CPAC 2014: Empty Rooms, Emptier Rhetoric.

This room is actually full.  Everyone came dressed as empty chairs.

This room is actually full. Everyone came dressed as empty chairs.

Last week’s Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) was the annual gathering of the tribes of Right-Wing Nation.   Everybody who’s anybody in that crowd was there if they were on the good side of the event’s organizers.  Anybody  on their bad side wasn’t invited.

Apparently Blacks are on CPAC’s bad side.  The 2012 election results revealed the grim truth that the Republican Party has become an old, male, White and Southern vessel, much ado was made about how more had to be done to make outreach to those Blacks, Latinos, Asians and other people of color whom don’t find the Grand Old Party one they feel welcomed to be part of.   With that backdrop, CPAC conducted a minority outreach panel discussion.

The problem was there weren’t many minorities in attendance.   Or anybody else either.

The panel’s theme was GOP outreach to minority communities and the panelists were Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie and three Black political strategists: Jason Roe, Elroy Sailor, and Robert Woodson.   All benchwarmers and nobodies.

None of the Black conservative All-Stars were there.  Ben Carson and Allen West would have showed up but couldn’t take a break from the shoe shine stand.   Mia Love was watching some White woman’s kids.  David Webb was parking cars.  Tim Scott was bussing tables and Artur Davis was frying chicken.  Herman Cain and Crystal Wright couldn’t get off their day jobs at McDonald’s. Those burgers ain’t gonna flip themselves!

Conservatives don’t have a diversity problem.  They don’t even believe in diversity.  They believe they have a messaging problem.  They have a lack of Blacks who think as they do and can carry their message back to other Blacks.   An auditorium of row after empty row of chairs may look embarrassing to those outside of CPAC, to those inside CPAC, it’s not embarrassing at all.  Opening their arms to invite more people of color in sounds nice in theory, but as a priority it isn’t one.

For years Carson, West, Cain and their ilk have yammering like kindergarten kids cranked up on too much sugar in their cherry Kool-Aid how Blacks are taken for granted by Democrats.  How Blacks are played for suckers by Democrats.  How Democrats treat Black like slaves and keep them on their plantation.

“No, I don’t want Dr. Carson as a running mate. I’M a doctor!”

Here was an opportunity to show 30 million African-Americans what the conservative alternative is and they LITERALLY COULD NOT BE BOTHERED TO SHOW UP!   Outside of the Republican National Convention, CPAC is the biggest gathering of American conservatives and if they don’t care how old, how White and how unrepresentative of the country their movement is people of color won’t either.

A word about Dr. Ben Carson placing third in the CPAC presidential straw poll behind Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.  Big deal.   Carson is the current Great Black Hope of the White Right with some fantasizing he would be a Hillary stopper as he could dent her percentage of the African-American vote.

That’s a fantasy shattered by the reality that Carson would have to step out of his CPAC/Fox News comfort zone and actually face skeptical audiences unimpressed by his vagueness and real journalists who won’t pitch him slow rollers across the plate.   If “lack of experience” is a rap Republicans have hung around Barack Obama’s neck,  he looks like a Washington lifer compared to the callow Carson who has never run for any elected office, never served in a presidential administration and doesn’t seem to have any policy positions.  Even Horny Herman Cain was more qualified.

Carson is the featured Flavor of the Month.  He soaks up the adulation of the White Right like cornbread does gravy, but like cornbread, he’ll crumble under the pressure of an actual presidential campaign.

Right-Wing Flavor of the Month (photo credit: T.J. Kilpatrick/Getty Images)

Right-Wing Flavor of the Month (photo credit: T.J. Kilpatrick/Getty Images)

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“Kill Obamacare or the Country Gets It!”

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Welcome to October. The government is closed and Obamacare is open.

We are here because John Boehner is an impotent, ineffectual, coward with no heart, no brains and no balls.  Boehner is intimidated by the rabid right-wing of his caucus who have planned shutting down the government for two years.   This week they revealed their extortion demands.  Kill off Obamacare or they’ll kill off the government.

The Republicans have calculated can win by waging war against the government their constituents benefit from.   It’s an insane strategy but these are conservatives that gone rogue and damn the consequences,  “SHUT IT DOWN!”

