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2012–Obama’s Ascendancy or Conservative Reform?

Posted by KingShamus on January 1, 2013

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

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

Again.

Just like it croaked in 2009, right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe the Right should do what Rush Limbaugh says.

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

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

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

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

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Personal Values, Political Choices

Posted by KingShamus on November 19, 2012

A personal observation taken from the post-election wreckage.

On Election Night, I sat in a coffee house reading Twitter and scanning the Fox News website for the vote tallies.  I couldn’t sit in my cold dark place without power.  I didn’t feel like just listening to the radio for the returns to come in.  So there I was, drinking a root beer and listening to cookie-cutter smooth jazz as Mitt Romney went down to ignominious defeat.

While making jokes to brighten my mood (Q–What do you call a guy who has $5 trillion dollars in debt, 8% unemployment and the Benghazi disaster? A–Mister President.) I overheard a conversation between two college girls.  It went something like this:

Lady A:  The election is tonight?

Lady B:  Yeah.

Lady A:  I kinda like Mitt Romney.

Lady B:  Yeah, but he wants to take away student loans.

Lady A:  Screw that shit.

Let me add:  These two young women didn’t seem like bad people.  Maybe not as clued-in as one might hope, but not many 19 year-olds are terribly invested in national politics.  They were just shooting the breeze at a coffee shop.  It was clear that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama did not loom large in their lives.  Which is pretty much how most Americans are disconnected from the daily political grind.

A few days later, I found myself at a gas station line waiting to fill some cans to feed my generator.  The guy working there looked like he was in his early twenties.  He must’ve seen the NRA sticker on my bumper because he asked me, “Is Obama really looking to end the right to keep and bear arms?  Because I’m concerned about that.”

Homeboy seemed like a nice enough dude.  While he probably wasn’t an Obama supporter, he didn’t seem like an overly political person.  He had a post-election worry regarding the newly re-elected President, but other than that he appeared like the sort of man who didn’t engage himself in partisan bickering very often.

Both of these encounters struck me as amazing in their own ways.

It’s important to note something sorta obvious:  we live in an enormously diverse country.  The opinions of the citizenry range from wide left to far right, from the lowest grubby obsessions to the highest spiritual aspirations.  Because we are surrounded by this massive continent-spanning society, it’s easy to forget just how dynamic our culture really is.  Even our most wretched debased theories are vaguely interesting, if only because of the scope of the awfulness involved.  On the other hand, our grandest and greatest ideas are so transcendent that they expand human freedom and perspective in previously unimaginable ways.

It’s mind-blowing to think that two very different expressions of ideology–”Mitt wants to snatch my college money”/”Barack wants to confiscate my guns”–can happily coexist.  Yet they do, in a more or less peaceful way.  Our elections are bitterly contested, but for the most part actual wide-spread violence hasn’t visited our political disputes for a long time.

What we learned on Elections Day–and this, sadly, is a lesson some of us will have to re-learn a few times now–is that our politics flows out from the vast American culture.  Politicians are a reflection of our religious values, our social norms, our manners, our entertainments and even our petty diversions.  As of November 2012, the result of our grand national partisan argument makes it unclear whether America really is the center-right country some of us have assumed it was.

Don’t get it twisted.  There are at least 59 million people who are at least sorta sympathetic to a right-of-center political vision.  More people are reading conservative-ish books than liberal screeds.  More people call themselves conservative than identify as left-wing.  These are very large numbers.  They indicate that there is still a sizable electoral minority and perhaps a broad plurality that comes to the ballot box with a traditionalist background.

Having said that, it appears that there are more Americans who believe that college loans (along with a whole host of things) should be doled out by the feds.  At the very least, more lefty-sympathetic citizens than right-of-center folks can be motivated to vote.  Do left-of-center people believe in big government because their politicians tell them to?  Or do they come to the voting booth with progressive ideas already entrenched in their worldview and are simply looking for parties and politicians who can make liberal policies a reality?

I’d also argue that those who choose liberalism and buy it’s wares are much like other consumers in our society.  Social conservatives lament that American pop culture is full of filth and decadence and arrogance and stupidity.  Free-market conservatives often respond that pop culture is merely producing what the market demands.

The same thing goes for American politics.  Conservatives are often annoyed that so many people consume so much of the liberal kultursmog; the Washington Post, the Daily Kos, the English Department of Montclair State University and almost anything financed by Harvey Weinstein or written by Aaron Sorkin.  Maybe people consume progressive media because it’s the only one readily available.  Most people will choose a debased culture rather than no culture at all.

Even worse, after another mortifying Election Night loss, righties scratch their heads and wonder why they got buried.

Seeing just how much cultural ground the Right has given up, along with how many delivery mechanisms the Left just flat-out owns, it’s astounding that Republicans are able to squeak out any victories at all.

What the traditionalists, free-marketeers, social cons and defense hawks must get through their heads ASAFP is that they’re never going to score decisive electoral victories without first scoring some major cultural victories first.  They’ve already ceded so much ground to the vast left-wing idiocracy.  It’s well past time for conservatives to start taking American civilization back from the degenerates, racists, whiners and liars that currently run the show.

Only then will the Right start to reverse both their electoral fortunes and the decline of the greatest country in the history of humanity.

UPDATE:  Linked by Starless over at The Conservative Commune.  Thanks, mi amigo.

Here’s a sample:

Yes, we need to appeal to Youth Voters and include them in the political process but there comes a time when we have to help them avoid behaving irresponsibly. When we are obligated — evenmorally obligated — to save them from themselves. We can’t do that if we continue to try to pander to their every petty whim and precious ideal.

Bingo.

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No Mr. Romney, Barack Obama is still not a nice guy

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?”

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Post-Presidential Election 2012: Splitting Headache Edition

Posted by KingShamus on November 12, 2012

Okay, I was wrong.

Terribly, miserably and utterly 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.

Look at all the movies Hollywood made trashing George Bush.  Now think about the hagiographic film La-La Land is making for Barack Obama.  Notice a difference?

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.

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Election Day 2012

Posted by KingShamus on November 6, 2012

Alright, America.

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.

Mitt Romney.

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.

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If Mitt Romney Wins…

Posted by KingShamus on October 24, 2012

…the Left is going to make the 2000 recount, and their subsequent 8 year tantrum, look like a breezy pillow-fight.

Why do I say this?  Because they are setting themselves up for the mother of all emotional letdowns.  Watch as featured Daily Kossack propagandist Jed Lewison spins Obama’s sinking poll numbers.

Bottom line: Yes, this is a close race. Yes, the first debate appears to have given Romney a boost, but it wasn’t a big enough boost to put him ahead in the electoral math and there’s no evidence to suggest that he continues to have any forward momentum. Even if the national popular vote were a tossup, Obama has a real edge in the states that matter. The race is by no means over, but for Romney to win, he needs to shift the electoral map in his favor. So far, he hasn’t been able to do it.

(By the way–no linkie love for Kook Fringe jag-offs.  Find it for yourself if you must.)

Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics’ electoral map looks like this.

 

If you’ve been paying attention to the electoral maps, you’ll recall that Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania used to lean Obama just a month ago.  Check out where they are now.  Notice that North Carolina and Missouri have both–finally–fallen into the Romney orbit.  Wrap your mind around New Hampshire trending towards the GOP presidential ticket.

