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OK, here’s my serious take on the Republican MELTDOWN…
Republican voters are watching debates and Town Halls, attending rallies, listening to the candidates and VOTING FOR Trump and IT IS NOT THE PURVIEW OF THE REPUBLICAN HIERARCHY to “Pick and Choose” the candidate…(this also applies to DEMOCRATS, as well. If voters choose Bernie Sanders or George Orwell (definitely not a republican) then THAT’S the candidate the party has to settle for, LIKE IT OR NOT!).
If party leaders, in their wisdom or arrogance think that voters are irrelevant, then why go through the SHAM of a Primary?
THAT is a problem with the Political Ruling Class right there – and one of the many reasons why things DON’T work in Washington and elsewhere and why voters ON BOTH SIDES are so disgusted with politics. AND, why only certain types of candidates get elected or are PROPOSED for election – and why “We THE People” end up with MORE of the same.
Putting Democrats ON NOTICE: I’m giving you a pass with Hillary because (a) I think it’s time for a Female in the White House and (b) I want to give Republicans indigestion for another 8 years…but AFTER Hillary, Democrats/Democratic National Committee, AFTER Hillary, we no longer want MORE OF THE SAME! You have 8-years to get that house in order.
Seems to me that VOTERS apparently are NOT the ones choosing candidates – seems the PARTIES are choosing the candidates and voters are just granting their seal of approval. Many people understand that – but now it’s become glaringly OBVIOUS to all.
Example: I just watched a spokesperson for a group of republican foreign policy analysts and campaign advisers say PROUDLY, that Trump basically is a moron and his foreign policy is a disaster and they have decided that NONE of them will help Trump OR WORK FOR HIM if he wins! How about doing it IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COUNTRY?
Does that help you understand now WHY they have worked so diligently to BLOCK President Obama’s agenda – to destabilize Obama and cause him to FAIL, even if that means America also fails?If they can DO this to THEIR leading candidate for president, what do you think they will do to a democrat?
WHAT does THAT say about the state of politics, particularly U.S politics?
You’d think that they would be eager to help Trump, if he really is so green.
The party hierarchy, donors, etc meet behind closed doors to hand-pick the people THEY want, the people THEY think will be pliable and biddable and beholden and then trot them out and fund them and groom them and FOIST them on an unsuspecting public.
When the party elites find themselves in a position where they CANNOT control the process, they are at a loss. And instead of supporting the candidate that their party voters seem to be embracing, they try to derail him or her.
I reckon ONE self-destruct button is NOT sufficient…republicans need TWO! An auto, just in case the manual fails!
Now I’m not saying that Trump is the ideal candidate or the best candidate or an acceptable candidate, whatever…I’m just saying, in the process of U.S. democracy and representative voting and electoral freedom, Trump is the leading candidate and INSTEAD of derailing HIM, (if the GOP does not want him – and who are they to speak for voters?)…
However, IF, in the interests of their party the GOP hierarchy (or the hierarchy of any other party) DOES NOT LIKE OR WANT the leading candidate, then please DON’T destroy or belittle him/her.
Simply PUMP UP the candidates you like and want: fund them, go campaign for them, groom them etc.
BUT DO NOT DESTROY OR DENIGRATE THE LEADING CANDIDATE THAT AMERICANS ARE VOTING FOR!
Or does the GOP think that it is DEMOCRATS who are voting for Trump?
While I enjoy the spectacle of the GOP self-destructing (and don’t for a moment believe that Democrats might not also walk that road – because we humans NEVER learn, we always think that WE will be the ones to get it right!) I find it SAD and PETTY and from the standpoint of democracy – an “Assault on Freedom.”
But then republicans are no strangers to assaults on voter suppression – they’ve simply turned the dagger on themselves this time. And good riddance. This is a monster you created – YOU and your pals on the Supreme Court.
You somehow thought that unlimited amounts of cash can buy an election; well apparently, it can’t always do that.
You somehow thought that when your pals on the Supreme Court handed the election to George Bush with a big red bow, that you were advancing your cause. Well, IT DID NOT. It created this entertaining cringe-inducing fiasco.
I maintain that if the Supreme Court had let Florida count its votes or let people vote again, Al Gore would have won that election – and that is what the republicans on the court were afraid of.
So they gave it to Bush. Bush took the U.S. into Iraq and paved the way for rock-star Obama.
Gore would NOT have bombed Iraq – and after Gore, who knows if there would have been an Obama – or another republican president?
It is NOT good to meddle in things based on impure motives – because it has a way of coming back VERY painfully.
By the way, even Martians will be watching that republican debate tonight!
