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New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (DEMOCRAT) Being Investigated By The FBI

Posted by KingShamus on January 31, 2013

Veteran Fighter In The War On Women

For what, you ask?

Oh, it’s a big one.

The feds are investigating accusations that New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez had sex with underage hookers on trips to the Dominican Republic, The Post has learned.

“Clearly, they [FBI agents] were pursuing it,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who reported Menendez to the feds last year.

Menendez and his Dominican junkets have come under intense scrutiny in the past 24 hours after the feds raided the Florida office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Menendez friend.

Tipsters told Sloan’s group that Melgen repeatedly flew Menendez on a private jet to the Dominican Republic, where the doctor allegedly supplied prostitutes to the senator.

Melgen did not respond to requests for comment.

Menendez’s office said, “Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured . . . and are false.”

I quoted the entire article, from the supposedly Republican-leaning New York Post, for a reason.  Do you see what you’re not noticing?  If you didn’t already know Bob Menendez was a member of the Democrat Party, you certainly weren’t going to get that piece of information from Post writer Josh Margolin.

I wonder why the NYPost would neglect to mention that Mr. Menendez is a Democrat.  Party affiliation is a fairly easy way for people to identify political figures.  For the news consumer, understanding where an elected representative sits on the partisan spectrum is a great help when trying to get a grasp on current events.  Yet we never get to know Bob Menendez very well from this article, especially as it relates to his profession.  He must be from the very popular Generic Party.  Tra-la-la, ho-hum, move it along folks.

Isn’t it also strange how this investigation didn’t come out until after Boisterous Bobby was safely re-elected?  I know Joseph Kyrillos, Menendez’s GOP opponent last November, tried to make some hay out this but that tactic was largely seen as a dying campaign’s last gasp.  Most the of the media blew it all off: “These are baseless allegations against this divorced senator from an unknown region of the United States.  Also hookers are notorious liars. Besides prostitution is legal in the DR, so yeah.”

We can all see how Garden State voters were rightfully protected from this unseemly intrusive information.  Nobody thinks it’s important that their Senator is being investigated by the FBI for improperly using a campaign contributor’s private jet to hook up with underage hookers at the same campaign contributor’s private club located in a foreign country with notably lax prostitution statutes.  Citizens would not be at all interested in learning about a situation like this, especially during an election where the Democrat Party was shamelessly moralizing  dutifully explaining to America all the many ways that Republicans want to exploit women.

Media observers, including some conservatives, think that press bias is just a matter of how a news organization presents stories.  Giving a story a left wing spin is a time-honored tactic for the Democrat Party shill working at an MSM outlet.  The media still does this all the time.  But it’s more than just putting a progressive-friendly sheen on stuff.  It’s about guarding  the good guys–ie Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Bob Menendez–and punishing the evil retrograde Republicans and conservatives.

Here is more:  RS McCain makes this pungent observation.

…you want to tell me that’s not newsworthy? Turn in your press credentials, clean out your desk and find another line of work, because you clearly have no aptitude for the news business.

See, that’s just it.  The media loves a good political sex scandal, when it’s a Republican at the center of it.  When a GOPer does something awful, the press loves to spin it into their favorite narrative–“This latest sex scandal indicts the entire hypocritical Republican party.”

When it’s a Democrat that’s accused of using people like a box of kleenex, suddenly it’s not newsworthy.

Protecting the progressive brand is more important than, you know, actually reporting the news.

Back to the story:  It just keeps getting uglier.

The main source in the Bob Menendez underage hooker scandal sent the FBI the names offour hookers who confirmed they had attended sex parties with Salmon Melgen and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Dominican Republic. On Tuesday, FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of Dr. Melgen who is suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

I’ll say this.  We live in a country where a person is innocent until proven guilty.  None of this has been found to be true yet.  Menendez might not have done any of it.

At the same time, I don’t see the FBI investigating something like this if there isn’t something to it.  I mean, do they like wasting time and resources on complete dead-ends?  I don’t think that happens too often, especially since the target of the investigation is such a high-profile public figure.

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‘Immigration Reform’ Is Just Another Term For ‘Republican Suicide’

Posted by KingShamus on January 29, 2013

Playing the part of Doctor Kervorkian will be Senator John McCain.

John McCain:  Well, look, I’ll give you a little straight talk. Look at the last election. Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that. Second of all, we can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well. So I think the time is right.

I stole this from The Other McCain.  Why not clicky that linky and read the rest of his post?  Come back when your finished.

Now please forgive me a moment, but I’m going to run a quick multiple choice quiz.  It’s only one question, so don’t sweat too hard.  Are you ready?   Okee-dokee, here it is.

What is the purpose of immigration?

A:  To help white guilt liberals feel good about themselves.

B:  To create a cheap labor source for crony socialist corporations.

C:  To give diversity trainers a reason to exist.

D:  To make the United States stronger.

If you answered “D”, you win a free one year subscription to Blog De KingShamus and an E-High Five!

(Please note–there is no such thing as an E-High Five.  Sorry Tennessee…and everywhere else.)

The only reason why you bring immigrants into the country is to make it better.   Any immigration policy that doesn’t make America a more powerful nation, in observable quantifiable ways, is idiocy soaked in stupidity slathered in mendacity wrapped in a zesty bullshit crust.  Also, score it a total loss if the purveyors of any new policy employ multi-culti pablum like ‘Diversity Is Strength’, ‘Live in the shadows’ or ‘Nation of Immigrants’ to justify the program.

For those who think the GOP congress will get a pat on the back from Hispanic voters for passing an some sort of amnesty immigration reform, I have one simple phrase:  “1965 Civil Rights Act”.  More Republicans voted for it than Democrats.  Senate Democrats fillibustered the thing  as much as they possibly could.  Of course, who got the credit?  Part-time Democrat President and full-time mega bigot Lyndon Johnson, naturally.

So here’s how it’s going to go down:

Republicans desperately want to be BFFs with Latinos, so they lead the charge to get an amnesty bill passed.  It’ll be filled with a lot of tough talk about enforcement and triggers and other folderol that will be nothing more than rhetorical fig leaves meant to fool conservatives.  The amnesty that dare not speak it’s name will blow through both chambers of Congress with massive bipartisan support.  Obama will have an enormous signing ceremony, surrounded by his usual cadre of human props.  Steve Kroft will lead the MSM cheerleaders praising the Democrats for finally solving this decades-long problem.

