Some of the rhetoric coming from the Republican candidates for president makes me wonder if a group of paranoid schizophrenics weren’t prematurely released from a mental institution, without their meds.
I’ve pasted one example from each candidate of that paranoia. Search in Google to find many more or just watch a cable news network for a half hour.
I’ve heard Ron Paul described as “plain-spoken” way too many times. I guess if you define “plain spoken” as simplistic and with few words — then yes, he surely fits that definition.
Personally, I’ve never been impressed with that type of person or politician. I often wonder what they are hiding with their simplification. Is it ignorance, bias or just a desire to appeal to the populist crowd?
“Medicaid. You wonder what Medicaid is; those who aren’t into all this government stuff. You know, I have to admit, I didn’t know the differences between all these things until I got into government. Then I got into it and I understood that Medicaid is the health care program for the poor, by and large.”
I see. So, Mitt Romney, despite two degrees from Harvard, learned what Medicaid is when he became governor in 2002. He was 55 years old at the time.
Before he “got into government” and discovered what Medicaid is, Romney helped run a health company, which relied heavily on funding from — you guessed it — Medicare and Medicaid. What’s more, in his book, Romney boasts about having been a health care consultant, where he developed an expertise in how to deal with entitlements.
So he either really didn’t know about Medicaid, even after running a health company, or he’s just making shit up for whatever audience he’s talking to. More from Steve Benen…
Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “Romney didn’t mean what he said this morning,” you’re going to tell me. “He was only saying he didn’t understand Medicaid so that he could pretend to relate to the people in the audience. This wasn’t ignorance; it was pandering.”
Perhaps. I can’t say with certainty what Romney is ignorant of, and what he only pretends to be ignorant of.
Greetings, my good gentle-readers. If you hearken back to my last scribblings on the erudite interchange between the erstwhile hopeful nominees in the party of the venal, er, venerable Ronald Regan, I was informed that I was a dumb f* – by the way if one cannot bring oneself to type “dumbfuck” then perhaps one should find an acceptable substitute that does not offend one’s delicate sensitivities, yes? – for not affording the property dignity to such an important occasion. I unkindly told said commenter to go fuck him/herself**, and while I still stand by that sentiment, I have taken his/her admonishments to heart. Therefore, I will treat this debate sponsored by Fox News, well-renowned for being fair and balanced and shit–take mushrooms***, with all the pomp and circumstance that it deserves. So, I shall slip on my smoking jacket, tamp down the tobacco in my briar pipe, and gently swirl the cognac in my brandy snifter as I proffer thoughtful commentary of the GOP debate tonight.
Important information, I have a tai chi class until 7:30 p.m., asiangrrlMN**** time, and the debate is only livestreaming on FoxNews.com, starting at 8 p.m., asiangrrlMN time. Therefore, I will probably have to join the shenanigans already in process. I highly doubt I will miss anything of import, but if I do, you must all inform me as I will schedule this to post at 7:45 p.m. In other words, we will be doing this bollocks live, whether I am present or not. (Pray, good people, follow the jump for more erudite discussion)
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Herman Cain is imploding. If anyone’s still pretending this is a surprise, can we stop that right now? I would also be grateful if we could finally stop acting as if he was ever a serious contender for the GOP nomination. He wasn’t, and not just because he’s black. Cain was never a serious contender because he’s wildly ignorant, and borderline crazy. The GOP has a history of allowing these people (Bachmann, Perry, Santorum, Paul, Cain, etc) to toddle out onto the stage and push the boundaries of civil conversation a little farther out, squeezing out every last drop of anti-social outrage they can, and then tossing them onto history’s famous scrapheap, in favor of the one fella who has money and isn’t certifiable. In 2008, it was John McCain. In 2012, it’ll be Mitt Romney. Have we cleared that up? (No, it won’t be Gingrich. Stop that! He’s made too many Republicans mad. Much as they hate Romney, they hate Gingrich more). (No! Not Huntsman either! He’s too reasonable, and too poor. Maybe 2016, when they’re done purging the party of the crazy following what they already know will be Obama’s re-election). (Yes. That’s what’s going to happen. Can we get to the point now? Thank you).
Herman Cain’s silly White House run having served more as useful foolishness than reality, I don’t have any interest in discussing it as a political exercise. I do, however, have a very real interest in using it to continue the conversation I started at my place earlier this month about the ways in which harassment and assault shape women’s days, and to move into the vocabulary we use in conversations about sexual violence, whether they are about Herman Cain, or Jerry Sandusky, or Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or the asshole down the street.
The one African-American running for the GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday the black community was ‘brainwashed’ for traditionally siding with liberal politicians.
“African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,” Cain said on CNN’s “The Situation Room” in an interview airing Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. ET. “I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it’s just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple.”
Ho boy. Yeah, see…some free political campaign advice there, Herman. When you’re trying to convince a voting bloc to back you, it’s best not to insult them as “brain-washed” and “not open minded”. In fact, I believe that’s the chief complaint I hear from the Tea Party about how liberals supposedly feel about them. Given this evidence, I’m going to say that particular complaint is projection, plain and simple.
As Dr. Cornel West continues his crusade to undermine our President, I keep hearing how he was once a supporter of President Obama. If he did claim to be a supporter, it was just that — a claim.
I decided to go back in time with the help of Google and find out if he ever REALLY supported Barack Obama and exactly when it was that Dr. West and his sidekick, Tavis Smiley, began their assault on our first black president.
I typed into the search bar the words “Cornel West Supports Obama” and then proceeded to weed through hundreds of hits about Cornel’s criticism of President Obama, page after page after page of links to stories about “black mascots” and “oligarchs and plutocrats” and “fear of free black men”. There were articles by conservatives and liberals, all using Cornel West to justify their own hatred and dislike for our President.
Whites and people 50 and older really, really do not like President Obama, at about the same rate, mid 30′s for, mid 50′s against. But a funny thing happens when you ask them to actually choose a Republican to vote for: