What the Hell Did I Do?

On PUMA blogs, there was much wailing and rending of garments over the act of voting for Republican John McCain for the first time in Democrat-only voting histories. Sadly, it did not change the game in 2008. I suspect peer pressure and the endorsement of Jackass by Hillary Clinton took its toll on those unimpressed with Obama.

At the other end of the spectrum were dumb-ass Republicans who got a hopium contact high and supported him. Some have recanted because of the way he treats Republicans or his inability to accomplish the tasks a town treasurer could handle. They are morons and have been identified as such.

The ones I feel for are the disgruntled Republicans, conservatives and future Tea Party members who didn’t like Bush, didn’t like McCain, didn’t like either or just figured it was time for a change from McSame. They weren’t quite dumb enough to vote for Jackass, but they stayed out of the voting process.

I imagine this has been one long hangover for these poor souls. Some of them fought after the fact, when majorities in the House and Senate made Washington a one-party town. It was too late. The tide turned this year, and at least those people who voted to turn things around will be registered for 2012. Right now, we have record spending, war and gridlock. I’m not sure it could get worse.

This may be a lesson to those who are thinking about sitting out the election of 2012 with a third-party candidate or casting a vote on your couch. There is over a year left to rage against the dying of the light. Eventually, there will be an election in 2012. There will almost certainly be two candidates. Think about how you’ll feel about each of them in the White House before you make your protest vote.

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33 Responses to What the Hell Did I Do?

  1. Dario says:

    I believe that regardless of who’s elected in 2012, we’re screwed. And I don’t believe that McCain would have been better at dealing with the problems we face.

    • Dario says:

      Btw, I voted for McCain because it was a protest vote.

    • 1539days says:

      If McCain had been president with a Democratic Congress, at least there would have been no blank checks. Each side would have actually had to negotiate instead of coming up with different end runs.

      • Dario says:

        I agree, Days. From that point of view, McCain was better. But in 2009, we needed someone who has a good understanding of the economic issues and how to move the government. Hillary had that going for her. I believe that neither McCain or Obama had the capacity to deal with the economic problems we face.

  2. Was chatting a bit today with a young Republican political consultant who had supported Obama in 2008. She was disappointed to see Obama whining, she didn’t remember him whining during his presidential run. I said the media probably helped, which I guess upset her and she started slamming Hillary, just like an Obot. We live in strange times.

    • ralphb says:

      I’m not at all surprised at that. If you asked her about Palin, her head would probably explode.

      • 1539days says:

        Cocktail party Republicans hate Palin about as much as Kool-aid Democrats. She’s the scapegoat for all the Republican campaign hacks who lost it for McCain, she doesn’t put party loyalty above all and they’ve accepted the meme that Palin is some kind of dumb whore.

    • djmm says:

      She must have missed the “Can’t I just eat my waffles?” clip.


  3. Guess this is supposed to be a big deal. Fannie and Freddie are suing all the big banks. Fighting over these bad mortgages, keeping the lawyers busy. Not sure how it helps homeowners.

    • 1539days says:

      I assume all the banks that contribute to Obama will find themselves released from the lawsuit. All others will be Gibsoned.

    • Dario says:

      Nobody is going to jail. Civil suits take a long time, and I don’t expect the taxpayers to recover all the money that was siphoned by fraudsters. It’s better than nothing, but I’m not impressed.

    • ralphb says:

      This could be a very big deal. There’s over $30 billion in losses which they may be able to pin on the banks. All four banks mentioned were big donors to Obama. Let the fur fly.

      The Federal Housing Finance Agency suits, which are expected to be filed in the coming days in federal court, are aimed at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, among others, according to three individuals briefed on the matter.

      The suits stem from subpoenas the finance agency issued to banks a year ago. If the case is not filed Friday, they said, it will come Tuesday, shortly before a deadline expires for the housing agency to file claims.

