The entire power of the presidency comes down now to the president’s ability to “demonstrate his willingness to compromise” with a bunch of vandals and yahoos, many of whom think Jim DeMint is too soft on the moochers. Exactly what is this supposed to accomplish? What is the purpose of the demonstration? The Democrats are going to go up the wall, and the Republicans are going to ask for more and more “demonstrations” of the president’s willingness to compromise until he has shown himself willing to compromise us back to 1922. Who is the demonstration supposed to convince? David Brooks? This is crazy. This is wrong. It is government by Beltway dumbshow. It is awful politics and worse policy.
Tacitly accept the silly arguments that Social Security is not a earned benefit but rather an “entitlement.”
Open the door for future cuts because of the precedent it sets.
Make “Obama cut your Social Security!” a GOP rallying call in 2014 and 2016.
Be the guy who goes down in history as the president who laid the groundwork for dismantling the New Deal and the Great Society.
“Awful politics and worse policy” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Well, not exactly The True & Real Crazy, I am not that totally mean, but at least a link to where you can find a link to find it. Here’s brief summation of what you will find when you get there:
A man advocating executing journalists for treason in honor of Free Speech Week for being too supportive of the American president just described other people as “Orwellian.” Good job, Rush. Super totes double-plus-good.
I do not make this shit up.
This may be the most amazing indication of The Dumb which is plaguing our nation that I have ever seen. And that’s saying something. I know that fostering and encouraging ignorance is at the heart of Wingnutia, but…Wow!
Somewhere in Ohio or North Carolina, there’s a guy who thinks SEAL Team Six arrived in Pakistan’s on Romney’s charter plane and shot bin Laden using equipment financed by Romney’s off-shore accounts. And that guy’s vote counts just as much as yours.
When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used last night’s keynote speech at the GOP Convention to nominate himself as the GOP candidate in 2016, an approach which basically acknowledged the reports that he would not resign as governor in order to be Mitt Romney’s running mate based on a belief that the Mittster will not win, the most telling images on TV were the periodic shots of Mitt and the Mittstress (I’d copyright that, but I suspect there will be little value in after Nov. 6) in their box watching it all unfold. You could see she was enraged and that he was trying to come up with some reaction similar to, if not exactly because let’s not push it, human.
Were it not for the palpable anger and hatred emanating from the attendees, this event could have been the comedy hit of the summer. Instead, it is a sad and frightening glimpse into the dark heart of the right and the weakness of a candidate without a core. The only reason to keep watching is to see who tomorrow night’s “mystery guest” might be. Top candidates suggested by the complacent press corps are Ronald Reagan (via hologram) or Sarah Palin, and nobody is sure which would be farther removed from reality.
The real mystery guest, of course, is Mitt himself, the man whose presence appears to be the least viable or interesting aspect of his own nomination.
God bless America.
I’m gonna try and be bipartisan here and give the GOP some useful advice. The way to deal with Mitt Romney being so thoroughly unlikeable is to drop the Ryan kid and put the even less likeable Donald Trump on ticket. Seriously. At the very least it would be a tie between two out-of-touch and often fatuous rich guys.
Figure out how to work Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich into the picture and Mitt might even seem a tiny, tiny bit loveable.
Let me rethink that.
First a some of Twitter-y-tweets/Facebook-y posts that I put up today [Note: I keep adding to and updating these]…
I presume someone will be pointing out any minute now that Paul Ryan has even less experience than Sarah Palin at running anything…including a business.
Interesting they made the announcement on a battleship, innit? Whatever message might they be trying to communicate?
The CEO chose a guy who has none of the business experience that the CEO cites as his own best qualification to be president to be his running mate, a guy who is–wait for it now–pretty much a Washington insider and life-long politician. Can you say “desperation,” boys and girls?
As somebody noted, Romney/Ryan will be a campaign where the putative president is running on his vice-president’s record. And if, God help us, they win, we would likely have a repeat of Cheney/Bush (i.e., bumbling jackass out front to amuse the country while the evil veep and his neocon buddies run the show from the shadows).
But the big thing nobody’s yet mention that I’ve seen is this:
By choosing Ryan and his budget to be the face of the campaign, the Mittster has made it impossible for the wingnuts to scream “He’s not a Real Conservative!” now and, after Romney/Ryan loses, to say that the reason was “They were Conservative enough!”
A GOP loss in November could actually finally save the nation from the right wing madness that has captured our discourse. A GOP win, of course, could shortly leave us with a nation beyond saving.
It is one of the fundamental rules of politics: put the word out too late on Friday for the morning papers and just as most people are turning off attention to anything other than taking a break from the work week.
So, two questions:
Is the Romney campaign, which has been terrible at doing many basic things that campaigns do, so truly god-awful that they’d put out The Major Announcement of the summer at exactly the wrong time?
Or is the Romney campaign psychologically telling us that it knows that the selection of Paul Ryan is a clear admission that the Mittster is now totally and completely in thrall to the Crazy Right and, in effect, now the “running mate” and not The Candidate?
It is now official that crazy Ron Paul can not even be nominated at the GOP convention next month. On the other hand, there is An open invite for Paultards everywhere to come and live in the Republic of Iowa which is in the Republic for the United States of America. And this lady will welcome him with open arms.