In other words, Romney’s momentum has put formerly Obama states back in the toss-up column and moved other states into the Republican orbit.  Meanwhile, Obama has not made inroads into Romney’s safe or leaning states.  Obama now has to defend his firewall from serious Republican inroads, while Mitt hasn’t had to defend traditional GOP strongholds.

According to the statists, all that means St. Barry is a lead pipe lock.

 

Even worse, Team Bamster isn’t waiting for the President to lose on Election Day to pass around rifle rounds for their circular firing squad.  Take a guess who’s taking a trip under Premier Barry’s bus.

[Matt] Bai’s choice for the person who steered the president wrong this year is none other than former President Bill Clinton, who has widely been credited for having helped produce a post-convention boost for the Democrats. Clinton’s speech on behalf of Obama was viewed, with good reason, as being far more effective than anything the president or anyone else said on his behalf this year. But Bai points to Clinton as the primary advocate within high Democratic circles for changing the party’s strategy from one of bashing Mitt Romney as an inauthentic flip-flopper to one that centered on trying to assert that he was a conservative monster. Given that Romney demolished that false image in one smashing debate performance in Denver that seems to have changed the arc of the election, Clinton’s advice seems ripe for second-guessing right now.

Lets be clear:  Bill Clinton has done more than any other prominent Democrat to carry Barack Obama’s sorry ass across the finish line.  Not Harry Reid.  Not Nancy Pelosi.  Not even Eva Longoria.

But now that pResident is about to shit the White House mattress, of course David Axelrod feeds Matt Bai the pre-emptive first strike on Slick Willy.

Amazing, really.

But the die-hard Outer Party hacks have no interest in reality.  They think Obama has this election in the bag.

So when Romney wins, watch out for much banging of spoons on high chairs.  But unlike the Republicans in 2008, the Democrats and their base will do no soul-searching.  There won’t be any ideological reassessment on the Left.

In the wake of an Obama defeat, the nutroots will take the easiest most emotionally gratifying path they know: An insane voter suppression conspiracy theory.  And just like in 2000 and 2004, the mainstream media will egg on every MoveOn.Org/DemocratUnderground charge.  The Leftwing Palace Guard, saddened by their Jesus figure’s electoral defeat, will do all they can to encourage a resurgent Occupy movement to shit on cop cars and scream in bug-eyed rage at Mitt Romney, Wall Street and conventional ideas about hygiene.

 

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Foreign Policy Debate Wrap-Up

Posted by KingShamus on October 23, 2012

A couple of things to digest from last night’s Boca Boxstep.

First, here’s Rasmussen’s latest swing state poll:

In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney earns 50% of the vote to Obama’s 45%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

This is now the third time Romney has hit the 50% mark in the combined swing states in the past four days and is the biggest lead either candidate has held in nearly three weeks. This survey is conducted on a rolling seven-day basis, and as a result, virtually all of the interviews for today’s update were completed before the end of last night’s presidential debate. Romney has now held a modest lead for 12 of the last 15 days; Obama was ahead twice, and the candidates ran even once.

Does anybody think Mitt Romney did so poorly in the foreign policy debate that he lost his five point national lead over Obama?

In addition-look at the interviews CBS did with Ohio undecided voters right after the debate.  If that’s an even sorta-accurate summation of the sentiments of Buckeye State voters, the President is in very deep trouble.

A lot of observers were struck by the snippy posture Obama chose to take in this debate.  Robert Stacy McCain takes note of the raging Obamatuer in action.

The morning shows and cable-news networks are sure to spend a lot of time today replaying the weirdest moment of the debate, when Romney said — quite accurately — that the U.S. Navy “is smaller now than at any time since 1917,” with fewer ships than the Navy says it needs. To this, Obama replied: “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships. “

What in the name of John Paul Jones was this? Did the president sincerely think Romney needed to be told what submarines and aircraft carriers are? Fact-checkers were quick to point out that the Marine Corps still trains with bayonets, but the implication of Obama’s remark — that naval ships are as obsolete as 19th-century horse cavalry and bayonet charges — was certainly not likely to win him many votes in such swing-state Navy towns as Norfolk, Virginia, and Pensacola, Florida.

Go ahead and read the rest, as The Other McCain is in a cautiously optimistic mood.

Back to the Snarkist-In-Chief:  Why would Death Stare Barry make such a douchey pedantic quip like this?  If you wanted a self-inflicted net-loser for Obama, this is damn near perfect.  It isn’t very Presidential, it kills his likability among undecideds and he ends up looking like a dickbag bar stool know-it-all in mid-rant.

Obama deployed the jerkweed maneuver…over and over again…because he knows the DailyKos crowd will reliably pop a massive prog-boner for this stuff.  It’s emotionally cathartic for the Left’s Jesus-Man throw cheap shots at their latest Two Minutes Hate figure.  Obama wasn’t playing for the last remaining fence-sitting voters.  He was playing for Rachel Maddow’s glowing approval.

Conveniently, being a sorehead shit-heel is also Obama’s default emotional position.  The fact that he so often went to the happy place in his rhetorical reservoir is a pretty good indication that he realizes he could easily lose this race.  But as gratifying as it was for the President to trash-talk his opponent, it cannot help with anyone but his base.

In a contest where both sides need to appeal to undecided voters, Obama’s petulance might’ve just cost him the Presidency.

MORE:  Check out Starless’ great visual summation of the debate.

EVEN MORE:  Manhattan Infidel somehow got a hold of Obama’s debate notepad.  Here’s a few gems.

Governor Romney, the math doesn’t work.  Just like my half-brother in Kenya.

I’ll be very quick…..as I said to Michelle last night.

How do we keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of power?  I’m sending the Black Panthers to Egypt to suppress the vote.

Important:  Make eye contact with George Clooney. Hey, where the hell is George Clooney?

Read the rest.

STILL MORE:  John over at the Sentry Journal hits on a possible reason why Romney didn’t press the Benghazi issue.

I know a lot of people were waiting for Romney to go on the attack over the Benghazi tragedy.  Republican Senators and Representatives talked about it all weekend,  But things changed over the weekend when the CIA basically bailed the President out by saying they did brief that it was a spontaneous attack even though they watched it via a live video feed.  I believe the President was ready for this because he tried to steer the conversation back to Libya and Romney did not take the bait.  Instead he decided that the President’s actions or–lack of–will play out in the court of public opinion.

I was wondering why Romney sorta let it go.  I thought Benghazi was basically teed up for Mitt.  Instead, he decided to steer the conversation back to economic issues whenever he could.  I think that was probably Mitt’s best move as it hit Obama at his weakest point.

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So It’s A Debate We’re A-Havin’ Tonight

Posted by KingShamus on October 3, 2012

Some thoughts:

Mitt Romney could sneak out a win if he can get under Barack Obama’s famously thin skin.  Prince Barry hates it when the lowly peons, aka everyone who isn’t him, gets lippy in his presence.  Romney has a way of throwing his opponents subtly cutting remarks.  When Obama gets a little frayed by Mitt’s ‘aw shucks, you suck’ jiu-jitsu, Bamster could easily slip into his default snippy dickbag mode.  That’s not a good look for the pResident or his re-election efforts.

While making Barry angry would make for better theater, the more likely way Romney wins is if he cogently restates and sharply elaborates on Obama’s record of economic failure and foreign policy incompetence.  The President is in a full-on Jimmah Carter tailspin.  The only thing keeping him above water is his elite Democratic Guard press corps.  If Romney can go around whatever lefty media hack is running the debate, he has a chance to show America just how hollow the Cult of Obama really is.

