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Romney Promises New Covers for TPS Reports

31 Aug

The Republican nominee for President, W. Mitt Romney, gave his acceptance speech last night. Here it is: 

These speeches are seldom negative – they’re usually positive and forward-thinking; they’re inspirational and hopeful. Romney’s was starkly negative, criticizing Obama/Biden 2008 for having been inspirational and failing. 37 minutes’ worth of blaming the President for a crisis that he didn’t cause, and that he can’t solve in a vacuum. The Euro crisis affects us. The absurd cost of energy affects us. The worldwide financial meltdown affects us. 

Romney says he wishes Obama had succeeded, because he wants “America to succeed”. He then blames Obama for the division that came about after he took office. In Romneyland, the Republicans share no blame. 

Romney is blaming Obama for the Republicans’ stated platform of obstructing and thwarting every single policy, law, and nominee that Obama ever proposed. Governor Romney, if Obama has failed, that failure is the exact result sought by the political party you addressed last night. 

The first portion of the speech was a disjointed series of blame Obama, American exceptionalism, and jingoism. 

Romney omitted a lot of stuff from his speech. You’d never know, for instance, that he spent time as Governor of Massachusetts, except for a fleeting throwaway line about how he hired some women while in that position.  Medicare, Social Security, the ongoing wars – all absent. His 12 million jobs are what’s targeted to happen regardless of who becomes President, regardless of what policies they implement. 

Romney noted that Americans are less hopeful, less optimistic now. Well, a largely jobless recovery will do that. But instead of reinvigorating that hope and optimism, Romney simply said that we should have it, and that we should stop thinking about big ideas, and just stick to small basics. He’s running to be not President, but Manager. I’m shocked that there was no mention of Lean Six Sigma. 

Oh, and he got in some digs against Obama for supposedly “apologizing for success”, betraying Israel, and not standing up to Putin. The first never happened, the second never happened, and the third isn’t true. There was never an Obama “apology tour”. The rich? They got richer. Americans are largely pleased with the way in which Obama has handled foreign policy – incredibly, in just 30 years, the Republican Party has completely conceded the issue to the Democrats. 

Are you better off than you were four years ago? Maybe not you, specifically, but the country? Absolutely. Four years ago: 

The Dow closed at just above 13,000 yesterday.

Bank bailouts, lost jobs, decreased trade, auto bailouts, the bursting of the housing bubble, the European sovereign debt crisis – the recession began in December 2007 under Obama’s predecessor, became a terror in late 2008, and ended in mid-2009. Obama dragged us out of recession. You are objectively better off in August 2012 than you were in August 2008

I wasn’t going to vote for this guy,  but I watched his speech. It ended stronger than it began, but he didn’t say a thing to persuade me to change my mind. How about you? 

 

Paul Ryan and the Obama-Hating Drum Circle in Tampa

30 Aug

This RNC is difficult enough for me to tolerate as it is, but last night Mitt Romney’s mini-me, Paul Ryan, (R-WI) gave a speech that was a reasonably dull pack of lies. When your campaign strategy is about deliberate, brazen lying on the one hand, and whining about the press calling you out on it, on the other hand, you’ve got a huge problem. 

The lying part – sure, it happens in most campaigns everywhere. Oftentimes, it’s not outright lying but mere puffery or exaggeration. But Romney and Ryan – they simply lie. They lie about stuff – important stuff – directly in your face. They do it without a hint of embarrassment, scruples, or irony. They will quite literally say one thing to one audience one day, and another thing the next. When even your official party organ – the Republican Komosomolskaya PravdaFox News calls you out on lying, you’re going to have a credibility problem as the campaign-without-end drags on

  • Ryan said that Obama promised “in 2008” that the stimulus would save a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, but “that plant didn’t last another year.” In reality, Obama made those remarks in February 2008 while running for president, the plant’s closing was announced in October 2008, and it closed in December 2008 — before Obama even took office, and months before the stimulus went into effect.
  • Ryan thundered that Obama “created a bipartisan debt commission” which “came back with an urgent report,” but Obama simply “thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” Ryan did not mention that he was on the debt commission, also known as Simpson-Bowles, and he voted against the plan it came up with.
  • Ryan accused President Obama of plundering hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare. The only part of Obamacare that Ryan kept in his budget plan? Those Medicare cuts.

