He Is Who We Thought He Was

A plastic man with no soul and not much class.

The only thing worse than a loser is a whiner.  The only thing worse than either is a liar.   Mitt Romney is a whiny loser liar.

Liar?  Isn’t that a little strong?  Yes it is.  But it is correct.   When Romney went on Univision on September 19, it was following his disastrous “47 percent” remark and he was eager to plaster over the cracks in his carefully constructed facade.

“My campaign is about the 100 percent in America. … More people have fallen into poverty. More people, we just learned, have had to go onto food stamps. … This campaign is about helping people who need help, and right now, the people who are poor in this country need help getting out of poverty.”

That sounds good.  That sounds like what anyone who wants to lead the greatest country on earth should be saying to move it forward.

But that was Made Up Mitt.  That was just him saying what he was told to say.  That wasn’t him saying what he actually thought.

Romney spoke to his top donors Tuesday and if the words of the titular head of the Republican Party mean anything, the “new direction” for Republicans looks exactly like the same old direction. Romney boasted that he was able to raise $900 million for his run, but since he didn’t take any questions, he didn’t have to explain why with nearly a billion bucks all that bought him was one battleground state and a stomping in the electoral college.

He had other things on his mind.

With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because, as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.

You can imagine, for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it—getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity—I mean, this is huge. Likewise, with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition, with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.

“The president’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”

The benefit of the doubt is no longer extended to anyone who traffics in the new conservative meme that people of color, women and the young only voted for the Black guy because they “want stuff.” It’s a patently false narrative that absolves the Republican presidential candidate and his party of the blame that is theirs for failing to make inroads with groups their policies have turned into adversaries.  Romney is still waging war against the part of America he believes is made up of “takers” not makers.

The suggestion that Blacks, Latinos, Asians and young people traded their votes for a bag of candy handed out by Obama is arrogant, insulting and wrong.   Romney isn’t a candidate for anything any longer and he never will be again.   He’s free to say whatever he wants to and apparently he is going to no matter how ungracious, tactless or boorish it is or how much it hurts  the Republican Party.

When you’re running for president you have hordes of press, a Secret Service details and thousands of people following you around.  When you lose, nobody cares anymore and the GOP doesn’t care about Romney.   He doesn’t have to offer any explanations.  Most Republicans just want him to go away.  He can keep his analysis of what went wrong to himself.   Save it for the book someone will ghost write for him that nobody will read.   People want to know the secrets of successful people.   Who needs to learn how to know how to lose and come off like a complete asshole?

If you’re running for president it isn’t smart to get caught on tape telling your wealthy supporters how much you don’t care about anyone who isn’t wealthy and supporting you.   If you’re running for president and you lose, it’s really dumb to go on tape again telling your wealthy supporters how much the niggers, wetbacks, bitches and punk kids screwed you.

President Obama was asked at his press conference if he had contacted Romney for a meeting at the White House.   The president said he hadn’t spoken to his rival yet.   When he does Obama should greet him with a firm handshake and a sincere smile.  He should walk Romney around the Oval Office and tell him he will never ever get any closer to any of it than he is right now.

Then he should tell Romney he’s got a country to run, give him a souvenir pen, tell him where to stick it and kick  his ass out.

Romney is irrelevant to American politics.  Let us speak of him no more.   How awful must it be to worth millions and and unable to buy even the smallest amount of class?

“You mean I spend almost a billion dollars to lose? Damn minorities.”

Barack Obama: The Winner and STILL President

President Obama

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.

What winners look like.

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.”

We…we LOST? But that’s unpossible!

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.

Don’t cry for the rich guy.

Two Weeks To Go (and There’s No Stress)

I have nothing to say about the third and final debate.   I didn’t watch more than 15 minutes of it and only because it was halftime of a pretty boring Lions/Bears football game.   Even if the debate hadn’t been scheduled against Monday Night Football, I wouldn’t have tuned in.   Not because I’m tired of it all (though I am), but because there’s nothing left for me to get out of the debates.