Meanwhile, Republicans will quickly get swept aside in the media narrative of ‘Barack–Benevolent Guardian of Hispanic Hopes And Dreams’.  Marco Rubio will get emo after he does all the work to get this monstrosity passed and none of the glory.  When Telemundo dutifully points out that many GOPers didn’t vote for shamnesty, the RNC will be shocked to find Latinos still think the Party of Lincoln is populated by racists.

Here’s the real kick in the teeth.  If you want a picture of the future, imagine eleven million formerly illegal immigrants voting Democrat—forever.  Republican permanent minority party status: ACHIEVED!

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Music Monday Major Key — “Nothing Else Majeur” By Metallica (Sorta)

Posted by KingShamus on January 28, 2013

If you know the original version of the song, be prepared to get mildly weirded out.

Played in a minor key, “Nothing Else Matters” is a brooding ‘us against the world’  manifesto.  “Nothing Else Majeur” is relentlessly cheerful.  James Hetfield isn’t a grizzled road dog but a giddy school boy joyously expressing how much he digs his chick.

Metallica’s self-titled black album, where “Nothing Else Matters” first appeared, was a polarizing affair back in the day.  The dedicated metal-heads who made Metallica a platinum-selling act despite a complete lack of media exposure were annoyed by the group’s bid for mainstream success.  Outside of the thrash underground, millions of fans were stoked by the Black Album’s straight-ahead riffs and Hetfield’s arena-god menace.  Depending on musical taste, Metallica’s self-titled disc was either the end of a great band or the beginning of a string of successful grunge albums.

“Nothing Else Majeur” makes that fan dichotomy even more pronounced, which is kinda hard to believe.

I don’t understand the process of changing the key of a song, but no matter how it’s done this is pretty wild.  Even though I’m not a fan of “Matters”, “Majeur” throws off listener expectations in a goofy yet satisfyingly mind-warping way.  You’ve heard the song a million times, but throw in a key change and it goes from an old radio chestnut into something else entirely.  It’s kinda like taking a longer slightly more complicated ride home from work.  You still arrive at your destination, but you can’t just put your brain on auto-pilot to get there.

I snagged this from the Metal Sucks site.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Surplus Is Soooooo Big

Posted by KingShamus on January 25, 2013

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How big is it?

Wisconsin’s budget picture brightened Thursday, with new estimates that show a surplus will grow to $484 million, giving Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker even more room to pursue their tax cutting agenda.

The estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau was nearly $137 million better than one Walker’s administration released in November. The numbers will be used by Walker as he puts the final touches on his two-year spending plan, which he’s set to unveil on Feb. 20.

But surely this is not a accomplishment worthy of our adulation. We shouldn’t be impressed by such a meager feat. Governor Walker was just building off a previous budget surplus, right?

In 2011, Walker took office facing a roughly $3 billion budget shortfall…

Oh.

Okay.

Look, I know it’s a stretch to make this comparison, but can you imagine if the federal government did anything like what Scott Walker has done? Is it even possible to picture a world where we–and I realize how crazy this sounds–lowered the debt ceiling? Neither Obama or the Congressional GOPers talk about getting to a surplus these days. The fight in Washington is over whether the debt should be unimaginably immense or just insanely massive. Spending less than what you take in is seen as a hopeless anachronism that doesn’t make sense in our enlightened new age.

Yet here’s Scott Walker, scourge of progressives from Berkley to Georgetown, actually getting his state in line with ancient unfeasible common sense.

Hey, conservatives, you wanted a winning right-wing governing model? Walker’s only been serving it you fresh out of the oven for two years straight, surviving a brutal recall election in the process. If that’s not bad-ass enough to at least merit a sniff from the Republican talent scouts, I don’t know what is.

I snagged this link from Ann Althouse’s blog. Thanks.

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The Sexxxiest Pro-Abortion Ad You’ll See This Month (With Update)

Posted by KingShamus on January 23, 2013

I mean, who isn’t turned on by a dude grunting weird sexual innuendos about a Supreme Court case that allows people to terminate their pregnancies?

So it’s weird when Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair, but it’s totally rad when a man breaks the fourth wall and moans at an empty cradle. Got it.

For those of you without a program to refer to, the actor playing the randiest abortion provider ever is Mechad Brooks.  He’s some really famous guy in that show that’s on one of those channels you watch when you’re fighting off a hangover and an eight hour Law & Order-Criminals With SUV And Trials marathons is running or whatever.  As you can imagine, filming a pro-abortion propaganda video is a big step up for Mr. Brooks’ career.  If this Roe v Wade anniversary tribute thingy takes off, he’ll get a fifteen second cameo in the next Lady Gaga video and a free season pass to Knott’s Berry Farm.

It’s also funny how they got a guy to celebrate legalized baby killing.  Consequence-free sex has been a leftist dream ever since Margaret Sanger was invited to her first KKK rally, but it’s men that have the most to gain from ready access to abortion.  They get all the fun and none of the messy medical complications or the increased risk of suicide  Just don’t accuse them of not caring for women’s health.

After the creepiness has worn off, the ad is refreshing in it’s morbid honesty.  Like the Lena Dunham/First Time campaign spot, the horny nihilists at the Center For Reproductive Rights are gleefully pandering to the lowest common denominator: “Let’s have sex then get rid of the inconvenient kid that results.”

We get no sob stories about women denied access to ‘vital’ ‘health care’.  The pro-abortionists don’t gin up some statistically negligible scenarios to tug at our heart strings.  Nope.  Instead we get the inhuman bump-and-grind brutality at the core of the state-sanctioned baby killer movement delivered to us straight.

The pro-lifers are disappointed that Roe v Wade is still operational.  It’s ugly that such an unconstitutional and immoral ruling still stands.  But there is one thing the anti-abortion activists can take solace in.  Never before has the febrile murderous heart of the abortion rights mob been so visible.  This means those who value human life will no longer have to fight against the shadowy obfuscations formerly used by the pro-‘choice’ movement.

