Thursday, October 25, 2012
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
My Dear America:
Well, things are certainly moving fast this week.
Early Sunday Morning long time Liberal Senator and 1972 Democratic Presidential Candidate, George McGovern died. Under normal circumstances it would have been appropriate to have a lot of media coverage regarding McGovern's passing but it happened the day before the last Presidential Debate and got very little coverage. McGovern deserved better than that.
On Monday evening the last Presidential Debate occurred and the fantastically flexible Mitt Romney, unlike his strong anti Obama opinions expressed constantly during the past four plus years, amazingly enough suddenly seemed in almost perfect agreement with President Obama. In addition to Romney presenting himself as an entirely new candidate on foreign policy, almost totally without beefs with the President, he was also a kinder gentler candidate who was clearly looking to present the President as "The Mean Guy."
I actually got a robo call from a Romney group on Tuesday morning having the nerve to point out that the President on Monday night was "picking a fight" with Romney at the debate. These people have some gall presenting Romney as a peacemaker in comparison to the President.
The President and Romney left Monday's Debate with their traveling shoes on and both candidates have been flying from place to place, mainly hotly contested states which may hold the key to their potential victory.
Obama was on the Jay Leno Show last night and certainly handled all of Jay's softball questions well.
Bruce Springsteen made it official this week that he was supporting President Obama by going on tour with his guitar, along with the President. Certainly Romney Campaign officials could not have been surprised by the endorsement of Obama by "The Boss."
Another important Obama endorsement arrived today and that was the endorsement of former Secretary of State, Colin Powell.
Rumor has it, however, that the Romney Campaign may be trying to blunt the Springsteen and Powell endorsements with two last minute endorsements of Romney's own candidacy. The Romney Campaign is reported to be calling these double endorsements the "Two Charlies" endorsements.
The "Two Charlies" who are coming out strongly for Romney are rumored to be Charlie Sheen and Charlie Manson.
Those endorsements, the Romney Campaign is convinced will certainly garner some serious media attention and I believe they are right about that.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
My Dear America:
Last night was the first of Three Presidential Debates scheduled before the November Election. It was a disturbing spectacle and what happened after the debate was over was even more disturbing.
First of All, Mitt Romney put in a surprisingly good debate performance as long as one does not take into consideration the truth of what he said. Romney answered almost all questions aggressively and carefully. Unfortunately his care did not extend to the truth. He lied constantly throughout the 90 minute debate and as one commentator put it "If his mouth was moving he was lying." Romney did what he seems to have done his entire political life. He changed his political horses and messages in mid stream.
It was no wonder the President was taken back by Romney. In nearly every question that Mitt Romney was called upon to answer he simply changed his answer to something more acceptable, rather than deal with the consequences of holding onto the extreme ideas that he has been promoting all along throughout the 2012 Presidential Campaign.
The President, as he did in 2008, stuck to the facts, answered questions truthfully and did not let himself get has hyper as Romney.
The commentators on MSNBC after the broadcast seemed to be almost out of control with rage against the President for not attacking every lie Romney told. Only Steve Schmidt, former McCain Presidential Campaign Manager seemed to be happy about Romney's performance and what seemed to be perceived by the MSNBC Gang as the President's poor performance.
The MSNBC'ers seemed to forget about the fact that Romney was a bold faced liar from start to finish in the debate. That didn't seem to matter to Ed Schultz or Chris Matthews, both of whom criticized the President unmercifully.
They did have legitimate gripes. Clearly the President could have been more aggressive but he also couldn't have been much more truthful than he was.
Time will tell how devastating this perceived Debate "Win" by Romney will be in the long run.
For those uninformed voters out there who know very little about these two candidates outside of what they learned in this debate they may feel that Romney is the strongest candidate and is deserving of their vote.
On the other hand, however, for those informed voters who can recognize lies and distortions when they hear them it is doubtful that they are going to be swayed by a man who is clearly a great debater but also has very little respect or value for the truth.
And MSNBC Hosts please keep your anger and criticisms under control the next time around and don't give the Etch A Sketch Candidate a debate Win if his win is based upon nothing but lies and distortions of the truth.
I hope we all give the President a break. Clearly he deserves one because if Americans decide the debate winners on the basis of who is lying through their teeth and who is telling Americans the truth then clearly Barack Obama was far and away the winner in last night's debate.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Monday, October 1st, 2012
My Dear America:
Last week a story came out on Politico that has haunted me ever since I heard about it.
According to Roger Simon, who wrote the Politico story, a former Political Director of the Republican Party in Iowa named Craig Robinson recently made a statement that said the following:
"I hate to say this but if Paul Ryan wants to run for National Office again he will have to wash the Stench of Mitt Romney off of him."
Shortly after this, according to Roger Simon, Paul Ryan took great delight in calling Mitt Romney "The Stench" whenever he got the chance to refer to Mitt.
Simon cited a quote that Ryan told one of his aides "If The Stench calls tell him I'm busy."
Now I am no fan of Mitt Romney. In fact, I would agree that especially after his comment about the 47 percent of Americans not paying taxes and freeloading on the well to do, that I would agree that he certainly does have a bit of A Stench about him.
The problem that I have with Ryan's calling Romney "The Stench" is that Romney picked him as his running mate and the obnoxious, arrogant, Ayn Rand loving Ryan should have the decency to be at least minimally grateful enough to Romney for putting him on the ticket.
Clearly Ryan sees being chosen as Romney's running mate as being akin to being chosen first mate on the Titanic. He may be right about his choice. Certainly there is not a lot of reason right now for glee in the Romney campaign. It seems like one misstep after another on the way to another unsuccessful political campaign for Romney.
Certainly one of those missteps, in my estimation, was Romney's choice of Ryan as his running mate. This U.S. Congressman, who has definitely been soft pedaling his extremist views these days was a terrible choice for Romney and if these two fools would by some quirk of fate get elected God bless us, one and all.
If that disaster ever occurs it is not only Romney who will be stinking up the White House.
Certainly Ryan will be emitting an incredible Stench of his own.