Tom Perkins and the Paranoia of the One Percent

“Greed is good, but it makes you dumb too.”

When men old some get wise with age.  Some just old and they show their age by what frightens them.  Others just cut to the chase and show not only how cowardly they are, but what paranoid fools they are.

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins is a billionaire.  And he’s very frightened that rich people like him are going to be dragged kicking and screaming from their penthouses, mansions, private jets and yachts and lynched in the streets for no other reason than they are rich.  Perkins dashed off a letter to The Wall Street Journal and one passage in particular set off the “WTF” palms to the forehead.

“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,'” he wrote, opening a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal.

“This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?” he concluded.

I don’t begrudge Perkins his millions or billions, but for heaven’s sake, stop bitching about how tough it is to be wealthy. It’s one thing to have more money than good sense or taste, but to equate the supposed “persecution” of our monied elites with those of the Jews under the heel of the Nazi jackboot  isn’t just insensitive and clueless.  It’s  straight-up STUPID.

It’s one thing to have the wealthy held up as the shining example of our best and brightest instead of the ones with the most toys. It’s quite another when they cop an attitude because everyone isn’t eagerly lining up to kiss their butts and tell them it smells like roses.

What shouldn’t be lost here is the unassailable fact that Tom Perkins is a flaming asshole. The Nazi/Kristallnacht analogy was absurd as is.  Taken in consideration along with some of his other remarks, Perkins cements his status as a entitled and arrogant dick.

Let the rich do what the rich do, which is get richer. But along the way, they bring everybody else with them when the system is working.

I certainly have enough arrogance to be royal, but I – I’m an old man.

I have members of my own family that are living in trailer parks.

Hitler gets the news.

Hitler gets the news.

It’s absurd to demonize the rich for being rich and for doing what the rich do, which is get richer by creating opportunity for others.

“Demonize the rich for being rich?”  What a total crock.  The rich are doing just fine.  It’s everyone else that’s catching hell.

The 85 Richest People In The World Have As Much Wealth As The 3.5 Billion Poorest.

  •         Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.
  •         The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s    population.
  •         The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
  •         Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.
  •         The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
  •         In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

Let some rich prick whine how everyone isn’t bowing and adverting their eyes in due deference and it’s Pity Party Time. Suggest throwing a few lousy bucks to a fast-food worker to bump their poverty wage to $10.10 and its Anti-Capitalism Class Warfare in the Streets.

The super-rich have all the money they could ever want, but their money can’t buy what they crave most:  the fawning admiration from everybody else who isn’t rich.   The wealthy aren’t looking to add new members to their exclusive club.  They aren’t baking a bigger pie for the rest of us.

Tom Perkins deserves praise for saying out loud what others like him only say among themselves.  Add this to Mitt Romney’s notorious “48 percent” remark about the takers who were voting for President Obama because they “want stuff” as revealing examples how much contempt the rich have for those that aren’t.

It’s helpful to the rich to realize not everyone looks up to them with mindless adulation with big cow eyes. Toughens ’em up a bit.

The rich don’t need me to demonize them. The stupefying arrogance of jerks like Perkins do a far better job of that than anyone among the unwashed masses he’s so petrified of could ever hope to.

“…and after we finish terrorizing these Jews, let’s go visit Tom Perkins.”

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Hating Melissa Harris-Perry is More Fun Than Forgiving Her

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“Look, I SAID I was sorry. Now back off.”

A lot of people found 2013 to be a bad year. MSBNC had a really bad year.

The ratings have been in the toilet. They moved Ed Schultz out of prime-time to a Saturday afternoon (!) dead zone and then back to just-out of prime time though his show wasn’t getting clobbered as badly as the hapless Chris Hayes is by the invincible O’Reilly Factor.

MSBNC gave Alec Baldwin a “talk” show. At least, I guess it was. It got yanked off the air so fast over Baldwin’s bad temper and big mouth that it’s hard to remember what kind of show it was supposed to be.

Martin Bashir lost his afternoon show for suggesting someone should defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth.

