Monday, April 23

Monday Olio: Evidently This Is The Best We Can Do Edition

• I'd like to thank every news outlet in the country for noting--inevitably at the top of the story--that the bailed-out George Zimmerman will be stashed somewhere in secret "because of threats on his life". Like there are people out there who might shoot him for absolutely no reason?

(This morning, BTW, one of my local teleprompter readers caught herself calling Zimmerman a "watch captain" and changed it to "watch volunteer". Apparently when you're arrested they demote you.)

 • Chuck Colson's in Hell, being walked over by ten thousand grandmothers in golf shoes. Right-wing evangelism didn't save his sorry ass. The whiny little punk went Christian before he went to prison (but after he testified under oath.) As soon as his "prison ministry" routine took, he was back hawking Nixonian politics. G. Gordon Liddy is more deserving of respect.

 • This reminds me of how much I've missed Karen Hughes: none.
Second, Romney specializes in turnarounds — and Washington is in desperate need of a dramatic turnaround.
"The country could sure use a Hail Mary completion right about now, and Doug Flutie…"

 "Jerry Seinfeld made a show about nothing, and today's economy…"

 "America is waking up with a bad hangover, which is why George W. Bush…"

 Jesus Christ. Does the stick come with the purchase of that shit, or is it extra?

Battered and deep fried, just 5¢ more:
The time when members of Congress could wave their chairmanships and pork-barreling prowess at constituents to win re-election is coming to an end. Washington is so discredited that almost no one cares anymore.
Sure, there are a few places where clout and seniority still matter to voters. But not many.
Hatch highlighted the prospect of his ascension to the Finance Committee chairmanship but it barely moved the dials for convention delegates. Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s heavyweight resume hasn’t saved him from a tough intra-party challenge this year either.
Think back to 2010. Among the powerful losers: the Senate Agriculture Committee chair and, in the House, the chairmen of the Budget and Armed Services committees.
Democrats in Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri lost in the most heavily Republican election since Reconstruction. Like the man said, if present trends continue, next Wednesday we'll get six feet of rain. Hatch and Lugar, on the other hand, are old, feeble, and they've been around too long; there're few people I'd personally enjoy seeing hoist on his Nixonian petard than my senior Senator. But, bullshit. This is about crackpots running loose in the Republican party. Conservatives Against Orin Hatch? Really? How far d'ya think that's gonna fly? Lugar could win 65% of the vote as a write-in candidate. Personally, I doubt that it matters which species of idiot Republicans choose. But the idea that the content-free Teabag Party is about to stage a coup is like the idea that Borkian Originalism was about to sweep jurisprudence. Sure, sure it is. Just as soon as they figure out what th' fuck they're saying.


Anonymous said...

Business experience is a great qualification for the presidency?

Not if you want a great presidency.

None of our three greatest presidents—Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt--had any business experience to speak of. Nor did Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Jackson, Polk, Teddy Roosevelt, or Eisenhower. And Truman's one venture into business ended in failure.

In fact, the one president with the most extensive record as a business manager and executive was... Herbert Hoover. And we know how that turned out.

DocAmazing said...

Looking at this from California: our national level politicians are consummate political animals. They know exactly how to bring home the bacon and how to close deals, at least on procedural stuff. Wingnuts seem not to value these skills, and go out of their way to elect candidates with no understanding of how to keep the lights on.

Oh, well, who needs functioning infrastructure?