Simply put: I have had enough.  I am numb to all this shit.  Can’t hear it.  Don’t see it.  Can’t process any more of it.   I’m ready for this to be o-v-e-r already and I know I’m not the only one.  Hell, look at Barack Obama.   He’s been forced to undergo the unpleasant experience of losing 4.5 hours of his life trapped on stages in three cities with a lying, unprincipled asshole who treated the President of the United States like he was a servant who hadn’t polished the silverware correctly.    Four years ago when he debated John McCain, it was obvious that no matter how badly Obama wanted to win the election, he wasn’t going to do so by openly disrespecting McCain.

That isn’t a problem for Obama and Romney.   It was well-established the two men don’t like each other even a bit and with the debates finished you get the feeling Obama would happily live the rest of his life if he never spoke to Romney again and is desperately hoping he doesn’t have to pose for a photo where he’s making small talk in the Oval Office with the newly elected president.

With two weeks left to go, if you’re still undecided, I don’t know what it is you’re waiting for to help you make up your mind?  Do you hold up the check-out lane at the grocery store trying to choose between paper and plastic?

I’m not criticizing undecided voters.  I just don’t get how anyone could still be undecided by now.  Even if you’re voting for a third-party candidate,  good for you that you’ve come to a decision.   I’m sure in whatever fantasy world you’re living in President Jill Stein or President Garry Johnson will be better than either of those Romney or Obama losers.

At this point of the race, I don’t need any more debates, I’ve stopped watching commercials, and polls are a source of aggravation, not information.   The pundits can save their prognostication for someone who is still paying attention.   I am not any longer, thank you.   I have already voted.   Everyone in my household has.   If I choose to, on November 6, I can stay in bed late, never get out of my robe and only get up to freshen the many Jack and Cokes I plan upon pounding down that night.

Every day I have to empty my Junk e-mail box twice.   If there’s a Democrat in a high-profile race that isn’t acting as if we’re old buddies on a first name basis, I don’t know who it is.   Give money once or twice to Obama or the Democratic Party and suddenly everybody’s calling, writing and imploring for my $3 bucks here or my $25 bucks there.

Sorry.  My wallet’s closed.  It’s the last days of October and I need to get some work done on my roof before the snow falls on it.  Yes, I really want to see Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren and Claire McCaskill win their races, but are they going to climb up on my roof and fix it if they
don’t and is three dollars really going to help you all that much?

That’s life in a battleground state.  Every Super PAC is carpet-bombing the state with commercials.   You can’t swing a yard sign without hitting a candidate or their surrogates.   If Mitt’s in Cincinnati and Barack’s in Cleveland then Joe has to be in Dayton and Paul is in Columbus and Ann’s in Akron while Michelle is down the street and up the block and Ohmigawd, if I’m tired of this, how exhausted must they be?

This is how I will survive the final days of the election.   Stop reading the polls.  Don’t watch any of the talking heads shows for the next two weeks.  Don’t read anything written by anyone that stresses you out BECAUSE  IT WON’T DO ANY GOOD TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU CANNOT CHANGE (or do I have to quote Reinhold Niebuhr to you?)

Some people whose opinion I seriously respect are seriously stressed out by the closeness of the race.   I can’t be.  I said when Obama won that I couldn’t let the sun rise and set on one man’s fortunes.    I can’t go into “about-to-have-a-stroke” mode this soon.   If I do I’ll be dead before Election Night and how stupid will I feel if I worried myself in an early grave because win or lose, I’ll still have to go back to work the next day.

 

This Is What It Comes Down To

There is no difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.   That’s the story for those voting third-party and bless ’em.  They have the luxury to think that.

I know better.

There is no difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.   That’s the story for those cynics who will stay home and sit the election out.

I know better.

Staying home on Election Day will never be an option and voting for overreaching third-party candidates isn’t either. Nothing against those that do because I did it myself when I voted for John Anderson, but I knew Reagan was going to kick Carter’s butt and had the presidency in the bag.