If the American people take the bullet aimed at Obamacare, that’s a sacrifice the Republican Taliban is willing to make.  It’s not like they are giving up their paychecks.  That could change when the phone lines are tied up, people are calling, tweeting, yelling and cursing out their Congresscritter to cut the shit and get the government back open.

I would imagine if I had plane tickets paid for and a hotel room reserved that I can’t get a refund for a trip to a national park that is now closed, I’d be pretty pissed off right about now. The sort of pain these extremists are inflicting it the type that isn’t  forgotten or forgiven.    It defies political sense for the House to pick this fight, but these Republicans are jumping off a cliff  with suicide vests and the ones hurt most by their own mad extremism will be ordinary people.

“It’s about fairness for the American people.” — John Boehner

Everything old…

Boehner, shut your lying ass mouth!   You didn’t bow down to the anarchists of your caucus to be “fair” to the American people.  You did it because you’re  you are afraid to lose your leadership position which is funny since you’re not a leader but a pathetic figurehead.

Whenever a Republicans uses the words “fairness” and “the American people” in the same sentence put on your wading boots on because the b.s. is knee deep and rising.

Even conservative Republicans know they are waging war against the radical Republicans as Peter King (R-NY) told Fox News.

“We have too many people in our party, it’s a minority, who are following Ted Cruz, and they are tying up the entire Republican party,” King said. “The overwhelming majority of House members would vote to keep the government open. I’m tired of having Ted Cruz call the shots for the House Republicans.”

The Republican Party abdicated the role of “the loyal opposition” to become the angry obstructionists.   They want to roll back, overturn, repeal, defund, remove, take away, cut, slash and burn the country back to a time when Blacks knew their place, gays stayed in the closet as by day women wore high heels and make-up as they made Dad’s martini and by night they were barefoot and pregnant.

The Republicans refuse to send to the Senate a “clean” continuing resolution that funds the government without inserting a poison pill that defunds the Affordable Care Act.    If Boehner had control of his caucus, he could avoided all of this brinkmanship, but he doesn’t and he didn’t.

…is new again.

A negotiation usually means there’s something both sides want. What do the Republicans have that the President wants? He got his signature domestic achievement without their help and he’s got no reason to give them a damn thing now. The President and the Democrats have no reason to negotiate with themselves. Give in to the Tea Party Republicans now and they’ll be back on October 15th when the debt ceiling has to be raised with a whole new Xmas list of right-wing goodies they want.

There’s nothing for the President to negotiate. The Affordable Care Act is a settled issue. It’s gone through Congress, it’s gone through the federal courts, it’s gone through the Supreme Court, it’s gone through a presidential election and survived every attempt of the Tea Party, the GOP, the right-wing noise machine, Mittens and every other right-winger trying to kill it off.  It will survive ambitious morons like Ted “The Canadian” Cruz and the caveman caucus of John “Crybaby” Boehner too.

It’s not good for the GOP brand when a small contingent of ultra-conservatives mostly from safe districts and an overly ambitious first-term Senator with presidential ambitions overrun a spectacularly weak Speaker of the House and shut down the government while threatening to create even greater chaos when the debt ceiling deadline arrives in less than two weeks.  But as bad as it is for the Republicans it’s worse for the country.

People get tired of lurching from crisis-to-crisis and especially manufactured ones such as this doomed plot by Cruz and his House best buddies to defund Obamacare despite having no clear plan on how to do it besides hoping the president and the Democrats would do it for them.

They thought Obama and Harry Reid would cave. They didn’t, but  now they will. The Republicans are wishing in one hand and crapping in the other and one will fill up before the other.

Give a bully your candy one day and the next he’s back for your lunch money too.   You have to stop them before they break into your house and rape your sister.  That’s the mentality of bullies and the House Republican caucus is lousy with bullies.

In 13 months voters will go to the polls to choose every member of the House of Representatives and it’s way past time to vote Boehner and his caveman caucus off the island.

Just say “no” to the Party of No.

A man more in need of a heart, a brain and courage than anyone in Washington.

Donald Trump Is Talking. Don’t Listen.

“I’m rich, White and I have terrible hair, so listen to everything I say.”

The President is on vacation.  Congress is on vacation (not that they’re doing much when they aren’t on vacation).   No real news is being generated, but if you work in the media that covers Washington politics, you’re not on vacation.  You still have to generate stories even when there are no stories.

