gibbering like a drunken hyena in the House.
As a senator, Cruz has six years to make a complete fool of himself. He should pace himself.
”If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”
~ Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on opposing the president’s health care reforms.
I wanted to find a picture of Jim DeMint and Barack Obama. You know, just a standard pic of the two politicians smiling for the cameras even while they’re thinking, “Damn but I can’t stand this guy.” The thing is there are no pictures of the two together. Jim DeMint does not like a lot of people and he would probably cut his right hand off before he would ever shake Barack Obama’s hand. It’s personal for DeMint. It’s not just business.
Then again, the list of who the conservative kingmaker dislikes is a long one and doubtlessly has as many Republicans as it does Democrats. DeMint is resigning to head up the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank and will likely see a substantial six-fold pay boost in his salary.
DeMint didn’t create the incivility, the gridlock and overall dysfunction of the Senate, but he sure didn’t mind helping it along either. As the Tea Party’s man in the upper chamber of the legislative branch, DeMint saw his job not to make Congress work better, but for it to not work at all.
Giving credit where credit is due: DeMint understood the arcane rules of the Senate and realized he could accomplish through procedure what the Republicans lacked in numerical advantage.
However, DeMint sneered at the idea of compromise and stressed absolute ideological purity even when it meant taking out his fellow Republicans such as Robert Bennett, Richard Lugar and nearly Orrin Hatch. Their crime? Being willing to work with Democrats.
The members of the Senate that will miss DeMint the least aren’t the Democrats but Mitch McConnell and the Republican caucus.
DeMint has been silent on how public of a role he’ll play in electoral politics over the next two years, and its unclear whether his new position at Heritage, a not-for-profit organization that is barred from playing in politics, will limit his ability to openly push for candidates.
Nevertheless, DeMint’s departure means he could play a pivotal role in the 2014 mid-term elections — either as a conservative kingmaker or as a spoiler who backs ideological pure but fundamentally unelectable candidates, as he did in 2010 with Christine O’Donnell.
And unlike the last two cycles, when DeMint’s activities were constrained by his promise not to target colleagues in primary races, he will be free in the coming months to pick and groom primary opponents to incumbents in the Senate.
Remember, this is the guy who said he would prefer the GOP stay in the minority with “30 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters,” a moderate Republican that DeMint lined up in his crosshairs. As it turns out, Specter went rogue and switched over to becoming a Democrat rather than take on a Tea Party primary challenger DeMint was supporting, but the message was clear: to create a GOP caucus that was faithful to his brand of ultra-conservatism, DeMint would not hesitate to go after other Republicans he felt were too soft and accommodating the Democrats.
Once again in 2014, the Democrats have more of their incumbents trying to defend their seats, but an unleashed DeMint may be more worrisome to Republican senators who he considers insufficiently conservative. DeMint has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, but hasn’t said if he’s considering it. If the GOP selects someone too moderate for his taste, you can expect DeMint or a surrogate to mount a challenge from the Right.
As far as his replacement goes, DeMint is supposedly bullish on Rep. Tim Scott, the other African-American elected as a Republican to the House in 2010 along with the just defeated Allen West. Another Tea Party type, Scott is just as far to the Right as West, but not nearly as prone to put his foot in his mouth.
If chosen by Governor Nikki Haley to finish DeMint’s unexpired term, Scott would be the first Black Republican from the South in the upper chamber since Reconstruction. Big deal. Scott is just another Tea Bagger right-winger. When he won the election to the House in 2010, he declined an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus. “While I recognize the efforts of the CBC and appreciate their invitation for me to caucus with them, I will not be joining at this time,” Scott said. “My campaign was never about race.”
Even a tool like West joined the CBC. During the 2011 clash over raising the debt ceiling, Scott warned the president might face impeachment if he invoked a clause in the 14th Amendment to by pass Congress. “This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective.”
If chosen to replace DeMint, much will be made of the historical nature of Scott’s appointment. Much less attention will be paid to how he is little more than DeMint in blackface.
That’s a prospect that remains to be seen if it become reality. I can respect DeMint’s unshakable commitment to conservative principles, but I despise his legacy of obstructionism and contempt for the beliefs of others.
- The Ideal Replacement For Jim DeMint: Rep. Tim Scott (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Jim DeMint Resigns Senate Seat, Will Head Heritage Foundation (crooksandliars.com)
- Reaction Roundup: Jim DeMint leaves the Senate, and everybody’s happy about that (dailykos.com)
- Rep. Cleaver: Tim Scott would continue Jim DeMint’s policies (tv.msnbc.com)
Whoa. Guess I had a little too much to drink last night. I thought I woke up the morning after President Obama was reelected and found one of my Obama/Biden signs gone and replaced with a Romney/Ryan sign.
Oh wait. Somebody did rip off my sign. That’s pretty ballsy.
Ha. Ha. Very funny. We got jokes. Here’s another joke for the sign swiper. Four more years. How’s that taste?
There were a lot of boxing metaphors flying around during the debates. Here’s one last one: The winner, and STILL the President of the United States! Barack Hussein Obama!
A lesson was served up to the GOP on Election Day. Whether or not they recognize it is their problem. The Republicans have pretty much exhausted race politics as a winning tactic. It can still work now and then, but for the most part it’s been exposed as a strategy with no future.
Republicans can point to their control of the House of Representatives and have most of the nation’s governors. Any power base is a good one and those are strong ones. Their choice to ignore voters of color to appeal exclusively to White voters has left the GOP locked out of the White House and denied Mitch McConnell the opportunity to control the Senate.
But, they had better get used to it. The line of the night that resonates with me is when George Will said if the 2020 Republican presidential candidate got ALL the White, Black, Latino and Asian votes John McCain got in 2008, they would lose by 14 million votes!
This country is becoming more diverse whether the GOP and Romney supporters want to admit it. Some sources are saying Obama got 75 percent of the Latino vote. Republicans CAN’T WIN a presidential election by only appealing to White, older voters.
I celebrate the president’s victory. He got it the old-fashioned way. He earned it. On the matter of Mr. Romney and the ass kicking he just took, I savor it like a fine wine. I delight and revel in it. Call it Schadenfreude, but it’s a thing a joy to see a rich man not get what he wants.
Poor Mittens. After all that time and money spent and all he has left is a adoring wife, multiple homes and millions of dollars. It must really suck to be him today.
Mitt Romney was a lousy candidate for President. Uninspiring. Inept. Unprincipled. He’s been running for the office for nearly eight years and nobody knows what his core beliefs are or if he even has any. He’s the quintessential empty suit. When he was the governor of Massachusetts he was a moderate Republican who favored a woman’s right to choose and gay rights. Then he decided rather than chill in the Cayman Islands counting his money, he wanted to run for the presidency and all those previously held beliefs swirled down the toilet.
How could anyone say they are “proud” of the campaign Romney ran and the things he stood for? The man was the Etch-A-Sketch Candidate. Mitt believes in nothing except money and his divine right to rule.
Romney had no interest in making life better for his fellow Americans. The only thing Romney’s has ever been good at is making money for stockholders and putting people out of work as their companies go bankrupt or move overseas. Mitt’s overriding concern is protecting the interests of the One Percent he’s so happy to be a part of and if that means shafting students of loans or Granny of her Medicare, that’s just hard cheese.
Any man caught saying he doesn’t give a damn about half of the people he would propose to lead is totally unfit for the job. Mitt Romney lost the election the day the American people heard what he really thought about them.
Romney said corporations were people and proceeded to act like one. He’s a cold, bloodless automaton mouthing phrases he could barely say with a straight face and his own party could barely muster much tolerance for him. Enthusiasm was almost nil as anyone who saw that sad little wiener roast in Tampa the Republicans called a convention and the only storyline anyone will remember from it is an old actor babbling to a chair.
In the end Romney was such a shockingly unaccomplished challenger he couldn’t be a weakened incumbent whose party had been curb stomped in 2010 with a stalled economy and unemployment near eight percent. The turnaround specialist lost to an empty chair.
The Republicans are in terrible shape. Their core demographic is too old, too far to the Right and looks too much like cocktail hour at a country club. They’ve alienated young voters, Black voters, Latino voters and even Asian voters. There is a limit to how much can be gained by allowing the extremists of a party dominate the message. As presently constituted the Republican Party doesn’t look much like America. It looks like Happy Days.
To quote that great philosopher Tony Stark, “Not a great plan.”
Someone on Twitter remarked, “Most Republicans I know are high-integrity, thoughtful, patriotic, moderate Americans. I hope they get to take their party back.”
Damn straight. Instead of allowing the Tea Party types to scream, “We want our country back” the rank and file, REAL Republicans should be screaming, “We want our party back!”
They won’t get it as long as they think everything is fine and it’s the fault of those nasty liberals demonizing that nice Mr. Romney. That’s just delusional self-denial talking. The Republican brand was rejected yesterday. Look at the results and prove otherwise.
When Team Romney refused to hang it up after Ohio was announced for Obama I posted on Facebook, “Romney doesn’t have to concede Ohio. Screw him. You don’t have to believe in gravity when you jump off a building. Not until you hit the ground.”
Yesterday the GOP went SPLAT! When Obama finishes his term Democrats will have occupied the White House 16 of the last 24 years. Explain to me how that bodes well for the Republicans went they are increasingly becoming isolated to the South and a few Western states? California? Off the board. Virginia? Looking kind of purple these days. The Midwest? Be happy for Indiana even if they just elected a Democrat to the Senate instead of a Tea Party whackjob who was yet another right-winger with weird ideas about rape.
Barack Obama’s win was no accident. He has assembled an awesome team of political experts and a ground game that is second to none. Obama waxed the ass of the most unscrupulous Republican presidential candidate since Richard Nixon and like Nixon, Romney has secured his role in history as one of it’s biggest losers.
- Mitt Romney lost because hardline Republicans betrayed him | Simon Tisdall (guardian.co.uk)
- The voters have spoken but Republicans may be too deaf to hear (capitolhillblue.com)
- Republican Party Brand Is in Tatters as the Changing Demographics Help President Obama Deliver a Romney Shellacking (themoderatevoice.com)
- Mitt Romney Falls Short with White Voters (theageofblasphemy.wordpress.com)
- Four More Years – Barack Obama (gordonlyew.wordpress.com)
Mitt Romney sure must be sick of talking about his tax returns. Why else would you pick the Saturday morning of the last full day of the Olympics you were picking Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a conservative wonder boy and a Tea Party pin-up as your running mate?
This sure makes it clear Romney is now endorsing Ryan’s meat cleaver approach to the budget. That’s going to be a tough sell to seniors and independents, two blocs the Republicans must have to win in November.
Romney has tried to walk the walk as a mushy moderate who will say anything to placate the right-wing of his party. Tying himself to Paul Ryan and his Draconian budget plans means he’s “all in” for placating the Right even if he drives seniors and Independents right into Obama’s open arms.
Within minutes–not hours–of the announcement Ryan would be Mitt’s attack dog, my e-mail Inbox was flooded with messages (and requests for money, naturally) from the Obama campaign, Act Blue, Emily’s List, Bold Progressives, and Rob Zerban. Who the hell is Rob Zerban? He’s Ryan Democratic challenger in Wisconsin and he’s got his hand out too though he will never spend a single minute boning up to debate Ryan.
Emily’s List: A President Romney would be devastating for women and families, so it’s no surprise he’d pick Paul Ryan. Ryan rammed his radical budget plan to decimate vital programs for seniors through Congress — and did it on the backs of the women and families, like our grandmothers, who need these programs the most. And that’s just the beginning.
Ohio Democratic Party: …one story you likely won’t hear is about Ryan’s start in politics, as a young staffer just out of college, working for then-Congressman John Kasich’s Budget Committee. Ryan cut his teeth working long, tireless hours for Kasich, helping him slash programs for working families, grinding progress to a halt, and laying the groundwork to shut down the federal government. Kasich made a big mark on Ryan, which became entirely clear last year when Congressman Paul Ryan followed in the footsteps of his mentor, proposing a radical, ideological budget that would end Medicare as we know it. These men are truly cut from the same cloth.
Obama for America: Congressman Paul Ryan is best known as the author of a budget so radical The New York Times called it “the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times.” With Mitt Romney’s support, Ryan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments we need to keep our economy growing — all while cutting taxes for those at the very top.
Act Blue: By choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt just made the most radical choice possible. Paul Ryan is the Tea Party’s darling and architect of the GOP’s plan to destroy Medicare. And while dismantling the nation’s social safety net, he will give even more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires like Mitt Romney.
Okay, okay. I get the message. Paul Ryan is a wrong number if you’re a Democrat. Message received. I whipped out my Master Card and made two campaign contributions. Happy now?
What I find most interesting about Romney’s pick of Ryan is this might be the first time a vice-presidential choice supplied the vision that will guide the nominee and not the other way around.
Naturally most Americans have never heard of Ryan. That’s about to change. My junk mail folder filled up this afternoon with the opening salvo of Democratic opposition research on the Ayn Rand acolyte.
When will the press get over their swooning over Mitt’s dreamy new policy wonk? Patience, please. First comes the inevitable servile fawning of the lap dog Washington insiders laughingly portrayed as “the liberal media” as they crush on Ryan as a brilliant leading light of fiscal responsibility who is willing to make the tough calls and difficult decisions.
Later comes the vivisection. That is when in a sudden burst of journalistic principles, the lap-dogs of the press do the heavy lifting of actually looking into the details of how Beady-Eyes Ryan plans to euthanize granny so she won’t be such a bother in her sunset years.
