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.
Two days ago President Obama released his “long form” birth certificate, for which the birther wing of the tea party had been screaming since then-candidate Obama released his “short form” birth certificate (i.e., the form everyone gets when they ask for an official birth certificate). And that should have finally shut up the birthers. And of course it did not shut up the birthers.
In fact, the birthers have just continued to invent whatever ludicrous, non-factual, bigoted, xenophobic, and just sheer mind-numbing thing that pops into their collective hate-filled heads.
PolitiFact, the independent fact checking organization run by the St. Petersburg Times, has compiled a list of their recent checking of the facts – or as the case may be, the non-facts – of the various birther/tea party claims related to Obama’s birth certificate. Of the seven statements they checked, 4 received their “Pants on Fire” rating and 3 merely their “False” rating.
False means not true. Not even close.
Pants on Fire means so not true as to suggest either a severe mental incapacity or intentional lying (or both).
So we can conclude that since none of the birther/tea party wing statements have any basis in truth, and in fact seem to suggest abject disconnect from reality and/or pathological hatred, the birther/tea party cannot be trusted in any position of authority. Especially the critical job of governing the most powerful nation on the planet. The nation that the birthers/tea partiers seem intent on holding back from our future while giving a leg up to China. The US of A.
Like all countries, the US has serious issues – economic, health, environmental, and future development in an increasingly competitive world. We need serious people running the country. With honest, serious people we can disagree on the path forward and yet find a way to move the country into the future such that we can advantage our great ability to be innovative. We cannot do that if large proportions of the populace, and the people they elect as our representatives, can’t even tell the difference between what is true and what is false. Or don’t care that what they say is false (or “pants on fire”).
As for the tea party and the Republican candidates for President and Congress in 2012, if you can’t come out and very publicly and adamantly denounce the birthers and the other tea party extremists and falsehood pushers, then you cannot be taken as a serious candidate. None of this wishy-washy code words to secure the vote of the nut job base while trying not to sound too nut job yourself. Direct denunciation.
In future posts I’ll chronicle the GOP field and let you know which ones should be relegated to the dust bin and which ones can be considered serious candidates.
[If you missed previous posts, I have already discussed two people getting a lot of attention as potential candidates for President – Sarah Palin and Donald Trump – neither of which will actually ever declare their candidacy. The fact that they are considered by the tea party as serious possibilities highlights the point I’ve made in this post.]
In a move that somehow avoided the pre-announcement leaking of the announcement to make an announcement, the White House today released President Obama’s “long form” birth certificate. Yep, the “long form” because the “short form” that everyone else gets when they request their own birth certificate from the State of Hawai’i isn’t good enough for a not quite small proportion of the tea party that are tenderly referred to as “birthers” (or not so tenderly referred to as nut jobs, bigots, and a few other things that I wish not to print on Political Gum Hockey). Because the law in Hawai’i forbade even the person from obtaining their own long form birth certificate, the President had to request that an exception be made, which the Hawai’i Department of Health granted in part because of the constant harassment they have received from birthers.
Of course, Obama supplied the normal birth certificate way back in 2008 when the birthers/nut jobs/bigots kept insisting that he was born in pretty much any place but the place he was born (all while somehow not thinking it important that Obama’s competitor, John McCain, was in fact born outside the USA). As it says in the press release of this long form, the original birth certificate is the birth certificate and “This is not and should not be an open question.” But that isn’t good enough for people looking for any excuse to attack the man who would become the first black President (of likely many future minority Presidents) .
So will this satisfy the birthers? Before you answer, I’ll admit that this is a trick question. The superficial answer is of course it won’t. While some will shut up, others will find some other contrivance to attack Obama’s citizenship. Why? Because this isn’t really about Obama’s citizenship. It’s about fear.
When one looks at the constant drumbeat of the tea party, or at least the most extremist portions of the extremist wing of the Republican party that identifies itself as tea party, there is a pattern. “Obama wasn’t born in the USA.” “Obama is half white.” “Obama is a socialist.” Yada yada yada. All translate to “Obama isn’t one of us.” “Obama is foreign.” “Obama is un-American.” Newt Gingrich, in one of his most illustrative diatribes, said (and I paraphrase) that “Obama doesn’t think like us.” All of these things are code for fear of foreign-ness, bigotry, xenophobia. They have deeper meaning than what they appear on the surface.
Keep in mind that the accusations of birthers and related contrived outrages were directed at Obama before he even was elected President, that is, long before he had any opportunity to implement any actual policies. Just like there were contrivances by the South against Abraham Lincoln even before he was elected President.
Which is one of the reasons why there are parallels between the “tea party” movement and the onset of the Civil War, and why it could be just as dangerous.
But that will have to wait for a future PGH post. For now, we’ll see how marginalized the birthers and their cohorts become now that one of their contrivances is no longer available to them.