But stop complaining about Nancy Pelosi’s grip-n-grin with Bashar Assad, wingnuts.
It’s like totally different and stuff.
Completely dissimilar in every way.
Absolutely nothing in common.
Shut up, reich-wingers.
Posted by KingShamus on September 3, 2013
But stop complaining about Nancy Pelosi’s grip-n-grin with Bashar Assad, wingnuts.
It’s like totally different and stuff.
Completely dissimilar in every way.
Absolutely nothing in common.
Shut up, reich-wingers.
Posted by KingShamus on August 27, 2013
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Posted by KingShamus on February 26, 2013
Why do I bring him up now?
Because Hugh Hewitt said this the other day on Twitter:
Still waiting for critics of Rove to nominate best GOP strategist…for most it is like hating your starting QB but having no back-up.
Hewitt’s statement got my dander up a bit and then I sorta went on a rant.
Allow me me sorta clean up my tweets for human consumption.
First, I have no other GOP strategerist to replace Karl Rove, so I’ll concede Hewitt a well-earned point. If I absolutely had to pick someone to run the 2016 Republican ticket, I’d hire the person who ran either Scott Walker’s or Bobby Jindal’s campaigns and then hope for the best. At least those folks have had success in the last four years.
Like every other facet of the GOP panoply, it’s very tough to have confidence in politicos based in Washington DC. Choosing somebody outside the Beltway might be the only viable option.
But here’s something I’ve been wondering. How come nobody–not the slick consultants, the overpriced underperforming tech gurus, or the high-powered campaign honchos–could figure out just how stupid and self-defeating Mitt Romney’s pro-life positioning was?
Think about the journey Romney took to become an anti-abortion presidential candidate. Homeboy was pro-abortion for most of his public life. He only started making vaguely pro-life noises in 2005. He then tried to assure the GOP faithful that he was pro-life.
There were several problems with Mitt’s messaging. Most pro-lifers were very skeptical of Romney’s rather recent and not completely convincing conversion. That alone probably depressed social conservative turnout and hurt Romney’s chances on Election Day.
However, Mitt being perceived as an insincere opportunist wasn’t his biggest problem. Romney never used his pro-life position for anything except winning the GOP nomination. Once he got that, being anti-abortion was more or less forgotten by the campaign and the candidate.
Funny thing is, Obamaton propaganda ministers David Plouffe and Jim Messina didn’t forget. While Romney was trying and failing to make the election about the national debt going supernova and the sputtering American economy, Obama succeeded in making 2012 about Mitt being a misogynistic piece of dogshit. Naturally, Team Barry used Romney’s pro-life stance as the convenient hook to slam the former Massachusetts governor as a vagina-hating douchecanoe. Romney never defended being anti-abortion except in the weakest most mewling ways. Even worse, the GOP standard bearer never employed his pro-life stance as a club to beat up Obama at all.
For God’s sake, Obama voted against the Born Alive Act when he was an Illinois muckety-muck. He gave (and continues to give) lots of federal tax dollar love to Planned Parenthood, the same organization that was cool with giving abortions to what it thought were underage sex slaves. There was plenty of anti-life extremism in Obama’s curriculum vitae that could’ve been exploited by the Romney camp. But they just couldn’t bring themselves to do it.
So why did Mitt Romney even bother going through the motions to become a pro-lifer in the first place? His position on the abortion issue didn’t energize evangelical Christians and other components of the social conservative movement. It didn’t expand the party’s base by getting significant chunks of the Latino vote, a constituency I keep hearing is full of natural Republican voters. Further, Mitt never employed his pro-life stance as a pivot to attack Barack Obama’s shockingly radical anti-life actions. Once the primaries were over, being pro-life didn’t help Romney in any way. It can be credibly argued that being a squishy half-assed pro-lifer hurt Romney because it gave Obama an opening to create the War On Women narrative against the GOP standard-bearer.
This should be an iron-clad rule in politics: If your ideological positions are not helping you, they will be used by your opponent to hurt you. This is especially true when it comes to abortion, which is far more emotional and polarizing then an issue like energy independence or entitlement reform. Mitt and his team forgot this law of partisan warfare and it cost them dearly.
I’ll admit that this post is a lot of gussied-up Monday morning quarterbacking. On the other hand, the Republican Party consultant class gets paid to figure this out before the election and they still don’t know how to play the game. If you listen to Karl Rove and his ilk, they still think the GOP’s problems are caused by being too right-wing. They’ve had just as much time as I’ve had to do a post-game analysis of the November debacle. Their strongest recommendations involve letting Obama get his way on everything, then lather-rinse-repeat until 2016.
To be fair, Karl Rove won two presidential elections in the last decade, so its not like he’s got no game. The problem is that he doesn’t understand why Mitt Romney got his ass beat two and a half months ago. Nor does anybody else who runs anything in the Republican Party seem to get it either. If Turd Blossom is the best the GOP can do, then they deserve to perish because they suck at politics.
RELATED: I don’t wanna belabor the point, but I’m going to anyway.
Politics–like life itself–is often not about what you say, but how you say it. If Barack Obama stated, “I’m going to raise your taxes because I think you’re too stupid to know what to do with all your money”, he’d win 10 states, tops. If the President declared, “I’m going to obliterate the Second Amendment and incrementally take away your guns because I don’t trust you, the great unwashed bitter clingers”, his approval rating would hover just above herpes. If Two-Pack Attack Barry admitted that ObamaCare was going to feature death panels to determine who gets what kinds of medical treatment, Romney would’ve won the 2012 election with seventy percent of the popular vote.
But of course, Obama doesn’t do that. The Duffer-in-Chief believes all those things in his heart, but he never says them out loud. Instead, he always couches his ideology in nicey-nice pablum: “balanced approach”, “common sense gun laws”, “Obama does care”. Even better? As he describes his own campus Marxism as true-blue Americana, he’s turns the Republicans into the Ku Klux Klan, the Taliban and the Nazis all rolled into one big slimy ball of extremism.
It doesn’t help matters when prominent candidates on the Republican side completely lose the plot and play into his hands. The problem with the GOP isn’t that Todd Akin misspoke on the life issue. It’s that Todd Akin was never taught how to speak credibly and effectively about his political views in the first place.
To stick with the abortion issue, being pro-life isn’t enough for a political candidate. Being extremely pro-life isn’t enough. Being pro-life and then turning your position into a cudgel to beat up your opponent is what has to happen if you want to win. Allowing yourself to get bogged down in some weird rhetorical side street will only get you in trouble. If you’re not on offense, you’re on defense. That means you’re getting your ass kicked.
This is true of every political issue. Why take a stand on any topic if it cannot be weaponized and deployed against an opponent?
Posted by KingShamus on January 31, 2013
For what, you ask?
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.
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.
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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!
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.
Read the whole thing.
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Posted by KingShamus on January 8, 2013
…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″
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.
Just like it croaked in 2009, right?
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.
Posted in Domestic Happenings, Foreign doings, Media Silliness, Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: 2012, 2012 Year In Review, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Barack Hussein Obama | 2 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on December 8, 2012
Chris Cassone understands something about President Obama and his administration full of feckless spineless cowards that most of the Palace Guard Media refuses to acknowledge.
High On A Mountaintop
I heard the man on the radio, said, “My son is gone and what’s to show?”