Just to wrap things up in a big red bow, on the Melissa Harris-Perry show, the panel had a big tee-hee over Mitt Romney welcoming a new grandson, an adopted Black baby named Kieran Romney, to the family and hilarity ensued on the show.

“Everybody loves a baby picture,” Harris-Perry said, “and this was one that really, a lot of people had emotions about this baby picture this year. This is the Romney family. And, of course, there on Governor Romney’s knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney.”

As Harris-Perry made the introduction, panelist Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” a tune whose original lyrics read “one of these things doesn’t belong.”

“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” she added.

“And isn’t he the most gorgeous?” Harris-Perry said. “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”

Comedian Dean Obeidallah chimed in by reducing the baby to a token. “I think this picture is great,” he said. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

There goes the neighborhood.

There goes the neighborhood.

I don’t like Mitt Romney and he would have been a lousy president, but while he is rich elitist and exhibits no particular concern for other races it doesn’t by default mean he’s overtly hostile to them either.  But even if he was that’s no reason to make fun of his Black grandson.

Harris-Perry quickly issued an apology on Twitter and her MSNBC page, but it was too late.  She had handed her critics a sword and they pounced to impale her with it accusing her of reverse-racism against the Romneys.

At the beginning of her Saturday program Harris-Perry issued another apology to Governor Romney’s family and those she offended with her failed attempt at humor, but  didn’t make it though the segment before breaking down tearfully.

Romney was scheduled to appear on Fox News the next day where he was certain to be asked about the controversy, but the blogosphere wasn’t about to wait for him as one critic sneered, “She’s only sorry because her producer/ station caught so much backlash, they knew they needed to apologize. I seriously doubt it’s heartfelt. Even abusers can turn on the tears when apologizing. Not buying into her act.”

I’ve met Melissa Harris-Perry. She’s an academic, not an actress.

When someone says they’re sorry and it’s them saying it and not a spokesperson, agent or some crisis manager, it should be accepted as genuine and heartfelt until proven otherwise. Everyone screws up. It’s how you handle the screw-up and move past it that matters.

Some folks insist on having their pound of flesh and will keep carving until they get it.

She fucked up. She apologized multiple times. The object of the insult accepted the apology.

On her Right flank, MHP is taking flak for an apology judged insincere. On her Left flank, MHP is catching hell for apologizing at all.   They’re both full of it.  Only the blindest partisans and the terminally cynical would doubt the sincerity of the apology.

Romney didn’t seem to as he said on Fox, “I think people recognize, and the folks at MSNBC who have apologized recognize, people like me are fair targets: If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. For children, that’s beyond the line. I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever.”

That should be it.  Of course it’s not.

Mitt Romney didn’t have to accept Harris-Perry’s apology as being sincere. That he did speaks  to his compassion and understanding that human beings–even ones on MSNBC–fail and when they try to do the right thing after doing the wrong thing, they should be forgiven.

Nothing has changed how I feel about Harris-Perry and her guests heavy-handed and dim-witted attempt at humor at a child’s expense. But let’s not overreact here, okay? This isn’t the first person in the media to screw up and go after a kid or any other soft target. MHP used poor judgment and she got rightfully called out for it.

I hope she learns from her mistakes and grows from the experience. Too often others in the same position haven’t apologized. Not sincerely, not insincere or at all.

For every one Harris-Perry royally effing up there are dozens of examples of a Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Bill Maher, Al Sharpton or Alec Baldwin saying something simultaneously stupid and horrific and any apology, if one is offered at all, comes grudgingly and delivered with a smirk, a snicker and a wink.

I didn’t see any of that in Harris-Perry’s apology. I guess her haters did.

In the depressingly vast sea of Whiteness of cable TV talking heads, Melissa Harris-Perry provides a shot of not only much needed racial diversity, but a degree of intelligence, wit and class to a medium conspicuously short of all the above.

It’s time to forgive and forget and mostly forget.

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The Unforgiven?

Johnny Mac: Shadow President

“I’m Johnny Mac, and those media hos love me.”

Hear that creaking sound?   That was John McCain finding his spine again.