UPDATE:  Matt over at Conservative Hideout did a post on this clip too.  Check it out.

The video is made by a joint called Draw the Line.  They apparently think that $9.00 a month birth control is a “luxury item” that only the wealthy can afford.

The weirdest thing about the last year’s War on Women dance craze was the idea that spending the same money as two McDonald’s meal deals was a serious financial burden.  But Obama won on that bullshit, so I guess it was all just the opening gambit.  Since our government is now breaking the Catholic Church over it’s knee and making them pay for everybody’s rubbers, it’s only a matter of time before the country gets inured to taxpayer-sponsored abortion.

That’s the hope of pro-abortion groups, anyway.

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Music Monday Libertarian Rapper — “So Fresh, So Clean” by OutKast

Posted by KingShamus on January 21, 2013

Featuring the most elaborate church preparation rituals ever filmed.

This is by OutKast, the Atlanta rap duo made up of Andre 3000 and Big Boi.  Before they parted ways in the late 2000’s, Outkast were one of the biggest names in hip-hop.  Platinum records, hit singles, massive tours–you name it, they did it.

But why do I call this post ‘Libertarian Rapper’?  Because Big Boi is a libertarian and he’s a rapper.  Read on.

MINKOVSKI: Did you vote for Gary Johnson?

PATTON: Yes, I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity. Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he’s a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.

Just how much static got thrown Big Boi’s way from the famously tolerant progressive movement?  I know Big Boi and OutKast haven’t been front and center in the public eye since George Bush’s second term, but still.  A rich and famous rapper from the Derrrty South announcing that he didn’t support President Obama is sacrilege to the left wing thought police.  You let one wealthy black dude start popping off about individual liberty and voting for a candidate not approved by the nanny-staters and the next thing you know, Democrats might start losing elections.

You know we can’t be having any of that.

I also wonder how Big Boi’s actual fans took to his announcement that he’s a Gary Johnson voter.  Do they like OutKast’s music less now that he’s not a Democrat?  Are they burning their ATLiens CDs in protest? I really don’t know.  I’m sure he lost some fans from this, but just how many is impossible to quantify.

Think about the music artists you like.  Imagine if Ted Nugent was a loud-n-proud Obama supporting socialist.  Deleting “Free For All” from your Ipod becomes a little more imaginable.  Or does the man’s awesome musical output overwhelm the Nuge’s partisan affiliation?  

Consider this scenario: In the 90’s, an older pre-American Recordings Johnny Cash goes full-on Michael Moore and trashes America, using every tired Howard Zinn cliche imaginable.  Does “Ring Of Fire” or “Sunday Mornin’ Comin Down” suddenly sound like crap?    

I know when I hear an artist I like spouting off lefty bromides, I get disappointed.  I’m no longer surprised when some doped-up hippie starts whining about Bush or raising tax rates, but it does annoy me.  I’m just curious how a real fan, who may lean to the left but isn’t a hard-core partisan, reacts when their favorite musical artist starts drifting to the right.

As far as OutKast goes, I never really jumped on their bandwagon, but what I liked about them was their defiant weirdness.  Andre 3000 is a hopeless fashion victim, but the man is also an inventive rapper with a unique lyrical perspective.  Big Boi had a more conventional thugged-out rap style and image, but that’s just a macho cover for his own musical eccentricities.  Most refreshingly, OutKast may have been gleeful horndogs but I never got the sense that they actually hated women.

On their later discs the group channeled the dreamy chill of the Pharcyde, Fatboy Slim’s drum-n-bass energy and Jimi Hendrix’s groovier sensibilities and filtered them through their own slow Southern rap sound.  The result was something far more nuanced and interesting than anything going on in hip-hop at the time.  It’s sort of a shame that they couldn’t keep it together, but rap is a brutal Logan’s Run-style game played by ambitious young men for an audience that craves novelty over the long arc of a career.

Enjoy.

BTW, I snagged the Big Boi interview from Libertarian Republican.  Check out his piece on the news coming out of Mali.  You have to see it to believe it.

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Conservatives Don’t Have To Fix The National Republican Party (With Updates!)

Posted by KingShamus on January 20, 2013

Since even before Mitt Romney went down to defeat, Drew M over at Ace of Spades has been very down on the Republican Party.  Which is why I was surprised when he wrote this the other day:

A conservative country that claims to support smaller government doesn’t elect Barack Obama not once but twice (no matter how awful Romney was). A conservative country doesn’t run up annual $1 trillion deficits and a $16 trillion cumulative debt. A conservative country doesn’t accept ObamaCare as either good policy or a law within the bounds of the Constitution. A conservative country doesn’t build a welfare state that has unfunded liabilities of “$86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP” and growing.

I could go on but you know the rest.

Far from being a bulwark against this out of control spending and growth in federal partner, the GOP has been at best an enabler and at worst a perpetrator.

And I don’t blame the GOP one bit.

Political parties and politicians are about winning elections. In the end the best way to win an election is to give a majority of the people in the electorate what they want. What far too many Americans want (even some conservative Republicans in good standing) is other people’s stuff.

How many people who voted for Mitt Romney or actual conservatives for Senate and the House want their Social Security and Medicare left untouched? How many of them give lip service to a flat tax proposal but would freak if their various tax credits and deductions were eliminated? How many of them talk a good game about getting rid of the Department of Education but would freak if aid to their kid’s district were cut?

Of course Republicans are going to respond to these people. But these people who support all sorts of government spending while talking about “the damn government” and taxes are the problem.

It’s a must read, so go ahead and hit that link.  I’ll be here when you come back.

Here’s the slightly weird situation the Republican Party finds itself in circa 2013.  The House of Reprazentin‘s GOP majority is still fairly solid, at least if you’re going by raw numbers.  Many members of the current House were elected in the 2010 anti-Obama wave.  They can cite their ’10 and ’12 elections to credibly argue that the constituencies they represent didn’t elect them to become President Leftist McDreamboat’s rubber stamp brigade.

So there are motivated conservatives in the House.  That’s great.  Problematically, they may only be a slim majority of the lower chamber’s majority.  Given how many of the GOP representatives have voted recently, that may be a wildly optimistic count.  Then, slap the number of conservatives Republicans with the all-but-extinct Blue Dog Democrats.  Add them together and it’s unclear if there is a working right-center coalition in the House that can get anything done on entitlements, spending or tax reform.

