Endorsements Don’t Matter But Some Don’t Matter At All

“I’d like to help you out, Barack, but my wife made me sleep on the couch the last time I did.”

Some weeks nothing much of interest happens on the Internet ( Wasn’t there a debate or something?) and even the most trivial event can take on major importance.   Fresh off an Entertainment Weekly cover where she reminded the world she’s still fine at 46,  Stacey Dash chose to come out as Mitt Romney supporter as she tweeted, “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney.”

I’m thinking it might not be a  coincidence immediately after reminding us she was still alive Dash decides to come out of the Black conservative closet.    Perhaps she was thinking,  “People are talking are talking about me again!   I’ll give them something to really talk about.”    The following Twitterstorm that erupted is a reminder how right Oscar Wilde was about there being no such thing as bad publicity.

I’ll bet Team Romney had to be pumped to have locked down the all-important Girl From a Kanye West video endorsement.   Now if Dash can find a few more unemployed Black actresses who haven’t appeared in a Tyler Perry flick she might be able to goose Romney’s support among African-Americans from zero to one percent.

Still, Dash’s endorsement of Romney did get me to wondering .   Does her backing Mittens mean more than Colin Powell refusing so far to endorse anybody?   Last May,  Powell declined an opportunity to lend his support to President Obama for a second term saying he had yet to decide if he would “throw my weight behind someone.”

Five months later Powell still hasn’t decided if Obama or Romney will benefit from his weight.   With the election slightly more than three weeks away it’s probably too late for a Powell pat on the back to help or hurt either candidate.   The general’s support of Obama meant something in 2008, but what impact a second one might have has been lessened by keeping it in his back pocket this long.

When Powell appeared on Meet the Press and publicly broke away from his friend, John McCain to support Obama and called him a “transformative” figure, it enraged Republicans, delighted Democrats and probably pushed more than a few independents off the fence.   Four years ago, would Powell doubling down make a difference on the race?

“Hi. I’d like to talk to you about Mitt Romney. Got a minute?’

Probably not.  Powell is still widely respected  by the public, but in politics his support of Obama  has diminished his standing with Republicans who find him too moderate.   It’s no accident that it was Condoleeza Rice,  his successor as Secretary of State, who Romney gave a primetime speaking spot at the Republican National Convention.   Powell wasn’t even invited.    After four years on the job, Obama is going to win or lose on his own strengths and weaknesses.  He has his own track record to defend and what Powell thinks of Obama now really isn’t going to push votes toward or away from him.  Romney doesn’t need Powell’s support and while Obama probably wouldn’t mind having it, he’s not going to make a big push to get it.

If the refusal of one of  America’s most respected public figures to choose a horse in the race means little, the tweets of an obscure actress is about as significant as a butterfly fart in a tornado.

Dash is a pretty, minimally talented, well-preserved bit actress whose next project according to IMDB is something called “Dysfunctional Friends” where she stars with Terrell Owens (yes, that T.O.) that is probably never coming to a theater near you.   You’re best best to see Miss Dash in her latest starring role will probably be in the bottom row of a Redbox when all the copies of  Avengers and Prometheus  are gone.

Hey, somebody’s got to be a Black Republican.  More power to Dash for finding a way to make herself relevant again with most of her clothes on.

The experts say endorsements don’t really matter.   Does Stacey Dash co-signing Mitt Romney move a single vote his way?   As if.   If  Colin Powell’s support doesn’t matter you really have to clueless to believe Dash’s will.

Jerry Sandusky: Send the Devil Down to Hell

Jerry Sandusky wasn’t sentenced to death, but in reality, he got a death sentence and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bastard.

Thirty years in prison for a 68-year-old man is a death sentence.  At least it is if there’s any damn justice left in the world.

In letters written by  Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, they admitted nothing, apologized for nothing and accused every one of conspiring against them:

“The system protected the system, the media, the prosecution, the civil attorneys and the accusers. Everybody protected themselves.  Penn State, with its own system, protected their public image.   Media protected their jobs and ambitions. Prosecutors protected their jobs and egos. The accusers were protected and provided access to potential financial gain, free attorneys, accolades, psychologists and attention.”

