My first impulse after writing the title to this post, was to leave it blank. As Romney’s running mate, Ryan contributed little to nothing to his campaign. At first glance, one would think he was a non-factor. However, after some further examination, I think he was a huge factor, a ginormous negative effect on a campaign that had a razor thin margin for error.
At the very least, a VP candidate is expected deliver his home region. Ryan couldn’t even deliver his home state. While he did manage to hold on to his congressional seat in Wisconsin (talk about hedging your bet), his Midwestern background meant little there. Romney lost Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio: All states that Ryan should have appealed to. What he and Romney got instead was an Obama sweep. Indiana came through for team Romney, but I can’t even remember the last time Indiana went blue in a Presidential election.
As the campaign trudged forward this year, Ryan’s presence grew smaller by the day. Sure, he did stop and wash some already clean pots and pans at a St. Vincent De Paul, and he did take some time to get schooled by Joe Biden on national TV, oh yeah, there was also the children of rape is God’s gift ( or some disgusting view point of the like) comment, and the ridiculous photo shoot with the dumbbells (which one was the dumbbells?), and the – you know? Never mind. The GOP, pretty much tried to hide him, rather than let him promote Romney.
He was making a fool out of himself and Romney from the outset, and Willard sure as hell didn’t need any help with that.
Willard my man, you should have went with Christie as your running mate: you have my heart felt gratitude for picking Ryan instead.
Wow, what an emotional roller coaster of a night it was. I’m still having trouble gathering my thoughts. With so many “swing” states so hotly contested last night, both my partner and I collectively held our breaths for hours. It wasn’t until the west brought Obama close that I started to mildly relax: It wasn’t until Ohio was called shortly after 11, that I could even think about going to bed. I even got up in the middle of the night to double check the results. It was that kind of night for my partner and I.
However in the midst of all the fretting and fussing, the teeth gnashing, the hand wringing, the nail biting, I noticed, as did many of you, that we the people were delivering a succinct message: The hate has to stop, that extremism is not appropriate, that intolerance is not to be tolerated. Take a look at what transpired last night, then try to tell me I’m wrong:
Amidst the conservative anti-feminist movement, 19 female senators were elected, which is the most ever. There were some very notable, hard fought campaigns:
– In Missouri, Claire McCaskill shut that whole thing down by trouncing Todd Akin.
– In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin beat career politician Tommy Thompson, and became this country’s first openly gay Senator.
– In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren beat corporate favorite Scott Brown.
In a lot of congressional and senate races, progressives won out over big money, including:
The Tea Party was also on the ropes:
-Allen West lost his congressional seat in Florida.
–Michele Bachman nearly lost hers.
– In heavily Republican Indiana, Joe Donnelly beat right wing nut Richard Mourdock.
Marriage equality received a big boost. Maine, Maryland, and Washington all voted to legalize same sex marriage, while an anti-marriage equality amendment in Minnesota was voted down. Overall, this election has been a boon for not only women, but also for LGBT Americans.
In the west both Washington and Colorado voted to legalize Marijuana, giving new meaning to Rocky Mountain high. It’s about time that people start realizing that Marijuana is a good thing, and not the falsely accused gateway drug that alcohol and tobacco fat cats make it out to be.
But what about Obama? What kind of mandate did his election deliver last night? Although the electoral vote was a landslide (303 to 206, with Florida still undecided), he won the popular vote by less than 3 million. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement. I saw a lot of red states for Willard last night. Fortunately, they weren’t heavily populated states. So what happened?
For starters, I think social issues played a bigger role than what the GOP was planning on. The Republican party has lost touch with the country in this aspect. They alienated half of this country with patriarchal, elitist hate rhetoric, and most of us are just tired of it. They went after the rich white Christian vote, and motivated millions of people in most every densely populated area to come out and wait hours in line… to vote against them. This election was more about fighting class warfare and conservative extremism than following Obama’s plan. Picking an old rich white guy to represent the GOP to deliver their message of extreme christian values and austerity was a huge mistake, and in the long run, it has and will cost the Republicans dearly.
In my opinion, our country is heading in the right direction (for now) both socially and economically. However we have a long way to go. Unemployment is still way too high, the cost of living is still outpacing wage growth. DOMA must be repealed, while marriage equality must be nationally recognized. There is more work to be done to level the playing field for Women, LGBT Americans, African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, both the poor and the middle class, and the elderly. Obama and the Democrats can get us there, and a lot of people cried out last night that this is what they want. He must listen to that message, he must act on our demands. In turn, the GOP must listen to our message as well, and react in kind. We expect and demand that the parties work together. It could be a pipe dream, but I don’t believe that in Obama’s America, that the dream is unrealistic.