The other big hurdle to conservative reform is the fact that the American people just re-elected the most liberal president since LBJ and the most liberal Senate majority since the Oliver Cromwell took over England.  The House GOP could eliminate the income tax and replace it with a 10% VAT at 9:00 am tomorrow.  By 9:01, Harry Reid would’ve killed the bill in the Senate and by 9:02 Obama would be using page one of the statute to fire up his Parliament Ultra Lights.

In Congressional races, when the constituency is often more conservative than the general US population, a Republican can do well selling a right of center message to the voters.  This is why a solidly blue state like Illinois can still elect six Republican congress-peeps out of their 18 seat delegation.  Get beyond the House level and it’s harder for the current GOP to sell it’s message to voters in national races.

So should the Republican Party just pack it in?  Obama certainly wants them broken and divided.  The GOP has been so cowardly that there’s been talk that the National Rifle Association could become the opposition party.

Drew M suggests that conservatives focus on winning back the American culture.  That’s a very necessary thing, but not everyone is a novelist, filmmaker, musician or television director.  Non-artsy conservatives need a role in creating a more favorable political environment for the Right.

The state and local levels of government have a viable blueprint.  There the Republican Party is not just surviving, it’s thriving.  Conservative ideas are winning in Obama-fied blue states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio.

Scoring victories in state races and gubernatorial elections doesn’t sound as sexxxy as vaporizing Harry Reid’s Senate majority, but it is.  Our federalist system gives conservatives fifty states to win governorships, mayors’ contests, school boards memberships, town council positions and representative races.  Getting decent people into these spots will foster a saner, less suicidal political culture at the grass-roots level.

Helping right-of-center candidates win local elections doesn’t just have an immediate positive impact on communities.  It also creates a deep bench of conservative political talent.  The Republican Party has the worst congressional leadership since the 1960’s.  The last two presidential elections have seen the party field it’s weakest candidates since FDR was trouncing Herbert Hoover and Alf Landon.  

It doesn’t have to be this way.  You want leaders that don’t cry or cower every five seconds?  Then you have to encourage anti-Boehners and non-McConnells to stand up.  The process of getting them into positions of of national power starts by getting them elected in local contests.    

The R\ght is simply too DC-centric.  We keep saying how the Beltway culture is poison to our values.  Worse, we can see that the federal government isn’t going to get any friendlier to conservative ideas any time soon.  Well, if that’s the case, then it makes sense for traditionalists to go someplace where they can actually do some good.

It’s time we stop caring so much about what Eric Cantor does.  It’s long past time that we start paying very close attention to what our state senator is saying.  Who knows, that person might just get elected President some day.

MORE TO THE STORY:  You know why else conservatives don’t owe the national Republican party jack shit?  The national GOP hasn’t really done anything for them lately.  Forget about how the Tea Party never got the credit it deserved for the 2010 midterms.  Don’t bring up the way the Republican Senate Election dudes can’t pick decent candidates to take back upper chamber.

More damning than all that is the GOP’s last two presidential picks.  They both seem purposefully designed–at least in hindsight–to alienate as much of the conservative party base as possible.  John McCain snubbed religious conservatives nearly every time he could afford to.  Mitt Romney’s pro-life/pro-gun/pro-marriage stances were of a suspiciously recent vintage.  Even more stupid than Mitt’s trying to buy conservative bona fides was his decision to defend those positions in the meekest more apologetic least forceful way possible.  If you’re gonna jump on the pro-life bandwagon, you may as well use it to your advantage.

The GOP is just not that into conservatives.  Republicans  will take right-wingers on a date and hook up with them back at the frat, but that’s as far as it’s gonna go.  Playas are gonna play after all.

It’s just one more reason why the right should forget about the establishment Republicans in Washington.  They suck at politics, they can’t win and they dislike their base.  That’s enough for me.

I hope Reince Preibus is still bosom buddoes with Sheldon Adelson.

ONE MORE THING: Bob Belvedere of the brilliant Camp Of The Saints wrote about this like three days ago.  As usual, my timing is awesome.  Check it out.

…it is time for a showdown between the forces that want to aggregate to the national government more powers than those that are enumerated in The Constitution and those of us who believe that it should be followed to the letter.

‘Legal expert’ Jeffrey Toobin, per usual, gets it wrong:

“A sheriff does not get to decide whether laws are constitutional,” he said. “Unless a court invalidates a law, he’s obligated to enforce it.”

That’s become the practice, but it is simply not the way it is or is supposed to be. All officials who take an oath to The Constitution are individually responsible for assuring that it not be violated. Further, by said oath they are obligated not to enforce any law or regulation that they believe would cause them to violate their oaths. If someone disagrees, the matter may be settled in a court of law, but oath-taking officials do have this power/responsibility. And they should not fear exercising it. It’s their duty.

The national government is beyond hope.

Emphasis mine.

Read the whole thing.

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Music Monday Slap Bass – “John The Fisherman” by Primus

Posted by KingShamus on January 14, 2013

Ladies and gentleman, as requested by the awesome Innominatus…I give you Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander.

This came out in 1990 on Primus’ debut album Frizzle Fry.  They had been demo’ing songs and performing live for years before their first record came out.  Unlike a lot of bands, their sound was relatively well-formed from the jump.

But that description short-changes just how inventive they are.  At the start of Primus’ recording career, there were some groups who did slap-bass in a rock context.  There were a few bands that liked to mix funk, metal and Caribbean drum sounds.  Nobody did it with the amount of gleeful random goofiness that Primus brought to their songs.

“DMV” is pretty much the definitive put-down of our state automotive agency overlords.  “My Name Is Mud” is even funnier when played at rain-soaked Woodstock ’94.  “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” is the funhouse mirror parody of 80’s hair-metal leering sexual innuendo.  “Lee Van Cleef” is a wacked-out twelve bar blues tribute to the great western movie character actor.  Why is a sweaty shirtless weirdo serving a leisure suit-clad  horn dog a batch of nachos in the “Jerry Was A Racecar Driver” video?  Who knows, but it works.

