Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney
An electoral college computer model which has accurately predicted every Presidential election since 1980 is signaling a landslide victory for Romney in November, 320 to 218.
While media outlets generally call the race with a slight Obama victory, those analyses rely on current polling data and do not take into account how trends will break as the election nears. This model, on the other hand, examines more meaningful data like economic statistics from individual states. It suggests voters hold Democrats responsible for high unemployment, and Republicans responsible for low per-capita income. Democrats tend to lose the White House anytime unemployment is above 5.6%.
It’s worth noting that Dick Morris has been predicting a big Romney win for awhile now.
Of course it’s still too early to truly call this race and anything can happen between now and November. Still, the results of this prediction have to be concerning to the Obama re-election team.
Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has posted a new ad accusing Mitt Romney of launching a false attack. The ad plays a clip of Romney quoting Obama’s speech where he said “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” The ad then shows text saying Obama never said that. A few seconds later, the ad even plays a clip of Obama saying those exact words.
This is phenomenal. Obama’s campaign is literally calling Romney a “liar” and a “say anything” candidate for quoting Obama’s own speech! The emperor is truly naked folks.
This is also just another example in a growing litany of evidence that whatever terrible thing the Progressive Left accuses the right of doing, they are already doing it themselves.
Click over to YouTube to watch the ad, and then give it a dislike just for fun.
Personally, I think this is a mistake on the part of the Obama campaign. Claiming your guy didn’t say something and then playing your guy saying that exact thing is pretty dumb. It will be interesting to see if the campaign pulls this ad. If they do, you can also catch Beck’s analysis (currently free). He doesn’t show the ad but he does play the audio and then plays Romney’s speech and Obama’s speech side by side.
This whole incident rekindles my theory that the main factor in choosing Biden for Vice President was to give the late night comedians a more obvious target to roast. Obama’s off-prompter gaffe record isn’t exactly stellar. All I know is that Romney better ride this horse as far as it will go because after this, I doubt Obama will go off prompter again through the rest of the campaign.
On the other hand, he seems to be so arrogant that maybe he will and just assume he can lie his way out of it like he’s trying to do here. What say you?
Here’s something entertaining. It seems that National Geographic Channel has run a study finding 65% of Americans believe Obama would be a better choice to deal with an alien invasion than Mitt Romney.
I suppose it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibilities that such a consideration could be made. Hawking feels that contact with extraterrestrials is “risky,” and should be avoided. The Internet is full of theories and supposed evidence that aliens are already on their way. Plus, it would explain why Obama golfs so much — might as well get it in before E.T. turns the country club into a headquarters.
On the other hand, more scientific analysis suggests that if alien life does exist, the probability of it visiting Earth is fairly low, so we shouldn’t worry about whether or not it’s hostile. Personally, I agree with this theory. NASA has already been able to identify several Earth-like plants — surely any space creature capable of traveling to Earth would have much more sophisticated equipment than us, and would be able to locate Earth-like planets closer to home.
Nevertheless, it’s an interesting subject to consider, and it got me wondering exactly how one would justify the position that Obama would be better at dealing with an alien invasion. Do they think bowing to the Saudi king prepared Obama for bowing to an alien leader?
My opinion is that if an alien invasion did occur, knowing that they would have significantly advanced technology, our success would hinge on our ability to think outside the box. Of the two men, Mitt Romney is certainly more likely to possess that particular skill. Successful entrepreneurship tends to necessitate outside-the-box thinking, whereas working in government tends to suffocate creativity of all kinds.
What say you?
While you were busy enjoying your bread and circuses yesterday, operatives from the Nevada GOP–aided and abetted by all four cable “news” networks–were busily manipulating the results of the Nevada Caucuses, handing another undeserved victory to Mittens “It’s My Turn, Peasants” Romneycare.
You probably aren’t aware of this, because the TeeVee told you that Mitt Romney won, nothing to see here, move along now, after a mere 5% of the vote had been counted.