And yes Mitt Romney – we’ll be sitting…we won’t be on our knees!!! Especially as we’re NOT looking for endorsements…
But there’s still time. I haven’t decided yet whether I will throw my hat into the ring – or should that be my heart?
All photos: Google Images. (Except for those I take myself like at a parade or in Boston or Washington DC…photos usually come from the web)
Listening to Trump CUT Romney down to size.
I was ON the EDGE of my seat for the entire 50 minutes or so…and remember, I DON’T even like Republicans, but I DISLIKE Romney SO MUCH, I could not wait for Trump to slam him. Bingo…or should I say, “sit!”? Woof, woof…
“Mitt Romney would have dropped to his knees”…for me. And I thought Romney hated gay marriage, too!
Now PAY for that carpet, Mitt!
For giving Democrats ALL the ammunition we need to trump Trump…
Democratic National Committee (DNC) are you listening?
And coming from a Loser too!
And a hypocrite
And a Flip-Flopper who changed HIS positions several times…
And a “pretend” Conservative
Now to be forever known as: The Romney.
What’s in it for The Romney – is he brokering his OWN future as the “establishment” candidate for November?
NOT saying Romney is not right on Trump – don’t know, seems like he has a leak at the New York Times. Times investigate…
Just sayin’ it ain’t The Romney – him got NO moral standing to deTrump Trump!
Poor republicans, I almost feel sorry for them. This is payback for trying to steal poor people’s votes…hallelujah!
And Democrats, please, please do NOT implode…pretty please, be nice Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders!
I predict Trump just got more popular – bet people are lining up to register TO vote – people who don’t even know what a vote is! You have to explain it as they register – to vote for Trump!!!
Republicans are ALWAYS trying to negate the votes of SOMEBODY they DO NOT LIKE…
They’ve done it for decades to black people, Asians, Hispanics – especially poor, disenfranchised urban minorities who vote Democrat. So it pleases me greatly to see them trying to do it to their OWN people NOW.
My question is: WHY is the GOP Establishment trying to negate the vote of their own republican voters?
They’re focusing on Trump, instead of focusing on the people voting FOR Trump!
It’s no wonder these disenfranchised republicans are angry. The GOP “establishment” is STILL not getting it. These voters who are supporting Trump LIKE what Trump is saying and whatever it is that they think Trump stands for.
But the clueless GOP “Establishment” just announced that the GOP is going to pour millions into a new super PAC – The “Our Principles” (snigger) PAC – to derail Trump. Guess who is going to run it? Tim Miller, the former communications director for the Jeb Bush campaign. So we already KNOW how successful that will be!
But to think, that after all these people have voted, and spoken, the GOP is planning to derail the person they voted for! Well THAT will go down well. I can already see these Trump supporters rushing to vote for whomever the “establishment” decides to choose for them!
I cannot STAND Marco Rubio! I call him Marco No Polo!
Why, you ask?
Because point number one, he is UNGRATEFUL:
Marco Rubio could have told the Republican “Establishment” :
“Yes, I know you want me to run as your candidate for President…to be the republican party’s nominee for 2016. But I have to say No. It’s not that I don’t want to run, but I’d be running against my friend and mentor Jeb Bush. I was his protege and I don’t feel right going up against him. I am still young. In 4 years I’ll be 48 and in 8 years I’ll be 52, still young enough to run for president. Plus as a 2-term Senator with no executive experience, if Jeb wins, I can get a position in his administration which will broaden my experience and build my credentials.”
Then, Rubio would come out smelling like an angel (however angels smell) and Rubio would have the eternal devotion and support of the Bush family and their backers/supporters/political machine so that when he did make a run, he’d be very well-positioned indeed!
But no, blinded by equally blind ambition, Rubio rushes ahead, and competes with Bush to be “the” Establishment candidate; then while professing LOVE for his mentor, he turns around and attacks poor Jeb, effectively derailing Bush’s stuttering campaign and earning the wrath (eternal) of the Bush family and their supporters.
Yep, I don’t think the Bush family loves Marco very much…and neither do I or the voters in Florida!
Point number 2: His position on Immigration.
You can go back in time and read posts I did when Marco, NO Polo, was part of the Gang Of Eight Congressmen working on Immigration Reform. But the moment, nah, the nano-second Rubio decided that making a run for President was in his future, he did a 180-degree.
Now he has the AUDACITY to insist that HE will END President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration called DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It allows the kids of undocumented immigrants in the USA to get a Social Security number and work permit…that they renew about every 2-years. The majority of these young immigrants are Hispanic, like Rubio. Many entered with their parents 10, 15 years ago when they were toddlers. However, Marco now says, unequivocally, that he will end DACA – that DACA is unconstitutional.
