Yeah, I’m still here. I’ve been avoiding the constant election blogging, mostly due to time constraints, as well as a desire for my own sanity. I am sure Ron Paul is still going to pull it off.
But seriously, I’m pretty sure Obama’s going to win Certainly not because he is a fantastic president – he isn’t, although it’s amazing he has survived the insane teabaggery and detached reality that now personifies the radical right. It’s because Romney is so much of a blatant dick that all of the spin in the world can’t hide it.
Now, of course, being a dick is an asset within the GOP. Their platform, their people, their apparatus, it’s all based on being as much of a dick as humanly possible, and thus, appealing to the most dickish people in the country. But I don’t think that’s enough to get him over the top. It was easier for Bush, namely because a lot of people could relate to the moronic nature of the guy, but now that most Americans have finally cleaned the shit out of their 9-11 diapers, the fear factor is not what it used to be, outside of the mouthbreather GOP base.
I think what’s galling me is on my own side, there’s still a certain contingency of the BUT DRONES AND WALL STREET crowd. Which, in some sort of twisted logic, comes down to “there’s no difference between the two.” I don’t disagree with the drones/Wall Street criticism. But there’s so much more than that.
What a blind, superficial (and condescending when they accuse anyone with a bit more nuanced perspective as being just another tool for the system), and frankly, stupid conclusion. Supreme Court. War with Iran. War on Women, Gays, the Poor and Not-White People. And more than anything else, for me, is Romney does and has to pander to the most dickish, anti-intellectual segment of the population (what we would have called “Palinesque” a few years ago), as that’s really the only way the GOP has any shot at anything. Unacceptable. Period. Even Chomsky realizes this.
One does not have to be “for” drones, Wall Street or any of that other stuff to simply realize there are two choices. No, Anderson, Stein, Goode, and Johnson have no chance in hell of anything, of even moving the dialogue at this point, so get over yourself. I’m voting against Romney – that’s the way I’m looking at it. Sure, some of you will respond with the “how cynical-lesser-of-two-evils-blah-blah-DRONES-blah-voting-is-not-ever-going-to-change-anything”, but kindly shut the fuck up, shove that sentiment up your purist ass and spare me. I’ve heard it all before, and I even agree with a lot of it. Elections DO matter. They may not in the sense of bringing on the radical changes that I’d like to see, but consider how, for example, we probably wouldn’t had to deal with 9-11 (and the resulting wars and stupidity) had we had a president that took the memos seriously and wasn’t worried more about prosecuting pornographers and bong salesmen.
I’m certainly not dismissing the anarchist arguments about the importance of organizing; I most certainly agree and support those actions to the fullest. But this doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and this election will have consequences, as they all do. I’m going to close with that great article by Charles Pierce that’s making the rounds, it sums it up quite nicely for me:
It is vitally important that the Republican party be kept away from as much power as possible until the party regains its senses again. It is not just important to the advance of progressive goals, thought it is. It is not just important to maintain the modicum of social justice that it has taken eighty years to build into the institutions of our government, though it is. It is important, too, that that you vote for one of these men based on whom else, exactly, he owes. Who is it that’s going to come with the fiddler to collect when you get what you’ve bargained for?
Barack Obama owes more than I’d like him to owe to the Wall Street crowd. He probably at this point owes a little more than I’d like him to owe to the military. The rest he owes to the millions of people who elected him in 2008 — especially to those people whose enthusiasm I neither shared nor really understood — and he will owe them even more if they come out and pull his chestnuts out of the fire for him this time around. He may sell them out — and, yes, I understand if you wanted to add “again” to that statement — but they are not likely to revenge themselves against the country if he does and, even if they decided to, they don’t have the power to do much but yell at the right buildings.
On the other hand, Willard Romney owes even more to the Wall Street crowd, and he owes even more to the military, but he also owes everything he is politically to the snake-handlers and the Bible-bangers, to the Creationist morons and to the people who stalk doctors and glue their heads to the clinic doors, to the reckless plutocrats and to the vote-suppressors, to the Randian fantasts and libertarian fakers, to the closeted and not-so-closeted racists who have been so empowered by the party that has given them a home, to the enemies of science and to the enemies of reason, to the devil’s bargain of obvious tactical deceit and to the devil’s honoraria of dark, anonymous money, and, ultimately, to those shadowy places in himself wherein Romney sold out who he might actually be to his overweening ambition. It is a fearsome bill to come due for any man, let alone one as mendaciously malleable as the Republican nominee. Obama owes the disgruntled. Romney owes the crazy. And that makes all the difference.
Indeed. Shit or get off the pot.
Romney really is the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously. His campaign makes McCain’s look like brilliance, in hindsight. What we’ve been witnessing this last week is what happens when you make the faulty assumption that the rest of the country is as stupid and gullible as the Republican base. Someone desperately needs tell Mitt he’s not running in the primary anymore.
But in a bigger sense, it’s really just cosmic justice. Being a dick has been the essence of the modern GOP for as long as I can remember, whether it be their policies, their people, their messaging, whatever. They’ve gotten the candidate that they truly deserve, one of the biggest dicks of all. And boy, is it sweet.