“There were so many people involved in the orchestration of this conviction (media, investigators, prosecutors, “the system,” Penn State and the accusers.) It was well done. They won!”

Nobody won anything.  One evil man has been punished, but nowhere near as much as his victims were punished by his depravity and the indifference of Penn State officials who literally turned their backs on them.   Locking up a pedophile doesn’t end pedophilia.   Because so many who could have done the right thing and stopped Sandusky did nothing instead does that mean those who enable sexual predators to prey on innocents will do the right thing next time?

Sandusky had to face his victims during sentencing and hear their pain and anger.

 Victim Number 5:  “The sentence will never erase what he did to me. It will never make me whole.  He must pay for his crimes, take into account the tears, the pain, the private anguish.  The pain is real and it will be inside me forever.”

Victim Number 4: “I will not forgive you, Jerry Sandusky.  I will not forgive you, but I ask that all the other victims forgive me for not coming forward sooner.”

Victim Number 6:  “As I try to put this 1998 incident into focus, I realize now how you manipulated me and what you did to me. I thought you were an incredible person. I now know the truth. … The person I was, I changed, I became a social outcast. I didn’t know how to process (what you did to me).  If you seek forgiveness, Jesus will forgive you. There’s not any other way. Please repent, or there is a bigger judgment to come.”

Sandusky did not apologize to his victims.  Why would he when he considered himself the only victim here and the boys he molested as nothing but liars exploiting him?   I’m not a psychologist, but I recognize someone who has no compassion, no mercy and no concern for others.

Many people are tired of the Sandusky case.  That’s understandable.   It’s a sickening story with plenty of villains, no heroes and certainly no happy endings for anybody.   Reading the details of what he did to those kids is bad enough.   Then you read the Freeh Report of how Joe Paterno and the leadership of Penn State covered up for Sandusky and you want to get your hands around their wretched necks as much as his.

“The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims…

Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University—President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno—failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. These men concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities. They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky’s victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well-being, especially by not attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001.”

Spanier, Schultz and Curley  should be riding along with Sandusky on that bus trip to the Big House.    Paterno is dead, but lived just long enough to see his name turned to shit and forced to resign in disgrace.

He got off easy.   Easier than Sandusky.   He’s still alive and will get  his three hots and a cot.   All n’ all not a bad deal for a scumbag whose natural life will end behind bars and more likely than not will not face the same degradations he inflicted upon others.

In some ways, Sandusky, who has been held in isolation in a county jail since he was found guilty in June, is not a prime target for assault. Inmates who are young and small in stature are more likely to be sexually victimized; Sandusky is a senior citizen with an imposing frame. Other inmates at high risk include gay men, those who have been previously victimized and those seen as timid or feminine.

A convicted sex offender who spent 10 years in prison and now works with other released sex offenders through the Pennsylvania Prison Society said he believes Sandusky’s chances of assault are low.

“Are people going to bother him? Yeah, but a lot of it’s going to be verbal harassment – it’s not going to be physical,” said the 52-year-old man from the Philadelphia suburbs, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the stigma attached to sex offenses. “Because again, he’s an old guy; people aren’t into that. The verbal abuse is probably going to be significant. He’s going to have to have a thick skin.”

Oh yeah.   Real thick skin.  Not so thick that Sandusky is likely to be raped in the way he raped others, but can he grow skin thick enough to deflect a strategically  placed shank?

Doubtful.   Extremely doubtful.

Since it’s not likely Jerry Sandusky is going to end up as somebody’s prison bitch, am I hoping another inmate cuts his throat?  Of course not.

But I won’t say it would ruin my day if someone does.

All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Wake the #@&$! Up, Obama!

It’s a fight now, but only because Obama made it one.