But what the TeeVee didn’t tell you–for about an entire day–is that the Nevada GOP refused to release the results from Clark County, Nevada’s most populous county and the home of 60% of Nevada’s registered voters. In fact, as of this writing, more than 30 hours after the last caucus closed, the Nevada Caucuses are still not decided. (Well, not in the “lawfully and transparently counting the votes to see who got the most” sense. They’ve already been decided in the “we count the votes, and we already decided in advance that Mittens was going to win” sense.)
Here’s some coverage of the “special caucus” that Newt’s billionaire casino magnate backer bought for him. It was the last caucus that took place, and is in Clark County, where 60% of all Nevada voters are located. Later that night, CNN also aired the live counting of the votes at that caucus. In the video below, CNN joins the event at the point where the candidates’ supporters were giving stump speeches. Over two dozen caucus voters spoke on Ron Paul’s behalf, in an audience that was expected to be largely Seventh-Day Adventists and Orthodox Jews. Romney, Gingrich and Santorum only inspired two or three supporters to speak on their behalf, according to one witness who voted at the caucus.
Here are the results, counted and announced live on CNN:
Ron Paul: 183
Mittens Romney: 61
Newt Gingrich: 57
Rick Santorum: 16
It’s remarkable that the total is so high, given the fact that the caucus organizers forced those who wanted to vote to sign a “religious declaration” affidavit before giving them a ballot, likely in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Even with religious discrimination the results favored Ron Paul, as the Paul campaign expected, based on their internal polling. (At some point in the past two weeks, I read that the Paul campaign had identified over 20,000 definite Ron Paul voters in advance of the caucuses. I’ll post a source if I can find it.)
Ron Paul’s vote totals have more than doubled in every primary or caucus so far over his 2008 totals, and since he has had a massive organization in Nevada for four years, and Nevada is a libertarian state, he was expected to either win or tie for first place. And in the ONE large Clark County caucus where the votes were counted in public, on live television, Ron Paul won by a landslide, as was expected.
Apparently, that was bad news for those in the Cocktail Party GOP in Nevada.
Miraculously, “irregularities” were quickly found that required the party operatives to sequester themselves in a smoke-filled room and “recount” the votes from Clark County (until they get the totals they had decided upon in advance?)
At 3:10 a.m. Monday, nearly 10% of the votes have still not been reported. At this point, Ron Paul is listed in third place with only 5,901 votes–fewer votes than he received in 2008, when he placed second to Mitt Romney in the Nevada caucuses.
And just as miraculously, the chairwoman of the GOP in Nevada resigned effective 12:01 Sunday morning, in a move she claimed was pre-planned and had nothing whatsoever to do with the voter fraud the Nevada GOP was apparently undertaking.
Move along, peasants. Nothing to see here. Turn up the surround sound and pass the hot wings.
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What: GOP presidential debate in South Carolina
When: Tonight, Monday 1/16/2012 at 9pm EST/8pm CST
Who: Willard “Mittens” Romneycare, Newt Gingrich, the Fifth Dimensional imp known as Luap noR! back in his native Land of Zrrf, and The Two Ricks (one of which will be making his penultimate debate performance tonight before slinking back to Texas in defeat after running the worst presidential campaign in American history — can you guess which Rick that is?).
How to watch: Fox News Livestream — click here to access
I’ll live-blog-transcribe the debate for those who can’t watch it. The transcript will begin below at 9pm EST/8pm CST.
What are your expectations for tonight? HotAir has some thoughts up already.
If you’re not aware, the latest fad in viral videos is the “Shit People Say” theme…which is covering every demographic out there. Above, you’ll find a few examples.
I’m sure your employers will love this, but you can literally spend several days at work clicking from one video to another that YouTube suggests in this genre and watching all sorts of takes on “Shit Gay People Say”, “Shit Straight People Say to Gay People”, “Shit Asian People Say”, “Shit Black People Say”, “Shit (Insert Celebrity Here) Says”, etc.
The videos all share the same format: short clips of someone saying a stereotypical thing that supposedly defines a type of person or group. It’s luck of the draw whether you’ll get a funny video or a weird and offensive one, but if you spend any time at all on Facebook no doubt you’ll encounter one of these soon (if you haven’t already). Hell, you might even star in one (or be inspiring the material for one without realizing it).
