Thursday, April 19, 2012

Last Call

And with Romney the nominee in all but name, the wingers are of course predicting the End Of Liberalism Forever.  First into the future files?  Daily Caller contributor and conservative author Mike Leahy.

Conservatives across the nation should be of good cheer, however. The United States remains a center-right nation. This November, voters will choose common sense over fiscally reckless extremism in what will be a landslide conservative victory. Republicans will retain the House, gain the Senate and win back the presidency with a 2-to-1 Electoral College margin.

The most recent Rasmussen poll shows Mitt Romney ahead of President Obama, 48% to 44%. Obama’s support has softened significantly since 2008, and opposition continues to grow on all sides. In that election, Obama defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin in the popular vote. Since then, as the Rasmussen poll demonstrates, Obama has lost the support of 9% of the voting population. Much of that loss is permanent. Defectors include disappointed voters under 30 who supported him by a 2-to-1 margin in 2008 but can’t find a job in today’s lackluster economy, disaffected Catholics turned off by his high-handed tactics and virtually every small business person in the country, to say nothing of disillusioned Democrats opposed to his individual healthcare mandate.

But the polls are missing one key ingredient: the intensity of feeling and the level of determination among the 28% of American adults (66 million people) who consider themselves part of the tea party or are supportive of it. To these people, 2012 is not “just another election.” It is the defining political battle of our lifetime.

Most of these 66 million tea partiers will vote in November. But they will do much more than vote. They will also make unprecedented personal sacrifices in time and money to help get out the vote. To a person, these 66 million Americans believe that if Barack Obama is re-elected, the constitutional republic as we know it will be destroyed. They are determined not to let this happen on their watch.

Enough e-mails of President Obama dressed as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose and Michelle Obama in a chimpanzee enclosure will make their message of hatred cause their votes to count a whole extra zero percent more than normal.  Bonus points for these fanatics actually believing that everyone in America secretly believes exactly what they believe.

That's all they have, of course.  Mitt Romney will do, say, and lie however and whatever it takes to win, including to the Tea Party.  When they figure that out, November's GOP losses will be exquisite.

Shutdown Countdown: Make My Day

The White House is cutting off the Republican plan for September and October here in April, and it shows an uncharacteristically frank and realistic assessment of what the White House thinks the GOP will do in order to win in November:  shut the government down and blame the President for the misery.

In a major escalation of a slowly building fight over funding the government, the White House has warned House Republicans, in no uncertain terms, that the government will shut down in September if the GOP does not adhere to an agreement they cut with Democrats in August during the standoff over raising the nation’s debt limit.

“Until the House of Representatives indicates that it will abide by last summer’s agreement, the President will not be able to sign any appropriations bills,” writes Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, in a letter addressed to congressional appropriators Wednesday.

The message is simple: The government will shut down just ahead of the 2012 presidential election if Republicans break faith with the debt limit deal. 

In other words, the White House is firing the first major public shot in this fall's Shutdown Countdown wars, which the GOP assures will come.  They've called the GOP's bluff.  Now of course, the GOP will have to prove they aren't bluffing, breaking their deal and shutting thegovernment down six weeks before the election.

Good luck with that plan, GOP.

Let Them Eat Horse Cake

Donald Trump got Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro to make this cake for Ann Romney's birthday party:

Because SHUT UP HORSE CAKE that's why. Not as creepy as these cakes, but close.

We Don't Need No Stinking Wallet

CNN says most experts believe average people will be paying with their phones by 2020.  In seven years, they predict that some sort of swiping or verification scanning will replace credit cards.  And they may be right.  It makes sense that credit cards and identity theft will force people and financial institutions to go through some big changes in the next few years.

However, as we still learn shocking stories of how our information is stored unencrypted on phones, and the many ways that developers and markets lack regulation and industry standards, we are at the mercy of the dumbest app on our phone.  Let's face it, stupid apps are here to stay, and people will have to become more tech savvy to protect themselves, so there are some risks.

I wonder what the future of cash will be.  Because it's not moving currency, its value is in its physical presence. Of course, that's also its weakness, because once cash is taken it's virtually untraceable. Government would benefit from a cashless society, because then our financial transactions would be stored ledger style for their reading enjoyment.  Thieves and hackers can manipulate numbers in a database, where cash cannot be altered.

Just thoughts.  It's neat and all, but I have seen such little respect for privacy and security that I doubt I'll be taking part until I'm forced to.

Pro-Choice Hiding In Strange Places?

