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Just Like a Train-wreck

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Feb 14, 2012

A check-in is due to the slow-motion train wreck by which the GOP Faithful have been eat, err Â… vetting their candidates. It really has been a fascinating study in political cannibalism, as the various partisans savage each other with flame and spice that they usually reserve for the "socialists" across the aisle. It gets way too much coverage, methinks, as stern-looking pundits dissect every odd moment and outrageous charge, and re-handicap the sweeps, moment-by-moment. I haven't done any personal Electoral College arithmetic, but I will suggest that these Republican candidates and this process bode very well for the Democratic opposition.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hey, I know the PERFECT Republican candidate: OBAMA!!!

He's more of a Republican than the Republicans themselves. Think about it:

Increased military presence in Afghanistan

Military action in Libya

Warrantless wiretaps continue

Guantanamo not shut down

Voted to allow indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens without trial
Killed an American citizen without a trial and without proven links to Al Qaida other than protesting on foreign soil

No leadership on climate change

Runaway pentagon spending

Bank bailouts, yet not a single banker charged in the financial meltdown

Refuses to prosecute CIA personnel accused of torture in violation of international law

Overruled the EPA to raise ozone levels to 0.075 ppm (higher than Bush) which should result in 12,000 additional U.S. deaths annually

Undermined the solvency of Social Security Trust Fund by passing payroll tax cuts

Heath care reform that grants yet another costly entitlement but does nothing to reduce health care costs and is opposed by 60% of Americans

Extended the Bush tax cuts for the richest 0.01% of Americans

Rejected his own bi-partisan budget committee recommendations to restore fiscal sanity and offered no feasible plan of his own.

$5 trillion of new debt. Make that $10 trillion if he gets a second term. By 2016, he will have created half of the $20 trillion total U.S. debt.

More than twice the number of immigrant deportations as Bush

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

LOL -- good, then it's unanimous!

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Feb 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

Ha ha! I know, right?

And people do not give Obama enough credit for all the jobs he's creating. They're mad that he's spent $17 billion on green energy programs that produced a measly 3,500 jobs, at a cost of around $5 million per job. But that ignores the thousands of jobs that have been created for bankruptcy attorneys! lol.

Obama 2012!! Woo hoo!!!

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I'm not gonna chase that particular stat -- preferring to disbelieve the facially preposterous charge, because the Righties have so often cried wolf when it comes to Mr. Obama. If there's a credible citation to be had, I'm sure you'll provide it. Otherwise, I'm with Twain (as usual), about figures.

Many of the "Republican accomplishments" he's made are problematic for me, and certainly were not his initiatives -- the Bush tax cuts being prime among 'em.

As a devotee of Roger Fisher and his collaborative bargaining model, I see a lot of that approach in Mr Obama's dealings with Congress. (Fisher was/is at Harvard Law School). My problem is that I think he's been too patient, and settled for too little, instead of "demonstrating his BATNA" and making it more obvious who the One-Term-at-all-costs obstructionists are.

Thus, he's borne part of the blame for stalemate, inaccurately, in my view. Debt ceiling would have been a case where I think he should have invoked the 14th Amendment in the short run, let the Courts begin to sort it out, and settled it when it was not a front/center crisis that affected the US credit standing.

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Posted by GOP
a resident of Danville
on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Newt is a creepy embarrassment, and he reminds me of Bill Clinton, in that I would not leave them alone with my teenager daughter...Romney is not particularly inspiring or exciting, but his business success,experience as Governor, and moral compass in being a faithful husband, and from all accounts, a kind and caring father to his children, is admirable...At the end of the day, I think the majority of Republican voters will agree with me in nominating Governor Romney...I would hope that the liberal media, Mr. Cushings, included, would not use veil attacks on his mormon religion, against him...It would be nice to finally have a christian President in the Whitehouse, whose actions and deeds are in line with their faith...Clinton, and JFK, played the christian card when it helped them, but their lack of morals, and adultery, was anything but christian.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Oh, my.

First, kindly recall that Mr. Obama is very much a Christian, or else present credible evidence that he's not. Please also contrast his treatment of his wife, M-in-L and daughters with Mr. Romney's along the lines of "being a faithful husband, and from all accounts, a kind and caring father to his children," which you and I may both agree are admirable qualities. Your deletion of the Incumbent from the ranks of christian Presidents could not have been an oversight, and cannot avoid being an undeserved personal affront to the President. If Christians can't disagree on policy, then why are there so many denominations?

Second, as above, I've always thought it crucial to pay more attention to what folks Do, over what they profess to Believe. The moral/ethical lapses of Presidents transcend sexual misconduct, although the prurient stuff gets more ink because it's titillating. Suffice it to say that I believe neither Party has a monopoly on transgressions in the nature of "what Jesus wouldn't do."

First, kindly back-up your charge of a 'veil attack' by me on Mr. Romney's religion. I reported a statistic that I found surprising when I first saw it -- and troubling to his chances for success. It's not my beliefs that are at-issue there. The so-called Evangelicals are an important GOP bloc -- a quarter of Them find Mr. Romney's religion so problematic that They will not support him. Call Them on it if you wish, but you are upbraiding a bystander to that kerfuffle.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Feb 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Here's the stat on $17 billion for 3,500 jobs. It's from See B.S. News (a.k.a. CBS News).
Web Link

Here's the thing about me, I'm almost always right. I know, it's frustrating. I hear ya. My wife says the same thing. But what can I do?

There's so much to like about Obama. Have you seen the guy golf? Woah! What an ace. Well, he should be an ace, given that he's been golfing over 90 times these past three years. That's about three months of golf, given that the excursions generally take about five hours – much of the useful portion of the day.

I wonder how much Hillary would have golfed by now?
People say Obama is aloof, that he'd not up to the job because he doesn't spend time with lawmakers. He prefers to be at home with Michelle and the kids. Well who can blame him?

If Hillary were president, I wonder how much time she would have spent at home alone with Bill?

Bill loved the ladies and he had some faults, but you know what? He didn't whine like a baby because the other kids didn't play nice. He got stuff done, despite the fact that he was surrounded by a bunch of jackass Republicans.

We need someone like that who can lead this country. I'm sorry. I don't see that in Obama. Unfortunately, I don't see that in the Republican candidates either.

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Posted by underdog
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

There were some points in the GOP response, Obama does have some right leans in dealing with some of the GOP baggage he's been saddled with. Funny the right doesn't seem to appreciate it. No mention of Bin Laden or successful reforms, private sector job growth, reduction in federal jobs, stock market recovery, stabilizing the economy. Even if the golf exaggerations were true, he could never match the down time at the Lazy "W" asleep-at-the-wheel ranch George took for two terms. Energy policy isn't there, true, gitmo still a problem, but one war down another on the way. This prez hasn't had the luxury of a full term of his own party controlling Congress, or even one with at least a sense of bipartisanship, so you might make a case that it was a bit hard to get everything done. But that may change also given that the tea at the party has gone cold and developed a bitter after taste.

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Feb 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

How about this for a campaign slogan: Obama 2012: Change you can believe in. This time I mean it. Seriously."

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Feb 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

"This space for rent." -- I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message.

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Feb 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

"Holier than Thou." -- Rick Santorum

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Feb 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

Can't get a rise out of anybody? Talk about an enthusiasm gap!

"It's Over, I know it, but I can't let go." -- Newt

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