But that was then and this is now. I couldn’t look myself in the mirror if I sat on my ass and let Romney waltz into the White House based upon my lazy indifference.

The professional pundits of the Washington press corps sniffed Obama’s DNC speech was “dull,” “workmanlike” and a “failure.”   They miss the point.   Obama knew his speech wasn’t better than Clinton or Michelle’s.   It didn’t have to be.  All it had to be was better than Romney’s and he did it with something Romney doesn’t have and can’t buy: droll wit.

Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right.  They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years: ‘Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!’

The president  was only half-joking.  The Republicans do seem to think like Robitussen, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with more tax cuts.

I’m sorry for those folks who feel Obama didn’t deliver on the hope and change they were hoping for. I think they have to take into account the enormity of the mess he had to clean up and the fierceness of the opposition to his presidency he faced. Sure he’s made some bad mistakes, but I can’t think of a Chief Executive in my lifetime who hasn’t made me cuss them out multiple times.

Obama came up short on a lot of important issues, but before anybody switches to Mitt, I would appreciate if they could explain to me exactly how Mittens will make things better?  Nothing about his campaign or personality indicates he identifies with the problems of anyone but the wealthiest and most privileged Americans.

This is a reason Mittens is so doing so atrociously with African-Americans. Many of us have already figured out he has no use for us and is incapable of relating to issues of importance to Blacks.  Accordingly, the majority of Blacks have no use for Mittens.

Madonna’s got Obama’s back.

Maybe we are simply ahead of the curve.  Maybe we’re the canaries in the coalmine.  Maybe the rest of America might want to try to figure out why Romney is like a dull knife that just ain’t cuttin, talkin’ loud and sayin’ nothing.    Or maybe some of us see  Romney for who he is.  A rich guy who can’t identify with people who have to work for a living and has no understanding of what that means.   Whenever someone tells a kid who wants to go to college or start a business to borrow the money from their parents, that should tell you all you need to know about them.

It certainly tells me if next year Mitt if it left up to him who sits on the Supreme Court, which government program benefiting the middle class family the most or whether there’s a war with Iran,  how he decides is going to be brutal, cruel and nasty.    All his life Mitt has shown a willingness to shove aside a previously held belief when it becomes inconvenient.   That shouldn’t inspire confidence in his character.   A man who will say anything to get elected will do everything the billionaires and businessmen underwriting his campaign want him to do once he’s in the White House.

If you haven’t demonstrated you have steel in your spine when you’re running for president,  it’s too much to assume it will show up once you are.

I’m not naïve.  After four years on the job Obama is obliged to obey his own set of masters.   There are rich people and special interests that have their calls returned first and fast when they call on the president.   The Obama who spoke in Charlotte was a grayer, more sober and less confident in his own charisma and talents Obama than the one who ran for president four years ago.   Now it’s as he said, “I’m the president” and instead of answering questions about Reverend Wright, Tony Rezko or William Ayers, now he has to answer for the state of the economy, the lack of jobs and his inability to successfully negotiate with Congressional Republicans.

A President Romney can’t fix the problems of the economy and gloomy job numbers any easier than President Obama has.   He will have better relations with the Republicans on the Hill because they figure he will be following their directives, not the other way around.     And he will.   When Mitch McConnell, John Boehner,  Eric Cantor and  Jim DeMint say, “Jump Mitt,  Jump!”  Jump, he will.   The only questions are for how long and how high.

Rubber Stamp Romney would be far weaker and less effective than Obama.     What his presidency would mean to anyone who isn’t part of Romney’s diversity-free America isn’t hard to figure out.   Four years of neglect and contempt interrupted by occasional actions of malicious hostility.

On one side there’s Obama.  On the other there’s Romney.  If you want me to believe there’s no difference between them, you’re going to have to first convince me there’s no difference between going forward and going backwards.