The President will naturally get a lot of cover from the moderator.  He will treated like the challenger.  Mitt will be the de facto incumbent who has defend his ‘record’.  It’s annoying that the GOP set themselves up to be roasted by the Donkey-Puncher’s media minions, but that situation can’t be changed now.

Even with all that going against Romney, if Mitt’s on his game, he can strike a serious and lasting blow to Obama’s re-election.

Okay, that’s all I got.  I’ll be on twitter if you need me.  Peace out, homies.

UPDATE:  Ummmm, Mitt Romney won the debate.

It’s hard to say what was the best part of the night.

Chris Matthews pissing his pants in utter panic was pretty cool.

“What is Obama doing? I never know what he’s doing…back there.”

Al Sharpton said that, while Obama lost tonight’s debate, Joe Biden is totally gonna rescue Barry from electoral doom.

In other news, Reverend Al thinks the replacement refs got the call exactly right in the Seattle-Green Bay Monday Night Football game.

Big time right winger Andrew Sullivan, who despite all his conservative bona fides wants to make babies with President For Life Obama, realized  Barry was getting an ass-beating at around 9:16.  The debate began at 9:00.  Heh.

Stefanie ‘Turd” Cutter says Jim Lehrer did a poor job of moderating the debate.  This is the most important narrative the Left can push from tonight.  They’re basically telling their allies in the media to tighten up the next debate’s moderation.  By ‘tighten up’, I of course mean ‘trip up Paul Ryan on every question’.  Watch for Joe Biden to get a lot of leeway to spout his usual bullshit.

In any event, it was a great first debate.  But it was just one win.  The funny thing about that?  You can only win his debate once.  Romney-Ryan needs at least two more debate wins.  Going .500 won’t cut it.

See you tomorrow, ya’all.

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How Is The 2012 Election Even Up For Debate?

Posted by KingShamus on July 17, 2012

Seriously, how?

Check out this chart I found over at Vicki’s dope post over at the uber-cool Frugal Cafe Blog.

Read the rest of Vicki’s post.  Great great stuff.

The chart above was created by the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Congressional Budget Office.  When St. Barry and the Dems needed political cover, the CBO (and their rigged report on ObamaCare) was considered the gold standard of accurate budgetary predictions.  I dunno if the Donkey-Punchers want people to see this particular OMB/CBO collaboration.

But hey, let’s say the Orifice of CongressCritter Budgetary Managementarians are waaaaaaay off base here.  How about instead of a ‘Current Path-Obama’s Favorite Death Hole’ of 900% debt to GDP ratio by 2080, we knock that number down to a paltry 450%?  At the same time, let’s say the Path to Prosperity fizzles out.  The debt to GDP ratio goes up to right around 100% and hovers there till 2080.  What would that look like?

Now, a caveat:  These numbers are just hypothetical scenarios I came up with.  I didn’t do any actual math to get there.  I just went with a really rosy prediction with the “Current Path” and a very pessimistic track with the “Path to Prosperity”.

Further, neither one of my projected futures are particularly appealing.  A 100% debt to GDP ratio would be awful.  But which one is closer to sustainable?  Which one suggests a nation that could survive as something recognizable as the United States?

For the Democrats, my chart represents an insanely optimistic possibility.  In reality–namely the CBO/OMB chart–the Dems are offering nothing less than a rapidly expanding oblivion for the foreseeable future.  The President and his sycophants in Congress have done nothing to change or even slow down the current path.

If Americans truly understood what the Democrat agenda means–namely, government spending where a 900% debt to GDP ratio is a distinct probability–this election wouldn’t be close.  In fact, if the citizenry grasped what the Democrats wanted to do to the nation, the leadership of the party would be put into jail.  Or given the tar and feather treatment and run out of the country on a one way flight to North Korea at least.

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Obama Must Lose or How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the RINO

Posted by KingShamus on June 15, 2012

Snarky Basterd–in a most unsnarky post–has some thoughts on just how close we are to either recovering our nation or destroying it.

Choosing Mitt Romney over Barack Obama is infinitely more palatable than continuing on this path of destruction we follow. We have great sacrifices to make. We will have to retire later than we planned. We will have to expect less government entitlements than we were “promised” when we were forced to give the government our money to fund them. Then more money. And still more money. (Hell, every year we vote to tax ourselves locally for infrastructure projects many of us never see come to life, because often that money is diverted to other expenditures, just like the entitlement taxes we pay.) We will have to make the biggest gut check of our lives. We will have to hold the limbs of the people we elect to take over this monstrosity to more than just a fire; we will have to tie them to a rack and torture them, if necessary, to right this sinking ship.

Read the whole thing.  Go ahead.  I’ll be here when you come back.

Winston Churchill is supposed to have said that he didn’t want to hear any anti-Americanism because the Americans did more than enough of that on their own.  On a related note, since the GOP primaries were basically wrapped up I haven’t written a whole lot of negative things about Mitt Romney.  Why?  Because the way I see it, he’s going to get enough of that from Ron Paulbots, useless celebutards, self-hating Republicans, and Obama’s MSM stenographers.

I’ll not join in the reflexive hypocritical Two Minutes Romney Hate chorus that has gathered for their 5 month long command performance in our popular culture.  The Left has enough outlets to spew their bile.  They have plenty of enablers.  This election is too important to just go along with the Stalinist crowd.

People always say that this year’s election–1820, 1876, 1956, whatever–will decide the fate of the nation.  That statement, or a variation on the basic theme, is a constant in American political life.  True believers, cynical hacks and everybody in between always say that the upcoming vote will make or break us a society.

But maybe…just maybe…that sentiment is right for the 2012 contest.  Check out this handy-dandy chart created by none other than CBS.

Let us flash back to February 2009.

Keep track of the date on that video.  Obama had been sworn in by then.  He wasn’t the fresh-faced rising star of the 2004 Democrat National Convention.  He wasn’t the post-racial Messiah figure making the faithful swoon at his ’08 tent revival style summer rallies.  He wasn’t even the head of the up to that moment completely unheard of yet somehow incredibly important Office of the President-Elect.

No, Obama was the actual president of the United States.  He had achieved the position he had been striving for since at least 2005.  The job he had trampled over so many to get was now his.  More importantly, he had access to all the information he could get his hands on about the state of the US government.  He could talk to the American people in the most educated way imaginable and tell them what he was going to do.  At the dawn of his presidency, when he was at the height of his persuasive powers and political popularity, he promised the citizenry that he was going to reign in our nation’s profligate ways.

Now we can all see Obama for the shameless empty-headed huckster that he really is.  On the most important issue of our time–runaway government spending–Barack Obama has failed.  He has failed to live up to his own promises.  In fact, he has done nothing to limit federal spending and done a great deal to exacerbate the coming catastrophe.

Better still, if the Obama presidency was limited to that one singular failure–which is probably impossible given the intertwined nature of our circumstances–he would go down as one of America’s worst presidents.  The fact is that President Obama has failed on numerous levels.  His ‘shoot first so no questions can be asked later’ approach to fighting terrorism is problematic at best.  The credit downgrade was a particularly novel way to screw up.  The auto company bailouts, which admittedly started out under George Bush, have been a multi-billion dollar catastrophe under Obama’s leadership.  Obama’s health care plan is a nightmare that hangs over the US economy like a modern-day Sword of Damocles, stifling job creation and growth across all sectors of the American business environment.