Take, for instance, Paul Ryan’s speech to the assembled faithful last night. It contained a lot of red meat for the party that has become nothing more than an Obama-hatred drum circle.  The lies as Fox News sees them

Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.

Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.

Fact: Though Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the credit for private sector success to government, that isn’t what the president said. Period. 

Fact: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.

Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.

The right wing will whine about “Obamanomics”, which they thwarted or watered down at every opportunity, thus crippling its impact. But as Paul Ryan blames Obama for something that he didn’t do, recall that if the auto bailout hadn’t happened, there wouldn’t just be no SUV plant in Janesville, WI – there wouldn’t be a GM, or a GM plant, anywhere, doing anything. And all the ancillary suppliers and vendors would be out of work, too. Without the stimulus – watered down as it was – and without the auto bailout, the great recession of 2008 would have been a second depression. And it would have been thus because our country and its leaders over the last 20 – 30 years practically made it a policy to forget all the lessons learned during the Great Depression of the 20s and 30s. 

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This Romney campaign, however, has already declared that it will not be reality-based, or factually accurate. This is why they still have surrogates like Donald Trump going around calling Obama a Kenyan Muslim. 

When are we, as Americans, going to demand truth from our candidates? Why do we tolerate 24 month-long campaigns that boil down to crazy talk, who can raise the most money, and superficial horserace nonsense? 

This campaign has become the worst season of Big Brother, ever. 

UPDATE: 

RNC <3 Slavery?

23 May

The Republican National Committee shows on a daily basis that it’s operated by dummies. Not just dummies with no ideas and no plan, but just plain old dummies who can’t even be bothered to click through and read.

Let’s click through to http://bit.ly/tFL7O

It’s audio of a 2001 interview Obama gave to a public radio station. Taken out of context, it sounds like excellent fodder for the right-wing Hissy Fit of the Day.™

The topic of the show on which Obama was appearing was “Slavery and the Constitution”. If one has a brain that works in one’s head, and contemplates for a moment that the Constitution of this country existed simultaneously with slavery for some 80-odd years, then you, too, might agree that the Constitution was “fundamentally flawed”, at least until Emancipation was mandated by the 13th Amendment to it.

In the interview, Obama said:

The original Constitution, as well as — as well as the Civil War amendments, but I think it is an imperfect document, and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture — the colonial culture nascent at that time. African-Americans were not — first of all, they weren’t African-Americans. The Africans at the time were not considered as part of the polity that was of concern to the framers. I think that, as [program co-panelist] Richard [John] said, it was a nagging problem in the same way that, these days, we might think of environmental issues or some other problem that, where you have to balance, you know, cost-benefits, as opposed to seeing it as a moral problem involving persons of moral worth. And, in that sense, I think we can say that the Constitution reflected a enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and that the framers had that same blind spot. I don’t think the two views are contradictory to say that it was a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now, and to say that it also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.

So, yes. The Constitution reflected a fundamental flaw of this country – that certain people weren’t even considered people. Too bad the RNC doesn’t agree.

Oh, on a side not, if the DNC failed to capitalize the President’s last name, even in a Tweet, there’d be a Drudge siren and every fucking idiot cable show would run with that for about 36 hrs.

Steele, Tedisco, & the GOP

13 Mar

HT Marquil at EmpireWire.com

The New Republican Party

12 Mar

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has some radical views!

Homosexuality isn’t a choice?

Gay marriage is a states’ rights issue?