In the case of a “Shit Mitt Romney Says” video would stereotype the Cocktail Party GOP establishment elites that are pushing him towards the Republican 2012 nomination — and setting him up to lose to Barack Obama in the fall.
Just like in the clips above, a video could be cobbled together from various Romney media appearances that illustrate what a supremely weak general election candidate Romney will be. This would be a great thing to show anyone you know who’s been parroting that nonsense that “Romney’s most electable!”.
Right…and Pandora Boxx is a real woman from Rochester.
It would be particularly effective to have a “Shit Mitt Says” video where he’s saying something supportive of an issue in one clip…then showing him saying he’s against that very same thing in the next clip…and then showing him for that issue again in the end. Lather, rinse, repeat. It’s the way he flip-flops through almost everything in politics from one position to another…which makes him unelectable in the fall when people put it together that the guy stands for absolutely nothing but his own self-promotion.
The Left will create a “Shit Romney Says” video for the general election if Romney becomes the nominee. So why not beat them to the punch and do this now in the primaries?
One of the dumbest things I see repeated on conservative political sites is “Oh, you can’t do that! You’ll give the Democrats ideas!” or “Be quiet about that, you don’t want to give Obama material”. If you really believe that Democrats aren’t working on this stuff right now and putting it in reserve for August, then you are a fool. There is no nice way for me to say that. You are damn skippy, as we’d say back in Cleveland. Whether you like Romney or not, you need to understand that it’s better for everyone to get these things out now so that the Left doesn’t have an armory of YouTube videos ready to launch after Romney would secure the nomination.
Obama acolytes have spent four years counting on the Cocktail Party and agenda-driven media to anoint Romney as the “it’s his turn!” nominee and they are well-prepared for what they’re going to do to Republicans in a general election to secure Obama a second term.
If you want to stop their plan from being so effective, you need to raise your voice now while there’s still a chance of preventing Romney from becoming the nominee and Republicans falling right into the Democrats’ trap.
ACTION ITEM: Can you think of good quotes from Romney and find them on YouTube in videos so that we can make a “Shit Romney Says” video compilation like the YouTube clips you see above?
If so, can you make a note of the URLs in comments below…and also mark the exact time on the video that the quote appears. I’ll ask my boyfriend Justin to put a “Shit Mitt Romney Says” video together using the clips…but it would make things a lot easier for him if you could mark off exactly where the great quotes are.
I really don’t like typing an expletive like s***, especially an expletive based in excrement, but unfortunately “Shit People Say” is the term that’s being used for these viral videos.
This is an example of recognizing pop culture’s doing something that will indeed bleed into politics…and trying to be ahead of that curve and create it before someone on the Left does instead.
I wish the Republican Party as a whole was on top of things like this…but since it’s not, we need to pick up that slack ourselves it seems.
An Open Letter to All Mormoms: Prepare Yourselves Emotionally and Mentally for What the Left is Going to Say About You Should Romney Be the Nominee
Consider this an open letter to all Mormons out there who may come across it, warning you of what the political Left in this country is going to say about — and do to — you should Willard “Mittens” Romney become the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.
You need to start bracing yourselves for the sustained, vicious attacks that the Left is going to direct at you if the Cocktail Party GOP establishment and the agenda-driven media succeed in pushing Romney to the nomination so that he stands in the way of Barack Obama’s re-election in November. From what I repeatedly see online and receive in email from people claiming to be Mormon, you are completely unprepared for the persecution that’s coming. Many of you seem to see the world “as it should be” and not the way the Left actually operates – with far too many Mormons thinking “his religion shouldn’t matter!” or “there’s nothing wrong with Mormonism to make fun of or attack!” or “this will be a campaign about the issues and the Left wouldn’t stoop to doing that!”.
Whatever happens, you can never say that nobody tried to warn you while there was still time to prepare yourselves for the disaster that’s coming.