And these are merely the catastrophes that immediately come to mind when one ponders the Barack Obama presidency.  We’re not going to discuss the broader foreign policy meltdowns.  We’ll avoid discussing the self-destructive energy policy.  Beer summits, reset buttons, enabling Anna Wintour’s dopey haircut, encouraging Sarah Jessica Parker’s addiction to HGH; how about we just avoid digging too deep into the quagmire of Obama’s incompetence.

I’m with Snarky on this one:  We are faced with a choice about what sort of nation we will be.  The socialists have invested a lot of emotional and political capital in Barack Obama pushing America into the warm primordial ooze of soft statism.  They recognize that St. Barry is not Howard Zinn, but he’ll do in a pinch.

It’s time the conservative movement does the same thing.  Let us come to grips with Romney’s faults, then figure out ways to ameliorate them after November.  No matter how much we squint our eyes, read Ayn Rand novels and make wistful wishes on our Dick Cheney action figures, Mitt will never be Ronald Reagan.  But if we politely and constantly encourage him to avoid candy ass moderation, he might be able to pull America out of the Euro-squish death spiral.

I’m not saying it’ll definitely work out.  It very well may be that the US is too far gone and that decline is our fate.  But we may as well try.

Voting for Obama is a vote for the annihilation of the America that has blessed us with prosperity, choice, opportunity, religious freedom and a life by and large free from the overwhelming coercive power of an uncaring capricious State.  Voting third party may be emotionally satisfying, but it is undoubtedly a vote for Barack Obama’s doom-laden agenda.  In fact, there is only one choice available to us and it is Mitt Romney.

So let’s get him elected.  Let’s get him elected in a 4o state blow-out.  Let’s cheer his victory speech on Election Night.  Let’s attend his inauguration in unalloyed merriment as we watch Obama slink out of Washington and melt back into the Occupy Loserdom campus fever swamps from where he came.

Then, when the celebrations are finished, let us make damn sure that Romney understands that his only chance for re-election will be if he realigns the American government with our Constitution.

Sound like a plan?

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President Barack ‘Dog Meat’ Obama Is An Admitted Dog Meat Eater Who Has Eaten Dog Meat

Posted by KingShamus on April 19, 2012

So it turns out that David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s campaign hatchetman, posted a tweet that many folks took as a shot at Mitt Romney.  Specifically, the tweet was an oblique reference to the story of how Romney once transported his dog in a pet crate on top of his car during a family trip.  No doubt it was pretty clever to for Ax to ding Romney with this embarrassing anecdote.  Everybody knows that any tale Gail Collins has made a fetish out of reporting on is edgy comedic gold.

Then the right-wingers on Twitter pointed out in sarcastic detail how Barack Obama has some skeletons in his closet when it comes to man’s best friend.

Let Joe and Mika and some other hapless MSNBC stooges fill you in.

In summation, Romney treated a dog poorly once.

At least Mittens wasn’t thinking about which side dish and wine would go best with his Irish Setter spare ribs.

Not surprisingly, this kerfuffle lit up the twitterverse and the larger blogosphere.  Ace had a laugh at Obama, Devourer of Dogs. Manhattan Infidel posted a great satirical interview with the clearly endangered First Pet.  James Taranto threw his kibbles and bits into the fray.  Frank quipped some quips about the story (sample–”Dog bites man – not news. Man bites dog – news. President bites dog – BEST NIGHT OF TWITTER EVER!!!”).  Jim Treacher has been cracking on Axelrod and Co. for almost two days now, throwing in the inevitable, and inevitably hilarious, ‘Downfall’ clip to boot.

Don’t get it twisted, though.  Not every conservative has been having fun at Blood-Pudding-Hound Obama’s expense.  Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity that focusing on the “Obama Eats Dog” story is ‘junk’.  He would prefer the Right to focus on big ideas and big issues.

The former speaker is almost impossibly wrong.  First, look at Axelrod’s twitter timeline.  He deleted the tweet that started this fight, which means he knows he screwed the pooch.  Homeboy wouldn’t memory-hole a tweet unless he knew it was a self-inflicted wound.

Another thing to note is that while Americans hate to hear about dogs being mistreated, eating canines is really weird to most people in the United States.  Granted, there is already a liberal thumbsucker defense of Obama eating a dog in Indonesia (“IT IS THIER CULTCHERR, MAAAAAAN!!!!!!!111111111eleventy!!!1!”) but that’s only going to work for people already invested in Team Obama. The rest of the country is going to be deeply creeped out at the idea of the President scarfing down a fido-burger.

Besides all that, why does Newt–or any other conservative–think this is an either/or proposition?  Why can’t the Right offer data-driven substantive criticism of President Obama’s disastrous policies while simultaneously busting on Schnauzer Skirt Steak Barry’s inherently strange biography and ideology?  Thinking that the conservative movement can’t walk and mock progressives at the same time is antiquated.

It’s not 1978 anymore.  There isn’t a monolithic leftist media vice-grip on mass communication.  The conservative movement doesn’t have to carefully craft the picture perfect message in the hopes that a Fairness Doctrine-era news organization will deign to pick up on it.

Let the free-market thinkers think.  Let the libertarian linkers link.  Most importantly, let the conservative stinkers well…not stink per se…but mercilessly mock everything about Obama and the lunatic left.  At a moment when our hapless President would rather talk about anything other than his pathetic failure of an administration, it would be foolish for the Right to put limits on its messaging.

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Rick Santorum’s Exit

Posted by KingShamus on April 11, 2012

Well, Karl Rove got his wish.

RS McCain has a nice round-up.  Check it out.

You might’ve wondered how a honky-tonk perpetually cash-strapped campaign like Rick Santorum’s could punch so far above its weight class.

Three words: “Phone from home.”

A comparative handful of fired-up, dedicated volunteers — mostly moms and grandmothers — each made many thousands of phone calls to Republican primary voters in those states. Exactly how many people participated in Santorum’s phone-from-home program, I don’t yet know, but there were a hard-core handful who have spent practically every day for the past four months calling up total strangers and asking them to vote for Rick Santorum.

God bless ‘em, they pulled off a miracle or two — Rick’s campaign manager, Mike Biundo, told me that the top campaign staff didn’t think they could win Mississippi until they saw the votes come in — and those volunteers deserve far more credit than they got.

And now that’s all over.

There have been various reactions to Team Sweater Vest’s campaign suspension.  Joy McCann pronounces Santorum a deeply flawed vessel.  Both Mr. Bingley and the Tree Huggin Sis are glad to see the end of the former Pennsylvania Senator’s presidential bid.

If the end of the Santorum bid has led some conservatives to mourn, Dean L over at the Nonsensible Shoes has almost gotten to acceptance, while the Crack Emcee is still at sarcastic annoyance.

Possibly the most hilarious reaction comes from Newt Gingrich, who thinks he has Mitt Romney right where he wants him, which is akin to the minnow believing it has the upper hand on the shark.

I dunno.  Maybe we were always going to get Romney and we were just too stupid to get it through our thick skulls.

2008 redux to begin again in earnest – with 2010 but a nightmare that “sane” Republicans have thankfully vanquished.

And it’s for the best.  Because as far as ruling class pols are involved, the only thing better than offering the American people a choice between a candidate who supports socialized medicine, TARP, federal minimum wage increases tied to inflation, cap-and-trade, green energy boondoggles, bureaucratic precedence over religious conscience, federal government “stimulus” programs, rising gas prices as a matter of necessity, the wisdom of an individual mandate, and the anti-Reagan sentiment embodied by all big government types who consider a collaboration with Ted Kennedy a great social and political achievement,  and one who doesn’t, is offering them no choice at all while insisting that they actually have one.

