Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I Heard The News Today, Oh Boy

Happy Halloween

Oh, and a lovely Halloween poem from Divine Theatre.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Obama's Biggest Gaffe (So Far)

No, Charles Krauthammer, Obama's biggest gaffe was not Benghazi. CNN and Candy Crowley made sure to muddy the waters with voters on that one. Real gaffes cost you votes, and it's unlikely that Obama will lose many votes based on his and the moderator's response. It should have but it didn't. It's also why the endless stream of Romney "gaffes" the media has been trumpeting aren't gaffes either. He seems to be gaining every time the media tries to drum up outrage. Obama, on the other hand, has been real gaffe central. His "You didn't build that" alone probably cost him the votes of anyone with a business. But his biggest gaffe happened at the debate last Tuesday. Dems aren't afraid of offending rich donors, Christians, small business, Big Oil or much of anyone else, but they are deathly afraid of the NRA and gun lobby. Everyone knows one pro gun control comment in the wrong place and you can kiss your election goodbye, and Obama did just that in the debate. What gun owners had suspected all along he explicitly stated. If I was the RNC I would run his statement in ads not just in Ohio, Virginia and Colorado but New Mexico, Vermont, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Now watch as an "unbiased" CNN reporter tries vainly to turn this around onto Romney.

Friday, October 19, 2012

There's Something I Still Don't Get

How the heck is New Mexico still bluer than some north east states? The polls at RealClear have been pretty consistent at around 10 and 11 points with no movement from any of the debates. This is a state which had tiny margins in the 2000 and 2004 elections (and they voted for Bush in 2004) before voting big for Obama in 2008. And considering how Hope and Change has been wearing off in other states I would say that makes an 11 point lead in New Mexico kind of suspicious.

Friday, October 12, 2012

What Contempt For Your Opponent Looks Like

The 90 Minute Gaffe

I'll be honest, with two baseball games, the Steelers and the Sun Devils on last night, I didn't watch all of the debate. But the parts I did watch blew my mind. The good news for suicidal Dems? Biden only committed one gaffe last night. The bad news? It lasted for 90 minutes. With all the tact of a used car salesman who's late on his trailer payments, Joltin' Joe's supersmrt strategy was the rhetorical version of cock-blocking: he acted like a total chode. I haven't been that uncomfortable since I saw Maggie Gyllenhall in... well anything. I just don't care for her. But anyways I'm not sure why Biden did this (I mean besides being pressured into overcompensation) because he could have made all the same points without the jerky behavior and the media would have loved it. Instead his weird behavior gets to dominate the news cycle until the next debate and the media is left to try and defend it. That's what we call winning the debate.

Aaaaaannnnnddd....I saw somewhere that this was supposed to play well with his base or something but can someone answer me this question? Why is Obama (and Biden) still almost exclusively playing to his base? We have a few weeks to go in this election, shouldn't they be expanding their potential voter targets to independents and squishy conservatives? Shouldn't the base be as excited as they're going to get for someone who's been president for four years? We keep seeing these very obvious signs that the election is going to be a landslide and yet the polls say it's still almost a tie? Whatever.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This Might Be Must-See TV

Oh boy. Sheriff Joe is under some serious pressure. And not just from trying to remember where he left his anti-psychotic pills before the debate. The media is in dire need of some good news and they're not afraid who knows it.  Especially when they're giving advice (and here) on how to beat the Republicans (but don't you dare call them biased!). I would have assumed that as long as Biden didn't walk out with his hand SuperGlued to his face, the MSM would have been happy. I guess not. Apparently, Joe is supposed to win back Obama's stolen honor and return the polls back to their rightful order. Because that's how awesome he is and that's how things are supposed to be.

Oh, by the way, remember when Biden said the middle class has been buried for the last four years? Pepperidge Farms remembers. And Joe wasn't even under pressure when he said that. In fact he hasn't been under pressure for any of the stupid things he's said. Which has me rubbing my greedy little hooves together waiting for the debate.

So who's going to "win"? No idea. But expect zingers. And not those twinkie-like things even if they are really good and better than regular twinkies. This will be the first big opportunity for voters to see Paul Ryan, who's like a cross between an adorable puppy and that straight-A student accountant who got you money back from the IRS when you were supposed to be audited. But, as someone on Twitter said, "You can't debate crazy", which clearly gives the advantage to Biden.

So yeah, I'll be tuning in. I'm expecting Ryan to do well but I'm also expecting some good ol' fashion group-think overcompensation by someone who doesn't even do well when he's on cruise control. Don't disappoint me, Joe.

Oh, and in related news, "Tebow time" has officially entered the modern lexicon.

I Read The News Today, Oh Boy

  • If you can have a President who spends more time fundraising than doing his job ( and also this) then why not this? What sacred principals are being violated?
  • Gee, Obama sure seems to have been cozy with the press for a long time.
  • "They found their answer in a series of eerily profane numbers"
  • Unbiased media asks, "What would Obama’s Supreme Court look like?" (Does the media even know who the president is right now?)
  • The biggest doping conspiracy in sporting history
  • And in case anyone needed more evidence that Spielberg was a stupid hack who only got famous by ripping off more talented directors' movies.... "Don't let this political football play back and forth," the Oscar-winning director said he urged distributors, noting the "confusing" aspect in the film that shows how U.S. political parties back in Lincoln's time "traded political places over the last 150 years."
    In contrast to today, the Republican party to which Lincoln belonged was founded by anti-slavery activists and Republicans were often tagged "radicals."

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Leave it to iowahawk to spoil my fun. I was going to bust this out on election day in a "Gee, ain't I clever" sort of way, (even though it is pretty obvious and also I can't remember if iowntheworld didn't do it first but whatever) but now it feels like stealing. I don't know why. Anyways...

for iowahawk, il fabbro corn-soaked
I had met a voter from a swing state
Who said: 'Two nicely creased pants of blue serge
Lie in Chitown. Near them, buried in Hope
Posters, a shattered false narrative is revealed 
An unclenched fist and a reset button  
Tell that its media felt every tingle
The teleprompter that had mocked them
Sits in some presidential library.
And on the Greek columns these words appear--
"My name is Barrymandias, fourth best:
Look on my Obamacare and despair!"
Nothing remains but Detroitian decay
Of that colossal debt and deficit
Which he had never planned to repay.'
I didn't get around to fixing the rhyme scheme or meter. Oh well. Now I have to work on my other poem wherein I hurt Obama's feelings.