The first thing you need to understand is that the political Left in America operates an Alinsky Death Star that it aims at those who stand in the way of Barack Obama’s re-election. The Left was exiled in the political wilderness for 30 years until Obama’s election; Leftists will not give up control of the country easily and will employ every attack in their arsenal to secure Obama a second term. There is no “stun” setting on the Alinsky Death Star — the one and only setting is “obliterate” and it’s being powered up to hit Salt Lake City with laser-focused persecution and ridicule you’ve clearly never imagined possible. Because Romney is not only a Mormon but served in key leadership positions in your church, Mormons and Mormonism will be targets in the all-out-war the Left wages to keep Obama in power this summer and fall. If you expect anything less than weaponized hate and distilled evil from the Left in everything it has planned for you and your church, you’re looking for decency in Alderaan places.
Later this month, Harper Collins is publishing a new book titled The Real Romney by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman that will contain accounts from former Mormon women that depict both Romney himself and Mormonism at large as anti-woman. You can read an excerpt from the book in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair, in the article The Meaning of Mitt. From what I’ve seen, there are at least two anecdotes in the book that malign Mormonism as misogynist and depict Mormons such as Romney treating women as second-class citizens.
One account was from a woman named Peggie Hayes who claims Romney came to her home and demanded she give her unborn baby up for adoption because the Mormon church leaders decided she was an unfit mother; Hayes told her interviewers that Romney threatened her with excommunication if she didn’t surrender her baby to the church. “Give up your son or give up God” and be condemned to Hell is what Hayes claims Romney threatened her. This was in 1983 while Romney served as a bishop in the Boston slate of the Mormon church.
Another claim made against Romney by a female Mormon was written in the “Exponent II Journal”, which appears to have been a newsletter that a Mormon women’s group published; this unnamed woman maintains that Romney terrorized her while she was in the hospital faced with serious medical problems during an at-risk pregnancy. The woman was advised by doctors to have a medically-required abortion but Romney appeared as an agent of the Mormon church and demanded she carry the baby to term regardless of danger to her own life. The woman was horrified by Romney’s behavior and ultimately had the abortion on her doctor’s orders. Romney’s depicted as an alien, imposing, tyrant in the account.
Here is where you, as Mormons, face an immense challenge. I’m sure reading the two paragraphs above has whipped many of you into a frenzy and you’re already ginning up hatemail to send me for bringing this up. This is what’s actually happened every single time I’ve ever drawn attention to what the Left has planned for Mormonism if Romney is the nominee. Mormons have a terrible habit of shooting the messenger and desperately trying to pretend that these attacks from the Left are not going to come. I’ve run this site for four years now and during that time I’ve seen many Mormons prove themselves to be very prickly when Mormonism is discussed in any way in the nation at large.
Well, Willard “Mittens” Romney is running for president and is serving Mormonism on a platter for the Left and the agenda-driven media to savage…and he’s very foolishly doing it in an election year where the Left will stop at absolutely nothing to secure Barack Obama a second term. This is a perfect storm of disastrous proportions for those of you who prickle when someone outside your faith comments on Mormonism. If you’re going to get upset, leave nasty comments on this article, or send me hatemail for telling you the truth about what’s coming then I sincerely worry about your personal mental health when the Alinsky Death Star is fired up the day after Romney would be anointed the Republican nominee.
The reason the Left has not hit Romney or Mormonism with its attacks — yet — is because the Left and agenda-driven media in this country WANT Barack Obama to run against not just Romney, but Mormonism too. A trial run — you can think of it as a Guerenica-type weapons test — of what’s to come occurred in California in 2008 when the Prop-8 assault on perceived gay rights’ was blamed on Mormonism in the national media; Mormons were depicted as evil zealots on a crusade against the rights of others and Mormonism was described by the media as an alien, controlling, fanaticism. The Left won’t admit it was actually Barack Obama’s black Democrat voters who passed Prop-8 — or report that if Mormons were powerful enough in California to be responsible for that discrimination against gays then John McCain should have won the golden state’s electoral votes. If you don’t understand this already, you will soon enough: the facts never matter when the Left needs the agenda-driven media to force a certain narrative to benefit Democrats.