There’s a lot to agree with Jeff Goldstein’s analysis there.

But perhaps it’s not all that bad.  Gatordoug has a more optimistic take.  Okay, maybe not optimistic.  How about ‘less pessimistic’?

I know a lot of “political insiders” and pundits were concerned that the infighting of the campaign would hurt party unity, but that was never a realistic concern for me.The Right, all of us, will unite behind Romney, and now it is our duty to do everything we can to get Mitt Romney elected in November.

Whether he was your guy at the outset or not is of no consequence now. It is either Romney or Obama, and Romney is far better qualified than Obama.

Here’s a question I’ve asked in the past, but I’ll throw it out there again:  How many justices do you think will Barack Obama get to put on the Supreme Court if he wins in November?

Antonin Scalia, the best thing to come out of the Garbage State since the 24 hour diner, is 76 years old.  Stephen Breyer is 73.  Clarence Thomas is 63.  Anthony Kennedy is 75.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a rickety 79.

How many more shots do you wanna give Obama to cement ObamaCare, never-ending deficits and all the other freedom-hating individual-loathing assumptions of the nanny state into the fabric of American life?

For that reason alone, Barack Obama has to go.  Which means Mitt Romney must win.

There’s a lot to hate about this situation.  Vast swaths of the conservative movement look forward to resolutely pinching their noses on Election Day.  It’s fucking rad how nobody really has a clue how the GOP nominee would actually govern if elected to the Presidency.  Worse than any of that is how Mitt Romney reminds conservatives just how much the American Republic depends on a judge-centric oligarchy to function.

On the other hand, we’re not really supposed to love our politicians.  I know the Left always seeks to create messianic personality cults for their leaders.  That’s one of the most unhealthy mindsets one can have in a society based on enumerated powers and constitutional norms.  When the other side has completely lost its mind when it comes to the proper emotional distance voters should have with their elected officials, the best attitude might be highly skeptical annoyance.

Still More:  Gabriel Malor over at Ace’s place has this wrap-up of the Santorum campaign.

Santorum started this race last year as a long-shot candidate who was widely perceived as not representing all that many Republicans. He ended the race as a long-shot candidate, still perceived as not representing all that many Republicans, but who indisputably attracted solid, respectable support from a core Republican constituency. That’s not a shot at him. When a “sure thing” collapses (ahem Hillary), that’s news. When a long-shot doesn’t quite make it to the finish line, that’s just the expected outcome.

It’s not like Santorum lost to some upstart that had barely been in politics or anything else before (again, Hillary). Santorum lost to the presumptive nominee, the one everyone thought was going to win. It was, as is typical for Republicans, simply Romney’s turn; he paid his dues in 2008 and, no surprise, here he is in 2012. The good news for Santorum is that next time, whether that’s 2016 or 2020, he’ll have a strong claim for it being his turn.

I think some of the anger at Mitt’s seeming inevitability–which I guess in hindsight looks more like actual inevitability–stems from the frustrations rank-n-file Republicans have with their own party.  The Tea Party and the 2010 midterms were supposed to have ended the “Its My Turn!” style of GOP presidential politics.  The fact that all those new activists joined the party, changed the national debate about the role of government and created a historic electoral groundswell only to have a mushy technocratic RINO be the party’s standard bearer is pretty demoralizing.

FWIW, the danger that Barack Obama poses to the country makes Mitt more palatable.

Okay, GOP grand poobahs.  You win.  You got the man-crush of your dreams.  Lets see if he can pull off the win here.

But…if Mitt Romney can’t win in this incredibly unfavorable environment for the Democrat Party and Barack Obama, I never want to hear the name “Mitt Romney” ever again.  I don’t want to see him on TV posing as a revered old statesman of the Republican Party.  I don’t want to see him write op-eds for the Washington Post.

If Romney shits the bed sheets and loses to Obama, he can get on a plane, shut the hell up forever and promptly fuck off to Massachusetts or Michigan or California or New Hampshire or whatever home state he chooses to call his native land this week.

You wanted to drive the Enterprise, Mittens.  Good luck not piling it up.  If you lose, you don’t get a second act.  You just get to go away.

UPDATE:  Linked by the great Crack Emcee.  Thanks, my friend.

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If Romney Wins…

Posted by KingShamus on April 1, 2012

Seriously, has anybody given that a lot of thought? 

A lot of folks–myself included–have been all wrapped up in the GOP primary fight.  But at least one moron, or should I say ‘Moron’, has been thinking ahead.  Here’s RD Brewer’s recommendations for Mitt Romney in the event he beats Barack Obama in November.

He should talk at length about how things will get worse for a short while before they get better. He needs to emphasize that all the belt-tightening that has to be done because of the Obama administration will necessarily hurt for a while, but that in the long run, the country will be better for it.

He needs to rely heavily upon precedent. It took Ronald Reagan a little over two years to turn things around. Things got worse before they got better. He needs to make this a theme and keep driving the message home.

Sounds like a pretty good strategy.

The only problem I have is the worry most conservatives already have with Mitt.

Is he up to this challenge?  Romney has talked a very good game during the primary season.  Tax cuts, economic growth, restraints on government spending and regulation, repealing ObamaCare; Mitt has consistently hit those themes during his long march to the nomination.   

But a big question remain about Romney.  I mean, we’re 16 trillion dollars in debt.  Medicare and Social Security are about to put the country even further in the red.  We’ve got the architecture in place for a socialized medicine scheme that will cripple the economy.  And all those things are just the most obvious peanuts in of our national turd sandwich.     

Does Romney really grasp the looming apocalypse?  Or does he revert to the unimaginative technocratic centrist role he played earlier in his life?   

How much Mitt can answer those questions for conservatives in the months between now and November will determine if he’ll get to heed Brewer’s sharp advice in January.

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On the first day of Spring…

Posted by KingShamus on March 20, 2012

Let us note that Barack Obama ain’t doing so hot:

On Obamacare:

The poll indicated that 49 percent of likely voters said they expect a court ruling that is unfavorable to the Affordable Care Act, while just 29 percent think it will be upheld and 22 percent aren’t sure.

Economy:

On economic issues, 62 percent of voters say Obama’s policies will increase the debt, while 25 percent think they will cut it, and by a 48-percent-to-38-percent margin, voters believe those policies will increase joblessness rather than put people back to work.

Energy:

On energy, 58 percent say Obama’s policies will result in gasoline prices increasing, while just 20 percent expect them to cut prices — and by a 46-percent-to-36-percent margin, voters believe they will cause the United States to become even more dependent on foreign oil.

Better still, read this part of Bruce McQuain’s piece:

When you have consistent polls that say a vast majority of voters are unhappy with a president’s signature piece of legislation, that’s a place you focus your campaign. When you have two important issues – the economy and energy – where significant majorities are down on the incumbent for his policies, you hammer that unmercifully.

Bingo.

Those have to be the primary foci for any 2012 GOP campaign.  All of these issues are pocketbook concerns that go right to the heart of how people live their day-to-day lives.  All of them are directly related to the disastrous policies of the current President.  All of them have broad appeal across the vast restive American electorate.