Dear Mr. President,

I’m doing my part to reelect you.  I’m wearing a “Obama/Biden” button.  I stuck a campaign sign in my yard (and handed out more to family and friends) and a bumper sticker on my car and my wife’s (despite never receiving the ones we were supposed to get for the campaign contributions we made a few months ago.  Because you’ve been busy running the country, I’ll cut you some slack on that, though my wife is a little sore about that Obama car magnet she didn’t get).

We’ve given money to both you and your fellow Democrats.  Don’t take this the wrong way, but one thing I’ll be glad about is when this election is over, I can get my junk mail folder back into some reasonable shape.   Every day I get pleading e-mails from Senators, governors, members of Congress, party insiders, ex-presidents, ex-vice presidents and all sorts of Democrats/liberals/progressives begging for another $5 or $20 or $100 to make the difference and put them over the top.  I’d love to help, but I’m a working man with bills to pay.   If I could do more, I would do more, but I can’t and I’ll be glad when you and your friends stop pestering me for dollars I don’t have to give.

The other night, I went to one of your campaign offices to get these yard signs and this nice older gentleman convinced me to sign up to work a phone back the final weekend before the election.  Why I offered to do this when I know I work weekends and I’m dead tired those mornings I agreed to call complete strangers to vote for you, I have no idea.   I suppose I want to feel as though I did my part whether you win or lose.

Now I have a question.  Have you ever seen Saving Private Ryan   Well, I want you to do me a favor Mr. President.   Remember what Tom Hanks told Matt Damon?   It’s time for you to do what he did.   Earn this.

I’m a little annoyed at you, Mr. President.  No.  Scratch that.  I’m not a little annoyed.  I’m a lot annoyed bordering on seriously pissed off.   After that debacle of a debate performance last week you may have noticed your lack of actions have had some serious consequences with the polls.  Mitt Romney has come back from the dead and he has now tied you in some polls and leads you in a few others.  According to whom you believe the race is a dead heat.

Were you not listening, Mr. President when Samuel L. Jackson told your supporters to “Wake the fuck up?”   Did you think that meant you could take a 90 minute nap last Wednesday in front of 60 million Americans?   Or are you suffering from sudden bouts of narcolepsy?

You didn’t just disappoint me, sir.   You disappointed your supporters who were expecting you to fight harder for your own job.   Or are you just trying to make things needlessly dramatic in this last month?   If the polls are to be believed, I think you succeeded quite nicely.

No panic. No stress.

I am “in” it to win it, Mr. President.  I got your back.  Do you have mine?   Can you show me next week when you’re debating Romney you want to keep the job he wants to take from you?   Can you prove to everyone you’ve given reason to doubt that you actually give a damn?

Your vice-president, Joe Biden, will have his chance to set things right on Thursday when he squares off against Mitt’s man, Paul Ryan.   Nobody will ever accuse Joe of lacking passion.  If anything, he has to put a leash on his passion in case his mouth out runs his brain.   But a debate between Biden and Ryan won’t change the race that drastically.   Only you can do that.   You’ll have two more shots at doing so.    Foreign policy is on the agenda for the October 16 debate and the last one is a town hall-style meeting on the 22nd.    That’s it.   In a race that will come down to who is more successful in energizing their base in nine or ten key states, turnout matters more than money, more than polls, more than ads, more than endorsements.   \

It comes down to who wants it more.

Do you want it bad enough, Mr. President?   Do you want it more than Mitt does?   Are you willing to put in the time and the work to keep what is already yours?

Mitt isn’t going to give up.  You had a chance to make him and you didn’t take it.   That’s history now and if you lose this thing that shabby first debate will weigh heavily in the reasons why you lost.

But you haven’t lost.  I went to vote today and I know there is an enthusiasm out there to keep you in the White House.   There is what Dr. King called, “the fierce urgency of now.”   Now is when this election is won or lost.

I am in.  I am doing my part.  I’m going to work for you and my country, Mr. President.   I still believe in hope and change and I know it takes more than four years to bring it about.

You have to earn it.  You don’t deserve it.  Anything worth having is worth working for.   And you have to go out and get it.  It will not be given to you.

Can you take the momentum back?   Can you put Mitt back on the ropes?  Sure you can.   Hell yes you can!  But will you?