In 2012, with absolutely nothing worthwhile or positive accomplished during his presidency and no record of achievement to be proud of, the Left and agenda-driven media need villains for Obama to rail against. The “Hopeychange” that Obama entranced his acolytes and foot soldiers with in 2008 has expired and the only hope of motivating these people to re-elect him is to rev them up with hate. That hatred is going to be directed full force at Mormons and Mormonism.
If you’re a Mormon who’s reading this, please hurry through the emotional stages of addressing this reality. For your own sake, don’t get stuck on “denial” and delude yourself into believing this isn’t going to happen. The day after Romney would be declared the nominee will come the opening salvos in the Left’s war on the Church of Mormon. You need to accept that, and skip over being angry at the people who are trying to warn you of what’s coming. Don’t for a minute think that Romney being Mormon is no different than John F. Kennedy being Catholic. That’s another delusion I’ve seen floated here and there by Mormons who optimistically put too much faith in the nonexistent decency of the Left.
Some people had a problem with Kennedy being Catholic and running for President — that part is true. But that’s where the similarities between the 1960 election and the one we face in 2012 end. For starters, Kennedy was a Democrat and his challenger — Nixon — was a Republican; the media wanted Kennedy elected and chose not to persecute him for his Catholicism (which was, it should be noted, not as alien to voters at large in 1960 as Mormonism is to the majority of Americans in 2012). In the election at hand, almost everyone working in the news media is committed to seeing Barack Obama win a second term. Men like George Soros have invested billions of dollars in the “Obama brand” and will not allow him to be defeated without an all-out-war of a campaign. Obama needs a major distraction from his record of failure and ineptitude — and that distraction will be Mormonism.
The attack on your religion is part of a two-pronged election strategy devised by the likes of David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and other Chicago operatives on the Obama campaign team. The other half of the strategy is to gin up the Occupy Wall Street crowds into class warfare mode and use them as goon squads to hammer home the image of Romney being a greedy, job-killing, Wall Street corporate raider who shuttered factories and cost union members their livelihoods when he was palling around with Ivan Bloesky and Michael Milken in the 1980s. Please take a look at the Occupy Wall Street rhetoric that the agenda-driven media has gleefully promoted and then appreciate the foreshadowing this gives of what the Left has planned for its assault on Romney as a corporate raider.
Now, imagine the “Persecute Mormonism” second front the Left’s going to open up to unleash absolute Hell upon your church because the Left’s mission — with media complicity — will be to annihilate Romney and anyone who was ever connected to him in the Mormon church. You’ve heard of the phrase “bread and circuses” that was used in ancient Rome by those in power when they needed to control disgruntled mobs? “Occupy and persecute” is the Democrats’ 2012 equivalent and the only strategy they have to distract attention from Obama’s failed record and incite the disgruntled, unemployed, and desperate to take to the streets to re-elect Obama by demonizing his opponent in every way imaginable.
If you don’t start preparing for the “occupy and persecute” update of 2008’s “hope and change” now, then you will only have yourself to blame when the Left’s Alinsky Death Star takes aim at Salt Lake City and the Occupy Wall Street class warfare gets coupled with a Leftist crusade against Mormonism.
I am telling you this now so that you can prepare yourselves emotionally for it, but the Left is going to depict Mormons as anti-woman in order to alienate independent, non-religious female voters from Romney.
The Left is going to claim that Mormons are racist and that Mormonism itself is evil because blacks were excluded from positions of authority until the 1970s. The fact this is not true does not matter. No matter how much you wish it’s not going to happen, the Left is going to scream RAAACIST! at every living Mormon because this is the number one Alinsky tactic that’s proved effective through the years: if the Left needs to destroy an opponent, the fastest way to accomplish that is to just call the person a RAAACIST! so that the person’s friends, neighbors, and natural supporters will be too scared of being called RAAACISTS! too that they abandon the person. Mormons at large are going to be called racists in the general election because Romney is running for president and the Left will believe this is the key to defeating him in the court of public opinion.