The problem here is that the Democrats are going to do everything they can to keep Barack Obama from dying on those particular hills.  Take note how the Sandra Fluke affair was used to paint a picture of Republicans at war with women and women’s health issues.  Because Obama’s record is indefensible, misdirection plays like the Fluke debacle are going to be the norm from here on in.  As usual, the DNC and the MSM will be coordinating this strategy as they did in 2008 (and every other election year, but who’s counting?)

The GOP has a decision to make.  It can choose to play along with the lamestreamer/DonkeyPuncher misdirections and let themselves get bogged down.  Or the Republicans can brush that bullshit aside and keep attacking the main problem, which is that Obama’s policies have led the nation into a multifaceted economic quagmire with no hope of recovery.

It also means that the various Newtonian/RomneyTron/Santo/Ronulan factions are going to have to come up with a way to coexist in a post-primary world.  I know each side wants to keep going hammer and tongs at each other.  That’s fine.  Lets keep the primary process going and lets figure out which candidate is actually the best man for the job.

Just understand that, at this point, any zingers or gaffes or ‘startling new revelations’ brought up about any of the GOP candidates isn’t going to do much.  Everybody knows everything important about these candidates by now.  The Republican field, flawed as it is, remains the only viable option to–at the very least–slow the decline into pathetic death rattle statism.

That means everyone on the conservative side of the aisle is going to need to figure out how to acclimate themselves to a candidate that might not be their first…or second…or eighth choice.  I’m sorry it went down this way.  I wish we could’ve found a more ideologically sound champion. 

On the other hand, whoever gets the GOP nod is going to need a lot of help.  He can’t fight the Democrats, the news media and vast swaths of the entertainment field (but I repeat myself three times) alone.  If the candidate wants to stay on message, the right-of-center blogosphere will have to be the ones to refute the goofy distortions, inane asides and outright lies the united Left is going to throw at the Republican nominee. 

Look, I want Rick Santorum to be the party’s choice.  I think out of all the remaining candidates, he does the best to represent all three legs…national security, fiscal discipline and social traditionalism…of the GOP’s current electoral coalition.  He’s the one who makes the most compelling case for each part of the GOP’s base.  He would make a formidable challenger to the Obama Administration and he would fare quite well against the President in the debates.

All that doesn’t mean that I won’t support Romney if he is the republican nominee.  There, I said it.

Why?  Because Barack Obama cannot be allowed to be President again.  He must be stopped.  He can’t get another four years to plunge this economy into Euro-stagnation.  He can’t get another term so he can focus on expanding abortion rights or putting a dagger into the heart of the Second Amendment.  It’s just that simple. 

Those poll results at the top of the post suggest that this most left-wing of Presidents can be beaten.  He’s not invincible.  But it is going to take a very strong push to get the GOP candidate across the finish line.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: Right-wing bloggers-your services are very much required this year.

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The Republicans Might Be A-Strugglin’…

Posted by KingShamus on March 12, 2012

…but oh those Democrats aren’t doing any better.

First, let’s check in with The Other McCain, who reports on the GOP’s current quagmire, whoops, I meant the Alabama and Mississippi primaries happening tomorrow.

We know that late-deciding voters are highly suggestible and subject to bandwagon appeals to vote for the candidate they perceive to be the eventual winner. That factor favors Romney, and if it weren’t for the fact that Santorum is being hit with negative ads from every directions (including both the pro-Gingrich “super PAC” radio ads I first heard two weeks ago in Michigan, I’d be tempted to predict a third-place finish for Gingrich in both Mississippi and Alabama.

Because there is no way Newt can actually win the nomination, I’d say a vote for Gingrich is a vote for Romney, except that keeping Newt in the race might, by some unforeseen future turn of events, result in Romney being deprived of a majority of delegates going into the convention. Every delegate Romney doesn’t win — no matter whether the delegate is for Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul — increases the possibility of a non-Romney candidate getting the nomination in that political wet dream, the “brokered convention.”

Read the rest.

A brokered convention might be every reporter’s Christmas, New Year’s Eve and ten gallons of free scotch all wrapped up in one, but it doesn’t seem like it would be very good for the GOP cause. I’d say even the specter of a brokered convention–no matter how unlikely–is enough to dampen some spirits on the Republican side. The fear of a brokered convention forcing the party to put up a weak candidate against President Obama is too horrible for many GOPers to even contemplate.

All of this is music to the ears of Team Obamster, of course. Which is why they’re kicking so much ass in the polls.

The new Post-ABC poll shows that “46 percent approve of the way Obama is handling his job; 50 percent disapprove. That’s a mirror image of his 50 to 46 positive split in early February. The downshift is particularly notable among independents — 57 percent of whom now disapprove — and among white people without college degrees, with disapproval among this group now topping approval by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, at 66 versus 28 percent.” . . . Obama also has a substantial problem with independents. The Post’s pollster tells me that Obama trails Mitt Romney 42-50 among independents; against Rick Santorum he trails by a smaller margin, 45 to 48 percent.

Because that’s what truly unbeatable political juggernauts do: Poll weakly to the dude running second in the GOP primaries. Underwater unfavorables in March of an election year? Obama’s got the Republicans right where he wants them.

Ya know what else is a sign of Obama’s awesome electoral might?

Translation: “Last election’s failed vice-presidential candidate said mean things about me–SEND MONEY QUICK!”

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Presidential Election Doomwatch–Placing The Blame For Mitt Romney’s Ascendency

Posted by KingShamus on February 2, 2012

It’s only February, and it feels like a lot of the wind has gone out of the sails of the conservative base. The culprit? With just four states checked off the 2012 primary season, the results simply aren’t very encouraging. Ron Paul continues to fight the good fight against fiat currency, the last 50 years of American foreign policy and chemtrails. Rick Santorum cannot seem to gain any traction as a viable center-right alternative candidate. Meanwhile, Captain Ahab Gingrich and the Romneytron 2012 Self-Guided Political Action Figure have turned each state into a clash of personalities rather than a fight over ideas.

Why did it come to this? RightHandMan has some harsh–but fair–words.

In 1976, the Republicans watched Reagan lose to Ford and then saw the repercussions of that loss in Carter’s four years. Thing is, Reagan didn’t want to run for President – but did. Know why? Because the people demanded it.

In 1976, the American Conservative Union pushed Reagan to run against the establishment supported and Presidential incumbent Gerald Ford. The establishment supported the wrong guy (the moderate), told us that a conservative like Reagan could never win in the general election, and went on to fail in the race against Carter anyway. The establishment strikes again in 2012 but…No Reagans.

Shame on the conservatives who sat on the sidelines instead of running. Shame on the citizens for not demanding better.

It’s our own damn fault. This whole godforsaken clusterfuck of a Republican primary dogpile is our fault.

I understand when people talk about how the Establishment ‘wants’ Romney to win. I get how they can feel cheated by a process that seems designed to hand Mittens the nomination. At the end of the day though, it still comes down to people supporting, or withdrawing their support from, certain candidates. The conservatives and Republicans who did not want Mitt Romney to be the party’s nominee simply didn’t do enough to make sure that didn’t happen.

But it isn’t just the vast right-wing conspiracy that dropped the ball.  While we’re in the spirit of circular firing squads, let me take aim right back at myself.  I jumped on the Herman Cain train with my heart, but I should’ve given it a little more thought than I did. While I had my doubts about the man being completely ready for prime time, I truly believed that he was a star that would shine brighter as time went on.  That simply was not the case.