To wrap it up, I want to say how proud I am of everyone who stood in line for hours to vote, however you voted. It means that each and every one of us understands how important it is to this country to do our civil duty, and cast our ballots. I also want to give mad props to the volunteers who manned the precincts: it was a long night for all of you, and you did your country proud.
Like most of us, I’m exhausted, yet I’m exhilarated at the prospects. Today, I’m proud to be called an American.
What a refreshing change.
One more thing: Donald Trump, you are an insufferable prick. Take your hate rhetoric spewing, paranoid delusional baggy white ass, and crawl under some gilded rock somewhere. You’re bad for this country, you’re bad for America. You’re bad for humanity. Shut the fuck up, just saying.
Or doofus hipster? Either way, we know what your tax plan is. You’re going to raise taxes on the middle class, and cut taxes for yourselves and all of your rich cronies. It’s the same tax plan that Reagan and the two Bushes used, and it doesn’t work (except for all the rich folk).
Sorry junior; you and Daddy Warbucks are not a good fit for this country!
What the hell is Willard doing here? Let’s have a little fun: Best caption wins a total stream of consciousness 😉
Oh brother. As if there isn’t enough wing nuts lining up to run against Obama in 2012, white supremacist David Duke is considering a run as well. The self appointed white civil rights activist is planning a 25 state tour to see just how much support for a presidential run he can muster. Although details haven’t been released yet, I’m betting most of those states are in the southern and north west states. Considering the eruption of white supremacy since Obama was elected, I’m also betting that he garners enough support to encourage him to declare his candidacy.
Looking over the list of GOP candidates, I say Duke should fit right in. The entire line up is chocked full of theocratic, misogynistic white supremacists, Herman Cain included. However, since the GOP is only SLIGHTLY more covert about their bigoted ideologies, I’m also betting that Duke will be forced to run within the realm of a third party. Good luck with that tactic, you bigoted nut job.
BTW Mr. Duke, I recommend that you appear at your rallies in full KKK garb, complete with that pointy hood thingy you so dearly love to wear. We all know what you’re about; there’s no sense in hiding it. While you’re at it, can you provide the GOP candidates with robes and hoods as well? Of course that’s providing that they don’t already have their own garb, freshly pressed and hanging in their closets.
- White Supremacist Stampede (dokmz.wordpress.com)
- Former KKK Grand Wizard considers presidency (rt.com)
- Report: David Duke Considering 2012 Presidential Campaign (mediaite.com)
- White Supremacist David Duke Considering Presidential Run (theroot.com)
Here’s another foot in mouth moment for Michele Bachmann: While announcing her official candidacy today in Waterloo Iowa, she told Faux News that “John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit I have too.”
The historically challenged Bachmann was kind of correct; John Wayne was from Waterloo. However, it was notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy who was from Waterloo, not the actor John Wayne, who Bachmann idolizes.
As most of you may remember from the headlines, or the TV movie featuring Brian Dennehy in a creepy clown suit, Gacy murdered 33 boys and young men. After he murdered them, he buried them in the crawl space under his house.
Hmmm, Bachmann wants to murder more of our civil liberties if elected, and bury them in the crawl space of her theocratical dream house. Maybe she was talking about the right John Wayne.
Some interesting news was published by the Atlantic Monthly. According to a recent Gallup poll, 52% of Republicans questioned are in favor of a third party candidate for the 2012 election.
Not surprisingly, a full 60% of Tea Baggers also want a third party!
Most of this dissension stems from the fact that most Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed (duh), as well as unhappiness with the Republicans determination to screw with Medicare.
If a third party candidate such as Donald Trump or Ron Paul were to rise out of the ashes of the Republican party primaries, this would be more good news for Obama. Remember Ross Perot? He divided the Republican vote in 1992, which allowed Bill Clinton to squeak by favored incumbent George H.W. Bush.
Unfortunately, there is little opportunity for third party politicians in a presidential election. It’s a shame, because we need more viable choices than what the Democrats or Republicans throw at us every 4 years.
I voted for Obama, and I’m not happy with his work. As one blogger recently stated, “this is nothing more than Bush’s third term.” I refuse to vote for a Republican candidate, so where does that leave me, and others who feel as I do? Screwed, that’s where.
National politics is a game that only allows for 2 players in our bi-partisan presidential elections. I wish that would change; otherwise if I vote outside the party, I’m going to distinctly feel like my vote was wasted.
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- Most Americans want a strong third political party (capitolhillblue.com)
- Fake tea party candidate seeks to split republican vote (bellalu0.wordpress.com)
- Third Party Spoilers (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- GOP’s WakeUp Call: 52% of Republicans Want a 3rd Party (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Christians Boycott: If Needed (mopspopsplace.wordpress.com)