    • Dario says:

      The lawsuit doesn’t help homeowners. If the government wins, it helps Fannie and Freddie because both agencies lost billions of taxpayer money. Both corporations will go under unless congress sinks more money into them. If both corporations are shut down, as the Republicans want to do, the impact will be detrimental to home buyers and sellers. I think the banks will push to keep at least one of the corporations to stay in business.

  4. ralphb says:

    Wonder why the GOP establishment hates Palin? Oh yeah, this is why.

    Palin Will Blast ‘Compromised Political Class’ in Iowa

    Sources with knowledge of Sarah Palin’s prepared remarks tell National Review Online that the former Alaska governor will castigate Washington’s “compromised political class” when she addresses a tea-party rally in Iowa this weekend. Palin, sources say, will not use the venue to launch a presidential campaign. Instead, Palin will “offer a serious critique of crony capitalism and President Obama’s economic record.”

    Palin will remind attendees that three years ago — on Sept. 3, 2008 — she detailed her political philosophy during her speech at the Republican National Convention. She will urge the crowd to fight, as she said then, for “sudden and relentless reform.” Reiterating this message, sources say, is one of her central themes. “She will talk about her experience in Alaska, about how she brought reform to the system,” says one source. “She will remind tea-party conservatives that true reform is difficult.”

    “She will also talk, more broadly, about how she is not enamored of the political class, both Republicans and Democrats, who do not deserve to be elected if they only continue the status quo,” the source continues. “She will discuss corporate lobbyists, White House operatives, and others who enable the vested interests.” Many of the themes from her recent Facebook post, “Conquering the Storm,” will be mentioned.

    • Dario says:

      Run Sarah!

    • votermom says:

      This is breakfast civics at our house:
      This morning on the news (abc?) they had a section devoted to Palin angst about what she would do this weekend, complete with a caricature of Palin as a teacher with a blackboard.
      That made one of my kids asked me why do some people hate Palin.
      I told her, “oh, it’s because when she was governor in Alaska she helped put a lot of cheating politicians in jail.”
      Kid is puzzled – “but if those people are already in jail, why does anyone care about it now?”
      “Because the other cheating politicians are scared that if she gets anywhere near them she’ll help put them in jail too.”
      Kid thinks about this for a sec then says “Go Sarah Palin!”

    • DeniseVB says:

      Those pesky “sources say”. If it doesn’t come from her FB, Twitter, C4P or a named Sarah rep, I’ll just wait and see……:D

      • votermom says:

        I am just as skeptical as you. But Scott Conroy did a very similar article (I linked it in a comment to the “republicans are worse thread”) and Conroy is usually reilable so far.

  5. ralphb says:

    From c4p: this meetup would be a pretty classy place to announce, with the volunteers who’ve worked their butts off for her.

    By the way, we cannot yet confirm what ABC reported about the Governor attending the informal C4P meet-up at the Machine Shed Restaurant at 8 PM tomorrow evening.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    I voted for McCain for a couple of reasons. One is after May 2008 I could never vote for Obama. But two was that whoever was president this term, if it weren’t a Clinton, would fail miserably because of how bad things were. And whatever party was in charge would be seriously damaged. I thought the Republican party should be saddled with that mess since dubya got us there.

    Wall Street and the Banks had other ideas: destroy the Dem brand while getting what they wanted. They’re very good at what they do. I just wish they’d take us out to dinner before doing that to us so we don’t feel so cheep.

    • Indigogrrl says:

      a little bit of lube woulda be nice too.

      (IG waves at DT)

    • DeniseVB says:

      Unfortunately many of those Obama voters believed he was going to make those problems go away with magic fairy dust because he had no experience (or accomplishments) in politics. He was truly The Messiah /sarc.

      • jjmtacoma says:

        I think some of the obama voters thought the color of his skin would declaw republicans and they would afraid of opposing him to harshly. The McCain campaign didn’t go after obama that hard.

        I bet some thought that GOP fear of being called the r-word would clear the way to implement all that “change” and fab ideas.

        They probably should have made sure there were actually ideas.

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