The Republican spectacle of picking their nominee to run for President is over. Today Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination. So it’s “So long, Santorum,” “Goodbye, Gingrich,” and “Pack it in, Paul.” Elvis has left the building. The nomination battle is done. [Feel free to add your own silly platitude.]
Not that Jeb Bush controls the Republican party or anything. The very thought of having a Bush backing you is sure to become an Obama campaign commercial in September. But Jeb represents the establishment. The establishment that now sees that Romney is their guy, for better or worse. So expect to start seeing more establishment “leaders” rally behind Romney and calling for Gingrich and Santorum (and that other guy) to drop out. And expect to see the tea party hypocritically vote for the guy they have actively despised and hated for his hypocrisy.
Will Gingrich and Santorum take the hint? Probably not. Gingrich still has his one super-rich 0.01-percenter paying for his campaign (Romney has most of the rest of the super-rich). Santorum might have a shot at winning a few more states, primarily the anachronistic bigoted ones, so may stay in to see if he can get a prime speaker slot at the convention (which will boost further the post-election lobbyist consultant fees he plans to collect).
So congratulations, Mitt. You’re going to be the nominee. Welcome to Disneyland.
Rick Santorum, already known as an anti-gay bigot, has decided to shelve any pretense and go straight for the tea party bigot vote.
As we know, the tea party has embraced the bigoted factions of America whole-heartedly. They elevated Donald Trump to a ridiculous pedestal only after he went all birther on us. They elevated Herman Cain immediately after he repeatedly showed his anti-Muslim bigotry. And these are just a couple examples of how the tea party has rewarded abject bigotry with support for the candidate who expressed the bigoted views. Santorum has long gotten the anti-gay bigots in his camp. Today he went for the rest of the bigots.
Santorum today expressed this:
“Slamming the president’s agenda on a range of points, Santorum said the agenda is “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology.”
When pressed to explain what he meant:
He insisted he wasn’t suggesting Obama, a Christian who has spent years getting hit with false rumors that he’s a Muslim, is less of a Christian.
“No one’s suggesting that,” he said. “I’m suggesting, obviously we all know in the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity. I’m just saying he’s imposing his values on the church and I think that’s wrong…If the president says he’s a Christian he’s a Christian.”
Ah, the bigot code words – “If he says he’s a Christian…” Wink, wink, nod, nod…He “says” he’s a Christian…and the anti-Muslim, anti-minority, anti-anyone who doesn’t fit the tea party’s idea of “the right kind of American” goes wild.
Why is it that the Republican party, and in party the extremist tea party wing that has taken it hostage, is so damn bigoted? This is not a Republican party that deserves any respect. It’s time for the party to tell these extremist bigots that bigotry is unacceptable in America. Not for anyone, and most certainly not by anyone who wants to be President.
Mitt Romney Wins Nevada Caucuses While Not Worrying About the Poor, Newt Gingrich Needs Your Prayers
Wow, what a week for Mitt Romney. And what a week for Newt Gingrich. Romney wins the Nevada caucuses but picks up an endorsement he might not want.
Okay, first for the wee little poor choice of words by Romney this week. And we of course mean the “poor” choice of words about not worrying about the poor. Okay fine, the words were taken out of context and he didn’t really mean it the way it was portrayed by some. But that doesn’t let Romney off the hook. Not surprisingly, Romney’s intent had little to do with whom he is “concerned” about and a great deal to do with trying to convince middle class voters that he doesn’t represent exactly the kind of person/economic policy that benefits the very rich at the expense of the middle class. In short, he was trying to create a new reality to replace the one that isn’t so good for the middle class, i.e., the one that he supports.
Here are two insightful views on this topic:
So on to the Donald Trump endorsement. First off, Trump was “endorsing” solely and entirely as a gimmick to promote his reality TV show (is that still on the air? seriously?). But what is really interesting about this endorsement is that Romney decided to accept it. Mormons (Romney) have always opposed gambling, so hey, no problem accepting the endorsement in Trump’s Las Vegas casino. I mean, that’s no bigger a stretch than Mormon’s opposing the drinking of alcohol unless, of course, you pay a $5 “membership fee” to join a “club” for “one night” (which, I’ve been told, is not a “cover charge in the local bar”). That little detail aside, Romney’s acceptance of Donald “birther” Trump is sure to be a headline in coming months. Already the Obama campaign has sent out an email noting:
“Yesterday, Mitt Romney said he was ‘humbled’ to accept Donald Trump’s endorsement. Seriously.” “Yes, Donald Trump — birth certificate conspiracy leader — has decided that Mitt Romney’s his guy, and Romney has embraced him without reservation. He made a speech and even sent out a press release welcoming him.”
Good one, Mitt. Embrace the buffoonish bigot tea party vote. That ought to help you with independents. Especially now that the stock market is at highs not seen since before the Bush depression and the unemployment has been dropping as hundreds of thousands of jobs are being created per month.
Meanwhile, Gingrich is asking for prayers.
And he’ll need them since he is looking forward to Super Tuesday. Yep, he’ll just skip Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, and Washington since they don’t matter (and he can’t win) and focus on the Super Tuesday states (even though he didn’t even make the ballot in at least one of them – Virginia). Well, that certainly is a plan. Sort of like Rudy Giuliani waiting for Florida in 2008. That worked out well. Oh, wait. Never mind.