As trend-setting as Primus is, a lot of their musical progeny lost the humor as they nicked elements of their hero’s sound.  The Deftones are a cool band, but they’re about as funny as an episode of “Oz”.  Groups like Korn and Incubus ripped off Les Claypool’s bass lines even as they were making humorless turgid rap-rock.  Turns out the hardest thing to steal from Primus is the zaniness.

Also, on a more personal note, back in the early 2000’s I got one of those music organizer programs.  You could collate your music by artist, title of the song, record name, whatever.  You could also list your songs by genre.  So you’d see labels like “rock”, “metal”, “pop” and “polka”.  Primus was the only band that was also a genre.  I always thought that was pretty cool.

They’re so unique, they’ve carved out a genre they occupy all by themselves.

Enjoy.

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David Gregory Gets To Skate, Ben Shapiro Makes Piers Morgan Irate

Posted by KingShamus on January 13, 2013

Priveleges

Not surprising.

District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan issued a lengthy letter today explaining the decision not to prosecute David Gregory “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” despite rejecting NBC’s claims of a subjective misunderstanding of the law, and despite vowing vigorous enforcement of gun laws.

But it’s not like this Important Sophisticated Celebrity Journalist got any special favors.  Gregory’s wife is totally not BFF’s with the DC attorney general or anything.

Oh, wait… 

For a reporter, David “Laws For Thee Not Me” Gregory is a great dancer.

DANCE PLAYBOY DANCE!

Now that’s how you do “Gangam Style”, kids.

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan continued to make the case for a highly restrictive immigration policy against disgraced British tabloid editors by having a patronizing sneer-fest with Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro.  Watch for yourself.  Seeing an English know-it-all shoot himself in the foot (see what I did there?) is must-see TV.

Go to 10:10 to catch the real magic.  Everybody is talking about Beerz Morguecrotch calling the US Constitution “your little book”, but that’s just the obvious self-pwnage.  No, the really cool bit is when CNN dude holds up the Ronald Reagan letter and tries to club Shapiro over the head with it.

What is it with the liberal fetish for self-defeating interview props?  First David Gregory waves an illegal 30 round magazine in Wayne LaPierre’s face, then Pierce Organ throws a Gipper quote at Shapiro that promptly does nothing but make the  reasonable host gun control fanatic look stupid.  It’s like media leftists have to have some kind of comforting woobby to soothe themselves when going up against evil reich-wing thugs.

Prop reporting is sorta like prop comedy.  The Amazing Jonathan is often brilliant.  Gallagher can be funny as hell.  Carrot Top will stumble onto a decent bit every year or so.  People pay good money to see these guys do their thing.  Yet even with all that, there is a stigma against comedians who work with props.  Other stand-up guys look down on them.  Comedy nerds use prop comics as a punchline.

I think people hate on these guys because the prop is seen–rightly or wrongly–as a crutch.  It’s like if they didn’t have the sledgehammer or the treasure box full of crap or whatever, they wouldn’t be able to make a joke.  Again, your mileage may vary when it comes to prop comics, but that seems to be the critique against them.

When a reporter uses a prop to make his point, especially when using it against a guest, it’s sorta the same thing.  Couldn’t homeboy use his j-school big boy words to make the same point?  Does he have to have the prop to make the segment work?

During the David Gregory/Wayne LaPierre dust-up, the Meet The Press host wanted to put the NRA veep in his place–‘You love these death instruments more than you care about kids.’  Too bad for Gregory that LaPierre didn’t take the bait.  Instead, Gregory made himself look stupid.  And broke the laws that he wants everyone else to follow.

Morgan’s use of the Reagan letter was a little different.  There, he tried to use the 40th president’s position on assault weapons as a wedge to separate Shapiro from a conservative icon.  Unfortunately for Morgan, admiring Reagan doesn’t mean blind obeisance to every one of his positions.  That made it tough for him to beat up on Shapiro, so Morgan’s snippy moral outrage skit fell apart.

Far be it from me to tell the genius liberal media how to run their shows.  If they wanna keep using prop reportage, go ahead.  After all, how could anybody quibble with Piers Morgan’s sky-high ratings?

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Why Does Anybody Need An Assault Rifle?

Posted by KingShamus on January 9, 2013

No seriously, why?

This dude has the answer.

Like, I’m trying to find something to quibble with–But…I…Just…Can’t….Do…It.

I’ll just add this from a technical perspective:  The AR-15, one of the premier semi-auto rifles on the planet, makes for an amazingly adaptable platform.  This NYShooters forum thread lays out just a few of the calibers you can get an AR chambered in.  Basically, an AR can be made to do everything from plinking tin cans to defending a house from intruders to taking down a moose.  It’s basically the firearms equivalent of buying a Mini Cooper car and being able to turn it into a Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford F-350 Super Duty pick-up truck and a Lamborghini Gallardo.

Mr. Colion Noir’s vids are pretty rockin’.  He’s a less-schticky more practical-minded FPS Russia, but he throws in some pop-culture stuff too.  Most of all, dude makes so much sense that he deserves another clip.

How many of these apply to you?

I scored a solid 15.

Post your scores in the comments.

I snagged the video links from CBD at Ace’s sidebar thingy.

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Fighting Chuck Hagel–Not The Worst Idea Ever (Now With Update!)

Posted by KingShamus on January 8, 2013

Why?  Let’s let Robert Stacy McCain…I mean Bear Bryant Reincarnated…explain.

…conservatives should not hesitate to roast liberals for the hypocrisy and cynicism inherent in the “Democrats for Hagel” bandwagon. If that vicious bastard Andrew Sullivan supports Hagel, this is reason enough for any patriotic American to oppose the Hagel nomination. And the obverse of this brutal logic is that we must welcome every ally to our cause of defeating Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, in order to inflict maximum embarrassment on the Democrats. They might “win” — Hagel’s nomination may be approved by the Senate — but the conservative strategy must be aimed at making that “win” as damaging as possible to the reputation of the Democratic Party.

If we can’t beat them, at least make sure we hurt them.

I knew I was sorta miffed at this Jazz Shaw piece, but I really couldn’t figure out why until I read The Other McCain’s post.