Defending who knows what for who knows why.
Half a world away they watched for real, they saw the soul of a Navy Seal
“Who gave the order for my son to die?”
Evil men telling evil lies
Just to win a vote you let them die
While that drone would only hover.
Finger pointing. They’re on the run.
Investigations have all begun.
How much more will they uncover?
High on a mountaintop. That’s the only place where I can stop this crying
High on a mountaintop. Closer to God and further from all this lying.
You know it stands to reason, and it’s shaping up like treason, we all know.
He didn’t even have to venture in, but when his brothers, they all needed him,
He was on the spot…not flying to Vegas.
Real leaders lead when they are called,
Never thinking that they’ll drop the ball
But drop to their knees for Him who has made us
9-11, baby, you should have known
Al Queida coming and they’re all alone
But where is the outrage for THIS story?
Laser target, in his sight
60 to one, yea the odds looked right.
You’ll never understand their glory
HOAM. It’s the only place I can go to stop this hurting.
HOAM Justice will come one day, I know for certain.
-I know I cannot runaway, but give us just another single day
-These heroes live forever but a coward dies a thousand times.
-You know it stands to reason but it’s shaping up like treason, we all know.
Half a world away they watched for real, they saw the soul of a Navy Seal
“Who gave the order for my son to die?”
A great song which asks important questions.
Prediction: Right around 2016, the brave truth seeking mainstream press that constantly pats itself on the groin for speaking truth to power will finally have enough time to report on what actually happened on September 11th in Benghazi. The story of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith will be a huge fifty word featured blurb on page E-12 of the New York Times. The heroes of Benghazi will fall below a fawning profile of Michele Obama’s victorious Senate run, a Paul Krugman op-ed praising Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe Biden for enshrining the constitutional right of dolphins to have same-sex marriage and a full page meditation on America’s heartbreak over Lindsey Lohan’s eighteenth stint in rehab.
That is, unless we in the blogosphere keep this story alive.
I snagged this link and video from Jim over at the great Conservatives on Fire blog. Thanks, mi amigo. Read his series of posts on taking an incremental approach vis-a-vis the upcoming collapse of the Western world.
Posted in Domestic Happenings, Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Chris Cassone, Chris Stevens Is Dead And Al-Qaeda Is Alive, Glen Doherty, High On A Mountaintop, Obama let those men die, President Barack Obama, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods | 3 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on November 24, 2012
Because newly-minted Egyptian dictator Muhammad Morsi is totally not becoming the new dictator of Egypt.
With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.
Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that he might become a new strongman.
B-b-b-but…youth and revolution and Facebook and stuff.
This #ArabSpringFail has been brought to you by President Barack Obama, who insisted that the relatively reliable American ally Hosni Mubarak get the hell out of Dodge. Why? Because he wasn’t down with the new-fangled 7th century Koran-thumper lingo those Islamofacist hep-cats are all jazzed up about these days.
But hey, maybe we should see how this Egyptian Dictatorship Version 2.0 thing works out before we judge it. I mean, what democratic reform movement doesn’t start out with numerous charges of sexual assault carried out against women counter-protesters and end with legalized female circumcision? That’s how George Washington did it when he wrote the Constitution all by himself back in 1492. And if you dispute that fact, you hate the Founding Fathers. Why are you chugging the anti-American haterade, hater?
I wonder what Mona Eltahawy, the brave defender of free speech when it lines up with her brand of delicate soft-focus socialism, thinks of the enlightened Egyptian autocrats sanctioning genital mutilation for Egyptian girls. It’s sad that full-time PLO apologist and part-time Columbia University professor Edward Said isn’t alive today. He could’ve written a beautiful 20,000 word propaganda piece about why the Muslim Brotherhood was completely justified in sending out the rape-squads to deal with those lippy female protesters at Tahrir Square.
At least President Barack Obama finally recognizes his error in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and is now doing everything he can to stop the creation of a new dictatorship in a vital part of the Middle East.
UPDATE: Linked by the great Bob Belvedere! He asks a very good question:
How long will the pyramids last?
I’d say it all depends. Does Not-Dictator Morsi value tourist dollars? The only reason anybody outside the Middle East gives a shit about Egypt is the archaeology. World opinion–and a lot of cold hard cash–would turn very heavily against the Muslim Bothering Brothers if they vaporized the Sphinx in a fit of Islamodouche pique.
On the other hand, the Taliban turned the Bamiyan Buddhas into piles of rubble. Nobody cared. Sure, there were some weak outcries and some concern troll pooh-poohing over the loss of priceless works of megalithic art. But that was pretty much it. There are plenty of wackos in the MB who want to finish the job of cleansing Egypt of it’s pre-Islamic history the same way the Taliban did in their country.
Egypt is more connected to the world than Afghanistan was or is today. That means there might be enough relatively sane Islamists who know just how valuable the Pyramids are to the nation. Hopefully that is enough to save Egypt’s national treasures.
Posted by KingShamus on November 13, 2012
In retrospect, what annoyed me the most about Team Romney’s campaign against Obama wasn’t the crappy voter turnout machinery or the listless September campaign or the anything else.
What has rankled me for a while is this piece of rhetoric from the Mittens Campaign:
“Obama is a nice guy, but he’s in over his head.”
I really don’t know why Romney decided to go this route.
Before you even start, don’t give me the “Mitt is just too decent to be mean” defense. I’m not saying that Romney is a bad dude. Romney is a good man, especially if judged by the standards of American Politician Behavior Circa Early 21st Century.
But let’s not get weepy and sentimental about the guy simply because he just took a good old-fashioned passionate ass-whoopin’. Romney had no problem slamming his primary opponents. None of them were ‘good folks’. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum all felt the heat from Romney’s air and ground game. Every one of Mitt’s serious competitors got swamped by negative campaigning.
On the other hand, President Obama didn’t get the same kind of treatment from the Romney camp. Obambi was never demonized. He was always just ‘wrong’.
Now, it’s nice that Mitt was willing to call Obama mistaken about the issues of the day. At least Romney was good enough to help us out on that.
Typical Voter: ‘Wait, Obama’s policies are not cool? Oh okay Thanks for the heads-up, Mitt.”
That person then promptly went to the ballot box and picked President Downgrade McMassiveUnemployment.
So why did Romney take it easy on Saint Barry?
“It’s the likability factor,” said Spencer, a Romney supporter. “Many people think that Obama hasn’t delivered, but they still like him. I’d rather have a beer with him than Romney. Wouldn’t you?”
Leaving aside the fact that Romney doesn’t drink anything stronger than lemonade, Spencer’s gut view has statistical support from the time-tested Gallup Poll. Before the Democratic National Convention, Gallup’s editors observed that Obama’s personal favorability was consistently higher than his job approval rating. The day Gallup issued its report (Sept. 6), Obama’s favorability was 53 percent, compared to an approval rating of 45 percent.
Here’s a hint for every future Republican candidate ever.
Here’s another hint for you wanna-be Republican office-holders.
You should probably do a pre-emptive negative campaign on your rival before he gets to slime you first. Yes, I know the press will say you’re a meanie and a racist and your favorite hobby is kicking puppies. They’ll smear you as a latter-day Lee Atwater and every nasty advert you cut will be worse than the Revolving Door/Willie Horton commercial. By the way, they always say all that shit anyway, so going negative is the only way to be sure you’re covering all your bases while not getting punked out like a bitch with the Donkey-Puncher’s own negative campaign tactics.