The Left will claim that Mormons hate gays and that they are to blame for Prop-8 in California. As noted earlier, this worked so well for them in the media spin rooms in 2008 that they’re going to recycle it this summer too. The Left is planning on employing a trifecta against Romney and Mormonism: branding Mormons misogynists, racists, and homophobic bigots. You know this isn’t true. You prickle at the thought of being called these horrible names. But you need to accept the reality that Romney’s campaign is going to precipitate a nonstop barrage of accusations directed at YOU, as a Mormon, because the media’s agenda will be to help Obama by villainizing Mormonism. This is the Alinsky Method: to polarize and marginalize an opponent by calling those people the worst names the Left can think of and accusing that group of hating others based on their gender, race, or sexuality.
The 2012 campaign was always guaranteed to be ugly because the economy’s so bad and Obama’s record in office is so unaccomplished. The two substantive things he achieved were the squandered trillion dollar bailout and Obamacare — neither of which Democrats can spin as a positive in November. That means instead of running on how marvelous a job Obama has done, the Left and its agenda-driven media propaganda wing needs to create a villain for Obama to run against and defeat in a class and culture war that distracts from the realities of his presidential failures. While it’s true that a villain could be created out of any of the Republican presidential candidates, with Romney the Left attains the ability to demonize Mormons and Mormonism as a second front in an Obama re-election strategy.
I don’t believe that Romney can win the presidency because of his time as a corporate raider at Bain Capital alone; it is the wrong election cycle to be running a Wall Street caricature in a year when the public’s been ginned up to hate all things Wall Street. I know that the assault on Mormonism will be effective against Romney because the only way to make Obama seem like a safe and comfortable choice is to make his opponent seem as dangerous and alien as possible.
You won’t like this — but you need to understand that Mormonism is indeed alien to most Americans. People do not learn about Mormonism in school. Mormon communities tend to be insulated, which means they’re quite cutoff from the rest of our culture. All of this enables the Left to define Mormonism with a narrative that will depict Mormons as hateful, backwards, weird, and dangerous.
The Left intends to hammer Romney for eliminating jobs while at Bain Capital so the Occupy Wall Street crowds can gin up zeal to punish Romney for people’s economic suffering; simultaneously, the Left will alienate Romney from the public because of his Mormonism.
“Occupy and Persecute”…that is what the two-front Obama re-election strategy would be if Willard “Mittens” Romney becomes the Republican presidential nominee for 2012.
If you are a Mormon you need to accept this. Clearly, you will never like it and you most likely will never understand it since many in conservative ranks still seem to have no idea how the Left operates. But you need to understand that the Alinsky Death Star is being programmed into “occupy and persecute” mode in anticipation of Romney becoming the nominee. It is going to be the absolute worst thing that’s ever happened to the Church of Mormon. If you’re a Mormon, you’re going to be mocked with jokes on Jay Leno about “magic underwear”; you’re going to be called horrible names as the media runs coverage of Mormonism’s misogyny, racism, and homophobia; you’re going to be lumped in with Scientologists and various cults as “fringe” and “dangerous”.
There is absolutely no way to stop any of this from happening. Being angry about it happening is not going to help you. Becoming prickly when people try to warn you to prepare yourselves for what’s ahead is just foolish.
If Romney becomes the Republican nominee, this is what’s going to happen, and there is no avoiding that.
So, go to your churches and start talking about all of this with the religious leaders in your branch or slate. Start coming up with a plan for a counter attack. Start thinking of ways to not just defend Mormonism but to show the public that Barack Obama is more alien to Americans and what this country stands for than any Mormon ever could be.
Don’t just sit there, mad that I’m telling you the truth, or lash out at the messenger for giving you a heads-up on the “occupy and persecute” strategy that the Left’s been planning to use against Romney for four years now.
If Romney’s the nominee and you are a Mormon, Democrats won’t just be gunning for him…but will be firing up the Alinsky Death Star to blast away at YOU, too.
Pretending this isn’t going to happen is not an effective defense — for you, Romney, or the Church of Mormon.
[ How the Cocktail Party GOP establishment does things in Virginia to ensure the “it’s his turn!” candidate gets his way.]
