November 19, 2012
GOP: Gone Fishing
The speed at which the Republican party has pivoted off an embarrassing thrashing and on to not one but two non-scandals is astounding. And shows that the GOP spin doctors are still operating at an incredibly high level of efficiency.
This grasping of straws is a sorry and thinly veiled attempt to tie the President to a wrong doing. With the end goal of impeachment, A result that would be devastating to the conservative cause in Washington and throughout the country, but more on that later.
Let’s take a look at these wannabe scandals and why they have no legs. First up the Benghazi embassy attack. The claim is that the White House denied help to the embassy when it was under attack. Well besides just being a a flat out lie
“Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.
is also illogical. According to the White House the only thing in the area was an unarmed drone. Fighters and AC130 gunships were purposed but seen as impractical.
The “basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” he said during a joint question-and-answer session with Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
To quote the movie The Siege. ”The Army is a broad sword, not a scalpel.” You can see videos of the kinds of damage either fighter jets or AC130 Gunships can do all over youtube. It’s not exact and it’s not pretty. The collateral damage would have been tremendous. That’s what being the President is about. Making hard calls when both choices are absolutely fucking terrible.
The second would be the resignation of General Petraeus. The reason he had to go as head of the CIA is because you can’t be in a position to become a victim of blackmail. So because of our social norms in the United States adultery is frowned on and could be used against you. Anyone that has done any security work for the government can tell you that they want to know everything about you. Up to and including you credit score. So when you work for the CIA and you get caught cheating on your wife you’ve gotta go plain and simple.
So with these two non-issues the Right is looking to discredit and ultimately impeach the president for some yet to be discovered wrong doing. But the question you have to ask is. Is that what you really want? Do you want a disgraced Obama that hands the keys over to a President Biden with nothing to lose? If you don’t like the President then you are gonna hate Biden. Say goodbye to the “grand bargain”, and bullying of the President that Obama allows (Which I can’t stand by the way) to keep the peace. And say hello to an unleashed pit bull that finally gets the keys to the car. Let it go neocon’s, let it go.
November 15, 2012
Alan West, the king of useful idiots in the newly hobbled and crippled Republican party was offered support and safe haven by Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia GOP, (Huffington Post 11/14/12) “I would be glad to have him come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Everhart told the Journal-Constitution. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”
Well If she really wants to help Mr.West (no longer Representative West) she could convince him to concede his campaign for Congress and join the rest us that live on this planet, in this America and not a conservative fantasy world.
But when I really start to think of it. Who better to carry the standard of the GOP then a man who not only creates but lives in his own reality. Like a punch drunk fighter that has hung on too long. Mr West refuses not only to accept a re-count of votes but also the will of the people of Florida. This is not only comical and outrageous but completely Un-American and a violation of his Congressional oath.
I do understand the Right’s love affair with West. An African American, Tea Party loving, race baiting Republican is hard to come by. It’s hard to find someone that will sell out their own citizens and do it with a stylish stupidity that would make Sarah Palin blush. Every racist needs a Black friend. Without someone like West racist GOP members couldn’t utter the age old gem of “I’m not racist but…” In the unblinking, unapologetic manner that you can find any hour of the day on Fox News.
So Alan West serves a really useful purpose. I hope he doesn’t win any more elections anywhere in America but I really wish him well. And I’m hopeful he will take up Sue Everhart’s offer and take his show to Georgia to provide me with more comedy. But this time he will be the butt of the joke and not our democracy. Any port in a storm I guess.
November 9, 2012
So if you are reading this after the November 6, 2012 election the you probably are like me and have a warm feeling in the cockles of your heart or even in the sub-cockle area. Or maybe you’re a conservative masochist and if so. Welcome! But it might come as a surprise but I’m really not here to flay you. (Well maybe a tiny bit, but if you’re here then you are obviously into to that kind of kink.)
After Tuesday’s election results the Republican bubble was penetrated by a truth that us liberals have known for quite sometime now. The Republican party has lost touch with, African-Americans, Latinos, women, young Americans, and a good contingent of blue-collar White workers in the Midwest. Pretty much everyone that is not old, White, male and super-rich. The myth of trickle down economics have been put down by a majority of Americans and the GOP doesn’t really have a back up plan beyond the tired carrot and stick of “vote against your own interests and you too can one day be rich like me.”
In my fantasy America this would mean that Democrats would now have the freedom to press their advantage and become more progressive and the Republican party now shell-shocked by election math would now have to appeal to the demographics of the current and future United States. Because I don’t want the GOP do die. I want it to meet Americans needs in exchange for votes. In a perfect union that’s how it would work. But alas, as I listen to and watch the Republican party tear it self apart, I don’t hear anyone calling for a fundamental change in policy or ideas in line with how the majority of Americans think or more importantly vote. I hear things like. “We need to find away to convey our message better to minorities” In English that means. “We need to find a more effective way to lie to people” Have they learned nothing? And this really saddens me. I believe in an America where the more voices in the conversation the better for the American people. The two major political parties should be falling over themselves to better serve the American people in exchange for votes. But as of this post that does not look like the direction of political discourse in the United States.
You know your party is in trouble when Rush Limbaugh is making the most sense of all your spin doctors.