Here’s yet another hint and it’s the most important one of them all. Because it’s so critical, I’ll just give it to you free of charge.
If the person you’re running against has high personal approval ratings, you know what Job 1 through 10 is? Make that person as unlikable as possible.
I know some of you think likability is overrated. Campaigns should be serious discussions of the pressing national concerns of our time. The candidates and their various personality traits shouldn’t factor much into the equation of who we’re going to pick to be president.
The thing is, not every American is terribly excited about politics. Most citizens are not political junkies. They don’t tune into to the day-to-day partisan fight. Low information voters base a lot of their decisions on their gut feelings about the candidates. Thus, a politician’s likability is almost as important as his communication skills or his ideological positioning.
Check out two recent examples of how personality can save a politician’s bacon.
Bill Clinton had to be dragged kicking and screaming by Newt Gingrich to sign welfare reform. Clinton’s wife tried to take over health care, with politically disastrous results. The President and his party were shellacked in 1994 midterms. Everybody knew that Slick Willy was constantly banging chicks who were not his wife. It was his sunny folksy demeanor, especially compared to Senator Darth Dole, that helped pull him through the 1996.
Look back to 2004. George Bush was fighting two wars, one of which was rapidly going pear-shaped. Every celebrity in the universe vomited red-hot bile at the mere mention of Dubya. Every time homeboy tripped over a syllable the press was ready to declare the President, a Yale and Harvard-educated businessman and governor of one of America’s largest states, a mouth-breathing retard. Yet despite all that, Bush the Younger outcharmed John Kerry–yeah, not the hardest job in the world, but still–and won the election.
Were there other factors in those elections that helped Clinton and Bush win? Of course. For instance, Bubba benefited from having Ross Perot split the conservative popular vote away from Bob Dole. George Bush didn’t have peace, but he had a relatively strong economy working in his favor.
The fact remains. When voters can identify and relate to a candidate, it can mask a multitude of political liabilities.
Barack Obama’s record consisted of five trillion dollars worth of national debt, GDP growth under 2% and a wildly unpopular entitlement program.
But he was hip and cool and he got the joke, so he’s our president.
Sadly, it’s too late to knock down Barack Obama’s personal approval ratings in order to win the 2012 election. That doesn’t mean conservatives and Republicans can’t start now.
Even better, barring the President pulling some kind of Bloomberg Maneuver, he’ll be done in 2016. Here’s how you’ll know if the GOP is serious about winning the next presidential election.
If they try to turn the next Democrat nominee into a smelly piece of shit Occupy Wall Street liberal panty-waist.
When the progressives whine and cry about unfair Republican attack ads, conservatives can just say, “We learned it from watching you, Saul Alinsky!”
Posted by KingShamus on November 12, 2012
Okay, I was wrong.
For what its worth, I am very sorry.
For my all ten of my readers, I apologize if I gave you false hope.
If it makes you feel better, I think I gave myself a lot more false hope than I gave you. I knew it was going to be tighter than I predicted, but I let some of the data sway me. More, I let aspirations triumph over experience. My bad. I’ll try not to let it happen again.
In any event, here’s my loosely organized thoughts on Mitt Romney’s defeat:
1-How long have liberals dominated the education establishment, from pre-school to grad school, in this country? Since the late 60′s or early 70′s is probably a good guess. A constitutional republican order would have a hard time surviving one generation exposed to constant socialist indoctrination. In America, we’ve decided to let roughly two or three generations of kids grow up with a teaching community whose ideology is often antithetical to the traditional American ideals of limited government, a sovereign citizenry and property rights.
How many people in America have a bachelor’s degree? Over thirty percent. This means that almost a third of our country has been subjected to four years of leftist propaganda, with seventy-two percent of college lecturers describe themselves as liberal. Knowing this, ponder just how much time the average college kid spends being marinated in a campus culture where most, if not all, the socio-political assumptions are Marxist. Knowing this, it’s more shocking that anyone escapes their university years not completely indoctrinated in socialist theory.
2-How much money do American media corporations donate to left-wing candidates? It was a multi-million dollar figure this year. By itself, that isn’t all that surprising. A lot of people understand that the media is very biased against conservatism and right-of-center political figures.
What makes the MSM so powerful isn’t their money. They are formidable because they are both a Democrat Party piggy bank and a dominant shaper of American culture. The money they pump into the statist caucus is massive, but it can be seen and measured and countered. What cannot be quantified, because it is so diffuse, are the biases they broadcast into society.
Study the last twelve years of media behavior. Look at the vastly different treatments given by the MSM to the last two US presidents.
Hypothetical–What if George Bush had presided over the Benghazi tragedy? Can you imagine Candy Crowley shielding Dubya from criticism during a presidential debate? Would the commentariat be doing a media blackout to protect Premier Booosh from a major foreign policy disaster that he created? Would Bush be able to get away with not answering questions about the debacle?
Of course, none of that would’ve happened.
George Bush was a Republican. And he was rich. And he was tough on Muslim terrorists. And his vice-president was Halliburton. And he stole the 2000 election. So yeah, George Dumbya had to be torn down.
And that’s just the news media.
If that’s too blatantly partisan for your tastes, do a quick mental scroll through the last five first-run major studio movies you’ve watched. Can you think of any that celebrated–not in a namby-pamby sotto-voce manner, but in a loud ‘n proud way–things like the nuclear family, gun rights, the pro-life position or free-market capitalism? Or were there numerous parts of those last five flicks that clashed with your political beliefs? My guess is that your experiences probably ran closer to the latter than the former.
In short, the entertainment industry routinely makes films specifically designed to denigrate right-of-center values and pump up the socialist volume. The major pop-culture players aren’t just left-wingers. They are proselytizers of the only religion progressives actually believe in–big intrusive government.
I keep hearing how the MSM is dying. Lots of folks on the Right insist that the power of the print/broadcast/motion picture/music business is waning. I want to believe that. I still kinda do.
But at least for the short term, and maybe even the medium term, the media-industrial complex is gonna keep being the Left’s ace in the hole.
3-But even with all that going against the Republican Party and conservatism in general, Mitt Romney still had a decent chance to win the contest. Lots of people, including silly ol’ me, thought the former Massachusetts governor was going to score a victory. So what happened on Election Day?
In a word, Mitt Romney’s get-out-the-vote operation was a disaster. This in turn helped contribute to an election where Obama was re-elected with less votes than he scored in 2008, but the GOP lost by about 400,000 votes across four key states.
The bad part is that the mechanical breakdowns on the part of Team Romney led to their candidate’s defeat.
The good part is this is one area where Republicans can immediately improve.
The really bad part is this is the only area where Republicans can immediately improve.
4-Twenty seven percent of Latinos voted for Romney. Mitt got a whole whopping six percent of the black vote. Asian voters were so enthused over the prospect of a President Romney they gave him twenty-six percent of their vote.
Demographics are simply not on the side of the GOP.
Here’s a pithy name for Election 2012: “Ted Kennedy’s Last Triumph”. It was Senator Chappaquiddick, along with many other liberals, who were most enthusiastic about the 1965 immigration reform. That act shifted how many immigrants America imported into itself. Instead of taking in mostly Europeans, the US has opened it’s doors to vast numbers of people from Latin America, Asia and Africa. This has had a profound effect on our politics and will continue to do so for decades.