Bob Cesca writes a pretty interesting piece about how he came to the pro-choice conclusion, and then makes some thoughtful points about what Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin have to say.  While claiming to be staunch pro-lifers, they have a few verbal missteps.  

It was Carl who gets partial credit for my transformation into a liberal Democrat.
It was one question during a debate about abortion. One interrogative sentence. I remember exactly where Carl and I were standing in the high school library when he asked me this question: "If your girlfriend got pregnant, what would you do?" Almost without thinking, I replied, "Well, it would be her choice to make -- ohhhh." And there you go. I had admitted to being pro-choice without realizing I was pro-choice until that very minute. And of course, being intellectually honest, I conceded the point to Carl.
With that one question, Carl had ignited an epiphany of sorts that led me to liberalism. Naturally it should be "her choice." It was so obvious. What else was I supposed to do? Hold her hostage and force her to birth our (rhetorical) child? Her body, her choice.

In two different instances, Cesca points to Bachmann and Palin talking about "choice" in context of pregnancy.  For Bristol's "choice" to keep her child, to thoughts of her "choice" with Tripp, Palin speaks of an alternative.  Bachmann goes on a nice little rant about how women want their own choices in health care and respect for their medical rights.  Bachmann then says that with Obamacare that may be in danger.

Cesca and I leave each other when he indicates that this demonstrates a belief in choice.  I disagree.  It's a mere acknowledgement that there is one, compounded by their own hypocrisy.  Bachmann would say Obamacare is the reason pickles are green, as she has a contractual obligation to say Obamacare in every single speech she gives.  Palin makes a big deal about her choice and never shows gratitude that she had one.  She implies her choice is right for every woman out there.  As for Bristol, she'll never know what it's like to flip burgers for minimum wage and turn 80% of her check to daycare because dad is either not in the picture or flipping his own burgers to try to pay for rent, groceries, utilities and lack of insurance.  It's just another case of comparing apples and oranges. 

The only thing Bachmann and Palin have in common is that they would sell out all women for their political agenda.  Which makes them so deplorable the mere thought of them makes me shudder with disgust.

The Thin, Stupid Line

Florida Republican Rep. Allen West is the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats.  He's the poster child of everything wrong with the Tea Party in a swing state like Florida and why the Republicans are in for some shocking and disappointing election results in November.  His contempt for anyone not in his chummy little clique of "patriots" is borderline hatred, and he simply can't contain himself when given a media outlet.

There is a very thin line between communism, progressivism, Marxism, Socialism,” West said. “It’s about nationalizing production, it’s about creating and expanding the welfare state, it’s about this idea of social and economic justice… it is also about the creation of a secular state.”

He said proposed federal government rules requiring virtually all private insurance policies to cover female contraceptives was “really about” the federal government reclassifying religious organizations so that religion could be manipulated “however they wish.” In addition, West claimed that the government was already in the process of nationalizing production.

“Folks, do your research, understand these ideologies, this is a choice between two very clear futures for the United States of America,” West said. “And I’m not going to back down.”

Allen West wouldn't know the difference among Karl Marx, Richard Marx, and Groucho Marx, frankly.  But it sure is fun watching him spout the same FOX News propaganda over and over again, ensuring he's a national embarrassment to his constituents.  He's being saying moronic things for his entire term so far and has fled Florida's 22nd district for the far redder and safer 18th after drawing some big-league opposition.  So if Florida wants to keep this clown in the House, by all means.

I could use the laugh.  New tag: Allen West Sees Marxists EVERYWHERE.

Veepstakes 2012: Robbie And The Robot

Jonathan Karl at ABC News has updated the list of Romney's possible Veeps, and at the top of the list is Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

The popular senator from the important state of Ohio has twice been a cabinet level official, as well as a member of the House and Senate. He’s arguably the most qualified person on the list and he helped Romney beat Rick Santorum in the Ohio primary.

I'm not 100% sure about how much Portman's contacts in Ohio helped Romney, but it certainly didn't hurt him.   Portman has a number of Village-types in his corner...after all, he's who they wanted for McCain's veep in 2008.

The problem is Portman doesn't bring much of anything to the ticket other than a couple of points in Ohio. His major draw is that he has the fewest negatives, especially compared to Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal and the rest of the folks that sat out the 2012 race. He doesn't say stupid and insane things on TV like the rest of the clown car.

That's his selling point.  If anything, he's even more bland than Romney.  He's the safe choice.  Question is, will Romney go for safe, or do what McCain did and go for broke?

He may not have a choice, in the end.


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