The thing is, I sorta agree with a lot of Shaw’s argument.  Hagel isn’t the worst nominee Obama could pick for the job of Secretary of Defense.  The President could always find someone less qualified, more chicken-shit or more leftist than Hagel, so fighting him might not be all that productive.

Under certain circumstances, I’d probably counsel the same thing.  If it was early in Obama’s first term, fighting against Hagel would be more painful.  The GOP would’ve had a much harder time beating up on a Hagel nomination at that point, and it would’ve cost them more to do so.

However, floating the Hagel trial balloon now means a Republican nomination fight makes more sense.  Obama’s had far too many victories lately.  He won a bitter election just a few months ago.  He just got the GOP to cave on taxes during the fiscal cliff train wreck.  The President has momentum and the Republicans should being trying to halt it using any opportunity at hand.

What does a fight actually cost Republicans?  Congress’ approval ratings are a burning-hot eighteen percent.  Serious conservatives, people who at one point identified with the GOP brand, are kinda done with the party.  In a way, the Republicans almost have to have a fight, if only to remind people that they still exist.

Even more importantly, it’s not like Chuck Hagel is some beloved conservative stalwart.  Yeah, I guess he helped spike the Kyoto Treaty back in the day.  When pondering that, it’s also important to remember that the sun shines on a dog’s ass every once on a while.  Meanwhile Hagel was against the surge in Iraq.  Hagel has said no to a military strike against Iran, which won him the enduring respect of Iran’s mullah-run media.  Even fellow RINO maverick John McCain doesn’t like the guy.

Hagel has been wrong about a lot of stuff.  Wrong about military stuff.  That should be good enough for Republicans to pick a fight with him and his BFF Commander-in-Chief.

The era of Republican reasonableness should be over.  They have nothing to lose by confronting Hagel.  They have a lot to gain.  Obama is the one with his political capital hanging in the wind.  It’s time for the GOP get a win–any kind of win–against the President for a change.

UPDATE:  Linked by the great Dustbury, who makes this observation about Republican courage.

…if the GOP imagines that it might someday want to grow a spine, it would help if the party had some vague familiarity with vertebrae, doncha know.

If the Republicans really wanna show they’re brave truth tellers unafraid of their own shadow, I have a phrase they could use–free of charge:

“Sarah Palin-Bobby Jindal 2016″

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Music Monday Corgan – “Panopticon” by The Smashing Pumpkins

Posted by KingShamus on January 7, 2013

Here’s a song I overlooked last year.  My bad.

This little ditty is taken from The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest full-length disc Oceania, which came out in 2012.

Lead Smasher Billy Corgan can be such an arrogant doucherocket, even by platinum-selling guitar hero standards.  He’s never really matched the consistent high quality of the Gish/Siamese Dream/Mellon Collie era.  He had a seriously lame mid-period lull in the late 90’s/early 2000’s because he had to over-analyze and over-produce every single idea that breezed through his head.  He somehow alienated the ultra-adorable Paz Lenchantin when she was in his other band Zwan.

But when Corgan nails a song, it’s amazing how good it is.  Forget about his big radio hits.  That’s hunting cows with a grenade launcher.  Homeboy designed the singles to be irresistible earworms.

How do you know BC is talented?  Look at some of the Pumpkin’s deeper tracks.  “Tristessa” filters a bit of punk rock simplicity through Jimmy Page’s cranked Marshall stacks with excellent results.  “Geek USA” is exuberant rock music that doesn’t fall into Corgan’s hyper-cerebral trappings.  Da Punkins somehow figure out a way to simultaneously celebrate and mock the mopey goth-kid ethos in the woefully underrated “Here Is No Why“.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ enduring genius was, and still is, the ability to meld hippy-dippy kumbaya dreams with carefully orchestrated heavy rock riffs.  From what I’ve heard of Oceania, Billy Corgan might just be ready to embrace this legacy rather than run away from it.  I’m still not sold on SP version 3.0–or is it 4.0?–but still, “Panopticon” is pretty great.

One More Thing:  Billy Corgan has a habit of hiring lady bass players.  Why not run through a partial list?

Darcy Wretzky

Darcy Wretzky

Darcy, again

Darcy

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Melissa Auf Der Maur with Bass

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Ginger Pooley

Ginger Pooley 1

Ginger Pooley 2

Ginger Pooley

Nicole Fiorentino

Nicole Fiorentino

Nicole Fiorentino1

Paz Lenchantin

Paz

Paz2

Paz3

Does this count as a Rule Five post?

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#WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek–Helping Soothe Liberal Hurt Feelings

Posted by KingShamus on January 4, 2013

Turns out lefties are freaked out about paying their fair share.

I mean, PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE!!!!111111!!!111!!!!

Earlier this week, many Americans realized the “fair share” fiscal cliff deal didn’t seem so fair. One Democratic Underground commenter was a little behind yesterday and was shocked — shocked! — to learn that the fiscal cliff crapwich didn’t extend the payroll tax holiday. (They don’t call ‘em DUmmies for nothing.)

“What happened?” he asked. “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease will hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over $400,000.”

Forgive me gentle readers, but let me address this emotionally distraught person directly.

Dear Mister Why Is My Paycheck Less This Week,

I see that you are surprised to note that your paycheck is less than it was back in 2012.  Let me first say that I too mourn for your lost revenue.  It is money that you will most likely never see again, what with the annual trillion dollar deficits our government–completely dominated as it is by the US House Republicans I must add–just keeps running up.  

But do not worry.  There is a bulwark against the GOP’s destructive maddening destructiveness.  President Obama, with his bountiful business experience as a community organizer, adjunct part-time college lecturer, lawyer and Chicago politician, knows best how to use your cash better than you ever could.  In the glorious future ahead of us, we can all look forward to more great job-creating wage-raising successes like Solyndra, Abound Solar and A123 Systems.  

As a good Democrat, you’ll be happy to know your President is using your money for many other important investments.  Such as the Guantanamo Bay detention center.  And drone strikes.  And giving guns to Mexican freedom fighters or something.  So feel comfortable knowing that while revenues have been raised from you and many other kind-hearted liberals like you, these funds are being well spent on things that you truly agree with.