Abortion is an individual choice and a states’ rights issue?

The thing about it is, without all the gay-baiting and abortion talk, the Republican Party could actually attract a whole lot more people.

I’m Sorry, too, Rush

4 Mar

The DCCC has set up a very handy generator that you can use so you, too, can apologize to Rush. Just like Michael Steele, Mark Sanford, and Eric Cantor!

This image, courtesy of Balloon Juice, may come in handy:

Steele @ RNC

31 Jan

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee yesterday, beating out some Tennessee scumbag who sent out a CD with an allegedly satirical song called, “Barack, the Magic Negro” on it and a South Carolina chairman who belonged to a whites-only club until last September. Steele is black and from Maryland – a big-step effort by a marginalized party to try and reverse its slide into reactionary regionalism.

For this, the RNC should be commended – for the fact that they recognized that neither the songster nor the segregationist would be good to move the party forward, or to help it become more inclusive. Marc Ambinder noted:

The RNC isn’t diverse yet; only five black delegates were chosen to attend the national convention. Steele was disgusted by that. It prompted him to run.

Every little bit helps, and it helps the country that the opposition may focus more on its core economic message rather than its social orthodoxy issues.

Bush & the RNC

28 Jan

Evidently, the Republicans have decided that they don’t like George W. Bush, after all. How timely.

It is nice, however, to see some Republicans still use their brains:

Some party strategists say that, while the GOP should hew to its anti-tax, anti-spending roots, it focuses too heavily on the successes of Ronald Reagan instead of looking for creative ideas on issues such as health care and energy.

“I think we’re becoming a regional party,” said John Feehery, who was a top adviser to then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). “It seems like we only want to appeal to Southerners. We seem too far to the right, and I think we need to have a better understanding of principles that appeal to people in all 50 states.”

RNC Spelling Fail

4 Sep

Anti-intellectualism wasn’t just being spoken from the podium, evidently.

HT Ryan Abshagen

Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani, and Palin

3 Sep

Thoughts on watching the speeches at the RNC tonight as I put lipstick on my neighbor’s pit bull…

– We’ll start with good ‘ol Mitt Romney.  It would seem that Romney dusted off the trusty “tax and spend liberal” speech given at previous RNC’s since oh, about 1960.  As I watched him say that the change Washington needed was more Conservatives, I wondered if he was aware that we’ve had a Conservative Republican President for eight years and a Conservative Republican Congress for six of those eight years.  Maybe one needs to be completely divorced from reality to give a speech at the RNC.

– We’ll move on to Mike Huckabee.  All though I hold contempt for every policy position that he holds and disdain his desire for a more theocratic nation, he is a chummy sort, isn’t he?  He retained the manner of a benevolent preacher and he seems to reach the base of the party on a visceral level.  If he had been better funded, he would have won the nomination since he is the most authentic, folksy, anti-intellectual in the party.  He was respectful of of Obama’s accomplishments while challenging his policies.  Overall, a decent speech and much of what I expected.  It even came with a pointless and overly emotional patriotic anecdote, Huckabee’s oratory signature.

– Rudy Giuliani.  What an angry, mean spirited little man.  It’s one thing to criticize the positions of the opponent, but to belittle him and show open disdain for the things he represents and his personal story is just open nastiness.  Rudy’s speech reminded me of the speeches given at the 1996 RNC in which the viciousness reached epic proportions.   During the DNC, shots were taken at McCain’s positions, record, and policies, but they never belittled the man.  We should be better than this and to see an arena of people stand to cheer this nastiness was a defining moment of this election.  He talked so long, they had to skip the Sarah Palin introduction video…

– Sarah Palin came out to a raucous ovation after the RNC moved the men from the front rows and replaced them with female delegates.  Hey, the RNC even handed out hundreds of lookalike “homemade signs” to make it seem as if the regular folk were not content with the simple campaign signs and had to make their own.   Political theater, gotta love it.