But like clockwork he is back to his old self.
Because Rush, Black and Brown people are not stupid. They can smell a useful idiot a mile away and they stink to high heaven.
So either move to the center or step aside and never win another major election again. I’m pulling for you GOP but I’m sure you’ll disappoint. You have never failed in failing America.
November 7, 2012
Thank you Mitt for showing us one last time how much of a prick you are by not conceding Ohio. You’re a jerk and also bad at math. at this point the President does not need Ohio or Florida to get to 270. If Romney could pick up Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Alaska that only puts him at 266. What an idiot.
November 6, 2012
When you cant win an election just steal it. There is going to be some….how did Joe Biden put it. Oh yes malarkey tomorrow. We can not be moved. Stay in that line. DO NOT accept a provisional ballet and VOTE. It your birthright as an American.
November 6, 2012
So I just got around finally to watching HBO’s Game Change and boy did I just get all warm and fuzzy for this guy. I love him on MSNBC. (More on that later.) But watching Woody Harrelson as Schmidt giving Sarah Palin the business made me want to stand up and slow clap.
Now you are probably thinking. “What gives Robert? Aren’t you a lefty, bleeding heart liberal? How can you write a post praising a conservative. And not only a conservative but a conservative strategist no less?” And my reply would be that while I might disagree with his ideals. This difference in itself does not make someone a bad person. Steve Schmidt admitted that after the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign that there were “worse things than losing” and that “losing the election was the best thing that could have happened for the country. That takes a lot of courage to say and he has been black listed by the Republican party for admitting something that in hindsight seems so obvious.
MSNBC hiring Steve Schmidt is also the best pick up of talent on that network in ages. I like MSNBC but I don’t like living and thinking in an echo chamber where everyone just agrees with each other and no dissenting views are expressed. Also I don’t like the Fox style of straw men that are set up by people like Alan Colmes that only serve up softball arguments that Fox’s core commentators hit out of the park.
When there is a round table discussion on MSNBC and it gets all gooey and lefty you can rest assured that Steve Schmidt will be there in that monotone voice of his to throw a wet blanket on top of MSNBC’s party. What Schmidt does is take emotion out of the equation and give you a real look at what it takes to compete in and win elections in the United States. Liberals need an eternal cynic like this. So here’s to you Steve Schmidt you cold, pessimistic, political cyborg. And to what Democrats can learn from you about how to win elections.
November 4, 2012
Oh how the Right loves to eat its own. In a past post. I commented on the “big tent” that is liberalism. http://lunchpailleft.com/2012/11/03/african-american-voters-bamboozled/
But you will find no such inclusion in the Republican party. If you don’t follow lock step with the talking heads at the top echelon of the party then you will be swiftly ostracized, ridiculed and dismissed. No matter what office you hold or your history of defending conservative ideas. If in a moment of weakness you inject logic in to your commentary or show any human empathy and compassion towards other people that might hold the same values as your party then you’re in for a really bad day. Be assured that the Right will train its big guns on you and commence to shelling. The latest victims being Governor Chris Christie and retired general Colin Powell
Governor Christie has been attacked for simply recognizing that President Obama did his job as president in a timely and effective matter. Rush Limbaugh might be the clown that yells the loudest but he gets his marching orders directly from the Republican Party. There is a subtle message that you can hear if you tune your dog whistle. That message is not only attacking the President and the Governor but attacking the federal government and its ability to handle a tragedy. If the government does its job then that hurts the Rights case against “big government”. These people want the government to run ineffectively so they can push their agenda for some kind of unrealistic Ayn Rand utopia. Because of their hatred of America and it core ideals.
Colin Powell is also a target for the Republican hate machine by making a logical case endorsing President Obama for reelection. By doing this he committed the ultimate sin in their eyes. Being a Black Republican convincing people to vote for a Democrat. Black Republicans are so rare and are paraded out at every opportunity as reason for the minority middle and upper class to vote against their own best interests. The role of Black Republicans as useful idiots is so important that the loss of even one is a tragedy.
So whats a party that is so obsessed with racial politics and the southern strategy to do with this turncoat. Call him a racist of course. When you cant beat’um. Project your own worst shortcomings on to them.
At least some in the party are starting to find this unbearable.
So if you align yourself with the Republican party they just put you on notice. Do not question. Do not think for yourself. You walk lock step with us or this will be your fate as well.
October 30, 2012
I have heard a lot lately about what God thinks or wants. And it has really made me wonder. Is this a new phenomena or has this always been a part of American politics? I think it’s a combination of two major flaws that are crippling our society as a whole. The first being appearance over substance. Or how to say and do anything you want in America as long as you are wearing a suit while doing it. And the other being an argument from authority. Or how with even just minor celebrity and a microphone you can say anything in America and people will listen to you.
No matter what side of the political or religious spectrum you fall under if someone talks about with certainty about what God wants and if this said person has influence over peoples lives your first action should be to immediately excuse yourself and run for the nearest exit. What happened to the good old day when people who proclaimed to talk to God and God would TALK BACK would be considered schizophrenics and not considered for a job as an elected official. And now without further ado a collection of “People who know what God thinks” greatest hits. If these are really God’s representatives then what he needs is a good public relations person not another prophet.