If you don’t want to wait for the flaying of Paul Ryan, I suggest you read some Charles F. Pierce of Esquire who has already begun to carve Beady-Eyes from his ass to his appetite.
One day, some years from now, I’m going to figure out how Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, managed to fool so many people for so long. He’s a garden-variety supply-side faker. His alleged economic “wonkery” consists of a B.A. in economics from Miami of Ohio — which he would not have been able to achieve without my generosity in helping him out with the Social Security survivor’s benefits that got him through high school after his father kicked. (You’re welcome, zombie-eyed granny-starver. Think nothing of it. Really.)
Whereupon he went to work in Washington for a variety of conservative congresscritters and think-tanks, thinking unremarkable thoughts for fairly unremarkable people. Once in Congress, however, he has been transformed into an intellectual giant despite the fact that, every time he comes up with another “budget,” actual economists get a look at it and determine, yet again, that between “What We Should Do” and “Great Things That Will Happen When We Do” is a wilderness of dreamy nonsense, wishful thinking, and an asterisk the size of Lake Huron. At which point, Republicans who’d like to have careers in five years take to hiding behind the drapes when he comes down the hall. Then, a few months later, he’s at it again. And even some putatively liberal commentators shrug and tell themselves that, at least, Paul Ryan is a Serious Person.
He gets credit for sincerely wanting to “reform” entitlements, when his entire career makes it quite plain that he doesn’t believe in the concept of entitlements, let alone the ones we actually have. He gets a pass on obvious mendacity that none of us would buy from, say, Herman Cain. (In a way, it’s not dissimilar to all those valentines to the mighty intellect of Newt Gingrich that we read back in the early 1990′s, until everybody figured out that Newt’s default position on almost everything was being a thoroughgoing creep.) Outside of the very real possibility that it’s all being done to give Paul Krugman a stroke, I don’t get it.
Ryan is no Palin. He’s way smarter and far savvier. He won’t make dumb gaffes (study up, Joe!). He’s a Maverick, but a disciplined one. But selecting him makes it clear his radical vision is the one Republicans will begin trying to sell America at their convention and Ryan will either be Romney’s life preserver or anchor. Mitt picked a radical like Palin, but this one’s got a brain.
- Saturday Reads: Romney Succumbs to Radical Right on VP Pick (skydancingblog.com)
- Paul Ryan: Murderer of Opportunity, Political Coward, Candidate for Vice President of the United States (incaunipocrit.wordpress.com)
- Romney-Ryan 2012: The Herman & Eddie Munster Ticket (crooksandliars.com)
Here’s a question without an easy answer. If Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama in November, who will be the next President of the United States?
Logically, it should be Romney, but as beholden as he will be to Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers and all the other rich men and special interests with one hand on his shoulder and the other up his ass, who will really be president if Romney wins?
There are trade-offs you have to accept with Obama. Steady and mature decision-making instead of boldly ambitious plans. The Republicans are not going to give the president a dime to do anything remotely grandiose. If Obama achieves anything of significance in a second term, it will be in spite of the GOP, not because of them.
How do you govern when the legislative branch refuses to work with the executive? There is a natural friction between the two that the Founding Fathers not only anticipated, they designed the Constitution to promote, but open hostilities wasn’t what they had in mind. It is what it is, and even if Obama wins in a squeaker or a landslide, he can expect nothing more from a Republican-controlled Congress (if the GOP holds the House and takes the Senate) than the coldest of cold shoulders for the next four years. If a second term emboldens Obama to pursue loftier goals than his first, it will also motivate Congress to give him absolutely zip.
Cornel West might say otherwise, but with Obama it’s a little harder to know who it is exactly who has the tightest grip on his balls. With Romney you have to count all the hands stuffed in his pants.
Mitt’s other biggest problem is he doesn’t seem to like people very much or at least people not like him. Wealthy. White. Conservative. Mormon. In a story at Salon a psychologist put Mittens on the couch and concluded:
He is anxious about revealing who he is and about interacting with people he doesn’t know. He appears to have much less experience than Obama in interacting with people from all walks of life. Basically, he is uncomfortable except within his own family and in the presence of those who share his wealthy background and Mormon faith.
Romney wouldn’t be the first rich guy who was painfully awkward and awfully comfortable rubbing elbows with the people he purports to want to lead. It is not required that the president relate to the citizens, but the prospect of a Chief Executive that has no empathy for the middle and working classes is a worrisome prospect.
In 1965, Romney was attending a private high school he was outraged by the appearance of one John Lauber, a quiet fellow student who had bleached d his hair blonde with one long lock falling over his eyes. Lauber was not simply a nonconformist, but gay as well. An incensed Romney told classmates, “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!”