Put simply, if you’re unhappy with an electorate, if you don’t like their policy preferences, their religious beliefs or their social mores, a good way to deal with that is to simply change the composition of the electorate until you get the citizenry you desire.
Knowing this, look at how brilliantly the Democrats have positioned themselves. They are the party of massive government services. What population group uses massive government services–like welfare–in proportionally far greater numbers than almost anybody else in America? Immigrants.
One couldn’t have drawn up the play any better. The Donkey-Punchers have run the equivalent of Phil Jackson’s triangle offense on the American population. The Republicans have been too stupid to realize it.
5-Put it all together: A population that has been propagandized more than it has been educated. A popular culture that largely despises traditional American values. An immigration policy that imports huge numbers of voters who are sympathetic to progressive Democrat Party policies. A campaign that couldn’t get out of it’s own way enough to activate it’s base in a winnable election.
The only good thing about this loss is that it might be so painful, even the GOP leadership along the rank-n-file will wake up. Maybe. Possibly. If we’re lucky.
Posted by KingShamus on November 6, 2012
You know what to do.
If you want Barack Obama to take his rightful place as the local has-been at Pebble Beach’s 19th Hole Bar and Grill, you must vote for Mitt Romney.
Not Gary Johnson.
Not Ron Paul.
Not Jill Stein.
Not Roseanne Barr.
It’s really that simple.
Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can stop Barack Obama’s profligate spending, deleterious energy policies, divisive racialism and international bungling. If these things concern you, you have a clear choice. If Mister Obama’s record makes you nervous about the future of your country, you can do something about it.
Vote Mitt Romney.
Now, on to some links and commentary.
Here’s a good reminder from Ace.
…remember in 2000, all the networks, even Fox, called Florida before polls there were even closed.
The Republican-heavy Panhandle could vote until 8 PM Eastern, but the genius networks didn’t know that, and insisted the polls shut down at 7 PM Eastern– telling Republican voters in a densely-populated area of the state to not vote.
And then they compounded that by calling the state for Gore.
Telling Republicans the polls were closed when they were still open for another hour was one of the biggest dirty tricks played in the history of politics, and probably turned Florida from a clean Bush win into a very, very narrow, intensely disputed one.
In addition, claiming Bush had lost the election by 7 PM eastern undoubtedly poisoned the spirits of Republicans in more westerly states. And remember, that year, New Mexico was lost by Bush by something like a thousand total votes.
Wisconsin was also not called until the day after the election. People forget that. I did. I only know this because I spent last night reviewing the coverage of Election Night 2000.
Read the rest.
Think about it this way. Back in 2000, the MSM was willing to risk it’s credibility to give a big helping hand to the idiot nepot Al Gore. If they were willing to play those kinds of dirty tricks for him, what won’t they do for their own Personal Jesus?
This isn’t just another presidential election. This is the lamestream media’s Armageddon. This is the culmination of their massive cold war against flyover country. They want Obama to win just so he can put all the stubborn bitter-clingers and evil reich-wingers in their rightful place.
Conservatives and traditionalists–ignore the media today. They are not your ally. In fact, they never have been. Furthermore, they do not have your best interests, or your country’s best interests, at heart. They are just another wing of the progressive movement, a movement dedicated to fundamentally transforming this country into a worker’s paradise.
The press ardently pines for your depression and apathy. They don’t want you to vote. They want you to think Obama has this thing in the bag.
Again, put these craven leftist hacks in your rear-view mirror and forget about them.
Read Robert Stacy McCain’s on-site reportage from Ohio. Check out Meep’s awesome charts and graphs. Ponder the Sentry Journal’s sage advice. Shake your head at the New Black Panthers pulling their same old song and dance in Philadelphia.
Focus on what you have to do today. Don’t get demoralized by the media’s epic douchebaggery. We can win this. In fact, we will win it, if we turn out.
Which brings me to my prediction.
Why am I doing this? Why am I putting myself out on a ledge? Besides being a glutton for punishment? I dunno.
Here’s the thing. If the GOP’s Get-out-the-Vote efforts are even just ‘sorta good’, this race will be over tonight. Forget about Ohio. I know they’ve all but guaranteed a recount with their wacky voting nonsense.
No, Mitt Romney will win Ohio. Ironically, he won’t need it. Because his map will look like something like this:
Romney will take somewhere in the neighborhood of 315 electoral votes to Obama’s 223. Even if Team Barry disputes the hell out of the Ohio vote count, it won’t matter. He can litigate the results till Antarctica continental-drifts itself into a tropical paradise. Mitt will flip Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Furthermore, I think Romney will put a scare into Minnesota Democrats. He’ll get a big turnout in the Michigan burbs and hinterlands before Detroit’s insane liberal voting bloc puts Obama over the top there. While the Romney/Ryan ticket won’t win in those two states, he’ll do well enough to shock many in the leftist commentariat.
Will the Donkey-Punchers have inflated numbers due to massive voter
fraud turnout? Certainly. Will it be enough to change the outcome? No.
The only way Obama scores a victory today is if he is somehow able to keep it close enough in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin so that the big city voter fraud operations can carry him over the finish line. The Bamster can only win a squeaker. But that scenario is only operational if the conservatives and Republicans don’t turn out to vote.
Which they will.
Again, ya’all know what to do. Swamp the cheaters. Outvote the statists. Perplex the progs. Beat Obama.
By midnight tonight, we will have a new president.
And then the work of turning this great and glorious country around will have just begun.
I’ll be on Twitter, rocking out.
Shoot me a line so we can laugh at Chris Matthews shitting his pants on national television.
Posted in Domestic Happenings, Media Silliness, Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: Barack Obama, Election Day 2012, Mitt Romney, Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Barack Hussein Obama, Presidential Election | 9 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on November 2, 2012
Fresh off his “climate disruption”-driven endorsement of President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to divert critical food supplies and power generators from desperate residents of Staten Island to Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Gothamist reports:
[T]hose urging the city to halt the run believe that the thousands of Marathon volunteers could direct their efforts towards post-Sandy relief and cleanup, “and they also argue that the event will divert thousands of police from important hurricane-related duties.” But despite petitions circulating, work started up again yesterday on the Marathon route.
A tipster, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us there were lots of workers in and out of the park today, who had “started before the storm and then came back starting yesterday.” Trailers are lined up from around 71st to 66th Streets on Central Park West, a food truck was set up today, and “generators have been sitting there at least a week.” The tents that were taken down prior to the storm have also been set back up, and there is a stage set up near 73rd Street.
Considering all the volunteer help and NYPD attention that’s already being diverted to the Marathon, the added sight of generators and food being channeled to the event is probably going to strike some New Yorkers as a little misplaced—we’re thinking of the ones who are currently lined up waiting for the National Guard to ration out MREs and bottles of water.
Because that’s just what people who have no electricity, food, running water or homes really need at this moment. I’m sure most New Yorkers are gonna be super-stoked to see this road race; mind you, without televisions or a way to get to the race, so they’ll have to watch the contest using the power of their imaginations. In the aftermath of a huge natural disaster, it’s a proven scientific fact that humans clamor to witness a clusterfuck of professional joggers realizing their lifelong dream of having a runner’s high climaxing with 40,000 other dudes in skin tight shorts. Hey Manhattanites–Even though you haven’t had a hot shower in a week, get out to the race and hand some anonymous runners you’ve never heard of bottles of Dasani.
But of course the marathon isn’t diverting any resources away from rescue, recovery and repair efforts.
Without looking it up pretty much everything brought to bear to organize the marathon could be useful:
- those insulated blankets they give to the runners after the finish line
- tents (the material could be useful, even if you’re not going to be camping outside)
- hotel rooms
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s just off the top of my head. People could actually use that stuff, especially given we’re having a cold spell and possibly another nor’easter come our way.
So yeah, no desperately needed truly vital resources are being diverted for this mass jogging exercise.
Naturally, I tried to offer suggestion and encouragement to Mike Bloomberg via Twitter.
* Just remember NYC: If it’s a choice between restoring city services and running a footrace, @mikebloomberg chooses a footrace over you.
* Nurse @mikebloomberg is so compassionate he wants to make sure runners are nice & comfy during the NYC Marathon. Staten Island residents? Eh
* @MikeBloomberg‘s 4th term slogan: “Limited Soft Drinks For New Yorkers, Unlimited Facilities For Out-of-Town Marathoners”
* Shorter @MikeBloomberg: “Gas up those generators for the NYC Marathon. There isn’t a severe crippling fuel shortage in the tri-state area.”
* Shorter @MikeBloomberg: “I’m gonna make sure lower Manhattan is safe…but first let’s go run a road-race through the scenic devastation.”
Surprisingly, Mister Mayor refrained from thanking me for my kind sentiments.
Pray for New York City, ladies and gentlemen.
It’s being led by a greedy heartless scumfuck who puts ING’s interests above the needs of the city he supposedly represents.
UPDATE: As soon as I posted this, they announced the race was off.
Perfect timing as usual.
I know a lot of people want to to give Mayor Bloomberg credit; ‘Well, at least he got it right in the end’.
Yeah, only after getting screamed at for three days.
Huzzah for Mike Bloomberg, who makes the proper decision when an entire city has to bark at the man to come to his senses.
Remember how thoughtless and bungling Mike Bloomberg has shown himself to be in the wake of the New York City Marathon when this sawed-off cockbag wants to buy himself a Presidency in 2016.
Posted by KingShamus on November 1, 2012
Barack Obama must not be allowed another four years in the White House. If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know how adamant I am about this. It is for this reason why I am joining a coalition of the awesome. Here are six bloggers with very good reasons why Mitt Romney must defeat Barack Obama. I will add my two cents at the end. Please reblog this and share it with your friends and family.
Do you know someone who is planning to vote for Obama? Here are some arguments you can use to try to change their minds. A half-dozen conservative bloggers have united and will all have the same post on their blogs today in an effort to help defeat President Obama. Please read this post in its entirety and be sure to go visit each bloggers site via the links. I would also encourage anyone to reblog or link this post to get the word out to as many people as possible. Romney may not be the first choice for some of these contributors, but we can all agree that Obama must go so help us spread the word! Join us to help the undecided vote to stop the destruction of America!
President Obama has been on a chest-thumping tour touting the success of the bailouts both in the auto industry as well as the financial industry.Supporters and critics alike have focused upon what constitutes a success.Some will calculate the cost to the taxpayers.Others will focus on the jobs saved.It is these glass half-empty/half-full arguments that highlight the crux of the problem.Bailouts v. bankruptcy is not an apples to apples comparison.
A bailout by its very nature is the epitome of a reward for past indiscretions.The idea is how best to cushion the blow and alleviate the pain.The fear card plays a big role here as witnessed a full-fledged campaign to warn us of the disaster awaiting should we decline to bailout a failing company/industry.Then to make it worse,we saw government picking the winners and losers in the fallout.
A bankruptcy is intended as a poison pill as much as a legal recourse to alleviate a failing business model.It’s called moral hazard.It is painful by design so it will have a preventative effect.The path chosen by Obama eliminates this.Companies/industries know they can operate with high risk or inefficient practices when an implied guarantee of a bailout is always awaiting.
The key difference is that implied guarantee.It enables risky behavior and distorts the free market.And why not? When you know there is reward as opposed to pain available,who wouldn’t engage in high risk/high reward practices? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enabled the housing bubble accordingly. AIG and the other players in the banking sector engaged in the derivatives market with our 401(k)s and pensions as monopoly money.
Bailouts encourage and enable bad business practices.Bankruptcy penalizes it.So when you question whether or not Obama succeeded with his bailouts,you should instead be asking why he engages in a policy that promotes risky investments and inefficient business practices that will eventually require you the taxpayer to pay for it.
Politicians lie. There is nothing that is earth-shattering about this statement. Presidents are politicians and they generally adhere to the stereotype.
There have been exceptions to the rule, but Presidents like Washington and Garfield are few and far between.
Sometimes presidents lie with the best of intentions. More often than not they lie to protect themselves and their careers.
But while the reasons presidents lie are probably as numerous as the lies that they tell, the depth of mendacity demonstrated by President Obama is unique in American political history. It is not merely that he will do or say anything to remain in office, but the reason he will do or say anything to remain in power – his hatred of American pre-eminence on the world stage. We have never had a president who felt it his mission to reduce the nation to benefit other nations.
It is an established fact that Obama is a devotee of Saul Alinsky – a completely amoral – “ends justify any means” individual. Obama has learned his lessons well and seeks to bring America down a peg by any and all means necessary. Obama is apparently quite comfortable with Lenin’s adage, “You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet.”
It is only when one understands Obama’s motivations and complete lack of morality, that one can understand how this callous president could refer to the death of an American ambassador and other Americans in Libya as “bumps in the road.” One has to wonder, where does that road lead?
Barack Hussein Obama was swept into office by a wave of voters willing to give the new guy a shot. He offered a chance to redeem America from its original sin and at the same time promised to end the bi-partisan bickering of politics as usual in the DC beltway. He was a relative unknown on the national scene and took every advantage of that fact. After all, when a candidate doesn’t have a record to campaign on, it’s much easier to paint himself as the elixir for the times.
Four years later, we know a lot more about the man at the helm of our ship of state and it should be clear that Obama was either not ready for the task he was given or his prescriptions did not work as advertised. In fact, if they were meant to heal a nation of its economic malaise and draw the political parties together in some magical union of left and right then the cure was worse than the disease. The patient should switch doctors, stat.
Too many also, voted for Obama under the premise that he would close the supposed divide between the races, a flag his surrogates in the media fly on his behalf but one he seldom raises himself, as if to stay above the fray. Indeed, the subject of Obama’s race is ever in play by the media and that too has had the opposite effect than what Americans were promised, namely, more division, not less.
Sooner or later Barack Hussein Obama must lose his pigment to be judged by actions and results. That time is now. Americans must look at the man without the rainbow goggles and flowery rhetoric to discern what he and his party have accomplished in 4 years. We must decide if we are pleased with the results of Obama’s Transformational Vision for America:
An America that believes the Constitution is flawed and must be remade or flat-out ignored.
An America that owes the world an endless apology.
An America that is not the last bastion if freedom in the world, not that shining city on the hill, but just another third world ghetto.