You know, I thought the McCain campaign was a high for comic tragedy. Not even close:
ROMNEY: I believe it’s important to have a president and I will be a president, if elected, that honors that pledge and all the pledges that I made. [The Pledge of Allegiance] says that we are a nation under God…. If I become president of the United States, I will not take God out of my heart, I will not take God out of the public square and I will not take it out of the platform of my party.
He’s really flailing. Also said something about “taking it off of the coins”, which will get the Alex Jones-fetishists going. Also:
The former Massachusetts governor began his address by thanking the audience for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, which he recalled saying himself “as a boy in fourth grade.”
Considering that the fourth-grade level was more than likely the average intelligence level of the people in the audience, at least he’s in good company.
Of course, this is all moot, as Ron Paul the Great Savior still has a few more aces in his sleeve and will swoop down and beat the Mittbott and Obama by quadruple-digit margins. I know this, because he really showed ’em at the RNC, din’t he, just like he and his smug minions said he would?
Well, I’m Montana bound in about 26 hours. The lawn needs to be mowed, the housesitter (in the form of helpful parents) is in place, and just a little more packing to do.
I’m hoping that when I get back, life gets a little less hectic, as with the election coming up, I gotta get my groove back on. I haven’t chimed in yet on Paul Ryan, who is not my relative and is basically what a smart person looks like to very dumb people, so I’ll leave you with a good commentary from The Stranger’s Paul Constant, Romney Loves Ryan:
If we’re being generous, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a man of contradictions. If we’re being honest, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is an idiot. Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick has problems beyond the basic teabagger contradiction of claiming to be for small government then passing an obscenely large military budget, voting to ban gay marriage, and enacting laws that lessen a woman’s access to abortion and birth control. This is a Republican who unabashedly supported George W. Bush’s war in Iraq and the Patriot Act, but also claims to be a big Rage Against the Machine fan. There is a dissonance, a bifurcation in Ryan’s brain that demands further investigation.
And with the silly season upon us, I bid you adieu, although I’ll try to check in with y’all when I can.
… as lovers of a rather simplistic and juvenile definition of “liberty” no longer have their Great Savior in the game…
Ron Paul is shutting down all operations in upcoming primary states, dramatically scaling back his campaign due to a lack of resources.
“We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Paul wrote in an e-mail to supporters Monday. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support.”
And, no, Paultards, regardless of how many delegates you manage to get by showing up and bullying or whatever other thuggery you’re doing, he’s not gonna get the nomination or veepspot, and even if he did, he’d lose. Hard. Big time. He’s not in the game, and never was. Stormfront voters, as vocal as they may be, are not enough in number to put your man over the top. But by all means, keep doing what you’re doing – it might make the GOP convention more than just a glorified version of Hee-Haw, for a change. And please, please, please, carry on the flame in ’16 by supporting his douchebag, know-nothing son.
After hearing his latest “I take some credit for the recovery of the auto industry,” or whatever it is he said, I’ve concluded that Romney’s advisors have pretty much decided on following the Palin Principle. Basically, it doesn’t matter what you say, no matter how untrue or if it contradicts what you said two sentences ago. The GOP base doesn’t care. They’re certainly not going to fact check you. They came in their pants over Sarah Palin, someone who’s responsible for 99% of the stupid things said in politics from 2008 until the GOP primary clowns stole her thunder.
It really doesn’t matter. We’re dealing with the nation’s worst and dimmest here.
“I won’t mince words,” Paul said in an email to supporters Wednesday evening. “If we don’t reach our $2.5 million goal, I am not sure our campaign can go on.”
As reality-challenged as Dr. Paul can usually be, with his toddleresque interpretation of “freedom”, for once he seems to have a firmer grasp on reality than most of his supporters, who, if you read the comments section of just about any political blog, are steadfast in their belief that he’s actually leading in delegates but the media’s not telling us, and that he’s gonna pull this off. You know, a conspiracy, just like 99% of the other shit that the Paultards tend to fall for.
As to money woes, perhaps the white supremacist crowd isn’t as well-financed as need be. Idaho ain’t exactly Hollywood. That, and perhaps his young base are moreso wannabe libertarians, as the unmitigated capitalism they have a raging hard-on for hasn’t seemed to pay off for them yet, with all that student-debt and such. But hey, that’s the market for ya.
By and large, I don’t watch campaign commercials, although they are interesting from time to time to see whatever shit whoever is peddling at any given time. Given that Ricky “Bullshit!” Santorum is on his last legs, I had to take a look at the “Obamaville” bit that’s making the rounds:
I nearly pissed my pants with laughter after seeing this one, as I woulda sworn it was something from SNL or MadTV or something. There’s the cute little flash of Obama with Ahmadinejad, of course, but the whole thing is so beyond reality, it’s comical. Lots of miserable, sad people, but in actuality, they’re probably sad because Rick Santorum won’t let them have any sex that doesn’t involve babymaking or capital gains tax cuts. Or something.
Sweet jeezus, these people gots nuthin’. And the sad part is there are a lot of people out there that’ll buy into this shit. It’s their alternate, fabricated reality. November can’t get here soon enough, I tell ya’.
… seems to be completely absent from anything Rick Santorum ever says. You ever notice that? It’s Old Testament all the way with that fucker. No room for compassion, love, you know, the Jesus stuff. I fully expect that his foreign policy has something in it about gathering the foreskins of our enemies.
This concludes our random thought for the day.