I’ m done with the recriminations.   I’m not going to worry about it.  I can’t laugh at your making fun of your own shitty performance.   I just want you to take this as seriously as everyone supporting you is doing.

And I want you to earn this.   It’s all out there for you, Mr. President.  Show me you still want it.

No he can’t?

Will the Real President Obama Please Show Up?

Mitt Romney, the unquestioned winner of the first debate had a good Wednesday night.   By Thursday,  Romney was strutting around feeling pretty good about himself like he had just laid out a factory’s workforce and sent their jobs to China.    Then the September job numbers came out and Mitt’s smile disappeared.   Unemployment had dropped to  7.8 percent, the lowest number in 44 months.   The president didn’t hesitate to crow about the good news.

“This morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office. More Americans entered the work force. More people are getting jobs,”  Obama said during a campaign stop in Virginia.

Romney was far less impressed.

“This is not what a real recovery looks like,”  he sniffed in a statement.

Maybe so and maybe no, but the positive job numbers make a better case for Obama keeping his.

Instantly, indignant hows came from the Right that the numbers had been cooked.    Former General Electric CEO (and Romney supporter, same as Jenna JamesonJack Welch went to his Twitter account to grumble,  “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”

Don’t make it TOO easy for him, Mr. President.

Welch must be getting old as well as bitter.  Obama is an excellent speaker as his 2008 speech in Philadelphia on race clearly demonstrated Hillary Clinton and John McCain. I can’t argue that he was awful in this first debate, but for Welch to say Obama can’t debate is totally and hilariously wrong.

Add good news on unemployment to the $181 million in campaign contributions the president and the Democrats brought in last month and if it wasn’t for the fact he went missing in action Wednesday night you could say Obama had a pretty good week.

In the aftermath of the president’s shabby showing some of his supporters have wondered if he was preoccupied with an unknown foreign policy issue or a family matter or some other distraction.   I doubt it.  Obama simply wasn’t into it and he didn’t bother concealing how much he didn’t want to be there at that time listening to Romney, a guy whom he clearly has little respect for.   But that’s no reason to give Obama a pass for his flop sweat.

Bob Herbert, the former New York Times columnist has had enough of excuses being made for Obama when he disappoints.   There is too much at stake for him to come off as disinterested.

Ever since he was elected, there have been reasons offered, either publicly or privately, for why Obama has been unable to fully engage some of the nation’s most important challenges. Despite the rampant increase in poverty in the worst downturn since the Depression, Obama supporters whispered that he couldn’t do more for the poor and couldn’t speak out more forcefully on their behalf because that would not be politically advantageous. So nearly all of his economic initiatives had to be couched in language that referred to the middle class, even though the poor were being hurt far worse. LBJ could launch a war on poverty but not Barack Obama.

Black Americans have been disproportionately clobbered by the Great Recession and its aftermath, losing both income and wealth at staggering rates. Much of the black community is enduring a full-blown economic depression. But Obama and his advisers have been unwilling to address this catastrophe openly and forcefully out of fear that the president would be perceived as too black by prejudiced white voters, thus losing their support.

There is always some excuse, some reason for not bringing all of the president’s energy and resources to the fight.

Herbert’s bitch slap of Barack is harsh, but it isn’t unfair. The president brought it on himself. I’ve heard too many people talking about Obama pulling a “rope-a-dope” and he brilliantly laid a trap for Mittens and I have to say two words: STOP IT!
There’s a disconnect between the Obama Realists and the Obama Idealists. The Idealists are incredibly protective of the president and eagerly rush to protect him from criticism even from his own side. The Obama Realists understand the president has his failings. but see the positives and potential and we want to send him back for a second term too. But we’re not oblivious to Obama’s shortcomings.

Let’s tell the truth.   Obama stunk up the joint in Denver. He let Mitt off the mat. He should have pinned him and secured the championship, but let him wiggle free time and again. Now the Obama Idealists are shrieking “How DARE you say Obama lost the debate. He PLANNED all this. He set a trap for Mittens and he walked into it. He’s got Romney right where he wants him!”