Just before the Republican Kamikazes went over the edge with their mad scheme to kill off Obamacare,  McCain took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to tell off the titular leader of the Kamikazes,  Senator Wacko Bird,  The Asshole Previously Known As Ted Cruz) just how doggone mad he was about the government shutdown dragging into the second week and cutting off military benefits.

“Somehow, to think that we are going to repeal Obamacare, which would have required 67 Republican votes, of course, was a false premise, and I think did the American people a great disservice by convincing them that somehow we could.”

McCain never mentioned Cruz by name.  He didn’t have to.  Everyone knew who Johnny Mac was ripping a new hole for.  The rules of Senate decorum prevented McCain for calling off Cruz for his suicidal strategy.    In a profile of Senator Wacko Bird for GQ magazine, an aide to McCain was less circumspect of how his boss felt about Cruz.

“He fucking hates Cruz,” an adviser of the Arizona senator said. “He’s just offended by his style.

Fight! Fight! Fight!  Cruz is riding high on Johnny Mac’s shit list and of course he was absolutely right how utterly doomed to failure the shutdown was and how badly Republicans would be scarred from the shrapnel when it all blew up in their faces.

The Washington press corps loves John McCain.  If he were a woman they would cheat on their wives to be with him.  As it is, they blow him wet kisses every time he talks tough.  It sends a chill down their spine and they squeal like little girls.

There is no good reason for this.

For all his vanity, McCain has no more power than any of the other 99 Senators.   He is not a part of the senior Senate leadership.  His vote counts for no more than any other Senator,  but that hasn’t stopped him from assuming the position of “The Senator of Senators,” first among equals.

Johnny Mac. Ordinary regular guy. Likes dogs.

Predictably the mainstream media felt a tingle go up their legs.  At last!  The return of the Reasonable Republican.  Someone “moderate” to talk sense to a Grand Old Party body-snatched by the Tea Party.   Those guys aren’t just angry.  They’re mean.   Not like Johnny Mac.The Maverick is back!

Oh, if only we had elected THIS guy instead of the smooth talker.

Professional loudmouth Chris Matthews once admitted, “The press loves McCain. We’re his base” and the hero-worship of the Washington media confirms this.  He is their favorite Republican   Matthews was raked over the coals for fawning over Barack Obama in 2008 for his infamous “tingle up my leg” quip, but he also said about McCain that he “deserved the presidency.” 

McCain bitch slapping a cocky blowhard like Cruz absolutely delights Matthews and the rest of the punditocracy.    Since losing to Obama, this version of McCain hasn’t been seen much lately.  Where has this John McCain been?

Oh, let’s see.  Losing a presidential election.  Inflicting the unparalleled idiocy of the mentally challenged Sarah Palin on the country, running for reelection by taking far-right stances and then promptly casting them aside, offered lukewarm support for Mitt Romney despite despising him almost as much as he does President Obama, agitating for war against Iran, Libya, and Syria, losing his shit over Benghazi, led the lynch mob to block Susan Rice’s nomination to be Secretary of State, fought the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, opposed withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan,  permitted David Gregory to give him lap dances during his weekly appearances on “Meet the Press”, blasted Obama’s every foreign policy initiative, stabbed his old buddy and colleague Chuck Hagel in the back as he opposed his nomination for Secretary of Defense, got into grumpy old man fights with those Rand Paul and Ted Cruz whippersnappers and pouted.

LOTS of pouting.

When the books about the Great Shutdown of 2013 is written,  Johnny Mac will be a minor figure, not a major player, but not to hear him tell it.  Siddown, ya little bastards and your old Grandpa Johnny Mac is gonna tell ya a story how I reopened the whole damn federal government all by myself when that smart-ass Harvard professor in the White House couldn’t do it!    Certainly he got more face time and high praise than his deeds deserved,  but what did McCain DO?   He didn’t negotiate the reopening of the government.   Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell did that.  He certainly didn’t influence the House of Representatives to do anything.   What do those nuts care about the senior Senator from Arizona and what he thinks about anything?

While Johnny Mac may think he is the Shadow President of the United States, all is just one of 100 Senators, with no more power than any other but more ego than all of them put together.