So what do you do?   Make up stories and call that “news.”

August in Washington is always a slow dead month and the “lame-stream media” is always struggling to find something to put on to get the one or two folks not gearing up for football to watch or read their crap.   In the absence of real news they have to come up with some fake news.   Speculating about who might run for president is an easy way to fill space and kill time.  If you’re wrong in 2013, who’s going to remember three years from now?

Iowa and New Hampshire are two of the dullest states in America, but because that’s where the road to the White House begins if a politician flies over them, there’s a reporter waiting to write a story about “So-and-so is testing the waters.”  Yawn.  It’s boring, trivial, and trite, but it’s easy work to speculate over what Rand Paul or Ted Cruz might be up to though nobody not named Rand Paul or Ted Cruz thinks they have a snowball’s chance of becoming President.

Donald Trump went to Iowa to speak to a bunch of Republicans.   The rampaging egotist with the world’s worst comb over had stunning news to share with them.

It’s August. It’s too hot for this sort of stupidity.

Looking forward to 2016, Trump said he knows Hillary Clinton “very well,” and asserted that she’s “probably” going to be the Democratic candidate.

“It’s going to be in my opinion a tougher race than the last race,” he said. “Really tough. And somebody’s going to have to emerge who’s really strong. … The Republicans have to do what’s right. If they don’t pick the right person – it’s got to be the perfect person – they are going to get drubbed in the 2016 election.

Who doesn’t know Hillary Clinton is enormously popular, highly likely to run for president again and would be much tougher to beat?   After getting their ass handed to them twice by Barack Obama, is there a Republican living who thinks beating Hillary will a stroll in the park.

You’ll never guess who Trump believes who the “perfect person” is to beat Hillary in 2016?  Oh, go ahead!  You’ll never figure it out.

Trump has been wrong so many times about everything why do Republicans continue to treat him like a wise man?   I get they want him to write big checks for them, but I thought the idea was to stop being “the stupid party?”

Want to be taken seriously by the press?   First, be a White male if you can help it.   Then you need to be rich.   Money and the right color are prerequisites to be considered you know what you’re talking about.

Nobody said you had to be smart.

That’s all it takes.   Next thing you know you will be flown around the country and people will pay all your expenses for you to come and tell them things they already know.   Reporters will stick microphones in your face, furiously scribble down your ever word, and take you very seriously even when they should know better.

Thank you, Captain Obvious!  Next week Trump is going to announce the world is definitely round and eating too much chili will give you the runs.  Watch for Wolf Blitzer and CNN to break into their regular programming to bring you around-the-clock, in-depth, saturation coverage.

You can tell we’re in the silly season of the year.  Donald Trump is talking.  That doesn’t mean we have to listen.

“Donald…delete…Bill…delete…Barack…let it go to voice mail…”

The Strange Logic of Obama Haters

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Your threats to impeach me are highly illogical, but fascinating.

It’s time for this week’s Crazy Republican Idea and it comes by way of Fox Nation turning over a rock as a nobody named Frances Rice and her group of fellow cranks, the National Black Republicans Association who got the bright idea to file articles of impeachment against Barry Soweto, aka. Barack Obama.

The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) based in Sarasota, FL, headed by Chairman Frances Rice, filed Articles of Impeachment against President Barack Obama with the following language:

We, black American citizens, in order to free ourselves and our fellow citizens from governmental tyranny, do herewith submit these Articles of Impeachment to Congress for the removal of President Barack H. Obama, aka, Barry Soetoro, from office for his attack on liberty and commission of egregious acts of despotism that constitute high crimes and misdemeanors.

It’s been  a right-wingnut’s fantasy to impeach Obama.   It’s not going to happen even with this crazy Congress.   The Republicans know the last time they tried this stunt with Bill Clinton they got their ass handed to them.   The same thing would happen now and with Congressional elections coming up in 2014, they aren’t about to fire up the country to rally behind a president being targeted by an overtly partisan lynching.   They would pay a terrible price at the ballot box, so they’ll allow Rice and her fellow Negro malcontents to have their moment in the sun, but this is going nowhere further than one whacked out woman’s fever dream.

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Impeaching Obama is not the first dumb idea the NBRA has had.

Rice’s crazy-ass group is based in Florida, where brain cells go to die.   With all the other things he has to be worried about it’s a safe bet the president hasn’t devoted two seconds of thought worrying about the NBRA’s impeachment threat.