Obama blew the debate. He hasn’t blown the election, but if he  doesn’t care enough to fight for his presidency and his principles, don’t ask me to fight for him.

“Okay, I admit it. I don’t know jack.”

The Debates: Barack Obama’s Rocky Mountain Low

Shouldn’t they touch gloves instead of shake hands?

Well, that was 90 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.  Neither will Barack Obama.

The only explanation I have for President Obama’s debate performance tonight is either he wants to build up Mitt Romney’s confidence or he wants to inject some suspense into the race.

Either way, it was the worst speaking performance I’ve ever heard Obama give.  He was lethargic, lifeless and he looked tired.   Maybe he wanted to hurry up and get out of there so he could celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary with Michelle.   That’s all I can figure out as a reason he looked so disengaged.

Obama being bad doesn’t mean Romney looked good.   All he had to do was to look like he belonged on the same stage as the president and not come off as overly robotic.   Romney won the debate thanks to Obama’s listlessness  and a moderator that went from respected journalist to tired old man right before a national audience’s eyes.   If you wanted to compare Jim Lehrer‘s god-awful moderating skills with Clint Eastwood’s meltdown call it Trouble With the Debates. 
Big Bird won.  Lehrer lost.  He looked like a NFL replacement ref.  Romney bullied him and then Obama joined in for the fun.  What a total botch as a moderator!   Lehrer said he picked the questions.  He needs his ass kicked.  Nothing about women’s reproductive rights.  Nothing about domestic spying.  Nothing about the DREAM act or illegal immigration.  Nothing about poverty or unemployment. Nothing about the environment.   Romney punked Lehrer constantly.  That’s something he learned from Newt Gingrich.   Grab ’em by the throat and let ’em know who’s running the show.

Any Obama supporter that tells you he “won” the debate is delusional or lying through their teeth.  The president looked tired.  He seemed listless, lifeless and totally disengaged.   He was boring, his answers rambled and he spent far too much time looking down at his notes.

Mitt puts a hit out on Big Bird

Obama looked like he couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there as if he rather be spending his time celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary with Michelle.  Can’t say I blame him for that, but holy guacamole! did he lay an egg tonight.

Easily the worst performance Obama has ever had in a debate.  He looked like a man who hadn’t been onstage in four years.  He was bad, bad, bad.  Obama enjoys the competition of basketball and doesn’t want the other players to take it easy on him.  He knows he stunk up the gym by clanking jumpers, laying up bricks, dribbling the ball off his foot and his shoelaces were untied.

It was not your finest hour, Mr. President.  Not by a damn sight.

Romney “won” not because he said or did anything remarkable.  He didn’t.  All he had to do was not eat his foot or set his tie afire after the lousy last few weeks he’s had.   Did he “reset” the race in the way Chris Christie said he would?  Ehhhhhh....

Romney had a good night because Obama had a bad one.   How in the hell does Obama not include a “47 percent” reference in a domestic policy debate?   That was a missed opportunity that Obama probably won’t get a second chance at.   Take the shot, Mr. President!

To go back to the NFL reference, Obama played cautious and safe. He had a lead and Romney needed a touchdown to win and a field goal to tie.  Obama wasn’t going to give up a long bomb score, but was content to let Romney throw underneath the coverage as time ticked away.

I don’t know where those “zingers” were Romney was supposed to be zapping Obama with.  He was a little flat and very professorial, but the president was even more so.   Romney pivoted back to the middle and acted as if that’s where he has been the entire time. If Obama was for more teachers, so was Romney. At least he was in October. In June, Romney said “he (Obama) wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Now if I know Mitt was talking out the side of his neck and I didn’t go to Hah-vard, why doesn’t Barack Obama know that–and throw that bald-faced lie right back into Romney’s face?

I’ll tell you why. Because Obama practiced for this debate with John Kerry standing in for Romney. Is there a more wooden speaker than JOHN KERRY???  🙄

I don’t want to hear what Obama agrees with Romney about. If I want to know what he believes I’d vote for him, Obama needs to debate with Bill Clinton. Clinton loved a good fight. Obama hates to get in a fight.