My friends, America deserves and demands better than Barack Hussein Obama’s dismal vision for our future. We must make that message crystal clear on November 6th in numbers that cannot be denied or ignored.
Obama came into office with zero experience in anything useful. But, narcissist that he is, he was sure that because his middle name was Hussein and because he went to a Muslim school in Indonesia when he was a child and because he had dreams from his Kenyan father that he could single-handedly resolve all the problems between the Muslim nations of the world and America.
Mitt Romney, of course, has no foreign affairs experience. But, we know that he has been a very successful businessman. So, we can expect him, like a good businessman, to surround himself with the most capable people in foreign affairs that he can find. He would never nominate a woman to be Secretary of State whose only claim to fame was that she married a sexual predator who was once President of the United States. We know that a President Romney would never make a trip to Cairo to apologize for Americas past actions in the area nor would he bow to a Saudi king. A president Romney would not have ended the war in Iraq without maintaining a large air base we had there for strategic reason just because the Iraqi government, that we helped to bring about, didn’t want us there. A president Romney would never have announced two years in advance our withdrawal from Afghanistan giving the Taliban no reason to seek peace. A President Romney would have supported rebels in Iran in 2009. He would never have permitted his Secretary of State to train young Arabs from North Africa on how to organize protests against their governments. There never would have been an Arab Spring and there would still be the tenuous stability in the Middle-East held for the last forty years. Our embassies would not have been left unprotected and we would not have a dead ambassador and three of his staff in Libya. And, if there had been attacks on our people in that region, a president Romney would not have tried to place the blame on some stupid You Tube video when it was obviously a well planned terrorist attack. And, following some such attack, a president Romney would not have gone before the UN General Assembly and, at first defend our constitutionally protected right of free speech, only to turn around and say that we can’t let the world be won by those who insult Islam. And, a President Romney would not be seeking emergency aid for Egypt just after their Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi, stood in front of the UN General Assembly and told America where they could stuff it.
A President Romney may not be able to bring peace to the Muslim nations, not after the mess Barack Obama has made of our relations there; but we can know that he would deal with those nations from a position of strength and not of weakness, as Obama has done. Because of Obama, the Muslim world is a more dangerous place. Ask yourself, if trouble breaks out in that region, who would you rather have as the US president?
On November 6, 2012, vote for Mitt Romney!
I didn’t support Romney in the primaries. However, after it became clear that he was going to become our nominee, I had an offline discussion with a smart and passionate Ron Paul supporter.
We discussed the wisdom of voting for, what amounts to, my second choice candidate. We bantered back and forth a few times then I said “no matter how bad you think Romney is, he would never nominate a left-wing lunatic like Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.” And I added, “Justice Kennedy has announced he plans to retire sometime after the 2012 election and Ginsberg is no spring chicken.”
What is worse, I said this to my passionate Libertarian friend before Justice Roberts flipped his vote in the ObamaCare debacle underscoring the urgency of getting more Constitutionalist Justices on the Court.
Intellectually, I understand why some passionate Libertarians and Conservatives want to sit out the upcoming elections. They are tired of holding their noses while voting for ‘the lesser of two evils.’
However, the prospect of Obama getting TWO MORE Supreme Court appointments, shifting the court even further to the left should frighten all freedom loving Americans into action.
Imagine four Obama Supreme Court Appointees blocking conservative reforms while rubber stamping every left-wing agenda item for the next 25 years.
If this happens, Obama will have succeeded in fundamentally transforming America.
President Obama calls his energy strategy “all of the above”. That’s actually a good description, because he’s gung-ho for everything that’s above the earth and absolutely opposed to using anything found below ground.
Coal? Not in his plans. And he’s shuttering coal power plants as fast as he can, putting thousands of Americans out of work in the process. When he said he’d bankrupt the coal industry, he meant it.
Oil? Sorry, we can’t drill for it, and we surely can’t build pipelines to deliver it.
Natural Gas? Only if it magically rises to the surface without drilling or fracking.
Nuclear? He’s instituted a moratorium on uranium mining. Harry Reid has ensured there’s no place to store nuclear waste. And so there are no new plants on the horizon.
But solar power is the future! Just so long as you don’t put all those solar panels anywhere near an endangered species or pristine wetland. And wind turbines are all the rage, unless they’d block the Kennedy clan’s view or make too much noise near Barbra Streisand’s house.
The real danger with all these changes to the power grid is instability. Those coal plants provide a valuable service, keeping the flow of electricity constant in the face of varying demand. Solar cells can’t do that at night (or in the rain). And wind turbines don’t spin without wind. So you can’t flick a switch and expect them to work on a moment’s notice. We’d better get used to the idea of brownouts, and probably rolling blackouts too.
Just imagine the next hot summer day when you go to switch on your air conditioner only to discover that Obama’s “Smart Grid” has decided you’re not on the list for extra electricity today. Because that’s what’s coming if we don’t replace the 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity Obama has mothballed in the cause of saving the planet.
Strangely though President Obama insists everyone should drive an electric car. I suspect he’s unclear on exactly where the electricity comes from, because as the EPA shuts down many of our existing power plants the supply of electricity keeps shrinking. Hanging solar panels on lampposts won’t take up the slack either.
Yet if the price of gasoline keeps going up we may have no choice. California’s environmental regulations are generally held up as a model for the nation. And thanks to those regulations California leads the way in gas prices, topping $5 per gallon. They’re well on their way to fulfilling Steven Chu’s dream.
So what’s a concerned citizen to do? The good news is Governor Romney plans to take a more practical approach to energy policy if he’s elected president. Drilling for oil and gas is not incompatible with protecting the environment. American ingenuity and engineering know-how is the best in the world. We can make our nation energy independent, create good jobs, and do it safely and efficiently.
When it comes to energy the choice is clear. President Obama will ensure that we freeze in the dark. Mitt Romney can keep America working, with a balanced approach that recognizes the value in coal, oil, gas, nuclear, and yes green technologies too.
“…this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…” Barack Obama, June 3 2008.
Never has a presidential campaign began with such a breathtaking promise. But then again, Barack Obama has never been content with understatement when it comes to himself. As the junior US senator from Illinois Obama finally secured the Democrat Party’s nomination on that early June day, his words declared in no uncertain terms that his would be no ordinary political candidacy.
Mr. Obama wasn’t running to be the leader of a mere country. Instead, he was striving to be the Commander-in-Chief of Heaven. Since Obama’s Election Day ’08 win, the United States has been suffering with the consequences of electing a messianic president.
We no longer have a national leader, at least in America’s historically understood tradition. What we have is the head of a cult of personality. Obama doesn’t meet with his Cabinet. Obama can’t be bothered to caucus with his jobs council. Obama won’t meet with foreign leaders. Obama has even alienated dyed-in-the-wool statist hacks like Nancy Pelosi with his haughty demeanor. In short, Barack Obama just isn’t that into anybody except himself.
When the president has transcended the grubby day-to-day grind of politics, he doesn’t have to do the lowly things that other leaders have to do. Like get congressional approval for a war. Like using the legislative process to determine immigration policy. Like passing a budget.
No, the current occupant of the White House doesn’t believe that America’s rules apply to him.
To be fair, more than a few US presidents have pushed at and toppled over their Constitutionally defined limits. Obama isn’t the first to egregiously abuse his power. What makes Obama so dangerous is not just his constant self-exemptions from traditional limits. It is the fact that at no time in our nation’s history has the professional media done so much to aid and abet the machinations of a leader with imperial ambitions.
Even worse, it’s not just the press that enables Mr. Obama. The celebrity class is nearly unanimous in its canine devotion to this President. Between slavish videos pledging undying fealty and the massive campaign contributions given by the entertainment community to Obama, the current administration has enjoyed the sort of criticism-free treatment no other American leader has ever been granted.
If one was to take them separately Obama’s recklessness, the media’s bias and Hollywood’s brainless hero-worship would be troubling.
Put all of these factors together and you have the makings of a national cult.
This is a dangerous moment in our history. The American republic is being distorted beyond recognition. There is a sizable and influential percentage of the US population that would be perfectly happy replacing respect for the Presidency with unbridled hero worship.
This process cannot be allowed to continue. Sadly, at the present time, there is only one way that we can stop this slide into soft despotism. The one method you have at your disposal to stop the rise of an American god-king cult is to vote for Mitt Romney.
Is Mitt Romney perfect? No. He is a candidate with obvious strengths and glaring deficits. Then again, America has had quite enough of ‘perfect’ leadership. Our country cannot stand another four years of messianic rule.
A vote for Mitt Romney is an affirmative vote for many tangible and beneficial things. As Spellcheck notes, stopping the culture of too-big-to-fail bailouts will return some sanity to our economy. The blog What Would The Founders Think believes the Benghazi disaster and cover-up is indicative of Obama’s inherent amorality. A Romney Administration would eschew that kind of barren reductive foreign policy. The Mind-Numbed Robot believes that Obama’s racial politics is poisonous. As a candidate, Mitt Romney has worked hard to embrace Martin Luther King’s color-blind ideals. As Conservatives On Fire asserts, Romney would deal with the Islamic sphere from a position of strength and certitude, not hand-wringing and appeasement. The Supreme Court hangs in the balance and Steve over at MotorCityTimes notes that Romney’s commitment to originalist judges will help ensure proper Constitutional limits on government are maintained. Wyblog believes that America’s dependence on foreign energy can be greatly ameliorated by Mitt Romney’s policy proposals.
All of these are to be celebrated and encouraged. All of them things deserve our support at the ballot box.
Moreover, a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote against Obama’s personality Cult. A Romney Administration will be led by a man. Not a glittering Celebrity-in-Chief. Not a flawless symbol of gaseous hope and nebulous change. Not a petulant monarch who cannot be criticized for fear of public ostracism.
No, if Mister Romney is elected, the president will be a man worthy of respect not unthinking deference. The president’s actions and policies will be judged not on the basis of insane trumped-up expectations but from the standpoint of actual results. There will be no blinkered worship of the commander-in-chief.
Instead, we will get a mortal to lead us. Whether he succeeds or fails will be up to his political acumen, his ability to rally people to his cause and the whims of fortune. Free people should be governed by men and women. Sovereign citizens have no need for secular messiahs.
Voting for Mitt Romney may not stop natural disasters. Voting for Mitt Romney may not create a heaven on Earth. However, voting for Mitt Romney will do much to re-calibrate our political system away from messianic rulers. That should be good enough for our republic.
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Posted by KingShamus on October 25, 2012
Courtesy of the greatest presidential campaign in the history of campaigns and campaigning.
You know what’s going to definitely win over undecided voters in Ohio? Poorly delivered improv hipster jokes. “Look at me. I’m a sad meek little nerdlington with a double Master’s Degree in Gender Studies and Bong-Hits. Watch as I fop around obliquely mentioning Obama’s accomplishments while comparing the act of voting to losing your v-card to a corrupt lying politician.”
Or is the ad directed at comedy geeks? The Sarah Silverman caucus is getting some serious fan-service here. Somebody in Chicago thinks this is the big voting bloc that’ll put St. Barry over the top in this election. Axelrod really needs to lay off ‘Funny or Die’.
By the way, I have no idea who Lena Dunham is. Nor do I care. If I’m not a fan of Rachel Maddow, why would I be stoked to watch her less-talented body double?
I guess Ms. Dunham is on some cable TV show. That’s cool. If she’s getting paid anything over minimum wage to be not-funny on tv, she’s guilty of theft. Also I want to hire her obviously amazing super-agent.
Let’s get beyond the creepiness of the clip. It was made by card-carrying members of the Left’s great religious movement. One of the most important tenets of the faith is the hyper-sexualization of their Great Super Cocksman. From Candy Crowley to Bill Maher, many progressives are dying to make babies with Barack Obama. Lena Dunham is just the latest liberal to profess her love for the cutest widdle political puppy dog.
No, what’s really great about this clip is the undertone of sweaty desperation. Team Barry spent time and money on a vulgar premise yawned out by a D-list television actress that nobody cares about because they thought it would move the needle towards Obama. Let me repeat–this is an ad they believed would help convince a measurable quantity of the electorate to vote for the President.
Obama didn’t toot his horn over his stewardship of the economy or his handling of the Benghazi attack. None of those stellar presidential victories made the cut. But half-assed ‘War On Women’ bullshit which fell flat with voters last March? Lets roll with that.
Mitt Romney wants to talk about creating jobs, cutting the deficit and reigning in runaway entitlements. Barack Obama wants to turn the polling booth into a Democrat Party boudoir. Which one sounds reasonable and which one sounds repellent and intrusive?
RELATED: Check out The Other McCain’s Virginia analysis. Read the whole thing, then ask yourself if the Lena Dunham
advertisement embarrassment is gonna change anybody’s mind in the Old Dominion.
Posted by KingShamus on October 16, 2012
Say, did you hear that there is another Presidential debate tonight?
Yeah, it snuck up on me too.
There has been a lot of talk on the Right about what Romney needs to do at this evening’s town-hall tete-a-tete. I know I’m far more interested in seeing what Mitt can do with some momentum on his side. On the other hand, Ed Morrissey–reading the Daily Best so you don’t have to–gives us what the progressives think Obama has to accomplish in order to pull out a victory.
Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast says that Obama has to accomplish eight tasks in order to win tonight. Most of these relate to mere semantics (“That’s where the mot juste comes in handy”) or personal attacks (“Find a way to reintroduce the plutocrat meme”), but one in particular is revealing:
Have a second-term agenda, and make sure it has some surprises of its own. Some of this agenda can be aimed at constituencies (immigration reform, say). But he should throw in something no one expects to hear, something that will throw Romney off guard. Maybe something about more aggressive natural-gas permitting in a second term. Probably needs to be a little bigger than that. But three things on that order would do the trick.
We are three weeks away from Election Day, and even Obama’s supporters (as Tomasky is) don’t have a clear idea of why Obama wants a second term, or what he wants to accomplish.
Read the whole thing, as Morrissey’s pre-debate preview is good and enlightening.
I hate to sound all 8th grade civic class about this, but whats a major job requirement for politicians?I mean, besides reading a teleprompter, getting one of our ambassadors killed and trying to speak to foreigners in their native Austrian tongue.
I’ll let you in on a secret: A big non-negotiable prerequisite of the politician’s job is to give voters concrete reasons to vote for them. Those seeking elected office must articulate their thoughts about the issues of the day. Politicians also have to discuss the policies they’ll enact to deal with the challenges they will inevitably face once in office. Constituencies tend to demand these sorts of things.
It’s pretty much the most basic task in the politician’s to-do list. Telling the voters why they should vote for a person comes before all the cool shit politicians get to do. Yes, it even comes before “Having haute couture designers to put expensive clothes on my wife”, “Giving green jobs money to campaign donors” or “Ordering a drone to drop a thermobaric on some lippy Salafist cleric’s face”.
I know. It’s so boring having to actually explain to people what you want to accomplish if you get elected. That’s resembles actual-factual work. And really, let’s be honest; they’re just citizens, after all. If you’re a Democrat it’s not like you can’t just get an army of dead people and illegal aliens to run to the polls and get elected that way. Talking to real live human beings is like totally the height of tedium or some shit.
As frustrating as it sounds, that’s basically the attitude Team Barry has taken…since January.
Democrat Media hacks whine about Romney’s lack of specifics. Pot, go ahead and give a warm high-five to kettle. Mitt has been a model of loud-n-proud veracity compared to the President, who can’t get his story straight about the Benghazi attack, much less something that’s gonna happen in his second term.
Obama has offered nothing but simplistic slogans, race-baiting and Chicago-style hackery in this election season. In other words, he’s given America a listless repeat of his 2008 campaign. Not only is it disingenuous, it’s a mark of rank incompetence. Sadly, that’s all Obama is really good at.
By the way–I’ll be on Twitter if you need me, live tweeting Candy Crowley’s tribute to the power of planting Obama shills in an audience of ‘undecided’ voters.
Posted by KingShamus on October 12, 2012
Well, what did I tell you?
Here, in case you forgot my amazing analysis, let me quote a post I wrote three hours ago.
Quick Prediction: Paul Ryan is going to do do well, but Sheriff Joe is sure to get a few cheap shots in. Upon witnessing Biden’s awesome verbal prowess, progressive blogs collectively cream their jeans at the Vice-President ‘getting tough’ on the Wisconsin congressman. The rest of the leftstream press will play up even the slightest Biden zinger as the second coming of Cannae. Watch for Chris Matthews talking about his thrilling leg-tingles again. Try not to watch Excitable Andy Sullypants get thrilling tingles south of his belt buckle.
Watching PMSNBC, the socialists were very stoked that Joe Biden came out swinging. They loved it when Biden interrupted Paul Ryan 60 some-odd times. Every Biden zinger was a master-stroke of strategeriffic brilliance. Every eye-roll was a sarcastic rebuke of those eeeeeevil reich-wing Rethuglicans.
So here, courtesy of the RNC, is the Slow Joe that so captivated the hearts and loins of the statist caucus.
The problem with this awesomely awesome debate performance is two-fold. Biden’s giggling over things like the Benghazi terrorist attack and Medicare shitting the mattress may seem like zany hi-jinks to the leftists watching the debate. But contrary to the liberal conventional wisdom, most people don’t respond well to a horse-toothed geriatric laughing his ass off every time somebody speaks. Only people who are already on Team Obama’s bandwagon will respond positively to Biden’s nonsense.
Furthermore, Biden’s attack-dog act can’t be replicated by Barack Obama. Likability is the last ace the president has left to play. The Kos Kooks desperately want Barry to turn the next debate into an MMA slugfest. They crave red meat, especially now that Obama is getting shellacked in some of the swing states. However, if Obama starts getting angry, he’ll lose the one advantage–and it’s a fading one at that–he has over Romney.
Don’t get it twisted. In the right situations, a candidate can look strong and raise their profile if he talks tough against his opponent. For ultra-partisans, it can be emotionally cathartic to watch their preferred candidate get mad during a stump speech. The faithful need to see their leaders get as passionate as they are about the important issues of the day.
But Barry can’t treat a televised debate like a campaign stump speech. He cannot give in to his maniac base. He’ll turn into an unlikable dickbag, Romney will appear like a grown-up and this race will be over before the debate ends.
The Democrats had a nice night because they will respond positively to Joe Biden’s oafish blustering. The vice president probably stopped some of the bleeding in the demoralized Donkey-Puncher base. That has to count for something.
Paul Ryan did well enough making a pitch to moderates and conservatives. He wasn’t at his best, but he did pretty good considering he was fighting against Biden and the moderator.
Unaffiliated voters won’t be horrified by Ryan. They will be very turned off by the Chuckling Joe. In the next few days, Ryan’s shortcomings will seem less negative. Biden’s goofy demeanor will stick around and be talked about over the next few days. It might not hurt the Obama campaign in the long run, but it won’t win them any fans that they didn’t already have.
Posted by KingShamus on October 11, 2012
You know where I’ll be.
My twitter feed is your friend.
Quick Prediction: Paul Ryan is going to do do well, but Sheriff Joe is sure to get a few cheap shots in. Upon witnessing Biden’s awesome verbal prowess, progressive blogs collectively cream their jeans at the Vice-President ‘getting tough’ on the Wisconsin congressman. The rest of the leftstream press will play up even the slightest Biden zinger as the second coming of Cannae. Watch for Chris Matthews talking about his thrilling leg-tingles again. Try not to watch Excitable Andy Sullypants get thrilling tingles south of his belt buckle.
Martha Raddatz, the Dollar Store version of Diane Sawyer, is sure to be a big help for Team Barry. I know some folks on our side want to play up the big conflict of interest, but nobody inside the liberal hive mind cares, so whatevs I guess. I’m sure the Democrats would be super-stoked if it was a Fox News dude having such a cozy relationship with the sitting President. [sarc/]
No, what I’m annoyed about is that Martha Raddatz is the best moderator the debate organizers could get. The woman is a walking Daily Kos concern-troll. Here is the stink-face she puts on whenever her dainty widdle ears pick up a political statement to the right of Noam Chomsky.
“OMFG! YOU WANT TO CUT TAXES? WHY DO YOU REICH-WINGERS LOVE KICKING BABIES?!?!?!?!?!?!!!11111111eleventy!”
This wacky broad’s entire career has been built on soft-socialist do-gooder bullshit. Every story she writes assumes that the Democrats are the saviors, while and the GOP is riddled with crypto-Nazis, knuckle-dragging Bible thumpers and pollution-loving corporate raiders. ABC News can whine all they want about her bulletproof objectivity, but everybody knows she’s a leftist. Everyone, that is, except the Republicans who didn’t object to Raddatz being the moderator for this debate.
Speaking of the debate, Manhattan Infidel has an inside scoop on Joe Biden’s intense preparations for tonight’s showdown.
In Vice President Biden’s camp, optimism reigns.
“We are going to crush Ryan” said an aide who wishes to remain anonymous.
Joe Biden is one of the intellectual lights of the Democratic Party. He’s a deep thinker and an expert in foreign policy. That’s where we are going to attack Ryan. We’ve been in intense mock debates the past few days and the Vice President is more than ready. He knows all the answers. Why I just finished asking him who the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe was. He replied, “Some guy” which, technically, is the correct answer. So you see, we are very confident. I just wish the debate was scheduled for earlier in the evening as we don’t like to keep the Vice President up past his bed time.
Read the rest. Da Infidel kills it.
See you all in the Twitterverse.
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