Coming from the Left flank, director Oliver Stone, probably missing his dead homey Hugo Chavez, spat a little venom Obama’s way hissing, “Obama is a snake. He’s a snake, and we have to turn on him.”  You mean the same way audiences have turned on your last few movies, Ollie?

It doesn’t hurt the president to be scorned by a has-been like Stone who hasn’t made a good film in since JFK some 22 years ago and a non-entity like Rice whose importance exists exclusively within her own head.   The disapproval of the Right is nothing new for Obama.  They always have viewed him as the Anti-Christ.   The rebuke from the left-leaning fringe is equally unsurprising

People who imprint their own cloudy and unspecific agendas upon Barack Obama are doomed to disappointment when he fails to act on them. Perhaps they are longing for the good ol’ days when Tavis ” Sub-Prime Smiley” would conduct his corporate underwritten State of the Black Union where every problem Black folks ever faced was magically dispersed by talking it to death.

The same people who grumble, groan and gripe about the failure of Obama to advance their agenda are the same ones who have not elected more conscious and proactive Blacks to the House, the Senate or statehouses across America. They fail to back efforts to repeal punitive badly written laws like Stand Your Ground and mandatory drug sentences. They know their rhetoric, but don’t know the names and phone numbers of the Congressional representatives. While White Tea Party right-wingers were sweating their elected officials at hotly contested town meetings where were all the Black folks? Staying home and watching “Love and Hip-Hop?”

When you don’t understand politics you will always be disappointed by how unresponsive politicians are. Why should they be when you aren’t putting money in their pockets or holding their feet to the fire? Some of those disappointed in Obama really thought he was the Far Left Liberal Progressive Radical Centerfold Cornel West originally fell in love with. Truth be told, Obama has always been a moderate and cautious man. When he was in the Senate he didn’t align himself with reformers like Russ Feingold, but traditional pols like Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid. Why would anyone expect a dramatic shift to the Left now?

If Obama assumed the Left would have a hissy fit about how he ran things, but still vote for him, he assumed correctly. The only alternative as the Republicans have been body-snatched by their most extreme elements is to stay home, vote for a Third Party loser or hold your nose and hope for that Change to come. Most of us have faced reality and gone with the Least Bad Choice.

“Obama is a snake and this helmet looks dumb as hell.”

I understand and I even share some of the discontent with President Obama as those who can’t stand him. But faced with a racist, reactionary Republican opposition and a occasionally soft, easily pushed around, but frequently effective Democrat, my choice is clear, if not always easily made.

In 2009, writing in The Progressive in an article entitled “How To Push Obama”, John Nichols wrote:

After his election in 1932, FDR met with Sidney Hillman and other labor leaders, many of them active Socialists with whom he had worked over the past decade or more. Hillman and his allies arrived with plans they wanted the new President to implement. Roosevelt told them: “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.”

Maybe the problem with Obama not making your dreams come true is you never made him do it.

What’s The Matter With the Republican Outreach Plan? Republicans.

Three commissioners.  One douchebag.  Can you spot him?

“I’m John.” “I’m Randy.” “I”m Racist.”

I get asked sometimes, “Jeff, why do you hate Republicans?”

Frankly,, that question puzzles me.  I have never said I hate Republicans.  Because I don’t.   I don’t like  lot of Republicans, but that dislike grows with the distance between local level and national Republicans.   The further up the political food chain you go the less likable Republicans get.

After last year’s electoral shellacking some of the smarter members of the Grand Old Party came to recognize they had a serious image problem with people of color.   They resolved to do something about that.   They needed to fix the image.  Never mind the awful policies or the awful  personalities articulating the policies.   The rebranding of the Republican Party wasn’t going to be about coming up with a better brand of dog food.   The goal was to convince the dogs that they just weren’t getting the message.

A better question would be, “Why do Republicans hate me and anyone that looks like me.”

The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, whose name sounds like a shampoo ingredient, laid out his master plan to win over Blacks, Latinos and Asians who had gone big for President Obama and the Democrats in 2012.

Hi, my name is Reince Priebus and my job sucks!

While Democrats benefited from well invested and expansive political operations in states across the country in 2012, Priebus acknowledged the Republicans faced a deficit in that area and said the GOP would combat shortfall by launching a $10 million initiative dedicated to outreach in minority communities.