If Obama had come out with the idea of knocking the snot out of Romney he could have ended the election tonight. But he didn’t do it and now he’s probably going to wake up tomorrow to a race that will be a statistical dead heat. And he will have no one but himself to blame.

I heard one pundit say he determined who won the debate by who showed they wanted it more. Romney wanted it more than Obama.

Romney kicked a field goal.  Not to win, but a tie was good enough for him to declare victory.  One lousy performance does not lose a presidential race.  Obama is still in the electoral vote driver’s seat, but the popular vote is not yet quite buckled in yet.   By trying to appear oh-so-presidential, Obama projected how seriously he takes the job.   Romney was more geared up for the fight to take his job.

I cautioned against overconfidence for a reason. The debates won’t change all that many minds, but they can fire up or turn off a candidate’s base.  Obama gave his nothing to fist bump about while Romney stopped the wheels from falling off his bandwagon.  Obama hasn’t won this thing yet and Romney hasn’t lost it.  The polls and the pundits are having their say, but what matters most is the voters’ final say.

Don’t book that January trip to Washington for Obama’s second inauguration.  Not just yet anyway.

Artur Davis: Obama’s Personal Judas

They smile in your face…

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

~ Suzanne Collins/The Hunger Games

Politics is a game of strange bedfellows, shifting allegiances, and trusted allies today that will be blood enemies tomorrow.

And prostitutes.  Lots and lots of prostitutes.   Not the kind that have sex for money.  The kind that screw over anyone if they think they can profit from it.

Davis a political prostitute.  In 2008, he was a Democratic congressman who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination for President of the United States.   Four years later he was no longer a Democrat, no longer a Congressman and no longer supporting Obama.   Now he has become a Republican who not only supports Mitt Romney, he wears his betrayal of the man he literally embraced as a badge of honor.

A new anti-Obama website, Why I Changed My Vote, features former supporters who say they will now vote against the president.   There  are testimonials from “Lucas W.”,  “ Jodi C.” and “Lynne B.” all testifying how the scales have fallen from their eyes and they’re ready to switch to Mitt.

Then there’s this one guy.  The only one with a first and last name.  Barack Obama’s old pal.  Artur Davis.

You may recall Davis from his appearance as Judas at the Republican National Convention making a pubic spectacle of himself.   He wasn’t content to simply throw Obama under the bus.  He had to drive it too and back it up a few times just to remove any doubt how big of a backstabber he really was.

I don’t have much use for most high-profile Black Republicans, but I have more respect for Herman Cain,  Mia Love, Michael Steele, or Allen West than I do for Davis.   They have been consistent in opposing the president.   They never sat next to Obama with laughing and joking.   They never pretended to support him.   They never smiled in his face and stabbed him in the back.

Artur Davis did.    Who would you find it harder to forgive?   A committed enemy or a disloyal friend?

The mystery is how does Davis think he can parlay his duplicitous double-dealing into political gains.  The Republicans enjoy  how he tweaks Obama, but what other use does he have to them?   Davis isn’t the man to lead a mass defection of Blacks out of the Democratic Party.   He proved he was a delusional loser when he ran for governor of Alabama thinking  he could woo conservative votes by spouting conservative positions, only to find he couldn’t even win the Democratic nomination.   Now he’s thinking of running  for Congress again, but this time as a Republican in Virginia .

But who would ever trust Davis?   The thing about a rat is nobody trusts them.   If Davis  played Obama cheap, why should Republicans believe he will be loyal to them?   A politician without ambition is rare, but a politician without principle is common and Artur Davis is quite  common.   Davis now speaks at Tea Party functions and has come out in support of  voter I.D. laws that would disenfranchise and suppress the Black vote.   That’s no surprise.  If you’re willing to stick it to one Black man you know, sticking it to 36 million Blacks you don’t shouldn’t be a problem.   After all, it was Black voters in Alabama that supported his White Democratic opponent over Davis, in part due to his pandering for  White support by opposing the president’s  health care reforms.