Give him credit for being the principled Republican willing to take on his party’s extreme wing, but Congressman Peter King has gone even further and called out Cruz directly and he doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere as much credit as McCain.

Any credit coming to Johnny Mac is taken away by his former running mate, Sarah Palin, standing side-by-side with Cruz, not McCain.  If for nothing else,  Johnny Mac will never live that one down.

“Uck. Did that come out of ME?”

Rob Portman’s Coming Out is A Profile In No Courage

“Look, Rob, you can bring your Black friend, but leave your gay son at home. Got it?”

Big political news.  Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) became the most prominent member of the GOP caucus to come out.  In favor of same-sex marriage, that is.  Portman, who was on Mitt Romney’s short list of possible vice-presidential running mates attributed his change of heart to his son coming out as a gay man.

I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married.

That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.

Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.

So let’s review: it’s okay to previously be on record as opposing gay rights and same-sex marriage just so long as your positions “evolve” once you learn your son or daughter is one of those people you’ve actively discriminated against.

It has to become personal. Oh, and you have to be a Republican too.

I was blind but now I see. Go forth and sin no more. Hallelujah!

Portman remained a religious-based, anti-equality, bigot throughout his entire career prior to his sonny-boy coming out only to be “transformed” and “evolve” when his previously held beliefs suddenly became personal for him.

Until it did he was fine with discriminating against someone else’s child.

  •     Let the military decide on don’t-ask-don’t-tell
  •     Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage
  •     Supports banning homosexuals in the military
  •     YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.
  •     YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage

“Same-sex marriage? Sure I have sex the same way in my marriage.”

As recently as 2011, Portman was a typical Republican homophobe actively opposing same-sex marriage and not apologizing for it.  I’m not nearly as impressed by my home state Senator’s partial-reversal as some folks are. It’s nice. It’s late, but it’s still nice. I’m sure those gays and lesbians Portman happily discriminated against will be glad he’s getting off their backs.

Hooray, and so what if Rob Portman goes forth and sins no more? Just because you got religion doesn’t mean you’re not a sinner anymore.

Everyone was wondering why Romney chose Paul Ryan over Portman as his vice-president when it was obvious Portman could have helped Romney in the critical state of Ohio (you know, that place that when it was declared for Obama and ended Election Night sent Karl Rove into such a frenzy he tried to eat his own foot).

Now we know why. Ryan didn’t have a gay son.

Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce shares my skepticism about Portman’s epiphany.

If Will hadn’t come out, or if he’d been as straight as Nebraska highway, Portman wouldn’t have cared about the sons and daughters and brothers and sisters of all the other Dads who love them and want them to have the same opportunities? It’s not just the implied notion that discrimination is OK unless it inconveniences Sunday dinner with the Portmans. It’s also the relentless banality through which even “decent” Republicans struggle to come to simple humanity. Does any group of people have dark nights of the soul that are so endlessly boring and transparently insincere?

It’s like listening to Kierkegaard sell flatware. I’m glad there’s another vote for marriage equality here. I’m also glad I didn’t have to listen to the full explanation behind it.

Me too and frankly I don’t get why I should give Portman credit for doing what he’s supposed to do.

It’s wonderful and terrific that Rob has decided to stop discriminating against a group of people. But am I supposed to bake him some cookies too?

How Can We Miss Mitt Romney If He Won’t Go Away?

For reasons known only to Fox News, the conservative news channel decided it was important to find out what Mitt and Ann Romney had been up to since losing the election.

Yeah, I don’t know why either.

Romney, the man who would be president except Barack Obama is  sounded very much like a loser who still hadn’t figured out why he lost.

Chris Wallace asked the Republican standard bearer did he go into Election Day thinking he was going to win?

MITT:   Yes, I think we were convinced that we’d win.  We saw that the polls were very close. But we knew the energy and passion was with our voters and my heart said we were going to win.

Psyche!

At one point, Ann Romney explained why she and her husband are struggling to accept the sad reality of defeat,   “In our church, we’re used to serving and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you’re serving. And now all of a sudden, you’re released and you’re nobody … And we’re used to that. It’s like we came and stepped forward to serve. And … the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and … a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing.”