“The Obama campaign lived in these communities for years.  Their relationships were deep.  They were authentic,” Priebus said.  “We’re going to be announcing a $10 million initiative just this year which will include hundreds of people, paid, across the country, from coast to coast, in Hispanic, African American, Asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in, going to community events, going to swearing-in ceremonies being a part of the community on an ongoing basis paid for by the Republican National Committee, to make the case for our party and our candidates.”

Yeah, you have fun with that, R.P.   Priebus may be sincere in broadening the GOP base, but not everyone is on board with the initiative.   Some to ridiculous extremes.

Jim Gile, a Republican commissioner in Saline County, Kansas, used an offensive racial slur during an argument with a fellow commissioner, but he wants everyone to know that he isn’t a racist because he’s “built Habitat homes for colored people,” and also that he has a black friend:

In a recording made by County Clerk Don Merriman of the study session, Gile, who is white, can be heard to say the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than “nigger-rigging it.”

His comment brought laughter from others in the room. Salinan Ray Hruska, who attends most commission meetings and study sessions, asked Gile what he said.

“Afro-Americanized,” Gile replied. . . .

Gile said he grew up around the term, but it is something he shouldn’t have used.

“I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile said Friday. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people.”

Gile said he also has a close friend whom he regards as a sister who is black.

Damn man, could you fuck that up any worse?

It would be a mistake to allow one idiot Republican nobody in Kansas to cock up the entire idea of outreach, which is a good idea.  It shows there are people left in the GOP who actually get it that there’s a problem here.   The thing is the Republicans have spent such a long time dividing the country along racial lines and appealing to fear of “the other” that they can’t just turn on a dime and become the party of openness and diversity.   It’s like squeezing your feet into shoes one size too small.  It’s a bad fit.

When you’re a political party who’s been wiped out in consecutive presidential elections and you’re tired of being called old, White and racist, who you gonna call?   The Super Six G.O.P. Outreach Team!

Rep. Don “Wetback” Young
Jim “the Nigger Rigger” Gile
Dr. Ben “Gay Marriage Will Lead to Pedophilia and Bestiality” Carson
Sean “Ben’s Ass and My Lips” Hannity
Sen. Rand “Hey, I Love the Civil Rights Act” Paul
Sarah “Shuck and Jive” Palin

Todd Kincannon and Jennifer Olsen because superheroes need stupid sidekicks.

and Reince Preiebus as Professor X.

It’s hard to clean up the image of a party that lives and thrives on racial baiting and the politics of polarization

These half-assed efforts at “outreach” might be a sign Republicans just aren’t any goddamned good at this sort of thing.

Fail.

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DeMint Takes His Hardball and Cashes Out

Whatever it is you're for, I'm probably against.

Whatever it is your for, I’m probably against.

 “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”
~ Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on opposing the president’s health care reforms.

I wanted to find a picture of Jim DeMint and Barack Obama.  You know, just a standard pic of the two politicians smiling for the cameras even while they’re thinking,  “Damn but I can’t stand this guy.”  The thing is  there are no pictures of the two together.    Jim DeMint does not like a lot of people and he would probably cut his right hand off before he would ever shake Barack Obama’s hand.   It’s  personal for DeMint.  It’s not just business.

Then again, the list of who the conservative kingmaker dislikes is a long one and doubtlessly has as many Republicans as it does Democrats.   DeMint is resigning to head up the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank and will likely see a substantial six-fold pay boost in his salary.

DeMint didn’t create the incivility, the gridlock and overall dysfunction of the Senate, but he sure didn’t mind helping it along either.   As the Tea Party’s man in the upper chamber of the legislative branch, DeMint saw his job not to make Congress work better, but for it to not work at all.

Giving credit where credit is due: DeMint understood the arcane rules of the Senate and realized he could accomplish through procedure what the Republicans lacked in numerical advantage.

However, DeMint sneered at the idea of compromise and stressed absolute ideological purity even when it meant taking out his fellow Republicans such as Robert Bennett, Richard Lugar and nearly Orrin Hatch. Their crime? Being willing to work with Democrats.

The members of the Senate that will miss DeMint the least aren’t the Democrats but Mitch McConnell and the Republican caucus.

