Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
There is no there there. This is nothing but a partisan politics, embarrassing conspiracy theories, and a witch hunt. Now stop wasting our time.
Need a palate cleanser? Me too! Majority In Virginia Supports Stricter Gun Laws. So there.
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-MomentarilySane) of Texas and chairman of the House Rules Committee doesn’t see any reason for his party to reinvent themselves. No, instead he blames the inferior candidates who were “lazy, undisciplined, didn’t know what they were talking about, and shot their mouth off.” Think: Todd “legitimate rape” Akin.
And furthermore and even more to the point, think: Poster boy for inferior candidates, Willard M. Romney. Here’s how Pete Sessions described his presidential run in a D Magazine interview:
“Mitt Romney appeared like a kid who showed up for his science project and the teacher said, ‘Explain it,’ and Mitt couldn’t do it,” Sessions said. “His ‘dad,’ Paul Ryan, explained it to him, but Mitt didn’t get it. … That’s why we lost the last election.”
Speaking of science (or in the case of the GOP, science fiction) projects, his candidacy was the perfect example of one that
exploded imploded, leaving a mess o’ rubble strewn all over what’s left of the Republican Laboratory for Mad (Anti) Scientists.
Garry Trudeau’s depiction of the continuing physical deterioration of GW Bush’s appearance, and character, was enough reason to fall in love with today’s strip. Bush has always been nothing more than an empty hat, one that is as threadbare as his (pronounced lack of ) ethics, humility, and respect for the rule of law.
But Trudeau gave us so much more in today’s strip. We get to point and laugh at the relationships between Daddy Bush, Jebby Bush, and W all in one snarkalicious effort. But he didn’t stop there. He took jabs at Willard M. Romney, “self-deportation,” W’s obsession with his unhinged version of “freedom, ” and of course, his sick devotion to torture.
And as always, in the last panel we were treated to the punch line. Gold.
John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary magazine, a former editorial-page editor of The New York Post, and co-founder of the Weekly Standard. As you can see, he’s not exactly left-leaning.
He wrote a piece at Commentary, calling it, “Time to Get Serious.” Here are a couple of excerpts, including the following head-scratcher that implies golfers can’t also be Very Serious People:
Barack Obama is a serious man. Yes, he likes to golf, and yes, he ran a campaign with cutesy Facebook pictures and seemingly inane Flash slideshows like “Life of Julia.” No, he does not seem interested in the mechanics of legislation, nor does he seem adept at negotiation. But the weird condescension his opponents display toward him is ludicrously wrongheaded. They seem eager to believe he is a lightweight, and he is not. Obama is very possibly a world-historical political figure, and until those who oppose him come to grips with this fact, they will get him wrong every time.
I’m not entirely sure his opponents can even “come to grips” with the fact that Obama twice won the presidency, was born in this very country, isn’t a French gay Marxist Kenyan socialist commie, and doesn’t want to take away our guns while presiding over death panels that consist of undocumented brown-skinned immigrants who can’t wait to convert every ballot to Spanish while making a hobby of having multiple daily abortions.
He describes some of President Obama’s accomplishments, albeit not in very flattering terms, but does add:
That isn’t luck. It’s skill. Rare skill. Political genius of a kind.
But then it gets really entertaining when he starts in on Willard M. Romney:
Mitt Romney proved to be so inept as the chief executive of his own campaign that his polling was based on faulty assumptions that could easily have been corrected, his get-out-the-vote machine failed because it had never been tested, and his Facebook page crashed.
His Facebook page crashed on top of all that other stuff? That’s hilarious! Why don’t I remember that?
Podhoretz does get a few things wrong, including the part where he calls Obama a “post-1960s left-liberal.” Seriously? Did he not read the reports of President Obama’s willingness to cut Social Security benefits? Or his strong consideration of signing off on a disaster-in-waiting (see: State Dep’t. draft report looks promising for backers of Keystone XL pipeline)? Or his indefinite detention of detainees at Guantanamo Bay? Or his stance on wiretaps? Or his reluctance to go after Bush, Cheney, and company for lying us into a fraudulent invasion of a sovereign country and torturing prisoners? Or allowing nearly all of the Bush tax cuts to remain in place? Some liberal.
He ends by again referring to the president as “a serious man” …whose era– the dreaded “Age of Obama”– must end.
But I give him credit for what he got right and especially for allowing me a brief Moment of Schadenfreude.
Just because the presidential election is over doesn’t mean that Willard M. Romney is done making gaffes, inane comments, or revealing more of his awkwarditude.
Taegan pulled this quote from Romney’s interview with Dennis Miller on Miller’s radio show. Yes, Romney and The Artist Formerly Known as Funny were on the air together. I’m surprised radios all over America didn’t explode:
“I have to admit, being able to go back to our own life and going to the grocery store and shopping on my own is kind of nice to be by myself without a bunch of people hanging around with me. I like the life of being an American citizen. It’s good to live a normal life again.”
Earth to Willard: You haven’t ever lived a “normal” life.
Wait… He said that he “likes the life of being an American citizen.” So he– dun-dun-dun-n!– wasn’t one before now? This from the guy who questioned President Obama’s citizenship:
Oh, but I kid the Mittster.
I got the blog headline from this tweet:
Billionaire Mitt Romney described the “heroes in the homes of the nation”:
“Single moms who are working two jobs so their kids can have the same kind of kids [he meant "things"] other kids at school have. Dads who don’t know what a weekend is, because they’ve taken on so many jobs to make sure they can keep the house. We’re a patriotic people. The heart of America is good.”
Gee, he’s not out of touch at all, is he? It’s hard to find too many major political figures who would say something so asinine, so insensitive, and so disconnected from everyday Americans.
But I managed to find one:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, but nevertheless, there’s a certain comfort to know that the promises made will be kept by the government.
MS. MORNIN: Yes.
THE PRESIDENT: And so thank you for asking that. You don’t have to worry.
MS. MORNIN: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.
THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?
MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)
MS. MORNIN: Not much. Not much.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, hopefully, this will help you get you sleep to know that when we talk about Social Security, nothing changes.
MS. MORNIN: Okay, thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: That’s great.
Arthur Delaney got it right. Republicans like Romney and Bush really believe that struggling, miserable Americans make this country great.
Actually, those two poor excuses for political leaders are exceptionally miserable Americans, and they have not made this country great, but they have done what they can to make the rest of us struggle.
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