I still think Herman Cain is an impressive guy.  He has a deft grasp of economics, he’s a successful businessman who has beaten the odds to rise to the top of profession and he is a forceful public speaker who can connect to audiences. These are all tremendous assets that should not be discounted simply because he didn’t do well during the course of a presidential campaign.  There is a future for Herman Cain somewhere in the political world, even if we can’t quite see it yet.

At the same time, Herman Cain and all his wonderful qualities were not able to get the job done. Presidential politics requires an absurdly varied skill-set.  Just having visionary ideas isn’t enough. Simply being a good orator won’t cut it.  Merely carrying around a huge warchest won’t work either.

Very few people in the world possess the vast talents necessary to play at Commander-in-Chief Level Boss status; even fewer have the desire or stomach for it. Ever wonder why the GOP cannot seem to create another Ronald Reagan? It’s not just that the Republican Party tends to dislike movement conservative candidates, although that’s certainly part of the problem. It’s because Reagan’s combination of temperament, knowledge, endurance and skills are so exceedingly rare that finding another giant world-changing figure like him is damn near impossible.

Conservatives–myself included–should recognize that fact.  They should also recognize the limitations of the candidates in the field.  Most politicians are not going to be awesome right out of the box.  Reagan’s iconic status is in part a product of the passage of time.  In the 1980′s, most of the Left and more than a few on the Right thought Ultra Ronaldus Magnus was a bird-brained failed actor who was intent on nuking the world.  Even those in the conservative movement who voted for and agreed with the President still criticized him.  It’s only been relatively recently that Reagan has become respected–if not loved–across the political spectrum.

As time has passed, I think I saw more in Herman Cain than was actually there.  I thought that he had the potential to be a transformational politician.  It turns out that Mr. Cain is merely an incredibly impressive man.  For what its worth, I’m sorry I didn’t recognize his limitations as a candidate.  Had I been a bit more skeptical a little sooner, I probably would’ve moved faster to find a more viable Not-Romney. 

2012 has been full of lessons.  Sometimes those learning moments have been delivered with a bit of a sting attached.  Rather than cry over it, it’s best to learn the lesson quickly, move forward and be wiser in the future.

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Rick Perry’s Out and I’m Live-Tweeting The Debate Tonight

Posted by KingShamus on January 19, 2012

I guess we won’t have Rick Perry to kick around anymore.

Rick Perry is a good man, and he deserved a better campaign than he got, but his political advisers — Dave Carney and those other guys — had all the wrong ideas, and thus Perry’s “mission” was destined to failure from the outset. Exactly how these men, so widely hailed as shrewd strategists, got so many things so badly wrong is a story that I’m sure will be the subject of many campaign post mortems, like Jennifer Jacobs’s excellent examination of what went wrong with Michele Bachmann’s campaign. But I have neither time nor inclination to offer a full analysis today.

Yeah, it’s over.

I wasn’t nearly as down on the Perry candidacy as McCain was…or still is.  I liked the fact that Perry was getting better as the debates progressed.  I dug his tenacity even in the face of his campaign going terminally pear-shaped.  In the end though, all of Perry’s strengths couldn’t overcome that horrendous beginning. 

In any case, now we’re stuck with Mittens versus the AntiRomney horde.  Tonight’s debate should answer some questions; specifically will Ron Paul break out his fanciest tin-foil hat for this solemn occasion?  Can Mittster flip-flop his positions within a single answer?  Will Rachel Maddow be there to ask Newt Gingrich about the pleasures of an open marriage?  Will George Stephanopanoloppalopopafloppaopapophloppoloploppoppoapaopapoaoulous be on hand to ask  Rick Santorum if Gingrich should’ve worn a jimmy-hat while carrying on his multiple affairs?

As for me I’ll be on Twitter if ya’all wanna chat during the debate.  I’ll be snipping at Romney–and everyone else.  See you on teh intertubes.

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Mitt Romney Sucks And I Miss Reagan

Posted by KingShamus on January 12, 2012

I’ll admit it. I spent most of Tuesday night trying to make light of Mitt Romney’s thumping primary victory in New Hampshire. A few days thought has changed my mood from bleak pessimism to inchoate depression. Thank the Lord for Baseball Crank, who gives voice to my heretofore wordless melancholy.

The other point I would make about integrity is that it goes close to the core of why a Romney nomination worries me so much: because we would all have to make so many compromises to defend him that at the end of the day we may not even recognize ourselves. Romney has, in a career in public office of just four years (plus about 8 years’ worth of campaigning), changed his position on just about every major issue you can think of, and his signature accomplishment in office was to be wrong on the largest policy issue of this campaign. Yes, Obama is bad, and Romney can be defended on the grounds that he can’t possibly be worse. Yes, Romney is personally a good man, a success in business, faith and family. But aside from his business biography, his primary campaign has been built entirely on arguments and strategies – about touting his own electability and dividing, coopting or delegitimizing other Republicans – none of which will be of any use in the general election. What, then, will we as politically active Republicans say about him? I was not a huge fan of John McCain’s record, but I was comfortable making honest points about the things McCain had been consistent on over the years – national security, free trade, nuclear power, public integrity, pork-barrel spending. There were spots of solid ground on which to plant ourselves with McCain, and he had a history of digging himself in on those and fighting for things he believed in. But Mitt Romney’s record is just one endless sheet of thin ice as far as the eye can see – there’s no way to have any kind of confidence that we can tell people he stands for something today without being made fools of tomorrow. We who have laughed along with Jim Geraghty’s prescient point that every Obama promise comes with an expiration date will be the ones laughed at, and worse yet we will know the critics are right.

And there you have it.

Consider: The Republican Party represents–nominally, at least–the interests, concerns and aspirations of the American Right. That same GOP is less than a month away from nominating the least reliable conservative since the modern traditionalist movement coalesced in the 1950′s. After the rise of the Tea Party and the Democrats’ electoral drubbing in the 2010 midterm election, the idea of the GOP nominating a character like Mitt Romney seems like the utterly unsatisfying twist ending to an otherwise great movie.

We can discuss the various reasons why the rank-n-file Republicans cannot seem to find a viable anti-Romney conservative candidate. Open primaries are juicy targets for non-GOPers looking to decide the Republican nominee. A flawed field of candidates has presented voters with few truly attractive options. The various debates have done much to show off the reflexive liberalism of the media class, but they haven’t done much to help voters understand much about the Republican candidates. The failure of conservatives to rally around one right-of-center pol has allowed Romney to sail on through the nomination process with the GOP nod all but secured.

However, the fact remains: Unless Santorum or Perry or even Gingrich somehow pulls off a miracle, conservatives and Republicans (but, alas, I do not repeat myself) are going to have to come to grips with the reality of Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee.

Just how will they do it? As the Baseball Crank says, getting as many conservatives elected into the House and Senate is as important as ever. But as vital as that is, it pales in comparison to the real critical issue. Whoever wins in November will likely get to appoint several Supreme Court Justices. Stephen Breyer is 73. Anthony Kennedy is 75. Antonin Scalia is 75. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 78 and has a history of serious health problems.

If Barack Obama is re-elected, he will get to decide the composition of the Court for a generation. The possibility of conservative governance will be threatened if not neutered. Right-of-center ballot measures and legislation from the states will be overturned. The US Congress–regardless of it’s partisan flavor– will be see it’s power drain as liberal activist judges discover more and more ‘rights’ in ever more absurd interpretations of the Constitution. For that reason alone, Barack Obama has to lose in 2012.

