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How Big Bird stole the U.S. election

Posted November 8, 2012

The fallout from the Republican ranks is hilarious. Caution, they do not take defeat lightly. Here’s a compendium of the Legion of Losers or how greed, money, and arrogance failed to elect Mitt Romney and his Tea Party running mate, Paul Ryan.

My favourite dumbkiss is Senator Mitch McConnell, minority leader in the U.S. Senate, who pledged in 2009 that his primary job was to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012. Mitch, how’s that working for you?

Take real-estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, please. Romney reluctantly accepted his support on the stage of a Las Vegas Casino. He looked like he had just swallowed hemlock that, in retrospect, may have been an election night alternative. Who is the Donald’s brain surgeon? Time for a transplant.

Former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, business czar and author, accused the Department of Labor’s employment statistics for September, claiming they were rigged in the president’s favour. And 5 million Alabamans believed him.

You have to feel sorry for all those billionaires and millionaires who ponyed up more than a billion dollars to elect Romney. The winners? TV and radio stations across the swing states. Never has so much been given to so few in the name of self-righteousness.

Take the billionaire Koch brothers who put their money where Mitt and his Republican fellow travelers were. These willful characters tried to buy an election that was not for sale. Thank-you notes to follow.

Bill Reilly, the Fox News commentator’s post election mildly racist comment about the white folks in America being in the minority. Bill, the stats show there were more “white folks” who voted for Obama than Romney. Memo to the GOP: Go back to the drawing board.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart commenting about Republican political guru Dick Morris who predicted a Romney sweep. Post election interview with Morris said he was covered with mud because of his failure to predict the outcome. Stewart: “That’s not mud.”

Remember Karl Rove? He was a commentator on Fox News. Rove was famous for engineering the election of George W. Bush. Well, mastermind Karl struck out Tuesday night insisting that Romney had won Ohio, even after the President had been declared the overall winner.  Guess the magic dust didn’t work this time.

What happened to CNN? It used to be a middle of the road news operation. Now it’s populated by latter day Republicans (I can’t help myself) whose conservative bias filtered through the noise. Don’t bother, you know who they are.

The Libertarian Tea Party remains a force but its strength is waning as the Republicans form the circular firing squad to establish blame.

Grover Norquist is the author of the no-tax increase pledge that was signed by most Republican members of the House of Representatives. The Tea Party members of the House will be under the gun in the next seven weeks as the end of the Bush tax cuts and several cuts to entitlement programs, kicks in January 1, 2013.  Will that be Orange Pekoe or cyanide?

Marty Maroun owns the 84 year-old Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit. He spent $34 million to foist a proposition on the Michigan voters that would require them to vote statewide, to approve any new bridge linking the two countries. His proposition failed by a wide margin. Even when you are a billionaire, aged 85, there is never enough.

And then there is Florida. Two days after the election, the result is still not determined. This time, the rest of the country does not have to wait for Florida to count the ballots. This is what happens when you elect a multi-millionaire executive to be governor. In defeating multi-millionaire Romney, did the country dodge a bullet? Wake me when it’s over.


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The Yokel affect in U.S. Politics

This week, Rick Santorum, Republican candidate for the U.S.Presidency, swept the two poorest states in the Union – Alabama and Mississippi. He defeated his two main opponents for the party’s nomination for the Presidency

Mitt Romney, the self appointed front-runner in the Republican primaries having secured more than four hundred delegates, took a pasting in both primary elections.

It is interesting to examine the math in the two states particularly Mississippi where 97 per cent of those voting were white while 40 per cent of the state is composed of black residents.

Here is a state where the poverty rate is among the highest in the nation. Yet the Republican voters turned to support a white, evangelical Christian in Rick Santorum.

Go figure.

Santorum is a defeated U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania who home-schools his children. He eschews higher education calling President Barack Obama a “snob” for promoting higher education for students.

He is against abortion for any reason and wants to eliminate contraception for women. His comments have stirred women across the country to protest his interference in women’s health issues.

More than 50 years ago the right of women to use contraception was approved. Yet today the issue is being used as a wedge issue to further Santorum’s personal narrow agenda of denying women their rights.

The irony is Republican voters are supporting these views by voting for this throwback to the 19th century.

I call it the Yokel Vote.  Chiefly right wing conservatives who are determined to throw the President out of office next November support Santorum. It is a mantra that has expressed itself in Congress by the stonewalling of progressive legislation proposed by the President to improve the moribund economy by creating jobs.

Can the first black President be hated so much particularly in the South where racism still persists?

You have to go back to the U.S. Civil War to match the hatred for a U.S. president who freed the slaves and defeated the Southern secessionists. His name was Abraham Lincoln and he was a Republican and white. He was also assassinated following the end of the war of the states.

Voting for any one of the three republican candidates in November this year will result in reduction of federal government entitlement spending including Medicare and Medicaid, food stamp programs, support of Planned Parenthood clinics for the poor, veteran benefits plus a host of programs that all three have vowed to reduce and to cut taxes for the rich.

If you were among America’s unemployed, poor and disenfranchised, why would you vote for these guys?

Has the Republican Party lost its senses? By projecting the failed policies of the right in which former President George W. Bush so miserably failed? We now know the outcome of that term of office and its effect on the world economy.

You don’t have to be black or white to vote Republican, just plain dumb.



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Is the Florida primary the Republican Party’s Waterloo?

It was a great win for Mitt Romney in Florida but at what cost? He adhered to the von Clausewitz theory of war that overwhelming force delivers overwhelming victory.

The suave former governor from Massachusetts with the Tyrone Power looks and the voice of a suburban Kareoke wannabe, won 42 per cent of the 1.7 million Republican votes cast in the state. He demolished his nearest opponent, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, with a $17 million fusillade of negative advertising.

Drilling down in the results, the GOP turnout was 15 per cent less than in 2008. Some pundits suggested that the personal negative ad spots coming from both sides, turned off a number of Republican voters. In the rural and small media markets throughout the state, Romney‘s ad barrage didn’t work, as Gingrich became the beneficiary.

If this is to be the trend of the Republican presidential nomination campaign, then it is predictable that the vast majority of independent voters will be turned off when the general election campaign starts after Labor Day.

The great divide within the Republican Party has given the establishment many sleepless nights.

They have two candidates who have the staying power to get the nomination next August in Tampa. One is Newt Gingrich, the loquacious gifted speaker, whose strategy is to bring the conservative core voters together. It’s a daunting task as the core includes social conservatives, evangelical conservatives, the Tea party adherents and the National Rifle Association. Just thought they should be included.

Mitt Romney has an image problem that paints him as a rich elitist, with a personality that excludes warmth and congeniality. Some serious questions have been raised about how he made his money, where he stashed it, and how he only pays 13.4 per cent in taxes on his income admitted to be more than $54,000 a day. He will be dogged with his off-the-cuff remarks about firing people, letting the auto industry die and turning off Hispanics with his drastic immigrant policies including dismissal of the Dream Act to allow Cuban Americans to visit relatives in Cuba.

This two-week campaign of negativity will not be quickly forgotten. Nor will the average voter be impressed with the millions spent to win a primary by both leading candidates. Too many Americans are suffering without jobs and meager support to have sympathy with this elitist party.

The sources of all this money comes mainly from very rich Americans, determined to buy their way into power. The names of those donors must be revealed. Unfortunately, the source of funding, estimated to be $24 million spent in January ‘s Florida GOP primary, will not be revealed until later this month.

The big question for the Republican pointy-heads is: “ How will it play in Peoria?”

To paraphrase Churchill: This is not the end of the beginning; it is the beginning of the end.

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