That’s because you are nothing, Ann.  Nothing special.   You’re jut another wealthy, pampered White woman in a country full of them.    You’re both nobodies now.  

Pay no attention to the man in the painting. Or the other guy either.

Wallace played an audio tape of Romney speaking to supporters a week after the election and blamed his loss on minorities expecting President Obama to give them things. “It’s a proven political strategy which is, you have a bunch of money from the government to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you.”

MITT:  The president had the power of incumbency. ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance. And they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign.

Still not getting it, huh, Mitt?

MITT: Well, I recognize that as the guy who lost the election, I’m not in a position to tell everybody else how to win, all right? They’re not going to listen and I don’t have the credibility to do that anyway.

First thing you said I can’t disagree with one word of.  You got that right, Mittens.  The Republicans can lose all by themselves.  They don’t need a loser telling them how to lose.

WALLACE: Why do you think he lost?

ANN ROMNEY: I think they had a better ground game. And I think we were not aware — you know, we certainly had the passion coming from our side, and I don’t think we were as aware of the passion that was coming from the other side. I think we were a little blindsided by that.

How’d that happen, Ann?  Didn’t you know Obama was the incumbent and he’s had four years to build up some passion on the other side?  

MITT: I look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there. It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.

Yeah, well, that’s not happening.  You lost.  The Black guy won and I know that kills you even more.  Next time, win more votes.  Oh, that’s right…there isn’t a “next time” for you, is there?

MITT:  The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together. The president leads.

Yes, the president does.  You’re not the president.  And you never will be.  

MITT: And — and I don’t see that kind of — of leadership happening right now —

Aaaaaaannd we won’t being seeing that kind of leadership from you either, Mitt.   That’s a done deal, closed chapter, over and out.

ANN ROMNEY: I’m happy to blame the media.

Well, why not?   That’s what losing candidates always do.  It’s easier than blaming yourself.  

Then Wallace rolled tape on Romney’s now notorious “47 percent” crack.

 MITT: There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.

WALLACE: George Will said you’ve got a problem when voters don’t like you. You’ve got a real problem when voters think you don’t like them.

Because he didn’t like them.  At least the non-wealthy,  non-White voters.

MITT: Yes, it was a very unfortunate statement that I made. It’s not what I meant. I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have.

Bitch, please!  Man up and don’t play dumb.  You said exactly what you meant and you didn’t stutter.  

MITT:  You know, when you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and — and it could come out wrong and be used.

Oh, this is a very sad story.  If you’re running for president and you don’t spend as much time thinking about how what you say could be twisted and distorted, maybe you shouldn’t be president.   

It isn’t that it came out wrong, Mitt.  It’s that it came out at all and the whole country found out how much contempt you have for almost half of America.

MITT: But, you know, I did. And it was very harmful. What I said is not what I believe. Obviously, my whole campaign — my whole life has been devoted to helping people, all of the people. I care about all the people of the country.

I call bullshit.  If you said it and didn’t believe it, why were you lying to all those nice people in the audience listening to you?   Or are you lying now?

MITT: But that hurt. There’s no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.

I’m sure the Obama Campaign appreciated your self-inflicted wounds.   Put on your magic underwear and deal with it.

WALLACE: Looking back, how do you rate yourself as a presidential candidate?

MITT: Well, I see my mistakes and I see my flaws and I did better this time than I did the time before.

Oh, good for you! 

MITT: And — and I won’t get a third chance. I’m not doing it again.

You promise?   How many more times do you have to get your ass beat before the message finally sinks it: AMERICA DOESN’T WANT YOU TO BE ITS PRESIDENT!

MITT: The weakness that our campaign had and that I had is we weren’t effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. That was a real weakness.

We did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations. And that was a — that was a failing. That was a real mistake.

Now that is funny.  The Whitest White Man in America can’t figure out why “minority populations” rejected him.   

WALLACE: Why do you think that was?

