Q: Why is Santa always so jolly?
A: Because he knows where all the naughty girls live.
This is an open thread.
John W. Smart:
THE FREAK SHOW
It also helps Obama that the GOP primary race induces one cringe after another. I do not remember a contested race on either side which produced so many embarrassing candidates. Does anyone? Every cycle brings us nonsense and joke candidates. But this year the GOP seems hell-bent on 24/7 full frontal jackassery. The secret candidate killer cabal has moved off Newt slightly, taking on Paul and his racist newsletters. As with Cain, Paul deserves every last bit of heat he’s getting. Paul’s ideology leads down many a dark and dangerous alley. But it’s the timing that’s worth note. Paul must be causing real fear now as those newsletters are many things, but they aren’t news. Cain’s victims arrived at the mic just in time…now Paul’s inane claptrap about race wars is news. It may not matter in Iowa as his people there are immune to sanity. But Paul will be crucified going forward. Newt makes the GOP establishment squirm, the ascendency of Paul will send them to Def-con 5. I almost want Paul to win in Iowa just to watch the bombs fall.
I really do not understand the GOP mind. As a non-GOP- if the goal is to defeat Obama – it seems self-evident that Huntsman is the right choice. Since they won’t go there, (For reasons that are idiotic, the man is conservative up and down, left and right.) I can only imagine voting for Romney…if I were a Republican. It’s hard for me to see why any rational Iowan would entertain any other candidate. Yet, Paul is ahead, and Gingrich is holding on. I must conclude that there aren’t many rational Iowans. Romney is no peach but relative to the others he’s Abe Lincoln. So either Romney comes out tested and stronger or the GOP suicide dance goes on until summer.
The good news for the GOP is that the national attention span is about 7.8 minutes. If Romney can put the thing in the bag by June no one will remember the insanity of his party come Fall. Obama will tell us Mitt is an evil, greed monger. Romney will tell us Obama is incompetent. My thesis remains that in 2012 the competence meme wins. But if the GOP carnage goes on for months all bets are off. The GOP race has devolved from intriguing, to entertaining, to repellant. Iowa has become a freak show.
Meanwhile, Obama gets to kick back and look like he’s in charge.
It’s almost like they don’t WANT to win, isn’t it?
Oh, the individual candidates want to win. But the GOP leadership sure seems determined to lose.
There really are better candidates out there. I’m not saying “better” ideologically, cuz there ain’t no such thing as a GOP moderate anymore. But every one of the current hopefuls has serious flaws, and the more likely they are to win the nomination the less likely they are to win the general election.
It’s not like none of them could beat Obama. He’s as beatable as any incumbent could be.
But why should the GOP want Obama gone? He’s helping them pass the worst parts of their agenda and he’s got a “D” after his name. Once Obama is gone the Democrats will unite to oppose the same kind of things they are now supporting.
Obama has taken good care of his base – Wall Street and the rest of the 1%. As far as they are concerned he has earned a second term.
So while Occupy Wall Street is busy “mic checking” Republicans, Wall Street is backing Obama. And some people call me a paranoid ratfucker because I think there is something fishy about that.
Any shopping left to do? Last minute errands?
Are you staying home or traveling for Christmas? Do you expect visitors? I plan to hunker down with beer and pizza until Monday.
Here’s my thoughts on gifts:
The worst gifts say “I don’t care.”
The best gift is something the recipient didn’t even know they wanted until they opened it.