Say it Like It Is….

Even if one of these Republicans manages to unite all the various overlapping factions – the tea-partiers, the religious conservatives, the deficit hawks, the libertarians, the pro-business country clubbers, the Wall Street types, the neoconservatives – will he or she be sufficiently financed and talented to knock off a charismatic incumbent who’s likely to be sitting on $1 billion in campaign funds?

And speaking of talent, have you actually looked at the current crop of Republican prospects? Suffice it so say that one of the front-runners is a guy who once embarked on a family road trip by strapping the family dog to the roof of the car.


The latest CNN poll of Republican voters puts Romney in second place for the nomination. First place goes to Mike Huckabee. It speaks volumes about the quality of the GOP field that the front-runner du jour is an evangelical pastor who compares gay civil unions to drug use, incest, and polygamy. And assuming he even runs, I wonder whether voters will warm to his “soft on crime” credentials, given the fact that, as Arkansas governor, he freed a rapist who later suffocated a mother of three; and that he helped free a serial criminal who, this past November, killed four cops in Washington state as they ate breakfast.


Sarah Palin may do the same (stick to her broadcast gigs), rather than expose herself to the daily indignities of demonstrating how little she knows. Her own fans don’t even think she’s electable; although she wowed the crowd at last weekend’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference, she drew only 18 percent of the straw-poll voters. The conservative base apparently fears that she’d be chewed up by “the liberal media,” but I sense that her fatal flaw is her sarcasm. Swing voters in a general election typically gravitate to sunny optimism – what Palin dismisses as “hopey, changey.”

and the money quote:

Obama may be beatable, on paper. But you can’t beat something with nothing.

Dick Polman’s must read article here.


4 thoughts on “Say it Like It Is….

  1. Reg the money quote, Al Gore and John Kerry will beg to differ. And maybe Martha Coakley too. See this bizzare one from Scott Brown :

    It is too early to tell about 2012 for sure. But if people lose confidence in Obama, he could be beaten by a nothing. Because it is a way for people to show their anger. And we only have 2 parties and repugs could win by being the “other” party – dems need not even go to the polls – they will just sit out . If dems could lose Ted Kennedy’s seat, then anything is possible (an exit poll conducted says majority thinks this admin is too close to Wall street.This besides a lousy campaign by Coakley).

  2. No way G3, I have no doubt that the way the Repugs are showing their true colours from calling slavery ‘diddly’ to the latest stupidity of chicken-bartering & Arizona’s latest law….they have pretty much packaged & bow-tied 2012 for President Obama…

    Thanks Repugs, you worked hard & did great!. Keep on doing more

    • Chicken bartering, slavery remarks etc will be state level issues unless that person runs for president. And if the economy sucks , it will be the key issue (already because of the recession, anti-incumbency feeling is very high for November elections). If people are losing jobs, homes, and their retirment savings vanishing, then obama is toast in 2012, no matter how crooked repubs are. At the going rate , it seems likely. Obama & his advisors don’t seem to have a clue and are already pulling back in the name of debt reduction. When actually they should be spending more to put people back to work. And during severe downturns xenophobia breeds very well , though generally American people are nice.

      As for immigration reform , one of the lasting solutions is to re-negotiate NAFTA. But with Rubinites in charge and Obama himself being a neo-liberal, there will be all kinds of pseudo/half-baked solutions treating it as a law& order issue and not as an economic issue.
      My bet : Clinton , lately on an apology tour (Haiti, Rubinomics &derivatives) , will come out soon and apologise for NAFTA.

      And this deficit commission thing – once again don’t know what Obama stands for. His picks are mostly social security/medicare haters and don’t mind kicking granny when she is already down.
      And one more :

      Reminds me of the saying : “only Nixon could negotitate with China”. I add : Only Clinton could attack welfare, only Bush could nationalise banks, only Obama could …? Already attacking teacher’s unions and acting decisively towards privatizing public schools . Promoting free trade deals with South korea, panama , Colombia when working class people are angry about outsourcing due to free trade . more to come….

      Seems Gordon Brown’s predecessor Tony Blair’s one of the first act as presidents is to go have Tea with Thatcher (the equivalent of Reagan, both neoliberal fundamentalists). And re-branded Labor party (the equivalent of the Democratic party here) as “new labor” to be business -friendly and moved more to the right – privatising national healthcare (in bits& pieces), de-regulate finance etc. Today UK voters are mad at Labor and are set to vote back plutocrat-friendly Tories back into power as punishment. Funny both US & UK are royally f*ked up by the policies of the 80’s ideological twins , are in the toilet and the opposition doesn’t provide credible alternative.people are ready to opt for the real evil in UK than the fake do-gooder. Gordon brown was Blair’s Geithner or Rubin cheering de-regulation and presiding over the party’s smackdown (poetic justice?). Clinton moved the party to the right and Obama is set to make Clinton look like a flaming liberal. Another spooky fact : thatcher is suffering from Alzheimer’s like her US twin Reagan.

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