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On Peter King, Republicans, Fleas…and Marco Rubio

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GoldenBoy Marco Rubio shows up in New York to fundraise and one of the state’s Reps, Republican Peter King, protests.

“Guys like Marco Rubio in Florida. All the money that your people have gotten in Florida over the years from every hurricane that came along. And this guy has the nerve to vote against money for New York and then come up here and try to raise money. You know, he can forget it.”

“I made it clear any of those people who voted and postured against money coming to New York and New Jersey and comes up here and wants to take money out of our pockets – forget it, stay home.”

A couple of thoughts on King’s little rant…

a) Consider Rubio to be another Mitt, only shorter and with a better command of Spanish. The man is a fraud who will say or do what he must to get the votes he needs in his quest to become the GOP candidate in 2016.

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After leading the Republican charge on immigration reform, Rubio is now hesitating as a bipartisan agreement is within sight. Why? Because the GOP base whose support he needs, opposes any form of amnesty for undocumented workers. In effect, Rubio finds himself in the exact same position that Romney was in – trying to appear to be a rational and reasonable politician while appeasing the crazies in the party.

He’ll discover, like Romney did, that it cannot be done.

b) King is upset with Rubio for voting against Sandy funding for New York and New Jersey. Cry us a river. How the hell did King expect Republicans to act? The man is a standing member of a political party that can best be described as suffering from severe sociopathic personality disorder – manipulative,  paranoid and delusional, showing lack of empathy, remorse, guilt or shame, callous in nature with a strong tendency toward pathological lying. And King himself shows many of these traits.

  • He opposed the 2009 stimulus package.
  • He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
  • He opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
  • He’s an Islamophobe. “There are too many mosques in this country… There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them.”
  • He voted for the Ryan budget that would slash social programs like Medicare and Medicaid that form the socials safety net for the aged, poor and middle class.
  • He’s voted to defund Obamacare despite the fact that it would help many of the 50 million Americans who cannot afford health care insurance.

Word of advice for Peter King. Don’t bitch about waking up with fleas when you lie down with dogs.

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Run Tagg Run

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This sounds like it could be interesting.

Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.

Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald first reported heavyweight Republicans are urging both Romney and his mother, Ann, to get in.

The eldest son of former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney already has statewide name recognition and could quickly ramp up the campaign infrastructure for a short, five-month race.

Did the Romneys not get the message the first time around or is the need for revenge for daddy’s loss so strong that Tagg Romney would actually consider a run? I hope so. Tagg has given every indication that he is as self-serving as his father ever was and nothing would please me more than having another heartless Romney soundly defeated.

 

UPDATE

ABC reports that Tagg won’t run. Let’s hope they’re wrong.

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The Political Parties’ Not-So-Secret Messages

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David Frum’s summarizes what he believes is each side’s message in 2012

I have a longstanding theory that every campaign has a secret message, a 1-sentence summary of its offer to voters, for good or ill. These messages lurk beneath the formal slogans. They constitute the reality of the campaign.

The Democratic message is shaping up as: “The Republicans/the Fed/the Europeans wrecked the recovery, and we weren’t smart enough or tough enough to stop them. Vote us.”

The Republican message: “Obama could not fix the mess we made. Vote us.”.

It’s usually presumptuous to believe that one can explain complex matters by twittering them down to bite-sized statements. While they may satisfy the least informed in society, there is usually more to a story than could be fully told by a single statement. That said, they do serve a purpose. If accurate, they can peel away the rhetoric and layers of spin to reveal an underlying truth.

In the case of Frum’s interpretation of Republican’s “secret message”, it’s bang on although I don’t think there’s anything secretive about it. To anyone but a hardcore, Kool-Aid drinking Fox believer, the right-wing’s intent has been obvious since day one of Obama’s presidency. After Bush’s unnecessary trillion dollar war and the sinking of the economy with irresponsible tax cuts to the rich, and further deregulation of the financial sector, Republicans game plan was to put the blame on Obama. Furthermore, they ensured that economic recovery would be slow and painful by blocking as best they could every measure taken by the Obama administration to stimulate the economy and create jobs. There was nothing subtle or secretive in their tactics. They understood early on that a one term Obama presidency could only be possible if they were able to hinder a thriving, growing economy from becoming a reality.