How about the U.S. ENDING the concept that as soon as an ILLEGAL Cuban IMMIGRANT touches U.S. soil he or she is GUARANTEED asylum. THAT needs to end, Rubio?!
See Reuters article: Time to end special privileges for Cuban immigrantshttp://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/01/05/time-to-end-special-privileges-for-cuban-immigrants/
And finally, I dislike Rubio for his plasticity, his programmed responses that make me see him as a younger version of Mitt Romney. HE is Romney 2-point-0!
So go ahead Rubio, hire someone to break Trump’s knees so you can get the nomination…
Apparently when Rubio speaks at debates and Town Halls and other gatherings, the world watches and hears him, but Trump has apparently put a 6-month delay on U.S. TV’s, so voters are NOT hearing Rubio, they can only hear Trump….and THAT’s why they’re not voting for Rubio.
Naturally, voters just LOOOVE what Rubio is saying, they support all his policies wholeheartedly, they just Looove the fact that he is the “Establishment” candidate especially as those people voting for Trump Looove the ESTABLISHMENT SO MUCH…
But that Donald Trump, he is just STANDING in Rubio’s way – Rubio’s anointed way. How dare Trump!
And if Beyonce or Lady Gaga go away, I will get a recording contract. Yep, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, heck you too, Sam Smith – just go away so people can buy those records I will make – soon as you go away!
Oh, and Rubio – any voters you chased from Trump went to Ted Cruz…ha ha! HA!!!
Hey Marco, if the people won’t follow…?
Photos: Courtesy Getty’s Images.
Headlines say: Obama wins.
I choose to say: Romney Loses. Much more savory to my palate…
After 8 years of campaigning for President, I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT MITT ROMNEY STANDS FOR!
- Romney calls Massachusetts his “home state”. He was governor here – he did not win here and Republicans lost Scott Brown’s crucial Senate seat.
- Romney has a multi-million-dollar home in New Hampshire. He started his 2012 campaign there and ended his campaign there. He did not win there…
- California, where he has a multi-million dollar home he plans to rebuild with the car elevator – California did not vote for him
- His other “home state” Michigan – he did not win there.
I suppose it’s because those of us who live with Mitt Romney don’t KNOW Mitt Romney well enough! Maybe we need him to make another run for President before we really get to understand Mitt Romney? Perhaps after 12-years running for President, we might…just might…understand WHO Mitt Romney is!
Nah! We’ve had enough of Mitt Romney. Please go to California governor and try to run for something there…or search for the Holy Grail. Just leave the East Coast alone!
Now my dear Republicans.
Does: C – N – D – E – O – R – E- M – S – T mean anything to you?
To me it means: S-E-C-O-N-D T-E-R-M
SECOND TERM! Term TWO or as Hispanics say: Dos!
Birthers, put that in your ballot question asking if Medical Marijuana should be legalized and smoke it!
You just added more bitter words to your bag of shame! Phrases like: “One-Term President” and “Voter Suppression” and “Self Deportation.”
How dare you try to rob poor, blacks, Hispanics and disenfranchised voters of their vote – SOLELY to ensure that YOUR candidate wins. How DARE you when black people in this country had to DIE to get the right to vote – the very vote you tried to TAKE away from them? What are you going to do in 2016? Kidnapping?
You could not stop the black man…
You could not stop the African…
You could not stop the gay sympathizer…
You could not s top the Immigrant lover…
You could not stop the anti-war drum beater…
You could not stop the defender of the poor…
You could stop nothin’…because the POWER of “We the People” remains stronger than any one party or donor.
So what now?
Gonna keep bashing gays?
Gonna keep demonizing Immigrants?
Gonna keep embracing hardliners?
Gonna keep ramming vaginal probes down women’s…er, consciousness?
Gonna keep hating blacks?
Gonna keep spitting every time you hear this word: Compromise?
Gonna keep disrespecting the President? The RE-elected President to a SECOND term. Our Two-term President?
Go ahead – make my day! Everytime…
So what are you planning now? Forming some underground cabal to impeach Obama? Or are you going to roll up your sleeves and work for the betterment of America – DO the right thing, even if it’s not always the popular thing?
“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle — will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?
Mock Turtle’s Song: “Lobster Quadrille” from Alice in Wonderland.
Will you walk a little faster said Paul Ryan to Romney
The Tea Party’s close behind me and it’s treading on my tail
See how eagerly Tea Party extremists now advance
They are waiting at the Capitol, won’t you join the dance?
“You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!”
But Romney replied “Too far, too far!” and gave a look askance —
Said he thanked Paul Ryan kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.
“What matters it how far we go?” his scaly friend replied.
“There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further from America — the nearer to China –
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?
“I predict Mr. Romney will win FL (29), NC (15), VA (13), NH (4), OH (18), IA (6), CO (9) and Mr. Obama will get MN (10), NV (6), WI (10), MI (16), PA (20). This brings Mr. Romney to 285 Electoral College votes and Mr. Obama to 253. These are just my base predictions and I still think several of these states are too close to call. For example, while I put them in Mr. Obama’s column, I still believe NV, WI, and PA are in play and very winnable for Mr. Romney. If crowds at his recent stops in these states are any indication of his supporters’ enthusiasm, Mr. Romney will likely be able to claim victory in these states as well.” (Karl Rove. Those Crossroads ads did not work?)
Exit, stage left…
- Consumer Confidence is UP – at its highest level since February.
- Housing prices are UP – home prices in 20 major cities rose in July.
- The stock market is UP adding value to Americans’ 401(k) retirement plans.
The Conference Board, (a business membership and research group made up of public and private corporations and other organization from 60 countries) says the Consumer Confidence Index is up nine points in September to 70 after declining in August. While 90 is the ideal benchmark for a healthy economy, given where we were, at the bottom, things are definitely improving! We could get there FASTER if Republicans were on board – but we will get there without them if they so choose.
Even recent public opinion is trending UP! More and more Americans are beginning to think the country is heading in the RIGHT direction. According to polling company Rasmussen: This is the “highest level of optimism” since June 2009 and the highest weekly finding since April.
I WONDER HOW REPUBLICANS FEEL WHEN THEY HEAR THIS? Despite their BEST efforts, despite the mountain of obstacles Republicans piled up to trip president Obama, despite their lack of cooperation, despite their secret meetings to PLAN OBAMA’S DOWNFALL even BEFORE he took office, despite their criticism, their posturing, grandstanding – despite the fact that Republicans did NOTHING, nothing to help Obama except trying to torpedo him at EVERY TURN, they COULD NOT HOLD AMERICA DOWN. No Americans tied their belts, swallowed their bitter medicine and pulled the country together – WITHOUT REPUBLICANS.
Now tell me, America:
- How much better off would YOU be, would the country BE, if Republicans had worked together with President Obama? Worked hand-in-hand with the White House to bring jobs to America, fix our tax code so rich venture capitalists (including some of Mitt Romney’s fund-raising friends) could PAY MORE taxes leaving them with fewer profits” to hold wild parties featuring open sex acts?
- How much better off would YOU be, would the country BE, if Republicans had presented sound ideas to the President and then instead of the macho, arrogant “Do it my way or hit the highway before I shut the country down” attitude?
- How much better off would WE be if Republicans had worked with the new president and yes, disagreed with him when needed. Then sat down together, brought in the coffee, rolled up their sleeves and pulled a couple of all-nighters to come up with the best outcome for America? Not the best for the rich AMERICANS who pump money into their campaigns – but for ALL Americans. The rich pay their share. We don’t want to break you, keep your millions, just pay some more. And the poor, we don’t want to walk over you. You can’t afford to pay but stand up and be counted. Yes, you too can give back in various ways.
Remember Bill Clinton. What was it about Bill Clinton, one of the presidents who produced the BEST economic results that America ever had in recent time. Republicans SPENT TWO TERMS – 8 YEARS and MILLIONS of Tax Dollars (remember special prosecutor Ken Starr?) trying to derail President Clinton. That is what they DO to Democrat presidents. As for Hilary Clinton, Republicans could not stand Hilary – called her denigrating names…tried to run Bill Clinton our of town for adultery…
Then along came a series of Republican sex scandals. Like Idaho Senator Larry Craig. (Craig, incidentally was one of two Senate liaisons for Romney’s 2008 Presidential campaign). He was arrested for trying to solicit a male undercover cop for gay sex in an airport restroom. Maybe Republicans would like Clinton more if Monica Lewinsky was MARK Lewinsky and Clinton met him at Dulles International!
Ah yes. When Republicans sleep, if they can even sleep, there must be lots of gnashing and grinding of teeth.
–> So did you hear about the The Forbes 400? the list of the top richest people in America?
There are about 300-million people in America. About 400 are Billionaires. NOT Millionaires – BILLIONAIRES. I could live happily on 1 million dollars. I bet you could too, if you did not go crazy and spend, spend, spend. I’d take that million, invest it, earn a couple hundred thousand a year, AVOID PAYING TAXES on MY “Investment Income” and leave taxes to schmucks.
Yes, I could live on a million and GROW it too.