MITT: Well, I think the ObamaCare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated in a — particularly among lower incomes. And we just didn’t do as — as good a job at connecting with that audience as we should have.

Not going to give up on that “gift” thing are you?

WALLACE: What does the Republican Party need to do to reach out and attract more voters?

MITT: Well, first of all, I lost and so, I’m not going to be telling the Republican Party, come listen to me, the guy who lost is going to tell you how to win.

Then why not be a gracious loser and shut up?  Nobody’s dying for your advice.  

WALLACE: But you must have — you must have some ideas.

MITT: But — of course. But among those ideas, clearly, we have to do a better job bringing minority voters in to vote for Republicans and that’s Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. We’ve got to do a better job taking our message to them to help them understand why we’re the party with the ideas that will make their life better.

Here’s an African-American that understands you and your party’s “ideas,” just fine and I don’t see them doing me or my family any good.  

“Oh, look Ann. That’s where our dreams went.”

MITT :  …I’m not going to disappear. I’m not running for office. I don’t have a big organization that’s out speaking in my behalf.

But I care about America. I care about the people that can’t find jobs. I care about the fact that we’re wracking up larger deficits and — and putting the peril of — of — of the future generation very much in play.

I really care about this country. I care about my 20 grandkids, the kind of America they’re going to have. And sitting on the sidelines when so much is at stake is just not in my nature.

You might care about the country but the country does not care about you or anything you have to say.   

If you have 20 grandkids you should be caring for them and leave the rest of us the hell alone.  

It may not be in your nature to sit on the sidelines but that’s where you are and that’s where you’re staying. 

Bye-bye, Mittens.  Enjoy forced retirement.  Get naked and roll around in your money.  Just leave the rest of us along and we’ll do the same for you.

Loser’s Lunch

Inspected and rejected by 62 million Americans.

There’s a question being asked over Mitt Romney breaking bread with Barack Obama at the White House today and that is why?  Why would Obama want to dine with the man he beat soundly three weeks ago?   Better still, why would Romney accept the invitation?

Because it costs the president nothing to be gracious to his challenger and for Mitt’s part, it’s not as if he has anything better to do.

Speculation runs rampant that Romney might be offered some advisory role to the president or even a lesser Cabinet position such as Secretary of Commerce.   Not going to happen.   Obama has plenty of qualified people to select from for his second-term Cabinet and there will be some Republicans included, but let’s not take this “team of rivals” thing too far.

There’s no place for Romney in the Obama Administration.   Romney brings nothing to the table Obama can’t get from somebody better qualified and on his side.   The worst kept “secret” of the entire campaign was how much these two guys don’t like each other.   Unless Obama makes him the ambassador to Switzerland or the Cayman Islands so he can visit the millions of dollars he’s off-shored,  Romney couldn’t be less interested in spending the next four years deferring to the man who denied him his heart’s desire.

If Obama doesn’t want to hear Romney’s suggestions and Romney is praying Obama doesn’t embarrass him by offering him a gig, what exactly will they talk about?

“I love you honey.” “Me too.”

Still President Obama: So Mitt, how’s Ann doing?

Not President Romney: Fine.

Still President Obama:  How’s your coffee?  Need it freshened up?

Not President Romney:  No.

Still President Obama:  U Mad, Bro?

Not President Romney:  Hell to the yeah.  

I hate to be a bad winner…no, that’s a lie.  I love being a bad winner because I don’t like Mitt Romney and it gave me a great deal of personal satisfaction to not simply see him lose, but to completely fail.  The moment was there for Mitt Romney to show his character and he passed on it.  He could have said the president ran a better campaign.  He could have given some credit to those who voted against him.   Even in defeat, Romney could have done more to put aside the rancor and division of a bitterly fought and highly contentious election.

But Mittens wasn’t going on like that.  All those millions and it still didn’t buy Romney and .   He had to go out crying like a little bitch about Obama handing out “gifts” to his base.   Paul Ryan dealt from the bottom of the race card deck himself when he credited (or blamed) Obama’s victory to turnout in “urban areas.”

