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George Will – Post Election

The advocacy infrastructure being developed by both sides in the post-Citizens United world will, over time, favor the most plausible side, which conservatives know is theirs.

via George Will: Republicans must start over again – The Washington Post.

The final sentence of his column says everything about what went wrong for conservatives in this election cycle…Their utter belief in their side being right…for everyone. They cannot, for an instant, ascribe to the progressives, a possibility of rightness. It is an article of faith… And faith cannot be argued with.

George Will’s take away from this presidential election, and evidently all of those in the recent past, is that it’s the “likability”” of a candidate that is most important…”Romney was a diligent warrior. Next time, Republicans need a more likable one.” So, we are back to 2000 where it was all about who you wanted to sit down with and have a beer? Really? It wasn’t the Fox focused world view? It wasn’t the outright lies in the adds? It wasn’t the direction he wanted to take the country? Really?

Liberals have an inherent but not insuperable advantage: As enthusiasts of government, to which many of them are related as employees or clients, they are more motivated for political activity than are conservatives, who prefer private spaces.

As if most of the conservatives voting in this past election weren’t “clients”. Come on George, your demographics alone would point out that a very large part of your base is collecting Social Security and dependent on Medicare. These are the folks Republicans continue to reassure that their “”entitlements” will not be touched as we cut taxes and rein in the promise we have made to the younger voters…Is their really any wonder that all of the younger demographics voted with such turnout for the Democrats?

(Elections are run by governments, so it is unwise to expect them to be run well, but really: Are hours-long waits at polling places inevitable?)

So when Republican’s decide to badly run elections, decide to demand ID many don’t have, decide to purge voter rolls without checking the names for accuracy, decide to cut early voting days or hours…When these things happen, you have to ask if hours-long waits are inevitable? Come on George, I thought that was the whole idea… What wasn’t anticipated was that the voters being disenfranchised by these actions would send such a FY message to the elected officials doing the disenfranchising by actually staying in line in such big numbers. All it taught me was that it might just be time for the federal government to demand  some sort of standards in federal elections. If your much vaulted “states rights”are feeling bruised by that, let the states do whatever they want on their own elections…Hell, here in my part of Texas, in a lot of races, they don’t even need to hold an election because no one runs against the Republican. Kind of like the mandate given to Speaker John Boehner when he was sent back to Congress after winning his unopposed election.

Look…I know George Will is totally unprepared for this week. He was so sure that Mitt was going to win he hadn’t bothered to put any thought into the other outcome. This weeks Sunday show should be fun…

A Town I Never Expected To Hear In The National News

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OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — President Obama came to this tiny middle American town Tuesday to invoke the spirit of a long-ago Republican president in a speech that laid out, in his sharpest language yet, the economic and social arguments he will probably use against Republicans in 2012.(1)

Osawatomie, Kansas…It’s a small town now. On January 7, 1907 when my Grandpa Sewell was born there it was just a bit smaller. But, when 30,000 people were in town for the dedication of the John Brown Memorial Park to hear President Theodore  Roosevelt give his speech on August 10,1910, Grandpa was already living in far south Texas.

I know of Osawatomie from the biography about my Great-Aunt Helen(2) that was published many years ago. Grandpa, you see, was much too young to remember anything about the town. He was barely past his first birthday when the family rode the train south to Hebbronville in Starr County on the Texas Mexican border.

So, you can imagine my surprise as I was driving yesterday to here the name rolling off the tongue of the news announcer. Reading a little history today, I see that the town wasn’t all that happy with the last Presidential appearance they had. I can only imagine their reaction to yesterdays speech.

(1) via Obama invokes Teddy Roosevelt in speech attacking GOP policies – The Washington Post.

(2)“Brush Country Woman” by Ada Morehead Holland

It’s WTF Time In Washington

(Rep. Eric A. “Rick”)Crawford, the freshman from Arkansas, was among 63 legislators who sent a letter to Obama on Thursday that imagined Aug. 3 arriving without a deal. In the letter, the legislators urged Obama to promise he would pay interest on existing debt, military salaries, and Medicare and Social Security benefits.Crawford also said he’d been urged by constituents not to give in to pressure to raise the debt ceiling. He was asked: Have you explained to them what’s been predicted to happen?

“I think that’s probably an arrogant attitude to take, that I know more than they do,” Crawford said. “I’m trying to represent my district in Washington, and not Washington in my district.”

via GOP dissent complicates path to resolving debt-ceiling crisis – The Washington Post.

I can’t believe a statement like that came out of a Congressman’s mouth… OK… Sure I can, but it sure is stupid. And I don’t think I’d be happy to have a guy who represents me in Congress telling me that he doesn’t think it’s his job to know more than me when it comes to doing his job. He thinks it’s arrogant to explain where his constituents are wrong…Or, does he think it would be arrogant because he believes the same nonsensical BS?

This class of Republican leaders(?) is about to do to this country what no enemy ever has. Do they really think that America needs another few million unemployed government workers right now? Who the hell do they think will be buying the products (what few they are) that are still being produced by American workers? I mean, hell, there won’t be any unemployment checks coming to these folks…

Their attitude seems to be “Let’s just collapse the whole country and see what comes out of the ashes.” Except, they deny that their actions will do that. Are these the same folks that have been claiming for over forty years that NASA faked the moon landing?

When I vote for an elected official, I expect him to do his job. That job in my eyes is to know more than I can about the effects of the legislation being discussed in Congress. As our last President used to say all of the time, “It’s a hard job.” But they asked for it, they devoted time and resources to getting it…So do the damn job. If you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, find an expert and learn. Don’t repeat the talking points, know the math. BUt don’t tell me you think it’s arrogant to call BS to BS, that’s just BS.