Over Christmas weekend, many of you may have missed the full scope of what’s happening in Virginia. The focus has been on the Virginia GOP refusing to check the signature submitted by Willard “Mittens” Romneycare and Ron Paul to verify if either of them have enough valid signatures to be included on a Virginia primary ballot (while disqualifying the attempts made by Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry to be candidates in the Virginia primary).
The really interesting part of all of this is that Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman did not submit any signatures to even attempt to be slotted as candidates on Virginia’s ballot.
Here’s why they, for their individual reasons, didn’t make that effort:
Republican Debate Live Blog Transcript: Des Moines Iowa ABC Yahoo Debate Saturday December 10th, 2011
NOTE: This is a live blog transcript of the Republican Debate taking place in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday December 10th, 2011 and covered by ABC News and Yahoo. In my opinion, that’s as professional a level of coverage as allowing Al’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Supply and Burger King to host a debate (with no offense intended towards either Al or “The King”). They’re bringing Diane Sawyer out of the malfunctioning cryo-chamber she sleeps in and they’re borrowing a booster seat to prop little Georgie Snuffleupaguss high enough over the table to participate in questioning as well, like a big boy and everything. I fully expect this to be a severely amateur hour performance by the “journalists” playing “moderators”, with ample “Gotcha!” moments where these people beclown themselves in their attempts to harm the Republicans running for president against Barack Obama. Since Newt Gingrich is the latest frontrunner to emerge, the goal tonight for the “moderators” will be to tear him down so that Willard “Mittens” Romneycare becomes the ultimate (and, according to them, “inevitable”) nominee. Let’s see how much these fools get away with tonight, and how aggressively Gingrich serves whatever they’re dishing right back at them.
The debate starts at 9pm EST and 8pm CST.
If you know of a good feed to watch the debate online for those who don’t have televisions, please chime in with that in comments below.
It looks like I’ll be using this feed from Yahoo.com — but I like to have backup ones in case that primary feed fails midway through (which usually seems to happen).
In the few minutes I have before the debate starts, I think it’s a good time to run through my thoughts on each of the candidates and what I expect from them tonight:
Newt Gingrich: I still marvel at the fact that the man I actually hated once upon a time in the 90s is now someone I can actually see becoming the 45th President of the United States. The reality is that voters do not unseat an incumbent president unless a challenger emerges who forms a clear remedy for the current president’s failings: and Gingrich is clearly a remedy to Barack Obama (unlike Willard “Mittens” Romneycare, who is essentially Obama-lite, or Obama-white, as the case may be). Gingrich is fast on his feet and intelligent where Obama fumbles and bumbles with TelePrompTers. Gingrich speaks in cold hard facts while Obama waxes in nebulous platitudes. Gingrich clobbers his opponents in debates while Obama relies on the memories of his soaring orations from 2008. There are a lot of very foolish people out there who keep harping that Gingrich’s three marriages will keep voters from embracing him, but that’s just nonsense. I surely hope that if the Obama campaign attacks Gingrich on a marital front in 2012 that Republicans are smart enough to call Barack Obama’s own marriage into question, and start openly talking about the fact that Obama is a closeted gay man in a sham marriage that includes frequent cheating on his wife with male staffers. I don’t think Democrats are going to want to go there, so the “Gingrich has been married three times” bit really gets trumped by “Barack Obama used to frequent bathhouses in Chicago and still sleeps with men in the White House” reality. The GOP is indeed the Party of Stupid and is meek beyond comprehension most of the time, but something tells me that Newt Gingrich will see to it that all of Obama’s own dirty, bathhouse-scented laundry sees the light of day if the White House decides to try to make 2012 a referendum against heterosexuals marrying and divorcing multiple times.