The “Obama Is Your Santa Claus” riff is one you hear and read being pushed by Republicans refusing to face the cold, hard facts.   Romney’s “chief strategist” Stuart Stevens offered up an alternate take on reality in a op-ed explaining why his candidate lost, but he couldn’t resist playing the race card.
On Nov. 6, Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income. That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters younger than 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift. Obama received 4½million fewer voters in 2012 than 2008, and Romney got more votes than McCain. ..There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory. But he was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?

Really, Stuart?   You’re proud that your boy appealed only to White voters making over $50,000 a year?     That’s what you’re thumping your chest about.   No wonder Mittens lost.   Apparently it’s impossible and particularly when you’re getting bad advice from a “strategist” that all you need to do to win is to appeal to pissed-off White men and ignore the rest of the country.   Who at the Washington Post thought it was a good idea to give a loser a podium to brag about how he lost?

This lunch  is gonna be a little awkward, but through a confidential source I can reveal what’s  on the menu for Mittens.    The White House chefs whipped  up a feast of sour grapes as the appetizer , an entree of crow,  dessert of a big slice of  humble pie and a glass of curdled milk.

Bon appetit. 

Romney and friends.

“Hi, I’m Mitt and I’m down with my brown and black peeps.”

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.”

Disbelieve In America.

It’s better when they don’t see it coming.

Since Election Night, I’ve watched more Fox News than all the nights leading up to Obama’s reelection.   I’m ashamed of the sadistic pleasure I’ve received from watching their on-air talent looking like shell-shocked soldiers.   You can see it in their eyes.  We were so sure.  How the hell did Obama win?

They thought they had it nailed.  Now?  It’s Disbelieve in America.

For anyone following Fox, they know the motto of the network is “fair and balanced.”  They’re so fair and balance that their most prominent personality used part of the post-election O’Reilly Factor to read letters from viewers “criticizing” the host (most viewers though O’Reilly hadn’t been tough enough on the president).

This was the week that “fair and balanced” was exposed as a punchline, not a principle.

What do sore losers look and sound like? They look and sound as ugly as Mary Matalin. You can feel the hatred seething out of her in waves.

The stench of rancid bitterness reeked from CNN contributor Matalin who could barely restrain  herself from leaping through the split screen and strangling Van Jones after Wolf Blitzer asked how the newly reelected president could find common ground with the GOP.  Now why did Wolf want to go and ask her a damn fool question like that?

Matalin is a bitter, shitty human being on her good days and she clearly wasn’t having a good day.   “I don’t care what you think, Van!”, she snarled as she bit off the head of a live puppy.    This is partly Mitt Romney’s fault.  His declaration that he had only written an acceptance speech was classless as well as brainless.  Romney couldn’t even conceive he could lose?    The concession speech he did make sounded as though he had just written it right before he went on stage and did nothing to dampen down the red-hot passions of his pissed-off supporters.

Look, I know it sucks to lose.  There’s no such thing as a good loss. But with the exception of the Democrats picking up two more Senate seats, this was pretty much a status quo election. Incumbents are notoriously difficult to beat and Obama is a better candidate than Fox News conservatives give him credit for.

The shock and awe of Obama winning a second term after all the experts said he was toast is still too raw and painful a wound for many. It would be unseemly and uncool for liberals to brag. Put those salt shakers away my fellow Lefties. The sense of impending doom our friends on the Right are feeling is identical to our own after the 2010 mid-terms when the Tea Party was ascendant.

Let Donald Trump call for a “revolution” against Washington (how much would Fox News freak out if Romney had won and some Scary Black Guy like Louis Farrakhan had echoed Trump’s call for blood in the streets?). Permit Mary Matalin her epic hissy fit on CNN as she rails against the president’s “derision, division, destruction, distraction and distortion.” Tolerate Terrible Ted Nugent raving about “pimps, whores and welfare brats.”

Elections do have consequences and bad side effects as well. What we’re witnessing in the Republican Party is a classic example of the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grieving and some folks need a little more time to get over denial and anger before they transition to bargaining and depression and finally reach acceptance.

They have four more years to get there. Hopefully Obamacare will help defray the cost of professional help.