Romney led his gang of bullies in assaulting and pinning Lauber down as Romney cut off his hair. When asked about the incident Romney shrugged it off saying, “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks in high school and some of them might have gone too far, and I apologize.”
Romney claims Lauber being gay had nothing to do with hassling him. “I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual,” Romney told a Fox News radio host. “That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s.”
As “hijinks and pranks” go, giving crap to the kid who didn’t fit in is a harsh rite of passage in high school. But it says something about Romney that he didn’t recall Lauber and how he had abused a fellow student who was only minding his business. To Romney, Lauber was a weirdo who didn’t fit in. How someone forgets their part in humiliating another kid in such a demeaning way says to me if Mitt doesn’t have a dark side, he’s cursed by a sadistic, mean streak.
Forbes contributor Josh Brasso wondered where is Mitt’s empathy? “…There is a difference between learning to treat others respectfully and having empathy for them. It seems like teenage Mitt Romney fell down on both of those counts, and I’m confident that adult Mitt Romney has figured the respect thing out. But does Romney have empathy for people who are different from him?
No. Not really. When Romney appeared at the NAACP convention in July, much was made of the raucous booing he received for saying he would repeal Obamacare. What was overlooked was his later claim he had met with Black leaders who supported him, but were afraid to do so publicly.
The NAACP’s Hillary Shelton told Ed Schultz, “Quite frankly, the campaign actually gave me a list of African-American VIPs that they brought into the NAACP meeting. So we were aware that they had people brought in specifically for the campaign. So I’m sure those were the ones they sat down with, because quite frankly none of the rank-and-file NAACPers met with him.”
“They’re bringing people in that they know will support his agenda from other places, that aren’t active with the NAACP. These are people who are brought in to actually provide the cheering for him, so there will be some support along those lines,” Shelton said.
Romney was praised for being willing to go before a hostile audience and not pander to the NAACP, but he tried to stack the deck by busing in his own Black cheerleaders. This illustrates not only how uncomfortable Romney is around people he doesn’t relate to, but how he will to shape and manipulate events to make himself comfortable.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. If Mittens gets five percent of the Black vote it would be a minor miracle. Anyone duplicitous enough to bus in ringers to applaud for him like trained monkeys (and I do mean that insult in the most racial sense of the word) has already disrespected the intelligence of African-Americans.
I’m quite aware of President Obama’s shortcomings. I don’t need a 30-second attack ad to tell me his flaws. There are things about Obama that make me mad and/or drive me crazy. I wish he fought harder for what he believes is best for America. Often it seems he won’t if it might interfere with his natural inclination to reach out to the other side.
Some very intelligent people say Romney, once elected, will be free to govern from more moderate positions than the Tea Party-dominated GOP presently holds. But what if he doesn’t? What if he is simply a rubber stamp in the Oval Office? That’s a chance not worth taking.
The likelihood Romney being captured by the right-wing of his party increased this week in Texas when Ted Cruz, a Tea Party endorsed challenger defeated the favorite of the party, David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s retirement. Cruz’s win wasn’t bad news for Obama because Democrats had no chance of picking up Hutchinson’s seat, but it was awful news for Romney because the GOP just got dragged a little further away from the political center.
“If we can elect a really conservative House and Senate that will force Romney to go along with our bold conservative agenda,” a spokesperson for Freedom Works said. “He’s going to have to really, really go to the right. He’ll be working with guys in the House and Senate. He won’t be able to get away with too many middle of the road policies, especially on things like the deficit.”
That dear reader, is the final reason a Romney presidency would be a disaster. He would be an impotent figurehead. A sock puppet for the wealthy elites that poured millions into the presidential campaign on his behalf and unable to lead from the center with the G.O.Tea Party dragging him far on the fringes to the Right.
Obama earns the contempt of Republicans but Romney would be expected to kneel and grovel before the yahoos of the party. Is there any reason to expect Mitt would tell the Tea Party “Screw off. I’m the president?”
We need four more years for President Obama because four years of a figurehead on the job would be a catastrophe and stakes are too high to leave the future of the nation to Mitt Romney…and John Boehner…and Eric Cantor…and Paul Ryan…and Mitch McConnell…and Jim De Mint…and Sheldon Adelson…and David Koch….and Karl Rove…
America can’t afford a president who takes orders from a shadow Cabinet and that’s what we will have with Romney in the White House and someone else in charge.
- NAACP Official: Romney ‘Flew In’ His Own Blacks to Cheer NAACP Speech (atlantablackstar.com)
- Mitt Romney: Empty suit, empty mind (capitolhillblue.com)
- Even Republicans say Romney wasn’t prepared to handle his overseas trip (dailykos.com)