Now, there will be those outside of the totally mainstream Democratic Underground message board who will disagree with this obvious wisdom.  They will tell you that by voting for President Obama, you have in fact chosen to pay higher taxes and thus you should not be surprised to see a lighter paycheck.  They’ll assert, while smoking a cigar and kicking a puppy no doubt, that our President actually wants higher taxes.  The fascist wreckers in our society believe Obama sought out a higher payroll tax as part of the fiscal cliff deal.  

This is obviously not true, as I have succinctly pointed out to you.

Now rest your head, friend.  I’m sure this is a lot of information for you to process.  I wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.  Just know that smartersavvier people than you have it all taken care of.  

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“The Last Stand” Trailer and Jaimie Alexander

Posted by KingShamus on January 4, 2013

Oh look, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back making movies again.

I guess he’s been back at it since “The Expendables”, but this is the first post-Governator film where he’s the lead.  At least that I can remember.  Whatevs.

My inner 8th grader wants to like Arnold as an action movie dude again.  His work from “Conan the Barbarian” to right around the mid-90’s is pretty much untouchable.  On the other hand, his running of California was damn near impeachable.  Ahhhnold ran as the anti-Gray Davis, then proceeded to become…Gray Davis.

On the other other hand, a sixty-five year old guy is trying to do what he does best.  Fine.  Good luck with that, homie.

Co-starring with Schwarzenegger is up and coming actress Jaimie Alexander.  She’s best known from the Thor flick that came out a while back.  And, yeah, she’s kinda cute.

Jaimie Alexander

Jaimie Alexander, one more time

Jaimie Alexander, nice pins

Jaimie Alexander again

Jaimie Alexander, enabling alcoholism

So this woman is an up and coming actress who is not shy about her looks or her drinking habits.

Fair enough.

But I have to draw the line at dog-eating.

Jaimie Alexander dog eater

For shame, Jaimie Alexander.  For shame.

I posted pics of this attractive lady for many reasons.  Mostly because Manhattan Infidel and Bunkerville gave me crap about the lack of Rule Five posts lately.  What can I say?  I succumb to peer pressure.

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Al Gore Sells Current Network To Al-Jazeera

Posted by KingShamus on January 3, 2013

Al "Cash Money" Gore

Alternate Headline:  Two Bloated Government-Subsidized Anti-American Entities Collide.

Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, has long tried to convince Americans that it is a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister.

It just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case.

Al Jazeera on Wednesday announced a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore, a former vice president, and his business partners seven years ago. Al Jazeera plans to shut Current and start an English-language channel, which will be available in more than 40 million homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar.

“Low-rated”?

Current doesn’t even sorta compete with bottom-crawler MSNBC.

Whatevs.  If the Old Grey Lady wants to soft-pedal Al Gore’s failure as a broadcaster, that’s fine.  Every breathless teeny-bopper wants to believe her idol is infallible.

Now, here’s the best part.

Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Because when Mitt Romney uses legal ways to avoid taxes, he’s a ghoulish blood-sucker.  When Al Gore does it, there is nothing to see here.  Thank for clearing that up, New York Times.

UPDATE:  Time Warner Cable liked this deal so much they dropped Al-Gorezeeeera from their channel roster.  Hey Qatari media geniuses–if you’ve got $500 million dollars just laying around doing nothing, this blog is officially for sale.  Direct message me on Twitter.  Let’s make some magic happen.

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Manhattan Infidel’s Best of 2012

Posted by KingShamus on January 2, 2013

I dunno about you, but all this political talk gets me down sometime.  2012 was sort of a bummer.  No matter what happens, the fiscal cliff deal is a trainwreck getting nuked in a supernova.

That’s why I read Manhattan Infidel.

For those of you who don’t know, Manhattan Infidel…’Mister Infidel’, if you’re nasty…has been serving up fresh helpings of politically-tinged pop culture-friendly satire on teh intertubes for almost six hundred years.  In that time, I don’t think he’s ever done a ‘best of’ post.  Since he won’t, I figured I’d do one for him.

Enjoy!

January

Stop, Drop and Roll! (What to do in the Event of a Liberal Outbreak)

Help Chaz Bono Get a Penis!

February

Muslims Outraged!

Happy Blogoversary! The Leakage Edition

March

Your Guide to the Upcoming Race War Between Blacks and White Hispanics

Lonely Men Flock to Georgetown!

April

Secret Service to Increase Whore Stipends

My Exclusive Interview with President Barack Obama’s Dog

May

More Victims of Romney’s Bullying Come Forward

An Intimate Conversation with the Polish Ambassador to the United States

June

From the Manhattan Infidel Future Archives: Fifty Years Later – A Look Back at the Historic Obamacare Supreme Court Decision

Manhattan Infidel’s Favorite Cherokee Recipes

July

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Break Up; Was the Tea Party Responsible?

The Obama Effect: The Director’s Cut

How to Safely Observe Obama

August

Yankees Lose; Declare War on Women

Manhattan Infidel Presents Your (Updated) Updated Kennedy Malfeasance Template™

Blogging: Pros and Cons

September

Madonna Threatens to Strip Naked if Obama Wins Reelection; Polls Surge For Romney

Ferocious Cherokee Warrior Addresses DNC

October

My First Time by Lena Dunham

Manhattan Infidel Presents Your Middle Eastern Man Arrested for Bomb Plot but We’re Still Confused as to his Motive Template™

November

America Votes for Free Stuff

Manhattan Infidel Presents Your Lindsay Lohan Malfeasance Template™

What Would Chris Christie Do for a Chance to Get a Hug From Bruce Springsteen?

December

Manhattan Infidel’s Exciting Book Deal!

Lonely Lesbian Librarian Oppressed by Patriarchy

Okay, folks there you have it.  The best of Manhattan Infidel, 2012 edition.  At least as I see things.  Feel free to differ with me in the comments.

Why not go over to his place and check out what he has going on in this brand spanking new year?

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2012–Obama’s Ascendancy or Conservative Reform?

Posted by KingShamus on January 1, 2013

Let’s face facts, people.  Conservatism really took it on the chin in 2012.  After all, Republican Mitt Romney got his ass beat by left-wing ideologue Barack Obama.  The Supreme Court, led by John “No Seriously, Dubya Nominated Me!” Roberts, upheld ObamaCare.  The US Senate remained in the hands of Democrat Majority Leader embarrassment Harry Reid.

