In honor of today’s many GOP primaries (eleven!ten!), I thought I’d just leave this here:
For details on the foregoing, you could always read my recent post entitled The GOP rides into the sunset, but there’s nothing like a good graphic artist to make a person humble: What I took 850 words to write, graphic artist Will Amato (I’m guessing that’s him in the Batman mask on his website’s front page) accomplished in 12 lines.
Today at CPAC, Newt Gingrich dug deep into his barrel of bullshit and spewed it forth into the willing upturned faces of the conservatives masses.
After grandiosely claiming that President Obama will begin to wage a war on the Catholic Church after his reelection (really? What would that even look like?), Newton set his phasers to fearmonger:
“I, frankly, don’t care what deal he tries to cut,” Gingrich said in an afternoon speech, referring to the administration’s “accommodation” with religious groups on a proposed mandate for birth control. “We cannot trust him, we know who he really is, and we should make sure the country knows who he really is.” Continue reading →
About as shocking as the weather forecast in Seattle, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll reports large black clouds hanging over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s campaign.
Romney, who notched his second consecutive victory Saturday by easily winning the Nevada caucuses, continues to solidify his position as the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination. But as the contest has grown more negative, public impressions of the top Republican contenders have soured, as has the former Massachusetts governor’s standing as a general-election candidate.
As President Obama took a 9 percent lead over Romney (52 to 43) and saw his job approval rating jump to the highest it has been in eight months, the former Massachusetts governor actually lost support.
In his concession speech following the Nevada primary Saturday night, Gingrich laid to rest the Romney campaign’s “greatest fantasy” by clarifying that he would continue his campaign all the way to the Republican convention.
“I am a candidate for president of the United States,” he said. “I will be a candidate for president of the United States. We will go to Tampa.”
While it may have quashed Romney’s “greatest fantasy,” it served simultaneously as a reinforcement to Democrats’ “greatest fantasy.”
Gingrich campaign strategist Rick Tyler opened his mouth last night and a whole lotta stupid fell out. The below clip demonstrates that Republicans really do live in an alternate reality where up is down, the sky is green, and asking a question about racism ipso facto makes you racist.
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”