But some people cannot live on a million. They need 45 million. Not enough – they need 100-million. Still not enough. They need 400-million. MORE? How about 1-billion dollars? Nope? Then 30 billion? Uh-uh? OK! 66-billion like Bill Gates? Yea, now you’re talking. 66 billion is about enough – or is it?
Now Bill Gates is a philanthropist. I love what he’s doing with education, AIDS research and clean water, etc, in America and poor countries. But does any ONE person NEED to have 66-BILLION dollars?
HOW about half …33-billion? Let’s use the other 33-billion to buy houses for RESPONSIBLE Americans who work hard and have a job or prospects to get a job so they can maintain the house? How about using that 33-billion to give scholarships to every high school kid who has the grades to get into college/trade school?
Would America not be better off with the money DISTRIBUTED like that, instead of concentrated in ONE person’s hands? Republicans tell you: NO.
–> Did you see Mitt Romney on TV at NBC’s Education Forum “Education Nation” held in New York Tuesday 9/25/2012?
Romney opened by saying he was “lucky to live in the state of Massachusetts.”Huh? Because of the state’s very good schools. So Romney says HE went looking for the
REASONS (because HE knows that it is NOT due to HIM). Romney says HE went looking for answers and he went way back to 1993 when Republican governor Bill Weld worked with a Democrat-controlled congress to reform education.
Anyway, host Brian Williams referred to the high costs of a quality, PRIVATE education like the one Romney got at his exclusive Cranbrook School. Williams asked Romney “Do you think we owe, as a nation, to every pupil in America the equivalent of a 38-thousand-dollar education” like the one Romney got at his old school in Michigan?
…and all Mitt Romney had to say was:
“I would not say we “owe” it to them, but I think we should do EVERYTHING we can to ensure each child starts off in life by getting a quality education like the one I got. I was fortunate enough that my parents could afford to pay for me – but lack of money should NOT prevent our kids from getting a quality education. American kids need to be able to get the necessary qualifications to go on to a university or trade school of their choice – if he/she chooses.”
Instead Romney waffled, beat around the bush and spoke at length about “dollar amounts” to finally say that he “rejects the idea that everybody has to have a Harvard expense level degree (like HIM) to be successful”. Was that the question? NO.
The question was not if every high school graduate should go to Harvard or other expensive universities? Obviously NOT everybody will go to Harvard because Harvard has a limited capacity.
The question was: Should America PAY to ensure that every kid gets an expensive, private school type education like the one Romney got at his elite ELEMENTARY school: Cranbrook School, a private, PK–12 Prep School located on a 319 acres in Michigan. There’s a co-ed elementary school, a middle school with separate schools for boys and girls and a co-educational high school with boarding facilities.
As far as Romney is concerned HE does not support using tax dollars to fund the kids of those lazy, entitled 47-percent Americans…and send them to a upper crust PRIVATE boarding school like Cranbrook. He would rather pour billions into new missiles to attack Iran, Syria and Libya.
Romney says in Massachusetts that He proposed that BEFORE parents registered their kids for Kindergarten, these parents had to attend a “training program to learn about the impact of education”. He wasn’t able to get it done – but it’s something he wants to do because it has merit.
How about me, with my university diploma, going to register my son in Kindergarten, and Mitt Romney tells ME that I MUST do a program FIRST to learn about the impact of education BEFORE I can register my son?
Never mind if I am working one job, two jobs and CANNOT attend!
Never mind if I come from a family with university graduates and already KNOW the impact of education!.
Never mind if I have sibling who is perusing a PhD program in Education or that my son’s father is an engineer – or that I have two other brothers with university degrees. Does not matter! I DON’T KNOW THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION – ’cause MITT ROMNEY DECIDES SO! I MSUT REGISTER AND TAKE CLASSES TO LEARN ABOUT THE IMAPCT OF EDUCATION.
See the arrogance of Mitt Romney? And he can’t even GET why we don’t get HIM! Now unlike Republicans, I’m not just dismissing an idea from the “other” side. But one size does not fit all. There are some parents who DO need to realize the impact of education – but NOT all parents. Shocked as Mitt Romney would be by this: SOME PARENTS ALREADY KNOW!
Yes governor Romney. Much as you think YOU know it all, US 47-percenters you seem to DESPISE so much are going about our lives, struggling yes, but doing the best we can with the little we’ve got – and producing kids who are just as smart as your 5 boys. and NO, our sons are NOT joining the military either.
I am sending my son to work on Wall Street to make millions he can invest in the Caymans and other off-shore accounts. This Investment Income will be taxed at a very low rate. Have a problem with THAT, Mitt Romney?