Browsing the blog archivesfor the day Saturday, August 25th, 2012.

Clown Show Postponed

Obama Administration

The GOP national convention will begin on Tuesday instead of Monday because of the pending hurricane. I hope it’s not canceled entirely; should be the most off-the-wall entertainment since the Twilight Zone.

Via DougJ, The Economist on Mittens:

But competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character. Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected. In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won’t vote for that man; nor would this newspaper. …

… Mr Romney may calculate that it is best to keep quiet: the faltering economy will drive voters towards him. It is more likely, however, that his evasiveness will erode his main competitive advantage. A businessman without a credible plan to fix a problem stops being a credible businessman. So does a businessman who tells you one thing at breakfast and the opposite at supper. Indeed, all this underlines the main doubt: nobody knows who this strange man really is. It is half a decade since he ran something. Why won’t he talk about his business career openly? Why has he been so reluctant to disclose his tax returns? How can a leader change tack so often? Where does he really want to take the world’s most powerful country?

Yeah, pretty much.

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Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

American History

The Eagle has landed.

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Mitt: Vote for Me ‘Cause I’m the White Guy


Mitt was planning to run as the Titan of Capitalism and Savior of the Olympics. But those narratives have been tarnished quite a bit, so he’s falling back on the Tried and True and doubling down on whiteness.

Mitt today is saying that this was not a swipe at President Obama

“I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital,” Romney said in Commerce, Michigan earlier Friday. “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

— which shows us that Mitt is about as funny — and as ethical — as a sub-prime mortgage lender.

And this comes after lying to portray President Obama as an enabler of welfare queens. Next he’ll be telling us that the President do loves him some watermelon.

Pandering to whiteness will get Mittens a lot of votes, unfortunately. Annie Laurie:

A major facet of the GOP’s appeal to working-class white voters, especially white male voters, since Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, has been the unspoken advertisment that voting Republican would set you off as a member of the elite… if not actually rich, or well-educated, or white, or male, at least an aspiring elitist with a clear superiority over the faceless mass of those people (non-whites, immigrants, women, DFHs, welfare queens, moochers & looters). …

… A not inconsiderable portion of the Republican voting population consists of those who would (as Davis X. Machina put it) “volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.

Annie Laurie says that much of Mitt’s un-likeability comes from the fact that he’s very bad at faking the winking bonhomie with working class whites that is the bread and butter of Republican politicians these days. And he shows us, over and over, that he’ll stoop to just about anything to appear to be one of the regular (white) guys.

So what if the “birther” bit was a low blow? The crowd loved it!

But the joke’s on them, because to people like Willard Mitt Romney, working-class whites are just employee fodder at the disposal of mine and meat packing plant owners. Or Wal-Mart. Other than that, in the eyes of the wealthy and powerful they are just moochers and takers, expecting their betters (like Romney) to educate their children and provide health care for the old folks. Working-class white is the new black.

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