Willard “Mittens” Romneycare: Romneycare is the least electable Republican in this race because he does not provide any contrast at all with Barack Obama in a general election. If Republicans run Romneycare, they take Obamacare off the table for criticism — which will be a disaster down ticket since this election will really be about jobs, the economy, and repealing Obamacare before it does any more damage to jobs and the economy. If Romneycare is the nominee, the conservatives will lose the ability to criticize Obamacare. They’ll also lose the ability to criticize any of the myriad other things that Romneycare has supported over the years, before deciding to no longer support so long as the polls tell him that’s the best position for him to have today. Barack Obama is vague, nebulous, and manufactured in all that he does; the same can be said for Romneycare. Voters do not replace one president with a man who is so similar to him; voters want a remedy for the current president and will only side with a challenger against an incumbent if they feel the new guy makes up for the key failings of the current Oval Office occupant. Romneycare just doesn’t cut it. Hopefully, enough Republican voters will see that so this can be the last time we have to deal with Willard “Mittens” “But, It’s My Turn!” Romneycare in a presidential election.
Michele Bachmann: I have lost all respect for Michele Bachmann. That’s one of the most disappointing casualties for me of this primary season. I don’t like the way she conducts herself, and don’t like how clearly she has been cozying up to Romneycare in some deluded effort to be his VP pick (mark my words, if Romneycare WERE to become the nominee, his VP pick would be Tim “Droopy Dog” Pawlenty, as those two have a weird bromance going on that Bachmann can never compete with). I used to have a lot of respect for Bachmann, but she’s been behaving foolishly lately and doesn’t seem to stand for anything anymore besides being as negative as possible whenever a microphone is in front of her. I wish she would suspend her campaign and focus on something productive at this point.
Rick Perry: The “Strong” ad was a breaking point for me with Perry, but not in the way you might first think. I don’t care if Perry doesn’t want gays serving in the military — there have been gays in the military since the military was founded, and the matter is now settled so it’s truly beyond foolish for a Republican candidate to keep bringing it up. It’s also incredibly foolish for Perry to make an anti-gay TV ad while dressed up like one of the guys from Brokeback Mountain. That jacket he wore in the “Strong” ad is a dead-ringer for the one Heath Ledger wore as gay cowboy Ennis in Brokeback. I now conclude that Rick Perry is an irredeemable doofus for setting himself up for the merciless parodies the Gaystapo is churning out against him on YouTube and Facebook. A Republican candidate for president just cannot be this oblivious, ill-informed, and downright STUPID. A serious Republican presidential candidate should not need to be told that dressing up as an iconic character from a gay movie is not the best way to wardrobe himself in an anti-gay ad his campaign filmed out of sheer desperation to gin up a little hatred and get himself a new round of attention before the Iowa Caucuses. You know what else is a pretty popular gay movie? To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar. Which of those characters will Perry be dressing up as for his next Iowa ad? I bet if he picks the Patrick Swayze one, maybe he’ll score some points from still-mourning fans the way Jennifer Grey did when she was on Dancing with the Stars last year. Perry supporters keep saying that “this is the last dumb thing he’ll do” or “just give him a chance and he’ll prove he’s not a complete doofus”. Well, he’s had more chances than most people, and he keeps proving how truly stupid he is on all sorts of levels. This guy is Texas toast with scrambled eggs for brains.
Ron Paul: I am horrified by Ron Paul’s assertion that the United States government was gleeful after 9/11 or that our government knew the attacks were going to happen and let them happen anyway. A good friend of mine died when the Towers collapsed, so I take these flights of fantasy from someone like Paul deadly serious. I’m sure my friend Kathleen, a Paul supporter, will have some thoughts on his remarks but I have to note going into this debate that I am furious with this man. For two presidential elections now, Paul has played the role of Mr. Mxyzptlk, saying outrageous things up on the stage and encouraging people who like to run around in V for Vendetta masks to champion him. After these 9/11 remarks, I’ve had enough of this garbage and no longer feel like indulging Fifth-Dimensional craziness in serious debate proceedings. I really hope Paul has to answer a question about his 9/11 remarks; I am sure my friend Jane will be looking down from Heaven with great interest to hear what he has to say.
Rick Santorum: It’s time for him to get off the stage so that the field can be paired down to five or less contenders. Anyone polling with less than 10% needs to join Jon Huntsman off in the ether somewhere. This is the homestretch, and the time to perpetually indulge the vanity campaigns is over.
What are you thinking about as we wait for the debate to start?
What do you think each of the candidates above needs to do tonight?
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