Daniels Out

Now Mitch Daniels has opted against running.  I find this a bit surprising as he was being promoted heavily by various political operatives and their cohorts in the media.  What I found even more surprising was that Daniels was considered at all.  This is a man who was the budget director under Bush.  The budget director under Bush.  Somehow now what amounts to a serious Republican candidate is one of the men responsible for the reckless economic management that got us into this mess?  And I suppose his economic expertise would have allowed him to solve our problems?  Are we going to start electing arsonists to fight fires?

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Slow down Newt!

Dear Newt,

Thanks again for entering the race.  There’s one little favor I’d like to request, though.  Please don’t collapse so quickly — you see, I’ve already bought a lot of popcorn and soda and other refreshments and I fear that your flameout is going to occur before the microwave is even turned on.  Let’s see what you’ve done already:

  • Called Obama the best food-stamp president in our history.  Really, Newt, just have the balls to say it.  Call Obama a nigger.  That’s what you’re really saying and your dog-whistle message (to appeal to your racist base) is clear.  Instead you hide behind code words and are aghast when anyone even suggests you were using racist connotations.
  • Criticized the Paul Ryan plan (“rightwing social engineering”) and then defended yourself by pretending you weren’t talking about the Ryan plan and also apologized to Paul Ryan.  Courageous, Newt.
  • Were found to have approximately $500,000 of debt with Tiffany’s.  That’s a lot of fucking breakfasts, Newt.  Now, your secret to getting married (we’ll skip the divorce part for now)  multiple times is out — spend a lot of money on jewelry so your current wife can stomach having sex with you.   On a side note, now I need to go vomit.
  • Dispatched one of the most hilarious press responses ever to your flailing campaign painting you as some kind of heroic figure out of a comic book (able to withstand a constant barrage of bullets and survive– and by bullets I mean harsh words; and by survive I mean flail) ,  much better performed than read.
Calm down Newt.  Slow down.  Take a breath.  Try to stay away from cameras for a bit.  With any luck your 2012 election bid might make it into the second half of 2011.

Trump Out

So it seems “The Donald” is also passing on 2012.  I’ve got to say I’m really quite disappointed — he’s long overdue for his comeuppance and being exposed as the absolute fraud he is.  How a conceited, self-aggrandizing, charlatan whose recent claim to fame is his catch phrase “You’re fired!” emerged as a potential candidate in midst of one of worst economic and employment climates since the Great Depression never ceased to amaze me.  But, when the party of note is the Republican party and part of his “appeal” is race baiting, the reality becomes easier to digest, however distasteful.

I’m sure Trump will soon utter some nonsense like, “I would have won had I entered the race, but …”  The reality Donald is you would have been humiliated, although let’s be honest, Obama already did that to you — let’s face it, he all but pulled down your pants and laughed at your small penis (is the Trump Tower only three inches?).

So Donald enjoy being the big man you are — and by big, I mean pathetic.  Fire some C-list celebrities or reality show attention whores who don’t adequately kiss your ass, then pretend you are a self-made  and don’t belong in debtor’s prison.

Dear Newt

Thanks for making my wish come true.  Now I will enjoy watching you get stomped either in the primary or (if hell freezes over AND the remainder of the Republican presidential hopefuls quit) the general election.  I’m sure it will be a spectacular defeat one way or another.  Or perhaps not — most Americans thought you had died already or they had forgotten about you altogether.

Perhaps I’m mistaken — maybe there are throngs of voters looking to elect a really, really old, arrogant, radical, white guy who repeatedly cheats on his wives  and who left Congress in disgrace twelve years ago (sorry, Newt, I wasn’t sure whether I should highlight the leaving Congress in disgrace part or the twelve years ago part — but together they are a juicy combination — sure, leaving in disgrace wasn’t what you’d want to be remembered by, but after all it was so long ago that you were relevant enough to be in a position to leave in disgrace.  Hell, now, no one really cares about you Newt, so I guess the only remedy for that is to run and lose a Presidential race.)

Afterward your defeat, you can lick your wounds and do what you do best — cheat on your wife and then marry the woman with whom you’re having an affair with.    Then you can write another book no one will read.

Thanks again and stocking up on popcorn,

Ben

P.S.  Cheer up, Newt, even if you lose in spectacular fashion like McCain did (no one really likes to talk about how much of an ass-kicking that was, do they?), you can still get invited to the Sunday political talk shows.  Because you’re a Republican.

Dear GOP: Suck It!

Now it has become increasingly obvious (and sadly it was predictable) the Republicans in our country hate, hate, hate the fact that Osama bin Laden was captured and killed on Barack Obama’s watch.  So much so that they have gone out of their way to avoid giving him any credit for the mission he authorized.  Some have pathetically attempted to direct their praise to George W. Bush instead.  So let’s review some facts:

  • George W. Bush inaugurated January 20, 2001
  • Bush was warned in an August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing that “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.”
  • Osama bin Laden was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed over 3,000 people in the U.S.
  • Bush left office on January 20, 2009
  • Barack Obama inaugurated January 20, 2009
  • Osama bin Laden captured and killed on May 1, 2011 in a covert mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama
No amount of revisionist history will change those facts.  Bush couldn’t find his ass with a mirror and a flashlight.

I’m not a member of an organized political party …

… I’m a Democrat.

Somehow George W. Bush could persuade a slim majority of Congress into overwhelming support authorizing war in Iraq (which wasn’t a viable threat to the United States) and President Obama with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate can not get meaningful health care (which without being addressed poses a greater danger to the United States than Saddam ever did) reform legislation passed.

There are two reasons.  One, Obama and his team including Rahm Emanuel, have not forcefully twisted arms, threatened primary election opponent campaign support,  or shamed Democratic congressmen into action, perhaps by reminding them they were elected Democrats.  Secondly, the Democrats let’s just say are behaving like Democrats,  grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory.  But, it’s not just incompetence or gutlessness, although some of that certainly is at play.  A much larger component is out and out corruption.  If the Republicans are the political party that is bought and paid for by special interests like the health care industrial complex, it appears many Democrats are being rented with an option to buy.  Kent Conrad and Max Baucus are bought and paid for and should take their act from K Street to whatever D.C. street or thoroughfare in their respective districts prostitutes frequent.  The rest of the Blue Dog Dems should join them.

Serious Times …

In a recent post at newmajority.com David Frum, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, questions the outcome if Republicans successfully block President Obama’s plans for health care reform:

For some, the answer is obvious: beat back the president’s proposals, defeat the House bill, stand back and wait for 1994 to repeat itself.

The problem is that if we do that… we’ll still have the present healthcare system. Meaning that we’ll have (1) flat-lining wages, (2) exploding Medicaid and Medicare costs and thus immense pressure for future tax increases, (3) small businesses and self-employed individuals priced out of the insurance market, and (4) a lot of uninsured or underinsured people imposing costs on hospitals and local governments.

We’ll have entrenched and perpetuated some of the most irrational features of a hugely costly and under-performing system, at the expense of entrepreneurs and risk-takers, exactly the people the Republican party exists to champion.

The status quo is not acceptable.  Doing nothing is not a solution — the problems exist and will not just disappear through inaction.  Lying to the American people about pulling the plug on grandma or euthanizing the disabled serves no one.  Encouraging those who portray Obama as Hitler or suggest the U.S. is becoming fascist due to reform of health care insurance ultimately is a losing battle.  David Frum seems to have looked ahead.  Others conservatives should follow.