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You’re being too kind

Posted by Charles II on December 6, 2011

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Via Scott Horton, Der Spiegel’s Mark Pitzke:

Africa is a country. In Libya, the Taliban reigns. Muslims are terrorists; most immigrants are criminal; all Occupy protesters are dirty. And women who feel sexually harassed — well, they shouldn’t make such a big deal about it.

Welcome to the wonderful world of the US Republicans. Or rather, to the twisted world of what they call their presidential campaigns.

They lie. They cheat. They exaggerate. They bluster. They say one idiotic, ignorant, outrageous thing after another. They’ve shown such stark lack of knowledge — political, economic, geographic, historical — that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein and even cause their fellow Republicans to cringe.

And so the farce continues. The more mind-boggling its incarnations, the happier the US media are to cheer first one clown and then the next,

Then there’s Newt Gingrich…the US media now reflexively hails him as a “Man of Ideas” (The Washington Post) — even though most of these ideas are lousy if not downright offensive, such as firing unionized school janitors, so poor children could do their jobs.

Pompous and blustering, Gingrich gets away with this humdinger as well as with selling himself as a Washington outsider — despite having made millions of dollars as a lobbyist in Washington. At least the man’s got chutzpah.
Americans have a short memory. They forget, too, that Gingrich was driven out of Congress in disgrace, the first speaker of the house to be disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.

Rick Perry’s blunders are legendary.

Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann … [is] still tolerated as if she’s a serious contender. Ron Paul’s fan club gets the more excited, the more puzzling his comments get. Jon Huntsman, the only one who occasionally makes some sort of sense, has been relegated to the poll doldrums ever since he showed sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Which leaves Mitt Romney, the eternal flip-flopper and runner-up…

What a nice club that is. A club of liars, cheaters, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses.

Pitzke misses the point. These are the sorts of personal characteristics that Republicans admire, at least as long as the person in question has lots of money. How can the party who impeached Bill Clinton for adultery a little over 10 years ago have as its frontrunner a man who was engaging in adultery at the same time that he was impeaching Bill Clinton? It only makes sense if Bill Clinton’s sins were not big enough to gain him a place in the Republican pantheon.

I predict that what will happen in the end is a deadlocked convention, and an exciting, new candidate will materialize. Someone relatively unknown. Someone whose secrets are well enough hidden that they won’t emerge before the election. Probably a military man.

And someone worse than all of the rest of the liars club that is the Republican primary.


7 Responses to “You’re being too kind”

  1. A deadlocked convention would be a dream come true.

    • Charles II said

      Are you sure? What if they nominated someone like Petraeus? Bloomberg? Colin Powell? Jeb Bush?

      Or if they made nice with Ron Paul and put some serious money behind him?

      Or the candidate put forward by Americans Elect?

      As long as the Republicans continue with the clown show, they will probably lose the presidency. But if the party elders seize control of the process, they could still end up with someone electable. The worse that things get in the primary, the more likely that this is to happen, and at that point the result is unclear. Obama is not popular.

      Also, two things. First, Obama may have chosen one of the worst possible campaign slogans of all time: “The outcome of this campaign will not depend on what I do, but on what you do.”

      And remember that as much as 5% of the electorate–a portion which is Dem leaning, such as students, elders, African Americans, and Hispanics– in many states may be excluded by the photo ID law alone.

      • Newt would win a deadlocked convention. He’s the only one of the lot both cunning and cutthroat enough to do it. Romney couldn’t do it without major, major help — which he will not get from any other candidate who has enough power to matter.

        Notice that Obama’s suddenly gone populist lately, as well as pro-gay? He’s doing it to make sure that there is a clear delineation between himself and the GOP’s Presidential Clown Car Candidates (including Romney, the most electable of the lot). And the Clown Car, by reacting like stung scorpions, has generously obliged him.

      • Charles II said

        Yeah, if the right continues to shout “socialist” at Obama, they might actually persuade the country that he is serious about sharing the wealth a little.

      • jo6pac said

        My money is on jeb/betryus ticket

  2. spocko said

    A man called Petraeus?!

    I heard a WaPo writer on Fresh Air today talking about Newt. Terry Gross was asking a number of good standard questions. But I wish that there was someone who would have asked the deeper questions to get to the people who listen on NPR that Right Wing Authoritarians in the GOP will go with whom ever the leaders say they will go with.

    The mental gymnastics have already started with Newt. “Well, he’s Catholic now. And his whole Contract with America was a good thing. He’s not nuts. He hates liberals. He’s smart, but the good kind of smart. Not Harvard smart, that other smart.”

    Also, on the show the writer said, “people love a redemption story” which is a great thing about him getting religion. It was what washed away a lot of sins of G.W.B.
    Catholics don’t have the same, ‘Born Again” thing, but Newt would have had to be Baptized as an adult and taken adult classes to become a Catholic.
    Maybe we should look into that process. Also, just how Catholic is he? Total Pro-life? Does he know that the Catholic Church is against torture? Against economic inequality? Against the wars? These views are all outlined by the most current Pope.

    Knowing Newt he will play the, I’m Catholic but I don’t believe everything they teach, card (He will be a cafeteria Catholic). For people like my mom it’s is all about, abortion. As long as he was down with that they get a pass on everything else.

  3. Charles II said

    Spocko says, “A man called Petraeus?!”

    Why is it that the strains of West Side Story sound in my ear?

    And Spocko says, “Also, just how Catholic is he?”

    I’d go deeper and ask just how Christian is he? At least in the do as I say, not as I do sense of the term. The man has a mean tongue.

    I think that Newt will run into trouble the more likely it seems that he will become the nominee. Romney is going negative, and with Newt, there’s a whole continent to explore. My impression is that Newt is better organized than Rachel Maddow thinks. His people have been burning up my phone lines (long story for how I ended up on his must call list). And now that Cain has imploded, and Perry deflated, Koch and Pope etc. money has to go somewhere. Gingrich is a likely destination.

    But Gingrich gets manic, and when he’s manic, he says things that are hard to talk down. If he doesn’t knock Romney out by March, my prediction for a deadlocked convention could come true.

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