DeMint has been silent on how public of a role he’ll play in electoral politics over the next two years, and its unclear whether his new position at Heritage, a not-for-profit organization that is barred from playing in politics, will limit his ability to openly push for candidates.

Nevertheless, DeMint’s departure means he could play a pivotal role in the 2014 mid-term elections — either as a conservative kingmaker or as a spoiler who backs ideological pure but fundamentally unelectable candidates, as he did in 2010 with Christine O’Donnell.

And unlike the last two cycles, when DeMint’s activities were constrained by his promise not to target colleagues in primary races, he will be free in the coming months to pick and groom primary opponents to incumbents in the Senate.

"Need a replacement Senator?  I'm your boy!"

“Need a replacement Senator? I’m your boy!”

Remember, this is the guy who said he would prefer the GOP stay in the minority with “30 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters,” a moderate Republican that DeMint lined up in his crosshairs. As it turns out, Specter went rogue and switched over to becoming a Democrat rather than take on a Tea Party primary challenger DeMint was supporting, but the message was clear:   to create a GOP caucus that was faithful to his brand of ultra-conservatism, DeMint would not hesitate to go after other Republicans he felt were too soft and accommodating the Democrats.

Once again in 2014, the Democrats have more of their incumbents trying to defend their seats, but an unleashed DeMint may be more worrisome to Republican senators who he considers insufficiently conservative.   DeMint has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, but hasn’t said if he’s considering it.  If the GOP selects someone too moderate for his taste, you can expect DeMint or a surrogate to mount a challenge from the Right.

As far as his replacement goes, DeMint is supposedly bullish on Rep. Tim Scott, the other African-American elected as a Republican to the House in 2010 along with the just defeated Allen West. Another Tea Party type, Scott is just as far to the Right as West, but not nearly as prone to put his foot in his mouth.

If chosen by Governor Nikki Haley to finish DeMint’s unexpired term,  Scott would be the first Black Republican from the South in the upper chamber since Reconstruction.   Big deal.  Scott is just another Tea Bagger right-winger.   When he won the election to the House in 2010, he declined an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus.   “While I recognize the efforts of the CBC and appreciate their invitation for me to caucus with them, I will not be joining at this time,” Scott said.  “My campaign was never about race.”

Even a tool like West joined the CBC.   During the 2011 clash over raising the debt ceiling, Scott warned the president might face impeachment if he invoked a clause in the 14th Amendment to by pass Congress.   “This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective.”

If chosen to replace DeMint, much will be made of the historical nature of Scott’s appointment.   Much less attention will be paid to how he is little more than DeMint in blackface.

That’s a prospect that remains to be seen if it become reality.   I can respect DeMint’s unshakable commitment to conservative principles, but I despise his legacy of obstructionism and contempt for the beliefs of others.

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“How big of a pay raise am I getting? THIS big!”

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Secession Obsession: You Can Leave But the Country Stays

“We don’t want Obama to be the president again! Waaaaahhh:”

I’ve blogged three days in a row and I was going to take today off, but I’ve been reading about all these fools melting down because they can’t handle one more day of the next four years with Obama back in the White House.   I don’t care so much about racist teenagers making racist tweets.   They’re too young and dumb to take seriously.   These fools who are circulating and signing petitions to secede from the United States are grown-ass adults even if they aren’t acting like it.

It’s always a bad idea to indulge bratty children and whiny losers throwing tantrums because they can’t handle losing.

You don’t get to run off and start your own idealized of a White, right-wing American homeland. That’s what the Aryan Brotherhood and other separatist groups are for. Trot on off to Idaho and hang out with those Hitler-slurping assholes if that’s the crowd you’re down for.

If the prospect of four more years of a Black President in the White House and growing political clout by people of color, women and young people is so terrifying then please follow the advice of Bluto Blutarsky and start drinking heavily.

The rest of us have a country we love and don’t intend to leave. If Romney had won, you know where I’d be? Right here.

“Obama won? I’ll drink to that!”

And that’s where the majority of real conservatives and Republicans are going to be too. They may not be happy about how the election turned out, but the smart ones, the ones that aren’t driving over their husbands for not voting or killing themselves after writing “fuck Obama” on their last will, know they only have four more years to deal with him.