This is clear.

As for Frum’s Democratic message, much of it is true but it ignores the simple fact that when a political party with a formidable spin machine at their disposal can use a mere 41 senators to block any legislation put forth by the party in power, getting anything out of Congress is near impossible.  Unbridled obstructionism and a total unwillingness to compromise are powerful tools. Republicans have used them well…to the detriment of an entire nation.

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GOP Rendition of ‘The Tracks of My Tears’

As the economy continues to improve (DOW closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008), Republicans are discovering that they’re losing the only ticket they had to a November victory, a faltering economy. And with that discovery comes the further realization that they are going to be stuck with a lame presidential candidate. Mitt Romney.

Redstate’s the Son of Erick expresses his anguish.

Seriously, putting it bluntly, conservatives may not like Barack Obama, but most other people do. And when faced with a guy you like and a guy you don’t like who says he can fix an economy that no longer needs fixing, you’re going to go with the guy you like.

If Republicans in Washington are not panicked and trying desperately to pull Bobby Jindal in the race tomorrow, or someone like him, the party leaders must have a death wish. Mitt Romney continues to run an uninspiring campaign only able to win by massively outspending his opponents to tell voters how much worse the other guys are. That may work in the primary, but it will not work in a general election where the President of the United States won’t be outspent 5 to 1.

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But I suspect he [Romney] will be the nominee. At least we can be rid of him and, hopefully, his most ardent cheerleaders on November 7th when what the rest of us know will happen unless an economic catastrophe happens.

We feel your pain, Eric…but Bobby Jindal? That’s your great savior? You’re joking, right?

If Jindal were to enter the race tomorrow, how far could he possibly get with no campaign structure in place and no money to fund that campaign? Jindal would be unable to get his name on the ballot in most of the remaining primary states. And even if none of those matters were vital to waging a successful campaign, Jindal lacks the dynamic personality required to compete against a Barack Obama…to say nothing of what Jindal’s image would look like after a zillion dollars worth of attack ads from the Romney camp did their dirty work.

It must suck to be a Republican these days.

But don’t be fooled by any of this. When Republicans have their nominee in place, Erickson and Limbaugh and Fox and the Christian right and every other conservative who despise the current President, will rally behind their man and proclaim him to be the greatest conservative since Jesus Christ.

And that applies even if their nominee is an out of touch rich guy whom no one likes.

Musical interlude. Sorry, Smokey…but I like this Adam Lambert rendition.



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The GOP’s Race To The Bottom

Succinct and to the point.

Rick should scat.

Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama.

Maureen Dowd is right, but it won’t happen, at least not now. Rick isn’t about to scat anywhere. He tasted victory in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota and isn’t about to give up his quest for establishing Christian Taliban rule in the U.S. – a place where he dreams of one day telling his grandchildren how he, the Elliot Ness of American morality, single-handedly took down contraceptives, universities, gays and the women’s vote and made America clean and pure once more.

Ricky is not well.

As for Romney, nothing much will change. He is who he is, silver spoon and all, and there’s not much he can do about it. He has no idea what life without wealth entails. This is why he can nonchalantly mock Daytona racing fans for sporting plastic ponchos by saying, “I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.”

Was that a terribly condescending remark to make to someone who does not happen to have $250 million in the bank? Yes, of course it was. Was he attempting to be condescending? I don’t think so. Romney is simply a clueless rich guy who interprets the world and all he finds in it by looking through the gold-tinted glasses life handed him at birth.

Mitt Romney cannot understand why everyone doesn’t own a number of Burberry trench coats like he does. In his world it’s not at all complicated. One simply pulls out their American Express Centurion black card and…

 

UPDATE

How dense can a man be? Here’s how Romney defended his “fancy raincoats” remark.

Well you know, it’s hard to imagine all the things they’re going to try and turn into attacks. I mean, that’s the first time I’ve heard the one you’ve mentioned. Look, I have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself.

Sad.

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