Conservatives will gripe that, given Romney’s craptastic crapshoot record of convenient changes of mind, changes of heart and changes of mood, it’s almost impossible to determine what ideological leanings his Supreme Court nominees will have. Sadly, this is very true. But it’s not like President Obama doesn’t have a track record when it comes to high court picks. Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan don’t have an originalist bone in their body. There is no chance Obama’s second term judicial appointments are going to deviate much from the Kagan/Sotomayor template. Conversely, simply having Romney in the White House at least makes it slightly less likely a Laurence Tribe or a Harold Koh would find themselves on the Supreme Court.

But therein lies the problem with Romney. Because there is nothing in his background for conservatives to hang their hat on, rank-n-file righties are going to have to play the ‘He’s Not As Bad As Bammy!’ card for the next 11 months. That might be an ideological consolation for hurting conservatives, but I don’t know if it’s the foundation of a winning political coalition. If Romney can only drum up perfunctory fair-to-middlin’ enthusiasm from the pool of Republican voters, it cuts right into the argument that he’s the most electable candidate in the field.

God, I hate this election.

MORE: Yes, I sorta stole the title of this post from “Team America: World Police”. Because I am a shameless thief and you gamely put up with my crapulence, here’s your musical break.

STILL MORE:  It seems the New Hampshire primary was a buzzkill for a lot of folks.  Here’s Innominatus‘ pox-on-all-your-houses annoyance with our current political malaise:

The Not Romneys are gangin’ up, makin’ the Mittster look like Richard Gere’s character in Pretty Woman. Dunno how that will all turn out. But it doesn’t matter whether we’re talking leveraged buyouts, prostitution or politics: First, money changes hands… and then somebody gets screwed.

True dat, homie.  True dat.

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T-Paw: Done

Posted by KingShamus on August 14, 2011

As soon as it started, it was finished.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.

“I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist so we are going to end the campaign,” Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” from Iowa shortly after disclosing his plans in a private conference call with supporters.

The low-key Midwesterner and two-term governor had struggled to gain traction in a state he had said he must win and never caught fire nationally with a Republican electorate seemingly craving a charismatic, nonestablishment, rabble-rouser to go up against President Barack Obama.

Pawlenty tried to turn up the heat on Obama and his GOP rivals. But it often came across unnatural and he never was able stoked the passions of voters.

Vaya con Dios, T-Paw. 

Seriously, he’s not a bad man.  In a lot of election years, a dude like him would be a winner.  Smart non-controversial guys with executive experience almost always have a decent shot at electoral success.  In 2011, it seems like voters are looking for something else. 

The one thing I thought Pawlenty had in his favor was his seriousness.  President Obama, with his constant golf outings, his wife’s gazillion dollar Spanish vacations and his use of a beer summit to settle a dispute between local law enforcement and a brittle overentitled race hustler,  is an obnoxious joke.  Compared to that, a President T-Paw promised–reminiscent of Warren Harding–to be a return to normalcy. 

I thought that if Pawlenty was to have a chance against Barack Obama’s vaulting statism, that would be one way he could connect with voters.  He could’ve pointed out St. Barry’s un-American weirdness.  US presidents shouldn’t be owning banks and car companies.  US presidents shouldn’t just blithely accept 9% unemployment as the new normal.  US presidents shouldn’t be involved in anything so ludicrous as Operation Gunwalker.

In the end, Pawlenty is not the right man for the vitally important job of unelecting Barack Putt-Putt Obama.  The Iowa straw poll, while not necessarily indicative of GOPers across America, seems to suggest a few things.  Perhaps the most important thing is that voters recognize that we are living in extraordinary times.  President Obama, the latest and greatest in a long line of government class statists, has brought us to the brink of disaster.  A conventional wisdom Republican like T-Paw might not be enough to fix the structural problems America faces.  Maybe that’s the lesson from the former Minnesota governor’s early exit from the presidential race.

Meanwhile, The Other McCain has this reaction to Pawlenty’s dropping out.

I was sitting here at breakfast with Ladd Ehlinger just an hour ago when he said, “Pawlenty’s quitting!”

Tim Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he is ending his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination after a disappointing third-place finish at the Iowa straw poll.
Mr. Pawlenty thanked his supporters in an early-morning call, two participants said, but acknowledged that he had decided overnight that his candidacy could not proceed.

That was quick, wasn’t it? I landed in Des Moines on Aug. 3 and, eleven days later, Pawlenty quits the race. Some people will say this is merely a coincidence.

That’s great, RS.  Now how’s about you turn that magical GOP kingbreaker power on somebody actually dangerous, like Mitt Romney.

Just askin’, homie.  Just askin’.

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The 2008 GOP Field Need Not Apply in 2012

Posted by KingShamus on December 31, 2010

My blog-homie Annoy The Left returns from hiatus with a warning:

Dear Republican Party,

If you nominate Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney in 2012 I will officially disown you. I will disregard all warnings against supporting a third party. I will throw all the weight I have behind the most conservative, probably Libertarian, candidate that I can find and I’ll drag as many voters with me as I can muster. I can assure you that I won’t be the only one to do this.

Nailed it.

In fact, none of the GOP candidates who ran in 2008 need to even bother.  They all suck. 

Fred Thompson:  Right on the issues, wrong on nap-time.

Ron Paul:  Has intelligent ideas about fiscal policy, but can the GOP expect to win with a dude over three quarters of a century old against the relatively youthful Obama?

Duncan Hunter:  Cool dude.  Not bad on any big domestic or foreign issue.  The trouble is that the guy has absolutely no pizzazz.  That a smart, reasonable and competent man like Hunter is too boring to get elected says something pretty bad about the American electorate, but that’s the reality of the situation.

Rudy Giuliani:  Oh Lord.  Pro-abortion, anti-Second Amendment and during the campaign he couldn’t get out of his own way.  The ‘Wait till Florida to compete’ primary strategy will go down as one of the spectacularly bone-headed political moves in the history of politics.

 John McCain:  The GOP base can barely stand the guy being a Senator in Arizona.  The Republican rank-n-file sat on their hands when he ran the ‘Let’s Be Nice To Barack’ campaign in 2008.  They’ll do the same in 2012.  Oh yeah, he was BFF’s with John the Baptist and had a doe-eyed crush on Catherine The Great when they both had 5th period chemistry in high school.

Mitt Romney:  ObamaCare is basically RomneyCare writ large.  America shouldn’t have to choose between a Republican liberal and Donkey-Puncher liberal.  Also, Romney is a bloodless technocrat who has a very iffy relationship to the pro-life cause.  He’d be the perfect CEO of an advertising firm in 1960.

Mike Huckabee:  He’s a clever fellow who’s quick with a joke.  He’s also the second coming of compassionate conservatism.  Go to the back of the short bus, sit down and shut the hell up.

So I’ll go one better than Annoy The Left.  If the GOP nominates any of those 2008 clowns, I’m tapping the fuck out on the Republican Party.  Not only that, I’ll use this rinky-dink blog to convince anybody and everybody I can to vote for an independent in 2012.

I really don’t want Barack Obama to be president anymore.  He makes Jimmy Carter seem like a genius.  Unfortunately we have to wait till 2012 to unelect the Teleprompter-Reader In Chief.  None of last election’s GOP candidates have a Detroit Lions’ prayer of beating the President.  That means I refuse to be part of any dumb-shit quixotic campaign that’s doomed to fail.  Just because the homeboy running against Obamster happens to have an ‘R’ behind his name doesn’t mean I have to jump on board a ship with more holes in it than the golf course at Pebble Beach.

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