Kill these tabs!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm | Politics

1. Another nail in the Romney coffin before he’s even out of the general election gate. Romney has as much a chance of winning as Mr. Burns.

2. It’s still okay to treat Occupy protesters like cockroaches.

3. Citizens United backlash still spreading. People are catching on that these immortal supercitizens who cannot be jailed are steering our government while actual citizens are left behind.

4. This Iran idiocy really is going off the rails. Ron Paul, noted racist and homophobe, has been the only public figure to throw water on our increasing manic anxiety over Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, which already has most of the GOP field declaring war and the Democrats trembling over looking “weak.” Well, Dems, if you don’t want to look weak, be strong and face reality. Iran seems to be stomaching various acts of war against them with some patience, perhaps because they know what anybody who isn’t a harebrain knows, that they will eventually get the nukes anyway and then maybe they’ll be left alone.

5. The pressures of inequality on the market and its link to the Great Recession. It’s not exactly rocket science that the wealthy do better when everybody’s doing better, but thirty years of voodoo Reaganomics has taken its toll.

6. Think the Republican contenders are delivering body blows to Romney over Bain? Wait til the Democrats pull out their big guns :)

7. Excellent analysis of the crazy cult of anti-Obama haters that the GOP has become. Along the lines I’ve laid out before:

The main reason, I believe, is that the American right was backed into a corner and had no other card to play. The disastrous presidency of George W. Bush revealed the complete bankruptcy (literally) of the two core right-wing nostrums, “freedom” (good) and “big government” (bad). “Freedom” had led to the biggest meltdown since the Great Depression. And big government – which was greatly expanded by Bush, to the deafening silence of the soon-to-be-anti-Obama fanatics – had done nothing to prevent it. In the wreckage left by Bush, there was nothing for the right to do, if it wanted to live to fight another day, except deny causality (and reality) and demonize Obama.

Exactly. Do you remember that little moment in 2008 where the Republicans were losing, so utterly adrift that people started to wonder if they were finished as a party? Where they had to come up with something to say, and there was nothing sane left to say? That’s when the Tea Party started.

-hw

2 Responses to “Kill these tabs!”

  1. desmoinesdem Says:

    You are way too confident if you think Romney has no chance of beating Obama. I would say it’s 50/50.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Hey, taking it as a given that one should never say never, I feel good. First of all, no poll I’ve seen has Romney beating Obama now. Secondly, Romney can flip flop or stick to his guns til election day and he still can’t change his record and who he is, a carnivore capitalist elite silver-spoon robot who exemplifies what went wrong in America and who put so many of us out of work. He can’t run from Bain, and he can’t run from his record as a job destroyer, and he cannot become more likable. He will likely win the GOP nomination without the GOP even liking him. A VP for the base may help, but like Palin they’re just as apt to hurt.

    The narrative between now and November is unlikely to change except in Obama’s favor if economic momentum sustains and improves. And Obama is hardly a lesser debater than he was in 2008.

    Trust me, my eyes are on the lookout for danger, but can we not take some joy from proceedings when they turn in our favor, and when Republicans are so obviously demoralized by their options? When they are merely feasting on the just desserts of their madness of the past three years? And of their incompetence the previous eight?

    Romney is merely the most electable of a gang of unelectables. There’s no reason to act more scared than he deserves.