“Wait Mr. Eastwood! I’m not Barack Obama”

Davis gambled he could oppose Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative despite it’s popularity with his Black constituents.   He lost that bet and the nomination by a whopping 25 points.   Not long after an embittered Davis left his state,  party and president behind.

Unscrupulous.  Unprincipled.   Unfaithful.   If that’s the guy the G.O.P. wants on their side, Artur Davis is happy to accommodate them.   They might want to keep one eye looking out to make sure he’s at their side.  It could be hazardous to have Davis anywhere close to your back.

Don’t Push Him ‘Cause He’s Close to the Edge

Well, that was certainly an exciting election wasn’t it?  Now that President Obama has secured a second term, the Senate is still under Democratic control and GOP majority in the House has been cut down to size, we can finally move on to other more important things.  What’s on Honey Boo-Boo tonight?

Wait…you mean the election isn’t over?   The first debate is still days away?   Obama hasn’t won yet?  Color me so surprised.

Because the way some people are talking you’d think the election was over and Obama has already cruised to victory over a hapless Mitt Romney.   Look, I get it that the polls have improved dramatically for the president and he appears to be in the driver’s seat, but come on!  The election is still a month away.   I sincerely doubt the debates will reset the odds because historically debates don’t do that.

The last guy to go against Obama in a debate, John McCain doubts the debate will set off any political fireworks.  “I can’t remember the last time there was one of the comments that grabbed everyone’s attention because the candidates are too well-prepared.”

McCain is right.  Obama has been known for months Romney would be his opponent and it isn’t likely Romney will hit him with an unsuspected line of attack.   Unless one of them falls asleep at the podium or Romney makes Obama a $10,000 bet,  do not expect this debate to be a clash of the titans.  Romney will attempt to get back on track by hammering the president on the economy as Chris “Chubs” Christie hints there will be a brand new race the morning after Wednesday night.   The only way that happens is Romney goes scorched earth on Obama.  That would serve to fire up the base, but the risk is it makes Romney look mean and desperate.   Nobody wants a desperate president.

How a debate between Mitt Romney and Sam Jackson would go.

For his part, Obama supposedly doesn’t plan to zing his opponent, but if Romney thinks Obama going to sit there taking slaps to the face and kicks to the crotch that would be a mistake.   Obama has to look like he is what he is: the guy with the championship belt.   Romney’s going to have to come and take it because Obama’s not going to simply hand it over.

So things look better.   I’ll admit things looks good.   But it would be rash to say this is all over.    Samuel L. Jackson’s “Wake the fuck up” and Sarah Silverman’s  “Get Nana a gun” videos are not just  funny reminders of what’s at stake and just how much stands in the way of Obama’s second term.   They are also cold slaps of reality upside the head of how hard these bastards are trying to stop it.

If they can’t buy this election, they’ll steal it.  But before that they’ll work like hell to block eligible voters from the polls.

“But look at the polls.  Look at all the stories.   Even Ray Charles can see Romney is toast and Ray is blind and dead.”    I know.  I don’t care.  My perspective remains Obama has to keep running like he’s ten points down, not five points up.

Oh, you can believe if Obama wins, I’m going be one insufferable bastard.   I’ve got a list of people whose lives I’m going to make miserable.

But I’m not ready to put this one in the “win” column yet. For all y’all that think Mittens is a dead man walking and Obama has this thing in the bag, stop kidding yourself. There’s no way to predict how successful the efforts to suppress the vote and steal the election will be.

They haven’t given up yet. We can’t give up the fight because Romney is stumbling around like a drunken idiot.

The Romney campaign, the billionaires and millionaires pouring money into it, Karl Rove and Fox News aren’t the only enemies to beware.   Overconfidence and apathy are too and either or both is all it takes to bring about these three words: “President Mitt Romney.”

Don’t let that happen.   Don’t just wake the fuck up.   Stay the fuck awake.   Vote early if you can and vote as if your life depends on it.   It just might.

It’s all smiles until the knives come out.