Look at some of the dire metrics going against conservatives. The fiscal cliff deal is all tax hikes, no spending cuts and a whole lot of kabuki theater nonsense.  The media remains a statist bullhorn and progressive piggy bank all in one.  The education establishment is committed to indoctrinating America’s youth in the ways of Karl Marx while failing to teach them how to read.  According to conventional wisdom, the Right should spare themselves the embarrassment of a messy end, get into a dark corner, curl up in a ball and quietly die.

Again.

Just like it croaked in 2009, right?

Seems as if once more, conservatism didn’t listen to it’s sworn enemies or it’s fair-weather friends.

Consider the following sequence of events.  On Election Night, Barack Obama’s hottest sexual fantasy was fulfilled when Mitt Romney delivered a submissive beta-male concession speech.  Just over a month later, Governor Rick Snyder made right-to-work the law of the land in union-dominated Michigan.

That certainly wasn’t supposed to happen.  Just like after Obama won in 2008, the left was stoked to see America morph into a slightly bigger less ouzo-fueled Greece.  Socialist values were destined to sweep away all the bitter-clingers and their retrograde obsessions with the US Constitution, free market socialism and keeping some of the money they earned through the sweat of their labors.  All that hackneyed 18th century Enlightenment jive was going out the door, replaced by Barack Obama’s brand of shiny happy grievance-group buy-offs.

The Mitten State, of all places, was thought to be one of the strongholds of Barack Obama’s national progressive realignment.  Big aggressive labor groups pumping piles of money into Democrat campaign coffers has been the great idea in the Donkey-Puncher playbook since the Paleolithic Era.  Now that beloved Donkey-Puncher strategy is in serious jeopardy.

Lest you think this is an isolated right-wing victory in a sea of conservative defeats, ponder the fact that during what was supposed to be the new Progressive Golden Age, no Republican has lost a governorship since 2007.  Thirty states have a GOP chief executive.  Twenty-one states have both a Republican governor and a GOP-controlled legislature.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker not only survived a nasty recall race, he annihilated the competition and looks poised to win a second term.

Seen this way, it’s clear many states welcome right-of-center politics.  They’re comfortable letting conservatives–or ‘Republicans‘ at least–run their governments.  Why didn’t all that translate into a win for Mitt Romney?

Maybe because Romney just didn’t offer enough of a contrast to Barack Obama’s galloping socialism.  Forget for a moment that the former Taxachussetts governor got less votes in ’12 than that famous arch rightwing stalwart John McCain did in 2008.  Instead, look at how well the Libertarian Party candidate did.  Gary Johnson scored 44,000 votes in Florida.  Ohio gave 47,000 votes to the former New Mexico governor.  He snagged 48,000 votes in the Keystone State.

To be fair, with the exception of Florida, none of these vote counts could’ve put Romney ahead of Obama.  But you can look at these Gary Johnson voters, along with Mitt’s overall lack of support, as indicative of a general conservative dismay with the Republican nominee.  If the GOP presidential candidate isn’t going to stand up forcefully to the President, why should anybody else?  Many voters made the entirely reasonable conclusion that Romney was a weak specimen, and they looked at other options.  This in turn created a min-Perot effect, where the traditionalist/conservative vote was split in several states and was depressed across the country.

The Romney campaign seemed to take an awful lot of voters for granted.  Social issues like abortion were never really addressed, except in the quietest most defensive way possible.  Gun enthusiasts got a few perfunctory interviews in various National Rifle Association publications, but that was pretty much it.  It seemed as if Team Mitt felt these voters–who make a large chunk of the Republican base–were just going to fall in line.  Those Republicans were not swayed by Romney’s sotto voce strategy, and it ended up costing Romney dearly.

Worse, by not going out and arguing against Obama’s anti-life positions or his thinly-veiled hatred of the Second Amendment, the GOP nominee allowed David Axelrod and Co. to define him as an out of touch racist gay-bashing plutocrat who wanted to chain women to an ironing board while simultaneously giving them cancer.  In retrospect, the Romney campaign ran an absurd race.  While Mitt wanted the election to be about jobs and the economy, Obama and the media (sorry for the repetition) made it about what an unlikable piece of shit Romney is.

Sadly the Democrat’s plan worked, because the Republican nominee was unable to defend himself from a barrage of attacks. Nor could he articulate strong positions that excited important parts of the GOP base. Worse, he couldn’t effectively pivot any of his policy positions into personal or political slams against Barack Obama.

In short, conservatism’s problems in 2012 were much the same as they were in 2008.  Nationally, their standard-bearer was n astoundingly poor choice to represent the vast center-right coalition that should be natural Republican Party supporters.  In contrast, state level conservatives are enacting serious reforms.  Once you look beyond Washington DC’s poisonous liberal assumptions, there is a muscular conservatism to be found in the rest of the nation that is making progress against the utterly unsustainable blue state model.

Maybe the Right should do what Rush Limbaugh says.

Let’s try conservatism, just for a second, just to see how it feels.

Now in the short term, conservatives will certainly take some licks.  Their nominal party just lost an election.  That tends to have painful consequences.  More ominously, the Republican’s caving in to the fiscal cliff deal might just be the final nail in the Party’s coffin.  That means precious time will be lost as conservatives coalesce behind a new opposition party.  If that process is done quickly a regenerated Tea Party, flush with new supporters, could become a more effective bulwark against the Democrat’s hateful statism than the feckless GOP.

Looking at the situation in total, 2012 gave conservatives plenty of heartburn.  But in some ways, the failure of the Republican Party’s presidential campaign and the success of the state-level GOP gives the Right options it did not have in 2011.  We have principled leaders in positions of power who have started tearing down liberalism’s failed policies.  The Right can tout their successes and compare them to Obama’s catastrophes.

Even better, conservatives no longer just have to accept what the Republican Party tries to spoon-feed them.  The Right has gotten very little out of it’s coalition with the Beltway GOP besides a pair of busted presidential campaigns and a very strained frenemy-esque relationship.  Perhaps it’s time to remind the Republican Party who really is the junior partner in the firm.

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