The smart ones know there’s another election in two years and a chance to get well. The smart ones know they have a very strong bench of potential candidates waiting for 2016 including some they actually want to vote for next time.

The smart ones know the Republicans control the House where the power to turn off the financial spigot lies. The smart ones know there are even more Republican governors now than there were two weeks ago. The smart ones know better than to listen gibbering idiots like Limbaugh or Fox News because they’re often wrong and as off-target as their predictions were going into the election, not even close to being right.

The smart ones know they need to stop listening to fools like Dick Morris, overrated hustlers like Karl Rove and a Conservative Entertainment Media that tells them what they wish the facts were, not what the facts are.

I don’t give a shit what the stupid ones do. Let them secede. Let them leave the country. Let them wallow in their misery. Let them wail “the fucking nigger won again.” The election is over. You lost. Suck it up. There’s work to be done. No time to waste consoling a buncha crybabies and sore losers.

Sorry haters. Pack yo’ shit and get to stepping  if you want, but the country stays. The rest of us are still using it.

You get nothing.

Will White Racism Put a White Man In the White House?

Does Mitt Romney approve of THIS message?

I’ve been asked by my Republican friends to refrain from criticizing all of them and instead single out individuals or simply say “some Republicans, not all Republicans.”

I can do that.  Some Republicans are racist assholes.   One specific Republican who is a fucking racist asshole is John Sununu, the chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign.   Following Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama for a second term, Sununu was interviewed by CNN’s clownish Piers Morgan.

You would expect Team Romney to shrug off the former Bush Administration Secretary of State supporting their rival, but Sununu, a man with a breathlessly nasty temperament couldn’t refrain from showing just how nasty he is.

MORGAN: “Colin Powell has decided to opt for President Obama again, despite apparently still being a Republican. Is it time he left the party?”

SUNUNU: “Well, I’m not sure how important that is. I do like the fact that Colin Powell’s boss, George Herbert Walker Bush, has endorsed Mitt Romney all along. And frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that’s an endorsement based on issues, or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.”

MORGAN: “What reason would that be?”

SUNUNU: “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

That’s today’s Republican Party.  There’s nothing too reactionary or inflammatory or just flat-out stupid someone with an “R” after their  name can say that goes too far.    Is Sununu backing Romney because he’s of his own race?   For far too long it’s been thrown in the face of Black supporters of Obama that, “You’re voting for him because he’s Black.”   Which is crap.   I’m voting for Obama because he’s not Mitt Romney.

Hey Mitt. Put a muzzle on your dog.

Whites vote for candidates for no reason than they’re White and that’s accepted as standard operating procedure.   Blacks are supposed to apologize and explain why they support someone who looks like them.  Could it be the content of his character, not the color of his skin, makes Obama the best man for the job?

Not to shitheads like Sununu.    Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told liberal talk show host Ed Schultz “My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them, but most of them, who are still basing their decision on race,” Wilkerson said. “Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists.”

“And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House  has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.”

President Obama refused to bite Sununu’s race-bait.   In a radio interview Obama said, “I don’t think that there are many people in America who would question Gen. Powell’s credibility, his patriotism, his willingness to tell it straight.  So any suggestion that Gen. Powell would make such a  profound statement in such an important election based on anything other than what he thought would be best for America doesn’t make much sense.”

The Republican Party is not racist.  Republicans are not by nature any more racist than Democrats.   But racists are voting Republicans and when Romney allows his people to race-bait in such an overt way it speaks volumes on how little he cares when his campaign wallows in craven appeals to bigotry.

Not only do anti-Black attitudes still exist, they have been growing and thriving since America elected its first Black president.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some Americans’ more favorable views of blacks.

Powell and his peeps hangin’ out.

Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.

In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

“As much as we’d hope the impact of race would decline over time … it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,” said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey.

Romney will never say he wants anyone to vote for him because he’s White, but he certainly knows he will get a lot of votes because he is.

Race matters and racism matters as well.  What some suspected, many already knew: if Obama will get Black votes because he’s Black, it’s equally true that he won’t get votes from Whites because he’s Black.

This has nothing to do with party affiliation.  There are Democrats who won’t support a Black candidate too.   The sentiment that there needs to be a White man in the White House doesn’t have to be said out loud.   It hangs in the air unsaid, but clear.

If Obama loses, White racism won’t be the reason.   But it will be one of the reasons.