Why the Tea Party Hates Romney – And Why They Will Continue to Hate Romney After Iowa Hands Him the GOP Nomination
Mitt Romney, after dissing Iowa for nearly a year, floods the state with money in the last week and wins the Iowa caucuses. And the tea party hates it. Because they hate Romney.
Of course, the votes haven’t been counted yet and Rick Santorum or Ron Paul or a player to be named later could actually have more caucus votes than Romney, but all that is just the gooey technical stuff that really doesn’t mean anything. Whether Romney comes in “first” or “second” or even “third” is unimportant. What is important is that he will beat previous expectations, which will ensure his win in New Hampshire and propel him through the remaining two or three states that would have mattered in selecting the Republican nominee. [One must wonder why the other 45+ states even bother with the expense given that the nominee is pretty much “the next old white guy in line” for the Republicans every single time.]
In any case, it has been instructive to watch determined Iowans scurry about hoping to have a real live candidate give them some previously rehearsed boilerplate already given dozens of times to other Iowans who thought it was original for them too. One thing is clear – the tea party hates Mitt Romney. They have actively tried to destroy him and have been desperately trying to find the “Anyone But Romney” (ABR) candidate…to the point of leaping from Bachmann to Trump (yeah, that Trump) to Perry to Cain to Gingrich to Paul and now to Santorum. Seriously, those people. In an actual election year.
So the last laugh will be on the tea party.
After desperately dissing Romney, now they will have to decide if they want to vote for him…knowing that Romney would dump the tea party the second the votes were counted because, well, because Romney knows that tea party hypocrites have damaged this country and that he, i.e., Romney, would actually have to govern it.
And Romney isn’t so stupid as to actually screw up our country just to please some birthers and bigots in the tea party. Not when he would be caught holding the bag.
And that is why the tea party will show they are not only anti-middle class extortionists for the rich, they are also hypocrites.
The interesting thing will be to see how Romney tries to kiss up to the tea party during the actual election process while not scaring the bejeesus berries out of the Independent vote. I’m picturing some high wire balancing reminiscent of the Flying Wallendas. Of course, many of them fell to their deaths.
Happy New Year! 2012 promises to be a very good year.
Technically, the straw poll was won by Michele Bachmann with 29% of the vote, with perennial candidate Ron Paul nipping at her high heels with 28% and Tim Pawlenty ensuring that he will not be taken as a serious candidate based on his 14% of the straw poll vote. Ex-Pennsylvania something-or-other Rick Santorum got 10% and anti-Islam bigot Herman Cain came in with 9%. Anyone else on the ballot really doesn’t matter. Of course, only Romney and Perry matter anyway, but neither was there.
But in the end it was President Obama that won the poll. Given that Iowa decided to cast all of their votes toward tea party people known for 1) factual inaccuracy, 2) bigotry, 3) extreme right wing social hypocrisy, and 4) more than a wee bit of early onset (figurative) insanity, things are looking up for Obama to get reelected.
Of course, the real Iowa caucuses aren’t for six months so there is a chance that things could change dramatically by then. And then there is the New Hampshire primary, where people tend to be more Independent and less extreme. Following that and another skewed right state of South Carolina (where walking the Appalachian trail and “we had sex” rumors have become the talk of the town). And then the real states get to vote. So perhaps the GOP will decide they want to win the election before then, but clearly they aren’t there yet.
Until the GOP decides whether they want to be the party of responsible adults (no signs of that yet) or the party of “I am not a witch” and Koch-funded “the poor should pay for tax breaks for the rich to hide more of their money from taxation,” the country has a choice between President Obama or the nut house.
The jury is still out on which choice we will make.
What is it with the tea party candidates in their attempt to hijack the Republican party? Isn’t dragging the GOP as far to the extreme right as possible enough? Now the tea party has to strongly back candidates who are anti-Muslim bigots?
Being anti-Muslim isn’t new for the tea party, of course. Under the guise of “fear of terrorism” they have gone after the Islamic religion time after time. I’m sure all remember how an Islamic community center to be built in a dilapidated building a few blocks from the World Trade Center site in New York City suddenly became “the mosque at ground zero.” Neither a mosque nor at ground zero, and long a non-controversial project, it was turned overnight by the tea party xenophobes into a terrorist plot. And this was just one example of many. According to the tea party, if you are Muslim, you are immediately considered guilty of terrorism until proven otherwise. This is the epitome of bigotry.
Now Herman Cain, one of the favorites of the tea party, is reiterating that he doesn’t trust Muslims. All Muslims. Cain initially argued that “Muslims need not apply” for positions in his administration should he be elected President of the United States. Sorry all you qualified folks that just happen to have chosen Islam as your first amendment-protected religious freedom of expression, Cain and the tea party believe Muslims simply cannot be trusted. Faced with criticism of his abject bigotry, Cain suggested that he could, well, maybe, allow someone who is Muslim to be in his administration if they took some sort of Islamic-special vow to the Constitution. Again, in Cain’s mind you need to prove you can be trusted – but only if you are Muslim, all others get the usual presumption of trust. Now, as Cain tries to “reinterpret” his bigotry into something more palatable to non-bigoted Americans, he merely sticks his foot further in mouth. He’s just worried about letting terrorists into government, he says. And, of course, to Cain and the tea party all Muslims are potential terrorists because, well, hey, they are Muslims, aren’t they? The bottom line – if you are Muslim, Cain and the tea party will presume you are a terrorist until you jump through enough of their bigot hoops to prove otherwise.
Cain and the tea party are a disgrace to America.