Palin spent the first 10 minutes of her speech introducing her family and discussing her love and dedication to her children.  Alright, I’ll ask.  Are families off limits or are they to be paraded and used as campaign fodder?  If you’re going to make your family part of your platform and qualifications, expect the press to ask about it and bloggers to talk about it.  We’ve now had footage of Cindy McCain, Willow Palin, Track Palin, Piper Palin, and Todd Palin holding Trig Palin and putting him up for the camera.  Is this a political convention?  Also, WIllow Palin just spent 30 seconds or so licking her hand and stroking Trig’s hair.  That was a little gross.

She begins the culture war aspect of the speech and drops the favorite right wing buzzwords like elite, liberal media, and so on and so forth.  She’s just like “every other Mom in America” and she’s not gonna let any Harvard educated smartypants tell her she doesn’t know from good government.

She is clearly the candidate for the anti-intellectual faith based voter.  John McCain has worn religion like a fucking hairshirt for the past three years, you think he’s watching this thing backstage just cringing inside at how he has had to compromise himself to get this far?  I do.

It’s incredible to me that they are just openly mocking Obama and his qualificiations.  There’s a line in politics in how you address your opponent and these people tonight seem to be enjoying crossing it.  Just incredible.  What an incredibly negative tone.

She also touches on her stance against big government and federal earmarks.  Yes, the Mayor who took office in Wasilla with no debt on the books and left it $22MM in the hole.  The woman who requested millions of dollars in earmarks, retained lobbyists with ties to Jack Abramoff to pull federal monies into her small town as Mayor and again as Governor.  She of the party who has lorded over the largest government expansion since FDR!  They’re opposed to big government!  Up is down!  Black is white!  Cats and dogs living together, it’s political anarchy!  Are people really this disconnected from the reality that exists outside the walls of the arena?

How does drilling for oil in Alaska or off our coasts so Exxon can sell it to the highest bidder on the international market help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil?  Just wondering.  Is she proposing some legislation that would require US oil companies to sell oil pumped and refined in America to Americans?

It’s always amazed me that Republicans have convinced a sizable portion of American workers that corporate friendly legislation and free trade somehow benefits them.

This is wildly and nastily partisan.  Talk of styrofoam pillars, self designed Presidential seals, condescension to his role as a community organizer, a disdain for his service as a State and US Senator.  Total derision.  For whatever you thought of the DNC proceedings, they was honorable…unlike this snark filled anger fest.

So, after watching this parade of anger and personal ugliness.  I have a few recommendations for the Obama campaign.

1.)  Pretend that Sarah Palin doesn’t even exist.  Let her move forth as the mirror image of Middle American values voters and cede the ground.  Not because she’s too tough to fight, but because the GOP wants you to attack her.  McCain (as most military men are) is a subscriber to Sun Tzu tactics.  Read Chapter Eight, Maneuvering.  It preaches avoidance of direct conflict and distracting your enemies.  Palin is a distraction and they needn’t take the bait.

2.)  Make this election about the last eight years of Republican rule and the apparent contradictions in their opposition to big government while they have advocated policies and government expansion that are near unrivaled in American history.

3.)  Talk about how the RNC was about division, identity politics, and the same old nastiness that has poisoned our nation for decades.  Remind people that the Obama/Biden ticket and their convention was about unity and trying to identify things that we have in common.  Sure, there was a dose of political rhetoric about McCain’s positions and policies, but that’s what elections are about.  One campaign is trying to be positive about America’s future while the other is in denial about what America is today and the leadership role they have had in making it that way.

4.)  Make sure Biden treads lightly in that debate with Sarah Palin.  Biden is well known for being a terrible blowhard and could come across as a condescending bully.  He needs to stay cool and let the records speak for themselves on serious issues.  He might be baited into a Lloyd Bentsen moment, but remember…Bentsen won the debate but Bush and Quayle won the election.